Houston Community News >> Bayou Bend Free Family Day

10/14/2007- Houston—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens presents the music and stories of American immigrants in Coming to America, a free Family Day on Sunday, October 21, on the grounds of the 14-acre estate at 1 Westcott Street off of Memorial Drive. The event also features art-making activities for children and their families, and tours of the first floor of the historic home. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4 p.m.

Bayou Bend, the American decorative arts center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, hosts a free Family Day the third Sunday of each month from September through May.

On October 21, Scott Baumgardner, past president of the Houston Storyteller’s Guild, tells stories and tall tales of the men and women who came to America in search of a better life at 2 and 3:30 p.m. on the East Terrace.

Two musical performances are planned on the Diana Terrace:

At 1:15 p.m., Jawad presents The Roots of American Music. The performance examines the artistic and historical contributions Paul Robeson, Robert Johnson, and Duke Ellington have made to American music through folk, blues, and jazz, respectively. The program also includes Jawad’s original compositions from each genre.
At 3 p.m., Trio X Two presents Hands Across the Sea. The program illustrates how music brought to America influenced composers such as Scott Joplin and Stephen Foster, and how, in turn, American music influenced European composers from the late 1800s to the present. Among the selections to be performed are works by Grieg, Dvorak, Beethoven, Debussy, Arnold, and Bolling.

Craft activities offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. are:

Miniature Mayflowers. Participants can create boats from paper and egg cartons while hearing about various explorers who came to America.
Passports. Participants can create their own travel document, then get it stamped at various locations on the grounds.

In addition to the outdoor activities, first floor rooms of the house are open to all ages for tours led by volunteers from the Houston Junior Woman’s Club.

Guests also can register for prizes, which are given away at during the afternoon.

About Bayou Bend and Family Day
Just minutes from downtown, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens showcases the American decorative arts collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Housed in the former residence of the late Houston philanthropist and collector Miss Ima Hogg, the collection is displayed in over 20 room settings that trace the evolution of style in America from the colonial period to the mid-19th century. Visitors can stroll through the surrounding 14 acres of formal gardens and paths bordered by native bayou woodlands.

Bayou Bend’s Family Day programs are designed to encourage adults and children to explore American history. Each month features a different theme and a variety of related activities and performances geared toward educating and entertaining children. On Family Day, volunteers from the Houston Junior Woman’s Club show visitors the first floor of Bayou Bend.

(Bayou Bend: 713-639-7750; MFAH: 713-639-7300)