822 Lake Avenue, Exit 31 off 1-84, Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-583-3300.

Lake Compounce will celebrate Independence Day with a dramatic fireworks presentation set over our 23-acre lake  The park opens at 11am so come early to enjoy all the rides, entertainment, and food and get a good spot for the fireworks starting at 9 p.m.   All tickets and season passes may be purchased by visiting the website.

Roxbury Land Trust Recommends Self-Guiding Hike at Historic Mine Hill Iron-Making Complex and the Carter Preserve 4th of July Weekend


Mine Hill Road, Roxbury, CT

The Roxbury Land Trust invites the public to explore history and to experience numerous woodland trails on the 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve and the 160-acre Carter Preserve over the 4th of July weekend.  The 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, which is enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of a 19th century iron-making complex and nearly four miles of hiking trails that offer glimpses of Roxbury’s industrial heritage and breathtaking natural beauty.  Nine interpretive signs installed by the Roxbury Land Trust tell the story of the rise and fall of the industrial venture. The self-guiding signs weave together renderings of what Mine Hill looked like during its heyday from 1865 to 1872; Hikers should allow at least two  to three hours to complete the 3.5 mile Mine Hill loop and the 2-mile Carter Preserve loop. Much shorter walks are possible to see the roasting ovens and blast furnace, tunnel openings and mine shafts. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are recommended.  To reach the Preserves, follow Route 67 north from the center of Roxbury for 2.1 miles until it crosses over the Shepaug River.  Turn right onto Mine Hill Road and proceed 0.3 miles up the hill to the parking lot on the right. Visit the website for more information.

Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Pet Parade - Turn of the Century Fest


7 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501. Fax: 860-567-3565.

Litchfield History Museum Pet Parade--July 4, 2014, games, music, food on the historic Litchfield Green. Annual event from 2:15 to 4:30pm. Free. Ice cream social, period music and plenty of 19th century games. Age(s): All. Fee: Free. Bring you pet uptown for an old fashioned Pet Parade! Parade registration begins at 2:15 and all pets must be in cage or on leash. After the parade, take part in the Turn of the Century Fest including sack races, tug-of-war contests, seed spitting contests, and an ice cream social.   Also, the Tapping Reeve House and First Law School will be open from 11 to 5PM with free admission.

Sharon Historical Society and Museum Hosts Great Attic Classic 2014 Tag Sale and Silent Auction

07/04/2014 to 07/06/2014

18 Main Street, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-5688.

The Sharon Historical Society and Museum will start its Great Attic Classic 2014 Tag Sale and Silent Auction with early buying and a cocktail party from 5 to 7PM July 4, 2014.  The Sale continues from 10AM to 4PM,  July 5th and from 10AM to 1PM on July 6th. Tickets to the Friday evening party are $45 per person in advance and $55 at the door.  All proceeds support the museum.  A $10 early entrance fee will permit admission at 9AM on Saturday.  Call to purchase tickets or email. 

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Hosts Friday Series--Music for the Fourth--Yale Summer School of Music--Norfolk

07/04/2014 to 07/05/2014

Route 44/272, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 860-542-3000.

On Friday, July 4, 8:00pm – Music for the Fourth and  Saturday, July 5, 8:00pm – The Artis Quartet--Leonard Bernstein works from Mass, Divertimento & Wonderful Town; Alexander von Zemlinsky-String Quartet in e minor;Charles Griffes                         Poem for Flute & Piano; W.A. Mozart-String Quartet in C Major, "Dissonant"; Carl Maria von Weber-Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano; Johannes Brahms-iano Quintet in f minor, Op 34; Ernst von Dohnanyi-Aria for Flute and Piano ;  The Artis Quartet; Peter Frankl, piano; Antonín Dvořák-String Quartet in F Major, "American"; Carol Wincenc, flute; Scott Hartman, trombone; Peter Frankl, piano; Othmar Müller, cello; Artis Quartet; Fellows of the Norfolk Festival.  Check the wesbite for further information and tickets.     

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Hosts The Artis Quartet--Yale Summer School of Music--Norfolk

07/04/2014 to 07/12/2014

Route 44/272, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 860-542-3000.

The Artis Quartet will be in residence at Norfolk for two weeks and will perform on Friday, July 4 (Dvořák's American Quartet); Saturday, July 5 (quartets by Zemlinsky and Mozart, as well as Brahms' Piano Quintet with pianist Peter Frankl; Friday, July 11 (Brahms' Clarinet Quintet with Richard Stoltzman) and on Saturday, July 12 (quartets by Mozart and Brahms, as well as Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 2 with Peter Frankl). Founded in Vienna in 1980, the Artis Quartet (Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; Othmar Muller, cello) began their international career in 1985 with concerts in Carnegie Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Salle Pleyel and Théatre de Champs-Elysées (Paris), Santa Caecilia (Rome) and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). Permanently in residence in Vienna, they have performed an annual cycle of concerts at the Wiener Musikverein since 1988. In 1991 the quartet was invited to play all 23 Mozart quartets in both Tokyo and Vienna, and their more than 30 albums have won awards such as the Echo Klassik, Indie Award, Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d'Or and the Midem Classical Award in Cannes.Check the website for tickets and a full schedule of events.

Quassy Amusement Park -"3-D" Fireworks


2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT Phone: 203-758-2913.

'3D' Fireworks - Have a blast this July 4th at the Quassy special '3D' fireworks presentation after dark to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance. Viewing glasses will be sold for $1. Parking $7 on July 4th. 

Lime Rock Park, AARP and AARP Foundation Team Up to Help Fight Older Adult Hunger


60 White Hollow Rd., Lime Rock, CT Phone: 860.435.5000.

AARP, AARP Foundation, Lime Rock Park and LaBonne’s IGA, a local grocer, are teaming up Saturday, July 5 at the famous race track in Northwest Connecticut for a Drive to End Hunger meal-packing event with the goal of packaging and donating nearly 20,000 senior meals to Connecticut Food Bank. More than 200 people from the tri-state area responded to the track’s call for volunteers to pack the meals for Drive to End Hunger, with more signing up every day. Lime Rock Park has selected AARP Foundation as its 2014 official charity. The meal packing effort runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Drive to End Hunger meal packing event is scheduled to coincide with the track’s Independence Day Fireworks show, a popular Lime Rock tradition. The fireworks show ($20 donation per carload) has benefitted the local chapter of Rotary Club International for more than 30 years.
All meal-packing volunteers get free admission to the fireworks (9:00 p.m.), plus an AARP Drive to End Hunger Jeff Gordon “Hunger Hero” Hard Card. A “Thank you!” barbecue party for the volunteers precedes the fireworks. Check back at for updates on this season’s activities with Drive to End Hunger. To learn more, please visit or follow @Drive2EndHunger on Twitter.

Town of Cornwall: Contra Dance


Cornwall Town Hall, 26 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT Phone: 860-672-6101.

7 p..m. Live music by Still, the Homegrown Band. All ages and dance levels welcome. Suggested donation to pay the caller.  For more information call.

Litchfield History Museum - July and August Walking Tour - The Female Academy


On The Green, Rte. 63, 7 South St.,, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

The Litchfield Historical Society continues its annual walking tours with some exciting topics being covered in July and August. During each tour, a museum educator or guest tour guide offers participants a new way to look at their surroundings with themed walks through Litchfield's history. Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes! Tours begin at 10:00 am and leave from the Litchfield History Museum.

Saturday, July 5th: The Female Academy. Join us on a tour around the sites pertinent to Litchfield's influential school for young women, founded in 1792 by Miss Sarah Pierce. We'll see where the future leaders who attended this school lived, worked, and played; and discuss their interactions with students from the Litchfield Law School, the town's other illustrious center of learning in the 18th and 19th century.