Julie Sherman Wolfe always knew she wanted to live in New England. The Hallmark Channel screenwriter did what she did on screen for twenty TV movies: she had a happy ending. After visiting a cousin in Simsbury, Wolfe, who lived in Los Angeles, fell in love with the Farmington Valley and moved to Avon. Five years later, she discovers that her Russian grandfather first lived in Ansonia before moving to San Francisco. âI didn’t realize how connected I had to Connecticut until I got here. “
When she can, Wolfe tries to put his films in Connecticut. âTaking a Shot at Love,â for example, featured a hockey player in a fictional Avon. Although it was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, viewers in Connecticut were able to enjoy the Wolfpack gear featured in the film. In an artistic life-mimicking moment, this film’s fictional Avon Winterfest will now take place in real life in December in Avon, thanks to the work of some local Hallmark Channel enthusiasts. “A royal feast,” the new Christmas movie from last year, was shot in Putnam and is set in Kentsbury, a fictional mix of Kent and Simsbury.