82nd annual Dogwood Festival kicks off May 12

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church announces it will host its 82nd annual Dogwood Festival Mother’s Day weekend May 12-14. This long time community fund-raising event has long been affiliated with that of the pink and white Dogwood Tree blossoms which abound in the Greenfield Hill Historic District signifying the awakening of spring.

The time honored Dogwood Festival, a collaboration of its host, the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, serves as a fund-raiser, giving to both local as well as global charities in need, in the spirit of community, goodwill, outreach and fellowship. One hundred percent of the festivals net proceeds benefit these charities directly. “Twenty three Charities benefit from the Dogwood Festival and include: IICONN, Operation Hope, the Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport Child Advocacy, St. Georges Food Kitchen, the Appalachia Service Trip and the International Justice Mission,” said Auray.

“As a Pastor, I am most proud of the spirit that is shown from beginning to end that so perfectly expresses the spirit of our church and of God’s love,” said Rev. Dr. David Rowe of the Greenfield Congregational Church. “The whole Dogwood Festival brings so much energy and joy into our church life, doing good, having a lot of fun and welcoming the whole community. The primary benefit is the helping of others — historically we have used the proceeds with mission projects and charities that focus on children and women. Our church is a very outgoing church both in spirit and in practice — we are outgoing in our welcome to all who come and in our help toward those in need. It’s a beautiful event all around!”

From Fairfield to Bridgeport, from Appalachia to India, proceeds help support families in need, at risk children, address homelessness and aid in numerous additional altruistic endeavors.

The festival features activities for all ages and includes a historical walking tour, art show, juried craft show, a blessing of the animals, children’s crafts and games, face painting, a plant and garden boutique, live musical performances (School of Rock), approximately 75 onsite vendors with one of a kind merchandise, gifts and jewelry, Kate’s Corner Boutique, a Town Proud Art Show (photographic essay of Storm Sandy: Before & After), foods and confections by artisans throughout New England and Renee Marsh, A Simpler Place, will speak during Friday’s Luncheon event on Everything I learned About Gardening From a Tomato.

The Festival currently is seeking sponsorships and volunteers. Contact co-chairs Kimberly Smith, [email protected], or Betsy Auray, [email protected] for more information.

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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