Blog :: 2016

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 


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


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!



Gilmore Girls Coming to Washington Depot!

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;">Stars Hollow Coming to Life!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="" style="width: 351px; height: 225px;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:8px;">Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly</span></p> <p>On October 21, 22, and 23 Washington Connecticut, the town widely known as the home to many of the sites Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered inspiration from for her original script, will transform into the fictional Stars Hollow and host the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest. This weekend will give Gilmore Girls fans the chance to visit and stroll through the town where the story took place.<br> Fans will be able to experience familiar events from the show, such as tea at the inn, a cake tasting at the market, coffee at the hardware store, a staged knit-a-thon, and a Friday night dinner.</p> <p>One of the highly anticipated events is a cast panel which will take place on Saturday, October 22. Confirmed appearances during the festival include: Jackson Douglas (Jackson, Rini Bell (Lulu), Aris Alvarado (Caesar), Biff Yeager (Tom), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Vanessa Marano (April), Rose Abdoo (Gypsy) and Ted Rooney (Morey). </p> <p>Other events include:<br> -    Town troubadour<br> -    Screening of the pilot on Friday and the finale on Sunday.<br> -    A cocktail hour and a Friday Night Dinner (food truck style)<br> -    Screening of the top two episodes (by vote) on Saturday at the Town Hall<br> -    A cooking segment to introduce the new 'Eat Like a Gilmore’ cookbook. Kristi Carlson, the author of the cookbook (coming out the end of October), will also be on hand to discuss recipes you might find at Luke's Diner or Sookie's kitchen.<br> -    Photo Opps "on the Green"<br> -    Book Readings at The Hickory Stick Bookstore<br> -    A Dance Recital at The Pavilion<br> -    Antique Shopping in Washington Depot & New Preston     <br> -    Gilmore Trivia</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 362px; height: 225px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:8px;">Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly</span></p> <p><em>What comes to mind, for me, every time I think about the festival, is a direct quote from Amy Sherman-Palladino in a 2001 Desert News interview about her thoughts on the series. Pulling one from Amy's book I'll say, 'If I can make people feel this much of what I felt walking around this fairy town, I thought that would be wonderful'. And that's really why we're doing this, it's all for fun, for fellow fans.</em></p> <p>The festival offers fans a chance to experience parallels of the fictional town, Stars Hollow, highlighting some of the most crucial elements that made the town so impressionable to the creator. </p> <p><strong>*The event is sold out.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details about the event go to <a href=""></a>. </strong><br>  </p> <p> </p>

Steep Rock Association Fall Programs!

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;">Join Us for Fall Fun with Steep Rock Association!</span></p> <p>Check out the fun-filled and educational nature exploration programs that Steep Rock is hosting this fall. From studying reptiles and insects to historical hikes in our beautiful Steep Rock Preserve, there is something fun for everyone!</p> <p>Space is limited! <a href=""> Register online</a> to secure your spot for one of these great programs!</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Snakes of Connecticut                               <img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="" style="width: 161px; height: 143px;"></strong></span></p> <p><u>Tuesday September 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</u></p> <p>Join Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles for a power-point presentation on the natural history and identification of Connecticut's native species of snakes. This will be followed by an introduction to several of Connecticut's snakes, including the famous Northern Copperhead.</p> <p>The program will be held at the Gunn Memorial Library: 5 Wykeham Road, Washington CT.</p> <p>For Ages 12+ - children must be accompanied by an adult.</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website.</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>River Bug Hunt!</strong></span></p> <p><u>Saturday September 24, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.</u></p> <p>Join Rory Larson, Steep Rock Association's Land Steward, for a morning in the Shepaug River. Scour submerged rocks immediately upstream of the riding ring bridge in Steep Rock Preserve and identify the dislodged bugs! All equipment (nets and bins) will be provided.</p> <p>The program will start in the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.</p> <p>All ages welcome – children must be accompanied by an adult.</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Hike with us on the Roxbury-Tunnel Road Connector</strong></span></p> <p><u>Saturday October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</u></p> <p>Hike from the Tunnel Road from the Steep Rock Preserve Riding Ring in Washington, to Roxbury’s Battle Swamp Preserve during a collaborative Roxbury Land Trust – Steep Rock Association hike. Guides from both the Roxbury Land Trust and Steep Rock Association will lead the three-mile, one-way hike. Along the way, these hike leaders will discuss, among other things, the history of the preserves, land trust resource management, and the Shepaug River.</p> <p>The program will start in the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.</p> <p>For Ages 15+ - children must be accompanied by an adult.</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Nature on the Go…at the Library!</strong></span></p> <p><u>Saturday October 1, 1:00 p.m. for families</u></p> <p><u>Tuesday October 4, 3:00 p.m. for K-1st graders</u></p> <p><u>Thursday October 6, 3:30 p.m. for 2nd and 3rd graders</u></p> <p>Explore nature indoors with stories and crafts. Nature books read to you by Steep Rock Association (SRA) staff & volunteers surely add delight to your day. From sunflowers to butterflies, children will discover some of nature’s joys and mysteries.</p> <p>The program will be held at the Gunn Memorial Jr Library.</p> <p>Please contact the Gunn Memorial Library for registration: 860 868 2310</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Blessing of the Animals</span></strong></p> <p><u>Sunday October 2, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</u></p> <p>In honor of St. Francis Assisi’s birthday, an interfaith Blessing of the Animals will be held at the Riding Ring near the main parking lot of Steep Rock Preserve.  Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hamsters, parakeets...all creatures great and small are welcome to bring their human companions and receive a blessing for health and well-being. Photographs of beloved animals who are no longer with us can also be brought for blessing. Volunteers from Steep Rock Association will welcome you while First Congregational Church of Washington volunteers will be on hand to offer blessing and refreshments of all sorts for animals and their human attendants.</p> <p>Registration is not necessary!</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Holiday House Hike into History</span></strong></p> <p><u>Saturday October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</u></p> <p>Join Steep Rock Trustees for a historic trip back in time to explore the ruins of the magnificent hotel designed by Architect Ehrick Rossiter, which once stood on a Steep Rock hillside overlooking the Shepaug River, and examine how the Holiday House impacted the lives of so many of its visitors.</p> <p>The program will start at the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.</p> <p>For more information on this program visit their <a href=""> website</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;">Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>A Story of Place</strong></span></p> <p>A cocktail party will be held on <strong>Saturday September 10</strong> in honor of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Guests are invited to join for cocktails and explore the newly restored 1769 Benton/Anderson Farm studio of artist Michael Quadland.</p> <p>The tickets are limited so RSVP at <a href=""></a> or call 860 618 0075. Tickets are $55, and the event is located at 232 Benton Road, Morris (4:30-6:30 p.m.).</p> <p><em>“What can an old house tell us about the past life and times of the people who lived there? And what can its restoration and repurposing tell us about the present and future?"</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="" style="width: 298px; height: 147px;"></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Support the Arts & Humanities in Litchfield!</strong></span></p> <p>The Litchfield Historical Society is holding a Barn Bash Fundraiser on <strong>Saturday September 10</strong>. The Barn Bash features cocktails, dinner, and entertainment from jazz singer Wanda Houston. Proceeds from the event will support the LHS’s educational programs and their new Tapping Reeve Landscape project, which will recreate elements of landscapes long found in Litchfield.</p> <p>Tickets for the bash start at $125 per person. The Barn Bash is located at the White Barn at South Farms, 21 Higbie Road, Morris (6:30-11:00 p.m.). <strong>For more information visit their <a href=""> website</a> or call 860 567 4501.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 376px; height: 147px;"></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Bridgewater’s Finest: Art Show & Studio Tour</strong></span></p> <p>The Burnham Library in Bridgewater is having a reception on <strong>Saturday September 10</strong> to celebrate the opening of a group show, the event includes six artists who have opened their studios for a tour.</p> <p>This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The reception is located at the Burnham Library 62 Main Street South, Bridgewater (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.). The show will be up until September 29. Maps are available at the library and studios. <strong>For more information visit their <a href="">website</a> or call 860 354 6937.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

Land Trust Picnics!

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;">Celebrate the end of summer with our two favorite land trust picnics!</span></p> <p>Steep Rock Association and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust invite you to join them for their Annual Family Picnic and Fall Celebration!</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="" style="width: 88px; height: 87px;"></p> <p>On Saturday<strong> September 10,</strong> Steep Rock Association is hosting their annual family picnic from noon until 2 p.m. There will be complimentary programs, hamburgers, hotdogs, fixings, lemonade, and cookies! The picnic will take place at the Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot.</p> <p>No registration required!</p> <p>For more information and directions go to their <u><strong><a href="">website</a></strong></u></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height: 150px; width: 119px;"></p> <p>On Saturday <strong>September 17,</strong> Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is having their Fall Celebration from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The program includes breakfast, hot air ballooning (weather permitting), hayrides, annual meeting, BBQ lunch, nature hikes, live music by Switch Factory, face painting, and arts & crafts. Located across from Smyrski Farm: 238 Merryall Road, New Milford CT.</p> <p> All day family fun!</p> <p>For more information visit their <strong><a href=""> website</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">  <img alt="" src="" style="width: 295px; height: 175px;">      <img alt="" src="" style="width: 158px; height: 175px;">        <img alt="" src="" style="width: 218px; height: 175px;"></p> <p> </p>

The Bridgewater Country Fair!

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;">Don't miss out on the Bridgewater Country Fair fun!</span></p> <p>Make sure to stop by the Bridgewater Fair <strong>this weekend</strong> for a traditional fair experience. Focused on preserving the character of country fairs, the Bridgewater Fair is an event where farmers and other country folk come together to compete with their prized livestock, produce, and arts and crafts.</p> <p>                                            <img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="" style="width: 461px; height: 308px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:11px;">Photo Courtesy of The Bridgewater Country Fair</span></p> <p>Besides the contests there is a lot to see and participate in at the Fair. Events offered all weekend include: rides, amusements, commercial tents, industrial and agricultural exhibits, hunting and fishing expo, dunking booth, mechanical bull, and knocker ball. <a href="">Check the schedule</a> for the livestock shows, children’s pedal tractor pull, antique tractor pull, children’s pet parade, pie eating, hay bale throwing, baking contests, home and art contests and much more, to make sure that you don’t miss out!</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 332px; height: 183px;">                        <img alt="" src="" style="width: 334px; height: 179px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:11px;">Photo Courtesy of The Bridgewater Country Fair</span></p> <p>There is also a large variety of great food tents throughout the fairgrounds serving all kinds of treats from hotdogs to chocolate covered bacon. Make sure to try the famous roast beef sandwiches, chicken breasts, and corn!</p> <p>On Friday evening the Annual Bridgewater Fair Parade will kick off the weekend festivities. The parade starts at 6:45 pm with marching bands, color guard, and many other attractions making their way down Main St, Bridgewater. The parade features Volunteer Fire Companies from Connecticut and New York. They will be carrying their colors and showing off their newest trucks and antique fire equipment. </p> <p>                                           <img alt="" src="" style="width: 461px; height: 309px;">  </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:11px;">Photo Courtesy of The Bridgewater Country Fair</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 462px; height: 358px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:11px;">Photo Courtesy of The Bridgewater Country Fair</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;">A great family outing with something fun for everyone!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Check out their <a href="">website</a> for more information on hours, location and tickets (Parking is Free!).</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p>