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Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s February 2017



A BILLION BRICKS 4: Superheroes in Gotham

Through February 5, 2017

Last chance to see an Amazing LEGO® Cityscape at the SM&NC!  

Skylines and superheroes! The ILUGNY team has built a fantasy Gotham City featuring five of the most iconic buildings in New York City – and they are HUGE!  LEGO trains, trams, and subways travel over, under, and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes save the day. Bring the whole family to the SM&NC’s ever-popular annual exhibition and be awed by these remarkable architectural landmarks each made completely of LEGO bricks.


POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways

February 18 – May 29, 2017

Images from Women Photographers of Connecticut

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s latest exhibition, Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut’s Waterways, opens on Saturday, February 18, 2017. How important is water in our lives? How does human activity impact the waterways of Connecticut? How can impacted waterways be reclaimed and natural ecosystems restored? Explore these themes through dramatic and poignant images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state.

The Stamford Museum Galleries are open to the public Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free to SM&NC Members and children age 3 and under. Admission for non-members: $10 per adult; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students (18+, with valid ID); $5 children (4-17).


SM&NC Salon Series Adult Programming


An Evening with Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6 pm

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to host Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Ph.D., Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a special Salon Series lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. This past July, Burke was named the 16th Dean of Yale's F&ES — and the first female dean in the School's 116-year history. Burke's lecture is co-sponsored by The Stamford Land Conservation Trust. The subject of her talk is "Collaboration toward Conserving Open Spaces: Strategies for Finding Common Ground."


The Salon Series evening will take place in the SM&NC’s Bendel Mansion, starting at 6 pm with wine and light appetizers. The event is offered free of charge, though donations are most welcome to help support this and other SM&NC Salon Series events. To RSVP and for directions, please visit stamfordmuseum.org.


Winter Farm to Table Supper
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6 -10 pm

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is delighted to host its Winter Farm to Table Supper on Saturday, February 25, 6-10 pm, in the elegant setting of the Bendel Mansion. This exceptional dining experience will feature the cuisine of Executive Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread in South Norwalk, Connecticut. The evening will begin with cocktails and a tour of the Stamford Museum’s latest exhibition, POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways, featuring images by the Women Photographers of Connecticut group.


Tickets for the SM&NC’s Winter Farm to Table Supper, which is sponsored by First County Advisors, the wealth management division of First County Bank, may be purchased online at www.stamfordmuseum.org/farmtotable. Single tickets are $125 per person; $1,500 to sponsor a table (10 people). Seating is limited, and winter casual attire is suggested. Proceeds will support the mission and programs of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. For more information, please call 203.977.6536.




Teddy Bear Tea Party

Saturday, February 11, 2 pm (Snow date: Sunday, February 12, 2 pm)
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bear) to a very special tea for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a variety of tea-time treats and sweets, delight in an enchanting tale from Acting Out with Ms. Karen, and bring home your own Valentine surprise. Don’t forget to dress up your Teddy Bears in their favorite party outfits! For ages 3 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot well in advance.
SM&NC Members: $25 per person / Non-members: $35 per person For questions or to register, call 203.977.6521


Extreme Maple Syrup

Sunday, February 19, 3–4:30 pm

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes look at our Maple Syrup operation and assist with some of the daily tasks that go into turning sap into syrup. Help collect sap and measure how much sugar is in it, learn to use an auger to drill tap holes, tour the sugar bush, and more! Observe the process of turning sap into syrup with the evaporator and do a taste test of the different grades to see which one you prefer. We’ll end our program with a special treat featuring the SM&NC’s very own maple syrup! Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register. Meet at the Overbrook Nature Center.

SM&NC Members: $5/person | Non-Members: $8/person


Sunday Explorers

Sundays, through February 26, 1–4 pm

Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Enjoy our guided farm and trail programs as well as our popular animal Meet & Greets. We also conduct Science Spot programs each Sunday in Overbrook Nature Center, and offer an array of self-guided crafts. Different themes, animals, and stories each week.
1-4 pm Self-guided crafts & open classroom

1 pm Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

1:30 pm Guided Hike or Farm Program

2:30 pm Science Spot

3 pm Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

Recommended for ages 5 and up.
SM&NC Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission


Winter Break Out Days

No school? No problem! Enjoy a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages during these school vacation days. Come for a few activities or stay for the day. The complete schedule of events will be posted on site and on stamfordmuseum.org. Registration is not necessary.


What’s Up?

Monday, February 20, 11 am–3 pm

Is it true that everything that goes up must come down? Join us to discover what is up in nature in mid-winter! Learn how the upflow of sap allows us to make maple syrup in our Sugar House, investigate the science behind catapults as we launch things into the air, and make your own mini catapult to take home. Discover the winter birds in our area and make a recycled bird feeder to take home. Explore the winter constellations in our night sky in our planetarium, create some great crafts, and end the day with vanilla ice cream topped with our own maple syrup! A complete schedule will be on our website closer to the event.

SM&NC Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission


Winter Home-School Day:

Nature’s Numbers (ages 5–12)

Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am-3 pm

Our winter home-school day will focus on the numbers found in nature—from the ratio of sap to syrup for maple sugaring to the amount of hay our farmers feed every week to our animals. A lab-based class will cover many other numbers, from the 8 legs of arachnids to the 14 different types of snakes in Connecticut. Plus, we’ll take a journey through our solar system to explore some really out-of-this-world numbers! Limited enrollment to enhance the small-group experience. No charge for teachers/chaperones and non-participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas. To register, please call the Environmental Education office at 203.977.6540 or e-mail smnc.education@gmail.com.

SM&NC Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child





Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of its unique site. Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.322.1646 or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.


Hours: Heckscher Farm, daily 9 am – 4 pm; Nature’s Playground, daily 9 am – 5 pm; Stamford Museum (main building), Mon. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm; Sun. 11 am – 5 pm; Heckscher WILD!, Tues. – Fri. Noon – 4 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 4 pm.


Admission Fees*: SM&NC Members – Free; Adults $10; Seniors (65+) $8; Students (18+ with valid ID) $6; Children (4-17) $5; Children (3 and under) Free    

*excludes festival days & special events     

INFO All, Stamford Museum & Nature Center’

Stamford Winter Restaurant Weeks

25 Stamford Tables members (Stamford Downtown’s Restaurant Association), HEAT UP their kitchens in preparation for the most delicious Winter Restaurant Weeks yet!  Join us as we celebrate our 12th year hosting this popular 2-week event beginning Friday, February 17th through Thursday, March 2nd, featuring special prix fixe lunch & dinner menus at incredible values.  We guarantee that this event is not to be missed with something savory for every palette!   


As an added bonus for braving the cold, this year, The Avon Theatre Film Center is offering Winter Restaurant Weeks patrons an opportunity to receive one Free medium popcorn with a purchase of a General Admission ticket, so don’t forget to ask for an Avon voucher when dining.


Winter Restaurant Weeks Menus can be found on our website so log onto www.stamford-downtown.com under “Signature Events”. 


Prix Fixe delectable menus range in price from $10.17-$20.17 for Lunch, and $15.17-$35.17 for Dinner.   Participating restaurants include:  Acuario RestaurantAria, Bar Rosso, Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Capital Grille, Capriccio Café, Cask Republic, Columbus Park Trattoria, Del Frisco’s Grille, EOS Greek Cuisine, F.I.S.H., The Fez, Franklin Street Works Café, Hudson Grille, Kashi Japanese Restaurant, Kona Grill, Noir Stamford, Quattro Pazzi, Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza Company, Sam’s American Bistro, Villa Italia at the Hampton Inn, Wayne’s Steakhouse and ZAZA Gastrobar. 

INFO During Restaurant hours, Stamford Downtown

Taste of Stamford

Place: Crowne Plaza
Address: Recently Renovated Crowne Plaza 2701 Summer Street Stamford, CT
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
When: 5:30 PM Until 8:30 PM

$60.00 Pre-Registered

$70.00 Day-Of

About: 24th Annual Culinary Extravaganza. 

Enjoy a night on the town, sampling various foods and wines from local restaurants-in the comfort of a warm and beautiful hotel. 

Complete the night by booking a room on the premises with a special $99 room rate offered by the Crowne Plaza for that evening.
INFO 5:30 PM Until 8:30 PM, Recently Renovated Crowne Plaza 2701 Summer Street Stamford, CT

Annual Maple Sugar Festival Weekend

Stamford Museum & Nature Center to Host Annual
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, March 4 & 5



Stamford, CT, February 8, 2017 – Presented by First County Bank, Maple Sugar Festival Weekend returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 11 am to 3 pm each day.


This year marks sixth year of the two-day event schedule, which was expanded in 2012 from the SM&NC’s traditional “Maple Sugar Sunday.” First County Bank has sponsored the family festival for the past 17 years.


Like the SM&NC’s other popular festival weekends – Harvest Festival in October and Spring on the Farm in May – March 4 & 5 will be chockful of fun family activities like scavenger hunts, face painting, live music, arts & crafts, and close-up views of the animals of Heckscher Farm as well as the exotic denizens of the SM&NC’s Heckscher WILD! exhibit.


But the sweetest celebration of all is the Maple Sugar Festival, for it revolves around the production of maple syrup from some 200+ mature maple trees found among the SM&NC’s 118-acre facility in North Stamford. The non-profit is one of only two official maple sugar producers in Fairfield County and annually produces from 40 to 90 gallons of maple syrup each year.


“We can prepare as best we can for the syrupping season, but Mother Nature is really the one who will tell us what kind of season and festival we are going to have,” says Lisa Monachelli, the SM&NC’s Director of Education. Last year’s Maple Sugar Festival attracted 3,528 attendees over the two days, a 50 percent boost over a snowy March weekend in 2015.


This year, Heckscher Farm staffers are set to begin tapping the trees around Valentine’s Day, and over the coming weeks will collect thousands of gallons of “maple water” from the stands of trees – collectively known as the sugar bush – to be processed on-site into pure maple syrup.


Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm during the Maple Sugar Festival to see firsthand how sap is turned into maple syrup. Learn how trees are tapped, find out how sap is collected, and make a maple-themed craft. There are also demonstrations of how Native Americans of the area made maple sugar using vessels of bark and wood and cooking the sap with the “hot-rock method.”


Saturday, March 4, brings a special treat: In the comfy confines of the SM&NC’s Bendel Mansion, festival-goers can watch local teen chefs create delicious dishes using SM&NC maple syrup and vote for their favorites in the First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge. The event starts with the tastings at 11:30 am and ends at 1:30 pm with the winner declared by popular vote and celebrity judging. (Young chefs ages 10-18 are invited to participate; please contact Allison Biele at 203.977.6548 or abiele@stamfordmuseum.org to learn more.)


On Sunday, March 5, enjoy the popular pancake brunch from 11 am to 2 pm and tour the latest exhibition in the Stamford Museum Galleries: “Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut’s Waterways,” a provocative display of  images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state. And don’t forget to purchase a pint of fresh maple syrup to take home!


Daily Admission Fees to the Maple Sugar Festival are $ 5 per person for SM&NC Members; $10 per person for non-member. Director's Circle & Family Plus Members and all children 3 & under are admitted free of charge. The Pancake Brunch on Sunday, 11 am - 2 pm, is an additional $6 per person.

Save time by purchasing your festival admission and pancake brunch tickets in advance at stamfordmuseum.org.


INFO All day, Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford St Patricks Day Parade

12pm, Downtown Stamford

Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be presenting a new lecture entitled: Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics by local researcher and Norwalk Historical Commissioner, Eric Chandler, on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics will introduce some of the women who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to lift the yoke of British control of the 13 Colonies. Women who are missing from our history books, their stories as soldiers and spies left untold.  Admission is $5, payable at the door.  An RSVP is required as seating is limited. RSVP to: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.  Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.  If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00pm.

INFO 1pm, Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Fairfield County’s Giving Day

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising competition that unites our community around local causes close to your heart. Last year, this amazing day of giving had extraordinary results: $1,246,964 donated by 11,000+ individuals for 410 nonprofits.

Now in our 4th year, Giving Day is set to break records. Join us!

INFO All, Fairfield Theatre Company Warehouse in Fairfield, CT

Norwalk St Patricks Day Parade

Norwalk St. Patricks Day Parade


The 2017 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 11th!


The Route will begin at Norwalk Veteran’s Park onto Washington St, under the SONO Bridge onto North Main St, ending at O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.

INFO 11am, The Route will begin at Norwalk Veteran’s Park

Milford St Patricks Day Parade

1pm, Downtown Milford

New Haven St Patricks Day Parade

The largest single-day spectator event in the state of Connecticut, the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, steps off at 1:30 p.m, on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

You can also watch, with live coverage starting at 2:00 p.m., on WCCT (Fox News Connecticut), and a rebroadcast on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at 12:00 p.m., on WCCT.

INFO 1pm, Downtown New Haven

Magic Moments Live at the Quick Center

The Kennedy Center’s Magic Moments LIVE!

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

$40 - $125

Join us for an incredible evening of music and fun to benefit The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project! The evening will feature a concert by renowned musicians and performers…
• Steve Scales & Friends. Steve, formerly with The Talking Heads
• Grammy nominated Nona Hendryx, formerly with Labelle and Talking Heads
• Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club.

Other notables are: guitarist Andy Abel of Twisted Vine, lead vocalist Keith Fluitt, drummer Benny Gramm, bass Dave Livoli and keyboard Scott Peckham.

6:30 pm- Mix and Mingle with open bar and food stations!
8:00 pm- Concert in Kelley Theatre!
10:00 pm- Black Box After Party with dessert, drinks & Meet & Greet with the band!
For those not wanting to attend the entire event but would like to enjoy the concert, tickets are available for Concert Only. Doors open at 7:30 pm, concert begins at 8:00 pm.

Online Registration: http://www.thekennedycenterinc.org/giving/events/magic-moments.html

INFO 6:30pm, Quick Center/Fairfield University

Penguin Plunge Westport



Saturday, March 25, 2017


11:00am Check In - 1:00pm Plunge - Awards Immediately Following


Compo Beach - Westport, CT 06880



Penguin Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.  Plungers raise funds to Plunge into the chilly waters of Connecticut.  Your participation provides funding to support over 13,000 athletes and unified partners who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports.


Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Plungers form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.  To join in on the fun, Plungers need to raise a minimum of $100.  In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costumes, Penguins receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts.


Take the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut!

INFO 11am, Compo Beach - Westport, CT 06880

Norwalk Seaport Association Annual Light Keeper's Gala

This annual gala brings together friends of Sheffield Island Lighthouse, corporate partners and community leaders for a night dedicated to our jewel of the sound.

Funds raised support our mission of preservation and restoration and will provide an opportunity to educate children of all ages about the importance of preserving the Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Long Island Sound, our environment and maritime heritage. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dinner, Dancing, Silent & Live Auction

Single Ticket - $150 / Table of 10 - $1,500

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


2017 Beacon Award Recipients:

Hilliard Bloom Shellfish Company

Norm Bloom & Son 

Ray A. Cooke

Pauline Schlegel

Norma Zukin

For reservations: www.seaport.org or call (203) 838-9444

INFO 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

Norwalk Veterinary Hospital Fundraiser 2017

Norwalk Veterinary Hospital Fundraiser 2017
at St Ann Club 16 Hendricks Ave, Norwalk, CT
Saturday April 8, 2017 7:00PM
$85 per person or table of 10 $800
Appetizers  Sit Down Dinner  Beer/Wine Dessert
DJ, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction
For Information Call: Sue Gabriele (203) 984-3169 or Janice Duffy (203)767-5787
INFO 7:00PM, St Ann Club 16 Hendricks Ave, Norwalk, CT

2017 Fairfield County Heart Walk & 5K Run

We aren't just walking. We're Heartwalking! Thank you for joining nearly 1 million Americans at 305 events across the country to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


How can you make a positive difference in the lives of your friends, family and co-workers? Join the Heart Walk, start Heartwalking and make the commitment to lead a heart healthy life and become healthy for good. Remember- we're not only raising funds, we're raising heartbeats!

INFO 8:30am, Sherwood Island State Park 1 Sherwood Island Wesport, CT 06880

2017 Minute Man Race

Event Details

Race location: Compo Beach, Soundview Drive, Westport, CT

Race Distances
10K Run (6.2 miles)
5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles)

Kids’ Fun Runs
100 yard dash (Ages 3-5)
1/2 mile (Ages 6-8)
1 mile (Ages 9-12)

Race Start Times
8:00-8:15AM – Kids’ Fun Run warm up
8:30AM – Kids’ Fun Run – (Located on the field with the basketball courts close to the marina)
8:30AM – 5K Run/Walk
8:40AM – 10K Run


5K Run and 10K Run
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in the following age groups:

  • 17 and under
  • 18-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Kids’ Fun Runs
First place boy and girl will receive a trophy for each age 6-12
All other children participating will receive a ribbon

INFO 8am, Compo Beach, Soundview Drive, Westport, CT

Walk MS: Stamford 2017

Walk Details

Date(s): April 29, 2017

Start/Finish Location: Cove Island Park: 1078 Cove Road (**NOTE: not the address of the Park, but GPS will bring you to general area of Park entrance**)

Time: Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.; Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

Contact Us

Walk to create a world free of MS.

Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise...we're that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

Join us for Walk MS: Stamford on April 29, 2017.

INFO 9am, Cove Island Park: 1078 Cove Road

The Greenwich International Film Festival


Compelling. Provocative. Thrilling. Empowering.

These are the adjectives that describe the films that play in the minds of tomorrow’s great filmmakers. Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) celebrates these gifted artists annually and promotes Greenwich, Connecticut, as a film and visual arts epicenter. The Festival’s supporting workshops, panels and screenings throughout the year help to cultivate a burgeoning visual arts community in Greenwich. GIFF was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy. It features 60 events including film premieres and screenings, educational panels, networking events, parties, and more.


Our Mission

The mission of the Greenwich International Film Festival is to provide filmmakers with an effective platform to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing opportunities for future projects. Additionally, GIFF harnesses the power of film to serve the greater good by highlighting an important cause each year.



Set in Greenwich, an affluent community of art lovers, this carefully curated Festival connects an audience of prospective financiers, distributors and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry. Greenwich is located 45-minutes outside of Manhattan with easy access to airports and train stations.
INFO All, Greenwich, CT

Stamford Health Hope in Motion Walk & Run

Stamford Health Hope in Motion Walk & Run

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Gather your family and friends for the 22nd Annual Hope in Motion Walk & Run to benefit Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center. Support local cancer patients and survivors by participating in a 5K walk, 5K run or 10K run beginning in Columbus Park, downtown Stamford. Register now and find more details at www.hopeinmotion.org.

Contact: Kari Pollak, Stamford Hospital Foundation, 203-276-2554 or kpollak@stamhealth.org.


INFO AM, Columbus Park, downtown Stamford

Homes for the Brave Golf Classic

Charity golf tournament to raise funds for 'Homes for the brave'.  HFTB mission has an emphasis on veterans and provides housing and services necessary to help homeless individuals return to a productive and meaningful life.
Contact Pat Buchanan at 203-377-0090 email: buchanan2708@sbcglobal.net or 
Kathy Piro email: kathy.piro@bearingstar.com for more info.
INFO 11am, Oronoque Country Club