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Hammonassett Festival

Hammonassett Festival Now a Bigger, Annual Event

Building on past success, the Hammonassett Festival has expanded to better honor Native American traditions and cultures and celebrate our Natural World.

Madison, CT, June 26, 2017 -- The Hammonassett Festival comes to the Guilford Fairgrounds this fall for two days of celebration, education and entertainment. Honoring nature and Native America, the 7th Festival will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, October 1, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Each day will begin with a Native American blessing and smudging ceremony, led by Allan Saunders (Mohegan), and followed by music, dance, art and crafts vendors, exhibits and demonstrations, activities for the whole family, storytelling and a variety of food choices. 

“Word of the Festival has spread, and we have been approached with dozens of exciting ideas and opportunities. To accommodate that interest, this year’s event offers more attractions and extended hours,” says Barbara Hanson, Co-Chair of the Hammonassett Festival. She adds, “The event has traditionally taken place at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, but ongoing construction at the park prompted us to take the event to the nearby -- and spacious --Guilford Fairgrounds.” It is Barbara’s feeling that “the Festival isn’t about Place, but that the heart of the event is the gathering together of many peoples to share and celebrate and honor and learn.  We hope to raise community awareness of the culture and time-honored traditions of the Indigenous Peoples, as well as issues they face today.  We hope to raise awareness of how we can work together to repair the balance between people and nature, and preserve the beauty and abundance of Mother Earth for those who live with the land and the seven generations that are coming. “

Featured performers:

--The popular Native Nations Dance Troupe, led by Erin Meeches (Schaghticoke), will return with multiple performances each day. The Dance Troupe is made up of Native American performers who travel nationally and come together for specific events. They will gather in the Dance Circle to share their dances and interpretations, dressed in traditional regalia and accompanied by live singing and drumming of a Native Drum group.

--The Redhawk Native American Arts Council, with performances by Aztec Dancers and Peruvian Scissor Dancers, will be making its Hammonassett Festival debut. The dance groups will perform multiple times during the weekend.

Featured wildlife shows:

--Live raptor show by A Place Called Hope, a raptor rehabilitation center in Killingworth, CT

--Live reptile show by The Meigs Point Nature Center of Hammonasset Beach State Park 

Other special attractions:

--Multiple performances of Native American flute music and guitar by Allan Madahbee (Ojibway)

--Performance on Saturday by local music group, Ponybird (Anishinabek Solutrean Metis Indigenous Nation)

--Expanded Children’s Area offering stories, games and crafts presented by the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) and local Libraries

--The New England Atlatl Championships, where attendees can try their hand at the ancient skill of spear-throwing

--Museum outreach programs, demonstrations and environmental exhibits

--Variety of food choices

The above features and special attractions are subject to change.

Exhibitors and vendors: Pre-registration is required. Contact: HammonassettFestival @gmail.com

The Festival is presented by Friends of Hammonasset, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is sponsored by Friends of Hammonasset and the Robert F. Schumann Foundation.


What: Hammonassett Festival

When: 10 AM-7 PM, Saturday, September 30 and 10 AM-5 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017

Where: Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT

Directions: Exit 59 off the Connecticut Turnpike, south on Goose Lane and across Boston Post Road, right on 146 (Boston Street), left onto Lovers Lane.

Parking: Free on-site parking

Admission: adults, $5; children under 12, free

Note: No pets or alcohol at the Fairgrounds, including the parking lots

Find more information and schedule of events at Facebook.com/HammonassettFestival or email hammonassettfestival@gmail.com


Variations in spelling of Hammonasset are correct and are not identical. Two “t”s are used for the Festival to be true to the original Native American spelling.

Editor: If there are questions about content or more information is needed, contact Barbara Hanson at 203-457-9622. Please do not include any phone number in the article.

INFO 10 AM-7 PM, Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT

Habit CFC 29th Anniversary 5k Run for Home and Workboot Challenge

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC) will hold its 20th Anniversary 5K Run for Home & WorkBoot Challenge on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at  Seaside Park in Bridgeport starting at 9:00 a.m. The organization looks forward to welcoming a record  number of runners this year! This event is presented by Bankwell and in partnership with WEBE 108 and
WICC 600.


The Habitat 5K Run for Home has been one of Habitat CFC’s main events over the last twenty years. The proceeds raised from this year’s run will help finish the construction of a new Habitat home for a family in need of decent, affordable housing in Coastal Fairfield County.


The event will include a 5K run, a workboot challenge, kids’ relay and special post-race 20th Anniversary Celebration overlooking the Long Island Sound. The 5K run is intended to bring out enthusiasts of all kinds, from walkers to runners. The fast and flat USATF certified course makes 5K run the perfect opportunity for serious runners to set qualifying personal records and the optional WorkBoot Challenge
offers participants the challenge of wearing workboots on the course.


Bankwell’s Chief Lending Officer Heidi DeWyngaert notes, “At Bankwell, our focus on helping to provide the development of safe, affordable housing for everyone in our community is matched by our strong commitment to give back to those communities we serve. We are very pleased to sponsor and participate in this important Habitat initiative again this year.”


"On behalf of Habitat's 5K run committee, I'd like to extend our sincere appreciation to Bankwell for partnering with us on our 20th Anniversary run! We are thankful for Bankwell's continued support of our efforts to make affordable housing available to hardworking, local families in Fairfield County," said
Elizabeth Misiewicz, Habitat 5K Run for Home Committee Member.


For the post-race celebration at the finish line, participants will enjoy music, free food and beer and activities including an awards ceremony with prizes for top placing runners in a range of categories. For more information on the run or to register visit https://www.habitatcfc.org/runforhome.

INFO Starting at 9am, Seaside Park in Bridgeport

12th Annual Furr Ball

INFO 6:30 p.m., Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange CT

2017 Ives Farm Tractor Trot 5K Walk & Run

Proceeds benefit Cheshire Land
Trust Outreach and Education
programs, hikes and speakers.
Our first TT5K was so much fun,
We’re doing it again!
2017 Ives Farm
Tractor Trot 5K
Walk & Run
1585 Cheshire St. Cheshire, CT
Sat. Oct. 28th at 10 a.m.
I, for one, thought your race was great. The very best
thing about it, of course, was the beautiful farm itself. You did
everything well...parking was organized, the vendors were fun,
you had tons of volunteers on the course who were very
helpful, the band could be heard the entire way, the food was
delicious, and the award ceremony was efficient and generous.
I was planning to run again next year with my
daughter, so please hold again.
Your event had food in the barn, exposition tents, a
band playing, and even prizes for age group winners! This
puts it way ahead of the average boring 5k road race, and in
line with the top triathlon events, I've raced.
INFO 10 a.m., 1585 Cheshire St. Cheshire, CT