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October 1 – 31, 2018
The Telephone Exchange Building:
100 Years in the Making

A new exhibition at AMEICO celebrating the centennial of the Southern New England Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford.

Originally built by the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET) in 1917-18 to house the equipment and switchboards for the growing local telephone clientele of New Milford and the surrounding towns, the building at 29 Church Street is now home to AMEICO’s contemporary Design Store & Gallery.

To commemorate the centennial of this historic structure, restored for future generations to enjoy, AMEICO will host an exhibition of rare telephones belonging to local collectors Mark Berghold and Nancy A. Davis, the earliest examples of which would have been found in households when 29 Church Street was constructed. The exhibition will also provide an overview of the growing importance of the telephone in New Milford one hundred years ago.

AMEICO is a New Milford based company which specializes in importing and distributing modern and contemporary industrial design. Founded by Peter Kahane in 1995, it chose to purchase and restore 29 Church Street in 2012 to house its operations and display its product to the public.

Open M-F, 9 am – 5 pm; Sat, 11 am – 4 pm


29 Church Street
New Milford

October 1 – November 1, 2018
WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

The Washington Art Association is proud to present WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, a public art exhibition featuring nearly 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors. Curated by WAA Trustees Mark Mennin and Barbara Talbot, the exhibition is organized by the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with community partners and the Town of Washington.

Curators’ Statement
“WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 is an exhibition with no obvious narrative except for the town itself, the hills around it, and the river that runs through it. Washington Depot, named long before our capital, is a focal point in the larger community of Litchfield County, that has a huge tradition of artists, writers, architects, dancers, and musicians both internationally known and self-exiled. The landscape is what gives the pieces in this exhibition a narrative commonality. This would include both the creative protagonists that live in Litchfield County, as well as the geography that beckoned them to settle here.
This is an exhibition that is as eclectic – full of a variety of material, image, and idiom – as its landscape. It demonstrates the different properties of traditional media with works in steel, stone, wood, as well as plastics and earth materials. These are conceptual and site-specific installations and kinetic pieces; there are fully rendered figurative works and large gestural works in both temporary and permanent materials. The bond of
the background is what holds these placements together. Painters Hugh O’Donnell, Caio Fonseca, and Julian Schnabel have been selected for their three-dimensional accomplishments. Michael Steiner, Fitzhugh Karol, and Tom Doyle weigh in with large constructions; Wendell Castle and Ned Smyth have included beautifully modeled abstractions, Marsha Pels and Robert Taplin contributed fully rendered figurative pieces from different methods; while Tim Prentice and Momix bring kinetics to the landscape.”

Open to the public: Daily from 9 am to dusk

Closing Reception: Art Patron’s Party- Costume Soiree at Town Hall
Oct 27, 7:30-10 pm

Washington Depot


October 1 – 29, 2018
The Soul Ajar:
An Emily Dickinson Literature Course

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five week course The Soul Ajar: An Emily Dickinson Literature Course.

Participants will read as a class a small selection of the poems from perhaps the most inscrutable, dazzling, and confounding poet the United States has ever produced. Tucked away in her room, safe in her own alabaster chamber, Dickinson crafted lyrics that still defy interpretation, that cue the soul toward its deeper sources, and that explore the full range of human emotions: rage to love, neediness to freedom. There will be no set readings, no “homework readings” each week. Instead, come prepared as a class to encounter a curated set of poems that will both define and hide the poet who crafted them.  Please sign up now to reserve a spot.

The required book is The Poems of Emily Dickinson: A Reading Edition edited by R. W. Franklin and published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press. You’ll find this edition for sale at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work 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.

Mondays:October 1, October 15, October 22
and October 29, 10 am – 12 pm


Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road


October 2 - November 20, 2018
Principles of Design and
Composition for Painters 

Artist Tom Hlas will be teaching a 10-week Art Course on Design and composition for Beginner to Advanced painters.

“As an artist, I believe in sharing what I do, how I do it and helping others along the way. This includes principles and techniques I’ve learned throughout my career – how to start and develop a strong, unique painting and how to get unstuck when a painting isn’t going well. I’ll be teaching this and much more!”

Tuesdays, October 2 – November 20, 6 – 8 pm

Tuition: $175; WHAL members: $155

West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford


October 6 – 8, 2018
Third Annual Clay Way Studio Tour
On Columbus Day Weekend

Join the third annual tour of 9 of the great clay studios, featuring 14 artists, in and around Litchfield County at the start of the leaf color season. It is part of American Craft Week, a nation-wide 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. Come and continue this young tradition.

Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, October 6 – 8
For times go to web site below


Various locations
in and around Litchfield County
203 528-5828

October 6, 2018
Planning the Late Season Garden
At Hollister House Garden

Join beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey as she recommends the perennials, shrubs and small trees to buy and plant in your garden for fall interest. This season is often overlooked but with the right plant selection exciting things can happen.

Page Dickey has written extensively on garden and garden design and is the author of seven books.  Her first book, Duck Hill Journal and, more recently, Embroidered Ground, are about Duck Hill in New York, where she lived and gardened for thirty-three years.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

HHG members $25
Non-members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


October 14, 2018
Artifact Identification Day

Join the conversation as Director of Research and Collections, Lucianne Lavin, Ph. D. identifies and provides interesting commentary about your local stone objects and Northeastern Native American cultural items.  While they can’t appraise or speculate about the value of an object, they can certainly talk about the who, what, when, where, and how of your mystery items! Please limit 12 artifacts per person. Included in the price of admission.

Sunday, October 14, 1 – 4 pm

Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children; IAIS Members free

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road


October 14, 2018
Truth Decay: National Security
In the Age of Lies

The former head of the CIA and the NSA, General Michael Hayden, is coming to Washington to talk with one of the country’s leading national security experts on how truth and reason became endangered species and what it portends for our public discourse and the future of American leadership.

“Truth Decay – National Security In The Age Of Lies”, the final event for the year in the annual interactive series “Conversations On the Green,” will focus on the threats facing the sprawling intelligence community and how the country is endangered by the growing tendency to see facts as malleable.

In addition to General Hayden, a preeminent intelligence authority who has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, the October 14 program will feature a leading civilian expert on nuclear arms, Joseph Cirincione, president of The Ploughshare Fund, a global security foundation.

The 90-minute discussion, in which everyone is invited to participate, grows out of the mushrooming national debate on whether President Trump’s criticism of the intelligence community endangers the country’s national security. It is any president’s most basic Constitutional duty and his preeminent cudgel, the phrase used to motivate the country and justify almost anything and everything – secrecy, lies, discrimination, authoritarianism. National security shapes the national and international debate, technology, research, budgets. Patriots drape themselves in its ennobling folds; scoundrels use it as a shield while wielding it as a bludgeon. Just its mention provokes a national primal scream, summoning such basic emotions that reason becomes an afterthought.

But what is national security? It’s been a foundational conundrum, especially since the birth of the nuclear age and the threat of instant annihilation. But the factual consensus that used to regulate the mainstream debate over national security has frayed and broken as the very concept of “objective truth” fades, to use George Orwell’s guiding phrase.

And that has provoked new divisions that threaten us all.

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced communist, but people for who the distinction between fact and fiction – i.e. the reality of experience – and the distinction between true and false – i.e. the standards of thought – no longer exist,” Hannah Arendt, the philosopher and political theorist, wrote in her 1951 oeuvre, “The Origins of Totalitarianism.”

Donald Trump lies so prolifically that he’s debased the currency of conversation. “Truth,” Trump’s Orwellian lawyer, Rudy Giuliani summarized, “isn’t truth.” Trump’s lies – about everything from the investigations into Russian election interference to his popularity and achievements – are only the brightest blinking red light among many warnings of his assault on democratic institutions and norms, Michiko Kakutani wrote earlier this year in The Guardian.

How did this happen? How did truth and reason become such endangered species, and what does the threat to them portend for our public discourse and the future of our politics and governance? General Michael and Cirincione, will hone in on those questions in a discussion entitled “Truth Decay – National Security In The Age Of Lies. Produced by Ambassador William Luers, it will focus on the threats facing the intelligence community and how malleable facts endanger the country.

A retired four-star Air Force and the winner of the Distinguished Service among a host of other medals, General Hayden has directed both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency and has emerged as one of the foremost critics of Pres. Trump., During his tenure at the NSA, he oversaw the agency’s warrantless surveillance program, which monitored communications between persons in the country and abroad, which critics saw as an effort to silence opponents of the Obama Administration.
Since retiring, Hayden has become a scathing critic of the Trump administration, appearing frequently as a national security expert on all the leading talking head shows. He has also written two best-selling books, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies,” a blistering critique of the looming threats facing the intelligence community, and “Playing The Edge,” an unapologetic insiders view from his years inside the Looking Glass.

The president of the Ploughshares Fund, Joseph Cirincione has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 and is a mainstay on Tv cable news. He previously served as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress and as director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment and worked for nine years on the House Armed Services and Government Operations committees. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was a security advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

Cirincione’s commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and many other publications. He also is the author of “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It is Too Late;” “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons” and “Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats.”

All proceeds benefit Greenwoods Counseling Referrals Inc., Susan B. Anthony Project and New Milford Hospital.

Sunday, October 14, 3 – 4:30 pm

Tickets start at $45

The Bryan Memorial Town Hall
2 Bryan Hall Plaza
Washington Depot


October 16, 2018
The Great American Drive-in Theater –
A Photographic Perspective

Flanders is inviting people to come to a program given by Woodbury resident and accomplished photographer and writer Carl Weese on the great American icon, the drive-in theater. Once numbering at 4,000 and found on every corner of the country there are now fewer than 400 remaining in operation today.

Long fascinated by drive-in theaters Carl will be showcasing a photographic presentation on a selection of the 200 Black & White photos he has taken of them over nearly 20 years from states all across the country. He will also be sharing their interesting history, and providing insight and anecdotes. In keeping with the movie theme there will be popcorn for all attending.

Tuesday evening,  October 16, 7 pm

Donations will be accepted

Woodbury Library
269 Main Street South


October 19 & 20, 2018
Autumn Leaves in Watercolor
With Betsy Rogers Knox

Capture the beautiful colors and textures of New England autumn leaves in this two-day watercolor workshop. Students will learn how to draw curvy, bending leaves in perspective, design a composition and practice a variety of watercolor skills such as color mixing, blending and the charging and layering of transparent washes.
This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those with some experience in drawing and watercolor.

Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018

Cost: HHG members $200, Non-members $225

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road



October 20, 2018
International Archaeology Day

Dig into the fun with IAIS staff as they uncover what makes archaeology such an interesting field of study.  Archaeology is the study of the objects that people leave behind. This is how people today figure out what life was like in societies and cultures of the past. Participate in games and activities; connect with cultural items and objects. Do you have a question for an archaeologist? Stop by to meet with our Research Department staff as we join with museums, universities and cultural institutions around the world to celebrate this exciting science.

Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children; IAIS Members free

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road


October 26, 2018
24 Vanguards from Connecticut’s History
that Have Helped Shaped the World

Noble Horizons and the Salisbury Association will host author and professor Eric D. Lehman who will discuss his newest book, “Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers and their Legacies.”
Lehman is a long time historian of CT and his book chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women whose inventive spirit and drive left their marks on CT and the world as a whole. Some of the state’s natives, like Eli Whitney and Charles Goodyear, pioneered inventions that resonate today; others like Helen Keller championed the rights of the underprivileged while Frederick Law Olmsted, Audrey Hepburn and P.T. Barnum changed our perception of the world.
Lehman is the author of twelve books of history, travel, and fiction, including Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, which won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. His 2016 book Shadows of Paris was chosen as novella of the year from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, earned a silver medal in Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport.

Friday, October 26, 1 pm


Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road



November 3, 2018
Private Screening:
Recovering Community

Presented by Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, this an important new film about recovery & community. The United States is suffering a drug and alcohol addiction epidemic. “Recovering Community,” is an in-production documentary film produced by Hope Payson and Tory Estern Jadow of RC Productions, focusing on how this epidemic is affecting the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. While the Northwest Corner may seem, to some, a pocket of great beauty and tranquility, our communities are affected and devastated by addiction problems like the rest of the country. The film focuses on the specific and heartfelt stories of people with histories of trauma and addiction. Through interviews and other footage, the viewer is offered a unique window into the hardships and triumphs of an often marginalized, misunderstood, and stigmatized population.

Saturday, November 3, 5 – 7 pm
Screening will be followed by a Reception and Q&A with the filmmakers and particpants


The Abigail J. Woodhall Performing Arts Center
The Woodhall School
58 Harrison Lane