White Memorial Conservation Center Program: Cut It Out: The Local Hisory and Practice of Ice Harvesting--Litchfield


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

January 30, 2016-- Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting.Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own "Cut Ups", Carrie Szwed, Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum. FREE.

Annual Winter Carnival Torrington


Major Besse Park and FIrst Congregational Church, Torrington, CT Phone: (860) 489-2274.

DJ with Music, Ice Sculpture, Hayrides, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Ice Skating (weather permitting)
Sledding (weather permitting), Carnival Games, Inflatable Games, Mascot Visits by the Hartford Wolf, Pac, Hartford Yard Goats &
Torrington Titans, Wood Carving Demonstration, Dog Training Demonstration, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Cotton Candy - Provided by, Northwest Hills Credit Union, Food for Sale, Snow Flake Photos, Yarn Bomb Table, Chili Contest - Pre-Registration Required

Connecticut Accordion Association Hosts Will Comer at Vasi's Restaurant--Waterbury


1700 Watertown Ave., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-272-0212.

CT Accordion Association will feature 17 year old guest artist Will Comer at 1PM, January 31, 2016 at Vasi's Restaurant in Waterbury.  A jazz accordion specialist, Comer's focus is on the Great American Songbook.  Cost $10, $5 members.   Reservations requested. 

Church of Christ Congregational Holds Men's Group Breakfast--Goshen


5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756. Phone: 860-491-2793.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 8AM join the Men's Group Breakfast at the Church of Christ Congregational.  $6 for adults.  $3 for Children 12 and under in the Parish Hall. 

Flanders and Town of Woodbury presents How Greenways Enhance Communities


265 Main St. South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

Flanders and the Town of Woodbury presents How Greenways Enhance Communities--Sunday, January 31, 2-16 at  2 PM. at the Woodbury Senior Center. Bruce Donald, President of the Farmington Valley Trails Council and Chairman of CT Greenways Council, will lead this program on the recreational and health benefits of greenways on communities and individuals as well as the economic benefit for businesses and property values. He will share data on and success stories for greenways in Connecticut and nationally including recent survey results for the Middlebury greenway. Information will be shared on the route of a possible extension of the Middlebury greenway through Flanders and Woodbury Reservoir properties and ways in which the greenway could be constructed.

Nutmeg Symphony Ives Comes to Bristol


632 King Street,, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-940-0562.

Selections by Bristol Eastern High School Madrigal Singers,Antonin Dvorak, Carnival Overture,Robert Carl, White Heron
Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on the National Air, Charles Ives, Thanksgiving and Forefathers' Day from Holidays Symphony
arr. Willhousky, The Battle Hymn of the Republic For tickets, please visit our 'purchase tickets now' link located at the bottom of this newsletter; or they may be purchased at the door. Adult: $20, Student: $10

23rd Annual Chocolate Lovers Expo Gifts and More - Easter Seals


Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1284 Strongtown Road, Southbury, CT 06488. Phone: (203) 754-5141, Ext. 251 .

The 23rd Annual Chocolate Lovers' Expo to benefit Easter Seals will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury. A fun-filled day is planned for everyone – with plenty of chocolate treats of all kinds and delicious specialty foods. Other exhibitors will be showcasing their jewelry, designer handbags, cosmetics, candles and many other surprises! Sample treats, enjoy refreshments, shop for Valentines Day or other gift giving occasions, listen to music, and have fun! Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children's tickets (ages 5-12) are $5.

Annual Winter Carnival in Torrington


Riverside Avenue, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-2274.

On Saturday, January 30, 2016 the Annual Winter Carnival in Torrington will be held at Major Besse Park from 1 to 4PM (weather permitting).  Activities include music, carnival games, snow globe photos, ice sculpting demonstration, sledding, ice skating, hay rides, petting farm, pony rides, bonfire, News 8 Mobile Weather Lab and indoor activities will include arts and crafts projects and a puppet show by Puppettude of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Also, a chili contest will be held. The event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Park and Recreation Department of Torrington.

4th Annual Ice Fishing Derby - Highland Lake Winsted


Highland Lake, Winsted, CT Phone: 860-738-8999.

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Organized by Northwest Sporting Goods & Supply located on 178 Rowley St. in Winsted Connecticut. Highland Lake is a reservoir and trophy lake a little more than a mile from downtown Winsted that features a variety of fish including rainbow trout, crappie, bass and perch. The picturesque lake, which falls 150 feet and has an area of 489 acres, is encircled by homes, a meadow and woods along its seven miles. The proceeds from the Derby event go to local veterans' organizations. Call 860-738-8999 for registration forms.

Flanders Nature Center Program: How Greenways Enhance Communities--Woodbury


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

How Greenways Enhance Communities For Adults--Bruce Donald, President of the Farmington Valley Trails Council and Chairman of CT Greenways Council will lead this program on the impact and benefits of greenways on communities and individuals in the areas of recreation, health, economic benefit for businesses and property values. He will share data on and success stories for greenways in Connecticut and nationally. Dates/Times: Sunday, January 31/ 2PM. Location: The Studio. Cost: $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers.   Call to register.