Booked for Lunch: Sisters In Law in Wilton

Come to a reading group that focuses on books with a historical bent. The new selection is Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman, a New York Times bestseller.

The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second women to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Linda Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. Hirshman also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, setting precedent in cases dealing with employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.

Sisters in Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes, bringing these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.

“Vital…Part of what makes Hirshman such a likable writer — in addition to her wit and ability to explain the law succinctly without dumbing it down — is her optimism.” – Washington Post

Participants bring a brown bag lunch, the Society provides a beverage and dessert. There is no charge, but please register. By email: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203- 762-7257

New Art Show in New Canaan Through March 30

A New Deal for the Arts: The Federal Art Project Era 1933-1943 is open at the New Canaan Historical Society through March 30, 2019. This exhibit includes large scale works by Justin Gruelle, George Avison, Liacita Gregg, Clifton Meek, Ralph Nelson and Ernest Albert, Jr., as well as documents, works on paper, posters, and historical information. Also included are photographs of numerous important murals that have been lost or destroyed.

During the Depression of the 1930s, New Canaan experienced general, widespread unemployment, and the Town accepted relief from various governmental agencies set up under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Funds for artists came from both the Public Works Art Project and the Works Progress Administration. Through these programs, art was commissioned for New Canaan’s public places, including Town Hall and the public schools.

Come learn about this period in history where, for the first time, the United States Government subsidized artists. The exhibit will explore the impact the New Deal had on the development of American art, including the growth of abstraction, on the conversation that continues to this day on the role of government in supporting the arts, and on the socio-economic implications of this artwork. Events associated with this exhibit include: a bus tour of WPA art in New Canaan and Norwalk led by art historian Ed Vollmer on January 30; a documentary film on the New Canaan residents who rescued and restored this art followed by a conversation with Betty Branch, a member of the Town’s Commission, on February 10 from 3 to 4:30 pm; and a talk by Jeff Urbin, Education Specialist, FDR Presidential Library, on March 3 from 4-5 pm. The exhibit runs through March 30.

Reservations are now being taken for the WPA Bus Tour on January 30, 10 am – 2 pm. The cost is $60 per person and includes lunch. Call the Historical Society at (203) 966-1776 to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

Kids Care in Norwalk MLK Day

On Sunday, Jan. 20 (Snow date, Feb. 3) from 1 to 4 p.m. there will be a free A free family-friendly Service Day Project supporting the non-profit organization Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants.

Create welcome bags for immigrants and refugees settling into Connecticut. Participating families are encouraged to bring individually packaged non-perishable snacks to include in the welcome bags.

Along with filling the bags with goodies, children will be able to create cards and decorate the bags!

In addition to the service project, children will get the opportunity to create peace doves, heart origami and learn more about Dr. King’s mission for peace, freedom, and justice for all.

Suggested Snacks to Bring for the Welcome Bags
Individually wrapped packages of cheese or peanut butter sandwich crackers
Individual boxes of raisins or dry fruit
Individually wrapped granola or dry fruit bars
Individually wrapped meat sticks
Individually wrapped pouches of fruit snacks or fruit leather
Individual bags of pretzels, crackers or popcorn

All children must be accompanied by an adult. To RSVP click here https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4021291

Ring in the New Year Jan. 19

2019 should prove to be a year of exciting challenges including fundraising. “We wanted to find a new way to raise funds for the Sheffield Island Lighthouse,” said Mike Reilly, president of the Norwalk Seaport Association. The non-profit association is responsible for the preservation of the lighthouse. “We needed something that would resonate with the unique and special nature of our historic building. We heard that the Music on the Hill bell choirs were fans of the lighthouse and collaborating with them on this magical event was just what we were looking for” Reilly added.

Ring in the New Year will take place at the Unitarian Church in Westport on Sat. Jan. 19th from 7-9 pm and includes champagne, beer, wine and delicious shoreline appetizers provided by the award-winning Simply Delicious caterers of Norwalk. “Holding our event at the architecturally award-winning Unitarian Church is the perfect backdrop for the bell choirs and the church’s glass walls that look out on the sparkling woods, makes this a very special evening and a not to miss event” noted Reilly

Tickets for this tax-deductible event are $100 each is limited and only available online at www.Seaport.org or by calling 203-838-9444. “A fresh new year is always filled with hope & promise. We wanted to create an event that captures that magic,” said Reilly.

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids- Jan.26

Welsh Rabbit (sometimes called Welsh Rarebit) is a dish consisting of a savory sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients, served hot after being spooned over slices of toasted bread – nary a hare in sight! Welsh Rabbit dates from the early 1700’s and has long been enjoyed as hearty tavern supper. Museum Educator Laurie Walker will be showing the children how to make Welsh Rabbit, and some Molasses Bread, too, from a Revolutionary War period recipe.

The Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, Jan. 26, from11 am – 12:30 pm teaches kids a “reciept” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region. While the food is prepared, they hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life. The monthly workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, adapted for modern kitchens. 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, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread, cranberry shortbread, New Year’s “cakes”, New England chowder, hand pies, cheese and ramp soufflé, pea and watercress Rappahannock, blackberry maslin, thirded bread, pound cake with “Oranges” juice, maple cup custard, pepper pot soup, scalloped tomatoes, dressed macaroni and cheese, and gingerbread cakes.

Suggested for ages 6 – 12.
Members: $10; Non-members $15. Space is limited — please register by contacting info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

Did You Know?
Welsh Rabbit vs Welsh Rarebit: “Though the “Welsh” part of the dish’s name seems clear-cut, an etymological issue as sticky as melted Cheddar surrounds the second word: is it rabbit, or rarebit? The earliest reference we have to the dish, in 1725, is quite clearly rabbit: it’s not until over fifty years later that the mysterious alternative spelling starts to twitch its whiskers. John Ayto in his A Diner’s Dictionary writes that rarebit was probably “an attempt to folk-etymologize [the name] – that is, to reinterpret the odd and inappropriate-sounding rabbit as something more fitting to the dish”. The new name caught on and references to it multiplied a little like – well, rabbits.” – Leah Hyslop, London Telegraph, September 3, 2013

WINTER YOGA SESSIONS PLANNED AT PALACE THEATER

The Palace Theater resumes its popular Gentle Flow Yoga classes, suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners, with a six week session beginning Tuesday Jan. 8 – Feb. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Cost for the six-week session is $72 and is payable at the first class. Drop-in participants are also welcome, cost is $15 per session. Participants will gather in the Mezzanine level of the theater. A yoga mat and comfortable clothing are suggested. For further information contact the theater’s Box Office at 203.346.2000.

Health professionals agree movement and flexibility are important keys to health and wellness as well as an enhanced quality of life as one ages. Led by certified Yoga instructor Michele Morcey, the classes also offers an opportunity to take a mid-day break to recharge and rejuvenate surrounded by the beauty of the venue’s opulent mezzanine lobby.

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.