Past Events, Programs and Art Exhibits

17
Feb
Dancing Under the Stars
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
02-17-18

Enjoy a night with good friends, great food, and dancing on Saturday, February 17 from 6-9 pm at “Dancing Under the Stars”. Featuring music by Bob Parker and The Jive by Five Band. Cost is $30/per person. Please RSVP in advance.

11
Feb
Author Talk: Johan Winsser, Mary and William Dyer: Quaker Light and Puritan Ambition in Early New England
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
02-11-18

Cornwallian Johan Winsser will speak about the conflict between the Puritans and Quakers, and sign copies of his new book, Mary and William Dyer: Quaker Light and Puritan Ambition in Early New England.

10
Feb
Cornwall’s Hobo Reunion
4:00 pm
02-10-18

What synchronous marvel brought three former hobos to settle in our little town? Under the disguise of respectability, Jerry Doolittle, Don Heiny, and Dick Sears discovered that each had hopped freight trains in their shadowy pasts. Join them for tales of ridin’ the rails on sooty coal trains, new car carriers, wedged under the tires of a ‘fast pig’, pacing in freezing boxcars and watching the glorious sunrise over Appalachia. Jerry, Don and Dick will regale us with tales of action and adventure. Let’s gather to the sound of classic train songs while enjoying BYOB and snacks to share.

3
Feb
Bryan Nash Gill Reception
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
02-03-18

A reception for featured artist Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013).

3
Feb
Winter Film Series: “Z”
4:00 pm
02-03-18

Set in Greece in the 1960s and based on an actual event involving political assassination and a scandalous network of corruption, this fast-paced, breathlessly exciting melodrama directed by the deeply political Costas-Gavros and starring his favorite, leading man, Yves Montand, has to be one of the most notable political films ever made. Also present are Jean-Louis Trintignant and Irene Papas, among others. Promise — it will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

3
Feb
Bryan Nash Gill
All day long
from 02-03-18 to 03-17-18

Bryan Nash Gill’s woodcuts, paintings, prints, sculptures and other items will be on show from February 3 through March 17.

A reception will be held February 3rd from 6 – 8 pm.

Born into a farming life, Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013) had always been fascinated by the infinite variety of natural beauty. This exhibition pays homage to this concept by presenting Gill’s artistic journey through multiple media – monoprints, woodcuts and sculpture. Gill was a prolific artist and created a large body of work throughout his life though he is best known for his sculptures and large-scale wood cross-section relief prints. “Trees are beautiful to look at…I have been drawing them for years and recently have started looking inside which has brought me closer to these gentle giants we live among,” said Gill. From his belief in the beauty of trees comes a stunning and complex elegance of patterns and forms throughout a variety of mediums.

Bryan was an alumnus of the Westminster School and was educated at Tulane University and the California College of Arts and Crafts. Bryan Nash Gill lived in Connecticut near the same farm where he was raised. His work has been widely and internationally exhibited, including an installation for the American Pavilion at the 2005 World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan. The recipient of two Connecticut Individual Artist Grants and a California Arts Council Fellowship, Gill’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Sculpture magazine, among other publications. In 2012, Princeton Architectural Press released 31 original prints by the artist in a book titled, Woodcut. The publication received widespread acclaim and was named as one of the New York Times best books of the year.

 – David Kelly

Read more about our featured artist at bryannashgill.com.

20
Jan
Winter Film Series: “State of the Union”
4:00 pm
01-20-18

Directed by the great Frank (It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take it With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) Capra, State of the Union is another of Capra’s celebrations of the triumph of goodness over evil, of justice over deceit, and the resounding rightness of the American political system. The film’s extra dividend are its stars, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. He’s an industrialist who ends up running for President and she’s the estranged wife who nonetheless comes to his aid. Literate, entertaining, and emphatically relevant.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

14
Jan
The Bear Reality with Felicia Ortner
1:00 pm
01-14-18

Master Wildlife Conservationist Felicia Ortner has been a bear enthusiast for over 30 years. Through her program, “The Bear Reality,” Felicia will dispel some of the myths associated with black bears and encourage us to be more Bear Aware.

6
Jan
Winter Film Series: “Seven Days in May”
4:00 pm
01-06-18

An amazingly still powerful thriller about an attempted government takeover by a band of traitorous generals and their politician pals.  Led by tough Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Burt Lancaster, the cast also includes Kirk Douglas, as the good guy colonel, Fredric March as the threatened president, as well as Edmund O’Brien as a senator and Ava Gardner as Lancaster’s mistress. The script is by Rod (Twilight Zone) Serling, the direction by John (The Manchurian Candidate) Frankenheimer.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

26
Dec
Annual Boxing Day Reading
4:00 pm
12-26-17

Take off your gloves and warm up inside. Come to one of Cornwall’s holiday traditions, listening to Tom Walker read. This year Tom will read selections from Ernest Hemingway’s Hunting & Fishing Stories. The reading will take place at the North Cornwall Meeting House. Free, but donations are always welcome.

16
Dec
Constance Old Reception
5:00 pm
12-16-17

A reception for featured artist Constance Old.

13
Dec
Constance Old | phrases in my head
All day long
from 12-13-17 to 01-28-18

Artist Constance Old presents her mixed media exhibit “phrases in my head”. The placards in the “phrases in my head” series are based on phrases that occur to her and that she collects on 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” pieces of paper. She chooses a phrase to work with then writes a journal entry about the phrase on claybord. The journal entry works as an armature for an underpainting. Once the underpainting is finished, the letterforms are pieced together from stickers (rows of dots in different colors and sizes) that were originally part of a JCrew store window display. New phrases continue to drift into my head onto pieces of paper, then wait to be made into placards.

Her reception will be Saturday, December 16 at 5pm.

Read more about our featured artist at her website: constanceold.com

4
Dec
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
12-04-17

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

27
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-27-17

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

20
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-20-17

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

13
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-13-17

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

11
Nov
Sally Van Doren – Reading & Reception
5:00 pm
11-11-17

A reading and reception for featured artist Sally Van Doren.

Read more about our featured artist in this Rural Intelligence article.

11
Nov
Healthcare Event
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
11-11-17

Sign up for health insurance or receive assistance with medicines, billing or health advocacy with the assistance of  Janet Carlson and her organization, Health Pathfinder.

 

6
Nov
Diabetes Class with Anne Hummel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
11-06-17

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

4
Nov
Film Screening: Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
11-04-17

A bittersweet meditation on important decisions and unexpected consequences, this documentary chronicles the extraordinary drama behind the legendary Broadway musical, Merrily We Roll Along. Written by Stephen Sondheim and directed by his long-time collaborator, Hal Prince, Merrily was projected to revolutionize the theater business, but resulted in an infamous flop. It opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and then closed after a humiliating sixteen performances. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened features exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich, and the original Broadway cast. Lonny Price directs.

 

3
Nov
Downloadable Book Workshop
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
11-03-17

The Library will offer a free Downloadable Book Workshop on using a new and easy app for digital and audio literature. Please call to register.

 

31
Oct
Trick-or-Treat!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
10-31-17

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

31
Oct
Sally Van Doren
All day long
from 10-31-17 to 12-09-17

A multi-media show including visual art, a poetry reading, and a performance piece.

Her reading and reception will be Saturday, November 11th at 5pm.

Read more about our featured artist in this Rural Intelligence article.

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

Mondays beginning October 30 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.

25
Oct
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10-25-17
18
Oct
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10-18-17
15
Oct
Dawn of Decline – Film Screening & Panel Discussion
1:00 pm
10-15-17

Join us for a screening of the Civic Life Project film “Dawn of Decline”, a short documentary addressing the challenges posed by shrinking student enrollments in Region One schools. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring community members from Cornwall and Falls Village.

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored with the David M. Hunt Library, the Civic Life Project and National Iron Bank.

11
Oct
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10-11-17
9
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-09-17

Monday, October 9: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

8
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-08-17

Sunday, October 8: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, October 9: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

7
Oct
Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
10-07-17

Don’t miss the annual Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale.

October 7: 9 to 10 am Early Bird Buying – $15 Entrance Fee – sale open til 2 pm

Sunday, October 8: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, October 9: 10 am to 2 pm – Fill a bag for $5

 

 

4
Oct
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 3
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10-04-17
27
Sep
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
09-27-17
23
Sep
Cornwall’s Clean-Up/Green-Up Day
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
09-23-17

As co-sponsor, we invite you to join in with fellow Cornwallians of all ages as we come together to “Clean-Up” trash along selected town roads and “Green-Up” our town library with a planting of flowers.

Schedule:
Meet at The Cornwall Library; muffins and hot beverages for all
Teams pick up trash along selected town roads
Flower planting at The Cornwall Library
Free picnic for all volunteers…and prizes awarded.

Volunteers are needed!
Please click here for full details and to pre-register for free picnic!

20
Sep
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – 6 Weeks
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
09-20-17

Writer Debra Devins will be offering a six-week “Writer’s Workshop” beginning Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  This workshop is for those who have previously taken classes with Deb, or instruction elsewhere. She encourages you to bring in and share your writing projects or be inspired by writing exercises given in class. She will offer helpful and encouraging feedback.

Class size is limited to eight. Fee: $50.

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.

9
Sep
Artist Reception – Harvey Offenhartz
5:00 pm
09-09-17

Meet the Library’s featured artist,Harvey Offenhartz.

9
Sep
The Cornwall Association’s Newcomers’ Tea
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
09-09-17

This is the time to introduce yourself to our newest neighbors and get together with friends while enjoying a cup of tea and refreshments. Priscilla Pavel of The Cornwall Association will offer welcoming remarks and Barton Jones will tell us about 30 years of the Cornwall Conservation Trust.

6
Sep
Works by Harvey Offenhartz
All day long
from 09-06-17 to 10-20-17

When abstract artist Harvey Offenhartz talks about his work, he says that “abstract works have a life of their own. They tell you what they need and want as they go along, and they are never finished with you.” When we examine his work, we understand. He writes that “you must impolitely walk away from time to time… and at some unknown stopping place… choose to call them finished.” His exhibit will continue through October 20.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, September 9 at 5:00 pm.

3
Sep
The First Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Sale
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
09-03-17

Day 3: The last day to shop this wonderful sale to benefit the Cornwall Library. Over 80 artworks—including prints, photographs, posters, drawings, and paintings—have been donated by the community and local artists. Included in the donations are rural and seaside scenes, Cornwall in the 1800s, New York City’s Central Park, British and Scottish villages, London cityscapes, animals, birds, needlepoints, religious figures, children, botanicals, astronomical phenomena and abstract paintings.

Of special interest are a folk art oil, “Cream Hill Lake Association”; a mid-1800s signed print of the old Cornwall Bridge train station; a signed photograph of the Hale-Bopp Comet; and “Cinderella,” a poster signed by William Wegman. All items are moderately priced. Come and see what treasures await.

2
Sep
The First Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Sale
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
09-02-17

Day 2: Don’t miss this wonderful sale to benefit the Cornwall Library. Over 80 artworks—including prints, photographs, posters, drawings, and paintings—have been donated by the community and local artists. Included in the donations are rural and seaside scenes, Cornwall in the 1800s, New York City’s Central Park, British and Scottish villages, London cityscapes, animals, birds, needlepoints, religious figures, children, botanicals, astronomical phenomena and abstract paintings.

Of special interest are a folk art oil, “Cream Hill Lake Association”; a mid-1800s signed print of the old Cornwall Bridge train station; a signed photograph of the Hale-Bopp Comet; and “Cinderella,” a poster signed by William Wegman. All items are moderately priced. Come and see what treasures await.

 

1
Sep
The First Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Sale – Opening Reception
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
09-01-17

Opening Reception for The First Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Sale.

Don’t miss this wonderful sale to benefit the Cornwall Library. Over 80 artworks—including prints, photographs, posters, drawings, and paintings—have been donated by the community and local artists. Included in the donations are rural and seaside scenes, Cornwall in the 1800s, New York City’s Central Park, British and Scottish villages, London cityscapes, animals, birds, needlepoints, religious figures, children, botanicals, astronomical phenomena and abstract paintings.

Of special interest are a folk art oil, “Cream Hill Lake Association”; a mid-1800s signed print of the old Cornwall Bridge train station; a signed photograph of the Hale-Bopp Comet; and “Cinderella,” a poster signed by William Wegman. All items are moderately priced. Come and see what treasures await.

25
Aug
Adult Summer Reading Challenge Party
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
08-25-17

Margarita Party for adults who met the Cornwall Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

12
Aug
Cornwall Conversations: The Once and Future of the State of Populism
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
08-12-17

A conversation between Frederic Jenny, an international economist and expert in competition policy and enforcement, and Jonathan Landman, Editor-At-Large for Bloomberg News. They will discuss three elements of populism: its roots in the United States and Europe; the keys to its success; and the policy implications in the global economy.

There is no charge but donations are always welcome.

29
Jul
Saturday Mornings in July: Arts & Crafts
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
07-29-17

Join us for an arts & crafts program.

22
Jul
Artist Reception – Scott Zuckerman
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
07-22-17

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Scott Zuckerman.

22
Jul
Saturday Mornings in July: Caroline Nastro Author Talk
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
07-22-17

“The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep,” author talk and program by Caroline Nastro.

18
Jul
“The Lake and the Woods” by Scott Zuckerman
All day long
from 07-18-17 to 08-25-17

Scott Zuckerman’s show of wildlife oil paintings entitled  “The Lake and the Woods” will be on exhibit from July 18 through August 25.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, July 22 at 5:00 pm.

15
Jul
Saturday Mornings in July: Bird Bingo
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
07-15-17

Sandy Fiebelkorn hosts “Bird Bingo”.

15
Jul
Passport Day – One Day Only!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
07-15-17

Just Announced! The Connecticut Passport Agency invites you to their upcoming Passport Fair at The Cornwall Library on Saturday, July 15 from 9am to 3pm.

Customers can apply for, or renew, U.S. passport books and/or cards. Standard passport fees apply. Full details are available on this flyer.

Appointments are recommended, but not required. To make an appointment, email CA-PPT-CT-Applynow@state.gov.

8
Jul
Saturday Mornings in July: Bird Food Making Workshop
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
07-08-17

Patty Bramley hosts a Bird Food Making Workshop.

1
Jul
Saturday Mornings in July: Build A Forest Community
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
07-01-17

The White Memorial Conservation Center will present “Build a Forest Community,” a live animal program.

17
Jun
Dudleytown Documentary
5:00 pm
06-17-17

On Saturday, June 17 at 5 PM, Cornwall native and UConn Senior Erik Kenniston will showcase Doc of the Damned – his newly released documentary film about the local settlement known as Dudleytown that was founded in the mid-1740’s and abandoned in the 1800’s for reasons unknown.

Erik brings his expertise as a Film Studies major to unravel some of the mysteries of this local area.

10
Jun
Books & Blooms: Garden Tour
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
06-10-17

Tour five local gardens:

Mary Ellen & Andrea Geisser

Laurie & David Hodgson

Ridgway Farm

Betty Spence

Joanne Wojtusiak

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, the Art of the Kitchen Garden, benefit The Cornwall Library.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

 

9
Jun
Books & Blooms: Talk by Ellen Ecker Ogden with Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction Drawing Following
6:00 pm
06-09-17

Kitchen Garden Design: The Art of Growing Food,” a talk by Ellen Ecker Ogden, food and garden writer and lecturer on farm-to-table cooking and kitchen garden design. Her newest book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, features inspiring designs to create works of art outside your window. Ellen’s articles appear in many national magazines, most recently the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

The Silent Auction Prize: Ellen’s on-site, one-hour consultation at your garden.

Seating is limited. To reserve a place, RSVP by June 1.

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, the Art of the Kitchen Garden, benefit The Cornwall Library.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

3
Jun
Artist Reception – Karen LeSage
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
06-03-17

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Karen LeSage.

29
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-29-17

Monday, May 29: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

28
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-28-17

Sunday, May 28: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, May 29: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

27
May
Memorial Day Book Sale
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
05-27-17

Don’t miss the annual Memorial Day Book Sale.

Saturday, May 27: 9 to 10 am Early Bird Buying – $15 Entrance Fee

Sunday, May 28: 11 am to 2 pm – Half Price

Monday, May 29: 10 am to 2 pm – Closed during the parade (11 am to noon) – Fill a bag for $5.

 

 

24
May
Karen LeSage – “New Paintings”
All day long
from 05-24-17 to 07-15-17

Originally from eastern CT, Karen LeSage studied at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She lived and worked in Manhattan for over a decade, eventually moving to her weekend home in Litchfield County.

LeSage began exhibiting her work locally in 2003.  Sold-out shows in local venues led to representation by commercial galleries, larger work, and regional recognition. In recent years her work has been featured in national magazines, expanding her following throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This group of paintings continues her tradition of translating the color and pattern of the natural world into large, atmospheric canvases. She describes her work as “a dance between realism and abstraction, and this group of paintings as “a dive into spring and summer.”

The exhibit continues through July 15.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, June 3 at 5:00 pm.

13
May
Zine Workshop
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
05-13-17

Make a Zine! A zine is a self-published mini-magazine. This workshop, designed with middle and high-school- age children in mind (adults also welcome) is facilitated by Olivia Montoya.

Free of charge.

15
Apr
Artist Reception – Frank Bramble
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
04-15-17

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Frank Bramble.

6
Apr
Frank Bramble – “In Fading Light: Landscape in the Land of the Housatonic”
All day long
from 04-06-17 to 05-20-17

Frank Bramble’s landscapes are of scenes that daily greet the eye of Northwest Corner residents. His beautiful, spare paintings highlight the play of light between sky and water with a delicate sense of balance.

Frank Bramble has been painting for more than 30 years. His work is in corporate, university, and private collections across the country. He has degrees in fine art from the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford and an MA in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He has been a teacher, a guest lecturer and visiting artist at numerous schools and universities.

The exhibit continues through May 20.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 pm.

5
Apr
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
29
Mar
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
22
Mar
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
15
Mar
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 3
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
8
Mar
Writing Workshop with Deb Devins – Week 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
4
Mar
Winter Film Series: “Amarcord”
7:30 pm
03-04-17

The title means “I remember” in the dialect of Rimini, Italy, the childhood home of the film’s director, the great Federico Fellini. Unmistakably autobiographical, it is in fact about remembering, taking us through various stages and events in the director’s youth. The film serves up scenes of family life, of adolescent schooldays, of town vamps and youthful sexual fantasies, as well as the rise of Mussolini. This truly wonderful movie ranges from deeply comic to deeply felt.

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

1
Mar
Introduction to Creative Writing with Deb Devins
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
03-01-17

This six-week creative writing workshop led by Deb Devins is an introduction to writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry. It will cover the short story, the novel, children’s stories, poetry, personal essays and memoir.  In addition to character creation, story structure, dialogue and point of view, it will help you overcome writing obstacles and provide information on resources for writers. The goal is to share your writing and receive helpful, supportive feedback.  Be inspired by the assigned writing exercises, or bring in your independent writing projects.  No prior creative writing instruction needed. Cost: $50 per person. Please register at the Library: 860-672-6874.

25
Feb
Artist Reception – Karl Goulet
5:00 pm
02-25-17

Meet the Library’s featured artist, Karl Goulet.

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.