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					Contact: Mike Horyczun                                                For Immediate Release
Director of Public Relations                                            December 19, 2005
(203) 869-6786, ext. 330




                   Bruce Museum Calendar of Events
                               January- February 2006
                          Bruce Museum of Arts and Science
                               1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT



January 2006
Every Friday, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Docent-led Tours of Bruce Museum exhibitions. Free
with Museum admission. No reservations necessary.

Sun., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Museum closed.

Sun., Jan. 1, 2-3 p.m. Greenwich Point Bird Walk. Start the New Year with a new bird list.
Science Curatorial Assistant Cynthia Ehlinger leads the search for winter waterfowl and woodland
birds. Meet at the southern-most concession stand at Greenwich Point Park. Free. Call (203)
869-6786, ext. 304, for information.

Tues., Jan 3, 10 a.m. Bruce Museum Store Annual Winter Clearance Sale!
Sale items and discount amounts will be posted today. Sale continues through Jan. 16.

Wed., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. Astronomical Society of Greenwich Lecture. Free monthly meeting at
the Museum. Program to be announced. Call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338, for more information.

Sat., Jan. 7, 10 a.m. New Exhibition! Cinema, Swing & Satchmo: African-American Movie
Posters. The history of African-Americans in film is celebrated with sixteen vintage posters on
loan from The Separate Cinema Archives. On view, beginning today through April 16, 2006, in
the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery, which may have limited viewing hours due to public
programs taking place. Please call ahead for viewing hours, or visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Mon., Jan. 9, 1:15 p.m. Greenwich Antiques Society and Connecticut Ceramics Study
Circle. Special Joint Program. “Costumes on Ceramics: The Heartbreak of Attempted Fashion.”
Edward F. Maeder, Curator of Textiles and Chairman of the Curatorial Department at Historic
Deerfield, will present an illustrated lecture. Tea to follow the lecture. For reservations and
information, call (203) 661-7988. Free to GAS or CCSC members; $15 for guests.

Tues., Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m., Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Public Night at the Bowman
Observatory. The Bowman Observatory, located on the grounds of Julian Curtiss Elementary
School, northeast of the Milbank/Elm Street rotary, is open to the public free of charge tonight
(weather permitting). For information, call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338.


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Mon., Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Museum open.


Mon., Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bruce Museum’s Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day. This year’s theme is “Friendship.” There will be craft activities for students of all ages,
gallery activities and performances of “A Whole New World of Communication” with David
Parker at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Internationally acclaimed performer David Parker brings
the whole audience together with his magical message of friendship. In one great package, David
combines American Sign Language, music, movement, visual comedy, and non-stop energy and
audience interaction. Come and celebrate! All activities are free with Museum admission.


Sun., Jan. 22, 3 p.m. Science Lecture Series. (SNOW DATE: Jan. 29.) “Life Below Zero:
Frozen Animals in Winter” by Prof. Kenneth B. Storey, Canada Research Chair in Molecular
Physiology, College of Natural Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa. This lecture focuses on
how cold-blooded animals, in particular the wood frog and goldenrod gall fly, have learned the
trick of freezing survival. Find out how they endure the winter with approximately 65% of their
total body water locked up as extracellular ice and the implications of this research for humans.
Held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Animals in Winter: Survival at Zero Degrees.
Admission to the lecture is free to Museum members and students with identification. Non-
members, $5 at the door. Reservations for the lecture are strongly recommended and accepted
one week prior to the event. Call the Museum at (203) 869-6786 ext. 420.


Tues., Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m., Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Public Night at the Bowman
Observatory. The Bowman Observatory, located on the grounds of Julian Curtiss Elementary
School, northeast of the Milbank/Elm Street rotary, is open to the public free of charge tonight
(weather permitting). For information, call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338.

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Sat., Jan. 28, 10 a.m. New Exhibition! Ben Franklin’s Curious Mind. Celebrating the 300
birthday of one of our country’s founding fathers, the Bruce Museum presents a family friendly
show that features historic objects, including an original copy of the U.S. Constitution, and a
printing press on loan from the Hartford Courant, artwork, and hands-on activities that bring to life
Ben Franklin’s remarkable accomplishments as printer, writer, scientist, inventor, and statesman.
Beginning today, this show is on view through April 23, 2006, in the Museum’s Audrey Love and
Newman-Wilds Gallery. For information, visit www.brucemuseum.org.



February 2006

Every Friday, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Docent-led Tours of Bruce Museum exhibitions. Free
with Museum admission. No reservations necessary.


Wed., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Astronomical Society of Greenwich Lecture. Free monthly meeting at
the Museum. Program to be announced. Call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338, for more information.


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Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m. New Exhibition! Landscapes: Selections from the Bruce Museum
Collection. Thirty paintings from the permanent collection of the Bruce Museum show the appeal
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and seasonal beauty of the American panorama. The show focuses on 19 and 20 century
views of the Northeast’s wooded forests and coastlines, from the Connecticut shoreline to the
tree-lined lakes of the Adirondacks. Opening today, the show is on view through March 19, 2006,
in the Bruce Museum’s Arcade Gallery. For information, visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Mon., Feb. 6, 1:15 p.m. Greenwich Antiques Society Lecture. “Edgar Brandt: Master of Art
Deco Ironwork.” Joan Kahr, decorative arts historian, author and consultant, will present a slide-
illustrated lecture. Tea to follow the lecture. For information and reservations, call (203) 661-7988.

Mon., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Concert.
Works by Brahms, Dohnanyi, and Messiaen. Admission: $20 for adults, $5 for students. For
tickets and information, call (203) 869-6468 or 869-2664.

Tues., Feb. 7, 3:30-5 p.m. Teacher’s Preview: Ben Franklin’s Curious Mind. A Museum staff
tour of the exhibition followed by the presentation of school program and teacher materials (.1
CEU). Open to schoolteachers only.

Wed., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Bruce Museum’s Winter Benefit. “Outlook for the Economy and
Financial Markets,” by economist Martin Feldstein. To be held at Greenwich Academy.
Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and the George F. Baker Professor of Economics.
Martin Feldstein was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan’s
chief economic advisor. He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2004.
The event will be held at Greenwich Academy, Wallace Performing Arts Center, 200 North Maple
Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Reception at 7:30 p.m., presentation at 8 p.m., followed by a question
and answer period, and dessert and champagne. Tickets are $125 per person. For information,
contact Leslie McDonald at lmcdonald@brucemuseum.org, or call (203) 869-6786, ext. 329.

Sun., Feb. 12, 2-4:30 p.m. Survival Sunday! Family Day. A day of exploration presented in
conjunction with the exhibition Animals in Winter: Survival at Zero Degrees featuring a 2 p.m.
showing of the PBS film Survival! The Human Body in Extreme Environments (56 minutes)
followed by the Greenwich Boy Scouts demonstrating survival skills that they have mastered for
the Klondike Derby beginning at 3 p.m. This program will provide useful information for you and
your family about how to survive in extreme conditions. Suitable for children in third grade and up.
Admission to the program is free with paid Museum admission!

Mon., Feb. 13, 1:15 p.m. Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle Lecture. “The Last Dish:
Ceramics Collecting in America.” Letitia Roberts, ceramics specialist, will lecture and lead a
discussion on selected objects from members’ collections. Tea to follow presentation.
Free to members, $15 non-members. For information and reservations, call (203) 323-8354 or
email ceramiccircle@optonline.net .

Tues., Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m. Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Public Night at the Bowman
Observatory. The Bowman Observatory, located on the grounds of Julian Curtiss Elementary
School, northeast of the Milbank/Elm Street rotary, is open to the public free of charge tonight
(weather permitting). For information, call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338.




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Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Lecture Series: Dinner with Ben. “Franklin as Scientist” by
Professor Dudley Herschbach, Nobel laureate and The Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science,
Harvard University. The first in a series of three dinner-lectures held in conjunction with the
exhibition Ben Franklin’s Curious Mind. Enjoy cocktails followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the
presentation. $65 members, $70 non-members, per person, per event. Sorry, no phone
reservations or refunds. Advance reservations only by check or credit card information (card #,
exp. date, and name on card) to: Ben Franklin Dinners, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive,
Greenwich, CT 06830. Please specify date. Reservation deadline is Friday preceding the event.
Upcoming Dinner with Ben dinner-lectures take place March 15 and March 29.


Thurs., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Archaeology Associates of Greenwich Lecture. Members of Bruce
Museum, AAG free. Non-members $8 at the door.
http://people.brandeis.edu/~jbernard/brucemuseum/aag.html


Sat., Feb. 18, 1-4 p.m. Astronomy Day Family Day. Co-sponsored by the Astronomical Society
of Greenwich. Activities and crafts for everyone focusing on the stars and planets! STARLAB!
Planetarium will run continuous shows throughout the day featuring our local night skies.
Members of the Astronomical Society will be on hand to show telescopes and share information
about the Bowman Observatory. Free with Museum admission.


Sun., Feb. 19, 3 p.m. Music at the Bruce. Ben Franklin Rocks! Young People’s Concert.
“A Peddler’s Pack: Colonial American Folksongs” by Jim Douglas, who sings history alive with a
sing-along concert of traditional folksongs, some penned by Benjamin Franklin himself! First in a
series of three concerts designed for children in grades 1-5 and their parents/guardians.
American colonial music is the theme of these programs that feature music from Benjamin
Franklin’s time. Suitable for people of all abilities. $3 per person, per concert. Reservations
strongly suggested; call the Museum at (203) 869-0376. Upcoming Ben Franklin Rocks! Young
People’s Concerts take place March 5 and March 19.


Mon., Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. President’s Day. Bruce Museum open.


Tues.-Fri., Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. School Vacation Workshops: Ben
Franklin’s Great Ideas. Students in grades 1-3 will explore the exhibition and then work on
related projects.
Tuesday: Candle making
Wednesday: Kites
Thursday: Franklin Bells
Friday: Ben Franklin Puppets
Reservations are required; call the Museum at (203) 869-0376.
$5 members and $7 for non-members, per child, per day, includes all materials.

Individualized/modified workshops for individuals with special needs will run from 1-2 p.m.
each day. Call the Director of Education at (203) 869-6786, ext. 325, for reservations. $5
members, $7 non-members per child, per day, plus one additional sibling or friend
participating at no additional charge.


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Tues., Feb. 21, 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Family Field Trip: Animals in Winter at Connecticut’s
Beardsley Zoo. Join us on an excursion to the Beardsley Zoo for the special family program
“Some Like it Hot!” Learn how zoo animals survive the winter months. After our special program
led by a Beardsley Zoo Educator, you will have time to visit many of the exhibits at the zoo. Pack
your own lunch or feel free to dine at the Jungle Canteen. Bus transportation, zoo program, and
admission are included. Bus will leave the Bruce Museum at 9:15 a.m., depart Beardsley Zoo
at 2:15 p.m. Museum members $20, non-members $25, per person. Reservations by advance
payment only by check or credit card (card #, exp. date and name on card) to: Family Field
Trip/Beardsley Zoo, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830.

Sun., Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m. Family Day: Celebrating Ben Franklin. Fun, educational activities for
the whole family! Hands-on activities and demonstrations, including Daniel Rosenberg from
Harvard University’s Science Department and his exploding Thunder House! At 3 p.m. Flying
Ship Productions from Encore! presents The Courage to Dream: The Amazing Life of Ben
Franklin. Show is suitable for children in first grade and above. All free with Museum admission.

Tues., Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Public Night at the Bowman
Observatory. The Bowman Observatory, located on the grounds of Julian Curtiss Elementary
School, northeast of the Milbank/Elm Street rotary, is open to the public free of charge tonight
(weather permitting). For information, call (203) 869-6786, ext. 338.



The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut.
It is situated near Interstate-95, Exit 3, and a short walk from the Greenwich, CT rail station.
Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and
closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and
free for children under five and members. Free admission to all on Tuesdays. Groups of eight or
more require advance reservations. Museum exhibition tours are held Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Free,
on-site parking is available. The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For
information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the Bruce Museum of Arts and
Science website at www.brucemuseum.org


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