Community news: Kent's antique machinery association hosts festival, more

Kent: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association hosts 36th annual fall festival

The event will take place Sept. 24-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association museum grounds, 31 Kent-Cornwall Road (Route 7), Kent (next to the Eric Sloane Museum), 1 mile north of Kent center.

There will be giant industrial steam engines, a steam locomotive, antique gas engines, and farm tractors. CAMA’s collection of steam and gas powered machinery will be in full operation during this show. Vendors will be selling a variety of old machinery, engines and tools.

CAMA’s museum campus on Route 7 (31 Kent-Cornwall Road), just north of Kent center, has the largest collection of operating industrial steam engines in the state, but also separate collections devoted to large and small internal combustion engines, farm tractors and agricultural machinery, a narrow gauge railroad featuring Hawaii Railway Co. #5, a restored and operational 1925 steam locomotive, the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science, the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School, an operating blacksmith shop, and an operating sawmill exhibit. There are 11 buildings on eight acres. There is food and free parking.

Washington Arts Gallery hosts opening reception of artists Russell and Sztybel

The Washington Art Association & Gallery continues its fall exhibitions with the work of Holly Russell and Pamela Sztybel.

The exhibition opens Sept. 18 with a reception from 3-5 p.m., and runs through Oct. 1. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

New Milford Community Culinary School approved to participate in tax credit program

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT in New Milford has been approved by the Department of Revenue Services, in a select group of charities, to participate in the Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program.

Through this program, businesses can receive a credit of 60 percent of their approved contribution to the Community Culinary School, a release said. The business application will be available on the NAA website to be submitted through Oct. 1.

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut is at 40 Main St. in New Milford. For more information, e-mail culinaryschool@sbcglobal.net or visit

portal.ct.gov and search “Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program.”

Kent Memorial Library holds quiz night

Hosted by the Kent Memorial Library, Kent Quiz Night will be Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., with “doors” opening at 6 p.m. at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA), 31 Kent Cornwall Road, Route 7.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon arrival.

The evening’s format is as follows: Teams of four are formed of adults 18 years of age and above before the event. The Quizmaster, Sarah Marshall, will ask pre-written questions and mark points as each team answers.

At the end of the evening, the highest scoring team will win a $200 prize. Bring refreshments. If possible, please bring camp chairs or a small table. The cost is $50 per team of four or $60 at the door, plus a bottle of wine for the basket. All proceeds go to the Kent Memorial Library. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or visit kentmemoriallibrary.org.

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington hosting fall junior events

The following programs are taking place in the junior library at the Gunn Memorial Library. Registration is necessary. For more information, call or email the Junior Library at 860-868-2310 or gunnjr@biblio.org. Masks and social distancing are necessary.

Morning Toddler: Oct. 1-Nov. 19 on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. For 2 year olds and their caregivers. A cheery program of stories, music, rhymes and crafts designed for busy toddlers.

Afternoon Preschool: Oct. 1-Nov.19 on Fridays from 2:15-3:00 p.m. For 3-4 year olds and their caregivers. This program promotes social skills through stories, finger plays, flannel board activities, music and crafts.

These programs feature seasonal themes and offer relaxed and friendly social time for moms, as well as preschoolers.

After school programs for primary school children will feature seasonal themes, books, crafts, and games. Snack is provided.

Kindergarten and First Grade Story Craft: Oct. 5-Nov. 16, on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Second and Third Grade Story Craft: Oct. 7- Nov. 18, on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m.. This program will be hosted by guests from the community who will share their interests and love of books with children.

Saturday Family Programs in October:

Oct. 2, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Autumn Craft & Activities - Activities include find the missing scarecrow, corn hole, pin the feather on the turkey. There will be for arts and crafts like apple stamping and dried corn mosaics.

Oct. 9 - No Junior Library Program.

Oct. 16 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall Science/Slime- Make fall science activities. Create crystal experiments, erupt an apple, and learn all about pumpkins and apples. Also, make fall slime.

Oct. 23 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pumpkin Painting - Children can paint and decorate their own plump, holiday pumpkin using stickers, paint, yarn, glitter and more. All supplies are provided. Dress for a mess. Register for the timeslot you prefer. Masks and social distancing are necessary.

Please Bring Your Own Pumpkin.

Oct. 30 - 10a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Halloween Costume Party There will be creepy crafts, spooky stories, ghoulish activities, a photo booth, and a goodie-bag full of spooky snacks and tantalizing trinkets for participants. There will be 30-minute sessions with limited numbers to maintain safety and social distancing guidelines. Register for the timeslot you prefer. There will be a 15-minute interval between each session for sanitizing and cleaning. Children and parents are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.

The Gunn Memorial Library is 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47, opposite the green in Washington.

TheatreWorks in New Milford to present premiere of “If I Fell”

On Oct. 1, TheatreWorks New Milford will present the World Premiere of If I Fell by playwright and TheatreWorks Board Member Jocelyn Beard.

Beard has edited countless books on theatre for Smith & Kraus Publishers. A veteran of NYU's film school and the Yale School of Drama, her award-winning plays have been produced by repertory theatres from Topeka, Kansas to Paris, France. Jocelyn is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the International Center of Women Playwrights.

The plot of If I Fell begins the morning after an unexpected encounter at the drive-in theatre between young lovers in 1965. Torn by pride and passion, fiery Carly and Frank's struggle to come to terms with their feelings for life and for each other threatens to set all of Savannah, Georgia ablaze. Caught in a time of titanic change, Carly and Frank both fight fiercely to hold onto the one thing that truly matters: love.

If I Fell runs Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 1 through Saturday Oct. 16 with one Sunday matinee on Oct. 10. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. Students, military personnel and veterans with ID will be admitted for $20.

Reservations can be made at theatreworks.us or by calling the box office at 860-350-6863. On Sept. 30, senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. is TheatreWorks' Pay-What-You-Want night where you name the price of your ticket. Tickets for both Thursday shows must be reserved online at theatreworks.us in advance due to new COVID policy.

All patrons and staff at TheatreWorks events will be required to wear a face mask covering nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building.

TheatreWorks is a non-equity theater company located at 5 Brookside Ave., just off Route 202 (next to the CVS), in New Milford.

Parking is located behind the Catherine E. Lillis Administration Building at 50 East St., New Milford.

Washington: Institute for American Indian Studies participates in Museum Day

The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington is participating in the Smithsonian Magazine’s nationwide event called Museum Day on Sept.18. In this initiative, participating museums across the United States open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket from the Smithsonian Magazine’s website. This event allows museums nationwide to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which offers free admission every day.

This year's theme, "Experience America," represents a return to normalcy in the safest possible way. The Institute for American Indian Studies will have safety precautions in place for this year's event so guests can comfortably enjoy their time at the museum.

Tickets are available for download on the Smithsonian Magazine’s Website. To get free admission, guests must present an official Museum Day Ticket. This ticket provides general admission for the ticket holder, plus one guest.

The Institute for American Indian Studies is on 38 Curtis Road in Washington.

Litchfield Crossings celebrates finale of seventh rolling season of Cruise Nights

Litchfield Crossings in New Milford and its large retail family will be celebrating the finale of Paradice Cruise Nights by giving gift bags to the first 50 shoppers. This will be Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

There will be a surprise raffle, along with goodie bags and surprise gifts. It will take place at the southern end of the Panera Bread parking lot off Route 7 and Dodd Road from 5 p.m. to dark.

For more information, visit paradiceclassiccruiser.org.

Sherman Library, conservation commission hosting wildlife, landscape presentation

The Sherman Library and the Sherman Conservation Commission invite the public to attend Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape presented by Paul Coburn on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

This presentation provides a brief natural history of Connecticut, addresses the current state of wildlife in the state, including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, challenges we face in managing them, and provides suggestions for what people can do to make a difference.

Colburn is a 2015 graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC). The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains volunteers in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. He has provided hundreds of wildlife presentations for a wide variety of public and private organizations in all corners of the state, a release said.

This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library and the Sherman Conservation Commission remotely through Zoom. For more information and to register, contact the library at SLprograms@biblio.org.

Litchfield County Artisans hosting craft festival in New Milford

The Litchfield County Artisans’ inaugural Craft Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of the New Milford VFW on Avery Road, just off Route 202. This free, family-friendly event will have approximately 30 local artisans displaying and selling their unique specialties, including candles, tie dye, woodcraft, handmade jewelry, photography, soaps, home décor, and more. Also on site will be food trucks, fresh flowers, face painting, henna tattoos, massages, and hair braiding. Come out and support local craftspeople.

Steve Katz of “Blood, Sweat & Tears” to give cabaret performance in Kent

St. Andrew’s Music in the Nave in Kent series presents a cabaret with rock legend Steve Katz. Wine and cheese will be served. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Parish House of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1 North Main Street (corner of Routes 7 & 341), Kent, CT 06757. Admission is $10 and free for those under 18. Tickets are available by searching “SteveKatzCabaret” on eventbrite.com and at the door before the performance.

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Steve Katz played with The Even Dozen Jug Band and The Blues Project before helping found Blood, Sweat & Tears, which was awarded a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1969.

Katz has also worn the hat of record producer with two Billboard top-ten albums for Lou Reed, and music executive, as vice-president of Mercury Records. He currently performs as a solo artist. Lyons Press published his memoirs in 2015. For more information, call 860-927-3486, email st.andrew.kent@snet.net, or visit www.standrewskentct.org/mitn.html.

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery to give new teeth to person in need

Last year, a New Milford resident received a band-new set of teeth at no cost through the

Second Chance program of the Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

This year, the organization is seeking a new recipient. They are looking for a local resident who suffers from extremely poor oral health an opportunity to receive a brand-new set of teeth through the All-on-4 Treatment Concept.

The procedure, typically costing approximately $50,000, will be given to a deserving resident completely free of charge. Greater Connecticut residents in desperate need of oral health care are encouraged to share their inspiring stories about why they would benefit from the life-changing procedure at greaterctoralsurgery.com/secondchance until Sept. 23.