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Walking the Cranberry Pond Trail
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, November 25 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Welcome to our 8th annual edition of this popular walk! Nothing could cap off a wonderful "on the cusp of winter" stroll along this spectacular trail better than a cup of hot coffee and a thick wedge of Crimson Pie swimming in a pool of thick ginger crème anglaise!
Meet in the Museum. 2:00 P.M.,
We'll drive over to the trail head together.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Day Trip: A Connecticut Christmas
Sunday, December 3 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra presents "A Connecticut Christmas" at the Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center.
It's a fairytale time of year in Connecticut. The clear, starry skies and snow-clad hills serve as an enchanted setting for childhood memories, past and present. The WSO ushers in this festive season with musical fairy tales for the ages. Come hear Cinderella meet her Prince, Goldilocks outsmart the Three Bears, and Peter do battle with the Big Bad Wolf. Audience members can enjoy a Christmas carol sing-along complete with milk and cookies for all, making this event a reoccurring and treasured experience for the entire family!
* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $40.00 pp
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302
A Walk through the Cathedrals
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, December 2 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend a couple of hours meandering along these beautiful trails flanked by stately White Pines and learn their story.
2:00 p.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
OWL Monday Scholars
Stephen’s Story & History of Hitler’s Empire
Mondays, 12:30-2:00 pm
December 4, 11, 18 and
January 8, 15, 22, 29
Oliver Wolcott Library
Facilitated by Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion.

Stephen’s Story: Living Through the Holocaust: Stephen Breuer’s film recalling his experience living through the Holocaust. He was born in a small city outside Budapest, Hungry. When Stephen was a young boy, the Nazis invaded Hungary and he and his family were interned in a camp. While this is the story of one young man and his family, it echoes the experiences of millions of others. It is a personal story that helps illuminate the stories of many. Stephen Breuer now lives in Lancaster England, and is a retired Chemistry Professor from the University of Lancaster. 

History of Hitler’s Empire is a six-week course designed by Professor Thomas Childers. Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy modern civilization ever faced. Over half a century later, the horror and fascination still linger. In this course, we will attempt to answer questions such as, how could a man like Adolf Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany, an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish thefoundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe and the world into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives?

And the answers lead us to other questions: Who voted for the Nazis and why? How did the Nazis campaign? What did they seem to stand for? Why was there apparently so little resistance to them? How were Nazis able to seize control of the press, radio, courts, and police with so little trouble? Can it happen again?

About the Professor:
Dr. Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching for over 25 years. He is also a popular lecturer abroad in London, Berlin and Munich. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. 

Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. He is currently completing a trilogy on the Second World War.

About the Co-Facilitator:
Bibby Veerman has lived in Litchfield for twenty years and is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she was an Etherington Scholar. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters and th Women’s Forum of Litchfield. Stephen Breuer is Bibby’s brother-in-law.
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
A Christmas Stocking:
Three Tales from Christmases Past
Performed by Michèle LaRue
Wednesday, December 6 ~ 6:30-8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Professional actress Michèle LaRue returns to the library - this time with a trio of holiday surprises: Their Dear Little Ghost by Elia W. Peattie (1898), The Christmas Sing in Our Village by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1898), and The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry’s well-loved favorite (1906).
Their Dear Little Ghost, from a time when Americans found consolation in the supernatural, is a tender story about an enchanting lost child and her comforting reappearance on the Christmas after her death. The Christmas Sing in Our Village is a lighthearted, gossipy tale of small-town New England anticipation, celebration, and romantic intrigue. In The Gift of the Magi, struggling young newlyweds search doggedly for two perfect Christmas presents . . . surprising each other and themselves, and discovering the true spirit of giving.
Michèle LaRue, a graduate in Acting from the University of Kansas, is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, a theatre editor and writer for Drama Desk, an organization of New York drama critics, and has collaborated on several notable theatre books. She has toured nationally for 25 years with a repertoire of historical one-woman productions of literature from America’s Gilded Age. A Chicago native now based in New York City, she has presented her offerings at more than 400 venues, including Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, Chicago’s Newberry Library, and NYC’s Lincoln Center.  Her website is
Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon
Morris & Warren
Thursday, December 7 ~ 12:30 pm
Morris Senior Center
Catered lunch, dessert, coffee, tea and entertainment
Cost  -  $18.00 per ticket
Please connect ASAP since limited number of tickets!
Morris Community Activities
Phone:  860-567-7437
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113
A Toast to the Holidays
Thursday ~ December 7 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
A live musical performance by Professional Singers Bob and Claudia Hughes, Alongside Pianist Mark Templeton
Coffee, Tea, and Sweets to be served ~ only $5 pp
Mark Templeton has been playing piano professionally for over thirty years. He has toured and performed with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Kenny Garrett, and Frank Foster in a addition to performing at many international jazz fests.
Claudia Hughes has been a professional singer for many years having performed both as a soloist and lead singer in numerous bands and musical settings in the area. Bob Hughes performs with the Connecticut Choral Society and their a cappellasub-group, the Chamber Singers.
Pre-registration appreciated!
*Note a $3 credit card fee will be
added to each online transaction
*You may pay in person to avoid fee
For more info call 860-567-8302
Meet the North American Porcupine
Saturday, December 9 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
North American Porcupines are large, solitary rodents commonly found in New England including Connecticut.  Although they are elusive and mostly nocturnal, they can be found perched in the top of a tree during the day. They tend to den in tree cavities and under logs. They have thick, muscular tails that are six to twelve inches long. Underneath the tail are stiff bristles which aid them in climbing trees.  
Porcupines are herbivores.  A typical diet consists of twigs, leaves, buds, nuts, seeds and green plants. Wintertime food includes pine needles and bark. A porcupine typically has 20,000 to 30,000 quills which cover most of its body. These quills are sharp and range from one to three inches in length. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot shoot their quills from a distance.
Find out more from CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold and an non-releasable Quill Pig for an hour long program.  She will address the natural history of one of Connecticut's most fascinating species and the world's third largest rodent!
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,  
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
Gala Feast & Song
Saturday, December 9 ~ 6:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
4 Sackett Hill Rd., Warren
Featuring the Goshen Festival Singers to benefit Warren Congregational Church’s organ restoration fund.  
The Goshen Festival Singers, based in Litchfield County, is made up of singers from Litchfield, Goshen, Harwinton, New Milford, Torrington, Warren and Watertown.  They are best known for their performances at the Goshen Congregational Church’s Annual Feast and Song, where they delighted audiences with their music for several years. They have performed at churches, assisted living and nursing home facilities, and many community events.  In the past they have also held very successful benefit performances for Project Main Street, a non-profit organization helping patients and families living with ALS, for the Torrington Area Parkinson’s support group to fund exercise programs for area patients living with Parkinson’s, for Goshen Hospice and for the CT Department of Developmental Services Activity Fund, for adaptive bicycles.

This year’s December 9th performance will be benefiting the Warren Congregational Church organ restoration fund.  The antique pipe organ in the church is in need of some long overdue repairs and renovations.  This dinner concert is one of many fund raising activities that will be held in order to raise money for the necessary work on the instrument.  Phase one of the organ restoration project is to replace/correct/update the blower and wind system, which has an estimated cost of $25,000, as recommended by the S.L. Huntington Co. in Stonington, CT.  

This year’s gala is being presented by the Warren Congregational Church’s Music committee, along with our cooperate sponsor, Litchfield Distillery.  The dinner concert will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 P.M in the Warren Congregational Church parish hall, on 4 Sackett Hill Rd. in Warren.  The event will include a four course, gourmet dinner and a performance by the Goshen Festival Singers singing a variety of holiday tunes.  The group will be directed and accompanied by Cindy Iffland on piano.  Also accompanying the choir is instrumentalist Diane Taylor, from New Milford on the flute.  

Tickets are $25.00.  
Seating is limited and reservations are required.  
Reservations must be made by calling the
Warren Congregational Church office at 860 868-7106.
"Jingle & Mingle"
Saturday, December 9 ~ 6:30– 9:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Festive Holiday dinner party to support Litchfield Jazz Camp
The evening includes appetizers, dinner, and dessert by Ciesco Catering and a complimentary signature cocktail courtesy of Litchfield Distillery. Music will be performed by Litchfield Jazz Campers and Faculty, featuring vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. Performing alongside Nicole will be bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere and Litchfield Jazz Campers, drummer, Anton Kot, and 11-year-old pianist and 2017 Festival guest performer, Brandon Goldberg.
A cash bar will be available. All proceeds from this event will benefit music education at Litchfield Jazz Camp.

"Jingle and Mingle" is a holiday dinner party with live music featuring Litchfield native and international jazz performer, vocalist/ pianist Nicole Zuraitis. Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. When she isn't touring she can be heard every second Thursday at the iconic NYC venue, the 55 Bar. Renowned jazz star Jane Monheit said of her: "Nicole is one of my favorite vocalists...a masterful musician." Nicole, now 32, is a proud member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty and a former student there. She is joined here by outstanding bassist and fellow faculty member Zwe Bell le Pere and several top Litchfield Jazz Campers: on drums Anton Kot, and last but not least, 11-year old piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg. Brandon, who began playing at age 3 and at 10 was one of the youngest campers ever accepted, joins the J & M band from Ft. Lauderdale Florida for the occasion.  Featured on last year's Litchfield Jazz Festival mainstage, Brandon has already appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center with pianist Monty Alexander and on TV with Harry Connick Jr. and Steve Harvey.

Hors d'oeuvres and dinner are presented by Ciesco Catering, the official caterer for Litchfield Jazz Festival Artists and events.  A signature cocktail is a gift of Litchfield Distillary, and a cash bar will contribute to the benefit proceeds thanks to their support. Music will continue throughout, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit Litchfield Jazz Camp thanks to support from the Connecticut Community Foundation, Litchfield Distillery and Litchfield Community Center. 

Tickets are $75 (50% tax deductible).
For more info call 860-567-8302