"This is our 375th anniversary and it's time to celebrate."
So said First Selectman Michael Tetreau after the Board of Selectmen heard an update Wednesday from Town Clerk Betsy Browne, and Robert Hojnacki, a vice president of Bankwell, the co-chairmen of the committee planning the year-long observance of Fairfield's founding in 1639.
"We have several major partners," Browne said, including Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the public libraries and the Pequot Library. "The Parks and Rec Department has come up with a number of family-friendly events." Some of the events include community picnics on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, as well as "Fairfield Days" at Sound Tiger and Bridgeport Bluefish games.
"There is a huge buzz in this town, and it's just great to see," Browne said. Hojnacki said he been getting phone calls from residents asking what they can do to help.
One of the first big events will be a town-wide food drive on April 26 and 27 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. "It's something we're really looking forward to," Hojnacki said. "It's something the whole community can get involved in."
The selectmen also got a look at a special magazine commemorating the celebration, and the town. "I've had a chance to read this," Tetreau said, "and it has a bunch of Fairfield history and trivia. It's amazing."
A website dedicated to the anniversary celebration is expected to be up and running soon, Browne said.