Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy - Valentines' Day Weekend

02/15/2014

55 Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-2062.

Bring your Valentine to the most romantic place in Litchfield Courtship at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl  Conservancy. 4 p.m.to 6 p.m. An Afternoon with the Birds.  Wine & Beer, Hors d oeuvres, Aviary Exploration.  Watch the Eiders cooing & wooing in their full breeding plumage.  Listen to the Common Merganser sing to his mate. Bonfire to keep you and your Valentine warm. The Common Eiders are wearing their best tuxedos for the occasion! For tickets call or email info@lrwc.net. Please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather  An Afternoon with Birds will be moved to Sunday, Feb. 16th. Members: $50/Non members: RSVP by 2/11/ 14.

The New England Carousel Museum Presents The Chaparrals!

02/15/2014

95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-585-5411.

7 to 11p.m. Concert. Snacks and set-ups for sale. $10.00 per person.  Singles welcome. Fun for all! Call for reservations of 8 or more.

New Morning Market Winter Tree Identification

02/15/2014

129 Main Street North, Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-263-4868.

9:00am-4:00pm Dave Neal This fun and informative class will attempt to integrate multiple techniques for proper identification of native and some naturalized trees. Although no replacement for a formal Dendrology course, it will introduce you to morphologically unique characteristics that are used to separate and identify species. We'll go over basic twig anatomy, followed by a more comprehensive look at tree identification using bark characteristics and symptomatic appearance of disease. Winter is an excellent time to view these physical. The objective is not to over burden you with too much information, allow a general conceptual framework for Winter Tree ID. After a break we will continue outdoors (dress appropriately),where we will stop at a number of trees around the store where you will learn each tree's importance as a forest tree. Arboricultural concepts and treatments will be drawn both from discussion during the day, and your questions! All proceeds of this course will be donated to the Center for Biological Diversity. GET Tickets: $40.00.

Miranda Vineyard Hosts Valentine Dinner--Goshen

02/15/2014

42 Ives Rd., Goshen, CT 06756. Phone: 860-491-9906.

On Saturday, February 15, 2014 the Miranda Vineyard will host a Valentine Dinner.  Check the website for further  details.

White Memorial Conservation Center Program: Connecticut Reptiles: Snaking Their Way into Your Heart--Litchfield

02/15/2014

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

On Saturday, February 15 2014 at 2PM in the A.B. Ceder Room of White Memorial Conservation Center a program:  CT Reptiles: Snaking Their Way into Your Heart will be held.  Brian Kleinman owner of Riverside Reptiles presents his latest DVD and introduces you to some of our native species.  Registration: Members $15, Non-Members $20. 

David M. Hunt Library Hosts LOaVEs In the Stacks--Falls Village

02/15/2014

63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Phone: 860-824-7424.

LOaVEs IN THE STACKS:  A Sweet & Savory Benefit for the David M. Hunt Library--David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031, 860-824-7424. Saturday, February 15, 5PM to 8PM (snowdate 2/16. 2pm). Tickets:  $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For its annual winter fund raiser, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village extends Valentine's Day with LOaVEs IN THE STACKS, an evening of tasty breads, games, and poetry taking place on Saturday, February 15, from 5-8pm.  Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic  refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and can be purchased by stopping by the library, visiting www.huntlibrary.org or by calling 860-824-7424. The main feature of LOaVEs IN THE STACKS will be a 16-ft long bread board with a variety of homemade breads ranging from sweet dessert loaves to hearty savory breads baked by Falls Village residents.  The breads will be complimented by a range of sides and condiments including cheeses and dipping sauces.  Many of the breads will also be available for purchase. There will also be music, games, and prizes, ensuring lots of fun for all.  New this year will be a photobooth for guests to strike a pose mimicking the event's poster, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in 1932's No Man of Her Own.  Noted composer and songwriter Joshua Stone will present his latest edition of the crowd favorite "Name that Tune"-game with a focus on love songs.  Throughout the evening the Hunt Library-invented game, Love in the Stacks, will be played by contestants supplied with clues to locate a poem or reading hidden in the library's stacks.  Once found, the reading will be presented to a designated special guest who will read the item aloud.  Guest readers so far include Rita Delgado, Brook Martinez, Colter Rule, and Carol Taylor.  Game contestants will receive a variety of prizes including flowers, books, and a gift certificate for The Falls Village Inn.

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Program: Third Saturdays: Family Art Experiences with Dan Yaccarino--Ridgefield

02/15/2014

258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-4519.

Third Saturdays: Family Art Experiences with Dan YaccarinoSaturday, February 15 · 10 am to 3 pm. FREE for members and chldren 18 and under; FREE with the price of admission. Join Dan Yaccarino, the illustrator of hit cartoons such as Oswald and The Backyardigans, to explore his book Doug Unplugged. He will read Doug Unplugged, as well as its not-yet-released sequel, and sign books. During the signing, families are invited to make their own games to play during electronics-free "unplugged" time. From 10 am to 12 noon, children aged two to five are invited to play in the galleries, followed by storytime and art-making. From 1 to 3 pm, children aged six to ten are invited to engage in gallery games and hands-on art projects. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Yaccarino will participate in both sessions, which also include snacktime. Although the workshops are geared to a specific age range, siblings and friends of all ages are welcome to join in! Dan Yaccarino is the creator of numerous award-winning children's books (including Unloveable), magazine illustrations, painting exhibitions, and animated television series (including Oswald and the upcoming Willa's Wild Life). His work has been enjoyed by millions of adults and children around the world. Growing up in Montclair, New Jersey, he was influenced by comic books, vintage animation, toys and old films. Yaccarino lives in New York City with his wife, two children, and vintage toy collection. Visit danyaccarino.com/ys/ to learn more about the author.

Haight-Brown Vineyard Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Classes

02/15/2014 to 02/15/2014

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

Join us for The World's Best Cheeses with a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate paring class @ 1pm and 3pm. $35 per person. It's educational, fun and lots of yummy wine and food. All HBV wine is paired with a cheese and or chocolate. Every month a different region of the world is featured for cheese - this month it is from the UK. HBV wine glass to take home! 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.

White Memorial Conservation Center Hosts Llama Walk with Debbie Elias --Litchfield

02/16/2014

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

Llama Walk with Debbie Elias and Friend from Country Quilt Llama Farm. Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum Parking lot. $15.00 per participant. Register directly through Debbie Elias by calling: 860-672-2753 or emailing: cqlf6@hotmail.com. Stroll our trails with Deb Elias and friend from Country Quilt Llama Farm. CQLF has been presenting educational programs at schools and libraries for twenty years.  Get your chance to walk a llama and find out how easy it is.  Along the walk you will also learn all kinds of llama information. This is appropriate for children and adults.  Sign-ups are necessary with a limit of 10 people per walk. A portion of the fee will be donated to White Memorial. Llama walk schedule can be flexible! Call to arrange your own date!

Newtown Friends of Music Host Ying Quartet

02/16/2014

Edmond Town Hall, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-6470.

On SUNDAY, February 16, 2014, at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon with a concert by The YING QUARTET. Mini Subscriptions for the three spring concerts are still available.. Come early to get a good parking spot.  Stay late to enjoy fabulous cookies. Call in your reservations for your music loving friends.  See more details on our website.