Fairfield Museum The History of the 29th Connecticut Colored Regiment

02/17/2013

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT

2:30  Free with admission, for adults, families and children ages 9 and up. Join Ben Hawley for a discussion on the creation of the 29th Connecticut, and how Governor William Buckingham bravely stood up against those within the state who opposed a black regiment, as well as Frederick Douglass’s support of it. Learn how the 29th Connecticut was formed, the appointment of only white officers, and the men’s parade march from the New Haven green to the waterfront, where they boarded the ship Warrior to travel south. Hawley will discuss briefly the 29th’s battle experiences and some of the soldiers who stood out.

Fairfield Museum and History Center - Film: African Americans in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights

02/17/2013

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1598.

12:30 p.m. This film is appropriate for students in grades 4 and up. This documentary by Connecticut filmmaker Karyl Evans chronicles the significant events and people in the history of African Americans in Connecticut from just after the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. The film, narrated by Ruby Dee, received 3 Emmy Awards for writing, producing and directing.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Sunday Explorers

02/17/2013

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

Sunday Explorers Sundays, February 17 - March 24, 1 to 4 pm (no class on 3/3) Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Our popular guided farm and trail programs and animal meet and greet return, joined by our all-new Star Stories program in our museum galleries. Stop by the Overbrook Nature Center for a self-guided craft and to visit our animals or join us for a program. Different themes, animals and stories each week. Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call,  e-mail, or visit the website.


The Stamford Symphony - Musical Genius

02/17/2013

61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 203-325-1407, X14.

On Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Maestro Preu will share secrets and stories behind the music on stage one hour before the concert. $22-73, Kids Come Free on Sunday. MusiKids, an interactive education experience for children ages 6 – 12, takes place before the Sunday concert. For more information visit the website.

Fairfield Museum “Tea With Abraham and Mary” and Drop-in Family activities

02/18/2013

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT

0 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drop-In Family Activities: Be Presidential! Free with admission. Enjoy fun activities inspired by Abraham Lincoln and Presidents Day.  Take an intimate glimpse into the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, as they sit together for a conversation over tea. The audience is invited to ask questions about Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in this behind-the-scenes look into their home life. Portraying Abraham Lincoln is nationally renowned Lewis Dube, who studied at Yale’s Drama School and has brought the 16th President to life for thousands of fans. He has appeared at venues across the country including The LBJ, The George Bush, and Eisenhower presidential libraries and has also appeared on ABC, CBS, History Channel, Fox, and CPTV. Carol Deloppo portrays Mary Lincoln. She has been a Civil War re-enactor for over 20 years and plays several different roles of women from the period. She performs at schools and group events as Mary, speaking first person about her life. She prides herself in engaging children in discussions on the subject of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Fairfield Museum and Nature Center - Family Performance: Tea with Abraham and Mary

02/18/2013

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

Monday, February 18, 2:30pm. Come early to guarantee your seat! Refreshments will be served following the performance.
For adults, families and children ages 9 and up. Take an intimate glimpse into the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, as they sit together for a conversation. The audience is invited to ask questions about Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in this behind-the-scenes look into their home life. Visit the website for more information.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center - Winter Break Out Day: Extreme Explorers!

02/18/2013

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

On Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From the starry sky to the open ocean, we have long been fascinated by those who study, paint and explore these unchartered areas. Visit our newest exhibitions to see how artists interpret the sky and create your own star art. Visit our planetarium to learn about the common constellations of the winter sky. Explore how we make maple syrup today and how it is different from the method Native Americans used. Enjoy experiences such as becoming a pirate for the day as we make our own pirate flag, get our pirate names, and complete a pirate treasure hunt. We'll end our day with S'mores over the campfire. Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call, email or visit the website.

Winter Vacation Adventures, for ages 6 to 12 at Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

02/18/2013 to 02/22/2013

10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700.

Each day from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 12 can keep busy over their winter school break with this fun exploration of our natural world. Ages 6 to 9: One-day programs are offered, with a different themed topic each day, including “Sharks & Fins,” “Whale of a Day” and “Deadly Creatures.” Sign up for one, some or all days. See the Aquarium’s web site – www.maritimeaquarium.org – for all the daily topics and activities. Cost is $98 per day, or $435 for all five days. (Aquarium members get a 20 percent discount: $78.40/day and $348/week.) Ages 9 to 12: Older kids can participate in the five-day “Junior Marine Biologist” program. Activities include setting up and stocking an aquarium display, testing water chemistry, dissections and using microscopes to peer into Long Island Sound’s unseen marine life. Cost is $435 ($348 for Aquarium members). No matter the child’s age, all programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-care for all children is available from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., for $17 per day or $72 for the week. (Aquarium members get a 20 percent discount: $13.60 or $57.60.) And post-care, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., is offered as well, for $33 per day or $143 for the week. (Aquarium members: $26.40 or $114.40.) Children should bring a bag lunch, a snack and an appetite for adventure. Advance registration is required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The Barnum Museum - Sneak Peek of tiny garments belonging to Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren

02/20/2013

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

On Wednesday, The Barnum Museum will be continuing its monthly lunchtime lecture programs Sneak Peek from 12:15 to 1 p.m. or opens at noon, Sneak Peek program begins at 12:15 p.m.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the program. $2 suggested donation.  To learn more about The Barnum Museum's current Recovery in Action exhibition and programs visit: barnumWarren was the wife of P.T. Barnum's famous performer "General Tom Thumb". These informal 'show and tell' discussions will feature fascinating, rarely seen items from the museum's collection, presented by the museum's Collections Manager, Adrienne Saint-Pierre and the Registrar, Melissa Houston.  In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren's marriage on February 10, 1863 and popularly known as The Fairy Wedding, the topic will be the tiny garments and accessories worn by the bride and groom. The museum suggests a $2 donation for Sneak Peek  program. During this program, Saint-Pierre will show the orange blossom bridal wreath, ermine cape, and the groom's embroidered silk vest, among other unique items. The tiny celebrity couple had a big impact on American popular culture, and achieved international fame during their travels around the world. At the time of their marriage, Tom Thumb, whose real name was Charles Stratton, was 36" tall and Lavinia Warren was just 30". Sneak Peek programs are also scheduled for Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. on March 20 featuring women's Victorian era fashion and on April 10 featuring a Civil War flag made by Bridgeport women.

Greenwich Historical Society - The Seasonal Baker: John Barricelli Book Talk and Signing

02/20/2013

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

Known for his delicious and gorgeous baked goods, our good friend and baker supreme John Barricelli of the SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk and Westport, has released a new book, The Seasonal Baker. In it, he brings everyday baking with fruits and vegetables within reach of home cooks, offering 135 sweet and savory recipes for all seasons. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Vanderbilt Education Center $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10