Goings On

Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month

June 1 – 12, 2017
Heroes and Legends: the Most Influential
Characters of Literature
With Dr. Thomas Shippey

Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion.
Heroes hold a special place in our imagination. Names such as Odysseus, Beowulf, and Queen Guinevere summon up mythic legends, while Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Huckleberry Finn are some of the most recognizable figures in all of world literature. Robinson Crusoe and Elizabeth Bennet are as real to us today as they were when Daniel Defoe and Jane Austen first created them. Meanwhile, Frodo Baggins, Harry Potter, and Lisbeth Salander are heroes for our age and the legends of the future.
What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? The answers to these questions tell us more than you might think. Great heroes have lasting power because they offer templates for behavior by showing us models of courage and fortitude. Whether by reinforcing traditional values or challenging values in flux, heroes reflect the mores of society. Some, such as Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist novel, have changed the course of history, while others have inspired countless leaders, writers, and artists.
Throughout the course, we will analyze stories through the lens of culture and find out how our changing culture and values affect our sense of what makes a good hero, and how our heroes reflect the mores of our society.
We will study and discuss a diverse spread of characters from the beginnings of world literature through today’s bestsellers. In addition to exploring the core of what makes a character successful, the breadth of this course provides a window on our shifting cultural value – and the way historical circumstances pave the way for certain heroes.
Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature is an incredible opportunity to study and discuss some of the most memorable and important characters ever created.
Dr. Thomas A. Shippey is Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University, where he held the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair of Humanities. He holds a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
Professor Shippey has published more than 100 articles, mostly in the fields of Old and Middle English language and literature, and he has a long-standing interest in modern fantasy and science fiction. He is a regular reviewer for The Wall Street Journal on both medieval and modern topics, and he also writes for The Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books, among other journals. His books include The Road to Middle-earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology; Beowulf: The Critical Heritage (with Andreas Haarder); J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century; and his edited collection The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous. He was also an adviser on pronunciation for Peter Jackson’s three Lord of the Rings movies.

Mondays, May 1 – June 12, 12:30 – 2 pm

Registration required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


Little Helpers
June 1 – 12, 2017
Paintings by Adrienne Zinn

Adrienne Zinn will exhibit her show entitled “Worldscapes” at Carole Peck’s Good News Café and Gallery.

Adrienne Zinn is a self-taught artist who discovered her passion for painting later in life. Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, Adrienne grew up sailing with her father in Long Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Her father’s love of the ocean and his own artistic expression fostered Adrienne’s love of art beginning in early childhood. (adriennebeth.wixsite.com).

As Adrienne states in her own words, “When I uncovered my ability to paint, I knew that an artist had been living inside of me. I begin my paintings with the shapes and colors I see. The painting then comes to life as my feelings about the subject surfaces. I enjoy experimenting with various mediums and methods, so each of my works are different in some way. I have a particular affinity for depicting culture, boats, water, and dogs. My training in sociology and my world travels are strong influences on my work. Painting has become an integral part of who I am today” (Adrienne Zinn).

Drawn to the people and cultures of distant places, Adrienne’s collections reflect and depict the everyday life of the people and her love for the land and wildlife of Africa and the Antarctic creating these paintings to exemplify a comprehensive portrayal of the beauty of these lands. Loving to work in different mediums, Adrienne has a special expressionist collection called “Berlin”. Using the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin as the model, these paintings reflect her interpretation of this historic era. A final and quite special series in Adrienne’s cannon, called “The Tiny House Series”, is a collection of vivid 4”x 4” acrylic on stretched canvas paintings of flowers and garden vegetables making them the perfect added touch to the little nooks and crannies of one’s home.  Adrienne’s work has been shown throughout Georgia, in such places as the “Grandview Gallery”. She has also been featured in “Fine Art America” and “The Art Colony”. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of sociology, possessing 28 years in the airline industry, and having experienced the beauty of all seven continents, Adrienne’s collections do indeed reflect the influence of culture and world travel.

Adrienne presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Ben Zinn, a retired aerospace engineering professor. In her free time, Adrienne loves gardening, kayaking, and spending time with her mother, brothers, children, daughter-in-law, and four grand-dogs. She loves to communicate with people and speaks both French and Spanish. An avid reader, Adrienne has been a member of a book club for several years. In possessing a love and desire to care for the wildlife of her area, in particular birds, Adrienne happily shares her balcony by welcoming any winged creature to be her guest to the bird bath and several feeders she has provided for them.


Good News Cafe
694 Main Street South

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolpecksgoodnews

June 1 – 29, 2017
Mixed Media
Carol Moore

Carol Moore will have her mixed media artwork for sale and on display in the Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery at the Oliver Wolcott Library.

Carol Moore is a lifelong resident of Litchfield, currently residing in Bantam. She is well-know in the area for her colorful, energy-charged paintings and pottery. Carol has always been drawn to the negative spaces apparent in industrial sites and street scenes and her paintings reflect this keen interest. Plein air (painting on location) landscapes and florals are also a favorite in pastel, oil, acrylic, and watercolor mixed media. Her membership to the Renaissance Artists has lead to a series of figure drawings in ink with intriguing backgrounds that can be seen at her studio in Bantam.

Travel is a way of painting new, exciting places which adds to her many collections. Carol paints her way through life creating memories of her many trips. She also creates one-of-a-kind pottery planters, wall decorations, wall sconces, and functional pieces at her home studio and teaches weekly classes in pottery and painting there.

Carol has received numerous awards and prizes and her works are displayed in collections throughout the United States. She has a MA from Wesleyan University and attended the University of Hartford Graduate Studies Art Program, as well as the University of Connecticut and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She is a member of many art societies, including Artwell, Inc., Washington Art Association, Kent Art Association, The Rogues, and the Connecticut Pastel Society. You can visit her website at: caroltmoore.blogspot.com


Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


June 1 – 3, 2017
At WAA Art Gallery

The Washington Art Association & Gallery will present Objectivity, an exhibition of sculpture and photographs. This exhibition will explore how five artists working in different media deal with the quality of being objective – through the lens of a camera or the touch of the hand.

Mary Adams is a sculptor concerned with figural representation. Her clay and bronze figures are able to capture movement, expression and mood in three dimensions. Her sense of touch is so attuned that her sculptures give the viewer not only the keen sense of a figure but also of place and time.

Dan Murray studied with esteemed master sculptor, Paul Suttman. employing the lost wax casting method, the hawks and mountain lions around his rural studio in Kent have inspired him. The animals’ connections to nature grounds Murray and gives him insight into our greater world. His stylized forms give the animals authority and grace.

Jon Riedeman’s reliefs and sculptures also focus on wildlife. His work is realistic and evokes touch of whimsy that the natural world tends to cleverly possess.

William de la Marr’s photographs are interested in the interconnectedness of environmental systems. He concentrates on photographing water in its various forms. As profoundly important as water may be in that direct and measurable context there is another contemplative benefit that water provides – water depicts simplicity, and yet its complexity challenges us to find patterns in apparent chaos.

Catherine Noren’s lure of photography as a gateway to Truth has been intense. Yet, curiosity about people and events has become less intense than the metaphors that illuminate them:  light, color, shadow, shape, juxtaposition, scale with out-of-the-way relationships and geographies. Noren works to make the familiar strange to the viewer.

Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm.


Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot


June 1 – 10, 2017
Canaan Art League:
New Beginnings

Beginning May 12, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, will feature the exhibit New Beginnings, a group show by Canaan Art League featuring painting, photography and sculpture. A reception with refreshments for the artists will be held on Friday May 12 from 5 to 7 pm and the exhibit will be on display through June 10. This event is free and open to the public. A portion of the sales will benefit the library.

Canaan Art League was started in 2008 by five friends who were looking for a place to be creative. The Congregational Church in East Canaan was such a place. Eventually the group grew from five to twenty and more. They meet once a week on Wednesday afternoon. Contact the group for more information at 860-824-0124.

Canaan Art League’s members exhibiting in New Beginnings include Beverly Adams (watercolor), Ruth Adotte (pastel), Barbara Austin (oil), Betty Cosgrove (watercolor), Janet Couch (acrylic), Ned Gow (acrylics), Dale Janssen (oil), Lynn Martin (acrylics), Patricia Medvecky (watercolor), Hope Mongeau (watercolor), Lynn Monnier (watercolor), Janet Newman (acrylic), Joan Palmer (watercolor), Frieve Savage (photography), Olga Swede (watercolor) and Lois Van Cleef (pastel).

Hours: Tues 10-5, Weds 5-8, Thurs 10-5, Fri 2-6, Sat 10-2


David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Falls Village


June 1 - October 14, 2017
Salisbury Farmers Market:
Local @ the Library

Scoville Memorial Library is starting  a farmers market on their spacious lawn under the trees. It’s a great location with plenty of parking. There will be organic vegetables, various grass fed meats, rustic breads, pizza, focaccia, cheeses, salad dressing, vinegars, vegetarian pate, maple syrup, jams, orchids, seedlings and more. Occasional tastings and demos will be happening as well.

Saturdays, 10 am -1 pm
Runs May 20 – mid-October

Local @ the Library
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street


June 1 – July 2, 2017
Frank Frederico, Susan Reinberg &
Marc Isolda at The Loft

The Smithy Store’s Loft Gallery will host a 3- person show featuring paintings by Frank Frederico, and photography by Susan Reinberg and Marc Isolda.

Frank Frederico studied professionally at the John McCrady Art School in New Orleans and the Southwest Louisiana Institute. He moved to New York City to further his artistic career and later traveled extensively abroad during his service in the US Army.

A long time resident of Litchfield County, Federico has continued to build his reputation as a master painter of figures, landscapes, murals and portraits. He shares his professional insights and techniques in popular art workshops held both locally and internationally

“Nature provides the catalyst — human or otherwise — with this constant flux of rhythms, shapes and boundless energy. Each painting speaks for itself and has a life of its own. I am the stoker of energy, the catalyzer.”

Susan Reinberg’s photographic work spans a career of over 30 years in which she has worked for advertising agencies and major corporations and exhibited her work in galleries and museums. Her photographic vision relies on her immediate surroundings and her daily life. The idyllic landscape has been a recent preoccupation since she moved to the hills of Litchfield County in Connecticut. After years of using film and traditional photographic processes, digital photography has become her mainstay, as she continues with personal essays in color and black-and-white.
“F/8 and be there. The no-nonsense maxim sums up the challenge for all photographers: The photograph springs from you, so you have to be prepared in both the literal and existential sense — you need to recognize what is happening right in front of you, and you have to make the shot.”

Marc Isolda is known for his classic photography, keen eye and fast reflexes. An award-winning photographer, he has exhibited in Litchfield County, New Haven County and New York City.
The Bridgewater resident got serious about photography at the age of 12 when he graduated from a Kodak box camera to a 35mm Exacta and started hanging out with photographers at United Press International in New York. Fast forward to the present, and you will find him documenting vistas in the Connecticut landscape — pursuing the variations of light and weather, the nuances of color at close of day, and fleeting moments that others might miss.
“I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was 8 years old,” Marc says. “ Even then, I was fascinated with the idea that I could capture a moment in time; I could freeze forever something that would never happen again. Taking pictures was almost magical. I still feel that way.”

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, May 27, 4 – 6 pm


Loft Gallery
at The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston


June 1, 2017
Sally Mann Documentary Screening
At Gunn Memorial Library

Noted photography dealer and gallery owner Kathy McCarver Root of KMR Arts in Washington, Depot, will illuminate aspects of the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann before the screening of the documentary about the artist, What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann.

As one of the world’s preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers’ values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as “America’s greatest photographer,” she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains–Mann’s recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay–is the subject of this documentary.

Filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art. Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann’s work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist. Running Time 1 hour and 20 minutes.

“One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist’s process, but also of a marriage and a life.” —The New York Times

Sponsored by the Washington Art Association. For more information on WAA visit washingtonartassociation.org

For more information on Kathy and KMR visit: kmrarts.com

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6 pm

Registration is requested

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47
on the Green


June 1, 2017
Joint Author Signing with Nan Rossiter & Susan Kietzman
At The Hickory Stick Bookshop

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a joint signing with authors Nan Rossiter and Susan Kietzman to celebrate their new novels Summer Dance (Rossiter) and Every Other Wednesday (Kietzman), both published by Kensington Publishing Corporation.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter brings together characters from her acclaimed novel Nantucket in a powerful, heartwarming love story that bridges past and present.
When Liam Tate was seven years old, his uncle Cooper opened his heart and his Nantucket home to him. In the intervening decades, Liam has found both love and loss on the island, and since learning of his son Levi’s existence, a new kind of happiness. Yet one piece of his family history remains elusive–the long-ago romance between his uncle and Sally Adams. Now Sally has a revelation that sets the whole town abuzz: She’s publishing a book about what happened during the summer when she and Cooper first met, painting a picture so vivid it feels like yesterday…
In 1969, Winston Ellis Cooper III lands on Nantucket with only a duffel bag and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He finds a sparsely furnished beach cottage, about as far from Vietnam as he can get. But even here, Cooper can’t withdraw from the world entirely. Especially once his eyes meet Sally’s in the flickering lights of a summer dance. The effects of that fiery affair can still be felt decades later. And as the story unfolds, there are new lessons for all to learn about life’s triumphs and heartaches, and about loving enough to let go.
“Nan Rossiter is at the peak of her storytelling abilities with Under a Summer Sky, which is told with the kind of compassion, grace, and wisdom that is nearly unrivaled in contemporary fiction.” -Examiner.com
“Eloquent and surprising…I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family.” -Ann Leary, author of The Good House, on The Gin & Chowder Club
“A gripping story of three sisters, of love lost and found and a family’s journey from grief to triumph. A sure winner.” -Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on More Than You Know
Three women, each facing an empty nest, come together to cheer and challenge one another in this insightful, poignant new novel from acclaimed author Susan Kietzman.
For years, Ellie, Alice, and Joan enjoyed a casual friendship while volunteering at their children’s Connecticut high school. Now, with those children grown and gone to college, a local tragedy brings the three into contact again. What begins as a catch-up lunch soon moves beyond small talk to the struggles of this stage of their lives.
Joan Howard has spent thirty years of marriage doing what’s expected of Howard women: shopping, dressing well, and keeping a beautiful home. Unfulfilled, her boredom and emptiness eventually find a secret outlet at the local casino. Meanwhile, Ellie’s efforts to expand her accounting business lead to a new friendship that clashes with her family’s traditional worldview. And Alice, feeling increasingly distant from her husband, and alienated from her once fit body, takes up running again. When a terrifying ordeal shatters Alice’s confidence, it spurs a decision that will affect all three women in different ways.
Over the course of an eventful year, Ellie, Alice, and Joan will meet every other Wednesday to talk, plan, and to find the freedom and the courage to redefine themselves.
“Beautifully written and closely observed…captures the deep and complicated love of family. Reading this lovely novel, I felt the embrace of summer on the shoreline.”- —New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice on The Summer Cottage
“Readers will find themselves drawn into the tragedies and triumphs of this fictional family–distinct and yet utterly relatable.” —Hartford Books Examiner on The Good Life
Nan Rossiter was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She grew up in Pelham, New York, and in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. From a young age she loved to draw. After high school, she attended Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. After working in the freelance field and creating art for internationally recognized companies such as Viking, MasterCard, and UPS, Nan began writing and illustrating books for children. She is the author-illustrator of several children’s books, including, most recently, The Fo’c’sle: Henry Beston’s “Outermost House”. Nan lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and two handsome sons. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking with her family or reading a good book. Visit her website at www.nanrossiter.com.
Susan Kietzman is a Connecticut native. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University. She has worked in both magazine and newspaper publishing and currently writes grants for the Mystic Seaport Museum. She lives with her family in Mystic, CT. Readers can visit her website at www.susankietzman.com.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Summer Dance and/or Every Other Wednesday by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop.
Thursday, June 1, 4 pm
The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot

June 3, 2017
Next Festival of Emerging Artists
Benefit Concert

At Music Mountain on Saturday June 3 at 7 pm, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates David M. Hunt Library with a free concert. A tent with sips and small bites will be open at 6 pm. The concert, featuring renowned Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and Conductor Peter Askim leading a string orchestra of young professional musicians, will consist of contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Violinist Koh has been called “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” by the New York Times. The concert is free; donations benefit the library.
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance practice. This year’s fifth anniversary festival takes place May 28 – June 10.

2017 Guest Artist Jennifer Koh
Violinist Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines, curates projects that find connections within music of all eras from traditional to contemporary, and has premiered more than 60 works written especially for her.
Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Cleveland, Mariinsky, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia (London) Orchestras; and the Atlanta, BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, National, New World, NHK, RAI (Torino), and Singapore Symphonies. This season, she played with the Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Jersey, and St. Louis Symphonies, among others; the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; premiered a new violin concerto by Christopher Rountree with wild Up; and focused on the music of Kaija Saariaho in recital, chamber music, and concerto performances.
Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has a degree in English literature from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute, where she worked with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is Artistic Director of arco collaborative, an artistdriven nonprofit that fosters a better understanding of our world through a musical dialogue inspired by ideas and the communities around us.

Saturday, June 3, at 7 pm
Refreshment tent with sips & small bites opens at 6 pm

Donations Welcome

For reserved seating,
call the Hunt Library at 860.824.7424

Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall
225 Music Mountain Road
Falls Village


June 3, 2017
The Regulators
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

On Saturday, June 3, Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature The Regulators, four veterans of the Connecticut music scene, who play original music in the Roots-Rock, Country, Americana and Blues vein. With Marty Carlson, Jonathan Lichtig, Roger Cannavaro, and Mark Louis Miller, the Regulators cd, ‘One of These Days’ was #79 on the Roots Music Report’s top roots rock records for 2016!
The Regulators live repertoire also features material by some of the best songwriters active today, whose names may not be familiar, but whose songs you may have heard other artists cover. They want to help spread the word about great songwriters such as Randy Weeks, Bruce Robinson, Kelly Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Stephen Bruton, Paul Kelly, Buddy & Julie Miller, Kasey Chambers, Dave Alvin and Bill Kirchen.
Their eclectic mix of original and cover material and tight performances have earned them a reputation as a premier live act.  Weather permitting, the event will be held outdoors.
Listen to The Regulators:  theregulatorsmusic.com
The evening features live music, poetry readings, coffee, tea, snacks, social time with friends & more!

Saturday, June 3, 7 – 10 pm
Donation is requested

Twelve Moons Coffee House
St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street


June 3 – July 22, 2017
Anita Healy’s First Solo Show

Gunn Memorial Library announces the opening of “Breathe,” the first solo show by local painter Anita Healy.

“’Just breathe Neetie.’ Those were my mother’s words to me throughout my childhood as I battled asthma,” says Healy explaining the show’s title. “So, what does my asthma and the tight living quarters of my childhood have to do with my art?” asks Healy who grew up with five sisters in a Naugatuck apartment. “Everything! When selecting landscapes, I seek out locations that are broad and open, letting in air and light. They are places where you can fill your lungs with clean, crisp, rejuvenating air.”

Healy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Masters degree from Fairfield University. She spent a fulfilling career in education as a teacher, guidance counselor and middle school principal. Since 2006, she has studied with Patricia Keville Fogel at the Washington Art Association and with Cape Cod Master Plein Air painter Rosalie Nadeau.

Reception: Saturday, June 17, 12 – 2 pm


Stairwell Gallery
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Route 47 opposite the Green

860.868.7586 or email

June 3, 2017
12th Annual Celebration
of Young Writers

Please join us as we celebrate our talented Young Writers of 2017. The event begins at 5:00pm with a festive cocktail reception and silent auction followed by the readings of exceptional poetry and prose at 6:30.
The night will conclude at 7:30 when Ellen McCourt presents the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to an outstanding teacher. This will be a very special evening, a highlight of the season you will not want to miss!
​In Honor of Jill Faherty Lloyd and hosted by Michael Lombardi.
Saturday, June 3, 5 – 8 pm

Tickets: go to asapct.org

The Gunnery
22 Kirby Road


June 3, 2017
The Backyard Sale
at Privet House

Privet House and Antiques Dealers and Designers are holding a one-day sale. Cash or checks only. All sales final. Not to be missed!

Saturday, June 3, 9 am – 4 pm

George Platt Field
16 Church Street
Behind Village shops
New Preston


June 7, 2017
White Hart Author Series:
David Grann

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, is new release Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library. For more information visit Oblong Books.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6 – 7 pm


White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road


June 9, 2017
Flanders Annual Trail Run
& Post Race Celebration

Join the fun and register today for this scenic 5K trail run or walk through the picturesque Van Vleck Sanctuary. The event will begin and end at the Sugar House, where a festive post-race celebration will feature food trucks, beer and live music provided by the popular local band, “Root Six”. All proceeds from the event will benefit Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s mission of environmental education and preservation and stewardship of open space. Free Race shirt for the first 300 registrants.

Friday, June 9, 6 pm

Cost: $35 per person for Runners/Walkers;
Race day registration: $40 per person

Sugar House Parking Lot
On the Van Fleck Farm Sanctuary
Church Hill Road


June 9 & 10, 2017
Books & Blooms
The Art of the Kitchen Garden

The Cornwall Library will kick-off its annual garden-focused benefit, Books & Blooms, with a talk given by Ellen Ecker Ogden, designer and food and garden writer, on “Kitchen Garden by Design”. A cocktail reception and silent auction drawing will follow her talk.

“Kitchen Garden Design: The Art of Growing Food,” a talk by Ellen Ecker Ogden, food and garden writer and lecturer on farm-to-table cooking and kitchen garden design. Her newest book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, features inspiring designs to create works of art outside your window. Ellen’s articles appear in many national magazines, most recently the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
The Silent Auction Prize: Ellen’s Saturday morning (June 10) one-hour garden design consultation at your home. Silent Auction bidding begins on May 1st. Winner notified after Ellen’s talk on Friday evening. Highest Bidder need not be present to win. Please call The Library at 860-672-6874 to place your bid.
Talk, Cocktail Reception, and Silent Auction: Friday, June 9, 6 pm
Tour of 5 local gardens: Saturday, June 10, 10 am – 4 pm

Admission: $30 for talk; $30 for Garden Tours; $50 for Talk & Tours
Reservations suggested



June 10, 2017
A Book Signing with
Author Sally Cook

Darren Winston, Bookseller, a vintage bookstore and gallery in Northwest Connecticut, will host a book signing with New York Times best-selling author Sally Cook to celebrate the release of her latest book, How to Speak Soccer. Some of her other titles, including How to Speak Baseball, How to Speak Golf, How to Speak Football, and Hey Batta Batta Swing will also be featured.
Sally’s How to Speak Soccer is the latest in her light-hearted series of books on the fascinating origins of sports lingo. Explanations of the often mysterious jargon of sports are accompanied by Ross MacDonald’s charming, vintage-inspired illustrations. As well as providing definitions for over 150 terms, How to Speak Soccer explains the history of the sport and the rules of the game. Those new to the sport will appreciate the succinct, informative definitions of well-known terms, while the seasoned soccer player will delight in the more uncommon ones. This series isn’t only for sports fans. Sally Cook says, “It’s a book for everyone from 6 to 96, male and female. It could be a great gift for someone who wants their significant other to understand the sport better and have some laughs or it’s for the person who considers himself a pro. Everyone will have a good time with this book.”

Sally worked as a reporter for the Associated Press before starting her career as an author. She has written a number of other books in addition to her How to Speak series, including the New York Times bestseller Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son, which she co-authored with legendary football coach Gene Stallings. She is also the special advisor for the book club at Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free programs to children living with medical challenges. She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.

Saturday, June 10, 12-3 pm


Darren Winston, Bookseller
81 Main Street


June 10, 2017
In Celebration of the Moon
At J. Seitz & Co. in New Preston

We are celebrating Moon Energy with a special event featuring all things Moon inspired. During this event we will offer guidance in adorning you and your home with all things mystical and help you select moon pieces that enhance your life. Sip on organic chai lattes with our new line of Moon Dusts, and enjoy locally made vegan moon cookies!

Practical Intuitive Terry Gallo will be here to provide complimentary palm & tarot readings. Please email Amanda to set up your appointment with Terry. amandajseitzbuyer@gmail.com
Let’s all celebrate the Full Moon! June’s Full Moon is called the Strawberry Moon or Rose Moon. Other surprises in store! Namaste.

Saturday June 10, 1 – 5 pm


J. Seitz & Co.
9 East Shore Road
Route 45
New Preston


June 10, 2017
Tom’s Open Studio Day

Join artist Tom Hlas at his home art studio as part of the Norfolk Artists & Friends Open Studio Tour and the Connecticut Open House Day. An open studio day is a time where artists open their work spaces to the public to give folks an opportunity to see where they work as well as their art itself. It’s an informal time to chat with the artist, ask questions about their art, grasp a fuller understanding of their work and, in a sense, take a moment to climb into their creative mind. A fun, informal and hopefully educational time. 

Please also visit the other four studios that will be open as part of the Open Studio Tour. These are the studios of:

– Nina Mascetti Ritson, Etchings and Watercolor
– Ron Sloan, Painting
– Susan Rood, Printmaking
– Ruthann Olssen, Interior Arts and Design

You can find their studio addresses on the Norfolk Artists & Friends web site.

Saturday, June 10, 11 am – 5 pm


63 Greenwoods Road East
Route 44