Activities

Open Your Eyes Studio Tour!

 

The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is coming up again (June 24 & 25)! Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for a studio tour. This year the tour will cover 32 studios in Sharon, Lakeville, and Salisbury.

The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour shines light on the many artists who live and work in our region. The tour gives the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and it draws attention to the towns in which these artists live and work.

The tour kicks off with a Preview Party (free!) on June 11 from 3-5 pm at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury CT.

The Preview Party is the only time where a sample of the work of each artist on the Tour will be displayed in one location, and most of the artists will be in attendance. To register for the preview party click here.

The Studio Tour is on June 24 & 25 and the entire tour is free! All you need to do is register. When you register you will receive a free tour ticket packet. This packet includes a tour map, directions, after party information, advice on local eateries in the tour towns, and more!

There is also an After Party on June 24 from 5-7 pm. Come and share your impressions of the tour. Tickets are $15.00 a person and help support the tour!

You can find more information on the artists, the preview & after parties, and the tour itself at:

openyoureyestour.org

 

Free Community Symposium!

 

 

Washington Ambulance is hosting a free community symposium, to teach you and your family how to prevent, prepare for, and manage emergencies.

 

Saturday, May 20, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Sessions available:

First Aid Training for Families (2 sessions)

Learn CPR - by Mo van Moffaert, Washington Ambulance CPR Instructor.            

Emergency Management: Are You Ready? - James W. Cooper                      

Common Pediatric Emergencies and Safety - Matthews Abel, M.D.                      

Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents - Jose Mendez, M.D.                                        

Preventing and Managing Veterinary Emergencies - Patricia Grinnell, DVM

 

Location: Rumsey Hall School

              201 Romford Road, Washington Depot CT, 06794

Click Here to Register by Thursday!

*All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the program.

Bios of the instructors:

Matthew G. Abel, M.D., joined Candlewood Valley Pediatrics in 2001. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is on staff at New Milford Hospital and at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

James W. Cooper is Administrative Director, Emergency Management, at Western Connecticut Health Network. He has been an EMS provider and educator for more than 40 years.

Jose Mendez, M.D., is a specialist in pulmonary and sleep medicine. His credentials include a residency program at Yale University and a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. (Note: The parents among us consider sleep problems in children and adolescents to be a family emergency!)

Patricia Grinnell, DVM ("Dr. Trish"), a graduate of the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, is a partner in Washington's Aspetuck Animal Hospital. Her talk will focus on preventing and managing emergencies that may affect the animal members of our families.  

 

The Gunnery School Summer Camps!

Registration has opened for the camps that will be held at The Gunnery School this summer.

Camps offered:

Field Hockey: August 14-18, Girls, day camp for grades 7-12.  

 

 

 

 

 

Rowing: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, Coed, day camp with overnight options for grades 7-12.

 

Soccer: July 30-August 4, Coed, overnight camp 5 days/5 nights for ages 9-16.

The camps are for high school and jr. high school students of all levels.

The camps are a great opportunity to have fun, enhance one's skills, connect with the other campers and coaches, and experience the wonderful sports facilities that The Gunnery School has to offer on campus, South Street, and Lake Waramaug! It is a learning environment that will encourage growth and enjoyment.

All programs are led by accomplished, dedicated and energetic counselors.

For more information and registration visit The Gunnery Website

Or contact Jesse Perkins, the Director of Summer Programs

                                       860-350-0172, perkinsj@gunnery.org 

Special Event this June by Conversations on the Green!

 

Oz Pearlman, mentalist and magician, will be back in Washington with another great show. A finalist on America's Got Talent, Oz Pearlman will challenge your grip on reality and your perception of the world. He will have you questioning the laws of nature, make you wonder if what you saw is even possible, and you will spend a week trying to figure it out!

This event will benefit The New Milford Hospital, The Susan B. Anthony Project, and other charities.

The event will be held at The Gunnery School on June 4 from 3pm-4:30pm

Individual tickets: $45.00

Family Plan: 4 tickets for $150

Group Plan: 10 tickets for $300

Angels on the Green: $250 per person, includes preferred seating and tickets to a private cocktail reception with Oz Pearlman following the event at the Mayflower Grace.

Seating is Limited

To reserve your seat for the event click here.

*following the reception you can enjoy a prix fixe dinner at The Mayflower Grace. Executive Chef Isaac Olivo has prepared a great 3-course dinner for $88.50 a person.

Upcoming Local Events - Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust May Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13: Beavers: A Keystone Species

With Mike Callahan

10am-12pm

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May 20: Bird Walk at Smyrski Farm

With Angela Dimmitt

6:30am-10:30am/rain date May 27

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June 3: Hunt Preserve Grand Opening

10am-12pm/rain date June 4

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All events are FREE and open to the public, but space is limited!

For more information and to register, email: info@weantinoge.org

 

 

Earth Day Celebrations in Washington!

        

Steep Rock Association, Washington Environmental Council, and the Town of Washington are organizing events this Saturday April 22 in celebration of Earth Day.

There will be an Annual Roadside Clean-up: adopt your road for Earth Day and participate in cleaning up Washington. Trash bags and a dumpster are available at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. A shredder truck will also be available to residents from 9 am until noon.

     

Join WEC & Steep Rock Association in the Steep Rock Preserve for their first annual Earth Day 5K. It is one of the prettiest 5Ks in CT! The race starts at 9 am. Come and cheer on the participants and enjoy the beautiful scenery the Shepaug River and Steep Rock Preserve have to offer. There will be fresh baked goods after the race!

To register for the race visit active.com

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Happening in the Hills: A Look around the Northwest Corner of Connecticut

While many realtors exit your life after you have finished buying or renting a home, we look forward to forging a lasting relationship and introducing you to the community in every way. Litchfield County is a special place with wonderful restaurants, galleries, land trusts, lakes, plenty of children's activities, and talented residents.

Check out one of our favorite local blogs that explores just how great the Litchfield County community is: Happening in the Hills. Happening in the Hills embraces all the great things Litchfield has to offer. From the variety of restaurants, to the various art galleries, museums, antique stores, high-end boutiques, tag sales, and more, Happening in the Hills keeps you up-to-date on all local events, gatherings, workshops, seminars, and outings throughout Litchfield County. 

A great aspect of the blog is the series of in-depth articles on our talented residents. Litchfield County is a unique community with an abundance of residents who want to share their talent with others. Happening in the Hills does a great job of highlighting their expertise and promoting their work for all of us to see.

A new addition to the blog is the local life coach expert Tal Fagin. In her "coaching corner" she answers reader's requests for advice.

Make sure to check out their blog for great recommendations if you need something to do, or if you want to give your friends a better idea of why Litchfield County is so great!

Don't forget to Subscribe! 

WMS & Conversations on the Green Present: The First Hundred Days

Washington Montessori School is hosting a special edition of "Conversations on the Green" and narrow in on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Political analysts, Chris Hayes (MSNBC) and Andrew Rosenthal (New York Times), will explore the administration's initiatives and the impact of the groundswell of activism that has been present in our country. The discussion will cover Mr. Trump's controversial domestic and international agenda, the odds of its implementation and whether his first three months in office warrant praise or panic.

Set up as an interactive town hall format, there will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Jane Whitney, a former NBC News correspondent, will be moderating the panel.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Washington Montessori School Theater. There will be a reception after with Chris Hayes and Andrew Rosenthal in the WMS Library.

General Admission: $45

Reserved seating and the reception with panelists: $100

All proceeds will benefit the Washington Montessori School (240 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston, CT 06777)

CT Spring Fun Guide!

The online blog Mommy Poppins just released their top nine things to do with kids this spring in Litchfield County. With warmer weather (hopefully) around the corner, it is a great time to explore the nature and other outdoor activities Litchfield County has to offer. Check out these recommendations and let us know which one is your favorite!

1. Sharon Audubon Center: the center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Come and meet 21 different birds of prey at the raptor exhibit, including a bald eagle and great horned owl. Take a hike through one of its many beautiful nature paths, and stop by the museum to see more fun animals and areas to play. (Sharon)

2. John J. McCarthy Observatory: a world-class astronomical observatory with a built to scale model solar system! (New Milford)

3. White Memorial Conservation Center: dedicated to protecting its forests and countryside, the center provides year-round environmental education programs for kids. Go geocaching at the Little Pond Trail, view the live snake habitat and fluorescent rock cave in the children's room, or take a hike along a boardwalk trail through a wetland environment. Make sure to check their spring break camps! (Litchfield)

 

4. Arethusa Farm & Dairy Farm: take an open house tour at the farm in Litchfield, and stop by their dairy store in Bantam to get some homemade ice cream, and cheese! (Litchfield & Bantam)

5. Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market: stop by the indoor farmer's market and check out the different vendors offering seasonal field-fresh produce. Besides the stands there are guest artists, workshops, and children's activities including story hour for the little ones. (Litchfield)

6. Daffodil Display: a lovely daffodil garden that began in the 1930s and covers a couple of acres. Open from sunrise to sunset! (Litchfield)

7. Wisdom House: this retreat and conference center is home to a classical 7-circuit labyrinth. (Litchfield)

8. Cricket Hill Garden: a specialty plant nursery, one of the first nurseries in the U.S. to sell true-to-name varieties of the Chinese Tree Peonies. Go explore their seven-acre peony festival! (Thomaston)

9. Eric Sloane Museum: a prolific artist, author, and illustrator of over 30 books. Go visit Eric Sloane's studio as well as the Kent Iron Furnace museum next door. (Kent)

 

RIDE: Great Fitness Opportunity in New Preston

Sign up for a class at New Preston newest Indoor Cycling Studio: RIDE.

"Ride indoor cycling is a unique form of group exercise that focuses on endurance, strength, high/low intensity intervals and recovery that involves using a stationary bike with a weighted flywheel."

This great cardio workout burns calories, increases stamina and metabolism, and helps you develop a toned and strong body. The sessions are adapted to your fitness level, so anyone is welcome!

RIDE even offers the studio for private parties and local events!

Located next to Community Table on 202, check out their website for their class schedule.