The wide-ranging presentations at the Suffield Arts Festival offered the town an opportunity to enjoy a free sample of local music, dance, drama, mime, comedy, painting, crafts and more. The Suffield Youth Theater (SYT), always adventurous, tackled this as their summer event on Saturday, July 14. There was much to enjoy.
In addition to SYT regulars, there were performers from the Around Town Two singers, Red Door Theater, Springfield Drama Studio, Moxie Dance Center (West Hartford), Suffield High’s Improv Club, the “Time Was” trio and musicians and artisans and artists of various genres. Several large tents were set up, and as this was an all-day affair, SYT arranged for a variety of food vendors and other amenities.
Helpful support for the event was provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving with a $3,250 grant from the Astrid and Fred Hanzelek Fund II and the David L. Coffin, Jr., Memorial Fund (both Suffield families). In a press release, the Foundation quoted SYT co-founder Dominic Colangelo saying, “These donor-advised funds from the Hartford Foundation helped us to create our first large-scale project… The funding went a very, very long way to help us achieve our dreams and bring our community together for a truly spectacular event.” From the festival stage, Dom also thanked other supporters and spoke of his gratitude for the help provided by the Suffield Highway crew and the Connecticut inmates who volunteer regularly to help with Suffield projects.
The young impresarios of the SYT are now entering their senior year. If our town is lucky enough, these young men, or their successors after graduation next spring, can learn from this good beginning and do even better next year.