Scoville Memorial Library Program: Community Poetry Reading--Salisbury

04/12/2015

38 Main St., Salisbury, CT 06068. Phone: 860-435-2838.

Community Poetry Reading Sunday, April, 12, 2015 at 2:00--"Poetry is music for human voice" Maya Angelou. It is the language of life and made to be read aloud. It's not too late - you can share your favorite poem this Sunday. Signup in the Library, over the phone, on the website. In celebration of National Library Week and National Poetry Month Scoville Memorial Library is having its first annual community poetry reading, Poetry Potpourri. We can't do it without your participation so no matter your age, join in and celebrate the power of poems.

Kent Historical Society - “Show and Share --Identifying Old Photographs,”

04/12/2015

41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-4587.

2 p.m. Participants invited to bring their photos for identification. The idea is simple -- we will gather long-time (and perhaps not-so-long-time) Kent residents who can see if the faces, clothing, and places jog their memories and help solve mysteries.

Kent Singers Present English Coronation Music

04/12/2015

Main St., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-619-8110.

On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3PM at the First Congregational Church in Washington, CT the Kent Singers will present a concert of English coronation music.  A pre-concert talk will be given by Matt Travis at 2:30PM.  Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Children under 12 admitted free. 

Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus Hosts A Celebration of the Music of John Rutter--Litchfield

04/12/2015

South St., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-496-8841.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm at St. Michael's Church, Litchfield Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus joins forces with the choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony church to bring to lie the extraordinary popular choral music of British Composer John Rutter.  Call for ticket information.

New England Carousel Museum Hosts Family Sundays: Merry-G-Music

04/12/2015

95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-585-5541.

On Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12-2PM at the New England Carousel Museum join Family Sundays with Merry-Go-Music.  Learn about the history of music and the carousel and then create your own working musical instruments.  Admission: Children $5, Adults $6 Members Free.  All admission include a free ride on our working carousel and entry to all Museum exhibits.

Keeler Tavern Chamber Concert:

04/12/2015

25 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-5485.

3 pm. Sue Corey-Sahlin and Gunnar Sahlin. $15; $12 for seniors/students; $10 for children under 12 - See more at: 

Newtown Friends of Music Hosts Dorian Wind Quintet with Spencer Myer, Piano

04/12/2015

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015--The Dorian made history as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall and has literally been around the world since their first visit to us on 1989. Gold medalist of the New Orleans International Piano Competition Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. We welcome him to our series.. All concerts are on Sunday afternoon at 3PM at Edmond Town Hall.

Newtown Historical Society Program: Southbury's Resistance to Hitler

04/13/2015

25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-4533.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY WITNESSES SOUTHBURY'S RESISTANCE TO HITLER. By 1937 Hitler had been in power for four years and had begun spreading his tentacles beyond Germany to the rest of Europe and even to America. One means of expansion was the German American Bund, or association for German American youth. Ostensibly a camp to promote American values and outdoor pursuits, the real purpose was to establish Nazi principles on American soil. A camp was planned in the then-back woods of Southbury, where it might attract little attention. The Newtown Historical Society will examine the plans for the camp and the resistance that developed in Southbury in a program Monday evening, April 13, at 7.30 PM, in the meeting room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street, with a screening of the video "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis." A representative of the Bund had purchased 178 acres in Southbury to establish a companion camp to the more than 20 already operating in America, but suspicions were aroused among the residents. Even as the Bund was clearing the land for the organization that required an oath of racial purity and adherence to Nazi philosophy, the Rev. M.E.N. Lindsay, pastor of the South Britain Congregational Church, and Rev. Felix Manley, both of the then-Southbury Congregational Church, began to protest their efforts. After researching the organization, the pastors publicly denounced the movement in their sermons as an "insidious menace," anti-Christian and anti-American. The stir awakened wider efforts throughout the town, and a committee was formed to create zoning rules that would keep the Bund from operation. Petitions were circulated and resolutions passed, expressing the wide-spread opposition within the town. The draft of the zoning regulation banned use of the land for "military training with or without arms except by the legally constituted armed forces of the United States of America." Faced with the growing wall of opposition, the Bund abandoned both the land and the town of Southbury in any future plans. Southbury's resistance did not escape notice in Germany: Lindsay received a letter from Nazi officials promising that he and his family "would be remembered" when the Nazis came to power in the United States. All historical society programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Litchfield Historical Society Offers School's Out for Suffrage Week-Long Program

04/13/2015 to 04/17/2015

South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.

School's Out for Suffrage Week-Long Program and Litchfield Historical Society--The 19th Amendment was ratified 95 years ago, and the Historical Society is celebrating a woman's right to vote in style with a week-long series of kids' programming. During spring break, Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, kids can enjoy special crafts and activities while exploring our new exhibit Ballots for Both: The Fight for Equal Voting Rights. Each day we will focus on a different part of the women's rights movement. Monday we will take a look at the new exhibit and discuss arguments for and against woman suffrage. On Tuesday, we will talk about local suffragists, make a cool "votes for women" craft, and make a recipe from The Woman Suffrage Cookbook. Wednesday we get artsy, staging a production of "Failure is Impossible," a play about the women's rights movement, and singing suffrage songs. We'll also make a suffrage sash. Thursday we will take a closer look at some photos, posters, and postcards from the suffrage movement, then create our own. On the last day we will celebrate suffrage in style, with a parade! We will wear our handmade pins and sashes and carry banners around the town green. Please register for this program by Wednesday, April 8. This program is for kids ages 9 to 14. It is $25 for the full week and $6 daily for members. It is $35 for the full week and $9 daily for non-members. Registration is required. Payment is required at time of registration.

Newtown Historical Society Program: The Soutbury Bund

04/13/2015

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

The Southbury Bund--Monday, April 13th at 7:30 pm at the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St., Newtown. The Scot Sniffen film "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis" will be viewed. The film explores the attempt by American Nazis to set up a Nazi bund right in Southbury. They had the land and were proceeding when a number of churchmen and others in Southbury became alarmed and set up a group to see that the Bund never happened. It is quite an arresting story with some genuine heroes. On hand to introduce the film and answer questions will be Rev. Shannon Wall of the South Britain Congregational Church, Rev. Walter Pittman of the Southbury United Church of Christ, and Rabbi Eric Polokoff of B'nai Israel.