In August 2012, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven co-sponsored a new annual festival in Newhallville called the Promise Land Community Festival. Organized by the Christian Community Commission, a non-profit outreach and leadership development organization, the festival was created to celebrate the spirit, culture, history, family, and youth of this historic neighborhood, and featured Gospel entertainment, a basketball tournament, games with prizes, raffles, and face-painting. It also offered residents a unique opportunity to discover if their homes have historic significance, like the home at 279 Bassett Street that was built for Captain Albert F. Laudensack, a prominent figure at the Winchester Repeating Arms factory.

 

“The purpose of the Promise Land Community Festival,” said Pastor Morris, one of the organizers of the Promise Land Community Festival and Executive Director of the Christian Community Commission, “is to recapture the history, promise, and comfort of Newhallville, and to empower individuals, families, and businesses to begin the process of rebuilding and revitalizing Newhallville for the next chapter in its venerable history.”

 

The 2017 Festival will take place on Saturday, August 5 from 11AM - 7:30PM at Bassett Street Park. 

There will be live bands, free food, a basketball tournament and vendor/information booth. We hope to see you all there!