2018-04-26 / Around Town

Founders’ Day Celebration 275 Coming in August

By James Merolla

Bristol has its 4th of July, Newport its St. Patrick’s Day, and this year, Middletown has Aug. 18: the 275th Founders’ Day celebration and commemoration of its community and local heritage, at Paradise Park in Middletown.

“The day-long festivities will be in an old-fashioned town fair setting,” said Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia, “which will honor the town’s founding families, volunteers and businesses that have helped shape it into the great town that it is today,” he said.

Sylvia heads the Founders’ Day Committee with his wife Barbara, as well as fellow councilors Theresa Santos and Council Vice President Paul Rodrigues.

The Committee was formed jointly with the Middletown Historical Society, led by its President Gary Paquette, attorney Robert Silva and wife Carolynn, Mary Clark, Mary Kelly, Kerry Seibert, Carmella Geer and Andy Bacon.

The group will be meeting in mid-May to outline the event for participants of every age. They are considering, beyond contests, games, music, food and vendor booths, launching a morning parade and an evening capper of fireworks.

“This… has a special meaning for Middletown,” said Sylvia. “It marks our 275th anniversary, and we hope that it will be a memorable event for all those who attend.”

The Founders’ Committee is also seeking volunteers to join them in formulating ideas, planning schedules, moving supplies, and working various events at the Aug. 18 celebration.

Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Gary Paquette at info@middletownhistory.org or leave a message on the Society’s answering machine, 401-849-1870.

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