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Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

April 1 - 25, 2019 
Mark Scarbrough on
William Faulkner

There’s nothing like a Faulkner novel: overwhelming, breath-taking yet suffocating, free. The prose is haunting and maddening; the diction, erudite and home-spun. Then there are the plots that strike to the heart of the tragedy and comedy that is our American project. And then there’s the man, an uneducated alcoholic, singularly ill-prepared to be a Nobel laureate (or any sort of literary type whatsoever). No wonder the mere mention of Faulkner’s name strikes fear into undergrads! And maybe some of us, too. But skip the jitters and join us to explore possibly the greatest American author, certainly one of the greatest novelists ever.

In eight weeks, we’ll cover four novels, have grand discussions of American art and history, and get too-close-for-comfort glimpses of American rancor, Southern defeat, and the happy ending Faulkner believed was the sum of human existence. If it sounds like an avid reader’s notion of bliss, that’s because it is.

First Reading: The Wild Palms (aka If I forget thee, Jerusalem, 1939) Complete

Books will be available on a limited basis at the circulation desk.
Books will be available for sale at Oblong Books & Music

Eight Weeks – Thursdays, March 7 – April 25, 10 am – 12 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street


April 4, 2019
Professor-Led Book Discussion
on National Best Seller Warlight

English Professor Christopher Rempfer, MFA will lead a book discussion on the National Best Seller, Warlight. This will take place on April 4 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

“A haunting, brilliant novel from Ondaatje…Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje’s best work yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A lyrical mystery that plays out in the shadow of World War II…Ondaatje’s shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue.” —Kirkus Review (starred review)

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Christopher Rempferis a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury where he also runs the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at NVCC, Chris taught English and Speech and Public Speaking at the City College of New York, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University and in the summer international program at Yale University. Prior to returning to Connecticut, where he grew up, he was an actor and writer based in New York City.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested

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


April 4 - 10, 2019
Meet. Play. Flow &
7 Days of Wellness

Introducing “Meet. Play. Flow & 7 Days of Wellness” a unique wellness event, where residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy week-long promotions, as well as a weekend full of body, soul, and uplifting events. Throughout the week, several of Kent’s charming restaurants, cozy inns, unique shops, and caring service providers, will be offering healthy menus, yummy tastings, special room rates, and discounts on wellness-related products and services.

On Sat., April 6th, RT Facts will kick-off the weekend roster of special events and will host a “tasting menu” of 20-minute body and fitness classes guaranteed to jump-start your healthy ambitions. Here, attendees will literally Meet. Play… and Flow onto a path of well-being. Saturday’s all-day wellness event will see the return of many local instructors offering classes every half-hour in practices such as, hula-hoop dancing, yoga, Barre, tai chi, foam rolling, playful improv, drawing as meditation, etc. Attendees are welcome to explore aerial yoga, massage therapy, as well as making your own flower essences and smoothie/kimchi-tastings. Bring a mat and water bottle. With a $25 donation, attendees will have complete access to the many wellness practices and classes being offered. All proceeds will be matched by RT Facts and donated to the local ambulance squads of Kent and Cornwall. For further information on the Meet.Play.Flow event visit

The high-energy continues on Sunday, April 7th when the Kent Chamber of Commerce will be staging free sessions comprised of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Experts in their chosen fields are on tap to conduct a healthy lineup of weekend events. Participants include: Alzheimer’s Association, Arbonne International, Chestnut Woodworking, Davis IGA, Fair Skies Acupuncture, Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant & Inn, High Watch Recovery Center, J. P. Gifford Market, Inscape Awareness, Kent Land Trust, Kent Memorial Library, Kent Victorian Inn, Kent Station Pharmacy, Kent Yoga & Bodyworks, Christopher Kiely, Movement Learning Resources (Feldenkrais), Prism Health Advocates, Starbuck Inn, Strong Core Team Training, Terston, The Villager Restaurant, W Rhythm Fitness & Wellness, among others. These free Chamber events will be held in various commercial locations throughout town. Attendees will nourish mind and body by listening to and partaking in sessions ranging from Chinese medicine, Pilates, and Essential Oils to understanding health care and successfully navigating an illness.

Meet. Play. Flow & 7 Days of Wellness is an inspiring event that affords attendees an opportunity to experience a variety of wellness practices, while having fun and meeting friends both old and new. It’s also an event that serves as a novel introduction to the various shops, restaurants, and services that make up Kent, one of Connecticut’s most charming New England towns.

Thursday, April 4 – Wednesday, April 10

$25 donation

Various locations in Kent or email


April 4, 2019
Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
At The White Hart Inn

Join us for a hilarious new exploration of philosophy through cartoons from the duo who brought you the New York Times bestselling Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar..

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klien have been thinking deep thoughts and writing jokes for decades, and now they are here to help us understand Philosophy through cartoons, and cartoons through Philosophy. Covering topics as diverse as religion, gender, knowledge, morality, and the meaning of life (or the lack thereof), I Think, Therefore I Draw gives a thorough introduction to all of the major debates in philosophy through history and the present. And since they explain with the help of a selection of some of the smartest cartoonists working today, you’ll breeze through these weighty topics as you guffaw and slap your knee.

Cathcart and Klein’s Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates have been a favorite of philosophers and non-philosophers alike for years. Packed with dozens of witty cartoons and loaded with profound philosophical insight, I Think, Therefore I Draw will delight readers and leave you equally enlightened.

Daniel Klien and Thomas Cathcart studied philosophy together at Harvard in the last millennium. Since then…

Danny has written comedy for Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and others, and published scores of fiction and non-fiction books—from thrillers to entertaining philosophical books, such as his London Times bestseller, Travels with Epicurus, and his most recent book, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It.

Tom studied theology and managed health care organizations before linking up with Danny to write Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates. He is also the author of The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? an entertaining philosophical look at a tricky ethical conundrum.

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library

Thursday, April 4, 6 – 7 pm

RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road

April 7, 2019
The Opiod Crisis in
Northwest Connecticut

The Washington Democratic Town Committee is hosting a presentation on the Opioid Crisis in Northwest Connecticut on April 7 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.
Speakers are Greenwoods Counseling Referrals Executive Director, John Simoncelli and
Executive Director McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Maria Coutant Skinner.

In January 2019, the National Safety Council reported that for the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. How did we get here? What factors contributed to this addiction crisis? How is it impacting our local communities and what is being done to address the problem?

Mr. Simoncelli and Ms. Skinner and will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis with a focus on the Northwest corner of CT. The speakers will share statistics detailing the impact of the epidemic on Litchfield County and describe how the region has responded. Most importantly, the discussion will educate the audience on what is driving this public health emergency and how members of the community can help.

Maria is a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health a private non-profit behavioral health treatment agency that serves northwestern Connecticut.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Springfield College and a Master’s degree in social work at UCONN. Maria is an advocate for services and resources for traditionally underserved populations including those impacted by addiction and mental health issues.

John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been working in the mental health field for over 13 years. He holds Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. John is a practicing mental health therapist and addiction specialist.  In 2017, he became the Executive Director of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals. Greenwoods is a nonprofit social service agency located in Litchfield, CT which offers mental health assessments and referrals to anyone that lives or works in Litchfield County.

Sunday, April 7, 1 – 3 pm

Registration is required.

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


April 14, 2019
Fourth Community Poetry Jam
At The Scoville Library

In celebration of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, join us in reading a favorite poem. We just ask that you keep your choice to under two minutes. To be part of this fun event, sign up in the Library, by phone or email,

“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” — Allen Ginsberg

Sunday, April 14, 4 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street


April 17, 2019
Mary Norris – Greek to Me:
Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own. 

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Scoville Memorial Library.

Wednesday, April 17, 6 – 7:30 pm

RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road

April 18, 2019
Garden Revolution: How Our Garden
Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

The Litchfield Garden Club will sponsor an Open Conservation Meeting on Thursday April 18 at the Litchfield Community Center. Landscape Designer and Author Larry Weaner will present Garden Revolution: How Our Garden Can be a Source of Environmental Change.

Founded in 1982, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) is nationally recognized for combining environmental science with the rich artistic traditions of landscape design. LWLA has designed and installed gardens and natural areas throughout the eastern US and has pioneered procedures that encourage the natural recruitment and proliferation of existing native vegetation.

A few of LWLA’s achievements for excellence and innovation include the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award, Place Maker Award and numerous Association of Professional Landscaper Designers (APLD) Awards.

LWLA’s designs have been profiled in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Garden Design, American Gardener, Wildflower Magazine and ASLA’s The Dirt blog. Visit Larry Weaner’s website at

Thursday, April 18, 3 pm


The Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202)


April 26 & 27, 2019
Opening Weekend at
Hollister House Garden

Opening Day is April 26, 2019 and the 2019 visiting hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 1 – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. Hollister House welcomes garden clubs and other interested groups for informally guided visits by appointment. Private visits are offered during the season on Mondays and Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays mornings. Please email for further information or to book a visit for the 2019 season.

Friday, April 26, 1 – 4 pm
Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 4 pm

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road