Wisdom House Rereat-Conference Center Offers Armed Force's Day Labyrinth Walk--Litchfield


229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

ARMED FORCE'S DAY LABYRINTH WALK--On Saturday, May 18 from 10 am-11:30 am, veterans, those in active duty, and their friends and family are invited to a free labyrinth walk at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. Guests are invited to meet at the Labyrinth on the Center's grounds where a brief introduction will be given and then all will be invited to walk the 7-circuit labyrinth which has been on the property of Wisdom House since 1997. Call for further information.

Wisdom House - Armed Force's Day Labyrinth Walk


229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Saturday, May 18 from 10 am - 11:30 am, Veterans, those in active duty, and their friends and family are invited to a free labyrinth walk at Wisdom House. Guests are invited to meet at the Labyrinth at Wisdom House where a brief introduction will be given and then all will be invited to walk the 7 - circuit labyrinth which has been on the property of Wisdom House since 1997. For further information, visit www.wisdomhouse.org, email programs@wisdomhouse.org  or call 860-567-3163.

Beardsley & Memorial Library- Fly Fishing Class with Dr. Schildgen


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

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.  Learn fly casting basics and how to fly fish   Outfits (including poles) will be provided for the class. Register for class at (860) 379-6043. This program is free and open to the public.

H.O.R.S.E. of CT - Spring Open House


43 Wilbur Road, Washington, CT Phone: (860) 866-1960.

Our Spring Open House will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 to 3:00.  There will be pony rides for small children (12 - 2 p.m.), a boutique sale, tack sale, hourly tour, and silent auction. Take a tour and meet the horses - don't forget to bring carrots! Rain date Sunday, May 19.

Brookfield Garden Club Hosts Plant Sale


185 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804. Phone: 203-775-7991.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8AM to 12 noon at the Brookfield Library the Brookfield Garden Club will hold their annual Plant Sale.  Perennials grown by members, annuals, herb and vegetable plants and garden ornaments will be available for purchase.  Entrance is free. 

Institute For American Indian Studies - Spring Awakenings; Detox & Cleanse the Body and Mind


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

On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Connecticut family herbalist Dawyn Cloud Alter of Cherokee descent and learn how to rejuvenate your mind and body after a long cold winter!   A good detox program includes resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. Dawyn will discuss how toxins are removed from the body, which herbs are beneficial and end the program with calming meditation (please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing). Products from Dawyn’s line “See the Dawn Natural Skin Care” will be available for purchase.CT Educators may earn 0.2 CEUs.  Please call for reservations.  Fee: $15; $12 IAIS Members.

New England Carousel Museum - The Chapparals


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

On Saturday, Doors open at 6:00pm, dancing 7:00-11:00pm. $12 /person. BYOB. Snacks available for sale. Pre-paid tables of 8 may be reserved

34th Annual Barrel Tasting at Hopkins Vineyard--New Preston

05/18/2013 to 05/19/2013

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

Noon-5pm, Rain or Shine • Wine Tasting • Barrel Samples • Local Artisan Food Sampling: Cheese, Paté and Fresh Fruit
• Live Music • Complimentary Hopkins Vineyard Wine Glass with admission.  Children under 12 free Non-alcoholic drinks provided for those under 21.  Come visit our wine tasting bar and vineyard shop located in our 19th century barn.  Please call the winery for a wine list or visit our web site at www.hopkinsvineyard.com

Barnes Nature Center - A Family Forest Walk


175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT Phone: 860-589-6082.

Join us for a Family Forest Walk at Barnes Nature Center, Sunday May 19th, from 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a trail hike while investigating the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest! Cost: Members-Free. Non-members-$10/family
Barnes Nature Center is located on 175 Shrub Rd, Bristol CT.

Kent Historical Society Sunday Series Hosts Tammy Denease Series: "Obscured Women"


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

SUNDAY SERIES at Kent Hisorical Society  FEATURES "ELIZABETH KECKLY, A LETTER TO FREDERICK" Tammy Denease's series "Obscured Women" will be presented as part of the Kent Historical Society's Sunday Series on May 19, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Kent Town Hall.  Ms. Denease will introduce you to Elizabeth "Lizzy" Keckly, a former enslaved woman, who purchased her own and her son George's freedom for $1200.00.  Ms. Denease will reflect upon Lizzy's life as a slave and her pathway to becoming a dressmaker (couturier) and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln and an informal advisor to President Lincoln.  As a maker of mantuas (an article of women's clothing), Lizzy would dress the elite in the finest of fashion.  Her reflections are sparked by writing a thank-you letter to Frederick Douglas, an American statesman, who had sent her a donation for the Contraband Relief Association which provided proper housing, clothes and food to help newly freed ex-slaves who had nowhere else to go and which Lizzy was instrumental in helping to establish in the nation's capitol.  At the end of the Civil War the name was changed to The Freedmen and Soldiers Relief Association. Lizzy also helped to establish The Home for Destitute Colored Women and Girls.  In her series, storyteller/teaching artist and living historian, Ms. Denease introduces us to the world of fascinating women who have been obscured through the annals of history yet were instrumental as African-Americans in the American Community.  Ms. Denease has developed performances and workshops appealing to a wide variety of audiences as she teaches history based on factual research.  The oral presentation engages her audiences through folk tales that teach life lessons and are coupled with hands-on activities that leave her audiences educated and eager to learn more.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  The Roger Sherman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has graciously sponsored the event.  The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education. Its members are direct descendants of the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the worlds largest and most active service organizations. Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington, D.C.'s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. To learn more about the work of today's DAR.