Farmington Canal with Carl Walters
Saturday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Award-winning canal historian Carl Walters will talk about the social, economic and engineering history of this attempt to create an inland waterway connecting New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond. Free for members. $5 for non-members.
William Phelps Talk, Part 2
Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
This special presentation will explore the fascinating and curious adventures of William Phelps, an English Puritan who sailed to American in 1630 and eventually became one of the founding fathers of Windsor, Connecticut. Larry Phelps, a Windsor resident, genealogical enthusiast, and 10th-generation descendant of William Phelps, will guide event attendees through an historic journey of colonial life in Connecticut as he details the adventures of a trailblazer who was instrumental in shaping Windsor and state government.
William Phelps was one of the founders of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and Windsor, Connecticut, and was one of eight individuals selected to lead the first democratic town government in the American colonies in 1637. He was foreman of the first grand jury in New England and served most of his life in early colonial government. The discussion is part of a planned series of talks about the life and times of the extended Phelps family, and the contributions the clan made within New England. The event is free and open to the public. It will conclude with a question and answer session.
October 25 at 11 a.m.: Organizing Documents and Charts
If you have piles of documents and charts on your genealogy, come hear Diane LeMay discuss her methods of organizing with genealogy software. Free to members. $5 for nonmembers.
October 23rd at 1 p.m.: The Hunt
An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, THE HUNT is a disturbing look at what happens when a lie is taken as truth, igniting a witch-hunt that threatens to destroy an innocent man's life. Free.
November 20th at 1 p.m.: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken
Circle Breakdown tells the story of Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), who fall
in love at first sight. From Tibeca Films: “She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a
bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive
headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage--but when an unexpected tragedy hits
their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship
from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle
Breakdown is a romantic drama of the highest order.” From Roger Ebert: “It's a rich, raw, heartache
of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music.”
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Tour & Lunch
Thursday, October 16 at noon
Have you ever wondered about the beautiful stone arch in Bushnell Park? We will meet our guide at the base of the arch on Trinity Street for a 30-40 minute informative tour. We get to climb the 96 steps into the arch, where another guide will point out the Angels at the top of the towers. Most of the speaking tour is on the ground for those who do not wish to make the climb. This tour offers an amazing view of the park and the city.
After the tour we will head Vito's on the Park for a delicious 1:00 lunch of Caeser salad prepared table side by the Chef, pasta marinara, chicken parmesan and roasted vegetables and a fresh fruit flambe with apricot mascarpone cream prepared table side by the Chef. Price is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, which includes the tour and lunch. Space is limited. Reservations required ahead of tour.
Chick Austin House Tour
Thursday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand!. If you have ever wondered about that strange flat "Cardboard House" on Scarborough Avenue, here is your chance to tour the house of Chick Austin, the former director of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Chick set out to introduce modern art to America and transform Hartford, the conservative insurance capital, into a cultural mecca that would become the talk of the art world during the years between the two world wars. (See the photo album above.) The tour costs $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and includes a docent-led tour of the house and same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Space is limited.
Drop In Book Club
No need to join this book club. Just drop in when you are in town or when the book is of interest.
Tuesday, October 14th at 11:15 a.m.: Book of Ages - Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
Tuesday, November 11th at 11:15 a.m.: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.