Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Hollister House Garden invites garden and music enthusiasts to celebrate the official beginning of summer with a classical outdoor music concert presented by The New Baroque Soloists.  ‘Festive Music for the Summer Solstice’ also known as ‘Music in the Garden’ will be held on the grand lawn of the garden on Saturday, June 19th at 4pm.     

The acclaimed Artistic Director of the New Baroque Soloists Doug Myers brings along an outstanding ensemble who will feature intimate chamber works for trumpet, Hunting horn, oboe, English horn, cello and keyboard. The program includes works by Godfrey Finger, Carl Heinrich Graun, G.P. Teleman and a suite by J.S. Bach. The brass, woodwind and string families are all represented in charming combinations against the stunning backdrop of the early summer garden.

“It’s the perfect time of year to join us in the garden for a romantic outdoor concert of Baroque chamber music. We are fortunate to have an ensemble of top-notch musicians coming to give us an unforgettable musical experience on the lawn at Hollister House.” says garden creator George Schoellkopf.  

Tickets are $30 for non-members ($25 HHG members) and can be purchased on the Hollister House Garden website: http://www.hollisterhousegarden.org/events/music-in-the-garden/.  Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, blanket, and chairs for comfort; Hollister House garden will provide wine, soft drinks and an outstanding concert amongst an extraordinary setting. 

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 30th through September 30th. Friday hours are 2-5PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only.  Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website.  Contact:  Pamela Moffett, 860-868-2200 office@hollisterhousegarden.org.

For more area information on the Litchfield Hills visit www.litchfieldhills.com

Monday, May 30, 2016

Summer Fun@ Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk

As summer is well on its way, the Stepping Stones Museum for Children located on 303 West Ave. in Norwalk has planned a fun fill month for the whole family. If you have not seen the traveling Rainforest exhibit you have until June 13 to climb the Kapok Tree.

Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition that introduces visitors to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Rainforest Adventure topics include: tropical rainforests around the world, conservation, scientists, animals, plants and global connections.
On  4 at 2 p.m. a creative kids session takes place at 2 p.m. and teaches kids how to use to use a Russian abacus called a schoty while learning about the Russian culture. This program is for children ages 2 and older.
June 11 has three activities including the popular accessibility day that offers reduced admission for families of children with special needs; admission is $3 per person vs $15 per person.  It is also Connecticut Open House Day and the first 100 visitors to the museum will get free admission to the museum. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Barynya Ensemble - Balalaika Dance and Music will perform using traditional Russian dress, music, song and dance.  Performers will introduce visitors to the culture of Russia and invite all to participate.
June 18 marks the gaming unplugged  day from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Join the museum's Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones (YES2) volunteers for an afternoon of family games! Turn off the video games and pull up a chair to board games, card games and much, much more. There will be games for all ages, including some that can be purchased in the Age of Reason Museum Store. 
To celebrate Father's Day, on June 19, the museum is offering All-day free admission for dads. Celebrate the Fantastic Fathers in your life by creating quirky "Dad" glasses and making a card to let him know he's special from 11:15 to 12 noon.
On Monday. June 20 Summer Camp begins for kids ages 4-10. Your child will explore all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) or participate in "Animation Station" to learn the basics of stop motion animation and create videos. Summer camp weeks are as follows: June 20; June 27, July 11; July 18 Visit the website for camp fees and details: www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/summer or call 203 899 0606, ext. 264.
To round out the month, on June 26 the museum is offering an Around the World Program called the "The Sea King's Daughter" from 2 pm to 3 pm.  This is the story of a poor musician is invited to play in the Sea King's palace, where he's offered more than riches. After the tale, create stick puppets and backdrops illustrating the story.  This program is good for children ages 5 and older.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pirelli World Challenge and Royals Car Show at Lime Rock Park Memorial Day Weekend

Lime Rock's traditional Memorial Day Weekend is featuring the Pirelli World Challenge in all Six Divisions & the Sunday Royals Car Show Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 27-29, 2016 that promises to be one of the highlights of the season. New this year is that kids 16 and under get in free with one adult paying general admission! 
 The SCCA Pirelli World Challenge has been a long time favorite of Lime Rock Park fans and  after a three year absence, the PWC is roaring back!  There are multiple races because all the classes want to shine from  GT/GTS-A/GT Cup/TC/TCA/TCB !  They are all stars with power and this will be a veritable hotbed of production and production based classes.

The  GT's are big bad and mean; the CTS series are closer to street spec while the GT Cup class is comprised of all Porshe 911s in the popular Porsche CT3 Cup series that supports many Formula 1 races around the globe. In TC it's about Mustangs and BMW128s and many other cars while the TCA class is have everything from Honda Civics and Fits to Mini Coopers.  In the TCB class you'll see Chevy Sonics, Fiat 500s, Mazda 2s and many other models. For a complete schedule check the website. 

Sunday is the seventh annual Sunday Royals Car Show, Connecticut's best "workingman's" show, the anti-concours concours; great cars of every kind, from hot rods to sports cars and everything in between.  Tickets are just $5 for this show.   If you want to enter your car, just show up at the gate on May 29 there is no pre-registration.  If it's cool, it's at Lime Rock Park located on Rte. 112 in Lime Rock Connecticut.  For more information, tickets  and a complete schedule of events visit http://www.limerock.com.
For more area information visit www.litchfieldhills.com

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Opens new Installation by David Brooks

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art located on 258 Main Street in the heart of Ridgefield is has commissioned a new installation by artist David Brooks that runs through February 5, 2017. This marks the artist's first solo museum exhibition. Throughout his practice, Brooks investigates the tenuous relationship between our ecological life and technological industry.

Brooks (born 1975, Brazil, Indiana) will present every single part of a used 1976 John Deere 3300 combine harvester at The Aldrich, with the components laid out in varying degrees of disassembly in a procession from the front plaza through the Leir Atrium and Leir Gallery and out into the Museum's sculpture garden. Distinctive elements like the corn head and cab remain unaltered in a weathered John Deere green, while other parts are sandblasted, removing rust, paint and all traces of wear and tear; still others, like pipes and fittings, are brass-plated and housed in museum vitrines, the traditional trappings of highbrow art objects or precious natural history displays.
A combine is the ultimate example of agricultural technology, the otherworldly design of its bulky metal body concealing the integration of all stages of the harvesting process into one machine designed to reap grain, a resource that the efficiency of a combine allows us to take for granted as eternally and inexpensively available.
The stunning array of dismantled machine parts, exhibited in a diverse system of presentation, are designated according to the ecosystem service they represent, making it impossible to conceive of the combine in its entirety or to determine the machine's complete functionality; similarly, an ecosystem integrates innumerable processes, many of them intangible or undetectable, into one whole, making it impossible for us to conceive of a life unfolding within it.
This installation, Continuous Service Altered Daily asks us to reexamine our perception of products reaped from the landscape, oftentimes those too easily interpreted as "services" for personal use: water, food, clean air, climate, energy—things we have come to expect to be delivered to us forever.
The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. For more information, call 203.438.4519 or visit www.aldrichart.org. For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com
The Museum
Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is dedicated to fostering the work of innovative artists whose ideas and interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. It is the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art, and throughout its fifty-year history has engaged its community with thought-provoking exhibitions and public programs.
The Museum's education and public programs are designed to connect visitors of all ages to contemporary art through innovative learning approaches in hands-on workshops, tours, and presentations led by artists, curators, Museum educators, and experts in related fields. Area schools are served by curriculum-aligned on-site and in-school programs, as well as teachers' professional development training.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Outdoor Crafts Festival at Bruce Museum May 21 and 22

This year marks the 31st annual Outdoor Crafts Festival hosted by the Bruce Museum located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich Connecticut.  The annual outdoor crafts festival will be held this year on May 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bruce Museum.  This crafts show represents the upper tier of the crafts world and lures art lovers from around the country.

Fair goers will find more than 75 craft artists from all over the country, many of them new to the show this year. Artists and craft artists will be on hand to show and discuss their work. Fine contemporary crafts, including ceramics, fiber, jewelry, glass, wood, metal, paper arts and leather, will all be available for purchase. There will also be family craft activities, live music and delicious food.
The admission is $8 per person and children under 5 and members of the Bruce Museum are free. This outdoor

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Connecticut Tree Festival May 21 at Cranbury Park in Norwalk

The Connecticut Tree Festival returns to Norwalk's Cranbury Park located on 300 Grumman Road in on May 21 (Saturday) for its 10th year is a free family fun fest with an environmental message that highlights attention on trees as natural assets that appreciably enrich community life. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upwards of 40 exhibitors associated with the ecology form a midway of booths in the park for educational entertainment and best of all everything is available to the public t no charge--admission, parking, chances on a variety of door prizes, expert advice of tree-planting, even a picnic-style lunch—and no one is permitted to sell any product or service on the grounds. Two bucket rides and a rope-climb carrying youngsters to the tree tops in the park are among the more popular activities with other recreational diversions like face-painting.
There will be an exhibit, the Gallery of Trees Art Show that will be held at the Gallaher Mansion in Cranbury Park for this event.
The focus of this event is on trees because trees are a way of showing that we believe in tomorrow. They are a vital and renewable resource that contributes to the economy and protects the environment. They anchor the urban ecology. They knit together the social fabric of neighborhoods, beautifying the landscape with their foliage and stateliness. They demonstrably increase property values and provide energy savings.
Trees add to public revenue, attracting businesses and visitors. They filter impurities from the air, provide shade and improve storm water management, helping to prevent soil erosion and flooding. They yield fruit for humans and sustenance for birds and wildlife. They provide building materials and wood products and instruments to create music. They define property lines, provide historical continuity and regenerate themselves. They also serve as fences and provide windbreaks. And trees serve as memorials and monuments.
For more area information on Fairfield County www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Go to a barrel tasting @ Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard located in New Preston overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield Hills is hosting their Annual Barrel Tasting Event on May 21 and 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and the general public is invited to attend this exciting event.

Participants will enjoy wine and barrel samples with the winemaker and live music by The Hummingbird Band on Saturday and Lee-Ann Lovelace & George Lesiw also Mike Fisher & Acoustic Fish on Sunday.
An added highlight are chocolate samples provided by Plum Brook Chocolate on Sunday.  Of special interest are the whimsical glasses that will be on available that are hand painted by Sandra Soucy. 
Guests are invited to bring their own picnic or purchase one of the cheese platters that the Vineyard will have for sale. You may also bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The annual barrel tasting event is taking place rain or shine.  The admission is $15 per person with children under 12  free. Please note that there is no outside alcohol allowed at the event. 
Following this event on Saturday, Hopkins Vineyard is featuring live music by Kings of Karma from 6-9pm and there is no admission or cover charge to this event.
For more area information on Litchfield Hills www.litchfieldhills.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Glass House and Grace Farms- Study Tour

On Saturday, June 4 from 10 am - 3 pm., visit two significant achievements in architecture on a one-day study tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and the newly opened River Building, designed by SANAA, on the grounds of Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT.
Grace Farms, River Building. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions.
Grace Farms is a welcoming new place, where a building designed by SANAA is seamlessly integrated into 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith.
A diverse natural habitat in the northeast corner of New Canaan, Connecticut, this former horse farm is home to numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Approximately 77 of the 80 acres will be retained in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds.
SANAA’s goal was to make the architecture of the River Building become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, or even feeling like a building, with the hope that those who are on the property will have a greater enjoyment of the beautiful environment and changing seasons through the spaces and experience created by the River. Under the continuous roof are five transparent glass-enclosed volumes that can host a variety of activities and events, while maintaining a constant sense of the surrounding natural environment.
Tickets for this program include transportation between sites and lunch at Grace Farms Commons.
Program Itinerary
10:00am – 10:30am – Arrival at Glass House Visitor Center
10:30am – 12:30pm – Tour the Glass House, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, and Da Monsta
12:30pm – Depart Glass House and drive to Grace Farms
12:45pm – 1:30pm – Tour River Building at Grace Farms
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Lunch in Grace Farms Commons
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Continue tour of River Building at Grace Farms
2:45pm – Depart Grace Farms and return to Glass House Visitor Center
3:00pm – Program concludes

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum explores the 1960s and its battle for preservation

The Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum located on 295 West Ave. in Norwalk has a special exhibition, Demolish or Preserve: The 1960s at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion through November 20, 2016.  This multimedia exhibit, curated by by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz has photographs, costumes, artifacts, and music that explores the fascinating and tumultuous decade of the 1960s.

It is impossible to remember the 1960s without thinking of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon, the Beatles arriving in the United States, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and—most hauntingly—the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Against this backdrop of turbulent cultural change and social unrest, was the nation's modern urban planning, which included the demolition of historic neighborhoods and irreplaceable buildings.
This exhibition will explore the fascinating and ground-breaking decade of the 1960s and the Mansion's connections to the revolutionary preservation battles and new landmark statutes of the era. It will also honor the museum's 50th Anniversary as it celebrates the bands of locals, led by the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, Inc. and the Common Interest Group, who fought to save the Mansion and secure its status as a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

With Europe's ongoing legacy of artistic and historic preservation and reuse as a model, in the 1960s concerned citizens brought national attention to the need for saving from demolition historically and architecturally significant structures in America. Jackie Kennedy, using her stature and influence, restored the White House's historic interiors; and just as the grand mansions of Fifth Avenue and Newport were slated for demolition, here in Norwalk LeGrand Lockwood's Civil War era palatial residence was faced with a similar fate. Recognizing that the demolition of this structure would be a great loss to the city, state, and nation, concerned citizens galvanized to save the mansion in one the most important and hard fought preservation battles in Connecticut's history.

General Admission to the Lockwood Mathews Mansion is Wed.-Sun., 12-4 p.m., $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6, 8-18. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Disney fans will discover "A Whole New World" of live entertainment when the Palace Theater in Waterbury presents "Disney In Concert: Magical Music from the Movies" on Sunday, May 22 at 3:30pm. Tickets for the full length, multi-media concert range in price from $35 to $75 and can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury.

"Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies" offers Mousketeers of all ages an enchanting evening of symphonic arrangements that combine live orchestrations from the Walt Disney Studio songbook with synchronized film projections and live vocal performances by four Broadway caliber singers. Patrons will discover "It's a Small World" after all as they relieve iconic scenes from Disney's most popular films and experience their favorite soundtracks unlike ever before. From a sweeping Mary Poppins medley to the "Yo Ho" of Pirates of the Caribbean, the evening will feature live orchestrations from some of the most famous movie scores ever written including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Aladdin and The Jungle Book.
For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com
About the Palace Theater
The Palace's primary purpose is to revitalize the Greater Waterbury community through the presentation of the performing arts and educational initiatives in collaboration with area cultural and educational institutions. Its mission is to preserve and operate the historic Palace Theater as a performing arts center and community gathering place that provides a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach for diverse audiences. For more information, visit: www.palacetheaterct.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society

When we think of spring in New England many of us think of asparagus.  On May 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Wilton Historical Society is hosting a Colonial Cookery and Customs  workshop for kids in grades  4 – 8.  The workshop will include a special Connecticut recipe. 

While the food cooks, kids will learn about Colonial manners, morals and way of life.  This month, the children will be making Asparagus Forced in French Rolls. Tender asparagus, fresh from the garden, combined with fresh eggs, cream, nutmeg and French rolls would have been made by Colonial cooks into an easy and amusing spring offering, rather like a vegetable custard in a roll. The visual entertainment is that the asparagus stalks are presented poking through the browned crust of the roll, just as they would rise from their asparagus bed.
The workshops will feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients.  The recipes used will be adapted for modern kitchens.  This is done for safety reasons, and also so that the attendees can recreate their meals at home.  All participants will sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards - as well as any leftovers! The children will learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted.  Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles and an amulet of green peas.  
Members: $15; Non-members $25. Space is limited --- please register by contacting

info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. 

The Wilton Historical Society is located on 224 Danbury Road/Rt. 7, in Wilton; for more information www.wiltonhistorical.org. For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com