Mr. Bones strikes a happy Halloween pose atop a 2001, Russian-made Ural sidecar motorcycle on Cherry Brook Road in Canton Center Sunday afternoon, Oct. 31. Photo: dotCANTON
One reveler at the 17th annual Collinsville Halloween Parade Saturday night, Oct. 30, thought it might be fun to commemorate the dramatic (and scary) mine rescue in Chile a couple of weeks ago (top photo).
Earlier Saturday, a pumpkin totem poll, above left, was assembled outside of Husk: New American Tacos on Main Street as a way to remember longtime Fireplace Cafe owner Bill Wilson, who died on Oct. 14. The totem poll, above right, remains a fixture in front of the Fireplace on River Street.
The parade and the pre- and post-parade shenanigans of Boosilini, the monster of ceremonies, were as outrageous as ever as a large crowd packed Main Street and the areas in front of the Canton Historical Museum.
dotCANTON was in Collinsville Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. A collection of photos chronicling the event appears in the two-page gallery below.
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With the minutes leading up to the 17th annual Collinsville Halloween Parade ticking away at a frightfully fast pace, Boosilini, the event’s monster of ceremonies, was in good spirits after agreeing to speak with dotCANTON.com.
As he did, it quickly became clear he couldn’t wait for the start of the evening’s pre-parade activities, which begin in the area of the Canton Historical Museum before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
In particular, the self-described “kind-hearted monster” was obviously looking forward to the “Howling for Dollars” contest, when he’ll give a dollar to kids who are willing to roar.
“The only reason they invite children is to hear them scream,” Boosilini said, obviously amused by the thought. “They are, of course, howls of delight.”
Boosilini went on to talk about how the judges for the five-category costume contest will be introduced, how cookies and candy will be tossed (and shot via “candy canon”) toward the eager throng and how everybody will be doing a little Monster Mash before the parade gets underway.
He was quite excited.
And then, Boosilini said, the Phantom of the Opera will climb into his “death wagon” and begin playing his organ to entice parade participants to follow him up Main Street and then over to the Collinsville Congregational Church, where “cider and doughnut holes” will be waiting as refreshments. He giggled. Or at least that’s what it sounded like.
Then, Boosilini said, it’s back toward Front Street and eventually past the costume judges who will be looking for the best in four traditional categories — funny, scary, most original and best in show — and now a fifth. “This year,” Boosilini said, “we’re adding an adult category for best grown-up costume.”
He seemed quite intrigued by that development.
Click here for an earlier post on other parade day activities.
“Christmas Cottage,” a popular event for early holiday season shoppers, has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 (3 to 8 p.m.), Friday, Nov. 5 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 6 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), at the Eureka Grange Hall on Route 202 in New Hartford, a little more than four miles west of the Saybrook Fish House.
In addition, a bit of the “Cottage” will be presented in the display case at the Canton Public Library through the month of November, and what’s there will be for sale.
According to Christmas Cottage member Brenda Sullivan, the group was unable to rent space this year at the Collinsville Congregational Church, where the popular, three-day fair has been held for “quite a few years.”
“We had to find a place or give up Christmas Cottage,” she said.
The 30-member group of artists and crafters plans to decorate the outside of the plain white hall on the south side of Route 202 with wreaths and lights.
Eureka Grange. Photo: dotCANTON
“The inside of the hall is beautiful,” Sullivan said. “I’m sure we’ll be able to dress it up.”
There is ample parking behind the building, she said, but the driveway to reach it is narrow.
Christmas Cottage members produce the items they sell at the fair, including jams, baked goods, salsa, honey, mustard, candy, soaps, candles, wreaths, pottery, painted items, jewelry, stained glass, knitted woolen items, quilted items, turned wooden pieces, oil paintings, decorated trees and Christmas ornaments. Admission to Christmas Cottage is free.
"Neu Design" / Shirley Mae Neu
Sunday hours resume at the Canton Public Library on Nov. 7. The library will be open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through March. The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), and on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26, for Thanksgiving.
Paintings by Shirley Mae Neu will hang in the library in the months of November and December. The exhibit is titled “A Contemporary Exploration.” Some of Neu’s work has been on display at town hall the past two months.
Jo Hansling will talk about quilts and rug-making in a program titled “Remnants of the Past, Pieces of the Future” on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Registration requested.
“How To Train Your Dragon” will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. in the library’s “Movies on the Big Screen” series. This Dreamworks Animation film is rated PG and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Free, as is the popcorn. No registration.
The library’s Monday Night Book Club will meet on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson. New members welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library.
Wondering how to pay for college? Michael A. D’Apice will host “Creating ‘The’ Ultimate College-Funding Arrangement” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Free. Registration required. Space limited.
The Farmington Valley Harry Potter Trivia Championship will be held at the Farmington Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Winners from earlier local competitions in Avon, Canton, Farmington and Simsbury will square off. Continue reading Library Briefs, November
Applications to participate in the Canton Historical Museum’s second annual Gallery of Trees are due on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event will run from Saturday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 12.
Individuals, groups, families, churches, organizations, businesses and schools are invited to participate by decorating an artificial tree 2-feet to 6-feet in size and donating it to the museum. The tree may be pre-lit. Use your imagination, but themes must be in good taste.
An “Opening Night Gala” is scheduled for Nov. 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person, but one free ticket will be given for each tree donated. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served, along with beer and wine.
A drawing for the trees will be held by “Tea Cup Auction” on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4:15 p.m. Proceeds go to the Museum Building Fund.
A registration form can be obtained at the museum, 11 Front St., Collinsville. For additional information, contact Marge Harmon at 860-693-2012 or at email@example.com.
Free Yoga Classes
Folks over 55 are invited to participate in two free yoga classes being offered by Canton Senior Services. The “gentle and meditative yoga programs” will be held at the Canton Community and Senior Center, 40 Dyer Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 2, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. both days.
Participants are asked to bring water and a towel or a mat. Call senior services at 860-693-5811 for more information and to reserve a spot.
Halloween Party, Auction
The Canton Community Nursery School’s annual Halloween party and silent auction is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, both kids and adults. Among other things, the silent auction will feature gift certificates from local businesses and theme-based gift baskets. Cookies and cakes will be available in a bake sale. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes.
Overnight Parking Ban
The town has issued a reminder that an overnight parking ban for all town streets goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 15, and runs through April 1, 2011. Cars parked on the street overnight will be ticketed.
Residents may park in the town hall lot after business hours, but if you do, you must notify the police dispatcher at 860-693-0221 with a plate number and phone number.
The town is reminding contractors and homeowners not to plow snow into the streets.
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