Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
At Privet Lives
Award winning handbag gurus Richard Lambertson and John Truex originally founded their namesake brand in 1998. Known for its innovative aesthetic and commitment to fine craftsmanship, Lambertson Truex became an iconic American luxury brand.
There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing… Lambertson Truex returns to Privet Lives, Saturday, April 6th. We’re talking a whole new collection of bags, totes and accessories in new shapes, colors and textures. Plus… new menswear items made of ultrachic, light-weight nylon. Hello, backpacks and messenger bags.
A curated selection of LT classics will also be available, as well as made-to-order bags and on-site personal monogramming. And if that’s not enough to spring you out the door, Lambertson Truex will be hosting a few friends and their wares and wearables throughout the pop-up, meaning a double dose of goodies.
It’s all about the bag. And if there’s one thing that Lambertson Truex does best, it’s designing the perfect bag. And tote. And accessories. Yes, they’re back… and we just can’t get enough. Their Spring ’19 collection is a breath of fresh air and we couldn’t keep it all to ourselves. #itsallaboutthebag
13 East Shore Road
Watercolors by Ellen Moon
This is the first exhibit of the year at the Souterrain Gallery.
For the last 30+ years Ellen Moon has been a fairly serious Sunday and vacation painter of landscapes in watercolor, but she have never had an easy time dealing with the local landscape. What she liked to paint were expanses of sea, sky or mountains. In northwest Connecticut, surrounded by a beautiful but complicated landscape, full of masses of vegetation, she decided she should conquer her fears of the local landscape and so set herself the task of making a painting a day of the countryside of Cornwall and its surrounding area. This show also includes paintings from some of the wild and beautiful places that she and her husband, Dave Colbert have had the pleasure of visiting in the last few years.
413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
at Byrde + the b
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Jim Napierala. The artist works with acrylic paints on wood. He enjoys the resistance that painting on wood gives him. He creates intimate works that bring to life a whimsical universe of colliding geometrical and biomorphic shapes that are superimposed over one another and manifest into a magical world. Napierala’s work is an updated twist on the work of the great master Arshile Gorky, but with a sly and humorous attitude.
“My work has been evolving since the day I first decided to paint. Successful or not, each painting informs the next. I cull from our collective past, as well as my own and contextualize these experiences within a retinal event”.
The exhibition runs through June 28, 2019.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 4, 4 – 6 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Oil Paintings & Pastels
Susan Grisell, a life-long Gaylordsville resident, began studying with her neighbor, impressionist master Bernard Lennon in 1964. She continued to paint with him until his death in 1992 and still works in his studio. She considers her work to be an exploration of the relationship of man to nature; a visual diary in which each piece represents a specific place and time as perceived by the artist. She works primarily, though not exclusively, on location. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. To learn more and see her work, visit her website at susangrisell.com.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5 – 7 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
At The Hopkins Inn
To celebrate 40 years, The Hopkins Inn will be hosting a special wine dinner. They are the oldest continually owned Farm Winery in Connecticut. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with hors d’oeurves and champagne on the front porch followed by dinner. Each course will be paired with a Hopkins Vineyard wine. The evening will also feature acoustic music by guitarist Tom Scarola. Please visit their website for a detailed menu. A vegetarian option is available upon request at the time of reservation.
Friday, May 3, 6:30 pm
Cost: $90 per person
The Hopkins Inn
22 Hopkins Road
860.868.7954 or 860.868.7295
At The Litchfield Distillery
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council announces its annual fundraising event, Bourbon, BBQ & Bluegrass, to be held at the Litchfield Distillery. All proceeds from this event are donated to the NWCT Arts Council. Patrons are invited to enjoy a bourbon tasting and tour of the Litchfield Distillery, live bluegrass music by the Zolla Boys, barbecue specialties from the Warren General Store, and participate in an auction drawing of local prizes.
“We are super excited to host this fundraiser and partner with one of my favorite distilleries! As we go into a spring of change, we are refocusing our goals and developing a new strategic plan for the organization. Community fundraisers like Bourbon, BBQ and Bluegrass are a great way for our friends and neighbors to come together and support our growth,” says Rufus de Rham, Executive Director of the NWCT Arts Council.
Litchfield Distillery’s Batchers’ Straight Bourbon Whiskey — Cask Strength and Batchers’ Straight Bourbon Whiskey won Double Gold and Gold Medals respectively in The Fifty Best’s “Best Bourbon Whiskey” awards for 2019.
The Zolla Boys are a family bluegrass band from Torrington, Connecticut. The band consists of brothers Sam and Ben on mandolin and guitar, and their father Larry playing bass. The Zolla Boys have played major bluegrass festivals and many different local venues as well, including Infinity Hall, Jenny Brook, Grey Fox, Podunk and Blistered Fingers.
John Favreau, Board Treasurer of the NWCT Arts Council and owner of the Warren General Store, revitalized and reopened his store earlier this year. John states, “Warren General is please to support the NWCT Arts Council and all they do for promoting arts and culture in our region. Just as my little store is a gathering point for good food, fun and community in Warren, we aspire to the warmth, heart and good works that the Council does throughout the region.”
Some auction prizes drawn at this event include:
Bourbon basket from the Litchfield Distillery
Voucher for a show at the Warner Theatre
One Sleep Shirt from The Sleep Shirt
Gift certificate for Bantam Bread
Two full weekend passes to Black Bear Americana Music Fest
Tickets to a Boondock’s Film Society event
$50 voucher for Pursue the Clues
Family 4-pack of tickets for KidsPlay
Gift certificate for Hickory Stick Bookshop
Local artwork, and much more
Friday, May 3, 7 pm
Tickets: $75 per person
The Litchfield Distillery
569 Bantam Road
Season Beauty of Ornamental Trees
Presented by Elisabeth Cary. Surround yourself with the beauty of small ornamental trees. This often underutilized group of plants can play an important part in the four-season garden offering flowers, fruit, foliage and structure. Learn about the many species available and explore how to select, site and cultivate this great group of plants.
Saturday, May 4, 10 – 11:30 am
Alexander Hülshoff, Cello
and Andreas Frölich, Piano
The Hotchkiss Concert Series is pleased to present cellist Alexander Hülshoff and pianist Andreas Frölich in concert Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Both musicians hail from Germany. The program includes Claude Debussy’s Sonata in D Minor for piano and violoncello, Franz Schubert’s Sonata for Arpeggione and piano in A minor, and Edvard Grieg’s Sonata for Arpeggione and piano in A minor. The concert is free and open to the public; no ticket reservations are necessary.
Alexander Hülshoff has established himself in recent years as one of Germany’s leading cellists. His interpretations are distinguished for their expressiveness coupled with an unmistakable, warm and lyrical tone, which are much appreciated by audiences and musical partners alike and are his outstanding qualities on the world’s concert platforms. He is guest soloist with major international orchestras such as the German Radio Philharmonic, the German State Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic of Brno, the New Philharmonic of Westphalia, Rom Symphony Orchestra, the Enescu Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht, the Armenian Philharmonic and many others.
Chamber music plays a significant role and has an important place in Alexander Hülshoff’s work. His cello performances include appearances with the Bamberg Trio and fellow musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Hagai Shaham, Vadim Gluzman, Fine Arts Quartet, Gil Sharon, Rainer Honeck, Boris Garlitsky in renowned concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam’s De Doelen and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has been guest instrumentalist at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Enescu Festival, Kfar Blum in Israel and the Amadéo Festival. He is artistic director of the Kloster Kamp Chamber Music Festival.
Numerous CDs testify to the breadth of his musical scope, which includes works by, amongst others, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, Bloch and Servais. His recordings are released under the Novalis, Naxos, Musicaphon,Paladino, Brilliant and Hänssler Classic.
His concert tours regularly take him to other European countries, the Near, Middle and Far East as well as to Asia and North and South America.
In 1997 Alexander Hülshoff, whose most important teacher was Lynn Harrell, was appointed Professor of Cello at the Folkwang University of the Arts. At the moment he is Artistic Director of the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund (www.orchesterzentrum.de), the institute for professional orchestral training of four universities of music (Cologne, Essen, Düsseldorf, Detmold). Since 2011 he is also the artistic director of the Villa Musica Music Festival (www.villamusica.de).
Andreas Frölich studied at the conservatories in Freiburg and Köln. He has won prizes at various international piano competitions (e.g. Senigallia, Finale Ligure, Milan and the International Music Competition in Vienna). His concert performances take him both as a soloist with internationally well-known orchestras and as the pianist in the Berlin Mendelssohn Trio and the Ensemble Wien (which includes the leader and members of the Vienna Philharmonic), to the leading concert venues in Europe, South America and Asia, as well as to South Africa and Australia (e.g. Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Philharmonie in Cologne, Ga München Gasteig – Munich, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Berlin, Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro) and to major international music festivals, including the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the Emilia Romagna Festival and many more all over the world.
His artistic activity also includes numerous radio productions for all the leading German broadcasters, and more than thirty CD productions, some of them award-winning, for CPO, EMI, OehmsClassics, BMG and VMS. Andreas Frölich is the artistic director of the Amadeo Festival in Aachen and the Orpheo Concert Series in Kerkrade, and the chairman of the jury and artistic director of the international piano competition ‘Prix Amadeo de piano’ in Aachen. In addition, he is the musical director of the EURIADE Festival. He is a professor at the Cologne University of Music and Dance in Cologne on its Aachen campus and gives regular master classes as visiting professor at the international Summer Academy organized by the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In addition, he is in demand as a juror at numerous international piano competitions.
Saturday, May 4, 7 pm
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Esther Eastman Music Center
Katherine M. Elfers Hall
Twelve Moons Coffee House
Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Scott Bravo, an acoustic, instrumental, virtuoso guitarist from NY.
Scott was born and raised in Syracuse NY and started his musical journey as a hard core and metal guitarist. Finding little fulfillment in the upstate music scene he moved to Minneapolis in 2000. He briefly performed in the seminal mid-west metal band Collapse before discovering Tommy Emmanuel in 2003. After hearing Tommy’s album “Only” Scott sold all of his electric gear and dedicated himself solely to the acoustic instrumental genre. In 2004 he recorded his first full album and went on tour across the country. Scott played anywhere and everywhere that would book him. By 2007 he had signed a record deal with Ohio record label RockShot Records and released his jazziest album to date, ”Bemusement Park”. More touring followed. In 2009 Scott moved back to Syracuse and released “NY Smile” his 4th album. He spent the vast majority of 2009-2013 on the road up and down the east coast steadily building a following. In 2013 he moved to NYC where he still resides. In 2015 he released 5th and 6th album a collection of older songs called “V” and “Yes…But With Shades of Grey” respectively. Since 2015 he has consistently been on the road and performing locally up to 250 shows a year. On June 7th 2018 he is set to release the first of 3 EPs titled “Acoustisexual”.
While technically existing in the “fingerstyle” genre Scott is not a strict finger picker. He plays a hybrid style, now known in the genre as “sloth” style. He holds the pick and uses only his thumb. As a matter of fact he is one of only a handful of players genre wide that use a pick at all. His influences are clear and present and they include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Al DiMeola, John 5, Adrian Legg, Tommy Emmanuel and Slash. His music ranges from soft and mellow to bluesy, jazz infused shred licks (often over a looped backing track) that leave the audience thoroughly entertained and impressed.
Scott endorses and is endorsed by the following companies: Furch Guitars, John Pearse Strings, Sunburst Gear (amplification) K&K Pickups, AXVA Clothing, and Journey Instruments.
Listen to Scott’s music at: www.officialscottbravo.comwww.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fcameronsutphin.bandcamp.com%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFAf_Hl517sv2vt6jFP_Y5HFxPrCQ
Saturday, May 4, 7 – 10 pm
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
Flanders Botany Trail
Join the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s Spring Wildflower Walks along the Van Vleck Sanctuary’s Botany Trail. Each walk will be led by a member of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club. Please note that rain will cancel the hike.
The award-winning Botany Trail began in 1965 when wildflowers rescued from the proposed path of I-84 and other development projects found a safe haven at Flanders Nature Center. Over 100 species of wildflowers can be found there during different times of the spring season. The trail is approximately one mile in length and features gentle terrain suitable for any age level.
Participants are asked to park at Flanders Botany Trail / Sugar House parking lot which is approximately 1/4 mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury.
Sundays, May 5 and May 12, 1 – 3 pm
The Van Vleck Sanctuary
Flanders and Church Hill Roads
203-263-3711, ext. 10
At Gunn Memorial Library
When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. PG-13 / 2hr 10min
Sunday, May 5, 1 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
At Hotchkiss School
The gospel choir of The Hotchkiss School will host Gospelfest 2019, now in its 18th year! Gospel choirs of other area boarding schools including Westover, South Kent, and Miss Porter’s Schools will also perform, along with the Litchfield Congregational Youth Choir. Look for a special guest soloist, too! Led by charismatic music director Michael Whitney Brown, Gospelfest is a lively, joyous, gathering that is meant to be a release and relief from daily burdens. All are welcome to attend. Gospelfest is always a popular event, so please arrive early to secure a seat!
Sunday, May 5, 3 pm
Martha Hall Kelly at Gunn Memorial Library
Best selling author, Martha Hall Kelly, returns to Gunn Memorial Library to discuss her just released novel, Lost Roses.
Martha’s debut novel, the runaway bestseller Lilac Girls, introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France under the shadow of World War I. From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian émigrés who live there, the lives of these women will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history.
“Kelly memorably portrays three indomitable women who triumph over hardships and successfully brings a complex and turbulent time in history to life.”—Publishers Weekly
“The writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period. . . . A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women.”—Kirkus Reviews
Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.
Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching and writing Lilac Girls, her first novel. She is excited to share the prequel, Lost Roses. For more on Martha visit marthahallkelly.com
Thursday, May 9, 6 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
A selection of works by seven of the thirty artists represented at the new gallery, this first show at the space reveals gallerist Kenise Barnes’ interest in singular visions and diverse materials. Don’t miss the opening reception!
Inaugural Exhibition Reception: May 11, 4 – 6 pm
The exhibition runs through July 7, 2019.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art
The Kent Barns
7 Fulling Lane
on a Domestic Scale
Presented by Robert Anderson. Gardens such as the High Line in New York and Olympic Park in London have changed the way we think of using perennials. This illustrated talk will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that is feasible for the home gardener in terms of both labor and expense.
Saturday, May 11, 10 – 11:30 am
Cost: Hollister House Garden members: $25; Non-members $35
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
At Gunn Memorial Library
VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. R / 2hr 12min
Sunday, May 12, 1 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
At The Warner Theatre
Nutmeg Conservatory Founding Director Sharon Dante and Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli invite you to experience the joy of dance at The Nutmeg’s Dance Jubilee, May 16-18, 2019 on the Warner’s Main Stage. The Jubilee takes place over the esteemed ballet conservatory’s graduation weekend, and is the culminating event of not only the 2018-2019 dance season, but of the school’s first 49 seasons.
“Time flies when you’re having such fun,” said Dante. “The first 49 years have seen growth not only for Nutmeg and its students and staff, but certainly for our entire arts community in Torrington. Nutmeg has become a significant economic driver for our unique little city nestled in the northwest Connecticut foothills. It is only right that we should celebrate this milestone on the Warner Main Stage since we were so involved with re-opening the Warner in 1984.”
The Jubilee performances will feature a mixed repertoire, from classical and neo-classical ballet to modern and jazz. The line-up includes excerpts from Paquita, staged by Eleanor D’Antuono and Denise Limoli, featuring Nutmeg dancers and students from the Torrington School of Ballet. The Nutmeg dancers will also perform original works by Momix, Kirk Peterson, and Kate St. Amand; as well as an encore presentation of last year’s “Jazz With Charlie,” a collaboration between Victoria Mazzarelli and Charlie Patterson, featuring live music performed by JINQS.
Performances: May 16 and 17, 7 pm, and May 18, 2 pm
Tickets: Call Box Office
68 Main Street
at Gunn Memorial Library
Musicologist, music theorist and award winning professor, Gil Harel, PhD will present this musically enhanced visual presentation at the library for an engaging program on jazz.
Perhaps no period in the history of jazz witnessed as much rapid change and stylistic evolution as the era following World War II. As the large swing orchestras of the 1930s disappeared, they were replaced with smaller ensembles playing hard-driving, virtuosic, and eventually quasi-minimalist music that polarized some fans and sparked fierce debates on the future of jazz. Professor Harel will focus on three individuals: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, exploring their musical styles, contributions, and legacies as three of jazz’s most storied figures.
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. He has been hosted as a featured speaker at many learning-oriented events in Connecticut, New York, as well as Massachusetts. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Garden Antique Sale
This two-day garden event was established by designer Bunny Williams in 2001. There will be up to 60 vendors and garden antiques dealers from around the northeast region selling their goods. It’s one of Martha Stewart’s favorite events. Get there early, if you can. Early buying begins at 8 pm. To benefit a great cause: Women’s Support Services.
Take a self-guided tour of four beautiful private gardens located at Falls Village, CT and Ashley Falls, MA. Rain or shine; sorry, no pets
Saturday, May 18, 8 am – 3 pm: Rare Plant & Garden Antique Sale at LionRock Farm in Sharon
Sunday, May 19, 10 am – 4 pm: Tour four extraordinary gardens in the Litchfield & Berkshire Hills
Sale: 10 am – $50; 1 pm – $25; Early buying – $125 (includes breakfast)
30 Hosier Road
The Salisbury Artisans Group will have their first Spring Market on May 18th and 19th at the White Hart in Salisbury. The market showcases more than 20 unique local artisans. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jane Lloyd Fund, which helps cancer patients with day to day expenses.
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May19, 10 am – 4 pm
White Hart Inn
15 under Mountain Road