Meet & Greet Walkaround Grover fromSesame Street

Meet & Greet Walkaround Grover from Sesame Street

Fall Festival at Bush-Holley Historic Site

Sunday, October 8

Fall Festival at the Greenwich Historical Society will feature a Meet & Greet Walkaround Grover from Sesame Street,* Touch-a-Truck construction equipment, a puppet show, games, crafts, food truck, and the perennially popular scarecrow competition. Throughout the event, visitors may see the Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play exhibition, which closes after Fall Festival, in the Storehouse Gallery and take a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House.

WonderSpark Puppets

Puppeteer Chad Williams and Friend

Puppet Show

WonderSpark Puppets will perform Fox Fables, the story of a fox who loses his tail and seeks a new identity, in the Vanderbilt Education Center at 2:00 pm. WonderSpark was founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey “Z” Briggs (also manager of the Jim Henson Foundation). In addition to their regular gigs, they often bring laughter and joy to the patients and staff at Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.


Touch-a-Truck construction equipment will be available for people to explore throughout the event. Climb into an excavator, a yellow Mustang 1155 lull lift that framers use to transport materials to work areas, and a boom lift that framers use to reach elevated work areas. The Greenwich Historical Society is undergoing an exciting campus reimagination that will be completed next fall. We are excited to have construction equipment and professional operators onsite for the 2017 Fall Festival.

Fall Festival 2015

Joshua and Sienna Charlton flank their original creation at the 2015 Fall Festival

Scarecrow Competition

The theme of this year’s scarecrow competition will be “friendly monsters” in honor of Sesame Street characters Grover and Oscar the Grouch, who appear in the current exhibition. Basic scarecrow building materials (straw, burlap bag, and armature/“bones”) are included in the fee, but participants are welcome to bring “accessories” to customize their creations. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Last Chance! Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play

Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play closes at 4pm October 8. This is your last chance to see Kermit the Frog and Oscar the Grouch in person in Connecticut. The exhibition also includes a detailed doll house Jim Henson modeled on his Greenwich family home, original artwork by both Jim and Jane Henson, and much more.


Sunday, October 8; 12:30 to 3:30 pm

12:30 pm: Event begins

12:30 to 3:30 pm: Meet & Greet Walkaround Grover from Sesame Street will be posing for photos a half hour on, a half hour off; Touch-a-Truck construction equipment will be available to climb into; a food truck will be onsite

1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm: Tours of Bush-Holley House leave the Storehouse Gallery

2:00 pm: Puppet show

2:30 pm: Scarecrows must be completed to be entered into the competition

3:00 pm: Scarecrow competition prizes awarded

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Children under 3: free; all other children under 18: $5; adults: $10; family: $25
Separate fee for the Scarecrow Competition: members: $10; nonmembers: $15

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Art History and Landscape Lecture: American Arts & Crafts Gardens, 1890-1920: Simplicity, Harmony, and Utility

Tuesday, October 17

Denise Wiles Adams

Based on period documentation of historic gardens, publications and designers’ records, lecturer Denise Wiles Adams will focus on the decorative gardens popular in America during the Cos Cob art colony era. Her talk will explore the distinctive garden style of the great estates of the time and highlight plants that were popular.

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640–1940

An ornamental plant and garden historian, Adams received her PhD in horticulture from Ohio State University and for a decade owned an heirloom-flower and herb nursery. She is a prolific writer and lecturer on topics related to the history of American ornamental gardens and is the author of Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640–1940 (Timber Press, 2004) and American Home Landscapes (Timber Press, 2013). Adams currently resides in Stony Point, New York, where she enjoys researching and creating period-appropriate gardens for her 1914 Arts & Crafts-style home.

Tuesday, October 17

Doors open at 6:30 pm for light refreshments
Program starts at 7:00 pm with a 45-minute talk and a 15-minute Q&A session

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

2017 William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture:
Lewis E. Lehrman on Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

Tuesday, October 24

Lewis E. Lehrman

During World War II the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain cemented the alliance that won the war in the West. But the ultimate victory of that partnership has obscured many of the conflicts behind Franklin Roosevelt’s charm and Winston Churchill’s victory signs—namely, the clashes of principles and especially personalities between and within the leadership of the two nations.

Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

This year’s William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture will feature award-winning author Lewis E. Lehrman. Lehrman’s program will focus on the dynamics at play among allies during WW II based on research for his new book Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft, a revealing study in personal diplomacy, character and statecraft at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American alliance.

Lewis E. Lehrman received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history. He has written for the Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; has penned numerous works on Abraham Lincoln; and is also the author of Money, Gold and History. Lehrman, who received a BA from Yale and an MA in history from Harvard, was a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in History at Yale and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in History at Harvard

You will not want to miss this opportunity to meet one of the great historians of our time. Early reservations strongly suggested

Tuesday, October 24
Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm (45 minutes followed by Q&A)

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT.


Harmonious Migrations

Sunday, November 5

IBEX Puppetry 2015

A free, inspiring, and educational puppetry performance and workshop lead by Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson and her company IBEX Puppetry, Harmonious Migrations playfully explores the co-existence of people and the endangered whooping crane in North America.

Developed to teach children ages 5–12 about the interconnectivity of the environment and all species, this program focuses specifically on cranes through puppetry, storytelling, and crafts.

Participants are introduced to the Native American concepts of the Four Directions, four elements, four medicinal herbs, and four stages of life.

Students will leave this workshop with a new understanding of interconnectivity and respect for indigenous cultures. Harmonious Migrations is science with a conscience and a whole lot of fun!

This program is being offered in collaboration with Greenwich Reads Together. Participants will enjoy an hour performance followed by an interactive workshop with an opportunity to complete a hands-on activity relevant to the show.

IBEX Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry. Founded in 2000 and receiving multiple UNIMA awards, IBEX Puppetry supports puppet art in film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops, and artist presentations.

Greenwich Reads Together logo

Sunday, Novemer 5
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Free. Reservations required. Click here to make reservations through EventBrite, send an email or call 203.869.6899 ext.10 and let us know how many adults and children (with ages) in your reservation. All ages are welcome!

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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