Friday, March 24, 2017

American Clock and Watch Museum Opens April 1

The American Clock & Watch Museum located on 100 Maple Street in Bristol will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 1, so circle the date on your calendar to plan a visit. 



Take a selfie with the world's largest Kit-Cat clock! Check out the clock repair demonstrations in the clock shop, take "time" to view the  2017 exhibit, "By the Bell”, and  enjoy the new novelty gallery! To celebrate the spring opening there will be free admission for all visitors.



The museum will be open seven days a week 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. from April 1st through November, and Friday through Sunday beginning December 1st through Opening Day 2018. The museum is located at 100 Maple Street, in Bristol, CT. For more information, visit the websitewww.clockandwatchmuseum.org or call the museum 860-583-6070.

About The American Clock & Watch Museum

 The museum holds one of the largest collections of American clocks and watches in the world with approximately 6,000 timepieces in its collection. As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, many timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour. Located in the historic "Federal Hill" district of Bristol, the museum boasts 10,000sq. ft. of exhibit space housed in an 1801 Federal-style home and two modern additions. It has a beautiful sundial garden that is meticulously maintained by the members of the Bristol Garden Club.

The museum is devoted to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and science of clocks, watches, and other timekeepers of horological interest; operate a research library with historic and contemporary literature devoted to the history, development, and manufacture of timekeepers; support a publication program to acquire, prepare, edit, publish, and distribute new and reprinted documentary materials relative to clock and watchmaking and manufacture; encourage the preservation of information, objects, architecture, and historic sites related to American horology; and study and interpret the history of American horology through educational programs for both general audiences and clock enthusiasts, cooperating with other public and private agencies to make programs available to the widest possible audience.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Railroad Museum of New England Speakers Series

n addition to running a series of scenic train rides in the Litchfield Hills the Railroad Museum of New England is hosting a spring speakers series at the Crescent Gallery located in  Thomaston Town Hall on 158 Main St. in Thomaston.  Both series begin at 7 p.m. This event is free but seating is limited. To reserve tickets, email info@RMNE.org. Tickets will be reserved in your name
and can be picked up at the door before 6:30.

The first lecture takes place on April 1 and the speaker is Clifford Schexnayder, author of "Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel". Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel traces the dealings between the engineers and dreamers who from 1850 to 1875 labored to drive a five mile Tunnel through the Hoosac Mountain of Massachusetts and those who struggled mightily to prevent its construction. These personages and the interactions of their lives provides the story line. Alvah Crocker, Fitchburg, paper industrialist, is the driving force behind the Tunnel scheme and the thread through the book.
The second program takes place on May 6 and the speaker is Mary Ellen Heffernan Kunz, author of "Leaving Home to Find One". Mary Ellen Heffernan Kunz wrote about Agnes McCloskey, who left Ireland for America in 1881. She traveled on the Naugatuck Railroad to Thomaston, working for Seth Thomas her first 9 years in America. She later married Daniel Heffernan and moved to Bristol.
About
The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and
historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region's
rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum
concept is more than just artifacts, it's also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.
More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shop Hop in Kent !

Ready to chase away the winter doldrums? The town of Kent in the unspoiled Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut has the answer! The Kent merchants have gotten together to organize a family fun event on March 24, 25 and 26 with something for everyone and they are calling it the Kent Shop Hop.

Visitors to Kent are invited to stop in at any of the participating shops to pick up a map of shops that offer a treasure trove of bargains, special sales, exciting promotions and special events. As you go from shop to shop be sure to enter the drawing for a fabulous gift basket worth hundreds of dollars.
Kent's varied and unusual shops and restaurants will have you remembering a gentler time when friendly, personal service and customer appreciation were the hallmarks of the shopping experience. The Shop Hop may just cure your winter blues – and have you returning quick as a bunny to this small town with big charm.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection

In October 1912, the Bruce Museum hosted its first exhibition of art. At the time, the Greenwich Press noted that it was a welcome change to see “a long gallery hung with paintings from the best works of local artists.”

Since then, the Bruce Museum has not only exhibited many paintings and sculptures by local artists who were influential in establishing the American Impressionist movement, such as Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman, and Frederick Childe Hassam, but has also acquired works that represent significant moments from the history of art.

Featuring 35 paintings and 7 sculptures from the Bruce’s growing collection, Canvas and Cast celebrates long-time favorites and many recent acquisitions representing significant moments in the history of art from the 16th through the 20th centuries. This exhibition, organized by Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive  Director, and curated by Courtney Skipton Long, Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow 2016/17 at the Bruce Museum, examines art historical themes including sculpted and painted portraits, narrative scenes and statues, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes.

Canvas and Cast explores artists’ handling of different media – bronze, marble, oil, pastel, acrylic and collage – through examples of 16th-century Dutch portraiture, 19th-century American figural sculpture, academic style painting, and French and American landscapes from the turn of the 20th century. 

Exhibition Programs for Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection

Thursday, March 29,  6:00-8:00 PM. Evening Lecture 
Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, will provide a lecture in conjunction with the Bruce Museum’s exhibition Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection. Advance registration on Bruce Museum Eventbrite required.
Sunday, April 2, 3:30-4:30 PM. Peppermints and Whiskey: Edward Fuller Bigelow, Paul Griswold Howes and the Formation of the Bruce Museum by Tim Walsh, Manager of Natural History Collection and Citizen Science, Bruce Museum. Walsh will discuss the 1908 bequeath of a Victorian stone mansion to the Town of Greenwich for the purpose of a museum for natural history, history, and art, and chart the historical progression of transforming a house into a museum. Guests will learn about the two men who compiled the collections and introduced our unique institution the Greenwich community. Free and open to the public. Reservations suggested on Bruce Museum Eventbrite.
Sunday, April 9, 3:30-4:30 PM. Hidden Treasures: Lessons from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection by Dr. Courtney S. Long, Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow and Curatorial Assistant, Bruce Museum. Long will discuss lessons learned from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection by focusing on the relationships between artists and objects that help to narrate the history of art. Free and open to the public. Reservations suggested on Bruce Museum Eventbrite.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Cartoons and Political Satire @ Opening of American Museum of Tort Law

The American Museum of Tort Law created by Consumer Advocate and author, Ralph Nader is opening for the season with a special event on April 1.  Join Award-winning illustrators Matt Wuerker and Barry Blitt  &  Consumer Advocate and author Ralph Nader in a fascinating  program about cartooning and political satire on April 1 beginning at 11 a.m. 



The programs will take place at the Winsted Methodist Church located on 60 Main St. in Winsted. Advance tickets are available online.

There will be a cartoon and illustration workshop at 11 a.m.that is led by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker and Hall of Fame The New Yorker magazine cartoonist/illustrator Barry Blitt. Be sure to visit the website for advance tickets at $10 in order to guarantee participation.

At 1 p.m. Blitt and Wuerker will be joined by Ralph Nader to speak on the Art of Political Satire. Blitt and Wuerker will talk about their creative processes; how they transform news into art and satire; and will show examples of their work. This session promises to be a fascinating look into the minds of two of the leading illustrators of our time.

The day is rounded out with a visit to the American Museum of Tort Law located on 654 Main St. in Winsted that will open for the season from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jones Family Farms Spring Cooking Classes explores three cultures

Jones Family Farms in Shelton Connecticut offers a multitude of activities during the growing season including pick your own fruit, hayrides, a vegetable stand, farmers market and even a vineyard where you can sip wine that is made here. One of the most popular activities here are their cooking classes.

The Early Spring Series explores three national cuisines that have undergone significant culinary transformations. Chefs in these countries have made efforts to revitalize their native food culture and to adapt their discoveries to the modern home kitchen. Purity, simplicity and freshness are emphasized and the increased use of seasonal foods is encouraged. And, that follows the philosophy at the Harvest Kitchen at Jones Family Farms! This spring they will focus on fundamental cooking methods and provide guidelines to create delicious food.
On March 25, Nordic cuisine will be featured. The New Nordic Cuisine menu will feature will feature: Open-faced Rye Bread Sandwich with Smoked Salmon, Turnips & Apple Compote, Pan-Fried Fish with Leeks, White Cabbage Salad, Creamed Kale, and Poached Pears in Black Cranberry Juice.
Peruvian food is highlighted on April 1. The New Peruvian Kitchen menu will feature: Mushroom & Sweet Potato Ceviche, Seco de Cabrito (Lamb), Asparagus a la Parilla, Ensalada Miraflores,and Frejol Colando Pudding.
Irish cooking will be the last class offered of this series on April 8. The New Irish Kitchen menu will feature: Watercress and Sorrel Soup, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream and Cucumbers, Goat Cheese and Thyme Soufflé, Spiced Pear, and Pecan & Ginger Crumble.
Classes are held on Saturday afternoon, from 12pm to 3pm. Class size is limited to 12 students and the cost is $95 per person. Students take home their Harvest Kitchen apron and receive a copy of recipes and related educational material.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Largest Cacti and Succulent Show planned

Calling all lovers of cactus and succulents to the largest show of its kind on the East coast, the 34 annual Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale on April 1 and 2 in Waterbury at the Naugatuck Valley Community College located on 750 Chase Parkway.  Best of all the admission to this event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 is free - an added bonus is that the first 50 families to attend this event each day will be given a free plant!

There will be a huge and diverse selection of cacti and succulents for sale as well as a large selection of rare and hard to find books on cacti and succulents.  There will be a good selection of cacti that are hardy and good for growing outdoors in Connecticut as well as hand made garden pottery and hypertufa. To round out the fun, there will be a rare and specimen plant auction each day. 

There is also an educational aspect to this event that hosts a series of lectures on each day. On Saturday, starting at 11:30 a.m. there will be a talk on the ABCs of growing cacti; this lecture will be followed by an auction at 12:30 pm. In the afternoon, there will be another auction at 2:30 pm that is followed by the final lecture of the day at 3:30 called Growing Succulents under the light.

On Sunday, the lecture series begins at 11:30 am with a talk on Living Stones that is followed by an auction at 12:30 pm. In the afternoon there will be a lecture at 1:30 pm on succulent bromeliads  that is followed by the final lecture of the show at 2:30 pm on cold frame cacti - really!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut's Waterways

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center located on 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford has organized an exceptional photography exhibit featuring images by members of the Women Photographers of Connecticut Collective that opens on Feb. 17 and  runs through Monday, May, 29. The opening reception of this show is on Friday, February 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bendal Mansion.

This exhibition explores the importance of water in our lives and how human activity impacts the waterways of Connecticut. It also explores how impacted waterways can be reclaimed and natural ecosystems restored.
These concepts are explored through dramatic and poignant images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state. This exhibition is being presented at a critical moment for the community, as the National Weather Service has recently reclassified the ongoing drought in Fairfield County as severe, with ground water, wells, rivers, and streams all below normal levels.
There are two events connected with this exhibition, the first is the Farm to Table Dinner that is being held on Febraury 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This sumptuous farm to table dining experience in the elegant setting of the Bendel Mansion, will feature the cuisine of Executive Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Rave reviews from food critics and bloggers, not to mention a highly touted appearance on the Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay," have earned Carlos a devoted following among local foodies. A Connecticut Magazine Reader's Poll cited his to be the Best Apps in the state, helping The Spread to win the award for Best New Restaurant and a second-place nod for Overall Excellence.

On March 8 there will be a hands on workshop with Julie Avellino  a photographer with work that will be on display  to move participants from the idea and hobby you love to a profitable and scalable business opportunity designed by you, for you, and in support of your life goals.  On March 26, Heather Liebensohn, whose work is also on display will explain her journey from taking everyday photos to becoming a professional photographer.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

MapleFest 2017 @ Sharon Audubon March 25

Once again this year on March 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. the SharonAudubon Center located on 325 Cornwall Bridge Rd. in Sharon is hosting the annual Maplefest.



Visitors will enjoy on-going, guided, 45-minute tours through the Center’s sugaring operation, including a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods. Watch as pure sugar maple sap is collected from the trees and turned into delicious maple syrup.  Be sure to wear warm clothes and boots, as much of the tour is outdoors. 

Fresh, homemade maple baked goods and coffee will also be available for purchase during the day as part of the Maple Bake Sale. Each treat will be made with the Center’s very own maple syrup!  Fresh syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last, as well as locally made maple candy.

Admission: $6.00 adults and $4.00 children (2 and under free)
While visiting the Center don't miss the raptor aviaries. Audubon Sharon houses various species of Birds of Prey such as hawks, owls, falcons, and an eagle that have been determined non-releasable—meaning that they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. The birds reside in large, outdoor aviaries, which are just a short walk from our Visitor Center building.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Luau on Long Island Sound @ Maritime Aquarium @ Norwalk

Hang 10 on a surfboard, sip a fruity frozen drink and carve some Spam® as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk helps you imagine a tropical getaway March 18 & 19 during its annual “Long Island Sound Luau.”  Both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Maritime Aquarium is offering a sunny selection of fun special activities, crafts, tropical drinks and special IMAX® movies to usher out the final weekend of winter.


Among the “Long Island Sound Luau” highlights is an inflatable surfing machine featuring a rollicking surfboard, billed as “a real-life surfing experience without getting wet.” Aquarium guests can take turns testing their surfing skills on the ’board, in a manner similar to bull-riding machines. (The “wave action” will be adjusted for younger guests.) Cowabunga, dude: the surf machine is free with Aquarium admission.

Also during Luau weekend, guests can compete in Spam-Carving Contests. (Why Spam? Hawaiians have been eating Spam since the canned meat was introduced as an important staple during World War II. Still today, the island state has the largest consumption per capita of Spam.) The Spam-Carving Contests will be held at 1 & 3 p.m. both days. Aquarium guests paying $5 will receive a can of Spam, a tray and a plastic knife, and have 30 minutes to sculpt a masterful Spam creation. Contestants can work as individuals, couples, families or other teams. Aquarium staff will judge the entries, with first prize in each of the two daily competitions receiving a Maritime Aquarium membership.

Also during the Luau, Aquarium guests can decorate straws at a craft station and then use their straws to enjoy free fruity non-alcoholic frozen drinks at a Tiki Slushies Bar. Plus, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., The Maritime Aquarium will be filled with the tropical sounds of the Roylety Steel Pan Band, a local ensemble led by Jim Royle. On both days, Aquarium educators will staff a station with hands-on artifacts focusing on tropical ocean currents and the animals who use these “ocean highways” to their advantage, including certain species of whales, sea turtles and – unfortunately – invasive lionfish.



Even The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX Theater will go tropical for the weekend, with special screenings of “Journey to the South Pacific” on the six-story screen. Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Cate Blanchett, “Journey to the South Pacific” takes audiences on a breathtaking giant-screen adventure to lush and remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Dive in with a young island boy on a journey of discovery to encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. both days. (One daytime IMAX movie is included with Aquarium admission. Also playing during “Luau” weekend is “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” at noon and 2 & 4 p.m.)

And, of course, “Luau” guests can linger at exhibits featuring animals found not just in Long Island Sound but also in tropical regions as well. Imagine snorkeling alongside the Aquarium’s two green sea turtles or diving over the coral reef alive with tangs, angelfish and other species in a rainbow of colors. For more details about the “Long Island Sound Luau” at the popular Connecticut family attraction, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

Friday, March 10, 2017

“Westport School Days 1703-Present” @ Westport Historical Society

Westport Historical Society proudly presents a new exhibit, "Westport School Days 1703-Present" in our Sheffer Gallery. The opening reception will take place on Sunday, January 29, from 3 – 5 pm immediately following our Annual Meeting. This exhibit highlights the evolution of formal education in Westport. The story begins with the 1650 Code of Connecticut which describes the educational requirements for the parishes in Connecticut. Beginning with the first formal teacher in Green's Farms in 1703; the exhibit will chronicle what the eight public and several private schools of Westport were like.

There will be a progression map from 1858-2016 detailing each school's earliest location and development. A brief history of the benefactors who initiated new schools, memorabilia, and early photos will also be displayed. Group photos of student classes from the late nineteenth century to the present day will also be highlighted. This comprehensive exhibit will include lively tours of Westport's own Adams Academy, on North Morningside Drive, which was built in 1830 as a private school, and shows you an actual one-room schoolhouse and exemplifies early education in the community.
The Mollie Donovan Gallery will highlight the Westport Public Library from its original building on Post Road to what the future plans hold for an ever changing community resource. Westport Historical Society hopes this exhibit will bring back many fond memories, as well as focus an educational light on Westport's growth as an exceptional center for learning. The Sheffer Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm. Saturdays from Noon – 4 pm. The exhibit runs through March 24. There is no charge, however donations are always welcome.  For more information, call 203-222-1424 or visit westporthistory.org.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Syrup Saturday @ New Canaan Nature Center

The New Canaan Nature Center's Syrup Saturday festival returns on Saturday, March 18 from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.  This annual event celebrates the New England tradition of maple syrup making and includes a pancake brunch with different varieties of syrup, including the Nature Center's own.

To celebrate the bounty of the 2017 syrup season, we'll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) in the Visitor Center. All are welcome and encouraged to dress in their PJS!
How does it work?  Freezing temperatures create suction that draws water in through a tree's roots, and warm periods create pressure which causes the sap to flow out through a tap hole where it's collected in buckets.  This sap, a combination of water, salt and sugar, serves as the tree's food and is the sole ingredient of pure maple syrup.
During Syrup Saturday, visitors will get a chance to observe the entire process from tree tapping to boiling into syrup at the "sugar shack".  Educators will also demonstrate historic methods of maple syruping.
Local maple syrup and maple baked goods will be for sale.  Guests can test their taste buds on real vs. fake syrup and learn what the different grades mean.

A highlight of this event is the Family Lumberjack Challenge! ry your hand at wood heaving (how far can you throw a log of firewood?), before tackling our firewood stacking competition. Does your family have what it takes to complete our entire log rolling obstacle course? Join us to find out!  This event is primarily held outdoors and activities will be ongoing throughout the day.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Wilton Historical Society -Finding Our Place: Evolving American Identity.

Once again this year the Wilton Historical Society and the Wilton Library have teamed up to present a history lecture series in March and April. Each year a theme is developed, and respected scholars are engaged to provide a lively, thought-provoking talk on their specialty subject. The lecture is followed by a question and answer period and reception. All lectures take place at the Wilton Library located on 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton.

This year the lecture series will focus on the global perspective and the United States' place in the world, specifically WWI and its aftermath. Topics of discussion will examine art as an expression and maker of place, place determined by work, finding one's place when a technology defines a newer sense of identity, and the United States' identity today and in the future.
On Sunday, March 12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emery Roth will focus on place in society defined by our work, specifically the Connecticut brass industry and its collapse. Connecticut's Naugatuck River valley was where the brass industry thrived until the last factory closed in 2013. The talk is derived from Roth's book, Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry (Schiffer Books, 2015). The book tells the story of the last working brass mill, how Brass Valley came to be, the men and communities that made Brass Valley and the culture we call the American Dream. The talk is accompanied by vivid photographs of Brass Valley from the book and others taken more recently; the author shares experiences and discoveries made while capturing images and talks about what it means to try to find Brass Valley, a place in time that has not quite vanished. Q&A and book signing after.
Emery Roth, Southwest CT Arts Council, has been shooting photographs since childhood. He studied both design and language arts at Carnegie-Mellon University, simultaneously earning degrees in architecture and literature. After forty years living and teaching in Connecticut's Northwest Hills, he became fascinated with the old mill towns of Connecticut and their history, and he began following tracks through old ruins until he was led to the last working brass mill in Brass Valley. His book documents his journey into time and culture; it seeks to revive in words and pictures, a place in time, perhaps a place in the American Dream.
The lecture on March 26, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  will focus on navigating the new digital landscape. Professor Julia Adams will highlight the role of women in 'tech culture' within our emergent digital environment. Drawing on her research on Wikipedia and academic knowledge, and on the uses of journalism and fake news in the recent presidential election, Professor Adams will discuss the promise and peril in the emergent digital landscape of knowledge.
Julia Adams is Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies and Head of Calhoun College at Yale University. She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. At Yale she has chaired the department of Sociology, directed the Division of the Social Sciences and the International Affairs Council. She currently codirects YaleCHESS (Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences). Her book, The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press) won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize.
The final lecture in this series will take place on April 2 and will focus on 9/11 and America's World View. Professor Matthew Warshauer will summarize the series, focusing specifically on two themes: who are we now and who can we expect to be? In his lecture, Dr. Warshauer will reflect on America's response to the 9/11 attacks. He will also examine our memory of the tragedy as well as where the nation is today more than 15 years later.
Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990. He completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997 and has served as editor of Connecticut History from 2003 to 2011. In 2007, Dr.Warshauer won the Connecticut State University Trustees Research Award and in 2012 he was awarded the Kidger Award for Inspiring Scholarship and Teaching by the New England History Teachers Association. Dr. Warshauer's book publications include: Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law; Andrew Jackson in Context; Connecticut in the American Civil War; and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State's Struggles.
To register for these lectures please visit the website .

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Learn the Art of Lithuanian Folk Egg Decorating @ Mattatuck Museum


Join lead Museum Educator Valerie Rodgers at the Mattatuck Museum on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. for a folk art experience celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the Baltic country of Lithuania. Participants of this workshop will learn margučiai, the Lithuanian art of egg decorating, using the scratch and carve method.


The workshop is $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members, and free for BRASS members. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is appreciated.

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 mattmuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381.