Blog :: 10-2016

Looking For Kitchen Ideas?

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Time for a kitchen renovation? Are you looking for a few new ideas?

Come to the 14th Annual Kitchen Tour on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10am–4pm (rain or shine) to benefit the musical theatre program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  

This year’s tour of six kitchens in Sharon, Lakeville, and Kent, CT includes a thoughtful 1930s cottage update; the Grange kitchen of Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm with its breathtaking 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 will enjoy gourmet nibbles, door prize chances, and cooking/baking demos.

Tickets ($40 each) may be purchased online at HMTS.org or at the Salisbury, Sharon, and Kent pharmacies.

Best & Cavallaro Real Estate has been a proud sponsor of the HMTS Kitchen Tour since its inception.

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    Learning and Service at Indian Mountain School

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    The stories my boys brought home about volunteering with the elderly had me in stitches. Their companion didn’t want to do the assigned project, but to tell stories. My sons ended up looking forward to the outrageous stories their older friend wanted to share.

    Volunteering part of the school day to partner with the elderly is just one of the many quiet ways the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT weaves service into the curriculum. These lessons resonate, attaching compassion and personal connection to the idea of volunteering.

    The students walk to combat world hunger and gather food for local food pantries. Upper school students offer to mentor younger students. Students volunteer their spring break for a service trip to help various communities. It is a steady underlying theme that the students absorb during their time on campus. “Life through Service” is the school motto — a lesson well taught.

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      Fall is Busy in Northwestern Connecticut!

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      Our Northwest Corner is bustling this fall with all sorts of interesting activities. On October 22, the Sharon Historical Society will open an exhibit titled “A Chance for Land and Fresh Air: Jewish Immigrant Farmers, Hoteliers and Shopkeepers in Sharon and Amenia 1907-1950.”

      The Taconic Learning Center is offering some really varied and interesting programs scheduled at Noble Horizons or Geer with local experts at the helm. This year is the 20th anniversary of a cooperative effort to update and preserve the iron making Beckley Blast Furnace on Lower Road in East Canaan. It has become an educational venue for comprehending what life was like here in the 1800s through the early 1900s, in contrast to today. Now a popular historic tourist destination on the Blackberry River, it’s a model for what can be accomplished by knowledgeable community volunteers.

      For more information about upcoming events in our area, visit Best & Cavallaro's Best Bets.

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        The Heart of a Town

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        A library is the heart of a town, and that is certainly true of the beautiful Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. It is a gem of a library and a vibrant gathering place for the community, offering art shows, Sunday afternoon speakers, and programs for both children and adults. 

        A major fundraiser for its support will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Sharon Country Club. Open to the public, it is the 9th Annual Gala Auction, a wonderful event with open bar, delicious hors d’ouevres and music provided by the Ram Miles Trio.

        Try your hand at the live or silent auction! You could be the fortunate winning bidder of a week in Mexico in the charming town of San Miguel–Allende. Or a tour of ABC News and dinner with chief investigative reporter, Brian Ross.  Or a tour of Carolyne Roehm’s exquisite garden at Wethersfield.

         Visit the library’s website at hotchkisslibrary.org, call to make a reservation (860-364-5041), or just come and pay $75 at the door. A lot of fun and a very worthy cause!

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