Anticipation and excitement of Darien’s upcoming 200th anniversary celebration has jumped to a new level with an anonymous donation.
The 2020 Bicentennial Subcommittee of the Monuments & Ceremonies Commission has recently received an anonymous donation of $5,000.
This amount is in addition to the $5,000 that the town has already given the committee for the celebration.
“This generous donor realized that we’re going to be needing funds to really put on a great birthday celebration for the town,” said committee member Maggie McIntire, who is director of the Darien Historical Society. “This person was hoping this would be the first and encourage others to donate as well.”
The town of Darien was incorporated on June 12, 1820. Planned events for the town’s 200th anniversary celebration will take place from March through June of 2020.
At the May 8 Bicentennial Subcommittee meeting, members said they would like to get all age groups involved in the celebrations – from toddlers to teens to adults.
A “Save the Date” notice for the celebrations tentatively will go out to Darien residents in early fall, with a second mailing expected to go out the first week in January 2020.
The committee is now comparing prices and styles on the types of postcards to be mailed out.
Members voted unanimously to use the services of The Total Printing Center in Norwalk to print marketing items for the anniversary celebrations. However, this is still tentative.
The Darien Historical Society and other organizations in town have used Total Printing several times in the past, according to Susan Cator, director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.
“They have the experience of bundling and delivering it, which is critical,” Cator said. “I think in this case we go with a known entity that has a relationship with Darien businesses and we have the confidence that it’s going to be done correctly and on time.”
According to committee Chairman Alan Miller, in March there will be an opening ceremony at the Thaddeus Bell gravesite, located on Slawson Graveyard on Hanson Road. Bell was one of Darien’s founders.
At that time, the historical markers will be unveiled. There are 10 to12 places around town that have historical significance, for which the committee is considering putting historical markers. Those who are interested will be able to tour all the markers.
Members also discussed videotaping the festivities, holding a ribbon cutting, having a police presence, and blocking off the road from traffic.
“We have the proclamation from 1820 that was signed, that incorporates the town of Darien, in our archives, so we will bring that out,” Miller said.
Weed Beach birthday party
A date of June 6 has been tentatively set for the birthday party at Weed Beach, with a rain date of June 7.