The Rowayton Gardeners and the Rowayton Historical Society will join talents in presenting a National Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show at Pinkney Park's Seely-Dibble Pinkney House on Rowayton Avenue Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. The theme for the show is "History Adorned." The two-day flower show will feature blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, trees, shrubs and other plant materials in horticulture, and floral designs by Rowayton Gardeners members. The show will be judged Saturday morning and is free and open to the public on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. Master Gardener June Klopfer is the Flower Show chairwoman. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAC to present new classes
In the spring, you can cultivate your creative side with classes at the Rowayton Arts Center. The spring session begins the week of March 18. Classes are available for youth, teens and adults. There will be a special two-day April Vacation Workshop on April 17 and 18 (popsicle homes and spaceships). Three-day youth workshops are planned for the summer. Check out the full list of classes at www.Rowaytonartscenter.org or call the office at 203-866-2744.
Calling all artists from 15 to 39
Artists ages 15 through 39 are invited to submit works in all media for consideration for "40 Under 40," a juried exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. Submissions are open to the public, as well as arts center members. The best in show winner will receive $250. For full entry information, download the prospectus on the Exhibitions page at www.rowaytonartscenter.org, email rowart@snet or call 203-866-2744. The juror is Mark Macrides, an award-winning artist and Loft Artists Association board member. He has taught art at the New Canaan Country School for 25 years. Awards will be announced during an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. "40 Under 40" continues through April 28. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.
The winners are ...
The Rowayton Arts Center has named winners for the "Alternative Visions" exhibit. "Peacock Triptych," a mixed-media work by Kendall Klingbeil, of Pound Ridge, N.Y., won best in show. The exhibition features high-quality abstract art by some of the region's finest artists and is on display through March 30 at the RAC. The other local winners, by category, are: Acrylic -- first place, Bruce Horan (Darien), second place, Susan Leggitt (Norwalk), third place Bevi Bullwinkle (Fairfield), honorable mention, Heidi Follin (Norwalk) and Susan Frey (Stamford); Drawings/Pastels/Prints -- first place, Kathy Draper (Norwalk); Mixed Media/Computer Art -- first place, Lynn Stephens Massey (Norwalk); Oil -- first place, Linda George (Darien); Photography -- first place, Pierre Lahaussois (Norwalk), second place, Rick Pank (Norwalk), third place, Marcy Juran (Westport); Sculpture -- first place, Ginny Awn (Norwalk); and Watercolor -- first place, Hanneke Goedkoop (Norwalk). The awards were presented during a reception on March 3.
Improve your knitting skills
The Rowayton Library continues with its KnittingTime on Thursday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. with NancyJo Rambusch for kids ages 8 and up. This program is designed to help kid knitters of all skill levels work on their projects. As space is limited, please make a reservation. Bring your own needles and projects. First-time students to the KnittingTime program will be provided with a pair of knitting needles and yarn to start learning or working on a project.
Celebrate Pi Day
Celebrate Pi Day on Thursday, March 14, at the Rowayton Library. Help the staff celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 ...), as well as Einstein's birthday. Participate in pi-related activities (take-home worksheets and quizzes) and enjoy a piece of pie all day long while it lasts.
of child's play
On Wednesday, March 20, the Community Cooperative Nursery School will host a workshop on the importance of play during the early learning years. The workshop, which will be led by veteran playworker Marc Armitage, is designed for teachers, parents, caregivers and all others who interact with children. The event will take place at the Rowayton Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $42 and can be purchased in advance at http://ccns.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call Tracy King at 203-866-2184 or visit www.ccnsct.com.
Library to show `Wreck-It Ralph'
The Rowayton Parents Exchange is partnering with the library for MovieTime for Kids with a showing of "Wreck-It Ralph" on Friday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. The runtime is 108 minutes. "Wreck-It Ralph," from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey. For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. The program is free and popcorn will be served.
BMHS to present `Guys and Dolls'
Brien McMahon High School's Music Department will present one of America's favorite musicals, "Guys and Dolls," begining Friday, March 15. Performances are March 15 at 8 p.m., March 16 at 2 and 8 p.m., and March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, $20 for VIP seat6s and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door and through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326526. Credit cards will be accepted with a $1 charge per ticket. To order by phone, call Patricia Hayde at 203-984-3360 or Ron Secchi at 203-852-9488, ext. 11127, or email email@example.com. A silent auction to benefit the music department will take place at the school March 16 from 7:15 p.m. until the end of the play's intermission. Check out the auction items at www.bmhsmusical.com. In gearing up for the show, the BMHS Drama Club is looking for 13 mink stoles for "Take Back Your Mink," a key musical number in the show. If you or someone you know has an old fur or faux-fur stole or wrap that you would like to donate or loan to the cause, contact Julie Begos at 203-866-2091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be helpful to secure these costume pieces as soon as possible.
Have a slice of pie with your politics
In an effort to encourage discussion between legislators and their constituents, the library is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Norwalk for "Pie and Politics," a morning of information, discussion, and pie -- actually quiche and a light breakfast -- on Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m. This will be an opportunity for legislators to get out and meet constituents on an informal basis and talk about what their priorities are and what bills they're sponsoring, while giving our community the chance to talk about whatever concerns they have and ask questions. The event will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the library. All of the legislators representing the local districts have been invited: state Sen. Bob Duff and state Reps. Larry Cafero, Gail Lavielle, Chris Perone, Bruce Morris and Terrie Wood. Reservations are required.
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All events at the Rowayton Library are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). For more information on Rowayton Library events, call 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.