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Art fundraiser to be held at historical society
A cooper bird will be available at the Litchfield 300 silent auction and fundraiser.
The Litchfield Historical Society will host Litchfield at 300, a silent auction art fundraiser on May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artwork by local artists representing Litchfield’s 300 years of history will be featured. Proceeds from the evening benefit the educational mission of the society. Tickets are $35 advanced purchase and $45 at the door. Silent auction bidding will start at $50. Work from over 50 artists will be in the event.
Registration is required. Payment is required with registration. To register or purchase tickets, call (860) 567-4501 or email Tickets can be purchased online here. For more information about this or other programs, please visit
 Astronomy club to host talk on astronomy in ancient Egypt

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club continues its 2019 series of star parties on May 24, at 8 p.m. with a talk called "Astronomy in Ancient Egypt" in the A.B. Ceder Room at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. 

How did ancient clutures relate to the sky?  Last month's talk was on Stonehenge.  This month we'll discuss how Egyptians of ancient times thought of the sky.  The talk is in two parts - one on representations of the sky in the pyramids and early tomb paintings dating from the Old Kingdom (c. 2500 BC).  The second part, called "Pharaoh's Iron Dagger", discusses a dagger with an iron blade discovered in a tomb in the 1920s.  Egypt in that period was a Bronze Age culture, so where did the iron come from?

In this new talk we'll explore these and other questions.  No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity.  Afterwards, weather permitting, there will be planet and star gazing at the observatory.

The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.  Events are free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more details, see the club calendar at or email the club at
Book talk by author to focus on the Litchfield Law School
The Tapping Reeve Law School will host a book talk by author Paul Hicks on June 6at 6 p.m. Hicks is the author of The Litchfield Law School: Guiding the New Nation.In his latest book, Hicks makes the convincing case that the Litchfield Law School provided the most innovative and successful legal education program in the country during its existence.
The talk will be held in the historic Tapping Reeve Law School, followed by a reception under the pavilion in the Tapping Reeve Meadow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is free but registration is requested. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email For more information about this or other programs, please visit
Local students restore bluebird box trail at Topsmead
The Friends of Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield is partnering with area schools to reestablish the bluebird box trail that runs through the state forest. The project is funded by the Friends of Topsmead State Forest and private donations.
The Friends of Topsmead State Forest is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the experience of Topsmead State Forest. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in August 2017, the Friends have already made a positive impact on Topsmead by initiating several projects. Along with the bluebird box trail project, restoration of the butterfly garden has begun and plans are in place to create a temporary welcome center in the carriage shed. The organization held its first Field Work Party on April 27 to prepare Topsmead for the growing season.
Janet Blauvelt, a Friends board member and chairperson of the education committee, leads the bluebird box trail project. She, along with Larry Short, a special education teacher at Charter Explorations School in Winsted, have been working with students from various local schools on different aspects of the project. Eight students from Explorations Charter School in Winsted, one student from Wamogo Regional High School and one student from Torrington Middle School are participating.
Their responsibilities are to inspect nesting boxes and record data on the bluebirds' and other birds' usage of the boxes; determine cleanliness of boxes; and report results to the Connecticut Bluebird Next Box Survey and Peter Piccone, a wildlife biologist at Sessions Woods in Burlington. Students are also responsible for building new boxes and repairing old ones. In addition, the Friends will add ten to fifteen new nesting boxes which will be built by Ms. Blauvelt and her husband, John Blauvelt, who is the Grounds Chairperson on the board of the Friends. The boxes will be built to specifications created by Art Gingert and Peter Piccone who designed the original bluebird trail at Topsmead.
This project owes a big debt of gratitude to Jane Golding, a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee who works at Topsmead, as she has played a critical role in initiating the new bluebird box trail. 
Students began checking the nesting boxes during the first week in March. Since then, they have spotted bluebirds starting to nest in several different boxes. Currently, there are five pairs of bluebirds nesting in boxes. On April 30, project participants were delighted to find one nesting box with four bluebird eggs in it. Recording nesting and egg status are vital to monitoring how the bluebird population is fairing at Topsmead State Forest. 
According to Ms. Blauvelt, "I wish to create educational programs in collaboration with local schools and community organizations to make Topsmead State Forest an outdoor extension of the classroom. My hope is to provide students and the public hands-on experience with nature and to grow to love the outdoors and the creatures that inhabit it."
Ms. Blauvelt seeks the public's assistance in providing program ideas to the board of the Friends of Topsmead State Forest via the group's email address: Email subject line should read: "Educational Program Ideas." 
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for May 19
The second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser benefiting the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington will be held in the center of Litchfield on May 19. The walk will begin at 9 a.m.
The goal of the walk is to promote the need to end sexual and domestic abuse against women. Men and boys will walk through the center of town in red high heels. Registration is $35 by April 30 and $50 from May 1 to May 19. To register, go to
Lions Club to hold annual car show
“The Biggest Little Car Show in Litchfield” will be held by the Litchfield Lions Club at Litchfield Inn on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 860-797-1563 for information. Arrive early – space limited.
A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in celebration of the Town of Litchfield’s tercentennial.  The Aid’s Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a rain or shine, one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.  The Tour will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic, a Litchfield-based nonprofit organization that helps children, youth and families in 12 locations across Connecticut.  Click for details. 
Litchfield 300th Anniversary Committee
On May 19, 2019 Litchfield will be celebrating 300 years since its incorporation. Any organization that is planning an event to celebrate, or that is interested in partnering with another organization in celebrating, is asked to coordinate their efforts with the 300th Anniversary Committee. Businesses interested in sponsoring an event are also asked to contact the committee. Please contact Lisa Losee at