Newtown Historical Society Holds A Quilting Party


25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.

NEWTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLDS A QUILTING PARTY--Women in the colonial and early republic eras of our history were largely excluded from the arts.  One of the ways women found to participate in the arts was through overlaps with their recognized domestic roles such as the needle arts.  The Newtown Historical Society will look at one facet of these efforts in a presentation on quilts and quilting, February 13, at 7.30PM, in the community room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25).  The program will be presented by Martha Bishop and Mary Ferri. Quilting has a long history, probably as long as women have plied the needle. While we normally think of a quilt as a bed cover, the technique of joining two fabrics with an insulating layer in between was used for clothing as well.  Back in the days of armored knights riding to rescue damsels from dragons, a quilted garment was worn under the armor to protect the skin from the chafing and pinching of the metal suit. Martha Bishop was a library/media specialist at the Bethel Middle School, and is now retired; she was Bethel's Teacher of the Year in 2005.  She is a member of the American Quilter's Society.  In addition to her interest in quilts, she is a storyteller, a member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, and has led "ghost walks" in Danbury.  Her hobbies include playing the violin, tap dancing, and acting.  Mary Ferri is director of Religious Education at St Mary's Church in Bethel, and is an active volunteer with the Bethel Historical Society. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  For further information, please call the society at 203-426-5937.

2012 Relay for Life-American Cancer Society in Northwest Hills, CT--Kick-Off Rally


837 Charles St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-201-5240.

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012,from 6-8PM  the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Northwest Hills CT will officially get underway as cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies, faith-based and civic organizations gather at St. Paul's Church, 837 Charles Street, Torrington, for a KICK-OFF rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will feature speakers showing the community how they, as caregivers and survivors, can benefit from the funds raised at Relay.  We will honor cancer survivors, the HEART of Relay.  This also will be an opportunity to register a team and pick up fundraising information as well as your team captain packets, which will give you much information on how to form a team, and keep them motivated. Committee members will be present to offer information about each of their committee's tasks and responsibilities and we welcome questions from the public about what is required to get involved.

Litchfield Community Center Program: The Legend of Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad


421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8302.

Presenter Trish Chambers comes to Litchfield Community Center on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 for a presentation discussing the history, legends and stories that make up the rich heritage assosicated with the Underground Railroad.  Presented by Trish Chambers in period costume.  The lecture starts at 7PM and cost is $5 per person.  Admission at the door.  Pre-registration required by calling the Community Center.

Litchfield Historical Society Features Leather Apron Book Club--The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz


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

The Litchfield Historical Society will host Leather Apron Book Club--First Book:  The Great Little Madison, by Jean Fritz
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from3:30--5:00pm. Ages: 9+--Fee: $10 for members; $15 for non-members.Registration required.
Join the educators as we bring back the Leather Apron Book Club!  Each month on the third Wednesday, we will be discussing a different story  related to the War of 1812 or the Civil War and participating in a  related activity or craft. This month will be The Great  Little Madison by Jean Fritz. Reserve your spot by February 3rd and we'll include a complementary copy of the book.

Beadsley and Memorial Library Hosts Model Railroad--Winsted


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-379-6043.

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 10:30AM to 8PM a Model Railroad Display by Torrington Area Model Railroaders will be on display at the Beardsley and Memorial Library.  Children and adults will enjoy seeing all the small trains pass through tiny villages.  Model railroads interest modelers, hobbyists and train lovers.  Free and open to the public.

New Morning Store Hosts Lecture by Kenneth Hoffman: Chinese Dietary Therapy for Vitality--Woodbury


738 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4868.

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Woodbury Public Library New Morning Natural and Organic Store will host a lecture:Chinese Dietary Therapy for Vitality! With Kenneth Hoffman L.Ac, D.Ac. (RI). Chinese dietary therapy has been an integral part of any complete health plan for centuries. Its lessons are still applicable today. In the traditional system of dietary cures, foods have been organized into categories based on their innate temperature, energetics (the direction in which they move qi and how they affect qi and blood flow), and the organs they affect. In this lecture, Kenneth Hoffman L.Ac, D.Ac. (RI), a specialist in Chinese medicine and trained by an eclectic Taoist master will share the theories of constitutional type, how to determine your specific type and develop nutritional habits that best suit you. He will also discuss home remedies for common conditions and provide recipes for healing foods. Free. Classes support living a natural lifestyle and are open to the public, however registration is required due to space limitations. Registration can be done online at, by calling Julie at 203-263-0673 ext. 317, or in person by stopping into the store in Woodbury.

Flander's Nature Center Offers Family Blue Bird Nest Box Building Program--Woodbury


5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

Learn the status of bluebirds and the ways you can help monitor not only them but also fellow native cavity nesters.
Bluebird natural history will be provided and followed by an opportunity to build a bluebird nest box. Saturday, February 18, 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Trail House, Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary. Cost: $20 per nest box made. Pre-registration is required. Call to register.

Hickory Stick Bookshop Booksigning/Reading by Meredith Maran--Washington, CT


2 Green Hill Rd,, Washington, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-0525.

On Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 4PM Meredith Maran will be reading selections and singing copies of her book, A Theory of Small Earthquakes at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, CT.  This event is free and open to the public.  Visit the website for futher information.

Mardi Gras at the New England Carousel Museum


95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-585-5411.

21st Anniversary celebration. 7 PM - midnight. Food, dancing, entertainment, cash bar, live auction, tea cup raffle, King & Queen. Masks and Costumes encouraged. RSVP 02/10/2012. $50 per person. Tables of eight may be reserved.

Mardi Gras at The New England Carousel Museum


95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-585-5411.

In celebration of its 21st Anniversary, the Museum will hold it's Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 7pm-Midnight. Dinner will be served at 8pm along with entertainment, dancing, a raffle and a door prize. Admission is $75 per person. Tables of 8 may be reserved. Please RSVP.