The Southbury Celebration Committee is looking for local musical talent, including students and adults, to volunteer to perform at this year’s Southbury Celebration Event on Saturday October 2, 2021 at beautiful Lake Stibbs at Southbury Training School on Route 172 in Southbury. The 23rd Annual Southbury Celebration featuring food, music, community camaraderie and fireworks is co-sponsored by the City of Southbury and the Southbury Training School. The rainy date is Sunday October 3.
The Southbury Celebration Committee invites artists of all ages to perform intergenerational music and focus primarily on highly recognizable covers. Music from all genres is welcome (ie Pop, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Standards, Broadway, etc.). Performers can use live accompaniment or karaoke tracks. Due to the capacity of the stage, musicians are encouraged to limit their group size to between 1 and 5 performers.
The committee will review all submissions and select the artists who best match the spirit of the event taking into account the entertainment factor and the space available on the program. They will have 5 to 20 minutes to perform. The deadline for submissions is Friday September 10, 2021. Early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please download the submission videos and tapes from: https://southbury-ct.org/sbycelebration-music.
The grounds for the 2021 event are being reconfigured to allow more social distancing on the ground. Additionally, the locations of food vendors and their customer lines are structured to allow for greater social distancing. People have the option of watching the fireworks from their cars on the large lawn or can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for the view from the Lake Stibbs event grounds.
People are encouraged to come early to listen to music, visit friends, enjoy the food selections / food trucks, or enjoy their own picnic and finally watch a spectacular fireworks display.
A PowerStation DJ will start the music at 4.30pm followed by talented local musicians. New this year will be a magician for children of all ages. Music and entertainment will continue until the performance of the national anthem at approximately 7:45 p.m., just before the fireworks display.
The food court currently has 10 food vendors including 7 commercial food trucks as well as many community groups with a wide variety of options offering: barbecue and southern cuisine, fried rice, Asian style dumplings and grinders, rolls hot lobster, scallop rolls, fish & chips, fried shrimp chowder and New England clams; empanadas, beef chili, corn, chicken fillets, french fries, fried fries, hot dogs, burgers, cheeseburgers, baked goods, cannoli, snacks, candy, donuts, 40 varieties of packaged ice cream, soda, water, coffee and drinks. The food court will open earlier this year at 4:30 p.m. and serve until 8:30 p.m.
Sunday October 3 is the rainy date with the same calendar of activities. In case of inclement weather or for more information, please call the Southbury Parks and Recreation Department information line at 203-262-0633 for an official announcement or visit the City of Southbury website at www. southbury-ct.org/sbycelebration for up to date information.
Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group (www.atlaspyro.com) will then launch fireworks over beautiful Lake Stibbs with many new and unique fireworks effects. Atlas PyroVision is a large professional fireworks company in New England and produces over 700 shows per year. Sound, stage, lighting and DJ expertise are provided by PowerStation Events (www.powerstationevents.com) based in Cheshire, CT.
No alcohol and no pets are allowed during the event. Care should be taken with service animals due to public noise and fireworks. Ample free parking is located on the STS Great Front Lawn. Due to traffic congestion and safety concerns, there will be no pedestrian walking or vehicle parking along Route 172.
A free shuttle will depart from the Heritage Village enclosure at 5:30 pm and Grace Meadows Senior Housing at 5:45 pm Reservations are required for the shuttle. Registration for residents of Heritage Village in September for HV Activities and residents of Grace Meadow in their community center. The bus will return immediately after the fireworks display around 8:15 p.m.
The Southbury Celebration 2021 committee members are Carole Van Tassel (Co-Chair, Heritage Village resident and community volunteer), Steve Hinckley (Southbury Training School Liaison), Jeff Manville (Southbury First Selectman), Michael Ganem (Southbury Parks and Recreation, director), and co-chair Brian M. Jones (community volunteer).