July 1, 2022

See Scarecrows with an Artistic Twist at Florence Griswold Museum

Van Scarecrow, designed by artist Jeffrey Himmelman, is one of the mascots for the month-long festival, Scarecrows at the Museum: A Harvestime Adventure. Over 30 artists will transform the Museum's eleven acres into a magical land featuring scarecrows based on famous artists or works of art.

Building upon the success of last fall’s Wee Faerie Village, the grounds and gardens of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme will once again become an enchanted site for fanciful creatures.  As with the faerie houses, the creativity and craftsmanship behind Scarecrows at the Museum: A Harvestime Adventure, are sure to delight all ages.

From Oct. 1 through 31, over 30 artists will transform the Museum’s 11 acres into a magical land featuring scarecrows based on famous artists or works of art.  Visitors to the month-long event will find the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali and others along the self-guided tour. Children will delight in the creatively conceived and handcrafted works of art while adults marvel in the clever connections to the history of art.

“We find that, in the fall, people are looking for fun and creative outdoor activities,” states David D.J. Rau, the Museum’s Director of Education and Outreach and the organizer of Scarecrows at the Museum.  “We think the artist-designed scarecrows and special activities surrounding the event provide the perfect combination for families and adults alike.”

The Museum has planted a small field of Indian corn for the festival.  Visitors can try on a fun assortment of costumes provided and pretend to be a scarecrow.  Photo opportunities abound!

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm.  The Museum will also be open Columbus Day, Monday, October 11 from 10am to 5pm.  Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for students, $5 for members.  Children 12 and under are free thanks to an anonymous grant.  Admission includes the Museum’s gardens and grounds, the Florence Griswold House, Chadwick Studio, Rafal Landscape Center and Krieble Gallery featuring the special exhibition With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley.