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Many Thanks to All Who Celebrated with Us!

October 1st, 2015 | No Comments

The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee and the Tolland Historical Society want to thank everyone who came out to the parade and picnic on Sept. 19 and celebrated with us.

An estimated 4,000 people attended the parade along the historic green and another 4,000 attended the picnic at Tolland Middle School. It took four years of planning and the efforts of 100 volunteers to put on this enormous celebration.

All along, we hoped for a large, inclusive celebration, and that’s just what we got. We hope everyone will remember the celebration for years to come!

Ways you can celebrate Tolland’s 300th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 19

September 15th, 2015 | No Comments

Everyone’s invited to attend Tolland’s big birthday party: the 300th Anniversary parade and festive townwide picnic on Sept. 19. Here are some ways you can take part:

Watch the parade from one of the picturesque spots on the town green or in front of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church near the new Tolland Founders Monument. The parade steps off at 1 P.M., rain or shine, from Tolland Intermediate School and traverses the green before ending at the new Tolland Founders Monument at Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

Applaud your neighbors, local officials, civic groups, the 1st Governor’s Horse Guard, the Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band, the Sphinx Shrine Funsters, and many other units as they take part in the parade. Town Historian Barbara Cook is the parade marshal, and the parade theme is “The Settlers Still Rock!” Banner Water is the generous lead sponsor of the parade.

Ride the free shuttle buses to the green and back from Tolland High School, Crandall Park, or the Route 195 state commuter lot. The buses will run throughout the day and are your easiest way to get around. Handicapped parking is available after 11:30 A.M. in front of the Hicks-Stearns Museum or at St. Matthew Church.

Shop at the Arts of Tolland Craft Show in the Arts Center from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Dance to a great line-up of German, jazz, bluegrass, and country music at Celebrate Tolland/300th Anniversary Picnic between 3 P.M. and 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School. Eric and Lois Santini and their family are the main sponsors of the picnic.

Play old-fashioned games at the picnic throughout the day, and your kids can bounce to their heart’s content in the free bounce houses.

Indulge in great foods at modest prices at the picnic. The choices range from fried dough to brisket, from veggie wraps to sausage and pepper grinders and pizza to apples to ice cream. The food vendors are Papa T’s, the Exchange Club of Rockville, American Creamery, Little Mark’s Big Barbecue, the Tolland Lions Club, Monet’s Table Restaurant & Catering, Jeff’s Kettle Corn, and the Country Butcher.

Get nostalgic by watching two vintage baseball games, beginning at 4 P.M.

Visit more than 50 vendors’ booths to learn about local businesses, artisans, town agencies, and civic groups at the picnic, which this year has been combined with the annual Celebrate Tolland festival.

Celebrate with the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee and the Tolland Historical Society at 7:30 P.M. when both groups hold a closing ceremony to end the celebration that began May 12, 2015.

Bus schedule

September 10th, 2015 | No Comments

Buses will be running all day on Sept. 19. Click on the image below to download a printable copy of the schedule.

Bus Schedule Final

A history-making day of fun and celebration!

September 9th, 2015 | No Comments

Tolland’s 300th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 will be a day packed with fun events. Here’s the schedule:

9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tolland Farmers Market on the green
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Arts of Tolland Craft Show, Arts Center on the green
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Tolland Lions Club will sell refreshments on the green
1 p.m. The Tolland 300th Anniversary Parade, on the green
3 p.m.–8 p.m. Celebrate Tolland/Tolland 300th Picnic, Tolland Middle School featuring:
2:30 p.m. Music by Um-Pa-Pa Daddio’s German Ensemble
3 p.m. Tolland High School Jazz Quintet
3:30 p.m. Bending Gravity Entertainment
4 p.m. Bluegrass music by Dick Bowden’s Flying Circus
5:30 p.m. Bending Gravity Entertainment
3 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Old-fashioned games for kids and adults
4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Zumba and tai chi performances
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Two vintage baseball games by Friends of Vintage Base Ball
5:30 p.m. Bending Gravity Entertainment
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. American music and Tolland trivia with the Town & Country Duo
7:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Tolland 300th Anniversary Closing Ceremony

At the picnic, have the kids visit the bounce houses and face-painting booths while you sample the great food from seven Tolland-area eateries and visit more than 40 vendor and town agency booths.

For more information, visit Tolland300.org or like the Tolland 300th celebration on Facebook.

Celebrate Tolland’s 300th the easy way on Sept. 19: take the bus!

September 3rd, 2015 | No Comments

Tolland will mark its 300th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 19 with a major celebration, and the best way to get around that day will be by using the convenient, free shuttle buses.

The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, are holding a large, regional parade at 1 P.M., followed by a festive picnic, combined with the annual Celebrate Tolland event, from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School. The parade is sponsored by Banner Water, and the main sponsor of the picnic is the family of Eric and Lois Santini.

The parade steps off from Tolland Intermediate School, turns left onto the green by town hall, and traverses the green to its northern point. It ends at Dunn Hill and Old Stafford Road at the site of the new Tolland Founders Monument.

Parking will be extremely limited around the town green before and during the parade, so paradegoers are encouraged to take one of the buses to the green between 11 A.M. and 12:45 P.M. from Tolland High School, the Route 195 commuter lot, or Crandall Park. Overflow parking will be available at Tolland Baptist Church, and people who park there can also catch a free shuttle bus. The resident state trooper’s office advises that any cars parked along the parade route after 11:30 A.M. on Sept. 19 will be subject to towing.

After the parade, from 2:30 P.M. to 4 P.M., the buses will start at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church on Tolland Green and will transport people back to the southern portion of the green, to the commuter lot, Crandall Park, the Baptist Church, Tolland Middle School, and Tolland High School.

From 3 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., buses will make a continuous loop between the middle school, the high school, the commuter lot, and the Crandall Park/Baptist Church lots.

Make a day of it, and leave your car at the commuter lot or the high school and you won’t have any parking worries.

The Tolland Farmers Market will also take place from 9 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on the green Sept. 19. The Arts of Tolland will hold its annual crafts show from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. in the Arts Center the same day, and the Tolland Lions Club will sell refreshments on the green from 11:30 A.M. until the end of the parade.

For more information, visit Tolland300.org. Questions can emailed to parade@tolland300.org.

Parade, Picnic, and Celebrate Tolland

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments

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Wide range of great food will be available at Celebrate Tolland/300th Anniversary Picnic

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments

What’s a picnic without great food? Celebrate Tolland and the Tolland 300th Anniversary Picnic Sept. 19 will feature a wide range of delicious food for sale at modest prices at the event, which runs from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School.

The Town of Tolland and the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee have lined up an impressive list of food vendors. The Country Butcher of Tolland will be selling its special 1715 Settlers’ Sausage, pulled pork, turkey legs, beans, chili, and caramel apple donuts. The Rockville Exchange Club will be selling fried dough.

In addition to donating a large tent to create the Tolland Lions Club Pavilion at the picnic, the club will also be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, fries, cotton candy, Jeff’s Kettle Corn, lemonade, soda, and iced tea.

Monet’s Table Restaurant & Catering of Tolland will be selling vegetable soup and veggie wraps. Papa T’s Restaurant of Tolland will be selling meatball grinders, sausage and pepper grinders, and soup. Little Mark’s Big Barbeque of Vernon will be selling brisket, ribs, cole slaw, and chicken legs. American Creamery of Tolland will be selling coffee and ice cream.

Bottles of Banner Water will also be for sale for $1 at the picnic. Apples that have been donated by Kollas Orchard and Wright’s Orchard will be handed out for free.

Picnic-goers can bring their own chairs and blankets and their own fare as well. Since parking will be limited at the middle school, everyone is being encouraged to park at Tolland High School and take free shuttle buses that will run throughout the event.

The picnic follows the Tolland 300th Anniversary Parade at 1 P.M. along the historic town green. For more information about both events, visit Tolland300.org or like the 300th celebration on Facebook.

Come Celebrate Tolland’s 300th Anniversary with a festive parade and picnic

August 27th, 2015 | No Comments

Everyone’s invited to celebrate the Town of Tolland’s 300th Anniversary on Sept. 19 with a large, regional parade and a festive townwide picnic.

The parade steps off at 1 P.M. from Tolland Intermediate School and traverses the historic Tolland green for 8/10 of a mile, ending at the new Tolland Founders Monument at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

The parade will feature the 1st Governor’s Horse Guard, the Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band, the Nathan Hale Fife and Drums Corps, Tolland’s oldest residents, the Tolland Historical Society, civic groups, sports teams, Scout troops, antique vehicles, and many surprises. It is sponsored by Banner Water, a Tolland company that supports many great causes in town.

Town Historian Barbara Cook is the parade marshal. The parade’s theme is “The Settlers Still Rock,” a slogan suggested by Tolland High School graduate Carolyn Sireci in 2012. Legend holds that early settlers of Tolland sought shelter under a large outcropping on Gehring Road, and Settlers Rock graces the town seal.

Businesses, civic groups, and neighborhoods are competing for $1,500 in prizes in the Tolland 300th float contest.

Handicapped parking will be available on the carriage road in front of the Arts Center and at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church from 11:30 A.M. on. Since parking will be limited for the parade, parade-goers are encouraged to take shuttle buses from the state commuter lot at exit 68 on Route 195, from Crandall Park, and from Tolland High School. The buses will run throughout the day.

The roads around the green will be closed right before the parade until about 2:30 P.M.

After the parade, area residents are encouraged to come to the Celebrate Tolland festival/Tolland 300th picnic from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School.

Made possible with a donation from the family of Eric and Lois Santini of Tolland and other donors, the picnic will feature German, jazz, bluegrass, and country music; old-fashioned games for children and adults; many vendors; great food; and two vintage baseball games.

Consider holding a family reunion and spend the day in Tolland! Picnic-goers are encouraged to park at Tolland High School and take the shuttle buses to and from Celebrate Tolland. Bring your own chairs and blankets to picnic and enjoy the food and music.

The Tolland Lions Club is donating a large tent to provide a food pavilion. A wide variety of food will be available to purchase from the Lions Club, American Creamery of Tolland, Little Mark’s Big Barbecue of Vernon, Monet’s Table Restaurant & Catering of Tolland, the Rockville Exchange Club, Papa T’s Restaurant of Tolland, and The Country Butcher of Tolland.

The food will range from fried dough to ice cream, pulled pork, brisket, hamburgers, hot dogs, Jeff’s Kettle Corn, vegetarian wraps, and vegetable soups to sausage and pepper grinders. Come hungry!

For more information on this spectacular day of events, visit Tolland300.org or like the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee on Facebook.

Sept. 19 is the big day and we need your help to celebrate Tolland’s 300th anniversary!

August 27th, 2015 | No Comments

The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is seeking energetic volunteers to help throw a big party: the 300th parade and townwide picnic on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Volunteers are needed to help at the parade line-up area and during the parade from 11 A.M. to about 2:30 P.M. Duties include parade monitors, section walkers, and line-up organizers in the areas of Tolland Intermediate School, the town green, and St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church.

The large, regional parade steps off at 1 P.M. from the school on Old Post Road, traverses the town green, and ends at the new Tolland Founders Monument at Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

The Celebrate Tolland festival/300th picnic will follow from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. Volunteers are needed to help in the food, music, vintage baseball game, and children’s game areas from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School.

Civic groups are also needed to help clean up the green and/or the middle school grounds on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 20.

An all-volunteers meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 P.M. at the Tolland Recreation Center. Anyone who would like to volunteer Sept. 20 should also plan on attending that meeting to receive instructions, a parking pass, and a volunteer t-shirt, but all volunteers are asked to email Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org before the Sept. 14 meeting.

Seeking Tolland’s oldest residents for the Sept. 19 parade

August 27th, 2015 | No Comments

The Tolland Senior Center is teaming up with The Country Butcher to have a float in the Sept. 19 Tolland 300th Anniversary parade that will feature the town’s oldest residents.

The residents would ride on a float provided by the company owned by Steve Boyer.

Anyone who would like to be included and who believes they are among Tolland’s oldest residents should contact Senior Center Director Fran Weigand at 860-870-3725 or fweigand@tolland.org by Sept. 4.

The parade begins at 1 P.M. at Tolland Intermediate School and traverses 8/10 of a mile along the historic Tolland Green, ending at the new Tolland Founders Monument at Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads. It will be followed by Celebrate Tolland and the Tolland 300th community picnic from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Tolland Middle School.

For more information on the parade or picnic, visit Tolland300.org or like the Tolland 300th Facebook page.