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Docents at Berkshire’s historic sites bring the past to life––and find inner peace



Interpreters Jack Steffek, Jeffrey Brace, and Stephanie Guelpa in front of an authentic Shaker building.

Photographs by Christina Rahr Lane

During the season she spent as an interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village, Cynthia Wade slowed down, focused on the tasks at hand and listened to the silence. “I needed to get out of my own head—maybe even out of this century,” the local filmmaker and freelance director recalls of her decision to volunteer one day each week at the living-history museum.

Wade dressed as a Shaker woman, circa 1880s, and busied herself with cooking in the Brick Dwelling, weaving in the Sisters Shop, and helping with the Shaker music program. Her friends called it “bonnet therapy” and, despite the fact that her Toyota Highlander was parked in the back lot, Wade tried to channel the Shakers. She became more deliberate, less distracted, and more patient. 

What Wade describes is but one facet of that which drives tour guides—and visitors alike—to historic locales where distant, albeit audible, echoes of the past remain. As a result, being transported to a bygone era, while remaining firmly footed in the present, becomes the real cultural attraction.

Jack Steffek, whose full beard lends authenticity to his interpretation of a Shaker woodworker, shares Wade’s sentiments. “It’s quiet, and I don’t get in a hurry,” he says of his work in the old tannery where the floor is littered with fresh wood shavings. “Hand tools are sometimes better and faster,” he explains, noting how the 150-year-old Shaker tools evoke thoughts of those who used them and an understanding of their life. 

“The idea is that we are facilitators of the past,” explains Cindy Dickinson, director of education at Hancock Shaker Village (HSV). “Our use of the term interpreter is meant to imply perhaps you are entering a world you are unfamiliar with, but you’ll be guided,” she adds.

While historic dress sets the tone of the time period, Dickinson is quick to explain the difference between first-person interpretation—the taking on of a particular persona from the past—versus an exploration of the nearly two centuries that Shakers inhabited the City of Peace. “When visitors share in that experience, it ultimately breeds understanding,” says Dickinson of the years spanning 1783-1960. 

Stephanie Guelpa’s role as an interpreter has allowed her to ruminate on the importance of humanity and all she aspires to. “Simplicity, flexibility, spirituality—all the good stuff,” the volunteer from Copake, New York, recounts. “I respect the Shakers very much. They sacrificed a lot for how they lived—and it worked.” (Photo right: Stephanie Guelpa leads visitors in traditional song and dance at Hancock Shaker Village.)

Which, in many ways, is not always true in today’s fast-paced society. Shaker men and women were celibate, as carnal desire interrupted their underlying belief in “hands to work, hearts to God,” and their belief in “separate but equal” prevailed. Despite separate stairs, separate entrances to communal buildings, and separate seating at meetings, women were never discriminated against. In the absence of options in the 19th century, the Shaker lifestyle was different but appealing.

Interpreter Jeffrey Brace agrees. “I wanted to sense what an 18th century person felt,” he says, clad in a simple linen tunic of his own making, citing HSV as one of the neatest places to work, ever. Brace, who is transitioning into retirement, made a living in the fields of timber framing and non-traditional carpentry, both professions grounded in 18th-century living. His avid love of history coupled with nearly nine years volunteering at HSV have given him what he calls an inside look at the Shaker story, one which has allowed him to connect with the people he talks about on a daily basis. 

This connection is precisely what fuels Anne Schuyler’s (photo left) first-person interpretation of Anna Catherine Bahlmann, the governess-turned-secretary of Edith Wharton. The two had what Schuyler refers to as, “an incredibly enthusiastic relationship about books and writing.” In fact, Wharton’s childhood copy of Dante’s Inferno, inscribed by her brother, Harry, as well as the original correspondence between Schiller and Goethe, a gift from Bahlmann to young Edith in 1878, are housed in Wharton’s library and part of the Backstairs Tour at The Mount.

This behind-the-scenes tour, which offers visitors a glimpse into the daily life of the men and women who ran the estate, is conducted completely “in character,” affording visitors an authentic—albeit staged—experience while exploring the rooms where Wharton once trod.

Schuyler and her colleague, Elric Walker (photo left and below right), embody but a pair of the more than 16 servants, including permanent staff and seasonal workers who were employed at The Mount between 1901-1911 while the Whartons were in residence. Walker, in his role as Alfred White, the Whartons’ longtime butler, greets visitors in the main entry hall as if they were arriving for a weekend visit.

“Good day,” he begins, employing an authentic cockney accent to suggest his character’s hailing from the working-class East London neighborhood. “If at any time you are in need of anything I, Alfred White, am at your service,” Walker declares before leading guests to the main floor, pausing only to make exacting square steps on each landing of the grand staircase as he ascends. 

Walker says that with each tour, he is able to delve a bit deeper into White’s life and personality while simultaneously taking some liberties in the interpretation. Walker points to one of the most poignant moments on the tour—when White relates the story of his wife’s death from tuberculosis in 1901, the year construction began on The Mount—as a moment where, as an actor, he is able to bring some emotional impact to the role. “It comes and goes quite fast but if done well it can leave a lasting impression of this man,” he concludes.  

Schuyler, too, has cultivated a great appreciation for the unsung heroines of the day, thanks to her work at The Mount. Her deepening understanding of Anna Bahlmann, who faced many obstacles in her own life simply to obtain the high level of education and intellectual prowess she possessed, has grown since assuming the secretary’s persona. “Bahlmann doesn’t get the recognition for this that Edith Wharton gets, but in her own way it was just as remarkable,” says the director of visitor services at The Mount. “As a single woman, she was able to fashion a life of humanitarian and intellectual significance. I enjoy bringing her story, and the stories of the other servants, alive for our visitors.” 

That said, if anyone inquires as to life after 1911—the year the Whartons were divorced and left Lenox—they might be out of luck. First-person interpretation requires staying in character, which, even when pressed, Schuyler and Walker do to a fault. “I try not to know too much,” says Schuyler, whose character died in 1916, at which point Wharton had written just a fraction of the volumes she would go on to pen. Walker, on the other hand, remains impeccably in character, employing the utmost discretion when confronted, even with the most impolite of questions. Not one to suffer a foolish question without bristling a bit, White would likely have found a way to answer any question without offending given his position as a servant of the house. In short, the challenges of the job often translate to entertainment for visitors. 

At Steepletop, in nearby Austerlitz, New York, docents lead the way for visitors hoping to gain a better understanding of the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The word docent, which can be traced to its Latin root docere, meaning to teach, loosely translates to one who promotes learning or is a knowledgeable guide. There are docents who can recite Millay’s poetry, others who are well versed as to the volumes in her library, and still others who are experts on Millay’s gardens. As to the tie that binds them together? “I think of our docents as storytellers,” says Martha Raftery manager of visitors services at Steepletop. “We start with a script, and each docent makes it their own.” 

T.M. Hawley is one such docent who appreciates the opportunity to share with visitors his passion for Millay’s rich life at Steepletop. “It’s not so much transporting people to her time, as much as getting people to appreciate her in our time,” Hawley says. He is full of amusing anecdotes—which in summer center on Millay’s annual tennis tournament, held on her clay-surface courts, and revolve around participants being chosen based on the level of humor in their application letter. Millay hosted wild parties, complete with drinking, invited guests to swim in her pool sans bathing suits, hosted itinerant theater companies to perform open-air productions, and simultaneously produced some of the greatest American poetry.

“She was a superstar in her time,” Hawley explains, while working to dispel what he calls a one-dimensional view of Millay. Many visitors have heard of her wild life, while others know Millay simply as a highly regarded poet. What Hawley finds fascinating is that both sides of Millay existed at the same time. Hawley is keen on introducing visitors to Millay’s poetry and has been known to recite “Dirge Without Music” upon request. For him, it is a sharing experience: “It’s just so wonderful to encounter true Millay fans. You recite poetry and see how they respond. It feels like such a gift to give that to them.”

Regardless of the approach, or the terminology used to describe those guiding your visit, one thing is certain. A playful examination of the respective time period ensues when visitors wend their way through cultural attractions alongside a passionate guide. In fact, Cynthia Wade was so inspired by her time at HSV as both a visitor and interpreter, the experiences continue to permeate her work. She is currently writing a screenplay based on a true story of two Shakers who ran away from the community and eloped in 1871—with deeply complicated results. Any Friday she is not traveling for work, she and her producer/writer husband, Matthew Syrett, make their way to Hancock. They inevitably slow down while scouring documents and gleaning details for their screenwriting process, with one ear cocked, listening for the distant echoes of a bygone era. 

 

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Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: BRODY WILKINSON
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Take a behind-the-scenes, private tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed with Curator of American Decorative Arts, Beth Carver Wees. Followed by lunch and...

Cost: Member price: $50 Non-Member price: $60

Where:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenune
New York, NY   10028
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Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555

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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Each event in our Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for an hour of close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo. On...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellarmine Hall
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield University Art Museum
Telephone: 203-254-4046

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914INC. will host its annual Women in Business Luncheon, to be held in conjunction with the magazine’s Q4/Winter issue, showcasing leading area businesswomen.

Cost: Single Ticket: $85 / Table of Ten: $800

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Sponsor: 914INC and Westchester Magazine
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Brandywine Living at Litchfield's 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event.  Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join us for food, signature drinks, fun and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine LIving at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Nanette Bergin

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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
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 Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Brooklawn Country Club Host a Business After Hours: November 15, 2018   The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Brooklawn Country Club will host its November...

Cost: $20 Chamber Members, $30 Non-Chamber Members

Where:
Brooklawn Country Club
500 Algonquin Rd
Fairfield, CT  06825
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Sponsor: Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 203-255-1011
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Ages 21+ Registration required at shop.aldrichart.org   Learn the basics of figure painting with painter and Ridgefield resident Allison Meyler. Working from a live model, review composition,...

Cost: $25; $20 member

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Wine & Cheese Reception: 6 – 6:30pm; Program at 6:30pm. Register online at the link below: A panel of journalists and professors, moderated by Larry Rifkin, will examine the state...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Join us in celebrating the launch of the book published on the occasion of our current meta-group exhibition The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects published by The Aldrich...

Cost: Free

Where:
Printed Matter Inc.
231 11th Avenue
New York, NY  10001
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm Mountain Dew Country & Bluegrass Series Best known for their tours backing Steve Martin, this Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet is...

Cost: $57.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
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(Litchfield, Conn.) Brandywine Living at Litchfield will be hosting their 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event on Thursday, November 15th  from 5-7 PM. This spectacular community...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Brandywine Living at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Amber Chapman
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Join Laura’s brother Jan, and singers Diane Garisto and Kate Ferber for an evening of live music, stories and videos of this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trailblazer.   Laura Nyro, posthumously...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Bedford Playhouse
633 Old Post Road
bedford, NY
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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Learn winning plays, key strategies, and new vocabulary in a fun and friendly environment. For grades 3-12. The club is taught by Dusty Brown, who competed in both the 2017 North American Scrabble...

Cost: $125 per student

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Pequot Library
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Join New Morning Market’s new knitting club! We’re crafting wearable items for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and welcome all levels to join! Instructors will be on-hand for beginners. Yarn,...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
Telephone: 203-263-4868
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EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Website »

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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Celebrate a Fairfield tradition from the early 1800s. Before Thanksgiving, friends and families visited neighbors, sampling a variety of pies at each house. As the revelers moved on, they grew...

Cost: General admission $5; Seniors and Students: $3

Where:
1750 Ogden House
1520 Bronson Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
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The Fairfield Museum and the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League are pleased announce our 4th annual Holiday Pop-Up Market!  We have had tremendous success with this event and we are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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These San Francisco jam-rockers have long had a knack for writing hooky tunes that serve as vehicles for improv, but with the jams dominating the songs. Tea Leaf Green paints sonic tapestries with...

Cost: $28 No Member Discount

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOned
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30. Free, no registration. Open to adults and older teens. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies in, but some basic supplies will be provided by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 14th Annual Festive Home...All That Glitters! opens Friday evening, November 16th with a preview party from 6-8pm.  For an entry fee of $20, attendees will...

Cost: $20 Preview Night Party/Free Days

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Mary Pat Devine
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Website »

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Join us Saturday November 17 from 11-2 in the Sportsplex in Fairfield to find out about LivenUp's custom IV Drips, Hyperbaric Chamber, Beaner, and Wellness Support Systems. Dr. Salerno...

Cost: $39-$275

Where:
LivenUp in the Sportsplex
85 Mill Plain Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
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Parenting is never easy, but raising children with learning and attention disorders presents unique difficulties. This conference will help parents focus on developing their children's...

Cost: 50

Where:
Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Rd.
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Sponsor: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Telephone: 203 682-1664
Contact Name: Alison Brown
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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The Fairfield Museum and the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League are pleased announce our 4th annual Holiday Pop-Up Market!  We have had tremendous success with this event and we are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Visit The Aldrich for FREE the Third Saturday of each month! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in family-friendly art-making workshops in The Studio.   Family Art-Making...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the first annual Pequot’s writer’s conference. Join Tim Tomlinson of the New York City Writers for a day of workshops focusing on your...

Cost: $100 lunch included

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Pequot Library
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Saturday, November 17th from 12:00 - 3:00 PM for kids K+. Plan on staying with your children and having fun together.   This year’s annual STEAMFEST will feature Mad Science’s special...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Wise financial planning includes getting up to date values for jewelry, watches and other valuables tucked away in jewelry boxes and safe deposit boxes. To make an appointment for a complimentary...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
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Please join us on Saturday, November 17, for Family Day: Life in Ancient Greece. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Session 1: 1...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellarmine Hall
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield University Art Museum
Telephone: 203-254-4046

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The Natural Pet Outlet is hosting Pictures with Santa! Bring your pet on Saturday November 17th from 10am-5pm and join The Natural Pet Outlet staff and Santa for a free 5 x 7 photo. No...

Cost: no cost

Where:
Natural Pet Outlet
3380 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
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The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will co-sponsor a talk with the Litchfield Historical Society on Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m. entitled “Nation of Immigrants" featuring Kevin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Lithfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
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On Saturday November 17 at 6 p.m. join a wonderful team of astronomers and view planets, stars, and constellations. Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center...

Cost: $4/New Pond Farm member ($16 max/family), $6/non-member ($24 max/family)

Where:
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT  06896
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Telephone: (203) 938-2117
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St Joseph High School's Maroon & Gold Gala is a scholarship event that casts a spotlight on the school’s strong commitment to community service and leadership. It is a fabulous...

Cost: $150

Where:
The Waterview
215 Roosevelt Drive
Monroe, CT  06468
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Sponsor: St Joseph High School
Telephone: (203) 378-9378
Contact Name: St Joseph High School
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Westchester Oratorio Society, Artistic Director Benjamin Niemczyk, opens its 21st season with a concert entitled, “An Evening with Bach” at the South Salem Presbyterian Church,...

Cost: $15 to $50

Where:
South Salem Presbyterian Church
111 Spring Street
South Salem, NY  10590
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Sponsor: Westchester Oratorio Society
Telephone: 800 838 3006
Contact Name: Joe Spallina
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Described as “one of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock” by Rolling Stone and “an exceptional songwriter” by NPR's Fresh Air, Todd Snider’s due diligence...

Cost: 38

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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When legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took to the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” he was incredibly moved by the...

Cost: $29 – $79

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 413-528-0100
Contact Name: Box Office
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Max Weinberg (longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) invites the audience to create the set list he and his crack four-piece group will play that night. Audience members...

Cost: Tickets: $60 VIP Private Meet & Greet Ticket Bundle: $175

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: (203) 438-5795
Contact Name: The Ridgefield Playhouse
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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters brings tradition steeped in possibility. The grace and wisdom of longtime fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, described as “an absolute...

Cost: $25, $40, $55, $70

Where:
Rosen House Music Room
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Telephone: 914-232-1252
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
Website »

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PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 14th Annual Festive Home...All That Glitters! opens Friday evening, November 16th with a preview party from 6-8pm.  For an entry fee of $20, attendees will...

Cost: $20 Preview Night Party/Free Days

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Mary Pat Devine
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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