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July 2020

Rock Painting for Kids

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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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Let’s Go Fishing

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and, when possible, will return to its accustomed place at the Norfolk Farmers Market.

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Workshop: Printing with Leaves and Found Materials

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
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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February 2021

Lego Design Challenge

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Use Legos to build something that represents you, then share your creation with others! At Norfolk's Botelle Elementary School students in grades K-6 participated in this challenge, following the engineering design process: an iterative series of steps that guides engineers as they solve problems. Watch this video to learn more about the process and see the creative ways that students represented themselves with 3D Lego designs. If you are inspired to create your own Lego representation of yourself, share it…

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What Do Farmers Do in Winter?

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Everyone knows that in summer farmers are busy taking care of crops and animals, taking produce to market, making cheese and the other myriad seasonal tasks that they have to get done. But what happens in the winter when the weather is too cold to grow vegetables and the animals (and people) want to stay indoors? Find out from three of Norfolk's farms: Husky Meadows Farm, Broad Field Farm and Lost Ruby Farm. They are all very different in the…

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Cross Country Skiing with Star Childs

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Cross country skiing is a wonderful winter sport, good for individuals or families who want to have fun in the open air. Join Norfolk native and forester Star Childs as he shows off his favorite winter sport and offers some tips for success. Both the Norfolk Land Trust and Great Mountain Forest maintain a network of trails all over town and they are open to anyone who would like to use them when the weather is right.

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Ukulele Lesson 201 with More Chords

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Former Island Records recording artist Michael Cobb has been playing guitar and ukulele since 1990. Originally from Norfolk, Conn., he has toured the U.S. and Spain, playing and singing in many languages. This ukulele lesson features a more advanced song with more chords: Here Comes the Sun, by George Harrison and the Beatles. Download a pdf of the chords and tabs to use for this lesson.

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Ukulele Lesson 101 for Chord Beginners

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Former Island Records recording artist Michael Cobb has been playing guitar and ukulele since 1990. Originally from Norfolk, Conn., he has toured the U.S. and Spain, playing and singing in many languages. In this ukulele lesson for chord beginners, Michael teaches C, F, G and Am, with which you can play hundreds of songs. The song played here is Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

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Studio Tour: Susan Aziz, Puppet-maker

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Norfolk newcomer Susan Aziz designs and makes puppets and costumes in her studio at Whiting Mills in Winsted. With work that ranges from the whimsical and charming to the serious and contemplative, Susan has found a specialty in creating animals and magical creatures of all sorts. She shares some her favorite projects in this studio tour.

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Music, Music, Music! Performance by Students from Botelle School

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Prepare yourself for a treat! The students from Botelle Elementary School share instrumental and vocal music in this winter concert. It's performed on the stage of the school's Hall of Flags.

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What Is It Like to Live Among Polar Bears?

February 22, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

What is it like to live among polar bears? In the fall of 2018, polar bear enthusiast Kelly Kandra Hughes spent seven weeks living and volunteering at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, in Churchill, Manitoba. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill sees over a thousand polar bears descend on it every migration season. During Winter Weekend in Norfolk, on Sunday, February 21, Kelly described her time in Churchill and the surprising truths she learned about eco-tourism…

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