The classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood" is the subject of a new exhibit opening on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge Road.
Entitled "Seeing Red: Little Red Riding Hood Visits the New Canaan Historical Society," the exhibit, for all ages, will feature the collection of Peggy Rice, who has spent 50 years collecting all things Little Red Riding Hood.
The society will host an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.
Additionally, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the exhibition and guests will meet and mingle with Rice. Catherine Orenstein, author of "Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality & the Evolution of a Fairy Tale," which explores stories told about women over 500 years across multiple continents, will be a guest lecturer.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 203-966-1776. A portion of the ticket price will benefit the New Canaan Historical Society's educational programming.
"We are pleased to invite the community to this extraordinary opening that promises to be an exciting evening," said Janet Lindstrom, executive director of the society.
"Guests will be among the first to see this delightful new exhibition, while hearing a captivating lecture and enjoying a memorable evening." When asked how it feels to share her collection with the community, Rice said, "I'm thrilled, happy and delighted. It's meaningful to me and fun to have such exposure for my collection."
While viewing the exhibition, attendees will be transported back in time, following the path that Little Red took through town and into the shadowy woods to her grandmother's cottage.
Along the way, they will explore Rice's sizable collection of Little Red Riding Hood memorabilia. Author of the book, "The Peggy Rice Collection of Little Red Riding Hoods II," Rice's collection has depth and variety, and includes advertisements, paintings, film, household items, toys and music.
The exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 3, and remains on display through Jan. 27. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5.
In connection with the exhibition, the society will present a series of exhibit-related programs:
A Little Red Riding Hood puppet show will take place on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. as part of the Holiday Open House.
The Town Players of New Canaan will present "Little Red Riding Hood -- The Panto" on Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at the Powerhouse Theatre at Waveny Park.
"The Wolves of North America," a special program featuring a live wolf, takes places at 3 p.m. on Jan 12.
For more information, visit www.nchistory.org.