Linda Gilmore and David Victor appear in Irena’s Vow, opening Friday at 8 at the Town Players of New Canaan’s Powerhouse Theater in Waveny Park; for tickets and information, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.
The play is based on the true-life story of Irena Gut Opdyke, who hid a dozen Jews during the Holocaust, will run from July 24 to Aug. 8, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and on Sundays at 2:30.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, available at tpnc.org or by calling 203-966-7371.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk is featuring a new Summer Invitational exhibit, Interpretations, featuring works by Katharine Draper, Catherine Caulfield Russell and Joan Poarch. The show was curated by Gail Ingis-Claus and will run through Oct. 1, with a fund-raising reception on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. (Tickets are $20, with reservations requested by Sept. 4.)
The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, with tours beginning at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
The Art Society of Old Greenwich will have its members’ juried show at the Flinn Gallery of the Greenwich Library, featuring the artists’ responses to the theme “Splash.” From abstract explosions of color to seascapes to works capturing the joy of children in summertime, the show will have a variety of visions, curated by Steven Douglas.
There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery and the show will be on view through Aug. 12. The library is at 101 West Putnam Avenue. For more information, visit artsocietyofoldgreenwich.com.
Summer book sale
The Pequot Library’s 55th Summer Book Sale at 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, opens Friday, July 24, at 9 a.m.; all books will be sold at double the marked price that day, until 7 p.m. Hours Saturday through Monday will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with books at half-price on Monday. On Tuesday, hours are 9 to 2 and books will be $5 a bag. Books are sorted into more than 55 categories, including more than 120,000 books plus CDs, DVDs and other media items, records and more.
There is parking at the library or at Trinity Episcopal Church, which will open its lot at 651 Pequot Avenue for public parking with Park for Food on Saturday and Sunday, when a food donation or cash donation will be requested; proceeds will benefit St. Luke’s Bridgeport Food Pantry. For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35) in Somers, N.Y., on Friday evening as part of the Music in the Park Series. Gates open at 5:30 and the musical program begins at 6:30. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial offers lawn seating as well as table-and-chair seating (on the patio, first-come, first-served) and people are invited to bring picnics. Food and beverages including beer, wine, pretzels and hot dogs will be available for purchase.
Admission is $5 per person and the event will be canceled in case of rain. For more information, visit lasdonpark.org or call 914-864-7268.
Peter Pan to fly
Center Stage Theatre in Shelton with the Youth CONNection, directed by Gary and Francesca Scarpa, will present the musical Peter Pan this weekend and next at Shelton High School. The production is choreographed by their daughter Gina Scarpa.
Performances will take place at 8 on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25 and July 31-Aug. 1, as well as at 2 on Saturday, Aug. 1. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations, visit centerstageshelton.org or call 203-225-6079.
Into the Woods Jr.
Westmoreland Sanctuary’s Theatre in the Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, N.Y., will present Into the Woods Jr., directed by Denise Simon of South Salem, N.Y., opening Friday, July 24, at 6:30. Other performances will be at 2 and 6:30 on Saturday and at 2 on Sunday.
The sanctuary is at 260 Chestnut Ridge Road and tickets are available online at westmorelandsanctuary.org.
‘Really Big’ tag sale
Operation Hope will have its annual summer tag sale on Saturday, July 25, from 9 to 4 and from noon to 4 on Sunday, July 26, at the First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield. The sale goes on rain or shine and there is a $1 admission fee, which supports Operation Hope’s shelter, housing and hunger programs. There will be a concession stand hosted by Fairfield Rotary as well as fresh produce, baked goods and more. For more information, visit operationhopect.org.
Dig that sand!
The Milford Arts Council’s 38th annual Sand Sculpture Competition will take place at Walnut Beach, Milford, on Saturday, July 25, from 9:30 to 3; there is no rain date. Registration is from 9:30 to 10, with building from 10 to 1:30 and judging beginning at 1:30. For rules and more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
Poetry of Painting
Weir Farm National Historic Site, on the Wilton-Ridgefield border at 735 Nod Hill Road, will present the Poetry of Painting Walk with Bonnie Tremante on Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. She is a volunteer at the site with a strong interest in literature and will read selections of her own poetry inspired by the landscape of Weir Farm. To register or for more information, call 203-834-1896 x28.
St. Stephen’s Church at 351 Main Street in Ridgefield will have its 109th Nutmeg Festival on Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 4 on the church campus. The fair features food, music, magic, antiques, books, children’s games, a white elephant sale and many other activities for all ages.
Admission is free; for more information, call 203-438-3789.
At the Long Hill United Methodist Church in Trumbull the focus on Saturday will be on blueberries. The Blueberry Festival will go on rain or shine from 10 to 3 on the church grounds at 6358 Main Street (Route 111), with hundreds of baked and frozen pies made by church women, as well as blueberry muffins, blueberry pie a la mode, blueberry ice cream sundaes, burgers and hot dogs, beverages, crafts, a children’s area, live music and more. For information, call 203-268-9090.
Stamford Art Festival
More than 100 artisans will be exhibiting at the first Stamford Art Festival in Harbor Point on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, from 10 to 5, rain or shine. Juried exhibitors will show paintings, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, prints, glass, ceramics and art jewelry at 2200 Atlantic Street. The artists will demonstrate their work and there will be hands-on activities for children and adults.
For more information, visit stamfordartfestival.org or call 518-852-6478.
Victorian Tea Party
The Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby will host a Victorian Tea etiquette workshop on Saturday, July 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The program will reference the era when Frances Osborne Kellogg, who owned the estate that is now a state park, was a young woman, hosting and going to tea parties. At the end of the program visitors will have handcrafted teas and tea bags to take home and may tour the Osborne Homestead Museum, where antique tea sets will be on display.
The workshop fee is $5; to register or for more information, call 203-734-2513 or email [email protected] The center is at 500 Hawthorne Avenue off Route 34 in Derby.
Tony Toni Toné
As part of the Music on the Green series in New Haven, Tony Toni Toné will perform on the green’s Main Stage on Saturday, July 25, at 7:30. The shows are free; for more information, visit infonewhaven.com/MOG
Eagles front man
Don Felder — An Evening at The Hotel California is the Levitt Pavilion’s first Summer Gala, set for Saturday, July 25, and featuring the former Eagles lead guitarist who’s a four-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This one of the few ticketed nights at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion, which provides more than 50 free nights at the Saugatuck River-side venue just south of the Westport Public Library. Gates will open for concert ticket holders will open at 7:30 (tickets are $55 general admission, $75 for patrons). Premium tickets ($250) include a pre-concert gala cocktail party, priority concert entry and an after-party. For availability, visit levittpavilion.com or call 866-811-4111.
On Sunday, Hi and Lois cartoonist Brian Walker, part of the creative team that produces Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, will talk about growing up and working in the cartoon business as the son of Mort Walker, who created both those strips.
Brian Walker’s talk will take place at 2 p.m. at the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge, where The Cartoonists of Silvermine: Past and Present is on display. A reception and chance to visit the exhibit and chat with curator Mary Anne Case will follow his talk.
For more information, visit nchistory.org or call 203-966-1776.
Artist Amy Oestreicher will have an opening reception on Sunday, July 26, from 3 to 5 for her exhibit at the Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. The artist uses her painting as therapy, along with many other interests, as she recovers from a catastrophic illness.
The exhibit will be on view at the Discovery Museum through September. For more information, visit discoverymuseum.org or amyoes.com.
Schwartz & Friends
Stephen Schwartz & Friends, a benefit for the Hudson Stage Company will feature the award-winning composer with Broadway regulars Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose on Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. The show will take place at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre, North Castle Public Library, Kent Place, Armonk, N.Y.
Tickets are $125, which includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the show at Amore Restaurant, a short walk from the theater. For information and tickets, visit hudsonstage.com or call 914-271-2811.
And coming up…
A Night of Stars in Concert to benefit Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s education programs will take place Monday, July 27, at the summer theater’s open air tent in Waveny Park, New Canaan. Stars from Broadway and from current and past Summer Theatre of New Canaan productions will perform Broadway show tunes and will be joined on stage by members of the Summer Theatre Junior Company and Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan.
A 7 p.m. pre-show wine reception is open to benefit ticket holders; the concert will begin at 8 p.m. and is to be followed by a reception with the evening’s stars and the theater’s board of trustees. Tickets start at $35; for information, visit stonc.org or call 203-966-4634.
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The 2015 Easton Fireman’s Carnival will open Tuesday, July 28, and run through Saturday, Aug. 1, with rides open from 6 to 11 p.m. each night. Games and bingo will run from 6:30 to 11. The firehouse is at 1 Center Road; there will be free parking at Helen Keller Middle School with a free shuttle bus to the carnival.
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It almost that time of year: The Gathering of the Vibes will mark its 20th year with another festival of music and green living opening Thursday, July 30, at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Festival owner and founder Ken Hays of Weston has announced plans for a Vibes tribute to the Golden Anniversary of the Grateful Dead (the Vibes began 20 years ago as a tribute to the Dead’s Jerry Garcia).
Among the groups scheduled are Dark Star Orchestra on opening night, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Word, The Gaslight Anthem, as well as Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gregg Allman, Weezer, String Cheese Incident, Billy & The Kids and much, much more. For tickets and more information, visit govibes.com.