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CT Open House Day 2016

CT Open House Nautical Flags

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Greenwich Historical Society will once again participate in the Connecticut Office of Tourism's 12th Connecticut Open House Day, set for Saturday, June 11. The annual, one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut's diverse world of history, art and tourism. It's is a perfect opportunity for all Connecticut residents to discover or rediscover the wealth of treasures in their own backyards and to share their enthusiasm with family and friends.

There will be free admission to the Historical Society's current exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, which examines the town's coastal roots from its early days to the present through photos, objects and paintings. Visitors will also be welcome to take a free, family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Bush-Holley House is Greenwich's only National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of the Greenwich Historical Society's site on Cos Cob Harbor. It features two distinct time periods' the New Nation (1790-1825), when the house was owned by a wealthy, local merchant and later (1890-1920), when it became a bohemian hub for the Cos Cob art colony. Its period rooms highlight art, furnishings and objects from the two time periods and include works by American Impressionist artists Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Elmer MacRae. It also features an attic slave quarters, something rarely documented in New England historic homes.

Children of all ages can enjoy two free craft projects: creating nautical flags fashioned from felt and learning to make and race paper boats.

Plan to visit Bush-Holley Historic Site on CT Open House Day, bring guests and become an ambassador for your local Historical Society!

Saturday, June 11, 2016; Noon to 4:00 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Admission is free. No reservations needed.

Summer Soiree at French Farm

"Pterodactyl" Nest, a garden vignette at French Farm

Friday, June 17, 2016

Join us for a summer soiree at French Farm, a Local Historic Landmark and a truly magical backdrop for cocktails and dining en plein air. The creation of the late David R. A. Wierdsma, French Farm features a series of garden rooms and vignettes that interweaves specimen plantings with natural and manmade objects to form a living work of art spread over the remaining four acres of a historic gentleman's farm. Integrated throughout the property are most of estate’s original farm buildings whose current inhabitants include heirloom poultry, geese, peacocks and sheep (and a few lucky human residents).

Chef Geoff Lazlo, Managing Partner and Executive Chef of Mill Street Bar & Table

Honoring both the setting and the season, Chef Geoff Lazlo, Managing Partner and Executive Chef of Mill Street Bar & Table, will present a menu specially created for the event, to be accompanied by French wine parings. Chef Lazlo, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has worked alongside "slow food” notables Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, Dan Barber at Stone Barns and Blue Hill and Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern. After landing back in Connecticut, Geoff served as executive chef at the highly respected LeFarm and The Whelk restaurants in Westport. Most recently, he has realized his dream restaurant where food is locally sourced and the chef knows his farmer by partnering with Bill and Lesley King, like-minded owners of the Back 40 Farm Group.

In the spirit of community, which is at the heart of the farm-to-table philosophy, proceeds from the event will benefit the Greenwich Historical Society.


Mallory MacDonald Molenkamp | Jordan Rhodes | Alexandra Porter | Scott Elwell
 Hal Shaw | Natalie Betteridge

Friday, June 17, 2016. Rain or shine.

Cocktails at 7:00 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm.

$150 per person. Space is limited and advance purchase is required by June 8.�

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 12.


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Experience the Sound: Greenwich History Afloat at OGYC

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This year, as a continuing sponsor of the town's annual Experience the Sound event, the Greenwich Historical Society is teaming up with the Greenwich Point Conservancy and Old Greenwich Yacht Club to host a historical boat tour of the waters off Greenwich Point. Taking a new tack in honor of its exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, the Historical Society is offering lucky guests a chance to test their sea legs during this 45-minute cruise.

Each of the two tours (scheduled at 9:00 and 10:00 am) is limited to 11 passengers, so reservations must be made prior to the event and will be confirmed the day before. Participants will meet at the dock at Old Greenwich Yacht Club and are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear boat shoes or other footwear with soft, non-marking soles and apply sunscreen. Water will be provided.

The Historical Society will also host a booth at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm featuring a fun family craft project involving the design of your very own nautical flag.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sorry, the tours are sold out. Please join us for craft family activities�?at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Old Greenwich Yacht Club Dock, Greenwich Point Tod's Driftway Old Greenwich, CT 06870

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Cruising Through the Past: An Exploration of Greenwich History from the Water

Thursday, August 11, 2016

When did Steamboat Road morph from gritty, working waterfront to prime Greenwich real estate? Why did seaman who were fleeing from a burning wreck swim away from Greenwich Point when they were only yards from safety? What drew New York City’s infamous Boss Tweed to the Greenwich shore? Hear some of these stories and more when you cruise back through time with Captain Henry E. Marx, owner and president of Landfall Navigation. The two-hour excursion, hosted by the Greenwich Historical Society, will focus on the important role that Greenwich’s shoreline played in shaping its development. From the decks of the Island Beach ferry, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on Greenwich history, and although no hoisting of heavy sails will be involved, snacks and "grog" (otherwise known as a cash bar) will be available to fortify cruisers throughout the evening courtesy of Randy's Wines of Cos Cob.

Steamboat Road docks (1920) and view across Indian Harbor today

Guide Henry Marx's long maritime career has included service as a seaman on a Norwegian flagged oil tanker and military service in the US Naval Reserve on diesel submarines. An accomplished marine educator, Marx holds copyrights on one marine safety and two navigation courses, which he teaches regularly. He is an experienced blue-water sailor, a member of the Storm Trysail Club, and has sailed and raced for over 40 years on the east and west coasts of the US, the southern coast of Norway, and throughout the Caribbean. From 1992 to 1994, Captain Marx also served on the Committee on Nautical Charting of the Marine Board division of the National Academy of Science reviewing NOAA chart making. Captain Marx is currently chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation.

The cruise is offered in conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society's exhibition, Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, currently on view at the Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

5:30 to 7:30 pm
Guests will meet at the Island Beach Ferry Dock, Arch Street, Greenwich, at 5:15 pm

$15 for members; $20 for nonmembers

Advance reservations required. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

A Greenwich Parks Pass is not required for this event.

Members: $15

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Non-members: $20

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Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer's request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.