An estimated 2,000 Greater New Milford area residents and regional tourists descended Sunday on the New Milford village center to see just what all the fuss was about.

What they discovered was the inaugural Bank Street Festival, a happening that featured musical entertainment, artists, great food, busy merchants doing their best to deal with lines of customers, and lots of smiling faces.

The stage was set in late morning when motor vehicle traffic was blocked from traversing the scenic street that cuts through the heart of the downtown business community.

Within minutes, hundreds had found their way to Bank Street to enjoy what turned out to be a five-hour celebration of what the street and its environs could be if limited to pedestrian traffic.

The event was sponsored by Union Savings Bank and sisters newspapers The New Milford Spectrum and The News-Times.

Co-sponsors were Homeward Bound, FineLine Theatre Arts, Village Center for the Arts, New Milford Hospital and The Heritage Inn.

The festival event was organized by Kathy Walsh of Homeward Bound.

-- Norm Cummings