Marlborough Day offers fun at the beach

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Marlborough - posted Mon., Aug. 22, 2011
The town’s first responders handed out fire hats to children during Marlborough Day on Aug. 21. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
The town’s first responders handed out fire hats to children during Marlborough Day on Aug. 21. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

To help celebrate Marlborough Day, on Sunday, Aug. 21, local first responders gave out fire hats, and children held the fire truck’s water pump, which sprayed huge, rainbow-like arcs of lake water toward the sky and back down again.

Canoes and kayaks skimmed across the lake set in a wooded area just off Route 2 in a scenic, state-protected greenway that runs from Marlborough and Hebron east through Colchester toward Lebanon. People swam, soaked up the sun, ate hot dogs, walked from booth to booth, watched a magic show, and listened to music.

Blish Park was once again the site of the annual Marlborough Day, which was attended by several hundred people. Nan and Jack Frost, of Marlborough, followed local signs which drew them in, while the Katz family of West Hartford were invited by friends to spend the day at the lake.

Many local businesses and statewide sponsors came to show their support. Middlesex Hospital ran a blood pressure check and handed out wellness brochures.

It was just another day at the beach for lifeguard Kevin Fitzgerald, of Hebron, who works for the town of Marlborough. The beach is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all summer long, he said.

Boy Scout Troop #39 was on hand with a hot dog stand. The Boy Scouts hoped to raise about $1,000 for the troop by selling hot dogs, water and chips.

Capturing the imaginations of children young and old was 19-year-old magician Jonathan Jacques, a 12-year veteran of the magical arts who has been performing since the age of 6, has performed his act at venues including the Mohegan Sun Arena. But the children of Marlborough were no less enthusiastic than a huge arena crowd.

By the end of the day, the crowd was thinning, and the beach returned to its usual, peaceful, quiet place of solitude tucked unseen along the highway.


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