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.


Jennifer Beecher
Marion Cooper Farrell, a graduate of New Milford high school, never thought she’d return to the area after she left for college. An avid runner, she discovered Pilates while living in Hawaii and experiencing lower back pain. She became hooked.
Before entering this very special boutique, one takes notice of the building in which it is housed. It is situated at the end of the shopping mecca that is New Preston and is a prime example of what can be done with a historic building when placed in the right hands. And there are none better than those of Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry, co-owners of Plain Goods.
It’s been a busy year for interior designer John Willey. After living in New York City for over 20 years he and his husband sold their apartment, moved to a rental, sold their house in Dutchess County, bought a new one in Lakeville, and experienced the birth of their daughter. And yet he is still smiling.
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Last November Dino Kolitsas opened his new Greek restaurant, Greca, in New Milford. As events would soon reveal, it was not a particularly auspicious time to be in the restaurant business. Still, for those diners who have discovered the delights of his kitchen, eating at Greca is truly one of the only best things about the annus horribilis of 2020.
At Byrde + the b, a Washington Depot salon that is part oasis and part contemporary art gallery, beauty is more than skin deep. It graces the walls, infiltrates natural skincare products, and encompasses a space featuring state of the art technology and experts committed to skin health.
Kareem Blue grew up in the lower east side of Manhattan and started boxing at the age of eight—learning from a family friend. He became proficient at the sport, posting a 19-1 amateur record and fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament before he injured his back and had to give up competition. Yet, he continued to spar and train.
As students return to classrooms, whether in person or online, a universal truth resurfaces each academic year: some fall behind while others are insufficiently challenged. Covid-19 has only further compounded this reality. One solution? Private tutoring.
Deborah Freeman, born and raised in New Milford, is the owner and artist behind O.E.P Soapery, the maker of cruelty-free vegan bath and body soap products. O.E.P, short for Orange Elephant Patch, came about when Freeman decided to use her entrepreneurial skills to create her own source of income.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Kent is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Mary Judge’s new paintings and powdered pigment drawings from October 10 - November 22. Judge demonstrates mastery across many mediums, each new series illustrates her continuing exploration of materiality and form
One would be wise not to doubt Arsenault, whose authorial debut, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, is released this September. Her ferocious talent is visible on every page and, in person, self-assurance emanates off her like steam off hot coffee.
Illustrator Barry Blitt claims that he is just trying to make himself laugh. But he makes everyone else laugh as well. He is perhaps best known for his covers for The New Yorker. His knack for rendering current political issues with the darkest of humor has won him accolades from critics and fans—and a lot of hate mail from dissenters.
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