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This year’s book sale at the Norfolk Library in Norfolk, Conn., is expected to be bigger than ever, with extra inventory that wasn’t sold during last summer’s COVID-19 quarantine. Photo courtesy Norfolk Library

Books Galore at One of the Summer’s Few Library Sales

The world hasn’t really fully emerged from the COVID-19 quarantine yet. One way you can tell: There have been almost no library book sales this summer. 

The annual sale at the stately library in Norfolk, Conn., is an exception and the sale promises to be even bigger than normal: 


Violinist Doori Na, at right in the photo, leads a trio of performers in this summer’s Sherman Chamber Ensemble performances from Aug. 12 to 14. Sherman Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Eliot Bailen, at far left, is the cellist,  Susan Rotholz, center, is the flutist. Photo submitted​

Chamber Music, Outdoors, in August

This season’s Summertime Sounds concerts by the Sherman Chamber Ensemble begin Thursday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in Washington, Conn., at the Salem Covenant Church and continues with 6 p.m. outdoor performances on Friday, Aug. 13, at Kent Barns in Kent, Conn., and Saturday, Aug. 14, at the IGA Plaza in Sherman, Conn.


Linda Stillman, an artist in Hillsdale, N.Y., was inspired during and by the COVID-19 pandemic to learn more about the non-native invasive plants that threaten our environment. Photo by Linda Stillman​

Art and the Danger of Invasive Plants

Artist and gallerist KK Kozik opens her ICEHOUSE Project Space in Sharon, Conn., again on Saturday, Aug. 14, with a project by Linda Stillman called “Bitter/Sweet.” 


Norman Rockwell Museum offers much more than just art, including a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Berkshire County’s Karen Allen, above.

The Art of Brewing Beer at NRM

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., will host the third annual Art of Brewing Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.  

In addition to craft beers there will be regional foods from truck vendors, plus music and lawn games. Inside the museum there will be  show of beer can illustrations. 


Treat Williams has written a play about Gen. U.S. Grant, which he will present in a reading at the Great Barrington Public Theater on Aug. 2 and 3. Photo submitted

A Sneak Peek at a New Play by Treat Williams About U.S. Grant

 The actor Treat Williams is know for starring roles in diverse films that range from “Hair” (yes, that’s him with the flowing locks and the sweet tenor voice); “Once Upon a Time in America;” and “Prince of the City.” He anchored the television series “Everwood,” and he’s performed on Broadway in “Grease,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Stephen

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