Many thanks to Katie Lawrence for these photos!
Spend an hour honoring those who served and gave their lives, and have a good time with fellow members of the DMA.
If you are able to join us, please arrive at the Goodwives shopping center by 9:30 am.
We are assembling at the far end of the parking lot near the Tengda Restaurant.
It is suggested that you wear a blue shirt and tan or khaki pants (If you don’t have them, don’t worry about it.)
There is no parking at Goodwives so you will have to park at:
But, we recommend that you be dropped off, and have your driver park near the end of the parade. (The medical center across the Post Road from the Cemetery is a good choice).
The parade route proceeds down the Post Road for 1.25 miles. we will have cars for those who need a ride.
The parade starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11 AM.
We want to have marchers, but if you are unable to walk (march) we will hopefully, have enough room in our cars for those who can’t walk. We encourage those who can walk to do so.
Please come and represent the Darien Men’s Association in honoring the men and women who have served our nation.
Nearly 150 years ago, Memorial Day— first called Decoration Day— was set aside to decorate the graves of the men who’d recently died in battle. America was still reeling from the Civil War when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation in 1868, according to a PBS account of his decision. “The 30th of May,” he declared, “would be an occasion to honor those who died in the conflict.”
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
The Darien Men’s Association (DMA) gathered once again at 9 a.m. on a cold November morning to help the Darien Chamber of Commerce take the wreaths out of storage and check all the lights. They replaced over 190 lights on our town wreaths. Now the wreaths are ready to be put up on the town lamp posts to decorate our town for the Holidays. The trees on Tokeneke Road will also be lit with lights to decorate the road. The Darien Chamber of Commerce raises the annual cost to pay for the wreaths and lights in town to be placed and removed through contributions from our town merchants and residents.
About 190 lights had to be replaced!
Meet in the CVS parking lot by the UCBC bagel shop.
Be there between 8 and 9 am to pick up supplies. Garbage bags, pickup sticks and gloves are supplied .
Early birds, come before 8 am, and you can get a free bagel, coffee, tea and/or juice.
Darien Men’s Association is assigned to clean up the Darien train station parking lot, Mechanic Street and the berm on the New Haven side of the tracks.
It usually takes only about 2 hours to complete our part.
Please come to participate as part of DMA’s community service.
Good cause, good fellowship, and free bagels!
Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a group of women who use their voices for a good cause. Singing 4-part harmony, covering music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs at senior centers and assisted living venues throughout Southern Fairfield County, as well as at the DCA. Their director – Dr. Craig Scott Symons – is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir. The DCA is proud to have the Blue Notes as a key part of our philanthropic mission.
The Blue Notes Group take pride in providing high quality entertainment and enjoyment to audiences and the DMA takes pride in asking them back year after year to sing for us.
Concert starts at 11 am.
Thanks to Frank Johnson and Bob Smith for these photos!
We want to have a big turnout of DMA members this year.
Be at the Goodwives Shopping Center by 9:30 AM.
(Remember, no cars are allowed to park there except for those that are in the parade).
The parade route is down the Post Road for 1.25 miles. We want to have marchers but if you are unable to walk (march) we will have cars for those who need a ride. The parade starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11 AM.
Spend an hour honoring those who served and gave their lives and also have a good time with fellow members of the DMA.
On Saturday April 27th, members of the Senior Men’s Association will help clean up the Darien train station parking lot, Mechanic Street, and the berm on the New Haven side of the tracks, as part of the Darien town-wide clean-up project.
Please come to participate as part of SMA’s community service. It usually only takes about 2 hours for us to complete our part of the project.
We will meet in the CVS parking Lot by the UCBC bagel shop between 8 and 9 am. Come there to pick up supplies, and have a free bagel, coffee, tea and/or juice.
The Beautification Commission and Chamber of Commerce will supply the garbage bags, pick-up sticks, and work gloves.
Good cause, good fellowship, and free bagels! What could be better?
Bob Smith, Jack Fitzgibbons, Taylor Strubinger, Bob Ready, George Cammann, Tony Kwedar, and Bill Ball (otherwise known as the seven elves.)
We fixed the holiday lights for Darien,
Wreaths from boxes we were a carry’en.
Replacing bulbs, fixing bows, blowing fuses
We did our job with no excuses.
So remember well the seven elves of SMA,
Working in the cold that November day,
We ask no praise, we did our task
But next year we might bring a flask!