Monday, August 6, 2018

An Extraordinary Legacy: The Photographs of Marie Hartig Kendall @ Norfolk Historical Society

Each season the Norfolk Historical Society organizes a major exhibition, and this summer's exhibit displays the photography of Marie Hartig Kendall from 1854 when few women practiced this art form.  The Historical Society will be open for Weekend in Norfolk and this exhibition will run through Columbus Day on weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Kendall, a self-taught photographer moved to Norfolk with her husband in 1878 where she opened her photography business. She took many images of life in Norfolk showcasing its development, natural beauty, the relationship of the people living in this town to the landscape and the surrounding environment.

This exhibition includes many notable images such as the photo of Sarah Bishop's Cave, a landmark on West Mountain. Bishop was a hermit that escaped to this cave after the Revolutionary War until her death. Another image, the facade of the Norfolk Public Library with its barrel tile roof, scalloped shingles and window boxes overflowing with summer flowers shows the bucolic aspect of Norfolk that the town still exudes today.

Other images capture locomotives, historic weather events, economic development and bucolic pastimes as the town flourished as a summer resort at the turn of the century.  Images include those that won her top honors at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The Marie Kendall Exhibition runs weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Columbus Day at the Norfolk Historical Society located on 13 Village Green.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Weekend in Norfolk is a Go- Rain or Not!

If you woke up to rain, we’d like you to know that Weekend in Norfolk spirits are not dampened and all the indoor events will take place as scheduled. Here’s a rundown on what we know about the outdoor events now, and we will update this page as information comes in.

All indoor events (stained glass tours, Curling Club open house, art shows at historical society and Infinity, informational session about the Downtown Norfolk plan, all library events, Whitehouse tours, Music Shed concerts, etc.)
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The landscaping workshop at Aton Forest (270 Colebrook Road) will take place indoors with some walking in the rain.
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Land Trust trails are still open but note that they will be wet and probably will be be muddy and slippery in places. The Hike-the-Peaks challenge continues tomorrow.
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The walk on Stoney Lonesome is taking place as planned. Bring boots and rainwear!
10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. The farmers market at 19 Maple Avenue is rain or shine.
12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The water soccer is being held outdoors at the Mountain Road billfold as planned (what’s a little rain compared to a firehose?).
12:30 to 1:30 Billy Bunce will perform rain or shine. (So will Moon Matrix and Soul Case.)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The hotdog eating contest is being held as scheduled, under a tent. Better bring an umbrella in case the tent overflows.
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Moon Matrix will perform rain or shine. (So will Billy Bunce and Soul Case.)
4:0 to 6:00 p.m. Soul Case will perform rain or shine. (So will Moon Matrix and Billy Bunce.)
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The leaf printing event will move to Battell Chapel on the west side of the green if it’s still raining; if you don’t see it on the green (at the Route 44 end), then go to the chapel and look for signs to tell you which room.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Similarly, the sewing class will move to the historical society museum on the east side of the green in case of rain.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The fishing events will move to Sunday at the same time and place (the Village Green) if it’s raining at 1:00.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Farm Tours Enhance Sunday Afternoon During Weekend in Norfolk, August 3, 4 and 5

Three of Norfolk’s farms are opening their doors during Weekend in Norfolk. On Sunday afternoon, August 5, Husky Meadows Farm, Broad Field Farm and Lost Ruby Farm will be welcoming visitors for field and greenhouse tours, cheese tasting and goat petting. Husky Meadows, an organic farm, also produces soups and baked goods. Broad Field Farm, which specializes in heirloom tomatoes, will open its greenhouses and explain its growing methods to anyone interested. Lost Ruby Farm raises goats and milks them to make chevre and several other types of goat cheese. All three farms sell their products at the farmers market held in front of Norfolk’s town hall every Saturday during the summer…you can visit them there too.

Broad Field and Lost Ruby farms are located on (or just off) Winchester Road in south Norfolk; Husky Meadows is on Doolittle Drive in north Norfolk.  For details and exact locations, see; maps will be available in town.

Weekend in Norfolk, August 3, 4 and 5, is a three-day, town-wide art, music and nature festival. Events run the gamut from art exhibits to hiking, world-class music to two ice cream socials, farm tours and kite-making lessons to the opportunity to get married on the Village Green. New events are still being added. Visit for event times and details.

“WINning” Summer Festival Weekend in Norfolk, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 3, 4 and 5

Norfolk, Connecticut, population 1600, is not a town that tends to blow its own horn.  In fact, many who live in this unspoiled hamlet in the Litchfield Hills rather like having their hometown’s New England charm and beautiful surroundings to themselves…but not during the first weekend every August when the organizations of this bucolic hamlet roll out the red carpet to visitors and resident alike.  This year, “A Weekend in Norfolk” on August 3, 4 and 5, offers more than 80 fun filled events, most are free of charge and sure to delight folks of all ages.

On the weekend docket are concerts for every taste from chamber music by the Emerson String Quartet and the Frank Vignola Jazz Trio to Rock Groups and Free Concerts at Robertson Plaza in the center of town sponsored by Infinity Hall.

On all three days, art lovers will enjoy a variety of demonstrations hosted by the Artisans Guild of Norfolk and two art shows, one at the Norfolk Library featuring the work of Turi Rostad, and the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of at the Battell Stoeckel Gallery, that features a variety of work in a multitude of media. A special highlight for art lovers on all three days is the guided tour of the Battell Chapel, at the Church of Christ Congregational featuring the stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maitland Armstrong.  On Sunday, August 5, two more churches open their doors for tours of their stained glass windows on Saturday and Sunday.
Because of its location, Norfolk is one of the best places in Connecticut to stargaze. If you love astronomy, don’t miss the free Astronomy Night with Matthew Moore Johnson on August 4 starting at 8 p.m. at Dennis Hill State Park on Litchfield Road. Dennis Hill tops out at an elevation of 1627 feet and Norfolk doesn’t have any light pollution, making it an excellent spot to observe the nighttime sky. Before you go stargazing, you can attend a Do-Over Prom for adults, being held in the Botelle School gym, complete with prom king and queen, a photo booth and a great disk jockey.

To “win” an "Icebox of Connecticut t-shirt,” take the six-peak challenge offered by the Norfolk Landtrust by taking a selfie at the peak of all six hiking trails that surround Norfolk.  Trail information is available at the two WINformation centers, one on the Village Green and one inside the Hub downtown.  There is also a trail run taking place at noon on Sunday.

Foodies will enjoy a Farmer’s Market (including a church pie sale) on Saturday, two ice cream socials on Saturday and Sunday, plus a Saturday afternoon downtown food court and special deals and menus at the town’s restaurants all weekend. A special treat on Saturday is a variety of farm tours being offered at Husky Meadows Farm, Lost Ruby Farm, and Broad Field Farm.  This is a great chance to sample their farm to table goodies, literally fresh from the farm!

Make sure to bring the kids!  There are a number of activities that they will enjoy from two old-fashioned ice cream socials, face painting, games and a children’s concert to a kid’s fire hose water soccer game, a special leaf-printing workshop sponsored by Great Mountain Forest, a hand-sewing class with free materials supplied by the Historical Society, a free paint-a-chick and stamping workshop, and Dino’s Funky Puppet Show at the Norfolk Library.  

Sports lovers should head to the Norfolk Curling Club that is offering an open house of their state of the art two-sheet facility.  There will also be a fly-fishing demonstration, two fly tying workshops and a tour of the nine-hole Norfolk Country Club’s Golf Course designed in the late 1920s by A.W. Tillinghast.

If you want to take a breather, Manor House Bed and Breakfast, a stately Tudor Mansion is offering house tours (be sure to check out the Tiffany windows in the dining room) and lemonade on the lawn.  Mountain View Green Retreat is offering a series of three complimentary stations highlighting a different aspect of wellness and rejuvenation from fresh pressed juices to a tea ceremony and healthy food from around the world.

Norfolk’s parks beckon this weekend and every weekend.  An easy trail to the summit of 240-acre Dennis Hill State Park rewards hikers with panoramic views and the observation tower at Haystack Mountain State Park can be reached by auto or a steep climb.  Campbell Falls State Park, a natural reserve area, offers views of the falls tumbling over craggy rock formations.
Visitors who stay overnight will discover some delightful local lodgings like the Blackberry River Inn, a 1761 Colonial; Mountain View Green Retreat, an elegantly restored Victorian; and Manor House, a romantic 1898 Tudor bed, and breakfast inn. 

If the romantic spirit of the town inspires, you can make an appointment on Friday, August 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to be wed or renew your vows on the village green. The town’s first selectman will officiate; flowers, ring bearers and witnesses will be standing by. Please make a reservation (contact and, if you’re getting married, bring your license.
Check out the Weekend in Norfolk website for the most up to date listing of events to plan your day or days of “WINning” fun in Norfolk.