Goings On

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

September 18 - November 20, 2018
Principles of Design and
Composition for Painters 

Artist Tom Hlas will be teaching a 10-week Art Course on Design and composition for Beginner to Advanced painters.

“As an artist, I believe in sharing what I do, how I do it and helping others along the way. This includes principles and techniques I’ve learned throughout my career – how to start and develop a strong, unique painting and how to get unstuck when a painting isn’t going well. I’ll be teaching this and much more!”

Tuesdays, September 18 – November 20, 6 – 8 pm

Tuition: $175; WHAL members: $155

West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford


September 19, 2018
Million Dollar Quartet
at the Warner Theatre

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the electrifying true story, rocks the Warner Theatre.

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash (Peter Oyloe), Jerry Lee Lewis (Taylor Gray), Carl Perkins (Austin Hohnke) and Elvis Presley (Daniel Durston). Sam Phillips (Andy Ingalls), the undisputed “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” gathered these four legends for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever.

Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life, with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration and unforgettable performances featuring timeless and enduring hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk The Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Wednesday, September 19, 8 pm

To purchase tickets: 860-489-7180
or visit 

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street


September 20, 2018
REO Speedwagon
At the Warner Theatre

REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. At the center of REO’s desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Kevin Cronin, who looks like he’s found the fountain of youth – along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. Cronin is joined by band mates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt.

Formed in 1967 at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band.

By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity. Its success was fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work – dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets. They have toured with Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, .38 Special, Ted Nugent, Chicago, Def Leppard, Status Quo and in 2017, Styx and Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles).

Thursday, September 20, 8 pm

To purchase tickets: 860-489-7180
or visit warnertheatre.org

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street


September 23 – 30, 2018
Warner Stage Company presents
Agatha Christie: The Unexpected Guest

The Warner Stage Company will open their 2018-19 Season with one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious murder mysteries – The Unexpected Guest. Performances will be held in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

“There is an ingenious display of suspects, as if lids were being taken off wells or depravity and hastily put back.” – Lawrence Kitchin, The Observer
“The impact is tremendous… Just when the murder seems solved … Miss Christie pulls her almighty knockout punch. I admit her complete victory.” – London Evening Standard

The Warner Stage Company production of Agatha Christie The Unexpected Guest is directed by Keith Paul with stage manager Taryn Glasser. The cast features Nicholas Bourne, Paolo Celentano, Darrell Cookman, Beverly Delventhal-Sali, Jonathan Jacobson, Kristen Moresi, Peggy Terhune, Maximillian Tieman, Payton Turpin and Robert Wiener.  The Unexpected Guest is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.

Performances: September 22, 28 and 29 at 8 pm and September 23 and 30 at 2 pm

To purchase tickets: 860-489-7180
or visit 

Studio Theatre
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street


September 24 – October 29, 2018
The Soul Ajar:
An Emily Dickinson Literature Course

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five week course The Soul Ajar: An Emily Dickinson Literature Course.

Participants will read as a class a small selection of the poems from perhaps the most inscrutable, dazzling, and confounding poet the United States has ever produced. Tucked away in her room, safe in her own alabaster chamber, Dickinson crafted lyrics that still defy interpretation, that cue the soul toward its deeper sources, and that explore the full range of human emotions: rage to love, neediness to freedom. There will be no set readings, no “homework readings” each week. Instead, come prepared as a class to encounter a curated set of poems that will both define and hide the poet who crafted them.  Please sign up now to reserve a spot.

The required book is The Poems of Emily Dickinson: A Reading Edition edited by R. W. Franklin and published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press. You’ll find this edition for sale at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County.  Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.

Mondays: September 24, October 1, October 15, October 22
and October 29, 10 am – 12 pm


Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road


September 26 – October 7, 2018
At Craven Contemporary

“PROCESS” opens at the gallery Saturday August 25th and runs through Sunday October 7th, 2018. The show features five artists who all have an interesting process behind their work which becomes an integral part of the piece. The five artists are Matthew Brandt, Brian Bress, Daniel Gordon, John Houck and Matt Lipps.


Craven Contemporary
340 Main Street

Instagram @cravencontemporary

September 29, 2018
Farm & House Tour

The Washington Environmental Council will be holding its “Farm & House Tour” on September 29. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Council’s Environmental Scholarship Fund for local students.

This self-guided tour features eco-friendly and architecturally significant houses, plus Back 40 Farm. Included in the tour is the iconic Cogswell Tavern, built circa 1756 and once visited by General George Washington. During the tour hours the Wykeham Room at the Gunn Memorial Library will be open for guests to enjoy Sweet and Savory and accompanying libations.

Saturday, 1 – 5 pm
Wine Reception: 1 – 5 pm at the library

Tickets: $50 per person
Available online, at Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot,
and Dawn Hill Antiques in New Preston.

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


September 29, 2018
Garden Design in the
Country House Era

Join Tracey Miller for a lively discussion of residential landscape and garden design through the lens of three iconic designs from the late nineteenth century; Naumkeaug, Dumbarton Oaks and Olana.

Learn from the masters as we study their execution of detail, selection of plants and the techniques they employed to build upon a site’s existing features in order to evoke its ‘spirit of place,’ or Genius Loci.

Saturday, September 29, 9:30 – 11 am

HHG members $25
Non-members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road