Litchfield Historical Society Offers Lunch and Learn Talks Re American Archives Month


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

On Friday, October 21, 2011 the Litchfield Historical Society continues their series of Lunch and Learn Talks to celebrate American Archives Month with The Making of The Making of a New England Town. Architectural historian and Litchfield resident Rachel Carley will discuss the value of archives in writing town histories.  Research for her upcoming book Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town, an illustrated study of Litchfield's past through its buildings and landscapes that relied heavily on the Society's collections.  She will explain how she used little-known maps, early photographs, and other documents to support new theories about Litchfield's history while debunking longstanding myths about the town's evolution.  Check the website for further information.

Tots In The Park - Nature's Creepy Critters


10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

10:30 a.m., bring your toddlers and join Ranger Stefanie at the Ansonia Nature Center for this special program for very young naturalists.Halloween is the time of year for getting spooked by nature's creepy critters including spiders, bats, and owls. Come find out if they are really as scary as we think they are. Tuition is $6.00 per session per family. ($4.00 for Ansonia residents and family-level F.A.N.C.I, members) Class size is limited so please register in advance.

5th Annual Harvest Bounty Wine and Brewfest--Litchfield Community Center


421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8302.

Come to the Litchfield Community Center, Saturday, October 22nd for the 5th annual Harvest Bounty Wine and Brewfest and enjoy great libations, delicious craft beer, wine tasting, local fare from Chowderheads and Village Restaurant, balloon pop and rocking music from Potter's Field and Bonzai Tribe and taste different micro-brews from 4-8PM.  Cost $20 in advance/$25 at door.  21 and over welcome.

Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine New Book--Double Life--Booksigning--Washington CT


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

On Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 2PM  the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot will host Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine at a book signing of their book--Double Life.  An important and entertaining work, this new book promises to both entertain film and television buffs and serve as an important document in the fight for equal rights in gay marriage.

Introduction To Fly Tying Class -


40 Munroe Place, Winsted, CT 06098. Phone: 860-379-6043.

On Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public.  Call to register 860-379-6043.

ZOMBIE Men Without Instruments performs in benefit concert for Danbury Music Centre


256 Main Street, Danbury, CT Phone: 203-748-1716.

On Saturday, at 8 p.m.The Danbury Music Centre invites you to a scary zombie doo-wop concert  in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at 256 Main Street, Danbury.  Carlos Sousa and his a cappella group, “Zombie Men Without Instruments”, will perform swing, rock ‘n roll, and other popular music in tight four-part harmony as a benefit for the programs of the Danbury Music Centre. Admission to this fun concert is $15 per person, which includes wines, fruit punch, sumptuous desserts and hors d’oeuvres following the performance. Tickets may be purchased at the door – cash and checks only. Checks are made payable to the Danbury Music Centre. For additional information, call  or email.

Civil War Event--The Life and Times of Wiliam Webb--Gunn Memorial Museum


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

On Saturday, October 22, 2011  at 1PM at the Gunn Memorial Museum Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library History and Geneology Unit, will present a compelling first person living hisotry performance of The Life and Times of William Webb--An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut.  He will illustrate the struggles of African American soldiers during the Civil War.  Program is free and open to the public.

Autumnfest With The Friends Of The Ansonia Nature Center


10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., join the friends of the Ansonia Nature Center to celebrate this glorious season of the year.This year, visitors will be able to board a horse-drawn story wagon, the horse-drawn wagon rides provided by Maple View Farm in Orange. The wagon rides will take place between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and as the horses clip clop over the hill and through the fields of the Nature Center, riders will listen to/tales of the history of the Center and a spooky story or two. Cost of the story wagon ride is $5.00 per person. At 2.00 p.m., musician, Nancy Tucker, will present a perfor­mance at the visitor center. Known for her spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience, her family shows are a masterful weaving of familiar and original songs tied together with intelligent belly-laugh-inspiring humor. Get lost in the kids hay bale maze. Carve a pumpkin, learn about the animals associated with Halloween and visit the nature store. Support the Friends of the Nature Center when you buy fresh-squeezed cider and delicious cinnamon donuts, and get some apple and pumpkin treats to take home.

Connecticut Cheese & Wine Festival 2011 at Hopkins Vineyard


25 Hopkins Rd, New Preston, CT Phone: 860 868-7954.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A Celebration of artisanal handcrafted cheeses and wines, small farms and small batch producers of all natural specialty foods from small farms and artisan food producers in Connecticut and the Northeast US. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cheeses, wines, all natural handcrafted breads, chocolates, jams, produce, flavored butters, sauces, honey, maple syrup and more. Meet cheese makers, wine makers, bakers, farmers and small batch artisan food producers while tasting their regionally distinctive food and beverage creations. There will be fun activities scheduled throughout the day including cooking demos by top Connecticut chefs, face painting, hay rides and live music. Great fun for the whole family! Event takes place under tent so bring the whole family-come rain or shine! Admission to the festival is $15 purchased on-line at  and (children 12 and under are free). There is limited space so please purchase admission early to ensure a spot.

All Hollow's Eve at The Glebe House


49 Hollow Rd, Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-263-2855.

Rain Date-October 29 Time: 5:00-9:00 Cost: $25 per family, $12 per person-advance tickets$10 per person, $22 per family. Visitors to the Woodbury's historic Glebe House Museum can look into its spooky past between 5 and 9 p.m. Tour guided by costumed spirits will visit the Ancient Burying Grounds, relating tales from the darker side of 18th and 19th century Woodbury. Burying grounds with 20 of Woodbury's most famous and infamous 'spirits' at their gravesites. A very spooky candlelit tour in the musuem. Stories and tales from Moll Cramer, the Witch of Woodbury told in the Museum cottage. Tarot Card readings by Madame Suzolo. Free fall refreshments. The Hollow will be closed to traffic and the area, including the walk to and through the cemetery will be lit with over 200 lumaniries. Details, tickets: the Woodbury Public Library or call 203-263-2855.