Events that are local to Fairfield County, CT–I assume no liability for errors or omissions, please check the websites or call ahead to double check times, date’s, locations, etc…
September 22 – Brookfield’s Second Annual Farmfest – The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society together with the Brookfield Conservation Commission is presenting the communities second annual Farmfest on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gurski Farmstead on Route 133. There will be vintage tractors and trucks, and antique machinery, as well as exhibits by the Historical Society, Conservation Commission and Brookfield Girl Scouts. Farmfest organizer Ryan Blessey, will give a hands-on blacksmithing demonstration at the restored Gurski Farmstead forge. Lorraine Ballato of Brookfield along with others Master Gardeners will field questions from attendees at the Ask the Master Gardener booth on gardening and flower related concerns. In addition, tours, of the Merwin Brook Cemetery, Brookfield’s second oldest cemetery, situated next to the blacksmith shop, will be held. In recent years a number of headstones at this site, buried by time, were discovered with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the locations of grave markers obscured over the years were discovered and subsequently uncovered as well as markers identifying the parameters and boundaries of the Cemetery. Food will also be available along with a bake sale. The Gurski Farmstead is located on the west side of Route 133 approximately 1/2 mile from the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center. Admission is free.
September 25 – Special Museum Presentation – Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Compassion
Time of Event: 7:30
Location: Historical Society’s Museum, 165 Whisconier Road (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133)
Paula Hopewell, a native of Northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati, will deliver a lecture on Abraham Lincoln entitled Abraham Lincoln, a Man of Compassion, will focus on the influence the border region had on Lincoln including the development of his extraordinary compassion, a character trait that helped him steer the country through the Civil War. She will also share insights and little known stories she uncovered as a member of the Lincoln Forum Symposia held annually at Gettysburg. In addition the presentation will include Connecticut’s role in the War, the Copperhead movement in Connecticut and how the local communities in and around Brookfield reacted to Lincoln’s bid for the White House in 1860 and 1864. Having visited Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky and his boyhood home in Knob Creek, since the nation celebrated his 200th birthday in 2009, Hopewell’s interest in Lincoln developed into a passion. She has an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and before becoming a homemaker she worked for 10 years in marketing research. Hopewell has 2 children and has lived in Brookfield since 1997. Admission if free and refreshments will be served
October 7 – American Military Forum – Civil War, 1863 in review…
Time of Event: Monday, 7:30 Pete Cronin will present…
Location: Historical Society’s Museum, 165 Whisconier Road (at the junction of CT Routes 25 and 133) Refreshments will be served
For more info: http://www.brookfieldcthistory.org/
Danbury Historical Society & Museum
June-October “Hometown Heroes; A Historic Tribute to the Danbury Police & Fire Departments”, our newest exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-3:00
September 21 – The History of the Connecticut State Police Department presented by Retired CSP Sargent Jerry Longo
October 5 – One Book, One Community: Great Gatsby Gadabout.: 12-1pm lecture at the museum with exhibits of Roaring 20’s era clothing and photographs and more! 2pm musical presentation at the Museum
October 9 – an architectural tour of the exterior of Main Street Buildings
October 26 – Nick Bellatoni presents “Vampires in Connecticut” @2:00pm
For more info: http://www.danburymuseum.org/danburymuseum/Home.html
Danbury Library Events:
Between 1861 and 1865, 620,000 people lost their lives, 4,000,000 people were freed. Join us for one or all of the following presentations in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
Monday, September 16 – 6:55- 8:00pm – For the Sake of the Country
Monday, September 30 – 6:55 – 8:00 pm – Life in the Fairfield County Regiment: Chancellorsville and Gettysburg
Free. Registration is required online at danburylibrary.org or call 203-797-4527
Indian Wars in Connecticut
September 16th at 7
“Indian Wars in Connecticut History” will be discussed by David Koch, Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, at the Milford Historical Society’s general meeting on Monday, Sept. 16 at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church of the Green, 168 Broad Street. A short business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and Koch will begin his talk about 7:15. The program is free and open to the public; there is parking in the lot behind the church.
The talk will center on two major Indian wars – the Pequot-Mohegan War and the King Philip’s War – and the influence each had on Milford’s history.
In 1637, near the end of the Pequot-Mohegan War, Sergeant Thomas Tibbals noticed that the land along the Wepawaug River flowing into Long Island Sound would be an ideal site for a future English settlement. Later Tibbals mentioned the location to Rev. Peter Prudden and his congregation, and in 1639 they settled here and founded Milford.
Koch will also talk about King Philip’s War (1675-1676) between colonists and the Native Americans in New England. Although none of the battles were fought on Milford soil, Milford men were mustered in the Connecticut quota, and early settler Samuel Eells received extra land in Milford for his part in the war.
NEW CANAAN, CT:
Date: Sept 22, 2012 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Event: Little Red Schoolhouse Open!
In conjunction with the Ice Cream Social, the Carter Street School will be open for visitors to see the school, meet former students hear their stories.
Haunting at Mill Hill!
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013 (rain or Shine)
Take a lantern light tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard Hear stories of murder, death, and destruction!
Tours: 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm
Suitable for ages 8 yrs old+
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk
Tickets go on sale October 1, 2013!
Norwalk Historic Fortnight: Consolidation Centennial, 1913-2013
Sunday, September 15 – Saturday, September 28, 2013
A City wide collaboration of activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of South Norwalk and Norwalk
For more info: http://norwalkhistoricalsociety.org/
POUND RIDGE, NY:
“OUR ARCHIVAL TREASURES“ Opening Sunday, April 28th till Sunday, December 1st, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m.The exhibit is a selection of items never seen before or items that have not been seen in recent years.You will not want to miss this exhibit! Admission is free Donations are accepted. Groups & researchers by appointment For more information call: 914-764-4333.
Ulysses S. Grant with Author Michael Korda, Thursday, October 17, 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum. Co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum and Books on the Common. Please register as space is limited.
Description: In a new illustrated and oversized edition of the acclaimed biography of Ulysses S. Grant – a man who managed to end the Civil War on a note of grace, serve two terms as president, write one of the most successful military memoirs in American literature, and is today remembered as a brilliant general but a failed president, Michael Korda, former Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster and author of more than 20 books, offers readers an in-depth look at the uniquely accomplished life of our 18th President. (on-sale October 15; Hardcover Nonfiction; $35.00; Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins), Michael Korda considers Grant’s character and reconciles the conflicting evaluations of his leadership abilities.
Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power with Kevin Peraino. Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., @ Ridgefield Library at Governor Street. Co-sponsored by Books on the Common. Please register.
Join us for an Author Talk with Kevin Peraino. He will discuss his book Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power (Crown Publishers, October 29, 2013). Peraino grew up in Ridgefield, CT.
“Kevin Peraino is a major new historical talent, combining the sensibility of a gifted writer and storyteller with a keen analytic intelligence. You may think you know all you need to know about Abraham Lincoln, but in this lucid and compelling new book, you will discover that you’ve only heard half the story. Here is the Lincoln who looked abroad, struggling with, and ultimately shaping, America’s role in the world.” – Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson.
For more info: http://www.ridgefieldlibrary.org/news_events/
SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY:
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel.
Check out the You tube promo: http://youtu.be/L1XO-sR-aOI
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Sunday, October 6, 2013 –Also Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 1-2 with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all audiences. This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church. Parking is just across the street at Philipsburg Manor. Appropriate for ages 10+
Accessibility: Entry to the Old Dutch Church involves negotiating a long, steep ramp, uneven stone steps, narrow entryways, and narrow aisles.
Oct. 5-6: Performances at 5, 6:15, 7:30
Admission: Timed tickets, Advance purchase required.
Adults: $16; Children under 18: $12 $5 discount per ticket for members
Are you ready to be scared out of your mind?
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to THIRTEEN evenings. Preview: http://youtu.be/WhVyr4-yNsk
Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.
Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll…maybe even your own!
Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village.
WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Enter at your own risk!
Recommended for ages 10+
$20 (Saturdays $25) Members receive a $5 discount per ticket
Horseman’s Hollow is handicapped accessible, as there are no stairs to negotiate through the installation. However, it is a walk-through experience along uneven, unpaved, soft-surface terrain. Handicapped parking is available, but your car must display a handicapped placard or plate.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
BY HER HAND: Art of Native American Women & The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis
Opens Saturday, September 21
Members’ Preview & Opening Reception
Friday, September 20, 6:30 – 8 pm
RSVP by September 18 by calling 203.977.6521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and “meet” the Native American women who combined natural resources with trade goods to produce extraordinary works of art. Selected from the permanent collection of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, their works are paired in this unprecedented exhibition, with the iconic photographs of Edward S. Curtis, who captured the last vestiges of traditional Native American culture in the western United States. This exhibition offers a palpable connection between object and artist and provides a powerful opportunity to experience Native American art and culture. http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/
New Video Release:
If you missed our Antique Toy Lecture last month, you can still learn about our one-of-a-kind collection. Watch the newest Wilton Historical Society Video on the Society’s toy collection featuring toy curator, Mary Lou Logan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etIhSxOIGU
Wilton’s Rum & Soldiers 1800-1825:
Small Town in a New Nation
Lecture by John Reznikoff and Robert Russell
with original 18th and 19th Century documents
Thursday, September 19, 6 – 8pm
What was life in Wilton like in the early 1800’s? Did you know that soldiers and rum played an important role in daily life? Join former 1st Selectman and town historian Robert Russell, and rare document expert John Reznikoff, as they share historic documents from the early 1800’s that tell us about Wilton’s past. Enjoy colonial hot-buttered rum or a contemporary mojito (for those over the age of 21)!
Lambert Walking Tour
Saturday, September 28th, 11am
Join former 1st Selectman and town historian Robert Russell on a tour of Lambert Corners, where eight historic properties have been relocated. These buildings include: Kent Schoolhouse, Hurlbutt Street Country Store and Post Office, Wilton Railroad Station, Davenport Barn, Cannon General Store, an 18th Century Corn Crib, and Greek Revival Privy. Wear comfortable walking attire. Refreshments served at the Historical Christmas Barn at the end of the tour.
Fall Antiques Market
Wilton High School
October 27, 2013
Haunted Weekend at the Wilton Historical Society
A paranormal Investigation with the Northeast Paranormal Investigation Society (NPIS)
Saturday, October 19, 8pm
Are there spirits haunting the Raymond-Fitch house? Come join NPIS for a late night and find out! Guests will have a chance to conduct an investigation with the NPIS team and then view a presentation of their supernatural findings at the Fitch house as well as other locations they have explored over the years.
For more info: http://www.wiltonhistorical.org/programevents.html