Sharon Tree Lighting On The Green--Sharon Historical Society Open House Ornament Making


18 Main St., Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: 860-364-5688.

Holiday ornament-making for kids will take place at the Sharon Tree Lighting on the green and Sharon Historical Society Open House starting at 4:30 on December 1.  Everyone is invited to enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cookies furnished by Sharon residents at the society's headquarters, the historic Gay-Hoyt House, which is beautifully decorated for the occasion.

Gingerbread House Workshop at The Gunn Memorial Library - Washington


5 Wykeham Road, Rte. 47, Washington, CT Phone: (860) 868-2310.

Saturday, December 1st. Drop-in between 10:30am - 2:00pm. Children will delight in making their very own festive gingerbread house to take home. Pre-made houses and icing will be provided. Please bring a bag of unwrapped holiday candy to share for decorating. Children of all ages are welcome to both programs. Free admission and open to the public. Registration recommended.This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is requested but not required.  Please call the Library for further information.

House Tour in Falls Village/Amesville


484 Lime Rock Rd., Falls Village, CT Phone: 860-435-2627.

Our friends at the Falls Village/Canaan Historical Society are holding a house tour on Sunday, December 1.  Trinity has close historic ties with both Falls Village and Canaan, and three Trinity parishioners serve as board members of this organization.  Their archives also contain extensive Lime Rock and Trinity material.  This is an opportunity to benefit this fine historical society -- they take a real interest in Trinity's history -- visit with our neighbors, and learn more about the history of Falls Village and Amesville.  It will conclude in time to attend our Lime Rock Christmas Tree Lighting.  Tickets are $25 per person in advance; $30 on the Tour day.  The schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m. - Welcome & introduction to the five houses at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store,  108 Main St, Falls Village. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tour Houses  (please note that the houses on the tour are not wheelchair accessible).

Eight Treasures - Eight Brocades and Breathing Workshop with Master Edward Ware at The Barn Club - Woodbury


558 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-586-9020.

On Saturday  2:30 - 5:30 p.m. one of the most widely practiced sets of Chi Gung exercises to come out of China and is an excellent way to get in touch with Chi and your vital energy. In this workshop participants will be taught or perhaps revisit from a deeper perspective a complete set of movements which stimulate and balance energy flows along specific meridians. This set is designed to strengthen the body, balance vital functions, tonify internal organs, build immunity and enhance vitality. In addition to a thorough grounding in the physical components we will also explore some of the energetic aspects that really bring this set alive. The later part of the workshop, which will take place seated, will focus on the profound importance of full body breathing techniques both for health and mental clarity as well as looking at breath as a basis for meditation.  Absolute beginners welcome. $120. We are offering a bring a friend discount of 20 percent for you and the friend. And a 10 percent discount to previous workshop attendees. Please register by November 21st for discounts. Call or emai

Southbury Women's Club Hosts Santa's House at The Hearth--Southbury


655 Main St. South, Southbury, CT 06488. Phone: 203-267-7100.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the Southbury Women's Club will be hosting Santa's House at The Hearth in Southbury from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Perry S. Kest, D.D.S. Tickets are $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. The maximum price per family is $25. Reservations are required. Call 203-706-0724 to reserve a time. Your entry fee includes a visit with Santa, stories & games with Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, a short presentation of the Nutcracker by the Woodbury Ballet, hot chocolate and cookies. It also includes a free sitting fee with professional photographer Angela Hanlon from Hanlon Photography. Your children will have their picture taken with Santa. You may also have a family portrait taken. Photographs and holiday cards will be available online 24 hours after the event. Also available for sale will be poinsettias, baked goods from Mrs. Claus' kitchen and holiday gift items. The majority of the proceeds will go to benefit the Region 15 PTO Perpetual Fund. This fund is committed to providing assistance to Southbury and Middlebury families experiencing significant financial expenditures due to their child's life threatening and/or life altering medical condition. The Southbury Women's Club is a 501(c)3 organization that has been serving the town of Southbury since 2001. We support such causes as the Southbury Food Bank, Fuel Bank & Needy Fund, Safe Haven, VFW, and Operation Backpack, which provides filled backpacks to local children in need each year.

Whiting Mills Open Studios Weekend

12/01/2012 to 12/02/2012

100 Whiting Street , Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-307-3889 .

On Sat., Dec. 1st and Sun., Dec. 2nd  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.  The artists and shops will open their doors for a viewing of their latest and greatest work.  Unqiue one-of-a-kind gifts for sale.  Members of The American Mural project will be attending with a display and information.  Music and refreshments.  Also available will be antiques, handcrafted upholstered furniture and fabrics, hand sewn items; aromatic warmers, hand sewn recycled market bags, paintings, New England Folk art; hand crafted wooden furniture, canvas floor covers, pottery, and much more.  Many artists will be demonstrating their craft in their studios.

McLaughlin Vineyards Holds Wine Education Class -- Sandy Hook


14 Albert's Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. Phone: 203-426-1533.

On Saturday, December 1st, 4pm Port and Other Dessert Wines Class at McLaughlin Vineyards.  Wines with a sweet flavor or noticeable level of sugar are called dessert wines.  These are classically served after dinner either alone as dessert itself, or alongside a dessert food entrée.  This class will be a tour around the globe to taste a variety of "stickies" (as the Australians call dessert wines), and to learn briefly how each are made and where they come from.  Of course there will be the appropriate munchies to nibble with them.  This will be the perfect opportunity to decide which one(s) you like best to have on hand for your upcoming holiday gatherings and dinner parties. $55 per person.

Palace Theater Hosts Waterbury Chorale--Christmas at the Palace


100 Est Main St., Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-755-4700.

It's "Christmas at the Palace" time again, and the Waterbury Chorale is planning an exciting program designed to enchant both young and old. The Chorale will be joined this year by local soprano, Marissa Famiglietti, who will sing in their opening number "Christmas at the Palace" and in a Christmas Cantata by, J.S. Bach, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." As always, the Chorale will be accompanied by The Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra.

Model Train Show with Valley HO Trak at Naugatuck Historical Society


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

On Sunday Series-Model Train Show with Valley HO Trak--December 2, 9-3pm.  Explore the world of model trains with a massive track set up around the Naugatuck Historical Society Museum. Delight in the lights and sounds of the trains as the chug along the rails. Entrance is $5 a person, $20 a family. Valley HO Trak is Connecticut's premiere model train club which started in 1987 and has been featured in national magazines for the model train layouts. They will come in and transform The Great Room of the Naugatuck Historical Society in to a model train museum for everyone's enjoyment.

Holiday Festival at Glebe House--Woodbury

12/02/2012 to 12/03/2012

49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-2855.

The annual Holiday Festival at the Glebe House in Woodbury, also Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Free tours will be offered of the museum house, beautifully decorated for the holidays with wreaths, holiday lighting, and garlands, all for sale.  A bazaar offers many original gift ideas.