Woodbury Auction’s Annual Fall Important Estates Auction


710 Main Street South, Middle Quarter Mall, Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-266-0323.

We have just received the remainder of the estate of Edward Adolph of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which includes his lifetime collection of British campaign furniture and accessories, including many vintage British fitted leather travel and picnic cases, and a large quantity of related ephemera. We have rescheduled the auction to Sunday, September 16th in order to include these lots in the auction, which will feature over 350 lots of period American, English and Continental furniture, vintage and modern decorative furniture, a large assortment of fine and decorative arts, sterling and coin silver, jewelry, lighting, estate oriental rugs,British campaign furniture and accessories,an interesting group of Bentley motorcar memorabilia,and ephemera from the Saltonstall family. The sale comprises property from several Connecticut estates and collections, and includes property removed from 1100 Park Avenue and 1170 Fifth Avenue, New York City; the estate of Edward H. Adolph, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; the estate of  Selma S. Joseph, New Haven, Connecticut; and various property from estates and consignors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. To discuss consigning to this auction please call
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One Man's War: The 6th Annual Orton P. Camp Jr. Lecture with Ann Smith - Waterbury


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 ext 10.

5:30 to 6:30 p., Dr. Glasser will describe the growth of a Waterbury neighborhood that once employed thousands of city residents in its large brass and button factories. She will tell the story of the neighborhood through the experiences of those who lived there when the community flourished and those who are now leading its renewal. Visitors are invited to bring a childhood photo of themselves to include in the exhibit. Participants need not be from Waterbury. Write a few sentences about how your hometown influenced your life and become part of the exhibit. This exhibit and related programs are supported by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Suggested Donation: Members: $5, Non-members: $10.

Naugatuck Historical Society Lecture: Fourteenth CT Volunteer Infantry 1862--From Muster to Fredericksburg


195 Water St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. Phone: 203-729-9039.

First Thursdays continue with local author, Karl Bacon will continue our Civil War series with a presentation on citizen soldiers from the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers Infantry. September 17th marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. The framework for his novel, An Eye for Glory, is the history of the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers Infantry regiment. The Fourteenth served in the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac and participated in every major battle the army fought from Antietam to the end of the war. He will present the history of these citizen soldiers from enlistment to the end of 1862, including the role the Fourteenth played in the pivotal battles at Antietam Creek and Fredericksburg. His book will be available for purchase and signing for only $10, almost $7 off of the list price. Admission is free for members, active military and their families and students with ID. All other visitors have a $2 admission fee.

VNA Northwest 13th Annual Golf Tournament


607 Bantam Rd., Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750. Phone: 860-567-6000. Fax: 860-567-6011.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual benefit golf tournament for Home Care and Hospice patients in Litchfield County, held at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton. Fee of $150 per golfer includes lunch, dinner, cart, green and shop fees. Please call 860-567-6000, or visit www.vnanw.org to register.

Yankee Pedlar Inn Hosts Program: Reconstructing the Artistic Journey of Miss Jeanne Bertrand--20th Century Photographer/Sculptor


93 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-9226.

"From Torrington to Boston and Beyond: Reconstructing the Artistic Journey of Miss Jeanne Bertrand, Early 20th Century Photographer and Sculptor" by Gary V. Smith, M.A., D.A. Join us on September 19th to hear the amazing story of Jeanne Bertrand, a "rediscovered" early 20th century photographer. The program will begin at 7pm and will be presented at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, 93 Main Street, Torrington. During the past few years Gary Smith, a scholar and former Torrington resident has researched the life and work of early 20th century photographer and artist Jeanne Bertrand (1880-1957). Dr. Smith's journey into Miss Bertrand's fascinating life has resulted in a program that will be shared with the public for the first time on Wednesday, September 19th. The program is sponsored by the Torrington Historical Society and made possible with support from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council. A French immigrant, Jeanne Bertrand's career as a photographer began in her adopted home of Torrington, Connecticut and continued with great success in Boston and New York, where she later lived. In 1902, the Boston Globe featured an article about the 21 year old Bertrand and referred to her as "one of the eminent photographers of Connecticut". Jeanne Bertrand was also a sculptor and while in New York, studied with C.S. Pietro, a prominent sculptor of the time. Bertrand was well known in art circles but although successful at an early age, her life was often tumultuous and in later years, her work was all but forgotten. However, the story of Jeanne Bertrand is ultimately one of triumph over obstacles. Until her death in 1957, she continued at her work, always remaining the accomplished artist that she had worked so hard to become. The discovery of Jeanne Bertrand and her work is an exciting story as well. Gary V. Smith discovered the name of Jeanne Bertrand while researching early 20th century Torrington photographers at the Torrington Historical Society. More extensive research into her life and work occurred after Sylvie Bouvier, a French photojournalist, contacted the Historical Society in search of information about Miss Bertrand. Dr. Smith and Ms. Bouvier eventually collaborated on research and together, they have been able to piece the story of Jeanne Bertrand's life and work. The result of this research is the exciting and enlightening program that Dr. Smith has produced. After decades of obscurity, Jeanne Bertrand will be revealed to a 21st century audience. Gary V. Smith was born and raised in Torrington and received a B.S. degree from Villanova University, an M.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Wesleyan University and a Doctor of Arts from Lehigh University, where he was a Carnegie Fellow. He was a Professor at Alabama State University for 25 years and also has taught at Ricker College, Moravian College, and Pennsylvania State University. He is currently semi-retired and teaches at South University in Montgomery Alabama. In addition to his extensive teaching background, Gary V. Smith has authored books and articles on subjects as diverse as the Middle East, genealogy, and vital statistics. Please note that because of the current exhibit at the Historical Society, The Jeanne Bertrand program will take place at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, 93 Main Street, Torrington, CT on Wednesday September 19th, 7PM. The suggested donation for this program is $2; Torrington Historical Society members are free. Seating is limited. There are no reserved seats.

Rebuilding a Neighborhood: A Bus Tour of South End with Ruth Glasser Ph.D. and Craig Russell, Executive Director of the Loyola Project - Waterbury


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 ext10.

4 p.m.  to 6 p.m. Join Dr. Ruth Glasser and Craig Russell on a tour of the South End of the city. Participants will tour the Shrine of St. Anne and Perrault’s Spring and Equipment, an historic iron fabricating shop that makes specialty parts for machines and sports cars. Learn the history of the neighborhood and the plans for its future including new and restored houses, removal of old factories and the path for the Greenway along the Naugatuck River. The Loyola Development Corporation is a non-profit organization established to prevent and eliminate neighborhood deterioration and to promote the general social welfare of the community. This exhibit and related programs are supported by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Suggested Donation: Members: $10; Non-members: $15

Gunn Memorial Presents Understanding Medicare--Washington CT


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7586.

Join us for an informational Medicare seminar on Thursday, September 20th @ 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library. This seminar is designed to help baby boomers and other beneficiaries learn the basics of Medicare and make informed health care decisions. Licensed Health Insurance Professional, Margaret Foran Ackley will give a Powerpoint presentation about the intricacies of enrolling in Medicare to those applying for the first time, or for members considering making changes in their current coverage. The seminar will include the basics of Medicare, different parts of the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment windows. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about their coverage options and how to find coverage that best meets their health and financial needs. Each attendee will receive "Medicare Made Clear – Answer Guide," an easy-to-use reference for understanding Medicare options and frequently used Medicare language.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration recommended.

Civil War music program at Beardsley and Memorial Library - Winsted


40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: (860) 379-6043.

Widely recognized authority on American traditional and historical music, Rick Spencer will be presenting The Boys on the Battlefield: The Civil War as Told by Its Popular Songwriters, at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.Spencer’s presentations strongly emphasize songs which give insight into the American spirit. In addition, Spencer has appeared on numerous recordings, as well as public radio, television, theater and numerous documentaries, often portraying sailors, but in the CPTV production of Mark Twain’s Hartford, he portrayed Twain’s friend and co-author, Charles Dudley Warner.Rounding out his list of accomplishments, Spencer is the former executive director and curator of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum in Franklin, CT and he is currently expanding his creative genius into the artistic realm. More information regarding Rick Spencer, his programs and samples of his music may be found on www.catfeather.com.The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Beardsley and Memorial Library and is free and open to the public.


Bristol Historical Society Lecture: America's History in American's Coins


98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-583-6309.

At 7 p.m. on September 20th, the Rev. Dr. Marcia Eveland, a pastor of the United Church of Christ, will present a program on historical coins of the United States at the Bristol Historical Society.  Pastor Marcia is representing the Katherine Gaylord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Bristol Coin Club. Pastor Marcia has been collecting coins since 1994.  Ancient coins with biblical significance were her first interest.  However, she discovered that certain American coins have great back stories and her interest shifted to the American coins. The United States has been minting coins for over 200 years.  Major historical events in our country's history are chronicled in its coins.  Holding a coin in one's hand is like holding a historical moment in one's hand.  Pastor Marcia will have coins which members of the audience will be able to hold, examine and, perhaps, experience that moment of history. Light refreshments will be served.   Admission is free for members; $5 for non-members.  Attendance is limited to 100 people.  The Bristol Historical Society Museum is located at 98 Summer Street.  The museum can be entered from Center Street, Summer Street or from a ramp on the east side of the rear parking lot.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

TGI Third Thursday Presents: Big Band Music with Members from the Red Satin Band - Waterbury


144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381 ext 10.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for the sound of the Big Band era as members from the Red Satin Band recreate some of your favorite music of the time. Purchase a membership at TGI Third Thursday and admission is free.