Mattatuck Museum of Art Jeff Koons One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank Exhibition

07/26/2019 to 01/05/2020

63 Prospect St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381.

On loan from Art Bridges, the Mattatuck presentation will serve to inform visitors of Waterbury's important place in the history of the sport. Following the creation of the game in 1891 in Springfield, MA by James Naismith, the inventor brought "basketball" to the Waterbury YMCA, the second place the new game was played. A full series of programming focusing on this historical connection, as well as the scientific aspects of the work will be presented while the piece is on view.

Mattatuck Museum of Art Maryna Bilak: Caring Hands- Exhibition

09/22/2019 to 01/05/2020

63 Prospect St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381.

Maryna Bilak's art addresses the unseen process of caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease – in this case, the artist's mother-in-law, Dorothy. Bilak explores the different roles that the act of caregiving requires from each person involved. Caring Hands is a series of 18 plaster casts the artist created from hands of caregivers working with Dorothy.

Kent Book Sale

10/01/2019 to 10/27/2019

32 North Main St., Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-3761.

Current best sellers, all kinds of books, prices start as low as 50 cents! also expanded the selection of jigsaw puzzles. OCTOBER HOURS: Saturday: 10-5 • Sunday: 12-5 COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND HOURS: (Oct 12-14) Saturday: 10-5 • Sunday: 12-5 • Monday: 10-5

Mattatuck Museum of Art Friday Plein Air Painting

10/04/2019 to 10/25/2019

63 Prospect St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381.

10:00 am - 4:30 pm.  $3 Calling all Plein Air (outdoor) painters- Artist groups and clubs welcome! Capturing the beauty of the past at the Gothic Revival home of Rose Hill. Painting outdoors only, indoor sketching available. Participants should bring their own supplies. Indoor permissible art materials are limited to graphite, colored pencils, erasers, sketch pads, and drawing boards. Easels are not allowed indoors.

Pumpkin Patch Train Rides in Thomaston Weekends

10/05/2019 to 10/27/2019

242 East Main St., Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-7245.

During the Pumpkin Patch trains, visitors will also make a stop at the RMNE's very own pumpkin patch. Here, kids will be able to go out and select their very own pumpkin to bring home. This ride is very popular, especially among younger kids and runs in the weeks leading up to Halloween. The ride runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes in length. Rides on Oct. 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27.

The Aldrich Museum Exhibition Weather Report and Eva LeWitte

10/06/2019 to 04/05/2020

258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203.438.4519.

Weather Report will reveal the sky as a site where the aesthetic, the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one another. The depiction of weather phenomena in the visual arts is traditionally linked with either landscape painting or photography, but in the last two decades artists have increasingly turned to other media to explore weather and, by extension, the larger subject of the Earth's atmosphere. Featuring the work of Bigert & Bergström, Barbara Bloom, Sara Bouchard, Nick Cave, Violet Dennison, Andy Goldsworthy, Ellen Harvey, Kim Keever, Byron Kim, Damian Loeb, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Hitoshi Nomura, Pat Pickett, Bryan Nash Gill, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, and Jennifer Steinkamp, the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with an essay by exhibition curator Richard Klein.

The Aldrich will present the first solo museum exhibition of artist Eva LeWitt (b. 1985). The exhibition, the artist's largest to date, will debut a significant, new site-specific installation commissioned by The Aldrich. LeWitt's sculptural practice explores the visual interconnection of color, matter, shape, light, and gravity. Using materials, she can control and manipulate with supporting and opposing attributes, rigid/pliable, opaque/transparent, airy/substantial, and handmade/machine built, to create exuberant configurations that vaunt a buoyant physical agency. LeWitt's deft sculptural arrays wondrously wed industrial materials like Plexiglas, acetate, latex, and vinyl with hand-cast and hand-dyed polyurethane foams, sponges and rubbers to form soft, sensuous, and splendidly vibrant compositions. The artist's first publication, with an essay by exhibition curator Amy Smith-Stewart, will accompany the show.

Railroad Museum of New England Chocolate Decadence Tour


242 East Main St., Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-7245.

5 pm Meet at Thomaston Station. Join the Railroad Museum of New England, Fascia's Chocolates and Haight-Brown Vineyard on our Chocolate Decadence Tour! The evening begins at our historic 1881 Thomaston Station with a glass of wine and plenty of appetizers. The train ride follows with a stop for a toast on the spectacular Thomaston Dam. Next, stretch your legs at Fascia's Chocolate Company with a tour, more wine and more chocolate!

Litchfield Hills Train Experience – Spirit Tasting


242 East Main St., Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-7245.

Saturday, October 19th – Tequila Tasting Menu: Mexican Fare – Chili, Tacos, Tostadas, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Pinto Bean Salsa Salad, Yellow Rice, Salsa, and Chips. Each train ride will consist of an appetizer buffet along with the first tasting starting at 5pm at the historic Thomaston Station. Upon departure at 6pm, the second tasting will be served along with some paired snacks as the train whisks you up the valley, over the Thomaston Dam, and through the woods towards East Litchfield. Arrival in East Litchfield will consist of yet another spirit tasting as the train crew prepares to head back down the valley to Fascia's chocolate factory, where a forth tasting will be served and all passengers will receive a sampler box of 4 chocolates made by Fascia's chocolate. A final tasting will be served upon departure of Fascia's with paired snacks as guests enjoy the ride back to the historic Thomaston Station. Dessert, coffee, and water will be served upon arrival back at Thomaston Station

White Memorial Foundation - Group Reading of The Bat Poet by Randall Jarrell with Gerri Griswold


80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days – he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat Poet is a story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.

This charming story is perfect for kids of all ages. It is beautifully illustrated by Maurice Sendack. Each participant will receive a copy of The Bat Poet. We'll enjoy a cozy pot luck supper and read this shining jewel of a book to each other! A Powerpoint presentation of Sendack's illustrations will accompany the reading.

This program is limited to 12. Bring a dish, BYOB, and your own place setting. Dessert and Cider will be provided and of course your very own copy of The Bat Poet to take home and cherish! 6:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00, Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.

Landmark Community Theatre - Charlotte's Web

10/19/2019 to 10/20/2019

158 Main St., Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-8558.

Based on the celebrated novel by E.B. Weiss, Wilbur is the runt of the litter. Threatened to be sent to the butcher, the farmer's daughter Fern sends Wilbur to live on her uncle's farm. Worried about his fate, Wilbur is befriended by Charlotte, the barn spider. Charlotte hatches a plan to save Wilbur with the help of the other barnyard animals. A wonderful tale of friendship and celebrating the differences in everyone. October 19 & 20 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.