Jewels of the Jungle @ Bruce Museum

The 31st Bruce Museum Gala will be “Jewels of the Jungle” on May 12 at Greenwich Country Club. Formerly known as the Renaissance Ball, this annual benefit raises critical funds that not only support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science exhibitions and educational programs, but also will refresh its science offerings, strengthen its potential in the arts, and expand its educational reach.

Organized by a team of committee members and museum staff, the event is led by Gala Co-Chairs Katie Fong Biglin, Kim Kassin, and Shelly Tretter Lynch. The honorary Gala Chair is Avril Graham, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

The 31st Bruce Museum Gala is a creative black-tie event that celebrates the contributions made by all the philanthropists, arts leaders, elected officials, and Museum supporters expected to attend. The Gala also provides a time to toast the evening’s honorees, Lucile and Richard J. Glasebrook and Gale and Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., who will be recognized for their longstanding commitment, leadership, and generosity to the Bruce Museum.

The eye-catching décor conceived by Renny & Reed and Sebass Events & Entertainment will pay tribute to the Bruce Museum’s recent exhibition Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection and the upcoming exhibition National Geographic Photo Ark: Photographs by Joel Sartore, opening on June 2.

The 31st Bruce Museum Gala is open to the public, but reservations are required. To purchase tickets online, visit and click “Reservations.” For more information or to receive an invitation to the Gala, contact Brooke Benedetto; or 203-413-6761.


Following a successful first year of programming in the newly renovated 18th Century Barn, Hollister House Garden located in Washington Connecticut announces a new series of educational workshops and lectures called ‘Barn Talks’.

The goal of ‘Barn Talks’ is to engage, educate and bring together both amateur and professional gardeners. The roster of presenters includes horticultural industry professionals with decades of experience, who will share their passion and knowledge.

The Saturday series begins with ‘New England Orchard Revival: Resurrecting the Heirloom Apple’ presented by Peter J. Jentsch of Cornell University. Additional ‘Barn Talks’ include ‘The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care’ with Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics, ‘Creating a Landscape for your Table’ and ‘Decorative Kitchen Containers’ with designer Chris Zaima, ‘and How to Create a Small, Productive Cutting Garden’ led by Elisabeth Cary of Cooper Hill Flower Farm. The annual Hollister House Garden Spring Plant Sale is planned for May 12 and features Broken Arrow Nursery, Falls Village Flower Farm, McCue Gardens and Something to Crow About Dahlias.

Recently the board of directors approved adding the position of Program Coordinator to plan and implement a series of lectures and workshops thus reaffirming a commitment to making Hollister House Garden an important resource for the gardening community. The Board welcomes Deborah Brown of Roxbury, a longtime friend and volunteer, to this newly created position. Ms. Brown has worked in the horticultural field for over 30 years as a landscape contractor and as a garden/floral designer.

“Our goal is to make Hollister House Garden a center of learning and inspiration for all gardeners. We hope to present programs that offer both practical knowledge and insight as well as those that affirm the joy of gardening” says Deborah Brown.

The official 2018 opening day of Hollister House Garden is Friday, April 27th. In addition to ‘Barn Talks’, the garden will continue to offer a full program of cultural and educational events like ‘Music in the Garden’, ‘Twilight in the Garden’, ‘Photography in the Garden’, and more. A complete listing of dates, times and registration links for ‘Barn Talks’ and all other upcoming events can be found at

Hollister House Garden is a non-profit corporation and one of only 16 exceptional gardens designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. In 2010 Hollister House achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The property has also been named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 27th through October 6th. Friday hours are 1-4PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website. Contact: Pamela Moffett, 860-868-2200

Celebrate Connecticut’s Maritime History Lightkeeper’s Gala in Norwalk

The Norwalk Seaport Association is celebrating a very important milestone, the 150th anniversary of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse.  The public is invited to join in the celebration at this year’s annual Lightkeeper’s Gala on April 28, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the elegant Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. Proceeds from the Gala event will be used to continue to educate and preserve Sheffield Island, Sheffield Island.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse, “The Gateway to Your Harbor” stands proud as members of the Association celebrate its 150 Anniversary in 2018. The Lighthouse is a tribute from those who built this magnificent structure to those that served as guardians and keepers. This Gala event also honors the volunteers, trustees, and the incredible support from the community that gave us the Lighthouse and those that helped to restore it to its pristine condition.  

This year, the Gala’s theme is “Gateway to your Harbor” and attendees can expect a treasure trove of fun while celebrating Sheffield Island Lighthouse, the jewel of the Connecticut coastline.  There will be cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, and dancing.

A highlight of the evening will be both a silent and live auction with more than 100 items that are sure to delight especially when it is to support our Maritime Heritage.  The Grand Auction is live… so get ready to have some “sound” fun!  The prize is a four-day, three-night vacation package for two lucky winners to another island… Barbados!  Winners will be pampered at the luxurious, adult only Treasure Beach, one of the newest properties on Barbados with an award-winning restaurant.

The Lightkeeper’s Gala event celebrates the achievements of the Norwalk Seaport Association and, the generous contributions made by all the philanthropists, businesses, elected officials, supporters and members of the Norwalk Seaport Association. The Gala also provides a time to toast the evening’s honorees, King Industries and The King Family, Carol F. Pote, G & C Marine Services and Gary Wetmore who will be recognized for their longstanding commitment, leadership, and generosity to the Norwalk Seaport Association.

The Sheffield Island Lighthouse belongs to everyone who has touched it in the past and to those that will keep it as it is for the next 150 years.  

The Lightkeeper’s Gala is open to the public, but reservations are required. To purchase tickets online or call (203) 838 – 9444.

About The Norwalk Seaport Association

Formally incorporated in July 1978 the Norwalk Seaport Association works to foster public awareness of Norwalk and Long Island Sound’s maritime resources, environment and heritage through research, education, and preservation. The most important mission of the Association is to foster the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic areas of Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Norwalk Seaport Association Cruises

The Norwalk Seaport Association offers three-hour boat cruises to Sheffield Island from May – September where visitors can enjoy walks on the beach, a stroll along a nature trail at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge and views of Long Island Sound and NYC on a clear day. 

Norwalk Seaport Association – Events

The Norwalk Seaport Association also hosts a series of themed boat cruises and events including the award-winning Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival, September 7-9, 2018.

The Spirit of Spring @ Institute for American Indian Studies

If you have kids home from school on their spring vacation and want to plan a special excursion that will both educate and fascinate, head to the Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut. The Institute has planned a perfect combination of programs from April 18 to April 20 that will fascinate and educate your children. Best of all the schedule is relaxed so whatever time you visit the museum, you are sure to find excellent programs to participate in.

The highlight of the day on April 18 will be a series of family activities that will focus on woodland animals found on the grounds…deer, squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes and even bears. Kids will learn how to ID animals by the tracks they leave behind. There will also be an outdoor scavenger hunt along our trails leading up to the Native American Village that promises to be entertaining and educational at the same time. If your children enjoy making things, there will be a craft session where kids will make the animal of their choice and be able to take it home as a memento of their visit. The day will wind down with animal stories, like how the chipmunk got his stripes by Traditional Storyteller and the Education Coordinator of the Institute, Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke.

On April 19, the focus of the day will be honoring the trees and the gifts that they bring us. If you want your children to learn how to identify different trees, this is the day to visit the museum. There will be a self-guided nature walk on the well-marked trails of the museum and a tree identification activity. In addition, a craft session for kids is planned that will highlight trees and a special story time when Native American legends are told. Perhaps one tale will be the Cherokee Legend of why trees lose their leaves.

Native Americans have lived off the land and have used herbs and plants as a source of food, building material and, for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Programs on April 20 will focus on how Native Americans use plants and herbs. A highlight of the day will be the Iroquois story told by a Traditional Storyteller and the Education Coordinator of the Institute, Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke of the “Three Sisters” Garden of corn, beans, and squash. There will also be a Three Sisters’ Garden planting activity to make and take them home. Children will delight in exploring their crafty side using natural materials found on a hike.

These events will take place from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on April 18-20 and all activities are included in the price of admission with one parent or guardian per group getting free admission! Admission is $10 adults, $8 Seniors, and $6 children, members of the Institute of American Indian Studies get in free.

And, remember, IAIS is participating in Give Local 2018 Facebook Contest! LIKE this photo to help us win additional prizes! Please only like the original post as that is the one where the likes are counted! Supporting IAIS During “Give Local” supports our educational efforts. All you have to do is LIKE the photo to help us during this contest and to give where your heart is in order to help us continue to educate and create more memories like this one!! Connecticut Community Foundation.

The Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village. Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.

The Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Through archaeology, the IAIS is able to build new understandings of the world and history of Native Americans, the focus is on stewardship and preservation. This is achieved through workshops, special events, and education for students of all ages.

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2017 Editions Club Reveal @ Center for Contemporary Printmaking

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking revealed the 2017 Editions Club Print, Land of Plenty, by artist Chuck Webster. The artist visited CCP in fall 2017 to develop the project under the guidance of Christopher Shore, first drawing on a lithographic stone to develop the black outlined areas on the print. Once Webster approved the lithograph impression, a variety of color combinations were developed until the final selection of 10 colors was reached to completely fill in the composition, requiring three carborundum aquatint plates. The resulting image places the viewer within one of the artist’s unique fantastical landscapes built through careful placement of color, texture, and line. The ambiguity of whether the space represents an interior or exterior and whether darkening represents an object or a shadow, is all part of the artist’s intent.

This print sits squarely within the artist’s oeuvre, particularly his ink drawings, which, similar to this year’s print, are populated solely by heavy, rough-hewn forms and structures buoyed up from their foundational moorings through Webster’s vibrant color choices. Also represented from both his paintings and drawings are a triad of his most recent favorite form-as-actor, the croquet mallet, seen here occupying a prominent place overlooking the landscape. His work actively engages the viewer in an ongoing search for resolution as one attempts to reconcile the ongoing tension present among all aspects of his compositions: the colors, the ambiguous roles of the mallets, the concave/convex push and pull of the space; he very purposefully uses texture to give materiality to a surface, thereby adding more layers to the mystery, not illuminating it. 

About the Artist

Chuck Webster’s work is held in numerous public collections, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art,
Baltimore, MD; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; and The Beinecke Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT. He has received numerous prestigious awards and grants, including the Milton and Sally Michel Avery Visual Arts Fellowship at Yaddo; the MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH; the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award at the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Winter Fellowship at the Fine Art Works Center in Provincetown MA. Additionally, his work has been exhibited all over the world, including solo exhibitions at Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York, NY; Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA; David Krut Projects, New York, NY; and ZieherSmith, New York, NY and included in group shows at MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; DC Moore Gallery, New York, and Dieu Donné, New York, NY. 

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, is located Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

Waterbury’s Palace Theater’s 2018 Season

The Palace Theater’s 2018 season is nothing short of phenomenal boasting a two-week engagement of the blockbuster Cameron Macintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, plus four other Tony Award-winning musicals as part of the Webster Broadway series, along with concerts by Ray Lamontagne, Kansas and Kool & the Gang, guaranteed to have you celebrating good times all year long! Tickets are on sale now to all shows and may be purchased online at, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. Shows are added throughout the season as well so be sure to check the website often.

The Shows

April 13 – 15


May 8 7:30pm


May 11 – 13

POLI CLUB FALL JAZZ SERIES presented by New England Arts & Entertainment


September 29 7 &9pm


October 20 7 & 9pm

November 15 – 26


December 8 7 & 9pm

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:

The Garden in Every Sense and Season @ Hickory Stick

If you are a garden lover then you might want to plan a visit to Hickory Stick Bookstore located in Washington Depot on Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm for a book signing and talk with author Tovan Martin on her book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season.

About the book:

So much of gardening is focused on the monthly checklists, seasonal to-do lists, and daily upkeep–weed this area, plant these seeds, prune this tree, rake these leaves, dig this hole–frantically done all year long. But what about taking the time to truly enjoy the garden in every sense? In The Garden in Every Sense and Season, Tovah Martin mindfully explores her garden through sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. She sees the bright yellow daffodils of spring, smells summer’s pungent roses, hears the crows in autumn, and tastes winter’s juicy citrus. In 100 evocative essays, Martin shares sage garden advice and intimate reflections on her own garden. The Garden in Every Sense and Season, from one of the greatest garden writers of our time, urges gardeners to inhale, savor, and become more attuned with their gardens.


“Reminds us that the best way to get to know a garden is through our senses. Don’t expect to make it through many pages before you feel an urge to run outdoors to reintroduce yourself to your own landscape.” –Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista

“I want to eat this book. To savor its sweetness. Tovah Martin has packed it with the sense and sensibilities of her gardening year. Mouthwatering.” –Marta McDowell, author of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

About the author:

Tovah Martin is a fanatical and passionate organic gardener and the author of The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, The New Terrarium, and Tasha Tudor’s Garden, as well as many other gardening books. Visit her at She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The Garden in Every Sense and Season by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email