Things to Do - September  2018
September 23-30, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Family Dinner
Wednesday, September 26 ~ 5:00-6:45 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302

Wisdom Award Celebration
Wednesday, September 26 ~ 6:00  - 8:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This year’s award will honor the lives and service of Colette Boyd
 of Litchfield, CT as a Promoter of Community Spirit and
 Tom Bechtle of West Cornwall, CT as a Champion of Learning.

The award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House
and honors those persons who have made a mark on the Northwest
Connecticut community through their generous volunteer service.
The areas of service include hospitality, health care and all that promotes
the common good. The award recognizes that in all these activities
and commitment, Divine Wisdom is present and working in our midst.

The first recipients of the Wisdom Award were the late Sonia P.Seherr-Thoss
and the late Madeleine L’Engle in 1999. The most recent recipients
were Marlene and Chris Smith of Washington, CT and
 Mary Ann C. Buchanan. Ed.D. of Winsted, CT in 2017.

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center presenting
programs in spirituality, education and the arts, and offering hospitality
 for organizations whose mission is consistent with that of Wisdom House.
Wisdom House's mission is rooted in the Judeo-Christian Wisdom tradition
which supports the center's commitment to sustainability and concern
for contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Letters Home & 13th Floor
Three Plays written and performed
by Nancy Schuler
Wednesday, September 26
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Letters Home is actually two short pieces. The first half is a monologue.
Meet Margaret Griffin Carey born in 1883 (Nancy's Irish grandmother).
 Margaret tells of leaving Ireland and her days in the U.S. raising a family
and then sending her boys off to war. The second half is
Teresa Gargiulo Palmento (Nancy's Italian grandmother) born in Italy in 1888,
writing and receiving letters from her son, Gennaro, in the army during WWII.

The 13TH Floor is a much lighter, modern piece, full of dialogue
about two ships passing in the night. Nancy's husband, Ed, once again
will be joining her in two pieces. He will play the voice of
Gennaro in Letters Home and also Paul in The 13th Floor.

Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield
 for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. After a life of teaching
art and painting, 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 performed Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York,
the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 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.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
September 25 - Click Here to Register
September 26 - Click Here to Register
or call 860-567-8030.

Litchfield Clockmakers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Wednesday, September 26 ~ 7:00 pm
East Litchfield Chapel,
Jim Katzin will give a presentation on the history of clockmaking in Litchfield.
The talk will be at the East Litchfield Chapel, 62 East Litchfield Road South,
 Litchfield, and be accompanied by several examples of locally made
clocks and movements from the early to mid 19th century.

Mr. Katzin, an East Litchfield native, has been repairing and collecting
American clocks for over 25 years. A life member of the National
Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, he was president
 of the CT chapter of the organization for 12 years.
A suggested donation of $10 for the preservation and maintenance
 of the East Litchfield Chapel will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Day Trip: Yale Center for British Art
& Lunch at Long Wharf/Ikea
Thursday, September 27 ~ 8:45 am-3:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
The Litchfield Community Center will provide transportation to the
Yale Center for British Art on Thursday September 27, 2018.  
The LCC van departs at 8:45am.  Enjoy a docent guided collection
highlights tour from 10am-11am, then explore exhibits on your
own or shop along Chapel Street from 11a-12pm.  Then depart for
Long Wharf where you will be dropped off at 12:00pmGreek Olive
Restaurant where you can lunch there or Brazi’s Italian Restaurant,
with time to shop at Ikea until 2:30pm.  The van departs Greek
Olive Restaurant at 2:30pm.  

The cost is $15.00 pp.  Seats are limited to 13
and pre-registration and pre-payment is required
calll The Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302
For more info call 860-567-8302

Aging Mastery Program  
Thursday, September 27 ~ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm  
Litchfield Community Center
Program runs Sept .27 - Dec 6, 2018 ~ 10 -11:30 a.m.
The Aging Mastery Program(R) (AMP) encourages mastery--
developing behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to
 improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being.

By participating in this program, you will:
o Make and maintain small but impactful changes in your health
behaviors, financial well-being and enrichment in later life.
o Get REAL incentives and rewards for taking
small steps that can improve your well-being.
o Meet new friends, provide support and encouragement
to your peers, and become more involved in your community.

Limited spots available
Support provided by CT Community Care
and The Anthem Foundation
* Pre-registration required
For more info call 860-567-8302

Outrageous, Alarming, Courageous
& Charming: Randy Newman
A Presentation with Gil Gigliotti
Thursday, September 27 ~ 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
If you only know "Short People" and "You've Got
a Friend in Me," then you don't know Randy Newman.

From his 1968 debut album through the 2017 Grammy-winning
Dark Matter (not to mention many of his very popular film soundtracks),
Randy Newman has populated his music with characters who
reflect the complexities and contradictions of
the late 20th and early 21st century United States.

Often misunderstood due to his forsaking the more confessional
 approach of pop/rock/folk singer-songwriters, Newman, steeped in
our national, musical and cinematic history, offers his listeners unflinching
portraits of outcasts, patriots, bigots, loners, lovers, and losers,
all struggling to understand our world, even as its
very foundation seems to be shifting beneath them.

Gilbert L. Gigliotti is a professor of English and Latin at
Central Connecticut State University and the host for more than
 two decades of "Frank, Gil, and Friends" every Tuesday morning on
WFCS 107.7 FM. He earned his PhD in comparative
literature at The Catholic University of America.

His books on Frank Sinatra, Eva Gardner and now Randy Newman
 (The Words & Music of Randy Newman will be out in December 2018)
belie his more traditional academic interests in American Puritans
 like Cotton Mather and the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

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

Friday, September 28, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

“Plain Talk and Forgiveness”
Friday, September 28 (6 pm dinner)
 to Sunday, September 30 (1 pm)
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A program, “Plain Talk and Forgiveness,” will be presented
at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
 on Friday, September 28 (6 pm dinner)
 to Sunday, September 30 (1 pm).  
Rev. Eileen Epperson will facilitate the program.

Forgiving ourselves is an ongoing spiritual practice.
Participants in this program will learn new techniques to speak with
 grace, respect, and results in challenging conversations with others.
This weekend will also afford opportunities to practice the skills of plain
talk and forgiveness so that participants may live more authentically
with greater freedom, and with increasing respect for themselves and others.

Rev. Epperson us a Presbyterian minister currently the Interim Pastor
at the Stanfordville United Church of Christ, NY.  She has served as a
hospice chaplain, and a bereavement counselor.  She regularly designs
and leads workshops in communication, forgiveness and spiritual
growth and has been active in the Parliament of the Worlds Religions.
She is the creator of “The Forgiveness Process.”

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Game Night in East Litchfield
Friday, September 28 ~ 7:00 pm
East Litchfield Chapel
62 East Litchfield Road South, Litchfield
Board games for ages 8 to adult that emphasize social interaction
will be featured on Friday evening at 7:00 PM, September 28, at the
East Litchfield Chapel, 62 East Litchfield Road South, Litchfield.

Phoebe & Jim Katzin will be hosting the first of a number of Family Game Nights
at the East Litchfield Chapel.  The games Balderdash, Ticket to Ride,
Code Names, Dixit, Settlers of Catan will be provided along with
 light refreshments. Bring a friend or bring your family and get to know
your neighbors in a fun and entertaining evening.  Optional donations
 to support the maintenance of the Chapel are appreciated.
Questions? Contact Jim Katzin 860-567-2181

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Birding through New York’s Central Park
Saturday, September 29 ~ 7:00 am
Litchfield Community Center
Join Gus Molitano and Pam Hicks for a leisurely walk while birding through
New York’s Central Park. We will stop at Gus’s favorite spots for pastries
and a bite to eat. Meet us at the Litchfield Community Center at 7 a.m.
From there we will drive to a train station and then ride into the city.
There will be a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Leaders will send
 you an email with specifics. Rain cancels. Please let one of the leaders
know in advance if you plan to attend — contact Pam at 203-922-2684
or, or contact Gus
at or 860-3791185.

Litchfield Cross Country Challenge
Saturday, September 29 ~ 8:00 am
White Memorial
Race kicks off at the big field in white memorial and the 5k course
follows the trails in white memorial. The race is sponsored by litchfield
parks & recreation and hosted by the litchfield track club.
First 40 entrants receive souvenirs!
Registration begins at 8:00 am
2K Kid's Race begins at 9:00 am
5K Race at 9:30 am
FEE: $15.00 (before September 20)
Day of Race: $20.00   
KIDS RACE 2K (1.2 miles for Kids 18 and under)
DIVISIONS: Male and Female
YOUTH (18 and under)
OPEN (19-39)
MASTER (50-59)
2K Race (Under 6) and (7-10)
The Litchfield Cross Country Challenge is one of Connecticut's oldest
 cross country races, it is held at White Memorial on Septermber 29th
 with registration beginning at 8:00 am near the activity field. The race is
 sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation and hosted by the Litchfield
Track Club.Local made honey to over-all winners and for age-groups!
It is the same 5K course as run during the Summer Cross Country Series,
 and the Junior Olympics course for 5K, as well as the old Berkshire League
 5K Cross Country course.  The race course will be entirely within the
scenic trials of White Memorial with the race beginning and ending in
 the big field by the museum. Timing for the event will be handled by
Sunstroke Timing. Runners will be racing for
autumn-themed prizes in their age-groups.
Entry forms are available at these locations in Litchfield:
Murphy's Pharmacy; The Litchfield Community Center; The Village Restaurant,
 and Sportsmen's of Litchfield Print out the form from DOWNLOADABLE FORMS
 on this website and send with check for $15 (prior to October 10th)
to: Litchfield Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 12, Bantam, CT 06750.
For more information on this race or other programs offered through
 Litchfield Parks and Recreation, contact (860) 567-7569.

Loving Haight
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, September 29 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Pack a picnic and let's explore this beautiful piece of property together.
Babbling brooks, towering trees, a bevy of birds, and a view of the
vineyard will be the highlights of this exploration of
 one of the Foundation's less traveled parcels.

10:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room.
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

5K Cider Run & Walk
Warren Parks and Recreation & Warren Land Trust
Saturday, September 29 ~ 10:00 am
Warren Woods
Warren Parks and Recreation and the Warren Land Trust will hold
 its 10th annual Cider 5K Run/Walk on Saturday September 29th
at 10:00 am, with a Kids Fun Run at 9:45 am, to benefit their
Scholarship Fund Endowment with Connecticut Community Foundation.
This event is truly a unique experience for the whole family.
The race features a fast out and back USATF certified course through
the autumn foliage of Warren, CT starting and ending at
Warren Woods Park on Brick School Road. The race offers delicious treats
such as apple cider donuts, apple cider, an assortment of fruit and more.

After the KIDS FUN RUN for kids 12 and under, participants can
enjoy free pumpkin painting. The race features chip timing for
fast efficient results as well as music for your entertainment.
Prizes are given to the first three overall male and
female finishers, and first finishers in each age group.

For more information and online registration please visit: or download the application
form from the Town website at
Download application FORM - CLICK HERE

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

Apple Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 29 ~ 1:00-5:00 pm
Tapping Reeve Meadow
Celebrate the apple harvest the old fashioned way!
The Litchfield Historical Society invites the community
to the First Annual Apple Harvest Festival
on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event will be held in the newly-opened Tapping Reeve Meadow,
located behind the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School.  
The Meadow is a historically-inspired garden designed to provide the
community with personal interactions with nature. There will be all
day tours of the site, crafts, and lawn games. Historical demonstrations,
such as colonial woodworking, spinning and wool carding, and cider
 pressing will be held all day. Featuring music by MJK Music, a brother
 and sister duo comprised of Meghan and Jaden Spangenberg, whose
music is influenced by jazz, folk, and classical genres. Enjoy an apple
pie contest with pies submitted by local amateur bakers.
To participate in the pie contest, please visit the website at

or call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society
 is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

Angevine Farm Celebrates 150 Years
Saturday, September 29, 2018 ~ 1:00-6:30 pm
40 Angevine Rd., Warren
Angevine Farm will be celebrating with a music festival for their 150th Anniversary.
For over a century, the farm has been synonymous with family traditions,
community involvement and farm land preservation. This 6th generation
 family run farm now grows Christmas trees and pumpkins,
providing opportunities for everyone to create their own special memories.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and great music at a beautiful
outdoor venue with a stunning view of the Northwest Hills.
There will be performances by three different bands including local group,
 Auguste and Alden from Warren, Wooden Horse, and Atlas Gray

Troop 28 Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, September 29 ~ 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Morris Community Hall
Adults $12.00
Child/Senior $8.00

Festival of St Michael the Dragon-Slayer
with Evensong, Puppets and Musical Guests
Saturday, September 29 ~ 5:00 pm
St. Michael's, Litchfield
St. Michael's Parish will present a special observance for their
patron saint on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
 with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m.  The program, which includes
 guest performers the Black Rock Brass Quintet, James Allen, percussion;
and the Litchfield Community Ringers, will also be the debut of a new
puppetry sequence interpreting the dramatic clash between St. Michael
and the Dragon. The program will be a traditional Evensong service
featuring the St Michael's choir conducted by Mark Johnson,
with accompaniment by organist Amy Vinisko.

St. Michael's Parish is located at 25 South Street (Route 63-S),
 just off the Litchfield green.  There will be a freewill offering with
a suggested donation of $20 and all are welcome to the program and a  
reception that will immediately follow in St. Michael's community house.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, September 30  ~  8:00-10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen
 $7.00 per Adult
 $3.50 per Child under 12
 in the Parish Hall, Church of Christ
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756