Things to Do -  October 2017
October 22-28, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Semi-annual Tag Sale
11:30 am (after Mass) ~ 2:00 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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Outing Club
12:00
Talcott Mountain State Park
In search of autumn views, the Outing Club will climb up to the
Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury/Bloomfield
on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  We will choose the main trail which is a
dirt/stone road.  The first 1/2 mile or so, is very aerobic with a steady climb.

There are benches along the way so we can pace ourselves.  
The trail then levels out as we walk the ridge, then another short scramble
 to the tower. Return trip is very easy!  Our hike coincides with the
park's "Tower Toot", so it will be a busy place at the top with free tower tours
(donations suggested) and the German folk duo, Scha Musi, playing
lively music as we take in the breathtaking views of CT, MA and sometimes NY.

We'll meet at 12:00 in Torrington, to carpool to the mountain.  
Following our hike, we'll share a potluck meal.  
Please call Marge at 860 387-9830
to let her know what you would like to bring to the
potluck and get directions about where to meet.  
Remember you can always do the hike only or the potluck only.

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Friends of Topsmead
1:00 pm
Topsmead State Forest
46 Chase Road, Litchfield
Are you a Future Friend of Topsmead?
Interested volunteers are invited to discuss forming
a Friends Group to support Topsmead State Forest.  
Join us at 1 PM in the parking lot for a walking tour of the property,
followed by a meeting and refreshments on Sunday October 22, 2017,
at Topsmead State Forest, 46 Chase Road, Litchfield CT.   

People with one, some or none of the following skills are encouraged
to attend to see how your talents can help preserve this special place
for generations to come!  We're looking for: organizational, business,
law, banking, finance, accounting, marketing, public relations,
fund raising, negotiating, writing, social media, artistic,
historical interpretation skills, plus special skills and talents
that include trail work, stone wall rebuilding,
gardening, clock repair, carpentry and masonry.  
Please RSVP or send inquiries to Jenny Riggs at:

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Pumpkin Carving
3:00-5:00 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle Street, PO Box 216
at the intersection of Rt 4 and Rt 63
Goshen, CT 06756
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

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Goshen Players Presents
Doubt: A Parable
3:00 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

Monday, October 23, 2017
Continuing Activities - Mondays

Healing Benefits of Sound
Live, Learn, Lunch
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Rose Petruzzi, Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher,
Gong Master and Artist will share the healing benefits of the gong bath,
and sound healing experience. This will be an interactive presentation.
Be prepared to lie down, or sit, and surrender to the sound
Cost: FREE
* FREE ~ Register online or Call!
For more info call 860-567-8302

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Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
7:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
 
Sam Ducharme 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.
All ages are encouraged to attend.
* Pre-registration is required.
Cost: Donations Accepted
For more info call 860-567-8302

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Continuing Activities - Tuesdays

Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey
with Author John Pryor Fulkerson
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
After an inspiring vacation in France’s Rhone Valley, a surgeon decides
to grow grapes in the harsh northwest Connecticut hills and create
 fine wines from them. In Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey, John Pryor Fulkerson
details his experience of gathering friends and family to help with the harvest,
the crush, the fermentation, and the final preparation of fine wine.
Throughout this journey, he acquires much more than wine - he also
engages more closely with friends and family while cultivating a profound
 bond with nature. Fulkerson’s love of viticulture and wine making is
evident as he chronicles his challenges and victories in eloquent detail.
Sprinkled throughout the narrative are original poems that enrich
 the story and bring the reader deeper into the experience.

Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or are cultivating an interest
 in viticulture, you’ll find much to love in this story of one man’s
 journey through the grape-growing and winemaking process.
John Pryor Fulkerson’s love of words began when he was a young boy
 in New York. He grew up listening to his grandmother recite the works
of Kipling and Wordsworth. In college, he exchanged long, entertaining
 letters with his father, a physician, and also began writing
and studying poetry while pursuing pre-medical courses.

Inspired by his father and other physicians in his family, John went
to Yale Medical School and became an orthopedic surgeon.
Today he continues to write poetry and counts Rumi, Billy Collins,
Rudyard Kipling, Rainer Rilke, Lao Tzu, and William Wordsworth among
others as writers that influenced him. Lynn Fulkerson, shown here
with John, provided the cover art for the book. 
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.

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Fiction Book Club
7:00-8:00 pm
Morris Public Library
Join our Fiction Book Club
on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 pm
and discuss "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly.
To register and reserve your copy: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.

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Mindfulness Workshop
7:00-8:30 pm
LIS Library


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Continuing Activities - Wednesdays

New York City Day Trip
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a "Do As You Please" day trip to NYC.
2 stops - Rockefeller Center or Battery Park area.
1 pick up - 52nd and Broadway
Bus departs LCC at 8:00 am and departs NYC at 6:00 pm
Transportation provided by Kelly Transit.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $45.00 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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Meet the Candidates Night
Litchfield Democratic Town Committee
6:00-9:00 pm
La Cupola's Restaurant
637 Bantam Road, Litchfield
The public is invited to attend a Meet the Candidates Night on
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 with all Litchfield Democratic Candidates
including Matt Blasavage for First Selectman at La Cupola's Restaurant,
637 Bantam Road, Litchfield from 6-9 p.m.
Refreshments will be served and state candidates 2018 have
also been invited to attend. Donations of baby formulas for hurricane
victims are also welcome. For further information contact
Chairman Darlene Clouther at 860-480-3426
or Vice Chairman Joe Manes at 860-482-7332.

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Light: Its Mysteries & Hidden Secrets
with Joe Dougherty
7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
When you hear or read about astronomy, descriptions of stars or galaxies,
or the discovery of planets in a distant solar system, do you
ever wonder how scientists discovered all that information?
It is amazing to be reminded that man has never traveled further
than the moon and our farthest and most sophisticated spacecrafts
have only recently ventured into interstellar space. Yet, we know a
tremendous amount about galaxies millions of light years away.

This presentation will explore light….what it is and how scientists
have harnessed it to reveal much of what we know about our universe.
Specifically, we will learn about the chemical composition of stars,
how to determine the distance and temperatures of astronomical objects
 and how scientists are discovering new “exoplanets” daily.
Joe Dougherty is the President of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club.
He has specialized in the field of astro-imaging for nearly 10 years.
He has given numerous presentations on imaging to the public and
other amateur astronomers over the years. Recently, he has been
exploring the use of new tools, software and imaging cameras used in
the field of Spectroscopy of stars. He resides in Waterbury, CT
and holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Mathematics.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Continuing Activities - Thursdays

CJR Campus Tour
10:00 am
Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that
monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested
 in learning more about its programs and services.  Tours will be offered
throughout the year on the following Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
on October 26, November 30, and December 21, 2017

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the
 center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic
and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center
 and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler
Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis
Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested
and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office
(860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday
afternoon preceding each tour date.
 For further information, please contact Hedy Barton,
Director of Development and Public Relations
 (860) 567-9423, extension 252;
 or by email: hbarton@cjryouth.org.

Friday, October 27, 2017
Continuing Activities - Fridays

Star Party
7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program.
7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Fright Night!
LHS Costume Jailbreak Tournament
Sponsored by STPC
7:00 pm
Litchfield High School
Teams of high school students, dressed
 in costume compete in tournament
and costume contest.  
Open to public spectators.
Admission $3.00

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Goshen Players Presents
Doubt: A Parable
3:00 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 28, 2017
Continuing Activities - Saturdays

Adult First Aid
CPR/AED Certification
Camp Coch, Goshen
$50 per person
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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Marvels of the Heart:
Ghazali and Islamic Spirituality
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Get to know this scholar within the tradition of Islam....
Feryal Salem, PH.D.
Iman Ghazali is known as one of the foremost scholars of Islamic
spirituality (Sufism), theology, and ethics within the tradition of Islam.
His works have impacted a vast array of thinkers from a range of religious
traditions down the ages including Thomas Aquinas. This study retreat day
will examine the thought and philosophy of Ghazali as it relates to
spirituality through focusing on his text, Marvels of the Heart.
Each participant will receive a copy of Marvels of the Heart.
Registration closes Friday, October 27, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
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
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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Family Halloween Party
(Ages 3 - 8)
10:30-11:30 am
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Mrs. Shaia for a Family Halloween Party. Wear your costume,
listen to a spooky story, and have a craft-acular time! You’ll have a
chance to paint a Halloween pirate sun catcher, use tissue paper
to create a haunted mansion, and create a beaded Halloween bracelet.
 If you check out a book, you’ll be able to trick-or-treat at the circulation desk.
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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Spying on the Wildlife in Your Backyard
1:00-3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Game Cameras are a fun way to detect what animals are visiting your backyard.  
Animals trigger motion sensors which then activates cameras that use night
vision technology to capture videos and still pictures.  Patrick O'Brien has been
working with this technology extensively while researching American Marten in
southern Vermont for his Master of Science thesis at Central Connecticut State University.  
Patrick will share pictures of wildlife he has taken with game cameras and show
you how to select a camera when purchasing one.   There are lots of tricks to
using this technology so come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy shoes
 for the outdoor portion where Patrick will demonstrate how to set a game camera.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00  Non-members: $20.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org  

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Hallloween on the Hill
Warren Parks and Recreation
4:30 pm start
Warren Community Center
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113

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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