Summer rains have dampened many municipalities’ and residents’ plans this summer. But perhaps no town and its citizenry was more disappointed than Town & Country when its much anticipated Town Square grand opening and 18th annual Fire & Ice celebration was rained out on June 22.
Fingers, and maybe some toes, are being crossed all over that municipality in anticipation of the grand opening celebration’s new date: Friday, Aug. 16.
The event is to begin with the Town Square ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 p.m., followed by a community photo at the Town Square tunnel, according to Parks Director Anne Nixon. The evening closes with fireworks at 9 p.m. All scheduled events are being held at Town Square; however, Longview Farm Park will be open for fireworks viewing.
Ptah Williams Jazz Trio will entertain event-goers at Town Square. Pianist Williams has been performing with bass player Darrell Mixon and drummer Gary Sykes for over 30 years. Their effortless collaboration results in music that is vibrant with energy – the perfect prelude to an explosion of fire in the sky.
Fire & Ice is well known for its annual Tastes of Town & Country dining area, and although the celebration is a bit abbreviated in its 2019 rescheduled form, local food and drink vendors will be available on the Town Square property. So come hungry.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, plus balls, toys and games to share. Adding to the evening’s fun are give-aways from the Town & Country/Frontenac Chamber of Commerce, a selfie Smile Station and the unveiling of “T & C Rocks!”
Parking at Town Square is limited to patrons with current ADA [disabled parking] hangtags; however, residents are welcome to park at The Principia High School and walk to the event. Town Square can be accessed via a tunnel beneath Clayton Road that connects the property to the city’s existing multi-use trail on the thoroughfare’s north side.
Shuttles also will run between Longview Farm Park, Town Square, the First Church of Christ Scientist and Mason Ridge Elementary.
Brinkmann Constructors and Mari de Villa are sponsors of the event.
“We have built a lot of retail spaces over the last 35 years but you don’t often get a chance to build something so unique and special. We’re very excited about the project and want to celebrate its completion,” Bob Brinkmann, founder and CEO of Chesterfield-based Brinkmann Holdings, LLC, said.