19th Annual Constitution State Feis Returns To Quassy

The 19th Annual Constitution State Feis (Irish dance competition), presented by the Horgan Academy of Irish Dance of Naugatuck, Conn., will take place Sept. 5 & 6 at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Road here.



It marks the ninth consecutive year Quassy has hosted the event. The competition will kick off at 8:30 a.m. both days at the Carousel Theatre stage with the Saturday, Sept. 5, schedule to include championships. All non-championships (beginners through prize-winners) will be held on Sunday, Sept. 6. Perpetual trophies, 1st place sashes, and medal rounds will be presented in the preliminary and open championships, and all traditional and contemporary set competitions.

Spectators are welcome both days with only a $7 parking fee charged at Quassy Amusement Park. Guests watching the Feis are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. There are fees for the rides, waterpark, food and other attractions.
Hundreds of competitors from throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Canada take part in the two-day event.
About Quassy

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is in its 107th year of operation and features FRANTIC, a new spectacular family thrill ride. The park is also home to the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster. There are more than two-dozen rides and attractions, restaurant, redemption arcade, games, beach and live entertainment.



Labor Day weekend will also feature the final 50-Cent Fabulous Friday of the season. Rides, hot dogs and small Pepsis are 50 cents each after 5 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 4. Also, the last $40 Saturday evening carload special of the year takes place on Sept. 5. After 5 p.m. up to 10 persons safely seatbelted in a car receive evening wristbands for only $40, parking included.
Labor Day Campership Event

Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day, will also feature a $40 carload special to benefit the Greater Waterbury Campership Fund. The rides and Splash Away Bay waterpark operated 11 .m. to 6 p.m. Up to 10 persons safely seatbelted in a car receive all-day wristbands for only $40, parking included.

The park will operate weekends after Labor Day through Oct. 11. For more information visit www.quassy.com or call 203-758-2913.

Don’t Miss the 38 th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival

Don’t miss the 38th annual Norwalk Oyster Festival that promises to be the biggest and bester ever!
Fun for families and friends from nine to ninety, the 38th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will be held this year from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13. This year’s entertainment highlights include music from nationally known-bands on all three days including John Cafferty of Creed and the Beaver Brown Band on Friday and JDennis De Young: The Music of STYX on Saturday at 9 p.m., and Smash Mouth on Sunday. Festival goers will enjoy a wide variety of rides, cooking competitions, arts and crafts and a diverse assortment of attractions and entertainment that promise unforgettable fun.


A festival favorite will feature the action packed Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show that will feature world champion lumberjacks demonstrating their log rolling, axe throwing, chopping, sawing, tree climbing and dragster chainsaw skills. This show will take place on all three days: Friday at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

There is also a 65 – ft Gondola Ferris wheel, the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, and more.
The New England Fishing Village with demonstrations, samples and displays as well as the International Food Court offering a diverse selection of dining choices add to the fun.

For the Kids


The festival’s Pirates Coast Adventure will wow children of all ages. Here, kids can meet real life pirates and look for booty in treasure hunts, hear storytelling and join in other fun-filled activities. New this year will be realistic demonstrations. The Kids’ Cove includes games, rides and entertainment. This interactive pirate encampment gives kids a taste of what seafaring was like during the golden age of piracy from 1650-1750. In addition, there will be an action-packed performance by Marvel Super Heroes.

Sunday is Family Day with special family and children’s packages for entrance, rides and meals. The perk of family day on Sunday is that one child under 12 gets in free with each adult paid admission and for a mere $15 can ride all the amusement rides free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To round out the family fun there will be live shows for kids on the festival’s main stage.
For the Whole Family

The festival offers a wide array of attractions the whole family will enjoy, including continuous entertainment by local musicians and national acts. A multitude of fine artists and crafters display whimsical as well as practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets and ages. For on the water fun, head to the festival docks to tour historic vessels and to cruise the scenic and historic Norwalk Harbor.

For the Foodies


Food demonstrations and competitions, including the always-popular chowder and chili cook-offs will take place throughout the festival. A highlight of the Festival is the wide variety of great food from around the world that is available at the International Food Court. This culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise vital funds for their charitable causes. At the Oyster Pavilion, learn about Norwalk’s oystering history while watching slurping and shucking contests. The celebrity Slurpoff will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. in front of Oyster Pavilion.

The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children 5-12 year’s old are $5. Children under 5 and U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. Sunday is Family Day with special pricing on that day only — 1 child (age 5-12) free with each paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.seaport.org. Free Parking and Free Shuttle Bus service is provided from four (4) local parking lots, just follow the signs to Oyster Festival Parking.

Save on Metro-North Railroad/Norwalk Oyster Festival Tickets
Festivalgoers can save on admission and rail fare when they purchase the Metro-North Railroad/Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival discount package. Packages are available at all ticket offices and ticket machines (except South Norwalk Station). On sale starting July 15. Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: Adults, $27; Seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $21; Children 12, $22; Children 5-11, $5; Children under 5, free. – See more at: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_oyster_fest.htm
Packages also run from other stations.

About the Norwalk Seaport Association
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival. In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve. For more information, visit www.seaport.org or call (203) 838-9444.

Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels at the Bruce Musuem

Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009) was a prominent industrial designer and photographer. An engineer by training, Nierenberg – along with his wife, Martha — founded Dansk International Designs in 1954, a business best known for tableware and house-wares of a distinctive Scandinavian Modern style. The company was started in the couple’s garage in Great Neck, NY, after a trip to Europe during which they became interested in the work of foreign industrial designers. Dansk went on to operate for many years afterward from its headquarters in Mount Kisco, NY. After directing the company for more than thirty years, the Nierenbergs sold it in 1985, allowing Ted to concentrate on his many hobbies, which included most notably gardening, photography and traveling.

Theodore Nierenberg (1923 – 2009) Guatemala, back of young girl’s head, red head wrap Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

Theodore Nierenberg (1923 – 2009)
Guatemala, back of young girl’s head, red head wrap
Photograph, 15.25”H x 20”W, Gift of Martha Nierenberg, Bruce Museum Collection, 2014

Having studied with many well-known photographers including Magnum photojournalist Ernst Haas, Nierenberg became an accomplished photographer. Over the years, he amassed a vast body of work, focusing mainly on two subjects: his garden estate and portraits of indigenous peoples taken during his extensive travels around the world.

A book of photographs by Mr. Nierenberg — The Beckoning Path –was published in 1993, and documented Mr. Nierenberg’s woodland garden, widely considered to be among the finest gardens in the Westchester/Fairfield area. Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels opens August 1 and runs through November 29.

The Bruce Museum is a museum of art and science and is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children less than five years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376 or visit the website at https://brucemuseum.org/. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

A month of September Fun at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

The Stepping Stones Museum for Children, located at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, has planned an exciting September for kids and families. September is “explore the Southwest” month at the museum and kids are invited to join the staff as they travel to the Southwest part of the United States and celebrate the history of this region, including the wonder of the Grand Canyon!

Exterior stepping stones

On September 5, there is an Around the World creative session that begins at 2 p.m. The topic is the Grand Canyon and kids will investigate the natural process that carves rocks into canyons using water and sand. Participants will take home their own canyon creation made with different layers of sand. There is limited space – tickets available at 1:30 pm. For children ages 2 and older.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Ernie Sites takes center stage with music and the Western Frontier. In full Western clothing, Ernie Sites combines traditional and original western singing, songwriting, yodeling, cowboy poetry, storytelling and trick-roping demonstrations! This program begins at 2 p.m.

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September 13 and September 26 are extra special days because Grandparents enjoy free admission to the museum All day! On September 13 the Around the World Show beginning at 2 p.m. features The Tale of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind. Kids will enjoy listening to this American Tall Tale and making their own doll using pipe cleaners. Limited space – tickets available at 1:30 pm. For children ages 5 and older. And, on September 26, the special feature is a Grand Display of Past and Present: “Typewriter meets IPhone® 6”! This will also mark the grand opening of the newest exhibit experience: Broken? Fix it!

Rounding out the month, on September 26, there is a Family Concert featuring TESS, a Mixed Ensemble at 3:00 pm. Families will enjoy listening to a mixed ensemble concert featuring children ages 4 – 12 from the Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS). They will perform classical selections for violin, piano, cello and guitar. Afterwards, visitors can play child-sized instruments!

For more information visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Summer’s Twilight in the Garden

The Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury will host their annual fundraiser at the distinctively-stunning Pine Meadow Gardens. As attendees stroll the numerous gardens, they will be entertained with vignette presentations of dancers, musicians, illustrators, and live bird demonstrations. Butterfly, bird and plant experts will be on hand. Appetizers, beverages and wines will be available.


The Audubon Center’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Located along the Pomperaug River and bordering Little Pootatuck Brook, the Audubon Center at Bent of the River nature center and sanctuary is a private, not-for-profit organization that protects over 700 acres of numerous natural ecosystems, habitats, un-fragmented forest, grasslands, meadows, swamps and a portion of the Pomperaug River.

The non-profit Audubon Center is located in the Southbury hamlet of South Britain. Admission $50/adult/18 and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://bentoftheriver.audubon.org, or August 23, 2015 at 22 Old Waterbury Road. Rain date is August 30th. For information, call 203.264.5098.

Rain date Sunday, August 30, 2:30 to 6:00 PM.

Family Arts Day at the Warner Theatre in Litchfield Hills

On August 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. head down to the Warner Theatre located on Main Street and join in festivities of the Family Arts Day hosted by the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education. This family fun event promises to have loads of family fun activities such as arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Festival goers will enjoy treats from local food vendors as well as plenty of popcorn and cotton candy!


You may want to try your hand at an interactive musical, dance or acting workshop. A highlight of this event is watching live performances of storytelling, dance, magic and much more!

FAMILY ARTS DAY is the perfect way to celebrate the arts with your family while learning about the WTCAE’s exciting educational programs, upcoming student auditions and year-round performing arts classes for children and adults of all ages. Attendees will even receive a special discount on fall classes if they register on the spot! Admission is FREE– don’t miss this fun day out! The WTCAE is located next to the Warner Theatre.

For more information, please call the Education Receptionist (860) 489-7180 x 148 or visit http://www.warnertheatre.org. For more area event information www.litchfieldhills.com


In partnership with Fascia’s Chocolates, the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) is pleased to announce The Magic Chocolate Train, a special outing of fun for families.


On Friday, August 21, 2015 the Naugatuck Railroad Magic Chocolate Train will pull out for a magical evening of fun and chocolate. Riding in a restored 1951 Budd Rail Diesel Car (“RDC”), a magician will perform tricks up close for the passengers while traveling between the 1881 Thomaston Station and the Fascia’s Chocolates Station, where a special Chocolate Magic Show will be performed and guests will sample chocolate.

The Train will depart the Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT at 6:30pm for about a total 2 hour excursion. The special rail fare will be $30.00 per person and $25.00 per child (ages 3-12). Tickets are available in advance on the RMNE website at www.rmne.org.


The Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. (RMNE) is a not-for-profit educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum concept is more than artifacts, it’s also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad.

In addition to manufacturing and selling premium confections, Fascia’s Chocolates is a destination that offers a Chocolate Experience and Tour as well as private group events and birthday parties. The adjacent Naugatuck Railroad tracks allowed the ability to create the first Chocolate Train in the United States and perhaps the second in the world after the famous Swiss Chocolate Train.

The partnership was launched on June 13, 2015 as part of the CT Tourism Open House Day where trains shuttled participants from the 1881 vintage Thomaston Station to Fascia’s for a special Chocolate Experience & Tour. In the future, the Naugy Chocolate Train will incorporate stops at the Fascia’s Station into its regular tour schedule but to kick off the partnership there is a series of special events planned.

More Information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org

More Information about Fascia’s Chocolates.