And that was the case Wednesday when the Bushnell Park Foundation held its annual summer solstice party, this year at the park’s pump house.
“There is a renewed passion in our residents for our parks,” said Mayor Pedro Segarra who was one of the early arrivals at the party that included tours of the park, food form several local restaurants and live music. “Here at Bushnell, Elizabeth Park, Keeney Park, the community is taking ownership.”
While it was a party for adults, the table décor was tapping the inner child in most, Mason jars full of crayons and paper tablecloths invited guests to doodle a bit.
“I don’t even know why I am finding this so entertaining,” said Sue Morris, who works in Hartford and came with friends, as she drew a summer scene on her tablecloth. “I used to love to color when I was a kid,” she said. “Maybe it has to do with remembering how I looked forward to summer because all I had to do was play.”
Also among the guests was New England Carousel executive director Louise DeMars, who is looking forward to 2014 for a special reason.
“The carousel here in Bushnell Park will be 100 years old and we are planning to celebrate,” said DeMars, who had just finished the distribution of 21,178 tickets for a free carousel ride to each and every public school child in Hartford.
DeMars said a committee has been organized for the 100th celebration and includes both the mayor and well-known businessman/entrepreneur/philanthropist Arnold Chase.
Also indulging in the mid-week party and a perfect “almost” summer night was Hartford State Rep. Edwin Vargas. “It’s a wonderful way to welcome summer,” he said. And as far as his summer plans now that work at the Capitol is done?
“I’m going to Orlando to see my parents,” he said.