The search is on for a Memorial Day speaker, grand marshal, and master of ceremonies for Darien’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

At the town’s Dec. 10 Monuments & Ceremonies Commission meeting, as well as at the Dec. 11 Bicentennial Committee meeting, more details about the upcoming birthday bash were discussed.


The 2020 Bicentennial Committee members sent out letters to 750 businesses in town, asking for corporate sponsorships.

The commission has recently received a few gold sponsors, which are $5,000 each.

In total, it has received $18,500 in sponsorships. There are five sponsors, to date.

In addition, the commission received more than $2,100 in individual contributions.

To become a sponsor or make a donation, interested persons may mail a check to: Town of Darien, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien CT 06820; write “2020 Bicentennial Committee” on the envelope and on the check.

Members discussed setting up a way to donate online.

Opening ceremony

Darien’s Bicentennial Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, in the Town Hall auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7. The snow date is Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.

It’s a free event that is open to the public.

No registration is required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a little over 400 seats. There will be handicap accessibility.

Children under 12 will not be allowed on the balcony.

The Darien High School Tudor Singers will be giving a musical presentation several times throughout the evening.

There will also be a donation box for people to make contributions

Education, merchandising

There are brand-new 2020 anniversary hats.

There will also be new ladies v-neck T-shirts for sale as well.

The cost is $20 per hat and $20 per T-shirt.

Mailings, communications

Mailings about the anniversary celebrations are being sent to every house and business in Darien — this totals over 8,000 mailings.

The Bicentennial Committee is tentatively considering setting up a broadcast with TV 79 about the town’s 2020 events.

Giant cake

The town of Salem, Mass., which recently celebrated its 200th anniversary this year, would like to give its gigantic birthday cake to Darien, according to Jami Gore, recreation program supervisor for the town.

The cake would tentatively be used at the 200th opening day celebrations.

Gore has asked questions about the gift and will share the responses she gets with the rest of the commission.


After the opening ceremony, there will be a bicentennial cocktail reception at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road.

The event is sponsored by the Darien Arts Center and Darien Historical Society. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets cost $45 if purchased in advance and $50 if purchased at the door. To purchase tickets, visit the Darien Arts Center website and Darien Historical Society website.

Watch the full Monuments & Ceremonies Commission meeting on Darien TV79.

Watch the full Bicentennial Committee meeting on Darien TV79.