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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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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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Firemen’s Ball

A large crowd gathered at a past Firemen’s Ball.

June 14, 2014

The Kent Firemen’s Ball is a gala event looked forward to by many all year. It offers a chance to catch up with fellow residents, enjoy good food and dance the night away.

When you arrive at the Ball, you’ll be directed to your table by fire department members.  Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and music at the firehouse.  Dinner will be served beginning at 7 p.m.

The evening is BYOB with set ups and ice available. The Ball Committee is urging responsible drinking at the festivities. Please arrange for a designated driver within your group.

Advance tickets are $30 per person, and covers hot and cold hor d’ouevres, dinner, coffee and dessert plus entertainment. Tickets will be sold at the door for $35 per person, as space allows. The event is BYOB, and ice and set-ups are provided.

The Firemen’s Ball is a tradition that spans over 100 years, and is an important fundraiser for our local volunteer fire and ambulance service. Proceeds from the event benefit the KVFD operating budget which pays for required training, equipment and operational costs associated with providing emergency response to the Kent community.

To reserve seats or tables, please email kvfdball@kentfire.org.

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