Nichols Garden Club will present their Secret Garden Tour on July 13.

Nichols Garden Club’s Secret Garden Tour, Thurs., July 13, 4 p.m. until dusk, beginning at Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, where tour booklet with information about each garden, a map, and directions will be provided. Five “beautiful and interesting private gardens” on view with complimentary refreshments served at each. Botanical themed artwork, produced by Trumbull students, to be displayed in each garden. Proceeds  benefit Jean Demchak Horsey scholarship fund presented each year to graduating Trumbull high school senior who goes on to study horticultural, and environmental sciences. Tickets $30 at eventbrite.com. Info: nicholsgc.org/garden-tour or call 203-590-2232.

Bethel Beer Fest, Fri., July 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Municipal Center lawn, 1 School St., Bethel; celebrating and promoting craft beers (more than 20) and brewers that create them; live music, food trucks, corn hole. Bethel Chamber of Commerce has Facebook events page with Lyft and Uber codes for discounted safe rides to and from event at facebook.com/BethelChamberofCommerce. Tickets $30 at Tickets.BeerFests.com/Event/BethelBeerFest.

 

Lilac Girls book cover

Special encore of Lilac Girls house tour, landscape walk and book signing has been added on Sat., July 15, 10-noon, Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, with Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, “based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp survivors known as lapin (rabbits), whom Caroline championed.” Tickets, $25, $35, $50, $100, orders by Friday, July 7, at ctlandmarks.org or call 860-247-8996, x23. This CT landmark open for tours through October. Info. at ctlandmarks.org; or call 203-266-7596.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westport Library’s Gigantic Summer Book Sale, Sat., July 15, 9-5; Sun., July 16, 10-5; Mon., July 17, 9-5 (half-price day); Tues., July 18, 9-1 (suggested $5 donation per bag), Jesup Green, Westport. The sale, in its 25th year, to feature hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, children’s books plus special features. All proceeds benefit library. Info: westportlibrary.org

 

 

Wilton Library’s Summer Sidewalk Sale will be in full swing this Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Wilton’s Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale.

Wilton Street Fair, Sat., July 15, 10-4, Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Main street to be closed to traffic and filled with vendors, activities, entertainment and treats and drinks. Emphasis on family fun for all (and their dogs). Info: 203-762-0567, [email protected] or wiltonchamber.com. Wilton Library’s Summer Sidewalk Book Sale with books, CDs and DVDs. Also, library to bring area authors together in informal setting to meet visitors for book purchases and signing event, 11-1.

 

 

 

 

Warhol Summer Bash Family Day, Sun., July 16, 1-4 p.m., Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich; hands-on activities complement exhibit Spring into Summer with Warhol and Friends. Sixties and seventies-inspired music performance by Little Rockers at 2 p.m., including musical activities with instruments and movement; recommended for ages 2-8. From 1:30-3:30, artist Kayti Didriksen to guide families in creating Andy Warhol-influenced sidewalk chalk mural. Free with museum adm., no registration required. Info: brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376.

The Great MAC Scavenger Hunt, Sun., July 16, 3:30-8 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Event will provide the team to complete most photo tasks with $1,000 grand prize. Tickets $35 for adults 21 and older before July 16 and $40 day of event. Tickets $10 for ages 12 to 20 and free for those under 12. Reg. at milfordarts.org/specialevents.  

Micro Greens and Super Greens, Thurs., July 20 at 4 p.m., Wilton Historical Society, 244 Danbury Road, Wilton. Easton’s Sal Gilbertie will give the talk. After the talk Gilbertie, a herb expert and gardening guru, will be available to sign his books. For more information visit wiltonhistorical.org or call (203) 762-7257.

Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Greenwich; trip to Chihuly Glass Sculpture Exhibit at New York Botanical Garden, Wed., July 19, via carpool at 10 a.m.; members $35, non-members $45; reg. deadline: July 13. Info: gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242.

Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven; free of charge and open to public. Series continues with Harnessing the Wind’s Power event, Fri., July 21, 2-4. Brian Driscoll, owner and founder of New Haven-based Phoenix Press, to share how he uses wind turbines to power his commercial printing press; plus hands-on wind-related activities and experiments. Series continues Fri., Aug. 18, 2-4, when visitor learn about water power. Info: Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy

57th annual Summer Book Sale, July 21-25, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. More than 140,000 books in over 60 categories, plus CDs, DVDs, records and special items. Proceeds help fund library’s 750+ annual programs and events for all ages. Free adm., open to public. Renee B. Fisher Foundation donates awards to teachers in underserved school communities in Bridgeport and New Haven, to be redeemed at book sale; application for teachers vouchers deadline June 30. Due to increase in applications from Books for Teachers program, library asking community to donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346.

Nature and photography walk, Sat., July 22, 10-11:30, Aspetuck Land Trust, Bradley Rd. entrance to Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston. Award-winning photographer Stephen B. White to share tips and insights; bring camera. Info: aspetucklandtrust.org; RSVP: [email protected]

Hale at the Homestead and a Musical Muster, Sat., July 22, and Sun., July 23, 11-4, Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry. $5 suggested adm. Info: 860-742-6917 or email [email protected]. Info: ctvisit.com/events/hale-homestead

Puppies & Porches, Sat., July 22 at 9 a.m., Speedsport Tuning, 52 Miry Brook Rd., Danbury. Participants will get to play with puppies while looking at collection of racecars in effort to raise money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 

Historic Harbor Cruise, Sun., July 23, 11:15 a.m., 1 Bostwick Ave., Bridgeport. Historic Black Rock Harbor, now known as Captain’s Cove, was once used as a trade port and building center. Reg. at westporthistory.org.

Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point, Sat. and Sun., July 29 and 30, 10-5, rain or shine. Juried artisans showing works in fine arts and fine crafts, including painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, printmaking, glass, ceramics and jewelry, along waterfront on Harbor Point Rd. Also, demonstrations, hands-on art projects and complimentary art supplies available for children and adults, plus international cuisine, and live music performances. Free adm. Info: stamfordartfestival.org

SoNo Arts Festival, Aug. 5 and 6, on streets of historic South Norwalk, showcasing works of more than 100 juried artists with live bands, food vendors, discounts at shops and restaurants and free hands-on art activities for children and families in Children’s Art Playground. Annual Puppet Parade, Sun., Aug. 6, at 2 p.m.

Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sat., Sept. 23, downtown Danbury; featuring handmade items, from original fine art to upscale crafts. seeking artisans and craftsmen to participate. Info: artswesternct.org

FARMERS’ MARKETS

The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system; thehickories.org

Wilton Farmers’ Market, Wed., 12-5, 10+ vendors, Wilton Historical Society grounds, 224 Danbury Rd.; June 7-mid-October; www.facebook.com/WiltonFarmersMarket

Westport Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 10-2, 45 vendors, at 50 Imperial Ave.; May 18-Nov. 9; westportfarmersmarket.com

Trumbull Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 15 vendors; 1773 Huntington Tpke., May 18-Oct. 12; niatrumbull.org/farmer-s-market

Monroe Farmers’ Market, Fri., 3-6, 20+ vendors, Monroe Green; June 23-Oct. 27; monroefarmersmarket.org

Farmers’ Market at Lachat Town Farm, 106 Godfrey Rd. West, Weston, Fri., 4-8 p.m. monthly, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27; lachattownfarm.org/farmers-market.php

Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sat.,  9-1, 25+ vendors, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, June 10-Oct. 7; blackrockfarmersmarket.com

Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market

Danbury Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, CenterCity Green, June 24-Oct. 21, danburyfarmersmarket.org

New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net

Earth Root Farm’s Stand, Sun., 10-2, 140A Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield, June-October; earthrootfarm.com

Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Sun., 10-2, 20+ vendors, Sherman Green in downtown area, Fairfield, June 11-Oct. 1; fairfieldfarmersmarket.org

 

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