Friday, July 5, 2013

Southbury's First Government to Stop the Nazis in 1937

When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis - Acclaimed Documentary About Southbury's History



Ed is very excited to be on the Commemoration Committee for the 75th Anniversary of "When Southbury Said No to the Nazis". As he likes to tell our guests, Southbury was the first government in the world to stop the Nazis - in 1937 the people of Southbury stood up against a group of Nazi agents who were trying to establish a training camp. (About 20 of these were established in other communities in NY, NJ and CT before the American Nazi movement came up under investigation and went out of business in 1939.)

THe project was a huge success. The 40 minute documentary produced has been shown to 1000's in Southbury as well as in other communities, the state Capitol, the US Capitol, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Holocaust museum in Washington and was accepted to the Boston International Film Festival. Here is a link to the trailer for the 40 minute documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU78c7iEkkw. Many of the interviews were filmed at Cornucopia at Oldfield and Ed has several appearances in the movie as Southbury's First Selectman.

The premiere in Southbury was a terrific community building event. It has also been made into a documentary of about 15 minutes that can be viewed here.

Of course a stay at the Cornucopia at Oldfield (www.cornucopiabnb.com) would make the documentary more interesting as this was the home of Albert Aston, the chairman of the committee to write the Zoning Ordinances. to "keep the Nazis out".

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Giverny comes to Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast

Our local newspaper called it Giverny at Oldfield.


For us it was another delightful day at Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast where guests could admire our gardens.  Under the watchful eye of Colley Whisson each of the students turned out some beautiful art depicting the many facets of our gardens.  It made us very proud.  Colley was a fabulous guest at the B&B.  He is a  distinguished Australian modern Impressionist from Brisbane Australia.  See his art on his website.  And although a night at our B&B won't make you an instant artist, we think it will inspire you.  To learn more go to www.cornucopiabnb.com



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bolero - Waterbury Symphony Orchestra on November 4, 2012


Ed Edelson, Innkeeper of the Cornucopia at Oldfield will be doing the introductory announcements at the next performance of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.  The next performance of the 2012-2013 season is on November 4, 2012 at 3pm. As Musical Director Lief Bjaland puts it: "Our presentation of Bolero will grow from a minimalist beginning to Ravel’s unstoppable orchestral showpiece. Along the way eight soloists will animate music from exotic places the world over. This program is without intermission and without pause beginning to end. An afternoon of drama!" For more information go to www.waterburysymphony.org.


Cornucopia at Oldfield is proud to be the hospitality sponsor for the WSO, now celebrating its 75th anniversary. Lief Bjaland, the Musical Director will be staying with us the week before each performance. In addition, we will be offering a package for each performance that include two tickets for that weekend with a two night stay in the Admiral Aston or John Moseley rooms.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Begins New Season




Cornucopia at Oldfield is proud to be the hospitality sponsor for the WSO, now celebrating its 75th anniversary. Lief Bjaland, the Musical Director will be staying with us the week before each performance. In addition, we will be offering a package for each performance that include two tickets for that weekend with a two night stay in the Admiral Aston or John Moseley rooms. Click here for more information on our rooms.



The first performance of the 2012-2013 season is on September 29, 2012. The 75th Anniversary season, with a work from their very first program, Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien." The performance continues with the Italian theme as we salute our founding Maestro: Mario DeCecco, with Respighi's "Roman Festivals." Alexander Beyer is the guest pianist for Mozart's "Piano Concerto no. 20. D minor." Who doesn't love a party? Please join stay for their 75th Birthday Bash immediately following the concert! For more information go to www.waterburysymphony.org.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis - Events of 1937 to be Commemorated

I am very excited to be on the Commemoration Committee for the 75th Anniversary of "When Southbury Said No to the Nazis". As I like to tell our guests, Southbury was the first government in the world to stop the Nazis - in 1937 the people of Southbury stood up against a group of Nazi agents who were trying to establish a training camp. (About 20 of these were established in other communities in NY, NJ and CT before the American Nazi movement came up under investigation and went out of business in 1939.) 



Below is a link to a clip from 1937 movie newsreel that was made in Southbury about the over capacity town meeting (that is why they had to move to the church across the street) to vote on zoning ordinances to "keep the Nazis out". 

We have a documentary in the works that will be premiered on November 18th at the Heritage Hotel. Of course a stay at the Cornucopia at Oldfield (www.cornucopiabnb.com) would make your stay more interesting as this was the home of the chair of the committee to write the Zoning Ordinances!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Local Produce and Now our Local Baker

Last summer, our neighbor Ian Chin stopped by the B&B one Sunday morning with fresh bread and pastries.  Ian was about to start his studies at the Cordon Bleu after graduating from Syracuse University.  His love of baking was evident.  This summer he came back for a visit and agreed to bake some special breads and pastries for our guest.  Our guests this morning loved the "miche" and cinnamon pastries.  He also let us know about his "cooking channel" - 36 entertaining videos on baking.  If you like to bake or want to bake, we recommend Ian's channel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzhbalM2XEA.

Christine and Ian share a smile and compliments from our guests.

Ian will be baking for us on the weekends until her returns to finish his studies at the Cordon Bleu.  

In the meantime, we will continue our commitment to local food - eggs from our local farmer, vegetables (today from our garden) and smoked meats from Nodines of Goshen, CT.



Friday, August 10, 2012

A Musical Feast in Litchfield Hills
Food, Wine and Opera Gala
September 8, 2012
Only 2 miles from Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast

A very special event to support the
Connecticut Summer Opera Festival


As our way of supporting this event, we will give you a 20% discount on your stay - just show us your event ticket.
Make your reservation on our website
www.cornucopiabnb.com or call us at 203 267 6772.