Summer brings family road trips, ice cream sundaes, and playing water tag. One of the best warm-weather activities for families that want to bond and have fun at the same time is to attend a festival like Weekend in Norfolk (WIN). This town-wide celebration was created to offer something for everyone, with activities that won’t break the bank, because all are free!
From an exciting water soccer event, and chalk painting sidewalks with professional artists, to visiting real-life New England farms, and live music galore, there is something to please every member of your family. This year WIN is being held throughout the timeless town of Norfolk on Friday, July 30, Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1.
If you plan on getting out with your kids this weekend, here is a list of some of the activities WIN is offering to help you plan your visit.
On Friday, July 30, 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! At 4:30 p.m. it is time to team up and head to the bocce court to test your throwing skills. At 5 p.m. there will be a live performance at nearby Station Place where you can grab a snack and listen to the music of the Grantville Dawgs. The Animal Embassy arrives at 6:30 p.m. and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser because it offers a hands-on experience with a variety of live animals that have been rescued. During this interactive program, your kids will learn about the diversity of life in a fun and entertaining way. And, at the same time and place, there will be all kinds of lawn games to enjoy!
The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 31 with the Farmers Market offers fresh fruit and vegetables as well as an interesting array of arts and crafts. Just for Weekend in Norfolk, there’ll be an equestrian parade, starting at the market at 11 a.m. If your children love water, don’t miss the popular fire hose water soccer game that begins at 1 p.m. at the Town Playing Field on Mountain Road. For the budding artist in your family, head to the sidewalk painting area at Robertson Plaza in Station Place at 3 p.m. and let your imagination soar. Artist Susan Anderson well known for her pet portraits and scenic paintings will be on hand to offer stylistic tips and advice. The afternoon is rounded out by live music by Michael Cobb at Station Place beginning at 5 p.m.
Sunday is Farm Funday with a special visit to each of Norfolk’s four farms. Start the day at Husky Meadow Farms where kids will see fields, barns, an ancient orchard, and greenhouses. Kids can watch how bees pollinate the crops and learn how vegetables and fruits are grown organically. At Autumn Harvest Orchard, a highlight is to learn about beekeeping when visiting the hives at the orchard’s apiary. Lost Ruby Farm is perfect for the animal lovers in your family. Here kids will get a sneak peek at the farm resident Saanen goats, a breed from Switzerland, plus chickens, pigs, and heritage breed turkeys. If you love tomatoes, stop in at Broad Field Farm to learn how they grow their heirloom tomatoes and to meet their two adorable farm dogs.
If you want to take a break from the self-guided farm tour, there is a nature walk of the North Swamp Trail at 10 a.m. and a photography session that will start out on Norfolk Green. For art lovers, there is a painting demonstration by watercolor artist Pamela Harnois at 1 p.m. in front of a wonderful arts and crafts shop, the Guilded Artisan, at 3 Station Place. To try out your artistic skills under the guidance of professional artist Turi Rostad head to Robertson Plaza, Station Place at 2 p.m. to try your hand at the sidewalk chalk painting event. WIN’s final concert, beginning at 4 p.m., features the acoustic music of singer, songwriter Jamal Ford-Bey.
For up to the minute details about Weekend in Norfolk, visit the website to plan your perfect family road trip to Norfolk, Connecticut, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Have you ever wondered what it was like to cook on the open range? Join the “Frontier Mess” chuckwagon cooking at the Glebe House Museum for two open fire cooking workshops. Participants will learn the history of cooking on the trail, how to make a fire appropriate for cooking meals, what cooking implements were employed and how to use them. Workshops will be offered in two sessions. Part I: Sunday, August 8th will focus on history, making a fire, cooking implements, and a simple recipe. Part 2: Sunday, August 15th use your skills to create a small meal and a dessert.
Each workshop will begin at 10:00 am and run until Noon. Workshops will take place in the Glebe House yard with the “Frontier Mess” chuckwagon. Participants will be broken into 4 groups with a maximum of 20 participants. Each group will be socially distanced with a comfortable space for all. Each workshop is $45 for Members and $55 for Non-Members and includes all supplies and take-home resource materials. Register online at www.glebehousemuseum.org, and for more information email the Museum Office Office@glebehousemuseum.org or call at 203-263-2855.
Janet L. Serra
Do you have any stone artifacts or Northeastern Native American cultural items that you would like to have identified? Do you want to know about the who… what, how, and when of your mystery items? If you do, then register to participate in Artifact ID Day at the Institute for American Indian Studies with Dr. Lucianne Lavin on Sunday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This program will be in small groups of people with one-hour time slots. The cost to participate is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for children, and $5 for members. To register click here and if you have questions please call 860-868-0518.
Dr. Lavin is the author of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures.” and, “Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America: What Archaeology, History, and Indigenous Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Intercultural Relationships.”
This event will give participants the opportunity to learn about the objects that they have questions about with an expert in this field of archaeological and cultural study. Dr. Lavin will provide interesting insights and commentary on your items but will not appraise or speculate about the value of an object.
To better identify your object, you should have some information available. If a family member gave it to you, ask them for any details they might remember. To better identify your object, it is helpful to know the general location of where it was found. For cultural artifacts, it is helpful to know approximately when it was found.
This program features a mix of commentary and the methods of stone and cultural artifact identification in a manner that is useful to newcomers, hobbyists, collectors, the curious, archaeologists, and researchers.
About 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 the 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 on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.
Have you ever wondered how Native Americans survived in the wilderness without any modern tools? If you have, then make sure to attend the flintknapping workshop at the Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington with Jeff Kalin, a primitive technologist on Saturday, July 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited for this in-person event and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the website, call 860-868-0518, or email email@example.com.