A heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the making of the town of Fairfield's prize-winning float for this year's Memorial Day Parade. This same float, with a few changes, will be in the Barnum Parade on Saturday, June 28. The float commemorates the 1779 Burning of Fairfield with British soldiers, the American militia, colonial ladies and a house in flames.
Jack Franzen prepared the drawings for the salt box house, and The Home Depot gave us all the supplies needed --wood to frame the flat bed, build the house and walls as well as the green indoor-outdoor carpeting for the grass and all the plants and shrubs.
The crew, under the direction of Scott Bartlett and Steve Lehning of Fairfield's Public Works department, did an outstanding job setting the stage on the flat bed for recreating that moment in our history. Nothing was impossible for them. Without their skills and resourcefulness we would have been at a loss. They were indispensable. Even Steve's young children, Samantha and Dylan, pitched in.
This was truly a job made possible by a multitude of people from our community, from Tomlinson Middle School art teachers Cheryl Abraham and David Ward and a student named Bill, to Amy Mezoff, Jeanne Konecny and Maria Cimina of Wakeman's Key Club, to Ron Fazekas who crafted all the colonial muskets.
A big thanks to the Fairfield neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild which made the costumes for all on the float ----the British red coats, colonial ladies' and children's outfits, and our American militia. Ruthe Ploskunyak spearheads this fabulous group of ladies who meet at Fairfield Woods Library several times a month. New members are always welcome.
And finally a special thanks to my daughter, Beth Perkins, for being my guiding light and anchor. She was (and is) my hands, legs, mind and body in oh so many ways.
To all who helped create this float to celebrate our town's 375th Birthday -- when all is said and done, their efforts made it possible -- thanks. The reenactment of the burning of Fairfield -- the beginning of freedom for us today -- was there for all to see.
Jeanne Harrison, member
Fairfield 375th Anniversary Committee