Celebrate CT Open House 2015
June 13, 2015
Carol Nimpomnich Dixon working with young collage artists
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.
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 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, 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
The program is free, and no park pass is required.
Festa Al Fresco: “Just like Nonna used to make!”
You’re invited to our third annual Festa Al Fresco, a community potluck supper that celebrates Greenwich’s Italian-American community and the Italian immigrants who settled here in the early 20th century. Guests are asked to bring a favorite dish (enough for 6 to 8) in one of four categories: antipasti/appetizer, sides/salad, pasta/entrée and dessert.
Musical entertainment will be provided by accordionist Filippo Saglimbeni and by the VoxNova Band (Marco De Lelli on keyboard, with Gianni Gregori and Luciano Sicilliano on guitar and vocals). There will be bocce on the lawn and games and crafts for kids. The Storehouse Gallery will also be open so visitors can experience our current exhibition Greenwich Voices [link to Current Exhibition page].
What could be better than great food and great company on a beautiful summer day? Mangiamo!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Bush-Holley Historic Site
Adult members: $10; adult nonmembers $15. $5 for kids ages 6 to 12.
Wine, water and soft drinks are included in the price of admission
Reserve below and contact Anna Greco to let us know what dish you plan to bring.