‘Thanks for celebrating Shelton’

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Over the past several months, I have been working with Nicole Heriot-Mikula and Michael Skrtic on Celebrate Shelton’s Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Series. These free family-friendly concerts held in July and August included live music, food trucks and a beer garden, handmade artisan vendors and activities for children.

Each night had overflowing crowds as families arrived excited for live music and an enjoyable summer evening on the Veteran’s Memorial River Walk. Seeing families sing along with the music or children dance with their hula-hoops was what we had hoped for when we began planning these concerts months ago.  I want to thank all those who attended our first summer concert series and celebrated Shelton with us!

It has been a pleasure to work with Nicole and Michael as they establish Celebrate Shelton. We have been able to create unique events which promote small businesses and shopping local here in Shelton thanks in part to the City of Shelton, Shelton Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as our community sponsors.

In addition to the summer concert series, we coordinate a monthly Handmade Market, and a Community Holiday Tree-Lighting in Downtown Shelton.  Our next event will be the September Handmade Market taking place on Saturday, September 5th in the Conti Building (415 Howe Ave, Shelton) from 10am – 3pm.  I invite you to join us to experience our local handmade artisans and to see what small business owners are creating right here in Shelton!

Thanks for Celebrating Shelton,

Jimmy Tickey

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