Past Events, Programs and Art Exhibits

18
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Au Hasard Balthazar”
7:30 pm
02-18-17

You don’t have to be an animal lover to appreciate Au Hasard Balthazar but it certainly helps if you are. Directed by French film maker Robert Bresson—one of the saints of cinema—according to critic Roger Ebert, the film recounts the life and death of, yes, a donkey. Focusing heavily on the cruelties this beast of burden endures and the people who enact them, the film also makes clear his simple and somehow noble acceptance of his fate. Does Balthazar stand for us? Perhaps, but his story manages not only to break our hearts but lift our spirits as well.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

18
Feb
Karl Goulet – Two Dogs: Paintings and Drawings
All day long
from 02-18-17 to 04-01-17

Karl Goulet is a Connecticut-based emerging artist who received his BFA in painting in 2014 from the Hartford Art School. He works across multiple mediums including painting, drawing and mixed media and has exhibited his work throughout Connecticut.  Working in his current palette of ivory and obsidian, he captures the spirit of his two dogs, “a whirlwind of pure muscle and teeth… a force of nature… which merge to become one abstract form” and “the basis of my explorations.”

Karl’s exhibit runs through April 1.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, February 25 at 5:00 pm.

11
Feb
Bella Luna – Annual Jazz Dinner
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
02-11-17

Join us for a night of dinner and dancing as we celebrate Bella Luna, the year’s theme for this popular middle-of-winter event. We promise a full moon! Music is by the hard-swinging, ever popular, Bob Parker and the Jive by Five Band.
$30/per person. Cash bar. Call the Library at 860-672-6874 to reserve your seat.

4
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Notorius”
7:30 pm
02-04-17

A Hitchcock film from the great director’s Hollywood years that has been somewhat overlooked but is one of his best and stars a divine Ingrid Bergman and an equally divine Cary Grant as her love interest. After the conviction of her German father for treason against the United States, Bergman’s character is recruited by Grant as a government agent to spy on a group of her father’s pro-Nazi friends in Brazil. It’s a dangerous assignment but Bergman’s character does her best which takes a toll on her romance with Grant’s character. Claude Rains co-stars marvelously as one of the bad guys.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

4
Feb
Take Your Child to the Library Day
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
02-04-17

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut, it stresses the importance of the library in the life of a child. On our TYCLD on February 4, we will be offering snacks and crafts, including Valentine-themed bookmarks, and Friends of the Library will be reading aloud to the children.

At noon Caroline Nastro, local children’s author, will present a program based on her new book “The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep.”  Her book will be available for sale and signing.

We encourage children and parents to familiarize themselves with the Library and see the many things we offer, including DVD and recorded book rentals, exercise classes, mah-jongg and other fun programs. It’s a good chance to get a Library card or update your current one.

28
Jan
Winter Film Series: “Smiles of a Summer Night”
7:30 pm
01-28-17

The inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” Smiles of a Summer Night is an early and surprisingly light-hearted work by the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman. The plot centers mainly on the efforts of a celebrated actress to win back a lover from the past, but there are several other couples featured as well, all of whom manage to switch partners on a lovely midsummer night. The film was the winner—believe it or not—of an award for best poetic humor at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, and is both beautiful and funny and certainly deserved it.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

20
Jan
Friends of the Library Meeting
4:00 pm
01-20-17

January 20 at 4 pm.

14
Jan
Winter Film Series: “Chariots of Fire”
7:30 pm
01-14-17

Chariots of Fire won the Best Picture and Best Screenplay Oscars in 1981 and also won for the best score and best costume design. And it walked away with dozens of other honors before the year was out. The movie tells the fact-based story of two British runners and culminates in their race at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. The two runners are Eric Liddell, a devout Christian who runs for the glory of God and Harold Abrahams, a Jewish student at Cambridge University who runs to overcome prejudice. The title comes from the line “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from a poem by William Blake and originally from a line in the Bible (2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17).

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

13
Jan
Board of Trustees Meeting
4:00 pm
01-13-17

January 13 at 4 pm.

7
Jan
Artist’s Reception: James Woodruff
5:00 pm
01-07-17

An artist’s reception will be held for James Woodruff at 5 pm.

3
Jan
James Woodruff: “Real Abstraction” Art Exhibit
All day long
from 01-03-17 to 02-09-17

James Woodruff’s enigmatic abstract paintings are a rich exploration of the inner life of the painter. They are a composite of “everything one has seen, heard and experienced,” he says. Woodruff’s images are not preconceived but a process which requires a journey, one which often surprises the artist himself. When completed, “the painting takes on a life of its own,” so that the artist becomes the viewer and no longer a participant in the work.

The show runs until February 9.

26
Dec
Boxing Day Reading
4:00 pm
12-26-16

For his annual Boxing Day reading, Tom Walker will read from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Written in 1861, Great Expectations follows the life and development of an orphan named Pip whose life changes suddenly when he is chosen by a secret benefactor to succeed to a life of “great expectations.” Dickens’ themes of wealth and poverty, love and rejection and the triumph of good over evil are as relevant today as they were in Victorian times.

The reading will be held at the North Cornwall Meeting House.

7
Dec
Author Reading: Betty Krasne
3:00 pm
12-07-16

Betty Krasne will read from her new book, Playing the Part: Collected Poems, which covers 50 years of family life and death. Her writing evokes a sense of place and the interactions of family over time as they struggle to find their way to new roles. Krasne is the author of five previous books including A Dangerous Thing, A Memoir of Learning and Teaching and Body Parts, Stories as well as three novels for children in the middle grades.

Betty Krasne is a graduate of The Ethical Culture Schools and Mount Holyoke College. She has an MA from the Faculty of Philosophy at Columbia University and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute. She taught at Mercy College in the Division of Literature, Language and Communication, specializing in narrative.

Books will be available for signing and sale.

26
Nov
Artist’s Reception: Gay Schempp
5:00 pm
11-26-16

An artist’s reception will be held for Gay Schempp at 5 pm.

22
Nov
Gay Schempp: “Migration” Art Exhibit
All day long
from 11-22-16 to 12-24-16

Gay Schempp started her artistic life as a studio potter creating functional and sculptural stoneware. Recently, she has been exploring encaustic painting using a variety of media to compose visual stories. Using a painterly approach, she combines drawings, found images, photographs and textured papers to express her life-long fascination with mythology, symbols and the cultures of ancient civilizations.

Schempp has exhibited nationally and led craft and mythology tours to Japan and Greece. She taught for 20 years at New Canaan High School where she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Connecticut Art Education Association.

“Migration” will open November 22 and run through December.

21
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-21-16

Anne Hummel, MS, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator, will continue her six-week award-winning diabetes class at the Library.

19
Nov
Peter Vermilyea Reading: Wicked Litchfield County
5:00 pm
11-19-16

Peter Vermilyea will read from his latest book,Wicked Litchfield County, which as its title promises, unveils the unsavory side of the county. Thieves, rumrunners and rapscallions of all colors held sway in the early part of its history. Women were accused of witchcraft for not bearing enough children, counterfeiting was rife, speakeasies took hold and Litchfield County gave birth to the nation’s first mass murderer.

Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he is also the author ofHidden History of Litchfield County (The History Press, 2014) and the recipient of the 2015 CultureMax Award.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

14
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-14-16

Anne Hummel, MS, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator, will continue her six-week award-winning diabetes class at the Library.

7
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-07-16

Anne Hummel, MS, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator, will continue her six-week award-winning diabetes class at the Library.

31
Oct
Trick-or-Treat!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
10-31-16

Bring your trick-or-treaters to the Library this Halloween!

22
Oct
Author Talk with Jamie Sheffield
5:00 pm
10-22-16

Jamie Sheffield, the author of the Tyler Cunningham Adirondack Mysteries, will speak at the library about his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who spent his childhood summers and a good portion of his adult life in the Adirondacks, would like, “… the Adirondacks to be a character in my book because I think it is such a unique and interesting place.”
Books will be available for signing and sale.

17
Oct
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
10-17-16

Mondays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Anne Hummel, MS RN and Certified Diabetes Educator, will once again offer her award-winning diabetes class at the Library. Since her retirement as Director of the Diabetes Education Program at White Plains Hospital, Anne has provided diabetes education to over 3,000 people.

No charge. Call the Library for details.

12
Oct
“Writing the Stories of your Life” – a writing class with Deb Devins
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10-12-16

Writer Debra Devins will be offering Writing the Stories of Your Life during October/November (Wednesdays, October 12, 19, 26 and November 2
3 – 5 pm). There will be four classes and a minimum requirement of six students and a maximum of eight.  Fee: $40. Call the Library for details.

Debra Devins has been teaching creative writing and giving workshops for over 20 years.  She began writing while a high school correspondent for The Hartford Courant’s former Parade of Youth Sunday supplement.  She has served as president of The Connecticut Writers League, and as an associate editor of The Connecticut Writer. Debra has a BA in English and Secondary Education and an MA in Counseling.

10
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-10-16

Monday, October 10: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

9
Oct
Cornwall Conversations: When “I do” doesn’t mean forever – Divorce in the 21st century
5:00 pm
10-09-16

This Cornwall Conversation is being held at Cornwall Town Hall.

Three women with experience in divorce – both first- and second-hand – discuss the changing face of divorce. Topics include joint custody as the new normal, the quest for the good divorce, alternative ways to resolve disputes, the DIY divorce, divorce ceremonies, same-sex divorce, and the cultural shift in perspective towards this once-scorned measure to reconfigure a family.

The participants: Elise Pettus, founder and editorial director of Untied, a website and networking community for women getting divorced; Margaret Klaw, partner in a Philadelphia-based family law firm, Berner Klaw & Watson, and author of Keeping It Civil, a book about the practice of family law; and Jane Bevans, a New York attorney practicing family and divorce law for over 30 years and former director of the New York Chapter and Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

9
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-09-16

Sunday, October 9: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, October 10: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

8
Oct
Artist’s Reception for Susan Hellmann
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
10-08-16

Join us at an artist’s reception for Susan Hellmann’s exhibit “Idyllic Cornwall” from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

8
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-08-16

Don’t miss the annual Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale. Something new: this year the sale will also be open on Sunday.

October 8: 9 to 10 am Early Bird Buying – $10 Entrance Fee – sale open til 2 pm

Sunday, October 9: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, October 10: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

1
Oct
“Idyllic Cornwall” by Susan Hellmann
All day long
from 10-01-16 to 11-12-16

Susan Hellmann’s interest in art began at a young age. “My home environment was a breeding ground for a developing artist. There was always some creative activity in the mix at home. Both my parents were very resourceful and influenced my skill set greatly.”

“Idyllic Cornwall” is a collection of pieces that were inspired by Hellmann’s childhood memories and her love for the woodlands, people, and architecture of Cornwall. “Webster defines idyllic as pleasing or picturesque, in natural simplicity, very peaceful, happy, blissful and enjoyable,” she writes. “Cornwall is all that idyllic is and more.”

“Idyllic Cornwall” will open October 1 and run through November.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, October 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

24
Sep
Author Talk with Beth Gutcheon: Genre Bending
5:00 pm
09-24-16

Beth Gutcheon is the best-selling author of two books on quilting, several screen plays, and ten works of fiction.  All of the latter have been novels, except the most recent, Death at Breakfast, which is a detective story. In conversation with Franny Taliaferro, Ms. Gutcheon will discuss what is involved in a change of genre.

No charge, but contributions always welcome.

17
Sep
Cornwall Chronicle’s 25th Anniversary & Cornwall Association’s Annual Meeting and Newcomers Tea
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
09-17-16

Please join us at the opening reception for the Cornwall Chronicle’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit and Cornwall Association’s Annual Meeting and Newcomers Tea.

The Cornwall Chronicle and the Cornwall Association invite you to learn more about our town and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chronicle and the opening of a special exhibit that salutes the paper’s myriad contributors.

13
Sep
Cornwall Chronicle’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit
All day long
from 09-13-16 to 09-30-16

As part of its 25th year anniversary, the Cornwall Chronicle will have an exhibit honoring its founders, first publishers, writers and artists.  It will include biographies and pictures of the founders, the 1990 Apple computer on which Tom Bevans (founder) chose the typeface for the Chronicle’s logo, the first issue, a sampling of headlines reflecting stories covered and a display of drawings from some of the Chronicle’s most prolific artists. There will also be a board game, “Chronopoly,” designed especially for the anniversary.

The exhibit continues through September 30.

9
Sep
Library’s Annual Meeting
4:00 pm
09-09-16

The Cornwall Library will hold it’s Annual Meeting on Friday, September 9 at 4 pm. All are welcome.

7
Sep
Introduction to Fiction Writing Class with Deb Devins
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
09-07-16

This very popular program is being offered in a compressed time frame.   4 classes with Deb Devins, September 7, 14, 21, and 28.  6:30 – 8:30 pm.  $40 for all sessions.  Minimum 6 students required, maximum 8.  Please call the Library for details.

22
Aug
Children’s Summer Camp – August 22 – 26
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
08-22-16

Visit our Children’s Programs page for details.

13
Aug
Cornwall Conversations: Is There Such a Thing as “Free Trade”?
5:00 pm
08-13-16

Two experts—one a lawyer, Ed Greene, with experience in global capital markets, and regulatory and financial services reform, the other an economist, Frederic Jenny, respected internationally for his knowledge about competition policy and enforcement—discuss whether open markets always lead to economic growth, or whether it might be time to turn to an alternative model for society. The recent decision by Great Britain to leave the European Union, “Brexit,” is sure to come up in their talk.

The Library has organized a small collection of books for suggested reading prior to the Conversation.

There is no charge but donations are always welcome.

6
Aug
Artists Reception: Pamela Bramble
5:00 pm
08-06-16

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Pamela Bramble.

1
Aug
CCS Summer Skills August 1 – August 5
All day long
08-01-16

Visit our Children’s Programs page for details.

19
Jul
“Calandra/Lunga Pausa” by Pamela Bramble
All day long
from 07-19-16 to 09-10-16

Pamela Bramble is a painter whose work is represented in both public and private collections.  It has been reviewed by The New York Times and The Hartford Courant among others. Her awards include the President’s top honor for her paintings exhibited at The Gregg Galleries in NYC and a University of Connecticut research travel grant to study 14th century frescoes in Italy – images that serve as a foundation and inspiration for much of her work. She has an MFA in painting from Columbia University and has been a professor of art at the University of Connecticut since 1989. Learn more about the artist at her website.

The exhibit continues through September 10.

18
Jul
CCS Summer Skills July 18 – July 22
All day long
07-18-16

Visit our Children’s Programs page for details.

16
Jul
Film Showing: “Far From the Madding Crowd”
2:00 pm
07-16-16

The Library will host a screening of the 1967 version of “Far from the Madding Crowd”, an award-winning film starring Julie Christie. Based on Thomas Hardy’s renowned novel, this British drama focuses on Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie), a beautiful young woman who inherits a picturesque farm from her uncle and is determined to run it herself. Three very different suitors—an intense soldier, a middle-aged farmer and a shepherd of modest means—all contend for Bathsheba’s hand, and conflict is inevitable. Cornwall Library patron Gail Jacobson will share her personal copy of the film and John Miller will share some thoughts on the film before the showing. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted for the ongoing work of the Library.

12
Jul
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
07-12-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

5
Jul
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
07-05-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

28
Jun
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
06-28-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

27
Jun
CCS Summer Skills June 27 – July 1
All day long
06-27-16

Visit our Children’s Programs page for details.

22
Jun
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
21
Jun
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
06-21-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

20
Jun
Children’s Summer Camp – June 20 – June 24
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
06-20-16

Visit our Children’s Programs page for details.

18
Jun
Books & Blooms: Garden Tour
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
06-18-16

Tour five Cornwall gardens:

Tom Bechtle & Don Bachman

Juliet & John Hubbard

Debby Jones

Roxana Laughlin

Michael Trapp

Sale of new and out-of-print gardening books at The Cornwall Library (open to all free of charge).

$30 per person, or $50 per person for both Friday and Saturday events.

Proceeds from Books & Blooms, a Weekend of Garden Events, benefit The Cornwall Library.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

 

17
Jun
Books & Blooms: Talk & Film by Mark Prezorski with Cocktail Reception Following
5:30 pm
06-17-16

“Busy Landscape Architecturing:” Olana as Earthwork, a talk and film presented by Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator, The Olana Partnership. The short film explores the 250-acre landscape in Hudson, NY, designed by the great Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). To be held at The Library.

Seating is limited. To reserve a place, RSVP by June 10.

An opening reception for Books & Blooms will immediately follow the talk.

$30 per person, or $50 per person for both Friday and Saturday events.

Proceeds from Books & Blooms, a Weekend of Garden Events, benefit The Cornwall Library.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

15
Jun
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
14
Jun
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
06-14-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

7
Jun
Zumba Class
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
06-07-16

Visit our Programs page for details.

4
Jun
Film Screening of “Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack”
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
06-04-16

The Library and Cornwall Social Services will be hosting a screening of an award-winning documentary film by Jaime Longhi, “Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack.” The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director and mental health experts in depression and suicide. There is no charge, but all donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Cornwall Food and Fuel Bank. For further information about the film visit www.shallow-waters.com.

1
Jun
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
30
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-30-16

 

Monday, May 30: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

29
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-29-16

Sunday, May 29: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, May 30: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

28
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-28-16

Don’t miss the annual Memorial Day Book Sale. Something new: this year the sale will also be open on Sunday.

Saturday, May 28: 9 to 10 am Early Bird Buying – $10 Entrance Fee

Sunday, May 29: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, May 30: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

25
May
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 3
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
21
May
Artist Reception – Krista Narciso
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
05-21-16

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Krista Narciso.

18
May
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
17
May
Moments in Flora: Krista Narciso
from 05-17-16 to 07-16-16

A new exhibition opens at The Library on May 17. Called “Moments in Flora,” the show consists of a selection of Krista Narciso’s prints and drawings and will run through mid-July. As the artist says on her website, kristanarciso.com, “Each work is a quiet moment in time; a vivid memory.”

Narciso is an emerging artist working across the media of drawing, printmaking and book arts. She studied at the Hartford Art School, where she earned a BFA in printmaking. Her work has been exhibited, collected, and published nationally and internationally. In addition to her work as an artist, Narciso is an educator and arts administrator. She has held various positions at several non-profit galleries and museums and currently lives in Connecticut.

An artist’s reception will be held May 21 from 6 – 8 pm.

11
May
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – 6 Weeks
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
05-11-16

Beginning May 11 – Deb Devins will be leading a writing workshop for six Wednesday evenings, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 15, and June 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This workshop is for anyone who has taken previous creative writing workshops with her or instruction elsewhere. She will be covering topics in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry such as flash Nonfiction, Voice, Creating Conflict in Characters and Story and more. There will be time for reading and critiquing students’ work, either using Deb’s suggestions or independent projects. Class size limited to 8. The fee will be $50.

30
Apr
Cornwall Conversations: Homes of Presidents & Their Stories
5:00 pm
04-30-16

Cornwall native, author and artist Adam Van Doren will talk with Steven Miller, executive director of Boscobel House & Gardens, about Presidential homes and other historic houses.

Van Doren’s most recent book, The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents, tells of his visits to 15 Presidential homes and is accompanied by his watercolor paintings of the houses and letters between him and David McCullough, author and historian. Van Doren, who teaches at Yale, also included the homes of some living Presidents. (His book will be available for sale after the Conversation.)

Steven Miller has been curator of paintings, prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York; executive director of the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; and executive director of the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Boscobel, a 19th century mansion in the beautiful Hudson Highlands, is a renowned cultural landmark. It is considered one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York State.

27
Apr
Poetry Writing Class with Deb Devins – Week 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
20
Apr
Poetry Writing Class with Deb Devins – Week 3
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
13
Apr
Poetry Writing Class with Deb Devins – Week 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
9
Apr
American in Augsburg – A Talk with Janet Walker
5:00 pm
04-09-16

Janet Walker, one of Cornwall’s own, was a veteran of Gilbert and Sullivan performances at Oberlin when an audition won her a summer apprenticeship at the Santa Fe Opera. She entered New England Conservatory that fall and two Fulbright Fellowships in Vienna followed. An agent visiting her opera class set her on a course that led to a 36-year career in Germany as a mezzo-soprano, most of it spent in Augsburg at the city opera. Along the way she learned flawless German and many, many roles; she also explored the pleasures of being an American abroad for 11 months every year.

(This talk is a reprise of her presentation in January to the Cornwall Woman’s Society.)

6
Apr
Poetry Writing Class with Deb Devins – 4 Weeks
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
04-06-16

In honor of National Poetry Month, Deb Devins, our very popular writing teacher, will give a two-hour poetry writing class for four Wednesdays, starting April 6 and ending April 27. Sign up at the Library, or by calling or emailing the Library. The minimum class size is six people, the maximum is eight. The fee is $40.

19
Mar
Artist Reception – Annelise Collins
5:00 pm
03-19-16

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Annelise Collins.

18
Mar
The Collector: Ink Drawings by Annelise Collins – March 18 – May 14
from 03-18-16 to 05-14-16

The works of tattoo art in “The Collector” comprise a collection of ink drawings on wood board of various sizes and shapes. According to Collins, the drawings are influenced by the American traditional style of tattooing; because they are painstakingly stippled, the process becomes introspective and meditative. The imagery comes from her own stream of consciousness and is heavily influenced by her personal practice of collecting tattoos from different places and people wherever she goes.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, March 19 at 5 pm.

12
Mar
Winter Film Series: Jules et Jim
7:30 pm
03-12-16

Francois Truffaut’s great love triangle features Jeanne Moreau as the enchanting woman whom all men are destined to adore and who, defiantly independent and a little mad as well, ultimately destroys them. Set before and after World War 1 and capturing the wild bohemian setting of the period, the film also features Oskar Werner as Moreau’s Austrian lover and Henri Serre as his French rival, with the haunting music of George Delerue underscoring and helping to create the film’s deeply romantic atmosphere. (In French with subtitles.)

$5/person suggested donation.

5
Mar
Winter Film Series: Pimpernel Smith [Mister V in the U.S.]
7:30 pm
03-05-16

This British anti-Nazi thriller was produced and directed by its star, Leslie Howard (aka Henry Higgins of Pygmalion). Howard, a major supporter of the British war effort, decided to update his role in the 1934 film The Scarlet Pimpernel from the French Revolution to pre-Second World War Europe. So instead of saving members of the French aristocracy, eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio (Pimpernel) Smith saves enemies of the Nazis while professing to be looking for evidence of the Aryan origins of German civilization. This film was said to be the inspiration for Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s rescue of thousands of Hungarian Jews in 1944.

$5/person suggested donation.

27
Feb
Winter Film Series: “An Evening with Kelly and Astaire”
7:30 pm
02-27-16

We’ve shown documentaries of Fred Astaire’s dancing on a previous program but this time it’s The Fred Astaire Songbook, with Fred singing many of the wonderful numbers written for him by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields, Harry Warren, Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner, and Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer. As for Gene Kelly, we’re showing the PBS American Masters documentary which has one amazing song and dance after another, including the great number when he tap dances on roller skates. The Astaire and Kelly styles and approaches were very different but they were equally brilliant.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

14
Feb
Après Ski Cornwall Cocktail Classic
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
02-14-16

After a day in the snow, families can warm up with good cheer at the Library and support a great cause (purchasing an essential research source for the Library). Enjoy classic cocktails (Zelda’s Manhattan, Hemingway’s Rum Punch, and The Dashiell Hammett), hearty appetizers and kid-friendly snacks, hot chocolate and apple cider. Rachel Gall will be back again this year with her violin to provide live and lively music for adults (although sometimes the kids like to dance to it, too) and there will be a movie for the kids — Holes.

Tickets are $30 per adult. Kids 16 and under are free. Please bring additional appetizers to share. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a compete set of the 2016 World Book Encyclopedia.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Purchase tickets in advance at the Library or on-line via PayPal. If buying tickets at the door bring cash or check only.

*There is no snow date.

13
Feb
Winter Swing
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
02-13-16

Join us for the annual winter dinner dance at the Library. An evening of great food, dancing and music. Come enjoy a buffet dinner of home-cooked dishes and dance to the music of Bob Parker’s Jive by Five Band. Always a fun night out!

Tickets are $30 per person. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance at the Library or on-line via PayPal. Wine and beer will be available for a $5 donation per glass and soda for a $1 donation per glass.

*There is no snow date.

6
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Pygmalion”
7:30 pm
02-06-16

The source for My Fair Lady, this George Bernard Shaw-scripted film of his great play features Leslie Howard (aka Ashley Wilkes, Scarlett’s beloved in Gone with the Wind) and the brilliant stage actress Wendy Hiller, making her screen debut. As Henry Higgins, Howard sets the tone and style for Rex Harrison’s later and better known rendition of the role (you might even conclude that Harrison was playing Howard), while Hiller makes not only a charming Eliza but also a truly credible one. A movie not to be missed!

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

2
Feb
Getting the Most from Your Library Membership
3:00 pm
02-02-16

Library assistant Bronwyn O’Shaughnessy will offer assistance with managing your Library membership, including searching for books online, borrowing books from other libraries, renewing books online, etc. This is the first of a program that will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 3pm.

30
Jan
First Film of the Winter Film Series: It Should Happen to You
7:30 pm
01-30-16

Garson Kanin wrote it, George Cukor directed it, and the divine Judy Holliday stars as Gladys Glover, a naïve young woman who wants nothing so much as to be famous. So Gladys spots one of those huge billboards at Columbus Circle, rents it, puts her name on the sign, and wonderful things happen. Eventually she must choose between wealthy manufacturer Peter Lawford and poor aspiring filmmaker Jack Lemmon (in his first screen appearance). This romantic comedy, shot on location, was a solid hit. Suggested donation for each film $ 5 per person.

23
Jan
Antique Oriental Rugs – Is It Art Just Because It’s Old? A Talk by Kristen Bedell
5:00 pm
01-23-16

Terrific rugs possess an inner luminosity that has captured hearts and minds for centuries. But what qualities make some rugs works of art (as opposed to just old)? Learn tips to be an informed buyer and explore the criteria of quality, age and design sophistication through the lens of dyes and color. A selection of rugs will be on hand to facilitate discussion.

Kristen Bedell began her career in antique carpets more than 25 years ago, assisting her grandfather, Archie Jamgotchian, in his Oriental rug gallery in Cornwall. After many years of specializing exclusively in the sourcing of antique rugs for her private and corporate clients, Kristen broadened her creative and professional focus to design residential interiors.

16
Jan
Artist Reception – Maddie Hare Burke
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
01-16-16

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Maddie Hare Burke.

12
Jan
Maddie Hare Burke Art Quilts Exhibit
All day long
from 01-12-16 to 03-16-16

Maddie Hare Burke, a fabric artist who grew up in Cornwall, will have an exhibit of her art quilts at the Library from January 12 until March 16. She is the daughter of the late Montgomery and May Hare.

To complement her many years of sewing, in college Maddie studied color and design and earned her BA with concentrations in graphic design and printmaking. She returned to textiles shortly thereafter, specializing in contemporary quilts, both large and small.

An artist reception will be held Saturday, January 16 from 5 to 7pm.

9
Jan
Author Talk: Janice Nimura
5:00 pm
01-09-16

Janice Nimura tells the fascinating story of three young Japanese girls who in 1871 were sent by the Japanese government to study in the United States, learn Western ways, and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Daughters of the Samurai vividly portrays the young women in their historical context; the education of women became their true mission. Cornwall plays a part!

5
Jan
Getting the Most from Your Library Membership
3:00 pm
01-05-16

Library assistant Bronwyn O’Shaughnessy will offer assistance with managing your Library membership, including searching for books online, borrowing books from other libraries, renewing books online, etc. This is the first of a program that will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 3pm.

2
Jan
3-D Printer Demonstration and Reception
2:00 pm
01-02-16

After a demonstration of its brand new 3-D printer, the Library will host an informal reception to thank Blanche Levine, who made possible the Library’s update to its “Tech Center”. New computers and printers, including the 3-D printer, and sleek furnishings, honor her late daughter Peggy Tagliarino, a long-time Cornwall resident and Library supporter.

26
Dec
Annual Boxing Day Reading
4:00 pm
12-26-15

Take off your gloves and warm up inside. Come to one of Cornwall’s holiday traditions, listening to Tom Walker read. This year the book is Marcel Pagnol’s Memories of Childhood. According to one book review “these are heart-warming stories…filled with enormous optimism and delight.” The reading will take place at the North Cornwall Meeting House. Free, but donations are always welcome.

12
Dec
Senior Tea
2:00 pm
12-12-15

Seniors will enjoy caroling and tea with assorted edible goodies. Sponsored by the Cornwall Committee for Seniors.

27
Nov
Lena Dunham – A Reading & Talk – SOLD OUT!
5:00 pm
11-27-15

Cornwall neighbor, creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, actress and director, co-founder of a new e-newsletter, Lenny, Lena Dunham will read from her book Not That Kind of Girl on Friday, November 27, 5 pm at the Cornwall Meeting House, 8 Bolton Road. Following the reading she will talk with Laurie Simmons, artist, photographer, filmmaker and, not coincidentally, mother of Lena herself, in an unscripted Q&A format.

After the reading and Q&A, guests will cross the town green for a book signing and reception that will follow at the Library on Pine Street. Both hardcover and the newly issued paperback version of the book will be available for sale at the Library reception, thanks to The Wish House.

When it came out in 2014, Not That Kind of Girl was named one of the best books of the year. “The gifted [Lena] Dunham not only writes with observant precision, but also brings a measure of perspective, nostalgia and an older person’s sort of wisdom to her portrait of her (not all that much) younger self and her world…. As acute and heartfelt as it is funny.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times.

 

Event to benefit The Cornwall Library.

7
Nov
Cornwall Conversation: Doing Good & Doing Well
5:00 pm
11-07-15

Doing good and doing well – impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Can positive social outcomes be as valuable as financial returns for investors? In this Cornwall Conversation about new investing trends, Joe Ellis and Liz Luckett consider the different roles of corporate responsibility, philanthropy and impact investing and how each plays a role in both environmental and social change.

With an extensive background in philanthropy, technology, analysis and market research, Liz Luckett is currently the president of The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, a venture fund focused on early stage equity stakes in impact-oriented companies.

Joe Ellis, a former partner and advisory director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as the firm’s principal liaison and consultant with retailers around the world, serves on the boards of directors of the National Audubon Society, RARE (a non-profit organization specializing in environmental conservation and sustainable economic development in developing countries), and the Housatonic Valley Association.

The Library will have an activity for children ages 5 to 10 for parents wishing to attend the Cornwall Conversation program.

3
Nov
“Sightings” Collages by John Perry
from 11-03-15 to 12-31-15

Artist’s Reception
Sunday, November 1, 2:30 pm

John Perry’s collages, on exhibit at the Library in a show entitled “Sightings,” show his latest works and raise the question “art or craft?” He notes that he is learning by doing. “Like many amateurs,” he says, “I had to reach a point that seemed right for showing my work.” For him the 2015 Rose Algrant Show was a giant step in that direction. “My standard, “ he continues, “is the gifted professional – writer, poet or painter in particular. I say this knowing that the gifted among us have developed a distinctive ‘voice’ and I am still working on mine.”

An opening reception will take place Sunday, November 1, at 2:30 pm, and will include a discussion of his work. The show runs through December 31.

31
Oct
Trick or Treat
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
10-31-15

Cornwall Village is the place to be on Hallowe’en. And the Library Board’s president has a special affinity for this yearly happening. Bring your young ghosts and goblins to the Library any time from 5 to 7 pm for a treat!

12
Oct
Columbus Day Book Sale – Day 2
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-12-15

Monday’s sale begins with a half-price sale from 10 am to noon. If you still don’t have enough books and DVDs, from noon to 2 pm you can fill a bag for $5.

10
Oct
Columbus Day Book Sale
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
10-10-15

Saturday, October 10
9 am to 3 pm
& Monday, October 12
10 am to 2 pm

Fall may have officially started September 23, but it really does not start in Cornwall until the annual Columbus Day Book Sale. As you prepare for hibernation, you’ll find some excellent donations to the fall sale that you won’t want to miss. The sale opens Saturday morning with early bird buying from 9 am to 10 am (for a $10 entrance fee). The Saturday sale runs until 3 pm.

Monday’s sale begins with a half-price sale from 10 am to noon. If you still don’t have enough books and DVDs, from noon to 2 pm you can fill a bag for $5.

Donations of books and DVDs will be accepted until 4:30 pm, Thursday, October 8.

15
Sep
“Tangled Up In Blue” – An Exhibition of Works by Kim Sobel
from 09-15-15 to 10-17-15

Artist’s Reception
Sunday, September 20
3 – 5 pm

“Kayaking through mangroves in Southern Florida was an ethereal experience that led to a deeper understanding of my painting,” says artist Kim Sobel. “I found myself completely enthralled by the complexity of this natural habitat, struck by the similarity to elements I pursue in my paintings: the fluidity of water, the endless, jumbled ropy roots, the pulsing forms mingling amongst intricacies. With intent to capture the unstoppable movement of nature I paint shifting layers steeped in color.

“Life revisits visions; experiences first remembered. Each return is an altered revelation. A first viewing is the beginning, paintings move on—nature’s ever-changing state is contrasted with a caught moment.”

Kim Sobel lives in Glastonbury. For more information about her works, visit her website at www.kimsobel.com. Ms. Sobel’s exhibition opens to the public on September 15 and will run through October 17.