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Christopher Lloyd shared that his mother would have been thrilled to see all the residents enjoying her former home, at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Christopher Lloyd shared that his mother would have been thrilled to see all the residents enjoying her former home, at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Actor Christopher Lloyd talks about growing up in New Canaan at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Friends and members of the Garrity family of New Canaan pose for a picture at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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The mansion was done up in holiday decorations for the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Around 250 people were on hand to hear Christopher Lloyd address the celebration at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Christopher Lloyd told stories about growing up in Waveny House at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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A temporary enclosed hall led out to an enormous tent at the back of the Waveny House for the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, A temporary enclosed hall led out to an enormous tent at the back of the Waveny House for the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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A trio from the Stamford Symphony perform at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Lisa and Christopher Lloyd, currently of Santa Barbara, Calif., were honorary chairs of the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Christopher Lloyd, former resident of Waveny House, chats with a fan at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Christopher Lloyd, former resident of Waveny House, chats with a fan at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Lisa and Christopher Lloyd, currently of Santa Barbara, Calif., were honorary chairs of the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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A trio from the Stamford Symphony perform at the 50th anniversary Golden Gala celebration of the Waveny Park Conservancy, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.

NEW CANAAN — The celebration of a 50-year milestone for the Waveny Park Conservancy was earmarked by a special visit from a celebrity who has a noteworthy role in its history.

Actor Christopher Lloyd, best known for his roles in the TV show Taxi and the Back to the Future films, traveled out from Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife, Lisa, to take part in a Golden Gala celebration of what was his own house growing up in New Canaan.

“I don’t think I’ve seen so many people at Waveny ever,” said Lloyd, speaking to the crowd of close to 250 about the home his mother, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, gave to the town in 1967.

“I moved here when I was five-years old,” he said, in 1943, noting he remembered the day his mother decided she was going to give the property to the town.

“I don’t know how to thank all of you who’ve participated in the preservation of Waveny,” Lloyd said.

“This continues to be such a precious place,” he said. “I love you all.”

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