Litchfield Historical Society Museum - Lecture: The Colonial Revival as Collective Memory and Consumer

02/22/2015

Corner of East & South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

3 p.m. Join us for this lecture by Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. The development of a culture of consumption in the decades that bracketed the turn of the twentieth century created unprecedented opportunity for the dissemination of images, objects, and texts that engendered historical consciousness in the United States. Antiquarian activities, the province of social outliers, the wealthy, or the creative such as the painter Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919), became normative behavior in the new middle-class America. Gathering, collecting, and sorting historical material culture, once an end unto itself in the nineteenth century, gave way to the creation of a widespread aesthetic that prized idealized “native” forms. Entrepreneurial individuals, including the minister-turned antimodern colporteur Wallace Nutting (1861-1941), employed the very modern platforms of advertising, publishing, department stores, and mail order merchandising to encourage and fulfill middle-class desires for objects and myths that answered contemporary social needs in an era of rapid economic and geographic change. Often termed “the” Colonial Revival—an aesthetic assumed to be, monolithic, sui generis, and whole upon arrival, this illustrated lecture will look at the phenomenon as a complex and carefully constructed collective memory that matured over time. Free for members; $5 for non-members.  All ages. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Registration registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Newtown Friends of Music Hosts Faure Piano Quartett

02/22/2015

45 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-6470.

Sunday, February 22, 2015--"The Fauré Quartet is right up there with the best ensembles you can listen to today" enthused the Süddeutsche Zeitung and we agreed. You will, too. Piano Quartet is such a richly satisfying sound During their tours, the musicians appear in the world's most important chamber music venues; including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berlin Philharmony, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, and Wigmore Hall London and are known for getting children excited about chamber music. Now let us hear them in Newtown.  All concerts are on Sunday afternoon at 3PM at Edmond Town Hall.

Visiting Artist Lecture

02/23/2015

43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT 06811. Phone: 2038378774.

Mixed Media Artist Andrea Sulzer will discuss her work at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

Ski Sundown - SENIOR WINTER GAMES

02/24/2015

126 Ratlum Road, New Hartford, CT Phone: 860-379-7669.

If you turn 50 in calendar year 2015, you are eligible to compete. Event Schedule: (Times subject to change based on number of participants) 8:00 – 9:00 am Event Registration & Ski Bib Pick-up, 8:30 Opening Ceremonies 8:45 Lifts open, 8:45 – 9:30 Downhill Course Inspection, 9:30 Downhill Event Start (speed trap during downhill), 11:00 Giant Slalom Start, Snowboard follows (start after DH end) , 12:00 Snowshoe Race Start (start after GS end), 1:30 – 2:30 Lunch, 2:00 Awards Ceremony Pre-registration deadline with early bird discount is February 19, 2015.

Oliver Wolcott Library Hosts Author Mathew Duman: The Gargoyles of Yale Univesity-Litchfield

02/24/2015

160 South St., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 7-8PM Author and Photographer Mathew Duman will present a program:  The Gargoyles of Yale University.  Duman will discuss his book: An Education in the Grotesque: the Gargoyles of Yale University.  Duman explores the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and enlightenment.  Wine and cheese reception will follow the event.  Books for sale.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. 

WCSU Theatre Production: "You Can't Take It With You"

02/25/2015 to 03/08/2015

43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT 06811. Phone: 2038378774.

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "You Can't Take It With You" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 & 26; 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 & 28 and March 6 & 7; with 2 p.m. matinees on March 1, 7 and 8. The play introduces audiences to the freethinking, eccentric Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiance brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. This Pulitzer Prize-winning, uproarious family affair is set in pre-depression New York (1936-37), and features comedic fun for the whole family. Directed by guest director, John Hickock. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

Torrington Historical Society Hosts Black History Month Program: Venture Smith's Narative

02/26/2015

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

Venture Smith's Narrative: The Earliest Known--Entirely African- American Work of Literature. A program by Chandler Saint. February 26, 2015 7pm. Torrington Historical Society, Carriage House Gallery, 192 Main St-Rear. Admission: free. In recognition of Black History Month, the Torrington Historical Society presents Venture Smith's Narrative: The Earliest Known Entirely African- American Work of Literature, a lecture by Chandler Saint, president of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights.

Ridgefield Playhouse- Rick Springfield

02/26/2015

80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT Phone: (203) 438-5795.

AllShows.com VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and open bar from 6:30 - 7:15pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!!

Northwest Chamber of Commerce Hosts Job Fair--Torrington

02/26/2015

Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-6586.

Northwest Connecticut's Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in the Auditorium at City Hall, located at 140 Main Street, Torrington.  The fair is free and open to the public.  The hours for the Job Fair are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The goal of the Job Fair is to help job seekers and employers connect.  It provides an outlet for potential workers to meet employers, employers to gather resumes, and employers to network with each other.  Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume.  The Connecticut Department of Labor will host two seminars on resume writing offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; they are free and first-come, first-served. This year's Job Fair will feature over 30 employers representing a wide range of industries including: healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, education, communications, energy, construction, and many more. The Chamber presents the 2013 Job Fair in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, The City of Torrington, FM 97.3 WZBG, Connecticut Department of Labor, the Register Citizen, and the Republican American.  For more information, contact Northwest CT's Chamber at 860-482-6586.

Litchfield Historical Society Museum - Curator for the Day

02/26/2015

Corner of East & South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

9:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. Have you wondered what it's really like to be a curator at a history museum? Come shadow our curator of collections for a morning of fun activities! We'll study artifacts from the Historical Society's collections, get a behind-the-scenes peek at object storage, get hands-on experience with some of a curator's day-to-day work, and assemble a hypothetical exhibit. Please register for this program by Tuesday, February 24. Non-members are required to pay the registration fee in advance of the event. Your registration will not be considered complete until we have received payment. Ages 11+ . Fee: $10 for members; $15 for non-members -  Registration required.