LHAC Lecture Series Presents The Institute for American Indian Studies

12/04/2011

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

3:00 pm. Connecticut archaeologist Dr. Marc Banks will provide an overview of Native American archaeology in the Farmington Valley, punctuated by slides of the many interesting and exotic stone tools and pottery recovered from those sites.
Fee: $5 General Public; Free to LHAC Members.

Litchfield Historical Society Presents Civil War Symposium

12/05/2011

South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.

On December 5, 2011 the Litchfield Historical Society will present an all-day sympolsium that focuses on creating and implementing a Civil War exhibition, starting at 9AM.  The We Talk of Home; A Soldier's Letters Introduce the Civil War is based on a series of letters by Alva A. Stone, a soldier from the 8th Connecticut regiment.  The day long program includes Matthew Warshauer on The Civil War at 10:45AM; Dr. Ira Spar on Health Care Delivery in Connecticut during the Civil War at 1PM; Lynne Zacek Bassett on Outfitting Our Gallant Soldiers: Civil War Textiles from the Connecticut Home Front at 2:15PM and more.  Admission is $40 for members;$50 for non-members.  Call to register.

NATURE'S CHILD: FEEDING WINTER WILDLIFE at Ansonia Nature Center

12/08/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

On Thursday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m., bring your pre-schooler to this program for three- to five-year olds with an adult at the Ansonia Nature Center. Join Ranger Wendy to find out how our park's creatures survive during the coldest and darkest season of the year. Get together to make some treats that will help them get through the long winter. Tuition is $8.00 per family. ($6.00 for family level F.A.N.C.I. Members and Ansonia residents.) Please call to register.

How to Survive the Holidays/Adult Workshop at Gunn Memorial Library and Museum-Washington CT

12/08/2011

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

Join us on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library for an entertaining and relaxed workshop for any adult who stresses over holidays. Ann will offer tips for streamlining the holidays and help you toss out your "traditional holiday checklist". With a witty sense of humor, she'll show the family "holiday coordinator" (usually moms) how to make the holidays fun for themselves—not just their families, debunk holiday stereotypes, help create meaningful traditions and even put presents into perspective. Delicious refreshments will be served!

Litchfield Historical Society Holds Reception for Litchfield:The Making of a New England Town--Book by Rachel Carley

12/09/2011

South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.

Join the Litchfield Historical Society in celebrating the release of its new book Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town on Friday, December 9 from 6:00–8:00 pm. Author Rachel Carley will be on hand for an introduction and signing of the book. Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town is the first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years. This lively book presents the history of the town through the buildings and landscapes of Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.  Beginning with the town's founding in 1715 and featuring chapters on the Revolutionary period, the Colonial Revival movement, and a strong legacy of twentieth-century modernist buildings, Litchfield makes a compelling case for preserving a remarkably rich cultural inheritance, while presenting a perceptive portrait of a Connecticut town whose story resonates far beyond its borders. Rachel Carley, a preservation consultant, architectural historian, and local resident, holds a masters degree in historic preservation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. Her previous books include Building Greenwich, Architecture and Design, 1640 to the Present; The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture; Cuba: Four Hundred Years of Architectural Heritage; Cabin Fever; A Guide to Biltmore Estate; and Wilderness A to Z. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information about this or other events, or to register for this reception, please contact the Historical Society by calling (860) 567-4501 or emailing registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Studio 59 Presents The Soul of Beethoven Concert--Torrington

12/10/2011

59 Barber Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-6801.

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 7:30PM Timothy Alexandre Wallace, pianist, will offer a concert Adagio--The Soul of Beethoven.  This performance features select Adagio movements from Ludwig van Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, which rank alongside his symphonies and string quartets as his most extraordinary achievements.  Tickets:  $16.50, Students: 12 and under: Free (Must be accompanied by an adult).  Limited Seating.  Call for reservations or email studio59music@gmail.com.

Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education Presents A Christmas Carol--Torrington

12/10/2011 to 12/11/2011

68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

The students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present, A Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec 10 at 2 & 7pm and Sunday, Dec 11 @ 2pm in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to life once again. Ebenezer Scrooge is a cynical old man whose greatest concern is money, and who regards compassion as a luxury he can't afford. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley his former business partner, who arranges for Scrooge to be visited by three spirits in an attempt to show him the error of his ways -- the Ghosts of Christmas Past Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. This performance is part of the Peter J. Sharp Foundation, Young Actors Series and will be directed by the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education's Education Director, Isabel Carrington. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased by calling the Warner box office at 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org.

FULL MOON HIKE AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER

12/10/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: 303-736-1053.

On Saturday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m., join Rangers Wendy and Marty at the Ansonia Nature Center for a hike as the sun sets and a full moon rises to reveal the woods and fields of the parklands, Learn to identify trees by their shapes, and listen for the sound of Great Horned Owls calling from deep in the pine forest. Wear warm clothes and warm up with a marshmallow roast around an open fire. This free program is designed for individuals and families. Please call to register. Group size is limited to 30 persons.

WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER

12/10/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

On Saturday, December 10, from 19:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, join naturalist, Alison Rubelmann at the Ansonia Nature Center, for a crash course in "Twigenometry." Guaranteed to be fun and educational, this program is suitable for adults and school-age kids (and Scouts too) with an interest in natural history. Find out how to identify trees in winter by examining their twigs and bark. The Nature Center is fortunate to have a wide variety of native Connecticut trees (as well as some non-native species)? Thriving in varied habitats in this mixed deciduous forest within the parkland. Such a forest supports a wide variety of other life-forms including birds, mammals, fungi, wildflowers, ferns and mosses. Please call 303-736-1053 to register for this free program.

Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre-Torrington

12/10/2011 to 12/11/2011

Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

On Saturday, December 10 at 2PM and 7PM and Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2PM at the Warner Theatre the Nutmeg Ballet will perform The Nutcracker.  Join Clara, Dr. Drosselmeyer and The Nutmeg Ballet Company as they take you and your family on a fantasy excursion through The Land of the Snow and into the Land of the Sweets.  Check the website for further information or call for tickets.