Greenwich Makes History: An Evening with Lesley Stahl

The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting an event with the celebrated television reporter, Lesley Stahl, on October 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Country Club located on 19 Doubling Road in Greenwich.
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Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Lesley Stahl, celebrated television reporter and recent New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Grandma: The Joy and Science of the New Grandparenting. Ms. Stahl will share her views on the current political landscape, family and the future.

As one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991, with the 2016-2017 season marking her 26th on the broadcast.

Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. Her reports appeared frequently on the CBS Evening News, with Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and later on other CBS News broadcasts. During that time, she also served as moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast. She has received numerous awards for her journalistic achievement including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.

There are limited VIP tickets for a pre-event reception and book signing are available for $1,000. General admission tickets are $250. A copy of Stahl’s new book is included in the ticket price.
Reservations required and can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Greenwich Historical Society’s Fund for Program Enrichment, newly established to support program initiatives, including education, exhibitions, public programs, digital collections and preservation.

For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

New exhibit at Sharon Historical Society @ a walk on the wild side @ Sharon Audubon

The Sharon Historical Society located on 18 Main Street on the stately Sharon Green is hosting a new exhibition through October 28 called “Distaff in Sharon: A Tribute to Melva Bucksbaum”.

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The exhibition at The Gallery @the SHS takes its inspiration from the ground breaking 2013 show curated by Ms. Bucksbaum at the Granary in Sharon titled “The Distaff Side, ” a diverse exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography, and video by more than 100 female artists from the collections of Ms. Bucksbaum and her husband, Sharon resident Raymond Learsy.

The show at The Gallery @the SHS features work by local women artists Debra Bilow, Zelina Blagden, Tina Chandler, Karen LeSage, Ellen Moon, Catherine Noren, Sally Pettus and Kate Stiassni.

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After visiting the show at the Sharon Historical Society, plan to stop in at the Sharon Audubon Center located on 325 Cornwall Rd. in Sharon. Here you can explore more than 3,000 acres of land that offers 11 miles of trails to explore. There is a small hands on natural history museum in the main Visitors Center and a Children’s adventure center as well as a store. You will also find Raptor aviaries, the herb garden and a beautiful bird and butterfly garden.

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Each year the Sharon Audubon Center admits more than 300 birds, mammals and retiles to their wildlife rehabilitation program with the ultimate goal of caring for them and releasing them back into the wild.

For more area information on what to see and do visit www.litchfieldhills.com

Bruce Museum’s Electricity Display – Sparks Fly!

The Bruce Museum located on One Museum Dr. in Greenwich will sizzle with excitement this spring and summer during their showing of Electricity, a special exhibition developed by The Franklin Institute. Electricity brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging hands-on interactive displays including Plasma Tubes, Jumping Rings, Solenoid, and Jacob’s Ladder. Visitors will learn the fundamental principles behind electricity such as magnetic fields, electric charges, and battery technology. Sparks will fly (safely) as museum goers examine concepts such as static electricity, attraction and repulsion, sparking, magnetic motion.

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Crowd-pleasing favorites include the lightning tendrils of purple, pink, and blue extended by the Plasma Tube and the Jumping Ring, which allows guests to wield electrical discharge, repelling a ring into the air. Visitors will learn how flowing currents relate to magnetic fields and how their own body can become a battery. The exhibition also highlights the applications and uses of electricity, how electricity gets into your home, sustainability, and electrical safety.

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Measuring and Transforming

Electricity will be on view in tandem with Electric Paris in the art galleries. This exhibition explores the way artists depicted older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting that began to supplant them around the turn of the twentieth century. Whether nostalgic renderings of gaslit boulevards, starkly illuminated dance halls or abstracted prisms of electric street lamps, approximately 50 artworks will be shown by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassat, Pierre Bonnard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Childe Hassam, Edouard Vuillard, James Tissot and Charles Marville.

Image: Reciprocating Motor - Many early electric motors were reciprocating motors like this one that moves the wheel when the coils are turned turn on and off at just the right time.

Image: Reciprocating Motor – Many early electric motors were reciprocating motors like this one
that moves the wheel when the coils are turned turn on and off
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About the Bruce:
The Bruce Museum is a regionally-based, world-class museum promoting an appreciation of art and an understanding of science in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually and with permanent galleries that feature the natural sciences. Each year, the Bruce Museum provides cultural, educational and experiential exhibitions and programs that appeal to a broad cross-section of people throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties. The Museum welcomes approximately 80,000 visitors, including 13,000 school aged children annually and has over 6,000 public program attendees.

For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Worldwide World of Play Stepping Stones Museum for Children Free admission for all Sept. 17

Get up, turn off your electronic devices and come on down to Stepping Stones Museum for Children for a free day of play on Saturday, September 17. In honor of Nickelodeon’s 13th Annual Worldwide Day of Play, BooZoo™, the museum’s fictional puppy mascot for early childhood learning and literacy, is hosting an action-packed day with free museum admission and activities throughout Mathews Park. The event will feature outdoor field games, interactive sports and fitness demonstrations, awesome educational activities and amazing live performances – all for free and guaranteed to keep your family moving.

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Join Stepping Stones to celebrate what we do best – play. There will be a fun magic show and a special gymnastics performance. Children can take a martial arts or Pound® for Families class, get your groove on at our rocking dance party featuring local bands in the Celebration Courtyard and participate in their favorite lawn games on the Great Lawn at Mathews Park. There will also be a park-wide book walk where visitors can exercise their bodies and their brains as well as a “Fish Parade” with artist James Grashow and our neighbors from the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. There will be plenty of experts on hand from the community and other sponsor organizations to provide ideas on ways families can take charge of their health. Additionally, all canine friends, accompanied by owners, are welcome to take part in special Worldwide Day of Play pooch programming that will take place in the Celebration Courtyard and Community Garden.

Now in its 13th year, Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play is an entire day dedicated to active play. The day is part of a larger movement to reduce childhood obesity and reinforce lessons about the tremendous benefits of healthy lifestyles among children. Stepping Stones is proud to serve as a local host of this event for the ninth time.

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“We are thrilled to be hosting the Worldwide Day of Play here at Stepping Stones for the ninth time,” said Robert Townes, Director of Community Advocacy for Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “As a children’s museum, we recognize and value the important role of play in a child’s development. We are dedicated to helping the families that we serve maintain their commitment to healthy living. With our focus on our Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative, our status as a Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens institution, our increased emphasis on healthier options in our cafe, our tremendous array of special programming and our beautiful park location, Stepping Stones is truly the perfect stage for a spectacular day of health-based family fun.”

Make the most of this day-long worldwide movement all about the power of play. For more information, call 203 899 0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/dayofplay.

Important local support of the Worldwide Day of Play at Stepping Stones Museum for Children is being provided by Silver Medal Sponsor Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital; Bronze Medal Sponsors People’s United Bank and Subway® and Blue Ribbon Sponsors Coastal Orthopaedics, The Golf Performance Center, Melissa & Doug and Outdoor Sports Center.

This special day of free play is a component of the museum’s Open Arms Accessibility Initiative. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

The wonder of marbling @ Wilton Historical Society

In the 17th century European travelers to the Middle East collected examples of marbled paper and bound them into alba amicorum, which means “books of friendship” in Latin, and is a forerunner of the modern autograph album. Eventually the technique for making the papers reached Europe, where they became a popular covering material not only for book covers and end-papers, but also for lining chests, drawers, and bookshelves. The marbling of the edges of books was also a European adaptation of the art.

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This fall, the Wilton Historical Society is offering a marbling workshop for children ages 6 – 12 on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 – 12:30. While swirling inks, and dipping paper into solution, they will learn about the history of marbling, which has been practiced for hundreds of years. Putting their freshly marbled paper to good use, kids can make a book cover, either for a book they bring, such as a journal, or for a book provided by the Society. And for a snack – marble cake!

Wilton Historical Society Members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Annual Old Fashioned Flea Market at Lockwood Mathews Mansion

For anyone who loves to hunt for treasures, repurposed furniture, decorative accessories, and curiosities of all kinds, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Old Fashioned Flea Market is the place to be. The event, will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT, in Mathews Park.

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Whether you enjoy bargains, face-painting, or a stroll down memory lane, this is such an enjoyable event as it offers something to everyone. The highlight of this event is than 80 vendors that will offer a variety of items from new, and used, to vintage. Treasures for sale include an interesting assortment of antiques, furniture, collectibles, jewelry, household items, clothing, and toys. The adventure of this event is that you never know what you will find!

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Another highlight of this event is the classic and antique car show that is sure to delight the car buffs in the group. Shop while listening to swing and jazz music from 12p.m. -1 p.m. Afterward, students from The Pop Music Academy, located in Stamford will delight the audience with contemporary music from 2:30-3:30 p.m. A flea market favorite is the all-American BBQ courtesy of Stew Leonard’s and Michael Gilmartin’s Outdoor Cookers Catering & Event Planning. A highlight is the antique and classic car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that gives visitors the opportunity to chat with car owners.

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The Museum will also be open for mini-tours from 12 noon to 4 p.m.. Visitors will be invited to walk throughout the Museum’s period rooms on the first floor and view an iconic Victorian era mansion for only $5.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

About the Flea Market

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.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Performs at the Palace Theatre Sept. 18

Waterbury’s cultural gem, the Palace Theater, located on 100 East Main Street, is presenting “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour on September 18 at 8 pm. Following his wildly successful 2015 tour, four-time Grammy-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic has announced the continuation of his Mandatory World Tour in 2016. The tour follows Yankovic’s Grammy-winning album Mandatory Fun, which was the first comedy album in over 50 years to hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and the first comedy album in history to debut at the top spot.

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Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and fifteen career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs by the biggest stars in the musical universe, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky.”

Tickets may be purchased online and range from $25 to the Czar VIP Experience that sells for $269. This experience includes: • One (1) Premium Reserved ticket in the first ten (10) rows • After-show Meet & Greet with Weird Al • Invitation to pre-show party in the Mandatory Lounge with our Minister of Propaganda/DJ and cash bar. Meet fellow comrades. Enlist in entertaining games and contests. Consume snack provisions. Engage in large quantities of Mandatory Fun* • Exclusive Weird Al CZAR Merchandise Gift
• Personally signed Limited-Edition Mandatory World Tour Flag • Special Collector’s Edition of MAD Magazine featuring Al as Guest Editor • Souvenir Tour Laminate and Lanyard • Crowd-free merchandise shopping and • On-site concert host.

The The Mandatory VIP Experience that may be purchased at $139 includes: • One premium reserved ticket in the first 20 rows, • Invitation to pre-show party in the Mandatory Lounge with our Minister of Propaganda/DJ and cash bar. Meet fellow comrades. Enlist in entertaining games and contests. Consume snack provisions. Engage in large quantities of Mandatory Fun.* • Limited-Edition Mandatory World Tour Flag • Special Collector’s Edition of MAD Magazine featuring Al as Guest Editor • Souvenir Tour Laminate and Lanyard • Crowd-free merchandise shopping and • On-site concert host.

For more area event information and where to stay and dine www.litchfieldhills.com