THE WEATHERMAN THREW US A CURVE, BUT THE FIREWORKS CAME OFF GREAT!
Mother Nature's own fireworks show began two hours before our show, which unfortunately prevented the United States Army Field Band & Chorus from performing.
But the fireworks show everyone came to see happened right on time - and without rain.
The HVFF Committee and CERT members put up the fencing on Wednesday evening.
Many hands made light work - Hundreds of feet of fencing were put up in less than two hours!
With a favorable nighttime forecast at 3:00 on Friday afternoon, the colors were raised and the event was on.
The vendors were all in place by 5 o'clock.
Hamden CERT was on the job.
The park began to fill . . .
. . . and DJ Bry provided the music entertainment.
Barb Johnson ran the 50-50 Raffle for the HVFF Committee
The Soldiers' Chorus rehearsed a cappella. Magnificent! (We was robbed by Mother Nature!)
Around 7 it began to get very dark. What was supposed to stay in northern Connecticut decided to visit Hamden.
The musicians covered everything with tarps - and then the sky opened up.
Thunder & lightning everywhere. People sought refuge in Miller Library, tents, their cars, and even port-a-potties!
The stalwart fireworks fans re-emerged onto the field as the rain subsided - and finally ended. BRAVO!
The generous 50-50 Raffle ticket buyers who were unable to be present for the 9 o'clock drawing should have no regrets. The first ticket drawn - one that was actually purchased very early - resulted in a winner.
Matt Fitch pulled out the winning ticket - 003096.
The lucky winner of the 50-50 raffle was Justin Garvey of Hamden, who picked up $192.00.
HVFF Committee Chairman Karl Olson of Mt. Carmel Co. 5 congratulates 50-50 winner Justin Garvey.
Right after the drawing, the rain-delayed festivities resumed with DJ Bry getting everyone on their feet . . .
. . . for the Village People's "Y-M-C-A" (just like at the ballpark).
The many tenacious folks who stuck it out were rewarded with a fine fireworks show, accompanied by DJ Bry's classic patriotic recordings and NO RAIN!
The Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Fireworks Committee
wishes to thank the hundreds of Stop & Shop shoppers
for their generous donations and support.
We couldn't have done it without you!
Rotarian Paul Begemann and Firework's Chmn. Karl Olson
Hamden Rotary Club Kicks Off
2017 Fireworks Fundraising Drive
Once again, the patriotic spirit of Hamden's Rotary Club members has been demonstrated through a very generous donation to the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Fireworks fundraising campaign.
Longtime HVFF Committee Chairman of Hamden's annual Independance Day fireworks event, Karl Olson, accepted a check from Rotary Club's Paul Begemann in the amount of $1,200.
Hamden's Rotary Club has been a consistent and generous supporter of Hamden's annual fireworks celebration throughout the event's 24 years.
The HVFF Committee is made up of members of Hamden's three remaining active volunteer fire companies, Co. 5 in Mt. Carmel, Co. 7 (Mix District) on Shepard Avenue, and Co. 8 in Dunbar Hill.
Volunteers will be collecting donations for this year's fireworks at Stop & Shop on Dixwell Avenue at Skiff Street every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of June. Donations for the 2017 fireworks will also be gratefully accepted through PayPal using the Committee's email address, email@example.com, or by check. Checks should be sent to:
P.O. Box 5104
Hamden, CT 06518
Whether from individuals, businesses or organizations
- no matter how small -
your donations made it happen.
For their generous support of the 2017 fireworks display,
the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Fireworks Committee wishes to
express its sincere thanks to these businesses and organizations: