Litchfield History Musem - Lunch and Learn: Outfitting Our Gallant Soldiers

02/15/2013

7 South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

On Friday Noon - The production and supply of textiles during the Civil War speak to the period's newly discovered patriotism, to manufacturing and economic challenges, and especially to herculean efforts of women on the homefront. Join Lynne Bassett as she explores Connecticut's role in the Civil War through the textiles that the citizens of the state created and used, from the first call to defend the Union to the post-war ceremonies that helped veterans to make sense of their experience. Suggestion donation: $5. Register on line by email.

Jerram Winery - Valentine’s Weekend “Chocolate Fiesta!”

02/15/2013 to 02/17/2013

535 Town Hill Rd. (Rte. 219), New Hartford, CT Phone: (860) 379-8749.

Jerram Winery will host a Chocolate Fiesta! Assorted chocolates will accompany a wine tasting for two—you and your Valentine. Open 12 Noon to 4 pm.

Sound, Music and Healing

02/15/2013 to 02/17/2013

229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Thursday through Sunday 6 p.m. to noon. Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.  Presented by Melinda Gardiner. Explore the therapeutic power of the elements of music and voice for self-care through the use of simple melody, song and chant . No musical experience required. For fees and more information call Wisdom House at (860)-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org/program/calendar.html.

Remember, Return, Rejoice: Journeying from Lent to Easter

02/16/2013

229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon. Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. A morning of reflection to prepare for the season of Lent moving into Easter with Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP and based on her newly published book on the subject. Fee: $25 includes lunch and a copy of the book. For more information call Wisdom House or visit the website.

Jerram Winery - Woo your Valentine

02/16/2013 to 02/17/2013

535 Town Hill Rd. (Rte. 219), New Hartford, CT Phone: 860-379-8749.

Saturday and Sunday, February 16th &17th, visit JW with your significant other for a special treat — Jerram Winery Wine Tasting and JW dark chocolate truffles.

White Memorial Foundation Winter Walk through Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold

02/16/2013

80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

What could be as lovely as a stroll through this magical property in the dead of winter? Look for animal tracks, listen for birds, and cap your walk off with hot chocolate and a sweet treat in the A.B. Ceder Room because YOU DESERVE IT! 2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum. We'll drive over to the trail head together…FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Haight-Brown Vineyards - Chocolate Decadence

02/16/2013

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

Chocolate Decadence Sat, February 16, 2013 3:00 PM. Join us for Chocolate Decadence, $35 per person. HBV wine glass, tasting of all wines paired with chocolate and paring lecture. Food and wine available for purchase. PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are taken with a credit card. Cancellations must occur 5 days prior to the event for full refund. Phone or email cancellations accepted. Cancellations after 5 days prior will result in full charge.

Haight-Brown Vineyard - Chocolate Decadence Paring Lecture

02/16/2013

29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860.567.4045.

Come join us for Chocolate Decadence @ 1pm and 3pm, $35 per person. HBV wine glass, tasting of all wines paired with chocolate and paring lecture. Food and wine available for purchase.  Register on our website.

Hickory Stick Bookshop Hosts Karen Silk Booksigning: Somewhere a Bird

02/17/2013

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

Karen Silk will sign copies of her book, Somewhere a Bird at the Hickory Stock Bookshop on Sunday, February  17, 2013 at 2PM.   In her first book of poetry Karen Silk explores the relationship between the grief encountered by the loss of a loved one and the joy found in the healing power of nature. Encouraged by her husband to create the book, Karen was able to write her collection of poems. These same poems later provided solace for Karen as she lived through her husband's untimely death. The poems are divided into three sections. The first section, called One Perfect Hour, is devoted to an examination of our lives and everyday happenings as they relate to nature. It is followed by the second section called Without. Here, living through the loss of a loved one is explored. The book concludes with the third section, And Now This Morning, which celebrates the pleasure found in the natural world as we move on from our grief and find joy again.

Audubon Sharon and FilmWorks Forum at The Moviehouse Present "Birders: The Central Park Effect" Documentary

02/17/2013

Rte. 4, 325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT Phone: 860-364-0520.

Audubon Sharon, in collaboration with Film Works at The Moviehouse, will be presenting a free screening of "Birders: The Central Park Effect" on Sunday, February 17 beginning at 11:00am at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY.  This 60 minute documentary, written, produced and directed by Jeffrey Kimball of Lakeville, portrays a diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers and how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.
Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a charming fashion-averse teenager, and a bird-tour leader who's recorded every sighting she's made since the 1940s are among the film's cast of characters. Featuring spectacular wildlife footage capturing the changing seasons, this lyrical documentary transports the viewer to a dazzling world that goes all but unnoticed by the 38 million people who visit America's most famous park each year. To watch a trailer of the documentary, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1IOiMZmDQ. Immediately following the presentation, Jeffrey Kimball and Scott Heth, Director of Audubon Sharon, will be available for a short question and answer segment regarding the film and birding in Central Park. Admission is free, but donations for Audubon Sharon's continued work in conservation and education are greatly appreciated. The Moviehouse is located at 48 Main Street, Millerton, NY. For more information about the film, visit www.centralparkbirdfilm.com.  For showing info, please visit www.themoviehouse.net.