Things to Do -  November 2017
November 12-18, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fairy Houses
LH Junior Audubon
1:00 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Route 254 in Litchfield
It's time to visit our fairy village at Boyd Woods and get it ready for winter.
Fairies like to live in quiet places away from roads, rock walls, and major trails.
Boyd Woods is a great place for them to live. Join us to make
fairy houses out of natural materials that we find at Boyd Woods.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
 on Route 254 in Litchfield.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

Monday, November 13, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Healthy Living = Fall Prevention
Live, Learn, Lunch Series
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Dr. John Fulkerson, Orthopedic Surgeon,
will show you how to live a healthier,
better life by teaching you the tips and
tricks to have a better "stance" on life.
FREE ~ Register online or Call
For more info call 860-567-8302

Come Write In
with Patricia Moore and NaNoWriMo
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Mondays, November 13 & 20
Come Write In on November 13 and 20 and start writing with us!
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
 Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for
anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. NaNoWriMo is a fun,
seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. We want to help
you reach the NaNoWriMo goal of a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on
November 30 with two sessions that will help to spark your creativity,
 ignite your inner voice, and make you put words to paper/screen.
At these two sessions, all NaNoWriMo participants will meet in our
community room. We will provide the fuel (namely coffee, tea and something
sweet), camaraderie, and exercises to get your word count up
- including timed word sprints and character questionnaires.
The OWL and National Novel Writing Month believe in the
 transformational power of creativity. By being a
Come Write In space, we will provide the structure, community,
and encouragement to help people find their voices,
achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page.
We hope to see you often this November
- after all, the world needs your novel!
To learn more about National Novel Writing Month and this
worldwide phenomenon, visit their website at
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Spiritual Drumming
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Experience drumming by becoming part of a sacred circle
Susan Strand
Learn and play drum rhythms;
drum with intentionality and create community.
Bring your own drum if you have one.
A few drums and many rhythm instruments will be available.
email Susan for registration:           
Suggested Donation $10
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Childhood in Colonial America
6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Did you know?
- The permanent Puritan magical cure for bedwetting was to
take the child to the churchyard and have him/her
urinate upon the grave of a child of the opposite sex.
- Native Americans had superstitions that warned pregnant
women not to eat seagulls because they caused crybabies.
- Slave children were often required to swallow worms
they failed to pick off of cotton or tobacco plants.
Join Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban for their new program
Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America on
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm
(snow date – November 16) at the Morris Public Library.

Velya Jancz-Urban - author, teacher, and creator of
The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife - has partnered with her
herbalist daughter, Ehris Urban, on this unique presentation.
Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America is similar to The Not-So-Good Life
of the Colonial Goodwife in that it is funny, sad, sweet, and shocking.
Dive deeper into our history. There was much more to
childhood than hoop rolling and horn books!
Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America examines the unique
aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth
centuries and explores themes including birthing and childrearing
practices, parenting, children's health and education,
naming, gender, play, and rites of passage.
Providing fresh historical perspectives on key features of children's lives,
this program offers compelling information on colonial children -
as well as Native American and slave children,
who are too often left out of conventional coverage.
General audience.
The event is sponsored by the
Friends of the Morris Public Library.
Details and registration: 860-567-7440
To register: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Quilts that Care
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 8 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.
 Subsequent meetings will be held on the
 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
For more info, please call
Deb Van Steenberge at 860-945-0184
For more info call 860-567-8302

Good Reads for Cold Nights
A Staff Book Talk
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
As every reader knows, any time you finish a great book,
you find yourself asking, “What do I read next?”
With so many choices on the new shelves and in our stacks,
 it can be difficult to find just the right book! Let us be
your personal guide by hearing about what we’ve been reading.
Eighteen books will be shared. For each book, we’ll give a brief story line
and then share our thoughts on why this book made it on our list.
A list of each book selected, along with who recommended it, will be
provided at the talk as well as available for download from our website
at its conclusion. From recently published books to favorites you might
have missed, you will hear about why we loved them a
nd why they are on our recommended reading list.
Join Librarians Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore
and as they share their reading recommendations
for great cold night reads!
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

"Gen Silent" Movie Screening
7:00-9:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Gen Silent shares the stories of LGBT older adults in Greater Boston
dealing with the challenges & hopes of growing older. Since 2010,
this landmark movie has inspired a world-wide movement of LGBT &
aging advocates to create safe & welcoming community
experiences for older adults & caregivers.
Light refreshments will be served.
A community conversation will follow the 70 minute film.
For more information about the film: Gen Silent Film
For more information about AARP and the LGBT Community:
go to AARP Pride
For more information on AARP CT: AARP CT
Cost: Free and open to the public
* Pre-registration  is required.
To register: please call 1-877-926-8300
For more info call 860-567-8302

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Amelia Earhart First Lady of the Air
History Comes to Life Series
2:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Jessa Piaia, will present a one-person interpretation of pioneer
aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The program is set in 1936, when Earhart
was a popular speaker on the national circuit and preparing
for take-off for the around-the-world flight in 1937.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $10.00 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

The Process: Three Plays
Written & Performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The library welcomes back Nancy Palmento Schuler
 to perform her latest play, The Process.
Two shows are available to see this extraordinary performance.
The Process is a production of three short plays.
The first is titled “Henry and Marion, 62 years of Wedded Bliss, NOT!,”
which is a look at a marriage that has worn out its life. The second is
“The Dating Game,” a hilarious look at dating for seniors, and finally “The Process,”
a glimpse into the fading world of an octogenarian who is determined to
stay in her home even though she may be losing some filters.
Nancy’s husband, Ed will be playing the parts of Otto and Marcus.
Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield
for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. The arts are not new to her,
 having studied at Paier Art College in Hamden and teaching art and painting
her entire life. Her trompe l’oeil talent won her a spot at the
New Britain Museum of American Art - Juried art show.
Last year at age 67, she transitioned to writing and acting.
Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, was awarded
a place at the New York Public Library Equity Theater’s 2017 new playwrights.
She will be performing Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York
 in November. She has also performed it at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, the
 New Britain Museum, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum
and many community centers and libraries. Her trilogy, Three Women,
 Three Roads, has also been performed at numerous theatres
 and libraries including the OWL last November.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, November 17, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

It’s a Jungle Craft-acular
For Ages 3 - 5
10:30 - 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Listen to Mrs. Shaia share her favorite picture books
featuring lions and tigers and monkeys - oh my!
We’ll go on a Lion Hunt, sing Five Little Monkeys,
and learn the Lion’s Breathe.
Take home an array of craft activities including
a jungle animal mask, an ornament, and a picture frame
to showcase your very own little monkey.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
12:00-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month
for a light lunch, music and dancing.
Music this month: Ron Murray
Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation
& Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

After School Stories & Craft
(Grades K-2)
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Morris Public Library
The Morris Public Library will offer a new program,
“After School Stories and Craft”
for students in Grades K-2
on Fridays October 13, November 17,
December 8, 2017, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
An engaging story and educational activities will be
offered along with a craft and interaction time.
Only 20 spots available!
Call 860-567-7440 to register.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Spiritual Awakening:
A Women's AA/ALANON Retreat
5:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Friday, Nov. 17 - 5pm through Sunday, Nov. 19 - 1pm
Journey to the promise of recovery....
Shane Phelan, CMA
In the Twelfth Step we are promised a “Spiritual awakening
as the result of these steps.” But what is a spiritual awakening?
How do the steps take us there? What are the elements
of an awakening, and how do I know when I am “there”?
We look at these questions and more, as we journey to the rich promise
of recovery. No matter what brought us into the rooms, the answer
is spiritual and the promise is spiritual. Join us for a wake-up call! 
Registration closes Thursday, Nov. 16, at Midnight
Non-refundable deposit: $50
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Star Party
7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the
Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club
and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program.
7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
 Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Hillacious Half Marathon
10:00 am
Morgan-Weir American Legion Post 27
418 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Hillacious Half, Litchfield’s first and only half marathon,
 is open for online registration at

This event supports and honors our Country’s military veterans.
This year’s race kicks off at 10:00 am. Saturday, November 18
at the Morgan-Weir American Legion Post 27, 418 Bantam Road, Litchfield.

The 13.1 extremely hilly miles represent the difficulties
 that our servicemen and women face every day.
This race is very challenging and
not for the faint of heart. It’s TOUGH!
New for 2017: A relay has been added this year
 for those that can’t tackle the entire course.
HH welcomes teams of two runners.
To register visit the website:
Friday Night Expo: Join us on Friday, November 17
beginning at 5:30 p.m. to pick up
runner packets, register for the race, view
our incredible mile marker signs (hand carved
with names of local veterans representing
all wars) and our new “wall of honor.”
For more information please

Tree Identification Walk
with WMF Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's much easier to ID trees when they have foliage all over them!
Step up your game and allow the Master to teach you a thing or two!
10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

From Wisdom's Table:
Classic French Cassoulet
  2:00-3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Margaret Jacobs
A savory French stew made with beans and meat (pork shoulder,
bacon, and sausage). The length of cooking time imparts this dish
with intense flavors and will fill your kitchen with delightful aromas.
Crème brulée will be served as dessert. Samplings and recipes included!
Registration closes Friday, Nov. 17, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Amanda Bakes Museum Open House
and Book Signing "Sweetie: Bake Your Day"
6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Just in time for holiday giving and receiving!!!!! In this, her first cookbook,
Litchfield Chef Amanda Glover makes baking simple and fun even for the novice baker.
Named after her Airstream bakery, Sweetie, this book offers creative yet
easy to bake recipes for delicious breakfasts, desserts, savory,
and gluten-free baked goodies. Throughout this playfully illustrated book
 the reader will discover tips on using high quality and local ingredients.
Equipment is kept to a minimum, making the recipes accessible to any a
vid home baker. All this in the spirit of Amanda who believes that anyone can bake!
 Spend a couple of high quality hours with this dynamo.
Sample some of the recipes featured in her book and pick
up a signed copy for yourself and someone you love!
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., In the Museum.
This program is free but you must pre-register
 by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.