Things to Do -  June 2017
June 4-10, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Walk at Goshen Land Trust’s Newest Preserve
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
& Goshen Land Trust
7:30 am
Mountain View Preserve, Goshen
The new 127-acre Mountain View Preserve, located 4 miles
north of the Goshen rotary on the east side of Route 63,
has views of the Berkshires and diverse flora and fauna.

Join Ann Orsillo for a three-hour (or so) walk here. Meet at
the United Church of Christ parking lot by the rotary.
Parking at the preserve is limited, so carpooling is a must.
Formore information, contact Ann
or 910-880-1518.

LHS AOK Club Presents
"Cast of Characters"
8:30 & 9:45 am
LHS Cafeteria

Digitization Day
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
On Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Historical Society is organizing
a town-wide Digitization Day where residents can bring in material for digitization.
Staff from The Connecticut State Library will help digitize your photos,
documents, textiles, and other Litchfield-related artifacts
 to further our research and understanding of the town.

The Society will retain a copy of the digital file of the items brought in,
 for use in research, publicity, exhibits, and programming and inclusion in the
Connecticut Digital Archive. Most items will be returned to everyone in the
 same day and participants will receive a copy of the digital file.
This event is free and open to the public.

Litchfield Historical Society
Prepares for Town's 300th Anniversary Celebration
The town of Litchfield, Connecticut will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary
 in 2019. Litchfield encompasses the center village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton,
East Litchfield, and Morris (pre-1856), and the Litchfield Historical Society
seeks to document all areas of town. A Common Heritage grant awarded
to the Society by the National Endowment for the Humanities
will fund these projects held to prepare for the anniversary.

Have questions about the events or unable to attend the digitization day?
Want to check if your item(s) can be digitized?
Call the Historical Society at (860) 567-4501.
Additional programming will be held throughout the next
 two years to prepare for the anniversary celebration in 2019.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment
for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature,
philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected,
peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information
about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant
programs is available at:

For  more information please contact:
Megan Olver Siok, Education Assistant and Visitor Services Coordinator
to learn more about these and future programs and events.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
 Free admission sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.

Two Booker Prize Winners
A Book Discussion with Mark Schenker
1:00-2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Sundays, June 4 & June 25, 2017
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary prize awarded
each year for the best original novel, written in the English language
 and published in the United Kingdom. In this two-part series,
we will explore two Man Booker Prize Winners.
June 4 ~ Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel &
June 25 ~ The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
In 1520's England, Henry VIII’s challenge to the church’s power set
off a tidal wave of religious, political and societal turmoil that reverberated
 throughout Europe. In this darkly brilliant reimagining of life under
Henry VIII, Mantel boldly attempts to capture the sweeping internecine
 machinations of the times from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell,
the lowborn man who became one of Henry's closest advisers.
Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College,
Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned
his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.
He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making
 literature accessible and enjoyable. Books are available at
the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion. 
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Monday, June 5, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Intermediate Duplicate Bridge Lessons
"Essential Conventions"
2:30-4:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm
Intent: to introduce the majority of modern conventions to the
beginner duplicate bridge player. The course will be divided into two parts -
the must have conventions and then, time permitting, intermediate conventions.
Part I: Review of "natural" standard bidding, (SAYC -
Standard American Yellow Card), Filling in your convention card

Part II Beginners: Stayman over No Trump, Jacoby Transfers
over No Trump, Gerber No Trump, Blackwood Suit Slam Bidding,
Strong Two Club opening, Weak two opening,
Takeout Double, Standard Carding

Part III Intermediate: Negative Doubles, Texas Transfers over No Trump,
Limit Raises, Jacoby 2NT, Splinter Bids, Roman Keycard Blackwood,
Control Cue bid, Michaels/Gestehm Cue Bid, Defense Over No Trump (DONT)

Each lesson will be accompanied by a handout.
The first 1 1/2 hrs will be instruction
and the last 1/2 hr will be exercises and samples.
Instructor: Martin Hutton
NO class on Tuesday July 4.
Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $150.00
NOTE: A $3.00 per person credit card
processing fee will be added to your order.
 For more info call 860-567-8302

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

"Quilts that Care"
(1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
12:30-2:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Quilts that Care is a dynamic group of volunteers that
make and donate handmade quilts to cancer patients.
These quilts are distributed by the social workers currently
at 8 cancer treatment facilities in CT and growing.
 Currently, quilts are donated to 11 Connecticut Hospitals,
including The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, VITAS HealthCare,
Bristol Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent cotton fabric, twin-size
quilt backings, cotton flannel and quilting materials are being accepted.
 The donation of an 800-1,000 sq. ft.  work location
with storage would be gratefully accepted.
Fundraising, social media and quilting volunteers
 are being sought. Quilters are especially needed.
Monetary donations can be given through PayPal
 or at P.O. Box 166, Watertown, CT 06795.

 You don't have to be a quilter to join us.
We need volunteers to iron, cut and organize fabric.
All materials are supplied to us.
We have pre-made quilt kits available for those who
cannot make the meetings but would like to participate.
 Subsequent meetings will be held on the
 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
 For more info, please call
Deb Van Steenberge at 860-945-0184
For more info call 860-567-8302

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Quartet: Orchestrating the 2nd American Revolution, 1783-1789
by Joseph Ellis
From 1783 to 1789 America had its second great founding.
The men most responsible were Alexander Hamilton,
George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison.
That quartet shaped American history by diagnosing
the dysfunctions of the Articles of Confederation,
calling the Constitutional Convention, setting the
agenda in Philadelphia, and drafting the Bill of Rights.
Moderated by Alan
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
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.

Fiction Book Discussion Group
3:30-5:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
+ Book Selection Meeting for 2017-2018
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson
Two boys, once as close as brothers, are on opposite sides, with a
family in war-torn Poland, and a struggling young love during in the Holocaust.
Two lives, two worlds, and 60 years converge in a race to redemption.
 Also set in the legal world, it's not a courtroom drama with historical flashbacks;
 it's also a love story that crosses both time and geographical boundaries.
Moderated by Laurie
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
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.

Scripture Talks
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Grotto Chapel
Fr. Richard Schebera, SMM, retired Professor
at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
& a member of the summer staff
 at the Shrine will offer three talks:
Reading and Praying Scripture:
 JESUS: “Who do you say I am?”
Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 2017 ~ 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
in the air-conditioned Grotto Chapel on the Shrine grounds.
No registration is required and a free-will offering will be appreciated.
For further information, call 860-567-1041

Friday, June 9, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tag & Bake Sale
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Litchfield

Our National Parks
GCA Flower Show
presented by the Litchfield Garden Club
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center

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 Saturday,
 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)

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. 
Donation: $5
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Exploring Topsmead
House and Grounds Tour
with Gerri Griswold
11:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Topsmead State Forest is the former summer estate of Miss Edith Morton Chase,
daughter of Henry Sabin Chase and Alice Morton Chase. Henry Sabin Chase
was the first President of Chase Brass and Copper Company in Waterbury.
Chase Brass was one of the leaders in the brass industry
when Waterbury was the Brass Capital of the world.

In 1917, Miss Chase received from her father approximately 16 acres on
Jefferson Hill in Litchfield. Here she built a rustic cabin, which was replaced
with a more substantial summer home in 1923. She hired noted architect
Richard Henry Dana, Jr. to help her design and build the English Tudor style house
which was completed in 1925. The exterior woodwork is of cypress,
the downspouts are lead, the walls of brick and stucco, and the roof is slate.
The interior woodwork is oak, as is most of the flooring. The foyer, hallway and
 dining room floors are of polished terra cotta tile. Most of the interior walls
are of the same type of stucco as is found on the exterior. Fine craftsmanship,
an eye for detail and understated wealth are evident throughout the house, which
is tastefully and simply furnished with 17th and 18th century English country antiques.

Miss Chase loved the outdoors and as much care was given to the landscaping
as was given to the design and furnishings of her home. Surrounding her home
are plantings of holly, lilac, and juniper. Apple trees line the drive and formal
gardens on each end of the house compliment the English Tudor architecture.

Edith Chase shared her summer home with her life-long companions,
Mary and Lucy Burrall. The ladies spent the winter months at the Burrall
sisters' home on Church Street in Waterbury. Because it was their dream
to create a pocket of serenity, the ladies' lifestyle at "Topsmead"
was relaxed. Guests were entertained informally.

Miss Chase was a clever businesswoman. She built up her financial inheritance
and subsequently her real estate holdings. One of her most significant acquisitions
was the 1927 purchase of the Buell Farm which was renamed Topsmead Farm
to reflect its location at the "top of the meadow." The farm produced food
used on the estate. In addition to vegetable and flower gardens there
were beef cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs, and at one time, draft horses.

Upon her death in 1972, Edith Chase left her beloved country estate to the
people of Connecticut and to be known as Topsmead State Forest. In her will,
Miss Chase requested that Topsmead State Forest "be kept in a state of
natural beauty". To ensure that Topsmead would remain undisturbed,
Miss Chase left an endowment to be used toward maintaining and
operating the buildings and grounds as they were upon her death.

Pack a picnic!
Meet Gerri at Topsmead at 11:00 a.m.
We'll tour the home and then wander the property,
count Bobolinks, and maybe even see a Kestrel!
This program is limited to 15 participants.
You must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online:
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.