Community news: Bridgewater Hilltop Center announces September programs, more

Bridgewater Hilltop Center announces September programs

The following programs at the Bridgewater Hilltop Center are being planned:

Sept. 15, 1 p.m. Meet with Chris Fisher from the Burnham Library at the senior center. He will be available to teach downloadable audio books, eBooks and free movies.

Autumn lunch, Sept. 16 at 12:15 p.m., prepared by The Brickhouse. Entertainment by Blithe & Fred.

The RVNA Health will be Sept. 21 for a blood pressure clinic at 1 p.m.

Floral Design with Melissa Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn, Sept. 30 at noon. Call to make a reservation. Rock & Roll with Stephen Armstrong “Music of the 50’s and 60’s and its impact on America” presentation.

Roxbury: Little Britches Therapeutic Riding receives grant

A grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation will help Little Britches Therapeutic Riding continue providing riding and equine-assisted activities to individuals with disabilities.

“We’re extremely grateful for the foundation’s support,” says Little Britches executive director Alice Daly. The grant was made possible by the Edward W. Diskavich Fund, a personal fund that is a part of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.

Little Britches, a nonprofit based at Tophet Road Farm in Roxbury, just completed its summer program. Riders and staff are looking forward to their 2021 fall session. The riders, mostly children, come from 29 area towns and have a variety of disabilities. The program is seeking volunteers to lead horses and sidewalk; no horse experience is necessary.

In a first for the therapeutic riding program, Little Britches will be partnering with Shepaug Agriscience for an extended winter program. Winter sessions will be held in the school’s beautiful indoor riding facility.

To learn more about Little Britches, go to www.littlebritchesct.org.

Gold Medal winner to perform at Washington Friends of Music

Washington Friends of Music presents the ninth annual Summer Concert Festival with world-class musicians and superb performances of The New Baroque Soloists.

Cellist Sergey Antonov, Gold Medal winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow will play at the first concert on Sept. 10 with The New Baroque Soloists.

Sergey Antonov is a soloist and chamber musician. He has been touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America performing in concert halls ranging from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo and at the Newport Festival. He is a member of the Hermitage Piano Trio with whom he has recorded several CDs and which in 2019 received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

The second concert on Sept. 17 will be dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Opera’s violist Vincent Lionti, who greatly enjoyed performing in Washington with The New Baroque Soloists.

The best of baroque music’s composers will be featured at the third and final concert on Sept. 24: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann - plus Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The programs for all three concerts will feature horns, oboe, strings and Bass continuo with solo pieces for cello and organ. Highlights include G. F. Handel’s Ombra Mai Fu from Serse and Allegro from Concerto for Two Horns, Oboe, Strings, and Basso continuo HWV 331, thematically related to Water Music; All’Elevazione by Domenico Zipoli and Dixit Dominus by Antonio Vivaldi.

The concerts are taking place Fridays at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 17, and 24 in the Historic Meeting House, First Congregational Church at the Green in Washington.

Attendance is limited. Program and tickets at WashingtonCT4Music.blogspot.com or 860-868-9174. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot and at County Wine and Spirits, New Preston. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door (cash or check only).

Washington: Institute for American Studies clambake is Saturday

Every September the Institute for American Indian Studies hosts an al fresco traditional clambake, called From Earth to Sea. This year the clambake will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion on 11a School Street in Washington Depot.

There will be socially distanced tables set under a large open-air pavilion in a beautiful park setting.

This annual event honors the founders of the museum and celebrates Connecticut's Indigenous people and the bounty harvested from our fields and waterways. A new highlight this year is the silent auction. Auction items will be on display and guests can bid on them during the event. Auction items include gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, plus beautiful Native-made jewelry, baskets, and more.

In addition to a lobster dinner served with all the fixings — corn, clams, and potatoes, there will be a performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. The dance troupe was founded in 1963 and is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. Their mission is to preserve dances, songs, and traditions that might have otherwise been lost, an announcement said. They have toured across the United States, as well as internationally in Japan, Canada, and Israel in order to bring a greater understanding of American Indian people through dance. Guests will be regaled with stories, dances, traditional drumming, singing, and colorful regalia that celebrate the diversity of Native American culture in the United States.

Tickets are limited and pre-registration is required. To register, visit iaismuseum.org. The cost of the traditional clambake dinner including dancing and drumming by the Thunderbird Dancers is $50 for IAIS members and $55 for others.

New Milford: McCarthy Observatory hosting Second Saturday Stars Sept. 11.

The volunteers at McCarthy Observatory, located behind New Milford High School, are hosting a free star party on Sept. 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. Weather permitting, participants will enjoy the summer constellations as well as Jupiter and Saturn now positioned high in the summer sky.

Bill Cloutier will also do a break away talk on NASA’s upcoming Lucy Mission. It is expected to launch in October and it will be the first mission to the Trojans, asteroids that orbit the sun the same distance as Jupiter. The solar powered mission will visit seven of these asteroids.

Masks are required for all guests.

New Milford Senior Center holding Community Connections on the Green Day

The center’s first Green Day is on Sept. 18 at noon. The theme is “Music Brings Us Together “as music is a universal language that we can all relate to.

The big band music of the Hots Shots will be playing in the Bandstand.

Chores, Wheels, The Community Culinary School and The New Milford Youth Agency are just a few groups who will be sharing information about their services.

Bring a chair and a picnic. For more information, call the New Milford Senior Center at 860-355-6075.

Steep Rock in Washington hosting Tunnel Road Connector Hike: An Exploration in Nature

On Sept. 25 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., join Steep Rock Association (SRA) and Roxbury Land Trust (RLT) on a 4-mile inter-town hike along Tunnel Road.

This partially closed town road, which connects protected lands owned by the two organizations, offers unparalleled views of the Shepaug River as it follows the waterway’s course into large tracts of preserved, wild lands. It also lies adjacent to the old railroad bed rich in history for discussion along the way. The group will take two slight detours off Tunnel Road to investigate RLT’s Battle Swamp Brook Preserve and the Tunnel itself, a 235-foot passage through bedrock in SRA’s Steep Rock Preserve, from which the road received its name.

The hike will start at the main parking lot of Steep Rock Preserve at 2 Tunnel Road in Washington Depot and finish at RLT’s Battle Swamp Preserve on Judd’s Bridge Road in Roxbury. A shuttle bus will then bring all participants back to the starting point in Washington, concluding the program. Participants will be required to wear a mask on the shuttle bus. Additionally, participants should wear appropriate footwear for a long, moderately difficult hike and bring plenty of water. Inclement weather will postpone the program until the following day, Sept. 26. Register at steeprockassoc.org or call the office at 860-868-9131.

Volunteers wanted for 14th annual Washington Cemetery Tour

The Washington Cemetery Tour Volunteer orientation meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Gunn Library.

Those interested in volunteering for the Gunn Historical Museum’s 14th annual Washington Cemetery Tour, on Fri. Oct. 29, are asked to attend the meeting to hear how they can help.

Tour guides, setup helpers, cleanup helpers, makeup artists, monitors, ticket takers, pickup trucks, and others are needed.

Students in grades 8-12 can earn community service hours by volunteering. Call the museum at 860-868-7756 or email info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org. The Gunn Library and Museum is at 5 Wykeham Road, the intersection of Route 47 and Wykeham Road, on Washington Green.

KMR Arts in Washington presenting photo exhibition by Peter Jones

The third exhibition of photographs by Peter C. Jones, titled Jungle Stories , is accompanied by his most recent book, also titled Jungle Stories.

The exhibition will be at the gallery through October 16. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 11-5 and by appointment.

Jones’s Jungle Stories taps into the rhythms of three jungles: The Cultivate Jungle, The Actual Jungle, and the Asphalt Jungle, all found along the Atlantic coasts of Brazil, Rhode Island, and Manhattan.

The Cultivated Jungle consists of his photographs made in a garden room at John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli’s sublime Sakonnet Gardens in coastal Rhode Island. Jones depicts the actual Jungle in the coastal town of Una in the vast state of Bahia, Brazil. The Asphalt Jungle, derived from quotes collected by the artist during his decades in Manhattan, capture the non-stop pulse of the city of ambition, an announcement said. For more information, visit kmrarts.com.

Washington park, gardens presents exhibit by painter

Peter Cusack

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens presents “A Letter to Zola,” an exhibit featuring new paintings by Peter Cusack. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 12. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the park on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 4-6 p.m.

Cusack is a publisher, producer, writer, and painter. He is the founder of COCOA: The Journal of Cornwall Contemporary Art.

“A letter to Zola” refers to the correspondence between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola, where the two artists share a long and energetic conversation discussing important aspects of their creativity, nostalgia, loss, companionship, and drawing. This exhibition is a visual correspondence about the creative life, the times, loss, companionship, and drawing. The figure is present in all of these works, but it’s dissolving as it comes to terms with the digital age and qualities of disembodiment from nature and earth.

For more information, visit thejudyblackparkandgardens.org. The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is at 1 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot.

New Milford: Roger Sherman Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution dedicates ‘Never Forget Garden’

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The Daughters of the American Revolution is partnering with the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by participating in Centennial observances.

The event will be Friday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Center Cemetery flag pole.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established in 1921 when the remains of an unidentified World War I soldier were interred there. Over the years, the remains from subsequent wars were placed in the Tomb.

The American Heroes who have been laid to rest there represent all the unknown and missing service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. These individuals gave not only their lives, they gave their identities, an announcement said.

The Roger Sherman Chapter was invited by Jim Delancy, Commander of VFW Post 1672, to plant a garden at the flag pole in Center Cemetery. The chapter, as a Commemorative Project, planted a “Never Forget Garden” to honor the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is intended to be a place of remembrance and gratitude that reflects our community’s unwavering commitment to honoring our veterans.

For further information, please contact Heidi Norcross Regent, Roger Sherman Chapter, NSDAR C.S.C.A.R. Sr. State Registrar, at 203-788-2305.