Things to Do -  May 2017
May 21-27, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Manhattan's High Line & Chelsea Market
 and Whitney Museum ~ Day Trip
Warren Parks & Recreation
New York City
Enjoy leisure time in this most unique
 park and eatery in New York City!
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built
 in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad
 spur called the West Side Line. Inspired by the 3-mile Promenade plantée,
a similar project in Paris completed in 1993, the High Line has been
redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway and rails-to-trails park.
You may also consider exploring the nearby
Whitney Museum of American Art (separate entrance fee).

A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River
in the area of Manhattan known as the Meatpacking District,
Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest
 indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors
purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee,
cheese to cheesecake.

Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually,
it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations
of any kind in New York City. Chelsea Market is
a neighborhood market with a global perspective.

$45.00 per person, includes your deluxe motor coach
 transportation, driver gratuity and bus parking.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

Blessing of the Motorcycles
1:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield
Lourdes in Litchfield is located on Route 118
approximately a half mile to the east
of the Litchfield Green

AMVETS Red, White & Blue Memorial Service
to honor members of our military
4:00 pm
Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam
701 Bantam Road, Bantam
On May 21st at 4:00PM AMVETS EAD Post 24 of Torrington
will hold its 12th annual Red White and Blue non-denominational service
 honoring all those who have served, and those who continue to serve,
in the defense of this great nation. The host church this year will be
“Our lady of Grace Church, 701 Bantam Road, Bantam, Connecticut.

Other sponsoring Veteran groups are Post 38 American Legion
of Torrington, Post 44 American Legion of Bantam, Post 6851
Veterans of Foreign Wars of North Canaan and Northwest
Detachment 042 of the Marine Corps League of Canaan.

This year’s theme will be World War One and those
 who served in that “War to End all Wars.”  
Speakers will be provided by the Bantam Historical Society.  
The public and area Veterans are cordially invited to attend.

Questions, please contact: Officer in Charge:
Brian Richardson at or 860-435 9085.  
Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Goshen Free Music Concert
"Zolla Boys"
5:00 pm
Camp Coch, Goshen
Colleen Finn
Goshen Recreation Director
Cell: 860-601-6089
Office: 860-491-2249

Monday, May 22, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Finding Her Way:
American Women Artists
with Rena Tobey
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
American women artists, especially those working before 1945,
had to navigate societal expectations of women’s domestic roles
with their drive to be recognized as professionals. These artists often
faced difficult choices - sacrificing in their personal lives or professional options.
 Despite evident talent and success, most fell into obscurity with their death. 
In this interactive session, participants discover and closely examine
paintings by seven artists: Elizabeth Okie Paxton, Lilly Martin Spencer,
Alice Barber Stephens, Marie Danforth Page, Theresa F. Bernstein,
Florine Stettheimer, and Isabel Bishop. These women
 collectively paint a picture of changing American attitudes
 during a pivotal growth period in American history.

Rena values learning, creative possibility, and fun, and dedicates
her energy to sparking lively minds. Building on an academic and
organizational career, she is passionate about engaging people with
 all forms of visual expression and filling the spoken word with verve.
Rena has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Studies, with 14 years
of experience as an organizational coach, trainer, and consultant. 
Recently, she completed her M.A. in Art History at Hunter College
of the City University of New York, with a thesis on Elizabeth Okie Paxton
 and her provocative 1910 painting The Breakfast Tray.
 Visit her website at:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Wednesday, May 24, 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).
8:00-9:00a.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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

"Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World"
History Comes to Life Series
2:00-3:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Actress Sheryl Faye brings Eleanor Roosevelt to life!
After suffering through an unhappy childhood, and losing her parents
 and one of her brothers, she figured out where she fit in and could
make a difference. She grew up and became an American politician,
 the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences,
write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention.
 She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights
of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.
She became one of the first delegates to The United Nations.
One of the top ten most admired people of the 20th century.
* Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person  
 For more info call 860-567-8302

Bombs Have No Eyes:
Stories from Japan in Support of Peace Education
with Marina Outwater
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Japanese school children visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima’s peace parks
and museums in order to fully understand the complexities of war and the
damaging effects of nuclear weapons. Japanese schools teach peace
curriculums, even at the university level. And yet, in many American
classrooms, children do not receive a similar education. Our students
 often have a limited understanding of the events of World War II
in general and typically know even less about Japan’s involvement.

Marina Outwater’s recent trip to Nagasaki and Hiroshima revealed first-hand
accounts from survivors who told their stories with nothing more than
 an intense desire for world peace. Marina will share these moving tales
of several hibakusha who were young children at the time of the atomic bombings.
After sharing stories and photographs, Marina will discuss the need for peace
education and some strategies for implementation in the classroom.

Marina Outwater is a Litchfield resident and a veteran teacher with
over twenty years of experience in middle schools. She has a master’s
degree in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education
 and is working towards another master’s degree in American History.
This past summer, Marina spent two weeks in Nagasaki, Hiroshima,
and Kyoto as part of a small study tour of twelve teachers from across the nation
 investigating peace through the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.
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 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Star Party
8:00 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.
8:00 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, May 27, 2017

Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us.  
No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful
byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation.  
Having your own garden is even better of course.  

What about wild plants?  They're right there, some in great abundance.
Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing
 their native neighbors.  Many of these we can eat and it is becoming
 quite well documented that they are better for us, containing
higher and more complete amounts of the nutrients we
need to be healthy within the same volume of food.  

Three Red Trees School of Natural Living's Andy Dobos will help you learn
some common, easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to
responsibly harvest and prepare them.  We will walk through field,
forest and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.

We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property,
something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible
 opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting.  All the plants we cover
will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood
lot so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.  
Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements.
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M,  
Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum of 20 people
Members: $10.00 ~ Non-members: $20.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857
or register online:

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 Free and open to the public
Bella Alpaca - alpace wool clothing
Bantam Bread - artisanal breads
Beltane Farm - goat cheese
Berry Ledges Apiary - honey products
Brookside Farm II - maple syrup
Cato Corner Farm - artisanal cow cheeses
Goatboy Soaps - soaps, lotions, lip balm
Good Doggy Treats - chicken breast dog treats
Laurel Ridge Farm - grass fed beef, pork and lamb
March Farm - lettuces, basil, arugula, baked goods
Oliva Cafe - dips, sauces, flatbreads
Penfield Farm - grass fed emu, pork, lamb
Plum Brook Chocolate - artisanal chocolates
Savor cookies - savory cookies
Sugar Water Farm - hydroponic greens and herbs 
Troy Brook Bakery - artisanal baked goods
Twin Pines Farm - pickles, cheese, jams
Wave Hill Breads - three grain pain de campagne,
ciabatta, garlic bread
Z Farm - chickens,turkeys, duck,eggs 
For more information, please go to