There will be something for everyone when Greenwich Historical Society unveils its dynamic new $12 million campus, featuring a nationally accredited museum, library and archives, café, store and restored Impressionist-era gardens. Visitors will feel like they have stepped back in time in a landscape evocative of the turn of the 20th century when artists from one of America's first Impressionist art colonies lived, studied and worked there. It will provide a rare opportunity to appreciate how Greenwich was and continues to be entwined in America's narrative while also offering an all-important view to the future. United States Senator Richard Blumenthal will be joined by State Representative Scott Frantz and First Selectman Peter Tesei at the ceremony to begin at noon.
Following the ribbon cutting at 12:30, guests will enjoy:
Live music by popular bluegrass-swing band Too Blue. Children's activities including face painting and making scarecrows, cornhusk dolls, and birdhouses. Family-friendly tours of Bush-Holley House every 30 minutes.
Culinary treats: Dough Girls on the Go will be serving wood-fired pizzas; the Tiki Food Truck will be selling pulled pork, Hawaiian shave ice and other treats; Mike's Organic Delivery will have a farm stand; and Randy's Wines of Cos Cob will have beer and wine for sale.
The striking new Library and Archives, Museum Store and galleries featuring inaugural exhibitions will be open throughout the afternoon with Historical Society staff available to answer questions. The new museum also displays paintings from the artists of the Cos Cob art colony, a short orientation film, a timeline, and recent acquisitions and seldom-seen objects from the Greenwich Historical Society's collections. On opening weekend, October 6-7, admission will be free, the site at 47 Strickland Road in Cos Cob will be open 12-4pm, and all are welcome. To help with planning, visitors are encouraged to register at greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899.