Connecticut Dance Theatre Hosts Annual Miracle on Bank Street Celebration--Waterbury


Bank Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-573-0004.

Connecticut Dance Theatre is pleased to announce that their annual Miracle on Bank Street Celebration this year will be a tribute to the Howland Hughes Center on Bank Street (where they are located) and our communities. Donna Bonasera, Executive Director, is pleased to expand on the "miracle" and include many different performances, activities and community events. An active Thanksgiving weekend is being planned with activities for children, families, seniors and more.  On Friday November 23rd, the Tribute will begin  with a parade from Grand Street to the Waterbury Green for the lighting of the tree and the official opening of the Holiday Season!  The parade will then move down onto Bank Street and end at the Howland Hughes Center for the opening of the Festival of the Trees.  Historical displays from the Howland Hughes department store over the years, will be showcased along with trees decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals as part of our "tree auction."
On Sunday November 25th from 1-7pm, join us for our holiday marketplace and at 4pm for our annual Sugar Plum Tea Party.  With the beautiful holiday trees surrounding our local artists and artisans, come out and enjoy shopping in this historical landmark.  Many of us remember holiday shopping at the Howland Hughes department store - bring your family and share the memories.  Make sure to make your reservation for our Tea Party at 4pm.  Also scheduled for Sunday is a master class with nationally renowned dancer/choreographer Joby Rogers (The Ultimate Michael Experience), who will make a special appearance during our afternoon events.  Openings are still available for the master class. An annual event for more than 20 years, make sure to mark your calendars to see CDT's narrated version of this holiday classic: "Clara and the Nutcracker" scheduled for the first two weekends in December.  This version is perfect for children of "all ages." Performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2 and 8 & 9 at 1pm and 5pm at the Howland Hughes Center.  Call CDT's office to book a full performance for your organization, employees or as a family outing - what an amazing way to share the spirit of community during this holiday season.
The Miracle on Bank Street will continue into the New Year 2013 with the following performances planned: *Cultural Explosion Theatre Project's "Winterlands" with area talents performing in music, dance, and theatre is scheduled for late January.
*Celebrate Valentine's Day with an "Evening of Elegance" a beautiful performance scheduled for February 14th. There are still opportunities to be involved in any and all of these activities.  Dancers, actors, musicians, choirs, community groups and more are encouraged to call and to participate.

Bethel Holiday Craft Festival


50 Stone Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801. Phone: 203-743-5533.

The Bethel Holiday Craft Festival at The Stony Hill Inn on November 24 will be another opportunity to find unique gifts made by many talented artisans. Phone (203) 261-2414 for hours.

Riverside Reptiles ‘Living Dragon Program’ at The Gunn Memorial Library - Washington


5 Wykeham Road, Rte. 47, Washington, CT Phone: (860) 868-2310.

Gunn Jr. Library Saturday Programs: Riverside Reptiles present 'Living Dragon' Saturday, November 24th @ 1:00pm. LIVING DRAGONS will be presented by Riverside Reptiles. Dragons?! No, not real dragons ~ lizards! Meet many different species of lizards: geckos that can climb glass, skinks with bright blue tongues, a legless lizard, a cousin of the Komodo Dragon, and a lizard with an impressive frill.  Meet these and many more as we venture into the realm of living dragons. Children of all ages are welcome to both programs. Free admission and open to the public. Registration recommended. This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is requested but not required.  Please call the Library for further information.

CityCenter Danbury Opens Holiday Season with "Light The Lights"


186 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-792-1711.

WITH "LIGHT THE LIGHTS" ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH -- A month of  Holiday Celebration begins in Downtown Danbury on Saturday, November 24th as CityCenter presents its annual "Light the Lights." After chomping on turkey and cheering on your favorite team, this post-Thanksgiving family event is all about the child in all of us as a spirited crowd gathers to see Downtown Danbury come to life with Holiday sparkle. The festivities begin in and around Library Plaza, at Main and West, at 5 pm.
Entertainment includes "Welcome from the Who's," presented by 5678 Dance Studio, St. James Church Carolers, and Regal Brass. Mayor Mark Boughton will lead the countdown to lighting Downtown's magnificent animated tree as Santa arrives by fire truck with the Beckerle Hose Company serving as his Reindeers (Rudolph can't make it - His calendar is booked!). Children may visit Santa on Library Plaza from 6 pm to 7 pm. Bring a camera. You'll want to capture the moment! For those who wish to make a full day of enjoying Downtown's celebration, a Holiday Bazaar at the Danbury Museum, 43 Main Street, takes place from 10 am to 3 pm, with lots of stocking stuffers. Of course, don't forget to include a First Night button in that early morning goodie sock! From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the Danbury Public Library will host a Drop-in-Craft session so children may participate in making colorful murals that will dress Downtown windows for the holidays. For a complete list of what's happening Downtown this Holiday Season, you may pick up a brochure at CityCenter Danbury's offices, located at 186 Main Street.

A Time For Storytelling at Institute for American Indian Studies


38 Curtis Rd, Washington, CT Phone: (860) 868-0518 .

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Stories are traditionally told as the days grow shorter and the winds blow colder. During this special time of year, gather with storyteller, Four Hearts Whispering at IAIS and enjoy her delightful and heartwarming traditional Native American stories. There will be a short intermission break where children will be invited to participate in a simple craft. Please call for reservations. Fee: $5 Adults; $6 Kids.



Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

2:00 p.m., families are invited to come to the Ansonia Mature Center for an enjoyable afternoon as storyteller, Karianna Rosenberg guides listeners deep into their imaginations through her poetic and vivid imagery of world folk tales, myths, heroine/hero journeys, trickster tales and nature stories.These stories, in Spanish and English, reveal her unique ability to engage all of the senses as she takes her audience on magical journeys to better understand other cultures, the natural world and themselves.

Holiday Bazaar at St. Andrew's Parish House-Kent


6 Bridge Street, Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-3486.

On Saturday,  from 10AM to 1:30PM a Holiday Christmas bazaar will be held at St. Andrew's Parish House in Kent.  The event will feature baked goods, jellies, cheddar cheese, gifts, children's items, cookware, Christmas cookie houses and lunch.  Proceeds will benefit the Mission and Outreach of the Parish. (Always Sat. after Thanksgiving)

Railroad Museum of New England--Northern Lights Limited-Thomaston


242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787. Phone: 860-283-7245.

On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 5PM and 7PM the Northern Lights Limited will leave the Thomaston Station of the Railroad Museum of New England.  Your ride through history begins at the historical 1881 Thomaston Station currently under restoration.  Board the restored vintage coaches and prepare to see a side of the Naugatuck Valley that you just can't get from your car.  Your ride along the Naugatuck River hugs the river's edge, passing through state forest lands.  This is contrasted by the industrial heritage of Waterbury's brass mills, where thousands of men and women toiled daily in the Brass City.  Complete the journey with a view from the spectacular Thomaston Dam.  Leave time to tour the displays at the depot and explore the charming village of Thomaston.  For special events ticket prices see the website or call for details.

A Time for Storytelling at The Institute for American Indian Studies - Washington

11/24/2012 to 11/24/2012

38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-0518.

On Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. "We tell our stories to entertain, but they do much more than that. They  teach life's important lessons -- to young and old alike. Stories can explain the  natural world around us and connect us to our past” (Janis "Four Hearts Whispering" Us, Mohawk-Shinnecock descent). Stories are traditionally told as the days grow shorter and the winds blow colder. During this special time of year, gather with storyteller, Four Hearts Whispering at IAIS and enjoy her delightful and heartwarming traditional Native American stories. There will be a short intermission break where children will be invited to participate in a simple craft. Please call for reservations.   Fee: $5 Adults; $6 Kids.




Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: (203) 736-1053.

1:00 p.m., join Ranger Martin on this hike to explore the recorded historical events spanning over 150 years which took place in and near the Ansonia Nature Center. Hear about the tragic account of the' last Native Americans living on Deerfield Road, and more recently, what was behind the chain link fence in the 1960s. This free program is designed for families with older children and  adults.  Please call to register.