RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The gypsy jazz melodies of Django Reinhardt are to grace the halls of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on Friday, during the First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party event.
Billed as an “evening of art, live music, cocktails and light fare plus a tour of the Site Lines exhibitions,” the 7 to 9 p.m. event on July 1 costs $20 for non-museum members, $15 for members and is free for those $500+ members, according to the statement.
The event is the first of several scheduled for July.
From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, exhibiting artist Peter Liversidge is to guide a “fun-filled, free” event in which he will connect his work at The Aldrich with the community, according to the statement.
The “one-of-a-kind interactive experience,” will provide attendees with a free dinner featuring sausages made to the artist’s grandfather’s recipe, according to planners, who added that attendees will have the chance to participate in crafting one of Liversidge’s proposed sculptures from 100 rolls of pennies.
Families will have the opportunity to attend “hands-on, art-making workshops,” and to find a cannonball lodged in the gallery wall that is nearly identical to the historical cannonball at the Keeler Tavern Museum. Later, they can walk up Main Street in Ridgefield to see the original, according to planners.
The July 9 event, which has a rain date of July 10, also will serve as an unveiling for art work from students at Norwalk’s Side by Side Charter School.
The event is open to the public and free, according to organizers, who noted that registration is required and that space is limited.
Among the museum’s final events for July is the Third Saturday event scheduled for July 16.
From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by an adult can search the grounds for sticks, twigs, leaves and grass with artist Erika Rohde, who will then lead the children as they combine and construct the materials on repurposed paper and cardboard into a “site-specific work of art” in the museum’s Education Center.
According to organizers, the same event is open to children ages 6-10 from 1-3 p.m.
The museum is located at 258 Main St. and can be reached at 203-438-4519.