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Tuesday, October 13th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

From Galileo to the New Horizons Mission:
An Introduction to Astronomy
with Denis Williamson
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What We’ve Learned since 1610 and How We Learned It? We will discuss how our understanding of the world has shifted since the invention of the telescope in the early 17th century. In 1600 Europeans believed that the heavens were perfect and unchanging.  Now we know that stars have life cycles. We’ll discuss how we’ve learned so much and also what’s visible with the unaided eye, with binoculars and with a small telescope. 

Denis Williamson is the Secretary of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club where he has been an active member since 2009 and organizes the star parties hosted by the club at White Memorial. He gives talks on various astronomy topics and enjoys engaging new and advanced amateur enthusiasts. Retired from a career in the computer industry, Denis spends clear days sailing on Bantam Lake and clear evenings stargazing. In his opinion, there aren’t as many clear nights in Connecticut as there should be.

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club, founded in 1957, promotes the enjoyment and pursuit of astronomy with regular meetings and public events. The club hosts regular Friday evening star parties at White Memorial in Litchfield, and with the Mattatuck Astronomical Society operate the observatory at there. For more information about the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club, visit their website at lhastro.org. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Thursday, October 15th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics
with Author & Horse Expert Beth Baumert
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Within riding there exists a basic conflict of interest: the rider needs to have control of her own body as well as that of her very powerful horse. In When Two Spines Align, author Beth Baumert, writer and editor at the equestrian magazine Dressage Today, resolves the control enigma by taking a close look at the individual components that make up riding and dressage and providing practical ways riders can learn to harness the balance, energies, and forces at play. Readers will discover how to use “positive tension” and their body’s “power lines” to become balanced and effective in the saddle. When the center of gravity of a balanced rider is over the center of gravity of a balanced horse, that place where two spines align becomes the hub for rider and horse harmony.

Author Beth Baumert is the owner of Cloverlea Farm in Columbia, Connecticut. The farm is dedicated to the training of dressage horses and riders from Training Level to Grand Prix. She is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and an “L” graduate of the USDF judging program. As editor at Dressage Today, she is in constant contact with the best dressage riders in the world as they write about the technical aspects of dressage. Light refreshments will be served. The author will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Sundays, September 27th & October 25th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Two of Shakespeare’s Comedies
A Discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker
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Join Dr. Mark Schenker as he explores two great comedies by William Shakespeare. In our discussion, Dr. Schenker will consider the comic view of life, the transformative power of love and art, and the ways in which Shakespeare employs theater as symbol and metaphor. Copies of the plays will be available in advance of each discussion.

Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making literature accessible and enjoyable. Space is limited. Registration is required.

September 27th - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, this comedy portrays the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies, a duke and duchess, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, and more. Falling in love can make fools of us all.

October 25th - Twelfth Night
Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress.



Halloween Radio Plays
with Peter Tavino & Friends
(Best for Adults)

Tuesday, October 27th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 28th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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Get into the Halloween spirit with Peter Tavino and Friends as they perform two radio plays! From 1931 to 1938 WOR in New York aired a horror-fantasy radio series that included Frankenstein and Dracula. The mastermind behind this program was writer-director Alonzo Deen Cole who had convinced WOR to air his horror series devoted entirely to the supernatural to compete against musical programs in the same time slot. The series became the premier radio program of its day and is fondly remembered by fans. Nearly all radio, television, and even comic book horror series that followed borrowed liberally, and often shamelessly, from the conventions that he developed.

Join Peter Tavino and Friends as they recreate Cole’s scripts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

In these productions, seasoned actor Judge Charlie Gill will star as the Monster and Count Dracula. Supporting actors include: Andrew Flint, Jackie Zdanis, Laura Lasker, Tom Curran and Peter Tavino, with music by Piano Lessons and More owner Justyn Zitnay. Space is limited. Registration is required.





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