Built - 2004
Putnam, Connecticut lies in a quiet corner of the state and has been an independent town since 1855 when it separated from killingly, Pomfret and Thompson and named in honor of a Revolutionary War General, Israel Putnam. The town, at that time, was a key contributor in providing clothing and other goods to the Civil War soldiers since there were numerous mills and a train that ran through the town which provided transportation for the goods being produced proudly by its citizens.
Putnam's Victorian-style bandstand was built in Rotary Park in 2004 and is the first one the town has had. It was built by town funding, grant sources and fund raisers and two major donors: Putnam Savings Band and Wheelebrator of Putnam. The structure was built by Keenan and Navarro Builders to host town functions with it being dedicated on Memorial Day weekend of 2004. They did a wonderful job on the structure which is a very unique-looking one with a great stage with an acoustical ceiling.
All types of bands have used the bandstand as their venue including the Young Rascals and U. S. Coast Guard Band. The bandstand serves as a venue also for special 4th of July activities and the town's River Fire Festival with the most important event being the town's 150th anniversary in 2005.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY:
Wilfred Bousquet, Putnam Recreation Director