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Bush-Holley House by Candlelight

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A serious exchange with Santa at last year’s Candlelight Event

Join us for a festive holiday evening when, once a year, interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich’s only Registered National Historic Landmark. In addition to the family-friendly walk through Bush-Holley House, there will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal goodies, winter-themed crafts for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus from 5:30–6:30 pm.

Candlelight tours take roughly 45 minutes and focus on Christmas traditions as celebrated by the Bush family in the early nation period and later by the Holley family, residents in the early 1900s.

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Admission is free to all. No reservations required.

Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center.


The Seton Family: Authors, Builders, Artists and Individuals

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

We are proud to host two lectures by Lucinda MacKethan on the subject of the Seton family—father Ernest Thompson Seton (author, wildlife artist and founder of the Woodcraft Indians and Campfire Girls—precursors to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America), mother Grace Gallatin Seton (author, suffragist and WWI motor unit organizer), and daughter, celebrated historical novelist Anya. MacKethan has been researching and publishing articles about the Setons for years, making extensive use of the Greenwich Historical Society archives, which houses a large collection of materials connected with family. She is currently working on a full-length biography of Anya Seton, which also draws on information gathered from interviews with the author’s daughters and granddaughter.

The first lecture, “The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography” will explore the social as well as personal and artistic motivations of the famous Seton family. MacKethen will give a tour virtual of the five houses that they built between 1900 and 1951, four of which claimed Greenwich addresses. Ernest Thompson Seton built his last residence, Seton Castle, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anya Seton resided at her home Sea Rune on Binney Lane in Old Greenwich until her death in 1990. (The home has since been demolished.) Through these personal spaces, we can track the course of the Setons’ lives as successful writers, prominent American personalities and as a complex and ultimately failed family.

The second lecture, “Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family Through Her Novels,” examines autobiographical elements in Anya’s fiction, especially as she cast interactions with her famous parents into the fictional lives of some of her important characters. Discussion will include five novels written between 1941 and 1972 that offer perhaps the most intriguing representations of her own evolving sense of self as a daughter, lover, wife and mother.

A professor of English at NC State University for close to 40 years, Lucinda MacKethan, now retired, has authored three books on southern literature and many articles on American women writers. She is senior consultant of, a series of radio plays based on American women’s short stories, and was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she now produces online materials for teachers.

The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography:
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family Through Her Novels:
Friday, January 27, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Each lecture: Members: $10; nonmembers $15

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

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To benefit the Greenwich Historical Society
A Night of Beauty with Designer Mark D. Sikes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

We are delighted to host celebrated interior designer Mark D. Sikes and a Night of Beauty on behalf of the Historical Society. Sikes will talk about the inspiration and creative process behind the sumptuous pages of his highly acclaimed new book Beautiful (Rizzoli), share his design philosophy and field questions at the end of the program.

Phenom Mark D. Sikes is known for designing fresh, sophisticated, indoor/outdoor spaces that perfectly balance beauty and function. Building on two decades in visual merchandising and marketing, in 2012 Sikes parlayed his talent for creating exceptional environments into a highly successful interior design firm. His work has since graced top shelter magazines from Architectural Digest to Veranda, and from his base in West Hollywood, California, he works with clients across the country, blogs on design and style, creates lines for Schumacher and Henredon, and oversees MDS Stripes, a women’s clothing line.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet a talent who has made a rapid and impressive ascent on the design scene. Tickets include a copy of Beautiful. Patron-level ticketholders will enjoy the opportunity of sharing an intimate supper with the designer following the event. All proceeds will benefit the Greenwich Historical Society.

Generously Sponsored by Fairfield County Look

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Field Club of Greenwich, 276 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT

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

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Sushi and Sake Workshop

Sunday, February 26, 2017

As the sun sets on our exhibition an An Eye to the East: The Influence of Japan, we are offering a final program to explore two quintessential elements of Japanese cuisine: sushi and sake. Sushi has been an Asian technique to preserve both meat and fish for a thousand years, but it was only in the 1820s that chefs in Japan began to create and serve Edo-style sushi, which uses primarily raw fish. Chef Sam Takahashi, owner of Hajime Japanese Restaurant in Harrison, NY, will talk about the history of sushi and demonstrate techniques for creating its various forms. Takahashi learned this traditional art at his father’s restaurant in Osaka, received further training in Hokkaido, and in 1986, a year after coming to the United States, established his restaurant, Hajime, which means “beginning” or “start.”

Distributor Takuya Shimomura will focus on the lore and production process surrounding sake, a traditional Japanese wine made from fermented rice. All participants will learn how to make a sushi roll, and best of all, have the opportunity to taste a variety of outstanding sushi and sake.

Ticketholders receive free admission to Bush-Holley House and to the exhibition An Eye to the East: The Influence of Japan on its last day at the Storehouse Gallery.

Sunday, February 26, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $30; nonmembers $45
Seating is limited, reservations required. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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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.

Greenwich Historical Society 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-869-6899

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