December 6, 2016

Tri-Town Youth Services Offers Pediatric First Aid, CPR courses in New Year

AREAWIDE — Tri-Town Youth Services will offer Pediatric First Aid and CPR course along with a babysitter training certificate program.  This course provides an excellent opportunity to help youth, 12-17 to build self-confidence as well as job leadership and decision-Making skills.  Completion of this course is a plus on your Job Bank application.  The $75 fee includes instruction, books, and certificate.

The winter session will be held on Wednesday evenings, Jan. 18, 25, and Feb. 1 and 8.  All classes will be held 6-8 p.m. at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River.  Classes fill quickly, so register soon – online (www.tritownys.org) or by calling 860-526-3600.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  The organization coordinate and provide resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at www.tritownys.org

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Next Meeting of TTYS Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is Jan. 18, All Welcome

AREAWIDE — The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its next meeting of the school year at Tri-Town Youth Services at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a grassroots organization whose membership is open to all who live or work in the tri-town area who are concerned about substance abuse and committed to its prevention.  Many “sectors” of the community are represented on this council: schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement government, civic groups, parents, students, the faith community and health care to name a few.

Future meeting dates are March 8, 2017; May 17, 2017.

For further information, call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  The organization coordinates and provides resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at www.tritownys.org.

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First Church, Middletown, Welcomes All to Christmas Candlelight Concert, Dec. 11

christmas-candlesOn Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m., First Church (UCC) in Middletown will host a Candlelight Christmas Concert.  The concert is free and open to the public (donations appreciated).  The concert will feature classical, and modern Gospel and spiritual selections from the church’s choirs, bell choir, and the Court Street quartet; as well as Christmas readings and carol singing.
A reception will follow the concert.
First Church in Middletown is at 190 Court Street; there is plenty of free parking nearby.
For additional information about First Church services or programs, call the church’s office manager at 860-346-6657.
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Special Service to be Held at Ivoryton Congregational Church, Dec. 11

Ivoryton Congregational Church, 57 Main Street, Ivoryton, will hold a special worship service reflecting on Thomas Merton and Karl Barth on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the 10 a.m.worship service.

All are welcome.

For more information, call the church office at 860-767-1004

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Essex Land Trust Hosts Canfield Woods Hike, Dec. 10

EEssex Land Trust members and friends enjoy a recent hike.

EEssex Land Trust members and friends enjoy a recent hike.

Hike the Land Trust’s largest preserve and explore its trails on Saturday, Dec. 10. Meet at 9 a.m. at Book Hill Woods Rd. entrance, off Book Hill Rd., Essex.

Shared by Deep River and Essex, Canfield/Meadow Woods Nature Preserve is made up of more than 300 acres of hilly, forested land with a wide variety of terrain. Moderate hike of up to 1 1/2 hours. All welcome. Bad weather cancels.

Seventeen trails wind through mixed old and new growth forest, and the preserve’s many rocky outcroppings are a highlight. Much of the property is former farmland and the old fields are still delineated by a network of stonewalls and roads. The remains of an old stone quarry can be found in the Deep River section. Most of the original land was acquired through donation from Mr. and Mrs. Earl Canfield.

The preserve abounds with white-tailed deer and grey and red fox as well as flocks of wild turkeys. A population of small rodents attracts hawks and owls, too.

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Guagliumi is the Estuary’s Artist of the Month; Opening Reception, Dec.9

Signature artwork by Arthur Guagliumi.

Signature artwork by Arthur Guagliumi.

December Marshview Gallery Artist of the Month, Arthur Guagliumi, has worked as an exhibiting artist in multi-media, word assemblage and photography. His watercolor landscapes are relatively small, often incorporating pencil and ink lines, spontaneous splatters, collage elements and color layering. He often derives from themes in nature.

An opening reception for Guagliumi’s exhibition will be held Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.  All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Guagliumi received his Doctorate of Fine Arts Education at Columbia University and is currently a professor emeritus at Southern CT State University where he taught for 48 years. He has shown in numerous exhibitions throughout New England.  He recently won an award at the Guilford Art League’s annual exhibit at the Guilford Art Center.

Marshview Gallery is located at the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc., 220 Main St, Old Saybrook. Call 860-388-1611 for details.

 

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‘Con Brio’ Turns 20, Gives Two Christmas Concerts; Dec. 9 & 11

Terence Fay

Terence Fay

OLD LYME — On Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., Con Brio Choral Society will produce two Christmas concerts with full orchestra in Old Lyme at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Lane.

Con Brio, the shoreline’s renowned all-auditioned chorus, is celebrating its 20th birthday!  This year Con Brio remembers its past with much loved pieces and looks forward with new ones to the years to come. 

The opening chorus of the Christmas Concert’s featured work, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, includes the words: Cease to be fearful, forget lamentation, Haste with thanksgiving to greet this glad morn!  And indeed Con Brio will … 

Directed by Dr. Stephen Bruce, the Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra, soloists: Terrence Fay, tenor and Christopher Grundy, bass, promise a memorable concert. In the beautiful sanctuary of Christ the King Church in Old Lyme on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m., Con Brio’s chorus, orchestra and soloists will fill the church with Christmas music. 

Christopher Grundy

Christopher Grundy

Con Brio opens this year’s concert with one of the most celebrated Christmas pieces, performing portions of J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, first performed over the six weeks of the Christmas season in 1734. Con Brio will present several of the well-known choruses; several chorales, (prototype of the Lutheran hymn); as well as the famous aria, Mighty Lord.

Among the variety of familiar and new pieces celebrating the season is Mark Reise’s arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen followed by its companion piece, I Saw Three Ships. Con Brio’s by now traditional practice of singing “in the round” will this year feature the Gloria from Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat, the Kyrie of which moved audiences several years ago.

Two of the Sechs Sprüche of Mendelssohn will be followed by three new arrangements of familiar melodies: Forrest’s He is Born, Halley’s What Child is This? and Wilberg’s Masters in This Hall. Z. Randall Stroope’s powerfully moving Winter, first introduced to audiences a few years ago, is followed by Courtney’s highly entertaining and witty Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas.

As always there will be familiar Christmas carols for the audience to sing: We Three Kings and Joy to the World.

In addition to Con Brio’s two Christmas performances, the Spring Concert offers the opportunity to hear the magnificent Beethoven Mass in C and Patricia Schuman sing, once again, perhaps Con Brio’s most popular piece: The Easter Hymn.

Con Brio thanks its loyal audience members, sponsors and advertisers, for faithful support over 20 years.

The 70-member audition-only Con Brio Choral Society draws its members from Connecticut shoreline towns extending from Mystic to Guilford and north along the Connecticut River including Essex, Deep River and Chester, East Haddam and Moodus.  The group rehearses in Old Saybrook Tuesday evenings at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and performs at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme.
Of the regional group’s 70 members, 11 come from Essex, 5 from Deep River, 4 from Chester; 7 from Old Saybrook, 4 from Westbrook, 2 from Clinton; 7 from Madison  and 8 from Guilford. From across the Connecticut River, members are drawn from Old Lyme (1), Niantic (1), Mystic (3), East Haddam (2), Groton (2), and Moodus (1).
For more information about Con Brio’s concerts visit www.conbrio.org  or email dramy2000@yahoo.com.
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Madhatters Present ‘Nutcracker, the Musical Comedy’ at Chester Meeting House, Dec. 9-11

Madhatters Theatre Company presents ‘Nutcracker, the Musical Comedy’ at Chester Meeting House 4 Liberty Street, Chester.

Performances are Friday December 9, at 6pm, Saturday December 10, at 2pm and 6pm, Sunday December 11, at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 Adults and $15 Children 12 and under.  To purchase tickets, call (860) 395-1861 or email: madhattersctc@aol.com    www.ctkidsonstage.com/madhatterstheatrecompany

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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Continues With Talk on ‘Expanding the Canon: Four Women in Architecture,’ Dec. 9

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This image shows a painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife’s (Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh) titled, ‘The May Queen’, which was used in one of the tearooms Charles designed in Glasgow, Scotland.

Although until the end of the twentieth century there were relatively few women architects, women have long played an important role in the shaping of the built environment.  This lecture, on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects, will focus upon four women who were committed to innovative design, which they championed in civic and commercial as well as domestic settings.  

  • Candace Wheeler contributed to the decoration of the Mark Twain House in Hartford and was responsible for the interior of the Women’s Building at the world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893.  
  • Catherine Cranston, the most successful Scottish businesswoman of her day, hired Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald to assist in the design of her chain of tearooms.  
  • The second woman to graduate with an architecture degree from MIT, and the first licensed to practice in Illinois, Marion Mahony Griffin made crucial contributions to the career of her first employer, Frank Lloyd Wright, and to the design of the Australian capital of Canberra.  
  • The Irish designer Eileen Gray designed and furnished E1027, a house in the south of France that is now widely acknowledged as one of the most important European dwellings of the interwar years.  

These women stretched the boundaries of convention to create some of the most modern places of their time in ways that continue to inspire today.

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Yale School of Architecture and Professor of Art History at University College Dublin.  She was educated at Yale and at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her books include India in Art in Ireland (Routledge, 2016), Architecture since 1400 (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Bauhaus Culture from Weimar to the Cold War (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), and German Architecture for a Mass Audience (Routledge, 2000).

This program is free and open to the public. Call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 for more information or to register. The program will be held in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main St. in Centerbrook.

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Conn. College Art History Professor Presents ‘Van Gogh’s Starry Night: From Spiritualized Nature to Higher Abstraction’, Dec. 6

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889) is the subject of a talk by Dr. Robert Baldwin at Essex Library, Dec. 6.

‘Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh (1889) is the subject of a talk by Dr. Robert Baldwin at Essex Library, Dec. 6.

Van Gogh travelled to the south of France to establish an artist’s community tied to a pre-modern nature and peasant life. Although this experiment in utopian communal living failed, it produced masterworks such as Starry Night. This talk, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., examines Starry Night in the broad picture of larger artistic trends since Romanticism (1790) and the rise of Symbolism (1888-).

Three interrelated issues loom large:

  1. the collapse of “timeless” literary subjects in art (Christian, mythological, etc.)
  2. the rise of unspoiled landscape as a sublime and spiritualized substitute for religion
  3. the artistic shift from a worn-out naturalism to a more powerful and abstracted art of the subjective imagination.

Beyond the big picture, we will explore seven issues in Starry Night:

  1. the Romanic-Symbolist sublime
  2. late 19th-century Japonism, 
  3. the Romantic-Symbolist nocturne grounded in “feminine” reverie and feeling
  4. the influence of Art Nouveau (swirling design)
  5. the utopian world of French science fiction, popular astronomy, and astral travel
  6. Symbolist musical aesthetics
  7. the tension between the spiritual freedom of the modern individual and the alienation and yearning for community created by that modern freedom.

Through visionary nature and subjective aesthetics, Symbolist painters hoped to forge a new community of individual sensibility grounded in both the self and in a sublime eternity.

Baldwin works on the social history of Late Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art (1300-1700) and late 19th century European art with a focus on political and social issues (the intersection of class, gender, and aesthetics). He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his Ph.D. From Harvard.

This program is free and open to the public. Call the Essex Library for more information or to register at (860) 767-1560. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.

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Children’s Programs Offered, Including ‘Baby Bounce,’ at Deep River Public Library Throughout December

Deep River Library
Join Deep River Library for Baby Bounce, a lap sit program for babies and their caregivers, followed by open play and social time. Older siblings may attend. No registration is required. Dates for this program will be on the following Thursday mornings: 12/1; 12/8; 12/15; 12/22 and 12/29. Starts at 10:30 am

Don’t forget Fun Fridays! This is a Preschool Power Hour with stories and songs in an interactive setting, followed by open play. Starts at 10:30 a.m. and held on the following days: 12/2; 12/9; 12/30.

The Deep River Drive-in returns on 12/16! Pop in for a special showing of Daniel Tiger’s Winter Wonderland in special reserved seating. Popcorn in on us! Show time starts at 10:30 am. Free and open to all.

ABC Amigos visits on Friday, December 23 at 10:30 am. Join us for an interactive Spanish experience, perfect for the preschool set.

Additional Children’s Programs:

Mrs. Claus visits the Deep River Public Library on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 pm. Join us for stories and carols and learn about life at the North Pole! There is no registration for this event. Best for children under 9.

December 1 & December 22: Brick Bunch meets from 3:45 – 4:45 pm for open Lego construction. This is a drop-in program now with large blocks for the younger children.

Now accepting registrations for the Deep River Public Library Toddler Test Kitchen. Try out a simple recipe and sample the results. This program is limited to the first eight participants, from age 2-4. Register by calling 860-526-6039 or email drplchildrensdept@gmail.com.

Cooking Club starts at 6:00 pm. Whip up a tasty treat with friends. Registration is required for this program and limited to 10 children, ages 5-12. Call 860-526-6039 or email drplchildrensdept@gmail.com to sign up.

For more information on any of these programs, please call 860-526-6039 or email at drplchildrensdept@gmail.com

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