Some of the interesting neighbors you might come across in Canaan include Sherrie Van Tassel, Rebecca Nebesar and Sandor Katz. At the 70-acre Cowgirl Up Ranch Van Tassel boards and trains horses and gives riding lessons. At her ranch, she says, “the Northeast meets the Western way of life. The better you understand your horse the happier your horse will be.” Weaving, beading, drawing and painting are only some of the artistic explorations made by Rebecca Nebesar in her Canaan studio, but, she writes, “No matter what I do I always am anchored by sewing.” She’s got a Master’s degree in illustration, has written and illustrated a couple of books and sells her creations on Etsy. At Fellow Workers Farm, Katz grows mostly medicinal herbs, mainly in tincture, tea and salve forms. His motto is “eat some kale and go outside.” Good advice!
Canaan boasts a 20,000-square-foot indoor stadium, arena and sports venue called The Fieldhouse, hosting a busy schedule of soccer, SpeedCamp, lacrosse, football, softball, baseball, flying and Peloton biking for pre-K to seniors. They believe in sport “as a platform for developing good people with undying spirit of respect, joy and community.”
There are a few home-town restaurants in Canaan. One is ECFC Station 2, so-called due to its having been started by two firemen-pals, Rick Newton and Dave Shea. Rick’s gone, but Dave carries on, offering such varied locally sourced, home-made delicacies as shrimp and grits, mac’n’cheese and “cast iron cauliflower,” and their famous creative variety of hand-cut fries like gravy and cheese curds and garlic-parmesan. The bartender serves up infused liqueurs and specialty cocktails, for example, La Palabra Picosa, made with jalapeno tequila, fresh lime, dry vermouth and green Chartreuse. Finally check out Smokey Sweet BBQ for wings, pizza, hot dogs and like that.