Brookline Fire Department invites community to open house, comedy show

Friday, September 21, 2012


Staff Writer

BROOKLINE– Lovers of raffles, duck races and roast beef, rejoice! The Brookline Fire Department’s Open House and Comedy Night are here.

The eighth annual event on Sept. 29 will bring together the community for a day of games, demonstrations and food, followed by a roast beef dinner and comedy show.

Fire Department Auxiliary head Sheryl Corey, wife of the fire chief, said the event is always a popular one with the community, and is important to the department’s ability to get the resources it needs.

While the department does get funding from the town, the money raised at this and other events throughout the year help get the department extra supplies and more expensive items it needs with no cost to the taxpayer or town.

“It really benefits everyone,” Corey said.

In past years, the department has used the funds to help purchase a utility vehicle that can move easily through the woods and along hiking trails. Other purchases include portable defibrillators, a thermal imaging camera and water rescue suits.

The event begins with an open house at 11 a.m., giving the community a chance to get to know the firefighters and take part in numerous activities, from antique fire truck rides and burn demos to a coloring contest for children.

Cookies, popcorn and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The annual duck race begins at 1 p.m., with a grand prize of $500. Second prize is $350 and third prize is $100.

Various other prizes donated by area merchants also will be awarded.

Tickets cost $5 each or $20 for five. Tickets can be purchased from any Fire Department member.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Fire Department will host a comedy night and roast beef dinner.

Take out meals are available for $10 for individuals who do not want to stay for the comedy show.

Tickets for a sit-down dinner and the comedy show cost $25. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with the show following at 8 p.m.

The dinner includes roast beef, butternut squash, baked potato, green beans, rolls and apple crisp with ice cream. Tables can be reserved for between eight and 10 people.

Corey said the dinner has always been part of the event, but the comedy show was added about three years ago.

Both are very popular with the community, she said, and typically sell out.

This year, comedians Paul Narbizzy, Jay Grove and Dan Crohn will be performing at the show.

Raffles also will be available at the event, featuring many products and services from area businesses. Attendees who bring in products for the town food pantry can receive a free raffle ticket for each item they donate.

For more information on the comedy show and dinner, contact Corey at Contact Barry Doyle at for information on the duck race.

Danielle Curtis can be reached at 594-6557 or Also follow Curtis on Twitter (Telegraph_DC).

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