Fairfield woman named Barnum Festival Volunteer of the Year


Nancy Goncalves receives a plaque honoring her as the 2014 Barnum Festival Volunteer of the Year from 2014 Barnum Festival Ringmaster Paul S. Timpanelli.

Nancy Goncalves of Fairfield has been named the 2014 Barnum Festival Volunteer of the Year. The announcement was made by 2014 Ringmaster Paul S. Timpanelli during the annual volunteer picnic.

“From the Great Street Parade to the fireworks, from Champions on Parade to the Wing Ding, our many dedicated volunteers work diligently to make the Festival run smoothly and successfully every step of the way,” Timpanelli said. “Our volunteers help make the festival happen. We couldn’t do it without their efforts.”

Each year, the festival names a Volunteer of the Year to recognize the efforts made by volunteers to ensure the Festival is a successful community celebration. Goncalves served as chairperson for the Barnum Festival’s Greater Bridgeport Symphony Pops Concert at Seaside Park on June 27. The concert was a new addition to the festival this year.

“Nancy and her committee worked very hard to create a wonderful experience for everyone in Seaside Park — the first time the Greater Bridgeport Symphony has performed in the park in years,” said Elaine K. Ficarra, festival executive director. “The concert, under the baton of its new maestro, Eric Jacobsen, was a resounding success, and we hope it will become a new tradition in years to come with the symphony and the festival.

“Nancy’s commitment and attention to detail in her role as chairperson for the Pops Concert, is an example of what our Festival volunteers are all about,” Ficarra added. “Our volunteers give hundreds of hours of their time each year to ensure that every event goes smoothly and is an enjoyable experience for our audiences.”

Goncalves is the former director of Fine & Performing Arts for the Bridgeport Board of Education, where she supervised all aspects of the arts program, including music, dance, theatre arts and art instruction for the city’s 20,000 students.

Goncalves is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Conductor Search Committee. Now retired, she is an arts consultant and teaches dance classes.

Goncalves lives in Fairfield with her husband, 2011 Barnum Festival Ringmaster Armando Goncalves.

Barnum Festival Board President Michael Niedermeier of Trumbull was also recognized for his leadership in moving the festival forward during the past year. Niedermeier was the 2009 Barnum Festival Ringmaster.

The festival also recognized two community partners and sponsors, Aquarion Water Co. and American Medical Response, for their long-time support of the festival.

At the picnic, Parade Grand Marshal Raymond G. Baldwin presented the parade float competition winners with a framed photo of their winning floats.   Town of Fairfield 375th Anniversary received the Grand Marshal’s Award.

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