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Today is December 10, 2016

Thomaston, CT 06787

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

  • | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Local Events, concert, music, holiday, community, meeting, chorus, choral, Christmas, singing
    - Connecticut Choral Society to present three Candlelight and Carols Concerts

    Tickets are now available for the Connecticut Choral Society’s three family-friendly Candlelight and Carols concerts on Friday, December 9th, 8 pm (Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown), and both Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th, 3 pm (North Congregational Church, 11 Main Street North, Woodbury).

    Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, this holiday celebration of the season features music inspired by snow, with styles ranging from traditional to pop to swing. The program begins with a gentle and reflective opening, and builds through bold proclamation and joyous celebration. Highlights include On This Winter’s Night, the 2012 mega-holiday hit from the Grammy-award winning group Lady Antebellum, and Snow on Snow, by Philip Lawson of the world-renowned King's Singers. The audience is invited to join with the ensemble to sing Irving Berlin’s much-loved classic, White Christmas.

    The program will feature the world premiere of Snowflakes Fall, a new work by Southbury resident Ron Dukenski, which is scored for unaccompanied voices.

    Tickets are $25 for adults (add $5 at the door), and $20 for seniors and youth). Buy tickets at click for details, by calling 888-927-2933, or at the door.
    North Congregational Church
    11 Main Street North Woodbury CT 06798
    Connecticut Choral Society 888.927.2933 info@ctchoralsociety.com
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Register by November 4, 2016.
    For more information visit: click for details
     
           

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

  • | 9:00am - 10:30am | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhist groups, buddhist course, Buddhism connecticut
    - Explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism with the Buddhist Faith Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9 am in Middletown. Our Practice & Talk Meetings are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

    A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

    The Buddhist Faith Fellowship's meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. One might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.

    To learn more the Buddhist Practice & Talk Meetings, the Buddhist Family Practice Group, and the Buddhism 1.0 Course, visit our web site at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org
  • | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Local Events, concert, music, holiday, community, meeting, chorus, choral, Christmas, singing
    - Connecticut Choral Society to present three Candlelight and Carols Concerts

    Tickets are now available for the Connecticut Choral Society’s three family-friendly Candlelight and Carols concerts on Friday, December 9th, 8 pm (Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown), and both Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th, 3 pm (North Congregational Church, 11 Main Street North, Woodbury).

    Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, this holiday celebration of the season features music inspired by snow, with styles ranging from traditional to pop to swing. The program begins with a gentle and reflective opening, and builds through bold proclamation and joyous celebration. Highlights include On This Winter’s Night, the 2012 mega-holiday hit from the Grammy-award winning group Lady Antebellum, and Snow on Snow, by Philip Lawson of the world-renowned King's Singers. The audience is invited to join with the ensemble to sing Irving Berlin’s much-loved classic, White Christmas.

    The program will feature the world premiere of Snowflakes Fall, a new work by Southbury resident Ron Dukenski, which is scored for unaccompanied voices.

    Tickets are $25 for adults (add $5 at the door), and $20 for seniors and youth). Buy tickets at click for details, by calling 888-927-2933, or at the door.
    North Congregational Church
    11 Main Street North Woodbury CT 06798
    Connecticut Choral Society 888.927.2933 info@ctchoralsociety.com

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - The December Full Moon. So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because the nights have become long. Also known as the the Long Nights Moon.
     
           

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1791, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution, known as the Bill Of Rights, became effective following ratification by Virginia.
     
           

Friday, December 16th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1773, the Sons of Liberty, some disguised as Native Americans, boarded three British vessels at Griffin's Wharf, Boston Harbor. Contents of 342 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor as a protest against the Tea Act of 1773 by the American Colonists.
     
           

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

  • - On this date in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, after 3 years of experimentations with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flight was sustained for less than a minute but represented man's first powered airplane flight and the beginning of a new form of transportation.
     
           

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

  • | 9:00am - 10:30am | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhist groups, buddhist course, Buddhism connecticut
    - Explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism with the Buddhist Faith Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9 am in Middletown. Our Practice & Talk Meetings are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

    A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

    The Buddhist Faith Fellowship's meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. One might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.

    To learn more the Buddhist Practice & Talk Meetings, the Buddhist Family Practice Group, and the Buddhism 1.0 Course, visit our web site at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Dec 21 - Mar 20. In the Northern Hemisphere winter begins today with the winter solstice, at 5:44am EST.
     
           

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Christmas Eve, which is the day before Christmas Day, is celebrated in many countries worldwide. It is a Christian observance that falls on December 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
    Christmas Eve is celebrated with large family meals featuring traditional dishes. Presents are exchanged and opened, many homes have their Christmas trees lit up, mistletoes hung, and other decorations, such as holly and ivy, at this time of the year.
     
           

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

  • | NATL - Religious
    - Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

    The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
     
           
  • | NATL - Religious
    - Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

    Customs include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, exchanging Christmas cards, attending church services, a special meal, and spending time with family and friends.
     
           

Monday, December 26th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Boxing Day is December 26, the day after Christmas, and is celebrated in Great Britain and in most areas settled by the English (the U.S. is the major exception), including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.
     
           
  • - The holiday schedules for the various exchanges are subject to change if relevant rules, regulations or exchange polices are revised.
     
           

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 1:53AM, EDT.
     
           

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ. One of the two College Football Playoff semi-finals to determine the contenders in the 2017 national championship game. For info visit click for details.
     
           
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - The last evening of the Gregorian calendar year, traditionally a night for merrymaking to welcome in the new year.
     
           
  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - In 2014, the BCS conference commissioners selected the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as one of six elite bowl games to host the new College Football Playoff. Starting in 2016, Chick-fil-A Bowl will host a national Semifinal Game (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) four times over the next 12 years. In the other eight years, the Bowl will host top ranked teams from around the country as assigned by a selection committee. The bowl will be located in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Dome.
     
           

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

  • | 9:00am - 10:30am | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhist groups, buddhist course, Buddhism connecticut
    - Explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism with the Buddhist Faith Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9 am in Middletown. Our Practice & Talk Meetings are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

    A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

    The Buddhist Faith Fellowship's meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. One might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.

    To learn more the Buddhist Practice & Talk Meetings, the Buddhist Family Practice Group, and the Buddhism 1.0 Course, visit our web site at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

  • | 9:00am - 10:30am | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhist groups, buddhist course, Buddhism connecticut
    - Explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism with the Buddhist Faith Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9 am in Middletown. Our Practice & Talk Meetings are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

    A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

    The Buddhist Faith Fellowship's meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. One might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.

    To learn more the Buddhist Practice & Talk Meetings, the Buddhist Family Practice Group, and the Buddhism 1.0 Course, visit our web site at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org
  • | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhsm 101, buddhist groups, buddhist course
    - The Buddhism 1.0 introductory course aims to be a lucid and helpful experience and has been designed with the intention to illuminate the path for beginners as well as for those who need a refresher course.
    This course will meet twice on January 22nd and February 26th at 10:30 a.m.- 12 noon Registration will end on January 10, 2017. There is limited enrollment. The class will take place at the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut in Middletown.

    The Buddhism 1.0 course will explore Buddhism as a timeless philosophy of life, that is existential, intuitive, and most importantly, learn how it offers many practical techniques for working with our real life’s situations and coping with the blessings and challenges we share. The course will help students to uncover an ancient wisdom and path of inner freedom that reveals the inherent beauty and worth in every person, and awaken the mind to the wonder of this world.

    The instructor will be one of Connecticut’s most well-known Buddhist teachers, Senpai Daishin, who has a knack of making complex concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the core teachings of Buddhism likewise the course’s book, “The Heart of the Buddhist Teachings” by Thich Nhat Hanh is an insightful exploration of the dharma (Buddhist teachings) that lays out the basics in a clear fashion for anyone to comprehend.

    Visit the Buddhist Faith Fellowship's web site for more information and to register at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

  • | 9:00am - 10:30am | Religious Events, buddhism, meditation, buddhist groups, buddhist course, Buddhism connecticut
    - Explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism with the Buddhist Faith Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9 am in Middletown. Our Practice & Talk Meetings are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

    A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

    The Buddhist Faith Fellowship's meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. One might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.

    To learn more the Buddhist Practice & Talk Meetings, the Buddhist Family Practice Group, and the Buddhism 1.0 Course, visit our web site at click for details
    Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
    343 Washington Terrace Middletown CT 06457
    Senpai Daishin amida@bffct.org
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