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Berkshire Big Band – Adult Summer Series Kickoff

Friday, May 29th from 7-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Berkshire Big Band.jpg (640x218)The Berkshire Big Band presents   “Great Music from Great Bands” – a presentation  of big band arrangements representing great bands such as Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.   Jan Maki , vocalist,  will turn to familiar tunes from the Great American Songbook featuring memorable  Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Bette Middler , Patsy Kline and Rosemary Clooney melodies.This special event is part of the library’s adult summer series “The World of Downton Abbey @ The Southbury Library.” This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund, The Leroy Anderson Foundation and The Friends of the Southbury Public Library. 

The World of Downton Abbey

Wednesday, June 3rd from 2-3:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Mark SchenkerSenior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs Mark J. Schenker presents “The World of Downton Abbey,” a lecture which will illustrate how social, political, and literary events in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries shaped the world depicted in the popular PBS series. Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. A former lecturer in the English Department, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature.  Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Portrait Painting Demonstration in Period Fashion

Tuesday, June 16th from 3-5pm in the Kingsley Room
Alain Picard 2 (174x200)Working from a live model in period 1920′s fashion, master artist, Alain Picard will demonstrate a pastel portrait in two hours. Included will be an explanation of Alain’s techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, as well as developing a painterly style and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model. Artists and art appreciators alike will enjoy this entertaining fine art demonstration.Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student’s League in New York City.  Alain’s work has been featured in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He’s garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America.  Alain recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. His newest book, “Mastering Pastel,” was released on April 29, 2015.Copies of Alain’s book “Mastering Pastel” will be available for sale.

You are Cordially Invited to a 1908 Tea

Friday, June 19th from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
Rita Parisi (189x200)Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea along with your hostess Rita Parisi in the role of Mrs. Michael Gordon, a lady from 1908. Sit back and relax as she regales you with humorous and eye opening stories about shopping in Boston, the latest trends in fashion, entertainment, opinions transportation and more. We ask that each attendee bring their own teacup and saucer.Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 18 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, literature and costuming. She has had the pleasure of performing these shows all over New England, New Jersey, New York and Florida. Rita Parisi is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, the largest acting union in the country and some of her films have been debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and Cannes film Festival.Teapots provided by the Heritage Village Jewish Culture Club.Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Art Deco Printmaking

Thursday, June 25th in the Kingsley Meeting Room
Session 1: 3-5pm, Session 2: 5:30-7:30pm
art_decoArt instructor Carol Solinger will show participants how to make their very own art deco inspired prints. All materials provided; this program can accommodate 15 participants per session. Sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.

Downton Era Fashion

Tuesday, June 30th, 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Meeting Room
dressHear a presentation by professional costume designer Matt Dettmer about the changing fashion trends featured on the period drama Downton Abbey. See real examples of the type of costumes worn on the show displayed for viewing at the library for one night only. Matt Dettmer is a costume designer who worked in community, university, professional and regional theaters for more than 20 years and taught college level courses. He received his Master of Fine Arts in costume design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Matt usually designs realistic period shows; he enjoys working with both the needs of the character and the restrictions of the period to find the right garments. Clothing choices are influenced by a variety of forces including societal influences as well as personal image. Matt finds imagining their impact on characters to be one of the most interesting parts of costume design. Sponsored by the Charles H. & Ella Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Library.

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire Musical Performance

Wednesday, July 1st, from 2-3pm in the Kingsley Room
musicians direct logoHear local Southbury resident Jim Scianna of Musicians Direct perform quality live music performed with an ensemble of other professional musicians and vocalist. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library and the Leroy Anderson Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Upper-Class Connecticut in the 1910s

Monday, July 6 from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Meeting Room
RogersAdjunct professor of History at Central Connecticut State University Donald Rogers will give a lecture about class relations in Connecticut during the 1910s, how the state’s elite reacted to the forces of change at the time, and whether Connecticut society paralleled the experiences among the English aristocrats and servants portrayed in the BBC series Downton Abbey. A PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the talk; question and answer session to follow. Donald Rogers taught history at CCSU as a part-time lecturer from 1992 to the present, with a short stint as a temporary full-time assistant professor from 2011 to 2013. During his years at Central, he has simultaneously taught history part-time at various other Connecticut institutions, including Wesleyan University, St. Joseph’s College, University of Connecticut, Housatonic Community College, Capital Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College.  Previously, he was assistant professor of history and legal studies at the University of Hartford.

Author Visit: Carol Wallace

Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room
Carol WallaceAuthor, Carol Wallace, will be at the library to talk about her book To Marry An English Lord, which she co-authored with Gail MacColl. The book helped inspire the popular Downton Abbey TV series. To Marry an English Lord, which was first published in 1989 and has been reissued for Downton Abbey fans, explores both the glamour and the misfortune that greeted some 100+ newly-minted American heiresses who, having been snubbed by the Social Register, invaded Great Britain to swap dollars for titles.Born in Connecticut to a reporter father and a bookseller mother and having grown up next door to a library, Carol Wallace was destined to become a writer. After graduating from Princeton, she worked briefly in book publishing, then coauthored the bestselling The Official Preppy Handbook. Since then she has written twenty more books and dozens of magazine articles in the areas of humor, social history, parenting, and fiction. In 2006, she received an M.A. in art history from Columbia. Research for her master’s thesis was the basis for her 2011 historical novel Leaving Van Gogh, and she has just completed another novel, Madame Manet. 

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will have copies of the book available for sale.

This special event is sponsored by the Library Gift Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

20th Century Military Records

Friday, July 17th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Toni McKeenIn this lecture, genealogist Toni McKeen will cover what documents are available, the information they contain, how to find them, and how to use them for genealogical research.  She will also include an informative handout which lists helpful military sites, and will begin the presentation with slides of historical WWI and WWII posters – she also presents the lecture in an authentic WWII military jacket. Sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund; refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

The Art of Dining: The Table At Downton Abbey

Friday, July 24th at  2pm in the Kingsley Room
Francine Segan (183x240)Join author and food historian, Francine Segan, for a presentation on  the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments and dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send to the table.Vivid descriptions of Lord Grantham-esque dinner parties, cotillions and elegant picnics will transport you back in time, while you learn all the popular toasts of the era and when it’s proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. The event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects that Mr. Carson would be shocked to find you couldn’t use properly and recipe handouts.

Francine Segan, one of America’s foremost experts on Italian cuisine, is an engaging public speaker, author, TV personality and consultant. A noted food historian and James Beard-nominated author of six books including her most recent two on Italy are Dolci: Italy’s Sweets and Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy. She is the host on NYC’s popular i-italy TV series Americans who Love Italy, which airs Saturdays and Sundays on channel 25 and 22. She also appears on many other programs, including Today Show and Early Show. She has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, the Food Network and the History, Sundance and Discovery channels.

Sponsored by The Charles and Ellen Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.