Story Barn: Oy Vey!

Friday, November 17

Valerie Stauffer takes the mike at the Spring ’17 Story Barn

Valerie Stauffer takes the mike at the Spring ’17 Story Barn

Story Barn is a popular biannual event at the Greenwich Historical Society that explores themes connected with our exhibitions. The theme for this fall is Oy Vey!—a Yiddish expression that translates as “Woe is me.” Today the expression is commonly used in many languages as a verbal sigh or an indication of dismay, surprise, worry, exasperation or all of the above. “Oy vey” has undoubtedly prefaced countless situations which have ultimately resulted in good yarns, and you can expect to hear some unique variations on this theme, inspired by our new exhibition An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich.

Emcee for the cabaret-style evening is the incomparable Bonnie Levison, an accomplished raconteur in her own right and a storytelling coach for The Moth, a series of stage and radio events in which participants from all walks of life share personal experiences. Aside from having served as our fabulous Story Barn host for the last nine years, Levison’s resume includes marketing stints at Young & Rubicam and NBC, as well as comedy productions and performances. She is also a cofounder of The Nantucket Comedy Festival.

Would you like to share an “Oy Vey” moment?

Anyone over age 21 is invited to participate but must sign up and pitch their story in advance. Contact Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31.

Friday, November 17
Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm
The Storehouse Gallery will be open from 6:30 to 7:15 pm prior to the performance.

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission.

Reservations strongly encouraged. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

Coffee with the Curator

Enjoy a special tour of the current exhibition American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich led by guest curator Ann Meyerson, PhD, during which she will give an exhibition overview, provide personal insights on its creation and answer questions. Guests will meet in the Storehouse Gallery for the tour and are invited to enjoy tea, coffee and light snacks in the museum shop and further discuss the objects and stories from the exhibition.

Wednesday, November 29, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Storehouse Gallery

Sorry this is sold out.


Antiquarius 2017

Friday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 6

For details click here.

Consulting with Santa

Consulting with Santa

Candlelight Tour 2017

Sunday, December 17

Join us for a festive holiday evening when—only once a year—costumed interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich’s only Registered National Historic Landmark. In addition to your family-friendly walk through Bush-Holley House, there will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal treats from Sweet Lisa’s, winter-themed crafts for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus from 5:30–6:30 pm.

The Healy Sisters enjoy holiday 
crafts at 2016 Candlelight Tour.

The Healy Sisters enjoy holiday crafts at 2016 Candlelight Tour.

Tours are about 45 minutes long and focus on Christmas traditions as celebrated by the Bush family in the early nation period and later by the Holley family, who were residents in the early 1900s during the Cos Cob art colony era.

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take place every 15 minutes.

Admission is free to all. No reservations required.

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.

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