Litchfield News




Walk in Beauty:
Celebrating the Gifts of the Earth
Saturday, April 21 ~ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Renew yourself this spring....
Reawaken your senses to the beauty of the spring season as you recharge your creative spirit and rejuvenate in this experiential workshop. Affirm your deep connection with the natural world through explorations in music and creative writing and walking the Wisdom House outdoor labyrinth. Please bring a notepad.  

Thomasina Levy & Leslie Johnson

Thomasina Levy
Award winning musician and Connecticut State Troubadour (2005/2006). Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Office of the Arts where she assists fellow artist, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts into their programs. Facilitator of Music Improvisation. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe and she has created recordings and instructional books for children and adults. Visit:

Leslie Johnson
Award winning writer whose short stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize with the Pushcart Press publication. Her fiction has been broadcast on NPR, appeared in Norton's Best of the West Anthology and published in a wide variety of magazines and literary journals. Teaching artist of Connecticut Office of the Arts where she leads interactive writing workshops and professional development seminars. Visit:

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin - Session 2
Saturday, April 21 ~ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Teilhard de Chardin’s mysticism is one of action in and through the world. It calls us to a covenant relationship with God and with creation. As a scientist, his mysticism encompasses the Cosmic, the Human, and the Christic dimensions of life. Teilhard’s legacy is clearly present in the spirituality of ecology, feminism, and interfaith dialogue. He offers us new and creative ways of understanding our roles as contemplative and participatory members of the earth community.
Rescheduled from an earlier date....

Sally Campbell Woodhall
Former director of Guild for Spiritual Guidance; holds an MA in Theology, Fordham University; Founding head of the Woodhall School, Bethlehem, CT, author of Teilhard de Chardin: Pilgrim, Prophet, Mystic.

    Early Registration $60.00. After April 14 Fee is $75.00
Sign Up By Friday, April 20 at Midnight
For further information call (860) 567-3163
The Month of Joy: A Community Wide Read
The Month of Joy: A Community Wide Read, promoting joy through generosity and compassion will take place this April.

All interested individuals are encouraged to read The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World  by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams, and for children The Can Man by Laura E. Williams.

Both The Can Man and The Book of Joy are available to borrow from the Oliver Wolcott Library, and to purchase through St. Michael’s Church Office  thanks to the Hickory Stick Book Store  Favorite non-perishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.
The Science of Joy
Saturday, April 21 ~ 3:30 pm
St. Michael’s Community House
David Pavlick will lead a session expanding on the science presented in The Book of Joy. Join with other readers of the bookin learning more about what happens in our brain when we are joyful. Interested participants who have not read the book are welcome. Wine and cheese reception to follow. David Pavlick is a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist specializing in neurofeedback.

Favorite nonperishable pantry items for The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s will be collected at this event.

The Can Man, Redeemable Container Drive
Tuesday, April 24 ~ 7:00 am-3:00 pm
Saturday, April 28 ~ 7:00 am-3:00 pm
Litchfield Recycle Center
Read the book, The Can Man, then collect redeemables.
Participate as a family or with a civic organization. Thank you to the East Litchfiled Village Improvement Society for sharing their space at the recycle center. Redeemables collected.
Craft Fair
Morris Congregational Church
Saturday, April 28 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Morris Community Center
East Street, Morris
Morris Congregational Church will hold its first ever craft fair on Saturday, April 28 from 10-3 at the Morris Community Center. A wide variety of items will be offered for sale, including, but not limited to baskets; quilts; jewelry; fairy gardens; candles; paintings; doggie items and woodworking.

A homemade soup and sandwich luncheon will be offered for purchase during the fair.  A tag sale will be included across the parking lot in the Fellowship Hall of the Morris Congregational Church. You will find bargains galore at that stop. Come celebrate spring with us. For more information, please call Zoe Greenwood 860-567-9182
Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, April 29 ~ 8:00-10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen
 $7.00 per Adult
 $3.50 per Child under 12
 in the Parish Hall, Church of Christ
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756
Full Moon Drumming for Peace
Sunday, April 29 ~ 7:30 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street, at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.

Come and join us as we send the energy created by our drumming out into the universe for world peace. Bring your own drum/s or use one of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.

If the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in South America can have an affect on the weather in Africa, then surely the energy created by our drumming can have an affect on world peace.

Come and join us and drum your heart happy. If it isn't raining or cold we will gather outside on the lawn, so bring a chair as well as your drum. If it's too cold to be outdoors, we will be in the fellowship hall in the basement below the sanctuary.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided. Any type of hand drum may be used. All drummers or people who would like to become drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World. The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
Contact: Susan A. Strand
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Honoring USMC Sgt. Glenn Dennis
Saturday, April 7, 2018
@ Bantam Borough Hall
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Glenn R. Dennis of Sharon was honored as the veteran of the month by American Legion Post 44 of Bantam on Saturday.
Dennis, who died on Oct. 13, 2013, served as a member of the flag detail at veteran of the month services for several years. His sister, Sharon Rosen of Sharon, partner, Charlene Whitney of Sharon, and Sharon Rosen’s husband, Harvey, attended Saturday’s service at Bantam Borough Hall.
A 1962 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Dennis enlisted in the Marines in 1964 and traveled to Parris Island, S.C., for eight weeks of boot camp. His first assignment following training was with the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marines of the 2nd Marine Division. The unit was assigned to the 6th Fleet and stood ready off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis.
USMC Sgt. Glenn Dennis
Dennis also served two tours in the Mediterranean Sea and a tour in Keflavik, Iceland. His final assignment as a Marine was at Marine Helicopter Squadron One Marine Corps Air Station in Quantico, Va. He was promoted to sergeant when his enlistment ended on July 1, 1968.
Upon his discharge from the Marines, Dennis received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Cold War Service Medal, the Rifle and Pistol Expert Marksman Badges and the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.
After his military career, Dennis attended Pace University, lived in New York City for several years, had a brief career in auto racing, and worked as a commercial fisherman.
Dennis raised a daughter, Summer Dennis, and worked as grounds supervisor in the Rocky Point and Mount Sinai school systems on Long Island before retiring in 2008.
Dennis retired to Sharon and joined the Marine Corps League Detachment 042 of Canaan. He served on the final honors squad of the Torrington Veterans Service Office. He was a member of the Sharon Historical Society, the Conservation Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission, and was president of the Sharon Eastside Cemetery Association.
Dennis was born Aug. 6, 1944, the son of Melvin and Mildred Dennis. His father was a World War I veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of American Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.
Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113