SOUTHBOROUGH – Seasonably comfortable weather Aug. 27 welcomed Southborough residents and visitors to the 18th Summer Nights on the grounds of the Margaret A. Neary Elementary School.
A number of the event’s traditional family-friendly activities returned this year after 2020’s cancellation and 2021’s scaled-down version due to COVID pandemic restrictions.
This year, children stayed active on inflatable amusements as well as playing field games. Kids also received free balloon sculptures and took home souvenirs from a photo booth.
Festivalgoers of all ages browsed booths and got giveaways from nonprofits and businesses.
Families learned engineering concepts from the Algonquin Robotics Team. Southborough Cub Scouts offered toy boat sailings at a Raingutter Regatta. Young athletes shot baskets courtesy of Southborough Youth Basketball. Kids got free face paintings from SkyRise Theater.
A self-formed group called Southborough Cancer Youth Association collected donations for items such as bracelets, bookmarks, stickers and origami. Proceeds are going to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Live musical entertainment at Summer Nights was provided throughout the evening by the Hit the Bus band. The band’s lead singer and guitarist Dave Garden is a Southborough native now residing in Shrewsbury.
Food and dessert trucks satisfied appetites.
Festivalgoers’ health and safety concerns were overseen by the Southborough Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp.
Summer Nights culminated with a fireworks display.
Summer Nights is presented by Southborough Recreation in conjunction with the Friends of Southborough Recreation and supported by local business sponsors.
Learn about Southborough Recreation’s upcoming activities at https://southboroughma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx and facebook.com/southboroughrec.