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Nonprofits Receive $103,950 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $103,950 during its first grant cycle of 2018. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.  Click here for more details.
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc. - $10,000 to support Phase Three construction costs of the non-motorized route from Litchfield to Bantam for walkers, runners and bikers (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
Litchfield Performing Arts - $7,000 to support the Student Stage at the 2018 Litchfield Jazz Festival (from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund)
2019 Open House Tour & Garden Stroll
Planned in Celebration of Litchfield's 300th Anniversary
A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR).  The Aid's Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.*  The Tour will benefit the CJR, a Litchfield-based non-profit organization that helps children, youth and families in 13 locations across Connecticut.

The rain or shine benefit will begin with a Preview Tour and Party on Friday, July 12, followed by a tour from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, July 13.  The 2019 event will feature nine notable homes, the majority of which are located on Litchfield's stately North and South Streets.  Representative of Litchfield's 300-year history, the tour will feature houses that date from a relocated 1685 Saltbox and will take guests through three centuries, ending with a stunning 1954 Marcel Breuer Mid-Century Modern home. The homes on tour, including Georgian, Greek Revival, Colonial, Victorian-Italianate, and of course the prevailing Litchfield Colonial Revival style, have been selected to capture over 300 years of village life and architectural interest in the thriving, vibrant center of Northwestern Connecticut.  Further details about the event will be announced later this year.  Click here for more details.
Family Dinner
Wednesday, May 23 ~ 5:30-7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Enjoy a relaxing meal and social time!
Tonight's menu: Chicken, vegetables and potato.
Hosted by Food Rescue US NW CT
and Litchfield Community Center.
Donations welcome!
For more info call 860-567-8302
Litchfield Walking Tour
The Beecher Family
Saturday, May 26 ~ 10:00 am
Litchfield Historical Society
Join the Litchfield Historical Society for Saturday morning
walking tours exploring new themes and areas of the town.
Walking tours last about an hour, be sure to wear
comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Tours begin at the Litchfield History Museum at 10 a.m.
Explore some of the sites related to the famous Beecher family,
residents of Litchfield from 1810 to 1826. Visiting locations all over
the center of town, such as the Congregational Church and
the site of their home, participants will get to see
the town through their experiences and words.
Walking Tours are free for members
and $5 for non-members.
Registration is required.
Payment is required with registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501 or
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located
at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
Participate in our shared history.
Open Courthouse
Monday, May 28 ~ 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Former Litchfield County Courthouse
West Street, Litchfield
Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, May 29 ~ 1:00-6:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
* For an appointment, please visit
OR call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
"The need is constant, the gratification is instant.
Give Blood" American Red Cross Blood Drive.
For an appointment, please visit
OR call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
For more info call 860-567-8302
Passenger Miles: A Quest for Supremacy
With John Cilio
Wednesday, May 30 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
John Cilio thrives on researching the ghosts of our past, uncovering
the underlying forces and historical trends that one single event
rarely impacts. His goal as an author of six historical books is to make
history relevant, engaging, and enlightening. John is back with
another history-rich program. This presentation will focus
 on the development of America’s transportation systems.
We’ll begin before the American Revolution when America’s mass transit
was stage coach and keel boat. We’ll look at how stage coaches were
 a key industry in Connecticut. Then we’ll move along to the quest
for moving large numbers of passengers using steam ships and railroads
and finally the airlines. This program is full of photographs and many
entertaining short stories. Did you know that stage coaches in 1848
covered 2.9 million passenger miles a day and that the
first major railroad disaster was in Norwalk, Connecticut.
John has written over 200 articles and contributed to several books
covering everything from steam drivenautomobiles, to a secret B-24
mission to bomb Tokyo. As a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and a member
of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization,
his stories are recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity.
Published in more than 20 publications, John is an American Marketing
Association Silver Effie winner and has spoken to large
and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
“To Weep with Those Who Weep:
Mourning Practices in Litchfield.”
History Bites Lecture
Thursday, May 31 ~ 12:00 pm
Litchfield Historical Society
The popular History Bites Lecture Series is back! The Litchfield Historical Society
invites you for their installment of the series on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at noon.
The topic will be mourning customs, in conjunction with the exhibit
“To Weep with Those Who Weep: Mourning Practices in Litchfield.”
Learn about the personal and social aspects of mourning practices in the 19th century
and how Litchfield residents coped with loss through their words and artwork.
Each spring History Bites presents a series of weekly lunchtime programs
designed to bring topics of local history to the attention of the regional community.
This year’s lecture series theme, Community Treasures, highlights
the stories preserved in the objects and histories contained in each
institution’s collections. The History Bites Lecture Series
 is sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.
Bring your lunch! Desserts and beverages will be served.
Suggested $2 donation.
Registration requested, but not required.
To register, call (860) 567-4501 or
For more information about this or other programs,