National and International Award Winning Artist, Tina Puckett Talk @ Westport Library

Tina Puckett, a national and international award-winning Connecticut artist has been invited to make a presentation at the Westport Library on January 5 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the show currently hung in the Library’s South Gallery called “Speak to Me.”

A Garden of Flowers

During this thirty minute presentation, guests will learn about Puckett’s life changing journey into the world of basket making and three-dimensional woven art. As a self-taught artist, her story is intriguing and insightful into the mind’s eye of an artist. A highlight is learning how Puckett creates woven art from the harvesting of bittersweet vines to the hand dying of reeds that result in her unforgettable whimsical and intricate designs. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. Light self-serve refreshments will be available in addition to wine and seltzer.

Smile

Afterward, guests are invited to view Puckett’s pieces of woven art that are on display. A Garden of Flowers, an organic look at flowers using Puckett’s popular Dimensional Weave, while Whimsical circle pattern plays hide and seek with the bittersweet vines. Waves of Many Colors is a dramatic wall hanging with the reeds giving the illusion of the ebb and flow of the waves as they crash against the shore. Smile, achieves a sense of harmony and balance that is sure to make you smile.

The Gallery is open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Waves of Color

About Tina’s Baskets
Tina Puckett is an internationally awarded weaver of baskets and woven arts. You can see her works in her studio #305/ Tina’s Baskets. Located at Whiting Mills in Winsted, Connecticut. Tina has been weaving since 1981 using hand-dyed reeds, bittersweet vines and a variety of found objects like beads or seagrass. Her work is showcased at galleries across the World and as well at her own gallery/studio where you will often find her weaving on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred and can be arranged by texting 860-309-6934.

Santa Visits Jones Family Farm in Shelton Dec. 17 & 18

This weekend, December 17th & 18th Santa will be visiting the Jones Family Farms in Shelton from 10am – 4pm. No reservation is needed to share your Christmas wishes with Santa! Families, children, and pets on leashes are welcome to visit Santa in our scenic outdoor pavilion.

When you visit Santa, you’ll be able to go home with your own Pinecone Bird Feeder Kit, filled with all the supplies to make your own bird feeder at home! At Jones Family Farms we love being a part of nature and sharing the land with all the little creatures! Kits will be available while supplies last.

On Saturday at 11 am, enjoy live caroling by the amazing Youth Connection ensemble.

The barns are still well stocked with our farm’s fresh trees up to 10 feet, and our friendly staff will help you select the perfect tree for your home and your budget.

On Santa Weekend, we have a special on our adorable Elf Trees, which are 3 to 5 feet tall. With the purchase of any tree, you can receive 50% off any Elf Tree. Elf Trees are fun for your porch, kitchen, or dining room. With holiday entertaining around the corner, be sure to stop by the Wreath Barn to get some lovely garlands for your dining table and home decor.

Work of Award Winning Artist, Tina Puckett On Display @ Four Locations

Tina Puckett, owner of Tina’s Baskets and Woven Art has been awarded nationally and internationally and is displaying her work at four locations this holiday season. At the heart of all of Puckett’s baskets, sculptures, wall hangings, and “Dymentional Weaves” is the bittersweet vine that she forages throughout northwest Connecticut. Her work comes at a variety of price points and is highly sought after, making her work a special holiday gift.

Tina’s Baskets and Woven Art will be participating in the prestigious Artists Collective of Westport’s “Small Works Holiday Show” on December 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and December 15 – 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallery at the Westport Playhouse located on 25 Powers Drive in Westport. The Artists Collective of Westport is a group of creative individuals that display their work at a variety of galleries and pop-up shows that draws visitors in because it is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Beginning on December 22, 2022, and running through, February 14, 2023, Tina’s Baskets and Woven Art will be participating at the Brice S. Kershner Art Gallery, in a show titled, “New Beginnings After the Pause,” at the Fairfield Public Library at 1080 Old Post Road in Fairfield, CT. There will be a reception on December 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where guests can meet the artists to find out what inspires their work. The Gallery is open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Spencer Art Center

Branching out of Connecticut, into New York, Tina’s Baskets and Woven Art will be participating in the Spencertown Academy Art Center show, “Crafts by Any Other Name,” on Saturdays and Sundays through December 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a fine selection of baskets, bowls, and wall hangers available. In addition to Tina Puckett, other participating artists include ceramicist, JoAnn Axford, artist, Shaari Horowitz, woodworker Alistair Jones, quilter, Katharina Litchman, and metal artist, Munya Avigail Upin. Spencertown Academy is known as a hive of creative activity that offers a variety of signature events and gallery shows, including this show that offers a variety of superlative work. Spencertown Academy is located at 790 Rte. 203, in Spencertown, New York.

The holiday merriment continues, year-round at Tina’s studio located at #305 Whiting Mills at 100 Whiting Street in Winsted on Saturdays and Sundays through December 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. A visit to Tina’s atmospheric studio gives folks the chance to chat with the artist to find out what inspires her work and watching her weave her wondrous wares.

About Tina’s Baskets
Tina Puckett is an internationally awarded weaver of baskets and woven arts. You can see her works in her studio #305/ Tina’s Baskets. Located at Whiting Mills in Winsted, Connecticut. Tina has been weaving since 1981 using hand-dyed reeds, bittersweet vines and a variety of found objects like beads or seagrass. Her work is showcased at galleries across the World and as well at her own gallery/studio where you will often find her weaving on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred and can be arranged by texting 860-309-6934.

Holiday Express Show @ Fairfield Museum

Once again this year the Fairfield Museum and History Center has set up its annual Holiday Express Train Show that will be on display through January 2, 2023.

Don’t miss this holiday tradition! Young and old alike delight in the large and small-scale model trains winding around spectacular winter villages and beautiful holiday scenery. Members of the Fairfield-based Housatonic Model Railroad Club, the Connecticut G-Scalers Club, and the Central Connecticut G-Gaugers Club will be on hand to answer questions and point out details of the collectibles, classic trains, modular dioramas, and antique trains in this eye-popping holiday display.

The train show can be viewed Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Members and children aged 5 and younger can visit for FREE. The museum will be closed on Christmas and New Years Day. If you become a member in December, you receive 18 months for the price of a 12-month membership! This offer is valid for new members only. Members receive discounts on programs and free admission all year long.

To get into the holiday mood, on December 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the museum is offering a Candy House Workshop. Kids can celebrate the magic of the season by creating a sweet and colorful Candy House built with recycled materials and lots of sweet treats! Let your imagination bring to life a holiday scene decorated with gumdrops, peppermints, marshmallows, licorice, and more! The cost is $25 per house. Workshops will run from 10:00-11:30am, 12-1:30pm, and 2:00-3:30pm.

Holiday Fun @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children thru December 31

The Stepping Stone Museum for Children located in Mathews Park in Norwalk is hosting a light celebration that is ideal for families. The light show takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1 pm through December 31 by the New England-based entertainment company Cirque de Light.

The show is sure to delight children of all ages with its high-energy, circus-themed light performance featuring amazing choreography, high-end light technology, comedy, tricks, custom costumes, and audience participation. Performers will light up the Multimedia Gallery stage with logo-displaying LED poi, hula hoop tricks, and other visually-inspiring light manipulations. This show is free with museum admission. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed in the museum on the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

On December 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the New Canaan-based New England Academy of Dance will perform an abbreviated family-friendly production of The Nutcracker ballet. Showcasing dancers from the company, as well as esteemed professionals from New York City, The Nutcracker brings audiences of all ages together to celebrate dance and holiday traditions. This interactive event allows audience members to meet-and-greet the characters and participate in a dance workshop aimed to inspire young dancers.

Free with museum admission. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed in the museum on the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

CT’s Beardsley Zoo to Inaugurate Rhubarb the Sloth on Dec 8

Rhubarb the two-toed sloth will officially take on the duties and responsibilities of Mayor of the Zoo on Thursday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m.in the Zoo’s Rainforest Building. The Swearing-In Ceremony will be conducted by Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and witnessed by Zoo staff and rainforest friends. After taking the official oath of office, Rhubarb will have the opportunity to make remarks or to go back to sleep.

The Farmyard Party earlier issued a statement on behalf of the current mayor, Harry the Guinea Hog, promising allegiance to Rhubarb and a smooth transfer of power. As the second-place winner, Goncalo the Maned Wolf will serve as runner up if Rhubarb is unable to fulfill his duties through the duration of his term. Rhubarb is the first sloth to hold the Zoo’s highest office. The ceremony will be carried out live on the Zoo’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The highly contested race was decided by online votes, with the public voting for the candidate of their choice by making a one-dollar donation for each vote. “Rhubarb will not be in a hurry to make changes, but he promises not to leave his constituents hanging,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “By electing an animal as mayor of the Zoo, we hope to recognize the unique contributions of our animal family and highlight the importance of biodiversity to the planet.” Mayor Rhubarb will hold a 12-month term.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:
Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 100th year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican gray wolves and red wolf. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization celebrating its Centennial year when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and ecosystems is more important than ever. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org.