Litchfield Historical Society - Lunch & Learn: Explore Judge Reeve's Curriculum


Corner of East & South St., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

Lunch & Learn: Explore Judge Reeve's Curriculum April 19, 2013 Noon  Litchfield History Museum Age(s): All. Fee: Free; donations accepted. Registration: Yes, email  Michael von der Linn will discuss the new exhibit at the Yale Law School, "From Litchfield to Yale: Law Schools in Connecticut, 1782–1843," as well as the Americanization of Blackstone's Commentaries at the first law school in the United States. Mr. von der Linn will explore how William Blackstone's seminal Commentaries on the Laws of England provided a syllabus for Judge Tapping Reeve, the founder of the Litchfield Law School. He will pair examples from Book 1 of Commentaries and Reeve's own radical rewriting of that book, Baron and Femme, and to show how Reeve revised Blackstone's writings for a post-Revolutionary America to add it to his own law school curriculum.

White Memorial Foundation Bird Language Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier


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

Do you find bird song beautiful? We do. All those sounds are more than mating songs. It's a complicated web of communication describing the needs and warnings of many creatures. Bird language is the study of the songs, calls and body language of birds and other animals giving their running commentary of the world around them. Among other things, they announce the presence of predators and threats. Birders, hunters, photographers and outdoors people can use this understanding to move through the landscape without disturbing the wildlife they came to see as well as predicting the arrival of other animals. We will be sitting outside (very still) for close to an hour so bring an outdoor chair and warm clothes along with a notebook and binoculars! 7:00 A.M. — 9:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. Members: $8.00 Non-members: $10.00. Pre-registration and pre- payment are required.

Beardsley and Memorial Library - Program: How to Stage a Home for Sale


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT Phone: 860- 379-6043.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Dress your house for sale success.  Learn how to prepare your home for sale with certified redesign, staging specialist and interior decorator Judy E. Byrne, I.R.I.S., C.I.S.S., A.D.E.  Ms. Byrne will be giving an informational seminar on how to prepare your home for sale at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.  She will give tips on how to highlight your home's strengths, and downplay its weaknesses.  Join Ms. Byrne and learn how to stage your home to appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. This program is free and open to the public. The Beardsley & Memorial Library Serving the Towns of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, and Winchester. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Draper Foundation through the
Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut.

Naguatuck Historical Society - Earth Day Activities


195 Water St., Naugatuck, CT Phone: 203-729-9039.

Earth Day Activities - Earth Day is April 20th, at the Museum we will be celebrating from 10-2pm. Explore ways to better care for our Earth, activities will include planting and an outdoor clean up (weather permitting) as well as some indoor activities. Free for members, $2 a person or $5 a family. No registration required.

Institute of American Indian Studies - Meet the Animals


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

On Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 po.m. Celebrate Earth Day with our 4-legged and winged friends! Cindy King of Animal Show on the Go presents a unique and fun way to learn all about different animals. How soft is a chinchilla? Is a snake slimy? Come discover for yourself! Participants will get a chance to pet different types of live animals as we learn all about them. Limited seating, please call for reservations.  Fee: $10 Adults; $8 Children.

Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education presents: A Master Class with Broadway Star & Recording Artist Linda Eder


Main Street, Torrington, CT Phone: 860-489-7180.

On Saturday, April 20 from 11:30 am-1pm, the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present a Master Class with one of America's most beloved singers and award-winning Broadway star, Linda Eder. One of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. As the tragic character "Lucy" in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde from composer Frank Wildhorn, Ms. Eder secured her place as a Broadway favorite. Heralded as America's acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 14 solo albums and 12 musical  recordings, Ms. Eder's voice remains the gold standard of multiple musical genres. As Stephen Holden of The New York Times once wrote, "What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder..." Most recently, Ms. Eder crowned her two-decade recording career with a new album,Now, which reunited Eder with Broadway and pop composer Frank Wildhorn. This new release marks the musical return of this legendary team after six years. With over 30 years' experience on the concert stage and in the recording studio, Linda Eder has met thousands of aspiring singers as well as professional performers and been asked countless times for her help in improving their vocal talents. Now, Ms. Eder comes to the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education to lead students through an intensive Master Class on vocal technique and discovering the natural voice. "We are delighted to host Ms. Eder in this very special, exclusive Master Class on Vocal Performance at the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education. We've had the privilege of seeing Ms. Eder perform on the Warner's Main Stage on numerous occasions in a concert setting, so to have her share her incredible talents and extensive knowledge base with our students in an intensive Master Class of this caliber is an amazing opportunity," says Isabel Carrington, Director of Education for the Warner Theatre. To register for this exclusive Master Class, participants must be ages 15-adult. Please call the Warner Theatre Box Office at 860-489-7180 or the WTCAE School Reception Office at 860-489-7180 x148.Please note: Class space is limited. Class fee $45.

Keeler Tavern - A Lecture by Charlie Pankenier - Ridgefield Fights the Civil War


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

Join us this Sunday, April 21 at 4 PM in the Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House for a lecture by local author and historian,
Charlie Pankenier. Charlie will describe the dramatic and largely untold story of how Ridgefielders fought the Civil War! Charlie will also be signing copies of his book after the talk! Admission is FREE and open to all. This is sure to be a popular event so come early to get a seat! Due to construction, parking at KTM is very limited. Please park across the street at the Congregational Church. For Garden House events, please enter through the North entrance of the KTM campus.

Ridgefield Fights the Civil War at the Keeler Tavern Museum


132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-43805485.

A slide presentation by local Civil War scholar and Keeler Tavern Museum volunteer Charlie Pankenier will be presented on Sunday, April 21, from 4 - 6 PM at Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. This lecture is presented as part of Ridgefield's commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The story is told of how Ridgefield soldiers and their loved ones on the home front experienced both heroism and heartache during the 1861-1865 struggle that defined our country. Charlie has studied the Civil War for more than 50 years and has walked more than 40 battlefields, many of them as part of Smithsonian study groups. A Ridgefield resident since 1984, he pursues his interest in history a a member of the Fairfield County Civil War Roundtable and is member of the Board of Directors of the Keeler Tavern Museum. Charlie will tell of the Ridgefielders who fought and returned and of those who lost their lives.

The Kent Singers Announce Spring Concerts - 40th anniversary and the arrival of new Music Director, Matthew Travis.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church ,5 North Main Street, Kent, CT Phone: 860-619-8110.

The Kent Singers will perform two concerts in April as the group celebrates its 40th anniversary and the arrival of new Music Director,  Matthew Travis.  “Brahms, Bach and Copland in Love and Song” will take place Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kent, and Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater.  The concert features “Liebeslieder Walzer” by Johannes Brahms for chorus and piano four hands, and Cantata No. 196 by J. S. Bach for chorus and soprano. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact the Kent Singers at PO Box 774, Kent, CT  06757, call 860-619-8110, or visit .St. Andrew’s Church is located at 5 North Main, Kent, CT, and St. Mark’s Church is at 5 Main St. South, Bridgewater, CT.


Keeler Tavern Museum - Ridgefield Fights the Civil War


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

On Sunday,  4pm at The Keeler Tavern Museum's Garden House. Local historian Charlie Pankenier uses primary sources, vivid imagery, and fascinating details to tell one New England town's experience of the 1861-1865 conflict that pitted North and South—and neighbors and families—against one another.