Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy - Get Hooked On Wetlands - Free Kids Trout Fishing Derby - Litchfield


Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-2062.

On Sunday, May 5th, 2013 - 8 a.m. to noon. Rain or Shine. Free Kids Trout Fishing Derby.  Derby Rules:  Fisherman must be under 16., Barbless hooks only, On pole per fisherman, Spinning reels only (no fly fishing), All children must b attended by an adult, Fishing is allowed only from the pond banks, no pets allowed. Visit the website.

Woodcock Nature Center -- 5K Road Race--Ridgefield/Wilton


56 Deer Run Road, Ridgefield, CT 06897. Phone: 203-762-7280.

2013 5K Trail Run/Walk and 1K Kids’ Fun Run--This May 5, come to Woodcock Nature Center for the fifth annual “Where the Wild Things Run” 5K and Kids Fun Run.  NEW THIS YEAR – the 5K course will have more trail for more fun and adventure. It will be approximately 90% trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow bridges/boardwalks. The challenging terrain will highlight the diversity and beauty of our property. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome.
The 1K Kids Fun Run course remains the same as previous years. This is a fun course appropriate for all ages. Parents are welcome to accompany their children. Registration:    7:30-8:30 am. Kids Fun Run:    8:30 am – distance – 1K.5K Race / Walk:  9am--5K Race / Walk Fee:    5K pre-registration (before May 3) is $25 for participants 14+ ; $30 day of race. $15  for those age 13 and under. T-shirts to the first 200 participants. Kids Fun Run Fee:    Kids 1k Fun Run:    8:30 am is $10.00.

Audubon Sharon - Gardening for Birds


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Rte. 4, Sharon, CT Phone: (860) 364-0520..

Audubon Sharon will be presenting "Gardening for Birds" on Sunday, May 5th at 1:00pm at the Sharon Audubon Center, located on Route 4 in Sharon, CT.  Wildlife Rehabilitation & Outreach Coordinator Erin O'Connell will discuss types of native plants, flowers and shrubs that not only decorate your landscape, but also attract and are beneficial to birds and other wildlife.  Erin will also review the various types of bird seed preferred by different species of birds and what types of bird feeders to use when supplying the seed.  This is a free program. For more information, contact the Audubon Center at (860) 364-0520.

Abbey of Regina Laudis - Mother Dolores Hart Book Signing


273 Flanders Road, Bethlehem, CT

other Dolores' autobiography, entitled "The Ear of the Heart - An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows"  Book signing  at Jubilee Barn at the Abbey of Regina Laudis on Sunday, May 5th from 1:30 - 4 pm. The public is invited to meet Mother Dolores and to join in our celebration of the publication of her autobiography.

Institute of American Indian Studies - Strawberry Festival


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

On Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Strawberry Festival is a traditional Native American celebration of the small, fragrant and intensely flavored wild strawberries that are beginning to ripen! The strawberry resembles the shape and color of the human heart, imbuing the kindest emotions that bring people together to socialize and feast.  Join IAIS at the Washington Town Pavilion with musicians Allan Madahbee (Ojibway), Mark Ingram (African American & Cherokee descent) and the Sint Sink Singers as we give thanks for the seasons bounty celebrating with food, music, dance, Native American inspired games and more! Bring your own picnic! We will be selling delicious strawberry beverages and desserts!  This is a free event.

Brookefield Museum Historical Society Lecture on Presidential War Powers


Rte. 25 & 133, Brookfield, CT 06804. Phone: 203-740-8140.

The Brookfield Historical Society, as part of their American Military Forum, will host a multi-media presentation on the subject of Presidential War Powers. It will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:30 P.M., in the Brookfield Museum. The speaker will be local attorney and retired Probate Judge, Joseph Secola, also a member of the Society's Board of Directors.   The Museum is located at 165 Whisconier Road ( Intersection of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center. Secola will focus on the issue of what is constitutionally required for our nation to go to war and address the   Presidential war powers and their interaction with the Congressional powers to declare and fund wars.  Following the program complimentary refreshments will be served. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.  For more information on this and other future public programs of the Brookfield Historical Society. 

Oliver Wolcott Library - "How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto" - Eric Asimov


Rte. 63, South Street, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-8030.

New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov will discuss his "How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto", on Thursday 7 to 8 pm. Joseph Montebello will facilitate the conversation which will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will have books for signing and purchase. Registration is required. Call 860-567-8030 or visit the website.

Oliver Wolcott Library Hosts A Conversation with Author Eric Asimov


160 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.

How to Love and Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto--A Conversation with Author Eric Asimov--Thursday, May 9, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.How to Love Wine is a beautifully written and thought-provoking combination memoir and manifesto by New York Times wine critic, Eric Asimov.In this manifesto Eric evaluates the current wine culture, discussing interesting as well as alarming trends, and celebrates the pleasures of wine while, at the same time, questioning the conventional wisdom about wine.  With charm, wit, and intelligence, Asimov tells how he went from writing beer reviews for his high school newspaper on Long Island all the way to the most coveted job in the industry.  Whether you're a connoisseur or a novice, How to Love Wine will hold great appeal.  Eric Asimov has been the chief wine critic for the New York Times since 2004.  His first book, $25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York was published annually from 1995 to 1998.  Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University and did graduate work in American Studies at the University of Texas.  Joseph Montebello will facilitate this conversation with author Eric Asimov.  A wine & cheese reception will follow the event.  The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for signing and purchase. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.  Space is limited.  Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.

History Bites Lecture Series -- Natalie Van Vleck's Land & Legacy: A Woodbury Farmer's Trailblazing Vision--Woodbury


5 Church Hill Road, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711.

On Thursday, May 7, 20131 at Noon at the Sugar House at Flanders Nature Center the History Bites Lecture Series continue with Natalie Van Vleck's Land & Legacy: A Woodbury Farmer's Trailblazing Vision.  Arthur Milnor will speak about the heritage of Flanders Nature Center which dates to 1926 when the VanVleck famiiy  prodded by their daughter Natalie, a passionate artist, to purchase a small farm and home along Flanders Road and move from New York City.  In this lecture we will tell the story of the accomplishments of the founder and how Flanders grew into what is has become today. The lunchtime lecture is free and open to the public.  Bring lunch.  Beverages and desserts are provided.  Reservations requested but not required.

Gunn Memorial Library Hosts Lecture and Book Signing with Ann Y. Smith--Ehrick K. Rossiter: Designs for Modern Living 1880-1930--Washington, CT


5 Wykeham Rd., Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

Ehrick K. Rossiter--Designs for Modern Living 1880-1930--Lecture and Book Signing with Ann Y. Smith--Saturday, May 11 @ 11:00am in the Wykeham Room Ann Y. Smith will give a lecture and powerpoint presentation on her new book, Ehrick K. Rossiter: Designs for Modern Living 1880-1930, in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Ehrick Rossiter practiced architecture in New York City from 1877 to 1921, designing residential and public buildings throughout the Northeast, including around 25 country estates in Washington, CT, where he subsequently made his home. Ann's book is a comprehensive study of Rossiter's body of work and is a window into the building of our nation during its most expansive area. Ann Y. Smith was a museum curator in Connecticut for 30 years and an adjunct lecturer on American Architectural History at the University of Connecticut. A popular speaker, she has published widely on the cultural history of northwest Connecticut.