Faculty show

The Silvermine School of Art faculty members, who teach a wide range of disciplines to students of all ages, will show their own work at the Silvermine Arts Center’s Sara Victoria Hall from Aug. 21 through Sept. 11. There will be an opening reception this evening, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:30.

To coincide with the exhibit, there will be an open house on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., when visitors can tour the campus and studios, meet with faculty, see demonstrations by Silvermine faculty members, participate in hands-on activities and register for courses and workshops. Among the new classes planned for the fall are anatomy and figure drawing, botanical drawing, and an advanced stained glass course that includes making the glass and painting it with enamels. The details are available at silvermineart.org.

Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5, at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan. For more information, call 203-966-9700 or visit the website.

Art Walk Ridgefield

More than 54 locations in Ridgefield’s Main Street area will display art as part of a three-week festival, Art Walk Ridgefield, that opens Friday evening, Aug. 22, with receptions at most of the venues from 5 to 7 p.m. All the artwork will be for sale in the fund-raiser organized by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Ridgefield Arts Council.

Following the festivities centered in the Main Street area, there will be an opening reception Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. for Walk on Down, an exhibit by all the participating Art Walk artists at the Ridgefield Guild barn, 34 Halpin Lane.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, designated “Artists’ Day,” participating artists will be out on the sidewalks demonstrating their techniques from noon to 4. Maps will be available at an information table in front of Town Hall on Main Street.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 203-438-8863.


Live in HD from London’s National Theatre, the Ridgefield Playhouse will present the award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, on Friday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students; for reservations, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Click It for Cassie

For the sixth year, the Click It for Cassie Softball Tournament will raise funds and awareness for seat belt use, in memory of Cassie Geary, who was 17 when she died in a car crash. Anne and Tom Geary of Norwalk, who own the Geary Gallery/Accent Framing & Restoration in Darien, founded the Click It for Cassie Foundation in 2008 with Cassie’s siblings Shane and Chelsea and developed the tournament.

It will take place Saturday, Aug. 23 (rain date Aug. 24) from 10 to 7, with 10 softball teams competing and spectators encouraged. There will be food for sale as well as souvenirs to promote seat belt awareness. For more information, call 203-515-1058 or visit clickitforcassie.com.

Historical romance

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will present Summer Romance at the Burr Homestead, a re-enactment of the wedding ceremony of John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy, which took place in late August, 1775, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Burr Mansion is at 739 Old Post Road and the ceremony will be followed by lemonade and cookies in the Burr Gardens.

To register for this event, call 203-259-1598.

Grange fair

The Cannon Grange’s 82nd Annual Agricultural Fair will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10 to 4 at the Grange Hall grounds, 25 Cannon Road, Wilton. The fair includes competitions in baked goods and spirits; artwork, crafts and needlework; and rabbits, poultry and eggs. Adults and children are invited to participate in the contests; there are special baking categories for adults and youth for the state baking contests sponsored by the Association of Connecticut Fairs, Inc., King Arthur Flour and Bishop’s Orchards.

Fair books with entry forms are available at cannongrange.org. Entries are requested by Aug. 22 to assure exhibit space, but people may also enter on Sunday morning before 8:30 a.m.

Fair admission is $1 or a canned food item for the Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry. There will be a baked goods sale, a food court and select concessionaires as well as civic and educational exhibitions, a rubber duck race, a watermelon-eating contest and a performances by local musicians.

The grange invites new members and organizes activities, educational programs and fellowship for families, youth and adults. For information, visit the website or call 203-762-1900.

Antique car show

The Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Second Annual Antique Car Show will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 at the Huntington Congregational Church parking lot, 19 Church Street, Shelton. All antique vehicles, 1984 and earlier, are welcome, including car clubs and individual owners.

Donations will be accepted to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Huntington Congregational Church Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Organ Fund. For more information, call 203-929-7689.

Summer sounds

Pianist Hank Milligan will perform an interactive program titled “Those Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer” on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. He’ll include jazz piano, sing-alongs and stories.

Admission is by free-will donation; refreshments will follow the concert. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-798-2245.


There will be a community sing-along “in the spirit of Pete Seeger” on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 5 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 316 Main Street. Debbie Katchko-Gray and Faith Ferry will lead a program of folk and patriotic music; songbooks will be provided and people are invited to bring musical instruments to join in.

For more information, visit lounsburyhouse.com or email [email protected]

Sound Beach band

The Sound Beach Community Band, featuring 40 local musicians who play popular songs, show tunes and marches, will perform Sunday evening, Aug. 24, from 7 to 8:30 on the Showmobile at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Arch Street, Greenwich.

People are invited to bring a picnic to the free concert, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 203-622-7830 or visit greenwichct.org.

And coming up…

The St. Leo Parish Summer Fair will open on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and run evenings through Saturday, Aug. 30, on the parish grounds at 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. There will be international foods, rides and carnival games as well as bingo. Live entertainment begins at 7:30 each night in the Lion’s Den, with groups including the Joe Corsello Band, the Robert Atwood Band, Jump the Gunn, Free Ride Band and Undercover. Hours are 6-11 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 203-322-1669 x227.

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Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, Back to the Garden will perform Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 as part of the 2014 First County Bank Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Raindate is Aug. 28; there is a $10 parking fee for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker. For more information, call 203-854-7806.