America’s Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield @ Litchfield History Museum

This season, the Litchfield History Museum located on the Green on the corner of Rte. 63 in Litchfield has planned an exhibition celebrating the world of sports in Litchfield as it exemplifies one of America’s favorite generational pastimes.

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Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They promote health and wellness as well as leisure and relaxation. They teach us about competition, but also about working together. They help build teams and form lasting relationships. Above all else, they encourage us to move, to think, and to interact.

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This exhibit highlights the role of sports and recreation in Litchfield from its founding to today, showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. To communicate the active nature of this history, the exhibit groups together sports, games, and leisure activities of both past and present based on the actions they entail, from swinging a tennis racket to playing a game of chess. The exhibit incorporates several hands-on interactives for visitors to enjoy.

So whether you want to swing a bat with the Tri-State Champion Cowboys, race your way through the Litchfield Hills, splash around in Bantam Lake, ride a high wheel to the town green, score a basket in the school gym or play cricket with the students of the Law School, this is one exhibit you won’t want to miss!

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For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Teatime in Shelton

The Second Annual Autumn Tea, complete with fancy hats, scones, sweets, and surprises, will be hosted on Saturday, September 17, by the Shelton Historical Society. It will be held at the Huntington Congregational Church, 19 Church St. from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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A highlight of this event will be the unique table settings and centerpieces created by members and friends of the Society. Ladies who attend are encouraged to wear their best chapeau.

The afternoon also provides an opportunity to showcase some of the special items that the Society has in its collection. Members of the Historical Society’s youth group, the Teen Time Travelers, will assist and serve the refreshments.

The cost for the afternoon tea is $25 with proceeds to benefit Shelton Historical Society and its programs. Reservations for the tea must be received by September 7th and may be made by sending a check to Shelton Historical Society, P.O. Box 2155, Shelton, CT 06484. Please mark “tea party” in the memo line.

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About the Shelton Historical Society

Shelton History Center, owned and operated by Shelton Historical Society, is located at 70 Ripton Rd. and consists of six historic structures. Late last year, the Brownson House, built circa 1822, suffered severe water damage during a storm as its roof was under repair. The Society has been working to repair and restore the house this year and all proceeds from the tea will be directed toward that cause. Other structures include the Wilson Barn, built in the 1860’s, which holds an exhibit on the development of Shelton; the Trap Fall School, a one-room school built in 1872; and three outbuildings. The mission of the Historical Society is to “preserve elements of the community’s history in order to create connections between Shelton’s past, present, and future generations through education, maintaining a museum with its collections, and providing a voice in the community regarding matters of historical significance.” For additional information including directions, please call (203) 925-1803, visit www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org or see Shelton History Center’s Facebook page.

Take a chance on a Harley

Have you ever wanted to win a Harley — and to cruise the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut amid the beautiful firecolors of fall? If this is a dream of yours then take a chance with the clever raffle offered by the New England Carousel Museum (http://www.thecarouselmuseum.org) in Bristol.

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The New England Carousel Museum draws the winning ticket for the lucky winner of its annual raffle on November 19,2016 at 7 pm! The 2500 tickets that benefit the Carousel Museum are running out, fast — to avoid disappointment buy your tickets today…it might be your lucky day!

For only $20.00 per ticket, you have a chance at this year’s first prize,a splendid 2016 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle. The second prize is a 5′ x 8′ trailer, and the third prize is a $100.00 gift certificate redeemable at Yankee Harley Davidson in Bristol. Everyone is welcome to join them for the drawing but the winner need not be present. The winner is called immediately upon completion of the drawing.

Tickets can be purchased on line by visiting their homepage (http://www.thecarouselmuseum.org), just scroll down the page and download the raffle form. Fill out the form and send it along with your check for $20 to: The New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010 to receive your ticket and a chance to win a Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle! Make sure to make your check payable to the Carousel Museum!

The Museum is located at 95 Riverside Avenue, Route 72 in Bristol. For more information, call the Carousel Museum at (860) 585-5411. Fax: 860-314-0483, E-mail: info@thecarouselmuseum.org, Web site: www.thecarouselmuseum.org.

About the New England Carousel Museum

The New England Carousel Museum was founded as a nonprofit educational organization in 1990, in Bristol, Connecticut. Visitors to the Museum will tour two floors of fascinating displays, exhibits and galleries including: The New England Carousel Museum, The Museum of Fire History, The Fine Art Gallery and The Greek Museum of Art and History. In season the New England Carousel Museum also manages the historic Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford CT.

Two special exhibitions at Fairfield Museum and History Center

The Fairfield Museum and History Center, located on 370 Beach Road in Fairfield is hosting two special shows through September 18 and both relate to the rich cultural heritage of Connecticut.

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The first special exhibition is called, “Connecticut, 1940: Farms, Factories and the Photographs of Jack Delano”. In 1940 and ‘41, photographer Jack Delano (1914–1997) documented farm and city life in Connecticut for the Farm Security Administration. In rare early color photographs as well as black-and-white images, Delano captured views of Connecticut as it recovered from the Great Depression, showing views of farmers, factory workers, and commuters. Born in Ukraine, Delano emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1923 and studied art and music at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. A musician and composer as well as a photographer, Delano traveled throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico as a FSA photographer before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he settled with his wife Irene in Puerto Rico, where he lived for the rest of his life.

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The second exhibition is fun for the whole family and is called “Fabulous Animals” that showcases the illustrated world of Robert Lawson who had a long and distinguished career as an artist and children’s book illustrator and author from 1892-1957. Perhaps best known for illustrations of The Story of Ferdinand and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Lawson is the only artist and author to have won both the Caldecott and the Newbery Awards. A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Lawson and his wife Marie, also an illustrator, lived at Rabbit Hill, pictured in Robert Lawson’s book Rabbit Hill (1945). The exhibition features a range of Lawson’s original drawings and paintings. Sponsored by CT Humanities; special thanks to Maureen Aron and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Visitors to the Fairfield Museum and History Center will also view an ongoing exhibition called “Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past” . This hands-on exhibition invites visitors to explore the history of Fairfield and its region over the past four centuries. Look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher a spy code, and look through the windows of a trolley. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built communities over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities.

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For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Paris Lights up the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

Paris had been known as the City of Light long before the widespread use of gaslight and electricity. The name arose during the Enlightenment, when philosophers made Paris a center of ideas and of metaphorical illumination. By the mid-nineteenth century, the epithet became associated with the city’s adoption of artificial lighting: in the 1840s and 1850s, gas lamps were first widely installed, while electric versions began to proliferate by the end of the 1870s. Even as rivals, including Berlin, London, New York, and Chicago, increased the quantity of light in their rapidly electrified cities, Paris managed to maintain its reputation because of the beauty of its illuminations. Light remained and remains to this day a key signature of the French capital.

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Electric Paris at the Bruce Museum on One Museum Dr. in Greenwich Connecticut is the first exhibition to explore the ways in which artists responded to older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting that began to supplant them around the turn of the twentieth century. While artificially illuminated public spaces and private interiors appear frequently in works of art and popular depictions of contemporary life during this period, the different types of lighting that animate such spaces – and their distinctive visual properties – have not been considered in detail.

Approximately 50 works – paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs – by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean Béraud, James Tissot, Charles Marville, Childe Hassam, Charles Courtney Curran, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast, among others, will be on view.

Each of the exhibition’s four sections – Nocturnes, Lamplit Interiors, Street Light, In and Out of the Spotlight – reveals the prominent role of artificial illumination in the art of the period and in the making and transformation of modern Paris. Whether nostalgic renderings of gaslit boulevards, starkly illuminated dance halls, or abstracted prisms of electric streetlamps, the works of art on view suggest the diverse ways in which Parisians experienced the city as it transitioned from old to new technologies.

On view and opening on the same day as Electric Paris, the science galleries will sizzle with excitement with a show called Electricity. The show, developed by the Franklin Institute, brings the science and history of electricity to life through engaging, hands-on interactives. Visitors will learn the fundamental principles behind electricity such as magnetic fields, electric charges and battery technology.

For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Kent Arts Night

Come mingle with a mix of live entertainment, special retail, fashion, and art in downtown Kent Saturday, August 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we celebrate the Kent Arts Night. Running in conjunction with Kent Presents, the Kent Arts Night includes over 30 participating stores, galleries, and restaurants on and near Main Street. The streets will be illuminated, music will fill the air, and a selection of delicious dishes will be available by local chefs throughout the evening.

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Local establishments will stay open later than usual to highlight the best and brightest of downtown Kent. Certain shops and retail outlets will be offering open invites to visitors with refreshments and special items to peruse. Galleries will be showcasing artists from all over the world, while the Kent Memorial Library (32 North Main St) has an opening reception planned for Rex Brasher’s bird portraits.

History buffs can explore the Kent Historical Society’s postcard exhibit “Greetings from Kent,” showcasing the local landscape as seen through the lens of postcard photographers (12 Maple St).

Visitors can enjoy live music at FIVE separate venues: Kent Town Center, the Kent Village Barns, W. David Herman Gallery (23 Kent Green Blvd.), Richard Lindsey Bookseller (15 North Main St.) and at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant (53 North Main St). There will be string ensembles and bluegrass, so be prepared for some lovely tunes.

Improv enthusiasts can come check out The 17 Debacles, an improve troupe from The Brookfield Theater of Arts, performing at 6:00 PM on the porch of Kent Station Pharmacy (38 North Main Street).

Additional performances include Kent Cabaret’s show tunes selection, also at Kent Station Pharmacy, as well as Smiles at Sunset’s performance of a modern dance piece at 7:15 PM on the Golden Falcon lot on Main Street.

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And make sure to stop into participating local restaurants as they prepare special menus and dishes for the event. And if you didn’t catch this part before, here’s a quick reminder: Kent Arts Night is free and open to everyone, so there’s no need to buy tickets or anything like that. Just show up at downtown Kent on Saturday night for all the activities and enjoy a perfect summer’s eve.

For a complete list of events please visit www.kentct.com. For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Meet Author Barry ZeVan at PT Barnum Museum

The overwhelming life and times of a popular television weatherman Barry ZeVan are revealed in his new book, My Life Among the Giants, A Memoir: Thank you, Jerry Stiller …for urging me to write this book on Sunday, July 17 at The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport beginning at 2 p.m. Attend this special presentation and learn about his life growing up in Pittsburgh PA and New York City as a child actor and singer on stage and national television. ZeVan was also the highest-rated television personality in the Twin Cities, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas where he lived, worked and had significant friendships with hundreds of celebrities. ZeVan, known as the “Peek-a-Boo” weatherman, was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame on September 29, 2013. ZeVan’s new book will be for sale for $15.95 each following the talk.

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This book is the result of encouragement from Barry’s longtime friend, actor/comedian Jerry Stiller, to recount the very rich experiences of his life. As Jerry Stiller wrote to Barry: “You’re an express train that hasn’t reached its destination . . . you should be more recognized.”

“What I’ve written involves a lifetime of being welcomed into the lives of dozens of the world’s most powerful individuals, with vivid memories of how they were as people,” ZeVan said.

The high praise for an unordinary, unpredictable autobiography comes from others:

“Barry ZeVan, the Weatherman, is the person we watched as a television personality with personality,” expressed Walter F. Mondale, former U.S. Vice President, Ambassador to Japan and United States Senator. “His autobiography tells us there was far more to his life in addition to television weather forecasts and broadcasting. His life story is a compelling read with constant surprises on almost every page. I heartily recommend it to anyone who thinks they know about survival.”

“How can Barry ZeVan know so many famous people? Beats me, but he does and the stories he tells about them make fascinating reading,” explained Sam Donaldson, former ABC-TV White House correspondent, ABC-TV News Anchor, co-host of This Week and Prime Time, Live.

“Barry ZeVan’s memoir is a must-read chronicle of the highest highs and the lowest lows the veteran television personality and producer has experienced, often in the company of the world’s most celebrated personalities,” commented the Rudy Maxa, PBS/American Public Television hostof Smart Travels With Rudy Maxa. “It’s a tale of bright success fraught with darkness, but always filled with hope. Want to know the price and the joys of celebrity? Read this book,” concluded Maxa.

“Barry’s book is one of the most interesting I have ever read,” relayed J.B. “Buck” MacDonald, environmental activist, philanthropist and author of Ark. “He is a natural writer and has made even the most mundane details interesting, spending just the right amount of time on each of his stories and characters. I don’t know many celebrities, so what was particularly interesting for me was to read how ordinary/nice so many of them are and that they’re not ten feet tall. This could only be brought out through Barry’s own personal relations with them. Wonderful job! And yes, I would advise people to buy the book.”

“I recently finished reading that wonderful and amazing book. It was a fun read,” said Donnette Hilton, former Executive Assistant to former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz (R), Minnesota.

Gerald Isaac “Jerry” Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Frank Costanza on the NBC comedy series Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his late wife, Anne Meara. They are the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, and The Heartbreak Kid.

The biography and memoir was published by 4 Square Books, copies of the book and personal autographs will be available for $15.95 following the presentation and on Amazon.com or the Amazom.co.uk websites. Visit http://www.barnum-museum.org for details about this and other events.

Barry ZeVan was born on August 5, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a television and film voice-over and on-camera actor, he’s known for The Best of Hollywood (1998), Hiding Victoria (2006), Horror Incorporated (2002) and A Serious Man (2012). ZeVan was formerly known as Barry ZeVan the weatherman on KSTP-TV Channel 5 in Minneapolis/St. Paul during the 1970s and later on WJLA-TV Channel 7 in Washington, D.C. during the 1970s.

What: My Life Among The Giants, A Memoir, presentation by Barry ZeVan, The Weatherman

When: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Where: The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT For more information call 203-331-1104 ext. 100 or visit http://www.barnum-museum.org

Cost: A recommended donation for the event is $5 and as always admission is free for Museum members. This program is not recommended for young children.

The Barnum Museum, conceived and built by P.T. Barnum, has proudly served Bridgeport and Connecticut since 1893. The ornate landmark building at 820 Main Street is owned by the City of Bridgeport and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity, creativity and confidence through instructive entertainment. A portion of the museum’s collection, including carriages and furniture belonging to P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb is on view in the People’s United Bank Gallery located behind the historic building. Hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional program hours as advertised.