jUNe Day Is Busting Out All Over (Online)

This weekend, flags from dozens of nations will fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.

It’s Westport’s traditional welcome to hundreds of United Nations diplomats, staff and their families.

(Photo/Jeff Simon)

But that’s the only part of this year’s celebration that will be traditional.

For 55 years, the last Saturday in June has been the date for Westport to host the world. Guests arrive at the train station. After breakfast at Saugatuck Elementary School and a couple of (thankfully) brief speeches, they fan out around town with hosts.

They shop, swim, play golf and soccer, tour Earthplace, eat — you know, just a typical day here.

The pandemic — literally, a “worldwide epidemic” — made the 56th annual jUNe Day an in-person unreality.

But the UN is all about problem-solving. So is the UN Association of Southwest Connecticut.

So tomorrow (Saturday, June 27, 7 to 8 p.m.), jUNe Day goes virtual.

The Zoom affair includes greetings from the Secretary General, Senators Murphy and Blumenthal, Congressman Himes and 1st Selectman Marpe.

Then the fun begins. There’s an interactive quiz, with international, UN and Connecticut questions

Famed actor/Weston resident Jim Naughton — a longtime UN advocate — researched, wrote and delivers a compelling case for international engagement.

Westport’s Sylvia Corrigan and 2020 Weston High graduate Morno Burns-Min sing “We Are the World.”

Broadway and opera star Kelli O’Hara of Westport riffs, and ’20 Staples grad Charlie Fitzpatrick describes how his UN Association senior internship prepared him for life.

There’s something for everyone. And the UNASWCT hosts — who worked as hard on the Zoom meeting as they did organizing the previous 55 events — hope the entire town takes part.

Click here to join the fun. And click on the video below, to see just what jUNe Day means to some of the many longtime volunteers.

3 responses to “jUNe Day Is Busting Out All Over (Online)

  1. Arline Gertzoff

    I urge all to enjoy the flags of UN member states on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge this weekend marking the 56 th jUNe Day Tomorrow there will be a virtual jUNe Day from 7-8pmLink at UNSWCT.org
    Special thanks to all who got involved in the project

  2. https://youtu.be/aWalf8gZNQ4

    The video replay of yesterday’s 56th annual jUNe Day celebration — hosted by the people and leaders of Connecticut — features wondrous continuity, insights to compel civic engagement, depth of understanding and myriad opportunities to be an impactful volunteer.

    We learn profound insights from the UN official responsible for global supply chain Assistant Secretary General Christian Saunders. IMF Mediator and frequent jUNe Day guest Johnston Barkat reflects on the traditions of jUNe Day.

    US Congressman Himes delivers useful actionable information. Jim Naughton explains why the UN matters in a gripping personal narrative. Our State Senator Will Haskell, Stamford’s State Representative David Michel, Westport Selectman Melissa Kane join us welcoming United Nations to Westport virtually.

    Young members and teachers engaged with this organization explain their reasons for involvement in jUNe Day’s international relationships. Musical talent provides entertaining renditions of “We Are The World”.

    For me, rebuilding the international cooperation required for a livable planet is our era’s primary exhortation for action. Watch now (or bookmark for later) the replay on UN Association youtube channel.


    Alex Anvari
    President, UNASWCT

  3. Humbly correcting video editing error with this youtube replay link. Alex.