A summer weekend offers a wide variety of choices for entertainment and activity, starting with:
This evening, Thursday, July 28, the Music on the Hill Summer Chorus, with 70-plus voices, will perform the Mozart Requiem at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. The performance will begin at 8 and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Ellen Dickinson will conduct the largest summer chorus in Music on the Hill’s 14-year history; she is the founding director. For reservations, visit musiconthehillct.org or call 203-529-3133.
Coming up for Music on the Hill is a month of Summer Sings, which will begin Tuesday, Aug. 2, with Elijah conducted by Marguerite Brooks of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Each Tuesday during August from 7 to 9 p.m., a different work will be led by a different conductor at the WEPCO church complex, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Visit musiconthehillct.org for more information.
In the Heights
The Center Stage Theatre production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights will open Friday evening, July 29, at 8 at Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North, with performances continuing Saturday, July 30, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, at 8, with a matinee on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased online at centerstageshelton.org or call 203-225-6079.
Dog adoption event
The Animal Assisted Therapy services and Companion Pet Rescue plan a dog adoption event on Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 2 (rain or shine) at Lock Stock & Barrel at 770 Amity Road in Bethany. Puppies and adult dogs rescued from high kill shelters in Tennessee are available for adoption; all are spayed/neutered, up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations and flea/tick/heartworm preventative.
To initiate the process people are urged to complete pre-approval online at cprdogs.com. For more information, call 203-217-6687.
The 2nd annual Stamford Art Festival will bring more than 100 artists from across the country, Canada and Israel to Harbor Point (Exit 7/I95) on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 10 to 5, rain or shine. The juried event includes paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal and glass pieces in a wide price range.
Exhibitors will display their work under tents on the new boardwalk overlooking Stamford Harbor and there will be food and live music both days. Sunday also features a Farmers’ Market. For more information, visit stamfordartfestival.org or gordonfinearts.org.
Sand sculpture day
The Milford Arts Council’s 39th annual Sand Sculpture Competition will take place Saturday, July 30, from noon to 5 at Walnut Beach, Milford. There is no rain date.
Registration is free and open to all; as many as 50 sand sculptors are expected. Registration takes place at 11 a.m., with building from noon to 4 and judging starting at 4. For rules or more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
World Conscious Pact Northeast will host Chaski Fest in honor of Mother Earth on Saturday, July 30, starting at noon on the downtown Danbury CityCenter Green, off Ives Street. Called an environmental qamchuykancha (in Quechua, the native Andean language, it means circus), the family-friendly event will include live music, natural products, vegetarian snacks and yoga.
Among the featured participants will be the WestConn Drum Circle. For more information, call 203-448-9886.
The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will perform Edward III, the little-seen drama that scholars have concluded was at least partially written by Shakespeare, on Saturday, July 30, at 2 at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street. Now attributed to Richard Kyd and Shakespeare, the play will be presented in the library’s outdoor amphitheatre in a fully staged and costumed production.
Guests should bring blankets or lawn chairs for the outdoor performance; should there be rain or extreme heat the production will move inside to the air-conditioned Lovell Room. For more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4162.
Two-time World Amateur Ballroom Champions Charlie and Emily Roberts will present their show at the monthly dance sponsored by the Premier Ballroom Company on Saturday, July 30, at the Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.
The Roberts toured internationally as members of the Brigham Young University ballroom team.
General dancing takes place from 7 to midnight, with a lesson at 8 and the show at 9:30. Admission is $17 and singles and couples are welcome; for reservations, suggested, call 203-374-7308.
At the Playhouse
Brian Howe, who was lead vocalist for Bad Company, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Saturday, July 30, at 8. It’s a big weekend at the playhouse, with a visit by KC and The Sunshine Band set for Sunday at 8.
Tickets for Howe are $50 and for KC, $125,; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is planning Cool Adventures for Hot Days next week for children ages 8 to 12 years, Aug. 2-4, 1 to 4 p.m. The program will include exploration of the current exhibitions and hands-on activities and the cost is $60 per afternoon. Each day has a different theme. For information, visit brucemuseum.org.
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The Easton Fireman’s Carnival, entering its 75th year, will take place Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 2 through 6. Rides will be running from 6 to 11 p.m. and games and bingo will be available 6:30 to 11 p.m. The carnival is at the firehouse, 1 Center Road, with parking and a free shuttle bus at Helen Keller Middle School, 360 Sport Hill Road. For more information, visit eastonvfc.org/carnival or call 203-268-7964.
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Peter Pan will soar at Curtain Call Inc.’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford beginning Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7:30. Performances are scheduled through Aug. 13, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2, plus Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2. Tickets are $32 for adults, $25 for seniors and $16 for students; the theater is at 1349 Newfield Avenue. For rservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will offer a 4.5-hour Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m., offering close looks at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound from the aquarium’s new research vessel. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall; tickets are $70 and advance reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700 x2206.