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February 2020

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Hike, Bike, Ski or Snowshoe on Norfolk Trails

February 23
Free

Bring your mountain bike, skis or snowshoes and use them on Norfolk's miles of trails. And of course you can walk! For Great Mountain Forest maps, click here. For Land Trust trail maps, click here. Enjoy!

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Skating on Town Rink

February 23
Norfolk Ice Skating Rink, 23 Mountain Road
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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Free

The town skating rink on Mountain Road is be open whenever weather permits for you to skate at your own risk. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Norfolk's Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a party there, complete with campfire (rain/snow date is the next day, Sunday, at the same time). Kids 10 years old or younger should wear a helmet (a bike helmet is fine).

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Astrophotography Exhibit

February 23 at 10:00 am - 4:00 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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Workshop: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

February 23 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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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Workshop: Papercrafting for Adults

February 23 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Leslie Watkins will teach participants to make an easy and beautiful note card with just a few tools and supplies. All materials will be provided, with plenty of examples on view.

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Coffee Hour

February 23 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

Join members of the Church of Christ Congregational for the church service, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and/or afterwards in the downstairs dining room of Battell Chapel. Tours of the chapel's stained glass windows start at noon.

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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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Free

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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Tours: Stained glass windows

February 23 at 12:00 pm - 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 23 at 12:00 pm - 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 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., and last approximately 45 minutes. There also are tours on Saturday starting…

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Art Exhibit: Pamela Harnois watercolors

February 23 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 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 23 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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Photography exhibit: Marie Kendall Part II

February 23 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norfolk Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

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 Saturday, the museum will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., and there is a gallery talk at 1:00…

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Demonstration: Watercolor Painting

February 23 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisans Guild, 3 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Pamela Harnois will demonstrate the art of watercolor painting.

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Workshop: Chicken Stamping with Kids

February 23 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Norfolk Hub, 2 Station Place
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Workshop for children accompanied by an adult. Leslie Watkins will help participants make a note card using rubber stamps and crayons. The well-known bantam, Little Lovey, will make a guest appearance to provide added inspiration and fun! All materials supplied.

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Open Sugarhouse

February 23 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Mountain Forest, 201 Windrow Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Sorry, Great Mountain Forest did not get enough sap to boil...this event is cancelled. However, forester Russell Russ says, "we hope to make our first sap collection sometime in the coming few days. When we have enough sap, then we will begin boiling. Boiling typically would happen during the afternoons. The sugarhouse is usually open for visitors when we are boiling." Call 860-542-5422 to see if there's a message or just go up and check it out. You can always…

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Gallery talk: Marie Kendall

February 23 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Norfolk Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green
Norfolk, CT 06058
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This February is the final month of a two-year exhibition of Marie Hartig Kendall's work. Tour the gallery with museum director Barry Webber, who will speak on new insights into the life and legacy of this amazing 19th century Connecticut photographer.

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Workshop: Fairy garden teacups

February 23 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Karen Rossi Studio, 60 Estey Road
Norfolk, Connecticut 06058
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$Fee

Create pennants, signage, flowers and ladders to arrange in a teacup with moss to make a fairy garden! Bring teacups and miniatures to personalize your piece. For adults, registration required.

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Workshop: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

February 23 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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Demonstration: Food as Medicine

February 23 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mountain View Green Retreat, 67 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, 06058
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Free

Since ancient times, natural foods and herbs have been used to heal and prevent many illnesses and diseases. Recently, we are starting to learn the harmful effects of additives in our everyday food products. We will demonstrate how to prepare a variety of foods, discuss how they can benefit the body and point out a few common ingredients to avoid. Complimentary foods and beverages.

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Marie Kendall Birthday Party

February 23 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Norfolk Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green
Norfolk, CT 06058
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Free

Happy Birthday Marie! You are invited to help the Norfolk Historical Society celebrate Marie Kendall's 166th Birthday! Marie was born on February 23, 1854, and in her honor Tom Hlas has once again whipped up a confection fit for an expert photographer! Stop by and enjoy a slice of cake with us after the gallery talk ends at 2:00 p.m.

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Concert: Foundry Saxophone Quartet

February 23 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
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The Hartford-based Foundry Saxophone Quartet will perform a mix of classical, jazz, folk, and ragtime, at the Norfolk Library on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. Please call the library at 860-542-5075 to register for this free concert. Snow date is Saturday, March 7.

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Live Music: Sunday Sessions with Stan Sullivan

February 23 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Infinity Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, 06058
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No cover

Stan Sullivan is a Hartford-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and blues performer. He is an eleven-time finalist at the Walnut Valley NewSongs Showcase in Winfield, Kansas, and has won the Old Roxbury Days Guitar Fingerpicking Contest twice.

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