Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Vintage Airplanes to Oxford

09/05/0204 to 09/07/2014

Waterbury-Oxford Airport , Oxford, CT Phone: 860-568-8924.

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Oxford Airport from September 5 to September 7, 2014 and arrive at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5th and depart on Sunday at 5 p.m.  The Tour brings historic aviation to your community.  Tour through the authentically restored aircraft or take a flight aboard for the ultimate immersion in history.  The B-17, B-24 and P-51 are on the 25th season of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out; $15 for adults and $6 for children under age 12.  WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft a no cost.  Call for further information.

Wine Tasting/Chocolate Extravaganza--Friends of Main St. Winsted

02/05/2010 to 02/05/2010

Whiting Mills, 210 Holabird Ave., Winsted, 06098. Phone: 860-738-3351.

On Friday evening, February 5, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM the Friends of Main Street Winsted will sponsor the fourth annual Wine Tasting and Chocolate Extravaganza, a wine and chocolate event and silent auction. Ticket are $$25 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit downtown revitalization. Further information call 860-738-3351

Winter Contemplative Prayer Weekend -- Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

02/05/2010 to 02/07/2010

229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

This is a silent retreat weekend for those with experience of Centering Prayer or meditation practice. Prayer, meditation practice, and lectio divina will be the components of the weekend in the Farm House. Meals will be taken in silence. Elizabeth Gallagher will facilitate the flow of the sessions. She is a centering prayer practitioner, a member of Contemplative Outreach Network and the facilitator of the Wednesday evening Centering Prayer Group at Wisdom House. Friday 6 pm dinner to Sunday lunch. Fees: $170 (shared room; hall bath);;$210 (private room, hall bath); $240 (private or shared room with bath);$140 (commuter).

Golden Age of Trucking Museum Annual Fundraiser

02/06/2010 to 02/06/2010

1101 Southford Rd., Middlebury, 06762. Phone: 203-577-2181.

On Saturday,February 6, 2010 the Golden Age of Trucking Museum will be holding its annual February Fundraiser from 6PM until 10PM at the Museum, 1101 Southford Rd, Middlebury. Guests will have a chance to sit in some of the antique vehicles while they enjoy catering by Senor Ponchos, music by a Mariachi band and karaoke. A silent auction will be featured showcasing area businesses. Tickets are $75 per person. $650 for a 10 person table. Revenue from the event is used for maintenance costs and to expand the museum's collections. Call for reservations.

Responding to Adversity: Waterbury in Hard Times A Gallery Talk with Jeremy Brecher

02/07/2010 to 02/07/2010

144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: (203) 753-0381.

From the periodic depressions that virtually stopped industry in the 19th and 20th centuries to the plant closings of the 1970s and 80s, residents of the Naugatuck Valley have often had to deal with hard times. Learn how local people responded; the Waterbury Mutual Aid and the Unemployed Councils of the Great Depression, and the factory buyouts and coops of the 1980s are just two examples. Join historian Jeremy Brecher as he explores what we can learn from the past when planning future efforts at economic reconstruction.

Rediscovering Connecticut Artists of the Early 20th Century

02/07/2010 to 02/07/2010

144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: (203) 753-0381.

Many artists move from acclaim to obscurity as their styles fall out of fashion. Join our distinguished panel of art experts, William Gerdts, Ph.D., Jeffrey Cooley, Peter Falk and Lynne Pauls Baron, as they examine Connecticut artists who were popular during their lifetimes but whose life and art are now in various stages of rediscovery. A reception immediately follows the panel discussion.

Rediscovering Connecticut Artists of the Early 20th Century

02/07/2010 to 02/07/2010

144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: (203) 753-0381.

Many artists move from acclaim to obscurity as their styles fall out of fashion. Join our distinguished panel of art experts, William Gerdts, Ph.D., Jeffrey Cooley, Peter Falk and Lynne Pauls Baron, as they examine Connecticut artists who were popular during their lifetimes but whose life and art are now in various stages of rediscovery. A reception immediately follows the panel discussion. William H. Gerdts is internationally known as a leading authority on American Art. He is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Graduate School of City University of New York and the author of over twenty-five books on American art including American Impressionism, Painters of the Humble Truth, and the three-volume series Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting. Lynne Pauls Baron is the principal of Baron Art Estate Managers, author of F. Luis Mora: America's First Hispanic Master, and co-curator of F. Luis Mora and the Expression of Beauty. Jeffrey Cooley is the director of The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme; his primary interest is American art of the mid-19th century with a focus on painters of the Hudson River School, and on American Impressionism and contemporary realism. Peter Hastings Falk is the president of Hastings Art Management, author of the biographical dictionary Who Was Who in American Art, and editor of F. Luis Mora: America's First Hispanic Master. Register in advance by calling 203-753-0381 ext 10. We are grateful to the TD Charitable Foundation for funding the panel discussion, and Bicardi U.S.A. Inc. for hosting the reception.

Black Economic Survival in a time of Recession

02/08/2010 to 02/08/2010

144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: (203) 753-0381.

A panel of distinguished Connecticut experts discuss progress for Black citizens during the present economic downturn. Panelist include Dr. Fred McKinny, president of the Connecticut minority supplier council Inc: Ginne Rae-Gilmore, Director of the State Small Business Development Center and Avery Salldes, Business Development manager of the Waterbury Development Corporation.

Winter Lecture Series

02/12/2010 to 02/12/2010

109 West River Rd, Pleasant Valley, 06063. Phone: 860 738-1152.

The Barkhamsted Historical Society's Winter Lecture Series at 7:00P.M.,at the Barkhamsted Senior Center,with Mike Day's presentation "Barkhamsted Schools,From Their Beginning" with an emphasis on the story of Center School. The Center School is part of the Historical Society's collection and has been open for visitors on a regular basis this past year.Come learn about the early school when Barkhamsted had as many as 13 school districts. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738-1152

Devotion by Dani Shapiro

02/13/2010 to 02/13/2010

2 Green Hill Road, Washington, 06794. Phone: 860-868-0525. Fax: 860-868-1356.

Dani Shapiro will sign copies of DEVOTION @ 2:00pm Saturday, February 13th.

"Shapiro�s newest memoir, a mid-life exploration of spirituality begins with her son�s difficult questions�about God, mortality and the afterlife�and Shapiro�s realization that her answers are lacking, long-avoided in favor of everyday concerns. Determined to find a more satisfying set of answers, author Shapiro (Slow Motion) seeks out the help of a yogi, a Buddhist and a rabbi, and comes away with, if not the answers to life and what comes after, an insightful and penetrating memoir that readers will instantly identify with. Shapiro�s ambivalent relationship with her family, her Jewish heritage and her secularity are as universal as they are personal, and she exposes familiar but hard-to-discuss doubts to real effect: she�s neither showboating nor seeking pat answers, but using honest self-reflection to provoke herself and her readers into taking stock of their own spiritual inventory. Absorbing, intimate, direct and profound, Shapiro�s memoir is a satisfying journey that will touch fans and win her plenty of new ones." (Publishers Weekly)