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Historic Swing Bridge Centennial on June 15, 2013

Press Contact: 
Deb Mathiasen, East Haddam Econ. Development Commission at (860) 873-2311 or
Mark Walter, First Selectman East Haddam at (860) 873-5020

East Haddam, CT – Plan to join the towns of East Haddam and Haddam in celebrating the “Swing Bridge Centennial” on Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.  The day begins with antique automobiles transporting local and state officials across the historic bridge over the Connecticut River from Haddam to East Haddam at 9:00am.  A commemoration ceremony will follow overlooking the bridge on the grounds of the East Haddam River House and Town Office property.  Parking for both events will take place at the Goodspeed Musicals parking lot in East Haddam Village.  After the ceremony, businesses and community groups on both sides of the Connecticut River will offer free activities to celebrate the Swing Bridge’s 100th Birthday.  A free shuttle, courtesy of Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, will run between Haddam’s Eagle Landing State Park and East Haddam Village.  For event details, visit the June 15th calendar listing on www.easthaddam.org or www.haddam.org.

Community activities celebrating “History, Art and Natural Beauty” along the river include, Swing Bridge exhibits by the Haddam and East Haddam Historical Societies, free tours of the Goodspeed Opera House, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, and history of the St. Stephen’s Church bell, a Family Lawn Party celebrating 50 years of Goodspeed Musicals, a free Children’s Carnival, free boat rides and bridge viewings onboard the RiverQuest and Becky Thatcher, an Antique Car Show and more!  See the Swing Bridge Centennial program for times and locations on www.easthaddam.org.

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