Merwinsville Hotel Arts & Fine Crafts Show

The members of the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration will host their 28th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Show on Columbus Day Weekend at the Merwinsville Hotel located on 1 Brown’s Forge Rd. in Gaylordsville Connecticut. Gaylordsville is located in the northwest corner of New Milford and is conveniently located 15 minutes from Kent, Sherman, New Milford and the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Railroad Station.

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This event will kick off with a gala preview “Meet the Artists” reception on Friday, October 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. In addition to a sneak peek at all the goodies for sale, there will be passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT, beverages, dessert and live music provided by Patrick James McHenry. Tickets to the gala event are $25 at the door or $20 if you prepay using paypal.

The arts and crafts show opens to the public on Saturday, October 10 and runs through October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $2 donation at the door that will go toward the restoration of this historic gem. There will be more than 75 quality arts and crafts vendors at the Merwinsville Hotel on all three days showcasing items such as: artwork, photography, jewelry, and fine artisan crafts.

For further information, please call 860-350-4443 or visit to prepay for Friday evening’s gala.

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Walking Tour of Wilton’s Lambert Corner

Join former First Selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell on the final walking tour offered this fall of the Wilton Historical Society’s preserved Lambert Corner buildings. To be held on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00, the hour-long guided tour includes the Lambert House, which was built on the site c.1726, and eight other buildings moved there in order to preserve them. They are the Lambert Cottage, Kent District School, Hurlbutt Street Country Store and Post Office, Wilton Railroad Station, Davenport Barn, Cannon Family General Store, 18th-century Cannon Family Corn Crib and the not-to-be-missed George Davenport Greek Revival Privy. The entire site comprises Wilton’s Historic District #1. The group will set out from the porch of the Historical Christmas Barn.

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Mr. Russell, Wilton historian and author of Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress, will share some of the interesting stories of the people associated with the buildings. He may well recount the details from a chapter in his book concerning “the most sensational crime in Wilton’s history, which took place in December 1897, when the last Wilton member of one of the town’s most prominent families, a quiet unassuming gentleman schoolteacher, David S. Lambert, was shot down in cold blood in his home, the Lambert House”.

The buildings at Lambert Corner were moved to the site of the original Lambert homestead, know as “Lilacstead” at the intersection of Routes 7 and 33 over the past 40 years. Most of the buildings are now used as shops and offices. The Wilton Historical Society was a pioneer in what is now called adaptive re-use – historic structures which have been updated for contemporary use. The Society has rescued, in total, 18 buildings typical of a New England rural community on three campuses in Wilton, all visible from Route 7.

Tours will end at noon at the Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Road, where cider and cookies will be served. Other businesses in the complex will be open. Comfortable walking attire is suggested.

Please register for this event: by e-mail: or call 203-762-7257 The Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897 For more area information

Learn About Historic Kings Highway North on Walking Tour

Edward F. Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society, will host a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will be an opportunity for participants to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s.

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“I want to talk about the fact that Kings Highway is a historic district and what that means,” said Gerber. “I hope to get onto the grounds of at least one house and have the owners talk about renovations they are doing.

Gerber said he will talk about the style of the houses and the fact that, although they were built from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s, “you can’t tell the later houses from the older ones. The architects did a good job of blending old and new.”

Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites. Most of the contributing buildings are homes in the Colonial style. The historic sites include a small triangular green at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground, the adjoining Christ and Holy Trinity and Church of the Assumption cemeteries across Kings Highway from Old Hill Road, and an earlier graveyard, laid out in 1740, at the northwest corner of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road.
Originally, Kings Highway North was part of a postal road laid out between New York and Boston in 1762. Unlike the Post Road, which was built later, it followed a circuitous route through town, crossing the Saugatuck River over an old wood bridge just upstream from the present one.

According to the filing information for the district’s National Register of Historic Places certification, “The two earliest houses in the district are the c. 1730 Lt. John Taylor House and the 1736 Daniel Freelove Nash House.” The Taylor house was destroyed by fire in 1935 and replaced by a replica on the original foundation. It was the home of film and stage actor Arthur Kennedy during the 1950s and served as the model for the home of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo when the “I Love Lucy” television show moved to Westport for its final season.
Gerber will be accompanied on the tour by Edward Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. Hynes will discuss the planned ambush by Continental troops under Benedict Arnold to fire cannons from the high ground on Old Hill down on British soldiers returning from a raid on Danbury to prevent them from crossing the river on the bridge below. But the British outsmarted the Colonials and crossed upriver near the site of present Ford Road.

“Kings Highway North Walking Tour,” Saturday, Oct. 3, 3 to 4 p.m. Meet at the cemeteries across from the foot of Old Hill Road; park along Kings Highway North. There is a $10 donation. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. For more information about the WHS, call (203) 222-1424 or go to

Met Opera: Live in HD in October at Warner Theatre

The Warner Theatre has announced its 2015-16 Met Opera: Live in HD Season, featuring 10 operas, 5 new to the series, streaming live from the Met. The Met Opera: Live in HD marks its tenth season this year. In October the Warner is hosting three amazing performances. Tickets are Single ticket price $27, Senior ticket price $25, Student ticket price $20 day of with ID and Child ticket price $16.


On October 3 at 12:55 Verdi’s IL Trovatore will be featured with Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Approx. Runtime: 3:10.

On October 17 at 12:55 p.m., there will be a new production of Verdi’s Otello. Verdi’s masterfulOtello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Þeljko Luèiã plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Approx. Runtime: 3:30.

To round out the month of October, on October 31 at 12:00 p.m. Wagner’s Tannhauser will be performed. ames Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. Approx. Runtime: 4:35.

For additional performances through 2016, please visit the Warner Theater’s website For more event information

Auction for Flanders Nature Center

Flanders will host its annual fall fundraising auction titled, “Forces of Nature” this year on Saturday evening, October 3rd, at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel. Legendary for its many diverse offerings in the silent and live auction part of the program, this year’s event also includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, delicious family style dinner, and dessert table.

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The live auction will feature artwork from this year’s headliner artist Danielle Mailer, who has donated her piece entitled, “Night Bird One”, as well as the work of other noted regional artists. Up for bidding in both the live and silent auctions will be more than 100 unique items including trips and tickets, home and garden items, dinners, gift certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Artwork that has been donated by area artists for live bidding can be viewed at Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery, 742 Main Street South, in Woodbury from September 19 through October 2 during galley hours which are Tues. – Fri. 9:30 to 5:30 pm and Sat. 9:30 to 4 pm.

Tickets are available at $85 /person or in groups of 10 for $765. All proceeds from the event will benefit the environmental education and land preservation programs of Flanders. For more information visit Flanders website at or call Flanders at (203) 263-3711; Ext 10.

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Supersale at Cornwall Bridge Pottery and Exhibition

As summer fades it’s time to return to the business of making and selling art and craft. At Cornwall Bridge Pottery located on 415 Sharon Goshen Turnpike in West Cornwall Connecticut they are busy making pots for their now-legendary wood-kiln. It’s the first and still largest wood burning kiln in New England. Built and first fired in 1974, it takes 6 cords and 10 days to load and fire. Once finished 6000 lbs of finished wares will flood their shelves. In order to make room for this massive influx they are clearing our shelves during this once-a-year SUPERClearance. During this weekend many of the items throughout the entire Store, not just the pottery, will be on Sale — kitchenware, frames, iron goods, home accessories and much more.

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In addition, in their 1500 sq. ft. Covered Bridge Gallery, we are featuring the work of Sybil Perry. Her show, “For the Love of the Land” featuring thirty NEW landscape paintings, will officially OPEN on Saturday October 10th from 3-5pm, wine and hor’s oeuvres will be served. On Saturday October 24th at 3 pm Sybil will be in Gallery giving a talk about the source of her inspiration and the techniques she uses when creating. She has said, “When I come upon a scene, it must be something that stops my heart and makes my throat ache. My process is first to take photos. I often combine several photos to arrive at something even better. My real love is color, and pastel— so fresh, alive and direct— is now my medium of choice. Pastels from the 16th century exist today as fresh as the day they were painted. I let myself “play with the colors,” experimenting to create the specific ones I
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As an added incentive there will be a discount of 10% on all sales of Shaker furniture transacted during this Columbus Day Weekend period (good for ordered furniture as well as items from showroom floor). They will have ongoing demonstrations of wheel-throwing as well as discussions and in-depth videos of the making and firing process. They are proud to be one of the few truly native craft business still hard at work in the Northeastern part of the United States.

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Center for Contemporary Printmaking 20th Retrospective

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) announces the opening of 20th Retrospective: Highlights From the Past 20 Years, on display September 12 through December 13, 2015.

Donald Sultan, Yellow Poppies September 12, 2013, 2013, 8 color screen-print with flocking, courtesy Mary Ryan Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist and Mary Ryan Gallery, New York.

Donald Sultan, Yellow Poppies September 12, 2013, 2013, 8 color screen-print with flocking, courtesy Mary Ryan Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist and Mary Ryan Gallery, New York.

As the culminating event celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the retrospective features work by artists who have exhibited at CCP’s Grace Ross Shanley Gallery—many of whom have been integral to the Center’s development: Donald Sultan, Michael Mazur, Helen Frankenthaler, Gabor Peterdi, Robert Andrew Parker and Robert Cottingham, among others

It is wonderful to see exhibiting artists from the past twenty years brought together to celebrate the art of printmaking at this show. An extraordinarily powerful image, Donald Sultan’s Yellow Poppies September 12, 2013 is an eight–color screenprint with flocking, on loan to the Center by Mary Ryan Gallery. Sultan was the first artist selected to create a limited edition print for CCP’s Edition Club—now an annual fundraiser at the Center.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has loaned three of her prints for the exhibition. The eponymous Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage—home to the Center’s Artist-in-Residence program— was supported early on by the generosity of Frankenthaler who donated printing presses and other material support to CCP and was a member of its Advisory Board. Gabor Peterdi Studio has loaned an early work showing Peterdi’s signature small moveable intaglio plates and the Dremel drill as a drawing tool; and, Still Life in Germany (1946), a rare pure line engraving. Michael Mazur ‘s monotype portrait of Peterdi at work is also on loan. Mazur had been a student of his at Yale and a lifelong friend. Peterdi lived and worked in Norwalk (Rowayton) for fifty years and had been an early advisor to Grace Shanley. Coincidentally, the 20th Retrospective brackets Peterdi’s 100th birthday.

About the Center
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paperworks, book arts, and digital arts. Housed in a 19th–century stone carriage house, this 5,000–square–foot historical landmark is located at 299 West Avenue in Mathews Park, Norwalk, Connecticut. The CCP gallery and offices are open Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. Closed Monday. Grace Ross Shanley Gallery features acclaimed juried exhibitions throughout the year and is handicapped accessible.
The CCP curriculum includes over 75 printmaking workshops per year. Artists who participate in the Artist-in-Residence Program have the opportunity to live and work in Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage close to the main building. Edition printing is offered by the CCP master printer and an associate printer on staff. For more information, please call 203-899-7999 or visit