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Calling all Tolland Groups and Businesses: Enter Now for the Sept. 19 Tolland 300th Anniversary Parade!

July 7th, 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 parade will start at Tolland Intermediate School, turn left on the green, 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 steps off at 1 P.M., rain or shine, and the route is 8/10 of a mile long.

Entry forms are available now at Tolland300.org (click on upcoming events) 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.

Floats will compete for prizes, and details will be announced soon about the competition between neighborhoods, civic groups, and businesses to best reflect the theme of “The Settlers Still Rock.”

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.

Prizes Announced in Tolland 300th Anniversary Beard Contest

June 22nd, 2015 | No Comments

Men from Tolland can compete for a total of $300 in prizes in the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee beard-growing contest.

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best overall beard, and $50 prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: longest beard, thickest beard, most original beard, and best effort.

Similar contests were held when Tolland celebrated its 250th and 275th anniversaries.

Male residents who want to take part just need to stop by Jerry’s Barber Shop and Shave Parlor at 235 Merrow Road to get their clean-shaven “before” photo taken, and then start growing!

The winners will judged at the Tolland 300th townwide picnic on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at Tolland Middle School.

For more information, contact Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee secretary Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org.

Men of Tolland: Show your town spirit by entering the Tolland 300th Anniversary Beard Contest!

June 9th, 2015 | No Comments

Echoing a contest that has taken place during past town anniversaries, the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is announcing that it is holding a beard-growing contest for male residents this year.

All the men need to do to enter is to stop by Jerry’s Barber Shop and Shave Parlor at 235 Merrow Rd. to get their clean-shaven “before” photo taken and then start growing!

The winners will judged at the Tolland 300th townwide picnic on Sept. 19 at 6 P.M. at Tolland Middle School.

Prizes will be awarded for the best overall beard, the longest beard, the thickest beard, the most original beard, and the best effort.

For more information, contact Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee secretary Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org.

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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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.

Integrated Rehabilitation Services lends its support to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

April 22nd, 2015 | No Comments

Integrated Rehabilitation Services of Tolland has become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

Integrated Rehab has made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary celebration, making it the 11th “Crandall” level sponsor of this year’s anniversary events. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at www.tolland300.org.

integrated_rehabThe company will be represented by Julie Paolino and Americo Rodrigues 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.

Founded in 2001, Integrated Rehabilitation provides physical therapy and athletic training services in seven locations in north-central Connecticut, including an office at 9 Fieldstone Commons in Tolland. For 14 years, Integrated has served the communities of Connecticut with a strong commitment to quality, compassion, and clinical expertise.

Rodrigues said the company made the donation because “we recognize that Integrated’s success is a direct reflection of the ongoing support we receive from the communities we serve. Our patients are our friends and neighbors. We are proud to be able to support such a memorable celebration for the Tolland community.”

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, said she was grateful to the company.

“Integrated is the latest of many Tolland businesses that are supporting the 300th anniversary this year,” she said. “We could not hold so many memorable events in 2015 without their vital support.”

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.

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