Weston will combine solemn remembrances with a celebration of the summer season — and a 50th anniversary, too — this Memorial Day weekend. Events include a road race, the hugely popular Memorial Day Fair, a parade, and memorial events with the town’s veterans.
The national holiday commemorating the country’s fallen military members falls on Monday, May 28, this year. On that day, Weston Town Hall, the Weston Public Library, and all schools are closed, as are The Weston Forum’s offices.
In Weston, the long weekend begins on Saturday, May 26, with the 19th Annual Weston High School PTO Memorial Day 5K Road Race and Walk and Kids Fun Run.
The 110-yard dash and one-mile Kids Fun Run begin at 8 a.m. at Weston High School, followed by the 5K road race, which begins at 8:30, rain or shine.
The USATF-certified race course begins and ends at Weston High School. Runners and walkers take School Road to Lords Highway, to Old Hyde Road, to Norfield Road, to Route 57 (Weston Road), back to School Road.
Drivers should be aware of traffic detours Saturday morning.
There are cash prizes, awards and refreshments, as well as T-shirts and goody bags for the first 500 registrants.
Race registration may be done online at hotfeats.com/weston5k; at Weston High School on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, from 3 to 6 p.m.; or in person at Weston High School beginning at 7 a.m. on race day.
For more information, visit the Weston High School PTO Memorial Day Road Race page on Facebook or the registration website.
After the road race, things really heat up in town with the opening of the annual three-day Memorial Day Fair, sponsored by the Hurlbutt Elementary School PTO.
The fair, held on the grounds of Hurlbutt Elementary School, opens Saturday, May 26, at noon, and remains open until 9 p.m., with rides, booths, food, music, crafts, and more. The fair is also open Sunday, May 27, noon to 9 p.m., and Monday, May 28, noon to 5.
“What makes this fair so special is the coming together of Weston and our neighboring communities,” said Janet Hoffman, one of this year’s Memorial Day Fair co-chairmen.
“It’s a wonderful representation of why we all live in a small town, where we can join together to share the community spirit with each other,” added co-chairman Katie Gregory.
The fair is the single biggest fund-raiser for the Weston elementary and intermediate schools.
The rides, from Stewart Amusement, are for “kids of all ages,” from the carousel to the giant slide and Zero Gravity.
For fair food, the Kiwanis Club of Weston will once again be manning the grills, and the bake sale booth will offer a wide new selection, from homemade brownies to full trays of chocolate chip bars to pies to enjoy while at the fair or to take home to share with family and friends.
Many community service and vendor booths will be housed on the fairgrounds, and the dunk tank will offer the chance to soak a favorite Little League, soccer or lacrosse coach.
Tickets may be purchased at the fair, including “unlimited-ride” bracelets, good for Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Volunteers are still needed for ticket sale and bake sale booths; sign-up times are available online at http://hurlbutt-pto.org.
This year, Weston’s Memorial Day parade will be led by not just one grand marshal but six. The grand marshals are all veterans of the U.S. armed forces and, in recognition of its 50th anniversary, they are also all members of the Weston Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
Moving from serving their country to their community seems like a natural evolution for this year’s parade leaders.
Walter Dadik was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from March 1959 until March 1965. His active duty was at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune.
Mr. Dadik became a member of Weston EMS in 1980 and for six years served as its chief of operations.
Paul Deysenroth was in the Army National Guard of Connecticut from 1960 to 1966. He served at the Norwalk Armory and also the armory in Naugatuck.
Mr. Deysenroth became a member of the Weston First Aid Squad, now known as Weston Volunteer EMS, 47 years ago. He has served as chairman and secretary and is currently the treasurer.
Mr. Deysenroth is also an active 47-year member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department.
Jon Weingarten served in the Army National Guard Infantry, 42nd Rainbow Division in New York City, in 1967-68. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve in Gainesville, Fla., 1968-69. Mr. Weingarten was in the 77th Army Reserve Command in Fort Totten, Queens, N.Y., from 1969 to 1974.
Mr. Weingarten is the president of Weston EMS and has been an active member for 31 years.
Joe Deverman was in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. He served in Vietnam, Okinawa, Taiwan, and Fort Carson, Colo., during this time.
Mr. Deverman has been a member of Weston EMS since 1997.
Emerson Phillips served in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1977 to 1980 with the 32nd Signal Battalion. He was an Army photographer.
Mr. Phillips has been a member of Weston EMS for 11 years.
Bob Oborenko served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1970 to 1974. He served on the Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague, Governors Island, N.Y., and Group Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Mr. Oborenko is one of the newer members of Weston EMS, having joined two and half years ago.
All Weston veterans are invited to a complimentary breakfast held at Norfield Congregational Church’s parish hall and sponsored by the Weston Veterans Affairs Committee. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. Call Lyette Segerdahl at 203-227-8081 to RSVP.
Veterans will be driven from breakfast to the beginning of the parade route.
The parade, sponsored by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department with the full support of Weston EMS, steps off at 10:45 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Marchers assemble on School Road near the high school at 10.
All town organizations are invited to participate in the parade. Vehicles and floats are welcome, as are those with convertibles who would be willing to drive guests and dignitaries in the parade.
Call Ms. Segerdahl to reserve a spot in the lineup and to make arrangements to donate a vehicle for the parade.
In case of inclement weather, call 203-222-2641 to check on a rain cancellation of the parade.
The parade winds down School Road to Weston Center, turning left onto Norfield Road, and ending at Weston Town Hall.
There will be a brief ceremony with town officials at the gazebo outside town hall and a laying of a ceremonial wreath at the Memorial Stone near the Weston Public Library. Mr. Weingarten will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony is open to all members of the public.
The ceremony will be followed by a special complimentary lunch to honor veterans at the Norfield parish hall.
In addition, the WVFD will serve free hot dogs to all paradegoers at the Norfield fire station. In honor of its 50th “birthday,” Weston EMS will provide cupcakes.
Susan Jordan, Weston EMS, and Donna Stark, Hurlbutt PTO, contributed to this story.
Memorial Day weekend activities
SATURDAY, MAY 26
Memorial Day Kids Fun Run, 8 a.m., Weston High School.
19th annual Memorial Day 5K Race and Walk, 8:30 a.m., Weston High School. (Expect traffic detours.)
Memorial Day Fair, noon to 9 p.m., Hurlbutt Elementary School.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Memorial Day Fair, noon to 9 p.m., Hurlbutt Elementary School.
MONDAY, MAY 28
Veterans breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Norfield parish hall, free for veterans.
Memorial Day parade, 10:45 a.m. start, goes from School Road to Weston Center to town hall. (Expect traffic detours.)
Memorial Day ceremony, about noon (after the parade), gazebo at town hall and Memorial Stone.
Veterans lunch, after the ceremony, Norfield parish hall. Free to veterans.
Hot dogs and cupcakes, after the ceremony, Norfield firehouse, free.
Memorial Day Fair, noon to 5 p.m., Hurlbutt Elementary School.