LCT ALMANAC: Upcoming events for May 2016

Contributed photoErnie Barker's "Abridged Female Form" is part of the exhibit "Two Imaginations Re-Imagined," featuring the work of Lori and Ernie Barker at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village. A reception for the artists will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Week Ahead

April 29

Children’s Program: Flanders North Barn, 644 Flanders Rd., Woodbury, 9:30-10:30 a.m., “Let’s learn about chickens.” Participants will have a hands on experience with the new spring arrival of chicks, feeling the soft down feathers and learning about different breeds of chickens and how to take care of them. They will them use some colorful feathers for an age appropriate art project to take home. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $5 for child and caregiver for those who are Flanders members, and $10 for non-members. Those interested may register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org. For more information call 203-263-3711, ext. 10.

Dinner: North Congregational Church, 17 Church Street North, New Hartford., 6-7 p.m., “Free Spring Community Meal.” Join with neighbors and friends as we celebrate our 20th community meal. Enjoy good conversation a delicious meal of appetizers, meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes or vegetarian shepherd’s pie, vegetable/salad, and dessert. All are welcome. For more information or directions, please call 860-379-2466.

April 30

Antique Machines: Route 7 North, Kent Center, Kent, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., “CAMA To Hold Power-Up Event.” The 12th Annual Connecticut Antique Machinery Spring Power-Up event features rides on a steam train, displays of giant industrial steam engines, and antique tractors, a sawmill in operation, the Connecticut Museum of Mining, a working blacksmith shop, and the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School. A flea market and food will also be offered. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6-10, and free for children under 6. For more information call 860-927-0050 or visit www.ctamachinery.com.

Art Show: Hart’s Gallery, 20 Bank St., New Milford, 5-7 p.m. “Ed McGowin- Civilized Adults.” Between 1970 and 1972, American artist Ed McGowin changed his name a dozen times and has been creating works of art for his twelve selves ever since. The Name Change project began as a way for McGowin to explore a theory he had about the way art history would evolve. The exhibit is open runs through May 21.

Art Show: The Merwinsville Hotel, Brown’s Forge Road, Gaylordsville, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., “First Annual Spring and Fire Craft Show.” The show, which will also be held on May 1, will feature exceptional pieces of work from over 50 local artists and artisans representing glass, jewelry, blacksmithing, woodturning, painting, photography, pottery and more. Live artist demonstrations will also be held, including: blacksmithing, woodturning and metalsmithing. A $2 donation per person is requested. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 860-350-4443 or visit www.merwinsvillehotel.org.

Children’s Activity: Gunn Junior Library, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington, 1 p.m. “Teddy Bear Picnic.” Children can bring a favorite cuddly teddy bear, or other stuffed animal, for an indoor picnic. Old fashioned field day games like an egg and spoon race, sack race, bean bag toss and parachute will be activities. These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. Please call the Library for more information at 860-868-2310 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org

Class: Whiting Mills, 100 Whiting St., Winsted, 10 a.m. to noon, “Reupholstering Tips and Demonstration.” Presented by Master Reuphosterer Theresa P. Cannavo. This event is free. Registration is suggested by calling 860-379-6043.

Food and Wine Tasting: Blackberry River Inn, Route 44, Norfolk, 6-8 p.m. “Local Food and Wine Tasting with a Silent Auction.” Norfolk's four restaurants: The Bistro, Haystack Pizza, Station Place Cafe and Wood Creek Bar and Grill will have a variety of food and beverages available for sampling, along with a silent auction (bidding closes at 7:30). Items including: concert, baseball and ski tickets, breakfasts, lunch and dinners, vacation houses, outdoor adventure and indoor lessons, gift baskets and gift certificates and original art work for a variety of businesses. Tickets are $25 for ages 21 and up. Sponsored by Stateline Wine and Spirits, this event benefits and supports the Church of Christ Congregational, 12 Village Green, Norfolk. Call 860-542-5721 to reserve your ticket.

Lecture: Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston, 11 a.m., “A talk with Psychic Medium and Author Sydney Sherman. Sherman will talk about her book, "You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening," and talk about how individuals can open themselves to the signs and signals their departed loved ones send. Her book will be available for sale and signing. The program is free. Registration is requested. Stop by the library at 248 Main Street or call 860-283-4339.

Lecture: Cornwall Library, 30 Pine St., Cornwall, 5 p.m. “Cornwall Conversations: Homes of Presidents and Their Stories.” This talk will be given by Adam Van Doren, watercolorist and author and Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens. The event is free. For more information contact the library at 860-672-6874.

Pancake Breakfast: Winsted Fire Department, 27 Elm St., 2nd floor, Winsted, 8-11:30 a.m., “Troop 1027 Pancake Breakfast and Raffle.” Winsted’s Boy Scout Troop 1027 is holding their 4th annual Pancake Breakfast and Raffle fundraiser. Prices are $8 for adults, and $5 Children under 10.Take outs are available. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, and beverages. Raffle tickets will be pulled at 11:30 a.m., and include: tickets for The Warner Theater, The Hartford Yardgoats, Infinity Music Hall, New England Air Museum and much more. All proceeds will help fund a Troop trip in August to Washington DC, for additional information call Committee Chair Julie Rego at 860-738-9013.

Tag and Bake Sale: Harwinton Fair Grounds, Locust Rd., Harwinton, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “A benefit for Project Graduation.” Admission is $1. Early bird admission at 8 am for $5. Tag sale donations accepted April 28 and 29 from 5-8 pm at the Fairgrounds. For more information call Cindy at 860-307-0358.

Walk: The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society, Boyd Wood Sanctuary, Route 254, Northfield, 9 a.m. “Wildflower Walk.” Bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes. This event is open to the public. For information, call Debbie Martin at 860-819-7462.

Wine Tasting: Brodie Park, Niles Rd., New Hartford, 5:30-8 p.m., “Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction.” The Pleasant Valley Children’s Center will be holding their Tenth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. Great food and live music are also included. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information or tickets call 860-738-3211.

May 1

Celebration Service: The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, 11:30 a.m., “58th Pilgrimage Season.” Mass is celebrated Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 am outside in the Grotto. In the event of inclement weather, Mass is celebrated in the Grotto Chapel located on the Shrine grounds. The Grotto Gift Shop and the Grotto Café are located in Pilgrim Hall. The Gift Shop features a variety of inspirational gifts and is open Monday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Sunday, after Mass to 4:30 pm. The Grotto Café is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and offers a varied menu and is vegan friendly. For more information, call 860-567-1041, email lourdesshrinect@gmail.com or visit www.shrinect.org.

Concert: St. Michaels Church, 25 South St., Litchfield, 4 p.m, “Concert with Tenor W. David-Marc Finley.” Finley holds a Pre-Doctoral Master’s degree in voice from Yale University, a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. He has performed as a soloist all over the United States and Canada as well as Europe and Russia. During this performance, Finley will be accompanied on the organ by Mark Corbet. The program will include a wide diversity of music, from southern Spirituals to Widor’s Toccata. All are welcome and there is a suggested donation of $20 to benefit St. Michael’s music programs. A reception will follow the concert. For more information call 860-567-9465 or email events@stmichaels-litchfield.org.

May 2

Art Show: Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main St., Kent. “Carol T Moore: Impressions.” Bantam artist, Carol T. Moore will be exhibiting her work in a show titled, ‘Impressions.’ The show opens on May 2 and runs through June 30th. On May 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. a reception to meet the artist will be held. This event is free and open to the public. Please register for the May 7 event. For more information, call 860-927-3761.

Computer Class: New Milford Public Library, 24 Main St, New Milford, 1-3 p.m., “How to sell on eBay.” eBay is the largest and most active auction site on the internet. This class will help you navigate your way through the ins and outs of eBay, whether you want to buy, sell or simply browse. Registration is required. Call 860-355-1191, ext 2 to register, or sign up in person at the library’s circulation desk.

May 4

Concert: Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South St., Litchfield, 7-8 p.m., “Ride: A Musical Cinematic Trip through the American West.” Inspired by Marc Berger’s lifelong love affair with the American West, Ride presents ten cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the West while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche. This duo performance will feature Marc Berger on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica and Mike Ricciardi on drums and percussion. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Copies of Ride will be available for purchase. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.

May 5

Prom Preparation Event: Beardsley and Memorial Library, 40 Munro Place, Winsted, 3:30-6 p.m., “Preparing for Prom.” Available to students in the community, this event offers dresses to students in need of a dress for prom, free of charge. Students can also get makeup tips from professionals, hair style tips and ideas. There will be a table to make wrist corsages, and door prizes. Students are asked to bring their school id’s for free gowns, bags, and shoes. To offer help with donations for this event or for more information, please contact the library at 860-379-6043.

Lecture: Beardsley and Memorial Library, 40 Munro Place, Winsted, 6:30 p.m., “Job Search Tips For Older Adults with Jeff Crothers.” Crothers is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Life has given older adults transferable skills in today’s job market. Employers’ need and value older workers’ knowledge, work ethics and job experiences. Join Mr. Crothers, LPC and find out the job search tips you need to know. For more information contact the library at 860-379-6043.

The month ahead

May 6

Tag Sale: The Barkhamsted Town Garage, Route 44, Barkhamsted., 9 a.m., “Annual Tag Sale.” This event will also be held on May 7. The Friends of the Winsted Library will also be selling books on May 7 and the Barkhamsted Women’s Club will be selling flowers in time for Mother’s Day on the 7th as well.

May 7

Children’s Activity: Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington, 1 p.m. “Mother’s Day Craft Program.” Children are welcome to create a Mother’s Day Craft. Moms will surely love with our sweet craft -complete with gift wrap and homemade card. This is the perfect activity for a father, or caregiver, and child. All supplies will be provided. These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required. Please call the Library for more information at 860-868-2310 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org

Concert: The HUB, 485 Main St., Torrington, 7 p.m., “Eddie Seville and Steel Rodeo.” In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, a private concert featuring Eddie Seville and Steel Rodeo will be held. The concert is focused towards individuals in recovery and striving every day to stay in a positive mindset. If seats remain, tickets will be open to the public for purchase. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Performance HUB. To purchase tickets call Zak Ritchie at 860-785-6697 or e-mail Zritchie@primetimehouse.org

Plant Sale: New Hartford Town Hall, Main St. New Hartford, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. “Annual Plant Sale.” The New Hartford Garden Club will have available for sale: tomato and vegetable plants; perennials raised by our local gardeners; all-weather hypertufa planters made by club members and filled with plants ready to gift or to enjoy in your garden; and much more. Garden club members will be available to answer your gardening questions. All proceeds from the sale will fund the club’s town-wide beautification projects.

Public Meeting: Falls Village American Field Service (AFS), 103 Main St., Falls Village, 4-7 p.m, “An Informational Gathering.” AFS gives HVRHS students the opportunity to interact with and experience people and cultures from around the world. Since 1950, 102 students from 40 different countries have come to Region One through AFS, and 160 of our students have gone to 42 different countries. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vance Cannon at Housatonic Valley Regional High School at 860-824-5123 X181 or vcannon@hvrhs.org

May 9

Class: Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington, 2 p.m., “Conversational Spanish.” By popular demand Ruth Jaffe returns to lead a conversational Spanish group for all. The 4-part series will take place on May 9, May 23, June 13 and June 27. Participants are welcome to join all or some of the sessions. This program is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org.

May 10

Fundraiser: The Litchfield High School, 14 Plumb Hill Rd., Litchfield, 7 p.m., “The Harlem Wizards and The Crazy Cowboys.” Enjoy a night of mad dunks, crazy plays, and outstanding talent. Some of your favorite teachers from Center, LIS, LMS, and LHS will be making star appearances and high school superstars Ryan O’Neill and Elena Kennedy will also be showing the Wizards how basketball is played in these parts. Tickets are $15 for students, $18 for adults, $25 for reserved seats, and $30 for the Courtside Plus package. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets, visit www.HarlemWizards.com.

May 11

Genealogy Class: New Milford Public Library, 24 Main St, New Milford, 1-3 p.m. “Introduction to Online Genealogy.” Genealogy can be fun and rewarding, but there’s so much information on the internet that it can get confusing. This course is designed as an introduction to online genealogy to help you learn vocabulary, get organized and begin to sort through all the possibilities. You will go on to do your own research and make your own discoveries. Registration is required. Call 860-355-1191, ext 2 to register, or sign up in person at the library’s circulation desk.

Elderly Care Class: Chattterley’s Banquet Facility (former cornucopia), 371 Pinewoods Rd., Torrington, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., “Planning for the future- Medical and Financial Decision Making.” Sponsored by VNA Northwest, this event is open to the public. A complimentary luncheon will also be provided. The Panelists are attorney’s from the firm of CzepigaDalyPope, who specializing in elder law. Topics to be covered include: living wills, advanced directives, appointment of a health care representative, power of attorney, conservator of the person and finance, long term care and Medicaid. All attendees will receive an information pack to take home. To make reservations call Bridget by May 2nd at 860-567-6000 or email bbeauchaine@vnanw.org. This program is funded by grants from Pacific Life and Thomaston Savings Bank.

Trip: Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, “Do as you please in New York City.” Enjoy a day in NYC on your own. There will be three drop off stops: the Metropolitian Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center and Battery Park. There will be one pick up location 52nd and Broadway. The bus will depart the LCC at 8 a.m. and depart NYC at 6 p.m., returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For more information call 860- 567-8302 or visit www.the communitycenter.org

May 12

Lecture: The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Rd., Salisbury, 6 p.m., “The Capitalist- part of the White Hart Speaker Series.” The White Hart Speaker Series presents "The Capitalist" by author Peter Steiner, in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library. Steiner is the author of "Le Crime", "The Terrorist", "L'Assassin", and "The Resistance", and is perhaps best known for his iconic cartoon "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog," the most reproduced cartoon "The New Yorker" has ever published. For more information contact the Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main St., Salisbury.

May 13

Lecture: Barkhamsted Senior Center, West River Rd., Barkhamsted, 7 p.m., “Archaeological Discovers in People’s Forest.” The Barkhamsted Historical Society presents Dr. Ken Feder, State Archaeologist who will be speaking on the archaeological discoveries made at the Native American soapstone quarry in People’s forest. This site has recently been made an archaeological preserve by the State of Connecticut. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Noreen Watson at 860-738-1152 or Paul Hart 860-379-1861.

May 14

Vendor Fair: Squires’ Tavern, 100 East River Rd., Barkhamted.,12-4 p.m., “Old Barkhamsted Day.” Food will be for sale and a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills which our ancestors used in their daily lives. We will have a blacksmith, sheep shearing demo, some vendors selling old fashioned foods. Demonstrations of: weaving, rush chair seat weaving, spinning, basket weaving ,corn husk dolls and much more will also be held. The Lebanon Old Towne Militia will also have an encampment on our lawn. The Tavern will also be open for tours. For more information call Noreen Watson 860-738-1152.

May 15

Lecture: Kent Historical Society, 41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent, 7 p.m., “The Legends of Molly Fisher Rock. Tales about Kent’s fascinating rock, its petroglyphs, and the mysterious Molly Fisher will be told by Alicia North and Chris Harrington. This event is free for Kent Historical Society members, $5 suggested donation for non-members. For more information visit www.kenthistoricalsociety.org.

May 19

Lecture: The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Rd., Salisbury, 6 p.m., “Imagine Me Gone- Part of the White Hart Speaker Series.” The White Hart Speaker Series presents "Imagine Me Gone" by author Adam Haslett, in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library. Haslett is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist as well as the author of the short story collection: You Are Not a Stranger Here. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and he has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City. For more information contact the Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main St., Salisbury.

Trip: Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Cambridgeside Galleria and Charles River Sightseeing Cruise.” Head to Cambridge MA for a day of shopping and sightseeing. Enjoy time on your own to explore the shops at CambridgeSide Galleria or local parks. Lunch on your own before heading to the Charles Riverboat Company for a 70 minute sightseeing cruise of the historic and cultural sights of Boston and Cambridge including Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, Back Bay, Boston University, M.I.T. and Harvard. The LCC Van departs at 8:00am and returns approximately 6:30pm. Cost: $33.00 pp. Pre-payment and pre-registration is required. For more information call 860-567-8302 or visit www.the communitycenter.org.

May 21

Baseball Game: Community Field, 58 North Lake St., Litchfield, 1-4 p.m., “Vintage Baseball Game.” Watch the Simsbury Taverneers take on the Connecticut Picked Nine in a game of old fashioned baseball. Hosted by the Litchield Historical Society. Concessions will be available for purchase. Kids activities will be held between innings. Bleacher seating is limited, so feel free to bring your own lawn chair. This event is free, but donations are encouraged. For more information call 860-567-4501.

May 22

Concert: The Congregational Church, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington, 3 p.m., “The Rosenthals.” All are invited to the church’s Spring Music Series Concert featuring The Rosenthals. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Free will offering appreciated. For more information call 860-673-4618.

May 24

Lecture: Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South Rd., Litchfield, 7-8 p.m., “Gardens at First Light: A Conversation with Author and Photographer Stacy Bass.” With Gardens at First Light, Stacy Bass offers a rare and privileged glimpse of a range of stunning private gardens in the Northeast. Her work showcases a variety of garden types, from those taking root along serene shorelines to others blooming in rolling hills near open farmland. Bass’s camera takes readers on an intimate tour of each property to tell the story of the individual gardens. She trains her lens on her subjects with the same care and attention that the gardeners lavished on their verdant flowers and foliage. This event is co-sponsored with the Litchfield Garden Club. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for signing and for purchase. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.

May 28

Art Show: Loft@The Smithy, second floor, 10 Main St., New Preston, 4-6 p.m. “Opening Reception of Vista.” The Loft Gallery will open a new exhibit featuring paintings by Litchfield artist, Ella Crampton-Knox and photography by Bantam resident, Emily Kennedy. The exhibit runs through Sunday, July 10. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.thesmithystore.com.

Farm Art Festival: The Gary The Olivia Theater, 249 Flanders Rd., Bethlehem, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., “The Farm-Art Festival - Inspired By Nature.” Join us for a celebration of local artists, small farms, artisan food producers and the Clay & Wattles Theater Company. Artists Suzan Scott and Marc Chabot will join other local artists displaying their work in different mediums. All art work will be for sale. Local and regional food artisans presenting cheeses, jams and condiments, baked goods, chocolates, meats, produce, honey, wine and beer. Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, Sunset Meadow Winery, Two Roads Brewing, and Artisan Made America are several of the featured festival vendors. Each vendor will feature a food item on the tasting menu for festival goers to sample. All food items at the festival will be for sale. A portion of the festival proceeds will go to support Clay & Wattles Theater Company, a 501 (c) (3 ) educational and performing arts nonprofit organization.