This Weekend: garlic, apples, giant pumpkins and more!
Ridgefield’s Chekhov International Theatre Festival will conclude with a weekend of performances, starting Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. with Seeger, a one-man show by Randy Noojin re-enacting Pete Seeger’s 1982 benefit concert in Cuba. This performance will take place at East Ridge Middle School, where on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 the festival will present Strange Country, a new play by Anne Adam about family, love, dependence, sobriety, mental illness and manipulation.
The new theater company Thrown Stone will stage the play Milk by Ross Dunsmore on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. at Ridgefield Town Hall, 400 Main Street. Tickets for the three shows are $20 per performance or $35 for a weekend pass.
Finally, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., New York’s The Drilling Company will present an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing in Ballard Park, off Main Street. Free will donations will be accepted.
For more information and tickets, visit chekhovfestival.com, email RidgefieldChekhov@gmail.com or call 203-431-2774.
Autumn Book Sale
The Wilton Library’s “Awesome Autumn Book Sale” will take place Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25. Friday hours are noon to 6, Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5; on Sunday, items will be half-price.
The library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road; for more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
Musical open house
Lifetime Learners Institute adult education organization will host a public open house musical event, a salute to the top 10 African American jazz saxophonists featuring Jim Clark, on Friday, Sept. 24 at Norwalk Community College’s PepsiCo Theater, East Campus, 188 Richards Avenue. The 1 p.m. program will be preceded by refreshments at 12:30. For more information, visit lifetimelearners.org.
Writers’ open house
The Ridgefield Writers Conference Open House will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. Representatives from Woodhall Press, an independent publisher for independent authors based in Norwalk, will attend and the keynote speaker will be Hollis Seamon, author of the young adult novel Somebody Up There Hates You. There will be readings and Q&A with Sonya Huber, Chris Belden and James M. Chesbro.
A wine and cheese reception is included in the free event; people are asked to register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282. For more information about the conference, email email@example.com or call 203-894-1908.
Curtain Call opening
Ragtime, the second production of the Curtain Call season in Stamford (The Best Man is playing through Oct. 2 at the Dressing Room Theatre), will open Friday, Sept. 23, and run weekends through Oct. 22. The musical is based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow and the film of the same name. Performances will be in the Kweskin Theatre at 1349 Newfield Avenue, in the Sterling Farms complex.
Performances are generally at 8 Thursday-Saturday and at 2 on Sunday. For reservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
Music at Grace Farms
The Stamford Symphony’s Piano Trio will perform classical and contemporary works featuring Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower in a concert on Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. at Grace Farms, 365 Luke’s Wood Road, New Canaan. A Community Dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults and $6 for children (online) and for the concert, tickets are $35. Visit gracefarms.org.
Music on the Hill will have a September Soirée on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the WEPCO Parish Hall, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. The auction fund-raiser features wine, song and “swag” with a tropic vibe. Tickets are $35 at the door. For more information, visit musiconthehillct.org.
Say Goodnight, Gracie
Alan Safier will perform his one-man tribute to George Burns, Say Goodnight, Gracie, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. For tickets, $40, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Me and Jezebel
Elizabeth Fuller will present a staged reading of her play, Me and Jezebel, as a benefit for the Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 at the workshop, 5 Gregory Boulevard, East Norwalk. Ms. Fuller will play herself, the unwitting host to Bette Davis, who will be portrayed by Marci Bing. Mark S. Graham will direct.
All tickets are $20; to reserve for this production, call 440-221-6416. For more information about the workshop, visit taworkshop.org.
The second annual Kennedy Center 5K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll Autism SpectRUN on Saturday, Sept. 24, will open for registration at 7:30 a.m. at Great Hollow Lake/Wolfe Park, Monroe. Registration closes at 8:45; there will be three races for children and prizes for most colorful outfits and most dollars raised. Food trucks will be on site, there will be live music by The School of Rock and outdoor games.
Participation fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children, with a student price of $25. For more information, visit kc-autism.org or call 203-365-8522 x229.
Outdoor art show
Darien’s Grove Street Plaza will be the scene of an outdoor art show on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 to 5; rain date is Oct. 1. Folk artist Nobu Miki has organized the Paris-themed event, featuring 25 local artists, with most works priced at less than $500. There will be food, entertainment and more, including an exhibit by Darien Arts Council students; for information, visit artshow-darien.com.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will have a special guest on hand to meet area children this weekend — Captain Barnacles of the Octonauts, from the show based on the books by Meomi. The captain will take part in meet-and-greet sessions at 11 a.m., noon and 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700 x2232.
Bugattis, Ferraris, Jaguars, Chevys and Fords as well as Harley-Davidsons and Indians will be featured in the fifth annual Alden Sherman Classic Car Show, which is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 3 at Weston High School, School Road; rain date is Oct. 2. The show is preceded by the Nutmeg Tour for Autism on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5, with visits to vintage car collections, the Weston Historical Society Oktoberfest and a gourmet lunch. To register, visit vintagerallies.com.
During Sunday’s show, there will be food vendors, a silent auction and two seminars: Hagerty Collector Car Valuation Seminar at 11 a.m. and Survive the Drive (geared to teenage drivers) at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the show benefit the Weston Senior Activities Center; for more information, visit aldenshermanclassic.com.
Christ Church Tashua at 5170 Madison Avenue in Trumbull will have its 40th annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 to 4. There will be homemade pies, gourmet quiches and baked goods, arts and crafts, apples, cider, pumpkins, gourds, mums, etc. Carnival games and crafts and other entertainment are planned for children. For more information, visit christchurchtashua.com.
Getting a jump on the season, the Devon Rotary Club will have the 28th Annual Milford Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field behind the Milford Public Library. The Bier Garten will have 15 Oktoberfest and craft beers on tap and there will be plenty of German and American food, Oktoberfest merchandise, music, family entertainment and more.
Admission is $10; for reservations visit tickets.beerfests.com/event/MilfordOktoberfest.
The Weston Historical Society’s Oktoberfest will take place from 1 to 5 at the Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road. There will be German food, beer, and activities for the whole family; live music will be performed by the Apple Strudel Duo.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children; adults receive bratwurst or a hot dog, German pretzel, chips and a drink and children receive food and a pumpkin to decorate. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, visit westonhistoricalsociety.org.
The Westchester Bluegrass Club will present Ben Fest, in honor of Ben Freed, a well-known banjo player and optometrist who died in 2015, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Clubhouse, 33 Lake Way, Purdys, N.Y. The event will include performances (Too Blue, Sleepy Hollow String Band, Big Apple’achia, and more) and workshops, with emcee Mike Rosenthal.
Parking is at the Purdys train station on Route 22, with shuttle service to the festival. Donation is $25 for adults, $10 for those 12-18, and free for children. For reservations, visit westchesterbluegrassclub.com or call 914-213-9212.
Young Person’s Concert
Music for Youth will present Luosha Fang and Eunice Kim in a free Young Persons’ Concert featuring duo violin works on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. The two musicians will conduct a “Meet the Violin” workshop in the Pequot Children’s Library at 12:45 and will lead a master class following te concert. For information about either or about the performance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-254-0123.
There will be a $5 materials fee for the workshop; registration is required at pequotlibrary.org.
Television commentator and author Lawrence A. Kudlow will discuss his new book, JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity, on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Mark Twain Librar, 439 Redding Road, Redding. Advance registration is requested and a book sale and signing will follow the program. Visit marktwainlibrary.org or call 203-938-2545.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield will mark its 45th anniversary on Saturday evening Sept. 24, with a retro celebration from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Merwin Mountain Band. Guests will be invited to take part in a silent auction and several bird-themed happenings throughout the evening.
The center is at 2325 Burr Street; for reservations visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305 x 109.
Darien Arts Center Stage’s first production of the season is Beatles Night, set in 1964, with a live band performing favorites from that era. The performance will begin at 8 on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. For tickets or more information, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.
Young pianist Alexander Beyer, who made one of his earliest orchestral performances with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony under the baton of Gustav Meier, will return to play Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the symphony, now under music director Eric Jacobsen, on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The 8 p.m. concert at The Klein, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, will also include Shostakovich’s Waltz from Jazz Suite #2, Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, and as a tribute to Meier, who retired in 2012 and died this year, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture #3. The last piece was the first work conducted by Meier in Bridgeport, in January 1966, seven years before he became music director.
A pre-concert talk will take place at 7; for ticket information ($15-$59, with special Family Pack Tickets), visit bptsym.org or call 203-576-0263.
Star of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer and an Emmy nominee for her role on The Larry Sanders Show, Janeane Garofalo will perform her stand-up comedy at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8, with Christine O’Leary opening. Tickets are $45; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Connecticut Giant Pumpkin Growers Club, with the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Ridgefield Supply Company and Pamby Motors, will present the 4th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Ballard park on Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 to 3, Pumpkin growers from Connecticut and surrounding states will have their giants on display, with unloading beginning at 10 and the weighing starting at noon. Last year, the biggest weighed in at 1992 pounds and the organizers are expecting there may be a one-ton pumpkin this season.
There will also be music, vendors, food, farm stands and a new pumpkin-decorating contest. Shawn Feeney and his team The Bling Bats will do a live pumpkin carving demonstration. For more information, call 203-438-5993 or visit destinationridgefield.com.
Ogden House, a property of the Fairfield Museum, will celebrate the honey harvest on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. when visitors may learn about the honey bees, enjoy sun tea and refreshments and have a tour of the Ogden House Colonial Kitchen Garden at the historic saltbox home at 1520 Bronson Road. The garden was planned, planted and is maintained by the Fairfield Garden Club, whose members extracted and jarred honey from the local bees. Supplies of Ogden House Honey are very limited, available only at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road.
For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.
Songs for KEYS
Michael Macri & Friends will present Songs in the “KEYS” of Life, a benefit for KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.), on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. General admission is $35; a few reserved seats are available at $75. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Mad Hatter Chorus
Richter Association for the Arts will present the Mad Hatter Chorus, five-time chorus and quartet champions, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. The a cappella group will sing in barbershop harmony style, songs from America’s past and present. Admission is by freewill donation; a reception follows the concert. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-744-6317.
Republic of Spin
Dr. David Greenberg, author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, will speak at the Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4. The event is co-sponsored by Books on the Common, which will have copies of the book available at a 15% discount for those who mention the lecture. Tickets to the lecture, followed by a Q&A, book signing and reception, are $25; to register, visit keelertavernmuseum.org/Events or call 203-438-5485.
Wilton Candlelight Concerts’ 69th season will open Sunday, Sept. 25, with a performance by the Dover String Quartet at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church on Route 33, just north of Wilton Center. The program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven and David Ludwig.
Tickets, which benefit the Wilton Library Association, will be $30 at the door, $25 for seniors and free for students. For more information, visit wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.
And coming up …
The Redding Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care will have its annual fashion show and luncheon on Oct. 5 at the Redding Country Club, with fashions by Lyn Evans of New Canaan. Reservations are due by Sept. 23; cost is $50. The proceeds will directly benefit the in-patient facility, The Center for Comfort, Care and Healing in Danbury. For information, email email@example.com.
Shawn Peterson, PEZ collector and Direct to Consumer Business Manager at PEZ Candy Inc. in Orange, will present his new book, PEZ: From Austrian Invention to American Icon, at the New Haven Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. He’ll also unveil two of the newest PEZ dispensers. The museum is at 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven; for more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org or call 203-562-4183.
Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz will open with a reception on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield University Art Museum (former Bellarmine Museum of Art). The more than 30 works will be on view through Dec. 16 in Bellarmine Hall. For programming related to the exhibit, visit fairfield.edu/museum.