Newington Waterfall Festival makes its usual splash

Published on Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:54
Written by Michelle Jalbert


NEWINGTON - Visitors were falling for the Newington Waterfall Festival on Saturday.

They bopped from arts and craft vendors to the bounce houses to the free children’s activity tent to the famous chalk walk.

Theresa Reynolds, the chair of the Waterfall Festival, said it’s been going on for about 20 years.

“It’s a great family day,” she said. “There’s a lot of free activities kids can do.”

From a Taekwando demonstration to crafts, the Waterfall Festival was overflowing with activity.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Barbara McKinney, who took her twin granddaughters to the festival.

“I think it’s really fun. There’s a lot of stuff to do here,” said 9-year-old Summer Swiatowiec as she worked on a craft.

One activity stood out from the rest.

“The chalk walk is one of the main draws,” said Reynolds. “They work for hours on their murals. It’s really nice.”

Artists young and old sat on the blacktop with chalk in hand, letting their imaginations wander.

“I like seeing the progression of all the drawings - from nothing to beautiful art,” said Amy Krebs, whose 11-year-old daughter, Sarina, was making chalk art of two birds.

The Newington Art League judged the chalk art and gave out gift cards from local businesses to the winners.

Pat Tanger, president of the art league, said 20 to 30 artists usually participate.

“They seem to really enjoy it,” she said. And, she added, they get to keep the chalk afterward.

Sonya Upadhyay is a dentist by trade, but on Saturday she was an artist as she worked on her multi-colored chalk mural.

“I love the whole feeling and I love art,” Upadhyay said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:54. Updated: Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:57.