Best Bets, Aug-Sept 2014
FRIENDS OF THE FARMER
55 Empire Road
Copake, NY 12516
Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival 2014 - Come on down to the farm! Eat – Shop – Learn –Dance – Meet your Farmer! A family affair and day out on the farm in picturesque Hudson Valley. Meet and eat from family farms at the 5 mile grill, shop the Locavore Village, learn from your community at the Future of Farming Tent, drink local libations at the bar, pet and experience living farm animals, picnic on locally produced food and beverages, try free samples of all your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables and gain access to extensive agriculturally based community resources.
Sunday, September 28, 7:00pm
ASZURE BARTON & ARTISTS
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Aszure Barton & Artists Conduct Master Classes. The Dance Program of The Hotchkiss School is pleased to welcome choreographer Aszure Barton and her company to campus September 27 and 28. Aszure Barton is a Canadian- born, New York City-based choreographer and protégé of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Fresh from a tour of Russia, the company will conduct master classes and perform the critically acclaimed work, Awáa on Sunday evening, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Walker Auditorium. This very special performance is free and open to the public! For information about this performance and other arts events at The Hotchkiss School, please phone (860) 435 - 4423.
Saturday, September 27, 10-5 pm
HOME SHOW - THE FINE HOME SOURCE EVENT
3327 Franklin Avenue at the Millbrook Bandshell
You are invited to our venue of over 40 exhibitors that can bring your new or renovated home to a higher level of comfort, elegance and efficiency. There will be traditional artisans such as furniture makers, faux finishers , plasterers and millwork, as well as the latest in green solutions such as geo-thermal systems, solar alternatives and eco-friendly building products. We will feature AV systems, energy efficient appliances, wine cellars and so much more for the home. There will even be experts in landscape design and related products available to help you put the finishing touches on your home’s surroundings such as fencing, weathervanes, saunas and pools. Crisp Architects hopes that you will join them at this event under the tents to meet the vendors as well as enjoy the ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. A $2 suggested donation benefits Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County.
Sunday, September 28
CROP WALK FOR HUNGER
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Falls Village, CT
Registration: 12:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting & Walk: 1:30 p.m.
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community. When CROP began in 1947, CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. Today, we’ve outgrown the acronym but we retain it as the historic name of the program.cwsglobal.org
Thursday, September 18, 2014
AARP DRIVE TO END HUNGER
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
On September 18th please help to stop hunger in its tracks…by joining Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion, at Lime Rock Park for a day of exciting events and activities that will benefit AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger.
It will be a fun and exciting way to join Lime Rock Park, Jeff Gordon, AARP and AARP Foundation in the fight against senior hunger! Please join us for this fun and exciting day. Space is limited so please reserve your tickets today! For more information on the specific events please contact Lime Rock Park at 860-435-5000 or at email@example.com orwww.dteh.org/limerock.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
WINE TASTING ON THE GREEN
Sharon Town Green
Fun for casual to studious wine drinkers. Over 60 wines different wines will be poured, from everyday to amazing and from inexpensive to luxurious. The lineup includes Tuscany's Fontodi, serious pinot noir via Burgundy and Oregon from Mark Tarlovs' Maison L'Envoy, legendary Chateau Montelena "Estate" Cabernet 2009 & 2010 from Napa, terrific White Burgundy, acclaimed Spanish including Vall Llach Priorat's and many more. The tasting is done in a relaxed walk-around format under a spacious tent. Guests will be provided a detailed Wine Guide describing each wine’s origin andcharacteristics making it easy to compare and track favorites. All wines are available for sale and delivery by organizer Kent Wine & Spirit with proceeds from those purchases donated to The Sharon Fire Department & Sharon Ambulance. This is the Sharon Fire Department & Sharon Ambulance major fund raising event of 2014! www.eventbrite.com
Sunday, September 21, 2014
THE LAKEVILLE OPEN HORSE SHOW
Riga Meadow Equestrian Center, LLC
339 Undermountain Road (Route 41)
8:00 AM Start, Rain or Shine
Now in its 57th year, the Lakeville Open Horse Show will take place at Riga Meadows Equestrian Center on Undermountain Road in Salisbury, starting 8am. There will be more than 50 classes, ranging from lead line for the youngest kids, to seriously high fences for advanced jumpers. A family event, attendance is free, food available on the premises, dogs on leash welcome. Sponsored by, and proceeds to benefit, the Lakeville Pony Club.www.lakevilleponyclub.org
Saturday, September 20, 2014
SHRED IT DAY
Salisbury Bank & Trust
5 Gay Street
9:00 AM - NOON
Salisbury Bank is sponsoring a community Shred It day. Open to everyone, limit 4 boxes per person. Examples of items you may bring for on-site shredding include: bank statements, medical/insurance forms, tax forms, receipts and personal files. www.salisburybank.com
Saturday, September 20, 2104
REFLECTIONS: THE WISDOM OF YEARS
17 Cobble Road
On September 20, from 5-7 pm, Noble Horizons will open "Reflections: The Wisdom of Years", a collaboration with nationally exhibited artist Mary Close. The exhibit will feature photographs and brief essays by eighteen area residents aged 65 and over who reflect on what they have learned in 65+ years of living that they wish someone had told them 40 or 50 years ago. "Reflections" is based on the critically acclaimed book "30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans", by Cornell University professor Karl Pillemer, PhD. The exhibit will take place in the Learning Center Gallery, open weekends 11:00-4:00 pm through October 26. More information is available at www.noblehorizons.org or 860-435-9851.
September 13, 2014
PAWS TO CELEBRATE
The Little Guild of St. Francis
421 Bantam Road
4 PM - 7 PM
An Evening of Festivity to Benefit The Little Guild of St. Francis. Hors D'oeuvres provided by Ciesco Services, Open Bar, Live Auction, and more. For further information call (860) 532-0729 or visitwww.littleguild.org
Saturday, September 13, 2014
FARM TO TABLE COOKING SERIES
17 Cobble Road
The Noble Horizons and Scoville Library-sponsored Farm to Table cooking series in which professional local chefs use seasonal, locally grown ingredients to create delectable and simple summer meals concludes on September 13 with Chef Brandon Scimeca who will prepare his meal with ingredients from Chubby Bunny Farm in Falls Village, CT.
A veteran of Bacchanalia, a 17-year top rated Zagat restaurant, Chef Scimeca is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America after which he worked at Alice Water's Chez Panisse, widely considered the originator of the national farm-to-table movement. Many years before it was commonplace, Scimeca formed his love of seasonality and farmers' markets which informs every aspect of his work, from the daily planning of menus to the ingredients he uses from his own garden. The class will take place in the Noble Horizons Community Room from 11:00 am-Noon. Chefs in the Farm to Table series share preparation techniques that optimize the flavor and ease of cooking meals with seasonal and locally grown ingredients. For further information visitwww.noblehorizons.org
Sunday, September 14, 2014
THE COVERED BRIDGE DINNER
West Cornwall, CT
Cocktail hour at 4pm / Dinner served at 5pm
Join Chef Joel Viehland of Community Table for an exclusive culinary adventure showcasing the farmers, artisans and natural bounty of Cornwall, CT, and the surrounding area. Partial proceeds from this evening will benefit the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department.
The historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge (dating from the mid-1800s) will serve as the setting for this intimate open-air seven-course feast. The experience begins at 4pm with a cocktail hour/champagne reception, followed by a tasting menu of locally sourced and foraged vegetables, meat, and seafood paired with Krug Champagne and Clos Dubreuil, a Grand Cru Bordeaux from Saint-Émilion. Vegetarian options are available on request.
Tickets are limited and available at EventBrite.com. Ticket price includes the cocktail/champagne reception, and full multi-course menu with wine pairings. Transportation will be available from a central location in New York City. For more details about the dinner and transportation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 5 & 6
MILLERTON ARTISAN FAIR
Front Lawn of No. 9 Restaraunt
Main Street, Millerton, NY
Friday 5-9pm. Saturday 10:00am-5pm.
A must go... this annual event is loaded with local talent! Artists and craftspeople fill the lawn at Simmons Way Village Inn to showcase and sell their creations, from hand-blown glass, paintings, jewelry and woven goods to amazing felted animals and hand-made furniture. Stop by on Friday evening and enjoy wine, delicious snacks (by No.9) music and great company while you browse the incredible selection of high-end crafts. Combine your visit to the Millerton Farmer's Market on Saturday with a stop at the fair; something for everyone! This event also benefits the North East Community Center in Millerton, so your support is greatly appreciated. Visit www.facebook.com/MillertonArtisanFair for information and details.
Saturday, September 6th
IT BEGAN WITH BIRDS
In the garden of Alexandra & Frederick Peters on Hamlin Pond
270 Sharon Mountain Road, Sharon, CT
Limited seating - advance tickets only - rain or shine
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Audubon Sharon is honored to welcome composer John Luther Adams, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. A long-time Audubon supporter, John has generously volunteered to share personal insights into his music with us.
Inspired by nature, John's award-winning works are widely performed here and abroad. This spring, Become Ocean had its New York City premiere at Carnegie Hall to three standing ovations. At Lincoln Center in July, 5000 people turned out to hear Sila: The Breath of the World. Alex Ross, of The New Yorker, describes him as "one of the most original musical thinkers of our time." John says of his music, "It began with birds." An engaging and good humored speaker, he will focus on samples from his resonant early composition, songbirdsongs, drawing on the essence of bird song to create a musical experience called "thrilling" and "immersive" by the New York Times. Don't miss this special opportunity to meet and talk with one of the most important and celebrated cultural figures of our time. For more information visit www.sharon.audubon.org
September 6th & 7th
HUDSON VALLEY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is a celebration of the “foodie” lifestyle in New York. With hundreds of wines, craft beers, and dishes from the region’s best restaurants, along with opportunities to purchase specialty foods, fine arts, crafts, home goods, and enjoy demonstrations from celebrity chefs and wine specialists, the event has exploded in popularity over the years. Presented by WineRacks.com, it is sponsored by 100.7 WHUD, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Camping world of the Hudson Valley. The event will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on September 7th (11am-6pm) and September 8th (11am-5pm) in Rhinebeck, New York. For more information visitwww.HudsonValleyWineFest.com
Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm
Michael Berkeley's Musical Revue "No Tune Like a Show Tune: The Golden Age of Broadway!" at Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT
Join Michael Berkeley, Wanda Houston, Heather Holohan, Amy LeBlanc and Frank Fasano in a fast-paced, nostalgic evening celebrating the Golden Age of Broadway with all your show tune favorites. Tickets ($27) may be purchased by phone 860-824-7126, at the door, or online atwww.musicmountain.org
THE SALISBURY FORUM: POLITICAL POLLING – HOW DO THEY DO IT?
The Salisbury School
251 Canaan Road
Douglas Schwartz is the director of the widely respected and often quoted Quinnipiac Poll. Two months before the mid-term elections, Mr. Schwartz will explain how an independent non-partisan poll is conducted. His talk will give us a behind the scenes look at how a poll is constructed, who is called and why and how the results are tabulated. He says his goal is to have people in the audience come away with information they couldn’t get anywhere else. All Salisbury Forum events are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.salisburyforum.org
September 5 & 6
BOOK & TAG SALE
17 Cobble Road
The Noble Horizons Auxiliary is planning their next Book and Tag Sale on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 in the Learning Center. Admission is free from 9 am to 3 pm on both days. Early birds pay $10 from 8 to 9 am on Friday only. In addition to books, a wide variety of furniture, china, glassware, jewelry, linens, and household items will be available. For more information, please contact Joanne Moore at 860-435-9851.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
FOURTH ANNUAL VINTAGE RACE CAR PARADE
The Falls Village Inn
33 Railroad Street
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Vintage Race Car Parade and Falls Village Street Fair, now in its fourth year: More than 120 cars bellow their way through a 17-mile rally route lined with spectators, ending in the fun, food and music – and impromptu car show – of the Street Fair in Falls Village. Lime Rock Park and the Falls Village Inn are encouraging residents and visitors to set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets along the route, then to come to Falls Village and meet the cars and drivers up close and enjoy the party, including live music. There, all the cars will be lined up in a beautiful car show, as the Falls Village Inn hosts a street fair and block party! For more information, visit www.fallsvillageinn.com
August 30, 2014 - September 1, 2014
THE 102nd GOSHEN FAIR
116 Old Middle St. (Rte. 63)
Goshen, CT 06756
Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The 102nd Goshen Fair with livestock judging, draft horse show, woodcutting competition, entertainment, food vendors, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits, and more. This celebration includes an adult spelling bee, fireworks, hay bale toss contest, parade, pie eating contest, and a skillet throw contest. For further information, please visit www.goshenfair.org
Aug 30 @ Sundown
OUTDOOR SCREENING SERIES: SHORT FILM SELECTION
The Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
Join us under the stars on the Gridley Chapel lawn (across from Maxon Mills) for an outdoor screening of the 2014 Summer Festival short film program curated by Short of the Week. For further information and a synopsis of each the shorts visit www.wassaicproject.org
August 24, 2014
MUSIC AT THE WHITE
The White Gallery
344 Main Street
You are cordially invited to join the Hevreh Ensemble in a fundraising concert for their upcoming tour to The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The Hevreh Ensemble was formed in 2001 when Oboist Judith Dansker gathered a group of highly acclaimed musicians to perform a concert for Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington, MA. The ensemble performs original contemporary American compositions by group member and composer Jeff Adler. The works are often inspired by themes from Religious and Racial Tolerance, World Peace and Environmental Sustainability, and combine classical, jazz and world music elements. The wide and varied instrumentation includes the innovative use of Native American Flutes along with: Oboe, Oboe D’amore, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Native American Flutes, World Percussion, Keyboard and Shofar.
The group has performed widely at such places as the Northampton Center for the Arts, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (NYC), The National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, WAMC-Northeast Public Radio, WNPR-CT Public Radio, Synagogue for the Arts- NYC, Harlem School of the Arts and the Hudson River Museum. For further information, please call The White Gallery at (860) 435-2144.
August 13 – 24, 2014
DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
TriArts Sharon Playhouse
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright.
Disney's under the sea musical arrives on the stage! In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature, THE LITTLE MERMAID is fun for the whole family! For further information, showtimes and tickets, call (860) 364-7469 or visit www.triarts.net
August 19-24, 2014
THE DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR
For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 144 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.
The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 160 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. For details and directions, please visit www.dutchessfair.com
July 31, 2014 - August 17, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for our acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.wtfestival.orgor call 413-597-3400.
Sunday August 17th, 2014 between 10:00am-3:00pm
The Tri-State “Buy Local” Festival
Mars Athletic Center
The Hotchkiss School
22 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
This event allows all vendors to showcase their business and see what they have to offer to the community, as well as sell their items. Nearly 2,000 people attend this event for a day of fun, entertainment and information. Admission is FREE and open to the public! Food and beverages will be sold outside under the tent. Fun for the entire family!
Festival includes: Local Business Exhibits - Great Food, including some new food vendors this year - Arts and Crafts, on display and for sale - Entertainment and Musical Performances - A Clown and Face Painter for the kids - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: The Child ID Program. For further information visit www.tristatechamber.com
August 10, 2014 11:00AM to 1:00PM
CHEF AND FARMER BRUNCH
Millerton, NY 12546
Join us at the fourth annual Chef and Farmer Brunch to support the North East Community Center. The Brunch features Farmers Market inspired dishes, tastings and cocktails provided by twenty chefs from local farm-to-table restaurants, wine and beer from local microbreweries including Jacuterie, The Farmer's Wife, John Andrews, Chef's Consortium, Copake Country Club, Number 9, Pine Plains Platter, Route 7 Grill, and Hillrock Distillery. The Chef and Farmer Brunch will again feature a Giving Tree to support NECC’s important food and social service programs for children and families. For further details and information, visit www.neccmillerton.org. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this event!
August 8 - 10, 2014
24th ANNUAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TAG SALE
Mars Athletic Center
A must for everyone! This annual event is the place to find incredible deals on furniture, home décor, tools, sports equipment, and so much more. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut as they promote home ownership by building houses in partnership with residents in need of adequate housing.
Preview Sale - Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm ($10 donation)
Main Sale - Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 9:00 to 3:00pm (Free)
Bag Sale - Sunday, August 10, 2014 from noon-3:00pm (Free)
For further iformer information, visit www.habitatnwct.org
August 8-10, 2014
19th Annual LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756
The jazz festival enters its 19th year this weekend and boasts a cast of Grammy winners, Grammy nominees and a blend of every style of jazz imaginable. Opening Night on Friday begins with a Gala from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. The “Friends Gala” includes private reserve French wines from Vandoren Vineyards, microbrews from Olde Burnside Brewing Company and a variety of foods.
On Saturday, the proceedings start earlier, kicking off at noon with the Carmen Staff Sextet and at 1:45 with the Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Sextet and at 3:30 with Curtis Fuller and Friends. Fuller is an iconic trombonist with a unique backstory. Anthony Strong, British vocalist and pianist, takes the stage at 6 p.m. and saxophonist Kirk Whalum, also a Grammy winner, will cap off the night at 7:45. Whalum performs his “gospel reimagined” with a percussion section and gospel choir that sings in Spanish and a percussion section.
Sunday, the festival again opens at noon with the debut of the Litchfield Jazz Festival Orchestra, performing a tribute to Django Reinhardt both led and arranged by Doug Munro. Mario Pavone Street Songs and The Accordian Project follow at 1:45 p.m. The Jimmy Greene Quartet is at 3:45 p.m. and the Mike Stern Band will perform at 5:30 p.m..
For further information visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com
Thursday, August 7th through Sunday, August 10th
KENT SIDEWALK FESTIVAL
The annual Kent Sidewalk Festival takes place as usual the first full weekend in August ~ Thursday, August 7 through Sunday, August 10. Once again there will be food, sales, music, games and events for all ages. Sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, all of the merchants and service organizations come together to make Kent your best destination in early August. In addition to the great sales at your favorite stores, delicious food and great music, this year will also feature more games and activities for children sponsored by Club Getaway. There will be a bouncy house for little ones, carnival games and crazy Olympics. On Saturday from 4-8, Cruise Night comes to the Kent Green with wonderful vintage cars, a live DJ and a great barbeque provided by the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant featuring chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs. Sunday on the Kent Green will feature an AKC Meet the Breeds where you can learn more about your favorite dogs. For more information contact the Kent Chamber of Commerce at 860-592-0061 or visit www.kentct.org.
Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd
THE WASSAIC PROJECT SUMMER FESTIVAL
The Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a FREE, annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more! Housed in the unique buildings and property of the Wassaic Project, the festival escapes the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances. The festival creates a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers of all mediums to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, camping onsite. Programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly. The beautiful Hamlet of Wassaic is remarkably accessible from NYC and a short walk from the Wassaic MetroNorth train station. Funding for the festival comes from art sales, micro-spending, sponsorship, and donations. For more information, visit www.wassaicproject.org.
July 30, 2014 - August 3, 2014
MILLBROOK HORSE TRIALS
Coole Park Farm
1031 Bangall Amenia Road
Millbrook, NY 12545
Spectator admission is free! There is much to see and do over these 4 days. There are over 500 horses competing and there is a trade fair, food and beverage vendors. You are able to walk the cross country course and watch stadium jumping and dressage from our viewing benches. It is a thrilling experience with all levels competing over the 4 days. At the Millbrook Horse Trials, the rider and horse compete at the division level appropriate to their experience, must participate in three different phases: Dressage, Cross Country, and Stadium Jumping. The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT) is a recognized United States Eventing Association (USEA) Event, and is an important part of a long equestrian tradition in Dutchess County. Recognized among the region's most prestigious annual sporting events, it attracts Olympic-level, world-class competitors from the United States and abroad. Considered the triathlon of the equestrian world, Eventing is a rapidly growing sport. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.millbrookhorsetrials.com
SATURDAY, MAY 30 THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2014
PAINTINGS BY RALPH DELLA VOLPE
The Hotchkiss Library
10 Upper Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
Join us for a celebration of art by Ralph Della-Volpe, an American, post war, modern and contemporary fine art painter. Ralph is the featured artist from May 31 to August 6th at Hotchkiss Library. Opening reception is Saturday, May 31 from 5-7pm. There is a variety ranging from local landscapes, still life and beach scenes.www.hotchkisslibrary.org
August 1, 2 & 3, 2014
26th ANNUAL FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
44 CR 7D
A three-day folk music and dance festival at the foot of the Berkshires!
Located at Dodd's Farm in upstate New York, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is one of the biggest, most well-attended festivals in the U.S. Main stage concerts, all day and into-the-night dancing, craft village, international food court, workshops, song swaps, comedy, spoken word, family stage, activities for kids, over 40 Acts on four stages, emerging artist showcase and on-site camping. 24 hour security and medical tent, free parking, handicapped accessible and ASL interpreted. For more information and tickets call 860-364-0366 or visit www.FalconRidgeFolk.com.
Friday, August 1
18th ANNUAL SHARON SUMMER BOOK SIGNING
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon
10 Upper Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
The annual benefit for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon will feature authors Francine Prose, James Patterson, Deborah Solomon, and many more. More than 30 nationally known and regional authors and illustrators will take part in the 18th Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing under the tents on Friday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 p.m. One of Litchfield County’s most beloved literary events, every year the book signing brings writers of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature to book lovers throughout northwestern Connecticut as well as in neighboring Massachusetts and New York State. This festive fundraiser provides essential financial support for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s mission of encouraging reading and learning. Admission is $30, which includes an open wine bar and summer hors d’oeuvres, and is payable in advance or at the door (Visa and MasterCard accepted). For more information, please visit www.hotchkisslibrary.org or call 860-364-5041.