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.

Festival of Trees

A History

Since 1997, the Noble Horizons Auxiliary has presented the Festival of Trees, a special event that marks the start of the holiday season for the Noble Horizons residents and all others in the community. The Festival begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is open every day for two weeks. Admission is free.

As visitors approach the entryway, they see a colorful scene depicting the Festival's theme. Inside they marvel at the beautiful small trees, wreaths, and holiday decorations created by many individuals, merchants, and organizations in the tri-state area. A special Children's Corner features colorful trees decorated by local school children. All of the unique, one-of-a-kind exhibits are offered for purchase in a silent auction which runs throughout event.

In addition to enjoying the displays, visitors are able to buy raffle tickets for deluxe children’s toys. They can also purchase special services, such as haircuts and manicures, from the Loving Tree for lucky Noble Horizons residents.

In the hours before opening to the public, the Festival hosts groups from local day-care centers, schools, and nursing homes. These guests enjoy seeing the beautiful decorations, listening to a holiday story by Mrs. Claus, singing songs, and enjoying refreshments provided by members of the Noble Horizons Auxiliary.

On the final evening of the event, a Gala Party is held in the festive holiday setting. Party-goers enjoy drinks and plentiful hors d'oeuvres while placing final auction bids for the unique displays. Guests have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for restaurant gift certificates, theater tickets, and toys.

The annual Festival of Trees is the major fundraising event for the Noble Horizons Auxiliary. They are thankful to the many people who become event sponsors, donate exhibits, bid on the displays, purchase Loving Tree services and raffle tickets, and attend the Gala Party. All proceeds from the event are used for special purchases and extra activities for the residents of Noble Horizons

Please call 860-435-9851 if you would like to be involved in this annual event.

Festival of Trees

Holiday Fair

The Noble Horizons Auxiliary holds an annual Holiday Fair before the holidays. It features a wide selection of affordable items for both Thanksgiving and Christmas—from decorations and baked goods to small gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

Popular food items—delicious home-made breads and cookies, jams and jellies, and cheese—sell out every year. Knitted scarves and mittens, jewelry, and small home accessories make excellent gifts for family and friends. Visitors can select Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations for the front door or holiday table. Ornaments can be personalized for children, grandchildren, and special occasions. Many small items, some crafted by local artisans, make terrific "stocking stuffers." At the end of the fair, gift baskets and gift certificates donated by local stores and businesses are raffled off to lucky winners.

All proceeds from the Holiday Fair are used to enrich the lives of Noble Horizons residents. To volunteer to help with the event, please call 860-435-9851.

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 Board 2018-2019

  • Karen Bennett, President
  • Kathy Hawley, Treasurer
  • Betty Kowalski, Assistant Treasurer
  • Teri Aitken, Secretary
  • Nancy Longley, Assistant Secretary
  • Judy McKernon, Nominating Committee Chair
  • Marian Schwaikert, Country Store Chair
  • Pat Crodelle, Membership Chair
  • Karen Bennett, Publicity Chair
  • Jeanne Wardell, Historian
  • Ruth Adotte, Volunteer Service Chair
  • Bill Pond, Noble Representative
  • Lana Knutson, Noble Representative
  • Karen Bennett, Judy McKernon, and Meredith Dittmar, Festival of Trees Co-Chairs
  • Joanne Elliott, Holiday Fair Chair
  • Mary Barton, Book & Tag Sale Chair
  • Sharie Schwaikert, Country Store Manager
  • Eileen Mulligan, Ex-Officio

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
  • The Country Store
  • Annual Meeting
  • Published Favorite Recipes from the Northwest Corner