Memorial Day weekend parades and ceremonies are detailed on our HANRadio.com website.
Opening Friday, May 22, at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a new IMAX movie, Flight of the Butterflies, which traces the migration of monarch butterflies to their Mexican winter haven. The film illustrates how it takes two or three generations of butterflies to migrate north from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada and one “super generation” to complete the migration back south to Mexico. Screenings will be at 11, 1 and 4 daily through June 30 and then at 11, 3 and 5 daily from July 1 to Labor Day.
Continuing the theme, on Saturday, May 23, a special summer exhibit, the Flutter Zone will open for walk-through encounters with dozens of varieties of tropical butterflies. Adjacent to the Flutter Zone along the Norwalk River, the Maritime Aquarium is growing a “pollinators’ garden” filled with flowering plants that native butterflies seek for food and egg-laying.
Flutter & Flights, a wine-tasting fund-raiser, is planned for Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., with wines from Fairway Wine & Spirits plus food samples from local restaurants. Tickets are $35; for age 21+ only. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.
The Spring Street Arts Center, a new performing arts venue in South Salem, N.Y., will present Seven Up!, seven one-act plays that look at life and love, on Fridays, May 22 and 29, and Saturdays, May 23 and 30, at 8. The playwrights include Marshall Fine, Albi Gorn, Richard Knipe, Carol Mark and Pat O’Connor.
Tickets are $20 and the material is for mature audiences; for reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-763-8273. The theater is at 82 Spring Street in South Salem.
Leonard Nimoy’s “Vincent,” starring James Briggs in the role originated by Leonard Nimoy, will be presented by Starry Night Theater Company May 22-24 at Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford Street.
The show runs 85 minutes with no intermission and is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and students. For reservations, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
Arts and Crafts Show
The Wilton Rotary Club will present its 25th open Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, May 23, from 10 to 4 on the Wilton Town Green. More that three dozen vendors are expected and admission is free. The show will go on rain or shine; for more information, call 203-762-9000.
World Turtle Day!
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will celebrate World Turtle Day on Saturday, May 23, from 10 to 3:30 at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.
There will be a turtle viewing station at the pond, a reading corner for turtle stories and an ongoing public art station on turtles. The Osborne Homestead Museum will be open for tours with a “spot the turtle” challenge in the rooms and on the grounds. A special program, Native Turtles of Connecticut, will take place at 11 a.m. and there will be turtle races at noon.
Admission is free and donations are welcome; for more information, call 203-734-2513.
Cruisin’ for a Cause
The United Methodist Church of Monroe and the Cruisin’ East Car Club will co-host Cruisin for a Cause on Saturday, May 23, from 10 to 2. The car show and family day will benefit the church’s Mozambican Mission and the Monroe Food Pantry.
In addition to classic cars, there will be music, food, crafts, and activities for the whole family. The church is at 515 Cullers Farm Road in Monroe; for more information, visit umcmonroe.org or call 203-268-8395.
Robin Hood festival
The Robin Hood Springtime Festival will take place weekends May 23-June 7 at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 300 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Performers will recreate 12th Century Nottingham, England, with continuous entertainment on seven stages; there is food and drink, family activities and games and shows.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day; tickets are $17 general admission, $10 for youth (ages 7-15), ages six and under are free. For more information and advance tickets, visit robinhoodsfaire.com.
Lauren Frankel will talk about her new book, Hyacinth Girls, which focuses on teenage friendship and bullying, on Saturday, May 23, at 2 at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield.
This is the debut novel for Frankel, who grew up in Stratford and now lives in England. For information, call 203-255-7756.
Dan McKee, a former Ridgefielder, will show his sports art at the Brookfield Craft Center May 23 through June 13. He is an advertising designer and artist and has worked with sports greats including Joe Torre and George Steinbrenner.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com or call 203-775-4526.
A Common Ground
Singer-songwriter Lara Herskovitch will perform a benefit for Danbury Arts in Action on Saturday, May 23, at 8 at A Common Ground’s Studio II, 33 Crosby Street, Danbury.
Doors open at 7:30 for an open mic session; admission is by free-will donation. For more information, visit acommonground.net or call 203-791-9850.
Rob the Mob
The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society will screen Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta, on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. The film stars Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia and Ray Romano and is based on the true story of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva.
De Felitta will be on hand for questions after the screening, hosted by Ira Joe Fishers. For tickets ($10, $7.50 for seniors, $5 for students), call 203-438-5795.
The Connecticut Symphonic Winds will perform a concert on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Roger Ludlowe Middle School theater, 689 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Admission is free; for more information, visit ctsymphonic.org or call 203-386-1625.
Lordship Community Church at 179 Prospect Drive in Stratford will host its 22nd annual Jazz Sunday worship service on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m., featuring Jazz for the Spirit with lyric soprano Julie VanUllen. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-377-6568.
The Brookfield Historical Society will host its annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, May 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. following the Brookfield Memorial Day parade. Strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be sold at the Brookfield Museum, 165 Whisconier Road in Brookfield Center.
The museum will be open with its fifth annual Brookfield War Memorial exhibit and there will be music by the Jazz for Juniors Band and an exhibit of antique and vintage automobiles. For more information, visit brookfieldcthistory.org.
Monologuist Richard Clark will portray business tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in a performance at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, on Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m.
There will be a reception after the show. Admission is by free will donation; parking is in the golf course lot. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-798-6319.
And coming up…
Ridgefield’s CHIRP free concert series will open Tuesday, May 26, at Ballard Park, off Main Street opposite the Ridgefield Library. The Sweetback Sisters will take the stage at 7, playing everything from western swing to rockabilly to honky tonk. It’s lawn seating; bring a chair or blanket. In case of bad weather, call 203-431-5601 after 4 p.m. to find the alternate location or visit CHIRPCT at Facebook. Donations are greatly appreciated; for more information, visit chirpct.org.
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The Westport Historical Society will host an art stroll featuring murals by the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. The walk will begin at Patagonia, the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. building at 87 Post Road East, and conclude with a reception at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. The walk is about a third of a mile. The suggested donation is $25; for reservations, call 203-222-1424.
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The Pomona College Glee Club, conducted by Donna M. DiGrazia, will perform a concert on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 at the First Presbyterian Church “Fish Church,” 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford. Admission is free. The 33-voice ensemble will perform an a cappella program including Whitacre’s Sainte-Chapelle and Harris’ Faire is the heaven, and others. For more information, visit fishchurch.org or call 203-324-9522.