Lui Collins Annual Solstice Concert--Litchfield

12/17/2011

Milton Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-283-0719.

On Saturday, December 17,2011 at 8PM at the Milton Public Hall, Lui Collins will present her annual Solstice Concert.  Admision is $13, $10 students and senior citizens and $5 children ages 12 and under.  Call for reservations.  Check the website to hear her music.

White Silo Hosts Holiday Party--Wine and Guittard Chocolate Pairing--Sherman

12/17/2011

Route 37, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-355-0271.

On Saturday, December 17, 2011 come join in three seperate tastings 12PM, 2PM or 4PM at the annual end of the year holiday party at White Silo.  Wine and Guittard chocolate pairing.  Selections imported from all over the world.  Spots are limited at each session to 40 guests so reserve your spot early.  Tickets are only $10 per person and must be purchased on-line in advance.  At the 4Pm event Leesa Sklover-Filgatece will be performing songs from her new CD with Adelka Polak dancing.

WINTER SOLSTICE DRUMMING CIRCLE AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER

12/17/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

On Saturday, December 17, at 6:00 p.m., bring your own percussion instrument and join Ranger Dawn at the Ansonia Nature Center for a WINTER SOLSTICE DRUMMING CIRCLE around an open fire. In this cold month during which daylight has dwindled, come celebrate the winter solstice with music as we look forward to our days growing longer. Dress warmly for this program geared for adults and children over ten. Please call 203-736-1053 to register. This program is free with a nutritious canned donation for those who find themselves hungry or homeless at this time of year.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER

12/17/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

On Saturday, December 17, about noon, is part of a 112 year old tradition when you help to spot the many species of birds spending the winter in our area. There is no need to be a skilled birder to participate, but the experts will be out very early in the morning counting and identifying every bird seen or heard. Join them for all or part of the day. The New Haven Bird Club will be checking out the Ansonia Nature Center from about 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. Bird count results are sent to the National Audubon Society, and are included in the international census of early winter bird populations. Please call to register for this free program.

Woodbury Ballet Presents The Nutcracker at Palace Theatre

12/17/2011

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

4pm. The majesty of Tchaikovsky's music combines with a talented cast to make Woodbury Ballet's Annual Nutcracker a treat for audience members of all ages.

Holiday Food and Toy Drive at Miranda Vineyard--Goshen

12/18/2011

42 Ives Rd, Goshen, CT 06756. Phone: 860-491-9906.

On Sunday, December 18, 2011 from 2PM to 5PM a Food and Toy Drive will be held at the Miranda Vineyard in Goshen.  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and mulled wine when you drop off a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for the Local Food Bank.

Bella Alpacas Farm Days

12/18/2011

155 Squash Hollow Rd., New Milford, CT Phone: (860) 946-3076.

Farm Days on Sunday from 10am -1pm. Spinning and kniting demonstrations plus a wonderful shop with shawls, hats, gloves, alpaca pants, socks and more. Visit  26 alpacas and a pet pig who loves to be pet.

SURVIVAL HIKE AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER

12/18/2011

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

On Sunday, December 18, at 1:00 p.m., join Justin Pegnataro of Two Coyotes fame and Ranger Martin Wigglesworth for an after­noon presentation on survival skills that will include a hike. Find out how to stay alive if you should get lost while on a back country hike. Learn what to do in emergency situations as well as what not to do when you're in trouble. Dress warmly and wear hiking shoes. Really inclement weather will cancel the hike. Please call to register in advance for this free program. Event date: December 10, 2011 (Dangerous weather cancels.)

13th Annual Holiday on the Green -- New Milford

12/18/2011

On the Green, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-355-2646.

Holiday on the Green taking place on Sunday, December 18, 2011 from 1-3PM.  This 13th annual event includes horse-drawn hayrides around the Green and opportunities for everyone to visit with Santa.  This event is free and open to all.  Come enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes.

Gunn Memorial Museum Lecture--Slavery, Crime and Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier--Washington, CT

12/20/2011

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

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 6:30PM local author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro will present a lecture and sign copies of his new book, Tales of Old New Milford: Slavery, Crime and Punishment on the Connecticut Frontier in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library.  Join a night of historical horror, crime and punishment like no other.  Mr. Cavallaro spent three years researching this fascinating book.   Snow Date: Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30PM.  Even tis free and open to the public.