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Canton Public Library Plans Special Pi Day Celebration

Reference librarian Beth Van Ness made these special necklaces for the Pi-Ku winners.

Reference librarian Beth Van Ness made these special necklaces for the Pi-Ku winners.

Whether you’re excited about 3/14/15 or simply love pie, the Canton Public Library has the celebration for you.

Pi Day is a celebration of the date that approximates Pi, (Greek letter “π”), “the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159,” according to piday.org.

The library is hosting numerous special events Saturday, including a Special Coffee And . . .  — with pie of course — a Pi-Ku contest, scavenger hunts for kids, a community art project and more.

“Everyone should celebrate Pi Day with both Pi and Pie,” said reference librarian Beth Van Ness. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Bridge Street Live Kicks off 5th Season

Devon Allmän, Charlie Wooton and Bart Walker of Royal Southern Brotherhood at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville Thursday night.  Photo by John Fitts

Devon Allmän, Charlie Wooton and Bart Walker of Royal Southern Brotherhood at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville Thursday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Bridge Street Live in Collinsville opened its fifth season Thursday with Royal Southern Brotherhood. Up next at the venue are performances by John Gorka on Friday, March 13 and comedian Ross Bennett on March 14. See a full schedule at http://www.41bridgestreet.com. … Continue Reading

Royal Southern Brotherhood Returns Thursday to Open Bridge Street Live’s Fifth Season

Royal Southern Brotherhood opens Bridge Street Live's 5th Season Thursday.  Press Photo

Royal Southern Brotherhood opens Bridge Street Live’s 5th Season Thursday.
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By Carl Wiser 

Bridge Street Live opens its fifth season on Thursday night with a performance by Royal Southern Brotherhood. The band has some big surnames: Devon Allman and Cyril Neville. Devon (son of Gregg and nephew of Duane) has distinguished himself as a songwriter and guitarist, not only with RSB but also as a solo artist and with his trio Honeytribe. If he sticks to plan, this will be one his last shows with Royal Southern Brotherhood, as he plans to leave the group in April to narrow his focus.

Cyril Neville was part of the New Orleans funk generators The Meters before joining his siblings Art, Charles and Aaron in The Neville Brothers. He plays percussion in the band and shares vocals with Allman and guitarist Bart Walker. Rounding out the group are Derek Trucks Band drummer Yonrico Scott and bass player Charlie Wooton.

This is the second consecutive year Royal Southern Brotherhood will open the Bridge Street season.

“It was such an amazing show last year, we jumped at the opportunity to have them back again,” Entertainment Director Pat Ryan says. Allman is booked as solo act at the venue on July 16. … Continue Reading

Work of Late Canton Artist Will Take Center Stage Once Again During Museum Benefit

Marji Rose and Cheryl Scott look over some of the prints that will be sold next Sunday.

Marji Rose and Cheryl Scott look over some of the prints that will be sold next Sunday during a sale and celebration of the work of the late Nancy Douglass Cloutier.

Next Sunday’s art sale and gathering at the Canton Historical Museum not only benefits an organization devoted to preserving the town’s history but will also showcase the work of one Canton’s most influential creative spirits.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on March 15, the Canton Historical Museum will hold a sale, reception and gathering featuring the artwork of the late Nancy Douglass Cloutier, long-time printmaker, multi-media artist and a passionate member of the Canton Artists’ Guild.

Cloutier’s daughter, Marji Cloutier Rose, donated numerous prints to the museum after talking to volunteer and family friend Cheryl Scott. She figured it would be a great way to help the museum’s building fund, while highlighting her mother’s artwork.

“I’m so glad to get it out there,” Rose said. “I want her work to be known.” … Continue Reading

CHS Hosts a Celebration of Spirituals and Gospel Songs

A Celebration of Spirituals and Gospels Songs at Canton High School Wednesday Night featured the school’s choirs as well as special guest singer Garth West.

Brett Gottheimer directed the various school vocal groups, which were also accompanied by pianist Diana Lawler.

Farmington Valley Stage Company Returns With ‘Critic’s Choice’

Theater critic Parker Ballantine (Christopher Barrien) gets animated with a little help from the bottle. Photo by John Fitts

Theater critic Parker Ballantine (Christopher Barrien) gets animated with a little help from the bottle.
Photo by John Fitts

The Farmington Valley Stage Company returns to Collinsville Friday night with its production of Critic’s Choice.

The company was started by the late  Howard Hirsch, an original “mad man” and a passionate director, promoter and supporter of local theater. Now in its third season, the company went on a brief hiatus after Hirsch passed away last fall.

However,  stage company president Ron Faibusch reached out to the creative team of Doreen Cohn and Ken Jones, both veterans of local theater and other area productions. Cohn said it’s been a lot of fun but also a bit of a whirlwind to get everything lined up to continue.

“It’s like jumping into the fire,” Cohn said. “We’re very excited about it.”  … Continue Reading

Online Bidding Can Lead to a Bargain for A Good Cause

Winter festWhether you’re looking for a night out, a field trip, an American Girl doll, a  Summer Camp experience salon or a Memorial Day ride in a fire truck, chances are there’s something for you in the Winterfest online auction.

In all, nearly 600 items are up for grabs as part of a fundraiser to benefit Parent Teacher Organizations at Cherry Brook and Canton Intermediate schools. Bidding closes Thursday night at 10 p.m.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the highest bids on most items were well below face value.

“Everything’s still a really good value,” said Anne Marie Pelletier, Cherry Brook PTO president and Winter Festival co-chair. … Continue Reading

Storytelling Takes Center Stage in Collinsville

An Evening of Storytelling host Evan Rhoda.  Photo by

An Evening of Storytelling host Evan Rhoda.
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Those who would like to share a personal experience, whether it be sad, humorous, introspective, inspiring, educational or informative, can take advantage of a new creative outlet in Collinsville.

So if you have a something to share or simply want to listen — and are at least 17 years old — head over to LaSalle Market in Collinsville on Tuesday nights for an Evening of Storytelling.

… Continue Reading

Sarah Barrios Remains Focused As Her Music Evolves

Sarah Barrios  Photo Credit: Maia Stern

Sarah Barrios
Photo Credit: Maia Stern

At age 20, Sarah Barrios is focused, yet patient as her music, lyrics and life reach a new level of maturity.

Over the past few years, Barrios, who has ties to Canton, has come a long way musically and on March 5, local residents have a chance to see her perform at The Flatbread Company in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley.

Barrios continues to take part in a national tour, has an EP to her credit, has won several accolades, been featured in numerous publications and was voted best new artist in last year’s  New England Music Awards. This year she’s nominated for Female Performer of the Year. Voting takes place through March 1. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CHS Presents Prisms 2015: A Night in Hollywood

Photo by Belle Magna.

Photo by Belle Magna.

Canton High School presented its annual Prisms concert Saturday night. With a theme of a “Night in Hollywood,” the production included performances by school bands, acting, a light show and other technical theatrics, decorations and much more. Music included selections from popular Hollywood favorites such as Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Hawaii 5-0, as well as Jazz classic and pieces arranged and written by students. Thanks to Belle Magna for the photos.  … Continue Reading

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