WHITLEY BAY, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: International artist Yvette Mattern shows his stunning laser rainbow projection, Global Rainbow, on March 1, 2012 in Whitley Bay, England. The light installation celebrates the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the north-east of England. The Global Rainbow has previously lit up the skies of Germany, France and the United States. The projection will shine along the North Tyneside coastline for 4 days, before moving to other locations in the UK. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
New Haven turned 375 today and the city is celebrating.
Beginning at dusk on Wednesday, lasers will light the sky over New Haven, forming a “night rainbow.”
Today is the actual 375th Anniversary of New Haven, but a free, family-friendly birthday celebration will take place on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Green.
“New Haven prides itself on being a welcoming city and I’d like to welcome everyone to the New Haven Green for this celebration to enjoy the day with your family and friends,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said in a news release.
“Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven,” a laser light sculpture is the 2013 public art commission of the group Site Projects and is the work of American artist Yvette Mattern. The rainbow will light up New Haven’s night sky for four consecutive nights, Wednesday through Saturday, from dusk until 1 a.m.
The lasers will originate from the top of East Rock Park and beam west, across New Haven, into West Haven and fade over Long Island Sound for approximately 30 miles.
The festivities on the Green are all free and include performances and activities, including spoken word and poetry, classical music, folk music, gospel music, Ukrainian music and dance, ballet, salsa lessons, a yoga class, a puppet show and interactive art activities for children and adults.
In addition to the birthday festivities, Restaurant Week, which began on Sunday, runs through Friday, April 26 and participating restaurants will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18 for lunch and $32 for dinner.
Diners will be able to park at two downtown garages (the Temple Street Garage and the Crown Street Garage) for $3.75 from 4 p.m. until midnight for the duration of Restaurant Week.
Saturday’s celebration on the Green will kick off with opening remarks and then the re-planting of the Lincoln Oak, which was originally planted on the New Haven Green in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but fell over during Hurricane Sandy last October.
“This is a great way to celebrate the City’s birthday and a nice way for people to come together. With the wide range of activities, there will be something fun for everyone,” Vivian Nabeta, the director of arts, culture and tourism, said.
Here is a calendar of events:
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the New Haven Green
Performances on the Stages
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities on the Green
2:00-2:50: How Spider Obtained the Sky
Felt board Story telling of the folktale
Physical Exploration into how these animals move
3:00-3:50: Bear and the Fox
Telling of the folktale through story drama
Paper bag puppets of one of the characters in the Story
1:30 p.m: Replanting of the Lincoln Tree
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo, Neighborhood Music School
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Yoga on the Green, Breathing Room