Saturday, June 23, 2018

Monthly Family Breakfast

 
Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, June 24  ~  8:00-10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen
 $7.00 per Adult
 $3.50 per Child under 12
 in the Parish Hall, Church of Christ
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756
 860.491.2793

Friday, June 22, 2018

Miranda Winery Events

Vintages & Vintages Auto


June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An annual showing of rare, classic, custom and vintage autos. Live music by The Dean Snellback Band, wine tasting and food truck. Free to exhibitors and visitors. Registration is not required.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Star Gazing Party

Star Party
Friday, June 22 ~ 7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Tonight's topic is the Moon. Weather permitting,  
there will be star gazing after the program.


7:30 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.

Things To Do This Upcoming Weekend





Simply Diamond Day Trip-Warren Parks and Recreation
Make Music Day-3-4pm-Tapping Reeve Meadow, South St., Litch.
South Farms Social-5:30-7:30pm-South Farms, Morris
Children’s Summer Reading Kick-off & Social-6pm-Morris Pub. Lib.
Libraries Rock Summer Reading-Morris Public Library
LH Audubon Summer Solstice Paddling Trip-6:30pm-WMCC
Andrew Geller: Deconstructed-8pm-Oliver Wolcott Library
 




Family Pizza & Game Night-5-8pm -Litchfield CC
Star Party (Moon)-7:30pm-White Memorial Conservation Center
 


Dawn Chorus-4am-White Memorial Conservation Center
LH Farm-Fresh Outdoor Market-10am-1pm-Litch. Center School
Summer Reading Kickoff-10:30-11:30am-Oliver Wolcott Library
OWL's Summer Reading Program-June 23–Aug. 15-OWL
 


Monthly Family Breakfast-8-10am-Goshen Church of Christ Cong.
Outing Club Hike-1pm-Mountain View Trail, Goshen
LH Junior Audubon: Blinkers & Flyers-8pm-Boyd Woods San

Tibet Fest is Back!

Tibet Fest, in Goshen, Connecticut, is an opportunity to discover Tibet. It’s a blend of music, food, culture, art and dance - a place where everyone is welcome. We have hands-on activities, games, and workshops for all ages, including the making of an amazing sand mandala offering. Come and join us in celebrating Tibet!

               
First organized in 2005 by Michelle Weik, Tibet Fest has grown into one of the most anticipated events bringing Tibet supporters from around the world. This year, Tibet Fest will be organized by Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), a nonprofit organization that works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom. All proceeds from Tibet Fest will go directly SFT's investment in youth leadership and helping advance the Tibetan people's courageous movement for freedom and human rights.
 
Form More Information, please go to www.TibetFest.org

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Midsummer Lore


From The Farmers Almanac

June 21 marks the Summer Solstice, the day of the year when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, its highest point in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer solstice is also the longest day of the year for those of us living north of the Equator.
Modern calendars refer to this day as the first day of summer, though ancient reckoning actually viewed May 1 as the beginning of summer, and the Solstice as “Midsummer,” the halfway point of the season. Because the Solstice marks not only the Sun’s greatest potency, as well as the turning point at which the length of days begins to wane, this older viewpoint does make sense. After all, most Americans consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer, and Labor Day the unofficial end. Both days fall about three weeks earlier than the astronomical dates that mark the passage of the seasons.
Because summer is a great time for a party, Midsummer has long been a time of revelry. The early church capitalized on this by creating the feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24, six months before Christmas, to coincide with Midsummer (according to the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist was born six months before his cousin, Jesus). Many of the traditional festivities associated with St. John’s feast day were held the night before, on June 23, or St. John’s Eve.
Perhaps more than any other day of the year, except Christmas, St. John’s Eve is full of lore. Throughout the world, this night has traditionally been celebrated by lighting massive bonfires, accompanied by music, signing, and dancing. In fact, in Ireland, St. John’s Eve is still known as “Bonfire Night,” and its history stretches back even further than Christianity in Ireland. At one time, Bonfire Night honored Áine, the Celtic goddess of love and fertility.
 
St. John’s Eve bonfires were believed to have magical, protective qualities, and many rituals sprang up around them. Jumping through the fire was said to bring good luck. Farmers often drove their cattle through the flames or walked in circles around their sheep, carrying torches lit from the bonfire. In certain areas of Ireland, some people still believe that if you hold a pebble in your hand while circling a Midsummer bonfire, any wish will be granted. Simply whisper the wish before casting the stone into the fire.
Others believed that the ashes from a Midsummer bonfire would ensure fertility for their crops. Common practices included mixing the ashes with the seeds while planting or spreading them over the fields.
Not surprisingly, given the wealth of other lore surrounding the day, the ancient Celts also believed St. John’s Eve was a prime day for faerie activity, second only to Halloween. Anyone who wanted to see one of the wee folk would gather fern spores at the stroke of midnight and rub it onto their eyelids. One had to be careful, though, because the crafty faeries often led unwary humans astray, getting them utterly lost, even in familiar territory. This condition was known as being “pixie-led,” and could be safeguarded against by turning your clothing inside out, or carrying a small a few leaves of rue, a strong-smelling evergreen, in your pocket.
Today, of course, we generally enjoy our campfires and fire pits all summer long, and making s’mores has replaced leaping through the flames. Whether or not you go hunting for faeries to mark the feast of St. John, though, be sure to get outside and have an enjoyable summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Goshen Stampede at the Goshen Fairgrounds

The Goshen Stampede returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds June 15th-17th.

A Goshen tradition, the stampede has a rodeo, music, food trucks, barrel racing, the ever popular demolition derby and more!


For a full schedule of events please go to http://www.goshenstampede.com/