Elizabeth MacDonald Jewelry Show at J.Seitz and Co.

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

9 East Shore Road (Rte. 45), New Preston, 06777. Phone: 860.868.0119.

An artist of many talents, Bridgewater resident Elizabeth MacDonald will be showing her collection of crystal jewelry, commissioned by J.Seitz and Co., on Saturday, May 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, on the deck overlooking the New Preston waterfall. After seeing a crystal piece owned by Joanna Seitz, Elizabeth became mesmerized and set out to produce her own 'magical prisms' in wearable art. Come meet Elizabeth and enjoy her exquisite crystal designs.

Special Walk: The Nature of Love at Weir Farm National Historic Site

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

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

On Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Weir Farm National Historic Site will be offering a special Mother's Day weekend walk which examines the love letters exchanged between artist Julian Alden Weir and his young fiance Anna Dwight Baker. Poet, scholar, and volunteer Bonnie Tremante will be leading the walk, which, in the case of rain, will be held in the Burlingham Barn. Come and wander the spring landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site and explore the direct connection between art, love, and the landscape that was so fundamental to Weir's appreciation of his Branchville farm. To register for The Nature of Love, please call (203) 834-1896 x 13. For more information, please call or visit the website. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The grounds are open all year from dawn to dusk.

"Toward the Unknown Region" -a concert of three seldom performed masterworks for chorus and orchestra

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

St. James Episcopal Church, West St., Danbury, Phone: 203-748-1716.

On Sat, at 8 p.m. The Danbury Concert Chorus and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra will combine forces. The title is a reference both to the infrequent performances of the music as well as to the texts. Toward the Unknown Region, composed by Englishman Ralph Vaughan Williams with texts by American poet Walt Whitman, will open the program. William Grant Still, known as the Dean of African American Composers, composed Wailing Woman, a Holocaust piece, sung to a text by his wife, Verna Arvey, who was Jewish. This piece is for chorus, orchestra and soprano soloist, and Danbury resident, Cheryl Hill, will be the featured soloist in this Danbury premiere. The final piece on the program is Sergei Taneyev's John of Damascus, for chorus and orchestra, and will be sung in its original Russian. The piece is seldom performed in the USA although it has enjoyed a rebirth in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This free performance is made possible thanks to major funding from Toni K. and John Pepe, and Margaret Imbro; also, through a contribution by Mary Ellen Whaley in memory of her daughter, Dawn Ellen, former principal clarinetist in the Danbury Symphony and member of the Danbury Music Centre Board of Directors. Donations at the door are gratefully accepted. For additional information, call the Danbury Music Centre or email.

Trinity Arts Series Presents Dounglas Major--Organ Concert

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

220 Prospect St., Torrington, 06790. Phone: 860-485-0211.

On Saturday, May 9 2009 at 7:30PM the Trinity Arts Series presents its fourth annual memorial organ concert with Douglas Major on the 65-rank Moller-Austin organ. Mr. Major is the former organist and choral director at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and is one of the leading American composers of sacred music for the organ. Free Admission. Call for further information.

Radius: For Artists Only--An Open House- Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

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

On Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum an Open House will take place. This free evening at The Aldrich will offer area artists the opportunity to enjoy refreshments with their peers and Museum curators; Discuss what they're working on in the studio, learn about Radius and other professional development opportunities and view the exhibitions currently on view. Call for further information and to register.

Writing from Memory: For Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends--Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

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

In one way or another,every writer writes from life. In this hands-on workshop, participants will use memories of motherhood or daughterhood as inspiration for creating evocative works of memoir, fiction,and poetry.Open to mothers and daughters, individually or as couples,as to writers of every level. Presenter: Marie, Bostwick, New York Times best-selling author; has published five novels since 2005; winner of Golden Quill Award, Reviewers Choice Award, and Oklahoma Book Awards; lives and writes in CT. Saturday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Fee $35 (includes lunch) Bring one friend for $6 payable with registration.

Annual Spring Fling Apple Strawberry Wine Release-Haight Vineyard-Litchfield

05/09/2009 to 05/10/2009

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

On Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10, 2009 Haight Brown Vineyard will host their Annual Spring Fling Apple Strawberry Wine Release. Join us for wine tasting and family fun vineyard activities. Special Strawberry-Apple themed dishes available for purhcase all weekend. Call for further information 860-567-4045 or check website for details.

Fortune--World Premiere Concert--Waterbury Symphony

05/09/2009 to 05/09/2009

Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury, 06721. Phone: 203-755-4700.

On Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8PM at the Palace Theater join the Waterbury Symphony for an evening celebrating the story of the African American slave that is know to many in Waterbury--Fortune, a.k.a. Larry, was enslaved in Waterbury during the 18th Century, and his remains have taught the Greater Waterbury community and the world about life during this time. The concert features the World Premiere of the cantata written by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, entitled: The Manumission Requiem: Fortune's Bones. The piece, inspired by Marilyn Nelson's moving poem about the life and death of Fortune, was commissioned by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra with assistance from the Woodward Foundation and the NEA. Call for further information and reservations.

New England Carousel Museum--Family Day

05/10/2009 to 05/10/2009

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

On Sunday, Mother's Day, May 10, 2009 from 12Noon to 5PM you are invited to bring Mom to visit the Carousel Museum at half price or receive a half price ride on the Bushnell Park Carousel. Mothers must be accompanied by a child. Call for further information.

Mother's Day Blessing on Mother's Day - Lourdes of Litchfield

05/10/2009 to 05/10/2009

Rte. 118, Litchfield, 06759. Phone: (860) 567-1041.

Mass 11:30 Come to mass today and pray for the women in your life. All women are invited to receive a special blessing after the mass. Please bring flowers or plants that can be planted at the Grotto.