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Live, Learn, Lunch:
Healing Benefits of Sound
Monday, October 23 ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Rose Petruzzi, Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Gong Master and Artist will share the healing benefits of the gong bath, and sound healing experience. This will be an interactive presentation. Be prepared to lie down, or sit, and surrender to the sound
Cost: FREE
* FREE ~ Register online or Call!
For more info call 860-567-8302
Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Monday, October 23 ~ 7:00-8:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Sam Ducharme takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people. All ages are encouraged to attend.
* Pre-registration is required.
Cost: Donations Accepted
For more info call 860-567-8302
Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey
with Author John Pryor Fulkerson
Tuesday, October 24 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
After an inspiring vacation in France’s Rhone Valley, a surgeon decides to grow grapes in the harsh northwest Connecticut hills and create fine wines from them. In Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey, John Pryor Fulkerson details his experience of gathering friends and family to help with the harvest, the crush, the fermentation, and the final preparation of fine wine.
Throughout this journey, he acquires much more than wine - he also engages more closely with friends and family while cultivating a profound bond with nature. Fulkerson’s love of viticulture and wine making is evident as he chronicles his challenges and victories in eloquent detail. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are original poems that enrich the story and bring the reader deeper into the experience.
Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or are cultivating an interest in viticulture, you’ll find much to love in this story of one man’s journey through the grape-growing and winemaking process.
John Pryor Fulkerson’s love of words began when he was a young boy in New York. He grew up listening to his grandmother recite the works of Kipling and Wordsworth. In college, he exchanged long, entertaining letters with his father, a physician, and also began writing and studying poetry while pursuing pre-medical courses.
Inspired by his father and other physicians in his family, John went to Yale Medical School and became an orthopedic surgeon. Today he continues to write poetry and counts Rumi, Billy Collins, Rudyard Kipling, Rainer Rilke, Lao Tzu, and William Wordsworth among others as writers that influenced him. Lynn Fulkerson, shown here with John, provided the cover art for the book. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. 
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Light: Its Mysteries & Hidden Secrets
with Joe Dougherty
Wednesday, October 25 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
When you hear or read about astronomy, descriptions of stars or galaxies, or the discovery of planets in a distant solar system, do you ever wonder how scientists discovered all that information?
It is amazing to be reminded that man has never traveled further than the moon and our farthest and most sophisticated spacecrafts have only recently ventured into interstellar space. Yet, we know a tremendous amount about galaxies millions of light years away.
This presentation will explore light….what it is and how scientists have harnessed it to reveal much of what we know about our universe. Specifically, we will learn about the chemical composition of stars, how to determine the distance and temperatures of astronomical objects and how scientists are discovering new “exoplanets” daily.
Joe Dougherty is the President of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club. He has specialized in the field of astro-imaging for nearly 10 years. He has given numerous presentations on imaging to the public and other amateur astronomers over the years. Recently, he has been exploring the use of new tools, software and imaging cameras used in the field of Spectroscopy of stars. He resides in Waterbury, CT and holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Mathematics.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Spying on the Wildlife in Your Backyard
Saturday, October 28 ~ 1:00-3:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Game Cameras are a fun way to detect what animals are visiting your backyard. Animals trigger motion sensors which then activates cameras that use night vision technology to capture videos and still pictures.  Patrick O'Brien has been working with this technology extensively while researching American Marten in southern Vermont for his Master of Science thesis at Central Connecticut State University.  
Patrick will share pictures of wildlife he has taken with game cameras and show you how to select acamera when purchasing one. There are lots of tricks to using this technology so come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for the outdoor portion where Patrick will demonstrate how to set a game camera.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00  Non-members: $20.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
or register online:  
Peter Tavino presents
Litchfield Drone Video Presentation
Wednesday, November 1 ~ 7:00-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
While ground level motion pictures have been around since the 1890s, airplane images since 1909 and satellite pictures since 1959, stable drone video between 20 feet and 400 feet in altitude is brand new, and only about 4 years old. Join Certified FAA remote pilot Peter Tavino as he shows cinematography taken in Litchfield and nearby towns. With each of the video clips presented, he will tell the short story about recording it, and then answer questions about this technology.
Peter Tavino is a professional civil engineer and Litchfield resident. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Degree from Columbia University. His career included land development and geothermal heating and cooling. His latest enterprise is capturing aerial images with his quadcopter drone as a Federal Aviation Administration part 107 certified small Unmanned Aircraft System Remote Pilot.
Peter has published a continuing education course Drones for Civil Engineers, and works for Realtors to help sell properties. His video collection of Litchfield and neighboring sites and activities will be shown and explained.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Day Trip to UCONN Biological Research Collections
with James Fischer
Saturday, November 4 ~ 8:30 am-3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join WMCC Research Director James Fischer on a trip to see a unique library, one that represents the natural history of our state, as well as the biodiversity of some of the most unique ecosystems of the world. Specimens range from large to small, slimy to scaled, beautiful to scary, and much more!  
UCONN's Biological Research Collections are housed in a state-of-the-art facility that ensures the specimens can used by scientists to answer complex questions that impact our global health economies, and understanding of biological life for perpetuity. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes.  
8:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.,
Meet at the Museum. $5.00 per person.
Limited to 12 participants.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
with the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry
Life is a masquerade, my friends - Come to The Masquerade!
Saturday, November 4 ~ 6:00-9:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry will be celebrating the life and work of its mask genius friend, Larry Hunt. Long time resident of Bethlehem, CT, Larry was an actor, director, mask-maker, puppeteer and educator who was internationally acclaimed for his innovative approaches to body movement and improvisation.
To honor Larry, The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry will host the first ever Masquerade! Come in mask and costume and be a part of the Promenade - you might even win an award! Enjoy dancing to an eclectic mix of music during much of the evening. Special entertainment will include: Steve Long's 'Shishi-mai', a traditional Japanese Lion Dance; Sova Theater's Adelka Polak, former partner of Larry Hunt, performing 'Born in Clay', a short mask and puppet piece that she developed within the context of Masque Theatre using two of Larry's masks for a dramatic moment of transformation; and actual footage of Larry Hunt's performances. Come, remember Larry, and rejoice in Masquerade!
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, WMCC
and The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry
The bar will be by cash donation. Light refreshments,
some even in disguise (!) are included in the admission.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
Members: $25.00  Non-members: $35.00
or register online:
"Gin, Jeans & Jazz"
Featurring the Peter McEachern/Dave Santoro Quintet
Starry Night Cafe
Saturday, November 4 ~ 7:00-10:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Litchfield Community Center's Starry Night Cafe presents feature The Peter McEachern/Dave Santoro Quintet. Don your jeans, sip some gin, swing and sway to cool jazz. Admission includes cocktail, beer, soft drinks and bar food. Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundatio Litchfield Community Center Music Fund.
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $75.00 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302
Poetry & Growing Old
with Jim Kelleher
Sunday, November 5 ~ 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
We all grow old (if we’re lucky) and that’s probably a good attitude to keep –that we are lucky because we have grown old: lucky because we have enjoyed a long life. And our fortune is not in our bank accounts but in our memories and loved ones.
Jim believes poetry is alive. Poetry is in our music. Most of the songs we love have poetic elements, “lyrics,” and they entertain us as much as teach us. The lines stick in our heads: “By the light of the moon” or “Will you still need me/will you still please me?/when I’m 64.” As we grow older, 64 seems young to us now.
If poetry entertains us in songs, and preserves memories in the stories it tells, it still has one final purpose: it records the wisdom of people who became old before us, and the lessons they learned the hard way. For Poetry and Growing Old, we will read about ten poems and see what bells they ring in our own experience. A few of the poets are famous but most are anonymous. Just like us.
The stories poems tell, and the conclusions they reach, can make us feel better. We can feel better about how we got here, and we can feel better about keeping on.
Jim Kelleher has published three books of poetry: Quarry, Mick, A Celestial Drama, and Selected Poems. Individual poems have been published in Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Fine Homebuilding, The Country and Abroad, and more. Jim is a full-time Tech Ed teacher at Torrington Middle School, and an adjunct at Northwestern CT Community College,where he teaches literature and composition.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Lecture on New Book Self-Evident Truths
by Richard Brown
Sunday, November 5 ~ 3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society invites you to a lecture on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. by author and historian Richard Brown. In his talk, Brown will discuss his book Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War and will explore how the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality.
Despite the founding statement that "all men are created equal," social equality was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voting rights and citizenship. Brown's new book offers a much-needed exploration of the ways revolutionary political ideas penetrated popular thinking and everyday practice.
Richard D. Brown is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Connecticut. His previous books include Knowledge Is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865;The Strength of a People: The Idea of an Informed Citizenry in Early America, 1650-1870; and the coauthored microhistory The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler: A Story of Rape, Incest, and Justice in Early America.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
The exhibits are currently on view through November 2017.
The Process: Three Plays
Written & Performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler
Thursday, November 9 OR
Thursday, November 16
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The library welcomes back Nancy Palmento Schuler to perform her latest play, The Process. Two shows are available to see this extraordinary performance.
The Process is a production of three short plays. The first is titled “Henry and Marion, 62 years of Wedded Bliss, NOT!,” which is a look at a marriage that has worn out its life. The second is “The Dating Game,” a hilarious look at dating for seniors, and finally “The Process,”a glimpse into the fading world of an octogenarian who is determined to stay in her home even though she may be losing some filters. Nancy’s husband, Ed will be playing the parts of Otto and Marcus.
Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. The arts are not new to her, having studied at Paier Art College in Hamden and teaching art and painting her entire life. Her trompe l’oeil talent won her a spot at the New Britain Museum of American Art - Juried art show.
Last year at age 67, she transitioned to writing and acting. Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, was awarded a place at the New York Public Library Equity Theater’s 2017 new playwrights. She will be performing Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York in November. She has also performed it at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, the New Britain Museum, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum and many community centers and libraries. Her trilogy, Three Women, Three Roads, has also been performed at numerous theatres and libraries including the OWL last November.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Owl Prowl
with Larry Fischer
Saturday, November 11 ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
WMCC is thrilled to partner with our friends at Litchfield Hills Audubon Society for this terrific program! Newtown resident Larry Fischer is a federally licensed raptor bander who has been banding hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles for more than 30 years, working independently as well as with the CT DEEP and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Tag along with Larry as we seek out the haunts of Barred, Great Horned, Screech, and Saw-whet Owls!
We'll begin in the A. B. Ceder Room with a brief introduction to the species you might be hearing tonight and meet our own barred Owl, Shakespeare! You'll no doubt leave this evening completely enlightened!
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room.
This program is limited to 30 EXTREMELY QUIET
participants ages twelve and up.
Pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online:
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
Come Write In
with Patricia Moore and NaNoWriMo
Mondays, November 13 & 20
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Come Write In on November 13 and 20 and start writing with us!
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. NaNoWriMo is a fun seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. We want to help you reach the NaNoWriMo goal of a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30 with two sessions that will help to spark your creativity, ignite your inner voice, and make you put words to paper/screen.
At these two sessions, all NaNoWriMo participants will meet in our community room. We will provide the fuel (namely coffee, tea and something sweet), camaraderie, and exercises to get your word count up - including timed word sprints and character questionnaires.
The OWL and National Novel Writing Month believe in the transformational power of creativity. By being a Come Write In space, we will provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page.
We hope to see you often this November - after all, the world needs your novel!To learn more about National Novel Writing Month and this worldwide phenomenon, visit their website at
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.