Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned
Presented by Mathew Duman
In his lecture, Mathew Duman highlights a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University’s campus in New Haven. Using original photographs from his book, “An Education in the Grotesque”, he explores the artistic, historic, architectural & even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and enlightenment.
Mathew Duman grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He works as a photographer and graphic designer at the Knights of Columbus in New Haven. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University but while studying abroad, became fascinated with the architectural detail of the cathedrals of Britain. Duman has since taken photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand.
Saturday, January 27, 4 pm
And Pamela Stockamore
Fve Points Gallery presents a moderated Artist Panel Discussion featuring artists Peter Busby, Joseph Byrne, Pamela Stockamore. This event is sponsored by Grace and Djan Yagtug & Victor and Marion Muschell.
Friday, January 5th, 6 – 8 pm
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
your Momma’s Mac and Cheese
It’s not just for kids anymore! Join us as Chef Monica demonstrates adult-style mac and cheese that is decadent enough to be served at your next dinner party. These delicious recipes will convert even the most doubtful mac and cheese foodie into a true believer! Sample small bites of a variety of unique Mac and Cheese recipes, along with a glass of sparkling wine, and take the recipe packet home so you also can make these masterpiece comfort foods!
Menu: A tasting of Chef’s favorite “Mac and Cheese” recipes
Saturday, January 6, 11 am – 12:30 pm
44 Upland Road
When you are just craving a satisfying dinner inside the warmth of your own home, consider creating this “Cozy Winter Dinner” … you won’t be sorry you did! Join us in this class as the Chef teaches you the techniques to recreating this relatively easy menu that tastes like you were cooking all day! And, even better … you can make most of it in advance! Techniques learned in class will include how to braise, how to make a creamy soup without cream, how to make polenta, and more. So, when you hear words such as “snow and ice” in the forecast, gather your ingredients and you will be ready to “get cozy” and enjoy a delicious home-made gourmet meal.
Menu: Butternut Squash & Cider Bisque – Frisee & Apple Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette – Braised Short Ribs over Cheddar Polenta – Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme – Pear and Apple Crisp
Ages 21 and Older. Hands-On Participation.
Saturday, January 6, 6 – 9 pm
44 Upland Road
Chef Deborah Miller
The secret to great Thai food is balancing flavors by combining the five major tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. In this informative and fun class, you will learn about a variety of Asian ingredients commonly used in Thai cuisine as well as how to combine them properly for authentic Thai flavor. Learn to cook with curry paste, lemongrass, tamarind, fish sauce, green papaya, and more as you work in groups to prepare an authentic Thai menu. After this class, you will think twice before going out to a restaurant for Thai food because you will be able to prepare flavorful Thai food at home.
Menu: Chef’s Signature Thai Red Curry Soup with Chicken and Crispy Noodles – Green Papaya Salad – Chef’s Favorite Pad Thai – Sticky Rice with Mango
Ages 21 and Older, Hands on Participation.
Sunday, January 7, 11 am – 2 pm
44 Upland Rd
Chef Deborah Miller
Learning proper knife skills is the key to being more efficient in the kitchen and results in a better quality of foods prepared. Join us for this class in which you will learn how to best use one of the most important tools in the kitchen. We will discuss which knives are essential and how to store, maintain, and use them properly. We will also discuss how to sharpen your knives … and keep them sharp! During the class, we will create a few tasty Asian-style dishes for the class to enjoy by using the ingredients we have chopped to perfection. As an added bonus, you will also learn how to properly carve a chicken. Enjoy the fruits of your labor while you learn essential knife techniques that will serve you for years to come.
Menu: Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry – Vegetable Fried Rice – Sticky Rice with Mango
Ages 21 and Older. Hands-On Participation.
Wednesday, January 10, 6 – 9 pm
44 Upland Road
Quantum Mechanics is the most successful physical theory ever developed, and yet its foundations and interpretation have remained an ongoing dispute over the last century. Among its counter-intuitive consequences are Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, the role of the observer as captured in the Schrödinger’s Cat paradox, and the “spooky action at a distance” exemplified in entanglement experiments. All of these have implications for our understanding of reality and causality, and continue to be investigated by physicists and philosophers. This talk will provide a historical survey of Quantum Mechanics, leading up to current experiments and theories that weigh on the questions that bedeviled Einstein, Bohr, and many others
Matthew Deady is a Physics Professor and Director of the Physics Program at Bard College where he has been teaching since 1987. He received his Doctorate from MIT, and was an Assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College. His current research includes nuclear physics, mathematical physics, and musical acoustics. He is extensively published in journals including “Physical Review”, “Technology Review”, and “American Journal of Physics”
Thursday January 11, 6 pm
(Snow Date January 25)
38 Main Street
Chef Clara Park, Season 20 “Chopped” Champion
The cuisine of India is a combination of delicately balanced flavors. Cooking vegetarian meals in India is easy because in addition to the quality of the ingredients, the combination of spices, temperatures and textures always results in maximum flavor which makes each ingredient shine. What better way to start the New Year than to begin creating vegetarian dishes that wake up your palate and contribute to your overall health? Chef Clara Park is a “Chopped” Champion and after cooking side by side with her, you will see why!
Menu: Saag Paneer (Spinach with Cheese) – Aloo Papri Chaat (Crispy Wafer Street Food Snack) – Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potatoes) – Vegetable Korma – Pakora (Vegetable Samosas)
Ages 21 and Older.
Friday, January 12, 6 – 9 pm
44 Upland Road
At Cornwall Library
Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and bear enthusiast Felicia Ortner will present a talk on “The Bear Reality” at the Cornwall Library. Felicia Ortner has been a bear enthusiast for over 30 years. Through her program, “The Bear Reality,” Felicia will dispel some of the myths associated with black bears and encourage us to be more Bear Aware.
Sunday, January 14, 1 pm
30 Pine Street
A new year is upon us and many make healthy resolutions yet cave in to bad habits by mid-January. Lisa Larkin, certified Health and Wellness Coach of Woodbury, will teach you how to create healthy habits in small steps that are achievable for the New Year. She will talk about creating manageable goals, weight loss, starting your day in a positive way and de-stressing.
Lisa Larkin is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach specializing in nutrition education and Corporate Wellness. She received her certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2011 and proceeded to receive her certification in Corporate Wellness. Lisa coaches people one-on-one or in group settings specializing in an array of health and nutrition topics such as weight loss, seasonal weight loss challenges, beating sugar cravings, healthy meal prep and more. She has a passion to help others achieve their best self. She is a wife and mother to three adult children who integrates healthy habits into her family’s lifestyle. Her passion is cooking for loved ones and getting outdoors. Lisa’s motto is “Movement and a healthy lifestyle are key to a happy and healthy life!”
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm
Snow date: Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 pm
Registration is requested
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Geologists marvel at the incredible diversity of earth history recorded in Connecticut’s rocks. This program provides a complete geological history of the state – illustrated with animations, video clips, maps and diagrams – and describes how fundamental geological forces worked over great spans of time to piece together and shape our region. Learn where continents once collided, how molten rock once flowed over and through the surface, how glaciers sculpted our modern landscape and more!
Brendan Hanrahan is the publisher of the Road to Discovery Series of guidebooks of day trips to explore the natural history of Connecticut. The guides aim to make it easy for anyone to explore local places where discoveries about geology, dinosaurs and the State’s native wild places have been made for centuries.
Mr. Hanrahan also produced a series of videos capturing the life histories of native amphibians and reptiles. He is a graduate of Reed College.
Tuesday, January 23, 7 – 8 pm
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
with Artist Lynn Curtis
Lynn Curtis will demonstrate several ways to create artful cards, suited for Valentine’s Day or other occasions. We will use a sweeping assortment of interesting papers and other materials that will be provided. This is a a great way to jump start your creative juices and loosen up your working methods by using prepared materials . Please feel free to bring papers, magazine images, and anything else that excites you. Materials fee $5 for cardstock, envelopes, and other supplies, including papers.
Lynn Curtis grew up in the art-filled city of Portland, Oregon, and has lived and worked in Connecticut for the past 35 years. She is primarily a painter but has been doing expressive collage since 1994; color, design, and experimentation bring her joy.
Class is limited to 12 participants, and is currently full. However if you are interested please add your name to our wait list–we may schedule an additional class.
Saturday, January 27, 10 am – 1 pm
Local novelist Courtney Maum’s collaborative retreat “The Cabins” returns to Norfolk with a vibrant group of writers, filmmakers, artists, and musicians who will be working together for a long winter weekend. Join us at the Library as they present excerpts of their individual work. It should be quite a show and tell!
Sunday: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
many venues in the town