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Elyse’s Country Journal brings you a glimpse of the Tri-State Region’s unique charm! Browse our collection of blog posts, photos, and eclectic articles to feel the vibe of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Columbia & Dutchess Counties’ Hudson Valley. Please email us if you have something you would like us to post or blog about.

Orienteering in Great Mountain Forest

Field a team and join the Great Mountain Forest Orienteering event on Sunday, September 22nd where an estimated 100+ participants will be organized into teams of 4-6 people whose goal is to reach as many points of interest within GMF as

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How many apples in a seed?

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Carried with them and planted by the early settlers, apples represent a perseverance and sense of renewal through their adaptation and ability to flourish in varying

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Restoring Balance

Swarms of dragonflies have recently created ephemeral evening displays throughout the Southern Berkshires.  After weeks of summer heat, sporadic September storms have brought welcomed cooler evenings – and an abundance of insects. Dragonflies, true to their revered totem, have proven

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Litchfield Hills Letterboxing

It’s all about the chase.  When hiking there is always a destination in mind – some remarkable reward at the end of the the trail.  However, the greater thrill of hiking is the continual quest for discovery along the way.

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Great Mountain Forest Activities at Weekend in Norfolk

Nature Activities for Families Sunday, August 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Behind the Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East, Norfolk, CT Come join a Weekend in Norfolk for some interesting and creative activities. They will be doing bark

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A Weekend in Norfolk 2019

August 2, 3, & 4: A Weekend in Norfolk! MUSIC, ART & NATURE COME TOGETHER FOR THREE EXCITING DAYS! A weekend in Norfolk offers three exciting days of music, art, nature, food, and fun. There will be a wide variety

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Canaan Railroad Days

Canaan Railroad Days is celebrating its 55th year in bringing an amazing festival to the Northwest Corner of North Canaan, CT. This weekend you can enjoy Saturday night fireworks, live music, a car show, street festival, Roaming Railroad Train Rides,

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​The Jane Lloyd Fund Clambake​

14th Annual Jane Lloyd Fund Clambake: Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 2:00pm-8:00pm on Satre Hill, home of the Salisbury Winter Sports Associations ski jumps. Clambake tickets are advance sale only. Don’t miss out, purchase your tickets now: click here. The Kiln

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2 “Great Stuff” Estate Sales

12 Laurel Way and 22 Maple Avenue, Norfolk, CT Saturday, July 27, 2019, From 9 am – 4 pm Dealers/Homeowners offer Glass, Porcelain, Linens, China, Paintings, Furniture, Tools and More. See you there!

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Outdoor Summer Concerts Return!

Save July 7 at 4 pm for a delightful summer afternoon on the beautiful grounds of Noble Horizons where you can enjoy the exquisite harmonies of The Valley Chordsmen.  This all-male barbershop harmony chorus has been singing throughout the area

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Stream Monitoring Workshop

Sat., July 6 9:00 a.m. to noon Meet at GMF’s Forestry Office, 201 Windrow Rd., Norfolk, CT Tom Fahsbender, a 9 year volunteer with Connecticut’s Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) program, will lead this workshop. RBV is a volunteer water

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Berkshire Berry Briars

Vines of berries are woven throughout the Southern Berkshires, making summertime the sweetest time of year.  While wandering the Foothills and Hudson Valley regions, the quest of berry picking brings us closer to our agricultural roots while also providing nature’s sweetest

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Laughing & Smiling Lakes

Salisbury’s “Twin Lakes” are notorious for their idyllic setting and allure to outdoor enthusiasts.  It’s common knowledge that days on the lake are always accompanied by jubilant laughter and carefree smiles.  Local legends of the Housatonic region reaffirm this passionate spirit. The

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Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood (1946-2019)

For many of us, we grow into our names.  A selective few, however, are born with an identity so strong that they define themselves. Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood was one of those people. Although Bullet’s nickname has an ambiguous origin, likely

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Hudson Valley Pride Parade

June is Pride Month and we will kick it off this weekend with the Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival.  New Paltz, NY will be decorated with extravagance as our community joins together to continue the pathway of New Paltz

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Memorial Day 2019

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Each year America joins together on the last Monday in May to pause, reflect and honor the

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Connecticut Trails Weekend Hike

Sat., June 1, 2019 1:00 p.m. Join GMF Forest Manager Jody Bronson and Dr. Charles Canham, GMF Board Member and Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on this hike. Participants will meet at GMF’s Administrative Offices at

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Waterfalling

Waterfalls are alive with energy; each having its own distinct personality.  Many local waterfalls are accompanied by folk tales or legends that explain their reputations – some soft and gradual, others more severe – each one a unique expression of

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Backyard Chickens: The Berkshire Pet of Choice

   Keeping a small flock of chickens facilitates a connection with an all-around more wholesome lifestyle.  Raising chicks provides an opportunity to experience the natural rewards of nurturing fragile beings who will eventually reciprocate plentifully throughout the course of their

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Vernal Magic

Vernal pools are home to innumerable species who rely upon this muddy softening of the earth each spring. Recent rainfall has extended this period of vernal magic this year. This distinctive type of wetland habitat provides a unique environment for

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Earth Day Camp Fire Poetry this Saturday Evening

Come to GMF on Saturday evening to celebrate Earth Day around a campfire as we read poems of the late Mary Oliver and enjoy some special music. Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet of the natural world, died in January

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Earth Day Camp Fire Poetry Night

Join your GMF friends to celebrate Earth Day around a campfire as we read poems of the late Mary Oliver and enjoy some special music. Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet of the natural world, died in January at age

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The Ethics of Color

Yale Norfolk School of Art Lecture Series May 23-June 20, 2019 For further information please contact Dawn Whalen, Executive Director, Norfolk Foundation, Inc., 860-542-7185 www.norfolkfoundation.net This summer Yale Norfolk School of Art will offer a thematic program, made possible by

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Cinco De Mayo Concert

Cinco De Mayo Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 7 PM held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, CT. With world-renowned musicians Violinist Bob Stern and Guitarist Gil Gutierrez. To learn more about their amazing talents and

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Summer Camps

The Berkshire Region is renowned for its beautiful landscape and talented community. Summer Camps throughout the area reflect this creative passion and offer a multitude of options to immerse yourself in that which you love or expand your interests and

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It's a wonderful life in the Tri-State region

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