Coding & Robotics Camp at Stepping Stones for April Vacation

This unique educational experience will challenge and teach students ages 5 to 8 coding skills through fun, engaging and dynamic projects such as building circuits, making a binary necklace and even a battle-bot competition! Stepping Stones Coding and Robotics Camp will be held during April school vacation. Campers will discover the basics of computer coding through interactive activities and games, plus have the opportunity to explore the museum’s many thrilling exhibits. Sign up for the full week or by the day. Space is limited.

Pot O’ Gold: A St. Patrick’s Day Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting

Spend St. Patrick’s Day with your lucky charm at Red Bee’s Honey House Barn as we celebrate a pot of liquid gold (or honey!) at the end of the rainbow! On Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 – 2:30 pm – St. Patrick’s Day – join us for a Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting at Red Bee Honey. After a tour and educational honeybee talk in our apiary gardens, we will gather in our Honey House Barn for a tasting flight of honeys including lucky four-leaf clover and heather honey both native plants to Ireland. Each honey will be perfectly paired with local cheese, seasonal produce and an Irish favorite, Irish soda bread.

Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows

On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.

The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, Sr., S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.

“These respected panelists are champions for positive change in human rights. Each comes to this discussion with their own lens of experience, forming a dynamic group of impact leaders for men and women’s rights across the globe,” said Zella.

Moderator Fatima Sabri fled the Taliban with her family when she was a child. As refugees, her family started over and Fatima found strength through education. Today she is a passionate speaker about women’s equality and overcoming vulnerability through education.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney of New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, Brian K. Sibley, SR volunteered to be part of the Connecticut state and federal Human Trafficking Task Force when it was formed in November 2015 where he became the lead state prosecutor for human trafficking investigations.

Author S. Bear Bergman is the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books. Bergman is also the writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine and frequently lectures on issues relating to gender, sexuality, and culture.

Award winning still life art photographer Hans Neleman traveled to Guatemalan brothels to photograph the women who make their living there. In Night Chicas (2003), Neleman’s images show concern for these women, forcing us to recognize their humanity, and the dangerous and damaged world in which they live.

Debra A. Greenwood is the President and CEO of The Center for Family Justice. For twelve decades the organization has provided free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people affected by domestic and sexual violence restore their lives, and educating our communities to prevent future abuse.

Ann Weiner is a conceptual artist, advocate and philanthropist. Her latest sculpture installation “When Caged Birds Sing” is currently on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art and focuses on the stories of eight women who have each endured physical, psychological or/and emotional abuse because of their gender; each having survived and bravely gone on to advocate for change on behalf of other women who are still at risk. Ann will discuss her work and her activism through art to raise awareness of these global issues through this important teaching exhibition.

Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition. Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Jim’s team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region.

The panel discussion complements the museum’s current exhibition, When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner, on view through February 10th. The exhibit features eight life-size sculptures that represent current day activists for women’s rights in the areas of sex trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage, transphobia, honor violence, child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and educational inequality.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT and is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis. Visit to learn more.

African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South

In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Stacey Close entitled: “African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South” on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. The lecture will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migration’s impact on Connecticut and the nation. Guests can also view the Museum’s exhibition: “Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970” which highlights the migration of 5 million black Americans from southern states during the “The Second Migration” to urban industrial centers of the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at: or 203-846-0525. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs and seating is limited. Purchasing in advance is highly recommended. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept. If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00pm.

About Dr. Stacey Close
Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. A professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. He has taught courses that focused on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has made paper presentations at conferences such as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and Professional and Organizational Development Network. Close has also served as chairperson for the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography, director of the Center for Educational Excellence, and NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative. He has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press. In 2014 Close was a contributing editor and essayist for African Americans in Connecticut Explored, published by Wesleyan University Press. He frequently lectures and makes presentation on Black Hartford history. In 2011-2012 Close received the prestigious honor of being an American Council on Education Fellow. Some of his other honors include the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2013 and 2015, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Student Club Advisor of the Year, and Eastern Connecticut State University s Faculty Teaching Award.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rev. Dr. Merle Rumble and Rev. Dewitt Stevens, Jr.

For more information visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

New Bleeding Control Course

Stamford EMS is offering a new Bleeding Control Basics course that teaches how to stop bleeding until medical help can arrive. Developed in response to mass casualty incidents throughout the nation, the class provides proper bleeding control techniques that can save a life. The ninety-minute course takes place on Thursday, January 25th at 7 pm at Stamford EMS headquarters, located at 684 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. The cost is $25, and is appropriate for both the general public and healthcare providers. Visit to register today.

Similar to learning CPR, learning bleeding control techniques can save a life, as uncontrolled bleeding can cause death in as little as 5-10 minutes. In a moment of serious bleeding, a bystander can become an initial responder, and potentially make all the difference for someone in their greatest time of need.

“This program builds the resilience of our community. It empowers people to act confidently in a bleeding emergency,” said Patricia Squires, Chief and CEO of Stamford EMS. “Participants will receive training in simple medical methods that can be used immediately, potentially saving a life until help arrives.”

The course provides hands-on practice in basic bleeding control techniques, such as direct pressure, dressings and tourniquet application. Participants will come away from the class feeling confident that they can manage a bleeding emergency until EMS can get to the scene.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is Connecticut’s only accredited EMS agency, responding to over 14,000 calls each year as a private, nonprofit organization. Since it accepted responsibility for Stamford’s ambulance services in 1992, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused in its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit or call (203) 968-1118.

School Refusal Parent Workshop at The Westport Day School in Wilton, CT

Special Education Law Attorney Lawrence W. Berliner, Dr. Mark Beitel, and Lauren Seltzer, LMFT will be the featured speakers at a parent workshop titled Taking Ownership of Your Child’s Education When Your Child Refuses to Go to School: A Workshop about School Refusal, Anxiety, and How to Move Forward.

The FREE workshop, open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at The Westport Day School, 372 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut, Suite 190. The Westport Day School is a private therapeutic day school for students in grades six through twelve and postgraduate year.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 25% of American teenagers will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and 6% will receive a severe diagnosis. More teenagers than ever are suffering from severe anxiety. This workshop will address these growing trends, , help parents understand the reasons why their child refuses to go to school, find an appropriate education, and discuss how a therapeutic placement can offer a supportive learning environment.

Focus of the workshop:
〈 Special education laws and your child’s rights
〈 Top 10 Checklist: Strategies for the school year and beyond
〈 Turning Point: The parents’ road ahead when their child’s rights are denied by the school
〈 School Refusal: Understanding what’s behind a child who refuses to go to school
〈 How to re-engage a child in an appropriate supportive learning environment
〈 Tackling anxiety issues
〈 Models of Therapeutic Education: The Westport Day School and Grove School

To register, please contact Rachel Berliner, Public Relations Assistant at the Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC at (203)-255-0582 or .

Attorney Berliner is a special education law attorney at the Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC in Westport and Guilford, Conn. Dr. Mark Beitel is the Co-Founder of The Westport Day School in Wilton, Conn. Lauren Seltzer, LMFT is the Director of Admissions and Assistant Clinical Director at Grove School, a private therapeutic boarding and day school for students in grades seven through twelve and postgraduate year in Madison, Conn.

For more information please visit, , and

Outdoor Adventures: Full Moon Hike

We’ll head out on to the SM&NC’s nature trails at dusk and return by the light of the full moon. We’ll learn about the phases of the moon and see what animals are out and about during sunset. Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Safe Sitter class on December 10

Stamford EMS is offering children in grades 6-8 an opportunity to learn how to be safe and effective babysitters. The Safe Sitter® course teaches students the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children. The next class will be held on Sunday, December 10th from 9am to 3pm at Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc., 684 Long Ridge Road in Stamford.

Taught by a Stamford EMS CPR instructor, this engaging and informative course is filled with fun games and role playing exercises. Participants should bring a sack lunch, and will receive a training manual as well as a course completion certificate. The course fee is $75 and pre-registration is required. To register, visit Hurry, space is limited and registration closes on December 7th.

“Babysitting is often a child’s first job, and we want our students to have the safety skills they need to do their job confidently. Students will learn safety skills, first aid, rescue and child care skills,” said Jessica Anderson, Stamford EMS Lieutenant and Academy Training Coordinator.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is Connecticut’s only accredited EMS agency, responding to over 14,000 calls each year as a private, nonprofit organization. Since it accepted responsibility for Stamford’s ambulance services in 1992, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused in its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit or call (203) 968-1118.

Astronomy Nights: The Big Bang in 1 Hour with Jason Kendall

Start by enjoying a presentation on The Big Bang in 1 Hour, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter – 151 Scofieldtown Road. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Film: A Plastic Ocean

Sunday, November 5, 1:30 – 4:00 pm.
Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center.
Film: A Plastic Ocean.
Held at Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich.
This documentary film (1 hr., 42 min) follows scientists on a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans.
Doors open 1:30 pm, film at 2:00 pm.
Cosponsors: Bruce Museum, Friends of Greenwich Point, Bring Your Own and Go Pure.
The Seaside Center is supported in part by Osprey Private Client. Information: or 203-413-6756.

FARE Connecticut Fall Luncheon

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) will hold the FARE Connecticut Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Greenwich Country Club. The Keynote Speaker will be James R. Baker, Jr. M.D., CEO and Chief Medical Officer, FARE. All proceeds will benefit FARE, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.

Hillary Carter and Julie Karish will be recognized for their accomplishments and civic leadership.

Jenny Andjelkovic, Sophie Dowling, Lauren Mazzullo, and Katie Rogers are the Luncheon Co-
Chairs. Heather Benn, Wendy Block, Maria Crowley, Ali Fels, Deborah Findley, Christine and Jeff Fortmann, Antoinette Griffith, Debbie Hires, Lisa Hofmeister, Elizabeth Hopley, Helen Jaffe, Stacy Kamisar, Elizabeth Kessler, Sandy Krameisen, Jennifer Miller, Andra Newman, Katy Pagnani, Nancy Plewniak, Whitney Lucas Rosenberg, Tracy Schmidt, Brandy Solinsky, Mina Tulchinsky, Jill Vollmer, Libby Welch, Tracy Wendell, and Lori Zych are the Luncheon Committee

The Lucnheon begins at 11:30 AM.Ticket prices are as follows: tables are available for $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 and individual tickets are available for $1,000, $500 and $250.

About FARE
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.

Pain Management: Combating Chronic Pain, a Community Education program with Dr. Joseph Hung

Join us to learn how to improve upon current pain management strategies and suggestions for alternatives.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
WHERE: HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, 06902
SPEAKER: Joseph C. Hung, MD, Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Specialist, HSS
Space is limited, register early!
To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at

Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief


On Thursday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8 pm, come to Westport Historical Society to hear the archaeological evidence of a hair-raising tale of discovery!

In the winter of 1990, two boys were playing in a private sand and gravel mine in Griswold, Conn. Sliding down the slope of the pit, the boys dislodged two skulls, which tumbled down the embankment with them. Inadvertently, they had discovered the lost graveyard of a farming family from the 18th and 19th centuries.

State archaeologists brought in to excavate the site discovered something curious: among the 27 bodies buried, one male had been rearranged in his grave. Research suggests that the re-interment was common to New England Vampire Folk Belief, in which the dead – or undead – had to be put back to rest.

Nick Bellantoni led the dig. Now an Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, he will share the rest of the story.

Call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your spot to dig into vampire folk belief and the archaeological history of early New England.

Donation: $10 at the door.

Thank you to our sponsor, Bayberry Property Management and Leasing Company of CT.


Norwalk’s A Yankee Peddler & Loan hosts one-time autograph authentication by world renowned James Spence Authentication

Ever wonder if those family heirlooms you inherited, or that signed sports memorabilia you collected, possess viable, authentic signatures? Want to verify them and possibly maximize the value and interest of your signed collectible? That opportunity is here thanks to A Yankee Peddler & Loan, Norwalk, CT’s well-known, family owned pawnshop. The business will host a day of onsite autograph authentication by JSA James Spence Authentication, arguably the foremost authority in autograph authentication, at their 212 Main Street, Norwalk, CT location on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm.
“Often people have been given or inherited an item with a legacy,” says Alexander DeLucia, owner of A Yankee Peddler & Loan. “Perhaps the story associated with the item is that a family member had gotten it signed by a celebrity. While that may be true, it could be a “fish tale”. DeLucia routinely has people offer his business signed items, but since Yankee Peddler is not a verification expert, he generally declines the acquisition.
“JSA is the foremost authority in autograph authentication with the most extensive database in the industry,” he says. “I met owner, James Spence, at the National Association of Pawnbrokers convention in July.” James Spence not only has experience with sports autographs but in his own personal collection has political leaders like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. JSA’s Letter of Authenticity (LOA) is highly sought after and is guaranteed to be accepted by collectors, dealers and auction houses worldwide. “Given the large number of people that contact us with uncertified items, we thought this would be a great service to our local market.“
JSA regularly attends major collectible venues across the country and people routinely pay to gain admission and access to their services. Those interested in taking advantage of JSA’s stringent authentication process at the September 30 event will pay for the authentication service up front. At the end of the day, authentic items will be issued the highly sought after LOA and items of sufficient value will be issued a replacement value appraisal.
“Receive your items back the same day and increase the value of your memorabilia by assuring its authenticity! “ says DeLucia.

For more information contact A Yankee Peddler & Loan at 203.847.5626

James J. Spence Jr. founded JSA in 2005. Autograph collecting is a Spence family tradition that has been passed down through four generations and, like his father and grandfather before him, James Spence started out as an avid collector of sports memorabilia. Today JSA has built a worldwide reputation as the premier autograph authenticator in the world. The firm has accumulated an impressive exemplar database of nearly 500,000 files, which are used by autograph authenticators to accurately assess the thousands of autographs submitted daily. JSA experts regularly visit auction houses, attend trade shows/conventions and constantly research the veracity of autographs of sports figures, celebrities, entertainers, politicians and historical figures.

A Yankee Peddler & Loan opened in Norwalk, CT in 2012. Owner, Alexander DeLucia, has owned and operated several pawn businesses throughout CT and in the 1990s founded the Connecticut Association of Pawnbrokers. Alex is a long time member of the National Pawnbroker’s Association and, when it existed, the International Pawnbroker’s Association. Yankee Peddler is a consumer store as well as a lending institution. The business is always looking for gently used items such as jewelry, electronics, tools, musical instruments, video games, and more. Their friendly, experienced staff can quickly appraise your items and get you cash when you need it. Whether you’re looking to borrow money, make a purchase, or just want to browse, their inventory changes daily.

Sensory Tasting of Rare & Exotic Honey & Mead at Red Bee Apiary

Once in a lifetime you stumble upon magic, an experience like no other. A moment in time, a place where a flower flourished and a bee who has worked her whole life for you to taste a rare moment that will never happen the same way ever again…Do you have a taste for rare and exotic honey experiences?

Curated by Italian-trained honey expert, Marina Marchese, this event will feature a tasting flight of some of the world’s most luxurious and decadent honeys, some produced in exotic places, some from exotic flowers. Marina will tell you the fascinating story of each honey, the bees that make them and the journey from flower to bottle.

Nordic Moon Meadery (@nordicmoonmead) in Ellington, CT will provide the mead tasting flight. The meadery is the first in the region and is committed to crafting meads from ingredients that are as local as they can find. Richard Gummoe, mead maker and recipe tester, will talk about the mead-making process and what makes their meads unique.

No matter how much you think you know about nature’s liquid gold, this event will open your mind to the magical world of bees and honey. Prepare for an unforgettable evening of indulging your senses into the world of flowers and flavors.

 Event Details:

Tour and educational bee talk in Red Bee’s apiary garden with Nordic Moon mead cocktail

Seated, guided honey and mead tasting in Red Bee’s honey house barn

Dessert social in honey house barn shop

SAMPLE Honey Tasting Flight Menu:

• Corbezzolo (Sardinia) – bold, fruity and seriously bitter

• Sourwood (US) – complex with hints of anise and gingerbread with a warm finish

• Honeydew (Italy) – rich notes of resin and cooked fruit

• Oaxaca (Mexico) – complex notes of cherries, anise and cactus

• Tulip poplar (US) – warm notes of stewed dates, raisins and prunes

• Acacia (Italy) – notes of apricot and peach with a sweet finish

• Coriander (Hungary) aromatic with green herbal notes

SAMPLE Nordic Moon Meadery Tasting Menu:

• Orange Blossom Dandelion

• Orange Blossom Bosc Pear




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Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour with Westport Historical Society

Edward F. Gerber, Past President of the Historical Society, will host a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District Saturday, October 28, from 3 to 4 pm. The tour will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s. “I will talk about the fact that Kings Highway is a historic district and what that means,” said Gerber. “We will tour one of the oldest houses in the district which is undergoing major restoration”. Gerber said he will talk about the style of the houses and the fact that, although they were built from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s, “you can’t tell the later houses from the older ones. The architects did a good job of blending old and new.”

Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites. Most of the contributing buildings are homes in the Colonial style. The historic sites include a small triangular green at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Kings Highway North that was used as a military drill ground, the adjoining Christ and Holy Trinity and Church of the Assumption cemeteries across Kings Highway from Old Hill Road, and an earlier graveyard, laid out in 1740, at the northwest corner of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road.

Gerber will be accompanied on the tour by Edward Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. Hynes will discuss the planned ambush by Continental troops under Benedict Arnold to fire cannons from the high ground on Old Hill down on British soldiers returning from a raid on Danbury to prevent them from crossing the river on the bridge below.

Meet across from the cemeteries at the foot of Old Hill Road; park along Kings Highway North.

$10 suggested donation. No charge for children 12 and under.

Reservations are recommended: (203) 222-1424. Special get together at a local watering hole after tour.

Walk through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society

Join the Westport Historical Society on Saturday, September 30, from 3 to 4 pm, for one of its most popular walking tours, a stroll through Old Saugatuck accompanied by guide Bob Mitchell. The one-hour tour begins at 3:00 pm and ends with a drink on the house at one of Saugatuck’s favorite haunts, the Black Duck.

As you make your way through the neighborhood that sits along the tracks near the Westport train station, Mitchell will discuss Saugatuck’s past as a manufacturing hub and the tight-knit, predominantly Italian community it was to become. Most of what we now know as Westport was once called Saugatuck, after the river, though when the town was incorporated in 1835 from parts of Norwalk and Fairfield, it was given the name Westport.

The walk will begin at the NY-bound side of the train station, where rail service was launched in 1848, making Westport more accessible for visitors and, in turn, giving residents better access to New York City. Railroad construction brought an influx of jobs, filled mostly by Irish and Italian laborers, and the young community eventually was called Little Italy. In 1958, a swath of buildings bisecting Saugatuck was demolished to make way for the Connecticut Turnpike.

The tour was created to give participants insights into Westport’s history and show how resilient Westporters have been in retaining the character of our town, even as the landscape changes and Saugatuck undergoes an impressive renaissance.

There is a $10 suggested donation. Ages 12 and under are free. Reservations are recommended, call (203) 222-1424.

Meet in the Saugatuck Railroad Station, New York-bound side.

Historic Business District Walking Tour/ National Hall with Westport Historical Society

Join us on Saturday, October 14, from 3 to 4 pm for a walking tour of the town’s Business Center District and discover facts about such historic sites as National Hall and the former Westport Bank & Trust Company building. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The walk kicks off at 3 p.m. at Jesup Green and will be led by Bob Mitchell. “This tour demonstrates how critical the Saugatuck River was to the commercial and economic development of Westport,” says Mitchell.

The riverbank area near Jesup Green is where Ebenezer Jesup, one of the town’s most successful early businessmen, had his wharf, warehouse and store. In 1807, Jesup donated some of his land to the Connecticut Turnpike Company for the Post Road bridge over the river.

From Jesup Green the history tour will cross the Saugatuck to National Hall, built in 1870 by another prominent Westport entrepreneur, Horace Staples, to house his bank

The tour will then return to the east side of the river, where Bob will discuss the old Westport Library, the former YMCA, and the wedge-shaped Westport Bank & Trust Company Building now occupied by Patagonia. The tour will go inside to view two murals that Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin painted for the bank in the 1960’s.

On the way back Mitchell will talk about No. 76 Post Road East, which was formerly the site of Petrie’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Fine Arts Theater. The first theater in the area to show foreign films, the Fine Arts was closed in 1999 and its building remodeled and is now Restoration Hardware.

There is a $10 suggested donation. Ages 12 and under are free.

Meet at Jesup Green in front of Westport Public Library’s lower entrance. Parking is available at the town lot on Jesup Green (Taylor Public Parking Lot).

For more information about the tour and to register, call (203) 222-1424. Join us at a local watering hole for a complimentary drink.

Hummock Island Oyster Tour with Westport Historical Society

On Saturday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 to 7 pm, Westport Historical Society is offering a special experience right in our own backyard- a boat tour to visit Hummock Island, the site of the charming historic oyster house that sits in the middle of Sherwood Mill Pond. Have you ever wondered who lived there? Now’s your chance to find out!

Jeff Northrup’s family built this house in 1747 and he will be sharing wonderful stories about their oyster family business. Once on the island, Jeff, our Hummock Island tour guide, will tell you about the history of oystering in CT and his family legacy. As part of the tour, we’ll have an oyster tasting and shucking lesson, along with wine and other light bites on the front porch of the island house overlooking the water.

We will meet in front of Elvira’s Market, 222 Hillspoint Rd; please arrive promptly at 5:15 pm, as we will board the boat to the island at 5:30 pm. If you do not have a Westport beach sticker, arrangements will be made to shuttle you from the Hillspoint Elementary School parking lot to the Mill Pond.

Reservations are required for this exclusive tour and may be made by calling 203-222-1424.

Seating is limited to the first 30 people. Tickets are $110 per person. Proceeds support the educational programs at WHS.

Highland Fling Scotch Tasting at Mill Hill

Slàinte! Experience the Scottish Highlands at the Norwalk Historical Society’s Scotch Tasting Fundraiser at Mill Hill Historic Park on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00pm. Gregg Glaser, a spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher/editor of Modern Distillery Age, will lead the tasting. Learn how Scotland’s national drink is made, what the different styles are and the history behind this celebrated beverage. A curated variety of six to seven styles of Scotch whiskey will be sampled. Hearty appetizers will be provided by O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, Winfield Street Italian Deli and other local eateries. Tickets are $45.00 per person before September 11, 2017; $50.00 per person after that date and at the door. Purchase tickets at Must be 21 or over, IDs checked at the door. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs for parking. Net proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Historical Society’s education programs and exhibitions.

Gregg Glaser is the Publisher/Editor of Modern Distillery Age, Editor in Chief of Yankee Brew News, contributor to Modern Brewery Age, and conducts monthly tasting panels for these publications. For 14 years he was the News Editor for All About Beer Magazine. Since 1996, he’s been the Competition Director for the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, the largest professional beer and cider competition on the East Coast. In New York City, he conducts spirits and food tastings, working with Food Karma Projects. He also conducts spirits, beer and saké talks and tastings around the world and has consulted for breweries, importers, wholesalers and restaurants. Gregg has a degree in Communications with concentrations in Cinema, Television and Radio from Ithaca College. He studied comparative media in Britain at the BBC, IBA and Pinewood Film Studios and in Italy at RAI and Cinecittà. Gregg was the presenter for the Norwalk Historical Society’s Beer Tasting in 2012, Whiskey/Bourbon Tasting in 2014 and Tequila Tasting this past spring.

Sponsored by: O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant and Winfield Street Italian Deli

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting

Kosher Like Me, a lifestyle food blog, is pleased to partner with Red Bee Honey for Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting event that will elevate your holiday menu and inspire fresh ideas for your table setting.

The event will be held at Red Bee Apiary, a hidden gem in Weston, CT, and will include a brief tour of the apiary and gardens, led by Marina Marchese, author and beekeeper. Afterwards, she will take guests on a guided tasting flight of five local honeys paired with artisanal, kosher cheeses donated by The Cheese Guy and seasonal, local produce. The tasting will be held on the second floor of Red Bee’s new Honey House Barn.

Liz Rueven, founder of Kosher Like Me blog, will offer tips and tricks for incorporating honey goodness into your holiday menu by sharing favorite recipes and notes on symbolic ingredients to sweeten your Rosh Hashanah meal. Seasonal inspiration for Rosh Hashanah table settings will be artfully styled by Lauren Kreter of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite honeys, a variety of gift boxes and vintage tabletop accessories.

Sample Honey Tasting Flight
Goldenrod honey with melon and goat cheese
Dark wildflower honey with Brie and blackberry
Alfalfa honey with carrots
Red Currant honey with dark chocolate
Buckwheat honey with manchego and pears
Honey in the comb

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit or email Emily at

Liz Rueven is the founder and editor of the blog, Kosher Like Me. She provides readers with a tempting array of approachable and unique seasonal recipes, holiday inspiration, restaurant, book and product reviews and profiles of food innovators.

Marina Marchese is the founder of Red Bee Honey and the author of Honeybee and The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.

Lauren Kreter is the founder of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company, which is focused on bringing unique, mismatched and whimsical touches to any event

Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War Bus Tour

“Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War” is a bus tour that will visit the homes, monuments, and memorials that tell the story of Norwalk during the Great War and its participation in the expansive industrialization that fueled America’s growth as a world power 100 years ago. Costumed re-enactors will bring the historic period to vibrant life and an architectural historian will provide insight into the areas of Norwalk that the tour visits. Tour attendees will travel in comfortable buses and enjoy a reception at the conclusion.

Scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, 2017, tickets are $60 until September 10th and $70 after that date, so act now to reserve your place at

Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting at Red Bee Honey

Join the Red Bee team for a walk through our apiary gardens for an educational talk on honeybees and florals sources
then enjoy a tasting flight of 6 American honeys and food pairings.

Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting with Honey Harvest at Red Bee Honey

Join the Red Bee team for a walk through our apiary gardens for an educational talk on honeybees and florals sources
then enjoy a tasting flight of 6 American honeys and food pairings. A short honey harvest demo will let you taste fresh honey as it comes, untouched by human hands, straight from the beehive. A rare and special treat for anyone who adores honey and bees!


Movie under the Stars

Come for the campfire – stay for an outdoor movie in our new amphitheater!  After the Family Campfire, cozy up for a FREE Environmental Learning Series screening of Hometown Habitats: Stories of Bringing Nature Home in the fresh evening air.  This engaging and relatable environmental documentary explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. For more information call 203-557-4400 or go to

Independence Day Celebration at Mill Hill Historic Park

“Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony and Wreath Laying for Revolutionary War Veteran on Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park

Celebrate Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park! The Norwalk Historical Society will host the “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony and a Wreath Laying Ceremony for Revolutionary War Veteran and American Legion “Veteran of the Month”, Samuel Grumman, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 1:30pm at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St. Norwalk, CT. Follow signs to parking, only handicapped parking on site. This is a free event and open to the public. Guest speakers include Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff. Light refreshments will follow.

At 1:30, join the Norwalk Historical Society for a wreath laying ceremony honoring Samuel Grumman, Revolutionary War Veteran, in the Mill Hill Historic Park Graveyard at his newly restored grave marker. Local historians, Madeleine and Ed Eckert, will speak about Grumman’s contributions to Norwalk before, during and after the American Revolution. Samuel Grumman will also be honored as Veteran of the Month of July at the American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk, CT on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Following the wreath laying, join the nation as we toll the Town House bell 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony!

About The Norwalk Historical Society
The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the purpose of promoting and
encouraging historical research in Norwalk. That vision is kept alive today with the continued
focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.”

Image Credit: Audrey Cozzarin

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Safe Sitter® Babysitting Course

The Safe Sitter® Babysitting course is open to teens, ages 11 and up. The course is a medically accurate babysitting program that teaches life and safety skills, including nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. Presented in one 6-hour session, the course provides hands-on practice in basic first-aid, infant and child choking rescue, and other lifesaving techniques, as well as instruction on topics such as how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run your own babysitting business.

Stamford EMS will be offer the next session of the Safe Sitter® Babysitting course on Saturday July 22, 2017. The course will take place from 9am-3pm at Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc., 684 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. Participants should bring a sack lunch, and will receive a training manual and course completion certificate. The course fee is $75 and pre-registration is required. To register, visit Hurry, space is limited.

Astronomy Nights: Private Space Travel

Start by enjoying a presentation on Private Space Travel – When Can I Book My Vacation to the Moon?, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

The Barclay Classes at Pequot Library

For generations, the Barclay Classes have helped students grow into well-mannered young adults by helping them develop social skills, confidence, and poise while having fun. The program stresses the importance and practice of good manners and presents instruction in ballroom dancing. Dancing is used as a teaching vehicle using games to keep children engaged. The basic ballroom dances are taught in the third grade and then each year new steps are added as the children move through the program. Being confident and relaxed with dancing will prove to make all social events for your child fun and enjoyable.

The Program Includes:
Ballroom Dancing
Phone Manners
Respectful Behavior
Conversational Skills
Dining Courtesies
Pride in One’s Appearance
Manners for Personal Electronics
Table Manners
Good First Impressions
Being A Good Sport
Thank You Notes
The Power of…Please, Thank You, May I Please, Excuse Me, After You

The classes will meet approximately once per month between October and May allowing ample time for children to be involved in other activities.

For more information, please visit To enroll, please call (908) 232- 8370 or email

9th Annual Golf Tournament for Joshua Bent Memorial Scholarship Fund

Become a Golfer, Sponsor, Donor, or simply join us for dinner!
Raffles, Prizes, Auctions, and more!

Saturday – June 24, 2017
Whitney Farms Golf Course
175 Shelton Road (Rte 110)
Monroe, CT

12:00pm Check In & Lunch
1:00pm Shotgun Tee Off
5:30pm Dinner, Prizes, Raffles, & Mike Riccio Sports Auction
Refreshments will be served throughout the day

Entry Fees – $150 per person includes course fees, cart lunch, dinner & refreshments ($60 for dinner only)

Gold Tee – $500
Blue Tee – $250
White Tee – $100
Boosters – $75, $50, $25

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

New Canaan Library Presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, A MoMA at Work Talk by Molleen Theodore, Museum of Modern Art Educator

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth this June, New Canaan Library is pleased to welcome Museum of Modern Art educator Molleen Theodore, presenting a MoMA at Work talk, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please register online at

Ms. Theodore will speak about MoMA’s current exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. The exhibition comprises approximately 400 works from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, and photographs, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.

Molleen Theodore has been an Education Lecturer at MoMA since 2007. In addition, she is the Associate Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has served as the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale Art Gallery, where she supervised students in curating exhibitions, a critic at the Yale School of Art, and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale. Theodore holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on art of the 1960s and 1970s.

WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War

Join nationally renowned author, James Thompson, at the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:00pm for an introspective look at World War I artists, most specifically Norwalk artists, Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn. WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War is part of the Norwalk Historical Society’s World War I Centennial Lecture Series. World War I posters on loan from the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and Townsend and Yohn’s art work from the City of Norwalk Collection will be on display. The lecture will take place in the newly restored 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs to parking. Admission is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased at Generously sponsored in part by DoubleTree by Hilton and the Norwalk Arts Commission.

James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Norwalk’s greatest artists. Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn, both well-known before WWI, secured lasting fame with works they produced during the Great War. Townsend was recruited into the American Expeditionary Force to create a pictorial history of “our boys” in the field. Yohn spent the war in his New York studio depicting the hardship and heroism of the men who were “making the world safe for democracy”. Yohn’s images were seen by untold numbers of readers of America’s most popular magazines. Thompson will explain how Uncle Sam used the art of men like Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn to win the war, and how the images they created reshaped the way Americans perceived themselves. He will present examples of both man’s work and show how they became stars in the constellation of American Illustration.

In addition to his two most recent books, James Thompson, has written numerous books on the ideas of history including: The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy (2009), Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment – Paris 1785 (2014), and George Washington’s Mulatto Man – Who Was Billy Lee? Mr. Thompson lectures on the topics he discusses in his books and has spoken at the US Naval Academy, the Virginia Historical Society, the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society Forum in Charlottesville. He has presented lecture series in continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, and the University of Delaware.

Sponsored by the Double Tree by Hilton and the Norwalk Arts Commission

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo Credit: 5th Marines on the Last Night of the War Frederick C. Yohn (1875–1933) 1920
Courtesy Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

More Birds, More Joy! Tips to Make Your Yard a Backyard Bird Haven

Join Westport Historical Society on Wednesday, June 21, from 7 to 8 pm when Chris Petherick of Wild Birds Unlimited in Fairfield will teach you how to get more joy from your yard and the birds in it.

When done thoughtfully, bird-feeding can transform your back yard into a bird’s favorite place! By following a few basic guidelines, you can begin to really enjoy the birds already in your yard in no time – and attract new ones. This process doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated, but can be quick and simple.

Suggested donation: $5/person.

Call 203-222-1424 to reserve.

Astronomy Nights: Animals in the Sky

Start by enjoying a presentation on Animals in the Sky, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Glass Blowing, Personal Radio Broadcasting, and the American Revolution

Jim Russell of Ridgefield will demonstrate on video how glass blowing is done, and will show amazing art glass he created.
Fred Cunningham of Stamford will explicate how the art of ham radio is using the latest technology with participants from 7 to 100 (still driving) years old.
Norwalker Eric Chandler’s interest and knowledge of American Revolutionary War Living History has propelled him into being a sought-after speaker on the subject.
In all three cases, like other HFFC members, driven by curiosity and energy, they have gone beyond their working careers into the eclectic world around them.
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) combine reason and compassion, integrating modern understanding of the world with an affirmative life view.  If you come, you’ll be glad you did.

All Aboard with WHS: Captain’s Cove Harbor Cruise

Join Westport Historical Society on Sunday, July 23, at 11:15 am for activities at Captain’s Cove Marina in Black Rock Harbor at 1 Bostwick Avenue in Bridgeport. In the 18th century, the Historic Black Rock Harbor, now known as Captain’s Cove was used as a trade port and shipbuilding center. Meet us at the Maritime Museum for a tour of this Queen Anne Style Victorian house built by coal dealer Richard Dundon in 1893. On view are photos, models, and artifacts relating to Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, and the oyster industry in Connecticut.

From Noon to 1 pm, hop on a 40 foot former US Navy launch boat appropriately named “Chief” and tour the perimeter of the harbor to view all the historical sites, such as the lighthouse and old shipyards.

After the tour, take a leisurely stroll along St. Mary’s By the Sea and meander through the BIG little buildings. Built in Colonial and Victorian architectural styles, these miniature shops present a wide variety of gifts.

The boat is limited to a maximum of 30 people, so reserve early to get a spot!

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The price of our ticket includes the guided tour of the historic house and boat tour plus light refreshments. To visit their website, go to:

To reserve online, go to the WHS website:

Astronomy Nights: Mythology & Astronomy: Stories that Shaped our Stars

Start by enjoying a presentation on Mythology & Astronomy: Stories that Shaped our Stars, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Paper Flower Card Origami Workshop For Adults With Laurie Davis

The Glitterfairy returns to the Norwalk Historical Society for another lively workshop! Laurie Davis, the Glitterfairy, will teach the fine art of origami as well as other paper art techniques on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:45pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. Bring a friend and a bottle of wine and learn how to create a beautiful floral themed stationary set to take home. The workshop is $40.00 and includes all materials. Registration and pre-payment required by May 30 at The Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s front entrance and parking lot are accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue. The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Come join Wilton’s Glitterfairy, Laurie Davis, as she teaches you how to make a beautiful floral themed stationery set, including a 3-D flower greeting card, monogrammed notes, lined envelopes and a fabulous origami folder in which to hold everything. This makes a great gift in teal, coral and pink colors for a special friend or to keep for yourself. You will learn rubber stamping and embossing techniques, as well as how to create crepe paper flowers for the card. You won’t want to miss this fun night as the Glitterfairy shares some of her favorite craft techniques!

Laurie Davis is a former Art Teacher and Graphic Director with a BFA from Syracuse University. She has appeared several times on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, The Katie Brown Workshop and Pet Talk. Her passion for design and nature led her to create a full-time business, and for over 17 years she has embellished faux fruit, veggies, dragonflies, bumblebees, sea stars and other shapes with a dusting of glitter, transforming them into much coveted seasonal decorations. Ms. Davis’ handcrafted ornaments and cards are sold throughout Connecticut, Maine, Virginia and in her etsy shop: Her lovely glittery globe ornaments can be found in the Norwalk Historical Society Museum Gift Shop.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo Credit: Laurie Davis

Prospective Docent Information Session at Pequot Library

Members of the public are invited to learn about an exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity at Pequot Library’s Prospective Docent Information Session on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30am. The Library is looking for members of the community interested in history and education to lead guided tours of the institution’s Special Collections exhibitions of rare books, manuscripts, and archives, library history and architecture, and art exhibitions for students and community groups.

Pequot Library Docents are trained volunteers who engage visitors through lively, interactive discussion, and a hands-on approach to learning while conveying the celebrated warmth of Pequot Library. Docents are needed to lead tours that serve community groups of adults and children, school groups, adults and children with special needs, and ESL learners. Jean Kaul, School Programs Coordinator at Pequot Library, adds, “Guided tours of Pequot Library’s Special Collections exhibitions offer unparalleled insight into the culture and history of the United States, nature, literature, and the arts. We are excited to welcome a new class of docents to the library this spring, so that we may continue to bring our treasures to life for the community.” This program is supported by the Town of Fairfield.

During the Prospective Docent Information Session, the public will have the opportunity to learn about the program and meet with current Pequot docents. Attendees will hear from Public Programs Manager Tracy Steneken and tour the 127-year- old Pequot Library, which features Tiffany & Co. stained glass windows, iconic steel stacks, and a glass-floored Mezzanine. Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Please RSVP for the June 8 Prospective Docent Information Session to Jean Kaul,

Please visit to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

“This Is Hunger” Free National Exhibit: A Must-See Experience

Come on a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans – and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute FREE exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and hands-on activities.

Come face to face with hunger in America. It will change the way you look at your city and your neighborhood.

Spaces are limited. Reserve your seat at the table now! (

Recommended age: 12+

Exhibit space is equipped with a wheelchair-accessible entrance and transcripts are available for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Additional Information:

Please call Rabbi Joshua Ratner at (203) 387-2424, ext. 318 or email for help with registration or questions about the schedule while This Is Hunger is at Congregation Mishkan Israel.

The Life Of Virginia Marquand Monroe And Other Late Nineteenth-Century Women Philanthropists

Inspired by the life and interests of Pequot Library founder Virginia Marquand Monroe (1837-1926) and benefactor Mary Catherine Hull Wakeman, join the Library’s executive director, Stephanie J. Coakley, for an overview of late nineteenth-century New England women philanthropists who had a particular interest in supporting education and libraries for a broad public. Learn more about Virginia Marquand Monroe’s early life, and the events which inspired her to create a library that is “free as air to all.” Hear about the generous contributions by Mary Catherine Hull Wakeman, which allowed for the construction of the stacks that are still in use today, and included her gift of early Americana rare books, manuscripts, and archives that began Pequot Library’s remarkable Special Collections. The program is free and open to the public.

This presentation will expand upon their contributions which served to expand the role of women and their educational opportunities, as well as look at the lives of other Connecticut library benefactors including, Catherine Burroughs Pettingill who helped open the Burroughs Public Library in Bridgeport, and Maria Parloa and Hannah Seelye who helped to establish the Bethel Public Library.

In 1882 Virginia Marquand Monroe inherited a considerable fortune from her uncle and adopted father, Fredrick Marquand, who wished her to “use and distribute [the funds] in the cause of education.” Twelve years later, she and her husband, Elbert, presented Pequot Library to the community of Fairfield, including its contents, impressive auditorium, and comfortable reading room. Today, Pequot Library continues to carry on the mission of its founders by bringing literature, music, art, science, and the humanities to its community. This is the final presentation in an on-going series of programs developed in conjunction with the Pequot Founders: Building a Library and a Legacy exhibit which closes on May 7, 2017.

Stephanie J. Coakley has served as Pequot Library director since July 2016, joining the Library after working for nearly 20 years as a museum educator in a variety of art and history museums. She recently earned her graduate degree in American Studies from Trinity College, writing her thesis about the life and times of Connecticut philanthropist Caroline Josephine Welton (1842-1884.)

Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jennifer Mass, a chemist and art conservator, presents the Marianne Smith Memorial Lecture focusing on the interconnections between art and science. In her talk, “The Chemist and the Masterpiece: Using Science to Save Works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Edvard Munch,” Mass will describe the results of both art historical and scientific analyses of Pablo Picasso’s painting The Blue Room, 1901, and address one of the main problems facing the world’s fine art museums today – the disfigurement of Impressionist and early modernist masterpieces due to more than 100 years of light exposure.
Dr. Mass is an affiliated faculty member for the Winterthur/University of Delaware, Department of Art Conservation. She has published many articles on her research in the art conservation, physics, and materials science literature and has presented the results of her research worldwide.

The talk is free to Bruce Museum members, $15 non-members, and reservations are required; contact 203-413-6757 or

Breast Cancer Alliance – JCC Greenwich – Taking Action Against Breast Cancer: Genetic Testing, Screening and Lifestyle Prevention

Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) and JCC Greenwich are partnering on a world class medical symposium “Taking Action Against Breast Cancer: Genetic Testing, Screening and Lifestyle Prevention”. The panel, consisting of leading experts in the field, will discuss new discoveries and technology that can play a significant role in improving risk assessment, prevention and early detection for breast cancer. The morning will help inform women about how to take action: for themselves, their daughters, mothers, sisters and friends.

WHEN: Monday, May 15th, 2017
9:30am: Breakfast
10:00am – 11:30am: Panel Discussion and Q&A

WHERE: Old Oaks Country Club
3100 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY

PANEL: Learn, and ask questions of, our expert panelists:
Lifestyle Prevention: Andrew Dannenberg, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine
Surgery: Alexandra Heerdt, MD, MPH, FACS, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Screening: Linda Latrenta, MD, Greenwich Hospital Breast Center
Genetic Testing: Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Women’s Health: Orli Etingin, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine

WHO: Co-Chairs: Ellen Davis, Pam Ehrenkranz and Yonni Wattenmaker; Committee: Michelle Abadir; Anne Amato; Renee Barasch; Jane Batkin; Ellen Brown; Jill Ciporin; Rebecca Cooper; Lisa Cummins; Lisa Fischer; Kristy Harteveldt; Joui Hessel; Suzanne Katz; Ellen Keats; Bonnie Klein; Dina Klein Lunder, Silvina Knoll; Amy Knox; Randye Kwait; Jody Lazlo; Abby Levy; Sally Mann; Jill Marino; Dee Mayberry; Marla Mehlman; Amanda Miller; Sheila Neilinger; Stephanie Norton; Mia Perovetz; Sharon Phillips; Jane Preiser; Ellen Schapps Richman; Nancy Risman; Debbie Robbins, Yael Rosen; Pam Sanders; Nancy Schwartz; Trish Shannon; Debra Shore; Madeline Simon; Lisa Skinner; Michele Stuart; Carolyn Surgent; Lisa Walsh; Jane Weitzman; Joan Whipple

Sponsors to Date: AXA Advisors; Blum Center for Health, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich Sports Medicine, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Sharsheret, Weil Cornell Medicine

Media Sponsor: Westfair Communications

For more information: Breast Cancer Alliance – 203-861-0014 – , JCC Greenwich – 203-552-1818 –


Media Contact: Biddle & Bellidora Communications – – 914-763-3843

Ferguson Library Hosts Virtual Reality Hackathon

The Ferguson Library will host a Virtual Reality (VR) Hackathon over the weekend of May 5-7, bringing the excitement of virtual reality to students, engineers, coders, designers, entrepreneurs and hobbyists.

The hackathon will launch on Friday, May 5 with an opening session free and open to the public. Friday’s session will be emceed by organizer Hugh Seaton of Aquinas Training. Featured speakers include Thomas Madden, Stamford Director of Economic Development; keynote speaker Rob Recker, CTO of the Glimpse Group, a VR holding company in New York City; Terrence Cheng and Matt Worwood from UConn Stamford; and Alice Knapp, President of the Ferguson Library. The opening session will present a picture of where VR is now, and what lies ahead.

Free tutorials begin at 10 a.m. Saturday May 6 on how to get started with Web VR, what’s new in VR, and tips and tricks for Unity (a popular VR software platform). In addition, the Ferguson Library will have its usual VR Free Play session Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m. to give all comers a chance to experience virtual reality for themselves.

Hackathon participants will be sorted into teams and given three tracks to choose from: The VR Experience, Web VR, and Social VR. They will have the weekend to conceive, develop, and complete their projects. A panel of judges (including Hugh Seaton of Aquinas Training and experts from Silicon Valley) will select an overall winner. “If you can build a webpage,” Seaton notes, “you can do VR.”

The Ferguson VR Hackathon is part of the Stamford library’s effort to bring cutting-edge technology and fresh opportunities to the community, as it does with free computer classes, game jams, access to 3D printers, and partnerships with both educational and business leaders in the Fairfield County area.

Tickets to participate in the hackathon are $30 for the full weekend, $5 for students, and free for UConn students with student ID. Meals, provided onsite to registered hackers, will be included in the price of admission. Hackers over the age of 18 are welcome; ages 16 and 17 may participate if accompanied at all times by a legal guardian. To register for the Ferguson VR Hackathon, visit Eventbrite at

The Ferguson Library is Stamford’s public library system, consisting of the Main Library, DiMattia Building; the Harry Bennett Branch; the Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch; the South End Branch and a traveling Bookmobile. It provides free and equal access to information, ideas, books and technology to educate and enrich the Stamford community.

Author Talk at The Ferguson Library – Andrew Jawlik, Author of Statistics from A to Z: Confusing Concepts Clarified

If you find that statistics can be confusing, and existing books, websites, and videos don’t always provide enough to help, come to the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library on Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. and meet Andrew Jawlik, who will be talking about his book, Statistics from A to Z: Confusing Concepts Clarified. The book provides one-page summaries of “Keys to Understanding” for each of more than 60+ confusing concepts.

Andrew A. (Andy) Jawlik has an MS in Math. He held a variety of positions in his career with IBM, including Process Executive. He is also a SCORE volunteer.
A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

For more information, call 203 351-8231.

The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford.

All Ferguson Library programs are generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library.