Old-fashioned Flea Market returns to Mathews Park Sept. 15

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its 12th annual Old-fashioned Flea Market.
The event will offer flea market enthusiasts some of the best deals in Connecticut and an opportunity to hunt, bargain, and buy at more than 70 booths selling antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, household items, clothing, toys, and specialty farm-to-table items. The Mansion will manage a White Elephant table, highlighting items generously donated by supporters and offered to the public for as little as $1.

Trendy food trucks will include Cousins Maine Lobster, recently featured on Shark Tank; The Chamo, serving outstanding Venezuelan beach cuisine; and Lucky Dog Food Truck featuring specialty hot dogs, while a classic and antique car show featuring the Connecticut Seaport Car Club will entertain shoppers of all ages.

The event will be chaired by LMMM Volunteer and antique dealer Steve Balser who has been a Flea Market vendor for the past 20 years. Mr. Balzer said, “The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum annual Flea Market continues to attract visitors from all over Connecticut and beyond. A wide variety of dealers from New England and New York display their antiques, crafts, special edibles, and other treasures. Everyone is bound to find something that makes their day!” The Museum will be open for $5 mini-tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum Shop will be open for business and feature new merchandise and a broad selection of gift ideas including fabric totes, monogrammed dishtowels, designer jewelry, elegant scarves, books, and other museum-centered accessories.
All proceeds will benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. The Museum has donated several booths to area nonprofits who will share their message and mission with attendees.

Vendor spaces are 10×16 ft. and cost $75 per space. Food vendor booths are $150. Deadline is September 1. Vendors wishing to reserve a space or purchase an ad in the program booklet distributed to all visitors should email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799 ext. 4.

The Museum’s 2019 Season is made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit http://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Evening Behind the Scenes Tour of Palace Theater

The Palace Theater in Waterbury held its first-ever evening tour in July and as a result of the enthusiastic response (more than 115 people attended) is offering another opportunity to tour the theatre on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The ninety-minute tour includes exploring areas of the venue not seen by the public and detailed information about the history and architecture provided by well-versed tour guides. Admission to the tour is $5.00 per person 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. Anyone with mobility challenges is asked to reserve their tickets in advance so that the tour guides can make accommodations in advance to ensure a pleasurable experience for all. Groups of ten or more are also asked to contact the Box Office in advance to register their group.

During the tour, attendees are led through nine decades of the theater’s entertaining history including facts and some lore, while viewing and learning about the stunning architecture and backstage magic related to the Palace story. In addition to exploring the public spaces, tour takers will have the opportunity to visit hidden areas that are off-limits to patrons attending shows or events, such as the green room, wig room, and star dressing rooms.

Guests on this tour can even stop to take a selfie at the stage door. Tour takers will also be able to experience the thrill of walking across the stage and viewing the venue’s hidden backstage murals featuring show motifs painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring company cast members. Guests will also browse a collection of the theater’s pre-restoration photos, in addition to viewing elements from the Palace’s Tenth Anniversary History Exhibit, which include a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to 1922, as well as original theater seats from the 1920s.

The walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920s. Elevator access is available for guests with challenges walking or climbing stairs or other health concerns.

For general information about the venue visit www.palacetheaterct.org.

Get Into these Western Connecticut Museums Free September 21 with a Smithsonian Museum Pass

Everyone likes a freebie and this fall courtesy of the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day and a collection of Western Connecticut Museums in Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County, visitors, no matter where they are from will get in free with a ticket from the Smithsonian. Museum Day celebrates our boundless curiosity and the wonderful museums across the country, many of them in Connecticut. On September 21, Museum Day participating museums allow visitors with a special Smithsonian Pass in for FREE! The Museum Day pass is easy to get online and provides free admission for two people on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. To get your ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search/?q=. All you have to do is check the Connecticut box for a list of participating museums and print out your tickets.

Participating Museums

American Clock & Watch Museum
100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
10 am – 5 pm
Get a ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/american-clock-watch-museum/tickets/

Step back in time with a visit to the American Clock & Watch Museum in the world-renowned clock making city of Bristol, Connecticut. The Museum houses 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 is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden that is beautifully maintained by the members of the Bristol Garden Club.

Danbury Museum and Historical Society
43 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06819
10 am – 3 pm.
Get a ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/danbury-museum-and-historical-society-authority/tickets/

Enjoy a free tour of these historic buildings located in the heart of Danbury during Smithsonian Museum Day from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Visit the John & Mary Rider House (c.1785), the John Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), The Marian Anderson Studio and The Little Red Schoolhouse. The Danbury Museum and Historical Society Authority acquires, preserves, exhibits, interprets Danbury’s past. Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House (c. 1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio, the Old Kingstreet Schoolhouse, the Little Red Schoolhouse, and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building, contains the museum offices and a research library.

Danbury Railroad Museum
120 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get a ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/danbury-railway-museum/tickets/
The Danbury Railroad Museum located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and opportunities for hands-on railroad work at “12 inches to the foot” scale.

EverWonder Children’s Museum
31 Pecks Lane, Newtown, CT 06470
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Get a ticket click here. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/everwonder-childrens-museum/tickets/

Explore the beauty and wonder of science through hands-on experimentation at one of Connecticut’s newest museums for children. Many of EverWonder’s permanent exhibits were developed by the Sciencenter of Ithaca, New York, and the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation and engage and educate children in creative play.

Fairfield University Art Museum
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. 06824
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get your ticket here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/fairfield-university-art-museum-D7D/tickets/
The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) is a dynamic space for engagement with the visual arts on the campus of Fairfield University. In its Bellarmine Hall Galleries, FUAM presents its small but choice permanent collection of European and American paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, as well as Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects. Objects on long-term loan include antiquities and medieval pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Penn Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, and the American Numismatic Society; Asian art on loan from the Columbia University Collection; and European paintings and objects borrowed from private collections. FUAM presents special exhibitions showcasing works of art in all media from a broad swathe of time periods and world cultures, ancient to contemporary, in both the Bellarmine Hall Galleries and the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
One Pleasant Street, Bristol, 06010
Fall Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30am-5pm
Get a ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/imagine-nation-a-museum-early-learning-center/tickets/

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum designed for ages 2 to 8, and an innovative NAEYC accredited, Reggio-Emilia inspired Preschool Program. On a daily basis, 126 children attend our preschool, while children and families from across Connecticut and beyond visit to explore three levels that feature 12 interactive Museum Studios with a weekly schedule of STEAM-based initiatives and educational workshops.

The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden
49 Hollow Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
1 pm – 4 pm
Get a ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/glebe-house-museum-gertrude-jekyll-garden/tickets/
Hours for September 21st: 12-4 pm
Glebe House will be open with free tours of the main floor of the museum. Costumed docents will be on hand to answer questions. The Glebe House is one of the earliest historic house museums in the nation. Its architecture, outstanding regional furniture collection, and Gertrude Jekyll Garden combine to create one of the most authentic house museums in Connecticut. Through tours, educational programs, and special events, The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden continues to give visitors a sense of what life was like in the 18th century.

Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To get your ticket click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/institute-for-american-indian-studies/tickets/

Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have an outdoor replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village and an award-winning Wigwam Escape Room. The Museum has temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world, the history, and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut.

Kids Play Children’s Museum
61 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Click for tickets here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/kidsplay-childrens-museum/tickets/
KidsPlay Museum is a place where children learn through hands-on and multi-sensory activities and is geared toward children ages one to ten. We offer exciting programs in areas including science, arts, and literacy with the goal to spark curiosity and encourage learning.

Litchfield Historical Society & Tapping Reeve Litchfield Law School
7 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759
11am – 5 pm
For tickets click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/litchfield-historical-society/tickets/
The Litchfield History Museum exhibits the evolution of the town of Litchfield, CT from its settlement in 1719 to today. Through changing exhibits, artifacts and archives, as well as hands-on areas, visitors can explore the diverse history of the town. Litchfield was a bustling commercial, political, and educational center and is a case study for the evolution of New England towns following the Revolutionary War. The town’s history includes that of the center village, Bantam, East Litchfield, Milton, Northfield, and pre-1850s Morris. Tapping Reeve is the first Law School in America opened in 1784.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850
12 noon to 4 p.m.
Click to get your ticket here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/lockwood-mathews-mansion-museum/tickets/
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as the earliest and most significant second Empire Style country house in the United States. Built during the Civil War era as a summer residence for renowned financier LeGrand Lockwood and his wife Ann Louisa, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the splendor of the Victorian Era. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is both a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

New Canaan Museum and Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge Rd., New Canaan, CT 06840
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For tickets click here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/new-canaan-museum-historical-society/tickets/
The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society has 5 museums on its campus at 13 Oenoke Ridge: The Cody Pharmacy, an early drug store; the Rogers Studio, the former studio of the sculptor John Rogers, which is a National Landmark; the 1764 Hanford-Silliman House, which includes a period Tavern; the 1799 Rock School; and the Tool Museum of building and agricultural tools. On exhibit is Shoes, an exhibition of more than 200 pairs of shoes from 1750-1930, all curated from the Society’s permanent collection, along with information on the shoe industry in New Canaan. There is also a permanent exhibition of the paintings of New Canaan resident Augusta Simon.

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Click to get your tickets here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/the-aldrich-contemporary-art-museum/tickets/
Photo: Jason Mandella.
Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is dedicated to fostering the work of innovative artists whose interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art, and engages its diverse audiences with thought-provoking, interdisciplinary exhibitions, and programs.

The New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Click to get your tickets here https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/the-new-england-carousel-museum/tickets/
This amazing one of a kind museum collection includes carousel ephemera plus vintage firefighting gear, Greek art & indoor working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of operating carousels and carousel memorabilia and the creation of new carousel material, for the education and pleasure of the general public.

This is an excellent way to explore the cultural heritage and history of Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County this fall courtesy of the participating museums and institutions and the Smithsonian.

Honey Harvest Festival @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford Sept. 14

The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is thrilled to present its first-ever Honey Harvest Festival from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 14!

This day dedicated to celebrating honey will be filled with bee-themed fun & education for everyone to enjoy. Our RAIN OR SHINE festival is FREE ADMISSION and will include:

– Q&A panel, featuring the founder of Red Bee Honey, Carla Marina Marchese. The panel will be moderated by acclaimed beekeeper and author, Howland Blackiston

– Touring the Bartlett’s pollinator gardens and hives

– A special BBQ provided by HooDoo Brown (other food vendors will also be available) for an additional charge

– Marketplace to purchase honey products, beverages, and other bee-related items

– Mead presentations and Barr Hill Gin tastings

– Live music featuring Dan Swartz

– Children’s crafts and activities, including pony rides (weather permitting), candle making, games, door prizes, and more!

A highlight is a recent radio interview with former Board Chairman, Paul Travaglino, who shares all the details of the event, as well as the importance of bees.

Weir Farm – Art In the Park Exhibition

Weir Farm, Connecticut’s only National Park located on the Ridgefield Wilton line is displaying the winners of the 2019 Art in the Park Contest that saw 99 submissions to the contest. Winners were announced at the Art in the Park Festival on August 25 and will be on display in the Cultural Center as part of the Impressions of Weir Farm – Art in the Park 2019 exhibit, through October 3, 2019.

The G&B Cultural Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site will be hosting a reception to celebrate the exhibit at the G&B Cultural Center on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event is supported by park partners, The Weir Farm Art Center and The Friends of Weir Farm National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to join in the celebration of Art in the Park and the contributions of each artist who participated.

Art in the Park Contest Results

Advanced/Professional Artist
1st, Weir Masterpiece Award: 
Carole Ackerman,
Bliss, Acrylic 11″ x 14″

2nd: Norman Dick,
Late Summer at Weir Farm, Acrylic on Canvas 12″ x 16″
(pictured, right) 

3rd: Daisy De Puthod
Weir Farm, Oil 18″ x 18″

Visitors Choice Awards 
Mary Jane Houser
Sheshana Weiner
Clarice Shirvell
Linsey Hughes 

Adult Artist Award
1st: Robert Boger 
2nd: Mary Jane Houser
3rd: Edward Day 

Teen Artist Award
1st: Gisella Castagna
2nd: Grace Kaleta
3rd: Ava Fleming.

Junior Artist Award
1st: Joe Brenner
2nd: Isabella Bigda 
3rd: Ari Lopez

Park Volunteer, Partner, or Staff Award
1st: Richard Bauer (Garden Gang Volunteer)
2nd: Barbara Kaplan (Garden Gang Volunteer)
3rd: Carly Buta (Volunteer Coordinator)

Judges Choice Honorable Mention Awards (not ranked)
Eric Fleming
Ella Brenner
Maria Basaldella
Judith Lambertson
Mary Ellen Hackett
Leslie Carone

Young Talent Awards (not ranked)
Caroline Worst
Ellery Worst
Bridget Wright-Aldrich
Eric Fleming
Shane Fleming
Charlotte Murphy
Ella Brenner
Joe Brenner
Eleanor Lubeley
John W. Lubeley
Evelyn Lee
Annika Lee
Elsie Owens
Natalie Owens
Monica Saara
Aurora Garguilo
Celeste Garguilo
Emma Saleh
Liv Moore
Nicholas dethouars
Grace Winn
Isabella Bigda
Vincenzo Bigda
Anne Bigda
Maximo Celi
Marco Cell
Abby Savage
Harper Crawford
Henry Crawford
Julia Mendoza
Owyn de St. Croix
Ari Lopez
Maximilian Kaleta
Julia Mendoza
Robin Hart
John Shirvell

About the G&B Cultural Center
Located at 49 New Street in Wilton, the G&B Cultural Center is a non-profit organization supporting the visual and performing arts in a local and collaborative manner. The historical building, while preserved on the National Historic Register, has blossomed into a modern, thriving art center. G&B offers classes in music and visual arts and host exhibits, concerts, and demonstrations. Space is also available to rent for meetings and events. Visit gandbculturalcenter.org or call 203-544-0056 for more information.

About Weir Farm National Historic Site
Visit the home and studio of America’s most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of a world-class artist. Set against a rural Connecticut landscape that has been painted by thousands of artists from 1882 to the present, Weir Farm is a national legacy of American Impressionism, creativity, and historic preservation. Explore this National Park for Art and experience what Weir described as “The Great Good Place.” Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/wefa and visit us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WeirFarmNHS, YouTubewww.youtube.com/WeirFarmNHS , and Instagram @WeirFarmNHS.

About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at http://www.nps.gov, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter http://www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

Calling all Foodies to Savor Litchfield Hills Sept. 8

Once again this year, TownVibe and Litchfield Magazine is hosting Savor Litchfield on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm at South Farms in Morris. Foodies and other fun-loving folk can enjoy tastes and sips from more than 20 restaurants and specialty markets from the Litchfield area, all in the beautiful surroundings of the 90-acre South Farms in Morris. In addition to fine cuisine, craft cocktails, artisanal wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be live music by the Switch Factory, local business pop-up shops, a mixology session by Litchfield Distillery, and an art tent for kids by Art Room Atelier.

Litchfield Distillery brand ambassador and award-winning mixologist Dimitrios Zahariadis will provide a special mixology session. He will build three delicious cocktails perfect for late summer and early fall, sharing tips that can help people take their cocktails to the next level.

The restaurant and spirits list is still growing but to date includes BritsBrand, Ciesco Catering, Community Table, Fifth State Distillery, Hopkins Vineyard, John’s Cafe, Josh Cellars, Litchfield Distillery, Market Place Tavern Litchfield, Mayflower Inn & Spa, Mine Hill Distillery, Spring Hill Vineyards, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Sweet Lab Confections, The BakeHouse of Litchfield, West Shore Seafood, White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant.

They will be creating an array of delicious and diverse options for participants. Cuisine ranges from sustainable and seafood-focused to old-school Italian comfort food to handmade caramels. The event will also offer various wines, beers, and spirits to create the perfect ensemble—all available for one ticket price. Local businesses that will be on hand include The Spa at Litchfield Hills, Byrde + the b, J. McLaughlin, Oliphant, Forsythia Skin Care, and Shop Cathy B.

Pre-purchased general admission is $50, which includes food, drink, and entertainment all afternoon. A VIP pass is $100 and provides food, drink, entertainment, private parking, and access to a lounge with TV and food service. Children 15 and under are $20. Day-of-the event tickets are $60 for general admission and $110 for the VIP lounge. Tickets can be purchased at savorlitchfield.com.