4/17/2009 - Upcoming Events at the Mattatuck Museum Atrs & History Center :: April 15th - May 17th

144 West Main Street
Waterbury, Connecticut 06702

Wednesday, Aprl 15, 2009

Ben Ortiz Gallery Talk 
Upcoming Events
A Message From Catherine  
When Raechel Guest conducts a tour it is a wonderful treat. Her knowledge of  Waterbury regional history is vast, but more importantly, she has a knack for capturing imaginations and transporting people back in time. Next Saturday join Raechel and experience Mr. Fortune's world as if you were there.
Mr. Fortune is known to many as "Larry" because after his death this name was inscribed on the forehead of his skull. His story is truly compelling and this is the last chance you'll have to learn about his life before the world premiere of Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem. It is an important story, and something that you'll want to know about and understand.
203-753-0381 ext.11

Kids' Gardening Program

Brendan and Nickie with Pumpkins
Spend the afternoon playing in the dirt at our kid's gardening program!  How Does Your Garden Grow? introduces families to child-size gardening. Touch, taste and smell some very interesting plants. Plant sunflower and pumpkin seeds in containers you can take home and watch grow into beautiful flowers and yummy veggies. Then make a scarecrow to frighten animals and birds away. Children will take home planted seeds, growing instructions, and a journal to track their garden's growth.
Children's admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members. Admission is free for adults accompanying children.
Where & When
Museum Courtyard
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 
Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Walking Tour takes you to sites of Mr. Fortune's World!

Raechel GuestFortune's World Walking Tour
Walk back to the 1700s when the Green was a swampy pasture surrounded by homes and churches. Visit the sites of Fortune's world, including Preserved Porter's farm, Fortune's house, the church Fortune was baptized in, the site where his skeleton was found, and the ancient Burying Ground. Hear the stories of Fortune and other early African American residents, as they achieve freedom or suffer through a life of slavery. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Presented by Raechel Guest, Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut-Waterbury.
When and Where
Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:30 pm
Tour leaves from the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center 
Registration and Admission
To register call the museum at 203-753-0381 ext 10. Donations accepted at the door.

Author Jeremy Joyell Presents at History Bites!

Bunker Hill School Graduating ClassRemember Waterbury when...Return to a simpler life as author Jeremy Joyell captivates you with stories of growing up in 1950s Waterbury. Jeremy remembers these days fondly, and nostalgically describes the importance of family values, community, and the innocent joys of childhood. Those who grew up or raised children in 1950s Waterbury will walk down memory lane, and those new to the area will gain new insights into the beautiful brass city. Come reminisce and share memories with the author of A Lifetime Ago< /em>.
History Bites is a collaborative program co-sponsored by ten area cultural organizations and funded by the Connecticut Humanities Council. All the lectures take place at noon. Admission is free, though donations are welcomed. Beverages and dessert are supplied by the sponsoring organization; attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
For more information call 203-753-0381 ext 12 or vist the Connecticut Landmarks website.
Where & When
Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center

House, Garden, and Gallery Tour

Ben Ortiz Dining RoomHome is Where the Art Is

Please join the Mattatauck Museum Arts & History Center at the home of Ben Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr. Wander the garden paths and contemplate serene sanctuaries of blossoms, brooks, and Asian statuary. Discover the dramatic, the delicate, and the compelling beauty of their extraordinary works of art as Ben guides us through their collection, carefully acquired over 30 years.
Enjoy an afternoon with friends in the warm hospitality of our gracious hosts, Ben and Victor. Light refreshments and a selection of wine and champagne will be served.
Tickets are $75. All proceeds benefit the Mattatuck Museum. Register in advance by calling 203-753-0381 ext 10 or  visiting our website.
Where & When
Sunday, May 17, 2009 3:00 - 7:00 pm
25 Ketcham Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut 
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