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First County Bank Sponsors Greenwich Sand Blast

First County Bank Sand Blast 2012

This year’s Greenwich Sand Blast, scheduled for July 20, will bring together young and old alike in a competition for the most spectacular sand sculptures at Tod’s Point Beach.  First County Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event and also helps support the Greenwich Arts Council’s enhanced arts education program serving Greenwich families.

“Our goal with Sand Blast and other events is to bring together neighborhood groups, local businesses, corporations and the residents of Greenwich for a fun and exciting display of artistic exploration highlighting what makes Greenwich a great place to live and work,” said Paul Master-Karnik, executive director of the Greenwich Arts Council.

“The Greenwich Arts Council is very happy to have First County Bank’s involvement in our organization.  This money will help expand current and future art programs serving low- to moderate-income families who might not have access to arts education,” explained Master-Karnik.  “We look forward to further developing our relationships with First County Bank and other private and public organizations around the area.”

“This is the fourth year First County Bank has supported this fun family event at Tod’s Point.  What better way to spend a beautiful summer day than at the Greenwich Sand Blast event,” said Katherine Harris, president and chief operating officer of First County Bank.  “This event celebrates the community while working together to increase awareness of the Greenwich Arts Council.”

The Greenwich Arts Council’s Sand Blast event will be held on the broad Greenwich Point beach.  Sand Blast, which has been running for 20 plus years, is an event that typically attracts hundreds of people.  There is no specific theme for sand sculptures and participants are encouraged to indulge their imaginations, enjoying the experience of creating art in the sand.

The Greenwich Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the Arts Council’s longstanding partner in this event, will co-host this year’s festival.  The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20, at 1:00 p.m.  Rain date is Sunday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m.  For rain date information, participants should call the Greenwich Parks & Recreation Activities hotline at 203-618-7650.

The Greenwich Arts Council was founded in 1973 as part of the Town of Greenwich’s plans to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976.  It all began with an exhibition of outdoor sculpture by contemporary American artists and led to the determination that there was a need for a Greenwich Arts Council to provide year-round arts programming for the community.  The fledgling organization grew from one that was all volunteer to one that progressively added professional staff and many new programs over the years.

The Greenwich Arts Council promotes the arts by nurturing artists and building audiences; bringing the arts to the community and the community to the arts.  For more information about this event or other Arts Council activities, call 203-862-6750 or visit www.greenwicharts.org.

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