We recently attended the opening of R.T. Facts’ temporary gallery at the Kent Barns Gallery, 8 Old Barns Road. The event would also include a Margarita Taste-Off courtesy of Kent Wine & Spirit. Beautiful antiques and art, plus sampling margaritas made from great tequila? We were in!
And we thought we had busy schedules! When James Lenger isn’t competing internationally with Team USA in pentathlons (fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and running…you’re welcome – who can ever remember?) – he’s running his multi-city, multi-country guitar instruction business, Guitar Cities! We think he might be Superman…we asked him, but he just smiled at us in a Clark Kent kind of way…
We spent an afternoon with James (or Jim) at his newest branch of Guitar Cities; Sharp and Flat Music, located in the Switch Factory building on Route 202 in Bantam. Sharp and Flat provides private guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons in the Litchfield County area to all ages.
Even with our obvious lack of guitar skills, Jim had us strumming away by the end of our lesson; he’s clearly very patient (evident in the video) and a natural born teacher!
If you can listen to Switch Factory without tapping your toe, repeatedly flexing your ankle up and down, or bobbing your head; something may be seriously wrong. It’s impossible not to get into this type of music; Americana and Roots Rock.
Switch Factory consists of 4 guys, all with day jobs, that play 40-50 gigs a year in and around Litchfield County. Jason Perkel – guitar and vocals, Todd Stoughton – mandolin and vocals, Nat Worden – guitar, vocals, and harmonica, and Jona Ziac on bass.
We thought it was time to check in on one of our local bands, and the fact that they would be playing at the Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar during Sunday brunch, well that just sounded like a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
We’re true 80s chicks. So when we found out Peter Wolf, solo artist and lead singer of the J. Geils band, was headed to Infinity Hall in Norfolk on May 5th, we figured it was our chance to interview him – and sing with him…..yes, we did. See video below!
Did you know that Ober Gallery in Kent is one of only two galleries in the US specializing in Russian art? Well, you do now. What did we know about Russian art before we walked into Ober Gallery? Nichego! What do we know now? Well, for sure three things…and that’s because we asked gallery founder, Rob Ober, to give us three things about Russian art/culture that we could retain and have handy to drop into conversation. Read on and become enlightened.
We were lucky to sit down and chat with the naturally talented actress, Yolonda Ross a couple of weeks ago when we were At Home With Suzanne Heilmann (last blog post!) in New Milford. We had a lovely time drinking wine and discussing art, movies, tv, pop culture, girl power, Aldi, and summer camp, all the usual girl talk!
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. A band that’s been together for over 23 years, and if you haven’t heard them before (a MUST if you haven’t) then check them out. From playing the halftime show at the Superbowl to Dancing with the Stars, they are definitely worth seeing…and guess what? They’re headed to Infinity Hall Norfolk on Saturday, March 12th. Get your tickets now – what a fun surprise date night!
Their website sums them up the best, “[They’ve] appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades-long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America’s original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world.”
Pat Metheny has a whopping 20 Grammy awards and 3 gold albums. We caught up with him to ask some questions about what he thinks of Connecticut, his work with the late David Bowie, and his new DVD and upcoming soundtrack. He’s playing at Infinity Hall in Norfolk for 2 nights on April 20 & 21st so get your tickets now before they are gone! Now on to the interview….
Ok, level with us. Have you ever gone out for a Sunday drive around Litchfield County and wanted to stop and knock on the doors of some of the impressive homes you see? Wouldn’t you like to meet their owners and have a look around? If the answer is yes, then you’re in luck – Unlocking Litchfield’s own version of “MTV Cribs” is here! We plan on meeting some of our Litchfield County neighbors, one by fabulous one.
Bev here! I can’t write about Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford without making it personal. This camp changed my life; as it has done for so many, if not all, who pass through this very special place. It’s the place that I met my husband and the place that I’m proud to still work to this day. Here’s the short(ish) version of how I ended up here…