First Fridays - themed celebrations
June - African American Heritage
Spanning the earliest years of the state's colonization around 1630 continuing strongly to this day, learn how CT's official "State Heroine" impacted history. Find out where the CT Freedom Trail location is in Putnam, and enjoy an awarding winning performer featuring West African World Vision Music with songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe tour world. Many cultural, arts and community offerings will be available.
July - French Canadian-American Heritage
Between 1840 and 1930, approximately 900,000 French-speaking Canadians left Quebec to work in New England factories, mills, potato fields and logging camps. Entire villages relocated south, with new communities formed in towns, nicknamed, "Little Canadas". Attend and enjoy music, the arts, lots of performances, as well as some vibrant cultural organizations.
August - Greek-American Heritage
Between 1900 and 1920, more than 350,000 Greeks immigrated to the US to work in textile mills, and soon began operating businesses for themselves, most notable, restaurants. A unifying force was the church, which provided a close-knit community. Come and dance with an energetic Greek themes DJ that will get the streets rocking, engage with Greek cultural groups, and arts available for all ages.
September - Native American Heritage
Long before the mills came, there were many small American Indian tribes in the CT area, including the Mohegan, Pequot, Niantic, Nipmunc, Mattabesic, Schaghticoke, Paugussett, and others. Learn about the Nipmuc Tribe this month at the Cultural Celebration Station along with the Nipmuc historian and performer.
October - Scandinavian-American Heritage
Celebrate this broad group made up by the people of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Finnish immigrants began to settle in Connecticut in the 1920s and Grosvenordale boasted a rich Swedish population. Social halls were built to meet others with similar backgrounds and languages. The Finnish American Historical Society was formed in 1987 in Canterbury, with a mission to promote Finish heritage, culture and language. members will be on site to share their culture with attendees.