Bush Holley House Museum The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography

01/26/2017

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

7 - 8 p.m. Dr. Lucinda McKethan will present a lecture about writer and former Greenwich resident Anya Seton. Houses function in any culture as powerful social symbols, and this is certainly true of the five Seton houses. This lecture will explore the social as well as personal and artistic motivations of the famous Seton family of writers in America -- father Ernest, mother Grace, and daughter Anya – by giving a virtual tour of the houses that they themselves built between 1900 and 1951. Four had Greenwich, Connecticut, addresses, ranging from Cos Cob, to Lake Drive, to Anya's soundside home in Old Greenwich.

Fairfield Museum and History Center History by Hand

01/26/2017

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

Tuesdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Ages 8 – 13. Join other creative kids to learn art, design, and sewing, building confidence and problem-solving skills along the way. Learn basic skills, techniques, vocabulary, and safety, students discover their own talents making unique sewing and collage projects inspired by history, including decoupage, patchwork pillows, cute animals, and colorful block quilting.

SM&NC Salon Series: Inspiring Cultural Conversations & Lifelong Learning

01/26/2017 to 01/26/2017

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977.6546..

Discussion, Q&A and Book Signing. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Salon Series for adult  programming helps usher in the new year with “Naturescape Your Yard,” a discussion and slide presentation by Connecticut  garden photographer, writer, and eco-friendly garden coach  Karen Bussolini about how to look to nature as a guide for creating  sustainable, low-care, high-satisfaction gardens. SM&NC Salon Series events begin with a 6 pm reception, with wine and small bites served; the discussion follows at 6:30 pm and concludes with a book signing.  Tickets may be purchased at www.stamfordmuseum.org $35 for one and book; $45 admission for two and book; $25 for one and no book. For more information, contact Allison Biele at abiele@stamfordmuseum.org or 203.977.6546.

 

Greenwich Historical Society Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family through her Novels

01/27/2017

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

2-3 p.m. Anya Seton's novels are admired for their accurate but also highly dramatic and colorful use of historical detail. In this program we will see how some of the elements in Anya's fiction are actually autobiographical, especially as she cast her interactions with her famous parents into the fictional lives of some of her important characters. Our discussion will include the following novels that offer perhaps the most intriguing presentations of her own evolving sense of self – from daughter, to romantic love interest, to wife and mother: two early ones, My Theodosia 1941 and The Turquoise 1946, two of her most acclaimed (Katherine 1954, The Winthrop Woman 1958) and finally her last one (Green Darkness 1972).

Center for Contemporary Printmaking -SILKSCREEN MONOTYPE with Christopher Shore

01/27/2017

299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203.899.7999.

Friday, 10am – 4pm 1-day workshop, limited to 6; All Levels $125 members, $150 non-members. Participants in this unique workshop will be introduced to the versatile world of monotypes utilizing a screenprint mesh as the surface to work on. Using watercolor paints and water-soluble crayons, you can create drawings and paintings with a freeness and spontaneity unlike other monotype techniques. In the process, learn basic screenprinting techniques such as registration, color blends and the ability to print on a variety of surfaces. Essentially non-toxic and accessible to novices and advanced printmakers.

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society

01/28/2017

224 Danbury Rd., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-762-7257. .

The holidays are full of traditions, and more often than not those traditions revolve around eating. In New Year celebrations, menus often contain foods meant to symbolize or even bring about good fortune. In times past, it was customary to hold open houses on New Year's Day, and offer guests a cup of punch and New Year's Cakes, often sweetened with honey. This month, the children will be making New Year's Cake. A recipe for New Year's Cake from The Practical Cook Book by Mrs. Bliss (Published in Philadelphia, 1850), calls for honey and caraway seeds, and makes a stiff dough that is to be rolled out, cut and baked -- this "cake" is actually what we would call a cookie. The Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids program will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 11:00 – 12:30.

Earth Place Birds of Prey Feeding and Trading Post

01/28/2017

10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT Phone: 203-557-4400.

3 pm Observe the naturalists feed our birds of prey. Questions welcome! Rain or shine; included with admission.
Nature's Trading Post January 14th, 3:30 PM Share your collection of nature finds, tell us the story of your item, and trade it for something new. Please no objects regulated by state or federal law, such as bird feathers, nests, eggs, and any endangered species. Please do not bring in anything that will rot or smell.

Darien HIstorical Society REVOLUTION AND REFUGEES

01/28/2017 to 02/25/2017

45 Old King's Highway, Darien, CT Phone: (203) 655-9233 .

Join Ken Saturday mornings for a unique opportunity to use the Society's collection of original Revolutionary War-era documents as points of departure from which to explore the civil war that raged along Long Island Sound for eight terrible years. We'll see what Middlesex Parish was and was not; how and why the community divided its loyalties with such violent results; the impact the larger war had on our area; and how the pieces were gathered up at the end. Limited to 12 participants. Admission is free for patron members ($250) and up, $50 for members, $100 for non-members. Reservations can be made with Ulla Kremer at (203) 655-9233 or ukremer@darienhistorical.org.

Audubon Center at Fairfield Winter Storytelling and Cocoa

01/28/2017

2325 Burr Street. , Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-0416.

Join us for a cozy hour of storytelling and visiting with live animals as we sip delicious hot cocoa. $2 suggested donation. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. The program is being held at the Center at Fairfield

Norwalk Historical Society 19th Century Wet Plate Photography Demo and Lecture

01/28/2017

141 East Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-846-0525..

Snow Date: Jan. 29. 1 pm. Fine photographic artist, N.W. Gibbons, will present a lecture and rare demo of the 19th century wet plate photography process. Learn how these photographs are created, as Mr. Gibbons walks through the steps of his precise wet plate process to create a tintype photograph. Attendees will be able to view original 19th century tintypes and ambrotypes in the Norwalk Historical Society's new exhibit, "Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk". The exhibit is curated by Elizabeth Avery and graphic designs by Scott Kuykendall. Adm. $10