Danbury Railway Museum Holds First Responders Day


43 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-743-5200.

First Responders Day at the Danbury Railway Museum--On Saturday, June 28, the Danbury Railway Museum will honor all First
Responders, and their families, with free admission and free Railyard Local train rides.  A "first responder" ID is required.  The museum at 120 White Street will be open from 10am to 5pm with train rides every hour from 10:30 to 3:30. The "Railyard Local"a short train ride in a 1920's passenger coach or a vintage caboose pulled by a 1948 ALCo RS-1 first-generation diesel-electric
locomotive – will take visitors through the historic rail yard and past over 60 vintage railroad cars and locomotives, including a Boston & Maine steam locomotive built in 1907.  Riders will have an opportunity to "go for a spin" on the operating turntable.  The fascinating exhibits inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will be open, along with a fully-stocked gift shop.  The model train layouts inside will also be operating.

Annual Sunset Meadow Vineyard Barrel Tasting

06/28/2014 to 06/29/2014

599 Old Middle St., Rte. 63, Goshen, CT Phone: 860 201-4654.

Our Annual Barrel Tasting will take place June 28th and 29th from noon till 5:00 pm each day.   Wine Tastings, Sample new releases before they are available to the public, Tours and conversations with the winemaker.  Live Music. Free Tote bag and SMV Souvenir Glass.   Food available for purchase  from vendors.  Advance Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online or by calling the winery tasting room at 860-201-4654.   Tickets At the Gate will be $30.00. Music in the Vines Every Sunday at 1:30    *Weather Permitting. No tours on 6/28 & 6/29 due to event.

5th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour - Torrington, Harwinton, and Burlington

06/28/2014 to 06/29/2014

Torrington, CT Phone: (860) 618-0075.

Saturday, June 28, 10 – 5 pm, Sunday, June 29, 10 – 4 pm, Showcase: June 22, 5 – 9 pm 26 Artists in Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington, CT FREE.The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is presenting the Fifth Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour on June 28 and 29, 2014 in the towns of Torrington, Harwinton, and Burlington, CT.  The 2014 tour will feature 26 artists and artisans who have their studios in Torrington, Harwinton and Burlington. Participating visual artists and artisans will open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour. The tour is free to the public, thanks to the support of Sharon Hospital, the Connecticut Humanities as part of the Connecticut At Workprogram, Goulet Printery, Northwest Community Bank, Seasons Magazines, WSHU Public Radio, Register Citizen, Burlington Construction, Giordano Signs, Northwest Connecticut Emergency Medicine, T and M Homes, Bender Showrooms, Red Thread and Emeritus of Litchfield Hills.

Gunn Museum Washington The Beginning of the End: The Origins of World War I


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-7756 .

11 a.m. Dr. Michael Nolan, a professor of European History at Western Connecticut State University, will present a lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austrian Empire, the spark that ignited World War One. On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist who was a Black Hand Terrorist as they visited the city of Sarajevo. This assassination was the catalyst of World War One, a four-year event that claimed the lives of over 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians around the globe. Dr. Nolan will discuss the contentious years leading up to the assassination, how the events of that day unfolded, the impact the resulting war had on the 20th century, and who was really to blame for the origins of the war, the answer to which is not as clear cut as many might think and has vexed historians for the past century. Dr. Nolan is a 2001 graduate of Brandeis University and is the author of The Inverted Mirror: Mythologizing the Enemy in France and Germany, 1898-1914 (New York, Berghahn Books, 2005).

White Memorial 4th Annual Celebration for the Bats


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

Help Gerri Griswold celebrate our planet's most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening's festivities then head off to the Activity Shed for a special concert provided by the ever so talented Lana Peck!!!!! We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)! Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine. Come out and show your support for bats! Lecture: 6:00 P.M., Concert: 7:00P.M. Please call 860- 567-0857 to register. FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Military Museum of Southern New England - Open Turret Days

06/28/2014 to 06/29/2014

125 Park Avenue, Danbury, CT Phone: (203) 790-9277.

June 28th- 10 am - 5 pm and June 29th - 12 noon to 5 pm. Explore the tanks and armored vehicles that were active in our nation's conflicts and experience what it's like to pilot history. Tips for Open Turret Days: (CANCELLED IF RAINING) Rubber-soled shoes are required to protect our vehicles from too much wear and tear. Be sure to wear clothing that won't get caught on hatches and parts. Watch your head!

H.O.R.S.E. - Ride Your Dream Horse - Washington


43 Wilbur Road,, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-1960.

Ride your dream horse- Saturday June 28, 2014. 10AM - 4PM. Riders, here is your chance to try a Thoroughbred, draft, Morgan, Quater Horse or Warmblood- with careers from showing, racing, eventing, premarins, etc!! you will work with a certified instructor on the horse of your choice!

Flanders Nature Center Hosts Jennifer Grant, Herbalist


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

On Sunday, June 29 | 2 - 5 PM at the Sugar House come spend an afternoon at Flanders with herbalist Jennifer Grant. Jennifer will briefly discuss the history of herbalism and then proceed on to a discussion of our local edible and medicinal "weeds". Further, Jennifer will discuss the various constituents and actions for each plant, and which plants to avoid. Discussion will be followed by a plant identification walk and discussion about harvesting plants in a responsible manner. The afternoon will conclude with a discussion of the nutritional value of many of these plants, and tea blending for basic health and nutrition. With a little guidance prepare your own tea blend to enjoy at home.  Preregistration is required.

Litchfield Historical Society - Lecture by John Demos Covering New Book The Heathen School


7 South St., Litchfield, CT Phone: (860) 567-4501.

On Sunday,  at 3 p.m. the Litchfield Historical Society welcomes author John Demos to discuss his new book The Heathen School: Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic. The book reveals a little-known chapter in American History that had drastic consequences on Native American experiences. The Foreign Mission School opened in Cornwall, Connecticut in 1816. Its main purpose was to educate “heathen youth” from the Pacific Islands, China, India, and Native American Tribes. The school believed that by educating these youth, they would return to their homelands and help “civilize” natives. Native American students were the largest group to attend this school. For some years, the school prospered, but in 1826 two Cherokee students courted and married local women, angering Cornwall residents and the greater public. Copies of his book, The Heathen School: Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, will be available for sale at the event. This lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members; registration is required. To register, please call (860) 567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Miranda Vineyard Hosts Open Mic Afternoon--Goshen


42 Ives Rd., Goshen, CT 06756. Phone: 860-491-9906.

On Sunday, June 29, 12-6A Brick oven Pizza Truck, Live Music with Open Mic and trophies, trophies, trophies! Free Admission Antique Cars please reserve a spot-860-491-9906 .