The Timid Jester (the Big One) A Night of Improv, Comedy and Song at The Bank Sreet Steakhouse (across from Shakesperience) - Waterbury


117 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-754-2531.

On  Thursday 6 - 8 p.m. $25 dinner and a show.  A night of Improv, Comedy and Song.  The season finale of our popular monthly event, The Timid Jeser will feature Shakesperience's Resident Actors and special guests, together with the audience in a series of improvisational scenes and stand-up comedy. This time, all patons receive a voucher, included in the price of the ticket, for an amazing pasta dinner from Bank Street Bistro.  Visit the website for more information.

"Color and Design in the Garden", creating your own Symphony with Gwenythe Harvey, The Garden Goddess at Union Congregational Church, Oakville


161 Buckingham St., Oakville, CT 06779. Phone: 860-274-9574.

On Thursday, at 1:30 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church.  Meeting begins at noon and lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. Refreshements.  "Color and Design in the Garden," Gwenythe Harvey, The Garden Goddess.* Gwenythe will discuss good gardening techniques that honor the earth. She will present examples of the use of color and design in the landscape featuring local gardens. For aditional information visit the website or call Jessie 860-274-9547.

Connecticut Poet Laureate Richard Allen Featured at the Litchfield Community Center


421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8302.

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:30PM at the Litchfield Community Center Connecticut Poet Laureate Richard Allen is givng a reading.  The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.  Mr. Allen's poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. An acclaimed public speaker and poetry reader, Mr. Allen has led poetry workshops and seminars and served as a judge for various competitions and selection committees in Connecticut.   Check the website for further information.

History Bites 2011 Lecture Series--Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center-Waterbury


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 Ext. 10.

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 the History Bites series continues at the Mattatuck Museum--topic:  Twenty-First Century Manufacturing: Waterbury, Naugatuck and Thomaston.  The lecture will be given by Raechel Guest, Executive Director/Curator, Cornwall Historical Society.  A century ago, metal manufacturing was the lifeblood of the Naugatuck Valley.  As global economics changed, the largest corporations left the region, creating a popular misconception that the industry is gone.  In truth, numerous metal manufacturers are still based in the Valley.  This program will highlight three companies.:  The Platt Brothers & Company in Waterbury. The Eastern Company in Naugatuck, and Stewart EFI in Thomaston.  All lectures are at Noon.  Bring lunch.  Beverages and desserts are provided.  Reservations requested but not required.  Suggested donation: $2 per lecture.

Fondue/Date Night: Our traditional fondue night at Haight-Brown Vineyard - Litchfield


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

On Friday,  Fondue/Date Night: Our traditional fondue night, for you and your loved one. Enjoy a wine tasting paired with cheese and chocolate fondue. 6-8pm, $30/person. Reservations required. Visit the website for more information.

Frog Watch Sharon Audubon Center, National Audubon Society


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: (860) 364-0520.

7:00 pm. ppropriate Audience: Everyone (young children must be accompanied by an adult) Calling all scientists! Come help us look and listen for frogs in our pond. We'll be helping collect data for Frogwatch USA, a nationwide program that tracks climate change through the amphibians that we see or hear.

The Shop & Artists at Whiting Mill Open Reception for the F.H. Demars Historical Images Collection - Winsted

05/13/2011 to 05/15/2011

100 Whiting Street, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-307-3889.

On Friday, May 13th from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Mill's Laurel Room. The show will continue through the weekend along with Open Studio & Showroom on Sat. May 14 & Sunday May 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will see restored images of local scenery, as well as residences, portraits, trains and other vintage vehicles, and businesses in an appropriate setting for the show: Inside the former Winsted Hoisery factory, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Admission and refreshments are free, and images will be available for purchase.

Barkhamsted Historical Society Winter Lecture


109 West River Rd., Barkhamsted, CT 06063. Phone: 860 738 1152.

The final lecture in the series will be held May 13, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 109 West River Rd., Pleasant Valley, CT., featuring Mike Day speaking on "Carpentry with Old Time Tools". Mike plans to have some "hands on " times especially geared for youngsters so bring the kids along! Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738 1152

Full Moon Hike at Pratt Nature Center

05/13/2011 to 05/13/2011

163 Papermill Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-3137.

Hike the lower fields by the light of the full moon then warm up by the campfire with marshmallows. (bring flashlight). All ages - Free.

166th Season - Opening Weekend, Lake Compounce Theme Park - Bristol


822 Lake Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: (860)583-3300.

Your Wait for Summer Fun is almost over, Lake Lovers! Lake Compounce opens this Saturday, May 14th.  We will be opening the Main Gates at 10:30am for a very special celebration! Here are a few discounts to put a smile on everyone's faces along with some very special news about our opening day! Celebrate Lake Compounce's 166th Season with Mayor Art Ward of Bristol and Town Manager of Southington, Gary Brumback! Start your day at The Lake early this year at 10:30am on May 14th*! The main gate will be opened at 10:30am by the Mayor of Bristol and the Town Manager of Southington to commemorate our 166th season! Take a moment to say hello as you wait for the turnstiles to open at 11am. You will also be among the first to meet the winners of "Win the Key's to Lake Compounce!" *The park and rides will not open until 11am. For more  information visit the website.