Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

May 3, 2018
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Everybody should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is haunting and elliptical. Yet no one should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her novels are luminous, airy, even breezy at times, a strangely elegiac look at the crack between the Victorian world she inherited and the modern world she helped create. The heart of her writing is the promise of a whole person behind the mundane details of life, the hope of coherence in the scattered impressions of a moment, a thing that fiction itself too often fails to find. She was a dyed-in-the-wool visionary and an accessible genius, somehow still mired in nineteen-century snobbery. Come join us in this literary seminar through a selection from her works as we discuss, think about, and come to know one of our literature’s greatest minds.

Mark Scarbrough is a former academic and currently writes cookbooks with his partner, Bruce Weinstein. This series is funded by the Friends of the Scoville Library.

Readings:
May 3:      “To The Lighthouse” chapters 2 & 3

Books will be available for borrowing at the Library on a rolling schedule.  Copies should be available beginning February 15; first come, first served. You may also request to borrow a copy at your local library.  New print copies of these titles are not readily available.

Thursday, May 3, 10 am -12 pm

Free

Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Salisbury

860.435.2838
www.scovillelibrary.org/

 

May 3, 2018
Breaking the Tech Bind:
Taking Control of Your Digital Life 

This workshop with instructor Tal Fagin will deal specifically with how we, as individuals and as a society, are using technology in unhealthy ways. Together, we will explore strategies to get more control of our digital lives.

In today’s always-on world, many of us feel compelled to be plugged in and available on a nearly full-time basis—whether for work, school, family or otherwise. We use our devices for everything from alarm clocks to news sources, from snapping photos to texting to entertainment.

By putting the world (and everyone we know) constantly at our fingertips, our gadgets allow us to navigate and master our environment. And yet, when it comes to our high tech-habits, far too many of us are beginning to feel more shackled and helpless than we do free and in control.
Sound familiar?

Tal Fagin, a former corporate attorney and certified life coach, has devised this new workshop aimed at informing you of some of the more troublesome aspects of our plugged in lives, and helping you to institute lasting, meaningful, positive changes.

In this workshop you will learn:
Tools to paint a fuller, more honest picture of your tech-habit;
How to institute small, simple-but-impactful changes;
Methods to confront your “FOMO” (and other fears around disconnecting)
How stress manifests uniquely for you and how to manage it;
Strategies to replace excessive, mindless or otherwise meaningless tech-habits with healthier, more life-enhancing practices.
Ultimately, you will emerge feeling optimistic and energized, empowered, lighter and liberated. Now who wouldn’t want more of that?

Thursday, May 3, 6 – 7:30 pm

Cost: $35 Pre Register by 4/15/18; $45 after 4/15/18

Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center
6 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot

valleyspiritcoop.com/event-workshops-happenings

 

May 5, 2018
Barn Talk:
How to Create a Cutting Garden

Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. Learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden. This talk by Elisabeth Cary will consider all aspects of growing cut flowers including garden design and the selection of flower varieties that hold up best as cut flowers. You will hear tips on sowing, planting, transplanting, cultivating and preparing flowers for indoor use.
Elisabeth Cary was formerly the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 30 years. She is currently developing Cooper Hill Flower Farm, a micro flower farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Saturday, May 5, 9:30 – 11 am

Admission: HHG Members $30; Non-Members $35
Please register

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

 

May 5, 2018
Local Maker’s Market
At The Smithy

The Smithy Store will host a Local Maker’s Market on May 5th at the 2ndfloor Loft Gallery of the store.This unique pop-up market will feature handcrafted goods made by local artisans; including whimsical pottery by Amy Brenner, letterpress stationary by Saltbox Press, ceramic beaded jewelry by Green Fire Pottery, hand-thrown garden pots and sculpture by Pots & Paints, charming small folk paintings by Claudia Wood Rahm, and gorgeous leather handbags and accessories by Emeny Leather. In addition to the selection of affordable gifts, guests will enjoy live music on the patio with jazz guitar duo Bentley and Brian, and sample Plum Brook artisanal chocolates, and iced No.Six Depot tea. Plum Brook master chocolatier, Pam Dorgan, will be on hand to describe the creative process and inspiration behind her delicious, small-batch chocolates. Gifts and goodies of all kinds will be available to create lovely, one-of-kind gift baskets for mom.

Saturday, May 5, 11 am – 5 pm

Free

2ndfloor Loft Gallery
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston

860-868-9003
www.thesmithystore.com

May 5, 2018
The Atlatl:
Beyond the Bow

Did you know that before the bow and arrow many Native Americans used atlatls to hunt? Such dart throwers enabled hunters to throw the dart faster and farther than by hand alone. Under the guidance of atlatl expert Gary Nolf, you will learn about its history and the different designs of this ancient weapon before making your own atlatl and dart. Then, you’ll test your skill and craftsmanship in a just-for-fun competition.

Saturday, May 5,  11 am – 2 pm

Price: $15 Adults; $13 Seniors;$11 Children; $5 IAIS Members
Space is limited – Reservations Required

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org

May 10, 2018
Exhibition on Screen Film:
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 8th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Highlighting his leading edge creativity that delivers a new view of everyday life, an Exhibition on Screen film, David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts, will be shown.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film follows two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.  Running Time 1h 25 min.

Thursday, May 10, 6:30 – 8 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org
www.gunnlibrary.org

May 12, 2018
Spring Plant Sale
At Hollister House Garden

Some of our favorite “plantspeople” will set up shop in the barn at Hollister House Garden on Saturday, May 12. Come see the garden and get some expert help selecting some new and unusual plants for your garden.
Broken Arrow Nursery – growers of rare and unusual plants
Battle Hill Forge – hand forged heirloom quality landscape and garden accents
Falls Village Flower Farm – growers of choice perennials and shrubs
McCue Gardens – growers of perennials and wildflowers
Something to Crow About Dahlias – growers of hundreds of varieties of dahlias

Saturday, May 12: 10 am – 2 pm
Open to the public at 10 am
Open at 9am for Hollister House Garden members only

Free

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

May 12 – June 30, 2018
Celebrated Italian Designer
Osvaldo Borsani Exhibit at
George Champion Modern Shop

Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno, an exhibit of the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, will open at George Champion Modern Shop on May 12. The exhibit will coincide with the first ever retrospective of Borsani’s work, opening this spring at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. Modern Shop owns the largest collection in the United States of Borsani’s original furniture for Tecno.

Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was co-founder of Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, and the exhibit includes original pieces of the designer’s work, pieces from Modern Shop’s private collection, and rare prototypes.

Owner of George Champion Modern Shop and Borsani collector, George Champion explains, “I have lived with Osvaldo Borsani’s furniture in my own home for over 30 years. With his retrospective opening in Milan, I wanted to share this collection and my appreciation of his work. The original examples in the exhibit show the form and sensuality we have come to expect from Borsani’s postwar Italian design, combined with the ingenious technology from the period. His designs endure as ones we want to live with today.” Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno is open through June 30, 2018.

About George Champion Modern Shop
George Champion Modern Shop features important 20th century American, Italian, and Scandinavian furniture and objects, with a speciality in mid-century modern design. Opened in 2004, the shop and neighboring show house gallery offer over 4000 sq. ft. of modern and select contemporary furniture, lighting, and objects.

George Champion, owner, is a dealer and collector of modern furniture and design. After his first public design showcase in 1996, he developed a following among modern furniture collectors and design enthusiasts in both Connecticut and New York City. Modern shop is located in Woodbury, the antiques capital of Litchfield County

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-5:30 pm

Free

George Champion Modern Shop
442 Main Street South
Woodbury

203-263-8442
gchampion@sbcglobal.net
www.championmodern.com

 

May 12, 2018
Moccasin Tracks: Native
American Genealogy

Tracing one’s Native American heritage can be a fascinating and rewarding experience. At the same time, it can be difficult to know where to start. Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Abenaki will share her knowledge and experience in researching Native American ancestry. Based on her own studies, Jeanne will provide essential information, helpful hints, and thought-provoking questions for those interested in tracing their Native genealogy. This workshop is most helpful for those tracing Native ancestors in the New England and Quebec regions.

Saturday, May 12, 1 – 3 pm

Price: $15 Adults; $13 Seniors; $11 children; $5 IAIS Members
Space is limited. Reservations Required.

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org

May 19, 2018
Love from Louisa
Dinner Theatre in Kent

The Kent Memorial Library will present a dinner entertainment, Love from Louisa; Louisa May Alcott and the making of Little Women, on Saturday, May 19. A themed dinner will be followed by a staged reading in costume that will feature appearances by Louisa, her father Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau — all in their own words.

The dramatic presentation, which will trace the influences that led the author to the creation of the classic story of Little Women, was written and compiled by Georgianne Ensign Kent, and is directed by Jane Farnol. Cast members, representing the famous residents of Concord, Massachusetts during the Civil War, are Noel Desiato, Rufus DeRham, Steve Manzino, David Almquist, Katherine Almquist, Stacy-Lee Frome and Erin Shaughnessy. It will be narrated by John Taylor.

Love from Louisa
will provide an informative companion piece to the three-part PBS/BBC Masterpiece Theatre production of Little Women, which, coincidentally, premieres the previous week, the latest in a series of interpretations of the book which have included three movies, two silent films, a musical and an opera.
Seats for the Alcott evening are $60 per person which includes salad, chicken entrée, dessert, gratuity and cash bar to benefit the Kent Memorial Library. Reservations may be made online or in the Library. Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

Saturday, May 19, 7 pm

Tickets: $60 per person
Please Reserve

Fife ’n Drum Restaurant
Main Street
Kent

Reserve your seats

860.927.3761
kentmemoriallibrary.org

May 19, 2018
Wampum Demonstration with
Annawon Weeden

Did you know that the purple and white beads carved from quahog and whelk shells known as wampum have been used for centuries in Native communities to create social and spiritual bonds? To Native peoples, wampum was never considered money, but it was always valuable. Today, Native artists and culture bearers continue to craft wampum jewelry and use wampum belts to record tribal history. Join Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, for a demonstration and discussion about this significant aspect of Native American culture in the Eastern Woodlands.

Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3 pm

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

The Institute for American Indian Studies

38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org

May 19, 2018
What You Need To Know
About Lyme Disease

Join the Kent Memorial Library and Lyme disease expert Rika Keck for a health talk, What You Need To Know About Lyme Diseaseon May 19 at the Kent Town Hall. You will be informed about Lyme disease, co-infections, testing options, and transmission.Learn about myths and complexities associated these stealth infections that keep many individuals sick – even after a correct diagnosis, antibiotic and/or herbal treatment.

Whether you are dealing with an acute infection, or ongoing sickness post-treatment, Rika explores key points that most physicians do not address. In addition, you will pick up a few tips of how you can help your body heal, while also preventing a new infection this year.

Rika is a nutrition and holistic health consultant with years of experience in multiple arenas. Coupled with her excellent skills as a nutrition and holistic health consultant, Rika is an author, holistic health and fitness expert, a Lyme disease advocate, guest blogger, and public speaker. Her specialities include Lyme disease and co-infections, mold sickness, chronic inflammatory illness, women’s wellness, digestive health, and autoimmune diseases.

When working with chronically ill individuals, her passion and style is unique. Rika is compassionate and determined to assist her clients in uncovering root causes of their medical conditions. As a drug-free practitioner, her in-depth knowledge of Lyme disease and professional experience allows for healing opportunities that support antibiotic or alternative treatment for Lyme disease.

Since December 2016, Rika is a member of International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She intends to take an active role to help, advocate for, and support individuals with vector-borne infections including Lyme disease.
As an author, she has published two books. Her clients inspired the following publications: Nourish Heal Thrive: a Comprehensive and Holistic Approach to Living with Lyme Diseaseand the Nourish Your Brain Cookbook. Rika is also an invited guest speaker on various health panels in NYC. As she spends time in Washington Depot, Rika is committed to giving back to the community by presenting health talks on the important topic of Lyme disease.
She will be happy to answer questions before, during and after her talk, and to sign or inscribe copies of her books.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m

Free
Please register

Kent Town Hall
41 Kent Green Boulevard
Kent

860.927.3761
kentmemoriallibrary.org

May 24, 2018
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
A Conversation with Author Dani Shapiro

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with Dani Shapiro. Subtitled Time, Memory, Marriage, Hourglassis a slim yet penetrating meditation on her 18-year marriage to former Africa correspondent Michael Maren. Told in brief, discrete segments, the book jumps around in time, from present to past and back again. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 24, 7 -8 pm

Free
Space is limited
Registration Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860-567-8030
owlibrary.org

May 26, 2018
Barn Talk:
Decorative Kitchen Garden Containers

Learn how to create fabulous, decorative outdoor containers combining vegetables, herbs, flowers and vines. Designer Chris Zaima will begin the program with a selection of images of finished plantings. He will then demonstrate the art of mixing plant material to create beautiful and useful kitchen garden containers.

Saturday May 26, 9:30 – 11 am

Admission: HHG Members $30; Non-Members $35
Please register

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

 

May 30, 2018
Passenger Miles: A Quest
For Supremacy With John Cilio

We’ll begin before the American Revolution when America’s mass transit was stage coach and keel boat. We’ll look at how stage coaches were a key industry in Connecticut. Then we’ll move along to the quest for moving large numbers of passengers using steam ships and railroads and finally the airlines.

Wednesday, May 30, 2-3 pm

Free
Space is limited
Registration Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860-567-8030
owlibrary.org

May 31, 2018
TIGER WOODS Biography
By Author Jeff Benedict

Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today’s most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, are the team behind the first major biography on Tiger Woods. The talk and book signing by Benedict of the instant New York TimesBestseller, TIGER WOODS,will take place on May 31 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

“Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word,” write Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. “Tiger reached that exclusive club by being the greatest golfer – some would say the greatest athlete – in modern history. But this story transcends golf, and his influence reached around the globe.” Until now, there has never been a 360-degree comprehensive account of Tiger’s life, one that closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall and return.  Benedict and Keteyian set out to deliver something fresh and revealing, a complete human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol. Sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking behind the scenes details, TIGER WOODSis that portrait.

Jeff Benedictis a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. He has also written for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his stories have been the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, the NFL Network, HBO Real Sports, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. He has written fifteen books, including the New York Times bestselling autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

Thursday, May 31, at 6 pm

Free
Registration is requested

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

860.868.7586
www.gunnlibrary.org

June 20, 2018
Recent Excavations at the
Templeton Site

Zachary Singer, Ph.D., will discuss the results of the 2016 and 2017 archaeological excavations at the Templeton site in Washington, Connecticut. Templeton is the oldest known archaeological site in Connecticut. Its Paleo-Indian component has been radiocarbon-dated to 11,190 years before the present. Dr. Singer will present new interpretations of raw material selection and stone tool use, artifact composition, and discuss the site in the context of the Northeast Region. Don’t miss this exciting lecture on one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Northeast!

Sunday, May 20, 3 – 5 pm

Price: $5 lecture fee; $10 museum admission and lecture; LHAC members free

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org