Things to Do -  April 2017
April 1-8, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring Tag Sale
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
March 30 and 31 and  April 1 and 2
(Thursday through Sunday)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop Off for Donated Items:
March 28 and 29  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year the Spring Tag Sale is earlier
 than usual so please note changes.

Lourdes in Litchfield
Montfort Missionaries
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

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II United States
Navy veteran Chester Wright
10:00 am
Bantam Borough Hall
World War II Winsted Native to be honored April 1st in Bantam
American Legion Post 44 of Bantam invites the general public
to attend its monthly Veteran of the Month ceremony to honor
World War II United States Navy veteran Chester Wright
as the 342nd honored veteran on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m.
in the Bantam Borough Hall on Route 202 in Bantam.

The ceremony will start with members of a Flag Detail retiring
the honor flag United States Marine Corps Corporal Clifford Schmidt
 who was honored as the March Veteran of the Month.

Following the returning of Corporal Schmidt's flag, Post 44
and other veteran organizations will honor Chester Wright and
recount his story of service to his country and to his community.

Chet, his three brothers and his father
all served proudly in the United States Navy.
Chet was also a Civil Defense volunteer
during the 1955 flood of the Naugatuck Valley.

Post 44 will provide refreshments and encourages
attendees to enjoy fellowship with others after the
reading of Mr. Wrights biography, flag ceremony,
 playing of taps and 3-gun honor salute.

Family Fresh Water Fishing Class
 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,
Fisheries Division sponsors this terrific free program. Families and individuals
age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event which is part of the
DEEP's CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program.
The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it's FUN!!!
All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE!
To learn more log onto the CT DEEP's website: and type in "CARE"
Classroom: A.B. Ceder Room
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fishing at Point Folly
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Retro Dodgeball Tourament
Litchfield Education Foundation
2:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield High School Gym
Fundraiser for the Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF)
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a local not-for-profit organization
with a singular focus: to raise funds which support school-based/community
 initiatives that enrich, inspire, and empower Litchfield children.
Admission for spectators is free ~ donations will be gladly accepted!
For more information please email

Art Show Opening:
The Avian Photography of  Nick Hawvermale
4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Nick's photos are outlandish! Images are both technical and artistic.
The Conservation center is so proud to have Hawvermale's works
 hanging in the A. B. Ceder Room from April through June.
Nick Hawvermale hails from Bethlehem, CT and currently works as an engineer
in Northern Westchester. He spends most of his free time after work and
 on weekends going on walks and looking for wildlife and birds. Spending time in
nature and trying to capture each moment is what Hawvermale calls his, "free therapy."
Enjoy Nick's photography at our opening reception.
Wine and nibblies will be provided.
4:00-5:30 p.m. ~  A. B. Ceder Room
The event is free to the public but you must pre-register
by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Tag Sale
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
March 30 and 31 and  April 1 and 2
(Thursday through Sunday)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop Off for Donated Items:
March 28 and 29  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year the Spring Tag Sale is earlier
 than usual so please note changes.

Lourdes in Litchfield
Montfort Missionaries
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

Lenten Sacred Choral Music and Readings
4:00 pm
St. Michael’s in Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish will present a program of
Lenten Choral Music and Readings
on Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.
featuring the St. Michael's choir,
conducted by Dr. Marguerite Mullée.
This distinctive program of sacred choral music,
 scripture readings and poetry offers music by William Byrd,
 Orlando de Lassus, Jacob Handl, Giovanni Croce and Maurice Greene.

In addition, there will be readings from Scripture as well as poetry
 including T.S. Eliot, Chris Price, W.H. Auden, John Donne and Wendell Berry.  

Inspired by the great Anglican tradition of Advent and Christmas Lessons & Carols,
this program was developed by music director Marguerite Mullée and serves as a
reminder to reflect on the meaning of Lent and the high holy days of the Church.

The program is open to the community with a freewill offering only.
A reception will immediately follow the service and all are welcome.
St. Michael’s Parish is located at 25 South Street,
 just off the Litchfield Green.
For more information, please call 860-567-9465.

Monday, April 3, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Live Well Workshop
12:30-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
It's your life...Live it well!
Join a FREE 6-week Live Well Workshop today.
For people with ongoing health conditions like diabetes,
depression, heart disease, arthritis, pain and anxiety or
 those caring for someone with an ongoing health condition.
RAFFLE! Participants who attend 4 sessions
will be entered to win a gift!
Sponsored by the State Department on Aging
and the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

VNA Northwest
Monthly Blood Pressure Check
11:45 am
Warren Town Hall

Book Discussion: The Fourteenth Amendment ~ Part I
5:30-6:30 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Accompanying Stephen McGrath's March 26th lecture,
 this book discussion series explores the far-reaching consequences of the
Fourteenth Amendment to the present day. Participants will read
Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights
 in Post-Civil War America by Garrett Epps for the discussion

The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted 150 years ago to make citizens
 all persons born in the US and to grant citizens equal protection of the laws.
Originally intended to benefit African-Americans and other racial minorities,
the Amendment has since had the far reaching consequence
of expanding legal and political rights for all Americans.

Free for members; $5 for non-members
Space is limited and registration is required.
 Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield

Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper
6:00-8:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bantam

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Young Historians Book Club
3:30-5:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
Travel through history with stories for young readers!
Each month on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.,
the Litchfield Historical Society invites young historians
ages 7 to 10 years old to participate in discussions
and fun activities inspired by the book of the month.

Learn about John Hancock, his famous signature,
and his role in American History. Practice your signature
for when we read Louisa Borden’s The John Hancock Club.

Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
Pre-payment and registration includes a copy of the book.
Each session is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located
at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Goshen Garden Club
Luncheon & Meeting
12:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St. Goshen CT
Luncheon ~ 12 pm
Business Meeting ~ 1 pm
Program: Lawn Care
Speaker: John Vollmer
Vollmer’s Landscaping, Woodbury, CT
A $5 donation is suggested from non-members.  
For more information go to
or call 860-618-0267.

Women's Forum Presents
"An Artist's Story"
as lived by Danielle Mailer
 2:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes renowned painter and muralist
Danielle Mailer for a program at the Litchfield Community Center at
421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 2:30pm.  

Danielle Mailer is the daughter of Peruvian painter Adele Morales
 and writer Norman Mailer, and will be speaking about their
 influences on her while forging her own impressive career.
Photo of Danielle Mailer by Steven Sussman

In her own words, “Part autobiographical, part mythological and spiritual,
Danielle Mailer's figures combine threads of her consciousness in a joyful
explosion of pattern and color.”  Anyone who has seen the blue lion at the
 Salisbury library or the fabulous forty-foot-long Fish Tales mural in
downtown Torrington knows firsthand of that joyful explosion.

She received her BA from Bowdoin College and studied at both the
New York Studio School and the School of Visual Arts. In the last half a
decade she has completed three site-specific public artworks in
Torrington and Salisbury, with the help of grants from Connecticut
Commission on Culture and Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts
and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Mailer also installed three indoor wall pieces for Boston Children's Hospital's
new wing and has shown in galleries and museums throughout North America.
She was honored with a retrospective at the Mattatuck Museum
with over 40 of her works on display. She was also part of a traveling
retrospective of Provincetown artists titled "The Tides of Provincetown"
 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

She is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown and
 The White Gallery in Lakeville and has her own gallery/studio in Goshen, CT.
She is Litchfield Magazine's two-time recipient of the
"50 Most Influential People" of 2010 and 2012 in Litchfield County.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee
 at the door, which includes a High Tea reception.
The contacts for more information
are 860-605-7207 and

Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail
with Sam Ducharme
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
"Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkein
Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern-day adventure.
Sam Ducharme set out on a 2,180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip
from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine.
During his six month journey he documented the
 rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains,
 the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail,
as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest.

Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns,
over the mountaintops and through the backcountry.
The images and stories will leave you with a renewed
 awe of the beauty of our country and its people.

See his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a
hammock for six months through three seasons. You will also hear how
Sam returned to the trail the following year, connecting with aspiring Thru Hikers,
 paying it forward, and his return to the summit of Katahdin one year later.
Sam Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and is a lifelong resident of Connecticut.
He has two adult sons, both serving in the United States Air Force.
As an avid outdoorsman, and finding the empty-nest, Sam decided to buy
 a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. From there, he started walking north.
With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail. Gear, trail nutrition,
 enduring the elements, and the logistics involved in a long distance
backpacking trip were hard lessons. After 20 years working within Connecticut’s
 prisons, the search for a positive recharge resulted in a life changing journey.
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Annual Fisherman's Breakfast
Cast Off Opening Day
5:00-11:00 am
East Litchfield Firehouse
East Litchfield Firehouse: 860-482-1929

Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event
 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Litchfield Bancorp
297 West Street, Litchfield
Litchfield Bancorp will be hosting a residential electronics recycling
and document shredding event on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
The event will take place at the main office of Litchfield Bancorp,
 located at 297 West Street in Litchfield from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Shredding is limited to two boxes per person,
for residential households only; no businesses.
Documentation will be shredded on site with a
mobile shredding truck provided by Infoshred, LLC.

Take 2 Inc. will be on site to unload vehicles and safely package
and transport all electronics to their Waterbury facility to be
responsibly and securely recycled. Take 2 is approved by the
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
as a Covered Electronics Recycler in conjunction with
Connecticut’s Electronics Recycling Law, RCSA 22a-638-1.

Accepted electronic devices include:
computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, monitors, televisions,
cell phones, tablets, video games, VCR/DVD machines, stereos,
remotes, keyboards, small appliances, light bulbs and batteries.

Unaccepted materials include:
smoke detectors, propane tanks, ballasts, car batteries,
propane tanks, paint, household hazardous waste
and appliances containing Freon,
i.e. air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifiers.

Easter Egg-stravaganza!
(Okay, it's an Easter Egg Hunt!)
10:00 am
Litchfield Community Field
     Litchfield's Community Field will again be the site
of the annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, April 8th
with the "hunt" beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp!
This is a BYOB affair! Bring Your Own Basket!!!

The Easter Bunny is hoping (or is that hopping?)
to be here for the event!
You can just feel the egg-citement.
The town's annual Easter Egg Hunt
 is sponsored by Litchfield Parks and Recreation,
the Litchfield Candy Company and WZBG radio.

     Litchfield children aged nine and under are invited to participate
in the Easter Egg Hunt which will take place at Community Field
 in the Playscape and the Ripley and Porter Baseball Fields.

The event is free to the public.
Don't forget your Basket!!!!
Bring your "thinking cap" as there will be a "guess the
 number of candies in a jar" contest with the winner
keeping the candy and getting a free dental exam
and cleaning from Dr. William Fabbri of Litchfield.

     For more information please contact
Litchfield Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 Free and open to the public
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
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
Wave Hill Breads - three grain pain de campagne,
ciabatta, garlic bread
Z Farm - chickens,turkeys, duck,eggs 
For more information, please go to

Matryoshka Nested Doll Painting
Storytelling and Hands-on Workshop
with Marina Forbes
1:00-4:00 pm
Morris Public Library
4 North Street, Morris, CT
Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes,
will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition
of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting.
The workshop is open to adults,
teens and families with children 6 and up.  
It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work
together and learn about Russian crafts and culture.
Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn
about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Russian painting techniques
and floral and berry designs are also introduced. The goal is to produce
a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on
 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece matryoshka sets.

Throughout the workshop, participants will be listening to
traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the
painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps
 from a traditional Russian "matryoshka dance."

FREE admittance
Acrylic paints and brushes will be
provided for this 3-hour workshop.
A set of 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece and one-piece
pre-designed matryoshka dolls
will be offered for purchase.
(required to work - $10.00-$55.00)
Participants are encouraged to form teams to
work on 3, 5 and 7 pieces matryoshka dolls.
To register or for more information,
please call the Library at 860-567-7440.
Morris Community Room
(Morris Town Hall Building)
3 East Street, Morris, CT

Impressionist Spring Trees:
Water Color Workshop
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
1:30-4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Using a simple step-by-step approach, create a
whimsical painting depicting spring trees in the forest!
All levels welcome. All materials included.
This program is for ages 10 and up.
1:30-4:00 p.m. ~ A. B. Ceder Room
Members: $35.00, Non-members: $45.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

75th Annual Roast Beef Dinner
Morris Volunteer Fire Dept.
4:30-7:30 pm
Morris Firehouse
Adults ~ $14
Ages 4-12 ~ $12
Seniors (65+) ~ $12
3 and under ~ Free
Take out available
Come eat and support!