In conjunction with the Shoes exhibition now open at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, The Mystique of Shoes luncheon with design director and author Linda O’Keeffe will be held June 20th, 12 – 2 pm. O’Keeffe has been championing design for more than three decades, most notable during the sixteen years she spent as creative director for Metropolitan Home. She now writes for a variety of magazines. Her book Shoes is in its 25th edition, and will be available for sale and signing at $14 each. Guests are invited to bring a special shoe to share with a story.
Cady Carroll knew ahead of time that this weekend’s gathering in New Canaan of her former elementary school community would be emotional. Yet in reconnecting with fellow Center School students, parents, faculty and staff during a first-of-its-kind remembrance held at the New Canaan Historical Society, Carroll said she found it “so much more emotional than I thought it would be.”
“There is no way to describe how much anybody who went to Center School connects with someone else who went to Center School, it’s on a level that you can’t explain,” Carroll said from a bustling conference room filled with Center School photos, news clippings, memorabilia and displays. “It’s a family and a home. And when I see a brick, a Center School brick, I am immediately transported into sadness that the building isn’t there anymore. And I can’t visit it.
The Twelfth Annual Preservation Awards will be presented by the New Canaan Preservation Alliance at a Ceremonial Reception on Sunday June 9th at the New Canaan Historical Society. Selected by a jury of preservationists and board members of the Alliance, the winners will be presented certificates of honor. To be eligible for an Award, the property is viewed mainly from the street, as well-preserved buildings are considered a “Gift” to the community, appreciated by all who value New Canaan’s heritage. There are various categories of winners from rehabilitation, restoration, to preservation of antique structures. Beginning at 4:00 PM, the public will be welcomed to a reception in celebration of NCPA’s twelfth Annual Awards.
Penny Havard, Clothing and Textile Curator, will give a guided tour of the new exhibition Shoes, which celebrates the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s extensive collection, on Wednesday, June 5th at 2:00 pm. There will be two additional tours on Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm and on Saturday, July 13th at 10:30 am. The tour is free to members, and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required. Please call the Historical Society at (203) 966-1776 ext.
Torrance York will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday, June 4th at 10:30 am at Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park, New Canaan, CT. The artist will talk about her current solo exhibition, Common Ground: Irwin, that includes twelve landscape photographs created in Irwin Park over the past 4 years, and will share a print portfolio of previous projects, as well. The photographs taken over the past 4 years emphasize the changing palette of the seasons and represent her experience of a specific place. For this reason, she includes the GPS coordinates in the title of each photograph. “I create these compositions from my field of view at these particular points.