History on Wheels Bike Tour of Greenwich
Sunday, June 23,
In partnership with the town’s Experience the Sound Festival, the
second annual History on Wheels family bike tour will take place on
Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Greenwich Point. As you pedal around the point,
you’ll find out how this idyllic 19th century island estate built by
millionaire J. Kennedy Tod on the original 1640 Greenwich founder's Elizabeth
Neck, evolved into a beloved recreational facility. Engage with local
historians and naturalists stationed throughout the park to learn about Tod’s
original beachfront golf course, about the historic "Chimes" and other
remaining buildings, how the Eagle statue came to stand guard over the estate's
pond and much more. You’ll stop along the way to hear stories and see vintage
photos taken from the Historical Society Archives that capture snapshots of
different eras. The tour is open to bike-riding singles, families and children
over seven years old who are able to ride a bike. Kids will enjoy their very
own scavenger hunt as part of the tour.
Experience the Sound is co-sponsored by the Greenwich Shellfish
Commission and To The Point, whose aim is to expand the community’s awareness
of coastal marine life, nature, outdoor recreational pursuits and the
environment by showcasing local organizations and education institutions that
care for and promote them.
Sunday, June 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
Gather at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point.
Bring bikes and wear helmets (water bottles recommended).
Participation is free.
For more information or to reserve, please call
203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
Authors Talk: Reba and Dave Williams
Thursday, June 27,
Not only have Reba and Dave Williams pursued long and productive careers in
the world of business and finance, along the way, they also amassed what was
thought to be the largest collection of fine art prints by American artists in
private hands. They created 17 exhibitions from their collection that
circulated to more than one hundred museums worldwide (including the Greenwich
Historical Society in 2008), with Reba writing most of the exhibition catalogs.
In 2009, they donated their amazing print collection to the National Gallery of
Both have now embarked on new careers as writers, and both have drawn on
their experience as art collectors for their first books. On Thursday, June 27,
2013, Reba and Dave Williams will talk about their respective publications and
the writing process. Dave’s Small Victories: A Print Collector’s Story
is a memoir published by David R. Godine and due for release early next year.
Reba’s RESTRIKE, recently published by Delos, is a mystery with an art
world focus. In fact, her overarching goal in this first novel was to create
two compelling characters, Coleman and Dinah Greene, whom she plans to feature
in subsequent mysteries, including the second in the series, Fatal
Impressions, due out March 2014.
Dave Williams grew up in Austin and attended the University of Texas. After
graduation, he was commissioned as a Navy ensign. Upon discharge, he attended
Harvard for an MBA and went on to Wall Street. He spent forty years in the
investment research and management field, his last position at Alliance Capital
(now AllianceBernstein) as Chairman and CEO. After retiring, he attended MFA
Reba Williams grew up in North Carolina, graduated from Duke with a BA in
English, earned an MBA at Harvard, a PhD in Art History at CUNY and an MA in
writing at Antioch University. She worked for more than 30 years in business
and finance, in research at management consultants McKinsey & Co., as a
securities analyst on Wall Street, as a contributing editor at Institutional
Investor magazine and as a senior executive at an investment management firm.
She is a past president of the New York City Art Commission and a former
vice-chairperson of the New York State Council for the Arts and has served on
the print committees of several leading museums. She has written numerous
articles for art and financial journals. Reba and Dave currently live in
Connecticut, New York, and Southern California with their Maltese, Muffin.
Prior to the program, refreshments will be served in the garden of
Bush-Holley Historic Site at 6:30 pm. The program will commence at 7:00 pm.
Copies of RESTRIKE will be available for purchase, courtesy of Diane’s
Thursday, June 27,
Reception at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm
Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Admission is free but reservations are
To reserve, call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 or send us an email.
Festa Al Fresco
From Italy to America to Culminate With An Afternoon of Feasting and
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The exhibition will end on June 30, but we'll be creating even more memories
before it's over. Join us for “Festa Al Fresco”– a potluck supper where you
bring your favorite family dish to share, and we’ll supply the entertainment
and the wine. Share your family history of great eating in one of four
categories: antipasti/appetizers, pasta/ main dish, sides and salads, desserts.
(Bring enough to serve 10-12.) The exhibition will be open for one last look,
and there will be dining “al fresco” on the grounds, music, bocci, pasta
sculpture and other crafts activities for kids and some of the best home-cooked
Italian food this side of the Atlantic. Mangiamo!
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 4:00-7:00 pm. Rain
date: Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Reservations required. If you sign in online,
pleasesend an email
indicating what you would like to bring when you reserve:
- Pasta/Main Dish
- Side Dish/Salad
$10 for adults; $5 for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10
Help Us Build a World War I Exhibition
Thursday, July 11, 2013
In the wake of the overwhelming community participation in From Italy to
America, the Greenwich Historical Society is asking for input from
Greenwich residents whose ancestors may have lived in town during the First
World War. A “Discovery Day” at the Greenwich Library is planned for Thursday,
July 11, 2013, at 7:00 to 9:00 pm to glean stories and examine documents and
memorabilia relating to Greenwich residents who fought in World War I or did
their part on the home front. The goal is to discover information or artifacts
that could become part of a fall 2014 exhibition on Greenwich during the Great
War. If you have information or items on the topic, please help us tell the
local story. For questions or additional info, please email archivist Christopher
Shields at or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 23.
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.