Keeler Tavern’s Colonial Days for Kids!

Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern is offering special summer camps for kids, Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17, and learn about daily life in Colonial Connecticut and the important role children played in helping run the household and farm.

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 and learn about daily life in Colonial Connecticut and the important role children played in helping run the household and farm.

Camp Highlights:

Campers will receive a pre-packaged kit containing all materials and instructions for the week, as well as a Keeler Kids t-shirt!

Daily LIVE sessions with the camp directors will be over Zoom or another video app every day between 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Camp directors will explain the materials and activities kids can then do at their own pace (NO adults needed!)

Campers will go on a virtual field trip with Chris, the camp director, to his own farm in Newtown!

Campers will round out the week with a homemade ice cream social!

The cost per child for each session is $150 for members and $165 for non-members. We offer a sibling discount of $15 per child. (Note that sibling discounts will be applied automatically when registering online.) To register click here

A Weekend in Norfolk 2020 Goes Virtual – July 31 and August 1 and 2

The town of Norfolk Connecticut is hard at work this summer organizing virtual events for 2020 WIN – Weekend in Norfolk that is taking place this year on July 31, August 1, and 2! The residents, businesses, historic and natural attractions, and other organizations have pulled together, once again, this year to showcase Norfolk’s many treasures.

The only difference is that this year WIN will take place only online rather than at various locations throughout this peaceful hamlet. “We believe that our online WIN series of events and videos show the resilience of the citizens of Norfolk. Our goal is to be a bright spot in people’s lives at this uncertain time. We’re striving to entertain and educate all our WIN fans with the variety of videos that we are developing,” said Sue Frisch one of the founders of the WIN event.

Now in its fifth year, this family fun event has managed to evolve with the times. They hope to reach even more people with their virtual programs and videos that have an irresistible price tag — they are all free of charge! Best of all, all videos can be viewed from the comfort of your home.

A new WIN website makes planning your time in advance easy so you don’t miss a thing. The website has a day by day schedule that highlights virtual events that will be happening live and those events that will be posted to celebrate WIN 2020 on demand. Get ready to see an exciting line-up! The virtual events range from a not to be missed tour of the Tiffany stained glass windows at the Battell Chapel, and a demonstration by a professional artist, to a cooking demonstration on how to prepare healthy foods that could have medicinal advantages.

For the most up to date information visit https://weekendinnorfolk.org

Celestial Fireworks – See Jupiter, Saturn and the Full Buck Moon July 4

​If you are disappointed about the lack of fireworks, don’t be, just look to the sky for a celestial “fireworks” display. This coming holiday weekend, Mother Nature has planned her own program of fireworks! ​According to the Institute for American Indian Studies,​ the full moon on July 4 and 5 is called the Buck Moon or the Thunder Moon according to Native American traditions. This full moon will be enhanced by two shining planets, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system with four moons and Saturn.

Jupiter will be very bright and hover to the moon’s upper right while Saturn, one-third as bright will appear to stand off to the moon’s upper left. Taken together they will form a triangle in the sky. If you have a small telescope or a pair of binoculars you will get a better view of Jupiter along with all four of the Galilean satellites that include Io, Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto. They were first seen by Galileo over 400 years ago.

Like June’s full moon, the full moon of July brings about a penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the moon crosses through the faint outer edge of the Earth’s shadow called a penumbra. When this occurs, the moon appears to be slightly darker than usual. This eclipse will be visible from most of North America including Connecticut and will begin at 11:04 Eastern Standard Time on July 4 and end at 1:56 a.m. If you miss it on July 4, check the sky on July 5 at 10:56 p.m. The Buck moon will appear the biggest to the naked eye on the U.S. East coast during and just after moonrise.

The Algonquin people of the Eastern Woodlands did not record time by using months or calendars. They tracked time by observing the seasons and the lunar months and phases of the moon. The Algonquin people called the full moon in July the Buck Moon because at this time of year a buck’s antlers are growing daily. Another Native American name for the full moon in July is Thunder Moon because of the frequency of July thunderstorms. Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American names for the full moon and, they are still in use today. Some of the most recognized names that come from the Algonquin people include the Harvest Moon, the Blue Moon, and the Supermoon.

The Institute for American Indian​ Studies is open Friday, July 3 until 4 p.m., closed Saturday, July 4, and open on Sunday, July 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The indoor museum and outdoor village and trails are open. The Institute is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington CT.

Take a Harbor Cruise on the 4th of July Week and Weekend with the Seaport Association

The Sheffield Island Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of Connecticut’s maritime history.  This historic lighthouse and light keeper’s cottage is located at the southern end of Norwalk’s necklace of islands on the west entrance of the Norwalk River in Long Island Sound. One of the best ways to kick of the season is to take a cruise on the C.J. Toth on Wednesday, July 1, Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be a sunset cruise on all three days beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets for this exciting excursion must be purchased in advance by clicking here.

And, if you are looking to start a summer tradition or renew one, reserve your tickets for a fabulous 4th of July weekend ride with the Seaport Association this summer!  The boat will be going out on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5 at 12 noon, and at 3 p.m. and the sunset cruise will depart on both days at 6:30 p.m. For tickets click here.

This year the Seaport cruise will take you on a breathtaking tour of the outer Norwalk Harbor where passengers will get a birds-eye view of this active and fascinating place, from the water! The cruise will then take visitors on a cruise that will take them up close to three historic lighthouses that have protected the harbor for centuries. Have your camera at the ready for unique water views of Green’s Ledge and Pecks Ledge, two of only 33 remaining spark plug lighthouses in the United States. The real highlight of this cruise is to see Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Connecticut’s iconic maritime treasure up close and from the water. Sheffield Lighthouse has been a beacon to mariners since 1868 and to see it from the water, like mariners of old is a very special experience. 

If you can’t make it on this cruise, no worries, the Seaport Association is running two daily cruises and one sunset cruise Wednesday – Sunday through August. All tickets must be purchased online in advance and all passengers must follow the Seaport’s COVID protocols and must wear a mask. For the protocols click here.

Farmers Market @ Wilton Historical Society Open Every Wednesday Through October 28, 2020

The Wilton Historical Society located on 224 Danbury Road in Wilton will be holding its Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 12 noon to 5 pm starting in June. The Wilton Farmers Market will run through October 28, 2020. 

The market is comprised of local farmers and artisans who come together and provide shoppers a venue to purchase the finest locally sourced products. Featured are local Connecticut farmers offering seasonal and organic produce, fresh baked goods and pastries, food trucks with a selection of lunch items, local artists and crafters featuring their original and one of a kind art pieces, craft breweries for non-alcoholic beverages and premium imported Italian goods direct from Italy to name a few.

With the onset of COVID-19, they will be implementing new guidelines for the 2020 season. The goal is to provide a safe market environment while limiting potential exposure to consumers, food, volunteers, vendors, and market manager. The operating guidelines are as follows:

They will limit the number of customers within the market at one time. Each vendor is allowed one shopper per space at a given time.
The recommended social distancing protocols of six (6) feet of separation between individuals will be applied by placing markers six (6) feet apart in front of vendors and around the market where necessary.
Foot traffic will be one-way. A designated entrance for shoppers will be staffed to implement proper headcount within the market during hours of operation.
All shoppers MUST wear a cloth face covering at the market. We encourage families to limit the number of people coming to the market to the primary buyer only.
Per Executive Order 7S, all market managers, staff/volunteers, and vendors must wear gloves and face masks at all times if they’re interacting with customers and/or handling products.
If a customer brings a reusable bag, vendors are not required to handle the bag or fill the bag.
Each vendor will wipe down the EBT/credit card terminal with an approved disinfectant after each use.
Each vendor will have their own hand sanitizing station available.
Each vendor is responsible for intermittently wiping down and disinfecting their work area and high touch points on the shopper’s side of their tables.
Picnic tables will be off-limits to shoppers for dining purposes.
We HIGHLY recommend pre-ordering with vendors that are offering online orders. A designated “pick up only” table by the pedestrian entrance of the market will be available for quick accesses.

Clambake to Go for Father’s Day!

The fun and novel “Clambakes To Go” are selling quickly as Father’s Day approaches. These clambakes come in one pot to conveniently cook at home and are only available for pick-up on Sunday, June 21st which is Father’s Day. Orders can only be made online at www.Chowdafest.org by Friday, June 19th at 11pm. Unfortunately, only orders made online by this date can be accepted.

Each clambake includes a live, banded 1.5 lb lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob plus it comes all in one pot that the customer keeps and cooks in. Cooking is both easy and quick as you just add water, beer, or wine to each pot which takes between just 20 and 40 minutes depending on how many clambakes are in each pot.

“Sales have been brisk as Father’s Day draws closer,” said Jim Keenan, Chief Experience Officer of Chowdafest who is organizing the effort. “We have no idea what the demand will be so we had to limit these clambakes. Hopefully, people will order early before we run out” he added. Meals are $42 each.

“Clambakes To Go” can only be picked up in Westport on Sunday, June 21st at pick-up times chosen by the customer online between Noon and 4pm. Order tickets will be scanned in and then delivered to your car in line. To make this “curbside clambake” more special for the occasion, the clambakes will include complimentary beer from Sam Adams to both cooks with and toast your Dad, seltzer-ade from Polar Beverages, butter from Cabot’s Creamery, plus lobster bibs, wet naps and a unique lobster tool compliments of Aitoro Appliances and Knot Norm’s Catering. All are available with each pot while supplies last and the recipient must be over 21 with ID to accept the beer.

For additional information about this Taste of Summer effort by Chowdafest please visit www.ClamBakeToGo.com or visit www.Chowdafest.org.