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4th Annual Rose Garden Festival June 17 in New Britain


Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Parks and Recreation Chairman Patrick Dorsey, Vice Chairman Paul Shaker Jr. and the New Britain Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Department are pleased to announce the return of the New Britain’s kickoff party to the summer of 2017. The fourth annual New Britain Rose Garden Festival, presented by Stanley Black and Decker, will be taking place at the Walnut Hill Rose Garden on Saturday, June 17th from 5-10 p.m.

Once again, imagine dining, drinking and dancing amongst 1,000 multi-colored, full bloom rose bushes for five hours on a warm summer night in June at historic Walnut Hill Park. Come out and be a part of this special community wide event that will feature a night of live music as well as the opportunity to enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants! In addition, beverages of all kinds will be available for purchase including beer, wine, and spirits. Admission to the event will be $7 per person in advance and $10 the day of the event. This event is for persons 21 years of age and older. Food and beverages will be sold separately.

“The Rose Garden Festival is a great opportunity to spend a unique summer evening in one of our city’s most picturesque settings. Amid the Rose Garden, there will be music, dancing, drinks, and food from a variety of local restaurants to enjoy in the company of friends. I look forward to June 17th at Walnut Hill Park!” said Mayor Erin Stewart.

Co-sponsors of this exciting event include the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Walnut Hill Rose Garden. Restaurants committed to the event to date are: Great Taste, Back Nine Tavern, Max Pizza II, Staropolska, and Mofungo, all from New Britain. Back Nine Tavern, Stanley Golf Course’s new food and beverage provider, will also be providing full bar service for the event. Any other restaurants interested in acquiring a booth at the festival should contact Erik Barbieri, Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Director at 860- 826-3360 to obtain a vendor application.

“The fee for restaurants to be part of this unique ‘Taste of Greater New Britain’ event is only $200 and we are near max capacity for this unique catering opportunity.”

The rose garden atop the park near the World War I Monument is the largest volunteer maintained Rose Garden in the state, led by the efforts of Kate McCue and the Friends of Walnut Hill Rose Garden.

The event will start with a Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Following the Happy Hour will be the first of two bands to take the stage that evening. Avenue Groove will get the party and dancing started and the nightcap will feature Soul Sound Revue, rocking the stage for the remainder of the night. These are two of Connecticut’s most popular showbands that will be sure to keep the party going strong all night long.

In conjunction with the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Department would like to thank all of its sponsors for making this special night possible: Title Sponsor – Stanley Black & Decker, Gold Sponsor – Admill Machine, Auto Sponsor – Schaller Auto World, Transportation Sponsor – Dattco. In addition, Scott’s Flowers will be donating roses to give away to the first 250 women in attendance. It’s not too late to become a sponsor for the event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation Department and Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce starting May 15th or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department. Any additional questions can be answered by calling the Parks and Recreation Department hotline at 860-826-3360.or Craig Bowman, Recreation Services Coordinator, at 860-826-3359.