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Bored? Want to find something very fun and cool to do?

One of “those days”. You want to find something different to do in Connecticut and  you just can’t find it.

Whadday mean there's nothing to do?
Whadday mean there’s nothing to do?

After perusing the local papers, scouring the net, wracking your brain and you still can’t come up with something different, I think I have some inspiration for you!

I ran across what I think is one of the coolest blogs I have seen in a long, long time. A guy named Steve goes all over Connecticut and shares his adventures with us. Some of you may have seen him on TV or the news, or even read about him. But he was new to me. His blog is called Connecticut Museum Quest.

A museum blog?

Well, not really, not only. It is so much more than that! Steve goes way beyond the 4 wall traditional museum, he also hikes, drives, finds out of the way places we all might miss because we are just too busy to stop. I found the site so interesting, and it gave me a years worth of ideas. Places to go, things to learn about, even places to eat! And his style of writing is so enticing, I hope you actually stop reading and get out to explore a bit.

If anyone is complaining there is nothing to do, get some inspiration from Steve and his Connecticut Museum Quest. It’s not like Connecticut is so big you can’t take a day trip, expand your horizons a bit. And if you prefer to stay close to home I bet he has some cool stuff right around the corner from you!

One special blog all about Connecticut.

This truly is one of those blogs that is just so special you can’t miss it. I had a great time reading and learning and will be passing this on to many people. Steve is an amazing ambassador for Connecticut and he does have some pretty great suggestions on things to do. After all, it only takes 2 hours to drive across Connecticut, I am sure you will put a great day trip together after reading his posts!

Enjoy Connecticut!

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Summer might be winding down, but there is still plenty to do in Litchfield County!

The beach at Lake Waramaug State ParkYou can see the tinge in the trees, the summer flowers are almost finished blooming, the fall flowers are beginning to show off their colors, the tomatoes on my plants are turning red. It is all proof that despite the hot, hot, hot temperatures we are experiencing, fall is on the way. But, there are still plenty of places to go to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Lake Waramaug State Park

You don’t have to live on the lake, or be a resident of Washington or Warren to enjoy Lake Waramaug!

Lake Waramaug is truly one of my favorite spots here. From the drive to Lake Waramaug through the Village of New Preston, to the drive around the lake to get to the state park, I just love it. Lake Waramaug is beautiful, it is like stepping back in time. There are campgrounds and the park provides a beautiful beach on Lake Waramaug.

Parking fees apply at the Lake Waramaug State Park on the weekends and holidays. $9.00 for CT residents and $15 for out of state people. During the week, parking is FREE! Camping fees are $17 a night for CT residents and $27 a night for non residents.

Tip, if you like to bike, bring your bicycles. A trip around the lake on a bike is a very popular thing to do, you won’t regret it. The road curves around the lake and is a bit on the narrow side, so do be careful.

I am thinking I need to make a trip up there myself with the grandkids, maybe tomorrow afternoon!

Macedonia Brook State Park

Located in Kent, CT, this is a fantastic place for hiking and camping. There are no parking fees, so a trip up to have a picnic, to take a hike, or just to sit and enjoy the cooler temps and the peace and quiet is free. I love Macedonia Brook State Park, when my girls were young I used to pack them up with a picnic lunch and drive up there. There are some fantastic views over the Catskills and Taconics.

Camping fees apply, check out the rates here for Macedonia Brook State Park, or any Connecticut Park.

Harrybrooke Park in New Milford, CT.

Harrybrooke Park is another one of my favorite places to go, and has been for years. Many of my summer memories with my daughters involve Harrybrooke Park. Free to the residents of New Milford, it is a great place to escape for a bit, a popular place to walk, ride bikes, roller blade, fish or just relax. Over the years the funds available have diminished, and the Friends of Harrybrooke Park are working tirelessly to restore the park to its grandeur. Despite the lack of funds, the park is still beautiful, and offers a cooler respite from the summer heat in a quite setting. If you need a place for a larger picnic or event, contact the park to reserve a pavilion or spot in the park.

Get out there and enjoy what is left of the summer in Litchfield County! There is plenty to do, places to go, things to learn about and see. I have trips planned to The Silo in New Milford, Lake Waramaug State Park, to March Farm in Bethlehem with the grandchildren, the last free concert on the Green in New Milford. And truth be told, all that cost me was the gas and $9.00 for the day at Lake Waramaug State Park.

March Farm, The Disney World of Farm Stands in Bethlehem CT

I went to the Disney World of Farm Stands yesterday, No joke! Saturday saw a variety of things for the SPA Team, we had a listing appointment in Bethlehem, some time to kill, then off to Woodbury for the second appointment.

After the first appointment we did a team field trip to March Farm in Bethlehem. Wow, what a fantastic place! I walked out of there with the best slab of Hunter Cheddar Cheese, made under the Cabot Cheese name by Twin Pine Farm in Thomaston. A great tip, if  you want to support your local dairy farmers, buy Cabot Cheese, it is owned by Agrimark, the coop that most of our New England dairy farmers own and ship milk to. This cheese was melt in your mouth fantastic! A loaf of olive bread, (all gone, sorry), tomatoes and peaches. Oh, how did I forget the jar of peach salsa that we also demolished, made by March Farm.

The best thing about March Farm is all the things to do! They have the March Farm Hayloft Playscape for the kiddies, they have farm animals to pet, they have a Farm Hike, they have pick your own, and right now you can pick your own peaches and blackberries. They have a mini corn maze open, they are getting revved up for apple picking and the big corn maze, they will provide hay rides, free of charge, for the apple picking season. (Apple picking will be very limited this year due to the storms we had in the fall, it is suggested that you call ahead to check it out. But even if you don’t pick apples, there is plenty to do there!)

March Farm Courtesy Rich Pomerantz

Bring the kids, bring the camera, pick up some fresh veggies and food and get ready for some real fun! March Farm, located at 160 Munger Lane in Bethlehem, CT. They are open 10-6 daily. I know where we are taking the grandkids next weekend!

For more information on all there is to do at March Farm, check out their website!

Thank you to Rich Pomerantz for a fine set of photos from our March Farm Field Trip!

Free concerts on the Green, August 2012 New Milford CT

Are you looking for something to do, just a bit different, in New Milford CT?  The Edwin Kinkade Concerts on the Green kicks off this Saturday, August 4, 2012. Best use of our beautiful town green and bandstand, bring chairs, blankets, snacks, whatever and have a great time! All for FREE!

Schedule of concerts, August 2012 Saturday, August 4, 2012
Bob Stump & the Blue Mountain Band
7:30 pm

Saturday, August 11, 2012
Roger Young & Dixieland Jazz
7:30 pm
(this event sponsored by Marandola Fuel Company)

Saturday, August 18, 2012
James Walker & His Steel Drum Band
7:30 pm
(this event sponsored by New Milford Insurance Agency)

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Easton Banjo
7:30 pm
(this event sponsored by Cramer & Anderson, LLP)

These concerts are FREE, held “weather permitting”. Each concert lasts about 1.5 hours.  The Edwin Kinkade Concerts on the Green is sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts.

A big thank you to everyone involved, this is a fantastic program for all ages.

Trunk or Treat, New Milford CT Halloween safe trick or treating!

Halloween in New Milford has just become a little bit safer for our kids and easier for their parents! New Milford Parks & Rec is hosting Trunk or Treat, a safer alternative to trick or treating! If you want to hand out candy and help the event become a big success, call New Milford Parks & Recreation at 860.355.6050 or email ecovielli@newmilford.org. You must register with Parks & Rec to park your car and hand out candy. Parking spaces are limited, so please call in advance to register.

Decorate your car, decorate yourself, fill your trunk with candy and hand it out to all the kids in town! The event will be located  on the town green, north and middle section. This is a great way to keep our kids safe and to be delighted by the amazing array of costumes our youngest residents will be sporting!

Trunk or Treat in New Milford, CT. What a howling good idea this is!

Trunk or Treat

New Milford Town Green, north and middle section

Monday, October 31, 2011

5:30 -7:30 pm

In case of heavy rain the event will be cancelled. The Parks & Rec department invites you to call them for weather related info. (860.350.6050).