The Mark Twain Library Book Fair, one of the oldest and largest book sales in New England, will take place through Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107).
The Mark Twain Library, founded by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) with a donation of 1,000 books from his collection in 1907, still uses its original building (with modern additions) and the book sale is one of its major fund-raisers.
The sale begins Friday, Aug. 29, from 9 to 4; admission is free except for the first hour when early buyers will be charged $15. Prices are as marked on Friday and Saturday (also 9 to 4); on Sunday, 9 to 4, books will be half-price and on Monday, 10 to 4, the charge will be $10 for a box full of books.
There is plenty of parking and refreshments will be available. The highlights of this year’s sale include a large collection of art and photography books, history, Civil War, environment and nature, Native American, Western Frontier, and thousands of children’s books. For more information, visit marktwainlibrary.org or call 203-938-2545.
Singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and a group of local musicians have planned an evening of Civil Rights and Vietnam War protest songs in tribute to the late folksinger Pete Seeger. The concert will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at a “Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s,” hosted by the Westport Historical Society.
Pete Seeger, who wrote or co-wrote such anthems as “If I Had A Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” died in January at the age of 94.
The evening will be opened by Bruce Taylor of Weston, who was a friend of Pete Seeger’s, and specialized in the 12-string guitar and the longneck five-string banjo.
Reservations ($15) are suggested; call 203-222-1424. For more information, visit westporthistory.org.
Blues, Views, BBQ
The Seventh Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival will open Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Westport Library, Jesup Road. The festival is presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (westportdma.com) and there are two ways to enjoy it this year. The Family Fun Fest tickets include cooking demonstrations, pie- and rib-eating contests, lots of barbecue to sample and an amateur competition, a gourmet and specialty food marketplace, handcrafted beer, wine and other drinks, kid-friendly activities, amusements and live performances at a wallet-friendly price. The All Access Pass includes all the food and family fun as well as the music line-up at the pavilion.
Among the blues and rock performers who’ll be featured over the weekend are the Spin Doctors, Rick Derringer, Anders Osborne, Popa Chubby, Raw Oyster Cult, the Coco Montoya Band, Bill Kirchen, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mia Borders, Rory Block, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys and the Bobby Paltauf Band.
Family Fun Fest tickets are $10; the All Access Pass is available online at $50 for Saturday and $25 Sunday (two-day pass, $70). Children 12 and younger are admitted free with paid adults. The event takes place rain or shine; no pets or outside food and drink will be allowed on the festival grounds. For information and tickets, visit bluesviewsbbq.com.
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble’s summer season will continue this weekend with the annual Bluegrass & Beyond! free performances, led by artistic director Eliot Bailen on guitar with violinist/vocalist Reid Jenkins, Susan Rotholz on flute and vocals and Peter Weitzner on bass. Joining the ensemble members will be Bob O’Connor, guitar and vocals, Jim Vogt on mandolin, Rob Brereton on dulcimer, and Gary Di Giovanni and Moose Given on banjos.
There will be one concert on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Leach Hollow Road, Sherman, and the second will be Sunday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Kent Village Barns off Main Street in Kent. Concertgoers should bring blankets or chairs. The performances will go on rain or shine; if it rains on Sunday, the musicians will be in the parish house at St. Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Kent. For more information, call 203-355-5930.
The Washington Art Association in collaboration with the Washington Park Foundation will present Sculpture for the Landscape with works by Michael Steiner and Mark Mennin, opening Saturday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the art association at 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, and at One Green Hill Road, Washington Depot. The exhibit will run through Sept. 27. In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be a “Sculpture in the Landscape” walking tour of two private outdoor sculpture collections on Sept. 6, Raven Rock in Roxbury and the Couch estate in New Preston. Tickets are $50 for both properties; for more information, visit washingtonartassociation.org or call 860-868-2878.
The Arnie Gross Trio, with vocalist Caroline Chanin, will celebrate the Labor Day weekend with a concert on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3 at the Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. They will perform a program from Broadway musicals, the American Songbook, and other popular musical classics. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter.
Family Fun Day
The Jewish Community Center at 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford will have its seventh annual 5K/10K Run/Walk Family Fun Day on Labor Day, Sept. 1, starting at 9 a.m. with sign-in. The event benefits JumpStart at JCC, a comprehensive preschool program for children with special needs. In addition to the run/walk events there will be classic field races. For registration information, call 203-487-0941 or visit stamfordjcc.org.
And coming up…
Colbie Caillat’s show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sept. 2 is sold out, but there were still a few tickets still available for Chris Isaak’s concert on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and Jeff Bridges and the Abiders on Saturday, Sept. 6. For information, call 203-438-5795.
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The Greenwich Library will host a program on the history of Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. The museum, founded by fashion designer Larry Aldrich, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is one of 17 museums on the Connecticut Art Trail. The program is free; no registration is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 203-622-7948. The library is at 101 West Putnam Avenue.
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the Stamford Wine Opener at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, One First Stamford Place, on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., Some 30 wines, plus small plate tastings from 10 Fairfield County restaurants, will be served at the benefit. Individual tickets are $100; pre-registration is requested at conneticut.cff.org/stamfordwineopener. For more information, call 860-632-7300.
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The Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College will begin fall classes, most of them four to eight weeks, in mid-September. The classes are open to people 50 and older and are offered at 1 or 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday. Courses, in a variety of subjects, cost $30 per topic, plus a $50 12-month membership in the institute. For a course calalog, call 203-857-3330 or visit lifetimelearners.org.