Winter Break Out Day

02/21/2011 to 02/21/2011

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

Add more fun to your vacations by visiting us at SM&NC for a day full of winter fun!  Bring your favorite toys for snow play, join us for winter scavenger hunts and crafts, find out how our farm animals keep warm, warm up by roasting marshmallows over a campfire and more!  Self-guided and naturalist-led activities will be on-going and will begin at the Overbook building. Visit our website for a full schedule! Members: Free / Non-member: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.322.1646, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Fairfield Museum and History Center’s Book Club

02/23/2011

370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: (203) 259-1598.

7 PM. Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation by David W. Blight Ph. D.  The session, which is free for members and $5 for non members will be moderated by Samuel L. Schaffer, Ph.D. Slave narratives, like those in A Slave No More, are some of the most powerful records of our past.  They are extremely rare, according to Professor Blight, with only 55 surviving and only a few first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. The narratives in A Slave No More, tell gripping stories of escape: through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of the occupying Union troops.  Using a wealth of genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the north, where they reunited their families.

Film Series: Great Women Photographers at The Bruce Museum

02/23/2011

1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT 06830. Phone: (203) 869-0376.

Stryker's America: Photographing the Great Depression (23 minutes) and Photography as Art (29 minutes) and Dorthea Lange (13 minutes). Films chronicle the history of photography in America focusing on some of the most successful women photographers of the last 100 years. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Works from Friends of the Bruce Museum, each film is followed by coffee and discussion.  Films are free with Museum admission.

Carrie Raven Orchid Trunk Show at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich

02/25/2011 to 02/25/2011

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

The Orchid Phile is back with all of her glorious orchids. Definitely not your "run of the mill" varieties, Carrie will be bringing some of her most unique orchids for you to ooh and ahh over and then take home to impress your friends!

WINTER WONDERLAND CHILDREN’S BALL at STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN

02/26/2011

303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-899-0606..

With plenty of snow still on the ground, Stepping Stones is calling all princes and princesses to don their best party attire for a night of pure entertainment at the annual Winter Wonderland Children's Ball on Saturday February 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Hands-on activities include making a royal crown and winter wand as well as playing snowman bowling or snowflake balloon bounce. Special Winter Wonderland Royal Drawing for Stepping Stones Insiders Club** members.  Two lucky winners will each receive $100.00 gift certificate to Stamford Town Center. Free to join, Insiders Club members receive special discounts, are eligible to win great prizes, and get early notification of museum events, programs and other information. Those interested in becoming an Insiders Club member, making them eligible for the Winter Wonderland Royal drawing, should Text "Inspire" to 88500 to join or go to www.steppingstonesmuseum.org. Insiders Club members must be present to win. The cost to attend this memorable evening for the whole family is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. All guests need to register online at www.steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

Silvermine Galleries February Exhibits: Opening Reception - New Canaan

02/27/2011

1037 Silvermine Road, , New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9700 ext. 20.

Silvermine February Exhibits: Opening Reception "Artists perceptions of daily life as seen through their works"
Marty Kremer:   “Caithness Lines” An exhibit of large glass sculptural works plus the artist’s first large scale room installation, inspired by sources such as Japanese architecture, sculptor Richard Serra and glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra. Aleksandr Razin: “Urban Landscape” A multi-media, site specific installation using each letter from the word landscape, the artist creates a wall that represents the urban horizon. A conceptual collage that epitomizes daily living anywhere on the planet.Nancy Lasar “Inter – Action” An exhibition of new works in multiple media into which a digital component has been blended with the artist’s work on canvas, print and mixed media. Over-printing, over-painting, over-drawing and layering in general, are tools for creating space, movement and detail. Director’s Choice: Lori Glavin - “Line by Line” Maps and mapping…an exhibition using found objects to create images that evoke topographical maps. Each piece in this new exhibit of works reflects the frenetic pace and diversity of contemporary life that is at once overwhelming and exhilarating FOR MORE INFORMATION: call or visit the website.

Sunday Explorers

02/27/2011 to 02/27/2011

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

11 am – 3 pm, each Sunday (with exception of special event days) – Join SM&NC education staff every Sunday for a hands-on, interactive exploration of many of the Museum’s favorite features!  Each week will focus on a different theme and may include visits with our live reptiles or farm animals, tastings in the garden, or great arts and craft experiences. Programs will feature both staff-led and self-guided activities for all ages. Activities will run throughout the time period, so join us anytime to extend and enhance your SM&NC experience. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Members: Free / Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call 203.322.1646, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org

Westport Historical Society -- Comedy Improv for Kids Program

02/28/2011

25 Avery Place, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-222-1424.

On Monday February 28 from 9:30AM to 12:30 PM kids from grades 3-6 are invited to a Comedy Improv for Kids program at the Westport Historical Society.  Join us for a morning full of comedy improvisation.  Using creative theater games, Christina Frei will lead youngsters through many activities in which they will laugh, of course, and think on their feet, gain confidence, take stage risks, and use every bit of their imagination.  In the comedy improv workshop kids will have fun from the start working with peers as they build confidence and have a blast while hamming it up.  Parents are invited to come for the last 45 minutes to see their children's accomplishments.  Bring snack, drinks provided.  Members $33-Non Members $38. Register in advance by calling the WHSociety.  Space is limited.

Buddhist Art and Architecture Workshop at Westport Arts Center

02/28/2011

51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-222-7070.

On Monday, February 28, 2011 from 10AM to 11:30AM the Westport Arts Center will hold a Staff Development Day Workshop: Buddhist Art and Architecture.  This Worshop will explore Buddhism and its sacred art forms including Mandalas and sand paintings, grapic symbols, buddhist statues and building symbolism will also be explored against the backdrop of this inspiring culture.  $40 (members $35). Call to register.