What. A. Year.
We did so many things. So much planning for the future, so much for just this year. Putting pieces in place for bigger things. So many community events. Each one was better than the last.
Mamas + Mimosas was an incredible way to kick off the year. Women empowering women, learning about each other, how to help each other... There were self-care workshops, educational workshops, artisans and vendors. You could get your hair done and then wind up learning about real estate (which I knew nothing about until that day). It was awesome. Everyone walked out of Adam's House happy and refreshed, with a few new friends.
The next event was Food Trucks on The River, which was filled with full bellies and big smiles. I had so much food that I was full for several days afterword. There was also Shelton's Pride Flag Raising event which was AMAZING! We were incredibly happy to host a wonderful event. The mayor delivered the proclamation beautifully, and everyone was happy and full of joy. We live in a truly fantastic and lovely community.
Downtown Sounds was a blast. Shelton sure showed up for these events, I'll say that! We had so many great bands and artists. The first week we had BooYah, Nardy Boy, and Project Dance Center for Kids Hour. DJ Doey Joey kicked the concert off to a great start. The second week Will Evans & Barefoot Truth Reunion and Elle Sera joined us, with BringtheHoopla for Kids Hour. And the last and final week was Roots of Creation and Thabisa. We had Will Parker for Kids Hour. (We're friends on TikTok! Small World!) Those weeks were freakin' sweet. Roaming Railroad was there, which was so fun for the kids. The artisans & vendors were out of this world (I literally bought so many soaps and candles...) I can't wait for next year.
My personal favorite event was Downtown Sounds: Fall Edition. We had our absolute favs: The Alpaca Gnomes, and One Time Weekend, with Manny James opening. It was a good time. There really is nothing better than hoodie weather and live music. I was running the kids pumpkin tent all day (thank you Wells Hollow Farm, Liberty Bank, and Giggling Pig!) and we RAN OUT of pumpkins at the very end - absolute kismet timing- and every single child got to paint a cute & locally sourced pumpkin! That was also the day we all wore our super cool Celebrate Shelton shirts, which are still for sale if you're down to rock some hometown pride.
And last but not least.... the most merry of all: The Community Tree Lighting. This was our 9th year doing it! Time sure does fly. There were SO many good memories made that night. The Boy Scout Troops of The Valley made sure we stayed warm all night with bonfires. Carey & Guarrera brought delicious hot chocolate, The Boys & Girls Club Keystone Club passed out mouth watering cookies (thank you Spice Catering!), and the SHS & SIS choirs caroled the night away. There were also special performances from Center Stage Theater and Valley Shakespeare, and fun kids activities provided by The Giggling Pig. We rocked around the Christmas Tree all night.
And now... that's it for the year! It's time to recuperate, rejuvenate, and put the pieces that we've planned for 2023 in motion. Stay up to date with us, because next year is going to be one for the books. I can not wait to share with you all all the things that are in store. We are most thankful for you! Our community. The People of The Valley. Shelton CT. What a wonderful year of events to brighten up our neck of the woods. Stay tuned for next year- we have a whole lot of fun planned. But for now: Happy Holidays from Celebrate Shelton. Thank you for a wonderful year!