Softball with Bernie
Former New York Yankees star centerfielder Bernie Williams will perform on jazz guitar at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8, but before that he’ll take to the baseball field next to the playhouse for a celebrity softball game. Bernie and Friends will play ball starting at 1 p.m.; a portion of proceeds from the game will benefit Hillside Food Outreach and the Playhouse Arts for Everyone Program. (Tickets for the game only are $20.)
The concert, with Williams backed by his all-star band, will include his blend of jazz influenced by his classical music background along with Brazilian, pop and Latin rhythms. Tickets are $90 for Gold Circle Meet & Greet, $65 orchestra and $55 mezzanine/balcony; all tickets include admission to the softball game. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk will celebrate Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday with a Storybook Pajama Party with Raggedy Ann on Friday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The doll has a long history in the area; she was the creation of Johnny Gruelle, who lived in Silvermine and later Wilton, and was patented on Sept. 7, 1915.
Children are invited to come to the party in the their PJs to hear a bedtime story and enjoy story-related activities throughout the museum. Registration is required; cost is $17 per person. The museum is at 299 West Avenue, in Mathews Park. For information, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
The Connecticut-based, fem-fronted alternative/rock band Chaser Eight will celebrate its new EP Chaser Eight (Naked) at The Acoustic, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m.
For more information, call 203-335-3655.
A perogie is a stuffed dumpling, common in central and eastern European communities, and it will be the star of a fund-raiser for Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Holy Trinity Orthodox church 16th annual Perogie Dash includes a 5K Road Race/Health Walk and the 1K Kids Fun Run, starting from the church at 74 Joes Hill Road in Danbury.
On-site registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and there’s a post-race party featuring homemade perogies. For registration information, visit tinyurl.com/holytrinityperogiedash or call 203-748-0671.
Kayak to Cockenoe
The Westport Historical Society’s annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island led by David Park (author of Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands) will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon (rain date Aug. 30).
Kayakers will meet at Longshore Sailing School in Westport’s Longshore Park; the tour fee is $20 per boat, with kayak rentals available from the sailing school (call 203-226-4646). To register for the tour (space is limited), call 203-222-1424.
“Wildman” Steve Brill will lead a foraging tour at Danbury’s Tarrywile Park on Saturday, Aug. 29. He expects to find mushrooms, greens, herbs and wild berries, depending on conditions, during the three-hour walk.
The group will meet in the lower parking lot of the park, off 70 Southern Boulevard. Suggested donation is $20 per adult and $10 for children under 12; reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 914-835-2153.
Concert under the Stars
The Darien Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6933 will host an open air concert, A Night Out with Art and Vito, rock guitarists and singers, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Post’s outdoor pavilion, Harding’s Hootch. Guests may bring their own chairs.
The concert is free and the a la carte grill will be open at 6 p.m. Post 6933 is housed in the original Chapel and last surviving structure of Fitch’s Home for Soldiers and Their Orphans, the first veterans’ home in the U.S. Plans are underway to renovate and preserve the building and donations are welcome. The Post is at 205 Noroton Avenue; for more information, call 203-655-8552 or send donations to Darien VFW Post 6933, PO Box 2172, Darien CT 06820.
Moon Viewing Concert
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, N.Y., will present its 49th annual Moon Viewing Concert and Japanese Tea Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning with the tea ceremony at 6:30. The concert of traditional Japanese music will begin at 8:30 in the garden, weather permitting.
Concert tickets are $20, $10 for children over six. A Bento Box Dinner is available by pre-reservation at $45 per person (email Nisa@nisalee.com). No outside food may be brought to the concert. For more information, visit hammondmuseum.org or call 914-669-5033.
Wilton’s Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair will take place Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 to 4 on the grange hall grounds at 25 Cannon Road. The fair features competition in the best home-produced and -raised items: baked goods and spirits; fruits, vegetables and flowers; artwork, crafts and needlework; and rabbits, poultry and eggs. Entry forms and information are available at cannongrange.org.
A baked-goods sale, a food court and select concessionaires, civic and educational exhibitions, a watermelon-eating contest and performances by local musicians are also planned.
Admission is $2 or $1 with a canned food donation; parking is available in the Cannondale train station lot.
The Second Annual Kosher BBQ Championship & Craft Fair will take place at Congregational Beth El at 1200 Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield on Sunday, Aug. 30. Twenty-five teams from around the country will begin working at sundown on Saturday and stay up all night tending their barbecue before the judging. The event runs from 11 to 5 and will be catered by Texas-born pit boss Ari White, “The Wandering Que.” His barbecue dishes will be available for purchase.
Starlight Express will DJ the event and there will be live entertainment throughout the day as well as hot dog and pickle eating contests, a kids’ play-zone with inflatables and a craft fair. For more information, visit snekosherbbq.org.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will host Harvesting Flavors, a program presented by Jim Calkins, executive chef/owner of Seasonal Catering in Derby. The program will take place at 2 on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.
The fee for the two-hour workshop is $10 per person to cover costs of food, plant materials and beverages. It’s a workshop for adults and older children. Space is limited and registration is required; for information or to register, call 203-734-2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soprano Claire Stadtmueller will open the fall season of concerts at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m. She will be accompanied by pianist Justine Macurdy in a program of arias from Puccini’s operas.
Following the program there will be refreshments in the dining room. Admission is by free will donation. Parking is in the golf course lot, with handicap parking available in front of the house. For more information, call 203-730-8479 or visit danbury.org/richter.
The New Canaan Historical Society will preview the new PBS documentary, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 in the Town House building on its main campus, 13 Oenoke Ridge.
Guerrero lived in New Canaan for almost 50 years; he was born into a pioneer Arizona family of Mexican descent and raised in a small and segregated town. He became one of the most sought-after photographers of the “Mad Men” era and used his outsider’s eye to produce studies of important modernist architecture, including many of the modernist houses in New Canaan. He is best known for his portraits of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his buildings and also documented the life and work of sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
Admission is free, but reservations are required; for more information, visit nchistory.org or call 203-966-1776.
And coming up…
Devon Caraway will lead a new acting workshop, Acting: Remembering to Play, beginning Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The six-week class will run through Oct. 12; for information, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
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The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra will have auditions by appointment on Sept. 2, 10 and 17 at Scotts Ridge Middle School, 750 North Salem Road, Ridgefield. The orchestra includes three ensembles for youth in grades 5-12. For more information, requirements and online registration, visit wctyo.org or email email@example.com.
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A panel will discuss How Artists Respond to Trauma and Urban Violence, in conjunction with the Teresa Margolies: We Have A Common Thread exhibition, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 12:30 p.m. at the Neuberger Museum. The museum is on the campus of Purchase College, at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. Admission is $10; for information, visit neuberger.org or call 914-251-6100.
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The Bethel Public Library will present a talk by Dr. Gerard Brooker, World War I Revisited, on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. The program is for adults and high school-age students and registration is required; visit bethellibrary.org or call 203-794-8756 x4.