St. Mary’s Church celebrates 42 years of ‘Circle of Fun’
By Thomas D'Agostino - ReminderNews
Putnam - posted Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
The weekend of Sept. 13-15 was perfect for the thousands of people who enjoyed the 42nd annual “Circle of Fun” at St. Mary’s Church in Putnam. The event included bingo, rides, food, bake sale, games, live entertainment, demonstrations, a giant flea market and raffle items donated by local businesses.
Event coordinator Anne Carraher began planning this year’s event in February. “It is a community event that involves the community. We really appreciate the support from the local businesses. If it was not for them, this would be very difficult to put on,” said Carraher.
There were plenty of rides for guests of all ages, with food and drink for every appetite. The band White Rose Confession heated up the stage on Friday night, while Emily LaJoie and Chris Richards, Brian Barrette and Jonathon Denault, and One Shot Deal performed on Saturday. Phoenix Pyre rounded out the entertainment schedule on Sunday. Martial arts demonstrations filled the stage in between the music.
Some fair-goers have been regulars at the event for many years, while others relished in the fun for the first time. Angela Sanchez, of Putnam, had fun with her daughter, Olivia, on the merry-go-round. “This is our first time to the Circle of Fun. We like it a lot. It is the perfect size for a young family to come and enjoy,” Sanchez said.
Angie O’Connor of is another long-time attendee of the event. This time she had her daughter, Colbie, who favored the fire truck ride. “It has come a long way over the years. It is the perfect size for kids where they can walk around and do their known thing,” O’Connor said.
Tabitha and Rob Tyler spent the weekend with their daughter, Lorelai, at the fair. “We are having a great time. We were here last night as well,” Tabitha said.
Lorelai enjoyed the boat ride, but liked the funhouse the most, having visited the attraction eight times in two days.
Jenna-Lyn and her sister Lilly, both age 4, rode the Ferris wheel for the first time with their parents, Jessica and Bruce Gaugh. Bruce’s mother, April Palmer of Woodstock, watched her grandchildren’s maiden voyage on the ride. “I remember taking my son [Bruce] for his first Ferris wheel ride here. There are a lot of good memories at this fair,” Palmer said.