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Comcast Business Mobile Launches to Small Businesses Nationwide

New mobile service on the most reliable wireless network with nationwide 5G included and access to more than 20 million Xfinity hotspots

July 20, 2021—PHILADELPHIA—Comcast Business today announced it has launched its new wireless mobile service for small businesses, Comcast Business Mobile, nationally across its footprint. Comcast Business Mobile is designed to help small businesses be ready for today and whatever comes next with flexible data options, nationwide 5G coverage, and savings. Comcast Business Mobile benefits from the success and expertise established by top-rated mobile service, Xfinity Mobile. Comcast Business Mobile is available exclusively to Comcast Business Internet customers in all of Comcast Business’ service areas via www.comcastbusiness.com/mobile.

“Staying connected – whether in the office or on-the-go – is critical for small businesses. Comcast Business Mobile provides small business owners and their employees access to the most reliable network with nationwide 5G included at no extra cost as well as access to more than 20 million secure Xfinity WiFi hotspots,” said Bill Stemper, President, Comcast Business. “We have created a unique mobile experience that brings more value to our Internet customers, saving them money while providing tremendous performance, reliability and flexibility.”

The service offers Comcast Business Internet customers up to 10 lines with no line access fees. Comcast Business Mobile gives customers the freedom to build the best plan for their needs; even mixing and matching Comcast Business Mobile’s two straightforward data options across multiple lines. Data options include:

  • Unlimited Data*
  • As low as $24 per line, per month with 10 lines
  • Great for on-the-go employees who may not be within WiFi range and need cellular data.
  • By the Gig*
  • 1GB = $15/mo; 3GB = $30/mo; 10G = $60/mo (shared data)
  • Well-suited for teams in locations where there is more WiFi and less cellular usage – such as in offices and retail stores.

Comcast Business Mobile is compatible with the best phones and tablets; allowing customers to choose from today’s most popular devices. Customers may also bring their own devices with no term contract required for mobile service.

To sign up for Comcast Business Mobile or to learn more, visit: www.comcastbusiness.com/mobile

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

*Requires Comcast Business Internet service. Equipment, international and roaming charges, taxes and fees, including regulatory recovery fees, and other charges extra, and subject to change. Additional monthly per line charge applies if one of the following services not maintained: Comcast Business TV, Internet or Voice. After 20 GB monthly data use, speeds reduced to a maximum of 1.5 Mbps download/750 Kbps upload. Comcast Business Mobile utilizes the highest ranked network under RootMetrics® 1H 2021 US report. WiFi networks not tested. Results may vary. Award is not endorsement. Actual speeds vary. © 2021 Comcast. All rights reserved.


July 21, 2021


Comcast Launches Flag Replacement Program

Comcast Launches Flag Replacement Program

Fourth of July celebrations are here and it’s time to proudly display your American flag. If your flag has seen better days, though, our Comcast technicians are looking for those tattered flags as we recently launched a free Flag Replacement Program.

The effort is led by employees who participate in our Veterans Network Employee Resource Group known as “VetNet”. VetNet members include Comcast employees who are military veterans, active participants in the Reserves, military family members and other supporters of the military community.

If a Comcast technician notices a worn-out flag at a home or business, the technician shares the location with our flag replacement team, who contacts the individual or business and offers to replace it – for free – whether that resident or business is a customer or not. What’s more, the old flags are retired in accordance with military protocols.

Our Comcast technicians are looking to replace worn American flags throughout our Western New England region, which includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Vermont, western Massachusetts, western New Hampshire and the Carmel, New York area. In just a few weeks since the program launched, our team has replaced over 20 American flags!

So worn or not, make sure to fly your flag high and proud – and you never know, you could be receiving a phone call from one of our VetNet members.  In the meantime, we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!


July 15, 2021


KidsPlay Children’s Museum and Litchfield Historical Society Present Wonders of the Garden, a Spanish-English Story Time

KIDSPLAY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AND LITCHFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENT WONDERS OF THE GARDEN, A SPANISH-ENGLISH STORY TIME

June 29, 2021, Torrington – KidsPlay Children’s Museum and Litchfield Historical Society are partnering to offer Wonders of the Garden, A Spanish-English Story Time. The program will be held at 10 a.m. on 4 consecutive Tuesdays starting on July 20 at the Tapping Reeve Meadow located at 82 South Street in Litchfield.

Children and families are invited to enjoy interactive garden-themed stories read in both English and Spanish by KidsPlay volunteers, Humphry Rolleston and Carmen Neale. They will also explore the natural history of the garden and learn about agriculture in New England. Each week they will feature a different topic including rocks and soil, pollinators and other garden helpers, traditional garden plants, and textile crops with hands-on STEM activities and story extenders that promote early literacy and language exploration.

“We are so excited to partner with KidsPlay and welcome families to the Tapping Reeve Meadow for story time.” says Kate Zullo, Head of Education at the Litchfield Historical Society. “Stories are a great introduction to exploring history and the natural world.”

Patty Cassella, the Learning Experience Specialist at KidsPlay said, “Planning this story time with Kate Zullo was exciting! The study of New England through the perspective of historical gardening opens up interesting STEM topics such as the challenges of early agriculture and pollinator habitat. I can’t wait to enjoy the stories in two languages and explore the materials with the children!”

KidsPlay volunteer, Humphry Rolleston said, “I am delighted and honored to again be part of this great partnership between two of my favorite institutions this Summer. I look forward to reading some great stories to the children, parents and caregivers with the wonderful Carmen Neale.”

This program is best enjoyed by families with children ages 3 to 8. There is limited space for this  free event. Please register by visiting www.kidsplaymuseum.org or by calling KidsPlay at 860-618-7770.  For outdoor events, we are asking visitors (ages 2+) to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distancing. Bringing a mask is advised for you and your child for any hands-on collaborative projects.

Located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT, The Litchfield Historical Society operates the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School. Starting June 24, both sites are open Thursday by appointment, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. To better serve our community, the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School offer free admission for all, sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors. Visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 860 567 4501 for more information.

KidsPlay Children’s Museum is currently open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm. Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve or purchase advanced timed-entry tickets.  Unticketed visitors will only be permitted as capacity allows. All visitors (ages 2+), staff and volunteers are required to wear a mask covering mouth and nose at all times within the Museum. For more information, please visit www.kidsplaymuseum.org or call 860-618-7700 to plan your visit.

Follow Litchfield Historical Society on Facebook @litchfield.historical.society, Instagram @litchfieldhistory,  Twitter @judgereeve, #litchfieldhistory. Follow KidsPlay Children’s Museum on Facebook @kidsplaychildrensmuseum, Instagram @kidsplaymuseum, Twitter @kpmuseum, #kidsplaymuseum.

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About KidsPlay Children’s Museum:

Founded in 2012, KidsPlay Children’s Museum is a not-for-profit organization that operates over 11,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that spark curiosity and creativity. The Museum currently targets the developmental needs of children ages 1 to 10.   KidsPlay provides opportunities for children and their caregivers to share intrinsically memorable, whole family learning experiences and build skills that extend beyond the museum. The Museum enriches the educational landscape for families from across the socio-economic, cultural, and educational spectrum. For more information, please visit www.kidsplaymuseum.org. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended evening hours on Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  All visitors are required to reserve or purchase a timed-entry ticket in advance to manage capacity and provide plenty of space for physical distance between groups of visitors.  For more information, please visit www.kidsplaymuseum.org to plan your visit.

About Litchfield Historical Society:

Located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT, The Litchfield Historical operates the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School. Starting June 24th, both sites are open Thursday by appointment, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. To better serve our community, the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School offer free admission for all, sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors. Visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call us at 860 567 4501 for more information.


July 1, 2021


Chorus Angelicus Virtual Concert

Chorus Angelicus is participating virtually in the UCC Musicians Association – Conference 2021.  We will be featured in a concert on Friday evening July 9th.  Chorus Angelicus is one of 4 groups participating in this concert. The others include a premier handbell choir, a gospel choir from UCONN, and the Paul Winter Consort.

Virtual Concert

Friday, July 9th, 2021
8:00pm

Click here for Conference Link.


July 1, 2021


Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Connecticut

Powering Rural: Creating a stronger economic environment for rural America 

The SBA, CT DoAg, DECD, FSA, SBDC and USDA, will partner on June 30th at 3pm for a panel discussion to guide local growers and producers on direct funding opportunities and a wide network of additional support services for community and economic development.

Our Connecticut cohorts at the U.S. Small Business Administration, CT Dept of Agriculture, CT Department of Economic Development, CT Small Business Development Center, Farm Service Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present on opportunities to assist stakeholders and small businesses to improve access to capital and rebuild rural communities.

Panelists include:

  • Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Agriculture
  • David Lehman, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development
  • Carolyn Marlowe, Farm Loan Manager, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Catherine Marx, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Matt Pugliese, Associate State Director, CT Small Business Development Center
  • Johan Strandson, Area Director, U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Date: June 30, 2021

Time: 3:00pm ET

Register Here!


June 28, 2021


Community Health & Wellness Center of Torrington’s Patti Martin Publishes First Full-Length Poetry Book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORRINGTON AUTHOR’S BOOK OF POETRY PUBLISHED

TORRINGTON, CT —A resident of Torrington, Conn., and author of six nonfiction books, Patricia Mason-Martin has had her first full-length poetry book published. The 105-page collection, titled In Venice I Could Sing, contains 46 original poems and is published by Local Gems Press. The small publisher, based on Long Island, N.Y., has published poets from more than 10 countries and 30 different states.

“I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember and am grateful to my creative writing teachers and workshop leaders for their encouragement and support,” says Mason-Martin.  “I am also appreciative of Local Gems Press for publishing my collection and allowing me to share my personal work with a broader audience.”

A graduate of Darien High School, Mason-Martin relocated to Woodstock, N.Y., before her move to Torrington, Conn.  An author, poet/performer and freelance copywriter, she was also the creator and host of SpeakEasy, a monthly poetry/spoken word series that took place on the first Sunday of every month at the Noelke Gallery in downtown Torrington until the COVID pandemic. Mason-Martin also serves as a marketing communications specialist at Community Health & Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Torrington, Winsted, and soon Canaan, Conn.  CHWC is a member of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, her poetry has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Poets to Come, an anthology celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday; Fired Up!  Creative Expression for Challenging Times; Trees in a Garden of Ashes:  Poetry of Resilience; A Pathway to Dreams; Goddess:  Raising consciousness Through Spoken Word; WaterWrites:  A Hudson River Anthology; Unlocking the Word:  An Anthology of Found Poetry; Art Times Journal; Chatham Magazine; and E.P.I.C. Magazine.

In Venice I Could Sing is available at select independent book stores and on Amazon:    https://www.amazon.com/Venice-I-Could-Sing/dp/1951053591/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Patricia+Martin+In+Venice+I+Could+Sing&qid=1620663216&s=books&sr=1-1

In addition, the poetry book is also available on the website of local author Jack Sheedy at www.JackSheedy.com.

For more information on Patricia Mason-Martin, visit www.patriciamartin.com.


June 24, 2021


Local Eagle Scout Raising Money for Torrington Dog Park Pavilion

My   name is   Jacob   Cattey, I    am   an   Eagle   Scout   candidate   with   Troop   3 in   Torrington.   To   become   an   Eagle   Scout, I    need   to   complete   an   Eagle   Scout   project.     The   project   requires   me   to    complete   something   that   will   benefit   the   community   for   years   to   come.  My   project is   to   build   a   pavilion   at   the   Torrington   Dog   Park.  

 

As   you   know   people’s   way of lives changed in   2020   due   to   covid-19.     The   dog   park   opened in   August   of   2020   and   quickly   became   a   popular   place   for   dog   owners.    The   dog   park lets   the   dogs   run   and   play   with   other   dogs in   a   safe   space.    It   allows   the owners   to   enjoy   time   outside   with   other   people   and   still   be   able   to   social   distance.   My   own   dog   met   several   dogs   there   that   he   plays   with   on   a   regular   basis.    In   summer months, it   can   get   quite   hot   and   there is   minimal   shade.     The   pavilion   will   bring   the   much-needed   shade   for   the   owners   to   shelter   away   from   the   sun   and   protect   against   rain   too.     There   are   times   when   the   dogs   are   at   play   and   do not   want   to leave   even in   the   rain.    

 

I   am in   the   process   of   raising   funds   for   my   project, approximately   $4000 is   needed.   Covid-19   had   an impact   on   how I    can   raise   funds.    Many   traditional   fund-raising   activities   cannot   happen   due   to   social   distancing   rules.    I    am   kindly   asking   for   your   corporation   to   consider   donating   to   my   project.    The   project   will improve   an   already   popular   community   space.    All   companies   that   donate   to   my   project   will   be   displayed on   a   Thank   You   sign   outside   of   the   dog   park   when   the   project is   complete.  

 

Sincerely, 

Jacob Cattey

Click here for more information and to donate. 


June 23, 2021


Hartford Healthcare Opens Two New Locations for COVID-19 Vaccines

Hartford HealthCare opens two new locations for COVID-19 vaccines

TORRINGTON, CT – Hartford HealthCare and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital have opened two new locations in northwest CT to provide more convenient COVID-19 vaccines for the public and pre-op patients.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Memorial Building Conference Hall

540 Litchfield Street, Torrington

Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM

Beginning Saturday, June 26

Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter

80 South Main Street, Winsted

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9AM to 11 AM

Beginning June 22

Walk-ins are welcome. Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Those under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information about hours of operation, directions and scheduling, visit HartfordHealthCare.org/vaccine.

“We strongly encourage getting the vaccination for yourself and family members who are eligible. It has been an important factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our region.” said Paul Scalise, MD, regional Vice President for Medical Affairs at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.


June 21, 2021


Backpack & School Supplies Drive

BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE

Join us in our mission to collect backpacks and school supplies for teachers and students
Items will distributed via the following organizations:
United Way of West Central CT, CT Partnership for Children, Friendly Hands Food Bank,
Children’s Community School

STUDENT ITEMS NEEDED
Backpacks, Pencils, Notebooks, Crayons, Erasers, Binders, Markers, Pens, Rulers
Colored Pencils, Scissors, Glue Sticks

TEACHER ITEMS NEEDED
Ziploc bags, Color Copy Paper, Card Stock, Hand Sanitizers, Tissues, Cleaning Wipes, Folders,
Dry Erase Markers, Sticky Notes, Highlighters,

ONLINE DONATION OPTION
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NFN884820TR4?ref_=wl_share

DEADLINE: August 6th 2021
Any questions please contact Amanda. Cell: 203-894-6482 amanda@smalbino.com

Click here for more information. 


June 15, 2021


Salisbury Bank Offers Free Community Shred ‘Drive-Thru’ Day

SALISBURY BANK OFFERS FREE COMMUNITY SHRED ‘DRIVE-THRU’ DAY

AT LAKEVILLE, CT BRANCH ON JUNE 19

 

Lakeville, CT – June 3, 2021 – Salisbury Bank is continuing its initiative to fight against identity theft while building community goodwill by sponsoring a Free Shred Event and Food Drive.

“Identity theft continues to be a concern for individuals and businesses. One way you can ensure that thieves don’t gain access to information that could be confidential is shredding documents with personal information,” stated Amy Raymond, Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer at Salisbury Bank.

Community Shred “Drive-thru” Day is open to anyone, and will be held at the Lakeville branch – 5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT on Saturday, June 19th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

For the safety of all participants and volunteers the Bank has changed its Shred Days format to “Drive-thru”, and established the following guidelines:

 

  • Limit 4 bags / boxes per car (paper only; no binders)
  • Must wear a facial cover / mask
  • You will be guided to drop-off your boxes at the designated area to be shredded by Bank staff
  • Stay in your car until you reach the drop-off point
  • If you feel unwell, please stay home

 

Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation as well – local pantries need a variety of donations including: canned goods, cereals, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, shampoo, and soap are also appreciated.

 

These services are brought to you by Salisbury Bank, as a way of enriching the communities it serves. All shredded paper will be recycled and all collected items will be donated directly to local food pantries.

For more information on protecting yourself against identity theft, visit salisburybank.com/protectid.

 

Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury, and Sharon, Connecticut; Great Barrington, Sheffield, and South Egremont, Massachusetts; as well as Dover Plains, Fishkill, Millerton, New Paltz, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Red Oaks Mill, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for over 170 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.


June 9, 2021


Virtual Author Talk

Virtual Author Talk via the Gunn Memorial Library & Hickory Stick Book Shop

The Gunn Memorial Library and the Hickory Stick Bookshop are pleased to welcome international bestselling author, Jan-Philip Sendker to virtually discuss his latest novel, The Heart Remembers, the final volume in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy on Thursday, June 10 @ 6:30 pm. This novel is a tender testament to the power of memory and the familial ties that bind us across time and place. This highly anticipated final book in the beloved series is a stirring odyssey transporting readers from Burma (present-day Myanmar) to New York, and back again. Having spent much time immersed in and studying Burmese culture, Jan-Philipp Sendker expertly weaves signature lessons, hopes, humor, tragedy and rhythms at the intersection of Burmese daily life and its political tensions, into his own storytelling, rendering this final novel’s magical quality and its wise and universal reach.

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, is an internationally bestselling author. He was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. His first novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, was published in 2012, and the sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart, appeared in 2014.

Signed copies of the book will be available at the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Visit their website at www.hickorystickbookshop.com or call 860-868-0525.

Please register and obtain the Zoom link for this event at https://www.gunnlibrary.org/programs/

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link. Call the Library for further information at (860) 868-7586 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org


May 19, 2021


NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship- Applications Now Open

NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship- Applications Now Open

Songwriters 16-25 are invited to apply to professionally produce their own song.

 

LITCHFIELD COUNTY, MAY 11, 2021 —  Applications are now open for the NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship Program.  Young adults aged 16-25 with a passion for creating music are invited to apply.  Five applicants will be selected based on merit to participate in the program.  The deadline for applications is June 11, 2021.

 

Awardees will be given the opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops, access licensing to beats by local producers, and to record their own song in a professional setting.  The workshops will cover topics such as techniques for songwriting, resources available for marketing and distribution, and guidance from an entertainment lawyer.

 

Scholarship recipients will be selected June 15 and the program will run from June 26 – July 31.  All workshops and recording sessions will be hosted by The Outlet for the Arts, a new recording/production studio in Torrington, CT.

 

Ysanne Marshall, the Community Impact Coordinator for the NWCT Arts Council has developed the program to steer the youth to develop professional work ethics. “Showing up is sometimes more than 50% of the reason that success comes to flourish. My hope is that this experience will encourage the youth to take more control of their music careers by educating themselves and taking action.”

 

Eligible applicants can apply at: https://www.artsnwct.org/emerging-songwriter-scholarship

 

The scholarship program is made possible through funding from the CT Office of the Arts; Bridge Builders Program and matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The program is presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council in partnership with the Outlet for the Arts.

 

[About the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council]

The mission of the NWCT Arts Council is to engage the public in building a strong and connected arts community that is integral to the economic development and the collective well-being of the region. Learn more at  ArtsNWCT.org

 

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

 

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NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship

Program Guidelines

 

Overview:

Applications are now open for the NWCT Emerging Songwriter Scholarship Program.  Young adults aged 16-25 with a passion for creating music are invited to apply.  Five applicants will be selected based on merit to participate in the program.  The deadline for applications is June 11, 2021.

 

Qualifications:  

  • The program is open to emerging songwriters aged 16-25.
  • Applicants must reside in the Arts Council’s 25 town service area.
  • Applicants must show aptitude for songwriting and work ethic.
  • Must be available to participate on both program workshop dates.

 

Scholarship Award Package:

  • 2 Group Songwriting Workshops
    • Workshop 1: Saturday June 26, 2021. 9am- 12pm  Creative writing workshop, selecting beats.  Breakfast included.
    • Workshop 2: Saturday July 10, 2021. 9am- 12pm Presentation on how to use PRO Affiliate.  Presentation from entertainment lawyer Robert Sciglimpaglia. Song presentation & group feedback.  Booking recording sessions.  Breakfast included.
  • Licenced use of 1 professionally produced backing beat.
  • One private recording session up to 4 hours to record and master the final track.

 

Timeline: 

  • May 16: Applications Open
  • June 11: Applications Close
  • June 15: Recipients will be notified.
  • June 26: Workshop 1
  • June 27- July 9: Creative Songwriting Period
  • July 10: Workshop 2
  • July 12 – July 31: Recording Sessions

 


May 17, 2021


Call for Artist Vendors to Participate in the 1st Annual Litchfield Hills Creative Festival

CALL FOR ARTIST VENDORS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 1ST ANNUAL LITCHFIELD HILLS CREATIVE FESTIVAL

NORTHWEST CT, MAY 2021 — The NWCT Arts Council is hosting the first annual Litchfield Hills Creative Festival on Saturday, August 14th in Downtown Torrington. The festival will include artist vendors at Franklin Plaza, live music at Coe Memorial Park, and many other public activities for all ages hosted by participating organizations and venues.

 

Artists, crafters, and creators are invited to apply to participate as vendors during the festival. The vendor aspect of the event will be held from 11 am – 4 pm. Creators can apply and see guidelines online at artsnwct.org/litchfield-hills-creative-festival. The deadline to apply is June 4, 2021. Vendors will be notified the first week of July.

 

Up to 25 unique, local artists and creators will be selected to participate. Applicants must be based in our 25-town service area of Northwest CT.

 

The Litchfield Hills Creative Festival is sponsored in part by the Torrington Downtown Partners. Live music is sponsored and coordinated by Red Room Sound Studio. The stage at Coe Park is sponsored by the Warner Theatre.

 

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The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to engage the public in building a strong and connected arts and culture community that is integral to the economic development and the collective well-being of the region. The Arts Council board and staff believe that access to arts and culture is a universal human right, meeting both a social and psychological need. The Council supports a vibrant, vital, and necessary component of the local community through promotion and advocacy.

 

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation.


May 17, 2021


Annual Conference of the Connecticut Psychological Association

The Connecticut Psychological Association is Calling for Submissions for Presentations for the Annual Conference to be held virtually or in person (TBD) at Yale in November. Chamber Members might consider advertising their company by sponsoring, attending the conference or sponsoring students to attend. Please contact Dr. Sampson, at dr@sampsonpsych.com or refer to the www.CTPsychologicalAssociation.org 


May 6, 2021


Infinity Hall Reopening Update

REOPENING UPDATE

Friends,

 

The past year has been incredibly challenging for live music and without your support we would not have made it this far.  So, first and foremost, thank you. We are thrilled to be writing you with good news – between the vaccine roll-out, loosening of statewide restrictions and federal support we have a lot to be optimistic (albeit patient) about.

 

WE ARE MOVING AS FAST AS WE CAN TO OPEN BOTH INFINITY HALL NORFOLK AND HARTFORD!

 

We know you are going to have lots of questions regarding shows, set up, guidelines, reservations, and so on. We will address them all, but for today here are some general announcements.

  • Weekly emails and updates will commence with this email. Next week we will be announcing new shows, providing updates on rescheduled shows as well as previously postponed shows that are still pending.
  • Tickets are available for upcoming shows online only. Please visit www.infinityhall.com.
  • We have taken all shows prior to June 1 off sale as we are in the process of securing new dates for those. Additionally, some shows may be updated based on artist touring schedules and our reopening plan.
  • If you were an active loyalty program member as of March 2020 and are unable to get your member discount at checkout, please email us at hartfordboxoffice@infinityhall.com with your receipt and we will issue your discount as a credit or partial refund.
  • The Governor has announced all remaining business restrictions will end on May 19 with indoor masking expected to continue.

We couldn’t be more excited about getting back to live music but for the coming weeks we ask for your continued patience and understanding. Please allow 3-5 business days for us to get back to you. The best way to reach us is through email: hartfordboxoffice@infinityhall.com.

 

Again, thank you for your continued support. The wait is almost over.

 


May 6, 2021


Litchfield Community Center- Summer Sunrise Serenade

Summer Sunrise Serenade

Begin your day with beautiful live music!

8:00—9:00 a.m.

With Special Guest Performers:

Wednesday, June 9: P. Martin Vanek, Flautist

Wednesday, July 7: Hank Milligan, Pianist

Wednesday, August 4: Wendy Kerner, Harpist

Wednesday, September 1: Dale Osterman, Cellist

Vanessa Hammond, Flautist

*Bring Lawn Chair or Blanket*

Performances will be held outdoors

(Inside Atrium if weather is inclement)

Donations welcome

Register: www.thecommunitycenter.org or 860-567-8302

All Social Distancing and Safety Protocol Will Be Followed

 

 


April 16, 2021