Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Free Childrens Week at White Memorial

December 21 – 27, 2017
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.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Surfaces To Clean In Your House to Get Rid of Cold and Flu Germs

From Apartment Therapy



If your household has been hit by norovirus, the flu, or other such illness, first of all: you have my sympathies. When your symptoms subside, you'll likely be up to your eyeballs in laundry, washing linens and clothing as soon as you have the energy. But don't overlook these germ catch-alls as soon as you're up for disinfecting your home.

Using a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach per one quart of water, wipe with a damp cloth or use a spray bottle (which can be kept on hand to easily re-disinfect if others are still ill). Here are some obvious (and a few easy-to-overlook) surfaces to be sure to hit:
  • light switches
  • lamp switches
  • doorknobs
  • thumb turns on door locks
  • handrails
  • toilet flush levers
  • faucet handles
  • hand soap and lotion pumps
  • buttons and knobs on televisions, stereos, and other electronics
  • remote controls
  • telephone buttons and mouthpieces
  • cell phones
  • charging plugs
  • computer keyboard
  • thermostat buttons
  • refrigerator door handles
  • cabinet door handles
  • oven door handle and knobs
  • water pitcher handle
  • dish soap bottle
  • table rims
  • chair backs
  • window shade handles or pulls
  • keys
  • car door handles and steering wheel
Whew! Seems like a long list, but it goes quickly to do a walkthrough and swipe each surface you're often in contact with.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fun Events at Litchfield Historical Society

Crafternoons: Lighting the Darkness
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Litchfield History Museum
Age(s): Grades 1-7
Fee: $7 members; $10 non-members
Registration: Yes, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Description: Unplug and spend the afternoon crafting and creating! The Litchfield Historical Society’s Crafternoons will explore a new theme in history with hands-on crafts and games that encourage students to look away from the screen and tap into their own imagination. To learn more about the month’s topic, we suggest reading one of the books listed. DECEMBER - Lighting the Darkness: Bring light to the darkest month with crafts that illuminate the old traditions and new technologies.
For more information, read: Thomas Edison and His Bright Idea by Patricia Brennan Demuth (Grades 1-3); How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer (Grades 2-4); American Girl: Candlelight for Rebecca by Jacqueline Greene (Grades 4-8)

How To Naturally Unclog Your Bathroom Sink

From Apartment Therapy

A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn't happen too often, but when it does, be sure to use this natural formula to remove all the gunk–believe me, you don't want a list of what that "gunk" actually is–and get that drain in tip top shape.


What You Need

Materials

  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Tools

What to Do

 Step 1. Remove the drain cover. Most drain covers thread into the drain, so try unscrewing it by turning it to the left.

 Step 2. Measure out a 1/2 cup of baking soda.

 Step 3. Dump as much of the baking soda as you can down the drain. If you aren't able to remove your drain cap, you can use a funnel to help direct the baking soda further into the drain.

 Step 4. Measure out a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it down the drain over the baking soda.
 The mixture will bubble and fizz (like the volcano experiment when you were in grade school!) and eat away anything that is clogging the drain. If you notice any unpleasant smells, squeeze a little lemon juice down after you've rinsed any remaining baking soda and vinegar away. It's a good idea to add this into your monthly cleaning routines, to keep your drains clear and in better shape to last longer.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Some Area Events This Weekend



Morris & Warren Senior Holiday Luncheon-12:30pm-Morris Senior Cen.
A Toast to the Holidays-2-3pm-Litchfield Community Center
Nature's Nursery Series (ages 3-6)-4-5pm-White Memorial CC
Sweetie Bake Your Day-7-8pm-Oliver Wolcott Library
 
Museum Open House-6-8pm-White Memorial Conservation Center
Annual Feast & Song-6:30pm-Goshen Church of Christ Cong.
Region 6 Players: Putnam County Spelling Bee-7pm-Wamogo HS Aud.
 
New York City Day Trip-8am-8pm-Litchfield Community Center
New Lessons in Love Retreat-9:30am-3pm -Wisdom House
LH Farm-Fresh Indoor Market-10am-1pm-Litchfield CC
Family Day (all ages)-10:30am-12:30pm-Oliver Wolcott Library
Llama Walk-10am-White Memorial Conservation Center
Meet the North American Porcupine-2pm-White Memorial CC
Gala Feast & Song-6pm-Warren Congregational Church
Jingle & Mingle-6:30–9:30pm-Litchfield Community Center
Region 6 Players: Putnam County Spelling Bee-7pm-Wamogo HS Aud.
 
Goshen Farmers’ Holiday Market-1-4pm-St. Thomas Church, Goshen
Region 6 Players: Putnam County Spelling Bee-2pm-Wamogo HS Aud.
Candlelight Lessons & Carols for Advent-4pm-St. Michael's, Litchfield
Warren Free Movie: Despicable Me3-4pm-Warren Community Center

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tip of The Week-How to Keep Your Knife Sharp

From Epicurious.com

There are few things more frustrating than trying to chop broccoli with a dull chef's knife, or peel an apple with a paring knife that just seems to slip against the skin. You can't see it—you'd need a microscope—but every time you use a knife, the edge gets bent out of shape. And because a dull knife is imprecise, slow, and a one-way road to injury (yes, more dangerous than sharp knives), you want to get the blade back to optimal. To do that, you need to know how to keep a knife sharp by honing it. Here are the steps:
Knife Honing 1
Photo by Chelsea Kyle

1. Grab a Honing Steel

Hold a honing steel vertically, with the tip resting on a solid surface and the handle gripped firmly in one hand. Keep the honing rod as vertical as possible—you need a constant straight edge.
Knife Honing 2
Photo by Chelsea Kyle

2. Slide the knife's length along the steel

Find the spot on the honing steel where the metal becomes textured—this is the area you want to run your knife against. Press the bottom of the knife’s blade (the thickest part) against the honing steel and, working at a 15-20 degree angle, pull the knife down and towards you. Follow through to the tip of the blade.
Knife Honing 3
Photo by Chelsea Kyle

3. Do the same thing with the other side of the blade

Keeping the knife in the same hand, repeat the motion on the other side of the steel with the other edge of the blade. Second-guessing your angle? Imagine a matchbook fitting perfectly in between the honing steel and the blade.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Great Local Places to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Litchfield County

  • Angevine Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, saws provided, Christmas event or festival, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    40 Angevine Road, Warren, CT 06754. Phone: 860-868-7226. Alternate Phone: 860-601-5906. Email: lisa@angevinefarm.com . Open: Monday - Sunday 9am to 5pm November 19th to December 23rd; Christmas Eve 9am to 3pm; Closed Thanksgiving. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. 21st Annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, November 19 10 to 4 pm. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page .
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir), and other varieties (call!).
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Eastern White Pine.
     
  • Asher Tharpe Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed,  gift shop
    93 Northfield Road (Rt. 254), Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0358.
  • Averill Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, trees baled, saws provided, free hot cider, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
    250 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-2777. Email: info@averillfarm.com . Open: from the day After Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, 9:30 am to dusk daily. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. 
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine, White Spruce.
  • Bees, Fleas & Trees - Choose and cut Christmas Trees
    551 South Plains Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8544. Email: cj@beesfleasandtrees.com . Open: Saturday after Thanksgiving to Sunday  before Christmas Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sinday from- 9 am to 4:30 PM, Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Directions: On east side Rt 63;  1.5 mi. south of the Litchfield Green or 2.5 mi. north of Rt 109 traffic light in East Morris.Specially Marked Live Trees $30 in 2016. Payment: Cash, check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Fraser/Concolor Fir, Blue/White/Meyer Spruce, White Pine $49
    Pre-cut tree varieties : A selection of pre-cut Trees available after Dec. 2
  • Birches Pond Farm - UPDATE: November 25, 2016: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed
    232 Turnbull Road, New Hartford, CT 06057.
  • Busy Acres Tree Farm - Choose and Cut Christmas trees, saws provided, restrooms, Tree wrapping is available, Gift Shop
    5 Fox Road, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4786. Fax : 203-263-4786. Email: acalabrese@charter.net . Open: Day after Thanksgiving till Christmas; from Weekdays 1-4 pm
    Weekends 9 am to 3:30 pm. Directions: Take Route 61 South from the Town of Morris through the Town of Bethlehem, go 3 miles, at stop sign cross Route 6 onto Quassapaug Road. Farm 2 miles on right. 60 tree carts to ease your trip from field to car.  Acres of parking. We have trees 6 - 12 feet - Payment, cash or personal check - no credit cards.
    Cut-your-own-tree varieties : Douglas Fir; Angel White Pine; Blue Spruce; Fraser Fir; Norway Spruce
    Pre-cut tree varieties: Douglas Fir; Angel White Pine; Blue Spruce; Fraser Fir; Norway Spruce
  • Churchill Gardens - Choose and cut Christmas Trees
    124 Church Hill Road, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3516.
  • Deeply Rooted Farms - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, trees baled, saws provided, free hot cider,
    91 Terryville Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. Phone: 860-921-3434. Email: info@deeplyrootedfarms.net . Open: from the day after Thanksgiving through December 24th; weekends 9am-5pm and Friday's 12pm-5pm See our website for updated  hours, closed Christmas day. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.  openfor tree sales. Sorry, NO TAGGING ALLOWED. We suggest wearing appropriate footwear and outerwear to allow for a comfortable visit. We furnish saws and we shake, clean, and wrap all the trees upon your request.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Spruce.
  • Dumas Family Tree Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed,  gift shop
    145 County Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. Phone: 860-485-1193. Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Concoulor Fir. $45 choose and cut. Tax, shaking and baling included. Well stocked wreath/gift shop.
  • Ed's Christmas Tree Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees,
    Corner of South & Lair Road, New Hartford, CT 06057. Phone: 860-673-3863.  (Nepaug section)
  • Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees tied, trees baled, free tree trimmings, winter hay rides, Winter events, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-0025. Fax: 860-364-0099. Email: ellsworthfarm@comcast.net . Open: Sunday to Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm, June to December; Christmas trees Friday after Thanksgiving until December 23. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Updates: Click here for updates. Directions: We are located on Route 4 in Sharon, Connecticut. Take Route 4 West for 3 miles from the Cornwall Bridge (junctions of routes 4 and 7) or Take Route 4 east approximately 5 miles from the Sharon Memorial Clock Tower (junction of Routes 343, 41, and 4). Click here for a map and directions. Vintage Interactive Train Display open June 12 to December 23 (Weekends Only). We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page . Come pick up or call to order. 6' to 8' tall Balsam Fir Christmas Trees and Evergreen Wreaths. With each tree purchase, a free hayride with Santa (Weekends Only) In Mother Nature's Candy Store watch our raw unpasteurized cider being made while in store, cider donuts, muffins, our own raw apple cider vinegar, fresh peanut butter with no salt or no preservatives made in front of you. Place orders for Holiday pies, baked goods, and cider. Interact with our Vintage Model Trains Displays in the city and country scenery.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir.
  • Endord Forest - Choose and Cut Christmas trees, saws provided
    34 Remsen Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-283-4383. Open: December4 through December 20, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4:00 PM; call ahead. for weekday hours. . Directions: From Thomaston take Route 254 north 3.4 miles turn right on Remsen Road. From Litchfield go south on Route 254 3.9 miles (past gray barn). Turn left on Remsen Road. Last house on right.
    Cut-your-own-tree varieties : White spruce up to 12ft; Canaan Fir up to 10ft.
  • Holiday Farm Christmas Trees - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, trees baled, saws provided, free hot chocolate, porta-potties
    25 Hayward Road, New Hartford, CT 06057. Phone: 860-482-4971. Alternate Phone: 860-201-7476. Email: ghines251@charter.net . Open: Tree cutting begins Friday after Thanksgiving 9 to 5; Weekends until Christmas 9 to 5; Weekdays, please call ahead. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Beautiful country setting with 1740 house and barn.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, White Spruce.

    Comment from a visitor: "T beautiful country setting."  
  • Homegrown Farms - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, gift shop, Saws are Provided, Tree wrapping,
    Rt. 44, Barkhamsted, CT 06063. Phone: 860-379-8741.
  • Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays starting the day after Thanksgiving; Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Directions : Directly on Route 44 between New Hartford and Winsted. 4 1/4 miles west of intersection of Routes 219 and 44 (New Hartford). 1 1/2 miles east of interestions of Routes 8 and 44 (Winsted). Gift Shop with Wreaths, kissingballs, centerpieces, bows, gifts and more.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Fraser Fir; Balsam Fir; Canaan Fir; Blue Spruce
    PreCut varieties: Fraser Fir; Balsam Fir; Blue Spruce
     
  • James Allen - Choose and cut Christmas Trees
    42 Wewakabrook Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752. Phone: 860-354-65077.
  • Lamont's The Christmas Tree Plantation - Choose and cut Christmas Trees
    446 Park Road, Riverton, CT 06065. Phone: 860-379-3125.
  • Lappala Christmas Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, trees bagged, porta-potties
    Corner Of Route 202 And Upland Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-354-3540. Email: Dragnldy8@aol.com . Open: Friday November 27 from Noon - 4:00 Open Saturdays and Sundays Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 20 from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Directions: At the Corner of Route 202 And Upland Road, Northville Section of New Milford, CT. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Douglas Fir, White Spruce.
  • Lewis Christmas Tree Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, 13 Old Town Farm Road, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4230. Email: lewistreefarm@aol.com .
  • Lloyd Albin - Choose and cut Christmas Trees
    18 Kenmont Road, Kent, CT 06757-0797. Phone: 860-927-4499.
  • Loon Meadow Farm - sleigh rides, hayrides, Home of Horse & Carriage Livery Service (No trees!)Norfolk, CT 06058. New address is 695 Locust Grove Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833. Phone: 518-893-6116. Email: carriage@loonmeadowfarm.com carriage@loonmeadowfarm.com In 2016, they moved to Saratoga County, NY. (UPDATED: November 29, 2016
  • Maple Hollow Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations, trees baled, saws provided, free hot chocolate, gift shop
    53 Carpenter Road, New Hartford, CT 06057. Phone: 860-489-8184. Email: maplehollowtreefarm@gmail.com . Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From the Farmington Valley follow Route 202 west to the intersection of Route 219. Go right 2/3 mile. Carpenter Road is on the right. Follow 1/3 mile to farm entrance on right. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page . Great selection of handmade wreaths and holiday greenery arrangements made right at the farm with freshly picked ingredients. And don't miss our Christmas shop brimming with trimmings and decorations.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, White Spruce.
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir.
    Living, rooted tree varieties: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Eastern White Pine, and other varieties (call!).
       
  • March Farm - Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas-themed park, Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: (203) 266-7721. Fax: (203) 266-6076. Email: marchfarms@marchfarms.com . Open: Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday, from 9am to 7pm; Sunday from 9am to 6pm; See our website for hours in November and December. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Hayloft Playscape, Animal Yard: May 25 to October 31; Corn Maze and Hayrides: September 4 to October 31; Pick Your Own Strawberries: Mid June to September; Pick Your Own Blueberries: July to September; Pick Your Own Peaches: Mid July to October; Pick Your Own Apples: September to November; Pick Your Own Pumpkins: October. Payment: Cash, WIC Vouchers. Available Friday, December 2nd through the 24th Our beautiful (pre-cut) Balsam & Frasier fir trees are locally sourced, completely opened & secured to an unseen post allowing visitors to view the tree at all angles! Christmas decorations, music & a bonfire create a festive atmosphere while hot soups, cider & cocoa are available in the Farm Store (weekends) to enjoy while you're looking or after you've picked out your perfect Christmas tree!
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Balsam Fir.
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir.
  • Meadowview Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas boughs, trees tied, trees baled, saws provided, free hot cider, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties
    613 Maple Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-309-5616. Email: Meadowviewfarm@yahoo.com . Open: Hours 9 am To 4:00 pm November 25, 26, 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18,. Directions: From Route 202 in Litchfield turn onto Milton Road, at 4 miles the road curves to the right, bear right onto Maple Street watch for signs to 613 Maple Street. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check. Easy parking and walking into level fields of trees. Saws and tree carts are provided. Warm up in the barn with free hot cider and donuts. When it snows the paths are cleared.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce.
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce.
    PreCut varieties: Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir.
     
  • Nibbling Brook Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, trees baled, saws provided,
    371 Carter Road, Thomaston, CT 06787. Phone: 860-283-4024. Email: nibblingbrookfarm@gmail.com . Open: Tagging: on Sundays, November 6,13,20, and 27 only 10 am to 4:00 pm, cutting on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, Starting after Thanksgiving. Directions : Route 6 to Carter - 3 miles south on right or Waterbury-Thomaston Highway to Carter - .7 miles on left.  Gift Shop  with wreaths, garlands, and other arrangements handcrafted from farm-fresh greens, decorated or plain. Custom orders welcomed. Please call for information. Hot chocolate and cookies offered.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Firs, Spruces
    Precut varieties: Connecticut Grown cut trees will be available
  • Spruce Hill Farm - Choose and Cut Christmas trees, saws provided, restrooms, Tree wrapping is available, Gift Shop with Christmas products, crafts, and Fresh Wreaths made on the farm
    374 High Street Ext., Thomaston, CT 06787. Phone: 860-283-4222. Email: tom.on.the.farm@snet.net . Open: November 20, 2010 (first weekend before Thanksgiving) Hours: 8 am to 4:30 Wednesday to Sunday Closed Monday and Tuesday. We will continue to serve our past customers. Directions: From Route 8 take Thomaston exit to Main Street. Turn on High Street approximately 1 mile. Convenient parking near trees, level lot, and tree carts for customers. Plan to see downtown Thomaston's Christmas lights.
     
  • Stuart's Greenhouse & Floral Station - Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, mistletoe, Christmas decorations, trees tied, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    160 Baker Road, Roxbury, CT 06783. Phone: 860-355-1324. Fax: 860-355-2998. Email: stuartsgreenhouse@sbcglobal.net . Open: December 1st through December 25th; Monday through Sunday 9am to 8pm. Directions: From Bridgewater Mobil Station. Follow route 67 towards Southbury, Pass Wellers Bridge, Stuart's Greenhouse & Floral Station will be on your left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page .
    Christmas tree varieties:
    PreCut varieties: Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir.
  • Tonn's Orchard -Christmas trees
    258 Preston Road, Terryville, CT 06786. Phone: (860) 585-1372 ask for Peter. PYO on Saturdays and Sundays, August - October, 12 noon until 5 pm. PYO apples & peaches in August to October. PYO pumpkins in October. Cut Your Own Christmas trees in December Open weekends & holidays & by appointment on weekdays.  
  • Towill's Christmas Tree Farm - Choose and Cut Christmas trees, saws provided, Tree wrapping is available
    370 Harwinton Avenue, Plymouth, CT 06782. Phone: 860-283-9436. Email: jtowill@gmail.com . Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday; from 8 am to 5:00 PM. Directions: Route 8 to exit 39, Route 6 East. Go 1 mile on Route 6 through Plymouth center, take a left onto Harwinton Avenue. The farm is 3/4 of a mile down the road. Or From Bristol or New Britian, take Route 6 West or Route 72 to Terryville, follow Route 6 through Terryville to Plymouth, turn right on Burr Road then right onto Harwinton Avenue.
    Cut-your-own-tree varieties : Blue Spruce; Fraser Fir; Concolor Fir; White Pine; Balsam Fir; White Spruce; Norway Spruce
  • Uncle Franks' Tree Farm - Choose and Cut Christmas trees, wreaths, saws provided, restrooms
    129 Hickory Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: 203-266-7080. Email: rkvietkus@sbcglobal.net . Open: Every day from Day after Thanksgiving til Christmas Eve; from 9 am to Dark. Directions: Route 6 to Route 61 North 7/10 of a mile to Nonnewaug Road 1/2 mile to Hickory Lane, 1/2 mile on Hickory Lane to farm. Signs on Route will direct you to our farm.
    Cut-your-own-tree varieties: Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, White Spruce, and limited Blue Spruce
  • Westberry Farm, LLC - Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, trees tied, trees tied
    1493 Highland Avenue Torrington, CT 06790. Email: info@westberryfarm.com . Open: In December 2016, their website says "Sorry, we are closed indefinitley" Selected schedule in season 9 am until dark; See our website. Directions: From Route 8 North and South Take exit 44 East Main Street Turn Left (if from the South) or Right (if from the North) onto East Main Street/Route 202 Westbound At third traffic light turn Right onto Main Street then an immediate Left onto Water Street At second traffic light turn Left onto Church Street Go through the traffic light and bear Left to go up the hill. Road name changes to Highland Avenue Continue straight up the hill (do not bear right onto Allen Street) for approximately 2 miles. The Farm is just past Rossi Road on the left And for a map to our farm, Click here. Click here for picking updates. Our products are usually available in November, December. Payment: Cash, Check. Blueberries sold at Torrington Farmers Market
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, White Spruce.
  • Windswept Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, trees baled, saws provided, free hot chocolate, free hot cider, gift shop
    12 Evergreen Lane, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: (860) 355-9907. Email: steven.kleppin3@gmail.com . Open: Friday After Thanksgiving - 9:30 am, All Other Fridays - 11 am Weekends - 9:30 am. Directions: We are located on Route 37 on the Sherman/New Milford town line.The farm is located on the New Milford/Sherman town line on Route 37. We are at the top of the hill. When you see the town line sign, Evergreen Lane is the eastern road, located between the 2 stone pillars. The western road is Osborn Road, which is in Sherman. It's the first property on the right once you get on to Evergreen.  Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page .
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir), and other varieties (call!).
  • Wood Acres Farm - Horse Drawn Hayrides, sleigh rides & Carriage rides...on the farm! (No trees for sale), Breakfast with Santa!
    68 Griffin Road, Terryville, CT 06786. Phone: 860-583-8670. Email: celebrate@woodacresfarm.com . 2 Hour Package Includes; One 1/2 hr of Pony Rides, petting and feeding our Friendly, FDA LICENSED Barnyard Animals. PLUS one 1/2 hr Horse Drawn Hayride! (seats 12) Also Included; Festive Plates, Cups & Napkins, A private picnic area overlooking, the animals & recreation area. Good Ol' Fashioned Outdoor Fun!! Everything for only $250. Parents you will love the carefree clean up!!  On occasion, we will bring a pony to your home for a child's Birthday. For prices & availability in your area, call us today! Open: Office Hours 9-6pm. For more information, see these pages: Welcome to Wood Acres Farm , A Country Wedding On the Farm , Corporate  & Social Events , Wedding Carriages, Your Location , Horse Drawn Rides Your Location , Directions & Area Attractions

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Goshen Recreation Gingerbread House Decorating



 Come one, Come All to a Gingerbread house Decorating afternoon at Camp Coch











http://www.goshenct.gov/recreation-department/news/gingerbread-house-decorating

The Bethlehem Christmas Fair

Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration all around the Bethlehem Green on the first Friday and Saturday in December. This annual event features music performances, tree lighting, photos with Santa, horse-drawn hayrides, a book and cookie sale, crafts and gifts galore (indoors and out), food and refreshments, strolling carolers, holiday characters, a roving train ride, Santa's workshop, and bell choir concert, and fun for the whole family.

All Around Christmas Town

Christmas Cachets
A visit to the Bethlehem Post Office to send holiday mail has become an annual tradition for many families. You can select one of the 83 “Christmas Cachet” designs to hand-stamp your holiday greetings before mailing them off to friends and family with the Bethlehem Post Office cancel mark. 
Where: 34 East Street   MAP
Hours: Fri. Dec 1 from 8 am to 8 pm; Sat. Dec. 2 from 8:30 am to 3 pm

The Bethlehem Post Office has introduced a new cachet each year since 1938. There are now 83 festive designs to decorate your holiday mail, all created by local residents, artists and children. View all cachets
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Area Events For This Weekend



CJR Campus Tour-10am-Connecticut Junior Republic
Men's Basketball League Open Gym-7:30-9pm-Forman Gym
 
Christmas in Bantam-6pm-Bantam River Park
 
Bantam Fire Co. Christmas Tree Sale-8am-4pm-Bantam Center
Holiday on the Hill-Warren
Trip: Christmas Prelude-Kennbunkport-Warren & Morris
Veteran of the Month Ceremony-10am-Bantam Borough Hall
LH Farm-Fresh Indoor Market-10am-1pm-Litchfield CC
Gingerbread Nativity Making-10am-12pm-Lourdes in Litchfield
Litchfield Jingle Bell Run-11am-Litchfield Intermediate School
Ladies' Holiday Tea & Brunch-11am-2pm-First Cong. Church of Litch.
A Walk through the Cathedrals-2pm-White Memorial CC
Open House Celebration-3-5pm-St. Michael's, Litchfield
East Litchfield Community Dinner-6pm-East Litchfield Firehouse
Candlelight Carol Sing-7pm-Lourdes in Litchfield
 
Bantam Fire Co. Christmas Tree Sale-8am-4pm-Bantam Center
Advent Fun-11:30am-3pm-Goshen Church of Christ Cong.
Goshen Farmers’ Holiday Market-1-4pm-St. Thomas Church, Goshen
Day Trip: A Connecticut Christmas-2-5pm-Litchfield CC
Bantam Children's Christmas Party-2pm-Bantam Borough Hall
Living Nativity-3pm-Lourdes in Litchfield
NE Chamber Choir and Orchestra-3:30pm-St. Anthony’s, Litchfield
Percussion Concert-4pm-St. Michael’s, Litchfield
Full Moon Drumming for Peace-4:15pm-Goshen Church of Christ Cong.
Light Up a Life-4:30pm-Goshen Old Town Hall

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June and July Events at The Goshen Fairgrounds

June 4-5 
Chamber of Commerce
June 11 
FFA Garden Tractor Pull / Horse Show
June 14 
Rhon Jennings Antique Show
June 17-19 
 
July 9 
Little Guild Pet Adoption
July 16-17 
Tibet Fest
July 25-26 
July 30-31 
 
August 6-7 
August 21 
Litchfield Hills Historical Auto Club Show

Monday, May 1, 2017

May and June Events at the Goshen Fairgrounds

May 14 
4H Showmanship
May 21 
Southern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club
May 28-30 
CT Family Campers & RV’ers
 
 
June 4-5 
Chamber of Commerce
June 11 
FFA Garden Tractor Pull / Horse Show
June 14 
Rhon Jennings Antique Show
June 17-19 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Get the Most out of your Air Conditioner..

From The Art of Doing Stuff



  • Wash your outdoor unit with high pressure hose water working from the top down.  It’s like cleaning out the lint trap on your dryer.  If the air conditioning unit is clogged it can’t work properly.

  • Make sure none of your vents are blocked.  Not blocked by a couch, dresser, sleeping goat.  Nothin’.

  • If you don’t use your basement or it’s getting too cold, close your basement vents.  Since cold air drops, basements always get cold.  Closing the vents will  force cold air to other areas of the house where the cool is needed more.

  • In the spring or fall when you don’t need air conditioning but still want to cool the house a little, turn your furnace fan on.  This will circulate the air throughout the house making it feel cooler.

  • If one vent is blowing really strongly it’s taking power away from vents elsewhere.  Close the offending vent a little to allow airflow elsewhere.  In older houses this can be done with the dampers in the basement.

  • Don’t ever turn your air conditioner off in the summer.  Once it’s cool enough outside, turn the temperature that your air is supposed to come on  up a few degrees and open your windows.   When your air comes on you know it’s time to close your windows again.  If you let your house overheat in the summer getting full of hot air and humidity before you turn the air on, it’s harder on the air conditioner, more expensive and takes wayyyyy longer to cool the house down.

  • Finally, if you can’t seem to get your house consistently cold or your upstairs is still too hot, call in a professional.  Having your system professionally balanced makes a huge difference and could mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and punching your partner in the head because you woke up drowning in their puddle of sweat.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Events at the Goshen Fairgrouns for this April and May

2016 Off-Season Fair Grounds Schedule
   
April 22-24 
Litchfield County Conservation District Seedling
  Tree Sale
   
May 14 
4H Showmanship
May 21 
Southern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club
May 28-30 
CT Family Campers & RV’ers
   
June 4-5 
Chamber of Commerce
June 11 
FFA Garden Tractor Pull / Horse Show
June 14 
Rhon Jennings Antique Show
June 17-19 
Goshen Stampede
 
July 9 
Little Guild Pet Adoption
July 16-17 
Tibet Fest
July 25-26 
CT Wine Festival
July 30-31 
Litchfield County 4-H Fair
 
August 6-7 
Litchfield Jazz Festival
August 21 
Litchfield Hills Historical Auto Club Show

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Some Upcoming Local Events







Spring Tag Sale-9am-4pm-Lourdes in Litchfield

Tai Chi-12:30-1:30pm-Litchfield Community Center

 

Spring Tag Sale-9am-4pm-Lourdes in Litchfield
Veteran of the Month Ceremony-10am-Bantam Borough Hall
CT DEEP CARE Fresh Water Fishing Class-10am-3pm-WMCC
Art Opening: Avian Photography, Nick Hawvermale-4-5pm-WMCC
 
Spring Tag Sale-9am-4pm-Lourdes in Litchfield
Lenten Sacred Choral Music and Readings-4pm-St. Michael’s
 
Live Well Workshop-12:30-3pm-Litchfield Community Center
 
VNA Northwest Blood Pressure Check-11:45am-Warren Town Hall
Book Discussion: 14th Amendment-5:30-6:30pm-Litch. Hist. Mus.
Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper-6-8pm-St. Paul's, Bantam
 
Young Historians Book Club-3:30-5pm-Litchfield Hist. Soc.
 
Goshen Garden Club Luncheon-12pm-Goshen Church of Christ
Women's Forum: An Artist's Story-2:30pm-Litchfield CC
Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail-7-8pm-Oliver Wolcott Library
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Northwest Conservation District Plant Sale

Pre-order by April 7th

NOW OPEN to order onlineOrder Deadline is April 7, 2017.See you at the Goshen Fairgrounds! 
 
Go to the web site for an order form
 

 

Pick up Information

Pick-up hours are:
Friday, April 21: 9am - 6pm
Saturday, April 22: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, April 23: 10am - 3pm
Pick up your order at Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goshen Players Upcoming Schedule

First Date

book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner


March 31 - April 9, 2017
March 31, April 1, 7, & 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM
April 2 & 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Aaron is a "blind date virgin," while Casey has been on more than her fair share. When the two are set up by a mutual friend, sparks fly—or do they? The night unfolds over the course of this couple's hilarious first date, and it's not without its share of surprises in the form of imaginary visits from Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Casey's uptight sister, the pair's protective parents and even their future son! Google background checks, awkward pauses and bailouts are all there during this unforgettable first encounter between two romantics, who just might be perfect for each other. Or not.


www.goshenplayers.org for tickets and more

This Weeks Cleaning Tip

u have an abundance of stainless steel appliances in your home, you know that it can get streaky, cloudy, and fingerprint-y very easily. While stainless is less prone to corrosion than other materials (and super trendy), it does take a bit of effort to keep it looking handsome.

Here's what you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your beloved stainless steel surfaces.

1. Always wipe in the direction of the grain.


Stainless steel has a wood-like grain to it. Look closely at your appliance or countertop and you'll see some faint lines running along the finish. See them? That's the direction you'll want to follow. If you don't, it'll be a lot easier for dirt and cleaning chemicals to build up within the tiny cracks of the grain over time, decreasing the shine and overall beauty of the material. And you don't want that!

2. You can avoid scratches by using a microfiber cloth.


Stainless surfaces can become scratched and then they're less pretty. Wipe them down with microfiber cloths, which have short, fine fibers and won't mess up the finish. You may be tempted to use a paper towel. Don't! A microfiber cloth is softer and always the way to go here.

Related: The One Cleaning Tool You Really Need in Your Kitchen

3. Cleaning stainless steel is really a two-step process.

From Apartment Therapy

We hate telling you that you have to clean anything twice, but you really do have to wipe down your stainless steel two times in a row if you're doing a deep clean — once with vinegar to remove dirt, and then with mineral or olive oil to add shine. First, spray vinegar directly onto the appliance, then wipe it off using a microfiber cloth in the direction of the grain. Next, polish the surface with a few drops of oil on a second cloth, again in the direction of the grain.

Do this once a week or whenever you start to notice a lot of water marks, streaks, fingerprints, or general flatness in the finish.

Related: How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Vinegar and Oil

4. Daily maintenance is a lot easier.


For regular, daily cleaning, simply use water and soap (or dish detergent) along with a microfiber cloth. Be sure to dry the area — with a second cloth — after wiping to avoid water spots and the minor corrosive effects of the minerals in the water.

5. You don't really need to buy a special cleaner.


Between the soap-and-water combo and the vinegar-and-oil wipes, you don't really need much more than that. The only reason you might want to consider getting a special stainless steel cleaner or polish? If you start to notice any small scratches.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How To Light a Fire In Your Fireplace

From the Art of Manliness

One of my favorite things about winter is spending time next to a warm and cozy fireplace fire. What’s more romantic than snuggling up to your gal in front of a glowing fire? And what’s more relaxing than coming home from a long day of work, sitting in your man chair, and unwinding next to a glowing hearth?

If you’ve never started a fire in a fireplace (and no, those automatic electric fireplace don’t count), then this guide is for you.

1. Make sure your chimney is clean and free of blockages. It’s always a good idea to get your chimney swept before you start lighting fires in it. Even if you haven’t used it, animal nests and old leaves can cause blockages that will result in a smoke-filled house. Call a chimney sweep to come check out your chimney. Of course, you should have done this already when you winterized your house.

2. Open the damper. I made the mistake of not opening the damper the first time I made a fire in a fireplace. The heater had gone out in our house, and we were in the middle of an ice storm. I tried being the big hero by starting up a cozy fire in the fireplace. I got the fire going, but it filled the entire house with smoke. Don’t be like me. Make sure to open the damper all the way if you want to avoid keeling over from smoke inhalation.

3. Prime the flue. If your chimney is built on the outside of your house, the chimney flue is probably cold. When you open the damper, the cold air in the flue will sink and come into your warm house. If you try to light a fire during this air sink, you’re going to end up with smoke coming into the house instead of up the chimney. To counteract the air sink, you need to prime the flue by warming it up. This is done by lighting a roll of newspaper and holding it up the damper opening for a few minutes. When you feel the draft reverse, you know the flue is primed, and you’re ready to start your fire. If you have a fireplace that has a gas pipe to supplement your wood burning, turn on the gas and light the pilot light without any wood in the fireplace. Your flue will warm up in a matter of minutes.

4. Develop an ash bed. Having a 1- 2 inch ash bed in your fireplace hearth will help insulate the fireplace and create hotter fires. If you’ve never built a fire in your fireplace before, this can be a problem. One quick fix is to take the ashes from your outdoor grill and place them in your fireplace to build the ash bed. While a small ash bed is good, too much ash is a bad thing. Make sure to clean the ashes out of your fireplace from time to time.

5. Build an “upside down” fire. Several fire-building methods exist, and all of them have their merits. If there’s a particular way you like to build a fire, by all means do it. But if you’re looking to build a clean burning fire that lasts for hours, try using the “upside down” fire lay.

Unlike traditional fire lays that require you to put tinder and smaller kindling at the bottom and larger fuel logs on the top, the upside down fire lay reverses the sequence. Start off by stacking your large fuel logs on the bottom of the fire grate. Stack smaller logs on top. Add a kindling layer (small twigs about the size of your pinky) on top of the stack. Top off the stack with bunched up newspaper balls and other tinder. Light the fire from the top. Because smoke won’t have to pass through the cold logs, the fire will burn cleaner. What’s nice about this arrangement, too, is that you don’t have to do much to keep it going.

One of my favorite things about winter is spending time next to a warm and cozy fireplace fire. What’s more romantic than snuggling up to your gal in front of a glowing fire? And what’s more relaxing than coming home from a long day of work, sitting in your man chair, and unwinding next to a glowing hearth?
If you’ve never started a fire in a fireplace (and no, those automatic electric fireplace don’t count), then this guide is for you.
1. Make sure your chimney is clean and free of blockages. It’s always a good idea to get your chimney swept before you start lighting fires in it. Even if you haven’t used it, animal nests and old leaves can cause blockages that will result in a smoke-filled house. Call a chimney sweep to come check out your chimney. Of course, you should have done this already when you winterized your house.
2. Open the damper. I made the mistake of not opening the damper the first time I made a fire in a fireplace. The heater had gone out in our house, and we were in the middle of an ice storm. I tried being the big hero by starting up a cozy fire in the fireplace. I got the fire going, but it filled the entire house with smoke. Don’t be like me. Make sure to open the damper all the way if you want to avoid keeling over from smoke inhalation.
3. Prime the flue. If your chimney is built on the outside of your house, the chimney flue is probably cold. When you open the damper, the cold air in the flue will sink and come into your warm house. If you try to light a fire during this air sink, you’re going to end up with smoke coming into the house instead of up the chimney. To counteract the air sink, you need to prime the flue by warming it up. This is done by lighting a roll of newspaper and holding it up the damper opening for a few minutes. When you feel the draft reverse, you know the flue is primed, and you’re ready to start your fire. If you have a fireplace that has a gas pipe to supplement your wood burning, turn on the gas and light the pilot light without any wood in the fireplace. Your flue will warm up in a matter of minutes.
4. Develop an ash bed. Having a 1- 2 inch ash bed in your fireplace hearth will help insulate the fireplace and create hotter fires. If you’ve never built a fire in your fireplace before, this can be a problem. One quick fix is to take the ashes from your outdoor grill and place them in your fireplace to build the ash bed. While a small ash bed is good, too much ash is a bad thing. Make sure to clean the ashes out of your fireplace from time to time.
5. Build an “upside down” fire. Several fire-building methods exist, and all of them have their merits. If there’s a particular way you like to build a fire, by all means do it. But if you’re looking to build a clean burning fire that lasts for hours, try using the “upside down” fire lay.
Unlike traditional fire lays that require you to put tinder and smaller kindling at the bottom and larger fuel logs on the top, the upside down fire lay reverses the sequence. Start off by stacking your large fuel logs on the bottom of the fire grate. Stack smaller logs on top. Add a kindling layer (small twigs about the size of your pinky) on top of the stack. Top off the stack with bunched up newspaper balls and other tinder. Light the fire from the top. Because smoke won’t have to pass through the cold logs, the fire will burn cleaner. What’s nice about this arrangement, too, is that you don’t have to do much to keep it going.

With your cozy fireplace lit, it’s time to pick out a good book, make some hot chocolate, sink down into your leather man chair, and bask in the glow of the blazing hearth.


With your cozy fireplace lit, it’s time to pick out a good book, make some hot chocolate, sink down into your leather man chair, and bask in the glow of the blazing hearth.