Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Sharon

Antiques

Trade Secrets

THE garden lovers event of the year, dealers tender rare plants and antique garden accessories while special talks and tours raise funds for Women’s Support Services. Usually held in May.

Trade Secrets
60 White Hollow Rd, Lakeville
860-364-1080

Architects

Hendricks Churchill

Architectural and interior design firm rooted in authenticity. Their richly layered designs are grounded in vision and executed with meticulous craftsmanship.

Hendricks Churchill
91 Main St, Sharon
860-364-2288

Scot Samuelson

Includes both residential and commercial projects with a focus on providing each client their full attention and dedicated service.

Scot Samuelson
41 Keeler Rd, Sharon
917-538-5037

Arts

Sharon Playhouse

The Sharon Playhouse is a regional, non-profit theater producing high-quality performances with Broadway actors as well as talented local community members. Its mission is to entertain the community of Northwest Connecticut and beyond, while also serving as a teaching theater to encourage aspiring actors and other theater professionals of all ages to develop their craft.

Sharonplayhouse.org
49 Amenia Rd
860-364-7469

Causes

Sharon Audubon Center

As part of Audubon Connecticut, Sharon Audubon Center’s mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. They serve our community as an engaging nature education center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, and the hub for Audubon’s Forests conservation work in Connecticut.

The Audubon offers a variety of volunteer jobs, including feeding animals, helping with educational programs and maintaining trails. In addition, interesting internships are available.

Sharon Audubon Center
325 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon
860-364-0520

Sharon Land Trust

The mission of the Sharon Land Trust is to act as stewards of the lands through preservation and conservation for the benefit of nature and the community.  The Trust holds conservation easements on more than 1800 acres and owns more than 1400 acres. This land will remain open and unspoiled in perpetuity, for the use and enjoyment of everyone now and forever.

The Land Trust is always in need of volunteers! They can match a volunteer project to fit the volunteers interest.

Sharon Land Trust
P.O. Box 1027, Sharon 
860-364-5137

The Sharon House Projects, Inc.

Produce from this garden in West Cornwall goes to the food pantry at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, which feeds more than 120 people each week. The garden is always looking for donations and, in season, for volunteers to help with planting, weeding and harvesting. Contact Mary Gates.

mmgates125@gmail.com

Women’s Support Services

Women’s Support Services creates social change to end interpersonal, relationship violence by challenging attitudes and beliefs about power, control, and gender norms and by advocating for victims and survivors. This organization provides services to people suffering emotional, sexual or physical abuse.

They use volunteers regularly, either for special events or in its office.

Women’s Support Services
158 Gay St
860-364-1080

Design

Claire Smith Interior Design

With over 20 years of experience, Claire puts focus into being resourceful and providing excellent conceptual and planning skills to meet clients needs.

Claire Smith Design
70 Hilltop Rd, Sharon
860-364-0335

Hendricks Churchill

Architectural and interior design firm rooted in authenticity. Their richly layered designs are grounded in vision and executed with meticulous craftsmanship.

Hendricks Churchill
91 Main St, Sharon
860-364-2288

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is an interior designer offering full-service design and life-changing spaces. His approach is holistic and captures the essence of who we are and how we want to live.

Joshua Smith Inc.
212-303-7677

Scot Samuelson

Includes both residential and commercial projects with a focus on providing each client their full attention and dedicated service.

Scot Samuelson
41 Keeler Rd, Sharon
917-538-5037

Designers

Claire Smith Interior Design

With over 20 years of experience, Claire puts focus into being resourceful and providing excellent conceptual and planning skills to meet clients needs.

Claire Smith Design
70 Hilltop Rd, Sharon
860-364-0335

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is an interior designer offering full-service design and life-changing spaces. His approach is holistic and captures the essence of who we are and how we want to live.

Joshua Smith Inc.
212-303-7677

Farms

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm

Pick your own apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, and strawberries.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm 
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd
860-364-0025

Fitness

41 Gay Street: Private Training Studio

Helen Killmer has been offering one-on-one and group fitness classes in her Sharon studio for years.  Within the walls of this beautifully serene barn studio, she offers endurance spin, S.W.A.T., yoga workshops and kettle bell training, just to name a few of the classes available.

Helen Killmer
41 Gay St
860-364-9350

Food

Le Gamin Studio Agraire

Le Gamin was founded by its French owner Robert Arbor in 1992 on Macdougal Street in Soho. Le Gamin expanded to become a local chain of cafes known for its authentic casual French ambiance, popular neighborhood feel, fresh food and signature crêpes.

In 2021 during the pandemic Robert decided to open Le Gamin Studio Agraire in Sharon which he is operating with his son who had recently returned from working in France.

Le Gamin
860-397-5382

Paley’s Farm Market

This family run farm has been around for more than 30 years and has developed from a simple road side farm stand selling locally grown produce to a full scale, extensive garden center, farm market and fine food market. They grow their own corn, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, squash; and they also sell locally produced berries, milk and dairy products, cheese, home-baked breads, pies, jellies, and honey.

Paley’s Farm Market
230 Amenia Rd
860-364-0674

Sharon Farm Market

Sharon Farm Market sells seafood (sushi rolls are plentiful and fresh), bakery items (baguettes are the best around), meat, pizza, deli, organic produce, cut fruit, and flowers.

10 Gay Street
860-397-5161
The Edward

The Edward is a charming wine and cocktail bar located off the green in Sharon. Their menu items include meat and cheese plates, dumplings, and flatbreads. This summer brings a variety of visiting chefs and pop-up food items to their restaurant. Visit their website or Instagram page for more info.

The Edward 
19 West Main St, Sharon
860-397-5259

Goods

B. Johnstone & Co

B. Johnstone & Co is a fashion boutique in Sharon owned by designer and stylist Bartley Johnstone. This boutique specializes in designer vintage clothing and accessories as well as new fashion items and luxury goods.

B. Johnstone
10 Gay St
860-397-5727

Jaunts

B. Johnstone & Co

B. Johnstone & Co is a fashion boutique in Sharon owned by designer and stylist Bartley Johnstone. This boutique specializes in designer vintage clothing and accessories as well as new fashion items and luxury goods.

B. Johnstone
10 Gay St
860-397-5727

Landmarks

Gay-Hoyt House

The Gay-Hoyt House, built in 1775, is considered a typical example of a Yankee village home of the better kind, built of brick rather than wood, with its central hall, end chimneys, conventional fenestration and room plan. The use of brick in Connecticut was never very common. The front and south walls are laid in Flemish bond, and the north and rear are so-called American. So strong was the Yankee tradition that instead of running the end walls above the gable end, as in Dutch houses, the overhanging sloping gable was preferred. The fine points are the interesting treatment of the window heads, the simple light over the front door with a slight arching of the brickwork above. The stringcourse was added to break the monotony of the wall surface and to mark the stories. The front porch is an addition, built a few years later than the house.

18 Main St, Sharon
860-364-5688

Lodgings

The Sharon Country Inn

While you are at The Sharon Country Inn, you can enjoy many New England attractions and traditions unique to Connecticut and the nearby Berkshires of Massachusetts. The famous Hudson Valley of New York is also right next door.

Participate in an array of seasonal activities, from racecar driving and race watching, to annual ski jump competition, summer stock theater, and much more! Comfortable and attractive rooms with modern amenities are waiting for you.

Sharon Country Inn
1 Calkinstown Rd, Sharon
860-364-0036

Outdoors

Sharon Audubon Center

As part of Audubon Connecticut, Sharon Audubon Center’s mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. They serve our community as an engaging nature education center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, and the hub for Audubon’s Forests conservation work in Connecticut.

The Audubon offers a variety of volunteer jobs, including feeding animals, helping with educational programs and maintaining trails. In addition, interesting internships are available.

Sharon Audubon Center
325 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon
860-364-0520

Pursuits

Sharon Historical Society

Building bridges between the past, present and future through programs, collections and exhibitions is the mission of the Sharon Historical Society.

Sharon Historical Society 
18 Main St, Sharon
860-364-4688

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