October 2, 2021 marked the 45th celebration of Jaybirds Day!
After the difficult decision to cancel Jaybirds day in 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic, we were thrilled to be able to hold Jaybird’s Day in 2021 outdoors at the Company of Fifers & Drummers HQ and Museum in Ivoryton, CT. Jaybirds Day is our annual celebration of our “Old Timers”(technically, anyone over 60 qualifies) in the Fife and Drum community. Our 2021 Honored Jaybirds are Judy Barrows, Brian Watkinson, Tom bagianelli, John Moynihan, Pete Hubert, and Buz Olsen.
On October 2nd, over 100 people gathered together to celebrate our Jaybirds on what turned out to be a perfect fall day! The morning started with coffee and pastries outdoors. Shortly after people arrived, the jam session started up. It continued throughout the day while people ate food, visited with friends, and toured the museum.
After lunch, the jam resumed and included a surprise performance by members of The WBCL Posse!
At 3pm, after more jamming, the festivities turned to honor our Jaybirds. In appreciation of their dedication and service to the fife and drum community, The Company of Fifers & Drummers recognized 6 Honored Jaybirds. These individuals were nominated by their friends and peers in the community.
After honoring our Jaybirds, Marlene Shea presented the Company of Fifers & Drummers with a Bass Drum Head signed by the 1976 CT Yanks, which was donated by the late Jim Shea.
The Jam Session resumed and the day wrapped up around 5pm. We were glad to resume activities at the Company of Fifers & Drummers on such a great day with a great cause.
This day would not have been possible without the help of dozens of volunteers! A big thanks to the following individuals and all who made the day possible from gardening and cleaning the building to making, preparing, and serving food:
Jaybirds Committee & Volunteers
- Chair: Roberta Armstead
- Co-Chair: Corinne Mitchell
- Pam Sokolosky
- Beth Kiernan
- Bryan Gibbons
- Haley Armstead
- Janet Avery
- Jess Peabody
- Jim Willey
- Joe Guidi
- Joe Perry
- Judy Barrows
- Ken Avery
- Kyle Forsthoff
- Mackenzie Armstead
- Matthew Garland
- Natasha Enos
- Pam Perry
- Scott Mitchell
Special thanks to:
- A.H. Hutchinson Landscaping for keeping the lawns mowed throughout the year.
- Ancient Mariners for the donation of their tent!
It was a perfect day to celebrate our Jaybirds! Mark your calendars for next year - October 1, 2022!