dotCANTON.com at Sam Collins Day. Photos: dotCANTON
Folks in the crowd take a look around.
The breeze that kicked up mid-afternoon played havoc with some displays under the big top on Canton Springs Road, but it also provided a much needed bit of refreshment for at least one pair of legs not used to standing for six hours.
Not that I’m complaining. The compliments offered by so many visitors to the dotCANTON.com table at Sam Collins Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, were so uplifting there was no way I was going to sit down on the job.
Thank you all again for the nice words.
Thanks, too, to all of you who stopped by to find out what dotCANTON was all about. I certainly hope I made lots of new friends who’ll become regular visitors to the dotCANTON.com website. And, please, if you like the site, feel free to spread the word around town.
I know lots of you are wondering about the drawing for the munchies and the signed copy of “Canton Remembers: Incidents In Local History,” edited by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Carlton.
After loading everything into my car at 4 p.m., I stuck my hand into the box packed with names and phone numbers and mixed up the contents as I walked over to where “Husk” was positioned in the Food Court. There, I asked Jordan Stein, owner of the new tacos restaurant in Collinsville, if he would be so kind as to reach in and pull out a winner.
He did, and it was Lynn Harrington, co-owner of the New England Scrapbook Co. at 200 Albany Turnpike (Route 44). I dropped off the basket for Lynn on my way home to my comfortable couch.
One final thing: Thanks to so many of you for signing up to receive the dotCANTON newsletter via e-mail. I’m not sure when the first one will go out, but I promise I won’t add too much to your crowded mailboxes. If you didn’t sign up for the newsletter Saturday and would like to, look in the column on the left here and look for the envelope symbol just above the weather.
See you around town.
– Steve Wilder, founder and editor, dotCANTON.com
All was quiet at the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Field, photo above, and on River Street in Collinsville, photo below, on Friday, Sept. 24, but both will be alive with Sam Collins Day activity beginning at 10 a.m. today.
Shuttle bus signs were in position on Canton Springs Road across from the field and on Main Street in Collinsville near LaSalle’s Market.
Early risers need not wait until 10 a.m. this morning to get started; the Canton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast runs from 7 to 10 a.m. in the firehouse across the street from the tents.
The Food Court on Canton Springs Road opens at 11 a.m. Festivities at the field and in Collinsville continue until 4 p.m.
Don’t forget to visit the dotCANTON.com table located at the back of the Expo Exhibit tent on Canton Springs Road.
River Street in Collinsville, above, will be getting a lot more colorful when the chalk drawing that's open to all begins about 1 p.m. today, Sept. 25. Kate McAllister of the River City Art Center, 7 River St., says no signup is necessary and she'll supply the chalk.
Sam Collins Day is about as good as it gets around here when it comes to meet-and-greets. That’s why I’m looking forward to this Saturday, Sept. 25, when I’ll be on the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Field on Canton Springs Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet and greet the folks I’m working to reach through dotCANTON.com.
Please stop by booth 102 and say hello. We’ll be conducting a free raffle, in which you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of “Canton Remembers: Incidents In Local History,” edited by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Carlton, and a basket of munchies to enjoy while you’re going through the book’s 220 interesting pages.
You’ll also be able to sign up for the dotCANTON newsletter, and I’ll even have a little something for you to take home.
Please bring along any ideas you might have for dotCANTON; I’ll be all ears.
Sept. 22 marked the four-month anniversary of my first post on dotCANTON.com. I sent out a townwide mailing at the beginning of August to introduce myself. Now, finally, we get the chance to meet face to face and chat a bit. I’ll be the guy in the blue T-shirt with dotCANTON.com in white letters, front and back — these days, I rarely leave home without one on.
– Steve Wilder, founder and editor, dotCANTON.com
The Village Sweet Shoppe on River Street is among the 15 retailers in Collinsville that will be participating in a Sam Collins Day giveaway. Photo: dotCANTON
The final list is in on Collinsville retailers who will be participating in a gift certificate giveaway Saturday, Sept. 25, during Sam Collins Day festivities. And there’s good news: Now there will be two prizes, one gift certificate worth $100 and another worth $50.
Here’s how it will work, according to Doug Tubach of Gallery 101 Main. If you want to join in, stop into a participating retainer and pick up an entry form/map. Then visit and have the map stamped by at least six of the participating retailers.
The entry form may then be turned in at any of the 15 retail locations. Entry forms will be collected from the retailers around 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. The winners will be drawn at 4 p.m. at the Canton Historical Museum. You need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone.
Antiques on the Farmington: a giveaway participant. Photo: dotCANTON
The winners may redeem their gift certificate at one (only one) of the participating merchants. Certificates may not be redeemed for cash, and no change will be given. Certificates must be redeemed by Dec. 24, 2010.
Here’s the list of the 15 participating retailers:
Gallery 101 Main LLC; Carol & Company; The Village Sweet Shoppe; the Center Spirit Shoppe; Husk — New American Tacos; Downright Music & Art; Rootz Organic Hair Salon; LaSalle Market & Deli; Antiques on the Farmington; Blumen Laden; Lola & Me; the Canton Historical Museum; D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin; Collinsville Canoe & Kayak; and the Connecticut School of Jewelry Art.
Of course, the activity in Collinsville on Saturday is only half of the Sam Collins Day story. Plenty will be going at the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Field on Canton Springs Road. Transportation between Collinsville and the field should be easy, with shuttle buses running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26, but the Saturday forecast currently calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of about 80 degrees.
Plans are virtually complete for the Collinsville portion of Sam Collins Day. The action in town, as is the case in the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Field on Canton Springs Road, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26.
Canton Historical Museum. Photo: dotCANTON
Transportation between the two sites should be easy, with shuttle buses running all day.
Here’s what will be happening in Collinsville.
Music: The entertainment from the porch of the Canton Historical Museum will be continuous (except for short breaks between performers) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six individual performers or groups have been scheduled. Their approximate starting times are:
Bill Benson, 10 a.m.; Eric Paradine, 11 a.m.; Sweet Heart Mountain, noon; The Substitutes, 1 p.m.; The Con Doty Band, 2 p.m.; and the Downright Music Band, 3 p.m.
Open Houses: Collinsville retailers will be welcoming visitors and sponsoring a $100 gift certificate giveaway. All you need to do is pick up a map and entry form at a participating merchant, visit six or more of the participating merchants and then drop off your entry form with one of them.The forms will be collected, and a drawing will be held about 4 p.m. The winner can spend the $100 at the participating merchant of their choice.
dotCANTON.com will post the complete list of participating merchants later this week.
Canton Historical Museum: Entry to the museum will be free all day, and activities have been scheduled.
* Old-Time Photos: Bring friends and/or family, dress up in period costumes and have your picture taken. $10 per photo to benefit the museum.
* Food: Hot dogs, water and soda will be available for purchase.
* Fun: Enjoy the large inflatable slide that will be positioned at 10 Front St. $5 for unlimited slides to benefit the museum.
Gallery 101 Main. Photo: dotCANTON
* Walking Tour: Local historian/writer David Leff leads a tour of Collinsville, beginning at the museum at 1 p.m.
Gallery 101 Main: Live art demos all day.
The Valley Car Collector Club: Check out the classic and antique cars.
River City Art Center: Chalk drawing at 7 River St. from 1 to 4 p.m. The center’s Kate McAllister says no signup is necessary and she’ll supply the chalk. “Just come draw,” she says.
Yoga Center of Collinsville: Free classes — kids yoga, 1 to 1:30 p.m.; family yoga: 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Tents for Canton businesses and organizations. Photo: dotCANTON
The tents went up Friday, Sept. 17, on Canton Springs Road, a sure sign that the 16th annual Sam Collins Day is rapidly approaching.
Activities under and around the tents across from the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. begin with “A Taste of Canton” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept 25. In addition to display booths featuring Canton organizations and businesses — including dotCANTON.com in space #102 — there will be a wide range of activities for children, live entertainment and more.
The "Food Court." Photo: dotCANTON
The always popular “Food Court” opens under adjacent tents and in the familiar red food shacks at 11 a.m. and features a variety of edibles and drinkables from local establishments. Click here for a look at who will be on hand and what they’ll be offering.
All of this activity follows the Canton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, which runs from 7 to 10 a.m. in the firehouse across the street from the tents.
Free shuttle buses will run all day from Canton Springs Road to downtown Collinsville, where additional activities will be taking place, beginning at 10 a.m.
With the 16th annual Sam Collins Day just over two weeks away, the menu of things to eat and drink at the Canton Volunteer Fire Company Field on Canton Springs Road is complete.
Several restaurants, a supermarket and an ice cream store will be among those operating inside the Food Court beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. More food will be available at the red snack shack on the field.
All food must be purchased with tokens, which will be obtainable for $1 each at two booths on the field.
Here’s a list of what will be available and the price for each item.
CAKE GYPSY: assorted cupcakes, 2 tokens; cannoli, 2 tokens; milk shots, 1 token.
LaTRATTORIA: wine, 5 tokens; domestic beer, 4 tokens; Perroni beer, 5 tokens; sausage and peppers, 6 tokens; fried dough (sugar and marinara), 4 tokens.
RICE FIELDS: California roll, 2 tokens; chicken finger, 3 tokens; roast pork fried rice, 3 tokens; boneless spare ribs, 3 tokens; General Tso’s chicken, 4 tokens; combo (any of the items listed with pork fried rice), 5 tokens; water, 1 token; soda, 1 token.
HUSK: chicken taco, 3 tokens; beef taco, 3 tokens, cactus taco, 3 tokens; ginger iced tea, 3 tokens.
FLATBREAD: variety of organic pizza featuring local ingredients, 1 token.
CHAR KOON 1800: chicken fingers, 4 tokens; pork fried rice, 3 tokens; General Tso’s chicken, 5 tokens; orchid crispy shrimp, 5 tokens.
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