14th Annual Blackberry Festival @ White Silo Farm

Sweet yet tart blackberries are good for you! They are packed with vitamin c, high in fiber,a high source of manganese, vitamin K, and high in antioxidants. One could almost consider blackberries a superfood.

At the White Silo Farm on 32 Rte. 37 in Sherman, they also consider blackberries fun and are once again hosting their annual Blackberry Festival on August 13 and August 14th from 1-4:30 pm. The cost is $25 per person for a 1 ½ hour reservation.

The ticket cost includes four items made with fresh Blackberries – Shredded hoisin blackberry chicken tacos (vegetarian option available), blackberry rhubarb chutney and goat cheese crostini, blackberry arugula and kale salad, and blackberry tiramisu. Guests with reservations will have priority seating if it is raining.

Reservations are limited and can be made on whitesilowinery.com website. Music with Greg “Cowboy”, Saturday 1-4:30 PM and Marty Meyer, Sunday 1-4:30 PM. This is a child and pet friendly event.

Celebrate Summer 2022 @ Weekend in Norfolk August 5, 6, and 7

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 library, the Norfolk Hub, and the Guilded Artisan 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 a justice of the peace, 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 on Station Place by the 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! 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 p.m. Afterward, visit the museum to see their exhibit called Main Street: A Look Back 100 Years.

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 Disney’s Encanto, which tells the tale 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.

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. There is also a special guided walk of the historic Main Street with the Director of the Norfolk Historical Society Museum at 2 p.m. Afterward, visit the museum to see their exhibit called Main Street: A Look Back 100 Years.

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!

Make it a Beach Party to Remember! Sheffield Island @ the Beach July 23, 2022 With the Norwalk Seaport Association

Kick off your sandals, sink your toes in the sand, and grab a cold drink, listen to the music and the sound of the waves because summer 2022 is here. And, what better way to celebrate than with the Norwalk Seaport Association, right on beautiful Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. On Saturday, July 23, the Norwalk Seaport Association is hosting an in-person seaside celebration, Sheffield Island @ The Beach from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Culinary Delights, Signature Drinks, Music & More!

The Seaport Association has whipped up a recipe for a night to remember! The festivities include delectable specialties from the land and sea by Ripkas Beach Café’s, Chef Clyde, highly esteemed for his culinary creativity. A highlight of Sheffield Island @ the beach will be a Raw Bar of fresh, local clams and oysters that can be washed down with signature cocktails like the Seaport Swizzle, beer, wine, a selection of soft drinks, and infused water.

The culinary delights don’t stop there! For example, delicacies that may be included on the menu for seafood lovers could be mini crab cakes, fried oysters, conch fritters, and, other delights to name a few. Meat lovers aren’t left out and might enjoy mini Cubano bites, coconut curry chicken sate, mini beef kebobs, and more. Vegetarians can indulge at the cheese, crudités, and tapenade tables as well as at the wood-fired pizza station. Many more tantalizing goodies will be served at this amazing beach party that is not to be missed!

Friends, Sunsets, & Laughter all for a Good Cause
A beautiful sunset, seeing friends, S’mores on the beach, fire pits, and music add to the convivial ambiance of this seaside celebration. The tickets @ $125 per person are on sale now and are limited to 125 people. Tickets are available online at seaport.org or by calling the Seaport Office at 203-838-9444, so get them today so you don’t miss out on the fun. Proceeds from this event will be used in the maintenance of Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut’s Maritime Icon.

About the Seaport Association

The Seaport Association in Norwalk was founded in 1978 by a group of local citizens who had the vision to revitalize South Norwalk and preserve Norwalk’s maritime heritage. The Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue that strives to increase awareness, appreciation, and consideration for the environment and how the preservation of historic buildings contributes to our quality of life. The combination of the Lighthouse and the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge offers an unparalleled opportunity to educate children of all ages and adults about the importance of preserving Long Island Sound, our environment, and our maritime heritage.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Presents Skyhunters in Flight Every Weekend This Summer

As part of the ongoing 100th-year celebration, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is excited to bring Master Falconer Brian Bradley to the Adventure Amphitheater this summer. Bradley is among the nation’s premiere wildlife presenters and will be presenting two shows each Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. and 2 p.m. through September 4.

Guests will be amazed as they watch birds of prey in free flight as Bradley demonstrates their special powers. Get a closer look at owls, hawks, and falcons from around the world, and learn how these beautiful birds play an important role in our environment at the top of the food chain. Discover their amazing adaptations for survival in the wild and hear about the ancient sport of falconry and its training techniques. See these trained winged athletes in action through an exciting, informative program for all ages.

Bradley has presented at the historic Wave Hill Estate in Riverdale New York as well as alongside wildlife conservation legend Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. This very special program is brought to the Zoo by a generous grant from the Werth Family Foundation. In addition, the Zoo’s Education Department will present its Centennial Live Animal Program every Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., beginning July 1 and continuing through September 2.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 100thth year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican gray wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization celebrating its Centennial year when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org, including registration for Connecticut residents for the Free Summer program. Masks are still required in indoor animal habitats–the Rainforest Building and the Research Station—as our animals are susceptible to COVID-19. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.

Wigwam Construction @ Institute for American Indian Studies July 23

A Wigwam is a type of home created from tree bark. These structures are found throughout pre-contact New England. One of the few places where you can see a replica of 16th-century wigwams in the setting of a traditional Native American village is at the Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington, Connecticut.

On July 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. join Griffin Kalin, Educator at the Institute for American Indian Studies and Traditional Skills Expert for an interactive discussion and program about wigwam construction and the science and technology used to build them. This program will take place at the Institute’s 16th-century replicated Algonquian village that consists of several wigwams, a longhouse, a fire circle, drying racks, and the three sisters’ garden. Participants will learn what types of wood need to be harvested and the types of tools that would be used to build a wigwam. A highlight of this program is watching the actual repairs to the structures in the village to learn about this ancient process. Griffin is a wealth of knowledge and will be there to answer questions and give material demonstrations.

Pre-registration is appreciated and can be made by visiting www.iaismuseum.org to reserve a space through Eventbrite. If you have questions, call 860-868-0518 or email events@iaismuseum.org. This program is $5 per participant and free for members. This doesn’t include admission to the museum.

About The Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have a 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located at 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

Make it a Beach Party to Remember! Sheffield Island @ the Beach July 23, 2022 With the Norwalk Seaport Association

Kick off your sandals, sink your toes in the sand, and grab a cold drink, listen to the music and the sound of the waves because summer 2022 is here. And, what better way to celebrate than with the Norwalk Seaport Association, right on beautiful Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. On Saturday, July 23, the Norwalk Seaport Association is hosting an in-person seaside celebration, Sheffield Island @ The Beach from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Culinary Delights, Signature Drinks, Music & More!

The Seaport Association has whipped up a recipe for a night to remember! The festivities include delectable specialties from the land and sea by Ripkas Beach Café’s, Chef Clyde, highly esteemed for his culinary creativity. A highlight of Sheffield Island @ the beach will be a Raw Bar of fresh, local clams and oysters that can be washed down with signature cocktails like the Seaport Swizzle, beer, wine, a selection of soft drinks, and infused water.

The culinary delights don’t stop there! For example, delicacies that may be included on the menu for seafood lovers could be mini crab cakes, fried oysters, conch fritters, and, other delights to name a few. Meat lovers aren’t left out and might enjoy mini Cubano bites, coconut curry chicken sate, mini beef kebobs, and more. Vegetarians can indulge at the cheese, crudités, and tapenade tables as well as at the wood-fired pizza station. Many more tantalizing goodies will be served at this amazing beach party that is not to be missed!

Friends, Sunsets, & Laughter all for a Good Cause

A beautiful sunset, seeing friends, S’mores on the beach, fire pits, and music add to the convivial ambiance of this seaside celebration. The tickets @ $125 per person are on sale now and are limited to 125 people. Tickets are available online at seaport.org or by calling the Seaport Office at 203-838-9444, so get them today so you don’t miss out on the fun. Proceeds from this event will be used in the maintenance of Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut’s Maritime Icon.

About the Seaport Association
The Seaport Association in Norwalk was founded in 1978 by a group of local citizens who had the vision to revitalize South Norwalk and preserve Norwalk’s maritime heritage. The Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue that strives to increase awareness, appreciation, and consideration for the environment and how the preservation of historic buildings contributes to our quality of life. The combination of the Lighthouse and the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge offers an unparalleled opportunity to educate children of all ages and adults about the importance of preserving Long Island Sound, our environment, and our maritime heritage.