Entertaining

Special Event this June by Conversations on the Green!

 

Oz Pearlman, mentalist and magician, will be back in Washington with another great show. A finalist on America's Got Talent, Oz Pearlman will challenge your grip on reality and your perception of the world. He will have you questioning the laws of nature, make you wonder if what you saw is even possible, and you will spend a week trying to figure it out!

This event will benefit The New Milford Hospital, The Susan B. Anthony Project, and other charities.

The event will be held at The Gunnery School on June 4 from 3pm-4:30pm

Individual tickets: $45.00

Family Plan: 4 tickets for $150

Group Plan: 10 tickets for $300

Angels on the Green: $250 per person, includes preferred seating and tickets to a private cocktail reception with Oz Pearlman following the event at the Mayflower Grace.

Seating is Limited

To reserve your seat for the event click here.

*following the reception you can enjoy a prix fixe dinner at The Mayflower Grace. Executive Chef Isaac Olivo has prepared a great 3-course dinner for $88.50 a person.

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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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!

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!

Stars Hollow Coming to Life!

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

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.
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.

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). 

Other events include:
-    Town troubadour
-    Screening of the pilot on Friday and the finale on Sunday.
-    A cocktail hour and a Friday Night Dinner (food truck style)
-    Screening of the top two episodes (by vote) on Saturday at the Town Hall
-    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.
-    Photo Opps "on the Green"
-    Book Readings at The Hickory Stick Bookstore
-    A Dance Recital at The Pavilion
-    Antique Shopping in Washington Depot & New Preston     
-    Gilmore Trivia

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

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.

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. 

*The event is sold out.

For more details about the event go to www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com
 

 

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

 

A Story of Place

A cocktail party will be held on Saturday September 10 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.

The tickets are limited so RSVP at ncac9-10-16.eventbrite.com or call 860 618 0075. Tickets are $55, and the event is located at 232 Benton Road, Morris (4:30-6:30 p.m.).

“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?"

 

Support the Arts & Humanities in Litchfield!

The Litchfield Historical Society is holding a Barn Bash Fundraiser on Saturday September 10. 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.

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.). For more information visit their website or call 860 567 4501.

 

 

Bridgewater’s Finest: Art Show & Studio Tour

The Burnham Library in Bridgewater is having a reception on Saturday September 10 to celebrate the opening of a group show, the event includes six artists who have opened their studios for a tour.

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. For more information visit their website or call 860 354 6937.

 

 

Party at Stacey's: A Holiday Feature in Litchfield Magazine

Photo:Wendy Carlson

I was excited to see the holiday issue of Litchfield magazine and the story on my ladies holiday party with good friends Susanna Salk, Marcia DeSanctis, Jessica Travelstead, Karen Davis and Cara Hodges of Oliphant Design. I had a great evening discussing our memorable holiday stories with the writer Wendy Carlson.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

'One afternoon just weeks before the Christmas season, Stacey Matthews invited professional women of every ilk- designers, writers, and retailers- to her Roxbury home to clink champagne flutes and kick off the holidays. Well, sort of.

"Actually, we do this all the time," says Matthews, of the impromptu soiree. The holiday season, however, can be an especially hectic time for Stacey, who with husband Pels is co-principal of The Matthews Group, part of William Raveis. "It's a total myth that the market is not busy here in the winter. I think a lot of agents like to spend the winter in Florida and perpetuate that myth," says Matthews. "But our weekend buyers tend to get their bonuses in December and January, so they want to buy then," she adds.

To read the entire story, please click here.

The Wine Cellar Revisited: Luxury and Modern Design

"A man, fallen on hard times, sold his art collection but kept his wine cellar. When asked why he did not sell his wine, he said, 'A man can live without art, but not without culture.'"

- Anonymous.

This Wine Cellar at Vaillant House is expertly designed to be both functional and extremely attractive. Wine cellars protect wine from harmful external influences by maintaining a consistent temperature. Wine like food is a perishable product. If wine is exposed to too much heat, light, or humidity, it can spoil. A good cellar helps the wine maintain its quality but may also improve both the aroma and complexity of a particular vintage.

Wine cellars have been in existence for over 3,700 years. Many Americans travel to France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal to visit famous wine cellars and taste premier vintage wines. Wine connoisseurs who appreciate and collect wine, particulary grape wines from certain regions, can truly appreciate a wine cellar. Is there a wonderful spot to sample a favorite wine than this sitting area outside this cellar?

Wine Spotlight from the Wine Spectator to try over the holidays:

Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnivale of Love 2012:

Sinewy, lithe and expressive, packing red berry, black cherry and cardamon aromas and flavors into a tightly focused package. The finish expands and powers up, driving a long and meary finish, displays muscle and poise. drink though 2022. From the McLaren Vale, Australia with an issue date of June 15th, 2014.

Here is an interesting article on the property that was featured in Rural Intelligence. To see more images and details on the Vaillant House, please click here.

Cheers!

Stacey Matthews featured in Happening in the Hills

A profile of Stacey Matthews is the lead story in the current issue of Happening in the Hills. Personal style, fashion, design, country life and entertaining are all featured in the article.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

"As a former Wall Street trader, Stacey Matthews certainly saw the value in the unique beauty of Litchfield County when she first came here fourteen years ago. Originally just spending weekends in an antique farmhouse that she renovated with her husband Pels, the couple and their twin boys eventually moved to the area full time. Now, the owner of a successful real estate agency, Matthews has formed bonds with numerous artisans, designers, retailers, chefs and other local businesses.

Tall with striking auburn hair, Matthews has a strong sense of personal style both in the home and with her apparel and accessory choices. On this day, she wore a bold Madeline Weinrib brown and white striped caftan dress paired with a pendant from the Indian design collaborative Yatra. We asked her about some of her influences, inspirations and style must-haves."

 

To read on the entire article, click on the link below:

Happening in the Hills: Style, Substance and Real Estate Savvy