A Look Back - Top 14 Living Greenwich Memories of 2017

Now that we've roared into the New Year, most eyes are focused firmly forward on the excitement, promise, and fun surely ahead of us all as we make our way through 2018!

Still, there were so many incredible Greenwich memories in 2017 - that we thought it wouldn't hurt to take a quick and nostalgic look back at just a few of the major community happenings that really captured the attention of our readers over the last year.

Scroll down the page to take one final trip down the Greenwich 2017 version of memory lane with us!

Plus, when it's bitterly cold out like it happens to be these winter days - it never hurts to revisit some of those summer memories and remind ourselves that the green leaves, beach days, and al fresco dining of spring and summer are never far off in New England, even when they seem a million miles away!

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1. New Year's Day Dip - Polar Plunge 2017

Watching your Greenwich neighbors don their beach garments and run into the freezing waters of Long Island Sound on New Year's Day is always a good time. At high noon on New Year's Day 2017, crowds of Greenwich residents started their year with a quick dip into the water at Tod's Point for the benefit of Kids in Crisis!

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2. Greenwich Town Party 2017

Once again...the annual Greenwich Town Party was a sold out, song-singing, body-moving, smile-creating, memory-forging, and VERY successful local event which brought out the big crowds for a day of music and fun.

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3. Greenwich Farmer's Market

Located in the Arch Street Parking Lot, the Greenwich Farmers Market prides itself on being a 'producers-only' market. That means they only accept farmers who actually grow the products they are selling. It also means that this isn't one of those flea-market style farmer's markets where arts, crafts, services and more are working to garner your attention and persuade you into a purchase. The emphasis here is all on the food; from vegetables and fruits, through to jams, jellies, honey, and even meat!

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4. 2017 Annual Memorial Day Parade

The 2017 Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department Parade had a fantastic showing of local residents and an abundance of smiles along the parade route. As in years past, marchers strolled through downtown Old Greenwich and then congregated beside the Veterans Memorial Monument in Binney Park for a flag raising ceremony honoring veterans who served from the Town of Greenwich.

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5. 4th of July Fireworks at Binney Park and Greenwich Point

The evening weather reports on July 1st may have had everyone on edge - some surrounding towns even postponed their Independence Day fireworks displays due to expected storms - but Greenwich remained steadfast and kept their patriotic pyrotechnics right on schedule at both Binney Park and Greenwich Point Park.

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6. Greenwich Point Conservancy's Beach Ball Benefit

Nothing speaks summer in Greenwich like a waterfront social event with wine, food, music, and dancing - all within eye-shot of the grand shoreline vistas of Long Island Sound AND all for an excellent cause!

The 2017 Beach Ball, aside from being an an excellent reason to get dressed up and enjoy some of the plentiful fresh summer air, also functions to fulfill the mission of the Greenwich Point Conservancy in working for the restoration and preservation of the historic buildings and other structures at Greenwich Point.

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7. Sand-Blast 2017 at Greenwich Point Beach

Greenwich's favorite annual sand sculpture contest had Greenwich Point Beach literally covered in creativity on Sunday, July 30th!

One day after the possibility of inclement weather caused Sandblast 2017 to be postponed to its rain date, the sun was shining, the skies were a cloudless blue, the temperature was just-right, and more than 200 people (comprising over 50 teams) were molding the shoreline sand into a wide variety of eye-catching forms!

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8. 2017 Greenwich Side Walk Sales

This year’s edition of the popular Greenwich “Sidewalk Sale Days” saw enthusiastic participation from the local merchant community with a wide variety of over 110 vendors participating. A perfectly valid excuse to shop 'til you drop in the summer air along Greenwich Avenue!

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9. St. Catherine's Carnival of Fun 2017

The dizzying lights of carnival rides. The nostalgic scents of festival foods. The din of live music. The excitement in the voices of those playing games of chance. Night falls. The flashing array of lit bulbs in motion mingles with the frenzied fray of the excited crowd. These are the moments summer memories are made of - and they could all be found in abundance at the 2017 St. Catherine of Siena’s Carnival of Fun!

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10. 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

Were you part of the crowd enjoying the festivities as some of the brightest stars of the global and local culinary worlds descended on Roger Sherman Baldwin Park against a backdrop of beautiful weather and live music for the 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival?

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage industries. The mission is to strengthen our communities’ non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. Plus - it's always fun to be in the same crowd as celebrity chefs such as: Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant and Adam Richman!

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11. Audubon Greenwich Annual Hawk Watch 2017

On Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, Audubon Greenwich celebrated the fall season and annual migration of raptors during their 19th Annual Fall Festival and Hawk Watch!

The festival this year included three raptor shows each day, music, food trucks, a climbing wall, a petting zoo, rides in a mini Tesla Radio Flyer and more.

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12. 2017 Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival

Unseasonably warm fall weather made for excellent al fresco art viewing during the 36th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum this year!

The slightest tinges of autumn hued foliage on the trees added a splash seasonal color to a festival filled with a wide variety of impressive work in the mediums of wood sculpture, acrylics, oils, photography, etchings, bronze sculpture, mixed media and more.

A total of 92 juried artists from all over the country were on the museum grounds to exhibit and sell their 'originals only' (no reproductions) work.

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13. 2017 Greenwich Restaurant Week Kickoff at J House

October 26th was a night of gustatory greatness at the J House Greenwich as ticket-holders to the Greenwich Restaurant Week 2017 Opening Night Kickoff Extravaganza celebrated a full and exceedingly memorable evening of local culinary royalty, celebrated mixologists, and the taste-bud-tantalizing end-products of their considerable creative skills.

The first floor of the J House was transformed into a refined wonderland of local personalities, tasty tapas, light bites, and colorful, creative cocktails!

Who was on hand to represent the cuisine landscape of Greenwich? Back 40 Kitchen, Bella Nonna, Bistro Versailles, Char, Citarella, Gaucho Boteco Steakhouse (Stamford), Harvest, Little Pub, Mill Street Bar & Table, OG Social Club, Petite Treats, Table 104 (Stamford), The Spread (in South Norwalk - opening soon in Greenwich), and more!

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14. 2017 Greenwich Holiday Stroll

Downtown Greenwich was a winter wonderland - without the snow - for the annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend on December 2nd and 3rd.

Over 100 participating merchants, restaurants, and businesses worked in tandem to deliver the level of Hallmark-Movie, small-town quaintness that draws people to this event in such a successful fashion year after year.

The scene was a simmering holiday potpourri of shopping, food, and family friendly activities. Even a short stroll along the Avenue provided a bountiful feast for all the senses with live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculpture demonstrations, a live nativity (complete with wild animals), and a wide variety of food trucks offering seasonally appropriate flavors.

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Photos by Pam Grunow
Writing by Eric Taubert