This Weekend: Mark Twain Library Book Fair opens Friday

Special books are always part of the Mark Twain Library Book Fair.
Special books are always part of the Mark Twain Library Book Fair.

Mark Twain’s Fair

The Mark Twain Library Book Fair, oldest and one of the largest library book fairs in New England, will take place Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, with more than 65,000 books organized into 75 categories. The library was founded by Samuel Clemens himself in 1908; the book fair is the 56th.

The fair will take place at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107), behind the Redding Elementary School, opening Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with prices as marked. There is a $15 early buying charge on Friday from 9 to 10; otherwise admission to the fair is free.

On Saturday, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with prices as marked. Sunday, 10 to 4, is half-price day and Labor Day Monday, 9 to 4, is $10/box day. Refreshments will be available on-site.

For more information, visit or call 203-938-2545.

M.F.A. exhibit

Thirty-seven graduates of the Western Connecticut State University master of fine arts program are presenting their work in the M.F.A. Alumni Art Exhibition April 30 through Sept. 18 in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, in Danbury.
A reception will take place this evening Thursday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.; admission is free. The gallery will be open noon to 4 Tuesday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 203-837-8403 or 203-837-8486.

Jonah? For you!

The Giant Walk-in Whale, the centerpiece of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s Whale of a Month, will leave the aquarium after Labor Day, and to mark the event, any adult named Jonah will be admitted for free during the holiday weekend (worth $22.95). The 43-foot inflatable helps guests (who can walk inside it) understand the scale of a real whale and is open daily from 10 to 4.

There is a whale activity station, an exhibit on whale migration (Animals with Passports), and daily screening of the IMAX movie Humpback Whales.

Also leaving after Labor Day is the Flutter Zone, a walk-in environment with tropical butterflies. For more information, visit or call 203-852-0700.

Art and music

Suzi Desmond and Juliana Sloane Fulbright, both of Westport, will show their paintings from the 1960s to date in a show at the gallery at the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center at 19 Willard Road, Norwalk, Sept. 2-11. The opening reception on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 10 p.m. will include music by Tim DeHuff and Chance Browne, with summer drinks and heavy appetizers.

For more information, visit or call 203-826-8575.

Red Wolf Restoration

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., will present a talk by Kristin E. Brzeski, Ph.D., of Princeton’s vonHoldt Lab on Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Her topic will be Red Wolf Restoration — Challenges of a Wild Homecoming. Red wolves were declared extinct in the wild in 1980, but efforts to restore a wild population continue at the Wolf Conservation Center and elsewhere.

Pre-registration for the program is required; cost is $14 for adults and $11 for children under 12. Visit


Historic Hudson Valley’s Labor Day weekend event, CORNucopia, a festival of corn, will take place Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, from 10 to 5 each day at Philipsburg Manor at 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children 3-17; it’s free for those under 3. For reservations, visit; for more information, visit the website or call 914-366-6900.

The festival will include fresh roasted corn, veggie corn burgers, and many other corn-based foods, as well as draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery. Blue Pig of Croton-on-Hudson will have sweet corn ice cream. Activities planned range from a corn shucking contest, a barn dance, crafts and a cooking demonstration, tours of the 18th Century manor house and grist mill, etc. There will be live music by the Tapan Cowboys.

Wine, Women, Art

Ann Kromer of Ridgefield will show her plein air paintings in Wine, Women and Art, a multi-media exhibit and sale opening Friday, Sept. 2, at White Silo Farm and Winery, 32 Route 37 East, Sherman. Also exhibiting are the Connecticut artists Adele Moros, Judith Secco and Judith Taylor.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 25; there will be a reception on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are 11 to 8 on Fridays and 11 to 6 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. For more information, visit or call 860-355-0271.

Campaign songs

The Richter Arts Association will open its fall season with a program by musician, historian and story teller Rick Spencer, Freeman for Fremont: Songs of the Presidential Campaign of 1856, on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. The musically illustrated lecture is a humorous look at the way presidential candidates were promoted in the 19th Century.

Admission is by freewill donation; refreshments follow the program. Parking is in the golf course lot. For more information, visit or call 203-748-7805.

And coming up …

The non-profit Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College invites people over age 50 to participate in one or more daytime classes this fall, starting in mid-September. Subjects range from comedy to health, music, history, economics, art, politics, religions, travel, literature, science, culture, genealogy, philosophy, current events, and more. The less-than-two-hour classes meet once a week and run from four to eight weeks. For a course catalog and information about membership, visit or call 203-857-3330.

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The Coachmen Rod & Custom Club will host a Classic Car Show with a deejay on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Calf Pasture Beach, Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk. Admission is free and there’s a $10 parking fee for cars without a Norwalk beach pass. For cancellation information, call 203-854-7938.

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There will be a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yale-New Haven Health Park Avenue Medical Center at 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull, where art by Jill Harrington Nichols of Huntington will be going on display as part of the permanent art collection there. The reception will include a tour of the facility at 7:30. For more information, visit

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The Fairfield University Art Museum, formerly the Bellarmine Museum of Art, will present Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy opening with a reception on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Shaefer’s series was created in response to the ongoing refugee crisis: the three-piece suite is comprised of Land Crossing, Water Crossing and Border Crossing, all done in charcoal on vellum. There are also more than a dozen preparatory drawings for the series in the exhibit as well. For more information, visit

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There will be an opening reception for Liana Moonie, A Retrospective, at the New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, 151 Main Street, on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs from Aug. 25 to Oct. 9. For more information, visit or call 203-594-5000.