Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:11:10 -0500 Norfolk Remembers Robert (Bobby) Treadway

Robert Irving Treadway passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday October 28, 2019. He was born on October 11, 1943 in Caanan CT. He was predeceased by his father Frank Treadway Sr., his mother, Mary Bailey Treadway and his brother Ernie Treadway of Norfolk Ct.

Robert was a lifetime resident of Norfolk. He is survived by his daughter Amanda Treadway, grandchildren Devon and Lucas Boibeaux, his lifetime companion Kathy Robinson, sister Kathleen Brennan and husband Donald, Frank Treadway Jr. and wife Pat, sister Juanita Hoffman and husband James and sister Patricia Forbes, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Robert was a proud veteran of our United States Army from 1966 until 1968. As a young man he studied stone masonry as an apprentice for his father, Master Stone Mason Frank Treadway Sr. His work can be seen to this day all of Litchfield County. He worked many years in construction, building bridges, pipelines and demolition. During his retired years he managed the family estate in Norfolk which he was very proud of. He and cared vigilantly and lovingly for his grandchildren Devon and Lucas Boibeaux.

Bobby, as he was commonly referred to as, was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and fast cars. He was very happy and social, always ready to make a new friend, experience an adventure or help someone in need. He was well known as an amazing dancer all his life from school dances into the disco era. He raised the vibration of every place he went. His kind and generous spirit will be missed very dearly by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 8 at 11 a.m. at The Norfolk Congregational Church Chapel in Norfolk Connecticut with a reception immediately following at the reception hall at the chapel. Friends and family are welcome to bring a dish or dessert of their choice to share.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting


]]> (Family of Robert Treadway) Neighbors Thu, 07 Nov 2019 02:24:18 -0500
An Afternoon with Beatrix Potter in Sheffield


  • Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Literary historian, Gillian Hettinger will present a program on the life and times of famed author Beatrix Potter.


(413) 229-7004

]]> (Martha Beyer) Events Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:54:01 -0500
Ongoing Groups at Bushnell-Sage Library

At Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield, Mass., there are interesting and educational groups meeting on a regular basis.  Come and enjoy one that piques your interest: 
  • Mah Jongg - Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
  • Writer's Group - 2nd & 4th Thursdeay of each month
  • Qigong Class - Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Folk Circle - 2nd Friday of each monthj at 7 p.m.
  • Poetry Group - 1st Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.



(413) 229-7004


]]> (Martha Beyer) Events Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:46:10 -0500
Rubin, Anderson and Coleman-Prisco Win Board of Education Seats in Norfolk

In one of the few contested seats in today's Norfolk election, Republican Donna Rubin retained the Board of Education seat she has held for the past 16 years. Also elected to the school board were Democrats Gordon Anderson and Virginia Coleman-Prisco. 

For Board of Finance, Democrat Grant Mudge and Republican Jeffrey Torrant will hold seats, and Democrat-endorsed Edward (Ned) Barron won a seat on the Board of Assessment Appeals.

In the fourth and final contested race, the new members of the Planning and Zoning Commission are Democrats Christopher Schaut and Melissa Renkert.

The remaining open seats were uncontested. Incumbent First Selectman Matthew Riiska, and the two other current members of the Board of Selectmen, Democrat Paul Madore and Republican Alexandria (Sandy) Evans were returned to their seats with no contest, as did Republican Tax Collector Sarah Bruso and Democrat Town Treasurer Chelsea Byrne. 

In other uncontested races, Democrat Amy Bennett will be on the Board of Finance as an alternate, Republican Marion Felton returns to the Planning & Zoning Commission to fill a vacancy, Republican Kevin Gundlach and Democrat Steven Whalen are Planning and Zoning Commission alternates, Democrats Daniel Green and Mary Bazzano-Reeve will have seat son the Zoning Board of Appeals and Republican Alan Boucher and Democrat Christopher Peterson will take seats as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission.


]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Politics Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:38:19 -0500
Greenwoods Puppet Festival in Norfolk

The puppetry community is gearing up with excitement for the first annual Greenwoods Puppet Festival in Norfolk. A magical event that celebrates the art of puppetry, the Festival will include a series of puppet shows for children and adults at the Library with a puppeteer specializing in streets fairs and large puppets strolling the lawn between shows. Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling the Library 860-542-5075 or registering online.

Friday, Sept. 13

8:00 p.m.: Jana Zeller and Spybird Theater, “Puppet Crimes” (ages 16+). Register here.

Saturday, Sept. 14

11:00 a.m.: Sarah Nolen, “The Fairy Tailor”. Register here.

3:30 p.m.: The Gottabees, “Lollipops for Breakfast”. Register here.

6:00 p.m.: “Moth Jamboree” (ages 13+). Register here.

Sunday, Sept. 15

1:00 p.m.: Madison J. Cripps Marionettes, “Slice of Crazy Pie”. Register here.

3:30 p.m.: Alex and Olmsted, “Milo, the Magnificent”. Register here.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Mortal Beasts and Deities “The Raven” will be roaming the grounds.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their support: Battell Arts Foundation, Norfolk Connecticut Children's Foundation, Norfolk Library Associates, and the Town of Norfolk.

We hope to see you there!
]]> (Norfolk Library) Events Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:32:06 -0400
Mah Jongg Night in Sheffield - Beginners Welcome


  • Wednesdays in September 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop in style

Beginners welcome



(413) 229-7004


TUES - THURS: 10 - 5
FRIDAY: 10 - 8
SATURDAY: 10 - 5
SUNDAY: 2 - 5

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library) Neighbors Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:11:00 -0400

Writers, you’ve done the hard part of writing that book or short story. Now how do you get it published? Join Christopher Clawson Rules of Breaking Rules Publishing to explore the different methods of getting published.

Christopher has been in the publishing field for many years and is eager to share his knowledge with his fellow residents of Sheffield.

  • Friday, September 27, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  8:00 PM


(413) 229-7004

]]> (martha beyer) Events Mon, 02 Sep 2019 20:58:00 -0400
Recycled Runway Show and Party for American Mural Project

Art of Work Recycled Runway Show & Party
Get your tickets now for the American Mural Project's annual Art of Work Gala on Saturday, September 28, from 6 to 11 p.m. This year’s theme is “Recycled Runway”—a recycled wearable art show! The full evening includes generous hors d'oeuvres by Emily’s Catering prior to the Recycled Runway show, followed by the Nekita Waller Band, dance party that includes light projections by Joe Wheaton, and dessert. Various levels of ticket options available for purchase until September 15, ranging from $35–350 per person:
What incredibly creative applications we’ve received for the Recycled Runway show! More than 30 designs were submitted by people of all ages and levels of experience in the region—and will be modeled by women, women, and children. Jeff Geddes of Torrington Savings Bank, MC extraordinaire for the Recycled Runway show, can’t wait to help showcase all of the environmentally conscious wearable art!
Thanks to our sponsors: Newman’s Own Foundation, R&M Insulation, Northwest Community Bank, Only in My Dreams Events, Torrington Savings Bank, and Ledgebrook Spirit Shop.
Consider becoming a sponsor or advertising in the Gala program book!
]]> (American Mural Project) Events Mon, 02 Sep 2019 20:23:59 -0400
Norfolk Makerspace to Feature Leslie Watkins

All are welcome to the Norfolk Makerspace September Open House on Saturday, September 21st, from 2:00-4:00pm, located in the lower level of Battell Chapel, 12 Village Green, Norfolk, CT.

Our featured artist, Leslie Watkins, will demonstrate various botanical watercolor painting techniques. Leslie uses flowers she grows in the gardens at Dandelion Cottage, her home and studio in Norfolk, CT. Leslie will also discuss the tools needed to create her art, inspired by nature. Examples of the artist’s watercolor paintings, nature journals, handmade boxes, and simple notecards will be on display.

“Art and Nature have been the primary focus of my life,” says Leslie. "When I paint a landscape or a flower, design a garden or write about nature––it’s all the same to me. Close observation of nature helps to broaden my understanding of what I love and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.”

Visitors to the Makerspace can join in the fun. John Thew will host a watercolor painting table for anyone who would like to experiment with watercolor techniques. Eve Thew invites you to join her to make a pillow for your special room. Karen Rossi will have supplies for you to make a miniature sand meditation garden and we'll have a special table with arts and crafts for little ones. 

In addition, Alesia Maltz will be in our Loom Room. Anyone interested may join in weaving a hug blanket. The hug blankets are gifts to children in need who are crossing at the border. On an ongoing basis, Sue Williams will host the Loom Room on Tuesdays from 1-3 for anyone interested in weaving or dropping off more blankets. Over 50 blankets have been amassed for the project in just a month and a half.

Please save the third Saturday (2-4 pm) of each month through December, and continue to join us (Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21). Please follow and share our Norfolk CT makerspace Facebook and Meetup pages. For more information: contact Karen Rossi (860) 305-6579, (interim coordinator).

]]> (Kelly Kandra Hughes) Events Mon, 02 Sep 2019 20:06:01 -0400
Botelle Families Invited to Meet & Greet New Staff Members

Dear Botelle School Community,

You are

Invited to a Meet & Greet

on Wednesday Evening, August 21st at 6 p.m.

in our Library/Media Center.

We hope you will be able to join us

  to welcome our new staff members

into our Botelle Family!

Ms. Lauren Montagna - Early Primary - PK/K

Mrs. Erica McCleary - Intermediate - 3/4

Mrs. Melissa Asselin- Upper Intermediate - 6

Ms. Shana Bazelmans - Art Teacher

Mrs. Rene Ayers - Nurse

Mr. Tyler Yelsits - Evening Custodian

Mr. Winter Thorne-Kaunelis - PE Teacher

Mr. Edmund Livingstone - Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Erin Dubecky - Library/Media Specialist


]]> (Botelle School Staff) Neighbors Sat, 17 Aug 2019 04:08:04 -0400
Haystack Book Talks Fall Series Kicks Off October 4

Haystack Book Talks brings writers into conversation on a wide range of topics to celebrate ideas and discourse.



Tucked away in the beautiful wooded hills of Northwestern Connecticut, Norfolk provides an intimate setting for the festival. Literary conversations are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 4, 5, and 6 2019, in downtown Norfolk, set against the backdrop of autumn foliage.

New this year, the festival will also offer an array of “one-off” conversations during the summer.

All events are held at the Norfolk Library and are free and open to the public with seat reservations required.

We are thrilled to add this literary festival to the vibrant cultural offerings in town, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Norfolk School of Music and ArtInfinity HallNorfolk Library and Norfolk Historical Society.

Haystack Book Talks bring together in unmoderated conversation writers and thinkers who have something to talk about.  Past and upcoming talks are as various as Rosa Alcala and McArthur Award winner John Keene discussing the relation between their creative writing and their work as translators; prize-winning writers David Blight and Steve Luxenberg talking about the fateful American passage from abolition to segregation; novelists Courtney Maum and Teddy Wayne examining the relation between historical and fictional characters in their work; and Jeff Goodell and Julian Brave NoiseCat exploring the social and ecological inevitabilities of climate change.


Please contact us @ 860-542-7185 x260 for more information about ADA/mobility accommodations.

The Haystack Book Talks is sponsored in part by the Norfolk Foundation, Inc. 
We are especially grateful to Steve Melville for spearheading this literary festival.

Friday, October 4

6:00 pm
HERE to reserve your seat.
Brendan Gill Lecture, by Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family
An electrifying, dazzlingly written reckoning and an essential addition to the national conversation about race and class, Survival Math takes its name from the calculations award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson made to survive the Portland, Oregon, of his youth.

Saturday, October 5

10:30 am
HERE to reserve your seat.
The Widow Washington and TBD
Martha Saxton, author of The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington, and author TBD, will discuss the history’s changing understanding of George Washington.


1:00 pm
HERE to reserve your seat.
Lives Real and Imagined: The Fictionalization of True Characters
Costalegre’s Courtney Maum and The Love Song of Jonny Valentine’s Teddy Wayne discuss the fictionalization of real people in their recent novels.


3:00 pm
HERE to reserve your seat.
Reporting from the Front
Award-wining journalists Janine di Giovanni , author of The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria, and Anne Garrels, author of Naked in Baghdad, discuss what it takes to tell the hardest stories, to work in a field dominated by men, and to survive the aftereffects of the job.

Sunday, October 6

10:00 am
HERE to reserve your seat.
From Abolition to Segregation
David  Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and Steve Luxenberg, author of the highly praised Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, engage in a timely exploration of the fateful dynamic of idealism and betrayal that continues to shape the fundamental fabric of American society.

12:30 pm
HERE to reserve your seat.
Coyotes and Beavers and Their Lives Among Us
Ben Goldfarb, author of  Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, and Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, talk about humanity's fanatical and misguided attempts to control unruly and ecologically crucial wildlife.

3:00 pm (Talk & Walk)
HERE to register for the walk.
The Art of the Dam: Beavers in Our Backyard
Ben Goldfarb and Dan Flores will lead an outdoor talk and walk in Great Mountain Forest. Rendezvous at Mountain House, 200 Canaan Mountain Road at 3:00pm and walk from there up to Chattleton Road to see the beaver activity.

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It's Kids' Day at Norfolk Farmers Market

Bring your kids to meet "the kids" from Dandelion Hill Farm

The market is all about kids and you don't want to miss any of the fun - face painting, scavenger hunt with prizes, "Cook the Market" for kids, and games. It all starts Saturday at 10 A.M., rain or shine.

We've got the freshest produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and prepared foods in addition to finely crafted artisan wares! 
Listen to live music from Bill Benson while you browse the offerings!



See the vendor lineup we have for this Saturday's market!

Dandelion Hill Farm
Raw goat milk, cheese, eggs, honey and greens as well as lamb and goat meat and chicken

Ford Farm
Beef, pork and seasonal vegetables

Ginger Creek Nursery
Ornamental trees, shrubs and perennial plants

The Great Cape Baking Company
Hand cut doughnuts, gourmet breads, english muffins and jams
Pamela Harnois Art
Watercolors, prints, and art panels
Husky Meadows Farm
Organically grown produce and handcrafted foods

Jenkins’ Backyard Garden
Seasonal berries, vegetables and cut flowers

J & J Village Hotdogs
Coffee, soda and hot dogs
Krazy for Kazu's
Japanese style ginger dressing and other sauces

Lone Silo Farm
100 % Grass fed beef, seasonal produce and handcrafted foods

Lost Ruby Farm
Handcrafted goat cheeses
Mead's Sugar House
100% Pure maple syrup
Nunwell Glass
Blown and sculpted decorative objets d'art, vases and glassware
The Olive Oil Factory
Olive oils and balsamic vinegars
Pittsfield Rye
Fresh baked bread and rolls
Puzzels Plus
Children’s puzzles, room signs, cell and tablet holders plus more
PWest Designs
Pottery, beaded and tatted earrings, wire wrapped sea glass and beach pottery
Karen Rossi Studios
Whimsical metal sculpture and unique cards
Rustling Wind Creamery
Fine aged raw milk cheeses, raw milk and more
Scarlet Rose Soaps and Skincare
All natural handmade soaps and skin care products including lip balms, scrubs, masks, and body butters
Studious Baker
Gluten free pastries
Zinke's Homegrown
Seasonal produce and summer cut flowers

We also welcome….
Norfolk Lions Club
Selling raffle tickets
Norfolk Land Trust
Kara Zinke Emergency Fund
Sponsorships for golf tournament for fundraising purposes
Various logo items for sale to benefit the fund

Chalk art and giant bubbles for kids with Karen Rossi
“Cook the Market”  with Tracy Hayhurst of Husky Meadows Farm

Music this Saturday August 17th will be by Bill Benson

The Norfolk Farmers Market is held on the lawn of Norfolk Town Hall on Maple Avenue.
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Winsted Fireman's Carnival & Parade This Week

Annual Winsted Fireman's Carnival Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - Aug. 14-17

Winsted’s Annual Fireman’s Carnival kicked off yesterday, Wednesday, August 14, and continues through Saturday, August 17.  Located at the ball fields at 75 Rowley Street, the fun begins at 6 p.m. each evening, with the carnival closing at 11 p.m.

Among the attractions are games, bingo, blower ball, music and rides for the kids. 

Wednesday and Thursday nights are “Wrist Band Nights”, with ride wrist bands available for $20. 

Friday night will feature fireworks. 

The Firemen's Parade is on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m., with marchers traveling down Main Street.

]]> (Fireman's Carnival Committee) Life Thu, 15 Aug 2019 02:44:57 -0400
Theresa Wright will be Featured in Winsted's Concert in the Park

THURSDAY, August 15 (Rain Location First Church of Winsted}
This week's Concert in The Park features Theresa Wright & Co.
The show starts at 7 p.m. at East End Park in Winsted (rain or shine).

Theresa Wright is from Manchester, CT and is a  talented and well-known jazz singer who also sings gospel and soul. Grab some food and get there early to claim your spot on the green!

]]> (Friends of Main Street) Events Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:06:10 -0400
Great Mountain Forest Names New Executive Director

As you know, the Board of Trustees of Great Mountain Forest (GMF) has been conducting an extensive search for an Executive Director to shepherd the organization through its next stage of development. On behalf of the GMF Board of Trustees, I’m pleased to announce that Tamara Muruetagoiena has been selected as our Executive Director, a role she will assume on October 7, 2019. We are excited to have found a candidate, like Tamara, who is extremely passionate about the forest, trained in forest science, and committed to our mission to promote the working forest as a renewable resource, as a habitat for wildlife and as a classroom for training and education
Tamara notes that she “fell in love with GMF during my studies at the Yale School of Forestry, when I had the opportunity to work and study in the forest. I feel so fortunate to be coming back to GMF now as its Executive Director, and I truly look forward to working with everyone to raise GMF’s public profile.” Besides her Masters of Forest Science from Yale, Tamara also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, Tamara also has command of four other languages.
Tamara joins GMF after having served as the Senior Global Manager for Sustainability and R&D at Driscoll’s, a large California-based international food grower where she set the long-term sustainability mission, vision, operating principles, standards and strategy goals. Previously to Driscoll’s, she was an Environmental Program Manager at Columbia University where she worked extensively in the Dominican Republic; a Sustainable Forestry Consultant for the Southern Europe Forest Owners Association; and a Policy Advisor to the European Union.
Please join us in welcoming Tamara to GMF, and, as always, thank you for your continued support of the forest.


]]> (John Coston, Chair GMF Board of Trustees) Neighbors Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:13:20 -0400