Music Mountain Avalon String Quartet

Music Mountain, America’s longest running summer chamber music festival, continues its 89th season with the Avalon String Quartet performing a program of Beethoven, Mozart, Dohnanyi and Shostakovich on Sunday, August 5 (3pm). The weekend music begins on Saturday, August 4 (6:30pm) with first time guest Jimmy Greene Quartet – bringing his remarkable sound and vibrant jazz to Music Mountain! Concerts are scheduled through September 23.

Sunday afternoon welcomes Avalon String Quartet with guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano performing Beethoven: Piano Quartet #2 in D Major, WoO 36; Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 “Prussian;” Shostakovich: String Quartet #7 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 108; and Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 1.

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music,” the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. The Avalon String Quartet has performed in major venues across the U.S., in London and Germany. Their many recordings have been received with critical acclaim and their live performances are often featured on Chicago’s WFMT. The Avalon String Quartet is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.

Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.” Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist and recitalist and is an active chamber musician, frequently collaborating in many chamber music festivals throughout the United States. Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City.

GRAMMY® Award-nominated saxophonist, composer, arranger – and Connecticut native – Jimmy Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation. His solo albums have been met with critical acclaim, he has appeared on numerous albums as a sideman and has toured and/or recorded with the likes of Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. The Jimmy Greene Quartet includes keyboardist Xavier Davis, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer Jamire Williams, in addition to Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone. The ensemble performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide.

In December 2012, Mr. Greene’s daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene’s life was taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Beautiful Life, is a poignant, reflective program that honors his daughter’s love of singing with a program combining jazz, spirituals, contemporary Christian music and ballads. Greene continues to honor and memorialize her spirit with his most recent album, Flowers.

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners at the charming Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history built over 175 years ago that helped shape the history of Falls Village.

Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut on Music Mountain Road, where a short scenic drive will bring you to Gordon Hall atop Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available. Music Mountain is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission On Culture & Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chamber music concerts continue with Amernet String Quartet with Chauncey Patterson, viola and Ronald Thomas, cello (August 12); St. Petersburg Piano Quartet (August 19); Cassatt String Quartet with Paul Katz, cello (August 26); and the Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception featuring Peter Serkin, piano, Jihyun (James) Kim, oboe, Caitlin Beare, clarinet, Claire Worsey, horn, and Adam Romey, bassoon (September 2).

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series continues with Galvanized Jazz Band (August 11); Josh Lawrence & Color Theory (August 18); Amina Figarova Quintet (August 25); and Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (September 1).

Specially Priced Concerts include: Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, September 2. All tickets $75. Special Concert & Wine Reception to Celebrate the Completion of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle on Sunday, September 9. All tickets: $60.

Regularly scheduled Chamber Music Concerts are $35. Twilight Series Concerts are $30. Concert & Dinner Passes are available for all Twilight Series Concerts for $70; includes Pre-Concert Dinner (5pm) at The Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark – Classic American comfort fare, seasonal – and 6:30pm Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. Dinner reservations must be made no later than the Friday prior to concert date by calling the Music Mountain box office at 860-824-7126.

Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE to ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Saturday evening Twilight Concerts are at 6:30 pm. Sunday afternoon Chamber Music concerts are at 3 pm. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit musicmountain.org or call (860) 824-7126.

Heavens Above! Star Gazing at WIN Weekend in Norfolk

They are seeing stars in Norfolk Connecticut – not to mention planets and galaxies during the annual WIN, Weekend in Norfolk Festival taking place this year on August 3, 4 and 5. One of the many highlights of WIN is the Free Astronomy Night Event with Matthew Moore Johnson taking place on August 4 at 8 p.m. at Dennis Hill State Park on Litchfield Road.

Norfolk is one of the best places in Connecticut to stargaze…so make sure not to miss the special Astronomy Night. Don’t forget to bring your own binoculars or a telescope if you have one. Dennis Hill State Park is at an elevation of 1627 feet and Norfolk doesn’t have any “light pollution” making it an excellent spot to observe the nighttime sky.

Observing the heavens can be as easy as sitting back in a reclining summer chair and then turning a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope to the celestial heavens that are so brilliant in the quiet hamlet of Norfolk. Participants that want a more exciting and active look at the stars will be able to examine and learn about five different optical systems under the guidance of Johnson. Guests will also learn about how binoculars work and how to adjust them properly for crystal clear focused viewing.

For the “technosavvy,” Johnson will demonstrate how to use Planispheres and Smartphone applications for optimal use. He will also show participants how to take pictures of celestial objects with a smartphone and how to share them instantly with their friends. And, if you have ever wanted to learn how to read a star chart, don’t miss this star-studded event.

About the Moon

On August 4, the Moon will be in a third-quarter phase, which occurs roughly 3 weeks after the new moon when the earth is three-quarters of the way through its orbit around the earth. The Moon’s left side will be illuminated and the right side dark. The Moon will rise around midnight on the eastern horizon and set in the west around noon the next day.

About WIN- Weekend In Norfolk
No holds barred! Fun for all is the watchword in Norfolk, Conn., this coming August 3, 4 and 5 during the town’s third annual three-day, town-wide festival, A Weekend in Norfolk. Everyone’s invited to come with family and friends to enjoy the more than 80 events—mostly free—that Norfolk’s organizations, businesses, and individuals will all be putting on to welcome visitors to their town. Visit the Weekend in Norfolk Website, for details by special interest or by day and time, and be sure to come the first weekend in August 2018 (August 3, 4 and 5).

Call for Entries – Seaport Photo Contest Through August 25

Do you know what an award-winning photo looks like for Sheffield Island Lighthouse? To find out the Seaport Association of Norwalk is calling for entries to the “150 Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest” of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse that is taking place through August 25, 2018.

Get your camera ready. It doesn’t matter if you are a first time visitor or, one that puts Sheffield Island on your bucket list every summer, the Seaport Association can’t wait to see the images that connect people to Sheffield Island’s 150-year-old history.

Perhaps it is a moment of family fun on the beach looking for shells with our classic lighthouse in the background or the first time you stepped foot onto Sheffield Island in full pirate garb watching pirates cavort in the shadows cast by our lighthouse.

Maybe your image will be the best view of the lighthouse tower and lantern or one that shows the pier and its natural surroundings that is a testament to why we have treasured this maritime landmark for 150 years and counting.

It could be as simple as capturing the architectural beauty of the stonework of the lighthouse, reflections on water, or a birds-eye view of Norwalk’s coastline. The choice is yours.

Contest Rules

The rules to enter our contest are simple. The Seaport Association’s Photo Contest in celebration of Sheffield Island’s 150 Anniversary is open to all photographers, beginners, amateurs, and pros are invited to submit their photos that discover and captivate the ecological beauty and cultural heritage of Sheffield Island on one of our cruises to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.
To Enter follow @SheffieldIsland on Instagram. Tag @SheffieldIsland and use #SILH150.
There is one entry per contestant. The First Place Prize is $250, the Second Place Prize is $100 and the Third Place Prize is $50.

This is your chance to submit your most beautiful and creative photos of the lighthouse. Winners will be announced at the Norwalk Oyster Festival.

Stained Glass Window Tours to Color Weekend in Norfolk Aug. 3,4,& 5

Stained glass lovers, rejoice! All three of Norfolk’s churches will be open at various times during Weekend in Norfolk, August 3, 4 and 5, to allow visitors to see their fabulous stained glass windows.

Church of Christ Congregational plans to have its Battell Chapel open most of the day on Saturday for viewing windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maitland Armstrong. The Tiffany windows, located in a curved wall, depict the four seasons, two on either side of a woodland stream scene.

Also on Saturday, Church of the Immaculate Conception will be opening to visitors who want to see its windows. These are by Franz Meyer & Co. of Munich and were shipped to Norfolk from the factory in the mid-1920’s. The windows may also be seen after the church service on Sunday.

On Sunday, Church of the Transfiguration is having an open house for window viewing immediately after its service, which all are invited to attend. The windows are by several different artists; subjects include the innkeeper in the story of the Good Samaritan and the Transfiguration.

Other stained glass will be on view at the Norfolk Library during its art show and other events, and the Manor House Inn, especially on Sunday afternoon when the Inn will be serving lemonade on the lawn.

Weekend in Norfolk, August 3, 4 and 5, is a three-day, town-wide art, music and nature festival. Events run the gamut from art exhibits to hiking, world-class music to two ice cream socials, farm tours and kite-making lessons to the opportunity to get married on the Village Green. New events are being added all the time. Visit weekendinnorfolk.org for details.

Westport Historical Society hosts: Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes, Walking Tour

Imagine it’s the summer of 1920. Westport is a sleepy farm community that lures New York’s most glamorous couple-F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald—to its shores. Seeking respite from their whirlwind Jazz era lives, they set up in an 18th-century farmhouse that has seen Revolution and the building of a nation over many decades. Zelda swims daily in the peaceful waters of the Long Island Sound while Scott takes advantage of the bucolic quiet to work on what he hopes will be his next great novel—The Great Gatsby.

Join Westport Historical Society and your guide, Richard “Deej” Webb, as he recreates the summer of 1920 and the sites and characters that influenced Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel.

Come prepared on July 28 from 3 – 4pm for a gorgeous, vigorous walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings. $20 suggested admission for members, $25 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under. Please meet on the sidewalk in front of 244 South Comp Road; park along the shoulder of Narrow Rocks Road.

Reservations are recommended, register at westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.

Digging Into the Past By Lake and Land

The Institute for American Indian Studies is hosting a free event on July 22 and on July 28 on Lake Waramaug at the Warren Town Beach located on North Shore Road off of Rte. 45 on the New Preston and Warren Town line. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. participants will experience the historic legacy of our Native American past by taking a free ride in an authentically made Native American dugout canoe and watching an archeological dig that is taking place in a meadow across the street.

Dugout Canoe Rides

Today cars, cell phones, social media, and the Internet connect us, it is the way most of us share ideas and keep in touch with each other. For the Eastern Woodland Indians, rivers and waterways served as the high-speed highways that connected tribes as the quickest way to move from place to place. The importance of dugout canoes or mishoon as they are called in Wampanoag and Algonkian languages were like today’s digital cables because they connected tribes and spread ideas. Dugout canoes also facilitated fishing, hunting, and trade during pre and post contact time.

This free opportunity to paddle in an authentically made dugout canoe is a once in a lifetime experience that gives us a glimpse into Native American’s rich cultural history of how indigenous people lived in the Eastern Woodlands. Jeff Kalin, one of the leading primitive technologists in the country made this dugout canoe using traditional Native American construction methods.

About Native American Dugout Canoes

Making a dugout canoe is a mammoth undertaking and began with taking down a massive tree that was usually located near a river or lake. To fell a tree for a dugout canoe, Native Americans coated the base of a tree with mud and straw and built a fire that charred the trunk. As soon as the tree was down, the bark (that would be used to build wigwams) was removed and the ends of the trunk was cut and shaped into a point so that the canoe would move either direction. A small fire was started on top of the stripped tree trunk to burn out the top and bottom surface of the trunk. Stone hand tools would be used to scrape out and hollow the log and flatten the bottom of the canoe. The final step was to coat the canoe in bear grease to waterproof the wood.

Archeological Dig – July 22

If you are interested in archeology, this is your chance to dig into the past with The Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club on July 22. The excavation will take place within walking distance of the dugout canoe launch spot on North Shore Road from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It is exciting to watch the challenge of finding where and how ancient people once lived in Connecticut where there are so few above ground clues. Perhaps, in this newly excavated area, an artifact may be found that has not been touched by human hands since it was discarded hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ago – artifacts that may shed light on how ancient man lived in Connecticut and in our beautiful Eastern Woodlands.

The Institute for American Indian Studies

Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village. Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.

The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans, the focus is on stewardship and preservation. This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.

Call for Entries – Seaport Photo Contest Through August 25

Do you know what an award-winning photo looks like for Sheffield Island Lighthouse? To find out the Seaport Association of Norwalk is calling for entries to the “150 Anniversary Celebration Photo Contest” of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse that is taking place through August 25, 2018.

Get your camera ready. It doesn’t matter if you are a first time visitor or, one that puts Sheffield Island on your bucket list every summer, the Seaport Association can’t wait to see the images that connect people to Sheffield Island’s 150-year-old history.
Perhaps it is a moment of family fun on the beach looking for shells with our classic lighthouse in the background or the first time you stepped foot onto Sheffield Island in full pirate garb watching pirates cavort in the shadows cast by our lighthouse.

Maybe your image will be the best view of the lighthouse tower and lantern or one that shows the pier and its natural surroundings that is a testament to why we have treasured this maritime landmark for 150 years and counting.

It could be as simple as capturing the architectural beauty of the stonework of the lighthouse, reflections on water, or a birds-eye view of Norwalk’s coastline. The choice is yours.

Contest Rules
The rules to enter our contest are simple. The Seaport Association’s Photo Contest in celebration of Sheffield Island’s 150 Anniversary is open to all photographers, beginners, amateurs, and pros are invited to submit their photos that discover and captivate the ecological beauty and cultural heritage of Sheffield Island on one of our cruises to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.

To Enter follow @Norwalkseaport on Instagram. Tag @Norwalkseaport and use #SILH150.
There is one entry per contestant. The First Place Prize is $250, the Second Place Prize is $100 and the Third Place Prize is $50.

This is your chance to submit your most beautiful and creative photos of the lighthouse. Winners will be announced at the Norwalk Oyster Festival.