Things to Do - December 2018
December 1-8, 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Trip to "Vintage Christmas"
Portsmouth, NH
Warren and Morris Recreation
Saturday, December 1 ~ 7:00 am to
Sunday,  December 2 ~ 7:00 pm
Warren Community Center
Morris Town Hall
Experience this magical event in the heart of downtown
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Excitement builds as the community
counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas Tree
and the festive fun continues with a dazzling illuminated holiday parade.
In the spirit of a truly vintage Christmas, Strawbery Banke Museum
welcomes visitors to travel through 300+ years of daily life; along
with with the opportunity to walk through a historic portrayal of
winter among the glowing historic homes and costumed role players.

Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all of the sounds,
scents and moments for family "stopfulness" to
this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.

$220.00 pp / do - includes deluxe motor coach transportation,
overnight accommodations, dinner Saturday night, breakfast
Sunday morning, admission to the Strawbery Banke Museum along
with shopping opportunities at Stonewall Kitchen Store and
Kittery Trading Post, snacks, raffles, driver gratuity and more!

Please visit our website to download your registration form
to submit to our office along with your payment made
payable to: Warren Parks and Recreation.

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

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Gingerbread Nativity-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 1 ~ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Pilgrim Hall
$30 per Nativity
To register call 860-567-1041

Cookie Fair
Saturday, December 1 ~ 2:00-6:00 pm
St. Thomas Church, Goshen

Art Show, Cocktails and Christmas Shopping
Saturday, December 1 ~ 2:00-6:00 pm
Village Restaurant Upper Room
Litchfield County's newest Arts Non-Profit, Art Tripping,
 is having its second Pop-Up Art Event on December 1, 2018 at the
Village Restaurant in their Upper Room, on West Street in Litchfield, CT.

From 2:00 to 6:00 pm you can get some Christmas Shopping
done in the company of your friends and enjoy
 a cocktail (cash bar) and some tasty nibbles.

Fine art, fiber, fashion, pastry boards, jewelry, metal,
mixed media, ornaments, pillows, felting, bags....all created by
artists and artisans from Litchfield proper and county towns.

Kick off the Holiday Shopping Season in a relaxing atmosphere -
no malls, no crowds, plenty of parking and no stress!

From Wisdom's Table:
Holiday Cookies for a Party
Saturday, December 1 ~ 2:00-3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Add some new varieties to your cookie collection....
Join us for the ultimate cookie adventure! In this baking demonstration
we will witness the creation of: Amazing Coconut Macaroons,
the BEST Italian cookies, Sugar Cookies (by your own design),
Tea Cakes and Buttery Almond Crescents. Conversations,
 recipes and tastings are part of this program experience.  

Chef Margaret Jacobs
Margaret Jacobs is the Head Chef at Wisdom House.
 A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY;
Trained by Austrian and French chefs, Antoine Linda and Michael Carrier.
 She has worked at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City
and as Executive Chef at EF Barrett & Co., NYC. Over 30 years
 of cooking, baking and business experience in the culinary arts.

Sign Up By Friday, Nov. 30 at Noon
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Woods in Winter:
Watercolor Workshop
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, December 1 ~ 4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Follow along with step-by-step demos to
create a simple, scenic, winter watercolor,
just in time for Holiday gift-giving.

All materials included.
For ages 12 and up.
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm,  A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $35.00, Non-members: $60.00.
Pre-registration and
pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857

Candlelight Carol Sing
Advent Songs & Christmas Carols
Saturday, December 1 ~ 7:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield

Handel's Messiah
Waterbury Symphony
Saturday, December 1 ~  7:30 pm
St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield
Hartford Chorale
Richard Coffey, Music Director
The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that presents,
on a symphonic scale, masterpieces of great choral art throughout
southern New England and beyond, serving as the primary symphonic
chorus for the Greater Hartford community. The Hartford Chorale
engages the widest possible audiences with exceptional performances
 of a broad range of choral literature, providing talented singers with the
opportunity to study and perform at a professional level. Hartford Chorale
Vocal Soloists from the Yale Opera Program
Laura Nielsen, soprano
Rachel Weishoff, mezzo
Luis Aguilar, tenor
Brady Muth, bass-baritone
Leif Bjaland, Conductor

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Living Nativity
Sunday, December 2 ~ 3:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield

Monday, December 3, 2018
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Monday Scholars:
An Introduction to Italian Opera
Mondays ~ 12:30 - 2:00 pm
December 3 through 17
Oliver Wolcott Library
Do you have an interest in opera but aren’t quite sure where to start?
During the month of December the OWL Monday Scholars will learn
about the Bel Canto era of Italian Opera with a specific focus on the
operas of Guiseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. It is the
 perfect introduction for the nascent opera fan. 

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

Off the Hook
For Grades 4-6
Monday, December 3 ~ 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
If your child loves DIY crafts, then they’re invited to OWL
to follow easy step-by-step instructions to create a unique yarn
craft without using any knitting needles or crochet hooks.
All materials will be provided.

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

A History of the Christmas Bird Count
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Monday, December 3 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
LHAS’s Ray Belding, in his usual jovial style, will tell us about the
history of the CBC, starting with its inception by National Audubon
and covering LHAS’s participation in the count from the mid-1950s.
 Ray has been involved with the CBC for more than 40 years.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

The Tenement Museum NYC Day Trip
Tuesday, December 4 ~ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This museum tells the stories of immigrants
who started their lives anew on Manhattan's
Lower East Side between the 19th and 20th
centuries through the recreated apartment
and businesses of real families in our two historic
tenement buildings. Our tenements housed
over 15,000 working class immigrants from
over 20 nations while they served as residents.  
The bus departs LCC 8:00 am / depart NYC 3:30 pm.  

The cost is $65.00 pp includes R/T coach
bus transportation and guided tour
of museum, lunch on your own.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required
by calling 860-567-8302

For more info call 860-567-8302

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Mystery Animal Meet & Greet
Wednesday, December 5 ~ 4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Did you know that White Memorial has a
variety of live education animals just waiting to
 meet YOU? Join us on Wednesdays in December
 in the Museum for your chance to get up close
 and personal with one of our animal ambassadors.
Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the
 Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other
 mystery creature? Come and find out!

4pm. Members: FREE, Non-members:
Free with cost of Museum admission

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

New York Botanical Gardens
Holiday Train Show Day Trip
Thursday, December 6 ~ 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more
than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark,
 leaves, and other natural materials--all under the
 twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming past familiar sights such
as the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.
This year's exhibition showcases Lower Manhattan--the birthplace
of New York City--featuring the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island,
and iconic skyscrapers sharing the spotlight among old and new favorites.

The group will take the LCC van to the New York Botanical Gardens
 for a docent lead tour of the Holiday Train Show.
The docent lead tour will begin at 11:00am.
 Afterwards, group members will have the day to
themselves to explore the garden more, and enjoy lunch on
the grounds, at either of their two featured restaurants.
Depart from NYBG for Litchfield at 3pm.

Limited Space Available
Call (860) 567-8302,
Price includes Transportation on LCC Van,
and NYBG Admission/Tour.
Price does not include lunch.
Non-refundable ticket.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Medicare Advantage Plans Informational Presentation
Thursday, December 6 ~ 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
This seminar will highlight the benefits and savings
available to seniors who qualify. The application process
 will also be discussed. Q & A will follow presentation.

Presented by Steve Ardussi, an independent health insurance
broker licensed in CT and MA. Mr. Ardussi focuses his practice
 on helping seniors and others find the most appropriate, affordable
 and comprehensive health insurance and other benefit plans.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Morris Senior Center's Holiday Party
Thursday, December 6 ~ 12:30 pm
Morris Senior Center
Complete catered lunch, delicious dessert, grab bag,
amazing live entertainment, special visitor and more!
Tickets on sale now at the Morris Senior Center.  
Spread some Holiday Cheer with us!
tickets $18.00 pp.

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT  06763
Phone:  860-567-7437

Nature's Nursery Series
Thursday, December 6 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on the first Thursday of each month
September - December for an hour-long program
 designed just for your young nature lovers.
Every session will include a story, an encounter
with a live animal, and an activity or craft.
 Bring your kids out to White Memorial for a jam
-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents/Guardians,
 we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857 or
Visit to register.
Space is limited!
Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series,
Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series

The Man who Forever Changed a Town:
a True WWII Story
With Author Peter Lion
Thursday, December 6 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In the small, farming town of Eschweiler, Luxembourg sits the only
church in the world dedicated to the memory of a single, American soldier.
That solider was George Mergenthaler. This is his story.

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

Friday, December 7, 2018
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Winter After School Stories and Craft
Grades K-2
Friday,  December 7 ~ 3:30-4:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Join Ms. G., the Morris Public Library Children’s Coordinator,
for “Winter After School Stories and Craft,”
 for students in Grades K-2,
on Fridays, December 7, 2018, January 18,
February 22, 2019, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm.
Snow dates are the following Fridays.

An engaging story and educational activities will be
offered along with a craft and interaction time.
Pick up after school (JMS) by a librarian
 is offered - bring a note to school.

Only 15 spots!
Register today: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Christmas Tree Sale
Bantam Fire Co.
Friday, December 7 ~ 4:00-7:00 pm
Bantam Center
Rt. 202 & 209 Intersection
Benefits the Bantam Fire Co.

Museum Open House
Friday, December 7 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Stroll through the Museum. Sip mulled cider.
Wrap up your holiday shopping. Take 10% off
all purchases! One Night Only Open House Special:
Buy a Membership for Yourself or a Loved One
and Receive a Free WMCC Tote!
 (New members only)

Date Night Cooking Class
Friday, December 7 ~ 6:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Chef John Ferrucci returns to The Litchfield Community Center
on Friday December 7, 2018 for his popular Date Night Cooking Class.  
Enjoy a hands-on cooking class where you will prepare and appetizer,
 main entrée and dessert.  All ingredients provided, bring your own wine.  

The class runs from 600pm to 8:30pm and cost $60.00 per couple.  
Space is limited, pre-registration and pre-payment is required
by calling The Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302

For more info call 860-567-8302

Region 6 Players Present
"The Wizard of Oz"
Friday, December 7 ~ 7:00 pm
Wamogo High School Auditorium
Tickets 860-567-6658 x267

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Crack o' Dawn Owl Prowl
with Fran Zygmont and Gerri Griswold
Saturday, December 8 ~ 4:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
You can do it! Venture out into a cold December
morning in search of our native owls with expert
 Fran Zygmont. We'll be in search of Barred Owls,
 Screech Owls, Saw-Whet Owls, and
 Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather.

Coffee and comestibles will be served beforehand.
Optional breakfast at Patty's après program.
4:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room.
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00,  
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online

Christmas Tree Sale
Bantam Fire Co.
Saturday, December 8 ~ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bantam Center
Rt. 202 & 209 Intersection
Benefits the Bantam Fire Co.

Family Fun Day
For all ages
Saturday, December 8 ~ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
It's the most wonderful time of the year and Mad Science is going
 to share it with OWL! Adults and children alike won't believe their
eyes as they try to determine if what they're seeing is magic or science.
Don't worry, Mad Science will explain it all as they use their indoor
fireworks to create a festival of lights and share their top secret
 "special ice" shipped straight from the North Pole. It all comes together
 with their magical no-melt snow. Audiences will have to see it to believe it!

Winter Wonder Holiday Show @ 11 am
Plus! Gingerbread cookie decorating will be
ongoing in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room
& a special snowflake craft in the Children’s Library.

Oliver Wolcott Library events
are free and open to the public.

Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Saturday, December 8 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama
on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person
with a percentage donated to the
White Memorial Conservation Center.

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm
 at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to
schedule your very own private llama walk.

Region 6 Players Present
"The Wizard of Oz"
Saturday, December 8 ~ 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Wamogo High School Auditorium
Tickets 860-567-6658 x267