Best Bets

Best & Cavallaro is fortunate to have a team of real estate professionals who are also “local-happenings” professionals.  Each of us has taken an active role in many local endeavors including charities, arts organizations, land preservation, local government, ambulance services, daycare services, and housing and land trusts to name a few. These activities help us to provide an in-depth knowledge of our community and what is happening in it.  Best Bets is just a small sampling of local events that we recommend and support. 
 

CURRENT EVENTS

   

    From all of us at Best & Cavallaro, may the peace and joy
    of the holidays be with you today and throughout the
    New Year.
 

 

 

 

Saturday December 16, 2017
THE CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS JAZZ BAND
Center On Main  

103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
FVCT.org

6:30 to 8:30PM

The Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Band, an 8 piece jazz ensemble directed by Dylan Vadakin, will be performing songs from the 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas".  Supported by community musicians, artists, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, you can hear classic songs such as "Linus and Lucy", "Skating", and "My Little Drum" as you have never heard them before!  Concert starts at 6:30PM, doors open at 6:00. This event is free and open to everyone, donations accepted.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017
GRUMBLING GRYPHONS 
Scoville Memorial Library

38 Main Street
Salisbury , CT 06068
Scovillelibrary.org
11:00 AM to 12 NOON

Special Story Time: Hanukkah Party Presented by Grumbling Gryphons! We will eat Hanukkah treats, play spin the dreidel with chocolate coins, and listen to some Jewish folktales.  Leslie Elias of the Grumbling Gryphons will help us celebrate Hanukkah using music, masks, and portions of her play "The Magic Dreidel”.  A magic dreidel takes the children on a marvelous journey through time where they learn the story of Hanukkah. “Spin, dreidel, spin!”- The drama unfolds as the dreidel spins, weaving stories and ceremony with a delightful blend of artful magic.  This event is free and open to all.  To learn more about Grumbling Gryphons, please click HERE.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: CONSTANCE OLD
Cornwall Library  
30 Pine Street
Cornwall, CT
CornwallLibrary.com
5:00 PM


From the Artist:  The placards in the “phrases in my head” series are based on phrases that occur to me and that I collect on 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” pieces of paper. I choose a phrase to work with then write a journal entry about the phrase on claybord. The journal entry works as an armature for an underpainting. Once the underpainting is finished, the letterforms are pieced together from stickers (rows of dots in different colors and sizes) that were originally part of a JCrew store window display. I asked the store manager if she might let me have them when the store was finished with them. She said she would love to give them to me, but, she said, “I have to ask corporate.” This was the first placard I made using the stickers from the store window display. Since then I have made over 60 placards, some of which are included in this exhibit. New phrases continue to drift into my head onto pieces of paper, then wait to be made into placards. The exhibit will be on display at the library from December 13, 2017 through January 28, 2018. For more information about Constance Old, click HERE.
 


Sunday, December 17, 2017
CHRISTMAS ANGELICUS   
Salisbury Congregational Church
30 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
Salisburycongregationalchurch.org
4:00 PM

Christmas Angelicus comes to Salisbury Congregational Church Sun, Dec 17 at 4pm. Featuring the pure voices of Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, under the direction of Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, with organist, Vaughen Mauren, it makes Christmas in CT a priceless tradition not to be missed. At the center of the concert are carols, both old and new, along with poignant and cheery readings masterfully delivered by actor John McDonough. Click HERE to purchase tickets: $45 priority, $30 general, $10 student (tickets at the door may be sold-out).


 

CRESCENDO CONCERT

Friday, December 29, 2017 6PM
Saint James Place    
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Saturday, December 30, 2017 3PM
(Snow Date: December 31)
Trinity Church Lime Rock
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

Worldclassmusic.org

Continuing its tradition of an Early Music Holiday Concert the week after Christmas, Crescendo offers festive villancicos, a common poetic and musical form of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, popular from the late 15th to 18th centuries, and highly-developed polyphonic Renaissance Spanish compositions. Composers include Guerrero, Morales, Araujo, Enzina, and Torrejón y Velasco. Directed by Christine Gevert is the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble with soprano Salome Sandoval, accompanied by Renaissance and Andean instruments including guitars, harp, lute and charango. Tickets: $35 general, $60 premium, $10 under 18. To purchase tickets or for further information, click HERE, or call 860-435-4866

 

 

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

SALISBURY FARMERS MARKET
Scoville Memorial Library Lawn
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
Closed for the Winter
Scovillelibrary.org

NEW in 2017!  Thank you for making the first year such a success. Come back in the spring and support your local farmers… It’s your farmers market and you can help make it grow!

 

MILLERTON FARMERS MARKET
Millerton Methodist Church  
Corner of Main & Dutchess
Millerton, NY 12546
Inside: December 2,9,16 & 23
January 13 & 27
10 AM to 2 PM

Millertonfarmersmarket.org

This market is unique for accepting food stamps and WIC checks, as well as offering comparable pricing to supermarkets. The market is sponsored by the North East Community Center, which also distributes fresh farm products through its Fresh Food Pantry and other area food pantries.

We are so lucky to live in an area where our farmers can supply us with fresh seasonal vegetables even when the ground is hard and the snow is high. That's because many Millerton area farmers are extending their growing seasons even when the earth freezes solid thanks to greenhouses and hoop houses — or high tunnels as they're sometimes known. 

Our farmers and vendors are moving inside the Methodist Church and will sell an array of microgreens, root vegetables, and herbs.  Seasonal vegetables such as winter squash, pumpkins, decorative gourds, kohlrabi, onions, shallots, garlic; baking and eating apples are available. Fall season staples such as bacon, maple syrup, spelt bread and spelt baked goods, salad greens, heritage meat, organic grass-fed beef, eggs, cheese, homemade baked delights, pies, local spirits, raw kombucha, vegan Indian food, are also available and so much more! 

 

AMENIA FARMERS MARKET
Amenia Town Hall
Town Hall, 4988 Route 22
Amenia, NY 12501

Inside November through April
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

Ameniafarmersmarket.com

This year-round market takes place indoors when cold, and moves outside when the weather heats up. Offering a wide selection of veggies, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, pastas, honey, prepared foods, baked goods, dog treats, photographs, terrariums, knife sharpening, woolen goods and MORE!  The Market accepts Food Stamps/EBT and FMNP checks for all eligible food items, as well as food plants and seeds. Thanks to generous community support, they will also match a customer’s first $5 in benefits with $5 from the Amenia Farmers’ Market (for as long as funds are available). Credit/debit tokens will be available to all market customers.

 

CORNWALL FARMERS MARKET
Wish House Lawn
Near Covered Bridge
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796
Closed for the Winter
Cornwallfarmmarket.org
Find Us on Facebook!  


Like the town of Cornwall, this market is eclectic and unique!  Here you can look forward to the delicious bread, focaccia, and pizza of Carol Bonci and the baked goods of Heidi Rose. Patrick Beal from Stonewall Vegetables with organic produce and Margaret Tully will have her seedlings, flowers, and herbs. Maple sugar, honey, eggs, and cheese will also be available from local vendors.  Of course, if you aren’t in the market for any of the above, just grab a cup of coffee with Bianca and Richard and enjoy conversing with your neighbors and  friends.  See you in the spring!

 

CORNWALL COOPERATIVE FARM MARKET
Town Green on Pine Street
Across from Town Hall
Cornwall, CT 06753
Closed for the Winter
Cornwallcoopfarmarket.com
Find Us on Facebook!  

The Co-op Market hosts the re­nowned treats of Susan Saccardi and the herbs of Patricia Bram­ley. Hurlburts will be there with their beef and syrup, as will Gordon Ridgway with his many organic veggie options, maple syrup, plants, and flowers. Gordon will also add pork and eggs to his “menu” this season. You can also expect to see Mark Orth from Birdseye Brook Farm. And, for even more amuse­ment besides chatting with your neigh­bors, Susan Saccardi and Patricia Bramley have lined up a host of varied performers to entertain on selected market days. See you in the spring!

 

NORFOLK FARMER'S MARKET & CRAFT FAIR
Town Hall
19 Maple Avenue
Norfolk, CT 06058
Closed for the Winter

Norfolkfarmersmarket.org

Find fresh vegetables and fruit, herbs, mushrooms, cut flowers and plants; local meats, chickens, cheeses and eggs, all sorts of breads and baked goods, honey and maple syrup, jams, jellies and pickles, handmade wares of every description and an array of wonderful foods to take home or eat on the spot for breakfast, lunch or supper. Live music every Saturday and special events (including chef demos!) add to the ambiance. Just follow the signs to 19 Maple Avenue, one block north of Route 44. The Farmers Market accepts food stamps, WIC checks, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks - they want to ensure that the produce is accessible to all. The market runs, rain or shine… see you there!

 

 

PAST BEST BETS

December 9 & 10, 2017
14th ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET

Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Saturday: 10AM to 5PM & Sunday: 10AM to 4PM

Artisansale.org

Shop locally this holiday season! The 14th annual Holiday Artisans Market is back with jewelry, pottery, organic skin care, woodwork, leather goods, fiber arts, gourmet food, weaving, fresh and dried greens and more! The Artisans Group is a collective of artists and crafts people from the Tri-State Area who show and market their work in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. Come out, shop locally and support our local artisans! Click HERE for details and a list of participating vendors. 
 


Saturday, December 9, 2017
FLASH ART EXHIBIT
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Huntlibrary.org

On December 9, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host its 7th annual popular year-end flash art exhibit and reception.  Imitated by many but never surpassed in quality, 12X12 2017 features original artworks by 76 local artists, all in a 12” x 12” format, priced at $100 each, and sold off-the-wall.  Works will be replaced on the wall as they are sold.  Remaining art will be on display through Saturday, December 30. A portion of all art sales will benefit the library. For more information, including a complete list of participating artists, call (860) 824-7424 or click HERE. The reception with refreshments is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017
LESSONS AND CAROLS
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Hotchkiss.org

The 58th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Chapel. This traditional service of Christmas readings and choral music features the Hotchkiss Chorus led by faculty member Jack Brown. They will be assisted by Joe Rose, guest organist, with faculty member Teresa Mango playing the harp. Hotchkiss Chaplain and faculty member Lou Pressman will lead the service. The chorus will sing a variety of classic a cappella carols as well as contemporary settings from English and American composers. The audience is invited to join in singing several traditional carols throughout the program. Following tradition, the evening closes with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. The audience for this event includes students, faculty, staff, family and community members. There is no admission charge, however seating is limited, so please arrive early to ensure a seat. For more information on this and other arts events at The Hotchkiss School click HERE or call 860-435-4423.

 

Friday December 1 – Sunday December 3, 2017
A MUSICAL HOLIDAY 
Center On Main

103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031

FVCT.org

A Celebration of Youth, Joy, and the Spirit of the Season directed by Michael Berkeley!  A Holiday Musical Revue featuring students age 7 - 18 performing multi-cultural seasonal favorites.  This hour long performance is sure to put a twinkle in your eye and warmth in your heart during this busy holiday season. Event Cost: $5.00 online debit or credit, onsite cash or checkClick HERE to purchase.  Show times are Friday - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM & Sunday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017
SWSA SKI SWAP & SALE
Lakeville Hose Company
4 Brook Street
Lakeville, CT 06039
Jumpfest.org
8 to 11 AM

Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s popular Ski & Skate Swap is back!  New and used winter sports gear at great prices! Residents can bring equipment to be sold Friday, December 1, from 4 to 7 PM. No equipment will be accepted on Saturday. As always, the sale on Saturday will run from 8AM to 11AM. From 11AM to noon, residents can pick up their money or unsold equipment. Any remaining equipment after noon Saturday will become the property of SWSA.

Equipment eligible for sale includes downhill skis, boots and poles; cross country skis, boots and poles; ice skates, snowboards and boots and snow shoes. No clothing please. There will also be a quantity of new ski equipment for sale at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Salisbury Central School’s downhill ski program. Check SWSA’s website (click HERE) for more details.

 

Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, December 2, 2017
FESTIVAL OF TREES 
Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Noblehorizons.org

The Noble Horizons Auxiliary is busy organizing the 21st annual Festival of Trees. This year’s event will start on Saturday, November 18 and conclude with a Gala Party on Saturday, December 2. It will be open every day from noon to 4 PM; late nights will be Thursday and Friday until 6 PM.

This year’s theme is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and visitors will enjoy seeing a magical display of trees, wreaths, and centerpieces created by individuals, students, merchants, and organizations in the Tri-State area. All of these holiday decorations will be offered for purchase in a silent auction which runs throughout the two-week event. In addition to enjoying the displays, visitors will be able to buy raffle tickets for toys, and the Loving Tree will hold gift certificates for special services, such as haircuts and manicures, for lucky Noble Horizons residents. Admission is free.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017
SALISBURY TREE LIGHTING 
White Hart Inn

Salisbury, CT 06068

Please join the Town of Salisbury for our annual Tree Lighting event at the White Hart Inn. Santa will be there from  4 PM - 5:30 PM, tree lighting and caroling with the Salisbury Band and Hot Chocolate Society will start around 5:15-5:30 PM, followed by the wonderful Parade of Lights, with even more vehicles to be expected this year! Cocoa and homemade holiday cookies will be provided by the White Hart and other local businesses.  The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will once again take photos of the children with Santa and put them into a Christmas ornament which they can take home.  This wonderful event brings our community together and celebrates the very special place that we call home.

 

Friday & Saturday, November 24 & 25, 2017
KENT CHAMPAGNE STROLL
Town of Kent, CT 06757
KentCT.com
4PM to 8PM

As nostalgic as a Currier and Ives lithograph, so is the town of Kent, CT during the holidays. What better way to experience the town than to come to the Fifth Annual Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll! Shops will stay open until 8:00 PM for your shopping convenience!

Considered the benchmark for all holiday strolls, the town of Kent will offer 30 shops serving 30 champagnes and bubblies, and offering 30 different promotions and sales. Kent has distinctive shops operated by the owners themselves. You can find everything from stylish clothing, teas and coffees, jewelry to cowboy boots. Many of the shops are featuring special sales and promotional events. At the end of the evening, strollers are invited to stay and enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the nights of the event.  Please click HERE to purchase.

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Mahaiwe.org
4:00 PM

The Mahaiwe continues its annual traditional screening of The Wizard of Oz over Thanksgiving weekend. Join Dorothy and her eccentric band of friends gathered along the way across Oz, a curious world far from her home Kansas. This 1939 fantasy is a celebrated staple in American culture. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling the Box Office at (413) 528-0100.

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017
JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL 
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
Jacobspillow.org
8:00 PM

Australian choreographer Lee Serle presents a hands-on theater and sculpture work-in-progress that explores consumerism and individualism at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. In collaboration with Colombian visual artist Mateo López and Lebanese theater director Maya Zbib, this exploration exemplifies Serle’s dedication to creating work in varied context and forms. As Protégé in Dance for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Serle’s work is greatly influenced by his mentorship with Trisha Brown, one of the seminal and most inventive American choreographers of the 21st century.  Tickets $10 - $30, purchase by clicking HERE, or call (413) 243-0745.

 

November 9 through 12, 2017
CINDERELLA  
Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
November 9 - 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM
November 12 at 2:30 PM

Hotchkiss.org

Music is by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The production will be directed by Marcus Olson, instructor in theatre at The Hotchkiss School. The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association production will delight audience members of nearly all ages (it is not recommended for infants or toddlers). "Students have been working very hard to make this magical, ageless tale come to life," says Marcus Olson.  All performances take place in Walker Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. Cash or check only: buy at the door. No reservations necessary. The November 12 matinee performance will benefit Harvey, Irma, and Maria hurricane relief via AMERICARES, a nonprofit disaster relief and global health organization based in Stamford, CT.

 

RESCHEDULED to Sunday, November 5, 2017
AUDUBON KIDS’ DAY
Sharon Audubon
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Sharonaudubon.org       

Join Audubon Sharon for their annual Audubon Kids' Day! Enjoy a fun autumn afternoon at the Center on Sunday, November 5, from 12 - 3 PM.  The festivities will include: carnival-type games, kids’ crafts, live animals/petting zoo from The Nature of Things, a hay bale maze, hay wagon shuttles, professional face painting and glitter tattoos, a large leaf pit for jumping, balloon twisting, a magic show, and good food—such as burgers, hot dogs, apple cider, and homemade goodies. Fun for young children and the entire family! Children are encouraged to come in costume and join in the costume parade around the Center grounds at approximately 2:30 PM.  Admission: $20 per car, rain or shine, ideal for children Pre-K to 3rd grade.  For more information click HERE or contact the Sharon Audubon Center at 860-364-0520.

 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
HAUNTED MILL & MONSTER’S BALL
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
Wassaicproject.org

Equal parts spooky, enchanting, creepy, and fanciful! Immerse yourself in the annual Haunted Mill, where artists have transformed the towering Maxon Mills into an exciting Halloween experience. The Kids’ Haunted Mill from 3 to 5 PM (K-6 grade) will have family-friendly Halloween festivities, including: hay rides, a costume contest, face painting, snacks, carnival activities, a Haunted house on the porch by NECC Teen Team Leadership program… and MORE! Be sure to stop by and meet a live owl from Audubon Sharon between 3 and 4 PM. Bring the family through Maxon Mills tower for a family-friendly version of the spooky Haunted Mill!

The Adult Haunted Mill is open from 5 to 9 PM for teens and older. We dare you to venture up the winding staircases of Maxon Mills for seven floors of thrills and chills!  At 9 PM, the party continues into the evening at the Monster’s Ball at the Lantern with live music by Breastfist and DJ sets. Come prepared to impress in your Halloween costume! Click HERE for RSVP & Tickets. (NOTE: Monster’s Ball tickets must be purchased in advance unless you’re a local resident. If you’re a local resident (zipcode 12592), bring proof of your address the night of the event for a $5 ticket! Kids 17 and under are free)

 

Saturday,October 28, 2017
7th ANNUAL APPLE PIE BAKE-OFF
FALL FUN DAY @ MILLERTON FARMERS MARKET
Millerton Methodist Church
Corner of Main & Dutchess
Millerton, NY 12546
9 AM to 1 PM
Millertonfarmersmarket.org

The North East Community Center will feature its 7th Annual Apple Pie Bake-off!  Bring the kids for games, donut eating, and more! For our Apple Pie Bake-off, enter your very best apple pie or dessert. Extra points if you use local apples! Call Jackie Osnato (518-789-4250) at NECC by October 21st to register. Winner will receive a great farmer's market prize. 

 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
HABITAT HARVEST

The Green Barn at Stillwaters Farm
114 Housatonic River Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

habitatnwct.org

You Sip, We Hammer! Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut is keeping tradition alive with its biennial wine and beer tasting fundraiser. Come taste the finest in wines from the Americas, or sip some great local brews and teas, along with culinary delights to complement beverages. The Connecticut Wine and Beer Tasting Event will also feature both a live and silent auction, and great music. Visit habitatnwct.org for details and to purchase tickets. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this event!

 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA @ 6:00 PM

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Trinity Church
484 Limerock Road
Lakeville, CT  @ 4:00 PM

Worldclassmusic.org

CRESCENDO OPENS ITS 2017-18 SEASON WITH BAROQUE & RENAISSANCE MUSIC! Crescendo’s first concert of its 2017-18 season celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther - his revolutionary music and words in settings of German Renaissance and Baroque motets, choruses and chorales. All of the works performed are based on eight of Luther’s most famous chorales and span a period of 200 years. The concert program will feature a variety of styles - from simple chorale settings to elaborate polyphonic cantata choruses, Renaissance motets, duets, and double-choir compositions. Among those represented in our program are Schütz, Telemann, Praetorius, and Walther - all culminating with those of Johann Sebastian Bach. Performers: Crescendo Chorus and Vocal Ensemble, sopranos Jennifer Tyo (Lakeville) and Sarah Fay (New Milford), and tenor Philip Anderson (New York), Chris Belluscio (Boston), natural trumpet and cornetto, Emily Hale (Boston), baroque violin, Hideki Yamaya (New Haven), the orbo, Jane Hershey (Boston), viola da gamba and violone, and Michael Sponseller (Boston), organ. Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct.  Click HERE for further information and to purchase tickets (on-line or at the door).

 

Sunday, October 29, 2017
THE 41st ANNUAL KENT PUMPKIN RUN
41 Kent Green Blvd 
Kent, CT 06757

Kentpumpkinrun.com

The festivities begin with a Kids Fun Run @ 11:15 AM followed by the 5 mile run / walk at noon. The spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts and finishes at Kent Green in front of Town Hall. Join the festivities at the start /finish area – music, refreshments, face painting, Halloween fun and much more. Post Race party for all!

Conquering the Cobble . . . .  in a costume!  Last year’s race witnessed a record number of costume-clad runners.  We’re looking to build upon that success this year by encouraging runners to wear a costume.  If your “not so blistering pace” isn’t fast enough to land you a spot on the podium, your creativity just may be the ticket.  In celebration of our 41st running, we plan to recognize the most creative costume-clad runners at our Awards Ceremony.  In addition, a variety of gift certificates, courtesy of local merchants, will be awarded.

Help Support the Kent Food Bank and Julia’s Wings Foundation - We encourage all participants and spectators to bring non-perishable donations to support the great work of our Official Charitable Beneficiary, The Kent Food Bankas they prepare for their busiest time of year.  Donations can be dropped off at the Davis IGA during Race Week, or at the start/finish area on RaceDay.  We also encourage you to support Team Julia’s Wings.  The Julia’s Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of providing financial assistance to families of children with aplastic anemia so they don’t have to suffer through their disease alone. 

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
SPEAKER SERIES: JUSTIN SPRING
The White Hart Inn

15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
6 to 7 PM

White Hart Speaker Series 

The White Hart Speaker Series presents Justin Spring - The Gourmand’s Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy.  In his new biography Justin Spring focuses on the most joyful, exciting, formative, and dramatic moments in the lives of six pre-eminent writers, many of which were intimately connected to the exploration and discovery of fine French food and drink.

Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures. Liebling was a great war correspondent, reporter, and humorist who opens Spring’s narrative by sweeping into Paris with the French and Allied forces in August 1944; Toklas was Gertrude Stein’s life partner who reinvented herself at age seventy-five as a cookbook author; Fisher was a sensualist storyteller and fabulist; Child was a cookbook author, America’s greatest television food celebrity, and the reinventor of the dinner party; Lichine was an ambitious wine merchant who, through an astounding series of risk-taking ventures, became the leading importer of French wines in America; and Olney was a reclusive but freewheeling artist who reluctantly evolved into one of the foremost American writers on French cuisine and French wine.

Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.  Click HERE to RSVP (required). This event is FREE.

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017
16th ANNUAL AUCTION IN THE VILLAGE
A Benefit for the David M. Hunt Library
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village CT 06031
Huntlibrary.org

This year’s Auction in the Village will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Ciesco Catering Company, music by Vance Cannon, and live auctioneer Betsy Howie.  Wine, beer, cider and sparkling water will be served.

The Silent Auction, between 5PM and 7 PM, will include local restaurant gift certificates, accessories for the home and garden including a snow blower, yoga sessions, ceramics, theater passes, books and more.

The Live Auction, beginning at 7:15 PM sharp, includes events in travel, home improvement, and dining.  Travel features include a two-night stay with champagne and breakfast at the exclusive Standard Hotel on New York City’s High Line in the trendy Meatpacking District, or three nights in a private renovated Brooklyn brownstone in Carroll Gardens.  For the home: a garden package inclusive of 8 hours service by Penelope & Lloyd, a gift certificate from Wards and a stone planter by Steve Fitch.  For surprises: a dinner for four at the Falls Village Inn or a private plane flight for three with pilot and Berkshire Aviation president Rick Solan to Nantucket, lunch included.  Best & Cavallaro Real Estate is a proud sponsor of this wonderful community event! Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door on the day of the event.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the library at 860-824-7424, by clicking HERE, or by stopping by the library at 63 Main Street in Falls Village.

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017
THE LITTLE GUILD RUN & WAG 5K
Cornwall Town Hall
Pine Street
Cornwall, CT

Littleguild.org

“The Connecticut Doggie Cup” - This 4th annual benefit race follows a fast and scenic 5k course open to avid racers and weekend warriors alike. Run or Walk with your dog and see if you can win the title as CT's Fastest Human/Dog Team. Walk this beautiful course through Cornwall Valley, one of Northwest CT's most scenic areas. The winner will be crowned as the fastest dog/human running team in Connecticut with divisional prizes for the four different dog weight and size divisions. There will also be awards to the top solo runners and divisional awards for the human age groups as well. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis in their efforts to save, rescue, and shelter animals in need. Please click HERE for further information, details and registration. There will also be live music, select vendors, a farmers market, seasonal food and family activities.  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this amazing event. Don’t just come for the run… come for the fun!

 

October 6 through 9, 2017
The 62nd Annual Salisbury Fall Festival 
Salisbury, CT 06068

Salisburyfallfestival.org

Visit Salisbury on Columbus Day Weekend! Browse Main Street for attic treasures, global crafts, and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages' churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show. Purchase delicious homemade baked goods and learn how to make bread. Visit the many booths along the street and stop in the local shops for special sales. Enjoy hot dogs, Greek pastries, baked potatoes with toppings, chili and cornbread, mac 'n cheese, Central American specialties, and a prime rib dinner. Look for local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, textiles, and crafts. Cast your vote in the Scarecrow Contest. Bring the kids! They'll enjoy magic shows, hay rides, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and crafts. On Sunday enjoy the annual pancake breakfast, and end the weekend at the Brew Ski Fest up at the ski jumps with gorgeous views of the Litchfield Hills and Berkshire Mountains. Many stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants will be offering sidewalk sales throughout the Festival. And don’t miss a special performance by The Joint Chief’s right here on the Best & Cavallaro lawn! For a schedule of activities, click HERE.    

 

Saturday, October 7, 2017
FALL FEST FAMILY 5K WALK/RUN 
Salisbury, CT

Salisburyfallfestival.org

On Saturday, October 7, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), with underwriting support from the Northwest Corner Prevention Network, will host a family 5K cross-country walk/run as part of the Salisbury Fall Festival.  The timed race begins and ends at the famed ski jump in downtown Salisbury.  Our goal is to have the race accessible to all ages and abilities and the course will follow the beautiful rail trail connecting Salisbury and Lakeville. Registration tents located at the foot of the ski jump will open at 8 AM with the race starting promptly at 9 AM. The cost of the event is by donation only!  

 

Saturday, September 30, 2017
ARTIST RECEPTION: Susan Hellman 
“Simply Cornwall”
Opening Reception: 3 PM – 6 PM   
The Souterrain Gallery @ The Wish House
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall CT 06796
Souterraingallery.com

Come join us at The Souterrain Gallery to welcome featured artist Susan Hellmann!  Susan’s interest in art began at a young age. “My home environment was a breeding ground for a developing artist. There was always some creative activity in the mix at home. Both my parents were very resourceful and influenced my skill set greatly.” Susan’s paintings reflect the beautiful landscape, farmland and nature that characterize the unique town of Cornwall. The show will be on display through November 18, 2017. Click HERE for information.



Friday, September 22, 2017
THE SALISBURY FORUM
STEVE COLL on "Journalism in the Age of Trump"
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
7:30 PM
Salisburyforum.org

The Salisbury Forum welcomes Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School, Author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.

Steve Coll is the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. The following year, he joined The New Yorker, where he has written on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media. 

Coll is the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, published in 2004, for which he received an Overseas Press Club Award and a Pulitzer Prize.  His most recent book on ExxonMobil won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Award as the best business book of 2012. 



Saturday, September 23, 2017
CELEBRATING PHOTOGRAPHER ANNE DAY
Salisbury School
Tremaine Gallery
251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Salisburyfamilyservices.org


Salisbury Family Services Celebrates Salisbury resident Anne Day: Anne Day has had an impressive career as a photojournalist, portrait and architectural photographer. Anne has photographed some of the most important events in recent history including Nelson Mandela the day he came home after his long incarceration, six Presidential Inaugurations, Hillary Clinton delivering her nomination acceptance speech last July, the 2017 Women’s March in Washington and much more. She won the Arthur Ross Award in 2016 for her architectural photography as principal photographer for five books on classical architecture. Anne has been reconstructing three decades of work that survived a devastating fire at her home in 2013, and will be displaying some images she was able to save alongside her most recent photos at the Tremaine Gallery. She will also share some adventures experienced while recording the history of our times. The Art Show, Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres will be at the Tremaine Gallery starting at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $35. Please click HERE to purchase tickets, see the event details, or to make a donation to Salisbury Family Services.



Sunday, September 24, 2017
CROP HUNGER WALK

Housatonic Valley Regional High School
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031

Registration: 1:00 PM
Walk: 1:30 PM
Walk Distance: 5 - 10 miles
Crophungerwalk.org

34th Annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk: Since 1983, over 8,000 participants in the Northwest Corner have helped raise funds to address hunger both globally and at home.  At 1:30 PM walkers will begin their journey along the scenic Housatonic River beginning on Lime Rock Station Road. Walkers, strollers, and joggers can choose routes ranging from a quarter mile to 10 miles—or any distance in between, with refreshments stops along the route.

CROP Hunger Walks support grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, up to 25 percent of funds raised from the Northwest Connecticut Walk is allocated to hunger-fighting programs in our own local community via the Northwest Connecticut Food Bank. The Food Bank provides food vouchers and gift certificates to area grocery stores for those in need. These walks provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs. In the past 30 years, individuals and teams from churches, schools, and other organizations that participated in the Northwest Connecticut CROP Walk raised over $732,000. Almost $200,000 has been allocated to alleviate hunger in the local area.

For more information or to register, click HERE or contact Rev. Heidi Truax of Trinity Episcopal Church at 860-435-2627, revheiditruax@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017
ANNUAL VINTAGE RACE & SPORTS CAR PARADE
FALLS VILLAGE STREET FESTIVAL 
Lakeville, Salisbury & Falls Village, CT
4:00 PM Start from Lime Rock Park

Limerockhistorics.com

Grab your lawn chair, your friends and family and come on out to cheer on the car parade! The Thursday Vintage Race & Sports Car Parade is one of the most popular events to kick off Lime Rock Park’s annual Historic Festival.  Starting at 4:00 PM at the Lime Rock track, more than 185  great cars "rally" a 17-mile route on the local roads, including driving through the heart of Lakeville and Salisbury where parade-watchers have been waiting in anticipation. About an hour after the start, the parade of cars arrives in Falls Village for the Street Fair, featuring live music, entertainment, local vendors, great food, and hundreds of cars on display on the village green.  For the Historic Festival Weekend, current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces with any proof of service are admitted free. Thank you for your service!  For the entire weekend schedule and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.  Entrant proceeds will benefit The Corner Food Pantry in Lakeville, CT.

 

September 2 through 4, 2017
105th ANNUAL GOSHEN FAIR
Goshen Fairgrounds
116 Old Middle Street, Route 63
Goshen, CT 06756
Goshenfair.org

Don’t miss out on this major agricultural fair!  The annual Litchfield County celebration includes an adult spelling bee, fireworks, hay bale toss contest, parade, pie eating contest, a skillet throw contest, live bands, a petting zoo and children's shows, truck and tractor pulls, rides, great food and entertainment, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits, and more endless fun for the whole family.  All just a short drive away!  Click HERE for all of the details.

 

August 22 through August 27, 2017
THE DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR  
6636 Route 9 (GPS)
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Dutchessfair.com

For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, NY, plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State, it 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 become an entertainment destination where big-name talent can be enjoyed, and “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 170 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Click HERE for all of the details!



Saturday, August 26, 2017
GRILLSDALE 
Roeliff Jansen Park
116 Old Route 22
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Grillsdale.com

GRILLSDALE RETURNS TO HILLSDALE’S ROE JAN PARK ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 26! THRILLS, GRILLS & MUSIC IN THE HILLS…FLAME ON!

Back for its second year is one of the most tantalizing evenings of food and music in Columbia County’s summer: GRILLSDALE 2017, a friendly competitive grilling event that proudly spotlights the bounty of Columbia and Dutchess Counties, and the Southern Berkshires. Set against the gorgeous rolling hills at Roeliff Jansen Park’s Hilltop Barn, attendees can enjoy the sunset while sampling their way through an all-inclusive food and drink menu with live music by three bands performed atop a huge 18-wheeler Herrington’s flat-bed truck. A real modern hootenanny featuring a craft beer tent, a judged competition of grilled small plates by top local chefs, plus live entertainment, GRILLSDALE 2017 returns last year’s winning formula, with a few new surprises on tap.  Click HERE for all of the details.  If you're looking for a fun Saturday night in the country (rain or shine), this is it!

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Scoville Memorial Library Lawn
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

It’s the good ole summertime with Salisbury’s own brass band.  There’s no better way to get that real old time ambience  than by sitting under the maples in front of the 19th century iconic Scoville Library building, and having an ice cream social while listening the the raucus cacophony of the Salisbury Band. Bring a blanket and your own refreshments, food and relax. Music and ice cream provided. Enjoy!

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Music Mountain
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
Musicmountain.org

Celebrate the Great American Songbook with Michael Berkeley & Friends: Maria B. Hickey, Amy LeBlanc, Frank Fasano, and Wanda L. Houston. The 1920s-1950s were a heyday for American songwriters as they delighted theatre and movie audiences - Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, Harold Arlen, The Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, and so many more.  Hope you enjoy these classics as much as we have!

“No Tune Like A Show Tune” is a small troupe created by Michael Berkeley several years ago.  Wanda Houston, Amy LeBlanc, and Frank Fasano have been a part since the beginning and they were thrilled to add Maria Hickey last year.  There will be a Pre-Concert Theme Dinner at the Falls Village Inn; dinner at 5:00 PM and concert at 6:30 PM. Dinner & Concert : $70, concert only: $30 (dinner reservations must be made no later than Friday, August 25). For tickets, reservations and information, click HERE, or call (860) 824-7126.

 

August 4 through 20, 2017 
THE MUSIC MAN
Sharon Playhouse Mainstage
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Sharonplayhouse.org

In 1957, Meredith Willson's The Music Man opened on Broadway and the rest is history. To celebrate its 60th anniversary as an American classic, the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience The Music Man as you've never seen it. The story of a lovable conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant.  To purchase tickets or for further information, click HERE, or call (860) 364-7469, ext. 201.

 

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
THE ROSE ALGRANT SHOW 
Trinity Conference Center
79 Lower River Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796

Rosealgrantartshow.org
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The ever-talented Cornwall artists never fail to dazzle, inspire, and impress! Now in its 58th year, The Rose Algrant Show will exhibit the work of well known and well on their way artists. This year's funds will support the Cornwall Library, so come one, come all, and enjoy art and refreshments at the opening reception!

Over the years, the creative circle of Algrant friends has flourished from the original nine to now more than fifty artists living in Cornwall. On view will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, film, jewelry, rugs, linens, woodcarving and photography, just to name a few. The exhibition will be held along the Housatonic River in the lovely Butler Hall of Trinity Conference Center, with the opening party – a summer social highlight – kicking off the arts celebration on Friday, August 11, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The exhibition continues on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, August 13, 10:00 AM to NOON. Click HERE for the details.

 

Friday, August 4, 2017
THE SHARON SUMMER BOOK SIGNING
10 Upper Main Street    
Sharon, CT 06069
Sharonbooksigning.weebly.com
 

Children’s Book Signing - 4:30 to 5:30 PM (FREE)
Adult Book Signing: 6 to 8 PM  ($40 per ticket)

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s Summer Book Signing is the historic town library’s primary annual fundraiser. Proceeds further its mission of promoting literacy throughout the community. Thirty authors come together to sign their latest hardcover books for hundreds of ticketed book lovers from neighboring towns in Northwest Connecticut, the Hudson Valley, and the Berkshires. The festive evening, under tents on the library grounds adjacent to the beautiful Sharon Green, has become one of the area’s most anticipated summer events and is made possible by the hard work of a large crew of dedicated volunteers. The book signing kicks off a big weekend in Sharon, with the Sharon Green Arts and Crafts Show held on Saturday. For more information about attending the Book Signing, please contact Nicole Thornton at nicrthornton@gmail.com, click HERE or call the Hotchkiss Library at 860-364-5041.

 

Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6, 2017
HABITAT ANNUAL TAG SALE
The Salisbury School Dome
251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Habitatnwct.org

This year’s Tag Sale will be bigger than ever!  Through the generosity of The Salisbury School, Habitat will present the Summer Tag Sale at The Salisbury School Dome.  The Tag Sale will have Preview Day on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – this has a $10.00 admission.  The Main Sale will be on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and admission is FREE!  On Sunday, August 6th we will have the Bag Sale from Noon (12:00 PM) to 3:00 PM, and again admission is FREE!

 

August 4 through 6, 2017
A WEEKEND IN NORFOLK
Many Venues in Town

Norfolk, CT 06058
Weekendinnorfolk.org

A Weekend in Norfolk! Music, art and nature come together for three exciting days. Everyone in town's getting together to welcome you with a wonderful variety of things to do. Hear world-class music, explore the beautiful woodlands. Enjoy art everywhere, then treat yourself to a self-guided tour of Norfolk's historic houses. Shop the farmers market, play fun family games, go bird watching, admire the beautiful stained glass windows, the list goes on. In between, you can stay in one of Norfolk’s fine bed and breakfasts, eat at one or more of the lively restaurants or go shopping downtown. Come by yourself or bring your family and friends. Whatever your pleasure, Norfolk always welcomes you! For event details, click HERE, or call (860) 542-5829.

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017
58TH ANNUAL SHARON ON THE GREEN

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR  
Sharon Town Green
Sharon, CT 06069
10 AM to 5 PM

The beautiful and historic Sharon Town Green offers a great venue for this show. Stroll the green, find wonderful hand crafted gifts, demonstrations, one-of-a-kind creations, visit with friends and eat scrumptious food. More than 100 craftspeople, artists and artisans from near, far and wide make this event a must attend show! For more information please contact Matt Mette at 860-364-1400.
 

Thursday, July 27,  - Saturday, July 29, 2017
KENT PRESENTS

Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT 06757

KentPresents.org

It’s the exciting Ideas Festival, Kent Presents! The mission of KentPresents is to share and disseminate great ideas, and support local charities that serve people in need. Join us for opportunities to relax, regroup and to circulate informally with speakers and fellow attendees at coffee breaks, cocktail parties and meals.

The event will include interviews, panel discussions, conversations and Oxford-style debates. Topics include Alzheimer's disease, art, China, economics, dance, education, energy, environment, Europe, food, global issues, healthcare, incarceration, income inequality, literature, mass incarceration, medicine and health, Middle East, national affairs, North Korea, performing arts, politics, racial divide, Russia, Supreme Court, science and technologies breakthroughs, tax policy, Trump report card… and many more. KentPresents has a distinguished 29-member Board of Advisers, including such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Jasper Johns, Henry Kissinger and Harold Varmus. For further information including how to register and a list of presenters and topics, click HERE.
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017
12th ANNUAL JANE LLOYD CLAMBAKE

Satre Hill (Ski Jump)
Salisbury, CT 06068
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

thejanelloydfund.org

You know its summer when The Clambake is here! Join us for the 12th Annual Traditional New England Clambake to benefit The Jane Lloyd Fund.  One ticket will include a lobster, steamers, raw bar, clam chowder, potatoes, corn on the cob and one beverage.  There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts available for purchase.  There will be a Music Circle with Eliot Osborn & Friends, a raffle for the “Giant Lobster”, and of course, the giant ice tub for the brave to bathe in.  Tickets are $55 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling Tanya Tedder at (860) 435-9661 or Donna Lloyd Stoetzner at (860) 824-5493, or online by clicking HERE.  Lobsters and clams will be served promptly at 4:00 - come early and enjoy the festivities.  Click HERE for more information about the Jane Lloyd Fund.



July 5 - 16, 2017

CANAAN RAILROAD DAYS
Canaan, CT 06018

Canaanrailroaddays.com

Canaan Railroad Days is proud to be celebrating its 53rd year in bringing an amazing festival to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.  Street vendors, tons of activities and contests for kids and grown ups, great food, deals and sales at local businesses, live music, a parade, railroad history… the list is endless! The YMCA Canaan Road Race event invites you to have fun participating in 5 Km Run, 3.1 Km Adult walk and 1 mile Kid’s. All proceeds benefit the YMCA charitable services which provide financial assistance to individuals and families who cannot afford membership and program fees. Register online by clicking HERE. And of course, the fireworks at this event never disappoint! Bring your lawn chairs to Lawrence Field and watch as the sky lights up on Saturday, June 15. Canaan welcomes you and your family to help celebrate this historic and fun-filled festival.  There are too many events and activities to name, so please click HERE for the complete schedule of events.  See you there!

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017
FALLS VILLAGE CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
34 Railroad Street
Falls Village, CT 06031

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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A really big show in a really small town! Muscle cars, antiques, street rods, race cars, exotics, trucks, bikes, and more! Located in a quaint village center just minutes from Lime Rock Racetrack. We will have yummy food, vendors and displays, live music and more! This event is free to spectators.  For information about participant registration, click HERE. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department.  8th Year Special Guests: original truck and cast from Sanford & Son! Benefits Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department and sponsored by our friends at Jacobs Garage, The Falls Village Inn, Toymakers Café.

 

Saturday, June 10 through July 9, 2017
HOUSATONIC CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT
Souterrain Gallery at The Wish House
413 Sharon Goshen Tnpk, (Rte 128)
West Cornwall, CT, 06796

Housatoniccameraclub.com
Souterraingallery.com

The Housatonic Camera Club (now in its 58th year!) is composed of members from communities in the tri-state area (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York) who meet to share their love of photography, their experiences, travels, and expertise, and to educate one another and the public. Members - beginners, advanced amateurs, and professionals - work in prints, film, digital, color, and black and white mediums. The Housatonic Camera Club will be exhibiting in the Souterrain Gallery from June 10 through July 9. The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, June 10, from 3 to 6 PM.

The Souterrain Gallery is a fixture of the Wish House Store that features artwork by locals from the quaint village of West Cornwall just a short walk from the famous Covered Bridge. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.  Call (860) 672-2969 or click HERE for further information.

 

June 9 through 25, 2017
MINOR CHARACTER: 
Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time
Sharon Playhouse Bok Gallery
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Sharonplayhouse.org

Straight from the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, Brooklyn's most innovative theater company, New Saloon, comes to the Sharon Playhouse with MINOR CHARACTER, an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. An irreverent mashup of six English-language translations of Uncle Vanya – from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate’s whack results – is a kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's tragic comedy. Each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations, in an athletic attempt to say one true thing. Created by New Saloon (Morgan Green, Madeline Wise, and Milo Cramer), Directed by Morgan Green, Dramaturgy by Elliot B. Quick and Composed by Deepali Gupta. Tickets are $30/35 and may be purchased by clicking HERE.  Best & Cavallaro is a proud supporter of the Sharon Playhouse.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017
LET THEM EAT CAKE
The Sharon Historical Society
18 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sharonhist.org

On Friday June 30th, the Sharon Historical Society & Museum will host the beloved fund raising event, “Let Them Eat Cake!” live cake auction and cocktail party. Held on the grounds of the Historical Society in Sharon, guests to the party and auction will enjoy hors d’oeurves and an open bar, and have the opportunity to bid on cakes designed, baked and donated by your friends and neighbors. Past events have been enormously popular, with the fun of laugh-out-loud “bidding wars” and friendly goading from the sidelines! Tickets to the event are $45 per person in advance, and $55 at the door. Click HERE to order or call 860-364-5688 or e-mail director@sharonhist.org for information or reservations. As in years past, this event is catered by The Sharon Day Care Center and proceeds from the party support the activities of both the Center and the Historical Society.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017
JULY FESTIVAL  
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Wassaicproject.org

It's a full-on dance party at Luther Barn stage this Saturday! There will be live music from 6 bands (folk, rock, beat-music, indie pop) lawn games, art exhibitions and a midnight screening of the new feature film, Strange Ones, created by upcoming artists in residence Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff! Click HERE for the full schedule, details and to RSVP. This event is free and open to the public.

 


Saturday, July 1, 2017
ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT  06039

One of the best traditions in our area - don’t miss the spectacular fireworks! Sponsored by the Salisbury Rotary Club Foundation and Lime Rock. Proceeds from this event are to benefit local scholarships, community gifts and international service projects. Gates open at 6:00 PM for picnicking - refreshment stands will also be open.  Show starts at 9:00 PM/dark. Prices: $20 per vehicle (excluding buses),$5 for walk-ins. Rain Date is Sunday, July 2.
 

June 24 & 25, 2017
OPEN YOUR EYES STUDIO TOUR 

Saturday, June 24, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, June 25, 10 AM to 4 PM

OpenYourEyesTour.org

Join us for the 8th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour and visit more than 30 Artist Studios in Sharon, Lakeville & Salisbury! Each year, since 2010, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. Over the years, the event has drawn audiences from 14 states, with many visitors returning annually. Aside from being completely mission driven, the aim of the Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work. 

 

Saturday, June 10, 2017
SPRING FOR SOUND
Village of Millerton, NY 12546
10:00 AM to Midnight
Springforsound.com

Spring for Sound: All Day Music in Millerton, NY!  The 7th annual Spring for Sound music festival will take place rain or shine on June 10, 2017, from 10 am to midnight in the beautiful walking Village of Millerton in the mid-Hudson Valley. At least 50 bands and solo artists will perform on five stages throughout the town. The Big Takeover, lespecial, The Nice Ones, Buddha da Great, Take One Car, and The Gents are just a few very popular Spring for Sound performers.

New this year, Spring for Sound is presenting artists selected by the Kinship Circles Latina women’s group, including a mariachi band and dancers performing flamenco and salsa, making Spring for Sound a total community celebration! The Kinship Circles activities are made possible through a grant by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Festival merchandise, food, and beer and wine (with valid ID) will be sold. Spring for Sound is an all-ages event. Advance tickets are available at the North East Community Center, 51 Sound Center Street, Millerton, and online by clicking HERE. Please check the web site for advance discounts! Tickets may also be purchased at the gates for $25. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the North East Community Center (NECC), a non-profit organization that serves the residents of northeastern Dutchess.

ABOUT NECC: The North East Community Center brings vital programming to local residents of all ages and means, from Growing Together and Mom’s Morning Out groups, to Teen Team, after- school programming, Dial-a-Ride and Care Car transportation, The Millerton Farmers Market and much more.  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of Spring for Sound!

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifLook for updates at www.springforsound.com and www.facebook.com/springforsound.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017
BOOKS & BLOOMS
The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street,
Cornwall, CT
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Books & Blooms

Books & Blooms, The Cornwall Library 2017 Garden Event!  Kitchen gardens are this year’s focus of Cornwall Library’s June benefit, Books & Blooms. The five new gardens on the tour showcase vegetables and herbs and fruit trees, sharing the limelight with abundant flowers surrounding them.

Friday, June 9:  Kicking off the program on Friday at 6 PM (at The Library) is a talk by Ellen Ecker Ogden, designer, food and garden writer, followed by a cocktail reception and Silent Auction drawing. Ellen’s topic is “Kitchen Garden Design: The Art of Growing Food”. The silent auction prize is an on-site one-hour consultation by Ellen at the winning bidder’s garden.

Saturday, June 10:  Garden tour day, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Three gardens are in West Cornwall, one in Cornwall and the fifth in Falls Village. The Geisser’s have raised bed gardens carved out of a woodland area. The Ridgway Farm is the first certified organic farm in Connecticut. Betty Spence’s is a raised-bed vegetable garden that lies below a partially blasted rock formation.  The surprising brook-side garden in Cornwall with both architectural and visual interest belongs to Joanne Wojtusiak. The Hodgson’s diverse outdoor living areas in Falls Village respect both the traditional character and contemporary purposes of their 1735 colonial home.

Admission to Friday evening’s presentation and reception costs $ 30, with reservations made by June 1 strongly recommended. Silent Auction bidding begins on May 1. (Call the Library at 860-672-6874 to place your bid.) The Saturday garden tours’ cost is $ 30, with tickets available at the Library or at the Hodgson garden in Falls Village. The price for attending both days’ activities is $ 50.

Maps and tickets for the garden tour will be available at the Library, 30 Pine Street, Cornwall Village and at the Hodgson’s garden in Falls Village on Saturday, June 10. Call the Library at 860-672-6874 or click HERE to learn more.

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017
MODERN MELODIES: NEXT FESTIVAL OF EMERGING ARTISTS 
Music Mountain
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
7:00 PM
 
Huntlibrary.org

At Music Mountain on Saturday, June 3 at 7 PM, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates David M. Hunt Library with a free concert. A tent with sips and small bites will be open at 6 PM. The concert, featuring renowned Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and Conductor Peter Askim leading a string orchestra of young professional musicians, will consist of contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Violinist Koh has been called “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” by the New York Times. The concert is free and donations benefit the library. A refreshment tent with sips and small bites will open at 6 PM. For reserve seating, call the library at 860-824-7424.

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance practice. This year’s fifth anniversary festival takes place May 28-June 10. After a week at Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT, the festival moves to NYC. This is a free event and donations are encouraged. Click HERE for information and details.



May 26, 27 & 28, 2017
Lime Rock’s Traditional Memorial Day Weekend Season Opener
The Pirelli World Challenge & 8th Annual Sunday Royals' Garage Car Show

60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Limerock.com
Woundedwarriorproject.org

Don’t miss Lime Rock Park’s traditional season-opening Memorial Day weekend featuring the Pirelli World Challenge & Royals Car Show! Click HERE for the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

Professional sports photographers will volunteer their time and expertise to train military veterans in the art and science of photography. Organized by ace sports photographer Dan Burns for the Wounded Warrior Project, the two-day Canon-Lime Rock Park Photo School is part of WWP's overall effort to integrate U.S. veterans back into civilian life. It’s not uncommon for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to have issues with motivation and socialization, two areas that this unique photo school. “Motivation and socialization skills are often lacking in those suffering with PTSD,” says Nancy Schiliro-Beetstra, outreach specialist with Wounded Warrior Project.  “Event photography is a mechanism we’re using to help vets with these issues, because we’re certain that having our warriors participate in Lime Rock’s exciting, real-world, bigtime racing event will be tremendous motivation to get themselves out of their comfort zones.

“By ‘graduating’ from the Canon-Lime Rock Photo School, they will find it easier to then volunteer their new skills with local charities where they live. This is the re-socialization aspect that is so important – getting our warriors back into their communities. Click HERE for further information about the Wounded Warrior Program.

 

Monday, May 29, 2017
SALISBURY MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
10:00 AM

Memorial Day is an important day in America. It’s a day to give thanks, to pay tribute and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. In reality, we should be thankful every single day of the year, but Monday is the official day where we all come together to honor our fallen soldiers.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017
CORNWALL BRIDGE SPRING STROLL
Cornwall Bridge
West Cornwall, CT 06796
11 AM – 3 PM
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Stroll among merchants for snacks, sales, live music and more while collecting vendor stamps for a raffle prize! There will be food, wine, recreation and services information, fly fishing demos, music and so much more provided by various Cornwall Bridge businesses.  This is a family-friendly and fun way to get to know the people and products available along Route 7. Some of the local businesses that will be participating are: Cornwall Country Market, Whiskey Jack String Band (old-time, hillbilly sound), Economic Development Commission, Housatonic River Association, Northwest Lumber, Housatonic River Flyshop, Housatonic Art & Frame, Housatonic Valley Rug Shop, Matthews 1812 House, Cornwall Package Store Wine Tasting, Clarke Outdoors and local farm market vendors.  Join us!


Friday, May 19 & Sunday, May 21, 2017
CRESCENDO!
Friday, May 19 at 6 PM 
Saint James Place in Great Barrington, MA  
Sunday, May 21 4 PM
Trinity Church Lime Rock in Lakeville, CT 
 Worldclassmusic.org


RENAISSANCE TREASURES UNEARTHED - Italian and German Music from Lübeck. Crescendo’s Vocal Ensemble, soprano Jennifer Tyo, tenor Christopher Sokolowski and period instrument specialists, including the highly-regarded Boston-based viola da gamba player Jane Hershey and baroque violinist Yi-Li Chang, will perform works by early Italian and German composers such as Giovanni Rovetta, Paolo Quagliati, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Heinrich Schütz, Jacobus Handl, and Dietrich Buxtehude. Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct and accompany from the organ.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, influential churches such as the northern German church, St. Mary’s in Lübeck, kept a large number of scores of many composers’ music for use by their choirs. Two centuries later, in 1814, the church gave its choir library to the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna. Much of this repertoire was forgotten, “sitting in drawers gathering dust” until, few years ago, the distinguished music scholar, Dr. Kerala Snyder, involved in researching a book, found this collection.  She catalogued them for performance use, and published the catalog in 2015. Dr. Snyder has collaborated with Christine Gevert in the design of this concert program.

A few prints existed here and there, scattered around Europe in cultural centers such as large churches like St. Mary’s. However, the print of a work by the early Baroque Italian composer Paolo Quagliati, Ave Sanctissima Maria, appears not to have survived anywhere but in the forgotten St. Mary’s Choir Library collection in Vienna, making its Crescendo performance the first time it has been heard publicly in many centuries.

Concerts will be held at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, MA on Friday, May 19 at 6 PM and at Trinity Church Lime Rock in Lakeville, CT on Sunday, May 21 at 4 PM. Tickets are $30 general seating, $50 preferential seating and $10 for youth under 18 years of age. For more information, click HERE or call 860.435.4866.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017
MAY FESTIVAL & OPENING
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
Wassaicproject.org


Celebrate the Wassaic Community on Saturday, May 20th! Wassaic’s very own Volunteer Fire Department and What Cheer? Brigade, an exuberant 19-piece band, will lead a parade featuring community and artist-made floats. Other festivities include: Community Cake Walk ($5), a dance performance by The D’Amby Project as well as other field day games. The party will extend into the evening with a concert and food at The Lantern ($10 cover fee).

3PM: Parade led by What Cheer? Brigade: a 19-piece brass band, Artist-Made and Education Program Floats
3:30PM: Community Cake Walk* (costs $5)
4PM: The D’Amby Project (Irish Step dance performance leading into all-ages lesson on the Mill Porch)
5PM: Exhibition Opening & Reception
5-6PM: Art Nest Hours
6PM: Live Music at The Lantern
7PM: Mill Closes
Kids (under 18) get in free

Proceeds from the dinner benefit and cover charge go to the Whale Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the Wassaic Fire Company. The scholarship benefits Webutuck and Dover High School seniors as they pursue secondary education.  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of the Wassaic Project!

 

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14, 2017
TRADE SECRETS RARE PLANT & GARDEN ANTIQUES SALE
LionRock Farm
Route 41 & Hosier Road
Sharon, CT 06069
860-364-1080
Tradesecretsct.com

Women’s Support Services is proud to present its 17th annual fundraiser, TRADE SECRETS! On Saturday, May 13, join us for the Rare Plant and Garden Antique Sale, held at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. Over 60 vendors will bring their rare and unusual plants and garden antiques for you to take home with you. The sale starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.

On Sunday, May 14, spend the day taking a self-guided tour of four of the most beautiful and picturesque private gardens, located in Cornwall and Falls Village, CT and nearby Ashley Falls, MA. The Garden Tour starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. 

Plant & Garden Antique Tickets:
Early buying 8-10AM $125 (breakfast included)
Regular admission 10AM-3PM $50
Late Bloomer 1-3 PM $25.00

**New this year:  Garden Tour tickets MUST be purchased in advance and a LIMITED number of tickets are available – so make sure to buy early.  We cannot make any exceptions once the tickets are sold out!  Tickets will not be sold the day of the tour. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of Trade Secrets.

Women’s Support Services seeks to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education.  They offer free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.  www.wssdv.org or call 860-364-1080 or 24/7 Hotline 860-364-1900.

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017
RUN FOR THE ROSES
Geer Village
77 South Canaan Rd
Canaan, CT 06018

4:00 – 7:30 PM
Runfortheroses.org

A fun annual event sponsored by Salisbury Rotary & Canaan Exchange Clubs, to benefit local scholarships and other community needs in CT's NW corner.  Silent and live auctions, mint juleps, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and lots of laughter.  Prizes will be awarded for the Best Dressed Couple and Most Original Derby Hat.  So, don your derby finest, grab a friend and enjoy a wonderful afternoon while supporting your community at the same time!  Click HERE for further information or to purchase tickets. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this entertaining event!



Saturday, May 6, 2017
THE SHARON CLASSIC ROAD RACE
Sharon Town Hall
67 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069

Sharonclassicroadrace.org

The Sharon Classic Road Race, a 31-year tradition in Sharon, CT combines small-town charm with big race amenities. What began as a small but meaningful fundraiser for the Sharon Day Care Center has evolved into a significant early spring race in the Northwest Corner. It is also a very successful fundraiser.  

The Main Event, and 5-Mile Race, begins at 10:15 a.m. with Registration opening at 8:30 a.m. 

Kids Events begin at 9:30 with the Fun Run, which is organized into two age groups.  Our popular Not-Quite-A-Mile Kids race begins at 9:45 and is for children through age 12.

The race course is a beautiful route through town and rural sections of Sharon. The “lollipop” route has gently rolling hills with one moderately challenging hill in the 4th mile. We provide water stations and timers along the course.  One of the most enjoyable courses to run in the Northwest Corner, the Sharon Classic is a great way to start the racing season and is an excellent warm-up for the larger races in the area.

In addition to these events, we have a Silent Auction, Bounce House, Massages, Food Concessions, local exhibits from community organizations, music and more.  Click HERE for details, registration and to purchase tickets.  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of the Sharon Classic!

 

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 2017
ART@THE DUMP
Cornwall Transfer Station
Route 4
Cornwall , CT 06754
Saturday: 10-4 AM
Sunday: 10-Noon
Artatthedump

This is a show and sale featuring artwork made from recycled materials. As an added attraction this year, artists are asked to "Make a Face" using recycled items. Masks and portraits are just of few of the works expected to be featured. Artists are asked to hang their works between 8:00 and 10:00AM on Saturday, April 22. There is no charge to the artists, however, 30% of the sale price will be donated to the art department of the Cornwall Consolidated School. This event is free of charge and open to everyone!  For further information, contact Gail Jacobson at (860) 318-6968 or gail@carouselprop.com.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017
The Salisbury Forum
REFUGE FROM CONFLICTS
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
7:30 PM
Salisburyforum.org

The number is so large most of us can't comprehend the scope of the crisis. 65 million people have been displaced in the global refugee crisis. Since the civil war exploded in 2011 more than 11 million people have fled their homes in Syria alone. More than 4 million refugees have fled the country for Jordan, Turkey and other neighboring states.

George Rupp knows this issue well. He was president of the Internal Rescue Committee from 2002 to 2013 directing a staff of 12 thousand colleagues in over 40 countries. He is a past president of Columbia University and is now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

More than a million desperate people have made the perilous journey in overcrowded rafts to Europe. Most landed in Greece and then pushed north into Germany and other countries. It's a mind numbing problem that Dr. Rupp dealt with. His talk will be both provocative and informative. For further information please click HERE.

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017
MAPPING THE HEAVENS

Scoville Memorial Library

38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068

6:00 -7:00 PM 
Scovillelibrary.org

From time immemorial humans have been charting the night sky and trying to make sense of it and contemplating their place in the cosmos. Natarajan will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and show how maps literally track our ever evolving cosmic view. Tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution, she will talk about recent developments in our understanding of two invisible entities: dark matter and black holes.

Priyamvada Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist on the faculty at Yale. Her research work is focused on the invisible, unseen universe – dark matter and black holes. She uses the bending of light, gravitational lensing to map the spatial distribution of dark matter in the universe. She also works on trying to understand the formation, growth and evolution of black holes in the universe. Recipient of many honors and awards, she is deeply interested in the public understanding of science. Her first book, “Mapping the Heavens”, published last year by Yale Press was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the 10 best science books of the year.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017
TRI-STATE Mini Maker FAIRE
 
Indian Mountain School

211 Indian Mountain Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Tristateminimakerfaire.com
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Indian Mountain School and The Hotchkiss School are thrilled to be co-hosting the 2017 Tri-State Mini Maker Faire! Mini Maker Faires are the perfect marriage between science, technology, art and design, and aim to provide the community at large with a forum for creativity and conversation. Both schools have teamed up to provide the community with a day full of displays and activities that will challenge and delight participants of all ages.

Both IMS and Hotchkiss are committed to growing a culture of Making within the community. The Tri-State Maker Mini Faire will draw upon adult and student Makers from Northwestern Connecticut, Southwestern Massachusetts and Eastern New York State. There will be opportunities to view the work of well-known artists and engineers. Participants will also be engaged to Make in the moment by experiencing and participating in workshops. You will make mobiles, work on programming, solder a circuit, tear-down a smartphone, get involved with crafts projects: pottery, hand-loomed fabrics, jewelry – or watching a guitar being made! Free and open to everyone!

 

Friday, March 31, 2017
MULTI-STATE TAX TALK
David M. Hunt Library

63 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
7:00 PM
Huntlibrary.org

Do you have questions regarding your multi-state taxes?  Many people in our towns spend time in or have ties to another state besides Connecticut. This raises questions about which state they reside in for income and estate tax purposes, whether they are in compliance with the tax laws of each state, and whether they can reorganize their affairs to reduce state taxes. These issues will be discussed by Charles Lenore, an income tax expert, and Falls Village resident Warren Whitaker, an estate planning specialist. Both are partners in the law firm of Day Pitney LLP, with offices in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey and Washington D.C.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please call (860) 824-7424 to reserve your seat.

 

April 1 & 2, 2017
Norman Rockwell & Alice Parker:
Visions of America in Art and Song

April 1 @ 3:00 & 7:00 PM
Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

April 2, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Kent School, Mattison Hall

1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT 06757

Worldclassmusic.org

Crescendo, in collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Children's Chorus, presents the world premiere of a multimedia work by Berkshire-based composer John Myers.  Myers’ work, "Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell," features choruses, instrumentalists and graphic animation. It celebrates Norman Rockwell's timeless images in a musical setting, highlighting the continued relevance of the cultural values represented in nine of his paintings including the iconic Four Freedoms. Myers says of this work:  “At this time in America, people should be thinking deeply about who we are as a nation. The values of acceptance and compassion that Norman Rockwell expressed so well are incredibly important to us today. I hope that my music, while it does draw upon the narrative elements and specific content of the paintings, will also invoke those deeper values.”

Also featured are selections of traditional American songs arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw and compositions by William Billings, Dave Brubeck and Jonny Priano. Performers are the Crescendo Chorus, Berkshire Children's Chorus and an ensemble of jazz and classical musicians. 

For more information or to purchase tickets please click HERE. Tickets also available at the door ($30/$50/$10 under 18). There will be a pre-concert talk and panel discussion on March 18, 5:30 PM at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

 

March 25, 2017
MAPLEFEST 
Sharon Audubon Center
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Sharon.audubon.org
Noon to 4:00 PM

Join Audubon Sharon at its annual MapleFest celebration! Enjoy on-going, guided, 45-minute tours through the Center’s sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early Colonial sugaring methods. Watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup. Wear warm clothes and boots, as much of the tour is outdoors.

Fresh, homemade maple baked goods and coffee will also be available for purchase during the day as part of the Maple Bake Sale. Each treat will be made with the Center’s very own maple syrup! Fresh syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last, as well as locally made maple candy.  Admission is $6.00 adults and $4.00 children (2 and under free).

For more information on MapleFest or the Audubon Sharon sugaring operation, click HERE or contact the Center at (860) 364-0520. And don't forget to Audubon Sharon on Facebook!

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017
DANCE! to THE HARLEM LINE

The White Hart Inn

15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Thejanelloydfund.org

Get out your dancing shoes, get your groove on and join us for an unbelievable night of fantastic music, fun and laughter...we could all use some of that, right?  Dance with The Harlem Line at the White Hart Inn to Benefit The Jane Lloyd Fund! The dance will raise funds for the Jane Lloyd Fund which was established eleven years ago to commemorate and extend the cycle of community generosity that sustained Jane Lloyd during her fight against cancer.  The Jane Lloyd Fund raises and distributes funds to help individuals and families meet their day-to-day financial obligations while undergoing cancer treatment.  100% of the $15.00 admission will directly benefit cancer patients in Salisbury, Lakeville, Canaan, Sharon, Falls Village, Kent and Cornwall. 

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017
TASTE OF THE TRI-STATE
Mars Athletic Center

Hotchkiss School
22 Limerock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tristatechamber.com

Come see what your local community has to offer! The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2nd annual Taste of the Tri-State, a fundraising event featuring the food from many of our local restaurants, as well as a beer and wine “garden” with samplings of drinks from local wineries and breweries.  There will also be plenty of stuff for the kids - fun for the entire family!  Don’t miss this truly wonderful day of delicious food and great entertainment!   Admission is free.  For a complete list of vendors, including food, businesses and entertainment click HERE.  

 

March 16, 17 & 18, 2017
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE 
“A Musical Within A Comedy”
Housatonic Valley Regional High School

246 Warren Turnpike Rd
Falls Village CT 06031

Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

www.HMTS.org

The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society presents the The Drowsy Chaperone for one weekend only at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical”, The Drowsy Chaperone begins with a man in a chair who puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. His recording comes to life with the story of two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, an intoxicated chaperone and more. Produced by Lori Belter with direction and music direction by Michael Berkeley, choreography by Amber Cameron, and with stellar performances by the students of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the audience is in for an evening of madcap delight.

General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and seniors. $5 Balcony Tickets available at the door on Friday only. For tickets and further information click HERE (up to two hours prior to each performance) or purchase by cash or check at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy, the Sharon Pharmacy, the Kent Station Pharmacy, from an HVRHS performer, or at the door.

According to HMTS founder Lori Belter, “The Drowsy Chaperone is one of my favorite musicals. Our students, as always, rise to the occasion and this show promises to measure up to the high standard we’ve set at the school for producing as professional a show as is possible.”  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of the HMTS.

 

February 25 & 26, 2017
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE PERFORMANCEThe Hotchkiss School: Student Choreographed Dance Performance
The Hotchkiss School
Walker Auditorium
11 Interlaken Road

Lakeville, CT 06039
Hotchkiss.org/arts

Hotchkiss students are in charge of all aspects of production from lighting design, costume design, choreography, and stage management for this concert. This event is free of charge and open to the public.  Click HERE for further details and information about all of the amazing Arts Programs that Hotchkiss has to offer.


January 13 through February 26, 2017
WINTER WARMER  The White Gallery: Annual "Winter Warmer, Lakeville CT
The White Gallery

342 Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039
Thewhitegalleryart.com

The White Gallery's Annual "Winter Warmer" opens on January 13 and runs through February 26. Take the opportunity during our cold winter months to visit the Gallery and enjoy the varied and enticing work of our Gallery artists, as well as sneak previews of artists we will feature in 2017. This exhibit is constantly changing and worth several trips!

 

February 10 through 12, 2017
91st ANNUAL JUMPFEST WINTER FESTIVAL91st Annual Jumpfest Winter Festival in Salisbury CT
Satre Ski Hill
80 Indian Cave Road (off Rte. 44)
Salisbury, CT 06068
Jumpfest.org

This is the 91st  year for the main event, the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships, that often has forecast future Olympic competitors. Ski jumpers will be showing off the tremendous coordination, skill and grace it takes to soar 64 meters--over 200 feet--with a happy landing. Built in 1926, The Satre Ski Hill is the site of the oldest ski jumping program in the nation. Events include Friday night jumping under the lights, target jumps, human dogsled races and so much more. Saturday activities include Nordic Kids 20 and 30 meter jumps, the Salisbury Invitational Championships, and Snow Ball. Closing the Jumpfest weekend are the Junior National Hopefuls ski jumping off our big hill. Salisbury is proud to host this “do-not-miss” event each year.  Click HERE for the full weekend schedule. Pack up your family, friends and outdoor gear, and we’ll see you there!

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017
INDUSTRIAL SHARON by ED KIRBYIndustrial Sharon Presented by Ed Kirby, Salisbury CT
Scoville Memorial Library

38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Scovillelibrary.org

Industrial Sharon presented by Ed Kirby: a collaboration of the Salisbury Association Historical Society and the Scoville Memorial Library. Kirby explores a variety of industries found in Sharon, Connecticut from its 1739 settlement into the early twentieth century. Kirby's book "Industrial Sharon" provides an interesting analysis of the role and interplay of iron, wood, cotton, wool and water. Originally unencumbered by political borders, Kirby thus takes us to nearby Lime Rock, Amesville, Wassaic, Cornwall, Canaan, Kent and other locations to explore these town's association with the iron and charcoal industries. Additionally, he discusses stories of well-known industrialists who lived in Sharon but performed their activities in other parts of the nation. A native of Sharon, Connecticut, Ed Kirby is a retired educator whose interest in local and western history, geology and industrial archeology spans many years. In northwestern Connecticut, Ed has managed activities for the preservation of historical archival structures including Lime Rock Blast Furnace #2, the Beckley Blast Furnace, the Sharon Valley Lime Kiln and the Sharon Town Clock. He has published numerous articles on geology, western history, baseball and local history. He has written several books including western biographies and local histories. Kirby is a consultant in education, geology, industrial archaeology and local history.

 

February 17 through 19, 2017
“FOOLS” by NEIL SIMONThe Hotchkiss Dramatic Association: "Fools" by Neil Simon

The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
February 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM
February 19 at 2:30 PM
Hotchkiss.org/arts

The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association is pleased to present Neil Simon’s Fools, a comic fable set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine during the late 19th century. Tickets are $10 and $5 for non-Hotchkiss students and senior citizens. Phone (860) 432 - 3203 to reserve or buy at the door.  Click HERE for details.

 

Saturday, January 28, 2017
BERKSHIRE BATERIA WITH BOSSA TRIBA Berkshire Bateria with Bossa Triba in Norfolk CT
Norfolk Library

9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Norfolklibrary.org

Get out your dancing shoes… Brazilian music comes to the Library to herald the month of the Carnival! The Berkshire Bateria Escola De Samba, a unique performance group, has a roster of thirty talented performers include drummers, dancers, singers, and melodic instrumentalists. Bossa Triba performs a wide variety of music from Brazil, including hot samba rhythms, cool bossa nova jazz, and samba reggae.  Click HERE for further information.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017
SORO BINDI: MUSIC & DANCE FROM GHANASoro Bindi: Music & Dance From Ghana in Norfolk CT

Norfolk Library
9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Norfolklibrary.org


Great for the kids… and adults!  Celebrate the 6th annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” with this exciting program! Created by Iddrisu Saaka who grew up in Northern Ghana, Soro Bindi is an interactive performance that incorporates traditional African dances and songs with an exploration of Ghana. During the performance, Saaka will introduce children to a new culture, leading them through various dances, such as the kpanlogo (an urban recreational dance influenced by American rock ‘n’ roll) and Bawa (the traditional harvest dance), along with call-and-response chants. Kids also can bang on a kpanlogo drum, a percussion instrument used widely throughout Ghana.  Click HERE for the details.

 

Saturday, January 14, 2017
WASSAIC PROJECT MILL WARMING
Maxon Mill     The Wassaic Project: Mill Warming | Film, Music, Dance, Art
37 Furnace Bank Road

The Lantern
10 Main Street
Wassaic, NY 12592
Wassaicproject.org

Please mark your calendars for the Wassaic Project’s 2nd annual Mill Warming on Saturday, January 14, from 3 to 9PM! The festivities will begin at the Maxon Mill and will include (3-5 PM) the opening of For Tropical Girls…, a solo exhibition by artist and Wassaic Project alumnus Tiffany Smith, an exhibition of zines created by local junior high students (in partnership with NECC) and short films created by local high school students, puppet making in the Art Nest and open studios with January’s Artists in Residence. From 5 to 7 PM there will be a screening of a surprise, kid-friendly, dance-focused feature film. The celebration concludes at The Lantern with a dance performance and dance lesson with Oscar Trujillo (8:30) followed by music with the Colombian cumbia/salsa band Yotoco.  Join us for a great night of fun and entertainment!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYSHappy Holidays from Best & Cavallaro

From the Best & Cavallaro family to yours, we wish you all a joyous holiday!

 

Friday, December 30, 2016
CRESCENDO PRESENTS BAROQUE HOLIDAY MUSIC
Trinity Episcopal ChurchBaroque Holiday Music, Lakeville CT
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
worldclassmusic.org


Crescendo will present its annual holiday concert featuring Christmas motets by Michael Praetorius, Giovanni Gabrieli, Salvatore Sacchi, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Christoph Demantius. Christine Gevert, Crescendo’s founder and artistic director, will conduct the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble and soloists including the internationally-renowned countertenor Nicholas Tamagna. There will be organ accompaniment.

The concert will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lakeville, CT on December 30 at 4:00 PM. A day earlier, the same concert will be presented at the Kellogg Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased online by clicking HERE, or at the door. General seating is $30, preferred seating is $50 and youth under 18 years, $10. For more information and details, visit Crescendo’s website by clicking HERE.

 

Friday, December 30, 2016
INSTRUMENTS AROUND THE WORLD
The Hotchkiss LibraryThe Hotkiss Library Presents Instruments Around The World
10 Upper Main Street

Sharon, CT 06069
Hotchkisslibrary.org

The Hotchkiss Library presents a special family program. Composer and musician Andrew Thomson returns to the Library, bringing several lesser-known instruments from around the world to share with the audience, accompanied by brief insights into the culture from which they came. Following the presentation, all members of the audience are welcome to come forward to have a closer look at and play with the instruments. To register or for more information, please call the Library at 860 364-5041 or click HERE.

 

Saturday, December 31, 2016
KIDS’ NEW YEAR’S PARTYKids' New Year's Party at Scoville Memorial Library
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street

Salisbury, CT 06068
11:00 AM - Noon
Scovillelibrary.org

Join us for the fun! Exactly 12 hours before 2017 begins, in the SML Children’s Room, for a party with food and drink, arts and crafts, bells and whistles, and more. We will count down to exactly 12 hours before the New Year begins (for maximum rested fun). All kids welcome!

 

Saturday, December 10, 2016
12th ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
The Center on Main  Falls Village CT, 12th Annual Holiday Artisan Market
103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
10 AM to 4 PM
artisansale.org


The 12th annual Holiday Artisans Market is back with jewelry, pottery, organic skin care, woodwork, leather goods, fiber arts, gourmet food, weaving, fresh and dried greens and more! The Artisans Group is a collective of artists and crafts people from the Tri-State Area who show and market their work in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. Come out, shop locally and support our local artisans!


Saturday, December 10, 2016
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN AMENIA
Amenia, NY 12501Holiday Celebration in Amenia, NY
4:30 PM

Festivities begin with a tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 PM at Fountain Square, where Amenia’s Performing Arts students will sing carols.  At 5:00 the tree lighting and Parade of Lights will begin. The parade will proceed from Mechanic Street down East and West Main Street and end up at the Town Hall where Santa will take up residence in Santa’s Workshop.  Free gifts and photos with Santa will be available, courtesy of the Lions Club and Amenia Free Library.  At 6:00, the Amenia Performing Arts program will present a Talent & Variety Show in the Town Hall’s auditorium.  Refreshments, historical exhibits, the Citizen of the Year presentation and free raffle prizes will also be available at Town Hall, from 5:30 to 7:00.  Don’t miss this great family event!

 

Sunday, December 11, 2016
GLORIA, GLORIA, GLORIA!Salisbury Congregational Church Holiday Concert
Salisbury Congregational Church
30 Main Street

Salisbury, CT 06068
3:00 PM


The Salisbury Congregational Church presents their annual Christmas concert, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria!  The concert featuring the Adult and Bell Choirs, and includes John Rutter’s Gloria, accompanied by brass players from the Salisbury Sinfonietta.  The audience is encouraged to participate in singing the traditional carols. This beautiful event is funded with monies from the Albert Sly Music Fund; no admission fee.  Bring your family and join friends to celebrate the season! 

 

November 19 through December 3, 2016
THE FESTIVAL OF TREESFestival of Trees in Salisbury CT

Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

(860) 435-9851
Noblehorizons.org

The Festival of Trees will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year! For two decades, people have enjoyed the magical displays created by the residents and friends of Noble Horizons. For many, the event signals the start of the holiday season.  This year the Festival will start on Saturday, November 19 and conclude with a Gala 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 3. It will be open every day from noon to 4 PM; late nights will be Thursday and Friday until 6 PM. Admission is free.

The theme, “Coming Home for Christmas,” will highlight different modes of transportation used to make your way home for the holidays. As visitors enter the exhibit area, they will see a red pickup truck loaded with a Christmas tree and gifts driving down Salisbury’s Main Street. The children’s corner will feature toy trains and a mural of a turn-of-the century locomotive. In the center of the room is a table set for a family’s holiday feast in front of the fireplace. The bar area will feature a variety of airplanes, bringing people home from afar.

The unique displays of trees, wreaths, and centerpieces are created by individuals, students, merchants, and organizations in the tri-state area. All of these holiday decorations are offered for purchase in a silent auction which runs throughout the two-week event.



Friday , December 2 through Sunday, December 4, 2016
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The Falls Village Children’s Theater
103 Main Street

Falls Village, CT 06031
FVCT.org

The perfect way to bring joy to your season! The Falls Village Children's Theater at the Center on Main presents "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!" Join Michael Berkeley and a cast of 21 youth ages 8 - 18 as they perform seasonal favorites in this popular and heart-warming musical revue!  Tickets are $5 each and there are three performances;  Friday December 2 at 7PM, Saturday December 3 at 7PM and Sunday December 4 at 2PM. Don't delay!  Limited Seating!  Click HERE for tickets and details.



Sunday, December 4, 2016
SALISBURY TREE LIGHTINGSalisbury CT Christmas Tree Lighting
The White Hart Inn

Salisbury, CT 06068

Please join the Town of Salisbury for our annual Tree Lighting event at the White Hart Inn. Santa will arrive at 4PM - 5:30PM, tree lighting and caroling, with the Salisbury Band and Hot Chocolate Society will start around 5:15-5:30PM followed by the wonderful Parade of Lights, with even more vehicles to be expected this year! Cocoa and homemade holiday cookies will be provided by the White Hart and other local businesses.  The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will once again take photos of the children with Santa and put them into a Christmas ornament which they can take home.  This wonderful event brings our community together and celebrates the very special place that we call home.

 

Friday, December 2, 2016
THE SALISBURY FORUM: Adam Gopnick

Housatonic Valley Regional High School  The Salisbury Forum: Adam Gopnick
246 Warren Turnpike

Falls Village, CT 06031
7:00 PM
Salisburyforum.org

Paris To the Moon, Angels and Ages, The King In the Window, and The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food. These are just a few of the books, magazine articles and essays to spring from the witty and whimsical mind of Adam Gopnik. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986 Adam Gopnik has earned three National Magazine awards for essays and criticism and a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.

He was the magazine's Paris correspondent for 5 years from 1995 to 2000. The he returned to New York to write about life in the city. Lately he has written about gun violence and gun control in America. The title for his talk at The Salisbury Forum is "Notes Of A Reluctant Pundit Writing Sanely About Politics In A Less Than Sane America."  There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Click HERE for further information.



Friday, November 25, 2016
BLUES & FOLK WITH BUFFALO STACKBlues & Fold with Buffalo Stack in Norfolk CT
The Norfolk Library

9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058

Norfolklibrary.org

Blues and gospel collide with kitchen-party fiddle riffs and crystal clear vocals in the music of Buffalo Stack. Come tap your feet as singer-songwriter-guitarist Andy Stack and Grammy-winning fiddler Tania Elizabeth fill the Library’s Great Hall with music that is described as an intoxicating blend of old and new. “…Brilliant fiddle player Tania Elizabeth was one of the highlights of the festival. Elizabeth played a Celtic-inspired fiddle instrumental that was no short of mind-blowing…” – Ed Jack, American Songwriter Magazine
This concert is free but reservations are requested by calling the Norfolk Library at 860-542-5075.

 

Friday, November 25, 2016
HOLIDAY KICK-OFF CELEBRATIONHoliday Kick-Off Celebration in Millerton NY
Village of Millerton, NY 12546

This Black Friday forget about the Mall. Instead, mark your calendars and come to the village of Millerton to kick off the holidays in style!  The village-wide festivities will begin at 9:30 AM when doors open for a free community screening at 10:00 AM of HOME ALONE at The Moviehouse. Bring the whole family and enjoy giveaways, prizes and treats.  After the movie, starting at noon, visitors can take free horse and carriage rides through the village.

The Millerton Fire Company's spectacular, annual, Parade of Lights will begin lining up at 4:30 PM at Arnoff Moving & Storage on Elm Avenue. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5:00 PM, signaling the start of the parade which will set off at 5:30 PM. Santa will lead the way up Main Street and Maple Avenue to Highland Street, then back down to Dutchess Avenue to the fire house at 24 Century Boulevard for a party and a delicious spread, donated by the local restaurants and members of the Millerton Fire Department.  Everyone is invited back to the fire house! Children can meet Santa who will hand out gifts to all who come to visit with him, helped of course by Mrs. Claus and two of his mischievous elves!

 

Friday, November 25, 2016
PAINTINGS IN SONG: VISIONS OF NORMAN ROCKWELL
Norman Rockwell Museum Norman Rockwell Museum - Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell
9 Glendale Road, Route 183
Stockbridge, MA
Worldclassmusic.org

New Music Inspired by Nine Norman Rockwell Paintings Including the Four Freedoms. On November 25, in the Norman Rockwell Museum’s galleries, the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble and members of the Berkshire Children’s Chorus, accompanied by a small ensemble of instrumentalists, will perform excerpts from an exciting multi-media work, “Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell,” that will be presented in its entirety in April 2017. This event, a follow-up to an earlier June preview, offers more newly-created music by the composer.

A collaboration of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Crescendo and the work’s composer Dr. John Myers, a faculty member of Bard at Simon’s Rock College, the completed work will include projected large-screen animations by Alice Myers and Anna Sabatini. The finished work with full chorus and a jazz/chamber instrumental ensemble will be premiered next spring at Saint James  Place in Great Barrington, MA and in Connecticut.

This presentation, made possible in part by the Norman Rockwell Museum and the College Faculty Development Fund of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will be conducted by Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director, Christine Gevert. She and John Myers will also offer insights into the creative process and explain some musical aspects of the composition.

The hour-long presentation starts at 5:30 PM. Entrance fee for the event and following reception is $10. For more information click HERE, or visit the Museum online site nrm.org

 

Saturday, November 26, 2016
KATHLEEN LOVE MOONEY

Artist Reception & Exhibit Kathleen Love Mooney Exhibit - West Cornwall, CT
Souterrain Gallery
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, Connecticut 06796
November 26 – January 16, 2016

Kathleen Love Mooney ,Cornwall - Little Compton , Recent Paintings. The Souterrain Gallery is featuring recent paintings by Kathleen Love Mooney. A former fashion designer, she is a partner in a fine art and antiques business. The Cornwall Bridge resident and artist attended Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been shown in various group shows in Litchfield County, New York and at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.  The exhibit will be on display from November 26, 2016 through January 16, 2017, and will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11AM to 5PM.  Please join us at the Artist Reception on Saturday, November 26, from 3PM to 6PM.
 

 

Friday, November 18, 2016
WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY
Millerton Elementary SchoolWinter Coast Giveaway, Millerton NY
5833 South Elm Avenue
Millerton, NY 12546
(518) 789-4259
NECCMillerton.org

On Friday, November 18, the North East Community Center will host its annual Coat Giveaway in partnership with Dutchess Outreach. Anyone who needs a warm coat for themselves or family members is invited to the Giveaway, at the Millerton Elementary School from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The event will be run by NECC's Healthy Engaged Youth, and they will be on hand to help you find just what you need!

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016  
14th ANNUAL HMTS KITCHEN TOUR6 Kitchen's in Kent's 14th Annual HTMS Kitchen Tour
6 Kitchens in Kent, Sharon, and Lakeville, CT

10 AM to 4 PM
HMTS.org

Don’t miss the 14th annual HMTS Kitchen Tour to benefit the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society (HMTS)!  This year’s tour will feature six kitchens located in Kent, Sharon, and Lakeville, CT in support of the HMTS production “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will be performed March 16th - 18th, 2017 by the students of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  Producer (Best & Cavallaro’s own) Lori Belter is joined by Director and Musical Director Michael Berkeley, Choreographer Amber Cameron and a host of other professionals and volunteers.

The range of kitchens on the tour include a thoughtful 1930s cottage update; the grange kitchen of Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm with its breathtaking acreage views; a retro kitchen with a custom layout for baking and where the homeowner will be onsite baking; a restored 1810 Colonial with the original butler’s pantry, and more!  Ticket holders take part in delicious nibbles at each kitchen, door prize chances, and special events with local chefs and area food producers.

"The Kitchen Tour’s support of the high school musical experience is immeasurable as it offers students far more than just the fun of a show. It empowers students with strengthened self-esteem, pride, and confidence that enriches all parts of their lives," said Michael Berkeley, Director and Musical Director of the HMTS productions.  HMTS is a theater organization based at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT where students of all levels of experience are encouraged to participate, either onstage or backstage, in the annual musical.  Founded in 2003 by Lori Belter and Michael Berkeley, HMTS is proud of its contribution to the artistic and educational experiences of the students.

Tickets for the HMTS Kitchen Tour are $40 and may be purchased by clicking HERE, and at the Salisbury Pharmacy, Kent Apothecary, and the Sharon Pharmacy.  Tickets on tour day will be available online, from the pharmacy locations and from the kitchens on the tour.  For information and details please click HERE. Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of this event!

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016
SONDHEIM & HAMMERSTEIN II
  Noble Horizons Hosts Sondheim & Hammerstein II
Noble Horizons

17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
2:00 PM

Noblehorizons.org
 

Side By Side: The Music of Sondheim and Hammerstein II.  On Saturday, November 5, Noble Horizons will host a free concert with recording artists and Broadway performers Bill and Jean McClelland, who will perform the songs of Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim. The duet has been praised by The New York Times for its "easy, swinging vitality," and Jean's voice was described as "absolutely stunning" by The Poughkeepsie Journal.  Expect to enjoy songs from Hammerstein's Show Boat, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, The King and I, and Sondheim's West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music and more. Jean will also describe the lives and deep friendship between these remarkable men.  Register by clicking HERE or call or (860) 435-9851. 

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016
9AM to 3PM

Sunday, October 30, 2016Estate Tag Sale Falls Village CT
10AM to 3PM

ESTATE TAG SALE
43 Railroad Street
Falls Village, CT 06031

Stop by and take a look at this sweet village antique located right in the heart of Falls Village.  The house has been staged with a mix of furniture and home accessories both inside and out.  Great browsing for everyone.  And the best “For Sale” item… THE HOUSE!  That’s right!  This antique circa 1750, has original hardwood floors with a few king's broad arrow boards interspersed.  There is a pellet stove and vaulted ceiling in the living area (open to the kitchen) which make this home very cozy.  The master bedroom, den and full bath are conveniently located on the main floor. The second floor has two more bedrooms and a second full bath. Click HERE for details and photos.  With a great location near the Falls Village Inn and Housatonic River, and a really great price of $175,000, you must come by this weekend.  Bring your biggest shopping bag!

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016
A SPECIAL CONCERT TO BENEFIT CRESCENDOConcert of Benefit Crescendo First Congregational Church in Great Barrington MA
First Congregational Church
251 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
4:00 PM
Worldclassmusic.org

On Saturday, October 29, the Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, the Berkshire Children's Chorus (with its director Julie Bickford), soloists, and Baroque and Andean instrumentalists will present a special program entitled "Praise and Gratitude: Renaissance to Modern Choral Music." This will be the only performance, and Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct. This special October benefit honors Crescendo's many years of music-making and its outreach to our tri-state communities, and it serves as a fundraiser for Crescendo's programming including its participation in the upcoming April 2017 Norman Rockwell collaboration.  

The concert includes music by well-known early composers Palestrina, Pachelbel, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn as well as contemporary composers Ola Gjeilo, Javier Farias, Villa-Lobos, and Massachusetts composer John Myers. Two excerpts of Myers' work, "Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell" will be performed. Both of these excerpts received their world premieres at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Crescendo in June 2016. "It is unusual for Crescendo to offer a program with music by composers of several different eras and styles," notes Ms. Gevert. "We are illustrating the scope of music that Crescendo has become known for-from Renaissance and Baroque music with period instruments to Latin American music accompanied by Andean instruments to modern pieces, some that we've commissioned. The evening takes us on a journey through music history (and ours!) and makes each style more distinctive and unique in contrast to the others."

Please join us for a reception after the concert. Tickets for general seating are $35, preferred seating $100, youth under 18 years $10. There will be a special rate of $275 for 10 prepaid tickets. For more information, click HERE or call 860-435-4866.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016
HAUNTED MILL & MONSTER’S BALL Haunted House in Wassaic NY

Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

Wassaicproject.org

Equal parts spooky, enchanting, creepy, and fanciful!  We invite you to immerse yourself in our annual Haunted Mill, where artists have transformed the towering Maxon Mills into an exciting Halloween experience.  The Kids’ Haunted Mill will be open from 3PM to 5PM, with family-friendly Halloween festivities, including hay rides, a costume contest, face painting, snacks, carnival activities, and more!  As the sun sets, the Adults’ Haunted Mill opens from 6PM to 9PM.  Seven floors of spooky, twisted, and imaginative full-room installations by artists. We dare teens and adults of all ages to venture up the winding staircases of the towering Maxon Mills. Guaranteed to thrill and terrify!  At 9PM, the party continues into the evening at the Monster’s Ball at the Lantern with live music by PRINCE RAMA, our favorite Brooklyn-based electronic-dance duo (and Wassaic Summer Festival alum!). Followed by DJ sets from PJ Gray and Spooky Bear. Come prepared to impress in your Halloween costume!  Hosted by the Wassaic Project, the Wassaic Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lantern.  Click HERE to purchase tickets and RSVP.

 

Sunday, October 30, 2016
AUDUBON KIDS' DAY
Sharon CT Audubon Kids' Day
Sharon Audubon Center

Route 4
Sharon, CT 06069
Sharon.audubon.org

Mark your calendars! Audubon Kids' Day is a highly anticipated fun, fall event for young children and their families.  The event features carnival-type games, crafts, a hay bale maze, hay wagon shuttles, professional face painting and glitter tattoos, a petting zoo, food and more. Children are encouraged to come in costume and join in a costume parade led around the grounds by a real marching band!  Great for kids in Pre-K through 3rd grade.  Admission is only $15 per carload! For more information, please click HERE.

 

Friday, October 21, 2016
THE SALISBURY FORUM
The Salisbury Forum in Salibury CT
The Salisbury School

251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Salisburyforum.org

For more than three decades Anne Garrels has reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth. First for ABC News and then for National Public Radio she has reported from the Soviet Union, the Middle East, Nicaragua, El Salvador, both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her insights into the issues facing us in this election year will be important. In 2003 she published Naked In Baghdad a memoir about her time in Iraq reporting before, during and after the American bombing campaign.  She began her career as a research assistant for ABC News and because of her fluency in Russian she was assigned to Moscow.  She built relationships there that gave her unusual insight to the struggles of the Russian people through the fall of the Soviet Union to the Putin era.  Her latest book Putin Country is a study of Russia and her people through the frame work of a city deep in the interior. She says Putin Country is sort of like middle America. It is hardcore, industrial and like most of the country outside of Moscow. The city is Chelyabinsk. By describing the effect of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the corruption, the sanctions and now new intimidation she helps us understand Putin's appeal with his image of standing up to the west and promising to make Russia great again.

 

October 7, 8 & 9, 2016
The 61st Annual Salisbury Fall Festival Annual Salisbury Fall Festival in Salisbury CT
Salisbury, CT 06068
Salisburyfallfestival.org

Visit Salisbury on Columbus Day Weekend! Browse Main Street for attic treasures, global crafts, and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages' churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show. Purchase delicious homemade baked goods. Visit the many booths along the street and stop in the local shops for special sales. Enjoy hot dogs, Greek pastries, baked potatoes with toppings, chili and cornbread, mac 'n cheese and Central American specialties. Look for local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, textiles, and crafts. Cast your vote in the Scarecrow Contest. Bring the kids! They'll enjoy magic shows, hay rides, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and crafts. On Sunday enjoy the annual pancake breakfast, attend the Chili Cook-Off, and end the weekend at the Brew-Ski Fest up at the ski jumps with gorgeous views of the Litchfield Hills and Berkshire Mountains. Many stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants will be offering sidewalk sales throughout the Festival. And don’t miss a special performance by The Joint Chief’s right here on the Best & Cavallaro lawn! For a schedule of activities, click HERE.

 

Friday, October 7, 2016
AMERICAN BRASS QUINTETEsther Eastman Music Center Presents American Brass Quintet

The Hotchkiss School
Esther Eastman Music Center
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06036
HotchkissArts
7:00 PM

The Hotchkiss School is pleased to welcome the American Brass Quintet to back to the northwest corner.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy what is guaranteed to be a splendid afternoon of brass chamber music.  The American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all fifty of the United States; a discography of over fifty recordings; the premieres of over one-hundred contemporary brass works, and in the last decade, mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ's chamber music expertise to countless young musicians and institutions worldwide.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.  Click HERE for further information.

 

Sunday, October 9, 2016
ANNUAL HYSB Hotchkiss Bearcat 5K Annual HYSB Hotchkiss Bearcat 5k in Lakeville CT
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

Hysb.org

Come and run on a beautiful and challenging cross-country 5K course on The Hotchkiss School campus in Lakeville. Completely on the campus of Hotchkiss...smooth grass cross country course...no roads! Come for the race and enjoy the best our Connecticut Berkshires location has to offer, from leaf peeping to great restaurants, shopping, hiking, galleries and much more. Events include chip timed 5K and 1K Youth races, and a tots fun run. Timing by Timing Plus New England. Festivities include ongoing children's activities and a post-race brunch. Net proceeds from the race will benefit the programs and services of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, serving the six towns of the Region One School District with free counseling, parent education, prevention programs and referrals. HYSB is a 501(c)3 non-profit. You can support HYSB by clicking HERE. To register for the 5K or for further details, click HERE. Come and enjoy the beautiful view and support our local community.
 

Saturday, October 15, 2016
RUN AND WAG 5KCornwall CT Run and Wag 5K
“The Connecticut Doggie Cup”
Cornwall Town Hall
Pine Street
Cornwall, CT

Littleguild.org

This annual benefit race follows a fast and scenic 5k course open to avid racers and weekend warriors alike. Run or walk with your dog, and see if you can win the title as CT's Fastest Human/Dog Team. Walk this beautiful course through Cornwall Valley, one of Northwest CT's most scenic areas. Know as “The Connecticut Doggie Cup” the winner will be crowned as the fastest dog/human running team in Connecticut with divisional prizes for the four different dog weight and size divisions. There will also be awards to the top solo runners and divisional awards for the human age groups as well. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis in their efforts to save, rescue, and shelter animals in need. Visit The Little Guild website for further information, details and registration.  Best & Cavallaro is very proud to be a sponsor of this event!

 

September 17 through October 2, 2016
HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKSHousatonic Heritage Walks in Berkshires MA
Berkshires, MA and Litchfield County, CT  
Three Weekends!
September 17 + 18, 24 + 25
October 1 + 2
Housatonicheritage.org

This 15th annual event, the 2016 Housatonic Heritage Walks program offers 60+ FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT.  The dates are September 17, 18, 24 and 25, and October 1 and 2. All types of heritage walks are offered, ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. The Walks take place at established heritage and cultural sites, as well as less familiar areas. Also included is a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, and “family friendly” walks. All ages and all people are invited to join us! Local experts leading the tours will help participants explore the region’s rich and varied historical, cultural, industrial and environmental history. A great many historically and culturally significant venues will open their doors to the public on these weekends. Natural resource conservation organizations provide access to many of the region’s significant resource areas, and provide interpretive talks about those resources. Historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will help you explore our natural heritage.  Click HERE for further information.
 

Saturday, October 1, 2016
ANNUAL AUCTION IN THE VILLAGE  Auction in Falls Village CT

Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Huntlibrary.org

Auction in the Village is one of the NW Corner’s most popular social events and a great opportunity for the community to support the Hunt Library and make new friends. This year’s auction will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Ciesco Catering Company, music by Vance Cannon and wine, beer, and the library’s signature Green Man Grog. A silent auction will take place from 5 to 7 PM with a live auction conducted by Betsy Howie starting at 7:15 PM sharp.

The Silent Auction will feature a broad selection of quality auction items including artisan crafts, artworks, items for the home, kitchen and garden, and the season’s hottest new books. Day passes to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, a Kate Spade handbag, tickets to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and gift certificates from area restaurants.

The Live Auction will have Betsy Howie returning as auctioneer to celebrate the library’s 125 years of service the community. In addition to a pair of premium tickets and a backstage tour of the Broadway hit WICKED, there will be two nights at the top-rated New Orleans B&B La Belle Esplanade. The jewel of the Live Auction will be a European Holiday Markets Viking River Cruise for two!  Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door on the day of the event, and may be purchased at the library by calling 860-824-7424.  Click HERE for details. Dress is casual. Cash and checks only. All proceeds benefit the David M. Hunt Library, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this event!

 

Friday, September 23, 2016
THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATIONThe Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Salisbury School

251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
7:30 PM
Salisburyforum.org

Does a liberal arts education obtained at great expense prepare students for today's job market? Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D. says that a discipline fostering critical-thinking, writing and arguing skills is necessary in a rapidly changing, globally interdependent world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented. The president of Mount Holyoke College for six years Dr. Pasquerella is becoming president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, a 1,300 member organization that advocates for undergraduate liberal arts education.  Do we really need more welders and fewer philosophers as Senator Marco Rubio once suggested as a presidential candidate? Dr. Pasquerella says that in a society where success is equated with wealth parents worry that their children may not have a better life than they have. But she argues there is a false dichotomy between welding and philosophy between vocational and liberal arts education. She says everyone can benefit from the illumination of human consciousness through literature, philosophy, music and the arts. Most important, she says, it furthers our nation's historic mission of educating for democracy. Her views on higher education will foster a challenging and provocative discussion.
 

August 20 through September 25, 2016
WORKS BY KEN KRUG Ken Krug in West Cornwall CT
The Souterrain Gallery

413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796

(860) 672-2969
Souterraingallery.com

The Souterrain Gallery of The Wish House will be hosting works by Ken Krug, Paintings and Illustrations August 20 through September 25.  Please join us for an Artist's Reception on Saturday, August 20 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM.  Ken will also be signing his picture book, No Silly!, a Bank Street College 2016 Best Children's Book of the Year.

Ken lives in New York with his wife Liz Van Doren, a children's book editor and their daughter Lily. He was inspired to write his story several years ago when, for reasons he can't remember, he suggested that two-year-old Lily go to sleep on top of the TV. Lily knew her dad was just being silly and started on a long path of ignoring him. When he is not being silly, (and sometimes even when he is), Ken writes stories and paints pictures.  He also teaches textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Ken has illustrated numerous books, including Michelle Obama's American Grown, The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016
KEITH SNYDER BOOK SIGNINGKeith Snyder Book Signing in West Cornall, CT
Cornwall Farm Market
Wish House Lawn
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796

Cornwallfarmarket.org

A Book Signing for all bicycling enthusiasts at the Cornwall Farm Market on Saturday, September 24. Author of the Jason Keltner mysteries from Walker & Co. in the 2000s, Keith Snyder is editor/publisher of the RIDE series of short fiction about bicycles. Originally from Los Angeles, he moved to Connecticut from New York City in 2014 with his two children. Keith will be at the Market from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, so be sure to stop by… And don’t forget to pick up some amazing locally raised meats, fruits, vegetables and more!

 

Summer, 2016
JAZZ AT MUSIC MOUNTAIN
225 Music Mountain RoadJazz at Music Mountain, Falls Village CT
Falls Village, CT 06031
Musicmountain.org

From classical to cool, Music Mountain has it all this summer. The Mountain has partnered with the Catskill Jazz Factory to bring talented jazz musicians to its bucolic campus to perform during its Saturday Twilight Series. The Catskill Jazz Factory is a non-profit program founded in 2012 that supports today's best young jazz artists.

Five jazz concerts will be presented this summer, including Jonanna Wallfisch in “Beyond Joni Mitchell,” her debut retrospective of 1960s songstresses, July 17; jazz pianist and APA Cole Porter Fellow Dan Tepfer in “Goldberg Variations/Variations,” performing each of Bach’s original Goldberg Variations followed with an improvised variation of his own, July 23; "virtuosos on saxophone" Peter and Will Anderson in “Sax Squared,” presenting the repertoire and stylings of sax legends including Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, and Coleman Hawkins, July 30; “Joplin, Ragtime & The Birth of Jazz,” led by trombonist Chris Washburne and pianist André Mehmari, calling on the sounds of Ernest Hogan, Scott Joplin and more, August 6; and Chris Pattishall in “Octet Musical Fictions: Borges in Tango,” a night of jazz dedicated to the writings of Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges and the history of tango, August 13. All concerts start at 6:30PM. For further information or tickets, please click HERE.

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016
6th ANNUAL VINTAGE RACE & SPORTS CAR PARADEVintage Race & Sports Car Parade Falls Village CT
FALLS VILLAGE STREET FESTIVAL
Lakeville, Salisbury & Falls Village, CT
4:00 PM Start from Lime Rock Park

Limerockhistorics.com

Grab your lawn chair, your friends and family and come on out to cheer on the car parade! The Thursday Vintage Race & Sports Car Parade is one of the most popular events to kick off Lime Rock Park’s annual Historic Festival.  Starting at 4:00 PM at Lime Rock Park, more than 120 great cars "rally" a 17-mile route on the local roads, including driving through the heart of Lakeville and Salisbury where parade-watchers have been waiting in anticipation. 

About an hour after the start, the parade of cars arrives in Falls Village for the Street Fair: Live music, entertainment, local vendors, great food, and hundreds of cars on display on the village green.  Don’t miss out!

 

September 3 through 5, 2016
104th ANNUAL GOSHEN FAIRAnnual Goshen CT Fair
Goshen Fairgrounds
116 Old Middle Street, Route 63
Goshen, CT 06756
Goshenfair.org

Don’t miss out on this major agricultural fair!  The annual Litchfield County celebration includes an adult spelling bee, fireworks, hay bale toss contest, parade, pie eating contest, a skillet throw contest, live bands, a petting zoo and children's shows, truck and tractor pulls, rides, great food and entertainment, midway, arts and crafts, home exhibits, and more endless fun for the whole family.  All just a short drive away!  Click HERE for all of the details.

 

Saturday, September 3, 2016
SALLY COOK BOOK SIGNINGSally Cook Book Signing in West Cornwall CT
Cornwall Farm Market
Wish House Lawn
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall, CT 06796
Cornwallfarmarket.org

Cornwall resident and author Sally Cook will be at the Farm Market to sign copies of her “barely off the press” book, How To Speak Football.  She is the author of the How To Speak series; How To Speak Golf  hit the shelves in spring 2016 , followed by How To Speak Football  (fall 2016) and How To Speak Soccer (spring 2017).  Sally is also the author, with James Charlton, of How to Speak Baseball (Chronicle 2014) and Hey Batta Batta Swing!: The Wild Old Days of Baseball, illustrated by Ross MacDonald. A 2007 Parents Choice Silver Award Winner and Junior Library Guild Selection, Hey Batta Batta Swing! takes a zany look at how baseball has changed over the years.  Sally is the special advisor for the book club at Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free social, educational and recreational programs to children living with medical challenges.  She will be at the Market from 10 AM to 12 NOON, so be sure to stop by… And don’t forget to pick up some amazing locally raised meats, fruits, vegetables and more!

 

Sunday, September 4, 2016
BAROQUE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
St. Michael's Episcopal ChurchBaroque Chamber Music Concert Litchfield CT
25 South Street, Route 63 South
Litchfield, CT 06759
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Music in the Age of Enlightenment: Duo Les Inegales with Rodrigo Tarraza Lovazzano, traverso and Christine Gevert, harpsichord, and Countertenor Nicholas Tamagna collaborate in a program with European Chamber music. Court and Church in France, Italy and Germany were two of the main musical centers, besides the opera stage. This program includes secular, as well as sacred music in all kinds of combinations of the two instruments and the voice. Some of the composers and pieces are: Johann Sebastian Bach (Aria: Betörte Welt, betörte Welt! from BWV 94), Joseph Bodin de Bosmortier, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Christoph Pepusch (Cantata: Crudel ingrata), George Frideric Handel, Georg Philipp Telemann (Cantata: Ihr Völker, hört, TWV 1:921). Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE, at or at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert.

 

August 23 through August 28, 2016
THE DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIRDutchess County Fair Rhinebeck NY
6636 Route 9 (GPS)
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Dutchessfair.com

For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, NY, 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 170 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Click HERE for all of the details!

 

Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20, 2016
KENT PRESENTSKent School, KentPresents
Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT 06757
KentPresents.org

KentPresents a festival of ideas! The mission of KentPresents is to share and disseminate great ideas, and support local charities that serve people in need. Join us for opportunities to relax, regroup and to circulate informally with speakers and fellow attendees at coffee breaks, cocktail parties and meals. There will be 45 sessions that address topics in Art, China, Cuba, Economics, 2016 Election, Energy, Environment, Food, Global Affairs, Health Care, Literature, Middle East, National Affairs, Performing Arts, Racial Divide, Russia, The Supreme Court, Science, Sports, Technology, Women's Issues and more. The event will include interviews, panel discussions, conversations and Oxford-style debates.

KentPresents has a distinguished 29-member Board of Advisers, including such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Jasper Johns, Henry Kissinger and Harold Varmus. Last year, 70 influential thinkers participated, including three Nobel Laureates, multiple Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, awardees that included Tonys, MacArthurs, Emmys, Peabodys, National Book Awards, and others. This year's speaker roster of 85 this year is similarly distinguished.

For further information including how to register and a list of presenters and topics, click HERE.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016
NO TUNE LIKE A SHOW TUNE!
  No Turn Like A Show Tune at Music Mountain Falls Village CT
With Michael Berkeley & Friends

Music Mountain
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village, CT 06031

6:30 pm
(860) 824-7126
Musicmountain.org

No Tune Like A Show Tune: The Best of Broadway, Michael Berkeley's toe-tapping new musical revue, is coming to Music Mountain in Falls Village! This one-night-only event features Michael with his extraordinarily talented guests Wanda L. Houston, Amy LeBlanc, Maria B. Hickey and Thomas Netter, offering a musical celebration of "The Best of Broadway” – with music by Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, Carole King, Stephen Sondheim…and so much more!

Broadway veteran and cabaret singer Wanda L. Houston, Divas Amy LeBlanc and Maria B. Hickey, and multi-talented Thomas Netter join Michael Berkeley at the piano for 90 minutes of Broadway’s greatest hits. Including selections from Show Boat, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, Kiss Me Kate, Seesaw, She Loves Me, Beautiful, Next To Normal, and many more, No Tune Like A Show Tune guarantees a fast-paced, dynamic evening of musical theatre that show tune lovers will simply not want to miss!

If you have not yet visited Music Mountain in Falls Village, now is the perfect time to check out this very special venue known for the legendary acoustics of its air-conditioned music hall and beautiful mountaintop location. There are picnic tables set up outside if you'd like to bring a pre-show picnic dinner, or enjoy a pre-show dinner at the nearby Falls Village Inn.

Tickets are available at Music Mountain’s website, by calling the box office at (860) 824-7126, and also at the door.

 

August 5 through 7, 2016
WASSAIC PROJECT SUMMER FESTIVAL Wassaic Project Summer Festival
The Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
Wassaicproject.org

The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a FREE annual 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. We offer day and night programming, guests are welcome to visit for the day – or register in advance for camping! Programming is cutting-edge, but also family friendly. The beautiful Hamlet of Wassaic is remarkably accessible from NYC and a short walk from the Wassaic MetroNorth train station. Click HERE for all the details. Come see what it’s all about!

 

Friday, August 5, 2016
SUMMER BOOK SIGNING & SALE Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing & Sale
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon

Sharon Town Green
Sharon, CT 06069
860-364-5041
Hotchkisslibrary.org

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is thrilled to be hosting its 20th Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing on Friday, August 5 on the Sharon Town Green.  Events kick off with a children’s book signing, free to all kids and their caregivers, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.  Kids will have a chance to meet ten acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators, whose books will be available for sale.  We will have titles for boys and girls and everyone from the smallest baby to young teens.  Refreshments will be provided and the first fifty children will receive a free gift.

The 20th Annual Book Signing runs from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Enjoy wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres while meeting your favorite writers.  Discover new titles among the offerings of our 33 featured authors and illustrators, including bestsellers and award winners. Entrance is $35 and reservations may be made by calling the library at 860-364-5041.  The evening concludes with six festive author dinners.

The Annual Used Book Sale will take place on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Proceeds from all events support the library’s mission and its role as the cultural center of Sharon.



Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, 2016
HABITAT SUMMER TAG SALEThe Hotchkiss School, Habitat Summer Tag Sale
The Hotchkiss School

Mars Athletic Center
Route 112
Lakeville, CT 06039
Habitatnwct.org
 

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. Congratulations to Habitat of Northwest Connecticut on serving our region for 25 years!

Preview Sale: Friday, August 5, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM - $10 donation
Main Sale:  Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM – Free
Bag Sale: Sunday, August 7, 2016 from  Noon to 3 PM - Free



August 5 through 7, 2016
THE ROSE ALGRANT SHOWRos Algrant Show in West Cornwall CT
Trinity Conference Center
79 Lower River Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796
Rosealgrantartshow.org

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A much-anticipated tradition now in its 57th year, The Rose Algrant Show will exhibit the work of well known and well on their way artists - all from Cornwall - the weekend of August 5th.

Over the years, the creative circle of Algrant friends has flourished from the original nine to now more than fifty artists living in Cornwall. On view will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, film, jewelry, rugs, linens, woodcarving and photography, just to name a few.

And an exciting change this year – the exhibition will be held along the Housatonic River in the lovely Butler Hall of Trinity Conference Center, with the opening party – a summer social highlight – kicking off the arts celebration on Friday, August 5, from 5 PM to 8 PM. The show continues on Saturday, August 8 from 10 AM to 5PM, and Sunday 10 AM to noon. Proceeds benefit artists and 15% of sales will be donated to the Cornwall Food and Fuel Fund. Admission is free.



August 5, 6 & 7, 2016
A WEEKEND IN NORFOLKA Weekend in Norfolk CT
The Village Green and Beyond
Norfolk, CT 06058
Weekendinnorfolk.org

A Weekend in Norfolk! Join us as everyone in town gets together to welcome you with a wonderful variety of things to do.

What’s Happening?

  • Hear world-class performances at the Yale Music Shed and Infinity Music Hall.
  • Take guided walks through Great Mountain Forest and Aton Forest or explore our woodland trails on your own.
  • See the Norfolk Artists & Friends annual show, an exhibition by Vermont painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche, plus work by other artists and artisans at a variety of sites around town.
  • History buffs will enjoy a self-guided tour of historic houses and browsing the exhibits and books at our historical society’s museum. 
  • You can attend a free concert presented by Yale Summer School of Music students, then head for the farmers market for fresh local foods and handmade
    treasures.
  • Bring your kayak and launch it on Wood Creek Pond, see a canoe being made, go bird watching or even get married or renew your vows on the Village Green.
  • Take your family to an ice cream social or a watermelon-eating contest. Touch a truck at the Fire Department’s open house or pet a goat at Lost Ruby Farm. Admire the stained glass windows in Norfolk’s three historic churches…the list of events goes on. In between, you can stay in one of our fine bed and breakfasts, eat at one or more of our lively restaurants or go shopping downtown.

For the latest details and information, please click HERE. Come by yourself or bring your family and friends…. Whatever your pleasure, Norfolk welcomes you!

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016
11th ANNUAL JANE LLOYD CLAMBAKESalisbury CT Jane Lloyd Clambake

Satre Hill (Ski Jump)
Salisbury, CT 06068
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

thejanelloydfund.org

You know its summer when The Clambake is here! Join us for the 11th Annual Traditional New England Clambake to benefit The Jane Lloyd Fund.  One ticket will include a lobster, steamers, raw bar, clam chowder, potatoes, corn on the cob and one beverage.  There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts available for purchase.  There will be a Music Circle with Eliot Osborn & Friends, a raffle for the “Giant Lobster”, and of course, the giant ice tub for the brave to bathe in.  Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased by calling Tanya Tedder at (860) 435-9661 or Donna Lloyd Stoetzner at (860) 824-5493, or online by clicking HERE.  Lobsters and clams will be served promptly at 4:00 - come early and enjoy the festivities.  Click HERE for more information about the Jane Lloyd Fund.

 

Sunday, July 31, 2016
CHEF & FARMER BRUNCH CHALLENGE
Lakeville CT Chef & Farmer Brunch Challenge
Fairfield Farm

406 Sharon Road, Route 41                                  
Lakeville, CT 06069
11 AM to 2 PM
NECCmillerton.org

A friendly competition among chefs from the region's best restaurants, competing for the title of Farm to Table Chef Champion! Join us for a farm to table Brunch with spectacular views, live music, auction, lawn games and more. Celebrity judges and People’s Choice Awards. For further information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.  Tickets start at $65.

  • The North East Community Center is kicking up their 6th annual Chef and Farmer Brunch a notch this year with a new twist on the popular, well-attended event. On July 31st, The Chef and Farmer Brunch Challenge will feature a friendly and fun competition between chefs of the area’s restaurants. Using ingredients from local farms, the talented chefs will become contestants competing for the title of Farm to Table Chef Champion.
  • The Brunch Challenge theme mirrors NECC’s Meet the Challenge fundraising goal of $100,000, which will enable the organization to continue meeting the challenge of providing programs for at-risk teens, meals for children, and support for working families and the elderly.
  • The Chef and Farmer Brunch Challenge will happen at a new location: Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm in Lakeville, with spectacular views and a commercial kitchen for the chefs’ use. Inside an adjacent tent, each participating chef will have their own station where they will prepare a bountiful meal. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the Farm to Table Chef Champion: Dafna Mizrahi, Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room Chef and “Chopped” Champion; Dan Kish, Executive Chef of Panera Bread; Joan Osofsky of Hammertown Barn; and Dana Bowen, Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine. Competition categories include: Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Best Table Presentation, and Farm to Table Chef Champion. In addition to the celebrity judges, attendees will vote for the People’s Choice Award.
  • The growing list of Brunch Challenge’s chefs and fine wines, spirits and brews includes:

Adamah • 52 Main • Berkshire Distillery • Black Rabbit • Chaseholm Farm Creamery • Falls Village Inn • Full Circus Farm • Hathaway & Young Catering • Irving Farm • Isabel's Kitchen • Liz Macaire • McEnroe Organic Farm • Milker's Basket • Millbrook Winery • Morgan's Restaurant • Olde Forge Farms • Peony Vodka • Rock Steady Farm • Silo Ridge • Stissing House • Summer Lunch Box Program • The Farmers Wife • The White Hart • When Pigs Fly   **For further information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.


 

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016
HABITAT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS! Habitat for Humanity in Sharon CT

LionRock Farm
30 Hosier Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Habitatnwct.org

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut requests the honor of your presence at the 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance and Honoree Recognition Celebration in support of our Capital Campaign to raise $100,000.

* 5:30 PM Cocktails and 6:30 Dinner
* Dance to music by Doug Ferony and Band
* Emceed by Brian Ross, ABC Chief Investigative Correspondent
* Catering by Executive Chef, Bennett Chinn
* Garden Party Attire (semi-formal)
* Tickets to this event are $200 per person.  Click HERE to purchase or for details.

 

July 6 - 17, 2016
CANAAN RAILROAD DAYS
Canaan CT Railroad Days
Canaan, CT 06018

Canaan Railroad Days is proud to be celebrating its 52nd year in bringing an amazing festival to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.  Enjoy fireworks, train history, carnival, exciting shows and much more. The fireworks at this event never disappoint! The location of launch is back at Lindell’s this year.  There will be a five-mile run or walk on Sunday, July 17, which includes a Kids Run, so click HERE to register.

We are hoping you and your family will make your way back to Lawrence Field to watch! Visit Canaanrailroaddays.com for the complete schedule of events.

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016
7th ANNUAL FALLS VILLAGE CAR SHOWFalls Village Car Show
Jacob’s Garage
34 Railroad Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
9 AM to 3 PM

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A really big show in a really small town! Muscle cars, antiques, street rods, race cars, exotics, trucks, bikes, and more! Located in a quaint village center, minutes from Lime Rock Racetrack. We will have yummy food, vendors and displays, live music thanks to the HD All-Stars, and more! This event is free to spectators.  For information about participant registration, click HERE. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department.  Don't forget to stop in at the D.M. Hunt Library tag sale while you are here - there's something for everyone!

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016
D.M. HUNT LIBRARY TAG SALE Falls Village CT Tag Sale
D.M. Hunt Library

63 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
9 AM to 3 PM
HuntLibrary.org


The D.M. Hunt Library will hold their great tag sale again this year during the Falls Village Car Show! It is packed full of great items - you will find something for everyone. Make sure you stop in to browse through the huge variety of items for sale!  Visit Falls Village this weekend with your family and friends and enjoy the festivities.

 

Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 3, 2016
GREAT ATTIC CLASSIC
  Sharon CT Historical Society - Great Attic Classic
Sharon Historical Society

18 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-5688
Sharonhist.org

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is hosting its much anticipated Great Attic Classic Tag Sale & Silent Auction under the big tent!  Rare treasures and great deals while supporting one of Sharon’s oldest institutions. This three-day event begins on Friday, July 1 from 6-8PM with the Early Buying Party and Silent Auction. A traditional favorite of decorators and collectors, the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres event costs $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Early buying continues on Saturday, July 2 from 9AM to 10AM for a $10 admission fee. Admission to the tag sale is free from 10AM to 4PM Saturday and on Sunday, July 3 from 9AM to 1PM. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking HERE and by phone at (860) 364-5688. For additional information or donation questions, email thegreatatticclassic@sharonhist.org.  Best & Cavallaro is proud to support this wonderful event.

 

Friday, June 24, 2016
CRESCENDO PRESENTSThe Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA
NORMAN ROCKWELL: PAINTINGS IN SONG
The Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road
Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Worldclassmusic.org


The adventure begins! Please join us for a first hearing of new music inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell. A select group of singers from Crescendo Chorus and Youth Singers, accompanied by a small group of instrumentalists, will perform excerpts from an exciting project which is scheduled to premiere in spring 2017. Conducted by Christine Gevert, Founding Artistic Director of Crescendo, the musicians will perform in the Museum galleries, in proximity to some of the same iconic paintings which are referenced in the extended work for full chorus and small jazz/chamber ensemble.

The 2017 project, “Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell,” with music and text composed by Dr. John Myers, will include projected large-screen animations by Alice Myers and Anna Sabatini. Throughout this performance, John Myers and Christine Gevert will offer insights into the creative process and explain some musical aspects of the composition. Excitement has been growing around this ambitious multi-disciplinary joint project of the Norman Rockwell Museum and Crescendo Chorus, which recently won the Chorus America/ASCAP/Alice Parker Award for Innovative Programming. The musicians are all faculty members at Bard College at Simon’s Rock; their participation in the event is supported by a grant from the College’s Faculty Development Fund. They will be joined in the 2017 productions by the Berkshire Children’s Chorus. Admission is free.

 

Summer, 2016
WEATOGUE FARM
78 Weatogue RoadWatogue Farm Salisbury CT
Salisbury, CT 06068

Weatoguefarm.com
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It’s that time!  One of our favorite farm stands has opened for the season starting with their annual Plant Sale. Gordon and Elvia have been very busy growing some of the best plants around.  You will find tomatoes, vegetables, flowers and herbs for sale, all grown with McEnroe's Organic Potting Mix in soil blocks. The sale will continue for a couple of weeks and the stand is open every day!  Please call with any questions (860) 435-0345.



Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18, 2016
BOOKS AND BLOOMSThe Cornwall Library in Cornwall CT
The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street

Cornwall, CT
CornwallLibrary.org

Join us at the Cornwall Library’s annual summer kick-off benefit, “Books and Blooms”!  At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator of The Olana Partnership, will give a presentation at the Library on the 250-acre landscape in Hudson, N.Y., designed by the famous 19th century Frederic Edwin Church for his estate, Olana. The property and views inspired many Hudson River School painters. Following his talk, there will be a cocktail reception and a sale of garden books, new and out-of-print, winding down at 8:00 p.m. 

Tours of five gardens in Cornwall Village, West Cornwall, Cornwall Bridge and Cornwall Hollow begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18. The gardens are diverse; the Jones’ garden in Cornwall Bridge, a “summer painting” with meandering stone paths, one in Cornwall Village with blooming peonies and roses surrounded by a hillside with ancient trees and old stone walls, Michael Trapp’s garden in West Cornwall with its large architectural fragments that transport you  to Tuscany, another in West Cornwall stoked with New England plants selected to provide color from April to November and the last, Roxana Laughlin’s in Cornwall Hollow, an astonishing blend of formal design and floral and vegetable informal plantings accented by a picket fence, gravel path and central birdbath. The tours and the garden book sale close at 4:00 p.m.  

Admission to Friday evening’s presentation and reception costs $30, with reservations made by June 10 strongly recommended. The Saturday garden tours’ cost is $30, with tickets available at the Library. The price for attending both days’ activities is $50.

Maps and tickets for the garden tour will be available at the Library, 30 Pine Street, Cornwall Village, on Saturday, June 18. Call the Library 860-672-6874 or click HERE to learn more.

 

Saturday, June 11th, 2016
SUMMER BENEFIT PREVIEW PARTY
Maxon Mills PorchThe Wassaic Project in Wassaic NY
37 Furnace Bank Rd
Wassaic NY 12592
5 PM to 8 PM

wassaicproject.org

Bowie Zunino, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, and Eve Biddle invite you to The Wassaic Project Summer Benefit and Exhibition Preview Party.  Come celebrate the opening of our 2016 Exhibition, Appetite for Destruction!  We will have great food catered by Benjamin Gilberg, specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Also, Art Tombola Raffle with 50 amazing art prizes!  Click HERE for further information and to purchase tickets. Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of The Wassaic Project!



Saturday, June 11, 2016
SPRING FOR SOUND
The Village of Millerton, NY 12546Spring for Sound Music Festival, Millerton NY

Springforsound.com

Spring For Sound is an all-day, rain-or-shine event that takes place once a year in the village of Millerton, NY. All proceeds raised go towards the work of the North East Community Center, which provides healthy, caring and responsive services to the residents of North East, Millerton and its surrounds. Performances are scheduled from 10 AM through midnight on multiple stages in our partner venues throughout the village. One ticket gets you a wristband and admission to all events. Spring for Sound is an all-ages event. Click HERE for further information and to purchase tickets - $20 advance and $30 door. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free. WORK HARD. HAVE FUN. SEE BANDS. Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of Spring for Sound!

 


Sunday, June 12, 2016
THE CIVIC LIFE PROJECT

Millerton Moviehouse

48 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
11:30 AM
Salisburyforum.org

In five short films, students from area high schools investigate such issues as recidivism among ex-convicts, depression among high school students, gender equality, internet privacy and unequal education funding. Student film makers will be on hand to discuss their projects.

In Broken Chains three ex-convicts talk about why they keep returning to a life of crime. This powerful film by Housey students was a finalist in the statewide Civic Life Youth Film Challenge.

The Invisible Disease is a study of depression as an illness that is often misunderstood. Separate Equality explores the issue of gender inequality, how it impacts us and questions why we define gender at all. The End of Internet Privacy questions how we balance our right to privacy with our need for security. Short Changed produced by students from Stamford Academy charter school follows a legal challenge to the unequal funding of Connecticut schools and the impact on student achievement. Free admission.

 

Monday, May 30, 2016
MEMORIAL DAYMemorial Day

Memorial Day is an important day in America. It’s a day to give thanks, to pay tribute and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. In reality, we should be thankful every single day of the year, but Monday is the official day where we all come together to honor our fallen soldiers.

 

Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22, 2016

CRESCENDO PRESENTS…
Saturday @ 6:00 PMCrescendo Presents in Great Barrington MA
First Congregational Church
251 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA

Sunday @ 4:00 PM
Trinity Church Lime Rock
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

worldclassmusic.org

ELIZABETHAN MADRIGALS AND MOTETS & THE SOUNDS OF HAMLET. The award-winning music organization Crescendo presents its spring concert program on May 21 and 22.  Elizabethan Music and The Sounds of Hamlet will feature madrigals and motets by the greatest British composers of the Elizabethan Age: William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, and John Wilbye. A commissioned work by the young organist and composer, Juan Mesa, is based on three quotes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Performers are the Crescendo Chorus, soloists, the viola da gamba ensemble Arcadia Viols, and Larry Wallach on continuo organ. Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct.

Tickets: $30 general seating, $50 premium seating and $10 under 18. Tickets are available online by clicking HERE and at the door. This is a Take Part Culture Card Event of the Northwest CT Arts Council.

Christine Gevert will give free hour-long talks exploring music of the Elizabethan Era (The Power of Song in England) on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30 AM at the Mason Library in Great Barrington, MA, and later the same day at 4 PM at Town Hall in Salisbury, CT (presented by the Scoville Library).
 

 

Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2016
TRADE SECRETS
Lion Rock FarmTrade Secrets Garden Event in Sharon CT
Route 41 & Hoiser Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Tradesecretsct.com

Welcome to Trade Secrets better known as the “northeast’s garden event of the year!”  This spectacular two-day garden event brings legions of gardeners (along with Martha Stewart) to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut every spring in support of a wonderful cause -- Women's Support Services (WSS).  This year Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale is on Saturday, May 14, at the lovely LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT., and the Extraordinary Garden Tour on Sunday, May 15. 

The garden tour features four superb Litchfield Connecticut gardens including the signature garden of Trade Secrets founder, Bunny Williams and her husband, John Roselli – always a treat; Carolyne Roehm’s “Weatherstone”; Pat and Judy Murphy’s “Old Farm Nursery”; and the rarely viewed home garden of Michael Trapp.

On Saturday, Trade Secrets is hosting a special book signing to celebrate three new gardening books:

  • “Outstanding American Gardens; A Celebration – 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy” edited by Page Dickey
  • “At Home in the Garden” by Carolyne Roehm
  • “The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques” from Chanticleer
 

Founded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for WSS of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.   The WSS mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.  Click HERE for tickets and information.  Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of this magnificent event!

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016
GIL GUTIERREZ CONCERT Gil Gutierrez Concert in Salisbury CT
Saint John’s Episcopal Church
Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:30 PM

St. John's Church in Salisbury, CT, is pleased to host the renowned guitarist, Gil Gutierrez, and violinist Bob Stern in a concert at 5:30 PM on May 5, 2016, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  A virtuoso Mexican guitarist and composer, Gutierrez has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and before a crowd of 10,000 at Millennium Park, Chicago.  Bob Stern has been playing violin for over fifty years, performing in multiple styles and with a variety of famous musicians.

Constantly pushing boundaries as a musical director, Gutierrez brings together new combinations of musicians and music, including jazz, flamenco, Cuban and Mexican styles.  He continues to tour and perform in Canada, Latin America, and the United States.  He lives in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

When a group of Salisbury residents heard Gil in concert in San Miguel recently, they wanted to bring this excellent music home.  Fortunately, the Board of St. John’s Church in Salisbury agreed to host this wonderful event for the community, open to all.  Although there is no admission, donations will be accepted. For further information, click HERE.

 


Saturday, May 7, 2016
RUN FOR THE ROSESKentucky Derby Party Canaan CT
Geer Village

77 South Canaan Road
Canaan, CT 06018
(860) 362-5095
4 PM to 7 PM

Straight from the horse's mouth - Saturday, May 7 is Kentucky Derby Day! Join the Salisbury Rotary & Exchange Club of Canaan for a great afternoon of fun, fantastic food, beverages, Mint Juleps, the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, and the opportunity to bid on some great silent and live auction items at Rotary's Annual Run-for-the-Roses event. Help Rotary raise money for its "good works fund" that annually provides local scholarships, community grants to local non-profits, support for international needs, and more. Don your derby finest! Prizes will be awarded to the “best dressed couple” and “most original derby hat”. Tickets are $25 per person.  For more information and to purchase tickets email info@canaanexchange.com or call (860) 362-5095. Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of this event!

 


May 7, 2016
SHARON CLASSIC ROAD RACE
The Green by Town HallSharon CT Classic Road Race
67 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069

Sharonclassicroadrace.org

The Sharon Classic Road Race, a 31-year tradition in Sharon, CT combines small-town charm with big race amenities. What began as a small but meaningful fundraiser for the Sharon Day Care Center has evolved into a significant early spring race in the Northwest Corner. It is also a very successful fundraiser. The Main Event and 5-Mile Race begins at 10:15 a.m. with Registration opening at 8:30 a.m.  Kids Events begin at 9:30 with the Fun Run, which is organized into two age groups.  Our popular Not-Quite-A-Mile Kids race begins at 9:45 and is for children through age 12.  The race course is a beautiful route through town and rural sections of Sharon. The “lollipop” route has gently rolling hills with one moderately challenging hill in the 4th mile. We provide water stations and timers along the course.  One of the most enjoyable courses to run in the Northwest Corner, the Sharon Classic is a great way to start the racing season and is an excellent warm-up for the larger races in the area. In addition to these events, we have a Silent Auction, Bounce House, Massages, Food Concessions, local exhibits from community organizations, music and more. Bring the family!  Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of the Sharon Classic Road Race.

 

Sunday, May 8, 2016
MOTHER’S DAYHappy Mother's Day

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s. Today and every day, is a time to honor the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

 

Saturday, April 23, & Sunday, April 24, 2016
THE 14th ANNUAL ART @ THE DUMPArt @ The Dump in Cornwall CT
The Transfer Station
Route 4
(approximately 6 miles west of Goshen)
Cornwall, CT
artatthedump.homestead.com

The 14th annual Art @ The Dump will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, April 23, and from 10 AM to noon on Sunday, April 24. Artists from all over the area can and do enter the show, which has few rules, other than the use of recycled materials, a couple of simple forms and a requirement to donate 30 percent of the proceeds for the art program at Cornwall Consolidated School. Generally hundreds show up and artwork is placed on tables, hung or what have you in and around the sand shed. Submissions have included everything from tin-can soldiers to a wedding dress made out of Tyvek®. Artists, aspiring artists and non-artists are encouraged to participate. Items are to be dropped off and hung the morning of the show from 8 to 10 AM. Pickup time for artwork is Sunday afternoon. All artwork, unless indicated will be for sale.

 

Sunday, April 10, 2016
TRI-STATE MINI MAKER FAIRE Indian Mountain School Tri-State Mini Maker Faire
Indian Mountain School
211 Indian Mountain Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
tristatemakerfaire.com
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Indian Mountain School and The Hotchkiss School are thrilled to be co-hosting the 2016 Tri-State Mini Maker Faire on Main Indian Mountain Campus at 211 Indian Mountain Road. Mini Maker Faires are the perfect marriage between science, technology, art and design, and aim to provide the community at large with a forum for creativity and conversation. They have teamed up to provide the community with a day full of displays and activities that will challenge and delight participants of all ages. Kicking off the event will be keynote speaker, Colin Homer Gillespie, Hotchkiss Class of 1985, President of LEGO Education North America.

Both IMS and Hotchkiss are committed to growing a culture of Making within the community. The Tri-State Maker Mini Faire will draw upon adult and student Makers from Northwestern Connecticut, Southwestern Massachusetts and Eastern New York State. There will be opportunities to view the work of well-known artists and engineers. Participants will also be engaged to Make in the moment by experiencing the challenge of balancing a mobile, programming Arduino, or by planting seedlings in pots made by robots. For all the details, information and directions click HERE.



Sunday, April 10, 2016
FALLS VILLAGE MOUNTAINEER 5K RUN/WALK Mountaineer 5k Falls Village CT
Housatonic Valley Regional High School

246 Warren No 1 Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031

fallsvillagemountaineer5k.org

The scenic beauty of Connecticut's Northwest Corner provides the perfect setting for this fun event.  Whether you're looking to get back in shape after a long winter or you're a competitive runner or you just want to walk the course with friends, this event offers something for everyone!  100% of the event proceeds are donated to the Region One Athletic Fund.  The Fund supports athletics in the broadest terms among all grades and ages throughout Region One. In 2015, R1AF awarded over $90,000 in grants.  Through the Mountaineer 5K, we hope to grow that amount in the coming years! More information and online registration is available HERE.

 

Friday, April 15, 2016
THE U.S. AND IRAN
The Salisbury School Presents The US & Iran
The Salisbury School

251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
7:30 PM
SalisburyForum.org

Can we ever trust Iran? To answer that question we have to know the Iranians. We have to understand a country with a history that goes back a thousand years.

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet has made the study of Iranian and Middle East history a life-long passion. Born in Tehran she was an eyewitness to the 1979 Iranian revolution. She lived through the start of the Iran-Iraq war before leaving for France and then the United States. She credits her years at Hotchkiss as launching her academic career leading to a doctorate from Yale and director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kashani-Sabet discusses the complex ethnicity of the Iranian population and its views of the Arab states and Israel. How has the 1953 coup affected relations with the United States? Given recent events is there any hope of improving relations with Iran?  All Salisbury Forum events are free and open to the public


 

Sunday, April 17, 2016
LAUGHING MATTERS COMEDY NIGHTLaughing Matters Comedy Night in Millerton NY
52 Main
Millerton, NY 12546

Doors open at 7:30 PM
Age 18 and up only
NECCMillerton.org


Come out and join us at Laughing Matters Comedy Night to support the North East Community Center's Programs for Children. Featured comics include, Rick Trabucco, Katina Carrao, Matt Pavone, Ronnie Reed, and MC Sam McGarrity.  The North East Community Center brings vital services to local residents of all ages and means, from Growing Together and Moms Morning Out groups, to Teen Team and jobs programs, after school and summer programming, income tax preparation assistance, the Care Car and Dial A Ride, The Millerton Farmers Market, Summer Lunch Box and food access programs, and much more. A $25 ticket includes a drink; full menu available and 10% of all food and drink proceeds go to NECC. For further information and tickets click HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.


 

January 15 through March 31, 2016
DONALD BRACKEN: IMAGINED LANDSCAPED
The Hotchkiss Library of SharonDonald Bracken Exhibit in Sharon CT
10 Upper Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
Hotchkisslibrary.org

Don Bracken is inspired by nature and incorporates many natural materials in his art. As a process-oriented artist, his process includes the discovery of materials, which he then synthesizes and formalizes in the studio. Because his work derives heavily from both the physical landscape and the archeological traces of civilization, he often combines materials such as clay and acrylics with local earth, natural pigments, vines, leaves, roots, and seed pods. He incorporates rich texture, evocative form, and elements of color, light, and kinetics in pieces that describe both life’s ephemeral transience and its constant evolution, as well as documenting the human capacity to cause decline, disorder, and chaos in the natural world. Bracken has received many awards, and his pieces are in numerous American and international collections.  An artist’s reception will be held Sunday, January 31, from 4 to 6 PM, in the library.


 

April 1 through 3, 2016
BYE BYE BIRDIE  Housatonic Valley Regional High School Presents Bye Bye Birdie
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Falls Village, CT 06031
TheFVCT.org

Performances Friday, April 1, at 7 PM, Saturday, April 2, at 7 PM and Sunday, April 3, at 2 PM at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  Thirty-one area youth, ages 5 through 18 perform a rocking, rousing version of Bye Bye Birdie.  Not to be missed!  Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted at the door, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and intermission concessions.

 

April 2, 2016
LAKEVILLE GALLERY WALK

Main Street Lakeville CT Gallery Walk
Lakeville, CT 06039

Lawrence Davis-Hollander (413) 229-8316
Leslie Watkins (860) 542-3920       
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

An early spring art celebration and gallery walk will take place in Lakeville on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 6 pm.  The gallery walk will coincide with the opening of WaterWorks, a new Lakeville art gallery and watercolor painting school founded by artist Leslie Watkins (New England Wild Flowers, 2016, above right).  Waterworks is located at 325 Main Street in the Parish House of the Methodist church. Across the street, the White Gallery will host its closing of its 2016 "Winter Warmer" exhibition. This rotating-group show features many represented artists of different styles and media.  Artists include Sarah Martinez, Harry Rich, Debra Losada, Carolyn Edlund, Nancy Lasar, Janet Iffland, David Dunlop, Frances B. Ashforth, Joan Jardine, Kate Stiassni and Avery Danziger.

Next door to the White Gallery, Somethins Gotta Give decorative arts gallery will feature its usual blend of finely crafted objects by local artisans in the tri-state area. There is fine made-to-order furniture, one of a kind ceramics and wood decoratives. Just down the road on Route 44, Millerton Road, Argazzi Gallery will continue its featured artists Winter Show with an array of paintings of both emerging and established artists.  Lakeville Interiors’ newly renovated retail shop on nearby Holley Street will feature art by Great Barrington based artist Isha Nelson. There is a wide selection of fabrics, wallpapers, custom furniture, area rugs and carpeting. Their on-site workroom includes window treatments, pillows, slipcovers and upholstery. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at some of the galleries.

 

March 17, 18 & 19, 2016
CHICAGO – THE MUSICAL
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
HMTS.org

Housatonic Valley Regional High School Presents Chicago

In roaring 20’s Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and is sent to death row where Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream" -- fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire, featuring a dazzling score, sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Newsweek called Chicago “Fosse’s best work...” and it won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Don’t miss this amazing local production - Directed by Michael Berkeley; Production Manager and Assistant Director is B&C’s own Lori Belter!  For tickets and show times, click HERE. Some mature content – parental guidance recommended.



Saturday, March 19, 2016
MAPLE FEST!Maple Fest at Sharon Audubon Center CT
Sharon Audubon Center

325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-0520
10 AM – 4 PM
Sharonaudubon.org

Mark your calendars for MapleFest, our sugaring Open House. On-going, guided 45-minute tours will lead visitors through the Center's sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.  Participants can watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup.  Fresh syrup will be available for purchase while supplies last.  Admission for the event is $6.00 adults and $4.00 children (2 and under free). Wear warm clothes and boots, as much of the tour is outdoors.

New this year, purchase maple goodies made with the Center's very own maple syrup at our Maple Bake Sale.  Various homemade maple baked goods will be available for purchase while supplies last. Join us as we celebrate the awakening of the spring!



Sunday, March 20th, 2016
TASTE OF THE TRI-STATE
Mars Athletic Center at The Hotchkiss SchoolTaste of the Tri-State at The Hotchkiss School
22 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Tristatechamber.com

On March 20th, the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will be holding its first annual Taste of the Tri-State event. This will be a fundraising event featuring the food from many of our local restaurants as well as our local businesses showcasing what they have to offer our community. This will be held at the Hotchkiss School Mars Athletic Center. A truly wonderful day of delicious food and great entertainment with local vendors! This all NEW event will have many local vendors from our community as well as food to purchase from our local restaurants and local businesses.

 

Friday, March 4, 2016
THE SALISBURY FORUM: RALPH NADERRalph Nadar at The Salisbury Forum at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Housatonic Valley Regional High School 

246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
Salisburyforum.org
7:30 PM

This is the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed a book that launched the modern consumer movement. It took only five months for Congress to pass and President Johnson to sign into law the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. According to the Center for Auto safety NHTSA’s design standards, recalls, and general auto-safety-related measures would reduce the rate of deaths per mile driven by nearly 80 percent.

Over time he put thousands of “Nader’s Raiders” to work investigating cars, nuclear power, pipeline safety, food and drug safety, airline safety, water and air pollution, antitrust enforcement, corporate governance and shareholder democracy, clean energy, tax reform, income and wealth inequality, campaign-finance reform, pension rights, old-age homes, occupational hazards, healthcare, smoking, freedom-of-information laws, multinationals, the Educational Testing Service, veterans’ affairs, land management, whistle blowing, trade policy, insurance, procurement—a seemingly endless list of vital issues with profound, real-world consequences.

He also found time to launch four presidential campaigns. He still produces a column every week, opened the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted and travels widely lecturing and writing. He has an opinion on almost everything. We don’t know just what he will talk about, but considering it is Ralph Nader, the evening is certain to be interesting. All Salisbury Forum programs are free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016
A MIDWINTER’S NIGHT IN THE VILLAGE
David M. Hunt LibraryDavid M Hunt Library's A Midwinter's Night in the Village
63 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031

8:00 PM
Huntlibrary.org

The Friends of The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will hold its winter fund raiser, A Midwinter’s Night in the Village, at the library on Saturday, February 20 from 5pm to 8pm. Warm up with old friends and make new friends while enjoying an evening of tasty breads, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, music and poetry. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic refreshments are included in the ticket price. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and can be purchased by stopping by the library, visiting huntlibrary.org or by calling 860-824-7424.

The main feature of A Midwinter’s Night in the Village will be the library’s famous 16-ft long bread board piled high with a variety of homemade breads ranging from sweet dessert loaves to hearty savory breads, delicious hors d’oeuvres and chocolate treats. For entertainment, Vance Cannon will play acoustic guitar and there will be readings and performances of poetry focused on love by great local talent including children’s librarian Rita Delgado, and Hunt board members Lonnie Carter, Garth Kobal, Ellery Sinclair and Carol Taylor, among others.
 

January 16 through February 20, 2016
NEW PAINTINGS BY JOHN HODGSON John Hodgson Paintings in Falls Village CT
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
Huntlibrary.org

“Taking Flight: New Paintings by John Hodgson.”
John Hodgson, a young and talented artist on the autism spectrum and a Falls Village resident, makes his art in his New York City studio with his teacher, Baris Gokturk. Taking Flight is a series he has been working on since the summer of 2015 when his fellow art students at JCC Manhattan worked on a group exhibit at the Hunt Library. This new series combines Mr. Hodgson’s gestural, speech-based abstract works with collage elements of birds and nature. John was inspired by the natural environment in and around Falls Village and the clippings from bird and nature magazines that his mom, Laurie Hodgson, provided him. Through this, Mr. Hodgson created these compelling bird paintings, expanding his repertoire of visual language and art-making skills. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, January 16 from 4 to 6 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

February 12 through 14, 2016
90th ANNUAL JUMPFEST WEEKEND

Salisbury, CT 06068Jumpfest Weekend in Salisbury CT
A Salisbury Tradition for 90 Years!
Jumpfest.org


Friday: Friday Night Lights!
Start off the night with the Chili Cookoff at 6:30pm
While you are warming up the Target Ski Jumping competition begins at 7:00pm
Immediately following the Jumping competition, stick around for the Human Dog Sled Racing!

Saturday: Salisbury Invitational Ski Jumping
Come cheer on the Junior Jumpers on the 20 and 30 meter hills. Their competition begins at 9am.
The big jump competitors begin practice at 11am and competition begins at 1pm.
Enjoy the warming bonfires around the grounds, Lagunitas beer and great food at the Cook Shack!

Saturday Late Night: SWSA's Annual Snow Ball Dance
End your evening partying to The Nice Ones at SWSA's annual Snow Ball Dance. Serving up great hits, Lagunitas Beer and wine from 8pm until midnight!

Sunday: Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships
Closing the Jumpfest weekend are the Junion National Hopefuls ski jumping off the big hill.
The competitors begin practicing at 11am with competition at 1pm.

Visit Jumpfest for the complete schedule of events and detailed information.  Don't miss this amazing weekend in Salisbury!


 

Saturday, February 13, 2016
WINTER SWING
The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street
Cornwall, CT 06753
(860) 672-6874
CornwallLibrary.org

6 to 9 PM

Looking for some mid-winter fun? Bring your friends and family to join us for the annual Winter Swing dinner dance at the Library, where you will be treated to an evening of great food and dancing.  This year the music will be provided by Bob Parker’s Jive by Five band. Come enjoy a buffet dinner of home-cooked dishes. Tickets are $30 per person and seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance.  Tickets are available at the library or by clicking HERE.  Wine and beer will be available for a $5 donation per glass and soda for a $1 donation per glass. Always a fun night out!

 


Sunday, February 7, 2016
A WORLD OF THANKS
Interlaken Inn
74 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Interlakeninn.com
Doors open at 3 pm

JOIN US FOR A World of Thanks celebrating Beers around the World to benefit the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service

Admission:  $29 per person at door (100% goes to SVAS)
What you get:  12 beer samplers from around the world — a 4 oz taster from every country. Each beer/country has been hosted and paid for by a sponsor business. Interlaken Inn serves complimentary Nachos, Chili, and a Chocolate Fountain with Pretzels and Marshmallows all day until 7 pm. And, of course, everyone is invited to stay and watch the Big Game on Interlaken’s 18-foot TV.
Also available: 
• Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for purchase thanks to generous donations by The Hotchkiss School, Litchfield Bancorp, National Iron Bank, Salisbury Bank and Trust, and Salisbury School. (100% of sales proceeds to benefit SVAS)
• NASCAR Dave will have hot dogs and other food for sale
• Interlaken will have a cash bar and tailgate menu after 7pm
• Marshall Miles of Robin Hood Radio will be doing a live feed during the event.  He will also be running a Magic Squares before the game that will benefit the Bargain Barn in Sharon.

Beer Sponsors Include:
Interlaken Inn – Canada
Ascendant – Belgium
Lime Rock – USA
ITW – France
The White Hart – England
Riley’s Furniture – Ireland
The White Gallery – Italy
The Boathouse – Greece
The Woodland – Germany
LionRock Farm – Mexico
Rooney Design Group - Scotland
Sharon Hospital - India
100% of proceeds will benefit the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS)

 

January 8 through 31, 2016
THE MUSIC MAN
The CENTER for Performing Arts

661 Route 308The Music Man at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck NY
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Friday & Saturday 8 PM
Saturday 16 & 23 only, 3 PM
Sunday 3 PM
Tickets: $27 & $25  
$22 for Saturday matinees
Box Office (845) 876-3080

Centerforperformingarts.org

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Music Man by Meredith Willson has been entertaining audiences for over 55 years. When con-man Harold Hill comes to the quaint town of River City, Iowa, promising a children's band to keep the children out of mischief, the town falls for his scheme.  But town librarian, Marion Paroo, is a bit more skeptical.  

With hit songs like, “Goodnight My Someone,” “76 Trombones,” “My White Knight,” and “Till There Was You,” The Music Man is sure to keep audiences singing long after the curtain closes. 

Directed and choreographed by Michael Berkeley and Best & Cavallaro's very own Lori Belter! Starring Christopher Gilbert as Harold Hill and Amy LeBlanc as Marian Paroo.  A MUST SEE!  For further information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

 


Sunday, January 17, 2016
MILLIONAIRE’S UNIT
The MoviehouseMillionaire's Unit
48 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
Salisburyforum.org

This fascinating documentary tells the story of how a small group of Yale college students formed a private air force in preparation for America’s entry into World War One. It became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and was the first air combat unit in the Great War. Narrated by actor Bruce Dern this dramatic account of their exploits was filmed on three continents over a seven year period. Based on the book by Marc Wortman it traces the little known origins of American air power. The author and members of the production staff will be on hand to discuss the film.  All Salisbury Forum events are free and open to the public.
 


Saturday, January 23, 2016
MILL WARMING PARTY

The Wassaic ProjectMill Warming Party with The Wassaic Project
Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
Wassaicproject.org

We're so pleased and excited to announce that for the first time ever, the Wassaic Project is offering Winter Programming and Events! Join us on Saturday, January 23rd for our first ever Annual Mill Warming to celebrate the winterization of Maxon Mill and the start of our full annual calendar of events.  From 4 to 6 PM enjoy Winter-themed Kids' Activities in the Art Nest, a Paper Weaving Workshop with Artist-In-Residence Kirsten Lamb, an Exhibition featuring January Wassaic Artists-in-Residence and HOT Drinks and Snacks! Continue the party and grab dinner at the Lantern with a performance by The Lucky 5! Visit Wassaicproject.org for further information and details.

 

Friday, January 8, 2016
THE MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO
Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center
The Hotchkiss SchoolThe Michael Musillami Trip at The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road

Lakeville, CT 06039
7:00 PM
Hotchkiss.org

The Hotchkiss Concert Series is pleased to present the Michael Musillami Trio and Special Guests, Friday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Veteran jazz guitarist and composer Michael Musillami and his flagship trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, will perform music from their new Playscape Recordings CD, "Zephyr" released October 6, 2015. The trio will be joined by pianist Peter Madsen, tenor saxophonist and 2016 Grammy nominee Jimmy Greene, alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon and soprano saxophonist, Jason Rigby. The concert is free and open to the public.



Saturday, January 9 & Sunday, January 10, 2016
MOMIX: OPUS CACTUS
Warner Theatre Momix Opus Cactus at the Warner Theatre in Torrington CT
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Momix.com

Opus Cactus is Back! After a ten-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, Opus Cactus was then brought back into the MOMIX retort and a full-evening work was created. For tickets and further information, please click HERE.

 

Thursday, December 31, 2015
KIDS’ NEW YEAR’S PARTY
Scoville Memorial Library
Scoville Memorial Library's Kids' New Year's Party
38 Main Street

Salisbury, CT 06068
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Scovillelibrary.org

Join us for the fun! Exactly 12 hours before 2016 begins, in the SML Children’s Room, at a party with food and drink, arts and crafts, bells and whistles, kids will count down to exactly 12 hours before the New Year begins (for maximum rested fun). All kids welcome!



Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!




 

Friday, December 18, 2015
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Indian Mountain School
Lower Campus
Indian Mountain School Holiday Marketplace
204 Interlaken Road

Lakeville, CT 06039
(860) 435-2855
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Indianmountain.org

The 2015 IMS Holiday Marketplace will take place in the UC Student Center on Friday, December 18, from 2:00-6:00 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome. Come join us for a head-start on holiday shopping, including gourmet food, live music, gingerbread decorating, and much more! Come shop the amazing selection of local businesses and be sure to participate in the raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Corner Food Pantry.



Sunday, December 20, 2015
CHRISTMAS ANGELICUS
Salisbury Congregational ChurchChristmas Angelicus at the Salisbury Congregational Church
30 Main Street

Salisbury, CT 06068
4:00 PM
chorusangelicus.org

’Tis the time to make merry! Come to Salisbury Congregational Church for Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus with John McDonough (narrator), Scott Ellaway (organist), and Gabriel Löfvall (director). Churches and chapels across NW CT once more will ring with music of the season. Old and new arrangements of carols and seasonal songs will be craftily executed by the pure voices of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, along with traditional carols for audience delight. Purchase tickets ($25 general seating, $40 priority seating, $10 students) in advance by clicking HERE. Sold out houses is a tradition also!

 

Friday December 11, 2015
WHY ARCHITECTURE MATTERS
The Hotchkiss SchoolWhy Architecture Matters with Paul Goldberger
Walker Auditorium
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
7:30 PM
Salisburyforum.org

 

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry is the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.   “Architecture begins to matter,” writes Paul Goldberger, “when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads.” The purpose of his book Why Architecture Matters is to “come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually”—with its impact on our lives. What makes great architecture? When does a building become architecture, become art? What kind of an art is it that you not only look at but also live in? Goldberger starts with these questions, as old as architecture itself, and then explains the sometimes conflicting elements of great architecture.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS ARTISAN MARKET
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
artisansale.org

The 11th annual Holiday Artisans Market is back with jewelry, pottery, organic skin care, woodwork, leather goods, fiber arts, gourmet food, weaving, fresh and dried greens and more! The Artisans Group is a collective of artists and crafts people from the Tri-State Area who show and market their work in the Northwest corner of Connecticut. Come out, shop locally and support our local artisans!




Sunday, December 13, 2015
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
The MoviehouseIt's A Wonderful Life at The Movie House in Millerton NY
48 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
11:00 AM, Doors Open at 10:30
themoviehouse.net


Presented as part of a village-wide seasonal celebration! Salisbury Bank and The Moviehouse will present a special holiday screening of Frank Capra's 1946 classic film IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Admission is free and open to the entire community and is part of a village-wide celebration of the 2016 holiday season.

Enjoy complimentary candy canes, cookies, and apple cider, plus balloons and coloring books for the children, provided courtesy of Salisbury Bank. After the film, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village, make a start on your holiday shopping and, as the sun goes down, enjoy the spectacle of Millerton's holiday lights!

 

Saturday, December 5, 2015
CIVIC COMMITTEE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Salisbury Association Academy BuildingAnual Christmas Concert at Civic Committee
24 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
7:00 PM
salisburyassn.org


The Association’s Civic Committee continues a tradition of hosting a Christmas concert in the Academy Building. Oboeist Judith Dansker returns with lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, soprano and harpist Marcia Young, and soprano Alicia DePaolo for an evening of seasonal pieces, wine, and dessert. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Academy Building either before or at the concert. Space is limited, so please reserve early by contacting Laura Carlson at (860) 435-0566 or salisburyassn@gmail.com.



Sunday, December 6th, 2016
SALISBURY TREE LIGHTINGSalisbury CT Tree Lighting at The White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn

Salisbury, CT 06068

Please join us for our annual tree lighting event to be held at The White Hart Inn! Santa will arrive at 4:30 PM and stay until 6:00 PM. Each child will get a picture with Santa and an ornament to take home, provided by the Tri-State Chamber. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided by the White Hart. The tree lighting will start at 6:00 PM with the Salisbury Band Christmas Brass & Hot Chocolate Society with Father Joe Kurnath leading in singing Christmas Carols. Immediately following will be the Parade of Lights by The Lakeville Hose Company.  Bundle up, bring your friends and family, and enjoy a beautiful night of Salisbury tradition!



Sunday, December 6, 2015
A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

The Hotchkiss School - Main Building The Hotchkiss Chorus Presents Festival of Lessons and Carols
11 Interlaken Road

Lakeville, CT 06039
7:00 PM
(860) 435-4423
Hotchkiss.org

The Hotchkiss Chorus will present its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday evening, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Chapel. A tradition at the school for 56 years, part of the program, which includes biblical readings and traditional carols, is performed by candlelight. The non-denominational service is led by Hotchkiss Chaplain Lou Pressman, with the Hotchkiss Chorus directed by Jack Brown. The service is free and all are welcome. Please arrive early, as seating is limited.

 


NORFOLK FARMER'S MARKET & CRAFT FAIR 
Norfolk Town Hall     The Norfolk CT Farmers Market
19 Maple Avenue
Norfolk, CT 06058
Holiday Market on December 5, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Alternate Saturdays starting January 9, 2016

This market has great local meats, cheeses, jams, breads, coffees and chocolates.



November 21 through December 5, 2015
FESTIVAL OF TREESFestival of Trees in Salisbury CT
Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

(860) 435-9851
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun 12:00 – 4:00 PM      
Thurs & Friday 12 – 6:00 PM
noblehorizons.org


The Annual Festival of Trees is one of the most popular holiday traditions in the Northwest Corner. This magical display of small trees, wreaths, and centerpieces is a wonderful family event—and admission is free.  Each of the one-of-a-kind exhibits has been created by individuals, students, merchants, and organizations in the community. All of these holiday decorations are offered for purchase in a silent auction which runs throughout the two-week event.  This year's theme, “A Dickens Christmas” will be reflected throughout the setting—from the entryway scene to the “stone” fireplace in Tiny Tim's home. Even the special Children's Corner will feature an old-fashioned toy and candy stores. A special Gala Party will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 5 to 7 pm in the festive setting.  Guests will enjoy plentiful hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. They can submit final auction bids and purchase raffle tickets for restaurant meals and movie tickets. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcomed. The Festival of Trees is organized by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary. All proceeds from the Festival are used for special purchases and extra activities for the residents of Noble Horizons.

 

November 27 & 28, 2015
3rd ANNUAL KENT HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE STROLL
Main StreetKent Holiday Champange Stroll
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 592-0061
kentct.com


Skip the mall and follow the search lights to Kent for a weekend of shopping, dining and champagne sipping!  The 3rd Annual Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll takes place Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  For $10, sample over 30 champagnes at the participating businesses. Online Registration will begin as we get closer to the event.  Strollers must be over 21 with ID, please.  Come early to shop and check in any time after 2 PM.  How it works - pick-up your champagne flute, bracelet and map (which divides the town into four zones). Visit at least two businesses in each zone; get your map stamped and your name will be entered into the drawing for one of three great bottles of champagne.  Once you have strolled and shopped and tasted, head to one of Kent’s fine restaurants for dinner where you will find unique menu items to compliment the weekend as well as more champagne. The event is underwritten by the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

 

November 27, 2015
BOOK READING WITH LENA DUNHAM
Cornwall Meeting House Lena Dunham Reading in Cornwall CT
8 Bolton Road

Cornwall, CT 06753
(860) 672-6874
5:00 PM

cornwalllibrary.org

Cornwall neighbor, creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, actress and director, co-founder of a new e-newsletter, Lenny, Lena Dunham will read from her book Not That Kind of Girl.  Following the reading she will talk with Laurie Simmons, artist, photographer, filmmaker and, not coincidentally, mother of Lena herself, in an unscripted Q&A format.  After the reading and Q&A, guests will cross the town green for a book signing and reception that will follow at the Library on Pine Street. Both hardcover and the newly issued paperback version of the book will be available for sale at the Library reception, thanks to The Wish House. 
 
When it came out in 2014, Not That Kind of Girl was named one of the best books of the year.  “The gifted [Lena] Dunham not only writes with observant precision, but also brings a measure of perspective, nostalgia and an older person’s sort of wisdom to her portrait of her (not all that much) younger self and her world.... As acute and heartfelt as it is funny.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.  The cut off for buying tickets (limited seating, $30 each) is Friday, November 20. Visit cornwalllibrary.org for tickets; tickets may also be purchased at the Library, cash or check. This event is a fundraiser for The Cornwall Library.

 


Friday, November 20, 2015
WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY
Millerton Elementary SchoolWinter Coat Giveaway in Millerton NY
5833 South Elm Avenue
Millerton, NY 12546
(518) 789-4259
NECCMillerton.org

On Friday, November 20, the North East Community Center will host its annual Coat Giveaway in partnership with Dutchess Outreach. Anyone who needs a warm coat for themselves or family members is invited to the Giveaway, at the Millerton Elementary School from 1 pm to 6 pm. The event will be run by NECC's Teen Team Leadership Program, and they will be on hand to help you find just what you need. We will not be able to admit anyone before 1 pm. NECC thanks the Webutuck High School Coat Drive for collecting items for the Giveaway. FYI - pass it on! Yes we are accepting coats - especially for children and teens; (no wool, trench or tweed coats, just parka-type coats, please!).


 

November 12 through 15, 2015
PIPPIN THE MUSICAL
The Hotchkiss School
Pippin the Musical at the Walker Auditorium
Walker Auditorium
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

(860) 435-3203
Hotchkiss.org


The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association is pleased to present the musical Pippin, November 12 - 14 at 7:30 PM and November 15 at 2:30 PM. The production will be directed by Marcus Olson, Director of the Theatre program at The Hotchkiss School. The story of Pippin, a young prince seeking his life’s passion and purpose, is dramatized by a traveling troupe of performers led by the charismatic Leading Player. Pippin plans a revolution, commits murder, becomes king, and finally settles down to a normal life on his dramatic journey, much to the Leading Player’s chagrin. Pippin was originally produced on Broadway in 1972. Ben Vereen originated the role of the Leading Player, for which he won a Tony award; Pippin also won a Tony for best Broadway revival in 2013.The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association presents the musical Pippin, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Roger O. Hirson. Walker Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. Purchase at the door or by phone (860) 435-3203 (cash or check only).



November 13, 2015
THE MENTORS EXHIBIT
Noble HorizonsThe Mentors Exhibit at Noble Horizons in Salisbury CT
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 435-9851
noblehorizons.org


Noble Horizons invites the community to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of new work by the Artist Mentors of the artgarage at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). The artgarage is a free, non-profit, after-school art studio staffed by adult Artist Mentors who are practicing artists and artisans. They include painters, sculptors, designers, potters, fiber artists, illustrators and art teachers. Open to all HVRHS students, the artgarage encourages students to explore art, creativity, wonder, possibility, and in the process, themselves. The artgarage is fully funded by donations which are used to buy art supplies and provide stipends for the Artist Mentors. Exhibiting artists in the Mentor exhibit include Terri Moore, Vali Valenti, Jill Gibbons, Jocelyn Krodman, Camille Roccanova, Joey Jabonski, Diane Schapira, John Brett, Joel Schapira, Bernie Re, and Mike Sweeny. An opening reception will be held on November 13 from 5 to 7 PM. The exhibit is open weekends, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM through January 3, 2016. Sales from this exhibit will benefit the artgarage which is 100% privately funded.



Saturday, November 14, 2015
CRESCENDO - REMEMBER AND REJOICE
First Congregational Church Crescendo Performance in Great Barrington MA
251 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
6:00 PM (pre-concert talk at 5:30)

Sunday, November 15, 2015
CRESCENDO - REMEMBER AND REJOICE
Trinity Church Lime Rock
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
4:00 PM (pre-concert talk at 3:30)  
Worldclassmusic.org

For its November 14 and 15 concerts, the national award-winning music organization Crescendo will present choral works of the Italian composer Pietro Torri and the German composer Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel performed by Crescendo’s Chorus, Youth Singers and Period Instrument Orchestra. Crescendo’s founder and artistic director Christine Gevert will conduct. Crescendo’s performance of Torri’s requiem Missa Pro Defunctis will be a U.S. premiere. The work was written by the Italian Baroque composer to honor his patron of 37 years, Prince Maximilian Emanuel, the elector of Bavaria, at his death in 1726. Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel was hailed by critics for being “as great as Johann Sebastian Bach.” Bach had great respect for Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel and often performed his works.  For further information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.  Best & Cavallaro has been a long-time supporter of Crescendo.  Join us!

 

Saturday, November 7, 2015
13th ANNUAL NW CT KITCHEN TOUR

Hosted by HVRHS Musical Theatre SocietyFall Village CT - Northwest Connecticut Kitchen Tour
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

(860) 294-4687
HMTS.org

Spend the day touring eight special kitchens in the beautiful Northwest Corner of Connecticut. Feel free to spend as much time as you'd like, visit the kitchens in any order, enjoy gourmet samples generously provided by local chefs and restaurants, and enter to win fabulous door prizes!  Addresses and directions will be sent to you after your ticket purchase.  All tickets are $40 and may be purchased online at hmts.org or at the Sharon Pharmacy, Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy and Kent Apothecary. Tickets will also be available at each house. And the best part? Your ticket purchase directly benefits the musical theatre program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School!  Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of this fabulous event!



Saturday, October 31, 2015
HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Infinity Music HallHalloween Costume Ball at Infinity Music Hall
20 Greenwoods Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
Show at 8 PM
infinityhall.com

Dress Up to Get Down at our Halloween Costume Ball!! Celebrity radio host Amy Ferraroti of WZBG is teaming up with DJ Rockin’ Rick Hall to bring you a ghoulishly good time, filled with super prizes!! Tickets are $10.

 

Saturday, October 31, 2015
1st ANNUAL BOO FEST
Noble HorizonsBoo Fest at Noble Horizons in Salisbury CT
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

11 AM to 1 PM
noblehorizons.org

The 1st Annual Boo Fest on Saturday welcomes costumed trick or treaters of all ages and will feature crafts, trick or treat, face painting, a costume parade, cider making, games and more. There is a $10 donation per adult with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter. Lunch will be provided. The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter estimates there are more than 73,000 people in Connecticut with Alzheimer's disease and a growing population of early onset Alzheimer's in the state. There are 177,000 caregivers who provide more than 200,000 hours of unpaid care each year to family, friends and colleagues. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death and the only one of the top ten that has no way to be slowed, stopped or prevented. There is no cure. For more information about this event, please contact Caroline Burchfield at 860.435.9851, ext. 190.

 

Saturday, October 31, 2015
HALLOWEEN SURPRISE OPENING

The White Gallery The White Gallery Halloween Surprise Opening
342 Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039

5 to 7 PM
(860) 435-1029
thewhitegalleryart.com


Join us for a Halloween Surprise Opening at The White Gallery! Light refreshments will be provided. Come in costume, come in a mask, or come any way you want and enjoy an evening filled with amazing "CLAY" art as well as to celebrate Halloween with us!



Sunday, November 1, 2015
OPEN HOUSE AT artgarage
Housatonic Valley Region High School Artgarage Open House in Falls Village CT
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
indiegogo.com

Artgarage is a free, after-school art studio for students of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village.  It is a non-profit organization, fully funded by donations and staffed by adult artist mentors who are practicing artists and artisans.  They include painters, sculptors, designers, potters, fiber artists, illustrators and art teachers. Mentors offer gentle support for each student's individual artistic journey, and students are encouraged to explore art, creativity, wonder, possibility, and in the process, themselves.  Stop in on Sunday to meet the students and mentors! There will be great snacks and fun activities for kids and adults.  For more information about artgarage or to make a donation, click HERE.  Money raised in this Indiegogo campaign will be used to buy art supplies and provide stipends for our artist mentors. Don’t miss this opportunity to support our talented young artists and see some amazing art!



Saturday, October 24, 2015
Knife Sharpening Benefit

Salisbury Central SchoolKnife Sharpening Benefit in Lakeville CT
Upper Campus, 45 Lincoln City Road

Lakeville, CT 06039 
9:00 AM - NOON

Bring your blades to the 8th Semi-Annual Professional Knife Sharpening which will benefit the Salisbury PTO.  The fee is $5 per knife, with exceptions for knives with blades over 12”. We are sorry we cannot sharpen ceramic or serrated knives.  Japanese knives are a specialty! As usual, all sharpening will be done by Theodore O’Neill, father of SCS student David.  The holidays are fast approaching… don’t get caught with a dull knife!

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015
AN INVASIVE PLANT WORKSHOP

Sharon Town Hall  Sharon Town Hall - An Invasive Plant Workshop
63 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069

10:00 AM
(860) 364-5137

Sharon.audubon.org

Learn to Identify, Manage and Eradicate Invasives with Tom Zetterstrom - Invasive plants are taking over many areas in our local landscapes and forested lands in Connecticut. Controlling invasive plants is a real challenge and use of herbicides is controversial.  Come and hear from local expert Tom Zetterstrom about ways you can help control invasive plants through a variety of environmentally sensitive methods.  Tom has been a keen observer, photographer, and defender of the northeast woodlands since the early 70’s.  Confronting the impact of invasive plants on forests and public trees, becoming visible even to the unobservant, is Zetterstrom's current compelling challenge. He will present examples of successful and effective management projects in Salisbury's first park, on the HVRHS campus, by land trusts, and along our roadsides.  Click HERE to reserve your spot today! This workshop is presented by Sharon Land Trust & Audubon Sharon.
 


Saturday, October 24, 2015
4th ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE
Housatonic Valley Regional High SchoolFalls Village CT Haunted House at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School
246 Warren No. 1 Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
(860) 824-5123

The Fourth Annual Haunted House on October 24, 2015 at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School will be held in the high school cafeteria.  The Halloween Bash for children under 10 will be from 1 to 3PM featuring games, prizes, candy and other festive activities.  The Haunted House will be from 7 to 9PM and is recommended for ages 13 and older.  Admission for each event is $7.  Refreshments will be sold. 



Sunday, October 25, 2015
20th ANNUAL KID’S DAY
Sharon Audubon Center Sharon Audubon Center's Annual Kid's Day
Rte. 4, Sharon, CT 06069

Noon to 3 PM
(860) 364-0520
sharon.audubon.org

Audubon Sharon will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Audubon Kids’ Day! This is a fun, autumn afternoon for young children and their families and features carnival-type games, kids’ crafts, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze, hay wagon shuttles, professional face painting and glitter tattoos and good food such as burgers, hot dogs, apple cider and homemade goodies.  Children are encouraged to come in costume and join in the costume parade around the Center grounds at 1:15pm.  In honor of the 20th anniversary, there will also be some new games, a professional balloon twister and a fun, children’s magic show from 2:30 to 3:00 to finish off the day.  The event is held rain or shine and is ideal for children PreK-3rd grade.  Admission is only $10.00 per carload. 

 

Sunday, October 25, 2015
THE MAGIC OF PETER JAMES!
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon - The Magic of Peter James
10 Upper Main Street

Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-5041
Hotchkisslibrary.org

Join us for wizardry, wonder and a bit of Hallowe'en trickery at the Hotchkiss Library. Magician Peter James has been amazing audiences for 30 years; his performing career has been featured on television as well as stage. Peter is also an experienced teacher of magic. Children, eight-years-old and up, will receive a free deck of trick cards after the show and Peter will reveal and demonstrate a few of his sorcerer's secrets. Please call for reservations at (860) 364-5041 as this promises to be a popular performance.



Sunday, October 25, 2015
THE 39th ANNUAL KENT PUMPKIN RUN
Town of Kent, CT 06757
Kent Pumpkin Run in Kent CT
kentpumpkinrun.com

The festivities begin with a Kids Fun Run @ 11:15 AM followed by the 5 mile run / walk at noon. The spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts and finishes at Kent Green in front of Town Hall. Join the festivities at the start /finish area – music, refreshments, face painting, Halloween fun and much more. Post Race party for all!

Conquering the Cobble . . . .  In A Costume!  Last year’s race witnessed a record number of costume-clad runners.  We’re looking to build upon that success this year by encouraging runners to wear a costume.  If your “not so blistering pace” isn’t fast enough to land you a spot on the podium, your creativity just may be the ticket.  In celebration of our 39th running, we plan to recognize the most creative costume-clad runners at our Awards Ceremony.  In addition, a variety of gift certificates, courtesy of local merchants, will be awarded.

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015
HABITAT HARVEST
The Green Barn at Stillwaters FarmHabitat Harvest at The Green Barn at Stillwaters Farm
114 Housatonic River Road
Salisbury CT 06068
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
(860) 435-4747
habitatnwct.org

Habitat Harvest: You Sip, We Hammer! Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut is keeping tradition alive with its 9th biennial wine and beer tasting fundraiser. The event will feature Italian wine tastings, local craft beers and teas, along with culinary delights to complement beverages, and silent and live auctions. Visit habitatnwct.org to purchase tickets and view the amazing list of auction items. TICKETS: $30/PERSON IN ADVANCE; $35/PERSON AT THE DOOR

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015
HARVEST FAIR & COSTUME PARADE
The First Congregational Church of Kent Harvest Fair & Costume Parade at the First Congregational Church of Kent CT

97 North Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 927-3335
fccofkentct.org

The Fair (10 AM – 4 PM) will feature a flea market and vendors, music by local musicians, a quilt show and drawing, a drone demonstration, baked goods, crafts, a silent auction, locally grown apples and pumpkins for sale, and lunch will be served throughout the day. There will be lots of kid's activities including a bouncy house, Halloween costume parade, hay rides, fire truck rides and fingerprinting by Trooper Fisher. There will also be a traditional turkey dinner in the Kent Community House from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. The Harvest Fair is an old church tradition that benefits the Church's Building Fund.  We hope to see you there for a fun and festive fall season event!

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015
RUN AND WAG 5K Run and Wag 5k - The Connecticut Doggie Cup
“The Connecticut Doggie Cup”
Cornwall Town Hall
Pine Street
Cornwall, CT

littleguild.org


This second annual benefit race follows a fast and scenic 5k course open to avid racers and weekend warriors alike. Run or Walk with your dog, and see if you can win the title as CT's Fastest Human/Dog Team. Walk this beautiful course through Cornwall Valley, one of Northwest CT's most scenic areas. Know as “The Connecticut Doggie Cup” the winner will be crowned as the fastest dog/human running team in Connecticut with divisional prizes for the four different dog weight and size divisions. There will also be awards to the top solo runners and divisional awards for the human age groups as well. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis in their efforts to save, rescue, and shelter animals in need. Visit the Little Guild website for further information, details and registration.

 

October 9 through 11, 2015
The 60th Annual Salisbury Fall Festival
Salisbury, CT 06068 Salisbury Fall Festival in Salisbury CT


Visit Salisbury on Columbus Day Weekend! Browse Main Street for attic treasures, global crafts, and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages' churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show. Purchase delicious homemade baked goods and learn how to make bread. Visit the many booths along the street and stop in the local shops for special sales. Enjoy hot dogs, Greek pastries, baked potatoes with toppings, chili and cornbread, mac 'n cheese, Central American specialties, and a lasagna dinner. Visit the historical exhibit and an Arabian horse farm. Don't miss the “Renovation Book Sale.” Look for local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, textiles, and crafts. Cast your vote in the Scarecrow Contest. Bring the kids! They'll enjoy magic shows, hay rides, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and crafts. On Sunday enjoy the annual pancake breakfast, attend the Chili Cook-Off, and end the weekend at the Beer-Fest up at the ski jumps with gorgeous views of the Litchfield Hills and Berkshire Mountains. Many stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants will be offering sidewalk sales throughout the Festival. And don’t miss a special performance by The Joint Chief’s right here on the Best & Cavallaro lawn! For a schedule of activities, visit salisburyfallfestival.org.

 

Saturday, October 10, 2015
BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR PARI FOROOD
Salisbury Town Hall Pari Forood Book Signing in Salisbury CT
27 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:00 PM
Scovillelibrary.org


Author Pari Forood will host a book signing and talk about her new true-life novel, “The Gates of Light”. Set in Washington DC in 1984, Ms. Forood recounts how she helped her cousin escape from Iran while working on immigration policy in the US Congress. Persian-inspired food will be provided by Serevan Restaurant in Amenia. Ms. Forood will also present her book at Oblong Books in Millerton, NY on Saturday, October 24 at 4:00 PM. For more information, please visit oblongbooks.com.

 

Friday, October 2, 2015
The Salisbury Forum Presents - Saving Congress from Itself
The Salisbury School The Salisbury Forum - Saving Congress from Itself
251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
7:30 PM
Salisburyforum.org


James L. Buckley would certainly be our Conservative Emeritus. He won a senate term in 1971 running as a Conservative in New York State. He was a federal appeals court judge for 15 years. He served as an Under Secretary of State and President of Radio Free Europe during the Reagan administration. He has the experience to understand why Congress seems to be so dysfunctional. His new book Saving Congress From Itself says our elected representatives spend so much time channeling a river of federal money to their constituents they have no time to deliberate important policy issues. He lays out a proposal to dismantle 1,100 federal aid programs and return their $640 Billion to the states. With his long history in politics, the federal judiciary and the State Department, Senator Buckley's reflections on his brother William's career, the Republican Party and our recent national history will make a provocative and interesting program.



October 3 & 4, 2015
Fall for Art Weekend
Village of Millerton, NY 12546 Fall for Art Weekend in Millerton NY
Fallforart.com


On the weekend of October 3 and 4, Millerton will become a village of art galleries as over 50 businesses display art works by local artists. Fall for Art weekend will bring the business and arts community together for a celebration of the creativity and diversity of both. The talents of over 60 artists will be on display in and around the village. Additionally, four artists will be doing live painting on Saturday and on Sunday a portrait painter will be working on the street and a brass band will perform around the village. Following the day-long art display on Saturday is an After Party. The party will start at 5pm and will be held at Montage at 25 Main Street. Wine and finger snacks will be offered, and you can meet some of the artists and mingle.

Besides art displays at commercial businesses, there will be artists featured at the Northeast-Millerton Library, at the Irondale Schoolhouse and at Railroad Plaza where the 14th Colony Artists will put up a show on Saturday afternoon. Activities for children will be offered by the Northeast Community Center in collaboration with the Little Red Bird Studio. A full list of artists and the locations where their work can be viewed is available at fallforart.com. A brochure with this information will be available throughout Millerton on Fall for Arts Weekend.


Sunday, October 4, 2015
5th ANNUAL HYSB Hotchkiss Bearcat 5K
The Hotchkiss School HYSB Hotchkiss Bearcat 5K in Lakeville CT
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Hysb.org


The Housatonic Youth Service Bureau is pleased to once again have The Hotchkiss School and Sharon Hospital host a premier community event. Mark your calendars for October 4th, 2015 and join hundreds of runners and walkers from across the area as they take on The Hotchkiss School's challenging and beautiful cross country course. The day begins with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. For the little ones, a fun run starts at 9:30, followed by a 1K (9:40) for the older children. The 5K, which begins at 10 a.m., is your chance to run/walk a beautiful race course. After you tackle the course, you and your family can stick around and refuel with a delicious lunch that is included with your race registration! All funds raised in this race goes to support HYSB's free counseling program, which provides free counseling services to children, teens and families living in Cornwall, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon, Falls Village and Canaan. Visit hysb.org for event details and registration.

 

Saturday, September 26, 2015
THE JOINT CHIEFS: A BENEFIT CONCERT
The Salisbury School  The Joint Chief: A Benefit Concert
Siefert Theater
251 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:30 PM
Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students


Salisbury Family Services will hold its 7th bi-annual fundraising event on Saturday, September 26, celebrating one of “Salisbury’s Own.” We are proud to be honoring The Joint Chiefs. A very special one-time performance! Playing a repertoire that in some way cross references small town life, The Joint Chiefs will be joined throughout the proceedings by a series of guest performers who call Salisbury home. This will NOT be "just another gig." Space is limited, so reserve your tickets online at salisburyfamilyservices.org.
 


September 26, 2015
14th ANNUAL AUCTION IN THE VILLAGE
David M. Hunt Library Auction in the Village in Falls Village CT
103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
(860) 824-7424
huntlibrary.org


The David M. Hunt Library is now selling tickets for its 14th Annual Auction in the Village to be held on Saturday, September 26 from 5-8pm at the Center on Main in Falls Village. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the library, by calling 860-824-7424, or by visiting www.huntlibrary.org. This year’s Auction in the Village will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Freund’s Farm Market, music by Vance Cannon and wine, beer, and the library’s signature Green Man Grog. A silent auction will take place 5 and 7pm with a live auction starting at 7:15pm sharp. A broad selection of quality auction items include artisan crafts, artworks, workshops, items for the home, kitchen and garden, the season’s hottest new books, day passes to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, a Michael Kors handbag, two season tickets to Lime Rock Park and a group dinner at The Falls Village Inn. Auction in the Village is one of the NW Corner’s most popular social events and a great opportunity for the community to support the Hunt Library and make new friends. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this event.



Saturday, September 26, 2015
NECC 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Silver Mountain Hay Barn NECC 25th Anniversay Celebration in Millerton NY
72 Silver Mountain Road
Millerton, NY 12546
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Necc25.com


The North East Community Center returns to the spectacular Silver Mountain Hay Barn for the party of the year - of the last 25 years! Yes we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary in style! Come to enjoy delicious food by 52 Main, swing dance music by The Lucky Five, and the presentation of Community Service Awards to recognize the people around us who spread kindness and generosity wherever they go and make our community the caring place it is. Proceeds from the barn party will benefit the many programs NECC continues to provide to the greater northeastern Dutchess County region. The North East Community Center’s mission is to build a healthy, caring, responsive and welcoming community for all who live and visit here. NECC acts as a catalyst for that community vision through its partnerships with other organizations and by offering social, educational, recreational and cultural programs and services to help meet community needs.

 

Friday, September 18, 2015
THE POWER OF CARTOONS
The Hotchkiss School The Power of Cartoons at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT
Walker Auditorium
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
salisburyforum.org


What makes a cartoon funny? When is a cartoon dangerous? How do people react to cartoons? Bob Mankoff has been creating cartoons for more than 40 years. He has been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997. He now looks at over a thousand cartoons each week to select the 16 or so that will appear in the magazine. He personally has created over 900 cartoons that have appeared in The New Yorker. Mankoff says The New Yorker never uses the word “cartoon.” They are called “idea drawings.” What is an “idea drawing?” Mankoff explains the cartoon must make you think.

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015
INUKSUIT WITH JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
Home and Gardens of Bill & Nancy McKelvyInuksuit with John Luther Adams at Home and Garden of Bill & Nancy Mckelvy in Lakeville, CT
421 Wells Hill Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
sharon.audubon.org

Audubon Sharon Presents: Inuksuit with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winning Composer John Luther Adams.  Please join us for a night to remember, in celebration of Audubon Sharon, and experience a performance Inuksuit, hailed by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental musical performance.”  The audience is free to wander in and around the musicians in an arrangement that reflects and captures being immersed in the soundscapes of nature.  The live performance and garden party, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, will take place in the beautiful lakeside gardens of Bill and Nancy McKelvy. Pre-Registration Required: $45/ticket



September 3 through 7, 2015
VINTAGE CAR FESTIVAL & PARADE
Lime Rock Park Vintage Car Festival & Parade at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville CT
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Limerock.com


Since 1983, the East Coast’s premier vintage and historic motorsport event has been Lime Rock’s Historic Festival and its companion Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques. Honored Guests and Honored Collectors help create five days of motoring magnificence that begins with the free Vintage Race Car Parade and Falls Village Street Fair on Thursday, Sept. 3, continues with racing on Friday and Saturday, the Concours and Gathering on Sunday (more than 1,200 cars are in the Park!), and ends at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, when the final checkered flag falls on the last of 40 races. Historic Festival 33... There’s nothing else like it anywhere in North America.

 

September 4 & 5, 2015
MILLERTON ARTISAN FAIR
Simmons Way Inn, Front Lawn (and No.9) Millerton Artisan Fair at Simmons Way Inn in Millerton NY
53 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
Friday 9/4 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9/5 10:00am- 4:00 pm
facebook.com/MillertonArtisanFair


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. The fair coincides with the popular weekly Millerton Farmers Market! This event also benefits the North East Community Center in Millerton, so your support is greatly appreciated.

 

September 5, 6 and 7, 2015
GOSHEN FAIR Goshen Fair in Goshen CT
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756
goshenfair.org

This year the Goshen Fair celebrates its 103rd birthday with a full schedule of fun for the whole family. Live bands, children's programs, arts, crafts, photography, livestock shows and judging, freestyle moto cross shows, truck and tractor pulls, rides, contests, fireworks and a full midway of great food and vendors. Join us Labor Day weekend! Admission is $9.00 and children under 12 are free.

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015
MICHAEL BERKELEY & FRIENDS: THE BEST OF BROADWAY

Music Mountain 
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village/Canaan
(860) 824-7126
musicmountain.org

Michael Berkeley with his extraordinarily talented guests offering a musical celebration of “The Best of Broadway” – with music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber – and so much more! Broadway veteran and cabaret singer Wanda L. Houston, Diva soprano/actress Amy LeBlanc, singer and nationally-acclaimed tapper Heather J. Holohan, and multi-talented singer/comedian Frank Fasano join singer/songwriter, musical director/arranger Michael Berkeley, for 90 minutes of Broadway’s greatest hits. With Michael Berkeley at the piano, No Tune Like A Show Tune will offer a fast-paced, dynamic evening of musical theatre.  Pre-Concert Dinner at the Falls Village Inn (limited to 70). Dinner @ 5:00 PM & Concert @ 6:30 PM, $65. Concert Only: $30 at the door, $27 in advance. Must reserve for dinner by Friday, August 28.
 

August 25 through 30, 2015
THE DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR  The Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
dutchessfair.com

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.


Saturday, August 29, 2015
CRESCENDO SUMMER BENEFIT CONCERT

The Prentices’ Home  Crescendo Summer Benefit Concert at The Prentices' Home in West Cornwall CT
129 Lake Road
West Cornwall, CT
(860) 435-4866
worldclassmusic.org


Harpsichord Recital with works of P. Philips, D. Zipoli, J.J. Froberger, D. Scarlatti and P. Royer and an Aria by G. F. Handel. Music starts at 4:30pm. Following the concert, cocktails and hors d’oevres will be served on a porch overlooking the Prentices’ property. There will be a display of kinetic sculptures created by Tim Prentice.
 

August 13 through 30, 2015
Little Shop of Horrors  Sharon Playhouse Little Shop of Horrors

Sharon Playhouse
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-7469
sharonplayhouse.org

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of audiences for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.  This affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies centers on a down-and out skid row floral shop employee who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving.  Soon "Audrey II" grows into an R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite!

 

August 21 & 22, 2015
SHOWSTOPPERS!  Showstoppers at the Center on Main in Falls Village CT
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
fvct.org


The Falls Village Children’s Theater presents a fun, fast-paced focus on the great scenes and songs from Broadway’s best, performed by our Tri-State Area Youth! Directed by Michael Berkeley and Heather Holohan-Guarnieri and performed at the Center on Main. Three performances held on Friday August 21 at 7pm, Saturday August 22 at 2pm and at 7pm.

 

August 13, 2015 - August 15, 2015
KENT PRESENTS: AN IDEA FESTIVAL
Kent School  Kent Presents An Idea Festival in Kent CT
1 Macedonia Road
Kent CT, 06757
(860) 222-4234

Kentpresents.org

A new ideas festival...meet and mingle with top leaders in myriad fields...2 1/2 days of cultural and intellectual stimulation...and fun.  What Comes Next -- in architecture, art, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health and medicine, humanities, national affairs, performing arts, science, technology and other vital issues of the day. KentPresents is a charitable organization that will support non-profit organizations that provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities and enhance the cultural and artistic lives of low and moderate income individuals and families in Kent, Connecticut, and nearby communities.  Event to present over 60 prominent speakers; from Litchfield County, Henry Kissinger, Paul Krugman, Mia Farrow, Soledad O'Brien and Fareed Zakaria.

 

Saturday, August 15, 2015
THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY - OPEN DAYS
The Garden Conservancy  The Garden Conservancy in Wethersfield CT
10 AM - 4 PM
(845) 424-6500
gardenconservancy.org

GARDEN TOUR: Wethersfield (214 Pugsley Hill Road, Amenia) Ten acres of formal gardens surround Chauncey D. Stillman’s Georgian-style brick house. The original garden around the perimeter of the house was created in 1940 by Bryan J. Lynch. Starting in 1952, Evelyn N. Poehler designed and maintained  formal and wilderness gardens in which trimmed hedges, sculpture, and water features blend seamlessly with the natural landscape and the spectacular views. 

GARDEN TOUR: High summer is the time to visit the Hyland-Wente garden (95 Taylor Road, Millerton) in Dutchess County, NY.  Emphasizing grasses, textures, colors, and plant combinations, the gardens blend with surrounding wildflower meadows and offer amazing views nearby Catskill mountains.
 

Saturday, August 15, 2015
THE GALVANIZED JAZZ BAND
Music Mountain  The Galvanized Jazz Band at Music Mountain in Falls Village CT
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village/Canaan
(860) 824-7126
musicmountain.org
6:30 PM

Don’t forget your dancing shoes on Saturday evening when The Galvanized Jazz Band returns for their eagerly anticipated annual visit to Music Mountain! Recognized by Connecticut Magazine as “Best Jazz Band in the State”, the Galvanized Jazz Band has thrilled generations of fans since 1971! A dynamic group of Connecticut musicians, they perform at Jazz Festivals from Maine to New Orleans and throughout Europe. Devoted to the energetic performance of hot dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts, spirituals, swing, and classic popular songs from the past century, they never disappoint a crowd!

 

July 31 through August 7, 2015
THE WASSAIC PROJECT SUMMER FESTIVAL
The Maxon Mills The Wassais Project Summer Festical at The Maxon Mills in Wassaic NY
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
wassaicproject.org


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. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of The Wassaic Project.

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Housatonic RiverFest Housatonic RiverFest in West Cornwall CT
Route 7, Town Center
West Cornwall, CT 06796

(860) 672-6678
hvatoday.org


The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) will host a Housatonic RiverFest in honor of the Town of Cornwall's 275th Anniversary from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 9 in the center of West Cornwall. This fun, family-oriented day will feature river-related games, exhibits and displays by local organizations, and fly-fishing and water safety demonstrations. Kids will enjoy a variety of games and demonstrations. There will also be a reading tent with river-themed books selected by the Cornwall Free Library. The festival includes live music on Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers' porch featuring Uncle Terry's Swisch Wagon band, and a hot dog stand hosted by the eighth grade class of Cornwall Consolidated School. The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance crews will help with demonstrations and parking. The grand finale at 3 p.m. will be a "Funny Boat Float" -- a paddle parade of home-made and decorated watercraft on a still water section of the river above the covered bridge. The event is free.

 

August 7 through 9, 2015
LITCHFIELD JAZZ FEST 20th ANNIVERSARY
Goshen Fairgrounds Litchfield Jazz Fest 20th Anniversary in Goshen CT
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756
(860) 361-6285
litchfieldjazzfest.com

Litchfield Jazz Fest is held annually the second weekend in August at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen. The festival does not just offer top-notch jazz music, but is a true outdoor summer experience for the entire family. From a sell-out Opening Night party and three days of the best jazz, artists talks, children's workshops, after parties, to a juried fine art and craft show and local foods. The festival has been a destination in Connecticut since 1996.

 

August 7 through 9, 2015
HABITAT’S GIANT TAG SALE
The Hotchkiss School habitat's Giant Tag Sale at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT
Mars Athletic Center
Lakeville, CT 06039
habitatnwct.org


Habitat for Humanity of Northwest CT’s Annual Tag Sale will be held on August 7, 8 and 9, at The Hotchkiss School’s Mars Athletic Center. It starts with a preview/purchase event on Friday, August 7, from 6 to 8 PM ($10 donation). The main sale is Saturday, August 8, from 9 AM to 3 PM, and the bag sale is Sunday, August 9, from 12 to 3 PM. No admission charge for Saturday & Sunday. This ‘n’ That from Habitat, located at 403 Ashley Falls Road, Canaan, will remain open during the tag sale; be sure to visit the new showroom.

 

Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, 2015
THE ROSE ALGRANT ART SHOW   The Rose Algrant Art Show at the Cornwall Consolidated School in West Cornwall CT
Cornwall Consolidated School
5 Cream Hill Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796
(860) 672-0270
Jacque Schiller: jqlynn@mac.com
rosealgrantartshow.org

A much-anticipated Cornwall tradition now in its 56th year, The Rose Algrant Show will exhibit the work of well known and well on their way artists the weekend of August 7th. In 1959, colorful Rose Algrant offered to model for a small group of her local painter friends. Delighted with the results, she then suggested a show of only her portraits. The coterie instead decided to also showcase the many wonderful pieces in her collection, and a beloved community event was born. Over the years, the creative circle of friends has flourished from the original nine to now more than fifty artists living in Cornwall. On view will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, rugs, linens, woodcarving and photography just to name a few. The exhibition will be held in the light-filled Cornwall Consolidated School with the opening party – a summer highlight – kicking off the arts celebration on Friday, August 7, from 5pm to 8pm. The show continues on Saturday, August 8, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to noon. Proceeds benefit artists and 15% of sales will be donated to the Cornwall Food and Fuel Fund. Admission is free.

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015
CHEF & FARMER BRUNCH
No. 9 Restaurant  Chef & Farmer Brunch at No. 9 Restaurant in Millerton NY
53 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
Jenny Hansell, 518.789.4259 ext. 101
Information & Tickets @ necc25.com

For the fifth year in a row, some of the Hudson Valley’s top chefs and farmers will celebrate and raise funds for the North East Community Center at the Chef & Farmer Brunch, sponsored by No. 9 Restaurant and Black Sheep Hill Farm. This year, the brunch will take place on the shady lawn at No. 9 on Main Street in Millerton. The Brunch is Sunday, August 9, from 11 AM to 1 PM, and has become a much-anticipated gathering showcasing the region’s best farm-to-table restaurants and their Chefs, paired with local produce donated by Hudson Valley farmers. This year’s list of participating restaurants and farms include chefs from No. 9, Pine Plains Platter, Harney Tea Shop, Stissing House and McEnroe’s Organics, with many new additions. Wine and spirits will be contributed by Millbrook Winery, Hill Rock Distillery, Dutch’s Spirits, with tea from Harney & Sons and coffee from Irving Farm. Ingredients for the tastings will come from a wide range of local farms including Black Sheep Hill, Herondale Farm, Jacuterie, Sol Flower Farm, and Moon in the Pond, among others. NECC has been a stalwart of northeastern Dutchess County for nearly 25 years – along with its food and nutrition programs, (which also include the Summer Lunch Box program that provides breakfast and lunch to hundreds of children in northeastern Dutchess county), the center brings vital programming to local residents of all ages and means, from Growing Together and Mom’s Morning Out groups, to Teen Team, after school programming, income tax preparation assistance, the Care Car and Dial A Ride, and much more. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of NECC.

 

Friday, July 31, 2015
NINETEENTH ANNUAL SHARON SUMMER BOOK SIGNING

The Hotchkiss LibraryNineteeth Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing at The Hotchkiss Library in Sharon CT
10 Upper Main Street

Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-5041
hotchkisslibrary.org
6 PM to 8 PM

A benefit for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.  Sip wine and nibble hors d’oeuvres as Richard A. Clarke (national security advisor to three former Presidents), Steve Katz (guitarist with Blood, Sweat and Tears), Henry Kissinger (former Secretary of State), Mary Norris (The New Yorker’s self-styled “comma queen”) and other authors, some local, some of international renown, sign their books. “This promises to be the highlight of the summer.” - someone famous   
Admission is $30, (payable in advance by contacting the library, or at the door).


July 31 through August 2, 2015
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Sharon Playhouse Peter and the Starcatcher at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon CT
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-7469

sharonplayhouse.org

Peter and the Starcatcher (youth production) is the grownup prequel to Peter Pan. In this five-time Tony Award winning play, an ensemble cast of actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This hilarious evening of madcap fun will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!
 

July 12 through 26, 2015
HOTCHKISS PORTALS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
The Hotchkiss School Hotchkiss Portals Summer Concert Series in Lakeville CT
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
(860) 435-3775
hotchkissportals.org


Don’t miss the 12th season of summer concerts at Hotchkiss, featuring world-renowned artists and student performances—free and open to the public. All concerts are performed in the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center, which overlooks beautiful Lake Wononscopomuc and is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. The Hotchkiss School grounds are open for picnics prior to concerts.

 

Friday, July 24, 2015
CAPTURING NATURE’S AWE
Gallery 38 Capturing Nature's Awe at Gallery 38 in Salisbury CT
38 Bunker Hill Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 387-8835
kristinegrahamphotography.com


Nature’s Artistry, as captured by photographic artist Kristine Jennings Graham, will be on display at the gallery from July 23 through July 28 by appointment. On Friday, July 24, the gallery will be open from 3 to 8 PM, with a reception from 5 to 7 PM. Please join us as we celebrate Kristine and her amazing photography.
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015
THE 10th ANNUAL JANE LLOYD CLAMBAKE
SWSA'S Satre Hill The 10th Annual Jane Lloyd Clambake in Salisbury CT
Salisbury, CT
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
thejanelloydfund.org


Don’t miss this amazing, traditional New England Clambake! Bring your friends and family for an evening of fun, delicious food, live music… and all for a great cause. The Jane Lloyd Fund helps families in the Region One area of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, who, because of the effects of cancer and its treatment, cannot meet their day-to-day financial obligations. Tickets include: lobster, steamers, raw bar, clam chowder, potatoes, corn on the cob and one beverage. Hot dogs and hamburgers are available to purchase the day of the event. Music Circle with Eliot Osborn & Friends. To purchase tickets ($55 each) call Tanya Tedder at 860.435.9661 or Donna Lloyd Stoetzner at 860.824.5493.


July 15 through 19, 2015
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Sharon Playhouse
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-7469
sharonplayhouse.org


Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece is performed in Sharon for the first time! Franklin Shepard, a talented Broadway composer, leaves his New York City friends and career to become a hotshot Hollywood producer. The show gained acclaim not only for its celebrated composer, Mr. Sondheim, but also because of the unique storytelling – the musical begins at the height of Franklin's Hollywood fame and moves backwards through his life, showing the most important moments that led him to where he is. A glorious score leads the way in this compelling story of friendship, compromise, and the high price of success.

 

July 17 through 19, 2015
RIP! THE MUSICAL
Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
622 Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY
(845) 876-3080
ripthemusical.com


Rip! The Musical is a new musical based on Washington Irving's short story about the man who fell asleep in the Catskill Mountains for 20 years. A love song to the Hudson Valley, Michael Berkeley and Ray Roderick's Rip! The Musical celebrates family, home, and what's best about life. Tailor-made for the whole family in the great tradition of The Music Man and Fiddler on The Roof, Rip! The Musical brings new life to the tale of Rip Van Winkle through heartfelt, tuneful music, unbridled comedy, rousing dance, romance, and a little gnomish skullduggery. This show is a must see… produced by Pamela Chassin and featuring Best & Cavallaro’s own Lori Belter as Dame Van Winkle!

 

Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2015
FITCH'S CORNER HORSE TRIALS
Fitch's Corner
632 N. Mabbettsville Road
Millbrook, NY 12545
(845) 677-5479
Fitchscorner.com


The 2015 Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials mark the 22nd Anniversary of a country weekend and horse competition, which competitors, enthusiasts, and the who’s who of Dutchess County won’t miss. The elegant setting, challenging courses, and wide array of associated activities attract both amateur and Olympic competitors. Fitch’s Market offers more than 50 exhibitors selling items from fashions to home and accessories for horse and hound. Fitch’s Food Court presents healthy and hearty fare in between the social events which include: the Blue Jean Ball Saturday night and the Spectator Luncheon, benefiting the Millbrook Fire Department and Rescue Squad on Sunday and featuring a Collector Car Show and Parade. Please visit the website for the complete schedule and information.

 

July 8 through 18, 2015
CANAAN RAILROAD DAYS
Town of Canaan, CT 06018
canaanrailroaddays.com


Canaan Railroad Days is proud to be celebrating its 51st year in bringing an amazing festival to the Northwest Corner of Canaan, CT. There is something for everyone including live music, food, carnival rides, train history, an arts and crafts show, local merchant sales and specials, a car show, many activities for children, and it all concludes under a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday, July 18. Don’t miss the fun!
 

Sunday, July 12, 2015
THE FALLS VILLAGE CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Jacob’s Garage & Main Street
Falls Village, CT 06031
10 AM to 3 PM


This show promises to bring this quiet village alive with the sound of engines and music throughout the day. Show goers can stroll along the beautiful, newly-designed streets and admire a grand variety of cars, both classic and antique vehicles as well as muscle, exotic and race cars. Look for the specialty vehicles, tractors and motorcycles that are mixed in and add interest to the line-up. Special guest Shirley Muldowney (aka “Cha Cha” and the "First Lady of Drag Racing") will be awarding prizes! This festival takes place just minutes from Lime Rock Race Track, and proceeds will benefit the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. This event is free and family-friendly. For more information, call (860) 824-5861 or visit The Falls Village Car Show on Facebook.

 

Friday, July 10, 2015
PRIME FINDS GRAND OPENING EVENT
Prime Finds (new location) 
350 Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039

(860) 435-9709
primetimehouse.org

Prime Finds (Affordable Treasures for the Home) is holding a Grand Opening and Preview Party from 5 PM to 7 PM. This celebration will showcase our new location at 350 Main Street in Lakeville.  Featured will be "Designer's Choice" with items specially selected by Matthew Patrick Smyth. Enjoy light refreshments while you shop for $20 per person at the door. Prime Finds benefits the programs at Prime Time House, Inc., a nonprofit that helps individuals with serious mental illness regain independence.

 

June 18 through July 5, 2015
MY FAIR LADY      My Fair Lady at the Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut
Sharon Playhouse
49 Amenia Road Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-7469

triarts.net

Often called "the perfect musical," this classic story is born anew. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she may pass as a lady. Winner of 6 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), the original production set the record for longest running major musical in history and the original cast recording was the best-selling album in America. Whether you have seen the show once or ten times, prepare to fall in love with it all over again! Please call or visit the Playhouse website for tickets and show times. Best & Cavallaro is a proud supporter of TriArts Sharon Playhouse.

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015
FIREWORKS!  
Lime Rock Park
Main and Outfield Entrance
Lakeville, CT 06039

www.salisburyctrotary.org
www.limerock.com


One of the best events that our area has to offer - The 2015 Salisbury Rotary Club Independence Day Fireworks Show at Lime Rock Park! Pack your family and your picnic and join friends and neighbors for this spectacular annual event. $20 per carload, all gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for picnicking, and snack stands will be open.

 

Through June 21, 2015
THE 14th COLONY ART SHOW
Noble Horizons     
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Show Opening Friday, May 08, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sundays through June 21, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The 14th Colony Artists, which is a local group of 200 artists from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, is having its 5th show at Noble Horizons. The group consists of painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, clay artists, installation artists and more who meet regularly to discuss topics of mutual interest as artists. The opening reception, which is on May 8, from 5 to 7, is tremendous fun. Maybe we'll see you there!

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015
THE WASSAIC PROJECT BARN PARTY
Luther Barn
17 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

www.wassaicproject.org

Stop by Wassaic for Residency Open Studio and Barn Party featuring bluegrass, family friendly activities, screen printing and a collaborative kite-building and-flying workshop with Breanne Trammell.

Wassaic Project Last Saturdays offers a variety of arts programming on the last Saturday of every month May through October. Beginning with our Community Day Block Party and Artist Parade in May and ending with an Artist-Made Haunted House in the Mill in October, Last Saturdays expand our public offerings and provide a deeper engagement with the community. Artists in Residence Open Studios also take place on these days and allow viewers to walk through the Luther Barn Studios and speak with the artist about their projects and process. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of the Wassaic Project.

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015
FLORA TO FEAST: Garden Tour and Steak Dinner
Norfolk Curling Club (NCC)
70 Golf Drive
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-1100
www.norfolkcurlingclub.org


The Norfolk Curling Club presents a tour of five exceptional local gardens, dinner and silent auction. The garden tour, with on-site guides, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a cash bar cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by the club’s signature steak and chicken teriyaki dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Norfolk Farmers Market, from a curling club member, at the NCC on Saturday or on-line. The Norfolk Curling Club has benefitted from the generosity of so many who’s contributions have helped to rebuild their facility. The NCC is a non-profit organization and relies on membership fees and proceeds from bonspiels to keep things running.

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
SPRING FOR SOUND   
Village of Millerton, NY 12546
www.springforsound.com


Spring For Sound is an all-day, rain-or-shine event that takes place once a year in the midst of the beautiful walking village of Millerton, NY, with proceeds going to support the work of the North East Community Center in Millerton. Performances are scheduled from noon through midnight (roughly) on multiple stages in our partner venues throughout the village. One ticket gets you a wristband and admission to all events. A mouthwatering selection of refreshments, with an emphasis on local, high-quality ingredients will be available for purchase from our partner vendors at many of our stages, in addition to the fare offered at the bars and restaurants throughout town. Spring for Sound is an all-ages event. Best & Cavallaro is a proud supporter of Spring For Sound and the NECC. Come join us!

 

Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20, 2015
BOOKS & BLOOMS - A Weekend of Cornwall Gardens & Garden Authors to Benefit:
The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street
Cornwall, CT 06753
860-672-6874
www.CornwallLibrary.org

 

Friday, June 19 at 6:00 PM
“Some of My Favorite Gardens and Why,” a lecture and book signing by acclaimed garden designer and author Page Dickey. Page has been gardening passionately since her early twenties and writing about gardening, as well as designing gardens for others, for the past two decades. Most of her books concentrate on such aspects of garden design as creating gardens that reflect their settings or planning gardens as extensions of the home. $25/person – Seating is limited; advance tickets are strongly recommended and will be held at the door.

 

Saturday, June 20 from 11 AM to 5 PM
A visit to six very beautiful and different gardens by Cornwall gardeners will inspire and encourage gardeners and country-lovers alike. From the riverside garden of Tom Bechtle and Don Bachman to the rocky hillside garden of Roxana Robinson, from the formal gardens of Jane Garmey, John Green, and John and Juliette Hubbard to the “low maintenance” garden of Peter Del Tredici and Susan Klaw, there is something for everyone – and then some. Books on gardening, both new and out-of-print volumes, will be on sale all day at The Library (from 10 am to 5 pm). For those attending the cocktail reception the garden book sale will continue from 5 pm to 7 pm. Browse and buy – it is all for The Library. $25/person – Advance tickets recommended.

 

Saturday, June 20 from 5 PM to 7 PM
Join us for an outdoor reception with wine, beer, soft drinks and inspired hors d’oeuvres rounds out the day. To be held at The Library. $25/person – Advance tickets recommended. Lecture, Garden Tour, Cocktail Party: $25/person/event or $60 for the package.

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015
SCOVILLE LIBRARY BOOK SALE WITH BUNNY WILLIAMS
The Ragamont Inn 
8 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
www.scovillelibrary.org


The Friends of the Library book sale will take place under the tent at the Ragamont Inn. Come browse the huge selection of books of all types! Starting at noon, Bunny Williams will be signing copies of her new book, On Garden Style, which will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

ANNUAL SHARON AUDOBON FESTIVAL
Sharon Audubon Annual Sharon Audobon Festival in Connecticut
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-0520

The Sharon Audubon Festival is an event where people of all ages can learn about nature in a fun and interactive way, and features a full day of nature walks and programs, live animal presentations, children's activities, food, music, exhibits, local craft vendors and more. Whether one is a seasoned naturalist or a young explorer, there are activities for all ages and experience levels. This year's festival will feature several new changes to the event, including multiple live musical performances throughout the day, including bluegrass music by the bands Mama Tried and Too Blue at 10:30 and 2:30 respectively. Wildcat Creek will perform during a live contra-dance from 12:30-1:30pm and lively show will close out the day with a special fun, family performance by The Bossy Frog Band.

The 2015 festival will also showcase a variety of local crafters and vendors, who will be selling beautiful hand-crafted wooden bowls, archery bows, wildlife and nature paintings and prints, cards, children's books, painted feathers, jewelry, natural soaps and much more. StrEAT Italiano and When Pigs Fly will be offering delicious food items for our hungry guests and the Sharon Fire Department will be selling ice cream throughout the day! Concurrent program sessions take place starting at 10:00am and include canoeing, bats, bobcats, bees, frogs, bugs, pond and stream searches, mushrooms, tracking, birds of prey, edible plants and more. There will be many ongoing exhibits and hands-on activities from other local environmental organizations and a children's craft tent as well. A falconry demonstration will take place at 11:30am. Admission is only $10 per person or $25 per carload! Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of this event!

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 

ZOO ON THE GO      Zoo on the Go at Salisbury CT's Scoville Memorial Library
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
3:00-3:30 & 3:45-4:15

Summer Reading Kickoff! Meet and greet some wild and wacky animals including a silky chicken, an argentine tegu, and perhaps even a baby wallaby. It’s going to be a wild time! Each session limited to 30 attendees. Program will be on the Library lawn, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, it will be in the Wardell Room.

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MUSIC MOUNTAIN OPENING CONCERT & RECEPTION
Music Mountain     Music Mountain Opening Concert and Reception in Falls Village CT
Falls Village, CT 06031
3:00 PM
Box Office : 860-824-7126 or 860-824-7626

Our 86th Anniversary Season opens with a gala performance and reception featuring David Finckel, Cello and Wu Han, Piano, Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center.  Together Wu Han and David Finckel rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. They bring their talent, energy, imagination, and dedication to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs. David Finckel and Wu Han have served as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2004, and in 2011 were named Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Korea. In 2013, Wu Han and David Finckel established a chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival. Please call or visit the website for tickets.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HEALTH DIRECTIVE & POWER OF ATTORNEY
Noble Horizons Community Room  
17 Cobble RoadHealth Directive and Power of Attorney at the Noble Horizons Community Room in Salibury CT
Salisbury, CT 06068
2:00 PM

Noble Horizons will host attorney Donna Vincente who will explain why and how to make essential life plans, including the preparation of health directives, power of attorney, and more.  After attending her program, guests may schedule appointments to complete complimentary health directives and power of attorney at Ms. Vincente's office.  Ms. Vincente's program is free, although registration is requested at www.noblehorizons.org or 860-435-9851, ext. 190.

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

NECC BENEFIT CONCERT
Sharon Congregational Church NECC Benefit Concert at the Sharon Congregational Church
25 Main Street
Sharon, CT 06069
4:00 PM

Tenor Monte Stone and pianist Anne Voglewede Green will perform a concert to benefit the North East Community Center's new Chore Service. The program will feature a variety of songs from Handel, Schubert, Duparc, Finzi songs of Shakespeare and Copland Old American Songs. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under.

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SALISBURY FORUM: STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES
The Movie House  Salisbury Forum Student Documentaries at The Movie House
Main Street Millerton, NY 12546
11:30 AM

Legalization of Marijuana in Connecticut, Police and the Latino Community, Impact of Social Media on Society, Students and ADD/ADHD Over-Medication, the Struggles of LGBT Students. These are just some of the topics students are exploring for mini-documentaries they are producing under the Civic Life Project in six area high schools.

Students, teachers and the staff of the Civic Life Project will select the five best films to be show on the big screen at the Millerton Moviehouse. Students will be available to discuss their subjects and why they chose them.

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY
Noble Horizons Community Room   National Cancer Survivors Day at the Noble Horizons Community Room in Salisbury CT
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
www.healthcareauxiliary.org

On June 2, Health Care Auxiliary (HCA) will hold the 12th Annual Cancer Survivor Celebration in the Noble Horizons Community Room. Sharon First Selectman, Brent Colley, will serve as Master of Ceremony and musical entertainment will include gospel singer, Michael Brown. Light food and beverages prepared by favorite local restaurants and food purveyors will be served free of charge. A raffle, for which tickets may be purchased at the event, will also be available. All are welcome and admission is free, although four complementary raffle tickets are offered for donations of $10 or more. Pre-registration is encouraged with Louisa at 860-927-3950 or www.HealthCareAuxiliary.org

 

May 28 through 31, 2015

10th ANNUAL BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Great Barrington, MA   10th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival

Check the Film Festival website for venues and times www.biffma.org

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. Come be a part of BIFF to see the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films; but also participate in lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.

 

Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY AT LIMEROCK PARK
Lime Rock Park Memorial Day at Limerock Park in Lakeville CT
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
(860) 435-5000

Fri: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Lime Rock Park Memorial Day Weekend Season Opener Featuring the Trans Am Series & the Sunday Royals Car Show. The field is going to be nearly 50 cars with two big Trans Am races! Sunday is the sixth annual Sunday Royals Car Show, Connecticut’s best show of hot rods to sports cars and everything in between. Friday Ticket $20.00 Saturday Ticket $25.00 Sunday Ticket $10.00 Weekend Ticket $55.00

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SALISBURY HAND BELL CONCERT
Salisbury Congregational ChurchSalisbury Hand Bell Concert at Salisbury Congregational Church
30 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 435-2442

It’s the 39th Anniversary Concert of the Salisbury Congregational Church Bell Choir. A wide variety of pieces will be played - classic, spiritual, patriotic and just plain fun. Join us!

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

SHARON PLAYHOUSE SPOTLIGHT GALA
Sharon Playhouse Sharon Playhouse Spotlight Gala
49 Amenia Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Cocktails @ 5:30 PM & Performance @ 6:30 PM

Champagne, cocktails and entertainment, plus a silent/live auction with fantastic items including a beautiful stay in Antigua, an incredible home in Nantucket, Broadway tickets, and much more... Premium Ticket Holders are invited to join us in the Bok Gallery after the performance for a "Community Dinner" featuring small plates generously donated by incredible local restaurants! General Tickets – $125 (includes Cocktails & Performance) Premium Tickets – $250 (includes Cocktails, Performance & Dinner) TriArts Sharon Playhouse’s annual gala will feature cocktails, a live/silent auction and a performance featuring some of Broadway’s best talent. Premium ticket holders will also enjoy a Community Dinner with a selection of small plates from local restaurants.

 

Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16, 2015

WEBUTUCK SCHOOL GARDEN OPENING DAY  Webutuck School Garden Opening Day at Webutuck Central High in Amenia NY
Webutuck Central High
School 194 Haight Road (across from the track)
Amenia, NY
www.neccmillerton.org
Tamara Mijatovic (518) 592-1399

The Webutuck School Garden was started by NECC students five years ago, and now has nearly 30 beds that grow produce for the school cafeteria and provide learning opportunities for students of all ages. High school students harvest the produce and donate it to three area food pantries and our Summer Food Service Program all summer long. To get the garden going for the season, we invite volunteers to join us to clean out the beds, mulch the pathways, fill the beds with topsoil and sow the first season's crops. The lettuce and peas you plant in May will feed hungry children in July! The garden is sponsored by NECC, tended year round by students and funded in part by Dutchess County.

Opening Day Friday, May 15, 2:15–5 pm Join the Junior High After-School students and members of the Webutuck Community for an afternoon of fun! Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Community Work Day Saturday, May 16 10 am–2 pm Join us for a day of bed clean up, planting, weeding, mulching, and sign painting.

 

May 16 & 17, 2015

TRADE SECRETS
LionRock Farm      Trade Secrets at LionRock Farm in Sharon CT
Route 41 & Hosier Road
Sharon, CT 06069

Join us at the two-day garden event that includes a rare plant and garden antique sale on Saturday, May 16, and a four-garden tour on Sunday, May 17. We are excited this year to be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Trade Secrets, dubbed by many to be the northeast region’s garden event of the year! Founded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for Women’s Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. The WSS mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach. This year many of our beloved vendors are returning (along with a few new additions we know you will love!) for Saturday’s rare plant and garden antique sale. We have four lovely Connecticut gardens on the Sunday garden tour – including the Trade Secrets’ signature garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli – always a treat! We assure you this will be the finest Trade Secrets, yet! Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of Trade Secrets.

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

UNCOMMON GROUND: An uncommon documentary in progress about the Palestinian Village of Lifta
Scoville Memorial Library      Uncommon Ground Documentary at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury CT
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
5:00 PM

The documentary "Uncommon Ground," explores the controversy over the future of Lifta, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, a traditional Palestinian village haunted by history. Lifta was the site of fierce fighting between Zionists and Arab nationalists during the British Mandate period and is the only Arab village abandoned in 1948 that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated. This took place during the time period Israeli Jews call the War for Independence, and Arabs call the Nakba, the catastrophe.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

SALISBURY FORUM: EXPLORING MARS
Housatonic Valley Regional High School  Salisbury Forum: Exploring Mars at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT
246 Warren Turnpike Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
7:30 PM

Was there ever life on Mars? Florence Tan will probably be one of the first to know. She is NASA's lead electrical engineer for the instrument package on the Curiosity Rover now maneuvering over the dry landscape of the red planet. The package she helped design is called SAM for Sample Analysis on Mars. Sample Analysis on Mars searches for compounds of the element carbon, including methane, that are associated with life and explore ways in which they are generated and destroyed in the Martian ecosphere. SAM also looks for and measures the abundance of other light elements, such as hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen associated with life. Because these compounds are essential to life as we know it, their relative abundance will be an essential piece of information for evaluating whether Mars could have supported life in the past or present. Her talk on the operations of the Curiosity Rover on Mars is presented in cooperation with the Cornwall Library. All Salisbury Forum events are free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

30th ANNUAL SHARON CLASSIC ROAD RACE
Sharon Town Green     30th Annual Sharon Classic Road Race in Sharon CT
Sharon, CT 06069
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Sharon Day Care is dedicating its 30th Sharon Classic Road Race to the memory of Mimi Holst-Grubbe, a long-serving board member and strong proponent of the center and its mission. . . . The annual Sharon Classic Road Race, to benefit the Sharon Day Care Center, will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 2nd. Festivities and activities begin at 9am, with the main race starting promptly at 10:15am. This annual event is the Sharon Day Care Center’s premier fundraising and community event bringing in runners and visitors from the tri-state area to the beautiful historic Sharon Town Green ($25 pre-registration; $30 day of race). The Road Race features a picturesque route through Sharon’s historic “Mansion Row” before winding past open farmland and pastures, finishing back on the town Green amidst the spectators and attendees of the festival where there will be a special selection of vendors and family activities to enjoy. Along the route, elevation changes are gentle, and walkers are welcome, making this an event which runners and walkers of all ages can comfortably participate in. Significant prize money - $250 cash for the first place male and female runners, and an additional $250 bonus for course records, is also expected to lure elite competitive runners to the site.

The Family Festival will include a bounce house, silent auction tent, plant sale, bake sale, “Birds of Prey” demonstration by the Sharon Audubon, and booths representing various community organizations. Food and beverage concessions and free child care for race participants will also be available. Free refreshments will be available for our registered runners and walkers. In keeping with the family theme, this event also features two separate children’s races, a kid’s Fun Run for ages 2-4/5-7 beginning at 9:30am and the increasingly popular “Not Quite A Mile” Race for ages 7-12 at 9:45am ($5 pre-registration).  Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of the Sharon Classic Road Race.

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

RUN FOR THE ROSES
Geer Village Run for the Roses at Geer Village in Canaan CT
77 South Canaan Road
Canaan, CT 06018
www.tristatechamber.com

Straight from the horse's mouth! Join the Salisbury Rotary Club and the Exchange Club of Canaan for the 4th Annual Run-for-the-Roses event. It’s a great afternoon of fun, fantastic food, open bar (and mint juleps!), the Kentucky Derby on big screen, and the opportunity to bid on some great silent and live auction items. Help raise money for the "good works fund" that annually provides local scholarships, community grants to local non-profits, support for international needs and more. Don your derby finest! Wear your gorgeous hats! Prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed Couple” and “Most Original Derby Hat”. Tickets are $25 per person. To make a reservation call (860) 362-5095 or email info@canaanexchange.com. Best & Cavallaro is proud to be a sponsor of Run for the Roses.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

FILM: "LOOKS LIKE LAURY, SOUNDS LIKE LAURY”
Scoville Memorial Library      "Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury" Film at Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury CT
35 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pamela Hogan, Filmmaker, presents a new film, “Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury” with co-producer Connie Shulman, Yoga Jones of “Orange is the New Black”. A screening and talk-back with the producers. What would you do if you started to disappear? At the age of 45, Laury Sacks, an ebullient actress and the doting mother of two small children, had a reputation as the quickest wit in the room. At the age of 46, she began forgetting words. Soon she could barely speak. For one year, Hogan and co-producer Connie Shulman follow Laury in her long, inexorable descent to fronto-temporal dementia, a little-understood disease that strikes people in the prime of life. It is the profoundly personal portrait of a woman who is facing the unthinkable and the impact her progressive disease has on loved ones. It’s a film about the power of friendship, resilience, and the essence of what it is to be human. About what remains when everything else is stripped away.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Housatonic Valley Regional High School   Battle of the Bands at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village CT
246 Warren Turnpike Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
Doors open at 6:00 PM

Yes, friend, it's that time of year again, where the amazingly talented young people in our community are on display. Witness bands from every corner of our area spend a night battling it out for cash prizes. All the proceeds raised from this exciting event go to support our free counseling services at Housatonic Youth Service Bureau.

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GOSPELFEST
The Hotchkiss School   Gospelfest at The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
Katherine M. Elfers Hall
3:00 PM

The gospel choirs of Hotchkiss and Salisbury Schools will host Gospelfest 2015, now in its 14th year and going strong! All are welcome to The Hotchkiss School’s Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center to listen and join in the playing and singing of joyful music. Gospelfest creates a celebratory atmosphere where everyone can feel free to express themselves and derive comfort, satisfaction, and joy from the music. Gospel choirs of other area boarding schools including Westover, Taft, and South Kent will perform, in addition to other special guests. Led by the incomparable music director Michael Whitney Brown, Gospelfest is an event that strengthens and deepens our community’s ties. It is always a popular event, so please arrive early to secure a seat.

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

FAMILY CARNIVAL
Salisbury School Family Carnival at the Salisbury School in Salisbury CT
Flood Athletic Center
250 Canaan Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$5/$20 Family
www.thejanelloydfund.org

Come out and enjoy an evening of family fun while supporting the Jane Lloyd Fund. There's something for everyone! Bungee Extreme ~ Grind Obstacle Course ~ Laser Tag ~ Rapid Fire ~ Pedestal Joust ~ Pirate Moon Bounce ~ Wrecking Ball ~ Mechanical Bull

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR AGING PARENTS
Noble Horizons Community Room     How to Care for Your Aging Parents at the Noble Horizons Community Room
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
10:00 AM to Noon

Salisbury Bank, Noble Horizons and Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association are partnering to offer a book talk with author Virginia Morris. This book talk will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts who will discuss area resources available to help care for aging parents. Presenter Virginia Morris is an award-winning journalist and author of How to Care for Aging Parents. Now in its third edition, the book has been called, "indispensable," by AARP, the "caregivers' bible," by ABC World News and "the best guide on this subject," by the Wall Street Journal. Virginia will speak about her book from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and then moderate the discussion panel.

Panel of Experts will include:

• Darilyn Woods - Vice President and Trust Officer for Salisbury Trust Wealth Advisory Services. Darilyn focuses on creating financial awareness and security for seniors and their families.

• Virginia Gold - Social Worker, Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association. Virginia helps connect families and seniors with local resources. • Valerie Lattrell - Director of Nursing and Dementia Care, Noble Horizons.

• Darylle Willenbrock - Works with Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA). WCAAA provides and funds services for seniors in Northwest CT.

Reservations are suggested, but not required. To reserve a spot, contact Kevin Norton by calling 860.435.9801 x1010 or emailing at knorton@salisburybank.com and type "Aging Parents" in the subject line.

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CRESCENDO
Trinity Lime Rock   Crescendo Concerts at Trinity Lime Rock in Lakeville CT
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
4:00 PM
www.worldclassmusic.org

For its spring concerts Crescendo will present a program of sacred works by the early Baroque composers Claudio Monteverdi (a 6-voice mass In illo tempore) and by his German counterpart Christoph Demantius (motets) and works by the world-renowned contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre known for his music’s luminous beauty and harmonic richness. Crescendo’s founder and Artistic Director Christine Gevert notes: “These works are separated by centuries, and though the harmonic language and composition style used by these composers is, as you would expect, contrasting, the intensity and the introspective spiritual beauty of the works is very close.” She will direct the Crescendo Chorus and Vocal Ensemble who will perform both ‘a cappella’ (without accompaniment) and with a Basso Continuo group of period instrument players from Boston and New York. A Pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Christine Gevert will take place are 30 minutes before the concert. This concert counts with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, and is also a Take Part Culturecard event of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CHILDREN’S FISHERMAN DERBY & BREAKFAST
Salisbury Town Grove    Children's Fisherman Derby and Breakfast at the Salisbury Town Grove in Salisbury CT
Ethan Allen Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
Starts at 6 AM

Fisher-people or not, come watch anglers young and old at the Annual Fisherman’s Derby! Breakfast will be served from 7-10 AM; $9 adults/$6 kids. Prizes will be awarded at 8 AM. The derby is for children 15 and under.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

THE BREAKFAST CLUB - 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The Movie House The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversay Edition at The Movie House in Millerton CT
Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
7:00 PM

BREAKFAST WITH BENEFITS! Before the film at 6pm join us for a costume party to benefit The Jane Lloyd Fund with beer, wine and ’80’s themed snacks. Purchase your party buttons and movie tickets in advance (info below) then put on your best ’80’s gear and we’ll party like it’s 1985! To purchase your party button call Jean 860.435.0726, Donna 860.824.5493 or Tanya 860.248.0143.  Suggested Donation: $10

The Jane Lloyd Fund is a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Communities Foundation

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

PAT & DAVE at TWELVE MOONS COFFEE HOUSE
St. John's Church   Pat and Dave at the Twelve Moons Coffee House in Salisbury CT
12 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 435-9290
7:00 pm
tinyurl.com/12Moons

Twelve Moons Coffee House is delighted to feature the music of Pat & Dave. Pat Thorney and Dave VandeBogart formed the acoustical and vocal duo of “Pat & Dave” in January 2003, and since that time, have played hundreds of clubs, taverns, restaurants, weddings, parties, and other venues. Their music selection has no boundaries, and ranges from popular songs of the 1940’s to original music composed by Pat and Dave themselves. They set no limits to musical styles, and perform cover songs from the Beatles to Bonnie Raitt to Melissa Etheridge and beyond. Pat toured with David Bromberg in 1992 as a back-up vocalist on his acoustic tour. Dave has toured nationally with Gary Higgins, a pioneer in the psych-folk genre. Dave is working on his second solo CD. Pat & Dave also perform in a five-piece band called, “Last Good Bender”. Twelve Moons Coffee House is held on the first Saturday of each month, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at St. John's Church, back door entrance. A donation is requested to help cover expenses ($10). The evening features live music, poetry readings, coffee, tea, snacks, social time with friends & more! The format for the evening is to offer ‘Open Mic’ from 7 – 8:00 pm, the featured performer for a 60 - 75 minute set, and the remaining time as ‘Song Swap’. Those interested in playing music or reading poems, are welcome to sign up for ‘Open Mic’ at the door.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

THE JANE LLOYD FUND BENEFIT CONCERT
White Hart Inn in     The Jane Lloyd Fund Benefit Concert at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury CT
Salisbury,CT
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$15.00 admission

Please join us as we dance again to the sounds of “The Harlem Line” to commemorate the first fundraiser held back in 1997 for Jane at The White Hart Inn. Your $15 admission will help raise much needed funds to help local cancer patients with their day to day living expenses while they undergo treatment. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Click HERE for more information.

 

March 28 & 29, 2015

HOTCHKISS EXHIBIT
Students Exhibit Prints Created Under Tutelage of Master Printer Anthony Kirk
The Hotchkiss School Hotchkiss Exhibit in Lakeville CT
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
www.hotchkiss.org/arts

Anthony Kirk served as guest artist-in-residence at The Hotchkiss School during the month of January 2015. He introduced portfolio art students to a method of printmaking where water-soluble inks are used to draw or paint on specially prepared carborundum mat board. Students created large prints by working on multiple plates prepared as one, then printed one tile at a time. Each final large-scale print is 3x6 feet in size and will be included in the exhibition. A reception will be held Saturday, March 28 from 4 - 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome! Mr. Kirk was head of the etching department at Tyler Graphics 1988 - 2000, where he worked with artists such as Frank Stella and Helen Frankenthaler. His talent for printmaking later led him to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was Artistic Director and Master Printer for thirteen years.

 

March 27, 28 & 29, 2015

THE WIZARD OF OZ
Housatonic Valley Regional High School The Wizard of Oz at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School is Falls Village CT
246 Warren Turnpike Road
Falls Village, CT 06031
Friday at 7 PM, Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 2 PM

The Falls Village Children's Theater presents its 10th Anniversary Spring Production with a return to its very first from 2006, The Wizard of Oz. Featuring 30 youth ages 5 - 15 from Falls Village, Sharon and North Canaan. Direction/Musical Direction by Joanna Seaton and Donald Sosin. Choreography Sara Cuoco. Free Admission, concessions available.

 

Now through March 22, 2015

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts     La Cage Aux Folles at Rhineback Center for Performing Arts in Rhineback NY
661 Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-3080

This acclaimed Broadway musical features the bawdy humor of Harvey Fierstein and the melodic genius of Jerry Herman. La Cage is an outrageously funny and touching story of family values, love, diversity and acceptance. Produced by Diana di Grandi for Up In One Productions.

 

Saturday, March 21st

MAPLEFEST!
The Sharon Audubon Center  Maplefest at the Sharon Audubon Center in Sharon CT
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-0520
Tours 10 AM to 4 PM
Admission: $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under (under 2 free)

On-going guided 45-minute tours will lead visitors through the Center's sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.  Participants can watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup.  Fresh syrup will be available for purchase while supplies last.  Wear boots, as our trail is often snow-covered or muddy! Depending on sap flow, the sugarhouse will also be open each weekend in March for visitors. Call ahead to see if the Audubon staff will be boiling sap.

 

Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, 2105

The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Presents THE BOY FRIEND!
Housatonic Valley Regional High School   The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Presents The Boyfriend
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
Performance Times
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
(860) 294-4687

Michael Berkeley, Director/Musical Director Lori Belter, Production Manager/Assistant Director Amber Cameron, Choreographer

This award-winning classic musical comedy from the Golden Age of Broadway, set in the French Riviera, tributes the high spirits and innocence of the 1920s jazz and flapper era. Opening on Broadway in 1954, The Boy Friend starred newcomer Julie Andrews making her Broadway debut. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, children, and seniors, and may be purchased from a cast member, at the a door, online at, or at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy, Sharon Pharmacy, and Kent Apothecary.

 

Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, 2015

KENT SHOP HOP
Town of Kent    Kent CT Shop Hop
Main Street
Kent, CT 06757

Looking for some fun to relieve the winter doldrums? Join us for the 2nd Annual Kent Shop Hop, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13, 14 and 15. Kent merchants are putting a twist on shopping by featuring fantastic sales, special events and fun promotions. Stop in at any participating merchant and pick up your map of the town. Visit three stores in each zone and your name will be entered into a drawing for one of three gift baskets, each worth over $200.00. Kent has an eclectic array of stores featuring quality merchandise. Shop owners work hard to guarantee that their inventories are unique and interesting. You can shop for everything from bird houses/bird seed, to books, to clothing and jewelry to antiques and vintage clothing. You’ll enjoy strolling through town, visiting favorite shops and discovering new ones! Pop into one of Kent’s fine eateries for lunch or coffee and dessert.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SEED SAVING AND THE SCOVILLE LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY
Scoville Memorial Library  Seed Saving and the Scoville Library Seed Library
38 Main Street Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 435-2838 4:00 PM

Lawrence Davis-Hollander discusses Seed Saving and the Inception of the Scoville Memorial Seed Library. Seed libraries provide a source of locally adapted seeds and food, contribute to the conservation of rare varieties through a community initiative, are a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. Davis-Hollander will discuss some of the basic strategies and techniques for seed preservation so participants can begin to learn and help create a local seed library beginning in 2015. He will explain the initial plans for the library, how library patrons can be involved and invites discussion to establish the community’s vision for a seed library. Lawrence Davis-Hollander is an ethnobotanist and former Director of the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy a regional organization which began in 1993 to collect and preserve rare heirloom seeds and advocate for their use by farmers, chefs and the public. He is a garden writer for several magazines, author of “Tomato: A fresh-from the-vine Cookbook”, and a principal of Dandelion Gardening Arts. In addition he works at the Scoville Memorial Library and is Adult Program Coordinator.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

BERKSHIRE BACH SOCIETY BRASS AND ORGAN CONCERT
Congregational Church      Berkshire Bach Society Brass and Organ Concert in Salisbury CT
30 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
6:00 PM

Tickets: $30 | $25 for Berkshire Bach members (students free with ID)
Send check to: Berkshire Bach Society
PO Box 1002
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Anthony Newman first performed with Berkshire Bach on piano as part of a Home Concert fundraiser with Eugenia Zukerman in 2013. We found him to be simply irresistible and we had to have him come back, this time on organ, and showcase his amazing talent as a Bach specialist and composer. Meanwhile, we have found that today’s audiences of baroque music seem to appreciate the juxtaposition of organ with trumpets, even though this was not so common in that era. The Berkshire Bach Ensemble boasts three trumpet virtuosi and a timpani virtuoso (all of whom are “Bach at New Year’s” regulars), and we are pairing them up with Mr. Newman for a brass and organ program that has been designed to delight.

 

March 7, 2015

WINTER HEARTY & HEALTHY FARM to TABLE
Scoville LibraryWinter Hearty and Healthy Farm to Table in Salisbury CT
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
11 AM - 12 PM

Country Bistro’s Holly Hunter Stonehill and Jacqueline Heriteau, author of “A Feast of Soups", show and tell the equipment, basic ingredients and secret to success with just about every soup ever made. Soups and “Stewps", thick stewy soups, are hot, hearty and comforting dishes you can made using produce from local growers and markets, even in the dead of winter once you understand the simple basics.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

THE SALISBURY FORUM: Up from Poverty: Africa's Untold Story
Housatonic Valley Regional High SchoolThe Salisbury Forum: Up from Poverty Africa's Untold Story
246 Warren Turnpike
Falls Village, CT 06031
7:30 PM

The news we get from Africa is filled with grizzly stories of conflict, disease and corruption. We hear almost daily about Ebola, Boko Haram and south Sudan. But is that the whole story. Are the poorest countries in Africa and the Indian subcontinent destined to stay forever in poverty, disease and starvation? Can the unrest there threaten the security and progress of the rest of the world? David deFerranti, a former World Bank regional vice president, says that underneath the ever present tales of developing countries' woes there is a powerful engine of change leading to a better future for them and for all of us affected by them. Mr. deFerranti has spent over thirty years traveling and working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Now president of Results 4 Development, a non-profit organization he founded, deFerranti says many of these former struggling countries have been posting the highest economic growth rates anywhere in the world. What's going on here? What can be believed? His talk will share his reflections on his personal experiences and what it all means for Americans and Europeans. This will be an interesting and provocative program. We hope you will join us.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015 

A CRESCENDO MIDWINTER BENEFIT CONCERT
Trinity Church    A Crescendo Midwinter Benefit Concert in Lakeville CT
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
3:00 PM (Snow date Feb. 22 at 3pm)
(860) 435-4866
www.worldclassmusic.org

On Saturday, February 21, the award-winning music organization Crescendo will present a winter afternoon concert of Italian Sonatas, Toccatas and Canzonas for Baroque trumpet and organ. Proceeds from this benefit will help to fund Crescendo’s future programming. This special concert will include works by 17th century composers. Performers are one of Boston’s finest young early music players, Christopher Belluscio, performing on a Baroque trumpet, and Christine Gevert, Crescendo’s Artistic Director, who will perform on a copy of a 17th century chamber organ. Tickets at the door are $30 and $50 for premium seating, or purchase online for $27 or $47. For online tickets, go to www.Italiantrumpet.brownpapertickets.com. For purchase by mail, send a check to Crescendo, Inc., P.O. Box 245, Lakeville, CT 06039

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WOODY PLANTS FOR THE HOME AND GARDEN
Noble Horizons     New York Botanical Garden Curator at Noble Horizons in Salisbury CT
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
2:00 PM
(860) 435-9851, ext. 190

Noble Horizons will host the New York Botanical Garden Curator of Woody Plants, Deanna Curtis. Ms. Curtis, who holds graduate degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture from Cornell University, will discuss “Woody Plants for the Home Garden: New Varieties and Garden Classics”. Ms. Curtis will share some of her favorite varieties, including recent introductions and tried-and-true cultivars that have stood the test of time. She will highlight top performing selections from NYBG’s collections, including those found in recent renovations, such as the Azalea Garden and the Native Plant Garden, as well as in current projects, like the lilac and maple collection renovations. Ms. Curtis’ program is free and registration is requested.

 

Saturday, February 14th

LOaVES IN THE STACKS
D.M. Hunt Library      LOaVES in the Stacks at DM Hunt Library in Falls Village CT
Falls Village, CT 06031
5 PM to 8 PM
860-824-7424

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Hunt Library! Our LOaVES in the Stacks event is not to be missed, featuring a wide variety of baked goods, wine, chocolate, as well as great games and prizes. The fun will start at 5pm and continue until 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased by calling the library at 860-824-7424.

 

February 6, 7 & 8, 2015

ANNUAL JUMPFEST WEEKENDAnnual Jumpfest Weekend in Salisbury CT
Salisbury, CT 06068

One of the biggest winter events in Connecticut is here! Jumpfest sponsored by Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA). The week preceding Jumpfest, starting on Friday, January 30, will feature art shows, a restaurant week including 30 area eateries, a martial arts exhibition, wine tasting, curling open house, slacker’s triathlon, local school sports events as well as a variety of business deals and giveaways.

On Friday, February 6 at Satre Hill, the long awaited ski jumps under lights, a restaurant chili cook off and the always popular human dog sled race will take place. Junior ski jumping competition begins on Saturday, February 7, and is followed by the Salisbury Invitational Tournament featuring jumpers from the Eastern Division.

In addition to the ski jumps, there is plenty of activity in "downtown" Salisbury taking place, such as the ice carving demonstrations by talented ice artists at LaBonne’s Square, a sledding party for kids at Camp Sloane in Lakeville and for adults, a Leaf blower Air Hockey Tournament! The Scoville Memorial Library located on Main Street is also offering winter related programs and projects for kids on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights of this event for adults include the Hillrock Bourbon tasting at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville and Snow Ball on Saturday evening at the Lakeville Hose Company. Sunday is kicked off with a hearty breakfast hosted by the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Department and the Eastern Regional Ski Jumping Championships. Admission to all events at Satre Hill is $15 per adult; children 12 and under are free. Admission to the Snow Ball is $15.

 

The Salisbury Forum Presents Kids for Cash at The Movie House

Sunday, February 1, 2015

THE SALISBURY FORUM PRESENTS “KIDS FOR CASH”
The Movie House
Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
11:15 AM

Salisbury Forum and Filmworks Forum of The Moviehouse present: "Kids For Cash" - a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009.

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

“WEST AFRICA AND THE EMERGENCE OF EBOLA”
Kent Memorial Library
32 North Street
Kent, CT 06767
2:00 PM
www.kentmemoriallibrary.org

Dr. Gabriel Zatlin, Kent resident, will share photos and experiences of his many years of travel as former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for Center for Disease Control. There will be a reception following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 2015

MOMIX: The 35th Anniversary A Celebration of Company Favorites Momix: The 35th Anniversary A Celebration of Company Favorites
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

MOMIX 35th Anniversary Celebration features a collection of company and audience favorites, creating a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own.

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

HOTCHKISS IN 50 OBJECTSHotchkiss in 50 Objects at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT
The Hotchkiss School, Faculty Room
11 Interlake Road
Lakeville, CT 06039    
7:00 PM
(860) 435-4423

The Tremaine Gallery presents an exhibition (on display through January 24) of selected pieces from The Hotchkiss School archives, curated by Manager of Special Collections, Joan Baldwin. Among the objects on display are a 1905 pennant, a circa-1900 Hotchkiss Police badge, and an 1848 Holy Bible inscribed by B.B. Hotchkiss to Maria Bissell, as well as many other fascinating impedimenta. You are cordially invited to attend a presentation by poet Susan Howe, in conjunction with the exhibition.

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

POET SUSAN HOWEPoet Susan Howe at The Hotchkiss School Faculty Room in Lakeville CT
The Hotchkiss School Faculty Room
11 Interlaken Road     
Lakeville CT 06039
7:00 PM

The public is invited to attend a presentation by poet, Susan Howe, in conjunction with the Tremaine Gallery exhibition, Hotchkiss in 50 Objects. She is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, including That This (2010), The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993), and the seminal biography, My Emily Dickinson (1985).

 

Saturday, January 10, 2015    

The White GalleryThe White Gallery in Lakeville CT
344 Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039
10:00 AM
(860) 435-1029

Leon Graham, Culture Critic for The Lakeville Journal, will interview Janet Andre Block and Kate Stiassni about their art careers, techniques and work presently on exhibit at the Gallery. The session will end with a Q&A and refreshments. Seating is limited, so please call to reserve your place.

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015    

FAMILY SKATING PARTYFamily Skating Park at The Hotchkiss School Dwyer Ice Rink
The Hotchkiss School Dwyer Ice Rink
1:00 to 4:00 PM
$2.00 per skater

Join us this Saturday for some skating and help our Youth in Philanthropy students raise money!

Support from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut makes our Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program possible.  The program encourages young people to bring their own views, interests and goals to the world of philanthropy.  YIP students examine local issues that are important to them and they help fund programs that aim to address community issues that they've identified!  Lots of yummy baked goods prepared by YIP students will be available and all proceeds from the event will support their work in our community. JOIN US!

 

September 26, 2015 14th ANNUAL AUCTION IN THE VILLAGE David M. Hunt Library 103 Main Street Falls Village, CT 06031 (860) 824-7424 huntlibrary.org The David M. Hunt Library is now selling tickets for its 14th Annual Auction in the Village to be held on Saturday, September 26 from 5-8pm at the Center on Main in Falls Village. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the library, by calling 860-824-7424, or by visiting www.huntlibrary.org. This year’s Auction in the Village will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Freund’s Farm Market, music by Vance Cannon and wine, beer, and the library’s signature Green Man Grog. A silent auction will take place 5 and 7pm with a live auction starting at 7:15pm sharp. A broad selection of quality auction items include artisan crafts, artworks, workshops, items for the home, kitchen and garden, the season’s hottest new books, day passes to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, a Michael Kors handbag, two season tickets to Lime Rock Park and a group dinner at The Falls Village Inn. Auction in the Village is one of the NW Corner’s most popular social events and a great opportunity for the community to support the Hunt Library and make new friends. Best & Cavallaro is a proud sponsor of this event.