Blog :: 07-2015

Historic Sites in Our Backyard

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It’s hard to believe we are more than half way through the warm and wonderful days of summer. This week let’s focus on discovering some of life’s pleasures in nature’s realm and historic locales which have contributed to our heritage.

A leisurely drive to East Canaan via Lower Road leads to the Beckley Blast Furnace, the designated Connecticut Industrial Monument, where docents are available every Saturday between ten and two p.m. until Columbus Day weekend. Learn about the era between the 1840s and 1920s during which pig iron was made and how it contributed to the development of our country. A fascinating story for young and old; it is a beautiful site along the Blackberry River.

Another blast furnace to view is in Kent adjacent to the popular Sloane-Stanley Museum. On the adjoining property is the CT Antique Machinery Association and the CT Mining and Mineral Museum...all worthy of your attention.

Our countryside is indeed rich in things to explore!

 

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    Celebrating Chefs & Farmers

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    It's summer and there's lots to do! One event which you should not miss is the 5th annual Chef and Farmer Brunch at Number 9 in Millerton, NY, benefiting the North East Community Center. Come to the Brunch, then stroll around Millerton, shop, or just take in the sites. (Don't forget the Rail Trail, if you would like to work off your meal!)

    Scheduled for Sunday, August 9, the Brunch features Farmer's Market inspired dishes, tastings, and beverages provided by twenty chefs from local farm-to-table restaurants, spirits, wine, and beer from local microbreweries and distilleries including: 52 Main, Pine Plains Platter, Hill Rock Distillery, McEnroe's Organics, Harney Tea Shop, Berkshire Mountain Distillery and Number 9, among others.

    The Chef and Farmer Brunch supports important North East Community Center food and social services programs for children and families. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at: www.neccmillerton.org.

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      The Sounds of Summer

      Our Tri-State area offers an abundance of opportunities to hear great music during the summer.

      In Salisbury, CT, at the St. John’s Church, the Northwest Music Association celebrates its 10th season of offering free concerts of Baroque Era chamber music. We at Best & Cavallaro are proud to be sponsors of this unique organization. This summer, they will present four concerts at 5 pm on July 22 & 29 and on August 5 & 12. Don’t miss this increasingly popular event!

      Also, in nearby Falls Village, CT, Music Mountain offers a varied musical program from classical to Broadway, including a swingtime big band coming up on July 25.

      In Norfolk, Infinity Hall continues to impress with its artists and great Bistro. The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival offers an opportunity to be swept away by beautiful music in a magical setting.

      Graham Nash will be performing at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington on August 23 and, of course, Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is a venue that also draws international stars. 

      Enjoy!

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        Flag Waving and Fireworks

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        The Fourth of July holiday weekend celebrations will be in full tilt this weekend. In Salisbury, the annual fireworks, sponsored by The Salisbury Rotary Club, will be booming skyward on Saturday evening, July 4th, in celebration of our independent American heritage. Lime Rock Park is once again generously hosting the event. It is a major event which brings friends and neighbors from nearby towns together and benefits local charities, scholarship funds and numerous other Rotary projects. 

        Historically it is a time to celebrate the “Birth of American Independence”--thus the other title, Independence Day. In Sharon, American flags waving in the breezes along the length of the Green, placed by the American Legion Veterans, is an incredibly patriotic and beautiful sight. A national holiday is a time for all towns to celebrate our heritage in their own special way.

        The wisdom of our forefathers, especially John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and others who drafted the Declaration of Independence should also be celebrated for that remarkable document adopted by all thirteen colonies on July 4, 1776.

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