Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:54:32 -0400 Turn of the Century Vienna

Enjoy chamber music in a wonderful bucolic setting at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, one of Northwest Connecticut's gems. 

Suite in B-flat Major for 13 Wind Instruments
Kaiser-Walzer (arr. Schoenberg)
Rosen aus dem Süden (arr. Schoenberg)
Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, Op 23

July 6 at 7 p.m. •  Battell Recital Hall •  Pre-Concert Conversation with Paul Berry

Join us before the concert for an engaging and enlightening viewpoint on a musical topic related to this evening’s program.

Stephen Taylor  oboe,  William Purvis horn,  Orion Weiss  piano,
with Fellows of the Norfolk Festival

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Summer Fun at Noble Horizons with William Kinsolving, George Faison and Dr. Mary O'Neil

Noble Horizons invites you back to school summer style, with mini-enrichment classes taught by some of the area’s finest teachers. 

Writer and former university professor Mary O'Neil, PhD. will offer Considering Capitalism which explores the theory, practice, and moral implications of capitalism, individual liberty, private property, free market, and Marxist Communism.  Dr. O’Neil’s classes will meet on Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 2, 16, 23 and 30.

Best-selling author, playwright and actor William Kinsolving will teach America and Me: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass.  The participatory class will explore Whitman's life, the history of his times, his 'pomes,' (he refused to say the word any other way), and his conflicts with the times. The class will culminate in Kinsolving’s July 21, 5 p.m. performance of his newest play, America and Me, a dramatization on the occasion of Walt Whitman’s 67th birthday of his musings on Lincoln, the Civil War, 19th Century America, sensory proclivities, and the struggles of publishing Leaves of Grass.  The four classes preceding the presentation meet from 10-11 am on July 11, 12, 18 and 19.

George Faison will untangle Shakespeare’s web of deceit and manipulation in Richard II: Tragedy or History?  Though deposing a monarch was considered a sin against God’s will in 1400, Richard II, a narcissistic, incompetent ruler, loses his crown, resulting in a conundrum the class will explore and debate.  Faison earned a B.A. and M.A.T. from Harvard University, and was on the faculty at The Hotchkiss School where he taught and directed Shakespeare plays for over 25-years.  His class will meet on Tuesdays on July 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10:00 am-noon. 

The fee for each mini-enrichment class is $25; registration is at or 860-435-9851.

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Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art is Back!

Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art is back for our 70th Summer! 


Join us this summer for Community Drawing, beginning May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and running all summer.  All supplies are provided, as is a live model. Our sessions run regularly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.. All are welcome, no experience necessary!

(All lectures at 7 p.m. in Battell House, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate)

Friday, May 26th
Kati Gegenheimer

Thursday, May 31st
Garnette Cadogan

Sunday, June 3rd
Josephine Halvorson

Saturday, June 9th
Mark Thomas Gibson

Tuesday, June 12th
Mike Rader

Wednesday, June 13th
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Friday, June 15th
Anna Betbeze

Saturday, June 16th
Martin Kersels

Saturday, June 23rd
Sam Messer
+ Open Studios + 70th Anniversary Celebration, more information coming soon!

***All events are free and open to the public, with additional generous support from the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate & Battell Arts Foundation.***

For more information, please email to be signed up for our mailing list:

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Artist Reception at Bushnell-Sage Library

Artist Reception

Judy Fox's art work will be on exhibition at the Bushnell-Sage Library for the month of June.  The artist's reception will be held on Friday June 1 from 5  to 7 p.m.


(413) 229-7004

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Circus Minimus

  • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • 6:00 PM  7:00 PM

Circus Minimus will be here to entertain all ages! This show gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe. When Kevin opens his suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience.  Free as always at Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield, Mass. 

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Botelle School Spring Concert

The students at Botelle School will present their Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall of Flags. The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade band, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade strings, and the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade chorus will be performing.

The public is invited, and we look forward to sharing our season's music with you. We will be sharing this same concert during school on June 1st at 10 a.m.

Please call the Botelle music room with any questions: (860) 542-5286 ext. 115 for Mrs Allyn, ext. 116 for Ms. Bianchi.

Botelle Elementary School
(860) 542-5286 ext. 115 for Mrs Allyn, ext. 116 for Ms. Bianchi.
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World Wide Knit in Public Day!

Knitters and non-knitters

Join us on World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Bring your children, bring your love of fiber arts, bring your interest and your questions.  There will be someone available to teach you to knit, and much much more!   

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Noon to 2 p.m.


(413) 229-7004

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library) Events Fri, 18 May 2018 20:47:11 -0400
Fourth Season of Music at the Southfield Church

Scintillating music returns for all to enjoy at the Southfield Church in New Marlborough each Saturday evening in June at 7:00 pm with a final performance given the last Saturday in July at 4:00 pm.

Our season kicks off June 2nd with the return of Paul Çelebi at the piano, presenting a program of Brahms, Ives, Villa-Lobos, Corigliano and Hisaishi. A Pittsfield native and Berkshire Music School alum, Paul is now a senior at the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and pianist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

The Zolla Boys’ much anticipated return is June 9th and promises to be another exciting evening of Bluegrass Brother Harmony. The Boys’ banjo player will be joining them this year, ensuring they’ll ratchet the night up a notch or two.

YeeJin Yuk, piano, will make his Southfield Church debut on June 16th with a program of Bach, Beethoven, Gershwin, Liszt, and Rochberg. A Berkshire Musical School alum, YeeJin is now a junior at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Sarah Cunningham, world-renowned viola da gambist, will make her Southfield Church performance debut June 23rd. Last fall, Sarah, accompanied by Richard Egar, harpsichordist, made a recording of works by J.S. Bach, due to be released later this year. Sarah has performed around the world, is now on the faculty of The Juilliard School's newly created Historical Performance Department, and will be performing with the Aston Magna festival this summer.

The Russet Trio, featuring Aldo Lavaggi (fiddle), Peter Madsen (guitar) and Stuart Kenney (upright bass), debut June 30th with a broad range of original and traditional tunes with Celtic and Appalachian roots played with generous swing, high energy and groove.

The Vera Quartet, Norfolk Music Festival Fellows, will end our season on Saturday, July 28th at 4:00 pm. The Vera Quartet is the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Winners of the Grand Prize at the most recent Plowman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and Second Prize at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition 2017.

Admission to all the concerts is free, (a collection to support the artists is taken after each performance), followed by a reception on the front lawn, weather permitting. Music lovers of all ages are welcome and encouraged. The Southfield Church is located at 234 Norfolk Road in the Village of Southfield, New Marlborough, MA.

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Save Birds,Save the Environment

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful bird protection law ever passed and on June 15 at 11 am, Audubon Sharon Director, Eileen Fielding, PhD. will discuss the link between the preservation of birds and the environment.  Dr. Fielding will take a bird-centered look at today’s most pressing environmental challenges, including pesticides, invasive species, habitat loss, and climate change.

In honor of the Migratory Bird Treaty’s centennial, National Audubon Society, National Geographic and more than 150 other participating organizations have joined forces to protect birds and in so doing, improve the environment for birds and people.  Where birds flourish, people flourish and whether helping one bird, changing national policies, or preserving vital water ways, Dr. Fielding will discuss the impact Audubon and individuals working together can have on the environment here in Northwest Connecticut and along thousands of miles of migratory flyways.

Dr. Fielding holds a MS and PhD in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, as well as a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts.  Eileen previously served as the Executive Director of the Farmington River Watershed Association.  Please visit or call 860-435-9851 for reservations or for more information. 


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Author Talk with Simon Winchester

  • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • 7:00 PM  8:00 PM

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, the new title from revered New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester, traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.



(413) 229-7004

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library Staff) Events Mon, 14 May 2018 20:59:27 -0400
Winchester Grange to Host Spring Tag Sale


Bargain hunters will delight as Winchester Grange No. 74 hosts a Tag Sale from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, at Winchester Grange Hall, located at 100 Newfield Road, Winchester Center.

This is a rain or shine event. Donations of clean items are welcome. All funds raised benefit the numerous community service projects, donations, and future programs of Winchester Grange.

Formed January 2, 1888, the Grange is one of the largest Community Granges east of the Mississippi River in membership, and is extremely active in the Winchester Center community, holding numerous programs and events year-round. 2018 is our 130th Year.

Getting to Winchester Center: From Winsted, take Route 263 to the Winchester Center green. From Torrington, take Newfield Road (at the corner of Winsted Rd. and N. Main St.) to the Winchester Center green.

For more information, contact Winchester Grange Secretary Sue Addison at 860-379-0210, via e-mail at or visit our website at

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Books & Blooms: Country Gardens

Books & Blooms: Country Gardens - To Benefit The Cornwall Library 

Join us for our benefit event, Books & Blooms, with a focus on country gardens. The two-day event begins Friday evening, June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a talk by Lynden B. Miller, public garden designer in New York City and Sharon resident. Following Lynden’s  talk—“40 Years of Gardening: Private and Public”-- there will be a cocktail reception, both at the library, 30 Pine Street, Cornwall.
The event continues Saturday, June 9 From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with self-guided tours of four country gardens in North Cornwall, Cornwall, Sharon and Milton. New and out-of-print gardening books will be on sale throughout the weekend.
Tickets are $30 per day per person or $50 for both days. As space is limited to the Friday event, reservations are suggested. Call 860.672.6874. Tickets can be purchased online at

About Our Guest

Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City.  In 1982, she rescued and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Based on her belief that good public open spaces can change city life, she has designed many other gardens and parks in all five boroughs since that time.

She is the author of  Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, published by Norton in 2009.  The book was the winner of American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.

Her work in New York City includes designs for gardens and parks in all 5 boroughs, for example: Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, Madison Square Park, the Entry Garden at Chelsea Cove in Hudson River Park and the 97th Street Park Avenue Mall. She has designed landscape improvements to the campuses at Columbia, Princeton, Stony Brook University on Long Island and plantings for the garden at the Museum of Modern Art. She redesigned the plantings for the British Garden in Hanover Square and has reinvigorated the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park.


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Envisioning Your Library

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Long Range Planning Committee of the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield, Mass.,  would like you to share in envisioning the future of the library. We are updating our Long Range Plan and value your ideas. Consider stopping in on June 2 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a few minutes while you’re out running errands and give us your thoughts.

For those who can’t make it, we’ll have a “vision box” set up in the library for the month of May, so people can contribute written suggestions.



(413) 229-7004

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library Staff) Events Thu, 03 May 2018 20:05:12 -0400
Open House at Norfolk's New Affordable Housing Units

The renovations of the properties at 2 and 4 Shepard Road in Norfolk are striking and eye catching. Are you curious to see what has been done to them and how they were converted into beautiful multi-unit homes they have become?  Now is the time. The Foundation for Norfolk Living (FNL) is inviting local residents to visit and view the new rental properties on May 12, 14 and 19. 
The beautifully renovated Victorian on the corner of Shepard Road and Greenwoods Road, now named Landsdown House, and the elegant brick Ursoni building next door will be open for viewing and tours at the following times:
            Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon
            Monday, May 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
            Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon
Members of the FNL Board of Directors will be available as guides and to answer any questions. 
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Learn to Make Strawberry Jam

Back by popular demand.
Learn how to make traditional Strawberry jam with Lois Levinsohn
Registration required, call the circulation desk at 413-229-7004


  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • 1 to 3 p.m.


(413) 229-7004

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