Monday, June 18, 2012


HEAR SOME HISTORY!

The Fourteenth Annual “Tuesdays At Six” lecture series sponsored by the Falls Village/Canaan Historical Society begins with its Tuesday, June 26th lecture “Who Were Those Men of Iron?” presented by The Friends of Beckley Furnace including Ed Kirby, Geoff Brown, Dick Paddock, and Fred Warner.

This series of summer lectures runs from 6 PM to 7 PM every Tuesday through August 14, 2012 at the beautifully restored 1804 South Canaan Meeting House at the junction of Routes 7 & 63 in Falls Village, Connecticut.  Admission is free; donations of any size are gratefully accepted in support of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts.

On Tuesday, June 26 the lecture series continues with “The Future of the News” by Sandy Padwe.  Professor Padwe received his B.A. from Penn State and has worked as a reporter for United Press International and the Newspaper Enterprise Association.  

Tuesdays at Six, June 19 through August 14
South Canaan Meeting House, Junction of Rtes 7 & 63
Call 860-824-8226 for more information.  Visit us on Facebook.

Monday, June 4, 2012

WALK THIS WAY

On June 16 at the Hunt Library Linda Napier of Southbury will share photos and tales of her hike along Scotland’s West Highland Way, which have been compiled in the beautiful photography book, “The Way: The West Highland Way.” Refreshments will be served following the presentation. 


What would you do to celebrate your sixtieth year? Soak up the sun in the islands? Join AARP? How about hiking 96 miles through the Highlands of Scotland? 

In May of 2011, Linda Napier and her long-time friend Wendy marked their sixtieths by hiking the West Highland Way. Through rain, high winds and hail, the two women learned surprising and profound lessons while trekking the rugged and desolate trail where Rob Roy and other clansman once roamed. 

Linda Napier is a registered nurse, former health columnist, photographer, poet and author of the book "Tender Medicine: Touching the Heart, Healing the Hurt." She is presently in graduate school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

This presentation is sponsored by Peter Beck's Village Store, Salisbury

Walk the Way: 
A Book & Slideshow presentation on Scotland's West Highland Way with Linda Napier
Saturday, June 16, 6pm; Free, Refreshments
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main StFalls VillageCT 06031, 860-824-7424

Sunday, June 3, 2012

ROBERT CRONIN'S
THE LAST FIGURE PICTURE SHOW
RECEPTION: SUNDAY JUNE 10, 4PM
HOTCHKISS LIBRARY, SHARON

ROBERTCRONINART.COM


Thursday, May 31, 2012


ARTISTS' STUDIO TOUR COMING TO NW CORNER

Thirty-four artists will open their creative spaces to the public to show their work and discuss their creative processes during the Open Your Eyes Studio Tour.  The tour takes place in the towns of Sharon, Salisbury/Lakeville, North Canaan & Falls Village on Saturday, June 23 from 10 – 5 pm and Sunday, June 24 from 10 – 4 pm and is free to the public.

A Preview Party for the Tour, free for anyone interested in the tour, will be held Saturday, June 9, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Hollenbeck Room at Geer Village, North Canaan, CT.  RSVPs are requested and more information is available at openyoureyestour.org.  Tour goers that pre-register for a nominal fee of $10 will receive a handy tote filled with goodies including a map, suggested itineraries and special offers from local eateries.

The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour artists are Joey Jablonski, Bernie Re, Janet Newman, Judy Wyer, Frank Grusauskas, Battle Hill Forge, Carol Hart, Sergei Fedorjaczenko, Clifton Jaeger, John Pirnak, Karin Gerstel, Nunwell Glass, Patricia Decker, Warren Prindle, Alistair Jones, Shaari Horowitz, Ellen Griesedieck, Judy Albright, Pieter Lefferts, Kate Stiassni, Will Trowbridge, Nancy Zarider, Lilly Woodworth, Randy Orzano, Mary Close, Diane Schapira, Joel Schapira, John Atchley, Roger McKee, Serena Granbery, Marjory Reid, Dorothy Fox, Lynn Curtis and Geer Village’s resident artists.  

The tour is organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and sponsored by Sharon Hospital, Housatonic Heritage, Goulet Printery, Geer, The White Gallery, Lime Rock Park, and Salisbury General Story/Passports, media sponsors Housatonic Publications and WSHU Radio, with additional support from Alcoa Howmet, The Hills Magazine, Founders Group, Salisbury Bank & Trust, the Lakeville Journal Group and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development/Office of the Arts.

For more information, head on over to openyoureyestour.org

Tour Preview Party: 
Sat June 9, 5:30-7:30pm; Hollenbeck Room at Geer Village
Open Your Eyes Studio Tour: Sat June 23 & Sun June 24



JOHN HODGSON EXHIBITS NEW PAINTINGS

For the month of June, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present an exhibition of new abstract paintings by John Hodgson, a young and talented emerging artist whose use of classic brush techniques combined with non-traditional tools and methods create paintings that are compelling, beautiful, and bold.  A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, June 8 from 5pm to 7pm.


Mr. Hodgson began creating art in the fall of 2007. He developed unique painting techniques while working with several art instructors, including his current teacher, Baris Gokturk. Artists who have seen his work have expressed their admiration for the purity and freedom with which he paints. Through his work, John shows that people on the autism spectrum, like him, have much to contribute to their communities.


John's paintings are included in private collections in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  His supporters and fans are working to share his incredible art with a wider audience, in hopes of spreading his positive message.  

To learn more about the artist and view his work visit parkbenchartist.com

John Hodgson: New Paintings
Friday June 8 through Saturday June 30
Reception: Friday June 8, 5pm to 7pm, Free
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031, 860-824-7424
Library Hours: Tu 10-5,  W 2-8,  Th 10-5,  F 2-6,  Sa 10-2

Monday, May 21, 2012

FOLKS & DAY CARE GIANT TAG SALE BENEFIT

The Friends of Lee Kellogg School (FOLKS) and the Falls Village Day Care Center are preparing for their annual Giant Tag Sale which will take place a the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3.  Early birds can get in early on Saturday for $5 from 7am to 9am. On Sunday, bargain hunters can stuff a bag for $2.50 or buy items at half price.
Spring cleaners looking to donate items for the sale can drop them off at Kellogg School from May 29 through June 1 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm each day.  Items including clothes, appliances, books and cds, electronics, furniture and more should be in clean, good working order.  
FOLKS is the volunteer parent and teacher group for Lee H. Kellogg School. The proceeds from the giant tag sale will be used to help support sports and arts programs, field trips, and special equipment purchases for student activities.  Funds raised will also support the Falls Village Day Care Center’s needs, such as art supplies, science materials, playground equipment, books, music, toys and games, as well as capital improvements.
For more information contact Jaimie Sadeh at rosehip0452@att.net
GIANT TAG SALE
Lee H. Kellogg School, 47 Main Street, Falls Village
Saturday June 2, 9am to 4pm / Early Birds $5, 7am to 9am
Sunday June 3, 9am to 2pm / Stuff-a-Bag $2.50 or Items 1/2 price

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


"All gardening is landscape painting."

William Kent, the English architect, landscape and furniture designer, wrote these timeless words in the 18th century.  They still apply today.

On May 26 & 27, The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will hold its annual Homegrown Plant Sale.  As always, there will be a huge selection of flowers and vegetables all grown by local gardeners.  Several varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs, berries, tomatoes and other vegetables will be available.  In addition, there will be a  hand-picked selection of gardening, cooking, and home improvement books at low prices as well as items available for silent auction or chance including a garden ornament from Battle Hill Forge, a planter created by local gardener Karen Lindquist, and a beehive tour with novice beekeeper, Jenny Law. 

There’s nothing like the conviviality of plant lovers as they gather to swap tips and enjoy the promises of the Spring season.  The sharing of homegrown plants is a wonderful tradition helping to enhance the beauty of our gardens and the health of our community.  

D.M. Hunt Homegrown Plant Sale
Saturday May 26 & Sunday May 27, 9am to 3pm, Free
David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main StreetFalls VillageCT 06031
860-824-7424


Thursday, May 10, 2012

BINGO NIGHT FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!  

This Friday, May 11 at 7pm, The Falls Village Scholarship Association will be hosting their annual Bingo Night at the Lee H. Kellogg School.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Proceeds benefit Kellogg students heading off to college, typically awarding $1000 each to 5 to 10 students per year.  Folks wishing to support the scholarship fund but unable to attend Bingo Night can mail their contributions made out to FVSA to Carmela Barger, FVSA Treasurer, PO Box 292, Falls Village, CT  06031.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

ROBERT CRONIN: THE CIRCLE PAINTINGS

Saturday May 5 is a busy day -- Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, a supermoon -- but don't miss Bob Cronin's Circle Paintings at the David M. Hunt Library.

When visiting Robert Cronin’s Falls Village home and studio, one will immediately notice the proliferation of canvases carefully grouped in every available storage space. For a career that goes back to the late 1950s and stretches from Boston to RISD and from New York to the Berkshires, that’s a lot of work to view. At first, it seems that an abrupt change had occurred in Cronin’s paintings. There are figurative allegories that remind one of film stills. There are bright geometrics in a walk-in closet. There is still life in the bathroom. When viewed chronologically, the work follows a clear path, a narrowing of focus, and a return to its abstract beginnings.

The transition of Cronin’s work from still-life to abstraction can be seen in this new exhibit where the Circle Paintings are juxtaposed with a few still-life canvases that immediately precede the circle work. Here the viewer will see traditional still-life objects morphing into circles that break through the confinements of the still-life space with animated movement.

Robert Cronin: The Circle Paintings
Reception: Saturday, May 5th, 5pm to 7pm
Exhibit: May 4 through June 2
FREE, wheelchair accessible
David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village
860-824-7424

Friday, March 30, 2012

REMEMBERING CHRIS: AN EXHIBIT IN HONOR OF CHRISTOPHER R. MORLEY, 1953-2011


For the month of April, The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will honor a dear friend, Chris Morley, with an art exhibit featuring his work and that of three local artists who knew him well: Michael Gellatly, Pieter Lefferts, and Karen LeSage. The exhibit will be on display on the library’s art wall from April 9 through April 28. A reception with refreshments will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 5pm to 7pm.

Mr. Morley, who passed away in April of 2011, helped make the library’s art wall a permanent feature for the exhibition of local artists. The library’s art wall committee thought it would be appropriate to honor Chris this year with an exhibit of three artists who were his close friends and whose work he collected.


Michael Gellatly, who was Chris’ art instructor for several years, is the illustrator for the popular mystery writer, Rita Mae Brown. Mr. Gellatly’s work (right) in this exhibit includes graphite drawings featuring corgis and other animal characters from Ms. Brown’s books including the cat heroine, Mrs. Murphy.

Pieter Lefferts, a painter and art instructor from Sharon , will exhibit a selection of his landscapes, both in oil and pastel. Pieter was Chris’ choice for the inaugural exhibit on the Hunt Library’s art wall in April of last year.

Karen LeSage’s first exhibit of her enigmatic abstract landscapes took place at the Hunt Library in 2002. Since then, Karen has exhibited regularly at venues around the Berkshires, most notably with the Ober Gallery in Kent .

In addition to these artists’ work, the library is pleased to exhibit works by Chris Morley himself. Chris’ work, on loan to the library by his wife, Leone, includes a gentle and subdued self portrait and several eccentric still life paintings that display a humorous combination of brightly-colored objects. Ms. LeSage said of Chris last year, “I have never met an art appreciator like him. He collected art with unbridled glee and, in recent years, began making art himself. His first paintings were remarkably vital and reinforced my belief that ‘passion trumps technique.’”

April 6 through April 28


Reception: Saturday, April 14, 5-7pm; Refreshments; Free; wheelchair accessible
David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031 / 860-824-7424

Thursday, March 15, 2012

LOCAL HISTORY PRESENTATION: THE FOUNDING OF THE HUNT LIBRARY on March 24


For the month of March, and in honor of Women’s History Month, The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will focus its attention on the family that established and built an institution that has served its community for over 120 years.

On Saturday, March 24th, there will be a lecture entitled The Founding of the David M. Hunt Library, accompanied by many historic pictures and an exhibit on the library’s art wall. The lecture by Betty Tyburski will begin at 4:00 pm and will be followed by a brief reception. The lecture relates to the lives of David Morgan Hunt, for whom the library is named, and his three sisters--Harriet, Wealthy Ann (photo below) and Catherine, who gave the money to build and sustain the library in honor of their beloved brother.


The Founding of the Hunt Library is the story of the prominent Hunt family, whose local influence was significant during the 19th century. The talk will cover all aspects of the library’s founding, from the bequests the sisters left to the people who played major roles in establishing a library that remains a central community institution to this day.

Betty Tyburski has been curator of the library’s archival Connecticut Room for many years. Tyburski’s narrative is rich in incident and character, bringing the village, the Hunts, and the library to life. Betty was assisted by town historian Elizabeth Clark and artist Sergei Fedorjaczenko, both Hunt Library board members, in assembling a wealth of photographs, documents, and ephemera that compliment the presentation. The art wall exhibit, which will be on display throughout the month of March, will feature many of these historical items including a series of portraits of Hunt family members and others integral to the library’s founding.


Free presentation with refreshments, 4pm to 6pm

Exhibit through March 31; Tues/Thurs 10am to 5pm; Weds 2pm to 8pm; Fri 2pm to 6pm; Sat 10am to 2pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kellogg's Lasagna Dinner Fundraiser for Quebec Class Trip on Friday, March 16



Lee H. Kellogg School 7th and 8th Grade students and parents will host the annual Lasagna Dinner on Friday, March 16th, to benefit the Class of 2012 trip to Quebec. The dinner menu is a choice of meat or vegetable lasagna served with green salad, bread and butter, hot and cold beverages, and home-made desserts. There will be continuous servings from 5:30 – 7:30 with take-out orders available. The cost is $12/adults and $6/ages 10 and under. Tickets can be reserved by calling 860-824-7791 or purchased at the door. LHK School is located at 47 Main Street, Falls Village. All ages are welcome. The snow date is Saturday, March 17th

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Support the Falls Village Children's Theatre!


How lucky we are to have the Falls Village Children's Theatre, which has changed the lives of so many kids in our town. From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Cinderella" to "Annie" to "Guys & Dolls," they have learned so much about hard work and team work. We've been lucky to see shy and awkward kids become confident performers. It's all been possible because of volunteers and donations from the communnity, so if you're able you should definitely attend the fund-raising wine dinner for this year's production of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Falls Village Inn on March 10.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Battle Hill Forge at Hunt Library: Opening Reception February 10


The new art wall at the library is being well used, and the next exhibit will be work by the great guys at Battle Hill Forge. If you don't know Willy, Izzy and Jeff, read "Alternative Metalworkers with Indie Spirit" from Rural Intelligence, and see you at the library next Friday.

Monday, January 2, 2012

LILLY WOODWORTH: RECENT PAINTINGS OPENS JAN 13 at HUNT LIBRARY

Lilly Woodworth, Paris Roses, 2011, oil on four panels, 32 x 32"

The David M. Hunt Library is pleased to announce its first exhibit of the New Year, Lilly Woodworth: Recent Paintings. The free opening reception (with refreshments) will be Friday, January 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In the genres of still life and landscape, Lilly Woodworth uses the language of oil paint to express the changing nuance of season and light. Personal emotive connections to her subject matter and to the paint itself result in a rich variety of familiar views from the region of her relatively new home in Sharon, Connecticut, where she embraces what she observes as the "real poetry in these hills and valleys."

Whether she presents a lushly dense bunch of roses in a Parisian florist's window or a view of the SharonValley, Woodworth's oil paintings reflect a heart-connection to nature. Several recent works break the confines of a single frame by using multiple panels to expand an emotion or feeling. Her images are a deeply personal response to what she sees and feels at the moment she is making the painting, allowing the fluidity of the medium of paint itself to "lead the way."

Lilly Woodworth: Recent Paintings
will be on exhibit at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village from Tuesday, January 10 through Saturday, February 4.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR OF FALLS VILLAGE - DECEMBER 4


Presented by The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society
Sunday, December 4, 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM; Snow Date, Sunday December 11


The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society is pleased to announce The Holiday Historic House Tour of Falls Village to take place on Sunday, December 4. The tour will begin with a brief welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh's Country Store, 11:30 AM at 107 Main Street in the village, within walking distance of two of the houses featured on the tour. At Noon, tour pass holders may begin their self-guided tour with guidance from the Society's brochure and map, researched with the help of the homeowners and photographed by the Society. Each of these homes has a unique ambiance which reflects an earlier time in Falls Village and celebrates the spirit and endeavors of residents who came before us, as well as the creativity of present day owners in preserving this history.

Tickets: $20. Children 8 to 16 are free. Tickets are available at P.D. Walsh's Country Store, Toymaker's Cafe, The Falls Village Inn, Jacob's Garage, Crossroads Deli, D.M. Hunt Library, Falls Village Town Hall or by calling the Historical Society at 860-824-8226. Cash or checks only.
Houses on the tour are not wheelchair accessible and strollers are not permitted inside them.

The tour coincides with the village's annual tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa Claus later in the day. After the tour, stick around, grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy the village's tree lighting on the town green at 4:30 PM.

For the day, tour guests are encouraged to stop for a snack or meal at Toymaker's Cafe (7 AM-4 PM) and The Falls Village Inn (Brunch 11 AM-3 PM, Dinner 5-10 PM). When guests show their tickets, a portion of the proceeds from each meal will benefit the Society. Proceeds from the tour will help replenish funds of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. The Society spent $11,000 to replace the platform roof at the Falls Village Railroad Depot that collapsed under the weight of heavy snows earlier this year. Insurance would not cover this expense.

The Holiday Historic House Tour is designed to offer the community a peak into the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the village including five of the oldest homes in the area. Each home on the tour will be open from Noon until 4 PM. Protective shoe covers will be available at each home.


The house at 55 Belden Street (above), once known as the Hogoboom House, was built around 1730 by Peter Hogoboom, one of the original Dutch settlers who founded the area in 1722. The house, a post and beam center chimney colonial, was built into the hillside near a spring, which still runs today. The property is currently owned by Sergei and Zoe Fedorjaczenko.


The small and elegant Greek Revival Brewster House, at 42 Brewster Road (above) on the corner of Brewster Road and Rt 126, was built for Daniel Brewster and his wife Mary Ann Canfield, probably at the time they were married in 1842. Daniel's father, Jabez Brewster, lived in the large house across Point of Rocks Road. The property, now owned by Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, is currently used as a guest house.

The main part of the Greek Revival-style house at Grassy Hill, 18 Brewster Road, was built by miller and farmer Cornelius Brown in 1852. Also known in more recent memory as the Arvidson farm, additions and renovations have taken place over the years. The property is currently owned by Richard and Mary Lanier.


The Burrall-Belden House at 6 Barnes Road was built around 1780 by Col. Charles Burrall who led Burrall's Regiment in the Canadian campaign of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Owned by a succession of prosperous family members, the frame house in the Federal Style faces the South Canaan Meeting House and is currently owned by Susan Pinsky and Marc Rosen.

The house at 155 Johnson Road, a classic New England colonial saltbox, started out at as a small barn on the Nathan Hale property in the 1740s and was later converted as a residence for tenant farmers. Briefly owned by Doris Day early in her career, the building survived a fire in the 1990s that almost destroyed the structure. The house is currently owned by Diana Burroughs who is enthusiastically restoring and adding attractive gardens.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

3rd ANNUAL ARTISAN CRAFT MARKET AT HUNT LIBRARY - DECEMBER 7

Wednesday, December 7, 5PM to 8PM

The Friends of the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Artisan Craft Market to be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 5pm to 8pm at the library. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served and free on-site childcare will be available.

Come fulfill your holiday shopping needs as over a dozen local artisans display their goods for sale. Among the many offerings will be holiday metal work by the Battle Hill Forge, whimsical handmade jewelry by Jocelyn Krodman, home décor by Heather Allyn, ceramics by John Dildine and stoneware by Joey Jablonski, cards and illustrations by Sarah Martinez, hula hoops by Diann Franson, one-of-a-kind bird houses by Bob Reed, weaving by Karin Gerstel, knitting by Sarah Clawson, and Amesville wool blankets from Jenny Law and Alan Lovejoy.


A portion of the each artisan’s proceeds will benefit the library.


Weaving by Karin Gerstel


Ceramics by Joey Jablonski


Bird houses by Bob Reed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

11th Annual Ed McGuire Memorial Culligan Cannonball 5-K Run: Saturday November 5, 2011




Edward Gordon McGuire
July 21, 1939 – April 12, 2000

Ed McGuire graduated from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1957, and attended Southern Connecticut State University. He served in the US Army in Germany as a radio operator until 1964. Upon returning from his tour of duty, he became a supervisor at Becton Dickinson Company in North Canaan. Within a few years he owned and operated the Falls Village based Culligan Water Conditioning of Litchfield County and New Haven County. McGuire ran Culligan Water Conditioning with his wife, Hazel, for over 30 years. During his career with the company, he earned many awards and much recognition for his success and outstanding business practices.

Dedicated to public service, Ed was the first member of the Canaan Fire Commission, and went on to become the commission’s chairman. He was the burning official for the Town of Canaan for many years. He was a member and chairman of the Recreation Commission and the Democratic Town Committee in Falls Village. He was a member and served as President of Eastern Water Quality Association. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge #372 in Torrington, CT.

Ed McGuire was an active member of the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department (FVVFD) in the northwest corner of Connecticut, and the department’s chief from 1979 to 1989. He also served as the company’s treasurer, deputy marshal and was on the board of directors. In addition, he participated with the Falls Village Ambulance Squad as an emergency medical technician for many years. Ed also served as Fire Marshal of North Canaan, Deputy Fire Marshal for Canaan-Falls Village and was the President and Financial Secretary of Litchfield Fire Chief’s Emergency Plan. Ed’s dedication to the wellbeing of his town and its residents was continuously demonstrated.

In 2000 Edward McGuire was honored posthumous with the Falls Village public service award. Sponsored by the Culligan Water Company, the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department has been holding the Cannonball 5-K Run every October. This annual fundraiser, organized by Ed’s family and friends, is in honor of one of our communities outstanding citizen who to-this-day continues to contribute to the town and Volunteer Fire Department that meant so much to him.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Seen in Salisbury: Jack Limpert's Paintings

Falls Village resident Jack Limpert's beautiful landscapes are being displayed at Chaiwalla, 1 Main St. in Salisbury during the month of October. Chaiwalla features exotic teas and a luncheon and dessert menu Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Meet Author Mary Atwood on Friday, September 9, at the David M. Hunt Library


The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village is pleased to announce a presentation by village resident Mary Atwood on her recently published book, I Drank My Tea: Family Adventures in Kyrgyzstan (2011, CreateSpace). The event will take place at the library on Friday, September 9 from 6 to 8 PM. A slide show will be featured and the author will sign copies of her book during a brief reception following the presentation.

Mary and Tracy Atwood have long traveled the globe and lived in some remote places while Tracy worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As newlyweds, the Atwoods went to Yemen in 1981 and were in Mali from 1987-1991. In 1999, after anchoring for eight years in Washington, DC to raise their three young children, the Atwoods were posted to Kyrgyzstan, part of the former Soviet Union, where Tracy would serve as the USAID Country Representative. Their teenagers, John, Joseph, and Catherine, would continue their education through correspondence courses. All of them would study Russian. Preparations were made for the big move including the purchase of consumables and the transportation of the family cats, Nibble Toes and Cloudy Spy.

Mary's memoir of four years in Central Asia contains stories of everyday life mixed with accounts of adventurous travel throughout the country. She makes a home in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, copes with the challenges of independent study, discovers a Baptist church on a snowy Christmas morning, entertains guests including her eighty-six year old mother, and makes trips into the mountains for encounters with local people, yurts, fermented mare’s milk, vodka and slaughtered sheep.

Though Mary found the Russian language to be her biggest challenge, she and her family nonetheless made many Russian and Kyrgyz friends. John, Joseph, and Catherine successfully completed their studies and went on to college. Kyrgyzstan was a wonderful experience for the whole family. Lasting ties were developed. The Atwoods helped a Kyrgyz friend Medina come to the US to study nursing, and brought home a new cat, Dudley, a native of Kyrgyzstan.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION:
I DRANK MY TEA: Family Adventures in Kyrgyzstan by Mary Atwood
David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031, 860-824-7424
Friday, September 9, 6-8 PM
Refreshments, on-site free childcare; wheelchair accessible
Free

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last Chance Absentee Ballots


If you won't be around on Tuesday, August 23, to vote in person from 6 am to 8 pm for the referendum on the new emergency services center, you can pick up at absentee ballot on Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 or on Monday. Here's what First Selectperson Pat Mechare told me when queried.


You have to come to Town Hall. You have to complete an application for an absentee ballot. Once that is completed and returned to Mary, then you are given the actual ballot with the directions for completion and then that is returned to her. If you appear in person the whole process can be done all at once. it is my understanding that Mary will be at Town Hall, tomorrow, Sunday from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM to accommodate those who might want an absentee ballot. If that is not convenient you can get a ballot on Monday during operating hours and do the process then. Mary usually takes her lunch between noon and 1 PM so you might want to call to make sure she is there if you thought you'd come somewhere around that time.


Shouldn't there be a big sign outside Town Hall reminding everyone about this important vote?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Can Falls Village Afford a New Firehouse?


That's the issue at the special election/referendum on Tuesday from 6 am to 8 pm at Town Hall.. There are supposed to be absentee ballots for weekenders who will not be here to vote. This is what is being voted.


SHALL THE TOWN OF CANAAN APPROPRIATE $2,500,000 FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE FALLS VILLAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY SERVICES CENTER, AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUE OF BONDS AND NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TOWN MEETING TONIGHT

There will be a VOTE tonight at the town meeting at the Kellogg School at 7 pm on the new firehouse. I am told there will most likely be paper ballots so your vote can be confidential. If the proposal is not passed tonight, there will not be a referendum vote next Tuesday. If the proposal is passed, there will be a vote (with absentee ballots) on August 23.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's the Future of Falls Village?


The Northwest Planning Collaborative is hosting two public forums. The June 27th forum will focus on housing issues (description below) and the July 11th forum will focus on "creating jobs and supporting local businesses" - both will be held at the senior center at 6:30pm and there will be pie & coffee for all.


WHAT Falls Village Pie & Planning Focus Group Session:
Encouraging age & housing diversity in Falls Village
Come hear about actions Falls Village could take to create housing options from community experts and provide your input about housing needs and strategies.
Pie & coffee will be provided.

WHEN Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm
WHERE Falls Village Senior Center (across from Town Hall, 2nd floor)

WHO Sponsored by the Falls Village Planning & Zoning Commission. All who live & work in Falls Village are welcome to attend.

DETAILS Through the Town Plan update survey (April 2011), respondents said that the town should pursue housing and job creation strategies that would bring/keep more young families with school aged children in town. Many respondents also agreed that there is a need for housing that young emergency volunteers and school teachers can afford.

The focus group session on June 27th will seek to identify community supported strategies for creating housing options young families, volunteers, and teachers can afford. Guest speakers include: Bill Bachrack, Kent Affordable Housing, Lea Davies, Sharon Housing Authority, and Pat Hare on Accessory Apartments.

Survey results on housing related questions:
74% of respondents agreed that the town should pursue housing & job creation strategies that would bring/keep more young families with school aged children in town.

80% of respondents agreed the town should do more to encourage and support housing opportunities for families earning between $50K and $90K. (only 59% agreed for families earning less than $50K)

80% of respondents would like to see Falls Village be a community with residents of all ages-

60% of respondents would like to see Falls Village be a community with a diversity of incomes.

64% of respondents agree there is a need for housing that young emergency volunteers and school teachers can afford (22% don’t know).


BTW- full survey results and more info on the Town Plan update is available on the website

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Remembering Christopher R. Morley on May 28 at Music Mountain

Christopher Morley, the Falls Village resident whose generosity and support of the arts was legendary, will be memorialized at a free concert at Music Mountain on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Morley died unexpectedly in April at the age of 58 at his home on Undermountain Road.

Two of Morley’s favorite organizations were the Falls Village Children’s Theatre and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and each group will present performances in his honor. Every year, Morley paid for tickets so all interested children in Falls Village could attend a Shakespeare play in the Berkshires.

In his memory, four actors from Shakespeare & Company will perform at Music Mountain: Kate Abbruzzese and Sam Parrott will stage the great fight scene from “Hamlet,” and Dana Harrison and David Joseph will perform excerpts from “Shakespeare & the Language That Shaped a World.” The children of the FVCT will sing a selection of greatest hits from the first five seasons, and there will also be performance by Vance Cannon and Donald Sosin.

Morley was also a major benefactor of the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, where he underwrote the new Art Wall, and the library will offer readings in his honor, too.

Friends and neighbor are invited to picnic on the majestic Music Mountain grounds beginning at 5 p.m., before the 7 p.m. performance.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Hot Night to Benefit the Library - Feb. 26


Banish the winter and heat up your taste buds!

The Northwest Corner’s hottest winter event is back. The D. M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will be sure to melt snow and ice with their annual fund raiser Chocolate & Chili in the Village on Saturday, February 26th at the Old Town Hall from 5 to 8 pm. This year’s event will be held upstairs in the Senior Center .

This popular event will feature a lineup of competing chili varieties prepared by local community organizations. Each attendee will have the opportunity to taste each chili and cast votes for their favorites. Some of the competitors this year include The Falls Village Inn, the Fire Department, Daycare Center , Historical Society, Great Mountain Forest , Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Toymakers Café, and Crossroads Deli.

Dozens of delectable chocolate creations from sweet to savory will be on hand for tasting and buying. Amazing baked goods, truffles, chocolate mice, chocolate granola, and chicken with mole sauce are just some of the treats that chocolate lovers can sample.

Joshua Stone, Falls Village ’s own Emmy Award-winning composer, will host “Name that Tune” a musical game with prizes which always draws a crowd after the chili awards are announced. A live auction featuring gift certificates for chocolate desserts, books and more will round out the event.

Tickets are $25 per person and include all the chocolate and chili you want, beer and wine, and ten tickets to vote for best chili. All proceeds benefit the library. For information and to reserve tickets call the library at 860-824-7424.

Chocolate & Chili in the Village
To Benefit the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village
5pm to 8pm, Saturday, February 26
The Old Town Hall – 107 Main Street , Falls Village , CT 06031
Tickets $25 / Information: 860-824-7424
Wheelchair accessible
Interest: Adult

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chris Murphy Is Coming to Town!

He will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on the economic future of the northwest corner on Monday February 7 at 5 pm at the Kellogg School.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Fire Department's Future?

The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an open forum on Saturday, January 22, at 10 am at Town Hall. If you have questions about the new firehouse on Route 7 and the options for funding it, this session is a must-attend event.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hallelujah! The Falls Village Inn Reopens


It's kind of like a fairy tale the way Bunny Williams stepped in to help redecorate the inn for new owners Colin Chambers and Susan Sweetapple. And everyone seems VERY happy with the results! You can read more about it on Rural Intelligence

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Special Board of Ed Meeting December 7

From Andrea Downs:

The Board of Education will be having a special meeting tonight at 6pm to discuss the budget situation for FY 2011/2012. We are
currently looking at a significant increase in our portion of the high school tuition for next year. We have 47 in the high school. This is going to have an impact on both the local school and town budgets. We invite you come and be part of the process early. The Board of Education has already been in communication with both the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen and we hope to have several of their board members at the meeting tonight.

The meeting will only last one hour, we have our regular board meeting starting at 7pm. We hope many of you will come and be part of the process.

I do apologize to those of you who would rather not receive these e-mails. I have included everyone in my address book that has a connection to either Falls Village or Lee H. Kellogg school in hopes that anyone who wants to participate can. Please spread the word.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010