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Weekend in Norfolk

The town will roll out the red carpet this weekend, August 3rd, 4th and 5th, for Weekend in Norfolk, a town-wide celebration that offers more than 80 events, most free of charge.

The weekend features concerts ranging from chamber music by the Emerson String Quartet and the Frank Vignola Jazz Trio to a rock concert and free live music at Robertson Plaza in the center of town.

On all three days, art lovers will enjoy demonstrations hosted by the Artisans Guild of Norfolk and two art shows, one featuring the work of Turi Rostad at the Norfolk Library and the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Norfolk Artists & Friends at the Battell Stoeckel Gallery.

Guided tours are offered on all three days of the stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maitland Armstrong in Battell Chapel. Two other churches will also open their doors for tours of their stained glass windows.

Norfolk’s parks beckon this weekend and every weekend. An easy trail to the summit of 240-acre Dennis Hill State Park provides panoramic views and the observation tower at Haystack Mountain State Park can be reached by auto followed by a short walk up a steep trail. Campbell Falls State Park offers views of the falls tumbling over craggy rock formations.

To win an “Icebox of Connecticut” t-shirt, complete the six-peak challenge offered by the Norfolk Land Trust by taking a selfie at the peak of all six hiking trails that surround Norfolk. Trail information is available at the WINformation centers at the Village Green and The Hub. There is also a trail run taking place at noon on Sunday.

Those who love astronomy, will enjoy the free Astronomy Night with Matthew Moore Johnson August 4th starting at 8PM at Dennis Hill State Park on Litchfield Road.

Before you go stargazing attend a Do-Over Prom for adults, being held in the Botelle School gym, complete with prom king and queen, a photo booth and a great disk jockey.

Foodies will enjoy a Farmer’s Market on Saturday, two ice cream socials, a Saturday afternoon downtown food court and special deals and menus at the town’s restaurants. Farm tours are offered at Husky Meadows Farm, Lost Ruby Farm and Broad Field Farm.

There are a number of activities for children, from face painting, games and a children’s concert to a kid’s fire hose water soccer game, a special leaf-printing workshop sponsored by Great Mountain Forest, a hand-sewing class with free materials supplied by the Historical Society, a free paint-a-chick and stamping workshop and Dino’s Funky Puppet Show at the Norfolk Library.

The Norfolk Curling Club is offering an open house of its two-sheet facility and there will be fly-fishing demonstrations, a summer smallmouth fishing workshop and an open house at the Norfolk Country Club.

If romance is in the air, make an appointment for Friday from 3-5 PM to be wed or renew your vows on the Village Green. A justice of the peace will officiate; flowers, ring bearers and witnesses will be standing by. To make a reservation contact and, if getting married, bring the license.

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