Litchfield News






Recent Sermons - Rev. Robert F. Tucker (St. Anthony's, Litchfield)
Recent Sermons - Rev. E. Bevan Stanley (St. Michael's, Litchfield)
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II United States Marine
Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt
Saturday, March 4 ~ 10:00 a.m.
@ Bantam Borough Hall
Northfield World War II veteran to be honored March 4
American Legion Post 44 of Bantam invites the general public to attend its monthly Veteran of the Month ceremony to honor World War II United States Marine Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt as the 341st honored veteran on Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. in the Bantam Borough Hall on Route 202 in Bantam.

The ceremony will start with members of a Flag Detail retiring the honor flag United States Army Air Force  Technical Sergeant Levi E. Parsons who was honored as the February Veteran of the Month.

Following the returning of Sergeant Parsons's flag, Post 44 and other veteran organizations will honor Clifford Schmidt and recount his story of service to his country and to his community. In 1940 a military recruiter visited the Schmidt family farm in Osage, Iowa and signed up 3 young men to serve their country during World War II. Mr. Schmidt served with distinction and then participated in public service for the rest of his life.

Post 44 will provide refreshments and encourages attendees to enjoy fellowship with others after the service. Contact:

Brahms Piano Concert
by pianist Robert Fertitta
Sunday, March 5 ~ 4:00 p.m.
St. Michael's, Litchfield
St. Michael’s-Litchfield offers a Brahms Piano Concert played in the way Johannes Brahms intended by pianist Robert Fertitta on Sunday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. as part of their First Sundays at Four series.

Robert Fertitta studied musicology with a specialization in music analysis at The City University of New York and was also a student of counterpoint, keyboard studies, solfege and analysis with Nadia Boulanger. Mr. Fertitta retired from The State University of New York at Purchase in 2007 after thirty years on the faculty. He oversaw the musicianship curriculum and was director of the college choir. He remains active as a performer, lecturer, workshop presenter, adjudicator of competitions and music reviewer, and is currently the music director at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Woodbury, CT.

Mr. Fertitta has appeared as organ soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic in Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, and Copland’s Organ Symphony. During the 1988 inaugural season of PepsiCo’s Summerfare in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Mr. Fertitta performed on the 59-rank Flentrop organ in solo recitals as well as with the Frankfurt Opera Company in the John Cage production, Europeras, and with the Philharmonia Virtuosi in the silent film presentation of Ben-Hur. He has accompanied the Canticum Novum Singers, the Dessoff Choirs and the Collegium Antiquum. As pianist, he has given solo recitals, chamber music programs and master classes. Mr. Fertitta has also done some conducting - in the Messiah Sing-Ins at Avery Fisher Hall and at various commemorative Bach and Mozart festivals with students, faculty and alumni.  He is also a renowned photographer of stained glass windows. His work is featured on hundreds of church websites and in many books, articles and magazines.

He will perform all of the ‘late’ piano music of Johannes Brahms – opus 116, 117, 118 and 119 – dating from 1891 to 1893. There are fourteen Intermezzos, three Capriccios, one Romance, one Ballade and one Rhapsody. Mr. Fertitta will play the twenty pieces in a specially thought out order – in four groups of five - rather than by opus number as published. Brahms did not intend the pieces to be performed in the order they were published, the same as in Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words and Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. This glorious music covers an enormous range of thematic and emotional content and has a retrospective quality. Brahms wrote very little music after these masterpieces, before his death in 1897.

All are welcome to the concert with a suggested freewill offering of $20. A sparkling meet-the-artist reception will follow. St. Michael's is located at 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield Green. For more information, the number to call is 860-567-9465
Scout Sunday @ St. Anthony's
Bantam Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 celebrated 'Scout Sunday' this past weekend at St. Anthony's of Padua in Litchfield. Fr. Tucker is seen here along with scouts and troop leaders. ~ contributed
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Honoring World War II United States Army Air Force
Technical Sergeant Levi E. Parsons III
Saturday, February 4, 2017
@ Bantam Borough Hall
Levi was a long time member of Post 44 of Bantam and an organizer and supporter of the "Veteran of the Month" program. BZ photo

Levi was born on April 9th, 1920 in Torrington the first son of Julia and Levi Parsons of Litchfield, Connecticut. His early life was spent close to home, attending Litchfield elementary schools followed by graduation from Litchfield High School with the class of 1940.
St. Michael’s Epiphany Festival
Supports Torrington Soup Kitchen
St. Michael’s Epiphany Festival featured a King cake at its reception, with a hidden charm in one slice.  Festival attendee Steinen Hurtado of Northfield found the charm and earned the choice to donate some of the Festival proceeds to the Torrington Community Soup Kitchen. ~ contributed

Pictured are Steinen Hurtado, Soup Kitchen Director Lisa Hageman and Steinen’s sons Kunsang, 6, Rigdzin, 3,  and Tenzin, 10, during a visit on February 4. Not pictured is Silas, 8.
The family plans to return to the soup kitchen and assist with preparation and serving of a meal.
Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion
is featured in Department Spotlight
on the national American Legion website
Click here to learn more about the Veteran of the Month program.
St. Michael's Epiphany Celebration
benefits local charities
During the reception following St. Michael’s Parish matinee performance of their Epiphany Festival on Saturday, January 7, composer/musician and seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter was one of the two winners of a hidden charm in the King cake.
 Paul Winter, his daughter Kaiya (middle) and her friend Lea Ritzenhoff

They chose the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville as the recipient of a portion of the freewill offering proceeds from the event which featured colossal puppets, dancing wolves, earlybird music, bell ringers, readings and solo performances. The winner of the other charm – artist Steinen Hurtado – chose the Torrington Soup Kitchen as a recipient.