Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Saturday's Re-Enactment Of Mohegan Deed Signing Coincides With Norwich's River Fest

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Norwich's monthlong celebrations to acknowledge the 350th anniversary of its founding will begin this Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. with a re-enactment of a deed signing ceremony portraying the Mohegans signing over the nine square miles of their land that today includes all or part of seven towns but in 1659 was the founding of Norwich.

The deed-signing ceremony will take place on the grounds of the Royal Mohegan Burial Ground at the corner of Sachem and Washington streets. The event is free.

Also this Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., the River Fest will kick off at Harold T. Brown Memorial Park and featuring dragon boat races and music. Selected artists and crafters will have displays on Market Street along with classic and vintage cars. Activities have been set up for children, including story times, performances, an obstacle course, hair painting and balloon artistry.

On June 17 the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be shown in a parade from Route 32 in Montville to Harold T. Brown Memorial Park, where it will remain for five days.

June 26-28 will be Harbor Day Festivities: Tours of the Mystic Whaler tall ship, Concerts by the “Ancient Mariners” and a laser light show at the Norwich harbor on Saturday night (June 27). Five parties for families and children will take place at the Marina at American Wharf that will include magic shows, music, food and games from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day for children ages 3 to 14. Tickets again are $3.50 per person and are available at the mayor's office in City Hall.

There will be numerous events in Norwich during the month, some officially sponsored events and other privately sponsored events that will feature history and entertainment.