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Thursday, April 23rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Pollan Family Table
An Author Talk with the Pollan Family
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In The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals, readers will delight in a bounty of more than 110 time-tested family recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, wholesome, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan women - mother Corky and daughters Lori, Tracy, and Dana - with a foreword from Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have shaped our culture and the way we think about food. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Sunday, April 26th
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

American Voices II:
Langston Hughes & Anne Sexton
A Poetry Discussion with Jim Kelleher
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When we look back at the 20th century we see these two poets impacted not just the literary world but our larger American society. Hughes never achieved status in academia but he wasn’t writing for it, nor needing its acceptance. He worked as a merchant seaman, a newspaperman, and produced stories and plays as well as poems. Once characterized as a jazz poet, his free verse poems were musical and deceptively simple, employing blues cadences and imagery the average person could understand.

Anne Sexton was a middle class Massachusetts housewife who turned to verse to free the genius in her head. She was criticized for her “confessional poetry” but continued to produce dazzling poems that chronicled not just her depression and fears, but advanced the careers of many women in what had been largely a man’s castle. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, she, like Hughes, is a major poet in American Literature.

One month before the discussion, reading packets specific to the poems to be discussed will be available as well as books by Hughes and Sexton.

Jim Kelleher teaches literature and composition at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He has published books with Antrim House, Quarry (2008) and Mick (2011). His work has appeared in Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, The Country and Abroad, and other publications. Jim is a poet who works as a carpenter and public school teacher. Space is limited. Registration is required.



Wednesday, May 6th
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

I Can Do It: Independence and Responsibility at Home
From Toddler to Teen
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Join Montessori teachers Judy Conroy and Grail Kearney as they discuss how to prepare your home environment to foster independence and responsibility. Activities of daily living will be explored along with great tips for preparing your home to foster independent activity. Suggestions for child-size furniture, utensils and tools that really perform a function, practical guides for chores and even pet care will be discussed. Help your child, whether a toddler or a teen, to help themselves to a host of wonderful every day activities that will help them to experience a sense of success and contribution to the family circle. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Grail Kearney received her Elementary Montessori training from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in Bergamo, Italy in 1989. She has taught both Lower and Upper Elementary levels at a number of Connecticut Montessori schools, and currently teaches at Litchfield Montessori School.

Judy Conroy has been a member of the Litchfield Montessori School community for the last eight years teaching primarily in the Children’s House, where she is also Co-Directress, and in the Toddler and Aftercare environments. Twice a year, she also hosts presentations to ECE students at Naugatuck Valley Community College.



Wednesday, May 13th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Cookbook Club - Bread
with OWL Staff
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One cannot live on bread alone--we also “knead” books and good conversation! 

Join Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore as we discuss and celebrate food and cookbooks with the OWL Cookbook Club. Come to the May meeting to eat and discuss all things bread. From quick breads to artisanal loaves, using a bread machine to kneading and rolling it out yourself, we want to know how you bake and enjoy your bread. 

Check out our blog! www.owlcookbookclub.wordpress.com

We encourage you to make recipes from one of the selected cookbooks and come ready to chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what you cannot wait to make again. 

Audra and Patricia will be bringing some of their favorites to the discussion and if you are feeling adventurous we encourage you to do the same—don’t be intimidated, we are all just amateur cooks who love books. Bread will be served! Space is limited. Registration is required. 


Thursday, May 21st
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Vegetarian Dinner Parties & The Boozy Blender
with Authors Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough
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Get ready for great entertaining! Critically-acclaimed food writers Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough will focus on two of their popular cookbooks to help you throw a great party. 

Winner of an International Association of Culinary Professionals award and nominated for a James Beard award, Vegetarian Dinner Parties shows readers how to make extraordinarily delicious and modern vegetarian and vegan dishes that everyone will love and how to build dinner parties starting with flavors, seasonality and availability. 

In The Boozy Blender, Bruce and Mark offer a whimsical salute to flavor and ice by reinventing 60 classic cocktails. From simple to sophisticated, these blender drinks focus on fresh ingredients and are perfect for any occasion, every season, and all settings - deck, hearth, lounge, tailgate, or just at home. 

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of numerous cookbooks and write a regular column, Serves Two, in Eating Well. They have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View to name a few. Visit their website at bruceandmark.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

Generously sponsored by Union Savings Bank



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