Imagine Nation Museum - Annual Kiss-A-Pig Fundraiser Contest - Bristol

12/06/2013

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

Friday, a unique fundraising campaign to support the museum is under way! Five enthusiastic professionals from the community have volunteered to support the museum by soliciting votes, in the form of monetary donations, to raise funds for the museum's educational programming and hands-on exhibits, known as "Campaign Imagination." The candidate who raises the most money earns the chance to pucker up to Daisy II the Famous Pot Belly Pig on December 6th at 5:00pm at the Imagine Nation Museum. You can place your vote for your desired candidate at the Museum, or at the fundraisers headquarter

Western CT State University Opera Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013

181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 203-837-8486.

WCSU Opera to stage 19th annual production of Menotti classic Dec. 6 & 7. The Western Connecticut State University Opera will present the holiday classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in two performances at the university at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. This year's presentation will mark the 19th annual WCSU Opera production of the English-language opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, originally commissioned for broadcast on the NBC television network in December 1951. Both performances of the one-act opera will be in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. General admission will be $10, with ticket prices of $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Admission will be free for WCSU students with valid ID. Advance reservations may be made online at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling (203) 837-TIXX. Tickets also will be sold at the door.  The opera, which runs approximately 50 minutes, tells the story of an impoverished and crippled shepherd boy's encounter with the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and the heart-warming outcome of their chance meeting. In notes describing his composition of the opera, Menotti explained he was inspired by his fond memories of the Three Kings as the legendary source of Christmas gifts during his childhood in Italy. Western Professor of Music Dr. Margaret Astrup is the director and producer for the opera, which will feature a different cast of student and community performers for each of the two evening presentations. Astrup noted the WCSU Opera production "has all the elements of grand opera with arias, ensembles and choruses, but it is also filled with spectacle and humor. Parts will make you laugh, and others may leave you in tears." "'Amahl and the Night Visitors' is a seasonal favorite for people of all faiths, and resonates a universal message of self-sacrifice and generosity," she said. "This opera is a captivating work that provides entry to the art form and introduces children and families to both theater and opera." The Friday evening performance will feature Chase Harper, of Woodbury, as Amahl; Diana Rock, of South Windsor, as Amahl's mother; and Erick Sanchez, of Stamford, as Kaspar. Featured performers on Saturday evening will be Richard Owen III, of Brewster, N.Y., as Amahl; Kassiani Kontothanasis, of Meriden, as Amahl's mother; and Toure Richardson, of Waterbury, as Kaspar. The other royal visitors will be performed both evenings by Steve Valenzuela, of Waterbury, as Melchior; and Stephen Wynn, of Greenwich, as Balthazar. Ryan Reynolds, of New Fairfield, and Nicholas Ciasullo, of Naugatuck, will appear as the page. Sarah Petersen, of West Hartford, Mark-Anthony Hamblin, of Waterbury, and Delecia Woods, of Waterbury, will be featured dancers. For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.     

WCSU OPERA PRODUCTION "AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS": Ives Concert Hall - Danbury

12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013

White Hall, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 837-TIXX .

The WCSU Opera will perform the annual holiday classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus. For tickets and information, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit the website.

WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "Holiday Hideaway" - Danbury

12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013

White Hall, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT Phone: 203-837-TIXX.

Theatre Production will present "Holiday Hideaway" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6; and 3 and 7 pm.on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus. The public is invited. For tickets go to website or call.

Christmas In Bethlehem at The Bellamy Ferriday House

12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013

9 Main Street North, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: (203) 266-7596. Fax: (203) 266-5739.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden Dec 6, 2013. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Festively decorated house & gift shop open for tours and holiday cheer. Visit during the Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival. Admission is free with a suggested $3 donation and/or a donation to the Bethlehem Food Bank. Can you Find scavenger hunt for kids of all ages & hot cider in the gift shop. On Dec 7, 2013 10:00:00 to 04:00 PM The house will be festively decorated including with 3 ft. donated small themed trees available for sale. Also learn about the significant place this property held in 18th c American, Connecticut, & Bethlehem religious history. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Can You Find Scavenger Hunt & hot cider. Admission is free with a suggested $3 donation and/or a donation to the Bethlehem Food Bank.

St. John's Holiday Bazaar Weekend--Washington, CT

12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013

78 Green Hill Rd., Washington, CT 06793. Phone: 860-868-2527.

On Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8th come celebrate the season at St. John's Holiday Bazaar in Washington CT.  Three days of shopping, epicurean delights, decorating insights, gift wrapping and a live and silent auction.  Check the website for times. 

The Silo Cooking Classes Gingerbread

12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013

44 Upland Rd, New Milford, CT Phone: 860-355-0271.

Assistant Cooking School Director Nancy Stuart-Ploch returns with this Silo tradition! Parent and children, together, create a beautiful gingerbread house to take home. Decorate with over 85 kinds of candy, don't miss the FUN! Please sign up early as these classes sell out very quickly. Full participation, class size limited. Offered two ways. Traditional: Parents and children (ages 5 and up) team up to create their own beautiful gingerbread house from scratch to take home. Already Standing: For those with less time and younger children. Your gingerbread house is already assembled and standing. All you do is decorate! (Note: If you would like anAlready Standing gingerbread house for any of our gingerbread classes, call the Cooking School with your request when you register so we may accommodate you.) $85 per house for each parent/child or adult team. Maximum 3 people per team.

Christmas in Gaylordsville at the Merwinsville Hotel

12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013

1 Browns Forge Rd., Rte. 7, Gaylordsville, CT Phone: 860-350-4443 .

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Preview the Christmas Show! Admission is $25 to the public and $20 for hotel members. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres, beverages, Barbershop quartet. See the Hotel magically transformed for the holidays with an amazing collection of nutcrackers. Worlds Fair miniatures, Santa Claus collections, and more! There will be baked goods, for sale along with holiday crafts, jewelry, ornaments, and much more. Dec. 7-8. General viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the website for more information.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden Open for Christmas in Bethlehem

12/06/2013 to 12/07/2013

9 Main Street, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: 203-266-7596.

Christmas in Bethlehem Date: Dec 6, 2013 5:00PM to 9PM, and December 7 from 10AM to 4PM. Visit during the Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival.  Festively decorated house & gift shop open for tours and holiday cheer. Visit during the Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival. Admission is free with a suggested $3 donation and/or a donation to the Bethlehem Food Bank. Can you Find scavenger hunt for kids of all ages & hot cider in the gift shop. 

Merwinsville Hotel - Christmas In Gaylordsville

12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013

1 Browns Forge Road, Gaylordsville, CT Phone: 860.350.4443.

Friday night - Gala holiday opening with caroling, holiday nibbles, and scrumptious desserts from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Friday night admission: $25.00 at the door/$20.00 in advance. Come visit the Hotel and enjoy what is truly an "old-fashioned Christmas". From the beautiful decorations, huge collections of Santas, snowglobes and nutcrackers, Dickens Village, model train and miniature Worlds Fair amusement rides, to the complimentary hot chocolate and surprise gift for the little ones, a visit to the Hotel at Christmastime shouldn't be missed! Visit Mrs. Claus' bakery for a delectable selection of baked goods to purchase or grab some home-made soup for lunch. For that special, one-of-a-kind gift, there will also be a select group of art, photography and crafts available for purchase (with a portion of each sale benefiting the Hotel). Story-time will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission: Free