Imagine Nation Museum - April Youth Poetry Contest

04/23/2014

One Pleasant Street, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-314-1400.

April Youth Poetry Contest. Write and rhyme your way to the top!. April is National  Poetry Month. Children in grades K-6 are eligible to enter their original writing. Submission deadline is Friday, April 11th. Winners are invited to read their work at our Poetry Slam on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4:30 p.m. Call for more details.

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Melissa Etheridge: This is ME Solo

04/24/2014

80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-5795.

Melissa Etheridge: This is ME Solo--Thu, 04/24/2014 - 8:00pm. A limited run in an intimate setting, Melissa will be playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano. "I enjoy doing the solo shows not only get to ready for a new album, I also love to dive into my catalogue of songs and bring a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform." The Academy Award winning, Multiple Grammy Winning, Melissa Etheridge needs little introduction.Her raspy vocal style and riveting stage presence has been captivating audiences for more than three decades. Throughout her illustrious career (which includes 12 studio albums), Etheridge has topped the Billboard charts, won an Academy Award, written multiple Platinum certified records, survived Cancer, become a leading voice for the LGBT community and done so with incredible poise and grace.Etheridge has also received numerous other awards including a Juno Award, ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year Award, ASCAP's Founders Award, a GLAAD Media Award and 13 additional Grammy nominations. Don't miss this solo acoustic performance from a true music icon. Call to purchase tickets or check the website.

Infinity Music Hall Presents McLovins and The Interlopers--Norfolk

04/24/2014

Route 44, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 866-666-6306.


On April 24, 2014 at 7:30PM the McLovins return to the Norfolk.  Coming off the heels of their brand new release Beautiful Lights, Connecticut based improve-rock band McLovins returns to the Infinity stage. While their name might be inspired by a fictional movie character there is nothing phony about these guys or their music. Joining them is Great Barrington’s The Interlopers a group that promises their songs that will leave the crowd smiling no matter the cost. Each band brings their set of original music to life bending genres like Funk, Jazz and Pop. McLovins specialize in the creation of dynamic and improvised sound, influenced by the members' disparate and eclectic musical influences. The band currently includes Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly. These College students from Connecticut, embrace simultaneous and intricate improvisation with a more versatile front line in which all members are singing in four-part harmony, writing lyrics & music, as well as expounding on one another's musical ideas. Set list segues and fiery improvisations are a staple of the band's performances, keeping their audience always guessing what's coming next and wanting more!

Beardsley and Memorial Library - Coyotes in Connecticut

04/24/2014

40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT Phone: (860) 379-6043.

Coyotes in Connecticut. Join Paul Rego, Wildlife Biologist, CT DEEP, at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. and learn about the habitat of the Eastern Coyote. Coyotes have adapted well to living in proximity to humans. You are likely to see or hear one. How can you distinguish a coyote from a dog? Why are they often mistaken for wolves? What do they eat? Are they dangerous? Come to Paul Rego's presentation to find the answers to your questions about coyotes. All are welcome. Sponsored by Winchester Land Trust and Beardsley and Memorial Library. This program is free and open to the public.

History Bities Lecture Series -- Litchfield Historical Society -- How We Didn't Work: The Rise of Litchfield's Tourism Industry

04/24/2014

7 South St., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.

On Thursday, Aprill24, 2014 at noon the Litchfield Historical Society will present How We Didn't Work: The Rise of Litchfield's Tourism Industry.  The lecture will be presented by Kate Meador, Curator of Education.  Free and open to the public. 

Danbury Museum & Historical Society Hosts Wine with Friends--Wine Tasting

04/24/2014

43 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-743-5200.

On April 24, 2014 the Danbury Historical Society and Museum will sponsor Wine with Friends a special tasting sponsored by Stew Leonard's Wine Shopto benefit the museum. 6pm to 8pm $20 members; $25 non-members. AND get a sneak preview of Quintessential Quilts, the 2014 Summer/Fall Exhibit! Check the website for further information.

White Memorial STAR PARTY!

04/25/2014

80 Whitehall Rd., CT Phone: (860) 567-0857.

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program. 7:30 P.M., Mott -Van Winkle Classroom. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Ridgefield Playhouse Presents Sha Na Na

04/25/2014

80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-5795.

Sha Na Na will appear at the Ridgefield Playhouse onFri, 04/25/2014 - 8:00pm.  Part of the xfinity Rock Series. Come early!  Special Classic Car Show with Connecticut Cruise News and milk shakes and sliders compliments of Bareburger of Ridgefield in the Playhouse parking lot before the show! Sha Na Na celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the movie "GREASE!" Sha Na Na, cast in the movie as "Johnny Casino and the Gamblers", performed six songs on the original Grease soundtrack. The smash hit ballad "Sandy," sung by John Travolta, was co–written by Sha Na Na's piano man, Screamin' Scott Simon.  Now they bring their doo-wop and Rock & Roll Party back to the Playhouse with songs from  from WOODSTOCK, the movie GREASE, THE SHA NA NA TV SHOW and their world wide concert touring. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along and participates in a "Greaser Olympics, this is a great show for the entire family! Call for tickets or check the website.

Keeler Tavern Museum To Host First Annual Spring Artisans’ Show - Ridgefield

04/25/2014 to 04/26/2014

132 Main Street , Ridgefield, CT Phone: (203) 438-5485.

Keeler Tavern Museum To Host First Annual Spring Artisans’ Show April 25, 10 AM – 5 PM. Distinguished artists and craftspeople from across the region will be present when the Keeler Tavern Museum hosts its inaugural Spring Artisans’ Show on Saturday, April 26, to be preceded by a special Preview Party on Friday evening, April 25.

The Museum campus at 132 Main Street in Ridgefield—with its distinctive Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn, picturesque gardens, and charming Garden House -- will be the setting for this premier event curated by VS Shows. The collection will feature fine art, high-quality handmade furniture, fiber, and home décor items, distinctive jewelry, and a wide range of one-of-a-kind offerings. A multi-media exhibit titled “Expressions: Spring – painting, sculpture & photography,” will be staged in the Carriage Barn. While Saturday visitors browse, children will be able to enjoy games and crafts of their own. Food will be available for purchase.

Some 20 notable artisans and artists from all over the region are expected to participate, including Ridgefield artists Peggy Thomas who will be displaying her pottery; Kokoon Jewelry designer Debbie Thornton; and painter Spencer Eldridge whose works will be shown in the Carriage Barn as part of “Expressions: Spring.” Among the regional artists featured are Pamela Dalton who will be showing her intricate paper cuts - Scherenschnitte; Heidi Howard, who paints 18th and 19th century trade and tavern signs; doll-maker Eva-Maria Araujo; Kathleen McDonald who makes chalkware figurines handcrafted from a collection of antique chocolate molds; and Robert Ferrucci, an artist of abstract action art, drip art and contemporary American Folk Art.

Saturday show hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; admission that day is $8 ($7 with presentation of pre-show announcement postcard or advertisement). The special wine-and-cheese Preview Party on Friday evening will offer early purchasing from 6 - 9 PM, as well as opportunities to engage with artisans and artists; admission is $40 ($30 for Museum members). Proceeds from ticket sales on both days benefit the Keeler Tavern Museum, a non-profit historical site that is entirely self-funded.

Free off-premises parking is available nearby. To make reception reservations, and for directions or other information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call (203) 438-5485.


Hollister House Garden - Opens for the Season

04/26/2014

300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-2200 .

The Garden opens for the season. on Saturday, April 26, 2014.10AM-12PM and 2Pm-5PM. Every Saturday volunteers welcome our visitors at the entrance to the garden.