Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

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Faces, places, treasures, and trends that caught our attention

Read our collection of essays about the impact of COVID-19. All pieces were written by Litchfield County residents.


Now more than ever, the non-profits in Litchfield County need our help. The following list includes just a handful of organizations that are supporting people and animals every day.
Ryan Lavine
The Blicks from Litchfield were quite taken with the sunburst patterns on a fallen tree due to Tropical storm Isaias. They researched and found woodturner extraordinaire Richard Heys to make something with it. Seeing the beauty that can come from nature lifted the Blick's spirits.
Ryan Lavine
The holidays are a special time around the Litchfield Inn. The hotel is decked in its seasonal finery; a large Christmas tree sits in the lobby adorned with colorful lights and ornaments. It all conspires to create a warm glow for staff and guests. But the real glow is inside those that work at the Inn, including general manager Syed Bokhari.
Indeed, Litchfield resident Winter has recorded what he considers a very special album, Light of the Sun, his 53rd recording, was released on November 13, 2020. The work showcases his “signature” sax voice for the first time, and the musician and composer believes he has produced the most “personal musical offering” of his 60-year recording career.
This holiday season, chef April Bloomfield serves two distinct three-course pre-fixe festive menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, featuring ingredients from local Connecticut farms prepared with English sensibilities. “To celebrate the holidays, we created a special and celebratory dining experience for Christmas, incorporating more luxurious and festive dishes that emphasize the spirit of togetherness,” shares Chef Bloomfield.
When I began furnishing our home, I used many one of a kind, vintage pieces sourced from the wonderful local estate sales in our area. These pieces felt so much more satisfying than mass produced items, both design-wise and environmentally. It got me thinking—what if I could make vintage more accessible to others so they could experience the same? From that idea, my business Winston Drive was born.
Shop local this season for all of your holiday gifts, and give your friends and family another reason to fall in love with Litchfield County. Our holiday gift guide highlights unique ideas from local brands designed to pamper, dazzle, and wow everyone on your list. Sponsored Content.
Blair, principal of Debra Blair Design, began her career in the design department at Bloomingdale's and started her own business in 1979. She has worked on both residential and commercial projects and is known for her ability to create elegant, luxurious, and livable interiors. Blair shares with us some tips she recently learned on how to create a lush holiday mantel display.
Anne Day
Elyse Harney moved to Salisbury over 60 years ago when her husband took on the position of managing partner at the White Hart Inn where he would go on to work for 23 years. The couple raised five children who have continued to grow the successful family businesses—Harney & Sons Tea and Elyse Harney and Elyse Harney Morris Real Estate. Harney shares some of her favorite holiday memories with us.
Adam Lerner
You might think that after growing up among the hustle bustle of the lower East side, Cornwall might be way too subdued a place to put down roots. But for artist Magaly Ohika it offers the solitude she craves.
Adam Lerner
Tierney Moran has always known that flowers can transform an environment and create a sense of well-being. “Flowers are both beautiful and fleeting. Maybe that’s why they hold such an attraction for us,” says Moran, who creates stunning floral arrangements for friends and family and works freelance by referrals.
No matter what your look—whether it’s mid-century modern or early Pompeii—there’s a houseplant out there to fit the mood. 
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