New Workshop @ Franklin Street Artworks in Stamford Nov. 17

Join Franklin Street Artworks on November 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm for a hands-on workshop with “False Flag” curator and artist, Jeff Ostergren.

In this workshop, Ostergren will explore the rich possibilities of Salvador Dalí’s famous “paranoiac-critical method,” in which Dalí would induce himself into a paranoid state to produce surrealist work. Ostergren will begin by explaining the method and looking at examples both historical and current. This will include looking at the contemporary moment in a way that will suggest that we are already often existing in a constant paranoiac-critical state. He will then walk participants through a series of guided exercises intended to induce participants into a paranoiac-critical state, ideal for producing related artworks. Materials used will include ink, collage, and digital photography. Whether you’ve never picked up a paintbrush or are an established artist, all are welcome for an afternoon that is guaranteed to be strange, humorous, and fun.

RSVPs are not necessary but they help us plan! RSVP:

There are 3-hour parking meters just outside the entrance to the gallery on Franklin Street that are free after 7 p.m., and 25 cents per 15 minutes before 7 p.m. There is a lot with an attendant on Franklin Street just a couple of doors down on the right side of the street (closer to Broad Street) from Franklin Street Works. Rates are variable. There are also a number of parking garages nearby. The nearest are:

Entrance on Broad; $1 for the first 2 hours, then $2/hour, $11/day.

Summer Street Garage
Entrances on Lower Summer, Broad or Washington Blvd. Northbound;
$1/hour, $9/day, there is also an evening rate of $3/evening
Sat. & Sun. are free until 5pm.

Franklin Street Works has an ADA compliant, permanent ramp that can be accessed from Franklin Street and takes visitors to our back door downstairs. Please call Creative Director Terri C Smith’s cell at 203-253-0404 or email her at so we can open the door for you from the inside. Once inside there is an elevator available. Bathrooms are large and clear but do not have access bars.

Kent Champagne Stroll Nov. 23 & 24

Dreaming of holiday shopping, strolling through a quaint New England village while sipping sparkling wine? Well, dream no more and come to Kent’s fourth annual Holiday Champagne Stroll. The Stroll is held Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, 2018. Pour times are from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and shops stay open until 8:00 pm for late-night shopping.

Considered the benchmark for all holiday strolls, the town of Kent offers more than 30 shops, serving more than 30 champagnes and bubblies, and presenting more than 30 different promotions and sales. Kent has distinctive shops operated by the owners themselves. You can find everything from stylish clothing, teas and coffees, jewelry to books, birdhouses and outdoor apparel. Stop in at the Covered Wagon Country Store and step back in time.

You’ll find old-fashioned snacks and candies and nostalgic home goods in this cute and rustic shop. Black Sheep Yarns, named #1 yarn shop in the state by Connecticut Magazine, is having fabulous markdowns and Annie Bananie Ice Cream has the Stroll Selfie Station! Kent Greenhouse and Gardens will host a roaring fire pit and hot cider.

All shops are pouring champagnes, sparkling wines, hot ciders, and interesting non-alcoholic beverages. Strollers begin by visiting The Swift House, 12 Maple Street, or Kent Kitchen Works, 6 Kent Green Blvd., to check in and purchase a champagne flute and map to use as a guide for the evening.

The map divides the town into four zones. Visit at least three businesses in each zone: get your map stamped and your name will be entered into the drawing for one of three great bottles of champagnes: a Dom Perignon 2004 valued at over $200, a Tattinger Brut Française and a Roederer “Estate” vintage.

As the evening winds down, strollers are invited to stay and enjoy dinner at one of Kent’s great restaurants. The event coincides with Small Business Saturday, a marketing event campaign created by American Express, celebrating the small businesses that are the backbone of local economies.

Interested parties can register on-line. The ticket price is $22 for advanced registration. If you purchase your ticket at the door the price is $25. For more information, contact the Kent Chamber of Commerce, 860-592-0061

Tinworking Workshop in Wilton!

On Saturday, November 17 from 11 am to 12:30 pm the Wilton Historical Society is hosting a tinsmithing workshop for kids perfect for children 6-12 years old. 

According to the folks at Colonial Williamsburg “The trade of tinsmithing could be learned in one of two ways. First, a young boy could become an apprentice in an established tinsmith shop. Apprenticeships typically lasted for anywhere from four to six years. . . Commonly produced items included tin funnels, plates, cups, candle holders, lanterns, coffee pots, pails, whistles, bowls, canteens, chandeliers, and even tin “speaking trumpets,” a Colonial style of megaphone.

In this fun workshop, kids will make “tin” cookie cutters. The Museum Educator will talk about the history of tinsmiths and the important items they produced, including cookie cutters. Participants will use their very own cookie cutters when they make sugar cookies as a snack.

Tinsmithing Workshop is $10 per child for members with a maximum of $25 per family.  For  Non-members, the cost is $15 per child, with a maximum of $35 per family. Please register: or call 203-762-7257.

Did you know?

“A tinsmith is a skilled metal worker who manufactures objects out of tinplate. A major advantage of using sheets of tin-plated iron, as opposed to bare iron, is that tin does not rust. Over the centuries, many different names have been used to describe tin workers. In Colonial America, artisans who worked in tin were called either whitesmiths or tinners. By the 1860s, the title tinsmith had come into common usage.“  Excerpted from the website of Colonial Williamsburg

Institute for Native American Studies to Honor two Native American Veterans in Special Traditional Ceremony

The origin of Veterans Day goes back to Nov. 11, 1918, and is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany. As many of us remember and honor those who have served the United States in the military, many of us remain unaware of the major contributions Native Americans have made to our armed forces.

It is interesting to note that Native Americans served in the U.S. military in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group and that they have served with distinction in every major conflict in our history.

It is estimated that more than 12,000 Native Americans served in World War I and that 44,000 American Indians, out of a total Native American population of 350,000 served with distinction between 1941 and 1945. During WWII on the home front, more than 40,000 Native Americans left their reservations to work in factories and other war industries. Many of these battle-hardened Native Americans that served in WWII also served in the Korean War along with new Native American recruits like Charles Lindberg Kilson and his late brother, Earl Anderson Kilson. More than 42,000 Native Americans, 90% of them volunteers fought in Vietnam, and Earl Anderson Kilson was one of the many Native American Indians that continued to serve their country in the Vietnam War. Today, there are almost 200,000 Native American military veterans.

Each year on November 10, The Institute for American Indian Studies, located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington holds a traditional ceremony at 12 noon that includes prayers and drumming to honor the contributions and valor of Native American Veterans. This year there will be a very special traditional ceremony at the Institute for American Indian Studies to honor Charles Lindberg Kilson, Senior, as well as the memory of his brother Earl Anderson Kilson, Senior of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Both brothers served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Earl also served during the early years of the Vietnam War. The Institute is inviting the general public, veterans and non-veterans alike to join them in a moving traditional ceremony to honor these two Native American brothers. After the ceremony, visitors are invited to a light lunch in the museum to learn more about the fascinating story of these two brothers. This event is free and open to the public.

About Charles Lindberg Kil

Charles (Lindy) was born on May 16, 1931, and currently resides in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. For many years, he and his family lived on the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation in Kent, CT where he is an active member with the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. He has many memories that remain alive of his younger days of hunting and fishing on his land.

The War Years

On December 29, 1950, Charlie took the train from Kent, CT and traveled to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York where he enlisted and was sworn into the United States Navy. Shortly after boot camp, he was assigned to duty on a destroyer named, the USS Purdy. Afterward, he was assigned to another destroyer named, the USS Dickson #708. Both homeports of both vessels were located in Newport, Rhode Island and both ships, at different times, were at port off the Korean coast during the Korean War patrols.

On October 19, 1952, Charlie had to undergo major surgery at the Newport Naval Hospital, which involved removing part of his left lung. This particular medical procedure kept him hospitalized for nearly six months. While in the hospital, Charlie’s father, Earl Kilson, Sr. was able to visit his son with the assistance and kindness of a Kent Resident State Trooper who drove him there. Upon Charlie’s release from the naval hospital, he immediately requested to be put back on the USS Dickson where his brother Earl, Jr. was stationed. Earl had enlisted in the Navy four years prior. The Navy granted Charlie’s request and both brothers served together until Earl’s transfer to submarine service where he worked in fire control ignition. Charlie also requested a transfer and was denied due to the complexity of his surgery. Naval officials told Charles that he and Earl were the first brothers to be put on a naval ship together, since the death of the Sullivan Brothers during World War II.

Back Home

While on the USS Dickson, Charlie was a 1st Class Seaman­ Gunner’s Mate. He specialized and assisted in bow guns, which were 5 inch-38s. Charlie stayed on the USS Dickson until January 1954, when he returned home to the Schaghticoke Reservation, where his family resided with his younger brother, Russell. He found work with the Thompson Brothers Excavation Company. Shortly after his return home, Charlie met Mildred (Millie) Fagan the woman that he was to spend the next 63 years with. Together, they began a family and moved to Sandy Hook where, in 1970, they both were employed with the Newtown High School, Charlie as a School Custodian and Millie as a Cafeteria Assistant. After 42 years at the Newtown High School, both Millie and Charlie retired.

On November 11, 2009, the Town of Kent dedicated a monument for veterans serving in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam War Veterans, and both Charlie and Earl, Jr. names are listed on it and were present for the dedication ceremony. Charlie still has his Enlistment Card and still remembers his serial number.

Charlie is a profoundly proud member of his Tribe, the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN). He has always been active within his Tribe & attends every Tribal meeting and every social event. Many believe that Charlie is the oldest living member and that his many titles include Lindy (to his family) Charlie (to his many friends) Dad, Pop, Grandpa, Uncle, Cousin, Big Dog and Elder/STN Tribal Member.

About Earl Anderson Kilson

Earl (Bub) Kilson was born on July 11, 1928 and lived with his family on the Schaghticoke Reservation in Kent, for much of his young life. Upon his death, he was an active member of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Earl had many memories of his hunting and fishing days on his land.

War Years

Earl enlisted into the United States Navy in 1946. Shortly after his graduation from boot camp during World War II, he was stationed and onboard an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan. He was later assigned to a destroyer and was stationed at the Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. His brother, Charlie, along with Earl both served on the USS Dickson, which was scheduling patrols off the Korean coast during the Korean War. Earl, later, transferred to submarine service working in fire control ignition. His first ship was an old diesel-operated submarine and his next advancement was serving on the USS Seawolf, the second atomic-operated submarine in the U.S. Fleet. Most of Earl’s submarine training took place in Connecticut at the sub base in Groton.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the submarine that Earl was serving on was part of the blockade and was under orders to stay in position during that crisis. At another point in Earl’s naval career, he was stationed in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor during the initial stages of the Vietnam War. At this time he served in the Atlantic Fleet as well as the Pacific Fleet. The final submarine that Earl served on was the USS Trigger.

Back Home

After 20 years of service, Earl retired from the Navy with the rank of Chief Electronics Petty Officer in 1966. He, along with his wife Lillian, and their children moved to Dover, New Hampshire where he was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Yard in Kittery, Maine. There, Earl participated in the sea trials associated with new submarines that were being constructed; his wife, Lillian was proud to be present at several sea trials.

Earl retired from the Portsmouth Navel Yard after 20 years. He was an active member of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation and for many years would travel to attend the Schaghticoke Tribal meetings and socials. He resided in Dover with his family until his death on March 16, 2014.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Best Hiking Trails for You and Your Dog

If you are looking for a place that offers fresh air, scenic views, and exercise for both you and your best fur friend check out Stamford’s Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. Here you will find 93 acres of beautiful hiking trails to choose from that are good for you and great for your dog.

From the visitor parking lot, find the kiosk, where you can grab a map of all of the trails. Right next to it, you will find the start of the Red Oak Trail. Follow the red-marked trees to stay on the trail. This trail can be a bit challenging to start off, with large tree roots and rocks throughout. But don’t worry—the scenic views are sure to make it worth it! After crossing a long bridge and climbing up a short set of rugged stairs, you and your pup have made it through the most difficult part.

Atop the stairs, you should find a sign indicating the intersection between the Red Oak trail and the Brook Trail. You’ll want to take a right on the Brook Trail toward Brookdale Road. This will be a longer, more relaxing stroll through the beautiful wooded trail. Fido is sure to love all of the scenery as much as you do, along with the fresh air and open space to roam. The Brook Trail has several boardwalks, preventing you from having to take a muddy dog back to your home.

As you near the end of the Brook Trail, you will see a sign for the Pond Trail. The serene view of both the pond and the stunning greenery surrounding it is the perfect reward for finishing your hike! While swimming (for both humans and canines) is not permitted in the pond, take time with your dog to enjoy the view, play in the leaves, and appreciate the world around you.

The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens dog-friendly hiking trails are waiting for you and Fido to explore! Try out the Red Oak, Brook, and Pond Trails and many more the next time you and your best furry friend come to visit.

Book Signing @ Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Nov. 17

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host an author signing with Barbara Paul Robinson on Saturday, November 17th at 3pm. Robinson will sign copies of her latest book, Heroes in Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape (David R. Godine, $40).

About the book:

Here are the vibrant stories of eighteen heroes of horticulture – institution builders, plant explorers, and garden creators – who have all had a major impact on the American landscape. Three of them worked together to establish The Garden Conservancy to preserve exceptional gardens for the public. Others came to the rescue to restore and enhance public parks and public spaces, setting new standards for aesthetics and encouraging wider public use. While some have taken on the revitalization of botanic gardens, important to science and public education as well as public enjoyment, others have worked to create new outstanding public gardens. Then there are the adventurous tales of the intrepid plant explorers who travel to remote parts of the globe hunting for new plants unknown in the west. Many have also worked to hybridize and improve the plants already in use and most have opened nurseries to help ensure these great plants are available to the public. Finally, two have created their own exceptional gardens that, thanks to the existence of The Garden Conservancy, are becoming new public institutions.

Plants and garden ideas from all of these heroes grace and benefit gardens and gardeners across the country. Whether you garden or not, you’ll read their stories with a sense of wonder and admiration, just as you will benefit from their passion and their work.

About the author:

A hands-on gardener herself, Barbara Paul Robinson and her husband, Charles, have created their own highly acclaimed gardens at Brush Hill in northwestern Connecticut. During a sabbatical from the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, where she was the first woman partner, Barbara worked in England as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley house and then for Penelope Hobhouse at Tintinhull. On her return, Barbara served as the first woman President of the New York City Bar Association for two years and later wrote Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener (David R. Godine, 2012). A frequent speaker, she has published articles in the New York Times, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and Hortus. For more about Barbara’s book events, writings, and gardens go to

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email