Coscob's HamletHub Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:19:40 -0400 Rosa Buonomo, of Stoney Brook Farm, is Rescuing Horses in Connecticut

Rosa Buonomo, of Stoney Brook Farm, recently saved a number of horses from slaughter according to News 12.

News 12 reported that 17 Mustangs were headed to Mexico to be killed for their meat, but had to turn around when one of the horses gave birth on the side of the road.

The horses were rescued by Rosa Buonomo of Stoney Brook Farm

"Nobody wanted to help me," says Buonomo. "So then I just started rescuing them myself."

Horses are popular in Connecticut.  A 2002 study by the University of Connecticut estimated there were over 43,000 horses in Connecticut.  Each town in Connecticut has its own zoning laws.  The website for zoning laws in Cos Cob is according to the Connecticut Horse Council. For the zoning

The UConn survey also showed that most horses in Connecticut are owned individually and by females.  In addition, they found horse ownership in Connecticut is best described “as a personal recreational activity”.  The report said the most common uses of horses are companionship (71%) and recreation (67%).

Litchfield County has the most horses, with approximately 19% of the total. You can find further charts on the horse population here.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Neighbors Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:22:58 -0400
Greenwich Botanical Center Hosts Second Annual Spring-Themed Festival, Frolic in the Forest

This family event is a fundraiser for youth outreach programming that supports horticulture, conservation, and the arts in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. 

The second annual Frolic in the Forest is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Greenwich Botanical Center. The event features spring-themed activities for the whole family including a children’s fashion show, children’s entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, and refreshments. Serendipity magazine is the main media sponsor. 

"We are building upon the fairy woodland theme from last year," said Jennifer Butler, Greenwich Botanical Center Board member, and Co-chair along with Kay Sterling and Kim Caravella. She continued, "This theme fits so nicely with the location of the GBC, nestled within the 61-acre Montgomery Pinetum, as well as supports our mission to promote horticulture, conservation, and the arts through educational programs, outreach activities, and special events."

The fashion show will include but isn't limited to JoJo Maman Bébé ( and Petit Maison Kids ( Rise Coffee (, Gelato & Cioccolato ( and Randy’s Wines ( are among food and beverage participants. Co-chairs are selecting artists to provide drawings to use as coloring book pages inside the interactive event program; Kathy Chattoraj of Future Picassos ( is leading this design element. Artists interested in participating can email Greenwich Botanical Center (  

In addition to the April 28 event, the co-chairs will host a Frolic Sip & Shop scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Greenwich Botanical Center’s pop-up shop. The Sip & Shop will feature retailers participating in the Frolic Fashion Show as well as habitatgreenwich ( and others. Local food companies Kinney Lane, ( and Il Pastaficio ( will provide light bites and Randy’s Wines of Cos Cob will provide wine and beverages. 

The GBC provides environmental enrichment activities onsite and offsite through school and scout field trips, high school internships, after-school programs, school/community garden guidance and Teaching Vegetable Garden activities. "Funds raised through this event make it possible for the younger generation in our community to connect with our environment, which is vital to their health and wellbeing," Jennifer Behette, Director of Youth Programming at GBC. 

Ticket prices range from $25-$175. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. For more information please visit the Greenwich Botanical Center website (  For more information please email Greenwich Botanical Center ( #FrolicInTheForest2019

]]> (Sarah Bamford) Charities Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:04:25 -0400
Fairfield County Bank's Lynne Byington Recognized As Community Pillar

Lynne Byington, Branch Manager of the Fairfield County Bank Cranbury Office in Norwalk, was recognized by The Exchange Club of Norwalk as a Pillar of Public Service. The recognition demonstrates Lynne’s commitment to the Norwalk community, devoting her time to making the community a better place.

Through the years, Ms. Byington has volunteered for the American Cancer Society, previously served as an active board member of the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, an ambassador of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Norwalk Police Athletic League.

Lynne is currently serving as president of the Norwalk Senior Center board and finance committee. She is also a trustee with the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum as secretary and a member of the executive committee. Lynne also volunteers at the Norwalk Public Schools as an active mentor of the Norwalk Mentor Program and a teacher for Junior Achievement; a business focused course.

“Lynne has made the Norwalk community a better place through her volunteerism. We are very proud of her accomplishments and are fortunate to have someone like Lynne working with us,” said Andrea Coreau, Senior Vice President of Fairfield County Bank.

Lynne resides in Norwalk with her husband James, a retired Norwalk Police Officer. With more than 40 years of banking experience, she currently works as an Assistant Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. After graduating from Norwalk High School, Lynne attended Norwalk Community College, the American Institute of Banking, the Connecticut School of Finance Management and the Norwalk Leadership Institute.

Her proudest accomplishment is raising her two children, Adam and Lillianna. 

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:00:36 -0400
Celebrate First Day of Spring on Wednesday with Dairy Queen Free Cone Day

Dairy Queen is giving away a free cone to celebrate the first day of spring.

In honor of their 35th year of partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, DQ® locations across the nation will celebrate Children’s Hospitals Week and the first day of spring with their annual Free Cone Day on March 20.

Below are the Dairy Queen Locations near Cos Cob:

Address URL
885 Summer St Stamford

Please reach out to your local DQ using the link above to see if they are participating!

Everyone can celebrate the first day of spring with a free sweet treat at participating non-mall Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations and help bring happiness and healing to kids at their local children’s hospital.

Customers will receive a free small soft serve cone just for coming in on March 20. Some locations will use the opportunity to raise critical funds for their local children’s hospital, with the goal of bringing comfort and smiles to kids treated at 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Over the last 35 years, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $145 million for local children’s hospitals in an effort to bring hope and happiness to kids when they need it the most.

In addition to the free cone, Some DQ stores offer a $1 donation for delicious dipped cone upgrades on #FreeConeDay benefiting our wonderful partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations and participation are determined by each of our independent franchisee owners and will vary by location, along with menu items offered.
Celebrate the first day of spring with Dairy Queen! They’re offering a free soft serve ice cream cone to fans and raising money for Children’s Miracle Network.

Visit your favorite participating Dairy Queen location for your free cone and to make a donation to Sanford Children’s Miracle Network! 

Click here to find a Dairy Queen near you!

]]> (Dairy Queen) Events Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:16:44 -0400
Greenwich Land Trust Hosts Spring Walk

Spring is almost here. Get up, get outside and join GLT for a medium intensity hike through the town’s Babcock Preserve to GLT’s Westfall Preserve on North Street, Wednesday, March 20 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

This vast 300-acre tract of forested land contains an enormous variety of plants and animals and is being deliberately maintained as a natural conservation area. Come enjoy this special place, observe the flurry of amphibian activities happening in vernal pools and ephemeral streams, and witness the emergence of spring!

Free of charge; Family friendly. Sign up at

]]> (M. Erickson) Events Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:39:09 -0400
Celebrate Certified Nurses Day in Cos Cob on March 19

From our birthday on, we have all had a nurse helping us when we needed them most.  Today is Certified Nurses Day.

Cos Cob is ranked number 99 of all towns in Connecticut based on the percentage of workers in the health diagnosing and treating practitioners according to the American Community Survey.  Cos Cob has 67 males (38.1) and 109 females (61.9) for a total of 176 in the health diagnosing and treating category.

In Connecticut, there is a total of 3,079 male nurses and 28,928 female nurses.

This day is to honor nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes after attaining national board certification. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who care enough to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.

“Inspired by Dr. Margretta 'Gretta' Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a pioneer in nursing certification, Certified Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to invite all nurses to advance their career by choosing certification.” according to ANCC.

More than 70 organizations participated in the first Certified Nurses Day by signing the proclamation and sponsoring annual events including:

  • Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)
  • National Organization for Competency Assurance
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Canadian Nurses Association

Tell a Nurse how much they are appreciated!

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Events Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Singing the Blues in Cos Cob

Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Zip a Dee Dah.  My oh, my what a wonderful day…Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder. It’s the truth, it’s actual,  everything is satisfactual. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, wonderful feeling, wonderful day (Song of the South, 1946).

With patches of snow still covering the thawing ground, the Eastern Bluebird appears, waking all living creatures and breaking the cold spell of winter with his melodious songs. The bluebirds are not the only ones singing. This docile little animal has the natural ability to make people happy. In the words of renowned poet Henry David Thoreau, “The bluebird is like a speck of clear blue sky seen near the end of a storm, reminding us of an ethereal region and a haven which we had forgotten.”

A radiant color blue with a warm reddish breast, the male bluebird is as beautiful as he is charming. According to Tom Meyer, a trained bluebird rehabilitator referred to as “Mr. Bluebird” in his hometown of Bedford, NY the male arrives in the northeast in late February, ahead of his mate, and searches for a home worthy to present to her. Once he finds it, he beckons her with joyful chirps to come and approve one of the nest boxes he has selected to raise their family. “He will sit on top of the house fluttering and may show her 3 or 4 spots, just like a real estate agent,” chuckles Meyer. The female, who has lighter blue wings and tail, a brownish throat and breast and grey crown, gets busy creating a nest and promptly lays 4-5 eggs. She diligently incubates her eggs for two weeks. Once hatched, mom and dad share the responsibility of feeding the brood insects. “They kind of alternate, you’ll see the female go in and then the male and as the babies grow, the insects get bigger and bigger,” explains Meyer. It’s the glory and awe of nature at work-  a beautiful story of cohabitation, parenting and shared responsibility.

Believe it or not, if not for the effort and intervention of Eastern Bluebird loving humans, today, spring would arrive without the beauty and promise of the bluebird. There were several decades spanning the years from 1900-1970 when it was not easy for the kind spirited bluebird to find a natural nesting cavity.  Melodee Benoit, administrative assistant to the grounds department and bluebird monitor at the private GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, is dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Bluebird. She explains that urbanization caused the Eastern Bluebird to compete with other cavity nesters for a place to raise their young. The submissive bluebird lost out to more aggressive birds such as The House Sparrow and the European Starling.  

”Back in the 70’s, a huge part of increasing the bluebird population was making people aware of the bluebird and their plight and how they weren’t thriving. ‘Backyard blue birders’ started putting up bluebird boxes,” explains Benoit. “I’ve put up more than 2,000 bluebird boxes,” Meyer humbly adds.  On his list: Bedford friend and neighbor, actress Glen Close. “About 20 years ago, Glen called me to put up some boxes. I remember taking her daughter, Annie on my shoulders so she could see the bluebirds, she said, “Oh, they look like pencil erasers,” chuckles Mayer. In addition, after Christopher Reeve’s horseback riding accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Meyer received a call from Reeve’s wife. “Dana asked me to put up a box on their back lawn,” says Meyer.

Benoit credits Meyer for making it possible for GlenArbor Golf Club to launch a successful bluebird program. Working in tandem with Benoit, Meyer put up 22 boxes at GlenArbor. “We have an environmental program at the club and the bluebird program is part of that,” explains Benoit.  Once a week, Benoit and Meyer travel the course in a golf-cart checking on each bluebird box. The club recently won an award from the North American Bluebird society for environmental stewardship. “They claim that there are more bluebirds coming out of nest boxes that people put up than natural cavities,” says Meyer.

As a bluebird rehabilitator, Meyer is often called upon when a bluebird is in danger. Benoit recalls a time when bluebird babies were left alone in a nest. “Usually once a year we have to orphan a bluebird.  I can remember calling Tom for help. I put the baby birds in my hands and blew warm air on them. Tom got a heating pad and we put them into a box.” Benoit cared for them until she could add them to a nest box with other bluebirds about the same age. A fascinating trait of the Eastern Bluebird is their willingness to care for another bluebird’s young. “Those parents will then take over as adoptive parents,” explains Benoit.

While having a backyard nest-box is a fantastic way to assure the population of bluebirds continues to increase, Benoit says, ”It’s a commitment, if someone wants to have a bluebird box, they’ve got to monitor it, that’s part of the success. You need to know what’s going on inside the box. You need to check on the babies,” explains Benoit. The Eastern Bluebird can nest up to three times a season. “When they’re done nesting, you need to clean it out right away because they need to get back in there and do their thing again.”

The preservation and recovery of the Eastern Bluebird continues in backyards, parks and golf courses throughout the northeast. “It’s hard not to love this little bird,” says Benoit. “If I could use one word to describe the bluebird, I’d say magical,” adds Meyer. What’s more, the bluebird is the state bird of New York. That’s one more thing to sing about.

*This story appeared in Ridgefield Magazine

]]> (Kerry Ducey) Life Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Two Connecticut Cities in Top 3 Safest Cities in US According to SafeWise. Cos Cob Ranked Number 21 Among Connecticut Towns

Connecticut has a lot to boast about when it comes to safety - we are the second safest state in the country with 14 our cities among the top 100. What’s more, two of those cities, Ridgefield and Madison are in the top 3! Read all about it in the SafeWise Report here.

The report utilizes the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Cos Cob reported 21 violent crimes which ranks it number 21 of all the cities in Connecticut that report statistics according to the UCR. Cos Cob also reported 471 property crimes, including 87 burglaries, 311 larcenies, 73 motor vehicle thefts, and incidents of arson.

Five Connecticut Cities reported no incidents of violent crime, Ridgefield, Madison, Granby Easton, and Groton Long Point.

In addition to Ridgefield and Madison, the SafeWise list included New Canaan (#14), Cheshire (#16), Avon (#18), and Darien (#25) in the top 25.  Additional Connecticut communities earned a place among the top 100: Simsbury (#30), Brookfield (#35), Westport (#36), Wilton (#48), Guilford (#53), Rocky Hill (#64), and Wolcott (#91).

View the 2019 Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut here. View the 2019 Safest Cities in America here.

FBI had encouraging news about crime in the US overall:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate.
  • There were an estimated 382.9 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, a rate that fell 0.9 percent when compared with the 2016 estimated violent crime rate and dropped 16.5 percent from the 2008 estimate. (See Tables 1 and 1A.)

SafeWise gives high marks to Connecticut’s overall safety. “There were only two murders reported among all 20 cities that made the list. Overall, the Constitution State is well below national averages for both violent and property crime. Proving the point, 95% of the cities on our list saw fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people, according to FBI data,” SafeWise said.

Learn how SafeWise identified the safest cities by visiting their methodology page.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:58:08 -0400
Quinnipiac Student Follows Historic Journey of The Legendary Leatherman for Charity

AQuinnipiac grad student who hails from England and now lives in New Haven, Lee-Stuart Evans, is presently embarking on a historical journey by retracing the tracks of The Leatherman.

Known as a vagabond who donned a leather suit, The Leatherman walked a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers in just 34 days, sleeping in cave shelters. According to historical accounts, The Leatherman died after suffering from lip cancer.

Evans is running a 365 mile loop through Connecticut and New York in under 7 days. According to a GoFundMe Page established by Shona Cooper in support of the journey, Evans is staying on the trail throughout the run and living homeless for a week. “The loop follows the route taken by the Old Leatherman of Connecticut and will follow his footsteps as closely as possible and aims to finish after 7 days at the site of his grave in Ossining, NY on the 130th Anniversary of his death - 20th March 1889,” she says.

Given The Leatherman's lifestyle and struggle with cancer, Evans is not running in vain but for local charitable causes.  

You can follow Evans on his trek via a live tracker here.

Click here for Evan’s research on The Leatherman.

View the GoFundMe Page and make a donation here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:00:37 -0400
The Best High Schools for Math Near Cos Cob in Celebration of Pi Day

We celebrate Pi day to bring awareness to the importance of a STEM Education. The National Science Board report shows the need to bring attention to STEM:

 - Average mathematics scores for fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders declined slightly for the first time in 2015.

 - The average NAEP mathematics score in 2015 declined for fourth, eighth and twelfth grades.

 - NAEP science assessment results show that average scores increased slightly in 2015 for fourth and eighth graders but stayed similar for twelfth graders.

The Connecticut State Department of Education measures Math Performance of all the schools in CT.  The average performance for the high schools in the state 83.6%. The scores of the high schools closest to Cos Cob are:

School Score GraduationRate PostSecondary
Darien High School 99.63% 100.00% 100.00
Greenwich High School 95.32% 100.00% 100.00
The Academy of Information Technology 79.48% 100.00% 100.00
Westhill High School 71.53% 95.78% 90.53
Stamford High School 70.02% 100.00% 100.00
J. M. Wright Technical High School 55.94% NA NA
Stamford Academy 42.41% 32.85% 31.58

The top five high schools for Connecticut are Staples High School, Darien High School, New Canaan High School, Weston High School, and Avon High School.

Some other interesting facts about STEM education in the United States:

  • Approximately one-quarter of students stopped with algebra 2 as their highest mathematics course, another quarter stopped with trigonometry or other advanced mathematics, 22% advanced to pre-calculus, and 19% finished with calculus or higher.
  • In addition to taking biology, 76% of ninth graders who began high school in 2009 took chemistry and 42% took physics by the time they completed high school in 2013.
  • Calculus AB is the most common mathematics AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in calculus AB increased from 197,000 in 2006 to more than 308,000 in 2016.
  • Biology is the most common science AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in biology increased from nearly 132,000 in 2006 to 238,000 in 2016.
  • Computer science A is the fastest-growing AP exam, with the number of students taking the exam growing nearly four-fold from just under 15,000 in 2006 to nearly 58,000 in 2016.
  • Passing rates for the mathematics and science AP exams in 2016 ranged from lows of 40% for physics 1 and 46% for environmental science to highs of 77% for physics C: mechanics and 81% for Calculus BC.
]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:33:45 -0400
Greenwich Art Society 102nd Annual Members Exhibit 2019, Public Reception Tomorrow

Greenwich Art Society 102nd Annual Members Exhibit 2019 NOW through April 4 

 You are welcome to join us for two very 
special events!
Public Reception
 Free to general public
This Friday, March 15
Artists awards to be announced at 7:15pm
Bendheim Gallery
299 Greenwich Ave., 2nd floor
Greenwich, CT
V.I.P. Private Tour of Exhibit with 
Guggenheim Museum curator, 
Megan Fontanella, Juror for this year's show
Thursday, March 21
Limited tickets available!
or, RSVP 203.629.1533
]]> (Greenwich Art Society) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:25:51 -0400
Today is Pi Day! How many people in Cos Cob are working in the Math field?

March 14 was officially designated as Pi day In 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed “H.Res.224 - Supporting the designation of Pi Day, and for other purposes.

“Whereas Pi can be approximated as 3.14, and thus March 14, 2009, is an appropriate day for ’National Pi Day’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of a ’Pi Day’ and its celebration around the world;

(2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs; and

(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”

According to, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The date—which also happens to be Einstein's birthday—inspires a variety of events every year

Pi day is important because it helps us to bring awareness to the important role of math and science to Connecticut, the US, and the world!

In Greenwich, there are 6635 people employed who are 16 years of age and older according to the American Community Survey.  Of that total, 282 are employed in “Computer, engineering, and science occupations”, or 4.25% of the employed population. Of those occupied in this industry, 181 are males and 101 are Females.

The average Connecticut town had 6% of their workforce occupied by the Computer, Engineering and Science industry. The average town had 73% of them as male, and 27% as female.

Gales Ferry, Connecticut has the highest percentage of their workforce in Computer, Engineering and Science, Coventry, CT has the highest percentage of Female workers of any town over 1,000 workers in CT.  Coventry’s percent of male workers in Computer, Engineering and Science is 24.4%, and females have 75.6%.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate Pi day:

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA  

EDUTOPIA, 5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!  

Exploratorium, Pi Day March 14, 2019  

NIST Taking Measure Blog, A Slice of Math Functions for Pi Day  

Smithsonian Magazine, A history of notable moments in the irrational number’s past  

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
UJA-JCC Greenwich Presents 2019 Women's Education Symposium

UJA-JCC Greenwich Presents: Annual Women’s Education Symposium on Wednesday, March 27 at Greenwich Reform Synagogue

The 2019 Women’s Education Symposium is a celebration of life-long Jewish learning and a morning with remarkable women and authors as this year’s esteemed speakers. We are pleased to announce that Susie Orman Schnall, author of The Subway Girls, will be joining us.

Angela Himsel – A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir

How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in Jew York? Angela's unlikely path from a doomsday childhood cult to a committed Jewish life winds through the major events of the 1970s and '80s with warmth, humor and a host of religious and philosophical insights.

Susie Orman Schnall The Subway Girls

In 1949 Brooklyn, Charlotte Friedman is an ambitious 20-year-old Jewish college senior. Her dream career in advertising is shattered when her father demands she work for the family business. Meanwhile, Charlotte is swept into the glamorous world of the Miss Subways contest, which promises irresistible opportunities with its Park Avenue luster and local fame status. But when her new friend, the intriguing and gorgeous fellow-participant Rose, does something unforgivable, Charlotte must make a heart-wrenching decision that will change the lives of those around her forever.

Dawn Raffel – The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

Hear the bracing tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the savior of premature babies by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows, on Coney Island and in Atlantic City. How this turn-of-the-20th-century emigre transformed infant care against the grain of both the medical establishment and the vogue of eugenics is a true miracle of modern medicine.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Yvette Manessis Corporon will not be able to attend.

Co-sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and the Jewish Book Council.

Co-chaired by Vivienne Braun and Kim Sands; Honorary Chair Joan Mann.

For more information, please visit

New to Greenwich in the Past 12 Months? Please come as our guest! We look forward to meeting you!

Visit to RSVP and for More Information!

Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 92 Orchard Street, Greenwich

]]> (Anne Casher) Events Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:45:53 -0400
Bruce Museum Lecture: Tang Dynasty Tomb Sculptures and the Silk Road

On Monday, March 18, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Chao-Hui Jenny Liu, the Coordinator of the East Asian Studies Program and Director of the Peking Opera Summer Immersion Program at Princeton University, presents a lecture, "Tang Dynasty Tomb Sculptures and the Silk Road," in the Bruce Museum's Bantle Lecture Gallery. The lecture is free to Museum members and students; $10 for non-members.

Ms. Lui's talk complements the exhibition, "Buried Treasures of the Silk Road," which showcases the extraordinary collection of Chinese tomb sculpture in the Fred and Jane Brooks Collection of the Bruce Museum.

Liu received her M.Phil. in archaeology from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She was Assistant Professor at New York University in Art History and has taught courses on the Silk Road and East Asian Art. She has also taught at Hunter College and Princeton University.

Her published works include articles and book chapters on Tang tomb murals, Tang figurines, and the First Emperor's tomb. She was Research Associate for The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 A.D. and has also worked for the Smithsonian as a provenance researcher.

Featuring dozens of rare and delicate terra cotta figurines, painted and glazed ceramics, and other antiquities, "Buried Treasures" will be on view in the Museum’s Arcade Gallery through June 2, 2019.

]]> (Bruce Museum) Events Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:30:14 -0400
Young Artist at Bruce Museum Draws Inspiration from Cartoon Art Exhibition

We here at the Bruce are always thrilled when the exhibitions of art and science we present have an impact on visitors. The current exhibition, Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art, is not only drawing praise from leading cartoonists and aficionados of this unique American art form, it’s also inspiring a new generation of cartoonists.

We recently received a review of Cartoon Art from a young local cartoonist whose work has already received attention from area newspapers, including the Larchmont Ledger. Allow us to share Cole Johnson’s engaging take on the exhibition, as well as upcoming opportunities at the Museum for other young artists and their families to get creative. Enjoy!

Visiting “Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art” by Cole Johnson, Age 13

I’ve written comics for six years, however, everything changed the day I entered the Bruce Museum on Saturday, February 23. The day before, my visiting cousins and I worked to create a story about some of our existing characters, titled “The Fallen Moon.” Little did we know, the next day our world would be rocked forever!

We went with our family to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, to see what we had heard so many amazing things about, their cartoon art exhibition. As avid comic fans ourselves, we could not wait to learn more. We met our friend and cartooning teacher/collaborator Phil outside of the Museum. Together my cousins and I proudly displayed our artwork: posters of our long-running comic titles, The Adventures of Andy and Super Grandma - and thus that moment was immortalized in the medium of photography!

As we entered the Museum, one of the first things that caught my eye was a Carl Barks original. It was a drawing of Donald Duck decked out in cowboy attire - a poster done in a rough pencil sketch format. I thought it was from “The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp” from the mid-1950s, but it was actually one of his earlier works. Even though these two drawings I had seen looked similar, I wasn’t completely surprised… Barks wrote two stories in the span of two years, both using the strange concept of Christmas on a submarine, so anything is possible! I noticed that up close, every aspect of the drawing used some sort of perspective, even the spurs of his boots. I read all of these stories in the Fanta-graphics re-releases of Barks’ many treasured stories, and have kept up with them over the course of multiple years. Barks has long inspired Cowie Comix works, from his dry humor, to the intricate perspective he uses in his artwork.  

One of the first things you will find as you step inside the Bruce Museum is a picture describing the language of comics by Mort Walker. It showed the technical terms for comic techniques such as action lines, which are called “hites,” and ”wiffets,” which are little clouds that sometimes appear at the end of a “hite.” My cousins and I never realized just how much there was to learn about comic books!

We also saw some of the first comics ever printed in a newspaper, like The Yellow Kid, and some political cartoons that would later go on to inspire the modern comic strip. Many of them were far more realistic looking than modern day comics, but compensated for this by having far fewer panels. We appreciated the generous size of all of these exhibits, as they allow you to peruse the details without squinting at a tiny little box!!

Finally, we went back to see up close the process of a comic strip, from being penciled to completely inked and colored. It was for a newspaper Sunday strip called Hi & Lois, created by Brian and Greg Walker. Unlike some of the other exhibits, the process we saw here was not completely foreign to us. In fact, Cowie Comix goes the old-school route of penciling and inking our comics, like the experts. We saw amazing originals from legendary artists Carl Barks, Charles Schultz, Jim Davis, and more! We saw some of the oldest comics in history, and some brand new ones showcasing innovative new ideas. As we left, we were bubbling with new ideas…. maybe we could incorporate Carl Barks’ clean and well-thought out perspective, or the intricate line work of early political cartoons, for improving the story we started the previous day: “The Fallen Moon!”

Later, as I returned to my normal routines and continued to draw comics, I absent-mindedly checked my email. My heart raced as I discovered: the picture we had taken in front of the Bruce Museum was featured in the Museum’s social media feed! I later called my cousins and told them the great news. I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit the Bruce Museum, and see the great cartooning works from across history. I hope to return soon, and would recommend it to anyone who even has a passing knowledge in cartooning … but they’d better skedaddle, because it will be gone on April 20!

We here at Cowie Comix will take these new ideas to heart, as we continue to mercilessly pump out sequel after sequel of Adventures of Andy, Super Grandma, Luna the Dog, and more!
      - Cole Johnson

On view in the Museum’s main galleries through April 20, 2019, Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art showcases more than 110 original works, including an early editorial cartoon by Thomas Nast, a spectacular Prince Valiant Sunday page by Hal Foster, and a witty New Yorker gag by Peter Arno, as well as classic Peanuts, Doonesbury, and Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.

Treasures from this rich and varied repository represent all of the cartoon genres, including comic strips, newspaper panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, caricature, illustration and animation. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a recreation of the Museum of Cartoon Art’s Hall of Fame. Thirty-two artists were elected to this prestigious group between 1975 and 1997 including Walt Disney, Milton Caniff, Chuck Jones, Rube Goldberg, Al Capp, and Herblock.  Each honoree is represented by a superlative example of their work and a handsome brass plaque.  

The first institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of cartoon art, the Museum of Cartoon Art was opened in Greenwich in August 1974.  Founded by cartoonist and longtime Greenwich resident Mort Walker, it moved to Port Chester/Rye Brook, NY, in 1977, reopened in Boca Raton, FL, in 1996, and donated its collection to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2008.

The Bruce is hosting an array of special programs and activities to complement the exhibition, among them several related programs for families and children. On Sunday, March 24, 1:00-3:00 pm is Art Adventures: Comical Illustrations, a drop-in program designed for children ages 4 and up and their families. The topic of our April 14 Art Adventures program is Design Your Own Comic.

And save the date for the Museum’s Spring Family Day on Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, when we focus on Art around the World. From cartoon artists of Greenwich to the artisans found on the Silk Road, kids will be able to create their own landscape, make a paper tomb sculpture, and even create comics with artist Emily Curran. Family Day is free for Museum members and visitors with admission.

For more information about Bruce Museum exhibitions and programs, visit or call 203-869-0376.

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