STRATFORD — Stratford’s mayor is asking residents to bring food pantry donations at the annual Blues on the Beach celebration this Saturday.
The yearly summer music festival will be on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stratford’s Short Beach.
Mayor Laura Hoydick is calling for festival attendees to bring nonperishable food donations to the summer event, which is free to all residents.
“Blues on the Beach is a terrific annual tradition here in Stratford, and as we come together for this summer celebration, we’d like to remember those in our community we need a little help,” Hoydick said in a prepared statement.
The nonperishable food donations will be collected at the entrance to the festival.
“We have a real opportunity here to make a big push to help fill the stores of many of Stratford’s food pantries and make a real difference for our neighbors who are in need,” Hoydick said.
Saturday’s festival is part of the Stratford Celebrate Festivals, run by volunteer Erin McLaughlin.
Leading up to Saturday’s festival, beach access will be closed off at 7 p.m. Friday, and Public Safety Director Larry Ciccarelli said he knows this is inconvenient.
“We ask of the patience and indulgence of residents,” Ciccarelli said in a prepared statement. “This will allow us to produce a first-rate event for everyone to attend and enjoy on Saturday.”
There will also be no bicycles, dogs, gold carts, mopeds, scooters, dirk bikes or any other motorized equipment allowed on the beach during the event, according to a request by Stratford police. There
Parking will be made available at the Army Engine Plant in the south parking lot directly off Main Street.