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Awards Celebration on November 15 at The Warner Theatre
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council has announced five awardees to be honored at the 3rd Annual CultureMAX Awards Event on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 – 8 pm at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. The annual event was established to celebrate the inspiring works and contributions that various people, organizations and businesses have made, and to educate the region’s community about the positive forces that impact their cultural environment.
The 2016 recipients to be recognized through this regional recognition event are: Danielle Mailer of Goshen in the Artist category - a painter and installation artist who recently completed the Fish Tales public art project in Torrington; Ed Kirby of Sharon in the Heritage Professional category - an historian, author, educator, and history advocate; Diane Dubreuil of New Milford in the Volunteer category - a champion of arts and heritage and an accomplished painter; the After School Arts Program - ASAP based in Washington in the Cultural Organization category - an arts education organization that collaborates throughout the region; and Litchfield Distillery/Crystal Rock Water in the Culture-Loving Business category – a business that has generously supported numerous cultural organizations. There will also be a surprise 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award announced at the November 15th festivities.
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture for Connecticut's Department of Economic Development, which manages the CT Office of the Arts, will start the presentations off for the evening celebrations on November 15. Representative Roberta Willis, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The event is sponsored by Litchfield Bancorp, Thomaston Savings Bank, Aquarion Water Company and The Warner Theatre.
The CultureMAX Awards to be presented this year will be six one-of-a-kind glass globe sculptures created by Nunwell Glass of Limerock, CT. Nunwell Glass is the collaborative identity of glass makers Andrew Pyle and Leslie French. They have been making glass together since 1986. As a glass making team they share responsibility. Andrew’s interest is in the silhouette and so he does most of the blowing and shaping; whereas Leslie loves color so she combines the colors and manipulates the various decorative elements. They have created a number of custom awards and gifts over the years, including for Lime Rock Park’s Historic Car Festival.
“The Panel had very strong nominations before them and made great decisions about which candidates would be honored this year,” explained Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. “I’m so relieved that the staff of the Arts Council doesn’t have the hard task of making the selection each year. The panelists – John Long, Vita Muir, Lisa Lansing Simont and Maggie Gardner – not only kept the intent of this recognition award well in mind, but made some really constructive suggestions for the future. There are so many people and institutions in this corner of Connecticut who are making a huge difference for our community and we look forward to recognizing more of them each year,” Wynn added.
The annual CultureMAX awards were established in 2014 by the Arts Council to recognize artists (inclusive of all disciplines), heritage professionals, cultural organizations, volunteers and businesses that have elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.
Tickets for the CultureMAX Awards event are $25 for Council members and $30 for regular priced tickets. Group tickets are available at the member rate. Tickets can be purchased at CultureMAX16.eventbrite.com or by calling the Arts Council at (860) 618-0075. For more information about the CultureMAX awards event go to www.culturemax.org and for information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s services visit www.artsnwct.org or call (860) 618-0075 or email email@example.com.
Your employees have worked tirelessly this year. Show them your appreciation by hosting your holiday party at the premiere seed-to-table destination in Litchfield County, Winvian Farm. We host celebrations all year long like weddings, family reunions and corporate retreats. So we know special.Come for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. Or something more elaborate like a three-course dinner. Whatever you have in mind, we can create.
Reach out to Debbie Lupo, firstname.lastname@example.org for a holiday party consultation and quote. Prices start at $55 per person.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Launches Resident Survey with iPad Pro Give-Away: Make your voice heard! Help shape the future of your community by completing Berkshire Taconic’s resident survey between October 11 – 28, 2016. Conducted by research firm Mt. Auburn Associates, the survey is part of a four-county community assessment to help ensure that BTCF is addressing the most pressing issues and needs in the community. Results will be shared in 2017. Residents who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a drawing for an iPad Pro. Eligible participants include all full- or part-time residents of northwest Litchfield County (Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon and Warren). With your help, Berkshire Taconic aims to reach as many constituents as possible so that a wide variety of voices and opinions are considered.
Complete the survey starting October 11 and share this link with your networks: www.BTCFsurvey.com.
Collaboration for Results: The Principles and Practices of Collective Impact (November 3): Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire United Way invite nonprofit, business, government and civic leaders to attend “Collaboration for Results: The Principles and Practices of Collective Impact,” a capacity-building workshop with John Kania of FSG on Thursday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kania, along with FSG founder Mark Kramer, was first to articulate this powerful approach to tackling complex social problems that brings people together from different sectors to develop a common agenda for achieving social change. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to learn directly from John Kania and from regional colleagues who are implementing the principles and practices inherent to this approach. The event is made possible with support from Berkshire Bank and Greylock Federal Credit Union.
Tickets are $40. Register today at www.berkshirestaconic.org/Seminar.
THE 9th ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH TRAIN RIDES
WITH KIDS’ “HAY MAZE” AND CIDER AND DONUTS
AT THE THOMASTON TRAIN STATION
The Naugatuck Railroad’s Fall Foliage and Family Fun Trips
THOMASTON, CT. September 23, 2016 – Enjoy the best of Connecticut’s fall foliage and take a train ride to the Pumpkin Patch where the kids can select their own pumpkin, navigate through a hay maze and everyone can savor cider and donuts.
According to Howard Pincus, Chairman of the Railroad Museum Of New England (RMNE), “It’s a great opportunity for families to reconnect and take a fun trip back into years gone by. Parents and grandparents can bring their children and grandchildren along for a ride on “Pumpkin Patch Train” and watch them pick out their own pumpkin in our field. The “Hay Maze” will challenge the little ones. All will enjoy the magnificent foliage this time of year. Everyone should bring cameras to capture these wonderful memories.”
Pumpkin Patch Trains are scheduled for Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day (October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18, 22, and 23) at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Passengers then re-board the train for the ride back to our 1881 Thomaston Station.
The fares are $18 for Adults and $16 for Seniors (age 62+) and Children (ages 3-12). Children 2 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/rmne/ or phone 860-283-7245 anytime. All tickets are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.
Trains depart from Thomaston Station at 242 East Main St, Thomaston, Connecticut. Tickets are picked up at Thomaston Station's “WILL CALL” window on the day of your train ride. Please arrive at the Station 30 minutes before departure time. Trains leave promptly at the scheduled times.
In addition to the "Pumpkin Patch Trains," the RMNE schedule for September and October includes the “Scenic Train Tours” on Tuesdays and the last of this year’s “Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tour” for adults on Friday, October 21st.
In late November and throughout December the RMNE also will offer the "Santa Express" and the "Northern Lights Limited." The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum concept is more than just artifacts; it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org.
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Seasons Magazines Up Close, is a new TV Show that is being produced by Mongeau Productions LLC, and will be airing on October 30th on WFSB-TV3. Don't miss Lisa Carberg hosting Connecticut's newest Locally Produced TV Show, featuring all of the best of Seasons Magazines. Look for future shows each Season! View additional video content on our free app; Seasons Magazines CT and www.SeasonsMagazines.com For video production for your business, contact www.mongeauproductions.net.
Do you have a home that needs to be cleaned out? An estate sale to manage? Does taking care of the logistics of your elderly parents’ life overwhelm you? Too busy to get all your own errands done? Do you have a second home that needs overseeing? Two local women have recently combined their experience in real estate and direct sales to form a new personal assistant company called Check It Off LLC. Susan Smith and Diane Carroll saw a need for helping others in their everyday lives and decided to go into business together to meet that need. The list of what they can do is lengthy and if they can’t do it, they have the resources to help you find someone who can. For further information, they can be reached at 860-480-8091 or at their website, www.checkitoffllc.com.
A required redecoration has left us with a surplus of office furniture. We have a Reception desk (72" x 24" desktop, 36" x 36" corner 15" x 26" & a 3-drawer cabinet), Steelcase metal & fabric wall panels, including some powered panels, and waiting room chairs both side and arm chairs. Very good condition as they were only used seasonally. Grey walls and navy chairs will match almost anything. The chairs are $25 for the side chairs, $30 for the arm chairs, all offers on walls and desk will be considered.
Registration deadline is August 15th
Northwest Community College
Greenwoods Hall (119 North Main Street Winsted), Rm GW306
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Success in our work environment depends both on our ability to accomplish tasks and to manage relationships with our peers, direct reports and supervisors. Stress is inherent in relationship management because of multiple and often conflicting perspectives. However, we have far more control of our reactions than we realize. Emotions and the development of emotional competencies is the primary predictor in improving our situation. In this workshop you will 1) complete an EQ self-assessment 2) learn how to benefit from your emotions “both positive and negative” 3) examine a challenge area and re-frame your response 4) learn to recognize and reroute emotional hijacking 5) learn to better recognize and respond to others emotions 6) identify a personal action plan to increase your EQ and 6) pay it forward to apply your EQ support others. This workshop will combine the most current research on emotional intelligence with experiential and interactive activities. Required text: None Prerequisite: None CEUs: 0.6
The MSABC Strides committee is seeking volunteers interested in joining this year's walk committee. The 2016 walk will take place on Sunday October 16th at White Memorial Conservation Center. The committee will meet once a month beginning in March at Valerie Manor in Torrington. Specific roles and tasks involved in participating on the committee include, but not limited to, Sponsorship/Corporate Development Chair, Logistics & Kickoff Chair , Team Development Chair, and School Challenge Lead. Additional opportunities for those interested in publicity and marketing are also available.
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, A powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer.
Please contact the American Cancer Society Community Manager Graham Kobs at Graham.Kobs@cancer.org or by phone at (203) 379-4884 . To find out additional details on the event please visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/litchfieldct