Blog :: 03-2019

Salisbury Artisans Group Market 2019

Mark your calendars for the first ever Spring Artisans Group Market, May 18 - 19!

It's going to be a busy weekend with Trade Secrets and all of the excitement that surrounds it, but our community is also going to be buzzing with action over at the White Hart Inn for the first ever Spring Artisans Market, too! The Artisans Group is a collective of artists  and crafts people from the Tri-State Area.  This is a gathering to show and market their work in the Northwest corner of Connecticut.

Event Details:

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19 | 10pm - 4pm



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    10 Affordable Home Improvement Tips

    First impressions are everything, and your home's curb appeal matters, not just for potential buyers.

    Did you know that taking care of your belongings (including your home and car) can contribute to the same sense of well-being that taking care of your health by exercising and eating well can? If you are preparing to sell your home, use spring cleaning as an opportunity to go a bit further to improve the appearance of your home. Here are some cheap fixes that go a long way.

    10 Easy Ways to Spruce things Up

    1. Fertilize your lawn for a fresh, healthy look. All you need is fertilizer, spreader, and a hose.
    2. Stain the deck and touch up peeling paint around your entranceways.
    3. Sweep under overhangs to clear cobwebs.
    4. Fix or upgrade your fence. If it’s in really poor condition, remove it.
    5. Replace the errant rock that fell off the wall last year.
    6. Trim your trees and bushes.
    7. Clean leaves and debris from your yard, and from gutters.
    8. Clean windows inside and out.
    9. Maybe invest in a new mailbox and doormats.
    10. Consider planting a bush or small tree if you have the space.

    A neatly-kept outward appearance goes a long way in setting the tone of your home to a potential buyer. The added bonus is feeling great when you return home every day. Go ahead and enjoy that glass of wine in your beautiful living room! 


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      Rip Van Winkle: The Musical at HVRHS on March 14-16, 2019!

      Rip Van Winkle: The Musical marks the 16th annual musical for the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

      With 90% of the funding for the musical provided through ticket sales, sponsorships, and fundraising events, this year’s show features 40 students onstage, including students from Region One elementary schools, accompanied by a live orchestra, all helping to bring this new musical to life for four performances only, March 14-16 2019.

      Created by Michael Berkeley and Ray Roderick with music and lyrics by Michael Berkeley, family, home, and what’s best about life -- tailor-made for the whole family in the great tradition of The Music ManRip Van Winkle brings new life to the Washington Irving tale through heartfelt, tuneful music, comedy, rousing dance, and a little gnomish mischief.

      Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/children) may be purchased at the door, online at, and at the Salisbury, Sharon, and Kent pharmacies.

      Best & Cavallaro has been a proud sponsor of the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society since its inception sixteen years ago.





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        Trade Secrets 2019

        Mark your calendars for May 18 - 19 for this year's Trade Secrets!

        This may be our very favorite event of the year, and it's been a community staple for as long as we can remember. Bonus: this event is a fundraiser for Women's Support Services, so you can be sure you are having a good time for a good cause. 

        Event details

        Rare Plant + Garden Antiques Sale | Saturday, May 18: Don't miss the Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, held at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. Up to 60 vendors will bring their rare and unusual plants and garden antiques for you to take home with you. The sale starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

        Garden Tours | Sunday, May 19: Spend the day taking a self-guided tour of four of the most beautiful and picturesque private gardens, located in Falls Village, CT and nearby Ashley Falls, MA. The Garden Tour starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. (Be sure to buy your tickets early, for there are limited Garden Tour tickets for sale in advance. No tickets will be sold the day of the tour). 

        Click here for more information 


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          The Biggest Bang For Your Home Improvement Buck

          There are plenty of national statistics showing which home improvements are likely to add the most to the value of your house.  A study in Remodeling Magazine indicates that the list would include, in this order: insulation, a new front door, new garage doors, new siding, and new windows.

          However, in my opinion, this list varies greatly from region to region. Here in Litchfield, Dutchess, and Berkshire Counties, we have a large percentage of part-time residents, many of whom don’t have the time or interest in doing renovations after purchasing a home in the Tri-State area. For our market, newly-renovated top-quality kitchens and baths would be at the top of the list to bring the maximum sales price.   All of the other items mentioned above are also huge benefits to producing a sale, but if the kitchen and baths are dated or unattractive, you will probably be leaving money on the table.

          If you are considering some major home improvements, whether to enjoy or with the thought of eventually selling, we at Best & Cavallaro would be happy to meet with you and offer some advice.


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