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Art Exhibits/Openings

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

Generously loaned by a private collector, the exhibition Drawn from a Private Collection focuses on drawings by renowned American artists from Winslow Homer to Fred Wilson. Ranging in date from 1880–2009, the works exhibit an array of subjects and styles in the development of the drawing medium in American art. For the majority of the artists represented in this exhibition, this is the first time that their art has ever been shown by the Museum. Curated by Executive Director George G. King, this exhibition marks an important step in our efforts to renew and underscore this organization’s contribution to American art. Timed to coincide with the launching of the new name, Mystic Museum of Art, the project also reaffirms our commitment to the greater creative community. By organizing exhibitions of this stature, we also demonstrate our intention to amplify our cultural leadership role not only in Southeastern Connecticut, but to a greater regional and national audience.

On view January 15– April 9

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

Generously loaned by a private collector, the exhibition Drawn from a Private Collection focuses on drawings by renowned American artists from Winslow Homer to Fred Wilson. Ranging in date from 1880–2009, the works exhibit an array of subjects and styles in the development of the drawing medium in American art. For the majority of the artists represented in this exhibition, this is the first time that their art has ever been shown by the Museum. Curated by Executive Director George G. King, this exhibition marks an important step in our efforts to renew and underscore this organization’s contribution to American art. Timed to coincide with the launching of the new name, Mystic Museum of Art, the project also reaffirms our commitment to the greater creative community. By organizing exhibitions of this stature, we also demonstrate our intention to amplify our cultural leadership role not only in Southeastern Connecticut, but to a greater regional and national audience.

On view January 15– April 9

Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Black & White Theme Show

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Black & White Theme Show;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

This year, our annual juried show theme will be “Black & White,” open to the artists interpretation.

Art Exhibits/Openings

Slater Memorial Museum , 108 Crescent St., Norwich, , CT

Feb. 7: Exhibition Opening reception from 1-3 p.m.

Almost 300 works were submitted by more than 150 artists for this juried exhibition running through March 18. Winners will be announced at the reception; (860) 887-2506.

Exhibit hours:
(Tues.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Sat.-Sun.), 1-4 p.m.

Photo-Op: A Mix of Eclectic Local Photographers

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 5:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Westerly Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly, RI , 02891

Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Wednesday
Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly
A group show of works by selected local photographers. Through Feb. 27. Hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; (401) 596-2877,

Pam Erickson

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 5:00 pm
Pam Erickson;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Gallery 31•47, 45 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Recently opened Gallery 31•47 on Main St. Chester will be featuring the mixed media sculpture work of Pam Erickson, most recent abstract paintings by Matson Vollers and the latest found object assemblages and sculptures from William Vollers. Exhibit runs thru Feb. 28th.
Gallery 31•47 is located at 45 Main Street, Chester.

Join us for the Opening Reception
Friday January 29th 5PM - 8:30

Community

Vintage Flea Market

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 am
Vintage Flea Market;

Community

The Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, , 06378

Open every Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m - 3 p.m.
Farmers market 10-1 p.m. Sat. only; Vendors displaying their wares offer a wide range of quality antiques, from Primitives to Mid-Century Modern. The varied vintage selections include bottles, cookware, decoys, fishing implements, jewelry, linens, military goods, nautical merchandise, print type, purses, reclaimed wood furniture, tools and toys. There's new items displayed every weekend, including
crafts and hand-crafted batches of apple butter, jams, jellies and salsas.

Admission to The Vintage Flea Market is FREE.
To reserve sales spaces at Stonington's indoor, weekend, Velvet Mill Vintage Flea Market, perspective vendors are asked to contact the project's Coordinator, Alan Golia: 401-596-0267/agolia@cox.net
(NOTE: This Vintage Market fills up fast.) Booths as big as 12 x 12 -feet are available for rent by area vendors, for just $20. for the entire weekend. Booths are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Besides bringing clean, clearly price-tagged sales items, ready for display, business people are required to supply their own tables, table coverings and chairs .

VISITORS: Visitors interested in finding out more about this multi-vendor Vintage Flea Market and other events, can contact The Velvet Mill directly: 860-245-5208/ http://www.thevelvetmill.com

ABOUT THE VELVET MILL ( where creativity is made fresh every day!): By championing individual artists, artisans and entrepreneurs,The Velvet Mill is now home to 100 studios, offices and shops. The artists and business owners there, have created their own, decade-long history of transforming a former fabric factory, into a center of commerce and creativity for the community.

The Velvet Mill is also a gathering space for public and private events of all sizes.

HISTORY: The Town of Stonington built the expansive, two story, factory structure in 1888, as a means of attracting new industry to the area, which would provide much-needed jobs. In 1892, The American Velvet Mill set up shop in the building for over 100 years, closing in 1996. Now under private ownership, The Velvet Mill's initial, inclusive, mission to attract new and creative enterprises to the area, continues to thrive and inspire.
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FLEA MARKET PHOTOS: Hayward Gatch
VELVET MILL PHOTO: Bob Mead
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Weekend Indoor Market

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 am
Weekend Indoor Market;

Community

Winter Weekend Market at The Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, , 06378

Vendors already signing up to display their wares at this Velvet Mill Winter Weekend Market, will be offering a wide range of quality antiques, from Primitives to Mid-Century Modern The varied vintage selections include bottles, cookware, decoys, fishing implements, military goods, nautical merchandise, print type, Renaissance-inspired clothing, tools and toys.
There will be new and varied stock displayed by the vendors every weekend.
On Saturdays, only, the new multi-vendor antiques, crafts, tag sale and flea market business, will be sharing space with Stonington Farmers' Market, which moves its busy base of operations inside The Velvet Mill for the cooler months, starting November 7. The Stonington Farmers' Market at The Velvet Mill will open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m, until Spring.
Free visitor admission. Vendors' sales spaces (ie. booths as big as 12 x 12 feet ),
available for rent for just $20. for the whole weekend. These sales spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

VENDORS: To reserve sales spaces at Stonington's new indoor, Velvet Mill Winter Weekend Market, in time for the opening weekend, November 14-15, perspective vendors are asked to contact the project's Coordinator, Alan Golia:
401-596-0267/ agolia@cox.net.
Visitors interested in finding out more about this multi-vendor Market and other events, can contact The Velvet Mill directly: 860-245-5208 (recording about The Velvet Mill's Winter Weekend Market) http://www.thevelvetmill.com.
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ECO-GREEN/ EVERGREEN HAND-MADE BOXWOOD CHRISTMAS TREES DEBUT AT STONINGTON VELVET MILL'S NEW, INDOOR WINTER WEEKEND VINTAGE MARKET DECEMBER 5 & 6;

Community

The Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, , 06378

THE GOLDEN MOMENTS OF CHRISTMASTIME

Karen Tierney, right, looks on with delight, as her littlest apprentice, her granddaughter Julia Rose ("Ju-Ju") Tierney, age 2, adds her own sparkle to a hand-made Holiday Boxwood Tree. Karen recently moved full-time to her and husband Michael's vacation home in Niantic, from Bolton, CT, where she owned and operated "Karen Tierney Floral Designs" for 17 years. Floral design elf, Julia Rose, is the daughter of Cassandra and Brendan Tierney, also of Niantic.

Karen will debut her full line of 2015 Boxwood Tree designs, at Stonington Velvet Mill's new Indoor, Winter Weekend Vintage Market, this Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, from 9-3. This new indoor Market is a meeting place for antiques market/flea market/tag sale vendors, all gathering inside the 1888, two-floor, former fabric factory that has transformed into a center of commerce and creativity for the community over the past ten years. On Saturdays, only, the new multi-vendor Vintage Market, is sharing space with Stonington Farmers' Market, which moves its busy base of operations inside The Velvet Mill for the cooler months, November-March. The Stonington Farmers' Market at The Velvet Mill is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m, until Spring.

In addition to offering her Holiday Boxwood trees for sale at Stonington's Velvet Mill Vintage Market this weekend and for the next two weekends leading up to Christmas, (Dec 12/13 and Dec. 20), Karen is also taking orders for pick-up and delivery this holiday season, near her home and studio in Niantic. Contact: ktflowers@snet.net for further information on these ecologically-green, diminutive, decorated holiday trees (topiaries/centerpieces) which range in price from $28.-$100. Custom designs are available.

Karen Tierney "sculpts" her Holiday Boxwood Trees from branches of the evergreen shrub of the same name, thus avoiding the need, for a Christmas Tree to be cut. Ecologically-sensitive people, gardeners and floral design fans, make grateful recipients of these hand-designed holiday gifts. With proper watering, the Boxwood Trees will enliven holiday decor for several weeks.
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For further information on Stonington Velvet Mill's new Indoor Weekend Winter Vintage Market,
which opened November 14-15 and will continue on until March, 2016, contact:
860-245-5208/http://www.thevelvetmill.com. Interested vendors may contact the Flea Market's coordinator, Al Golia: 86401-596-0267/ agolia@cox.net.
PHOTO by Brendan Tierney
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Holiday Train Show

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 10:00 am

Community

Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT

The annual Holiday Train Show exhibit will open its 22nd season on Friday at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.
Steve Cryan will showcase his trains, new scenery and other surprises in a 26-foot model train layout. Visitors can find a scavenger list of various objects hidden within the settings. Youngster can get hands-on experience at the expanded American Flyer and Lionel train layout designed for toddler viewing. The show runs through Feb. 15 and is open daily Tuesday through Sunday.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children age 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main St. and may be reached at (860) 767-8269.

Change of Heart

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2:00 pm

Community

Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London, CT

2 p.m., Valentine’s Day Concert with Treble Play; $12 members; $15 non-members; register online at brownpapertickets.com; (860) 447-8700.

Annual Valentine Tea, Feb. 14, Westerly

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2:00 pm

Community

United Congregational Church of Westerly, 9 Castle Hill Road, Pawcatuck, CT

2-4 p.m., enjoy a traditional English tea complete with homemade scones, jam, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, cookies and pastries as well as our famous "spiced tea"; $10; (860) 599-1226.

Narcotics Anonymous, Sundays, N.London

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 6:00 pm

Community

First Congregational Church, 66 Union St., New London, CT

6 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous, Sundays, Mystic

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 7:30 pm

Community

St. Marks Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic, CT

7:30 p.m.

Education/Lectures

Private Instruction in Drawing and Painting with Jack Montmeat;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Award winning Lyme Art Association Elected Artist and instructor Jack Montmeat is offering private lessons in drawing and painting this spring. You choose the subject matter and medium! Individualized instruction will help artists of all levels improve their techniques. This is a time to work at a pace that is both challenging and comfortable. With proper guidance and critique, you will build foundations that will be profoundly reflected in your art. Please contact Jack at jwmontmeat@hotmail.com to schedule lessons.

Instructor Bio: Jack Montmeat is an award-winning local portrait painter and illustrator with a studio in East Lyme, CT. Jack grew up in Old Lyme, and began taking classes at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts as a teenager.

After receiving his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio in 2002, as well as studying in Paris and Florence, he began painting portraits full-time. Jack has received many awards for his portraiture, including winning first place in the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists “Faces of Spring 2007” exhibition which was juried by renowned portrait artist Aaron Shikler.

Jack is a three time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. He also recently received a Stobart Fellowship which enabled him to study independently in the museums of Paris. Jack has been teaching drawing and painting as well as monitoring at the Lyme Art Association since 2002. Jack is also an illustrator for Major League Baseball.

Instructor Website: www.jackmontmeat.com

Portrait and Figure Drawing with Jack Montmeat

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 am
Portrait and Figure Drawing with Jack Montmeat;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

This class will feature one pose per class. The first class will have a portrait model, the next a figure model, with each week alternating, and ending in a two week portrait pose. A variety of models will be featured, and any media is welcome. Drawing concepts covered will include placement of the subject on the page, the block-in, proportions, measuring, likeness, lighting, line quality, as well as discussions on drawing the features of the face. Basic anatomical terms will be given to strengthen work. All levels welcome. To register for this class, please contact Jack at jwmontmeat@hotmail.com

Art Is with Joann Ballinger

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 am
Art Is with Joann Ballinger;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Come join this friendly monitored painting group. Paint or draw from a live model in a relaxed atmosphere every Thursday. This figure painting group is for artists who can work without formal instruction, in the medium of their choice, and who can benefit working from a live model. Poses are a mixture of gesture, 20 and 40 minutes.

Please contact Joann at joannballinger@sbcglobal.net to register.

Instructor Bio: Joann Ballinger is a well-known pastel artist who was educated at the prestigious Norwich Art School at the Norwich Free Academy. She exhibits in Connecticut’s Art Cellar and Mystic Maritime Gallery as well as Massachusetts’ and Rhode Island’s Eisenhauer and Lily Pad Galleries. She has work in corporate and private collections around the world. Joann is also an award-winning member of the Pastel Society of America, and she has been featured in local and national magazines such as Connecticut and The Pastel Journal.

Pastels

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 9:00 am
Pastels;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Open to all artists, all levels, interested in learning the basics while developing their own artistic style. Work may be developed from still life or landscape of your preference. To register for this class, please contact Joann directly at (860) 886-0366 or joannballinger@sbcglobal.net

Fluid Watercolor or Acrylics – You Pick the Medium!;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Robert Noreika shares his signature “fluid” painting method. Students are invited to work in either watercolor or acrylic, and will experience Robert’s relaxed teaching approach, which has been enjoyed by many students and professional artists through the years. Robert has an incredible ability to spontaneously see the big picture and transfer it onto paper by assessing different values and colors to create a painting, not an illustration. Students will learn to take the essence of the subject and transform it into a pleasing painting, while achieving strong, cohesive value patterns with interesting shapes. Using simple palette combinations along the journey, the group will work creatively from still life setups, outdoors in good weather, and photographs. Students of all levels, including beginners, will enjoy working with Robert in a structured and accommodating, yet humorous and fun atmosphere.

Instructor Bio: Robert Noreika is a prominent painter whose work hangs in both corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Robert’s passion for art is matched by a natural talent to paint a wide variety of subjects, highlighted by expressive coastal scenes, intimate woodland pictorials and seasonal treks through the countryside. He has illustrated magazine editorials and seven books; the latest, Marsh Morning is now available in book stores.

Robert is an Elected Artist member of the Lyme Art Association, Signature Member of the National Casein and Acrylic Society, a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, as well as a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Salmagundi Club in New York. Robert’s work is represented in numerous galleries and he is a popular instructor and lecturer throughout New England. He has received numerous regional and national awards, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art. To register, please contact Bob directly at robertnoreikaart@aol.com or (860) 563-2787

** NO CLASS MARCH 8 **

Evening Figure Drawing with Jack Montmeat

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 6:00 pm
Evening Figure Drawing with Jack Montmeat;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

This class will feature one pose each class, with a variety of models featured. This session will focus on strategies for setting up a good figure drawing in a long pose format. Concepts covered will include: placement of the figure on the page, proportion, measuring, block-ins, line quality, as well as light and shade. Basic anatomical terms will be be given to strengthen work. All levels welcome. Please contact Jack at jwmontmeat@hotmail or (860) 447-3240 to register.

Misc. Events

ECO-GREEN/EVERGREEN HAND-MADE BOXWOOD CHRISTMAS TREES DEBUT AT STONINGTON VELVET MILL'S NEW INDOOR WINTER WEEKEND VINTAGE MARKET DECEMBER 5 and 6;

Misc. Events

The Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, , 06378

THE GOLDEN MOMENTS OF CHRISTMASTIME

Karen Tierney, right, looks on with delight, as her littlest apprentice, her granddaughter Julia Rose ("Ju-Ju") Tierney, age 2, adds her own sparkle to a hand-made Holiday Boxwood Tree. Karen recently moved full-time to her and husband Michael's vacation home in Niantic, from Bolton, CT, where she owned and operated "Karen Tierney Floral Designs" for 17 years. Floral design elf, Julia Rose, is the daughter of Cassandra and Brendan Tierney, also of Niantic.

Karen will debut her full line of 2015 Boxwood Tree designs, at Stonington Velvet Mill's new Indoor, Winter Weekend Vintage Market, this Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, from 9-3. This new indoor Market is a meeting place for antiques market/flea market/tag sale vendors, all gathering inside the 1888, two-floor, former fabric factory that has transformed into a center of commerce and creativity for the community over the past ten years. On Saturdays, only, the new multi-vendor Vintage Market, is sharing space with Stonington Farmers' Market, which moves its busy base of operations inside The Velvet Mill for the cooler months, November-March. The Stonington Farmers' Market at The Velvet Mill is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m, until Spring.

In addition to offering her Holiday Boxwood trees for sale at Stonington's Velvet Mill Vintage Market this weekend and for the next two weekends leading up to Christmas, (Dec 12/13 and Dec. 20), Karen is also taking orders for pick-up and delivery this holiday season, near her home and studio in Niantic. Contact: ktflowers@snet.net for further information on these ecologically-green, diminutive, decorated holiday trees (topiaries/centerpieces) which range in price from $28.-$100. Custom designs are available.

Karen Tierney "sculpts" her Holiday Boxwood Trees from branches of the evergreen shrub of the same name, thus avoiding the need, for a Christmas Tree to be cut. Ecologically-sensitive people, gardeners and floral design fans, make grateful recipients of these hand-designed holiday gifts. With proper watering, the Boxwood Trees will enliven holiday decor for several weeks.
]
For further information on Stonington Velvet Mill's new Indoor Weekend Winter Vintage Market,
which opened November 14-15 and will continue on until March, 2016, contact:
860-245-5208/http://www.thevelvetmill.com. Interested vendors may contact the Flea Market's coordinator, Al Golia: 86401-596-0267/ agolia@cox.net.
PHOTO by Brendan Tierney
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Music

Editor's Pick

U.S. Coast Guard Band

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2:00 pm

Music

U.S. Coast Guard Academy - Leamy Hall Auditorium, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT , 06320

U.S. Coast Guard Band Welcomes Guest Conductor Glen Adsit
The U.S. Coast Guard Band will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Leamy Concert Hall at the Coast Guard Academy as part of the band’s Captain Lewis J. Buckley Guest Conductor Series. Glen Adsit, the director of bands at The Hartt School will lead a fiery program with works by Bizet, Gershwin, Mackey, and Daugherty.
The program opens with George Gershwin’s colorful “Cuban Overture,” followed by the famous “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” delivered by Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget. Michael Daugherty’s rhythmically intense work, “Desi,” is contrasted by John Mackey’s powerful symphony for band: “Wine-Dark Sea.”

Music

Main House, 1 Wyassup Road, North Stonington, , 06359

The Parlor Concert Series at North Stonington Historical Society, announces "Many-Splendored Love: A Valentine's Day Art Song Recital" in the Main House at 1 Wyassup Road in North Stonington village on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Soprano Danielle Munsell Howard and pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour will perform a program of 19th century art songs. The Parlor Concert Series inaugurates the society’s newly restored 1857 A.H. Gale square grand piano. Reservations are required for all concerts in the series. Contact Gladys at (860) 599-3608 or Laurie at (860) 245-5322. Tickets are $20 per person.

Nature/Outdoors

Eagle Flyer

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Eagle Flyer;

Nature/Outdoors

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT , 06426

The perfect event for conservationists, nature enthusiasts, and families looking to fight the impending cabin fever this winter, hop onto the Eagle Flyer at Essex Station in February
: February 13-15 & 20-21, 2016; Trains depart at 11 am and 2 pm.!

Pulled by a Vintage Diesel Locomotive, passengers will delight in the 2.5 hour eco-excursion throughout the Connecticut River Valley. Making local stops in Deep River, Chester, Eagle Landing State Park, & Haddam, this fun-filled educational journey will leave you refreshed and informed about the beautiful world around us. And with food choices onboard, it is the perfect lunchtime excursion. The Essex Steam Train has everything you need for a delightful day out with the family!

Naturalists will be on each train car to discuss and share information about our national symbol, the Bald Eagle, and its enchanting migration south to the CT River Valley from December to March. Bring binoculars, so you can get as close as possible to this incredible natural phenomena! While you take in the landscape and its animal inhabitants, passengers can enjoy delicious fresh soup & sandwiches, made to order, (plus beer & wine in first class!) leaving you with nary a need during this perfect family outing!

Trains depart at 11AM & 2PM on February 13-15 & 20-21. Local residents may board at their nearby train station (see schedule online). Visit EssexSteamTrain.com and reserve your seat on this magical nature ride today!

Religion

Buddhist Practice Sunday With Special Guest Speaker

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 10:00 am
Buddhist Practice Sunday With Special Guest Speaker;

Religion

Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT , 06457

This upcoming Buddhist Practice Sunday, February 14th @ 10 a.m., is our traditional format with voice and sitting meditation and other short practices that are designed to unfold presence and authentic spiritual expression. Included in this Sunday morning practice is a talk or guided discussion segment that promotes deepening knowledge and insight into Buddhist teaching and practice. Open to all; no experience necessary.

This week's dharma talk is titled, Inconceivable Compassion, with guest speaker, Dharma Teacher, Gary Link, from Chuang Yen Monastery, New York. The talk and subsequent Q & A, will cover the basis of the teachings and practices of the great 13 century Japanese master, Honen Shonin. The talk will cover the essence of the genuine heart, inconceivable grace and compassion, and how the simple practice of the nembutsu can transform your life.

This is a rare opportunity to have such an accomplished teacher visiting us in Middletown; we highly recommend the attendance of friends and the general public.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 9:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

General Practice Sunday

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 10:00 am
General Practice Sunday;

Religion

Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT , 06457

Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Open to all – No Experience Necessary

General Practice Sunday is our traditional format with voice and sitting meditation and other short practices that are designed to unfold presence and authentic spiritual expression. Included in this Sunday morning practice is a talk or guided discussion segment that promotes deepening knowledge and insight into Buddhist teaching and practice.

This week’s discussion topic is titled Love and Emptiness. The first realization on the Mahayana Buddhist path is our own emptiness. We look at the self and find nothing permanent. The next realization is egolessness of other and the self. Emptiness is empty of our assumption, and it is full of compassion. Discovering our selfless nature is true freedom.

TO learn more about this talk and our community, visit our web site.

Baha'i Community Hosts Monthly Devotional

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

Religion

Post Residence, 86 Sandy Point Road, Old Saybrook, , 06475

The Bahá’í Community of Old Saybrook hosts a devotional program the second Sunday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 86 Sandy Point Road. Individuals are invited to share prayers, poems, or readings of a spiritual nature. For more information, call Judy Post at 860-391-1244 or Valerie Smith at 860-388-5948.

Stage/Theater

Stage/Theater

Shaw Mansion, 11 Blinman Street, , CT

New London based Flock Theatre performs Joseph Kesserling’s “Arsenic & Old Lace” in the historic Shaw Mansion beginning with previews this weekend.
In this farcical dark comedy, Mortimer Brewster has his hands full. His two aunts, sweet little Victorian ladies, are murdering lonely men and having his brother, who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, bury them in the cellar. If that weren’t enough, his other brother is a homicidal maniac and has returned home to hide from the police.
Previews are Feb. 12-14. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, and active military. Performances are Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students, seniors, and active military
Shows are staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Shaw Mansion is located at 11 Blinman St. in New London. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, call (860) 443-3119. For more information email flocktheatre@hotmail.com.

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