Simsbury Celebrates 2016 Gingerbread House Competition & Fire Truck Parade Winners!

 The Simsbury Celebrates committee is proud to announce the winners of this year’s competition.  Youth: 1st place; Hudson Sirios, 2nd place; Josephine Lefranc.  Adult: 1st place; Amy Hahn, 2nd place; Madeline Hollander and Kristin Wallace, 3rd place; Parisa Sahirad. Family/Team: 1st place; Nell Taylor, Betsey and Madeline Zackeo, Liz Nedermeyer, 2nd place; Robin Konopka, 2nd place; Sharyon and Colin Holness, Julie Koch, 3rd place; Cobb School Montessori.  Masters: 1st place; Julie Sirios, 2nd place; Taste By Spellbound, 3rd place; Susanna Phillips.  Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to our judge Jeffrey Lizotte , Chef Owner of Present Company in Tariffville, and to all our participants for contributing their time and creativity.

 The houses are on display in the Free Library, (749 Hopmeadow Street) the gracious yellow building next to Center Cemetery, on Tuesday, November 22 from 10-4pm, Wednesday, November 23, from 3-5pm and during Simsbury Celebrates, Saturday, November 26 from 4-6:30pm.

 The winners of our fundraiser Win A Ride In The Simsbury Celebrates Fire Truck Parade are Parade Marshall Kylie Norton and riding with Santa in a Simsbury Fire Department decorated Fire Truck is Donald Kim.


Press Release:
Simsbury Celebrates 2016, a community celebration, is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016. The event starts at 4:30 PM and ends at about 8:30 PM.  The event necessitates the closing of Hopmeadow Street, Route 10, between Plank Hill Road and Drake Hill Road.  The road will be closed from 4:00 PM until 8:30 PM and traffic will be rerouted to Iron Horse Boulevard. 
The following streets and businesses are affected by the road closure:
Phelps Lane
Library Lane
Station Street
Eaglewood Lane
Simsbury 1820 House

Access to the above streets and businesses must be made via Wilcox Street.  Due to the closure of Route 10, Wilcox Street must be accessed from Iron Horse Boulevard.

 Heavy traffic volume is anticipated so please plan your travel accordingly.  Please visit the event website at for program information.

 Please note that we are unable to close both Hopmeadow Street (Route10) and Iron Horse Boulevard at the same time.  Please remember to use caution when crossing streets and always use sidewalks and crosswalks for safety. 


Local Artist And West Simsbury Resident Supports Simsbury Celebrates!

West Simsbury artist and resident Deborah Leonard is selling her award winning  “Simsbury” poster and is giving a percentage of the sales to Simsbury Celebrates.  The 18x24 poster printed on extra heavy high gloss paper, depicts all the highlights that make Simsbury a wonderful place to live. Ms. Leonard has painted The Pinchot Sycamore Tree, the Flower Bridge, The Farmington River, Rails to Trails,  and Talcott Mountain including the Hueblein Tower and King Philip's cave and several other locations in her poster. The poster sells for $25 + sales tax and a percentage of each sale goes to Simsbury’s only free town wide, welcoming in the holidays event, Simsbury Celebrates!  Posters are available at In The House  & Through the Garden,  1820 House, and The Simsbury Inn or at The 2016 Simsbury Celebrates Planning committee would like to thank Ms. Leonard for her generous support.


Make a donation to Simsbury Celebrates online: 

You can now make a donation to Simsbury’s annual welcoming in the holiday celebration, Simsbury Celebrates, online!  Individuals, families and small businesses may make personal contributions of $20.16 (for the 2016 event), $25, $50, $100 or $150.  Please visit and on the main page you will see a link to make donations online. You will be directed to the Simsbury Recreation website, where you will have to log in with your existing account or create a new account. The Simsbury Celebrates committee does not share or sell names or addresses to any other organizations. All donations help defray the event cost for this year's November 26 event. Join the fun, and help make this Simsbury Celebrates the best event yet!