Community news: Portrait photographer unveiling 50 Over 50 exhibit in New Milford, more

Portrait photographer unveiling 50 Over 50 exhibit in New Milford

Celebrate mature women of all shapes, sizes, lifestyles and backgrounds at the 50 Over 50 portrait exhibit created and developed by local photographer Janet Taub. Taub will unveil the results of her 12-month long portrait project on Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 19 Main in downtown New Milford.

The portrait showcase will feature photographs of women over 50 years old that she captured during a “model for a day adventure” in her private studio at The Bleachery in New Milford. Taub observed increased confidence and independence in friends and clients in their 50s and beyond, a press release said. Each portrait will be exhibited gallery style and personal stories will be shared in an exclusive magazine that will be available for purchase.

League of Women Voters of Litchfield County holds three debates.

This year, the LWV held debates in Roxbury, Torrington, and Kent. Videos of each debate are available on town websites.

Acting President Kerwin Mayers stated that “The League is proud of our reputation as a reliable third party that is able to conduct fair and transparent debates, and the way in which each of them is carried out in a bipartisan manner in cooperation with the town committees of both parties."

The LWV of Litchfield County only pursues a debate when invited by an entity within the town. The LWV accepts the offer when all parties agree to standard League debate procedures. They provide the League-trained moderator, the timekeepers and ushers. All the volunteers are from towns other than the one hosting the debate.

While the moderator asks the questions, the questions themselves all come from the voters. If there is a live audience, the questions are collected during the debate by the ushers. In a virtual debate, the questions are submitted beforehand. The questions are screened for duplication, clarity and appropriateness (pertaining to the specific office).

New Milford’s McCarthy Observatory Second Saturday Stars

On Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a Free Star Party at the McCarthy Observatory located behind New Milford High School. Masks are required. Volunteers will show participants around the autumn night sky and share details of the upcoming partial lunar eclipse occurring later this month. For more information, visit mccarthyobservatory.org.

Christmas shop and tree sales at the Bridgewater Congregational Church

The Bridgewater Congregational Church will be opening their annual Christmas shop and tree sales. They will be open on weekends beginning Nov. 27 through Dec. 18. Hours on Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Their fragrant and long lasting Fraser Fir trees will also be on sale the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trees will then be available to buy during shop hours every weekend.

Items in the shop this year will include fair trade global handicrafts and handmade in Bridgewater gifts of assorted hand knit items, pressed flower cards, whimsical folk art, handmade glass pieces, individually wrapped homemade goodies including Auntie Larry’s fudge, a limited assortment of Casafina pottery and glassware and much more. In addition, the shop will hold a silent auction of assorted items. Cash or checks only please.

The Bridgewater Congregational Church is located in the center of Bridgewater at 10 Clapboard Road. Watch for signs. For more information, call the church office at 860-354-8283 or visit bwucc.org.

Village Crest Center for Health & Rehabilitation dedicates tree to commemorate New Milford community’s strength

Members of the Village Crest Center for Health & Rehabilitation staff joined Mayor Pete Bass and members of the New Milford community on the morning of Nov. 1 for a tree dedication ceremony at the New Milford Green. Three weeks ago, the center planted a tree through the Town of New Milford Parks & Recreation Department’s memorial donation program to commemorate the strength of the community in which it serves.

Warren Land Trust annual meeting

The Warren Land Trust will hold its annual meeting Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Warren Town Hall lower level conference room. Members are encouraged to attend and the community is invited to learn what the organization accomplished in 2021 and what plans it has for 2022. The business meeting will be followed by seasonal refreshments and a brief program featuring the newest WLT property: The Keith Family Preserve and the growth of Warren in the 1940s and ‘50s. The meeting and presentation will conclude around 11 a.m., after which all are invited to a “sneak peek” hike on the Keith Family Preserve, which will end around noon. For more information, contact info@warrenlandtrust.org.

New Milford: Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation resident celebrates 100th birthday

“Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation resident Hazel Alberta Case celebrated her 100th birthday on November 2 with a beautiful and loving family celebration at our facility,” said David Segal, administrator, Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation (C.V.H.R.).

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass presented a Mayoral Proclamation to Hazel during her family birthday celebration.

New Milford: Community culinary school recruiting students for upcoming session

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT, a SNAP and WIOA Employment Training Provider, is recruiting students for its new session, slated to begin Jan. 3, 2022. Tuition is free for qualifying candidates. The school offers job and life skills training to adults with the food produced in classes donated to local food banks.

The school also serves as the congregate meal provider for the New Milford Senior Center as well as the emergency food provider for the Town of New Milford. Students gain valuable hands-on experience as they participate in the preparation and service of these meals.

Instructed by Chef Blythe Roberts, the students learn skills touching on all aspects of working in a professional kitchen including food safety certification. In addition to the 12 weeks of hands-on culinary training, the school also arranges internships for all students, trains them in the life skills necessary to getting and keeping a job, and assists with job placement.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 7 Whittlesey Ave., New Milford. Those interested in applying for or learning more about the program should contact Dawn Hammacott at 203-512-5791, e-mail culinaryschool@sbcglobal.net, or visit communityculinaryschool.org.

Institute for American Indian Studies honors military

Each year, in honor of Veterans Day, the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington honors the military service of Native Americans in a formal dedication. This year, the Institute will honor three Native Americans on Nov. 14 at noon.

The first honoree is Joseph A. Perry, Jr. (Eastern Pequot), a Vietnam veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960. Upon his Honorable Discharge as Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1963, he joined the Connecticut State Police in 1964, retiring in 1995 as Deputy Commissioner/ Colonel Division of State Police. In 1995 Joseph became the Director of Public Safety for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, retiring in 2011 as Inspector General.

The second honoree is Albert E. Sargent, Sr., a second-generation submarine sailor. Sargent is a descendent of the Shinnecock, Pequot, Cherokee, and Pokanoket peoples, with ties to the Narragansett and Nipmuc Native American communities. Sargent enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1977. He first attended Radioman A School in San Diego, CA, and, later switched to sub-school training in Groton, CT. He served on the USS Trout SS566 and was later assigned to the USS Grayling SSN566 submarine in Charleston, SC, as a machinist mate.

The third honoree is Dante Biss-Grayson, who served in the U.S. military as a Senior Airman from 2000 to 2012. His active military duty included seven combat tours in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Italy. In addition to Department of Defense Contracting, he was part of the Crash, Fire, and Rescue teams. He is trained in Emergency Management, Chem Warfare, base defense, search and rescue, heavy rescue, aircraft rescue, and inspection.

For more information on the three honorees, visit The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center | (iaismuseum.org).

This outdoor ceremony will honor these individuals as well as all veterans, Native and Non-Native that have served our country. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to enjoy light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested. Please call 860-868-0518 or email events@iaismuseum.org. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington.

New Preston: Potter Frances Palmer to sign copies of latest book

On Dec. 4 at Dawn Hill Antiques, distinguished potter Frances Palmer will be signing copies of her latest book, “Life in The Studio - Inspirations and Lessons on Creativity.” She will also be bringing some special hand thrown pieces. More information to follow as the event nears. Dawn Hill Antiques is at 11 Main Street, New Preston. Call 860-868-0066

Sherman Chamber Ensemble presents ‘Jazzing It Up’

Thanksgiving is full of annual traditions - and a favorite tradition for the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and audiences is the annual “Jazzing It Up" concert - this year returning to live in-person performances in compliance with COVID guidelines.

Pianist Ted Rosenthal and alto saxophonist Eddie Barbash join accomplished New York musicians including Thomson Kneeland (double bass), Chris Parker (drums), Susan Rotholz, (flute) and Eliot Bailen (cello) in an exciting program where the classics meet jazz.

Strayhorn composed over 150 pieces of music, including: “Chelsea Bridge,” “Day Dream,” “Johnny Come Lately,” “Rain Check,” and Ellington’s theme song, “Take the A Train.” Strayhorn was inducted into the Great American Songbook Foundation Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class. Bailen said that special arrangements are being created for the Ensemble’s program to include flute and cello.

“The combination of Rosenthal, one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, and Barbash, an exciting, young virtuoso (and a founding member of John Batiste's Stay Human house band for the Steven Colbert Late Night Show) will have audiences jumping in their seats,” said Liba Furhman, executive director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

Barbash was a founding member of the Jon Batiste and Stay Human Band, of Late Night with Stephen Colbert fame.

The concerts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Road (Rt. 7), New Milford; Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. at Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Road in Washington, CT; and on Sunday, December 28 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 1 North Main Street, Kent, CT.

General admission tickets are $25; children ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Please purchase advance tickets online at SCEmusic.org to minimize risk and to allow for contact tracing if necessary. Proof of vaccination, face masks and social distancing are required. Tickets may be purchased at the door, subject to availability. For information or reservations call 860-355-5930.

New Milford library hosting program on Barn Quilt Trail

Join New Milford Public Library Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m., as Bill Devlin presents a program about the Barn Quilt Trail in New Milford. The New Milford Barn Quilt Trail consists of 19 colorful quilt patterns hand-painted on large weather-resistant panels, displayed on antique and vintage barns and historical buildings around town.

The trail honors the town’s rich agricultural history, the exciting resurgence of family farms in New Milford today, and the American tradition of quilt-making. It is the first barn quilt trail established in Connecticut. This program will be held at the First Congregational Church Marsh Parish House at 36 Main Street in New Milford. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling 860-355-1191, ext. 2 or emailing vfisher@biblio.org.

Washington: Byrde + the b exhibits sculptures by Kristina Kossi

The exhibit will begin Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and run through Feb. 26, 2022.

Kossi states, “Interpreting the form as a figurative sculptor and showing how grace, form and linear perspective complement each other is what I strive to portray in my work. Working in clay gives me a tactile sense that is very fulfilling and I love the ability to change directions at any given point. When I have an idea in mind, I will start with the armature and add clay but somewhere along the way I let the sculpture lead the way and tell me where it wants to go when I am working solely from imagination. It is a lesson in getting out of my comfort zone, letting go of control, which is something that does not come easily to me.”

Byrde + the b is at 10 Titus Road Washington. For more information, visit byrdeandtheb.com or call 860-619-0422. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The opening reception is Saturday, Dec 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Licensed psychotherapist from Bridgewater holding women's support group on Zoom

Carol Cohen, a licensed psychotherapist from Bridgewater, is starting a support group for women. The group will participate in different topics common to all. It will also be a safe and confidential place to share issues, a press release said. The last group was held at the New Milford Library, and then switched to Zoom. It will now continue to meet on Zoom. There will be a small fee to attend the group. For more information, contact carolcohen429@yahoo.com, call 860 799-0927 or visit carol-diamond.net.

New Milford High School Marching Band and Color Guard - state champions

The New Milford High School Marching Band and Color Guard ended their competitive season on a high note by winning the 2021 USBands Class IV A New England States Championship on Wednesday, Nov, 3, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain. Over 30 bands from Connecticut and Massachusetts competed in 10 different classes over two days in the championship.

This year’s production, Double Agent, was a narrative show about two rival spy organizations sent to retrieve and secure the same briefcase from a highly guarded location and return it to their headquarters, each trying to thwart the other’s efforts along the way. In addition to taking home first place in the Class IV A competition, the Band and Guard also won awards for Best Music, Best Overall Effect, Best Visual Performance, Best Color Guard and Best Percussion.

TheatreWorks New Milford will present the original comedy, What the Dickens?

When a group of community theater actors are tasked with performing “A Christmas Carol” entirely from memory, things go hilariously awry. It's Monty Python meets Arthur Miller in this fast paced homage to a holiday classic, a press release said.

The cast features Matt Austin and Gary Millar of New Milford, Jody Bayer, Billy Dempster and Bob Lussier of Danbury and Jenny Schuck of Roxbury.

What the Dickens? runs Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 3 through Dec.18 with one Sunday matinee Dec. 12. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating. Students and military personnel and veterans with ID will be admitted for $20. Reservations can be made online at theatreworks.us or by calling the box office at (860) 350-6863.

On Dec. 2, senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at 8:00 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-19 policy.

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 Street, New Milford.

New Milford: Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio has many new shows

Sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts, the gallery’s new artwork consists of traditional and contemporary paintings and photographs, jewelry, fused glass work, pottery, weaving, woodturning plus holiday cards and ornaments.

The artwork will be on display at Gallery 25 at 11 Railroad Street in New Milford from Nov. 19 through Jan. 8, 2022. The opening reception is Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery 25 is also participating in Black Friday with Tiny Treasures, Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 with a watercolor demo and artist on Nov. 29 with a dot ornament workshop. The Gallery will also be doing a weekly drawing for an original artwork every week through December. For more information visit gallery25ct.com.

Two new artists have joined the gallery: Stephanie Gerber who does sculpture and portraits, and James Stasiak, a contemporary photographer. The show “Deck the Halls” starts Nov. 19 and closes Dec. 31.

On Black Friday, Nov. 26, the gallery will feature Tiny Treasures for holiday gifts. On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27, the gallery will feature a watercolor painting demonstration by Adele Moros. On Artist Sunday, Nov. 28, Gallery 25 will be joining a nationwide campaign encouraging consumers to shop with artists and crafters.

Faith Vicinanza will be doing a Dot Ornament Workshop on Artist Sunday, Nov. 28. View the instructor's work at her Instagram account (#faithv2016) or on Facebook and in Gallery 25. The cost with all the materials is $15. Age is 8-plus. There is a maximum of 10 participants, so please contact Faith to sign up (203) 417-3678 by Nov. 24.

Gallery 25 will also be participating in New Milford’s “Thankful Tree’s - Window Decorating.” We will have a bare tree to decorate with leaves for people to write what they are thankful for.

Gallery 25 will be doing a “Win an Original,” a drawing every Sunday for an original painting each week through December. Visitorsneed to enter their name, phone number and email to have their choice of a selection of paintings created at Gallery 25. For more information about the Gallery 25 and these events, visit the gallery25ct.com or email: Gallery25newmilfordct @gmail.com.

KMR Arts in Washington will have a book signing: Kali Limited Edition, by Len Prince, Brian Wallis and Matt Tyrnauer on Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Kali was a pioneer of alternative photography, a press release said. She coined the term Artography to describe her painterly photographs, trademarking the name around 1967. Kali's lost archive spans five decades and contains three bodies of work—Portraits and Landscapes, Polaroids, and Outer Space.