Sunday, December 8 2013

Format: 2014/07/23

Sunday, December 8 2013

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.

 

To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.

 

The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.

 

Greenleaf Pottery 38th Holiday Open Studio

 John Macomber will hold his 38th Holiday Open Studio at Greenleaf Pottery, 240 Chapel Road South Windsor, CT on Saturday and Sunday December 7th & 8th and on 14th & 15th from 10 am to 5 pm. 

John’s individually handcrafted functional stoneware pottery will be on sale.

The gallery is brimming with unique items from single coffee mugs to complete dinner sets and lamps.

This is an opportunity to support a local artisan.

December customers will receive a free stoneware wine cup of their choice while supplies last.

Greenleaf Pottery Gallery is open year round.

Call for directions; 860-528-6090. 

 

Litchfield hills archaeology club lecture series: “Connecticut Yesteryears - The Walum Olum”

Where did the early Connecticut Native Americans come from? 

Did they migrate over the Bering Strait? 

How did they navigate the North American continent and did they encounter any resistance?

John Lee’s power point presentation “Connecticut Yesteryears - The Walum Olum” will discuss that controversial account of indigenous peopling of North America.  John’s talk is based on  Connecticut Yesteryears So Saith The Wind “by Alfred P. Knapp, a book published in the early 1900s which recounts the origins of the Lenni Lenape of New Jersey and New York, and the Mohicans and Pequots in Connecticut.  The story was passed down through oral legend with the recitation of  Lenni Lenape pictographs drawn on wooden tablets, called the Walum Olum.  The account gives credence to the theory that Connecticut Indians  were part of a large migration from the west in prehistoric days.  Their close alliance accounts for the high regard that CT. Indians had for the Lenni Lenape, referring to them as the “grandfathers.”

John Lee, is a resident of Warren. Ct. and a retired school administrator who has taught Native American Literature and Culture to high school students.   Lecture starts at 3pm.

 

Worlds of Dance Concert

 Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including hip-hop, Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance), and West African forms.

 

 

A Boy Is Born ,Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut's Christmas Concert

   

 

The program for this joyous Christmas concert will include, Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's Candlelight Carol, Daniel Pinkham's Evergreen,  Kircke Mechem's Seven Joys of Christmas, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

 

Instrumental  accompaniment will include harp, hand bells, and organ 

 

 

Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism

A new exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism will open on November 7, 2013 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. It will feature the works of artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The exhibit will run through December 29th with a fundraising reception featuring harpist Alix Raspe, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods on December 8th from 4:00-6:00pm, tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs. 

 

The artwork is on loan to the Museum by the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut.  Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fairfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer and educator. 

 

Ms. Grant has extensive knowledge of the Daggys and wrote the monograph, Father and Son: Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy in 2008. She quotes John Vassos who said, “Richard Daggy …can be referred to as the Van Gogh of New England. His extreme reverence and humility toward his work make him unquestionably one of the most sincere artists of his time.

 

His water colors are bathed in sunlight and his insistence on essential form at all times is marked. There is nothing of the quaint or superficial in Daggy’s work. It is vigorous and composed and disarmingly sincere.

 

His palette is the palette of a man who loves trees, loves the sky, loves the country and above all loves life, and does not hesitate to say so. He is now in the period where he has found himself, and, in his full stride, is scheduled to make an important contribution to American painting.”

 

Augustus (1858-1942), an illustrator and painter, was drawn to Norwalk in 1913 for the artists living in the Silvermine area of the town.  This group of artists would later form the Silvermine Guild of Artists of which Augustus was an original member.  The Daggy family resided at Grumman Avenue in Norwalk.  Richard (1892-1973), Augustus’ eldest, was schooled in art by his father.  His paintings, like his father’s, tended to be landscapes, but of a very different style.  His medium was watercolor. (Copyright - Leigh Grant, November 2, 2008).

 

Harpist Alix Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. Described as spellbinding, Alix is currently a junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.

 

Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2010, 2010-2011. In 2007, she received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist and was runner up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2013. Ms. Raspe has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations.

 

The fall exhibit at the Mansion is made possible in part by Whole Foods and Investmark.

 

The Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from distinguished benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation

 

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. 

 

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M.  Admittance 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 info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

 

"Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism" Fundraiser Reception

 A new exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism will open on November 7, 2013 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. It will feature the works of artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The exhibit will run through December 29th with a fundraising reception featuring harpist Alix Raspe, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods on December 8th from 4:00-6:00pm, tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs.  The artwork is on loan to the Museum by the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut.  Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fairfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer and educator. 

 

Ms. Grant has extensive knowledge of the Daggys and wrote the monograph, Father and Son: Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy in 2008. She quotes John Vassos who said, “Richard Daggy …can be referred to as the Van Gogh of New England. His extreme reverence and humility toward his work make him unquestionably one of the most sincere artists of his time.

 

His water colors are bathed in sunlight and his insistence on essential form at all times is marked. There is nothing of the quaint or superficial in Daggy’s work. It is vigorous and composed and disarmingly sincere. His palette is the palette of a man who loves trees, loves the sky, loves the country and above all loves life, and does not hesitate to say so. He is now in the period where he has found himself, and, in his full stride, is scheduled to make an important contribution to American painting.”

 

Augustus (1858-1942), an illustrator and painter, was drawn to Norwalk in 1913 for the artists living in the Silvermine area of the town.  This group of artists would later form the Silvermine Guild of Artists of which Augustus was an original member.  The Daggy family resided at Grumman Avenue in Norwalk.  Richard (1892-1973), Augustus’ eldest, was schooled in art by his father.  His paintings, like his father’s, tended to be landscapes, but of a very different style. 

 

His medium was watercolor. (Copyright - Leigh Grant, November 2, 2008).

 

Harpist Alix Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. Described as spellbinding, Alix is currently a junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.

 

Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2010, 2010-2011. In 2007, she received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist and was runner up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2013. Ms. Raspe has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations.

 

The fall exhibit at the Mansion is made possible in part by Whole Foods and Investmark.

 

The Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from distinguished benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation

 

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark.

 

 Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 P.M., 2 P.M., and 3 P.M.  Admittance 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 info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

 

The Unicorn Stampede

 Opening at 10am, Friday, November 29, 2013

A stampede of glitter unicorns will run wild at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum this holiday season.  Frolic in a fantasy world of magic brought to life by Manhattan artist Camomile Hixon.

 This young, international artist will install 24 "life-size" unicorns, enhanced with 750 pounds of glitter.  The glittered room of Unicorns will lend an unforgettable air of celebratory magic to this holiday season.  Open Daily through January 5th, except Mondays.

 

5-Show Subscriptions at Playhouse on Park!

WEST HARTFORD, CT- There is still time to subscribe to the exciting 2013-2014 Main Stage season at Playhouse on Park!

Subscribe now for the remaining five shows, and you save 15% off individual ticket prices. With prices ranging from $64-$147, you get five Broadway quality shows for the price of one!

You also receive subscriber benefits, which include the option of switching the date for the shows you attend, little surprises from the theatre, and the knowledge that they are supporting the educational, cultural, and outreach programs that Playhouse on Park incorporates into their Main Stage productions.

The upcoming shows for the Main Stage season include the legendary Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor, the world premiere of Higgins in Harlem, stop/time dance theater’s I’d Rather Be Dancing, and the quirky musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


For more information on the Main Stage season and how to subscribe, visit the company website (www.playhouseonpark.org), or call the box office (860-523-5900 x10).

 

The Great Cinnamon Bear Christmas Radio Show

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents this whimsical story of a brother and sister in search of their Christmas tree star led by a dapper teddy bear.

The adventure is played out on stage and "on the air" in an old-time radio studio, complete with retro radio commercials, singers and sound effects artists.

This new musical by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg is inspired by an actual radio broadcast in 1937.  December 7 -29th at the Center for the Arts (40 Railroad Avenue) in Milford. 

Performances are Saturdays at 2 & 5:30pm, Sundays at 2pm and a special evening performance Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm.

All tickets are $17. and available at www.pantochino.com
 

 

Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique

Hill-Stead Museum’s Holiday Boutique is held yearly during the first weekend of December - this year's boutique will be December 7 & 8, 2013.

More than twenty-five artists and crafters bring their best to present a dazzling array of unique holiday gifts: Botanicals, including magnificent orchids, clothing and accessories, fine art and antiques, home and bath items, jewelry, and sweet and savory treats.

Admission to the boutique is free. A local eatery offers delicious soups, sandwiches and desserts at minimal prices.

On the Sunday of Holiday Boutique weekend, be sure to include a visit inside the museum. You'll be met with festive period decorations, and have the opportunity to "meet the Pope family" as they prepare for the holidays… just as they did at the turn of the century.

Hill-Stead staff greet you in period costumes as you tour the house at your own pace. Regular admission to the museum lets you enjoy this very special event.

 

University of Saint Joseph Celebrates Festival of Lights on December 8

 WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (November 5, 2013) – On Sunday, December 8, 2013 the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will host its annual Festival of Lights, an ecumenical celebration of the season of Advent.

The Festival will be held at 4:00 p.m. in The Connor Chapel of Our Lady on the University’s West Hartford campus located at 1678 Asylum Avenue. This program is free of charge and the general public is cordially invited to attend.

For more information, contact Kate Stratton, M.Div., director of Campus Ministry, at 860.231.5269 or campusministry@usj.edu.

A combination of Scripture, music, liturgical dance and prayer, the Festival of Lights features: the University of Saint Joseph Choir and the Instrumental Ensemble, under the direction of Ezequiel Menendez, D.M.A.; the USJ Dance Ensemble, directed by Susan Murphy, M.A.; the Queenes Companye, USJ’s drama and theater performance troupe, directed by Mark Zelinsky, Ph.D.; the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir which is student directed; and the Gengras Center Choir, directed by Richard Alfonso.

During the Festival, the congregation will participate in a traditional candle-lighting ceremony, recognizing the community’s spiritual joy and hope for the upcoming holiday season.

Immediately following this event, all are invited to the Festival of Lights Dinner in USJ’s McGovern Café. Admission: $15 per person; children ages 12 and under: $5.

 

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Civic Orchestra of New Haven Winter Concert

 

The program features Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, The Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. In addition, the orchestra is pleased to welcome St Luke’s Chorus and Chorale under the direction of Dale Griffa.  

The choir who comes to us from New Canaan, Connecticut will be performing Vivaldi’s Gloria.

 

45th Celebration of American Crafts

The Celebration of American Crafts is an annual exhibition and sale of fine, contemporary crafts sponsored by Creative Arts Workshop.

The exhibition is held in CAW's handsome two-story Hilles Gallery.

Over 300 artists from across America are featured, representing the finest in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, handcrafted furniture and much more.

Nov. 1 - Dec 24, 2013 - OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Thurs 11am-8pm; Sun 1-5pm

 

 

Family Focus: Get a Move On!

Sunday, December 8th  2pm – 3pm

Free with admission.

Enjoy storytelling and fun activities learning how people “get around;” from the horse and buggy to funny cars and trains!

 

 

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, December 8, the comedy club doors open at 6PM for seating and food. Improv begins at 7PM.

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.

http://seateaimprov.com

 

Tea with the Unicorns

Come have tea with 24 "life-size" unicorns enhanced with 750 pounds of glitter and explore the Lyman Allyn Art Museum!

Sundays in December, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Parties include snacks, a hands-on art project, scavenger hunts and more!
Reservations are required and space is limited.

 

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

 Trinity College Chapel, on the Campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, 06106

Sunday, December 8, 2013

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Featuring The Trinity College Choir, The Chapel Singers, and Brass Ensemble, Lessons and Carols is one of the oldest holiday traditions in Hartford.  Held at the iconic Trinity College Chapel, the event is directed by John Rose with organists Christopher Houlihan ’09, Artist in Residence at Trinity, and Hugh Owen ’16, and will feature performances by Ellen Dickinson, College Carillonneur, and special guest Christine Brewer H’07, soprano. 

Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan, Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut is also a special guest at this year’s event, which will be live streamed at www.trincoll.edu/livevideo.    

 

Season of Light: A Winter Fairy Tale

New Britain Youth Theater will perform Season of Light, A Winter Fairy Tale, on December 6, 7 and 8, 2013, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center.

Season of Light, by Steph DeFerie, is a fun and uplifting holiday play about doing good and bringing light into the world. It tells the story of a young peasant girl who plays the Sister of the Sun in her village's winter celebration, and is blamed when the days continue to get shorter.

In the forest, she meets a traveling group of performers who join in her quest to find the real Sister of the Sun and bring light back to her village. The cast of twenty-seven children includes village peasants, traveling performers, a noble lord, a mysterious beggar woman, the moon, and animals of the forest.

The production will be directed by NBYT Executive Artistic Director David Sousa.

Season of Light, A Winter Fairy Tale, will be performed at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in downtown New Britain.

Performances are Friday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors.

Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

 

Wallingford Symphony Orchestra Annual Holiday Concert

Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will present its Annual Holiday Concert at 2 pm Sunday, December 7, 2013, at the Paul Mellon Arts Center on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian Street in Wallingford.  Concert will feature Lyman Hall and Sheehan High School Choral Groups. 

Tickets are available through the Gallagher Travel Shoppe, 369 Center Street, 203-265-2856, or the symphony phone line 203-697-2261 or website: www.wallingfordsymphony.org.

 

Saturday ArtLab: Scultpture Smash Up

9-10:15 (ages 5-8)
10:30-12pm (ages 9-12)

For students who love clay! 

Build and construct our own creatures and create 3-dimetional works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at: www.gardearts.org.  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: www.ectsymphony.com or friend us on Face Book.