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Encore Performance of Over Here and Over There: Music of WWI

Friday, April 17, 2015

Music played a key role in the development of popular opinion during WWI. Everything from lyrics to cover art was designed to sway popular opinion, and as political sentiment shifted from neutrality to direct support for the allies, so did the tone of mainstream music. Prior to US involvement in 1917, many songs supported neutrality and would even invoke a mother's love as good reason to keep a son at home. Once the US began sending troops to Europe, patriotic themes prevailed.

Back by popular demand, on Friday, April 17, the Greenwich Historical Society will present an encore performance of "Over Here and Over There," an exploration of the music of WWI in a program performed by Stefanie and Bill Kies, Peggy De La Cruz, John Goldschmid and Dan Swartz—all long-standing and well-known members of the Greenwich music scene. Notes group leader Stefanie Kies, "We plan to honor the music of the time as we honor the 100th anniversary of this world-changing historical event. At the time, popular music directly reflected political views at home and abroad, with songs written to drum up support or evoke a sense of duty. There were stirring marches, paeans to patriotism, and songs about home, parents, sweethearts, camp life and sacrifice. Some songs were simply comical, told stories and poked vicious puns at the enemy! Be prepared to sing a few songs yourselves! The sing-a-long was a venerated institution of the time."

Stefanie and Bill Kies, both avid history buffs, met while singing in a folk group at Christ Church Greenwich in 1980 and have been involved in a variety of musical activities ever since. For the past 15 years Stefanie has acted as co-music director at the Dingletown Church along with John Goldschmid, where Bill is a favorite soloist. Through Greenwich Chaplaincy, Stefanie provides music weekly for nondenominational services at both Nathaniel Witherell and River House.

Soprano Peggy De La Cruz has been well known in the local vocal scene since the 1970s. A mainstay of the famed sextet Bob Button and the Bows, she also remains involved in groups 3 For the Road, the Park Street Singers and Connecticut Playmakers.

Old Greenwich native John Goldschmid formed his first band at Eastern Junior High School in the 1960s. If it's Sunday, you will find him at the Dingletown Community Church. If it's Saturday night, look for him in any number of local spots playing a wide range of music from jazz standards through classic rock 'n' roll.

Dan Swartz, baritone and guitarist, is best known locally for his performances through the Connecticut Playmakers, Greenwich's Angel Choir and local a cappella groups, drawing material from American Songbook standards and pop music. Locally, Dan volunteers weekly at Nathaniel Witherell and plays special engagements at restaurants, bars, art centers and senior centers.

The group's first creative work at the Greenwich Historical Society was a musical production of Civil War music performed at the Historical Society's Vanderbilt Education Center on Lincoln's Birthday, 2012, to a sold-out crowd. Don't miss this unique blend of music and history. Because of the snow storm on March 1, unused tickets for that performance will be honored.

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
Reservations are not required.

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2015 Landmark Recognition Event

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Five Historic Homes To Be Recognized

This year, the Greenwich Historical Society?s will honor five properties that reflect Greenwich?s unique architectural heritage. Properties include a stunning backcountry estate once home to Joseph Hirshhorn and the fabulous art collection he donated to the Smithsonian; the former Greenwich Post Office (now Restoration Hardware); French Farm, whose past owner was a preservation pioneer in Greenwich; a charming Cos Cob Victorian and the Riverside Avenue Bridge (Connecticut?s only cast iron bridge). Each of the properties will be presented with a Greenwich Historical Society plaque for adherence to design and architectural excellence. The properties join nearly 300 other homes, sites and other structures that have been plaqued since the program?s inception in 1987.

Leader in America?s New Preservation Movement to Speak

stephanie meeks

We are very pleased to announce that this year?s keynote speaker will be Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under Meeks, the Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan to save imperiled places, engage new and younger audiences in preservation and develop new models for preservation funding?all issues as relevant to our community as they are to the national scene. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear a true leader in the new preservation movement.

The Landmark Recognition Program, now in its 27th year, is generously sponsored by:

ACE Private Risk Services, Hub International Northeast, Charles Hilton Architects, Cummings & Lockwood, David Ogilvy & Associates and Northern Trust.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich, CT

Tickets: $75 per person; $250 for Patron level; $500 for Benefactor level.

Champagne, wine and hors d?oeuvres will be served.

Advance reservations required. Champagne, wine and hors d?oeuvres will be served.

Adult: $75

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Patron: $250

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Benefactor: $500

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About the Greenwich Landmark Recognition Program

The Landmark Recognition Program was begun in 1987 by the Greenwich Historical Society. Originally known as “Signs of the Times,” its purpose is to encourage preservation through the recognition of historic and architecturally significant structures. Each plaqued property is professionally researched and documented, and its records are preserved in the Historical Society?s library and archives. Over the years, these materials have proved to be very popular with homeowners, researchers, and scholars, as well as architects, builders and real estate professionals.


High School Performers Offer Colonial Music Program

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
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Symposium: Historical Gardens and Their Creators

May 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

May 7, 2015, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Tickets are $65.

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

Spring Fling at French Farm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Watercolor of French Farm by Hazel Jarvis

Watercolor of French Farm by Hazel Jarvis

Don?t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family at French Farm. Featured on the burgeoning agenda: sheep-shearing, spinning and beekeeping demonstrations, an heirloom vegetable plant sale and music by popular bluegrass/swing band Too Blue from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stroll the magnificent gardens where the exquisite peonies will be in bloom, visit the farm animals and learn more about the exotic inhabitants of the chicken coop. Refreshments will be available for purchase from popular food truck MeltMobile. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a rare chance to explore a living work of art right in your own backyard.

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

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

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

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

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Story Barn: Only in Greenwich!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

cover of The Greenwich Social Review, Oct. 1949

Cover of The Greenwich Social Review,
October 1949

A unique way to experience oral tradition, Story Barn is all about the stories you won?t read on the front page of the Greenwich Time. Performances take place in a cabaret-like setting where storytellers present five-minute takes on a particular topic based on personal experiences (no notes allowed). This time around, with our Town?s 375th anniversary in mind, stories will focus on our beloved (and sometimes eccentric) community. Do Greenwich residents really live in parallel universes? Are there things that happen ?only in Greenwich?? What makes Greenwich, Greenwich? Find out as our storytellers examine life in this unique community. The event will be emceed by program founder and talented comedienne Bonnie Levison, , among her many accomplishments, who works with and is a cofounder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Reserve early, this event always plays to a packed house!

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

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

$15 for members; $20 for nonmembers
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Celebrate CT Open House 2015

June 13, 2015

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

Carol Nimpomnich Dixon working with young collage artists

Carol Nimpomnich Dixon working with young collage artists

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

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

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

CT Open House 2015

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

June 13, 2015, Noon to 4:00 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

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

History on Wheels

June 21, 2015

Vintage Postcard of Innis Arden

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

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

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

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

Greenwich Point

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

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer's request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.