Noble Horizons Auxiliary

The Noble Horizons Auxiliary was founded in 1975 with one guiding purpose: to help make life for Noble Horizons residents as pleasurable and as fulfilling as possible. With the proceeds from the Festival of Trees and Holiday Fair, two massive tag sales annually and the year-round operation of the Country Store, the Auxiliary provides substantial financial gifts that benefit the entire Noble community.

Days trips, music programs, arts and craft classes, additions to the large-print books and video collections, and the feeding and veterinary care of Noble’s resident pets are just a few of the things the Auxiliary makes possible. They also make larger gifts, including the purchase of transport vehicle, renovation of the beauty salon and a baby grand piano.

Some of the 100 Auxiliary members volunteer their time on a regular basis, such as tending the Country Store, while others, both Auxiliary members and not, work on special events. The Noble Horizons Auxiliary welcomes new members and extends a special invitation to the families and friends of Noble residents.


As the NW Corner faces the COVID-19 pandemic, the Noble Horizons Auxiliary wants our community to know how we are responding in these challenging times. The decisions we make are being guided by our long-standing commitment to fostering community interest in Noble, volunteer recruitment, and the funding of special projects and programs for the benefit of Noble residents.

We are committed to thinking long term about our mission, continuing to support the many activities and programs we have been funding over the years and for which we feel committed to continuing as best we can under the current circumstances. These include keeping the library active, funding wifi, Netflix, the pet therapy fund, employer scholarship fund, special programs run by the recreation team at Noble, and many others.

Our fundraising annual events: The Holiday Fair, the Festival of Trees, and our bi-annual Book & Tag Sales all have been cancelled this year. The Country Store, which has served both residents and visitors to Noble for 25 years, has been closed with the exception of a limited schedule for residents only. These are our sources of income which provide the funding for all that we do at Noble.

Our Board is meeting monthly via Zoom. Keeping our group and community informed is a priority during these times. Updates regarding future fundraising events will be posted on Noble’s website. If you have questions, please reach out to: Judy McKernon, Auxiliary president, 860-435-4809,


If you would like to make a donation, please send your check payable to Noble Horizons Auxiliary, Attention: Treasurer, 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT 06068

We wish everyone a safe winter. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Noble Horizons Auxiliary Members

Visit the Country Store*

Be sure to stop by the Country Store at Noble Horizons when you start shopping for holiday gifts. There's a wonderful variety of items for everyone on your gift-giving list. The store, which is located off the main hallway in Wagner Terrace, is run by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary and its volunteers. Filled with reasonably priced items, it's a hidden gem in our community.

The store carries a wide variety of home decorating items—pillows, pitchers and vases, placemats and napkins, dish towels, small bowls and cheese boards, baskets, serving platters and trays, and picture frames. Every week new items arrive and are attractively displayed throughout the store.

Check out the wonderful selection of necklaces and earrings, as well as the colorful scarves. One of the beautiful bracelets would delight a daughter or granddaughter. The delightful soaps and lotions make nice hostess gifts at this time of year. Friends and family members of all ages would enjoy a book, puzzle, coloring book, or stuffed animal. From colorful reading glasses to the many greeting cards—there's something for everyone on your list.

* Due to the pandemic The Country Store is open to residents only, on a very limited schedule at this time.

Festival of Trees

The 2019 Gala at Noble Horizons represented the perfect capstone to our 2019 Festival of Trees.

Thanks to the gracious donors who bought raffle tickets and contributed to our Loving Tree, this year’s festival was a great success. In addition to enjoying the wonderfully crafted displays in the spirit of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the wonderful members of our community also bid on tickets to restaurants, movies, and other local services. Thanks to a great turnout, our festive live auction as part of the Gala was one of our most rewarding ever! Each year, we look forward to providing the community with a festive wonderland for everyone to enjoy and the response from our friends and neighbors makes each year’s event even more special than the last.

Auxiliary Board 2020-2021

  • Judy McKernon, President
  • Joanne Elliott, Vice-President
  • Kathleen Hawley, Treasurer
  • Betty Kowalski, Assistant Treasurer
  • Teri Aitken, Secretary
  • Maura Wolf, Assistant Secretary
  • Nancy D. Longley, Nominating Committee Chair
  • Marian Schwaikert, Country Store Chair
  • Pat Crodelle, Membership Chair
  • Meredith Dittmar, Publicity Chair
  • Jeanne Wardell, Historian
  • Ruth Adotte, Volunteer Service Chair
  • Kathy Mera, Resident Representative
  • Eileen Mulligan, ex-officio
  • Karen Bennett, FOT Co-Chair
  • Judy McKernon, FOT Co-Chair
  • Kathy Fricker, FOT Co-Chair
  • Joanne Elliott, Holiday Fair Chair
  • Mary Barton, Book & Tag Sale Chair
  • Karen Bennett, Country Store Manager
  • Joan McCue, Library Representative
  • Bill Pond, Noble Representative
  • Lana Knutson, Noble Representative

Auxiliary Cookbook

Auxiliary Cookbook for Sale

The Noble Horizons Auxiliary Favorite Recipes from the Northwest Corner cookbook to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Noble Horizons' founding. It contains over 340 recipes, ranging from appetizers and soups to desserts and sweets. Over 300 were submitted by friends, volunteers, residents and staff of Noble Horizons. Some are long-time favorites passed down from generations; others are quick-and-easy for today's lifestyles.

Nineteen restaurants from Salisbury, Lakeville, Falls Village, Millerton, Amenia, Sheffield, and Hillsdale supported the project by contributing almost 40 recipes to the Restaurant section. These range from split pea soup and clam chowder to creamy shrimp pasta and lobster risotto, from seared duck breast and Scottish salmon to coconut cream pie and double chocolate tart. Some are complex such as a cassoulet and eggplant Napolitano, others are area favorites such as chicken marsala and tomato pie.

In addition, local photographers have contributed wonderful images that capture the beauty, history, and unique characteristics of the area. Joseph Meehan's photos can be found on the front cover, on each of the section openers, and illustrating various features. Additional photos were contributed by John Emmons and Kathi Karpf. Other highlights include descriptions and illustrations of the Northwest Corner, Noble Horizons, historical buildings and events, libraries, and the Hotchkiss and Salisbury schools.

The cookbook is dedicated to the visionaries and leaders who created and developed Noble Horizons into an outstanding, award-winning retirement community. The cookbook is available for $20 at The Country Store at Noble Horizons which is open from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from noon to 3pm. It is also available by mail for $20 plus $2 (shipping and handling) from Noble Horizons Auxiliary, 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT 06068. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will support the Auxiliary's mission of raising funds to enrich the lives of Noble Horizons residents.

The Auxiliary Funds The Following

  • Day trip excursions
  • Dining Room flowers
  • All pet related expenses
  • The library and adds to the large print and video collections
  • The Employee Scholarship Fund
  • Entertainment and Clubhouse Social Events
  • Annual lobster dinner
  • Christmas presents for Cobble Wagner, Riga and Whitridge residents
  • The Resident Supplementary Fund
  • Art and craft classes
  • Subscription to Netflix

Recent Special Gifts To Noble

  • Purchase of Transport Vehicle
  • Renovation of the beauty salon
  • Baby grand piano
  • E-readers and tablets
  • Wii consoles

Projects And Events Sponsored By The Auxiliary

  • Festival of Trees
  • Christmas Fair
  • Book and Tag Sale
  • The Country Store
  • Annual Meeting
  • Published Favorite Recipes from the Northwest Corner