Julie Sherman Wolfe always knew she wanted to live in New England. So the Hallmark Channel screenwriter did what she has done on the screen for some 20 TV movies: she made 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 discovered that her Russian grandfather initially lived in Ansonia before moving to San Francisco. “I didn’t realize how much connection to Connecticut I had until I got here.”
When she can, Wolfe tries to set her movies in Connecticut. "Taking a Shot at Love," for instance, featured a hockey player in a fictional Avon. Although it was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, Connecticut viewers could enjoy the Wolfpack gear featured in the movie. In a life-imitating-art moment, the fictional Avon Winterfest in that movie is now going to happen in real life this December in Avon, thanks to the work of some local Hallmark Channel enthusiasts. "One Royal Holiday," last year’s new Christmas movie, was shot in Putnam and set in Kentsbury, a fictional mash-up of Kent and Simsbury.