February 17th, 2015 until February 19th, 2015
Get ready to time-travel, kids! For three days starting Feb. 17, the Westport Historical Society will host an imagination-stretching “Journey Into the Past” – to the 1800s, to be exact – when Saugatuck was the hub of business activity in Westport.
Kids will get to experience a life-size mural by Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin that is both the centerpiece of the Society’s current “Saugatuck @ Work” exhibit and a virtual time capsule of Saugatuck in the 19th Century. With Lambdin’s painting as a guide, they’ll create their own murals and take an imaginary journey on a sailing sloop carrying Westport goods to distant ports. But before casting off, they’ll learn how to tie knots, make a captain’s log and create a navigation chart. In addition, they’ll explore how progress changed the way Westporters got around and learn about the immigrants who came to Westport to build the railroad.
How many townsfolk today know that Saugatuck was once the site of a famous train wreck? Our young travelers will not only learn about this mishap, but also play conductor, make train whistles, build Ping Pong ball and button creations, and sit in an authentic buggy celebrating Saugatuck’s factories.
Actress Jen Devine of Mocking Bird Arts will lead dramatic play relating to the journey. A snack is included, but kids need to bring lunch the first two days. Pizza will be served the last day.
“Journey Into the Past,” Feb. 17-19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 5-12. Members $150, non-members $175. Enrollment limited, registration required: (203) 222-1424. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. Learn more about the Society at www.westporthistory.org