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Saturday November 4, 2017 -  Saturday December 9, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

For Noted Painter Vincent Giarrano, Big Ideas Start Small

Although internationally known for his larger paintings of New York City life, Vincent Giarrano also paints small--very small--as part of his process for developing an idea. These miniature masterpieces will be featured in a special holiday exhibit of his work at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from November 4 through December 9. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, November 4 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Giarrano, a Washington resident, will be in attendance to answer questions.

Vincent Giarrano captures what others might consider mundane everyday events but treats them with such honesty and sincerity that they are transformed into timeless moments. Working in the realist tradition, he explores the beauty of contemporary urban life. Whether on the streets of New York City or in their apartments, his subjects are depicted in rare quiet moments of introspection. With a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent, he captures his subjects’ thoughts, feelings and personalities.

The artist began his training at The State University of New York at Buffalo, where he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University before moving to New York City to begin a career in illustration. In 2005, Giarrano returned to the fine arts with a renewed interest in realism, both in style and subject.

New York’s ever-changing nature and the young people trying to make the city their own provide his inspiration. “New York has a definite vibe and energy that you can’t help but feel,” says Giarrano. “I wanted to tap into that edge of reality.” He points out that most of all the common element in his work is a focus on real life and an attention to detail that glorifies the sincere moments that occur in our daily lives.

Giarrano’s work has been shown in group and solo shows across the country as well as overseas. It has also been included in museum exhibitions such as The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work has appeared on the cover of The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and he is regularly featured in American Art Collector and other art publications.

The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT.  For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit gunnlibrary.org.

Saturday November 25, 2017 Go To Top
ent_magic 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Debbie O'Carroll Magic Theatre Show Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Magician, Debbie O'Carroll, will present stage magic with lively theatre and lots of audience participation to entertain you and your Thanksgiving company.  Enjoy this colorful and delightful show, perfect for the whole family!

Friday December 1, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Festival of Trees Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Morrissey   8608687586   gunnstaff@biblio.org
   

Join us this holiday season for this joyous community event.  Gunn Memorial’s annual Festival of Trees cocktail party will take place in the historic Wykeham Room on Friday, December 1, from 5 to 7pm.  The event features creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings available for purchase.  Peruse the festive hall while sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants.

The Library’s tree will be decked with Treasure Pouches, each containing a slip of paper bestowing a mystery gift.  Attendees may purchase a pouch and claim an item or service that has been donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.

The suggested donation for the evening cocktail party on Friday is $20 per person. The tree display will be open for viewing at no charge on Saturday, December  2, from 10am-2pm. Items not sold at the cocktail party on Friday evening will be available for purchase on Saturday. 

Saturday December 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_house.GIF 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Gingerbread House Workshop Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

 Decorate your very own premade gingerbread house using icing and a variety of small candy.  Please bring a bag of candy to share with all for decorating.  Nut-free candy only please!

Thursday December 7, 2017 Go To Top
holiday_gift 3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Children's Holiday Sale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Children can purchase gifts for family members at very reasonable prices complete with gift wrapping.

Friday December 8, 2017 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
 
holiday_gift 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Children's Holiday Sale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Children can purchase gifts for family members at very reasonable prices complete with gift wrapping.

Saturday December 9, 2017 Go To Top
holiday_gift 10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Children's Holiday Sale Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Children can purchase gifts for family members at very reasonable prices complete with gift wrapping.

 
lib_book_signing 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM New York Times Best Selling Author Kurt Anderson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

We are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author and political commentator, Kurt Andersen, for a talk and signing of two of his recently published books, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) and Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.  David Owen, New Yorker writer, author and Washington CT resident will facilitate the conversation. This is sure to be an entertaining dialogue.

How did we get here? In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book.

“This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights, a saga of how we were always susceptible to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Internet wackos who mix show business, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories. Even the parts you think you know already are put into an eye-opening context.”—Walter Isaacson

Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can’t Spell America Without Me.  Trump was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others’ flaws and tout his own amazing excellence. Now he levels his refreshingly compulsive, un-PC candor at his landslide election victory as well as his role as commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, thanks to Hickory Stick Bookstore. 

Kurt Andersen is the bestselling author of the novels Heyday, Turn of the Century, and True Believers. He contributes to Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning public radio show and podcast. He also writes for television, film, and the stage. Andersen co-founded Spy magazine, served as editor in chief of New York magazine, and was a cultural columnist and critic for Time and The New Yorker. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of The Harvard Lampoon.

David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. He is also a contributing editor at both Golf Digest and Popular Mechanics. He is also the author of a dozen books, including his most recent Where the Water Goes: Life and Death along the Colorado River.  David was also an editor of The Harvard Lampoon.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday December 16, 2017 -  Saturday January 27, 2018 Go To Top
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Celebrating the Simple Beauty of Rural Litchfield County: Kwiatkowski Photo Exhibit Opens Dec. 16 at Gunn Library

Photographer and poet Ray Kwiatkowski first became fascinated by the Litchfield County countryside right after college when he took a job delivering early morning newspapers. He began taking black and white photos of country roads and other rural scenes, discovering new beauty along the way, which became his lifelong pursuit. Later, as a free-lance writer, his photos often appeared with the articles he wrote. And in 2013, he published “Rural Wealth,” a book of his verses and photos.

A retrospective of Kwiatkowski’s work, which includes both black and white and color photos, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from December 16 through January 27. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 16 from 12 PM to 2PM.

“I like to exhibit images that are intended to teach as well as bring insight into what is often just a glance away,” says Kwiatkowski who was self taught and influenced by conversations he had with the late photographic artist Donald Bruen.

For further information please call (860) 868-7586 or email gunnstaff@biblio.org. The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT.  For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit gunnlibrary.org.

Thursday December 28, 2017 Go To Top
ent_sock_puppet.GIF 5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Pumpernickel Puppets Show Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda or Gail   860-868-2310   gunnjr@biblio.org
   

Pumpernickel Puppet will present "Sir George and the Dragon"  with a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects.  This performance will  not only entertain, but stimulate children's imagination and creativity. A demonstration period will follow the performance giving the audience some insight into what happens behind the scenes. This family program is perfect for all ages and will provide great entertainment for your holiday guests.

Friday January 5, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
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Saturday January 6, 2018 Go To Top
food_teapot.GIF 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM New Year's Cookie Contest Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   

We are hosting a Cookie Contest during the Museum’s Annual New Year’s Tea Party. This will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 11am-1pm in the library’s Wykeham Room.  A snow date is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4-6pm.  

Do you have a special cookie recipe that you think is a real winner? Our contest will give home cooks an opportunity to have their culinary creations judged by three professionals. The judges are:  Marty Rook, trained pastry chef and owner of New Preston Kitchen Goods, plus acclaimed cookbook authors, Ann Hodgman and Susan Purdy.  

Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling the library or signing up at the circulation desk.  Entrants should submit 3 dozen cookies arranged on a disposable plate to the library at least ½ hour before the event.  Plates are to be submitted with an entry form which can be picked up at the library. Cookies should be homemade and baked by the contestant. This fun event is open to bakers of all ages.

Cookies will be judged in six categories: Most Creative, Best Tasting, Most Festive, Most Original, Baked by Children Under 16, Best Overall

    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday February 2, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday March 2, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday April 6, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday May 4, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday June 1, 2018 Go To Top
elect_computer_apple 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM One-on-One Tech Advice for Apple Products Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586   gunnprograms@biblio.org
   
APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY - 20 minute sessions - Registration required.
Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac APPLE PRODUCTS? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps, viruses - or something else? This is an opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction with tech tutor Michael Jay. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions.
    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday October 26, 2018 Go To Top
holiday_ghost 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM 11th Annual Washington Cemetery Tour Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lisa Breese, Museum Operations Manager   860-868-7756   info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org
   

Take a candlelit tour through the Washington Green Cemetery and meet some of Washington’s unforgettable residents from the past! A community favorite - hundreds attend each year.

Groups of visitors will be led by tour guides dressed in vintage attire along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the Washington Cemetery. Citizens from centuries long ago will be brought to life by costumed actors who will tell their true stories; some amusing, some sad and some tragic. This year's tour will feature all new stories!

Attendees will get numbered tickets for the tours at the Gunn Museum, on a first-come first-serve basis, starting at 6:15 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 and continuing through the evening until the tickets run out. Tickets can't be reserved in advance.

Tours of the cemetery depart from the Museum with eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30-8:30pm and last approximately one hour. Refreshments, face painting for kids, and a Halloween themed movie will be shown in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carpool since parking is limited. The cemetery is dark and the ground is not level so the tour is not recommended for people who are unstable on their feet. The rain date for the Cemetery Tour is Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Contact 860-868-7756 or info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org for more information.

    Location: Gunn Historical Museum
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