FAIRFIELD, CT - The Fairfield Museum and History Center has announced an exciting line up of programs, exhibits and events throughout the New Year, in celebration of Fairfield’s founding 375 years ago. At the core of the celebration will be the longterm, interactive exhibition, Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, inviting visitors to see, hear, touch, and truly experience what life was like in our area from the 1600’s on, as they walk through six chronologically organized sections, participate in interactive, hands-on exhibits and view rare artifacts.
As a kick off to the commemoration of Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary, the Fairfield Museum will present the exhibition Fairfield’s Rockin Top Ten. For more than 75 years, some of America’s most renowned musicians have called Fairfield and surrounding communities home. Many have created some of their best work here.
Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten celebrates 10 musicians who have helped create our community’s musical legacy. The exhibition will feature rare photographs, music videos and iconic artifacts from a diverse list of artists, including: Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, The Remains, Leonard Bernstein, David Brubeck, Jose Feliciano, Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth, Richard Rodgers, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Keith Richards and Donna Summer.
The exhibition, sponsored by First Niagara Bank and Deej and Deborah Webb, and guest-curated by musician and music historian Chris Frantz, drummer for Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club--will be complemented by a variety of musical performances, lectures, intimate artist evenings, films and much more.
Museum After Dark: Fairfield Rocks!
Thursday, January 16, 6 – 8pm
Get your groove on for the opening of Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten curated by drummer and music historian Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame. Celebrate the top ten musicians who put Fairfield on the musical map while listening to beats, jams and more. The evening will start with cocktails and hors d’œuvres, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Frantz and local musicians who will share their intriguing stories of being in the entertainment industry.
$10 suggested donation. Space is limited, RSVP before January 14, 2014 by calling 203-259-1598.
Family Focus: Giving Back with Music with CT State Troubadour Kristin Graves
Monday, January 20, 2pm. Free
Sing along with Kristen Graves, a singer/songwriter and activist from Fairfield, CT, and enjoy her catchy songs, funny stories and inspiring lyrics, Kristen performs approximately 175 shows a year throughout the country. She has four albums, as well as a Christmas CD and two EPs to her credit.
In addition to a rigorous performing schedule, Kristen makes sure to focus time on humanitarian efforts through different organizations. Currently, Kristen spends about three months of her year volunteering with Simply Smiles, a Connecticut-based charity run by her husband, Bryan Nurnberger.
Chris and Tina’s All Stars: A Concert and Wine Tasting Celebrating Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary
To benefit The Fairfield Theatre Company & The Fairfield Museum and History Center
Wednesday, January 29 at 7 pm at FTC
Hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and featuring performances by Caravan of Thieves, Mystic Bowie and The Zambonis.
Tickets: $95 per person, available online http://fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/chris-and-tinas-all-stars
A Friendship in Music with pianist and Fairfield University professor Orin Grossman
Sunday, February 9 at 3pm
This performance and lecture traces the influential friendship between Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, with live accompaniment of their early collaborations.
Members: $5; Non-Members $10.
Family Focus: The Genius of Love!
Friday, February 14 from 1 – 3pm
Listen to the fun music and songs of love from Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten while making some cool crafts.
Free with admission.
Adult Lecture Series:
Home of Happy Dancers: The Story of Bridgeport’s Ritz Ballroom with Jeffrey Williams
Sunday, February 23 at 2:30pm
From the roaring twenties to the rockin’ sixties, the Ritz was one of New England’s foremost dance palaces and offered a respite for people who danced their cares away. Join Jeffrey for a book signing and to hear stories of this famous ballroom. Suggested donation of $5; Members free. Sponsored by Fairfield University.
Members: free; Non-Members: $5.
School of Rock @ The Fairfield Museum
March 1, 15, April 5, 26 from 1:30pm – 3pm
Music Education Workshops for Adults and Youth 10 – 16 years
This “Professional Minds of Music” series leads participants in workshops on the foundations of music with an industry professional. For the full School of Rock experience, the Fairfield House Band also provides some awesome entertainment! Advanced reservations required 203-259-1598.
Members of FMHC and School of Rock: $10 each session; Non-Members $15 each session.
An Evening with Jose Feliciano
Saturday, March 29 at 8pm
Spend an intimate evening with Grammy award winning performer Jose Feliciano, followed by Champagne and Dessert. $75 per person; Tickets go on sale Feb 1 at Fairfieldhistory.org
About the Fairfield Museum and History Center
Fairfield Museum and History Center is a community cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 103-year old Fairfield Historical Society. The 13,000 square-foot museum, inspired architecturally by the historic warehouses along Southport harbor, includes modern galleries, a research library, a museum shop and community spaces overlooking Fairfield’s Town Green. The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society.
Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10am – 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children are free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or view us online at www.fairfieldhistory.org.