Organic Gardening Demystified

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30pm 

Join local professional farmers, Alexis Barbalinardo and Enya Cunnninghan of Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT for a visual presentation, Organic Gardening Demystified. Alexis and Enya will offer participants some practical “hands-on” advice and inspiration on growing flavorful fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers.  They will also share their expertise on a wide range of topics including soil health, composting, using space efficiently, growing plants from seed, controlling weeds and pests, inviting beneficial wildlife and preserving home-grown produce. Question and answers, as well as open conversation, will follow the talk. In addition, Alexis and Enya will provide more information about Back 40 Farm and their roles in this venture.

Click here to read more about the Back 40 Farming Group.

Monday, March 26 @ 1pm- The Shape of Water

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

R / 1h 59 min



Black Bears in CT

Thursday, March 29 @ 6:30pm 

Nora Hulton, CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist, and science and math teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a visual presentation entitled Black Bears in Connecticut.
The black bear population in Connecticut has continued to increase since the 1980. It’s important for residents and outdoor enthusiasts to learn real facts about black bears enabling them to stay safe, protect themselves and their property and make optimum coexistence with bears. The natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, and current research efforts will be discussed.  Black bear artifacts will be shared with the audience.  The presentation is intended for all ages. Bring your questions and your sightings!

Ms. Hulton has a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from SUNY Cobleskill and owned and operated her own garden center for over 20 years in Cornwall Bridge, CT. She is an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, She resides in Warren, where she is a member of her town’s Inland Wetlands Commission. Her ancestry in Litchfield County goes back over 125 years, and she is passionate about learning and sharing information on the natural history of the area.


20th Century American Literature in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough

Mondays at 10 am 

April 2, 2018   Willa Cather, “Paul’s Case” (1905)
April 9, 2018     Zora Neale Hurston, “Sweat” (1926)
April 16, 2018     William Faulkner, “That Evening Sun” (1931)
April 23, 2018     Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People” (1955)
April 30, 2018      Lorrie Moore, “People Like That Are The Only People Here: Canonical Babbling In Peed Onk” (1997)

Join us as we discuss some of the dominant literary trends that have shaped last century’s literature in the United States like the rise and failure of modernism, the emergence of once-forgotten voices, and the baffling notion of post-modernism. In this lecture/discussions series Mark will lead participants through five stories from the twentieth century, ranging from Willa Cather to Lorrie Moore, Zora Neale Hurston to William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Time will be spent with multi-media presentations of music, painting, and dance, based on these five representative selections.

Register now to reserve your booklet—and a spot in what promises to be a lively, fun and comprehensive class. Participants that would like to purchase a booklet of the short stories in one packet, there is a suggested fee of $10.


Author Visit- Amy Bloom 

Thursday, April 5th @ 6 pm

National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author Amy Bloom for a talk and signing of her new, and first, historical novel, WHITE HOUSES. Guided by the three thousand letters between prominent journalist Lorena Hickok and one of the world’s most admired women, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Bloom recreated and re-imagined one of the greatest and most intriguing love stories of the 20th  century. From Washington, D.C. to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattan’s Washington Square, Bloom’s new novel moves through places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit and acuity.

Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. She taught at Yale University for the last decade. She is now Wesleyan University’s Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.


SingOut! CT

Sunday, April 8th @ 2pm 

SingOut! CT, Connecticut’s Premier Glee Group for Young Voices, returns for a concert to welcome in the spring. Talented boys and girls of this Ensemble will perform selections from the American Songbook, Classical surprises, Broadway favorites, beautiful folk songs, and popular Music. This concert is sure to brighten your day and keep you humming for weeks to come. This young group is comprised of singers aged 8-18 and currently has both Training and Performance Divisions.  Founded in August of 2012, this group has established itself as a creative force in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut and beyond. An annual Holiday Show and Spring Garden Concert have become anticipated Calendar Events as part of their general schedule.  SingOut! CT dedicates itself to offering education in the choral and vocal arts to enlighten, inspire and elevate both its members and its audiences. For more information visit


Monday Matinees 

Monday, April 2nd @ 1pm- LBJ 

One of the most enigmatic and interesting politicians of all time, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) rose from Texan roots to eventually ascend to the highest office in the world. With a passion for civil rights but with quirky, unorthodox behavior, sometimes people question his sanity. He’s a strange Southern foil for President John F. Kennedy, but the two do share a love for their fellow Americans. When the unspeakable occurs and Kennedy is assassinated, Johnson must rise to the task and become the strong
president that the country needs. R / 1h 38 min



Monday, April 9th @ 1pm- Darkest Hour 

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.

PG-13 / 2h 5 min.


Monday, April 16th @ 1pm- The Greatest Showman 

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

PG / 1h 45min



Monday, April 23rd @ 1pm- Molly’s Game 

Based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

R / 2 hr 20 min


Monday, April 30th @ 1pm- All the Money in the World 

Follows the kidnapping of 16-year- old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

R / 2 h 12 min




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.