Litchfield Historical Society - Samantha’s Adventures are coming to the American Girl Book Club!

06/26/2014 to 07/17/2014

7 South Street, Rte. 61, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860) 567-4501.

On Thursdays, from June 26th to July 17th at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm the Litchfield Historical Society’s American Girl Book Club will experience 1904 New York through the exciting adventures of Samantha Parkington. As a group, we will read through the stories then play games and do a craft related to the tales. The schedule of stories to be read are: June 26: “Samantha’s Blue Bicycle” tells the story of Samantha learning to ride a bicycle. July 3: “Samantha and the Missing Pearls” tells of how Samantha works to clear a friend’s name after she is accused of stealing priceless jewelry. July 10: “Samantha’s Special Talent” tells of Samantha working to overcome her fears and figure out what she can perform in a talent show to save the library. July 17: “Samantha Saves the Wedding,” tells of Samantha helping her new Aunt Cornelia prepare for her wedding and save the ruined veil.

 The American Girl Book Club is open to children ages 6 and up. There are two times for this book club: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. It is $5 for members and $7 for non-members; registration is required. To register, please call (860) 567-4501 or email

Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please see or call (860) 567-4501.



Mattatuck Museum - Lunch and Learn: Dr. Vincent Paul De Luise – With An Artistic Vision: Further Inquiries Into Perception, The Arts And Eye Disease


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT Phone: 203 753-0381 ext. 130.

On Thursday Noon to 2 p.m. Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University Dr. de Luise will discuss the neuroaesthetics and the neurology of beauty. Are humans "hard-wired" to perceive beauty?” There is new research to show that we are. The optical problems of self-portraiture will be explored as will trompe l'oeil in art. A look at synesthesia will follow and the talk will conclude with an examination of the art of Monet, Degas, van Gogh, El Greco, Goya, Seurat and O'Keeffe answering the question of whether eye disease is a challenge or an opportunity for artists to demonstrate their artistic genius.

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Hosts Film Screening: F for Fake--Ridgefield


258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-4519.

Film Screening: F for FakeThursday, June 26 · 7 pm to 9 pm-- Members · FREE. Non-member · FREE. Register online. Enter the world of art forgery in this quirky 1974 combination of the documentary genre and staged footage. Orson Welles co-wrote and stars in F for Fake, his final directorial project, in which he questions authorship, artifice, and authenticity in film and art. Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Film Festival.

KidsPlay Museum - Come on Down and See Kids Play Racecar - D.A.R.E. Car Show - Torrington


61 Main Street, Torrington, CT Phone: (860)-618-7700 .

On Friday, Come down and see KidsPlay's race car at the D.A.R.E Car Show on Main Street in Torrington Friday the 27th! We will be having a special with 50% off general admission to the museum for all! KidsPlay will be open till 8 pm on Friday, so bring the whole family!

Annual DARE Car Show--Torrington


Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790.

On Friday, June 27, 2014 from 5 to 9PM on Main Street by the Warner Theatre in Torrington the Annual DARE Car Show will fill downtown with hundreds of antique and muscle cars to benefit the anti-drug program in Torrington schools. 

Town Players of Newtown Presents I Hate Hamlet

06/27/2014 to 07/20/2014

18 Orchard Hill Rd., Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-270-9144.

Town Players of Newtown present I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick--Directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner. Up-and-coming television star Andrew Rally has been offered the part of Hamlet as part of the Shakespeare in the Park series and rents a fabulous gothic apartment in New York City. Unfortunately, Andrew is not thrilled with the idea of spouting classic lines written by The Bard. In fact, he hates Hamlet! Adding to his quandary is the presence of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives at the apartment (his former home) in full Hamlet regalia – and fully inebriated – with the intent of convincing young Andrew to take on the iconic role. The contrast between the two actors – the towering, dissipated Barrymore, whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, a hot young TV star – leads to a hilariously funny verbal duel over art, women, duty, success, television and yes, the apartment itself. Should Andrew play Hamlet, whom his virginal girlfriend Deirdre loves, or should he take the money and run by starring in a television pilot being proffered by his West Coast pal Gary? The Village Voice said I HATE HAMLET is " and funny... It has the old-fashioned Broadway virtues of brightness without pretensions and sentimentality without morals." I HATE HAMLET runs June 27 – July 20. Curtain times are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 PM matinees on June 29, July 13 & July 20. PLEASE NOTE: There are no performances the weekend of July 4.

Torrington Historical Society Hosts PBS Documentary Special Screening: Frederick Law Olmsted, Designing America


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

On June 27, 2014 at 7PM at the Torrington Historical Society a new documentary from PBS titled:  Frederick Law Olmsted, Designing America will be shown.  Film price:  $20.  Larry Hott is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy winning documentarian producing films for PBS for over 35 years.  He is also a partner in Florentine Films with famed documentarian Ken Burns.   Olmsted in Torrington Although Frederick Law Olmsted had no direct connection to landscapes in Torrington, his two sons, Charles James and Frederick Law Jr. did. Working under the name "Olmsted Brothers", they continued the family business in 1895 when Frederick Sr. retired.  In 1907, the Olmsted Brothers were contracted by the newly formed Hillside Cemetery Association to design their cemetery. This project was followed by many others in Torrington over the next ten years.  Olmsted Brothers also prepared and implemented landscape designs for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington Manufacturing Company, Trinity Church, Center Congregational Church, the Migeon House, the Bryant House and several burial plots at Hillside Cemetery.  In addition, the firm also designed the gates to Fuessenich Park and the D.A.R. Fountain, erected 1921 and now residing in front of City Hall.  Preliminary sketches were also created for Coe Memorial Park in 1907, but the final design of the park was implemented by a different firm.

White Memorial STAR PARTY!


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

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program. 7:30 P.M., Mott -Van Winkle Classroom. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Greenwoods Counseling Hosts Evening at Warner Theatre--Love Letters


Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-806-6003.

On Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7PM at the Warner Theatre Greenwoods Counseling will host Love Letters, a play by A. R. Gurney and Directed by John Tilinger.  Call for reservations or email. 

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival--Yale Summer School of Music Hosts New Music Workshop


Rtes 44 & 272, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 860-542-3000.

On Friday, June 27, 7:30pm. General Admission: $15; NOTE: This Concert is Not Part of the Friday Series--New Music for Guitar and Norfolk Fellows' Premieres performed by Benjamin Verdery, composer/guitarists, Bryce Dessner, guitar; Lisa Moore, piano; the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble; and Julian Pellicano, conductor Under the direction of composer Martin Bresnick, Norfolk's acclaimed New Music Workshop invites composers and instrumentalists to study the dynamics of taking a piece from a composer's imagination to the performance hall. The 2014 Workshop focuses on new music for guitar and ensembles and features guitar virtuoso and composer Benjamin Verdery and Bryce Dessner, one of the founders of the hit 'indie' band The National. Check the website for further information