Weir Farm National Historic Site Hosts Special Commemorative Lecture: J. Alden Weir and the Civil War--Ridgefield/Wilton


735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203-834-1896.

Wilton Connecticut's Weir Farm National Historic Site is hosting a special commemorative event on the relationship between J. Alden Weir and the Civil War on Sunday, April 15 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Weir Farm celebrates the life, artwork and artistic legacy of J. Alden Weir. What most people don't know is that Weir and his family held deep ties to the Civil War. Born in 1852 in West Point New York, by 1861 nine year-old J. Alden Weir witnessed firsthand the escalating tensions at the U.S. Military Academy, and later watched his older brothers march off to war. Join Park Ranger Allison Jordan for A Brush with War: The Weir Family and the Civil War, a special presentation to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial, and learn about the incredible connections the Weir family had to our nation's bloodiest conflict. Weir's family included a Professor at West Point, a winner of the Medal of Honor, a sailor caught in the battle of Mobile Bay, a commander of the United States Colored Troops, and an artillery lieutenant whose actions at Gettysburg haunted him for the rest of his life. There is no fee to attend A Brush with War, but registration is requited. Plenty of seating will be available. To register, or for additional information call 203-834-1896×12 or visit Weir Farm is located on 735 Nod Hill Rd. in Wilton CT.

Kent Singers Concert Celebrates Spring


Rte.7, Kent, CT Phone: 860-619-8110.

The Kent Singers return for the Spring Concert of the 39th season on April 15, 2012, at St. Andrew's Church in Kent. The April 2012 concert features a mixed theme of Easter, Love and new life in Spring.Tickets for the April concerts are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and young adults, and children under 12, free. For more information call 860-619-8110, email, or visit

Matthew Curtiss House Program: Vintage Baseball and Bat Demonstration/Open House--Newtown


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

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012--Open House and Vintage Baseball and Bat Demonstration--12:00 – 4:00 pm at Matthew Curtiss House.
Michael Paes and Ray Shaw, both of Newtown and members of the Sandy Hook Vintage Baseball Club will join us for a day of baseball.  Visitors will learn about the differences between not only the game of yesterday's baseball versus today's, but also the equipment used.  Michael, owner of Bull Dog Bats, will demonstrate his skill in crafting vintage baseball bats.

Litchfiel Historical Society Explores Civil War History


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

Join us on the third Wednesday of every month from 3:30–5:00 pm as we delve into the life of an important figure from the Civil War era. On Wednesday, April 18 at the Litchfield History Museum, we will be reading Jean Fritz's Stonewall, a book about the life of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Following a discussion of the story, Leather Apron Book Club participants will take part in an activity or craft relating to the week's story. This program is open to children ages 9 and up. The fee for each participant is $10 for members and $15 for non-members, and registration is required. To register, please email or call (860) 567-4501. Those who reserve their spot by April 12 will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Lourdes in Litchfield Holds Giant Tag Sale

04/19/2012 to 04/21/2012

Route 118, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-1041.

The Lourdes in Litchfield semi-annual TAG SALE will be held in Pilgrim Hall, located on the Shrine grounds, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield from Thursday, April 19th to Saturday, April 21st from 9:00am to 4:30pm and on Sunday April 22nd from 11:30am to 2:00 pm.  All donations from sales help the Shrine. If you wish to donate items, they may be dropped off at Pilgrim Hall on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 17th & 18th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. PLEASE NOTE:  No upholstered furniture or box springs & mattresses will be accepted. All donated items must be in good condition and all electronic items must be in working order.

Salamander Hunts at Sharon Audubon


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT Phone: (860) 364-0520.

Friday, April 20th 8:00 pm. Free admission. Join Environmental Education Intern and herp-fanatic Drew Lovering for this evening walk in search of salamanders and other amphibians. Learn how to identify some of the common species of salamanders and frogs by sight (and sound for frogs) as we explore some of the favorite hiding spaces of these critters. This walk is great for adults and families with children age 8 and up.



95 Riverside Ave., Rte. 72, Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860 585-5411 .

Bring your buddies, bring your dancing shoes and take a spin on the beautiful hardwood floor at the New England Carousel Museum.  Enjoy Ballroom, Swing and everything in between from 7-10:30PM.  Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Dances will be held regularly on the third Friday of the month at the Carousel Museum. Entry cost is $10.00 per person. For additional information call 860 585-5411 or visit the website.



Claiming Our Faith in Times of Transition: Embracing Jesus as The Christ of Our Today and Our Tomorrow at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

04/20/2012 to 04/22/2012

229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

The retreat will explore the need to ask in-depth questions about the current transformation of consciousness that may not find an easy answer in the ordinary constructs of our religious tradition. Presenter: Barbara Fiand, SND de N Fees: $190 (shared room, hall bath), $230 (private room, hall bath), $260 (private or shared room with bath), $160 commuter. Non-refundable deposit: $50. Scholarships available. For more information, call Wisdom House 860-567-3163 or visit

Palace Theater Motorcycle Ride Rides Again--Waterbury


100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-755-4700.

The Palace Theater's motorcycle ride fundraiser and Charlie Daniels Band concert that was postponed in October due to the unexpected death of the band's keyboardist, Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m.Registration for the rescheduled motorcycle ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Palace Theater, where riders will have the chance to meet the day's honorary "Leader of the Pack," Chaz from WPLR's popular "Chaz and AJ in the Morning" program.  At 11 a.m., riders will begin a 47 mile scenic drive that will take them North through the Litchfield Hills, loop through Woodbury and Route 64 in Middlebury, and conclude at the theater, where Frankie's Hotdogs and a variety of other vendors will be on site to greet the riders. Participants are encouraged to stay or return later that evening for the Palace's presentation of the Charlie Daniels Band, which will take place at 8 p.m. Registration for the ride is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger.  A special package for riders who also want to attend the Charlie Daniels Band concert is available for $55. To pre-register, or for more information, call the box office at 203.346.2000. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the theater's Annual Campaign. The Palace Theater motorcycle ride is sponsored by Naugatuck Savings Bank, CT Cruise News, Darter Specialties, Haymond Law, Powerstation Events, Universal Copy and WPLR.

In the Footsteps of The Leatherman Tour--White Memorial Conservation Center


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

On Saturday, at 11AM join Shirley Sutton. During the 1800's there was a myserious wanderer in Westchester County and parts of Connecticut. Speaking very little, he communicated his needs of food primarily with hand gestures. He was a curious, fearful sight. As residents grew to know him they often accommodated his simple requests. After her lecture and a brief lunch she will lead a hike to Prospect Mounain where you will see two of the Leatherman's shelter sites. Meet in the Museum parking lot. Members $15--Non-members $20 Call for futher information.