Newtown Historical Society Program: Whistles Past the Graveyard


31 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.

NEWTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY WHISTLES PAST THE GRAVEYARD--Perhaps the earliest American folk art was represented by the carvings on the head and foot stones of our earliest cemeteries. In addition to the aesthetic, the carvings tell us a great deal about the culture of our ancestors. On January 14, 7.30 PM, in the Meeting House, 31 Main Street (route 25, at the Flag Pole), the Newtown Historical Society will examine that aesthetic and culture by hosting Town Historian Dan Cruson's annual lecture, entitled This Old Cemetery. Our forebears tended to be a serious lot, and they took their religion very seriously. Descended from the Puritan tradition of the earliest settlement of New England, by the 18th century thoughts about life and death, God and religion, had matured, and that maturity was reflected not only in stone carvings but in the layout of the cemetery and the customs of burial and mourning. Cruson will examine headstone styles of the 18th and early 19th centuries, concentrating on who carved the stones and how the styles changed over time. He will look at how cemetery design reflected Puritan thought, and how trade patterns are reflected in where the stones came from, based on the type of stone. These points will be illustrated by selections from his personal slide collection amassed over twenty years Modern technology will not be left out either. Cruson will show how the use of Ground Penetrating Radar can be used to determine much about what lies buried and may be long forgotten. In one case, he was able discover an old cemetery in the Riverside area, lost to our view and awareness long ago, by the use of this relatively new technology. Daniel Cruson is a former teacher of anthropology and local history at Joel Barlow High School.  He is presently President of the Connecticut Archeological Society, and has collaborated with the archeology program at Western Connecticut on several occasions.  As Town Historian, he has also researched and written extensively about Newtown and Fairfield County.  He is a past president of the Newtown Historical Society, and currently serves as a trustee. Cruson will use this talk as a preliminary for a tour of the Village Cemetery that he will lead this coming June. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Due to the overflow audience at Dan's talk last January, please note that this presentation has been moved to the Meeting House to accommodate a larger crowd. Because the Meeting House does not allow refreshments to be served in the main hall, the Society will forego its usual amenities.

WCSU Coffeehouse with featured act, Play It By Ear


181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 837-9700.

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Play It By Ear, a group of students, both music and non-music majors, who perform A Capella, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free, sandwiches, cookies, soda, and, coffee are provided and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit for more information.

Torrington Library Program: Housing Seminar: Foreclosure Assistance


12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-6684.

On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30PM at the Torrington Library the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury will present "Housing Seminar: Foreclosure Assistance".  The organization is a non-profit corporation.  Whether homeowners are facing foreclosure or just starting to struggle with their mortgage, the agency can assist by helping homeowners understand the options that are available to help them.  The program is free but registration is required.  Call the library to register.

Piet Swerts will perform with WCSU music faculty - Danbury


181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 837-8350.

Composer and pianist Piet Swerts will perform with WCSU music faculty Dr. Dan Goble, on saxophone, and Dr. Russell Hirshfield, on piano, at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus. Swerts has conducted and performed as a soloist in venues in China, the U.S., Venezuela and France. A graduate of the Lemmens Institute in Belgium where he won numerous prizes, Swerts has written more than 200 compositions. He won the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Composition Prize for his violin concerto, "Zodiac." The CD of his clarinet quintet, Phaedra 92045, was honored by Radio Klara as the best Flemish music production of 2006, and also won the Belgian music press's 2007 Prize Snepvangers. For tickets and information, call (203) 837-8350. 

Christ Church Quaker Farms - Winter Carnival - Oxford


470 Quaker Farm Rd. , Oxford, CT Phone: 203-888-4936.

On Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Christ Church Quaker Farms will host a free winter carnival for children.  Open to the communuity, the event will feature sleigh rides, ice skating, games, food and fun. Call for more information.

Haight-Brown Vineyards - Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Class


29 Chestnut Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4045.

Sat, January 19, 2013. Join us for The World's Best Cheeses with a wine, cheese and chocolate paring @ 1pm and 3pm.  $35 per person. It's educational, fun and lots of yummy wine and food.  All HBV wine is paired with a cheese and or chocolate. Every month a different region of the world is featured for cheese.  HBV wine glass to take home! PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are taken with a credit card. Cancellations must occur 5 days prior to the event for full refund. Phone or email cancellations accepted. Cancellations after 5 days prior will result in full charge.  Call to register.

Sharon Historical Society Lecture: Ames Legacy by Ed Kirby


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

The Sharon Historical Society will present "Amesville, Horatio Ames and the Ames Brothers" by local author, geologist and historian Ed Kirby Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3PM.  The Amesville section of Salisbury was once home to the Ames Iron Company.  Kirby's ilustrated presentation explores the fascinating links and relationships between 19th-century individuals in the Salisbury Iron District and those who constructed America's first transcontinental railroad.  Limited seating is available.  The program is free and open to the public.  RSVP to or call 860-364-5688.

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN Competition with Suburban Sports at Ski Sundown


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

11:30am Registration Competition at 1pm. It is time to decide! Who amongst us is truly the best of the best! In this NEW, fun filled event we will test the skills of all who want to enter. With Categories of 14 and under, 15-21 and 21+ we’ll see who can negotiate the slalom gates, clear a couple table tops and bash bumps to a victorious finish amongst your servants. Registration begins in the lodge at 11:30am and will cost just 5 dollars. Once you’ve received your Bib number you can begin practice. Competition begins promptly at 1pm and will be conducted in a singles format. Each skier or rider will be given two runs. Best run counts. They’ll be scored as a matter of over all style on the bumps and jumps, and objectively through the gates. 6 possible points for the gates, if you miss a turn, you lose a point…. 10 possible points for jumps. 10 being the best air of the day 10 possible points for the moguls. Zippers vs whirly birds and hand drags, show us your style! Categories are Male over 18 yo, Male under 18 yo, Female OPEN specific prizes are being outlined by suburban sports and should be known to us soon Event Sponsored by Suburban Sports / and the brands they carry Awards on the deck afterwards. Waiver required (parent signature if under 18yo) Helmets required by all participants.

Amesville, Horatio Ames and the Ames Brothers at Sharon HIstorical Society


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

Saturday January 19 at 3 pm, when local author, geologist and historian Ed Kirby presents, “Amesville, Horatio Ames and the Ames Brothers.”

Simple Solutions for Stress Eating! Presented by Nutrition Expert, Patti Garland at The Gunn Memorial Library - Washington


5 Wykeham Road, Rte. 47, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-7586.

On Saturday, 11 a.m. Patti Garland, CHC, AADP practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that she looks at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? Patti will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. Do you feel stress eating and binge eating might be holding you back from living your "feel great weight"? If you answered yes then you'll want to attend this presentation. In this 30 minute presentation, Patti will debunk all previous restrictive, punishing approaches that you have tried. You will discover how to embrace a more pleasurable relationship with food and how to enjoy feelings of freedom around food. The tools you'll walk away with will help you. Space is limited, please register in advance by contacting the Library at 860-868-7586 or email Susan Newbury at