Thursday, April 28, 2011

Zeeburger is Zeeriffic

Christine and Ed attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Carol Peck's Zeeburger.  Located just down the block from her renowned Good News Cafe, the new restaurant will feature "fast food" with a difference - healthy local produce with the distinctive Peck touch.  We know our guests will love it based on the samples we enjoyed at the ceremony.

Christine and Bernard are all smiles at the ribon cutting ceremony.  And that's before the samples of beef burgers, salmon burgers, and red wine
From left to right: Bernard, George Hale (Selectman), Barbara Perkinson (Selectman), Jerry Stomski (First Selectman) and Carol

Monday, April 25, 2011

BEE KIND - Continuing our Commitment to Green Lodging

Cornucopia at Oldfield was the first Bed & Breakfast in Connecticut to receive Green Lodging certification from the Department of Environmental Protection.  As part of our ongoing commitment to Green Lodging, we are featuring the new BeeKind line of bath amenities from Gilchrist and Soames.  The individual packages are made of paper resulting in a 92% reduction in waster after use when compared to the small plastic bottles.

We can't do much better than the quote on their products:

"BeeKind to yourself by not using products with parabens, phthalates, or artificial colours.  BeeKind to your neighbours, animals, waiters and waitresses.  Most importantly, BeeKind to the environment so future generations can enjoy our planet's breathtaking beauty."

For a healthy and environmentally friendly experience, stay with us.  Learn more at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Southbury During the Civil War

What was Southbury, Connecticut like 150 years ago as the Civil War began?  The town's population was 1,346 (compared to 20,000 today).  Of those, 71 men enlisted and 17 were drafted to meet Southbury's apportionment/  Most of them went to the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery regiment or the 20th Connecticut Volunteers where they were lead by Colonel William Wooster, a noted abolitionist of Southbury.

In those days, soldiers were paid by the town.  When President Lincoln needed an army, he had to request men to be sent by each State.  Each state was apportioned their "fair" share of soldiers.  In Connecticut, the town's were then asked to provide their share of soldiers.  For Southbury  that was 88.  To pay for them, the town passed an ordinance to raise $20,000 in taxes.  Here is a quote from the ordinance:

“Whereas it appears that the Governor and Legislature of this State whose duty it is to be informed of the condition of affairs are apprehensive of attacks of hostile forces upon this State & upon it’s Citizens & upon their Property & and whereas at present we have no organized or armed force to repel invasion in case the apprehensions of the Governor & Legislature should be realized and whereas it is expedient & necessary to raise volenteers for the purposes of crushing this rebellion and ending the war…” 

The war was good for Southbury's economy as its manufacturing sector in South Britain along the Pomperaug River (where one factory building remains as well as other foundations) was kept very busy supplying materials.  The Ira Bradley Woolen Mill provided material for the uniforms (now know as the Hawkins Trap Factory building).

This and more was retold by John Dwyer at the Southbury Historical Society (where Ed is on the Board of Trustees) at the Annual Meeting on April 9th.  Below is a photo of John on his recreated bango.  To hear his performance, click here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Art Museums within 1 Hour of Cornucopia at Oldfield

Connecticut has many fine art museums with an amazing amount of diversity. This map shows our favorites - all within 50 miles of Cornucopia at Oldfield Although it is shown here as a loop, it is probably better to pick one or two of these museums for a day trip from Cornucopia at Oldfield.

View Cornucopia of Art Museums in a larger map

The Nishiki-buki Are Sprouting

One of our favorite signs of spring at Cornucopia at Oldfield is the sprouting of the Nishiki-buki in our wetlands area alongside of Oldfield Brook.  Each year these plants (officially known as Petasites Japonicus Giganteous) start from nothing but a small (size of handfist) plant with small flowers to six feet with very large leaves.  It is a wonder to see them grow so quickly over the next few weeks.

To see this wonder of nature, comes stay with us and enjoy the spring at Cornucopia at Oldfield.