Friday, July 11 2014

Format: 2014/12/19

Friday, July 11 2014

Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.

 

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Launch Young Writers' Competition in Area Schools

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching a Young Writers' Competition among students from area schools to encourage creative thinking and writing and introduce mid-to-late 19th century history and the arts to tomorrow's museum audiences.

Steve Berry, New York Times best selling author (#1 internationally) and his wife Elizabeth are the creators of the History Matters foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will work with LMMM's educators and judge the finalists in a contest that will culminate in the awards presentation at the Museum's Opening Night Gala on October 18, 2014, with cash and other prizes.

"This is a great way to introduce students to this magnificent National Historic Landmark," said Patsy Brescia, LMMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "A writing competition is a creative and educational way for students to explore the Museum's great history and architecture, while honing their writing skills."

LMMM Educators dressed in period costume will meet with teachers and students in the classrooms, and introduce the Mansion in a PowerPoint presentation followed by a visit to the museum, where students can draw ideas and inspiration for their story. 

Trustee Haroldo Williams, chair of the Education Committee said, "I am a firm believer that this kind of experiential learning can be a great way to understand history and appreciate the arts in a deeper and more meaningful way."

Competition requirements include a mystery story with the Mansion as the backdrop, taking place between 1868 and 1900, which needs to be between 500-800 words for third grade students and 2,500 words or less for eighth graders. The Museum will also explore the possibility of adapting the award winning stories into a performance feature at the museum in the near future.

"I am truly grateful to Steve Berry for lending his enormous talent to help us launch the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's first writing competition in our schools," said Executive Director Susan Gilgore. "I hope this is the beginning of a new and exciting educational program for students at the Mansion." For more information on the competition and the Education Program please visit our website at www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call Joy Romeo, LMMM Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 838-9799, ext. 119 or email [email protected]. Limited availability based on a first come, first serve basis.

The Museum's 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM's Founding Patrons: The Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum's Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff's, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Gala and Young Writer's Competition Sponsors: M.F. DiScala & Co. The Museum's Education Program is made possible in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For More information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email [email protected], or call (203) 838-9799.

 

Interpreting Old Bones: Art and Science Give New Meaning to Remains Found on New Haven Green

The New Haven Museum offers an exhibition pairing powerful interpretive art created by seven well-known Connecticut artists with scientific analysis by noted bioarchaeologists in “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” an informative and revelatory tribute to the historic Lincoln Oak on the New Haven Green. In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the mighty oak—planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth—revealing human skeletal remains in the tree’s exposed roots and creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country. The exhibition runs through November 2, 2014.

For the artistic portion of “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” area artists were invited to use branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discovery of the skeletal remains beneath it. The exhibit includes two works by noted Hamden sculptor, Susan Clinard, who says of her Lincoln Oak sculpture, Of the Same Branch; Portraits of the Civil War, 2014:

“I found a long branch from the Lincoln oak and wanted to tie the human experience together by sculpting several seemingly very different people from the civil war era from the same branch…to show a slave family and a Yankee and Confederate soldier. I looked at hundreds of civil war photographs and drew inspiration from the many hazy images I saw; trying to offer up each their story.”

The other artists included in the exhibition are Lani Asuncion, Erich Davis, Michael Quirk, Jeff Slomba, Rachael A. Vaters-Carr and Alison Walsh. The collected works include mixed-media sculpture and video.

The scientific component of the exhibition consists of the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of human remains recovered from the site. Photo panels describe the remains—including bones, teeth, hair and tissue—and how they were used to determine the gender and approximate ages of those whose remains were unearthed in October, 2012, and offer hypotheses on health and disease issues of the interred. The contents of two time capsules found at the site of the fallen Lincoln Oak are also on display. The research shared in the “Nothing is Set in Stone” exhibition was conducted by G. P Aronsen, K. A. Williamson, and Y. Tonoike (Yale University); N. I. Bellantoni (UConn); G. Conlogue & N. Pelletier (Quinnipiac University); J. Krigbaum (U. Florida); and L. Fehren-Schmitz (UCSC). Historical research was provided by J. Schiff (Yale University) J. Bischoff-Wurstle, and J. Campbell (New Haven Museum).

“It’s exciting to innovate new ways of interpreting New Haven history,” says New Haven Museum Director of Photo Archives Jason Bischoff-Wurstle, who coordinated the exhibition. “Thanks to the vision of those who contributed, this exhibition uses unconventional elements to document one of the city’s most colorful historic chapters.”  

The New Haven Green was used as a burying ground throughout Colonial times and until 1812. The Lincoln Oak was planted in 1909 by local members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) —an organization of Civil War veterans--in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, the uprooted tree revealed several surprises including two time capsules buried in 1909 by members of the GAR, and the remains of several 18th-century residents of New Haven.

“One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to fascinate us,” says New Haven Museum Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky. “We expect that the public may have a strong response to both the artists’ interpretations and the findings of the scientists who continue to examine the remains found beneath the Lincoln Oak.”

The New Haven Museum was gifted with the contents of the time capsules uprooted by the Lincoln Oak by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands of New Haven, and a sampling of the artifacts is on display at the Museum.

The research was supported by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven; Yale University, Department of Anthropology; and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center, University of Connecticut.

“Nothing is Set in Stone” follows a panel discussion at the New Haven Museum on October 31, 2013, which revealed the initial findings of the team of scientists charged with investigating the human remains and time capsules discovered on the Green. The panel is expected to reconvene and present concluding details of the team’s research in late October, 2014, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of the toppling of the Lincoln Oak.

 

 

For the First Time Ever: Fiddler on the Roof at Goodspeed

"L'Chaim — To Life!" The international smash about Russian villagers and their universal longings — love, wealth, freedom, God and home — makes its Goodspeed Musicals debut, boasting the beloved songs "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker," and more. Dance into the town of Anatevka, where "Tradition" is both embraced and challenged as local milkman Tevye sees his daughters fall in love in a time of extraordinary change. June 27-Sept 7. Wed/Thurs 2:00 & 7:30, Fri 8:00, Sat 3:00 & 8:00, Sunday 2:00 & 6:30

For more information call (860) 873-8668, email [email protected] or click here

 

 

The Fifth Dimension with Florence LaRue Concert

This concert will feature top hits by this famous Grammy Award-winning group, inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.  The Fifth Dimension became popular in the 60's and 70's with such hits as Up and Away, Stoned Soul Picnic, Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In, One Less Bell to Answer, Go Where You Wanna Go, Wedding Bell Blues, and I Didn't Get to Sleep at all.

 

Food Available on Site

 

7:30

 

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

8 pm - 9:30 pm
 
Camille A. Brown & Dancers return to Wesleyan following their sold-out appearance during the DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance in March 2012 with the Connecticut premiere of an excerpt from Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), as well as the work-in-progress Black Girl, which will premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York in 2015.
 
Drawing on Melissa Harris-Perry's Sister Citizen, the spellbinding photography of Carrie Mae Weems, and the fantastical imagery depicted in Lewis Carroll'sAlice in Wonderland, the multimedia work Black Girl depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture.
 
Inspired by Spike Lee's controversial movie Bamboozled and the book On The Real Side by Mel Watkins, Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates the humor and perseverance of the black performer, and examines stereotypical roles dominating current popular black culture. Through comedy, original music, animation, theater, and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary, the personal work speaks to the issue of tolerance.
 
Artistic Director Camille A. Brown was the winner of the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award.
 
Made possible by a grant from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Black Girl was commissioned by DANCECleveland through a 2014 Joyce Award from the Joyce 
 

Don’t Miss Fragments: Tragedy and Hope at Kehler Liddell Gallery

 Fragments: Tragedy and Hope, two member artist shows featuring painter/collagist/sculptor Fethi Meghelli and sculptor Joseph Saccio at Kehler Liddell Gallery, extended to July 27, 2014. The Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website, www.kehlerliddell.com, or call 203.389.9555.

 

Maritime Cruise and Cuisine

 The recipe for a perfect summer night out is available every Friday night in July and August (except July 4th) thanks to a partnership between the Norwalk Seaport Association, Mama’s Boy restaurant and the Norwalk Parking Authority.   “Maritime Cruise and Cuisine” Fridays are returning for a third year offering participants a cruise around the Norwalk Islands followed by dinner at Mama’s Boy and convenient, safe parking at the Maritime Garage.

      The Maritime Cruise and Cuisine package includes a Norwalk Harbor sunset cruise with the Norwalk Seaport Association’s “CJ Toth” ferry, leaving from Sheffield Island Dock (located on the corner of Water St and Washington St) at 6:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm. Guests then walk one block to Mama’s Boy Restaurant, featuring a gourmet twist on Southern food, located at 19 North Water Street, for a three-course meal.  The package price is $57 per person plus reduced price parking of $2 for the evening at the Maritime Garage.  Cruise and Cuisine Fridays run through August 29th.

 

 

A Summer Exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Feature Watercolors by Award-winning Artist, Historic Preservationist

A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Mimi Adams Findlay opened on June 18, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  The exhibit will run through October 31.

Mimi Adams Findlay, a New Canaan resident for over 40 years, studied watercolor painting first with Mac Squires in Wilton from 1961-65, and then with Edgar Whitney from 1965-1975. His challenging tutorials enabled her to paint in the “wet on wet” method, saturating both sides of the paper, front and back, and then completing the painting before the paper is completely dry.  Always painting outdoors, on site, her subjects have been flowers in her gardens, her children, landscapes and seascapes, especially in Maine and Nantucket, and occasionally scenes in Paris. She won first prize at the Darien Art Show and at the Washington Square NYC Art Show in the 1970s.  In 1970 she won first prize for watercolor painting at the New Canaan Outdoor Art Show. 

 

An art history major at Smith College, she had also studied in Providence, RI, as a teenager with Gino Conti, artist member of the Providence Art Club.  Since 1966, she has been a professional watercolorist and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women. 

 

Since 1975, she had directed her professional efforts to the study of the history of interior design and historic preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  She was appointed to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Board and served from 1974 to 1984.

 

Subsequently Mimi became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society in America and Connecticut Preservation Action.  She served on the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years from 1979-1988, and founded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. seven years ago. 

 

From 1980 to 2005 she owned Mimi Findlay Antiques/Design, exhibiting in Antiques Shows in New York City, offering design services to private clients for the restoration of historic interiors as well as providing the appropriate antiques and period furnishings.  She serves on the Vetting Committee of the prestigious annual Winter Antiques Show in the Armory.

 

The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons, the Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors, Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation;  LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.  

 

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.  Children under 8 are admitted free.  For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail [email protected], or call 203-838-9799.