‘A Rare and Wonderful Thing’: Local Teens, Families Gear Up for 2018 New Canaan Turkey Trot

New Canaan High School senior Brielle Connelly first got involved in the Turkey Trot three years ago, as a member of its organizing committee. 

She’d visited the annual fundraiser’s beneficiary organization, Open Doors in Norwalk—a nonprofit that provides shelter, food, clothing, case management and other services to homeless people—and the visit made a strong impression on her. “I met the people that go there and they were so grateful for us being able to come,” Connelly said. “They knew the Turkey Trot and I though tit was really special to be able to do something fun that was a community event and for kids to appreciate the people in our area. I really liked the aspect of benefitting so many people in such a fun, community way.”

It’s a sense of civic-mindedness that’s been integral to the Turkey Trot since its inception, and the 5k run itself has deep ties to New Canaan families since its launch 15 years ago. According to Robin Lord,  small number of friendly families—three or four—got together at that time with the idea of showing their own children something about giving back.

PHOTOS: Final ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ of 2018 Hits Downtown New Canaan Sunday

Thousands of specialty and classic auto enthusiasts gathered in downtown New Canaan on Sunday for this year’s final ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ show. Launched by New Canaan’s Doug Zumbach out front of his eponymous coffee shop on Pine Street , C&C is  now a fixture of New Canaan, with four shows per year. Typically two of those shows are downtown and two are at Waveny, though this year due to a scheduling snafu, the second would-be Waveny event was held on Pine and Elm Streets. Local families pushing strollers and holding dog leashes mingled with the car owners and their fans on a crisp, clear autumn morning. Here are some photos from the event, whose major sponsors include Bankwell: