Quick Center for the Arts/Fairfield University Hosts The Philadelphia Orchestra


1073 Noth Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-254-4000.

On Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2PM The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.  New music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Phiadelphia Orchestra in a dramatic 21st century treatment of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring".  Tickets $15 for adults and $5 for children and students.  Check the website for further information.

Barnum Museum - Fairy Wedding Tea - Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Tom Thumb's wedding


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

The Barnum Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of "The Fairy Wedding," an event that captured the nation's heart when celebrities Tom Thumb and his bride Lavinia Warren tied the knot amidst great fanfare. The Museum's tea on Sunday, February 24th, will feature music of the period, including the wedding waltz arranged in honor of the little couple, an illustrated lecture about the lavish wedding and Lavinia Warren's influence on American fashion, and an exhibition of original artifacts that belonged to the famous, tiny couple. Join us for tea and cakes and learn about a celebration so big it pushed news of the Civil War off the front page of the papers. The music of the day, including the "Fairy Wedding Waltz" will be performed by the Weston High School orchestra under the direction of Erik Paul. This piece has been carefully arranged from the original sheet music in the collection of The Barnum Museum. In addition to the sheet music, a slice of wedding cake, photographs, Lavinia Warren's bridal wreath, and other artifacts will be on display. Using the bridal accoutrements and her research on 19th century fashion, historian Mellissa Huber will present an intriguing talk to discuss how Lavinia, the woman describe by P.T. Barnum as an "accomplished, educated, beautiful and perfectly developed woman in miniature", was a fashion plate for women in New York City.  Tickets are $15 each. You may order tickets online at fairyweddingtea.eventbrite.com, or call The Barnum Museum at (203) 331-1104, ext. 100 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

A Star-Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 at Wilton Library


137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT Phone: 203.762.7257.

The Scholarly Series collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society celebrates its 6th season with a timely bicentennial tribute -- this year's theme is A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812. The four-part lecture series, sponsored by The Wilton Bank, begins this fall and continues through January and February 2013.  4 p.m. Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War, February 24, 4 pm at Wilton Historical Society. Presented by Glenn Gordinier and moderated by Max Gabrielson. Sponsored by Bill and Sally Gemmill.

Bruce Museum - Dinosaurs Family Day


One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203.869.0376.

Family days provide fun, educational activities for the entire family including: gallery hunt through the exhibition Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China, hands-on craft activities, and at 3:00 p.m. Jim West’s Puppet Production of DINOSAURS! a TheatreWorks USA presentation. Fossil, the Dinosaur detective, mixes fun and facts in this colossal show inspired by everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev provide the rich musical score. All activities are free with Museum admission, and are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation


370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-255-1598.

Exhibit and programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and its significance over time, featuring Abraham Lincoln’s signed copy, rare slavery artifacts, prints, political cartoons and more.

Opening Reception for February Exhibits

02/24/2013 to 02/24/2013

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

EXHIBITS OPENING AT SILVERMINE: Sharon Cavagnolo: “New Paradigms,” Mary Jo McGonagle: “(Dis)connect,” Anca Pedvisocar: “Take 2” and Guild Group Show: “The Human Touch: Five Printmakers.”

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Program: The Plany Doctor is in .... Refresh your Terrarium or Topiary


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

On Monday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Back by popular demand, super modern, lush and green, terrariums and topiaries are everywhere. Join us in the Horticulture building for a hands-on workshop on rejuvenating your terrarium or topiary. We will provide a fun learning experience and help you re-create a unique mini garden or plant sculpture. Reservations Required.  Check the website for further information.

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Program: Gentle Healing for Baby & Child with Andrea Candee


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

Gentle Healing for Baby & Child with Andrea Candee--February 27th, 10:00 am. Master Herbalist, Andrea Candee, will spend the morning with us explaining the benefits of nature's pharmacy, focusing on her book, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child, a comprehensive guide to natural remedies for children's health issues. Book will be available for purchase. Reservations Required.

Bruce Museum - Privacy


One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

6:30 p.m. "Who's watching you?" As the use of social media, cell phones and technology explodes across the globe, the concept of 'privacy' becomes increasingly elusive. Our attachment to these new mediums of communication offers unprecedented connectedness -- but also comes with a price. Amidst a web of romance, murder and political intrigue, Privacy explores the dangerous, unintended consequences of privacy invasion taken too lightly. Film Trailer The evening will feature a Q&A with producer Anre Garrett. $20

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Program: A Bum Rap, Under-appreciated Plants for Your Garden with Tim Paterson


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

A Bum Rap, Under-appreciated Plants for Your Garden with Tim Paterson--February 28th, 10:00 am.Tim Paterson is principal and owner of Highland Design in Pound Ridge. Born and raised in Scotland, trained at St. Andrews, Edinburgh University School of Landscape Architecture and the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, Tim has worked on major public and private gardens around the world and many nearby gardens in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Join us to learn about plants that thrive in our area, but are not touted by local garden centers. Reservations Required.