The Rowayton Historical Society elected two new members to its Board of Trustees, Jeff Andrea and Denise Corcoran. Both new members bring a range of talents and experience to the board and were voted in during the annual meeting of the society on Jan. 24.

At the meeting, President Wendell Livingston reported to the membership that 2011 was another year of growth for the society. Included in its accomplishments were the run of a six-month quilt exhibition, which resulted in record attendance; the grand opening of the Half Shell, a fabulous new gift shop; exciting discoveries among the archives, including Rowayton diaries from the mid 1800s; the launch of a fun family cooking contest, the Chili Throwdown; the creation of a beautiful 19th-century garden in Pinkney Park; the continued restoration, identification and organization of the RHS archives; and a growing corps of volunteers who have contributed generously their time, talents and enthusiasm toward the preservation of Rowayton's history.

The Civil War and Rowayton

As part of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-65) highlighting Norwalk's participation in the war and its aftermath, there will be an eight-month-long exhibition, a seven-part Civil War lecture series, and a Union encampment in Pinkney Park. Come learn the fascinating stories about more than 60 soldiers with connections to Rowayton, while honoring the men and women who served their country during one of the most traumatic events in our nation's history. The exhibit will be launched with the first of a series of Civil War lectures,"The Greatest Crisis in U.S. History: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Civil War," given by Professor Steven Berizzi of Norwalk Community College on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Rowayton United Methodist Church, 5 Pennoyer St. There is a $5 admission fee, no charge for RHS members. The Rowayton Historical Society will have its Close to Home opening reception on Feb. 12 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Pinkney Museum. For information, email info@rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org.

Restoration project gets boost

Rowayton received a second Historic Restoration Fund grant -- this one for $198,000 -- from the state of Connecticut for the Community Center. You may recall that the first stage of the restoration was focused on the slate roof. The district applied and received a $146,800 preservation grant from the state. This work was completed during the summer of 2011. The second stage will have work focused on the exterior windows, doors, trim and walls. Residents voted to spend as much as $600,000 on this second stage. The plan is to start work later this year.

RCA's annual meeting Monday

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The Rowayton Civic Association will have its annual meeting on Monday at 8 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center. There will be voting for the 2012 RCA budget. Everyone is invited.

Public hearing on Bayley Beach rules

A public hearing of the residents of the Sixth Taxing District will take place on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center, just before the regularly scheduled District meeting, for the purpose of reviewing and approving changes to the rules and regulations for Bayley Beach Park, which were adopted on April 20, 2009. For the specifics, visit http://sixthdistrict.rowayton.org. All residents are invited to attend. The commissioners monthly District Meeting will begin at 8 p.m. For information, contact District Clerk Andrea Woodworth at 203-854-5066.

Kids invited to Fairy Yarn Mothers

Come for Fairy Yarn Mothers knitting for kids (ages 8 and up) with NancyJo Rambusch, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Library. This program is designed to help kid knitters of all skill levels work on their projects. Bring your own needles and projects. First-time students to the program will be provided with a pair of knitting needles and yarn to start learning or working on a project. This program is free and open to the public.

Save the date for the `art' of war

Join Rowayton artist/historian Brian Kammerer Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rowayton Library for a lecture and reception. It will be an evening of how it all started ... the Civil War, that is. Seen through the incredible intricate and detailed artwork of Kammerer, we'll be off on the road to Manassas.

Learn more about iPhone photos

Back by popular demand, join professional photographer Joseph DeRuvo on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Rowayton Library as he shows you how to take better photos with one of the most popular cameras out there. The iPhone has become the great democratizer when it comes to photography; we are no longer distracted by which lens, how many megapixels or what setting for indoors or outdoors. The iPhone has freed us to be singularly focused on what is happening in front of us. We will learn what the camera is doing. DeRuvo also will introduce a few applications that offer the photographer both greater control of the picture-taking process and freedom to make adjustments after the photograph has been taken. Join us and bring your iPhone. Refreshments will be served. Reservations please.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

The Rowayton Library will be participating in Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, along with 120 libraries in 12 states. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with events planned throughout the day, including a scavenger hunt, StoryTime with Lot, CraftTime and Bedazzled BookSafes, Family Photo Bookmarks, puzzles, homemade cookies and much more. For more details, visit the www.Rowayton.org or call 203-838-5038.

Library to present Oscar nominees

The Rowayton Library will be showing "Midnight in Manhattan" on Feb. 8, and "Moneyball" on Feb. 22. The movies will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Events to note

If you got an eReader as a holiday gift and still can't figure out how to use it, the Rowayton Library will be offering free informative presentations about eBooks and eReaders. The classes will be on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. The class will help new eReader owners learn how to browse, check out and download eBooks and audiobooks from the library OverDrive service. The staff will demonstrate on Kindle Fire and online eReaders. Class participants with specific or additional questions may bring their laptops and devices to class and remain after the lecture portion for a half-hour troubleshooting session.

Next Great Decisions Discussion Group gathering at the Rowayton Library, Wednesday, Feb. 15. The topic will be Mexico.

"Dinner... with Character(s) -- a Rowayton Fantasy Evening" to support the Rowayton Library on Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale at the library and online for the fundraiser. For information, visit http://DWC.rowayton.org or call the library at 203-838-5038.

The "Oils and Acrylics of Rowayton by Charles Sovek" exhibit is on display at Brendan's 101 Gallery, at 101 Rowayton Ave., through Feb. 15.

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