Sunday, June 23 2013

Format: 2015/03/04

Sunday, June 23 2013

Music Haven Summer Camp

The Haven String Quartet and Music Haven students spend the beginning of the summer together making music! Visit for information on student and Haven String Quartet performances.



Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



23rd Annual Silvermine School of Art Student Exhibition


The Student Exhibition showcases the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages, from youth to adult. This event provides students the opportunity to share their accomplishments with one another and offers the general public a view of the fine art and creative energy that is generated by the student body. Awards are given in Adult, Youth and Junior Artist categories for painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and silversmithing/jewelry design. This year’s juror is Darby Cardonsky, Interim Coordinator, MFA Program in Painting & Illustration, Western Connecticut State University.



The Raleigh Ringers

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally-acclaimed handbell ensemble from Raleigh, North Carolina, now in its 24th performance season, will present a concert on Sunday, June 23 at Wethersfield High School.  The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. under the direction of David M. Harris, and will include a variety of music.   The performance will also include original handbell compositions and, of course, the group’s trademark classic Rock ‘n’ Roll selections.

$18/advance purchase
$20/at the door
$15/each for groups 10+

Tickets are now available by contacting the Ministry of Music at 860.529.1575, ext. 209 or [email protected]


Performance: “Not What Happened” by Obie Award Winner Ain Gordon


Ain Gordon’s new contemporary theatre piece investigates the notion of place as it relates to forgotten histories. Not What Happened is a theatrical duet for two people who can never meet: a historical re-enactor in period costume and the figure from history she re-enacts. The audience members become tourists visiting a deteriorating historic site where they are led on a guided tour by the historical re-enactor. Projected images of rural landscapes by photographer and historian Forrest Holzapfel, become intrinsically connected to Gordon’s theatrical exploration of early New England life. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation of the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.
A discussion will follow Saturday's performance with Ain Gordon and Forrest Holzapfel.
Seating is limited, advance reservations are suggested.
To purchase advance tickets online visit our website at under Events or call 203-966-9700 ext. 22



Children's Peace Festival

Gandhi said, “Almost everything you do may seem insignificant but it is very important that you do it.” That is the spirit of this year’s Children’s Peace Festival. Children 6-12 (and their younger brothers and sisters) accompanied by an adult, are invited to come and enjoy storytelling, dance, face painting, games, music, crafts and more. The Festival is free and open to all on Sunday, June 23, 1-5 p.m. at the Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT.  Rain or Shine!  Some of our featured contributors include:  Music by APPLEJOY, stories by Sara DeBeer, dance by Lisa Muscanell, balloon play with Kelly Verret.  

This year’s Festival will include a poster display and a poetry reading, and we’re looking forward to seeing or hearing children's thoughts about peace.  If you are a young artist and/or a young poet, you may drop off your poster or poem on the theme of peace in advance (or mail them to): Holy Family Retreat Center c/o Fr John, 303 Tunxis Rd, West Hartford 06107.

Please  join us for all or part of the afternoon to celebrate ten years of learning about peacemaking.


Community Music School Presents: Princess & Pirate Party

 Here Ye! Here Ye! And Yo-Ho-Ho! Join us for a princess and pirate party for girls and boys of all ages. Meet Miss Connecticut 2012 Emily Audibert; Search for “buried” treasure; watch an exciting fencing demonstration; enjoy music, crafts, refreshments, and more!! Princess dresses and pirate attire encouraged.

Tickets are $15 per person with proceeds to benefit programs and scholarships at Kate’s Camp for Kids!


Dürer, Rembrandt & Whistler: Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly

One of the most distinguished local collections of prints has been assembled by Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly. While his collection has been comprised primarily of American twentieth-century prints and prints by John James Audubon, in recent years he has also collected Old Master and nineteenth-century works extensively.

These encompass splendid sheets by the great German printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528), including a rare etching, woodcuts, and engravings of such iconic images as his Nemesis of 1502.

Dr. Kelly's Dutch prints include several of the rare engravings after the influential Adam Elsheimer (1574 - 1610) by Hendrik Goudt (1583 - 1648), and no less than twenty-eight images by the highly experimental printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669), ranging from early works of the 1630s to mature impressions from the 1650s.

His eighteenth-century holdings include sheets by the great Italian artists Canaletto (1697 - 1768) and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727 - 1804) and several fine sheets from Los Caprichos by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746 - 1828).

Completing the collection is a group of etched cityscapes and figure studies by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903). Together the collection attests to the quality of some of the greatest printmakers in Western Art.

Hours of visitation: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays


Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.