Fall Organic Wine and Local CT Food Pairing with Music at Hunt Hill Farm

10/18/2009 to 10/18/2009

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

From 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxed and entertaining evening featuring an international selection of organic wines paired with locally-inspired dishes and accented with music. Renown wine educator, founder of Class in A Glass and radio personality Carol Berman will lead students in the techniques of tasting and pairing wines and talk about the latest trends in organic wines. Cooking School Director Chef Mary Kravec will demonstrate recipes. Bob Cusati from Nodine�s Smokehouse in Goshen, CT will talk about their products. Carol is also a talented singer songwriter and will end the evening with some original songs. Feel free to sing along! Nodine�s Smoked Trout Brandade Crostini, Wild Mushroom- Roasted Chestnut Soup, topped w/ Nodine�s apple bacon and julienne sage; Nodine�s Smoked Duck, Andouille and Tasso Ham, Shrimp, Roasted Corn Etouffee served in puff pastry with a Creole Mustard Sauce; Creamery Brook Bison Ranch London Broil sliced and served on seasonal root vegetable latkes with cranberry-blueberry chutney; A Pair of Pears: Bittersweet Chocolate Pear Cake, served with Pear Ice Cream. (Demonstration). Contact Cooking School Director, Chef Mary Kravec for more information. $85 per person or 2 for $160.

Fall Edibles Walk: Nuts, Berries and Roots

10/18/2009 to 10/18/2009

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

Autumn is a wonderful time of year, full of many delicious foods right in your own back yard. Acorns, hickory nuts, berries and tubers are all awaiting your culinary delight! Primitive Skills Practitioner, Andrew Dobos, will guide you in identifying, harvesting and preparing common edibles while enjoying a fall hike. Sunday, October 18th 12:30pm -3:30pm

Space is limited, please call for reservations. Fee: $15; $12 IAIS Members

15th Annual Yankee Invention Exposition

10/22/2009 to 10/24/2009

Waterbury Armory, Field Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: 203-575-8322. Fax: 203-575-8322.

The Yankee Invention Exposition is a three day event where inventors can showcase their products to manufacturers, investors, venture capitalists, distributors, licensing firms, wholesalers/retailers, marketers and the general public. Also exhibiting will be suppliers of services to inventors including prototypes, marketing experts, telemarketing companies, patent attorneys, fulfillment companies and industrial designers. The event will take place at Waterbury Armory, Field Street, Waterbury. For more information, call 203-575-8322 or www.yankeeinventionexpo.org.

Hunt Hill Farm's First Annual Art Auction

10/23/2009 to 10/23/2009

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300. Fax: 860-350-5495 .

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Henderson Cultural Center hosts it's first silent art auction, exhibition and fundraiser, "PastPresentFuture". A bidding reception will take place in the Silo Gallery for works donated by artists who have exhibited in the Silo Gallery over the past three decades. Live music presented by the Candlewood Brass Quintet, Gold Medal Award Winning organic wine provided by Ralph Gorman of The White Silo Winery in Sherman, CT and creative culinary samplings from The Silo Cooking School. Admission is Free. Contact Susan York for more information.

The Delaney Lectures: James Joyce, A Man of Small Virtue

10/23/2009 to 10/23/2009

855 University Drive, Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-626-6852.

The first in a series of four weekly lectures on Irish literary figures, given by international best selling author and broadcaster Frank Delaney for the Litchfield County Writers Project of University of Connecticut, Torrington campus. Free and open to the public. Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Harvest Festival at Golden Age of Trucking Museum

10/24/2009 to 10/24/2009

1101 Southford Rd., I-84 Exit. 17, Middlebury, 06762. Phone: 203-577-2181.

On Saturday, from Noon to 3PM children and adults will enjoy the many trucks plus balloons and painted faces at the Harvest Festival. Along with the Middlebury museum's interactive children's area, which includes a cut-away of a Volvo and a fire truck children can get into. There will be a children's costume parade, Dimples the Clown will entertain from noon until 2 p.m. hay rides, pumpkin picking and servings of apples, donuts, cider and juice. The event is free to members included in museum admission for others. Rain date Sunday, October 25. Call for further details.

Cooking Basics: All About Risotto at Hunt Hill Farm's Silo Cooking School

10/24/2009 to 10/24/2009

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

With Chef Christopher Prosperi of Metro Bis from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Chef Prosperi returns for his popular Basics Class to instruct students in the techniques of making the perfect risotto and will also discuss different rice varieties. Wild Mushroom Risotto, Pumpkin Risotto, Shrimp and Saffron Risotto, Olive Mill Pasta �Risotto�. $80 per person or 2 for $150 (Demonstrations and participation). Contact Cooking School Director, Chef Mary Kravec for more information.

Ash Splint Basket Workshop

10/24/2009 to 10/24/2009

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

Spend a lovely fall day making a splint basket with noted basket maker Carol Hart using a diagonal twill weaving technique. Twill weaves are found throughout Eastern tribal basket traditions. In the Northeast the most common material used in splint baskets is black ash, and the twill most commonly seen in black ash baskets is a basic diagonal pattern. Our materials will be commercially available white ash and flat oval reed splints. Please bring a notebook and pen, lunch and drinks. Tools and equipment will be provided.

Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Advance reservations and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required. Fee: $100 + $25 materials fee; $85 + $25 materials fee IAIS Members

Open Turret Days Military Museum of Southern New England

10/24/2009 to 10/25/2009

125 Park Avenue , I-84 ex.3, Danbury, CT 06010. Phone: 203-790-9277. The public is allowed to climb aboard and see what it was like to man a tank. Rubber-soled shoes are necessary to access our tanks and armored vehicles. Saturday, October 24, 10-5PM and Sunday, October 25, 2009, noon to 5 p.m. Cancelled if Raining. Further information: 203-790-9277.

Harvest Festival at Golden Age of Trucking Museum

10/24/2009 to 10/24/2009

1101 Southford Rd., I-84 Exit. 17, Middlebury, 06762. Phone: 203-577-2181.

On Saturday, October 24, 2008 from 11AM to 3PM children and adults will enjoy the many trucks plus balloons and painted faces at the Harvest Festival. Along with the Middlebury museum's interactive children's area, which includes a cut-away of a Volvo and a fire truck children can get into there will be a children's costume parade, hay rides, pumpkin picking and servings of apples, donuts, cider and juice. The event is free to members included in museum admission for others. Call for further details.