History Bites Series At Topsmead State Forest Hosts Jerry Geci, Educator and Guide


421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-5694.

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the History Bites Series concludes with Jerry Geci, Educator and Guide at Topsmead State Forest:  The Work that Built and Maintained Topsmead.  Behind every end product is a process hat required thought and effort.  Learn about the work that brought into being Edith M. Chase's beloved Topsmead and he establishment of Topsmead State Forest.  The lunchtime lectures will be held from 12-1PM.  Lectures are free and open to the public.

Warner Theatre Presents The Charlie Daniels Band--Torrington


68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

Infinity Hall presents The Charlie Daniels Band with special guest The Artimus Pyle Band at the Warner Theatre on Thursday, May 29 at 8 pm. From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career, supporting the military, underprivileged children and others in need all along the way. Don't miss your favorite tunes like "Devil Went Down to Georgia", "Long Haired Country Boy", "Uneasy Rider" and more foot stompin', fiddlegrass from the master! Joining the bill is founding Lynyrd Skynyrd member and drummer, Artimus Pyle. From "Freebird" to "Sweet Home Alabama" The Artimus Pyle Band gives fans the best of Skynyrd with one of the men who made it!

Hopkins Vineyard - Vino and Paint with Patty

05/30/2014 to 05/31/2014

25 Hopkins Rd., New Preston, CT Phone: 860-868-7954.

Sign up to paint with Patty, at our paint bar, relax and enjoy a glass of wine. No experience required. Fun for the absolute beginner or the seasoned artist. Each date is structured around a specific painting. Patty will instruct and guide you step by step. It's easy and stress free. All materials are included plus a glass of wine. You may bring your own snacks. May 30, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm.

Exploring Catholic Culture: Beauty of the Beloved: The Life and Vision of Henri Nouwen — Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

05/30/2014 to 06/01/2014

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

When Fr. Henri Nouwen died suddenly in 1996, he was one of the most well-known religious figures in the United States. He taught at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard, and had written almost 40 books on spirituality. Fr. Nouwen spoke of our belovedness in God. How can we discover the key to this deep spiritual identity and how can we manifest this new Self in our relationships, our work and in the natural world? The retreat will focus on the themes of belovedness, suffering, empowerment and liberation in Nouwen’s writings.

Presenter: Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D, M.T.S.

Dr. Jonas also will share personal stories of his relationship with Nouwen.

This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies of Fairfield University.

Fee(per person): $170 commuter; $270 private room with bath; $240 private room with hall bath; $215 shared room with bath; $200 shared room with hall bath. Non-refundable deposit: $50.



Kent Wine Shop Wine Tasting

05/31/2014 to 06/01/2014

24 North Main St, Kent, CT Phone: 860.927.3033.

Noon to 4:00 PM. Join us as we taste three William Selyem single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. These are the latest releases from this acclaimed Pinot producer.

Housatonic River Family Day--Cornwall Bridge


Route 7, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754. Phone: 860-672-6678.

Housatonic River Family Day wil be held May 31, 2014 from 11AM to 1PM at Housatonic Meadows State Park, Route 7.  Sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Association and the Housatonic River Commission, the event is made possible through grants from the Cornwall Foundation and the Community Foundation of Northwest CT.  Housatonic River Outfitters and Flyshop will give fly-fishing casting lessons.  Clark Outfitters will demonstrate how to use a canoe and kayak. 

Wine Tasting at Battell Chapel--Norfolk


12 Village Green, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 860-542-5721.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Battell Chapel of Church of Christ Congregational a wine tasting and auction will take place from 6 to 8 PM.  The event will feature wine and beer sampling and special auction items such as travel locations, original artwork, meals, performances, antiques, jewelry and gift baskets.  Tickets $25 and include refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.  Those attending must be 21 or over. 

David M. Hunt Library - TICK-TALK: Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention


63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT Phone: 860-824-7424.

Saturday, May 31, noon to 1pm, FREE. The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host a health presentation on Lyme Disease at noon on Saturday, May 31st.  Speaker Felicia Brodzky-Jones, a Certified Health Educator with a Degree in Public Health Marketing, will discuss how to prevent contracting Lyme Disease, and what to do if it is.  This program is free and open to the public.   RSVP recommended, 860-824-7424 or at dmhuntlibrary@gmail.com. 

Learn to Identify Vintage Watches at American Clock and Watch Museum


100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT Phone: 860.583.6070.

10:00am to 12:00pm, ACWM invites the public to bring their antique and vintage American-made watches to the museum to be reviewed by watch historian and dealer Micah Tasker of theVintageWatchman.com. Fee per watch is $10 with a 3-watch maximum. With each watch, visitors will receive a signed certificate from the museum with information about the history of their item and its rarity.

Mattatuck Museum - Story Time Toddlers: Story Quilts


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

On Saturday 10 a.m. to noon Free with museum admission. Come and explore the quilts, works on paper, fabric sculptures, and paintings by artists Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson with museum educators and a storyteller. Using colorful fabrics and crayons children 3-5 and their adult caregivers will create their own collage story quilt in the Studio.