Thursday, December 17, 2015

Free Childrens Week at White Memorial

Museum Children Free Week


Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick in honor of Adele and Joseph d’Assern. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
December 21 – 27, 2016

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Savory Cheese Straws-Perfect for a Drinks Party

Easy to make and always a hit at parties

I have loved this recipe since I first learned it as a student at Le Cordon Bleu.  It makes a great Hors d’oeuvres, and is a nice little munchy at tea. Mrs. Patmore would have sent these up with the salad course or as an after-dinner savory to offer with Port. Similar recipes appear in almost all my 19th and early 20th century cook books.  Use the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find (I Love Tillamook or Cabot’s private reserve)


  • 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 stick (3 ounces) cold sweet butter, cut into 8 chunks

  • 1 cup lightly packed grated sharp cheddar cheese

  • A fat pinch of salt

  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard

  • 1/4 tsp paprika

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese OR
    1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts

  • Place rack in center of oven and Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a heavy baking sheet with baking parchment.


  • Combine flour and butter in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


  • Add cheddar cheese, salt, mustard and paprika, pulse until all ingredients are evenly combined and mixture comes together.  Wrap pastry with plastic film and refrigerate for ½ hour.


  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/ 4 inch.  Prick all over with a fork.  Brush pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and or nuts.


  • Cut into strips, lengthwise, then cut across to make rectangles or diamonds.  You could also cut the pastry with decorative cutters and re-roll the leftover dough once (but don’t top with more nuts or cheese) The dough can also be piped through a flat piping tip.


  • Transfer the cut pastries to the baking sheet and bake in center of pre-heated oven for about 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.


  • Transfer pastries to a rack to cool.  When cool store, wrapped in layers of waxed paper either in a cookie jar or in plastic bags.  May be made 3 days ahead and kept at room temperature.  Freeze for longer storage
  • Monday, December 14, 2015

    Black Bears In Connecticut Talk at the Goshen Library

     A talk on Black bear history, diet, behavior & current research efforts explored by Paul Colburn, certified Master of Wildlife Conservation, will be held at the Goshen Public Library on December 15th, starting at 6:30 PM.


     Mr Colburn will provide recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. RSVP 860-491-3234.

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    Local Gifts Part two-food and beverages-

    The Goshen and Litchfield area has many fine treats. Numerous vineyards, award winning dairies, chocolate shops.  Below is the list of some of my personal favorites. You can click on the name of each location to go to their web site for hours and more information.  

    Thorncrest Farms-Dairy and Chocolates-Goshen
    Creating fine artisanal "Single Cow Origin" Chocolates. Come taste the difference of our "Single Cow" origin Chocolates... for those who desire something truly special.

    The foundation for Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates is our signature milk.
    We harvest our hay and pasture our cows. This ensures they are fed the finest sweetest hay and natural feeds; from this they produce their pure signature milk.

    Milk House Chocolates brings you artisanal chocolates made in small batches one at a time with our fresh milk, cream and butter. Only all natural flavors such as fresh orchard fruits, garden herbs and honey are blended with the very best cocoa beans on earth to create these pralines and truffles. This is an amazing farmer to farmer connection.    They also offer a variety of cheese making classes..

    Arethusa Dairy Farm Store-Bantam      Located in the heart of Bantam, the Arethusa Dairy Farm Store sells not only the locally produced milk, but ice cream, butter, and a variety of cheeses.  Stop by for a cone or to pick up some of the best Eggnog around.

    Haight Brown Vineyard-Litchfield-Local wines, plus tasting and pair classes.

    Sunset Meadows Vineyard-Goshen-offers a number of whites and reds perfect for gifting. There is also a small gift shop.


    Hopkins Vineyard-Washington, CT-Tasting room, wine bar and gift shop. They also offer events throughout the year..

    Rustling Wind Creamery - They offer not only some of the best cheese in the county, but also locally made jellies, jams, maple products and hand made knit products. They also offer gift baskets.

    Nodines Smokehouse-Goshen- A Litchfield County classic-
    Nodine's Smokehouse is a family owned business based in the foothills of the charming New England Berkshires. From humble beginnings as a small, custom smokehouse in 1969, we've become a leading American manufacturer of gourmet smoked meat, poultry, fish, and cheese. We now have a production facility, and offices, in Torrington, CT, where all our work is done. Our products are featured anywhere from small, hometown markets, to high class Manhattan restaurants; You can find us in grocery stores, delis, caterers, and restaurants across the country.
     
    In order to supply you with the best tasting gourmet products, we use only the finest, and highest quality, federally inspected ingredients. All of our products are manufactured in our USDA certified facility. Our team of artisans hand craft all of our products in small batches. From the raw ingredient, all the way to packaging and shipping, we do it all right here, to ensure that our high standards are met. We use traditional methods, and years of trial and error has perfected our recipes.
     
    Ronald Nodine and his passion for top notch smoked meats are the driving force behind Nodine's Smokehouse. Ronald, his wife Johanne, along with their son Calvin, have assembled a fine team of employees, who share their enthusiasm for smoked foods. In the production facility, craftsmen are preparing bacon and ham with a smile on their face. For any questions or concerns, you can contact one of our friendly salespeople. And don't forget to stop at our retail store in Goshen, and say "Hi" to the ladies there! We are honored to serve you with our high quality gourmet smoked food products.
     
     

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    Shop Local for Your Holiday Gifts-Part 1

    The Goshen and Litchfield Area has many wonderful local  shops perfect for selecting gifts for the Holidays or any time. Below is a list of some local shops that I frequent.  Part two will highlight the shops that offer food and wine.

    White Memorial Museum and Gift Shop-The White Memorial Conservation Center’s Gift Shop features a broad selection of items for children and adults. You’ll always find a wide assortment of field and audio guides, Dover Books, stuffed plush animals, educational toys, posters, puzzles, and games. Our “Connecticut Corner” is stocked with a variety of unique Connecticut made-crafts. Choose from fragrant goat milk soaps and creams, maple syrup, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, books, and DVDs by local writers and naturalists. We also have many gifts for kids with prices starting at just $.10: figurines, stones, keepsakes, and more. Our inventory changes frequently. For an extra special gift, order a hand-decorated, custom-designed walking stick made from White Memorial saplings.

    The Abbey of Regina Laudis- Located on Flanders Road in Bethlehem. This year we will be offering our selection of specialty items, such as artisanal cheeses, sheepskins, woven scarves, ironwork, candles, jams and jellies, hot mustard, infused vinegars, herbal products, lotions, mists and perfumes.

    Our year-round Abbey staples make great gifts: the ever popular “God is the Bigger Elvis” Oscar nominated documentary about Mother Dolores Hart, and Ear of the Heart, her autobiography; plus our Gregorian chant CD’s, gift cards, Lauren Ford Christmas cards, the Cheese Nun DVD documenting Mother Noella Marcellino’s cheese expertise; and a wide selection of books on spirituality.

    The Litchfield Historical Society Museum Shop-Located on South Street in Litchfield. Has a variety of books on the history of Litchfield , cards, tee shirts and other Litchfield Items.

    Institute for American Indian Studies-Washington Depot-

    The IAIS Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore offers one of the finest selections of traditional and contemporary Native-made crafts and fine art. Choose from jewelry, textiles, pottery, baskets and fine art, crafted by artisans from the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Lakota, Six Nations and other tribes. We also offer one of the area's most extensive selections of books devoted to Native culture, storytelling, history, archaeology, medicine, food and spirituality. Our children's section features a variety of toys, games, coloring books, puppets, key chains, jewelry and shirts, as well as an assortment of other Native-made and Native-inspired items.





    How To Green Up Your Holidays

    8 Easy things you can do to make your holidays (or anytime of the year) a bit more green.  The Goshen area has several thrift and consignment shops chock a block with items and there are several warehouse stores within a short driving distance. Not to mention many local vineyards and chocolate shops

    From Apartment Therapy..

    Want to give the gift of green to your kitchen this holiday season? A green mindset over the holidays involves just a few simple changes; it's actually one of the easiest things to do. No, you don't need to completely overhaul your cooking routine or try to make all your favorite holiday treats vegan. Instead make a few small changes — here are 10 that are simple and effective.

    1. Clean Green


    This is a good rule to follow year-round, and not just during the holidays. It's smart for the health of your home and your family to use eco-friendly cleaning products, or even just baking soda and white vinegar for most of your cleaning needs. Plus, if you use DIY cleaners, you'll be able to save some money as well.

    2. Don't Use Disposables


    As tempting as it is to use plastic plates, cups, and utensils for holiday parties and large family gatherings, sticking to the dinnerware you can reuse will always be a greener option. If you have to use disposables, opt for ones that are made of recycled materials and can be recycled or composted after use.

    3. Buy in Bulk


    If you know you'll be baking a lot or making food gifts for many people this holiday season, plan your grocery or Costco trip strategically to buy ingredients in bulk. Not only will you cut down on the packaging used by buying bigger containers, but one big trip is better than many small trips to restock. And if you aren't buying things that are perishable, you'll be able to use them throughout the next year.

    4. Compost Your Scraps


    You'll likely be peeling a lot of potatoes, squash, and root vegetables this holiday season, but instead of putting all the scraps in the trash, try composting them. Not only will you cut down on what goes into the landfill, but you'll also help future crops or public spaces be healthier next spring. If you don't have space for a composter of your own, the Environmental Protection Agency has a tool to help you find a program in your area.

    5. Skip the Silver Polish


    If you're bringing out the silver for holiday gatherings, skip the bottle of chemical-filled silver polish and head to the shelf with your baking ingredients instead — you just need some baking soda, salt, and white vinegar (along with a little elbow grease). Use this tutorial to polish your silver the eco-friendly way.

    6. Use Glass, Not Plastic


    Whenever possible, choose glass containers over plastic. They are safe for the microwave and easily recyclable. They also won't get scratched up (and leech chemicals) from use. Plus, if you're hosting a party or dinner, encourage friends to bring a container or two for leftovers so you don't have to stock up on disposable plastic containers that you won't get back.

    7. Send Party Invites Electronically


    Yes, there's something classic about a paper invite, but for a holiday party, nothing beats the ease (and eco-friendliness) of a digital invite. We love Paperless Post, Red Stamp, and Pingg for sending beautifully designed cards and invitations via email.

    8. Cut Down on Paper Towels


    Paper towels are one of the biggest eco-offenders in the kitchen, but also one of the easiest to remedy. We love using a surprising replacement for cleaning up spills or drying your hands: cloth diapers.

    Read More: The Best Kitchen Towels Aren't Actually Kitchen Towels (or Even Towels)

    9. Shop Thrift Stores for Kitchen Gadgets or Serving Pieces


    Before you rush out to buy a new platter or loaf pan, check your local thrift or second-hand store to see if they have the item you're looking for. You can find plenty of great deals on kitchen goods — especially fun glassware — and you'll have a better story to tell if you find something really beautiful or unusual.

    10. Stock (and Give) Local Wine and Beer


    The best part of throwing a holiday party is stocking the bar. One easy way to cut down on your carbon footprint is to buy wine, beer, and even spirits from local companies. Not only will you be supporting businesses in your community, but you'll also be going green by cutting down on how far your booze has to travel. The same goes for the wine you bring to friends' holiday parties. Shop as local as you can.

    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    Parsnip Latkes


    A Wonderful recipe for Parsnip Latkes from The Ktchn at Apartment Therapy

    The History of Latkes


    Latkes — typically potato pancakes — are a traditional European side dish that the local Jewish (Ashkenazic) population adopted long ago as their Hanukkah treat. The potato's not the key here; it's the oil, which reminds us of the mythical bit of oil that miraculously kept the temple lamp lit for eight days after the victory of Judah and his band of Maccabees over Syrian-Greek rule.

    Until recently, I’ve been firmly of the potato-latke persuasion, but then those velvety winter parsnips at the farmers market started calling my name. Their naturally complex flavors produce a sophisticated pancake, especially when finished with a squeeze of lemon to play up the root vegetable's citrus notes. And, heretical as this may sound, I think their sweetness makes them an even better partner than potatoes to the customary applesauce accompaniment. They’re pretty terrific with crème fraîche, too.

    How Parsnip Latkes Are Different from Potato Latkes


    The main difference when using parsnips for latkes is that they don’t contain as much water as potatoes. Buy the juiciest-looking medium-sized parsnips you can (avoid those with cracks), but even the best ones may have large, woody cores. I’ve given a range for the number of eggs and amount of flour and baking powder in the recipe. Start by adding the lesser amount, and add the rest if the mixture looks very dry (it won’t hold together in the pan).

    Tips for Frying Latkes


    I may have become more broad-minded in my choice of roots, but I never waver from the holy trinity of great latkes: Make them very thin so they cook all the way through before the outside burns (and I do mean thin — one tablespoon of latke batter flattened with a spoon makes a three- to four-inch pancake); don’t use too much oil (not more than 1/4 inch at a time, so you pan-fry instead of deep-fry); and keep the oil hot enough, over medium heat, so the batter sizzles on contact.

    Whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, enjoy parsnip latkes throughout the winter and spring, when the roots are at their sweetest. Parsnip latkes are delicious with roasted or braised meats and poultry, and are exciting enough to make a compelling meatless center of the plate.

    This recipe is adapted from the traditional one my family has been using for three generations, inspired by the one in Sara Kasden’s hilarious 1956 cookbook, Love and Knishes. Best of all, the recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Because who can eat just one latke?

    Parsnip Latkes


    Makes 24 latkes, serves 6

    2 pounds (900 grams) medium to large parsnips, peeled

    1 small onion

    2 to 4 heaping tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour or potato starch

    1 teaspoon kosher salt

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    Freshly ground white pepper

    2 to 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

    Mild oil with a medium-high smoke point, such as grapeseed, sunflower, or avocado, for pan-frying

    Coarse finishing salt, such as Maldon sea salt
    1 lemon
    Optional accompaniments: applesauce, roasted smashed apples and pears and/or crème fraîche

    Using the large holes of a box grater or a food processor fitted with the grating disk, grate the parsnips. You should have about 5 cups (730 grams). The parsnips may discolor slightly as they stand, but don’t worry. Grate the onion on the large holes of the box grater or fit the processor with the metal S blade and grate. It should look like pulp; mince or discard any large onion pieces.

    In a large bowl, stir together parsnips, onion, 2 heaping tablespoons flour, salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and a few grinds of pepper. Stir in 2 eggs. If the mixture seems dry, add the remaining flour, baking powder, and eggs.

    Line 2 or 3 sheet pans with paper towels. Place the prepared pans, the latke batter, a large spoon, and a spatula near the stove. Heat 1 or 2 large skillets over medium heat. Generously film the skillet(s) with oil (not more than 1/4-inch/6 millimeters deep). When the oil is shimmering and a tiny bit of batter sizzles on contact, start spooning in the latke batter, making sure to add both solids and liquid. Using the back of the spoon, flatten each spoonful into a circle 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters) in diameter. Do not crowd the latkes in the pan. You'll get 4 or 5 latkes in a 12-inch (30.5-centimeter) skillet.

    Cook the latkes, flipping them once, until golden on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer the latkes to a prepared baking sheet. Cook the remaining batter in the same way, stirring the batter before adding more to the pan and adding oil as needed at the edge of the pan.

    Arrange the latkes on a warmed platter, sprinkle with finishing salt, and add a squeeze of lemon over all. Serve with applesauce, roasted fruit, or crème fraîche as desired.

    Friday, December 4, 2015

    Area Events This Week

    Some of the area's activities and events





    Christmas Shopping Daytrip-9am-2:45pm-Litchfield CC

    Governor's Mansion Daytrip-9:30am-4pm-Litchfield CC

    Kids Night In (Gr. 1-6)-5:30-9:30pm-Litchfield CC

    Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing-6pm-Bantam River Park

    Feast & Song Dinner-6:30pm-Goshen Church of Christ

    An Opera Singer's Journey-7pm-St. Anthony's, Litchfield

     


    Bantam FD Christmas Tree Sale-8am-3pm-Bantam Center

    Northwest Rovers FC Tryouts-9am-Forman School Gym

    Veteran of the Month Ceremony-10am-Bantam Borough Hall

    Gingerbread Nativity Making-10am-12pm-Lourdes in Litchfield

    LH Farm-Fresh Indoor Market-10am-1pm-Litchfield CC

    All About Trees Watercolor Workshop-1:30-4pm-WMCC

    ASAP Celebration of Young Photographers-2-5pm-Litch. Hist. Soc.

    Warren Holiday on the Hill-4:30-8:30pm-Warren Center

    Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner-6pm-East Litchfield Firehouse

    Feast & Song Dinner-6:30pm-Goshen Church of Christ

    Waterbury Symphony: An Intimate Messiah-8pm-St. Michael's

     


    Bantam FD Christmas Tree Sale-8am-3pm-Bantam Center

    Willa Cather Book Discussion Series-1-2pm-OWL

    Outing Club Walk at Topsmead-1pm-Litchfield Town Hall

    Goshen Holiday Farmers Market-1-4pm-St. Thomas Church, Goshen

    Cookies, Carols & Cocoa (Pack 28)-2-4pm-Morris Firehouse

    New England Chamber Choir-3:30pm-St. Anthony's

    Candlelight Lessons & Carols for Advent-4pm-St. Michael's

    Community Singing-4-5:30 pm-Litchfield CC

    Goshen Light Up a Life-4:30pm-Goshen Old Town Hall

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    St. Thomas Cookie Fair

    Looking for a sweet treat, but don't like to bake? Need something to bring to dinner? Stop by the St. Thomas Cookie Fair On December 5, 2015 - 9:00am - 11:00am .     

     
     
     
     
     
    Starts at 9 AM and runs till the cookies run out. Held at St Thomas' hall on North Main Street in Goshen.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Bethlehem Christmas Festival







    FRIDAY, DEC. 4th, from 5 pm - 10pm
    SATURDAY, DEC. 5th, from 10 am - 4 pm
    The Bethlehem Green (Rte. 132 and Rte. 61)
     
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Fall Homeowner Tips


    Part of the joys of home ownership is the regular maintenance one must do to keep the home happy and healthy. Below is a list taken from the DIY Network page on fall and winter preparations tips.

    • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
    • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.
    • Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
    • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it's time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
    • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.
    • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
    • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Your local utility company will often provide this service for free.
    • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
    • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems. Cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow moisture to escape. To install attic insulation, unroll the insulation with the paper side out. Install small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor. Be careful not to step between the joists.
     
               
    Tips for preparing your home for winter.

    The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.

         Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That's because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it's covered with a layer of mulch.
    • The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don't cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
    • Clean garden tools before storing for the winter.
    • Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.

                      
                           
    Rake up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Large leaves in particular, especially when they get wet, can compact to the point where they suffocate the grass below and lead to all kinds of insect and disease problems. So it's a good idea to routinely rake or blow them off the lawn or, better yet, use a mulching mower to shred them into fine pieces.
    • Put the raked leaves in the compost pile or use as a mulch. Whatever you do, don't waste fallen leaves because they're an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can also add them to flower beds to put a winter blanket on your garden.
    • Fall is a good time to aerate your lawn; it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. When you're done, spread fertilizer then grass seed.
    • This will be the ideal time to sow cool-season grasses such as fescue and rye - it will give them the opportunity to germinate and develop a good root system before freezing temperatures arrive. It's also the right time to fertilize turf grasses, preferably with slow-release, all-natural fertilizer. When given adequate nutrients, turf grasses have the ability to store food in the form of carbohydrates during the winter months. That will mean a better-looking lawn come spring.


    . Pests love attics because they are full of nice warm insulation for nesting, and they offer easy access to the rest of the house. With gable vents that lead into the attic it is a good idea to install a screen behind them to keep those critters out.
    • Even after closing off those entryways, pests can still find a way in. The first place to check for any unwanted guests is under the kitchen cupboards and appliances.
                      
                          Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
    • Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and it can be deadly. For just a few dollars, a carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if the levels get too high.
    • Always install carbon monoxide detectors according to manufacturer's instructions. Generally they should be installed near each potential source of carbon monoxide, and within ear shot of the living and sleeping areas.


               

    Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Estates and Exotic Autos Tour Sunday October 18th

    Estates and Exotic Autos Tour sponsored by
    William Pitt Sotheby's
    Salisbury Bank
    and
    The Lime Rock Driver's Club

    Honorary Chairperson Skip Barber

    Sunday, October 18th
    Admission at 10am
    to Benefit: SOAR, VIM, and
    Susan B Anthony Project

    $50 per ticket
    all proceeds to benefit local charities

    Lime Rock Park
    60 White Hollow Rd,
    Salisbury, CT 06039 

     To buy tickets, please click here  http://estatesautostour2015.com/

    Tour Three Fabulous Multi Million Dollar Homes and see Exotic Autos at each Estate.

    Ticket Holders will arrive at Lime Rock Park at either 10AM, and be chaffeured to each Estate.

    Have a gourmet bite to eat (and something to sip) at each estate...check out rare vintage cars and exotic autos all while touring the glamorous Litchfield Hills & The Berkshires.

    The tour will end at a chalet at Lime Rock Park, where there will be desserts and coffee, with a silent auction.

    This Event will be held rain or shine. Buy Tickets online using the "Buy Ticket" Link on the left hand side of this website. Tickets must be purchased in advance, 18 and over only.
     

    All proceeds will be donated to the following Charities:


    Susan B. Anthony Project
    Susan B. Anthony Project offers crisis services and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault including counseling and a crisis hotline.



    SOAR
    Standing for “Seek, Originate, Aspire, Reach,” SOAR is an educational enrichment program for Salisbury, Conn.’s Central School, providing extra-curricular learning opportunities to students through after-school workshops exposing them to subjects such as music, art, fitness, math, engineering, cooking and science, all taught by local experts. 

     

    VIM, or “Volunteers in Medicine,” is a group of dedicated health care professionals, who provide services for eligible, uninsured residents of the Berkshire region. The nonprofit organization offers general medical care, as well as dental, optometry, psychiatry, nutritional counseling and more. 

     

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    A Sampling of This Weeks Events



    Early Morning Walk to Laurel Hill-7am-White Memorial CC

    22nd Annual Fall Festival-9:30am-4pm-FCC of Litchfield

    Autumn Tree Identification Walk-10am-White Memorial CC

    Warren Annual Fall Festival-10am-5pm-Warren Woods

    Fall Gathering of Artists-10am-6pm-Litchfield Firehouse

    East Litchfield Hike-10am-East Litchfield Firehouse

    Goshen Farmers Market-10am-1pm-Miranda Vineyard, Goshen

    LH Farm-Fresh Outdoor Market-10am-1pm-Litchfield CS

    Beirut Memorial Ceremony-1pm-All Wars Memorial, Bantam

    Meet the Ghost Owl-2pm-White Memorial CC

    BLPA Wine Fest-4-7pm-Litchfield Community Center

     


    CJR Cars for Kids-10am-3pm-CJR Campus, Litchfield

    Warren Annual Fall Festival-10am-5pm-Warren Woods

    Fall Gathering of Artists-10am-6pm-Litchfield Firehouse

    Goshen Land Trust Bus Tour-12:30-5pm-Goshen Town Hall

    Canning Workshop-1-4pm-Goshen Church of Christ

     


    Columbus Day

    Fall Gathering of Artists-10am-5pm-Litchfield Firehouse

     

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    The Bethlehem Garlic Festival

    Greetings fellow garlic fans!

    We would like invite you to join us for the Eleventh Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival. It will be held on October 10-11, 2015 at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Route 61 in Bethlehem, Connecticut (just north of town). Visit our garlic cooking demonstrations, stay for a live band performance, and learn how to grow garlic at our informative lectures. Many garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, and oils will be available for purchase from our diverse garlic specialty food vendors – most offering FREE samples to try before you buy! Stop by our produce stands for fresh garlic and a variety of other fall produce. When you’re hungry, venture over to our food court.  Homemade roasted garlic sausage with peppers and onions, garlic marinated steak sandwiches, garlic roast pork sandwiches, deep fried garlic, and garlic ice cream are just some of the items you’ll find at our food court! Bring the kids for some fun with our rides and games! We hope that you will join us in 2015!




    For more information, please go to  http://www.garlicfestct.com/

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    The Harwinton Fair

    Fair Season in the Norwest Corner continues with The Harwinton Fair held the first weekend of October at the Harwinton Fairgrounds
     
    October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2015
     
    Freebie Friday! 

     Come join us on Friday evening until 9pm!!!


    Fair Hours are

    Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
     
     
    For a full schedule of events, exhibitions and more, please go to
     
     
     
      

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    How To Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

    As the summer comes to an end, it means we need to clean and store our outdoor furniture. Clean furniture is happy furniture! Proper cleaning and storage will add years to the life of your furniture.  Below are some great cleaning tips from Apartment Therapy

    Plastic Furniture: Wash with three tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent (or oxygenated bleach such as OxyClean) mixed in a gallon of warm water. If you've got a persistent stain, try a baking soda + water paste or a magic eraser- but avoid using bleach. If you've exhausted all methods and your furniture still isn't clean, you might want to consider a fresh coat of paint.

    Wood Furniture: If you haven't covered it or stored it indoors, there's a good chance it's faded, dry, and dirty. Try a mild oil-based soap and a sponge with a scrubby green side to get some of the grime off. If it's teak, make sure you've dried it thoroughly and then add some teak oil to add shine and depth to the grain of the wood.

    Umbrellas: Wash with a sponge dipped in a bucket of warm water and mild laundry detergent. Use a soft bristled brush to work off tough stains and be sure to clean off bird poop as soon as you spot it. Allow the umbrella to dry with the canopy open to prevent it from mildewing.

    Cushions: Mix a solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart warm water, and 1 tablespoon borax and let it sit on the fabric for a couple of minutes. Wipe, rinse with your hose, and allow to dry in the sun.

    Aluminum: Use diluted dish soap and scrub with a sponge, being sure not to scratch the surface! To remove existing scratches, try using Soft Scrub. Rinse well with a hose.

    Wrought Iron: Use diluted dishwashing detergent to wash and rinse off with a hose. If it has started to rust, sand it down and seal with spray paint, or consider having it powder coated.

    Wicker/Bamboo/Rattan. Vacuum or brush off the surface with an old paint brush to remove as much dust as you possibly can. Dilute a few squirts of a mild dish soap in a bucket of warm water and wipe down the furniture with a damp rag. Rinse with a damp sponge, immediately dry with a cloth. Unpainted furniture can be rubbed with linseed oil to give it a natural, warm look. When applying oil to your furniture, be sure to wipe off all excess oil and give it a few days before sitting on it so it has a chance to dry completely.


    Concrete: If you have the poured slab furniture that's been so popular recently, rent a pressure washer and blast all the grime off.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    The Bethlehem Fair

    The Bethlehem Fair will be held September 11th, 12th and 13th at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds, Rt. 61 Bethlehem,. CT


    2015 Schedule 
    ALL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    Friday
       5:00 pm                          Gates open.  Exhibit barns open
                                     Cruise Night – 50’s, 60’s and 70’s  Car Show
                                     Bracelet Night - Amusement Rides
       6:30 pm                          High School Timber Team Demo
       7:00 pm                          Pony Draw
                                     No Big Deal –Main Stage
      10:00 pm                         Gates close.  Exhibit barns close

    Saturday
      8:00 am                           Gates open.  Exhibit barns open
      9:00 am                           Junior Dairy Show
    10:00 am                           Oxen Show followed by Oxen Draw
    11:00 am                           Chime In! Music with A Mission-Handbell Choir-Main Stage
                                              Antique Tractor Pull
    12:00 noon                        Woodchopping Contest
      1:00 pm                           Ct Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers – Main Stage
      2:00 pm & 4:00 pm         Jedlie’s Magic Circus - North Stage
      4:00 pm                           Farmer’s Night Out – South Ring
                                              Larry Ayce Band  - Main Stage
      5:00 pm                           New England Fried Dough Eating Contest-Woodchopping Area
                                              Eran Troy Danner & Marty Q  - Main Stage
      7:00                                 The Conspiracy W/Special Guests -North Stage
      8:00 pm                           John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band -Main Stage –
      9:00 pm                           Gates close. Exhibit barns close.
                                     
    Sunday
     8:00 am                            Gates open. Exhibit barns open.                                     
     9:00 am                            Open Horse Show and Gymkhana
                                              Mini-Horse Drawing in Main Ring
    10:00 am                           Hollerin’ Contest - North Stage
    10:30 am                           Stock Garden Tractor Pull
                                              Junior Beef Cattle Show
    11:00 am                           Horse Drawing in the Main Ring
                                              Young Brothers – Country & Classic rock - Main Stage
    12:00 noon                        Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – North Stage Area
                                              Woodchopping Contest
      2:00 pm                           Agri-Olympics – Main Stage Area
      3:00 pm                           Kidz Town Rock – North Stage        
      5:30 pm                           Gates  close. Exhibit barns close.                                   

    ALL THREE DAYS: Mother Goose Barnyard, Antique Tractors,  Farmer’s Market,  Photography Show, Realism Art Show, Youth Club Displays, Scarecrow Contest, Commercial Exhibits, Amusement Rides, Midway, Food.

    EXHIBITS:  Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Baking, Needlework, Canning, Dairy Products, Honey & Maple Syrup, Candy, Junior and Youth Exhibits, School Art, Youth Art, Adult Hobbies,
     
    LIVESTOCK EXHIBITS:  Junior Beef, Junior Dairy, Rabbits & Cavies, Poultry, Sheep
     
    CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT: Kidz Town Band, Dimples the Clown, Children’s Pedal Tractor.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    The Goshen Fair

    A Goshen Tradition Continues!
     
    September 4th, 5th and 6th- Always Labor Day Weekend

    The 103rd Goshen Fair will feature Soul Sound Revue, King Kountry, A-Ray of Elvis, Apricot Brandy, Fireworks, and the Muttville Comix.
    • New additions for 2015 are Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures and Magic of Christopher on the Children’s Stage, and The Zolla Boys on the Main Stage.
    • The Giant Pumpkin Department is growing pumpkins again this year near the north side of the Antique Barn. Please check our facebook page for updates!
    • Due to lack of participation, the Draft Horse Show has been cancelled.
    • The Adult Spelling Bee will return on Monday.
    • Hay Bale Toss
    • Skillet Toss
    • Frozen Tee Shirt Contest
    • Pie Eating Contest     

    Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am - 9pm, and Monday 8am - 6pm.

    No ALCOHOLIC Beverages Brought In
     
    For more information, please go to
     

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Litchfield Night Out

    Litchfield's Night Out is three summer nights of art, music, food & fashion on the Litchfield Green from 5-8 pm.

    The next Litchfield Night Out is  on  August 27th.

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Goshen Farm Tour 2015- Great Way to Spend The Weekend

    Join us for a celebration and a Free Tour of Goshen's great farms during the
    4th Annual Open Farm Tour
     August 1st & 2nd 
    Saturday & Sunday -  10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    Please Note: some farms have special hours and demonstrations... see below for details.
     
     

    The Connecticut 4-H Fair will be in session during this weekend at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

    Information and maps ( click here for an online map) will be available at each farm or you may visit the main information booth at The Gazebo building located on the Goshen Fair Grounds. Farm tour representatives will be there to answer questions and assist with directions to the farms.
    Launch point for the tour is at The Gazebo:
    Goshen Fairgrounds  (Rte 63) 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT. 06756 
    Contact: Clint - 860-307-6244
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    Farm Tour T-Shirts will be available at the Gazebo at the Fairgrounds or by email at: goshenagcouncil@gmail.com
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    **** The Participating Farms are... ****
              
     1. Ivy Mountain Farm -
            Specializing in the sale of Dairy Goats to  individual families who desire to produce fresh goat milk, ice cream, soap,
    cheese, and butter.
               1-860-491-1498   marytracy7@gmail.com
             203 Ivy Mountain Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
    Ivy Moutain Farm will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with demonstrations by request on animal husbandry (eg.) hoof care, milking, assessing for health issues.    
     
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    Goshen Open Farm Tour 2015

     
    Join us for a celebration and a Free Tour of Goshen's great farms during the
    4th Annual Open Farm Tour
     August 1st & 2nd 
    Saturday & Sunday -  10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    Please Note: some farms have special hours and demonstrations... see below for details.
     
     

    The Connecticut 4-H Fair will be in session during this weekend at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

    Information and maps ( click here for an online map) will be available at each farm or you may visit the main information booth at The Gazebo building located on the Goshen Fair Grounds. Farm tour representatives will be there to answer questions and assist with directions to the farms.
    Launch point for the tour is at The Gazebo:
    Goshen Fairgrounds  (Rte 63) 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT. 06756 
    Contact: Clint - 860-307-6244
    _____________
     
    Farm Tour T-Shirts will be available at the Gazebo at the Fairgrounds or by email at: goshenagcouncil@gmail.com
    ~~~~~~
    **** The Participating Farms are... ****
              
     1. Ivy Mountain Farm -
            Specializing in the sale of Dairy Goats to  individual families who desire to produce fresh goat milk, ice cream, soap,
    cheese, and butter.
               1-860-491-1498   marytracy7@gmail.com
             203 Ivy Mountain Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
    Ivy Moutain Farm will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with demonstrations by request on animal husbandry (eg.) hoof care, milking, assessing for health issues.        


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    2. Miranda Vineyard - 
    Open: Sat. 12-6 & Sun. 12-5
                860-491-9906
                42 Ives Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
     ** Featuring a  special wine demonstration on
    Sunday at 2:00 PM
     
    3. Goshen Farmers Market -(located at Miranda Vineyard)
    Where:  Miranda Vineyard, 42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT. 06756
    When: Saturday, August 1st, from  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  
    The Goshen Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, August 1st from 10 am to 1 pm. We are located again this year at Miranda Vineyard and have an extensive list of local vendors. We also have the GFM On line ordering where customers can order their fresh meats and seafood and pick them up at the Market.
     
      4. Mohawk Bison - 
                 The Farm Store will be open and we will be offering hayrides to get an upclose look at the Bison.
    Contact info:
    Mohawk Bison, LLC
    PeterFay
    47 Allyn Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756   
                            860-601-0206                      
     
    ** Note: Mohawk Bison is open Saturday and Sunday
    from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
     ** Offering Hayrides throughout the weekend
     
    5. Old Barn Farm - 
    "Voted Best Blueberry Farm in CT.  
    by Yankee Magazine"
    May/June issue 
    Offering 15 different varities of Blueberries
                860-491-0017         carl@oldbarnfarmct.com    www.oldbarnfarmct.com 
    300 Bartholomew Hill Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756
     
    6. Pie Hill Farm-  
    Quality Horse Boarding & Training in Litchfield County
       860-480-0249  
                          piehillfarm.com                    
    71 Pie Hill Road, Goshen, Connecticut
     
     
      7. Serenity Farm - * New on the Farm Tour*
    Contact:
    Sharon Lauglin
    213 East Street North, Goshen, CT. 06756
    203-554-3524
    Come and see a "farm-to-be" that is already off-grid. The farm will be a self sustained, organic farm growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and many flowers. It will be the home to 4 alpacas, many chickens and at least 2 bee hives next spring. Explore the beginnings of a farm, what goes into the planning and thoughts of a "farm to be".
     
    8. Sunset Meadow Vineyards - 
                599 Old Middle St., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
    860-201-4654      
    **Note: Our Winery will be open from 11:00 - 6:00 on Saturday and 11:00 - 5:00 on Sunday.
    Events for Open Farm Tour: 
    Saturday at 2:00 & 4:00 pm  & Sunday at 3:00 pm :  Meet our Winemaker and join him for a vineyard and wine production tour/and educational session.
    Highlights of our Farm:   Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a family owned and operated farm and winery located on Route 63 in Goshen.  The land which is now vineyard has always been dedicated to farmland. Having been a horse farm, dairy farm, beef cattle and hay and now vineyard.  There are over 50 acres of intensely planted grapevines throughout our vineyards here at Sunset Meadow.  We are extremely dedicated to practicing sustainable farming methods. (Some of which you will learn on the tour).  Sunset Meadow Vineyards has been proudly awarded  the "Certified CT Grown” distinction for our wines and has won “Best of CT” two years running.  Join us for a tour, a tasting, or take home a bottle!
     
     
    9.Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates - 
               Specilaizing in our "Signautre Single Cow Origin Chocolates and Caramels" made with our own cream, butter and milk.
    Highlights of the tour:
    1. Pasteurized creamline Vanilla Milk and Whole Milk
    2. Cabot Cheese Tasting -  sample award winning cheeses from Cabot 
    Contact:
    Clint: 860-307-6244  - Farm & Cows
    Kimberly : 860-309-2545 - Chocolates and Creamery
    280 Town Hill Road, Goshen, Connecticut 06756     
     
    10. West Street Farm- 
    Sustainably- Grown Vegetables & Raw Honey
     Contact:
    Lauri Szpak & Dexter Kinsella
                     103 West Street, Goshen, Connecticut 06756
    860-491-3364