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Halloween Family Fun

Go back in time and celebrate Halloween at the Greenwich Historical Society

Photo Courtesy of Greenwich Historical Society

The Greenwich Historical Society, in partnership with the Done in a Day committee of the Junior League of Greenwich, is sponsoring a launch party to celebrate the debut of a new family tour at the Bush-Holley House, “Growing Up in Greenwich Then and Now” on Sunday October 14, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Bush-Holley House in Cos Cob.

Learn what it was like to grow up in Greenwich 100 years ago during the Art Colony period.  Meet the Holley-MacRae family by taking the debut family tour of the Bush-Holley house.  Dress in your best costume and march in the Halloween parade and costume contest – prizes will be awarded. Create your very own work of art with paints, pencils, yarn, and origami paper like the Cos Cob artists.

This new family tour was created in collaboration with the Junior League of Greenwich, and introduces families to Clarissa and Constant MacRae, twin sisters born in 1904, who grew up in the Bush-Holley house at a time when the family home was a boarding house. The debut of the tour “Growing Up in Greenwich Then and Now” will offer a fun-filled family day with multiple activities to meet the Holley-MacRae family and celebrate the twins’ October 31 birthday.

The children’s costume parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Bush-Holley house, followed by story reading with Nana Banana (a.k.a Isabel Malkin) at 2:30 p.m. House tours will be led by Greenwich Historical Society docents. Craft activities for children, inspired by the Holley House era, will be available throughout the afternoon, and will include origami, painting a communal mural, landscape and still life watercolor painting, and Halloween inspired yarn stitching. Refreshments will be served.  This event will take place rain or shine.

Tickets may be purchased through the Greenwich Historical Society web site, www.greenwichhistory.org. Tickets are $5.00 each for members of the Greenwich Historical Society and the Junior League of Greenwich, $10.00 for nonmembers. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Bush-Holley house is located at 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. For more information, please call the Greenwich Historical Society at (203) 869-6899.

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