The Kent Memorial Library in Suffield will host ‘Haiku: Capturing Moments in Nature’ via Zoom on Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m.
Poet Jennifer Y. Montgomery will talk about the history of haiku and other forms of Japanese micro-poetry, from frogs to Zen meditation to underground feudal love letters.
She will then guide participants through the basics of haiku writing. It’s more than counting lines and syllables – each haiku features a unique season and moment in nature.
Before the presentation, think about your favorite season and get ready to write your own haiku.
The America Museum will present a Titanic exhibit at the Coffee Break Gallery in East Brook Mall, 95 Storrs Road in Mansfield.
Ernie Eldridge and Anita Sebestyen will display their memorabilia collection including paintings, photographs, models and more.
Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and randomly.
The event is sponsored by Windham Arts.
Conference, concert on stargazing
Voices of Concinnity will host a virtual panel discussion on the injustice of the sky that isn’t dark enough for stargazing today March 31 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
“Are the stars for all who look up? is in conjunction with the choir’s live concert titled “The Stars Are For All Who Seek,” which will be presented Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.
The concert will also feature guest choir Unitus Ensemble and celestial projections. Both choirs are based in Mansfield.
The Mark Twain House & Museum will host Vanderbilt University professor Cecilia Tichi to discuss her book, “What Would Mrs. Astor Do?” “The Essential Guide to Gilded Age Manners and Manners,” Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Who better to join Tichi than Mrs. Astor herself? Tony Award-winning stage, film and screen star Donna Murphy, who plays Mrs. Astor in HBO’s hit series ‘The Gilded Age’, sits with Tichi and Executive Director Mark Twain House, Pieter Roos, for a friendly chat about how to put yourself on top in golden age society.
Copies of the book, signed by Tichi, are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Shop; proceeds benefit the Mark Twain Home and Museum.
• The Mark Twain House and Museum will present “Titanic: A Deeper Dive,” a virtual conversation about the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
On April 14, 1912, the “unsinkable” Titanic, in the middle of her maiden voyage, went down in history as the most legendary maritime disaster. Immediately, the collision of the ship and the iceberg became international news. In the century that followed, the tragedy took on mythical proportions, inspiring books, films, TV documentaries, a Broadway musical, museums, traveling exhibits, and more.
A panel of authors will explain why interest in the RMS Titanic has grown over time and some of the latest scholarship on this ongoing cultural obsession.
The line-up of speakers includes Tad Fitch (“On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic”, “Titanic: Solving the Mysteries”), J. Kent Williams (“Titanic: Solving the Mysteries”), Charles A Haas (“Titanic: Time Travel”, “Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy”), Bill Wormstedt (“Titanic: Solving the Mysteries”) and Brandon Whited (“Gilded Tragedy: Titanic’s Widow of West Virginia “).
The panel will be joined by moderator Jason Scappaticci, a historian with a particular interest in the golden age of ocean liners.
The Connecticut Horticultural Society will host Amy Ziffer on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in person and virtually, who will present “Structure and Ornament in the Garden.”
Ziffer will provide insight into the importance of often overlooked functional and ornamental design details
The conference will take place at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford and on Zoom. A question-and-answer session will follow the conference.
The conference is free for members and $10 for non-members.
For more information and for non-members to register, visit: cthort.org