Goings On

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

June 11 - 25, 2017
Music Mountain
Fifth Anniversary Festival

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound. The summer festival season includes a 16-concert Chamber Music series and a Saturday Twilight series of Jazz, Big Band, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Cabaret concerts – with dancing on our outdoor dance floor. See events below:

Sunday, June 11, at 3 pm
88th Season Opening Concert & Reception
Peter Serkin, Piano
Stefan Jackiw,Violin
Jay Campbell, Cello
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:25, Opus 73 #2 ‘Gypsy’ (1795) (2)
Schubert: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 99, D. 898 (1827) (8)
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 97 ‘Archduke’ (1811) (5)
All Tickets: $75
Gordon Hall

Saturday, June 17, at 6:30 pm
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP)
Acclaimed quintet of ‘Wand’ring Minstrels’ present a delightful staged concert version of The Pirates of Penzance in one act. Act two features Company’s favorite selections from the rest of the G&S repertoire, topped off with the ever popular NYGASP tour-de-force challenge: impromptu renditions of audience requests by the cast and Artistic Director Albert Bergeret.
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)
*Pre-Concert Dinner
Dinner (5 pm) & Concert (6:30 pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than the Friday before.
Gordon Hall

Sunday, June 18, at 3 pm
Alexander Fiterstein, Michael Brown, and
Nicholas Canellakis
Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet
Michael Brown, Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, Cello
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 11 (1797) (4)
Two Klezmer Works for Clarinet Trio (1)
Stutschewsky: Hasidic Fantasy (1956)
Zhurbin (Ljova): Klezmer Hora (2014)
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano (1910) (1)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Opus 114 (1891) (6)
All Tickets: $35
Gordon Hall

Saturday, June 24, at 6:30 pm
New Black Eagle Jazz Band
The very best in New Orleans style Jazz, Gospel & Blues. A world touring band. Together since 1971. Touring all parts of the United States.
*Pre-concert Dinner
Dinner (5 pm) & Concert (6:30 pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than the Friday before.
Gordon Hall

Sunday, June 25, at 3 pm
Cassatt String Quartet
Mihae Lee, Piano
Mendelssohn: 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Opus 81 ‘Capriccio’ (1843-47) (7)
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132 (1825) (22)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Opus 57 (1940) (26)
All Tickets: $35
Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall
Falls Village
Entrances to Music Mountain Road are on Route 63 near the junction of Route 126, and on Route 7, across from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School From the Route 7 turnoff, bear left at every intersection.

860.824.7126 or 860.824.7626

June 14 & 15, 2017
Drawing in the Garden
At Hollister House Garden

Experience the pleasure of drawing spring flowers in a beautiful garden setting, guided by notable artist Carol Ann Morley. Sitting among the irises, peonies and poppies of Hollister House Garden, you will draw in a sketchbook with graphite and colored pencils and learn to capture the natural way flowers grow.

This workshop will take place in the garden and the barn at Hollister House Garden. The first day will begin with a graphite and colored pencil technique class and then move into the garden for on-site drawing. Day two combines more drawing in the garden and studies in the classroom. A materials list will be included with your reservation confirmation. Bring a bag lunch and sun hat! Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Carol Ann Morley is an accomplished botanical artist and teacher whose work is in museum collections. In 1985 she founded the Botanical Art and Illustration program at New York Botanical Garden and was the program coordinator there for 8 years. She is currently teaching at NYBG, Wellesley College Botanic Garden, Berkshire Botanic Garden and Sanctuary Arts in Maine where her classes always sell out quickly!

Wednesday, June 14 & Thursday, June 15, 10 am – 4 pm

Two-day Workshop: $150 for members and $175 for non-members
(Suitable for any level student) 

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


Cluster, Oil on linen, 14 x 15
June 16 – July 15, 2017
Art Exhibit by Judith Wyer

Judith Wyer’s new exhibit of oil paintings, Presence, will be on display at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village from June 16 through July 15. The exhibit features a selection of the artist’s figurative and still life paintings ranging throughout her career.
Judith Wyer, a North Canaan resident, has referred to the act of painting as “extending and relishing the momentary.” This is an apt description of the work in Presence. Ms. Wyer’s figurative paintings are inhabited with people quiet, pensive and held in place by circumstance and commitment: commuting on a train or waiting for one; museum gallery security standing still as a posing model; universal experiences of claiming private space in public places, everyone solitary, even in groups.
Balanced with the figurative canvases are equally quiet still lifes of flowers, ceramics, and glass.  All of Ms. Wyer’s paintings have themes in common—neutral tones and soft, sinewy lines, often set off with a vibrant burst of color, a red or purple belonging to a flower or a central figure’s clothing. Describing the paintings, the artist said, “Presence is interaction where one form defines and demarcates the other, be it still life or figurative. The ideal is to find balance and harmony in such interdependence thereby creating a quiet dynamic.”
Judith Wyer studied at several institutions in New York including Brooklyn College, the Art Students League, National Academy of Design, and School of Visual Arts. She studied with Jacob Lawrence who was an early and lasting influence on the artist. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and she exhibits regularly.
Reception: Friday, June 16, 5 pm – 7 pm,
Refreshments will be served

David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Falls Village


June 17, 2017
9th Annual Summer Solstice
Festival at WAA

The Washington Art Association & Gallery is thrilled to announce the return of their 9th annual Summer Solstice Festival. Since 2008, this vibrant celebration of art and community has been the social event of the season in the Litchfield Hills.

Artists, collectors, celebrities and revelers come from near and far to enjoy a tropical summer evening while contributing to a great cause. Delicious food, music, drink and décor with a Caribbean theme transform WAA into a carnival of the senses. As if that wasn’t enough, WAA’s Atelier Sale takes place concurrently, filling our galleries with exceptional affordable art. Atelier is a sale that is much anticipated by collectors, members and interior designers.

Each year the renowned “Mojito King” and “Soul of Solstice,” Abdo Ballester, draws crowds with his signature Mojitos. Accomplished designers lend their talents to decorate our galleries and turn our terrace into a Caribbean escape. Ginga Brasileira will perform their unique blend of Samba and Capoeira and Ochun will play live Cuban music. As always, it is truly a night to remember!

All proceeds from Summer Solstice directly support WAA programming for studio classes and workshops, innovative exhibitions and special events.

Saturday, June 17, 6 – 9 pm

Tickets: $50
Registration required

Washington Art Association (WAA)
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot


June 18, 2017
Summer Solstice Concert 
Music In The Garden

Hollister House Garden invites garden and music enthusiasts to celebrate the official beginning of summer with a concert presented by The New Baroque Soloists led by creative director, Douglas Myers. ‘Festive Music for the Summer Solstice’ also known as ‘Music in the Garden’ will be held on the main lawn of the garden. All are invited to bring a picnic – rose wine and sparkling water are provided. Do bring a chair or a blanket!

Sunday, June 18, at 5 pm

Member: $30
Non-Member: $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 24 & 25, 2017
8th Annual Open Your Eyes
Studio Tour

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council has invited artists and artisans in the towns of Salisbury/Lakeville and Sharon to participate in its eighth Open Your Eyes Studio Tour weekend. The 2017 tour will feature over 25 artists and artisans who have their studios in the municipalities of Salisbury and Sharon (including townships/villages). Participating artists and artisans will open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour.

Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. Over the past seven years, the event has drawn audiences from 14 states, with many visitors returning annually. The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work. On the eve of June 26th 2016 the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council accomplished the 7-year task of bringing the Open Your Eyes studio tour to all the towns in its service area. As a result of the growing audience for the event and enthusiasm from artists throughout the region, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council decided to continue presenting the event. Over the next several years the tour will return to the towns in the Arts Council’s 25-town service area, but in slightly different town-groupings as in the past.
Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25

The Open Your Eyes studio tour Preview Party:
June 11, 3-5 pm! It’s also free.

Register to get your free Tour Ticket Packet

Towns of Salisbury/Lakeville and Sharon



June 24, 2017
Woodbury Arts Festival
On Main Street

Kick off the summer on the absolute best day to visit historic Woodbury– a town known for its fine restaurants, boutique gift and antique shops along its charming tree-lined Main Street. Enjoy a festive day celebrating the arts, make your way to the Woodbury Arts Festival.
Begin with the main tent Fine Art Show, a members’ invitational showcasing the works of 20 esteemed area artists in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, sculpture and photography. The surrounding Artisanal Market will feature local and Connecticut based ‘high craft’ and artisanal fare exhibitors. We are lining up some seriously decadent treats…artisanal chocolates, honey and cheese products, and exquisite hand crafted products in wood, porcelain and clay, jewelry, glass, and fiber arts. Enjoy the live music, food concessions and enjoy the collaborative art project and demonstrations.
Saturday, June 24, 10 am – 4 pm


On the North Green
Main Street


June 24, 2017
Future Now Environmental Expo
in Washington Depot

The Washington Environmental Council (WEC), a local environmental nonprofit group, is sponsoring the “Future Now Expo” on June 24, 2017. The Expo is an engaging community event that allows attendees to speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. During this fun and educational all-day event, one can attend an informative lecture, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. The Expo is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone. Rain or shine.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 11 am – 3 pm

Washington Environmental Council
2 Bryan Hall Plaza
Washington Depot

June 27, 2017
White Hart Author Series:
Colm Tóibín

Bestselling, award-winning  author Colm Tóibín  will discuss his spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling new novel “House of Names” a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children.

Tóibín visits the recurrent subject of the mother in his novels in this reimagining of the Ancient Greek tragedy of the House of Atreus told in four parts. The mother here is the despised and cursed Clytemnestra, whose damning historical reputation he counters by making her more human and understandable. This is a story that dwells on the themes of betrayal, loss, grief, corruption, power, failure, loneliness and repression. It is told through the perspective of Clytemnestra, her son and daughter, Orestes and Electra, and the ghost of Clytemnestra.

Agamemnon betrays and sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, on her wedding day to win the Trojan war. Clytemnestra is grief stricken and seeks to assuage her desperate loss by dreaming of and planning the murder of Agamemnon.

Where Tobin excels is in his depiction of the character of Clytemnestra who comes alive effortlessly through his prose. The language he deploys is often sublime, expressive, and vivid. He creates a doom laden picture of palace intrigue and an unsettling atmosphere. It is a timeless tale whose echoes can be heard throughout our human history.

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

In collaboration with the White Hart, Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6 – 8 pm


White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road