Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

August 1 – 2, 2019
Community Challenge

This program consists of three weeks of coached sessions, twice a week in 8-person boats. Come as an individual or form a team with co-workers, friends, or family. A percentage of what we take in will go to White Memorial. The grand finale Community Challenge is on Saturday, August 3, consisting of a fun day of racing and refreshments.

Cost: $225 per person, includes race and party

Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
1 North Shore Road

August 2, 2019
A Day with Daylilies

Capture the graceful, large blossoms of Hemerocallis, Latin for “Beauty for a Day.” In this one day step-by-step workshop the focus will be on portraying the colorful blossoms using a variety of watercolor techniques including layering washes of vibrant color. The watercolor workshops at Hollister House Garden are taught by Betsy Rogers-Knox.

Betsy received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from NYBG in 2006. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and at the Royal Horticultural Botanical Art Show in London where she was awarded the Silver Gilt Award. All levels welcome.

Friday, August 2, 10 am – 3:30 pm

Hollister House Garden members $95;
Non-members $120
Registration is required

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


August 4, 2019
Gardening: Boundless Harvests,
Tricky Problems and More!
with Cameron Bove

Back by popular demand, a gardening Q&A with Cameron Bove! What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than talking about gardening tips with an expert? Cameron Bove will be answering questions and dispensing advice about harvesting your vegetables and dealing with any gardening pests and problems unique to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

This is the time of year when many of us feel as though we are drowning in veggies, so as an added bonus, Cameron, who is also a gifted home cook, will share the recipes and techniques used in some of her favorite vegetable-based dishes.
Cameron Bove is the Head Horticulturist at Arethusa Gardens in Litchfield. Arethusa Gardens grows organic, heirloom and heritage vegetables and fruits that are sold at its farm stand and served in many local restaurants including Arethusa al Tavolo and Arethusa a Mano. Cameron has been a passionate organic gardener for nearly two decades.

Sunday, August 4, 1 – 2 pm

Registration is Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


August 8, 2019
Healthcare in CT:
Where We May Go

The Washington Democratic Town Committee is hosting an Event titled, “Healthcare in CT: Where We Are…Where We May Go” at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington. This event, sponsored by the Washington Democratic Town Committee and part of the John Millington Lecture Series. Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who was awarded Latina Person by the CT Legislature for enrolling over 7,000 people into the Affordable Care Act in its first two years. Ms. Zimmerman will speak about current CT Healthcare, where we go from here and Medicare For All.

Thursday, August 8, 6 pm


Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library

August 9, 2019
Flower Arranging
from the Garden

This workshop will explore the joys of creating a seasonal floral design foraged from one’s own garden, the fields and woods. Horticulturalist and landscape designer Deborah Munson will begin by introducing you to her work and reviewing the tools of the trade. She will lead a walk through Hollister House Garden discussing floral design, structure and color. Following your time in the garden the group will return to the barn to create a design on your own. The flower arranging workshop is led by Deborah Munson, noted designer and horticulturalist.

Deborah Munson is a horticulturalist and landscape designer working here in the northwest corner. Deborah combines her passion for garden history and ecological and sustainable design into the projects and properties she designs and oversees. She has co-chaired and consulted on Trade Secrets for many years.

Friday August 9, 1 – 4 pm

HHG members $75; Non-members $85
Registration is required

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


August 15, 2019
Celebrating Litchfield’s 300th
Anniversary: The American
Revolution in Connecticut

Even though there were not any famous battles or historic war sites in Connecticut, the state played a very active role in the early years of the American Revolution. First of all, Connecticut was similar to other Northeast colonies in their revolutionary ideologies and opposition to Great Britain.

Join Stephen McGrath in this discussion on Connecticut’s involvement in the American Revolution. He will focus on how Connecticut became embroiled in the conflict with Britain; the military action that ravaged the southern half of the state; the significant contributions of Connecticut as the provisions state; the abolition of slavery in Connecticut, and the emergence of new political forces that would change the state’s future.

Stephen P. McGrath is Adjunct Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. He has taught in the public school systems and part-time at the university level for over 27 years. At CCSU, he teaches all periods of American history, a comparative course in the American and French Revolutions, and supervises student teachers. He is past president of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, a member of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Litchfield Historical Society for six years.

Thursday, August 15, 7 – 8 pm

Registration is Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


August 15, 2019
Lincoln in the Bardo
Lecture & Book Discussion

Lincoln in the Bardo, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Man Booker Prize Award, will be the subject of a lecture & book discussion facilitated by popular literary scholar Mark Scarbrough.
The devastatingly moving first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

“Mesmerizing . . . Dantesque . . . A haunting American ballad.” – Publishers Weekly

“Exhilarating . . . Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary, but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us.” – Kirkus Reviews

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Thursday, August 15, 6 pm

Registration is requested.

Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


August 16, 2019
Insects of the Night 
Flanders Nature Center Program

Most people are familiar with the insects that surround us during the daylight hours but rarely have the chance to see the array of moths, beetles and other insects who wait until dark to emerge from their daytime hiding places. On Friday evening, August 16, Michael McAloon a PhD candidate in Entomology will lead a program at Flanders to explore the world of nighttime insects. The program consists of a short talk followed by a walk to observe, identify and collect these fascinating nocturnal insects.
All ages and families are welcome. Attendees should bring along a headlamp or flashlight to maneuver in the darkness and a sense of adventure!

Friday, August 16, 8 pm

Cost is $10 for members or $15 for non-members. 
Register online or call 203-263-3711, ext. 12

Flanders’ Studio
at the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road

August 17 - September 29, 2029
Washington, Connecticut
An American Story

Gunn Historical Museum announces the opening of a new long-term exhibit entitled, Washington, Connecticut – An American Story. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 17 from 1 – 3 pm. The exhibit is the culmination of years of work by museum staff, volunteers, and community members who have shared their personal collections with the Museum. Over 15,000 artifacts, photos, and documents from Washington’s rich past were examined and evaluated.

The exhibit focuses on all villages of Washington, CT – Washington Green, Washington Depot, New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville. Some of the topics featured include Native Americans, Colonists, Forming the Town, Slavery and Abolition, Businesses, Agriculture, Revolutionary War, Immigrants, Flood of 1955 and more. “This collaborative community undertaking touches on the major turning points, giving visitors an understanding of the unique people, places, and events that have shaped the town we know and love today.” said Curator Stephen Bartkus. He envisions the long-term exhibit will inspire residents to preserve and share the history of their families.

Washington, Connecticut – An American Story was made possible by a $100,000 award from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Good to Great Grant. Administered by DECD’s Offices of Arts and Historic Preservation, grants are awarded to eligible organizations that promote science, art, culture, or the history of Connecticut. Good to Great was created in 2014 to fund improvements that will significantly enhance cultural and historic sites and the way people enjoy them. Specifically, the program targets smaller and mid-sized cultural organizations that have received limited state funding in the past.

Gunn Historical Museum is dedicated to telling the history of Washington. It began in 1899 when the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution opened the Judea Historical Room in a house on the Washington Green. When the Gunn Memorial Library was built in 1908 the collection was moved across the street into the lower level of the library. In 1965, June Willis bequeathed her house to the library and the museum soon moved next door.

The Museum has many volunteer opportunities for adults and students. Some of the opportunities include Museum tour guide, research volunteer, graphic designer, and cemetery tour volunteer. Students can earn community service hours by volunteering. The museum continues to collect and catalog artifacts, partners with local schools on historical education programs and fulfills research requests.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 1 – 3 pm


Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road


August 22, 2019
Colonial Lives Through the Eyes
of Freed Woman Clo Pratt
A Live Theatrical Performance
with Tammy Denease

Although born into slavery, Clo Pratt is willed her freedom by her late mistress. As a free woman, she earns her living by making clothes with her loom and cleaning local homes.

Join educator and performing artist Tammy Denease on a trip to colonial Connecticut, where you will learn about some of the events that led to freedom for the Colonies through the eyes of freedwoman Clo Pratt. She will recount important events such as the 1781 meeting between General George Washington and General Rochambeau in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where the two generals met at the home of Joseph Webb to map out their strategy for the Battle of Yorktown. Other stories will touch upon the trials and tribulations of being an enslaved person.

In her series “”Hidden Women,” storyteller, playwright, actor and living historian Tammy
Denease brings to life fascinating women who have been ‘hidden’ in history yet were prominent in the United States and beyond. From her research, Tammy has developed one-woman performances that teach life lessons. Among her favorites are Bessie Coleman, first internationally licensed pilot in the world, Elizabeth Keckly, former enslaved woman who worked as a dressmaker in Lincoln’s White House, and Margru, an Amistad captive.

Thursday, August 22, 7 – 8:30 pm

Registration is Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


August 30 - October 13, 2019
Wild and Beautiful Creatures:
The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon

Organized by the Sharon Historical Society & Museum in Sharon, Connecticut, Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon is a celebration of the art, science, and heritage of John James Audubon, one of America’s greatest naturalists. The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibit, Wild and Beautiful Creatures, is on view August 30 – October 13 and runs concurrently with The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon on view at the Sharon Historical Society Museum September 14 – December 13. The Tremaine will host a gallery talk Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. The featured speaker is Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.

The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibition includes around thirty of Audubon’s stunning illustrations of birds and mammals for his two monumental publications, The Birds of America (1826-38) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America(1845-54). Drawn largely from local collections, including that of Hotchkiss School Special Collections, most of the prints are from Robert Havell Jr.’s original hand-colored “double elephant folio” edition. Also on exhibit will be examples from other editions, as well as one of the few surviving oil paintings from a projected “Gallery of Paintings” of the birds, and one of the rare copper plates from which the Havell edition was pulled.

At the same time, the Sharon Historical Society and Museum will provide context with an exhibition on Audubon’s life and work. The show will explore his fascinating professional and family life, the evolution of his publications, his innovative working methods, his complex relationship with the conservation of American species and their environment, and his heritage in the founding and work of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Sharon. Among the objects on display are one of Audubon’s rare portrait drawings, his favorite snuff box, and a beautiful specimen of a passenger pigeon, abundant in Audubon’s lifetime but by the early 20th Century extinct. The exhibition will be complemented by an exhibit of works by local artist Allen Blagden, one of today’s foremost wildlife watercolorists.

A program of lectures and other events are scheduled to coincide with the exhibits. Autumn programming at Audubon Sharon, a division of Nation Audubon, whose three thousand acres of preserve and Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic continue the work begun by Audubon, will supplement the exhibits. For comprehensive information about events  please visit,, and

This community-wide event will be celebrated with a benefit tented brunch in Sharon on Sunday, September 15. For location, tickets and details visit or contact The exhibits are sponsored by AIG Private Client Group, Klemm Real Estate, and the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School.


  • September 7, 4-6pm. Sharon Art Walk. At various locations on Sharon Green, including the opening of the exhibition Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden, one of the foremost bird watercolorists of today. Sharon Historical Society.
  • September 13, 7pm. Dr. Doug Tallamy, noted author of “Bringing Nature Home, will speak on the importance of caterpillars in the bird food chain. Litchfield Community Center, $10 suggested donation. Please register via email to referencing “Tallamy Talk.”
  • September 14, 10am – 3pm. The Butterfly Festival. A variety of lectures, field walks, ID workshops, tours of Sharon Audubon’s new butterfly house, a native plant sale, as well as several activities for kids. Sharon Audubon Center. Entry: $10 adult, $5 child.
  • September 14, 3-4pm.  Exploring the West with John James Audubon: The Last Expedition, an illustrated lecture by Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Tremaine Gallery. Followed by an opening reception of the exhibition Wild and Beautiful Creature: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon, 4-6pm.
  • September 15, 12pm. Celebrating John James Audubon. Join us for brunch under a tent in a private garden, Sharon, where Dr. Peck will talk about Audubon as inspiration for conservation today. For details and tickets contact
  • September 26, 6.30-7.30pm. Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. Tremaine Gallery.
  • September 28, 4-5.30pm. Minnie’s Land: Audubon’s Final Home, illustrated lecture by Matthew Spady (author of the forthcoming book Audubon Park: The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot). Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred
  • September 29, 4pm. John James Audubon’s Pictures in Prose, an illustrated talk by Eileen Fielding. For details and location contact
  • October 5, 3-5pm:  Drawing the Birds. Come and try your hand at drawing the Center’s raptors. Sharon Audubon Center. Please register via email to
  • October 6, 3pm, Audubon’s Life and Work: A Guided Tour, by Christopher Robinson, exhibition organizer. Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred
  • October 12, 4-5pm Allen Blagden will lead a walk-through of his exhibition Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden at the Sharon Historical Society and discuss the wonders and difficulties of painting in the wild.
  • October 26, time to be announced. Adventures in Bird Photography, an illustrated lecture by professional bird photographer Sarah Blodgett. Sharon Audubon Center.

Second show:
The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon
Sharon Historical Society & Museum
September 14 – December 13, 2019

Accompanying Events
Tremaine Art Gallery:
Gallery talk with Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia:  Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

“Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour”, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. September 26, 6.30-7.30pm.


Sharon Historical Society & Museum
18 Main Street

The Tremaine Art Gallery
Main Building
The Hotchkiss School