Florence Griswold Museum

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Make a Painting Sundays
Sundays, April 6 - September 28
Free with Museum admission. No reservations required

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Other hands-on crafts also available. Fun for all ages and skill levels. A great way to spend the day. Complete your day with scavenger hunts and visit the historic artist studio.

Connecticut on Paper
A Nutmeg State Book Day

Saturday, April 26
Please join us for a day celebrating local authors and their books about the great Nutmeg State. Authors will be on hand to sign copies of their latest publications as well as give presentations about their work. Featured authors include Eric D. Lehman & Amy Nawrocki’s A History of Connecticut Food and A History of Connecticut Wine; Wick Griswold’s A History of the Connecticut River; Don Harrison’s Connecticut Baseball and Hoops in Connecticut; Tedd Levy’s Remarkable Women of Old Saybrook; and Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos’ Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists and more...

11:15-11:45 = Wilson H. Faude
12:00-12:30 = Eric D. Lehman & Amy Nawrocki
1:00-1:30 = Tedd Levy
1:45-2:15 = Don Harrison
2:30-3:00 = Jim Lampos & Michaelle Pearson
3:15-3:45 = Wick Griswold

Click here for additional authors and more details.

Planning Ahead for Summer

Art Intensive Mini Camp for Middle School Students
Tuesday — Thursday
July 1-3
$120 (members $95)
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Middle school students with an interest in art explore a variety of skill building exercises with the artist-in-residence, Julie Riggs. A graduate of esteemed art programs, Riggs offers both general and directed projects for the participants. Camp includes a t-shirt, materials, and snacks.

Art Colony Camp
Monday — Friday
$200 (members $190)
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Kids explore the art and history of the Lyme Art Colony in their own colony of young artists at the Museum’s five-day camps. Geared for students entering grades 1-6, art colony campers investigate art exhibitions, paint, play games, and more. Camps include a camp t-shirt, all artmaking materials, and daily snacks.

Each week culminates in an exhibition of student projects.

Session 1 (grades 1-3): July 7-11
Session 2 (grades 4-6): July 14-18
Session 3 (grades 1-3): July 21-25
Session 4 (grades 4-6): July 28- August 1
Session 5 (grades 1-3): August 4-8
Session 6 (grades 1-6): August 11-15

Save the Dates for these Great Trips!

A Moveable Feast
Private Tour of Donald Judd's Spring Street Studio
Walking/Tasting Food Tour of Greenwich Village

Wednesday, May 21

$155 (members $140)
Space is limited.
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Includes transportation, guided tours, food*, and all gratuities.
(*drinks ordered at the seated tastings are not included)
Note: this tour involves stairs and a fair amount of city walking.
Due to the special nature of these tours we only have spots for 48 participants.

Our day in New York begins with a private guided tour of 101 Spring Street, the home and studio of one of the masters of minimalism, Donald Judd. Our group will get small tours of the 5-story cast-iron building in the heart of SoHo. Serving as Judd’s New York residence and studio, it is considered to be the birthplace of “permanent installation,” now a hallmark of contemporary art, as well as an inspiration for much of Judd’s groundbreaking output. Works on view remain as they were installed by Judd prior to his death. The building has just reopened to the public for tours to rave reviews.

In the afternoon we will meet up with our charismatic Foods of New York guides for a 3-hour tasting tour through the heart of Greenwich Village. Known for its counter culture, this part of the city was once enjoyed by bohemians, beatniks, artists, and folk singers. The Village has been a melting pot since the mid 1800s and is still filled with delicious foods from around the world! We will visit favorite neighborhood cafes and specialty food shops tasting foods from Italy, India, Cuba, Jamaica, and France. Our tour will include seven tastings. Five on the go and two seated in restaurants. You wont’ want to miss this culinary adventure.

Day Trip to New York City to See New Musical
The Bridges of Madison County

Wednesday, June 4, 2pm
$185 (members $170)
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With her family away at the 1965 state fair, Francesca Johnson looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life. Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by a Pulitzer- and Tony Award®-winning creative team, this new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, ‘What if …?’” The show stars four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. This is the last matinee performance before the annual Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 8th. No refunds on Broadway tickets.

Take a listen from the Soundtrack.


Folk Art & Folly: Two Historic Homes on Cape Ann
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8am-8pm
A Visit to Historic New England’s Cogswell’s Grant & Beauport
Gourmet Lunch at Emerson Inn by the Sea
$140 (members $125); refund date: July 1
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Inspired by this summer’s focus on Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum, the first stop on this day trip to Essex and Gloucester, Massachusetts is Cogwell’s Grant. A mecca for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. The colonial-era farmhouse on the property serves as a rich backdrop for their celebrated collection, assembled over a period of nearly sixty years. Though known for their meticulous research, the Littles decorated with an eye for visual delight rather than historic accuracy, and the result is a house rich in atmosphere and crowded with works of strong, even quirky character.

We will be welcomed by Julie Solz, Collections Team Leader for Historic New England, before our private tours. Fee includes a gourmet lunch in a private room at the upscale Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport.

After lunch we will head to Gloucester for a private tour of Beauport, the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport became Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. The interior and exterior of the house contain Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, with each more visually dazzling than the last. The house is framed by newly restored Arts and Crafts-style terraces that include intimate garden rooms with dramatic views of the harbor.

Fee includes transportation, admission & tours, lunch, and all gratuities. Beverages purchased from the bar at lunch not included


September 3 - 11, 2014
The Unknown Coast:
Exploring the Ancient and Modern Heart of Northern Spain

Visit the provinces of Basque Country, Galicia, Cantabria, and Asturias. In a country with many rich cultural traditions, these regions are considered the modern epicenters of culinary, artistic, and cultural innovation in Spain today. Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum is but one of many examples, along with Gaudi's eccentric architecture and the extraordinary Neolithic cave art of Altamira, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites we will encounter. This journey along the beautiful but largely forgotten coast will surprise, delight, and inform. But most of all it will be fun.



December 20-27, 2014
A Dickens of a Christmas: An English Town & Country Holiday

Are you ready to have a Dickens of a Christmas this year? We have custom-designed this trip to include wonderful museum visits with guided tours in London as well as a relaxing upmarket stay at an exclusive country house Ettington Park where we will enjoy an English Christmas with all the trimmings.

Our time in London includes several guided tours of some of the finest collections in the world, as well as fun evenings of grand dining and remarkable theatre. As the holiday approaches we travel from London to Stratford-Upon-Avon and settle into our home away from home, Ettington Park. Set in 40 acres of Warwickshire countryside, this elaborate and beautiful house has played host to traditional Christmas celebrations for centuries. The festivities include carolers, candlelit dinners, costume parties, and more. We will tour the picturesque Cotswold villages as well as take in a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Bard's hometown.





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