Dogwood Festival returns this weekend

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church will welcome spring with the 79th annual Dogwood Festival on the church’s grounds and town square Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for admission. Free shuttle buses are available from Dwight Elementary School, 1600 Redding Road, and Fairfield Country Day School, 2970 Bronson Road. Limited parking is available near the church and on some local roads. Information can be found at .greenfieldhillchurch.com.

This year’s festival will take place a week prior to Mother’s Day as it did last year, surrounded by the historic Greenfield Hill neighborhood awash in pink, white, and purple blossoms.

“Our 79th Dogwood Festival is a time-honored tradition that has had a strong evolution and continues to receive extensive community support,” said Greenfield Hill Congregational Church co-minister Alida Ward. “We will be featuring longtime arts and crafts vendors, as well as several new artisans and craftspeople this year. The weekend-long events are shaping up to be some of our most comprehensive and exciting events of the year in Fairfield and perhaps since the festival’s inception.”

The fifth annual Friday Luncheon, this year celebrating “Honey Bees and The Dogwood Trees,” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. C. Marina Marchese, founder and owner of Red Bee Honey, is a bee keeper, author, and honey sommelier. Her presentation will include a honey tasting, gourmet chicken salad, pasta, tossed and fruit salads, breads, cheeses, and special dessert compliments of Sweet & Simple Bakery. Sparkling water and wine will be served. Tickets are $30 tickets sold in advance at the church office and online.

The 2-mile Dogwood Dash, now in its seventh year, is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The Dogwood Mini-Dash, for ages 2 to 7, is held in the Memorial Garden behind the Len Morgan Youth Barn.

The theme of the seventh annual Saturday Night Party, set for 7 to 10:30 p.m., is Hawaiian Luau. Dinner catered by Panino’s, will feature pineapple chicken marsala, sweet and sour meatballs, pulled pork, and Hawaiian rice, beer and wine. Blackjack Entertainment will provide music. Tickets are $50 and available at the church office or online. Proceeds benefit landscaping the church following roof renovations.

Places to shop include an art show, a juried craft show, Kate’s Clothes, Kate’s Corner and Antiques, and the plant and garden boutique.

There will be children’s games and crafts, as well as concerts, throughout the weekend.

Guided walking tour through gardens and historic sites “On the Hill” surrounding the church are also available.

“The Dogwood Festival has, for 79 years, been a wonderful tradition within the Fairfield community,” said Tom Wambach, Dogwood Festival Committee chairman and longtime church member. “Our congregation pulls together to make it the success that it is every year. We work hard and have a lot of fun together. We couldn’t do this without all our dedicated volunteers. All of our net profit goes to support charities.”

“We support local, national and international charities like Operation Hope, Children At Risk Fund, Janus House, Center for Women & Families, and Project Learn and many more through our mission board,” said David Rowe, co-minister of the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. “The Dogwood Festival is a part of the fabric of the local community.”

Friday, May 2

Blossom Bakery 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Corner & Collectibles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Clothes 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plant & Garden Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juried Craft Show & Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SPF Grill 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blossom Café 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday Luncheon, “Dogwood Trees & Honey Bees” with author C. Marina Marchese, 11:30 a.m.

Piano Duets Sandra Murphy & Rita Lapcevic in Church Sanctuary 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 3

Dogwood Dash 8:30 a.m.

Blossom Café 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blossom Bakery 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Corner & Collectibles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Clothes 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plant & Garden Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juried Craft Show & Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SPF Grill 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Radar Pitch Baseball 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children’s Crafts & Games 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dogwood Mini Dash Kid’s Race 10:30 a.m.

Guided Walking Tours 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Greenfield Hill Chancel Choir, Sandra Murphy, director 1 p.m.

Meet the Artists Reception & Art Show 4:30-6 p.m.

Saturday Night Hawaiian Luau 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 4

Blessing of the Animals noon

Blossom Café 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blossom Bakery 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Show noon to 5 p.m.

Plant & Garden Boutique noon to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Corner & Collectibles noon to 5 p.m.

Kate’s Clothes noon to 5 p.m.

Juried Arts & Crafts Show & Sale noon to 5 p.m.

Plant & Garden Boutique noon to 5 p.m.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School A Capella Singers

SPF Grill noon to 5 p.m.

Radar Pitch Baseball noon to 5 p.m.

Children’s Crafts and Games noon to 5 p.m.

Brian Dolzani Blossom Café noon to 2 p.m.

“Close Harmony” and “A Capella Too” Sanctuary 1:30 p.m.

Guided Walking Tours 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Pivot Ministries Men’s Choir, Sanctuary Steps (weather permitting) 3 p.m.

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