Let the eggs-aggerated game of names for Easter activities begin!
In Danbury: Easter Bunny Train rides at the Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury, Fri., April 14 and Sat., April 15; rides throughout the railyard begin at 12:30 and the last train leaves at 3:30, departure every 30 minutes; tickets $12 for ages 2+, under 24 months, free. Reservations suggested: Sync to the Link [http://www.danbury.org/drm/drmwtktform.htm] or 203-778-8337, Wed-Sun, 12-3. Reservations are available online up to 48 hours before the event. Additional parking nearby at Patriot Garage; ask to get your ticket stamped for $1 off.
In Norwalk: Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza is how Stepping Stones Museum for Children describes its holiday event on Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 1 p.m., at the museum, at 303 West Ave. in Norwalk. If the weather’s fine, the activities will take place outdoors in the Celebration Courtyard; if rain: inside the Multimedia Gallery. Benedict the Egg will host the day’s events, greeting children, who will be able to select eggs to decorate and for the Egg Roll competition. There will be face painting, an egg flipping station, an egg scavenger hunt, and other games, musicians Jay and Ray and dancing plus egg-themed snacks at the cafe. The event is free with museum admission and no registration is required. For more details, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
In Southport: The 11th annual Easter Egg Roll will take place on Saturday, April 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Pequot Library Auditorium and on the Great Lawn, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. The free activities are geared toward ages 2-12. Young visitors are asked to bring a long-handled wooden spoon and your own hard-boiled eggs for decorating for the “dye-in” event. There will be dancing (the bunny hop, for sure), crafts, carnival games, a live rabbit. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, go to pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346. The longstanding White House Egg Roll, the library folks noted, began in the 1870s on Capitol Hill, a popular spot for the roll among children.
In Newtown: EverWonder Children’s Museum’s folks call the Easter Egg Hunt the museum’s favorite spring activity. The event is returning on Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 5 at the museum, at 31 Pecks Lane. Eggs will be drop by the hour while supplies last. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 11 to 5 (but closed Easter Sunday). Admission is $7 for visitors older than 1. For more details, visit everwondermuseum.org
In South Salem, N.Y.: Even the Wolf Conservation Center has gotten into the Eastertime act.
The Egg Hunt with Wolves events on Sunday, April 16, are at both 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the center, 7 Buck Rd. Visitors will be instructed to hide eggs for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zepher to find instead of hunting for eggs themselves. Guests will also visit Ambassador wolf Atka and the center’s red wolves and Mexican grey wolves. Pre-registration is required. The fees are $14 for adults, and $11 for children under 12. To register, visit nywolf.org. For more details, call 914-763-2373.
Fiddler at the Mac
Fiddler, singer and songwriter Emily Haviland Baker will perform in the Live @ the Mac show on Friday, April 14, at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford. The artist, a student at the Berklee College of Music, is studying with performers like Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh, Dr. David Wallace, Dave Hollander, Tony Trischka, Jason Anick, and Casey Driessen. Baker has performed at such different venues as the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Cantab Lounge & Club Passim in Cambridge, and The Red Room in Boston, as well as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. The doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for a charge. The coffee is free. Admission is $15, $10 for MAC members, and $5 for students with valid student ID. For ticket reservations, go to milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
Boston beats in Fairfield
Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, features roots band Adam Erza Group from Boston on Friday, April 14, at 7:45 p.m. Tickets, $22, are available at. fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036. On Saturday night, Livingston Taylor, takes the stage at 7:45 p.m. Taylor, who also hails from Boston, picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Tickets are $48 and may be reserved at the website or by calling the box office.
Bluegrass in Purdys
Westchester Bluegrass Club will present Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys on Sat., April 15, at the Lake Purdys Clubhouse, 33 Lake Way, Purdys, N.Y. Doors open at 7 p.m., acoustic jam begins at 8, and open mic and the show are 9 and 10:15. A $15 donation is suggested at the door. For more information, visit westchesterbluegrassclub.com or call Mike Burns, 914-276-2239.
The Independents premiere
Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre, in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, will stage the world premiere of The Independents this week and it runs until April 23. The play, which opens on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m., is about the early days of long friendship of master artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. André Herzegovitch and Catherine Luciani play famous artists Degas and Cassatt in this production of Christopher Ward’s play, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, $32 for adults, $25 for seniors and $16 for students and children, may be reserved at curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358. The theater is in cabaret-style with “byoeverything” format.
Historical lighthouse cruises
Peck Ledge Lighthouse gets the focus of participants in a recent Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruise. It’s one of five lighthouses on the National Register of Historic Places visited on the central Long Island Sound cruise twice each month, including Saturday, April 15 (departing 10 a.m., returning 3 p.m.), aboard a hybrid-electric research vessel. For details on cruises offered by the aquarium in Norwalk: www.maritimeaquarium.org.
And coming up…
PEN/Hemingway finalist Vaddey Ratner, author of Music of the Ghosts, will visit the Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., on Mon., April 17, 7 p.m. Details: darienlibrary.org or 203-655-1234.
Fairfield University will host former Major League Baseball all-star Darryl Strawberry on Tues., April 18, 7 p.m., Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, for his free talk, From Strikeout to Recovery and Hope, tracing his struggles of substance abuse and commitment to recovery. Info: quickcenter.fairfield.edu.
Creating Pollinator Pathway (how to bring butterflies and bees back to your yard), panel discussion Tues., April 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd; reg. wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.
Author and journalist Bianca Bosker, Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste, Tues., April 18, 7-8 p.m., Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd.; westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4855, free.
Brand new comedians take the stage for Christy O’Leary’s Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase, Tues., April 18, 7:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd.; $20, ridgefieldplayhouse.org, 203-438-5795.
The 5th annual Women Empowering Women event, benefit for The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Wed., April 19, 6-9 p.m., Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St.; info: Bit.ly/wew17