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Greenwich Gets Ready for Town Party

GREENWICH, Conn. – Residents who snagged tickets to Saturday’s sold-out Greenwich Town Party at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park will get plenty of local BBQ and other fare, keep the kids entertained with toys and magicians, and see a full day of music performances.

The Greenwich Town Party, a nonprofit organization, started the event last year to bring residents together.

Twelve-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon will headline the party. Throughout the day, he’ll be joined on the main stage by reggae legends The Wailers , the blues band Tedeschi Trucks Band , gospel singer Kirk Franklin as well as Grace Potter & The Nocturnals . The latest addition to the lineup is Soprano Alyson Cambridge , who will perform the national anthem at 9:55 a.m. to kick off the day’s festivities.

The party will feature a family festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with toy demonstrations by Try Out Toys, hula-hooping from We Sell Hoops, face painting by Faces by Wells, clown performances, strolling magicians, balloon artists and a balloon station by Mr. Bungles , caricature artists, free carnival games with prizes, arts and crafts, inflatable bounce houses and slides, and more.

Attendees can sample pulled pork BBQ and chicken from 10 teams then vote for their favorite in a grill-off from noon to 2:30 p.m.

An array of menu items will also be available for purchase from area restaurants, including Asiana Café, Aux Delices, Burke Catering, Fjord Fisheries, Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream, The Ginger Man, My Favorite Place and Watson’s Catering.

Residents who didn't get a ticket can watch the festival’s performances by boat in Indian Harbor on a 16-foot by 10-foot high-definition screen. Boaters who plan to watch from the harbor should take note of the tides on May 26: Low tide is expected to be at 9:56 p.m. and high tide is at 3:45 p.m.

Local bands and groups will perform on the side town stage, including New York City-based singer-songwriter Caroline Jones ; Cos Cob-based pop, country, rockabilly band The Bramblemen ; The Bob Button Big Band ; The School of Rock , a group of young rockers ages 10 to 17 from Fairfield County; as well as Roy and The Munsons , a group of seniors from Brunswick’s Upper School Performing Arts Program.

For the full music lineup and schedule of events, check out the Greenwich Town Party website here. You can also sign up for the party waiting list on the website.

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