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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Brown Bag Lunch:  Sheldon's Horse
    Brown Bag Lunch:  Sheldon's Horse
    Thu, Apr 25
    The Barn
    Apr 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Apr 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Eric Chandler of Past Presented returns to tell us about "Sheldon's Horse" 2nd regiment Continental Light Dragoons who will be coming to the Homestead for demonstrations and more on Saturday, April 27. BYO lunch and we'll provide dessert and drinks!
  • Kids at Mather:  Revolutionary Heroes with Samantha!
    Kids at Mather:  Revolutionary Heroes with Samantha!
    Fri, Apr 26
    Mather Barn
    Apr 26, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
    Apr 26, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
    Learn about Revolutionary Heroes through fun games - bingo, charades ... and more! We encourage you to read a book on your favorite Revolutionary Hero, but definitely not required. Barrett has many books to recommended. Buy local! Bringing history to life! Ages 8 to 12.
  • A Revolutionary Day featuring Sheldon’s Horse: the Second Regiment Light Dragoons
    A Revolutionary Day featuring Sheldon’s Horse: the Second Regiment Light Dragoons
    Sat, Apr 27
    The Mather Homestead
    Apr 27, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Apr 27, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Sheldon's Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons, will visit the Homestead for a day of education and fun. Drills, demonstrations, lectures, crafts and more. Fun for the whole family. Bring a carrot for the horses!
  • Fresh from the Farm:  Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class with the Pink Rhubarb
    Fresh from the Farm:  Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class with the Pink Rhubarb
    Thu, May 02
    MH Barn
    May 02, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    May 02, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jane Mossa from The Pink Rhubarb will teach us about cooking with the freshest ingredients - whether from your own garden or the farmer's market. We'll make fresh salsa, tomatillos, tortillas, and chili rellenos while sipping on margaritas. Farm fresh Mexican just in time for Cinco de Mayo!
  • Book Club with Samantha:  Lilac Girls
    Book Club with Samantha:  Lilac Girls
    Thu, May 16
    Mather Homestead - barn or garden tbd!
    May 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    May 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Ahead of our field trip to the Bellamy-Ferriday house in Bethlehem, Connecticut, we will discuss "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly. Kelly's book about socialite Caroline Ferriday and her fight to help a group of concentration camp survivors became an instant NY Times bestseller after publication.
  • Field Trip:  Revolutionary Pub Crawl NYC
    Field Trip:  Revolutionary Pub Crawl NYC
    Sat, May 18
    Fraunces Tavern
    May 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    May 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Join us for a tour of New York City’s earliest pubs … the rooms where it happened! We’ll start downtown at Fraunces Tavern, the place where George Washington gave his Farewell address to his officers in 1783, and end at Pete’s Tavern in Midtown with lots of pubs, history and fun in between!
  • Mather Homestead Tours -- led by the TEEN BOARD!
    Mather Homestead Tours -- led by the TEEN BOARD!
    Sun, May 19
    The 1778 Homestead - start at the well!
    May 19, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    May 19, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Our teen board members will be giving tours of the Homestead!  They've been working hard to learn all about this historic treasure - Darien's only Registered National Historic Landmark.  Come cheer them on and learn about the Homestead!   Price is up to you - make a contribution if you'd like!
  • Field trip to the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Gardens, Bethlehem, CT
    Field trip to the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Gardens, Bethlehem, CT
    Tue, May 21
    Bethlehem
    May 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    May 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Join us for a visit to the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, CT which shares many similarities to MH! A beautiful, historic home and gardens preserved by a 20th century woman. In their case, Caroline Ferriday, in ours, Bertha Mather. Incl. ride, tour & lunch at the historic 1754 House, Woodbury.
  • Scholars Lecture: Olmsted and Yosemite - Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea
    Scholars Lecture: Olmsted and Yosemite - Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea
    May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Rolf Diamant, co-author "Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea," will discuss his fascinating take on the national parks, linking their creation to the abolition of slavery and questions of citizenship and nationhood in the Civil War years.
  • Memorial Day Parade - March with Mather!
    Memorial Day Parade - March with Mather!
    Mon, May 27
    Meet at Goodwives Shopping Center
    May 27, 2024, 10:00 AM
    May 27, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Join Mather high school interns and the teen board as they march! Dress up encouraged! Theme: Stephen Mather and the National Parks!
  • 2024 Garden Tea
    2024 Garden Tea
    Thu, May 30
    Darien
    May 30, 2024, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    May 30, 2024, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    Featuring Pieter Estersohn, renowned photographer of architecture and interiors, and contributor to Architectural Digest. He will discuss his new book: “Back to the Land: A New Way of Life in the Country”.
  • Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Mon, Jun 03
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Jun 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Darien and New Canaan High School Seniors and MH Interns will lead lunch bunch fun Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6. 12:00 to 1:45. Games, crafts, learning and fun! Reco for ages 4 to 6.
  • Plein Air at the Mather Homestead June 8 to June 15 - please RSVP for lunch on June 11th!
    Plein Air at the Mather Homestead June 8 to June 15 - please RSVP for lunch on June 11th!
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather Homestead Barn
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Artists and aspiring artists are invited to enjoy the Mather Homestead property from June 8 through June 15. Come to paint, draw, photograph and be inspired!! We will have iced tea and snacks available every day. Lunch event on Wednesday, June 11th! Raindate June 12th. Please RSVP!
  • Brown Bag lecture featuring Artscapades:  American Portraiture
    Brown Bag lecture featuring Artscapades:  American Portraiture
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather Homestead
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Artscapades returns to the Homestead for a lecture about American Portraiture. They will focus on well known artists such as John Singleton Copley, as well as a discussion of the portraits in the 1778 Mather home. BYO lunch, we’ll supply the dessert and drinks! Plein Air artists attend for free.
  • Plein Air painting workshop with Lisa Thorén
    Plein Air painting workshop with Lisa Thorén
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather grounds
    Jun 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Join us expert painters and novices alike for painting at the Mather Homestead! Lisa Thoren will help us to improve our painting from wherever we are starting. Be inspired by the beautiful Mather outdoors! Beverages and snacks to fortify you!
  • The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    Mon, Jun 17
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    The Pink Rhubarb returns to the Mather Homestead with summer workshops for kids in cooking, gardening and craft. Your children will relax, learn, and explore both in the kitchen and the garden.
  • Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood
    Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood
    Wed, Jun 19
    Start in the MH Barn!
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    The national parks are simply spectacular and you can capture the beauty even with your iPhone! Whether you're planning a trip to a stunning park or simply want to capture the beauty of Darien’s local parks and beaches, this hands-on workshop will elevate your landscape photography.
  • Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Wed, Jun 26
    Mather Homestead patio (rain go away)
    Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The National Park Service launched a project in March: "You Are Here: Poetry in Parks." This initiative will feature site-specific poetry installations in seven national parks.  We will be discussing the seven featured poems with Samantha over three sessions.
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