“A Tour Of The Autumn Night Sky” – A Family Astronomy Program Offered by Flanders

On Saturday, October 14, the public is invited to come out to Flanders to enjoy an evening of exploring the Autumn Sky by telescope. The program is being led by Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy club members Russ Leonard and Jim Kandefer. Learn more about the constellations, enjoy the best views of the rings of Saturn since 2003, explore the many star clusters within our Milky Way Galaxy, observe the distant Andromeda Galaxy through the large telescope they will be providing for the night and view deep space objects in color with a live view video eyepiece which will allow the group to observe through a small color monitor at the same time.

Have a Canon or Nikon DSLR? Bring the camera body and use a telescope to take a photo of the great Hercules Globular Star Cluster. Have questions? Jim and Russ will be providing the insights and answers of 100 years combined experience of looking to the night sky!

The program will be held at 7PM at the Flanders Sugar House which is located a quarter mile up from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road in Woodbury. Children are welcome. There is a rain date of Friday, October 20 at the same time.

The cost is Free for Flanders members and $5 for non-members. Those interested should register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more information.

About Flanders
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust acquires, preserves and manages land; and uses the land to promote understanding and appreciation of nature, art and the environment. Founded by artist, farmer and environmentalist Natalie Van Vleck, Flanders provides a variety of environmental education programs year-round, designed to bring a deeper understanding of art, nature and farming to children, youth and adults in the Woodbury region and throughout Connecticut.

Ride a Train to a Pumpkin Patch!

It’s the Fall harvest season so what better way to celebrate and welcome in the cooler weather than with a short ride on a vintage train to the Danbury Railway Museums Pumpkin Patch. This popular annual family event will take place on Saturday, October 14, 21 and 28 and on Sunday, October 15, 22 and 29 s from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the last train at 3:30 p.m. The train will depart hourly 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Admission is $12.00 for ages 2 and over; children under 24 months are free.

This ride includes a free pumpkin for every child plus free cider and cookies. Kids will ride the vintage train through the railyard see the restored 1903 station and rail yard,look at the museum displays and operating layouts. A highlight is the option to explore inside real trains and to have fun at the coloring station or to get a temporary tattoo.

Visitors will ride the Pumpkin Patch Train through the historic rail yard in a 1920’s passenger coach, pulled by a vintage ALCo RS-1 diesel-electric locomotive* to the special pumpkin patch where each child will receive a free pumpkin.

Of course, the exhibits, artifacts, and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 100-year old Danbury station will be open for your education and entertainment. The kids can also enjoy the free activities such as the “coloring station,” temporary tattoos, cider & cookies, and more. There is a fully-stocked gift shop on the premises. No reservations are required; the event will be held rain or shine. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history. The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT and has many artifacts of area railroading on display, including over 70 vintage railroad cars and locomotives.

For further information, visit the Web site at http://www.danburyrail.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

Auction in Falls Village

The David M. Hunt Library will host its 16th Annual Auction in the Village on Saturday, October 14 from 5 to 8 PM at the Center on Main in Falls Village. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased by calling the library at 860-824-7424, by visiting

www.huntlibrary.org, or by stopping by the library at 63 Main Street in Falls Village.

The Silent Auction, between 5 and 7 PM, will include local restaurant gift certificates, accessories for the home and garden including a snow blower, yoga sessions, ceramics, theater passes, books and more.

The Live Auction, beginning at 7:15 PM sharp, includes events in travel, home improvement, and dining. Travel features include a two-night stay with champagne and breakfast at the exclusive Standard Hotel on New York City’s High Line in the trendy Meatpacking District or three nights in a private renovated Brooklyn brownstone in Carroll Gardens. For the home: a garden package inclusive of 8 hours service by Penelope & Lloyd, a gift certificate from Wards and a stone planter by Steve Fitch.

For surprises: a dinner for four at the Falls Village Inn or a private plane flight for three with pilot and Berkshire Aviation president Rick Solan to Nantucket, lunch included.

36th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival @ Bruce Museum This Weekend

The Bruce Museum’s 36th annual Outdoor Arts Festival takes place rain or shine on Museum grounds on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 7- 8, from 10 am to 5 pm. More than 90 artists from across the country, many new to the Bruce Museum festival, will be showcased this year. The juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture and photography. All works are available for purchase and artists are on hand to discuss their work.

The Bruce Museum’s Outdoor Arts Festival has been ranked in the top 100 nationally among Fine Arts Fairs, drawing strong competition among artists who want to participate in the show.

Live music, varied menu offerings, and children’s art activities are all available to provide family fun. Festival admission is $8 and includes admission to the Bruce Museum galleries. The Festival is free to Bruce Museum members and children less than 5 years old. Not yet a member? At the Festival entrance visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum at a discount, and will receive instant free admission and many discounts both at the Festival — many exhibitors offer discounts for Bruce Museum members — and in the Museum store. Visitors are asked to park on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95. The Museum is a short walk from MetroNorth’s Greenwich railroad station. For information, visit www.brucemuseum.org, or call (203) 869-0376. For more area information www.visitwesternct.com.

62nd Annual Salisbury Fall Festival Oct. 6-8

Plan a weekend in the historic villages of Salisbury and Lakeville, CT and enjoy a wide variety of special events and activities. It’s a real “home-town” celebration in the beautiful Litchfield Hills on Columbus Day Weekend – October 6, 7 and 8.

Stroll along the scenic Main Street to find attic treasures, home-made baked goods, and previously-loved books and jewelry in local churches. Be sure not to miss the beautiful Quilt Show. Sample freshly-baked bread and enjoy delicious apple crisp and purchase Greek pastries and local honey. To add to the fun, there are many outdoor booths, special sales in the shops and art exhibitions in galleries that line the street. SThere is an environmental exhibit at the Historical Society and the Salisbury Library is holding a special book sale. Colorful scarecrows line the street, so don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow.

Kids will have a blast at this fair! They’ll love the pumpkin decorating, face painting, crafts, and games. Both young and old will enjoy the magic shows and old-fashioned hayrides. Listen to live music by the Salisbury Band and the Joint Chiefs. Stop by LaBonne’s for delicious samples from many food vendors. Decorate small pumpkins on the White Hart lawn and then enjoy the “Birds of Prey” program, featuring live hawks and owls by Audubon Sharon. Later in the evening, enjoy lobsters or a delicious roast beef dinner, followed by live music at the Coffee House.

On Saturday, October 7, start the day by participating in a 5K run along the rail trail. Then indulge in a hearty breakfast of freshly-made blueberry pancakes. Look for local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, pottery, textiles, leather goods, and more. There will be several programs taking place throughout the day including a child identification program, composting program and a free workshop on how to make autumn garlands and wreaths. There will also be robots built by the high school Robotics Team. If you have worked up an appetite, no worries, this fair is serving up something to please every palate from hot dogs, chili and cornbread, to baked potatoes with toppings, and mac ‘n cheese—along with delicious apples, popcorn, and fresh cider.

On Sunday, October 8 the day starts off with the annual pancake breakfast! End the weekend at the Brew-Ski Fest located on 80 Mountain Road that is hosted by Salisbury Winter Sports Association. There will be thirty craft breweries participating plus two hard cider breweries and plenty of brats, tickets are $35 on the day of the event. For an up-to-date schedule of times and locations, go to www.salisburyfallfestival.org. For online tickets for the brew-ski visit http://www.brewskifest.com.

New Acquisitions @ Torrington Historical Society thru Oct. 28

The Carriage House on the grounds of the Torrington Historical Society located on 192 Main Street in downtown Torrington is hosting a new exhibition that is showing off the Society’s new acquisitions. This collection showcases a variety of items that have been added to the Society’s collection within the past few years.

What You Will See

Collections on display include: a guitar made in Torrington ca. 1856 by noted American luthier James Ashborn; photographs of the Conley Inn (later the Yankee Pedlar) taken in 1891 when the inn first opened; paintings of local people and places; photographs of Torrington from the 1850s through the 1950s; a machinist’s toolbox used by Joseph Ruwet; products manufactured in our
city including a 19th century Hendey lathe; and, one of the most popular items in the exhibit – a sign from The Sugar Shack, a 1970s gathering spot for local teens.

Hours

Admission to the Carriage House Gallery is free; the gallery is located behind the Hotchkiss Fyler House. The Gallery and House are open Wed. – Sat. from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Classic SYFY Art @ Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Long before the era of the SYFY channel, Xbox video games and other high-end graphic games, fans of science fiction and fantasy stories read novels and poured through magazines illustrated by world renowned artists. This fall, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center has a very special exhibition that highlights this fantastic genre of art called Masterpieces of American and European Science Fiction Adventure and Fantasy Illustrations. Alien landscapes, mystical creatures and fantastical characters come alive on the walls of the museum with this artwork.

This exhibition features original work by both American and European artists that span more than a century with art that is vivid and that brings to life imaged worlds with detailed illustrations that animate worlds, creatures, and adventures.
A highlight of this exhibition are the illustrations from the private collection of Stephen Korshak, who has had a life long love of this genre of art and literature. His father, Eric Korshak, founded Shasta Publishers which specialized in science fiction books.

The drawings inspired a sense of wonder and a passion for the genre in young Stephen. His collection reveals the evolution of fantasy illustration and traces the history of science fiction imagery from the pages of dime store magazines to hardcover, library quality books.

This exhibition runs through October 29, 2017.