In North Branford on Saturday, you might have noticed a few dozen rare antique vehicles tooling around on town roads. Maybe you swooned over chrome grilles all shined up, gleaming white wall tires and tops down, showing off rich leather seats and burled wood interiors.
It was a cruise back in time at the Classic Car Event at Evergreen Woods, North Branford.
The show, with 60 classic cars, was open to all Evergreen Woods residents, their families and staff at the facility due to COVID concerns. A fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, the event raised $500 to go towards the yearly goal of $10,000, according Social Events Director Irene Katzias. Some 75 percent of Evergreen Woods residents attended.
“I wanted to plan a car show for our residents simply because they missed so much this summer due to COVID -19. This type of an event is a New England staple and to bring it right to their front door was incredible,” said Katzias.
“The community really came together,” she said, adding, “We raised $500 for the Alzheimer’s Association with our snack stand alone as this was a free event for all cars to participate in. Seeing everyone enjoy the cars and music was a moment in my career I will never forget. I am very blessed to be able to create these magical moments for my residents.”
First place winner was a 1930 Ford Model C, second place as a 1970 Cadillac Deville and third place went to a 1958 Chevy Impala.
One resident, Emily Wolf, wrote to Katzias: “Thank you so much for doing this Irene. This brings back so many memories, it’s just wonderful!”
Katzias said, “They were overjoyed” to see many of the cars they drove or even grew up with. “It was nostalgic for them.”
— S. Braden