Sunday, August, 26 at 12:30 p.m. the Town of Pittsfield will
host a new event called the "Pittsfield's Town Shut Down" this year
commemorating the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The event
will be held on Sunday, August 26 from 12:30-7 p.m., in the Town
Center. The focus is to "reconnect, reflect and celebrate our
town's incredible community strength that united an isolated town
in the wake of Irene," said Erica Hurd, PTSD Committee Chair.
An informational "Morning Meeting" will begin the event at
12:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Federated Church, which was the way
most Pittsfield residents started their days after Irene.
Throughout the day there will be slideshows with pictures and
videos collected by people in town, an open house sneak-peak
of the newly renovated Town Office and library, artistic kids
activities from 1:30-4:30 p.m., music by the South Royalton Band
2-3:30 p.m. and the Treble Makers/
Food 2-4 p.m. (including hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries,
corn on the cob, grilled vegetables and potluck dishes, as
well as Ice cream and cake for dessert,) and athletic
activities for kids and adult with Coach Labella 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The town will also welcome special guest appearances from a few
heads of legislature including Congressman Welch to speak
at 3 p.m. and Governor Shumlin at 4 p.m. Shumlin will present
an award to Pittsfield's Emergency Management Coordinator, Peter
The event caps off back in the church at 6 p.m. for Pittsfield's
premier of "Flood Bound" created by Marion Abrams of Pittsfield.
VPT will air this documentary again on Aug 25 at 4 p.m.
The event will go on rain or shine.
All are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a
If you don't have time to make something, Sponsor-A-Side! Just
bring a serving dish with your name on it to the Pitts-Stop, pay to
have it filled and pick it up on Sunday. Please give them a
couple days notice.
Locals are asked to consider carpooling, walking or riding bikes
into the town "as we did after Irene," said Hurd.
For those arriving from afar, look for PTSD parking on
Stanley Tool Rd (between Fire House and Pitts-Stop), around
the town green, at the church or in front of the cemetery and
at Bikram Yoga.