Multiple events highlight day in town center

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
East Granby - posted Fri., Sep. 16, 2011
Chris Huntley, and Chris and Lauren Burkert represent the East Granby Volunteer Fire Department at the Sidewalk Fair. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.
Chris Huntley, and Chris and Lauren Burkert represent the East Granby Volunteer Fire Department at the Sidewalk Fair. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.

A bright, sunny day on Sept. 10 coincided with three major events in town, bringing crowds to the center of East Granby to learn about local business, find some lost treasures and celebrate a milestone.

The Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Fair was held at the Center Shops and was surrounded by the Flea Market held by the East Granby Lions Club and the 10th anniversary of the new East Granby Public Library.

The Sidewalk Fair gathered many local vendors to help stimulate community businesses and also to draw attention to the center shops. Civic groups also participated, and there was a bounce house available for children. The great diversity in offerings at the fair included a group from Southwick, Mass., that was advertising art classes.

To attract children, the “Splatter Room” allowed children to express their creativity right on the Center Shops' parking lot, giving them the opportunity to draw with chalk on the sidewalks. Sam Clark, one of the art instructors, said he came to East Granby’s Sidewalk Fair as an opportunity to show the community what is being offered in the area. “It’s a nice little town here, and we hope to do some business here,” said Clark.

The library's anniversary was celebrated with a large cake and open house, as library employees hosted tours and interacted with residents. Members of the library’s board of directors were also on hand, and a raffle for a “Kindle” reading tablet was held.


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