Monday, July 25, 2022

New Events @ 2022 Summer Weekend In Norfolk

Weekend in Norfolk scheduled for Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7 is always updating its exciting roster of free events and things to do from old favorites like water soccer and art openings, to tours of tiffany windows, great music, and hiking the trails. Every year WIN offers several new events where visitors and residents alike can soak up the fun at their own pace! 

Entrance to Tao Gallery @ Connecticut-Asia Cultural Center

Attend a Grand Opening

On Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WIN attendees are invited to the Grand Opening of the Connecticut-Asia Center located at 207A Westside Road. Be one of the first to explore the roots of spiritual thought that have influenced the world by exploring three floors of Eastern religious culture. Each floor represents one religion. Floor one is dedicated to Taoist culture, floor two is dedicated to Confucian culture and floor three is dedicated to Buddhism. A highlight of each floor is the engaging and interactive displays that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the core tenets of each culture.  There will also be tours offered on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Kid's Day @ the Norfolk Farmers Market

Kid’s Day @ the Farmers Market 

It’s Kid’s Day at this year’s Farmers Market, one of the most popular in Connecticut. The organizers of the Farmers Market have organized something really special for kids! While parents admire beautiful artisan wares, watch cooking demonstrations and shop for the freshest heirloom fruits and vegetables, kids will be entertained with various games and activities. The fun is free and engaging, there is free face painting, a giant bubble-blowing contest… plus a challenging scavenger hunt, candy jar guess, and, a traditional corn hole toss. Best of all, if your kids work up an appetite there are free hot dogs and sodas for kids – all courtesy of a coupon from the Norfolk Farmers Market! To add to the merriment, Andy Styles is the musician of the day. 

Get ready to watch Disney's Encanto

Saturday Night is Family Fun and Movie Night 

Saturday Night from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is Family Fun Night with an outdoor Movie at the Botelle School. There will be plenty of good old-fashioned fun at this special event which is the perfect way to bond on a Saturday night. Kids will enjoy a giant bounce house, plus food, drinks, candy, snacks, and goodies for sale. The movie will begin at dusk and will play on the blow-up projector screen at dusk. A modest fee helps to defray the cost of the event. 

Go on a Town-Wide Treasure Hunt

Go On A Treasure Hunt - Town-Wide Tag Sale 

Calling all treasure hunters to the town-wide tag sale scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sleuths and bargain hunters can pick up a map at the Hub at 2 Station Place and then head out to find some awesome stuff! In an age where thrift shops are getting pricier and pricier, this town-wide tag sale is a great option to save some money and have fun doing it. This is no ordinary tag sale- multi-family and estate sales will offer just about everything imaginable. Best of all, it is a great opportunity to meet some of the nicest people on the planet, the residents of Norfolk, Connecticut, so don't forget to introduce yourself. 

Find out what is in your future @ the Healing Nest!

 Delve Into Your Future – Free Tarot Card Readings

 Do you want to know your future? It is easy to do @ WIN! Norfolk’s Wellness Center for Healing, Healing Nest is offering three-card Tarot Readings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each afternoon at no charge. Tarot Cards are probably one of the most popularly used tools of divination in the world today. The Healing Nest also offers unique healing products to enhance individual and community wellness and well-being. 

 For up-to-the-minute details about Weekend in Norfolk, visit weekendinnorfolk. org. And, when you plan your perfect family road trip to Norfolk, Connecticut, don't forget to make sure your cell phone is charged up for Instagrammable photos of good old-fashioned summer fun! 

 ABOUT THE WIN (WEEKEND IN NORFOLK) COMMITTEE 

Now in its seventh year, the all-volunteer WIN Committee organizes two town-wide events annually: the Summer WIN and the Winter WIN. Norfolk’s town officials, the Economic Development Commission, and many local organizations, institutions, and individuals support these two town-wide festivals in order to welcome people from near and far to this lovely town in the Litchfield Hills.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Celebrate Summer 2022 @ Weekend in Norfolk

It’s summertime, and that means road trip season.... Time to hit the open road and see the sights. For the ideal “nearcation" and the perfect alternative to those hot, crowded city streets, Norfolk, Conn.’s 7th annual Weekend in Norfolk (WIN) is close at hand in beautiful northwest Connecticut." 


WIN is a small-town festival with the perfect mixture of easy family fun and sophisticated things to see and do. Once in town, people slow down and linger over all the activities that are easygoing, friendly, and, best of all, mostly free. Everything is close together or just a short walk away through this lovely, historic village; it’s easy to relax and enjoy everything. And WIN offers endless opportunities for summer fun. You can get married or renew your vows on the Village Green, discover the town’s vibrant art and music scene, get soaked playing water soccer, get a 3-card Tarot reading and connect with nature by learning how to fly-fish. At WIN, you and your family and friends will have a “winning” time… because there’s something to please everyone. WIN is ready to welcome you on Friday, August 5; Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7 when Norfolk's red carpet will be fully rolled out! 

Highlights - Friday, August 5, 2022

On Friday, August 5, give your kids the lay of the land, by taking a short walk around Norfolk Green, one of the most beautiful in the state. The fountain at the south end of the green is picture-perfect. The marble fountain was designed by famous architect Stanford White in 1889 and has two basins including one for small animals! Don't forget to stop by the Norfolk Hub and the Guilded Artisan Gallery to view the art shows. A highlight of the day is the Stained Glass Tours. View the intricate windows created by Franz Mayer of Munich at the Immaculate Conception Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the beautiful windows at the Battell Chapel created by D. Maitland Armstrong and Louis Comfort Tiffany from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you are in a romantic mood, you are invited to get married or renew your vows on the Village Green - bouquets are supplied and ring bearers and witnesses are on hand! The fun continues with an opening reception at the Art Barn Gallery on the magnificent Battell Stoeckel Estate from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. while kids are invited to a hula hoop event on the Village Green from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. As for music, get ready for a free concert at Station Place by Grantville Dawgs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening concludes with a ticketed concert at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Shed.

Highlights - Saturday, August 6, 2022

For those who didn't get up early to take the Hike-the-Peaks challenge or the self-guided walking tour of Norfolk's historic houses, the fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Farmers Market on 19 Maple Ave. This lively gathering offers fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking demos, as well as an interesting array of arts and crafts. New this year, the Farmer’s Market has planned a special event just for kids! Talk about engaging and exciting fun that includes a scavenger hunt, corn hole toss, candy jar guess, face painting, giant bubbles, free hot dogs and sodas for kids, plus prizes! For the outdoor sports enthusiast in your family, don't miss the fly fishing lessons at 9 a.m. and 12 noon with expert fisherman Doug McDevitt who will demonstrate the art of casting and share many insider tips and tricks that will help you land the big one! 

Hunt for treasure @ WIN

New this year for sleuths and treasure hunters is the town-wide tag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., maps will be available online and at WIN's information center, 2 Station Place. Another new and exciting event is the grand opening of the Connecticut - Asia Cultural Center, which consists of three floors, each dedicated to one Eastern religious culture including Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist cultures. If your children love water, don't miss the popular fire hose water soccer game that begins at 12 noon at the Town Playing Field on Mountain Road. The day is rounded out by free three-card Tarot Readings by the Healing Nest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Art lovers will enjoy the tour of stained glass windows at Immaculate Conception, Battell Chapel, and the Church of Transfiguration that begins at the Battell Chapel at 12:30 p.m.  There is also a special guided walk of the historic Main Street with the Director of the Norfolk Historical Society Museum at 2.m. Afterward, visit the museum to see their exhibit called Main Street: A Look Back 100 Years.

Stock up on Fresh Produce @ WIN

Saturday night is the Family Fun Day and Movie event ($10 per family) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Botelle School. The movie will be Encanto, the story of an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Columbia. There will be loads of fun for kids including face painting, a bounce house, candy, drinks, snacks, and much more. For classical music lovers, there is a ticketed concert at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Shed from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Window in memory of Olivia, Mark Twain's Wife, notice her name is misspelled!

Highlights, Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday begins with the Church of Christ Congregational outdoor worship service on the Green from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The art galleries in town will be open all day and stained glass window tours will be offered at the Immaculate Conception Church from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and at the Battell Chapel from 12 noon to 3 p.m. A fly fishing lesson at Wood Creek Pond from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is perfect for sports lovers and hiking the many trails in Norfolk is a great way to reconnect with the great outdoors. An afternoon highlight for kids is a magic show called “Magic Moments” with Master Magician Brian Lazotte at the Berkshire County Store. And if you are wondering what fun the future holds, don't miss the three-card tarot reading by Healing Nest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For lovers of history, there is also a walking tour of Norfolk's classic Main Street with the Director of the Norfolk Historical Society at 2 p.m. 

Get Back to Nature @ WIN
Visit the WIN website for up-to-the-minute details about Weekend in Norfolk -your perfect family road trip to Norfolk, Connecticut, don't forget to make sure your cell phone is charged up for Instagrammable photos of good old-fashioned summer fun! 

Watch artists work @ WIN


Thursday, July 14, 2022

Stained Glass Window Tours @ 2022 Weekend In Norfolk

Norfolk, Connecticut is home to some remarkable stained glass windows, ranging from works of art created in the United States to those commissioned and created in Germany.  It is thought that the art of stained glass originated in the Middle East.  The use of stained glass spread to the United States from France and England where the colored glass was used in religious buildings as early as the 7th century.


Stained glass lovers, rejoice! Three of Norfolk’s churches, the Immaculate Conception Church, the Battell Chapel, and the Summer Chapel at the Church of the Transfiguration will be open at various times during the Weekend in Norfolk, a townwide celebration taking place on Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7. There will be a walking tour of the three churches available online and at the hub.

Stained Glass Tours of the Immaculate Conception Church, located on 4 North Street will be offered on Friday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, August 7 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Tours of the stained glass windows at the Battell Chapel located on 12 Litchfield Road will take place on Friday, August 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, August 7 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Tiffany Stained Glass Windows @ Battell Chapel

The Battell Chapel, part of the Church of Christ Congregational Church has stained glass 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.  The windows were given in memory of Joseph and Sarah Battell Stoeckel in 1888 by their daughter. At the west end of the chapel are stained glass windows made from opalescent glass designed by D. Maitland Armstrong. Opalescent glass is known for creating a great depth of field and a beautiful shimmering effect when the sun hits it.

This splendid window by Meyer and Co. adorns the Church of Immaculate Conception

The Church of Immaculate Conception is a wood-framed church finished in stucco and covered in a cross-gabled roof. Alterations of the original church were completed in 1925 by Alfredo S.G. Taylor and typify his work with a somewhat Spanish Revival appearance.  The Immaculate Conception Church has stained glass windows created by Franz Meyer & Co. of Munich, Germany. The windows were shipped to Norfolk from the factory in the mid-1920s. 

Window in memory of Olivia Clemens, notice her name is misspelled.

Nestled in the woods of Norfolk, the summer Chapel of the Church of the Transfiguration is a simple brown shingled-style church with magnificent stained glass windows that are known locally as the "chapel of ease."  Inside this wood-paneled chapel, which has a wood-beamed ceiling, the stained glass windows gleam. Early members of this chapel included heirs of the Lord and Taylor Department Store, a physicist on the Manhattan Project, and many New Yorkers that spent their summer in Norfolk. The most prominent members included Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, and his wife Olivia, and their family. A window near the front of the chapel is dedicated to the memory of Olivia from her daughter Clara.

A walking/driving tour of Norfolk's three churches.