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July 6, 2019
A Conversation With
Wendell Minor & Abigail Rockwell

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a conversation between award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor and Abigail Rockwell in celebration of the release of Norman Rockwell’s My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition, for which Abigail Rockwell (Norman’s granddaughter) is the editor and author of a new introduction. The event will be in the bookshop on Saturday, July 6th at 3pm, after which there will be an opportunity to get books signed.

The life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words–back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations, and more. The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont–all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.

This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).

Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, is a jazz singer and songwriter. After her mother’s passing, she joined her father, Thomas Rockwell, to administer the Norman Rockwell Family Agency. She was instrumental in fighting the fraudulent 2013 biography of her grandfather, the Artist and Illustrator Norman Rockwell, writing front page articles for the Huffington Post and the Saturday Evening Post. After years of investigating her grandfather’s life in the wake of that biography, Abigail Rockwell is now one of the few legitimate Rockwell scholars in the world, along with her father, and recognized as such by Sotheby’s and the National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island.

Wendell Minor has illustrated and/or written over fifty children’s books, many of them award winners. He was recently honored as the Norman Rockwell Museum’s 2018-2019 Artist Laureate. He is known for his collaborations with the late Jean Craighead George. He lives in Connecticut. His most recent book, The Magic of Letters, was written by Tony Johnston and came out in April 2019. Hi, I’m Norman, a children’s picture book biography of Norman Rockwell written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor, will be released in October 2019.

If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525.

Saturday, July 6, 3 pm


Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


July 11, 2019
Young Picasso
Exhibition on Screen

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early Periods  – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 min. Visit
Co-sponsored with the Washington Art Association.

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm


Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road



July14 & 28, 2019
Flanders’ Goat Yoga
Summer  Classes

Come out and connect with nature and furry baby Nigerian dwarf goats at Goat Yoga classes being held at Flanders’ Van Vleck Farm and Sanctuary this summer! Experienced yoga instructors will be leading guests in this one hour gentle class suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced yogis & yoginis! Adorable Nigerian dwarf goats will be frolicking & cuddling with you as you flow through the class on the picturesque Van Vleck Farm.

Participants should keep in mind that they’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a LOT of silliness) may be involved so they should dress accordingly, wearing comfortable clothes and bringing  along a yoga mat or towel.

Proceeds of goat yoga go to help support the Flanders Van Vleck Farm and farming programs. Space is limited and those interested need to register online.

Sundays: July 14 and  July 28, August 4 and August 18, 9:30 am

Cost: $20 for members and $25 for non-members for adults; $10 for ages 15 and under accompanied by an adult.
Rain cancels the classes. Check the Flanders facebook page for any weather announcements. Guests will have the option of attending a rescheduled date or a refund.

On the hill outside the North Barn
644 Flanders Road
(just beyond the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road)
Parking is available in the adjacent lot.

203-263-3711, ext. 12

July 15 – August 2, 2019
Community Challenge

This program consists of three weeks of coached sessions, twice a week in 8-person boats. Come as an individual or form a team with co-workers, friends, or family. A percentage of what we take in will go to White Memorial. The grand finale Community Challenge is on Saturday, August 3, consisting of a fun day of racing and refreshments.

Cost: $225 per person, includes race and party

Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
1 North Shore Road

July 18, 2019
A Night at the Opera
with Musicologist Gil Harel

Musicologist, music theorist and award winning professor, Dr. Gil Harel will join us for an engaging program entitled A Night at the Opera. This musically enhanced visual presentation will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 6:30pm at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.

As the ultimate intertwining of text and tone, opera has captivated audiences for more than four centuries. During this lecture, Professor Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) will provide a broad yet detailed overview of opera in its various incarnations, with the ultimate goal of illuminating the “how” and “why” it has been and remains one of the most compelling musical idioms in the world. During this discussion, classics by three composers – Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner – will be considered.

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. He has been hosted as a featured speaker at many learning-oriented events in Connecticut, New York, as well as Massachusetts. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested

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


July 23, 2019
Mostly Plants: A Book Talk
with the Pollan Family

In Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes readers will find recipes that satisfy or can be adapted to almost all dietary needs; vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. And the best part: many of these dishes can be on the table in 35 minutes or less! With skillet-to-oven recipes, sheet pan suppers, one-pot meals and more, this is real cooking for real life: meals that are wholesome, delectable – and mostly plants. Join the Pollan Family – Corky, Tracy, Dana and Lori – as they discuss their latest cookbook.

Tuesday, July 23, 7 – 8 pm


Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street