Naugatuck Historical Society Program: Earth Day Planting and Clean Up


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

Colette's Crafts – Reverse Painting, April 14, 11am--Let your children's get their hands on history this month through the exploration of reverse painting. Reverse painting is the same technique used in the Salem Bridge Clocks on display at the Museum. $2 per child, registration recommended.



University Boulevard, Danbury, CT Phone: (203) 837-8486.

7:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE WCSU Observatory and Planetarium: The facility is located on the WCSU Westside Campus, which is off Exit 4 (Lake Avenue) of Interstate 84. After exiting the Interstate, travel about 0.7 mile west on Route 6 to the main campus entrance, then another 0.7 mile up the main campus road, University Boulevard. You will pass Centennial Hall (new dormitory) on your left; continue straight. At the new Campus Center (on the right), turn left and proceed a short distance to the observatory road, which will be on your left and facing the Pinney Hall dormitory. Parking around the WCSU Observatory and Planetarium is very limited (typically, 4 to 6 vehicles), but there is additional parking on nearby University Boulevard.

Kent Historical Society Program: Civilian Conservation Corps in Kent


4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-4587.

A special presentation by the Kent Historical Society on April 29, 2012 at 2PM in Kent Town Hall, will feature a former member of the CCC Camp in Macedonia in 1937.  Charles Bigelow, now 92, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 as an 18 year old.  He was assigned to Camp Macedonia Brook in Kent and assisted in the building of the magnificent stone retaining walls in Macedonia State Park that are visible from th Park road.  The CCC men also built stone walls along a switch back road to the top of the falls just north of the Kent falls parking lot.  He will be joined by author and CCC historian Marty Podskoch.  This is an opponturinty to learn about the efforts to put people back to work during the Great Depression.

The Gunn Museum's new exhibit Art from the Earth: Early American Stoneware - Washington


5 Wykeham Road, Rte. 47, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

Stoneware Exhibit Opening Reception. Join us on Sunday April 29, from 1-3pm at the Gunn Museum in Washington, Connecticut for the opening of the exhibit, Art from the Earth: Early American Stoneware. This exhibition will feature over one hundred pieces of uniquely decorated stoneware, made in the Northeast between 1780 and 1880, assembled by Edwin and Thayer Hochberg, in addition to pieces from David Behnke & Paul Doherty, and Edward & Judith Kelz. Led by artistic director Chris Zaima and designer Sandy Booth this exhibit features wall murals by local artists Keith Templeton and John Pitts, the former scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Large and elaborate examples of stoneware will be creatively displayed on beautiful antique tables, cupboards and armoires from Monique Shay Antiques of Woodbury. Many of the items in this exhibit are for sale including the furniture from Monique Shay and all of the Hochberg stoneware, with a percentage of every sale donated to the Museum.

Barkhamsted Historical Society's One Room Schoolhouse Open House


Center Hill Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06068. Phone: 860-738-2456.

The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse , the Old Center School in Barkhamsted will be open to the public from 1PM to 4PM on Sunday, April 29, 2012.  Come and find out what school was like in the old days.  Ask questions; read the old books, review a high school entrance exam, try your had at various toys and games, or do some arithmetic problems on a slate.  All free of charge. Children are especially welcome.

Litchfield Historical Society Lecture: "Old Litchfield's Best Sons: The Wadhams


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

"Old Litchfield's Best Sons": The Wadhams Brothers in the Civil War -- Sunday, April 29--Time: 3:00 pm--Location: Litchfield History Museum--Fee: Free; donations accepted.  Litchfield was not immune from the drama and tragedy that befell so many American communities during the Civil War. Teacher and historian Peter Vermilyea shares the experience of three brothers from Litchfield County from their enlistment in the Union Army to the battlefields of Virginia. As we commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Wadhams' story illuminates the experiences and sacrifices of Northern families during that struggle.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side; Spring Wild Edibles Walk at The Institute of American Indian Studies - Washington

04/29/2012 to 04/29/2012

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

Do you enjoy the taste of fresh, organic, locally grown foods? Not only do they taste great but they are also full of healthy nutrients. But what about wild plants such as ramps, wood sorrel or garlic mustard? Many common plants are edible, delicious and have medicinal uses. Join Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living to learn how to identify and use some important plant species found growing in your own backyard. CT Educators may earn 0.3 CEUs Fee: $15; $12 IAIS Members