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July 1 - October 31, 2018
The Telephone Exchange Building:
100 Years in the Making

A new exhibition at AMEICO celebrating the centennial of the Southern New England Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford.

Originally built by the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET) in 1917-18 to house the equipment and switchboards for the growing local telephone clientele of New Milford and the surrounding towns, the building at 29 Church Street is now home to AMEICO’s contemporary Design Store & Gallery.

To commemorate the centennial of this historic structure, restored for future generations to enjoy, AMEICO will host an exhibition of rare telephones belonging to local collectors Mark Berghold and Nancy A. Davis, the earliest examples of which would have been found in households when 29 Church Street was constructed. The exhibition will also provide an overview of the growing importance of the telephone in New Milford one hundred years ago.

AMEICO is a New Milford based company which specializes in importing and distributing modern and contemporary industrial design. Founded by Peter Kahane in 1995, it chose to purchase and restore 29 Church Street in 2012 to house its operations and display its product to the public.

Open M-F, 9 am – 5 pm; Sat, 11 am – 4 pm


29 Church Street
New Milford

July 1 – November 1, 2018
WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

The Washington Art Association is proud to present WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, a public art exhibition featuring nearly 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors. Curated by WAA Trustees Mark Mennin and Barbara Talbot, the exhibition is organized by the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with community partners and the Town of Washington.

Curators’ Statement
“WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 is an exhibition with no obvious narrative except for the town itself, the hills around it, and the river that runs through it. Washington Depot, named long before our capital, is a focal point in the larger community of Litchfield County, that has a huge tradition of artists, writers, architects, dancers, and musicians both internationally known and self-exiled. The landscape is what gives the pieces in this exhibition a narrative commonality. This would include both the creative protagonists that live in Litchfield County, as well as the geography that beckoned them to settle here.
This is an exhibition that is as eclectic – full of a variety of material, image, and idiom – as its landscape. It demonstrates the different properties of traditional media with works in steel, stone, wood, as well as plastics and earth materials. These are conceptual and site-specific installations and kinetic pieces; there are fully rendered figurative works and large gestural works in both temporary and permanent materials. The bond of
the background is what holds these placements together. Painters Hugh O’Donnell, Caio Fonseca, and Julian Schnabel have been selected for their three-dimensional accomplishments. Michael Steiner, Fitzhugh Karol, and Tom Doyle weigh in with large constructions; Wendell Castle and Ned Smyth have included beautifully modeled abstractions, Marsha Pels and Robert Taplin contributed fully rendered figurative pieces from different methods; while Tim Prentice and Momix bring kinetics to the landscape.”

Open to the public: Daily from 9 am to dusk

Opening Reception: July 14, 2-6 pm at WAA and throughout Washington Depot

Closing Reception: Art Patron’s Party- Costume Soiree at Town Hall
Oct 27, 7:30-10 pm

Washington Depot


July 8 & August 12, 2018
History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough

Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that depict real historical events but through the lens of fiction.
July 8: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
The New York Times wrote, “Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier…He brings to mind Woody Allen, Joseph Heller and a libido-free version of Philip Roth…It’s a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.”

August 12: Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is set in February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill, and in a matter of days, dies. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. 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. His website is

Sundays, July 8 & August 12, 1 – 2:30 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required.

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street



July 12, 2018
Popular Cookbook Authors
Mark Scarbrough & Bruce Weinstein

Popular cookbook authors, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough will offer a talk and signing, and on their recently released book, The Kitchen Shortcut Bible at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

The ultimate collection of recipes to make real food, real fast—with hundreds of ways to cook smarter, not harder.  The Kitchen Shortcut Bible is for all of us who love to cook, but never seem to have enough time. This is a collection of more than 200 ingenious recipes that supercharge your time in the kitchen without sacrificing high quality or fresh flavor.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough come to this, their definitive guide to shortcut cooking, after twenty-nine cookbooks and decades of experience in the kitchen. Not only do they know about putting great meals on the table, they also know that most people’s nightly question isn’t “what’s for dinner,” but “what’s for dinner in the next half hour?”

They’ve got risotto in minutes, no-fry chicken parm, and melted ice cream pound cake. But these recipes aren’t merely “semi-homemade.” They’ve also got slow cooker confits, no-boil stuffed cabbage, and a fine holiday turkey straight out of the freezer, as well as new ways to think about sheet pan suppers, Asian noodle dishes without a wok, and no-churn ice creams. There are lots of new ways to use the kitchen tools you already own, imparting concrete shortcuts that save time and make something good into something great.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of more than 29 cookbooks. Owners of mediaeats, a culinary production company, they were also nominated for 2011 and 2015 James Beard Awards, won a 2015 IACP Award, and are the longest-serving columnists on, as well as regular contributors to the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, and Cooking Light.

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested

The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route
47 on the Green


July 19, 2018
The Art of the New England Farm
At Gunn Memorial Library

David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme will present Of Bohemians and Bovines: Florence Griswold Museum and “The Art of the New England Farm”. This special program will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

Mr. Rau’s presentation will highlight the current exhibition on display at the museum. Drawing on the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate and of the Lyme region and beyond, the exhibition examines the history and character of New England’s farms in works by artists from the 19th to the 21st century.

Paintings, drawings, and photographs from public and private collections trace the challenges of farming in New England, with its rocky soil, and the pastoral landscapes crafted through intense labor. Landscapes by George Henry Durrie receive special attention as influential representations that translated the New England farmstead into an American icon in the mid-nineteenth century. Works by Ivan Olinsky, Thomas Nason, Martin Lewis, and Walker Evans map the transformation and decline of the New England farm into the 20th century with the pressures of urbanization and suburbanization. The more recent revival of farming, with the enthusiasm for organic produce and farm-to-table cooking, round out the exhibition.

Mr. Rau’s presentation will also give a panoramic view of the Florence Griswold Museum, its mission and the broad array of educational programming.

David Rau has been the Director of Education & Outreach at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme since 1998.  Most recently, Rau played a key role in the reinterpretation of the Griswold House as a boardinghouse for the Lyme Art Colony as well as the Museum’s new triad of online learning resources. Since his arrival at the Florence Griswold Museum, Rau has initiated a broad array of new educational programming at the Museum, including the Wee Faerie Village, Scarecrows at the Museum,, Of Feathers and Fairy Tales: Enchanted Birdhouses, and is currently working on Lettersburg Junction: Faerie Homesteads from A-Z and 1, 2, 3, another creative outdoor event for the fall of 2018. Rau holds a Master’s degree in the History of Art and a Certificate in Museum Practice from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Rau has held positions at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan; and The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. He also currently teaches in the Museum Studies program at Connecticut College.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested.

The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green



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