Mother’s Day weekend is prime time for plant sales, including the longtime Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale in Ridgefield on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to diggings and donations from member gardens, there will be perennials, shrubs, annuals, herbs, kitchen garden plants and gift baskets for Mother’s Day. The greenhouse is at the rear of Ballard Park, off Main Street; for information, visit ridgefieldgardenclub.com.
The Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the Trumbull Agriscience and Biotechnology Center is going on now through Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 3, with plants grown by Agriscience students, and the Farm Fair will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tractor hayrides, sheep shearing, a petting zoo, crafts fair, refreshments and more. Trumbull Agriscience and Biotechnology Center is at 536 Daniels Farm Rd., next to Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull.
The Wilton Garden Club Plant Sale will take place Friday from noon to 6 and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gazebo on the Green in Wilton Center (wiltongardenclub.org).
The Milford Garden Club May Market Plant Sale, opening Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (till 11:30 or sell-out),will include home-baked goods, a tag sale, home-made crafts, annuals and vegetables (milfordgardenclub.org).
The Long Hill Garden Club annual plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 7, at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, from 8:30 to noon. For sale will be hundreds of locally grown perennials, native plants, grasses, small shrubs and trees, Mother’s Day flower and herb baskets, heirloom tomato plants, and Bee Happy products. Each plant will be tagged for identification and sorted by light requirements.
The Easton Garden Club Garden Mart will be on Saturday from 9 to 12:30 on the Fire Department Green, 1 Center Road, at Sport Hill Road, Easton.
The Rowayton Gardeners’ Spring Plant & Tag Sale will take place Saturday 9 to noon, at The Potting Shed behind the Rowayton Community Center, at 33 Highland Avenue. There will be freshly dug perennials and shrubs as well as perennials, annuals, planters and garden-inspired gifts (rowaytongardeners.org).
The Redding Garden Club’s plant sale, on Saturday from 9 to 1, will take place at Lonetown Farm, the Redding Historical Society property at 43 Lonetown Road (Route 107), Redding (reddinggardenclub.org).
The Garden Education Center of Greenwich will have vendors for garden and home at its May Gardeners Market on Saturday from 9 to 4. Parking will be at Cos Cob Elementary School, with a shuttle to the center (gecgreenwich.org).
The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church will open its 81st annual Dogwood Festival on Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield. The festival includes activities for all ages including the Friday Luncheon with a performance by Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet Company and the annual Dogwood Dash and mini-Dash.
Kate’s Korner will have consignments from housewares to clothing, the Garden Tent will sell springtime plants, there’s a Grill Tent, and more than 50 craft, artisan and food booths. Vineyard Vines will have a collection of customized items in honor of the Dogwood Festival heritage.
The hours are 10 to 5 Friday and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5. For more information, visit greenfieldhillchurch.com.
The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists will have its springtime exhibit, a Tribute to Mothers, at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, May 5-27. The grand opening reception takes place this evening, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. (A series of free portrait demonstrations by Grace DeVito and Joel Spector will take place from 3 to 6.)
David Jon Kassan will do a master portrait demonstration from life on Saturday, May 21, from 10 to 5. It’s free but registration is required at csopa.org.
Art to the Avenue
Thursday evening is the opening of the annual Greenwich Art to the Avenue, with events planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the businesses where art is displayed as well as along Greenwich Avenue. Street performers, dancers and musicians will entertain and there will be cocktails and light fare for strollers.
All art is for sale and will be on view through May 30. For art purchases and information, call the Greenwich Arts Council at 203-862-6750.
Young at Art
Students of Tina Phillips at Founders Hall, Ridgefield’s senior center, will show their work in 25 Shades of Color, a new exhibit opening Friday, May 6, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage Barn at Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield. The artists will show and sell their work in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage, cards, jewelry, calligraphy, mixed media and wearable art. After the reception, show hours will be Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 10 to 4; Monday-Friday, May 9-13, 12 to 4; and Saturday, May 14, 10 to 4. Admission is free. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
Former members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and the Rick Danko Group will gather as The Weight on Friday, May 6, at 8 to celebrate the legacy of Levon Helm, who died four years ago. Tickets are $40; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Minks to Sinks
The semi-annual Minks to Sinks Sale in Wilton, which supports Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk, will take place this weekend under tents at the intersection of School Road and Route 7.
Thousands of household items, from luggage, to toys and sporting goods, to seasonal clothing, garden tools, as well as minks and sinks, will be for sale on Saturday, May 7, 9 to 5.
Bargain days are Sunday, May 8, from noon to 4, and Monday, May 9, from 9 to noon.
For more information, visit minkstosinks.info.
Milford Arts & Crafts
The Spring Arts & Crafts Show in Milford will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, on the historic downtown Milford Green. Professional, juried artists and crafts people will show their wares under tents on Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4. There will also be exhibits by local businesses and non-profits as well as food vendors and musical entertainment. For more information, visit downtownmilfordct.org.
The Bruce Museum will sponsor at Mianus River Gorge Field Trip: Exploring Spring Wildflowers on Saturday morning, starting at 10 a.m. Rod Christie, executive director of the Mianus River Gorge, will lead the walk and introduce and discuss spring wildflowers. To register, call 203-413-6756 or email . Participants may meet at the gorge, 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, N.Y., or call to carpool from the Bruce Museum at 9:20 a.m.
Sales at Silvermine
Silvermine Arts Center will host its Artisan’s Trunk Show and Art Materials + Equipment Tag Sale at the Gallery and School of Art on Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 4. The center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan.
The materials will include paints, paper, frames, stretcher bars, cameras, sculpture supplies, art books and a variety of donated art equipments. All proceeds from the tag sale will go to the School of Art Scholarship Fund for children. The trunk sale will include one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, artisan ceramics, sculptural baskets and more. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
Run for the Roses
The annual Milford Arts Council benefit, the Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Live, will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with the live broadcast of the race broadcast at 6 p.m. Guests arrive in Derby attire, with “fabulous” hats a highlight of the afternoon and a contest for best hat and for “best dressed man.”
There will be food and a cash bar with mint juleps, designer beers and wines, a silent auction and more. Paid reservations are required; for availability, call 203-878-6647.
Childcare Learning Centers will have its fund-raising gala Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. A Magical Evening will feature magician and mentalist Michael Chaut, creator of Monday Night Magic, the longest-running off-Broadway magic show.
The evening also recognizes Pitney Bowes President and CEO Marc Lautenbach as its corporate honoree for the company’s longtime support of CLC. The cultural honoree winner is Mary Ann Hoberman, a children’s author and former U.S. children’s poet laureate.
Hosting the festivities will be Alan Kalter, who was the voice of the David Letterman Show.
Funds raised will benefit a variety of children’s and family programs at CLC, a provider of pre-K education and one of Stamford’s oldest educational and social service agencies, founded in 1902.
Ticket and sponsorship information is available from Sonya Kelepecz at 203-653-1337 or or .
Spirit of Spring
The Fairfield County Children’s Choir will welcome spring on Saturday, May 7, with a concert at 7 p.m. at Fairfield University’s Quick Center. The choral composer Rollo Dilworth will be a special guest for the concert, where a new piece he’s written will premiere.
More than 300 children in grades four through 12 participate in the choir. Tickets for the concert are $15 and $20; for information, visit singfccc.org or call 203-414-4292.
The Poet’s Voice
Gregory Pardlo, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will read his poetry in the Meeting Room at the Greenwich Library on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. The reading is free; for more information, email Alice Bonvenuto () or call 203-622-7919.
Mother’s Day Concert
The Richter Association for the Arts will present a solo concert by saxophonist David Davis on Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Davis plays standards and contemporary jazz, R&B and soul music.
The concert is free; donations are encouraged. A reception will follow. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter/ or call 203-744-6317.
Anthony Newman and Eugenia Zukerman, who have performed and recorded together for more than 25 years (he on keyboard and she on flute), will be the featured performers in the Sanctuary Series Concert at South Salem’s Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y., on Sunday, May 8, at 3.
Their program will include a wide-ranging selection of works for flute, piano and organ by Bach, Schubert and Haydn, including Mr. Newman’s Fantasia Te Deum intended to showcase the sanctuary’s Russell & Co. Pipe Organ.
Tickets are $40, $25 and $15; for reservations, visit thesanctuaryseries.org.
The Greenwich Choral Society will perform Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul oratorio, on Saturday, May 7, at 4:30 in the O’Byrne Chapel at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, N.Y. The performance will feature Janinah Burnett, soprano (courtesy the Metropolitan Opera), Scott B. Joiner, tenor, Justin Ryan, baritone, and a full orchestra.
Tickets are $45, $38 and $28 and may be ordered online at greenwichchoralsociety.org or call 203-622-5136.
And coming up..
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will present Art and Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, a lecture by Kristin Plucar of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisc., on Monday, May 9, at 1:15 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Admission is $25; for information, visit ctcsc.org.
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Ian Lewis will present Red Hot Chile — Hiking the Atacama Desert to the Appalachian Mountain Club on Wednesday, May 11, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. The evening program will be preceded at 6:30 by wine, appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts; Lewis’s talk will begin at 7:30. Cost is $15 and participants are asked to bring a dessert to share if possible. For more information, visit ct-amc.org.
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The 24th New Canaan Kitchen and Home Tour will take place Thursday, May 12, from 10 to 3, a benefit for New Canaan Cares. Tickets start at $80; for information and to reserve a boxed lunch ($15 by May 9), visit newcanaancare.org.
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The opening reception for the new exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will take place Thursday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. The exhibition marks the museum’s connections to the 1960s revolutionary preservation battles and new landmark statutes and will also honor the museum’s 50th anniversary. The museum is at 295 West Avenue in Mathews Park; for more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
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ABBA The Concert — A Tribute to ABBA will take place at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Thursday, May 12, at 8 as part of the Pepsi Rock Series. For tickets, $60, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.