Annual Calendar of Events!

        January       

Sharon Audubon Winter Wildlife Weekend, Sharon, CT.   Last weekend of the month.   For more information, www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/sharon

        February       

U.S. Eastern Ski Jumping Championships. Salisbury, CT.  First or second Saturday of the month.  Check with the innkeeper for dates.  Olympic level competition on the 55-meter jump. The Satre Ski Hill is the site of the oldest ski jumping program in the nation, built in 1926. For more information, 860.435.2451.

Snow Ball.  Salisbury, CT.  First or second Saturday of the month.  Co-event with the Ski Jump Championships.  For more information, 860.435.2451.

        March       

Northwest Antiques & Collectible Show.  Winsted, CT.  Third Saturday of the month.  Ask our innkeeper for more details.

Audubon Maple Fest.  Sharon, CT.  40-minute tours through the Center’s sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.  Fresh maple syrup for sale while supplies last!  www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/sharon

Elephant Trunk Flea Market.  New Milford.  Every Sunday.  New England’s largest flea market.  Over 300 Dealers participate.  For more information, http://www.allusfleamarkets.com/states/ct/Elephant/index.htm.

        April       

Riverton Fishing Derby.  Riverton, CT.  Third Saturday of the month.  Traditionally the derby begins with the sounding of the siren at the Riverton firehouse at 6:00 AM and ends at 10:00 AM. Fish must be taken to the firehouse to be entered in the derby. There is an adults' division and a children's division. In the past a Hitchcock rocking chair has been the grand prize.   Ask our innkeeper for more details.

        May       

Memorial Day Parade.  Norfolk, CT.  Memorial Day. A town parade including the local High School and Junior High School marching bands starts at 9:00 AM.  The route winds around the village green, down the hill to Memorial Green.  A guest speaker is invited to give the address.  The Volunteer Fire Fighters offer juice and doughnuts after the parade for children.

Memorial Day Five Mile Road Race.  Norfolk, CT.  Memorial Day.  A five mile road race through beautiful countryside, ending at the town green.

Grand Prix Car Races.  Lime Rock, CT.  Memorial Day Weekend.  For more information http://www.limerock.com.

Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale.  Lakeville, CT. Second Saturday.  A benefit  for Women's Support Services of Northwest  Connecticut. Early buying starts at 8:30 a.m. ($100). Regular admission starts at 10:00 a.m. ($35). Space is limited. To guarantee admission, purchase tickets in advance at 860-364-1080

Sharon Audubon Annual Birdathon, Sharon, CT.   Second weekend of the month.   For more information, www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/sharon

Rattlesnake Canoe & Kayak Race.  Falls Village, CT.  First Sunday of the month.  The New England A/B Closed Boat Slalom Races will have classes for K-1, K-1W, C-1, C-1W, C-2 and C-2Mixed. Classes will be further broken down for Cadets, Juniors, Opne, and Masters, if required.  In general, slalom races will have a racers meeting at 10:30 am and begin a 11:00 am. Wildwater races will begin at 12:00 noon.  For more information, http://users.bestweb.net/~keech/a-necup.htm

Plant Sale.  Stockbridge, MA.  First week.  For more information www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Housatonic Downriver Race for Canoes & Kayaks. Falls Village, CT.  Third Saturday of the month.  For more information, www.necanoe.org

Blessing of the Motorcycles. Litchfield, CT.  Lourdes Shrine.  Third Sunday of the month.  Annual blessing of motorcycles. Location: grotto of our lady of Lourdes Shrine. For more information, 800.567.4506.

        June       

Strawberry Shortcake Festival.  Norfolk, CT.  Sunday of Father’s Day Weekend.  Enjoy the best strawberry dessert of the season on the green in Norfolk.  See our innkeeper for more details. information call 860.567.8298.

Litchfield Hills Road Race.   Litchfield, CT.  Second Sunday of the month.  Road Race, followed by ceremony, steak and pasta dinner with live music entertainment.  For more information, 860.567.8504

Annual Bronc Callahan Harwinton Hoedown.  Harwinton, CT.  Second week of June. Draft Horse competition, antique tractor pull, antique autos on display, all day children activities including Pet Parade, Pie Eating contests, Face Painting, hay Rides, Pony Rides, Old Fashioned games and many more activities. Adult activities include Road Race, horseshoe throwing contest, hot air balloon rides, steak dinner, line dancing. The days events end with a County & Western band concert and huge Fireworks display. For more information, 860.485.9396.

Laurel Festival. Winsted, CT.  Second weekend of the month.  Winsted annually celebrates it’s abundance of mountain laurel in the area with a festival highlighted by a parade and the crowning of the Laurel Queen.  See our innkeeper for more information.
 A Taste of Litchfield Hills.  Litchfield, CT. Over 20 restaurants offering samplings of some of their best entrees are featured during this two day event that also includes a wine and beer garden, live music, winery tours, and wine tasting.  See our innkeeper for more information.

Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival & Crafts Fair.  Goshen, CT.  Last week. 25 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, hot-air balloon glow, craft show with juried crafters, fireworks, live entertainment, and 10,000-candle lighting ceremony. For more information, 860.489.3378.

Litchfield County Antiques Show. Kent, CT.  Third weekend.  To Benefit Greenwoods Counseling Services.  For more information email litchfieldantiques@snet.net.  

        July       

National & Regional Car Racing & Fireworks.  Limerock, CT.  Celebrate the fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks display over the race track.  For race schedules and more information, www.limerock.com.

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  Concert Series on the Yale Summer School Campus begins in July.  Bring a picnic from the inn and enjoy a quiet supper on the grounds before the concert.  For scheduling and tickets, www.yale.edu/norfolk

Litchfield Open House Tour.  Litchfield, CT.  For more information call 860.567.9423.

Canaan Railroad Days.  Canaan, CT. First week of July.

Townwide Flea Market & Craft Fair.  See our innkeeper for more information.

Fete des Fleurs.  Stockbridge, MA..  Second week of July.  For more information, www.berkshires.org

Berkshire Art Festivals.  Great Barrington, MA.  First weekend.  Juried Events, demonstrations, gourmet food, music.  413.298.0175, 800.834.9437.  For more information, www.americancraftmaking.com.

CT Agricultural Fair.  Goshen, CT.  County wide agricultural event.  Please see our innkeeper for dates and more information.

        August       

Annual Booksale & Auction.  Norfolk, CT.  Lively night Auction and cocktail party.  Booksale by day.  Town Green.  Ask our innkeeper for more information.

Christ Congregational Church Fair.  Norfolk, CT.  Crafts Sale, Bake Sale, Tag Sale.  Fun and games for children.  Ask our innkeeper for more information.

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  Concert Series on the Yale Summer School Campus continues.  For scheduling and tickets, www.yale.edu/norfolk

Sharon on the Green Arts & Crafts Fair.  Sharon, CT.    First Saturday.  Juried show with 140 regional artists and crafters.  10-5.  For more information, 860. 824.1457

Litchfield Jazz Festival.  Goshen, CT.  Second week of August.  Features many performers, including Tito Puente, plus craft, art, and car exhibits, food, and microbrews.
For more information, 860.567.4162

Litchfield County 4-H Fair.  Goshen, CT.  Second Saturday & Sunday.  Horse & Livestock Shows, Tractor Driving Contest, Back Seat Driver Contest, Auction ,Sheep Walk, Dog Show, Pet Parade, Draft Horse Classes, Premier Showmanship Contest, Farm Chore Contest, Homeshow Building, Antique Tractor Show. Please see our innkeeper for more information.

Flower Show.  Stockbridge, MA.  First weekend.  For more information, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Arts & Crafts Show.  Stockbridge, MA.  Third week.  For more information, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Winchester Grange Fair & Flea Market.  Winchester, CT.  2nd Saturday.  Exhibits, children’s games, book sale, flea market on the Green, buffet supper.  For more information, 860.379.2527.

Victory Grange Agricultural Fair. Colebrook, CT.  First week of August.  Flea Market on Old Riverton Rd. For more information,  203-379-3451

Sheffield Antiques Show.  Sheffield, MA.  Second weekend.  Northeastern Dealers featured, lunch served.  413.229.8173.

Berkshire Crafts Fair.  Great Barrington, MA.  Second week.  Annual Crafts Show with 93 exhibitors, jury awards, contemporary and traditional crafts.  For more information, www.berkshirecraftsfair.org  or 413.528.3346 ext. 28.

        September       

Dodge Vintage Festival.  Lime Rock, CT.  Labor Day Weekend..  For more information, www.limerock.com

Goshen Agricultural Fair.  Goshen, CT.  Labor Day Weekend..  For more information www.goshenfair.com

Giant Flea Market. New Hartford, CT.  Third Saturday.  What started back in 1992 as a small fundraiser has now grown to be one of the largest one-day flea markets in northwestern Connecticut, with 175 dealer spaces. Vendors from throughout New England will be offering antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, arts and crafts, as well as tag sale items. General admission is $1, or $5 for early buying; for more information, 860.482.1030.
Northwest Connecticut Dog Show.  Goshen CT.  Fourth Sunday.  See our innkeeper for more information.

Great Josh Billings RunAground.  Great Barrington, MA.  Third weekend.  Triathlon – 27 mile bike, 5 mile canoe or kayak, 6 mile run.  For more information, 413.637.6913, www.joshbillings.com

        October       

Fall Foliage.  Peak leaf peeking season begins in October.  For more information on the fall season, visit www.foliagenetwork.com

Harvest Festival.  Stockbridge, MA.  First weekend.  For more information, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Annual Trunk Sale.  Lakeville, CT.  Third weekend.  Fund Raiser for Indian Mountain School.  Get a jump on holiday shopping.  Lunch available.  For more information, please see our innkeeper.

Scottish Festival. Goshen, CT.  Clan Dinner, Clan Information Exchange, Highland Dance Competition, Piping Competition, Live Entertainment, Clan Tents  42nd Highland Regiment of Foote. Bonnie Knees Contest, Children's Games, Sheepherding demonstration and Scottish Breed Dog Show.  Weavers, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Scottish Imports and Scottish Food.  For more information, www.sasct.org/festival.html

Harwinton Fair.  Harwinton, CT.  First Saturday and Sunday.  Features fun for the entire family including children's activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions.  Commercial Vendors, Crafts, Designated Parking, Entertainment Children's, Entertainment Free, Food, Gate Admission, Handicapped Access, Midway Rides, Music, Public Transportation.  For more information, see our innkeeper.

Riverton Fair.  Riverton, CT.  Second Friday.  Midway Rides, Live Entertainment, Garden Tractor Pull, Ox Pulling Contest, Working Oxen, Pony Pulling, Wood Chopping Contest, Exhibits, Livestock, Children’s contests.  For more information, www.ctfairs.org/riverton_fair.html

Salisbury Fair & Fall Festival.  Salisbury, CT.  Second weekend.  Town-wide extravaganza features hayrides, clowns, antiques, church meals, silent auctions, and craft exhibits. For more information, 860.435.4956

        November       

Christmas Tree Lighting.  Norfolk, CT.  Last weekend.  Town Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the town green.  Festivities at the Norfolk Library and Carol Sing follow.  Please ask our innkeeper for dates.

        December       

Christmas in Riverton.  Riverton, CT.  First weekend.  Holiday enthusiasts in search of an alternative to glitzy, commercial holiday productions are in for a rare treat with a weekend of historic New England traditions in the quaint country village of Riverton. The annual "Christmas in Riverton" celebration  allows families a chance to step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned holiday traditions.   For more information, www.thevoicenews.com.

Litchfield Holiday House Tour.  Litchfield, CT.  Second Saturday.   Historic house tours, antiques show & sales, arts & crafts show & sales, music, dance, Victorian Tea, New England Cafe For more information call 860.567.4162.

Torrington Christmas Village.  Torrington, CT.  Second Sunday.  Christmas Village is located at the upper end of Church Street in Torrington. Open early December through Christmas Eve, 1:00 to 8:30 p.m. every day, except Christmas Eve, when the hours are earlier. Admission is free. For information call the Torrington Recreation Department at 860.489.2274.

Berkshire Botanical Holiday Marketplace.  Stockbridge, MA.  Preview Party Friday Evening, Marketplace the next day.  Exhibition and sale of handcrafted wreaths and holiday decorations, seasonal plants, herb products, crafts and gift items. Part of town-wide Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.   For more information, please see our innkeeper.

Community Christmas At Hancock Shaker Village.  Pittsfield, MA.  Share in the holiday spirit with sleigh rides, animals in the Round Stone Barn, craft activities, and entertainment for families. Free cider and cookies are served in the festively decorated 1830 Brick Dwelling. Honoring the Shaker legacy of caring for the less fortunate, admission is waived for those donating non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For dates and more information, www.hancockshakervillage.org