Family Farm Fridays! at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center

05/04/2012 to 05/04/2012

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

Fridays, May 4 – June 15 (no class 6/1), 4 – 5 pm. Join us for some hands-on farm fun this spring. Each week we will explore the farm and garden and learn what products come from our local farms through cooking and creative projects. Each week will have a specific theme, so join us for one or for all! Recommended for families with children ages 6 and up, although younger siblings are welcome. Each week has limited enrollment so register early by calling 203.977.6521. Members: $5 per person/Non-Members: $8 per person (per class). Visit stamfordmuseum.org to see each week’s theme.


Outdoor Adventures: Night-Time in the Animal Kingdom at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center

05/04/2012 to 05/04/2012

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

Friday, May 4, 6 – 6:45 pm (ages 3 – 6), 7 – 8 pm (ages 6 and older)

Join Animal Embassy on this night-time journey through the fascinating night life of the animal kingdom. With this captivating program, we will help children to understand the differences between “nocturnal,” “crepuscular” and “diurnal” animals by providing exciting, live examples of each such as a red-eyed tree frog, a hedgehog, a sugar glider, ball pythons, and more! Pre-registration required as space is limited. Members: $5 per person/Non-Members: $8 per person. For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

* * * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Astronomy Nights: Venus – Earth’s Sister Planet at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center

05/04/2012 to 05/04/2012

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

Our closest neighbor (except for the Moon) is an inhospitable place. What makes it that way? What makes it so difficult to study? Learn about our Sister Planet and a related astronomical event that won’t happen again for over 100 years. Following the presentation, view the night sky through our 22-inch telescope. Members: Free/Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5-17) $2. Program suitable for ages 5 and older. Presentation: rain or shine; viewing: weather permitting. For more information call, e-mail  or visit website.

 


20th Anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day - Connecticut’s Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint - Sherwood Island - Westport

05/05/2012

1-95, Exit 18, Westport, CT

On Saturday 9 - 3 p.m. Connecticut’s Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint Event #2 at Sherwood Island State Park. Great Park Pursuit’s Spring Sprint theme this week celebrates the 20th Anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day. Families of all ages are invited to tour through several stations around the park where they will learn about bird behaviors and bird conservation efforts, participate in guided bird walks, visit with live birds, have a chance to band birds and much more!  This event is made possible in partnership with Audubon CT and the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park. The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint is part of the No Child Left Inside® initiative that was introduced in 2006 and is designed to reconnect children with the outdoors, showcase the recreational opportunities available in Connecticut’s state parks and forests, and build the next generation of environmental stewards. There are no fees except for park entrance fees which are $13.00 for Connecticut residents or $22.00 for Non-residents per vehicle.


Stamford Museum and Nature Center Holds Model Ts to Mustangs Antique and Classic Car Show

05/05/2012

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

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11AM to 3PM the annual Model Ts to Mustangs antique and classic car show returns to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center featuring American and import cars manufactured between 1900 and 1979.  Awards will be presented in several categories incuding "Best Survivor Car" and the ever-popular "People's Choice".   Free with gate admission.

The Nature of Love at Weir Farm--Wilton

05/05/2012

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

On Saturday May 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., discover The Nature of Love at Weir Farm National Historic Site with local scholar, poet, and volunteer Bonnie Tremante as she discusses the love letters exchanged between artist Julian Alden Weir and his young fiancée, Anna Dwight Baker. In the letters, Julian and Anna express their deep affection for each other, as well as their observations of nature and its relation to the developing bond between them. Enjoy a walk through Weir Farm National Historic Site as you learn about the direct connections between art, love, and the landscape that was so fundamental to Weir's appreciation of his Branchville farm. There is no fee to participate in the walk, but registration is required and space is limited. To register for The Nature of Love, or for more information, please call (203) 834-1896 x 12. Bonnie Tremante graduated with a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Reading and Language Arts from Montclair University, and earned a Humanities and Writing Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University. She taught for 14 years in the Wilton Public School system in the English Department and continues to explore her love of literature and art by volunteering at Weir Farm National Historic Site where she enjoys transcribing historic letters and presenting special interpretive programs. Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre farm, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation's finest remaining landscapes of American art. Check the website for further information.

Fourth Annual Derby Day Party--Southport

05/05/2012

720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06490. Phone: 203-259-0346.

The Pequot Contemporaries celebrate th 138th year of the Kentucky Derby with the Fourth Annual Derby Day Party--138th Run for the Roses. Prepare to put on your fabulous big hats, dress up in festive attire and enjoy frosty mint juleps and live race coverage outside on the Great Lawn at the Pequot Library.

New Canaan Nature Center Hosts Garden FEST 2012

05/05/2012

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9577.

Plans are underway for "Garden FEST" at the New Canaan Nature Center on Saturday, May 5.  Planned by the Nature Center's preschool families and benefiting the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool, the event will feature a plant sale, garden market, gardening workshops and children's activities. Attendees at this free event, which is open to the public, will have the chance to purchase a variety of plants (herbs, vegetables and flowers) grown from seed in the Nature Center greenhouse as well as perennials divided from local gardens, flowering containers, hanging baskets and more.  The locally grown plants include a variety of heirloom tomatoes, vegetables such as eggplant, red onion, sweet and jabanẽro peppers, broccoli and more.  In addition, herbs include basil, rosemary, sage, thyme and cilantro as well as flowers such as lobelia, sunflowers, dianthus, foxgloves, sweet william and a variety of dahlias.   "This will be a fun day for gardeners of all ages and abilities," says Amy Sorensen, Garden FEST co-chair and preschool parent.   "We're excited to offer a range of plants grown right here in the greenhouse and perennials that are proven to thrive in local gardens." Garden related workshops on topics such as composting, pruning and shrub care will take place throughout the event.  There will also be children's activities such as planting a sunflower circle in the Nature Center's Children's Play Garden, bird house making and mother's day card making.  Volunteers will offer guided tours of the Nature Center's extensive herb garden. In addition to the plants, gardening accessories and books will be for sale and lunch will be available from Farmer's Market vendors for those who wish to picnic.  Space is available for a limited number of horticulture vendors to showcase and sell their garden related products and services (please call 203-966-9577 x19 for information). Gardeners of all levels are encouraged to participate in the perennial plant drive.  Those donating plants can bring them (potted or with roots wrapped in damp newspaper) to the "Lath House" in front of the Nature Center Greenhouse.  Those interested in volunteering or who have questions about the perennial drive should contact Amy Sorensen at ac_sorensen@yahoo.com. Proceeds from this event will benefit the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool program for children ages 2-5.

Super Saturday: Experimental Painting at Wesport Arts Center

05/05/2012

51 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

Ages 5-8: 9 - 10:15am. Ages 9-12:  10:30 - 12:00noon. $35 / $30 for WAC Members Explore methods to combine acrylic paint, pastels, ink and watercolor. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

9th Annual Model Ts to Mustangs at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center

05/05/2012 to 05/05/2012

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

Saturday, May 5, 11 am – 3 pm. Rain date: Sunday, May 6. The annual Model Ts to Mustangs antique and classic car show features American and import cars manufactured between 1900 and 1979. This year’s special section will showcase the Studebaker, the American automotive pioneer active from the turn of the century to 1966. Awards will be presented in several categories including “Best Studebaker,” “Best Survivor Car,” and the ever-popular “People’s Choice.” Awards ceremony at 2:45 pm. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Members: Free/Non-Members: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students (18+) $6, Children (4–17) $5, Children 3 and under: Free. For more information call, or  e-mail,  or visit website.