Things to Do -  June 2017
June 1-3, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

OWL’s Adult Summer Reading Program
Read Outside the Box
Oliver Wolcott Library
June 1 - August 7, 2017 
Read Outside the Box: Adult Summer Reading Program will challenge
you to broaden your reading horizons and discover new books with
12 reading challenge categories. Don’t panic…we’ve designed this for
 success including some two-for-one title tips to help you cross off two
 challenge categories with one book. To help inspire and encourage you, we
have also planned book displays, recommended reading lists, and special events.
Everyone who completes at least one category will be entered to
win a special prize. Follow us on Facebook for weekly book give-aways
and more tips. And, if you complete eight or more challenge categories, you
will be invited to attend an Exclusive After-hours Celebration Gathering at OWL.
Register at OWL beginning June 1
to start Reading Outside The Box! 
Call 860-567-8030.

Morris & Warren Picnic
12:00 pm
Morris Town Beach
Picnic together under the comfort of the pavilion at Morris Town Beach
with our friendly and neighborly Morrisites! On the shore of
Bantam Lake we'll gather to be served a catered lunch.
For amusement, there will be musical entertainment,
door prizes, and games of chance. Feel free to bring your
own beach chair. Lunch served at noon.
Tickets are a $15 apiece.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
Morris Community Activities
 Phone: 860-567-7437

Goshen Garden Club
12:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT
12 Noon ~ Luncheon
1:00 pm ~ Business Meeting
Program: Dahlias
Speaker: Amanda Chase
Dahlias come in many colors and varieties.  
Grow some pretty colors for your garden.
A $5 donation is suggested from non-members.  
For more information go to
or call 860-618-0267

Friday, June 2, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Forgiveness: The Door to Serenity
6:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Friday, June 2 -6pm through Sunday, June 4 - 1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will present
“Forgiveness:  The Door to Serenity:
A Retreat for Women in AA/ALANON”
Friday, June2 (6 pm) to Sunday, June 4 (lunch).  
Shane Phelan, CMA will be leading the program.  
Shane Phelan, CMA
    A co-founder of the Companions of Mary the Apostle,
an ecumenical community, Sr. Shane has been involved in recovery
 work for 30 years.   She is also an Episcopal priest, retreat leader,
 and spiritual director.

          Participants in the program will have the opportunity to discuss
 not only the challenges of forgiving, inherent of a12 Step program,
 but also the personal freedom which comes from the act of forgiveness.
 The weekend consists of presentation, group discussions, quiet reflection
and some opportunities for one on one meetings with Sr. Shane.
Registration closes Thursday, June 1, at Midnight
Non-refundable depoist: $50
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Henri Nouwen's Compassionate Saint:
Vincent Van Gogh
6:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Friday, June 2 - 6pm through Sunday, June 4 - 1pm
Henry Nouwen had a special affinity for Vincent Van Gogh.......
A program, “Henri Nouwen‘s Compassionate Saint:
Vincent Van Gogh” will be presented  by Carol Berry,
 on Friday, June 2 (6 pm dinner) to Sunday, June 4 (lunch)
at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.

          Ms. Berry was introduced to the compassion of Vincent Van Gogh
while studying under Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School.  As a result,
she spent decades researching the life and art of Van Gogh.  This retreat will
weave the images and words of Van Gogh and Nouwen and participants
will learn about the admiration Henri Nouwen had for this compassionate artist.
Carol Berry
          Carol Berry holds degrees in art, psychology and art education.
She has lectured and led retreats based on the spiritual teachings
of Henri Nouwen and Van Gogh.  For her book, Vincent Van Gogh:
His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art, she prepared her own
translation of Van Gogh’s writings from Dutch and French.
A copy of her book,
Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art
 is included in the registration fee.
Registration closes Thursday, June 1, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $50
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Saturday, June 3, 2017

National Learn to Row Day
8:00 am-1:00 pm
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club Boathouse
1 North Shore Road, Bantam
Come on down for National Learn to Row Day,
June 3 at the LHRC boathouse.
Have you ever wanted to try rowing?
Looking for something active to do this summer?
The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club is pleased to be
hosting an open house for National Learn To Row Day
on Saturday, June 3, 8:00 am-1:00 pm.

NLTRD is a fun community outreach day
geared to educate and inspire all ages in the
amazing sport of rowing.

Coaches and club members will be on hand to answer any
questions, provide tours of the boathouse or just talk rowing.
Drop by to discover what many already know.
No experience is necessary.
No RSVP required.

Hike Over the North and South Summits
of Prospect Mountain
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
9:00 am
Prospect Mountain, Litchfield
It’s National Trails Day!
Join Marie Kennedy, Dean Birdsall, the Litchfield Land Trust,
and LHAS for a hike over Prospect Mountain.
Starting on the eastern side of the mountain,
we’ll hike to the north and south summits to admire
the views. We’ll watch and listen for breeding birds and learn
a bit of history as we traverse this wonderful mountain
owned by the Litchfield Land Trust.
It’s a moderate-to-difficult hike of about 2 hours,
suitable for families withchildren 5 years and up.
Meet at the kiosk on Cathole Road in Litchfield.
Heavy rain cancels.
For more information,
contact Marie at 860-567-5487

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
10:00 am
All Wars Memorial, Bantam

Celebrate Connecticut Trail Days
Geology Walk Through Five Ponds
with Tom Alena
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Geologist and meteorologist Tom Alena knows a thing or two about rocks!
Join Tom on this beautiful hike through one of White Memorial's richest geological arenas.
Tom will explain the glacial event that occurred thousands of years ago
 in laymen's terms revealing the stories of white quartz, garnets, mica schist,
and that incredible boulder field that define this very special area.   
Wear sturdy boots. Rain or shine!
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.

Sandy Beach Swim Lesson Sign-ups
10:00 am- 1:00 pm
Sandy Beach
East Shore Road, Morris
Swim lesson sign-ups will be held on two Saturdays,
June 3 and June 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the beach.

Swim sessions:
l - June 26- July 7
(no lessons on July 4)
ll - July 10 - July 21
lll - JULY 31  - Aug 11
Lessons are taught by Red Cross certified instructors.
Lesson fees are $10 per child per session.
Families must have a current season's pass to sign up for lessons.  
Beach passes are available at the Morris
and Litchfield Town Halls and at the beach.

Beach fees:
$65. - Resident Family
$85. - Non-Resident Family
(Operated by Sandy Beach Commission
from Towns of Litchfield & Morris)

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am -1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 Free and open to the public
This year round CT Grown farmers' market is at its indoor location
on Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm, at the Litchfield Community Center,
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield.
Over 15 vendors participate offering seasonal field-fresh
 and cold-stored fruits, vegetables and herbs.  

At this time of year we have asparagus, rhubarband a wide variety of
early greenhouse soil grown greens.  We also have local eggs; pasture fed beef,
 chicken, duck and pork, artisanal breads and baked goods; pies,
cider doughnuts and biscotti; jams, jellies, chutney, pickles, sauces
and hot sauce made from local ingredients; award winning goat
and cow cheese; honey; maple syrup and goat milk soaps.  
A recipe tasting each week - on May 13 Asparagus Soup.  

Music, guest artists, chef demonstrations, local nonprofits
 and a free gardening and cookbook exchange.  
Workshops are scheduled on many market days.  
For more information, please go to

Celebrate Connecticut Trail Days
Amphibian Amble
with Carrie Szwed
2:30-4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join White Memorial Education Director Carrie Szwed on a jaunt to find those
sleek and slimy creatures we call amphibians. We'll look under rocks and boards
and visit a pond armed with dip nets in order to reveal as many frogs, toads,
and salamanders as we can. After identifying and marveling at these
cool critters, all amphibians will be safely returned to their hiding spots.

Wear long pants and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy!
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room for a brief introduction on our native
amphibian species before we head out on the property.
2:30 - 4: 30 p.m.
FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

"Transfourming Sorrow" Walkabout
3:00-5:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A first at Wisdom House...
Accompany artist Kardash Onnig as you journey
through his installation in the Wisdom House chapel.
Experience the power of transformation through his work of art.
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."
Please call 860-567-3193
to add your name to the list.