Goings On

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

August 5, 2017
Four Singer Songwriters
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

Twelve Moons Coffee House is delighted to feature Four Singer Songwriters: Lance Middlebrook, Eliot Osborn, George Potts, and Ed Thorney. Join the fun as these well-loved local musicians share some of their best stuff at this summertime community gathering. Weather-permitting the event will be held outdoors. The evening features live music, poetry readings, coffee, tea, snacks, social time with friends & more!

Saturday, August 5, 7 – 10 pm
Free. A donation is requested. 

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

860.435.1060
TwelveMoonsCoffee@gmail.com
tinyurl.com/12Moons

August 5, 2017
Seed Saving in the Garden

In this talk and garden practicum, Lee Buttala, HHG board member and the author of the American Horticultural Society Award-winning The Seed Garden, will teach us about the art and practice of saving seeds. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to collect and save seeds for their gardens. A garden walk-about looking at seed development will follow.

Saturday August 5, 3 – 4:30 pm

Free

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

August 6, 2017
Bluegrass in the Garden

Too Blue brings their wonderful mix of bluegrass, Celtic and swing for a rousing concert on the main lawn as the summer sun fades. Come, listen and maybe even tap your toes. Bring a picnic if you like and we’ll provide the rose´. You may be dancing in the garden!

Sunday August 6, 5 – 6 pm

Tickets: Member: $30; Non-Member: $35
Reservations

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

August 7, 2017
Cooking For Picasso:
A Novel with Author Camille Aubray

The French Riviera, spring 1936: Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life – and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, a 17-year old who cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis, chafing under her family’s authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward.

New York, present day: Céline learns that her grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met where she discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future.

Camille Aubray is an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship winner, and was a writer-in-residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France. She was also a finalist for the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She studied writing with her mentor Margaret Atwood at Humber College Writers’ Workshop in Toronto. Aubray has taught writing at New York University, and wrote and produced for ABC News, PBS, and A&E. Visit her website at: www.camilleaubray.com.

A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Registration is required.

Thursday, August 17, 7 – 8 pm

Free

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

August 8, 2017
I Am Zelda
A Live Theatrical Performance with Rita Parisi

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is often known as the crazy wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. She was the glittering half of the Golden Couple of the 1920s and muse and inspiration for the flapper characters in Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age stories. But before she met Scott, she was the flamboyant and outrageous Zelda Sayre, the famous belle from Montgomery, Alabama and the daughter of a judge and an artistic mother. In fact, her antics before – and after – marriage became legendary.
But Zelda was much more than a southern belle, a glittering jewel on Fitzgerald’s arm, 1920s icon or an American expatriate wife in Paris. This original play will pay tribute to an often misunderstood woman; a woman who battled schizophrenia for much of her life; a woman who was also a mother, an accomplished ballet dancer, an exhibited artist and a published writer.

Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, literature and costuming; these shows have been performed all over the East Coast. Rita is also actively involved in the independent film scene and her films have been debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. For more information visit waterfallproductions.com.

Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 – 8 pm

Free

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
www.owlibrary.org

 

August 10 – September 9, 2017
The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving
Knowledge into Personal Expression

The Nordic Tapestry Group consists of weavers from Sweden, Iceland, and the United States who formed a decade ago when Swedish-born tapestry artist, Helena Hernmarck, returned to Sweden to offer workshops in her weaving technique.

The craft of interweaving natural materials to create functional ware and decorative objects has been practiced for centuries. Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. The method in which the warp, the longitudinal threads, and the weft, lateral threads are interwoven affects the characteristics of the cloth.

Hernmarck is an internationally acclaimed artist and weaver recognized for revolutionizing weaving tapestry as a medium suited to modern architectural environments. Her technique is a play on traditional Swedish weaving techniques, which she has evolved to achieve powerful photorealistic effects. A close look at her tapestries reveals bundles of variously hued yarns that combine at a distance to create a remarkable illusion of depth.

This exhibition features tapestries from the Nordic Tapestry weavers’ most recent exploration, Face to Face. It reveals their shared passion and ongoing exchange, and celebrates the transfer and evolution of weaving knowledge into personal expression. Their works display their expertise in using light, color, and the different qualities of yarn to weave images, create space and depth, and to depict three-dimensional forms. Their skillful mastery of the loom truly elevates the craft of weaving to a sophisticated and elegant style of painting with threads.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 4 – 6 pm

Free

The Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot

And

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot, CT 06794

860.868.2878
washingtonart@snet.net
washingtonartassociation.org
www.thejudyblackparkandgardens.org

August 10 – 19, 2017
Saga of The Prospector’s Daughter
by Washington Dramalites

Here’s a hilarious melodrama spoof whose oddball characters seemingly ad lib their way through the show. Lovely, innocent Constance Purdy is about to lose her home to that low-down, lying, two-faced, double dealing, back stabbing Wiley Schlink. Will hero Monroe Mannerly ride to the rescue? Will the long-lost prospector every find his daughter? And who keep bringing in all those bowls of chili? These questions are all but ignored in this riotous send up of those “Cheers and Boo’s Operas” of the past. – Pat Cook, Houston Playwright

The Washington Dramalites is possibly the oldest community theater group in Connecticut, with evidence of a production under that name in the 1870s. Sadly, for quite some time, the Washington Dramalites’ presence had faded in the region and local communities. This was until a recent opportunity arose to stage an old timey western ‘mellerdrama’ in an ideal and unique location, with this the Washington Dramalites were revived!

The theater will be set up cabaret style, with small tables that seat 4 towards the front of the stage, and with stadium/row seating towards the back of the theater. You may purchase a full table, an individual seat at a table, or a stadium seat. Go to the link below for a map of the seating.
The theater will open at 7pm for pre-show dining, BYOD and possibly B! Think: Picnic Cabaret.

Thursday, August 10, 8 – 10 pm
Friday, August 11, 8 – 10 pm
Saturday, August 12, 8 – 10 pm
Thursday, August 17, 8 – 10 pm
Friday, August 18, 8 – 10 pm
Saturday, August 19, 8 – 10 pm

Tickets: $20 – $80

661 Washington Road
Woodbury

eventbrite.com/e/saga-of-the-prospectors-daughter-tickets

August 11, 2017
Flower Arranging In The Garden

Learn how to use the bounty of the summer garden to create beautiful arrangements. This workshop, led by florist and horticulture professional Debbie Brown, will begin with a short lecture in the barn followed by a walk in the garden to learn about cutting and conditioning flowers. Then back to the barn where you will master the art of creating wonderfully unique arrangements by making one to take home with you.

Friday August 11, 2 – 5 pm

Tickets: Member: $30; Non-Member: $35
Reservations

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

August 12, 2017
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary
of Tea For Two Hundred

Revel in an afternoon of delicious food, wine and dancing to the music of the legendary “Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band vocalist) and her band Rebel Montez featuring Michale Colbath, Cliff Goodwin and Larry Donahue. A favorite of Tea for Two Hundred guests, Christine brings her blue-eyed rock n’ soul to the stage once again this year.
Shop the fabled Silent Auction and bid on spectacular trips, dining experiences and spa packages. Participate in the fabulous hat contest featuring guest judge Laura Daly, renowned milliner. Her millinery has been featured in the New York Times as well as many local publications.
Honorary Chair is Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Author and resident of Litchfield County. Join Sheila for a book signing and reading of her highly acclaimed book “You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales.”
Home Town Hero is Kirsten Peckerman, Washington resident and dedicated conservationist. Kirsten has served as a board member of local organizations including Weantinog Heritage Land Trust, The Housatonic Valley Association, Steep Rock Association, The Gunnery School and Gunn Memorial Library and Museum.
Dress code is summer white attire. This garden party benefit will be held rain or shine in the beautiful gardens of the Washington home of Mr. Gael Hammer and Mr. Gary Goodwin.
Saturday, 4 – 7 pm

Tickets: $75 per person
Event Sponsor ($15,000) 12 tickets; VIP parking with luxury shuttle; Event welcome signage; Logo/name on print & digital promotion; Prominent recognition in program; Special mention from stage.
Entertainment Sponsor ($10,000) 10 tickets; VIP parking with luxury shuttle; Logo/name on stage signage; Logo/name on print & digital promotion; Prominent recognition in program.
Platinum Tea Pot ($5,000) 8 tickets; VIP Parking with luxury shuttle; Logo/name on event signage; Logo/name on print & digital promotion; Prominent recognition in program.
Gold Tea Pot ($2,500) 6 tickets; VIP Parking with luxury shuttle; Logo/name on event signage; Logo/name on print & digital promotion; Quarter page recognition in program.
Silver Tea Pot ($1,000) 4 tickets; VIP parking with luxury shuttle; Logo/name on event signage; Name listed in program.
Porcelain Tea Cup ($500) 4 tickets; Name listed in program
China Cup ($250) 2 tickets; Name listed in program

Home of Gael Hammer and Gary Goodwin
11 School Street
Washington Depot

Parking is at the Washington Primary School
Shuttle buses will bring guests the short distance to the party
teafortwohundred.net

August 13, 2017
Transcend Hoppiness

Introducing the next installment of the Community Sourced Ales Project: Transcend Hoppiness is an IPA brewed in collaboration with Pioneer Hops & South Farms of Morris. “We took a beautifully cloudy IPA and added all kinds of citrusy, fruity goodness… courtesy of CT’s own Pioneer Hop Farm. Transcend Hoppiness has a heavily-hazy body, low bitterness, mango, orange, and passion fruit notes, and rounds out with a smooth creamy finish.”

To celebrate the collaboration between Pioneer Hops of Connecticut and South Farms, there will be a pop-up beer garden, unlimited locally sourced bites courtesy of Knot Norm’s wood-fire grill, and tours of the hop yard that yielded the hops that make Transcend Hoppiness IPA the citrusy, fruity goodness that it is.

Sunday August 13, 2 to 6 pm

South Farms
21 Higbie Road
Morris

Tickets: $40
Includes entry, 1 beer, unlimited bites, and a farm tour

860.567.9847
www.transcendhoppiness.eventbrite.com 

August 13 – September 4, 2017
Members 2 Show
At Kent Art Association

The Kent Art Association was formed 1923 when a group of Kent artists that included George Lawrence Nelson, Robert Nisbet, Eliot Clark, Luis Mora, Spencer Nichols, Willard Paddock, Frederick Waugh, Floyd Clymer and Rex Brasher decided they needed a way to exhibit their artwork in Kent. So began the very first “Members Show” of the KAA, a tradition that continues this August when the second of the two yearly “Members Shows” opens on August 13.

The quality of the work and talent of the artists has remained consistently high over the past 94 years as the Association grew from the small group of founding members to over 500 active and supporting members. The type of works displayed has also changed growing from representational watercolors, oils and sculpture, to pen & ink, block prints, acrylics, and more recently, abstract, non-representational work and photography. Over the years monetary awards in each of the categories were added along with other shows, including a Student Art Show, a Spring and Fall Juried Shows, The Presidents Show, a Photography show and the Elected Artists Show. Many of these are open to non-members and require being accepted for exhibition by a jury of member artists. Each show has two judges who are working artists, the Judges for the Members 2 show are Erin Nazzaro, who works primarily in acrylics and is noted for her bold use of color and Sculptor, Gino Zenobia known for his wooden African themed sculptures. All works are for sale.

In the 1950’s the Kent Inn (that once stood at the corner of Routes 7 and 341) was torn down and a large portion of it including the front porch was moved down the road a few hundred yards to become the beautiful and modern KAA Gallery. The members now had not only an association of artists to organize exhibits, they now had a “home of their own” in which to exhibit them.

Sunday, August 13 – Monday, September 4 (Labor Day).
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 19, 2 – 4 pm

Admission: Free

KAA Gallery
21 South Main Street
Kent

860-927-3989
www.kentart.org

Wendy Costa, Bantam River Reflections; Barbara Marks, Recollection, No. 89 (Wyoming)
August 19 – October 1, 2017
Photography by Wendy Costa,
and Drawings and Paintings by Barbara Marks

The Smithy Loft Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring infrared photography by Litchfield, CT photographer Wendy Costa, and contemporary drawings and paintings by Stony Creek, CT artist, Barbara Marks.
The show will be on view through October 1, 2017.

Wendy Costa has spent much of her artistic life encouraging the viewer to pay a little more attention to the world.  She has been a dedicated photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. As a grad student at the University of Michigan, mentor photographer Joanne Leonard, encouraged Wendy to combine photography with drawing, painting, and collage.  After the completion of her MFA in 1989, she pursued other alternative photography media, including Polaroid transfers.  This medium again allowed her to combine drawing, painting, and collage with photography.
Several years ago, Wendy discovered the world of infrared photography, and with it she shares the familiar nature of the photographed image with the surprises of infrared vision.  In infrared, the familiar is not so familiar and so it inspires deeper discovery.  With infrared photography, live green foliage and grass reflect infrared rays, and thus appear white or very light gray. Blue skies and deep water absorb infrared rays, so they appear black. While she has been photographing in infrared and understands the basic rules, there is always a mystery to the medium which is what she loves. She never knows how the picture is going to appear until she clicks the shutter. Perhaps it is a throwback to the days when she worked with film, when one had the excitement of waiting for the developing process to see how the photograph would turn out.
Wendy’s work has been featured at the Center for Photographic Art, the University of Connecticut, the Litchfield Historical Society, the Westover School, the Harwinton Public Library, Goshen Public Library, and most recently, the Loft Gallery.
Wendy has been an art teacher for 36 years, at the Hotchkiss School, the University of Michigan, Avon High School, and currently at Wamogo Regional High School.  Wendy resides with her family in Litchfield.

Barbara Marks
“I use color to create space. My paintings and drawings are rooted in observation. My drawings are a visual journal of the situations I find myself in every day. For my subject matter, I look to the ordinary and the local. An individual tree is singularly interesting to me. ”
For her subject matter, Barbara looks to the ordinary and the local. In her work, she oscillates between geometric and representational abstraction—driven by her interest in economy of expression, and her belief in the role that color can play in the situation of a particular painting. Her work lodges itself at the intersection of nature, culture, and place.
Barbara’s motivation is the desire to represent an ordinary moment—in a painting—by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations (or reads) engages the viewer and invites closer investigation. The practice of painting is what sustains her. She paints carefully, deliberately, and with pure pleasure.
Barbara is currently working on a long-range project—“Recollection”—a series of smallish, square, colorful paintings on panel and on paper, which began last spring, and she has completed 99 paintings to date. She intends to grow the series into an aggregate composed of hundreds of small-scale paintings that, when installed as a whole, will take on a monumental scale.
The Westport, CT native grew up with creative parents, who were makers of things, which is where her love of working with her hands must have come from. She studied anthropology in college, and eventually fell into graphic design. In 1978, she started her own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, she left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, earning a BFA (2005) followed by an MFA from Brooklyn College CUNY (2008).
Barbara has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), and Jentel Foundation (WY). She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (MA); Providence Art Club (RI); Ground Floor Gallery, (Brooklyn, NY), The Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); and Artist-Run at Satellite (Miami). Barbara is an artist member of The Painting Center (NY); NY Artists Circle (NY); Westport Artists Collective (CT); and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, (CT). Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. She is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven.


Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 19, 4 – 6 pm 

Loft Gallery
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston

860.868.9003
thesmithystore.com

August 20, 2017
Trumponomics: Boom or Bust?
How Politics Will Affect Your Money
with David Stockman and Jonathan Alter

Money, it is said, makes the world go around. And nowhere does it have more impact than in Washington, ground zero for a series of political death cage matches that center on money and the country’s financial health: The debt ceiling. The budget. Trade Wars. Entitlements. Defense. The threats are apocalyptic, even if familiar.
Meanwhile, economic signals are mixed. While the stock market soars, setting new highs, the economy swings, bobbing up before slowing once again. Although the consensus outlook of financial analysts remains optimistic, worrisome trends escalate. U.S. factory output sputters. New orders for durable goods have slipped. So have housing starts. The auto industry announces layoffs almost daily.
In the face of these mounting travails, all of which will have an impact on your financial health, former Reagan budget chief and supply-side economics czar, David Stockman will join historian and author Jonathan Alter to discuss the unexploded economic grenades at a 3 p.m. August 20 “Conversation On the Green,” the interactive Town Hall series at St. John’s Parish Hall in Washington, CT.
In the face of these mounting travails, all of which will impact your financial health, former Reagan budget chief and supply-side economics czar, David Stockman will join author and MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter to discuss the monetary landmines ahead at a 3 p.m. August 20 “Conversations on the Green,” the interactive Town Hall series at St. John’s Parish Hall in Washington, CT.

A celebrated iconoclast who is considered the ultimate Washington wise man despite his penchant for zesty financial straight talk that defies classic left- and right-wing models, David Stockman was a Michigan member of the U.S. House of Representatives who became a household name as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan. After leaving the Reagan administration, he became a managing director of Salomon Brothers and for 20 years was a leading light of Wall Street. An apostle of supply side economics” while in Washington, he reversed course, became a so-called debt scold and penned “The Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed,” which was published in 1986 by Harper & Row. His most recent book is “Trumped! A Nation on the Brink of Ruin . . . And How to Bring It Back,” which was published in October.
A veteran journalist, Jonathan Alter is an NBC News analyst, historian, award winning author and radio host. Informed by a lifelong study of presidential history and tradition, he is a respected voice for accountability and common sense. He was a Newsweek columnist from 1983 until 2011, penning more than 50 cover stories, has written three New York Times best-sellers about American presidents and is a contributing correspondent to NBC News, often appearing on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC. His most recent book, published four years ago, is The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies. He is also, with his wife, Emily Lazar, and two of their children, Charlotte and Tommy, the co-host of “Alter Family Politics,” which airs Thursdays at 10 a.m. on RadioAndy, SiriusXM102.

All proceeds from the 3 p.m. event at St. John’s Parish Hall on Parsonage Lane in Washington benefit area charities: Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, which provides affordable or free mental health services to the area’s most vulnerable, Susan B. Anthony, which provides free crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and New Milford Hospital, which serves thousands in the community.

Sunday, August 20, 3 – 4:30 pm

Tickets: Basic tickets: $45;
“Angels on the Green” tickets: $250 per person
(include preferred seating and the opportunity to
meet Messrs. Stockman and Alter at a special cocktail
reception at Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa immediately
following the “Conversation.”

Dinner at Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa: After the reception, there will be a dinner at Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa. Available exclusively to our attendees, the dinner includes a 3-course gourmet meal for $88.50 per person, including wine, gratuity and taxes.

St. John’s Church – Parish Hall
9 Parsonage Lane
Washington

203-947-1968
conversationsonthegreen@gmail.com
www.conversationsonthegreen.com

 

August 24, 2017
Roberta Satow
Book Signing & Talk

Author Roberta Satow Wool of Washington, CT and Manhattan will offer a talk and book signing on her recently published historical novel, Two Sisters of Coyoacán .

Based on a true story about Leon Trotsky, Two Sisters of Coyoacán brings the conflicts of the artistic, intellectual and political world of New York, Paris and Coyoacán, Mexico in the 1930’s to life.

Lilly and Gertie are Jewish girls from Brooklyn whose parents, like many American Jews, supported the overthrow of the Czarist regime by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Through her college professor, Marxist Philosopher Sidney Hook, Lilly is invited to be John Dewey’s assistant and accompanies him to Coyoacán for the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials.

Lilly remains in Coyoacán after Dewey leaves and becomes Trotsky’s English secretary, while Gertie goes to Paris to assist Frida Kahlo in her exhibition and falls in love with Jacques Mornard.

Two Sisters of Coyoacán follows the life of two Jewish sisters who unknowingly become entangled in a plot conceived by Stalin to eliminate a powerful enemy. What happens to these two well-meaning young women from Brooklyn when Trotsky is assassinated?

Roberta Satow wrote her undergraduate honors thesis in political science at the University of California at Berkeley about Trotsky. When she learned that Ruth Poulos (the person Lilly Abramovitz is based upon) was a fellow psychoanalyst, she felt impelled to write a novel about her role in Trotsky’s assassination. Dr. Satow is the author of Doing the Right Thing: Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents Even if They Didn’t Take Care of You. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is also a psychoanalyst and writes a blog for Psychology Today.
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Thursday, August 24, 6:30pm

Free

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

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org
www.gunnlibrary.org

August 25 & 26, 2017
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Desultory Theatre Club will present a “Secret Shakespeare” production of the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. “Secret Shakespeare is a unique and immersive event that changes the way audiences experience theatre,” says Keith Paul, Artistic Director of the Desultory Theatre Club who is producing the show.

Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, a partner is this production, explained “the aim is for audiences to see anew this age-old favorite from Shakespeare, and to discover something fresh in this unusual and interactive presentation.”

Within the iconic Whiting Mills, a Victorian New England mill-turned-arts-community along the Still River, theatergoers will explore the bard’s beloved masterpiece. Deconstructed, re-interpreted and put back together in different spaces throughout this amazing venue, “tour guides” will lead audiences on a journey, transporting each audience member into a land shaped by Shakespeare’s text and visualized in new ways by an all-star cast involving five performance arts groups.

The award winning Backyard Theatre Ensemble (of Cheshire and Thomaston) will be directed by Lucia Dressel who was recently was named “Best Director” in the 2017 OnStage Theatre Awards for her work on “The Diary of Anne Frank” in Thomaston.

The popular puppet crew, Elmwood Productions from Bristol, will present a special interpretation under the direction of Rick Passmore.

Shipwreck Theatre Company was formed from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College and will be directed by Guilford’s Ashley Malafronte.

Sova Theater of Ridgefield is under the direction of the dancer, puppeteer and director Adelka Polak who is an artist in residence at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

Keith Paul, co-executive Director of this “Secret Shakespeare” production, will direct actors of the Desultory Theatre Club.

Those in attendance will also enjoy the tasty treats of some of Connecticut’s culinary masters including Amanda Bakes of Morris; Good Company Coffee House of Torrington; BMack’s Snack Attack of Norfolk; and First Act Bakery of Torrington. This project was made possible with the support of a Regional Initiative Grant, a program of the CT Office of the Arts/DECD, administered by the NW CT Arts Council.

Friday, August 25, 6 pm and 8 pm
Saturday, August 26, 6 pm and 8 pm

Tickets: $20.00
Limited tickets are available;
ordering tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

Whiting Mills Artist Studios
100 Whiting Street
Winsted

ssmidsummer.eventbrite.com

August 25 - September 22, 2017
Altars, Amulets and Shrines

The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will premiere the group exhibit, Altars, Amulets and Shrines, curated by Gay Schempp.This exhibit expresses eight artists’ exploration of personal altars, amulets or shrines used to create external representations of interior mysteries, memories or links between people, between things and between realms. The works range in a variety of disciplines and materials including sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, encaustic, assemblage and jewelry. Featured in the exhibit are works by Mary Lou Alberetti, Lori Barker, Suzanne Benton, Robert Dansik, George Herrick, Barbara Jaroch, Gay Schempp, and Diane Wright. A reception with refreshments for the artists will be held on Friday, August 25. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 22.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 5 – 7 pm

Free

David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Falls Village

860-824-7424
www.huntlibrary.org