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 extension of WiFi connectivity to the entire complex, renovation of the beauty salon and a baby grand piano.

Some of the 120 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.

Press Releases

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Saturday Nov 18 to Saturday Dec 2
Noon to 4 pm; Thursdays and Fridays: Noon to 6 pm
Admission:  FREE
Gala:  Saturday Dec 2, 5-7 pm

The 2017 Noble Horizons Auxiliary Festival of Trees opens on November 18. The theme this year is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ The Gala Party and silent auction takes place on December 2. Watch this page for more information as plans get underway.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact one of the Festival's Co-Chairs:

Karen Bennett at 518-329-2093 or
Meredith Dittmar at 860-596-4472 or

Book, Jewelry and Tag Sale

This popular twice-yearly event, brought to you by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary, attracts people from throughout the region—from antique dealers to book lovers and bargain-hunters. The two-day event is held in the Learning Center at Noble Horizons and admission is free on both days. However, Early Birds pay $10 for admission to shop an hour before others.  All proceeds benefit the residents of Noble Horizons.  Donations are welcome at the Wagner Reception desk.  To arrange for pick up of large items, please call Joanne Moore at 860-435-9851.  Watch for newspaper ads and check this site for the next sale date.


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.

Auxiliary's Annual Meeting

The Noble Horizons Auxiliary held their annual meeting on October 18. The proposed budget for 2016-2017 was passed unanimously. The following officers were re-elected to two-year terms: Vice President Karen Bennett and Nominating Chair Ruth Adotte. Joanne Elliott, President; Judy McKernon, Secretary; Nan Longley, Assistant Secretary; Kathy Hawley, Treasurer; and Teri Aitken, Assistant Treasurer will be serving the second year of their two-year terms.

If you are interested in joining the Noble Horizons Auxiliary, please contact Pat Crodelle at 518-789-3776.

Auxiliary Board 2017-2018

  • Karen Bennett, President
  • Sharon Pilz, Vice President
  • Kathy Hawley, Treasurer
  • Betty Kowalski, Assistant Treasurer
  • Teri Aitken, Secretary
  • Nancy Longley, Assistant Secretary
  • Ruth Adotte, Nominating Committee Chair
  • Marian Schwaikert, Country Store Chair
  • Pat Crodelle, Membership Chair
  • Jeanette Weber, Publicity Chair
  • Jeanne Wardell, Historian
  • Judy McKernon, Volunteer Service Chair
  • Wendy Anderson, Activities Committee Chair
  • Eileen Mulligan and Joanne Moore, Noble Horizons Representatives
  • Karen Bennett and Meredith Dittmar, Festival of Trees Co-Chairs
  • Joanne Elliott and Judy McKernon, Holiday Fair Co-Chairs
  • Mary Barton, Book & Tag Sale Chair
  • Sharie Schwaikert, Country Store Manager

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 always welcomes new members and extends an especially warm invitation to the families and friends of 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
  • Music for special 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

  • Extension of WiFi connectivity to the entire complex
  • 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
  • New York Botanical Garden Bus Trip
  • The Country Store
  • Annual Meeting
  • Published Favorite Recipes from the Northwest Corner