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In the Stairwell: Angelo Perrone Paintings "Celebrating The City That Never Sleeps"

November 14 - December 26

Noted Connecticut artist Angelo Perrone captures the vibrancy of New York in a new collection of paintings at The Stairwell Gallery, The exhibit opens with a reception scheduled for Saturday, November 14 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Perrone, who has been painting for over 50 years, grew up in Harlem and graduated from the prestigious Cooper Union Art School. He won a scholarship to study painting at Oxford University in England and pursued a career as a book designer and art director at Reader’s Digest where he worked for 38 years. He has had several solo shows and his paintings are in private collection throughout the US and Europe. Today, he lives in Oxford, CT but looks back fondly at his time in New York.

"The city is in my blood," says Perrone. "I’m interested in depicting it in all aspects, trying to show its vibrancy from dusk ‘til dawn, from roof tops to traffic jams."

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Pianist Will Duchon Performs La Valse

Classical Pianist Will Duchon — always a favorite with the audience — returns for a performance of waltzes by Maurice Ravel, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin on Sunday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m.

"Dazzling, refined, noble, enchanting, and impressionistic" are terms used to describe the waltzes by Ravel, Liszt and Chopin. Mr. Duchon, a pianist at one with the music, is known for passion, depth and sensitivity in his recitals, as well as performing musically challenging pieces. He has recorded several CD's and will feature selections from his soon to be released album, La Valse, by these ingenious composers.

Will Duchon made his professional debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and has appeared as soloist and in ensemble recitals there several times since. He performs extensively in the New York Metropolitan area and has performed as soloist with several orchestras in Florida and Merida, Mexico. Mr. Duchon teaches piano privately and has taught many adult education classes in music appreciation and music theory. He has been a broadcaster for WMNR Fine Arts Radio since 2004 and currently serves as music director for the Monroe Congregational Church. For more information, please visit www.willduchon.com.

Copies of Will's previously produced CDs will be available for purchase. This event is generously sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. For more information, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Festival of Trees and Lights

Start a new tradition this holiday season! Fun for all ages, Gunn Memorial’s annual Festival of Trees & Lights cocktail party will take place in the historic Wykeham Room on Friday, December 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event features creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings, which will be sold by silent auction to benefit the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum. Peruse the festive hall while sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants.

The Library’s tree will be decked with Treasure Pouches, each containing a slip of paper bestowing a mystery gift. Attendees may purchase a pouch and claim an item or service that has been donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.

The suggested donation for the Friday evening cocktail party is $20 per person. The tree display will be open for viewing at no charge on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Items not sold at the cocktail party on Friday evening will be available for purchase on Saturday.

For further information call 860-868-7586 or email gunndevelopment@biblio.org. Tickets are available in advance at the circulation desk, or guests may pay at the door the night of the event.

Global Warming Forum

Keynote speaker, Dr. George Garland will deliver a presentation on climate change entitled "The Road to Paris and Beyond" on Thursday December 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wykeham Room.

Dr. Garland, who will be introduced by Joseph Baxer, President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut, explores the critical environmental issues vital to the sustainable future of the planet. As leaders gather in Paris from around the world in a "climate summit," agreements made will depend on their understanding, support and implementation globally and specifically within each country and region.

Following Dr. Garland's lecture Carlos Canal, President of Washington Environmental Council, will speak on WEC's activities in Washington and the surrounding region. And environmental studies students from Shepaug Valley School will explain models they have created to illustrate the effect of climate change on the environment.

Sponsors for this event include the United Nations Association of Connecticut, Washington Environmental Council and Shepaug Valley School.

Dr. George Garland taught The Energy Puzzle for Collegium and has taught International Affairs at EF International in Tarrytown. He is on the Boards of the Southern New York State Division of the United Nations Association USA, the Public Private Alliance Foundation, Community Church of New York, and Social Tap. Dr. Garland was Executive Director for UNA-USA Members Day and recently was Executive Director of the World Energy Forum, Executive Director of the National Membership Department for the United Nations Association of the USA and Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. George was Chief Technical Advisor for Toxic Chemicals and Pollutants for WHO's Regional Office for South East Asia, working with India, Indonesia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Registration is requested. For more information, please contact Margaret Ferguson at 860-868-7586 or gunnprograms@biblio.org.

Book Basement

Back to School $5 Bag Sale Continues!
Adult & Children Fiction & Non-Fiction

Open weekdays 10:00 to 4:00, Saturday 10:00 to 2:00, Sunday 12:00 to 3:00

Consider Bringing Your Own Bag. Thanks!

Come in and browse the newly added fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and children’s books. The history has been organized into major wars as well as American and European categories and more. There is an entire wall of new fiction. The new stock includes "specials" — frequently collectible and highly sought after titles priced far less than what can be found on internet book sites. A large collection of books about antiques will be featured, among which the series, American Furniture by Luke Beckerdite, is covering 1993 to 2010. A selection of Irish literature includes many signed books of poetry. There is a section of local authors and many are autographed.There are thousands of books on varied topics and for every age. Since the Book Basement is constantly restocking, if you don't find something one day, come in another to find additional titles that have been added. It is a bibliophile’s cornucopia!

Call the library for further information at 860-868-7586.

e-Readers at the Gunn

Six Nook e-book reading devices have been added to our junior library collection, featuring titles for children and independent readers. Three are black and white models, with illuminated screens yet no glare in sunlight, and three are full-color tablets, perfect for younger picture book readers as well as movie-watchers with a Netflix account.

Four Amazon Kindle e-book reading devices continue to circulate from our adult circulation desk. Residents 18 years or older with a current library card may borrow an e-reader, and a Borrower's Term of Agreement must be signed. The e-reader program is made possible by a generous donation from the Shea family.

Museum Passes

Looking for a fun day trip? Museum passes are free to check out for for a three-day loan to Gunn patrons.

New Britain Museum of American Art — Free admssion for four people. (One adult must accompany children under 16). Pass is valid for general admission only. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours.

Wadsworth Atheneum — the ARTpass offers free general admission for up to two adults and two children (ages 6-17).

The Junior Library has more passes.

Explore the Connecticut Room

Looking for your ancestors? Want to learn more about your house? Is there something here in Washington that you've always wondered about? To explore the resources available in both the Connecticut Room and the Museum, please call 868-7756 for an appointment.

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