Institute of American Indian Studies - Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club Lecture Series: “Connecticut Yesteryears - The Walum Olum”


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

On Sunday 3 p.m to 4:30 p.m. Where did the early Connecticut Native Americans come from? Did they migrate over the Bering Strait? How did they navigate the North American continent and did they encounter any resistance? John Lee’s power point presentation “Connecticut Yesteryears - The Walum Olum” will discuss that controversial account of indigenous peopling of North America. John’s talk is based on “Connecticut Yesteryears So Saith The Wind “by Alfred P. Knapp, a book published in the early 1900s which recounts the origins of the Lenni Lenape of New Jersey and New York, and the Mohicans and Pequots in Connecticut. The story was passed down through oral legend with the recitation of Lenni Lenape pictographs drawn on wooden tablets, called the Walum Olum. The account gives credence to the theory that Connecticut Indians were part of a large migration from the west in prehistoric days. Their close alliance accounts for the high regard that CT. Indians had for the Lenni Lenape, referring to them as the “grandfathers.” John Lee, is a resident of Warren. Ct. and a retired school administrator who has taught Native American Literature and Culture to high school students.   Fee: $5; Free to LHAC Members


Warner Theatre - An Afternoon with Adriana Trigiani


68 Main Street, Torrington, CT

2 p.m. Her third novel in the Valentine series, THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY, will be released Nov 26, 2013! Each ticket purchase will include an autographed copy of THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY. Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Among her many television credits, Adriana was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, Growing up Funny, garnered an Emmy nomination for Lily Tomlin.

Newtown Historical Society Program at the Matthew Curtiss House: Holiday Open House and Musical Performance--Newtown


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

On Sunday, Dec 8, 2013--Holiday Open House and Musical Performance from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Matthew Curtiss House.
The Matthew Curtiss House will be decorated for the holidays, and the sounds of historic and holiday tunes will fill the air, so come sit by the fire and join us for a cup of hot cider.  Rebecca and John Arkenberg, and Bruce Larkin, of Stratford, will be performing from 1:00 – 3:00.

6th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair Danbury Museum

12/11/2013 to 12/21/2013

43 Main Street, Danbury, CT Phone: 203-743-5200.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Unique, handcrafted gifts! Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including:
jewelry, glassware, quilted, crocheted and knitted items, birdhouses & feeders, handmade soaps, greeting cards, scarfs, gloves, gifts for your pets, holiday decor, accessories, purses and much more! Our exhibit space, Huntington Hall, is filled with creative items from local artisans & crafters. We hope you'll stop & shop local. The museum gift shop will be open too!

Danbury Museum and Historical Society BOOK SIGNING & LATE NIGHT SHOPPING!


43 Main Street, Danbury, CT Phone: 203-743-5200.

Get your copy and have it signed! Danbury's Third Century: From Urban Status to Tricentennial Author William Devlin will be here
Thursday, December 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Devlin will also be back on Saturday, December 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. for another round of signing. It makes a great gift for any occasion and all proceeds benefit the DMHS! Hardcover: $20 Softcover: $15.

Gunn Cineman and CT Food Bank Presents a Film - A Place at the Table


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT Phone: 868-868-7586.

A Place at the Table Thursday, December 12, 6pm. 49 million people in the U.S. - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Starring Jeff Bridges,  this  documentary shows  how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation and explores solutions so that it could be solved.  Film running time: 84 minutes. A discussion and Q&A, led by Janet Kniffin of  Connecticut Food Bank, will follow the screening in the Wykeham Room. Refreshments will be served. Thanks to Washington resident Sandra Canning and Connecticut Food Bank for this presentation.

Gunn Memorial Library - For Children-Only Holiday Sale

12/12/2013 to 12/14/2013

5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-2310.

DECEMBER 12th - 14th Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 Friday 3:00 - 4:30 Saturday 10:00 - 1:00"FOR-CHILDREN-ONLY HOLIDAY SALE" Children can enjoy shopping for family members while parents catch up with their friends. Gifts will be wrapped & labeled! Call 860-868-2310 for more information - or to help.

Litchfield Historical Society - Historical Society Explores Christmas through the Ages


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

Did you know that during the Civil War, hardtack was used as Christmas decorations? Or that George Washington brought a camel home for the holidays to entertain his guests? Or that the pilgrims didn't even celebrate Christmas? To learn about these facts and more, join us at the Litchfield Historical Society on Thursday, December 12 at 10:00 am or 3:30 pm for Christmas through the Ages! Participants will take a historic journey, learning how Litchfield residents did (or didn't) celebrate Christmas. From the strict Congregationalists in the 1700s to today, we will take away all sorts of new holiday knowledge. We will also play games and create a craft symbolic of each era we discuss. This program is open to children ages 7 and up, and is $5 for members of the Historical Society and $10 for non-members. Registration is required—please register by Wednesday, December 11 for this event by calling (860) 567-4501 or emailing Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please call (860) 567-4501 or see

Shakesperienced - A Christmas Carol - Waterbury

12/13/2013 to 12/15/2013

117 Bank St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-754-2531 .

A Christmas Carol A Celebration of Our Blessings & Your Generosity. Shakesperience Studio Friday-Sunday, December 13-15
Friday at 9:30am, 12:30pm and 7pm Saturday at 2pm and  7pm Sunday at 2pmTickets: $15 Adults ($20 at the door) $10 Under 12 and Seniors ($15 at the door) *Tickets are non-refundable for this fundraiser production. * Charles Dickens' beloved classic is sung to life by a traveling band of carolers this holiday season at Shakesperience! Ebenezer Scrooge wasn't always a tight-fisted old miser. On a cold and foggy London evening, he is transported by ghosts to Christmases, past, present, and future. With his wretched future stretched out before him, Scrooge must truly consider the meaning of charity and the Christmas spirit.

The Silo Cooking Classes Gingerbread

12/13/2013 to 12/15/2013

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

Assistant Cooking School Director Nancy Stuart-Ploch returns with this Silo tradition! Parent and children, together, create a beautiful gingerbread house to take home. Decorate with over 85 kinds of candy, don't miss the FUN! Please sign up early as these classes sell out very quickly. Full participation, class size limited. Offered two ways. Traditional: Parents and children (ages 5 and up) team up to create their own beautiful gingerbread house from scratch to take home. Already Standing: For those with less time and younger children. Your gingerbread house is already assembled and standing. All you do is decorate! (Note: If you would like anAlready Standing gingerbread house for any of our gingerbread classes, call the Cooking School with your request when you register so we may accommodate you.) $85 per house for each parent/child or adult team. Maximum 3 people per team.