Illustrators to sign books in Washington Depot Nov. 7


Illustrator to sign copies of book

Litchfield County residents Wendell Minor and his wife Florence have collaborated on three popular children's books. They will sign copies at The Hickory Stick Bookshop Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

Minor is the award- winning illustrator of more than 40 picture books. His work is in the permanent collection at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as well as the permanent collections of NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S.Coast Guard.

An exhibit of many of his paintings can be seen at the New Britain Museum of American Art now through Dec. 13.

The latest book, "The Last Polar Bear" (HarperCollins), written by Jean Craighead George, addresses the threats of global warming through the eyes of Tigluk, a young Eskimo boy. George is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for children and young adults.

"Look to the Stars" is the second collaboration of Buzz Aldrin and Minor. Their first "Reaching for the Moon" was a New York Times bestseller. The Apollo II astronaut was the second man to walk on the moon. His unique perspective makes him the perfect guide on a fascinating journey that shows us how mankind has always looked at the stars.

The Minors have also created a tribute to the playful fun that comes with being a penguin for young readers in "If You Were a Penguin."

The Hickory Stick Bookshop is at 2 Green Hill Road in Washington Depot.The book store will take reservations for the signing. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 860-868-0525 or e-mail

Christmas boutique to sell baked goods

Trinity Lutheran Church on Route 7 North in New Milford will host a Christmas Boutique Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festivities will include crafts, tag sale items, baked goods and a luncheon.

Beatlemania perform at high school

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform concerts Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., with doors to open at 7 p.m., at New Milford High School on Route 7 South.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling Debbie Faust at 860-355-9768.

Proceeds will benefit several non-profit organizations, including the town's Social Services Department, NMHS' senior class, NMHS and the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

The Shepaug Friends of Music has announced the release of a compact disc compilation of holiday songs featuring current and former students of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, as well as several local professional musicians.

The CD, "Winter's Inspiration," contains a total of 15 holiday songs, including two originals, performed primarily by current and former students of SVHS.

An all-day party to celebrate the release will be held Nov. 14 at Marty's Cafe at 4 Green Hill Road in Washington Depot.

The CD, which costs $15, and copies of the cover artwork will be for sale during the release party Nov. 14 and will continue at Marty's and other select venues throughout the Shepaug area through the holiday season.

"Recording began back in December of last year and continued right up to the end of September of this year," said Kirk Dulaney, SFOM president.

"Altogether, 24 tracks were recorded and 15 tracks made it to the CD," he said.

The goal was to develop a compilation of holiday songs that represented various musical styles as well as a range of talent, with an emphasis on keeping the talent local.

"Many of the performers have been recipients of awards or scholarships provided by the Shepaug Friends of Music and this is a wonderful way to bring everything full circle," Dulaney said.

The performers donated their time and talent, as did graphic artist Phil Van Kirk of Infokiln Studio and recording engineer Mark Kaufman of BackRoom Studios.

The only costs incurred were royalties and duplication costs.

"This has allowed us to devote every penny of the proceeds to the goals of the Shepaug Friends of Music," Dulaney said.

For more information or to purchase a CD, call 860-355-0025.

After school program about heroes, villains

The After School Arts Program, which serves the Region 12 school district, will offer "Creating Heroes & Villains" and monotype printmaking workshops in the coming days.

Jesse Smolover will lead the four-week "Creating Heroes & Villains" workshop to students in grades six through eight Fridays from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. beginning Nov. 6 at the Shepaug Valley Middle School on South Street in Washington.

The fee is $40 for students who attend school in the

Region 12 school district

and $60 for non-resident students.

The monotype printmaking for students in grades nine and above and adults will be taught by Caroline Wirth Ullman and Debra Losada at Losada's printmaking studio at 52 N. Main Street in Sharon on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fee is $40 for students who attend school in the Region 12 school district and $55 for adults in Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury. The fee for non-residents is $75.

For more information and registration, call 860-868-0740.