Litchfield Historical Society - Museum Opening for the Season


Corner of East & South St., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

Museums Open for the Season  April 13, 2013 11:00am Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House Age(s): All. Visit one or both museums on our opening day! Take a walk through the Civil War exhibit, "The Hour of Conflict." Check out our new temporary exhibit at the Litchfield History Museum, "The Art of Advertising: Signs Around Town." Fee: See website for details.  Registration: No

Naguatuck Historical Society - Colette's Crafts


195 Water St., Naugatuck, CT Phone: 860-729-9039.

On Saturday 11 a.m. get your child's hands on history each month with an activity to help you and your child learn more abut the history of their community. Only $2 a child or $5 family, registration is recommended, but not required.

White Memorial Conservation Center Hosts Benefit for Braille Trail--Soup's On!--Litchfield


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

On April 13 come to a benefit for White Memorial Conservation Center's Braille Trail--Soup's On!.  Members $20 Non-members $25.  Only $450 is needed to complete our Braille Trail project!  Choose a bowl.  Fill it with a variety of homemade soups, salad, cheese and bread and of course dessert.  BYO utensils and cup.

Ridgefield Playhouse - Thumbelina


80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-5795.

Thumbelina - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. This beloved fairy tale of heroism comes happily to life in this charming, funny and joyous musical adaptation based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Join Thumbelina and her friends (the toad, fish, field mouse, mole and swallow) on a series of delightful adventures in nature's tiny, enchanted world. (K-5).

Hickory Stick Bookshop Holds Booksigning by Jack Sheedy: Sting of the Heat Bug--Washington, CT


2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-0525.

The book signing by Jack Sheedy for his book, Sting of the Heat Bug at the Hickory Bookshop will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2PM.  Jack Sheedy believes that miracles are random, and he has received his fair share. He also knows that miracles don't always happen. In 1985 Jack Sheedy's older sister Peggy, a Type 1 diabetic, went into an insulin coma when she was just 40 years old. As Peggy lay ill, Jack, a devout Catholic, repeatedly asked for a miracle, but his request was not granted. Three months later Peggy died and Jack's faith was shaken. She was just 10 months older than Jack and they were unusually close. Jack referred to Peggy as his "Irish Twin". Wherever she went he would trail behind. The bond they shared was like none other.As children, Jack and Peggy spent hours listening to the "heat bug," the cicada, high in the trees on hot summer days. Jack once asked Peggy if the cicada would sting. She  replied that it would sting if you bothered it. When Jack asked her how she could tell if you were bothering it, Peggy simply told him because it stings.  Jack decided to write about Peggy's death in order to make sense of why it happened. Jack wondered - had God abandoned him or Jack had abandoned God. Jack needed to learn "why did the heat bug sting him". He realized that he could not write his book until he reached a point when he no longer needed pity from others. Jack took positive control of his life and found his faith again. He became more involved in church and community activities. Sting of the Heat Bug contains Jack's recollections of a childhood in the post WWII era and coming of age during the 60's. His recollections take the reader on one man's journey through the ups and downs of life. As he wrote his book, Jack learned that at some point the heat bug stings us all. We won't see it coming. We won't know why it stings. We won't know what we might have done to bother it. But if we're lucky, we will survive it.

Newtown Friends of Music - Edmond Town Hall - SHANGHAI STRING QUARTET


P O Box 295 , Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-6470.

3 p.m. Sunday EDMOND TOWN HALL  Franz Joseph Haydn:  Quartet Op.64, No.5, “The Lark” Dmitri Shostakovich:  Quartet No.6 in G, Op.101 Antonin Dvořák:   Quartet No.14 in A-flat, Op.105 SHANGHAI STRING QUARTET.  All tickets at the door $25.00.  For reservations call 203-426-6470.  Children K through 12 free with ticket holding adult.

Naguatuck Historical Society - Sunday Series - Iron Horse In Naugatuck


195 Water St., Naugatuck, CT Phone: 203-729-9039.

Sunday Series- Iron Horse In Naugatuck - Discover the Iron Horse on April 14th at 1pm. Robert Joseph Belletzkie, long-time rail historian and researcher, will give a presentation on the Naugatuck and the New York & New England RRs and their long service to the town of Naugatuck, both as independent companies and later as components of the New York, New Haven & Hartford RR. The talk will focus on the railroad facilities and their evolution in Naugatuck. The NRR maintained a downtown station as well as a Union City depot near Prospect St. The NY&NE had stations in Union City off Spring St. and at Allerton Farms. Between these points stood the Hop Brook Trestle, a spectacular engineering feat of which an impressive culvert remains to this day. Free for members, $2 a person, $5 a family, refreshments will follow.

Institute of American Indian Studies - Nature’s Bounty: Foraging for a Healthy Lifestyle


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

On Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Locally grown organic food tastes better and is free of dangerous chemicals but what about wild plants?  Right in your backyard are many types of wild edibles that are not only delicious but scientific evidence has shown contain higher and more complete amounts of the nutrients we need. Join Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living as they explore some common, edible plants of Connecticut.  Learn to identify them by shape, texture and scent and discuss preparation methods to please your palate.  CT Educators may earn 0.3 CEUs.  Fee: $15; $12 IAIS Members.                                       

Institute of American Indian Studies - Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club Presents: “Ten Thousand Years of Connecticut Prehistory: A Brief Introduction”


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

On Sunday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Noted archaeologist, Ernie Wiegand, will present an overview of Native American prehistory and adaptation in southern New England as revealed by the archaeology of Connecticut and surrounding areas. Beginning with the Ice Age, Native Americans entered the Northeast and began a long process of adaptation and adjustment to a variety of environmental conditions over several thousand years. Dr. Wiegand is the coordinator of Norwalk Community College’s ‘Archaeology as an Avocation’ certificate program in archaeology and works as a consulting archaeologist for public and private groups complying with federal Cultural Resource Management regulations.  Fee: $5 General Public; LHAC Members Free.

Newtown Friends of Music Hosts Shanghai String Quartet


Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-6470.

On Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3PM at the Edmond Town Hall the Newtown Friends of Music present the Shanghai String Quartet.  The Quartet has been making exquisite music for over 30 years.  Check the website for further information.