New England Carousel Museum - Princess Tea

12/10/2017

95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-585-5411.

1-3 pm. $15 per child, Adults $5. These enchanted tea parties for children and their caregivers will feature cookies and juices, wand craft, story time, carousel rides, and balloons twisting by Amazing Magical Paul. The fairy-tale will continue with a royal meet and greet and photo opportunity with a special guest princess. The Princess Tea will be held Sunday, through the year, noon- 2:00 PM, and is priced at $15.00 per child and $5.00 per adult. Tiaras and princess dresses are highly encouraged. Reservations are required and these events are expected to sell out. Don't miss your chance to participate in this afternoon of fun and make-believe.

ANNUAL KENT GINGERBREAD FESTIVAL

12/11/2017 to 12/31/2017

Main St., Kent, CT

Take the gingerbread walk through town. Kent will once again be the scene for one of the largest Gingerbread Festivals in Connecticut! Dozens of gingerbread creations will be revealed in participating shops in Kent through December.  Visitors can enjoy the displays as they navigate the gingerbread map and solve the new riddle the Ginger Girls have cooked up this year. At the end, we need you to vote for your favorite creations. Displays are guaranteed to delight all ages!

Oliver Wolcott Library Stephen’s Story & History of Hitler’s Empire

12/11/2017

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

12:30-2 pm. Facilitated by Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. Dr. Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching for over 25 years. He is also a popular lecturer abroad in London, Berlin and Munich. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. He is currently completing a trilogy on the Second World War. About the Co-Facilitator: Bibby Veerman has lived in Litchfield for twenty years and is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she was an Etherington Scholar. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Women's Forum of Litchfield. Stephen Breuer is Bibby's brother-in-law.

Naugatuck Christmas Bazaar

12/11/2017

318 Church St., Naugatuck, CT

8 am - 2 pm. Location: St. Francis-St. Hedwig School. Lots of vendors on hand, crafters, raffles, contests, yummy food, and a visit from Santa.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Studio Tots

12/12/2017

258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT

10-11 am. Look, read, and create with your little ones at The Aldrich! One Tuesday a month, discover the art on view and experiment with materials in The Studio with Museum Educators. Geared towards visitors between 2 and 5 years old, and their families, this program offers an opportunity for creativity, collaboration, and curiosity. Each month, children and adults will work together at their own pace, exploring new materials and processes, and making new friends.

Scoville Library White Hart Speaker series with David Tanis

12/12/2017

38 Main St, Salisbury, CT

6 pm. "Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient" The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library A masterwork of recipes, approach, technique, and philosophy. This volume educates the reader to become a more intuitive and spontaneous cook, more discerning in the market and freer in the kitchen. Tanis describes how to transform the freshest ingredients into one perfectly delicious dish after another, guided by the core beliefs that have shaped his incomparable career. Food does have to be fussy to be satisfying. Seasonal vegetables should be central to a meal. Working with food is a joy, not a chore. David Tanis has worked as a professional chef for over three decades, and is the author of several acclaimed cookbooks, including "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes" and "Heart of the Artichoke". He spent many years as chef with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California; he ran the kitchen of the highly praised Café Escalera in Santa Fe and operated a successful private supper club in Paris. He has written for a number of publications, including the "Wall Street Journal", the "Guardian/Observer" (U.K.), "Cooking Light", "Bon Appétit", "Fine Cooking", and "Saveur". Tanis lives in Manhattan and has been writing the weekly City Kitchen column for the Food section of the "New York Times" for nearly six years.

American Museum of Tort Law - Sexual assault is a tort!

12/14/2017

654 Main Street,, Winsted, CT Phone: (860) 379-0505.

7 pm. Please join us for a timely and thought-provoking program. Dr. Bandy X. Lee is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Medical School and an expert on violence. Dr. Lee and a representative from The Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington, CT will be at the Museum to discuss mental health and violence against women, and how the civil court system- tort law- can help victims obtain justice even if the criminal law system has failed. Tickets to this important program are $10.00 and must be purchased in advance online at www.tortmuseum.org.

Keeler Tavern The Polar Express

12/14/2017 to 12/15/2017

132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203.438.5485.

6 pm. $20/child (Families with 3+ children $15/child). ALL ABOARD the Polar Express for a trip to Santa's Workshop! At the North Pole, enjoy a holiday craft, games, and refreshments before gathering in front of the fireplace to hear the story of The Polar Express. The Polar Express will depart at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15. Advance, pre-paid registration is required. The Polar Express was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsberg and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1985.

Winter Needle Felting With Katie Cyrenius Booth Library

12/14/2017

25 Main St., Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-4533.

Thursday, December 14th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Meeting Room. Learn to make a small animal or ornament using a special burred needle and colored wool. Needle felting is sociable, relaxing and fun. There is a $6.oo materials fee. Please register.

Cyrenius Booth Library Winter Needle Felting With Katie

12/14/2017

25 Main St., Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-4533.

Thursday, December 14th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Meeting Room. Learn to make a small animal or ornament using a special burred needle and colored wool. Needle felting is sociable, relaxing and fun. There is a $6.oo materials fee. Please register.