Events Calendar 2017

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Art Shows

City-Wide Open Studios 2017 - New Haven, CT

Oct 7, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Various locations New Haven, CT
Artists from across Connecticut open their doors or make art at Erector Square in Fair Haven or the Goffe Street Armory. The event takes place over several weekends in October, as follows:
Westville Weekend. October 7-8: Artists in the Westville section of New Haven will open their doors.
Armory Weekend. October 14-15: Artists from across the state of Connecticut take over the vacant Goffe St Armory, exhibiting work in a wide range of media.
Private Studios Weekend. October 21-22: Visit artists in their studios across Greater New Haven. Artspace organizes bike tours and routes to help visitors see the breadth of art on display.
Erector Square Weekend. October 28-29: Erector Square acts as a hub of artistic activity in Fair Haven. A high concentration of artist studios make it an especially exciting place to be during Open Studios.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Free

Children & Families

Pumpkin Patch 2017 at the Trolley Museum - East Windsor, CT

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road (Route 140) East Windsor, CT
Pumpkin Patch is a family adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Back to the museum, you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted, enjoy the outside play area and the entire museum. Dates: October 6-8, 9, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29.
Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $11; children age 4 to 12, $10; children under age 4, $3
Telephone: 860-627-6540

Enchanted Forest - Sharon, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Audubon Sharon, 325 Cornwall Bridge Road Sharon, CT
Guided groups will meet friendly costumed animal characters along a candlelit trail and hear how the animals live their lives on the Audubon grounds. After the one-hour tour, guests can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before their hay ride back to the parking area. This non-scary program is ideal for children up to 8 years old and their families.
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; tours begin every 10-15 minutes

Corn Mazes

Tree of Life Maze at Fort Hill Farm - Thompson, CT

Aug 30, 2017 - Nov 1, 2017 Fort Hill Farms, 260 Quaddick Road Thompson, CT
Join the Orr Family of Fort Hill Farms for this year’s corn maze challenge featuring the 7-acre “The Tree of Life” maze. The 2017 theme is Advocating For Sustainability. For a shorter challenge try the “Your Roots Run Deep” Mini Maze. The mini maze takes a half-hour to navigate and is perfect for hot days or kids birthday parties. No pets, please.
Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; last ticket sold 90 minutes before closing.
Admission: Adults, $12; youth under age 12, $10
Telephone: 860-923-3439

Lyman 2017 Corn Maze Celebrates Spirit of St. Louis - Middlefield, CT

Sep 2, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017 Lyman Orchards, routes 147 and 157 Middlefield, CT
The 2017 fall corn maze at Lyman Orchards celebrates the event 90 years ago when Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo flight from New York to Paris. Enjoy four acres of towering corn, two miles of pathways, and fun trivia questions.. Corn cops maintain order and help with directions.
Time: Wednesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Age 13 and older, $10; age 4-12, $5
Telephone: 860-349-6015

Corn Maze and Fall Fun 2017 at Brown's Harvest - Windsor, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Brown’s Harvest,1911 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT
The 6-acre interactive corn maze is open on the weekends and Columbus Day, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Flashlight mazes will be held October 230, 21, 27 and 28. Other activities include a kids play area and the “B” Fun Barn. These activities rotate through the weekends: face painting ($5), sand art ($4), paint your own pumpkin ($5), DJ music, and visit the chickens. Hayrides are offered Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: Weekends, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: $12 per person for corn maze; $8 per person for kids play area

Paproski’s Maze at Castle Hill Farm - Newtown, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Nov 1, 2017 Castle Hill Farm, 25 Sugar Lane Newtown, CT
This maze is re-designed every year, Find the numbered Fact Signs and track your progress. Climb onto the observation deck and get a gander at the whole farm. Flashlight Corn Maze will be open November 4 and 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own flashlight.Dogs permitted if on a leash and well behaved.
Time: Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flashlight maze November 4-5, 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $9; kids age 3 and younger admitted free; flashlight maze, $10


Stowe House Preservation Tour - Hartford, CT

Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT
Join Stowe Center Collections Manager Beth Burgess on an insider's look at the process of choosing interior finishes, furnishings, art and decorative arts during a recently completed interior renovation of the 1871 house.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $18/person


Old-School Ink: New Haven's Tattoos - New Haven, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 New Haven Museum 114 Whitney Avenuye New Haven, CT
"Old School Ink" will explore four aspects of tattooing, beginning with the tools of the trade, and a look at New Haven area innovators. Contemporary tattoo artists have created new, limited-edition art for the exhibit inspired by historical aspects the Elm City. Exhibit on display through March 10, 2018.
Time: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.’
Admission: $2-$4; free on first Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Telephone: 203-562-4183

Exhibition: In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits - Greenwich, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is most well-known for his pictures of Belle Époque Paris and the café-concert and the entertainers that performed there. This exhibition explores portraiture, caricature, and rise of the cult of celebrity in the late 19th century. Exhibit is open through January 7, 2018.
Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, 10; seniors and students age 5-22, $8
Telephone: 203-869-0376

Morgan: Mind of the Collector Exhibit - Hartford, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
Collection of financier J. Pierpont Morgan, who traveled the globe to collect more than 20,000 works of art: sculpture, manuscripts, rare books, prints and drawings, paintings, and decorative arts including silver, porcelain, glass, tapestries, enamels, ivories and bronzes. The exhibition is on view through December 31.
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.


Patti LaBelle - Mashantucket, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Patti LaBelle’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class.Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$50

The Fab Four, The Ultimate Beatles Tribute - Ridgefield, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
An Ed Sullivan impressionist will take the audience through note-for-note live renditions of Beatles songs from all phases of its journey, from “Please Please Me” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” to “Abbey Road” and “Hey Jude.” The Fab Four won an Emmy Award for its popular 2012 PBS television special.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $55

Christian McBride’s “Remembering Ray Brown” - Ridgefield, CT

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Four time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride recently released his latest album, Bringin' It, his second big band recording. McBride has performed and recorded with many jazz legends and ensembles. McBride’s “Remembering Ray Brown” is a group presentation with Benny Green and Lewis Nash.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $42.50

Outdoor Activities

Family Fire & Bushcraft Fun - Greenwich, CT

Oct 19, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017 Audubon Center in Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road Greenwich, CT
This is an evening of family fun by the firelight. Learning how to build a safe fire and hear about the world of wilderness survival techniques. Families can explore fire making techniques while learning how use of fire altered human history and how survival skills can apply to everyday life. RSVP to Eli at 203-930-1349 or eschaffer@audubon.org. All ages welcome.
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $8


Spirits at Stowe 2017: An Otherworldly Tour - Hartford, CT

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT
Tour the Stowe House after dark, explore 19th century Spiritualism and hunt for ghosts. L earn about Harriet Beecher Stowe and paranormal beliefs of the 19th century. For guests ages 12 and older. Tickets. October 21 at 8:30 p.m.; October 20, 27, 28 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: $18 per person

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Experience G.R.A.B. - Stonington, CT

Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 325 Mistuxet Avenue Stonington, CT
Feel like you’ve entered a speakeasy as a private member. This is a grown-up night out with a cabaret influenced mash-up of dance, magic & comedy, blues, rock and roll music. Allow yourself to experience a unique fusion of passionate choreography, eclectic music,and steamy artists with the audacity to take only your total involvement. Guests are invited to BYOB. Dates: October 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $50

Science & Nature

Cove Island Birding Trip with Greenwich Audubon - Greenwich, CT

Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017 Greenwich Audubon, 613 Riversville Road Greenwich, CT
Cove Island in Stamford has been designated as an Important Bird Area and is a perfect coastal location to spot migrants and over-wintering species. To attend this birding trip, meet at Cove Island Park at 8:30 a.m. or ride to the park in the Audubon van from the Audubon Center, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich. Cove Island Park is reached by following Seaside Avenue south from Exit 9 of I-95 to Cove Road and turning left (east) on Cove Road and following it into the park. Anyone who wants to ride in the Audubon van should RSVP by email to tgilman@audubon.org and be at the Audubon Center by 7:45 a.m. For age 6 and older,
Time: 8:30 a.m. - noon
Admission: $8
Telephone: 203-930-1353

Backyard Winter Birding for Families and Project Feederwatch - Greenwich, CT

Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road Greenwich, CT
Learn about the life histories and food habits of winter birds and what foods and feeders will fill their needs. Learn also about Project Feeder Watch, a chance for you and your family to engage in real citizen science. RSVP to tgilman@audubon.org
Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Admission: $8
Telephone: 203-930-1353


“Rags” - East Haddam, CT

Oct 6, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017 Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT
Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan promise opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of “Wicked” and “Annie” illuminated a saga of America’s immigrant past.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“Girls Night: The Musical” - New Haven, CT

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This touching musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Some of the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s make this musical a fan favorite. “Girls Night” is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family.”
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35-$55

"Tuesdays With Morrie" - Ridgefield, CT

Nov 5, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Basketball Coach Jim Valvano once said that there are three things you should do every day: You should learn something, you should laugh and you should be moved to tears. "Tuesdays With Morrie" fulfills all three of these requirements. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The New York Times best-selling book by Mitch Albom.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $55
Telephone: 203-438-5795

"The Sound of Music" - New Haven, CT

Nov 8, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
One of the world's most beloved musicals returns home to the legendary Shubert Stage where the original production made its World Premiere in 1959. The spirited and romantic musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with timeless classics.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $40-$125

"Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story" - New Haven, CT

Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
Before the Beatles, before the Rolling Stones, rock 'n' roll was born. "Buddy" tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, "That'll Be The Day," "Not Fade Away," and many more.
Time: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $16-$76