Celebrate Spring – April in Washington

Spring has sprung! There are many exciting events and activities going on in town this month that are sure to get you into that spring vibe and out in the sunshine. Check out our round up of events for some ideas on how to make this April a memorable one.

First Friday in the Depot
Friday, April 5th; 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
@ Valley Spirit Wellness Center

Enjoy a First Friday movie night featuring wine and small bites by The Owl Wine Bar! Bottle Shock, the story of the early days of California wine making, will be screened.

“Selected Work” by Lincoln Hale Turner
Friday, April 19th; 5 pm – 6:30 pm
@ The Gunnery

The community is welcome to attend an opening reception for a new exhibit of photographs, paintings, and multimedia work by Lincoln Hale Turner, a Roxbury artist and member of The Gunnery’s Visual Arts faculty.

"Selected Work" by Lincoln Hale Turner
Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

Theatre for Good Presents: Our Town
Saturday, April 20th; 7pm
Sunday, April 21st; 4 pm
@ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Our town comes to Washington! Thornton Wilder’s classic play will be presented by the Theatre for Good. Performances are open to the public by donation.

Opening Weekend at Hollister House
Friday, April 26th; 1 pm – 4 pm
Saturday, April 27th; 10 am – 4 pm
@ Hollister House Garden

Celebrate spring and opening weekend at Hollister House Garden. The early garden is gentle with only a hint of the exuberance to come later in the season. Come join Hollister House as they welcome a new season in the garden!

WEC’s Earth Day 5K/5M Race
Saturday, April 27th; 9 am
@ Steep Rock Preserve

The Washington Environmental Council and Steep Rock Association are partnering for their third annual Love Your Mother!-Earth Day 5K/5M Race. The race will feature beautiful views of the Steep Rock Preserve, snacks, prizes as well as a sneaker drive. You can pre-register here.

Signed, Sealed, & Delivered
Sunday, April 28th; 4 pm
@ First Congregational Church

Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus will join forces with instrumentalists from their past to put together a celebration of music written for, inspired, and commissioned by them through the last ten years. This performance will also include a pre-concert lecture with Artistic Dr. Director Gabriel Löfvall and a post-concert reception. You can purchase tickets here.

Live Theatrical Performance of The First Ladies Coalition
Tuesday, April 30th; 6 pm – 7:30 pm
@ Gunn Memorial Library

Actress and writer Ginger Grace will perform The First Ladies Coalition. Mysteries and secrets will be unveiled as Ginger plays Colleen, a resilient ex-con, immigrant, and domestic violence survivor, who meets four famous First Ladies in her sewing shop. This performance is sponsored by the Judea Chapter of the DAR.

Opening Weekend at Hollister House
WEC Earth Day 5K/5M Race

Other April Events

  • Book Discussion on Warlight @ Gunn Memorial Library- April 4th
  • Judea Garden Spring Cleaning @ Macricostas Preserve- April 6th
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights-Artists’ Talk @ WAA- April 6th 
  • WMS Presents: The Late Afternoon Show with Michael Lombardi @ Washington Montessori School- April 6th
  • The Artist Remembers: Book Launch and Signing @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- April 7th 
  • Annual Fishermen’s Breakfast @ New Preston Firehouse- April 13th
  • Author Discussion & Book Signing with George Goens, Ph.D., Civility Lost @ Gunn Memorial Library-April 16th
  • Washington’s Annual Earth Week Roadside Cleanup- April 24th to April 29th
  • Book Discussion on The Witch Elm @ Gunn Memorial Library- April 25th
  • What Happened After Impressionism? @ WAA- April 26th
  • The World of Peonies @ Hollister House- April 27th
  • Independent Bookstore Day 2019 @ Hickory Stick Bookshop –  April 27th
  • Rooted Research Conference @ The Gunnery- April 28th

For the Family

  • Shepaug Valley School Presents: Big Fish @ Shepaug Valley School- April 5th to April 7th
  • Earth Day Banner Making Event-Sponsored by WEC @ Gunn Memorial Library- April 6th 
  • Annual Fishermen’s Breakfast @ New Preston Firehouse- April 13th
  • Easter Egg Dyeing @ Gunn Memorial Library- April 20th
  • Children’s Book Signing with Rosemary Wells @ Hickory Stick Bookshop – April 20th
  • SingOut! CT Special Performance @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- April 24th
  • WEC’s Earth Day 5K/5M Race @ Steep Rock Preserve- April 27th
  • Vernal Pools and Their Woodland Wonders @ Hidden Valley Preserve- April 28th 
  • Wigwam Escape @ IAIS- Every Friday-Sunday
  • Storytime @ Hickory Stick Bookshop- Every Saturday at Noon

In the Galleries

  • John Frederick Walker @ The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens- Closing Reception April 5th
  • Steven Miller New Beginnings @ Byrde + the b- Opening April 6th
  • Lynda O’Connor New Paintings @ Byrde + the b- Opening April 6th
  • Artist panel discussion with artists from the current show “The Garden of Earthly Delights” @ WAA – April 6th
  • John Kane Photography Exhibit @ The Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens- Opening April 11th 
  • “Reverse Glass Paintings” by Ron Crowcroft @ Gunn Library Stairwell Gallery-  Closing April 13th
  • Jean Pierre Sudre @ KMR Arts- Closing April 13th
  • Jamie Accashian Mixed Media Collage @ The Smithy Loft Gallery- Closing April 14th
  • “Selected Works” by Lincoln Hale Turner @ The Gunnery- Opening Reception April 19th 
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights @ WAA- Closing April 20th
  • “No Boundaries,” New Paintings by Chandra Rogers @ Gunn Library Stairwell Gallery- Opening Reception April 20th
  • Charlotte Frieze: Atlantic High @ KMR Arts- Until April 25th
  • Point of View: Digital Print Show @ WAA- Opening Reception April 27th


Looking for more? April is going to be quite the busy month in Washington. For more information on the above events and to see other events happening in town, check out our Featured Events Calendar.

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Happy Spring from Explore Washington CT!


Photo Credits:
Thank you to Rich Pomerantz for sharing this month’s banner photo.