Connecticut museum – CNCTB Thu, 19 May 2022 12:55:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut museum – CNCTB 32 32 Mariam Issoufou Kamara will design a museum and a cultural center in Senegal Wed, 18 May 2022 17:02:53 +0000

In Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, Bet-bi means “eye”.

From 2025, Bet-bi will also refer to a new museum and community center built near the historic town of Kaolack, Senegal, when that open their doors.

Comprising exhibition spaces, community rooms and a library, the nearly 3,300 square foot museum is envisioned as a cultural liaison between West African and international art institutions while remaining sensitive to local communities – a place to celebrate the culture of sub-Saharan Africa and facilitate global initiatives for the return of objects of West African origin. Based in Connecticut Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and The Korsa, the affiliated non-profit organizations that will operate the museum plan to harness the talent of local curators for exhibitions of contemporary and historical African art. Bët-bi will also host African objects repatriated from Western collections.

On May 10, the Josef and Anni Albers/Le Korsa Foundation announced that Mariam Issoufou Kamara, founding director of the award-winning Niger-based architecture and research practice masomi workshop, was selected to lead the design of Bët-bi. It was a unanimous decision taken by a jury made up of close partners of the association, as well as design and conservation professionals from all over the world. The panel chose from an impressive shortlist of four candidates, all with offices in Africa. Shortlisted alongside the masōmī workshop were Aziza Chaouni Projects (Toronto and Fez, Morocco), MASS Design Group (Boston, Kigali, Rwanda and other localities) and the team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, composed of curator and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued and artist Elias Sime.

Aerial rendering of the future Bët-bi museum and community center. (© masomi workshop)

“It is a great honor and privilege to have been selected to lead the design of Bët-bi. For too long, our region has been a place where cultural wealth is plundered for the benefit of museum collections,” Kamara said in a press release. “This project is an opportunity to design a new type of space that draws inspiration from the region’s roots and spiritual heritage. It’s a chance to push the boundaries of what defines a museum in the 21st century.

Such sentiments echo the values ​​of public spirit that are at the very heart of the Nigerian architect’s practice. the mission statement of atelier masōmī, which Kamara founded in 2014 after studying architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, says his work “investigates the power of design to elevate, dignify and improve the quality of life people “. These efforts can be found in several company projects, including the Niamey Cultural Center. Located in the Nigerian capital (where the company is also based), the building draws inspiration from local needs, culture and tradition in its program and design. Kamara designed the cultural center under the mentorship of David Adjaye through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiativean international artistic program that combines young people and young talents with the masters.

atelier masōmī employs a similar approach in its proposal for Bët-bi, bringing the famous ancient stone megaliths of the Senegambia region of West Africa into the present. The company’s design is an ode to Senegal’s cultural history and a mosaic of traditions that preceded it.

Portrait of the architect Mariam Issoufou Kamara
Mariam Issoufou Kamara, architect based in Niamey, Niger. (©Rolex/Stephane Rodrigez Delavega)

“We looked closely at the Kingdom of Saloum and were fascinated by its origin story as a place founded jointly by the Serer and the Mandinka, which other ethnic groups later joined,” Kamara said in a statement. . written statement. “The Mandingos have historically been a people of empire and monumental architecture, which naturally provided us with direct references for construction. The Serers, on the other hand, had a deeply mystical indigenous religion that had an intimate relationship with the natural elements: the sun, the wind, the water, the ancestral spirits.

atelier masōmī wants Bët-bi to become a point of cultural intersection, starting with the way the museum is built. It will use sustainable and traditional construction methods and will involve exchanges of expertise with local craftsmen. Once complete, the studio hopes the museum will showcase the heritage of the site and provide accessible common areas where all are welcome.

Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Founder and President of its Senegalese philanthropic subsidiary Le Korsa, added in a statement: “Bët-bi will be an institution where everyone, regardless of background, can celebrate and discover the unparalleled wonders of visual art. People who may never have entered a museum as well as international visitors will have the chance to appreciate the art linked to the culture of the Sahel and to experience it as an essential respite from the inevitable difficulties of life.

Museum Makeover Grant Helps Renew 15 Connecticut Exhibits Mon, 16 May 2022 15:05:14 +0000 The program, titled “Museum Makeover,offers recipients up to $3,000 plus free visits from museum curators to develop a plan to improve certain areas of the museums and the visitor experience, according to a press release.

“Helping these institutions know how to share other stories is also very important to us,” said Kathy Craughwell-Varda, director of Conservation ConneCTion.

Conservation ConneCTion, a Connecticut State Library program founded in 2008, provides training and resources to cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to their website.

A key element of the award is the expertise provided by the program’s “traveling curators,” which is a team of 11 professionals who have worked with cultural heritage organizations in Connecticut, according to the announcement.

“Conservators go out and meet with them for a planning session, and then they work with them to develop how this implementation will unfold,” Craughwell-Varda said.

Another important aspect of renovating local exhibits will be to present more inclusive stories of Connecticut’s ancient history, according to Craughwell-Varda. For example, the Trumbull Historical Society is looking to update its permanent exhibit to include stories of Indigenous people and slaves, according to the program’s website.

Other “Museum Makeover” recipients include the Wilton Historical Society, Danbury Railway Museum and The Dudley Farm Museum.

Shahka Lokhmahs Traditional Armenian cookies from the Armenian Museum website Thu, 12 May 2022 11:29:01 +0000

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With an electric mixer, mix the butter and egg yolk until they are very creamy. Add the vanilla and mix until well blended. Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix again. At this point, add the finely ground pecans or toasted walnuts and stir until completely incorporated into the batter.

Gradually add the flour to this mixture. The dough will be firm. If the dough becomes too tough for your mixer, use your hands. Try not to handle the dough too much. (Note: the dough works best if you use it when freshly made rather than refrigerating or freezing it for later use. It can also be made that way, if needed.)

Put flour on the palms of your hands as you roll out small portions of dough into a log about 12 to 15 inches long and about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut the cookies with a butter knife every 3 inches at an angle. Use leftover dough for the next log you roll out. Handle the dough as little as possible. Repeat process until all cookies are cut and placed on an UNGREASED cookie sheet. Arrange the cookies against each other as they will keep the same size when baked.

Bake at 325º for at least 15 minutes. Check the bottom of the cookie for doneness. The cookies will be done when they are lightly browned. Add more time if needed. Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar when completely cooled. These cookies travel and freeze well once baked. They are best served with Armenian coffee or tea.

Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh (right) in Gandzasar with a talented local baker

“My father is from Beirut, Lebanon. Mom’s family is from Ankara, Turkey. My grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915 when they met in an orphanage run by German missionaries. Food has always been a way to bring back memories; I remember being part of a two-person army, jockeying the skewered lamb from the kitchen to my dad outside, where the handmade charcoal grill and his expertise made these morsels of lamb a very succulent dish. He even shaped the skewers; being a watchmaker and jeweler came in handy thanks to his skills in making kitchen gadgets. We would do this for a full day and then freeze what we didn’t need, so we’d have some toasted goodness for months to come,” says Ruth.

“I spent many hours learning how to make traditional Armenian dishes. That’s all we’ve ever eaten. Unfortunately, there were times when I dreamed of macaroni and cheese and hot dogs instead of what I had access to. Looking back, I fondly remember the great food we all enjoyed. I think cooking was sacred ground. With poverty and hunger in my story, nothing was ever wasted.

The phrase “starving Armenians” was for real for my grandparents.

When they finally arrived in this country, they even brought remnants of button thread from a shirt; I found some, years later, in my grandmother’s sewing box…”

“It wouldn’t be an Armenian meal or meeting without coffee and some kind of sweet like this cookie. When I visited Armenia in 2019, there was literally a coffee machine or a showcase where you could have a coffee without walking a few steps. There are tricks of the trade, but know that it’s easy to do. Sometimes people would turn the cups upside down after finishing their hot, sweet drink and tell each other fortunes. Often associated with dried and fresh fruits, baklava and nuts of some kind – even cordials – it speaks of friendship, belonging and brotherhood. Savor these traditional Armenian cookies that melt in your mouth. They represent for me a real taste of home”, she adds.

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Ruth visited the monastery of Gandzasar. “Gandzasar is a 13th-century Armenian Apostolic Cathedral headed by the Church of St. John the Baptist and is the most important shrine in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Gandzasar Monastery, along with hundreds of other ancient monasteries, testifies to the millennial presence of Armenians in Karabakh and proves that the sacred land of Artsakh has belonged to the Armenian people since time immemorial. ( The construction of Gandzasar began in 1216 under the patronage of the Armenian prince Khachensky. Mentioned for the first time in the 10th century, from the 14th centuryand century in the 19th century, Gandzasar was the residence of the bishops and, to this day, the monastery is still the religious and cultural center of the country.*

“My heart skipped a beat when I arrived at Gandzasar Monastery. My beloved mother has been gone from this world for over a decade. But I thought I saw her when I saw the little lady making jingalov hats. This herb filled bread is to die for. As I love to cook and bake, I’m always drawn to places where food is made. This woman invited me to approach and look at her work. She reminded me of my grandfather from Beirut who owned a bakery. He baked bread in our kitchen all his days here in the States. He never used fancy tools either. Just a cutting board and a sharp knife and the best tool ever – his hands. I found another Hartunian of spirit. His bread was cheap (barely US$1) and generous in size. And the added bonus was the man with colorful flags riding his horse to entertain the crowd. – Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, 2020. See also:

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About the Author: Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh is passionate about all things edible and has written food blogs (Ravings and Cravings), taught cooking classes to locals and internationals, traveled to Armenia (in addition to many other faraway places), is a music therapist, veteran homeschool mom, lover of Jesus Christ, and deeply devoted to her family. She is the sole owner of Music and More International and lives in Connecticut, hosting conversations at She has a supply of cookies at home at all times.

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Mattatuck Museum Announces Summer Art Exhibits Thu, 12 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum announces three new summer exhibitions. Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory and The Garden, open May 22; Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellow Folk Art, opens May 29.

These exhibits offer a variety of subjects ranging from photographs of derelict ships around the world, to abstract elements from nature, to historic folk art from two fraternal organizations, according to the museum.

A celebration of the exhibit will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 5, with remarks from Mattatuck Museum Director Bob Burns at 1 p.m. Families are invited to participate in exploration activities in the studio.

During the celebration, Public Programs Manager Elise Vanase will be on hand to preview the exciting lineup of summer program offerings. The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees and sweets available for purchase. Admission to the Celebration of Summer Exhibits is free for Museum members and children under 5, and $5 for the public. Pre-register at or call 203-753-0381 x130.

The Garden, on view from May 22 to August 31. 28 presents the interdisciplinary works of eight artists. The exhibition addresses the sensory aspects of nature while embodying the emotional journeys of artists during this eventful decade. Textiles, paintings and ephemera in a variety of materials combine to form an elemental space. The garden, curated by Wylie Contemporary of Mechanicsville, Virginia, seeks to create a refuge through an immersive experience in art, reminding visitors of the beauty of nature and the joy of living outside of the digital sphere, according to the museum. .

Since 1969, photographer Stefano Benazzo has captured images of beached boats and shipwrecks around the world. Benazzo, a retired Italian ambassador and former diplomat at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, has carried out his photographic project on four continents; his work has taken him to the coasts of Italy, Greece, Portugal, Iceland, Mauritania, Namibia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, South Georgia, Chile and the Falklands/Malvinas. In Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, on view from May 22 to August 28, 2022, his photographs chronicle the tragic fate of these ships and allude to the stories of the people who sailed them. Through his work, Benazzo intends to preserve the memory of these shipwrecks and their sailors long after the ships themselves have been erased by the action of waves and time. This exhibit features 60 of Benazzo’s haunting photographs, on display for the first time in Connecticut, according to the museum.

Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellow Folk Art from May 29 to September 4, shines a light on the hidden histories of the Freemasons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows – two fraternal brotherhoods deeply rooted in American history. The objects presented in this exhibit convey the secret practices of fraternal organizations through their rich symbolism and unusual imagery. For members, this iconography emphasizes the core values ​​of brotherhood, work, charity, passage, and wisdom, but the images seem confusing to the uninitiated. Mystery & Benevolence was organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection and is presented by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

The Mattatuck Museum has developed a host of programs inspired by this exhibit for students, families, and adults interested in a variety of subjects, including art, history, literature, and music. During the celebration, Public Programs Manager Elise Vanase will be on hand to preview the exciting lineup of summer program offerings. To learn more about these summer programs, please visit

The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury organizes events and activities Thu, 12 May 2022 04:13:10 +0000 WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., announces its calendar of activities and events for the month of June. For more information and to register, visit or call 203-753-0381 x130.

Visitors who prefer contactless payment can call and reserve their ticket in advance. Based on the recent CDC recommendation, the Museum is returning to a “mask optional” policy for visitors and staff. Should another variation or issue arise, we will re-evaluate the decision at that time.

The museum outlines updated guidelines for visitors, including what to expect during your visit, cleaning and safety protocols, and frequently asked questions, on its website. Follow the Mattatuck Museum on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and content.

Floral arrangement and painting: June 4, 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. $35 per session or $60 for both. During the first session, a florist will teach participants the intricate art of flower arranging. Participants will choose from a variety of fresh flowers to create their own bouquet to take home. Photos of the finished arrangements will be taken at the end of the first workshop. On the second day, participants will immortalize their beautiful bouquets by referencing the photographs and painting them in watercolor under the guidance of a teaching artist.

Art + Yoga = Relaxation: June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., $8 members, $12 guests. With Certified Yoga Teacher Lisa Davis, practice poses that help your body release tension, calm your nervous system, and restore overall balance to your body, mind, and soul. Then, engage in a guided mindfulness meditation practice using artwork displayed in the museum’s galleries. Modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class. To purchase tickets, please visit

Summer Exhibit Celebration and Program Preview: June 5, 1 to 3 p.m. Free for members, $5 guests. Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, The Garden, and Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art will be celebrated with remarks from Mattatuck Museum Director Bob Burns at 1 p.m.

Families are invited to participate in exploration activities in the studio. The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees and sweets available for purchase. Admission to the Celebration of Summer Exhibits is free for Museum members and children under 5, and $5 for the public.

Home Away from Home School: Art Workshops: Tuesdays in June, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids to the Museum each week to learn about different artists and art styles. After discovering an artist and seeing their work, children ages 5-18 are invited to create their own personal masterpiece using that artist’s unique techniques.

Souvenirs @ Le MATT: 11:30 a.m., June 9, 23, free. For people with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers, free of charge. Medical researchers have found that people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease are positively impacted by the therapeutic effects of viewing historical artifacts and discussing art. Join the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter and virtually explore the museum’s collection while connecting with others who are also experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. All interested candidates must go through a screening process. For more information, contact Tina Hogan at

CT Open House Day, June 11, 11 a.m. Storytelling, mask making, regular tour at 1 p.m., included with museum admission.

The Accordion Lives On: Celebrating Waterbury’s Musical History, June 12, 2 p.m., $10 members, $15 guests, $5 12 and under. The concert features the Connecticut Accordion Association Orchestra under the direction of Peter Peluso. The accordion was a mainstay of the music scene from the 1950s to the early 1980s, and Waterbury was home to some of the best teachers in the industry.

Van Trip and Meet-Up: Florence Griswold Museum, June 15. Van Option: Attendees depart Mattatuck Museum parking lot at 9:30 a.m., return around 4 p.m. $90 members, $100 guests. Participants can also arrive alone at the Florence Griswold Museum at 10:45 a.m. to join the group. $50 members, $55 guests. Lunch at Café Flo, or BYO picnic. The day ends with a commented walk on the path of the artists of the museum.

Expression Through Object Movement: 10 a.m., June 18, $8 members, $12 guests. Join puppet artist Elise Vanase to explore beneficial self-expression through the art of playing with puppets. In this low-pressure environment of the Mattatuck Museum, learn the basics of object performance and perform a series of challenging exercises with a puppet related to breath, movement, and speechless expression.

Green Thumb, Brown Hand Film Screening and Panel: 2 p.m., June 19, $5 members, $10 guests. Celebrate Juneteenth at the Mattatuck Museum with a screening of Green Thumb, Brown Hand, a documentary film by local artist Mya Saree’ Gray that explores current food desert conditions in Waterbury.

Cocktails and Curators: Shipwrecks with Stefano Benazzo and Natalie DeQuarto: June 23 at 5:30 p.m., members $30, guests $35, sober tickets, members $10, guests $15. Assistant Curator Natalie DeQuarto of the Mattatuck Museum will delve into the exhibition, Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, which features photographs of elusive shipwrecks from around the world by Italian artist Stefano Benazzo. After the tour, learn about the stories and artistic process behind Stefano’s photos, with sample cocktails created by award-winning cocktail chemist Dimitrios Zahariadias.

End of school: One-week summer artistic adventures for young people: weeks of June 27, July 11 and July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call for rates and schedules.

Saturday Docent guided tours: Saturdays in June, at 1 p.m., included in the price of admission. Museum staff will guide visitors through one of the museum’s special exhibits, collection gallery, or historical exhibit. After the tour is over, visitors will have the option to continue exploring the museum on their own.

Historic Dutch Colonial finds a buyer in no time Sat, 07 May 2022 22:07:30 +0000 Built in the early 1700s by a man named Hezekiah Portera historic Dutch Colonial in Connecticut is now on the market for $389,000.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and known as the Charles H. Curtis House, the residence of Southbury has had a number of notable occupants over the centuries. Among them was Gamaliel Benhamwho was a commissioned colonel in King Philip’s War.

“It’s a very original house,” says the listing agent Jean Geheran, of William Raveis Real Estate. Buyers, at least some of them, haven’t been put off by the home’s distinctive decor at all, and there’s already an offer in place.

Quirky decor

“The current owner has a collection of early American primitives, which are woods like oak and maple that are often painted and heavily weathered and show no signs of major wear,” says Geheran. “They’re still functional but made of cheap wood. I found that didn’t sit well with a lot of people with kids.

The cozy 2,062 square foot residence has four bedrooms and four fireplaces.

“The house really looks like a museum because it is in excellent condition,” says Geheran. “It also sold out quickly because there were no minor or major issues.”


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Vintage highlights include wide plank oak flooring throughout the house and visible wooden beams in some rooms including the open plan kitchen.


Geheran himself lives in a historic home and notes that most older homes have the kitchen separate from the rest of the house, which makes selling harder because a homeowner cannot interact with family and friends while cooking. .

And while this kitchen may look like a throwback with its exposed beams above, it includes modern appliances, a wine cooler, and a large island.

“The house also has a very large fireplace with a beehive oven in the basement that once served as a summer kitchen,” adds Geheran.

A mix of very old and new

Updates include new drywall throughout, new natural gas furnace and new wiring for window air conditioners. To the rear there is a new picket fence, covered porch and pebbled patios, gardens and paths.

The house is sandwiched between two parks, the agent said. “It is in a good location as it is next to the historic city library which has been preserved and is hardly ever used.”

While homes nearly 300 years old aren’t for every buyer, this one has found its place.

“The person who is going to buy the house will be someone with a lot of vision,” Geheran says.

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The Bruce Museum features journalist Bob Ward speaking about the 1990 Gardner Museum robbery Fri, 06 May 2022 13:53:00 +0000

GREENWICH, Conn. – On the night of March 18, 1990, two men in police uniforms arrived at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Over the next 81 minutes, they kidnapped and then fled with 13 priceless pieces of art. More than 30 years later, the question arises again: are these Rembrandts, Vermeers and Manets definitely gone? Even today, their empty frames hang from the Gardner, a constant and excruciating reminder of an inexplicable loss.

With the artwork valued in current terms at $500 million or more, a major new lead may just be the key to finally solving the case.

Join renowned Boston journalist Bob Ward as he discusses his latest report in The Hug That Stunned the Art World: The Gardner Museum Heist, 30 Years Later. It is produced by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, as part of its Bruce Presents: Thought Leaders in Art and Science speaker series, taking place via Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. EST. Support for Bruce Presents is generously provided by Berkley One, a Berkley Company.

In a statement, Bruce Museum COO and Managing Director Suzanne Lio said: “For museum administrators, collectors and sleuths, the unsolved mystery of the Gardner heist remains irresistibly alluring. For three decades, authorities have amassed an incredible number of leads, clues and theories, but still no breakthrough. This is why Bob Ward’s latest reports are intriguing. He thinks the case will one day be solved, and we can’t wait to find out why. »

The discussion will be moderated by Leonard Jacobs, co-producer of the Bruce Presents series.

To participate in this online, live Zoom webinar, visit and click the Reservations button to register. Tickets are free for members of the Bruce Museum; $20 for non-members.

Bob Ward is a Boston 25 News reporter and is widely considered one of New England’s top crime reporters. Bob’s reporting at WFXT spanned more than two decades. From local to federal investigations, he’s covered hundreds of high-profile cases and is known for getting officials, suspected criminals and even witnesses to go “taped” in his reporting. Bob’s exceptional storytelling combined with his many contacts with law enforcement led to the creation of his Boston 25 series, “New England’s Unsolved”. The story profiles unsolved criminal cases in the region and serves as a powerful voice for victims and their families. Working with families and authorities, Bob’s reporting has helped bring attention to cases that no longer made the headlines. His reporting helped uncover new leads leading to the arrest of dangerous fugitives. In 2017 Bob started a podcast for “New England’s Unsolved” and received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his work. Bob also works closely with “Mass Most Wanted”, a consortium of 39 law enforcement agencies that share information to track down criminals. The partnership has resulted in the arrest of some of New England’s most wanted criminals. Over the course of his career, Bob has received numerous awards and honors including the Mass State Police Superintendent’s Commendation Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and recognition from the Molly Bish Center and Foundation for his reporting on missing children. Bob sits on the board of the Garden of Peace, a memorial dedicated to homicide victims. Bob’s broadcasting career includes positions with WJAR-TV in Providence, RI and WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. He has received several Boston/New England Emmy Awards and a Massachusetts Associated Press Award. Originally from New England, Bob is a graduate of Emerson College.


About the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a world-class community institution with a focus on art and science. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Bruce has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County by area media in recent years. Located in a park just off I-95, Exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Bruce Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich station. For more information, call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit

Washington Museum featuring a program on the ecology of Lake Waramaug Fri, 06 May 2022 04:04:19 +0000 WASHINGTON — The Gunn Historical Museum will present a guest lecture “How the Lake Waramaug Task Force Brought the Lake Back from the Shore” with Sean Hayden, executive director of the Lake Waramaug Task Force, at 6:30 p.m. May 16 on Zoom.

From the Gunn Historical Museum: Historically, Lake Waramaug was a clean, clear lake, but the lake began to show signs of real distress from the 1950s and continued to deteriorate throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. Lake eutrophication (the gradual death of a lake) was accelerating dramatically and something had to be done as the persistent blooms of toxic algae, dangerous to human health, were becoming an ongoing problem. Recreational activities on the lake were curtailed, real estate values ​​plummeted, and the lake’s future did not look promising. Uncontrolled runoff from farms, septic systems, lawns, homes and roads in the lake’s watershed area has produced phosphorus levels that have soared to more than 30 parts per million.

In response to this plight, the Lake Waramaug Task Force was founded in 1975 by a group of concerned lake residents. Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers, the task force has raised substantial funds from federal, state, and private sources to support cutting-edge scientific research in limnology (the study of lakes). There are many water quality projects and programs that the Task Force has developed and implemented over the past four decades, and Mr. Hayden will provide a photo-rich tour through everything the Task Force has work done for Lake Waramaug and its watershed. Their work which has yielded nothing less than spectacular results as evidenced by the restoration of the lake.

Hayden served as Executive Director of the Lake Waramaug Task Force for four years and has over 30 years of experience in environmental conservation and extensive knowledge of the ecology and history of Lake Waramaug. Prior to joining the task force, Sean spent 18 years as an executive director and soil scientist at the Northwest Conservation District (NCD). During his tenure at NCD, Sean worked side-by-side with CT’s 34 Northwest cities and residents, including the task force, to conserve natural resources using sustainable development strategies.

He is a Low Impact Development (LID) Expert and Certified Soil Scientist, Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineator, and Erosion and Sediment Control Professional. He has worked with several wetland and zoning commissions to revise municipal bylaws, watershed planning, sediment and erosion control, and stormwater quality management plans. Prior to working at NCD, Sean spent 3 years as an agro-forester with the Peace Corps in Kenya. Sean graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Renewable Natural Resource Management and Engineering. He and his wife, Rose Guimaraes, live in Torrington and are passionate ‘outdoor people’.

The Waramaug Lake Working Group and the Waramaug Lake Association are sponsors of this conference.

Met Gala brings in record $17.4 million, museum says Wed, 04 May 2022 00:03:20 +0000

Kacey Musgraves attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the exhibit ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ on Monday, May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — All that “golden glamour” has brought real gold. This year’s Met Gala brought in a record $17.4 million, museum officials announced Tuesday.

The annual gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s self-funded Costume Institute. The money is used to run the institute and organize successful annual exhibitions like the current “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” which launched at the gala Monday night and opens to the public on May 7. This exhibit is part of a larger two-part exhibit exploring the roots of American fashion.

The gala is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, but due to the pandemic, the 2021 version was held last September. The two galas combined brought in $33.7 million, the institute said.

The theme for Monday’s gala was “golden glamour”.

Monday’s gala brought together around 400 guests – some of the biggest names in fashion, entertainment, sports and more.

]]> Horse-drawn carriages, steam trains and monorail: the Transit Museum explores the Bronx’s rich transit history in the Grand Central Gallery exhibit Tue, 03 May 2022 21:05:18 +0000

A small new exhibit at the New York Transit Museum’s gallery in Grand Central Terminal explores the history of the Bronx and how the borough has been shaped by waves of transit development.

“Building The Bronx” charts three and a half centuries of transportation in the borough, from horse-drawn carriages traversing farmland to subway extensions that arrived in the early 20th century.

The Bronx is New York’s only borough on the mainland United States, and its position between bustling Manhattan and the rest of the mainland made it a transportation hub early in the city’s history.

The free history exhibit is in the Transit Museum’s small store and gallery in the downtown transportation hub through October, and the curator hopes enthusiasts will learn more about their borough before heading up on a Metro-North train or subway.

“A lot of people who live in the Bronx don’t realize there was a pretty strong public transit system there before the subway was extended in the borough,” Jodi Shapiro said.

Prior to the arrival of the Metro in 1904 and 1905, the transportation system served only about 200,000 Bronxites on the borough’s 42 square miles of largely agricultural land strategically located between the city and freshwater springs. in what is now Westchester.

Horse-drawn carriages and wagons criss-crossed the landscape, and their routes are still followed by buses today.

There was even a short-lived monorail on City Island between 1910 and 1911, whose cigar-shaped yellow car was known as the “Flying Lady” and was built to carry around 40 passengers 20 miles a hour.

On its first day of operation on July 16, 1910, around 100 enthusiastic commuters thronged for the first ride, with its inventor, Howard Hansel Tunis, at the helm.

The uncemented platform sank causing the monorail to lose its top rail power and the car overturned, seriously injuring a strap. The innovative mass transit mode went out of business months later.

The City Island monorail, known as the Flying Lady, overturned on the first day of operation in 1910.Watson-Lonto Collection/New York City Transit Museum

Steam railroads to Connecticut and Massachusetts also bordered the borough, parts of which were later incorporated into the Metro-North and Subway lines.

Remnants of the movers from the golden age can still be found today on the Dyre Avenue subway line, which carries the No. 5 trains in the northeast Bronx, but was once the old railroad of New York, Westchester and Boston.

The railroad operated there until 1937, and its former offices now house the E. 180th Street subway station on lines 2 and 5, which still houses an elegant Italian Renaissance-style building.

“There really is nothing else like it,” Shapiro said.

“There are five former New York, Westchester Boston stations that are part of the Dyre Avenue Line,” she added. “You look at them and you’re just kind of like, this is unlike any subway station I’ve ever seen.”

The E. 180th Street station on the No. 2 and 5 subway lines once housed the offices of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway.Metropolitan Transport Authority / Patrick Cashin

When the city took over private subway lines in 1940, transit officials installed a third rail on this section of tracks to supply subway trains and reused parts from other closed elevated lines.

“Whenever something was taken out of service, they salvaged what equipment they could and just reinstalled it somewhere else,” Shapiro said. “It’s kind of an untold story of upcycling.”

The historic transit facility connects those efforts with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s modern plans to add four new Metro-North stations to Amtrak’s Hell Gate line in the East Bronx, also known as from Penn Station Access.

“The Penn Station Access project, which will reactivate some of the old steam-powered railway rights-of-way, therefore comes full circle in history,” Shapiro said.

“Building The Bronx” at the New York Transit Museum Gallery & Store at Grand Central Terminal in the shuttle walkway at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Open Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. For more information, visit