Alexander Jackson Davis: An American Architect - The Barnum Museum - Bridgeport


820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-331-1104.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00 pm. Alan Plattus, M.Arch., Professor, School of Architecture,Yale University. Davis, known as the most influential and innovative architect of the 19th century, brought American architecture into the modern period. Yale Professor Alan Plattus will highlight Davis’ extraordinary McLevy Hall design.

Tales of Conflict and Accommodation in America's Progressive Era at Greenwich Historical Society


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

The Historical Society is also offering a number of public programs throughout the fall to further explore personalities and social, economic and political influences that shaped American art at the turn of the 19th century when the Cos Cob art colony was in its heyday. Kathleen Johnson will talk about social and economic currents in a lecture entitled Tales of Conflict and Accommodation in America's Progressive Era.

Beardsley Zoo -- Zoo Tots

10/09/2012 to 10/10/2012

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 394-6565.

10:30am - 11:15am This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to four years old, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts and live animals. This session is entitled "Not So Scary." Pre-registration is required by calling 203-394-6563. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child.

Housatonic Community College Hosts Author, Historian Rickie Solinger at Housatonic Museum of Art--Bridgeport


900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-332-5052.

Rickie Solinger, curator of Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit and an award-winning author, historian and curator, will offer a talk in the Burt Chernow Galleries on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Solinger will discuss how the artists included in this exhibit "reexamine women's history by positioning tools used in a domestic setting as the "fulcrum for a contemporary work of art." She says, "These old tools are at the center of women's work: washboard, a dressmaker's dummy, graters, doilies, an advice book, cooking pans, a basket, a garden hoe, dress patterns, a rolling pin, buckets, darning eggs, a work glove, a needle threader, rug beaters, ironing boards, mason jars and a telephone." Solinger points out, "Many of these old tools facilitated....repetitive labor and evoke the various cultural histories of women's unpaid, often diminished and disrespected status within the household and society. But in the 21st century, at a moment when 'old tools' have become aestheticized and expensive, we can look again and see their costly beauty." Rickie Solinger is an independent scholar, curator and author. She received the Prelinger Award from The Coordinating Council of Women in History for her book entitled Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Abortion, Adoption and Welfare in the United States. Solinger is the author of Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe V. Wade (Routledge, 1992) which won the first Lerner-Scott Award given by the Organization of American Historians. She is also the author of The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law (The Free Press, 1994) and the editor of Abortion Wars: Fifty Years of Struggle, 1950-2000 (University of California Press, 1998). Solinger's scholarly articles include: "Dependency and Choice: The Two Faces of Eve," Social Justice 25 (Spring, 1998); "Poisonous Choice" in Bad Mothers (1998), edited by Molly Ladd-Taylor and Lauri Umansky; "'A Complete Disaster': Abortion and the Politics of Hospital Abortion Boards, 1950-1970," Feminist Studies 19 (Summer, 1993); and "Race and 'Value': Black and White Illegitimate Babies in the U. S., 1945-1965," Gender and History 4 (Autumn, 1992). In addition, Ms. Solinger has also organized art installations and traveling exhibitions that focus on women's issues and history.

Twilight Canoe Rides Woodcock Nature Center


56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton, CT

We have six canoes, each seats between 2-4 people. Canoes can be rented for $30 each for members; $35 each for non-members. October dates: 5:30-7 pm Come early for a picnic supper! A naturalist will be on hand for Q&A.  Space is limited, so call today!

Westport Arts Center Fall Café


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

12:30  P.m. to 1:30 P.m. Join us for a fun and interactive series of lunch time talks on the deck, taking place on alternate Wednesdays this fall. Participate in discussions with local food vendors and community activists about topics ranging from climate and policy to nutrition and local food production. While you're listening, enjoy a decadent farm-to-table lunch from Westport's Du Soleil. Free and open to the public.

Tour of Bridgeport's Wicked History


Broad Street side of McLevy Hall , Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-522-4154.

The public is invited to take a haunted tour of Bridgeport's wicked history this Thursday evening, October 11, from 7- 9 p.m. as part of the B-Squared, second Thursday's programming in downtown Bridgeport with their October theme of "Oh the Horror! Zombieland in Bridgeport." Author and historian Michael J. Bielawa will lead two brief walks through the Park City's paranormal past. The leisurely 30 minute stroll will focus on the two blocks between McLevy Green and The Barnum Museum. Strange and scandalous stories will include Bridgeport's crying stone face, a Victorian murder that sparked an international manhunt, and the attempt to rob P. T. Barnum's corpse. This tour and its tales are intended for entertainment and education, and are bl ended with historical fact and human interest. The tour is suitable for teens and adults. The tours are limited to 20 people each. The tours begin at the World War I Memorial on the Broad Street side of McLevy Hall.

Middle School BBQ at The Stamford Jewish Community Center

10/11/2012 to 10/11/2012

1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 203-487-0970.

On Thursday 5:30 to 7 p.m. Take a break from homework and enjoy some food and music at the JCC. Sign up by October 4. Members, bring a friend and receive a free guest pass, plus be entered in a raffle to win great prizes! Grades 6 – 8. Member Free / Community $8. For more information, call Louis Lasko at 203-487-0970, visit or e-mail

Dressing Up, Westport Style Westport Historical Society


Westport, CT Phone: 203-227-0041.

$10, $15 at the door, 6-9 pm, Westport Womans Club, 144 Imperial Avenue. The Westport Woman's Club in collaboration with The Westport Historical Society presents a premier fundraiser where yesterday's fashion meets today's style. Join us for an exciting evening of entertainment, food, a fashion show, hair stylists, special demonstrations,  makeover artists and fabulous prizes. For tickets and info, visit:

Palace Theatre at Stamford Center for the Arts Presents Loving Llanview


61 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 203-325-4466.

Palace Threatre Stamford presents Loving Llanview--October 12, 2012--Celebrating 43 years of One Life to Live.  The show may have ended, but the memories are alive! The legacy of OLTL carries on in Loving Llanview, an engaging 2-hour tribute featuring Kassie DePaiva "Blair," Trevor St. John "Victor," Melissa Archer "Natalie," John-Paul Lavoiser "Rex," Hillary B. Smith "Nora" and Tuc Watkins "David." Facts, trivia, Q & A, off-camera secrets and more! Get up close and personal and see the actors LIVE, plus take an emotional walk down memory lane! Loving Llanview...filling the void for OLTL fans everywhere! Showtime: 7 pm.
Tickets:  $118/$68/$48/$28 plus SCA fees. Seniors over 62 Save $10 a ticket. Groups 10+ Save $10 ticket!  call SCA 203-325-4466. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.