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July 2020

Stained Glass Windows Tour: Battell Chapel

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Take a guided tour of Battell Chapel’s beautiful stained glass windows, designed by D. Maitland Armstrong and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Three large windows designed by Armstrong and made of opalescent glass fill the west end of the chapel. Tiffany’s five smaller windows face them from the east; they depict the four seasons, with a brilliant sunrise as the center.

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Norfolk Artists & Friends 12th Annual Exhibition

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Norfolk Artists & Friends (NAF) is celebrating its 12th Annual Exhibition of members' work. NAF members embrace a wide variety of visual arts including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and decorative arts. Usually visible for only four days, this year the show is hanging at the Norfolk Library for the month of August, and this video tour lets you attend from anywhere in the world.

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Rock Painting for Kids

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Please join us for a virtual rock painting session. All you will need is acrylic paint, a paint brush and few smooth rocks of your choosing. They make great garden or lawn decorations! While you paint, notice Botelle Elementary School's vegetable garden in the background. Hidden behind the school lies a wonderful garden containing 16 raised beds. This year, we are growing a wide variety of vegetables that we will be sharing with our town. Come check it out in…

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A Day at Lost Ruby Farm

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Lost Ruby Farm is a small farmstead specializing in crafting cheeses from the milk of its small herd of pasture-raised goats. Owners Adair Mali and Antonio Guindon also raise chickens for egg production, pigs for their whey consumption and and for butchering, and a limited number of turkeys available at Thanksgiving. Join Adair as she shows you around the farm...she may even introduce you to the goats.

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A Nature Walk Around City Meadow

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Take a virtual walk on the boardwalk through City Meadow to view this natural world up close. Learn what has changed since the Town began restoring the site to native plants. Learn to identify the animals and plants encountered, then come enjoy them in person when you can. Your guide will be biologist John Anderson of the Norfolk Conservation Commission.

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Workshop: Making Sun Catchers and Wind Chimes

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Learn how to make sun catchers or wind chimes from objects you find around your house. Metal sculptor Karen Rossi teaches the art of choosing materials and adjusting the right balance. You'll need a hanger, beads and buttons, thin wire and something to cut it with. Everyone in the family will enjoy this one. Download a printable materials list.

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A Hike on the Norfolk Land Trust Trails

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Norfolk has hundreds of miles of trails through beautiful woods and fields, many of them arriving at a summit like Dennis Hill or Haystack Mountain, from where you can look out at a broad, scenic view. This virtual walk lets you sample trails maintained by the Norfolk Land Trust, which publishes maps for downloading and use when you visit in person.

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Tour: Four Notable Norfolk Houses

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

This video tour compares and contrasts the exterior architecture of four notable Norfolk houses: The Joseph Battell House (aka Whitehouse), Knolly Brook, Beechwood Cottage and Tea and Cozy Cottage. The four represent different periods in Norfolk's history and demonstrate the changing visions of fashionable design. Tour leader Tom McGowan offers a glimpse of several other historic buildings along the way.

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Music, Music, Music: Performance by Luna & the Lost Souls

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Angela Luna has been known as an innovative, soul-stirring vocalist for more than 25 years. In her early days, she fronted the indie rock darling Jamie Strange, receiving five consecutive “Best Vocalist” awards (Hartford Advocate Poll). Since then, Angela has traveled the world performing with such acts as The Evil Beetles, Jet Black Jane, Ramon & the Monster, Doug Wimbish, her acoustic duo the Angel & the Hustler, and hip-hop sensation Klockwise. Today, she has has returned to her home…

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Let’s Go Fishing

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Fly fisherman Doug McDevitt shares his secrets for a good catch, complete with tips for casting the line and suggestions for places to go.

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Tour of Husky Meadows Farm

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Take a virtual tour of one of Norfolk's most varied farms. Husky Meadows Farm grows organic produce and makes its own pickles and soups. It has a thriving farm stand, sells Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and, when possible, will return to its accustomed place at the Norfolk Farmers Market.

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A Visit with John Thew

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

After being a renowned weathervane maker for many years, John Garret Thew has turned to creating what he calls “kitchen watercolors.” In this virtual visit to his studio, John demonstrates his watercolor techniques using a painting of one of the dolls made by his late wife, Eve.

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Workshop: Printing with Leaves and Found Materials

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Join artist/printmaker Susan Rood as she demonstrates how to use leaves, found materials, paint and paper to create art. Fun for all ages but the very young will probably need some help. Materials List Leaves with obvious, raised veins are best. Please use care when gathering. Cut or break off gently, don’t pull. Watch out for poison ivy. (Leaves of three = leave them be!) Look for different sizes and shapes. Enjoy the search. Found materials such as clean plastic…

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Music, Music, Music: Andrew Thomson

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Percussionist Andrew Thomson, aka the Pipeman because of his bagpipe skills, has earned an international reputation as a composer, performer and educator. He has collaborated with a variety of organizations, ranging from the acclaimed choirs of Joyful Noise to the United States Marine Corps, where he was both a a rifleman and the youngest member of the composition and arranging staff at the Armed Forces School of Music. Andrew currently teaches percussion in northwestern Connecticut and gives clinics, recitals and…

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Music, Music, Music: Josh and Ginny DeCerbo

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Josh and Ginny DeCerbo have been making music together since Ginny (Josh’s daughter) was a toddler. Josh will be playing guitar and they’ll both be singing. They’re performing in their South Norfolk music studio.

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Music, Music, Music: Jamal Ford-Bey

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Jamal Ford-Bey is a musician, songwriter and singer, and author. He has written music for commercials, web series and podcasts, and has appeared in theatrical productions throughout New England and New York.

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Music, Music, Music! Performance by Jude Mead

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Music, Jude Mead says, is timeless and ageless. From the time she was 16, she has played guitar and written lyrics. To help pay her way through college she sang in coffee houses, then toured with such bands as Dirty Linda, Out of the Blue and Rising Tides, and was even the opening act for Sha Na Na. Later she returned to songwriting and cut two albums of original music: On the Loose and No Guarantee. Jude went down other…

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Music, Music, Music! Performance by Mike Cobb and Adam Pincus

July 31 - September 30
Virtual
Free

Former Island Records recording artist Mike Cobb has been playing music since 1990. Originally from Norfolk, Conn., he has toured the U.S. and Spain, playing and singing in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian, and has shared the stage with Oasis, the Urban Pioneers, the Legendary Shack Shakers and many more. Today, he is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and leads the Crevulators, who play eclectic Americana. He also produces 1st Place Radio, a podcast with a focus on local and…

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