Noble Horizons Blog

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This year’s Noble Horizons’ Auxiliary Festival of Trees will be remembered as one of the more inventive years with unusual and creative displays beyond greenery, ribbon and glittery trees.

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A daredevil had better be lucky or he won’t last long. Cobble resident Gordon MacKenzie has been a very lucky man.

 

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G.A. Mudge took on quite a project that has taken some years to complete: cataloguing and photographing the dozens of statues, dating from 1859 to the 1990s, scattered about Central Park.

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Jean and Bill McClelland brought a bit of nostalgia to Noble Horizons on November 4, with a performance entitled "At Long Last Love: Classics from the American Songbook."

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Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn, who presented a fascinating program on black bears to a capacity crowd last April, returned to Noble on October 28 to introduce an equally large group to Connecticut’s only wild cat, the bobcat.

Two social media experts from Red Barn Consulting spoke to a very engaged group of local business owners in an event sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber and held in Noble’s Community Room on September 28.

A Birthday for Kate

What do you do when you reach 100? Throw yourself a party, of course, at least if you’re Kate Reilly. The youngest of the four centenarians among Noble’s current resident population, Mrs. Reilly felt her big day last May merited a celebration and so invited her children and a host of friends to share the occasion with her. "I had a ball," she said. The 50+ guests who gathered in the Clubhouse, had a good time, too.

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Today, someone’s identity is stolen every 2.8 seconds and $40 billion is lost to scammers each year. But there are actions you can take to protect you and your family.

Two crime fighting experts were at Noble on September 14 for a program entitled “The Con Artist’s Playbook” outlining the tactics these criminals use and offering guidance in protecting oneself.

The thriller, spiller, filler dictum of effective container planting is flaunting its full midsummer flash in the two giant pots filled with towering curly willow, mandevilla, salvia midnight blue, coleus, begonias, sweet potato vine and a few other things, flanking the Wagner Terrace entrance.  They were designed, planted and are maintained by Kim Sherwood, who has taken care of the many containers and flower gardens beautifying the Noble Horizons campus for the past nine years.

Create Your Own Legacy

Probate Judge Diane Blick spoke to an audience at Noble Horizons for one reason only: to dispel worries about the probate process.

In her third term as probate judge for Litchfield County, Judge Blick, known affectionately as the "judge on wheels" due to her habit of traveling to the homes of residents who need her help, said that planning was the most important advice she could give.

A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear

"Don't feed the bears," was the key point in a presentation on black bears by Paul Colburn, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, who spoke at Noble Horizons on April 29. The large and very engaged crowd was an indication that black bears have made their presence felt, frequently in our backyards. There were 6,600 reported sightings in the state in the past year.

Broadway event at Noble Horizons

Fifteen local elementary school students and a similar number of Noble Horizons residents had the good luck to work with seasoned theater professional Michael Berkeley for several weeks to prepare for a performance of "The Golden Age of Broadway: Bridging Generations" for a very appreciative audience at Noble on April 28.

Celebrating Earth Day

Sweethaven Farm's Noreen Driscoll arrived with piles of planters, trays of sedums and succulents and buckets of soil and stones for Earth Day on April 22. In short order, 50 enthusiastic participants from Noble and the wider community made their own sedum tablescapes to bring home. Such free events ending with a creation of one's own are popular, and with good reason.

Volunteer Recognition Dinner

The extravaganza that is the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 18 had a game show theme with scores of volunteers cheering on the lucky few chosen by chance from the audience to compete for many wonderful prizes. The Volunteer of the Year was Stephen Moore, the Resident Volunteer of the Year Lib Grannan, and the perennial winner with the highest number of volunteer hours, Josh Brennan, was awarded the first-ever Josh Award. Josh is out of the running for winning it again but will no doubt present it next year to a new winner with the greatest number of volunteer hours.

Flower Arranging with a Pro

Kamilla Najdek of Kamilla's Floral Boutique in Millerton was the guest speaker April 8, at a flower arranging presentation and workshop. Known for her contemporary design skills, Kamilla was generous with advice as well as with buckets of blooms she provided to participants who made their own floral creations to take home.

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

Corned beef and cabbage and Irish music played with spirit by the Wildcat Creek Band make a perfect St. Patrick's Day on March 17.

HVRHS Students Host Annual Senior Prom

Students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School have, as part of their community service commitment, organized every detail of the Senior Prom held at Noble Horizons on February 25. Decorating, socializing, photos galore, a sumptuous meal, donated gifts, and dancing for everyone were highlights of the day.

Roberta Willis Reflects on Years of Service

Former State Representative Roberta Willis, retired after many terms in the CT State House, was on hand February 25 to talk about past legislative successes and the issues soon to be before the government. The room was packed with devoted admirers.

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The annual resident Valentine's Day dance on February 14 was a fun, elegant and a romantic way to mark the day complete with an in-demand professional DJ in tuxedo.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year was observed on January 26 with a meal of Asian favorites and a room filled to brimming with decorations.