Event to mark Beacon Falls’ 150th anniversary


By Elio Gugliotti, Editor

Beacon Falls Town Historian Michael Krenesky is pictured dressed in attire from the late 1800s in front of Town Hall in late May. The town, which was incorporated in 1871, is celebrating its 150th anniversary on June 30. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

BEACON FALLS — Officials are throwing the town a birthday party — albeit a few days early.

The Beacon Falls 150th Anniversary Celebration is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. behind the firehouse on North Main Street. The town was officially incorporated on June 30, 1871.

The festivities will begin with a formal program, which will include remarks on the town’s history and the unveiling of sesquicentennial banner. Dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, are expected to join local officials to wish the town a happy birthday.

After the program ends, there will be food, music, children activities and vendors. Local restaurants are supplying pizza and Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 will be cooking up hot dogs for free.

There will also be food trucks serving up specialty cannoli, cupcakes and coffee. The first 150 people at the celebration will receive a coupon for one free specialty item.

The event won’t be the only one this year to celebrate the anniversary. Officials have hired Firefly Drone Shows out of Michigan to put on a drone light show scheduled for Sept. 25.

Selectman Michael Krenesky, who is co-chairman of the 150th Anniversary Committee with Peter Betkoski, said the plan is to launch the drone show from the Pent Road Recreation Center. People will be able to watch the show from Kolga’s parking lot on Lancaster Drive or park on the street.

Krenesky said officials are still accepting donations for the drone show. For information or to donate, call Krenesky at 203-558-8565. People can also mail donations to the Beacon Falls Historical Society at P.O. Box 171, Beacon Falls, CT 06403.