Luxurious Chocolates for Valentine's Day

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/e37a7b6d5ac44fba78c050eeda5938c2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn'thurt.<br> Charles M. Schulz</p> <p>How do I love thee? Let me count the ways….. in chocolate! The gift of flowers, wine and chocolate are romantic gestures, much appreciated by the beloved on Valentine’s Day. Of all of these, the sweetest and most luscious is chocolate. We are so lucky to have three wonderful chocolatiers who create the most sumptuous treats including the decadent cabernet sauvignon dark chocolate truffles from <a href="http://milkhousechocolates.net/">Thorncrest Farm</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/slide_2%20Thorncrest.jpg" style="width: 532px; height: 356px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Valentine's Day Pink Heart Box filled with Cabernet Sauvignon Chocolate Truffles</p> <p><a href="http://milkhousechocolates.net/">Throncrest Farm</a> is known as the home of the 'single cow origin chocolates' and credit their success (they were voted best chocolate by Connecticut Magazine in 2015) to the 'magic in their milk'. You may imagine a bunch of generic Bessies in the field but it is Karissma, the big black sleek matriach of the farm, who makes the ultra rich smooth cream used in these truffles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/slide_3%20Signature%20Chocolate%20Crumb%20Chocolates%20Throncrest.jpg" style="width: 532px; height: 356px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Signature Chocolate Crumb Chocolates from Thorncrest Farm</p> <p>While you are picking out these delicious chocolates, why not sign up your Valentine for one of their farm classes? There is a one and a half hour class in making Butter, Yogurt and Creme Fraiche that takes place on April 9th, 2016 at 2:30. For more information, click <a href="http://milkhousechocolates.net/products/favorites-class">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/pink%20Bridgewater.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 460px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Pretty Pink Box from Bridgewater Chocolates</p> <p><a href="http://www.bridgewaterchocolate.com/">Bridgewater Choclates</a> offers a variety of chocolates including turtles, toffees, caramels, truffles, peanut butter patties, hazelnut pralines, and more... All of the selections are handmade from the finest ingredients. This renowned chocolatier in Bridgewater,CT was originalled established by Erik Landefren who came from Stockholm, Sweden to open the highly acclaimed restaurant, Aquivit in NYC. The quality of the chocolates has been recognized by restaurants, retail stores and gourmet shops and their products are sold in many locations.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/hearts_with_flowers_cherry-hearts_800x800%20Bridgewater.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 460px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Hearts with Flowers from Bridgewater Chocolates</p> <p><a href="http://www.kentcoffee.com/">Kent Coffee & Chocolate</a> has been a go to stop on Kent’s Main Street for over twenty five years. The store's patrons fill up the store for rich cups of joe while the chocolatiers in the back are busily making truffles and hand-dipped choclates. This is the spot to pick up a sweet selection of lovingly made confections for your favorite Valentine!</p> <p> </p> <p>They also offer Valentine chocolate roses or the man in your life ..... how about whimsical choices like chocolate alligators, funky jelly bean monkeys or chocolate peanut butter 'bugs'? Have a little fun on Valentine's Day, the most romantic day of the year!</p> <p> </p> <p>Shop Locations:</p> <p>Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company</p> <p>Address: 8 N Main St, Kent, CT 06757</p> <p>Phone:(860) 927-1445</p> <p> </p> <p>Thorncrest Farm and Creamery</p> <p>Address: 280 Town Hill Road, Goshen 06756</p> <p>Phone: 860-309-2545</p> <p> </p> <p>Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store<br><br> Address: 559 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT 06804<br><br> Phone: (203) 775-2286<br>  </p> <p>Other locations include:<br><br> Bridgewater Village Store, Bridgewater CT<br><br> Good News Cafe, Woodbury, CT<br><br> Villarina's Pasta & More, Southbury CT</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">ENJOY!</p> <p><br><br>  </p> <p> </p>

After School Arts Program offers February Fun

tech <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/ASAP%20PHOTO%205.jpg" style="width: 580px; height: 340px;"></p> <p>The After School Arts Program (ASAP) will offer an engaging series of performances, projects and classes throughout the month of February. Their vision and mission is inspiring: "to honor children's imagination, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks, and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered and resilient adults the world really needs." </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/ASAP%20PHOTO%204.jpg" style="width: 580px; height: 340px;"></p> <p>There will be a 'Music in the Schools, In School Performance' at Shepaug High School this Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. There are two snow dates; Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/WSC_PLAYING-IN-THE-BAND.jpg" style="width: 542px; height: 293px;"></p> <p>Who doesn't want to be a rock star? Playing in the Band for Grades 6-12 will take place on Tuesday, February 23 from 2:30pm – 4:15pm. It will be taught by Joe Bouchard in the Shepaug School Band Room.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/AllIsNotLost_WEB.jpg" style="width: 540px; height: 345px;"></p> <p>ASAP will Present Pilobolus on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th at 7 pm. The performances with the Inter-District Project and Communith Dance Project will take place at Pomperaug Regional High School, 234 Judd Road, Southbury, CT 06488. The snow date is Sunday, February 21st at 2 pm. For tickets, click <a href="http://afterschoolartsprogram.org/asap-events/asap-presents-pilobolus-with-the-inter-district-and-community-dance-projects/"> here</a>. Tickets are selling fast so make sure to register for this spectacular event!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5739/blog/SP_WEBSITE_Cooking1.jpg" style="width: 580px; height: 340px;"></p> <p>Calling all child chefs! Anne Gallagher will teach a Pre-K cooking class on Wednesdays, February 17th through March 2nd from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm. The class will take place in Wersebe Hall.<br>  </p> <p>About The After School Arts Program:<br> ASAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing?young people with opportunities to create beautiful and meaningful works of art in a creative?and collaborative environment. By inspiring the next generation to discover and embrace?their own creativity.ASAP hopes to not only enrich lives, but to change them forever.</p> <p>For more information about these programs and about ASAP, please click <a href="http://afterschoolartsprogram.org/">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

Make James Taylor's Former Litchfield County Retreat Your Very Own


Make this gorgeous home in Litchfield County, which was formerly the private retreat of singer/songwriter James Taylor, your very own. Fully renovated and brought up to date with every modern amenity in 1997, this stunning retreat is set in a rolling dell admist a babbling brook with mature trees circling the scenic driveway.


The main house boasts flawless craftsmanship and 5 bedrooms with a 60' heated gunite pool just outside, as well as a 5 car garage with a huge studio apartment above. Also on the property is a detached garage adjacent to the house and a horse barn in the rear paddock. Owner Agent.



Call or email Philippa Malkin at philippa.f.malkin@raveis.com or 203-770-1060 for more information or visit The Matthews Group website

Community Day in Washington Depot on June 7th

Community DayWe have such fond memories of last year's Community day when we had just moved into out new offices on Green Hill Road. It is hard to believe a year has passed and now we have another glorious day to enjoy in Washington Depot.

The 4th Annual Washington Business Association's Community Day is this Saturday, June 7, from 10 AM- 3 PM. The celebration will take place on the Bryan Memorial Town Hall Green, located at the intersection of Routes 47 & 109, in Washington Depot.

Ample parking is available at the Washington Primary School, and shuttle buses will take you to and from the event.The day will feature fun, food, face painting, information, merchandise and activities for the entire family.

White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant
The White Horse Country Pub will be on hand with their crew on the green in front of the town hall with a delicious selection of country fare. The Mayflower Grace will also be offering a selection of the chef's specialities for the local community to sample.

'Art fun' will be the theme forThe Washington Art Association withdemonstrations and art making on the lawn for the whole family! Washington Art Association

Community Day will take place rain or shine, so we hope you will all enjoy!



Country Life: The Release of the Red Hawk


We were thrilled to hear that 'Red', the hawk that had been discovered in distress by Pels in Bridgewater, has recovered and been released back into the wild!

Two weeks ago, our friend Kathy Root had helped us coral him as he could not fly and desperately needed medical assistance. He was eventually transferred to the Audubon Sharon Facility in Sharon, CT. Here is an update given to us by Kathy about Red's recovery:

"He is actually a red- shouldered hawk (not a red-tailed hawk). He had a smallfracture on his humerus but didn't require surgery. He was on pain meds for afew days and then became very "feisty" as the Sharon Audubon rehab coordinator, Erin, put it. She put him into the flying cage so he could spread his wings, but
then he didn
't move around very much. Erin became worried about him, so shebrought him indoors again. After a few more days, he became feisty andenergetic and then she put him back in the flying area. It quickly becameevident to her that he was ready. Red was released back into the wild on Tuesday!"

A Fashion Design Installation with a Talented Area Student

Sacha Portrait Tomorrow, Saturday May 10th, one of the talented young students from Shepaug High School will debut a fashion collection at the renowned Washington fine art gallery, KMR Arts. All students at this regional school must complete a senior project as part of their graduation requirements.

Sacha Piscuskas has created a line of clothes that meld luxe fabrics with unique design.Though the whole collection has a young urban vibe, the clothes could also be worn in a cool country setting.

Sacha Clothing


There has been much excitement among students, parents and the community at large for this 

particular project.

"It is rewarding to host and support one of the young creative members of 

our community," adds Kathy Root, owner of KMR Arts,"and I look forward to seeing this senior fashion design project installed in the gallery."

The event will take place from 3 - 5pm tomorrow and a large crowd of local fashion enthusiasts are expected to attend. Please see the flyer below for details.

Special Mother's Day Activity and Brunch


Mother's Day Craft Program at The Gunn Memorial Library

May 10 between 10:30 and 2:00

"Show the love! Dads and caregivers are invited to bring children to the library to make a special gift especially for Mother's Day. Children of all ages are invited to create a personal present, while giving kids some quality time with Dad and perhaps an hour of free time for that special Mom. Ssshhh! -- it's a surprise! All supplies will be provided free, including gift wrapping. Registration is suggested."

For more information visit the Gunn Memorial Library site or call860-868-2310

Mothers Day Brunch atThe Mayflower Grace

May 11th between 12 pm and 7 pm

Show your appreciation to the most important woman in your world, Mom and treat her to a deliciousbrunch menu overlooking our stunning Shakespeare Gardens.

Call 860-868-9466 for reservations.

Country Living



Well we saved a bird this week. Well, technically, Pels, my friend Kathy and her Daughter saved him, but I was very encouraging over the phone. And it was a rather large bird, a red tail hawk! I think Pels may have given up earlier without my moral support so I am taking some credit. Pels went to photograph a cool new mid century listing of ours in Bridgewater about5:00last night. While trekking out back to get the best photo from the other side of the pond, he noticed the hawk hopping about in obvious distress.

First, we tried the Sharon Audubon center (closed) then the DEEP (they dont do anything), then several other rescue facilities (full, they dont pick up, can you drive him to Lyme?) Then we called every vet we know in the area.... Finally, Dr. Elwell in Roxbury said he would care for the bird but we had to get him there. He suggest a fishing net and also warned that the bird would shit all over the car during transport. hmmm, no. I suggested I would bring our cat carrier down. Not big enough. So then I suggested calling friends who had dogs and finding a dog carrier.

Luckily, when hearing of the predicament, our great friend Kathy came to the rescue. She rushed to Bridgewater with dog crate, shovel, styrofoam sled, and towel! After several passes they were able to guide the bird to hop into the dog crate and cover it with the towel so he would be calm. He is now comfortably ensconced at Dr Elwells hopefully eating some defrosted mice? Kathy's daughter who was also a great help has named him Red. We will check in on him in a few days.Pels got home at9:00...

Easter Activities in the Neighborhood


This Easter weekend there are many events in Litchfield County. The Gunn Memorial Librarywill have easter egg dyeing this Saturday from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm.

The Mayflower Gracewill hold anEaster Egg Scavenger Hunt, April 20th As described, "Gather your little chicks and visit our beautiful Shakespeare Garden for an exciting Easter egg huntand count your spoils at our spring-inspired Easter Day dinner.Scavenger hunt starts at 10am." To RSVP call: 860-868-9466.

The Litchfield Egg Hunttakes place Friday, April 18 at 10:00 am at the Community Field Playscape and the Ripley and Porter Baseball.

For something a little different, the Easter Bunny will visit the Danbury Railway Museum this Saturday.Admission includes:
- Ride through our railyard on a vintage train
- Visit with the Easter Bunny in his special railroad car
- Small gift for children from the Easter Bunny


We welcome Liberty Lemonade to the Neighborhood

Liberty Lemondae 3"When Life gives you Lemons make Lemonade, then go Shopping!" This is the message fromLiberty Lemonade on the weekend on their grand opening.

Liberty Lemonade will carry footwear lines for all ages with a wide choice of trendsetting brands such as Aquatalia, Wolky and Anyi Luto. The fashion is a curated selection of luxe, relaxed designs from Trina Turk, Cortland Park, Splendid and many more... They will have a full offering of accessories including handbags, ties, scarves, socks, gloves and jewelry...

As reported in the Litchfield County Times, "Alisa La Liberte, a New England native, who recently relocated from Silicon Valley, Calif., is putting the finishing touches on Liberty Lemonade, a shoe store she envisions as serving as a comfortable haven for families while they shop. To provide that comfort, Ms. La Liberte has decorated the open space with two couches and chairs so customers can relax while they try on shoes or just sit back and enjoy the free lemonade and cookies served to 


We wish Alisa every success in her new venture! Please find below the details for this grand opening weekend:

Liberty Lemonade 2

Liberty Lemonade Flyer


  1. Alisa La Liberte on

    Thanks to the local community for welcoming me with open arms!