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August 1 - October 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

August 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


August 5, 2018
Flanders’ Goat Yoga Classes

Flanders has several upcoming dates for goat yoga sessions at their North Barn. Come stretch, laugh, and cuddle with the goats at a yoga session you will find both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time and are not soon to forget!

Experienced yoga instructors will be leading guests during these one-hour gentle yoga classes which are suitable for all ages. Adorable Nigerian dwarf goats will be frolicking & cuddling with guests as they flow through gentle poses at the picturesque Flanders farm.

Participants should keep in mind that they’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a LOT of silliness) may be involved so they should dress accordingly, wearing comfortable clothes and bringing along a yoga mat or towel.

Proceeds of goat yoga go to the Flanders farming program.

Classes: Sunday, August 5, 9 am, Sunday, August 12, 10 am, and  Sunday, September 9, 10 am and Sunday, September 16, 9 am 

Cost: $20 for adult members; $25 for adult non-members; $10 for ages 15 and under accompanied by an adult
Rain cancels the classes.
Check the Flanders facebook page for weather announcements.
Guests will have the option of attending a rescheduled date or a refund.
Space is limited; Register online

Flanders North Barn
644 Flanders Road
(just beyond the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road)

203-263-3711, ext. 10

August 12, 2018
History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough

Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of a novel that depicts real historical events but through the lens of fiction.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is set in February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill, and in a matter of days, dies. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. 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. His website is

Sunday, August 12, 1 – 2:30 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required.

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street



August 12, 2018
How Can You Tell If Your Dog
(or Cat) Really Loves You?

Dr. Gregory Berns knows and will tell you why when he comes to the Litchfield Community Center for a TED-style talk on August 12. A dog-loving neuroscientist and best-selling author, he and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to enter an MRI scanner, while completely awake, so they could figure out what the pets think and feel. Their subsequent discoveries provide some answers to the questions that bedevil all pet owners and are forcing us to redefine the difference between humans and other animals. Moderated by Jane Whitney. Special thanks to our generous sponsors. Gold Sponsors: The Glenmede Trust Company, Western Connecticut Health Network, Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa, 24/7 Wall St., Global Financial and Business News. Silver Sponsors: The Matthews Group, Drakeley Pool Company, LLC, Eckert Fine Art, Litchfield Distillery.

Sunday, August 12, 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Tickets: Basic tickets are $45; “Angels on the Green” tickets are $250 per person and include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Dr. Berns at a cocktail reception at the Litchfield Distillery immediately following the “Conversation.”
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road

August 26, 2018
Conversations On the Green:
Prescient Politics: Art Foreshadows Life

You can’t make this stuff up. That’s become something of a cliché when discussing today’s salacious headlines. Imagination pales in the face of daily events.

The clear exception is Barry Levinson, the legendary writer, actor, and producer whose work serves as nothing less than a roadmap for the country’s direction and a prequel to even the most improbable of today’s outré moments.

Take “Wag the Dog,” Levinson’s black comedy in which Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro play a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer who fabricate a war to distract voters from a presidential sex scandal. Dismissed as an implausible political satire when it was released in 1997, it now seems prescient and has become a touchstone for television talking heads.

Or “Diner,” the 1982 comedy about, well, nothing at all. Widely dissed as a “little movie” without a story when it opened, it created a tectonic shift in popular culture. As Vanity Fair noted on its 30th anniversary, the film, which Levinson wrote and directed, invented the concept of nothing, foreshadowing our culture by paving the way for Seinfeld, Pulp Fiction, The Office, and Judd Apatow’s career – not to mention making stars of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser.

“No movie from the 1980s has proved more influential,” S.L. Price wrote five years ago in the magazine. “Diner has had far more impact on pop culture than the stylistic masterpiece Bladerunner, the indie darling Sex, Lies, and Videotape, or the academic favorites Raging Bull and Blue Velvet. . . Diner’s groundbreaking evocation of male friendship changed the way men interact, not just in comedies and buddy movies, but in fictional Mob settings, in fictional police and fire stations, in commercials, on the radio. In 2009, The New Yorker’s TV critic Nancy Franklin, speaking about the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, observed that “Levinson should get royalties any time two or more men sit together in a coffee shop.” She got it only half right. They have to talk too.”
Or “Man of the Year,” the 2006 film in which Robin Williams plays a late-night political talk show host who runs for president simply to shake up the political system, never expecting to win. Remind you of anyone? Or “Rain Man,” the iconic buddy movie featuring a materialistic salesman for which Levinson won an Academy Award as best director. Or “Analyze This,” the 1999 comedy that previewed social narcissism. Or “Tootsie,” another of his collaborations with Williams. Or “Homicide: Life On The Street,” which demystified detective and paved the way for “The Wire” while earning multiple kudos as “the best cop show of recent times” and complimentary comparisons to James Joyce’s “Dubliners.”
Known for his affection for small-time con men and his disdain for their political betters, Levinson started his career as a comedy writer, working for Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks, with whom he collaborated to create the iconic farces “Silent Movie,” “High Anxiety,” and “History of the World, Part I.” During that time, he also co-wrote the screenplay for the crime drama “And Justice for All,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. He continued to earn acclaim with such films as “The Natural,” which starred Robert Redford as a mythical baseball hero; “Young Sherlock Holmes;” “Tin Men,” the bookend to “Diner” about two older aluminum siding salesmen; and the sarcastic comedy “Good Morning, Vietnam,” about a military disc jockey played by Robin Williams.
After “Rain Man,” a stinging hate letter to greed, he once again previewed our political passions with the 1990 immigrant story, “Avalon.” The next year came “Bugsy,” the saga of the Las Vegas mob that earned ten Academy Award nominations and now seems prescient. His more recent work has flipped the coin, focusing on reportage, such “Poliwood,” an in-depth documentary about the 2008 Democratic and Republican national conventions, “The Wizard of Lies” about Bernie Madoff and “Paterno,” starring Al Pacino. Released this year, it examines the career of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and his dismissal following the university’s child sex abuse scandal.
All proceeds benefit Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc., New Milford Hospital, and Susan B. Anthony Project.

Sunday, August 26, 3 – 4:30 pm

Tickets: $45 – Individual; $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.

St. John’s Church
Parish Hall
9 Parsonage Lane