80th Dogwood Festival to blossom May 1-3

The 80th annual Dogwood Festival, sponsored by the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, will blossom under Greenfield Hill's iconic dogwoods from May 1 to 3.

The local rite of spring will feature more than 50 craft, artisan and food booths with vendors from throughout New England.

To commemorate the festival's 80th anniversary, Fairfield artist Karl Soderlund has created an original painting of the Greenfield Congregational Church, and limited edition framed prints will be available for sale at the festival.

The event offers activities for people of all ages, including a walking tour of historic sites, a fun run, children's games, face-painting, musical performances and artisans, as well as all kinds of food and confections.

Also featured at the festival is Kate's Corner where visitors can find gently used and new wares and consignments, as well as Kate's Clothes.

Proceeds from the Dogwood Festival go toward local, national and international charities that support families and at-risk children, help for the homeless and other civic endeavors.

"The Dogwood Festival is a great destination for visitors near and far, and a special opportunity for congregants of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church to open their doors and share the season of spring and the majesty of Greenfield Hill," the Rev. David Rowe, a co-pastor at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, said in a statement publicizing the event. "The festival is also an important fundraising event that allows our church to donate to many worthy organizations and charities that are dedicated to the greater good."

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is located at 1045 Old Academy Road. For more information, visit www.greenfieldhillchurch.com.

Admission to the festival is free, and there is free shuttle bus parking nearby.