Monday, October 16, 2017

Waveny Park Then and Now

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Town of New Canaan's acquisition of 300 acres from former resident Ruth Lapham Lloyd, the New Canaan Historical Society is proud to announce Waveny Now and Then.

This lovely park in New Cannan's centerpiece is "the castle" built in 1912 built by William Tubby and that is surrounded by 300 unspoiled acres of land that was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. The house was built for Lewis Lapham, one of the founders of Texaco who spent many summers here with his family. The family gave the Town of New Canaan most of the estate land and sold the estate to the town in 1967.
The house was used for exterior shots for the fictional 'Cortlandt Manor' on the soap opera, All My Children for many years; exteriors of the estate were also used in the 2004 remake film, The Stepford Wives.

This art exhibit features drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture of work inspired by and/or created in Waveny Park. Mark Markiewicz, Torrance York, Antonia Betancourt, Dmitri Wright, Audrey Klotz, Drew Klotz and Jeanna Shepard will have work on display. The art will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Historical Society. The show will run through December 22.

In connection with this show, Torrance York will give an artist's talk on October 19 at 1:30 p.m. Landscape architect Keith Simpson will give a talk about the original garden plans for Waveny Park and the work he is doing to rebuild the grounds on October 5 at 6 p.m.    

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Party like its 1830 in Barkhamsted!

At one time Squire's Tavern built in the 1830s  and located on 100 East River Road in Barkhamsted was one of six taverns in Barkhamsted that serviced travelers on this popular stagecoach route. Today, Squires Tavern is home to the Barkhamsted Historical Society whose goal is to preserve and disseminate the history and culture of the Town of Barkhamsted.

On October 21, beginning at 7 p.m. the Squire's Tavern will once again come alive with music, food, and drinks as the historical society is hosting a "tavern night"!  The tavern will be open for business just like it was in the 1800's and guests are invited to wear period clothes as they join in the fun.  There will be food, drinks, games, and music. There will even be contra dancing in the "Ballroom" after dinner at 8 p.m.

The cost to participate is $10 per person, kids are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Tavern during regular hours (Wed. 9 a.m. - 12 noon and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or call 860-738-1152. The tickets will be limited to 50 so be sure to reserve early.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

All Hollow's Eve @ the Glebe House in Woodbury

As the leaves are changing color and the hint of the first frost is in the air get ready to celebrate autumn at the All Hollows Event event hosted by the Glebe House located on Hollow Road in Woodbury on Saturday, October 21. This celebration takes place during the witching hours of 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Ghosts, goblins, and assorted scary creatures will be on hand along Hollow Road, following a path lit by over 300 luminaries, some of Woodbury's earliest citizens will come back from the dead to lead mystery tours of the nearby Ancient Burying Grounds.
Besides touring the cemetery, visitors should plan to enter the Haunted Glebe House to experience a spine tingling tour with the home's frightening inhabitants and have a tarot card reading from Madame Suzolo. Complimentary refreshments of hot chocolate, cider and autumn treats will warm up our guests on this fall evening.

Parking for the evening will be in Hollow Park, whose entrance is next to the Glebe House. Only a limited number of tickets are available.  Tickets in advance are $10 per person and $22 per family and may be purchased at the museum-49 Hollow Road in Woodbury or call at 203-263-2855 or mail at PO Box 245 Woodbury, CT 06798. At the door tickets are $12 per person. 
The rain date is October 28.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Spooktacular...Fright Haven...

Fright Haven is Connecticut's Largest and Scariest INDOOR Haunted House with over 20,000 of scares in 20,000 square feet that is open from Sept. 23 through October 31 rain or shine at 7 p.m.  Visitors explore the Dead End Manor, the Deadly Grounds and the 3-D Carnival of Evil. General Admission Tickets - Gets you into the entire haunt in advance online are $20.00 and ticket purchase at the door is $25.00. A V.I.P. Cut the Line Speed Pass - Jump to the front of the line online is $39.00 and $49.00 at the door. 

Legend tells us that the deserted Dead End Manor was once home to Count Drake Romania Dudley. One Halloween, he threw a party, and the town showed up, eager to dance and drink the night away. But once the townsfolk entered that party, they were never seen again. Instead, those few who did not attend the party found this: no bodies, but congealing blood dripping down the wallpaper.
If you aren't afraid of the dark, you will be after exploring the Deadly Grounds. Imagine yourself in the pitch black woods with no lights and no way to escape. In this haunt, brave wanderers venture through a land of torture and horror without their eyes to guide them. Is it their own imagination that betrays them? What is around every corner, lurking just out of sight?
Forced into retirement, the clowns and entertainers at Carnival Retirement Home have a lot to prove. They've set up their own circus in Eveville to resurrect their craft, and they've invited the whole gang, including clowns from the grave and those who were locked up for reasons unknown to their Carnival of Evil in 3-D.
This spooktacular venue is located at 411 Barnum Avenue CutOff in Stratford, CT next to L.A. Fitness & 99 Restaurant across from Home Depot/Walmart. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Celebrate Fall at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center Oct. 14 & 15

Once again this year the Stamford Museum and Nature Center is hosting a family fun weekend at their annual Harvest Festival on October 14 & 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fair goers can watch an apple-cider making a demonstration, try the hay bale climb, take a llama trek, and enjoy fun activities for the whole family! Other activities include antique farm tool demonstrations, animal meet 'n' greets, live music with Jay and Ray, face-painting, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children's crafts - including our new Kindness Rocks table.

If you are hungry no worries as you can feast on the delicious fare at an array of locally popular food trucks on the Meadow, or buy a fresh cider donut (or two) from our Food Stand on Heckscher Farm. 

Cast your vote in a scarecrow contest, and wear a costume and participate in the costume parade each day! 

Apples for our popular slingshot at Bendel Pond will also be available for purchase, and the Museum Galleries will be open with the Illustrations of Imaginative Literature: The Korskak Collection exhibition.

Daily admission is $5 per person for members and $10 per person for non-members.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run Oct. 29

Join the fun this year in Kent on  Sunday October 29, 2017, for the 41st running of the Kent Pumpkin Run where the #1 Fall Foliage town in New England will be the spot for dazzling scenery, homemade pumpkin soup and costumes galore.

With events for the entire family, the Kent Pumpkin Run is a fun-filled day for both racers and spectators. One of the oldest races in Connecticut, the Kent Classic attracts both elite runners and those who just want a beautiful walk in the Litchfield Hills with or without their canine BFFs!
The Pumpkin Run kicks off with a Kids Fun Run at 11:15 AM followed by the five mile race/walk at Noon. In the Halloween spirit, many prizes are awarded for costumes as well as finishing times.

The gorgeous course has its own reward at the end as all are invited to the Post-race Party with great food, face painting for the kids and gift certificates from Kent's charming shops.

For up to date information and details on how to register for the race visit the Kent Chamber of Commerce website.

Monday, October 9, 2017

“Where the Wild Things Run” 5K & Kids Fun Run @ Woodcock Nature Center

Once again this year the Woodcock Nature Center located on 56 Deer Run Road is hosting a kids fun run, "Where the Wild things Run" on Sunday, Oct. 15.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.,. and the kids fun run starts at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K run starts at 9 a.m. Registration cost for the kids fun run is $20 and $35 for the 5K run.

The 5K course is almost entirely run on the trails maintained by the Center for more fun and adventure. It will be approximately 90% trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow bridges/boardwalks. The challenging terrain will highlight the diversity and beauty of the property. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome. This trail is NOT stroller friendly.
The Kids Fun Run course is a fun course appropriate for all ages. Parents are welcome to accompany their children.
Parking for the event is available along Deer Run and Fawn Place. It is somewhat limited and will require up to a 1/3rd mile walk to the start. Please arrive early to ensure you get to the start on time and think about car-pooling.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Howl-O-Ween and Boo @ the Zoo

Howl-O-Ween  is an annual Halloween themed event at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.  This family fun event takes place on Oct. 16, 21, 27 & 29 from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

This family-oriented event features activities and attractions geared toward children from 8-15, although brave youngsters have found the event to be quite enjoyable.
For the more timid, there are events such as magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, dancers and more. Braver children (and parents!) can enter the zoo's special haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley's Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse.

Tickets for Howl-O-Ween are $12 presale & for Zoo members (see below to purchase) and $15 on the night of the event. Your ticket purchase includes two haunted houses, haunted hayride, all performances, face painting, carousel rides & more. Food and beverage are not included, but the Zoo's Peacock Cafe is open during the event. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. For tickets and more information

While at the Zoo don't miss the Parade of Scarecrows that line the grass by the Greenhouse as you enter the park and don't forget to vote for your favorite that will be chosen on October 29 at the Boo at the Zoo event that will be held from 12 noon to 3 pm.  If you are 12 and under and come dressed in a costume and are accompanied by a paying adult you will get in Free. There will be hayrides, activities, seasonal favorites and even candy!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Historic Business District Walking Tour/ National Hall

Join the Westport Historical Society on Saturday October 14, for a walking tour of the town’s Business Center District and discover facts about such historic sites as National Hall and the former Westport Bank & Trust Company building. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The one-hour walk kicks off at 3 p.m. at Jesup Green and will be led by Bob Mitchell. “This tour demonstrates how critical the Saugatuck River was to the commercial and economic development of Westport,” says Mitchell.
The riverbank area near Jesup Green is where Ebenezer Jesup, one of the town’s most successful early businessmen, had his wharf, warehouse and store. In 1807, Jesup donated some of his land to the Connecticut Turnpike Company for the Post Road bridge over the river.
From Jesup Green the history tour will cross the Saugatuck to National Hall, built in 1870 by another prominent Westport entrepreneur, Horace Staples, to house his bank. Over the years this red-brick and cast-iron building has also been home to a newspaper, a furniture company, a plumbing store, and the Inn at National Hall.
The tour will then return to the east side of the river, where  Bob will discuss the old Westport Library, the former YMCA, and the wedge-shaped Westport Bank & Trust Company Building. The Y was built by Westport philanthropist Edward T. Bedford in 1923 on the site of the old Westport Hotel. The bank, also constructed in 1923, was purchased by a local developer in 2005 and is now occupied by Patagonia. The tour will go inside to view two murals that Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin painted for the bank in the 1960’s.
On the way back to Jesup Green, Mitchell will talk about No. 76 Post Road East, which was formerly the site of Petrie’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Fine Arts Theater. The first theater in the area to show foreign films, the Fine Arts was closed in 1999 and its building remodeled and is now Restoration Hardware.
There is a $10 suggested donation. Ages 12 and under are free.  Meet at Jesup Green  in front of  Westport Public Library’s lower entrance. Parking is available at the town lot on Jesup Green (Taylor Public Parking Lot). For more information about the tour and to register, call (203) 222-1424. Join us at a local watering hole for a complimentary drink.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tour of Audubon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary

On Saturday, October 14th the Sharon Historical Society is sponsoring a bus tour to the Audubon Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary. The tour will be conducted by Ed Kirby who will talk about his experiences growing up on the estate, the life and career of poet and artist Emily Winthrop Miles, and the sanctuary’s unique geology and ecosystem.

The bus will leave the historical society (18 Main St.) at 10:00am, so please arrive by 9:45 a.m. A tour charge of $20 will defray the cost of the bus. Those wishing to participate can purchase tickets at or by mailing a check to the Sharon Historical Society, P.O. Box 511, Sharon. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event, but please reserve a spot by emailing or calling 860-364-5688. 

The tour will consist of about one mile of walking, a historical review by Ed Kirby and a review of the current Audubon use of the property by Mike Dudek, the sanctuary manager. We anticipate returning to the historical society by 1 pm.

About the Estate

Emily Winthrop Miles (1893-1962) was born in New York City to Grenville Lindall Winthrop and Mary Talmadge Trevor Winthrop. She was a direct descendant of Governor John Winthrop, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Emily Winthrop was privately educated in the arts and became a superb artist as a sculptor, painter, and portraitist. She studied sculpting under famous sculptors Daniel Chester French and Harriet W. Frishmuth. Her several large-scale sculptures received wide acclaim including the 7.5-foot aluminum casting of a dancer (Diana) which was exhibited in the American Pavilion at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. In 1924 Emily Winthrop married Corey Lucien Miles who in 1930 purchased and operated the former North Canaan Airport.

A discriminating collector of Wedgwood, 19th century glass, Audubon’s and various English and American artworks, Mrs. Miles was also a designer of furniture and jewelry, a published poet and photographer. Today her collections are housed in numerous locations including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Southern Vermont Art Center and several university collections.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Haunted Graveyards and Witches Dungeon Deliver Chills and Thrills

It is that spooky time of year again and Bristol Connecticut in the Litchfield Hills is "spook central"! 

For chills, make haste to the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, which has been called "The granddaddy of the horrifically good time." An unholy order of monks keep watch over the graves in the dark caverns of the Catacombs here and a dark and misty fog envelops the graveyard where zombies and night stalkers have wakened from the dead. Some are real, others are amazing animatronic creations made by The Haunted Graveyard's crazed staff. Recommended for adults, teens and very brave children, the park opens at dusk weekends through October 29, and runs to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Lake Compounce will also be operating 17 thrill rides including Boulder Dash, Ghost Hunt, Down Time, and Zoomerang. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Associations. For tickets or

This year, Lake Compounce is hosting a new event to celebrate the season.... a Boo Brew Fest from 5 pm. to 9 pm that will take place opening weekend of the Haunted Graveyard Friday, 9/29 & Saturday, 9/30! Festival goers can sample craft beer from their favorite local breweries, and taste some delicious fall fare! Show your Adult Combo Ticket (Rides and Graveyard admission) and get one FREE flight of local CT brewed beer! Breweries include: Two Roads, Thomas Hooker, Back East, Stony Creek, City Steam, Olde Burnside, Broad Brook, Half Full Brewery, and Firefly and others.
This will be the 51st year for the annual Witch's Dungeon Halloween Classic Movies Museum in Bristol, the longest running exhibit of its kind started in 1966. This wax style museum is a tribute to the actors and make-up artists that gave audiences classic movie monsters. A highlight of the event is the guest appearance of Victoria Price, Vincent Price's daughter on Saturday, October 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Graveyard Of Classic Ghouls sets the atmosphere as you enter the dungeon where accurate life-size figures of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and others are featured in 13 scenes or dioramas based on the vintage movie chillers. Many of the figures are made from the actual life casts of the actor's faces, plus some original costumes or props, in a wax museum style setting with special voice tracks by Vincent Price, Mark Hamill, and John Agar. Many Hollywood props are on display and vintage films will be shown in the auditorium on "real" film until 10 p.m.

While waiting for each wax museum tour, you can view actual film props, actor's life casts and movie posters, or step into our film room, to view classic silent horror movies, shown on film, not video. Featuring far more life size figures & original movie props than we have ever had on display before! Figures based on the classic films of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and more.

The location for Witches Dungeon is 98 Summer Street in Bristol at the Bristol Historical Society.  The hours are weekends in October, Friday through Sunday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Oct. 22-27 through Oct. 31.  The Museum is not recommended for children under age 7. A $6 donation is suggested.   For additional information visit

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Brew-Ski in Salisbury October 8

Beer, brats, and live music, hard soda, and cider are featured as the 8th Annual Brew-Ski Fest returns bigger and better than ever to the Salisbury Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at Satre Hill in Salisbury located on 80 Indian Cave Road.

The event is hosted by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) boasts a record number of breweries in attendance this year with more than 30 breweries signed up.  Popular brands like Big Elm, Back East Brewing, Black Hog, Brewery Legitimus, Broadbrook Brewing, Firefly Hollow, Goose Island, Half Full, Hanging Hills, Harpoon, Lagunitas, New England Brewing, Powder Hollow, Still Hill, Stowe Cider, Strongbow Apple Cider,Two Roads, Thomas Hooker and Samuel Adams among others.

Live music also returns to the Brew-Ski this year when the popular local band The Nice Ones perform. NASCAR Dave and his group will serve up brats and burgers with proceeds to benefit the Country Food Drive.

Tickets for Brew-Ski Fest cost $30 per person in advance and are available at Stateline Wine and Spirits in Canaan, 860 824-7295 and Ledgebrook Spirit Shop in Winsted 860 379-4216. Tickets will cost $35 the day of the event.  The tented tasting will be held rain or shine.  For more information visit

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Exhibitions Open @ The Mattatuck Museum Waterbury

The Mattatuck Museum is presenting four new exhibitions at the Museum: An Artist for All Seasons: Dmitri Wright, Ùtútù: Nnenna Okore, #IBelieveInWaterbury and The Valley Girls.

An Artist for All Seasons: Dmitri Wright is a retrospective of the work of Wright’s art, whose work follows in the tradition of American Impressionism. Dmitri Wright’s art merges the Impressionist focus on light with the post-Impressionistic interest in vibrant color. His paintings celebrate the natural beauty and nuances of the landscape, both in the United States and abroad. This 50-year survey includes student work, art from his early years in New York city, scenes from his travels to Europe and the West Indies, and paintings from both his more recent Provencal and Weir Farm plein air series. Wright is the Master Artist at the Weir Farm National Historic Site which commemorates the life and work of American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir. An Artist for All Seasons will be on view through November 5.

In Ùtútù, internationally-renowned sculptor Nnenna Okore will use textiles to create an installation commemorating the colors and landscapes of her childhood home of Nsukka, Nigeria. Ùtútù, the Nigerian word for morning or something new, describes the transience, potency and energy of the piece. Visitors will respond to this boldly colored and organic art meant to heighten their visual and sensorial experience. Ùtútù will be on view through December 3. It is sponsored by The Coby Foundation and exhibitions in The Lab are supported in part by Raymond Learsy.

Focusing on the city of Waterbury, #IBelieveInWaterbury asked artists to identify those unique aspects of the city that resonate for them. Forty artists share their inspiration with audiences in paintings, sculptures and mixed media works that demonstrate the beauty, joy, prosperity and momentum of Waterbury. One entry was submitted by husband and wife team, Chef Dean and Artist Linda Marino. They will present a “Cook and Paint Together Workshop” on November 11 at 5:00 p.m. Call (203) 753-0381 x130 or visit for more information. #IBelieveInWaterbury will be up through December 3.

Once a Valley Girl, always a Valley Girl, as they say! The Valley Girls highlights three artists all born and raised in the Naugatuck River Valley: Carmella “Mally” DeSomma, Judith Gould Secco and June Pierpont Webster. Each is active in the local art scene, creating and exhibiting paintings and photographs that interpret and celebrate the world around them. This exhibition is in collaboration with Artsplace of Cheshire. Valley Girls will be on view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery through November 12.

Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district, the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination, known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history. For more information on all of the Museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call (203) 753-0381.