Things to Do - July 2018
July 8-14, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough
Sunday, July 8 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that
depict real historical events, but through the lens of fiction.
On July 8 we will discuss Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a
hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse
of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm
and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic
whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York
to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together,
they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared
on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View.
His website is bruceandmark.com.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Monday, July 9, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

"Nature Adventurers" Summer Camp
July 9 - 27 ~ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (each day)
(weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 1 & 2 can join us for three weeks
 of all-day outdoor discovery, games, books, songs, and crafts
that help them learn more about the natural world around them.

Sign up by week. 9:30am - 3:30pm each day.
Meet on the Ceder Room lawn in the Main Area.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited!
Members: $125/week, Non-members: $185/week.

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"Natural History Explorers" Summer Camp
July 9 - August 10 ~ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
(weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 3 - 9 can join us for week-long sessions that
immerse them in nature! All-day adventures take us into the nooks
 and crannies of White Memorial property, as well as to natural areas
throughout northwestern CT. Activities include collecting rocks and minerals,
 investigating aquatic life, exploring different ecosystems, learning
to identify wildlife, climbing mountains, hiking trails, and so much more.

9:30am - 3:30pm each day.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $150/week, Non-members: $210/week.
Grades 3 & 4: July 9-13 & 16-20 - SOLD OUT!
Grades 5 & 6: July 23-27 & July 30-Aug. 3
Grades 7, 8 & 9: August 6-10 - SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Camp
Tuesday, July 10 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!

Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session

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M. William Phelps
true crime investigator
Tuesday, July 10 ~ 6:30 pm
Goshen Public Library
On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 6:30 PM - M. William Phelps is a murder
and serial killer expert, creator/executive producer/writer and former
host of the Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS, acclaimed,
award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps, the New York Times
best-selling author of 34 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in
(Investigative) Journalism Award and the 2008 New England Book Festival Award.
A highly sought-after pundit, executive producer and series creator,

Phelps has made over 200 media-related television appearances:
Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, truTV,
Discovery Channel, Fox News Channel, Good Morning America, TLC,
BIO, History, Oxygen, OWN, on top of over 100 additional media appearances:
 USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Mancow, Wall Street Journal Radio,
Zac Daniel, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN Radio, ABC News Radio, and many more.

Phelps is one of the regular and recurring experts frequently
appearing on two long-running series, Deadly Women and Snapped.
Radio America calls Phelps "the nation's leading authority on the mind
of the female murderer," and TV Rage says, "M. William Phelps dares
to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer." A respected
journalist, beyond his book writing Phelps has written for numerous
publications-including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine
and Hartford Courant-and consulted on the first season
 of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter.

The Goshen Public Library has been serving the residents
of Goshen and the surrounding communities since 1902.  
The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen, CT
Please call to register at 860-491-3234.  
All of our events can be found on
our website: www.goshenpublib.org

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, July 11 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
4 North St, Morris, Connecticut 06763

Join our Mystery Book Club group
on Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 pm,
and discuss our new book choice
"The Cereal Murders" by Diane Mott Davidson.
To register and reserve your copy: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL’s Non-Fiction Book Group
Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance
Thursday, July 12 ~ 2:00-3:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Paired with Fiction Book Club title Bastard out
of Carolina by Dorothy Allison this month.
The book is subtitled “A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”
J.D. Vance grew up in a poor Rust Belt town and looks at the
struggles of America’s white working class. The decline of this group,
 disintegrating over 40 years, is written about from the inside:
what a social, regional, and class decline feels like
when you were born with it hung around your neck.
Moderated by Laurie F  

Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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OWL’s Fiction Book Group
Bastard Out of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison
Thursday, July 12 ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This novel dramatically illuminates the lives described in J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.
South Carolina is home to the Boatwright family: a clan of hard-drinking
men and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly.
Ruth Anne, known simply as Bone, is a bastard child who observes
the world around her and is caught in a family triangle.
Moderated by Jeff

Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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Speed Date with a Book
An OWL Reads Discussion
Thursday, July 12 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Speed Date with a Book is a fun way for us to share with
each other our favorite reads and to hear about new ones.
 Bring in the book that was the most fun, affecting, or memorable read
of your summer (so far).  We will pair participants to chat about the
 books they chose for one-minute each and then…SWITCH!
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Interpreting the Bible's Meaning
Tips to help reading the Bible
Thursday, July 12 ~  7:00 to 8:15 pm
Loudes in Litchfield
Fr. Richard Schebera, SMM, retired Professor
at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
& a member of the summer staff
at the Shrine will offer three talks

The lectures will be held in the air-conditioned
Grotto Chapel from 7:00 to 8:15 pm.
No registration is required;
a free will offering will be appreciated.
For further information, call 860-567-1041

Friday, July 13, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Me, Myself and I
Friday, July 13, 5:00pm
through
Monday, July 16, 4:00pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Dayvne Verstandig
"Who am I?"
This writing workshop will help you discover these 3 aspects of yourself.
The eternal question, "who am I" will be explored. In the writing is
the revealing of the subtle differences and shades of meaning.
Perhaps these memoir pieces will reveal more of you than expected!
Join other writers in this journey to a fuller self-understanding.
This workshop is for writers of all levels working in all genres:
poetry, monologue, and creative non-fiction.

First teaching session begins on Friday, 5 pm.     
Sign Up By Friday, July 6 at Noon
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Cup of Wisdom Gathering
Friday, July 13, 5:00pm
through
Sunday, July 15, 1:00pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Engage in the art of contemplative dialogue...
 "Human conversation is the most ancient and easy way to
cultivate the conditions for change – personal, communal, organizational,
and planetary. Sitting together and talking about what is important to us,
we begin to come alive” (Margaret Wheatley, Turning to One Another,
adapted). Given this premise, a Cup of Wisdom gathering is a powerful
platform for cultivating inclusion, love, and understanding.

Using The World Wisdom Bible, an anthology of Perennial Wisdom teachings,
as our starting point, we engage one another is the art of contemplative
dialogue rooted in the I-Thou philosophy of Martin Buber. Our goals are three-fold:
1) to share the skills of contemplative dialogue; 2) to explore the
Perennial Wisdom at the mystic heart of all religion; and 3) to empower
 one another to awaken through the Word to the One from Whom It Flows.

Each participant will receive a Cup of Wisdom
mug and a copy of Rabbi Rami’s Guide to God.
Copies of The World Wisdom Bible will be available for purchase.         

Sign Up By Thursday, July 12 at Noon
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
Saturday, July 14 ` 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us.  
No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful
byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation.
 Having your own garden is even better of course.  

What about wild plants?  They're right there, some in great abundance.  
Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing
their native neighbors.  Many of these we can eat and it is becoming
 quite well documented that they are better for us, containing higher
and more complete amounts of the nutrients we
need to be healthy within the same volume of food.  

The Forest Wolf, Andy Dobos, will help you learn some common,
easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to responsibly harvest
and prepare them.  We will walk through field, forest
and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.

We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property,
something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible
opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting.  All the plants we cover
will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood lot
so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.  
Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements.  

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M,
Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum of 20 people
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano
With Sciencetellers
(For Ages 5-12)
Saturday, July 14 ~ 10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Journey with us to the Wild West, where a bank-robber is back in town,
about to strike again and two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist.  
Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, the audience
will help us explore the science behind chemical reactions,
combustion, air pressure,  inertia and more. Don’t miss
this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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A Tour of Our StormWise Site
with Julia Rogers
Saturday, July 14 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Do you remember back when several weather events went through the state;
leaving many residents without electricity for several days afterwards?
 These weather events inspired StormWise, a research project that is
investigating how forests can be managed near utility lines.  White Memorial
has a study plot located at the trailhead at the junction of S.R. 61 & 63.  

Julia Rogers, a UCONN graduate student, will lead a hike to describe
 the project and share what the investigation team has learned.  
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
2:00 p.m.
Meet at the trailhead at the junction of S.R. 61 & 63.
Free…Donations will be accepted to defray the costs
of the Conservation Center's operating expenses.