Greenwich Historical Society An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich

12/11/2017 to 04/15/2018

39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT

This exhibition will explore the history of the Jews of Greenwich within the broader context of the history of the town and the nation. Beginning with the question of why Jews chose to settle in Greenwich and how they gained an economic foothold, the exhibition will explore the experience of Jewish families living and working in Greenwich for more than a century. It will examine how they, like other immigrants, struggled with the pull to integrate into American society and yet also remain distinct. And it will look at how they, as well as other minorities in Greenwich, have contributed to the larger community despite experiencing periods of discrimination and restrictions on worship, employment and housing opportunities. Although the lion's share of the growth of Greenwich's Jewish community began in the 1960s (today about 11 percent of the population is Jewish), the tale really begins with the mass exodus of Jews from Eastern Europe to America between 1880 and 1920. The stories of those who sought to build new lives here–emblematic of larger historical themes–will be told through photographs, artifacts, archival documents, ephemera and first-person accounts. The exhibition will also explore the little-known fact that there were Jewish property owners in Greenwich as far back as Colonial times. An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich will be curated by Dr. Ann Meyerson, a nationally recognized independent museum curator who most recently co-curated The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World (October 28, 2016 to March 12, 2017) at the New-York Historical Society.

Pequot Library Exhibition

12/14/2017 to 02/04/2018

720 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT Phone: (203) 259-0346.

Experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers, especially children, through Pequot Library's Special Collections exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature, and caroling music dating back to 1848. Come to the opening reception of Holiday Magic: Selections from the Children's Historical Collection on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., join children's book author and Fulbright scholar Christine Pakkala, MFA, for a gallery tour and a discussion of literary heroines. The exhibition is on view through February 4, 2018 during regular Library hours.

Bartleet Arboretum Art Exhibit - "Inspired by Nature"

01/01/2018 to 02/11/2018

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

From a series of etchings inspired by Isamu Noguchi's large rock sculpture in Storm King Art Center to delicate, linear flowers to abstractions of nature and plant life, Bittenbender explores the various facets of the natural world through two differing media – the intaglio print and photography.

Bruce Museum - Bruce Beginnings

01/02/2018 to 01/30/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm Bruce Beginnings. Children, ages 2½ – 5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program is free with general admission but space is limited. See the Visitor Service desk upon arrival to the Museum. Topics will rotate between art and science: Patterned Pieces, Collecting Treasures, Little Artists, Birds of a Feather, US of A.

Bruce Museum Family Gallery Tours

01/07/2018 to 01/28/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

Sundays, January 7, 21, 28, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Designed for children ages
6 – 10 and their families, participants engage in an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no advanced registration required.

Maritime Aquarium Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

01/07/2018 to 01/28/2018

10 North Water St, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

• Sun., Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. • Sat., Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. • Sun., Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. • Sat., Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. • Sun., Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. The cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium's R/V Spirit of the Sound™, the country's first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre- Pinocchio

01/13/2018 to 02/11/2018

263, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-576-1636.

Jan. 13,14,20,21,27,28 and Feb. 3,4,10 and 11. Time: Saturdays at Noon & 2:30pm, Sundays at 1:00pm & 3:30pmPrice: $19-23. It's the timeless tale of a special wooden puppet's quest to become a real boy. With his loyal friend Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio sets out on larger than life adventures that teach him the meaning of bravery, honesty, and family until his dreams come true!

The Palace Christmas Story with Tina Karol

01/19/2018

61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 12033251407.

7 pm Come and celebrate this Christmas with Tina Karol, Ukrainian famous singer, who brings over Ukrainian spirit in her heart to USA. Become part of "Ukrainian Family" in warm, family like atmosphere of Ukrainian Carols and best hits by Tina Karol.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking- Painterly Woodblock Relief Print

01/19/2018 to 01/21/2018

299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-7999.

10-4. Learn to navigate the duality of spontaneous mark marking and precise wood carving while translating loose brush strokes into a woodblock print. Castonguay will guide participants through the process of painting, carving, and printing a 12″ x 12″ image. Students will utilize the "Matisse method" which involves using a long dowel to paint from a distance to achieve the inherent possibilities of gestural drawing. The goal of this workshop is to capture the illusion of immediacy in your woodblock print. Each stroke will be meticulously carved in order to prepare the painted image for printing. Castonguay will teach proper tool use and maintenance as well as block preparation and print registration.

Birds of Winter Workshop for Kids Wilton Historical

01/20/2018

224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7257.

11-12:30. American robins, the state bird of Connecticut, have not yet returned from warmer climes, but other species are in our area, surviving the snow and cold. On Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society, a Birds of Winter Workshop for Kids will be presented. Educator Lola Chen will be discussing what birds are in the area for the winter, information that is gathered by the National Audubon Society at its annual Christmas Bird Count. She will share the history of the Audubon Society, while the kids work on a useful project – making a bird feeder with grapevine and suet for our feathered friends. The children will help make their own snack. Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society Members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.