??? 1899: Fairfield Connecticut, population 4480 (up from 3,868 in 1892); near the booming city of Bridgeport population 70,900 (up from 48,866 in 1892). Electric lighting and other new inventions have become readily available in major cities, but is only just making an appearance in Fairfield. Major buildings and city squares have electric lighting and smooth cement streets, but the majority of the city still has cobblestone and oil lamp lit streets. In poorer areas, human waste is still manually disposed into a series of gutters that drain both North and South, while more advanced areas have drains to underground sewage lines. Public transportation is via horse-drawn cart, but the wealthy have cars. News comes in the form of papers from Bridgeport, and are typically day old versions of the evening addition. Of course, the majority of Stamford and all of Shippan enjoy all the modern technological advances.
Feast of Fish Epilogues
Previous campaign flyer to improve public health through better sanitation.
The City of Fairfield
Fairfield – new and improved from 1892 to 1899
Common Local Knowledge
- The majority of the population is Catholic. The traditional church is Our Lady of the Angels
, but roughly 10 years ago a new progressive church, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
, gained in popularity. As a result, the older church lost many followers and began falling into disrepair. However, shortly after the tragedies of the 1892 Feast of Fish festival, the progressive church unexpectedly closed its doors and the Priests and Sisters disappeared from the city without notice.
- The Feast of Fish Festival is celebrated every 7 years, beginning during the first week of November. This 7-year cyclical event is prompted by the massive increases in seafood catches at this time, and celebrated with music, activities, and practically free seafood. In truth, the festival was organized to consume the excessive amounts of fish in order to maintain prices at acceptable living-expense levels for the local fishermen.
- Tourists flock to the city for this event since it happens on such a rare cycle. Retailers and Hospitality companies double their yearly income in a matter of only a few weeks due to the event’s popularity.
- The festival is a two week event where seafood is practically free, but money is made on the sale of alcohol, vegetables, and lodging. There are also both free and paid entertainment. Essentially, the entire city is having a party 24 hours a day for two solid weeks.