Last Weekend of August Is Packed with Fun in Litchfield

AugustThe last weekend of August in Litchfield is filled with fun for families and those who love nature, history, antiques, and pancakes! Dig in and enjoy!

Magic Show & Brownie Contest, Friday, Aug. 25, at Noon

Litchfield Park & Rec is presenting the perfect family event to wrap summer before school is back in session, beginning at noon on Friday, Aug. 25. The fun begins with a Back to School Brownie Bakeoff and opportunity to meet Dani the Service Dog and her handler Kevin from Hartford Health Care – followed by a Magic Show featuring Justin Mazz. Ice cream and Popsicles will be served afterward.

(The event has been moved from Community Field to the gym at the former Bantam School, located at 80 Doyle Rd.)

Bantam Fire Company Pancake Supper, Saturday, Aug. 26, 5 – 7 p.m.

August weekendWho doesn’t love pancakes for dinner occasionally. The Bantam Fire Company is presenting a Pancake Supper this Saturday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the firehouse, located at 92 Doyle Rd. in Bantam center.

The supper features all you can eat eggs, potatoes, pancakes, breakfast sausages, and beverages. The cost is $9 for adults and children older than 10, and $5 for children 5 to 10. As part of the event, there’s a Touch a Truck for the kids.

Litchfield County Auctions Tag Sale, 8/24 – 8/26

August weekend Litchfield eventsLitchfield County Auctions is presenting a summer tag sale this Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 24 to 26, featuring books, clothes, cameras, vintage toys, games and trains, musical instruments, electronics, furniture, artwork, antiques and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The auction gallery is located at 425 Bantam Rd. (Route 202). Call 860-567-4661 for more information.

Exploring Catlin Woods with Gerri Griswold, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

August weekend Litchfield CT eventsExplore a beautiful old growth forest that’s part of White Memorial’s 4,000 acres of preserves in a guided walk with Director of Administration and Development Gerri Griswold on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Untouched for over three centuries, Catlin Woods is the perfect destination to witness the succession of a forest. Besides a canopy composed of grand pines and hemlocks, this area also contains a diversity of ferns, lichens, and fungi. Bird lovers are drawn here in spring and summer to count the several thrush species that call this place home. The back end of the parcel dead-ends at Bantam River, where you can watch for beavers, waterfowl, or the occasional kayaker making his or her way up to Little Pond.

The guided hike is free but donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. Reserve your spot online.

Litchfield Historical Society Walking Tour, Saturday, 26 

August weekend Litchfield eventsThe Litchfield Historical Society’s weekly walking tour begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Litchfield History Museum and lasts about an hour. It’s  a perfect way to explore the town’s celebrated Historic District and discover Litchfield’s vibrant history, including the stories behind famous landmarks, anecdotes about past residents, and an appreciation of prominent buildings.  

The tour is free for historical society members and $10 for non-members . Those planning to attend are asked to register online.

Topsmead Cottage Tours, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 26 + 27

August weekend Litchfield eventsFree tours of the English Tudor-style cottage at the 510-acre Topsmead State Forest are offered seasonally on the second and fourth weekends of each month from June through Columbus Day, which means tours this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 & 27.

The charming cottage is decorated with Miss Edith Morton Chase’s collection of art and antiques, and the 45-minute docent-led tours are provided by @friendsoftopsmead beginning at noon and running on the hour and half hour.

The tours begin at noon each day and the last tour is offered at 4:30 p.m. Guests should meet a docent at the front door of the house. Each group is limited to eight people, first-come first-served.

The remaining tour dates for 2023 are Aug. 26 and 27, Sept. 9, 10, 23, and 24, and Oct. 14 and 15.