What's so exciting about the First Saturday in May?
When someone asks what you are doing on the first Saturday in May, how do you respond?
If you answered the Kentucky Derby, the most popular two minutes in sports, you are correct. If you answered Green Up Day, or the Bridgewater Raft Race, then you might be a local.
Green Up Day, which began April 18, 1970, is a statewide initiative to clean the litter around the state. Volunteers meet up at their town's designated meeting place, (* find yours here *) divvy up trash bags and routes, and set out to conquer the morning by picking up trash. 48 years later this event is a tradition and has over time settled on the first Saturday in May.
The Bridgewater Raft Race is a tradition since 1974 to celebrate the arrival of spring. Participants must hand make their own rafts and paddle or sail, no motors allowed; three miles down the treacherously cold and winding Ottauquechee River, to the finish line at the Woolen Mill. Over the years the race has garnered a lot of support for local charities. This year the monies collected will go towards the Alex Abraham Musical Excellence Scholarship, to be awarded to a graduate at the Woodstock Union High School.
May 5th, 2018 is going to be filled with festivities for Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, Green Up Day and the Bridgewater Raft Race. One more reason to stay out late next Saturday, catch local comedian, also Bridgewater town Constable, Collen Doyle at Artistree in Pomfret.
What are you waiting for? Start asking your friends what they are doing the first Saturday in May, and make plans to join in the fun!