Community news: Washington nonprofit presenting abstract painting exhibition, more

Washington nonprofit presenting abstract painting exhibition

Byrde + the b is presenting an exhibition of recent abstract paintings by Karen Pepper opening Sept. 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Byrde + the b is at 10 Titus Road, Washington. Visit www.byrdeandtheb.com or call 860-619-0422

New Milford Library presenting September events

Here are September NMPL YA events for grades 6-12. Most events are in person at the Marsh Parish House. Remember to RSVP for all programs; please email Amy Berkun at aberkun@biblio.org.

· Celebrate Fortune Cookie Day—get a fortune, make a cookie craft, and play a game or two. Sept. 13 from 4-5:30 at the Marsh Parish House.

· How Big? How Far? How Hot? Know stuff about outer space and the planets? Prove it! Winner gets a prize. Sept. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House. The program ia developed through StarNet/NASA.

· Banned Books Party and Make-a-Meme Contest! Every September, libraries call to attention to the right to read and access information freely. So give it a go. Come up with a meme that incorporates the theme: “Books unite us, censorship divides us.” The memes will be voted on at the party on Sept. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House—the winner gets a prize.

· Dungeons & Dragons meets two times this month, Sept. 6 and 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

· Games & Chess Club is Sept. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House.

· Write Stuff is Sept. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House.

· Graphic Novels Book Club is Sept. 19 from 3-4 p.m. at the Marsh Parish House.

Litchfield County Artisans plan 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. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the New Milford VFW on Avery Road, just off Route 202.

This free event will have about 30 local artisans displaying and selling their 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. This is not a VFW fair.

Garden in Washington to host plant sale with wine

Hollister House Garden at 300 Nettleton Hollow Road in Washington will host “Plant Sale and Wine in the Garden” on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. The ticketed event is open to the public.

An arborist from SavATree will be on site to answer tree questions.

Registration is encouraged. Tickets, $30 for Hollister House Garden members, $35 for nonmembers, can be purchased at hollisterhousegarden.org/events.

Washington library to host author talk online

In a Gunn Memorial Library and Hickory Stick Bookshop virtual program on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., Michael Blanding will discuss his latest book, “North By Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work.”

Blanding’s book follows self-taught scholar Dennis McCarthy on his quest to prove that many of Shakespeare’s plays are based on earlier source plays written by the courtier and translator Sir Thomas North.

Signed copies of this book are available at the Hickory Stick Bookshop or on its website, hickorystickbookshop.com. To register, go to the Washington library’s website at gunnlibrary.org/programs.

Sherman Chamber Ensemble: Summertime Sounds classical music series

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble’s Summertime Sounds classical music series concludes on Labor Day weekend as it celebrates The Old and the New Sept. 3, at St. Andrews Church, 1 No. Main Street, Kent and Sept. 4, at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, 17 Church Road, Pawling, NY. Both concerts are at 7 p.m.

The Old and the New highlights current composers as well as favorites.

Works include Carlos Simon’s Piano Trio, Andrew Norman’s Light Screen Flute Quartet

and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor.

The concerts will take place indoors and follow CDC and State Covid guidelines for social distancing and rules for events and programs. Face masks are requested for all.

General admission to the concerts is $25. Children 15 and under will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult purchasing a regular admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased at SCEmusic.org or by calling 860-355-5930. Tickets may also be purchased at the door subject to availability.

Also on Labor Day weekend, the Ensemble will let down its hair as it goes Bluegrass. The annual free concerts expand this year with an added performance in Washington.

Dates are Sept. 4, 1 p.m. at the Sherman Town Center (IGA Plaza); Sept. 5, 1 p.m., at Kent Barns; and Sept. 5, 5 p.m, at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington.

These are outdoor concerts, so audience members are asked to bring their own chairs, snacks and beverages or visit and support local purveyors. Concerts will follow CDC and State of Connecticut COVID guidelines for social distancing and rules for events and programs. Face masks are requested for all.

The concerts are free. A suggested donation of $10 will help to support the Ensemble’s ongoing programs. Advance ticketing is requested and can be obtained at SCEmusic.org or by calling 860-355-5930. Tickets may also be obtained at the door subject to availability.