2005 Summer Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com An all-day Tiffany tour of the Litchfield Hills on June 25 and tours of historic homes and gardens in the Colonial towns of Litchfield and Newtown on July 9 will offer rare opportunities to step inside the doors of private treasures in Northwest Connecticut. TIFFANY FAMILY ROOTS The most unique event is A Touch of Tiffany, a one-day-only escorted bus tour in the Litchfield Hills on June 25. Louis Comfort Tiffany and his family had deep Connecticut roots, which will be explored as guests visit a former Tiffany family home now privately owned and seldom open to the public. The day will also include a country chapel with stunning Tiffany stained glass windows, lunch at a country pub and a visit to a contemporary glass blower's workshop with a special demonstration to show what makes Tiffany's work so unique. Advance booking is required for the tour, which costs $83 per person. Reservations may be made at 866-656-0207 during business hours Monday to Friday or at www.connectionsgrouptours.com. HOMES AND GARDENS FROM THE 1700s Four 1700s homes and gardens transformed into 21st century showplaces will be on the agenda for the 11th annual Historic House and Garden Tour in Newtown on July 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event coincides with this venerable town?s 300th anniversary celebration. Participants will travel an original dirt road from the 18th century, enjoy a period garden and be guests in two private gardens that have been featured this year in national magazines. Tickets for the self-guided tour are on sale at the Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown or by mail until July 1, with checks made out to the Newtown Historical Society, P.O. Box 189, Newtown, CT 06470. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the day of the tour at the Matthew Curtiss House Museum, 44 Main Street. Proceeds benefit the museum and the Historical Society's education programs. For information, phone the society at 203-426-5937 or visit their web site at www.Newtownhistory.org. A HIDDEN NEIGHBORHOOD Homes of historic and architectural significance in one of New England's most beautiful Colonial towns are on the 58th annual Open House Day Tour of Litchfield. This year the tour will cover the neighborhood of Milton, a hidden treasure where many of Litchfield's finest country homes and back roads are found. Admission to the Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve Law School, America's first law school, are included in the ticket price of $30 the day of the tour or $25 in advance. Visitors on the tour may also visit the Oliver Wolcott Library and the town?s landmark churches. Proceeds from the tour, scheduled for July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will benefit Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), an organization founded in 1904 to provide residential and community-based care, treatment and education for troubled youngsters. Lunch and tours will be available at the CJR campus from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A student art exhibit is planned, as well. House tour tickets will be available at the Information Booth on the Litchfield Green or may be ordered in advance for $25 from Litchfield Aid of CJR, P.O. Box 214, Litchfield, CT 06759 by calling (860) 567-9423. Visit their website for updated information at www.ctjuniorrepublic.org. All advance ticket orders should be sent with your check or money order and a return self- addressed and stamped envelope. All advance ticket orders must be received by July 1. For more information on spring scenery and activities and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the region, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273, call 800-663-1273 or "visit Northwest Connectiucut website!"