The Winter Antiques Sale at Litchfield County Auctions

Litchfield County Auctions & Appraisals is Connecticut’s premier estate Auction House, featuring fine art, antique & modern furniture, silver, rugs, jewelry & couture, pottery, porcelain, glass, Asian art & antiques, antiquities, ethnographic arts and more. LCA’s 10,000 sq. ft. gallery is located on the main road, just a mile south of “The Green” in historic Litchfield, nestled in the beautiful hills of Litchfield. They present fresh-to-the-market property from Estates and Collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and beyond.

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Growing out of Weston Thorn’s successful antiques business that began in the early 1980s, LCA held its first auction in 1994. Year by year, sales have grown from that first auction of just over one hundred thousand dollars to sales over a million dollars, and from lot counts in the low hundreds to sales featuring over 1000 lots. Many major collections have been sold over the years, including property from the collection of Mike Nichols & Diane Sawyer, the estate of Opera Diva Anna Moffo, the estate of celebrated photographer Horst P. Horst, the estate of renowned collector Alice Lawrence and many others.

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On Wednesday, February 10 day one of a two day auction will begin and will feature two sessions; session one will have Ancient, Asian and Tribal Art and Session two will have silver, rugs, lighting and antiques. On February 11, session one will consist of decorative items and session two will feature fine art, both traditional and modern.

The viewing of items is available February 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425 Bantam Road in Litchfield. For more information visit the website at https://www.liveauctioneers.com/litchfield-county-auctions. For more area event information in the Litchfield Hills visit www.litchfieldhills.com

Valentine’s Day Ideas & Sweet Deals!

If the winter doldrums have set in, a welcome cure is in sight…Valentine’s Day! Whether you want to get out on the ski slopes or retreat to a fireside, the inns and resorts of Connecticut’s Fairfield County and Litchfield Hills are offering a host of special packages for Valentine’s Day.

In Fairfield County for example, the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa located on 243 Tresser Boulevard is offering a “Connecticut is for Lovers Package” on February 12, 13 or 14th making it a perfect escape from the city or the “burbs”. This package includes a king bedded guest room with a bottle of French Sparkling wine and box of specialty chocolates upon arrival in your room. A scrumptious Valentine’s Day dinner for 2 (call hotel for menu), breakfast buffet for two in the restaurant the next morning and complimentary self-parking is also included. For an extra special perk, call the on-site Agora Spa to schedule a spa treatment separately or go on a romantic shopping expedition at the adjacent Stamford Town Center that offers more than 130 shops and restaurants. To reserve call 203-357-9555 or visit www.stamfordmarriott.com

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The Delamar Greenwich Harbor, located on 500 Steamboat Rd. overlooking Long Island Sound is offering a “Month of Love Package”, just incase one day isn’t enough! The Delamar Greenwich Harbor Package of Love includes: an overnight stay for two, a long stem rose and rose petal turndown, an in-room bottle of champagne, a gourmet box of truffles and a $40 credit toward breakfast at L’escale Restaurant. To turn your visit into a weekend long celebration, book two nights in a Deluxe Town View room by February 1st and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Harbor View Room (complimentary upgrade subject to availability). To book this package call 203-661-9800 or visit www.delamargreenwich.com

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The elegant J House Greenwich located on 1114 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich is offering a Valentine’s Day Getaway on Feb. 14 with rates starting at $399. Guests are invited to unwind at this premiere lifestyle destination that offers luxury hotel accommodations, farm-to-table cuisine, spectacular outdoor dining, rejuvenating spa services, and a premium coffee bar. This stunning location combines stylish decor and high-tech amenities with warmth and hospitality. The Valentines Day Getaway includes: a King Deluxe or Executive Room, Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two and Brunch for Two on Sunday. There is also a late check out at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday that is perfect for extra snuggle time. Call 203-698-6980 or visit wwww.jhousegreenwich.com.

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If a Spa break is appeals, then check out the Spa Getaway Package offered by the Marriott Norwalk located on 474 Main Avenue. Start your Valentines Day off in a relaxing mood with a visit to local day spa Dermage, that offers therapeutic facial treatments, massage services, body wraps and scrubs. It’s conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Courtyard Norwalk. The Spa Getaway Package includes a spa gift bag upon check-in at hotel, a Dermage spa gift certificate for $100 and breakfast for one at The Bistro. Rates start at $200, for more information visit http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=891930&displayLink=true or call (203) 849-9111.

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The Delamar in Southport located on 275 Old Post Road in Southport is offering a full Month of Love Package that is perfect for those that want to celebrate “love” all month long! The Delamar Southport’s Package of Love includes: an overnight stay for two, a long stem rose and rose petal turndown, an in-room bottle of champagne, a gourmet box of truffles, complimentary glass of port or sherry at check-in, complimentary valet parking, and complimentary shuttle service within 3-mile radius of hotel to make your evening easy. A couples massage may also be booked separately. Rates start at $337 and the package is good through Feb. 29 to book call 203-259-2800 or visit www.delamarsouthport.com

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It’s a “Love to Get Away Package” at the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Shelton located on 695 Bridgeport Ave. minutes off Rte. 8. They invite you to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart and are offering a romantic evening for two that includes deluxe accommodations for one night, sparkling wine and a box of assorted chocolates on arrival, plus a full hot breakfast for two the following morning. Rates start at $129, to learn more call 203-925-5900 or visit http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/connecticut/hampton-inn-shelton-HVNOBHX/offers/100042391.htm. This offer expires February 19, 2017.

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The Hilton Garden Inn, also located in Shelton is offering two different packages. The first is a Romance Package from Feb. 11- Feb. 15 that offers luxurious overnight accommodations for two, chilled sparkling wine or non- alcoholic sparkling cider, complimentary use of the pool and health club and a full breakfast in the hotel restaurant with rates starting at $119. The second package being offered on February 13 is called a Giggly Piggly Painting Party consisting of an afternoon and evening of fun activities for moms and kids. This package is $185, plus 15% tax per adult with a child and includes: an overnight stay, Giggling Pig Paint Studio Session including a shuttle ride to and from the studio, a Pizza Buffet Dinner, Swimming and a full breakfast the next morning. To book this fun event call 203-447-1000 and mention “GIGPIG to book this package. To reserve your room call 203.447.1000 or visit – WWW.SHELTON.STAYHGI.COM

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The Courtyard by Marriott located on 780 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton is offering a Month of Love Package through February 29 that offers overnight accommodations for two at this newly renovated hotel in a deluxe guest room, a Bottle of Champagne and assorted chocolates in your room and a $30 gift card to Bow Tie Cinemas in Trumbull, CT. On the next morning enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two. Rates start at $129 to book call 203-929-1500 or visit www.marriott.com/BDRCY

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The newly renovated Ethan Allen Hotel located on 21 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury is offering a Romance Package on Feb. 14-15. This lavish package includes an overnight stay in a suite of your choice and comes with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries and even a bottle of Prosecco. The next morning you will be treated to a breakfast fit for a king and queen at the Fairfield Restaurant. Visit www. Ethanallenhotel.com or call (203) 744.1776 for rates.

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Spring Hill Suites, located minutes off I-84 on 30 Old Ridgebury Rd, in Danbury is offering a sweet Romance Packager (through November 2016) that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The package features a suite with a king size bed, a complimentary buffet breakfast for two each morning, one bottle of Prosecco Sparkling Wine and one box of Godiva chocolates. For added romance, rose petals will be sprinkled on your bed the first night of your stay and there is even a late checkout at 1:30 p.m. for some extra snuggle time – who could ask for more! To book call (203) 744-7333 or visit http://marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=1015508&displayLink=true

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In Northwest Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills several country inns, resorts and restaurants have put together romantic specials perfect for a sweet weekend or meal together. If your idea of romance is a country inn, the Old Riverton Inn located on 436 East River Road in the charming village of Riverton might be for you. This historic inn is furnished in Hitchcock Furniture that was made in this village and the property overlooks the Farmington River. They are offering a special Cupid Country Inn Package on February 14 that includes an overnight stay in a king or queen room, a bottle of champagne and chocolates upon arrival and a continental breakfast the next morning for $155 a night. For more information visit www.rivertoninn.com or call 860 379 8678.

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The Litchfield Inn is offering a sweet deal for sweethearts that includes dinner, champagne, and over night accommodations in luxurious newly renovated king or queen theme rooms for $299 per night on Feb. 13 or 14. To book this package visit http://www.litchfieldinnct.com
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The Inn at Kent Falls Bed and Breakfast is located on 107 Kent-Cornwall Road in the beautiful town of Kent Connecticut. This quaint town has many interesting shops and galleries to explore and many well marked trails to hike or cross country ski; Mohawk Ski area is only 15 minutes away. The Inn at Kent Falls, located near Connecticut’s largest waterfall is offering a Simply Romantic package that includes overnight accommodations for two nights in a deluxe room, a complimentary bottle of wine and truffles upon arrival for $494.50 inclusive of tax. To book this simply wonderful deal call 860-927-3197 or visit: www.theinnatkentfalls.com
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If the idea of a “Lovers Tryst” appeals then head to the Interlaken Inn located on 74 Interlaken Rd. in Lakeville on Feb. 12, 13 or 14. The package includes: overnight accommodations for one night in a standard room, a 4-course gourmet Aphrodisiac Dinner for two, a single red rose and breakfast for two in the Vineyard Room the next morning. As a special bonus, guests are invited to stay an extra night for an additional $199. If you are looking to really indulge your sweetheart, check out Interlaken’s “Ultimate Lovers Getaway”. This lavish package is packed with romantic elements that includes: overnight accommodations for one night in your choice of their incredible deluxe Basha Cottage, Penthouse Suite, Lime Rock Suite with hot tub or Woodside Honeymoon Suite, early 3:00 pm check-in, Rose petal turndown, candlelit 10-piece sampler from the award winning Milk House Chocolate Company, a 4-course gourmet Aphrodisiac Dinner for two, one dozen red roses, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne on ice upon your arrival, 24-hour butler service in your suite or cottage, breakfast for two in your suite or cottage and late 1:00 pm check-out. The package is $1000 inclusive. To book either package call: 800-222-2909 or www.interlakeninn.com.

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The Tree House in Sharon Connecticut is also offering a Valentines Day Package in their gorgeous romantically furnished studio apartment that is nestled in the Litchfield Hills. Rates start at $250 a night for two guests that want to get away and Unwind in the hills. To book a room call 860-435-0196. This very private property overlooks a 30-acre pond and has an Asian flavor to its decor.

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Two dining opportunities are being offered by Mayflower Grace in Washington and Carole Peck’s Good News Café in Woodbury. On February 14, wine and dine with that special someone special at The Mayflower Grace located in the heart of Washington Connecticut on 118 Woodbury Road when they will be offering their divine Valentine’s Day menu, including Goats Milk Ricotta Gnocchi and Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine and more that will ensure an evening of pure indulgence. The cost of the Valentines Day Pre Fixed Dinner is $125.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity and alcohol. To reserve call 860-868-9466 or visit www.gracehotels.com/mayflower.

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At Carole Peck’s Good News Café, located on 694 Main Street South in Woodbury, try the “Lovers Leap” specials that consist of a range of romantically delicious dishes including such items as: lover’s kissed mache greens with house smoked scallops and passion fruit & cream & sesame lovers sprinkles, Fluke with orzo pasta leeks & asparagus and aphrodisiac tomato “beurre rouge” and radiant red tobiko caviar, and Rosemary scented whole Rack of Lamb with yellow potato & cheese gratin and brussel sprout & garlic hearts, to name a few. Several enticing special desserts are also being offered such as the Chocolate Whiskey cake with fluffy banana cream & crunchy cocoa brittle and the 9 Blood Orange cheesecake with toasted hazelnuts and berries. For reservations call 203-266-4663 or visit www.good-news-cafe.com.

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Beardsley Zoo to Host Asian New Year Celebration !

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the state’s only zoo, invites families to celebrate Asian New Year on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. The Monkey is one of the most revered years of the Chinese New Year calendar, and those born under the sign are regarded as smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. Historically, during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

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At the Beardsley Zoo Year of the Monkey festivities will feature activities for the entire family including a special children’s parade around the Zoo grounds, story time, crafts, and many more fun activities. Don’t miss a visit to the colorful indoor Carousel. Here you will meet some of the Zoo’s special lizard guests and be invited to partake in the festivities. A special “Zoo” highlight is the Rochan, a visiting Red Panda, has been charming Zoo guests since his arrival in October. The Zoo is currently raising funds to give Rochan a permanent home and have secured $25,000 in a matching pledge, so every dollar given will be matched dollar for dollar to help make Rochan’s new home a reality. The good news is the zoo has 98% of the match raised!

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The snow date for this event is February 20, 2016. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo celebrates its 94th birthday in 2016 and is closer than you think! Connecticut’s only zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelots, Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit http://www.beardsleyzoo.org.

February Fun at Flanders Nature Center

Flanders Nature Center located on 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury Connecticut is offering a month of wild life fun in February. On February 14 for example, the American Bald Eagle will be discussed. The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and the subject of strong conservation efforts in Connecticut. As their numbers here are increasing, how much do you know about the Bald Eagle?

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Join Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist Peggy Zabawar to learn more about the Bald Eagle’s size, history, what it eats and how it lives, the banding efforts here in CT and nationally as well as ‘Bald Eagle etiquette’. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

On February 24 at 7 p.m. join the staff at Flanders for a lecture on Connecticut’s wild rabbits. Lisa Wahle, of the CT DEEP Wildlife Division, will discuss state initiatives to create young forest/shrub land habitat and ways you can help New England Cottontails to survive. Participants will learn about funding opportunities for private landowners to create habitat and facts to keep
Eastern Cottontails around for future generations. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non members.

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Gerri Griswold, a CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator wil be on hand on February 27 at 11 a.m. to discuss the North American porcupine. This is one of one of Connecticut’s most fascinating species and the world’s third largest rodent! Gerri Griswold will be bringing along a live porcupine that is under her department’s care for participants to meet. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.

The month of February concludes with an animal tracking workshop on February 27 at 2 p.m. This workshop will help participants identify what passes your house when you are not around! Participants will learn about the fascinating world of animal tracking from Connecticut Conservation Ambassador Michael Grady. Participants will be traversing the trails at Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary to search for and identify tracks, signs and scat of the local wildlife. It is advised to dress warmly for this interesting outdoor activity.
For more information on Flanders Nature Center and to sign up for these programs visit www.flandersnaturecenter.org. For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Fabulous Finds at the Pequot Library

The Pequot Library located on 720 Pequot Road in Southport has announced a new program called Fantastic Finds. This is a free monthly program is open to the public beginning Friday, February 5, 2016, at 10:45am. Fabulous Finds will take place on the first Friday of every month and up to five items from Pequot Library’s treasure trove of rare books and manuscripts will be revealed and opened from a sealed box! The materials will be discussed and questions answered. The public will have a unique opportunity to experience antique books and items and to learn why they are significant in this day of digital communication. Materials may be thematic or seasonal, and will always be engaging. These stimulating programs are held in the Reading Room.

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Each program will be led by Pequot Library’s Executive Director Heather-Marie Montilla.These Collections include a vast array of more than 30,000 items and, together, they form an incredibly rich and vibrant portrait of the literary, religious, political, military, musical, and cultural life of America and the world. This is one of the most important, concentrated, and impeccably selected set of collections of its kind in the country.
Save the dates for upcoming Fantastic Finds 2016: Friday, March 4, 2016; Friday, April 1, 2016; Friday, May, 6, 2016, all at 10:45am. Images in photographs are samples from Pequot Library’s Special Collections and may not be included in the items revealed.

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Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15.

For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Winter Wonderland Ball at Stepping Stones Museum for Children Feb. 6

Calling all little princes and princesses! Stepping Stones is rolling out the red carpet as the museum transforms into a snow-kissed wonderland for its sixth annual Winter Wonderland Children’s Ball on Saturday, February 6 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

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Children are invited to dress up in their party best for a memorable evening of fun and entertainment. Moms and Dads, sons and daughters will be treated like the princes and princesses that they are as they enjoy a magical wintry celebration featuring dancing and full access to all the exhibits in the museum.

Families will enjoy posing for the paparazzi as they arrive, learning ballroom moves from the experts and making wonderful winter crafts.
Be sure you bring your camera. Photo opportunities abound as we celebrate the magic and wonder of the season amidst a whimsical winter backdrop of a lighted courtyard, a play-sized igloo, a life-sized snow globe, spectacular winter murals, snowflake-adorned galleries and a myriad of snow people. Bring your appetite as well. The Stepping Stones Cafe will be open for purchases of their healthy fare.

Tickets for this unforgettable evening for the whole family cost $10 per person for museum members and $15 per person for non-members. Children under the age of one will be admitted for free. Winter Wonderland Children’s Ball tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is required. Space is limited, so register early. Call 203 899 0606, ext. 264 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org

About Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Located on five acres in Mathews Park, the LEED Gold certified museum encompasses five hands-on galleries, state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery, Family and Teacher Resource Center, cafe and retail store. Stepping Stones is located at 303 West Avenue, exit 14N or 15S off I-95 in Norwalk. Museum hours are Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and children. Children under 1 are free. To learn more, call 203 899 0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

For area information on Fairfield County www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Greenwich Choices Exhibit at the Greenwich Historical Society

Every town has a story to tell, and Greenwich’s is 375 fascinating years old. Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History explores defining moments in the town’s growth and development through objects drawn from the collections of the Greenwich Historical Society. A shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, shot by a loyalist “cowboy,” connects visitors with the American Revolution.

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This special exhibit at the Greenwich Historical Society, co curated by Karen Frederick, Christopher Shields and Anna Greco will be on display at the Greenwich History Museum located on 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob through February 28.

A bill of sale for a three-year-old slave boy containing an emancipation clause speaks to changing attitudes toward slavery. Records from local manufacturing plants tell a tale of early entrepreneurs and opportunities for immigrant workers. A congresswoman’s scrapbooks on the construction of the Merritt Parkway reflect changes that altered both the landscape and the movements of town residents.

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All 50 objects reflect transformational moments in Greenwich’s religious, social, economic, industrial, political or artistic lives and symbolize choices made by generations of residents that shaped today’s community. Curated by Karen Frederick and Anna Greco, the exhibition also features responses to the objects by local high school students.

For more area information on what to see and do visit www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com