Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Program: Talk: John Cage and the Contemporary Cultural Landscape--Ridgefield


258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-4519.

Talk: John Cage 
and the Contemporary Cultural Landscape Sunday, January 12 · 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Members · FREE. Non-member: FREE with the price of admission. Learn about John Cage—best known for 4" 33”, his ground breaking and radical "silent" composition—whose work and philosophy resonates well beyond the music world into that of both performance and visual art. This panel, presented in conjunction with The Aldrich’s Music exhibition series and facilitated by exhibitions director Richard Klein, brings together exhibiting artists Xaviera Simmons and Simon Blackmore; Kyle Gann, musical historian and author of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Yale University Press, 2010); and Jon Hendricks, Fluxus Consulting Curator of the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, to discuss Cage’s legacy. Music investigates the sustained and profound relationship between music and visual art. The breakdown of the barriers between the worlds of “serious” and pop music, the electronic and digital revolution, the birth of the genre of sound art and its incorporation into the museum and gallery environment, and especially the innovations of artists like John Cage and La Monte Young, have resulted in the blending of aspects of the visual art world and the music world. Now, the boundary between visual art and music has become more complex, as artists see music as inspiration, subject, and object to an ever greater extent.

Annual Cold Homes, Warm Hearts 5K Walk -- New Milford


40 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-6075.

On January 12, 2014 the Annual Cold Homes, Warm Heart 5K Walk to benefit the local Community Fuel Bank will take place.  Organized by New Milford Social Services Senior Services and Parks and Recreation.  Walkers can make a minimum donation of $10 to participate.  Pledge envelopes are available at the senior center.  Call for further details.

Derby Historical Society 12th Night Celebration


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

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. House tour, mulled cider, caroling, costumned guides. $5 adults, $3 seniors. Children under 8 free.

Historic Marble Dale Church Celebrates 250th Anniversary


Route 202, Marble Dale, CT 06777. Phone: 860-868-2275.

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church of Marble Dale will launch the celebration of its 250th year on January 12, 2014, with a period service based on the 1764 liturgy and congregants attired in vintage dress. The Episcopal Church in Connecticut began with the conversion of The Reverend Solomon Palmer, pastor of the Congregational Church in Cornwall. He founded a church in 1760, and the first St. Andrew's was built in 1765. A second church building, located adjacent to the Northville Cemetery, was used from 1793 until the present church in Marble Dale was built in 1822. This landmark brick church, at the blinking light on Route 202 in Marble Dale, is one of the earliest Gothic Revival structures in New England. The church was built with local materials, chestnut timbers from Aspetuck sawmills, marble quarried from a nearby stone mill, and brick fired in an area kiln. Nathaniel Wheaton, grandson of Joseph Wheaton and the founder of St. Andrews, was ordained and became the first President of Trinity College. He retired to Marble Dale where he purchased and occupied the present Rectory on Wheaton Road. He directed the addition of the Church's transept and chancel in the 1850's. The original Nave windows, parts of which were saved, were replaced with stained glass windows made by Tiffany in 1880. Smaller changes were made to the building in the 1960's, and a complete restoration was done in 1994 and 1995. St. Andrew's is now the second oldest church building in the Town of Washington and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. In addition to its rich architectural history, St. Andrew's has played a pivotal role in the communities of both Marble Dale and Washington since Colonial times. The January 12 service will give the community a rich view of life in Colonial Marble Dale, including the plain homespun clothing of the tradespeople and farmers and the richer dress of more prosperous residents. All are welcome to the 9:30 a.m. service. St. Andrew's is located at 247 Litchfield Road, Route 202, Marble Dale, across from The White Horse Pub. There is plenty of parking on Wheaton Road.

Newtown Historical Society Legendary Locals of Newtown, presented by Dan Cruson


31 Main Street, Newtown, CT

7:30 p.m. The Meeting House. In keeping with the recent publication of Dan's latest book, he will be presenting the stories of several of Newtown's founding fathers and some of the town's characters. He promises that these stories will go into greater detail than in the limited space allotted in the book's captions and he will be telling many stories that have not yet been brought to the public.

Newtown Historical Society - Program - Town Historian's Annual Lecture - Legendary Locals of Newtown


C.H. Booth Library and Museum, 44 Main Street, Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-4533.

On Monday, 7:30 p.m. C.H. Booth Library, Dan Cruson.  In keeping with the recent publication of Dan's latest book, he will be presenting the stories of several of Newtown's founding fathers and some of the town' characters. He promises that these stories will go into greater detail than in the limited space allotted in the book's captions and he will be telling many stories that have not yet been brought to the public.

Little Coyote Story Hour

01/14/2014 to 01/14/2014

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

Introduce your Pre-school age children to the wonders and joy of traditional Native American stories! Why does Bear have a short tail? Who is Gluskabi and from where did his superpowers come? And why is Coyote known as a "trickster?" Join Janis ‘Four Hearts Whispering’ Us of Mohawk-Shinnecock descent in our beauti-fully replicated 16th century indoor Sachem's house for delightful and heartwarming stories. Come each time for relaxed fun with new friends.

Fee: Included in regular museum admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children; IAIS Members Free.

Mattatuck Museum - Author Speaks at the Mattatuck Museum An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Mysteries of a Property


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381 ext. 111.

Join the Mattatuck Museum for a discussion with Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, the author of An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. The book tells the story of the author's small Cape Cod house on one-third of an acre – a story with several mysteries. A wide-ranging investigation forms the basis of an eight-year research journey – like a segment of PBS's History Detectives – not only to solve the mysteries but also to answer the broader question, "What came before?" The book includes more than 60 images and guidelines in twenty-two sidebars to help you find the story of your home.



126 Ratlum Rd., New Hartford, CT Phone: 860-379-7669.

Join us for FREE NASTAR racing every Sunday afternoon .  If you've ever wanted to try racing, now is your chance!  All are welcome!  You get unlimited timed runs on Gunbarrel from 3:00pm - 6:00pm with your pass or lift ticket.   Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Their mission is simple - to provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that, through the development of a handicap system, allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to compare themselves with one another regardless of when and where they race.

Litchfield Historical Society Lecture: Slavery by Another Name


Route 63, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.

On Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7PM the Litchfield Historical Society will host a lecture: Slavery by Another Name with Stephen McGrath, history professor at Central CT State University which kicks off the first film discussion in the series: Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.  Mr. McGrath will feature clips from the film to challenge the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.  Free and open to the public.  Registration is required.