Things to Do -  May 2017
May 14-20, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Yoga in the Garden
8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
 In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes,
and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by
a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate.
This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation
experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include
 stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.  
Please bring a mat and water
(and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).
8:00 A. M. - 9:00 A.M., Each class is $10.
Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to
 the White Memorial Conservation Center.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.
Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a
registered yoga teacher. She is a 27 year employee
 of Waterbury Hospital and an adjunct faculty
member in dance at NVCC. She owns and operates
the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

Day Trip: "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
@ Goodspeed Opera House
musical and lunch  
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a 3 course lunch at Gelston House
before the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance.
Transportation by NW CT Transit is FREE
with a suggested donation of $7.00 pp,
 given to driver, only checks accepted.
Call for more details!
Limited to 14, pre-registration is required.
For more info call 860-567-8302

"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.
 Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut Hospitals,
including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, VITAS HealthCare,
Bristol Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent cotton fabric, twin-size
quilt backings, cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
 The donation of an 800-1,000 sq. ft.  work location
with storage would be gratefully accepted.
Fundraising, social media and quilting volunteers
 are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.
Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
 or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.

 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

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL Staff Visits Senior Center Café
11:30 am
Litchfield Community Center
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Senior Center Café Lunch to check out books, audio books,
and DVD's. All materials can be checked out during your visit and returned
at the next one! The Senior Center Café Lunch is generously sponsored
by the Litchfield Hills/Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program and hosted
at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield,
 and is open to anyone 60 years of age or older and their spouse.

OWL Staff Visits Bantam Falls
3:00 pm
Bantam Falls Community Room
The Oliver Wolcott Library's Adult Services Librarian, Audra MacLaren,
 will be visiting the Bantam Falls Community Room to check out books,
 audio books, and DVD's. All materials can be checked out
during your visit and returned at the next one! Bantam Falls
 is located at 130 Doyle Road in Bantam.

The Power of Off
"The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World"
with Nancy Colier
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Our reliance on technology is rapidly changing how each of us experiences life.
The promise of technology is that it will make our lives easier;
yet to realize that promise, we cannot be passive users - we must bring
awareness and mindfulness to our relationships with our devices.
Through The Power of Off, Nancy Colier offers us a path for making
 use of the virtual world while still feeling good, having healthy relationships,
and staying connected with what is genuinely meaningful in life.

We’ll explore tips for navigating the complex ways technology affects
 our relationships, how to self-evaluate our use of technology,
mindful practices to help us interact with our devices in more conscious ways, and a
30-day digital detox program to kick-start a new healthier relationship with technology.
Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist in private practice, an ordained interfaith
minister, mindfulness teacher, relationship coach, author and blogger.
She graduated from the University of Virginia, Columbia University School
of Social Work, the Focusing Institute, and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
Nancy is a regular blogger for Huffington Post and Psychology Today,
and author of two other books. Visit her website at:
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

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 by Michael Ciulla
Pre-registration is required
$7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

Miniature Marvels
Miniature Artwork Theme of
Litchfield Historical Society's Art Fundraiser
6:00-8:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society is hosting Miniature Marvels,
a silent auction fundraiser of miniature artwork from area artists
on Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the evening benefit
the educational mission of the Society.

Work from over 50 artists will be in the event.
Several miniatures by Milton resident Anson Dickinson (1779-1852)
and other portraitists will be on view during the event, in our exhibition:
Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Exploring the Litchfield Female Academy.
This exhibit is on view from April 22 through November 26, 2017.
Tickets are $35 advanced purchase and $45 at the door.
Silent auction bidding will start at $50.
To purchase tickets, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield.
The Litchfield Historical Society receives no funding from the town.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Goshen Garden Club Plant Sale
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Featuring: herbs, vegetable plants, perennials, annuals,
hanging baskets, and plants from our members’ gardens
We also offer a delicious assortment of baked goods.
For more information go to
or call 860-491-2562.

Spring Stroll through Camp Columbia
to the Solnit Parcel
with Gerri Griswold
11:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Take a walk through this historic property in search
of the signs of spring. Pay a visit to "The Bear Cave"
and explore the diverse rock formations left behind when a mile
high glacier rolled through these parts about 17,000 years ago!
Wear sturdy, waterproof boots.
Bring a walking stick.
 Dress for the weather!
We'll be off-roading!
11:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room
or in the parking lot at Camp Columbia,
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Transfourming Sorrow
3:00-7:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A Multi-Sensory Installation in Wisdom House Chapel....
Organizing Curator: Tony Carretta
On May 20, 2017 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
the public is invited to Wisdom House Retreat
and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT
 to meet artist Kardash Onnig  and experience his
multi-sensory installation titled Transfourming Sorrow.

Wisdom House, an interfaith center, which has a longstanding commitment
to the arts and creativity as a pathway to spiritual awareness,
has provided their multi-level Chapel for this compelling event.

Kardash Onnig, a Lebanese born artist of Armenian descent,
has been in the forefront of utilizing his art as a means of highlighting
 the futility of human conflict while presenting the possibility of resolving
differences through mutual responsibility and common self- interests.
He is a sculptor, inventor, toymaker, and activist who has worked in the
Hudson Valley community and exhibited worldwide for over 45 years.

When describing the project and installation
at Wisdom House, Onnig notes:
 "The notion of transforming sorrow was kindled in my consciousness
when I read a book of poetry by Vahe Vahian, a childhood teacher of mine
from Beirut. He was a survivor of the Armenian genocide. Vahe transcended
 his grief over the death of his son and experienced a rebirth through writing poetry.
This transformation occurred when he opened his heart and mind  to embrace the
"mountainous grief of humankind" and "adopted" all suffering humans as his children."
Throughout the decades, Onnig has striven in his work with people
 from diverse backgrounds, to embrace all victims of bigotry
 and hatred regardless of cultural and national difference.
Kardash Onnig's installation is an invitation not only to mourn
but also to transform our individual and collective sorrow.

Transfourming Sorrow will be in Wisdom House Chapel until July 29.
Guests are welcome Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The exhibition has been organized and curated by artist and author,
 Tony Carretta, of Northfield, CT in cooperation with Wisdom House.

 On Saturday, June 3 at 3:30 pm, there will be an informal
walk-around with the artist in Wisdom House Chapel.
For further information, contact Wisdom House at 860-567-3163.

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center which
welcomes women and men who value seeking and learning in a
contemplative environment. Its mission continues a commitment to
sustainability and concern for contemporary issues.
The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

Exhibition Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Exhibit runs until July 29, 2017.
Please call in advance
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Musical Evening by the Fire
with Ian Campbell
7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Ian grew up in Connecticut with seventeen entertaining and musical brothers
 and sisters. Outrageous family dinner time jam sessions, with instruments
 like "salt shaker" and "nose" gave Ian a love for music and performance.
After high school, Ian spent five years in the military. Did a lot of growing up there
... Came home, traveled more, fell in love, broke up, rinsed, repeated...
broke the chain, got married... Making a family and a
music career in his own little American dream..

Ian's music is influenced mostly by singer songwriters. James Taylor,
Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Then came these modern day folkies..
The Patti Larkin, Eddie from Ohio, Cheryl Wheeler and the likes... Ian's music is
 about making your way through life as an American kid, and now an adult who
always 'feels' like a kid. Ian is always interested in finding the light. Songs of love,
growth, journey, killing, lost innocence, learning... It's all in there..Pack a picnic!
BYOB! ~ This evening is going to be so much fun!
7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room.
Members: $10.00  Non-Members: $15.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online: