Meet the Author - Meet the Composer!

04/15/2009 to 04/15/2009

Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 ext 10. Fax: 203-756-6283.

Meet Marilyn Nelson, author of the Manumission Requiem:Fortune's Bones, who will read from her poetry and discuss the literary motivation behind it, and Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, composer of the Fortune Cantata, as she offers insights and a musical context for her work. The Manumission Requiem will be performed by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra on May 9, 2009.

5:30 - 8:00 pm No admission charge.

Fortune's World Walking Tour

04/15/2009 to 04/15/2009

Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 ext 10. Fax: 203-756-6283.

Walk back to the 1700s when the Green was a swampy pasture surrounded by homes and churches. Visit the sites of Fortune's world, including Preserved Porter's farm, Fortune's house, the church Fortune was baptized in, the site where his skeleton was found, and the ancient Burying Ground. Hear the stories of Fortune and other early African American residents, as they achieve freedom or suffer through a life of slavery. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Presented by Raechel Guest, Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut-Waterbury.

1:30 - 3:30 pm Admission $10

Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt at UConn Torrington

04/15/2009 to 04/15/2009

855 University Drive, Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-626-6852.

Author Frank McCourt will appear at the Torrington UConn campus to discuss his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, Angela's Ashes, with Davyne Verstandig. The evening is part of the Litchfield County Writers Project spring class, Literary Prize Winners of Litchfield County. A book sale and book signing follow the discussion. 6:30pm - 9:00pm Free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are required for attendance at this event. Please contact LCWP for details.

HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS!!!!!

04/16/2009 to 04/16/2009

Walker Hall, 50 DeForest St. (Rte. 6), Watertown, 06795. Phone: 860-274-1050.

Brigid Guertin, the director of the Danbury Historical Society will be at Walker Hall in Watertown on Thursday at 7pm for a presentation on the Danbury Hat Industry. Brigid will provide an overview of the hat industry from the late 1700s until the 1980s. Do you remember when a baseball cap was a cap and a hat was a hat? Do you remember bowler, fedora, homburg, derby and pork pie were styles of men�s hats? We will be getting our heads filled with knowledge from Ms. Guertin�s stories and photos. This program is sponsored by the Watertown Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Town Hall across the street and behind the First Congregational Church. Call or view website for more information.

History Bites Lecture Series--The Civil War and the Rising of Nursing-Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden

04/16/2009 to 04/16/2009

48 East Street, Bethlehem, 06751. Phone: 203-266-7596.

On Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Noon History Bites Series continues--The Civil War and the Rise of Nursing-- a lecture by Kristin Havill, site administrator, Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden. Meet a Civil war nurse through the diary and letters of Georgeanna Woolsey Bacon, a founder of the CT School of Nursing. The lecture site is the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $2. Bring lunch. Beverage/dessert provided. Reservations requested but not required.

Salisbury Forum Lecture--Inside Pakistan's Tribal Areas

04/17/2009 to 04/17/2009

Route 44, Salisbury,

On Friday evening, April 17, 2009 at 7:30 at the Seifert Theater at Salisbury School Martin Smith will discuss-- Inside Pakistan's Tribal Areas; Al Qaeda, The Taliban and the limits of U.S. Power. In his 25 years producing for Frontline he has covered the world from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia to the rise of Al Qaeda and the war in Iraq. Free admission.

Teens Cook French Classics! at Hunt Hill Farm's Silo Cooking School

04/17/2009 to 04/17/2009

44 Upland Rd., New Milford, 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300. Fax: 860-350-5495.

For teens ages 13 to 18. Teens Cook French Classics! C'est Magnifique! In the third of the Teens Cook Classics from Around the World Series, Cooking School Director Chef Mary Kravec will introduce French dishes. French Onion Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Ratatouille en Croute, Potato Gratin, Creme Brulee, and Madeleines are all on the menu! (Full Participation). From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $60 per student. Contact Cooking School Director Chef Mary Kravec for more information.

Litchfield County Writers Project Spring 2009--Susan Kinsolving/Jack Gilpin

04/17/2009 to 04/17/2009

855 University Drive, Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-626-6852.

On Friday, April 17, 2009 at 6:30PM at UConn Torrington Campus, Francis W. Hogan Lecture Hall acclaimed poet Susan Kinsolving and actor Jack Gilpin will be reading selected work of Tennessee Williams. The evening is part of the Litchfield County Writers Project celebration of Poetry Month. Free and open to the public. A book sale and book signing follow the discussion. Call for further information.

Susan Kinsolving and Jack Gilpin at UConn Torrington

04/17/2009 to 04/17/2009

855 University Drive, Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-626-6852.

Acclaimed poet Susan Kinsolving and actor Jack Gilpin will be reading selected work of Tennessee Williams at the Torrington UConn campus. The evening is part of the Litchfield County Writers Project celebration of National Poetry Month. A book sale and book signing follow the discussion. 6:30pm � 9:00pm Free and open to the public.

28th Annual Silver Barrel Tasting - Haight Vineyard

04/18/2009 to 04/19/2009

29 Chestnut Hill Rd., Litchfield, 06759. Phone: 860-567-4045.

April 18 and 19, 25 and 26 - Spring Barrel Tasting Saturday and Sunday at 12, 2 and 4pm. $20/person. By reservation only This is the kick off of our year. We invite you into our wine cellar to taste our new vintages - right out of the tank -un sweetened, un filtered..... a great event for wine connoisseurs, as well as novice wine drinkers. Join us upstairs at the winery, post tasting for a food reception and live music. Wine by the glass, gourmet foods, cheese plates, etc.. etc.. available for purchase. Call early to reserve your seating time, as this event tends to sell out. You can reach us at info@haightvineyards.com, or 860-567-4045 for questions or reservations.