Harlem Gospel Choir

12/16/2017 to 12/16/2017

VERONICA HAGMAN CONCERT HALL WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY Visual & Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Ext., , Danbury, CT 06811. Phone: 203-837-8732.

As part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, Ives Concert Park will present the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus.

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply routed in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith – Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul and Rock-and-Roll… they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams and The 1975. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandala), Two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftans and Trace Adkins among others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously
Enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The choirs rich harmonies & dynamic sound are “UNFETTERED & JOYOUS”. Their harmonious songs of love, hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit and take your breath away! Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance!

Advance tickets $25, at the door $30. For tickets go to www.ivesconcertpark.com or call 203-837-8732. 

The Silo Little Bites

12/17/2017

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, CT

11-2. with chef Monica Guglielmina.

Sharon Audubon Center Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count

12/17/2017

325 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT Phone: (860) 364-0520.

Each year, small groups of birders venture out for the sole purpose of counting birds. This free event, known as the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count, occurs on Sunday, December 17th from 12:01 am to midnight. Our count area is a 15 mile circle with its center at Hotchkiss School, thus taking in some of the good birding areas in Sharon, Salisbury, Falls Village, Amenia and Northeast. Teams from all over the state and all over the country take part in Christmas Bird Count, and all of the numbers are compiled and reported to help better understand flock formations and migrations.

Lake Compounce - Holiday Lights Pet Friendly Night

12/17/2017

186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-583-3300.

Bring your dog or cat to Lake Compounce on Sunday December 17th. Bring a can of dog or cat food and save $5 off at gate adult admission. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their well-behaved family dog or cat to enjoy the spectacular light displays, holiday themed entertainment, 100 foot tall Christmas Tree, and most importantly to have their picture taken with Santa. Pet owners must sign a release before entering Lake Compounce property.

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

12/17/2017

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

For more information contact Ray Belding: hoatzin1@optonline.net

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

12/18/2017

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.

The Silo Cookie and Biscotti Swap for the Holidays

12/20/2017

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, CT

11 am - 2 pm.  with Chef Deborah Miller Homemade baked goods are always a favorite gift to receive ... especially when there is an assortment to choose from! In this class, each group will make one recipe and guests will take home three already-packaged gift bags of delicious home-made "sweet treat" gifts! Each bag will be a "baker's dozen" ... perfect for the recipient to share if they'd like. Menu: "Holiday Biscotti" (White Chocolate , Cranberry, and Pistachio Biscotti) – – Lemon Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate – Cinnamon Mocha Biscotti – Coffee Crunch Bars – Festive Holiday Rugelach Ages 18 and Older

Danbury Museum Sip & Shop

12/21/2017

43 Main St, Danbury, CT Phone: 203.743.5200.

Calling all you last minute shoppers! On Thursday, December 21, from 5 to 8 pm, come in for a glass of wine and do some after-hours shopping in our Holiday Shoppe.

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum Children Free Week

12/21/2017 to 12/27/2017

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

Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

The Palace Waterbury Shen Yun

12/22/2017 to 12/23/2017

100 East Main St, Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-346-2000.

A global sensation returns! After sold-out shows last season, Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Watch glorious legends and heavenly realms spring to life through classical Chinese dance. See dazzling costumes and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. And let the orchestra's exquisite melodies, the singers' soaring voices, and the dynamic animated backdrops uplift your spirit and transport you to another world.