By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
SOUTHBOROUGH – Southborough residents and visitors were visibly happy to gather Aug. 28 for the 17th Summer Nights event on the grounds of Neary Elementary School. They were there for lots of food options, live music and fireworks.
Light rainfall at the start and end of the event didn’t deter the enthusiastic crowd. Neither did the absence of some traditional Summer Nights’ activities.
It was an evening described by Recreation Director Tim Davis as “a toned-down event this year due to COVID.”
Stationed onsite were several food, pastry and ice cream trucks as well as a vendor with novelty souvenirs.
The six-piece Railroad House Band became acoustic entertainers, roaming around the grounds after a brief rain shower dampened their electrical audio equipment.
Kids, meanwhile, kept active with field games and at the playground.
Attendees of all ages particularly appreciated this year’s Summer Nights’ culmination with fireworks – albeit amid a drizzle. This marked fireworks returning for the first time since 2018. The 2019 event took place a few hours earlier than usual and without fireworks due to the EEE threat. Then pandemic restrictions canceled last year’s event altogether.
Summer Nights is presented by Southborough Recreation in conjunction with the Friends of Southborough Recreation and supported by local business sponsors.