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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.

Be a part of the Tolland 300th Anniversary parade: March or enter the float contest on Sept. 19!

August 13th, 2015 | No Comments

The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is inviting all Tolland civic groups, school groups, neighborhoods, antique car owners and businesses to enter its Sept. 19 anniversary parade.

The committee is offering a total of $1,500 in prizes in its float contest. Neighborhoods will compete for one $500 prize; businesses based in Tolland will compete for another $500 prize, and all school and civic groups, sports teams, churches and Scout troops will compete for a $500 prize for best float in their division.

The parade will start at 1 P.M. from the town garage on Old Post Road and Tolland Intermediate School, turn left on town hall, follow the green and end at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads at the site of the new Tolland Founders Monument. It will be held rain or shine and follow a route that is 8/10 of a mile long.

Entry forms are available now at Tolland300.org (click on upcoming events, then “more info” next to the parade listing) and should be filled out and returned as soon as possible to parade@Tolland300.org or mailed to Tolland 300th co-chairwoman Celeste Senechal, 19 Joe Sabbath Dr., Tolland, CT 06084. Note: Entries received after Sept. 1 may not be accepted.

The theme is “The Settlers Still Rock!” Entries should reflect some period in Tolland history, and vehicles and floats are asked to play music from their era.

For more information, visit Tolland300.org or send questions to parade@Tolland300.org.

Vendors Sought for Celebrate Tolland and the Tolland 300th Anniversary Townwide Picnic Sept. 19

July 7th, 2015 | No Comments

Civic and school groups, local businesses, and local vendors are being sought for the combined Celebrate Tolland festival and the Tolland 300th Anniversary townwide picnic, which is set for Sept. 19 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Tolland Middle School.

Vendors selling a variety of wares are needed for the event, and civic groups, school groups, and local businesses are invited to have a table at the festive event, which will follow the Tolland 300th Anniversary parade on Sept. 19, rain or shine.

Entry forms are available now at Tolland300.org under upcoming events. They should be completed and returned as soon as possible to Recreation Director Bruce Watt at bwatt@tolland.org or by mail to Bruce Watt, Tolland Recreation Department, 104 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084.

Vendors will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers reserve the right to limit the number of vendors, based on duplication of the products. Note: entries must be received by Sept. 1.

For more information, contact Bruce Watt at bwatt@tolland.org or 860-871-3610.

Gala Celebration Photos

May 17th, 2015 | No Comments

Here is a sampling of the photos taken at the 300th Anniversary Gala Celebration that took place on May 16. Be sure to head over to the photo gallery to see them all, plus those taken at other events.

Gala Photo Collage

Charter Day Fun

May 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Thanks to Andre Garant for the photo collage of Charter Day activities.

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Click on the image to view it full size.

What’s in store for 2015 (updated)

May 13th, 2015 | No Comments

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.2015 Events List

Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is Seeking Descendants of Founders

April 29th, 2015 | 1 Comment

On June 13 at 1 P.M., the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee will dedicate a new granite Tolland Founders Monument at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

The monument honors the 59 pioneers who, on May 9, 1713, first petitioned the Connecticut Colony to make the Tolland area its own town. The charter was finally granted on May 12, 1715.

The public is invited to the dedication, and the committee is seeking descendants of the founders to attend and take part in the ceremony.

The men listed on the monument are Joseph Baker; Benjamin Barber; Cornelius Birge; Josiah Bissell; Henry and Simon Chapman; Daniel, Ebenezer, and Nathaniel Cook; Nathaniel Drake; Thomas Edgar; Thomas Eggleston; Samuel Ellsworth; John Eno; Joseph Farnsworth; Jonas Gaylord; Cornelius and Nathaniel Gillett Jr.; Nathaniel, Noah, and Samuel Grant; Daniel Griswold Jr.; Thomas Griswold; John Gridley; Benaiah Holcomb; Anthony Hoskins; John Huntington; H. Loomer; Daniel, David, Joshua, Ichabod, and Stephen Loomis; Samuel Marshall; Jedediah Mills; Joseph and William Phelps; Humphrey, Jonathan, and Nathaniel Pinney; Daniel, Joseph, and Nathaniel Porter; Joseph and Samuel Rockwell; Joseph Skinner; Phillip Smith; Henry Stiles Jr.; Thomas Stiles; Israel Stoughton; Robert Warren; Nathaniel Watson; John, Joshua, Samuel, and Joshua Willes Sr.; and Charles, Henry, and Roger Wolcott.

Descendants can RSVP by email to Tolland 300th Anniversary Secretary Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org or by calling 860-871-8089.

Brookside Garden Center Has Pledged $5,000 in Services to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

April 26th, 2015 | No Comments

brooksideBrookside Garden Center has become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

The center has pledged $5,000 in landscaping services to the anniversary committee to beautify the town-owned land where the Tolland Founders Monument will be dedicated on June 13. The pledge makes the garden center the fifth “Settlers Rock” level sponsor of this year’s anniversary events. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at tolland300.org.

The company will be represented by owners Jeff Ruest and Joe Matteis when it is honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee, and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on April 28 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

The large granite monument, produced by Rockville Monuments, is being installed on town-owned land at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads. It will honor the 59 pioneers who, on May 9, 1713, first asked the Connecticut Colony to make Tolland its own town. They were granted the charter on May 12, 1715. It will be dedicated at 1 P.M. on June 13 in a ceremony that is open to the public.

Founded in 2014, Brookside Garden Center is a full-service garden center that provides everything from plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers. The business also offers full landscaping services, from hardscapes and excavation to full property maintenance and mowing.

“We were both raised in Tolland. It is a great place to live and work,” Ruest said. “This is our way to give a little back to our community and celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Town of Tolland.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, said she is grateful to the company for its support.

“Thank you very much to Brookside Garden Center for helping us create an inviting, small park where Tolland residents will be able to visit the Founders Monument for years to come,” she said.

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. The Tolland Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19.

Businesses and residents can still donate to support 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.