Entwined: Freedom, Sovereignty, and the Sea: Mystic

Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic

April 20, 2024, through April 19, 2026 Stillman Building Entwined: Freedom, Sovereignty, and the Sea is a new major exhibition centering maritime histories in Indigenous, African, and African-descended worldviews and experiences. Unraveling the threads of existing maritime narratives for the history of the Dawnland (New England), Indigenous dispossession, and racialized slavery, this exhibition is rooted in voices and histories that have been silent or silenced. For more information

Free – $31

Chefs Master class with DAVID STANDRIDGE at Millwright’s

Millwright's Restaurant 77 West Street, Simsbury

Calling all professional chefs! Join James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef David Standridge at Millwright's Restaurant in Simsbury CT for a culinary sustainability masterclass! Discover innovative techniques to elevate your kitchen's eco-game, from utilizing fresh New England sugar kelp to preserving it for future feasts. Learn to tackle invasive green crabs en masse, incorporate underutilized native fish species, and much more. While the class is free, we encourage participants to support our favorite non-profits: Eating with the Ecosystem, or Greencrab.org. SIGN-UP Due to limited availability, this class is first come first serve for professional chefs only. Please EMAIL Info@shipwrightsdaughter.com to sign up. For more information

LECTURE: Illuminating the Brilliance of Marc Chagall

Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Vivian Jacobson, Author and Lecturer on Marc Chagall This lecture is devoted to the monumental 20th-century artworks by Marc Chagall (1887–1985). The history of each artwork will be discussed from inception to completion. The presentation will cover paintings, ceramics, tapestries, stained-glass windows, mosaics, and works for the theater.


Family Day: Mixing It Up with Color at Fairfield University Art Museum

Fairfield University Art Museum 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield

Join us for Family Day: Mixing It Up with Color on Saturday, Two sessions April 27: 12:30-2 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m. in Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom. Each session will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. This event is inspired by the exhibition Suzanne Chamlin: Studies in Color (Bellarmine Hall Galleries, April 5-July 27)! Kids ages 4-10 will dive into a rainbow of color-based activities, from ‘painting” with Skittles, to making sensory foam paintings, to creating layered collage out of dampened tissue paper – all led by our Museum Educator. Don’t miss the exhibition down the hall! Artist Suzanne Chamlin (Associate Professor of Studio Art, Fairfield University), explores ideas about color theory and light through a series of landscape and interior stills. For more information

Polynesian Wayfinders AARP Webinar: Mystic Seaport

Virtual Event

Embark on a fascinating journey into the celestial navigation techniques of Polynesian Wayfinders. Brian Koehler from the Mystic Seaport Museum Treworgy Planetarium will guide you through the rich heritage of these skilled navigators, exploring how they harnessed the stars and other natural elements for their oceanic voyages. This special program, held on May 1, is a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, offering insights into the incredible Maritime traditions of the Pacific. This is a virtual event open to Members and non-Members. This talk is the first in a three-part series with Mystic Seaport Museum, occurring in May, June, and October. Individuals must register on AARP's website at https://events.aarp.org/wayfinders. For more information

Foraging Series with Samad Gardens Initiative at Auerfarm

Auerfarm 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield

Learn how to identify useful and edible native and medicinal plants growing in your local environment, as well as how to incorporate them into your daily lifestyle. Participants will learn the basic principles of foraging and go on a foraging walk to identify plants in a natural environment. May 4, 2024 June 1, 2024 July 6, 2024 Aug 3, 2024 Sept 7, 2024 For more information


Forage walk: Learn about spring wild edible and medicinal plants/mushrooms

Chatfield Hollow State Park 381 Route 80, Killingworth

Celebrate spring by getting outside and learning how to forage! In this workshop you will learn how to identify different wild edible and medicinal plants that grow in the spring. We will learn about spring ephemerals which are plants that only come for a short time and then they go back into the ground for the rest of the year! Trout lilies, violets, garlic mustard, dead head nettle, dandelions, plantain, field garlic, honeysuckle, nettles, and other plants will be identified. Some plants will have a life cycle for the whole growing season and we will talk about how they will grow and their uses. We will look for mushrooms and identify them as well. Dryad's saddle and morels will be out this time of year. Learn what mother earth has to offer for food, medicine, and more... Class will begin with opening Qi gong exercises to help us get grounded and connected to the earth! We will also have bags and gloves available to pickup any trash that we may find in the park. This is a collaborative workshop with Amy of the CT Foraging club. Cost is $25 per person. Please email shroomsofct@gmail.com with your name to sign up. Amy will be handling all of the payment for the event. Thank you. We look forward to walking in the woods with you. For more information


Kid’s Cooking Classes at Auerfarm

Auerfarm 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield

Tuesdays & Thursdays in May 5:30 – 6:30 PM Come join us for our kids’ cooking classes at Auerfarm! Your little ones will have a blast learning how to cook and bake delicious treats in person. Auerfarm’s resident Chef Kristiann will guide them through fun and educational cooking activities. Every class will talk about kitchen safety, food preparation, and clean-up before learning how to create a delicious dish! It’s a great opportunity for kids to get hands-on in the kitchen and develop some new skills. Don’t miss out on this exciting culinary experience! For more information


RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Resilient Connecticut: Protecting Our Coastal Communities: John Truscinski

Old Lyme Town Hall 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

One hundred year and five hundred year weather-related events are coming with more frequency and, as we see the catastrophic damage of storms across the country, we are reminded of our own vulnerability. Our coastal communities and diverse ecosystems that support, not just our wildlife, but our local economies and way of life remain at risk of the next superstorm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut took steps to work with communities to assess risk and create adaptation plans to mitigate the effects of future events. The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is located at the University of Connecticut.  Our speaker, John Truscinski, is the Director of Resilience Planning and manages the Resilience Connecticut Project.  His presentation will focus on the risks to our coasts and what steps CIRCA takes to work with local communities. Register here for May 9

Plant and Mushroom Foraging Class in Fairfield

TBA Fairfield

Forager and chef Vinny Crotta and CT Foraging Club founder Amy Demers will be co-teaching a class on Plant and Mushroom Foraging. You will learn how to identify and utilize edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that can be found this time of year. Class will consist of a 45-minute lecture where you will learn how to identify and utilize wild plant and mushrooms that can be found this time of year. We will then go on a 45-minute walk where we will practice plant and mushroom ID. This class will be $25 per person. To sign up, email shroomsofct@gmail.com with the full name of all participants. Further details regarding meet-up location will be sent out via email the day before the class. We will run the class rain or shine For more information


Gravestone Cleaning Workshop

Stanley-Whitman House 37 High Street, Farmington

Roll up your sleeves, get dirty and learn all about Connecticut’s colonial graveyards from Ruth Shapleigh-Brown of CT Gravestone Network. Ms. Shapleigh-Brown has been involved in burial ground preservation and gravestone studies since the mid 1980's which is her passion in life. Stanley-Whitman House gravestone cleaning workshops run from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and start with an orientation on cemetery preservation, maintenance of historic gravestones, an overview of Connecticut’s historic burying grounds and cemeteries, and symbolism and carver identification. A demonstration will highlight basic care of gravestones, including low-tech conservation do’s and don’ts, before splitting into smaller groups for a demonstration of hands-on-basic techniques. Materials will be provided. Parking is available at the Barney Library which is a short distance away from the Memento Mori Cemetery. For more information   Additional Workshops: June 15, 2024, July 20, 2024, August 17, 2024


Spring Cooking with the Minis, Grades K-2 at Wakeman Town Farm

Wakeman Town Farm 134 Cross Highway, Westport

May 20, (No Class May 27 due to Memorial Day) June 3, June 10, June 17 Students: 10 Max Instructor: Kathleen Benson of Culinary Kids Get ready for Summer fun with our Memorial Day Red, White, and Blue Cooking Series, featuring a fun lineup of yummy and fun savory and sweet snacks for warmer weather. We’ll be getting our hands dirty in the gardens and whipping up a bunch of themes that appeal to this age group, including Our Summer Snack Attack (seasonal snacks!), then a special “Foods on a Stick" treat, as well as our Camping Cookout with fresh bounty from the Farm’s gardens and orchards. Spring in the kitchen with the minis is packed with novel and delicious flavors and a structure that appeals to our youngest chefs. We gear our menus toward tasty and seasonal items, and what is fresh on the farm and in the markets. This class is an introduction to the kitchen, and includes: cooking, baking, measuring, knife skills, science, and exploring the some of the mysteries of cooking. At the end of each class, we come together at the table and discuss what we made, whether we tasted the ingredients we used in the recipes, and where our food came from. It is a great opportunity share a meal and food conversation. In short, it's a class packed with good food and good times! For more information