Eric Sloane Museum Celebrates CT Open House Day--June 11, 2016


31 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-3849.

ERIC SLOANE MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE STATEWIDE CONNECTICUT OPEN HOUSE DAY ON JUNE 11, 2016--Festivities Designed to build Awareness of State's Cultural and Tourism Assets Among Residents.  The Eric Sloane museum today announced plans to participate in the 12th Annual Connecticut Open House Day – a unified celebration of the state's fascinating world of art, history and tourism – on June 11, 2016. During this one-day event, the Eric Sloane Museum (along with 200 other organizations and attractions throughout the state) will offer museum visitors FREE admission for the day and have a special exhibit "Innovations in Wood Sculptures" with museum volunteer and tool expert Joe Buda. The Eric Sloane Museum was built as a collaborative effort between Eric Sloane and the Stanley Works of New Britain to commemorate the tool company's 125th anniversary. Sloane is known to lovers of Americana as an artist and author who brought to life many forgotten customs and skills of past generations. In all, Sloane authored and illustrated over 38 books.

Ansonia Nature Center Progam: Primitive Fire Skills


10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

Ansonia Nature Center Program:  Primitive Fire Sills--Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10AM. Join Tom Nedweden, primitive technologist, in the art of fire making.  Learn where to find the best firewood when you are stranded in the wilderness, the types of trees and other plants used to make tinder bundle and how to create our very own coals to ignite the blaze.  $5 per person.  Call to register. 

Karen Rossi Studios - Adult and Children's Workshops


27 East Main St., Torrington, CT Phone: 860-305-6579.

Adult: Make your own mermaid fanciful flight! Pick your hair color and mermaid outfit and you're halfway done! Snack, Sip and Create! Enjoy the creative atmosphere of the art studio with a sip of wine and appetizers from local restaurants. Bring a plate to share with the table or bring your own lunch and enjoy making a unique piece of art.Saturdays at noon $30. Children: Children: Study with professional artist Karen Rossi. Learn all about the world of art! Famous artists, explore various mediums, drawing, painting, technique, sculpture and crafts. Experiment with new materials, learn the color wheel and the elements and priciples of design. Saturdays at 10am for 1.5 hours $10 each. June 11th: Learn about the life and work of MC Escher. Make tessellations. A unique approach to colorful patterning.

The Wish House Hosts Author Sally Cook: How to Speak Golf--West Cornwall


413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796. Phone: 860-672-2969.

The Wish House will be hosting a book signing with Author Sally Cook and her newest book How to Speak Golf at the Cornwall Farm Market on Saturday June 11. 2016 from 9-11 am.

Flanders Nature Center Program: Marvelous Edible Plants and Musrooms--Woodbury


Flanders Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-3711 Ext. 10.

Marvelous Edible Plants and Mushrooms at Flanders--Saturday, June 11, 2016 at  1 PM. The summer months are a bounty of ripe berries, nectar-laden edible flowers, amazing edible plants along the seashore, and mushrooms carpeting the forest floor. Flanders will be holding a program on these plants and mushrooms led by The 3 Foragers, a family from southeastern Connecticut who have been foraging wild foods and fungi, and blogging about their adventures, for over ten years. They are authors of "Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging: Finding, Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Native and Invasive Wild Plants", and were featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Yankee Magazine. They will share their knowledge on the edible plants and fungi of summer with original photos and recipe ideas. Participants will learn how to sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of summer. This will be followed by a short walk around the nature center where the group will hunt, identify, and determine the edibility of some of the plants and mushrooms found there.Children are welcome. Location: the Sugar House located 1/4 mile up Church Hill Road. Cost:
$10 members/ $15 nonmembers.

Village Center for the Arts Hosts Paint The People 2016


12 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-354-4318.

Its Coming -- June 11, 2016 -- Village Center for the Arts hosts Paint The People 2015. This is an interactive paint festival.  It will be held at Pettibone Field, 2 Pickett District Rd.  Includes Paint activities, music and much more.  Check the website for further information.  $20 per activity bracelet in advance, $25 day of or $5 entry fee with no activities. This year Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit will be added.

The Smithy & Loft Gallery Host Savor Cookies Tasting with Andre Kreft--New Preston


10 Main St., New Preston, CT 06777. Phone: 860-868-9003.

Join us for LOCAL EVENTS! SAVOR COOKIES TASTING with Andre Kreft on Saturday, June 11, 2016 1 - 3pm at The Smithy Store in New Preston. 

White Memorial Conservation Program: Exploring Topsmead with Gerri Griswold--Litchfield


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

June 11, 2016--Exploring Topsmead with Gerri Griswold. Topsmead State Forest is the former summer estate of Miss Edith Morton Chase, daughter of Henry Sabin Chase and Alice Morton Chase. Henry Sabin Chase was the first President of Chase Brass and Copper Company in Waterbury. Chase Brass was one of the leaders in the brass industry when Waterbury was the Brass Capital of the world. In 1917, Miss Chase received from her father approximately 16 acres on Jefferson Hill in Litchfield. Here she built a rustic cabin, which was replaced with a more substantial summer home in 1923. She hired noted architect Richard Henry Dana, Jr. to help her design and build the English Tudor style house which was completed in 1925. The exterior woodwork is of cypress, the downspouts are lead, the walls of brick and stucco, and the roof is slate. The interior woodwork is oak, as is most of the flooring. The foyer, hallway and dining room floors are of polished terra cotta tile. Most of the interior walls are of the same type of stucco as is found on the exterior. Fine craftsmanship, an eye for detail and understated wealth are evident throughout the house, which is tastefully and simply furnished with 17th and 18th century English country antiques. Pack a picnic" Meet Gerri at Topsmead at 11AM.  Free. 

Imagination Nation - Wonders of Light and Ct open House day


One Pleasant St, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-314-1400.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm. We will be highlighting the magic of light, color, and reflection and the GRAND opening of our Kaleidobar funded by the Smith Family Charitable Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation. There will be free admission to the first 100 guests thanks to the generous support from the City of Bristol.

The Silo Cooking School @ Hunt Hill Farm Rockin Moroccan


Upland Rd., New Milford, CT Phone: 860-355-0300.

11-2pm. Amanda Cushman- Culinary Instructor "To continue my love affair with ethnic food I have been cooking Moroccan for many years. The flavors of Northern Africa are aromatic and unique, saffron, preserved lemons, cinnamon, cumin and mint. The dishes we will make are perfect for entertaining as they present beautifully and can be made ahead."