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Julia Aylaian, 5, strikes a pose from atop her decorated wagon in preparation for the patriotic bicycle parade at Griffin Park on Saturday. As part of Windham Town Day, locals enjoyed a variety of activities inside the park. The day concluded with fireworks and a concert at Windham High School. (April Guilmet Photo)

Windham Town Day

Residents show love for their town at annual Windham Town Day


Corinne Lyons, 11, above, decorated a wagon in preparation for the bicycle parade at Griffin Park on Saturday. Below, Amanda Verani, 11, Liam McGrail, 5, Christian McGrail, 4, and Halle McGrail, 11, show off their reds, whites and blues in the patriotic bicycle parade at Griffin Park. 

WINDHAM — As dozens of people clad in red, white and blue gathered at Griffin Park Saturday afternoon, Recreation Director Cheryl Haas said "relief" was the first word that came to mind.

"Mother Nature definitely loves me today," she said, motioning to the sunny skies.

Amanda Verani, 11, Liam McGrail, 5, Christian McGrail, 4, and Halle McGrail, 11, show off their reds, whites and blues in the patriotic bicycle parade at Griffin Park Saturday afternoon, June 29. PHOTO BY APRIL GUILMET 

Though the weather forecasts were somewhat bleak in the days leading up to the Recreation Department's annual Windham Town Day, the festivities went off without a hitch.

"When it started to rain before 11 a.m., I got a little nervous," Haas said.

Fortunately sunshine prevailed for the remainder of the day, which began with a cookout, a children's bicycle parade, field games and a concert with the Windham Town Band at Griffin Park.

The day concluded with a performance by the Blues Brothers — The Next Generation band outside Windham High School, followed by fireworks.

Singing her heart out at the start of Saturday's Town Day was soon-to-be Windham High School freshman Emma Joanis.

Joanis had an eventful weekend, indeed. Following Saturday's performance of the national anthem in her hometown, she performed yet again to a somewhat larger crowd gathered at Boston's Fenway Park, where she sang at the start of Red Sox afternoon home game.

aguilmet@newstote.com

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