New Canaan Historical Society March Lecture Series: The Civil War....It's Personal


13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-1776.

NEW CANAAN, CT (March 1, 2013)  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, located at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road in New Canaan.   This fascinating evening will include entertaining performances by two professionals of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and refreshments.  For details visit or call 203-966-1776.

Jack Hanna at Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk


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

Celebrated zookeeper Jack Hanna will recount his adventures in the wild while displaying some of his animal friends in two special shows on Thurs., March 14 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The animal adventures will begin at 4 & 8 p.m. in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater. Tickets are $45 ($40 for Aquarium members).

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Program: The Layered Garden with David Culp


130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-9242.

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10AM at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich a p rogram with David Culp  an expert and instructor on herbaceous perennials at Longwood Gardens and the recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. David is most widely known for developing the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snow drops. David's book, The Layered Garden, winner of a Barnes and Noble Best Books of 2012 Award, shows you how to recreate his majestic garden. To illustrate how layering works, he takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden, the woodland garden, the  perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery and the walled garden. $35 Member-$45 Non-member.  Check the website for further information.

Stamford Historical Society, Inc. - Founders Day Lecture Local author, Missy Wolfe


713 Bedford St., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-329-1183.

On Thursday, 7 p.m.  Founders Day Lecture Local author, Missy Wolfe, will discuss topics from her book, Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest  America 1610-1655 Stamford Historical Society. Visit the website for more information.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk - Jack Hanna


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

One of the most notable animal experts in the United States, Jack Hanna will bring along some animal friends for two fun shows at The Maritime Aquarium: at 4 & 8 p.m. on Thurs., March 14. Hanna is director emeritus of Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. His khaki safari outfit, deep tan and Southern accent have endeared him to legions of animal lovers. He has starred in several syndicated television shows and is a fixture on morning and late-night TV. Tickets are $45 ($40 for Aquarium members). Reserve your Jack Hanna tickets on this website (top right of this page, at "Buy Tickets") or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Or, become a Maritime Aquarium member to get first crack at tickets for these shows.

Easton Public Library - A Hard Road To Travel - From Connecticut to Gettysburg 1863


691 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT Phone: 203-261-2090.

Join the Historical Society of Easton and their guest lecturer, Carolyn Ivanoff, a Civil War historian and an Assistant Principal at Shelton Intermediate School, who will relay the story of four good friends who enlisted in the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company D. on Saturday, March 16th at the Easton Public Library Community Room 691 Morehouse Road, Easton from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Together they marched, tented, survived the elements and disease and fought every day on the hard road to Gettysburg
where on that fateful day of July 1, 1863 one of them would be killed, two wounded and only one left standing. The program is illustrated with contemporary and period images and was awarded a 2011 CT League of History Organizations Award of Merit in June 2011. In 2003, Carolyn was named Civil War Preservation Trust's Teacher of the Year. She is deeply committed to developing historical programs which bring history to communities for all ages to enjoy. Visit the website for more information.

Audubon Greenwich Program: Family Nestbox Workshop


613 Riversvile Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831. Phone: 203-869-5272.

On Saturday, March 16, 2013--Family Nestbox Workshop from 2:00-3:30 pm. Bring your family to learn how to host bird families in your yard by adding bird nest boxes. Ted Gilman will show different nestboxes for a variety of birds and discuss best practices for placement and bird house maintenance. Families can build their own nestbox if they pre-order a kit when sign-ing up. Or, learn in the class and then buy an assembled nest box from our Nature Store. Ages 5 & up. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.
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New Cannan Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival


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

10:30 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. Bring the whole family and join us out by the Sugar Shack as we celebrate the bounty from this year’s Syrup Season! The day will include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap boil down using sap from our resident Nature Center maples, plus a look into the past of historic and native methods of producing Maple Syrup. We’ll also host a delicious Pancake Brunch where you and yours can sample the sweet treat from the sugar maple trees atop a short stack of flapjacks. You can also top off your dish at our topping bar filled with an array of fruit, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and more! Join our Naturalists outdoors for a hike down our bucket-lined Maple Lane to catch up on some simple tree identification tips, take a Real v. Fake Syrup taste test, gather round the campfire to share tall tales of this winter’s adventures or try your hand at some maple-themed crafts.

Healthy Kitchen Essentials 101: Essential Cooking Techniques Jones WInery


606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT Phone: (203) 929-8425.

3:00 pm Healthy Kitchen Essentials 101 is a progressive series of hands-on cooking classes to help you create a health-enhancing kitchen in your home. Learn some basic versatile and nourishing recipes. Registration includes apron, recipes, meal and glass of wine. Limit 12 students. Learn to use knives, prepare savory food items and concoct broths. Menu: Spring Salad, Chicken Pot Pie, Citrus Cooler Cost: $65 per student. *Sign up for all 3 classes, and receive a $25 gift certificate for use in our gift shop or future classes.

Bartlett Aboretum - Signs of Spring Hike


151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-6971.

10:00 a.m. March always gives us some wild weather here in Stamford, but it’s also a great time to head out to our wetland areas and look for Todd DuPont’s favorite plant Skunk Cabbage! We will meet in the Silver Educational Center at 10:00 a.m. and then head straight out into out forest and talk about what nature does to wake up from its winter slumber. Reservations suggested, members $5 and non-members $10.