Washington Comes Together

In light of recent events, we understand that this can be a stressful and confusing time for our community. However, what we have seen from the residents of Washington in the past days has been the perfect example of just how special Washington is. As a small town, we have big spirits and even bigger hearts! Here is how Washington has come together to add positivity to our community and how you can get involved.

How You Can Help

  • Volunteering: The First Selectman’s office is organizing a group of volunteers to help deliver groceries, medications, etc. should the need arise. The purpose is to reach seniors who are not comfortable going out at this time as well as should we have any residents develop the virus and be quarantined. The group will be briefed by our first responders on protocols in carrying this out. If you would like to be part of this volunteer group, please call the First Selectman’s office at (860) 868-2259.
  • Check on neighbors: Please check on any neighbors and friends, especially those who do not have email or a computer. They will be out of the loop on communications and may be the most in need.
  • Stay posted: Visit www.washingtonct.org to read the latest official messages from our First Selectman.
  • Share your virtual events: If you are a Washington organization or business and you are offering virtual events or classes (either live or recast) you can submit your virtual events on our Featured Events page and we will share with the community.
  • Support our businesses: To help local businesses through this challenging time, order and have items delivered for curbside pickup, or consider buying gift certificates now and use at a future date. (See ways to help our businesses below)

Virtual Activities Around Town

  • The Gunn Memorial Library is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the digital offerings on the Digital Library page , including audio and e-books as well as access to online library accounts and databases. The Overdrive/Libby App hosts e-books and audiobooks available at your fingertips.
  • The Gunn Historical Museum also offers a digital museum collection for you to explore from the comfort of your own home!
  • Kick Corona Challenge – Shepaug students have started an Instagram page @KickCoronaChallenge, where they post a daily challenge to complete every day to help cure cabin fever. “We believe that through this activism, Shepaug can be the start of something extraordinary. Challenge classmates, family and friends outside of this district to get involved. If we can all participate, Shepaug can be the catalyst for a movement of positivity throughout populations of people.” This initiative has engaged the entire community and beyond!
  • The Shepaug Art Department is hosting a Virtual Art Challenge and everyone is invited to participate. The first of the challenges included creating art out of toast and toilet paper rolls – and the results were amazing! Take a look at the latest challenge and make sure to post and tag @shepaugvalleyschoolart to participate.
  • Valley Spirit Wellness Center is offering classes virtually! Check for more details at @valleyspiritcooperative for more information, classes are being added for next week.
  • Steep Rock Association reminds us that being outdoors in nature helps during a difficult time. Learn about SRA hiking trails
  • Enjoy virtual events: We have redeployed our events calendar to share virtual events and classes. Please check out on our Featured Events page for virtual events, which we will be adding to daily!

Ways to Support our Local Businesses

To help our local businesses through this challenging time, you can order and have items delivered or use curbside pickup, or buy gift certificates now for you and your friends and family to use at a future date.

  • The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant -The White Horse is offering TO GO curbside pick up, available Monday through Sunday – 4 – 8pm. (Delivery available by prior arrangement).View menu here
  • Farmers & Cooks is offering freshly baked bread, gluten-free muffins and many other homemade items for delivery. Visit their Instagram for offerings: @farmersandcooks
  • 9 Main is offering food orders that can be picked up outside the store, or will deliver for those at higher risk. Call Maggie for an updated inventory at @9maincafe.
  • The Pantry will be offering curbside pick up, please call to order. (860) 868-0258
  • The 202 Tavern is offering take-out through curbside pick up! Take a look at their full menu on their Facebook page and call 860-619-0808 to place your order!
  • The G.W. Tavern is offering take-out for curbside pickup. Contact them to order and view menus on their Instagram page: @gwtavern
  • Washington Food Market has updated hours: 8am to 3pm from Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday.
  • Washington Liquor Store will have the following hours: 12pm to 6pm from Monday – Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.
  • Washington Pizza House is operating with normal hours at present, but only offering take-out.
  • The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be closed to the public until the end of the month, however you can still shop! The Hickory Stick Bookshop staff has initiated free shipping for order, and will make arrangements to meet you “curbside” at the store to deliver your order to you if you are local. Visit hickorystickbookshop.com which is always open and sign up for audiobooks through Libro.fm if you have not already done so.
  • The Smithy is open with many grocery items and fresh dairy products.

*Be sure to check with the businesses for their latest updates*

And tag your photos on Instagram #explorewashingtonct to add your ideas & inspiration

Inspiration from our Community

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Plenty of toilet paper out here.

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We have a challenge for you: the staff and students at Shepaug, and beyond. We have started an Instagram page @KickCoronaChallenge, where we will be posting a challenge for you to complete every day to help cure your “cabin fever.” All you have to do is complete the challenge and invite others to get involved too. Once you complete the daily challenge, either DM us a photo or video of you doing so or tag us in your post. Please follow @KickCoronaChallenge on Instagram for daily updates on new challenges. We believe that through this activism, Shepaug can be the start of something extraordinary. Challenge classmates, family and friends outside of this district to get involved. If we can all participate, Shepaug can be the catalyst for a movement of positivity throughout populations of people. #KickCoronaChallenge

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Digging the quiet sky. The quiet roads. The mornings. So strange the breath the unknown and quiet fear that abounds affords us to experience. Be well. Be smart. Please read my four page prior post here (on @valleyspiritcooperative page) if you have not already. It’s a letter from Valley Spirit to all of you. Breathe in. Breathe out. Think of others. Always. This is our time to remember. Every action, every word we utter, has an effect on other human beings. Tread with compassion, awareness and thoughtfulness. Now is not a time to hoard. Now is a time to connect to the collective. We can be together through time and space. Find one another in the energetics that are always a profound part of our earthly selves. #meditation

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Dear Friends, What a terrific time to read that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table, write that politician to bring light to a cause close to your heart, take that online course you’ve been curious about, start meditating, spend time in nature, and practice Yoga. During this time, Yoga for Good classes will be private and online: for those of you who have been wanting to learn Yoga or would like a private session through FaceTime, please email me. We can set up a time, you can donate what you can through PayPal or Venmo, and we will have a session just for you and/or your family, kids, and partners. If you’d like a private session in person, I will be going to homes in the Litchfield County Area (bringing my own mat and air hugging only) and will be donating a percent of my fee to various causes surrounding this crisis. These private sessions will incorporate meditation, pilates, yoga, and hand sanitizer! They are available to children and teens as well. Also, to those of you who are immunocompromised or elderly within an hour of Litchfield County, I am happy to be of service and deliver whatever you need to your doorstep. Please feel free to email me. xoCK P.S. Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video) https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours Access to the world's finest theatre productions: https://www.digitaltheatre.com/consumer BIO Award-winning and multi-certified yoga, meditation, and pilates teacher of over 20 years, Caroline Kinsolving has taught in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, the Berkshires, China, Tanzania, India, and Mexico, in spas, studios, schools, and barns(!), and is a guest teacher at Kripalu. Three years ago, she developed Yoga for Good: classes open to everyone and by donations, which are pooled and paid forward to various causes. Caroline’s class has raised and donated $22,600 for charities benefitting the local community and the world at large. For more information, please visit www.CarolineKinsolving.com.

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