The weather may be a bit uncertain for the weekend (stock up on water, food, batteries, etc.), but there is a raft of fall activities scheduled for the weekend.
If your dahlias have been blooming beautifully in the (until recently) sunny days of September, consider an entry in the Garden Education Center of Greenwich’s 8th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show on Oct. 3 and 4. Entries will be received Friday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 to 11 a.m., followed by judging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The show will be open to the public from 1 to 4 on Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday; flowers will be sold on Sunday at 3. Admission is free; the center is at 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob. For more information, visit gecgreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242.
New Haven Symphony
In a weekend of many season opening performances, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will begin its 2015-16 season with works by Dvorak, Grieg and Lash on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 in Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven. Michael Brown will play the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor.
For tickets and information, visit newhavensymphony.org or call 203-865-0831 x20.
How We Say Goodbye: Funerary and Mortuary Practices in Stamford will open Friday, Oct. 2, at the Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Road. The exhibit, set as an Irish wake for Stamford’s beloved leader Edward Duffy (d. 1919), was created with the assistance of Gerald Bosak, Jr., who contributed many artifacts and will be keynote speaker at the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
The exhibit will include gravestones, mourning dresses, fans, parasols, jewelry made of jet, jewelry using human hair, embalming equipment and many photos. It will be on view Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 4, through June 2016.
For more information, visit stamfordhistory.org or call 203-329-1183.
Moonlight and Magnolias
Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, will open its 22nd season with Ron Hutchinson’s comedy, Moonlight and Magnolias, on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South.
Shows continue Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 through Oct. 18 and tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students 18 and younger. For reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
Oh, the horror!
As the month of Halloween begins, the Sherman Playhouse is opening a production of The Rocky Horror Show, the kitschy, campy, rock music, gothic epic that’s a cult favorite. Performances will run Oct. 2-31, Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sundays, Oct. 18 and 25, at 2.
Tickets are $30 and there are student tickets at $20; there are no children’s tickets since the show is not recommended for those under 12. For reservations, visit shermanplayers.org or call 860-354-3622.
Historic Hudson Valley’s Halloween-themed events kick off on Friday, Oct. 2, with the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, featuring more than 7,000 “jacks,” many fused together in elaborate constructions. The working jack o’lanterns are lit up throughout the walkways, orchards and gardens of Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. The Blaze will be open on 30 evenings through Nov. 15; timed tickets must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900.
Also opening this weekend is Horseman’s Hollow, a 15-night interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; it’s recommended for ages 10 and older. Also recommended for ages 10 and up is Irving’s Legend, with master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, who tells the tale in the candlelit circa-1685 Old Dutch Church. A daytime experience for younger ones, The Legend Behind the Legend, takes place at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside homestead in Tarrytown, N.Y.
For information on all activities, visit hudsonvalley.org.
Indecent at Yale
The world premiere of a new play, with music, by Paula Vogel, Indecent, will open the Yale Repertory Season in New Haven on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 24; opening night is Oct. 8. Performances will take place at the University Theatre at 222 York Street.
The recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, Indecent was inspired by true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance.
For tickets, $20 to $98, visit yalerep.org or call 203-432-1234.
Minks to Sinks
“The largest and longest running outdoor tag sale in Connecticut,” Fall Minks to Sinks will open Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 to 5 under big white tents at the intersection of School Road and Route 7 in Wilton. Bargain day hours are noon to 4 on Sunday, Oct. 4, and 9 to noon on Monday, Oct. 5.
The sale includes both donations and consignments and proceeds benefit Family & Children’s Agency; for more information, visit minkstosinks.info.
Milford’s Autumn Garlic Festival Fund Raiser, presented by the town’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program, will take place on the Milford Green on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 3. Rain date is Oct. 4. Gardeners report it’s been a great year for garlic and four organic varieties will be available for sale: Music, German Hardy, Siberian and Elephant.
More than 30 free garlic recipes will be provided and there will be a basket drawing that includes 12 themed baskets. Local beekeeper Ralph Harrison will sell honey and beeswax candles; Robert Treat Farm and Shamrock Farm will have seasonal vegetables. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the community gardens; for more information, call 203-214-3407 or 203-877-2592.
Children’s book fest
More than 85 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators will be participating in the 2015 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Robert Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street in Chappaqua, N.Y., from 10 to 4.
Books will be for sale, there’ll be a “Food for Thought” food court with food trucks, and the Great Chappaqua Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry mission to end childhood hunger. Activities planned for families include the chance to create a story inspired by the live Hudson Valley Llamas, science experiments with Regeneron, and visits from costumed characters including Biscuit and Bad Kitty.
Admission and parking are free; the event goes on rain or shine. For more information, visit ccbfestival.org.
It’s the time for jousting matches, with knights, royalty, wenches and craftsmen creating an Elizabethan era atmosphere in the 17th annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire Oct. 3-25, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 to 6 at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 300 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Period music and entertainment will accompany the games of skill and strength and there will be food and drink for sale.
Tickets are $17 general admission (age 16+), $10 for ages 7-15, and free for children 6 and younger. For more information, visit ctfaire.com or call 860-478-5954.
Audubon Greenwich will have its 17th Fall Festival & Hawk Watch on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 11 to 5, rain or shine, with live music by The Swingset Mamas and Bash-the-Trash.
The festival,which highlights Greenwich’s position right beneath a major migration route for hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, etc., will include live raptor shows, rehabilitated hawk releases, guided hikes, hayrides, games and crafts, a petting zoo, local exhibitors, and plenty of food. Admission is $10 per person, free for those 3 and younger.
The Audubon center is at 613 Riversville Road; for more information, visit greenwich.audubon.org or call 203-869-5272.
The Quick Center at Fairfield University will open its The Met Live in HD season with two presentations of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 and 6 p.m. The production features Anna Netrebko with fellow Russian superstar Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Yonghoon Lee plays the title role.
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $5 for children and students; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
The Middlesex Genealogical Society and the Darien Library will present a free genealogy program, Historical Newspapers: Read About Your Ancestors, with Janeen Bjork on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 3:30 at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. Her talk will be preceded by an informal one-hour roundtable discussion of people’s current projects. For information, visit mgs.darien.org/meetings.htm
Troupers Light Opera will present a semi-staged, costumed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The role of Patience will be sung by Miran Robarts, in her third performance with Troupers Light Opera. Jim Cooper of Wilton will direct.
Tickets are available online at trouperslightopera.org: adults, $25 ($30 at the door) and students, $15.
The New Canaan Nature Center Harvest Festival, Nature on Tap, will take place Saturday evening, Oct. 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., with beers, bites, wine, gluten-free beers, sparkling seltzers. The Jazzholes Band will be playing for dancing on the meadow. Tickets are $80 at the door; must be 21 or older.
The center is at 144 Oenoke Ridge; newcanaannature.org or 203-966-9577.
Wine Into Water
Nicholas Roberts of Darien will host its 10th Annual Harvest Wine Tasting to benefit Turning Wine Into Water on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Landing by David’s Soundview catering in Shippan, Stamford. The charity, created by the Troilo family, proprietors of Nicholas Roberts, helps provide potable water to the poorest of the poor, working with both World Vision and Catholic Relief Service.
Tickets for Saturday’s event are $35 and $75; online at twiw2015.eventbrite.com
Love Wins! A Celebration of Food and Music to Benefit the Ana Grace Project and The Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Scholarship Fund at WCSU will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Western Connecticut State University performing arts center on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury.
There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7 in the center lobby, with chef and author Jacques Pépin on hand to sign his book Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, wine expert and author Claudine Pépin signing her book Kids Cook French.
The concert will begin at 8, featuring pianist Kenny Barron, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Lewis Nash and WCSU coordinator of jazz studies Jimmy Greene on saxophone. Afterwards at a light dessert reception, Greene will sign copies of his CD, Beautiful Life.
For more information visit anagraceproject.org or wcsu.edu/ia/greene-scholarship.asp
In honor of playwright Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday and in conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Broken Glass, the Unitarian Church in Westport will screen the film Focus on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. It’s based on Miller’s first novel, which confronted American anti-Semitism. It stars William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer and Meat Loaf Aday.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-227-7205 x14.
The Darien Arts Center Stage will present a staged reading of a new play by local playwright Rocco Natale on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road. The play, The Family, is a comedy about children, parents and authority. Claire Kelly of New Canaan directs and the cast includes Emily Bryan, Kristen Ball and Autumn Howard of Darien, Kerry Gavin of Stamford and Natale.
Tickets aren’t necessary; there’s a suggested $10 donation. For more information, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will begin its season Saturday night, Oct. 3, at 8 at the Ridgefield High School auditorium, 700 North Salem Road (Route 116). Maestro Jerry Steichen will conduct a program titled Romantic Russians, featuring works by Borodin, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Pianist Jason Hardink will play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; the program will open with Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances and will conclude with Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
For tickets, visit ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 2o3-438-3889.
The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the Town of Greenwich’s 375th anniversary with its season-opening concerts on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road. The program will feature three principal players, Krystof Witek, Daniel Miller, and Andrew Gordon, as soloists in the Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major.
The newly formed Greenwich Anniversary Chorale will sing a series of hymns for chorus and brass from the 1640 Bay Psalm Book, led by Jon Hunt. Also on the program are Frescobaldi’s Toccata and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students; for information, visit greenwichsym.org or call 203-869-2664.
Railroad Place in Westport will be buzzing on Sunday morning, Oct. 4, with more than 250 vintage and collectible cars taking over the street at the Saugatuck train station. The event, which runs from 8 to 11 a.m. will include Cars & Concours, an exhibit of classics of the 20’s and 30s; Cars & Coffee, a chance to look at cars and talk with owners; and Cars & Rally (for the first 40 registrants, who’ll depart at 11 on a 50-mile mini-rally).
Entrance to the event from the Park Street lot in Westport will be through Luciano Park. For more information, visit concoursdcaffeine.com
Walk to help
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sunday, Oct. 4, at Calf Pasture Beach Park in Norwalk; registration is at 9 and the walk will start at 10 (two distances: 1.5 and 3 miles).
For more information about the fund-raiser, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.
Armed Forces Canteen
The Easton Arts Council will present Armed Forces Canteen, Music of the 40’s, featuring singers Wanda Grochowski, Joanne Kant and Justine Macurdy, on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road. The concert will include solos, duets and sing-alongs; a reception will follow.
Donations will be accepted for the Arts Council Scholarship programs; for more information, visit eastonartscouncil.org or call 203-261-9160.
Hot & Cool
The Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room series will feature the Don Friedman Harvie S Duo on Sunday, Oct. 4. The concert will run from 4 to 5:30 and pre-registration is necessary to guarantee a seat. The suggested donation is $10 and includes a reception following the concert.
The library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road; wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
Being Nixon author
Evan Thomas will speak and sign copies of his new book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. at Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road in Darien. Thomas’s portrait of the disgraced president shows both the light and darkness of the man and the complexities and contradictions of his long career.
Reservations are required; call 203-655-2712.
And coming up…
Melissa Etheridge will bring her songs and stories to the Ridgefield Playhouse for two nights, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 8. She’ll perform solo, playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano. Tickets are $125; for availability, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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Anne Ford will be the guest at a Book-and-Author Breakfast at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9:30 talking about her new book, The Forgotten Child: If She Is Special, What Am I, co-authored by John-Richard Thompson. The event is sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities; tickets are $75 and may be purchased at breakfastwithannefordtickets.eventbrite.com.