Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Colorful Weekend in Nofolk

Stained glass lovers, rejoice! All three of Norfolk’s churches will be open at various times during Weekend in Norfolk, August 2,3 and 4, to allow visitors to see their fabulous stained glass windows.  There will be stained glass window tours on Aug. 2 from 10 to noon at the Immaculate Conception Church and Tours of the Stained Glass Windows at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm at the Battell Chapel.

Battell Chapel windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany depict the seasons of Norfolk and a mountain stream.

Church of Christ Congregational plans to have its Battell Chapel open most of the day on Saturday for viewing windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maitland Armstrong. The Tiffany windows, located in a curved wall, depict the four seasons, two on either side of a woodland stream scene.

Also on Saturday, Church of the Immaculate Conception will be opening to visitors who want to see its windows. These are by Franz Meyer & Co. of Munich and were shipped to Norfolk from the factory in the mid-1920’s. The windows may also be seen after the church service on Sunday.

These splendid Franz Mayer windows adorn the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The church will be open for tours during Weekend in Norfolk 

On Sunday, Church of the Transfiguration is having an open house for window viewing immediately after its service, which all are invited to attend. The windows are by several different artists; subjects include the innkeeper in the story of the Good Samaritan and the Transfiguration from noon to 12:30 p.m. 

Other stained glass will be on view at the Norfolk Library during its art show and other events, and the Manor House Inn, especially on Sunday afternoon when the Inn will be serving lemonade on the lawn.

This window is a memorial to Olivia Langdon Clemens, wife of Mark Twain, and the gift of her daughter, Clara. Miss Clemens made her debut as a professional concert singer in Norfolk on September 22, 1906, and donated the proceeds of her concert for the window. The church will be open for tours during Weekend in Norfolk 

Weekend in Norfolk, August 2, 3 and 4, 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 being added all the time. Visit weekendinnorfolk.org for details.

WIN is Aug. 2,3,4, 2019

Fun for all is the watchword in Norfolk, Conn.! Weekend in Norfolk, the town’s fourth annual three-day summer festival, is coming up August 2, 3 and 4 with all kinds of activities, most of them free.

On Friday, see magnificent stained glass windows, get married or renew your vows on the village green, enter a hiking contest, attend the Norfolk Artists & Friends 11th annual exhibition, go to concerts at Infinity Hall and the Yale Music Shed.

On Saturday, take a tour of Norfolk’s industrial past. The farmers market is celebrating with a variety of special events including chef demonstrations, live music and several activities especially for kids. The evening will be crowned with food and music at the Manor House Inn, a family fun night and concerts.

Sunday is no time to go home—there are more tours including Whitehouse (the former Stoeckel mansion), samples of a getaway day at the Mountain View Green Retreat, more stained glass window viewings, an open house at the country club showing off its famed 9-hole golf course, three farm open houses, art workshops, a special concert for kids, fly tying and casting on the green, outdoor music, a 5K trail run, a hotdog eating contest and more.

We didn’t mention everything—the open house at the Blackberry River Inn, the photography exhibition at the historical society museum, the ice cream social, the silent movies with live accompaniment, and more—or that many events are multi-day affairs. Visit weekendinnorfolk.org, check out the Music, Art, Nature, Kids and &More pages, download the schedule and be sure to come the first weekend in August (August 2, 3 and 4). You’ll have all the fun you could imagine and more!