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Hey Greenwich! Did You Know ... It's Art to the Avenue?

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Hey Greenwich! Did You Know ... It's Art to the Avenue? Hey Greenwich! Did You Know ... It's Art to the Avenue?

Today is Thursday, May 3, 2012 and it's National Raspberry Tart Day.

 

This day in history:

Really bringing back the hand of time, in 1469 the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli was born.

In 1937, Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel Gone With The Wind wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

In 1952, A ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 piloted by Lt. Col. Joseph O. Fletcher and Lt. Col. William P. Benedict became the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. Fletcher climbed out of the plane and walked to the exact geographic North Pole, becoming the first person believed to do so.

On the cusp of the Kentucky Derby this coming Saturday, it was on May 3, 1986, 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, aboard 18-to-1 shot Ferdinand, became the oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby.

Things you should know:

It's Art to The Avenue

Tonight marks the kickoff of the 's 15th annual Art to the Avenue—the celebration of area artists in partnership with Greenwich businesses.

Regardless of the weather, you can be guaranteed it'll be a sunny, colorful respite as Greenwich Avenue and all of the side streets between East and West Putnam Avenue, south to Railroad Avenue, even along Mason Street.

It's doesn't matter the medium, you'll find it—kinetic sculptures, photography, oils, pastels, traditional sculptures, fabric art and watercolors.

What makes Art to the Avenue so special is that on opening night, many of the business venues are hosting receptions with the artists giving art aficionados the opportunity to meet the creators of the fabulous artwork between 5:30 and 8 p.m. today.

You'll need every minute of opening night as there are 150 artists whose works were selected for display by 120 businesses in the downtown district. On top of that there are several performing artists and groups who will be performing throughout downtown including perennial favorite, the award-winning Jazz Band.

And if you don't have a chance to catch the illustrative celebration tonight, not to worry. All of the artwork—that's for sale with a portion of the purchase price benefiting the Greenwich Arts Council—will be on view through May 28. (Hours of viewing depend upon the store or business hosting the artist.)

Chairing this year's massive event is GAC board member Laura Cunningham, along with scores of additional volunteers

If you want to be there at Town Hall:

07:00 PM  Conservation Commission

If you prefer the clicker instead of being there, there's on either Fios Channel 24 or Cablevision's Channel 79.

Thursday, May 31:00AM Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, April 17, 20125:45AM BET Budget Committee Meeting , April, 20123:30PM Einstein, Franklin, and the Role of Creativity in Today's World4:35PM My Hometown Hero: Benedict Arnold4:45PM Boss Tweed and Greenwich5:00PM The Greenwich Symphony presents The Young People's Concert6:00PM The Cos Cob Story6:30PM Board of Selectmen Meeting, April 19, 20128:00PM Board of Estimate & Taxation Meeting, March, 20129:30PM Board of Selectmen Meeting, April 19, 2012

 

And if you prefer movie entertainment, here's the schedule for:

Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza
Showtimes for Thursday, May 03, 2012
The Lucky One (PG-13)
Zac Efron, Blythe Danner
101 minutes
Trailer 4:30, 7:00
Digital;
Bully (PG-13)
94 minutes
Trailer 5:00, 7:30
Digital;
The Godfather: Part II (R)
Al Pacino, Robert Duvall
200 minutes 2:00, 7:00
Digital;

 

*Sources history.com., thisdaytrivia.com.

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