Calendar of Events

October 4

Exhibit Description:

Remember when you first started collecting rocks, baseball cards and buttons? In celebration of the collector in all of us, several Connecticut collectors will share their highly sophisticated collections that reflect the depth of everyday life. We invite you to come view high fashion Madame Alexander dolls, sculptural 19th century weathervanes, handsome18th century Connecticut furniture, ROBOTS! and more.

October 16

10th Annual Frederick G. Mason Annual Lecture
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Break Neck Hill in Middlebury to commemorate Revolutionary War history. Keith Jones of the Ridgefield Historical Society will portray Colonel Bradley of the 5th Connecticut Regiment. He'll describe life in the Connecticut militia in 1777 and the Battle of Ridgefield against the British. In May of 1780, some 10,000 French soldiers and sailors left France to support the American Revolution, including 5,500 soldiers who marched through Connecticut in Rochambeau's French Expeditionary Force. Members of the Middlebury Historical Society will explain the significance of Break Neck Hill and how local families hosted one of the biggest troop movements of French troops on their way to support the Americans in Yorktown.

Free, RSVP. Please call the museum for driving directions.

October 28

Dia de los Muertos at Mardi Gross!
7:00 p.m.

The museum joins in the downtown Mardi Gross celebrations with this special performance! Put on your fancy shoes and join us as we recreate the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of one of Latin America's most important holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is a festive celebration to honor the dearly departed. Unlike Halloween, these spirits do not come back to haunt us, but rather to join us happily for a few hours, and warm their bones with music and friendship.

Connecticut's Latin-Folk group, Sirius Coyote, will play selections of contemporary and ancient music using an array of authentic folk instruments, many crafted by the group's members. The performance is accompanied by slides that give a graphic look at what the people in Latin America do during this festive time. There is also a traditional altar with offerings of flowers, incense, and other worldly items. The magical sounds of the group's music brings it all to life!

Suggested donation: $2 per person, free for kids 2 and under.

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