Weekend in Norfolk

Tucked in the upper reaches of the unspoiled Litchfield Hills, the tiny powerhouse town of Norfolk is getting ready to be discovered. The local population of roughly 1,600 generally likes the peaceful and serene atmosphere and tends not to trumpet their town’s attractions. This summer, though, everyone in town is going all out to showcase Norfolk’s cultural, civic, historical and natural endowments—and can’t wait to share their treasures with visitors.

A Weekend in Norfolk, the three-day, town-wide art, music and nature festival organized for August 5, 6 and 7, is a “WINning” plan for family and multigenerational fun. The schedule posted on the WIN website, www.weekendinnorfolk.org, offers everything from art exhibits to nature walks, world-class musical concerts to scavenger hunts and ice cream socials, and new events are being added all the time.

Perhaps one of the biggest draws during WIN will be the wide range of music on offer. Norfolk is home to the Yale Summer School of Music, the summer Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Infinity Music Hall. There will be concerts all three days of the festival—ranging from the Emerson String Quartet to jazz and pop star Jane Monheit to the U.S. Coast Guard Band—and small, informal concerts of pop and folk music scattered throughout town.

Norfolkians are justly proud of their thousands of acres of pristine natural surroundings. A Land Trust trail challenge (a free t-shirt to anyone who climbs all six peaks), a wildflower workshop at Aton Forest and a guided hike in Great Mountain Forest will keep the most active nature lover busy. And Norfolk’s miles of trails are available for walking and cycling any time during the weekend.

Kids are sure to enjoy the Cub Scouts’ camping demonstration, the Girl Scouts’ watermelon- eating contest, a local landmarks scavenger hunt and meeting the goats at Lost Ruby Farm.

For art lovers, there will be the annual three-day exhibition of the Norfolk Artists & Friends, a quilt show, an extensive painting and poetry exhibition on the working forest and readings by novelist Courtney Maum and poet Susannah Wood. History and architecture buffs won’t want to miss tours of the town’s most distinguished features, including the 1889 library, the stained- glass Tiffany windows in Battell Chapel and some of Norfolk’s historic houses.

Feeling romantic? You can make an appointment to get married or renew your vows on the lovely village green, near the Stanford White fountain. The town’s first selectman will officiate, bouquet will be supplied and ring bearers and witnesses will be standing by.

For those who get hungry, there will be a farmers market on Saturday, an ice cream social on Sunday and special deals at the town’s restaurants and cafés throughout the weekend.

Just as its organizers hoped at the beginning, Weekend in Norfolk is bringing the entire town together to present visitors with Norfolk at its very best.

Editor’s Background and Contact Information on WIN

Organizers Sue Frisch, Holly Gill and Ruth Melville say it’s time for Norfolk to be a popular destination, and they have put together a plan that will make that happen. The trio has gathered most of the town’s businesses and organizations together into a cohesive whole, essentially creating a welcoming town-wide open house.

“We are hoping that visitors will come and spend the whole weekend in Norfolk in one of our beautiful and historic B&Bs, so that they can see our town at its very best,” says Frisch, “and we want this to be an opportunity for the people of Norfolk to rediscover the treasures we have right here in town as well.”

Melville agrees, and adds, “This whole project is the work of volunteers. That’s what makes Norfolk thrive, and we want to showcase that spirit of cooperation that shines through in this town.”

For more information: Visit any of the pages below or contact Sue Frisch.

Sue Frisch: suefrisch@mindspring.com or 860-542- 6076

Facebook: facebook.com/weekendinnorfolk/

Website: weekendinnorfolk.org

Dates: Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6, Sunday, August 7


Click here to listen to a recent interview with the WIN organizers on WHDD Robin Hood Radio!

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