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Creating Opportunities at Matterhorn

Owner Autumn Sutherland stands next to a cuckoo clock that’s part of the course. Photo by Anne Fenn

Owner Autumn Sutherland stands next to a cuckoo clock that’s part of the course.
Photo by Anne Fenn

By Anne Fenn 
Special to Canton Compass

Armed with a degree in International Studies from the University of Connecticut, an extensive background in travel, and a desire to “create opportunities,” Autumn Sutherland has “built Switzerland” right here in Canton, Connecticut.

The design and lay-out, both her own creations, are educational and entertaining.  A great deal of thought and planning went into the development of the Matterhorn. It is a colorful, vibrant world that has been created, filled with music, humor, and kiosks of interesting facts sprinkled throughout the course. To play mini golf here and not to read these signs would be a mistake. There are fun facts on almost every corner. Autumn has researched everything possible about Switzerland, including famous people, animals and plants of the country, and fascinating little-known facts, so as you play golf and enjoy the beauty, sights, and sounds around you, you will also come away having learned a lot about Switzerland. And as Autumn emphasizes, the idea of playing mini golf has appeal because “all ages can play together”.  It can be competitive, but it can also be “just plain fun.” … Continue Reading

Concert Series Continues Thursday Night

Orange Crush at the July 16 concert.

Orange Crush at the July 16 concert.

On Thursday night, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Canton Parks and Recreation Department weekly summer concert series at Mills Pond Park is set to continue with the 102nd Army Rock Band. The Canton Lion’s Club will be on hand each week selling hotdogs, hamburgers, snacks and beverages. The remaining shows are:

* July 23– 102nd Army Rock Band (Rock, Pop & Patriotic Show Tunes)

*July 30 – The Patrones Band (Rock & Roll Variety

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Images of Canton: Summer Jazz Workshop

Photos by John Fitts

This summer, The Summer Jazz Workshop moved to Canton for its 23rd year. The program was co-founded by jazz pianist Joyce DiCamillo and John Mastroianni, who just finished his first year as the k-12 Canton Music Supervisor and director of Bands at Canton High School.

This year, 38 kids from 6th-grade through college age participated in the program, under the guidance of several professional musicians. A concert was held in the Canton Town Hall Auditorium on Friday night.

For see a gallery of the concert, click on the image below. (In full disclosure, my son participated in this event).

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Images of Canton: Rockin’ in Collinsville

Jam campers at Downright Music and Art presented a free outdoor concert Friday night, utilizing the new stage built as part of the recent Collinsville Streetscape Improvements. The band went by a few different names, including “Modern Science & The See Through People” and “The Russian Dragons.” The show last approximately an hour and included numerous rock tunes from the past several decades. See more photos by clicking the image below.

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Gallery on the Green 55th Anniversary Show to Feature the Work of the Late John Just Ellis

Almost Filled by John Just Ellis. Photo by Tom Cameron

Almost Filled by John Just Ellis.
Photo by Tom Cameron

The Gallery on the Green presents its 55th Anniversary Show, an exhibition of fine art and photography by the members of one of Connecticut’s longest running artists guilds.

See work by current members as well as a special showing of the art of John Just Ellis (1927-2014), one of the first Gallery on the Green artists.   A former President of the Connecticut Water Color Society, John won prizes for his watercolors and paintings in juried shows throughout our region. He was trained at the Maryland Institute of Art and Hartford Art School and taught art in public schools and at Central Connecticut State University. … Continue Reading

Canton Resident Honored for ‘Feast at the Farm’ Spot

Canton resident Rich Contrastano, an executive producer at Comcast Spotlight, recently won three major major awards for “Feast at the Farm,” a commercial focused on VIE for the Kids, a premier fundraising effort for the Clinical Trials Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The honors were: 2015 Bronze People’s Telly Award Winner , 2015 Communicator Award Winner; and 2015 Gold Winner in the Hermes Creative Awards.
Read more about Contrastano in our earlier post.

Images of Canton: The Goats of Matterhorn

To amp up the fun and visualization at Matterhorn Mini Golf, owner Autumn Sutherland tapped several local artists and students to paint life-sized goats who have escaped from their shed and dot the Switzerland-themed course.

“I just think it makes the course more interesting,” Sutherland said. “It’s adds color, it adds character and it involves the community.”

Sutherland is opening the mini golf course on Dyer Cemetery Road, right off of Route 44 in Canton. She is hoping for a July opening. See more at http://www.matterhornminigolf.com or https://www.facebook.com/matterhornminigolf.

To view our gallery, click on the image below.

Concert in the Park Set for June 8

Canton High School musicians during "An Evening of Jazz" earlier this year.

Canton High School musicians during “An Evening of Jazz” earlier this year.

The Canton High School Music Department will present a Concert in the Park on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. (No rain date)

The show, which is free and open to the public, will be at Mills Pond Park, 14 East Hill Road, Canton.

Come see performances by The Grammy Signature School Canton High School Concert/Symphonic bands as well as the award winning Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and many more.

There will be a concession stand with pizza from Flatbread Company of Canton, hot dogs, water, soda, desserts and more

All concession stand proceeds are to benefit the Canton Schools K-12 Music Program.

For more information, visit us at www.cantonmusic.org and www.cantonparentsformusic.org


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