Thursday, October 27, 2016

'The Give Back' event coming up in New Haven Nov. 19

You can help meet the needs of New Haven charities this holiday season.

NEW HAVEN - Resident Donna Thompson is hosting a food and clothing drive for Barbara's House Ministries and other non-profit organizations in the city from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov 19 at the Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Ave.
Donations of non-perishable food items and clothing will be accepted for the neighborhood children in need prior to and during the event.
Please consider donating!
For more information, contact Donna at the or by calling 203-600-3028.
Thank you in advance for participating.

You can find more information on Barbara's House Ministries on Facebook.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac's new exhibition, ‘Visualizing Irish Independence’

HAMDEN -  Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University will present the exhibition, “Visualizing Irish Independence,” beginning  Oct. 27, in the Arnold Bernhard Library on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., according to a release.
The exhibition is curated by professor Christine Kinealy, director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, and Robert Young, the university’s Irish special collections librarian, the release said .
“'Visualizing Irish Independence,' is based on a cartoon collection from the late 19th century gifted to the institute by Gerald Moran, a research fellow at Galway University in Ireland,." the release said. "The color cartoons illustrate the Irish nationalist movement and depict historical figures of the day, including Irish political leader Charles Stewart Parnell and British Prime Minister William Gladstone."
“Some of the cartoons support Irish independence, which at the time was called, ‘Home Rule,’ and some of them oppose it,” Kinealy said, also in the release. “It is very clear, when you look at the images, that different newspapers had different political perspectives.”
The exhibition, free and open to the public, will feature 15 cartoons and rare books on Parnell and the politics of the day, the release said. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

At the museum/ Helen Bennett

Also of note, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will reopen to the public on Nov. 2. The museum has been closed since July for renovations 

The reopening includes a temporary display on Connecticut humanitarian Elihu Burritt, with a portrait of Burritt on loan from the Elihu Burritt Library at Central Connecticut State University, according to a release.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A literary win for Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Photo by Helen Bennett
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University’s second series of Famine Folios received first place in the American Alliance of Museums’ 2016 museum publication competition, according to a release.
"The AAM represents more than 30,000 museum professionals, institutions and corporate partners serving the museum field and is the lead organization for museums in the United States," the release noted.
“We are honored to receive this award from the AAM and delighted that the quality and scholarship of the Folios are being recognized by our peer institutions,” said Grace Brady, executive director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, also in the release.
"The museum’s Famine Folio series are a unique resource for students, scholars, researchers and general readers. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music. They are richly illustrated with works from the museum and related collections."
Photo by Helen Bennett
Also in the release: these award-winning authors and titles were published in fall 2015 and are available for purchase at L. Perry Curtis Jr., “Notice to Quit: The Great Irish Famine Evictions”; Michael Foley, “Death in Every Paragraph: Journalism & the Great Irish Famine”; Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, “I mBéal an Bháis: The Great Famine & the Language Shift in Nineteenth-century Ireland”; and Robert Smart, “Black Roads: The Famine in Irish Literature.”
Further, "the third series of Famine Folios will be released in October, 2016. The authors and titles are: Angela Bourke, “Voices Underfoot: Memory, Forgetting, and Oral Verbal Art”; Tadhg Foley, “Death by Discourse? Political Economy and the Great Irish Famine”; Paschal Mahoney, “Grim Bastilles of Despair: The Poor Law Union Workhouses in Ireland”; Mick Moloney, “Across the Western Ocean: Songs of Leaving and Arriving” (including CD); and Vincent Woods, “Leaves of Hungry Grass: Poetry and Ireland’s Great Hunger.”
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum reopens to the public on Nov. 2. The museum’s hours are: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Learn pumpkin carving at the Stratford Library

Joe Pedoto
The Stratford Library will offer “Pumpkin Carving Techniques” led by Stratford graphic artist Joe Pedoto at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, according to a release.
"The program, one of several special events being offered through November 13 in conjunction with the Library’s 'One Book, One Stratford' series, is free and open to the public," the release said.
          Pedoto’s favorite holiday is Halloween, the release said. "He’s been a graphic artist and designer for over 35 years and his work ranges from limited edition silk screen printmaking with the artists Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Alex Katz, Will Barnet and LeRoy Neiman to digital print, web and photography projects (including 3D photography). He and his wife, Aimee were volunteers for 11 years with the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. For the Library program, Pedoto will have several pumpkins along with the stencils and images he uses to transfer designs. He will explain the tools he uses and each stage of the process for creating unique and beautiful Halloween pumpkins."
The event will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.
 For more information, call the Library’s Programs and Public Relation Office at 203-385-4162 and for a complete list of “One Book” events visit:
  In the photo: Stratford graphic artist Joe Pedoto (right) with one of his pumpkin creations will be the special guest speaker for “Pumpkin Carving Techniques” at the Stratford Library on Oct. 24.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Connecticut Motorists: Watch for Deer and Moose this Fall

Deer a little later in the season
 The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding motorists to watch out for deer and moose along roadways, especially during early morning and evening hours, according to a release.
"September through October is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut's small but expanding moose population in the northern part of the state. The breeding season (also known as "the rut") for white-tailed deer closely follows the moose breeding season, running from late October through late December," the release said.
Further, DEEP’s Wildlife Division "says motorists should be aware and heed 'Deer Crossing' signs along state highways. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive defensively should a deer or moose be spotted on or by the road," the release noted. "Because moose are darker in color and stand much higher than deer, observing reflective eye-shine from headlights is infrequent and, when struck, moose often end up impacting the windshield of vehicles."

Moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation police at 860-424-3333.

“During 2015, approximately 4,500 deer were killed in the state due to collisions with vehicles,” Rick Jacobson, director of the DEEP Wildlife Division, said, also in the release. “A total of 40 moose-vehicle accidents have been reported in Connecticut between 1995 and 2016, with an average of two per year since 2002.  Moose-vehicle accidents are expected to increase as the moose population expands.”

"Most of Connecticut is not considered ideal habitat for moose because the state’s landscape is fragmented, roadways have high traffic volume, and moose have large home ranges (approximately 10-15 square miles). Moose venturing into southern Connecticut, with high population density, road networks, and traffic volumes, pose an increased potential for human fatalities from accidents as compared to deer-vehicle accidents. Residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website at"

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fiesta Latina at the Peabody in New Haven Oct. 8


The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, with Junta for Progressive Action, Inc., will hold the 14th  “Fiesta Latina,” an annual celebration of Latin American cultures, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Oct. 8, according to a release.

The event is free and open to the public, the release said.
"The Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the stage for music and dance performances throughout the day," and at 11 a.m. students of Mariachi Academy of Connecticut will perform traditional Mariachi song and dance, the release said.
Further, at noon X Dance Group will entertain with merengue, salsa and bachata music; at 12:40 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale will perform traditional folk dances from several regions of Mexico; at 1 p.m. African Arawak Connection will present Taino and Caribbean music; at 1:45 p.m. Baila Peru; and at 2:30 p.m. Ray Gonzalez and his Latin Jazz Quintet will perform, the release said..
"Specimens and artifacts from Latin America and around the world will be on display with an opportunity to meet an archaeologist.  Live creatures found in Latin America will greet visitors too," the release said. 
Fur, Feathers & Beyond will have live birds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Curious Creatures live animals from noon to 3 p.m.
Also, Latin American games and craft activities will be offered for children as well as face painting and a mineral dig, coloring a maraca with the Yale Latino Networking Group and decorating a Latin American bird with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  Numerous organizations will hold additional activities and awareness booths throughout the day.
Fiesta Latina is sponsored UNIVISION, UNIMAS Hartford, and Yale Latino Networking Group, the release said.
Other information:

The Peabody is at 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, is open 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday EXCEPT on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day.  The Museum is closed January 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 & 25. Admission is $13 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children 3-18 and college students with I.D.  Children under 3 are free as are all visitors on Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm from September through June. Visit for additional program and exhibition information. 

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Wild about flowers!

According to a release from Shaun Roche, visitor services manager at the  Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, "Each spr...