What is happening at the Silo?
Tucked in a quiet corner of the Northville section of New Milford is a cultural gem that many miss when passing by: The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm— it’s a gift shop, cooking school, art gallery, party place, and museum set in historic barns on a 130-acre mosaic of forest, fields, streams, and stonewalls. Public events are held, like art openings, concerts, or poetry readings. It started in 1968 with Skitch Henderson, founder of The New York Pops and original conductor for “The Tonight Show,” and his wife Ruth, a fashion model—both have since passed away.
The Hendersons wanted The Silo to cultivate their passion: a love of the land, food, and the arts. Now their legacy lives through a dedicated group called the Hunt Hill Farm Trust, which in May elected a new director, Kate Vengrove of New Milford, an effervescent mother of three. She replaces Liba Furhman, once the Mayor of New Milford.
The Silo’s cooking school is always popular. Guest instructors include Rachel Ray, Jacques Pepin, and Martha Stewart. Besides preserving these and other traditions at The Silo, Vengrove envisions other offerings: “I’d like to have the Boy Scouts make some walking trails through the woods,” she says.
Some are already materializing: on July 25, guitarist Don Lowe will play at The Silo’s tobacco barn, and in August, a “boot camp cooking for teens” class will teach culinary basics. “Kids going off to college need to know how to eat more than ramen and cereal.” And Vengrove hopes to transform the Hendersons’ house—chock full of gems like the piano he played on the first “Tonight Show” and thier impressive antique clock collection—into a museum.