The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm Offers A Winter's Brunch--New Milford


44 Upland Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300.

On Sunday, January 8, 2012 Chef Mary Kravec will conduct a hands on cooking class--A Winter's Brunch.  Featuring butternut, chorizo and Kale Fritattas; Oregon Smoked Salmon Hash, Scones with Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Marmalade, Butter N'Scotch Sticky Buns, Baba's Fried Fruit Compote, and Adult Spiced Rum Chocolate. $80 per person. Two for $150 (Full Participation).Teens welcome. Call to register.

Annual Twelfth Night at the Derby Historical Society's Humphreys' House

01/08/2012 to 01/08/2012

37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-735-1908.

The Derby Historical Society will host its  annual Twelfth Night celebration from 1 PM to 4 PM on January 8, at the David Humphreys House in Ansonia. Twelfth Night is an old holiday associated with the end of the Christmas season, best known by the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. All are invited to visit and turn back the clock to a less hectic time. Partake in the refreshments, bask in the warmth of the fireplace, enjoy the live music, and talk to re-enactors portraying real local residents from 1805. Tours of the historic home, which will be decorated with plants, branches, and greenery, will be conducted. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the caroling, and partake of the refreshments, good company, and the warm, comforting fire of the hearth. For more information call the Humphreys House at 203-735-1908.

Gunn Memorial Museum Offers Lecture: Life of Betsey Averill--Washington, CT


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

Join us at the Washington Senior Center for a series of coffee hour readings from the archives of the Gunn Memorial Museum. Staff from the Gunn Museum will present a topic from the Museum's archives, share photos, artifacts, and stories and reminisce about Washington's history. On Monday January 9 at 10am the reading will be about the life of Betsey Averill of New Preston. Betsey was born in 1787 and died in 1891 at 103 years old. She was reported to be the oldest person living in Connecticut at that time. The Averill Family was one of the original settlers of New Preston, starting their farm in 1746 after purchasing land from heirs of Chief Waramaug. Averill Farm is still in operation by the 9th and 10th generations of the family. Come learn about the history of Washington during this special presentation. This event is free and open to the public. The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza in the center of Washington Depot. Senior Center activities will be canceled on days when Region 12 schools are closed due to hazardous snowy conditions. Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or view <>  for information.

Newtown Historical Society Lecture re Revolutionary War: Camps Out at Putnam Park


44 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.

Newtown was a town torn apart by the Revolutionary War.  Due in part to the popularity and commanding presence of the Reverend John Beach, minister of the Anglican Church, many townspeople sided with the British; indeed, the state in 1780 authorized the arrest of "all Persons in said Town against whom there are reasonable Grounds of Suspicion that they are inimical to the United States," and earlier in the year authorized force to collect taxes that customary procedures had failed to obtain from Newtown's recalcitrant citizens.  Washington warned French General Rochambeau to be on guard while marching through the town due to our reputation.  On the other hand, many townspeople fully supported the war, spiritually, financially, and by serving in some level of the military.  The Newtown Historical Society will examine both sides of the war on Monday, January 9, 7.30PM, in the community room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25), when Town Historian Dan Cruson will offer a presentation on The American Revolution in Newtown. Cruson will examine many local facets of the Revolution, including many overlooked details of the well known Rochambeau march through, and encampment in Newtown on his way to the decisive Battle of Yorktown.  There will also be new details concerning the hanging of the notorious spy Robert Thompson, and a long forgotten account of Sheldon's Dragoons presence in Newtown in 1782.  Much of the discussion will concern the effects that "Connecticut's Valley Forge," the Putnam encampment in Redding and Bethel, caused in Newtown, including the sad case of the war bride, Betsey Foot.  Mr Cruson has just published a book detailing the history of Putnam Park, and he will share many stories developed in researching the book.  He will also be showing slides of the archeological investigations he conducted in the Park, and discuss why conditions at the Putnam encampment perhaps may not have warranted a comparison to Valley Forge.  By the end of the talk, those attending will have a better understanding of the Revolution in this area of Connecticut, and of its impact on Newtown in particular.  Cruson's new book will be available for purchase and signing at the presentation.

Emerging Christian Community at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

01/11/2012 to 01/11/2012

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

An evening of conversation and reflection on themes of spirituality based on the works of Franciscan Father Richard Rohr. Facilitator: Peggy Richard. Donation: $5. For more information and to register, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit

Institutue for Amiercan Indian Studies -- Winter Film Festival--Navajo Code Talkers: The Epic Story--Washington, CT

01/14/2012 to 01/15/2012

38 Curtis Rd., Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-0518.

On Saturday, January 14 and Sunday January 15, 2012 at 2PM at the Institute for American Indian Studies the Winter Film Festival will feature:  Navajo Code Talkers: The Epic Story.   Known as the Navajo Code Talkers, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII.  At a time when American's best cryptographers were falling short, the Navajo were able to create the most ingenious and successful code in military history.  Learn more about the Code Talkers and hear personal experiences that they went through as told by two of them in "Navajo Code Talkers: the Epic Story". Run time: 55 minutes. Fee included in regular museum admission.

Danbury Museum and Historical Society Hosts Locally Grown Art Exhibit


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

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will be launching a "Locally Grown Art" exhibit" on Saturday, January 14, 2012 with an opening reception/artist meet & greet scheduled from 3pm to 5pm.  Refreshments will be served. This juried exhibit is the kick-off for a "Locally Grown" series and will run through March 24, 2012. Featured are a diverse group of seven artists from the Greater Danbury area. The display is an array of creations in a variety of medium including sculpture, painting, photography. The exhibit will be open for viewing Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm through March 24th.  It is FREE and open to the public; donations are gratefully accepted.

Naugatuck Historical Society Hosts Colette's Crafts for Children--Let It Snow


195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770. Phone: 203-729-9039.

On January 14, 2012 at 11AM join Colette's Crafts' event--Let it Snow.  Snow or no snow, come by the Naugatuck Historical Society and get our children's hands on history this month when they make sock snowmen and learn some fun facts about snow in Naugatuck.  Registration is recommended.  $2 per child.  Check the website for further information.

Kent Historical Society Hosts Kathryn Boughton--Meet The Press


4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-4587.

Kathryn Boughton, associate editor and senior writer for the Litchfield County Times, will be the guest speaker Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the Kent Historical Society's bi-monthly talk series at the Kent Town Hall at 2PM. MEET THE PRESS! Hear some of her interesting, amusing, intriguing, insightful and educational stories!  Ms. Boughton, who has covered the Northwest Corner for more than 40 years and Kent for the past decade, will talk about the ins and outs of local journalism and relate stories about some of the people she has met and interviewed and events she has covered. There will be time for questions and answers. Refreshments will follow. Mark your calendar for this insightful and historical discussion.  Open to the public, free admission but donations to the Kent Historical Society are welcome.

New Morning Store Hosts The Art of Tea Blending with Alison Birks--Woodbury


738 Main St., South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4868.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM New Morning Natural and Organic Store wil host Alison Birks at the Woodbury Public Library.  This class will cover the basics of how to create a signature tea blend for well-being.  Learn about the many varieties of tea, including: green, black, white, rooibos,honeybush, tulsi and several herbal tisanes.  Each participant wil take home one-ounce of a unique signature blend that they create in class.  The many health benefits of tea will be discussed as well as how to use tea and herbal infusions in cooking, body care and more.  Free and open to the public.