Goings On

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

July 19 & 20, 2018
Introduction to Botanical Watercolor

This class offers step-by-step demonstrations and personal attention to students as they learn accurate drawing skills, the importance of light source, color mixing, watercolor washes and dry brush techniques. Limited to 12 participants. Open to any level student from beginner to those with drawing and painting skills. A materials list will be emailed with your registration confirmation. Bring a bag lunch. Water, soft drinks, and snacks provided.

Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20,  10 am – 3:30 pm

Hollister House Garden members: $200
Non-members: $225

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road



July 20 & 27, 2018
The New Baroque Soloists
Summer Concert Festival

The New Baroque Soloist will perform Bach, Telemann, Handel, Quantz, Vivaldi, with French horns, oboe, strings, tympani, and organ. Facilities are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. Bubbly reception with the musicians after each concert. Pre-paid tickets will be held for you at the door. Tickets are also available at The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot.
Next month’s concerts: Friday, August 3 at 5:30 pm and Friday, August 10 at 5:30 pm.

Friday, July 20, 5:30 pm
Friday, July 27, 5:30 pm

Tickets: In advance via PayPal $25; at the door $30; Children free; Students $15

Historic Meeting House at the Washington Green
6 Kirby Road


July 21 & 22, 2018
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare in the Park

Theatre for Good presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Judy Black Park and Gardens. William Shakespeare’s classic, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” full of ove, magic, faeries, drama, flowers, comedy, and a donkey under the moon in the wild, untamed, and uncharted forest.

These small productions by and for friends and neighbors bring the community together and raise money for local and national causes and are produced under the name, “Theatre for Good.” It is completely non-profit.

In the last year, they have produced Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” and John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” and raised funds through theatre for The Steep Rock Association, WMS Annual Fund, Higher Heights,  Emerge America, the Susan B. Anthony Organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, and Loaves and Fishes of New Milford.

“I believe plays have an abundance of important messages to spread; ideas that need to be heard, especially in these times. My intention is simply to spread awareness and good words, pay it forward, and offer everyone a night to play in or attend the theatre.” – Caroline Kinsolving, founder of Theatre for Good

They are preparing for the fourth and fifth plays in the Theatre for Good Series: theatre to bring people together and benefit local causes. The performances are free with a suggested donation for anyone who would like to attend. Whatever is collected will be shared with the Judy Black Park and Gardens and local charities in Litchfield County.

“We are very grateful to Judy Black Park and WMS for being so welcoming of it’s friends and neighbors to bring quality plays to the area. Our little towns are so full of talented and cultured folk, those who thirst to perform and those who crave to experience. Judy Black’s beautiful space allows great opportunity for performance and audience.” —Caroline Kinsolving, founder of Theatre for Good

Saturday, July 21, 7 pm
Sunday, July 22, 5 pm


Judy Black Park & Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


July 21, 2018
Sebastian Tillinger:

Local artist Sebastian Tillinger’s work will be featured at the gallery in the Minor Memorial Library.

Art Opening: Saturday, July 21, 2 – 4 pm


Roxbury Minor Memorial Gallery
23 South Street


July 27 & 28, 2018
The Nutmeg Summer Dance Festival Weekend
At The Warner Theatre

The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory will present The Nutmeg Summer Dance Festival Weekend in the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. An eclectic performance of classical and contemporary dance repertoire performed by the talented students, graduates, and guests of The Nutmeg International Summer Training program.

Performances are Friday, July 27 at 7 pm and Saturday, July 28 at 12 pm.

Tickets: call the Warner Box Office or visit website


July 28 & 29, 2018
Litchfield Jazz Festival
Returns to Goshen

The 23rdAnnual Litchfield Jazz Festival represents the best in Jazz. Two full days of top-shelf music, Artist Talks, Art and Craft shows, great food and family fun. Lineup: Yoko Miwa Trio, Litchfield Jazz Orchestra with Zaccai Curtis, Trio da Paz, Dan Brubeck & Friends, Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio, Kris Allen Trio, Doug Munro & La Pompe Attack with MWC Dancers, Orrin Evans, Emmett Cohen Trio featuring Jimmy Cobb, and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque.

Saturday, July 28, 11 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday, July 29, 12 – 7:30 pm

Tickets: Tent Tickets: $69 advance, $79 gate; Lawn Tickets: $37 advance, $46 gate; discounted multi-day packages, student tickets, premium and brunch tickets also available.

Goshen Fairgrounds


July 29, 2018
Traditional New England
Clambake Dinner

To start, your choice of 1¼  lb. fresh lobster or 1¼  in. Angus strip steak. Steamed little neck clams (served in white wine, shallot, and herb butter). An assortment of artisanal rolls and bread. Mixed green salad with a selection of locally sourced seasonal fruit and vegetables (an assortment of dressings will be provided). Cold couscous salad with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil (dressed in an Italian vinaigrette). Creamy red smashed potatoes (with fresh basil, garlic, butter, sea salt and black pepper). Corn on the cob (flash grilled and brushed with butter). The dinner will be held outside under a tent. Wine may be purchased at the dinner.

Sunday, July 29, 3 – 5 pm
Rain date: August 5, 3 – 5 pm

Cost: $50 per person
Reservations must be made in advance.

Hopkins Vineyard LLC
25 Hopkins Road
New Preston (in Warren)


July 31, 2018
A Life of Sorrow: The Life & Times
of Carter Stanley

Performed by Gary Reid.
For the uninitiated, Carter Stanley was an expressive singer and songwriter. As the frontman for the legendary Stanley Brothers duo, he spent the best 20 years of his life pounding the pavement to take his gift to anyone who would listen. By 1966, he was tired. But…he had a story to tell! Join Gary Reid as he uses a mix of storytelling and music to bring to life the saga of a Mountain Music Treasure.

Tuesday, July 31, 7 – 8 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street