Litchfield History Museum - Lecture: Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic


Corner of East & South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

7 p.m. Adult Content. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Registration: Yes, email Doron S. Ben-Atar and Richard D. Brown will be here to discuss their new book Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic. The book explores two New England cases of bestiality crimes and the following trials, including that of Litchfield’s Gideon Washburn. Was it a decent respect of animal rights, ageism, or family or community feuds that led to trials of these two men? Or were these accusations, convictions and appeals part of a cultural struggle to harken back to puritan times in the face of modernity? This book puts the accusation of bestiality, a practice that is still in the news today, into historical context. More than just a book of history, Taming Lust is entertaining and engaging, combining novel-like historical narrative and in depth analysis. Ultimately, in studying these two isolated cases, in understanding these crimes and their perpetrators’ convictions, the authors offer a vivid portrait of American culture at the end of the eighteenth century. The two authors conducted a portion of their research in the archives at the Historical Society.

History Bities Lecture Series -- Gunn Memorial Library -- Women at Work: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Connection to The Gunnery


5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 96793. Phone: 860-868-7756.

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at noon the History Bites Lecture Series at Gunn Memorial Library.  Olivia Judd, 2013-14 Gunn Scholar at The Gunnery will speak on Women at Work: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Connection to The Gunnery.  Ms. Judd will look into the relationship of the Stowe, Beecheer, and Gunn families and the impact they made on The Gunnery and the nation as a whole.  Free and open to the public.

Imagine Nation Museum - 23rd Annual Day of Caring


One Pleasant Street, Bristol, CT Phone: (860) 540-3160.

The United Way of West Central Connecticut, serving the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth, will celebrate its 23rd Annual Day of Caring on Friday, May 16th, 2014. This annual community-wide volunteer event is a chance for individuals to give, advocate and volunteer. Day Of Caring is made possible by the individuals and corporations who donate their time through the support of the United Way.   The Imagine Nation Museum, located at One Pleasant Street, Bristol, will be closed to the public on this day. The museum will be getting picked up and perked up on this day thanks to the team of dedicated volunteers.

White Flower Farm Hosts The Great Tomato Celebration--Litchfield


167 Litchfield Rd, Morris, CT 06763. Phone: 860-567-8789.

On Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18, 2014 come to White Flower Farm and enjoy The Great Tomato Celebration.  Hundreds of varieties of tomatoes to purchase for your summer garden.  Check the website for further information.

Haight-Brown Vineyard - Health Benefits of Resveretol


29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4045.

On Friday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This presentation will focus on the naturopathic philosophy that our first medicine should be our food. The health benefits of flavonoids, which are the bright pigments of red, blue, purple and yellow in fruits and vegetables, and a non - flavonoid found in red wine, resveratrol, will be discussed. This is inspiring information about the healing power of nature.  Enjoy a glass of wine during the presentation.  Cost: $25.  Sign up online.

Haight-Brown Vineyard - Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Class


29 Chestnut Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4045.

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Classes. Join us for The World's Best Cheeses with a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate paring class at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Cost: $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. HBV wine glass to take home!  Check our website for WCC schedule <

8th Annual New Hartford Fishing Derby

05/17/2014 to 05/26/2014

Route 219, New Hartford, CT 06057. Phone: 860-379-1952.

The Eighth Annual New Hartford Fishing Derby will begin Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 6AM and run until 4PM on Memorial Day.  The fishing location is along the Farmington River between the Route 219 bridge and Satan's Kingdom.  The participant ho catches the tagged fish wins $3,000.  Biggest fish wins $500.  Other prizes awarded in junior and senior categories.  All participants must register in advance to win any prizes.  All fish must be weighed in each day before 6PM, 4PM on the last day.  Registration and weigh-ins will be held at Upcountry Sportsfishing in the Pine Meadow section.  Call for further details.

20th Annual Connecticut Craft Brewer's Fest--Naugatuck


615 North Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770.

On Saturday, May 17.2014 the 20th Annual Connecticut Craft Brewer's Fest will take place at the tents behind Jesse Camille's Restaurant in Naugatuck.  Gates open at 4:30PM, rain or shine.  Entertainment by Crosstown and the Rubber City Blues Band.  Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the gate.  Check the website for further information.

Eric Sloane Museum - The exhibit is entitled The Artist Who Loved the Sky: Cloudscapes, Weather and the World of Eric Sloane.


Route 7 (31 Kent-Cornwall Rd.) , Kent, CT Phone: (860) 927-3849.

Join us at the Eric Sloane Museum at an exhibit opening of paintings by Connecticut artist Eric Sloane, N.A. (1905-1985) on May 17th. The exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum and will feature and explore the artist’s treatment of the sky and clouds, a treatment for which Eric Sloane is especially known.The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will provide light refreshments in their hospitality tent from 11 AM – 1 PM. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4 pm. Regular admission: Adults $8.00, Senior Citizens, $6.00, Children 6 to 17 $5.00.




Super Saturday Community Event in Harwinton


100 Bentley Drive, Harwinton, CT 06791.

A "Super Saturday" community event for all ages will be held  Saturday,May 17, 2014 from 9:30AM to 2PM at the Harwinton Town Hall Complex.  There will be a craft festival, tag sales, paper shred-it event, kids art show and much more.  Come join in this community event.