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2015 Frolic at French Farm

french farm imagesSunday, September 13, 2015

The entire family is invited to French Farm, where art meets nature in a truly unique private, historic landscape. Children can get up close and personal with the farm's animals; enjoy games, crafts and a scavenger hunt, press cider and explore the fossil garden and pterodactyl tower. Adults can take a horticultural tour of the property led by noted landscape designer Florence Boogaerts or learn about the property's cultural landscape, collections and development in a tour led by Jacek Nidzgorski, long-standing farm resident.

Artists are invited to set up their easels during the event, and visitors are free to snap photos for personal enjoyment. (Permission to publish photos must be obtained by the Friends of French Farm.) A finger-food buffet will include tea sandwiches and sweet and savory pastries by celebrity chef John Barricelli of The SoNo Baking Company. Live music. Advance reservations required. 

The event is made possible by the David R. A. Wierdsma Fund and is chaired by Holly Cassin, April Larken and Catherine Tompkins.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 1:30 to 4:30 pm; rain or shine

516 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT

Members: $35 for adults and $10 for children 4-12 yrs; Nonmembers: $45 adults and $15 children; Children under 3 are free.

Tickets for this event are no longer available for purchase online.
To inquire about ticket availability, please call the Historical Society, 203-869-6899, Ext. 10. Thank you.

From Plymouth Rock to the Battle of Bunker Hill
Greenwich Historical Society's 84th Annual Meeting
and William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture, Featuring Nathaniel Philbrick
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Cape Cod Times has written that “No one can tell you about the history you thought you knew quite like Nathaniel Philbrick.and we heartily agree. The Historical Society is thrilled to host celebrated author and historian Nathaniel Philbrick at our annual meeting. Philbrick’s lecture will focus on Bunker Hill: A City, a Seige, a Revolution, and he will talk about how it inspired him to further explore issues covered in Mayflower, his account of King Philip’s War–-events that laid the groundwork for what would happen in Boston and throughout Massachusetts during the early stages of the American Revolution.

Philbrick is a long-time Nantucket resident, champion sailor, graduate of Brown University and a Duke Fellow with a masters in American Literature. Among his impressive oeuvre of bestsellers are Away off Shore, Abram’s Eyes, In the Heart of the Sea, (currently the basis of a forthcoming film by director Ron Howard), Sea of Glory, Mayflower, Last Stand and his latest, Bunker Hill: A City, a Seige, a Revolution. He has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, CSPAN and NPR. Don’t miss this evening with one of America’s preeminent historians.

Copies of Nathaniel Philbrook’s latest book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 710 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830

$60 Member ticket price
$80 Nonmember ticket price, includes new Individual Membership through June 30, 2016, valued at $40.
$125 Angel Ticket price includes new Dual/Family Membership through June 30, 2016, valued at $65.

Reservations required. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 by September 9, 2015.

Members: $60

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Non-members: $80 (includes Individual Membership, through June 30, 2016)

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Angel: $125 (includes Dual/Family Membership through June 30, 2016)

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Susan Larkin To Lead Tour of Bush-Holley House Art Collectionfrench farm images

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bush-Holley House has many a tale to tell but none more colorful than the story of the Cos Cob art colony and its influence on American art scene in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Join us as art historian Susan Larkin takes us on a special art tour of the Greenwich Historical Society’s collection with a focus on the pieces that hang in Bush-Holley House–many created when Cos Cob was a bohemian hub for artistic and intellectual exchange. Leading visitors through the Holley Boarding House period rooms, Larkin will discuss how the confluence of individuals, the surrounding landscape and the ambience created by the Holley family were instrumental in ushering in a new era in American art.

Susan G. Larkin is an independent art historian and curator who has published and lectured widely on American art. She is the author of The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore and most recently curated the exhibition In a Good Light: The Artist’s Studio in Cos Cob and Beyond for the Greenwich Historical Society.CT Art Trail

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 1:00 pm

Free to members and students. $10 for adults; $8 for seniors

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

Adult nonmember: $10

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Senior nonmember: $8

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Fall Festival: A Revolutionary Concept

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

In celebration of the town’s 375th Anniversary, this year’s Fall Festival will focus on early Greenwich history. Re-enactors from the Fifth Connecticut Regiment will demonstrate camp life at the time of the American Revolution and march, fire muskets and display uniforms, flags, crafts and weapons from the period.

Visitors may take a hayride along historic Strickland Road; enjoy a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House linked to the Fifth Connecticut Regiment; visit the exhibition Greenwich Choices and try their hands at Colonial-inspired crafts. They may also compete in the annual scarecrow-making competition. Registration fee for the competition (in addition to entrance fee) is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and includes armature (“the bones”), hay for stuffing, twine and a burlap sack for the head. Bring your own clothing and “accessories” to customize your creation.

generously sponsored by First Bank Greenwich


Sunday, October 11, 2015, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

$10 for adults; $5 for children; $25 for family admission

Scarecrow Competition: $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Please sign up in advance.

Purchase tickets below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Adult admission: $10

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Child admission: $5

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Family admission: $25

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Scarecrow Competition – Members: $10

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Scarecrow Competition – Non-members: $15

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An Evening with Author Steven Stolman at Jonathan Adler Greenwich

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Join us for an exclusive evening of shopping, sips and bites at Jonathan Adler on Greenwich Avenue with special guest, Steven Stolman. Hosted by Historical Society stalwarts Suzanne Frank, Rachel Kelley, Reggie Olmstead and Jordan Rhodes, the event will celebrate Mr. Stolman's book, Confessions of A Serial Entertainer.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Greenwich Historical Society.

generously sponsored by First Bank Greenwich

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

88 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

No charge, but advance reservations are required. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10. Space is limited.

Greenwich Reads Together Event, Cosponsored with the Greenwich Library
An Evening with Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke:
Women’s Roles in Traditional Nigerian Folklore and their Contemporary Impact

Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This year’s Greenwich Reads Together book selection is Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a story of race and identity that unfolds against three continents chronicling a Nigerian woman’s immigrant experience in America.

As part of the town-wide program, guest speaker Nigerian Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke will share stories that reflect traditional Igbo worldviews on the roles of women in the contexts of family, marriage and work. The program will include a discussion that moves understanding of these roles into the contemporary environment of Adichie's Americanah.

The speaker is a visual and performing artist, as well as a storyteller of Igbo folktales. Her experiences from the 1967-70 Nigeria-Biafra civil war constitute an important influence on her work. She contributed to the reader Pearls of Wisdom and co-curated the exhibition Producing Histories: African Art at the Housatonic Museum of Art. Ume-Ezeoke is the founding president of the Igbo Women's Association of Bridgeport.Greenwich Reads Together logo

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Free and open to all; no registration required.

Vanderbilt Education Center

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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.