Lockwood Mathews Mansion’s Holiday Tea

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host its annual Tea on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m. at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, titled, Fashion Influencers Across History: Social Tea. Co-chaired by LMMM Trustees Pam Murrin and Victoria Vandamm, this event will feature a luxurious whirlwind of delicious refreshments, a silent auction, a hat contest, and a fascinating talk by award-winning scholar and author Kathleen Craughwell-Varda. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members available to purchase online at: www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

“This event is a unique way to enjoy the museum, spend a Sunday afternoon that is fun and informative, and give back to a truly special cause,” said co-chair Pam Murrin, who spoke enthusiastically about “experiencing a social engagement in this historical grand home, partaking of a cultural moment on fashion and influential women, and enjoying fine refreshments donated by our generous network of supporters.”
Ms. Varda will introduce attendees to American fashion icons and present-day influencers who have defined, now and through the centuries, American style. With no monarchy to emulate, Americans have long been drawn to women who possessed style, charisma, and grace. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis possessed these qualities in abundance. This presentation titled, “Looking for Jackie: American Fashion Icons,” will provide an examination of American women who were the “Jackies” of their era, women who, since the 1800s, have had a similar impact on American fashion. The lecture will reveal how these women’s distinctive personal styles captured the imagination of the American public and influenced popular fashion.

Kathleen Craughwell-Varda is as a museum consultant in New York and Connecticut with more than 30 years of experience specializing in historic textiles. She earned an M.A. in costume history from New York University in conjunction with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lectures widely on costume and textile history and conservation and has written articles on women’s history for several exhibition catalogues. Ms. Varda is currently the director of Conservation ConneCTion, a program based at the Connecticut State Library that focuses on preserving Connecticut’s cultural collections by identifying and developing a statewide plan for collections care needs and providing learning opportunities for collecting institutions.

The Museum’s Tea is generously sponsored in part by M&T Bank and Bigelow Tea, with Tea catering courtesy of Festivities. The 2022 Season is made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk, The Maurice Goodman Foundation and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on tours and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

A perfect weekend restaurant experience Terra Gaucha in Stamford

Terra Gaucha, Connecticut’s only authentic Churrascaria or Brazilian Steakhouse located at Stamford Town Center, 280 Tresser Blvd. in Stamford is now open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The new restaurant will occupy the former space of the Cheesecake Factory in the heart of downtown Stamford. This prime location is easily accessible with plenty of parking. A special introductory price for lunch and dinner will run through the end of October.

Dine on authentic Brazilian food @ Connecticut’s only authentic Churrascaria or Brazilian Steakhouse

Stamford’s new churrasco-styled restaurant, Terra Gaucha, offering authentic Brazilian food is like going to the land of the gauchos (Brazilian cowboys) and more! One of the things to know about this extraordinary dining experience is that churrasco refers to a style of cooking that was invented in the 1800s by the gauchos, of Brazil. They found that slow-roasting meat flavored only with rock salt over open flames brought out the natural flavor of meat and made it more succulent. Today, the churrascaria-style steakhouse is popular all over Brazil and is now trending in the United States. On October 22 this time-honored tradition of fire-roasting meat – beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and seafood on skewers with a dash of salt has arrived in Stamford, Connecticut. “Although Stamford is part of a large metropolitan area, I think that it is a very close-knit and welcoming community that we want to be a part of. Stamford has a unique identity and we are looking forward to bringing a taste of southern Brazilian hospitality and cuisine to this dynamic area,” said owner, Rodolfo Melo. “It is our third location and we couldn’t be more excited about introducing our gaucho chefs to the folks that live here.”

Delicious fire-roasted meat and seafood

Terra Gaucha “gaucho chefs” are experts in the art of fire-roasting meats. They hand select, butcher, and season each fire-roasted skewer that is served, elevating this centuries-old cooking technique. At Terra Gaucha, a red carpet cultural experience is rolled out for diners with delectable meat and seafood brought on long skewers and expertly carved, tableside. Part of the fun is watching servers slicing meat right into your dish instead of having it plated in the kitchen. To add to the experience, each guest receives a card, one side is red and says “No Thanks” and the other side is green and says “Yes Please.” This ensures you will always get the juiciest meats cooked to your liking with the added benefit of pacing yourself by indicating when you are ready to eat and when you want to stop. This signature experience is the price-fixed all-you-can-eat “Rodizio” consisting of unlimited trips to the gourmet salad bar and unlimited tableside service of fire-roasted meats and seafood. The waiters keep bringing meat until you tell them to stop!

Enjoy an extensive salad bar

Simply seasoned, fire-roasted meats are the heart of the Rodizio experience at Terra Gaucha where diners discover a variety of flavors. The most prized cut of meat is called Picanha, a savory crescent-shaped prime cut of top sirloin with a carefully crafted fat cap that flavors the entire cut. Since it is the prime part of top sirloin flavored only with a dash of rock salt, it’s extremely tender and utterly delicious. The meat offerings in this cathedral of churrasco doesn’t stop there – bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, chicken drumsticks marinated in bourbon and beer, grilled salmon, grilled shrimp with a passion fruit and mango glaze, lamb in a special mint marinade and lightly wine-marinated pork are also part of the meat parade. Mainstays of the extensive salad bar include smoked salmon, lobster bisque, shrimp salad, and much more. Traditional dessert like a Brazilian Flan or something decadent like a Petite Gateau-Molten Lava cake.

Save room for dessert!

Terra Gaucha offers a full-service bar and a restaurant with 200 seats inside, three private dining rooms for groups and special occasions, and an outside patio that seats 40. The restaurant is open for Lunch Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is offered Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last seating is 30 minutes before closing. For more information call 475-977-3522 or visit terragaucha.net.

You will find a warm welcome and great food @ Terra Gaucha

About Terra Gaucha
This Brazilian-style steakhouse offers an authentic cultural churrasco dining experience that allows diners to experience the best of southern Brazilian hospitality and cuisine. There are three locations including Stamford, Connecticut, Tampa, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner and has private rooms for group or special occasion dining.

The Witch of Woodbury & Friends w/The Estate of Panic ) October 29 @ The Glebe House

Each year the Glebe House, one of the oldest in Connecticut is decked out to welcome all mannor of goblins and ghouls, witches, and spirits. This year, the house’s theme is The Estate of Panic! Enter the 275 – year old Glebe House -if you dare! The house has an intriguing history of hauntings. For this event, the Museum is professionally staged to create a unique experience and the themes are designed to be different each year to delight visitors again and again. Dare to walk through the frightful rooms of the Estate of Panic, filled with special effects and creepy things that are guaranteed to be hair-raising. Engage in a game of “Truth or Scare” and see if you can escape the haunted museum. The Estate of Panic will be open 5:30 – 9:30 pm on October 29.

A highlight of the evening is when Linda Barr-Gale will bring the “Witch of Woodbury”, Mol Cramer, to life in a special presentation in the Glebe Yard. Pull up a hay bale, bring a blanket, grab a chair and gather around the cauldron to hear her tale. This year Mol will be joined by her fellow witches who were put to trial in Colonial Connecticut. Presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm. Seating is limited – Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $11 per person, children 5-12 years old $6, and children under 5 years of age are free. See our website at http://www.glebehousemuseum.org for more information or by contacting the office at 203-263-2855 or by email at office@glebehousemuseum.org.

About the Glebe House
The Glebe House, built about 1740 is a non-profit historic house museum and garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the home of John Rutgers Marshall, his wife, nine children and three slaves from 1771 to 1786 and is furnished with period furniture including many pieces made in Woodbury during the 18th century. Under the direction of Henry Watson Kent, a pioneer of early American decorative arts and founder of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the house was restored and opened to the public in 1925 as one of the first historic house museums in the country. Today we continue the commitment to maintain and preserve this unique historical and cultural landmark by preserving its heritage and providing programs and opportunities for education and research. The Museum explores the way of life of an 18th century middle class family at the dawn of our new republic. The Museum is open for regular tours Friday through Sunday from May through October 9th and for special activities throughout the year. The garden is open during daylight hours, 7 days per week.

Spend Halloween with the Fairfield Museum

Fairfield’s history comes alive in the town’s centuries-old Burying Ground as the spirits share the scary legends of days gone by. As you walk among the ancient gravestones, prepare to be greeted by some of the spellbinding characters buried there. Meet Eunice Burr, Samuel Smedley, and Goody Knapp, who was convicted of and executed for witchcraft in 1653, while discovering long-buried legends that have haunted Fairfield for nearly 400 years.

Tickets are available on Thursday, 10/27, 28, and 29th at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm on each night (Note: Tours are 45 minutes long.), and the tickets:$20 each. Pre-registration is required. This program is recommended for adults and kids ages 12 and up. For your tickets, click here

Event Details
All tours will meet at the front door of the Fairfield Museum building, located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes ahead of your departure time, as tours will leave at the scheduled time.

· Parking is available at the Fairfield Museum and guests should enter the parking lot from Old Post Road. The Museum’s Beach Road entrance will be closed for participant safety.

· Tours will be held outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking over uneven ground in low light conditions. We will also be standing for the 45-minute duration of the program.

Inclement Weather: If a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be notified via email at least one hour prior to your tour departure. Museum staff will make every effort to reschedule tours. If rescheduling isn’t possible, we will provide you with a refund.

Parking: Parking is available in the Museum and Sullivan Town Hall lots. Access to parking will only be via Old Post Road. Our Beach Road driveway will be closed off for safety. Please see the map below with directions on accessing parking.

The Institute for American Indian Studies hosts an Evening of Native American Traditions with Dr. Kimmerer and Dance by Pilobolus

The Institute for American Indian Studies is hosting an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, founder, and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. This event will include a Native American-inspired performance by the nationally known dance troupe, Pilobolus that will take place on Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center located at 22 Kirby Road in Washington, Connecticut.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and best-selling author of several books including Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Robin tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and, in 2015; she addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” On this special evening, Dr. Kimmerer will participate in a moderated discussion about her work that focuses on traditional ecological knowledge and how it can be used to foster sustainability and envision a future of healing. If you plan to attend this event, you may submit questions to Dr. Kimmerer by emailing events@iaismuseum.org with the subject line Questions for Robin Wall Kimmerer, and please include your name and where you are from.

A highlight of this event will be the performance by the nationally and internationally known dance troupe, Pilobolus of “The Ballad” which is a collaboration with the Institute for American Indian Studies Native American storyteller, Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke. The Ballad is a moving and emotional performance that tells an epic story of the history of tribal nations’ sacred relationship with Mother Earth and the injustices suffered by indigenous communities. The final message of this performance, so eloquently portrayed by Pilobolus, is that we have to take care of Mother Earth so she can take care of us. Pilobolus is celebrating 50 years of dance and The Ballad is one of the highlights of their Big Five-Oh! National Tour that has met with rave reviews.

This event is free (donations are appreciated) and is brought to attendees by the Institute for American Indian Studies, The Frederick Gunn School, The Taft School, a grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, and donations from members of the Institute. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot click here.

About Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington, Connecticut preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape Room, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans.

Monroe Restaurant Week returns October 17- 23, 2022

The Monroe Economic Development Commission kicks off Restaurant Week this October. Participating restaurants are serving up special fixed-price menus and other specials. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience some new restaurants and revisit favorites. Reservations are highly recommended, so book your tables early.

Participating Restaurants:

Bella Rosa Pizzeria Ristorante – RW Menu – (203) 452-9533

Carl Anthony Trattoria – RW Menu – (203) 268-8486

Casa Nostra Italian Eatery – RW Menu Coming Soon

Crown Pizza of Monroe – RW Menu Coming Soon

Flames Restaurant – RW Menu Coming Soon

Honeyspot Pizza 5 – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 261-2977

India Raj Restaurant – RW Menu Coming Soon

Jennie’s Pizzeria – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 452-2435

Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza – RW Menu Coming Soon

Lake Zoar Drive-In – RW Menu Coming Soon

Lakeside Nutrition – RW Menu Coming Soon

Last Drop Coffee Shop – RW Menu – (203) 445-9797

Marylou’s Ristorante – RW Menu Coming Soon

Monroe Deli – RW Menu Coming Soon

Monroe Diner – RW Menu – (203) 268-8800

Monroe Falafel – RW Menu Coming Soon

Monroe Fish Market – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 268-7463

Monroe Pizza & Pasta – RW Menu Coming Soon

Monroe Social – RW Menus Coming Soon – (203) 590-3450 – Make Reservations

Nunnu’s Sandwich Shop – RW Menu – (203) 220-8414

Osteria Romana – RW Menu – (203) 261-1600 – Make Reservations

Paisano’s Pizza – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 268-1888

Terra Cafe – RW Menu Coming Soon

Thai Mi Noodle – RW Menu – (203) 261-6611

Vazzy’s Osteria – RW Menu – (203) 459-9800