Holiday weekend: Soul Asylum in Ridgefield, and more

The Fairfield Museum and History Center at 370 Beach Road will display an early version of the Declaration of Independence July 1-17, a print created in 1823. Other historic items will be on display; for information, or 203-259-1598.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center at 370 Beach Road will display an early version of the Declaration of Independence July 1-17, a print created in 1823. Other historic items will be on display; for information, or 203-259-1598.

Soul Asylum

Alt-rockers Soul Asylum will perform a show with ska and reggae rockers The English Beat on Friday, July 1, at at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. Tickets are $60 and available at or call 203-438-5795.

Benefit show

Friends of rock musician Sonny Vincent (The Testors) have organized a benefit evening to help Vincent’s family injured in a gas explosion and fire earlier this year. It will take place at Café Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven, this evening Thursday, June 30, at 9 (doors open at 8), with bands including Do It for Your Heroes, Matt and The Marauders, Susan Said, New York Junk and writer-poet Puma Perl. There will also be a silent auction, a merchandise table, drink specials, and raffles.

For more information, visit For Café Nine, visit or call 203-789-8281.

At Caramoor

Music and fireworks are on the menu at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y., this weekend.

There will be chamber music: The Evnin Rising Stars Showcase will take place Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15 to $40. The American Roots concert with Richard Thompson on Friday, July 1, is sold out. On Saturday, July 2, the Pops, Patriots, Fireworks — Independence Day Celebration with the Westchester Symphonic Winds and Robert Sherman, host, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Venetian Theater; tickets are $30 to $85.

For reservations, visit or call914-232-1252:


Musicals at Richter’s second show of its 32nd season, Footloose, opens Friday, July 1, at 8:30 p.m. at Richter Park, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. The musical, based on the 1984 film, will run through July 16 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; additional discounted performances will take place Thursdays, July 7 and 14.

Grounds open at 7:15 for picnicking and tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $10 for children 10 and younger. The Thursday discounted rates are $15, $10 and $5. Group rates and chair rentals are available and a snack/soft drink concession is on site.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 203-748-6873.

Redding Rock ’n’ Roots

Redding’s inaugural Rock ’n’ Roots 9K will take place Saturday, July 2, at 8 a.m., beginning and ending from the Redding Historical Society Lonetown Farm on Lonetown Road (Route 107).  The race fee is $35; for registration, visit

The race proceeds will go to the Redding Historical Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Redding-Easton and the FANS of Putnam Park.

It’s to be followed by an afternoon of music, with acoustic sessions starting in the Lonetown Barn at 12:30, followed by Rock’n’ the Stage at 4:30, featuring Andy Powell, Andy Paltauf Band, JD Seem, Yippee Coyote, Christopher Teal Davis, Stuntfish, Louder Daddy and Generation Blues Band.

At dark, the Germantown Ancients Fife and Drum Corps will play and there will be fireworks. Admission is $15, free for children under 12; there will be food and beer and wine available on site. Rain date is July 3. For more information, call 203-788-1805.


The New Canaan Historical Society’s summer exhibits include Servicemen Remembered, featuring uniforms and memorabilia from New Canaan men and women who served in World War II, which will be on view through August. Also on view are A Postcard of New Canaan, highlighting the town’s history beginning in the early 1900’s, and From the Archives: D. Putnam Brinley, showcasing works by the impressionist and mural painter.

For more information, visit or call 203-966-1776.

Wolf Center

It will be a busy Fourth of July weekend at South Salem, N.Y.’s Wolf Conservation Center, starting with Wolves of North America, a program all about the species and a visit with Ambassador Wolves and a chance to see the center’s red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. This will take place Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m. and Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m. At 5 on Saturday, Sleeping with Wolves will begin: it’s a family overnight that runs through Sunday morning at 8:30. (The program will be repeated Sunday evening to Monday morning.) Also planned on Sunday is Pack Chat for Kids!, an introduction to wolves for families with young children.

Pre-registration is required for all programs; information and registration forms are at

July 4 antiques

The traditional July 4 Antiques in the Church Yard at Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 Shady Lane, South Salem, N.Y., will open at 9 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. on Monday. Church members serve a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. (adults $6, children $4) and food service will continue throughout the day. THere will also be a Grandma’s Attic booth with items donated by church members.

The field will be set up with one big top tent and dozens of individual tents, so the show goes on rain or shine. Admission is $8 per person. For more information, visit or call 914-474-8552.

And coming up…

Music on the Hill invites singers to rehearse and perform the Mozart Requiem as part of the July Summer Chorus, conducted by artistic director Ellen Dickinson. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., starting July 5 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. The concert will take place Thursday evening, July 28. A minimum $40 contribution is suggested. To register, email

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Summer Open Mic Nites begin Wednesday, July 6, at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South. Registration starts at 6 p.m.; performances go from 7 to 10 p.m. Singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians are welcome and performances will be judged and the winner at the end of the series will win a spot on the 2016 Oyster Festival’s Lisman Landing Stage. Dave’s Traveling Gourmet food truck will be on hand each night from 5:30 on, parked beside the center’s patio. Beverages, beer and wine will be sold inside the venue. There is a door fee of $5; the Open Mic Nites continue through Aug. 10.

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Curtain Call’s Shakespeare on the Green in Stamford will stage As You Like It july 7-17, Thursday through Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place on a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, with the audience seated on the lawn of the Sterling Farms complex on Newfield Avenue. Suggested contribution is $20 per adult and $10 for seniors and children; for more information, visit or call 203-329-8207.