Friday, September 30, 2011

The St. Andrews Society of Connecticut will hold it's annual Scottish Fair at the Goshen Fairgrounds.  There will be pipe bands, sheep dog demonstrations, vendors of all things Scottish, kids games, and more.  For more information, please click here


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some Early October Events

13th Annual Winsted Friends of Main Street Fall Festival and Classic Car Show - Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-738-3351.
The Annual Fall Foliage Festival in Winsted will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Festival will be held on Main Street, between Case Avenue and Union Street. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. The much anticipated outdoor event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate Autumn's splendor in the Northwest Hills. Come stroll Winsted's Main Street, and enjoy crafts from over 50 vendors, food, entertainment, children's activities and more! In addition, there is a pie baking contest with a $50 first prize for the winner! For rules and an entry form call the Friends of Main Street office or visit their website at foms.org. Craft vendors must pre-register by September 23, 2011. For more information, please call the Friends of Main Street office at 860-738-3351. Bring your friends down to Main Street to enjoy a day of shopping, eating, entertainment and leaf peeping!

152nd Annual Harwinton Fair - 80 Locust Rd., Harwinton, CT
Locust Rd., 1 mi. SE of Harwinton Center, Harwinton, CT 06791. Phone: 860-485-9369. Major Country Fair. OPEN BOTH DAYS- Draft Horse Exhibit and Demonstrations Antique Tractor Show Working Demonstrations At "EARLY AMERICAN" Building Special Features: 8:00am - 8:00pm Fair is open Weather permitting. All buildings & exhibits are on display until 8pm including Adult & Youth Exhibit buildings, All Day Pisgah Mountain Primitives Demonstrations of pioneer cooking, life, & blacksmithing, All Day Civil War Displays Presenting Civil War era by the Old 19th CT, a Civil War group,, All Day Country Store * An old fashioned Country Store, with items for sale, * Demonstrations of blacksmithing, * Crafts of Early Americana, * A working shingle mill
All Day Vendors Great foods, merchandise, products & services, All Day Tufano Amusements Rides & amusements - fun for the whole family, All Day Antique Tractor Show Come see a wonderful display of antique tractors, All Day Draft Horse Displays Draft Horse Displays in Horse Building. Saturday: 9:00am English Horse Show Presented in the horse ring on the East side of grounds, 10:00am Animal Friends An exhibit of barnyard animals in the Animal Friends Building, 10:00am Judging Poultry Judging of poultry entries,10:00am Judging Oxen & Trained Steer Judging event is in Pull Ring on south side of grounds, 10:00am - noon Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Music on the bandstand, 10:30am Women's Skillet Throw Sign up at woodchopping area at 10:00 - Free event, 10:30am - noon HarBur Middle School Band Music on Lower Stage, 11:00am Judging Junior Dairy Cattle Judging of cattle in Cattle building area, 11:00am Judging Junior & Senior Dairy Judging of Dairy Showmanship, Times to be announced Zircus Wallenda High-wire entertainment - Don't miss the excitement!!, Times to be announced Pig Races Down on East side of grounds noon Oxen Draw - Four Classes Presented in Pull Ring on south side of grounds, 1:00pm Dairy Cattle - Open show Show in Cattle building area, 1:00pm Ox Teamsters Challenge Oxen perform obstacle event near the Pull Ring area, 1:00pm Rabbit Costume Contest Dress up your rabbit and join the fun!!, 1:00pm The Magic of Jim Sisti Magic show will be presented on Lower Stage - Fun for the whole family, 1:00pm Wood Chopping Contest Wood chopping competitions in woodchopping area, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Dave Quick & Sidekick Band Great music performing on Bandstand in the afternoon and evening weather permitting, 2:00pm (approx) Lewis Mills Marching Band Marching with the band playing on the fairgrounds, 2:30pm Sunshine Road with David Verdosci Bring the children - Great fun & entertainment, 4:00pm The Magic of Jim Sisti Magic show will be presented on Lower Stage - Fun for the whole family, 6:00pm The Magic of Jim Sisti Magic show will be presented on Lower Stage - Fun for the whole family 6:00pm - 8:00pm Dave Quick & Sidekick Band Great music performing on Bandstand in the afternoon and evening weather permitting. SUNDAY: 8:00am Animal Friends An exhibit of barnyard animals in Animal Friends Building 9:00am Western Horse Show Presented in the horse ring on the East side of grounds 10:00am - noon Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Music on the bandstand, 10:30am Women's Skillet Throw Sign up at woodchopping area at 10:00 - Free event, 11:00am Judging Beef Cattle - Open Show Judging of cattle in Cattle Building area, Noon (approx) Draft Horse & Wagon show * Presented in the horse ring approximately at noon, * Displays of draft horse in Horse Building, Times to be announced Zircus Wallenda High-wire entertainment - Don't miss the excitement!!, Times to be announced Pig Races Down on East side of grounds, 1:00pm Exhibit of Draught Horses Two classes will be presented in the Pull Ring, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Dave Quick & Sidekick Band Great music for a Sunday afternoon on the bandstand, 1:00pm Wood Chopping Contest Wood chopping competitions in woodchopping area, 1:00pm Dairy Cattle - Open show Show in Cattle Building area, 1:00pm The Magic of Jim Sisti Magic show will be presented on Lower Stage - Fun for the whole family, 2:30pm Sunshine Road with David Verdosci Bring the children - Great fun & entertainment, 4:00pm The Magic of Jim Sisti Magic show will be presented on Lower Stage - Fun for the whole family.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Weeks Handy Tip

How to Remove an Ink Stain with Vinegar and Milk

What You Need

Materials
Materials 2 Parts Whole Milk
1 Part White Distilled Vinegar
Large Bowl

Instructions

1. Combine Milk and Vinegar. Pour just enough milk to cover your garment into a large bowl. Add about half as much white distilled vinegar.
2. Soak Garment in Mixture. Overnight is best to ensure that the milk and vinegar have enough time to do their magic!
3. Remove, Hang Dry, Wash as Normal. You may see a light trace of the ink stain upon removal but after washing the ink stain should be gone.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Corn Mazes in Litchfield

Looking for some fun with the kids, how about a corn maze?  Several area farms offer corn mazes.  Below is a list

March Farm Corn Maze -- Bethlehem - 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: 203-266-7721.
The Corn Maze is now open weekends from 11AM to 5PM through October via the hayride shuttle.  Beginning October 1st you can also access the corn maze via car and during wekdays.  The Corn Maze is $3/person, and unlimited Hayrides from the Hayloft Playscape to the Corn Maze are $2/person.

Corn Maze at Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm--Sharon - 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Rte. 4, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-0025.
The Corn Maze at Ellsworth Hill Orchard will be open from the end of August through November. A fun and educational activity for children as well as adults. $7 Admission. Children under 5 free. Call for further information or check the website.

Bunnell Farm Litchfield-Maple Street, 860.567.9576
  • Corn Maze
    Weekends: late Sept to Halloween

Sunday, September 25, 2011

End of Summer Home Check List

It's offical, summer is over! This is the first fall weekend.  Below are some tips from the Charles and Hudson Web site on prepping your home for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, never fear, summer will be back!

Moving into a new season typically means that there are some home maintenance tasks you can check off your to-do list. That's especially true as we head into fall, as much of the country will begin to experience cooler temperatures before winter's frigid grip takes hold.
To make sure your home is in tip-top shape, consider tackling some of these checklist items:
1. Check your home's air flow. Clean and vacuum any built-up dust from your vents, stove hood, room fans, baseboard heaters and dryer vents. Not only will you help encourage uninterrupted air flow, but keeping these areas clean can help decrease your risk of fire.
2. Crank up the heat. Have your heating system inspected and serviced. An important step you can handle on your own? Change the furnace filters. It's always a great idea to make sure your system is in working order before the temperatures plunge and you're left with a faulty heater.
3. Light my fire. We're entering fireplace season, so make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and free of any debris or build-up. You may want to call in a professional to clean your fireplace flue and liners, which will prevent a build-up of creosote.
4. Paint and carpet. If you're planning to do any interior painting, carpet cleaning or carpet replacement, make sure to tackle these projects while the weather is still mild and you can keep your windows open for additional ventilation.
5. Check your insulation. Your home's insulation is a critical component in keeping you and your family warm during the window, so do a visual inspection around your home, including the exterior, to check for any spots that may need new caulk or weatherstripping. Windows and doors are prime candidates for air leaks, so pay careful attention to these areas.
Once you've finished the list, you can kick back, relax and enjoy some football (the best part of fall, right?) And if you have any other summer-to-fall maintenance tasks that you've made a regular part of your routine, we'd love to hear them!

Upcoming Goshen Events-Mark Your Calanders

ADULT ACTIVITIES:

Goshen Quilters- Thursday mornings from 10-noon a group of quilters meets at the West Wing of the lodge to work on personal projects, create items for charity and learn new quilting skills. Contact Sally Smith at 860-491-3784 for more information or to join this congenial gathering.

Goshen Quilter’s Guild- each month on the 2nd Tuesday, this group meets at the lodge at Camp Coch from 6:30-9pm. Speakers and demonstrations are often a part of these gatherings. Contact Sandy Wright at 860-491-4589 for more information.

Yoga with Jan Troy- Anusara instructor Jan Troy will be teaching two adult classes at Camp Coch this fall. On Monday evenings from 6-7:30 starting on September 12th the focus will be on strong Level 1 and Level 2 students who are familiar with the attitude, alignment and balance actions of Anusara Yoga. She promises a spirited class delving deeper into the subtleties of the practice.
Wednesdays morning’s Level 1 class starting on September 7th for existing students or brand new beginners will run from 9:30-11 am and will focus on the practice of Anusara Basic Principles of Alignment from the inside out. Contact Jan at saralayoga@optonline.net  as these classes are ongoing and attendance to both classes will be by permission of the teacher only.


Yoga for Adults-each Monday evening yoga instructor Wendy Larsen offers what she describes as ”a sane and practical brand” of yoga in the Goshen Center School from 7-8pm for $ 12 per class. Call her at 860-738-9293 or email her at wlarsen9293@charter.net for more information.


Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class- Goshen physical therapist Jill Maeder offers free classes for people suffering from arthritis. The classes will be held at Camp Coch lodge starting September 26th. Classes run for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2 pm. Call the Rec. Office to register -860 491-2249 as space is limited.

Women’s Volleyball- longtime supervisor Lisa Tillmann and her assistant Vanessa Spino will be in the school gym Monday evenings from  7-9pm starting November 7th. Hopefully the 7pm start time is workable for moms who must feed their families and supervise some homework before setting out for some fun exercise and socialization. Fee for the season is only $35.

Men’s Hoops- men can play open gym pick-up style basketball in the school gym on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 pm from mid-October until early spring for only $35 per season. NEEDED A VOLUNTEER SUPERVISOR.

AARP Safe Driving Class for Seniors- on November 7th from 9-1 a volunteer AARP instructor will be teaching the one-day class for older citizens. Completion of the class provides the participant lost of practical safe driving information plus a 5% reduction in automobile insurance for 2 years. AARP members pay $12 while non-members are charges $14. You must pre-register at the Rec. Office.


Goshen Turkey Trot- the Goshen Running Club’s annual Thanksgiving morning 6.2 mile race starts at 10 am on November 24th at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Old Middle Street. The course is hilly and mostly over dirt roads- the perfect prelude to a calorie laden holiday meal. The race is always held no matter the weather conditions. Race forms are usually available online after November 1st at www.goshenrunningclub.com . Pre-registration is encouraged and is cheaper.

Friday, September 23, 2011

More Saturday Events

Lake Waramaug House Tour--Washington, CT - North Shore Road, New Preston, CT 06777. Phone: 860-868-6600.
On Saturday, September 24, 2011 a house tour of selected Washington  waterfront properties on Lake Waramaug will take place from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.  Sotheby's International Realty will provide shuttles between houses.  After the tour there will be a cocktail party at the Lake Waramaug Country Club with a silent and live auctions (villas in Italy, ticket to the Oscars etc).  Funds raised will benefit the Lake Waramaug Task Force and the New Milford Hospital Foundation.  Tickets for the tour $55; plus party; $125. For Party only $75.  

Miranda Vineyard hosting its Second Annual Pig Roast - 42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-9906.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  In Celebration of Connecticut's Chef toFarm Week,Miranda Vineyard will be hosting its Second Annual Pig Roast . Come savor the flavor of a spit roasted pig, taste the freshness of locally grown produce, and enjoy a glass of our award winning Ct grown wines with Live Bluegrass music. $35.00, all inclusive. Rain or shine. Reservations Required. Please call 860-491-9906 to reserve your spot.

Game Dinner at Action Wildlife Foundation - 337 Torrington Rd., Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-9191.
$25 p/p, byob, dinner starts at 5:30; Menu: Russian board, pulled pork, chicken, chili, Sica Deer, Fallow Deer, Bison, Elk andBlack Bear. Call Action Wildlife for details and reservations.

New Morning Host Talk--Natural Treatment for Lyme Disease--Woodbury - 738 Main St. South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4868.
On Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10:30AM to Noon New Morning Natural and Organic Store will feature a lecture by Elena Sokolova, MD, ND.  This lecture is especially important for all of us living in Lyme Disease Endemic Zone--the State of Connecticut.  Dr. Sokolova will focus on the classic symptoms of Lyme Diseas as well as the tricky way it can mimic other conditions and go unnoticed in your body.  You will learn about new advances in natural treatments as well as natural preventions.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday September 23rd events

Grief Support Group - 9:30-11:00 am - Litchfield Community Center
Celebration: National Senior Center Month - 12:00 Noon - Morris Senior Center
Basic Italian II Class - 1:30-4:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center
My Weird School Special - 3:30-4:00 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
An Imaginative Word - Friday & Saturday - Wisdom House
Star Party - 8:00 pm - White Memorial CC

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Area Events for Thursday Sept 22, 2011

Tall Tales - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
Day Trip: CT Wine Trail - 10:30 am - Morris Senior Center
Basic Italian I Class - 6:30-8:30 pm - Litchfield Community Center

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club Fall Dog Show

The Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club will be hosting it's annual Fall dog show at the Goshen Fair Grounds.

Come see some of the finest purebred dogs in the Northeast.  For a schedule of events, please click here

There is an admission charge to the Fairgrounds. 

For more information on NCDC, please click here.

The Goshen Town Wide Tag Sale

Town Wide Tag Sale- gather up the outgrown toys, games and clothes along with your other household “attic treasures” and sign up for the 6th annual Rec. Dept. tag sale. You hold the sale at your home but leave all the advertising tasks to Rec. Coordinator Dale Ives. The sale date is September 24th from 9 am-4 pm. Register by September 21st - $10 fee per address. Many sales in our tiny town on the same date always attract lots of shoppers!

Saturday Events

Goshen Town Wide Tag Sale
Goshen Outdoor Market - 9:30 am-12:30 pm - Goshen Center School
Litchfield Farm-Fresh Market - 10:00 am-1:00 pm – Litchfield Center School
Family Nature Day - 11:00 am-5:00 pm - White Memorial CC
Litchfield Fire Department 5K Road Race - 11:00 am - Plumb Hill, Litchfield
Lobster Dinner Fundraiser (Litch. Hist. Soc.) - Litchfield Community Center

Area Events On Wednesday Sept. 21

Short Tales - 10:30 am - Oliver Wolcott Library
OWL Annual Meeting - 5:30 pm - Oliver Wolcott Library
Money and Music Lecture - 6:30-8:00 pm - Litchfield Community Center