Torrington Historical Society Program: Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


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

The Connecticut Civil War Round Table and the Torrington Historical Society are co-sponsors of a program to be held at Coe Memorial Park Civic Center on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. This program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council. The guest speaker will be Dennis E. Frye, Chief Historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Mr. Frye's presentation is titled "September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril"."September Suspense" refers to a critical event in the Civil War: General Lee's 1862 invasion of the North and the Maryland Campaign. For three weeks during the month of September 1862, the atmosphere in the nation was electric, as people wondered what the future would hold. Lee was then marching toward Union soil, panicking cities, and causing the North to wonder if it should redouble its efforts or let the South pursue its course. Dennis Frye is a prominent Civil War historian, writer, lecturer, guide and preservationist. He has appeared on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, A&E and has also helped produce television features on John Brown and the Battle of Antietam. Dennis Frye was also an Associate Producer for the Civil War movie, Gods and Generals. He is an avid preservationist and has helped save battlefields in twelve states. Dennis has also led tours for numerous organizations including Civil War Round Tables, the Smithsonian and National Geographic. Dennis Frye is the author of over 75 articles some of which have been published in Civil War Times Illustrated, America's Civil War, Blue & Gray Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Hallowed Ground. He is also the author of six books. His latest book, Harpers Ferry Under Fire, will be available for purchase at the presentation on May 5th. His newest publication, September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril, is scheduled for release later this year. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

THE CAROUSEL IS HERE! AROUND WE GO - New England Carould Museum Bristol


95 Riverside Ave., Rte. 72, Bristol, CT 06610. Phone: 860 585-5411.

The new Italian Bertizzon Carousel, donated by Rich Gaccione from New York, has been installed in the Carousel Museum.  Successful fundraising this past year allowed them to bring the carousel home from storage to the Museum in Bristol where it was installed by Island Carousel out of Florida. The carousel is opening to the public on Saturday, May 5 at noon.  A special day is planned with entertainment, jugglers, face painters and free rides from noon to 5 pm.  Mayor Ward is expected to cut the ribbon at 10 am to officially open the Carousel and the students from Stafford School have been invited to assist the Mayor.  Stafford School students raised the most funding during the “Pennies for Ponies” fundraising campaign this past year in support of this project. The Carousel is a wonderful, new addition to Museum events and parties.  The Museum is available for birthday parties for children and adults, weddings, receptions, performances, dances, reunions and sit down dinners.  For more information call the Museum  or go to our website. The Museum is open seven day a week, Monday though Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.   Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.50, Children ages 4-14 $3.50, Children ages 1-3 $2.00 and children under one year are free.


Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden Hosts Fairy and Wizard Festival--Bethlehem


9 Main St., Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: 203-266-7596.

A Fairy and Wizard Festival will be held at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to take a break from reality and enter the realm of magic, for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on craft activities, music, storytelling, magic and more, sponsored in part by the Connecticut Community Foundation and Thomaston Savings Bank. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale, and Joan Coogan of Watertown's Pony Tales will bring two costumed ponies for pony rides, courtesy of Soroptimist of Greater Waterbury. Members: $5 adults; $3 children; $10 families; Members-to- be: $8 adults; $5 children; $20 families. Build your own fairy house to bring home, or leave it along a rustic, woodland path, inspired by renowned garden writer, Betsy Williams, who will present Are there Fairies at the Bottom of your Garden?: Plants, Stories and the Lives of the Wee Folk talk and fairy plant walk. Families are invited to use bark, leaves, twigs and other natural materials to create a charming little home that any fairy would be pleased to move into. Activities include strolling fairy musicians, story teller and puppeteer Sue Meister, and a scavenger hunt. Come in costume, and kids of all ages are invited to make fairy wands and wizard hats. Cyril the Sorcerer will tell tales while performing tricks around the Bellamy-Ferriday grounds, and give a Recycling is Magic show. The day will conclude with a fairy and wizard parade around the Bellamy-Ferriday grounds.

Two Harpsichords in Concert with Mariken Palmboom & Christine Gevert - Norfolk Library


9 Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44 across from the green), Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: (860) 542-5075.

On Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Free admission – seating is limited, so please call to reserve a seat (860) 542-5075. Works for two Harpsichords by: Giovanni Gabrieli, Giuseppe Guami, Thomas Tomkins, Nicholas Carlton, Georg Friedrich Händel, Bernardo Pasquini, Johann Ludwig Krebs played on two Harpsichords by Carl Dudash, Norfolk, CT.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind - Beardsley and Memorial Library - Winsted


40 Munroe Place, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-379-6043 .

On  Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet two amazing dogs that are being raised to become Seeing Eye dogs. Leeane Marvin a representative of “Guiding Eyes for the Blind” will be at Beardsley and Memorial Library . She will explain to the audience who beside blind people use these smart dogs, and how the dogs are chosen and raised.  She will also inform people on how they can become a puppy raiser for “Guiding Eyes for the Blind”. This workshop is free and open to the public. Please call for more information.


The Birds of Bennington Presentation at Gunn Memorial Museum


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

On Saturday May 5 at 1pm Dr. Steven Leder of Yale University will give the slide presentation "The Birds of Bennington" in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library. Steven will discuss the elaborate and unusual bird decorations found on nineteenth century stoneware made in Bennington, Vermont. This presentation is free and open to the public. The exhibit, Art from the Earth: Early American Stoneware, featuring over one hundred pieces of uniquely decorated nineteenth century stoneware from throughout the Northeast, will be open for viewing before and after this presentation in the Museum.

Litchfield Saltwater Grille Hosts Derby Day Party


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4900.

On May 5, 2012 starting at 5PM Litchfield Saltwater Grille will host a Derby Day Party.  Ladies, procure your finest Derby hat and spring dresses.  Gentlemen, get your seersucker suits pressed and your hats boxed.  It is time to cheer on the ponies at the Litchfield Saltwater Grille's annual Derby Day Party.  Call for further information.

Bristol Historical Society Hosts Derby Day Fundraiser at Beleden


98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-583-6309.

The Bristol Historical Society will hold a fundraiser at Beleden, 54 Bellevue Avenue, on May 5th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The magnificent home, constructed by William E. Sessions, took just under two years to build.  The family moved into the home in 1910.The name Beleden was originated by Mr. and Mrs. Sessions from the Latin/Italian word "bella" meaning "beautiful" and the Hebrew word "eden" meaning "a delight."  And what a delight it is!  The house, in the Classic Revival style of architecture, caused quite a stir in Bristol during its construction.  However, the house was not intended to be the main focus of the property.  The theme planned for the property was harmony.  The house was constructed to be a part of and inseparable from the extensive grounds and gardens.  The original property extended to Queen Street.  The gardener's residence was a stone house which is still a private residence on the corner of Beleden Garden Drive and Prince Streets. Among all the beauty of Beleden, one room can be singled out above the others—the Music Room, immediately off the transverse hallway on the first floor.  In a deep alcove at the north side of the room is a large three manual electric pipe organ with an arched front and handsome case.  Perched atop the middle pipe sits a life-sized cherub playing a small harp.  At the south end of the room is a low double balcony with an elliptical front and just back of this is another higher balcony with a straight front.  Dominating one wall of the music room is a large oil painting of ancient Greece titled "Poetry and Music."  It was painted especially for this room by Vesper George who also painted the frescos on the ceiling of the Bristol Savings Bank (now Webster Bank on Main Street).  Jean Degan will be playing the organ during the event. Ticket price is $50 and includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts and coffee.  Guided tours of Beleden will begin at 4:30 p.m.  As attendees check in at the registration table, they will be assigned to a tour group.  The gate on Bellevue Avenue will not be open.  All attendees will access the property from Beleden Garden Drive.  Only handicapped parking will be available in the circular drive on the south side of the property.  Please display your state permit.  Enter Beleden by way of the door facing the circular drive. Dress is "Derby Best."  Ladies, hats please.  Prizes will be awarded for the Prettiest Hat and Most Original Hat.  The Kentucky Derby race will be shown in the Palm Room on a large screen television at post time. To purchase tickets, please call Tom LaPorte 860.583.2688 or Ellie Wilson 860.582.4792.  Only 100 tickets are available. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Please call early to make your reservation.  Beleden is a smoke free property.

Cup Cake Bakeoff at Clock and Watch Museum


100 Maple St, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-58-6070.

Do you like to bake cupcakes?   Do people rave about your fabulous creations?  If so, then enter our cupcake bake-off to be held at the museum on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 2pm– 3:30pm.  The event is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  With the "timely" 1950s-era theme and a nod to the clock industry, entrants will have unlimited decorating possibilities.  Prizes will be awarded for the independent judges' decision as well as people's choice.  The public is invited to attend this event and place their vote for their favorite entry.  Tickets are only $5.00 to taste test 6 cupcakes!  Call 860-58-6070.

Ansonia Nature Center Family Birding With Flo McBride Program


10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2PM Ranger Wendy will welcome Flo McBride, experienced birder who loves teaching kids about her favorite birds.  Free but please register in advance.  Check the website for further information.