Celebrate Shelton kicks off in-person events with Mamas & Mimosas

Celebrate Shelton founders Jimmy Tickey, left, Nicole Mikula and Michael Skrtic.

Celebrate Shelton founders Jimmy Tickey, left, Nicole Mikula and Michael Skrtic.

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SHELTON — Celebrate Shelton has announced a series of in-person events — including the first time Food Trucks on the River has taken place since the pandemic — for this year.

Eager to get back to a full roster of in-person events, Celebrate Shelton creators Nicole Heriot-Mikula, Michael Skrtic, and Jimmy Tickey state they are excited to get back to providing concerts, community gatherings, and seasonal events that improve arts engagement for the Shelton community.

“We seek to provide low-to-no cost events that strengthen the ties within our community, bring families together, and promote cultural enrichment,” said Heriot-Mikula.

Celebrate Shelton’s proceeds are donated to longstanding community partners, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and Adam's House, as well as other area nonprofits.

“We cannot thank Celebrate Shelton enough for their long-standing significant financial support for our Valley's youth,” said Shaye Roscoe, Chief Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley."

Celebrate Shelton's first event of 2022 will be Mamas & Mimosas on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by and in partnership with Adams House at 241 Coram Ave. There will be more than 30 artisan vendors, live music, bar and specialty drinks, beauty services, and wellness workshops.

There is a $10 suggested donation at the door; tickets are not needed in advance. Limited VIP tickets for additional services and perks are available at www.Facebook/celebrateshelton.

Food Trucks on the River will be held June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park with live music, children’s activities, craft beer garden and all of your favorite food trucks. This marks the first time the event has been held since 2019, which attracted 5,000 attendees. There is a suggested $5 donation at the gate.

Downtown Sounds Summer Concerts will be held again for three consecutive Fridays — July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5 — starting at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The events are family-friendly, with sought-after regional and national musicians, food trucks, a beer garden and artisan vendors. Kids Hour kicks off each week at 5:30 p.m. There is a suggested $5 donation at the gate.

Downtown Sounds Fall Edition will be held on Oct. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park with live music, artisan vendors, fall activities for kids and families along with a beer garden. There is a suggested $5 donation at the gate.

Celebrate Shelton will continue to host their ninth Annual Community Tree Lighting under the Derby Shelton Rotary Pavilion on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. featuring a small local market, bonfires, horse drawn carriages, community performances and Santa Claus.

For more information on these events or Celebrate Shelton, visit Facebook.com/CelebrateShelton. To get involved as a vendor or a sponsor, email CelebrateShelton@gmail.com.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com