3rd Annual Stamford Art Festival – July 29 and 30

Get inspired and celebrate the arts at the 3rd Annual Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point, taking place on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Festival is free.

A juried event featuring more than 125 artisans selected locally and from across the country and Canada, the Stamford Art Festival offers a selection of paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal and glass pieces that are original works and available for purchase in every price range.

Held at the beautiful Harbor Point waterfront in Stamford, exhibitors will display their work on the gorgeous boardwalk overlooking Stamford Harbor – an extraordinary backdrop for this visual feast. Visitors will be able to browse and buy from a wide variety of artisans, all of whom will be present to showcase their work and, with demonstrations and text, inform patrons about their creative process.

The Festival includes live musical performances on both days, as well as free arts activities and demonstrations for children and adults, plus a variety of food temptations ranging from gourmet food to homemade desserts. There will be a “Poet’s Corner” coordinated by Connecticut poet and spoken word artist Jerry T. Johnson. On Sunday, July 30 the Farmers Market will be open. And it all happens under tents, rain or shine.

The event is held on Pacific Street and Harbor Point Road, which is easy to reach via Connecticut Exit 7 on I-95 northbound and southbound. There is ample free parking. It is also a short ride from the Stamford Train Station.

Village Fair Days in New Milford July 28 & 29

The center of New Milford located in the scenic Litchfield Hills is noted for its long traditional village green laid out in 1872. Here you will find monuments from past wars as well as a bandstand, first built in 1891 that is a symbol of New Milford’s sense of community.
You can also explore many exceptional galleries, boutiques, restaurants and antique shops that are clustered in the heart of this village. Many are located in beautifully restored 18th and 19th century homes and buildings. Town Hall, facing the Green, marks the home of one of New Milford’s most illustrious citizens, Roger Sherman, the only Connecticut man whose signature is on all key documents of the founding of this nation.

On July 28 and July 29, 2017 the New Milford Green becomes a hive of activity with the many activities and family fun offered up at the 50th Annual New Milford Village Fair Days.

Organized by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, this is the largest annual event in New Milford. Hundreds of vendors including: local businesses, organizations, church groups and clubs exhibit their unique offerings. If you like crafts, you won’t be disappointed as many skillful crafters offer their wares.

There are three new attractions making their debut at this 50th anniversary fair.

Touch a truck will be a highlight from 11 am – 3 pm on Bank Street where kids are invited to come out and actually touch a truck!

The Wishing New Milford Well is an exciting way to celebrate the Fair’s 50th anniversary with a give-back to the community. Fair organizers are offering all non-profit organizations that are Chamber members in good standing an opportunity to participate in the bandstand replica wishing well fundraiser – Wishing New Milford Well. The bandstand replica is being built by a local resident and will be located in the Food Court area. The wishing well will have slots that correspond with non-profit organizations. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to donate to whichever organizations are near and dear to their heart.

The final new feature is the Five Gets You Plus Fifty contest. Try you luck at opening a locked box by guessing the five number digital combination. At no cost, eligible persons will be able to input a 5 digit code. If their code unlocks the combination, they will win the prizes inside. We will also offer a second chance to win. If no one guesses the correct combination, we will hold a “second chance to win” drawing. The contest will run from noon to 7 pm with the second chance drawing being held at 8 pm.

Food is a big element of any Fair and New Milford’s food vendors won’t disappoint. There is even a dining tent and two days of entertainment that add to the festivities. A wide variety of food vendors serve up delicious fare to satisfy every palate.

Exploring the south Green you will find a variety of businesses, organizations, church groups and clubs, while the north Green hosts master crafters. Food vendors can be found in the mid-section of the Green where fair goers will find everything from tasty snacks to a wonderful meal that can be enjoyed in the large sit-down dining area.

The Fair opens on July 28 at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 PM on both days. A highlight of Friday’s event is the the Kid’s Fun Run at 6:00 PM. On Saturday, July 29th the Fair opens at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 PM. Highlights on the 30th include: the 50th Annual 8 Mile Road
Race & 15th Annual Fair Days 5K at 8:30 am.

For further information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 860.354.6080 or visit http://www.newmilford-chamber.com for up to the minute information.

Journey with Jellies Bigger and Better @ Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful ¬– but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish.

With “Journey with Jellies,” The Maritime Aquarium now displays the most jellyfish species in the region. Jellies – as they should be called, because they’re not fish – have been among the most popular animals in The Maritime Aquarium for more than 20 years.

This bigger new space builds around the tall centerpiece display of moon jellies, and offers large new displays with such non-native species as Pacific sea nettles, flower hat jellies, Japanese sea nettles and more. Journey with Jellies” has traditional “window” displays of jellies, but also unique displays of jellies living in cascading globe and half-dome habitats.

Jellies are among the most simple animals, thriving without a brain, heart, lungs, gills and really any of the other organs that we believe an animal must have to survive. Yet survive they have, for millions of years, in forms and colors that are fascinating.
Jellies, of course, also have stinging cells, and Aquarium guests can learn about how jellies sting and about their unique life cycles. In addition to jellies, this new exhibit space also includes a big new natural habitat for the Aquarium’s giant Pacific octopus, as well as a new display featuring lionfish, a species with a large splay of venomous spines that are a troubling invasive presence on the Atlantic coast.

“Journey with Jellies” is included with Aquarium admission. For more details about exhibits, programs and IMAX® movies, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

LANTERNS OF MAGIC – A RARE TRIP BACK IN TIME AT THE BARNUM MUSEUM IN BRIDGEPORT

There is always something fun, interesting and educational going on at the historical Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. On Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM in the Museum, guests can enjoy Lanterns of Magic! Dick Moore, noted Historian and Collector of Magic Lanterns, will present an exciting, rare and unique show featuring magic lantern images that will showcase vivid and breathtaking views of early circus spectaculars! Magic Lanterns are descended from the ancient camera obscura, and are the equivalent to today’s Power Point presentations, but offer a wondrous, magical opportunity to step back in time and experience the thrill of acrobats and performers of bygone entertainment times.

Moore’s presentation, “Day at a Circus” will provide a brief glimpse of the working life of the circus as seen through the lens of the masterful photographer Frederick. W. Glasier. Glasier is renowned for his extensive work as a publicist and documentarian of circuses, Wild West shows and fairs from 1890-1925, the heyday of American circus entertainments.

Immediately following “Day at a Circus”, there will be the scintillating, stupendous, stimulating, stunning Magic Lantern show, Cirque d’Magique. Popular in the 19th century, Magic Lantern shows were a combination of projected images, live narration and live music that preceded film projection movies. By 1895 there were more than 60,000 ‘lantern showmen’ traveling the United States giving tens-of-thousands of performances every year educating, entertaining and mystifying audiences in small communities and large cities. Cirque d’Magique is unique to the glorious epoch of the American circus and the lantern projections will feature daring high and low wire acts, trapeze artists, leapers, lions and tigers, clowns, bareback riders, jumping dogs, snake charmers, juggling frogs and of course, no circus should be without them: the Performing Ponderous Pachyderms!

There is no registration required. A $5.00 donation is suggested. The event is free to members and children under 12. The Barnum Museum is located on 820 Main Street in Bridgeport.

Learn about Micro Greens and Super Greens in a Colonial Garden @ Wilton Historical Society

The fragrant Colonial Herb garden at the Wilton Historical Society is a fitting location for a gardening talk. Local herb expert and gardening guru Sal Gilbertie will give a talk there titled “Micro Greens and Super Greens” followed by a book signing, conversation, wine and cheese.

Sal Gilbertie has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including “Martha Stewart Living,” “Home Matters” on the Discovery Channel, the “Home Show” on the Lifetime Channel and “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network. In 2011, NOFA named him Connecticut Organic Farmer of the year. He is a frequent lecturer on herb gardening and hosts year-round workshops held at Gilbertie’s retail shop in Westport.

All are welcome, suggested donation $10.

Did you know?
Microgreens are young plants that are harvested a few weeks after germination. We’ve all heard of the nutritional virtues of kale, for example, but did you know that the microgreen versions of many plants hold anywhere from 4 to 50 times the nutrients per volume as the same plants in mature form? Microgreens truly are the new superfood. Chefs and gardeners around the country are discovering that these easy-to-grow plants can be raised in the convenience of your own kitchen in a few weeks’ time. And the range of flavor profiles is amazing-from spicy radishes or daikon to fresh-from-the-farm corn flavor in miniature corn microgreens.

Naugatuck Historic Home Tour August 5

The Naugatuck Historical Society has organized a summer house tour on Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. of some of the grand homes in this charming Connecticut Valley community that borders the Naugatuck River. Many of the architectural buildings in the center of the town were designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White making it a pleasant center to visit.

Tuttle House

The house tour will feature a number of homes on Terrace, Hillside, Millville and Rockwell Avenues. The highlight of this house tour is a visit to the famous Tuttle House that will be the future home of the Naugatuck Historical Society. The Bronson B. Tuttle House is a brick brownstone house built by John Howard Whittemore in the Queen Anne style in 1881. The gable ends and tower dormers are decorated with a quarter sunburst design. There is quatre-foil-pierced terra cotta cresting along the roof line. The house remained in the Tuttle family until 1935 when it was given to the Borough of Naugatuck.

The house tour is self guided and with a rain date of August 6. Advance tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members of the historical society. Tickets on the day of the tour will be available at the historical society, starting at 9:30 a.m. located on 171 Church Street in Naugatuck and will be $30.

Danbury History Museum World War I Exhibit – The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call

This year the Danbury Museum has organized a new exhibit called The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call. This is an exhibition of WWI and focuses on the contributions of Danbury citizens at home and abroad during the War.

All branches of service will be recognized and some of the topics covered include: Sacrifices on the Homefront, The Mallory War Garden, the role of Danbury Hat Factories, and the Old 8th Company.

Historic imagery of all kinds will be on display such as parades, war bond rallies, soldiers and other period images of Danbury. In addition to letters, artifacts such as uniforms, helmets, and ephemera items including posters, and memorabilia from the archives of the Old 8th Company donated by Mr. Frank Stone.

The Danbury Museum will be open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November 11, 2017. Check their website for additional programs offered through the summer and fall.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is a BLUE STAR MUSEUM offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.