WOW! WINE & CHOCOLATE! at McLaughlin Vineyards


14 Alberts Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT Phone: 203-426-1533.

6:00 - 8:30 PM. Chocolate is wonderful alone but it can become a true culinary experience when savored with different foods and beverages. The range of flavors that complement chocolate is amazing! Some combinations are classic-coffee, almonds, caramel, and WINE! It's fun to experiment with taste profiles and figure out what combinations you like best, so at this class we will sample a variety of wines with different chocolates to find some new favorite combinations. We will be pairing all wines with the finest made chocolate in Connecticut, Fascia's Chocolates. Sign up early. Classes do sell out. $60pp

Bill Devlin & Friends at Danbury History Museum


43 Main St., Danbury, CT Phone: 203.743.5200.

2 to 4 pm Irish tunes in the spirit of a traditional seisun Bill Devlin & Friends. ll events are FREE & Open to the Public This series is being sponsored by Savings Bank of Danbury.

Danbury Railway Museum Celebrates National Train Day


120 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-778-8337.

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Danbury Railway Museum will celebrate National Train Day.  Free train rides will be offered to all visitors.  Many other activities for the whole  family.  Check the website for further information.

Metamorphosis - Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Concert - NVCC Fine Arts Center


750 Chase Parkway , Waterbury, CT 06708. Phone: 203-574-4283.

On Saturday, 8 p.m. at NVCC Fine Arts Center.  Perhaps the greatest power of a symphony orchestra concert is the abilityto evoke an emotional catharsis in audience members.  The music of “Metamorphosis” seeks to maximize this effect through the brilliance of the featured composers and the return of one of the WSO’s most beloved guest artists.   William Wolfram will thrill WSO audiences once again with his powerful interpretations, and Paul Hindemith will lead us through a remarkable manipulation of a few harmless ditties by Carl Maria von Weber into a symphonic powerhouse.  Our Postlude?  Join us to experience a completely new direction in the orchestra concert experience

Family Wilderness Skills Day at The Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington

05/12/2012 to 05/12/2012

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

Celebrate Mother’s Day at this fun family wilderness extravaganza! Learning to shoot a bow and arrow, making a fire from friction or building your own debris hut are not just skills for fathers and sons - they are fun for entire families! While you are here, treat Mom to a fresh, grilled burger or hotdog, available for purchase. Fee: $8 Mothers; $10 Adults; $6 Kids

Sharon Audubon Center Program: Utilizing Native Plants to Attract Wildlife


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

Utilizing Native Plants to Attract  Wildlife--Sunday, May  13th--2:00pm--Free  Admission! Audubon volunteer and educator  Ron Aakjar will explain how to create a wildlife-friendly yard using  native plants and shrubs. Learn about berry-producing trees and other food  providers that keep the birds and other wildlife happy, as well as make  your landscaping eye-pleasing all year long. Treat your Mom to this  program this Mother's Day and then take her out to purchase some new  native plants for her home!

STRAWBERRY BLISS-release is Mother's Day - Haight Brown Vineyard


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

STRAWBERRY BLISS-release is Mother's Day. Strawberries are forever and the first 100 MOMs into HBV will receive a strawberry plant to take home.

Jarrod Cattey Brazilian Jazz Trio at McLaughlin Vineyards


14 Alberts Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT Phone: 203.426.1533.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Includes a wine tasting or a glass of wine. Children 1/2 price. Reservations can be made by calling 203.426.1533 or by visiting Picnics allowed. PLEASE no pets or outside alcohol.

Mother's Day Rides at Danbury Railway Museum


120 White St., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 778-8337.

On May 13, 2012, Mother's Day all Mom's Ride Free with child's paid admission.

Newtown Historical Society Revisits The Vietnam War Program


25 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.

The Vietnam War was a seminal but dark period of modern American history. The conflict left thousands of troops on both sides dead, maimed, and missing. It polarized the nation and transformed us into a society with lessened respect for authority, and one whose first reaction to anything was to protest. On May 14, at 7.30 PM, in the community room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25) the Newtown Historical Society will look at the war through the eyes of David Montgomery, who served as a Marine lieutenant stationed in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. The alliance of WWII began to show cracks almost immediately following the war, and the long era known as the Cold War was in full swing by the late 1940s. American desire to contain the spread of Communism and to prevent the domino effect from striking one small country after another led us to follow the French into Vietnam virtually on their heels as they pulled out of the region. Our troops, still a drafted army rather than the current volunteer force, were built up over the ensuing years to match a full scale war effort. We were faced with a land conflict in Asia, fighting an indigenous force fighting to defend and free their homeland; while the United States forces had all the advantages of conventional war in armament, industrial production and air power, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had the advantages of terrain, cause, and the weapons of guerilla war and terror. New weapons such as Agent Orange were designed to combat the difficulties of fighting in a jungle terrain but did little to stem the tide, and left lasting “collateral” damage to both the environment and the troops, including the American forces. Physical illness and mental trauma were to haunt veterans for decades to come. David Montgomery served in the artillery along the borders of North Vietnam and Laos. He will present an overview of Marine involvement in the war, and will give us a unique personal view of his service in the conflict, including the infamous Tet Offensives. Montgomery has spoken on military matters before several groups in the area. The Society will hold its annual meeting before the presentation in order to elect trustees and officers for the coming year. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Please call 203-426-5937 for further details.