Weekly Newsletter - March 23, 2021

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Coffee with the President 

Here is my advice this week, try this salad!
Click here for the recipe to this Glazed Salmon Salad!
The Story of James Mars: A Black American Slave in Northwest Connecticut
On April 1 at 7:15 pm Noble Horizons will host, "The Life and Times of James Mars: The Story of a Connecticut Slave". Salisbury School history teacher Rhonan Mokriski and his students will discuss their extensive research into the life of James Mars and other Black American CT slaves whose stories have been hidden from history. As Mokriski explained, “We believe that efforts like this will help refute the impression that American history is inherently white.” 
 
James Mars was born into slavery in 1790, owned by the town of Canaan, Connecticut’s Congregational Minister Reverend Thompson. Following his family’s escape and eventual capture in Norfolk, CT, a deal was negotiated between Norfolk’s Congregational Minister and the Reverend Thompson to re-enslave nine-year-old James and his brother in return for their parents’ manumission.
 
James spent an additional decade in slavery until he was able to buy his freedom for $90 at the age of 21. He was inspired to write his autobiography because “[s]ome told me that they did not know that slavery was ever allowed in Connecticut, and some affirm that it never did exist in the State.”* In the mid-1880s his memoir was published and remains a definitive account of the brutal hardships Black slaves endured in New England.
 
Determined to make Mars’s story more widely known, Mokriski, partnering with the Norfolk Historical Society and UCC Norfolk, successfully applied for a $2,500 grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to organize a day of civic pride to celebrate the life and work of James Mars, scheduled for May 1, 2021. Registration for this free Zoom program is at www.noblehorizons.org.
 
https://connecticuthistory.org; James Mars’ Words Illuminate the Cruelty of Slavery in New England by Peter Hincks, 2/28/15

Salisbury Rotary Club learned about Chore Services at its 3/23 ZOOM meeting, with Jane MacLaren, the Executive Director (below left), and Patti Palermo, the Program Director (below right) as it’s speakers. With its mission to help seniors & disabled residents of the seven towns served in the northwest corner to stay safe and independent in their own homes, it provides them with the help to accomplish daily chores such as cleaning, doing laundry, yard work and shopping. No request is turned down based on ability to pay; clients pay what they are able and on a sliding scale. The non-profit org was founded in 1992 and has grown over its 29 years from serving 22 families for 1500 hours to now serving some 200 clients and families providing 13,000 hours of services annually. Funding sources include grants, support from the local towns, churches and a strong donor base of appreciated supporters. They are hiring now and need staff who are at least 18 years of age, can provide their own transportation and pass a background check. FMI: Call 860/435-9177 and check out their website— https://www.choreservice.org/
Join us
Thursday March 25
for a Traditional Beer Braised Corned Beef Dinner
with a Beer!

Choose from two sessions at 4:00pm or 6:00 pm. 
Just $25 per person! This includes dinner and a 10oz pour of Freunds Forever Imperial Stout. 

Freunds Forever Imperial Stout Can Release
 
We got together with our friends at Fallen Timbers brewing Co to create this decadent dark liquid. Brewed with hundreds of apple cider donuts provided by Freund's Farm. This stout boasts bold roasted flavor with a gentle touch of apple cider donut spice to make this a truly unique offering. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a creamy toffee colored head will make this 8% Imperial Stout one to remember!
Feeling confused about whether your child can go to summer camp this year?
Well, like much of America, camps are preparing to reopen with some restrictions.

We have checked and these camps plan a 2021 season so let the good times roll!

Thurs. Mar. 25, 7 - 8 pm 

Be a part of the magic!

Every Easter, since 2008, in Berkshire County, MA., an anonymous person, who calls herself the Guerilla Bunny, has hidden exquisitely hand-painted eggs for her Stockbridge community to find. Each egg takes between 2 and 10 hours to paint, using the thinnest brush available.

This gem of a film is about life, fragility, art as a healing force and one woman’s project to create magic in a time when magic felt very far away. It is not a children's film, but a film that is not inappropriate for children ages 10 and up.

Register here for a timed link to view “The Guerilla Bunny” on your own time, and to receive a Zoom link to the Q & A with producer Sophia deBoer and director Richard Sands. The timed link to view the film will be sent in a separate email.

HOW CAN I BE PART OF THE MAGIC?

Scoville Memorial Library is distributing plain wooden and ceramic eggs for any interested child or adult to decorate – and relinquish! Stop by the library and pick one up this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

We ask that the eggs be returned, decorated, to the library by Friday, March 26. They will be hidden on library grounds and up and down the rail trail behind the library (along with plenty of candy eggs) on March 27th, for our annual, slightly tweaked, Egg Hunt.



Saturday March 27, 10 am - 4 pm

Masked, but in-person Egg Hunt! We are asking that people arrive at different times throughout the day so as to keep social distancing less difficult. Come anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday — we will replenish goodies so no one is left with an empty basket. Scoville staff will “hide” candy and toy-filled eggs as well as a batch of painted and decorated wood and ceramic eggs. Please do not take more wooden eggs than you have have decorated, and four candy/toy eggs per child. Thanks for helping us to make this work.

Guess who is going to decorate the wooden eggs? You!

The plain eggs are available for pick-up at the library. We ask that the eggs be returned, decorated, to the library by Friday, March 26.
Spring is coming—so let's enjoy it together! 

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt
Join us on Easter Sunday for a distinctive 3-course pre-fixe menu. We'll be serving from 11:30am to 6pm, with tables in the Dining Room, Tap Room, and on our porches, weather permitting. Our annual Easter Egg hunt will be on the Green, starting at 11am, and is open to the whole community! (It's BYOB—bring your own basket). Click here to see our brunch menu and then book online, or call us at 860-435-0030 to make a reservation. 

Enjoy a Spring Getaway
Our Inn has rooms available, so come enjoy the beauty of a Litchfield Country spring! Start your day with a complimentary breakfast in Provisions and then head to the Appalachian trail, tour the covered bridges in Kent and West Cornwall, or make your way up to the stone tower at Haystack Mountain in Norfolk. (Or just take it easy and rent an electric bike at Covered Bridge Bike instead!) Book a room online or call us at 860-435-0030 for reservations.

Easter Offerings from Provisions
For a gourmet meal in the comfort of your home, our brilliant chefs have created some signature Easter dishes for you to warm up at your house. Order by Wednesday, March 31st and pick-up on Easter Sunday beginning at 11:30am. See all of our Easter offerings here.

St. Patty's Day Specials
St. Patrick's Day is this Wednesday! We have a special take-away dinner for 4: corned beef with red bliss potatoes, cabbage with bacon butter and roasted carrots. We'll also have holiday specials including soda bread and chocolate Guinness cake. Stop by and enjoy a meal on property—remember, Provisions opens at 7am daily—or bring something home for your family!

Delivery from Provisions
And don't forget, we deliver custom food boxes every Thursday to Salisbury, Lakeville, Twin Lakes, Sharon, Falls Village, Millerton, and Cornwall. Orders must be placed each Monday at 4pm for Thursday delivery between noon and 5pm. Free delivery for orders over $75. Click here to see all our food options. Call us at 860-435-0030 or click here to place your order.

Happy Spring, everyone!
Commemorate Earth Day with Food and Climate: The Path Forward 
Presented by Katy Kinsolving
Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm on Zoom.
Hosted by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

Observe Earth Day this year by joining us for Food and Climate: The Path Forward, an eye-opening program that will examine how our food and agricultural systems contribute to climate change. Presented by Katy Kinsolving, Food and Climate will also explore how the changing climate will impact the way we grow food. The talk concludes with an exploration of nature-based means of mitigating the impacts of climate change through individual action.

Katy Kinsolving, a food educator and cookbook author (Essential Flavors, Viking), has held a number of positions in nonprofit management and for the last five years has been active in climate change education. She is a co-founder of C-Change Conversations, a New Jersey non-profit that promotes non-partisan discussion about climate change across the country. 

Join the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm for this presentation on Zoom. Registration is required, but free by clicking here.  

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Simplifies E-Commerce With Next Tech Talk Series with “The Basics of Buying & Selling Online.”


The first signs of spring are just around the corner - daffodils are slowly starting to sprout and spring cleaning has left you with a pile of “junk” to get rid of. Selling your items online can be an easy and efficient way to ditch the junk, while making a profit! Hotchkiss Library of Sharon plans to provide some much-needed clarity on ecommerce with their next Tech Talk Series class “The Basics of Buying & Selling Online.” 

“The Basics of Buying & Selling Online” will be held on Thursday, April 22nd, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Zoom. We’ll learn the best practices of shopping safely online; how to sell items on Ebay; Creating an Etsy Shop; and more! Materials and the Zoom link will be provided via email. This program is free. Registration is required, to register please click here
Planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day at home? Here a few recipes to try to help you feel extra Irish!
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Soda Bread
FUN FACTS
Copper and its alloys, such as brass, have long been popular materials for manufacturing door knobs. It turns out, this may not just because the metal’s hue makes it look nice. In fact, the material has been found to kill bacteria. According to one study from the National College of Kathmandu in Nepal, "the metal ions denature protein of the target cells by binding to reactive groups resulting in their precipitation and inactivation. The high affinity of cellular proteins for the metallic ions results in the death of the cells due to cumulative effects of the ion within the cells." In other words, brass sterilizes the bacteria that can build up from all those (potentially unwashed) hands that grip it.
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