Sunday, November 11 2012

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Sunday, November 11 2012

Pueblo Pottery; Stories in Clay Exhibit

In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making.  Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..

This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.

 The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm *      *Last admission 4:30pm



Performance: The Civil War Doctor’s Wife

Performance: The Civil War Doctor’s Wife

Sunday, November 11     2pm

Co-sponsored with the Daughters of the American Revolution

Members: $5; Non-members: $8. For more information visit our website or register at

Registration ends at noon on Friday, November 9.


Mary Ann Lewis Bronson watched over the household in Connecticut as her husband of 5 weeks, Dr. George Bronson, marched off to war with the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment. Now, 150 years later, George and Mary Ann’s story comes to life as their great, great, granddaughter, Mary Lou Pavlik, assumes the role of her ancestor and namesake. “Mary Ann” shares her opinions and observations of the War from a Northern lady’s point of view and relates her husband’s harrowing experiences through original letters.



Opening Reception for November Exhibits

Come join us for the opening of the Photography Group Show, Picture Perfect, Dreams of Devotion and Delight, and Historical Exhibits.

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou : 1870- 1976 Places in a One Hundred and Six Year Life

 A solo exhibition introducing the art and celebrating the life of Lora Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. Featuring a collection of over 30 floral arrangements and landscape oil paintings; an assemblage of personal effects; and a historical timeline documenting her 106 year life.

Old Town Hall Museum, 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. September 27, 2012 – January 31, 2013. VIP Opening night reception, rsvp required: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Public reception follows immediately from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Check website for weekend hours, guided tours, and art lectures.


Lora Eberly Ballou was born in 1870. Queen Victoria was halfway through her reign, and Lora’s parents were discussing the assassination of President Lincoln and the Civil War.  Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States, women could not vote and the horse and buggy was the family car.  By the time of her death in October of 1976, Ballou had witnessed: the Spanish-American War; World Wars I and II; the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; the inventions of the telephone, light bulb, and plastics; women gaining the right to vote and access to equal pay; minorities achieving civil rights and in transportation the mass producing of automobiles, commercial airlines and a spaceship landing men on the moon. 


"She was a women who was, at one and the same time, both of her time and ahead of her time; on the one hand, comfortable with her "traditional" life but always creating room for her "aspirational" life", writes Sophia Gevas in her essay, A Persistent Passion: The Art of Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. 


Lora created hundreds of paintings in her life time when it was difficult for any woman to pursue a passion for her painting, and as the world dramatically changed around her, she spent much of her 106 years doing the thing she most loved-creating images of her surroundings on canvas.


 Lora gave many of her paintings away to friends, hospitals and museums. Over 30 paintings are still in the possession of her grandson, Stamford resident, Bob Phillips who has, along with his wife, Pat, generously sponsored the four month exhibit that will open on September 27th. “The genesis for this exhibition came while attending the celebration of Governor-elect Malloy at the restored Old Town Hall. My wife Pat commented on its appropriateness as an art gallery and the benefit to Stamford Downtown if it became an exhibition hall. That night Lora Eberly Ballou-artist materialized as we reevaluated her paintings for a public viewing”.






Sandy Labriola, owner of Labriola Frame and Art Gallery beautifully restored the paintings that will be on display along with an assemblage of personal effects and the historical timeline, “Places In a One Hundred Six Year Life”. The timeline, researched by co curator, Valerie Cooper, incorporates important historical developments, political, social and scientific contributions along with the evolution of women’s rights and accomplishments that occurred during the life of Lora Ballou and is the basis for the creation of a teachers professional workshop and partnership with the Stamford Public School System that will allow tours for middle and high school students. The Stamford Garden Club will also offer tours. Information on scheduled tours, lectures and workshops and also weekend hours for the duration of the exhibit can be found at or call Valerie Cooper at 203-977-8203.

PERSISTENT PASSION: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips and supported by the City of Stamford, Michael A. Pavia, Mayor and Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency; co curated by Valerie Cooper, Art Consultant and Appraiser and Lina Morielli, Artist/Arts Advocate. Exhibit catalogue essay by Sophia Gevas. Art Restoration by Labriola Frame and Art Gallery, graphics by Connacher Design and Marcel Biro Design.


Sounding the Silence & Memory and Transformation

Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder.  Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.


Veterans Day Concert America: A Music Montage "from Sea to Shining Sea"

The 8th annual Veterans Day Concert America: A Music Montage “From Sea to Shining Sea” will be held on November 11, 2012, 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Central Connecticut State University Veterans Affairs Department, the concert will be held in their beautiful Welte Hall to honor our men and women who serverd or are presently serving in our Armed Forces.  The concert is free to the public with donations of new, unwrapped toys accepted at the door for the local Marines "Toys for Tots" program.

For more information on the Plainville Wind Ensemble and this concert, please visit


Causes of World War I: A Lecture by Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson, Professor of History at Norwalk Community College for the Lifetime Learners Institute, returns to discuss the Causes of World War I. Beginning with the French Revolution, this talk will chronicle the string of events that led to the terrible cataclysm of 1914, brought about the collapse of dynasties, and spurred the rise of Bolshevism, Fascism, Nazism and unbridled militarism. The resulting Versailles Treaty sowed the seeds for the division, strife and war that plagues mankind to the present day.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required.  Please contact Adult Services Department at (203) 452-2850 x6 or [email protected] .


Community Music School Presents Faculty Concert




CENTERBROOK- On Sunday, November 11th, members of the Community Music School faculty come

together to perform an array of chamber music and other works at 3 p.m. at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook. 

This annual concert offers the community a unique glimpse into the wealth of talent and experience of the Music School’s faculty as they collaborate on a wide variety of chamber ensemble pieces and original compositions.  This year, CMS Music Director Tom Briggs, Stephen Roane and Russ Becker will perform original compositions.

Other performers include Pamela Dubey Allen, Christine Coyle, Audrey Estelle, Lisa Gray, Johanna Lamb, Marilyn Lazare, and Matthew McCauley.


Please call 860-767-0026 or visit for additional information. 



Guilford Art Center's Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.


Music on the Mount Concert

Music on the Mount Concert Series in Danbury Set to Begin Second Season


Music on the Mount will open its 2012-2013 season on Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th with a chamber music concert featuring the world-renowned chamber group, Prometheus. The program planned for the evening features: Mozart Piano quartet in G min. K.478, Dohnanyi Serenade in C maj. Op.10 for string trio and the Brahms Piano quartet in C min. Op.60.

The concerts will take place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church at 74 Joes Hill Road, Danbury, CT 06811. The Saturday evening concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following that concert there will be a Meet the Artists Wine and Cheese Reception. Tickets are $45 and include the reception. Sunday’s concert will take place at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30. Group rates are available.

To purchase tickets, call 203-797-8326 or visit the website:

About the series and the venue: Last year’s premiere season of Music on the Mount was hugely successful, bringing performances of the highest caliber to the area. Musical Director, Eric Lewis, a founding member of the Manhattan String Quartet, discovered that the vaulted wood ceiling of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church provided an acoustically phenomenal venue in which to perform. Combined with the intimate setting of the church, the resulting musical experience is one without compare in the Fairfield county area and has won the series a dedicated following among veteran music lovers and inspired newcomers to embrace the art.



Sea Tea Improv's FREE Comedy Show at City Steam Brewery

 "Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv's team of professional comedians host an evening of improvised comedy at City Steam Brewery's Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, 942 Main Street, in Hartford, CT. Their work has been featured on ESPN, NPR, WFSB, and more. Best of all, admission is FREE!

See why the Hartford Advocate recognized Sea Tea Improv's monthly show as one of the top things to do in Hartford. Enjoy City Steam's dinner menu and locally brewed beers while performers take suggestions from you and weave them into comedic scenes. 
On Sunday, November 11, the comedy club doors open at 6 p.m. for seating and food. Improv begins at 7 p.m. Call ahead to City Steam at 860-525-1600 to reserve seats. All ages are welcome. Due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian."

Brookfield Craft Center Holiday Exhibition

Brookfield Craft Center’s 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 140 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists. This Holiday sale will kick off with a Special Members only preview November 2nd. Consider becoming a member today. For more information on membership for Gallery hours please visit or call 203-775-4526. 




Authentic 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Connecticut residents can be thankful that one of their forebears, a Miss Juliana Smith of Sharon, Connecticut, penned a letter in late 1779 describing in great detail the sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner enjoyed that year by her extended family, friends and neighbors. Smith’s letter was part of the research that led to the creation of an equally lavish bill of fare for the upcoming second 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum, in Wethersfield, designed by culinary historian Paul Courchaine and WDS Executive Director Charles Lyle.
On Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane will host an authentic Thanksgiving feast for up to 140 delighted guests, commencing with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception and 18th-century music (One of the wines served will be Madeira, considered a patriotic drink during the Revolutionary War as it wasn’t subject to British taxation and wouldn’t help fill England’s coffers). Guests can explore the Silas Deane House and engage the Deane family and their servants as they prepare for dinner.
At 1 p.m. a servant will ring the dinner bell and invite the guests to join their hosts in the Webb Barn for the feast. The authentic 18th-century menu, based on Juliana Smith’s 1779 letter, will include venison pie, roasted goose and turkey, chine of pork, pottage of cabbage, leeks and onions, Marlborough puddings and several vegetables. During dessert Courchaine will discuss details of the Smith’s Thanksgiving menu and the choices made for this year’s bill of fare.
In her fascinating letter from 1779, available courtesy of the Centerbrook Historical Society, Juliana Smith noted the sacrifices made by all during the American fight for independence and said of her Thanksgiving repast, “Of course we could have no roast beef. None of us have tasted beef this three years back as it all must go to the army, & too little they get, poor fellows.”
In her rare and articulate account, Smith further explained how state residents’ “resistance to an unjust Authority” had brought about suffering in Colonial Connecticut. She noted ruefully, “Neither love nor money could buy raisins,” but conceded that “our good red cherries, dried without pits, did almost as well.” Venison, a rarity on the Colonial table, was provided for the Smiths by hunters sent out by the sachem Naquittymaw, who according to food historian Paul Courchaine, was likely one of the leaders of the Wappinger Confederacy, a collection of several Algonquin-speaking people in western Connecticut and the Hudson River valley.
Tickets for the 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner are $75 per person, and include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 18th-century music and an optional tour of the three historic homes at the museum following the event. Reservations are required and available by calling (860) 529-0612, ext. 12.



Nutmeg Symphonic Pops Orchestra Fall Concert

The Nutmeg Symphonic Pops Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at the Gateway Community College, North Haven campus, 88 Bassett Street. The concert's theme is Italian Opera and its influence on Broadway musicals.

The program features Joseph Stango, Kristin Smith, Annecia Smith and the Gateway Chorale.  Joseph Stango will sing an opera and interpret a Neopolitan classic, written by Andrea Chenier, an early 18th century poet. The second half of the concert will be a tribute featuring music from Carousel, Le Mis and Kismet.  The Gateway Chorale will perform tunes from Le Mis and will take part in a tribute to the Armed Forces.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations will be accepted at the door.

203 283 1053 or 203 933-2224

Directions: Exit 63 from Wilbur Cross Parkway to Route 22, crossing I-91 and Route 5. Continue 2 miles, watch for signs to Gateway Community College. Take a left at Bassett Street to Gateway.


Booksigning: Growing Up Patton by Benjamin Patton

Growing Up Patton

Benjamin Patton will sign copies of his Growing Up Patton on Sunday November 11th at 2 p.m.

A percentage of the book sales will benefit New Horizons at the Regina Laudis Monastery in Bethlehem, CT.

This unique memoir by the grandson of General George S. Patton Jr. offers a rare and intimate look into the life of the legendary man and the legacy he passed down from one generation to the next. It includes never before published letters between General George S. Patton and his son during WWII, as well as never before published family photographs.

"Born from previously unpublished letters (reprinted in the book) between the author's grandfather and father, as well as the author's interviews with his old man following a house fire that destroyed the dozens of diaries he'd kept over the course of his own illustrious military career, this book is by turns sweet, funny, and poignant." - Publishers Weekly


Another Octave Women's Chorus Concert, 4 p.m., Nov 11, South Windsor

4 p.m., Sunday, Nov 11 for "In HER Own Write" --  Songs by women lyricists and poets.  Join us for an afternoon of great music set to the words of poets ranging from Emily Dickinson to Maya Angelou and the hits of singer-songwriters like Cris Williamson and Dolly Parton. Whether you're a fan of pop or Broadway, madrigals or jazz, country or folk, you'll enjoy our program of women's words set to great music.



Community Music School

On Sunday, November 11, members of the Community Music School faculty come together to perform an array of chamber music and other works at 4 p.m.  This annual concert offers the community a unique glimpse into the wealth of talent and experience of the Music School's faculty as they collaborate on a wide variety of chamber ensemble pieces and original compositions.  This year, CMS Music Director Tom Briggs, Stephen Roane and Russ Becker will perform original compositions.

Other performers include Pamela Dubey Allen, Christine Coyle, Audrey Estelle, Lisa Gray, Johanna Lamb, Marilyn Lazare, and Matthew McCauley.


Rachelle Bergstein, "Women From the Ankle Down"

Featuring interviews with designers, historians, and cultural experts, and a cast of real-life characters, Women from the Ankle Down is a lively, compelling look at the evolution of modern women and the fashion that reflects – and has shaped—their changing lives.

Reception prior to the talk.

Feed the soul by donating a gently worn pair of shoes to be distributed to the needy or repurposed into eco-friendly material by Soles4Souls. Book signing to follow lecture. Suggested $15 Donation / $12 with one or more gently worn pairs of shoes. Presented as part of the New Haven JCC Arts and Culture Festival.