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

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 ( would make your stay more interesting as this was the home of the chair of the committee to write the Zoning Ordinances!