Many vendors will take part in the Dogwood Festival this weekend in Fairfield. — Kendra Wingate photo

Dogwood Festival opens Friday

The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield is the site of the Mother’s Day weekend, 82nd Dogwood Festival, Friday and Saturday, 10 to 5; Sunday, noon to 5. This community fund-raising event for global charities includes about 75 vendors, a historic district walking tour, an art show, a juried crafts show, blessing of animals, children’s crafts and games, face painting, a plant and garden boutique and live musical performances. Details: greenfieldhillchurch.com.

 

Day for moms and caregivers, too

Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk realizes that “many special people may play the role of mom in children’s lives” these days. So, for the first time ever, the museum will admit for free one caregiver per family on Mother’s Day, May 14 – not just moms. “We also recognize that while Moms love all of the special attention and gifts showered on them on Mother’s Day, maybe the one gift she would like most of all is some time to herself,” says Rhonda Kiest, the museum’s CEO and president. “That’s why we want to honor any caregiver on Mother’s Day with free admission to the museum.” While there, children can create their own handprint “bouquet” from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. as a special gift for mom — it’s the thought counts, right moms? All are also invited to explore music and movement through song, dance and the playing of instruments at the Musical Jamboree from 10:30 to 11 a.m. All ages are welcome.

Besides the many fun and educational exhibits, families can check out the travelling Healthyville exhibit that teaches children and adults about fitness and nutrition. For more details, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. (Throw Mama to the Wolves; see Something New) and Wilton Historical Society (Mother’s Day Birds, Audubon and Decoupage Workshop for Kids; see Kids’ Stuff) have special events for Mother’s Day, too; be sure check out other museums and venues for holiday activities.

 

More Mom’s Day events

The Wilton Garden Club’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale is on Saturday from 10 to 2 on the Wilton Town Green on Old Ridgefield Road. There will be hundreds of perennials, herbs, vegetables, annuals, trees and shrubs — many from local gardens — for sale. For more information, visit wiltongardenclub.org.

Mothers and Others Tea Musicale takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts at 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y. Tickets are $39 per child and $59 per adult. For details, visit caramoor.org

The Richter Association for Arts’ Mother’s Day program, entitled Let’s Do It — A Lighthearted Look at Romance, will be performed by the Hot to Trot Trio on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. The trio is made up of pianist Olga Kalinina, soprano Joanne Kant and bass/baritone Tom Zimmerman. Their show takes an “amusing and slightly irreverent view of love throughout ages.” Refreshments will be served. Admission is by freewill donation. For more details, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-798-6319.

 

America’s pastime in Wilton exhibit

Farm Team: 50 Years of Wilton Baseball is the new exhibition that opens on Friday, May 12, 12:30-2, at the Wilton Historical Society at 224 Danbury Road (Route 7). The day’s activities include a Gallery Walk and Talk with curator Nick Foster, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome at no charge. The exhibit traces the story of the Farmers, Wilton’s quintessential small town baseball team, through approximately 20 photographs and objects related to the team. The exhibit runs through Oct. 1. For more information, visit wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

 

Heather McGhee

‘Beyond Bigotry: A Conversation’

The New Haven Free Public Library, Connecticut Humanities and New Haven Museum have partnered to sponsor “Beyond Bigotry: A Conversation,” with noted media contributor and president of the Demos Foundation Heather McGhee and Frank Mitchell, executive director of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture, on Friday, May 12, at 4 p.m. at the museum on Whitney Avenue. Registration at eventbrite.com

 

 

Farce plays in Newtown

Exit the Body, a farce by Fred Carmichael, opens Friday, May 12, 8 p.m. in the Town Players of Newtown’s Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road. The play follows the tale of a mystery novelist who looks for rest and relaxation away from the city, and rents a New England cottage that happens to be a rendezvous point for a gang of jewel thieves. Performances continue through June 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., May 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. and Thurs., June 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, and $18 for matinees. You may reserve them via newtownplayers.org or 203-270-9144.

 

Dinos, other critters, in puppet shows

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is the interactive collection of dino puppets and other creatures in a theatrical performance, designed with help from paleontologists (and someone who can’t spell). Showtimes on Friday, May 12, are at 3:30 and 7 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Tickets, ranging from $15-$50, are available at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

 

Christopher Cross returns to Ridgefield

Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday at 8 p.m. Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including — for the first time ever — the four top awards: Record of the Year (for the single “Sailing”), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for “Sailing”), and Best New Artist. Concert-goers are invited to visit The Village Tavern, 378 Main Street, and partake in a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entree with your ticket. Concert tickets, $65, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

 

Art roundtable and tour at the Aldrich

Homage: Contemporary Artists in Conversation will be the roundtable topic of discussion on Friday, May 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield. Writer and editor Faye Hirsch will moderate the discussion among exhibiting Aldrich artist Suzanne McClelland, artist Michael St. John, and special guests. A free reception will follow. Then, on Saturday, from 11 to noon, there will be a Gallery Takeover Tour with artist Cecilia Moy Fradet. It’s free for members and with museum admission. Among the exhibits there are Tony Matelli: Figure, through Oct. 22, and Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past; Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right; Kay Rosen: H Is for House; William Powhida: After the Contemporary; through Sept. 4. Details: aldrichart.org or 203-438-4519.

 

Art and food in Silo show

The Art of Feast of Art group show runs May 13-June 25 at The Silo, 44 Upland Road, New Milford, where there’s a cooking school and art gallery. A free reception takes place Saturday from 2-4 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Paintings and ceramics by Jack Rosenberg, Elizabeth McDonald, Ann Mallory and Judy Jackson are in the exhibit that “celebrates different creative perspectives and aligns with the Silo’s enduring food equities.” For more details, go to thesiloct.org, or call 860-355-0300.

 

Two exhibits opening in Ridgefield

Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ seventh annual Juried Member Show opens this Saturday, May 13, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the guild’s quarters at 34 Halpin Lane. Helen Kauder, executive director for Artspace in New Haven, “juried a wide variety of members’ artwork” for the show. Prizes for first, second and third place winners will be awarded at the opening reception, which is free and open to the public. Guild member, Emilya Padlowski, offers Life in Art: Evolving Search and Experiment, an exhibit of her paintings, collages and soft sculptures in the Upstairs Gallery, opening Saturday, as well. Both shows continue through June 18. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. For more information, visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863.

 

Special Olympics trials in Weston

The Special Olympics Connecticut’s 2017 Southern Time Trials, hosted by Weston High School, 115 School Rd., and Weston Middle School, 135 School Rd., take place Saturday, May 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event gives athletes of all abilities from the region opportunities to compete in track and field, swimming and tennis. More than 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners are expected to participate; plus 200 coaches and 600 volunteers to lend support to the event. The Trials is a qualifying event for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games state competition, June 9-11 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields in Hamden. Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on the athletes at this free and open-to-the-public spectacle. For more details, email [email protected] or call 230-230-1201.

 

 

Judy Richardson

Bird banding & bagels

An up-close demonstration of bird banding plus bagels will be offered at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield on International Migratory Bird Day, May 13, by master bander Judy Richardson of Easton and her team. The cost is $7 per person. Pre-registration is required at 203-259-6305, x109. Details: ctaudubon.org

 

 

Benefit party at the Bijou

The ASK Benefit Party takes place Saturday, May 13, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. This is a fundraiser for After School at The Klein (ASK), the only tuition-free arts program in the Park City. The musical talent features director of education and professional singer Maureen Hamill and keyboard player/singing coach David Harris, who will host “Name That Tune.” There will also be a photo booth, Giant Jenga, other participation games, and a 20-minute performance by a troupe of ASK dancers and singers. Tickets, $75, are available at The Klein box office, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, 10-4 weekdays, theklein.org and 800-424-0160, x2.

 

 

Honoree David Dunlop of Wilton with Silvermine Guild artist Stephanie Joyce, co-chair of the committee planning Art Awards Benefit.

Art Awards Benefit Saturday

The Living Art Awards Benefit for the 95-year-old Silvermine Arts Center is on Saturday, May 13, at Roton Point Club in Rowayton, with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by awards honoring four artists, dinner, and dancing to the music of the Cosmopolitans. For tickets and more details: silvermineevents.org or 203- 966-9700, x1.

 

 

Doing the Rot Thing

Do the Rot Thing — Composting Basics will be the topics on Saturday, May 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. At this free event, visitors will be able to examine the center’s composting bins, get information sheets, and learn about composting and vermicomposting. There are also crafts for kids and coffee for adults. You can plant a seed in a decomposing pot using compost-enriched soil. UConn master compost interns will be on hand to answer questions. For registration and other details: 203-259-6305, x109 and ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield

 

Walk in Saugatuck Saturday

Westport Historical Society’s Saugatuck Walk, with guide Bob Mitchell, will take place Saturday, May 13, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Railroad Station — the New York-bound side. The day ends at the Black Duck for drinks. The suggested donation is $10, and it’s free for ages 12 and under. Reservations may be made by calling 203-222-1424. Details: westporthistory.org

 

Peace & Hope concert in Norwalk

Fairfield County Chorale’s Spring Concert of Peace & Hope is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Norwalk Concert Hall, at 125 East Avenue. The concert features Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Pace). The director is David Rosenmeyer and the soloists are Larisa Martinez, soprano, and Philip Kalmanovitch, baritone. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $5 for students. They are available at  fairfieldcountychorale.org or 203-858-3713.

 

 

Raissa Katona Bennett and Kenneth Gartman

‘Wonderful World’ concert Saturday night

In their What a Wonderful World concert on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Raissa Katona Bennett and Kenneth Gartman will perform songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Berlin and Sondheim plus tunes from a new generation popular songwriters. Tickets, $30, are available at milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647. Doors open at 7:15.

 

 

Ani Kavafian’s farewell recital

New Haven Symphony Orchestra celebrates concertmaster Ani Kavafian’s artistic gifts and contributions during the violinist’s tenure with a season finale event featuring her and NSO new generation artist Michael Brown, piano, playing her favorite solo and duo works by Mozart, Bach, Frank, Mendelssohn and Kreisler. The concert is on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street, New Haven. Tickets are $15-74; $10 for college students and the concert is free for kids 7-17 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Reservations: newhavensymphony.org or 203-865-0831, x20.

 

Twins impersonate many stars

Celebrities On Stage with the Edwards Twins, an impersonation show from Las Vegas, will come to The Palace Danbury at 165 Main Street on Saturday at 8 p.m. Anthony and Eddie Edwards are identical twins who take on the looks and sounds of more than 100 stars. Anthony handles all the male impersonations, including Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli, while Eddie impersonates the divas, including Cher, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand. For more details and tickets ($40-$50), visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.

 

Lincoln Center comes to local library

New Canaan Library’s new music offering, presented through Lincoln Center Local, is Lincoln Center’s free programming partnership with libraries. Screenings of world class concerts and musical performances may now be seen in the library’s Adrian Lamb Room. On Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m., there’s a screening of New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve concert: A Gershwin Celebration, live from Dec. 31, 2014, with jazz artist Dianne Reeves, and Broadway leading man Norm Lewis. It’s conducted by Bramwell Tovey and hosted by the Today show’s Willie Geist. Registration is at newcanaanlibrary.org.

 

Quintessentials will sing in Redding

The Quintessentials, a co-ed choral group of 15 from Manhattanville (N.Y.) College, will perform  in a concert on Sunday at 4 p.m., at First Church, Congregational, 25 Cross Highway, Redding. The group’s song list ranges from Rodgers and Hart, to Al Jarreau, the Marx Brothers, Manhattan Transfer and 60s girl groups. Some choreography will accompany the show. Tickets are $25 per couple or family, $15 for singles, and $10 for children. Details: firstchurchredding.org or 203-938-2004.

 

Pacifica Quartet concert in Westport

The Pacifica Quartet will perform in a concert on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue. Pacifica, which was the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009-2012, will play Mozart’s Quartet in D minor, K. 421, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 and Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1. Tickets, $65 for general admission and $25 for students, are available at westportartscenter.org or 203/222-7070.

 

 

Timothy B. Schmit

Schmit in Ridgefield Playhouse concert

Timothy B. Schmit, former vocalist and bassist for Poco and The Eagles, brings his brand-new tour to the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., on Sunday, May 14, at 8 p.m. The night of classic hits includes Love Will Keep Us Alive — plus music from his solo album Leap of Faith. For tickets, $55, go to ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

 

 

 

And coming up…

Park Street Singers’ annual concert at Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St., New Canaan, Mon., May 15, 1:30 p.m.; free and open to public; under direction of Peter Randazzo, group’s performance is given in appreciation of the church’s continued support providing rehearsal space.
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“8”: A night of Broadway stars, Mon., May 15, 7:30 p.m., featuring 8 stars including Tony Award winners Betty Buckley and Lillias White, at newly opened Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall Street, Norwalk; doors open 6:30; $45-$350; wallstreettheater.ticketfly.com or 877-987-6487.
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Music of the Gilded Age concert with pianist Dr. Orin Grossman, Take 4 and friends, Wed., May 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; free; info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346.
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Under the Streetlight, featuring former cast members of Jersey Boys, Wed., May 17, 8 p.m., the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. $49.50.

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