It's October: Pumpkins galore!
New Pond Farm Education Center at 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, will have is Harvesst Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 to 4 (raindate is Sunday 1 to 4). The day will include historical demonstrations of antique tools, open hearth cooking, rope making and kettle corn popping. A horse-drawn wagon will give rides through the pasture from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be sheep shearing, with yarns from the Romney sheep for sale, and a chance to meet the farm’s dairy cows and calves.
Harvest crafts (small additional fees to cover costs) will include pumpkin decorating, beeswax candles, grapevine wreaths, gourd creates and more. Produce from the farm’s garden will be for sale and seasonal fare and fresh milk will be available.
Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Dogs are not permitted. For more information, visit newpondfarm.org.
Fall in Ridgefield
The center of Ridgefield will be buzzing with activities Oct. 16-18, all part of Fall in Love with Ridgefield. Lounsbury House, the Ridgefield Community Center at 316 Main Street, will have a Pumpktober Festival on Saturday and Sunday, with games, rides, bungee jumping, wall climbing, pumpkin carving, etc..
Also on Saturday, there will be window painting and pumpkin painting and balloon artists on Main Street, live music in front of Town Hall and a chili contest at Keller Williams realty.
The Loft Artists Association will have its 2015 Open Studios this weekend, with a reception on Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. and then on Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Participating members will show and sell painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, prints and mixed media.
Suggested donation is $5. There is on-site and street parking at the studios, at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2077.
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, will have Oktoberfest on the Meadow on Friday, Oct. 16, 7-10 p.m., with traditional German fare from The Alpenhaus and music from Green Eyed Lady. (Advance tickets, by midnight Oct. 15, are $75; at the gate, $85.)
For more information, visit stamfordmuseum.org/oktoberfest2015 or call 203-977-6521.
The Theatre Artists Workshop will open its 2015-16 season with True Stories and Other Tales of Transformation this weekend. Performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 will showcase the work of workshop playwrights and performers as well as true stories told in Moth format made famous on NPR.
Tickets are $20 and reservations are strongly suggested. Visit taworkshop.org or call 203-854-6830.
Music Theatre of Connecticut MTC Main Stage will present the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita Oct. 16-Nov. 1, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 2 at the theater at 509 Westport Avenue (behind Jones New York/Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk.
Tickets are $35 to $55 and reservations are suggested; visit musictheatreofct.com or call 203-454-3883.
Run Walk Oct. 17
The Run Walk for Health & Hunger to benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will kick off Saturday at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford. The 5K USATF-certified course travels through Stamford and Cove Beach Park roadways. The entry fee is $30 per adult plus three nonperishable food items and $15 per child (7-15) plus one nonperishable food item. There’s no charge for children aged six and younger. Register at hws-expos.com.
After the Run Walk, race refreshments and an awards presentation will take place inside Chelsea Piers at the 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2015, which is free and open to the public. There will be free health screenings, children’s activities, and more than 90 exhibitors. The Expo’s hours are 9 to 4 on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday.
The 64th Sidewalk Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Art Society of Old Greenwich, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, from 9 to 5. Works will be displayed along Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, where merchants will also be offering sidewalk sales and cafes will tables out for dining al fresco.
A special feature will be the Sidewalk Art Show for Young Artists, where children and teens (up to age 17) will exhibit their paintings, drawings, collages, photography and sculpture. Their show will be at Feinsod Hardware Company, 268 Sound Beach Avenue.
For more information, visit artsocietyofoldgreenwich.com.
Food Truck Festival
Derby High School, 8 Nutmeg Avenue, will have its first Fall Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 to 5 (rain date is Sunday, 11 to 5), with 15 selected food trucks and more than 40 local vendors/crafters as well as live entertainment and Touch-A-Truck.
Parking is available along Chatfield Street in Derby, through the rear entrance to Derby High School off Hawthorne Avenue and Osbornedale State Park. For more information, email email@example.com.
Johnny Peers and his troupe of comic canines will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 and 2. The show stars dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Daphne, the skateboarding Basset Hound; Squeaky, the ladder-climbing fox terrier; Mr. Pepe, who responds only to commands in Spanish; and Sir Winston, the pointer mix who answers only to “Sir.”
Tickets are $15; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Former First Selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell will lead a walking tour of the Wilton Historical Society’s preserved Lambert Corner buildings on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 to noon. There are nine buildings on the site, including the George Davenport Greek Revival Privy. Tours will end at noon at the Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Road, where cider and cookies will be served. To register, visit wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.
Westport’s Saugatuck area will be the focus for Bob Mitchell’s history walk on Saturday afternoon, starting at 3, sponsored by the Westport Historical Society. He’ll talk about the history of the area around the train station, and will begin from the New York Bound side. The tour will end up at the Saugatuck watering hole, The Black Duck. There is a $10 donation, $5 for those 12 and younger; for reservations, call 203-222-1424.
Edward Tufte’s Landscape Sculpture Park at Hogpen Hill Farms, 100 Weekeepeemee Road, Woodbury, will have its annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 to 5. The 234-acre park and tree farm includes 80 monumental artworks, among them new works — stainless steel Feynman diagrams, a maze bambouserale, and walking walls.
It is suggested t wear walking shoes for the 1.5-mile main diagonal of artworks. No reservations are required; for last-minute questions, visit edwardtufte.com.
Visit the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Saturday, Oct. 17, to meet DC Comics superheroes Batman and Wonder Woman. They’ll be there from 11 to 3 and kids are encouraged to come in their own superhero costumes for the meet-and-greet. The event is free with Aquarium admission: $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youths and seniors, and $12.95 for children 3-12.
For more information about events, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.
The Drum Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Tasting of New England Beers on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6; presentation begins promptly at 6:30) at the Trackside Teen Center, 15 Station Road, Wilton. Gregg Glaser, editor-in-chief for Yankee Brew News, will preside. He will provide an overview of New England beer history, with emphasis on Connecticut’s old and new craft breweries.
There will be a silent auction, open before and after Glaser’s talk. Tickets are $35 in advance at drumhilldar.org/beer.html or $40 at the door; age 21 or older.
Howl-O-Ween weekend events begin Oct. 17 at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. The family-oriented event features activities and attractions geared toward children ages eight to 15 (brave younger ones also attend). There are less-frightening events such as magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, dancers and more and more exciting haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse.
The evenings begin at 6:30 on Oct. 17, 23-24, and 30-31 and run through 9 on Fridays and through 10 on Saturdays. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; visit beardsleyzoo.org for more information and reservations.
Broadway in Connecticut
The Northeast Children’s Theatre Company has a star-studded Broadway lineup for its Broadway in Connecticut Gala on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. The evening of music and theater will include Julia Murney, Alysha Umphress, Mia Gentile and others. There will be a live auction including Broadway tickets, a private meet-and-greet with Kelli O’Hara, an African safari and more.
Entertainment begins at 8; standard tickets are $30 and $50, with VIP tickets at $125 (pre-show reception, preferred seating, post-show meet-and-greet). For reservations and more information, visit nctcompany.org/gala or call 203-856-8034.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s Saturday, Oct. 17, concert will be The Real Amadeus: An Evening in Vienna with Mozart Favorites. Violinist and concertmaster Deborah Wong will conduct from the concertmaster’s chair. The program, which begins at 8, will feature some of Mozart’s rarer works: Symphony No. 10, Symphony No. 29, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, and Symphony No. 13. Wong has been concertmaster since 2002 and has performed in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.
Tickets are $29 to $59; the concert will take place at the Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. For reservations, visit gbs.org or call 203-576-0263.
It will be an all-Tchaikovsky program for the Norwalk Symphony on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, with guest violinist performing the Violin Concerto. The other works will be the Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty and the Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique.”
Tickets are $25 to $50; all student seats are $10. Visit norwalksymphony.org.
The Irish traditional group Gailfean will perform on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, 456 North Street, White Plains, N.Y.; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (cash or check payable to Brian Conway). For more information or to buy tickets, call Joshalyn Estrada at the church, 914-949-5207.
The 3rd annual JBHS Car Show will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 to 3 at the senior (back) lot off Turney Road, Redding Ridge. General admission is free; donations accepted. Car entries are $10 and all makes and models are invited. There will be lunch foods available.
In Plain Sight
Hidden in Plain Sight — Norwalk in the National Register of Historic Places is the fifth annual Norwalk Living History Tour conducted by the Norwalk Preservation Trust, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. The bus tour will span Norwalk’s development from 1700s farming community to post-Civil War opulence to industrial prosperity to post WWII expansion and forward-thinking community organization.
Space is limited; for a reservation, visit norwalkpreservation.org or call 203-852-9788.
The Barnum Museum will present a trip back in time to experience the remarkable life of journalist Nellie Bly, the woman who made an incredible 72-day trip around the world in 1889, impressing even P.T. Barnum. The presentation by historian and storyteller Sharon Wickler will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m.
A daring reporter, she went undercover to investigate conditions in a New York City mental ward and wrote about her experiences in detail in a series of articles published as the book Ten Days in a Mad-House.
Hors d’oeuvres and hot beverages will be served at 2 and the presentation will begin at 2:30; admission is $10, with reservations requested by noon Friday, Oct. 16, to 203-331-1104 x100.
Ghislaine Bréhé-Moomaw of Ridgefield, who studied painting in Paris principally in the atelier of the French abstract expressionist Henri Goetz and later studied drawing, jewelry and silversmithing, will show recent paintings, sculptures and collages at the PMW Gallery, 530 Roxbury Road, Stamford. An opening reception is planned on Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4.
The exhibit will be on view by appointment through Nov. 29; for an appointment, visit pmwgallery.com or call 203-322-5427.
Fall Foliage Hike
There will be a fall foliage family hike to the overlook at Webb Mountain Park in Monroe on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2. There will be a fall bulb planting demonstration preceding the hike, which will be led by the park ranger, David Solek. Hikers are asked to assemble for a 2 p.m. departure in the parking lot off Old Fishhouse Road. The route is about a mile and classified as suitable for adults and school-age children.
The Connecticut Alliance for Music will present violinist Xiao Wang, winner of the 2014 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, at a private home on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3. He plans a program featuring Beethoven, Sibelius, Schumann and water.
Tickets are $35; location of the concert is revealed upon reservation, camusic.org or 203-319-8271.
World War II Songs
Soprano Joanne Kant and mezzo soprano Wanda Grochowski, accompanied by pianist Justine Macurdy, will perform The Songs of World War II on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Admission is by freewill donation; parking is in the golf course lot. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-798-6319.
The Greater Bridgeport Chapter, American Guild of Organists, will present Pipe Screams, featuring a mighty pipe organ, five choral groups with more than 200 singers, musicians, a 1920’s silent film, costume contest with prizes and a reception. The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 at the United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students, under 12 free; for reservations, visit greaterbridgeportago.org or call 203-335-3107.
The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, a group of eight British musicians on tour in the United States this fall, will visit The Palace Danbury on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4. They play a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Monty Python and are also singers and comedians.
Tickets are $30 and $35, available at thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944. The theater is at 165 Main Street, opposite the Danbury Library.
And coming up…
Peter Frampton will kick off a fall acoustic tour, joined by Gordon Kennedy and his longtime collaborator, and Frampton’s son, singer and guitarist Julian Frampton, on Monday, Oct. 19, at 8 at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Tickets are $125. It’s the start of a busy week at the Ridgefield Playhouse, with Michael McDonald appearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20; Loreena McKennitt on Wednesday, Oct. 21; Spyro Gyra on Thursday, Oct. 22; and Robert Kelly on Friday, Oct. 23. For information about these and more upcoming shows, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Vampires in Connecticut will be the topic for Nicholas Bellantoni, Ph.D., emeritus state archeologist, in a talk sponsored by the Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society and the Kellogg Environmental Center at the center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30. Space is limited; to register, call 203-734-2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diana Nyad, the swimmer who at 64 made the epic journey from Cuba to Key West, will speak at the Wilton Library on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., presenting her new book, Find A Way. The admission for the evening is $30, which includes two seats plus one copy of the book. Additional books will be available for purchase. For reservations, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
Coming to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena: the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Legends, opening Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Shows continue Friday, Oct. 23, at 7, Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11, 3 and 7 and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 and 5. Tickets start at $10; for reservations, visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.
Author Salman Rushdie will be guest speaker for the Westport Library’s Malloy Lecture in the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 in Staples High School auditorium, 70 North Avenue. Admission is free but tickets are required; visit westportlibrary.org.