A weekend that’s stacked with events

This is one of those “stacked” weekends that come around in the spring and the fall: plays opening, concerts, art exhibits debuting, the first holiday season artisans’ shows. There’s even a Revolutionary War re-enactors encampment at Putnam Park in Redding. Enjoy!

Mass Appeal

Bill C. Davis’ play, Mass Appeal, which had a long Broadway run, will open this evening Thursday, Nov. 5,  at 7 p.m. at Square One Theatre Company in its new location, the Stratford Academy at 719 Birdseye Street. The action centers on Father Farley, comfortably ensconced in a prosperous parish, who is challenged by the intense and idealistic seminarian Father Farley.

Performances will take place Thursdays at 7, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 2 through Nov. 22. Single tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and students. For reservations, visit squareonetheatre.com or call 203-375-8778.

Pop-up Market

The Fairfield Museum and the National Charity League’s Fairfield Chapter will host a Holiday Pop-Up Market at the museum on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon to 7, and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 4. Twenty-five vendors will participate, showing jewelry, fashions, hostess gifts, accessories, home decor, cosmetics and more. The museum gift shop will be open, offering locally made items, Fairfield-themed gifts and toys, books, accessories, etc.

There will be food and wine tastings and food trucks on site. The museum is at 370 Beach Road; for more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.

Night at the Museum

The Bruce Museum’s family benefit will celebrate the current science exhibition, Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past, on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to come to the Bruce dressed in their pajamas to watch the original Madagascar movie and participate in crafts, a scavenger hunt and a pizza dinner. There will be a silent auction and open beer and wine bar for the parents.

Proceeds will benefit children’s education and scholarship programs at the Bruce. Tickets start at $85 for adults ($95 at the door) and $25 per child over three ($35 at the door); packages are also available, offering special benefits. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-413-6761.

American Artisan Show

The Wilton Historical Society will present the American Artisan Show, featuring more than 30 exhibitors on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road (Route 7), on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 to 4. General show admission is $10. There will be a preview party on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. For preview tickets, call 203-762-7257.

For more information, visit americanartisanshow.com.

Observations in Color is the new exhibit at the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists Gallery in South Norwalk, opening Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a pre-holiday sale with open studios on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 11 to 4, at 225 Wilson Avenue (GPS: 372 Ely Avenue). For information, visit wilsonavenueloftartists.com. Shown here, Britt Bair’s Double Trouble.
Observations in Color is the new exhibit at the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists Gallery in South Norwalk, opening Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a pre-holiday sale with open studios on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 11 to 4, at 225 Wilson Avenue (GPS: 372 Ely Avenue). For information, visit wilsonavenueloftartists.com. Shown here, Britt Bair’s Double Trouble.

Come together

Three charitable organizations will benefit from the Friday, Nov. 6, Band Together performance at Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford Street: all proceeds will go to Sticks For Stones programs for wounded veterans, the Norma Pfriem Global Outreach Initiatives programs for families in need in the Greater Bridgeport area, and Dress for Success Mid Fairfield County’s programs to promote financial independence of disadvantaged women.

The Rock in the USA concert starts at 7:30, featuring Bobby Harden, Jessica Antonette, Laura Merrill, Jeremy Goldsmith, Tyger MacNeal, Jay Rowe, Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried. Tickets are $30 and may be reserved at fairfieldtheatre.org or by calling 203-259-1036.

Glengarry Glen Ross

The second show of the Ridgefield Theater Barn season is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, opening Friday, Nov. 6, at 8. The cut-throat world of real estate sales is a Darwinian game and will be brought to life by David Bass, Jamal Ford Bey, Joe Harding, Bob Hennessy, Aaron Kaplan, Steven Mueller and Mensa Robinson.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and veterans; seat is cabaret-style and patrons are encouraged to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show. Doors open one hour before curtain.

Performances will take place Friday and Saturday evenings at 8, through Nov. 28, with Sunday matinees on Nov. 15 and 22 at 2. For reservations and more information, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org. The theater is at 37 Halpin Lane, off Prospect Ridge.

The Nerd

DAC Stage at the Darien Arts Center is producing Larry Shue’s comedy The Nerd, opening Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 through Nov. 21, with Sunday matinees on Nov. 8 and 15 at 2.

The Nerd was the top-grossing American play in London’s West End in 1986 and ran on Broadway in 1987 for 441 performances, starring Mark Hamill. The play is family-friendly for ages eight and up.

Tickets are $25, available at darienarts.org or by calling 203-655-5414. The arts center is at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall.

American Craftsmen

The American Craftsmen Show in Ridgefield, presenting traditional American handmade arts and crafts, will take place in the newly renovated Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 to 5 and Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 to 4. (Free breakfast on Saturday, 10-1.)

Admission of $8 will benefit Lounsbury House, also known as the Ridgefield Community Center. For more information, call 203-438-6962.

Military Appreciation Day

The Danbury Railway Museum will honor all past and present military personnel and their families on Saturday, Nov. 7, with free Railyard Local train rides (appropriate ID required). The museum at 120 White Street is open from 10 to 4, with train rides every hour from 10:30 to 2:30.

The Railyard Local is a ride on a 1920’s passenger coach or a vintage caboose, pulled by a vintage, first-generation diesel-electric locomotive through the historic railyard and past more than 60 vintage railroad cars and locomotives.

Riders will have a chance to “go for a spin” on the operating turntable. For more information, visit danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.

Warm Coats, Warm Hearts

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, through its Closer to Our Community initiative, will be collecting new or gently used winter coats, hats and gloves this weekend for Norwalk’s Open Door Shelter. Each guest who donates a coat, hat or gloves will receive discounted admission: $5 off for adults and $3 off for children. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.

Bedford Antiques

The Bedford Historical Society, which maintains 10 buildings in Bedford, N.Y., will have a fund-raising antiques show, A Boutique Show with an Eclectic Slant, this weekend at Historical Hall on the Bedford Green. Nineteen dealers will be exhibiting, with everything from 18th Century art to Mid-Century furnishings.

Hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday; for more information, visit dturiantiqueshows.com or call 973-464-9793.

Craft and Gift Fair

The Chappaqua (N.Y.) Craft and Gift Fair will bring more than 100 local merchants, craftspeople and artisans to Robert E. Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street in Chappaqua on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 4. Pottery, jewelry, designer clothing, handbags and accessories, gourmet food, bath and beauty products will be for sale; admission is free.

Family-friendly food will be available from Skinny Buddha and Villarina’s and there will be activities for children. For more information, visit chappaquacraftfair.com.

Putnam Park Family Day

The Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park (FANS) and the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR) will present a celebration of the 237th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War encampments in Redding on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 4. Re-enactors will provide fun for the family as they recreate army life during the Revolution; there will be artillery and drill demonstrations, battlefield skirmishes, colonial craftsmen, kids drill instruction, army camp life talks, and Soldiers of Putnam Park program.

Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. The park is at the intersection of Routes 107 and 58; for more information, visit putnampark.org/friends-neighbors/ or brigade.org.

Yale Alley Cats

The men’s a cappella singing group The Yale Alley Cats will perform Saturday, Nov. 7,  at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown. The singers’ musical roots are jazz, but their song list includes Motown, classical and pop. In addition to the Alley Cats, the concert will include a performance by the Trinity Choristers, conducted by Fiona Smith Sutherland.

Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 203-426-9070 x11.

American Girl fashions

The Ballet School of Stamford will present an American Girl Doll Fashion show on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Stamford Hilton Hotel. Area girls will model historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Lord and Taylor and The Palace Theatre will benefit Dance for All, the Ballet School of Stamford’s scholarship and outreach program.

There will be three performances, at 11, 2 and 5; the event also includes refreshments, gift bags and door prizes. Tickets are $50 per person and may be ordered by calling 203-358-8853  or by email to AGDFS@balletschoolofstamford.org.

Family Festivities

Westport Country Playhouse will have a free Family Festivities Kick-Off Party on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.; children’s games, puppet theater, face painting, etc.; tag sale of Playhouse memorabilia; special ticket offers for in-person sales; food available; 25 Powers Court, Westport; westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177.

Silvermine opening

Two new exhibits will open Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8, at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan: Peter Petrochko: New Work and “Space, Structure, and Light,” A Contemporary Glass Exhibition. The reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Petrochko works in wood, creating sculpture that explores form, pattern, color, texture and light, ranging from geometrically patterned bandsawn vessels to sculpture carved from a single log. He lives and works in Oxford and has been a Silvermine Guild member since 1993.

The glass art show will include artists who are casters, kiln works, glass blowers, stained-glass artists, and flameworkers, producing sculpture, wall panels, vessels, triptychs and large hanging works.

The exhibits will run through Dec. 20 and be complemented by an expanded gift shop filled with work by new and favorite artisans from Silvermine and the region. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. Following Sunday’s reception, David Dunlop will give a lecture at 4:30 on Art and Architecture: How They Influence and Interact with Each Other. Admission is $12

For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x20.

Chamber music

The Musical Arts Trio will present a concert of baroque masterworks featuring Georg Philipp Telemann and others as well as pieces by French composers Gaubert and Grovelz on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road. The program is free and features Sharon Levin, flute, Gerard Reuter, oboe, and David Hughes, piano.

For more information, visit westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.

‘The American Schindler’

The Stamford Jewish Community Center will commemorate Kristallnacht on Sunday, Nov. 8, by paying tribute to Varian Fry, who saved more than 2000 people during the Holocaust. Fry, who lived in Ridgefield and taught in Redding after World War II, is often referred to as the “American Schindler” and was named to The Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1994.

The program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., including a reception. For information, call Nancy Schiffman at 203-487-0941 or visit stamfordjcc.org. The center is at 1035 Newfield Avenue.

Celtic music and dance

Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform at Fairfield University’s Quick Center on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of dancing, singing and world-class fiddling. The show is called Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration.

Tickets are $50, $45 and $40; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.

The Intimate Mozart

The Joyful Noise Series at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford will present Rebel ensemble performing The Intimate Mozart — Music for strings and fortepiano on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow. Suggested donation is $15.

The church is at 884 Newfield Avenue; for more information, visit stjohnelca.org/joyfulnoise.html or call 203-322-0066.

Frank and Friends

Broadway veteran Frank Mastrone and Friends will kick off the Sounds Good Concert Series at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. The performance, The Great White Way from Gershwin to Adele, will be followed by a reception of canapés and prosecco.

Tickets are $25 and $20 for seniors and students. For more information, visit stfrancisstamford.org/music/sound-good.

A Mighty Fortress

The American Guild of Organists will honor the memory of former member Paul E. Knox in a concert featuring “A Mighty Fortress” Bach’s Cantata No. 80 on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 at the First Church Congregational, 48 Beach Road, Fairfield. First Church was Knox’s home church and the concert will benefit the M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Fund of the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to the Bach work, there will be pieces by Faure, Lindberg and Knox himself. There will be an open choir and chamber orchestra with vocal and instrumental soloists.

Tickets are $20, available at firstchurchfairfield.org, or $25 at the door.

And coming up…

The classic Disney animated film Fantasia, released 75 years ago, has been newly remastered and is making a return to the big screen at selected theaters this month. It will be shown at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling 203-438-5795.


Photographer Bill Barnett will present China — Images from a Nation on Transition at the Appalachian Mountain Club gathering on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road. The event will begin with a light meal (appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts) at 6:30; the presentation will begin at 7:30 and last an hour. Cost is $15 at the door; bring a dessert to share if possible. For more information, visit ct-amc.org.


The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Veterans Day with a World War II-inspired program on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at New Haven’s Shubert Theater and  Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 in the Clune Center at Wilton High School. The concert will feature Brothers in Arts, co-written by Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck of Wilton and French jazz musician Guillaume Saint-James. Also on the program is one-time Ridgefielder Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, featuring NHSO principal trumpet Rich Clymer and NHSO principal oboist Olav van Hezewijk. For tickets, visit newhavensymphony.org or call 203-865-0831 x20.