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A week from today, the volunteer Cheshire Fire Department is holding a celebration commemorating a centuries worth of service to the Town of Cheshire.
The event will take place at the Aqua Turf in Southington, and the department has been planning quite the gala for friends, families, and residents to enjoy. The event next Saturday night begins at 7 p.m. And runs well past midnight. Tickets have been on sale for weeks now, and the event is almost sold out.
“We can’t be certain, but we’re really hoping to sell out the event,” explained John Cummings, who co-chairs to 100th Anniversary Committee.
The event was originally scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., but it is now open to the public starting at 7 p.m. The Fire Department members will enter together as one unit at 8 p.m. for a brief presentation and a few speakers.
The Cheshire Fire Department was incorporated on Feb. 27, 1912. This past February, members of the department held an internal celebration for the 100th anniversary. The fireman’s ball next Saturday is an even larger event that has been in the planning stages for years and is open to the entire community.
With a ticket, guests will be able to enjoy hot and cold appetizers, a carving station, open bar, and dessert. Throughout the night, Steve Lippia and his 10 piece orchestra will be performing. Cummings said the event starts at 7 p.m. and will go past midnight. He indicated that excitement “is building” for the event, and expects a good turnout from friends, family, and residents who want to enjoy a nice night out.
“It’s going to be huge. It’s all coming together,” he said.
Tickets for the event are $75. They can be purchased on Monday night’s between 7 and 9 at any of the three fire houses, or weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters on Maple Avenue. The department has also added the ability to purchase tickets online by visiting the Cheshire Fire Department website.
For more information, visit www.cheshirefd.org or call (203) 272-1828.