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Images of Canton: Prisms World Tour

Canton High School presented its Prisms World Tour on Saturday Feb. 6. With its global theme, the concert featured decorations, a multi-media presentation, lights, narration and music by The Canton High School Symphonic Band, Freshman Band, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combo, Flute Choir and Percussion Ensemble

“I am so proud of the students,” said John Mastroianni, director of bands and Canton’s k-12 music supervisor. “I am especially proud that they were able to prepare such difficult music in such a short period of time. It speaks to their level of musicianship, dedication, and character.”

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Prisms World Tour Comes to Canton High Saturday Night

Story and Photos by John Fitts 

The Prisms World Tour comes to Canton High School on Saturday night and will involve a multicultural show of music, lighting and multi-media.

“The Prisms World Tour unites all our cultures,” said Canton High senior Zach Oliver, who is co-producing the show with classmate Mia Tuccillo.

“It transcends language, barriers and oceans,” Tuccillo added. “We can bring all these cultures together in one auditorium.” … Continue Reading

Canton Resident’s Tale Shares the Joys of Country Living

Shawn Weeks and his niece Siri. Photo by John Fitts

Shawn Weeks and his niece Siri.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

In his first children’s tale, Canton resident Shawn M. Weeks tells us about Siri, a little girl who moves to the country and discovers the joys of the great outdoors and spending time with a close-knit family.

SIRI-&-ME-KINDLE-PROMO-FAE1C“Siri and Me: The Big Move,” now available in Kindle e-reader format, is named after Weeks’ own niece – Siri – and closely mirrors the family’s move from Stratford to Canton approximately 10 years ago.

Weeks said the heart of the story is about remaining close with your family, enjoying the simple pleasures in life, working hard and spending time in the natural world.

“People don’t live that way today and it’s just a wonderful way to live,” Weeks said. “I wanted to tell the story that people can still live the old-fashioned lifestyle of a large, extended family.”

The book, designed for children ages 3 to 5, features illustrations by Andreas K. Eldracher, a Torrington resident who also formerly lived in Stratford.The two have known each other for years.

“He captured what was in my head when I was writing the book,” Weeks said.

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‘Back to the 80’s . . . The Totally Awesome Musical’ Continues at Canton Middle School on Saturday Night

Canton Middle School will present its second evening of “Back to the 80’s . . . The Totally Awesome Musical!” on Saturday, Jan. 30. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Canton Middle School, 76 Simonds Ave., Canton.

Canton Main Street to Host Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6

2016 Volunteer Fair red header flyerBy John Fitts 

CANTON – For some, the concept of volunteering might seem daunting but local organizations are often in need of an extra set of hands – whether one can help on a regular basis or just perform the occasional task.

On the afternoon of Feb. 6, Canton Main Street is inviting the community to a Volunteer Fair – a chance to learn a little about the different organizations that do so much for the town, whether it’s supporting kids on the field, serving on a town board, helping the elderly, curating fresh local food, helping the less fortunate or facilitating the arts. There will also be some children’s activities and chance to win prizes.

The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6, in the lower level of the Canton Community Center at 40 Dyer Ave. Organizations will tell participants about their groups and volunteer opportunities.

“Generally, the organizations don’t have a forum like this to explain to people the value they bring or the value individuals can bring to town,” said Amy Parchen, president of Canton Main Street.

Canton Main Street is looking to provide just that venue and hopes to make the event an annual one.

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Author Lauren Tarshis Visits Canton Intermediate School

Connecticut-based author Lauren Trashes recently visited CIS. Photo courtesy of Kelly Conway

Connecticut-based author Lauren Tarshis recently visited CIS.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Conway

Connecticut-based author Lauren Tarshis visited Canton Intermediate School on Jan. 22.

Author of the popular historical fiction “I Survived” series, Trashes has also penned the Emma Jean Lazarus books, intermediate non-fiction short stories and edits Storyworks magazine

“Lauren Tarshis managed to touch so many readers with her story of how she came to be a writer,” said library media specialist Kelly Conway. “Readers identified with her unconventional path and struggles to get to where she is today.  One of her messages about how practicing your interest can create opportunities more so than merely pure talent was not lost on the listeners.  Boys and girls alike worked hard doing independent projects to earn lunch with her in the library.  The buzz in the hallways after seeing her presentation centered around ideas the students had for their own writing pieces.” … Continue Reading

Farmington Valley Stage Company Presents a Trio of Short Plays from Area Author, Director

Shows take place at Town Hall on Jan. 22, 23 and 24

By John Fitts 

While it has largely built its reputation on classic plays, Farmington Valley Stage Company is offering some different options this season, including a light-hearted musical review and three original shorts from a local author.

The latter takes place this weekend as the company performs three original works from Bloomfield resident Geoffrey Craig.

“I thought this would be kind of interesting,” said Doreen A. Cohn, producer for the shows and artistic director of the stage company. “We’re trying to have a variety in our season.”

In May of 2015, Craig attended the company’s production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” He took the opportunity to meet Cohn and show some of his work.

The company is not only producing three of Craig’s plays but also brought him on to direct and lead discussions following each performance.

Craig said he’s enjoyed the experience so far.

“It’s a wonderful company; I’ve really enjoyed working with them,” he said. “The cast is terrific. It’s been a real pleasure.” … Continue Reading

Around Canton: Jan. 13, 2016

Mills Pond. Photo by John Fitts

Mills Pond Recreation Area.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

Good morning Canton. After a little more overnight snow, the National Weather Service is predicting a mostly sunny day Wednesday with a high near 27 and a westerly wind from 13 to 16 miles per hour, with the occasional gust approaching 40 mph.

Today, there are several things going on in Canton, including a 1 p.m. presentation of “Be Your Own Healthcare Advocate the senior center. At Canton High School, the varsity wrestling team takes to the mat at 4 p.m., followed by boys basketball action, with JV starting at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Funky Dawgz in the House

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band came to Canton High School on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 as part of a Canton Parents for Music concert series. Several Canton High Students also sat in with The Funky Dawgz. See more about the band, which came out of the University of Connecticut music scene, at http://www.funkydawgzbrassband.com.

The Jeff Holmes Band comes to Canton High School at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Any proceeds from the concert benefit Canton Parents for Music, which funds music enrichment programs. Tickets, which are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased here.

For full-screen versions of the photos below visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Funky-Dawgz-at-Canton-High/

Gallery on The Green Hosts Reception for Members’ Show

Photo courtesy of Tom Cameron

Photo courtesy of Tom Cameron

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On Saturday evening, Jan. 9, 2016, The Gallery on the Green launched its 2016 season with the openings of separate exhibitions in each of their 3 gallery spaces.  The main gallery hosted an exhibit of the “Members’ New Work” that included over 50 pieces from 36 member artists. Upstairs galleries feature the work of painter Jessica David and professional photographer Gregory Kriss.

More than 100 guests and artists attended the free opening receptions for all three exhibits, which remain open until Feb. 7.  Over the year the Gallery on the Green will host 25 separate shows (many concurrently) during its 9 scheduled display periods.  The next opening is scheduled for Saturday evening, Feb. 13 and everyone is welcome. … Continue Reading


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