BROOKSVALE FESTIVAL THANKS!!

I want to pass along THANKS to all those who helped make the 18th annual Brooksvale Fall Festival a success.  We pride ourselves in presenting an event that offers hands-on opportunities to learn and experience our natural environment, enjoy the fall season, learn about our resident’s passionate causes, and interact with all aspects of the Hamden community.  We believe in simpler rather than complicated offerings, historic rather than futuristic, and handmade items and sustainability.

To the Recreation Dept. and DPW Parks staff—Thank you for preparing the Park, staffing the ticket booth, managing the volunteers, and operating a great haunted hayride.  To the barnyard staff—thank you for all the diligence and perseverance over the last year in training our mini-horses to be able to offer cart rides to our young visitors on festival day.  The horses have come a long way.

To the Hamden Police & Hamden Fire Dept.’s for contributing to the festival in so many ways.  The kids love the trucks and motorcycles, and the amazing K-9 demonstrations.  We hope the officers and firefighters enjoyed helping our visitors have fun.  We hope you were able to get a break from the serious concerns you protect us from every day.

To the many volunteers from UCONN, Quinnipiac & SCSU that helped with setup, and under the inspiration of Alyssa Stutzman presented so many kids crafts, games, experiential learning activities, and just plain old family fun. 

To the Hamden CERT Team who volunteer to handle all traffic and parking at a challenging venue.  The vehicles just kept rolling in!!  Your communication, teamwork, and emergency preparation puts our visitors at ease to “just enjoy”. The festival could not be done safely without you!

To the “Friends of Brooksvale Park” who volunteer their time year round to advocate for, and improve Brooksvale Park. The Animal Barn you accomplished has become a wonderful focal point for the Park.  Thanks to all the members for the donations of baked goods on festival day. 

To the Whitney Players who create the Haunted Hayride.  So great to see all the children and adult actors and their families doing what they have a passion for, here in Brooksvale Park.  Under Cindy Simell-Devoe's inspiration, they created a unique experience for our hayriders.

To Christal, aka the “Wool Lady” for taking initiative to highlight our sheep and create wonderful hands-on activities from their wool.   We love your passion for time honored wool practices and appreciate your desire to share them with our visitors.

To Jim, aka the “Housewright” who has been with us every year, garbed in his period clothing, allowing kids to experience how things used to be made before automation.  Jim believes in living history and we love that this festival offers our visitors an opportunity to go back to a simpler non-electronic time.

To volunteer Blue Trail Dale, thanks again for staffing the music stage and coordinating all musicians and soundman needs--it sounded great!

To the craft vendors, exhibitors and community groups who bring their passion for crafts and environmental causes, and share them with us on festival day—thanks for teaching us!  The festival is a true community event featuring positive folks who want to improve and beautify our world.

To our food vendors and Musicians who keep us sustained with goodness for the stomach and the soul.  Thanks for committing to an outdoor festival often during challenging weather conditions.

Finally, many thanks to our festival visitors, returning and new—we hope you enjoyed a great day at Brooksvale Park in Hamden.

Vincent Lavorgna, Brooksvale Park Ranger