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Earth Day Celebrations in Washington!

        

Steep Rock Association, Washington Environmental Council, and the Town of Washington are organizing events this Saturday April 22 in celebration of Earth Day.

There will be an Annual Roadside Clean-up: adopt your road for Earth Day and participate in cleaning up Washington. Trash bags and a dumpster are available at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. A shredder truck will also be available to residents from 9 am until noon.

     

Join WEC & Steep Rock Association in the Steep Rock Preserve for their first annual Earth Day 5K. It is one of the prettiest 5Ks in CT! The race starts at 9 am. Come and cheer on the participants and enjoy the beautiful scenery the Shepaug River and Steep Rock Preserve have to offer. There will be fresh baked goods after the race!

To register for the race visit active.com

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Happening in the Hills: A Look around the Northwest Corner of Connecticut

While many realtors exit your life after you have finished buying or renting a home, we look forward to forging a lasting relationship and introducing you to the community in every way. Litchfield County is a special place with wonderful restaurants, galleries, land trusts, lakes, plenty of children's activities, and talented residents.

Check out one of our favorite local blogs that explores just how great the Litchfield County community is: Happening in the Hills. Happening in the Hills embraces all the great things Litchfield has to offer. From the variety of restaurants, to the various art galleries, museums, antique stores, high-end boutiques, tag sales, and more, Happening in the Hills keeps you up-to-date on all local events, gatherings, workshops, seminars, and outings throughout Litchfield County. 

A great aspect of the blog is the series of in-depth articles on our talented residents. Litchfield County is a unique community with an abundance of residents who want to share their talent with others. Happening in the Hills does a great job of highlighting their expertise and promoting their work for all of us to see.

A new addition to the blog is the local life coach expert Tal Fagin. In her "coaching corner" she answers reader's requests for advice.

Make sure to check out their blog for great recommendations if you need something to do, or if you want to give your friends a better idea of why Litchfield County is so great!

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WMS & Conversations on the Green Present: The First Hundred Days

Washington Montessori School is hosting a special edition of "Conversations on the Green" and narrow in on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Political analysts, Chris Hayes (MSNBC) and Andrew Rosenthal (New York Times), will explore the administration's initiatives and the impact of the groundswell of activism that has been present in our country. The discussion will cover Mr. Trump's controversial domestic and international agenda, the odds of its implementation and whether his first three months in office warrant praise or panic.

Set up as an interactive town hall format, there will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Jane Whitney, a former NBC News correspondent, will be moderating the panel.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Washington Montessori School Theater. There will be a reception after with Chris Hayes and Andrew Rosenthal in the WMS Library.

General Admission: $45

Reserved seating and the reception with panelists: $100

All proceeds will benefit the Washington Montessori School (240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777)

CT Spring Fun Guide!

The online blog Mommy Poppins just released their top nine things to do with kids this spring in Litchfield County. With warmer weather (hopefully) around the corner, it is a great time to explore the nature and other outdoor activities Litchfield County has to offer. Check out these recommendations and let us know which one is your favorite!

1. Sharon Audubon Center: the center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Come and meet 21 different birds of prey at the raptor exhibit, including a bald eagle and great horned owl. Take a hike through one of its many beautiful nature paths, and stop by the museum to see more fun animals and areas to play. (Sharon)

2. John J. McCarthy Observatory: a world-class astronomical observatory with a built to scale model solar system! (New Milford)

3. White Memorial Conservation Center: dedicated to protecting its forests and countryside, the center provides year-round environmental education programs for kids. Go geocaching at the Little Pond Trail, view the live snake habitat and fluorescent rock cave in the children's room, or take a hike along a boardwalk trail through a wetland environment. Make sure to check their spring break camps! (Litchfield)

 

4. Arethusa Farm & Dairy Farm: take an open house tour at the farm in Litchfield, and stop by their dairy store in Bantam to get some homemade ice cream, and cheese! (Litchfield & Bantam)

5. Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market: stop by the indoor farmer's market and check out the different vendors offering seasonal field-fresh produce. Besides the stands there are guest artists, workshops, and children's activities including story hour for the little ones. (Litchfield)

6. Daffodil Display: a lovely daffodil garden that began in the 1930s and covers a couple of acres. Open from sunrise to sunset! (Litchfield)

7. Wisdom House: this retreat and conference center is home to a classical 7-circuit labyrinth. (Litchfield)

8. Cricket Hill Garden: a specialty plant nursery, one of the first nurseries in the U.S. to sell true-to-name varieties of the Chinese Tree Peonies. Go explore their seven-acre peony festival! (Thomaston)

9. Eric Sloane Museum: a prolific artist, author, and illustrator of over 30 books. Go visit Eric Sloane's studio as well as the Kent Iron Furnace museum next door. (Kent)

 

Make the Right Move - A Great New Addition to William Raveis Real Estate!

William Raveis Real Estate recently announced the launch of the William Raveis Sports and Entertainment Division. Headed by former Red Sox relief pitcher, Chris Resop, who became a real estate agent after his Major League Baseball career, this new division provides premier concierge relocation and lifestyle services for athletes and entertainers, worldwide. Wanting to further William Raveis' ongoing commitment to supporting communities through charitable giving, a donation will also be made to a charity of the athlete or entertainer's choice for every home purchased -- William Raveis calls it Make the Right Move.

Chris Resop is an accomplished Realtor with over a decade of experience selling luxury homes and securing rentals for former league teammates and other athletes. William Raveis also has a long history of working with top athletes, celebrities, statesmen, and most recently assisted Chris Sale with his move to the Boston area.

"Chris Resop and his agent network were absolute professionals and found my family exactly what we were looking for. His team was highly knowledgeable, professional, and easy to work with." -- Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox

Chris Resop, who worked alongside William Raveis Chairman and CEO Bill Raveis to create the new division: 

"During my 14 years as a professional ball player, I pitched for six major league teams and moved more than 30 times, so I know that while a team trade can be thrilling, the sudden-up-rooting that often accompanies it puts an athlete and his family under a tremendous strain. Finding a new home for elite professional players, entertainers and their families requires discretion and sensitivity, along with a keen and instantaneous knowledge of the luxury real estate market and local communities, which is what our William Raveis' Sports & Entertainment division is all about."

 

Handpicked by Resop, the real estate agents are certified, including the signing of a non-disclosure agreement to protect the privacy of their clientele. Because of the urgency associated with a sudden move, Resop is known for responding rapidly to his clients' calls. The Sports & Entertainment division will also leverage Raveis' well-established white glove relocation and home goods services which include carrier line selection, packing, and unpacking services, shipment, tracking, transporting of vehicles and other valuables.

This next step looks like a great addition to all the wonderful services William Raveis already has to offer!

RIDE: Great Fitness Opportunity in New Preston

Sign up for a class at New Preston newest Indoor Cycling Studio: RIDE.

"Ride indoor cycling is a unique form of group exercise that focuses on endurance, strength, high/low intensity intervals and recovery that involves using a stationary bike with a weighted flywheel."

This great cardio workout burns calories, increases stamina and metabolism, and helps you develop a toned and strong body. The sessions are adapted to your fitness level, so anyone is welcome!

RIDE even offers the studio for private parties and local events!

Located next to Community Table on 202, check out their website for their class schedule.

                                                                         

 

Holiday in the Depot and More!

Check out these two fun local events that are happening in the area this weekend!

Holiday in the Depot

This Friday night Washington Depot will be hosting Holiday in the Depot for the 25th year! Join in on the holiday celebrations and walk around to the local businesses in town. All the local businesses will be open and are hosting various pop-up shops as well as art shows. So come by and say hi! Make sure to visit The Judy Black Memorial Park and Garden to check out all the different Gingerbread Houses that the businesses have made, and vote for your favorite one.

Friday December 9, 6pm - 8pm

New Preston Winter Walk

This Saturday join in on the New Preston Winter Walk:

The Seventh Annual New Preston winter bash will be more fun than ever, with several new spots to visit and more stores full of goodies. All manner of Grod will be imbibed, and many tasty treats consumed, from one end of the Village to the other.

Join in and discover New Preston and all of its great shops.

Saturday December 10, 2pm - 5pm

 

Family Fun at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens!

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens at 1 Green Hill is organizing a couple of fun family events this weekend!

Family Movie Night

Start getting in to the Christmas spirit and stop by this Friday night for a viewing of the family classic Elf.

There will be complimentary beverages, popcorn and pizza. Make sure to bring a blanket and pillow for the floor.

Friday, November 25, 6:30pm

"Families have discovered how funny and how well this little film tells its King-sized holiday message: the only size that counts is how big your heart is." - Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

         

 

Children's Holiday Crafts

Looking for something creative to do with your kids this Saturday? The Park is hosting an arts and crafts session for the whole family to enjoy. Come create memories and holiday crafts!

Saturday, November 26, 10am-2pm

New Wine Bar in New Preston!

 

 

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, go and stop by The Owl!

The owner and executive chef of the Main Street Grill in Watertown, John Bourdeau, has opened a modern wine bar in the center of New Preston. Modeled after an authentic European wine bar, The Owl provides a cozy intimate setting for you to relax with a glass of wine or craft beer. The wine bar features an extensive list of wines including the typical wine by the glass as well as rare wines. There is also a ‘small bites’ menu that features snacks such as nuts and olives, local meats and cheeses chosen to complement the wines and beers available, and various desserts.

Stop by to enjoy this unique experience!

The Owl                                         Hours
18 East Shore Rd.                           Mon/Tues: Closed
New Preston, CT                             Wed-Fri: 4p-10p
860-619-0585                                  Sat/Sun: 1p-10p
owlnewpreston.com 

 

Local Events in Washington this Weekend!

If you have some free time this weekend and are looking for fun and educational events in Washington, check out these events open to the public!

Thanksgiving Floral Design Demonstration

On November 18th at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Loretta Stagen, a professional floral designer for over twenty years, will be giving a free lecture and demonstration on designing Thanksgiving centerpieces.

During the event Loretta will demonstrate her designs by creating 5 different Thanksgiving centerpieces with flowers, foliage, and vegetables.

Loretta Stagen's floral designs are described as lush arrangements that are both stylish and timeless. Her designs will bring joy to your Thanksgiving meal!

Friday November 18th at 10:00am (Free)

                                     

Evening Owl Prowl with Steep Rock Association!

Join Fran Zygmont and Rory Larson in search of Saw-whet, Screech, Barred, and Great Horned owls.

The event will start at the Macricostas Preserve parking lot, off Christian Street. There will be a 15 minute informative talk about the different owl species, then the group will go and search for them in the preserve and around Lake Waramaug

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Participants are required to bring a flashlight and wear quiet clothing.

Saturday November 19th  6:30pm - 9:00pm (ages 6 and above)

Check out their website to register and for more information on the event!