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Summer is flying by and there are only two Free Brodie Summer Concerts remaining.  Wednesday August 16th features Last Fair Deal and Lost Together will be performing on August 23rd.  There are still a few weeks to catch the free musical entertainment under the pavilion on Thursdays at the Riverview Market.  The Durty Birds will be performing on August 17th, August 23rd features Caribbean Vibe and the series concludes on August 31st with John Macbeth.  Bring a chair, grab a meal or take-out from one of the downtown restaurants, bring a growler from the brewery, shop the local vendors at the market and relax to the musical stylings of the featured artist beside the scenic Farmington River.  (If inclement weather is forecast, call the Town Hall Recreation Office at 860-379-3389 to check on the status of the concerts or the Farmers Markets.)  The Land Trust is offering a Pressed Plant program on Saturday, August 19th and/or bring your appetite to the North Congregational Church Peach Festival on August 26th.

Stanclift Cove is open with passes available at the cove.  Brodie Beach passes are also available at the beach.  Check below for additional information on upcoming events.

New Events are always being added to the Around Town Page which promotes Activities and Events that are occurring "Around Town".  (Scroll down the entire page to see all the listings or click on the button below to reach items of interest.) Job Openings, Request for Proposals, Invitations to Bid and other miscellaneous Town Notices will also be posted here.



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The New Hartford Art League has a new exhibit (as of  July 8, 2017)  at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street.


Brodie Park Summer Concert Series
8 Weeks of Musical Entertainment for Your Enjoyment

Get out of the house and join us in front of Berkshire Hall for a relaxing evening of live musical entertainment.  Bring a picnic, blanket, lawn chairs.  Visit with friends and neighbors.  Don't miss this great experience!  These Wednesday evening concerts begin at 6:30 and are FREE!

July 5 Bootleg Band Country & Rock Classics, Nu-Country
July 12 West Hill Groove B-Sides and Blues
July 19 Magic Moments Classic Rock & Oldies from the '50's, '60's & 70's
July 26 Kenn Morr Acoustic, folk, rock & Americana stylings of original hits
August 2 Army Band Rock Band Rock Cover Band
August 9 Simply Swing Ten-piece brass ensemble
August 16 Last Fair Deal American roots music from bluegrass, jazz, acoustic rock
August 23 Lost Together

Classic Rock & Oldies


Live Music 5 - 7 pm
July 6 Anne DeMichiel
July 13 John Macbeth - Cancelled
July 20 The Apricot Brandy
July 27 The Regulators - Cancelled
August 3 The Regulators
August 10 The Tradesmen
August 17 Durty Burds
August 24 Caribbean Vibe
August 31 John Macbeth

Thursdays, from 4 - 7 pm visit the New Hartford Riverview Market behind Town Hall for live music, kids' crafts, food demonstrations, fresh produce, goods & wares from local farmers, artists and craftspeople. 
Bring a Chair and Spend the Evening by the Farmington River.

Participating local vendors may include Barden Farm, Howling Flats Farm, Gresczyk Farms and Better Baking by Beth.  A variety of jewelry makers and artists will be highlighted each week.  Local shops and restaurants will also be offering specials each week - stop by the recreation table for more information.


Beekley Community Library is offering Crochet Classes with Jenn Frasca on Thursdays from July 13th - August 17th 6:00 - 7:00 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Each class will cover a different topic.  All supplies will be provided.  Ages 6 and up.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.



Beekley Community Library presents Manga Cartoons with Debbie Hamuka-Falkenham on Wednesday, August 16th 10:30 am for ages 8-14 at 10 Central Avenue.  For those who seriously love to draw Manga and Chibi cartoon characters.  This class is for kids who want to go on to the next step in cartooning.  From Big Foot to Little Foot Manga cartoons the lessons will focus on the Manga cartoon face, expressions and the manga cartoon figure in motion.  Kids will also work on developing their own Manga or Chibi superhero cartoon character while learning about the world of Anime.   Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

Beekley Community Library presents Tie Dye Scarves with Stencil Resist Technique on Friday, August 18th 11:00 am for ages 5 and Up at 10 Central Avenue.  Join Children's Librarian, Nicole Misko in the garden to tie dye scarves with a resist and stencil program.  Children accompanied by an adult will have the opportunity to choose a scarf or bandana to dye.  This is a messy project, so please dress accordingly.  Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.

The New Hartford Land Trust presents Preserving and Pressing Plants on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Bring your own or pick wild flowers (invasive plants!) to press and keep.  Led by NHLT Board Members Eloise Farmer and Karen Meares.  RSVP required, please email or call 860-480-4844 if you plan to attend so that enough equipment and materials are available for all participants. 

North Congregational Church is sponsoring their Annual Peach Festival and Craft Fair  on Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Chapin's Park also known as the Green in Pine Meadow on Route 44.  

The New Hartford Historical Society presents their 13th Annual Wine Tasting and Craft Beers at Ski Sundown on Friday, September 8, 2017; 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Tickets $25.00 each at the door or at New Hartford Wine and Beverage, 516 Main Street, New Hartford.

Beekley Community Library presents For Our Children, For Ourselves - Children's Library Tag Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, September 9th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Freemason's Village Lodge, 123 River Road, Canton.  Events include CT Chip program, Ice Cream Social, Food, Children's Entertainment, Henna Art, Face Painting and Farmer's Market tables.  $25.00 per table.  Email for reservations.  All ages.

New Hartford Day - Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Brodie Park




Beekley Library BookFriends presents Gangsters In Love a Dinner Theater Mystery Comedy Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th 6:00 pm at Brodie Park, 580 West Hill Road, New Hartford.  $30 includes the show and coffee and dessert.  BYOB and your own picnic dinner.  Limited seating available: First Come First Serve.  Click here for a flyer with more information.



Friends of Bakerville Library are selling raffle tickets for a 2017 Challenger R/T in Octane Red, named Ruby.  Tickets are $100.00 each, and only 550 have been printed.  Watch for Ruby displayed at businesses around the area and at local car shows and other events.  Tickets may be purchased at these events, as well as the Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road in New Hartford, or from any Friend.  For more information, call 860-307-3243 or visit

Beekley Community Library will once again be offering The Beekley Seed Library including free organic, non gmo vegetable and flower seeds.  Seeds have been donated by High Mowing Seeds, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Seed Saver's Exchange and the Hudson Valley Seed Library.  Seeds are currently available.

Beekley Community Library presents Baby & Toddler Storytime with Miss Nicole for children under 3 with parent or caregiver on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue.  Storytime is for New Hartford residents only and follows the New Hartford Public School calendar.  During vacation weeks, check the library website for special programming or call 860-379-7235.

PING-PONG at the Bakerville Library Annex - Maple Hollow Road; Thursdays 7:00pm- 9:00 pm;
All are welcome.  Paddles and balls provided or bring your own.  Refreshments!  All Abilities!

Beekley Community Library presents Pajama Storytime with Miss Val for children ages 3-6 with parent or caregiver on Thursdays at 6:45 pm at 10 Central Avenue.  Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring along their favorite stuffed friends.  Please call to confirm at 860-379-7235.

Beekley Community Library presents Preschool Storytime with Miss Nicole for children ages 3-5 with parent or caregiver on Fridays at 10:30 am at 10 Central Avenue.  Storytime is for New Hartford residents only and follows the New Hartford Public School calendar.  During vacation weeks, check the library website for special programming or call 860-379-7235.

COMMUNITY CAFE - at the New Hartford Senior Center;  Wednesdays and Thursdays; $4.00 lunches for seniors; $5.50 for all others (you don't have to be a Senior to dine at the Community Cafe!)  Reservations MUST be made a day in advance ( by noon!)




Recording Secretaries
There are several Boards and Commissions that have recording secretaries who are responsible for taking minutes of meetings.  Recording Secretaries receive a stipend per meeting which includes payment for their attendance at the meeting plus payment for the transcribing of the minutes.  These positions require someone who is available on a limited part time basis (one or two meetings per month, average meeting is 2 hours long).  Meetings are generally held in the evenings at Town Hall.  Minutes are time-sensitive, so it is important that the secretary understand the commitment being made.  There is a need for subsititutes for some of the current recording secretaries and there is always the possiblity that a position may open up. Please call Christine at Town Hall (860-379-3389) if you are interested in learning more about recording secretaries and the opportunities that may be available. 

The Town of New Hartord is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer




The West Hill Pond Association would like to make residents aware of an issue with the dam at the north end of West Hill Pond which could impact downstream properties.  During last year's drought it was noticed that water continued to drain from the lake when the dam gate was closed.  This issue places properties at risk for flooding damage downstream and could potentially impact the depth of the pond should the dam fail. Click here for the News Item with Additional Information.

The Northwest Hills Prevention Connection (NHPC) is a newly formed, grant funded community coalition covering the towns of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, Norfolk, and Winchester.  The coalitions focus will be reducing substance abuse among the youth in both Region 7 and Winchester.
The coalition currently meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at Northwest Regional 7 School from 12:30 - 2:00.  Next meeting August 22.
For more information, contact Ashley Ishman at (860) 387-9293.


Kindergarten Registration is open. If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, please visit the district enrollment page, complete the census and download the enrollment packet. Please contact the Central Office at 860-379-8546 as soon as possible so they have enrollment numbers for planning purposes.

The New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department and South End Volunteer Fire Department are offering Emergency Services reflective Road Signs to residents to ensure that emergency services can find you if needed.  Signs are $20 picked up or a bargain at $25 installed.  All profits will go to support the fire department for your district.  Click here for the order form.



Local Town-wide Social Services is administered by the Administrative Assistant to the First Selectman.  Working in conjunction with local churches, the schools and local non-profits, a vetting process is used (confidentiality is maintained) to insure that the need is verified and also to insure that assistance is not being sought from multiple sources.  Grocery and Gasoline Gift Cards are always welcome!

PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER a monetary donation to NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR (provides payments direct to utlility companies/oil providers to assist with heat/electricity or other necessary expenses -NO CASH is given to the applicant - a committee reviews requests (confidentiality is maintained) 100% of donations are used to provide assistance to LOCAL families.  Call Christine at 860-379-3389 if you would like additional information about this fund.

Prescription Discount Cards are saving money for New Hartford Residents. Click here for information regarding this plan.

Black Bears in your neighborhood?  Click here for tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

PAINT THE PAVEMENT -Was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this community-building, town-beautifying project co-sponsored by the New Hartford Art League and the Town of New Hartford.  New Hartford is the first town in New England to participate in this program. Click here to see the amazing results.  Better yet,  check these out in person!  Come down to the Center of Town and see these incredible works of art. 



The Tax Office and the First Selectman's Office receive numerous calls regarding Fire District Tax Payments.  Please be aware that there are three separate fire districts within the town and residents are taxed according to the district they in which they reside.  The Fire Districts are entirely separate from the Town.  They each set their own mill rate and are responsible for the collection of taxes within the district.  The Town has absolutely no  authority over the districts.  Fire District Tax Payments cannot be accepted at Town Hall.   Each district elects Commissioners who act as the governing body of their specific district.  Tax Collectors are also elected to their position.  Elected Officials serve for a specified term and are elected at Annual Meetings scheduled by the district.  Concerns regarding the operations of the district need to be addressed to the Commissioners of the district.  Monthly operational meetings are also held for each district at a location specific to the district. Members of the public are encouraged to attend fire district meetings and participate in discussions.  For additonal information concerning FIRE DISTRICT TAXES, please call the district tax collector:

New Hartford Fire (Village or First District)  860-738-3407
South End Fire (Second District) 860-482-5758
Pine Meadow Fire District: 860-238-7958

OPEN BURNING IS BY PERMIT ONLY (when conditions allow)!  Please call the town hall (379-3389) to receive contact information for the burning official.  The Burning Official is responsible for issuing burning permits.  Call him to make arrangements for him to check your pile and issue a permit on site.  The permit fee is $25.00.  Reminder:  Burning should not be done on wet, cloudy days.  The smoke cannot rise as it needs to in order to prevent a disturbance to your neighbors.  For additional information on open burning, visit the web page "burning official."