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Wykeham Consort

Thursday, January 3 @ 6:30 pm 

Snow date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Come hear the acclaimed Wykeham Consort play Celtic Music for Christmas!

Their concert will include the haunting, mysterious Abbots’ Bromley,  MacCrimmons’ Lament, the raucous and joyful piece Christmas Day in Da Mornin’ and more familiar tunes I Wonder as I Wander and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day. Join us as they share this thoughtful music for a winter’s night.

Wykeham Consort is a group of musician friends who love to make music together and enjoy sharing what they have discovered. Some of them met as performers in The Everyman Guild many years ago, some of us met as Orff Schulwerk music educators, and one was commandeered in a local diner while having brunch with his mother!  They all live within 40 minutes of each other and rehearse once a week either at Andy’s Suzuki Studio in Sandy Hook or at Matilda’s house in Washington.  Wykeham Consort has been performing together since 2010. They specialize in music of the Renaissance and then fell in love with Sephardic music.  Last year they recorded an album of Sephardic and Spanish Renaissance music, She Came Out Of The Sea, which is available on iTunes, CD Baby and at our concerts. They have another complete Sephardic album ready to record.  Now they are exploring Celtic music- collecting, arranging and rehearsing it.  For more information visit

Photo l. to r. – Erica Warnock (Bass Viol), founder Matilda Giampietro (Soprano Voice) Sarah Jane Chelminski (Recorders), James Allen (Percussion), Andy LaFreniere (Guitar)
Photo Credit: Lyndsey Victoria Photography

New Year’s Tea and Cookie Contest

Saturday, January 5, 2019 11 am – 1 pm 

Snow date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4-6 pm

Socialize with friends and ring in the New Year with and old-fashioned New Year’s Tea Party and Cookie Contest. Visitors will gather under the historic 1914 gilded ceiling mural by H. Siddons Mowbray in a festively decorated Wykeham Room. The Museum will have Washington photo albums out for guests to browse. Bring a tea cup and will provide tea and sandwiches. Registration is requested. Please email your name(s) to or call the Library at 860-868-7586.

One of the highlights of the Tea is the return of the Cookie Contest! The contest will give bakers an opportunity to have their culinary creations judged by professionals. Cookies should be homemade and baked by the contestant. Cookies will be judged in the following categories: most creative, best tasting, most festive, most original, baked by children under 16, and best overall.

Young bakers (ages 10-16) are encouraged to enter the cookie contest and compete in any of the categories. While the judges are picking a winner, youngsters can enjoy a hot cocoa bar, rounds of cookie bingo, a blind Oreo taste test, and a cookie decorating station! Bakers are encouraged to bring a friend to join in the fun.

Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling the library, signing up at the front desk, or submitting the form below. Entrants should submit 3 dozen cookies to the library at least half an hour before the event. Plates are to be submitted with an entry form.

Entry Form & Instructions


Movie Matinees

Lizzie: The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Monday, January 7 @ 1 pm 

Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill explores the days leading up to the savage
crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.

R / 1hr 46 min


A Simple Favor

Monday, January 14 @ 1 pm 

A stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

R/ 1hr 56min


Old Man & the Gun

Monday, January 28 @ 1 pm  

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

PG13 / 1 hr 33 minutes





All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit
The Gunn Memorial Library is located at
5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, CT.