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Cruising Through the Past: An Exploration of Greenwich History from the Water

Thursday, August 11, 2016

When did Steamboat Road morph from gritty, working waterfront to prime Greenwich real estate? Why did seaman who were fleeing from a burning wreck swim away from Greenwich Point when they were only yards from safety? What drew New York City’s infamous Boss Tweed to the Greenwich shore? Hear some of these stories and more when you cruise back through time with Captain Henry E. Marx, owner and president of Landfall Navigation. The two-hour excursion, hosted by the Greenwich Historical Society, will focus on the important role that Greenwich’s shoreline played in shaping its development. From the decks of the Island Beach ferry, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on Greenwich history, and although no hoisting of heavy sails will be involved, snacks and "grog" (otherwise known as a cash bar) will be available to fortify cruisers throughout the evening courtesy of Randy's Wines of Cos Cob.

Steamboat Road docks (1920) and view across Indian Harbor today

Guide Henry Marx's long maritime career has included service as a seaman on a Norwegian flagged oil tanker and military service in the US Naval Reserve on diesel submarines. An accomplished marine educator, Marx holds copyrights on one marine safety and two navigation courses, which he teaches regularly. He is an experienced blue-water sailor, a member of the Storm Trysail Club, and has sailed and raced for over 40 years on the east and west coasts of the US, the southern coast of Norway, and throughout the Caribbean. From 1992 to 1994, Captain Marx also served on the Committee on Nautical Charting of the Marine Board division of the National Academy of Science reviewing NOAA chart making. Captain Marx is currently chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation.

The cruise is offered in conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society's exhibition, Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, currently on view at the Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

5:30 to 7:30 pm
Guests will meet at the Island Beach Ferry Dock, Arch Street, Greenwich, at 5:15 pm

A Greenwich Parks Pass is not required for this event.

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85th Annual Meeting and Lecture by Estella Chung: Living Artfully, At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In an illustrated lecture, author and curator Estella Chung will discuss her book Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post, introducing us to Post’s life in three magnificent homes. From the opulent glamour of Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, to the rustic whimsy of Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks, to the elegant and formally furnished Hillwood estate and gardens in Washington, D.C., Marjorie Post brought to her residences a flawless style of living and entertaining. The personal stories of family, staff, and former guests bring to life the formal dinners, charity events, garden parties, and weekend retreats that made an invitation from Post the most sought after in her time. Ms. Chung will reveal both the splendor of life in these residences and the behind-the-scenes efforts necessary to make it all happen.

Estella Chung is head of oral history, curator of American material culture and historian at Hillwood. She combs photographic archives, documents, and the not-so-ordinary artifacts that tell the life story of the museum's founder. As head of Hillwood’s oral history program, she conducts interviews with those who worked for and were entertained by Marjorie Post, which she wove into Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post, now in its fifth printing. Estella is trained in American Studies and Museum Studies and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Brown University. She puts her academic training to good use as a member of the Biographers International Organization, where she delights in talking shop about the very nosy craft of telling someone else’s life history. Book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 pm

$65 for members; $75 for nonmembers
Reservations required. Purchase tickets by September 7.

Members: $65

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Non-members: $75

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Greenwich Makes History: An Evening with Lesley Stahl

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Lesley Stahl, celebrated television reporter and recent New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Grandma: The Joy and Science of the New Grandparenting. Ms. Stahl will share her views on the current political landscape, family and the future. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Greenwich Historical Society’s Fund for Program Enrichment, newly established to support program initiatives, including education, exhibitions, public programs, digital collections and preservation.

As one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting. She has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since March 1991, with the 2016-2017 season marking her 26th on the broadcast. Prior to joining “60 Minutes”, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. Her reports appeared frequently on the “CBS Evening News,” with Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and later on other CBS News broadcasts. During that time, she also served as moderator of “Face the Nation,” CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast. She has received numerous awards for her journalistic achievement including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Greenwich County Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich, CT

Limited VIP tickets for a pre-event reception and book signing are available for $1,000.
General admission tickets are $250. A copy of Stahl’s new book is included in the ticket price.
Reservations required.

General Admission: $250

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VIP Admission: $1000

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Fall Festival: Eye to the East

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Last year’s contest winners, the Hopson Family, created a Revolutionary War soldier in honor of Greenwich’s 375th Anniversary.

This year’s Fall Festival will have a Japanese flavor as we focus on Japanese celebrations in connecting with the current exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery. Activities will include kite making, face painting and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts, along with a special family-friendly, tour of Bush-Holley House.

Guests may also compete in the annual scarecrow-making competition. Registration fee for the competition (in addition to the entrance fee) is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and includes armature (“the bones”), hay for stuffing, twine and a burlap sack for the head. Bring your own fashion accessories or create your masterpiece with some of ours. Perhaps we’ll see spot some straw geishas and samurais this year. Please enroll in advance for the Scarecrow Competition.

Sunday, October 16, 2016
12:30 to 3:30 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

$10 for adults; $5 for children (no charge for children two and under); $25 for family admission

Adults: $10

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Children: $5

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Family: $25

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East Meets West: Duo Yumeno in Concert at The Historical Society

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Musicologist Ralph Samuelson has described Duo Yumeno as “superb musicians moving along the same path, one which does not distinguish East or West but simply brings two beautiful string instruments of the world together seamlessly.” Composing original arrangements and commissioned works, New York based Duo Yumeno offers a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and western classical music. Hikaru Tamaki is an accomplished cellist, while Yoko Reikano Kimura sings and plays the koto (a Japanese zither about six feet long, with 13 silk strings) and the shamisen (a three-stringed lute with a square body played with a plectrum).The pair has recently completed a four-year performance project that included an annually commissioned work by the American composer Marty Regan. They have been enthusiastically received in diverse locales from New York and Chicago to Tokyo, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago.

The award-winning duo received the Janet Latz Professional Fellowship in 2011, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant in 2014 and the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award in 2015. Their first CD, “Flowers, Birds, Wind, Moon," was released in May 2015 and will be available for purchase. Performances and are being held in conjunction with An Eye to The East: The Inspiration of Japan, and attendees may visit the exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery free of charge one hour before each performance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Performances at 4:00 and 7:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers $15

4:00 pm Performance; Members: $10

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4:00 pm Performance; Non-members: $15

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7:00 pm Performance; Members: $10

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Cultural Landscape Lecture by Marc Peter Keane:
“Karesansui • Japanese Stone Gardens Old and New”

Thursday, November 3, 2106

Marc Peter Keane, internationally known garden designer and author, will describe the history and tradition of karesansui gardens—those enigmatic arrangements of stone and sand—exploring how they came into being and why they are designed the way they are. Beginning with their early roots in sacred stones, iwakura, he will show how these gardens developed into the highly stylized forms we see today in Japan and around the world. Keane will also discuss his own work designing contemporary karesansui gardens including the Spiral Garden built in Kyoto Prefecture’s oldest extant residence (a designated cultural property), the Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art, and the recently completed courtyard garden in Manhattan called Thrust!

Marc Peter Keane is a landscape architect based in Ithaca, New York. He lived in Kyoto, Japan, for 18 years, designing gardens for private individuals, companies and temples, and continues that work now from his studio in Ithaca. He has authored four books on the subject of karesansui. More about his work and books can be found at his beautiful website. [create link:>]

Thursday, November 3, 2106
Doors open at 6:30; light refreshments will be served
45-minute lecture begins at 7:00, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session

Vanderbilt Education Center.

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20

The Storehouse Gallery will be open from 6:00 to 6:45 pm. Admission is free with purchase of a lecture ticket.

Members: $15

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Non-members: $20

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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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