One sweet afternoon

In celebration of February’s fabled association with romance — and chocolate — Greenwich Historical Society has announced an afternoon of themed programming expected to draw visitors of all ages to its reimagined Cos Cob campus.

“Chocolate Sunday!” is set for Feb. 17, with the society gathering a group of local chocolatiers, chefs and bakers who are expected to provide samplings of their treats to, organizers say, “indulge the most discriminating chocoholics.”

The afternoon will also feature creative craft projects for children in the Vanderbilt Education Center, while the day will also offer all visitors the chance to tour the bold new campus, including the Bush-Holley House. The historic house offers a dual interpretation, representing two significant chapters in the house’s history — the days of the mercantile Bush family from 1790-1825 and the Cost Cob art colony’s 1890-1925 years.

The expansive “History Is…” exhibition continues as a highlight in the society’s revamped gallery space, while visitors can also sample the curated wares of the new Museum Store and Café. (WAG took a quick trip up during the holiday season and was quite impressed by the selection).

The ambitious renovation project, Debra Mecky, the society’s executive director and CEO, said at the time of its October grand opening, signaled “an exciting new phase in our 87-year history and the proud 378-year history of Greenwich. Our larger, more accessible campus enables us to showcase a much broader collection of art, archival materials and digital collections to give visitors a better understanding of how Greenwich was, and continues to be, intertwined with the nation’s larger narrative.”

Those who haven’t yet been might consider “Chocolate Sunday!” as an ideal excuse — as if one were needed — to check out all that’s going on at the society.

“Chocolate Sunday!” is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. For further details, including admission prices, or to make reservations, visit

— Mary Shustack

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