Historical Society prepares to “shock” audience

Just in time for Halloween, the Historical Society’s autumn Story Barn on Oct. 25 will aim to “shock” attendees with tales that evoke horror, surprise or joy.

Storytellers will focus on events in their personal experience that elicited horror, surprise or joy. In addition to being seasonally appropriate, the theme of “shock” ties to the Historical Society’s fall exhibition, The New Spirit and the Cos Cob Art Colony: Before and After the Armory Show.

The 1913 Armory Show, officially titled The International Exhibition of Modern Art, was the first large exhibition of modern art in the United States and one that introduced astonished Americans to European “avant-garde” artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne.

Much of the exhibit was “shocking” at the time and influenced the later work of countless American artists, including Cos Cob art colony artists.

Now in its fourth year, the Story Barn offers the chance to hear amazing yarns spun by friends and neighbors. Staged in a cabaret-like setting, it is a creative approach to oral history that puts a contemporary spin on good, old-fashioned storytelling.

Beer, wine and light snacks will be served at the Oct. 25 event. Emceed by former board member and comedian Bonnie Levison, the evening’s lineup will be… a surprise.

The cost for members is $15, and for nonmembers is $20. To reserve, visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10. Space is limited.

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