Come on out and join the Littleton Independent's party

John Akal and the 20 piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra have been performing together for more than a decade. Courtesy photo
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The Littleton Independent is 125 years old! And to celebrate that special milestone we are hosting a free community Quasquicentennial Celebration at Hudson Gardens on Sept. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The family-friendly, non-alcoholic event includes a wonderful journey in music, soft drinks and cake. You can bring your own dinner or buy from a food truck near the entrance to the gardens at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive. A free photo booth will give readers the opportunity to have their photos taken in the era of their choice. Another photo opportunity will allow you to take a picture as if it is on the front page of the paper.

The evening will be a musical journey from the Independent's first year of publication in 1888 to the modern era of today's music. John Akal, leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra with lead singer Suzanne Morrison, will team up with Independent Publisher Jerry Healey weaving in music history and headlines of the day.

The band will play through six eras of music: The Turn of the 20th Century, Prohibition, Swing, Latin Infusion, Rock and Modern. Before each era is played, Akal and Healey will tell short stories about the music scene of the time and what was happening in Littleton, derived from headlines and articles from the actual newspapers.

“The Garden Canopy at Hudson Gardens makes the perfect venue as the show will go on rain or shine,” Healey said. “It is in a beautiful corner of the gardens, surrounded by flowers.”

Chairs will be set up concert style in the tent but, Healey said, “we also encourage families to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy an early fall evening under the stars.”

The Independent invites everyone to come on out and celebrate with us. And don't forget your dancing shoes, Akal said, “because we plan on a high-energy show, playing some of your favorite songs.”

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