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August 2019

Lost Ruby Farm Open House

August 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lost Ruby Farm, 458 Winchester Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Farm owners Antonio Guindon and Adair Mali make a variety of French-inspired organic goat cheeses. Sample the cheese, meet the goats!

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Movies & Music at the Music Shed

August 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Yale Music Shed, Battell Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Pianist Donald Sosin and actor/vocalist Joanna Seaton will present a program of silent comedy shorts accompanied by live music and sound effects. Films will feature Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. This event is part of the Music Festival’s annual Open House. It also features a children's concert by Festival Fellows, tours of Whitehouse, games and an ice cream social.

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Opening Reception: Photographs by Christopher Little

August 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Opening reception for photographer Christopher Little. His show pays homage to George Hurrell, the legendary Hollywood studio photographer. In the 1930s and 1940s, Hurrell presented the image of glamour to the world. This show will be hanging until the end of August.

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Sunday Sessions: Music by Andrew Victor

August 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Infinity Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, 06058
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No cover

Sunday Sessions at Infinity Music Hall's bistro features singer/songwriter Andrew Victor.

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February 2020

Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night

February 21 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Botelle School, 128 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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$Fundraiser

Earlybird special! Botelle School's 6th grade class is going to run its annual spaghetti dinner and game night fundraiser on Winter WIN Weekend eve: Friday, February 21. The event raises money to support a class trip to Nature’s Classroom in Wakefield, R.I., on the shores of Wordens Pond. During their five-day stay, the class will have the opportunity to explore forest, pond and ocean ecosystems and learn about human impact on the environment. Students also participate in a day-long field…

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Astrophotography Exhibit

February 22 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

This exhibit includes some of the earliest and rarest photographs taken of the heavens by astronomers, including antique maps of the heavens and photographs of The moon, comets, eclipses of the sun, the transit of Venus and the space shuttle. The show also contains photos taken by Matthew Johnson, an earth scientist, educator and astronomer who collectsf antique celestial photographs, maps of the heavens and items of historic interest to astronomy.

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Porcupine Prowl & Wildlife Tracking

February 22 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aton Forest, 270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Winter is a great time to see animals, or at least their signs. Every year Aton Forest monitors the porcupines and beaver on our property and uses this opportunity to involve citizen scientists in our work here. We will check the known porcupine dens in rock ledges and maybe walk out onto one of our ponds to see a beaver lodge if the ice is good. We will also track wild animals and observe birds along the way. You'll be…

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Workshop: Clay Play

February 22 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Botelle School, 128 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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$Fee for materials

Have you ever wanted to work with clay? If so, now is your chance to coil, slab, pinch, sculpt or carve a clay creation! Botelle School’s art teacher is hosting a Makerspace Open Studio to let you come and explore the medium. Basic skills will be demonstrated, and two pottery wheels will be available for those with prior experience. Expert or novice, alone or with friends, come join us for a relaxed morning of clay play. All supplies will be…

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Workshop: Reverse Engineering

February 22 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

Afraid of your washing machine? Mystified by that dishwasher? Come let Hartley Mead show you how to take apart and then reassemble an appliance. You may not want to do your own repairs but you'll never be afraid of a household appliance again!

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Indoor Farmers Market

February 22 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Botelle School, 128 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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Free admission

The Norfolk Farmers Market will hold a special Saturday market in the Hall of Flags at Botelle School. Many new vendors will be on hand along with some of your favorites from the summer. Microgreens, prepared foods, teas, honey, organic health products, antique jewelry, leather goods, pies, cookies and more will be for sale. Before and during the market, YMCA Camp Jewell will serve breakfast and lunch, starting at 8:30. The menu includes sandwiches, scones, banana bread, coffee cake, three…

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Art Exhibit: Pamela Harnois watercolors

February 22 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Woodlands & Wildflowers is an exhibit of the watercolors of Pamela Harnois, an artist specializing in transparent watercolor. Pamela is known for her light and loose style in florals, landscapes, seascapes, trees, animals and still lifes.

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Workshop: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

February 22 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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The cold barren steel of a hook is to an angler what an empty canvas is to a painter. Come learn the basic techniques used to create imitations of the flies that can catch trout in our local waters. During the tying sessions, instructor Doug McDevitt will discuss the tactics of fly fishing, the micro-seasons that exist during the year and techniques for using the various flies we can create. Limited number of fly tying stations available; please sign up…

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Slide Talk: History of Watercolor

February 22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Leslie Watkins presents a slideshow and talk on watercolor painting from an artist's point of view. The concise presentation begins with the earliest paintings and follows the fascinating evolution of watercolor painting through time to contemporary masters. Bring a cup of coffee and join us! Followed by a painting demonstration at 1:00 p.m.

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Open House: The Mill

February 22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Mill, 32 Shepard Road
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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The Augustus P. Curtiss Grist Mill, built in 1880, was a feed and grain dispensary set along the railroad tracks that ran through town then. An apartment and 3 garage bays were added in 1998.

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Marvelous Microscopes and Stream Invertebrates

February 22 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

Tom Fahsbender and Richard Kessin will combine their demonstrations. Tom, an ardent fisherman and biology teacher, is interested in invertebrates and Rich Kessin, a biology teacher, has always been obsessed with microscopes. This year we take a close look at various invertebrates and then photograph them through the microscopes. As Yogi Berra once said, “You can see a lot just by looking.”

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Puppet Show: The Snow Queen

February 22 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Artist and puppeteer Robin McCahill of Thomaston will present Hans Christian Anderson’s classic winter fairy tale “The Snow Queen” with her troupe of hand-felted wool marionettes. McCahill has adapted the story for her puppet troupe, as Gerda visits distant lands to find her friend Kai and encounters people and creatures such as the hobgoblin along the way. There will be a touch of magic in this interactive puppet show that is sure to delight young and old alike.

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Tours: Stained glass windows

February 22 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception, 4 North Street
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Immaculate Conception Church will have a docent available to explain the history of its magnificent stained glass windows and the church. The church is always open, and help from a parishioner can be arranged at other times (call 860-542-5395).

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Tours: Stained Glass Windows

February 22 at 11:00 am - 3:45 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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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. Tours start at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., and last approximately 45 minutes. There are more…

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Photography exhibit: Marie Kendall Part II

February 22 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Norfolk Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green
Norfolk, CT 06058
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This weekend is the last chance to see Part II of the Marie Kendall exhibition, which accompanied the Norfolk Historical Society's newly published book, A Remarkable Legacy: the Photographs of Marie Hartig Kendall. The exhibition has brought insight and new materials to light into the life of this amazing 19th century Connecticut photographer and the legacy she has left behind. On Sunday, the museum will be open again from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., and there is a gallery talk at…

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Workshop: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

February 22 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

The cold barren steel of a hook is to an angler what an empty canvas is to a painter. Come learn the basic techniques used to create imitations of the flies that can catch trout in our local waters. During the tying sessions, instructor Doug McDevitt will discuss the tactics of fly fishing, the micro-seasons that exist during the year and techniques for using the various flies we can create. Limited number of fly tying stations available; please sign up…

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Open Sugarhouse

February 22 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Mountain Forest, 201 Windrow Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
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We're sorry, but the days have been just too cold for foresters to collect any sap; the sugarhouse will not be open on Saturday. There's still a chance for Sunday, though. Call the forestry office (860-542-5422) and listen to their Sunday-morning recording to find out if they'll be boiling on Sunday afternoon. You can also check out our Last-Minute Updates page for the latest on this and other events. Mother Nature permitting, here's a chance to visit the Great Mountain…

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Reception: Meet the artists

February 22 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisans Guild, 3 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Meet the artists who created the Artisan Guild’s "Creatures of the Woodlands” theme show, including artwork, sculptures, knitted items, jewelry and the abstract. The show continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 22nd.

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Workshop and Demonstration: Watercolor for Adults

February 22 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Watch Leslie Watkins demonstrate botanical watercolor painting, then try your hand at watercolor with instruction. Learn how to get started using easy techniques. All materials will be supplied.

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Weave!

February 22 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

Come explore new hands-on weaving techniques on a small scale. Perhaps try your hand at tapestry weaving or working at a table sized loom. Suitable for both children and adults.

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Slide Talk: A Connecticut Steeplechase

February 22 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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When Norfolk’s Church of Christ decided in 1811 that it was time to construct a new meetinghouse, they specified only two things: to build “as good a house as you can for Six Thousand Dollars” and that it be “a meeting house with a steeple.” Not a cupola, like recently-constructed churches in nearby Salisbury and South Canaan, but a steeple. Why were steeples so important in early 19th century Connecticut and what did they look like? Find out more in…

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Workshop: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

February 22 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

The cold barren steel of a hook is to an angler what an empty canvas is to a painter. Come learn the basic techniques used to create imitations of the flies that can catch trout in our local waters. During the tying sessions, instructor Doug McDevitt will discuss the tactics of fly fishing, the micro-seasons that exist during the year and techniques for using the various flies we can create. Limited number of fly tying stations available; please sign up…

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Skating Party and Bonfire

February 22 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norfolk Ice Skating Rink, 23 Mountain Road
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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Everyone bring skates and join the fun at the town rink! The volunteer fire department is having a skating party and bonfire. The rink is outdoors so the weather has to cooperate...check back here or on our Last Minute Updates page for the latest word. We suggest that kids under 10 wear some kind of helmet. Please note: If this party takes place on Saturday there will not be a party on Sunday. Sunday is the snow date only. Update:…

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Demonstration: Soap and Candle Making

February 22 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mountain View Green Retreat, 67 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Our skin is our largest organ. Many of the products we put on our skin actually lead to health issues as the chemicals in them are absorbed. Wendy will demonstrate how to create natural soaps that can be beneficial to your health and keep you smelling fresh. Do you love to burn candles? Did you know that most candles are made from paraffin, a substance that when burned actually gives off toxic fumes (toluene and benzene) linked to asthma and…

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Land Trust Open Meeting and Talk on Insects

February 22 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free (call for reservation)

David L. Wagner, Ph.D., will speak at the Norfolk Library following the annual open meeting of the Norfolk Land Trust. Dr. Wagner is an entomologist and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Conservation and Biodiversity. He is the author of Caterpillars of Eastern North America, widely regarded as one of the most authoritative field guides on caterpillars. As he writes in the preface to his field guide, “Every biologist and weekend naturalist…

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Open House: Norfolk Curling Club

February 23 at 12:00 pm
Norfolk Curling Club, 70 Golf Drive
Norfolk, 06058
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Sunday afternoon the club is open until 6:00 p.m. for regular Sunday League play. Club members will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions. Saturday’s event is the Super Senior bonspiel event finals starting at 8:00 a.m., and award presentations Saturday night.

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