Things to Do -  October 2017
October 15-21, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Essex Steam Train and
Riverboat Lunch Excursion
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
 Litchfield Community Center
Trip is full. Please call to be placed on waitlist.
Enjoy a 3 course lunch aboard restored 1920's Pullman Diners
as part of a 3.75 hour lunch, train and riverboat
sightseeing excursion.The itinerary begins with boarding
your Dining Car to savor a hot lunch at historic Essex Station
 that is prepared and cooked on board.Next you will travel
aboard the train along the Lower CT River Valley.
At Deep River Landing you will transfer to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat
 for a cruise on the CT River, bursting with lush scenery and historic sights.
You will finish your journey riding in Coach Passenger
 Cars aboard the train back to Essex Station.
Pre-registration is required. Call for details.
Cost: Contact us for details
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Morris Lunch and Learn
12:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
FREE! ~ Pre-funeral planning discussion
with Jeffrey Thurston of Rowe Funeral Home.  
Learn everything you need to know
in a gentle and approachable manner.  
Reservation required for catered lunch.
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437

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Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight
History Comes to Life Series
2:00-3:00 pm
 Litchfield Community Center
Rita Parisi brings to life eerie, mysterious stories
 of 19th century Sarah Orne Jewett,
a New England regional writer featuring
 a family curse, death and immortality.
"HISTORY COMES TO LIFE" SERIES
Tuesday September 26, 2017:
presents Helen Keller~Champion of the Disabled
Thursday November 16, 2017:
presents Amelia Earhart~First Lady of the Air
* Get your tickets now!
Cost: $10 for each/$25.00 for all 3
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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Spies in the Family
Conversation with Author Eva Dillon
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel,
and the Friendship that Helped End the Cold War is a riveting true-life thriller
and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer. 
In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon’s family was living
in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long
believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee.
She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent
 - Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov - a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT.

Spanning fifty years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a
deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the
 lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted
 friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives.
With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable
CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an
unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives.
Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with author Eva Dillon.
Eva Dillon spent twenty-five years in the magazine publishing business,
 including stints at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, The New Yorker,
and as president of Reader’s Digest. Dillon and her six siblings grew
up moving around the world for her father’s CIA assignments
 from Berlin to Mexico City to Rome to New Delhi. 
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

The Price is Right
Warren Parks and Recreation
Warren Community Center
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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Day Trip: "Rags" Goodspeed Musical
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
 Litchfield Community Center
 
An American Musical: Welcome to the new world!
Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for
lost family and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons.
Lunch at Gelston House/3 course lunch
Depart: 10:00 a.m. / 11:30 a.m.
Three course lunch at Gelston House
(Please call to select one of four entre options)
1:30 p.m. Short walk over to Goodspeed
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Showtime
Depart for Litchfield immediately following the show.
Transportation by NW CT Transit is FREE
with a suggested donation of $7.00 pp,
given to driver, only checks accepted.
Limited to 14, pre-registration is required.  
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: Call for details  
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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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.
 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

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Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar
6:30-8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Free Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar
Join us for a free weight loss surgery informational seminar
to learn more about a decision that could change your life.
Hear from our team who will explain the steps
 involved in determining if you are eligible.
Cost: Free
* To register, please call 860.585.3339
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Mystery Book Club
6:30-7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Sworn to Silence
by Linda Castillo.
To reserve a copy and register: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

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Earth Film & Soup Supper
7:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ,
5 Old Middle St., Goshen
In the Fellowship Room
The Anthropocene”: The Age of Mankind, a 2017 documentary
will be presented by the Earth Film Series of the Church of Christ
Congregational in Goshen on Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm.

Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen has introduced a new geological period
which has been named the Anthropocene, or the age of mankind.
The influence of humankind on the Earth is so great that future
generations will be able to see it back in the Earth's layers over
hundreds of thousands of years. During the last century, this influence
on our planet and its atmosphere has been
 judged by some scientists to be irreversible.

A group of geologists recently proposed to date the Anthropocene
 back to 1950, with the exponential growth of the fossil economy.
But earlier it was also discussed that the beginning of the industrial
revolution was the starting point, or the first forms of
agriculture or even the first mining in the Stone Age.

German explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one
 of the first to see how everything in an ecosystem is connected.
Von Humboldt introduced the idea of the Earth as a living organism
 in Western thinking, which eventually became the basis for the later
environmental movement. Geologists from now see the impact of
mankind at an increasing pace: climate warming, plastic soup,
nuclear fallout, a disturbed water supply through erosion and tar sands,
higher CO2 concentrations and diminishing biodiversity.

"The wisdom, wit, and charm captured from members of Anthropocene
Working Group are a perfect match to the stunning photography and video clips.”
J.P.M. Syvitski, Professor of Geological Science, University of Colorado
Members of the Anthropocene Working group ask the question:
How will our story end? And should it make us laugh or cry?

The film and a soup supper served at 6:30 are free
and open to the public at the
Church of Christ Congregational,
5 Old Middle St, Goshen, CT

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

Semi-annual Tag Sale
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Donated items may be dropped off at Pilgrim Hall
on Tues. & Wed. Oct. 17 & 18 between 9:00 am & 3:00 pm.
Donations may include small furniture items, china, clothing & tools.  
All donated items must be in good condition
and all electronic items must be in working order.  
NO upholstered furniture or mattresses will be accepted.

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Agree in the Midst of Our Differences
League of Women Voters of Litchfield County
12:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will host a Lunch and Learn program
(a monthly informal discussion, open to the public) on the topic of civil discourse.
Members and guests will talk about how to hold civil conversations
with those with whom we disagree, and reflect on how we might shape our
comments so that they demonstrate respect for both political parties.
The meeting will be held on October 19 at the Oliver Wolcott Library,
160 South Street, in Litchfield, at 12:00 noon. League Board member,
The Reverend Lois Keen will moderate the conversation and offer a few suggestions.
"While social media may not be the place to expect civil discourse, you can
learn a few tips on how not to get hooked by flame-throwing exchanges," says Keen.
If your family gatherings are fraught with political pitfalls, you have
friends you find yourself avoiding because conversation is so tense,
and social media is making you just plain mad… Bring your bag lunch
and come join us. Let's talk. The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County
 is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization of women and men.

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Litchfield GOP BBQ
Meet the LRTC Candidates
5:30-8:00 pm
Litchfield Distillery
The Litchfield Republican Town Committee will host a family BBQ
on Thursday, October 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
at the Litchfield Distillery on Bantam Road in Litchfield.

Woods Pit BBQ will cater the event and True Value of Litchfield is
donating raffle prizes. Litchfield Republican candidates will be available
to meet with the public. Tickets are available from LRTC
members or at the door for $20 per person.

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The Power of a Quiet Mind
by Elizabeth Aleksinas
6:30 pm
Morris Public Library
In a loud digital world, full of white noise created by our incessant
 life styles, the quiet and solitude are broken by the buzz of technology,
the necessity to keep up with the constantly changing environment.
How often do we take the time to enjoy the sweetness of silence?
 
Join Elizabeth Aleksinas, a Mindfulness Motivational Speaker of
Bramasole Fitness and Wellness Center in Morris,
at the Morris Public Library, on Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 pm.
Elizabeth will offer an inspirational presentation on how to allow silence
and solitude into our lives, which give us the space to think, act,
create, and daydream. The speaker will guide the audience
 through convenient techniques and tools to help
one regain the quiet spirit, reclaim the mind power.

The Quite Mind is crucial for our physical and
mental wellbeing. It’s time to become quiet and
to invite peace, purpose and mindfulness into our lives.
The program is sponsored by the
Friends of the Morris Public Library.
Call 860-567-7440 to register.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

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Imagine That!
Igniting Your Brain For
Creativity & Peak Performance
with Author James Mapes
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
In Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance,
James Mapes shares the knowledge and experience he has gained in his
thirty-plus years as a researcher, speaker, and personal coach.
Imagine That! is a guidebook that shows readers how to lead an
exceptional life. Enhanced by exercises, in-depth research,
and real-life anecdotes, Mapes dives deep into topics as diverse as
reframing thinking patterns, shattering a series of limiting myths,
hypnosis, stretch goals, transforming fear into love, and forgiveness.
“If you want to be a winner in life and achieve your dreams, you’ve got
to have a game plan,” said former NFL Coach Lou Holtz. “Mapes gives it
to you – period! James Mapes’ Imagine That! will not only help you reignite
 your purpose, it’s going to help you be the best you can be.”

The founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, creator of
The Transformational Coach, and an expert on the psychology
of applied imagination, James Mapes is a highly acclaimed
business speaker and personal excellence coach.
For more than thirty years, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals,
 teams, and organizations break through barriers to reach their goals
and achieve success. His clients include Fortune 500 companies
and major nonprofit organizations in the areas of finance, technology,
healthcare, academia, and the military, including IBM, the U.S. Coast Guard,
 Lockheed Martin, and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training.  
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The author will provide books for sale & signing.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Friday, October 20, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Semi-annual Tag Sale
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Donated items may be dropped off at Pilgrim Hall
on Tues. & Wed. Oct. 17 & 18 between 9:00 am & 3:00 pm.
Donations may include small furniture items, china, clothing & tools.
All donated items must be in good condition
and all electronic items must be in working order.  
NO upholstered furniture or mattresses will be accepted.

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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 by "Lew and the Good Time Guys"
* Registration is required.
Cost: $7.00 pp
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Date Night Cooking Class
6:30-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Celebrity Chef John Ferrucci presents this hands-on cooking class
for a date night menu with Chicken ala Saltimbocca,
Duchess Potato, Broccoli ala Polonaise and dessert.
All ingredients provided and BYOB.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
$60.00 per couple
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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Goshen Players Presents
Doubt: A Parable
8:00 pm
Old Goshen Town Hall
Rt. 4 & Rt. 63 Intersection
Did he or didn't he? Where's the proof?
A seed of doubt is sown.

October 13,14,15 20,21,22 27,28, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm
Tickets $22.00

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play,
Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama that will keep you
 on the edge of your seat. Sister Aloysius Beauvier believes in restraint,
self-control and a rigid dedication to discipline. When she learns Father Flynn
has taken a special interest in a troubled altar boy, she becomes suspicious
of his progressive, engaging attitudes. Something must be done.
Lea Dmytryck...........Sister Aloysius
Robert Kwalick..........Father FLynn
Steavie Reed.............Sister James
Loretta Fedrick..........Mrs. Muller

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Litchfield XC Challenge
Litchfield Parks & Recreation
9:00 am
White Memorial
It's that time again!
You can smell Cross Country in the air!
The 35th annual Litchfield Cross Country Challenge
is set for Oct. 21st in Litchfield's scenic White's Woods.

You can run the 5K or the 2K event...
The shorter event, (no relation to Frank Shorter)
will start at 9:00 a.m. with the
 longer race beginning at 9:30 am.  
Prizes for the winners will be Pumpkins for the first over-all male
 and female and locally-produced honey for age-group prizes.
Go to www.townoflitchfield.org and then to “Departments,
click on “Recreation” then go to “Registration Forms
and go to Litchfield XC Challenge 2017 and download the attachment,
 print it out and send it into us here at Litchfield Parks and Rec.  

The first 50 runners in the event this year
get E-Runner sport bags with iPod outlet.
Please make a note that the Jingle Bell Run
 is to be held on Dec. 2nd this year. Happy Running!
  For more information, contact Litchfield
Parks and Recreation at (860) 567-7569.

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Morris Flea Market
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Morris Senior Center
We'll also have a Gold & Silver Guy on site to take all
of your unwanted gold and silver off of your hands.  
Along with Antiques on the Green of Woodbury
for appraisals of your antiques!
 Table rental $15.00
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437

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Semi-annual Tag Sale
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Donated items may be dropped off at Pilgrim Hall
on Tues. & Wed. Oct. 17 & 18 between 9:00 am & 3:00 pm.
Donations may include small furniture items, china, clothing & tools.
All donated items must be in good condition
and all electronic items must be in working order.  
NO upholstered furniture or mattresses will be accepted.

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Red Cross Babysitting Course
Run by the Harwinton EMS
Sponsored by the Goshen Recreation Dept.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Coch, Goshen
For kids ages 11-15 to learn how to be a responsible babysitter
and to learn ways to be proactive in emergencies and
how to prevent emergencies and different situations.
$45 per person
Please bring a bagged lunch.
Register with the Goshen Rec at 860-491-2249
Colleen Kinkade
Goshen Recreation Director
Cell: 860-601-6089
Office: 860-491-2249
40 North Street, Goshen, CT 06756

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Fall Family Hike
with Carrie Szwed
10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Fall is a wonderful time to explore and appreciate natural wonders.
Join Education Director Carrie Szwed for a 1½ mile jaunt around the
Lake/Butternut Brook Trails as we look and listen for signs of fall.
This trail is mostly flat, but due to roots and rocks, it is not stroller friendly.
10 a.m. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room
(the lower level of the Museum).
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Indoor Market
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
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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What is Wild?
Scottish Naturalist and Biologist Bernie Lundie
2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We talk of wild animals and wild places, even wild behavior.
But what do we actually mean by wild? What truly defines it?
Is it a categorical or is it on a spectrum? And how can we tell?

Bernie Lundie is a Scottish naturalist born and raised on the bonnie banks
of Loch Lomond.  When not in the village school he was catching minnows,
 picking wild fruit for his grannies pies and uncovering the secrets of the natural world.

Holidays for him meant summers playing on the wild Kintyre coast
with binoculars in hand. These experiences of nature from a young age inspired
him to carry out a degree in Zoology at the University of Glasgow. His desire
to share knowledge saw him become a core volunteer in various community gardens
and member of research programs.  Through his studies Bernie has found himself
working at the remote Skalanes Nature and Heritage Reserve on the
East coast of Iceland    on 3 consecutive scientific expeditions .  
Coming full circle, Bernie has returned to his childhood haunt of Kintyre
with the aim of connecting others to the natural world.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Benefit Dinner for Puerto Rico
     4:30 -7:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
Corner of Routes 45 & 341
  Menu: Shepherd's Pie and Cranberry Sauce
Tossed Salad and Bantam Bread
Homemade Desserts and Beverages
Cost: Free Will Offering
(all proceeds to benefitting
 the residents of Puerto Rico)
Includes dinner, dessert and beverages.
For more information call 860 868-7106

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Goshen Players Presents
Doubt: A Parable
8:00 pm
Old Goshen Town Hall
Rt. 4 & Rt. 63 Intersection
Did he or didn't he? Where's the proof?
A seed of doubt is sown.

October 13,14,15 20,21,22 27,28, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm
Tickets $22.00

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play,
Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama that will keep you
 on the edge of your seat. Sister Aloysius Beauvier believes in restraint,
self-control and a rigid dedication to discipline. When she learns Father Flynn
has taken a special interest in a troubled altar boy, she becomes suspicious
of his progressive, engaging attitudes. Something must be done.
Lea Dmytryck...........Sister Aloysius
Robert Kwalick..........Father FLynn
Steavie Reed.............Sister James
Loretta Fedrick..........Mrs. Muller