Shelton club helps decorate museum for holidays

The Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton has helped decorate the state-run Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby for the holiday season.

From now until Dec. 21, the historic home’s décor reflects Connecticut’s agricultural and literary achievements and technological and culinary innovations.

Visitors will learn about Connecticut “firsts” and view rooms decorated in brass, silver and silk, highlighting the time when the state was the leader in textiles and metals manufacturing.

The Olde Ripton Garden Club is one of nine groups to participate in the “Holiday in Connecticut” exhibit at the museum, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby (just off Route 34) .

Fine art and antiques too

The Osborne Museum exhibits the fine art and antiques of Frances Osborne Kellogg, who was a prominent figure in the dairy and manufacturing industries.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. During the holiday season, the museum will be open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Twilight tours will be offered on three Fridays — Dec. 6, 13 and 20 — from 4-6:30 p.m. Call 203-734-2513 or email