Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
At Hopkins Vineyard
A holiday shopping event featuring local artisan made products. Artists attending: Plum Brook Chocolate, Butternut Alpaca’s, Vintage Terrarium’s, Rustic Home Goods, Brits Brand, Mic Urban Jewelry, Woods Magic, Cottage Wicks, Livin Country, The Bakehouse of Litchfield, to name a few. Featuring handmade jewelry, pottery, candles, home goods, wood carvings, chocolates, desserts, glassware, woolen products, fresh bread and olive oil. Special wine and cheese sampling and gift shop specials.
Saturday, November 10, 12 – 6 pm
Sit back, relax, and slow down… Sleepy Jones was established in 2013 by Andy Spade, Anthony Sperduti and Chad Buri. The three worked together for a number of years at Kate Spade, Jack Spade, and Partners and Spade. Their interests in the virtues of tinkering and pondering evolved into Sleepy Jones, a collection of pajamas for men and women, inspired by the lifestyles of artists. Whether you’re creating, daydreaming, playing or meditating, Sleepy Jones is a uniform you can wear in or outside the bedroom.
An assortment of pajamas, underwear, and not-quite-ready-to-wear for men and women… so comfortable and stylish that all you have to do is be yourself. Lounging is a luxury, and Sleepy Jones reminds us of that. The assortment at Privet Lives will be a little of everything, with cotton pajama sets, silk dresses, t-shirts and even underwear.
It was love at first sight with Sleepy Jones. We think that it’s important to slow down, enjoy life, live in the present… and that’s what Sleepy Jones is all about. The Privet House gang have been long-time admirers of Sleepy Jones, making this the perfect fit… and what better way to spread a little cheer and mindfulness through the holidays.
Opening: November 10
13 East Shore Road
Celebrating Life in England and New England
On November 11, Crescendo presents its fall choral program with music of rejoicing and remembrance. Featured British composers are the beloved 17th century composer Henry Purcell and 20th century Britain’s eminent composer Sir John Tavener. The music of the international prize-winning Connecticut-born composer Scott Perkins commemorates New England life, and includes music composed to poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Crescendo’s Chorus will be joined by soloists including the countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, Crescendo’s Chorus will be joined by soloists including countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, hailed by the New York Times as “a standout…singing with a luminous countertenor, strong coloratura and dramatic conviction.” There will be period instruments including Baroque natural trumpets, strings, basso continuo and organ. The program includes two Requiems and two Jubilates of different eras and Tavener’s “A Song for Athene,” performed at the funeral of Diana, the Princess of Wales.
Sunday, November 11, 4 pm
Tickets are $35 general; $60 premium, $10 students
Trinity Church Lakeville
484 Lime Rock Road
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (NCAC) will honor seven awardees at the 5th Annual CultureMAX Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7 pm at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. This annual event celebrates the inspiring contributions of local cultural leaders, organizations, and businesses. The event also serves to educate the 25-town region’s community about the positive forces that influence their cultural environment.
The 2018 CultureMAX Awardees are:
Thomasina Levy, of Litchfield, in the Established Artist category – she was the CT State Troubadour for 2005 and 2006, which allowed her to be Connecticut’s Ambassador for music and song.
Leslie Elias, of Cornwall & Grumbling Gryphons, in the Arts Educator category – she has been running Grumbling Gryphon’s Traveling Children’s Theatre for 38 years and taught all aspects of theatre to local children of all ages.
Luke Pepper, of Torrington, in the Emerging Artist category – his film and photography highlight the special moments and beauty of life in NW CT.
Carol Ascher, of Sharon, in the Heritage Professional category – she has shined a light on the history of Russian Jewish immigrants to Sharon and Amenia through her exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society and her book, “A Chance For Land and Fresh Air.”
Ken Buckbee, of Torrington, in the Volunteer category – he has restored and preserved the cemetery behind Torrington’s City Hall and helped residents understand and appreciate the history of their town.
Washington Art Associationin the Cultural Organization category – a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community in NW CT through education, exhibitions, and special events.
Thomaston Savings Bankin the Culture-Loving Business category – a business that has generously supported numerous cultural organizations and is artist-friendly on several levels.
Martha Bernstein, a judge on this year’s panel, commented, “I have enjoyed participating in previous years’ CultureMAX Awards as a nominator, supporter, and attendee, but it was a special pleasure to be on the panel this year. I gained a deeper view of the vibrancy within our community of the Northwest corner.”
The Northwest CT Arts Council introduces its new Executive Director, Rufus de Rham, who will make his first public appearance representing the Arts Council at this special event. The NCAC invites the arts and cultural community to attend CultureMAX and welcome Rufus.
Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 – 7 pm
Tickets: $30; Group of ten tickets: $250
The Warner Theatre
This exhibition will feature the art of Alex Cole, Jamie Caron, Liam O’Brien, Joe Dougherty, Shef Robotham, Mark Croce, and Russ Leonard of The Litchfield Amateur Astronomy Club. Works to be displayed range from standard photographic prints, metallic prints, imaging printed on aluminum as well as canvas. The Litchfield Amateur Astronomy Club was founded in 1956, the mission of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club is to promote the enjoyment of amateur astronomy through education, meetings, and public outreach. As part of the club’s outreach they hold talks and public star parties once a month February-November at the White Memorial Conservation Center. A portion of the sales will benefit the club’s outreach program.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 – 8:30 pm
Five Points Annex
17 Water Street
Looking for a distinctive handmade gift that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the historic Van Vleck House at Flanders is the setting for their annual “Artisan Marketplace”.
One of the largest artisan markets in the area, you will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including furniture, artisan chocolates, needle felting kits & creatures, fiber art – shawls, scarves; cards, Christmas ornaments, framed prints, baskets, soap, sugar scrubs, and lotion bars; fun children’s accessories, quilts, wreaths and greens, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, and more!
Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.
The “Artisan Marketplace” will be open Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM starting on November 17th and running through Sunday, December 16th. This holiday season keep your shopping handmade and local!
Opening the doors: Saturday, November 17, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays until December 16, 11 am – 4 pm
The Van Vleck House
at the corner of Flanders & Church Hill Roads
A Collaborative Pop-Up Exhibition
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is thrilled to collaborate with Louis Lemieux of BluePrint CT and curator Jennifer Terzian of LivWill Art. On November 17th they kick off a creative adventure—this dynamic dialog between fine art and interior design embraces the concept of an integrated and exceptional home. Our homes represent a lifetime of very personal experiences and unique appetites. Where we live is about what we surround ourselves with and ultimately speaks about beauty, distinctive belongings and careful editing. Art is essential to fine living, it nourishes creativity and humanity.
Jennifer Terzian has been involved with many aspects of the contemporary art world and brings her abundant skills to this project. Working from the artists represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art and in response to BluePrint CT’s inventory, she has curated an experience that feels like a tour of a stylish and sophisticated art collector’s home. After earning a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute in London, Terzian spent five years as Director of Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, followed by a position as Art Consultant for Winvian, a boutique Inn and Spa in Connecticut. She advises new art collectors, manages existing collections, maintains close relationships with artists, monitors the current art market and is an exhibitions curator.
BluePrint CT, newly located in spacious headquarters in Bantam, is an extraordinary design and lifestyle shop. Store-owner Louis Lemieux spent two decades living in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and the UK and has travelled to more than 45 countries for business and pleasure. Through these experiences Louis has developed an expertly trained eye and honed his ability to identify unique, quality craftsmanship in textiles, furniture, ceramics, glass and one-of-a-kind objects. Both the showroom and his interior design projects reflect his myriad talents and passions.
A blueprint is an illustration of a well-thought-out plan, this project suggests a plan that includes the integration of fine art and interior design. A holistic approach to an environment engages our intellect, encourages appreciation of beauty and nurtures domestic comfort. Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, 12 – 4 pm; and by appointment.
Opening reception: November 17, 3 – 7 pm
920 Bantam Road
for our Environment
The Housatonic Valley Association’s Annual Auction for our Environment is set for Sunday, November 18 at the Washington Primary School. Proceeds fund HVA’s water and land conservation work across the Housatonic Valley.
Christine Baranski, HVA Board member and star of CBS’s The Good Fight and movie Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, chairs the Benefit Auction Committee, and auctioneers extraordinaire Tim Luke (HGTV’s Cash in the Attic) and Greg Strahm take center stage at 2:30pm, keeping bidders on their toes with trademark energy, humor and warmth.
Joining Christine as chairs are Linda Allard, Jack and Pam Baker, Graydon and Anna Carter, Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan, John Favreau, Pat Kennedy Lahoud and Joe Lahoud, Margo Martindale, Diane Meier, Seth and Alexi Meyers, Anne Swift and Lee Lord, and Diane von Furstenberg.
Washington’s own Chris Zaima and Christos Giftos are bringing their design expertise to the setting this year and, along with Debby Bennett of Kent Greenhouse and Gardens, will create just the right ambience for music (Miles of Swing), delectable edibles (Executive Cuisine), cocktails, wine, and exuberant bidding.
Honorary Auction Committee members at the Diamond and Platinum sponsorship level are invited to a special Bellini Brunch reception hosted by Linda Allard and Baranski at Linda’s home from noon to 1 pm before the auction.
The auction lineup of donations from friends throughout the Valley includes vacation and weekend getaways as well as theater and sporting event tickets, dining, home furnishings, antiques, artwork, outdoor gear and unique opportunities!
Proceeds help conserve riverfront land and woodland corridors, clean up pollution, protect drinking water, save wildlife habitat, allow countless children to enjoy and learn about our natural world – and so much more in the Housatonic River Valley.
Founded in 1941, HVA is uniquely dedicated to protecting the entire Housatonic River Watershed. The watershed includes about 2,000 square miles of land stretching from western Massachusetts through western Connecticut and eastern New York to Long Island Sound. HVA’s offices are in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut; Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Wassaic, New York. For more information, please visit hvatoday.org.
Sunday, November 18, at 1 pm
Bellini Brunch reception: 12 – 1 pm
Auction begins at: 2:30 pm
Tickets: go to website or call
Washington Primary School
11 School Street
at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Garden
Local artist Katie Ré Scheidt will lead the Holiday Craft Day. Washington-based Averill Farm will provide apples; and the Judy Black Park will provide pizza and popcorn. This event will be followed by a 4:30 pm family movie: Disney’s “COCO”, for all ages.
Friday, November 23, 2 – 4 pm
Followed by a 4:30 pm family movie
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill