Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to the Rowayton Historical Society’s American Girl Tea Party, Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm on the banks of the Five Mile River behind the Pinkney House. Local children’s author will read stories to entertain and enchant us all. Lemonade and cookies will be served. $10 per child. RHS members free.
Since its return to the London stage in 1740, As You Like It has delighted theatergoers, readers, and critics. Its heroine, Rosalind, is one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters. The play’s Forest of Arden setting and its focus on the relationship between natural occurrences and things created by humans (Shakespeare collectively termed these “art”) provide us with access to debates in Renaissance England that relate to the ecological issues of our own time. In order to help you prepare for Shakespeare on the Sound’s As You Like It opening next week in Pinkney Park, the Rowayton Library will present an intimate look into As You Like It on Friday, June 7 at 7pm with Mark Schenker. Copies of As You Like It are available at the Library and you can download a free eBook at the library’s website www.Rowayton.org. It is not necessary to read the play in advance. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. And, of course, we will end with our annual Shakespeare Play Trivia with prizes from Shakespeare on the Sound.
Come to the Rowayton Library and Shred All Your Documents for FREE courtesy of Fairfield County Bank – Help Keep Your Identity Safe and the Environment Sound, 9am-12 Noon at the Rowayton Library’s courtyard on Saturday, June 8. The Shred Truck will be there. This program is free and open to the public.
The Community Cooperative Nursery School’s 51st ANNUAL ART SHOW, June 6-9
Art lovers, mark your calendars. June 6-9, 2013, the Community Cooperative Nursery School in Rowayton will be holding its 51st Annual Art Show. Their featured artist this year is Laura Trask, a long time Darien resident. Trask’s larger than life paintings offer a unique and innovative take on ordinary elements of everyday life. Her dramatic use of vibrant color and texture coupled with an array of mixed medium produces eye popping imagery. Founded in 1953, the Community Cooperative Nursery School (www.ccnsct.com) is one of a few cooperative preschools left in Connecticut, where parents own and participate in the running of the school. Forty percent of all art proceeds will be donated to the school and are tax-deductible. Proceeds cover operating costs and provide scholarships. In addition, CCNS will need to replace its lovingly worn playground with a new natural playground. They are working with the Audubon Society and expect the playground to be one of the first in Fairfield County to be Audubon Society Certified. CCNS Art Show, June 6 – 9, 2013, Thursday, from 7 – 10pm, Friday, from 6 – 10pm, Saturday, from 2 – 8pm. Sunday, from noon-4pm, $25 opening night, $10 all other times
Shakespeare’s As You Like It… @ Pinkney Park
Mark your calendars… for this year’s Shakespeare on the Sound production. Join your friends and neighbors this June, Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 30, 7:30pm, at Shakespeare on the Sound’s performance of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and pastoral comedies. This year celebrates Shakespeare on the Sound’s 18th annual free production in Pinkney Park. As You Like It will be directed by New Canaan resident Claire Shannon Kelly and will feature actors from the area as well as local children. Performances begin nightly – except Monday – at 7:30pm. Bring your picnic and blanket and enjoy an evening of wonderful theatre with family and friends. Brendan’s 101 will be in the park with lobster rolls, ice creams and cold drinks. Each night will also feature a pre-performance program for children. The park opens at 4 pm to reserve your space, or seats may be purchased in advance at $50 each. There are 14 scheduled performances in Pinkney Park this summer. Technical rehearsals will be held in the park June 9 through June 12 and residents are welcome to stop by and watch as the play comes together.
Join Shakespeare on the Sound teaching artist Jo Anne Parady at the Rowayton Library to learn about the plot and characters from “As You Like It”! Children ages 4+ are perfect for this interactive workshop that gets everyone on their feet, utilizing their voices and bodies and getting to know the wonderfully comedic characters of ‘As You Like It’! Jo Anne Parady, actress and writer, is currently working with the Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk. She has directed many plays at the Workshop for their Playwrights Festival and Classic Night series, and produced “Othello” at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in which she also played Emilia. She is a writer/performer in MOMOIRS: THE UMBILICAL CORD STOPS HERE, which has been performed in and around Fairfield County and at the Zipper Theatre in NYC as part of the Mamapalooza Festival. She has a long list of regional theatre credits including National Shakespeare Company (NYC), Theatre at Monmouth (ME), Champlain Shakespeare Festival (VT), St. Alban’s Repertory Theatre (DC) and Shakespeare on the Sound (CT). Jo Anne is a member of AEA and AFTRA, former President of the Theatre Artists Workshop. This program is free and open to the public.
Roton Point Amusement Park, a family-oriented park that opened in Rowayton in the late 1880’s, was considered by many to the “prettiest park on Long Island Sound.” Trolleys, excursion boats, and cars brought people from all over Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey to the park – sometimes up to 12,000 visitors daily.
Attractions included a roller coaster, merry-go-round, rides, food, a vaudeville theater, games, swimming, dancing, animal acts, and assorted rides. Beauty contests were an annual event, and for years, “Miss Connecticut” was selected on the porch of the Hotel before going on to Atlantic City. Dances and dance competitions were held from the earliest days, and endurance contests, with generous prizes, were very popular. Nationally known big bands were scheduled for Sunday nights, and thousands turned out to see and hear them. All the famous bands made an appearance…among them Glen Miller, the Dorsey brothers, Eddie Duchin, Louis Armstrong, Rudy Valle, Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington.
Exhibit Hours: Tues 9:30am -12; 1st Sunday of each month 2-4 pm, and by appointment. General Admission: $5; RHS members and children free.
Join us for opening day on Friday, May 31 for the 2013 Rowayton Farmers Market in Pinkney Park! The market hours will be Fridays 12-5pm. This year, look for your favorite vendors returning: look for fresh bread, exotic prepared foods, pasta dishes, fresh-baked cupcakes, naturally locally raised beef, in-house milled local grains, pickled products, homemade empanadas, organic chocolate, and so much more.