Litchfield News






Goshen Garden Club to meet March 7
The Goshen Garden Club will meet March 7 at noon at the Church of Christ Congregational. A business meeting will follow at 1 p.m. and will feature a presentation by gourd artist Ceil Rossi of Carefree Gourd Gallery. The suggested donation for non-members is $5. For more information, go to or call 860-618-0267.
Gerri Griswold to speak at Women's Forum
The Women's Forum of Litchfield will welcome Gerri Griswold to speak on a wide range of topics at the Litchfield Community Center March 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Griswold is director of administration and development at the White Memorial Conservation Center. She has 
handled bats for twenty-seven years as a wildlife rehabilitator and educator and is licensed by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non-releasable bats and more recently, porcupines,for education.

Over the years, Griswold and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs to libraries, classrooms, Scout troops and organizations like the National Park Service and the Yale Peabody Museum. They have appeared on 
the cover of The Weekly Reader and produced a segment about bats for The Late Show with David Letterman.
Griswold was featured in "Seasons of Connecticut" by Diane Smith, published by Globe Pequot Press,released in June 2010. Griswold also serves as the morning voice of traffic on WTIC AM and WZMX FM. Griswold began traveling to Iceland in 2002 when the Elves and Hidden People called her to the Land of Fire and Ice. 
Since then she has visited Iceland 49 times. In 2010 she launched a travel company, Krummi Travel LLC, which takes small groups of extraordinary adults on extraordinary trips to Iceland.

The event will be open to non-forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a high tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and

Lantern Tour of Litchfield’s Historic District
Bundle up for a “lantern tour” through the historic district of Litchfield and learn more about the homes and residents who lived there. Join the Litchfield Historical Society for this nighttime tour on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. After the stroll down North and South streets, tour attendees can warm up at the History Museum with hot chocolate and cookies. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
The lantern tour if $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required. Payment is required with registration. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email For more information about this or other programs, please visit The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT.
Book Talk on Connecticut Architecture with Chris Wigren
Join the Litchfield Historical Society on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. for a book talk with Chris Wigren, author of Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places. Chris Wigren is an architectural historian and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. The state’s history includes landscapes of small farmsteads, country churches, urban streets, tobacco sheds, quiet maritime villages, and town greens, plus more recent suburbs and corporate headquarters. In his talk on this rich and diverse architectural heritage, Wigren will share highlights from his recently released book Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Book talks are free for members and $5 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required. Payment is required with registration. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email For more information about this or other programs, please visit The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT..
Litchfield Community Center Programs 
Join us for our Friday Feast and Dancing Feet at The Litchfield Community Center on Friday February 22, 2019 from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm with music by “Lew and the Good Time Guys”. The cost is $7.00 pp. Pre-registration is required by calling The Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302 or visit  Next one: Friday March 15, 2019: Music by “Lew and the Good Time Guys”
Oliver Wolcott Library Adult Programs
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting and clicking on Events/Adult Events. 
Monday Scholars: How Winston Churchill Changed the World
Mondays: 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Through April 1
Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning with classroom discussion. In this video lecture, taught by Professor Michael Sheldon, you will enjoy a thorough, multifaceted exploration of Churchill’s life, accomplishments, complexities, and legacies. 
Love on the Rocks: Winter Reading (& FUN) Program
Through March 6
Warm up during the cold, dark days of winter with OWL’s Winter Reading (and Fun) Program. To participate, register with us and then we’ll give you a Challenge Card filled with Love on the Rocks reading challenges in four romance-with-an-edge categories: Star Crossed Lovers, Parents Just Don't Understand, Young Love, and Til Death Do Us Part.
The ALCAN 5000 with Jeff Wacker & Julia Metcalf
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Named after the famous Alaska-Canadian Highway that was built as a gravel road during WWII to supply US troops protecting the Alaska frontier, the ALCAN 5000 is a time-speed-distance rally held every four years with over fifty competitors from all over the US and the world. Two local residents competed in the 2018 event as a husband-wife team of driver and navigator. Covering 4,963 miles in eleven days and driving a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente rally car, hear the story of their incredible trip through Alaska.