Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

November 4, 2017
Charlie Chaplin Film Salon

Join Doug Winkel for this exciting three-part look into the life, career, and films of Charlie Chaplin.

Saturday, November 4, 1:30 – 3 pm


Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street


November 4, 2017
An Afternoon with the Artist
Eric Forstmann

Eckert Fine Art will be hosting an exhibition walk-through with gallery artist Eric Forstmann. Mediated by gallery owner Jane Eckert and director Kevin Van Gorp, Forstmann will elaborate on the production of this exhibition, which for the first time since 1987, was produced outside of his home studio. Forstmann will discuss new avenues in his practice, art’s increasing influence in the NW Connecticut area, and how he really feels about interstate highways. Eric Forstmann – Still Workings continues through November 26, 2017.

Saturday, November 4, 3 – 5 pm
Talk to begin 3:30 pm


Eckert Fine Art
2 Old Barn Road


November 9, 2017
Confessions of an Urban Archaeologist

Cub historian and treasure hunter Greg Van Antwerp brings to life his unique approach to the weekend garage, tag and estate sales that dot the Connecticut landscape. “Signs and arrows strategically placed on familiar corners might lead to a few faded lawn chairs and a rusty barbecue grill – or just maybe – intriguing evidence of a life-affirming story of struggle and survival from generations past.” Each weekend Greg can be found seeking out a story in a box of old paper or the endless nooks and crannies where keepsakes were lost or stored and forgotten.

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 – 8 pm


Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street


November 12, 2017
The Constitution and Trump

Civic leaders will host a Public Forum with Norman Siegel, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Attorney, and Former Executive Director of New York Civil Liberties Union
On The Constitution and Trump. The forum with Norman Siegel, which will be hosted by Western CT Civic Action, will provide an opportunity to hear and discuss how the Constitution can be a road map to opposing and resisting the multiple ways in which Trump and his policies challenge long cherished principles and values in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Siegel will explain what Declaration 17 ( is and how it should give us hope to speak up, not to give up. Declaration 17 is an open alliance of private individuals who have joined in opposition and resistance to the policies and practices of President Trump.

Topics that Siegel will address include the more than 20 federal cases brought against Trump and his administration challenging his policies on the travel ban, sanctuary jurisdictions, the transgender military ban, the voting rights fraud commission, DACA, and the Constitution’s 25th amendment and emoluments clauses.

In addition to taking questions from the public, Siegel will also discuss the legal justifications and feasibility of two bills of impeachment introduced by Democratic congressmen.

Western CT Civic Action (@WestCTCivicAction on Facebook) is a community based civic action group whose goal is to educate, support and act to defend the United States Constitution for the good of all. The group meets once a month and currently has hundreds of concerned citizens who participate in its meetings, help organize events, and dedicate time, effort and brain power to resist, build and rise.

Sunday, November 12, 4:30 – 6 pm


Washington Montessori School Theater
240 Litchfield Turnpike / Route 202
New Preston

November 18 – December 17, 2017
Flanders Artisan Marketplace

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. It will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday, November 18th.

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; nutcrackers, fiber art – shawls, scarves; cards, Christmas ornaments, framed prints,  baskets, garden accessories, soap, sugar scrubs, and lotion bars; fun children’s accessories, pet items/ costumes; quilts, wreaths and greens, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, and more! This holiday season keep your shopping handmade and local!

Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm
From November 18 – December 17


The Van Vleck House
at the corner of Flanders & Church Hill Roads