Looking for something interesting to do? Would you like to learn more about Connecticut? Do you like surprises and discovering hidden gems? If yes, Check out Celebrate Connecticut .
Michele Falcone is the creator and owner of this unique touring company. Celebrate Connecticut is known for intimate tours introducing small groups to the less seen wonders of CT.
Falcone got the idea on a trip to Italy when her family decided to forego a large guided tour and chose to hire a private guide. They were taken to the less visited but just as important sites to see the real Italy. She realized that what most people knew about her own area just scratched the surface. After extensive research, she saw that no one else was filling this need so she created Celebrate Connecticut.
left: milk tasting at Shaggy Coos farm
right: getting ready for lunch at Sport Hill Farm
On a recent sunny Spring morning, I joined her group on the patio of the Easton Village Store. We enjoyed a complimentary sumptuous continental breakfast as we listened to background information provided by amateur local historian, Frank Pagliaro. Soon it was time to board our luxury bus to visit Easton CT, a friendly town known for its farms and Helen Keller.
Mr. Pagliaro guided the tour, entertaining and educating the passengers – who ranged from children up to seniors- as the bus toured the area.
We heard about the families who built the town, the history of the long lots that were created when the town was formed- originally part of Weston. Interesting architecture was pointed out and explained, stops were made at local farms and there were also many surprises including a raffle where all went home with a local prize.
Homes of notable Eastonites were seen as well as the site of a very famous race.
Of course the white lady of Easton was discussed although she did not make an appearance!
The tour covered old and new schoolhouses, cemeteries, local businesses, and so much more.
We were treated to a milk tasting at Shaggy Coos Farms and Patty Popp of Sport Hill Farm made a lovely light lunch with products from her shop. At Sherwood Farm, we saw land deeds that were found under a floorboard.
Houses of worship were discussed as well as a visit to St. Dimetrie’s Orthodox Church where Father George was delighted to explain the architecture and paintings.
Easton is so much more than farms and Helen Keller.
Future adventures are: Beautiful Bridgeport, Art Lovers Tour, Lovely Litchfield and Wake up to Waterbury. A Redding tour is in the works.
These tours are perfect for longtime Nutmeggers who want to explore our state and also a fun treat for out of town guests. Space is limited in order to keep the experience intimate. Choose your experience here: Celebrate Connecticut
Pagliaro explains some little known facts in Aspetuck Cemetery.
The group is standing near Samuel Staples grave.