Artwork, Accessories, Books, Décor, and More by Local Consignors at Keeler Taverns Holiday Market

The holiday season is in full swing, and shoppers will find a fantastic assortment of gifts – including dozens of locally made items – at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s Holiday Boutique in the Barn! Located in our beautiful historic red carriage barn, the Holiday Boutique is open from Thursdays to Sundays through December 18.

KTM&HC volunteer and Holiday Boutique coordinator Rhonda Hill emphasized that proceeds from Holiday Boutique sales provide crucial support for KTM&HC’s mission-driven work. “This event is a key source of revenue for our museum each year, and it’s also a great opportunity to highlight the talent of local artists, artisans, and authors: artwork by Tina Phillips, Tracy Hoerdemann, Cheryl Crowl, Connie Fenton, Anthony Villanueva; gold-leaf trees by Joann Spence; jewelry by Susie Singers; books by Ira Joe Fisher and Douglas Haynes; and so much more! Many of these items are exclusive to the Holiday Boutique and limited in quantity, so be sure to stop in soon.”

The Holiday Boutique also features jewelry and cards created by local high school artists, as well as items provided by Regional Hospice. Proceeds from sales of the latter will benefit their organization. Popular products with national attention – like Bee’s Wrap, Stonewall Kitchen products, and crystal phone chargers featured on the Today Show – are selling quickly. And don’t leave without a container or two of our famous cranberry chutney, a decades-long tradition with an award-winning recipe! Purchase at the Holiday Boutique or order online.

The Holiday Boutique is open through December 18, Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available on site at 152 Main Street, Ridgefield. For more information, go to our website at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/events.

About Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC), located on Main Street in Ridgefield, CT, tells the town’s—and nation’s—history through the stories of its past residents. The four-acre historic site features an expanded site experience featuring museum and walking tour options, rotating exhibits, and access to the scenic grounds and gardens. Additional information, including updates about on-site and virtual programming and events, as well as rental availability of the Garden House, can be found at keelertavernmuseum.org, @KeelerTavernMuseum on Facebook and Instagram, or by emailing info@keelertavernmuseum.org. For inquiries about school programs and digital learning experiences, please email education@keelertavernmuseum.org.

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Tour Holiday Splendor @ Hotchkiss Fyler House

After a two-year hiatus, tours of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, decorated for the Christmas season, will once again be offered this December. Built-in 1900, this grand house was home to the Hotchkiss and Fyler families for more than half a century and in 1956, was bequeathed to the Torrington Historical Society. The interior features impressive woodwork, painted and stenciled walls, original furnishings, and collections of fine and decorative arts. Guided daytime tours of the first floor will be available on select days beginning December 8th and ending December 30th. Admission is $10 ($5 for Torrington Historical Society members). Children 6 and under are free. Guided evening tours of the first and second floors will be offered on December 7th and December 14th. Admission is $20 per person.

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One of Connecticut’s best house museums, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A tour of this house provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view a historic home as it was when last occupied. At Christmas, the house takes on a particularly festive look. This year, inspired by the icy landscape of winter and the season’s outdoor activities, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House will take on a different appearance than in past years. Silver decorations and lights, combined with traditional decor, add a bit of sparkle against the paneled interior and gold stenciled walls.

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Vintage sleds and skis, as well as skates manufactured at the Union Hardware Company of Torrington, will be on display. The rooms on the first floor will be decorated with an array of Christmas trees and greenery. One of the many trees will feature antique ornaments from a private collection while another will be decorated with vintage ornaments from the Society’s collection. Antique toys from the Society’s collection will be displayed as will a 1950s aluminum tree, both of which are sure to delight visitors. In addition, the dining room table will be set for Christmas dinner with the fine china, crystal, silverware, and linens that belonged to Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss, the last occupant of the house.

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For more information, call (860) 482-8260 or visit www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Open Holiday Weekends @ Tina’s Baskets – Nationally Award Winning Weaver Tina Puckett Invites You to Her Studio

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Studio #305 at Tina’s Baskets and Woven Arts owned by Tina Puckett, a national award-winning master artist known for her woven art and dimensional weaving. This is your chance to shop in a highly acclaimed artist’s studio with the added bonus of meeting the artist, watching her weave, and learning what inspires her sought-after woven pieces, which are available at a variety of affordable price points.

Finding the perfect present can be a tricky business – and yet a local artist Tina Puckett weaves baskets, bowls, and wall hangings, which are pieces of art. Tina’s Baskets is sure to satisfy even the most discerning on your list. Visiting her rustic art studio is an adventure in itself, especially if you are on the hunt for something special that is sustainable, ready to be used time and time again, and loved for years to come.

Many things make Tina’s woven art unusual. Each piece is inspired by Tina’s imagination and woven with hand-dyed reeds into beautiful dynamic shapes with a mélange of colors that will not be found anywhere else. What enhances the character of each piece is the addition of the Bittersweet Vine foraged by Tina in the woods near her home in northwest Connecticut. The natural beauty of bittersweet is at the heart of the inspiration of every piece that is woven here and often dictates the form a basket or sculpture will take.

Tina’s Basket’s atmospheric studio is located at Whiting Mills at 100 Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut. Tina’s Baskets will be open and welcoming the public on Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the following weekend, Tina’s Baskets will be participating in the highly anticipated Whiting Mills Open House on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to Tina’s Baskets, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit other studios that are not normally open.

The holiday merriment at Tina’s Baskets continues for two more weekends on Saturday, December 10 & 17, and Sunday, December 11 & 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information please email tina@tinasbaskets.com or visit the website.

About Tina’s Baskets
Tina Puckett is a nationally awarded weaver of baskets and woven art that is the owner of Tina’s Baskets which is located at Whiting Mills in Winsted, Connecticut. Tina has been weaving since 1981 using hand-dyed reeds, bittersweet, and a variety of objects like beads or seagrass. Her work is showcased at a variety of galleries across the United States as well as at her gallery/studio where you will often find her weaving on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Custom orders are accepted and appointments can be arranged by texting 860-309-6934.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion’s Holiday Tea

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host its annual Tea on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m. at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, titled, Fashion Influencers Across History: Social Tea. Co-chaired by LMMM Trustees Pam Murrin and Victoria Vandamm, this event will feature a luxurious whirlwind of delicious refreshments, a silent auction, a hat contest, and a fascinating talk by award-winning scholar and author Kathleen Craughwell-Varda. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members available to purchase online at: www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

“This event is a unique way to enjoy the museum, spend a Sunday afternoon that is fun and informative, and give back to a truly special cause,” said co-chair Pam Murrin, who spoke enthusiastically about “experiencing a social engagement in this historical grand home, partaking of a cultural moment on fashion and influential women, and enjoying fine refreshments donated by our generous network of supporters.”
Ms. Varda will introduce attendees to American fashion icons and present-day influencers who have defined, now and through the centuries, American style. With no monarchy to emulate, Americans have long been drawn to women who possessed style, charisma, and grace. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis possessed these qualities in abundance. This presentation titled, “Looking for Jackie: American Fashion Icons,” will provide an examination of American women who were the “Jackies” of their era, women who, since the 1800s, have had a similar impact on American fashion. The lecture will reveal how these women’s distinctive personal styles captured the imagination of the American public and influenced popular fashion.

Kathleen Craughwell-Varda is as a museum consultant in New York and Connecticut with more than 30 years of experience specializing in historic textiles. She earned an M.A. in costume history from New York University in conjunction with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lectures widely on costume and textile history and conservation and has written articles on women’s history for several exhibition catalogues. Ms. Varda is currently the director of Conservation ConneCTion, a program based at the Connecticut State Library that focuses on preserving Connecticut’s cultural collections by identifying and developing a statewide plan for collections care needs and providing learning opportunities for collecting institutions.

The Museum’s Tea is generously sponsored in part by M&T Bank and Bigelow Tea, with Tea catering courtesy of Festivities. The 2022 Season is made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk, The Maurice Goodman Foundation and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on tours and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

A perfect weekend restaurant experience Terra Gaucha in Stamford

Terra Gaucha, Connecticut’s only authentic Churrascaria or Brazilian Steakhouse located at Stamford Town Center, 280 Tresser Blvd. in Stamford is now open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The new restaurant will occupy the former space of the Cheesecake Factory in the heart of downtown Stamford. This prime location is easily accessible with plenty of parking. A special introductory price for lunch and dinner will run through the end of October.

Dine on authentic Brazilian food @ Connecticut’s only authentic Churrascaria or Brazilian Steakhouse

Stamford’s new churrasco-styled restaurant, Terra Gaucha, offering authentic Brazilian food is like going to the land of the gauchos (Brazilian cowboys) and more! One of the things to know about this extraordinary dining experience is that churrasco refers to a style of cooking that was invented in the 1800s by the gauchos, of Brazil. They found that slow-roasting meat flavored only with rock salt over open flames brought out the natural flavor of meat and made it more succulent. Today, the churrascaria-style steakhouse is popular all over Brazil and is now trending in the United States. On October 22 this time-honored tradition of fire-roasting meat – beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and seafood on skewers with a dash of salt has arrived in Stamford, Connecticut. “Although Stamford is part of a large metropolitan area, I think that it is a very close-knit and welcoming community that we want to be a part of. Stamford has a unique identity and we are looking forward to bringing a taste of southern Brazilian hospitality and cuisine to this dynamic area,” said owner, Rodolfo Melo. “It is our third location and we couldn’t be more excited about introducing our gaucho chefs to the folks that live here.”

Delicious fire-roasted meat and seafood

Terra Gaucha “gaucho chefs” are experts in the art of fire-roasting meats. They hand select, butcher, and season each fire-roasted skewer that is served, elevating this centuries-old cooking technique. At Terra Gaucha, a red carpet cultural experience is rolled out for diners with delectable meat and seafood brought on long skewers and expertly carved, tableside. Part of the fun is watching servers slicing meat right into your dish instead of having it plated in the kitchen. To add to the experience, each guest receives a card, one side is red and says “No Thanks” and the other side is green and says “Yes Please.” This ensures you will always get the juiciest meats cooked to your liking with the added benefit of pacing yourself by indicating when you are ready to eat and when you want to stop. This signature experience is the price-fixed all-you-can-eat “Rodizio” consisting of unlimited trips to the gourmet salad bar and unlimited tableside service of fire-roasted meats and seafood. The waiters keep bringing meat until you tell them to stop!

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Simply seasoned, fire-roasted meats are the heart of the Rodizio experience at Terra Gaucha where diners discover a variety of flavors. The most prized cut of meat is called Picanha, a savory crescent-shaped prime cut of top sirloin with a carefully crafted fat cap that flavors the entire cut. Since it is the prime part of top sirloin flavored only with a dash of rock salt, it’s extremely tender and utterly delicious. The meat offerings in this cathedral of churrasco doesn’t stop there – bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, chicken drumsticks marinated in bourbon and beer, grilled salmon, grilled shrimp with a passion fruit and mango glaze, lamb in a special mint marinade and lightly wine-marinated pork are also part of the meat parade. Mainstays of the extensive salad bar include smoked salmon, lobster bisque, shrimp salad, and much more. Traditional dessert like a Brazilian Flan or something decadent like a Petite Gateau-Molten Lava cake.

Save room for dessert!

Terra Gaucha offers a full-service bar and a restaurant with 200 seats inside, three private dining rooms for groups and special occasions, and an outside patio that seats 40. The restaurant is open for Lunch Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is offered Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last seating is 30 minutes before closing. For more information call 475-977-3522 or visit terragaucha.net.

You will find a warm welcome and great food @ Terra Gaucha

About Terra Gaucha
This Brazilian-style steakhouse offers an authentic cultural churrasco dining experience that allows diners to experience the best of southern Brazilian hospitality and cuisine. There are three locations including Stamford, Connecticut, Tampa, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner and has private rooms for group or special occasion dining.

The Witch of Woodbury & Friends w/The Estate of Panic ) October 29 @ The Glebe House

Each year the Glebe House, one of the oldest in Connecticut is decked out to welcome all mannor of goblins and ghouls, witches, and spirits. This year, the house’s theme is The Estate of Panic! Enter the 275 – year old Glebe House -if you dare! The house has an intriguing history of hauntings. For this event, the Museum is professionally staged to create a unique experience and the themes are designed to be different each year to delight visitors again and again. Dare to walk through the frightful rooms of the Estate of Panic, filled with special effects and creepy things that are guaranteed to be hair-raising. Engage in a game of “Truth or Scare” and see if you can escape the haunted museum. The Estate of Panic will be open 5:30 – 9:30 pm on October 29.

A highlight of the evening is when Linda Barr-Gale will bring the “Witch of Woodbury”, Mol Cramer, to life in a special presentation in the Glebe Yard. Pull up a hay bale, bring a blanket, grab a chair and gather around the cauldron to hear her tale. This year Mol will be joined by her fellow witches who were put to trial in Colonial Connecticut. Presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm. Seating is limited – Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $11 per person, children 5-12 years old $6, and children under 5 years of age are free. See our website at http://www.glebehousemuseum.org for more information or by contacting the office at 203-263-2855 or by email at office@glebehousemuseum.org.

About the Glebe House
The Glebe House, built about 1740 is a non-profit historic house museum and garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the home of John Rutgers Marshall, his wife, nine children and three slaves from 1771 to 1786 and is furnished with period furniture including many pieces made in Woodbury during the 18th century. Under the direction of Henry Watson Kent, a pioneer of early American decorative arts and founder of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the house was restored and opened to the public in 1925 as one of the first historic house museums in the country. Today we continue the commitment to maintain and preserve this unique historical and cultural landmark by preserving its heritage and providing programs and opportunities for education and research. The Museum explores the way of life of an 18th century middle class family at the dawn of our new republic. The Museum is open for regular tours Friday through Sunday from May through October 9th and for special activities throughout the year. The garden is open during daylight hours, 7 days per week.