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Images of Canton: Sam Collins Day 2014

Colby Vadnais works on his balancing skills.  Photo by John Fitts

Colby Vadnais works on his balancing skills.
Photo by John Fitts

The 20th Annual Sam Collins Day was held on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The event included a business expo, community organization booths, inflatables, live music, a food court, Made in Connecticut tent, Canton Historical Museum activities in Collinsville and much more.

Events were held at the Main site on Canton Springs Road and in Collinsville.

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20th Anniversary Sam Collins Day T-Shirt Incorporates The Best of Canton and Collinsville

The 20th Annual shirt hangs at the Collinsville T-shirt Factory.

The 20th Annual shirt hangs at the Collinsville T-shirt Factory.

For the 20th Anniversary Sam Collins Day T-shirt, Brad Gilchrist didn’t re-invent the wheel. Rather he took his favorite design from year’s past, revamped it, adding several elements and a new logo.

Gilchrist is a Canton resident and well-known cartoonist and writer. He’s created a T-shirt design for each Sam Collins Day.

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Third-Annual ‘Puppypalooza’ Fundraiser for Boot-N-Kit Canine Rescue Raises More Than $10,000

Driving Iris entertained at the event.

Driving Iris entertained at the event.

(Submitted) The 3rd annual fundraiser to benefit Boot N’ Kit Canine Rescue held this past weekend at the Canton Indoor Golf Center was a tremendous success, far surpassing the total donations received for the events held during the past two years combined.

The total value of donated goods and services, along with cash donations to the Puppypalooza from the community, is more than $10,000.

“We’re extremely excited about the results from our Puppypalooza this year,” said high school senior Josephine Black, age 17, and lead organizer for the fundraiser. “We are so grateful for all of the support and loyalty from our community for making this event such a fantastic success.” … Continue Reading

With New Features, Old Favorites, 20th Annual Sam Collins Day Will Showcase What Canton Has to Offer

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

With some staples, new features and revamped elements, organizers are excited about the 20th annual Sam Collins Day this weekend.

The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 (Rain date Sept. 21) on Canton Springs Road and downtown Collinsville.

First are the staples, such as the Business Expo, Live Music, a taste of Canton Food Court, Community Organization Booths, Canton Historical Museum events, Brad Gilchrist’s annual T-shirt, Made in CT Tent, Walking Tours in Collinsville and more.

Such aspects really showcase Canton, which was the original goal of the event, which Event chairwoman Mary Tomolonius feels has been accomplished on a yearly basis.

“It’s one day, you can really get a sense of what Canton is all about,” Tomolonius said. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Axe Throwing in Collinsville

Phil Demetri and members of the Wamogo High School FFA Chapter Lumberjack Team visited Collinsville Sunday as part of the Fall Funfest sponsored by the Collinsville Merchants group.

Demetri told participants about the history of lumberjack competitions. Lumberjack crews working in the north country circa the 1880s started them as a way to relax on Sundays, their only day off, he said. The Collins Co. axes were prominent in those lumberjack camps, he added.

Originally Shannon Strong was slated to appear Sunday. When she was unable to attend, she arranged for a replacement.

Demetri, his son Phil Demetri III and Briana Kratzer demonstrated throwing technics and guided residents as they tried their hand at hitting the target.

The Show Goes On in Memory Of Howie Hirsch

September 13, 2014 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
The Farmington Valley Stage Company opened its third season with a standing ovation for the late Howard Hirsch.

The Farmington Valley Stage Company opened its third season with a standing ovation for the late Howard Hirsch.

The Farmington Valley Stage Company opened its third season Friday night with a somber yet rousing tribute to its artistic director Howard Hirsch, who passed away this week after an extended illness.

Prior to the opening of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” the cast and crew gathered in front of the audience and assistant director Karen Sidel talked about the man who contributed so much to local theater.

Hirsch’s death, she said, left an “unfillable void.”

When Hirsch was unable to direct the show this fall there was talk about canceling but Howie would have none of it, Sidel said.

And Hirsch was present Friday night, Sidel added.

“He’s got the best seat in the house,” she said, before asking the crowd to join in a rousing standing ovation for ‘Howie.’ … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Farmington Valley Stage Company Ready to Kick Off Third Season

The Farmington Valley Stage Co. kicks off its third season with Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Farmington Valley Stage Co. kicks off its third season with Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Farmington Valley Stage Company kicks off its third season Friday with Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

The play draws on Simon’s own experience as a writer for the 1950s comedy variety hour, Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows.

The play takes place over three weekends in the Canton Town Hall auditorium. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. The first two weekends will also include a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

Tickets are $20. See more at http://fvstage.org/pages/welcome.asp … Continue Reading

Smokin’ Spokes Celebrates One Year in Business with Music of Chris Tofield, Weekend Specials

Norm Johnson stands in front of Smokin' Spokes Thursday night.

Norm Johnson stands in front of Smokin’ Spokes Thursday night.

It’s been a year since Smokin’ Spokes opened on Route 44 in Canton and this weekend the restaurant will celebrate with a special Friday night show and some weekend specials.

The bar and grill will celebrate with the music of renowned blues guitarist Chris Tofield on Friday night. Joining him will be Greg Allen on bass and Steve Peck on drums. There will be a $5 charge at the door, which comes with a drink coupon. Music starts at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Hartford Advocate readers named Tofield’s band the best blues/rock band in Connecticut for seven years in a row. Now located in Las Vegas, Tofield is returning to the area for a few shows this month.

“Hopefully it will be a good gathering,” said Spokes co-owner Norm Johnson. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Musicians Showcase Talent, Help Others Gain Access To the Arts

Kais and Dollz members Ella Cookman of Canton and Meghan Spangenberg.

Kais and Dollz members Ella Cookman of Canton and Meghan Spangenberg.

A Wednesday night fundraiser at Flatbread of Canton, hosted by the Suzuki Summer Playgroup, netted $700 for the Hartt School Community Division’s Fund For Access, which provides financial aid for music and dance programs.

The playground consists of local string instrumentalists who follow the famed Suzuki method and participate in several local events each year. On Tuesday, many participants and friends provided live music and the restaurant donated a portion of each pizza sale to the cause. Local businesses also donated numerous raffle items.

Learn more about the Suzuki Summer Playgroup and upcoming events at https://sspct.shutterfly.com.

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