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Saturday April 20, 2019 - Saturday June 1, 2019
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Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery

“No Boundaries,” new paintings by Chandra Rogers, opens at Gunn Memorial Library April 20

“For me, art is a journey where I can always find a peaceful state of mind,” says Litchfield County artist Chandra Rogers. Her newest collection of paintings, inspired by the natural beauty she finds in her local surroundings, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery in Washington from April 20 to June 1. There will be an opening reception from 12 to 2 PM on Saturday, April 20.

“I begin with a simple idea or a spark of inspiration from something I find beautiful or interesting,” says Rogers explaining her process. “I organize my thoughts with sketches, drawings and photographs to help me with composition. Finally, I turn up my music, shut out the world, and let the creativity flow!”

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT. Library hours may be found at gunnlibrary.org. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

CONTACT:  Sharon Morrissey  860-868-7586  gunnstaff@biblio.org
Thursday May 30, 2019
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What's Happening in New Preston
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Washington Conservation Commission will present “What’s Happening in New Preston”.  They have been busy.  Come hear an update on work they have been doing.

New Preston Open Space, the former Moore property, is located on the left off Route 202 just north of the light in New Preston center. Foot paths make it easy to explore and 34 species of birds were identified by the Audubon Society. Come to see some lovely photos of the area.

New Preston Falls is a hidden gem being polished up. WCC is working with the Town to assure the grass is mowed and there is improved access to the property. Dirk Sabin, a WCC member, will talk briefly about the property’s geological history.  A brief history of the many mills along the River will be given by Steve Solley at our May 30 meeting. Photos of the site will introduce program attendees to this fascinating town property.

An update of the Commission’s participation in the Western Connecticut Clean Air Action group will also be presented. Maps and photos will help show how close The Cricket Valley Power Plant in Dover Plains, NY is in proximity to Washington, CT.  

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Saturday June 1, 2019
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Build It With Candy
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

What kind of structure could you build with just gumdrops and marshmallows?  Come find out!  Families are welcome to try and create unique structures with toothpicks and candy- is it really as simple as it sounds?

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Sunday June 2, 2019
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What's Up with Cuba Now?
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wendy W. Luers, founder and President of The Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS) will deliver a talk entitled “What’s Up with Cuba Now?”. This event is sponsored by the Washington Democratic Town Committee and part of the John Millington Lecture Series. 

The Trump Administration is determined to punish Cuba by reversing all of the Obama efforts at opening up relations between the US and Cuba. The ones who are suffering most are the Cuban people Senator Marco Rubio and NSA John Bolton claim they are helping.  Wendy Luers and her husband Ambassador William Luers have been deeply involved in cultural exchanges with Cuba since 2015 under the umbrella of her Foundation for a Civil Society.  Ambassador Luers negotiated the opening of the US and Cuban Interest Sections in 1977 when he was Assistant Secretary for Latin America. 

Mrs. Luers will discuss the current relations between Cuba and the United States which are changing constantly.  Although the United States still has diplomatic relations with Cuba,  the Trump administration has activated Title III and !V of the Helms Burton Act and  made changes including prohibitions on commerce with joint ventures with the Cuban military and security services and a ban on individual travel to Cuba.  Mrs. Luers will share information detailing the impact of these changes on the Cuban and Cuban Americans and investment in Cuba

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Pavone on Paris Diversion
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Chris Pavone, New York Times Best Selling Author and Edgar & Anthony Award winner, will discuss and sign his newest book, The Paris Diversion.  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats comes Paris Diversion, Pavone’s nail biting thriller featuring former CIA agent Kate Moore. Now semi-retired in Paris, Kate hasn’t received a new assignment in some time, so when news breaks of bomb threats in multiple locations, and a man in an explosive vest entering the Louvre, she decides to prove her continued relevance by investigating. The Paris Diversion is another smart, stylish non-stop adventure ride from a new master of international intrigue.

“[A] fast-paced thriller… shelve alongside other masters of foreign intrigue.” Kirkus

“Smart, sophisticated and suspenseful” Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday June 6, 2019
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The Comedy in Comedy of Errors Lecture
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Yale College Professor, Dr. Mark Schenker will present a lecture, followed by Q&A, on The Comedy in Comedy of Errors both in itself and as an example of the comic mode in Shakespeare. This event is sponsored by Friends of Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills, together with Shakesperience Productions in connection with their main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors in Washington, CT this summer.

The main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the River Walk Pavilion in Washington, CT nightly Wednesday, August 7th through Sunday, August 11th @ 7:30 p.m. Performances are free; audience is encouraged to bring blankets, beach/lawn chairs and picnic dinners for these theatre under the stars events.

The Comedy of Errors is the shortest and most concentrated of Shakespeare’s dramas: the events occur in a single place, in a single day. The playwright expanded upon his source—a play by the Roman playwright Plautus (c. 254-184 BCE)—by presenting us with not one set of twins, but two. We will consider how this earliest of his comedies embraces both farce (with its physical comedy, improbability, and sight gags) and the themes that characterize Shakespeare's most mature comedies: the social context of human identity, the virtue of compassion, and the redeeming power of love.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday June 7, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday June 8, 2019 - Saturday July 20, 2019
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Gunn Memorial Stairwell Gallery
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

New Frank Metz Landscapes at Gunn Library - June 8 – July 20  - Reception: Saturday, June 14, 12noon-2pm

A new collection of landscape paintings by Connecticut artist Frank Metz will be on display at Washington’s Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery from June 8 to July 20. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, June 14 from 12 noon to 2 PM.

Working in both oil and watercolor, Metz has been painting landscapes for over sixty years. During that time, his award-winning work has been the subject of several solo shows and his paintings have been acquired by over a dozen corporate collections.

Much of Metz’s inspiration comes from the coastlines of England, Scotland, Maine, Long Island, and Connecticut where he has lived in Litchfield County for forty years. His themes are the water’s edge, shallows, pools, sand, rocks, and especially the sky. In a typical Metz landscape, skies are as full of life and color as the land below.

Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washington, CT. Library hours may be found at gunnlibrary.org. For more information call (860)868-7586 or email the library circulation desk, gunncirc@biblio.org.

CONTACT:  Sharon Morrissey  860-868-7586  gunnstaff@biblio.org
Saturday June 8, 2019
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Library Scavenger Hunt
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Follow the clues, solve the riddles and find the hidden treasures around the library!  The ones who find all the clues will win a prize!

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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LIBRARY LUMINARIES
5:30 PM

Held annually each spring, Library Luminaries features dinner parties in private homes with guest of note.  The dinners follow a cocktail party at the library.  Always festive, always fun, pictures of this year’s event are shown here.  Thank you to our Luminaries and our gracious hosts.

CONTACT:  Vanessa Hammond   860-868-7586  gunndevelopment@biblio.org
LOCATION: Wykeham Room
Tuesday June 11, 2019
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Abdo Ballester Talks on Reflections of Life After the Cuban Revolution
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Washington icon, Abdo Ballester, will give a talk entitled Reflections of Life after the Cuban Revolution. Surely to be informative fun and au courant, this special program. 

The Cuban Revolution was an armed uprising in Cuba  that overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista  on January 1, 1959. The revolution’s leader, Fidel Castro, went on to rule Cuba from 1959 to 2008. Mr. Ballester, a Cuban native, will share his firsthand insights and personal experiences of what life was like before, during the diaspora and after.  

As a special treat, Abdo, a.k.a The Mojito King, will treat attendees to some of his signature Mojitos and kick off the program with a vignette of salsa to traditional Cuban music from Buena Vista Social Club.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Chamber Music of Brahms
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Music Mountain’s Artistic Director Oskar Espina-Ruiz will deliver a musically enhanced visual presentation entitled The Chamber Music of Brahms.  Music Mountain, in Falls Village, CT commemorates its 90th year with the 2019 Festival Season that begins the second weekend in June. To help celebrate this important milestone, Mr. Ruiz is giving this talk about Brahms’ chamber works. His presentation will explore the music of Johannes Brahms through audio samples and short explanations, including insights into his late Clarinet Quintet and the origins of his Piano Quintet.  Music Mountain is featuring the music of Brahms, considered as one of the 19th century’s greatest master composer of the Romantic Era, at eight concerts this summer.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday June 14, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday June 15, 2019
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Fluffy Slime
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We know how much kids love making slime, but what would fluffy slime feel like?  Join us and find out the secret ingredient that turns sticky, gooey slime into fluffy fun.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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International Best Selling Author Wendy Walker on The Night Before
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

International best-selling author Wendy Walker discusses and signs her latest suspense novel, The Night Before. Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands. But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before, her last night alive? 

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting story about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.

Walker excels at exploiting multiple timelines and ample misdirection to maximize the suspense of her twist-filled tale." ?Publisher's Weekly

"Walker's clever misdirection paves the way to a truly chilling finale. Twisty and propulsive." ?Kirkus

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday June 21, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday June 22, 2019
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Lego Challenge
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Calling all Lego enthusiasts!  If you think you're good at building Lego sets, we dare you to complete our Lego challenges.  From cars, to robots, to buildings, let's see if you have what it takes to be Lego building champion.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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New England Geology: Ice Ages, Plate Collisions, Earthquakes & Climate Change
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Geologist Dr. James Lawford Anderson will present a talk and visual presentation entitled New England Geology: Ice Ages, Plate Collisions, Earthquakes & Climate Change.  

A lot has happened to the land we now know as Northwest Connecticut! From mountain ranges to climate change, geology helps us understand the world around us. Join us as Dr. Anderson, professor and the Director of Undergraduate Students for the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, leads a fascinating talk about our region. Dr. Anderson is an igneous petrologist and much of his work has been devoted to an understanding of crust formation and plate tectonics. Participants will learn how the Appalachian Mountains formed, what evidence the six ice ages left behind, and what New England’s earthquakes mean for coastal dwellers.

This event, sponsored by Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust. For more information on Weantinoge visit weantinoge.org

 

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Sunday June 23, 2019
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Acclaimed Poet Susan Kinsolving Reading & Signing on Peripheral Vision
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Internationally acclaimed poet Susan Kinsolving will lead a reading and signing of her recently released book, Peripheral Vision.  

Peripheral Vision, Susan Kinsolving’s fourth book of poems, explores the world from many points of view. She takes her readers to England, Hollywood, Wyoming, France, and Chile. She goes behind the scenes in a military hospital, an elementary school, and a disturbed family. Her poems were described in the New Yorker as “grand and almost terrifying.” In this new collection, she proves herself again. As a guest poet and lecturer, Kinsolving has performed at numerous venues, including Harvard, Columbia, and Yale University, as well as Bad Robot in Santa Monica and Bread Loaf in Vermont.

 Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Tuesday June 25, 2019
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Professor Led Book Discussion on The Witch Elm
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Professor Christopher Rempfer, MFA will facilitate a book discussion on Witch Elm, one of the New York Times Notable Book of 2018. This will take place on a new rescheduled date.  

From the writer who “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker) and has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King and “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn comes a gripping novel that turns a crime story inside out. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

“French’s best book. . . Her most intricately nuanced novel yet.” The New York Times

A brilliant new work of suspense from “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (Washington Post)

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk three weeks prior to the discussion.

Christopher Rempfer is a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury where he also runs the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at NVCC, Chris taught English and Speech and Public Speaking at the City College of New York, where he earned is MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University and in the summer international program at Yale University.  Prior to returning to Connecticut, where he grew up, he was an actor and writer based in New York City. 

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Thursday June 27, 2019
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The Errors in Comedy of Errors Lecture
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Yale College Professor, Dr. Mark Schenker will present a companion lecture, The Errors in Comedy of Errors, to his first presentation. Dr. Schenker will explore the tragicomic elements of the play that point us to darker themes in Shakespeare’s tragedies and especially his “problem plays”.  The errors in the play are misunderstandings, mainly based on judging from appearances.  But those errors are not slight.  Because the play is a comedy, those errors are corrected eventually—and improbably. And yet, but for its neat resolution of confusions, The Comedy of Errors has the makings of tragedy, and serves as a reminder of how closely allied the comic and the tragic are in Shakespeare’s body of work.

Sponsored by Friends of Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills & Shakesperience Productions – visit shakesperience.org

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Friday June 28, 2019
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Two's Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
 
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3/4 Yr Book Buddies
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Lively stories, games, songs and more.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Saturday June 29, 2019
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Make it and Take it
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate summer by making festive crafts with sand, shells, umbrellas and more!  All materials provided.

CONTACT:  Linda  860-868-2310  gunnjr@biblio.org
Sunday June 30, 2019
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Author Lisa Brennan-Jobs on Small Fry
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs, discusses and signs her entrancing memoir, Small Fry.  

Small Fry, A New York Times and New Yorker top 10 book of the year, is Lisa Brennan-Job’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.  Scrappy, wise and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents’ fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties.  Small Fry is an enthralling coming of age story from one of the most exciting new literary voices.

Lisa’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother, artist Chrisann Brennan,  grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

“Beautiful, literary, and devastating.”—New York Times Book Review  , Mesmerizing, discomfiting reading… A book of no small literary skill.”—New Yorker 

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event courtesy of Hickory Stick Book Store.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

CONTACT:  Margaret Ferguson  8608687586  gunnprograms@biblio.org
Saturday August 17, 2019
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Grand Opening
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The grand opening of the new Washington Exhibit at the Gunn Historical Museum! Come enjoy our open house! 

CONTACT:  Stephen Bartkus  860-868-7756  curator@gunnhistoricalmuseum.com

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