Housatonic Museum Of Art in Bridgeport Receives Gift Of More Than 600 Historic Photos

The Housatonic Museum of Art recently received a donation of 615 photographs by nine contemporary artists, including pieces by well-known sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. and photojournalist Peter Turnley.

With works ranging from historic photos of Yogi Berra and Michael Jordan that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated to a poignant moment at the funeral of Princess Diana, and images of iconic rock stars Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin, the staggering compilation gives us a front seat to history.

The photographs were donated by nine collectors from across the nation, with pieces coming from as far away as Tuscon, Arizona and Austin, Texas. Zella was provided the opportunity to select the works from an extraordinary array of images.

The full scope of work extends beyond the history to include a variety of photographic methods and styles, to include photograms by Ralph Gibson, painterly photographs of trees by Joyce Tenneson, layered amalgams of word and image by David Seltzer, sensual studies of ocean waves by Sally Gall, documentary photographs by Donna Ferrato, from cowboys to street carnivals by Kristin Capp and lovely landscapes of Ireland by one of the world’s foremost photographers, Alen MacWeeney.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located in Lafayette Hall on the Housatonic Community College campus at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT. It is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. The museum’s collection offers the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary and is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility. To learn more, visit https://museum.housatonic.edu.

Picnic Area Open @ Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard located overlooking Lake Waramaug in New Preston has opened their picnic area starting Memorial Day. The hours are Wed. – Fri. 11 am – 5 pm and Sat. and Sun. 11 to 6 pm.

Guests are invited to purchase wine and cheese platters to be enjoyed outside. Feel free to bring your own, chairs or blankets. Be super cool and bring your own wine cup. Please, no more than 5 people at a table. You might want to try Hopkin’s, Lady Rose. It is a dry French-style Rosé is made from estate-grown, hand-harvested Dornfelder, Lemberger and Pinot Noir grapes. Showing zesty notes of raspberry and apricot and finishing with refreshing acidity. The wine is also available for curbside pickup or order online. You must wear a mask to enter the winery.

This award-winning winery was opened in 1979 by Bill and Judith Hopkins. They transformed their dairy farm into a vineyard, which was one of the first in what has become a thriving Connecticut industry. Since then, Hopkins Vineyard has consistently produced award-winning whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Hopkins Vineyard grows 11 varieties of grapes in a spectacular setting overlooking Lake Waramaug.

Wildflower Folklore @ Bent of the River

Bent of the River located on 185 East Flat Hill Road in Southbury is hosting a special online webinar on Thursday, May 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on wildflowers. At this time of year, wildflowers are all around us. We admire them for their beauty, their colors, and their symbolism. From strange and often dangerous herbal “cures” to black magic, and wonderful legends of love, it is all that is called Wildflower Folklore. Join Bent of the River Audubon Center for a fascinating online webinar about these botanical wonders.

Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)

To register click here. After you register you will receive a link to login into the online classroom. The ongoing mission of Bent of the River Audubon Center is protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Norwalk Oyster Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Norwalk Seaport Association (NSA) is canceling the 43rd annual Norwalk Oyster Festival, previously scheduled for September 11-13, 2020. Prioritizing the health and safety of everyone involved, the decision comes after careful deliberation between the NSA Board of Trustees, and Festival Exhibitors.

“We are disappointed that we’re unable to hold this highly anticipated event,” said NSA President Mike Reilly. “But, based on the information we have today, we know it’s the right decision to make.” With that said, Reilly continued, “The Norwalk Oyster Festival raises more than $100,000 that contributes to the maintenance and restoration of the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse and to support our educational programs. Without this festival taking place in 2020, we will be facing a challenging year. We are hoping for the continued support of all the friends of the Seaport and the Norwalk Oyster Festival to help us continue with our mission.”

“From Seaport leadership and regional partners like the long time event sponsor, First County Bank, to the artists, performers, vendors, and volunteers who work so tirelessly to stage the Norwalk Oyster Festival each year,” Mike continued, “We thank everyone for standing with us in making this difficult call. We are counting the days to restaging the festival and celebrating our maritime heritage together again in 2021.

The NSA team is exploring options to coordinate an online experience or a smaller event to showcase this historic, beloved event – one of the most popular in Connecticut and the Northeast. In the interim, we urge everyone to follow federal, state, and local COVID-19 mitigation advice.

To keep updated on our planned activities, please follow our Facebook page, subscribe to our newsletter at www.seaport.org, or email us at info@seaport.org.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to Reopens June 1

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will reopen June 1, 2020. They are implementing a new online ticketing system to welcome everyone back safely and efficiently. The Zoo will be splitting the day into two sessions allowing for up to 500 guests per session. They will open the Zoo at 9am and will close at noon for cleaning. We will then re-open at 1pm and close at 4pm.  They will also be requiring all guests to wear a mask. And the more creative the better!

They have created a one-way loop around the Zoo so guests can explore while social distancing. All buildings will be closed to the public; however, guests will be able to pre-order food online from the café and pick it up from our take-out window. Also, the gift shop will be open for online purchases which will be made available for pick up at gift shop kiosk.  

Ticket prices will be reduced from $16 to $15 for an adult and from $13 to $10 for a child and a senior and as always children under 3 are free.  They will not be able to accept coupons or allow for any partner discount at this time. We also will not be able to rent wheelchairs or strollers.

As they welcome visitors back under these new circumstances, they will appreciate your patience as they look to be able to provide you the best Zoo experience in the safest manner possible.

Please continue to check their website www.beardsleyzoo.org and their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. 

Derby Historical Society Presents Video on A History of Weapons

The Derby Historical Society is sharing a video documentary on Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. with Primitive Technologist, Jim Dina.

The documentary will highlight a History of Weapons from the Stone Age to the American Colonies. This is part of a video series that is taking place each Tuesday at 10 am through July 7, 2020.

Virtual guests can tune in for a brief presentation on a wide variety of local history topics, from sneak-peeks of rooms inside the David Humphreys House to artifacts in the extensive collection of the DHS, we will keep YOU connected to the history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley! To tune in click here