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Winter 2016.17 | Volume 41

through february 5, 2017 Events In Brief 3 | Outdoor Adventures 4 | A Billion Bricks 4 7 | SM&NC Salon Series 8 | Winter Farm to Table Supper 9 | SM&NC By the Numbers 10 | Exhibitions 12 | 80th Anniversary 13 | Business Affiliates Members/Director’s Circle 14 | Gift Memberships/Sponsor a Bucket/ Volunteer Spotlight 15 | Maple Sugar Festival Weekend 16 | Preschool Child with Adult & After School Winter Classes 17 | Teddy Bear Tea Party 17

Nina Pomeroy

Warmest holiday wishes to you and yours. Your participation, care, and generosity have driven our successful service to children and families in Stamford, Fairfield County, and beyond again this year. What a great legacy all of you are helping sustain in the community with your support of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Let’s keep going together.

Officers William M. Aron* President Jason A. Bonadio* Treasurer Harry Day* Vice President Karen M. Kelly* Vice President Daniel L. Schwartz* Secretary Board of Directors Lynn Villency Cohen Carole Dell’Aquila William DeMeo Ann Kraft Dana Montanez Sonja S. Narcisse Robert M. Phillips Pauline Rauh Arthur Selkowitz Roberto Vannucchi Melissa H. Mulrooney Executive Director & CEO *Executive Committee

At this joyous time of year, we ask you to do what you can to support all we do at this wondrous place. For our part, we are working smarter and harder to maintain the high level of programming you have come to expect from us. However, we cannot do it alone. We want you shoulder-to-shoulder with us. We welcome your continued support for our Annual Appeal. This is a 100% tax-deductible gift that supports our operations and allows us to maintain this remarkable haven for families and all that we offer to this community we live in and learn in. We are reaching out and asking families and friends to consider an Annual Appeal gift of $100. And if your company offers a Matching Gift Program — you can double your impact. My personal thanks to Bill Probert and his creative ILUGNY team of “brilliant builders” for creating another magical holiday LEGO® “show-scape” for us. Bring the family and come play with us as we present our A BILLION BRICKS 4: Superheroes in Gotham exhibition, completely re-imagined with new features and a great complement of LEGO® workshops for your kids. Information unfolds in the pages of NEXT. Don’t miss it! On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, we wish you and your family all the warmth and beauty that the holidays will bring.

Lynn Villency Cohen Advisory Council Chair Melissa H. Mulrooney Executive Director & CEO MISSION STATEMENT The Stamford Museum & Nature Center 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 multigenerational family activity and interaction. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of our unique site. 2

SAVE THE DATE! 20TH ANNUAL FOOD & WINE BENEFIT Join the Annual Food & Wine Benefit Committee The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Food & Wine Benefit will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017. Attendees will enjoy tasting wines and sampling delicious food courtesy of area restaurants and caterers. The festive evening will include door prizes, raffles, an exclusive auction, and dancing. Planning for the Annual Food & Wine Benefit has begun and the Event Committee is welcoming new members. Please join the committee and serve in any capacity that is convenient for you. Starting in January, the committee will meet monthly to support a successful event that not only raises funds in support of the SM&NC’s mission and programs, but is a welcoming, fun, and graciously hosted celebration. Please contact Cathryn Oulighan at 203.977.6530 or

Events in Brief LEGO® Workshops

January 7–8, 21–22 Two sessions per day: 10 am–12 pm & 2–4 pm

ONGOING A BILLION BRICKS 4: LEGO® Superheroes in Gotham exhibition through Sunday, February 5 Sunday Explorers Sundays, January 15–February 26, 1–4 pm Winter Planetarium Shows Sundays, December 4–11; January 8 & 22, 12 & 1:30 pm Junior WILD! Keepers Saturdays, December 3,10,17, 10 am–12 pm Wild Winter Adventure After School Wednesdays, January 25–February 15, 3:45–5 pm POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut Waterways — Images by Women Photographers of Connecticut exhibition Saturday, February 18–Monday, May 29


7 pm

Astronomy Night: Space Colonization

18 Sun

1–4 pm Scout Build It, Break It, Make It Day

19 Mon

9:30 am–12 pm

Vacation Drop-off Program*

20 Tue

9:30 am–12 pm

Vacation Drop-off Program*


LEGO® Workshop: Superhero Mobiles* (Recommended for ages 6 & up) LEGO® Workshop: Brickbuilt Batman and Robin* (Recommended for ages 6 & up) Winter Break Out Day: Nature’s Superheroes LEGO® Workshop: Superhero Animation — Lights! Camera! Action!* LEGO® Workshop: Superhero Animation — Lights! Camera! Action!* (Recommended for ages 10 & up) Salon Series: Book Discussion with Karen Bussolini, “Naturescape Your Yard”

11 Sat 2 pm 15 Wed 6 pm 16 Thu 10:30 am–3 pm 17 Fri 6:30–8 pm 19 Sun 3–4:30 pm 20 Mon 11 am–3 pm 25 Sat 6–10 pm

Teddy Bear Tea Party Salon Series: An Evening with Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke Winter Home-School Day: Nature’s Numbers Members’ Opening: POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways — Images by Women Photographers of Connecticut exhibition Outdoor Adventures: Extreme Maple Syrup* Winter Break Out Day: What’s Up? Winter Farm to Table Supper*

7 Sat

10 am–noon & 2–4 pm 8 Sun 10 am–noon & 2–4 pm 16 Mon 11 am–3 pm 21 Sat 10 am–noon & 2–4 pm 22 Sun 10 am–noon & 2–4 pm 26 Thu

6 pm


* Pre-registration and pre-payment are required

Save the date!

MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL WEEKEND presented by Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11 am–3 pm

indian well by heather prescott liebensohn


This series of family programs, led by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center environmental education team, explores the amazing natural wonders often found right here on our campus. Limited enrollment. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register. Meet at the Overbrook Nature Center. Members: $5/person | Non-Members: $8/person picture by mary trehan, sm&nc volunteer

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.

Winter Planetarium Shows Sundays, December 4, 11; January 8, 22 12 and 1:30 pm Take a virtual tour of the constellations and planets in our galaxy and learn how to recognize common winter constellations, which planets are made of rock or gas, and more! Topics and content will vary each week. Programs begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 pm; seating is limited, especially during the Billion Bricks 4: Superheroes in Gotham exhibition. Doors will open 10 minutes before show time; no late admissions, please. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission

Astronomy Nights: An Evening

at the Stamford Observatory

Friday, December 9 – Space Colonization (Jupiter Joe) Head up to the Stamford Observatory for an exciting astronomy program about Space Colonization! Start at 7 pm with a presentation by Jupiter Joe, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. 7 pm: Presentation (rain or shine) 8 pm: Telescope Viewing (weather permitting) The Observatory will be closed in January and February. (Temperatures below freezing limit the functionality of the hydraulics of the Observatory’s dome.) Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users — 151 Scofieldtown Road. Members: FREE Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5–17) $3


Sunday Explorers Sundays, January 15–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. 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 Registration is not necessary. Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission

Nature’s Superheroes Monday, January 16, 11 am–3 pm Explore our newest exhibition, A BILLION BRICKS 4: Superheroes in Gotham, and then discover the many superheroes in the world of nature. Meet the teaching animals named after our favorite naturalists and scientists, make your own cape, try your hand at superhero trivia, and investigate the often-disliked animals that are superheroes in disguise. Create some great self-guided crafts, get your own superhero name, vote for your favorite superpower, and end your day with a super treat of S’mores over the campfire! A complete schedule will be on our website closer to the event. Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission

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. Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission 5

Vacation Drop-off Programs (ages 4–5) Monday, December 19 & Tuesday, December 20 9:30 am–12 pm Join us for a morning of nature play, live animals, crafts, and more! Our environmental educators will lead an exploration of winter trails, introduce children to some of our animal teachers, and share stories and crafts. Enrollment is limited to 12 children for a quality small-group experience. Must be age 4 or older by the date of the program. Snack and drink will be served. Meet at Overbrook Nature Center. To register, please call the Environmental Education office at 203.977.6540 or e-mail Members: $30/child or $50/child for both days Non-Members: $35/child or $60/child for both days

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 Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child

Scout Build it, Break it, Make it Day Sunday, December 18, 1-4 pm It’s our favorite time of year—the annual Billion Bricks exhibition in the Stamford Museum! This year, we’re all about Superheroes in Gotham. Visit our amazing exhibit and get a chance to build, break, and make things of your own. We’ll have free build time with our favorite building blocks, use our favorite recipe to make something yummy to take home, and meet some animal builders and breakers, too! Scouts will be grouped and will rotate through activities. Limited to 60 Girl and Boy Scouts for a great experience. Scouts may register with their parents or with their troops/dens. To register, e-mail $9/scout. Troop/den leaders free; additional adults: $2/each. 6



through February 5, 2017 An Amazing New LEGO® Cityscape at the Stamford Museum 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 and be awed by these remarkable architectural landmarks—each made completely of LEGO bricks. MUSEUM HOURS Monday–Saturday: 9 am–5 pm; Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

LEGO ® WORKSHOPS AT THE STAMFORD MUSEUM Saturday, January 7: SUPERHERO MOBILES Two sessions each day: 10 am–12 pm & 2–4 pm Build and race a LEGO brick car—Bring your favorite LEGO Superhero to add to your vehicle. Recommended for ages 6 and up, limited to 40 participants per session.


SM&NC Members: $40 (one adult & one child), $25 for each additional adult/child. Non-Members: $55 (one adults & one child), $25 for each additional adult/child (includes gate admission). Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all workshops.

Two sessions each day: 10 am–12 pm & 2–4 pm Build a “brick-built” Batman and Robin (that you get to keep). If time allows we can also build vehicles to race on the ramp. Recommended for ages 6 and up, limited to 40 participants per session.

Saturday & Sunday, January 21–22: SUPERHERO ANIMATION — LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Two sessions each day: 10 am–12 pm & 2–4 pm LEGO® Superhero animation with ILUGNY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of Kooberz Studios. Learn how to film stop-action animation with LEGO® creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up; limited to 30 participants per session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register. Registration for SM&NC Members begins December 5; Open Registration December 12. LEGO® is a trademark belonging to LEGO® Systems A/S and is used throughout the exhibition with this understanding. We thank LEGO® for allowing the use of the term within our educational context. 7

Discussion, Q&A, Book Signing THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 6 pm


he Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Salon Series for adult programming helps usher in the new year with “Naturescape Your Yard,” a discussion and slide presentation by Connecticut garden photographer, writer, and eco-friendly garden coach Karen Bussolini about how to look to nature as a guide for creating sustainable, low-care, high-satisfaction gardens. Karen has photographed six books on gardening and garden design, including The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard (Timber Press), by Oregon landscape designer Beth O’Donnell Young. The Chicago Tribune has called The Naturescaping Workbook “an uncommonly useful aid to anyone in thinking through how to create a landscape that suits the climate, the site, the local wildlife and ecosystem, and the gardener.”

Karen’s discussion in the SM&NC’s Bendel Mansion on January 26, 2017, about Naturescaping Your Yard promises to be an instructive, inspirational evening for Connecticut gardeners pining and already planning for spring planting.

admission prices:

$35 for one and book; $45 admission for two and book; $25 for one and no book. SM&NC Salon Series events begin with a 6 pm reception, with wine and small bites served; the discussion follows at 6:30 pm and concludes with a book signing. Tickets may be purchased at For more information, contact Allison Biele at or 203.977.6546.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm An Evening with Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Join us in welcoming Indy Burke to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center for a Salon Series evening in the Bendel Mansion. This past July, Burke, an ecosystem ecologist and former dean of the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources, was named the 16th dean in the history 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; please visit for details.


farm to Table Supper



POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways Images by Women Photographers of Connecticut

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 • 6–10 pm @ STAMFORD MUSEUM & NATURE CENTER A sumptuous farm to table dining experience in the elegant setting of the Bendel Mansion, featuring the cuisine of Executive Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Please join us at the SM&NC’s Winter Farm to Table Supper on Saturday, February 25. The evening will begin with cocktails and a tour of our latest exhibition, POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways, featuring images by the Women Photographers of Connecticut collective.

OPEN BAR | WINTER CHIC ATTIRE | LIMITED SEATING Single tickets: $125 per person | Table sponsor: $1,500 (table for 10) Purchase tickets at or by calling 203.977.6536. Proceeds from this exceptional dining experience will support the mission and programs of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. If you would like to be seated with specific friends, please include this information with your reservation.

MEET EXECUTIVE CHEF CARLOS BAEZ A native of Mexico City who has been influenced by all culinary corners of the world, Carlos Baez honed his “farm-to-fork” approach at Napa & Co. in Stamford and is now earning accolades for his ever-evolving menu at The Spread in South Norwalk. Following a move to the U.S. in 2000, Carlos landed a position at Seaside Johnny’s in Rye, N.Y., where he spent seven years honing his expertise with all varieties of fresh fish. His next stop was in the fast-paced kitchen of La Panetière, a contemporary French restaurant in Rye. Then came the opportunity to serve as Chef de Cuisine at Napa & Co. in Stamford. It was there that Carlos perfected all the tools necessary to lead him to his current position as Executive Chef at The Spread in South Norwalk. Rave reviews from food critics and bloggers, not to mention a highly touted appearance on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” have earned Carlos a devoted following among local foodies. A Connecticut Magazine Reader’s Poll cited his to be the Best Apps in the state, helping The Spread to win the award for Best New Restaurant and a second-place nod for Overall Excellence.

“I want my foods to be authentic, with a little of my own touch.” – executive chef carlos baez




Stamford Garden Club



Why do we the SM&NC? Let us count the ways! SM&NC by the NUMBERS 2015.16 200,221 VISITORS

enjoyed the wonders of our extraordinary site last year.


participated in our SM&NC Aligned-With-TheSchools and After-School programs.


viewed the exhibitions in our Museum Galleries.

like us on Facebook.


enjoyed our seasonal festival weekends and public events.


follow us on Twitter.

enjoyed the benefits of SM&NC Membership.

875 IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS were delivered by our Environmental Educators to 17,278 STUDENTS 10

SM&NC by the NUMBERS 2015.16 800 VOLUNTEERS

supported the SM&NC’s programs, events, and upkeep with


of pure Connecticut maple syrup were made in our sugar house.

398 CHILDREN 4,950


participated in our summer camp.




VISITORS toured Heckscher WILD!,

exhibit and classroom featuring live animals

were born on the Farm.

at the SM&NC’s unique site.

our new hands-on educational and plants from across the globe.

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Annual Appeal giving is powerful. Please consider making a charitable contribution this year to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Membership and program fees cover only a portion of our operating expenses, so we count on your support to help us continue to be a focal point for family activity and a vital cultural and education resource for the community. Your 100% tax-deductible donation directly supports everything we do — and that’s a lot! Give us your best number today by visiting and clicking on GIVE or by contacting our Development Office at 203.977.6536. We thank you.

SUPPORT THE EXTRAORDINARY Give to the 2016 Annual Appeal 11

POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways Images by Women Photographers of Connecticut Saturday, February 18–Monday, May 29, 2017 Members’ Opening: Friday, February 17, 6:30 to 8 pm

photo by geneva renegar

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?


xplore these themes through dramatic and poignant images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state. This exhibition is being presented at a critical moment for our community, as the National Weather Service has recently reclassified the ongoing drought in Fairfield County as severe, with ground water, wells, rivers, and streams all below normal levels. Workshops & Discussions: Passion to Profits — Photography Discussion with Julie Avellino, Wednesday, March 8 Workshop: Everyday Photos to Professional Photos, Sunday, March 26 Further details will be posted on prior to the exhibition opening.

The Stamford Museum Galleries are open Monday– Saturday 9 am–5 pm; Sundays 11 am–5 pm. Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission photo by kathleen ramos


80th Anniversary Celebration: The Move to North Stamford The Stamford Museum’s plans to build a new home for its collections at Courtland Park were abandoned when it was learned that the new Route 95 would pass right through the southern section of the property. The search for an alternative location began. In late 1954, the former Bendel Estate on High Ridge Road in North Stamford was identified as an ideal site and funds were raised for its purchase. In response to the rapid suburbanization of post-war Stamford, the Museum decided to expand beyond its walls. It seized the opportunity presented by the size of the Bendel Estate to incorporate ideas and elements about land conservation and environmental education inspired by a new and growing movement focused on the notion and need for establishing community “nature centers.” October 12, 1955, marked the formal dedication of the third, and current, location of the newly named Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Housed in the Bendel Mansion, the Museum opened with galleries on the first and second floors. The Heckscher Farm for Children opened in 1956. The most significant donation to the permanent collection was the “Portrait of J.P. Wolff” by John Singer Sargent, gifted in 1956.

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of J.P. Wolff (1890), Oil on canvas Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Kent, 56.1 Stamford Museum & Nature Center Collection

In 1959, the garage of the Bendel Estate was converted into the Studio Building, complete with a gallery, dark room, dance studio, classrooms, and a ceramic studio with a kiln. Art and dance classes for adults and children were taught by local artists. In 1961, the Museum received the Herman Shulman Collection of American paintings, which became the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent fine art collection.

In response to the rapid suburbanization of post-war Stamford, the Museum decided to expand beyond its walls.

Other significant collections donated after the Museum moved to High Ridge Road were the Spitz Miniature Collection and the Lionel & Sylvia Bauman sculpture collection. In 1964, the Ladies’ Auxiliary launched the innovative Permanent, Circulating Art-in-the-Schools Program. Local artists and collectors donated 80 original works for exhibition in 24 local schools. In 1973, an enlarged and modernized art gallery opened on the first floor with The Image of Movement: Contemporary Paintings.

to the public east of the Mississippi River. Maple sugar was first boiled in the new Sugar House in 2000 and Heckscher Barn was renovated into classroom space, to accommodate demand for school groups and hands-on experiential education. Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO® exhibition drew more than 61,000 visitors in 2008, the same year that the SM&NC’s Art, Nature & Me Preschool opened in the former Studio Building, where it continues to be the area’s the area’s premier nature- and play-based early childhood education center.

In the 1980s, the Museum and the community it served grew rapidly. As the collection increased and exhibitions related to art, natural history, and Native Americans were expanded, existing storage and gallery space reached capacity. In 1985 a new wing with more than 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a 900-square-foot storage area, opened with the Reuben Nakian Sculpture and Drawings exhibition. The ’90s saw more progress: Major art exhibitions were presented, Nature’s Playground was constructed, and the Stamford Observatory marked the 30th anniversary of the 22-inch telescope, the largest of its kind open

Recent upgrades to the SM&NC’s nature trail system, farm pastures, the tented area on the Meadow beside Bendel Pond used for seasonal festivals and private groups, and the opening of the Heckscher WILD! exotic animal exhibit are all testaments to a continued commitment to presenting top-quality services and facilities to the Stamford community and surrounding region. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is proud of our distinguished 80-year history, we are grateful for your participation, and we look forward to growing with you in the future.


Nearly 30 local companies are members of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Business Affiliates program, and we thank them all for their support. These respected business leaders invest in the communities in which they live and work. Their commitment to institutions like the SM&NC changes the world in which we live, and adds value to the community as a whole. One of our most valued Business Affiliates is First County Bank. The Bank is the longtime presenting sponsor of the SM&NC’s annual Maple Sugar Festival in March. First County Advisors, the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank, were the generous sponsors of our Fall Farm to Table Supper. Held on October 1, the evening featured the cuisine of Executive Chef Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard. A distinguished guest list of more than 130 attendees enjoyed dishes such as Amish Chicken Under a Brick and Whiskey BBQ Braised Dutchess County Short Ribs. First County Advisors will return as the sponsor of the upcoming Winter Farm to Table Supper on February 25. “The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a wonderfully diverse place that offers something to everyone in our community,” says Sandra Greer, Vice President Trust and Investment Officer for First County Advisors. “We see First County Bank’s longstanding support of the SM&NC as both an obligation and a privilege.” Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp., sponsored the annual Oktoberfest on the Meadow in late September. Nearly 150 Members and guests celebrated the beginning of autumn under a beautiful tent, while dining on traditional German fare, sampling local beers, dancing, and enjoying S’mores over the fire. Like all our Festivals and ticketed fundraising events, the evening’s proceeds benefitted the SM&NC’s mission and educational programming. We are proud to stand with great leaders like First County Bank and Reckson/SL Green who share our commitment to bringing culture, art, and sciences to the community. By supporting our mission they stand with the other Members of our Business Affiliates Program, improving our world every day.


Our Farm to Table Suppers have received generous support from First County Bank.

Director’s Circle Members are a passionate group of individuals who are committed to the continued development of programming for our Members and to the mission of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Benefits of DC membership include free admission for all guests who accompany our DC members to the Museum, pre-registration for programs and summer camps, VIP previews of major exhibitions, and much more. Director’s Circle Members enjoyed a variety of events and programs this fall, from Harvest Festival Weekend to adult-only events like Oktoberfest on the Meadow and our Fall Farm to Table Supper. In November we hosted actress and activist Jane Alexander for a discussion about her new book, Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth. The evening was part of our new adult-focused Salon Series, designed to inspire cultural conversations and lifelong learning. In the coming months we will be holding additional Salon Series discussions, including a talk on January 26 by garden photographer Karen Bussolini, on how to “NatureScape Your Yard.” Please look for your Director’s Circle Member pricing on all SM&NC programs and special events. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of becoming a Member of our Director’s Circle, please contact Allison Biele at 203.977.6546 or

The SM&NC: A Magical, Memorable Setting for Weddings Recently engaged? The Bendel Mansion at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center can make a lovely site for your ceremony and wedding celebration. Imagine the tranquil setting of a lawn ceremony, cocktails overlooking the tree-lined pond, followed by dining and dancing in the elegant, yet intimate Great Hall. Our unique venue is affordable and truly magical. Schedule a private tour and personally discuss your upcoming event needs by contacting Social & Private Events Manager Cate Carlucci at 203.977.6523 or

Give the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season!

Sponsor-A-Bucket Program

It is sometimes challenging to find that perfect gift for someone special. Gift Membership to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a unique and useful present for the upcoming holiday season. Long after friends and family have forgotten other presents, a gift of SM&NC Membership continues to give throughout the year. Visit to download a Gift Membership Application or call the membership office at 203.977.6533. The Gift Membership Packet can be mailed or picked up and can be redeemed by the recipient any time they wish, and will be valid for one year from the date of redemption.

Every February buckets are placed on more than 200 maple trees throughout the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s 118-acre site, to collect sap used to produce maple syrup in the Sugar House. You can help support our maple sugar education programs by sponsoring a bucket for the season. We’ll place a personalized name tag on your bucket to recognize your generous support. In addition, you will receive a pint of the SM&NC’s very own pure Connecticut maple syrup made at the SM&NC! Each sponsorship opportunity is $100.

SPONSOR A BUCKET TODAY! Contact Marina DeLuca at 203.977.6533 or

Volunteer Spotlight: Providing Visitors a Peek at the Universe Tucked away on Scofieldtown Road in North Stamford sits the Stamford Observatory, a pillar of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. On Friday nights, weather permitting, guests can visit the Observatory and view the stars and planets through our 22-inch research telescope and attend bi-monthly lectures, thanks to volunteer Bill Bambrick. Bill, who is currently the president of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society, has been involved with the Observatory since 1971, volunteering when his time and busy career with Cytec allowed. In 2001, he retired from Cytec, and in 2013 he took over the reins of the Friday Astronomy Nights when Charles Scovil retired. It is his job to monitor the weather to determine if the Observatory can open, set up each Friday night, welcome the bi-monthly guest speakers, greet visitors, and generally oversee these popular viewing events. He also prepares the annual report on Observatory attendance, and organizes Astronomical Society meetings and events. “It’s been fun being involved with the Observatory,” Bill says. “The 22-inch telescope is a gem.” Bill and his wife Jane live in Old Greenwich, where they raised their two grown children.

SM&NC “Star” Volunteer Bill Bambrick

We thank Bill for the generous donation of his time and expertise, which affords everyone with an interest in astronomy the opportunity to attend informative lectures and personally experience the night sky through a professional research telescope.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Cathryn Oulighan, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager, to find out more about the SM&NC volunteer team at or 203.977.6530. 15




ur sweetest event of the season returns! Enjoy the First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend and learn how trees are tapped and sap is collected, then boiled down and turned into delicious maple syrup. Listen and dance to live music, have your face painted, go on a maple scavenger hunt, and make a maple-themed craft.

The 4th Annual First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge will return on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Talented young chefs will present their delicious creations made with maple syrup. Visitors will have the chance to taste them and vote for their favorite. Any tweens/teens (10–18) interested in participating should contact or call 203.977.6538 by January 13 to learn more. And on Sunday, don’t miss the popular Pancake Brunch. And be sure to purchase a pint of fresh maple syrup, made from our very own trees at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.








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Pancake Brunch*

SUNDAY ONLY 11 am – 2 pm * Available for purchase

Maple Sugar Festival Daily Admission Fees: Members: $5 per person | Non-Members: $10 per person, Director’s Circle & Family Plus Members and all children 3 & under: FREE. Pancake Brunch (SUNDAY only, 11 am–2 pm), additional $6 fee

To save time, purchase tickets in advance at 16

Preschool Child with Adult Winter 2017 What are the farm and forest animals doing in the winter? Celebrate Groundhog Day. Come create an art project. Go outside (weather permitting) to see just what the farm and forest animals are doing in the winter. Please note that for safety reasons, siblings who are in a baby carrier on parent are welcome but otherwise please make other arrangements for them during class.

Winter Wonderfarm • 11–11:45 am Age: 2+/Instructor: Beth Strauss/Teri Barry EC1W 8 weeks, Mondays, Jan. 23–March 20 (no class Feb. 20) OR EC2W 8 weeks, Tuesdays, Jan. 24–March 21 (no class Feb. 21) OR EC3W 8 weeks, Wednesdays, Jan. 25–March 15 OR EC4W 8 weeks, Fridays, Jan. 27–March 24 (no class Feb. 17) Meet in the Heckscher Barn on the Farm. The farm is still a busy place in the winter. See, weather permitting, just what is going on with the animals. In the classroom, create something special to remember your visit to the farm. Members: $120 | Non-Members: $150

Registration Director’s Circle & Family PLUS Members: Wednesday, December 7 Open registration: Friday, December 9

Register online at

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. Members: $25 per person / Non-members: $35 per person For questions or to register, call 203.977.6521


Junior WILD! Keepers (ages 10–14) Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 10 am–12 pm CODE: JWKW1 Discover how the SM&NC Environmental Education staff cares for our exotic teaching animals in this unique hands-on program. Work with our reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and invertebrates in the Heckscher WILD! exhibit and learn the proper techniques of feeding, handling, and caring for these exotic animals. We will learn about proper food choice for animals by preparing diets, explore how we habituate animals for classes through handling, and go through specific needs for certain species. After completion of this class, participants will be eligible to volunteer with the animals in the Heckscher WILD! exhibit. Limited enrollment. Members: $110 | Non-Members: $125

Wild Winter Adventure After School (ages 5–9) Wednesdays, January 25–February 15, 3:45–5 pm CODE: ASPW1 Our newest on-site After School program will take us behind the scenes of our current exhibition, A Billion Bricks 4: Superheroes in Gotham. Our adventurers will also help out in our Maple Sugar House, explore winter trails to search for animal tracks, help to collect maple sap for syruping, and even paint the snow. Limited enrollment. Meet at Overbrook Nature Center. Dress for outdoors. Members: $60 per child | Non-Members: $70 per child

GENERAL INFORMATION . . . ABOUT WINTER CLASSES Registration Director’s Circle & Family PLUS & above member levels: Wednesday, December 7 Open registration: Friday, December 9 Register early as classes fill up quickly! Please include class code and numbers when registering [example: EC11W]. • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. • Registration form must be accompanied by payment in full. • Registration closes one week prior to program start date. • No phone registrations. • Fax registrations will be handled as mail-in registrations. • We do not send confirmations. Registrants are notified if classes are cancelled or full. • Children must reach the required age prior to the first class of a session. • No guests or pets allowed. 18

For Membership information, call 203.977.6533

Weather Related Closings Please listen to radio station WSTC1400 AM for cancellation of any class due to the weather. If the Stamford Public Schools are closed, we will be closed. If the Stamford Public Schools are delayed we will start at the regular class time. Make-up classes will be scheduled for the days Stamford Museum & Nature Center is closed. You may also call 203.977.6599 for cancellation information.

Refunds No refunds are given unless a class is cancelled by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Emergency situations will be considered at the Museum’s discretion. Please register carefully.

For more information, call: 203.977.6521 Main Office 203.977.6528 Early Childhood Education (class code EC)

**NOTE From time to time Stamford Museum & Nature Center representatives photograph children during SM&NC classes, workshops, and camps. These photos may be used on the SM&NC website, in brochures, newsletters, class catalogs, and for publicity. If you do not want your child to be photographed, please send a note to Scott Smith, Director of External Affairs, Thank you!

Register online for SM&NC classes at!


• Make checks payable to Stamford Museum & Nature Center • Mark envelope “Registration” • Mail to: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903 or Fax to: 203.322.0408

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39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903 HOURS: Stamford Museum Galleries & Bendel Mansion Monday–Saturday, 9 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm Heckscher Farm Daily 9 am–5 pm; April–October Daily 9 am–4 pm; November–March Heckscher WILD! Tuesday–Friday, Noon–4 pm Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm School vacation days & summer, 10 am–4pm Nature’s Playground, Hiking Trails Daily, 9 am – 5 pm (weather permitting) Overbrook Nature Center Hours vary SM&NC Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Does Your Child Love to Cook? Calling All Tween/Teen Chefs! (ages 10–18) The 4th Annual First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge will return on Saturday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Talented young chefs will present their delicious creations featuring maple syrup. Visitors to our annual Maple Sugar Festival will have will have the chance to sample them and vote for their favorite. We invite any tweens/teens interested in participating to contact or call 203.977.6538 by January 13 to learn more. 203.322.1646

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