Towns get festive this weekend


Allyson Leighton, 5, of Cheshire, gets her arm painted by Kiersten Radke at the Harvest Moon Festival on the Naugatuck Town Green last year. - RA ARCHIVE

School may back in session, but the fun isn’t over in area towns as they get ready to embrace the fall.

In Prospect, the 1950s are taking over the town Sunday at the 26th Annual Car Show and Sock Hop.

Cars from before 1972 will be on display on the Prospect Town Green from noon until 6 p.m. Originally, the shindig was scheduled to end at 7 p.m., but due to cold weather and earlier dusk, the town decided to knock an hour off, according to Mayor Robert Chatfield.

The Rockin Heartbeats and The Sharades will get everyone twisting with oldies, standards and swing and a DJ will play music from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. Elvis Presley may even make an appearance, according to Chatfield.

Last year, the event attracted 752 cars about between 4,500 to 5,000 people, but this year Prospect will be competing against two other car shows, Chatfield said.

Town restaurants and delis including the Prospect Dairy Bar, Rocky’s Pizza, The Big Dipper, Senior Panchos, Spill The Beans, and Bellavita Pizza, will sell their wares at the price on their menus.

There is no admission to show a car or attend the event.

Free parking will be available at Long River Middle School, Town Hall, Saint Anthony’s Church.

In Naugatuck, the borough will welcome fall with the 28th Annual Harvest Moon Festival this weekend. Organized by Boy Scout Troop 102, the festival will feature about 100 vendors selling pushing food from pulled pork to cotton candy.

The festival is held on the Naugatuck Town Green Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The family-friendly event will include activities for kids and boy scouts will hold demonstrations Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday.

Amazing Dance Fitness will hold a zumba session on Friday at 7 p.m. Dave Clarke will be playing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

As usual, the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library will sell books during whole festival.
The festival is free and open to the public.