Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
The tempting scent of garlic will waft from the Bethlehem Fair Grounds in Litchfield County when the second annual Garlic and Harvest Festival takes place on October 7 and 8. It is one of many special events indoor and out that will brighten the Columbus Day weekend in this beautiful corner of Northwest Connecticut. Tours of historic homes and local harvest celebrations promise something for everyone.
A big hit in its initial season, the Garlic and Harvest Festival once again will feature specialty food vendors, crafts, a food court, music and rides and everything garlic, including vendors, lectures, and cooking demonstrations. Visitors will learn how to braid garlic as well as cook with it. The Bethlehem Fair Grounds are located on Route 61; hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6, under 12 free.
The 44th Annual Warren Fall Festival, a long-time favorite sponsored by the Warren Volunteer Fire Company, will bring out antique dealers, art and craft exhibits, handcraft demonstrations, and a children's zoo. Live bands and entertainment will keep things hopping, along with traditional events including an antique Tractor Pull contest and a lumberjack competition. It will be held at Warren Woods, Brook School House Road, off Routes 45 and 341. Hours: October 7 through 9 are 10 a.m. to dusk, Admission $4, and children under 12 are free.
The Annual Fall Festival at the Flanders Nature Center off Route 6 in Woodbury is slated for October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities will include musicians and storytellers, displays and demonstrations of arts and crafts and nature activities. Families can enjoy hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin picking, food, games, kids' crafts and live farm animals.
Columbus Day is the third and last weekend for the 45th Annual Bristol Mum Festival, a town-wide celebration honoring the brilliant flowering of chrysanthemums. Two long-running country fairs are also on the agenda, the 96th Annual Riverton Fair on October 13-15 on Route. 20 in Riverton, and the 150th Annual Harwinton Fair on October 7 and 8 on Locust Rd., 1 mile southeast of Harwinton Center in Harwinton.
HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS
Watertown Historical Society will host a house tour, "Open Doors Around Historic Watertown" on September 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five Homes will open including the Aner Bradley House, the Beldon House considered to be the oldest house in Watertown; the Scoville Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Roderick Bryon House and the Black Rock Farm House. The Watertown Historical Society Museum, 22 DeForest St. (off Rte. 6 west) and the adjacent Nova Scotia Schoolhouse are included in the tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be ordered until Sept. 15 by check or money order, plus a self addressed stamped envelope, by writing: Watertown Historical Society House Tour, c/o 107 Vail Rd., Watertown, CT 06795 or call 860-274-1054. Tickets are also available at the Historical Society on DeForest St. Proceeds from the House Tour will go toward the renovation of the Munson House, slated to be the future home of the Watertown Historical Society Museum.
Two special Columbus Day house tours on October 7 will open the doors to exceptional private homes in towns brightened by colorful fall foliage. The 8th Annual Cornwall House Tour will benefit the Cornwall Housing Corporation, an organization devoted to affordable housing. This year's homes will include a classic early farm house, a new home inspired by eighteenth century design, a log cabin, an elegant former hay barn and a home by an owner architect showing the influences of many leading twentieth century designers. For the first time this year, a home built under the Housing Corporation's Parcel program will be on the tour. Tour price is $25. For tickets call 860-672-6774 or visit www.cornwallct.org.
Also, on October 7th in Southbury, the 3rd annual House Tour sponsored by Safe Haven will feature four private homes and two historic buildings. Homes featured will be a Colonial, circa 1720, that was the main house of the Housatonic Valley Farm, and a post-Revolution (1777-1812) example of a two-story frame house with clapboard siding. Two interesting newer homes are a ten-room modified farm house planned with ample room for entertaining, and a condominium unit built in the 1990s, customized with low beamed ceilings and wide floor boards to showcase early American furnishings and collections. Also, open for touring are The Cornucopia (circa 1818-1822), a working bed and breakfast on the National Register of Historic Places, and an authentic saltbox colonial (ca. 1720-1750) that is currently an antique shop. Tickets (call 203-575-0388) are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour.
For more information on autumn events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.