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Images of Canton: Aladdin Jr. Comes to Middle School Stage

The Canton Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 and Friday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $5 for seniors, children and students and $8 for adults. 

The show takes place in the auditorium of the Canton Middle/High School campus at 76 Simonds Ave. Buy tickets at the door or via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2811936.

See more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press

Coffee House Performances at Canton High School on Friday, Jan. 6

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CANTON, CT  — Canton Parents for Music and the Canton Public Schools Music Department are proud to host a Coffee House featuring Canton High School students performing live music for the community in a casual environment. 

The Coffee House will be held on Friday, Jan. 6 in the Canton High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances will run until 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for attending. Hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring their friends and family and maybe some cards or a board game to settle in and enjoy a relaxing evening of live music.

Canton High School is located at 76 Simonds Ave, Canton, CT. … Continue Reading

Late Resident’s Spirit of Giving Back Continues at Senior Center’s Winter Wonderland

By John Fitts 

In addition to the festive atmosphere and social gathering aspects, the Canton Senior Center’s annual Winter Wonderland on Friday was especially meaningful for the family of late Canton resident Gary Bruce Youell.

An entrepreneur, Gary’s spirit of giving back was also so strong that Connecticut based travel company Tauck, for which he was a board member, re-dubbed time set aside for community service as a “Gary day.”

 His daughter Amber is now Europe Operations Manager for Tauck River Cruising and Friday was an especially meaningful Gary day as she, four siblings, mother Trish and two grandchildren helped out at the event, singing, serving, setting up and more.

 For a family spread out across the globe as far as Switzerland and Dubai it was meaningful to be together and give back at an event they discovered their parents had attended in the past.

 “It just feels special to serve this community in a way that meant something to him,” Amber Youell said. … Continue Reading

Farmington Valley Stage Presents a Mix of Musical Stories in RAW: An Emotional Revue

 

From left are: Dianna Waller, Sophie Rundhaug, Nick Kimons, Tracy Funke, al Girard, Beckie Wallace (Missing are cast members: Sybil Chamberlain, Katherine Ray, James Wood)

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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville is excited to present their first musical revue entitled RAW on Jan. 13, 14, 20, and 21.  RAW is described as “an emotional revue” because all of the musical numbers relate to our raw or basic emotions.  As stated by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, “Music is the shorthand of emotions.”

 RAW is conceived and directed by Winsted resident Dianna Waller. Dianna has much theatrical experience having recently performed in the Stage Company’s productions of “Tales from the Fault Line”, and last season’s “Forbidden Broadway.”  A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Waller has also performed with The Brookfield Theater for the Arts, Goshen Players and the Warner Theater. … Continue Reading

Christmas in Collinsville Festivities Set for this Weekend

Photo by Carrie Wiser

From the 2015 Christmas in Collinsville event. Photo by Carrie Wiser

By John Fitts

Temperatures in the 30s are predicted for the weekend but there’s nothing like a bit of champagne, a visit with Santa or local crafts to warm the spirit.

That’s right – the annual Christmas in Collinsville events are slated to take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Friday evening events include horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting and an an adults only champagne walk. Saturday involves such festivities as breakfast with Santa, time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, puppet shows and more horse drawn carriage rides.

Many features, such as the Gallery of Trees at the Canton Historical Museum, take place on both days.

Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers, said she loves the friendly and festive atmosphere, set in a village where so many of the buildings are so historic.

“You feel like you’re back in the late 1800s,” she said. … Continue Reading

8th Annual Music For a Joyous Season Scheduled Dec. 11

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

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COLLINSVILLE, Conn. – The popular “Music For a Joyous Season” concert returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the eighth consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Presented by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund as part of the Shepherd Music Series, the concert has become a holiday tradition in Collinsville.

“Daniel Lee and Friends,” a chamber ensemble of acclaimed musicians, will present a program of music from the Baroque era, featuring the works of masters such as Biber, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. Lee, a violinist hailed by the New York Times for his “ravishing vehemence,” has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster and teacher.

Lee will be joined by “friends” who have appeared nationally both as soloists and members of chamber groups such as the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastians, New Morse Code, the Amphion String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The nine-member ensemble features a variety of stringed instruments – violin, violone, harpsichord, viola, viola da gamba, cello – as well as oboe.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. As with all events sponsored by the Fund, admission is free and all are welcome.

For Collinsville Poet, New England Trail is About Confluence of Nature and Culture

David K. Leff

David K. Leff

Kickoff for David K. Leff’s Poet in Residency is Tuesday

By John Fitts 

Writers have always turned to nature for inspiration and Collinsville’s David K. Leff is no stranger to this phenomenon.

Now, however, Leff has an opportunity to meld the written – and spoken – word and nature together in unique ways as Poet in Residence of the 215-mile New England Scenic Trail.

In fact, it is believed he is the first poet to serve as an artist in residence for a national scenic trail, in this case, a foot journey that runs from Guilford to the New Hampshire border of Massachusetts.

“I’m really honored; I’m humbled,” said Leff, an author, poet, Canton Town Historian and former official with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “I’m really excited because I think there’s so much potential to enhance and enliven people’s experience of the outdoors with poetry that’s accessible.”

A formal kickoff for Leff’s residency will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road in Middlefield, CT

In addition to poetry from Leff, attendees will enjoy words from CT Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin of Simsbury, as well as a narrated slide show of the New England Trail.   … Continue Reading

Fundraiser to Benefit Canton Parents for Music

give-backCanton Parents for Music will be the beneficiary of LaSalle Market’s 5th anniversary Give Back Series concert on the evening of Nov. 19.

Set for 7 to 10 p.m. at LaSalle Market, 104 Main St., Collinsville, the night will feature the music of Bill Benson, the Canton High School jazz combo, high school flute choir, Canton student vocalists and more.

Donations will be accepted for Canton Parents for Music, which supports music initiatives in the school system that are not covered by budgets. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the Canton Food Bank.

The Roots of the Give Back Series go back to November of 2012 when Benson, who often played at the LaSalle Friday night open mic, had the idea for a benefit night. With the help of LaSalle and Scotty’s Spirit Shop, a successful fundraiser generated more than $600 for the Canton Food Bank. After that, Benson and LaSalle owners Bill Kaminski and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski created the Give Back series.

Bill and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski, the owner of LaSalle Market & Deli, felt so good about the whole experience they created “The Give Back Series.” Benson hosts the events, which also feature other local musicians.

The Give Back Series generally takes place the last Saturday of each month but is moved up for November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

To be considered as a recipient, one can drop a letter in the painted wooden box atop the old farm table at the restaurant. If you can’t find it, ask a staff member.

Midnight Snack Band to Play Bridge Street Live Homegrown Thursday Series

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Art-pop band Midnight Snack takes the stage Thursday December 1st at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville CT. The band will be making this stop as part of their Fall 2016 mini tour of the eastern US, heading north from their present home in Asheville NC with 17 shows from Nashville TN, to Philadelphia, Buffalo and Boston, fea- turing new songs from their upcoming album “Child’s Eyes”.

Midnight Snack was started by Harwinton natives and brothers Jack Victor (vocals, drums) and Mike Johnson (guitar/synth). The band expanded when they met at Berklee College of Music in Boston through the addition of classmates Peter Brownlee (bass) and Zack Kardon (guitar), as well as old friend, Katie Richter (vocals, trumpet). For the past six years, Midnight Snack has developed a varied and eclectic sound, this latest offering the most personal and introspective of their discography.

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Urban Legends Come to Life at FV Stage

 

The cast, from left, James Wood, Dianna Waller, Alexander Simmons, Phillip Godeck, Jen Archer and Chuck Simmons.

The cast, from left, James Wood, Dianna Waller, Alexander Simmons, Phillip Godeck, Jen Archer and Chuck Simmons.

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Forget about the treats… come for the tricks. This October 21, 22 and 28, the Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville, presents the premiere performance of Tales from the Fault Line: A Halloween Nightmare

Tales from the Fault Line is a one hour telling of eight delightfully macabre stories. If you like Edgar Allen Poe, Twilight Zone, or Night Gallery, you’ll love these spooky tales linked together by the tale of a young boy who gets horribly lost on his way to trick-or-treating.

The script and incidental music are written by local resident E. Karl Gallmeyer (Winsted). Karl is a writer, composer, and performer. Director of the Music Library for Music Theatre International, his compositions for the stage include several musicals and revues as well as a ballet and a children’s story, Santa’s Littlest Helper. In addition, he is a performer and arranger for Vinyl Vortex, a local band performing rock, funk and disco, The Rivertones, a close harmony quartet, as well as arranger and pianist for the Thomaston Jazz Orchestra and Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Winsted. … Continue Reading

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