Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past at the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich Connecticut has a show through November 8 titled Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, that only hints at the intrigue waiting for visitors to the Bruce Museum’s science gallery. Isolated for the last 88 million years, Madagascar is populated by hundreds of remarkable species that are found nowhere else on Earth.

Dinosaur Skull Cast skull of the Malagasy dinosaur Majungasaurus.  Bruce Museum Collection Photograph by Paul Mutino.

Dinosaur Skull
Cast skull of the Malagasy dinosaur Majungasaurus.
Bruce Museum Collection
Photograph by Paul Mutino.

Visitors will explore three major phases of Malagasy history and encounter a variety of living and extinct species. The exhibition includes casts of a carnivorous theropod dinosaur suspected of cannibalism and a snub-nosed plant-eating crocodilian.

Visitors will encounter giant lemurs, pygmy hippos and the elephant bird, a giant flightless species with an egg holding the volume of 150 chicken eggs!

Lemur Crowned lemur, Eulemur coronatus  Specimen courtesy Duke Lemur Center Bruce Museum Collection Photograph by Paul Mutino

Crowned lemur, Eulemur coronatus
Specimen courtesy Duke Lemur Center
Bruce Museum Collection
Photograph by Paul Mutino

The exhibition concludes by touching on the present, following the rapid extinction of many species as humans arrive on Madagascar.

There is a science lecture on June 2 at 7 pm and explores the bizarre and marvelous dinosaurs and other vertebrates of Madagascar. Dr. David Krause is the lecturer. To reserve call 203-413-6757. There is a 6:30 p.m. reception for both events.

Masiakasaurus Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a small predatory dinosaur with unusual teeth Model created by Sean Murtha Photograph by Paul Mutino

Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a small predatory dinosaur with unusual teeth
Model created by Sean Murtha
Photograph by Paul Mutino

On August 16 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. there is a Madagascar Family Day that will feature fun family activities for all ages and a performance by Erik’s Reptile Edventures. See live reptiles and amphibians from Madagascar and learn about their adaptations and the role they play in rainforest ecology and Malagasy culture.

For more information about the Bruce Museum

2015 Memorial Day Weekend: HATS, PAINTINGS And POTTERY

Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store located on 415 Sharon Goshen Turnpike in the heart of Cornwall Bridge, just up the street from the historic covered bridge that spans the Housatonic River has once again announced it’s annual lamp sale on May 23 and May 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Cornwall Bridge Pottery began making lamps back in 1976 for Bloomingdale’s as they hosted an American Craft Celebration
in honor of the nations 200th Anniversary. Since then, 40 years later, Cornwall Bridge Pottery has become world renown for their elegant and stylish designs. They are are now featured in the Shaker Workshops catalog and have even sold lamps to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters! They have customers using their lamps in the Caribbean,Europe and all across the United States.

So, you might say they are in a celebratory mood and this years selection of high quality lamps demonstrate their continued commitment to function, quality, and price. Some lamps will be discounted as much as 75%. But those go quickly so make sure you get there early.


Additionally, Cornwall Bridge Pottery will be formally introducing our partnership with a company called WaterCheck.Biz. This joint-venture is named Terra Water Pottery. There are few things that share a closer relationship than
clay and water. Put together, they not only produce the magnificence, beauty and practicality of ceramics, they also account for the vast majority of the makeup of the Earth’s surface. But now, the two are coming together in a different manner. See more at:


As an added incentive there will be a discount of 10% on all sales of Shaker furniture transacted during this Memorial Day Weekend period (good for ordered furniture as well as items from showroom floor). The pottery will also have ongoing
demonstrations of wheel-throwing as well as discussions and in-depth videos of the making and firing process.

In addition to this fabulous sale, there is a new Spring Art Exhibition in the gallery on the second floor. This year the Pottery is featuring painter John Thompson and a first-time-ever viewing of his latest series of Central Park paintings. Alongside of John’s work they will exhibit fashion-driven hats designed and handmade by his daughter, milliner Ryan Wilde. There will be an OPENING RECEPTION Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 12 noon thru 3 p.m. Wine and cheese and crackers will be served.

John’s works for this show FIFTH AVENUE are from a series he calls CENTRAL PARK. Oils, and giclee prints from watercolor sketchbooks will be on display reflecting the northeast corner of the park, specifically the sites of the Conservatory Garden and the Harlem Meer. Examples can be seen at his website:

Ryan Wilde is presently employed as the millinery director of JJ Hat Center on Fifth Avenue in New York City,which at 104 years is the oldest hat store in New York. Thru JJ Hat, Ryan crafts for all heads. In particular celebrities such as Donald Trump, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Spike Lee and the Metropolitan Opera have sought her counsel, fashion sense and old-world
skills to create head adornment. More of this story can be found at Ryan’s website:

Family Feeding Time at the Maritime

Families can help feed breakfast to the animals, while budding biologists dive into the worlds of turtles and sharks, through fun new public program on Sunday May 31 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.


In the “Feeding Time” program, families enjoy a buffet breakfast at the Aquarium and then – prior to the Aquarium’s opening for the day – join the marine biologists on key stops of their morning rounds. Feeding time takes place from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Participants take a turn feeding the diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs and rays, and attend a private feeding of the seals. Best of all, they go behind-the-scenes to watch the feeding of the Aquarium’s large sharks.

Cost is $45 per adult and $25 per child 12 & under ($40 & $20 for Aquarium members). Advance registration is required for public programs. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or register online at under the “Fun & Learning” tab.

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park

Lime Rock’s traditional Memorial Day Weekend is featuring the Trans Am Series & the Sunday Royals Car Show Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 22-24, 2015 that promises to be one of the highlights of the season.


Trans Am cars are big, bad and brutal – and really fast at Lime Rock. With Dodge coming on board to Trans Am, the real “Pony Car Wars” are back: Mustang versus Camaro versus Challenger.


The Lime Rock Trans Am field is going to be nearly 60 cars, so Trans Am will split the field and give Lime Rock two big Trans Am races! Plus, spectators will see round 2 (Friday) and round 3 (Saturday) of the exciting LRDC Spec Miata Series, and two VSCCA vintage races.


Sunday is the sixth 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. 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

Explore the rich cultural treasures of Litchfield Hills with the Kent Historical Society

Kent is called the “Cultural Heart of the Litchfield Hills” by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, and its residents and visitors have long-cherished the town’s cultural abundance.


As a center of learning with three private schools, many nonprofits with a wide variety of interesting programming and a large number of art galleries, there are a lot of things that make the town unique and draw people to visit. The Kent Historical Society is one of the groups that prides itself on the town’s cultural riches. The May 17 Sunday Series presentation will explore what Kent and the other towns in Litchfield Hills offer to its residents and visitors.

William Hosley, a cultural resource development consultant and frequent lecturer, will speak on “Discovering the Litchfield Hills’ Cultural Treasures” May 17 at 2 p.m. in Kent Town Hall as part of the Society’s ongoing Sunday Series programs.
Hosley is a strong promoter of cultural tourism and he specializes in presenting lively regional cultural histories. As a Connecticut-based consultant, he serves local communities, museums, historical organizations, and businesses,. He has more than 30 years in the business, serving as an historian, writer, photographer, marketing and communications consultant, and social media expert.

Hosley was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, he was a curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
Hosley’s presentation on Kent and the Litchfield Hills will explore the history, art history and cultural attractions that are located in New England’s most cherished places.

The Kent Historical Society sponsors the Sunday Series every other month September through May. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
The Kent Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the rich history of Kent as well as to provide educational and research material to enrich the public understanding of Kent’s artistic and cultural heritage. For more information, see or call 860-927-4587.

“Two the Point” Pairs at Gregory James Gallery

A new exhibit, “Two the Point” Pairs Works by Joel Spector and Banjie Getsinger Nicholas At Gregory James Gallery on 93 Park Lane Rd. in New Milford is running through June 7. This show brings together two established local artists who share a passion for the medieval medium of silverpoint. Though tied together by their interest in this delicate and unforgiving art form, and the fact that they both chose to make their home in Litchfield County, the artists have disparate focal points for their work and are not limited to the medium.

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas has lived most of her life in rural northwest Connecticut, drawing inspiration from the natural landscape that surrounds her. Her art is based on her observation of birds, plants and insects and informed by her work as a licensed wild bird rehabilitator for 20 years.

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas

Banjie Getsinger Nicholas

In 2012, she published “Silver Linings,” a beginner’s guide to silverpoint, which requires the artist to draw a thin sterling silver wire held in a stylus across a ground that is abrasive enough to remove and hold small amounts of the silver. Nicholas prefers to work with natural materials and creates her silverpoint drawings and egg tempera paintings on traditional gesso panel, which is composed of marble dust and rabbit skin glue sanded to smooth finish. This ground has been used by egg tempera painters since the 12th century and is also ideal for silverpoint. In her book, she noted the delicate strokes produced when working in silverpoint reveal the hand of the artist. The intimacy and detail of the medium draw the viewer closer.

Spector Portrait of Rowena

Spector Portrait of Rowena

Joel Spector is an award-winning portraitist whose subjects range from close family and friends to CEOs and celebrities who have commissioned his work. Born in Havana, Cuba, he arrived in the United States at the age of 12 with his sister, Dorana. The two settled in New York City with an aunt and were later joined by their parents, who had manufactured women’s apparel in Cuba.
Spector knew from an early age that he wanted to be an illustrator. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and attended the Art Students League. Before he even finished his degree, he found work as an illustrator for Women’s Wear Daily, the Daily News Record and other trade journals. He also began freelancing as an illustrator for department stores and fashion designers, including Christian Dior Menswear.

While working on an advertising campaign for Bill Blass Menswear, he met his wife, Rowena, a menswear designer. The couple moved from New York to New Milford in 1990 and raised four children there. When the fashion industry shifted from illustration to photography, Spector made the natural progression to general illustrator and enjoyed a successful freelance career. In 2008, he turned his attention to portraiture. He studied under Aaron Shikler, who is perhaps best known for his iconic White House portrait of President John F. Kennedy.



A few years ago, he began working in silverpoint, which he sometimes combines with watercolor or pastel to add a tint of color to a subject’s lips, cheeks or eyes. An exacting art form, silverpoint demands confidence, especially if one is sketching a live subject, as Spector does.

The Gregory James Gallery is located at 93 Park Lane Road (Route 202) in New Milford, about 100 feet from the intersection of Route 109. For more information, please call (860) 354-3436 or visit For area information

Vintage Photo Presentation of Images by Ed Brinsko

In the days prior to the digital photography revolution and advanced image enhancing programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop, photography was an expensive and labor intensive endeavor best left to the professionals.


Geralene Valentine and Jay Misencik have created a vintage photography video and slideshow presentation of the work of Jay’s uncle, Ed Brinsko, a legend in the world of The Post Publishing Company. In 1931, Brinsko began to work for this company and his career spanned 43 years. Like the best of the early to late 20th century newspaper photographers, Brinsko had to carry heavy cameras and rolls and rolls of film in order to capture the perfect shot and then had to spend hours developing images in a dark room.


This presentation is called ReVisit Bridgeport…photographs by Ed Brinsko and highlights the images that were the high points of Brinsko’s career. This photography collection is a treasure trove of images that are important to Bridgeport’s history. The collection includes images of Malcolm X, Jane Fonda, President John F. Kennedy, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Lena Horne and Ed Sullivan to name a few. In addition to photos of luminaries, many newsworthy historic events that happened over the years in Bridgeport from fires and parades to community events and occasions such as the Barnum Festival were shot.


On Saturday, May 16 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. there will be a photo/video presentation of approximately 150 images, narrated by Mike Daly, Editorial Page Editor of the Connecticut Post at the Bridgeport Public Library located on 3455 Madison Ave. in Bridgeport. For additional information contact This event is being presented by the Bridgeport Community Historical Society.