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Stiles Artistry Now Up and Running in Collinsville

Kevin stiles tattoos ‘Angels of the Get Through,’ a poem by Andrea Gibson on Lindsay Marcin of Collinsville. The writing on the tattoo is a based on Gibson’s handwriting in a personal note to Marcin. Photo by John Fitts

Kevin stiles tattoos ‘Angel of the Get Through,’ inspired by a Andrea Gibson poem, on Lindsay Marcin of Collinsville. The tattoo is a based on the phrase from Gibson’s own personalized note in a poetry volume owned by Marcin.
Photo by John Fitts

Stiles Artistry, LLC is now operating on River Street in Collinsville.

Kevin Stiles of Harwinton officially opened up shop at the tattoo parlor/art gallery earlier this month.

“I’m happy to be in Collinsville,” Stiles said.

Stiles is a long-time artist who also spent 22 years teaching. In addition to tattooing, he works in many mediums and especially loves photography.

“I get a real charge out of that,” he said.

It’s been a long-time goal of Stiles to open in Collinsville and in late November he successfully demonstrated to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission that he had met the Farmington Valley Health District and state requirements for tattooing. … Continue Reading

The Ratlum Mountain Boys Return to Ski Sundown This Weekend

RMB ski sundown FinalA musically themed reunion by a group of Canton High graduates went so well last year that its members are presenting an encore.

This Saturday, The Ratlum Mountain Boys return to Ski Sundown, the site of their successful 2013 debut.

“It was such a hit that we wanted to do it again and make it a tradition,” said Sean McAlindin, banjo player and vocalist for the group.

The show will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 27.

The band consists of Sean McAlindin (CHS – 2000), his brother Conor (CHS – 2004) on Mandolin and vocals, Anthony Daniels (CHS – 2003) on guitar and vocals and Andrew Decker (CHS – 1996) on bass and vocals. … Continue Reading

Featured Event: Winter Wonderland is Saturday, Dec. 20

Corrin Pruitt, who plays the role of a dew drop fairy, rehearses for the show.

Corrin Pruitt, who plays the role of a dew drop fairy, rehearses for the show.

Farmington DANCE & Center for the Arts is presenting its Holiday performance, Winter Wonderland, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. It takes place at the Canton High School Auditorium, 76 Simonds Ave., Canton.

The performance is a celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah, through the performing arts. … Continue Reading

Featured Event: Jeff Howard to Appear with Javier Colon at Infinity Hall


On Jan. 3, Pianist Matt Cusson and Canton guitarist Jeff Howard will join Javier Colon in concert at Infinity Hall. Colon is a winner of “the Voice” and former vocalist for the Derek Trucks Band.

See more details and purchase tickets at http://www.infinityhall.com/Events/javier-colon-with-special-guests-matt-cusson-jeff-howard-1-3-2015/

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Canton High School Symphonic Band Featured on FoxCT’s Holiday Wishes

FoxCT was in Canton recently to interview District Music Supervisor John F. Mastroianni and film the Canton High School Symphonic Band perform the classic “Sleigh Ride.”

Mastroianni, who started in Canton on July 1, was named the state’s 2014 teacher of the year. Prior to his current position, he spent 16 years as director of bands at West Hartford’s Hall High School.

Mastroianni is also a performing musician and recently conducted his first concert at the school. See clips from that show here

Christmas in Collinsville Offers Festive Holiday Fun

P1030479With gallery openings, live music and other events, Collinsville is a popular Friday night destination. This week, it will take on a more festive atmosphere as the weekend’s Christmas in Collinsville events get underway with a champagne walk and horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 9 p.m.

During the event, attendees can purchase a glass and visit more than 20 village businesses, enjoying champagne, food, and each other’s company.  The atmosphere is only enhanced with festive touches, such as the luminaries place by Twin Landscaping and illuminated fire trucks courtesy of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

“It’s almost like your with neighbors and friends, even if you don’t know them,” said Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers.

It also gives people a chance to discover new places and see all the town offers, Taylor said.

“It’s starting to get people to go up and down the street, into the different shops and see what’s here,” Taylor said. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Photographer to Debut Gallery 526

Later this week TAB Photographic owner Tim Brown will formally introduce Gallery 526, a Collinsville space that will serve as his office, studio and gallery.

Located in the former Collins Company factory complex, Brown has revamped the approximate 800-square-foot space and worked hard to bring out its naturally rustic character.

“When I saw this space it grabbed me,” Brown said.

The studio is next to Antiques on the Farmington and due some unexplained number gaps in the area, Brown refers to its location as 20ish Depot St.

526 was the prefix of Brown’s first phone number in Deep River and it’s a number that seems to be everywhere.

“526 shows up almost daily in my life,” he said. … Continue Reading

Wilson’s to Debut Saturday Night Music Series

Wilson's Pub in Collinsville.  Photo by John Fitts

Wilson’s Pub in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

Wilson’s Pub will debut its Saturday night music series with The Goddamn River on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The band consists of Kevin Schremmer on Mandolin, Peter Grella on Banjo & vocals, Rodney Kluessendorf  on Bass and vocals and Dan Prado on Guitar and Vocals.

Members of the band, which Prado calls “Acoustic Rock with a side of Bluegrass,” got together to play the Thursday night music series at Wilson’s. The band has been working on some original material and looks forward to playing, Prado said.

“Wilson’s has always been a fun local place to play music for us,” Prado said in message to Canton Compass. “We’ve played Thursday nights in snowstorms and all but always have a good crowd and good time. The 6th will be the first show on a Saturday night and sort of fell into our lap at a good time for the band.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CHS Fall Instrumental Concert

On Monday night, the Canton High School Music Department hosted its 2014 Fall Instrumental Concert, the first under the direction of John Mastroianni, director of Bands and K-12 Music Supervisor. Mastroianni was hired this year to replace Tom Scavone, who accepted a position in Westport after 14 years in Canton.

The concert Monday featured performances by the Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Combined Bands and Symphonic Band.

Attached are two videos. The one above contains several short highlights from the evening (Our apologies for missing the Concert Band!)

Below is a complete performance of Steven Reineke’s River of Life, performed by the Symphonic Band.

For more on Canton music activities, visit http://www.cantonmusic.org.

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Artist Given the Green Light for Gallery, Tattoo Parlor on River Street in Collinsville

One sample of the work of Kevin Stiles.  Used with permission

One sample of the work of Kevin Stiles.
Used with permission

For artist Kevin Stiles, visiting Collinsville has been a like a getaway. He sees the village as being that special.

“It’s a wonderful place,” said Stiles, who lives in Harwinton.

With approval from the town of Canton Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night, Stiles now has the green light to open Stiles Artistry, an art gallery and tattoo parlor at 5-7 River Street, above the Village Sweet Shoppe. Essentially Stiles needed the commission’s approval to show he met tattooing requirements from the Farmington Valley Health District and Connecticut General Statutes, which officials said he had.

The approval takes effect Dec. 9 and Stiles said he anticipates he will be well ready to open by then. He said other details about the studio will be forthcoming.  … Continue Reading


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