In 1858, textile merchant Robert Bruce became the owner of the building that houses the museum named after him, and he ensured he would be the last one. Shortly before his death in 1909 and after a half-century inhabiting the house, he deeded his home to the town of Greenwich, as long as it would become a museum focused on art and science. In 2012, the museum celebrated its centennial year with a special exhibit of recent and promised gifts to the permanent collection.
With more than 15,000 art and science items, the Bruce Museum continues to live out Robert Bruce's mission, with a series of permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as a series of lectures and events. A few miles away, at Greenwich Point, its Seaside Center educates visitors about the environment and ecology of Long Island Sound.
MacDuff's Public House's cadre of culinary baedekers takes patrons on a gustatory tour of Scotland with a menu of authentic Gaelic and American pub grub. Limber chomping muscles with appetizers such as french onion soup anointed with bubbly gruyere cheese ($8), or potato-and-farmhouse-cheddar pasties ($8 each), a flaky pastry safe-zone where potato, cheddar, caramelized onions, and dijon-herb mayonnaise roommates confront each other about missed chores. Nosh on robust entrees such as the bangers and mash smothered in onion gravy ($15), or shepherds pie ($16), whose savory mélange of ground lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes silences indignant stomachs. An exposed brick oven and a jukebox filled with bagpipes lend a Scottish Highlands pub feel to MacDuff's.
Candles placed upon the bar and tables at Bambou Asian Tapas & Bar cast a flickering glow on dishes that blend the spices of Chinese and Thai cuisine with the cool flavors of Japanese sushi. Behind the bar, chefs tie ribbons of seaweed around ocean-fresh salmon or chomp on morsels of wasabi before searing soy-glazed chicken with their newfound fire-breath. Wines, sakes, dessert liquors, and cocktails complement hot and cold tapas selections, and chopsticks duel for elegantly plated sushi rolls at the dining room’s intimate booths and tables.
Nola Van Alstine believes that students learn to dance best when classes combine technique with imagination and a fun, carefree atmosphere. She and her supporting staff of in-studio pianists and instructors—many of whom commute from Manhattan—create this type of environment with a low student-to-teacher ratio that also allows them to pay ample attention to each participant. Their class curriculum includes parent-and-child dance classes for little ones to explore movement for the first time and pre-dance classes that prepare preschoolers for more skilled practice in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop classes, offered for kindergarteners through teens at Dance Adventure.
Arthur Murray's experienced instructors and owners, including some who have worked with shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars, stand ready and waiting to teach students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your two private lessons or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness seeker looking for a fun new way to get in shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, private lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful, dance-based benefits. This Groupon also allows dancers to stop in for two group classes to put their newly acquired skills to the test.
The 43rd season of the Greenwich Classic Film Series runs from February through May and will treat modern audiences to film classics from the '30s–'70s. Each movie is preceded by an informative introduction from an esteemed speaker, who returns after the film to smack serious film-science into the brains of each popcorn-munching audience member. Each speaker then engages newly educated audiences with a lively Q&A session in which cinema enthusiasts can inquire, "What else was that one actor in?" and, "So the knife symbolized Dadaism, right?" Peruse the schedule for a full list of screenings. The genre-spanning roster boasts the austere Marx Brothers tragedy Duck Soup as well as the wacky comedic stylings of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. While each membership card grants viewers access to either Monday- or Tuesday-night screenings, members may attend movies on their noncard showing night or pass membership cards to friends (with advance notice) for no extra charge if scheduling conflicts related to soccer practice, hair washing, or senate votes should arise.