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.


Robert Benson
Roxbury architects Charles Haver and Stewart Skolnick received the go-ahead in September 2018 to design a swimming pool, pool house, and gardens on a 70-acre gentleman’s farm in Washington.
Florin Firimita
It seems that God is going to deduct this entire year out of our paychecks. Everything these days—the past, the present and the future—is at a standstill. We are living inside a horizontal hourglass. Within this parenthesis, I feel wealthy:
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 120-year-old Rumsey Hall School existed humbly as a premiere junior boarding and day school tucked away in the Shepaug Valley of Washington—some knew of it, some didn’t. 
Jimmy Ienner, Jr.
When a covert agent surfaces in an exotic location in spy movies, trouble isn’t far behind. So when Loch Johnson, a leading expert on U.S. intelligence organizations, moved from his longtime home in Athens, Ga., to Salisbury last June, it meant something.
Now, as a Political Science and English double major, I feel like I need to find a way to explain this bubble we have had to slowly construct around ourselves. I write my way through these enclosures because it’s a quaint little form of escapism. At the same time, I wanted to do it through structure: through T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men.”
Joanne Degeneres
Nicole Tongue has spent the last 30 years working in the worlds of ballet, opera, and theater as a performer, choreographer, and director but has recently switched gears into rock and roll as producer of The Heroin Diaries.
Emily Sidoti
“We fell in love with the area,” recalls Harley. “But since we had just bought an apartment in New York we had no intention of taking on another project.” But they did. After looking at a handful of properties, Hartley settled on a cottage on Lake Waramaug.
Sophie Perkel
“It’s just like a snow day,” I say to the bank teller.  Except that it's not snowing, and the driving conditions are fine. Ah to be muffled in white—we may as well have been— the streets and storefronts were that quiet. Everything blanketed in stillness.
“TeleHealth allows Greenwoods to continue to offer mental health counseling, assessment, and referral services at a time when people need it the most,” John Simoncelli, LCSW continues. “But, many don’t know that TeleHealth is even an option.
Phillip Dutton
The recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development, the Gunn Historical Museum has put together Washington, Connecticut—An American Story, an award-winning multimedia exhibit that traces the history of the town back thousands of years through to the present day. 
I’m social distancing like a modern Victorian heroine: Edith Wharton’s Lily Bart in The House of Mirth meets Henry James’ Daisy Miller (except with a happier ending—I’m no fragile flower).
Kate Uhry
While many athletes dream of going to the Olympics, few ever reach that goal. Suzanne Paxton is one who did. She was 15 when she took up fencing and. eventually. went on to represent the United States at the 1996 Olympic games. In 2006 she founded Point Studio, Inc., a video, television, and live event production company.
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