LETTER: Committee Chairperson Thanks Volunteers, Residents For Successful Harvest Fair
Sep 15, 2015 09:51AM
● By Bill Gilman
The sack races and other field games and races were a big hit with kids at the 2nd Annual Tewksbury Fall Harvest Fair.
Dear Tewksbury Residents,
What a wonderful day at the 2nd Annual Tewksbury Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday despite the cloudy and sometimes off and on drizzle. It surely did not keep the crowds away with an estimated 2,700 visitors streaming through the gates at Livingston Field.
The success of the event was solely because lots of people stepped up and volunteered their time for the residents of Tewksbury. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, though the list is long, who contributed to the many moving parts within the park, there was something going on from one end of the field to the other for all to enjoy.
I first and foremost want to give thanks to the incredible Public Events & Celebrations Committee members of which I have the great opportunity to work with. Your town committee members are Susan Boucher, Moira Gray, Elaine Krauss, Mary Jo Melloni and Erin Knyff and of course my wonderful husband Selectman David Gay for without them it would be impossible to bring these wonderful events to the residents of Tewksbury.
Thank you to John Spinelli for bringing the Cornhole Tournament to the Fall Harvest Festival. It is definitely a highlight for so many to enjoy and all for a great cause to support the Tewksbury Cheerleaders. John’s level of detail in organizing the game is no doubt the reason for its success.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank three other of our Board of Selectmen for volunteering their time at the festival. Selectman Bruce Panilaitis was great in organizing the children’s field games, Bruce also braved the elements and took his shots in the dunk tank. Selectman Jim Wentworth helped out with the Cornhole Tournament and became another victim of the dunk tank with lots of people stepping up to knock him into the chilly water. Selectman Mark Kratman was our third Selectmen willing to take the hits as he plopped into the water.
More thanks go to two of other town officials, Planning Board Member Vinny Fratalia and the lone member of the School Committee, Jayne Miller who graciously took her own hits while splashing into the tank.
Of course it would be impossible to leave out so many others including our town manager Richard Montuori who helped make all this possible for without his efforts and guidance this would not be possible. I would also like to thank the assistant to Mr. Montuori, Jeanine Tamboli who helped with many of the background tasks.
Other town employees who assisted with their many efforts before and during the event are Lou-Ann Clement of the Board of Health, Deputy Chief John Voto, Police Department, Deputy Chief Al Vasas, Fire Department, Brian Gilbert of the DPW and the many more police, firefighters and DPW workers all of which played key roles for the sake of the safety of all patrons.
A Special thank you goes out to the Tewksbury Transit Authority for bringing two of their buses to shuttle folks free of charge to and from the State Hospital parking lots and Livingston Field. So many thanks to Chief Riggs of the State Hospital Department of Public Health for allowing the town the use of their parking lots in order to accommodate the many families and to help alleviate the flow of traffic on Livingston without the long lines we had last year. To DJ RAM JAM for keeping the music exciting and pumped as well as keeping so many people informed of all our special activities that were going on throughout the day and to Dave Stagnone for helping with the preparation before and during the festivities.
A very special thank you to Jim Kenney of the Tewksbury Congregational Church for donating the use of the blue and white tent in order to give people added seating and for all his help during the event.
A special note to Mike Earley, of New England Tent and Event who supplied the parking attendants, tenting, staging and support to the committee to help make our additions complete for everyone.
Lastly thank you Loretta Ryan for helping bring some of our newer vendors this year and a warm thank you to all our wonderful student and adult volunteers that kept the many children happy in the arts and crafts area. The Public Events & Celebrations Committee is honored to be a part of helping our students of Tewksbury earn their community service hours to help strengthen their college applications one day in their future.
Chair, Public Events & Celebration Committee