Friday, April 21, 2017

Preserving the Bounty Series @ The Silo

The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm's cooking school in New Milford is offering a new series of classes called Preserving the Bounty that runs from May 6 through September 16.  Each class offers techniques on how to work with the season's freshest vegetables. The techniques you learn in each class with help you extend the season with simple easy to use recipes. Every class covers food safety and general procedures for a successful seal every time! These are "Hands-on" classes with each participant taking home recipes and 2 freshly made jars of seasonal goodness- plus the confidence to DIY at home

Preserving the Bounty kicks off on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a class, Pickles int he Pantry with chef Pam Lillis. As a participant you will become part of the farm to table movement as you learn to pickle almost anything! The class will start with creating your own jars of garlic dills or string beans, and pickled fruit or ginger ...and then can them from start to finish. Participants will learn about the brines, technique, and about the science of pickling.

On Saturday, June 17 participants will learn how to preserve the spring and summer bounty of fruits, and berries. Learn to make sweet and savory jams and jellies and take full advantage of what we wait for all year long here in the New England! Recipes using the best of the season will become favorites as you explore fresh flavor profiles to accommodate favorite flavors such as chai and cardamom.

The class on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be an intro to infusions: Oils, Vinegar, and Shrubs. This class will show students how to make their own herb infused oils for dipping and recipes. Participants will create flavored vinegar's that are not only delicious but beautiful to look at.  They will also explore fruit shrubs in creative combinations for cocktails and mocktails!

The final class on Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 pm is all about tomatoes !  A perfect class to take if you have a bumper crop!   Recipes include Original Gazpacho Salsa & Roasted Tomato Puree.  A highlight of this class is the focus on the methods used  to safely can whole or diced tomatoes that you can serve all winter long.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reigning Fashion: Victoria and the Queen @ Lockwood Mathews Mansion

If you are interested in Queen Victoria and fashion, this is a lecture not to miss. The Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk is hosting a special lecture on the fashion of Queen Victoria on April 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The popular new PBS series, Victoria, examines the life of Great Britain's nineteenth-century queen. The dazzling costumes worn by the actors prompt this lecture's examination of the cultural history of clothing in the Victorian era. What was the inspiration for women's dress styles in the period? How was clothing made and who did the work? What was Queen Victoria's role as a fashion leader? And, how authentic are the costumes worn in the PBS series? To complement the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's current exhibition of wedding dresses, this lecture will include a discussion of nineteenth-century wedding fashions and the effect of Queen Victoria's 1840 marriage to Prince Albert.
Ms. Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in New England's historic costume and textiles. From 1995‒2000 she was the curator of textiles and fine arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Since going independent, Lynne has undertaken a number of large projects, including curating an exhibition and catalog for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford: Modesty Died When Clothes Were Born: Costume in the Life and Literature of Mark Twain, for which she won the Costume Society of America's Richard Martin Award for Excellence. Since 2007, Lynne has been the guest curator of costumes and textiles for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, also in Hartford. Her 2016 exhibition and catalogue for the Wadsworth, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy garnered enthusiastic reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Vogue, and has been nominated for several awards (tba). Another recent publication, Homefront & Battlefield: Civil War Quilts in Context, (co-authored with Madelyn Shaw), published in 2012 by the American Textile History Museum of Lowell, Massachusetts, was awarded a bronze medal in history by the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Lynne is also the editor of Uncoverings, the annual journal of the American Quilt Study Group. Her contribution to the field of historic costume and textiles has been recognized by the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Historic New England, and the International Quilt Study Center, which have all elected her to membership in their honorary or advisory societies.
The Salon includes a talk, refreshments, and a tour of the first floor of the Mansion. Refreshments are courtesy of Best in Gourmet. Tickets are available online or by calling the museum.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Street Smart: Photographs of New York City, 1945-1980 @ Bruce Museum

In the decades that followed World War II, New York City became a world cultural center and was host to a whirlwind of activity: jazz music by legendary practitioners like Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald, feminist and anti-war protests, Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, and race riots in Harlem. James Baldwin once called the city “spitefully inconsistent” and Le Corbusier described it as a “beautiful catastrophe.” During the time showcased here, photographers raced around the city, capturing both cacophonous scenes of urban life and moments of quietude and respite from the chaos.

This exhibition features 30 photographs, chiefly drawn from the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection, including work by Larry Fink, Herman Leonard, Leon Levinstein, John Shearer, and Garry Winogrand. Street Smart provides a glimpse at life in the city during the post-war period and at how street-savvy New Yorkers navigated its bustling landscape.

The Bruce Museum is located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich and galleries are open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Doors close 1/2 hour before closing, Last admission 4:30 pm.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Exhibit opens @ Litchfield Historical Society - Americas Pastimes Sports and Recreation

On April 16, the Litchfield Historical Society opens its 2017 special exhibit, America's Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield that runs through November 26. Swing a bat with the Tri-State Champion Cowboys. Race your way through the Litchfield Hills. Splash around in Bantam Lake. Ride a high wheel to the town green. Score a basket in the school gym. Play cricket with the students of the Law School.

ports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They promote health and wellness as well as leisure and relaxation. They teach us about competition, but also about working together. They help build teams and form lasting relationships. Above all else, they encourage us to move, to think, and to interact.

On April 16, 2016 the Litchfield Historical Society will open to the public its latest exhibition, America's Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield. The exhibit highlights the role of sports and recreation in town from its founding to today, showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. To communicate the active nature of this history, the exhibit groups together sports, games, and leisure activities of both past and present based on the actions they entail, from swinging a tennis racket to playing a game of chess. The exhibit incorporates several hands-on interactives for visitors to enjoy.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Two workshops @ Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum  located on Main St in Ridgefield is hosting a special Glass Bending workshop with with Suzanne McClelland and Dorie Guthrie on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Participants will join exhibiting  artist Suzanne McClelland and master glass artist and UrbanGlass instructor Dorie Guthrie for this special workshop in The Studio at the Museum.

The highlight will be experimenting with bending glass rods using open flame, combining rich colors and flexible forms. McClelland will talk about her exhibition, including the site-engaged glass installations, then partner with Guthrie to lead participants through the exciting process of working with glass. Materials and light refreshments provided.

This workshop will be followed by a weekday workshop: mix, mash and make on April 28 from 10 am to 11:30 am for kids ages 4 to 8 with an adult.  Kids will discover how Suzanne McClelland uses various materials and a range of art-making methods in her exhibition Just Left Feel Right, combining collage, drawing, and painting. Experiment with images, tools, and techniques to make mixed-media masterpieces. The cose is $15 per adult and one child; member $12.
About Dorie Guthrie
Born in 1982 in Moline, Illinois, Dorie Guthrie was first exposed to the medium when she stumbled upon a small glass studio in her hometown. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, she has continued her studies, being awarded scholarships at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she furthered her technique. Over the last five years, she has worked on staff at the Pilchuck Glass School and has also been a teacher's assistant at Corning Museum, Pilchuck, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Guthrie was selected to demonstrate flameworking at the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Before moving to Brooklyn, she taught kilncasting, flameworking, fusing, and imagery techniques at Brazee Street Studio, a Bullseye Resource Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Explore Wedding Traditions @ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum opens its spring-summer season on Wed. April 5, 2017, 12-4 p.m., with new programs and extended tour hours. LMMM will be opened to the public through Jan. 8, 2018 and feature a 45 minute tour as well as a new and extended, 90 minute tour; both tours will be available by reserving online, through the Museum’s website, or by calling 203-838-9799 ext. 4. The 45 minute tour will include the first floor of the Mansion and the Servants’ Quarters, while the 90 minute tour will be more extensive and include the Mansion’s second floor bedroom suites and family room. Walk-ins will be welcomed subject to availability. All new exhibitions will be part of the tours’ admission.

New Exhibition
Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to 1930s
Wed. April 5, -Sun. Nov. 12, 2017
Curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz
Opening Reception: Thurs. April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 non-members $5 members
Gen. Admission: $10 Adults, $ 8 seniors, $6 children 8-18 years old/45 minute tour
Gen. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children 8-18 years old/90 minute tour

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.

New Exhibition
Right Angle Bliss
Contemporary Photography Exhibit
Curated by Gail Ingis-Claus
Wed. April 5, 2017-Thurs., July 6, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 non-members $5 members
Gen. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 8-18 years old/45 minute tour
Gen. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children 8-18 years old/90 minute tour
From vows taken in magnificent settings, to cutting edge images that will redefine rituals and boundaries, this exhibition will feature six up-and-coming as well as award-winning photographers that highlight today’s diversity of cultures and customs in wedding ceremonies throughout the United States. Right Angle Bliss will capture the tenderness, whimsy, beauty, and grit of the promised, “I Do”, and visually redefine this time-honored tradition through the lenses of photographers: Stephanie Anestis, David Bravo, Sarah Grote, Kathy Harris, Airen Miller, and Karol Setlak.

Heavenly Notes: St. Mary’s at the Mansion
Sun. May 7, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Reservations Required – Limited Seating
Admission: $30 (third row and up) -$50 (second row seating), $100 (front row seating)
Reception: $10 per person

In collaboration with the Parish of St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature, Heavenly Notes: St. Mary’s at the Mansion, a rare fundraising concert highlighting the church’s outstanding choir. Repertoire will feature music from the Victorian and Edwardian eras led by Organist and Choirmaster David Hughes. As described in Florence Mathews’ diary, there was a longstanding relationship between St. Mary’s and the Mathews family, as the church was central to the life of the many servants who lived and worked at the Mansion during the Edwardian era. Built in 1848, and originally located on Chapel Street in Norwalk, St. Mary’s burned to the ground and was replaced by a magnificent Gothic Revival stone church in 1871 on West Avenue, half a mile from the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day in Western Connecticut

Earth Day was started by Senator Nelson of Wisconsin in 1970  in order to get the conversation going about how important it is to keep our planet healthy and clean. Since that time millions of people have celebrated Earth Day promising to help the environment and to make positive changes in the way they live and in their communities.  There are many Earth Day events taking place in Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County and here is a round-up of the top six.

One way to start the day is at Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury on 5 Church Hill Road that is offering a special Earth Day hike beginning at 9:30 a.m.Hikers should plan to meet Naturalist Edward Boisits, Ph.D. in the parking lot of the Sugar House. Boisits will lead hikers through the beautiful and historic Van Vleck Sanctuary, on an informative walk in search of the signs of spring. This walk is suitable for all ages and hiking levels. This event is free but registration is appreciated.

In  Washington at the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center there will be an Earth Day open house from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy free admission to the museum and engaging tours that will highlight the fascinating stories of artifacts on display such as Sitting Bull's jacket and the Albert Afraid of Hawk star quilt. Celebrate Connecticut's early history when exploring the museum's core exhibition, Quinnetukut: Our Homeland, Our Story. And, don't miss the wooded trails behind the museum to the Native American Village in the woods.

After the camaraderie of a morning hike, you might want to head to Woodbury’s 22nd annual EarthDay Celebration at Hollow Park located on Hollow Rd. just off Rte. 6.  There will be demonstrations, local craftsmen, unique vendors, activities, live music, exhibits and more to help you celebrate our great planet.  This event takes place from 11 am to  4 pm.

In Fairfield County, the  Fairfield Earth Day Celebration takes place on April 30 this year at the Fairfield Theatre Company located on 70 Sanford St. from 10 am - 4 pm.  There will be hundreds of exhibitors, a variety of live music, crafts, games, science experiments and much  more. Event goers will learn how to improve their health and the health of the environment.

The Bartlett Arboretum, located on 151 Brookdale Rd. in Stamford is hosting Gardens Arbor Earth Day on April 22 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Guests will celebrate the day with music, lectures on plants,  live demonstrations and trail tours where you will admire Champion trees, wildflower meadows and charming gardens. Kids will love the face painting, storytelling and riding in a Bartlett cherry picker. Adults can learn how to prune, plant a tree and identify native plants set amid this unspoiled historic landscape that is a natural preserve like no other in Fairfield County. The rain date for this event is April 23.

Bridgeport's Discovery Museum is hosting an out of this world Earth Day Celebration on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will enjoy Earth and nature themed hands on activities, make and takes and science and sphere demonstrations. A highlight of this event is the planetarium show.