Fairfield Museum presents programs in conjunction with Rising Tides exhibition

The Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road presents the following programs and events held in conjunction with their newest exhibition, Rising Tides: Fairfield’s Past to Future, opening Sep. 29:

Museum After Dark exhibit opening

Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m.; free.

Exhibition opening of “Rising Tides” tells the history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline. The evening will feature an informal discussion with representatives of the Town of Fairfield. Learn about the behind-the-scene efforts to protect Fairfield’s coast and prepare for rising tides and extreme weather events. Guests will include Joseph Michelangelo, Fairfield Department of Public Works and Brian Carey of Fairfield Conservation.

Be Green Connecticut! Family Fair — Protecting our Coast

Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon-3; free.

Features the community opening of the exhibition “Rising Tides: Fairfield’s Coast, Past to Future” and find out what you can do to protect the environment for future generations. Learn about sustainable energy with hands-on activities presented by Energize Connecticuts eesmarts program throughout the day.

Take the Energy Star Pledge or bring an incandescent light bulb to exchange for a free, energy efficient LED light bulb. Energize Connecticut will present on the Home Energy Solutions program — make your home more comfortable, get rebates and lower your energy bill! Find out about the Fairfield Energy Challenge with Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force and learn about electric cars.

Additional hands-on activities and informative displays will be presented by CT Audubon Center, Mill River Wetland Committee and Resilient Bridgeport.

Painting En Plein Air with Judith Orseck Katz

Tuesday, Oct. 4 & 11, 3:30-6 p.m. Members: $45; non-members: $60. For ages 15 + and adults. Register in advance at fmhc_enpleinairworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Local artist and teacher Judith Oreck Katz, author of the beautiful POND, will lead this art and painting workshop in the surroundings of the Fairfield Museum, including the Burr Homestead Gardens. Learn about Judith’s techniques which she utilized in her book, including pen and ink, washes and watercolor. Explore the natural scenery to create your own artwork inspired by the environment. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies.

Schooner SoundWaters Family Sail from Black Rock Harbor

Sunday, Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m. Members: $22; non-members: $25. Register in advance at fmhc_familysail.eventbrite.com.

Sail on Long Island Sound aboard Soundwaters’ 80′ Schooner. Work together to raise the sails, examine firsthand the rich diversity of the life that exists beneath the waves, sample and test water quality, learn about hypoxia, and analyze groundwater. Meet at the boardwalk entrance at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport.

Soundwaters Adult Sunset Sail, from Black Rock Harbor

Sunday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Members: $45; non-members: $50. Register in advance at fmhc-sunset-sail.eventbrite.com.

Grab a cocktail and a canape and enjoy a sunset sail aboard Soundwaters’ 80′ Schooner. This program which is held in conjunction with the special exhibition, Rising Tides, will feature a talk with Adam Whelchel, Ph.D., Director of Science with the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Whelchel is the principal architect and developer of the Community Resilience Building Workshop system. Event is for adults-only. Advance reservations are required. Cocktails and light fare will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Fairfield Museum’s education programs. Meet at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport.

Wetlands Walking Tours

At the Mill River Open Space: Oct. 15, noon. Rain date: Oct. 16, noon.

At the Marina Estuary (Ash Creek): Oct.  22, noon. Rain date: Oct. 23, noon

Cost is $5 per person; register at fairfieldhistory.org/rising-tides/

Join volunteers from the Mill River Wetland Committee to learn about the ecology of our local river basin system. Come take part in a sampling of the hands-on learning that students in grades 3-6 across Fairfield experience through the MRWC’s River-lab program. At the Mill River, we will make a model river and observe the different habitat areas created by the work of the river. At the Ash Creek estuary, we will investigate the unique conditions of an estuary and examine the impact of human activity on the delicate balance of coastal areas. Discover the importance of protecting our endangered wetlands!

Museum After Dark: Our Shoreline, Resiliency & Change

Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. Members: Free; non-members: $5.

Join experts from the University of Connecticut and CT DEEP to learn how these institutions are working together to address environmental issues along Connecticut’s coast. What is coastal resilience? Learn more about the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut with Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement and Brian Thompson with CT DEEP. It was founded a little over two years ago to help Connecticut’s communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment.

What can you do? The evening will begin with a short presentation at 6:30pm on Home Energy Solutions. Find out how the program works and how weatherization can make homes more comfortable and save residents money.

Museum After Dark: The Beautiful Pond

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m. Members: Free; non-members: $5.

Artist and author Judy Katz, Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. president of SoundWaters and Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, will discuss the importance of preserving the natural treasure that is the Old Mill Pond. Hear why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound.

Copies of the beautiful POND will be available for signing. This colorful 88-page story book of Old Mill Pond and Compo Cove by Westport author, artist and teacher Judy Katz, celebrates the pond, its history and environmental contribution to the town and region. Each page features a stunning water color of the pond and its environs, walking readers through the transformation of the pond from a working mill to a beloved and bucolic sanctuary for coastal life. Be swept away… and heed the call to preserve and protect Long Island Sound.

For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.


Exhibition opening of “Rising Tides” tells the history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline.

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