Plant sales galore: Mother’s Day weekend!

Plant sales galore

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and for many families, the gift of choice is one special plant or lots of plants. There will be plenty of choices at the many plant sales planned this weekend. Most sales will offer annuals and perennials, vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets and gift planters; a bonus at many of the garden club sales are plants freshly dug from members’ gardens.

The Darien Community Association plant sale will take place Friday, May 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 274 Middlesex Road, Darien; for more information, visit dariendca.org or call 203-655-9050. Also on opening Friday at 8:30 a.m. is the Ballard Greenhouse Sale, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs; the sale continues till 2 on Friday and resumes Saturday 8:30 to 2. The greenhouse is at 21 Gilbert Street #R; for information, call 203-438-5816.

The Wilton Garden Club’s 76th Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be on Friday from noon to 6 and Saturday from 9 to noon, rain or shine at the Town Green, 101 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton Center. Ambler Farm will supply organic herbs in four-inch pots for the sale.

The Redding Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale will be on Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Lonetown Farm Museum, 43 Lonetown Road/Route 107; for more information, visit reddinggardenclub.org. In addition to plants there will be garden tools at discounted prices and a Second Hand Rose tent with lightly used garden and decorative items.

Plant Native/Eat Fresh is the theme for the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens’ plant sale on Saturday from 9:30 to 2:30. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections. The arboretum is at 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford; for more information, visit bartlettarboretum.org or call 203-322-6971.

There will be a Mother’s Day Craft Fair and Plant Sale Saturday from 9 to 3 at the Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull.  There will be vendors as well as plants grown by students in the agriscience greenhouses. For more information, call 203-943-9283.

Morning bird walks

The early birder gets the sighting, especially during spring migrations. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield will offer Thursday morning bird walks with Milan Bull, senior director of science and conservation, May 7, 14, 21, 28, and June 4, 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. All levels of birders are welcome; bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. For more information, visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305. Walks are canceled if it’s raining.

Art to the Avenue

The length of Greenwich Avenue becomes a strolling art gallery with the opening of Art to the Avenue this evening, Thursday, May 7. The fund-raiser for the Greenwich Arts Council will include more than 140 artists and most stores host open receptions; festivities will begin at 5:30 and run till 8:30. The art will remain on display through May 29; a map/guide will be available. For more information about Art to the Avenue, visit greenwichartscouncil.org or call 203-862-6750.

Designer House Tour

The Near & Far Aid organization will have its annual Designer House Tour on Friday, May 8, featuring six homes decorated by renowned designers in Westport and Southport.

The theme is Celebrating the Art of Living; tickets are $75 on tour day, with pick-up at Hathaway Real Estate on Pequot Avenue in Southport. The tour will run from 10 to 4 and will be followed by the Toast the Tour Party and Car Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. Tickets for the party are $100 in advance, $125 at the door. For reservations, visit nearandfaraid.org.

St. Mark’s May Fair

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan has expanded its popular May Fair this year, adding a Friday night opening to the traditional Saturday festival. Friday Night Lights on May 8, will run from 5 to 9 and is geared for young people, with all the carnival rides running, music from the New Canaan School of Rock and special food concessions.

On Saturday, the fair runs from 9 to 7, with rides, games, entertainment, white elephant and book sales. The food court will be open 11 to 5:30 (or until supplies run out). For more information, visit stmarksnewcanaan.org or call 203-966-4515.

Dinner with Disney

Connecticut Playmakers’ production of Dinner with Disney will take place at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich weekends May 8-24. The show is directed by Michele Grace of Fairfield and features music by a quartet led by jazz pianist Chris Coogan of Weston.

Musical pieces from almost every decade of the 75-year Disney animated catalogue are featured. Tickets are $25 for shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and Sundays at 2; for reservations and information, visit ctplaymakers.org or call 203-249-5419.

Celebrities on Stage

The Danbury Palace will present Celebrities on Stage featuring The Edwards Twins on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at 8. Identical twins Anthony and Eddie Edwards not only look alike but are able to look and sound like more than 100 stars such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Sonny and Cher, etc.

Tickets are $45 and $35 and may be reserved at thepalacedanbury.com or 203-794-9944. The theater is at 165 Main Street.

SymphoNYChorus

An evening of song by the SymphoNYChorus, a Christian, faith-based premiere choir and orchestra,  will take place Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield. The group was founded by and is directed by Jesse Lee’s minister of music Henric Ideström. For more information, visit thesymphonychorus.com.

Admission is free; a collection will be taken. For more information, call 203-438-8791.

Migratory Bird Day

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary at 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, will host Bird Banding and Bagels on Saturday, May 9, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Master bander Judy Richardson and her team will demonstrate all aspects of the banding process from the use of a mist net to the recording of the individual bird’s vital statistics.

The fee for the program is $7; for reservations, call 203-259-6305 x109 or visit ctaudubon.org for more information.

Early Fords

The 5th Annual Model T & A Era Antique Car Show will take place Saturday, May 9, at the Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard, 278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110) in the White Hills section of Shelton. The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but many of the cars, all from 1931 or older, will begin leaving by 2 p.m. In case of rain, the show will be on Sunday, May 10.

Admission is free; food will be available for sale. For information, email [email protected] or call 203-925-9746.

National Train Day

The Danbury Railway Museum will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 9, with a day of educational activities and free train rides for the whole family from 10 to 4. Museum admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for ages 3-12; the train rides will run hourly from 10:30 to 2:30. Periodically during the day, there will be demonstrations of railroad signaling and coupling/uncoupling of train cars.

On Sunday, in honor of Mother’s Day, all mothers are invited to ride the Rail Yard Local for free. For more information about the museum, at 120 White Street, visit danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.

Children’s portraits

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, will present Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future, in collaboration with the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Stepping Stones Museum for Children. The exhibit opens Saturday, May 9, noon to 4, and runs through June 28; there will be a reception Saturday from 3 to 5, by reservation.

For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.

The Fairfield County Chorale, conducted by David Rosenmeyer, will perform Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Also on the program are Poulenc’s Litanies a la Vièrge Noire, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, and David Loeb’s At the Stone Bell. Guest soloists are Larisa Martinez, soprano, Yiselle Blum, mezzo-soprano, Sean Christensen, tenor, and Enrico Lagasca, bass.

All tickets are $35 general admission, $30 in advance, and $5 for students; for more information and reservations, visit fairfieldcountychorale.org or call 203-254-1333.

Clearwater Coffeehouse

Kim and Reggie Harris will appear at Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. Doors will open at 6:30 and there will be an informal audience sing-along at 6:45; tickets are $18 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and $23 at the door. Students with ID are $15; children ages 6-12, $10. For more information, call 914-946-1625.

Voices Café

Jonathan Byrd, a North Carolina flatpicker and a Texas songwriter, and Sally Barris, a Nashville songwriter with a mountain soprano voice, will perform their special styles of Americana music at Voices Café on Saturday, May 9, in Westport. The coffeehouse evening will take place at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, with doors opening at 7:30 and the show starting at 8.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with children 12 and under admitted free. For reservations, visit voicescafe.org or call 203-227-7205 x14.

Women composers

The New Haven Oratorio Choir will present The Joy of Creation, Works of Women Composers, on Saturday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, Whitney Avenue and Cold Spring Street, New Haven. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students; a reception will follow the concert.

For information, visit nhoratorio.org.

National Theatre

London’s National Theatre production of A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong will be presented in an HD broadcast on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students (high school students, free with ID). For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Music for mom

Pride of New York the Irish-American band, will celebrate Mother’s Day with a concert on Sunday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, 456 North Street, White Plains, N.Y. For tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door, visit firstbaptistwhiteplains.org or call 914-949-5207.

Everyone Orchestra

The Everyone Orchestra led by Matt Butler, featuring Vernon Reid, Aron Magner, Robert Mercurio, Durga McBroom, Natalie Cressman, Ivan Jackson and Todd Stoops, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Sunday, May 10, at 8. Tickets are $39 and reservations may be made at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

And coming up…

Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright (The Gathering) will visit Ridgefield from Dublin on Monday, May 11, to talk about her latest novel, The Green Road. Her appearance, co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common, and Lounsbury House, will take place at Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street, starting at 7. For more information and to register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

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Olaf Soot will give an audio-visual presentation about The Mystery Mountain, British Columbia’s highest peak, Mt. Waddington, at a meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club on Tuesday, May 12, at the Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Cost is $15 for non-members; pay at the door. Wine and appetizers will be served at 6:30 and the presentation will be from 7:30 to 8:30. Participants are asked to bring a dessert to share. For information, visit ct-amc.org or email [email protected]

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Actor Joe Pantoliano will screen and talk about his film, No Kidding! Me Too!!, about mental illness on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. His goal and the goal of his No Kidding! Me Too!! charity is to remove the stigma from brain disease; ticket sales and a silent auction beginning at 6:30 in the lobby will support the charity. For information, call 203-438-5795.

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Violin virtuoso Alexander Markov will collaborate with students from the Regional Center for the Arts in a spring concert on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:30. Admission will be $5 at the door, with a cap of $20 per family. The Regional Center for the Arts is at 23 Oakview Drive, Trumbull; for more information, visit ces.k12.ct.us/RCA.

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The 23rd New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour will showcase seven New Canaan homes on Thursday, May 14; tickets are $70 for general admission and $100-plus for patron level, available online at newcanaancares.org. Box lunches may be reserved online for $15 before May 9.

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Jane Stern will present Eat Your Way Across the USA: A New Take on Regional American Food on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. She’ll talk about the exploring the country and her personal journey on its blue highways and back roads. She and her writing partner Michael Stern have been writing about road food since 1971; copies of their book Road Food will be available at the talk. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

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IMAGES 2015, the Fairfield Museum and History Center photography show, and a solo exhibition by renowned photographer Howard Schatz, will open on Thursday, May 14, with a gala reception from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259/1598.

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