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Brew-Ski Fest Canceled for 2020

Brew-Ski Fest returns to Satre Hill Sunday, October 11, 2020 during Salisbury Fall Festival with music, pumpkins, cornstalks and over 30 craft breweries offering visitors over 200 examples of their best brews.

For the past nine years, the popular event has been delighting beer aficionados  with its rich diverse beer offerings in a fun intimate setting.

This is no cattle call you see. Unlike the big  beer -tasting events  where you stand in line seemingly forever to get a taste,  at Brew-Ski you walk right up, ask for a beverage and chat with  knowledgeable folks  from breweries around the country. One Time Weekend will provide live music.

Stateline Wine and Spirits which sponsors and organizes  Brew-Ski Fest to benefit Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA), boasts an exciting lineup of popular beers including Big Elm, City Steam, Charter Oak, Goose Island, Sam Adams, Berkshire Mountain, Black Hog, Broad Brook, Fool Proof and many more.

The folks from Sunday in the Country will be offering brats and burgers for sale to benefit their food drive.

Tickets for Brew-Ski Fest are $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at and at Stateline Wine and Spirits in Canaan, 860 824-7295 and Ledgebrook Spirit Shop in Winsted, 860 379-4216.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held rain or shine,  will benefit SWSA’s youth skiing programs.

And don’t forget the hugely popular Golf Ball Roll!

Visit for more information.

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Salisbury Beast Fat Tire Climb and Jamboree

Salisbury Beast Fat Tire Climb and Jamboree will be held Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Salisbury Town Hall (by the watering kettle), 27 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068.

The event, which is a ride (not a race), is organized by Salisbury Beast.

The ride format is a staggered start- riders leaving every 20 seconds. There will be both a 26.2K and 30K options.

This is a fun-ride or “club-ride” which will support a time-trial style start, but no official times will be published and riders participate at their own risk. Depending on the weather, winter specific bikes will be a requirement and unless the roads are bone dry and free of ice and snow, a minimum 27 inch tire will be required in order to ride the course that day.

Pre-registration online is encouraged- at :

The entry fee is $17.50.

Ride Day Schedule:

8:00 am  Registration

9:00 am  Ride begins with staggered starts

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Salisbury Winter Sports Association.

For more information go to:

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Amore Nail Spa

Be As You Wear

Canfield Group LLC

Four Seasons Foods

Lakeville Automotive

Lime Rock Park

Mizza’s Pizza Restaurant

Moore & More Printing

National Iron Bank

O’Hara’s Landing

Roaring Oaks Florist

Social Sector Network

South Main Dental

Town Hill Farm

White Hart Inn

To learn more about Salisbury Beast visit :

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Jumpfest 2020

Excitement returns to Salisbury February 7 – 9, 2020 when the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) hosts the 94th Annual Jumpfest, a three-day celebration and competition featuring the best junior ski jumpers in the eastern United States. The jumpers you watch at Satre Hill are Junior National hopefuls, and some will go on to represent the US in the Olympics!

Things to Keep in Mind

We make our own snow. Even if the Winter looks brown outside your window, it’s white over at Satre Hill thanks to our two state-of-the-art snow guns.

We will do our part to keep you warm with blazing bonfires hot food and beverages hot and cold- but do dress warm- it’s Winter outside!

If you have never seen ski jumping live, and some of you in Salisbury still haven’t, you have never truly witnessed the sport. Standing amidst the ringing cowbells, with crowds cheering on their favorites, hearing skis slapping  against the landing hill as these brave jumpers soar up to 200 feet through the air at speeds up to 50 miles an hour, is something you must experience.


94th Annual Jumpfest 2020

Friday Feb 7th

Friday Night Lights Admission $15

Ticket booth opens at 6:00 pm

Target Jumping Under the Lights 7pm

Human Dogsled Races after target jumping


Saturday Feb 8th

Junior 20 and 30 meter competition ( am.

Salisbury Invitational Ski Jumping Competition Admission $15

Practice 11 am-noon; Competition 1 pm

SWSA Snow Ball Dance at the White Hart Inn, featuring The Steve Dunn Band, Admission $15,  raffle, silent auction.

8 pm- 11:30 pm Admission $15


Sunday Feb 9th

Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships  Admission $15

Practice 11 am-noon; Competition 1pm

Children 12 and under Free to all events

Proceeds from all events fund SWSA youth skiing programs

For event updates and schedule changes, go to


Please note: Children 12 and under free to all ski jumping events.

Proceeds from Jumpfest fund SWSA youth skiing programs.

Please check for program changes and schedule updates.


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Human Dog Sled Race

The Human Dog Sled Race will be held Friday night, February 7, 2020, at Satre Hill (Ski Jumps), Indian Cave Road, Salisbury, CT 06068.

The event is part of Jumpfest 2020 (see Jumpfest profile) and is sponsored by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA).

The Human Dog Sled Race begins at the conclusion of the Ski Jumping Under the Lights (approximately 8:30 pm).

The entry fee is $25 per six-person team – admission fee is waived.

The admission fee for spectators is $15 per person, children 12 years old and under are admitted free.

The Human Dog Sled team consists of six people- five pullers and one rider pulling a sled of the team’s own design. The course is approximately 3/10’s of a mile long, using the outrun (the expanse where jumpers come to a stop).

Teams compete in timed, two-team races, and the two fastest times in each category will run a second race for the trophy. There will be three categories: men, women and mixed (at least one female puller).

The race-night schedule is as follows:

Ticket booth for Jumpfest opens at 6:00 pm. Team members should arrive early enough before start time to allow for organizing people and equipment, signing in and paying.

Event begins approximately at 8:30 pm, depending on when ski jumping ends.

Awards after race completion. Trophies will be awarded to first place winners for men, women and mixed divisions. There will also be a People’s Choice award for the best sled/ costume design.

Important notice: This event comes with risk. Participants should be reasonably fit. Also, occasionally during a race, a puller may fall and their sled may strike or slide over them. Although teams have wide latitude in designing their sled, please consider using a smooth bottomed design or better yet an air-filled design such as a large inner tube which would be less painful than a steel runnered sled, for example. The harness design also deserves consideration. A system where a falling puller can simply “let go” is preferable to a harness where all pullers are “locked in”- if they fall, they get dragged by the other pullers.

All team members must sign a liability release.

New entrants should email for more information. To pre-register, again email

Proceeds from the Human Dog Sled Race will benefit SWSA’s junior ski programs.

For more information about jumpfest or SWSA visit


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Ideas for Another Kind of Gift


Tis the giving season, is it not? If you’ve already completed your shopping list for the usual suspects and have a few bucks left over to spread additional cheer, here are some gift ideas of the non- profit kind.

Love animals? The Little Guild in West Cornwall, CT rescues homeless dogs and cats and finds loving homes for them. A donation of $25 will buy a one-day supply of food for all of their animals; $50 vaccinates one animal for a year or helps pay the cost to spay a cat ($150) or neuter a dog ($300). Or maybe adopt a pet…

Who isn’t moved by the notion of a child at risk? Berkshire County Kids Place in Pittsfield, MA picks up the pieces of children damaged by sexual and domestic violence and makes them whole. When a child comes in for a therapy session they get a snack first. $10 buys all of the kids snacks for a week. $50 covers most of a private therapy session for a child. Usually it takes 12 – 24 sessions per child.

Continuing the focus on children, Brooker Memorial in Torrington, CT provides early learning, child care, pediatric dental care and child therapy for youngsters in need. $25 will buy a week’s supply of healthy snacks for 10 kids or dental screening for one child. $50 will provide one month of art supplies for two classrooms or a dental cleaning for one child.

Adopt-a-Family in Millerton, NY cares about the young ones too. Headquartered at Moore & More Printing ( 518 789-4508), Stacey Moore and her large band of helpers provide clothing and toys (non-electronic) to some 300 kids up to age 13. Each child gets a winter coat, boots and three toys. A $50 or $100  donation will put a big dent in that per child cost.

Hunger may be our greatest scourge. Gratefully, there are many non- profits dedicated to feeding our residents-in-need. One of them is the Sunday In The Country Food Drive They are based in Millerton, NY, but they serve 18 towns throughout the Tri-State area. They provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to over 300 families. A $25 gift will provide a family of six with a complete holiday dinner including a 14-16 pound turkey.

Special Olympics is one of the most beloved of international charities. It allows children and adults with intellectual challenges to participate in and succeed in 26 different sports throughout the year. And the “United Sports” program partners challenged athletes with non-challenged high schoolers to compete together. Everyone wins. a $30 donation buys a basketball. If you care to give on the installment plan, $15 a month funds year round sports activities for three athletes. Each state manages its own programs. Connecticut; Massachusetts and New York .  A $65 donation will earn you a Special Olympics tree ornament.

Robin Hood Radio’s home is in Sharon, CT, and it serves the Tri-State region. It is an NPR station providing local and national news and entertainment as well as providing  public service announcements about non-profit activities throughout the year. Robin Hood Radio is a non-profit that needs our support. A $25 or $50 donation would help pay for stringers who report local news or help support an emergency fund take care of equipment failures, among many other expenses.

The Jane Lloyd Fund provides financial help for cancer patients in the Northwest Corner by paying their living expenses while they concentrate on healing. A $50 donation could cover a tank of gas to drive to treatments, or pay for part of an electric bill or a piece of a mortgage payment. No donation is too small.

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB) . Counselors at HYSB offer free counseling to youngsters in Region 1 in Connecticut addressing a broad array of emotional needs from depression and anxiety to avoiding school, and support children and families coping with personal or economic crises, emotional or physical neglect, trauma, substance abuse and more. A $50 donation to HYSB will pay for one counseling session.

The Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) in Salisbury Connecticut has been teaching youngsters to ski – cross country, downhill and jumping for 94 years. They provide skiing scholarships for four area grade school downhill programs and maintain  20, 30 and 70 meter jumps at their Satre Hill facilities as well as host the annual Eastern Ski Jumping Championships. A $50 donation to SWSA will fund two hours of landing hill snow grooming or travel expenses for a SWSA jumper to compete at other eastern hills.

These are just 10 of the 300 or so charities found on the pages of, all of which are doing heroic work to improve lives in our part of the world. Please remember them when gift-giving this holiday season.

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Evening For SWSA  the 5th Annual  Chicken Pot Pie Dinner

An Evening For SWSA  the 5th Annual  Chicken Pot Pie Dinner sponsored by the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, will be held Thursday, December 12th in the Inn’s Hunt Room.

The cost of the dinner, which includes pot pie with mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage, is $30 per person (alcohol not included).

The evening will include a performance by the HousaTonics.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm.

Because  seating is limited reservations are required.

For reservations or more information call the White Hart at (860) 435-0030.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Salisbury Winter Sports Association youth skiing programs.

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