Museum of Tort Law Presents Leaders in Law

The American Museum of Tort Law has a new program: Leaders in Law Presentation Series which will take place in the theater at the Museum, 654 Main Street, Winsted.

The first presentation is on September 27th at 7 p.m. with legendary Attorney Thomas Girardi. While Thomas Girardi has garnered many multi-million dollar verdicts, he is perhaps best known for the case against Pacific Gas & Electric Company. This case was the inspiration for the movie Erin Brockovich. As Mr. Girardi commented: “That particular case revolutionized people’s thinking about all the toxic things they are exposed to. Then all of a sudden, people started to understand it and that’s had far-reaching effects clear up through today.”

Mr. Girardi will be interviewed and then offer a Master Class in a Town Hall-style format with the opportunity for live, interactive conversation. The Museum staff would like to invite you and your friends to attend.

This presentation is the first in a series of three. The other two presentations scheduled for the Fall are: Thomas Fortune Fay, Esq, on November 8th and John Barylick, Esq. on December 6th.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $20. If you have any questions please contact Joan Bowman, Director of Engagement at the Museum at or call the Museum at 860-379-0505.

Mark Twain in Russia @ Sharon Historical Society Sept. 28 & Call for Artist Entries

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum and Sharon Town Hall present the September History at the Hall lecture on Friday, September 28, at 5 pm. Brent Colley’s talk, “Mark Twain in Russia”.

This lecture by Brent Colley will look at the surprising story of how the love for Mark Twain in the Soviet Union bridged the cultural divide with America. Between 1918 and 1958 over 10 million of Twain’s books were sold in the USSR, and like in the US, his books were standard reading material for schoolchildren. Russians saw in his books the “true” America, a stark contrast to Soviet propaganda. The lecture will take place at the Sharon Town Hall, 2nd floor Chapin Meeting Hall and is free and open to the public.
he Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce an open call seeking entries for its upcoming show in Gallery SHS, “Anything Goes!”, a juried exhibition and sale running from October 27 through December 14, 2018. Gallery SHS invites artists to submit for consideration original works in any medium (e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Ink, Graphite, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Fabric, Stone, Clay, Metal). The show has no requirements limiting subject matter or size of artwork, Anything Goes! The Gallery Committee says “bring us your best work!”

Theo Coloumbe will serve as judge for Anything Goes!. Coloumbe earned his BFA in Photography at Philadelphia College of Art and followed that with a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been working in art and photography since his move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1993 and is currently director of the Standard Space gallery in Sharon, exhibiting contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists working across diverse media.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00 for up to two (2) works of art, $10.00 for each additional submission. The show’s Judge will select the art to be exhibited and award cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 to three pieces. In addition, guests who attend the show’s opening night will have the opportunity to select their favorite work of art which will receive the “SHS Crowd Pleaser” award. Submissions must be delivered on Saturday, October 20. The Prospectus, Entry Forms and detailed Terms and Conditions can be downloaded by clicking below. For more information

Rare Red Wolf Makes His Entrance at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

– Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Zoo family, a three-year-old male Red wolf named Peanut. After arriving on July 18, 2018 from the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, the last several weeks have been devoted to making him familiar with his new home. Verified to be in excellent physical condition by the Zoo’s on-site veterinarian, Peanut has joined the Zoo’s existing female Red wolf, Shy, in the Red wolf habitat. Guests will be able to view Peanut and Shy between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from the W.O.L.F. Cabin (Wolf Observation Learning Facility).

Born on May 2, 2015, Peanut’s transfer is part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Red wolves are facing extinction in the wild for a second time. Thirty years after the Federal Government reintroduced Red wolves to the 150,000 acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, a mix of swamp and forest, the only distinctly American wolf is losing its fight for survival. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists introduced more than 100 captive-bred wolves into the refuge and saw the population peak at more than 225 wolves a decade ago. Their numbers have plummeted today to fewer than 40. Wolves have been shot by homeowners and farmers, hit by cars, and removed for doing what comes naturally to wolves: roaming to find new territory.

Seeing a red wolf in the wild today is one of the rarest sights in nature. The Species Survival Plan for the endangered Red wolf has played a critical role in preserving this imperiled species through carefully managed breeding. It is hoped that Peanut and Shy will breed to ensure the long-term sustainability of Red wolves in human care. The future of Red wolves in the wild remains unknown. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened a second public comment period for its final decision on removing management efforts from private lands, a move that scientists and Red wolf biologists fear will mean the end of the species in the wild.

“Peanut is a beautiful Red wolf, and an important ambassador for his critically endangered species,” explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “Welcoming Peanut to the Zoo at this time gives us a platform for alerting our guests to the fragile state of Red wolves in the wild. They have a very uncertain future, except in SSP programs in Zoos.”

“The Zoo’s SSP/breeding program exists to bolster the dwindling number of animals still in the wild,” explained Dancho. “It’s a real testament to our Zoo’s strong reputation for working to protect endangered species and to educate our guests about them. It’s an important part of our mission.”

Backstage Tour of Palace Theatre Sept. 22

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the scenes of a theater or what the symbolism of a ghost light is? That and much more will be explored and explained during the Palace Theater’s monthly tour on Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 am – 12:30pm.  The guided tour offers an opportunity to get an insider’s view and learn about the magic behind the curtain along with the history and lore steeped in ninety-five years as an entertainment venue and community gathering place.  Admission to the tour given by trained Palace Ambassadors is $5.00 per person and can be purchased online at, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury. Groups of ten or more are asked to contact the Box Office in advance to register their group.

During the tour, attendees are led through nine decades of the theater’s entertaining history including facts and some lore, while viewing and learning about the stunning architecture and backstage magic related to the Palace story. In addition to exploring the public spaces, tour takers will have the opportunity to visit hidden areas that are off-limits to patrons attending shows or events, such as the green room, wig room and star dressing rooms.  You can even stop to take a selfie at the stage door. Tour takers will also be able to experience the thrill of walking across the stage and viewing the venue’s hidden backstage murals featuring show motifs painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring company cast members. Guests will also browse a collection of the theater’s pre-restoration photos, in addition to viewing elements from the Palace’s Tenth Anniversary History Exhibit, which include a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to 1922, as well as original theater seats from the 1920s.

The 90-minute tour and is led by engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. The walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920’s. While elevator access is available, guests with challenges walking or climbing stairs or other health concerns are asked to inform the Box Office ahead of time, so that the tour guides can make accommodations in advance to ensure a pleasurable experience for all.  

In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly dates, the Palace tour makes a memorable activity for alumni associations, client cultivation and other groups. Accommodations can be made for private tours that include refreshments or lunch.  For inquiries contact Deirdre Patterson at 203.346.2011.

The 37th Annual Family Nature Day! White Memorial Foundation Sept.22

The annual celebration of Mother Nature at White Memorial Foundation on 80 White Hall Road in Litchfield is a must for folks of all ages. This 37th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brian Bradley will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons.

Learn about Bats and Porcupines from Gerri Griswold. Riverside Reptiles’ Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state.

Come visit the many friends he’ll be bringing along. Meet a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center! Music will be provided by The Redwood Hill Band and The Zolla Boys.

The day is filled with live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse-drawn wagon rides, and yummy food provided by The Litchfield Lions Club, Hardcore Cupcake Truck, and Cups and Cones Ice Cream. Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our silent auction.

Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner of a trip for two to Iceland (donated by Krummi Travel LLC) with Gerri Griswold in January or be spending three nights in the Catskills at The Beaverkill Valley Inn? Those are the first and second prizes in our annual raffle!

So much to do! Feed your mind, body, and soul! 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Admission: $6.00, Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

Coconuts, The Boomer Humor Comedy Rock Party Band @ Carousel Museum

For the past forty years COCONUTS, have been entertaining audiences from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys with their unique blend of music and humor. Their show is a fast-paced mix of rock song parodies, comedy numbers, sing-alongs, and straight up rock ‘n’ roll mostly from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

COCONUTS are bringing their show to the Carousel Museum on Friday, September 21 from 7:00 – 10:30 pm. $20 tickets are on sale now and sales benefit the New England Carousel Museum. Grab a group of friends and laugh, dance and support this one of a kind organization on a one of a kind evening.

COCONUTS parodies poke gentle fun at everything from medicine and technology to the many aspects of growing older, and although geared toward a Baby Boomer crowd, their humor appeals to younger and older folk as well. Be warned: sometimes their material is a bit risqué, but it’s all in good fun. Audience participation is heartily encouraged and by the end of the night everybody is “in the band”. Comments frequently heard after a COCONUTS show are “I haven’t laughed this much in years!” and “where do guys your age get all that energy?” The three original Nuts will be joined for this special performance by the exceptional talents of Joey DeCarlo on lead guitar and Mike Savenelli on drums. So sit back and relax, then sing along and clap your hands, then get up and dance with COCONUTS!

Tickets and tables of 8 can be purchased online at
or by calling 860-585-5411.

American Furniture Surpasses Estimates At Schwenke Auctioneers August 14th Fine Estates Auction

On Tuesday, August 14th Schwenke Auctioneers held its August Fine Estates Auction with an offering of over 400 lots of estate property which included a broad selection of Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, folk art and American country furniture, early English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, and estate oriental rugs. The auction was a live online sale with absentee and phone bidding, plus live internet bidding on multiple platforms including live bidding on the firm’s own software.

According to owner/auctioneer Thomas Schwenke “this auction included a number of fine pieces of American furniture brought to market after over fifty years have passed since the items were acquired by the original collectors. A prime example is the collection from the Estate of Gloria Samowitz, Stratford, Connecticut. Many of the items were purchased from the legendary Bridgeport, Connecticut dealer Harry Aarons in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Mrs. Samowitz and her husband were avid collectors who relished the documentation of their purchases and the experience of buying at shows, auctions and privately from dealers.”

In fact, the top lot of the sale was from the Samowitz collection, a rare bronze mounted rosewood classical work table, attributed to Duncan Phyfe or Charles Honore Lannuier. Dating circa 1820, the table had richly figured veneer and canted corners, applied bronze beaded detail throughout, the conforming two drawer base with original neoclassical hardware and exceptional neoclassical bronze mounts. Measuring 29 1/2″ high, 23″ wide, 17″ deep, the table was claimed at $25,400 by an internet bidder, winning out over other internet bidders and six in-house phone bidders.

The next top lot at $12,200 was a New Jersey chippendale applewood tall clock with brass dial having silver boss and chapter ring, signed “John Guild” (1749-1825). Guild lived and worked in Pennington, Ewing Township, New Jersey, which is located in the southernmost part of Hunterdon County. Guild was both a clockmaker and a silversmith, as he made silver cups as part of a communion set for the Ewing Presbyterian Church. He was the son of Reverend John Guild (1712-1787) and Charity Hunt (1721-1766). 90 1/2″ high, 17 1/2″ wide, 9 1/4″ deep. With provenance from a Connecticut collector, the clock went to one of four in-house phone bidders.
Also offered from the Samowitz estate was a very fine George III inlaid mahogany breakfront with rosette and floral/vine inlays, which fetched $4,800 from an in-house phone bidder.

Other American furniture results of note include a very fine Connecticut Chippendale cherrywood linen press, consigned by the Westchester County Historical Society, which went out at $2,400 to another in-house phone bidder. The two part press featured a dentil molded crown above two paneled doors and a three drawer base with bracket feet, with unusual rope twist corner columns, and measures 48″ wide, 79 1/2″ high, 20″ deep.

A hepplewhite serpentine sideboard “in the black” from a Wilton Connecticut estate sold for $2,300 to an in-house absentee bidder. And an unusual Stickley style 60” round rotating game or dining table fetched $2,400 from one of two determined in-house phone bidders.

English and Continental furniture also performed well. A monumental early French oak refectory table sold to an internet bidder at $2,300. The table had a cleated three plank top on a turned base with two end drawers, and measured 30″ high, 105″ long, 35 1/2″ deep, sold for a New Haven, Connecticut collector.

Also from the estate of Gloria Samowitz was a fine English tall case clock, the hood with broken arch pediment and brass mounted columns, the case with engaged quarter columns, with a painted sheet metal dial signed “Fran De La Balle, London”. The 92″ high clock sold at $2,600 to a bidder on the phone.

Other items of interest include a cased violin with label of “Gotthard Ebner Lauten 6 und Geigenmacher Music Fecit Ratisbonae 1750”. Gotthard Ebner was an 18th century German violin maker who worked c. 1723 in Hallein Austria. The violin sold together with two bows, one stamped “Glasser”, and went out to an absentee bidder at $3,200.

Many lots of Asian decorative arts were offered, and the top Asian lot was also from the Estate of Gloria Samowitz, a pair of blue and white Chinese porcelain garden seats with enameled decoration of bats, various flowers and auspicious symbols. Measuring 19″ high, 13 1/2″ diameter, the pair went out to an internet bidder at $1,800.

Oriental rugs are always offered last in the Schwenke sales. Several estate rugs were included in this auction, and the top selling rug was a Persian Heriz room size carpet, almost square at 10′ 7″ long, 9′ 2″ wide, which sold to an internet bidder at $2,800.

The firm’s next catalog auction will be held in early October and will feature several important collections including Chinese porcelain from Florida and New York City estates. Photos may be emailed to or potential consignors may call 203-266-0323 to discuss consignments.