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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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Lee & Lamont Realty Becomes Major Donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Lee & Lamont Realty Development of Vernon, which built many of the homes in Tolland in the 1970s and 1980s, has become the latest major donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration, with its gift of $1,000. The company at 40 West St. is the fourth “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary website at www.tolland300.org.

Owners Richard Lee and Stephen Lamont described their reasons for making the gift this way: “Residents new to Tolland since the year 2000 would not be wrong to think that Tolland is an ideal place to raise a family with many lovely subdivisions. However, those residents here in the 1970s and 1980s know that the transition from rural to suburb was not without its challenges. Lee & Lamont Realty experienced those challenges and in a small way recognizes that like many of the families who lived in Tolland in the 1800s and 1900s, we are a part of Tolland’s history. We know future generations will face new challenges and add to the history of Tolland, but for now, we are excited to share the milestone of 300 years of Tolland history.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Lee & Lamont for its gift. “The anniversary committee is grateful to Lee & Lamont for their generous donation,’’ she said. “It is the latest of many Tolland-area businesses to support us.”

With its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, the anniversary committee is planning many exciting events to mark the anniversary in 2015. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16 and a large regional parade and townwide picnic, 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 Lee & Lamont Realty Development
Lee & Lamont Realty began building homes and developing subdivisions in Tolland in the 1970s. The Natural Estates, The Sanctuary, Woodbridge subdivision, Reed Hill and The Vineyards are just a few of the areas developed by Lee & Lamont Realty. While the company’s land development has now slowed, before 2014 ends, one more small subdivision will open in Tolland.

Tickets On Sale Now!

October 21st, 2014 | No Comments

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