The Mattatuck Museum offers activities for children and adults

WATERBURY – The Mattatuck Museum, 143 Main St., Waterbury, has announced its programs for the month of August. The museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, and is open late Thursday with reduced admission from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For tickets and information, go to mattmuseum.org

Visitors who prefer contactless payment can call and reserve their ticket in advance. There’s a newly expanded lunch menu in the Art of Yum Café, now open all week. Follow the Mattatuck Museum on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and content.

Classes


August 6: Art + Yoga = Relaxation, 9:30 a.m., $8 members, $12 guests. The class combines physical exercise and art. 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. This practice will teach participants to look at art with calm, focused attention, allowing them to see what is visually present. Pose modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class.

August 7, August 21: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Music on the terrace: a series of jazzy summer concerts. August 7, Funk That, August 21, Goza Latin Jazz Band. $15 members, $20 guests. The concerts will take place on the new roof terrace and will be moved inside our performing arts center in case of bad weather.

August 10: Lunch and Learn: The Flood of ’55, noon-1 pm, $5 members, $10 guests. Attendees can either order lunch from the Art of Yum Café or bring their own while learning about exciting topics from our guest speakers. Join former Mattatuck Museum Archivist Michael Dooling for an in-depth look at the historic flood that devastated Waterbury in 1955. Mike will offer a fresh perspective on the flood, blending the story of famed A-lister Rosalind Russell, who was in Waterbury at the time, as well as his own memories and experience.

August 13: Terrarium Creation, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45 members, $50 guests. Join Julia Cavallaro, owner of The Painted Leaf LLC, in building a terrarium inspired by a fairy garden. All materials and plants will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own accent pieces or containers with 4-5 inch wide openings of their choosing. Participate in a draw to win a handmade terrarium by Julia by registering in advance! The price will be displayed at the Museum reception desk.

August 14: Mary Rogers Williams: Defying the Expectations of Her Time, 2 p.m., $25 members, $30 guests. Eve M. Kahn, freelance scholar and antiquities columnist for The New York Times, will show how a 2012 research phone call led to her award-winning book, Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 ( Wesleyan University press, 2019). Revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), daughter of a Hartford baker, lived an extraordinary life. She cycled and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at the Art Students League, chafed at art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about his travels and work, and taught at Smith College for nearly two decades, but sadly ended up in relative obscurity.

August 17: Van tour of the Scottish Rite Museum. Departure from the museum at 8:30 a.m., return around 5 p.m. $115 members, $125 guests. A trip to the Scottish Masonic Rite Museum and Library to learn about mystery and benevolence, must-see at Mattatuck. Located in Lexington, Mass., the museum’s collection related to American Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history has more than 17,000 objects. Start the day with a one-hour guided tour, then explore the collection and exhibits on your own. Free lunch then at Merchants Row of the Colonial Inn.

August 17: Hour reserved for seniors (65 and over), 10 a.m., $5 members, $17 guests. Includes admission to the museum. Guest passes do not apply. Explore the Mattatuck Museum’s collection and special temporary exhibits in a safe and comfortable environment during this monthly tour offering. In August, enjoy a special visit to one of the Museum’s summer exhibitions Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Folk Art. This exhibit features prints, sculptures, textiles and regalia that shed light on the hidden histories of two fraternal organizations, Freemasons and Odd Fellows. Private tours are also available. To register, contact Angel Bleggi, Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or 203-753-0381 x118.

August 18: Speakeasy, 6 p.m., $10 members, $15 guests. Come to the museum for an evening of live entertainment with food and drink available for purchase at the museum. Secret instructions will be sent to you upon registration. Employees at the event will all have their identities hidden and you better hide yours too; provide an alternate ID when you sign up…and of course, don’t forget to “speak softly” about it! For more information, contact “J” at [email protected] or 203-753-0381 x114.

August 20: Masonic Celebration: Exclusive dinner and backstage tour, 6 p.m., $50. Places limited to 150. Harmony Lodge no. 42, which celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, invites fellow Freemasons to dinner at the Mattatuck Museum. Attendees will visit both exhibits and take an architectural tour of the building, highlighting its historic Masonic features. Then, dine in the former Templar Asylum of the Waterbury Masonic Lodge with fellow Masons from across the region. For more information, contact Emily Powers at [email protected] or 203-753-0381 x123.

August 25: Connecticut’s Shipwrecks, 6 p.m., $10 members, $15 guests. Explore a new perspective on the rich history of ships that rest permanently on the ocean floor off the coast of Connecticut with Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni. Dr. Bellantoni has been involved in numerous shipwrecks and other maritime sites in Connecticut and will share his insights and experiences with attendees. He is State Archaeologist Emeritus at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in anthropology from UCONN in 1987 and was appointed a state archaeologist shortly thereafter.

August 26: Night at the Museum: Mystery at midnight Family event, 6 p.m., $20 children, $10 adults, $15 child members, $5 adult members, free for children under 4. Come for a night of detective work where you will create your own secret identity, visit the crime scene in search of clues to find the missing painting, identify suspects through a fun treasure hunt and even go to the lab of the crime to help determine which suspect did it. Pre-register by calling Jason Foberg at 203-753-0381 x114 or emailing [email protected]

August 2, 9, 16, 23: Home Away From Home School: Art Workshop Series, 1 p.m. by Mattatuck Docent (and homeschool mom), Jennifer Sokol. Come and take advantage of this chance to learn about art and history with other homeschoolers. Children ages 5-18 are welcome to come socialize with other homeschoolers and participate in a creative environment.

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