GardenFest

GardenFest Calendar

GardenFest Plant Sale

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join the Museum’s Garden Gang for a sale of beautiful plants and garden specimens, featuring heirloom perennials, roses, herbs, and succulents.

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Gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT

GardenFest

June 9 - June 18
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site's appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include, Garden Luncheon Friday, June 9 and Blooms with a View June 9, 10, and 11.

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Blooms with a View

June 9 - June 11
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Enjoy stunning flower arrangements interpreting works of art from the Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art exhibition. Playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter, each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways.

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Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Enjoy this special state-wide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens.

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Travel Programs

Travel Programs Calendar

Trip to the Whitney Biennial

April 13 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the US, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. The 78th Biennial is the first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space. Our visit will feature a 90-minute guided introduction to the show. There will be time for lunch (on your own) as well as a springtime visit to the High Line.

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DAY TRIP: New York Botanical Gardens: CHIHULY

June 13 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

This day trip features guided tours of
the NYBG’s summer exhibition featuring breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, his first major garden New York exhibition in a decade. CHIHULY showcases nearly 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career.

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Children’s Programs

Children's Programs Calendar

April Fool’s Day Beach Party with T-Bone, America’s Musical Pied Piper


April 1 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Celebrate the beginning of the Museum’s summer season with this indoor beach party. Energetic family entertainer T-Bone presents a fun-filled tropical adventure through the use of songs, stories, instruments, games, and more! This show is heavy on participation so come prepared to party. Shows at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

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Paint Like Matilda in Our Pop-Up Barnyard

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Ellie Mae the calf, MacIntosh the goat, and Shasta the Donkey pose for visitors to paint. On loan from Wounded Eagle Farm in Canterbury, Connecticut, these beautiful creatures are the kinds of animals
 that Matilda Browne might have painted. All materials included, but feel free to bring your own.

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Discovery Sundays

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Shadow Puppet Show: Shadows Around the World

April 8 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

This fun and informative family show explores the history of shadow puppetry and
 its development throughout the world. Jim Napolitano (Nappy), Puppeteer focuses on world cultures and history and the development of shadow theater as an art form. Learn and laugh at the same time. Fun for all. Shows at 11:30am and 2:30pm

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Discovery Sundays

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Discovery Sundays

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Discovery Sundays

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Discovery Sundays

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Community Free Day!

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Admission is Free! Explore the Museum’s exhibitions and grounds on this special free day. Hands-on art activities in the Hartman Education Center from 11am-4pm. Family friendly entertainment by Steve Elci and Friends at 12noon.

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Discovery Sundays

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Why not make a painting this Sunday? Drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. Be sure to stop at the Portable Art Studio on the grounds and check out an

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Adult Programs

Adult Programs Calendar

Meeting Matilda: A One-Woman Show About One Remarkable Artist

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Matilda Browne, one of the key members
of the Lyme Art Colony and the subject of
 our current exhibition, comes to life in
 this 40-minute original one-woman show developed by writer and actor Diana Dunlop for the Florence Griswold Museum. Through fun moments and touching memories of the past, Matilda shares the ups and downs of

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Snip! Snip! Spring Pruning Workshop

March 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Walk the grounds with Sheila Wertheimer as she demonstrates the proper way to prune roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, mock orange, winterberry, and various fruit trees. Dress for outdoor walking.

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WINTER STUDIES 2017

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join Dr. Schenker for a series of lectures on “How to Read a Film,” a course of his own design that will allow film fans of all stripes to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of ten classic movies by five important directors covering more than 60 years.

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Snip! Snip! Spring Pruning Workshops

April 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Walk the grounds with Landscape Historian Sheila Wertheimer as she demonstrates the proper way to prune roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, mock orange, winterberry, and various fruit trees. Dress for outdoor walking.

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WINTER STUDIES 2017

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join Dr. Schenker for a series of lectures on “How to Read a Film,” a course of his own design that will allow film fans of all stripes to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of ten classic movies by five important directors covering more than 60 years.

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Exhibitions on Screen: Goya Visions of Flesh and Blood

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Co-sponsored by The Kate and Florence Griswold Museum Enjoy an armchair visit to the great museums of the world through this series of art exhibitions on film featuring intimate access to some of the greatest treasure houses in Europe and America. $15 (member $13); go online or contact The Kate for tickets at (860) 510-0453; for series

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Beasts and Best Friends In & Around Old Lyme

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Old Lyme’s bucolic environment attracted many animal painters who sought to immerse themselves in the rural life of the region’s farms and pastures. Jenny Parsons, Assistant Curator discusses works from this exhibition that provides a broader context for Matilda Browne’s animal painting.

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Trip to the Whitney Biennial

April 13 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the US, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. The 78th Biennial is the first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space. Our visit will feature a 90-minute guided introduction to the show. There will be time for lunch (on your own) as well as a springtime visit to the High Line.

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An American Orientalist: the Life and Legacy of Edward Elbridge Salisbury (1814-1901)

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Lecture: Roberta L. Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies at Yale University Library explores the life of Edward Elbridge Salisbury (1814-1901), a Yale professor. Salisbury was an American pioneer of Oriental studies, the first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit in the Americas, and a founding member of the American Oriental Society, one of the oldest

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WINTER STUDIES 2017

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371

Join Dr. Schenker for a series of lectures on “How to Read a Film,” a course of his own design that will allow film fans of all stripes to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of ten classic movies by five important directors covering more than 60 years.

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