Old Post Road Walking Tour: Fairfield

Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Old Post Road Historic District. Join a guided tour exploring what was once the main road through Fairfield dating back hundreds of years. Originally a Native American trade and travel route, Old Post Road is lined with historic sites. Learn about the Old Fairfield Academy, Annie B. Jennings, the Unquowa Hotel, the Roger Sherman homestead, the home of Ely S. Parker, and other fascinating stories. Meet at Fairfield Museum Lobby. For more information

$5 – $10

Coffee Tasting 101 with Sound Coffee at Black Rock Books

Black Rock Books 3030 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

The founders of Sound Coffee join us to lead a fun and informative coffee tasting at Black Rock Books. This workshop will cover: Coffee Origins and Supply Chain Basics of Coffee Tasting Home Brewing Tips Live tasting of Single Origin Coffee Each ticket includes a bag of your favorite Sound Coffee beans to brew at home.   For more information

$30

Inheriting Freedom an Intergenerational Tour at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street, Hartford

The goal of our intergenerational tour is to encourage conversations about justice between all visitors. We provide an interactive, conversation-based tour experience where we welcome questions and curiosity from adults and children alike. The tour explores the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the larger history of anti-slavery activism in the United States, with a major focus on love and family as central to freedom struggles in both the past and present. hroughout American history, the efforts of abolitionist activists and freedom seekers were often motivated by the yearning to be united and safe with the people they loved most. Frederick Douglass was aided in his courageous escape from slavery by his wife-to-be, Anna Murray. Anna and Frederick continued their work in advocating for the freedom, education, and reunification of Black families. Douglass was inspired by his own story of the loss of his mother and siblings and fought to ensure that his children and other Black children across the nation, throughout many generations, would be safe from bondage. As we discuss these topics and more, we hope visitors are inspired to think about how we can continue to build a world where families of all kinds are safe, respected, and free to be together. This is a tour about what it means to Inherit Freedom. For more information Suggested age: 6+ YO

$3 – $20

Thomas McKnight Book Signing – “Tales of Mykonos” at Hickory Stick Bookshop

Hickory Stick Bookshop 2 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT

The Hickory Stick Bookshop is delighted to welcome artist and author Thomas McKnight who will be at the store on Saturday July 20th at 3.00 pm to promote his new book “Tales of Mykonos”.  He will give a talk about the book and follow up with a book signing. Thomas McKnight, an artist famous for prints and paintings of dreamlike views and interiors reveals a new dimension to his search for the soul of his special place - the Greek island of Mykonos. For more information  

Ocean House Author Series: Allison Pataki & Emily Franklin

Ocean House 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Join us as Ocean House owner and author, Deborah Goodrich Royce moderates a conversation with our featured authors. This week, New York Times bestselling authors Allison Pataki and Emily Franklin will be discussing (and signing) their books: Finding Margaret Fuller (Pataki) and The Lioness of Boston (Franklin). Refreshments will be served, including wine and light bites! Please note, tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. A copy of one of the featured books, from Bank Square Books, is included in the cost of the ticket. For more information

$45

Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Anna Potter at the Merrill House

James Merrill House 107 Water Street, Stonington

Upcoming James Merrill House Fellow: Anna Potter's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, phoebe, Contrary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a bookseller at Oblong Books, a former James Merrill House fellow, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters grant recipient. In the 1990s, she was one of two lead singers for Chickita, an all-women, double-bass, no-guitar, make-your-ears-bleed punk band, with two 7 inches: "Eat When Soft to the Touch" and "Karen Learns About Our Nation." She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. For more information 

Conversations with a Beekeeper At The Beekley Library

Beekley Library 10 Central Ave, New Hartford

Join the Humble Bee Honey Company for a program introducing the life of the Honey bee. It discusses equipment management and harvesting practices past and present, the challenges Beekeepers face and the importance of Beekeeping and honey bees to our ecosystem. For more information!

WEBINAR | Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol

MEMBERS ONLY | Not a member? Join Today! On July 25th, join us for a live webinar with Alan R. Hoffman, Esq., President of the American Friends of Lafayette. This program will describe the full extent of Lafayette’s reputation and explore the origins of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, a first-hand account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America. SIGN UP FOR WEBINAR

$55 – $500

Artist’s Talk with Paula Nadelstern, “Patternista” at New England Quilt Museum

New England Quilt Museum 18 Shattuck St, Lowell, MA

June 18 through September 14, 2024. This public program is offered in conjunction with the NEQM exhibition, Kaleidoscope Quilts: Works by Paula Nadelstern. Admission is free of charge for members and included with the price of general admission for nonmembers. For over 35 years, quilt artist Paula Nadelstern has filtered her design inspiration through a kaleidoscopic lens. The result is a “personal quilt idiom relying on the design strategies that are the heartbeats of my quilts—symmetry and serendipity laced with abundant color.” In her presentation, Nadelstern includes the most recent quilts in her kaleidoscopic series, as well as images of her other patchwork fascination--simple quilts made from complex fabrics. For more information  

Connecticut Lafayette Trail: Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut in 2024

August 7- September 8, 2024 Connecticut Welcomes Lafayette – AGAIN! A statewide calendar of events in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1824-1825, as part of a nationwide tour of the United States, Revolutionary War General, Marquis de Lafayette, passed through Connecticut making stops in twenty-six towns along the route. Although fifty years had passed since the close of the Revolutionary War, Lafayette was still revered by Americans and was greeted by thousands of citizens hoping to get a glimpse of the hero as he traveled through the state. Most historians believe that America could not have won the war without the help of the young French General and yet many Americans today know little about him. We hope that the efforts of our committee will educate and remind Connecticut residents of the life and work of this remarkable man. Lafayette visited 28 CT Towns in 1824 – click below to learn what happened in each town! For more information

Symposium: Revolutionary and Human Rights Champion: Lafayette and his Legacy: Fairfield University

Fairfield University 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield

September 7, 2024 Join The American Friends of Lafayette for a day-long symposium sponsored by Fairfield University at the Fairfield University Campus on Saturday, September 7, 2024. Registration and ticket information coming soon. Dr. Lloyd Kramer, History Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Author of Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions. Panelists: Dr. Robert Rhodes Crout, History Professor Emeritus at College of Charleston and President Emeritus of the American Friends of Lafayette. Associate Editor of Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776-1790, volumes III-V. Dr. Paul S. Spalding, Religion Professor Emeritus at Illinois College. Author of Lafayette: Prisoner of State. Mike Duncan, podcaster and best-selling author of Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. For more information  

Capitol America: Book Talk and Luncheon the Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford

A project 11 years in the making, Capitol America: A Photographic Portrait of the Fifty State Capitols, offers a unique look inside each of America's State Capitols. Connecticut photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein published the book in 2023. Now, the photographers and co-authors will give us their perspectives on the Capitols and discuss how the Connecticut State Capitol compares to others across the country. Capitol Information and Tours invites you to join us for this discussion and a question and answer session with the authors. Lisak and Ottenstein will also be signing copies of the book. Books will NOT be sold at the event. You can pre-purchase the book here if you'd like a signed copy. A light lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance at the link above. Register Here