Goings On

Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month

January 1, 1970
Winning the College Admissions Game
Workshop at Gunn Memorial Library

College Counselor Francesca Morrissey, of Independent College Counseling Services in New Milford, will lead a workshop Winning the College Admissions Game. This interactive program will take place at, CT. ().

Do you ever wonder who “gets in” and “why?” Not all things carry equal weight, importance or value when it comes to the college admissions process. College admissions reps love to talk about their “holistic” approach to assessing a student’s application materials, but what does that really mean and why does it differ from school to school? In this interactive program, Francesca will share her wit and wisdom on such critical issues as the complexities and nuances of the application and admissions process, the hidden agendas of colleges and provide insight into how decisions are made.  Participants will gain insight to help find the colleges that fit them best and to make decisions that help them compete for admission.

Whether planning for college, applying to college or just thinking about college, this workshop is a must-attend for high school students (grades 9-11) and their parents.

Francesca Morrissey has a B.A. from Loyola University Maryland and an M.A. in English Literature from Iona College and has worked in various industries over the past 25 years. Currently, in addition to working as an Independent College Consultant who guides high school students and their parents through the college admissions process, Francesca continues to teach a wide range of classes (including history, language arts, American sign language and AP English) to students of varying ages at Education Without Walls, a community resource sharing center located in downtown New Milford.  She also hosts workshops and seminars on specific college topics, works with middle schoolers and their parents on researching and applying to independent private secondary schools, and regularly offers one-on-one and group standardized test prep. Francesca is the mother of four great kids – 3 of whom are currently in college and the youngest of whom she homeschools. Visit: www.highschool2collegeassist.org.

Tuesday, February 6, 6 pm
Snowdate: Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm

Registration is requested.

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green


January 1, 1970
Garden Club & Library to Present
Karen Bussolini

Herbs are such beautiful plants, useful in the garden as well as kitchen, so why sequester them in the herb garden? Use herbs throughout the landscape, in flower gardens, in vegetable gardens (to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects), as ground covers, specimens, in containers. Liberate them from their traditional roles, use your imagination – and bring them into your daily life.

Come delve into the fascinating world of herbs, “Herb Liberation!” with Karen Bussolini, in a talk full of insight, practical advice, and gorgeous photographs. Join the Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Garden Club as they welcome this widely-published garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and eco-friendly garden coach on Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The event is open to the public with a $5.00 admission fee.

Karen Bussolini has been a gardener as long as she can remember. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before turning her attention entirely to gardens. Her work explores the many ways gardening connects us to our place on earth and to each other.

She will be happy to answer questions before, during and after her talk, and to sign or inscribe copies of her books, which will be for sale (cash or check). The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook ($29.95 softcover, $39.95 hardcover, plus tax) and The Naturescaping Workbook ($24.95 plus tax).

Garden photographer, writer, speaker and Eco-friendly garden coach Karen Bussolini is a lifelong organic gardener and lover of nature. Her art background and focus on environmental topics – ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects – inform every aspect of her work. Her slide talks, which combine beautiful original images, recent scientific findings, personal observations, hands-on experience and a touch of humor, have been well received from coast to coast.

Her photographs have been published in every major garden magazine and in hundreds of books. She frequently contributes photo/text packages to national magazines, notably The American Gardener (The American Horticultural Society) and Wildflower, (The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center). As a photographer, she has six books to her credit, including The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook and Elegant Silvers which she also co-authored.

Closer to home, Karen gardens on a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, CT. Her eco-friendly garden coaching practice is devoted to teaching homeowners how to garden in a more environmentally sustainable way, to create healthy yards that are full of life, diversity, and delight.

Her topic will be “Herb Liberation!” and two of her books The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook and The Naturescaping Workbook will be available for purchase and signing. This special event is co-sponsored by the Kent Garden Club and Kent Memorial Library. Please register. Photos by Karen Bussolini.

An admission fee will be collected at the door to benefit the Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Garden Club. In addition, bring a packet(s) of seeds for the Kent Seed Library for a chance to win a book photographed by Karen Bussolini.

Saturday, February 24, 2 pm

Admission Fee: $5.00
Please register.

Kent Town Hall
41 Kent Green Boulevard



February 1 – 6, 2018
Kitchen and Market
Paintings by Cynthia Zinser

“Without Embellishment, what is real is beautiful.
Without idealization, what is in front of us is rich with mundane splendor.” says Zinser.

What is in our gardens, what is in our kitchens, what is in our lives is heart-breakingly beautiful…this aesthetic that guided 17th Century Dutch still life painting, guided the eye and the heart of Cynthia Zinser in creating this “Kitchen & Market” exhibition of classical realist paintings.

Even in our ephemeral modern world, everything has a lineage. The strain of Calvinism that forbade paintings in Dutch churches is responsible for the stark beauty of Woodbury’s Congregationalist churches that endures century after century to today. Dutch still-life paintings were meant to be owned, hung and enjoyed–not in palaces–but in homes filled with the scents of coffee and stew and the cacophony of family life. This treatment and the scale of Cynthia Zinser’s Kitchen & Market paintings claim that lineage—not in backward-looking nostalgia—but as something that is worth preserving in our own lives..in our own homes.

These paintings were captured in the natural, northern light “of this place”. Sent forth by her mentors with “the moral duty to claim northern light wherever you find it”, she did just that by establishing her painting studio in the Switch Factory in Bantam, CT. Cynthia Zinser, too, is “of this place”. She grew up in Woodbury, returning a few years ago after raising a family in places very different from here.

A contemporary realist, trained in Beaux-Arts methods, Cynthia studied at the Art Students League of NY and received her drawing and painting certificates from the prestigious NYK Academy, Harlem Studio of Art.

Cynthia’s artwork is shown regionally and in St. Simons Island Georgia. Cynthia lives with her husband in Woodbury and is active in Washington Art Association, Arts Alliance of Woodbury, Flanders Art Committee and the NWCT Arts Council. Her works can be found in North American and European collections.

Good News Cafe is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays and open from 12 Noon to 10 pm Sundays.


Good News Café
694 Main Street South

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February 1 – 4, 2018
Gary Komarin:
Cakes Stacked/Stacked Cakes
From 24 Cakes at Kit Mandor

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens with Salomon Contemporary present Gary Komarin: Cakes Stacked/Stacked Cakes, From 24 Cakes at Kit Mandor. Works will be on exhibit through Sunday 4 February 2018.

The most obvious of the recurring images in Komarin’s work is the “Cake” motif that he has used often over the years – sometimes accompanied by the inscription, “cake”, possibly just in case the viewer was unsure what in the world this was. And rightly so. It’s only nominally a cake, after all. If the artist had called it a ziggurat, I’d accept it as such as well. Baked goods are domestic fare, in art-historical terms the stuff of still life; ancient Mesopotamian temples with receding terraced structures are monumental, bespeaking issues of power, time, and history; paintings of these could be classified as “historic landscape” – the French Academy instituted a prize for this hybrid genre in 1817. Because Komarin’s paintings refer to their own internal imaginative scale rather than referring to actually existing objects, he can let them be monumental or intimate as they will. Regarded thus, in cognizance of abstraction, what’s most important about this stacked motif is the way it functions as an armature for the act of painting. Joseph Albers didn’t really have much to say about squares, but he appreciated them for the magic they allowed him to work with color. And, for Komarin too, color is entirely to the point. The “cake” is a stable form, and the linear treatment of a legible image—along with the atmospheric treatment of the off-white surround—allows for a different kind of balance between the painting’s two colors than if they were used in purely abstract forms such as Albers’ squares or Mark Rothko’s more nebulous hovering color fields: the brush stroke, quantitatively less than the surround, dominates and even, so to speak, invades it, whereas another recent treatment of the same motif, there is an equilibrium between the stroke and its atmospheric environs; and in others, the background dominates, almost sucking the form into its own dense ether.            – Barry Schwabsky, New York, 2016

Komarin’s most successful works are serial such as Pop Art-like cake images, in which versions of a crudely outlined central image are repeated against a succession of subtle lyrical backgrounds.                                                       – Sarah King for Art in America


The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot


February 1 – 28, 2018
Tom Hlas:

Tom Hlas refers to his paintings as “a geography of the heart and mind,” informed by memories, inspired by the colors and sights around him, especially the ever-changing sky and rural landscapes:

“My work is about a sense of place, a place where one can go to be at home. With simple shapes (squares, rectangles, circles, and lines) I create complex patterns reminiscent of imagined locales and spaces. At times, my work recalls idealized aerial views that one might see flying over rural areas. At other times, my work calls to mind atmospheric environments as if looking through and beyond the clouds.

As a mixed media artist, I find inspiration in childhood memories: my mother and sisters sewing and working with fabric; the men and boys working together in the fields; the rural seasons of the year; my Czech heritage and growing up in a large, extended family. In many unforeseen ways, my move back to rural NW Connecticut from the cities of Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington, DC, has awakened these memories and emotions, and they have now found their visual place.”

Graciously hosted by the Norfolk Library Associates.


Norfolk Library
9 Greenwoods Road East


February 1 – March 11, 2018
10 Artists/10 Pieces
At Tremaine Gallery

10 Artists/10 Pieces will be on view in the rotunda adjacent to the Tremaine Gallery. 10 artists chose an object from Hotchkiss Special Collections and used it as a catalyst for new work. Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8 am – 4:00 pm.


Hotchkiss School – Tremaine Gallery
11 Interlaken Road


February 1 – March 24, 2018
Form to Formless
Fernando Martinez

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery presents the work of Fernando Martinez.
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm.


Wisdom House – Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 E. Litchfield Road


February 1 - 26, 2018
Litchfield Public Schools
Mixed Media On Exhibit

Litchfield Public Schools will have their artwork on display in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery at the Oliver Wolcott Library.

Students from Pre-School to Third Grade have created artwork of different artistic styles from a wide range of countries. Many turned to Ghana and Panama to get their ideas for Kente cloth and Mola design creations. Using paint and clay they mixed primary colors to produce secondary colors and also chose a favorite animal to draw and created its habitat.

Grades 4 through 6 at Litchfield Intermediate School learned about the Elements and Principles of Art while developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a variety of art-making processes such as collage, scratchboard, and printmaking.

Art from Litchfield Middle School students will feature a variety of subject matter including Op Art, value drawings, 3-D paper sculptures, and self-portraits using colored pencils, marker, and graphite pencil. Students employed different techniques to create abstract illusions as well as representational artwork.

Art from Litchfield High School students will include works from Advanced Placement Studio Art, Advanced Art, Painting & Mixed Media, Drawing, and Illustration & Character Design. Works feature a variety of subject matter including portraiture, still life, and conceptual work, and employ a variety of art media.

LCS/LIS: February 1 – 12, 2018.
Opening reception: Thursday, February 1, 5 – 7 pm

LMS/LHS: February 13 – 26, 2018.
Opening reception: Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 6:30 pm


Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
160 South Street


February 3 - March 17, 2018
Art of Imagined Landscapes
Alissa Morabito paintings

Alissa Morabito has an obsession with beautiful landscapes and paints them through a retrospective and romanticized view. “I paint to bridge the gap between the real world and the perceived world,” she explains. “I want to capture that fleeting bit of magic that forever remains locked away in our memories.”

“I have an impassioned longing for light,” she points out. “Capturing the light is everything; it is what makes an ordinary landscape or figure ethereal.” Morabito feels that most moments in life, especially the ones we hold the closest to our hearts cannot often be captured on film. “Every painting, every stroke, starts from a memory and is linked with a feeling.”


Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery
5 Wykeham Road
(at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green)



February 3, 2018
An Evening of Poetry and Music
At Kent Memorial Library

The Kent Memorial Library is hosting another Evening of Poetry and Music. Poet and photographer Karen Chase will again act as hostess for the evening. Everyone is invited and all poets are welcome to participate. If you are not a poet but have a favorite poem written by someone else, you are welcome to read and if you like poetry but don’t write your own, please come to listen. Musicians and singers are also welcome to join in.
Depending on the number of readers, you may be able to read from 1 to 5 or more poems. Everyone will be given an opportunity to read which, will be followed by a musical interlude and refreshments and then, if there is time, we will have a second round of poetry and music.

Saturday, February 3, 7 – 9 pm


The Kent Memorial Library
Library’s Reading Room
32 North Main Street


February 3 - 11, 2018 
The Musical

ONCE is a uniquely theatrical experience that will move you to laughter, to tears, and to a deep understanding of the particular joy of joining together in song. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around ONCE. Contains adult language.

The Warner Stage Company production of ONCE is directed and choreographed by Sharon A. Wilcox with music direction by Dan Ringuette. The cast of ONCE features actor/musicians Noel Roberge (Guy), Kelly White(Girl), KC Beauregard, Michelle Begley, Hal Chernoff, Jen Colella, Darrell Cookman, Tom Denihan, Nate Dobas, Mark Garthwait, Michael O’Hazo, Priscilla Squires, Avery Swanson.

February 3, 9 & 10, 2018 at 8 pm
February 4 & 11, 2018 at 2 pm

Tickets: $22.00 and up

Warner Theatre
Main Stage
68 Main Street



February 3, 2018
Bill Benson at Twelve Moons

Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Connecticut based singer-songwriter Bill Benson, who performs music as a messenger of love, hope, and passion. He conveys his messages through inspiring lyrics and heartfelt vocals in the styles of folk, country, and soft rock. Bill leverages the deep, brassy timbre of his vocals to convey emotion and draw listeners into his songs, evoking a mood that pulls you into the moment and offers a retreat from life’s day to day chaos. Bill currently is host and producer of the Nutmeg TV cable show ‘Porch Time with Bill Benson’ – spotlighting singer/songwriters from around the state, sitting on the porch talking music, songs, and inspirations. Bill is currently working on the follow up to his 2015 Cd ‘This Old House’, titled, ‘Come A Little Closer’ expected to be released later in February.
Listen to Bill at tapnfeetmusic.comor www.reverbnation.com/billbenson

Saturday, February 3, 7 – 10 pm

Donation is requested to help cover expenses

Twelve Moons Coffee House
St. John’s Church (back door entrance)
12 Main Street



February 3, 2018
Flanders Offering Handmade Collaged
Valentine Card Workshop

Led by professional artist Dita Carley, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is hosting a workshop on handmade collaged valentines.

Carley has given workshops in collage at Guilford and Brookfield Craft Centers and has exhibited her work nationally with a number of pieces becoming part of private collections. She will be bringing examples of valentines she has created.

Appropriate for adults and kids at least 8 years old accompanied by an adult, at the workshop participants will make handmade collaged valentines for their sweethearts. Collage materials and cards will be provided but bringing your own wrapping paper, photos, magazine pages or any type of collage material to customize your valentines is encouraged.

Saturday,  February 3, 10 am

Cost: $20 for members and $25 for non-members
with an additional supply fee of $5 per person

Flanders Studio
on the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Road

203-263-3711, ext. 10

February 5, 2018
Monday Matinees:
Battle of the Sexes

The true story of the 1973 tennis match held between Billie Jean King and the ex-champ Bobbie Riggs that was known as The Battle of the Sexes. The match was the most watched television event of all time. The match began a global discussion of gender equality and may have even set fire to the feminist movement. Follow not just the matchup, but the personal life of each contestant as they fight their battles. From the quest for equal pay to the desire to relive the glory days, both contestants engaged in a cultural battle with implications far beyond the tennis court. PG-13 / 2 h

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT continues the Monday Matinee Series for the month of February.  Bring a friend and join us for these free screenings, Mondays at 1pm.

Monday, February 5, 1 pm

Registration is requested.

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green


February 8, 2018
Marking the Moment:
The Art of Allen Blagden

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library.

“There was a long bench in the living room of our house. And it was full of paper, crayons, watercolors all the essentials for creating art.”

And so begins watercolor artist Allen Blagden’s account of his career, training with his father, an art teacher at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. From his earliest days, art informed his life, taking him to the National Serengeti Park in Kenya, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, to the South of France, England, and Ireland, and to his beloved Adirondacks and Maine. His watercolors, renowned for their color, compositions, and technique, are held in permanent museum collections across the United States and by countless private collectors.

Thursday, February 8, 6 pm

RSVP Required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road


February 10, 2018
Cabin Fever: Hevreh Ensemble
Original World Chamber Music

You are invited to join the Hevreh Ensemble, original world chamber music, in a “Cabin Fever ” Fundraiser Concert.

Saturday, February 10, 5 pm
Includes Wine Reception

Requested donation: $40
Please RSVP by 2/5

Souterrain Gallery
The Wish House
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall


February 10 – March 20, 2018
Open the Door
Paintings by Katie Ré Scheidt

Don’t miss this art exhibition of paintings by Katie Ré Scheidt presented at the gallery in the former gas station in the Depot.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4 – 6 pm


The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


February 11, 2018
Jack McConnell Exhibit:
Somewhere Near: Capital Cityscapes

Jack McConnell has been photographing Hartford relentlessly for 45 years, doing corporate and advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. But now he re-imagines the city from a fresh perspective, shooting only with an extreme telephoto lens, an extreme wide-angle lens, and a multi-colored polarizing filter. The result is a dynamic collection of hundreds of images with an energetic, vibrant palette. It’s not the same-old, beige and gray Capital.

Groupings of office buildings form hypnotizing shapes and patterns dominated by stunning reds, blues, yellows, and combinations between. Startling reflections of clouds, skies, and nearby buildings appear in windows high above street-level. Street scenes shot with a fish-eye lens invite you into a colorful metropolis with no shortage of action and inviting destinations.

Artist Reception: Sunday, February 11, 3 – 5 pm
Enjoy light refreshments by Carole Peck


Good News Café Gallery
694 Main Street South


February 12, 2018
Monday Matinees: Mark Felt: The Man that
Brought down the White House

Centers on “Deep Throat”, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, his career, his freedom – in the name of justice. PG-13 / 1h 43 min

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT continues the Monday Matinee Series for the month of February.  Bring a friend and join us for these free screenings, Mondays at 1pm.

Monday, February 12, 1 pm

Registration is requested.

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green


February 16, 17 & 18, 2018
By William Shakespeare

The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association is pleased to present one Shakespeare’s later plays, the “tragi-comedy” Cymbeline directed by Parker Reed. Expect disguises, cases of mistaken identity, and true love. Cymbeline continues this season’s theme of “Dreams & Nightmares”: written late in his career, this complex tragi-comedy explores love and loyalty through fantastic characters and one of Shakespeare’s most amusing plots.

February 16 & 17, 7:30 pm
February 18, 2:30 pm

Tickets: $10, $5 for students and senior citizens.
Cash or check only: buy at the door.
Reservations are not necessary.

Walker Auditorium
The Hotchkiss School

11 Interlaken Road