Greenwich Historical Society - Second Sunday Family Program: Famiglia Italia!


39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

In conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society exhibition Italy to America, families can drop in throughout the afternoon to tour Bush-Holley House, view the exhibition, make mini pizzas in the Vanderbilt Education Center and listen as storyteller par excellence Bea Crumbine reads the beloved Italian children’s tale Strega Nona (the Grandmother Witch). Sunday, March 10, 2013 Drop in any time between noon and 4 pm. Members: $10; nonmembers: $15

Anna Caroline Maxwell: American Florence Nightingale at Greenwich Historical Society


39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

4 p.m. Greenwich Point Conservancy and the Greenwich Historical Society will cosponsor a lecture on the illustrious career of Anna Caroline Maxell (1851-1929) by Suzanne Law Hawes, President of the Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association. Maxwell, considered to be the pioneer of the modern nursing movement, was often referred to as the American Florence Nightingale. Doors open at 4:00 pm; lecture begins at 4:30 pm Admission is free but reservations are strongly suggested; space is limited.

Westport Arts Center - Toy-Inspired WACky Family Day Toy Design Competition


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

Kids and their families are invited to visit the Westport Arts Center on Sunday, March 10, from 1:00-3:00 p.m and take part in a range of toy-inspired art projects. "WACky Family Day," the Arts Center's popular program, is an opportunity for families to engage in quality art projects in a fun and creative environment. make art in a creative community environment. For the Sunday program, WAC will deliver a  series of art workshop stations, with a local teaching artists leading interactive art workshops. During the program, there  will be an awards ceremony for the winners of WAC's 2013 Toy Makers II design competition, in which students were asked to submit toy concepts. WAC received over 125 toy design ranging from pin ball machines to mechanical robots. Jurors Melissa and Doug Bernstein, founders of Melissa & Doug, an American manufacturer and purveyor of children's educational toys, thoughtfully selected the submissions and will present first, second, and third prizes for both ages groups (5-8 and 9-12).
WAC encourages participants to bring travel postcards and photos, to WACky Family Day which will be incorporated into their own projects. Families of all ages are invited to attend; younger kids can hang out in a play zone, provided by event sponsor Melissa & Doug toy company. Admission is $10/child. Admission is free for adults and children age two and under. Due to the popularity and in order to ensure the quality of this program, advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Pre-registration is requested by phone at (203) 222-7070 or by purchasing tickets online at Ticket sales at the door will be on a first-come first-served basis.

The Stamford Symphony - 2013 Mozart & Friends Recital Serie


501 Post Road East , Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-325-1407, X14.

The Stamford Symphony delivers Serious Fun this winter as we present our 2013 Mozart & Friends Recital Series. These intimate recitals allow you to enjoy the breathtaking sounds of music by Mozart and his friends, enhanced by the intimacy and outstanding acoustics of the Steinway Piano Gallery in Westport Ct. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with the musicians. It is a perfect way to spend a winter afternoon! All recitals begin at 4 PM. Individual tickets $28. Sunday, March 10 Pavel Vinnitsky, Clarinet. For more information call l Gina Ely at 203-325-1407 x14 or e-mail.


Stamford Symphony's - Exploring the Orchestra


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-325-1407, X12.

On Sunday, March 10 @ 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Stamford Symphony's 45-minute interactive programs are geared for children aged 4 to 8, and encourage all to get up-close-and-personal with the musicians. Children will discover which instruments honk, whistle, pluck or bang! For more information visit, call Patron Services at 203-325-1407 x10 or e-mail Tickets: $8- $15, includes admission & parking for the day. Spend a day exploring the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.


Bruce Museum - Diane W. Darst Family Art Appreciation Day: “Learning to Look®” at Animal Paintings


One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203.869.0376.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look® curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. Today’s program will be presented in conjunction with the Bruce Museum exhibition Lure of the Ocean: The Paintings of Stanley Meltzoff. The lessons, presented by Learning to Look® instructor Alice Scovell at 1:15 pm and repeated at 2:15 pm, will focus on techniques that artists utilize to depict water and animals in paintings. There will be painting activities in the Education Workshop. All activities are free with Museum admission, fully accessible, and suitable for people of all abilities and ages. For reservations, call 203-869-0376 or email your name and event date to

Westport Arts Center WACky Family Day: All About Toys II!


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

Sponsored by Melissa and Doug:. The entire family can explore WAC's latest exhibition and participate in hands-on art projects using mixed media. All ages 1-3pm. Using found objects and re-purposed materials, children and families, along with local area artists, will build, assemble, and create with old toys and a wide-variety of materials to create amazing works of art.

Norwalk Concert Hall Presents Concert Norwalk Youth Symphony


Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203.956.6771.

3:00pm - pre-concert talk at 2:00pm - with the Norwalk Youth Symphony - Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Tickets available via or by calling 203.956.6771 or emailing

Newtown Historical Society Program: Follow the Sunset to the West


25 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. Phone: 203-426-5937.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM FOLLOWS THE SUNSET TO THE WEST--Go west, young man, go west, New York Herald editor Horace Greeley is reported to have said, and Connecticut folks took his advice, young and old. In a program on Migrating Out of Connecticut, the Newtown Historical Society will take a look at the westward flow on March 11, at 7.30 PM, in the community room of the C H Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25). The program will be presented by Nora Galvin. The westward urge affected many people in all areas of the country, but it was particularly strong in Connecticut for a variety of reasons. New England land has always presented tough challenges for farmers, but in the earliest days untapped fertility and large land holdings made up for the rocky terrain that gave us our photogenic stone walls. However, over the generations following those days of first settlement, the thin soil began to give up its fertility. There were almost no occupations in which a man could make a living without having a farm to supplement his cash income, and beyond the manure of his own livestock there were little means of fertilizing until the discovery and importation of Peruvian guano toward the middle of the 19th century. For a time the farmer could simply rotate his fields, letting some lie fallow while refreshing them by pasturing his sheep and cows for a year or two. As generations passed, though, land was divided more and more among sons and sons of sons, and the sustaining luxury of fallow fields became less available. The second reason why Connecticut's farmers found it convenient to head west was simply availability. The old colonial charter had granted Connecticut land all the way to the Pacific Ocean by some readings, and the state maintained the claim until after the Revolution. When the state relinquished the claim to sovereignty over western lands, it reserved ownership of the land itself, the so called Western Reserve of Ohio, and the land was used to pay off Revolutionary War claims and otherwise to encourage a new start for the state's land-strapped farmers by migration. The name persists even today in many Ohio areas, perhaps most notably in Case Western Reserve University. Nora Galvin is a former biology teacher and laboratory scientist. She became a professional genealogist in 2005, specializing in Connecticut families, Irish research, and genetic genealogy. Galvin is active in local genealogy societies and regional professional organizations. She is a native of Ohio, and both her daughters were born in Connecticut's Western Reserve. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For further information, please call the Society at 203-426-5937.

New Canaan Historical Society: March Lecture Series - The Civil War…It’s Personal


13 Oenoke Ridge Road, CT Phone: 203-966-1776.

The New Canaan Historical Society proudly presents a three-part lecture series entitled, The Civil War…It’s Personal, beginning March 13th with speaker William Kauffman, author of the screenplay for Ron Maxwell’s upcoming Civil War film, Copperhead.  Come hear the story behind the movie before its release this June.  The lecture takes place at 8pm on Wednesday March 13 at the New Canaan Historical Society. This fascinating evening will include entertaining performances by two professionals of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and refreshments.  For details visit the website  or call 203-966-1776.