As the aroma of fresh baked cookies, pies, and cakes wafts through the air at Hannah’s Catering & Bakery, one might wonder where the eponymous baker is. However, the person responsible for the appetizing scent is not Hannah, but rather Margaret Jacobs—Hannah’s great-granddaughter. Surrounded by her great-grandmother's Irish cooking, Margaret learned the ins and outs of the kitchen at a young age—including how to avoid getting locked in the fridge—and developed a deep passion for cooking, a passion she later transformed into a career. In 1989, the Culinary Institute of America grad opened up her own shop in Torrington, naming it in honor of her biggest motivator, Hannah. There, she churned out decadent baked goods for two decades before moving her bakery, café, and catering shop to Litchfield.
Today, Margaret fills boxed lunches or sticks and bindles with hearty chicken-salad, roast-beef, and vegetarian sandwiches, each stacked atop marble-rye, white, or wheat bread. She creates soul-warming soups and chowders, fresh-from-the-oven pot pies, and hearty platters of mac 'n' cheese. For dessert, a glass bakery case showcases freshly baked and elegantly decorated cakes—such as red velvet, mocha raspberry, and classic carrot—and tempts passersby with cream puffs, fruit-filled strudels, and nearly 20 types of pies, from blueberry to mincemeat.
Warner Theatre serves as profound evidence that grassroots efforts can make a difference in the arts. Opened by Warner Brothers Studios in 1931, the Thomas Lamb?designed cinema house served for more than 20 years as the area's top venue to gawk at the silver screen. Yet business declined with the rise of the television, and in 1955 a flood left the venue severely damaged. It was hardly a surprise, then, when the Warner faced foreclosure in 1981. But a non-profit, citizen-run group called the Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts raised the $275,000 needed to rescue the theatre, and repaired the years' damages to the art-deco design. Today, more than 800 volunteer actors, musicians, designers, and crew members bask in the applause and gleefully thrown lorgnettes of an estimated 35,000-plus patrons each season.
Litchfield's Chabad Community Center celebrates Passover by bringing together families and the community for a night of food and activities. The interactive Seder experience mixes storytelling and humor in with ritual. Listen for readings from the Haggadah, watch some a capella singing, or feel free to join in group discussions that help tie the festival's historic importance to the modern day. The five-course main dinner will be catered by Kosher Cuisine, and it includes dishes such as handmade organic matzah, gefilte fish, and roasted chicken.
With the ultimate goal of increasing profits for their clients, the business analysts at AVS Energy, LLC comb through every aspect of business in search of inefficiency. They scrutinize 260 areas of accounting, budgeting, and operations, and they develop creative solutions that are informed by years of experience. Before investigating special projects or everyday work, the team conducts free consultations.
In Connecticut’s northwest hills, summer blooms alongside the white-and-pink blossoms of its state flower, the mountain laurel. Cyclists in The Village Ride may just catch its faint fragrance as they churn along the country roads that slice through Litchfield County.
The three custom course routes vary by length to accommodate riders of any age and ability. No matter their route, cyclists wind past scenic towns and natural wonders such as lakes, rivers, and state forests. Elevation changes, which lie in wait at most every hill, offer an added heart-friendly challenge. The 25K route nears 700 feet, and the 100K route peaks at about 1,700 feet. After crossing the finish line at Ski Sundown, participants grab a catered lunch (available 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.) or some brews from event sponsor Thomas Hooker Brewing Company while soaking in live entertainment.
Ride proceeds benefit The Village for Families & Children, a child-safety and family-resource organization. In 1809, The Village began its mission “to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.” Now, more than 200 years later and helping some 7,000 children each year, the organization maintains that goal through foster services, academic and socialization care, parental-skills programs, and family-crisis prevention and management services.
Each of the five participating Connecticut Landmarks offers a glimpse inside the domestic lifestyles of the state's early settlers, patriots, and prominent citizens. Grab a three-cornered hat and a nerf musket before storming the grounds of any one of the landmarks with a compatriot, or choose the individual membership for admittance to each house as many times as desired throughout the year. Members also receive a free subscription to the Landmark News newsletter, invitations to special events, a 10% discount on all museum shops, and a discount subscription to Connecticut Explored, a magazine that chronicles Connecticut's history.