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Tickets are on sale now for the exciting Historic House and Museum Tour on the Tolland Green!

March 26th, 2015 | No Comments

photo5Fans of history, antiques and home design are invited to buy tickets now for a walking tour of 13 beautiful homes, museums, and buildings on the historic Tolland Green between noon and 4 P.M. on Sunday, June 7.

For a $25 ticket price, participants will be able to tour the Arts Center, the Hicks-Stearns Family Museum, the Old Tolland County Court House (including the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut), the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum, The Tolland Inn, Tolland Red and White, and the United Congregational Church of Tolland in addition to six historic homes. Tickets purchased by May 25 will include a complimentary box lunch donated by The Country Butcher.

The Historic Tolland Green House and Museum Tour is sponsored by the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Arts of Tolland, the Hicks-Stearns Family Museum, and the Tolland Historical Society. Proceeds from the event will benefit Arts of Tolland, the Hicks-Stearns, and the Historical Society. The tour is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Tolland Art CenterTicket and lunch forms for the tour are available at Tolland Red and White, the Tolland Public Library, the Tolland Recreation Center, and in the Town Manager’s office. The form may also be downloaded and printed from Tolland300.org, ArtsofTolland.org, and TollandHistorical.org.

For tickets, send a completed lunch form and a check for $25 per person to the Hicks-Stearns Family Museum, P.O. Box 278, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th tour” on the memo line. Participants will pick up their tickets and lunches at the Arts Center on the day of the tour.

For more information, call house tour committee chairperson Susan Beeching at The Tolland Inn at 860-872-0800.

Gottier Fuel Becomes the Latest Business to Support the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

March 18th, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Gottier Fuel Co. Inc. has become the latest major donor to support the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration with a generous gift of $1,000.

The company, at 221 W. Main St. in Vernon, is the latest “Crandall” level donor to support the celebration. All donors are listed at Tolland300.org.

gottierGottier Fuel and its owners, Eric, Richard, Dale, and Todd Gottier, will be honored March 24 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall by the Tolland Town Council, the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, and the Tolland Historical Society, which is the co-sponsor of this year’s anniversary celebration.

Eric Gottier, president of the company, said he and his brothers are pleased to be a part of the celebration.

“It is an honor to be sponsoring Tolland’s historic 300th Anniversary and a pleasure to continue serving the community as our family has done for generations,” he said.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked the club for its gift.

“The anniversary committee thanks Gottier Fuel for its generous donation,” she said. “We would not be able to hold an inclusive, townwide celebration this year without the support of Tolland-area businesses.”

The anniversary events include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a large regional parade and a festive townwide picnic, which will be combined with the Celebrate Tolland festival, on Sept. 19.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

For more information on the celebration, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

About Gottier Fuel
Gottier Fuel was founded in 1960 by brothers Warren and Nelson Gottier with a dedication to providing home fuel delivery along with prompt and professional heating service. Since it is a local, full-service fuel company, its customers have grown to count on Gottier Fuel’s dependable, 24-hour service year round. To this day, Gottier Fuel is a local family-owned and operated business that is deeply rooted in the community. Everyone at Gottier Fuel is proud to call Tolland County their home. The business continues to focus on the very same traditions that have enabled its success over the past 55 years.

Three Hundredth Gala Sold Out

March 16th, 2015 | No Comments

Thanks to overwhelming support from Tolland residents, tickets are sold out for the Tolland Three Hundredth Anniversary Gala on May 16.

The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee thanks all its supporters for buying tickets.

Those who can’t attend the gala will have plenty of other chances in 2015 to celebrate the important milestone.

Events include a June 7 historic house and museum tour on the Tolland Green and the dedication on June 13 of the Tolland Founders Monument. Civic, conservation, and arts groups and the Tolland Historical Society will be holding many exhibits and events this year.

On Sept. 19, the celebration will culminate with a large regional parade at 1 P.M. on the green, followed by a festive townwide picnic from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Tolland Middle School.

For details on the events, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

Tolland Lions Club Becomes Latest Major Donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

March 12th, 2015 | No Comments

The Tolland Lions Club is donating $1,600 in in-kind services to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration.

The club, which rents tents as a major source of revenue for its philanthropy in town, is donating a tent for the June 13 dedication of a Tolland Founders Monument and several tents, tables and chairs for the Sept. 13 townwide picnic.

The club is the latest business, family, or group to sign as a “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary web site at www.tolland300.org.

Lions-Club-LogoThe club’s leaders will be honored March 24 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall by the Tolland Town Council, the anniversary committee and the Tolland Historical Society.

Brett Jones, president of the club, said the Lions are happy to be supporting the anniversary celebration.

“This is our community. As members of Lions International, we realize the importance of serving the community we live in,” Jones said. “While generally helping those most in need, we feel this is a great way to give back to the entire community that has supported us the past 46 years.”

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked the club for its generous donation.

“Since 1969, the Lions Club has been providing valuable community service to Tolland,” she said. “We really appreciate their help on the monument dedication and picnic this year.”

The anniversary events include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a large regional parade and picnic, which will be combined with the Celebrate Tolland festival, on Sept. 19.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

For more information on the celebration, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

About the Tolland Lions Club
The Tolland Lions Club was organized on Nov. 10, 1969 by a group of Tolland business people who, through the Lions International, was given a means to give back to the community. The club is known for its annual pancake breakfast on the Tolland Green before the Memorial Day parade. It also paid for and built the Lions Ball Field on Cider Mill Road and generously contributes each year to the Tolland Food Bank, the high school scholarship fund, and other great causes.

Be a Part of Tolland’s 300th Anniversary!

February 10th, 2015 | No Comments

Tolland’s 300th anniversary year has arrived, and here are some ways Tolland residents can take part in the festivities:

DANCE at the Three Hundredth Anniversary Gala on May 16. Tickets are now on sale at the Tolland Public Library, town manager’s office, and Tolland Recreation Center. For more details, e-mail Gala@Tolland300.org.

HONOR the town’s original 59 landowners by attending the dedication of the Tolland Founders Monument June 7 at 1 P.M. at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

SUPPORT the Tolland Historical Society, its programs, and museums since the Society is helping to host the celebration.

PLAN a family reunion for Sept. 19 when the 300th Anniversary Committee is putting on a large parade and a lively townwide picnic.

VOLUNTEER to help at the parade and picnic.

DONATE $300 to support the anniversary celebration and you’ll become a member of the Tolland 300 Club. Members receive a commemorative pin and program and are listed in all promotional materials. Business sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, “like” the anniversary committee’s page on Facebook or e-mail secretary Kate Farrish at kate@Tolland300.org.

Big Y Foods Inc. Lends Its Support to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 25th, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Big Y Foods Inc., which will mark its 10th anniversary of operating a supermarket in Tolland in August, has become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

The family-owned chain based in Springfield, Mass. recently made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary committee, making it the sixth “Crandall” level sponsor of the celebration. Donors are listed at Tolland300.org.

BigYFoodsLogoBig Y, represented by store director Scott Gardiner and District Manager Michael Beaudry, will be honored by the town council, the anniversary committee, and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

During the past few months, Big Y sold copies of a new history of Tolland, “The Tolland Transformation: 1940–2014” by Marshall A. Atwater, to support the Historical Society. Gardiner said Big Y was pleased to make the books available to its customers and to support the anniversary celebration.

“Congratulations to the town and its founding fathers on the 300th anniversary celebration,’’ Gardiner said. “Each day, we witness the true sense of Tolland as a community and how proud our customers are to live in this area. Big Y has a continued effort in community involvement.”

Gardiner noted that the 59,108-square-foot Big Y opened in Fieldstone Commons on Aug. 5, 2005.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the 300th anniversary committee, thanked Big Y for its generous donation.

“Congratulations to Big Y as it gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Tolland,” she said. “We are grateful that the store sold the new history book and that its leaders have signed on as a Tolland 300th sponsor.”

The anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

Businesses and resident can still make donations to support this year’s celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

About Big Y Foods Inc.
Big Y will celebrate its 79th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1936 in Chicopee, Mass. and is now one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family-owned and operated, Big Y has 63 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and employs more than 10,000 employees. The store was named after an intersection in Chicopee where two roads converge to form a Y. It was at this location where brothers Paul and Gerry D’Amour opened the first store in 1936.

Keep in Touch and Drew Crandall Become Donors to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 21st, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Drew Crandall, a descendant of one of the town’s most prominent families, and his business, Keep In Touch, have become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

DrewcrandallCrandall, Keep In Touch’s president, has made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary celebration, making him and his business the fourth “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at tolland300.org.

Crandall and Keep In Touch will be will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

Crandall said he, Prudence Crandall (the state’s official female hero), and the late Lily Crandall (who donated the popular Crandall Park in Tolland to the town) are all descended from the Rev. John Crandall, who landed in Boston in 1634. In one branch of the family, Constant, Giles, and Samuel Crandall settled in Tolland in the early- to mid-1700s. The first record of Crandall babies being born in Tolland are in 1750.

He said this long history with the town prompted him to support the 300th anniversary celebration.

"The Crandall family has been in Tolland for most of the town’s history,” he said. “The town’s most popular park is named after the family, and my business was started in the Tolland Business Park, so it’s appropriate that my firm would become a Crandall level sponsor."

Located at 30 Lafayette Square in Vernon, Keep In Touch is a marketing communications and media monitoring firm that serves clients across Connecticut. The firm also operates a Business Training Center where executives and employees can attend professional development seminars. This training center is available for rental, with capacity for up to 40 participants. Visit KeepTouch.com for details.

Drew Crandall will celebrate his 10th anniversary this year of hosting “Tolland County Economy,” a show on the Community Voice Channel, Comcast channel 5.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Crandall and Keep In Touch for its generous donation.

“It’s wonderful that a descendant of the Crandall family has made a donation at the Crandall level,’’ she said. “We’re pleased to welcome Drew and Keep In Touch to our list of donors who will help us host many memorable events this year.”

The anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

To learn more about the 2015 plans, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the Tolland 300th anniversary celebration on Facebook.

Santini Family Honored by Town Council

January 19th, 2015 | No Comments

Members of the Santini family were honored Jan. 13 by the Tolland town council for their $2,500 gift to sponsor the Tolland 300th anniversary townwide picnic on Sept. 19.

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Front row, left to right: Kim, Julia, Mia, and Ella Santini with Kathy Bach, president of the Tolland Historical Society; Back row, left to right, 300th anniversary committee chairwoman Celeste Senechal, Lois, Kevin and Eric Santini, and Eric Santini Jr. Not pictured: Kristin, Colin, Olivia, and Kate

Santini Family Lends Its Support to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 7th, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – The family of Eric and Lois Santini, known for building distinctive apartments and homes throughout the Tolland area, has made a generous gift of $2,500 to support the Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

The donation from Eric and Lois Santini, their son Kevin and his wife Kim, and their son Eric Jr. and his wife Kristin makes them the third “Shenipsit” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors to the anniversary are listed at tolland300.org.

The family will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee, and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 13 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

The Santinis, who have lived in Tolland for more than 40 years, will be the major sponsor of a townwide picnic on Sept. 19. The picnic, which will include the Celebrate Tolland festival, will follow a large 300th anniversary parade that is set for 1 P.M. that day along the historic town green. The Tolland 300th anniversary committee is encouraging families to plan family reunions for that weekend so they can attend both events that day.

The Santini family has had a very positive experience living n Tolland and said they are grateful to have this opportunity to be a part of the 300th anniversary celebration.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, noted that the Santinis are the first Tolland family to make such a sizable gift to support the 300th anniversary.

“We are so grateful to the Santini family for signing on to be the sponsor of our townwide picnic,” she said. “Their gift is quite generous and will enable us to hold a fun activity, featuring music, good food, games, and family-friendly entertainment for the whole town on Sept. 19.”

Since 1968, Santini Villa Apartments has also provided high-quality rentals throughout the area. Founded in 1972 by Eric Santini, Santini Homes has built neighborhoods and hundreds of houses in Tolland, Vernon, and Ellington.

Besides the parade and picnic, the anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

What’s in store for 2015

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Now view all the events planned so far for 2015 in one convenient place. Click on the image below to download the schedule, ready to print and be placed on your bulletin board at home. You won’t want to miss a second.

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