Norwalk Oyster Fest highlights weekend

Norwalk’s Oyster Festival

The Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival opens Friday night, Sept. 11, at Veterans Park on the Norwalk River. The headline acts for the 38th festival are John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Friday, Dennis De Young: The Music of STYX on Saturday, and Smash Mouth  on Sunday.

Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. too 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. There’s plenty of music besides the headline acts, with dozens of local and regional musicians.

Returning will be the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, aerial stunt artists, performing high wire acts, and this year they’re adding sway poles to their act. Other attractions are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, a Craft Beer tent, the Arts & Crafts Pavilion with more than 100 exhibitors, the oyster slurping contest, an expanded food court, and children’s activities.

Admission is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $12 on Sunday; it’s $10 for seniors any day and $5 for children. Active duty U.S. military personnel are admitted free with ID.

For more information, including available parking lots, visit seaport.org or call 203-838-9444.

Textile & Tag Sale

The Monroe Historical Society’s annual Textile & Tag Sale will take place at the historic Beardsley Homestead, 31 Great Ring Road, Monroe, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13, from 9 to 3 each day.

The textiles will include decorator fabrics, cottons, wool and novelty fabrics, along with notions, patterns, buttons and more. The tag sale will include collectibles, household miscellaneous and furniture. Proceeds benefit the society’s restorations and programs. For information, call 203-261-1383.

Friendship weekend

The Stamford-Denmark Friendship Weekend will celebrate 50 years of ties between Stamford and Denmark, with events taking place Sept. 11-13. The Palace Theatre will host a performance featuring stars of the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet on Friday at 8; tickets are $61, $47 and $25 and may be reserved at palacestamford.org or by calling 203-325-4466.

On Saturday, there will be a Danish Music Fest from 11 to 5 at Mill River Park, Stamford, with a first-ever performance in the United States by Stella Polaris. Danish hotdogs and other specialties, soft drinks and ice cream will be available and there will be Lego activities for children. Admission is free.

Meanwhile the Stamford Yacht Club will celebrate its longtime friendship with the Royal Danish Yacht club with a match race series on the water. On Sunday, the 50th Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race will feature some 100 sailboats ranging from 18 to more than 60 feet in overall length. The awards ceremony will be at the Stamford Yacht Club; for more information, visit stamforddenmark.org.

Story tellers

Fans of The Moth Radio Hour will have an opportunity to hear The Best of The Moth on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. The show is presented by WSHU public radio and will be hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, with stories told  by Ed Gavagan, Micaela Blei and Dawn Fraser.

Tickets are $51.50 and $61.50 and are available at longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

Dance at Silvermine

Bridgman | Packer Dance, whose principals Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer merge performing and visual arts, will appear at Silvermine Arts Center this weekend.  Shows will take place Friday and Saturday at 8.

Audiences will alternate between viewing Truck, which is performed inside the bed of a 17-foot box truck, and an outdoor interactive video installation. The entire audience will then move indoors to Sara Victoria Hall to experience Remembering What Never Happened.

Tickets are $20; for reservations, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700, x22. The arts center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan.

Recorder Society

The Recorder Society of Connecticut will have its first monthly playing session for the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road (Route 7), Ridgefield.

The group welcomes intermediate and high intermediate players; Susan Iadone is the professional recorder teacher/performer who serves as coach and conductor. The focus is primarily on Renaissance and Baroque music; music is provided but musicians are asked to bring their recorders and music stands. For more information, call 203-810-4831 or visit recordersociety-connecticut.org.

MTC open house

Music Theatre of Connecticut will have a Community Open House on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 1. Students, parents and members of the community are invited to tour the facility, where the MTC School of Performing Arts offers conservatory-style training for students age four through high school.

The theater center is at 509 Westport Avenue in Norwalk (behind Jones New York); its fall term begins Sept. 14. For more information, visit musictheatreofct.com or call 203-454-3883.

Taste of Danbury

Thousands are expected to attend A Taste of Greater Danbury, the end-of-summer food festival, on Saturday, Sept. 12, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13, noon to 7 p.m.

In addition to more than a dozen food vendors, there will be family and children’s vendors and entertainment, with Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot headlining in a show of Billy Joel’s music. They’ll take the stage at 8 on Saturday and at 2 on Sunday. Also performing on Saturday will be The Doug Wahlberg Band and Tim Charron; on Sunday, Phil LoPresti will close out the festival.

Parking is available at the Patriot Garage at 21 Delay Street and the Bardo Garage at 10 Library Place, off Main Street. For more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.

Backyard Birding

The Connecticut Audubon Society Center in Fairfield at 2325 Burr Street will offer a program on Backyard Birding on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. It’s free and designed for adults and children 12 and older. For more information, call 203-259-6305 x109.

Musical history tour

The Frank Porto Band will perform tunes ranging from the Tommy Dorsey Band’s hits to songs from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 3 at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.

Light refreshments will be served and there’s a $5 donation, with reservations suggested. Call 203-222-1424 or visit westporthistory.org.

Artists’ Stories

Sculptor Jim Felice of Ridgefield will present a new exhibit, Stories: featuring Suzanne Benton, Hope Kilkoyne, Mark Savoia and Cathy Vanaria, opening Saturday in Danbury. The Trailer Box Project @ Jim Felice Studios at 15 Great Pasture Road/Unit 15, in Danbury, will be the site of the exhibit, with an opening reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through Oct. 10. For more information, call 203-797-0230.

Milford Wine Trail

The Downtown Milford Business Association will host its 7th annual Wine Trail on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Milford. Tickets are $40 and include an engraved wine glass. Participants are invited to visit 11 businesses to sample wine and enjoy food tastings.

For information, call official wine sponsor, Wines and More, 242 Boston Post Road, Milford, 203-530-0103.

The Dozen Divas

Pantochino Productions Inc. will start its Nite Spot Nights series, in association with Milford Arts Council, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8. The first show is The Dozen Divas featuring Dorothy Bishop, who portrays Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Cher and many more.

Tickets are $25 and doors open at 7:15 at the arts council, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford. For reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 20-878-6647.

Blue Horse Rep

The Blue Horse Repertory Company and Spring Street Arts will present Tennessee Williams, Straight Up with a Twist of Durang, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. The show is an ensemble performance of three short works by the two playwrights, framed by Mr. Williams’ observations about life, art and the nature of the creative spirit.

Tickets are $20 for adults and reservations may be made by calling 914-763-8461 or at williamswithatwistofdurang.brownpapertickets.com. The performance will take place at the Spring Street Arts Center, 82 Spring St. at St. John’s, South Salem, N.Y. For more information, visit bluehorserepertory.com.

Trumbull festival

The 37th Trumbull Arts Festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10 to 4 on the historic Town Hall Green, 5866 Main Street, Trumbull. More than 75 juried artists and crafters will exhibit and there will be day-long entertainment and food. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-452-5065.

Jazz brunch

The Ridgefield Playhouse and 109 Cheese & Wine will mark the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s famous Palomar concert with a concert by acclaimed jazz artist Oran Etkin, with Steve Nelson, Matt Wilson and Sullivan Fortner on Sunday, Sept. 13. The pre-show Champagne Brunch will be served at noon in the lobby and the concert will begin at 1. Tickets are $35; $25 for students.

For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Young singer

Hayley Reardon, 17, who has been performing as a singer/songwriter for the past five years and has shared the stage with acts like Tom Rush and Peter Yarrow, will be at the Ridgefield Library for a concert on Sunday.

Free tickets will be given out on show day starting at 1; doors open at 1:30 and the show will begin at 2. The library is at 472 Main Street; for information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Jazz pianist

Hank Milligan will play a jazz piano program themed “Early Autumn” on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Refreshments will be served after the concert; admission is by freewilldonation. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-744-2168.

Director’s Cut

The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society’s Director’s Cut Film Series will screen the indie romantic drama Like Sunday, Like Rain on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:30. Written and directed by Frank Whaley, who will be at the screening, the film features Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day), Leighton Meester, and Debra Messing and introduces Julian Shatkin.

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

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Christopher Durang’s comedy, directed by Frank Gaffney, opens Sept. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m, and continues  Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., Sept. 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. at Carriage House Arts Center, Cranbury Park, 390 Grumman Ave., Norwalk; Sept. 25, 26 at 8 p.m., Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 1, 2, 3 at 8 p.m. at the Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane, Wilton. Tickets: carriagehouseartscenter.org/reservations or  apps.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=96f7bf9df7c26dd97fe8d250da18adcb

And coming up…

The Appalachian Mountain Club will present an illustrated talk by photographer Daryl Hawk on “Sacred Places of the World” on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road, Westport. There will be wine, appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts at 6:30, followed by the presentation from 7:30 to 8:30. Cost is $15 for non-members and participants are also asked to bring a dessert to share; no reservations, pay at the door. For more information and directions, visit ct-amc.org.

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Images of Cuba, a photographic essay by Andrew Dennis McBride, will be on view Sept. 14-Oct. 30 and will have an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mayor’s Gallery, 888 Washington Boulevard (10th Floor), Stamford. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 4; for more information, email [email protected]

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The MS Taste of Hope will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. For tickets ($50) and more information, visit ctfightsms.org or call 860-913-2550.

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Picturing the News: The Distinctive Vision of Harry Neigher and Frank Gerratana goes on view Sept. 10 at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield (fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598). The exhibition celebrates the history of the weekly Bridgeport Herald (later the Connecticut Sunday Herald) with a selection of Neigher (columnist and cartoonist) and Gerratana (chief photographer)’s work documenting the news from the 1930s to the early 1970s. There will be a special panel on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss the show, including Alan Neigher, son of Harry Neigher, and Frank Gerratana, Jr., along with former Herald cartoonist Rick Marschall, Bob Laska, Charlie Walsh and Len Grimaldi. On Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m. a Grandparents’ Day activity for families is planned.

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Excavations in Armenia: Transitions from lower to middle Paleolithic (425,000 to 130,000 years ago) is the subject Professor Daniel Adler will address at a meeting of Archaeological Associates of Greenwich on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 8 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Admission is $15, free to students with ID. For information, call 203-661-4654.

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