HOT Celebration Brings Art, Music & Water Fire Display to Collinsville

By Debbie Marconi

Though it’s listed as one of “America's 10 Coolest Small Towns,” on July 25 (rain date July 26), the town of Collinsville will be transformed into a sizzling outdoor celebration called CollinsvilleHOT. The full-day event is an ideal way for individuals and families to spend the day enjoying the outdoors, trying new things and witnessing spectacular entertainment.

CollinsvilleHOT kicks off at 9 a.m. with an outdoor yoga class accompanied by live music. The day ends after dusk with a spectacular water fire display, which consists of 16 floating fires that will light up the waters of a one-half mile stretch of the Farmington River. The hours in between will be filled with activities for all ages, including a chalk walk art contest, live music, an arts and crafts fair, dog photo contest, stand up paddle yoga classes and a farm-to-table dinner event.

For the Active
In addition to a free community yoga class on Main St. at 9 a.m., stand up paddle (SUP) yoga classes will be offered at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cost for SUP yoga is $49 per person, which includes all equipment needed. If you’ve ever considered trying SUP boarding, this is the perfect time!

For Art and Music Aficionados
In addition to live music from several local bands, visitors and artists of all ages will be drawn to the chalk walk, a competitive, community activity where master artists, talented amateurs and families will transform a block of pavement on River Street into art canvasses. Sidewalk chalk will be provided and participants are invited to arrive as early as 7 a.m. to begin working on their creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top chalk works at 2 p.m.

Many treasurers can be found in the heart of Collinsville where artisans once crafted exquisite tools. These days, jewelers, painters and woodworkers rival their ancestors at the CollinsvilleHOT Artisans’ Fair.

At dusk, Joseph FireCrow, Native American flute player, will call visitors to the river for the lighting of the water fires. FireCrow was the recipient of the Native American Musician’s Song of the Year award in 2011 and won the Best Flute Recording award in 2013. He has released eight solo albums.

For Families
While the theme is hot, there are plenty of cool activities for kids and the young-at-heart. An international, award-winning artist will offer face painting, glitter tattoos and henna. A dog photo contest will provide fun for participants and bystanders alike. Children are invited to create giant bubbles and other projects with a local artist and the Canton Fire Department will be on hand to offer tours of the department’s equipment. There will also be plenty of snacks including popcorn, pretzels and ice cream to enjoy.

For Foodies
During the day, visitors are invited to enjoy an outdoor buffet and sample a variety of beers in the beer garden. All-day patio seating is available at local restaurants. In the evening, those interested in experiencing a true farmers’ market-to-table meal with locally-sourced, in-season produce can purchase tickets for a six-course menu that includes wine pairings. Cost is $100 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m.

Water Fire Extravaganza
Featured in Rolling Stone magazine and Entertainment Weekly, Anatolia the fire goddess will kick off the lighting of the highly anticipated water fire event. Anatolia has danced around the globe from India to Egypt. Her unique style and custom props, including a 10-foot golden fire dress, Isis wings and fire masks, make her an ideal hostess for such an event. Visitors are encouraged to walk the Farmington River’s one-half mile Rail-to-Trail path to enjoy all vantage points of the fire displays.

Parking will be available at local lots, with shuttle bus service to key event sites.

CollinsvilleHOT is the brainchild of the Collinsville Merchants Association and is supported by local merchants and several individual contributors.

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