One way to motivate people to socialize is to have a party.
The Southington Republican Town Committee played host Monday night to a community BBQ chicken dinner. The invite list included everyone, as the fundraiser was open to the public. The idea was simply to welcome one and all to kick back and enjoy the summer night. The casual atmosphere was perfect for a picnic style dinner, held appropriately enough, at the new Community Pavilion.
The Bootleg Band of Bristol mixed it up with rhythm & blues, new country, and classic rock 'n roll favorites, to provide live music for the event. While election season is still a few months away, the relaxed setting provided some attendees with a chance to speak to those officials that were in attendance.
And while candidates were plentiful - John Henry Decker, a West Hartford resident and candidate for the 1st Congressional District, Joe Markley, State Senator serving the 16th District, and Rob Sampson, State Representative for Connecticut's 80th District, came to converse with constituents - not everyone talked politics. Some folks were out to enjoy time with family.
"I came to be with my in-laws," Maryanne Meccariello said.
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