Bonfire, ice sculpting highlight City Hall's celebration tonight

Milford City Hall will celebrate its 100 year anniversary with fun-filled, community events Feb. 19 — the date on which a fire destroyed the former Town Hall 101 years prior — and June 19 — the date on which, 100 years earlier, “more than a thousand people gathered beneath lowering skies to participate in the ceremony of the laying of the cornerstone for Milford’s New Town Hall.”

On Friday, Feb. 19, residents are invited to Milford City Hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an evening that recalls the cold, winter day over a century before when “the local fire department fought desperately, but a high wind defeated all attempts to check the blaze,” Mayor Ben Blake said in a press release sent to the local media.

Milford’s fire department will again be on scene outside the historic building to oversee a safe and controlled bonfire that lights up the downtown. The heat of the Milford Fire Department’s ceremonial blaze will be balanced by a nearby ice-sculpting demonstration, also on the steps of City Hall.

Following the outside fire and ice exhibitions, residents are invited into the “one-story red brick structure with a trim clock tower, in modern colonial style,” for a history lesson and a comedy hypnosis show by certified Master Hypnotist, Dan LaRosa. Admission to the show is free, but seating is  limited. People should reserve seats through the Recreation Department’s website, and then print and bring ticket receipts to the evening’s show.

“While all residents are urged to partake in the Feb. 19 festivities and to stay tuned for more events scheduled for June 17, for those who are unable to attend these celebrations, Mayor Blake encourages a visit to City Hall to discuss local matters or tour the architecturally significant building, which is opened Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.,” the city press release states.

For more information about Master Hypnotist, Dan LaRosa, visit

Contact Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development, through email at or by phone at 203-783-3230 with any questions.

(The source used here was “History of Milford Connecticut 1939”)