Celebrate Sweet Strawberries @ Institute for American Indian Studies

For many of us, strawberries signal the real start of summer. For Native Americans, strawberries are deeply rooted in their beliefs and spiritual traditions. Native Americans believe that when wild strawberries ripen they represent life and good health. 

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On Sunday, June 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Institute for American Indian Studies located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut is hosting an event that celebrates the strawberry. Participants will enjoy family-friendly small group education activities related to the gifts of this fruit that holds great significance to many Native American communities. A highlight is listening to traditional Native American stories with Education Director, Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation while learning about the importance of giving thanks for the bounty of the Earth.

The price of the event is $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $11 for Children, $5 for IAIS Members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Questions? Please call (860) 868-0518 or email events@iaismuseum.org.  To register click here.

News from CT’s Wineries

With summer on its way, start the season off right this Memorial Day weekend. Take the time to honor those who have served and visit with your loved ones. Stop by any of the wineries or vineyards of the Connecticut Wine Trail to spend the day with friends and family, or pick up your favorite bottle of CT wine. Be sure to check out a number of the Memorial Day weekend happenings below!

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Haight-Brown Vineyard  in Litchfield is open Friday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Saturday from 12 pm to 5:30 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Offering curbside pickup. All Holiday Stonewall Kitchen products are 40% off.

Hawk Ridge Winery – in Watertown is open Sunday to Tuesday from 12 pm to 6 pm and 12 pm to 8 pm Wednesday through Friday, stop by and enjoy Hawk Ridge’s “Slushie of the Month” blue raspberry with pink sour patch kids. Don’t forget to check out their calendar events. going on throughout the season.

Jones Winery -in Shelton is open in May from Friday through Sunday, 12pm to 6pm, and in June, Saturday through Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Offering curbside pickup.

Miranda Vineyard – in Goshen is open year-round, on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Offering curbside pick up and shipping within CT. 5% off six bottles and 10% off cases. Check out their featured artist of the month, Ron Jeffrey.

Sunset Meadow Vineyards –  in Goshen is open Thursday to Monday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Extended weekend hours begin on Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Offering curbside pick up and shipping within CT. Live music starts this Memorial Day Weekend and all that follow. Food trucks will also be present on weekends.

The Old Store is Opening In Sherman

The Sherman Historical Society has just announced the re-opening of The Old Store located in the heart of the bucolic town of Sherman on Rte. 37. Beginning May 28 The Old Store will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. In light of the pandemic, the Historical Society has added air filtration machines as well as a touchless hand sanitizer station and sneeze guards at the counter. Staff will continue to wear masks and asks that customers do as well out of an abundance of caution.

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The Old Store and Gift Shop is filled to the brim with all manner of goodies to purchase. It is owned by the Sherman Historical Society and all proceeds support the maintenance and improvement to the building. The Old Store is located in a mercantile that once belonged to David Northrop Jr. and dates to 1829. This store-museum gives visitors a chance to reminisce on how the old Mercantile sold items for every need imaginable. A second floor gallery has rotating historical exhibitions and art shows. Items of special interest include several wonderful books about the history and homes of this fascinating community.

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Save the date for the popular Barn Sale that is taking place this year on August 13 – 15. This three day sale offers a fascinating selection of antiques, collectibles, furniture, books, dishes, china, household items, children’s toys and much more.

For more information on the Sherman Historical Society click here.

This Summer Cruise to Sheffield Island Starting Memorial Day Weekend

The Norwalk Seaport Association is once again offering cruises to Sheffield Island and Sheffield Island Lighthouse this summer. The fun begins with a series of cruises stopping at Sheffield Island on Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m.,  Sunday, May 30, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The cruise includes an on-the-water adventure to Sheffield Island, a tour of the historic 151-year-old lighthouse, time to picnic in a beautifully situated wooden pavilion, look for shells on the beach, and to walk along the Nature Trail that is part of the  Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. If the day is clear, the New York City skyline can be seen. An added bonus is the new telescope installed by the Seaport Association that is free to use and affords fabulous views of the Connecticut coastline. The cruise experience is approximately three hours long.
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All reservations must be made online in advance; masks are required while traveling on the Ferry. To make a reservation, click here.  The boat leaves from the Sheffield Island Dock located at the corner of North Street and Washington Street in South Norwalk. Parking is available in the parking lot and at the adjacent Norwalk Maritime Center Garage. Be sure to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and bring your mask.
This year, the first Sunset cruise of the season will be on Wednesday, May 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunset Cruises will be offered Wednesdays – Sunday through September. There is something so special about seeing the sunset on Long Island Sound as you glide through Norwalk Harbor passing lighthouses and oysters boats while sipping a glass of wine. The Seaport’s vessel is roomy and comfortable with plenty of space to enjoy the fresh air of the Sound. Passengers are encouraged to BYOB and snacks, making this sunset cruise the perfect way to enjoy the summer of 2021. To reserve a spot click here.  If you miss this weekend’s Sunset Cruises, no worries, the Seaport Association is offering them June – September, Wednesday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
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The fun continues all summer long with cruises to Sheffield Island on Tuesday & Wednesday at 11 a.m. in July and August, on Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in July and August, and on Saturday and Sundays, May through September at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunset cruises will be offered May – September, Wednesday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The Seaport is also offering private charters. For complete information visit the Seaport’s website or call 203-838-9444.
About the Seaport Association
TheNorwalk Seaport Association 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.

A Wine & Roses Garden Party @ The Glebe House

There is nothing more enchanting on a summer evening than to enjoy a glass of your favorite vino in an elegant and historic garden. With this concept in mind, the Glebe House on Hollow Road in Woodbury is hosting a garden party on June 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The highlight of the event of course is the beautiful garden designed by famed English gardner, Gertrude Jekyll. It is the only extant garden designed by Jekyll in the United States. In June waves of flowers are beginning to pop in swathes of colors, patterns and textures.

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Guests will enjoy a special white wine bottled by Woodbury winery, Walker Road Vineyards that is named, “Gertrude’s Garden” in honor of Gertrude Jekyll. There will also be hors d’ oeuvres as well as other wines, a silent auction and the chance to tour the museum in the evening. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will support the Glebe House. For tickets call the museum at 203-263-2855 or email office@glebehousemuseum.org.

About the Glebe House 

Nestled in the Litchfield Hills in the heart of Woodbury, the Glebe House offers visitors a glimpse of the Revolutionary War era in Connecticut. This 18th century farmhouse is furnished as the home of the Reverend John Rutgers Marshall and his family who lived in the glebe during the turmoil of the American War for Independence.

Kent Farmers Market Opens May 21

Behind rows of produce, vendors and eager customers shop are a bustling hub of sustainability. From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people that grow your food, there are countless reasons to visit a farmers market. The town of Kent has just announced that their farmers market will be opening for the season  on Friday, May 21 and will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 9 South Main Street across from NAPA Auto. The Kent Farmers Market will fun through mid.-October.

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In addition to the local farms who provide organic vegetables, eggs, beef, flowers, honey and more, this year we welcome an exciting array of new vendors to Kent! At this season’s market you will find locally brewed beer, plants & flowers, prepared foods, baked goods, herbal body products and more locally grown food and crafted creations than ever before! Kent Farmers Market manager Lise Goedewaagen stated “The Kent Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your weekend. People love the convenience of stopping in on Friday afternoon and picking up all the local products they need for a terrific weekend.”

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how food is produce. The fruits and vegetables you buy at a farmers market are allowed to ripen naturally making them some of the freshest and tastiest available. There is no sitting in storage or long distance shipping, this is as real as it gets, fresh from the farm. This outdoor market is spread out and held in the fresh air making safety and social distancing effortless.