Wednesday, Aug 15
Nightlife and Entertainment
Sunset Sounds Concert Series at Connecticut Landmarks’ Hartford Campus
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Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the lively music of the Hartford Steel Symphony on Thursday, August 9th in the Butler-McCook Garden! The Hartford Steel Symphony will be playing a mix of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Pop, Classical, Gospel and Jazz, all with an island rhythm. The Sunset Sounds Concert Series takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month, June through September, from 6 to 7:30 pm on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace (made possible by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) at the Amos Bull House. Free tours of the first floor of the Butler-McCook House will be offered at 5:30 pm; donations welcome.
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Aug 7, 2018 - 1:14:33 PM

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14TH Annual Museum Day
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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT, will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12-4 p.m., as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Tour times at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum are: 12pm & 2pm for the 90 Minute Tour and 1pm & 3pm for the 45 Minute Tour.
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Aug 7, 2018 - 5:59:23 AM

Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge Brings the Heat on Oct. 27
Chili lovers rejoice! The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce has officially announced the return of its wildly popular Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge this fall. The 4th annual event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center on Iron Horse Boulevard. This competition is a fully-sanctioned International Chili Society (ICS) cook-off.
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Aug 6, 2018 - 1:29:19 AM

Pequot Presents Books-to-Film
Starting on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. the public is invited to bring refreshments and enjoy some of the best book-to-film adaptations from 2017 and 2018. Arrive at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the novel before enjoying the feature film at 3:30 p.m. This is a matinée screening with general seating. No reservations are required and it is free and open to the public.
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Jul 26, 2018 - 1:18:14 AM

Third time's the charm for Bye, Bye, Birdie
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You’ll “Put on a Happy Face” when you see Curtain Call’s 28th annual Summer Youth Theatre production of Bye, Bye, Birdie playing in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, August 2 through 11. One of the most-produced high school musicals of all time Bye, Bye, Birdie played previously at Curtain Call in 1993 and 2005.
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Jul 23, 2018 - 1:30:41 AM

People’s United Bank Sponsors Shakespeare Play & Green Expo at The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 22
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Thanks to People’s United Bank, The Ridgefield Playhouse is able to present the annual “Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo,” a free outdoor Shakespeare production and Green Expo, for the 13th year in a row! This is the second year that People’s United Bank is the presenting sponsor for this fun family day, which takes place on Sunday, July 22nd from 12noon – 4pm on the field next to The Playhouse. The Green Expo begins at 12 noon and features local businesses that are conscious about making environmentally friendly choices. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will perform “Hamlet” live, from 2–4pm, under a tent next to the Expo.
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Jul 17, 2018 - 5:16:17 AM

The Ridgefield Playhouse BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Summer Gala with Dickey Betts Band Made Possible by Generous Sponsors
The Dickey Betts Band returns to headline the sold-out BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Summer Gala that benefits The Ridgefield Playhouse, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit performing arts center, on Friday, July 20. The Gala begins at 6pm with the show and live auction at 8pm. This performance is part of a special limited-run tour by Betts, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, and is part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. The Playhouse would like to thank all of the generous sponsors that help make the Summer Gala possible. Soulshine Sponsors include Ann & Steve Carlson, Catoonah Street Shopping District, Peggy & Robert Kaufman and Northeast Builders of Ridgefield. Ramblin’ Man Sponsors include Barts Tree Service, The Berisford and Ross Families, Design Builders & Remodelers, Shari Goodstein, Rachel & Joe Sondheimer and Interactive Ingenuity, LLC. Additional support provided by Abbey Tent and Party Rentals, Hollandia Nursery and Pepsi.
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Jul 13, 2018 - 11:47:16 AM

Joe Jackson at Wednesday Nite Live in Stamford Downtown This Week
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Morgan Stanley presents Wednesday Nite Live in partnership with City Carting & Recycling and Purdue Pharma in Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown. This week's concert starring Joe Jackson will begin at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 11. Joe Jackson will take the stage at 6:30pm.
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Jul 10, 2018 - 8:12:55 AM

Simsbury Chamber Hosts Posh Outdoor Garden Party for Art Trail Exhibit
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Over 100 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening in the fresh summer air at the Simsbury Historical Society for the most recent fundraiser of the Simsbury Art Trail exhibit.
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Jun 29, 2018 - 11:02:35 AM

Stepping Stones Hosts First Farmers & Friends Picnic Fundraiser to Benefit Norwalk Foodshed Initiative on July 14th
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Nothing says summer like a family picnic with tasty food, sensational sunshine and outdoor games! On Saturday, July 14 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is hosting its first ever Farmers and Friends Family Picnic, packed with a basketful of games and activities. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled, outdoor extravaganza and learn how easy and delicious it can be to make healthy choices and eat locally sourced foods.
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Jun 28, 2018 - 5:00:07 AM

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers Fireworks Cruises July 3 & 4
Enjoy a special water view of holiday displays in Norwalk, and avoid the crowds and traffic, by coming aboard one of the Fireworks Cruises offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
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Jun 26, 2018 - 6:04:05 AM

Westport Country Playhouse Stages Comedy “A Flea in Her Ear”
Co-production with Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players Starts July 10

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Westport Country Playhouse will stage the lavish, large-cast comedy, “A Flea in Her Ear,” newly adapted by David Ives from the original by Georges Feydeau, and directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. Fresh from a sold-out run by Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players (REP), a professional theater located at the University of Delaware, the co-production with the REP will run in Westport July 10 – 28.
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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:29:52 AM

Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department announces no smoking area during Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach
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Beginning on Wednesday, June 27, there will be a special no smoking and no vaping section at Calf Pasture Beach during the annual Summer Concert Series. The Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department is implementing this policy in response to complaints it received last year.
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Jun 15, 2018 - 1:43:32 PM

Make Music Day in Stamford Downtown - Thursday, June 21
35 Performances at 12 Venues Held across Stamford Downtown as Part of Annual Global Celebration

The first annual Make Music Day Stamford Downtown, a wild and wonderful mix of over 35 free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 12pm to 8pm. Make Music Day Stamford Downtown is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, more than 70 U.S. cities and the entire state of Connecticut will host thousands of Make Music Day performances across the country as part of the world’s largest annual music event.
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Jun 14, 2018 - 2:06:44 PM

Little Feat Shakes up The Ridgefield Playhouse July 18
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Little Feat have led a storied life ever since they formed in 1969. Their unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs -- clearly delivered as an authentic labor of love -- has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape. As American as apple pie--and rock ‘n roll itself--Feat’s music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat’s own. Through the years, they’ve scored dozens of hits, including “Dixie Chicken,” “Willin,’” “Let It Roll” and “Rock & Roll Doctor.” Little Feat will shake up The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, July 18 at 8pm, part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Visit The Hideaway (30 Grove Street • Ridgefield) for dinner the day of the show and enjoy a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine with your entree when you show your ticket. Media sponsor for this great night of classic rock is i95, The Home of Rock and Roll.
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Jun 14, 2018 - 1:52:57 PM

Enter the Magical World of Fairies on Father’s Day Weekend at the Bellamy-Ferriday Annual Fairy Festival
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Calling all fairies, elves, pixies, and woodland and mystical creatures – as well as regular folk – for a day of enchantment and delight at Connecticut Landmarks’ Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden! Get your passport to the land of magic, art, and music and join us at the maypole on Saturday, June 16th from noon to 4 pm (rain date: June 17th).
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May 30, 2018 - 5:44:58 AM

Get involved, inspired and dive into Mystic Aquarium's conservation events this June
Mystic Aquarium’s June conservation events kick-off with World Oceans Day and continues with a variety of fun, family-friendly outdoor happenings all month long. From mud pies to pizza pies, each Mystic Aquarium conservation program is designed to be as informative as it is fun.
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May 29, 2018 - 2:11:39 PM

Westport Country Playhouse Presents Sunday Symposium for “Flyin’ West”
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Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium on June 3, following a 3 p.m. performance of Pearl Cleage’s play “Flyin’ West,” will feature guest speaker Michele Mitchell, associate professor of history at New York University. The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. Mitchell will engage in a conversation about the play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.
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May 29, 2018 - 5:37:08 AM

Juried Fine Art and Crafts show at Ives Concert Park features local talent
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Five recent Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts graduates, four current M.F.A. students and one undergraduate art student have been awarded Art at Ives scholarships that will enable them to display their work alongside professional artists during the third annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury.
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May 24, 2018 - 8:38:17 AM

Pop In To A Pop Up Show by the Westport Artists Collective on June 6
Pop in to a Pop Up show by the Westport Artists Collective on Wednesday, June 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. The Pop Up is free and open to the public, and will be on view through Saturday, June 9. The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on June 6.
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May 22, 2018 - 9:12:51 AM

Dancing with the Stars event in Stamford rocks with marriage proposal
Amidst noise-makes, placards and banners akin to the state-wide Democratic nominating convention held the same day, a crowd of more than 900 jumped to its feet in appreciation of 11 community leaders stepping out of their comfort zones at Curtain Call's Dancing With The Stars on Saturday, May 19. And the dancing was not the only thing that garnered cheers!
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May 21, 2018 - 8:21:19 AM

Old Fashioned Fun at French Farm in Greenwich
Round up the kids and grandkids for an afternoon of games, activities, and plein-air painting on Sunday, June 10, 1-4pm.
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May 15, 2018 - 2:47:17 PM

Waterbury's Palace Theater looking for inspiring people over 50 to tell their stories
Second Act, the new monthly series set to debut in September at Waterbury’s Palace Theater, is looking for people who have an inspiring story to share about their own over fifty “Second Act”. “We are particularly looking for people who are engaging and charismatic with a story that will inspire others of how they pursued a passion, dream or championed a cause after the age of fifty and can share it in a presentation style with an audience”, stated Sheree Marcucci, Palace Marketing and Public Relations Officer and the creator of the series. Speakers are being sought now for the series meant to stimulate the intellect, as well as those sometimes more elusive life elements: purpose, hope and joi de vivre as we age. Deadline to submit a bio for consideration is July 1.
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May 15, 2018 - 1:45:06 PM

Maritime Aquarium eliminates nearly all single-use plastics from its operations
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As a leader in Long Island Sound and ocean conservation, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is doing its part for the environment by significantly reducing its employ of single-use plastics.
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May 15, 2018 - 8:41:17 AM

Westport Country Playhouse Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
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Westport Country Playhouse has been awarded a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the autumn production of Matthew Greene’s “Thousand Pines,” a world premiere from the Playhouse’s New Works Circle Initiative. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the drama will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 17.
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May 14, 2018 - 10:24:16 AM

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