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Roll It: A Special Screening of Jim Henson’s Commercials and Experiments

Jim and Jane Henson working together in their home workshop in Maryland, 1959.

Photo: Jack L. Hiller ©1959

Thursday, June 1, 2017

In this manic mini film fest, curator Craig Shemin will tee up and comment on a mind-blowing series of shorts, crazy commercials, experiments and other rarities from the Henson vault, including an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat (“Must be seen to be believed”), excerpts from experimental TV programs The Cube and Youth 68’, and Time Piece, an eight-minute Academy Award-nominated masterpiece that showcases Henson’s innovative editing, visual thinking and talent for making music out of everyday sounds.  Special attention will be devoted to work done while the Hensons lived in Greenwich, including scenes shot in town.

Craig Shemin was a staff writer for the Henson Company for 14 years and is president of the Jim Henson Legacy, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving Henson’s work. Among his credits: the script for the New York Pops concert Jim Henson’s Musical World (Carnegie Hall), The Muppets Kitchen, The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, the Smithsonian’s touring exhibition Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, the Museum of the Moving Image’s World of Jim Henson series and numerous video compilations for The Jim Henson Legacy and The Walt Disney Company.

The program will be introduced by co-curator of Jim and Jane Henson, Creative Work, Creative Play Karen Falk. Falk has been archives director and historian for The Jim Henson Company since 1992, is vice president of The Jim Henson Legacy, and author of Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal. Falk collaborates with numerous cultural institutions on Henson-related projects.

Thursday, June 1, 2017; 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The Storehouse Gallery will open one hour before the program starts.

Admission is free but reservations are required.
RSVP to or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


CT Open House Day: Puppets to Perform “Underground”

Liz and Sprout

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This year’s CT Open House program will feature The Doubtful Sprout, a performance by Liz Joyce and A Couple of Puppets. Using multiple puppetry styles, projections and songs, the story unfolds as we tunnel down through the soil with Worm and Sprout to explore the mysterious world beneath our feet and to “get the dirt” on what helps Sprout grow.

An accomplished puppeteer, fine artist and educator, Liz Joyce writes, directs and performs a growing repertoire of works for audiences of children aged 10 months to 10 years that features her take on traditional fairy tales, folktales, educational shows and original creations, using old-world techniques and new-world street performer attitude. Her puppet operetta, Sing a Song of Sixpence was awarded an UNIMA Citation, the highest award in American puppetry.

CT Open House Day takes place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, noon to 4:00 pm. Admission to the entire site and to all activities is free. The Doubtful Sprout performance begins at 1:00 pm. Space is limited; first come, first served. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppets in the Vanderbilt Education Center throughout the day, visit the exhibition Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play and take family-friendly tours of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

About CT Open House Day

The Connecticut Office of Tourism sponsors the annual Connecticut Open House Day each June. The event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism and is a great way for residents to discover (or rediscover) and share the wealth of cultural treasures in their own backyards.

Saturday, June 10, 2017; noon to 4:00 pm
The Doubtful Sprout performance begins at 1:00 pm
Family-friendly tours of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm

Puppet making and Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play open throughout the day

Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT

Free admission, no RSVP necessary

Julie Seton to Speak on Her Celebrated Grandfather

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ernest Thompson Seton is known as a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America, but he was also a world renown artist-naturalist, nature writer, advocate of First Tribes, and founder or co-founder of other organizations that emphasize nature study, campcraft and character development.  He was a man ahead of his time.  This talk by Julie Seton will touch on the highlights of his life with special attention to how his Greenwich, CT estate, called Wyndygoul, was instrumental in shaping these programs.

Julie Seton, granddaughter of Julia Moss and Ernest Thompson Seton, grew up at Seton Castle, her grandparents’ homestead in Santa Fe, NM. In 2013, she established the Seton Family Legacy Initiative to reintroduce the Setons’ work to new generations through lectures in nature, art, cultural history, and scouting. In 2015, she republished Trail of an Artist-Naturalist, her grandfather’s autobiography.

Other Seton Family Legacy Initiative projects include transcribing and publishing her grandmother’s personal diaries and writing a compendium to her grandfather’s autobiography that will include chapters on the founding of the Boy Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls (now known as the Camp Fire Organization) and the Camp Fire Club.

Seton lives in Las Cruces, NM with her husband, Dr. Robert Sanderson, and owns and operates a consulting business that specializes in professional communication assessments, training and emergency preparedness planning.  She was the first graduate from the Rhetoric and Professional Communication doctoral program at New Mexico State University in 1996, the first doctoral graduate from any humanities program in the school’s history. She also holds degrees in communication studies, educational psychology and theater. She is an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

This event, cosponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, Greenwich Chapter, will be held at the Ernest Thompson Seton Reservation. An optional walking tour of the reservation (wear comfy shoes) and a reception will precede the lecture.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Tours and Reception 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Program begins at 4:15 pm

363 Riversville Road, Greenwich. Parking is limited; carpooling suggested.

Admission is free but reservations are required.
RSVP to or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


History on Wheels

The Tod Mansion

Sunday, June 25, 2017

As a partner in the annual Experience the Sound event, the Greenwich Historical Society will once again team up with Greenwich Point Conservancy to provide a historical bike tour of Greenwich Point. The tour will stop at four locations with historical significance to the town and the park. Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. As the group loops around the Point they will stop to hear stories, take a closer look at some of the ruins of Tod’s mansion and see vintage photos from the Historical Society’s collection.

Participants must bring their own bike and helmet; a water bottle is recommended.
Participants must be age eight and up, and all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, June 25, 1:00–2:15 pm

Greenwich Point, Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich

Free. No reservation required.
Participants without a Greenwich parks pass should say they are attending Experience the Sound.

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

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.

Greenwich Historical Society 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-869-6899

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