Goings On

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

June 1 – 23, 2019
Lambertson Truex Redux
At Privet Lives

Award-winning handbag gurus Richard Lambertson and John Truex originally founded their namesake brand in 1998. Known for its innovative aesthetic and commitment to fine craftsmanship, Lambertson Truex became an iconic American luxury brand.

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing… Lambertson Truex returns to Privet Lives, Saturday, April 6th. We’re talking a whole new collection of bags, totes, and accessories in new shapes, colors, and textures. Plus… new menswear items made of ultrachic, light-weight nylon. Hello, backpacks and messenger bags.

A curated selection of LT classics will also be available, as well as made-to-order bags and on-site personal monogramming. And if that’s not enough to spring you out the door, Lambertson Truex will be hosting a few friends and their wares and wearables throughout the pop-up, meaning a double dose of goodies.

It’s all about the bag. And if there’s one thing that Lambertson Truex does best, it’s designing the perfect bag. And tote. And accessories. Yes, they’re back… and we just can’t get enough. Their Spring ’19 collection is a breath of fresh air and we couldn’t keep it all to ourselves. #itsallaboutthebag

Free admission

Privet Lives
13 East Shore Road
New Preston



June 1 – 2, 2019
Home and Away 
Watercolors by Ellen Moon

This is the first exhibit of the year at the Souterrain Gallery.
For the last 30+ years Ellen Moon has been a fairly serious Sunday and vacation painter of landscapes in watercolor, but she have never had an easy time dealing with the local landscape. What she liked to paint were expanses of sea, sky or mountains. In northwest Connecticut, surrounded by a beautiful but complicated landscape, full of masses of vegetation, she decided she should conquer her fears of the local landscape and so set herself the task of making a painting a day of the countryside of Cornwall and its surrounding area. This show also includes paintings from some of the wild and beautiful places that she and her husband, Dave Colbert have had the pleasure of visiting in the last few years.


Souterrain Gallery
413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall


June 1 – 27, 2019
Susan Grisell: Close to Home
Oil Paintings & Pastels

Susan Grisell, a life-long Gaylordsville resident, began studying with her neighbor, impressionist master Bernard Lennon in 1964. She continued to paint with him until his death in 1992 and still works in his studio. She considers her work to be an exploration of the relationship of man to nature; a visual diary in which each piece represents a specific place and time as perceived by the artist. She works primarily, though not exclusively, on location. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. To learn more and see her work, visit her website at susangrisell.com.


Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


June 1 – July 7, 2019
Thrive – Kenise Barnes Fine Art/CT
Inaugural Exhibition

A selection of works by seven of the thirty artists represented at the new gallery, this first show at the space reveals gallerist Kenise Barnes’ interest in singular visions and diverse materials.


Kenise Barnes Fine Art
The Kent Barns
7 Fulling Lane


June 1, 2019
ASAP’s 20th Anniversary

Please join us for an unforgettable night of exquisite performances, memorable moments, great food, live entertainment, and above all gratitude, as ASAP! celebrates 20 years. The evening begins with a show curated by Nicole Tongue and hosted by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes featuring side-by-side performances with students and professional artists. The festive celebration continues under a tent with host Michael Lombardi, dinner, dancing, and a nine-piece band with special guest appearances. Come celebrate this milestone with ASAP!.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Doors Open: 6 pm
Show Begins: 6:30 pm
Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing: 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Tickets: General admission: $125; Reserved seating: $250; Patron seating: $500

The Gunnery
22 Kirby Road



June 1, 2019
Farmers Market
Opening Day 

The seasonal Farmers Market in Washington kicks off with a morning of festivities. Local farmers and vendors will be on hand selling their fresh produce, baked goods, and other treats. Enjoy live music and special activities for the kids. The market runs through November.

Saturday, June 1,10 am – 1 pm
Rain or shine


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


June 1, 2019
First Annual
Go Green Festival

Family-friendly. Nearby playground and gourmet restaurant. Indoor restroom facilities provided. First Saturday in June. Planned to be Annual Event, please come and support our efforts. Free event with reasonably-priced high-quality food & beverages all served in recyclable containers. Music by Ed Wright, Acoustic Guitar, Longmeadow, acoustic Bluegrass.

Saturday, June 1, 12:30 – 5 pm


Memorial Hall and the Village Green


June 5 - 28, 2019
Artists & Photographer Days
At Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden will welcome artists and photographers in the garden each Wednesday 8am-12pm from June 5th through August 28th. Both amateurs and professionals are invited to be inspired by the beauty of the garden in the morning light. Reservations are requested: a contact form can be found on the Hollister House Garden website under Special Events.

From June 5th through August 28th:
Wednesdays 8 am – 12 pm

A $5 per person donation is suggested.

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 7 – 28, 2019
Jim Napierala New Artworks
At Byrde + the b

Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Jim Napierala in conjunction with Community Day on Friday June 7. The artist works with acrylic paints on wood.  He enjoys the resistance that painting on wood gives him.  He creates intimate works that bring to life a whimsical universe of colliding geometrical and biomorphic shapes that are superimposed over one another and manifest into a magical world.  Napierala’s work is an updated twist on the work of the great master Arshile Gorky, but with a sly and humorous attitude.
“My work has been evolving since the day I first decided to paint. Successful or not, each painting informs the next. I cull from our collective past, as well as my own and contextualize these experiences within a retinal event”.
The exhibition runs through June 28, 2019.

Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 5:30-7:30 pm


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot


June 7, 2019
Community Block Party
In Washington Depot

The Washington Business Association and First Fridays in the Depot have joined forces to throw a Community Block Party. Come and celebrate Washington with neighbors and friends. There will be live music with The Wool Hats String Band on the Town Hall lawn. Kids activities include face painting, arts & crafts, and a treasure hunt. There will be delicious food from local Washington eateries. Community businesses, organizations, and pop-up shops will be all around the Depot offering activities, specialty items, and other goodies. Make sure to stay for the outdoor movie night at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens featuring Casablanca.

Friday, June 7, 4:30 – 9:30 pm


Town of Washington, in the Depot


June 7 – August 2, 2019
First Fridays
at Hollister House Garden

On the first Friday in June, July and August the garden will be open to visitors from 6-8 (in addition to our regular open hours). As the light fades and day turns to evening enjoy the company of friends and the beauty of the garden. Come, have a glass of wine and delight in the intimate outdoor spaces, bordered by dramatic hedges and overflowing with exuberant plantings. A perfect start to a summer weekend.

Fridays, June 7, July 5, and August 2

A $10 per person donation is requested (includes a glass of wine)
Reservations are not required.

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 8, 2019
Second Annual Pride
in New Preston

Celebrate Pride with Salvatore Anthony and The Owl. Enjoy fantastic wines, small bites, a DJ, and dancing. Last year’s inaugural event sold out.

Saturday, June 8, 3 – 6 pm

The Owl Modern Wine Bar
18 East Shore Road
New Preston


June 8, 2019
Library Luminaries
At The Gunn Library

Held annually each spring, Library Luminaries features dinner parties in private homes with guests of note. Dinners follow a cocktail party at the library. Check the site for more on the 2019 Hosts and Luminaries.

Saturday, June 8, 5:30 – 7 pm
Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm at the Library

Tickets: Cocktails only, $75.00; Donations with matching challenges
of $25.00, $50.00, and $100.00 per person.

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


June 8, 2019
The BackYard Sale
At Privet House

Steals and deals at the annual Privet House Backyard sale. Antiques dealers, designers and Privet House hold this fabulous annual sale event. Shop antiques, vintage, mid-century and modern furniture…as well as lighting, decorative accessories, designer linens, tabletop and more…from over a dozen A-list merchants, interior designers and antiques dealers. One Day Only. Cash or Checks Only. All Sales Final.

Saturday, June 8, 9 am – 4 pm


George Platt Field
16 Church Street
New Preston


June 8 & 9, 2019
Theatre for Good

Caroline Kinsolving’s Theatre for Good presents Monica, a performed reading of the play that will be presented in Edinburgh. Following there will be light snacks, Waldingfarm Bloody Marys and a talk-back with the actors, director and playwright.

Saturday, June 8, 8 pm
Sunday, June 9, 4 pm

Suggested donation: $20

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


June 11 – 30, 2019
Vincent Giarrano
Artist Residency

Artist Vinvent Giarrano will be painting on location at the Judy Black Park. The artist will be painting daily and having a variety of art events. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from an artist who lives in Washington but is also known around the world.

Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 to Sunday, June 30, 4:30 pm
Workshop: Thursday, June 13, 10 am – 4 pm
Opening Reception for “Solitude”: June 15


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


June 14 & 15, 2019
Books and Blooms
Country Gardens 2019

The Cornwall Library welcomes acclaimed interior decorator and landscape designer Bunny Williams to discuss her newest book, Love Affairs with Houses, at the annual Books and Blooms kickoff lecture. Cocktail reception and book signing will follow.
On Saturday, enjoy a tour of four country Gardens: Debby & Bart Jones and Roxana Robinson in Cornwall; Page Dickey and Bunny Williams in Falls Village.

Friday, June 14, 6 pm & Saturday, June 15, 10 am-4 pm

Tickets: Talk, Cocktail Party & Garden Tour: $50;
Talk/Cocktail Party only: $30; Garden Tour only: $30


Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street


June 15, 2019
Pride in the Hills

Set on the expansive rolling hills of Spring Hill Vineyards in New Preston, Pride in the Hills will feature local wine, craft spirits and beers, exceptional food from the best Litchfield restaurants, live performances, DJ, dancing, games, curated goods, a bonfire, an auction, and much more… rounding out this one-of-a-kind festival to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Performance by Pilobolus.

Saturday, June 15, 6 – 10 pm

For tickets: prideinthehills.org

Spring Hill Vineyards
292 Bee Brook Road (Route 47)
New Preston


June 15, 2019
Shaun MacDavid
Latest Work

Although Shaun has been a figurative painter for years, this most recent work is best described as abstract. However, it draws heavily on the colors, forms, and rhythms found in nature. The work invokes the spirit of a place, telling its particular memory and impression that forms over time. This new work is inspired by the artist Joan Mitchell, who was part of the New York School, but who spent the bulk of her career in France; as well as the artist Grace Hartigan, also of the New York School. However, Shaun’s unique style and sense of color stand out as her own.

Shaun McCluskey MacDavid grew up in rural West Tennessee, the second of six children whose father was an English professor, and whose mother loved the outdoors and gardening. Shaun graduated with a BFA degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and afterwards moved to Boston with her husband Andrew. There she studied painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Boston as well as the Museum School. During a year spent in New York City, she studied anatomy and painting at the Art Students League. Then she moved to Buffalo in order to pursue her MFA degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. There she received a scholarship to teach figure drawing, and graduated in 1992. Since then she has lived in Boston, Cape Cod, and currently her home in West Cornwall, Connecticut, where she lives with Andrew and their two children, Charlie, a film student at Mass College of Art and Design, and Lydia, a commercial songwriting student at Middle Tennessee State University. Shaun enjoys walks with her English Setter, Maisie. Shaun’s paintings have been exhibited at various galleries including Chase Gallery in Boston, Mark Gallery in Cambridge,Portland Art Gallery in Portland, Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art on Martha’s Vineyard, Bennett Street Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Souterrain Gallery, West Cornwall. She is currently represented by the Scott Bundy Gallery in Kennebunkport, and Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections across the country. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Artist’s Reception: June 15, 3 – 6 pm


Souterrain Gallery
Wish House
413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall



June 16, 2019
Is the Party Over?
Rebuilding the GOP

What happens to Trumpism after Trump, whenever that moment comes? Although the GOP establishment remains firmly in President Trump’s thrall, many traditional Republican constituencies are fleeing the party. The conventional coalitions that once came together to power both the Republican and Democratic national parties are splitting apart as the president casts aside political principles, defies political orthodoxy and sells his personality. That’s turned political angst into the national malaise and left many at both ends of the political spectrum feeling disenfranchised, in effect, politically homeless.

“Conversations On the Green” will explore the post Trump prospects of the GOP and the two-party system with three celebrated members of what once was the Republican intelligentsia:
Republican strategist and MSNBC commentator Susan Del Percio
Former Republican Congressman David Jolly
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times Bret Stephens

Produced by Paul Healy and Moderated by Jane Whitney

All proceeds benefit: Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. – Helping members of the Litchfield County Community and beyond find access to compassionate and high-quality mental health and related care.
New Milford Hospital – helping to secure the latest technology, attract the best medical staff and provide the compassionate, patient-centered care for which they are nationally recognized.
Susan B. Anthony Project – promoting safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.

Sunday, June 16, 3 – 4 pm

Tickets are available at two levels:
$45 – Individual tickets and
$250 per person – “Angels on the Green” tickets, include preferred seating and a chance to meet the speakers at a cocktail reception following the conversation at The Mayflower Inn & Spa.
Seating is limited so register today.

Washington Montessori School
Legacy Theater
240 Litchfield Turnpike
New Preston