Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Goshen Fair

A Goshen Tradition, the Goshen Fair Opens this weekend at the Goshen Agricultural Fairgrounds on Rt. 63

For more information,please click here.http://www.goshenfair.org/

Monday, August 30, 2010

This Weeks Green Tip-Repurposing The Milk Jugs

Milk jug repurposing tips

Aside from recycling, upcycling and downcycling, plastic milk jugs can be repurposed at home for a multitude of uses. Here's a few ideas:

Fly traps. Small flaps are cut in the side of the milk jug towards the top and bent outwards far enough to allow space for flies to crawl in. Water is placed in the bottom of the jug along with a smelly piece of bait, such as a small piece of rotting meat. The jug is then hung in a tree.The flies are drawn by the smell, enter the bottle but cannot get out. When they tire, they drop into the pool and drown. The decaying flies then draw more flies.

As a scoop. Place the milk jug on a flat surface with the handle side up and cut from just forward of the handle on a diagonal down to the base.

As a funnel. Simply cut off the base of the milk jug and use inverted.
Seed punnets. Cut a few inches from the base and poke a couple of holes in the base for drainage. Fill with potting mix or your preferred growth medium.

Cut off the top and use the remainder as a kitchen bench top tidy or as a bin for collecting food scraps for use in your compost pile or worm farm.

 Use for storing dry grains such as rice and beans or even bird seed. The handle and spout makes for easy pouring.
Cut off the bottom and use the top section as mini-greenhouse for seedlings
Fill with water and sand and use as weights to stop tarps from flying away in the wind, or as a doorstop.
Fill 2/3 with water and freeze to use as freezer blocks for your icebox.
Use for storing old motor oil until you can dispose of the oil properly.

 Cut off the bottom and use as a pet food or water bowl.

Of course, don't forget to give the plastic milk jug a good rinse first before repurposing - water and baking soda will do the trick - and allow to dry thoroughly.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Area Library Events

from Litchfield bz.

Several area libraries are hosting special events in September. The Goshen Public Library received a grant from the Community Foundation of NW CT and Connecticut Humanities Council for a four part series about the Revolutionary War era. The first program is on Saturday, September 11th starting at 12:00 Noon featuring “The Hudson River Ramblers” - a music/storytelling duo specializing in the Revolutionary War and the Colonial Era. Weather permitting, the performance will be outdoors and the audience will be encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic lunch. The Goshen Public Library is found at 42 North Street, Goshen. For more information please call 860-491-3234 or check the web site at www.goshenpublib.org.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Kent Memorial Library in Kent and Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield are hosting a number of events culminating in a panel discussion sponsored by all three libraries.

The Gunn Memorial Library (5 Wykeham Rd, Washington, CT) will host a book discussion on Tuesday, August 31st beginning at 6:30 pm. All are invited to join in on a casual conversation about this famous literary work. Light refreshments will be served. The original 1962 film starring Gregory Peck will be shown on Thursday, September 2nd at 1:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm. Sip ice tea and enjoy fresh popcorn as you enjoy watching this classic beloved film based on the widely read Pulitzer Prize winner, starring Gregory Peck. Please contact Susan Newbury, gunnprograms@biblio.org or 860-868-7586 with any questions regarding the programs at Gunn Memorial Library,

The Kent Memorial Library will show the same film on Friday, September 10th at 6:00 pm. Bring along a picnic dinner (take-out works well) and watch this classic film. We’ll provide the popcorn. Please register by calling 860-927-3761 or emailing kmlinfo@biblio.org. Kent Memorial Library, 32 Main Street, Kent CT 06757

The film will also be shown at the Litchfield Community Center, in collaboration with the Oliver Wolcott Library, on Monday, September 13th at 1:00 pm. Come celebrate the enduring legacy of Harper Lee’s classic novel by viewing this 1962 American drama adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. The film features Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. For questions, please contact the Oliver Wolcott Library at 860-567-8030. To register online, visit the Library’s website at www.owlibrary.org and select Programs/Adult Programs.

The Oliver Wolcott Library, Gunn Memorial and Kent Memorial Libraries will present a panel discussion on the enduring influence of To Kill A Mockingbird on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Litchfield Community Center. Authors Todd Johnson, Frank Delaney, Diane Meier, and television writer and producer Mary McDonagh Murphy will discuss the influence of Harper Lee’s book on writers and share their reflections about the book on their own work. The discussion will also include highlights of Murphy’s documentary, Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird where Murphy explores the power, influence and popularity of this important work.

Todd Johnson, author of The Sweet By and By graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors in history and received his master’s degree from Yale Divinity School. He has performed with a long roster of major artists and won a Tony Award nomination as a producer of The Color Purple on Broadway.

Frank Delaney is the author of six books of non-fiction, twelve novels, one novella and many short stories. His most recent book is Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show. In addition to his career on BBC Radio Four, he wrote films for Omnibus and other arts programs and in the early 1980’s hosted his own talk show, Frank Delaney, featuring an array of cultural and literary personalities.

Diane Meier is the founder and owner of Meier, Inc., a New York City marketing firm whose clients include Neiman Marcus, DeBeers, Elizabeth Arden and Pierre Balmain. Her career has honed skills from strategy, writing and design to public speaking. She is the author of The Season of Second Chances, and The New American Wedding: Ritual and Style in a Changing Culture.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Big Butterfly

It would probably be stretching things to call any year a good year for Giant Swallowtails in Connecticut. They’re too rare, and too little is known about their range and status in the state. Nonetheless, this year has produced a few reports, as opposed to many years that produce none. Peter DeGennaro of Naugatuck reported his sighting of one in wetlands in Falls Village several weeks ago, and more recently there was a report of larvae found in the same area. Last week Margo Lewis of Falls Village sent me an e-mail and accompanying photo of sightings in her yard. Margo first saw a very fresh-looking individual around the beginning of August.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fundraising Concert

A Fundraising Concert For RODfest (Friends of Fallen Journalist Daniel Pearl) - Lakeridge - 811 Burr Mountain Rd., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-9463. A fundraising concert for FODfest offer a unique performance experience that is part concert, song-swap, and jam session and feature a diverse range of artists, most of whom are meeting for the first time on stage. Artist's include: Wanda Houston, Linda Baker, Joel Martin, Sam Weiser, Sharon Klein and Todd Mac with more to come. Some tickets are still available by invitation for $25 each. (check made payable to FODfest) with a call to Lakeridge Recreation. As part of the day, the community also plans a showcase of homes during the mid-late afternoon. The Lakeridge Fund-raising Committee is sponsoring this event in order to raise funds for FODfest-in-the-Schools and FODfest Abroad Programs.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's Fair Season In Our Area!

One of the great things about Connecticut living, especially in Litchfield, are our area fairs.  This weekend is no exception

The Terryville Fair will be held August 27th-29th at the Terryville Fairgrounds.

The Litchfield Grange will have it's Grange fair on August 28th,

And let's not forget the Goshen Agricultural Fair, held over Labor Day weekend at the Goshen Fairgrounds. 

For more information on all these fairs, please click here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DEP Freinds of Dinosaurs Day!

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum will host a celebration of the discovery of 2,000 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints in Rocky Hill on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The tracks were made 200 million years ago by large carnivorous dinosaurs and were discovered in 1966 by a bulldozer operator who was digging the basement of a state office building.

Dinosaur State Park Day’s special programs will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All outdoor activities are free with the exception of a small materials fee to mine for gems or fossils. The day will feature a wide variety of programs for families. They will include:

Live animal demonstrations by Riverside Reptiles and Sharon Audubon

Games with prizes

Face painting

Musical entertainment

Costumed characters

Mining for gems or fossils (a small materials fee is charged).

Guided nature walks

An extensive crafts area

There will be food available for sale on park grounds. The museum will be open for regular operating hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The admission fee to enter the museum is $6 for adults (age 13 and up) and $2 for youth (ages 6-12).

Inside the museum visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints and related exhibits. The museum will have continuous educational programming featuring animal demonstrations, films and track talks throughout the day. The discovery room will also be open for visitors and includes a coloring area, book mark making station, live animals, interactive fossil boxes and geology displays.

The park’s outdoor hiking trails will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoor track casting area will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make a cast, visitors must bring 10 pounds of Plaster-of-Paris and a ¼ cup of cooking oil. Visitors can make only one cast per family or group.

This event will be held rain or shine. The park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill one miles east of exit 23 off Interstate 91. Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum is a private, not-for-profit group, dedicated to promoting education about paleontology and Connecticut geology. For more information contact Meg Enkler at (860) 529-5816

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Litchfield 4-H fair at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

The Litchfield County 4-H fair will be held August 7th and 8th at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Rt. 63. Events to be held will be showmanship in cattle, swine, dairy animals, horses, poultry and other small animals. There will also be crafts, clothing, photography and other contests.  For more information, click here to go to the home page for the Litchfield County 4-H program.