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

May 18th, 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.

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 | No Comments

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.

Dr. Frederick M. Daniels Becomes Latest Donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

April 17th, 2015 | No Comments

Dr. Frederick M. Daniels, a longtime dentist in town, has become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

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

Daniels said he made the donation because he and his wife, Vicki, have lived in town for 32 years and have been active in the community. He previously served on the town council and she served on the board of education.

“We have a strong identity with the town, and we wanted to show support for the many volunteers who are making the 300th anniversary such a special event,” he said.

Daniels has been a practicing dentist in Tolland for 39 years. He began his general dental practice in the historic home at 31 Tolland Green before outgrowing the space and moving to his current location at 12 Goose Lane.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, said she was grateful for Dr. Daniels’ donation.

“The anniversary committee thanks Dr. Daniels for his generous support,” she said. “His donation will help us hold many memorable events for Tolland’s 300th anniversary.”

Daniels will be 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 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 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.

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.