Wilton Historical Society Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons & the Battle over Isolationism vs Intervention

03/24/2017 to 10/15/2017

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

Timely exhibition shows 1940s "America First" policy was satirized by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons & the Battle over Isolationism vs Intervention tells, through compelling cartoons and prints of the period, the fascinating story of how the United States moved from efforts to remain neutral during the Great War to "America First" and engagement in WWII. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to 1930s

04/05/2017 to 11/12/2017

295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 838-9799.

Wed.–Sun. 12-4 p.m. From simple, at-home ceremonies to lavish events modeled on Queen Victoria's to weddings of young heiresses of Gilded Age fortunes that commanded social-page attention, this exhibition will explore the evolving nature of weddings and the socio-economic changes of this timeless tradition during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dining and Drawing Rooms of the Mansion will display luxurious artifacts and accessories, as well as elaborate wedding gowns, while the Servants' Quarters of the Museum will highlight ceremonies of immigrant brides who, once settled in the United States, desired to follow American customs and fashions.

Darien Historical Society "Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century"

04/21/2017 to 08/31/2017

45 Old King's Highway, Darien, CT Phone: 203.655.9233.

In keeping with its mission to tell the ongoing story of "costume", one of history's most tangible artifacts, the Darien Historical Society is presenting designer and ready-to- wear styles that existed during and after World War II. Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century highlights five decades of fashion with designer outfits from the 1940s through the 1990s. It follows the history of prêt-à-porter, or ready-to- wear, as it largely replaced haute couture in the fashion industry. The exhibit opens on April 21 and runs through August 2017, with a Champagne Reception on April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Ladies' Luncheons with the Curator on May 3 and 10 at 11:30 a.m. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from Noon to 5 pm Sundays: Noon - 3 pm

Soundwaters Public Afternoon & Sunset Sails

05/27/2017 to 10/01/2017

166 Southfield Ave, Stamford, CT Phone: 203 406 3319.

Afternoon Sails – Great for Families!- Enjoy the excitement and wonder of the Long Island Sound aboard our 80′ Schooner. Work together to raise the sails, examine firsthand the rich diversity of the life that exists beneath the waves, sample and test water quality, learn about hypoxia, and analyze groundwater. All passengers must be 5 years old. Price: $40/adults, $20 for children ages 5-12. Sunset Sails – Great for Adults!- Join us aboard the 80′ Schooner for a Sunset Sail. Bring your dinner and your favorite beverage and relax while watching the sun dip below the horizon. All passengers must be 5 years old. Price $40/person. No children pricing on Sunset sails.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibit 2017

06/04/2017 to 08/27/2017

299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-7999.

This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world.

Wilton Farmers’ Market @ Wilton HIstorical Society - Wednesdays

06/07/2017 to 09/13/2017

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

12 noon - 5 pm. Held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, the weekly outdoor Farmers' Market features fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, jams and jellies, bread, baked goods, pesto, cheese, honey, and maple syrup plus other homemade goodies, all from local growers and makers. Shop for organic produce, including heirloom varieties, from Ambler Farm; indulge in delectable breads, sandwiches, hand-made mozzarella and more provided byBeldotti Breads; or enjoy a take-out lunch or dinner from gourmet food trucks. A variety of local artisans will also be represented.

Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art Exhibit

06/10/2017 to 07/31/2018

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 846-0525 |.

A  salon-style exhibit in the Town House entitled, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art.will be on display, featuring 80+ pieces of art on paper. As part of the continuing celebration of Norwalk's heritage, the Norwalk Historical Society presents an exhibit of the City's significant art collection. The exhibit curated by Sophia Gevas, is comprised of paintings and works on paper drawn from the four separate collections that comprise the Norwalk Collection: the City of Norwalk, the Lockwood family, the Norwalk Historical Society and the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). There are over 80 featured works created by artists who lived and worked in Norwalk. It is presented "Salon Style" in the recently restored 1835 Town House at Mill Hill. The exhibit is a survey presented in groupings of Portraits, Still-lifes, Scenes of Working Life and Nature, each capturing significant aspects and insights about city life through the ages.

Stamford Art Shapes Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

06/13/2017 to 08/31/2017

Stamford, CT

The 2017 exhibit will consist of 39 originally designed and painted fiberglass geometric shapes that will be on display for free public viewing and enjoyment all summer.

Magical Thinking” Art Exhibit at Westport Historical Society

06/16/2017 to 09/02/2017

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

Westport artist Trace Burroughs sold over 300 of his abstract expressionistic paintings by age 15. His one-man show, "Magical Thinking," will open at Westport Historical Society on Friday, June 16 with an opening reception at 6pm and will run through Saturday, Sept. 2. One of Burroughs's early works is part of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, alongside works by internationally renowned artists including Picasso, Matisse, Calder, Motherwell, and others. His new collection of digital art is exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout Fairfield County. Magical Thinking, Friday, June 16, Opening Reception, 6 – 8 pm.

Westport Historical Society Exhibit: The High School That Rocked!

06/16/2017 to 09/02/2017

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

The focus of the exhibit will be on capturing the story of how six legendary bands (later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) all performed at Staples High from 1966-68, creating indelible memories for local students. It is a unique slice of rock history that happened right here in Westport–and a moment in time that will probably never happen again. The exhibit will display over 100 vintage visuals including replicas of the original concert posters, blow-ups of ticket stubs, clippings from the Staples student newspaper Inklings and the local Town Crier, and photos taken at the concerts and behind the scenes by high school and junior high students. The exhibit will contain a clip from the documentary short, along with a vintage portable record player, records, and clock radio–so that WHS baby-boom visitors can not only relive but also hear some of those classic music memories or, in the case of younger visitors, discover how kids back then actually listened to new music.