Among the sun worshippers and fitness enthusiasts at Greenwich Point on Sunday, a scene right out of the 17th century came to life. Actorslike Jamie Gerelli and Rachelle Kresimandressed up as settlers from the first days of settlement in what became the town. The occasion was the Founders Day celebration of the towns beginnings in 1640.
"It is time to go back to a time when the only word I can imagine that is truly appropriate is courage," said Bea Crumbine, who is known as the town's goodwill ambassador. "Imagine sailing in a small ship, along the Long Island shore, looking for a place which looks safe, like a good landing and a place to start a new life. They did this."
Crumbine set the scene as members of the Acting Company of Greenwich performed monologues demonstrating the tension between the Native American's, Dutch and English. With Innis Arden Cottage in the background, community members, government officials welcomed six direct descendents of Elizabeth Feake, who was one of the town's founders, to the celebration. "It truly is remarkable moment," said Crumbine.
First Selectman Peter Tesei read a proclamation in acknowledgment of the 370th anniversary. "We are a community proud of our heritage," said Tesei. "The future is bright. Its bright because you see great promise in all of the works that are being done from all the various organizations and citizens that serve our community."
The Greenwich Tree Conservancy pledged to plant 370 trees throughout Greenwich Point for the anniversary.
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