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The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum in Kent, Conn., opens to the public on Saturday, July 24, for the annual Engine Show. Visitors can see the museum’s many machines up close and hard at work. Photo by Lans Christensen

An Early Peek at Antique Machines at CAMA Museum

One of the big social events of the year in Litchfield County, of course, is the autumn showing of steam-powered and small-engine machinery at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum on Route 7 in Kent, Conn. 


The Balourdet String Quartet from Boston, Mass., will step in for the Juilliard Quartet at Music Mountain on July 11. Photo by Stephen Barton ​

Change of Plan for July 11 Music Mountain Concert

One thing COVID-19 taught us all was the need to be flexible; and one challenge arts venues had was the need to book performances well in advance, not only so they could do publicity but also so the performers could create a logical schedule for themselves. 


This summer’s special show at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., is centered around the art of fantasy and enchantment. Illustration courtesy NRM

Entering a World of Fantasy at NRM

While Norman Rockwell was known for his representational paintings of American life, his work also encapsulates an enchanting and fantastical picture of life as well. 


Interior designer, Washington Post style writer and extraordinary
cake decorator Elizabeth Mayhew has donated a cake (although not the one in this photo) for this year’s Let Them Eat Cake fundraiser in Sharon, Conn. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Mayhew​

For Cakes That Are Works Of Art, An Edible Auction

Whether you cherish the sweet things in life or enjoy the thrill of a bidding war, Sharon Historical Society and Museum’s Let Them Eat Cake cocktail reception and cake auction is an event worth attending. 

This biannual event features cakes by both local baking newcomers and experts for the in-person and online auction. 

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