Take a stroll through an enchanted garden

If you are looking for an enchanting and whimsical walk this fall, plan to take a walk to the Garden of Ideas located on 653 N. Salem Road in Ridgefield that is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. Here you will find 12 beautiful acres of cultivated and wild gardens, marshlands and woodlands that are sure to please garden lovers of all ages.

Visitors will enjoy ornamental, vegetable, sculpture and woodland gardens amid 12 unspoiled acres. The treehouse is a special delight especially for children because of its’ storybook setting. The boardwalk trail that meanders through the wetlands is especially scenic in the autumn. Visitors should keep their eyes peeled for ducks and birds that make their home here.

Playful sculptures that pop up along the garden trails offer a touch of whimsy and a circular stone labyrinth encourages meditation. Visitors should be on the lookout for the traveling garden gnomes that appear in different places throughout the garden. Best of all, spots to sit back and take in the beauty of this enchanting garden are located throughout this charming garden.

A Bronx Tale @ Palace Theatre Oct. 22-24

The Palace Theatre in Waterbury in partnership with NETworks Presentations announces the 2019–2020 North American Tour of A BRONX TALE will launch at the Palace Theater in Waterbury with performances from October 22 through 24, starring 2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani in the role of Lorenzo. Tickets may be purchased at the Box office by calling 203.346.2000, online at www.palacetheaterct.org or in-person at100 East Main Street, Waterbury.

Based on the one-man show that inspired the now-classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

The new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater recently announced principal casting. In addition to CT native Fradiani, Jeff Brooks will appear as Sonny, Alec Nevin as Calogero, Kayla Jenerson as Jane, Stefanie Londino as Rosina and George Vickers V as Tyrone.

A BRONX TALE, based on the original direction by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, will feature tour direction by Stephen Edlund with choreography by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The creative team also includes: Beowulf Boritt, Scenic Design; William Ivey Long, Costume Design; Howell Binkley, Lighting Design; Gareth Owen, Sound Design; Paul Huntley, Hair & Wig Design; Anne Ford-Coates, Makeup Design; Stewart/Whitley, Casting; and Robert Westley, Fight Coordinator. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman.

BOO @ The Beardsley Zoo and More this October!

The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is planning a series of fantastic October events sure to please the entire family and even provide a spooktacular time! Beginning on October 14 and running through October 31 the scarecrows will be on parade again at the zoo. Kids from schools far and wide compete in this scarecrow contest where you are the judge! Don’t miss the scarecrow exhibit on the greenhouse lawn, and be sure to vote for your favorite. Conest winners will be announced on October 28.

If you love sloths, come to the zoo and help us celebrate International Sloth Day on October 20th. You will learn about the life cycle and natural habitats of sloths, which are native to South and Central America. It is always fun to spot the zoo’s two-toed sloths in the rainforest exhibit! The zookeeper recommends that you look up to spot this animal with brownish-greenish skin!

Bats are so important to the environment and October 24-31 is Bat Week at the Beardsley Zoo and around the world that is arranged by conservation organizations in the United States and Canada. There will be many opportunities all week long for visitors to the zoo to learn about bats with a highlight being arts and crafts and other fun activities that will be taking place in the research station.

The grand finale of October @ the Beardsley Zoo is the annual Boo at the Zoo that is taking place on October 27 from noon to 3 p.m. This spooktacular afternoon will include harvest hayrides ($2 additional) around the grounds of the zoo and many other seasonal activities. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, story- time, cool critters and, candy of course! If you are under 12 and come in a costume and are with a paying adult, you get into the Zoo for free!

Wine and Cheese Market @ Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug is a perfect spot to visit this autumn. If you are foodies that love wine and cheese, don’t miss the Wine and Cheese Market on October 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hopkins Vineyard has teamed up with Jones Winery, Land of Nod Winery, Spring Hill Vineyards and Sunset Meadow Vineyards to host a wine and cheese tasting and market. This event will feature wine from each of the vineyards as well as cheese and food samples from a host of local vendors. Another highlight of this event are the handmade gift items from talented local craftspeople and artisans that will be for sale. If you want a bit more than cheese samples, not to worry, food for purchase will be available from the Clambaking Company. This company specializes in fresh seafood and BBQ, so there will be something to delight every palate.

Hopkins Vineyard is located on 25 Hopkins Road in Warren Connecticut. The tickets for this event are $25 per person and $12 for a designated driver. For tickets click here.

If you miss this event, keep in mind that the picnic area at Hopkins Vineyard is open daily this October. You can either bring your own picnic lunch and pick up a bottle of Hopkins wine from the shop or purchase one of the cheese platters stocked with Arethusa and other gourmet cheeses at the shop.

Native American Ceremony and Dancers Celebrate the New Algonquian Village @ Institute for Native American Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington has good reason to celebrate and you are invited to join the fun at the Algonquian Village Renewal Ceremony on October 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is your chance to be one of the first people to visit the new revitalized Village consisting of wigwams and a longhouse and, to be part of a special Native American Smudging Ceremony by Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke. This fascinating ceremony will cleanse the new longhouse and chase away evil spirits in the village. The Thunderbird Dancers, the oldest Native American Dance Company in New York that have performed all over the world will be on hand to perform dances of celebration in the village. This amazing dance troupe keeps alive the traditions, songs, and dances they have learned that would otherwise be lost. For those interested in how the village was actually constructed, Kalin Griffin, IAIS Educator and, primitive technologist will be on hand to talk about the techniques used to reconstruct the village using only stone tools.

Since the 1980s the replicated 16th century outdoor Native American Village at the Institute has been a favorite of visitors, students, teachers, and staff. Walking on a winding forest path leading to the village that was constructed to resemble the way a Native American community in Connecticut would have looked centuries ago is one of the most memorable aspects of a visit to the Institute. Entering the village, visitors feel transported back in time as they explore the longhouse, a cluster of wigwams, shelters, and gardens. One of the most intriguing aspects of the village is that it is made using only trees and bark and other things found in the natural environment using traditional tools and techniques. Today’s visitors to the Institute and those that plan to visit in the future will continue to enjoy this beautiful village and learn about the fascinating culture of the Eastern Woodland Indians.

About The Institute for American Indian Studies

Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the IAIS preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. We have a 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

Historic Walking Tour in Wilton

Back by popular demand, the Wilton Historical Society is partnering with the Wilton Congregational Church to host a walking tour of Hillside Cemetery by Bob Russell on October 5 from 11 am to 12 noon. 

Guests are invited to spend an hour with historian Bob Russell, as he shares his extensive knowledge about the many remarkable citizens who have found their final resting place there. The hour-long guided walk includes a brief history of the historic cemetery and the notable people buried there, including Revolutionary and Civil War veterans plus familiar names such as Olmstead, Middlebrook, and Comstock, dating back to the 1800s. Mr. Russell has added new stops on his tour, which will detail information about the Gregory and Marvin families, as well.

All are welcome to participate on this free walk. If you want to participate, meet Wilton Historian, Bob Russell at the flagpole at 10:30 a.m.  The Hillside Cemetery is located at 165 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897.  To reserve a spot pam@wiltoncongregational.org or call 203-762-5591