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High School Performers Offer Colonial Music Program

Sunday, May 3, 2015

We are pleased to announce that a group of local high school musicians will stage a tea and Colonial musicale focusing on pieces dating from 1600 to1800 to benefit the Greenwich Historical Society. The program will feature a string group (two violins and a cello), a pianist and a mezzo-soprano. Two of the performers are members of the prestigious Tri-M Music Honors Society at Greenwich High School, an international honors music program for middle and high school students designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and service activities.

The group consists of violinist and violist Sara Hagstrom, a senior at Greenwich High School; Brianna Tam, cellist, a senior at Greenwich High School, winner of the American Chamber Orchestra chamber competition and former member of the New York Youth Symphony; violinist Mercedes Horner, a senior at Greenwich High School and this year’s winner of the electronic category of Greenwich High School’s Composer Showcase; pianist Alex Gibbons, a junior at Brunswick; and Bizz Fretty, a junior at Greenwich High School, involved in the choral music department and member of the Tri-M music honor society.

Tea and refreshments will be served in the education classroom prior to the performance.

This event has been graciously organized by Bizz and Rebecca Fretty on behalf of the Greenwich Historical Society.

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15

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

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Angel Level: $50
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Symposium: Historic Gardens and Their Creators

May 7, 2015

Image of the original Coffin seaside garden design for the J. Kennedy Tod Estate from an article, House & Garden, March, 1920

The Greenwich Historical Society in partnership with Palladium Musicum, Inc. will offer a symposium on historic Greenwich gardens and their creators as a contribution to the 375th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Town of Greenwich. The symposium will focus on two pioneering women landscape architects, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869–1950) and Marian Cruger Coffin (1876–1957), both active in designing and developing gardens for many of the great estates of Greenwich including J. Kennedy Tod’s seaside garden, elements of which may still be seen at Greenwich Point.

The substantial contributions of these women in shaping the field of landscape architecture will be examined by two eminent experts in the field: Judith B. Tankard, landscape historian and former lecturer, Landscape Institute at Harvard University, and author of The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Mac Griswold, journalist, cultural landscape historian and author of The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940.

The event will conclude with a reception, refreshments and a book signing.

May 7, 2015, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Tickets are $55.

For reservations and information, please email Palladium Musicum, Inc. or call 203-661-6856.

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Spring Fling at French Farm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Watercolor of French Farm by Hazel Jarvis

Watercolor of French Farm by Hazel Jarvis

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family at French Farm. Featured on the burgeoning agenda: sheep-shearing, spinning and beekeeping demonstrations, an heirloom vegetable plant sale and music by popular bluegrass/swing band Too Blue from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stroll the magnificent gardens where the exquisite peonies will be in bloom, visit the farm animals and learn more about the exotic inhabitants of the chicken coop. Refreshments will be available for purchase from popular food truck MeltMobile. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a rare chance to explore a living work of art right in your own backyard.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:30 to 3:30 (rain or shine)

French Farm, 516 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. On-street parking only.

Members: $10 for adults; $5 for children.
Nonmembers: $15 for adults; $10 for children.
No charge for children 2 and under.

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

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Story Barn: Only in Greenwich!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

cover of The Greenwich Social Review, Oct. 1949

Cover of The Greenwich Social Review,
October 1949

A unique way to experience oral tradition, Story Barn is all about the stories you won’t read on the front page of the Greenwich Time. Performances take place in a cabaret-like setting where storytellers present five-minute takes on a particular topic based on personal experiences (no notes allowed). This time around, with our Town’s 375th anniversary in mind, stories will focus on our beloved (and sometimes eccentric) community. Do Greenwich residents really live in parallel universes? Are there things that happen “only in Greenwich”? What makes Greenwich, Greenwich? Find out as our storytellers examine life in this unique community. The event will be emceed by program founder and talented comedienne Bonnie Levison, , among her many accomplishments, who works with themoth.org and is a cofounder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Reserve early, this event always plays to a packed house!

Do you have a good Greenwich story? Please email Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:00 pm
Beer, wine and light snacks will be served.

$15 for members; $20 for nonmembers

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

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June

Celebrate CT Open House 2015

June 13, 2015

This year’s celebration of Connecticut’s cultural abundance at Bush-Holley Historic site will feature a drop-in collage workshop, a “letterboxing” scavenger hunt and a tent sale offering gifts and books for all ages and interests including biographies, history, art, decorative arts and children’s subjects–all at very special prices.

Carol Nimpomnich Dixon working with young collage artists

Carol Nimpomnich Dixon working with young collage artists

Artist Carol Nipomnich Dixon will lead a workshop on creating two-dimensional collages crafted from papers, fabrics, photographs, found objects and natural materials such as dried grasses, twigs, leaves, or petals. All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring copies of favorite photos, newspaper articles or other items to incorporate into their work. Ms. Dixon will provide guidance on how to juxtapose of color, texture, and imagery to transform materials into a distinctly new and personal visual statement. The drop-in workshop will take place in the Vanderbilt Education Center from noon to 2:00 pm, and all ages are welcome.

Letterboxing began in 1854 when a hiking guide left a bottle with his calling card in it by Duck's Pool on Dartmoor in southern England. Today’s letterboxing has morphed into a type of “scavenger hunt” dubbed geo-caching, which sometimes includes the use of modern GPS technology. Now, instead of a card, you will most likely discover a rubber stamp, a stamp pad and a logbook in the letterbox. For our hunt, you’ll begin at the Storehouse gallery to receive clues and a personal log. You’ll then range over Bush-Holley Historic Site on your quest to find our very own hidden letterbox.

Finally, in case you work up an appetite from all this activity, the popular Valencia Luncheria food truck will be parked right on premises for your dining convenience. Known for its fabulous “Nuevo Latino” cuisine, Valencia Luncheria has received accolades from food critics of every stripe and has won “Best of Fairfield County” awards in a number of categories.

CT Open House 2015

CT Open House Day is a statewide event created to encourage Connecticut residents to serve as local ambassadors for the state’s cultural treasures. Gather up friends and family of all ages and head for Bush-Holley Historic Site, Greenwich’s only National Historic Landmark for a fun, creative and educational afternoon. In addition to the programs described above, family-friendly tours of Bush-Holley House will take place at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm, and the Storehouse Gallery, featuring the exhibition Greenwich Voices, will be open from noon to 4:00.

June 13, 2015, Noon to 4:00 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Admission and programs are free to all visitors. No reservations required

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History on Wheels

June 21, 2015

Vintage Postcard of Innis Arden

Vintage Postcard of Innis Arden, Estate of J. Kennedy Tod

With Greenwich Cove as the historic backdrop, we will once again participate in “Experience the Sound,” a yearly celebration at Greenwich Point that showcases local organizations and educational institutions that care for and promote coastal marine life, nature, outdoor recreational pursuits, town history and the environment. This year’s “History on Wheels” program will be linked to the celebration of Greenwich’s 375th birthday and will focus on key events in the history of the Point, including current initiatives by the Greenwich Point Conservancy to restore public buildings and native habitats.

Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. The group will then cycle around the point stopping at various locations to hear stories, take a closer look at some of the ruins and see vintage photos from the Historical Society’s collection. Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets, and a water bottle is highly recommended. There will be an activity with prizes for children.

June 21, 2015, 1:30 to 2:15 pm

Greenwich Point

The program is free, and no park pass is required.

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.