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Connecticut Spring In-Water Boat Show - Essex, CT

May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street Essex, CT 06426
Ct Spring Boat Show in Essex CT
Boats from 20 to 75 feet will journey into the Essex, CT, harbor, attracting interested boat buyers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and beyond. New and pre-owned sail and power boats will be on display in one beautiful location on a 13-acre private island, with free ferry service. The resort marina is family friendly and the popular Marley’s Café will be open for the weekend, offering food and beverages with a portion of sales proceeds to be donated to Sales Up 4 Cancer. Free admission and free parking. The boat show is produced by WindCheck Magazine and sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld. Email: anne@windcheckmagazine.com
Time: Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and parking
Telephone: 203-332-7639

Antiques

Antiques 101 Tour at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum - Wethersfield, CT

May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT
Antiques 101 is a workshop-style tour where participants learn how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. It includes a period of classroom instruction for the antiques novice. Participants can apply what they've learned by diagnosing the authenticity of furniture at the museum. Digging Deeper Tours will be offered again on September 16 and November 11.
Time: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $20

Arts & Crafts Shows

Spring Fling Craft Fair - Prospect, CT

May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017 17 Center Street, routes 68 and 69 Prospect, CT
Come spend the day browsing quality crafters from throughout Connecticut! Jewelry, glass, soaps, woodworking, fabrics, florals. Shop for Mother's Day flowers and enjoy food and music.
Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 203 733-6560

Children & Families

Curiosity Concerts Presents Ethos Percussion Group - Greenwich, CT

Apr 30, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 101 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT
Curiosity Concerts are family concerts presented by professional musicians. Concerts are 50 minutes long and are designed to inspire parents as well as their children. Ethos performs instruments and rhythms from Cuba, India, the Middle East, and West Africa, the dynamic music will introduce listeners to global percussion in a fun and entertaining way. 

Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Free

May the Fourth Be With You Space Day for Kids - Norwalk, CT

May 4, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Mathews Park Norwalk, CT
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is celebrating all things space, sci-fi and science. Come dressed as your favorite character or show off your sci-fi tee shirt for rocket science planet marble painting, and other fun.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $15; seniors, $10
Telephone: 203-899-0606

Cruises

Cigar & Whiskey Cruise with Essex Steam Train and Riverboat - Essex, CT

May 25, 2017 - May 25, 2017 Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT
Guests will board the vintage steam train for a ride to Deep River Landing, where they’ll join cigar enthusiasts on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for an evening of spirits, cigars, and cuisine.  Flights of Knob Creek, Wild Turkey Forgiven, & Crown Royal will be paired with cigars by Up in Smoke. Adults only.

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $75 (advance) $85 (door, pending availability)
Telephone: 860-767-0103

Dance -- Participation

Community Tap Day Extravaganza - Middletown, CT

Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017 Vinnies Jump n Jive, 424 Main Street Middletown, CT
Tap dance at its finest. Live Jazz musicians. Tap history 1920's to present. This day includes two shows and two tap jams with live musicians. Come learn the basics of Tap dance and the Shim Sham! Hang with us for a informal jam and Q&A session.
Time: 2:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

Festivals

Outdoor Crafts Festival at the Bruce Museum - Greenwich, CT

May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT
Each year the Bruce Museum sponsors two outdoor festivals that feature original work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country. All artists are present throughout each entire weekend and all works are for sale. Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Museum Drive
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $8; children under age 5, free.

Gardens

Opening Weekend at Hollister House Garden - Washington,, CT

Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017 Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road CT, 06793Phone: Washington,, CT
Celebrate spring and opening day at Hollister House Garden. Located on a terraced site in the hills of Litchfield County, Hollister House Garden is an American interpretation of classic English gardens.
Time: Friday, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5

Spring Plant Sale - Washington, CT

May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road Washington, CT
Broken Arrow, Connecticut’s destination nursery, will set up shop next to the barn at Hollister House Garden with a fabulous array of rare and unusual plants for the spring garden. These funds are used to expand Hollister's outreach and education efforts.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 860-868-2200

Spring Native Plant Sale - Greenwich, CT

May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017 National Audubon Society, 613 Riversville Road Greenwich, CT
Looking to fill some holes in your garden? Want to attract more birds and butterflies? Check out the annual Native Plant Sale: For The Birds, Butterflies, & Bees. Add native plants to your garden and create a bird and wildlife-friendly habitat for all to enjoy. Pre-orders are due by May 7.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 203-869-5272

Historic

Reenactment of Battle of Ridgefield - Ridgefield, CT

Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Various locations Ridgefield, CT
Saturday events:
American Encampment at Keeler Tavern. Mingle through the camp of the 5th CT Regiment; see the original cannonball lodged in the Tavern during the battle; enjoy period music, meet artisans. 9 a.m.
British Encampment at Ballard Park. Mingle through the camp of His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of foot, witness live musket ball smelting, drills of the British soldiers, and lifestyles of the encampment. Each soldier will be in full character. 9 a.m.
Meet Benedict Arnold and Sybil Ludington at Keeler Tavern. Meet Benedict Arnold and other notable characters who will share their perspective on the Battle of Ridgefield. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walking Tours. Free hourly tours will be guided by local historians. Along the way participants will learn about the actual battle, historic homes, churches and other landmarks. 9, 19, 11 a.m.; 3 and 4 p.m.
Colonial Music at the Library. Musicians clad in colonial garb will entertain with period tunes while spectators gather for the beginning of the Battle. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Black Tie Gala. 6 pm.
Time: All day, see event website

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Grand Re-Opening - Hartford, CT

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT
After an 18-month renovation, the National Historic Landmark Harriet Beecher Stowe House reopens with a new interactive tour. See beautifully preserved interiors; learn what compelled Stowe to write the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom's Cabin”; discuss 19th century social issues. Guests may take a horse-drawn carriage ride, meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, play games, enjoy food vendors, eat birthday cake for Stowe’s 206th birthday
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

Literary

A Very Happy Family Tour of the Mark Twain House, Told by Susy Clemens - Hartford, CT

Apr 10, 2017 - May 10, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
Mark Twain’s oldest daughter, Susy, takes visitors through her childhood home and divulging family stories that only she can tell. Visitors will clearly see the similarities between the great author and his complex, intelligent and affectionate oldest daughter. Tour schedule.
Time: Adults, $25; children age 1 to 16, $17
Admission: Tours offered daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Telephone: 860-247-0998

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Jazz Brunch at Wadsworth Atheneum - Hartford, CT

Apr 26, 2017 - May 26, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
A Mother's Day brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Jonathan Chatfield Trio featuring Theresa Wright. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch and one brunch cocktail; purchase tickets online.
Time: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (two seatings)
Admission: $35

Mother’s Day Tea at Nathan Hale Homestead - Coventry, CT

May 14, 2017 - May 14, 2017 Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street Coventry, CT
Learn about tea etiquette while sipping tea and enjoying decadent treats in honor of Mother's Day. Limited space available. Reservations required. Email: hale@ctlandmarks.org.
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person

Museums

Beauty and the Beast Exhibits: Restoration of the Mahogany Suite and Mark Twain’s Temper - Hartford, CT

Mar 23, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
The exhibit “Renewing the Royal Chamber” explores the detective work, craftsmanship, and painstaking research behind the museum’s restoration of the Mark Twain House's Mahogany Suite. “Twain’s Temper” explores what made Mark Twain mad, diving into his eloquent thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes. Exhibit is on display through January 2018.
Time: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors over age 64, $18; children age 6-16, $11; Museum only $4-$6

Fine Art & Flowers at Wadsworth Atheneum - Hartford, CT

Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
Fine Art & Flowers exhibits floral arrangements created by florists, garden clubs and interior designers and inspired by masterworks from the museum's collection. Floral demonstrations will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Screenings of the film "The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism" at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 are ticketed separately for $10.
Time: Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; seniors, $15; students, $8; youth age 17 and young and Hartford residents, $3

Exhibit: Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now - Hartford, CT

Apr 29, 2017 - May 31, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
Andy Warhol's "Water Heater" and Roy Lichtenstein's "Girl with Ball," both painted in 1961 in New York as opening salvos in the Pop art movement, will be on view alongside a selection of 14 Pop and Pop-inspired artworks in this exploration of the development and legacy of Pop art. On view through August 13, 2017.
Time: Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 - 15; discounts for members, students and seniors.

Music

Legacy Jazz at Lost Acres Vineyard - North Granby, CT

Apr 30, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road North Granby, CT
Sip some wine and tap your toes to local jazz legends! Legacy Jazz has been playing together since 1967 and is made up of Jim Bissonnette on bass, Keith Coakley on piano, Jim Martocchio on saxes and flute, and Don Mylchreest on drums.
Time: 1- 4 p.m.
Admission: free

The Tenors - Ridgefield, CT

May 9, 2017 - May 9, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Come and enjoy moving reinventions of anthems and popular classics including “Lean on Me,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and “Agnus Dei,” in addition to original compositions by The Tenors. Thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies, The Tenors, blend classical music and pop.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 203-438-5795

A Song Recital for Mother's Day - West Hartford, CT

May 14, 2017 - May 14, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Concora singers as they present a bouquet of solo songs in an intimate recital setting. Enjoy music of various periods and genres about mothers and motherhood, a mother’s love, lullabies and cradle songs, and perhaps even some motherly advice.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $20-$35
Telephone: 860-293-0567

Hartford Gay Men's Chorus: "Yearbook" - Hartford, CT

May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
The Hartford Gay Men's Chorus celebrates five years at this spring performance.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission: $30-$45

Ramsey Lewis - Ridgefield, CT

Jun 11, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Ramsey Lewis has been a leader in the contemporary jazz movement, crossing into pop and blues sectors. The Ramsey Lewis Triowas a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene. He’s a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $62.50
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Music For The Summer Solstice - Washington, CT

Jun 18, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road Washington, CT
Hollister House Garden invites garden and music enthusiasts to celebrate the official beginning of summer with a concert presented by The New Baroque Soloists. Bring a picnic, chair, or blanket; rose wine and sparkling water are provided.
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Telephone: 860-868-2200

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Project Poetry Live! - Hartford, CT

May 12, 2017 - May 12, 2017 Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT
Matthew Westerby Company will perform a repertory of contemporary dance that critics have described as having "a dreamlike quality" and "irresistible force." Saxophonist Albert Rivera brings his Jazz Quartet to share his smooth and eclectic sound. Email: matthewwesterbycompany@gmail.com
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: General, $12; children, $5
Telephone: 347-256-6125

Science & Nature

First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center: Bees and Wasps - Old Greenwich, CT

May 7, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT
See a slide show about bees and wasps and take a guided walk around Greenwich Point to observe these insects in action and learn more about their habits. Beth Boyer, the "bee lady," will be on hand with fun and easy bee activities for younger visitors.
Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 203-413-6756

Shopping & Sales

French Country Market - South Glastonbury, CT

May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 Killiam & Bassette Farmstead, Water Street and Pease Lane South Glastonbury, CT
Come stroll and shop from 30 vendors offering vintage & antique, up-cycle & re-purposed, hand-crafted, locally raised, made and grown, plants, artisan food. Food trucks Mercado, Urban Gourmet, The Farmer's Cow and Faddy's Donuts will be present. Kids will enjoy hayrides and meet and greet baby farm animals.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shows & Exhibits

A Taste of Fashion - Wallingford, CT

Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017 Library wine Bar and Bistro, 60 North Main Street Wallingford, CT
A Taste of Fashion is an evening showcasing fashion designer Troy Anthony. The show pairs designs with the color palette of Gouveia Vineyards's fine wines. Guests will enjoy wine tastings and light fare enhanced by Enotre Delicato olive oil. This is a benefit for My City Kitchen.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $40 advance purchase or $50 at the door

Connecticut Spring In-Water Boat Show - Essex, CT

May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street Essex, CT
Ct Boat Show Boats varying in size from 20 to 75 feet will journey into the Essex, CT harbor, attracting interested boat buyers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and beyond. New and pre-owned sail and power boats all in one beautiful location on a 13-acre private Island, accompanied by a complementary ferry service. The resort marina is family friendly and the popular Marley’s Café will be open for the weekend, offering food and beverages with a portion of sales proceeds to be donated to Sails Up 4 Cancer. The boat show is produced by WindCheck Magazine and sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld. Email: anne@windcheckmagazine.com
Time: Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and free parking
Telephone: 203-332-7639

Theater

“Biloxi Blues” By Neil Simon - Ivoryton, CT

Apr 26, 2017 - May 14, 2017 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
Ivoryton Playhouse is heading south to the steamy bayou country of Biloxi, Mississippi with the opening of Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” This play describes Simon's experiences in boot camp before he was shipped off to serve in the World War II. It’s the second chapter in his Eugene trilogy, following "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and preceding "Broadway Bound." “Biloxi Blues” won the Tony Award when it opened on Broadway in 1985.
Time: Wednesdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Admission: General, $50; seniors, $45; students, $22; children, $17
Telephone: 860-767-7318

“Biloxi Blues” - Ivoryton, CT

Apr 26, 2017 - May 15, 2017 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
A 26-M 15 Make a visit to Biloxi, Mississippi, and an Army boot camp during World War II. A young man from Brooklyn and other recruits learn about life and some other harsh lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

"In the Heights" - Bridgeport, CT

Apr 28, 2017 - May 21, 2017 Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street Bridgeport, CT
From the creators of "Hamilton," , "In the Heights" tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Option 0.
Time: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m.
Admission: $28-$33
Telephone: 203-576-1636

“Million Dollar Quartet” - Ivoryton, CT

May 31, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
In 1956, a twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at the Sun Records’ storefront recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. “Million Dollar Quartet” tells of that accidental moment and what followed, presented by many hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Hound Dog” and more.
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website