Ives Concert Park Presents The Ultimate Spring Fling--Danbury


43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-837-9226.

 The Ultimate Spring Fling on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 3PM to 10PM featuring BBQ, ice cold beer and  live music from newgrass powerhouse; Cabinet and Amy Helm, daughter of the legendary Levon Helm along with The New Desperation. Dancing, dining and drinking in one of the Northeast's premiere outdoor entertainment venues! What better way to shake off  this long winter and enjoy spring! Call for tickets and check the website for further information.

Colebrook Chicken Barbecue at Community Center


2 School House Rd., Colebrook, CT 06021. Phone: 860-738-9521.

The annual chicken barbecue dinner is being held at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center in the center of town on Saturday, May 17,2014 between 5 and 7 PM.  Meals may be taken out between 4:30PM and 5PM.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Town Hall or Senior and Community Center.  Tickets $12 foradults; $6 for children.  All are welcome.

Torrington Historical Society Lecture: Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the American Civil War


192 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-8260.

"Harpers Ferry Under Fire:  A Border Town in the American Civil War". A program by Dennis Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  May 17, 2014 ; 7:00 pm First Congregational Church 685 Riverside Avenue  Torrington CT Admission: $5 (FREE for members of the CT Civil War Round Table and The Torrington Historical Society )       The CT Civil War Round Table and the Torrington Historical Society are proud to present Dennis Frye speaking about his recently published book Harpers Ferry Under Fire .  Harpers Ferry experienced the Civil War like no other place and was a case study of repeated invasions, military operations, martial law, and endless danger. Journey into the Civil War with stories from those who lived, worked, fought, and died in this border town.  Dennis will be on hand to sign copies of his recent books September Suspense and Harpers Ferry Under Fire.  Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. A prominent Civil War historian, Dennis has made numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A as a guest historian. He helped produce award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown.   Dennis served as an Associate Producer for the Civil War movie Gods and Generals, during which he recruited and coordinated nearly 3,000 re-enactors for the film. Dennis also is a well-known author with 77 articles and six books to his credit.  His work has been published in Civil War Times Illustrated, America's Civil War, Blue  Gray Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Hallowed Ground. Dennis is also a guest contributor to the Washington Post.  Tickets available at the door.  Seated is limited.

Flanders Famous Family Fun Farm Day--Woodbury


Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

FLANDERS FAMOUS FAMILY FUN   Farm Day--Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary Take a trip back in time and recapture the sights, sounds and smells of a real New England farm at our celebration of the outdoors! There is lots of family-friendly entertainment that will take place on the grounds, throughout the day. Come get a taste of the farming life! The event will be held rain or shine. Live farm animals Tractor rides and antique collections on display Gardening talks and tips Demonstrations of crafts Live music Kids crafts and activities Vendors and food PROGRAM FEE $5 per person/ $15 per family/ $30 for groups of 8 or more.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program Features Cobble Pond Farm Sharon, CT


Mitchell Town Rd., Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 888-842-2442.

The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program explores Litchfield County.  Cobble Pond Farm is open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy.  The garden features both formal and informal herbaceous borders. Several garden rooms in pastoral settings are defined and accented by stone walls, clipped yews, sweeping lawns, mature maples, a giant copper beech, European birches, ginkgo, and dogwoods including unusual species trees. All is surrounded by open pastures in the Olmsted design. The stone walls, driveway and sunken garden were inspired by Warren Manning and designed by Percival Gallaher and E.C. Whiting, Olmsted Associates from 1929 through 1950. The secret garden, cutting garden, pergola, and summerhouse garden are enhanced by lively bulb combinations in spring and lilacs spread their fragrance everywhere. The colorful raised beds in the vegetable garden add whimsy to the design which continues to reflect the Olmsted plan. Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5.

Wisdom House Hosts Panel: Eating with Intent and Compassion--Litchfield


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

On Saturday, May 17. 2014 from 2PM to 5:30PM a program entitled:  Food Glorious Food: Eating With Intention and Compassion will be held at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.  This program is a collaboration between Wisdom House and the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life.  The interfaith program is open to the public and will feature keynote speaker, Wiliiam Duesing, founder and former executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association).  Two panel discussions will follow his presentation, the first composed of chef Chris Eddy of Winvian in Morris; Patrick Horan of Waldingfield Farm in Washington; John Morosani of Laurel Ridge Farm and Shamu Sadeh of Adamah of Falls Village.  The second panel will feature Rabbi Nathan Margalit and Rev. Susan McCone.  They will address the moral and spiritual aspects of food.  Pre-register either by email:  programs@wisdomhouse or call.

Plymouth Historical Society Hosts ArtZfest


572 Main Street, Plymouth, CT 06782. Phone: 860-793-6991.

The Plymouth Historical Society hosts ArtZfest on May 17.2014.  The following events are planned: On the Plymouth Green (corner of Main St. and North Street)- Plymouth Congregational Church's 275th anniversary celebration; 11am- Walking Tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground. 12noon-1pm- Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps;11am-4pm- Revolutionary War reenactors, living history interactive exhibits, musket firing demonstration, colonial hearthside cooking, craftsmen including candle making, spinning, quilting, tinsmithing, gravestone carving, colonial children's games, historical scavenger hunt, music and food.
PARKING for the events at the Plymouth Green is available at Plymouth Center School, 107 North St. You can walk to the Green or you can take a shuttle bus. Plymouth Historical Society, 572 Main St., Plymouth; 1-3pm-Bus Tour of Plymouth's historic clockmaking sites, including the waterwheel, Greystone Falls, and the Plymouth Congregational Church. Meet at the Historical Society at 12:45 for the bus tour. PREREGISTRATION BY MAY 3 IS REQUIRED.  Call 860-584-4634 to reserve a seat on the bus.
Parking is available at the Historical Society. 11am -4pm-  The Historical Society will be open to see the 1852 steam engine (it will be running), and an antique clock collection in addition to their other exhibits. Downtown Thomaston
10am -Stroll the sidewalks of downtown with reenactors in period clothing. 10am-5pm- artisans featuring colonial trades, such as potters, weavers, soapmakers, etc., musicians, Seth Thomas reenactor, sidewalk chalk painting in front of the Opera House, tours of the Bradstreet House (11am, 12pm,1pm, and 2pm), children's activities, steampunk exhibits, food vendors. The Thomaston Historical Society will also be open from 11am-3pm, located in the Town Hall. 11-12:30pm – Bus Tour of Thomaston's historic clockmaking sites. Meet at the First Congregational Church of Thomaston , 135 Main Street. The Thomaston bus tour is first come, first served. If you want to also go on the Plymouth bus tour, you can stay on the bus and it will bring you to the Plymouth Historical Society for the Plymouth bus tour. However, you must preregister for the Plymouth bus tour by calling 860-584-4634 by May 3. The bus will return to Thomaston after the Plymouth tour for those who began there. 3-4:30pm -Contradancing in front of Center School. "Contradancing" comes from the original "country dancing" and includes traditional reels and square dances. All moves are taught before each dance and walked through before the music starts. The caller will call out the moves as you progress through the dance. Very easy to learn, informal, and lots of fun!

Beardsley and Memorial Library - Giant Book Sale and Barkhamsted Historical Society’s Spring Tag Sale


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT Phone: (860) 379-6043.

The Friends of Beardsley and Memorial Library book sale and Barkhamsted Historical Society’s spring tag sale will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Town Garage on Route 44.


Beardsley and Memorial Library - Backyard Beekeeping Program


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT Phone: (860) 379-6043.

Backyard Beekeeping! Produce your own honey. Help your vegetables, flowers, and other garden plants thrive! Learn how to raise bees for your benefit and the benefit of the environment. Dr. Creighton from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will be at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. to talk about raising bees in your own backyard.   Dr. Creighton will bring an observation hive and beekeeping equipment for viewing. This program is free and open to the public.

White Memorial Wild Edible Plants with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier


80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Bring, lunch, notebook, camera, protection from the elements, and a cup or mug for tea at the end of the walk. Class is limited to 20 participants! 10:00 A.M. — 2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum. Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. 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