Litchfield Aid tour and preview party honors the past


Members of the organizing committee for the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic Open House and Garden Tour preview party on Friday night were, from left, Hedy Barton, Patricia Hearn, Marla Patterson, Pamela McCann and Diane Castelli. BZ photos

What an amazing two days it was for the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic, which celebrated Litchfield’s 300th anniversary by bringing back its Open House Tour and Preview Party.

The party on Friday at the Ozias Seymour House on South Street drew a huge crowd for an evening of comaraderie, fine food and drink, live music, and a performance by the dancers from Nutmeg Balley in Torrington. 

On Saturday, nine homes and their gardens in the center of town were open for the tour. The two days of events were a fundraiser for the Connecticut Junior Republic. Early estimates have the proceeds being a record haul for the CJR cause.

Frank Vanoni of Litchfield with Deborah Murphy, left, of Litchfield, and Philippa Durrant of Cornwall Bridge.

Selectman Anne C. Dranginis, left, and Joan Gill, both of Litchfield.

The Nutmeg Ballet dancers from Torrington performed during the party.

Media celebrity Bill O’Shaughnessy of Litchfield was the emcee of the preview party.

A look at the preview party tent at the Ozias Seymour House. Peter Tavino photo

Humphry Rolleston of Litchfield in costume as George Washington on North Street.

Dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington were at the Tapping Reeve House on South Street.

Cookies and refreshments were available in the carriage house of the George C. Woodruff House on South Street.

Deborah and Declan Murphy, left, whose home on South Street was on the tour, chat with Bill Burgess of Litchfield.

Susan Vontell, left, a tour volunteer, with Deborah and Declan Murphy.

On South Street, Terry Coates in costume as Oliver Wolcott Sr., with Victoria Mazzarelli, director of the Nutmeg Ballet.

Imogen Hotchkiss, left, and Pip Sansing served cold drinks on South Street during the tour.