jUNe Day Busted Out All Over

The weather was cloudy and chilly. A number of potential guests were home celebrating Ramadan.

But Westport’s 50th annual jUNe Day drew nearly 200 United Nations workers and their families to Westport today.

Assistant Secretary-General Carole Wainaina of Kenya and 1st Selectman Jim Marpe traded welcomes at Saugatuck Elementary School. But this was nothing like a General Assembly meeting.

A  little music and a few munchies later, everyone was off: to downtown, Longshore, Compo, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm and all points in between.

No translation was needed — beyond the word “fun.”

Flags from around the world replace the Stars and Stripes on jUNe Day. Too bad there was no breeze to flutter them. (Photo/Jim Chillington)

Flags from around the world replace the Stars and Stripes on jUNe Day. Too bad there was no breeze to flutter them. (Photo/Jim Chillington)

No matter where you're from, if you're a little kid it's all about the food. (Photo/Adam Stolpen)

No matter where you’re from, if you’re a little kid it’s all about the food. (Photo/Adam Stolpen)

Visitors from Peru, Spain, Portugal, the Philippines and enljoyed a tour of Wakeman Town Farm, including an expanded chicken coop, productive beehive, and edible marigolds that protect the borders of the gardens from insects.

Visitors from Peru, Spain, Portugal, the Philippines and more enjoyed a tour of Wakeman Town Farm — including an expanded chicken coop, productive beehive, and edible marigolds that protect the gardens from insects. (Photo/Elizabeth Beller)

A pair of Olympians got into the spirit. William Steinkraus Cohen -- brother of jUNe Day founder Ruth Steinkraus Cohen --

A pair of Olympians got into the spirit. Bill Steinkraus — brother of jUNe Day founder Ruth Steinkraus Cohen — was an equestrian in 6 Olympics. He won 1 individual gold medal, and 2 silvers and a bronze as a team member. Ann Marie Flynn of Westport was a high jumper in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.  (Photo/Adam Stolpen)

For 50 years, Westport soccer teams have taken on their UN counterparts. This trophy is a recent addition to the rivalry. (Photo/Adam Stolpen)

For 50 years, Westport soccer teams have taken on their UN counterparts. This trophy is a recent addition to the rivalry. (Photo/Adam Stolpen)

11 responses to “jUNe Day Busted Out All Over

  1. This may come as a surprise to most Westporters but not all Americans are enthused about the UN. I hope my tax dollars were not spent on this foolishness. This is all we need after a week of the SCOTUS!

  2. FAB intro, Dan 😉

  3. It is always a pleasure to introduce our beautiful town to people from all over the world. Today I chatted with families from Bangladesh, Columbia, China, Egypt and many more nations. They’re all at the UN trying to make the world a little safer, a little healthier, a little bit more equal. Today they had a day “in the country” and once again (for the 50th year!) the World came to Westport!

  4. Sharon Paulsen

    Glad to see this event happened in spite of gloomy weather!

    I particularly loved the photo of the downtown bridge by Jim Chillington.

    Thanks Dan for sharing this!

  5. Susan Israel

    I hope the flags stay for a few days? That looks lovely, I’d love to see that in person.

  6. That sweet little boy (thanks Adam Stolpen!) brings so many smiles.
    Well done!

  7. Exactly what I was thinking!