Greenwich Historical Society An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich

12/11/2017 to 04/15/2018

39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT

This exhibition will explore the history of the Jews of Greenwich within the broader context of the history of the town and the nation. Beginning with the question of why Jews chose to settle in Greenwich and how they gained an economic foothold, the exhibition will explore the experience of Jewish families living and working in Greenwich for more than a century. It will examine how they, like other immigrants, struggled with the pull to integrate into American society and yet also remain distinct. And it will look at how they, as well as other minorities in Greenwich, have contributed to the larger community despite experiencing periods of discrimination and restrictions on worship, employment and housing opportunities. Although the lion's share of the growth of Greenwich's Jewish community began in the 1960s (today about 11 percent of the population is Jewish), the tale really begins with the mass exodus of Jews from Eastern Europe to America between 1880 and 1920. The stories of those who sought to build new lives here–emblematic of larger historical themes–will be told through photographs, artifacts, archival documents, ephemera and first-person accounts. The exhibition will also explore the little-known fact that there were Jewish property owners in Greenwich as far back as Colonial times. An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich will be curated by Dr. Ann Meyerson, a nationally recognized independent museum curator who most recently co-curated The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World (October 28, 2016 to March 12, 2017) at the New-York Historical Society.

Bruce Museum Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War

01/20/2018 to 06/10/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-413-6735 .

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works from the "Great War" donated to the museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III. The exhibition, which will be on view through June 10, 2018, commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into that epochal conflict. The United States' involvement in World War I lasted only 20 months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation's military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence. In the era of radio and film's infancy, posters were an essential medium; there were more than 20 million posters printed from about 2,500 designs. Many of the posters on display in Patriotic Persuasion were originally collected by Mr. Watling's stepfather, Charles B. Warren, Jr., and his brother, Wetmore Warren, in Washington, D.C., where their father, Charles B. Warren, served on the staff of the Judge Advocate General during the war.

Maplesugar Festival Weekend

02/05/2018 to 02/05/2019

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903.

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4  | 11 am to 3 pm

​Members: $5/per person | Non-members: $10/per person

Directors Circle & Family Plus and all children under 3: FREE

​Save time by purchasing your tickets in advance. Visit stamfordmuseum.org. 

Celebrate the sweetness of the maple sugaring season as this annual family favorite returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and see firsthand how sap is tuned into maple syrup. Learn how trees are tapped, see how sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, have your face painted, enjoy live music, and visit our Museum Galleries. 

Birds in Art Opening Reception

02/05/2018 to 05/29/2018

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 2033221646.

Friday, February 23,2018, 6-8 pm

BIRDS in ART | February 24- May 28, 2018

Open to the Public | Refreshments and Appetizers | Free of Charge

RSVP by Monday, February 19th to rsvp@stamfordmuseum.org or by calling 203-977-6521

Birds, in all of their majesty and fragility, connect us with the natural world and have been the source of artistic inspiration for millennia. Today, talented artists from across the globe vie for membership in the exclusive cadre of avian artist chosen to exhibit in "Birds in Art." Now into its fifth decade,Birds in Art is recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art.

Organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, this exhibition presents a juried collection of 60 outstanding contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media, except crafts and photography, are included. More than 60 artists have created original paintings, sculptures, and graphics within the past three years, for inclusion in this 42nd annual exhibition. Wildlife enthusiast, ornithologists, and backyard birders will be delighted by the quality and variety of the artworks that capture birds in all their natural splendor. Fully illustrated catalogs will be available for purchase.

Bruce Museum “America Calls": Mobilizing Artists during the Great War”

04/16/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT

10 am - 11 am. Monday Morning Lecture. "America Calls": Mobilizing Artists during the Great War" by Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D. Before, during, and after World War I, American artists of all generations, aesthetic styles, regions, and political points of view developed imagery to express ideas about the imperiled world in which they lived. When the United States finally entered the ongoing conflict—marking the first time American troops were sent overseas to defend foreign soil—President Woodrow Wilson mobilized artists to design posters to support the war effort. This lecture will explore seductive and persuasive propaganda in the context of the larger response of artists (including painters and sculptors) to the "war to end all wars."

Astronomy Nights: The Moon Village: Living At An InternationalMoon Base

04/20/2018 to 04/20/2018

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 2039776521.

Astronomy Nights: The Moon Village: Living At An InternationalMoon Base - Tony Faddoul

Friday, April 20, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on The Moon Village: living at an International Moon base, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

Spring Home School Day: Air & Water

04/24/2018 to 04/24/2018

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 2039776521.

Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 am - 3 pm

For ages 5-10. We'll tackle the other two elements for our Spring Home School Day! Discover the ecology of our vernal pools, explore the power of air in our wind lab, launch stomp rockets into the air, and investigate the ecology of a watershed. Limited enrollment for small group experience; prepayment is required. No charge for teachers/chaperones and non-participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas. To register, please contact Devan Shulby at dshulby@stamfordmuseum.org. or 203-977-6540. Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child.

For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

Darien Nature Center Weeds, Weeds, Weeds

04/26/2018

120 Brookside Road, Darien, CT Phone: 203-655-7459.

11am - 12:30 pm. identify and manage those pesky weeds that are relentless visitors in garden beds. Advanced Master Gardener Peter Russell from the Bartlett Arboretum will join us to share tips on minimizing the presence of weeds and how to get long term weed-free results. Learn the four key ways to control weeds. COST: $35

Greater Bridgeport Symphony STARS AND STRIPES

04/28/2018

910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 576-0263.

At the Klein. What is the music of the American Revolution -- since symphonic music didn't take root in America until almost the 20th century? American music was song, and so GBS is commissioning (with the Orlando Symphony) a new composition: the songs of the American Revolution and Civil War by Jeremy Kittel, who will also solo on violin. The Northeast premiere of an American anthem! Then we move into Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and celebrate two composers who could have only sprung to life in America: George Gershwin and Scott Joplin -- with a new arrangement from his opera Treemonisha.