Things to Do -  December 2017
December 10-16, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon
Followed by holiday get-together
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she
was just trying to make the world a little better and a little freer.
But along the way, the feminist pioneer's searing dissents and steely
 strength have inspired millions. A lawyer and journalist, Carmon takes
you behind the myth for an intimate, irreverent look at the justice's life
 and work. As America struggles with the unfinished business of
gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stays fierce.
And if you don't know, now you know.
Moderated by Mary
Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
Second Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org
Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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Crafternoons at the Litchfield Historical Society
(Grades 1-7)
 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Litchfield History Museum
Lighting the Darkness
Bring light to the darkest month with crafts that
illuminate the old traditions and new technologies
Unplug and spend the afternoon crafting and creating!
The Litchfield Historical Society's Crafternoons will explore a new theme
in history with hands-on crafts and games that encourage students
to look away from the screen and tap into their own imagination.
To learn more about the month's topic, visit the Historical Society's
online calendar for a list of suggested readings. Crafts and readings
are recommended for children in first through seventh grade.
Registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
Crafternoons are $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.
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.

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Fiction Book Discussion Group
 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
Followed by holiday get-together
In this American comic masterpiece, hero Ignatius J. Reilly is huge,
obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote
of the French Quarter. The story bursts with wholly original characters,
denizens of the depths of New Orleans, incredibly true-to-life dialogue,
and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.
Moderated by Bill
Fiction Book Discussion Group
The Fiction Book Group has been meeting since 2002.
New members welcome!
Come to one or all meetings.
Books are available at the front desk.
Second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org
Oliver Wolcott Library Book Groups
Book discussions are free and open to the public.
Join us for stimulating conversation and new friendships.
Copies of the books selected are available the month prior
to discussions at the Oliver Wolcott Library circulation desk.

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'Tis the Season for Crafts
(Grades 4-6)
3:45 - 5:15 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Give your kids the chance to make that perfect homemade holiday gift
 for their loved ones, or to decorate your house. We'll put their creativity
to work by making several seasonal crafts using natural and recycled materials.
 Feel free to bring items from home to re-use in their artwork, such as buttons,
 ribbons, and fabric scraps. All other materials will be provided. Of course,
 kids will get to take home all of their wonderful creations.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5:15pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857 or visit www.whitememorialcc.org
Space is limited! Members: $10/child,
Non-Members: $15/child

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Mystery Book Club
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Join us for our next Mystery Book Club on Thursday, December 14, 2017,
at 6:30 pm as we discuss "Deck the Halls" by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark.
Different formats of the material are available at the Library.
Register today: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Holiday Spectacular
(Ages 3-5)
10:30 - 11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Mrs. Shaia as she shares some new holiday classics about
Christmas and Hanukkah. We’ll use bells to sing songs together,
and then move onto craft time! Create a bracelet, paint a sun catcher,
decorate a gingerbread girl, and make a dreidel ornament.
This program is generously sponsored by Civic Family Services.
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

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Friday Feast and Dancing Feet
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month
for a light lunch, music and dancing.
Music this month: Michael Ciulla with
Holiday Music by LHS Woodwind & Brass Ensemble
and Chamber Choir from 12:00p-12:30p.
Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation
& Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

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7th & 8th Grade Holiday Semi-Formal
(Open to ALL Area 7th & 8th Graders)
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Live DJ, Food, Games, Ice Cream, and More!
Admission: $5pp
*Come as you are - Semi-formal attire NOT required
Must provide permission slip at door if not already given.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
9:00-11:00 am
Morris Senior Center
Community Room
$5.00 per person / $25.00 family maximum.  
Perfect start to your Saturday morning before heading out
for your Holiday shopping.  Mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus
and enjoy quality time with ample photograph opportunities.          
PRE-registration required by contacting Morris Community Activities
at 860-567-7437 or via email at Morrissrctr@optonline.net.

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Paul Winter's 38th Annual
Winter Solstice Celebration  
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Paul Winter's Winter Solstice celebrates the spirit of the holidays with the
extraordinary acoustics of NY's greatest Cathedral, St. John the Divine.
This multi media event features musicians, vocalists and the
25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

A dazzling extravaganza of music and dance, these performances
 offer a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people
gathered together on the longest night of the year to welcome
 the return of the sun and the birth of the New Year.

Special guests will include the critically acclaimed Pletenitsa Balkan Choir,
directed by Christiane Karam. The 15-voice Pletenitsa Balkan Choir
will collaborate with the Paul Winter Consort throughout the autumn,
creating new music for this year's Winter Solstice Celebration as well as
integrating the Consort's traditional music with music from their repertoire.

Founded by Christiane Karam in 2011 as a forum for exploring the choral
and folk traditions of the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East,
and parts of the Mediterranean, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir is primarily
 a women's chorus, with some music that incorporates male voices.
It includes and welcomes singers from all over the world, serving as a
platform for cultural exchange and a context for coming together
to celebrate the beauty and spirit that connect us all.

The Pletenitsa Balkan Choir has shared the stage with a diversity of artists,
 including Zulal, Juliana Svetlichnya, Mario Frangoulis, José Mercé,
Javier Limon, Vadim Neselovskyi, Gary Burton, Tigran Hamasyan,
and Binka Dobreva, a revered soloist with the internationally
renowned Bulgarian folk ensemble, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares.

Upon hearing and singing with what would become the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir,
Ms. Dobreva baptized the group with the name "Pletenitsa," (braid),
saying she was inspired by the intricate melding of cultures
and the tight bond she felt among the singers.

Depart LCC 9:30 am
Lunch on your own at restaurant near Cathedral
(suggestions will be provided)
2:00  am performance
Depart for LCC at conclusion of concert
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $90.00 pp  
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Litchfield Legislative Update
with State Rep. David Wilson
10:00-11:00 am
Oliver Wolcott Library

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Experiences of Emerging Church
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
Peggy Richard
Calling the 12-step program the"..great American contribution
to the history of spirituality," Richard Rohr challenges his listeners
to master the denials, deceptions and illusions of not just our
personal addictions but the addictive nature of our entire culture. 

In this audio series, Richard Rohr offers hope
and practical suggestions from many sources,
including Bill Wilson's, Big Book and Scripture.
Themes of Talks:
1. The Big Book and The Gospel,
2. Addictive Thinking,
3. Wounds as Trophies,
4. Rituals and Life Summary.   
For further information call (860) 567-3163

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Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
Over 15 vendors participate offering seasonal field-fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs. Also offered are local eggs; pasture fed beef,
chicken 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.
Music, guest artists, chef demonstrations, local nonprofits
and a free gardening and cookbook exchange.
For more information and to see what's
on the agenda for market day go to:

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Circumnavigating Five Ponds
with Gerri Griswold
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend quality time exploring one of the most magical areas on our property!
We'll be tackling every pond! Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water.
 Sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must. We are conquering Five Ponds
 rain or shine! Meet at the trailhead at the junction of Route's 63 / 61.
11 AM - 3:00 P.M.,
 Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register.
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Wreaths Across America
12:00 pm
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed at the
All Wars Memorial on Route 202 in Bantam, CT to:
REMEMBER all soldiers, sailors, airmen,
and marines who served;
HONOR their sacrifices;
and TEACH our younger generations
about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,
Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed
 at the All Wars Memorial during a ceremony that will
be coordinated simultaneously all across the Country.

The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution will sponsor and conduct the Wreaths Across America
ceremony on Saturday, December 16th, starting at 12 Noon.
Color Guard members of the Sons of the American Revolution
will perform a musket salute.

The All Wars Memorial is in the front of Bantam Cemetery
which is located on Rte. 202 in the Bantam section of Litchfield,
 next to Our Lady of Grace Church (715 Bantam Road / Rte. 202).