Things to Do -  September 2017
September 17-23, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Silent Auction, Tag and Bake Sale
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Milton Congregational Church
548 Milton Road, Milton Center
     Milton Congregational Church of Litchfield
will hold its annual tag and bake sale on
September 22 and September 23 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
and September 24 (12:00 noon - 3:00 pm).

Sunday is a real bargain day.  As always, you can
find pretty much everything at the Tag Sale
 from furniture to antiques, from jewelry to linens,
from books to lamps, from tools to toys.  

The ladies of the church will also have their famous homemade jams,
jellies, pickles, relish, and baked goods for sale.  We will feature
door prizes consisting of items donated by local area merchants.
Again this year there is a "Seasonal Celebration" room where you can find
decorations for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving festivities.

New this year is a silent auction of antiques,
vintage furniture, and other selected finer items.
The silent auction runs from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Friday September 22,
so review the items and be prepared to bid early and often!
Take time between bids to shop the rest of the tag sale.
We accept cash or checks.
There will be no early access to the tag sale.

Drop by the church located at 548 Milton Road, in Milton center,
a beautiful four-mile country ride from Route 202 in Litchfield
and browse the tastefully displayed treasures and even stop
 to enjoy a gourmet hot dog from Salty Dog Hot Dogs.

Journey of the Universe
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
We are connected to the universe....
Wisdom House will present the program, “Journey of the Universe”
on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
given by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.  
Actor Sam Waterston will do a series of readings from
related literature about the topic at the conclusion of the day.

         In this workshop participants will learn of our intrinsic connection
to the universe.  The program will weave together the discoveries of
modern science together with humanities, such as history, philosophy,
the arts and religion and investigate the ways we understand evolutionary
 processes and how they impact both people and the planet.
John Grim, Mary Evelyn Tucker (left)
and Sam Waterston (Schedule permitting)
            Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are Senior Lecturers and Research
Scholars at Yale University with appointments in the School of Forestry
and Environmental Studies, the Yale Divinity School, the Department
of Religious Studies and Center for Bioethics.  Both direct the program
 in Religion and Ecology at Yale and have organized conferences
on World Religions and Ecology at the Center
for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

            To conclude the program, Sam Waterston (schedule permitting)
will read excerpts from the works of Wendell Berry,
Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue, Thomas Berry, and others.
            He is a stage, film and television actor who is currently on the Netflix series,
“Grace & Frankie.” He was nominated multiple times for his role as
D.A. Jack McCoy on “Law and Order,” and won a Golden Globe
as Forrest Bedford in “I’ll Fly Away.” He raises Icelandic sheep
and cattle on Birdseye & Tanner Brooks Farm in Connecticut.

            Those registered for the program will be given access to a secure link
where they can preview the film, “Journey of the Universe.”
  The cost of the program is
$55 per person and includes lunch.
Registration closes Friday, Sept. 22, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
For further information call (860) 567-3163

36th Annual Family Nature Day
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages.
This 36th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brain Bradley
 will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons.
Learn about our beloved bats and prickly porcupines with Gerri Griswold!  
Riverside Reptiles' Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state.
 Come visit the many friends he'll be bringing along. Meet a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle,
 and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center!
Cyril the Sorcerer will whip up environmental magic for kids of all ages!

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will host a solar
viewing event during Family Nature Day at White Memorial
Club members will have telescopes with solar filters for safe
viewing of sunspots and solar prominences, if any are visible. 
If you didn't get your fill of seeing the Sun
 during the eclipse, come and look some more!

Music provided by musical wunderkinds, The Zolla Boys. The day is filled with
 live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse drawn wagon rides,
 and yummy food provided by the Litchfield Lions Club and AmandaBakes.
Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our silent auction.
Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner of a trip for
 two to Iceland with Gerri Griswold in January?  That's the first prize in our raffle
courtesy of Krummi Travel LLC! So much to do!  Feed your mind, body, and soul!
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: $6.00
Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

Penny Auction
1:00 pm
Litchfield United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Litchfield
will hold a traditional "Penny Auction"
 of new and nearly new items
on Saturday, September 23.  
Doors open at 1:00 pm and
the drawing will start at 2:00 pm.  

Clothing, toys, gifts, Christmas items, dishes,
decorative pieces, and gift certificates
 from local stores will be included.
It's a great way to get a head start
on holiday shopping, pick up a birthday present
or find useful household items for yourself!

The church is at 69 West Street, Litchfield
near western end of the Litchfield town green
Phone: 860-567-5022