Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:04:49 -0500 A Forgotten History - Salisbury's Black Community


 In 2016 in their newly purchased house on Farnum Road in Salisbury CT. musician Peter McEachern and his wife, artist Danielle Mailer discovered, hidden in the attic, a cache of photographs from the 1930s to the 1970s. The home and photographs were previously owned by the Fowlkes family, one of several black families who made a life here in this small, mostly white, rural Connecticut town.  Recognizing the historical importance of the images, McEachern developed a proposal to use the photo archives as a starting point to give a course “Black History in Rural Connecticut”, at Salisbury School where he is chairman of the music department. This also resulted in two exhibitions at the school.

According to McEachern “this is a story of people living their lives in a community, working, contributing, fitting in, or not. There is a far more diverse history in Salisbury than you would expect when you look around town in 2018”. McEachern is not an historian by trade, rather a well known jazz trombonist who has recorded three CDs for Polygram with blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown among many other projects.

As he got to know more of the story of black families in the northwest corner, it became evident that Salisbury and its environs has a rich history that is not apparent unless you do some in-depth research. As the black community grew in town during  the first half of the 20th century, interactions increased, and friendships ensued. But this was also a period of intense segregation in the United States and the north was no exception. McEachern notes that this is a “complicated scenario set on a backdrop of good intent as well as racism.”

The talk "A Forgotten History" is presented in collaboration with the Salisbury Association Historical Society and the Scoville Memorial Library. The talk takes place on Saturday January 5,at 4:00 p.m. at the library.   

For additional information, contact: Lawrence Davis-Hollander, Adult Program Coordinator at 860-435-2838



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2019 Indian Mountain Art Show - Call for Artists

The Trustees of Indian Mountain School (IMS) kindly invite artists to submit an original work for a juried art contest and exhibit at IMS.
1st Place Prize $5,000
2nd Place Prize $3,500
3rd Place Prize $1,500
Guidelines for Submission:
1. A digital copy of the piece must be emailed to the Contest Committee at by noon on Sunday, January 13, 2019.
2. Your email must include:
      -Title, dimensions and medium of the piece
      -Location of the work depicted (if applicable)
      -Website and/or brief artist biography 
      -Price of the piece
3. Artists will be notified if their piece has been accepted by January 18, 2019. If your piece is accepted, it must be delivered to Indian Mountain School by January 25, 2019.
The opening reception and the presentation to contest winners will
take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 PM
in the IMS Student Center.  
Works will hang in the IMS Student Center Gallery from
January 31 through March 1. 
Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be split 50/50 between
the artist and the IMS Annual Fund.
Artists must be at least 18 years old to submit.
Please contact Heather Adams at
with any questions or comments.
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Artist Reception for Martha Beyer in Sheffield

The featured artist for the month of January at Bushnell-Sage Library is Martha Beyer.  Artist reception will be held Sunday, January 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.  The exhibition of her work will be on display for the month of January.


(413) 229-7004

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Christmas on Main Street in Winsted This Weekend

Christmas on Main Street
Saturday, Dec. 8
Bring the kids to Main Street in Winsted from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Have their picture taken with Santa at Noujaim's Bistro! Pictures take 1/2 hour to develop, have fun doing arts and crafts while you wait for your picture!

Enjoy roasted marshmallows with the Winsted Fire Department on Elm Street.

In front of Health Food Corner, take a horse drawn carriage ride courtesy of Northwest Community Bank! Goodie bags will be handed out too!

The day ends in East End Park with the lighting of the Christmas Tree!

Don't forget your shopping list, merchants offering specials to help you finish up your Christmas shopping! Sponsored by Friends of Main Street, Northwest Community Bank, Winsted Fire Department, Winsted Elks Lodge and Winsted Recreation Department.

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Food Drive to Benefit Open Door Soup Kitchen

Now through Dec. 20Morsel Munk is hosting a food drive taking donations of non-perishable food items for Winsted's Open Door Soup Kitchen. As a thank you for your donation of a bag of items, receive a 20% discount the day you drop off. The discount excludes YETI, and applies to regularly priced, in-stock items. 

Morsel Munk, located at  118 Main Street in Winsted has been turned into a festive Winter Wonderland. Enjoy free gift wrapping, free hot cocoa and coffee and enough holiday cheer to last though the New Year!

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Salisbury Band Christmas Brass & Hot Chocolate Society Free Concert

Noble Horizons invites you to celebrate the season at a festive performance of holiday favorites by the Salisbury Band's Christmas Brass and Hot Chocolate Society on Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm.  Enjoy traditional and contemporary songs and even sing along using the music sheets each guest will be given!  Following the concert, hot chocolate and delicious holiday cookies will be available for all.  Reservations at or 860-435-9851.
Noble Horizons is located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury, Conn.  Call 860-435-9851 for reservations.  The event is free of charge.


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Enjoy Handel's Messiah in Norfolk and in Salisbury This Weekend

The musical highlight of the Christmas season is, for many people, Handel's Messiah. The Christmas portion of this glorious oratorio focuses on the nativity of Jesus Christ, and is being presented twice this weekend in the Northwest Corner.

The first concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Norfolk Church of Christ, 12 Village Green at 4 p.m. On Sunday it will be presented at the Salisbury Congregational Church, 30 Main Street, at 3 p.m.

The event will feature the voices of the Festival Chorus, including the Norfolk and Salisbury church choirs and other area singers, including Margaret Astrup, soprano; Cidalia Kettles, mezzo soprano; Mark Silva, tenor; Richard Weidlic, bass; and the Salisbury Sinfonietta.

Admission to both concerts is free, but donations are welcomed.

  MESSIAH - this weekend!

Professional Orchestra, Soloists and
Combined Choirs - Glorious Music!
4 pm Saturday at Norfolk Church Christ
3 pm Sunday at Salisbury Congregational Church

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Noon Year’s Eve Party

  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • 11:30 AM  12:30 PM

Ring in the new year with the family!  A kid-friendly celebration at the library with hat making, dancing, bubbles and more.  We'll count-down to noon with refreshments and fun. 



(413) 229-7004

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library) Events Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:52:19 -0500
Norfolk Remembers John Bazzano

John Concetto Bazzano, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. He was the husband of Dorothy (Robertson) Bazzano.

John was born on Feb. 19, 1933, the son of the late John and Angeline Bazzano. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. His parents started their family business, John C. Bazzano & Son, in 1935. He joined the family business in 1955 and retired in 1994.

He was past member of the Norfolk Lions Club, Norfolk Fire Department, the Norfolk Ambulance and was a long time communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church. He had a winter home in Florida and spent summers with his family in Norfolk.

Besides his wife Dorothy, of 58 years, he is survived by his six children, Carolyn (Buzz) Peacock (Jim), John Bazzano (Lisa), Dorothy Bazzano (Howard), Elizabeth Peterson (Bob), Margaret Alexon (Paul) and Mary Reeve (Scott). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Josephine Tierney and Dolly Turgeon; a brother, Carmen; and a granddaughter, Amanda Alexson.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church. Honorary pallbearers are John P. Bazzano, James Peacock, Howard Crunden, Bob Peterson, Paul Alexson and Scott Reeve. Burial is private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norfolk Ambulance, P.O. Box 399, Norfolk, CT 06058; the Norfolk Congregational Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 582, Norfolk, CT 06058; or Foothills Visiting Nurse and Home Care, 32 Union St., Winsted, CT 06098.

The Kenny Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

]]> (Kenny Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:44:12 -0500
Serious Crash Closes Route 44 in Norfolk Tuesday Night

A serious crash has closed Route 44 east in Norfolk at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.  Two cars collided in front of George's Garage. Two patients are being transported to the hospital, one with serious injuries. 

Emergency crews are reporting extremely treacherous, black-ice covered roads in the area.  

Route 44 is expected to be closed for an extended period. Caution is advised on all Norfolk roadways this evening.

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A Christmas Carol Read-a-Round

  • Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • 3:00 PM to  4:00 PM

Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 pm. Bring the family and be part of an interactive reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. (special abridged version), a fun way to enjoy this holiday classic. Facilitated by Ruth Giordano. Hot cider and cookies will be served.


(413) 229-7004

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Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Bus Trip

Join Warren Parks and Recreation and the Morris Recreation department in another exciting trip. This time we will explore and enjoy a Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday December 1 - Sunday December 2.

Experience this magical event in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Excitement builds as the community counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas Tree and the festive fun continues with a dazzling illuminated holiday parade. In the spirit of a truly vintage Christmas, Strawbery Banke Museum welcomes visitors to travel through 300+ years of daily life; along with with the opportunity to walk through a historic portrayal of winter among the glowing historic homes and costumed role players. 

Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all of the sounds, scents and moments for family "stopfulness" to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.

COST: $220.00 pp / do - includes deluxe motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations, dinner Saturday night, breakfast Sunday morning, admission to the Strawbery Banke Museum along with shopping opportunities at Stonewall Kitchen Store and Kittery Trading Post, snacks, raffles, driver gratuity and more!  Convenient departure locations on Route 202.

Additional information please refer to Day Trippers "Out & About Series" under the Park and Recreation Department at  At the website download your registration form to submit to our office along with your payment made payable to: Warren Parks and Recreation

Questions, please call the Warren Parks and Recreation Department at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

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Navigating the Retirement Years

On Wednesday, December 5, from 11 am-noon, Jennifer Labrie, HS-BCP Resource Coordinator, Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will present, Navigating Your Retirement Years.  Guests will learn about the varying levels of care available, types of housing, funding sources and resources in the community. She will discuss the many advantages of proactively preparing for retirement and how to access the assistive services available throughout the region.

Labrie was the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter’s Helpline Director/Northwest Regional Director 10 years. In that role she assessed the needs of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; she coordinated services, educated families and advocated on their behalf. Hartford Health Care Center for Healthy Aging connects seniors and caregivers with the most-appropriate resources and support systems to achieve the optimum quality of life. This includes free comprehensive assessments – in-home, by phone, in the office – to determine the best level and type of care that may incorporate in-home assistance, medical alert technology, home modifications, state programs and veteran’s services.

Noble Horizons is a continuing care retirement community located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury.

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Join Us at Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation Bus Trip

Join the Warren Parks and Recreation Department and the Morris Recreation Department to see the Macy's Parade Balloons being inflated.

The 92nd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled to take place LIVE on Thursday, November 22, 2018 with giant-sized balloons taking over the skies of Manhattan. Recently Macy’s released the lineup of the 2018 parade, including new character balloons. I am sure you all might be eager to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watch those giant sized helium balloons. If you can’t wait till the Parade day, then you can have the first glimpse of these helium-filled balloons during the Balloon Inflation event which takes place near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.

This year the Macy’s Balloon Inflation will take place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 starting at 3 p.m. with visitors welcome to join a procession that starts at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, circling the museum between 77th & 81st Streets and Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Deluxe motor coach transportation, snacks, prizes, driver gratuity COST $55.00. Convenient departure locations from Morris Town Hall and Route 202 in New Preston. For additional information and to register, please call the Warren Parks and Recreation Department at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

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Classic Film Night at Norfolk Library: Holiday Inn

Classic Film Night: Holiday Inn (1942)
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

The Norfolk Library classic film series presents Holiday Inn (1942). With music by Irving Berlin, singing by Bing Crosby, and dancing by Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because of its wonderful songs "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade."

Come early (6:30) for refreshments. There's nothing like watching a classic film on the big screen!

Visit here to let us know you will be there.

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