Calendar of Events

Jan
17
Fri
Moko – Maori Tattoo: Photographs by Hans Neleman @ Art Museum, USJ
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm

Large-format portraits by Dutch-born artist Hans Neleman depict contemporary Maori men and women whose facial or body tattoos express individual, family, and tribal identity. The traditional art of Maori tattooing, once suppressed under colonial rule, has undergone a resurgence as New Zealand’s Maori reassert their cultural traditions.

Image Caption: Hans Neleman (Dutch, b. 1960). Parangi Hillman (Iwi: Ngai Tuhoe) “This ta moko represents my Maori identiy and my Christian faith,” 1999. Digital print, satin finish K-3 on aluminum. Gift of Hans Neleman, 2017.

Jan
29
Wed
Story Time! Ages 2-6 at Hill-Stead @ Hill-Stead Museum
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hill-Stead’s new Story Time is on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 am.  Your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature and more (with music and movement) in the historic setting of Hill-Stead.  Create an art project to bring home.  Then, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.

$8 per child or FREE with museum membership. Ages 2-6.

Feb
2
Sun
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
First Sundays for Families at Hill-Stead Museum @ Hill-Stead Museum | West Hartford | Connecticut | United States

Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities!

  • Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 p.m.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through October.
  • Self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 p.m.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.
  • Enjoy beautiful melodies on the Steinway piano as you tour the house between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.
  • Purchase a treasure in our Museum Shop, stocked with art supplies, toys, children’s books and much more.
Winter Sunday Explorers @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The winter version of our popular drop-in program provides a great reason to visit on Sundays! Our Animal Meet & Greets move to our exhibit galleries to celebrate our incredible new Thomas D. Mangelsen exhibition, A LIFE IN THE WILD. Then, end the day with a chance to build with some of our favorite building blocks and kits! Some programs may be limited in enrollment. The schedule of events may change without notice or due to weather. Strollers and late entries not permitted in the planetarium. The planetarium is recommended for ages 5 and up.

1-4 pm: Self-guided crafts (Overbrook Nature Center)
1:30 pm: Planetarium Show (Bendel Mansion)
2:30 pm: Animal Meet & Greet in A LIFE IN THE WILD Exhibition (Museum Gallery)
3:30 pm: Building Stations Lab (Overbrook Nature Center)

Members: FREE | Non-members: Included with gate admission

Feb
3
Mon
Winter Cooking Series: Seasonal Sustainability – Winter Citrus Appetizer Terrain Sous Chef, Caitlin McGowan @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the culinary professionals that lead the kitchens of Westport restaurants Terrain Cafe and Amis as they show you the joys of sourcing and cooking with the best in seasonal and sustainable ingredients. From salads and appetizers to entrees, pasta and desserts, this six-part series takes you through the methodology of creating showstopping dishes as you also learn how to source the best ingredients right in your own backyard.

Learn to make citrus salad accented by a charred leek vinaigrette. You’ll learn how to pair the flavors of winter citrus with a zesty dressing made with leftover rinds and use beet tops to make a pesto to complete the dish.

Feb
6
Thu
Artist Talk with John Walsh at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum @ Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Meet the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Go Home Paddy, currently on view at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. Walsh will talk the audience through his process of writing the story of Paddy O’Rielly and how he created his graphic novel. His work often focuses on graphic narratives that explore the intersection of racism, religion, bigotry and immigration. Engaging readers and viewers in the examination of these haunting aspects of our culture and history is one of his goals. Walsh will even bring in his original artwork and storyboards for this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his work.

This lecture is $5 for the general public and free for IGHM members and QU students.

Feb
9
Sun
Winter Sunday Explorers @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The winter version of our popular drop-in program provides a great reason to visit on Sundays! Our Animal Meet & Greets move to our exhibit galleries to celebrate our incredible new Thomas D. Mangelsen exhibition, A LIFE IN THE WILD. Then, end the day with a chance to build with some of our favorite building blocks and kits! Some programs may be limited in enrollment. The schedule of events may change without notice or due to weather. Strollers and late entries not permitted in the planetarium. The planetarium is recommended for ages 5 and up.

1-4 pm: Self-guided crafts (Overbrook Nature Center)
1:30 pm: Planetarium Show (Bendel Mansion)
2:30 pm: Animal Meet & Greet in A LIFE IN THE WILD Exhibition (Museum Gallery)
3:30 pm: Building Stations Lab (Overbrook Nature Center)

Members: FREE | Non-members: Included with gate admission

Feb
10
Mon
Winter Cooking Series: Seasonal Sustainability – Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Amis Sous Chef, Sarah Mercurio @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the culinary professionals that lead the kitchens of Westport restaurants Terrain Cafe and Amis as they show you the joys of sourcing and cooking with the best in seasonal and sustainable ingredients. From salads and appetizers to entrees, pasta and desserts, this six-part series takes you through the methodology of creating showstopping dishes as you also learn how to source the best ingredients right in your own backyard.

Roast a whole chicken with sage-infused honey, pears and sweet potatoes. Explore how to make minimal waste in the kitchen by using the leftover bones to create a flavorful stock for rich soups.

Feb
12
Wed
Winter Home School Day: Native Wildlife @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Discover the amazing animals that live right here in our area! Learn about local reptiles and amphibians, delve into the world of our largest land mammals, take in the work of renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen in our latest exhibition, and test your knowledge in our animal artifact lab. The group lunch period allows homeschoolers to meet and share ideas.

Feb
13
Thu
Masterclass Poetry Workshop: Jericho Brown @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Poet Jericho Brown, an American Book Award Winner, will host a masterclass workshop in The Studio leading up to an evening reading event.

“There are countless poets of the body, but the body in Brown’s poetry serves as a nexus of the corporeal and conceptual. The ‘body’ of his work isn’t just a physical, individual one; it’s a stand-in for various (flawed) institutions of power and belief: national history, religion, mythology, the justice system.” —The New York Times

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. Brown’s first book, Please(New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament(Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition(Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review,Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes ofThe Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.