Litchfield News





Earth Film & Soup Supper
"Island Earth"
Wednesday, September 20 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
The Earth Ministry Team is happy to again present films that explore the miracle of this planet Earth and our relationship with it. The evening begins with a free soup supper at 6:30 pm followed by the film at 7 pm in the Fellowship Room (under the church in the back). ~ FREE Event!
“Island Earth" is a rich tale of a young indigenous scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the corn fields of GMO companies to the loi patches of Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our future.

Island Earth focuses on the land rather than the sea, exploring the many complicated facets of farming in the state of Hawaii—a state that’s rich in fertile soil yet stillimports the vast majority of its food.

Hawaii is a particularly fraught battleground in the GMO debate, and pro surfer/director Cyrus Sutton dives right into it with three locals' opinions and experiences. Winner of the Best Film prize, "Earth Day Festival" 2017” ~
Silent Auction, Tag and Bake Sale
September 22 and September 23 ~ 9am-3pm
September 24 ~ 12-3pm
Milton Congregational Church
548 Milton Road, Milton Center
Milton Congregational Church of Litchfield will hold its annual tag and bake sale on September 22 and September 23 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) and September 24 (12:00 noon - 3:00 pm).

Sunday is a real bargain day. As always, you can find pretty much everything at the Tag Sale from furniture to antiques, from jewelry to linens, from books to lamps, from tools to toys.  

The ladies of the church will also have their famous homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relish, and baked goods for sale.  We will feature door prizes consisting of items donated by local area merchants. Again this year there is a "Seasonal Celebration" room where you can find decorations for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving festivities.

New this year is a silent auction of antiques, vintage furniture, and other selected finer items. The silent auction runs from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Friday September 22, so review the items and be prepared to bid early and often! Take time between bids to shop the rest of the tag sale. We accept cash or checks. There will be no early access to the tag sale.

Drop by the church located at 548 Milton Road, in Milton center, a beautiful four-mile country ride from Route 202 in Litchfield and browse the tastefully displayed treasures and even stop to enjoy a gourmet hot dog from Salty Dog Hot Dogs.

Journey of the Universe
Saturday, September 23 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
We are connected to the universe....
Wisdom House will present the program, “Journey of the Universe” on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. given by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Actor Sam Waterston will do a series of readings from related literature about the topic at the conclusion of the day.
In this workshop participants will learn of our intrinsic connection to the universe.  The program will weave together the discoveries of modern science together with humanities, such as history, philosophy, the arts and religion and investigate the ways we understand evolutionary processes and how they impact both people and the planet.

John Grim, Mary Evelyn Tucker (left) and Sam Waterston (Schedule permitting)
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University with appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Yale Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies and Center for Bioethics. Both direct the program in Religion and Ecology at Yale and have organized conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.
To conclude the program, Sam Waterston (schedule permitting) will read excerpts from the works of Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue, Thomas Berry, and others.
He is a stage, film and television actor who is currently on the Netflix series, “Grace & Frankie.” He was nominated multiple times for his role as D.A. Jack McCoy on “Law and Order,” and won a Golden Globe as Forrest Bedford in “I’ll Fly Away.” He raises Icelandic sheep and cattle on Birdseye & Tanner Brooks Farm in Connecticut. Those registered for the program will be given access to a secure link
where they can preview the film, “Journey of the Universe.”

  The cost of the program is
$55 per person and includes lunch.
Registration closes Friday, Sept. 22, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $25
For further information call (860) 567-3163
Penny Auction
Saturday, September 23 ~ 1:00 p.m.
Litchfield United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Litchfield will hold a traditional "Penny Auction" of new and nearly new items on Saturday, September 23. Doors open at 1:00 pm and the drawing will start at 2:00 pm. 
Clothing, toys, gifts, Christmas items, dishes, decorative pieces, and gift certificates from local stores will be included. It's a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping, pick up a birthday present or find useful household items for yourself!

The church is at 69 West Street, Litchfield near western end of the Litchfield town green. For more information please call 860-567-5022.
Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, September 24 ~ 8:00-10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle St., Goshen
$7.00 per Adult / $3.50 per child under 12
Phone: 860-491-2793
Office Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10am-12pm

VNA Northwest Presents
Complimentary play "Vesta"
Sunday, September 24 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
VNA Northwest is offering a complimentary (free) play focusing on end of life issues at the Litchfield Community Center.
The play we have selected "Vesta" offers a warm and often funny exploration of a family's struggle with a variety of end of life issues as they come to terms with the illness and death of Vesta Pierson, their matriarch. Vesta is a 90 minutes, seven character play about the last five years of the character's life.

We are pleased to announce that Lea Dmytryck (a volunteer board member at VNA Northwest) will be directing this play and has a wonderful group of actors from community theatre to play the roles of the characters. Presented in association with Hospice Foundation of America and the Litchfield Community Center.
For more information please call 860-567-6000.

Nineteenth Annual Wisdom Award Celebration
Wednesday, September 27 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This year’s award will honor the lives and service of Mary Ann C. Buchanan, Ed. D. of Colebrook, CT as a Creative Educator and Chris and Marlene Smith, of Washington, CT
as Promoters of Human Potential

The award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House and honors those persons who have made a mark on the Northwest Connecticut community through their generous volunteer service. The areas of service include hospitality, health care and all that promotes the common good.  The award recognizes that in all these activities and commitment, Divine Wisdom is present and working in our midst.  Click here for more detals.
Bereavement Program
Goshen Community Care & Hospice
Saturdays, Sept. 9 - Nov. 11, 2017
9:00-10:30 a.m.
St. Thomas of Villanova
71 North Street, Goshen
To register please call
Sacred Chant Workshop for Women
Tuesday evenings 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Beginning September 12, 2017
St. Michael’s Parish, Litchfield
Dr. Marguerite Mullée will be offering a five week workshop in singing Chant on Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 12 at St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield green. For the last session, October 10, the group will present a Candlelight Chanted Compline including chants and motets from Anglican, Roman and Orthodox traditions.
Dr. Mullée is Music Director at St. Michael’s and a specialist in Chant and vocal pedagogy. Chant is truly the music of the people and this workshop will explore the wonderful diversity of chant. Topics include vocal technique focusing on breath support and legato singing, reading Gregorian notation, different forms of psalmody, and an historic overview of chant in the Christian Church. The fee is $95 and includes all materials. For more information, or to register for the workshop, the contacts are or 860-927-5265.

Living Rosary
Sunday, October 1 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Lourdes in Litchfield
Living Rosary, celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, hosted by the CT Knights of Columbus ~ 2:00 pm in the Grotto Plaza ~ In the event of rain, the event will take place in Pilgrim Hall. ~

Annual Blessing of Animals
Saturday, October 7 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Lourdes in Litchfield
4:00 pm in the Grotto Plaza.  ~ All pets, large and small are welcome, rain or shine. ~
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
United States Army Corporal Roy E. Howe
Conducted by Bantam AL Post 44
Saturday, September 2, 2017
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
On Saturday, September 2nd, American Legion Post 44 of Bantam honored United States Army Corporal Roy E. Howe, formerly of Bantam, Connecticut.
Mr. Howe, who served in the 169th Infantry Division in Germany during the Korean war, was the 348th veteran to be honored and this was the 335th ceremony to salute a Veteran of the Month. 
Food Pantry Open
@ St. Michael’s in Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish is currently collecting donations from its own members as well as those in the greater Litchfield community in order to stock a food pantry.
Rev. Deacon Amy Reichman
The pantry will be open the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and welcomes all who are affected by food insecurity issues. No registration is required. Once the scope of need is assessed, the pantry times could be expanded.  

To begin, nonperishables are being collected, but St. Michael’s plans to eventually accept fresh food items as well. Nonperishable items can be left in the Community House on the wire shelving in the foyer. Volunteers from the greater Litchfield community are invited to help with stocking the pantry and in distributing food. 

ContactRev. Deacon Amy Reichman
or call the Parish Office at 860-567-9465
weekdays from 10am-2pm