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Seherr-Thoss Grant Applications
Applications for fall grants are now being accepted by the Seherr-Thoss Foundation and the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust.  Grants are made twice yearly to non profit organizations to fund projects that directly serve the people and communities of Litchfield.  Grant applications may be submitted at any time but must be postmarked by September 15 for the fall distribution.
For additional information about submitting an application, please go to the website,, email, or mail your request to Seherr-Thoss Foundations PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Outing Club
Sunday, August 19 ~ 1:00 pm
South Road, Litchfield
On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Outing Club will hike about 2 miles of White Memorial, followed by a Pool Party and Potluck Picnic at the home of Doyle Finan, 77B Old South Road, Litchfield.  We'll meet at Doyle's at 1:00 to set off for the hike.  Bring bathing suit and towel for swim and a salad or main dish to share.  Doyle will provide beverages and Marj will make dessert.  Call Doyle at 860 567-8928 to let him know what you would like to bring to the potluck.

Outing Club activities are open to all single and married persons. Children are also welcome accompanied by an adult. Outing Club activities are non-smoking, non alcohol and no pets

If weather is questionable, check
your email at 10:00 Sunday morning
of outing day for updates.  
We'll have an indoor option of potluck
and games if weather is bad.
Doyle Finan (860) 567-8928
Family Dinner
Wednesday, August 22 ~ 5:00-6:45 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Cost: Free
For more info call 860-567-8302
Trip to Mystic Seaport
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Warren Community Center
Inspire the mind. Lift the spirit and join us with our trip to Mystic Seaport. What is Mystic Seaport? Ask three people and chances are you'll get three very different answers. To some, it's a fun family destination offering hands-on activities and special events. To others, it's a world-renowned maritime museum featuring exhibit halls and historical interpreters. And to still others, it's an incredibly valuable education and research center. In fact, it's all three - located within 19 charming acres on the banks of Connecticut's legendary Mystic River. A quintessential New England experience, Mystic Seaport offers visitors of all ages a unique link to our seafaring past and endless, year-round opportunities to immerse themselves in new worlds of hands-on history.
COST is $16.00 to the Seaport.
Since Mystic Aquarium is so close to the Seaport, please call if you are interested in just going to the Aquarium.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
Day Trip: West Farms Mall
& New Britain Museum of Art
Thursday August 23 ~ 10:00 am
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy the afternoon of Thursday August 23, 2018 with a daytrip to New Britain.  Start the day with shopping & lunch on your own at West Farms Mall before heading to New Britain Museum of Art for a docent guided tour of museum highlights and then time on your own to explore.  
Time: Depart on LCC van at 10:00am/
West Farms Mall from 11:00am-1:00pm/
Guided tour 1:30pm-2:30pm/
Free time 2:30pm-3:00pm/
Depart for Litchfield at 3:00pm.  
Limited to 13
pre-registration, pre-payment is required
by calling 860-567-8302
For more info call 860-567-8302
Antique Button Roadshow
Acorn Button Club of Central Connecticut
Thursday, August 23 ~ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
 Oliver Wolcott Library
Remember going through Grandma’s button box? Remember playing “Button, button, who’s got the button?” Join the Acorn Button Club of Central Connecticut as we revisit the art, history, and beauty of antique buttons. We’ll take a trip together down memory lane to discuss and view buttons as they were meant to be - miniature works of art. If you have any old buttons, bring them along, and we’ll help you learn about their age and history.
The Acorn Button Club was established in 1942. Members come from various backgrounds and share a love of history. Acorn currently has 14 adult and 3 junior members ranging in age from 10 to 95 years old. The roadshow program is designed for the novice button enthusiast.
About the presenters:
Arlene Creswell was given her grandmother’s button collection by her father. Arlene never knew her grandmother but was able to connect with her by playing with the buttons as a child. Arlene has been a member of the Acorn Button Club for over 30 years and served as the Acorn Club secretary for many years.
Laurel Durso was introduced to button collecting about 25 years ago. A retired Fashion Technology teacher from W.F. Kaynor Technical High School, Laurel now has a craft business, Laurel Accessories. At present she is president of the Acorn Button Club as well as the Connecticut State Button Society. She is one of three state directors for the Northeast Regional Button Society.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
Saturday, August 25 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us.  No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation. Having your own garden is even better of course.  
What about wild plants?  They're right there, some in great abundance.  Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing their native neighbors.  Many of these we can eat and it is becoming quite well documented that they are better for us, containing higher and more complete amounts of the nutrients we need to be healthy within the same volume of food.  
The Forest Wolf, Andy Dobos, will help you learn some common, easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to responsibly harvest and prepare them.  We will walk through field, forest and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.
We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property, something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting.  All the plants we cover will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood lot so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.  Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements.
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M,
Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum of 20 people
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:
An Evening at Little Pond
Saturday, August 25 ~ 6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us in search of Wood Ducks, herons, shore birds, muskrats, beavers, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature decides to dish out at dusk on Little Pond!
Group size is limited to 20.
Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register.
6:00 P.M., Meet at the White's Woods Road
entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine!
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.