Take a Walk Series: Mammals and Their Mysteries

12/09/2009 to 12/09/2009

off Rte. 202, 2 mi. west of center, Litchfield, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: (860) 567-0857. .

Research Director James Fischer teaches you about your mammal neighbors. Mammals are often overlooked because they evade our detection. We sometimes encounter them by chance but they often elude us by being active at night or by detecting us first with their keen senses. The clues they leave provide an unfolding story as each piece of evidence is observed. Meet at the Museum. 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Members: $3.00, Non Members: $5.00, Pre registration and pre payment required.

AnnualToy Shower Day

12/11/2009 to 12/11/2009

Yankee Pedlar Inn, Main St., Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-489-9226.

The Torrington Parks and Recreation Commission, in cooperation with 97.3 WZBG Radio, will conduct the annual Toy Shower from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Yankee Pedlar, to raise funds to support Christmas Village. Come down and visit the Yankee Pedlar and make a personal pledge or phone in your pledge by call 860-567-3697, WZBG. Doors will be open 3 p.m. There will be plenty of refreshments and entertainment. You may also make a donation by stopping in at the Parks and Recreation Office daily between 9 -4:30 or mail to the office at 153 South Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. 860-489-2274.

Holiday Choral Singing Concert at Hunt Hill Farm's Skitch Henderson Museum

12/12/2009 to 12/12/2009

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

Choral singers from the Sarah Nobel Intermediate School of New Milford, CT, directed by Gloria Capone will perform holiday music at Hunt Hill Farm's Skitch Henderson Museum at 1 p.m. Come early and view a slice of Skitch's life" radio with Frank Sinatra, the first Tonight Show program with Steve Allen, Henderson American Music Archive and items from Skitch's collections. While you are at the farm be sure to view the 27ft Christmas tree, decorated to this year's theme, A Home Town Holiday, in The Silo Gallery, along with exhibits by Folk Artist Joy Gaiser and "Healing Strokes" paintings and note cards by Diana Luscombe. For more information contact Silo Gallery Director Valerie Culbertson.

Guided Hike at Tarrywile

12/12/2009 to 12/12/2009

70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, Phone: 203-744-3130.

Guided Hike. 9:00 a.m. Join Park volunteers Jane, Dawn, Rita, George, Bruce, Steve, Lou and Jim as they lead participants on a two to three hour hike on the trails at Tarrywile. The information below pertains to all hikes. The hikes are free and will only be canceled in the event of heavy rain or snow. Hike participants are encouraged to wear rugged, sturdy shoes, bring water, bug spray and a snack if desired. All hikes start at the Red Barn Environmental Center with participants parking in the lower Mansion parking lot.

The First National Bank of Litchfield presents The Snow Queen

12/12/2009 to 12/12/2009

off Rte. 202, 2 mi. west of center, Litchfield, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: (860) 567-0857. .

Artist and puppeteer Robin McCahill returns to the Carriage House at White Memorial for one performance of the Hans Christian Anderson tale of friends lost and found, visits to distant lands, travels through changing seasons, and encounters with strange and exotic characters. The story is told by McCahill's whimsical troupe of hand felted marionettes. For the second year in a row The First National Bank of Litchfield is sponsoring this beautiful event which will certainly put you in the holiday spirit. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from noon until 2:00 P.M. and will escort guests to the Mott-Van Winkle classroom in their horse drawn wagon. While Santa receives guests in the classroom, Mrs. Claus will lead a carol sing around the bonfire. An embarrassment of sweets and cups of velvety hot chocolate sweeten the day. Performance: 2:00 P.M. , Carriage House, No reservations. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit from Noon until 2:00 P.M. FREE

Christmas Candlelight-Carols Concert--Newtown

12/12/2009 to 12/12/2009

Trinity Church, Newtown, Phone: 203-206-7186.

On Saturday, Decembeer 12, 2009 at the Trinity Church in Woodbury join the Connecticut Choral Society for a Canlelight and Carols concert replete with sounds of Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful and many more carols. Call for further information or check the website.

Artifact Identification Day

12/13/2009 to 12/13/2009

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

Sunday, December 13th from 1:00pm - 4:00 pm Discover the history behind your collections! Visitors, members and friends are invited to bring their stone artifacts and Native American cultural items for identification by renowned archaeologist and Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin. Limit 12 per person please. Fee: Included in regular museum admission; IAIS Members free.

Christmas Candlelight-Carols Concert--Woodbury

12/13/2009 to 12/13/2009

North Congregational Church, Woodbury, 06798. Phone: 203-206-7186.

On Sunday, Decembeer 13, 2009 at the North Congregational Church in Woodbury join the Connecticut Choral Society for a Canlelight and Carols concert replete with sounds of Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful and many more carols. Call for further information or check the website.

Holiday Choral Singing Concert at Hunt Hill Farm's Skitch Henderson Museum

12/19/2009 to 12/19/2009

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

Choral singers from Schaghticoke Middle School of New Milford, CT directed by Diane Lewis will perform holiday music at 1 p.m. in Hunt Hill Farm's Skitch Henderson Museum. Come early and view a slice of "Skitch's life" radio with Frank Sinatra, the first Tonight Show program with Steve Allen, Henderson American Music Archive and items from Skitch's collections. While you are at the farm be sure to view the 27ft Christmas tree, decorated to this year's theme, A Home Town Holiday, in The Silo Gallery, along with exhibits by Folk Artist Joy Gaiser and "Healing Strokes" paintings and note cards by Diana Luscombe. For more information contact Silo Gallery Director Valerie Culbertson. Free.

The Leather Man: Mysterious Wanderer

12/19/2009 to 12/19/2009

off Rte. 202, 2 mi. west of center, Litchfield, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: (860) 567-0857. .

Local historian and story teller, Shirley Sutton, shares in depth knowledge about the fascinating character who hiked Westchester County, New York, and parts of Connecticut in the 1800's. Speaking very little, the Leather Man communicated his needs with hand gestures. Dressed in his leather suit he was both a curious and fearful sight. Town residents grew to expect his appearances accommodating his simple requests and often giving him leather scraps, tobacco, and sometimes money. 2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Registration Fee: Members: $7.00 Non Members: $10.00, Pre registration and pre payment required.