Blog :: 05-2017

What To Do This Weekend?

CT Realtor Mary Taylor

It’s a weekend and we’ve promised the young and young at heart a day trip.  Where can we go, what can we do?  Here are a few places to explore:

Visit the Berkshire Museum, which offers an array of exhibitions and activities. 

Visit the Berkshire Scenic Rail Museum which is preserving the history of railroading.

Visit the Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School, a one-of-a-kind, AZA-accredited zoo with over 160 exotic and indigenous animals.

Enjoy trails, live animal exhibits, nature programs, and conservation-themed events  at the Audubon Society in Sharon. 

On a Saturday afternoon, go for a farm tour at Arethusa Dairy Farm in Litchfield, CT.

Experience a replicated Algonkian Village at the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington, CT.

Visit a replica of a pioneer cabin at the Sloane-Stanley Museum & Kent Iron Furnace.

And be sure to visit the Best Bets page or our website for more ideas and upcoming special events!

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    Memorial Day in Salisbury, CT

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    Salisbury real estate expert Lori Belter

    Are you looking forward to summer? Picnics at the lake, walking the Appalachian Trail, picking up fresh produce at a farmer’s market, enjoying backyard barbecues, riding bikes around Twin Lakes or on the Rail Trail, or maybe putting in the canoe on Lakeville Lake?   

    Traditionally, Memorial Day is the kick-off of the summer season. In Salisbury, we have a wonderful parade that honors the men and women who have served our country, followed by an ice cream social on the lawn of the White Hart Inn, hosted by the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association. 

    Many towns in our region have similar celebrations on Memorial Day – traditions that help make our part of the world so special. Check out the listings in your local paper to find out how your community honors all those who have served and continue to serve our country.

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      Summer Farmers' Markets are Back!

      Salisbury CT farmers market

      This weekend, on Saturday, May 20, we are excited to welcome a new Salisbury farmer’s market around the corner from our office on the Scoville Library lawn on Main Street in Salisbury, CT!

      There are also Farmer’s Markets in Millerton, Amenia, and Hillsdale, NY; Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, and Winsted, CT - they all offer products ranging from locally-grown fruits and vegetables to organic meat and poultry to vegan food to fresh baked goods and crafts.

      Here are a few in our region:

      New York farmers markets

      Amenia - May-Oct, Fridays 3-7 pm, Town Hall parking lot, Rt. 22. ameniafarmersmarket.com

      Copake/Hillsdale - May 27-Oct. 28, Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm,  9140 State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY.  copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.com

      Millerton - May-Oct, Saturdays, 9am-1pm, Millerton Methodist Church at Dutchess & Main. millertonfarmersmarket.org

      Connecticut farmers markets 

      Cornwall - May-Oct, Saturdays 9am-12:30pm, 413 Sharon Goshen Tpke./Rte 128, Wish House. cornwallfarmarket.org

      Kent - May-Oct, Fridays 3– 6pm, Saturdays 10–noon, Rt. 7, across from Fife ‘n Drum  FB: @KentCTFarmersMarket

      Norfolk - May-Oct, Saturdays 10am-1pm, 19 Maple Ave., live music.NorfolkFarmersMarket.org

      Salisbury - May-mid-Oct., Saturdays, 10am -1 pm, Scoville Library lawn

      Winsted - June-Oct, Fridays, 3-6 pm at East End Park. winstedfarmersmarket.org

      Stop by to enjoy the freshest food and to support your friends, neighbors, and local farmers!

       

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        Spring: A Time for Renewal

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        From my favorite window, I’m gazing out at the landscape, noting spring’s late arrival this year in our Northwest Corner.  

        Birds dart from tree to tree, grass is finally green, and a fine mist is making its presence felt with splatters on the windowpane. And yes, the roving threesome of deer have just come into view. A pretty pastoral scene.  

        Spring is a time of renewal for ourselves and our homes.  Winter always creates projects requiring our attention in the interior and exterior of our homes. Has paint peeled indoors or out, requiring touch-up? Fireplaces and woodstoves should be cleaned, and how about the chimneys?  

        A septic system needs to be pumped every two to three years and its condition checked. Remember to schedule the annual heating system tune-up.  Testing the fire alarms and other safety systems is a must. And lots to do outdoors.  Great exercise!

         

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          It's May - Time for Trade Secrets!

          Patricia Best, Sharon CT real estate expert

          Every May, an amazing event takes place at the beautiful LionRock Farm in Sharon, Ct.   Rising like the proverbial phoenix each year, an army of volunteers creates a magical village of tents for 60 vendors selling beautiful, rare, and unique plants, garden antiques, and decorative items. The setting is gorgeous and the shoppers are too, perfectly clad in Wellies and straw hats. You can even enjoy a delicious lunch under the tent.  

          On Saturday, May 13, for the Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, there are “early bird” tickets, regular admission, and even “late bloomer” tickets for those who can only get there for the last couple of hours. Best of all, Trade Secrets is the largest fundraiser for Women’s Support Services of Sharon, Ct., a critical nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence in the Tri-State area.  

          Be sure to get your tickets at TradeSecretsCT.com! (Please note: If you have not yet purchased tickets for Sunday’s Garden Tour on May 14, this year’s Tour is already sold out!)

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