Ridgefield Playhouse- Zappa Plays Zappa


Ridgefield, CT Phone: (203) 438-5795.

Growing up in the Zappa family home, Dweezil Zappa marveled at his father's virtuoso skills as a composer and guitarist. After his father's passing he was inspired to do something to honor his father. Feeling as though there was a generational gap and a fair amount of public confusion as to what his father's music really was, Dweezil set about creating an opportunity for music fans to make a new discovery. Tickets: Gold Circle VIP Soundcheck Party $150 ~ Orchestra $75 ~ Mezzanine & Balcony $65 

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center — The Quest for the Jewish Mary

04/10/2015 to 04/12/2015

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

Take a fresh look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, and a Jewish woman of her time. Biblical scholarship, along with history, theology and recent research on Jewish women in the first century, can lead us to a new appreciation of Mary. Exploring the challenges she faced, and her prayer life, will give us insights as to how we might appreciate the challenges in our lives today.

Presenter: Mary Christine Athans, BVM

Fee: $170 commuter; $270 private room/private bath; $240 private room /hall bath; $215 shared room/private bath; $200 shared room/hall bath. Non-refundable deposit: $50.



White Flower Farm Workshop: Smart Design Solutions & Plant Choices with Author Kerry Ann Mendez--Litchfield


Route 63, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8789.

On April 11, 2015 White Flower Farm hosts Author Kerry Ann Mendez Talk:  Smart Design Solutions & Plant Choices.  Get solid and practical advice on how to make easy and smart decisions for your garden and landscape.  Fee $10.  Registration is required.  Check the website for further information.

KidsPlay Children's Museum - Billy Steers and Tractor Mac


61 Main Street, Torrington, CT Phone: 860-618-7700.

Saturday, April 11 at 10am, children's author Billy Steers will be at KidsPlay with a wonderful presentation, and to sign books and answer questions. His lead character Tractor Mac will also be at KidsPlay for photos and smiles. Special thanks to Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank for making this event free to museum patrons.

Corwall Towm Hall - The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story Book Talk & Signing


26 Pine St., Cornwall, CT Phone: 203-672-0505 .

Jacobson will be discussing his book at a special program on Saturday, April 11, 4 p.m. We're kicking off our 2015 season with the launch of our latest publication, The Castle: A Cornwall Love Story at a Book Talk and Signing. The book is an adaptation of a lecture given in 2010 by Jeffrey Jacobson, exploring the lives of the Castle's first residents. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, $15 each. Proceeds will benefit the Cornwall Historical Society. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Copies of The Castle may also be purchased online through Lulu.com. The Castle is a unique Cornwall landmark, built during the 1920s by NYC socialite Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin. Shortly after purchasing Turtle Bay Gardens, a complex of brownstone townhouses in New York City, Martin began building a unique country retreat for herself and her husband, Dr. Walton Martin, in Cornwall. Dubbed “The Castle” by locals, the 8,412 square foot mansion was completed in 1924 and was used as a summer retreat. Charlotte added a pottery to the estate in 1927, hiring Vincenzo Rondinone to be her resident artist. Rondinone's Narrow Valley Pottery, and the Castle itself, became integral parts of Cornwall's history. Event is free, donations welcome. Refreshments will be served.

A Spring Shower for Winter Flowers --Warner Stage Company Fundraising Event--Torrington


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

A Special WSC Fundraising Event--A Spring Shower for Winter Flowers on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at  7:30 reception, 8:15 performance in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. Tickets $25! Join us for a special fundraising event to support the Warner Stage Company team that will be representing New England in the National Festival (AACTFest 2015) held in Grand Rapids, MI this June! It will cost approximately $12,000 to $15,000 to get our cast, crew & set to AACTFest 2015! Please consider purchasing a ticket to support our team by clicking here. If you cannot attend the event, please consider making a donation by clicking here. Come down and show your support - meet our team & playwright, learn how the AACTFest cycle works and see the production that received awards at the New England Regional Theatre Festival held here in February! Hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine will be provided.

Warner Theatre Presents MetOpera Live in HD: Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg--Torrington


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

MetOpera Live in HD presents Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg -- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 12 pm in theNancy Marine Studio Theatre. James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy--back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance "master singers" whose song contest unites a city.Join us for a 45 minute lecture with Jeffrey Engel 2 hours before broadcast. Please note this is not a live performance, but a rebroadcasted feed from the Met. Check the website for ticket information.

Scoville Memorial Library Program: Waslter Woodward, State Historian: The Burning Question About Nathan Hale--Salisbury


38 Main St., Salisbury, CT 06068. Phone: 860-435-2838.

Walter Woodward, State Historian: The Burning Question About Nathan Hale--April 11, 2015 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Today, many people know that there is some question about whether state hero Nathan Hale actually said the words for which he is famous (“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”) at the time of his hanging. A few also know that a recently discovered manuscript casts doubt on Hale’s truthfulness at the time of his capture as a patriot spy on Long Island in the late summer of 1776. But was there a connection between Hale and the great fire which nearly destroyed New York City the day before his capture? In this lecture, Walt Woodward examines all these issues, especially the question as to whether Hale was an arsonist, and provides new insight into Hale’s life, death, and very real heroism. This revision of a revisionist account of Nathan Hale’s life and death is an especially interesting subject for groups and organizations interested in the history of Connecticut’s participation in the American Revolution, or who want to know more about our state hero.

Oxford Historical Society i - 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War Celebration Planned in Oxford


Oxford Congregational Church. 3 Academy Rd, Oxford, CT Phone: 203 888-0230.

After General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, the remaining soldiers who volunteered from Oxford made their ways home. On Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., the Oxford Historical Society is recreating the celebration that the town might have given to welcome their husbands, fathers and sons home from the battlefields. Funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation, “The Observance of the 150th Anniversary of the Cessation of the Civil War” will be held in the sanctuary of the Oxford Congregational Church at 3 Academy Road. Admission is free, but due to limited seating, tickets are required. They are available at the Town Clerk’s Office in the S. B. Church Memorial Town Hall or by calling 203 888-0230. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Following the event, Civil War period refreshments will be served in the Church Hall. A plaque listing the names of the 106 men who served in the War Between the States from Oxford will be shown in public for the first time. For further information please call 203 888-0230.





White Memorial Conservation Center Program: Nevermore: Remembering the Thylacine--Litchfield


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

On April 11, 2015 at 6PM in the A.B. Ceder Room at White Memorial Foundation Gerri Griswold will present a program:  Nevermore:  Remembering the Thylacine bringing your attention to this mysterious extinct species.  Bring your own place setting plus a soup bowl.  All proceeds will be used towards the purchase of an achival box for our Passenger Pigeon mount.  Members $15, Non  members $25.  Call to register.