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After my recent column about gelato published, a reader asked whether frozen treats can be made without an ice cream maker. Those recipes are somewhat complex for many people, time consuming and require a machine. The question becomes, “Do I want or need another bulky kitchen gadget taking u…

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TORRINGTON — Five Points Gallery, located at 33 Main St. in downtown Torrington, will open three new shows, Susan Clinard’s “Inside Out,” a solo exhibition, Christine Breslin’s “A Suspension of Stereotypic Perception,” a solo show, and “The 8th Annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational,” c…

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GOSHEN — Bluegrass music star David Davis and his Warrior River Boys bring their earthy roots stylings to the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival at Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle Street in Goshen, on Saturday, August 10, at 1:15 and 6:45 p.m.

FALLS VILLAGE — On Saturday, August 3, Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Austin & Elliott. Based in Western Massachusetts, folk duo Austin & Elliott is comprised of singer/songwriters Chris Elliott (voice, acoustic guitar) and Lisa Austin (voice, hand drum, 6-string banjo). Their or…

WOODBURY — Joan Judson, a lifelong resident of Woodbury, will be displaying “Country Art” in the Woodbury Library’s Gallery Space during the month of August. In the past years she has displayed her artwork in many local venues and has won several awards. Joan works in oil, acrylic, water col…

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ROXBURY — Nancy Lasar will present her exquisite line drawings, often incorporating collage elements, and Carroll Macdonald will show her oil paintings at the Minor Memorial Library, 23 South Street, beginning with an opening reception for the public on August 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON DEPOT — The Hen’s Nest Gallery in Washington Depot, announces an opening reception for local multimedia artist Beth Levine on Saturday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery will be exhibiting a variety of her recent creations, including sculptures, jewelry, and multimedia hangings.

SHERMAN — The Sherman Library announces the amazing story of Sherman as seen through the eyes of traveling photographers at the turn of the century and as expressed through the hands of a craftsman replicating the ceramics of the era. Gloria Thorne has curated a display from the photographic…

NORFOLK — In celebration of its 120th anniversary, The Litchfield County Choral Union will present an afternoon of “Opera Choruses and Arias — All With Unintended Influences,” on Sunday, July 28, in the Music Shed at the Yale Summer School, 20 Litchfield Road, in Norfolk. The Cantata, “In Wi…

TORRINGTON — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary is featuring the artwork of Virginia Erickson now through early August in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of th…

SHARON — Gallery SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “Wind & Water,” a juried exhibition and sale of artwork by local artists. The exhibit runs through August 30. Artists were invited to submit works in any medium that portrayed the elements of Wind & Water ind…

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ROXBURY — Join the Roxbury Senior Center for an artist reception Saturday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Senior Center, 7 South Street, Roxbury, welcoming Jim Stanton, who offers a selection of garden-themed paintings.

At the farmers market I overheard a customer ask a vendor, “What can I do with this?” while holding up some leafy greens. Another benefit of shopping at these markets, besides the freshness of the produce and supporting local farmers, is the education and ideas on how to turn vegetables into…

Personally, I can’t go through cherry season without making a clafoutis another simple, but terribly impressive dessert. I use Julia Child’s recipe. But I think she said you only get to make it if you can pronounce it correctly — cla-foo-tee, accent on the tee.

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FALLS VILLAGE — Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present the group exhibition, “One Small Step: 50 Years of Art & The Moon Landing.” An opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 20, 4 to 6 p.m., …

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Washington — Litchfield Jazz Camp is pleased to announce the return of its annual concert series Jazz After Work. The concert series runs through July 25, Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Thanks to a grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation we continue…

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TORRINGTON — The Torrington Historical Society presents Jazz in the Garden, a concert by the Mario Pavone/Peter McEachern Songbook Sextet. The concert, a fundraiser for the Torrington Historical Society, will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Society,…

I had a double whammy the other night: a late board meeting at Old Lyme Country Club (which for some reason doesn’t mitigate at all my obligation to shop for, and make dinner), and a chunk of leftover ham I wanted to use because, well, I am loath to throw away any kind of animal protein beca…

TORRINGTON — Five Points Gallery, located at 33 Main Street in downtown Torrington, will open three concurrent shows, Deborah Dancy’s “Weight of the World,” Bradford McDougall’s “New Works” and “The Wrapped Figures of Robert Dente” that will run through August 10.

NEW PRESTON — The Loft Gallery at The Smithy welcomes photographer, Glenn Hilliard and illustrator, Dan Hamilton in a two-person show focusing on “Scenes from Northwest Connecticut Farms” and Dan’s work was created specially for this show. Executed in ink, acrylic, watercolor, and digital, t…

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TORRINGTON — The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary during the 2019-2020 season, will present The Nutmeg 2019 Summer Dance Festival in the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, July 26 at 7 p.m. and July 27 at 12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Five Senses Festival, now in its second year, returns to Litchfield County, Connecticut this July and August. The acclaimed festival, created by internationally renowned dance company Pilobolus together with Spring Hill Vineyards, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, and a group of …

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ROXBURY — Forty-five years ago, the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with it’s annual “Old Roxbury Days” sponsored a contest to display the skills of musicians playing country and bluegrass music. Over the years this contest has grown and is now the biggest of its’ kind in th…

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain, continues its 90th season with the Ariel Quartet presenting a program of works by Beethoven and Brahms on Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. There will also be a silent auction that afternoon offering the chance to bid on exciting items to help support the venerable mu…

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TORRINGTON — The Warner Theatre and its stage company have announced season performances as well as live musical entertainment in the coming months. Tickets are required for all shows. For information and tickets, go to warnertheatre.org or call 860-489-7180.

Summertime is for celebration and relaxation. I find something inherently relaxing about a porch or deck, where you can chill out with friends, family or on your own and watch the world go by while sipping a cool drink, nibbling on delicious snacks or enjoying a frozen treat such as ice crea…

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LAKEVILLE — The Hotchkiss School welcomes the community, neighbors, and friends to enjoy its annual summer series of world-class musical concerts — free and open to the public from July 14 to 27. Whether for a pre-concert picnic at Hotchkiss or just to take in spectacular views of Lake Wonon…

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WASHINGTON — Litchfield Jazz Festival has made some big changes this summer. But, one thing remains the same — the music, as always, will be outstanding. The most notable among the changes is the festival’s location. In its 24th season the critically acclaimed Litchfield Jazz Festival which …