Special Programs

Special Programs


There are no fees for special events unless lunch is included ($5). Please also let us know you are coming so we set up enough chairs and make sufficient handouts.


Welcome Back Safari Party

Wednesday, September 6, noon, $5

Susan Goodman will cook a special lunch to kick off our fall program.
After lunch, Richard Sheridan will show photos from his photographic safari to three of the major national parks in Zimbabwe, including images of a live zebra birth and shots of the elusive white rhino. His safari included walking with the “ele’s” and canoeing with Africa’s most dangerous animal.


Collecting Stories: 400 Paintings, 400 Stories

Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 p.m., Free

Tom Davies, whose show Art America–160 Years in the Making was a huge success at the Historical Society this summer, will bring slides of some of the works of art he has collected and tell you the stories of the paintings, the artists and his forty years of finding and buying art. His program, which will be based on his book, Collecting Stories, “reveals many nuggets of information about the artists, the eras in which they worked and the individual paintings.” Mr. Davies has a passion for art, what he calls an “art gene” which he shared with his father and his sons. He’s also a wonderful storyteller — don’t miss it!


Flower Arranging Workshop

Wednesday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., $10 (reservation required)

In this hands-on class you will learn how to mix garden flowers and greens with those from the store, and use simple design principles to arrange a beautiful centerpiece.
Bring an apron, container, pruner (if you have one) and bag to carry your work home.
Patricia Gutierrez is a New Canaan resident and owner of Patina Floral Design. A native of Peru, Patricia studied floral design at the NY Botanical Garden and American School of Flower Design in New York.


The Two Sides of You by Elaine Breakstone with Nell Mednick

Thursday, September 21, 1:30 p.m.

Elaine will help you discover the two sides of your brain, the right creative side, and the left logical side. Her book highlights bi-hemispheric people, who are successful at tapping into both sides of the brain. It also offers a test to see which side you favor as well as helpful exercises to help you make each side work harder.


Coyotes and Foxes and Bears – Oh My!

Wednesday, September 27, 11:00 a.m., Free

Animal Control Officer Allison Halm will discuss the wildlife that is increasingly inhabiting our parks and yards. She will discuss the behavior and habits of these animals as well as what we all need to know to safely co-exist.


Tune-Up Your Finances for the New Year

Monday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.

Judy Havard of YHB Investment Advisors will discuss strategies for gathering and organizing your financial information. She will include how to review that information on a combined basis to make sure your affairs are in order and that a clear investment strategy, true to your needs, goals and risk tolerance, is in place.
Judy is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 30 years of investment experience.


SHARE’s Pink and Teal Seminar

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 p.m.

Arlene Matlick and Andrea Herzberg, healthy breast and ovarian cancer survivors, will discuss their stories, symptoms, risks, when to see a doctor, ways to decrease risk, screening, and treatment. You will learn how to become an empowered patient, what friends and relatives can do to help, and what information and services SHARE offers. Inspiration guaranteed!
SHARE is a non-profit that provides dedicated, experienced support for women facing breast and ovarian cancers. Their free services include telephone support, support groups, educational programs, and advocacy activities.


Tracing your Family History

Monday, November 6, 1:00 p.m., Free

Every family has a unique story to share. In this introductory workshop, find out how to trace your family history through census and other public records. Learn about on-line resources and the Family Tree maker software program that helps keep it all organized. This class will be led by New Canaan native Susan Bergen who has been on the trail of ‘long lost relatives’ for over thirty years.


Thanksgiving Lunch at Lapham

Wednesday, November 8, 11:30 a.m., $5

Susan Goodman will cook a traditional Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings.
After lunch Tommy and Cuz will be back to sing and play your favorite songs.
Reservations are needed by Friday, November 3 at 203-594-3620.