A Winter Weekend Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut!    February 26 & 27, 2022

A Winter Weekend Festival in Norfolk!

Two days of fun for all, indoors and out… food, live music, art exhibits, winter sports and hiking, tours, open houses, kids’ activities and more. WINter 2022 was mostly in person with precautions in place; others were virtual, either live-streamed or on demand. Most virtual events are still available to enjoy; see below. For in-person events, you’ll have to wait till February 25 & 26, 2023. Mark your calendar!

This year, save the dates for our annual summer Weekend in Norfolk festival, the first weekend in August, August 5, 6 and 7, 2022, three days of fun for everyone!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022

On Demand (free)

Cooking demonstration: Classic Spanish paella [recipe] (link coming)
Cooking demonstration: Stacking a burger [recipes]
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival concert: Rebroadcast of The French Connection, music from the time of Mozart to the early twentieth century [program] Feb. 26 & 27 only
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival concert: Rebroadcast featuring Norfolk Festival Fellows performing works of Schumann and Beethoven
Music from Battell Chapel: Mike Cobb and Ben Herzog
Guided tour of Battell Chapel’s stained glass windows

In-Person and Live-Streamed

Sorry, cancelled because of weather.
Town skating rink, 23 Mountain Road, will be open if weather permits and the ice is solid.
Free

All day
Hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing on Norfolk’s miles of trails. You can purchase a take-along lunch at any of Norfolk’s great restaurants.
Free

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Creative art display celebrating the Norfolk Library and featuring works made by the children of Norfolk. Special treats will be served. At the library, 9 Greenwoods Road East.
Free

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Wildlife walk with John Anderson of the Norfolk Conservation Commission. Meet at the Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place, and drive to the trail.
Free

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“Hidden Doorways,” photographs by Angus Mudge at the Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East.
Free

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“In the Woods,” an exhibit of photographs of land trust properties by local photographers at the Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place.
Free

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Immaculate Conception Church, 5 North Street, will hold special open sanctuary hours for display and information sharing about the church, building history and stained glass windows. Printed materials will be available, along with docents, to answer any questions.
Free

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Tie-dying and open house, with refreshments, at the Norfolk Lions Club Ambulance headquarters, 9 Shepard Road. The ambulance squad will be doing a t-shirt tie-dye activity for kids (and adults) in its garage. The number of t-shirts available is very limited, so bring your own items to decorate. Masks are required inside.
Free

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Swing by for a free take-out cup of hot soup at the Norfolk Food Pantry, located in the Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road, next to the Congregational Church. While you are there be sure to check out the church’s Clothes Closet. Oh what treasures you might find! Masks are required. Ends when the pot is empty. Get the recipes.
Free

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road, will be open for viewing the stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and David Maitland Armstrong. Covid precautions will be observed: everyone must wear a mask and social distance must be maintained at all times. This historic chapel and its beautiful stained glass windows are among Norfolk’s most popular artistic treasures. Take this opportunity to see these dazzling works in person if you can.
Free

Sorry, cancelled because of weather.
Enjoy a bonfire and S’mores supplied by the Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department at its open ice event for skaters, curlers and hockey players. The Curling Club will also be there, doing demos and serving hot chocolate and snacks.
Free

Sorry, cancelled because of weather.
The Norfolk Curling Club will be demonstrating the basics of curling and allowing the public to participate. This event will be held in conjunction with the Fire Department’s bonfire and skating event at the rink by the town baseball field at 23 Mountain Road. The Curling Club will be serving hot chocolate and snacks in addition to the Fire Department’s S’mores.
Free

This event was recorded and is now available for listening on YouTube.
“Ladies, Legends & Lakeside Dwellings: Alfredo Taylor in Norfolk,” Zoom talk by Ann Havemeyer. A highly original architect, Taylor came to Norfolk in the first years of the last century, and within a short period of time had put his distinctive mark on the landscape, designing stone and timber houses, lakeside camps, commercial buildings, schools, churches and monuments. His work more than any other has come to define the look and style of this small Connecticut town, which is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Free

Pollinator talk. This event was recorded and is now available for listening on WIN’s YouTube channel, courtesy of the Land Trust and the Norfolk Hub.
Hear the latest buzz on bees and butterflies at the Norfolk Land Trust’s annual meeting at the Hub, 2 Station Place. Geordie Elkins, operations director of Highstead, a regional conservation non-profit based in Redding, will discuss the importance of acting locally to foster pollinators through projects such as City Meadow and how such action contributes to much larger regional conservation efforts. Live attendance at the meeting, limited to 25, will be first come, first served, but the event will be streamed live on Zoom.
Free

8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Concert at Infinity Hall: British Invasion Years, a 60’s tribute show. This nostalgic musical retrospective spans the entire first wave of the British Invasion era. It’s a musical revolution with hits from both sides of the Atlantic!
Ticketed

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2022

On Demand (free)

Cooking demonstration: Classic Spanish paella [recipe] (link coming)
Cooking demonstration: Stacking a burger [recipes]
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival concert: Rebroadcast of The French Connection, music from the time of Mozart to the early twentieth century [program] Feb. 26 & 27 only
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival concert: Rebroadcast featuring Norfolk Festival Fellows performing works of Schumann and Beethoven
Music from Battell Chapel: Mike Cobb and Ben Herzog
Guided tour of Battell Chapel’s stained glass windows

In-Person and Live-Streamed

Sorry, cancelled because of weather.
Town skating rink, 23 Mountain Road, will be open if weather permits and the ice is solid.
Free

All day
Hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing on Norfolk’s miles of trails. You can purchase a take-along lunch at any of Norfolk’s great restaurants.
Free

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Following a short talk about the secrets of winter photography, Doug McDevitt will take a group on a winter photo walk. Bring your own equipment; tripods suggested. Meet at the Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place.
Free

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Land Trust properties, a group photography show at the Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place.
Free

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
“Hidden Doorways,” photographs by Angus Mudge at the Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East.
Free

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
The Immaculate Conception Church, 5 North Street, will hold special open sanctuary hours for display and information sharing about the church, building history and stained glass windows. Printed materials will be available, along with docents, to answer any questions.
Free

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Open house at Husky Meadows Farm, 26 Doolittle Drive. Learn more about all that happens on the farm, including its CSA and other programs; get a sneak peek at the farm’s new Cooking Barn and guest rooms, and enjoy seasonal refreshments featuring maple syrup.
Free

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Battell Chapel will be open for viewing the stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and David Maitland Armstrong. Covid precautions will be observed: everyone must wear a mask and social distance must be maintained at all times. This historic chapel and its beautiful stained glass windows are among Norfolk’s most popular artistic treasures. Take this opportunity to see these dazzling works in person if you can.
Free

This event was recorded and is now available for listening on YouTube.
Ski Jumping in the Northeast: Small Towns and Big Dreams,” a Zoom talk presented by the Norfolk Historical Society. Dozens of towering ski jumps once dotted the landscape across the northeastern United States. Introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the late 1800s, ski jumping became popular in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. From Lake Placid to Salisbury, crowds thronged to the jumps to watch. All of that changed in the 1980s, though, and today only a handful of jumping clubs remain. But in a rare few communities, a strong sense of tradition keeps the spirit alive. Join author and coach Ariel Picton Kobayashi as she examines ski jumping’s fascinating identity as both a small-town tradition and thrilling sport. Books will be available for purchase on the NHS website and at the Norfolk Library.
Free