MEDIA RELEASE: August 26, 2016, Southbury, CT
Southbury Celebration 2016
Food, Music, Fireworks on September 10, 2016
“Southbury Celebration 2016 is starting earlier this year at 5pm with new food options, great music, fellowship and an expanded fireworks display,” enthusiastically announced co-chair Brian M. Jones. The 18th annual community event will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the entire community.
The program is co-sponsored by the Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School and will be hosted at beautiful Lake Stibbs at the Southbury Training School on Route 172. The fireworks will be launched at approximately 7:45 p.m.
An expanded Food Court will include several food trucks plus numerous community groups with a large variety of options that are scheduled to include pizza, hot dogs, sausage, red hots, chicken teriyaki, hibachi shrimp, steak, grinders, chili and corn bread, baked goods, popcorn, cotton candy, cannolis, snow cones, donuts, ice cream, soda, water, coffee and beverages. The Food Court will open earlier this year at 5:00 pm and serve until 8:30pm.
Musical performances will be provided by several talented high school and college musicians. Pomperaug High School Choral Director Linda Hughes personally recommended the singers to the committee and will helped them prepare for their big performances. The audience is welcome to get up and dance or sit, relax and listen to the music. The community is encouraged to bring their chairs, blankets, friends and family and arrive early to avoid the last-minute traffic.
The National Anthem will be performed at approximately 7:45pm immediately prior to the fireworks, by Southbury resident Savanah Moore. Atlas PyroVision Productions, Inc. (www.atlaspyro.com) will be launching the expanded fireworks extravaganza over beautiful Lake Stibbs. Atlas is a leading fireworks company with over 700 shows annually. Sound, stage and lighting will be provided by PowerStation Events (www.powerstationevents.com).
“In the spirit of celebrating and working together in our community, The Southbury Celebration Committee is asking people to please bring a few, or even bag full of, non-perishable food items for the Southbury Food Bank,” stated Mr. Jones. The Southbury Food Bank will have a truck with a large banner conveniently parked beside the Gate House, as people turn off Rte. 172 and onto the Southbury Training School property heading to the Great Lawn parking lot. Please visit the Southbury Food Bank web site to learn of the “critical need items” at www.southburyfoodbank.org/critical-needs.
A free shuttle bus service will depart from Heritage Village paddock at 5:30pm and from Grace Meadows Senior Housing at 5:45pm. Reservations are required for the bus shuttle. Heritage Village residents sign-up at HV Activities and Grace Meadow residents at their community center. The bus will return immediately after the fireworks at approximately 8:15pm.
Southbury Fire and Ambulance personnel and equipment will be on-site providing public safety information. The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. will have their 102’ ladder truck, Engine #4 and their Heavy Rescue. Children can shoot the Brush Truck fire hose at several targets. The Southbury Ambulance Association ambulances and personnel will be on scene to answer questions.
No alcohol is permitted at the event. Extensive free parking is on the STS Great Front Lawn. Due to congested event traffic and safety concerns, there will be no pedestrian walking, no vehicle parking or no parent “drop off/pick up” along Route 172. Handicap and Special Needs parking is available at the Lake Stibbs parking lot.
Sunday, September 11th is the rain date with the same schedule of activities. In case of inclement weather or for more information, please call the Southbury Parks & Recreation Department Info-line at 203-262-0633 for an official announcement or visit the Town of Southbury’s web site at http://www.southbury-ct.org.
The Committee greatly appreciates the help and cooperation from the Roaring 20’s Antique and Classic Car Club for the use of their perimeter fencing and from Springer Sanitation Inc. in Southbury for donating a refuse container and their services.
“The Southbury Celebration Committee really wants the community to come out early to enjoy the food, music, fellowship and fireworks and to be an active part of this unique multi-generational community event,” exclaimed co-chair Brian Jones. The annual event draws over 5,000 people.
Southbury Celebration 2016 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (co-chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), Steven Hinckley (Southbury Training School Liaison), Southbury First Selectman Jeff Manville, Louise Mansour (Southbury Parks & Recreation, Recreation Specialist), Dustin Huguenin (Southbury Parks and Recreation, Interim Director) and community leader and co-chair Brian M. Jones.