Art, food, entertainment and more at Trumbull festival

Local artists, writers and community members will converge for a day or fun and artistic beauty at this Sunday’s Trumbull Arts Festival, an event with a 36-year history in town.

The Trumbull Arts Commission will host the annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the historic Town Hall Green, 5866 Main St., rain or shine. Admission is free.

The Festival is a multi-arts event that includes juried fine artists and crafters, a children’s creative center, an author’s area, community booths and food.

“You can enjoy the art, the good music and good food and run into people you haven’t seen in years,” Arts Commission Coordinator Emily Areson said. “It’s a good family event. And if you are new in town it’s a chance to meet a lot of people.”

Entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m., by The Survivors Swing Band; The Frank Porto Band at 1 p.m., followed by Goldrush at 2:30.

The first Trumbull Arts Festival took place on Sept. 9, 1979 by the newly formed Arts Commission.

Marge Low, Commission Chairman, proposed the event to the Welcome Wagon Club of Trumbull and in late 1978 a committee was formed, consisting of members Carol Timpanelli, Ellen Schneider, Barbara Nagourney, Ros Freidman Priscilla Vanick and others. They were joined by the Jaycee Women and received donations from area businesses including Warnaco, Raybestos, Remington Arms, and D’Addario construction.

The now iconic logo of the festival was designed by Sesame Street artist, and now Emmy Winner Gerri Restivo Brioso.

There will be about 50 crafters and 21 fine artists, according to Areson. A community booth will feature several local organizations, including the Trumbull Animal Group and Discovery Museum, among others.

This year the festival organized a literary competition, and invited local authors to set up at the festival. One of the winners of the competition is a teenager from Michigan, who will be driving to Connecticut for a special winners ceremony.

The Trumbull Library will have special works of art on display at the festival, that will be part of The Great Minds Collection, to be displayed at the library this fall.

The Great Minds Collection is a collaborative project of contemporary American artist Robin Morris and Trumbull residents Dick and Jane Resnick.

“Great Minds’ inclusion criteria were someone who has altered the human landscape, who has changed the way humans think, or what we think, or even how we think, and who has remained relevant today,” the library said. “Mark Twain, Buddha, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest are portrayed in startling images that draw viewers into their amazing lives.”

For families, there will be the Children’s Creative Center and more fun activities.

And while visitors enjoy the fun, they can also get some food, provided by both local organizations and businesses like Paradise Island and Christophe’s Crepes.