Newtown Historical Society Presents: Ellis Island by Arthur Gottlieb


25 Main Street , Newtown, CT Phone: 203-426-5937 .

Please join us on Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a presentation on Ellis Island given by Arthur Gottlieb at the C.H. Booth Library located at 25 Main Street in Newtown, CT.  It is estimated that over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island from the time it opened in 1892 through the year 1954 when the last immigrant exited its door.  Join us for a photo tour of this iconic New York landmark that so well represents America's rich and diverse cultural heritage.  Refreshments to follow presentation.

Newtown Hisorical Society Program: Memories of Ellis Island


25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-4533.

NEWTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY DISEMBARKS AT ELLIS ISLAND. Twelve million of our ancestors passed through Ellis Island on arriving in America between 1892 and 1954, offering a common heritage to more millions of later generations. The Newtown Historical Society will look at the history and traditions of Ellis Island in a presentation by Arthur Gottlieb, on April 14, 7.30 PM, in the meeting room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25). Named after an early owner, colonial New Yorker Samuel Ellis, the once small oyster island was used by the state to hold a 20-gun battery protecting New York harbor from 1794. Ceded to the Federal government in 1808, Fort Gipson was erected during the War of 1812 and maintained until it was decided to use the island as an immigration station. Much more space was needed for the new purpose, and material from ship's ballasts and from the New York City subway excavations was used to fill in the tidal flats until the under three acre island reached it's present size of over twenty-five acres; ninety percent of the island is artificial, and all of it lies on the New Jersey side of the border! Annie Moore, a fifteen-year-old from Ireland coming to join her family, was the first person to be processed at the station on January 1, 1892, and she was given a $10 gold coin to mark her place in history. The processing time averaged 2-5 hours, with a questionnaire and a health exam included. Only about two percent were rejected, usually for health reasons, criminal backgrounds or suspected mental deficiencies. The bulk of the total arrivals came before 1924, with a renewed wave of displace persons and refugees surrounding World War II. April 17, 1907, set the daily record of 11,747 immigrants processed, while the yearly record was 1,004,756, also in 1907. A Norwegian named Arne Peterssen brought closure to the station as the last person admitted in 1954. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Ansonia Nature Center - Spring Break Nature Days

04/14/2014 to 04/18/2014

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

Programs for four to five year olds will run from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 6 to 11 will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is for children who love the outdoors and wildlife. Classes will be educational and offer a chance to explore the 105 acres the park offers. To register call between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon. thru Fri.

WINE & CHEESE DISCOVERY at McLaughlin Vineyards


14 Alberts Hill Road, Sandy Hook, CT Phone: 203-426-1533.

With Sally Camm of Artisan Foods Northeast Learn the art of pairing cheese with wine. We will be tasting organic cheeses from the finest cheesemakers in the northeast. $35pp RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE CALL 203-426-1533.

Indian Rock Nature Preserve - Spring Gardening Program – Planting Spring Annuals by Winterberry Gardens:


501 Wolcott Road (Route 69), Bristol, CT Phone: 860-583-1234http.

Welcome Winterberry Gardens guest speaker: Sebby Milano, manager of the annuals department as he lectures about planting annuals. Register in advance now or call: 860-583-1234 Pay at the door.   Members - FREE  Non-Members - $5.00/per person April 15th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY Register Now,

Imagine Nation Museum - NanoDays - Bristol


1 Pleasant St., Bristol, CT Phone: 860-868-0518.

NanoDays at Imagine Nation Museum on Tuesday, April 15 from 10am-4pm. Join us as part of the nationwide festival about nanoscale science & engineering. Explore the tiny world of atoms, molecules & forces. Meet a nano scientist! Free with museum admission.

Litchfield Garden Club Program: The Great Healthy Yard Project


Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8302.

The Great Healthy Yard Project Program featuring Dr. Diane Lewis on April 16, 2015 - The Litchfield Garden Club is hosting a presentation presented by Dr. Diane Lewis on The Great Healthy Yard Project. She is an environmental activist and has embraced education as a means for implementing change. Dr. Lewis has combined her knowledge of medicine with her love of the environment to become involved in a movement to protect our most valuable resources as well as our own health. The presentation is being held at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on April 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. Light refreshments served at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission and reservations are not required.

Infinity Music Hall Presents Carolina Chocolate Drops--Norfolk


Route 44, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 866-666-6306.

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 • Carolina Chocolate Drops • 8:00 pmGenre: American/Folk/Roots. The Grammy-winning African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops have come a long way since they emerged on the scene in 2010 with their cover of Blue Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style". Check the website for further information.

The Silo - Hunt Hill Farm Trust - SILO KIDS With Nancy Stuart.


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

On Wed. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SILO KIDS With Nancy Stuart. Looking for a great activity for your children during school vacation? We’ve got it for you.  Young chefs join Nancy Stuart in preparing a Spring menu - while having a great time - and learning skills to last them a life-time.  (Full participation.) Ages 6-10.

Infinity Music Hall Presents The James Hunter Six--Norfolk


Route 44, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 866-666-6306.

On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 • The James Hunter Six • 8:00 pmGenre: Classic R&B/Rock.  James Hunter was born October 2, 1962 into a working–class family in Colchester, Essex. "It wasn't quite like growing up with the blues in Alabama, but in my part of England, anywhere south of Watford would be considered Alabama".  Check the website for further information.