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NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Art League held an opening reception for its 12th annual open juried show on Saturday, May 6, at Town Hall, located at 530 Main St.

Artists from throughout the Northwest Corner, along with members of the Art League, attended in the event.

According to Karen Meares, 12 artists participated in the show, which included pottery, paintings and photography.

“We run the gamut with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art,” Meares said. 

New Hartford resident and Art League member Carol Taylor created an...

New Hartford

Lions Club makes best of washout at flea market

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NEW HARTFORD — When an event is listed “rain or shine” it means rain or shine no matter what, according to New Hartford Lions Club Vice-President Donna MacDonald.
And indeed the rain poured from the sky during the club’s annual benefit flea market on June 2 at Brodie Park.
Despite the rain, vendors and attendees still braved the weather.
The flea market, which has been held by the club for more than 20 years, offered a wide selection of clothing, antiques, furniture and collectibles.

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Local tween to compete in pageant

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NEW HARTFORD — Eleven-year-old Sabrina DeBaise has her eyes set on winning Miss Connecticut Pre-Teen at the National American Miss Beauty Pageant.
The event will be held from Aug. 2 to 6 at the Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers, Mass.
Sabrina is the daughter of Anthony and Robin DeBaise and is a student at Ann Antolini School.

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Children’s interest in gardening grows with Sprouts club

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Garden Club, a nonprofit local environmental organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary this spring by forming a youth division appropriately named Sprouts. The traditionally adult club has long recognized the need for children to have available safe, educational and fun nature activities and wanted to educate children about where food comes from and how it is grown.

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Taste of Litchfield Hills enjoys mountain setting

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NEW HARTFORD — Thousands of fans of gourmet food and wine flocked to Ski Sundown in New Hartford over the Labor Day weekend to sample international cuisines from restaurants throughout the Northwest Corner while listening to live music and browsing retail tents set up by local shops.
Those in attendance at A Taste of The Litchfield Hills breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday and Monday, as rain held off for the duration of the three-day affair, allowing ample opportunity for attendees to visit.

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Taste of Litchfield Hills announces participants

NEW HARTFORD — The 26th annual edition of A Taste of the Litchfield Hills will take place Sept. 3 to 5 at Ski Sundown, with an array of participating eateries that were announced this week.
Participating culinary vendors from the Winsted area will include Chatterley’s Restaurant (New Hartford); Backstage Restaurant (Torrington); The Green Room (Winsted); Infinity Bistro (Norfolk); KJ Grilled Pizza (Torrington); Mustard’s Last Stand (New Hartford); Rocket Fine Street Foods (Torrington); and Summertime Sno-Balls (New Hartford).

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Passiflora hosts Garden of Drums

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NEW HARTFORD — Jami Ray of Bristol, who is also known as “Conga Jay,” was the host of a drum circle at Passiflora Tea Room and Café in New Hartford on Thursday, Aug. 4. Ray brought hand drums big and small for players including Winsted resident Fran Devevo.
“I have been drumming for more than 10 years and I just can’t stop,” Ray said. “The energy and the community of the earth is based on rhythm. For time, we call that rhythm a calendar. To me, everything has a heartbeat, and that’s what these Garden of Beats events are about.”

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Floral paintings in New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD — Barkhamsted artist Lucille Delaney is the featured artist in the Gallery at Jerram Winery, where her show, “Nature’s Beauty on Canvas,” will run through the month of July.
Delaney is an award-winning artist who has been painting since childhood. Flower gardens and the Farmington River have given her the inspiration for her realistic oil paintings. Her work has been exhibited at the former Act II Gallery, Passiflora and Squire’s Tavern. She is also an active member of the New Hartford Art League and has served on its board of directors.

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Hot and spicy times at New Hartford chili cookoff

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NEW HARTFORD — The Trinita Family Life Center held a chili cookoff on Saturday, June 18, at its retreat center on 595 Town Hill Road. Eleven teams competed, with names like Phantom Heat, Los Demonios Guapos, Strini’s Secret and Not Smurf, The Murphs.
The chili recipes had names like Chuckwagon Red, Tantalizing Tumultuous Terrorizing Tongue Tornado Chili at Trinita and Goshen Grown. Organizer Nancy Strini said the cookoff is a fundraiser for the organization.

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State House approves wind regulations bill

Colebrook projects still in limbo
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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require regulations for wind-turbine projects in Connecticut.
HB 6249, An Act Requiring a Moratorium on the Siting of Wind Projects Until the Adoption of Regulations, passed by a vote of 132-6, suggesting state representatives are as concerned as residents about possible environmental hazards and the impact on natural resources and quality of life that the turbines might pose.

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