‘Lost Landscape Revealed’ exhibit to feature Cos Cob painting by Childe Hassam

In celebration of Childe Hassam’s recent acquisition of The Red Mill Cos Cob, the Greenwich Historical Society will hold a special exhibition entitled “Lost Landscape Revealed”.

The exhibition will examine Cos Cob’s American Impressionist art colony around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the city’s role in the development of American art.

Lost Landscape Revealed shows how Hassam, one of America’s leading Impressionist painters, and fellow artists including Elmer MacRae and Kerr Eby, conquered the waterfront community known as Cos Cob’s Lower Landing. Paintings, photographs, and artifacts bring this once bustling commercial district to life.

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase an extraordinary painting that speaks to the atmosphere and environment that attracted Hassam and many other well-known artists to Cos Cob,” said Maggie Dimock, curator of exhibitions and collections for the historical society. “Cos Cob was once the center of Impressionism in America when Hassam and other artists such as John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson and Elmer MacRae gathered to paint and teach at Holley House, now the Bush-Holley House.”

“The Red Mill Cos Cob” shows a view over the harbor of Cos Cob to the shipyard Palmer & Duff, which stood on a peninsula in the Mianus River opposite the Pension Holley. Hassam’s title “Red Mill” was not actually a mill, but a large two-story building used by Palmer & Duff workers for making sails and carpentry.

In its heyday in the mid-19th century, Palmer & Duff built commercial sailing ships to transport agricultural products to New York City. The exhibition features several works of art from the collections of the Greenwich Historical Society showing views of the same shipyard painted by MacRae over time, as well as works of art by Hassam and others showing other scenes from Holley House and Lower Landing.

From January 16 to March 28, “Lost Landscape Revealed: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob” can be seen. To see the exhibition, tickets must be reserved in advance at www.greenwichhistory.org/visit.

Greenwich Historical Society members are invited to enjoy Preview Days January 13-15. For more information on membership and booking tickets, please visit www.greenwichhistory.org.

Downtown

The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, which hosts free webinars every week, will welcome Michael Mason, chairman of the city’s Board of Estimation and Taxation, as speaker this week.

The topic of Mason’s talk will be “Greenwich City Budget Challenges for Fiscal Year 2022”. In the talk, Mason will discuss BET’s role in the community and the issues that need to be resolved for fiscal 2022.

The free webinar starts on Wednesday, January 6th at 11am. To view it, log in at: https://bit.ly/30IBj21

BET is responsible for “the proper administration of the city’s financial affairs, including issuing the recommended annual budget and setting the tax rate for the city’s tax mill. The board also reacts to requests for additional funds, ”said the city.

Mason has held various roles at BET since 2004 and was elected chairman in 2017. He began serving the city in 1992 as a member of the city representative assembly.

Mason, the principal owner of Westchester Aeronautical Corp., was a former Master of Acacia Masonic Lodge, Trustee of the Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club, a member of the Amergerone Volunteer Fire Company and the Greenwich High School PTA.

The RMA’s mission is to provide community, support community service, and encourage volunteering. Part of the community service are free, publicly accessible lectures that are offered every Wednesday at 11 a.m. via a webinar. For more information, please visit www.greenwichrma.org or [email protected]

Old Greenwich

District 6 of the Representative Town Meeting wants to fill a vacancy on the board.

To qualify for the opening, a candidate must be resident in District 6, which covers Old Greenwich. Residents who are unsure whether they live in the district can check their voter registration on the city’s website at www.greenwichct.gov.

Candidates for the RTM must also be registered voters in the city. The RTM is a non-partisan organization and candidates can be registered as Republican, Democrat, Third Party, or Unaffiliated as long as they are registered in the city.

Those who fill the position in District 6 will serve the remainder of the two-year term. They can then decide whether to stand for re-election in the local elections in November 2021.

Anyone in District 6 interested in the opening should contact Chairman Candace Garthwaite at [email protected] or 203-698-1714.

Greenwich

The park and recreation office has revised the dates of the youth indoor sports programs from January.

The specific dates for each program have been adjusted to reflect Connecticut’s “hiatus” status for sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic through January 19th. In addition, numbers are limited and safety precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing are required.

As part of the “break”, the city has closed all public sports fields for leisure activities, team sports and personal activities until January 19.

In order to be able to continue practicing youth sport safely, the Parks and Recreation department asks all participants to cooperate in compliance with the rules. Refunds will be issued should the city cancel programs.

The data has been adapted for indoor sports programs. Those who are already registered should have received an email from Parks and Recreation regarding the new dates of the programs. Updated registration flyers can be found below and on the Parks and Recreation website.

Girls aged 7-14 can participate in softball clinics held at the EGCC from the end of January. And boys aged 7 to 10 can attend an indoor baseball clinic, which takes place at the EGCC on Saturdays from late January.

The park and recreation office in the town hall is only open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Most business can be done online or the office staff can be reached by email.

Updated registration flyers with program information can be found on the Parks and Recreation website at www.greenwichct.gov/149/Parks-Recreation.

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