May 15, 2018 … one of the craziest days (and weeks) in the history of Beacon Falls. An F-1 tornado ripped through town, leaving more than 95 percent of our community without power and still leaving its scars in many locations across town. Bear with us for a minute as we remember that wild week and offer a whole lot of appreciation.
Luckily, there were no serious injuries and we all know that the storm could have been a lot worse in so many ways.
We’re super excited to announce the full entertainment lineup for the 2019 Beacon Hose carnival and parade!
Our Liberty Bank Main Street Stage will once again be featured in the center of North Main Street, closing down the northbound lanes from June 13-15 and giving us a real block-party vibe. New is our Riverview Backstage, which will transform the staircase and landings at Volunteer Park into an amphitheater for the first two nights and Saturday afternoon. Here we go!
LIBERTY BANK MAIN STREET STAGE
Thursday, June 13: Jimi Jam and The Rehabs, featuring Beacon Hose’s own Jimmy Martin, returns for a second straight year to open up the festivities with classic rock and more from 6:15-9:45 p.m.
Friday, June 14: Party rock is coming to Beacon Hose with the carnival debut of Just Below Me — those guys feature a unique blend of rock, pop, hip-hop, and country, and they’ll be with us from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15: Nobody sends us out with a bang quite like our friends from Hazzard County, and the state’s best country cover band is back after a crazy fun debut last year. HazCo hits the stage right after the parade ends at 7:15 p.m. and plays ’til the cops kick ’em off the street at 11:15 or so.
Thursday, June 13: Beacon Falls’ own Jim Sisti brings his mind-blowing talents to Beacon Hose for a pair of interactive magic shows at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Friday, June 14: Just two days after their graduation from Woodland High, the youngsters of the 3 O’Clock Losers hit the stage for a 90-minute encore performance from our Octoberfest at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14: After the sun goes down, you’ll have to see what Daniel GreenWolf: Celtic Magician can do. He takes the magical art of illusions and adds fire … so you might want to be down there at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 15: For the third straight year, the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group will show off its spring performance for our carnival crowd. A 30-minute showing of Peter Pan will begin at 4:30 p.m. — enough time for the kids to wrap up and get set to march in our parade at 6 p.m.
We’ve got lots more to announce soon — our free raffle for Laurel Ledge students, our dunk tank featuring Woodland students and teachers, and much more — so stay tuned!
Beacon Falls’ favorite tradition is coming back — the 56th annual Beacon Hose Firemen’s Carnival is set for June 13-15, 2019!
We’re extraordinarily excited for this year’s event, which will help us celebrate the 120th anniversary of our department. An estimated 10,000-12,000 visitors have poured through our grounds in each of the last three years, and we’re hoping for the same turnout — and same great weather — this June.
You know what’s back in 2019? Our enormous raffle with $17,000 IN CASH PRIZES, including a $10,000 GRAND PRIZE. Scroll down for more information, including how to buy your ticket.
Beacon Hose is set to host the latest edition of one of our most popular events: the Easter Meat-O!
Our Easter Meat-O night will be Saturday, April 13, from 6-9 p.m. at the firehouse. An $8 admission fee includes a delicious buffet dinner. The features of the night are games of chance (pay per game) to win something special for your Easter table. We’ll have hams, kielbasas, roasts, seafood, raffle baskets, mystery eggs, and more up for grabs!
Reservations are a must if you want to attend the event — but the event will be self-seated with no specific table reservations. Only those 21 and older are allowed, and the event is BYOB (alcohol is allowed). To reserve seats, please call Erin Swan-Buhl at 203-841-9307, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a message via social media or our website.
At Beacon Hose’s monthly meeting on March 4, we recognized our crew that made a code save back in September on Morning Wood Drive. We had received the report of an unresponsive male in his 70s, and EMT Kevin O’Connell immediately responded from his nearby home and began CPR. Upon arrival, Beacon Hose units deployed both the AED (which delivered four shocks) and our new LUCAS device (for the first time on a call).
We are happy to report that the patient was released from the hospital in relatively quick fashion and has been doing well since. The patient’s doctor told the family that early, quality CPR gave the patient a chance to survive.
Beacon Hose EMS Director Peter Monti, along with Waterbury Hospital, recognized the crew that responded: from left, Matt DeGeorge, John Lubinski, Sherrie Lubinski, Howie Leeper, and Jeremy Rodorigo. (Kevin O’Connell was unable to attend.)
Once again, a terrific job by our dedicated volunteers in helping to secure a positive outcome!