Hiking: Ruins of Southern New England at Ridgefield Library

Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street, Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Historical Society and the Library present Hiking Ruins Southern New England: A Guide to 40 Sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island by Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist, a guide to hiking archaeological sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Many people have no idea that there are archaeological sites in the area, on public lands where they are allowed to hike. Each of the 40 hikes are described with a map and summary information that delivers the trail's vital statistics, including distance, difficulty, fees and permits, schedule, canine compatibility, and trail contacts. Directions to the trailhead are provided, along with a general description of what you'll see along the way. A detailed route finder (miles and directions) describes significant landmarks along the trail. For more information

Coffee Tasting 101 with Sound Coffee at Black Rock Books

Black Rock Books 3030 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

The founders of Sound Coffee join us to lead a fun and informative coffee tasting at Black Rock Books. This workshop will cover: Coffee Origins and Supply Chain Basics of Coffee Tasting Home Brewing Tips Live tasting of Single Origin Coffee Each ticket includes a bag of your favorite Sound Coffee beans to brew at home.   For more information


Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Anna Potter at the Merrill House

James Merrill House 107 Water Street, Stonington

Upcoming James Merrill House Fellow: Anna Potter's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, phoebe, Contrary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a bookseller at Oblong Books, a former James Merrill House fellow, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters grant recipient. In the 1990s, she was one of two lead singers for Chickita, an all-women, double-bass, no-guitar, make-your-ears-bleed punk band, with two 7 inches: "Eat When Soft to the Touch" and "Karen Learns About Our Nation." She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. For more information 

Conversations with a Beekeeper At The Beekley Library

Beekley Library 10 Central Ave, New Hartford

Join the Humble Bee Honey Company for a program introducing the life of the Honey bee. It discusses equipment management and harvesting practices past and present, the challenges Beekeepers face and the importance of Beekeeping and honey bees to our ecosystem. For more information!

Artist’s Talk with Paula Nadelstern, “Patternista” at New England Quilt Museum

New England Quilt Museum 18 Shattuck St, Lowell, MA

June 18 through September 14, 2024. This public program is offered in conjunction with the NEQM exhibition, Kaleidoscope Quilts: Works by Paula Nadelstern. Admission is free of charge for members and included with the price of general admission for nonmembers. For over 35 years, quilt artist Paula Nadelstern has filtered her design inspiration through a kaleidoscopic lens. The result is a “personal quilt idiom relying on the design strategies that are the heartbeats of my quilts—symmetry and serendipity laced with abundant color.” In her presentation, Nadelstern includes the most recent quilts in her kaleidoscopic series, as well as images of her other patchwork fascination--simple quilts made from complex fabrics. For more information  

Virtual Event with Tochukwu Okafor with the Merrill House

James Merrill House 107 Water Street, Stonington

Upcoming James Merrill House Fellow: Tochukwu Okafor is a Nigerian writer whose work has appeared in the 2019 Best Small Fictions, the 2018 Best of the Net, The Guardian, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, Columbia Journal and elsewhere. He is a 2022 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) Fellow andArtist-in-Residence, a 2021 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, a 2021 GrubStreet Emerging Writer Fellow, a 2021 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, a 2021 Gish Jen Fiction Fellow, a 2021 Wellstone Center in the Redwoods (WCR) Writing Fellow, a 2021 Sundress Academy for the Arts Writer-in-Residence Fellow, a 2021 Bethany Arts Community Artist-in-Residence, a 2021 Frank Conley Memorial Scholar, a 2021 Albertina Tholakele Dube Scholar for Young Writers, a 2021 Longleaf Writers Conference BIPOC Scholar and an alumnus of the 2021 Tin House Workshop. He is also a 2018 Rhodes Scholar finalist, a 2018 Kathy Fish Fellow and winner of the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction. For more information 

In the Footsteps of Galileo AARP Webinar: Mystic Seaport

Virtual Event

On October 9, dive into the scientific legacy of Galileo with Brian Koehler from the Mystic Seaport Museum Treworgy Planetarium. This virtual program delves into Galileo’s groundbreaking discoveries and their profound impact on humanity’s understanding of the cosmos. Learn about Galileo’s pivotal use of the telescope in 1609, marking the beginning of a new era in astronomy. Explore the celestial wonders that captured Galileo’s gaze and shaped our perception of space. This event is open to Members and non-Members. This talk is the final in a three-part series with Mystic Seaport Museum, occurring in May, June, and October. Please register on the AARP website at https://events.aarp.org/galileo. For more information