Oliver Wolcott Library Hosts Author Pam Belluck: Island Practice--Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor


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

On Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7-8PM at the Oliver Wolcott Library a program: Legacy Stories: Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor with Author Pam BelluckIsland Practice is a true tale about a colorful Nantucket doctor, Timothy J. Lepore, who has treated patients ranging from Kennedy relatives to a sheep with a prolapsed uterus, and diagnosed everything from tularemia to toe-tourniquet syndrome. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat place known for wealthy summer people but also home to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the life of the island, often quite literally, in his hands. He's surgeon, medical examiner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective, and occasional veterinarian. When crisis strikes, he's deeply involved. Author Pam Belluck has integrated medical, personal, and family issues into a fascinating portrait of a remarkable man.

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Petey Hop and the CT Blues Society Showcase


80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-5795.

Petey Hop--Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:30pm--The Connecticut Blues Society Revue Featuring Paul Gabriel, Steve Balkun, Bill "Swamp" Shaka & Manny Foglio. Bruce Bennett Nissan LEAF Emerging Artist Series Join us in the lobby at 6:45pm for a Wild Turkey tasting with Campari America. Come and check out this new twist to an after work "happy hour!" Come by have a glass of wine, meet new people and hear some really awesome music from an up and coming musician! Guitarist extraordinaire Pete Hopkinson aka Petey Hop and The Connecticut Blues Society Revue will perform an eclectic songbook of rock 'n' roll, roots, blues and old school country music!  Equal parts guitar player, singer and songwriter, Petey's diversity and dexterity are the strength and basis of his style! Paul Gabriel is an Electric Blues guitarist, singer/songwriter and a recording session musician.  His professional career began in 1969 and has spanned forty-four years as a working artist. Steve Balkun cites influences from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even James Brown, focusing on their powerful blues riffs that has been absent from the music industry for too long. While he was a New Orleans resident, Bill "Swamp" Shaka fronted Shaka & the Swamptones on Bourbon Street and a later project called Shaka's Harp & Soul.  Literally a survivor of hurricane Katrina's devastating floods, he relocated to Birmingham, Alabama before resettling in Connecticut, his place of birth. Back in 1979, singer/harmonica player Manny Foglio and guitarist Bill Barrett collaborated to form The Mojomatics, a project that reflected their mutual affinity for the 1950s Chicago blues style pioneered by Muddy Waters. Ever since, Foglio has carried on that sound and tradition.

Beau Badrick to perform at WCSU Coffeehouse

01/16/2014 to 01/16/2014

Alumni Hall, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-837-9700.

The Midtown Coffeehouse returns to the WCSU midtown campus on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by Beau Badrick at 9 p.m. Beau Badrick is a young pop rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (http://beaubadrick.com/). Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information. The Coffeehouse is open to the public every Thursday night from 8-10pm in Alumni Hall, sandwiches, cookies, soda, and of course COFFEE are provided on the house!

Warner Theatre Presents The Merry Widow--Torrington


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

Warner Theatre presents MetOpera Live in HD Series presents: Franz Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW on January 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Join us for a 45 minute lecture with Dr. Marguerite Mullee 2 hours before broadcast. Please note this is not a live performance, but a broadcasted live feed from the Met.

Sharon Historical Society Second Annual Winter "Mix It Up" Art Show

01/17/2014 to 02/27/2014

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

The second annual winter Mix It UP show at the Sharon Historical Society will juxtapose portraits by seven contemporary artists with five portraits from the museum collect by well-known folk artist Ammi Phillips.  The exhibit opens with an artist reception and free cocktail party on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7PM at the historical society's museum and runs through February 27,2014.   The exhibit hopes to challenge the viewer to evaluate the meaning of portraiture beyond the realm of "work of art" and into the role of portrait as visual entree into the historic record.  Check the website for museum hours.

David M. Hunt Library Art Exhibition Featuring Artist Lily Woodworth

01/17/2014 to 02/05/2014

63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Phone: 860-824-7424.

On Saturday January 18, from 4 to 6pm, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT will host a reception for Lilly Woodworth introducing her exhibition of new oil paintings, Fleurs Encore. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will be on display from Friday January 17 through Saturday February 15. The painter Lilly Woodworth, a Sharon resident, takes flowers very seriously.  Not just the actual flowers themselves but the manner in which they have been depicted in painting.  Taking inspiration from the work of fin de siècle painters such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Maurice Brianchon, and William Nicholson, Ms. Woodworth's recently finished series of still life cut flowers and landscape oils are ripe, lush, and abundantly heavy of heart.  The several small paintings on cigar boxes, a recent fascination of the painter, infuse the collection with wit and whimsy. As Ms. Woodworth recounts, "Once I told my friends that I was collecting cigar boxes for paintings, these lovely things start turning up on my doorstep! Their compact size and prior use as storage vessels add a sense of playfulness and history to my paintings, which I thoroughly enjoy." Lilly Woodworth studied oil painting with Stephen S. Kennedy in Trenton, NJ before earning a certificate in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  She has received several awards and two residencies.  She exhibits locally and on Long Island.

Flanders Nature Center Tree Tapping Day--Woodbury


Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711 Ext. 10.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014 starting at 9:30AM at the Flanders Sugar House the Flanders Nature Center will hold its annual Tree tapping day, weather permitting.  No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome.  The events are free and open to the public.  Volunteers are also needed to collect sap, and help out at maple sugaring activities.  A pancake breakfast will be served.  Call to register for the information session.

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


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

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Class Sat, January 18, 2014 1:00 PMJoin us for The World's Best Cheeses with a wine, cheese and chocolate paring @ 1 pm and 3 pm. $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 - this month it is Switzerland. HBV wine glass to take home! For more information call or visit the website.

White Memorial Conservation Center Program: White Birds: The Gyrfalcon and Snowy Owl--Litchfield


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12PM at the A.B. Ceder Room at White Memorial Conservation Center Brian Bradley will hold a program on The Gyrfalcon and Snowy Owl.  Brian will bring two of his most beautiful birds of prey!  What characteristics define these two winter hunters will be discussed.  Wallow in the extraordinary experience of getting up close and personal with this great man and his amazing birds! Registration Fee:  $20 Member; $25 Non-member.

White Memorial Conservation Center Offers Winter Wildlife Tracking Class--Litchfield


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 6PM to 8PM and Sunday, January 19th from 10AM to 4PM a winter wildlife tracking class will be held at White Memorial Conservation Center.  A slide show on Saturday will introduce basic wildlife tracking. Sunday's program will be outdoors, following the racks of animal species on Conservation lands. Children 11 and older are welcome with an adult.  Cost $45 for members, $55 non members.  Pre-registration and payment will be taken up until Jan. 18th.