One of New Canaan’s most community-minded service organizations is helping to launch an event this weekend that’s designed to bring people together in the downtown to support local merchants while raising money for great causes.
Participating stores are donating up to 15 percent of proceeds to support Meals on Wheeels New Canaan as well as the Young Women’s League’s own “Giving Fund” (read more about the group’s giving here).
Marley Thackray, vice president of the Young Women’s League, said the organization “wanted to have an event that involved the whole community and helped enhance the wonderful spirit of this town.”
“What better way to spend a beautiful September Saturday than supporting our local businesses, furthering Meals on Wheels’ important services, and getting together friends and families to enjoy our unique village?” she said. “We hope that this event becomes part of the many great traditions that we have in New Canaan, and is a way to engage all facets of its people in service and community.”
During “Fall Into New Canaan,” children can participate in a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and families, businesses and other organizations can purchase kits to participate in New Canaan’s first annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest (scarecrows will hang from the lampposts in town in October).
Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber, said the organization is “thrilled to have partnered with the Young Women’s League to bring an event into the downtown that will encourage all to shop locally all the while raising funds for good causes.”
Family-friendly activities led by local businesses are to be held all day in the Pop Up Park, which is making a special one-day return for the event. The activities run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include (a full list can be found here) story time with Elm Street Books, Balloon Animals with Toddlertime Nursery School and the Great Sirico, craft time (tying bracelets) with the Young Women’s League and Au Pair in America and live entertainment from New Canaan Music.