Oliver Wolcott Library Offers Basics of Truffle Making Workshop--Litchfield


South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.

On Wednesday evening, January 18, 2012 from 7 to 8:15PM at the Oliver Wolcott Library a Basics of Truffle Making workshop will be held.  Participants will go home with a sweet treat in addition to knowledge gained.  Maria Brandriff will demonstrate the steps involved with making creamy, delicious truffles.  Brandriff has studied with a professional chocolatier in the city of Arles in Provence, France.  Space is limited and registration is required.

White Memorial Conservation Center Offers Ice Harvesting Program--Litchfield


Alain White Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 10AM to 12 Noon WMCC Education Director Jeff Greenwood and Research Director James Fischer demonstrate how ice was cut and moved the old fashioned way.  Dress for the weather.  Meet in the museum.  Registration Fee:  Members: $8, Non Members: $15

Gunn Memorial Library/Museum Hosts Hicks Stone Author:A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect--Edward Durell Stone--Washington, CT


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7586.

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library as Hicks Stone, son of Edward Durell Stone, describes one of the most controversial figures of 20th century architecture; both celebrated and scorned, he led a life that was simultaneously triumphant and embittered. In EDWARD DURELL STONE: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, Hicks Stone, a practicing architect, writes candidly about his father's career, relationships, and professional and personal struggles in this intimate biography. Among the iconic projects for which Stone is responsible are The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. But a negative reception among the architectural community often accompanied his popular and commercial successes, a double edge that continues to inform his legacy. Hicks Stone addresses a body of work that has been largely neglected, if not outright misunderstood. In answer to the chorus of criticism about the master architect's works, Hicks Stone writes: "I believe that my perspective as a son and architect offers me a unique and privileged position to address many of these bromidic and reflexive perceptions." Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this biography are the personal anecdotes recalled or discovered by Hicks Stone while researching his father's complex and turbulent life. This is an unvarnished look at a life full of great achievements tempered with dark struggles and personal demons. A succinct, multidimensional timeline weaving hard facts with poignant tales, EDWARD DURELL STONE: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect is a comprehensive and authoritative yet touching account that will inform and fascinate. Hicks Stone is the founder and principal of Stone Architecture, LLC located in New York City, NY and Roxbury, CT. He opened his practice in 1991 after working as a senior designer in the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. Stone received his Master's of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 1983. This program is free and open to the public.   Registration is recommended.

Mamma Mia at Palace Theatre

01/20/2012 to 01/22/2012

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

Friday, January 20 – 8pm; Saturday, January 21 – 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, January 22 – 1pm & 6:30pm. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! Sponsored by Bank of America, Waterbury Hospital, and FOX CT.

Gunn Memorial Museum Hosts Sound Rising Presentation and Book Signing by Richard Radune


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

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 the Gunn Memorial Museum will host a powerpoint presentation and book signing in the Wykeham Room on Saturday January 21, 2012 at 1pm by Richard Radune the author of Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America's Struggle for Independence. The War of 1812 was a three year military conflict fought between the United States of America and the British Empire which famously resulted in the capture and burning of Washington, D.C. by the British. The Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812 also inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that supplied the lyrics for The Star Spangled Banner. Join us for this special presentation recalling the remarkable maritime history of Long Island Sound. Richard Radune, a resident of Branford, Connecticut, is an author and independent historian. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1965 with a major in U. S. History, he served as an Air Force Captain in North Dakota and Alaska.  Following a 30 year business career, Mr. Radune researched and wrote the award winning book, Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement which was published in 2005.  His second book, Sound Rising, was published in 2011. The snow date is Saturday January 28 at 1pm. This event is free and open to the public.

"PINOT NOIR: A VERY FICKLE GRAPE" at McLaughlin Vineyards


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

4 PM. In this class we will focus on Pinot Noir and our goal will be to learn more about how varied its aroma and flavor profiles can be as we taste wines made by different winemakers around the world.  This class has the added dimension of being blind. We will taste the wines randomly "in numbered brown bags" in order to eliminate any preconceptions about price, winery, or country. Nine wines and a fine selection of snacks and finger foods will be served. $55pp. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE CALL 203-426-1533.

Women’s Journeys at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

01/21/2012 to 01/21/2012

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

Monthly conversations about life and spirituality. Facilitator: Mary Ellen Bannon. Fee: $15 (lunch option add $10). For more information and to register, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.


Beating the Winter Doldrums at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

01/21/2012 to 01/21/2012

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

John Marshall leads a welcoming community of drummers in traditional rhythms from around the world. Fee: $30. Non-refundable deposit: $15. Bring a friend for $20 payable with registration. For more information, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org

Naugatuck Historical Society Hosts Lecture: Life and Times of Rochambeau


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

On Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 1PM the Naugatuck Historical Society will hold a General Meeting followed at 1:30PM by Jini Vail, local author's sharing of her knowledge of General Rochambeau's life and times in the Naugatuck Valley.  Admission is free for members, $3 for non-members.  Check the website for further information.

Oliver Wolcott Library Hosts Autobiography of Mark Twain Book Discussion


South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 7 to 8:15pm the Oliver Wolcott Library will sponsor a book discussion on The Autobiography of Mark Twain.  Call to register.