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Apr
25
Tue
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Guided Reading Experience: Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms @ Killingworth LIbrary
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Killingworth Library will host a Guided Reading Experience: Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms by Philip Devlin. The series will take place on Tuesday evenings, April 11,18, 25, and May 9 at 7pm at the Library.

April 6, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. It is hard to imagine an historical event in the 20th century whose long-term consequences for Western civilization have been as profound as those of World War I, the event ironically called “the war to end all wars.” American writer Ernest Hemingway participated in the First World War as a young, volunteer ambulance driver for the Italian Army. It was a life-changing event. In his 1929 masterpiece, A Farewell to Arms, he dramatizes the life and adventures of a young volunteer ambulance driver named Frederic Henry. During the centennial anniversary of World War I, we will approach the novel as a fictional definition of the Great War to see how the work embodies so many of the patterns and themes found in that most consequential war.

Retired long-time HKHS teacher Philip R. Devlin will be your guide. Since his retirement 10 years ago, Mr. Devlin has conducted dozens of public presentations to school and civic groups about a variety of historical and literary topics. He is especially interested in the profound effects that World War I has had on the course of Western Civilization– including many of the major issues that face the country today. Mr. Devlin taught American literature, Latin, and history at HK for over 30 years, where he was named high school teacher of the year twice and district teacher of the year once.

The event is free but advance sign up for the series is required. Twenty copies of the book will be available at the desk at the Library.

Women’s Writers Group @ Women and Family Life Center
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come be in a safe and welcoming environment and either continue your writing project or see how it feels to put your thoughts on paper!

Apr
26
Wed
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues
By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Madison Happiness Club @ Scranton Memorial Library
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We all need it these days more than ever!!! Join us and lift your spirits!

Meditation in the World @ Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us as we build commmunity, in our community. All are welcome. New to meditation? All are welcome.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Apr
27
Thu
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

17th Annual Spring Fashion Show @ Cooper Beech Inn
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

To benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeast CT, presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary.

Deep River Horseshoes League @ First Congregational Church
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Deep River Horseshoe League was established in 1955. This is the 61″ year of continuing play and Connecticut’s oldest horseshoe league. 60 members and 10 substitutes make up the roster. Members are from the 20’s to 80’s and are comprised of firemen, policeman, lawyers, stock brokers, real estate sales, contractors and some of the employees of the local business community such as Lee Company, Moroso Company, and Whalen Company. Presently there are 2 young ladies that are full time members. There are 20 teams of 3 members each, a A,B,C, player based on their handicap. The league plays on the First Congregational Church green in Deep River, Ct. League play is from April 28 to August 18, 19 weeks on Thursday evening. Playoffs and championship games follow.A new website was created this year with officers and contact information listed, as well as team rosters, current weekly standings and photos.

Book Event: Tales from the Crib @ Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tales from the Crib: Adventures of a Stressed-Out, Over-Sharing, Modern-Day Mom
is a collection of banana-peel-slipping moments in parenthood by blogger and humor
columnist (and Museum staffer!) DeeDee Filiatreault. Her hilarious, heart-filled
essays span her first decade of parenting from toddler to tween and all the messy
business in between. Tales offers no parenting advice, nor is it a “momoir” with
a tragic backstory. DeeDee is just your standard-issue mom of 2.4 kids in suburban
Connecticut who has no idea what she’s doing.
Tales from the Crib is a witty romp through family life that will make you laugh
out loud, choke up a little, and annoy your husband by making him listen to all
the funny parts.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Tower of Power @ Infinity Hall
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Yes indeed, the funkiest, tightest band in the land, Tower Of Power, returns to our Norfolk stage!! So the question is, what is hip? And the answer is, the factor of purchasing your tickets right away ‘cause every TOP show is a sellout and we’re quite certain these two shows will be no different.

Feya Faku Quartet @ Side Door Jazz Club
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Feya Faku – trumpet
John Kordalewski – piano
Carlos Pino – bass
Kesivan Naidoo – drums
Fezile “Feya” Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, a town often referred to as a Jazz Academy that brought forth a great number of jazz musicians. He studied music at University of Natal with Darius Brubeck and graduated with a University Diploma in Jazz Studies. He has performed with a great number of South African musical legends – from Barney Rachabane, Thandie Classen, Duke Makasi, Pat Matshikiza, Basel Coetzee, Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi and Bheki Mseleku to Abdullah Ibrahim.

Apr
28
Fri
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Raise Your Glass for Habitat for Humanity @ Westbrook Elks Club
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join in the fun to raise money for the Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity! Tastings from CT Based Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries! Refreshments!!

Family Magic Show @ Deep River Congregational Church
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Entertainment for the whole family!!! Join Magicians Bob Hale, Barry Moran and Rick St. Pierre. All proceeds benefit Pay4Ward!

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Tower of Power @ Infinity Hall
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Yes indeed, the funkiest, tightest band in the land, Tower Of Power, returns to our Norfolk stage!! So the question is, what is hip? And the answer is, the factor of purchasing your tickets right away ‘cause every TOP show is a sellout and we’re quite certain these two shows will be no different.

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend @ Crowell Concert Hall
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and Jazz Ensembles, directed by Noah Baerman and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

TS Monk Quintet @ Side Door Jazz Club
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

After earning a reputation in private school, as a rabble-rouser, but graduating, the young Monk joined his father’s quartet in 1970, and toured with his dad until the elder Monk’s retirement in 1975. T. S. then launched into the music that had captivated him and his generation, R&B. He first toured with a group called Natural Essence and afterward, with his sister Barbara, formed his own band with which he had hits on two recordings, House Of Music and More Of The Good Life, where he played drums, arranged, and sang. They received the “Best New Artist” at Don Cornelius’ first R&B Awards in 1980.

Apr
29
Sat
Stone Wall Building Workshop @ Stonewell Farm
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day

On April 29th and 30th, 2017, Andrew Pighills, Master stone artisan, will teach a two-day, weekend long workshop on the Art of Dry Stone Wall Building at Stonewell Farm in Killingworth, CT.
During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the principles of stone wall building, from establishing foundations, to the methods of dry laid (sometimes called dry-stacked) construction and ‘hearting’ the wall. This hands-on workshop will address not only the structure and principles behind wall building but also the aesthetic considerations of balance and proportion.
On Saturday evening participants are invited to discuss stonework in a relaxed setting while enjoying drinks and Pizza Napolitana fresh from our stone and brick, wood-fired pizza oven.
Cost: $350.00
Pre-registration is required. The workshop is limited to 16 participants, and spaces fill up quickly.
Registration Contact: Michelle Becker, Workshop Administrator
e-mail: mb@mbeckerco.com
This workshop is open to participants, 18 years of age or older, of all levels of experience

Spring Bird Walks @ The Audubon Shop
Apr 29 @ 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, is widely regarded as a premier birding area in Connecticut. Approximately 240 species of birds occur there annually, in its diverse habitats of marsh, open water, woodland, grassland and shoreline. Beginners are welcome. No need to pre-register. Bring binoculars (rentals available). Expert birder Jerry Connolly will lead the tour.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Old Lyme and WWI Dinner Lecture @ Lymes’ Senior Center
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

The Old Lyme Historical Society will again offer its annual Dinner Lecture on Saturday, April 29, 6:00 pm at the Lymes’ Senior Center, Town Woods Rd. Another sumptuous meal, prepared by Coffees’ Market , will be served. Following dinner, Old Lyme Town Historian, Dr. John (Ned) Pfeiffer will speak about Old Lyme and the First World War. This is an appropriate topic as 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into “The War to End All Wars.” As in the past, this event is sure to be a sell-out so get your tickets early. They will be available at the Historical Society Building on Lyme Street (Saturday mornings only, 10-12, April 15 and 22), at Webster Bank on Halls Rd,   or on our website oldlymehistoricalsociety.org. The price will be $35 (plus $2 through the website) or $40 at the door, if any are available. For more information, see our website.

Thirty Something @ The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Three Ballets Celebrating 35 Years of the CT Ballet!
Les Sylphides
Strays
Steam Heat, The Best of Bob Fosse

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend @ Crowell Concert Hall
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and Jazz Ensembles, directed by Noah Baerman and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

TS Monk Quintet @ Side Door Jazz Club
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

After earning a reputation in private school, as a rabble-rouser, but graduating, the young Monk joined his father’s quartet in 1970, and toured with his dad until the elder Monk’s retirement in 1975. T. S. then launched into the music that had captivated him and his generation, R&B. He first toured with a group called Natural Essence and afterward, with his sister Barbara, formed his own band with which he had hits on two recordings, House Of Music and More Of The Good Life, where he played drums, arranged, and sang. They received the “Best New Artist” at Don Cornelius’ first R&B Awards in 1980.

Apr
30
Sun
43rd Annual Belltown Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show @ Haddam Neck Fairgrounds
Apr 30 all-day
43rd Annual Belltown Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show @ Haddam Neck Fairgrounds | East Hampton | Connecticut | United States

Antique gas & steam engines and scale replicas will be displayed and demonstrated along with vintage tractors. Show opens at 8:00 a.m. Trophies awarded by close of show at 3 p.m. Event also includes a flea market catering to the engine hobby and offering general merchandise. Food service by East Hampton Lions Club.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Music & More Presents Dalia Lazar @ Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm

On Sunday March 30, 2017, Music & More in Chester, CT warmly welcomes the return of pianist Dalia Lazar. At present, Dalia is preparing, concertizing and recording the 32 Sonatas of Beethoven, an especially personal project for her. She will preview several of these sonatas for us in advance of her summer concert tour of Europe. Dalia has received international acclaim by critics. “Such noble playing,” (Yediot Achronot, Tel Aviv),  “un sentimento profundo” (Panorama, Venezuela), “virtuosismo y impecable fraseo” (El Nacional, Venezuela), “that rare combination of charisma, personality and terrific pianistic facility” (pianist Tzimon Barto), and “…an inspiring display of musical excellence”  (Daily Republic).

The first time that Dalia Lazar performed at Music & More in 2013, she made certain to involve the local community in a way no performer had before her. Her entire outfit – the shimmery silver dress and the jewelry she wore came from Chester merchants and artisans. All of the merchants came to applaud the way Dalia plays the classics with warmth and singular interpretation. The Beethoven Project is supported by the Lazar Foundation, a nonprofit organization, funded by Dalia’s audience, friends, and music lovers to promote and support her performances. If you would consider adding your support for concerts like this one, Dalia would be very thankful.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
1
Mon
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

May
2
Tue
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Shoreline Civil War Discussion Group @ Acton Public Library
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join the discussion. Add to our conversation, learn something new.

Women’s Writers Group @ Women and Family Life Center
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come be in a safe and welcoming environment and either continue your writing project or see how it feels to put your thoughts on paper!

May
3
Wed
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Call for Paintings @ Branford Art Center Gallery and Workshop
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Calling All Artists
You are invited to bring your 6 inch x 6 inch canvas gallery wraps (no frames please) to display at the Summer Small Works Show at Branford Art Center Gallery and Workshop, 1229 Main St, Branford. Receiving for the show is Wed-Fri, May 3-5, 12-2 PM. The fee is $10 per piece, priced $100 or less with a 10% commission. These small works will be hung on the two front window walls creating a collective artistic statement. The opening reception will be held on May 20th with the two year anniversary celebration for the gallery. Contact Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 860-334-4642 or 1229bacgallery@gmail.com and visit the gallery website www.branfordartcenterct.com.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues
By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Meditation in the World @ Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us as we build commmunity, in our community. All are welcome. New to meditation? All are welcome.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
4
Thu
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

Deep River Horseshoes League @ First Congregational Church
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Deep River Horseshoe League was established in 1955. This is the 61″ year of continuing play and Connecticut’s oldest horseshoe league. 60 members and 10 substitutes make up the roster. Members are from the 20’s to 80’s and are comprised of firemen, policeman, lawyers, stock brokers, real estate sales, contractors and some of the employees of the local business community such as Lee Company, Moroso Company, and Whalen Company. Presently there are 2 young ladies that are full time members. There are 20 teams of 3 members each, a A,B,C, player based on their handicap. The league plays on the First Congregational Church green in Deep River, Ct. League play is from April 28 to August 18, 19 weeks on Thursday evening. Playoffs and championship games follow.A new website was created this year with officers and contact information listed, as well as team rosters, current weekly standings and photos.

Trivia Nights! @ Scranton Library
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come by yourself or with a team up to six and join in the fun!!

Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944” at The Bushnell on May 4 @ The Bushnell
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hartford Premiere of "Letter from Italy, 1944" at The Bushnell on May 4 @ The Bushnell | Hartford | Connecticut | United States

A new American Masterwork, “Letter from Italy, 1944” — a soldier’s story told in music — is indeed most timely as our nation strives to understand and address our veterans’ struggles with the emotional consequences of war, known as PTSD. This oratorio explores the national problem and its effect on families by examining the true story of one soldier through music, art and theater. The Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” will be presented on May 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell.

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired Letter from Italy, 1944. Dr. Meneely spent the next 18 years dealing with the haunting memories of his war experience until he ended his struggle. Commissioned by GMChorale and created by his daughters, composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder and librettist Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, the moving and powerful oratorio was first performed to a sold-out audience in Middletown in 2013. A documentary about this project, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” narrated by Meryl Streep, won a 2016 Emmy Award for filmmaker Karyl Evans.

The Hartford Premiere of the work, conducted by GMChorale Artistic Director, Joseph D’Eugenio, will feature the combined voices of the GMChorale and the Hartford Chorale (Artistic Director Richard Coffey), accompanied by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Artistic Director Carolyn Kuan). The Artistic Director of the Opera Theater of Connecticut, Alan Mann, is the production’s Staging Director.

Tenor Jack Anthony Pott, who sang the role of Dr. John K. Meneely in the 2013 world premiere of this dramatic oratorio, will be reprising that role in Hartford. The role of Delia, wife of John Meneely, will be sung by soprano Sheri Hammerstrom, who portrayed their daughter Nancy in the first performance. Singing the roles of the three daughters of Delia and John will be soprano Christi McLain as Nancy, soprano Megan Weikleenget as Sarah and mezzo-soprano Lindsay Cabaniss as Dorothea. Spencer Hamlin will appear as “Boppi,” the father of Dr. Meneely.

It is hoped that through the multi-faceted lens of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” its music and accompanying discussions will open doors to understanding and healing. In the words of Jack Anthony Pott, “If this story touches one person, it has done its work.”

Please visit www.gmchorale.org for further information and www.bushnell.org for tickets.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
5
Fri
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Plywood Cowboy @ Lyric Hall
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. Bottle fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Christian Sands Quartet
May 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. He possesses technique in abundance that perfectly matches his conception. His use of understatement accomplishes a much deeper musical goal. He takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. He says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive. Christian possessed an insatiable appetite for music. He was enrolled in music classes at age 4 and wrote his first composition at age 5. He received his Masters and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music.
His meteoric rise in the jazz world includes three GRAMMY nominations and two live performances at the 2006 and 2007 Grammy Awards, including an outrageous, highly publicized duet with legendary pianist Oscar Peterson. He is the protégé of the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Following in his mentor’s foot steps he encourages, inspired and advocates for the preservation and history of Jazz. He teaches and promotes to young people as well as mature audiences the passion and richness jazz offers.
He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, Ben Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Lou Donaldson, Avery Sharpe, James Moody, Saxophonist Bill Evans, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Chip Jackson, Terrance Blanchard, International Drummer Alex Riel, Louis Hayes, Patti Austin, and Wycliffe Gordon to name a few. He is a member of GRAMMY award winners Christian McBride Trio and Ben Williams & Sound Effects.

May
6
Sat
Spring Bird Walks @ The Audubon Shop
May 6 @ 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, is widely regarded as a premier birding area in Connecticut. Approximately 240 species of birds occur there annually, in its diverse habitats of marsh, open water, woodland, grassland and shoreline. Beginners are welcome. No need to pre-register. Bring binoculars (rentals available). Expert birder Jerry Connolly will lead the tour.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

May Market @ The Hill-Stead Museum
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

May Market is Hill-Stead Museum’s highly popular “home, garden and gourmet” benefit event featuring premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, and a museum open house!

One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations, May Market has welcomed new and returning visitors to Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds for more than 30 years. A perennial favorite, May Market earned “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” designation from Yankee Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.

May Market has been raising essential operating funds to help care for the circa 1901 Colonial Revival home, priceless art collection and beautiful gardens and grounds for more than 30 years.

The Artists of Gallery One and Friends @ Guilford Art Center
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The work is by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media. The hanging intentionally emphasizes connections between representational and abstract work. Member Artists include: Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited Artists include: William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. Opening reception on April 21, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Closing reception with gallery talk by Julia Pavone on May 7, from 2 p.m to 4

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Juleps and Jockey’s (Kentucky Derby Fundraiser) @ Lyme Art Association
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club is hosting its annual spring fundraiser on 5/6/17 – Derby Style. Online tickets coming soon. Great food, beer, wine and, of course, bourbon. Fantastic raffle and silent auction items. All to benefit the Love Your Playground project. Building an all ability accessible playground for all ages!

A Conversation with Rob Reiner and Jason Reitman @ The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live at the CT Forum 25th Anniversary. Reflections on film making, art and life.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Christian Sands Quartet
May 6 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. He possesses technique in abundance that perfectly matches his conception. His use of understatement accomplishes a much deeper musical goal. He takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. He says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive. Christian possessed an insatiable appetite for music. He was enrolled in music classes at age 4 and wrote his first composition at age 5. He received his Masters and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music.
His meteoric rise in the jazz world includes three GRAMMY nominations and two live performances at the 2006 and 2007 Grammy Awards, including an outrageous, highly publicized duet with legendary pianist Oscar Peterson. He is the protégé of the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Following in his mentor’s foot steps he encourages, inspired and advocates for the preservation and history of Jazz. He teaches and promotes to young people as well as mature audiences the passion and richness jazz offers.
He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, Ben Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Lou Donaldson, Avery Sharpe, James Moody, Saxophonist Bill Evans, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Chip Jackson, Terrance Blanchard, International Drummer Alex Riel, Louis Hayes, Patti Austin, and Wycliffe Gordon to name a few. He is a member of GRAMMY award winners Christian McBride Trio and Ben Williams & Sound Effects.

May
7
Sun
Yoga Festival @ The Sanctuary
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Our one-day festival will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2017, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, at The Sanctuary in East Haddam. The Sanctuary is a 40-acre land trust and sustainable community. The festival schedule includes yoga classes featuring different traditions, styles and instructors in the “main” tent and 45-minute workshops featuring different topics focusing on movement, experiential learning and lectures (breaking down yoga poses, chanting, drumming, finding your dharma (purpose), managing chronic pain, using essential oils and crystals, etc.). Other experiences include sweat lodge ceremonies, circus and antigravity yoga, guided hikes, labyrinth, chair massage and reflexology. Food will be provided by vegan, local healthy, and sustainable food, smoothies and juices by food truck vendors and vendors and artists will be selling art, jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles, etc. Athleta (West Farms Mall store) will be doing a trunk show. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the Cin Tamani Groove Band will perform a kirtan concert.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

May Market @ The Hill-Stead Museum
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

May Market is Hill-Stead Museum’s highly popular “home, garden and gourmet” benefit event featuring premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, and a museum open house!

One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations, May Market has welcomed new and returning visitors to Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds for more than 30 years. A perennial favorite, May Market earned “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” designation from Yankee Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.

May Market has been raising essential operating funds to help care for the circa 1901 Colonial Revival home, priceless art collection and beautiful gardens and grounds for more than 30 years.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
8
Mon
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Sketch a Still Life @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

On the first Monday of every month, enjoy this rare opportunity to sketch a still life inside the museum. Bring your own supplies—pencil and kneaded erasers only please (available in the Museum Shop). Stools and drawing boards will be provided

May
9
Tue
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Ella Grasso, Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor @ Chester Village West
May 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ella Grasso, Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor @ Chester Village West | Chester | Connecticut | United States

Jon Purmont, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University, served as Governor Ella Grasso’s executive assistant. In this talk, Purmont will draw on his diary from that time, research in archival collections, and interviews with Grasso’s family and friends to provide a detailed portrait of this political pioneer.

Guided Reading Experience: Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms @ Killingworth LIbrary
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Killingworth Library will host a Guided Reading Experience: Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms by Philip Devlin. The series will take place on Tuesday evenings, April 11,18, 25, and May 9 at 7pm at the Library.

April 6, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. It is hard to imagine an historical event in the 20th century whose long-term consequences for Western civilization have been as profound as those of World War I, the event ironically called “the war to end all wars.” American writer Ernest Hemingway participated in the First World War as a young, volunteer ambulance driver for the Italian Army. It was a life-changing event. In his 1929 masterpiece, A Farewell to Arms, he dramatizes the life and adventures of a young volunteer ambulance driver named Frederic Henry. During the centennial anniversary of World War I, we will approach the novel as a fictional definition of the Great War to see how the work embodies so many of the patterns and themes found in that most consequential war.

Retired long-time HKHS teacher Philip R. Devlin will be your guide. Since his retirement 10 years ago, Mr. Devlin has conducted dozens of public presentations to school and civic groups about a variety of historical and literary topics. He is especially interested in the profound effects that World War I has had on the course of Western Civilization– including many of the major issues that face the country today. Mr. Devlin taught American literature, Latin, and history at HK for over 30 years, where he was named high school teacher of the year twice and district teacher of the year once.

The event is free but advance sign up for the series is required. Twenty copies of the book will be available at the desk at the Library.

Women’s Writers Group @ Women and Family Life Center
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come be in a safe and welcoming environment and either continue your writing project or see how it feels to put your thoughts on paper!

May
10
Wed
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues
By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

LGBT Youth Group @ Middlesex Wellness
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Open Doors. The group is a shoreline LBGT youth discussion group for students in grades 8 to 12. Admission is free, but please bring a non perishable food item for donation.

Meditation in the World @ Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us as we build commmunity, in our community. All are welcome. New to meditation? All are welcome.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
11
Thu
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Artful Connections: For Those Living With Alzheimers and Their Caregivers @ Hill-Stead Museum
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Artful Connections is an open house is designed for people with Alzheimer’s Disease, and their families, caregivers, friends, and anyone interested in learning and relaxing in a peaceful setting.

Tour the museum at your own pace with trained museum guides and volunteers are available in every room to answer questions and provide assistance.
Connect with others while reflecting on art.
Gather in the Makeshift Theater for conversation and self-serve arts and crafts projects.
For more information, please call Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787 ext. 142 or email ebnerk@hillstead.org

Deep River Horseshoes League @ First Congregational Church
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Deep River Horseshoe League was established in 1955. This is the 61″ year of continuing play and Connecticut’s oldest horseshoe league. 60 members and 10 substitutes make up the roster. Members are from the 20’s to 80’s and are comprised of firemen, policeman, lawyers, stock brokers, real estate sales, contractors and some of the employees of the local business community such as Lee Company, Moroso Company, and Whalen Company. Presently there are 2 young ladies that are full time members. There are 20 teams of 3 members each, a A,B,C, player based on their handicap. The league plays on the First Congregational Church green in Deep River, Ct. League play is from April 28 to August 18, 19 weeks on Thursday evening. Playoffs and championship games follow.A new website was created this year with officers and contact information listed, as well as team rosters, current weekly standings and photos.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
12
Fri
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ Side Door Jazz Club
May 12 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.
Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.
Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.
Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

May
13
Sat
Spring Bird Walks @ The Audubon Shop
May 13 @ 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, is widely regarded as a premier birding area in Connecticut. Approximately 240 species of birds occur there annually, in its diverse habitats of marsh, open water, woodland, grassland and shoreline. Beginners are welcome. No need to pre-register. Bring binoculars (rentals available). Expert birder Jerry Connolly will lead the tour.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Annual Sailing Masters of 1812 Burning of the Ships Commemoration Parade @ Essex Town Hall
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us as we remember our textured past. 12 local fife and drum corps will participate. Ends with a ceremony at the Essex Dock.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ Side Door Jazz Club
May 13 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.
Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, ‘Translinear Light’, which was released in 2004.
Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Spirit Fiction’, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.
Ravi lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island thecoltranehome.org and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

May
14
Sun
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Biloxi Blues @ The Ivoryton Playhouse
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Biloxi Blues

By Neil Simon

It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
15
Mon
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

May
16
Tue
TEDxHCH Library Salon @ Henry Carter Hull Library
May 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join us on the third Tuesday of the month for TEDxHCHLibrary Salon! Guided by TED talks, experts and members of our community, join us on the third Tuesday of the month, in a safe, provocative and comfortable place for engaging ideas.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity @ Chester Village West
May 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum,  and the Dawn of American Celebrity @ Chester Village West | Chester | Connecticut | United States

Adored worldwide as “General Tom Thumb,” Charles Stratton played to sold-out shows for almost forty years. Thorough Becoming Tom Thumb, author and professor Eric Lehman tells the full story of this iconic figure for the first time. Drawing on newly available sources, Lehman’s book and talk details Stratton’s triumphs on the New York stage, his epic celebrity wedding, and his around-the-world tour. Stratton’s unique brand of Yankee comedy also helped move little people out of the side show and into the lime light.

Deep River Garden Club @ Deep River Ambulance Headquarters
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we plan our gardens and learn new things from each others knowledge!

Women’s Writers Group @ Women and Family Life Center
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come be in a safe and welcoming environment and either continue your writing project or see how it feels to put your thoughts on paper!

May
17
Wed
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
18
Thu
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Wethersfield Farmers Market @ 230 Hartford Ave.
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Buy from local farmers!!! Farm fresh on Thursdays!! Just in time for your weekend to start fresh!!!!!

Deep River Horseshoes League @ First Congregational Church
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Deep River Horseshoe League was established in 1955. This is the 61″ year of continuing play and Connecticut’s oldest horseshoe league. 60 members and 10 substitutes make up the roster. Members are from the 20’s to 80’s and are comprised of firemen, policeman, lawyers, stock brokers, real estate sales, contractors and some of the employees of the local business community such as Lee Company, Moroso Company, and Whalen Company. Presently there are 2 young ladies that are full time members. There are 20 teams of 3 members each, a A,B,C, player based on their handicap. The league plays on the First Congregational Church green in Deep River, Ct. League play is from April 28 to August 18, 19 weeks on Thursday evening. Playoffs and championship games follow.A new website was created this year with officers and contact information listed, as well as team rosters, current weekly standings and photos.

Mystery Book Club @ Killingworth Public Library
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

IF you love reading mysteries, join us. Enlighten us with your opinions!

The Peggy Stern Trio @ Russell Library
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Peggy Stern Trio @ Russell Library | Middletown | Connecticut | United States

In this concert, The Peggy Stern Trio explores the Great American Songbook – a timeless soundtrack written almost entirely by Jews, which gave voice to a saga of love, determination, and assimilation. A few examples include: Cheek to Cheek, My Romance, White Christmas, Embraceable You, Easter Parade, Stormy Weather, and dozens of other songs we all know and love.
Peggy Stern is well known as a composer, with four of her tunes featured in Sher Music’s Real Book series. Most recently she was featured at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. She is joined in this concert by bassist Rich Syracuse and saxophonist George De Leon.
George De Leon is the tenor saxophonist in the house band of the Art Directors Club, NYC. Dur-ing the 1970s, he shared the stage with guest artists including Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Zoot Sims and Joanne Brackeen. As producer of the ‘ Jazz vs. Junk” series at Phoenix House drug reha-bilitation center he led the house band that included Billy Hart, Lyn Christie and Hal Galper with guest headliners such as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz and Phil Woods.
Rich Syracuse has been a mainstay in the New York area scene for more than three decades. He has performed with numerous jazz groups which included pianists John Mehegan, Joey Calderaz-zo, and Ted Rosenthal. He is the bassist in the ‘Nick Brignola Quartet’ playing at numerous clubs, festivals, and participating in many recording sessions.
This concert is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library and the Arthur & Edythe Di-rector Family Fund of Congregation Adath Israel.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
19
Fri
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
20
Sat
Spring Bird Walks @ The Audubon Shop
May 20 @ 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, is widely regarded as a premier birding area in Connecticut. Approximately 240 species of birds occur there annually, in its diverse habitats of marsh, open water, woodland, grassland and shoreline. Beginners are welcome. No need to pre-register. Bring binoculars (rentals available). Expert birder Jerry Connolly will lead the tour.

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden @ The Florence Griswold Museum
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden
The approximately 50 works in the exhibition reveal Browne’s artistic flexibility,
from highly accomplished academic depictions to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced
canvases and bright impressionistic scenes. The exhibition is the first solo exhibition
dedicated to Browne in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. Guest
curator Susan G. Larkin, Ph.D., an independent art historian, developed Idylls of
Farm and Garden in partnership with Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing to raise awareness
of this female artist who, in her lifetime, was recognized as an accomplished professional
when few women were acknowledged as such. An exhibition catalogue will be available
in The Shop.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.

Science Saturday @ Lyman Allyn Art Museum
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This fun drop-in program, designed for children ages 7-11, encourages participants to explore the intersections between art and science. Each month features a different gallery learning session, mini-experiment and hands-on art project. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics), integrated fun.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

Plywood Cowboy at Lyric Hall @ Lyric Hall
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Plywood Cowboy at Lyric Hall @ Lyric Hall | New Haven | Connecticut | United States

Called “one of the best new bands on the Americana scene” (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee), Plywood Cowboy’s heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthen, country roots and the poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Plywood Cowboy strikes deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley by Steve Dedman, Plywood Cowboy have quickly caught the attention of music lovers, radio stations, music venues and festivals across the region. Their 2016 debut album, Channel 33, has been called “a gorgeously assured collection of songs” (The Shoreline Times), “a seriously hooky debut EP” (The Day), and “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine). On the heels of hugely successful release concert at The Kate in Old Saybrook, the band continues to expand across the state and region.

Becoming one of the most sought-after bands from Connecticut, they’ve been invited to perform at such venues as The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Performance HUB, iCRaVe Music Fest at Ivoryton Playhouse, Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, Meriden Daffodil Festival, Portland Music Festival, and a performance alongside Poet Laureate Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.

Cowboys of the airwaves, the band’s name is a nod to the man who taught young Dedman to pick guitars in country-western style. Few knew that man by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, “Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the northeast.

The concert will feature Austin Gray (guitar, vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), Jason Apostoleris (percussion), Kat Wallace (violin), Shane Tanner (bass), and Steve Dedman (keyboard, guitar, lead vocals). Tickets for the May 20 performance at Lyric Hall are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. More information can be found at www.plywoodcowboy.com.

Thoroughly Modern Millie @ Goodspeed Opera House
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Madcap mistaken identity and high-spirited show tunes fuel the Tony-winning musical comedy about Millie’s hilarious adventures in Jazz Age New York City.

May
21
Sun
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources @ Noah Webster Library | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.

This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Connecticut’s Founding Fish @ CT River Museum
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecticut’s Founding Fish

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red” @ Lyme Art Association
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
“96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition” and “In the Red" @ Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Annual showcase of the best new works by Elected Artist members of the Lyme Art Association. In addition, an all-member show focusing on the color red will be on display in the Goodman Gallery.Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and by appointment.

Bushnell Park Carousel @ Bushnell Park
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a sweet surprise to find a vintage 1914 carousel standing in Bushnell Park. There, by the shadow of skyscrapers and a giant Turkey Oak, a 24-sided pavilion houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two lovers’ chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ.

The Knox Foundation brought the carousel to Hartford from Canton, Ohio, in 1974. Jack Dollard, director of the Foundation at the time, and an architect in the city, thought the horses would symbolize Hartford’s restoration.

Then Tracey Cameron, a Hartford resident, spent more than a year restoring the horses to reflect the same fury that Russian immigrants Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein first carved into their faces in 1914. Mass production and changing tastes led to the demise of hand carving and now collectors, buying up single horses, have dismantled hundreds of carousels. As a result, this carousel is only one of three Stein and Goldstein carousels left in existence.