Festival of Trees
Ann’s Place, the community-based cancer support center in Danbury, is the beneficiary of the Festival of Trees, Nov. 17-20 at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center, Exit 1/I-84, Danbury. In addition to dozens of decorated trees and holiday decorations, the festival includes evening events: Thursday, 6:30-10:30 p.m., a Prohibition Tree Party, and Friday, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Tapes & Trees Craft Beer Night.
General admission on Friday and Sunday is from 10 to 4 and on Saturday, from 10 to 7. On Saturday there will be a LEGO artists challenge, a robotics competition, character teas, and a Polar Express Pajama Party. There will also be similar events on Sunday.
For details, and reservations, visit annsplacefestivaloftrees.org.
More than 20 artists who work in clay and other media will exhibit in ARTique 2016 at St. Stephen’s Church North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, this weekend. Opening Thursday, Nov. 17, with a reception featuring refreshments and live music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the boutique will continue Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, from 10 to 5. Admission is free.
For more information, visit connecticutclayartists.org.
The Westport Historical Society will host a Holiday Market on Friday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring vintage gifts, antique prints and handmade jewelry, soaps and letterpress cards. There will be a wine and refreshments reception on Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and there will be talks and book signings by guest authors both Friday and Saturday.
The historical society is at 25 Avery Place; for more information, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists will preview its 2016 Festive Home show on Friday evening, Nov. 18, with a party from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; admission is $20. The show, featuring a wide array of gifts and works of art for the holidays, will open Saturday, Nov. 19, and continue through Dec. 23, with free admission.
Hours at the Guild barn on Halpin Lane (off Prospect Ridge) are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Sunday; Festive Home will be closed Nov. 23 and 24. For more information, visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863.
Spoon River Anthology
The Wooster School Theater at Wooster School, 91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, will present Spoon River Anthology on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at 7:30 in the Black Box Theatre. Nine actors will portray 60-odd characterizations from the Edgar Lee Masters work.
Tickets are $15, available at woosterschool.org/spoonriver; seating is limited.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn will stage The 39 Steps, a theatrical staging of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, adapted by Patrick Barlowe and John Buchan, and directed by Katherine Ray. Opening night is Friday, Nov 18, and performances continue Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 through Dec. 10.
Seating is cabaret-style and patrons are encouraged to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show; doors open one hour before curtain. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and veterans; for reservations and more information, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
The Town Players of Newtown will present John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine, comprising nine vignettes that explore love and loss. Performances will run weekends Nov. 18-Dec. 10, with curtain at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 on Sundays, Nov. 27, and Dec. 4. Tickets are $22; $18 for matinee performances. For reservations visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
Feherty Off Tour
Golf analyst and best-selling author David Feherty will tell behind-the-scenes tales from the professional tours, with his signature humor, in an evening at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8. The show is David Feherty Off Tour: Wandering Around on His Own and tickets are $90 or $195 for the VIP Experience.
For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
H.O.M.E. Craft Fair
The H.O.M.E. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) Craft Fair will bring a wide array of artisan goods and good products from rural Maine to Old Greenwich on Nov. 19 and 20 at the First Congregational Church auditorium, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich. From Hancock County, the craft co-operative working with the rural poor will have handmade quilts, Christmas decorations and gifts, woolens, pottery, wooden toys, weavings, homemade jams, maple syrup and more. All proceeds go directly to H.O.M.E.
Hours are 9 to 4 on Saturday and 11 to 1 on Sunday. For more information, visit homecoop.net or call 203-247-5571.
The Ridgefield Woman’s Club’s 46th annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 4 at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge, Ridgefield, will feature crafts, as always, with an increased variety of food vendors. From chocolates to candied apples, to cookies and more, the show will have many options for holiday gifts and entertaining.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for children under 12; for more information, visit rwc-craftfair.com.
More than 100 wreaths will be on display and for sale at the Founders Hall Wreath Festival on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 from 10 to 4 at the Founders Hall, the Ridgefield senior center, at 193 Danbury Road/Route 35. Admission is free. In addition to the wreaths, there will be a Holiday Boutique with gifts and stocking stuffers and decorations.
A special Founders Hall Beefsteak Community Feast will preview the festival on Friday evening, Nov. 18, at 6:30. TIckets are $150. For more information, visit founders-hall.org or call 203-431-7000.
It’s the season for the Maritime Aquarium’s Festival of Lighthouses: for the 15th year, people have created large model lighthouses, which go on display Saturday throughout the aquarium at 10 North Water Street in South Norwalk. There are 17 to see this year, the visions of local artists, hobbyists, families and students, all competing for a top prize of $1,500.
Aquarium visitors vote for their favorite and the winner will be announced mid-January. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.
Harvest House Tour
The Trumbull Historical Society’s Harvest House Tour will feature five houses ranging in age and style on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 to 4. Tickets for the self-guided tour will be available at City Line Florist, 2978 Nichols Avenue; Flourishes Gift Shop, 5665 Main Street; Pure Poetry, 4244 Madison Avenue; and at the Trumbull Town Clerk’s office. To buy tickets online, visit trumbullhistory.org. For more information, call 203-377-6620.
A Dickens Tale
The Ridgefield Playhouse will present A Dickens Tale, a family-friendly retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 and 2. Tickets are $15; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Music for Youth
Pianist Andrew Armstrong will explore Poetry and Music in a Free Young Person’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 pm. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. He will share music from composers inspired by the poets and great writers of their time.
His concert will be followed by a master class for advanced piano students; registration is required via email to [email protected].
While the concert is free for children and adults attending with children, adults who attend on their own will be asked to make a goodwill donation. For more information, visit musicforyouth.net.
Road Trip Revelry
The New Haven Museum will celebrate its new exhibit, Road Trip!, on Saturday, Nov. 19, with an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and tickeets are available at newhavenmuseum.org/roadtriprevelry/. A special Members’ First Look takes place from 5 to 6 p.m.
The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and will run through June 17. The museum is at 114 Whitney Avenue; for more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org or call 203-562-4183.
The Clay Art Center at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, N.Y., will open its Clay-Holiday annual sale and studio tour featuring functional pottery and ceramic sculpture on Saturday, Nov. 19, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The sale will run through Dec. 23, with the work of more than 50 area artists. There will be special They Make — You Shop events for children 6-15 on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, at 2 and 4 p.m. (cost is $20/child).
Holiday shop hours are 10 to 6, Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit clayartcenter.org or call 914-937-2047 x226.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s 18th MONOTHON fundraising party will be at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The auction and party include a silent and a live auction, the latter conducted by a senior specialist from Christie’s Print Department. Food and drink includes the signature MONOtini cocktail.
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door; for information, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
MONOTHON is the center’s major fundraiser and offers partygoers the opportunity to bid on original prints by established and emerging artists. The silent auction features artists who have participated in the marathon week of printing sessions in October; the live auction includes artists Richard Segalman, Bill Jacklin, Catherine Mosley, Lynn Shaler, Yigal Ozeri, Shelter Serra, Katja Oxman, James Prosek, Andy Warhol and James McNeill Whistler.
The Westchester Bluegrass Club will present Andy’s Ramble, led by mandolin master Andy Statman with Gene Yellin, Ellery Marshall and Tim Kiah, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 33 Lake Way, Purdys, N.Y. Doors open at 6:30 for an acoustic jam (bring instruments), there’s an open mic segment at 8, and the show will begin at 9.
Admission is $15 and seating is limited; refreshments will be available, BYOB. For information, email [email protected] or call 914-213-9212.
The Ridgefield Chorale will kick off a community initiative called being HUMAN, being KIND to bring attention to the subject of bullying with a concert on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road/Route 116. The chorale and invited guest performers will present Tyler’s Suite.
Admission is $20, $15 for students and seniors; for more information, visit ridgefieldchorale.org.
Peter Reit, the Greenwich Symphony’s principal French horn player, will perform the Horn Concerto No. 1 of Richard Strauss with the orchestra in concerts on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 in the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School, Hillside Road off Route 1.
Also on the program are Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. Tickets are $35, $10 for students; for reservations, visit greenwichsym.org or call 203-869-2664.
Art of Kindness
The Westport Arts Center will host Family Art Day: Art of Kindness on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme aligns with the current exhibition, MORE Than Words/#iammore, focused on courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying. Donations will be accepted for Al’s Angels to help families and children battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe hardship; attendees may bring a wrapped gift of make a cash donation.
To register for Family Art Day, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070; tickets are $10 per child, with adults and children under two admitted free. The arts center is at 51 Riverside Drive in Westport.
Parade in Stamford
Need a parade before Thanksgiving? On Sunday, the UBS Parade Spectacular in Downtown Stamford, with giant balloons, floats and marching bands, will step off at noon from Hoyt and Summer streets and proceed along Summer Street to Broad Street to Atlantic Street.
There will be a balloon inflation party on Saturday afternoon from 3 to 6 at Hoyt and Summer streets.
For more information, visit stamford-downtown.com.
Mixed-Up Fairy Tale
The Westport Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 and 4 p.m. The show is recommended for children ages four to eight; tickets are $20. For reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
The 20th Bowl-A-Thon by the Studio Potters at New Haven’s Creative Arts Workshop will take place Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the CAW, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven. The event raises money for the New Haven Community Soup Kitchen by selling bowls of soup (guests keep the pottery). Cost is $20 for a handcrafted bowl; more for larger bowls and less for smaller bowls and mugs. For more information, visit creativeartsworkshop.org or call 203-562-4927.
The Connecticut Master Chorale will present its annual Holiday Prelude Concert on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. The program will feature A Dave Brubeck Christmas, as well as holiday standards and a variety of other works.
Admission is $25 at the door, $20 in advance; for reservations, visit cmchorale.org or call 203-743-0473.
The Norwalk Youth Symphony will open its 61st season on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. The concert is dedicated to the area’s public and private school music teachers and will feature works by Sibelius, Dvorak, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Tickets will be available at the door; for more information, visit norwalkyouthsymphony.org or call 203-866-4100.
A path to Mars?
Jennifer C. Stern, Ph.D., will be the Astronomical Society of Greenwich guest speaker, talking about Mission Possible: The Path to Human Exploration of Mars?, on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Admission is free to museum members and ticket-holders; others are asked to make a donation to the museum. For more information, visit astrogreenwich.org.