Big tailgate party for Super Bowl set in Westport
Updated 8:05 am, Saturday, January 28, 2012
You won't have to drive 760 miles to Indianapolis to tailgate before the 46th Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
In fact, you won't even have to leave Westport.
The pregame bash is free and open to people all ages -- whether they plan to root that evening for the New York Giants, the New England Patriots or just tune in to watch the commercials showcased during the broadcast.
The party will feature food and beverages, contests, giveaways for children and appearances by local notables. It is sponsored by Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities
Kickoff of the game in Indianapolis is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., so fans will have ample time after the party to get to the sofas and easy chairs of their choices.
The tailgate menu includes hot dogs with all the fixings, chips and dips, sodas and other snacks.
Staples High School's 2011 football team, which went to the state Class LL championship game, is scheduled to attend with Coach Marc Petroccio. Staples and Police Athletic League cheerleaders are expected to lend a game-day feel to the party.
A highlight will be the screening of a film clip of Betty Lou Cummings, who in 1954 was the first female cheerleader at Michigan State, organizers said. Cummings is better know in Westport as a former selectman and civic leader.
During the party, the Friends group plans to present its annual Service to Seniors Award to Stanley Nayer, chairman of the Westport Commission for Senior Services and vice president of the Friend's group.
A lawyer and accountant for more than 55 years Nayer was an organizer of the senior transportation network ITN Coastal Connecticut a member of the Westport/Weston Y's Men.
For more information, call 203-341-5099.