Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels at the Bruce Musuem

Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009) was a prominent industrial designer and photographer. An engineer by training, Nierenberg – along with his wife, Martha — founded Dansk International Designs in 1954, a business best known for tableware and house-wares of a distinctive Scandinavian Modern style. The company was started in the couple’s garage in Great Neck, NY, after a trip to Europe during which they became interested in the work of foreign industrial designers. Dansk went on to operate for many years afterward from its headquarters in Mount Kisco, NY. After directing the company for more than thirty years, the Nierenbergs sold it in 1985, allowing Ted to concentrate on his many hobbies, which included most notably gardening, photography and traveling.

Theodore Nierenberg (1923 – 2009) Guatemala, back of young girl’s head, red head wrap Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

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Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

Having studied with many well-known photographers including Magnum photojournalist Ernst Haas, Nierenberg became an accomplished photographer. Over the years, he amassed a vast body of work, focusing mainly on two subjects: his garden estate and portraits of indigenous peoples taken during his extensive travels around the world.

A book of photographs by Mr. Nierenberg — The Beckoning Path –was published in 1993, and documented Mr. Nierenberg’s woodland garden, widely considered to be among the finest gardens in the Westchester/Fairfield area. Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels opens August 1 and runs through November 29.

The Bruce Museum is a museum of art and science and is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at https://brucemuseum.org/. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

A month of September Fun at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

The Stepping Stones Museum for Children, located at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, has planned an exciting September for kids and families. September is “explore the Southwest” month at the museum and kids are invited to join the staff as they travel to the Southwest part of the United States and celebrate the history of this region, including the wonder of the Grand Canyon!

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On September 5, there is an Around the World creative session that begins at 2 p.m. The topic is the Grand Canyon and kids will investigate the natural process that carves rocks into canyons using water and sand. Participants will take home their own canyon creation made with different layers of sand. There is limited space – tickets available at 1:30 pm. For children ages 2 and older.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Ernie Sites takes center stage with music and the Western Frontier. In full Western clothing, Ernie Sites combines traditional and original western singing, songwriting, yodeling, cowboy poetry, storytelling and trick-roping demonstrations! This program begins at 2 p.m.

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September 13 and September 26 are extra special days because Grandparents enjoy free admission to the museum All day! On September 13 the Around the World Show beginning at 2 p.m. features The Tale of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind. Kids will enjoy listening to this American Tall Tale and making their own doll using pipe cleaners. Limited space – tickets available at 1:30 pm. For children ages 5 and older. And, on September 26, the special feature is a Grand Display of Past and Present: “Typewriter meets IPhone® 6”! This will also mark the grand opening of the newest exhibit experience: Broken? Fix it!

Rounding out the month, on September 26, there is a Family Concert featuring TESS, a Mixed Ensemble at 3:00 pm. Families will enjoy listening to a mixed ensemble concert featuring children ages 4 – 12 from the Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS). They will perform classical selections for violin, piano, cello and guitar. Afterwards, visitors can play child-sized instruments!

For more information visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Summer’s Twilight in the Garden

The Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury will host their annual fundraiser at the distinctively-stunning Pine Meadow Gardens. As attendees stroll the numerous gardens, they will be entertained with vignette presentations of dancers, musicians, illustrators, and live bird demonstrations. Butterfly, bird and plant experts will be on hand. Appetizers, beverages and wines will be available.

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The Audubon Center’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Located along the Pomperaug River and bordering Little Pootatuck Brook, the Audubon Center at Bent of the River nature center and sanctuary is a private, not-for-profit organization that protects over 700 acres of numerous natural ecosystems, habitats, un-fragmented forest, grasslands, meadows, swamps and a portion of the Pomperaug River.

The non-profit Audubon Center is located in the Southbury hamlet of South Britain. Admission $50/adult/18 and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://bentoftheriver.audubon.org, or August 23, 2015 at 22 Old Waterbury Road. Rain date is August 30th. For information, call 203.264.5098.

Rain date Sunday, August 30, 2:30 to 6:00 PM.

Family Arts Day at the Warner Theatre in Litchfield Hills

On August 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. head down to the Warner Theatre located on Main Street and join in festivities of the Family Arts Day hosted by the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education. This family fun event promises to have loads of family fun activities such as arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Festival goers will enjoy treats from local food vendors as well as plenty of popcorn and cotton candy!

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You may want to try your hand at an interactive musical, dance or acting workshop. A highlight of this event is watching live performances of storytelling, dance, magic and much more!

FAMILY ARTS DAY is the perfect way to celebrate the arts with your family while learning about the WTCAE’s exciting educational programs, upcoming student auditions and year-round performing arts classes for children and adults of all ages. Attendees will even receive a special discount on fall classes if they register on the spot! Admission is FREE– don’t miss this fun day out! The WTCAE is located next to the Warner Theatre.

For more information, please call the Education Receptionist (860) 489-7180 x 148 or visit http://www.warnertheatre.org. For more area event information www.litchfieldhills.com

FAMILY FUN ON THE NAUGY MAGIC CHOCOLATE TRAIN In THOMASTON

In partnership with Fascia’s Chocolates, the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) is pleased to announce The Magic Chocolate Train, a special outing of fun for families.

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On Friday, August 21, 2015 the Naugatuck Railroad Magic Chocolate Train will pull out for a magical evening of fun and chocolate. Riding in a restored 1951 Budd Rail Diesel Car (“RDC”), a magician will perform tricks up close for the passengers while traveling between the 1881 Thomaston Station and the Fascia’s Chocolates Station, where a special Chocolate Magic Show will be performed and guests will sample chocolate.

The Train will depart the Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT at 6:30pm for about a total 2 hour excursion. The special rail fare will be $30.00 per person and $25.00 per child (ages 3-12). Tickets are available in advance on the RMNE website at www.rmne.org.

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The Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. (RMNE) is a not-for-profit 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 artifacts, it’s also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.

In addition to manufacturing and selling premium confections, Fascia’s Chocolates is a destination that offers a Chocolate Experience and Tour as well as private group events and birthday parties. The adjacent Naugatuck Railroad tracks allowed the ability to create the first Chocolate Train in the United States and perhaps the second in the world after the famous Swiss Chocolate Train.

The partnership was launched on June 13, 2015 as part of the CT Tourism Open House Day where trains shuttled participants from the 1881 vintage Thomaston Station to Fascia’s for a special Chocolate Experience & Tour. In the future, the Naugy Chocolate Train will incorporate stops at the Fascia’s Station into its regular tour schedule but to kick off the partnership there is a series of special events planned.

More Information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org

More Information about Fascia’s Chocolates.

The Flutter Zone at the Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Enter a magical environment all aflutter with exotic tropical butterflies in “Flutter Zone,” a special walk-through encounter that will be open at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk through September 7.

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“Flutter Zone” will be open on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard, and will be matched wing-for-delicate-wing by the new IMAX® movie “Flight of the Butterflies,” The Maritime Aquarium’s six-story screen.

“Flutter Zone” features dozens of varieties of exotic tropical butterflies from Asia, Africa and South America, all free-flying among Aquarium visitors. In ‘Flutter Zone,’ you walk among all these beautiful butterflies and some of them may even choose to land on your head or arm. It’s one thing to see animals. But, as also with the Aquarium’s popular ‘Jiggle A Jelly’ exhibit, there’s an emotion involved, a commitment stirred, by physical connections – even with creatures as delicate as butterflies and jellyfish.

Visitors to “Flutter Zone” also can watch the life cycle of butterflies unfold, in a special section featuring the chrysalises whose metamorphoses will keep the exhibit stocked with flittering butterflies throughout the summer.

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Displays also emphasize the horticultural and agricultural importance of butterflies and other pollinators.

Adjacent to “Flutter Zone” along the Norwalk River, The Maritime Aquarium is growing a “pollinators’ garden” filled with flowering plants that native butterflies specifically seek for food and egg-laying. Among these plants is milkweed. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed, and their caterpillars feed exclusively on the plant. Recently, however, monarch populations have declined as property owners cut milkweed or spray it with pesticides. The Maritime Aquarium’s milkweed garden will be a certified monarch waystation designated by http://www.MonarchWatch.org.

Entry into “Flutter Zone” is free with Aquarium admission. For visitors with an aversion to possible contact with live animals, viewing of the butterflies is possible from outside the exhibit.

“Flutter Zone” is also a perfect complement to the Maritime Aquariums’s new IMAX movie, “Flight of the Butterflies”.

Get more details about The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and study cruises onto Long Island Sound this summer at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Or call (203) 852-0700.

For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Tour Artists Museum with the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury

The Mattatuck Museum, located on 144 West Main Street in Waterbury is pleased to organize visits to the studios of four artists included in the exhibition, Unsettled Identities on view July 25 – September 13, 2015. Curated by artist Duvian Montoya, this exhibition explores the artistic and biographical evolution of five artists by pairing an earlier work with a recently produced one. The exhibition includes painting, mixed media reliefs, street art/graffiti and fiber installations by Jamison Banks, Amy Bilden, Vincent Calenzo, Duvian Montoya and Jahmane West.

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The Mattatuck Staff has organized a private tour of the studios of Connecticut-based artists Amy Bilden, Vincent Calenzo, Duvian Montoya and Jahmane West on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity not only to meet the artists but also to see the environment that inspires their work. Space is limited. First-come, first-served. Members are $30 and Non-Members are $45. For more information and to register call (203) 753-0381 x 130.

For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at www.mattatuckmuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381.

For area information www.litchfieldhills.com