by: John Stratton
Last year over 400 people gathered on New London’s Parade Plaza to be a part of New London Main Street’s “The Big Picture,” the downtown organization’s annual community photo. Participation in The Big Picture is open to anyone who helps revitalize New London’s Historic Waterfront District by living, working, volunteering, dining or shopping downtown; it’s free and open to the public.
This year, for the event’s sixth anniversary, the photo will once again be held on Parade Plaza at Union Station from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, with photos starting at 12:20 p.m. This community photo reflects the official announcement on April 5 that the United States Coast Guard will build a museum downtown along the City’s waterfront. Thus, this year’s Big Picture theme will honor the U.S. Coast Guard and celebrate the building of this new museum. The event is sponsored by Cumulus Media New London-Q105 and Blu-Prints Unlimited Inc.
The Big Picture started back in 2008 with approximately 50 people participating in the inaugural picture. The event has grown from 75 people in 2009, 100 in 2010, 246 in 2011, and a record-breaking 438 in 2012. Back for another year will be photographer A. Vincent Scarano, who is famous for his Big Picture prep phrase, “Okay, now everyone say mozzarella cheese!”