Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Two New Black and Gold Howler Monkeys

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is the new home for two Black and Gold Howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya). The two Howler monkeys are sisters from San Antonio, Texas. Estrella, six years old, and Catalina, four years old, join the Zoo’s existing male Howler monkey, Cain, whose two previous female companions passed away from advanced age.

Photo Jack Bradley

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Our Black and Gold Howler monkeys are some of the most popular animals who make their home here at the Zoo for their charismatic personalities. Native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, they are an important South American species. We’re pleased to welcome ‘Ella’ and ‘Lina’ to the Zoo.”

Other recent additions to the Rainforest Building include a golden lion tamarin, a Goeldi’s monkey, and a two-toed sloth, all new residents within the last year. Two North American river otters, Sedge and Tahu, are also recent additions to the Zoo family. Last week, two Dexter cows were added to the New England Farmyard.

About Black and Gold Howler Monkeys
These large monkeys grow to about 2 ft. in length, not including their tail, and have long soft fur. Males can weigh on average about 15 lbs., sometimes weighing twice as much as females. These monkeys have a long prehensile tail, with a hairless underside, useful for grabbing onto tree limbs when they are feeding. Howler monkeys are the loudest animals in the New World, with a guttural howl that can travel for three miles through dense forest. These monkeys are a great example of sexual dichromatism when females and males of the same species have different colors. Females and young of both genders are a golden color, while adult males are black. The species is under pressure from habitat loss as well as being hunted for meat, and for export for the illegal pet trade. Their average lifespan is 16-20 years, although the Zoo was once home to the longest living Howler monkey in human care, Zuele, who passed away at 32 years of age.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the Rainforest Building, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can ride on the carousel, grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and ecosystems is more important than ever.

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at; guests taking advantage of the free program for Connecticut children must also make reservations online. In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available.

PechaKucha Night Storytelling Returns to Downtown Bridgeport

A “Larger than Life” story event, PechaKucha Night for adults is taking place on Sunday, August 29th, 2021 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT. PechaKucha Night (PKN) Bridgeport is a free storytelling event featuring amazing tellers from CT, CA, India, and Japan who will share personal stories that are larger than life! The evening’s fun festivities will be hosted by Lauren Coakley Vincent, President, and CEO of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District. Free tickets are available to attend the event live in person or virtually on YouTube.

The theme for this fast-paced visual in-person event at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre is “Larger than Life.” Storytellers speak with 20 photos that are projected on the big screen for 20 seconds each. PechaKucha events originated in Japan and now take place in over 1200 cities in 140 countries around the world, and Bridgeport, CT is one of them! PKN is an exciting, fun night of listening to personal stories from people across disciplines to spark conversation, new ideas, and collaborations. If you can’t make it in person, join the live stream on “YouTube” on Sunday, August 29th from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM. It’s free to attend. Doors open at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre at 5:00 PM and the PechaKucha telling will begin at 6:00 PM. to hear true personal stories on the theme

Food at the cabaret will be available for purchase from “A Pinch of Salt” Chef Raquel Rivera. Seating is open at tables in a cabaret-style setting. The Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Street #3, Bridgeport, CT.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS: Register for In-Person tickets:

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PechaKucha Night Bridgeport is organized by the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, the Barnum Museum, City Lights Gallery, Bill Derry, and Nina Lesiga.

Metered parking is free on Sundays in downtown Bridgeport. In addition, there is a parking lot directly across from the Cabaret Theatre.

Woodbury Arts Walk @ The Glebe House August 19

One of the best ways to experience a summer evening is by strolling through a beautiful garden where you can enjoy artwork and flowers! On Thursday, August 19 head to the Glebe House located on 49 Hollow Road in Woodbury to participate in a summer Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants are invited to stroll through the historic Gertrude Jekyll Garden to admire the flowers as well as the art of Angelo Perrone who has been painting in mixed media for the last 60 years. Perrone’s recent works of art, called “Impressions of Nature” blend seamlessly with the beauty of the Jekyll Garden and celebrates his love of natural beauty which is inspiring. Select pieces will be available for purchase.

If your stroll through the garden has gotten you into a gardening mood – you are in luck because the Glebe House is also hosting a Pop-Up-Plant-Pot sale! Gardeners will be available to dig up and pot specific plants from the garden, pot them on the spot so they can be taken home and transplanted into your garden. This is a unique chance to purchase a plant from a historic garden. Previously potted plants will also be for sale including painted ferns, dahlias, pulmonaria, lily of the valley, lobelia, globe thistle, vinca, and spiderwort. Plants that will be dug up on the spot include herbstonne, globe thistle, dogwood, English ivy, and panicle hydrangea.

The first floor of the Glebe House, one of the finest examples of an early American home in New England will be open for visitors to tour.

Riverwalk with the Institute for American Indian Studies

Have you ever wanted to go on a nature walk that explains so many of the hidden things going on around you? If this appeals to you and your children, don’t miss the chance to take a walk with the Institute for American Indian Studies on August 22, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. with IAIS Educator and Ecologist, Susan Scherf. Participants will learn about the ecology of the Shepaug River and the way plants and animals live in the Eastern Woodlands.

Streams and rivers are often considered the lifeline of ecosystems around the world. Native American communities understand how important rivers are and consider their movement as a way of constantly replenishing Mother Earth’s supply of fresh water, which is essential for all living things. Native Americans also traditionally understood the interconnecting relationships between all living things. They understand that animals and plants can teach us many things; which is something participants will learn on this walk.

Summer is one of the best times to observe river life in the Eastern Woodland environment from watching a great blue heron hunt to listening to beavers slap their tails, and, watching fish rise for mayflies or crayfish forage. The beauty of nature and never knowing what you will see next is part of the fun of this walk.

On this guided hike to the Shepaug River, Scherf will talk about how animals live in this environment and explain what to look and listen for when trying to identify species. This program will help participants look at rivers and our natural world in a new and interesting way.

Pre-registration for this event is required, to register, click here. If you have questions, call 860-868-0518 or email The cost of this program is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children, and $5 for members.

About The Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS)
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. We have an outdoor replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village, the award-winning Wigwam Escape, and a Museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut.

Outdoor jazz concert at Torrington Historical, August 13, 2021

The Torrington Historical Society’s ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ will continue on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 6 30 PM with a performance by the Kris Jensen Jazz All-Stars. This outdoor performance will be held on the grounds of the historic Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum at the Torrington Historical Society, 192 Main Street. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and are also welcome to bring refreshments. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Five Points Arts Center, 855 University Drive, Torrington.

This performance will feature renowned saxophonist Kris Jensen and his ‘Jazz All Stars’ who will present an evening of music drawing from the great American songbook in a program ranging from swing standards to blues, soul, and pop classics. Performing along with him will be some of the region’s finest jazz practitioners including vocalist Linda Ransom, pianist Doug Schlink, drummer Jocelyn Pleasant, and bassist Stephen Porter.

Tickets are $12 for Torrington Historical Society members, $15 for non-members. To purchase a ticket please visit:

About the Torrington Historical Society
The Torrington Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Torrington’s rich and diverse history. The museum operates the Torrington History Museum, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, and the John H. Thompson Library and Archive. The museum is located at the historic Hotchkiss-Fyler estate in downtown Torrington. For more information about the Society visit

Native American Green Corn Festival August 15 in Washington Connecticut

Corn is an integral part of the annual lifecycle of Native American people. Traditionally, corn was an important source of food, as well as a significant element of religious and ceremonial life that brought communities together. For generations, many Native American communities have welcomed the season when corn ripens with a celebration. In recognition of this time-honored tradition, the Institute for American Indian Studies, located in Washington, CT, is holding their 16th annual Green Corn Festival on August 15 from Noon to 4:00 pm at the Riverwalk Pavilion, 11a School Street, in Washington, CT.

Join Museum Staff and Friends as they welcome the first corn of the summer 2021 season with music, drumming, dancing, children’s activities, stories by a professional Native American Storyteller, the sale of arts and crafts, and much more! Riverwalk Pavilion is an idyllic park just minutes from Washington Depot with plenty of parking, a beautiful park, and tables and chairs in a sheltered wooden pavilion.

A highlight of the Green Corn Festival event is the Native Nations Dance Troupe led by Erin Meeches, from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Each dance performed has an uplifting and unique story or purpose. Some use movements that imitate animals and others represent an aspect of cultural significance. These traditional dances are sure to delight because they evoke the beauty, honor, and tradition of Native People.

A special treat of the Green Corn Festival is the chance to try authentic powwow-styled food such as the perennial favorite, frybread, three sisters rice, butternut squash and corn, chicken tacos and kabob, chicken over rice, fruit cups, and fresh fruit kabobs. There will also be several venison choices including venison over rice, venison cheesesteaks, venison kabobs, and tacos. If you work up a thirst, don’t miss the blueberry and sassafras tea!

If you enjoy shopping for handmade Native American arts and crafts, you won’t be disappointed. Vendors will be on hand selling everything from handmade jewelry and flutes to baskets, weavings, and much more.

About Green Corn
The expression “Green Corn” refers to the first ripened sweet corn that you can eat. The Green Corn Ceremony is marked with dancing, feasting, fasting, and religious observations. In the Eastern Woodland areas, Native people depended on three staples – corn, beans, and squash. These food items were so important that they were called “The Three Sisters.” The Three Sisters were mixed together to make a vegetable dish called succotash that is still popular today.

Admission for this event, held rain or shine is $10 for adults; and $ 5 for Members, and free for children under 12. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated for this event by visiting the Institute’s website.

About Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.