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.

Ramp Festival @ White Silo Farm

Ramps are a wonderful seasonal spring plant from the allium or onion family with a flavor that is similar to garlic and scallions. Technically, they are a species of wild onion (Allium tricoccum) native to the woodlands of North America. They look like scallions but have broad leaves and a purplish stem. Ramps are among the first plants to appear in the spring. In many areas, they’re considered a spring delicacy and a reason for celebration.

With a spring celebration in mind, The White Silo Farm & Winery located on 32 Rte. 37 in Sherman is hosting their 3rd annual Ramp Festival on April 23rd. The cost is $25 PP for an hour and a half reservation (1:00-2:30 PM or 3:00-4:30 PM) and includes three items made with wild ramps and one dessert item. Choices include Ramp and Faro Soup; Ramp, Fiddlehead and Cheese Tarts; Mixed Greens and Sweet Ramp Dressing; and a Linzer Cookie.

Reservations are required for the food. Live music with Sherman’s own Don Lowe is taking place from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. This is a pet and child-friendly event. Free tours of the winery and vineyard are back this year and a highlight of any visit!

Reservations are limited and can be made on the website @ whitesilowinery.com website.

EMMY WINNING ACTRESS DOROTHY LYMAN’S 2ND ACT @ PALACE THEATER

Dorothy Lyman is most known for her work as Opal Sue Gardner on All My Children, and as Naomi Harper on the sitcom Mama’s Family. On April 27 at 3pm as part of the Palace Theater’s 2ND ACT series, she’ll share her unique and entertaining story about life during and after television fame. The 2ND ACT series is supported by the Village at East Farms, a Benchmark Senior Living Community.

Tickets for Lyman’s 2ND ACT are $20 and on sale now, as are all the presentations in the series. Tickets can be purchased at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St, Waterbury. Check here for our updated Health & Safety Guidelines https://www.palacetheaterct.org/your-visit/health-and-safety-policy .

Writing plays had always been an interest of Lyman’s since the mid-1990s, but success got in the way when The Nanny came knocking. Lyman went behind the camera, producing and directing a total of 75 episodes of The Nanny (all episodes of the third and fourth seasons, and all but four episodes of the fifth), even making a special guest appearance on the Fran Drescher sitcom.

Dorothy talks about her legendary career in television, before branching out from acting to her playwriting 2ND ACT, and much more! 2ND ACT is a monthly storytelling series featuring ordinary people sharing the extraordinary things they are doing in the 2ND (half) ACT of their lives! Inspirational, experiential, and comical, these after-50 life stories will ignite your own imagination to join the growing community of 2ND ACTers! The presentation is 45–60 minutes in length followed by Q&A with the audience.

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.

The Palace Theater gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support by Webster Bank, ION Bank, Drew Marine, Savings Bank of Danbury, Bank of America, Xfinity, Post University, Powerstation Events, City of Waterbury, CT DECD Office of Tourism, Republican-American, and WATR Radio.

Estate Sale @ New England Carousel Museum

Who doesn’t like to go on a treasure hunt? On April 15 and 16 get your best sleuthing skills in order and head out to the New England Carousel Museum and the Museum of Fire History located on 95 Riverside Ave. in Bristol. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They have been hard at work cleaning out storage rooms, closets, and all the nooks and crannies to bring you some very unique and fabulous finds. All items will be individually priced and some items are as low as $5! They will be uploading more photos as the week goes on, so check the link often.

For a partial list and photos of some of the items, please visit the photo gallery by clicking here.

The Kent Historical Society presents “Silhouettes by Deborah O’Connor”

Looking for an unusual Mother’s Day gift? Look no more! The Kent Historical Society is offering the opportunity to have a silhouette made! The art of silhouette cutting originated in Europe in the early 1700s. Prior to the French revolution, silhouettists were hired as an amusement for the royal class. The featured artist would attend the many extravagant balls and cut out the distinguished profiles of the Lords and Ladies capturing the latest fashions and elaborate wigs. Although you might not be royalty, you can still sit for a silhouette or order one for Mother’s Day!

Silhouettes remain as popular today as ever. In fact, they have become one of the most collectible art forms. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of silhouette cutters left, perhaps as few as 15 in the United States. We of the computer age may be seeing the last generation of silhouette artists.

Have your favorite person portrayed in a hand-cut silhouette to give to Mom. The Kent Historical Society is pleased to welcome the talented silhouette-cutter Deborah O’Connor on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seven Hearths Museum, 4 Studio Hill Road. All ages and pets are welcome. The cost is $30 for Kent Historical Society members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for extra copies.

The silhouettes can be done at in-person sittings, or by submitting a photo ahead of time on Deborah’s website. Personal sittings are by appointment only! Book a spot by contacting info@kenthistoricalsociety.org or 860-927-4587. Pre-orders are available for pickup at the event. Visit her website now to order a photograph. https://thesilhouettelady.com/how-to-order