Wilton Historical Society & Heritage Museum Booked for Lunch

05/26/2015

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

12-1:30 p.m.  The next read- First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War by Joan F. Cashin When Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy, his wife, Varina Howell Davis, reluctantly became the First Lady. A century after her death in 1906, Joan E. Cashin has written a masterly work, the first definitive biography of this truly modern, but deeply conflicted woman. Pro-slavery but also pro-Union, Varina Davis was inhibited by her role as Confederate First Lady and unable to reveal her true convictions.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - ASTRONOMY NIGHTS: Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way

05/29/2015

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

7:30 p.m. Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way, followed by a visit to view the night sky through the Observatory's 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Wilton House Tour To Benefit A Better Chance of Wilton

05/29/2015

70 Ridgefield Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203/807-1570.

Wilton House Tour--Friday, May 29, 2015--10 AM through 3 PM. Join us for a tour of four unique and delightfully decorated homes!NEW this year... Garden Luncheon and tour of fifth home. (Tickets to the luncheon and this home tour are an optional purchase from the general tour.) Enjoy a sumptuous garden luncheon, catered by Matthew John Caterers, on the property that was for many years owned by an heir to the Schick shaving fortune. After lunch, stroll through the gardens and tour the 1940 home that is listed on the Wilton Historical Society register. Lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 2 PM and will be held in the ballroom of the home should there be inclement weather. Tour tickets for the four homes are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the tour. Tickets for the general tour, fifth home and Garden Luncheon at 11:30 AM to 2 PM are $80 and must be purchased by May 26th.  Check the website for further information.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Program: Astronomy Nights: The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way

05/29/2015

39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-1646.

Astronomy Nights: The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way--Friday, May 29, 7:30 pm. Join us for our exciting spring series of astronomy programs! Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more through our 22-inch telescope. Start by enjoying a presentation on "The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way" followed by a visit to view the night sky. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Please note viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter – 151 Scofieldtown Road. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Center for Contemporary Arts In Pursuit of the Wayward Muse: Non-toxic Monotypes and Monoprints

05/29/2015 to 05/31/2015

299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203.899.7999.

Catherine Kernan, Friday - Sunday, 10am – 4pm, 3-day intensive workshop, limited to 8, $360 members, $400 non-members.  An intensive exploration with soy-based Akua inks and ink modifiers, this workshop provides the context, information, and inspiration to create richly layered monotypes and monoprints in series and variations. With particular attention to mixing and modifying inks for viscosity monotype rolling, we exploit basic additive and reductive monotype techniques. Overprinting, off-set transfers, stamps, stencils, ghost images and chine collé, using a variety of matrices increase the opportunities for "controlled accidents" and "calculated spontaneity." Emphasis in the workshop is on identifying and enhancing the synergy between each participant's own way of making art and the processes of printmaking. Demonstrations, one-on-one consultation and critiques encourage individual direction and the pursuit of projects in depth.
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The Stamford Jewish Community Center - J-PALOOZA

05/30/2015

1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 203.487.0996 .

9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Get ready to rock! Break out your concert t-shirts and book your babysitter now, for what’s sure to be an evening not to be missed. Be blown away by our very own home-grown rock stars as they take the JCC stage and jam. Didn’t know we had such great talent within our own backyard? Grab your friends, sidle up to the bar, and check out the musical talent! Munchies and refreshments served. Must be 21 or older. Admission: $10 member /$15 community. Admission with beer and wine: $20 members / $25 community. For more information contact Center Women of The J, 203.487.0996 or centerwomen@stamfordjcc.org

Weir Farm Hosts Impressionist Painting Workshop--Wilton

05/30/2015 to 05/31/2015

735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203-834-1896 Ext. 28.

To honor and continue the American Impressionist tradition started by Julian Alden Weir, Weir Farm National Historic Site will be offering a two-day Spring Impressionist Painting Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and May 31 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Designed for advanced and intermediate art students and artists, this workshop will engage participants interested in learning more about the science and poetry of Impressionist landscape painting. Participants must have an intermediate understanding of their selected art form and be able to handle their own equipment for plein air fieldwork as well as for the studio workshop environment. Workshops will include introductory classroom lectures, field demonstrations, and critique of the participant's artwork. Registration for this workshop is free, but space is limited to twelve artists.

Monroe Historical Society Hosts 5th Annual Mines and Mills Tour

05/30/2015

Cutler's Farm Road, Monroe, CT 06498. Phone: 203-268-2961.

Mines and Mills Tour May 30--The Stevenson Dam and the Tyrawley Stables established by celebrated author Mary O'Hara are on the itinerary for the Fifth Annual Mines and Mills tour May 30 (Saturday) of the Monroe Historical Society. Both are on the morning segment of the bus tour. In the afternoon, the site of the Andrew Curtis Mills in Stepney that was once the commercial focus of Monroe and the little-known Lanes Brothers mines off Flint Ridge Road round off the tour, conducted by bus. The tour runs rain or shine. Cost is $10 for members of the society, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for seniors and students. Seating is limited. Email to reserve a space for the tour.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Compass Challenge

05/31/2015

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Assess your navigation skills with our outdoor compass challenge! Discover the basics of orienteering to improve your outdoor skills and test yourself on our challenge course. We'll learn the proper way to take a bearing and how to set and maintain a course to ensure you are going in the correct direction. Participants will also learn how to read basic maps and how to interpret other directional aids, such as cairns. Compasses provided. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Members: $5/person | Non-Members: $8/person. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Songbird and the Working Forest

05/31/2015

200 Canaan Mountain Road, Norfolk, CT Phone: 860-824-8188.

8 a.m. Join GMF Forester Jody Bronson and Connecticut birder Michael Corcoran for a morning bird walk and discussion of the relationship between our forests and our birds. The walk will include a number of stops through various forest habitats and is designed to illustrate how sound forestry management techniques provide for both a healthier, more sustainable forest and an increased diversity in our birdlife. Registration Fee: $10
RSVP Requirement: RSVP required