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Litchfield Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sunday, September 23 ~ 11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Registration 11:30 am
Ceremony  12:30 pm
Walk at 1:00 pm
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions!

There will be on-site food trucks...Big Green Eggs and Hamburgers, Kurt’s Hot Dogs, Circus Man Ice Cream, Hardcore Cupcakes and Bill’s Hot Dogs!

When you participate in a Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.
Tina M Hogan | Northwestern  Regional Director  /
Walk Manager  | Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter |
cell: 860.308.3458 | ||
Book Talk with Emeritus CT
State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni
Sunday, September 23 ~ 3:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society is hosting a talk with the former Connecticut State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni about his new book The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘?p?kaha‘ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk, on Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m.

Henry Opukahaia and Itankusun Wanbli lived almost a century apart and came from different Indigenous Nations – Hawaiian and Lakota. Yet the circumstances of Western imperialism that led them to leave their homelands and come to Connecticut where they died and were buried have striking similarities. In 1992 and 2008, descendant women had visitations that their ancestors wished to “come home” and they started the repatriation process. CT state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications needed to return these men to their respective Native families. In his talk, Bellantoni chronicles these significant stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.

Nicholas F. Bellantoni is an associate adjunct professor in the anthropology department at the University of Connecticut and Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Book talks are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Signed copies of his book will be available to purchase at the event.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required with registration.
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.
Day Trip: The Mount & Naumkeag Estate
Monday, September 24 ~ 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy the day touring 2 estates in Lenox/Stockbridge MA area on Monday September 24, 2018. Explore The Mount (Edith Wharton’s Home) at 10:30am and lunch (Lunch buffet at your own cost, must make reservations before trip, or bring your own lunch to enjoy on the premises), then head to Naumkeag for a tour at 2:00pm.

 Depart on LCC van at 9:00am and depart for Litchfield at 3:30pm.  The cost is $50.00 per person includes transportation, admission and tours at both The Mount and Naumkeag.

Seats are limited to 13 and
pre-registration and pre-payment is required
calll the Litchfield Community Center at 860-567-8302
For more info call 860-567-8302

Letters Home & 13th Floor
Three Plays written and performed
by Nancy Schuler
Tuesday, September 25 or
Wednesday, September 26
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Letters Home is actually two short pieces. The first half is a monologue. Meet Margaret Griffin Carey born in 1883 (Nancy's Irish grandmother). Margaret tells of leaving Ireland and her days in the U.S. raising a family and then sending her boys off to war. The second half is Teresa Gargiulo Palmento (Nancy's Italian grandmother) born in Italy in 1888, writing and receiving letters from her son, Gennaro, in the army during WWII.

The 13TH Floor is a much lighter, modern piece, full of dialogue about two ships passing in the night. Nancy's husband, Ed, once again will be joining her in two pieces. He will play the voice of Gennaro in Letters Home and also Paul in The 13th Floor.

Nancy was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield for the past 20 years with her husband, Ed. After a life of teaching art and painting, 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 performed Teresa at the Italian American Museum in New York, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 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.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
September 25 - Click Here to Register
September 26 - Click Here to Register
or call 860-567-8030.
Game Night in East Litchfield
Friday, September 28 ~ 7:00 pm
East Litchfield Chapel
Board games for ages 8 to adult that emphasize social interaction will be featured on Friday evening at 7:00 PM, September 28, at the East Litchfield Chapel, 62 East Litchfield Road South, Litchfield. 
Phoebe & Jim Katzin will be hosting the first of a number of Family Game Nights at the East Litchfield Chapel.  The games Balderdash, Ticket to Ride, Code Names, Dixit, Settlers of Catan will be provided along with light refreshments. Bring a friend or bring your family and get to know your neighbors in a fun and entertaining evening.  Optional donations to support the maintenance of the Chapel are appreciated. 
Litchfield Patriots
A group of local citizens has established itself as the Litchfield Patriots, LLC, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that will be honoring people from Litchfield who contributed to the Revolutionary cause during the American War for Independence. The organization, headed by President Lee Losee, includes persons affiliated with American Legion Post 44, Daughters of the American Revolution (Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter), Sons of the American Revolution (Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch), First Litchfield Artillery Regiment, and First New Jersey Regiment (re-enactors).
As part of the year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of Litchfield’s 1719 founding, plans are underway for presenting, on September 6-8, 2019, a weekend of entertainment, re-enactments, historically accurate impersonations of individuals important to the town then, demonstrations of period skills, educational offerings, assistance to the public with relevant genealogical research, a Veteran of the Month service appropriately adapted to honor the community’s freedom fighters, and other activities. Volunteers for various responsibilities are welcome to offer assistance and will be contacted as suitable assignments for them become available.
Ideas for commemorating the contributions of Litchfield’s Revolutionary War participants with a permanent memorial are also being developed and will be made public at a later time.
The Litchfield Patriots can be contacted by email at or mail at Litchfield Patriots; P. O. Box 1719; Litchfield, CT 06759. 
Year-End Critical Needs Grants Now Available
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has allocated a minimum of $55,000 to distribute to public charities and faith-based organizations in its 20-town service area* for year-end critical-needs grants. More may be available based on need. Grants are made possible through the Draper Foundation Fund and the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund.
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications for year-end critical-needs grants for local organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents and providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter.
Organizations that provide critical human services can apply for grants online through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website, Select “Year-End Critical Needs Grants”
Applications are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Grants will be awarded in December 2018. *Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winsted.
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $110 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.