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Washington library’s history club to meet in September

The Gunn Historical Museum’s Washington History Club in the Morning will meet in person at the Washington Senior Center Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. The topic of discussion will be “Washington Inns, Hotels, Taverns.”

Through the past three centuries dozens of lodging places have existed in town to accommodate such visitors. These businesses also employed many Washington residents. Some current and former innkeepers will be attending and participating in the discussion. If you worked for or stayed at any of the inns in town we’d love to hear from you. Bring your memories, stories, photographs and objects to share.

The Washington History Club in the Morning is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and meets at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share memories and stories with the group or just come and listen to the fascinating conversation about our town’s past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell. Everyone is invited to attend this free program. Registration is requested, but not required, to attend this in-person program at: The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington DepotCall the Gunn Museum at 860-868-7756.

Kent Art Association announces awards for new member’s show

Kent Art Association announces the awards for its Member’s Show II. The show runs through Aug. 22 Thursdays-Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Best In Show went to Charles Green for his oil painting “After The Storm”; Honorable Mention went to Karen Chase for her photograph “Sunset on the Housatonic, Judith Berlinger Hrantotis for her pen & ink “Blizzard Starlings”, and to Connie Horton for her oil painting “Winter Scene.”

Bridgewater library presenting new art exhibit

The Burnham Library announces a new art exhibit of selected works by Bridgewater artist Edward Muszala. The show may be viewed during library hours from Sept. 1- Oct. 30. Burnham Library is located at 62 Main Street South in Bridgewater. For additional information, call the library at 860-354-6937 or visit

Roxbury church to hold beef barbecue

The Roxbury Congregational Church is hosting an old-fashioned beef barbecue Aug. 28, from 5-7 p.m., at 24 Church St.

The menu will include barbecued roast beef — carefully prepared and cooked to perfection, baked potato, locally grown corn-on-the-cob, famous Roxbury Church “secret-recipe” cole slaw, bread and salad. Dessert will be ice cream sundaes and delicious home-made cookies. All is served with a choice of beverage — coffee, tea or ice tea or lemonade. NOTE: because of the pandemic, if there will be inclement weather, it will be postponed to the following day, Aug. 29.

The Beef Barbecue which began in 1952, is a long-time held tradition of summertime fun and fellowship for our church members, as well as the community. It attracts people of all ages This event is a terrific gathering where friendships, unity and cooperative spirit are shared among church members and community alike,” Rev. Peters said.

For more information, please contact the church office at 860-355-1978 or go to Tickets will be $17 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 10. Tickets will be sold at the door — no reservations are required. To-go meals will be available as food lasts.

Kent Memorial Library hosting talk on future of climate and food

As global warming intensifies, the stress placed on the world’s food systems will dramatically increase. The Kent Memorial Library is raising awareness about this urgent topic in their third Edmund and Sylvia Morris lecture, an ongoing series devoted to confronting critical issues.

Best-selling authors Bill McKibben and Anna Lappé will address the link between climate and food with author and academic Raj Patel. This free and open to the public talk is Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Those interested in attending must register via the Library’s website.

Washington library continues short story series

The Gunn Memorial Library at 5 Wykeham Road in Washington will continue its short story series into the fall.

The Fall Short Story Series, with a new set of classic and contemporary stories, will take place on Tuesdays, Sept. 7 and 14 and Oct. 12 and 26, at 6:30 p.m. This series will be offered both in person and online. In-person seating will be limited and those that attend will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

To register, visit For more information, call 860-868-7586 or

Washington library offers painting workshop

Peruvian artist Marisabel Artieda from the Washington Art Association will lead Paint Night at the Gunn Memorial Library at 5 Wykeham Road in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Artieda will teach color mixing and painting techniques as she guides attendees step-by-step through painting a pastoral scene. This program will be offered in person with limited seating at the library and virtually via Zoom.

To register, visit If attending in person, masks will be required. Supplies will be provided. A virtual registration will guarantee a to-go kit filled with paint, brushes, an easel and a starter sheet that will be available for pick up the week leading up to the workshop.

Washington library offers meditation workshop

Certified mindfulness meditation teacher Sheila Klapper will lead a meditation workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road in Washington.

Klapper will define mindfulness and explore simple meditation techniques, speak about the current research regarding the benefits of practice and share a short mindful meditation experience.

This program will be offered both in-person with limited seating and online via Zoom. To register, go to

Roxbury Land Trust to open art show

Featuring the work of 50 local artists, an exhibition titled “Visions of the Roxbury Land Trust” and sale of art works will open on Sept. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury.

All of the artists displaying their works reside in northwest Connecticut and their art reflects each individual’s interest in and appreciation for the countryside protected by the Roxbury Land Trust. Inspired by the natural beauty found on these more than 3,800 protected acres of fields, woodlands and waterways, they have created two-dimensional pieces using oils, pen and ink, acrylics and watercolors. Scenes depict bucolic farm fields, sweeping vistas and meandering streams, a release said.

More than two years in the making, the art show was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Roxbury Land Trust in 2020 but the event was postponed due to the pandemic. The exhibition, a fundraiser benefiting the Roxbury Land Trust and Minor Memorial Library, will be on display until Oct. 23.

For more information about the land trust and maps, visit, call 860-350-4148 or email

Washington talk: ‘The Threat Within: Homegrown Terrorism’

The Aug. 22 episode of Common Ground brings together experts in counterterrorism to discuss violence from white supremacist and allied groups. The panelists will describe the difficulties of tracking potential threats and other topics. Moderated by former NBC correspondent and national talk show host Jane Whitney, this interactive symposium, which begins at 3 p.m. and runs 90 minutes, will be live streamed. Tickets can be reserved for $25 at