Fairfield Fly In – Aug. 12

The Fairfield History Center located on Beach St. is celebrating the anniversary of Gustave Whitehead’s historic 1901 in Fairfield on Aug.12 from 10 am – 2 pm.

View a replica of Whitehead’s No. 21 “Flyer” & see aerial demonstrations of remote controlled aircraft and drones.The first 50 children will receive a balsa wood model flyer to assemble and fly!

At 1pm, Susan Brinchman, author of Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight (2015) will be making a virtual presentation entitled “Flight to the Future: Gustave Whitehead, August 14, 1901, Evidence and Legacy.” She will share strong, new evidence supporting his pre-Kitty Hawk flights and contributions to modern aviation.

WWI Exhibit Danbury Answers the Call

The Danbury Historical Society, now in its 75th year of celebrating local history has launched a new exhibition, The Great War, Danbury Answers the Call focusing on World War I.

This exhibit focuses on the contributions of Danbury citizens at home and abroad during World War I. All branches of service are recognized in this fascinating display.

This summer, the Museum is offering an expanded tour schedule through Labor Day and is offering guided tours of the historic buildings (John & Mary Rider House (c.1785), John Dodd Hat Shop (c.1790), The Marian Anderson Studio and The Little Red Schoolhouse) located at their 43 Main St. campus. The guided tours are available daily Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is a BLUE STAR MUSEUM offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve through Labor Day.

EXPERIENCE A SLIMY, SUN-SATIONAL SOLAR ECLIPSE AT STEPPING STONES

Summertime is the season for sensations in the sky with fireworks, full moons and shooting stars all putting on quite a show. But none will be as spectacular as the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States for the first time in 100 years. In anticipation of this colossal cosmic occurrence, Astronomy Week at Stepping Stones Museum for Children kicks off on August 14th and culminates with the Great American Eclipse celebration on Monday, August 21st.

Make Your Own Martian Slime is sure to be a highlight of the week for budding slime-ologists who want to learn how to concoct ooey-gooey alien-inspired slime. Spots will fill up fast for the following time slots:
August 14 – 1:15 – 1:45pm
August 16 – 3:15 – 3:45pm
August 20 – 11:15 – 11:45pm

Each day, little stargazers can drop into the Making Space Challenge to make their own telescope then create what they might see in deep space. Other workshops include
Constellation Games on Mon, August 14th from 11:15– 11:45am and Planet Marble Painting on Sat, August 19th from 2:15 – 2:45pm.

At the once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse experience on August 21st from 1:00-5:00pm, amateur astronomers can see what happens when the sun disappears behind the moon; daylight turns into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streams of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

Visitors can witness the solar eclipse as it is captured streaming live from our very own sky and around the continental United States at the Stepping Stones state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery.

When viewing this universal wonder, eclipse glasses are needed to protect sensitive eyes. Kids can decorate their very own frames for a spec-tacular keepsake.

Everyone is invited for a fun exploration of astronomy and earth science at Our World and Beyond from 1:30 – 2:00pm.

Interactive models and exhibits throughout the museum allow kids to:
Discover how the particular alignment of the sun, earth, and moon can create shadows and cause an eclipse. Demonstrate their new knowledge using scratch art!
Investigate the stupendous size of the sun as compared to the earth and the moon.
Connect the geometry of a solar eclipse through a storybook about a little bear exploring his own shadow.

Finally, curious minds will take a look back in time to learn about solar and lunar eclipses throughout history and how these events have helped scientists discover more about our own star.

About
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Stepping Stones is located at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, exit 14 North and 15 South off I-95. Museum hours are: Labor Day through Memorial Day, Tuesday—Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10 am-5pm; and Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.

Admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

PALACE THEATER TOUR UNLOCKS THE MAGIC

Saturday, August 12 is your chance to learn some of what makes the magic happen behind the curtain along with the history and lore steeped in ninety-five years as an entertainment venue during the Waterbury Palace Theater’s monthly tour from 11a.m. to 12:30p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person and can be purchased online at http://www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury. Groups larger than ten people are asked to contact the Box Office to book their reservations in advance.

During the tour, attendees are led through nine decades of the theater’s entertaining history including facts and some lore, while viewing and learning about the stunning architecture and backstage magic related to the Palace story. In addition to exploring the public spaces, tour takers will have the opportunity to visit hidden areas that are off limits to patrons attending shows or events, such as the green room, wig room and star dressing rooms. You can even stop to take a selfie at the stage door.

Tour takers will also be able to experience the thrill of walking across the stage and viewing the venue’s hidden backstage murals featuring show motifs painted and signed by past performers and Broadway touring company cast members. Guests will also browse a collection of the theater’s pre-restoration photos, in addition to viewing elements from the Palace’s Tenth Anniversary History Exhibit, which include a visual timeline of historic milestones dating back to 1922, as well as original theater seats from the 1920s.

The tour is 90 minutes and is led by a team of engaging volunteers well-versed in the theater’s rich history, architectural design and entertaining anecdotal information. The walking tour covers five floors of history and architecture, including grand staircases from the 1920’s. While elevator access is available, guests with challenges walking or climbing stairs or other health concerns are asked to inform the Box Office ahead of time, so that the tour guides can make accommodations in advance to insure a pleasurable experience for all.

In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly dates, the Palace tour makes a memorable activity for alumni groups, client cultivation and other groups. Accommodations can be made for private tours that include refreshments or lunch. For inquiries contact Deirdre Patterson at 203.346.2011.

For general information about the venue visit www.palacetheaterct.org.

Experience Birds of Prey @ Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy located on 55 Duck Pond Road in Litchfield is one of the few facilities in the United States that offers a falconry experience run by Master Falconer and LRWC’s Director of Aviculture Nick Tiberio.

Master falconer Nick Tiberio is the Director of Aviculture at LRWC and has 16 years of experience working with birds of prey. He has hunted and flown a wide range of raptor species including hawks, falcons, and owls. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Nick worked as a professional abatement falconer in New York, training and flying a team of abatement falcons to deter pest birds from landfill grounds.

Participants in this unique experience will personally interact with birds of prey as well as learn about heir adaptations, conservation, and how they are trained and handled for falconry while watching their free-flight. It is an unforgettable experience to have one of these magnificent birds land on your gloved hand.
Falconry experiences will included a lesson on the the fascinating history of falconry, the equipment, the birds and their training as well as learning about the biology, life history, and conservation of birds of prey. There will be free flight demonstrations as well as a hunting demonstration, hawk walk and the chance to meet the Conservancy’s owls face to face.

LRWC is home to a diverse group of Birds of Prey that includes: Harris’s Hawk named “Alula”, aSaker Falcon named “Paris”, a Eurasian Eagle Owl named “Camo” and a Barn Owl named “Poppy”. Each bird has unique adaptations that make it a top predator in its respective environment and thus each brings a fascinating perspective to our falconry experiences.

The Introductory session is $100 per participant and $25 per non participant and includes handling and flying a a trained Harris’s Hawk while learning about raptor behavior and conservation.

A hawk walk that consists of a walk in the woods with a trained Harris’s Hawk flying back and forth from your glove to the trees while learning about raptor behavior and conservation is $150 per participant and $35 per non participant. The 90 minute extended experience where you will meet all the birds of prey os $225 per participant and $50 per non participant.

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Azul- Mixed Media at Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield

Liliana Kleid considers her work a celebration of life and nature, often changing courses along the way. It is her goal to honor the magical moments nature offers by using color, composition, and lighting, and to show the viewer something lively they wouldn’t normally get to see.

She is always experimenting with different media and lately has been working with oils, acrylics and inks. Reflected in her work are the bold colors of indigenous crafts, clothing, and textiles that she was surrounded by growing up in Peru. After years of traveling and experiencing new creative forms, the influence of Peruvian artwork’s vibrancy has informed her passion for abstract depictions of nature. This series of paintings is inspired by her latest trip to the coasts of both Italy and Spain, where the deep blue colors of the Mediterranean waters were always in her view.

Liliana was born in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States with her American husband, Peter, in the early 1990s. They have been living in Litchfield for the past 15 years, with their two daughters and two poodles.
In between the development of each of her personal works, Liliana spends her time teaching art classes at the Litchfield Montessori School, and managing her boutique and gallery, Serendipity, in the center of Litchfield. In each of her projects, she promotes the integration of sustainability and creativity through the use of recycled and handmade materials.

In the Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery: July 6- August 31, 2017. Opening reception on Thursday, July 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. At the Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South Street, Litchfield, CT. 06759. 860-567-8030, http://www.owlibrary.org.

NATIVE AMERICAN ANNUAL GREEN CORN FESTIVAL

Corn has long been an integral part of the annual cycle of life for many Native American people. A festival is always planned to celebrate the first tender ears of corn that are ripe for picking…and enjoying.

Join IAIS staff and friends at the 13th Annual Green Corn Festival on August 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. l as they welcome the first corn of the season with music, food, family & fun.

This year’s performers will be the Eastern Suns they are honored to welcome back the Native Nation Dancers, Sdrum group and the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancer. !

This fascinating cultural event highlights fun-filled activities for the whole family including drumming, dancing, kids’ crafts, storytelling, powwow style food, the sale of arts and crafts and much more! Admission for this event, held rain or shine is $10 for Adults; $8 Seniors; and $6 for Children.

The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut. For more information 860-868-0518 or www.iaismuseum.org