Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club Lecture -Looking Back: 27 Years as Connecticut’s State Archaeologist

03/09/2014 to 03/09/2014

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

It is our pleasure to welcome our colleague and friend,Connecticut’s State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, as the kick-off speaker for our annual Archaeology Lecture Series.   Nick will be retiring from the Office of State Archaeology this summer. An ever popular speaker, Dr. Bellantoni will give a Powerpoint presentation of the most exciting highlights of his career as the number one archaeologist in Connecticut.

Working in historic preservation, Nick has collaborated with all 169 state municipalities on land-use issues—subdivisions, shopping malls, and other projects that may affect archaeological sites. He has directed numerous sal-vage excavations at significant archaeology sites. A specialist in skeletal re-mains, Nick also works very closely with the state medical examiner’s office and police departments whenever human remains are uncovered. Invited to Europe to investigate Hitler's purported skull, his odyssey resulted in a His-tory Channel documentary. Other exciting projects included exhumation of the Leather Man's grave, the archaeology of "vampires" in Jewett City, and the return of the remains of Alfred Afraid of Hawk (a member of Buffalo Bill Cody's troupe) to his Lakota descendants.

Be one of the first to hear this new and exciting presentation, and congratu-late Nicholas on his upcoming retirement. Light refreshments will be served.

Fee: $5; Free to LHAC Members

Newtown Historical Society Looks at Our Second Martyred President--James Garfield


31 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-0864.

James A Garfield is not a name that springs to mind when we think about our Presidents; his short term in office doesn't resonate as Kennedy's Camelot does. Never the less, he was our President, and if his presidential term did not set off fireworks, he did have a long and successful career as a Congressman, and as a Civil War general. On March 10, at 7.30 PM, in Newtown's Meeting House, 31 Main Street, the Newtown Historical Society will examine Garfield's career in "The President and the Madman" a program presented by Gordon Williams. Garfield actually fulfilled the presidential stereotype by being born in a log cabin in Ohio in 1831. His father died when he was 18 months old, leaving the family in relative poverty. Using the rudimentary education at local schools, Garfield was able to work his way through several years in college, finally graduating from Williams in 1856. He was an active minister of the Disciple of Christ church, and waa an effective preacher. Always a religious man, he is reported to have said when he resigned his ministry after election as President, "I resign the highest office in the land to become President." He received a commission as Lieutenant Colonel shortly after the Civil War began, and even with little military training he was successful enough to be breveted Brigadier Genral, and was appointed as Chief of Staff to General Rosencrans. He remained loyal to Rosencrans even after he fell into disfavor. First elected to Congress in 1862 while still in the military, Garfield resigned his commission to take his seat full time in 1863. He would go on to serve nine terms in Congress. When the Republican convention stalemated in 1880, he became the compromise candidate for President. He was destined to serve the second shortest term in our history. Charles Guiteau was both a disappointed office seeker and a man who believed he was directed by God. His vision of God's direction was to kill the President. Guiteau began to stalk Garfield, and on July 2, 1881, less than four months after Garfield's inauguration, he would put two bullets in Garfield's back. Although the shots were not fatal - Garfield lived for 80 days, and many historians believe Garfield died from his medical care rather than the actual shooting - he was unable to govern. Gordon Williams is a retired history teacher, and is a former Teacher of the Year in Trumbull. He is also a past president of the Newtown Historical Society. He has spoken many times before local groups, including an annual talk for the Society. Please note this program will be in the Meeting House while the library undergoes renovations. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public.

New Marking Market Program: Wellness Strategies for Older Adults--Woodbury


129 Main St. North, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-4868.

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2PM at New Morning Market, Woodbury a Wellness Strategies for Older Adults program by Kathryn Freda, Gerontologist will be held.  Join Kathryn Freda, Gerontologist and Eldercare Consultant as she teaches lder adults and their families how to optimize the services and option available to them.  Learn about how memory games really work and also explore the benefits of journal writing and meditation.  Tickets $5. 

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Hosts: Sagmeister & Walsh Introduces The Aldrich's New Identity--Ridgefield


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

Sagmeister & Walsh Introduces The Aldrich's New IdentityTuesday, March 11 · 7 pm to 9 pm. Online registration opens January 15, 2014. FREE. Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh are world-renowned graphic designers and the recipients of international awards. They will discuss the process involved in creating the concept for The Aldrich's new visual identity, which will be launched to coincide with the Museum's 50th Anniversary. Stefan Sagmeister has designed for the Guggenheim Museum, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, and Lou Reed. Jessica Walsh, who attended Ridgefield High School, has received awards from the Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis, as well as distinctions such as Computer Art's "Top Rising Star in Design," and an ADC "Young Gun". Sagmeister & Walsh is a New York City based design firm that creates identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, books and objects for clients, audiences and themselves. For more information about the firm, visit Registration is required for this program and seating is limited. Please arrive for check-in by 6:45 pm to claim your reserved seat or it will be released to the waiting list.

Sweet Maria's “Girls Night Out!” aka Cupcake Mania Class


159 Manor Ave, Waterbury, CT Phone: 888.755.4099.

Bring your BFF's to this fun cupcake making class. All the cupcakes, frostings and tools you'll need to create cupcake perfection. Class includes techniques for buttercream decorations, rolled fondant, ganache and more! Enjoy a fun night in the Sweet Maria kitchen, with adult beverages and snacks. You'll take home your creations and the recipes. Class limited to 15, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm $ 75.00

Palace Theater Presents Kathy Griffin--Waterbury


100 East Main St., Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-346-2000.

On Friday, March 13, 2014 at 8PM Kathy Griffin will perform at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.  Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit that has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.  Check the website for ticket information.

Gunn Memorial Library Presents Music of the Masters with pianist Donald Alfano--Washington CT


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

MUSIC OF THE MASTERS  with pianist Donald Alfano--THIS THURSDAY, March 13, 6:30pm. Join us as we welcome pianist, educator and author, Donald Alfano for his performance under the beautiful Mowbray ceiling mural. Mr. Alfano will play works by some of the most celebrated classical composers including J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Franz Liszt, Isaac Albeniz, Claude Debussy, George Frederic Handel and Federico Mompou. Donald has performed and lectured in a variety of venues in the US and abroad. He currently teaches Music Literature courses at Housatonic Community College. He also maintains a private piano studio in the New Haven area where he teaches students of all ages and levels.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University, College of Fine Arts; his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music; and his Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  

Gunn Memorial Library Pianist and author Donald Alfano--Washington, CT


5 Wykeham Rd., Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7586.

On March 13, 2014 at 6:30PM at the Gunn Memorial Library pianist, educator and author Donald Alfano will play works by classical composers. The program is free and open to the public. Check the website for further information.

Infinity Music Hall Presents Jefferson Starship--Norfolk


Route 44, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 866-666-6306.

Thu, Mar 13, 2014 • Jefferson Starship • 8:00 PMGenre: Rock/Electric folk--Video: Sunrise. Jefferson Starship, created by Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Airplane)  has endured 37 years as rock music's premier "political science fiction" themed band. They will bring their mix of psychedelic and electric folk music to the Infinity...

Kent Memorial Library Hosts Karen Bussolii--Garden Expert


32 North Main St., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-3761.

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6 to 7:30PM at the Kent Memorial Library Kent's own garden coach, Karen Bussolini will conduct a workshop titled "Naturescape Your Yard".  This workshop will teach how to create environment-friendly landscapes that work with nature to reduce maintenance and costs while increasing beauty and enjoyment.  The program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so register by calling the library or emailing