80th annual Dogwood Festival this weekend

The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church (GHCC) will hold its 80th annual Dogwood Festival from May 1-3. The three-day festival will celebrate the white and pink blossoms which have become the prized symbols of the Town of Fairfield.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 3, noon to 5 p.m.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Dogwood Festival, renowned Fairfield artist Karl Soderlund has created an original painting of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in its spring-time glory. Soderlund is producing a limited edition of framed prints which will be available for sale at the festival.

The Dogwood Festival is a time-honored tradition and annual celebration of Fairfield’s ubiquitous blossoms, giving visitors and patrons the opportunity to experience the beautiful panoramic scenery of the historic hill and tree-lined streets.

The event also features activities for all ages, including a historical walking tour, a fun run, children’s games, face-painting, musical performances and artisans as well as savory foods and delicious confections. Also featured at the festival is the renowned Kate’s Corner where visitors can find gently used and new treasures and consignments, as well as Kate’s Clothes.

Additionally, visitors may shop at more than 50 crafter, artisan and food booths featuring vendors from throughout New England.

Proceeds from the Dogwood Festival go towards local, national and international charities that support families and at-risk children, address homelessness, and aid other altruistic endeavors.

“The Dogwood Festival is a great destination for visitors near and far, and a special opportunity for congregants of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church to open their doors and share the season of spring and the majesty of Greenfield Hill,” said Dr. Rev. David Rowe, a co-pastor at GHCC. “The festival is also an important fundraising event that allows our church to donate to many worthy organizations and charities that are dedicated to the greater good.”

“We are very excited to celebrate the 80th Dogwood Festival that generations of people enjoy annually — an event that also underscores the spirit of community, fellowship and giving within our congregation,” added co-pastor Dr. Rev. Alida Ward. “We are also honored this year to have Karl Soderlund share his talents, through the beautiful print he has created of our church, to help us mark the festival’s special anniversary.”

GHCC is located at 1045 Old Academy road, Fairfield. For more information on the festival, visit greenfieldhillchurch.com.

Admission for the festival is free, and there plenty of free shuttle bus parking nearby.

Fairfield artist Karl Soderlund has created an original painting of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in the spring.

Fairfield artist Karl Soderlund has created an original painting of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in the spring.

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