Tea Party @ Woodbury’s Historic Glebe House Museum June 15

The May Tea High Tea at the Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jeykll Garden on Hollow Road in Woodbury is perfect for gourmands that enjoy delicious goodies, a spot of tea in a beautiful garden, or inside this wonderfully preserved historic house museum that dates to the 1600s. The May Tea @ The Glebe House is a high-style afternoon tea on Sunday, June 15 (with a rain date of May 22) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to make everyone comfortable, guests have an option of where they want to sit. It is not an easy choice. Guests can choose between sitting in the fresh air in the famous Jeykll Garden, the only one in existence in the United States, or in one of the most historic and authentically appointed house museums in New England. Harney and Sons Teas will be served with a fine haberdashery of delightful bites, sweets, sandwiches, and other goodies.

In the 19th-century drinking tea was only enjoyed by the upper echelons of society. High tea originated in 1840 with the Duchess of Bedford that shared her guilty pleasure of enjoying tea and snacks a few hours before dinner, with a friend, that told a friend, setting a trend that would evolve to become a national tradition in the United Kingdom.

Today, of course, tea can be enjoyed by everyone, but high tea is something special, perhaps a nod to when things were not so complicated. The afternoon tea party has been a spring signature event of the Glebe House for several years and has grown in popularity every year. This particular event is especially meaningful at the Glebe House because it relates to its connection to British horticulture and church history.

Advanced tickets and registration is required. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here. All proceeds go to the maintenance and restoration of this historic Connecticut gem.

Blocks of Hope and Healing Participate in a Community Quilting Project Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies has just announced a new quilting project for the month of May called “Blocks of Hope and Healing.” This community-quilting project is a way to support and bring attention to the MMIWG2S epidemic. MMIWG2S is an abbreviation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit People, respectively.

Quilting serves as a testament to heritage and history, with each piece offering encouragement and solace. Quilts connect us to the world around us and are often symbolic of hope and comfort by providing physical and emotional warmth. The concept of this community-made quilt will be used to honor and remember the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2- Spirit People.

The Institute is inviting the public to become part of this important global movement by participating in two Quilt Workshops on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 22 @ 11 a.m. that will be conducted by Education Director, Director Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation). If you don’t have much experience sewing, no worries, Kascak, will be there to walk you through the process. If you don’t complete your quilt package during the workshop, you can complete it in the comfort of your own home as long as you return it to the Institute by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

All participants in this project are asked to make a $25 donation to the National Indigenous Women’s Rights Council (NIWRC). The Institute will give all participants a quilt block packet, complete with all necessary materials and instructions for creating your section of the community quilt. Please call (860) 868-0518 or email events@iaismuseum.org to reserve your section on this community quilt, sign up for one of the quilting workshops, or if you have any questions about this initiative.
Donations to NIWRC can be made at the following link: https://www.niwrc.org/donate.

About MMIWG2S
MMIWG2S refers to initiatives intended to address the ongoing violence and continued genocide of women, girls, and Two-Spirits. Each year thousands of Native American women and children go missing or are found murdered in the United States and Canada. Gaps in data make the true scope difficult to estimate, but some sources suggest that the total number of cases may approach 10,000.

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

BLESSING OF THE BIKES BRINGS MOTORCYCLISTS AND FANS TO THE LITCHFIELD HILLS

The chrome is being shined up, the leather polished to a burnished glow. Motorcyclists from near and far are revving up their bikes for a unique event, the Blessing of the Motorcycles at the scenic Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, Route 118, outside Litchfield, Connecticut at 2 p.m. on May 15, 2022.

Over 500 people are expected for the 44th Annual “Blessing” conducted by the Montfort Missionaries. The setting will be dramatic. The shrine, constructed of local fieldstone in a natural rock ledge, was modeled after the famed grotto in Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared in 1858. Thousands of pilgrims have come to worship at the Connecticut Lourdes since it opened in 1958. Public devotions are held every Sunday from May to October.

The blessings began as a way to promote safety on the road and improve the image of motorcyclists. Each rider present on May 15th and his or her vehicle will be individually blessed along with anyone else who wishes a blessing, motorcyclist or not. Spectators will have a chance to admire a variety of gleaming machines, Harleys to Yamahas, Suzukis to Hondas, to examine their high-tech trappings, and talk to the drivers.

About Lourdes in Litchfield
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk and Mass is celebrated Tuesday to Sunday at 11:30am in the Grotto or in the Grotto Chapel in the event of inclement weather. During the open season, May to October, Marian Prayer, Rosary, and Benediction are offered Sundays at 3:00 pm. Groups are welcome by calling in advance, at 860-567-1041, to schedule specific dates. Located on the grounds of the Shrine are the Grotto Gift Shop and the Grotto Cafe. The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 and to 4:30 and from 12:30 pm (after Mass) to 4:30 on Sunday. The Cafe is open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Come and experience the peace and tranquility the Shrine offers to all visitors. For further information, visit www.shrinect.org or email: lourdesshrinect@gmail.

Seabird Safari on Long Island Sound with the Seaport Association

New this year, the Norwalk Seaport Association has just announced that they will be starting their popular bird cruises on Sunday, May 1 and May 15, and on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29th from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Regardless of whether you are a veteran bird enthusiast or a beginner, this on the water avian adventure will give your birding routine a new perspective. This cruise is ideal for adults as well as children because it gives participants a sense of connection with the beauty of Long Island Sound resulting in the joyful feeling of being ‘one with nature.’

As the old saying goes, the early bird catches the worm, which is why many bird enthusiasts head outdoors in the early morning. With this in mind, the Seaport Association’s Bird Cruise will leave the dock on 4 North Water Street in Norwalk at 8 a.m. “Birds sleep at night and are hungry in the morning, so they have to go out and eat,” says Will Schneck, a passionate bird enthusiast that will be leading the cruise. “We are leaving at 8 a.m. because this is the time of day when birds are most active, particularly in the spring and early summer. Just like humans have daily schedules, birds also have daily patterns for feeding, roosting, and other activities.”

On this guided tour with Schneck, a member of the esteemed Connecticut Young Birders Club, passengers will learn about local bird behavior and biology and, most importantly how to spot them. Every cruise is different because you never know what bird species might fly your way, making this excursion an adventure in itself! A highlight of this eco-styled bird cruise is the chance to spot birds close up in their natural habitat in a way, you would never see from shore. Among the types of birds, you may see on this eco-adventure cruise are nest sites and nest colonies of ospreys, and long-legged egrets with their graceful S-curved necks and long dagger-like bills, as well as playful American oystercatchers, herons, terns, gulls, and cormorants to name a few.

A special feature of this cruise is the chance to spot birds at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge on Sheffield Island. Here you will see a variety of habitats that support nesting and wading birds. This spot is known for its small population of herring and great black-backed gulls that nest along Sheffield Island’s rocky shoreline. The importance of the Norwalk Islands to wildlife, especially migratory birds is enormous, and the special Bird Cruises hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association give nature enthusiasts the chance to spot these magnificent seabirds up close with the added benefit of a knowledgeable guide.

Bird Cruise Details
Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. departure. The vessel leaves from the Seaport Dock that is adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in South Norwalk. Parking is available at the adjacent lot or at the Maritime Center Parking Garage. Tickets are available online in advance HTTP://www.seaport.org , tickets are $25 for children and $30 for adults. The Seaport Association advises reserving your Bird Cruise early because these popular excursions sell out. Make sure you include your email when reserving your ticket. If the tour is canceled due to inclement weather the Norwalk Seaport Association will contact you via your email.

Before embarking on this cruise, be sure to pack sunscreen, your camera, binoculars, water and snacks, and your sense of adventure!

About the Norwalk Seaport Association

The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 by a group of local citizens who had the vision to revitalize South Norwalk and preserve Norwalk’s maritime heritage. The Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue that strives to increase awareness, appreciation, and consideration for the environment and how the preservation of historic buildings contributes to our quality of life. The combination of the Lighthouse and the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge offers an unparalleled opportunity to educate children of all ages and adults about the importance of preserving Long Island Sound, our environment, and our maritime heritage.

Norwalk’s The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Open Permanent Doll Exhibit

On Wed., May 25, 2022, at 12 p.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, will open a new permanent exhibit curated by Museum Consultant Stacey Danielson titled, A Century of Dolls, showcasing the Museum’s antique and vintage doll and toy furniture collections. Admission to the exhibit is included with the purchase of a 90-minute Guided Tour ticket. Tours will be run Wed.-Sun., beginning at 12 p.m. For tour schedules and tickets please visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Antique and vintage doll vignette, 2020, photo courtesy of Alex Rosenfeld Photography

Displayed in the Mansion’s Apricot Suite on the second floor, dolls on view will represent the artistry of doll makers, including 1850s porcelain, European doll making in its heyday during the late 19th century, and Madame Alexander dolls of literary characters and famous movie personalities that gained popularity in the 1930s. Enchanting vignettes including “A Garden Tea Party”, “Baking Cookies”, and “Choir Practice” will portray the fascinating history of dolls and doll making in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

Ms. Danielson said: “The captivating faces of these dolls express remarkable craftsmanship while evoking memories of childhood playthings.”

The 2022 Season is made possible by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature and 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.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on tours and programs, please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Summer Camp Registration Open @ Institute for American Indian Studies Scholarships Available

Spend the summer of 2022 @ The Institute For American Indian Studies! Our camp program offers immersion into the natural world and the culture of Connecticut’s Eastern Woodland Native Americans through the exploration of our replicated 16th century Algonkian Village, our forests, trails, gardens, and museum.

The 2022 Summer Camp program will offer six weeks of programming best suited for children from six to twelve years old. Starting June 27 through August 12 camp programs run from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Institute’s experienced and professional educators that continually engage young and curious minds with exciting team-building programs conduct the camp. Each week has a different theme, but all sessions are fun-filled and designed to help children learn valuable life skills while appreciating nature and connecting to a culture with more than 10,000 years of history.

Unique activities of this program include exploring the interactive exhibits in our museum and in our outdoor replicated 16th century outdoor Algonkian Village, going on hikes in Steep Rock Reservation and along the Shepaug River, and visiting our traditional herb and flower gardens. Each week camp activities will vary and may include participating in mock archaeological digs, learning how to track animals and identify plants, how to survive outside without access to modern technology, and how to practice survival methods using traditional skills. A highlight is a camp program on Etuaptmumk which refers to learning how to see the benefits of both traditional Indigenous knowledge and Western scientific thinking.

Once again this year is the chance to apply for a scholarship that is being offered by the Institute due to the generosity of our donors. To find out more about the scholarship program email Camp Director, Gabriel Benjamin @ gbenjamin@iaismuseum.org The deadline for scholarship applications is June 1, 2022.

For complete registration information, visit http://www.iaismuseum.org. Pricing is $310 for members of the Institute and $345 for non-members, with special pricing for the week of July 5. To register click here. https://www.iaismuseum.org/summer-camp

The Institute will follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 policies for our summer camp in 2022, based on guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control, Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood, and the American Camp Association. Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation, families should be aware that policies are subject to change.

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