The 2nd annual New Canaan Antiques, Art and Jewelry Show to benefit the Historical Society will be held on March 9th and 10th in the Historical Society’s main building. An eclectic group of dealers will offer a wide selection of vintage and antique items. There will be paintings, small furniture, pottery, silver, jewelry and all kinds of interesting finds from the 18th century to the mid-century and beyond. Among the dealers will be Gil Rodriguez, back again this year with a large selection of rare books. Gill will also provide a display of Raggedy Ann, the brainchild of local writer John Gruelle over 100 years ago. Dogs on Parade of Westport will return with fun dog related antiques plus unique and eclectic items. Patricia Funt Antiques, formally on Main Street, will bring wood carvings, art, small silver, jewelry, and lots of things that are both amusing and unusual.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the New Canaan Historical Society’s tea on Thursday, February 14th at 2 pm. Enjoy tea, champagne, refreshments and a performance by The Town Players of New Canaan. They will preview a scene from their upcoming play, “Gaslight,” written by British dramatist Patrick Hamilton in 1938, which opens February 22nd at the Powerhouse Theater. The New Canaan and Canaan Parish Chapters of the National Charity League will prepare and serve finger sandwiches and sweets. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Betty Branch, a member of the Town’s Commission, will present a documentary film on the New Canaan residents who rescued and restored artwork from the Public Works Project and the works Project Administration at the New Canaan Historical Society on Sunday, February 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Following the film there will be a conversation on all that went in to saving these valuable pieces of art. This presentation is in connection with the current exhibit, A New Deal for the Arts: The Federal Art Project Era 1933-1943, which runs through March 30 at the Historical Society. The New Canaan Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT.
A New Deal for the Arts: The Federal Art Project Era 1933-1943 opens at the New Canaan Historical Society on Friday, January 11 with a reception from 5-7pm. This exhibit includes large scale works by Justin Gruelle, George Avison, Liacita Gregg, Clifton Meek, Ralph Nelson and Ernest Albert, Jr., as well as documents, works on paper, posters, and historical information. Also included are photographs of numerous important murals that have been lost or destroyed. During the Depression of the 1930s, New Canaan experienced general, widespread unemployment, and the Town accepted relief from various governmental agencies set up under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Funds for artists came from both the Public Works Art Project and the Works Progress Administration.
Back for a return engagement at The New Canaan Historical Society, the professional singer and actor Dr. Richard Weidlich will perform holiday classics and lead the group in song. Stephanie Johnson will accompany on keyboard. Dr. Weidlich has performed in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as with symphonies and chamber ensembles. He is a professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching music classes and individual voice lessons. He has performed with the Summer Theatre of New Canaan as Sir Lancelot in Camelot, Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, Max in The Sound of Music and the King in Cinderella.