Maple Syrup Demonstrations at Flanders Nature Center

03/12/2011 to 03/13/2011

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

How sweet it is! A New England tradition continues at Flanders' Sugar House. Demonstrations of turning sap into syrup are brought to life by staff and volunteers using science, history and humor. Flanders' maple syrup and additional maple products are available for purchase.  Location: Sugar House, Van Vleck Farm Sanctuary. Cost: Admission free!

Roles of Native American Women in New England Lecture at the Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington

03/12/2011 to 03/12/2011

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

Join Jeanne “Morningstar” Kent of Abenaki descent for a Power Point presentation looking at traditional roles of Native women and how the advance of European influence, laws and social norms altered these roles.   Jeanne will share several brief biographies of outstanding Native women that she discovered through research and personal discussions with American Indians across the United States and Canada.CT Educators may earn 0.1 CEUs. Fee: $12; $10 IAIS Members.


75th Anniversary The Danbury Music Centre at The Ives Center Hall


White Street and Fifth Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-748-1716..

The Danbury Music Centre is celebrating its 75th anniversary this Sunday. In recognition of 75 years of community music making, there will be a special concert on Sunday, March 13, at 3pm.  Please note the location of this concert: Ives Concert Hall, mid-town campus of Western Connecticut State University on the corner of Fifth Avenue and White Street (a change from the original location).The Danbury Music Centre will be represented by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Danbury Concert Chorus, and members from the Danbury Community Orchestra. Special guest artist, Ase-AmenRa Kariamu, will open the second part of the program with a rousing African drum solo. Brother Ase is the Director of the Summer Afrikan Drumming Program at the Danbury Music Centre.Please join Ariel Rudiakov, Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra; Richard Price, Music Director Emeritus of the Danbury Concert Chorus; and James Humphreville, Music Director Emeritus of the Danbury Symphony, in a program so varied in musical selections that it is sure to please everyone.  The program will include Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, the Overture from Merry Wives of Windsor, by Nicolai, a Strauss Waltz, and three movements from Holst's Planets - Mars, Venus, and Jupiter.


Naugatuck Historical Society Book Signing with Author Mary Ruth Shields


195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770. Phone: 203-729-9039.

On Sunday, March 13, 2011 from1PM to 3PM the Naugatuck Historical Society invites the public to a book signing by Author Mary Ruth Shields featuring her book--Naugatuck Valley Textile Industry.  $5 admission.  Check the website for further information.

New Irish Table St. Patrick's Celebration with Chef Anne Gallagher - Hunt Hill Farm Trust - New Milford


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

Chef Anne shows off her Irish roots with updated healthier, but still traditional recipes from the Emeral Isle. Emerald Soup, Oatmeal Cloverleaf Rolls, Baked Oysters Gallagher with bacon, cabbage and stout; Salmon with Land and Sea Vegetable, Champs; Grain of Spring Fruits with Irish Mist Sabayon, Chocolate-Guinness Brownies.  (Full participation) $85 per person or 2 for $160. Visit the website or call for more information.

LHAC Lecture Series present - "The Templeton Site; 10,000 year old Secrets Revealed" at the Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington


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

The Templeton Site, 6LF21, located in Washington Depot was excavated by IAIS (formerly the American Indian Archaeology Institute) more than 30 years ago.  At the time it was the oldest dated human camp site in New England (10,190 years ago).  This was an undisturbed, deeply buried, single occupation camp with evidence of woodworking, hunting, hide working, bone working, food preparation, and tool manufacturing.   This one site destroyed the stereotype of Paleo-Indian camp placement, environment, lithic procurement strategies and selection, and long term site preservation. Presented by Dr. Roger Moeller, former Director of Research of IAIS and author of “6LF21: A Paleo-Indian Site in Western Connecticut (available for purchase in our gift shop). Fee: $5 General Public; LHAC Free


Newton Historical Society Goes Irish for March


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

The Irish have been a presence in Newtown for over 200 years, and make up a sizeable proportion of the town’s population.  On March 14, just before the St Patrick’s Day celebration, the Newtown Historical Society will explore the history of the Irish in Newtown, at 7.30 PM, in the community room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25), in a presentation by Harlan Jessup entitled The Irish Come To Newtown. The first Irish to arrive in Newtown, as in many places, were single farm workers.  This limited influx began before the end of the 18th century.  By the 1840s, Irish families began to arrive, purchasing and working on their own small farms.  Following the potato famines of mid-century, Irish migration ballooned, and large numbers came to work both on farms and in the rubber factory, while the women and girls took jobs as domestics, and in the button and comb shops that had fueled Newtown’s industrial revolution.  Irish names in various town records appeared in increasing numbers throughout the century, and by 1900 the group represented about 45% of Newtown’s population, with increasing political sway. In spite of this near dominance of population and increasing political and economic clout, or perhaps because of these trends, the No Irish Need Apply mentality was also present in the town.  As past research has shown, this split showed itself strongly in the town schools.  As the newer Irish immigrants tended to settle in Sandy Hook near their places of work, the acrimony took on geographic as well as ethnic tones.  Some schools even suffered lockouts as the separation grew before we all learned to get along as the twentieth century progressed.  Jessup will tell the story of those immigrants and their integration into the life of the Newtown community. Harlan Jessup is a resident of Newtown, a member of the Historical Society, and is a professional genealogist.  He is in residence at the Booth Library as a genealogy volunteer and guide, usually on Monday afternoons, and has written on his family’s history, and has spoken before a number of local civic clubs and other groups.  Jessup is a member of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and is editor of Connecticut Ancestry, the journal of the Connecticut Ancestry Society. The presentation will be accompanied by a medley of Irish songs.  All Historical Society programs are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  For further information, please call the Historical Society at 203-426-5937.


Warner Theatre Presents Bubblemania


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

On Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11AM and 3PM the Warner Theatre presents Bubblemania.  As seen on the Discovery Channel, BubbleMania is loaded with quick wit, music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of bubbles.  Tickets: $15. The performance will be held at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.   Call for reservations.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day - A “Pub Style Irish Beer Tasting” at The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

03/15/2011 to 03/17/2011

26 Commons Dr., Rte. 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860.567.4900.

March 15th 16th and 17th. Reservations can be made for the beer tasting event any time between 4-9:30 pm. $30 per person includes four courses and three beers. Some of the pairings include: Scotch Eggs Casey topped with a Cranberry Caraway Sauce paired with Smithwicks Ale and Salmon Bromley, pan seared salmon with apples, leeks, dill, white wine lemon sauce and baby potatoes, paired with Magners Hard Irish Cider. The complete menu is available online at Call 860.567.4900 for reservations.

Brown Bag Tour: James Esber at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

03/16/2011 to 03/16/2011

258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: (203) 438-4519.

Member · $5.00. Non-member · $7.00. Pack a lunch and join us for a Brown Bag presentation with James Esber. The exhibiting artist will take questions and talk about his This is not a portrait project, which features over one hundred Osama bin Laden drawings, and his new colored Plasticine clay portrait "paintings." Brown Bag participants will enjoy a docent-led tour, followed by the discussion with Esber. Bring lunch and a drink, and the Museum will provide coffee, tea, and dessert.