'Enfield Idol' competition returns bigger and better

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
The second annual 'Enfield Idol' will showcase the vocal talents of 18 Enfield residents ranging in age from 7 to 44. Photo contributed by Maureen Brennan. - Contributed Photo

Residents of Enfield and surrounding towns flocked to the Asnunutck Community College auditorium for the inaugural "Enfield Idol" competition last year, which was put on by the Enfield Foundation for Excellence in Education (EFEE). Last year, 18 contestants sang their hearts out for the chance to be named grand champion. The event was such a hit that a larger venue will be needed this year for its second installment. The second annual EFEE "Enfield Idol" will be held on March 15, at 7 p.m., in the Enfield High School auditorium.

"We want to put on another wonderful program that really showcases and highlights the talent throughout Enfield,” said EFEE President Shannon Grant. “It’s going be even better than last year because we’ve learned from what things we liked and we're improving on things we could have done better last year.”

The group suggests that people purchase their $10 tickets ahead of the event either at www.efeeofenfield.org or by visiting Tell me a Story at 76 Palomba Drive, in Enfield, because it may sell out early.

The host of this year’s “Idol” is no stranger to the competition, as she was a judge last year. Asnuntuck Community College President Dr. Martha McLeod will lead the program, which features 18 contestants ranging in age from 7 to 44. The contestants will flaunt their vocal abilities as they perform a variety of music from classic rock to opera.

The competition features three new judges: retired and beloved Enfield High School music teacher John Gionfriddo, local performer Becky Schaefer, and the 2012 "Enfield Idol" grand champion Chad Glabach. The event will also feature performances by other 2012 winners, as well as choreographed dances by Brenna DaSilva Grimson of Riley’s School of Dance.

Last year’s “Idol” event raised more than $4,000 that helped fund seven technology-based grants. Grants are available to educators, including community organizations who provide educational enrichment to Enfield’s youth across all disciplines, including the arts and humanities, math and sciences, leadership, health, universal access and technology, at all grade levels.

“It’s wonderful to see that people want to be involved in this program, not just for themselves but to support EFEE and what we’re doing. It’s really heartwarming to see our community come out and back this program,” said Grant.

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