Collinsville loves to celebrate holidays and special events. Annual events Sam Collins Day, The Halloween Boo Bash, and Christmas in Collinsville. Check back for photos and information from these events as they become available.

Christmas in Collinsville 2010

Friday, December 10th 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 11th Noon – 3 p.m.

Friday, December 10th – 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Champagne Walk – $10.00 per engraved glass. Start at Blumen Laden, 41 Bridge Street and visit the participating merchants for food and beverages (a map will be provided).
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – 6 – 8 p.m. Free Starting at the entrance to the Canton Historical Museum. David Leff will give a short history talk during the ride.
  • Chestnut-Roasting – Gallery 101 Main.
  • Luminary Walk, Carolers – Luminaries lining the streets of Downtown Collinsville, and Christmas Carolers strolling.
  • Unique Shops and Merchants – Stop in and visit the unique shops and merchants.
  • Gallery of Trees & Holiday Boutique – Visit the Canton Historical Museum and view their Gallery of Trees and Holiday Boutique. Buy tickets to win one of the Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and individuals.

Saturday, December 11th – Noon – 3 p.m.

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – Free Starting at the entrance to the Canton Historical Museum.
  • Santa Claus – Collinsville Savings Society (12:30 – 3:00 p.m.). Bring your camera.
  • River City Arts Center, 7 River St. – 1 – 3 p.m. – “Make and Take Crafting Workshop”
  • Puppet Shows – Location to be determined.
  • High School Christmas Carolers – Strolling Downtown Collinsville.
  • Unique Shops and Merchants – Stop in and visit the unique shops and merchants.
  • Gallery of Trees & Holiday Boutique – Visit the Canton Historical Museum and view their Gallery of Trees and Holiday Boutique. Buy tickets to win one of the Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and individuals.

Collinsville Halloween Big Boo 2010

This year’s Halloween festivities in Collinsville will take place October 30, 2010 starting at 6 p.m. The Halloween Parade will gather in Downtown Collinsville and the parade will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

I haven’t heard any official details on who will be performing, but I imagine it will run similarly to years past, with music, candy canon, contests and performances from local groups. As always the featured Halloween parade is a sight to see with a lot of amazing and creatively put together costumes. Check out the photos page to see a few pictures from the last two years.

Based on the last two years, I recommend bringing an umbrella. Both years have received a lot of rain on the night of the event. Both times the rain came luckily after the parade and never stopped the party or fun. I’ll try to keep the post updated as I hear some more details.

Have a great memory of  the Halloween parade in Collinsville? Feel free to share it in the comments. Do you have any pictures of previous Collinsville Halloween parties you’re willing to share? I’d love to post more pictures so people can get a feel for the event, send me an email using the email form and I’ll get in touch with you.

Memorial Day Parade

This year our family had the pleasure of going to Canton’s Memorial Day Parade. The Parade started at 10am near the Canton Intermediate School and traveled down through Collinsville and ended with a special Memorial Day ceremony. We met with friends along the parade route. My wife left our nice camera at home, so I’m afraid I had to document the experience with my cell phone. If you have any pictures of the event and would like/allow me to post them on the site contact me via the contact form on the contact page.

Memorial weekend was beautiful and the festivities I felt were a great reminder of how great our city is and a remembrance of the sacrifice given by so many in order to have it such a great place. Surely it was a day and time to remember fallen military, but also a day to celebrate public service members like firemen and women and a time to recognize volunteers local leaders who dedicate so much time to the youth and more in our community.

Canton Community Easter Egg Hunt

When: Saturday March 27th, 10:00 A.M. (please plan to arrive 20 minutes early)

Where: Mills Pond Recreation Park on East Hill Road.

For children 2-9 years old. Don’t forget your Easter baskets to collect the eggs and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Collinsville Calendar of Future Events

Sponsored by: The Canton Historical Society, Inc.
Where:  Canton Library/Community Center
When:  Sunday Afternoons at 2:00 p.m.
Admission:  $4.00; Society Members: $3.00

February 21, 2010 – Minerals in Connecticut by David Korzendorfer, Geologist and President of Bristol Gem & Minerals Club, and Wilfred Talbot, Bristol Gem & Minerals Club.
March 7, 2010 – Farmington River Indians and Their Legacy by Cynthia Griggs, Researcher and Naturalist.

Saturday – April 3, 2010
OPEN HOUSE  1 – 4 p.m.
Tour this “Best Kept Secret” of a Museum located in the heart of Collinsville.  Collins Company history and products on display.  Many Victorian era and Civil War items.  860-693-2793.

April 24 & 25, 2010
Saturday 9 – 6/Sunday 10-5
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  Canoe & Kayaks for sale.  Lessons, retail shop.  860-693-6977.

May 22, 2010
More details to follow.   860-693-2793.

Saturday – June 12, 2010

June 13, 2010 – Mid-October
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Downtown Collinsville

Saturday – September 18, 2010
Canton Springs Road

Weekend Events:
FRIDAY NIGHTS 6:00 – 9:45 p.m.
OPEN MIC NIGHT – Local Talent
Lasalle Market, 104 Main St.  860-693-8010

Crown & Hammer Pub & Restaurant
3 Depot St.    860-693-9199 www.crownandhammer

WINE TASTINGS  4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Center Spirit Shoppe
32 Bridge St. (Rt. 179)  860-693-2117

Champagne Walk 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Purchase Your Glass Flute ($6.00) at Blumen Laden
Then Visit the Merchants at These Locations:

  • Sponsored By: Antiques on the Farmington, Carol & Company, Center Spirit Shoppe,
  • Collinsville Savings Society, Creative Kitchen & Bath, Blumen Laden,
  • The Village Sweet Shoppe, Bridge Street Bakery, Rootz Salon, Lola and Me,
  • Energy Saving Outlet Store, Realty Works LLC, Downright Music & Art,
  • Collinsville Arts Initiative, Yoga Center of Collinsville, Gallery 101 Main

Special thanks to Kathy from for making this information available.

Marco Benevento Trio & McLovins to play in Collinsville 7:30PM Dec 5th

Marco Benevento TrioI just discovered that tomorrow (Saturday Dec. 5th) at 7:30pm Marco Benevento Trio will be playing at Downright art and Music in Collinsville. Opening for Marco Benevento Trio will be a local band called the McLovins.

Marco Benevento Trio is an experimental Jazz group, I’ve included some youtube clips to help give you an idea of their music. I’ve also grabbed a clip of the McLovins. From what I’ve read they are a local High School band that play several covers and their own material. I listened to a few tracks on youtube and they seem worth checking out.

Downright Music and Art is located at 41 Bridge St. Collinsville, CT. It’s near the bridge in Collinsville, near The Crown and Hammer Pub and in the same building as La Salles Market.

Marco Benevento Trio


Holiday Festivities

Join us TONIGHT at 7pm on the Canton Green for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring the Chamber Singers from Canton Intermediate School, the Farmington Valley Band and special guest star, SANTA!!  The Girl Scouts will be there to keep us warm with hot chocolate and cookies.  This is always a fun time and great way to kick off the holiday season!

Also…Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Christmas in Collinsville 2009. Click here to learn about all the events.

On December 14th The Green will again be lit up with a Menorah Lighting at 6pm by Rabbi Samuels.  This Menorah is moved nightly by the Rabbi where the celebration is shared among the Valley towns.

Canton Historical Society Christmas Boutique

IMG_0492Every year the Canton Historical Museum puts on a Christmas Gift Shop through the month of December. It’s a great opportunity to find hand crafted gifts as well as memorable Canton/Collinsville items. T-shirts, Christmas ornaments, and a wide variety of hand-crafted items. The boutique is open in the lobby of the Canton Historical Museum located at 11 Front Street, Collinsville, CT 06019.

Hours are: Mon-Fri 1-4, Thursday 1-8, Saturday and Sunday 1-4

November Happeneings

If you’ve ever been to an event in Collinsville, have volunteered or worked at all with the community in regard to events or businesses, chances are you’re probably familiar with Kathy Taylor. She’s constantly in contact with local business leaders and crucial to organizing events in the area. I ran into her a couple of weeks ago and talked a little bit about She creates a newsletter for the local businesses to help promote them and keep them up-to-date on things in the community. This list of November happenings in the surrounding area is from the last edition of the newsletter.


8-31 Arts Exclusive Gallery in Simsbury presents “The Interlude,” a gallery exhibit featuring several gallery artists, Tues. – Sat: 11 am – 6 pm, Sun. 1-6 pm, 651-5824,
1: “Yoga & Meditation,” Kula Yoga Center, Avon, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, pre-registration recommended, 676-8800
1: First Sunday Gallery Talk: Linens and Things,” Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1 pm, museum admission, 677-4787
4 “Dr. Ronald Mallett: Time Traveler,” Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, talk at 6pm, reception at 7 pm, reservations and admission, 520-2154
5 YogaKids, Kula Yoga Center, Avon, 4-5 pm for kids 6-12, pre-registration recommended, 676-8800
5 “A Little Taste of Portugal,” The Farmington Gourmet, Farmington, 6-8 pm, admission and reservations, 677-1223 x 23
5 Salons at Stowe: Sheff vs O’Neill: Status and Future of Equal Education, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5-7 pm, free admission, RSVP to 522-9258
6 “Yin Yoga,” Kula Yoga Venter, Avon, 7-8:30 pm, pre-registration recommended, 676-8800
7 The Mark Twain House & Museum’s 2009 Annual Fall Gala, featuring Paula Poundstone, Hartford,  6-11 pm, 883-9016 for information and tickets
7 Atwater-Donnelley in concert, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30 pm, $15 advanced / $17 at the door, 693-0263
8 “Wreath Ramble,” Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-4 pm, $7 per wreath for members, $10 per wreath for members-to-be, 677-4787
8 “Sparrow Delight Nature Walk,” Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 2 pm, $3 members, $5 membersto- be, 677-4787
8 Opening Reception for “The Interlude,” Arts Exclusive Gallery Exhibit, Simsbury, 2-5 pm, 651-5824
8 “Women Take Flight,” New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, 10am – 5 pm, 623-3305
8 Researching Your Historic House’s History, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 1pm, fees, registration, deadline is November 4th, 677-9222
10 “How Does She Manage in Those Clothes?,” an evening lecture at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, non-member fees, 236-5621
11 “The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of a Connecticut Veteran,” a late afternoon book talk at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford, 4-6 pm, free, 236-5621
12 “YogaKids, Kula Yoga Center, Avon, 4-5 pm for kids 6-12, pre-registration recommended, 676-8800
12 The Liquid Lounge: Walter Wick, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, 5:30 – 9 pm, an afterwork experience for adults, Admission, 724-3623 (SCIENCE)
13 “YogaKids,” Kula Yoga Center, Avon, 4-5 pm, for girls 11-15, pre-registration recommended, 676-8800
13 A Night Out in Style,” A Tribute to the Roaring Twenties fundraiser to benefit Gifts of Love at Hop Meadow Country Club, Simsbury, 7 pm. For information and tickets, call Maura at 674-9460 or Adria at 232-2323
14 “Candles Light the Way,” Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 1-2 pm, for children 4-11, $10 for members, $12 for non-members, reservation deadline is November 7th, 677-9222
14 “Children’s Annual Birthday Party,” Avon Free Public Library, Avon, 3 pm, with nationally renowned mime Robert Rivest, 673-9712
14 “Mark Erelli” in Concert at roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30 pm, $16 advanced / $18 at
the door, 693-0263
15 The Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum Billiard Birthday Party at City Steam Brewery Café, Hartford, 4-6 pm, Trick-Shot Billiard artist Bruce “The Guy” Barthelette will be appearing, Call 280-3129 for tickets and information
15 An Interpretive Discussion of the Life and Works of Louisa May Alcott, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, 2 pm, 673-9712
15 Cooking Demonstration: Stuffed Apple turnips with Spinach-Date Fritters, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 1-2:30 pm, registration deadline November 6th, 677-9222
18 Fall Brown Bag Lunch Series: An Examination of “the Hart Jug,” Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 12-1 pm, reservations recommended, 677-9222
19 Third Thursday: Evening House Tours & New Exhibit, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 4-7 pm, free admission, 677-9222
19 Salons at Stowe: Teaching Diversity, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5-7 pm, free admission, RSVP to 522-9258
21 “David Mallett” in concert at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30 pm, $18 advanced / $20 door, 683-0263
22 Special House Tour: Winter Preparations, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 2 pm, registration deadline is November 16th, 677-9222
22 Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, Avon Historical Society at the Avon Senior Center, 2-4:30pm, 678-7621
28 Half-time at Turkey Time, Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford, 10am – 3 pm, general admission, 236-5621

Simsbury Public Library Children’s Activities (658-7763)

Bouncing Babies: Birth to 23 months: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30 am 2 year olds: Fridays 10 am (children must be accompanied by an adult) 3 year old Story time: Mondays 10 am 4-Kindergarten Story time: Mondays 1:30 pm and Thursdays 10 am
9th Thanksgiving Baking and Stories: grades K-4, 4 pm
10th Craft & Storytime: ages 3 to K – 10 am
12th Seasonal Science, K-1 – 4 pm
14th Time for Music: ages 1-4 – 10:30 – 11:00 am
14th From Trash to Tunes, K-6 – 2 pm
16th Thanksgiving Baking and Stories: grades 2-3 – 4 pm
17th Story Stars: ages 3 to K – 10:30 am
17th Science Fun- Water: grades 2-4, 4 pm
23rd Thanksgiving Baking and Stories: grades 4-6 – 4 pm
28th Exploring Science with Peep: ages 3 to K – 10:30 – 11:30 am Hartt Community Division, Simsbury, (768-4451)

Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon (677-8571)
Registration required AM Kindergarten Students – Avon, Farmington, Simsbury – Mon – Fri, 12:30 – 3 pm

  • 2-6 Dinosaurs
  • 9-13 Inventions
  • 16-20 Sun, Moon & Stars PrimeTime Hands-On, Discovery based Science – Grades K-3, 10 am – 4 pm- 3-week sessions
  • 7,14,21 Music & Science

Hopefully this list will help you as you make your plans for the next month.

Gallery of Trees

November 28th, 2009

Canton Historical Museum Building Fund. Donate a small artificial tree, panting of a tree, or use your imagination. Trees to be auctioned off. More details to follow.

Christmas in Collinsville

December 11th and 12th, 2009

Champagne walk, horse-drawn carriage rides, luminaries, Barbershop Quartet, Santa Claus and more. Wath for details.

Collinsville Big Boo 2009

Saturday Oct. 31st, 2009

Summer is beginning to cool and people are looking forward to all of the many wonderful Fall activities in the area. Which of course includes the much anticipated Big Boo and Halloween Parade. The Big Boo will take place on Halloween this year with kid activities starting at 6pm and the Halloween parade starting at 7pm. For a little write-up and some pictures on last year’s event you can checkout the article written about it in the Yankee Magazine. For some information and photos from previous years you can find out more here.

2009 Photos

If you have any photos of the event and would like them posted send me an email via the contact page and I’ll get in touch with you. Thank you for those of you who have already expressed interest in doing so. For some 2008 photos checkout the photo gallery page.

Pumpkin Carving

October 31st, 2009

River street merchants from 1pm to 3pm. Bring your own pumpkin or buy one. Sponsered by The Village Sweet Shoppe, Ralph Dowd Insurance, Collinsville Savings Society and Phoebe’z Easlel.

Haunted Bird House Contest

October 11, 2009

Gallery 101 Main, LLC presents Haunted Bird House Contest & Silent Auction to benefit the Canton Food Bank. Prizes provided by: The Manor House B&B – Norfolk, CT. More Fabulous Prizes to come! Multiple price categories for Adults and Children. Houses need to be dropped off at Gallery 101 Main, LLC, along with a minimum of 1 non-perishable food item, by October 11, 2009.

Prizes to be awarded on Friday, October 30th, at the Ghostly Gala & Silent Auction starting at 6:00pm at Gallery 101 Main, LLC. Bring a canned good foer entry and vote for your favorite house!

Houses need to be under one cuic foot in size and must not run on electricity. Battery operated okay, must provide own batteries. For official rules please visit here

Downright Music & Art Music Festival

September 2th 2009

Downright Music and Art will be putting on another Music Festival…

  • 3pm-Hannah’s Field
  • 4pm-Pete Pidgeon
  • 5pm-Berkshire Bluegrass
  • 6pm-String Theorie
  • 7pm-Steve Marchena
  • 8pm-Downright’s Band’s Jam’s
  • 9pm-De4AhWee

Canton Lions Club Sam Collins Day Pancake Breakfast

Saturday Sept 19th, 2009, 7-10AM

Come out to Canton Fire Dept’s Ellsworth Hall on Canton Spring Rd. For the “all you can eat” breakfast. Prices are $5 for adults and $4 for students/senior citizens. Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free.

All proceeds will go to our scholarship fund or other charitable and civic projects in the Town of Canton. Bring your family and friends to breakfast and help the Lions serve our town.

While you’re at the breakfast ask us about membership in the Lions Club. The club welcomes the men and women of Canton to join in service to our community.

For any of you who still need directions this morning:
View Larger Map

Canton Sams Collins Day

Our 15th Annual Sam Collins Day will be held Saturday September 19, 2009 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information about Sam Collins Day make checkout

For those of you who may not be familiar with Sam Collins day, it is a day of celebration with booths, games, tours, and contests. Last year the event was held partly in downtown Collinsville and partly at a park in Canton, with shuttles transporting people back and forth. It’s a great family and community activity and I highly recommend going if you’re in the area.

Music and Art Festival @ Downright Music & Art


Saturday, August 29th, 2:00/11:30 PM


August 14th – 16th, 2009

Sponsored by Canton Volunteer Fire Co., Inc., Canton Springs Rd.
Cost $18 for Dinners. Friday Night 6 – 9:30 p.m. – Classic Car Show, Live Band; Saturday Noon – 9:30 p.m. Live Band; Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.

Canton Historical Museum

Canton Historical Museum Open House

Canton Historical Museum Open House

Sat Jun 13th, 12 to 4pm

Open House June 13, 2009 from Noon – 4 PM in conjunction with statewide Open House Day. Admission is free on that day. Your donation to our Building Fund would be appreciated.


43rd Annual Jamboree

June 10-13, 2009

The 43rd Annual Jamboree is a fundraiser for the local fire department. Activities include a carnival most of the week and weekend with fireworks approximately 9pm on Friday night.

Canton Historical Museum Tag Sale

May 16th, 2009

Early bird shopping starts at 9AM with a $10 donation. Regular shopping begins at 10AM with a donation of $1. Items offered are a mixture of donated items from community members, as well as a few antiques from the museum itself. The event is an annual fundraiser. Proceeds go to the museum’s building fund, for maintenance and making the building handicap accessible.

The Canton Historical Museum is found at 11 Front Street, Collinsville, CT 060619.

Eastern Horizons

Exploring the Atlantic Coast by Kayak

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 7pm there will be a showing of Eastern Horizons, Exploring the Atlantic Coast by Kayak. Admission is Free but space is limited and you’ll need to reserve your spot by calling 860-693-6977. It will be held at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak.

The DVD documents kayaking along the East Coast from Florida to Newfoundland. For more information about this event you can checkout the website for Collinsville Canoe & Kayak.

Eastern Horizons Trailer from Bryan Smith on Vimeo.

Canton Historical Museum – Open House

April 4th, 2009 the Canton Historical Museum will be holding an open house from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Admission to the museum will be free during this event. Check back after the event for a full description and photos of the event.

You can find out more about the Canton Historical Museum at