Things to Do -  April 2017
April 9-15, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

TURN: Fact or Fiction Lecture
3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
Due to the popularity of AMC’s show TURN: Washington’s Spies,
Benjamin Tallmadge has become more famous. However, not everything
viewers see on this show is accurate. On Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

The Litchfield Historical Society invites you to decipher the facts and
fictions of the show, with the help of Rachel Smith, from the
Office of the Connecticut State Historian at the University of Connecticut.
 Please note: this lecture is rescheduled from September 2016.
Benjamin Tallmadge
Smith manages the “TURN to a Historian” blog, which is for people
searching for historically-accurate information and analysis about
 the show and its cast of characters. She also serves as a historical
consultant and as an administrative editor for Common-place,
an online academic journal of Early American History.
On view at the Litchfield History Museum are various Tallmadge
family portraits, which will be accessible before and after the lecture.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
Lectures are free for members and $5 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

Monday, April 10, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

"Sense"sational Spring Break Camp
Grades 1-3: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Grades 4-6: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 2017
Which CT animal has the best sense of hearing? Who can see better:
a human or a hawk? Why do owls not mind eating smelly skunks?
All of these questions about the senses will be answered and more during our
"Sense"sational Spring Break Camp. Spend your vacation exploring the wild and
 wonderful natural world at White Memorial. Meet live animals up close,
make some awesome crafts, tromp around the woods, and play fun games,
all while learning about the amazing senses of our native critters.
Snacks and drinks will be served between adventures.
This is a kids-only event!
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 6.
Members: $20/child per session or $70/child for the week.
Non-members: $30/child per session or $110/child for the week.

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 11, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Preparing for Long Term Care
6:30 pm
Goshen Public Library
or call 860-491-3234

Heartbeat: A Native American Musical Experience
with Craig Harris
7:00-8:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Based on extensive research and interviews with more than one hundred
 influential musicians, producers, and record label owners, Heartbeat is
 an unprecedented celebration of Native North America’s magnificent
audio tapestry. Join percussionist, educator, and author Craig Harris
as he leads this exciting multimedia, participatory, and
stereotype-defying celebration of Native American music.
Combining archival video and audio recordings, eye-opening storytelling,
and collective music-making, this program spans from  the “heartbeat”
of powwow drums and the “warble” of wooden flutes to the electrifying
sounds of Native infused rock, jazz, reggae, country music,
blues, hip-hip, and electronic dance music.

A passion for music has fueled Harris’ journey. His music-oriented
articles, reviews, and photographs have appeared in newspapers,
magazines, and websites for more than four decades.
A skilled percussionist, Harris has appeared in concert and/or on recordings
 with Rod MacDonald, C.J. Chenier, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Melanie,
Rick Danko (The Band), and Merl Saunders. He currently plays with the
Gaea Star Band, and co-hosts the weekly Gaea Crystal Radio Hour for the
Dream Vision 7 Radio Network. Holding a masters’ degree in education,
Harris taught music in public and charter schools for a more than a quarter-century.
Visit his website at:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Full Moon Drumming for Peace
7:15 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon
takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street,
at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the
 drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided.
Any type of hand drum may be used.
All drummers or people who would like to become
drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World.
The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for
about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for
world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone
and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
April 11, 2017
7:15 pm
May 10, 2017
7:45 pm
June 9, 2017
8:15 pm
July 9, 2017
8:15 pm
August 7, 2017
7:45 pm
September 6, 2017
7:00 pm
October 5, 2017
6:15 pm
November 4, 2017
5:30 pm
December 3, 2017
4:15 pm
Contact: Susan A. Strand

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
This memoir tells the story of the Ephrussi family,
once a wealthy European Jewish banking dynasty.
The Ephrussis lost almost everything in 1938 but a hidden collection
of 264 Japanese netsuke (miniature sculptures) was saved.
The collection was passed down through generations
of the Ephrussi family, providing the link for the
story of its fortunes from 1871 to the present.
Moderated by Kathy M

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
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is an English judge of 59 whose husband comes home one
evening to announce that because of the near-sexless state of
their long marriage, he may have an affair, and he wants her blessing.
This occurs on the very same night that Fiona has been presented with a
 Jehovah's Witness case. She decides that she needs to meet Adam,
the critically ill 17-year-old refusing treatment, to rule
 if he is mature enough to understand his refusal.
Moderated by Denise
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.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Marlow Shami: Waking Up is Hard to DO!  
10:00 am -12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Two Part Series April 15 and June 24
We are a part of nature, not apart from nature.
This concept is easy to grasp in theory, but difficult to embody.
Academic achievement, accumulation of cool stuff,
an ever growing personal factoid database,
 social status - these are the crown jewels
 of what our society bases personal value upon.  

If these areas of endeavor are habitually visited without pause,
reflection and checking in with our gut, they usually act as a surrogate.
This proxy, blind to our authentic needs, morphs under
the radar into a numbing insulation. A gap grows between our
 little self and infinite self - the web-of-life, our planetary kin.

So many of the chronic problems unique to our amazing species are
environmentally rooted physiological problems. A robust body of
 empirical research underlines the imperative nature of this connection.

I've spent the better half of my adult life personally and professionally
investigating this disconnect, having grappled with many a challenges rooted in
this dis-union myself. Homo-sapiens are the only species with the cognitive
ability to choose to cooperate, or not, with the rest of our ecosystem.
 Interspecies cooperation is homeostasis in action. Nothing is static in nature,
hence the need to check-in with our personal inner compass often.

How else to stay on an authentic course?
The distractions of a consumer culture are infinite.
As you build your knowledge base of what is needed to be healthy and awake,
discernment frees you! You can draw your life outside the box, cherry picking
your genuine goals, friendships, stuff, and social accoutrements.
The strategy of re-calling our relationship within this fantastic family of plant,
animal and all the elements that comprise our world, is simple and complex.

Earth calls us to pay attention. To what? How so? Those chronic ailments endemic
 to our society: depression, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease,
drug addiction, are more often than not, rooted in this sensory disconnect.
These maladies communicate to us just like a compass does to a lost sailor if we pay attention.
Sickness can also be guidance. Nature is not a panacea to our ills. It will, however,
provide a personal road map to what we need in order to live a full and joyful life.
When we set our intention and attention to the job of noticing what is going on
within our whole body and the world holding us at that very moment,
we notice the sensory anchors that tether us to earth. Our mind alone cannot do this for us.
Our many sensory anchors, once welcomed into our consciousness as valid and real,
paradoxically open our mind and heart to what it is that we truly need.

Navigating the constantly shifting landscape of
our lives requires our inner compass to awaken.
We do this by simply paying attention without judgement or expectation.
Join me in an experiential Wake-Up  program this spring.
Enjoy a meditation, activity to enhance the Waking UP process,
group discussion, and nature-connection.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room.
 FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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 
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