The Torrington High School Marching Band will represent the City of Torrington in the Windsor, CT 375th Anniversary Parade on Saturday September 27, 2008.
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Town Preparing For Birthday
DAYS OF EVENTS PLANNED FOR 375TH ANNIVERSARY IN SEPTEMBER 2008
Written by Steve Goode, Courant Staff Writer
Reprinted by permission from the Hartford Courant, March 22, 2007
The 375th birthday of Connecticut's oldest town is more than a year away, but organizers already are planning what they hope will be a really big party. Plans for the celebration, scheduled for late September 2008, include a parade, dinner dance, events at the historical society and educational programs. But organizers are looking for ideas and suggestions, as well as volunteers and funding for the bash. "We're not leaving anybody's ideas out yet," said John Pier, chairman of Windsor 375, the event organizing committee. "There are no limitations except the difficulty of raising funds."Windsor was founded on Sept. 26, 1633, and next year's three-day event would be Sept. 26, 27 and 28. Pier, who attended festivities for the 350th anniversary, recalled that then-Gov. William O'Neill attended, as did the Governor's Foot Guard. He said he hopes Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the foot guard attend next year. The committee also plans to reach out to the nearly two dozen "daughter towns"' that spun off from Windsor. The town has offspring as far west as Litchfield, Torrington and Colebrook, and as far east as Tolland and Coventry. Others that trace their roots to Windsor include: Enfield, Suffield, Granby, East Granby, Barkhamsted, Harwinton, Morris, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, South Windsor, Ellington, Vernon, Bolton and the north side of Manchester. "We want to be as inclusive as possible. This is a celebration of the community,"' Pier said. Enita Jubrey, assistant to the town manager and vice chairwoman of the organizing committee, said she envisioned an Olympic-like parade in which bands from each town carry banners with town names and the year of their founding. Jubrey said she also hoped to snag the University of Connecticut marching band and would love to have a fireworks show."I have big dreams,"' she said. Pier also had a vision of what the event would be about.