Things to Do - September  2018
September 9-15, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Butterfly Walk
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Sunday, September 9 ~ 9:00 am
Kalmia Sanctuary, Harwinton
Join Carol Perrault as she leads a butterfly walk at our very own
Kalmia Audubon Sanctuary. Doreen and Bob Orciari have created
 a beautiful habitat for birds and butterflies, so let’s see what we can find.
Carol will introduce us to some of the species with which she is familiar.

The sanctuary is located on Laurel Road in Harwinton.
Check our website,, for driving directions.
Park at the designated lot and enjoy. Open to all ages.
Children, bring your nets.
Rain date: 9 a.m., Sunday, September 16.
For more information, contact Carol at 860-589-8023.

Service on the Lawn
Sunday, September 9 ~ 10:30 am
First Congregational Church of Litchfield
The First Congregational Church of Litchfield at 21 Torrington Road,
Litchfield is hosting a Service on the Lawn on Sunday, September 9,
2018 beginning at 10:30 am followed by a picnic.  Picnic goers will be
entertained with live music and games.  Bring a blanket and your
favorite dish to share.  We'll supply the entrée and beverages.  
You'll get a chance to greet old and new friends.  Hope you'll join us!   
All are Welcome!

Monday, September 10, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Monday Scholars:
Plagues, Witches & War:
The Worlds of Historical Fiction
Mondays, September 10 - November 5
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
*no meeting Oct. 8
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of
online learning with classroom discussion. Each week a new lecture
topic is watched and discussed. All you need to do is come ready
to engage your mind and participate in the discussion.
Join Patricia Moore as she facilitates this course.

In this course, we will explore the genre and craft of historical fiction.
We'll learn about the history of the historical fiction novel through
the 18th and 19th centuries. This will include a review of major works
and authors from that period including The Leatherstocking Tales,
William Wells Brown, Charles Dickens, and Anne Katharine Green.
Author Geraldine Brooks, Mary Beth Keane, Yangsze Choo will be
featured interacting on video with the seminar class students
to discuss their books, Year of Wonders (Brooks) Fever (Keane)
and The Ghost Bride (Choo). We will also watch a series of interviews
with contemporary historical fiction authors including
Michael McKeon, David Robbins and Andrew Taylor.

On video, Bruce Holsinger will be the professor who leads the
online lectures. He teaches in the Department of English at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author of A Burnable Book,
a historical novel set in London in 1835. His work has been recognized
 with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research
 fellowships from the National Endowment for the
 Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies.
After watching a lecture together, we will then discuss what
we have learned! This series is perfect for aspiring writers, lovers of
historical fiction, and anyone who enjoys reading about the past.

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

Oil Painting Class - Finding You Way  
Monday, September 10 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
8 sessions / Mondays
Dates: 9/10, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,
10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
Students will stretch their imagination while strengthening
 skills through the process of painting. Various approaches to
painting will be encouraged: experimentation of techniques
and ideas, trial and error. Students will be challenged to see
and interpret in new ways. Personal consultations in each class
will cultivate students' vision. Students will gain the confidence
to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality
and composition, emphasizing their own pictorial language.
Explore where you are and where you wish to go.

Please bring a reference material (photos) for inspiration.
 Instructor has provided a suggested supply list.
Students should bring supplies o the first class.
Ages 15 and over.

Souby has many years of experience teaching as an adjunct
 professor in the Art Department at Naugatuck Valley
Community College and in the
Connecticut public school system.
She has taught oil painting classes at the Washington
Art Association and the Brookfield Craft Center.

Souby has a BA in Art Education from Stetson University
and a MA in Art from Wesleyan University. She studied oil
painting with Eric Aho, Ira Barkoff, Lois Dodd and Ruth Miller.

She was the Director of Behnke Doherty Gallery in Washington Depot
and served as President of the Washington Art Association,
 Chair of the Education committee and as a member of the Exhibition committee.
Students must bring easel and drop cloth to each class.
Cost: $250.00 pp  
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required by Sept. 3
For more info call 860-567-8302

The History of Marne Park
Monday, September 10 ~ 7:00 pm
Bantam Borough Hall
The Bantam Historical Society will present a very interesting
 segment of Bantam history, the History of Marne Park.
Come and learn more about the vital community of Bantam and
support the efforts of the Historical Society.
 Refreshments will be served.
Refreshment will include the now famous Cucumber
Sandwiches created by Chef Donna Whitbeck.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Let Freedom Ring:
Remembering the Victims of September 11, 2001
Tuesday, September 11 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This very special tribute features live music by Ian Campbell
and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer,
Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill.
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Apple Hill.
Please call 860 -567- 0857 to pre-register
or register online
In the event of rain the program will be canceled.
FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Controlling Health Expenses  
Tuesday, September 11 ~ 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This presentation will focus on strategies to help
reduce costs and improve benefits for people
on Medicare and people under the age of 65
Topics include:
o How to reduce your prescription costs
o Identifying lower cost health insurance for people
 on Medicare and people under the age of 65
o Explaining plans available to low and moderate income
 individuals and couples that offer significant cost savings
o Introducing short term health insurance plans
 that offer substantial cost savings
o Describing options to change your
Medicare plans outside of open enrollment
o Introducing new low cost health insurance plans for
individuals and families that offer improved benefits
o Explaining new small group health insurance plans (5 or more people)
o Identifying health cost savings available to veterans.

These new strategies will be presented by Steve Z. Ardussi,
an independent, licensed health insurance broker who has extensive
experience helping individuals with Medicare plan selection and finding
 affordable health insurance for families and individuals.
There will be ample time for questions.

This presentation is solely to provide you with information.
There will be no selling of plans, just information to help you and
others of all ages identify new health insurance options
 that will improve your benefits and lower your cost.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Celebrity Chef Cooking Class
Tuesday, September 11 ~ 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
4 classes ~ Tuesday's ~ September 11 -
October 2 ~ 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Sign up and learn some professional secrets! The course will teach
cooking techniques, sanitation, and menu planning. This is a hands on
cooking course with all materials and ingredients provided.
The group will enjoy dinner together at the end of each session.
This course is led by John Ferrucci as seen on the Celebrity Chef Show
 on cable channel 5, Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.
Cost: $99pp  
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Family Dinner
Wednesday, September 12 ~ 5:00-6:45 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302

Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good
Night's Rest is Vital to a Better Healthier Life
with Author & Physician Meir Kryger
Wednesday, September 12  ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
We spend a third of our lives in bed, but how much do we really
understand about how sleep affects us? In the past forty years,
scientists have discovered that our sleep (or lack of it) can affect
nearly every aspect of our waking lives. Poor sleep could be a
sign of a disease, the result of a vitamin or iron deficiency, or the
cause of numerous other problems. Yet many people,
even medical personnel, are unaware of the dangers of poor sleep.

Enter Dr. Meir Kryger, a world authority on the science of sleep,
with a comprehensive guide to the mysteries of slumber
 that combines detailed case studies and pragmatic advice.

Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, joined the Yale School of Medicine and the
VA Connecticut Health System, in November 2011. Previously
he was Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba
where he established the first clinical laboratory studying
patients with sleep breathing problems in Canada.

Dr. Kryger was the first to diagnose and report obstructive sleep
apnea in North America. His laboratory elucidated the interaction
between heart failure and sleep respiration, publishing
the first systematic study of oxygen in this condition.

Dr. Kryger has published more than 200 research articles and book
chapters. He is the chief editor of the most widely used textbook
 in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine,
and is the author of A Woman's Guide to Sleep Disorders, The Atlas of
Clinical Sleep Medicine, and Kryger's Sleep Medicine Review.
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide
books for sale & signing.

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL's Non-Fiction Book Group
Thursday, September 13 ~ 2:00-3:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
by Thomas E. Ricks
No one would have predicted that they would be considered two
of the most important people in British history for having the vision
and courage to campaign tirelessly against the totalitarian threat
from both the left and the right. In a crucial moment, they responded
first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and
obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. Together they
kept the West's compass set toward freedom as its due north.
Moderated by Laurie

OWL's Fiction Book Group
Thursday, September 13 ~ 3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
A novel that can be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending
 follows Tony, a middle-aged man.  He contends with a past he never
 thought much about-until his closest childhood friends return with a
vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself.
But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced
 to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.  
Moderated by Jocelyn

Friday, September 14, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, September 15, 2018

 Spiritual Drumming
Saturday, September 15 ~ 10:00-11:30 am
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A meditative and community experience...
Drumming provides the perfect focus for a meditative experience.
Each gathering starts with the setting of our intentions for the session,
flows into using a chant with drumming to center the group,
and creates the energy of community. Drum rhythms for the use of
personal meditation and quieting the mind will also be explored.
 Participants may bring any type of hand drum – i.e. djembes, bohrans,
 frame drums, Native American drums – or they may use one
of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.  
Program held in Marie Louise Carriage House.
Susan Strand
Graduate of the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary;
organist at the Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen, CT; ling time
 experience playing African drums and rhythms and drumming
programs at Wisdom House. Susan has a background of sharing
 her belief that all drumming is spiritual.

A meditative and community experience...
Program held in the Marie Louise Carriage House.
To register:
Donation: $5 payable in class
Location: Marie Louise Carriage House

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Outdoor Market
Saturday, September 15 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Center School Parking Lot
Woodruff Street, Litchfield
The year round Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market
is moving outdoors for the summer season to the
Center School parking lot and will be there
every Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm through mid-October.  

Over 15 vendors participate offering seasonal field-fresh fruits,
vegetables, herbs; mushrooms; local eggs; pasture fed beef,
chicken  and pork, artisanal breads and baked goods
 - regular and gluten free; pies, cider doughnuts
and biscotti; salsas made from local ingredients;
award winning goat and cow cheese; honey;
 maple syrup and goat milk soaps.

Each week a local chef brings ready to take
home foods.  A recipe tasting each week.  
Music, guest artists, local nonprofits and
a free gardening and cookbook exchange.  
For more information and to see what's
on the agenda for market day go to:

Goshen Farmers' Market
Saturday, September 15 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Scoville Park, Goshen
Rt. 63 N - Parking lot near Town Hall

Nowhere is a Place:
Travels in Chilean Patagonia
Saturday, September 15 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's not always about Iceland! Spend an hour with Gerri Griswold
 as she shares breathtaking images from this ethereal travel destination
 tucked along the tail of the Andes near the bottom of the world.
2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

Warren Summer Concert
Night Shift
Warren Parks and Recreation
Saturday, September 15 ~ 4:30-6:30 pm
Warren Woods
Nightshift is a dynamic '60s, '70s, '80s cover band made up of
five of Connecticut's most well known and experienced musicians.
They only play the most popular songs, the most FUN songs
and the most danceable songs that audiences of all ages LOVE to
dance to and sing along with! The result has been a really fun time
 for anyone who has ever attended their performances. If you're not
having the best time, then you're not listening to Nightshift.

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Litchfield Historical Society
Fall Fundraiser
Saturday, September 15 ~ 6:00-9:00 pm
Tapping Reeve Meadow
Please join the Litchfield Historical Society on Saturday, September 15, 2018
from 6-9 p.m. for the Annual Fall Fundraiser to benefit the organization’s
education mission. The event will be held in the newly opened
Tapping Reeve Meadow, behind the Tapping Reeve House & Litchfield Law School.
The evening will feature a signature drink provided by the Litchfield Distillery,
live music from Switch Factory, and delectable small plate offerings
 from The Pantry.  A special silent auction will help raise money for the
education programs hosted by the Historical Society - including field trips
from local schools, offsite programs for neighborhood partners,
community events, monthly lectures and walking tours,
and craft and game afternoons for families.

The silent auction includes an exclusive 2-week stay at the private
home of Alexander and Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms in Mensingeweer,
Netherlands The home sleeps 6 and comes with all the amenities needed
to have a great visit to the Netherlands. Bidders can also enjoy
 a delicious lunch and informal discussion about Litchfield artist
Adelaide Deming, while her work is on display for one day only at the
 home of Frank Fontana and Andrew Becker. Or attend a cocktail
 event at the Tallmadge House, with a presentation by Rachel Smith,
a Tallmadge history expert from the office of the Connecticut State Historian
 at the University of Connecticut. Additional items will be included
in the silent auction. Visit the Historical Society’s website at
The evening is sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank
and Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey, LLP

Tickets for the event start at $75 (admit 1)
and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
To purchase tickets, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this fundraiser,