September 30, 2014

American music: concerts, fife and drum, Music for Angels; Lorikeets!

Lorikeets arrive at the Maritime Aquarium.
Art About Town

The Westport Downtown Merchant Association’s Art About Town Opening Night Street Party will take place Thursday evening, May 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The three-week art event will bring original works by 84 artists to 80 shops and restaurants. All works are juried, for sale, and will remain on display until June 16.

At the opening night party there will be live music from the Shiny Lapel Trio, The Fabuleles, and Dylan O’Connor; dance by the Westport/Weston Family Y Dance Company, the Neighborhood Studios Conservatory Dance Ensemble, and the Studio 44 Dancers; and a sampling from the Music Theater of Connecticut Junior Company production of Dr. Doolittle. Stilt-walkers and street performers will appear on Main Street and food and drink will be available at pop-up cafes.

For more information, visit westportdma.com.

 

Reclaimed

The Greenwich Arts Council will present Reclaimed Perspective: Paintings, Furniture, Musical Pairings by Joseph Dermody opening Thursday, May 23, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a conversation with Mr. Dermody, who lives in Greenwich, at 6:45 p.m.

The exhibit in the Bendheim Gallery at 299 Greenwich Avenue will be on view through June 20; gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10-5, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4. For more information, call 203-862-6750.

 

American music

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, will offer a Concert of American Music on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday, May 23, at 7:30. The program will focus on music with a Southern harmony influence and music from influential groups within the U.S.

The performers will be the St. Stephen’s Festival Choir, St. Stephen’s organist Frank Zilniyi and guest artists, the New York-based string quartet, Osso, and soprano Daniela Sikora of Ridgefield. A $15 donation is suggested. For more information, call 203-438-3789.

 

Farm Fridays

Stamford Museum & Nature Center will start Family Farm Fridays, a series of programs on Friday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. this week on May 24. The topic will be Eggs & Chickens, a chance to visit the Heckscher chickens and help collect their eggs. Other topics in the series, which runs through June 21 (except June 7), are: Butter & Jam on May 31; Chicks, Kids & Lambs on June 14; and Pesto & Salsa, on June 21. Cost is $8.

The museum is at 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford, off High Ridge Road. For more information, visit stamfordmuseum.org or call 203-322-1646.

 

Weston fair

The Weston Memorial Day Fair will open Friday night, May 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. with rides, games and food. On Saturday night, local student bands will perform, starting a little before 5 p.m. Fair hours are 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and noon to 4 on Monday behind Hurlbutt Elementary School, School Road, off Route 57.

Tickets and bracelets for unlimited rides will be available at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Hurlbutt Elementary School and Weston Intermediate School PTOs.

 

Westport exhibits

The Westport Historical Society has two new exhibits opening on Friday, May 24, both focused on longtime residents. Five Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family will be on view through Sept. 2, highlighting a 19th Century Irish family that moved to Westport and launched a horse-drawn hauling service that has become a flourishing family-owned energy, stone and development business. Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist, will be in the Mollie Donovan Gallery through Sept. 2, telling the story of a World War II Navy veteran/illustrator who moved to Westport in 1950 and followed his heart to emerge as a successful artist, patriot and activist for social change. Mr. Sugarman died at 91 in January.

The opening reception will be Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. For more information, call 203-222-1424 or visit westporthistory.org.

 

Arts and crafts

The 23rd Wilton Rotary Open Arts and Crafts Show will take place Saturday, May 25, from 10 to 4 on the Wilton Town Green in Wilton Center. The outdoor show will include artwork, photography, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, needlework, gifts, and other items. There will be a silent auction as well.

 

Lorikeets arrive at the Maritime Aquarium.

Lorikeets arrive at the Maritime Aquarium for the summer.

Lorikeets arrive

The summer exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will open Saturday, May 25, on the aquarium’s riverfront courtyard. More than 50 free-flying lorikeets, colorful medium-size parrots native to the south Pacific, will be in an enclosure that visitors may enter. Nectar cups ($3) will be available to feed the birds, which live in rainforests and woodlands and feed primarily on the nectars of various blossoms and fruits. Entry to the exhibit is free with aquarium admission.

For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.

 

Spring art show

Barn Hill Studio, at 20 Barn Hill Road, Monroe, will have its spring art show May 25-26, from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring paintings, prints and sculpture by local artists. For information on the artists participating, visit barnhillstudio.com.

 

Music for Angels

There will be a Music for Angels benefit concert for the Tiny Miracles Foundation of Darien on Saturday, May 25, at Cranbury Park in Norwalk, organized by Janine Testa and her husband Mike Testa, who plays in the band The Third Rail.

The Testas are sponsoring the outdoor concert in memory of their late son Nicholas John, who was born seven weeks premature in 2009 and whose twin Gianna Margaret survived. The Tiny Miracles Foundation aided the family as they mourned their son and learned to care for their newborn daughter.

Appearing with The Third Rail, in performances from 1 to 6 p.m., will be Vertigo, PJ Pacifico, Billy Genuario, and Third Sister. Admission is $25 for adults, free for children under 12. There will be a silent auction and all proceeds will go to the foundation. For more information, call 203-202-9714.

 

Sketching Safari

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., will offer its first Art Safari, a workshop led by Alison Nicholls, on Sunday, May 26, from 9 to noon. Ms. Nicholls will discuss her work in Africa and the challenges of sketching wildlife in the field and then lead participants in sketching the center’s Ambassador Wolves. Guests will also get to see the center’s red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.

For registration and more information, visit nywolf.org.

 

Ballpark Home Run

The 10th Bridgeport Hospital Home Run will take place Sunday, May 26, at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, 500 Main Street, Bridgeport. The event includes a 5K run, walk and wheelchair race, an alternate one-mile course, and a children’s fun run inside the ballpark.

RaceDay registration is $25, $10 for students 18 and younger and $5 for the children’s fun run, with proceeds benefiting the Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital. For information, call 203-384-3600 or email bhhomerun@bpthosp.org.

 

Great songs

The Chris Coulter Quartet will perform a program of jazz/swing standards plus a few surprises on Sunday, May 26, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Parking is available in the golf course lot and admission is by donation. For more information, call 203-744-1527 or visit danbury.org/richter/.

 

Jazz greats

Jazz guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub will perform in the Jazz Masters program at Sarah’s Wine Bar, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield, on Sunday, May 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is a $22 cover charge and $15 minimum; reservations are necessary, 203-438-8282.

 

Oh, Lucy!

The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society’s Documentary Film Series will present Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie on Sunday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. The film was produced and directed by Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill, who will be joined by editor Sandra Consentino to take questions after the screening.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for students; for reservations, call 203-438-5795.

 

Memorial Day Antiques

The Lasdon Memorial Day Antiques Fair will take place Monday, May 27, from 10 to 5 on the grounds of Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35) in Somers, N.Y. In addition to the dealers, there will be music by Gary Dillon, a plant sale by the Friends of Lasdon, Kettle Corn, Italian ice and other specialty food vendors. Dogs are not permitted at the park.

Admission is $7 (age 12 and younger, admitted free) and benefits the Westchester County Friends of Parks. For more information, visit cordshows.com or call 914-273-4667.

 

Aldrich opening

Artist Allison Smith’s new exhibit at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Rudiments of Fife & Drum, will open on Memorial Day. There will be a public reception from noon to 5 with  music, gourmet food trucks and picnic fare, family activities and curator tours.

During a three-month residency inspired by Connecticut’s central role in the development of American fife and drum music, she plans to create a “site for community engagement” in the museum’s “Old Hundred” administration building, parts of which served as a general store, bank and post office from 1783 to 1883.

The exhibit traces the roots of American fife and drum music to its roots in the Middle East and will feature performances by the Celestial Ancients Fife & Drum Corps, Ms. Smith’s project band, led and organized by guest musical curator James Clark. The exhibit will run through Sept. 2. For more information, call 203-438-4519 or visit aldrichart.org.

 

And coming up…

Kathy Olson, “The Bee Lady,” will discuss “Cultivating a Bee-Friendly Garden” at a meeting of the Garden Club of Newtown on Tuesday, May 28, at 1. The program is open to the public with a $5 fee; it will take place at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown. For more information, call 203-512-7320.

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The first CHIRP concert of the season at Ridgefield’s Ballard Park will take place Tuesday, May 28, at 7, featuring The Stray Birds, an Americana trio. There’s no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. For more information on the season, visit chirpct.org.