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Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

September 11 – October 16, 2017
19th Century American Literature
in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, as he leads a five-week session exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories.
While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own. From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War. Join us for a lively lecture/discussion format. Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance.  Please sign up today. Supplies are limited.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work in nineteenth century American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County. Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.
For more information on Mark visit: bruceandmark.com

Discussions: Mondays at 10 am
October 2, 2017 – Charles Chesnutt, The Wife Of His Youth (1898)
October 16, 2017 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

Free
Registration is requested

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

860.868.7586
www.gunnlibrary.org

October 3, 2017
NCCC Presents
Everest: Two Perspectives

Northwestern Connecticut Community College will host Everest: Two Perspectives, with eight time veteran climber Lhakpa Sherpa and Tunxis Community College Assistant Professor Mark Milewski, who reached the summit in 2016. Each will share their personal accounts of climbing the highest summit in the world.

Lhakpa Sherpa was born in Nepal, in the village of Makalu in Makalu Barun National Park. Sherpa attempted her seventh summit in 2015 but the earthquake in that region prevented her ascent. She returned again in 2016 and accomplished her seventh summit and again in the spring of 2017 for her eighth. She holds the world record for female mountaineers to reach the summit.

Mark Milewski is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut, where he has taught since 2010. An avid outdoor enthusiast, his current goal is to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Milewski reached his fifth peak on May 20, 2016, when he summited 29,029-foot Mount Everest during a 50-day expedition.

Both Milewski and Sherpa will bring their unique and varied climbing and lifestyle experience to the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Cultural Planning Committee and funded by NCCF and the Peggy Andl Fund.

October 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free

Founders Hall Auditorium
Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East
Winsted

860.738.6406
sstiller@nwcc.edu
www.nwcc.edu

 

October 4, 11 & 18, 2017
Animal Painting Classes
With Melody Asbury

Accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury will be offering a class on painting animals at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust. Students will have the opportunity to paint from photographs, an assortment of taxidermy animals and/or Flanders own livestock. Individual instruction will be given with the emphasis on structure, anatomy and learning to see the individual characteristics of each animal. All artistic levels are welcome and any medium can be used. Participants are asked to bring a sketchbook, pencils, a good reference photograph and their own art supplies to the first class.

Wednesdays: October 4, 11 & 18, 7 – 9 pm

Van Vleck Studio
on the corner of Flanders Road & Church Hill Road
Woodbury

Cost: $100 for members or $150 for non-members
Preregistration is required

www.flandersnaturecenter.org
203-263-3711, ext. 10

 

October 4, 2017
Victorian Fashion: Real or Not?
with Susan J. Jerome

Queen Victoria and the Victorian Age give rise to images of women swathed in yards and yard of fabric, proper bonnets on the head, gloves on the hands and tightly-corseted waists. We also think of children dressed like little adults and men in dark frock coats and stiff white shirts But is this a true understanding of the fashions worn during the Victorian era?

Queen Victoria, by inheriting the throne at an early age and living into her 80s, endowed much of the nineteenth century with her name. She reigned during a time of great advancements in science and social beliefs. Social, technological, and political changes are reflected in the notable evolution of women’s, children’s, and men’s clothing.

This powerpoint program explores the many changes that occurred throughout the Victorian era and how these influenced fashion. We will look at what was stylish – real or otherwise – during this most fashionable time.

Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum. Ms. Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator and a consultant to museums and historical societies.

Wednesday, October 4, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

October 5, 2017
Managing the Stress of Parenting
Using Positive Discipline Tools

Carol Dores, co-founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut, presents Managing the Stress of Parenting Using Positive Discipline Tools. Many parents today feel like they have to push their children from a young age for them to be successful. In this interactive session, participants will practice using Positive Discipline tools to help parent from an encouraging, strengths-based perspective. We will explore how to manage feelings, and the importance of modeling self-care for our children. This program is appropriate for caregivers with children of all ages.
Ms. Dores is the Co-Founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut. She also served as Co-Chair of the International Board of Directors of the Positive Discipline Association. Carol is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She has worked with hundreds of parents of all aged children (prenatal to adult), as well as teachers, administrators and staff of preschoolers through high school. She has been a public speaker for over 30 years. Carol has written over 100 blogs for Positive Discipline of Connecticut, and has articles published in Compass, a Positive Discipline digital magazine. She has two adult sons and a husband of over 30 years. Their relationships continue to grow and benefit from Positive Discipline.

This workshop is sponsored by Washington Montessori School.

Thursday, October 5, 6:30 pm

Free
Registration is requested

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

gunnprograms@biblio.org
860-868-7586

October 7, 2017
Book Signing with Ann Hodgman
In New Preston

You don’t get to write for the Harvard Lampoon unless you’re whip-smart and funny. That’s why we’re certain you’ll want to meet local author Ann Hodgman, who will be signing her latest cookbook Vegan Food for the Rest of Us. Ann’s wicked sense of humor is peppered throughout her work, including several cookbooks (Beat This!, One Bite Won’t Kill You) and many children’s titles. Doubt vegan chocolate mousse is transcendent? We will prove it is (with a tasting) and reveal the vegan substitute for beaten egg whites.

Saturday, October 7, 2 – 4 pm

Free

New Preston Kitchen Goods
11 East Shore Road
New Preston

860.8681264
www.newprestonkitchen.com

October 7-9, 2017
Clay Way Studio Tour 2017
18 Artists in 12 Studios

Join everyone this Columbus Day weekend for the second annual road tour of 12 of the great clay studios, featuring 18 artists in and around Litchfield County at the start of the leaf color season. This is part of American Craft Week, a nationwide celebration of American craft and all it creates: jobs, vibrant communities, economic growth, an exceptional national heritage and a beautiful aesthetic for our homes and public places. Go to the website below to download a pdf of the map with locations for all studios on the tour.

October 7, 8 & 9, 10 am – 5 pm

Free

Various locations
See map on website

www.clayway.net

 

October 8, 2017
Making a Living in a Rural Town
Richard Schesinger

A community conversation, hosted by Richard Schlesinger, about how to make a living in a rural, but connected, town like Cornwall. Based on the exhibit “Made in Cornwall” at the Historical Society.

Richard Schlesinger is an award-winning correspondent for “48 Hours” and a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.” He has covered numerous national and international stories and was part of the team coverage of the Newtown elementary school shooting which earned CBS News a DuPont-Columbia Award. A Cornwall resident, he is an active member of the Cornwall Historical Society Board.

Sunday, October 8, 2 – 4 pm

Free

Cornwall Town Hallie Cirino
26 Pine Street
Cornwall

www.cornwallhistoricalsociety.org

 

October 11, 2017
The White Hart Speaker Series: Ann Hood
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books

New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood will discuss her forthcoming memoir about the magic and inspiration of books. In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book that Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction.

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster the love of literature, Hood nonetheless learned to channel her imagination and curiosity by devouring The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and other works. These titles introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath influenced her political thinking as the Vietnam War became news; Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambition to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform―even save―our own.

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The White Hart Speaker Series is presented by Oblong Books & Music & The White Hart Inn, in collaboration with Scoville Memorial Library.

Wednesday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm

Free
RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury

860.435.0030
www.whitehartinn.com
www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-ann-hood

 

October 15, 2017
Screening:
Dawn of Decline

A screening of The Civic Life Project film Dawn of Decline will be held at the Cornwall Public Library on Sunday, October15th at 3 pm. The 10-minute short was produced at the CLP summer workshop with 7 students from around the state of CT. Dawn of Decline looks at the challenges small towns like Cornwall and Falls Village face with declining school enrollment. There will be an information panel/ conversation. We hope to bring the citizens of our two towns together to learn about this issue. The program will be sponsored by Cornwall Library, Hunt Library in Falls Village and the Civic Life Project.

Sunday, October15, 3 pm

Free

The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street
Cornwall

860.672.6874
calendar@cornwallchronicle.org
www.cornwallct.org

October 17, 2017
Spies in the Family
A Conversation with Author Eva Dillon

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

 

October 19, 2017
Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain
For Creativity & Peak Performance

with Author James Mapes

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.

Thursday, October 19, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

 

October 24, 2017
Featuring Justin Spring
The Gourmand’s Way: Six Americans
in Paris and the Birth of a
New Gastronomy

In his new biography Justin Spring focuses on the most joyful, exciting, formative, and dramatic moments in the lives of six pre-eminent writers, many of which were intimately connected to the exploration and discovery of fine French food and drink. Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures.

Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures. Liebling was a great war correspondent, reporter, and humorist who opens Spring’s narrative by sweeping into Paris with the French and Allied forces in August 1944; Toklas was Gertrude Stein’s life partner who reinvented herself at age seventy-five as a cookbook author; Fisher was a sensualist storyteller and fabulist; Child was a cookbook author, America’s greatest television food celebrity, and the reinventor of the dinner party; Lichine was an ambitious wine merchant who, through an astounding series of risk-taking ventures, became the leading importer of French wines in America; and Olney was a reclusive but freewheeling artist who reluctantly evolved into one of the foremost American writers on French cuisine and French wine.

Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.

Tuesday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 pm

Free
RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury

860.435.0030
www.whitehartinn.com
www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-justin-spring

October 24, 2017
Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey
with Author John Pryor Fulkerson

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

October 24, 2017
Amadeus in Retrospect

Dr. Vincent P. de Luise, master scholar and Cultural Ambassador for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, delivers a visual presentation enhanced with musical excerpts – Amadeus in Retrospect.
The music, life and legacy of Wolfgang Mozart continue to fascinate and enthrall. Who was Mozart? Of course, we all know his music, that rich and deep trove of ineffable melodies from his symphonies, operas, chamber and sacred works that is an essential part of western civilization. The wonderful play and movie, “Amadeus,” have introduced Mozart’s music to millions. Yet, much of Mozart’s life remains dotted with questions, falsehood and hyperbole. What did Mozart look like? What was his relationship with his father Leopold and his sister Nannerl? How did his years of touring Europe as a prodigy affect his health? How did his perfect pitch and eidetic memory inform his compositions? Why was he not as famous during his adult life as he was as a child? What was musical life like in the Vienna of the 1780s? Did he really compose without making mistakes? How did Mozart make a living without a patron? Why did he die so young? What is the Mozart “effect”? Can his music really make you smarter? Join Dr Vincent de Luise for a fascinating look at Mozart: the man, his life, and his wondrous musical legacy.
For more information about Vincent visit: amusicalvision.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Free

Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org

October 25, 2017
Light: Its Mysteries & Hidden Secrets
with Joe Dougherty

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.

Wednesday, October 25, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org