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Santa Express Coming December 9

Don’t miss the chance for Santa to come to your house to deliver a gift to your child in a Kent Volunteer Fire Department fire truck!!

Santa will be in Kent Saturday, Dec. 9 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Stops will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To request a stop on Santa’s route, register below (payment is through PayPal or major credit cards).

Registration Deadline is Nov. 27.

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Email questions to santa@kentfire.org

Please Note:
November 27th – Registration Due (First-Come First-Served Basis)

BY November 30 – Confirmation and E.T.A. of your visit from Santa Claus

December 2nd- Wrapped gift (one per child) must be delivered to the firehouse at 28 Maple St., between 8:30 am and 10:30 am

Download PDF version and mail in to KVFD Santa Express, PO Box 355, Kent, CT.

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Hundreds attend annual Firemen’s Ball

 

Community members enjoyed a wonderful Firemen’s Ball Saturday, June 10, 2017 provided by emergency and auxiliary members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

A larger crowd was welcomed with 500 guests in attendance and a large tent was placed in the parking lot, extending the area for dancing and eating out from the firehouse bays.

Guests began to arrive around 6 and the tables filled up with many familiar faces. Mingling over hors d’oeuvres provided by the restaurants in the area, Ball guests were guided to their table and chatted with those around them at the round tables, finding many friends among the guests.

A full roast beef dinner was served. Past Chief Bill Tobin was back with his crew tending the roasts and cooking them to perfection.

All of the KVFD members present, including emergency, veterans and auxiliary, stepped through the crowd single file to the Grand March. It is a longstanding tradition and the Ball attendees responded by saluting the members with a standing ovation.  The six-member Ball Committee was saluted by all. The organizers were Karren Garrity, Jean Speck, Mary Ann VanValkenburg, Leila Erskine, Rebecca Trautman and Darlene Brady.

A live band, Those Guys, played through the evening. After the Grand March, the dancing began and continued for hours. Many went home with tired feet and smiles on their faces, having enjoyed a wonderful community event with friends and neighbors.

The evening is thought of as a “grown up prom” and marks the ushering in of the summer season in Kent.

See the KVFD Facebook page for videos from the event.

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Firemen’s Ball Traditions

The KVFD Firemen’s Ball has used several different venues- including the Community House, the parking lot at the Town Hall, Kent Center School’s ball field to indoors in the gym.  South Kent School was also home for the Ball for a number of years.

Then the Ball began to outgrow the indoor places in town so it was moved to a tent, then two tents and even one year with three tents. For 5 years the Ball was hosted in the indoor ice arena at Kent School.

“Some of the traditions were hard to give up” said Mary Ann VanValkenburg, a long-time committee member. “For years we used to go out in the fire trucks, knocking on doors to sell Ball tickets.  It was a lot of fun and people seemed to enjoy the idea of the fire truck driving through their neighborhoods and pulling up to their house.  But many times no one was home.  It was extremely labor intensive and we had to find another way to reach everybody.”

Invitations are now mailed to homes in Kent.

There is a very busy group of people who spearhead the effort for the Ball, which is one of  Kent’s largest town-wide events, but there are countless individuals and businesses in town who truly jump through hoops to help the KVFD host its annual Ball.

“We have a great group working on the ball – it is truly a collaborative effort.” stated Leila Erskine, Ball co-chair. “The key has been having a good sized and diverse committee.  Every year we aim to improve the event and make as many people as happy as possible.”

“There are so many townspeople who help out in different ways”  Rebecca Trautman added.  “Each year a group of non-KVFD members fold all of the napkins for the tables, local restaurants and commercial kitchens provide many of the appetizers for the evening, businesses help with everything from selling tickets to the decorations and the table linens, even the garbage cans and dumpsters are provided for the evening.”  Truly an amazing collaborative effort.

“So when you arrive at the Ball this year,” VanValkenburg said, “just take a moment to appreciate the wonderful community we live in and realize that it does in deed take a village to host a Ball.”

The Ball will be held on Saturday, June 10 at The Kent Volunteer Fire Department firehouse.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by dancing.  Tickets are $35 per person and $40 at the door.  Table reservations may be made by emailing KVFDball@kentfire.org or calling 927.3080.  Tickets may be purchased at Kent Fabrics and Kent Wine and Spirit and Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall.  They can also be purchased on line.

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Winner drawn for 2017 Ice Watch

Assistant Fire Chief Wendell Soule drew the winning 2017 Ice Watch ticket at KVFD’s monthly meeting Monday, March 6. The winner, Crystal Ohmen of Lakeville, will share the $515 with the department. A drawing took place due to the lack of ice on the river.

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Ice Watch returns for 2018

The wire is up and KVFD is ready for the 2017 Housatonic Ice Watch.

The wire is up and KVFD is ready for the 2018 Housatonic Ice Watch.

KVFD’s popular fundraiser, the Housatonic River Ice Watch will be back for 2018.

The annual Housatonic River Ice Watch is a game to guess when the ice on the river will melt each year. The clock begins ticking on Feb. 20. When the ice begins to melt and move down the river, the tripod goes with it. Once the tripod moves 100 feet from its starting point the clock will stop, the time is recorded and there is a winner. The deadline for submitting guesses, which cost $2, is midnight Feb. 19 each year. All guesses for when the river will melt must be between Feb. 20 at 12:01 a.m. and April 30 at midnight.  There is always a contest regardless of the ice. The game turns into a drawing of a ticket. During the past 40 years, there have only been eight drawings.

Tickets to make guesses are available for sale at a variety of locations around town. One prominent one is in the Kent Post Office. Look for the white boxes with the tripod on them. You can put your money and ticket with the guess right in the envelope and put it a box.

Volunteers were able to re-establish the wire across the river that is essential to the timer connected to the tripod. It was damaged several years ago.

The founder of the Kent Ice Watch was the late John Greene, the former publisher of the weekly newspaper, The Kent Good Times Dispatch. He first saw an Ice Watch in Alaska, where local residents watched the ice on their own river. He brought back this idea to Kent and started this fundraiser with KVFD. The Fire Department splits the total amount collected with the person who guesses closest to when the river melts.

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Golf Tournament set Sept. 11

KVFD_logo_colorBulls Bridge Golf Club

~ Save the Date ~

The 2017 KVFD Golf Tournament

hosted by the

Bull’s Bridge Golf Club

Monday, September 11, 2017

An opportunity to play an award-winning Tom Fazio-designed golf course with gorgeous views of the rolling Litchfield County hills. This annual tournament benefits the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, providing Emergency Response to the town of Kent since 1911.

Shamble format allows for fun competition among different levels of players. Best net score of each hole is used to compile the 18 hole net team score.

Schedule

10:00 Registration

12:00 Tee Time

6:00 Cocktails and Dinner

Prizes

Winning foursome (1st Place & Runner Up)

Hole in One – Trip to Pebble Beach, CA 4 nights for 2, or 7 nights for 2 in Hapuna Beach, Hawaii, or 6 nights for 2 in St. Andrews Scotland, airfare included

Closest to the Pin – Four winners compete in a Shoot-out for a $50,000 cash prize

Closest to the Line

Longest Drive (Men and Women)

Straightest Drive

Fee is $250 per golfer (includes entry, cart, light lunch and refreshments on course, and 3-course dinner afterwards at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant). Non-golfing dinner tickets available for $50 per person.

Recruit your foursome now for a fabulous day of golfing at the Bull’s Bridge Golf Club!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Sponsorship and Registration Form

Check out the event’s Golf Videos!

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual charity golf tournament on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Bulls Bridge Golf Club. The impeccable Tom Fazio-designed course in South Kent takes full advantage of the rolling hills and breathtaking vistas of the Berkshires, making a day your foursome is sure to keep talking about.

Sign up now to join for a fun-filled afternoon on the course, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards presentation at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant in Kent. Prizes, raffles, on-course refreshments and contests, and the chance to play one of the top courses in the country – don’t miss out!

With a noon shotgun start, the shamble format of the tournament allows golfers of all abilities to participate in a fun day for a great cause. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, providing emergency response to the town of Kent and our neighboring communities since 1911.

For more information, or to receive a registration form, contact Scott Harvey – golf@kentfire.org or 860-671-0398.

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105 years of service celebrated at Kent Firemen’s Ball

Members serve dinner during the 2015 Firemen's Ball.

Members serve dinner during the Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department celebrated  105 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball June 11, 2016 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

The event was held June 11 with the doors opening at 6 p.m. .

The 2016 event was catered for the second year by Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan.

For more photos, see the KVFD Facebook Page.

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Dance the night away at the Firemen’s Ball

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 2017 Firemen’s Ball on June 11 and is offering online ticket sales and table reservations this year.


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2017 Firemen’s Ball will be held Saturday, June 10

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen's Ball.

A large crowd gathered at the 2011 Firemen’s Ball.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating  106 years of service to the Kent community by hosting the annual Kent Firemen’s Ball  Saturday, June 10 at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple St.

The building will once again be transformed for a night of dining and dancing. Everyone will want to get their tickets early. Tickets are $30 per person but $35 at the door. Tickets will go on sale the first week in May. The price includes dinner. You may bring your own beverages, mixers will be available.

Reservations are strongly encouraged Call 860-927-3080 (or email KVFDBall@kentfire.org) to reserve individual seats or a table of 10.

Tickets are also available by mail. Send a check to KVFD Firemen’s Ball, PO Box 355, Kent, CT 06757. Tickets will be held at the door. Please be sure to indicate that the check is for the Firemen’s Ball.

The Firemen’s Ball has a long tradition in Kent, with residents and neighbors coming together for a night of dinner and dancing, frivolity with friends old and new, and a celebration of community.

Doors traditionally open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m.

There will be unique and interesting drawing baskets to take a chance on as well. There are lots of different prizes that are available during the “opportunity drawing.”

Members will work their decorating magic to turn the apparatus bays into a festive venue.

The evening is BYOB with setups available. For more information , email ball@kentfire.org.

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2016 Ice Watch winner selected

The annual Housatonic River Ice Watch is a game to guess when the ice on the river will melt each year. Unfortunately in 2016 the fluctuating temperatures did not allow the Kent Volunteer Fire Department to get the tripod out on an ice-covered river and conduct the fundraiser in the traditional way.

Instead, all of the guesses were put together and a drawing was held Monday, March 7 at the regular monthly meeting of KVFD. The winner was drawn by Rob Kennedy and the winning guess was from Cecile Hartt of Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Hartt will receive one half, or $406.50, of the total $813.00 collected during the winter fundraiser.

KVFD thanks everyone who participated and purchased a guess!

 

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Coin Drop

The Coin Drop is held Memorial Day weekend each year as a fundraiser for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteers hold boots on Route 7, just south of town, and motorists drop coins in. It is a very successful fundraiser, some years raising $2,000 or more.

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