NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Preservation Alliance and the Town of New Canaan will host a Waveny Book Launch and Celebration at the Waveny House on Sunday, April 3.
This family event celebrates the launch of the children’s book "Waveny: New Canaan’s Treasure," written by Arianne Faber Kolb and illustrated by Nicole Johnson Murphy.
There will be children’s activities and and a scavenger hunt, Vineyard Vines goody bags, live music by Scavengers Trio, and an art exhibit of historic and contemporary photographs of Waveny by Torrance York.
The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per family or $15 per individual.
This is the second children’s book in a series produced by Kolb and the New Canaan Preservation Alliance; the first one was "From the Saltbox to the Glass House: Places that Matter in New Canaan."
The new illustrated book explores the history of Waveny before it became the town’s popular recreational park. The story begins with the period of the Hall family estate, which was then taken over and transformed by the Lapham family, who eventually donated it to the town.
“The book transports you back in time to the golden era of the American industrialists and their grand country estates. This was an American Downton Abbey,” said Kolb.
Intended as a tool for children to learn about this place and time, it includes an exploration of the elements of the building and grounds that are often overlooked and provide insight into the former inhabitants.
The publication of the book was made possible by a grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation and funding from the Town of New Canaan.
The event will kick off the 30 Days of Family, the Town of New Canaan’s focus on family during the month of April.
Tickets include complimentary books, refreshments donated by CT Sandwich, children’s activities organized by the artists and Nancy Scranton and Carrie Brady.
The Waveny House is at 677 South Ave., New Canaan.
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