Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

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 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

June 27, 2019
The Errors in Comedy of Errors Lecture at Gunn Library

Yale College Professor Dr. Mark Schenker will present a companion lecture to his first presentation. This talk, The Errors in Comedy of Errors, will take place at Gunn Memorial Library on Thursday, June 27. This event is sponsored by Friends of Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills, together with Shakesperience Productions in connection with their main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors in Washington, CT this summer.

Dr. Schenker will explore the tragicomic elements of the play that point us to darker themes in Shakespeare’s tragedies and especially his “problem plays”: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida. The errors in the play are misunderstandings, mainly based on judging from appearances (e.g., someone mistakes one person for his twin). But those errors are not slight: they occur in the context of shipwreck and family separation, imprisonment and threat of execution. And they engender accusations of adultery and insanity. Because the play is a comedy, those errors are corrected eventually—and improbably. And yet, but for its neat resolution of confusions, The Comedy of Errors has the makings of  tragedy, and serves as a reminder of how closely allied the comic and the tragic are in Shakespeare’s body of work.

Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990.  He is currently a senior associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs.  A former lecturer in the English Department, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature. Dean Schenker has for over 25 years lectured on literature and film and has led book discussion series in more than 100 venues in Connecticut, including public libraries, museums, and cultural centers.  For the past decade, he has given programs on Shakespeare’s plays in conjunction with Shakespeare on the Sound.  He also conducts monthly sessions for a number of private reading groups in Connecticut. In 2001, he received the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

The main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the River Walk Pavilion in Washington, CT nightly Wednesday, August 7th through Sunday, August 11th at 7:30 p.m. Performances are free; audience is encouraged to bring blankets, beach/lawn chairs and picnic dinners for these theatre under the stars events. For more information visit

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 pm


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


June 28 & 29, 2019
For Love of Roses
A Watercolor Workshop with
Betsy Rogers-Knox

Immerse yourself in the beauty of roses. With a step-by-step approach, this two-day workshop will focus on the accurate drawing of rose flowers and buds, followed by a careful layering of light washes to achieve subtle transparent colors, flds, ripples, and shadows of one of our most celebrated flowers. All levels welcome. Limited to 12 participants.

Friday, June 28, 10 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, June 29, 10 am – 3:30 pm

Hollister House Garden members: $190; non-members: $230

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 30, 2019
Lisa Brennan-Jobs,
Talk & Signing  

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs, discusses and signs her entrancing memoir, Small Fry, A New York Times and New Yorker top 10 book of the year, is Lisa Brennan-Job’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents’ fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties. Small Fry is an enthralling coming of age story from one of the most exciting new literary voices.

Lisa’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother, artist Chrisann Brennan,  grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.
“Beautiful, literary, and devastating.”—New York Times Book Review  
Mesmerizing, discomfiting reading… A book of no small literary skill.”—New Yorker

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

Sunday, June 30, 2 pm

Registration is requested.

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