Feb
2
Sat
Live Concert and Contra Dance with Robert Messore’s Wry Bred!
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Concert and Contra Dance with Robert Messore’s Wry Bred!

Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, BYOB, and heat up on a cold winter’s night with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his band, Wry Bred! Tonight the Carriage House will undulate with the gleeful sights and sounds of Contra!

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

Through a caller’s instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person “set” and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set “line.”

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely, leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse-pounding music provided by the band.

Dancing is not mandatory this evening, but we DARE you to stay seated!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, All tickets: $15.00. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!

Light refreshments will be available to purchase or bring your own!

Feb
7
Thu
Nature’s Nursery @ White Memorial - Ceder Room
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nature’s Nursery
First Thursday of Every Month (Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4)
Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month from January-April for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your kids out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, click HERE or call 860-567-0857. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series. Feb. 7 SOLD OUT!

 

Feb
9
Sat
Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf @ White Memorial Museum
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf @ White Memorial Museum | Litchfield | Connecticut | United States

Andrew Dobos takes you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods.  There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives.  Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots!  You never know where the animals have been.10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum. Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!

Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting

Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups” Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods.  Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun.  Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Feb
16
Sat
Museum Children Free Week
Feb 16 – Feb 22 all-day
Museum Children Free Week

February 16 – 22, 2019

Courtesy of The Laurel Ridge Foundation in memory of Francesca M. Thompson, M.D. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

Arctic Blast!
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Narwhals, and Foxes, and Auroras…OH MY! Chill out with us for a full day of programming devoted to the awesome Arctic from a spectacular team of experts in their fields! We begin at 10:00 a.m. with Gerri Griswold’s stunning visual presentation of her winter exploits in Iceland. Griswold has made Iceland her second home, having visited 49 times since 2002. At 11:00 a.m., you’ll hear from Iceland’s Arctic Fox expert, Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir. Follow Ester’s research in Iceland’s remote Western Fjords. You will be captivated by her words and photographs. At 12:15 p.m., Tom Alena will wow you with his knowledge of the Northern Lights lavishly illustrated with photographs from Iceland’s Keeper of the Northern Lights, Olgeir Andresson (www.olgeir.com). After a quick break for lunch, the afternoon programs kick off at 2:15 p.m.; Joseph Meehan will talk about his experiences with Narwhals. Meehan is an expedition and documentary photographer for Smithsonian-sponsored research on the Narwhal, undertaken by Dr. Martin Nweeia. Explorer and Arctic Expert Moki Kokoris will wrap up the day at 4:00 p.m. with a joyful program devoted to the many cultural facets of the Artic. This hands-on program is utterly breathtaking! Pack a lunch! Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be provided. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room. Members and Non Members:  $10.00 per program or, for Members only, a $30.00 All Day Pass! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The festival is limited to 30 participants per program! Register early! Call 860-567-0857 or register online HERE!

 

Feb
18
Mon
President’s Day
Feb 18 all-day
President's Day

Monday, February 18, 2019

MUSEUM CLOSED

President’s Day
Feb 18 all-day
President's Day

Monday, February 18, 2019

MUSEUM CLOSED

Feb
22
Fri
STAR PARTY!
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
STAR PARTY!

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be star-gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Feb
23
Sat
An Evening with Abe: 1863 ~ Lincoln’s Remarkable Year
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
An Evening with Abe: 1863 ~ Lincoln’s Remarkable Year

Being in the presence of Howard Wright as President Abraham Lincoln is an experience you will not soon forget. Dressed in precise period attire and speaking with a Kentucky accent, Lincoln’s mannerisms, speaking style, and humanity flows over the listener with each moving sentence, witty observance, or eloquent description of a tortuous time that was the Civil War.

Authenticated speeches, letters, quotes, and humorous stories have been the foundation from which Howard Wright has crafted his program, giving you a sense of what it was like to have been in the presence of Abraham Lincoln.

One of Wright’s most requested programs is “1863: Lincoln’s Remarkable Year.” The full power of Lincoln’s steadfast resolve to finish the war and his eloquence in defining the issues and persuading the North to carry on are on full display.

From the Gettysburg Address to a multitude of letters, speeches, or quotes, to the Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s leadership through a troubled time saved the Union. Howard Wright is an inspiring embodiment of Abraham Lincoln, especially to those who want to hear “Lincoln” speak his words.

7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members & Non-Member ticket price: $15.00

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!

Light refreshments will be served.

About Mr. Lincoln: Howard Wright is a life member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, an organization dedicated to the serious interpretation of Abraham Lincoln, and he has performed as the 16th president since 2005.

Dressed in authentic period attire and speaking in a high tenor voice with a Kentucky accent, Mr. Wright has appeared to great acclaim in a variety of venues such as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, historical societies, and living history events.

Mr. Wright was the “Lincoln of choice” for numerous events planned by the Connecticut Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Throughout the commemorative period (2011 – 2015), Mr. Wright was the only “Lincoln” the commission entrusted to accurately portray the 16th president. He served as Co-Chair of the Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission from 2008 – 2010, and was one of seventeen “Lincolns” profiled at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

Mr. Wright is the Science Department Head at the Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT.