Connecticut Events Calendar in October for the Entire Family
FRIDAY October 15, 2010
The Music of Simon & Garfunkel – Bridgeport – A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle re-create the memories of the classic hits of Simon & Garfunkel. Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill St. 7:30 p.m. $26.50-$29.50. 203-576-1636. Through 10/17; times vary.
We The People – Waterbury – TheatreworksUSA presents an all-new musical revue that brings American civics lessons to life and makes social studies exciting. For grades 4-8. Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. $8. 203-346-2000.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Stamford – The story is a tender portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism. Dressing Room Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave. 8 p.m. $14-$28. 203-329-8207. Through Oct. 31; times vary.
SistaAct – Norwalk – This uproarious musical comedy involves the nuns as they try to hide a lounge singer from the mob. Carriage House Arts Center, Cranbury Park, 390 Grumman Ave. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 203-229-9797. Through Oct. 30; days and times vary.
Family Campfire – Westport – Enjoy lively music and sing-along songs, toast marshmallows for s’mores and more. Bring a blanket or chair. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. 7-8:30 p.m. $8-$10. Pre-register. 203-227-7253.
Family Wii Day – Westport – Spend the afternoon playing Wii on the big screen in the library. All ages. Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. 2-4 p.m. Free. 203-291-4809.
Pumpkin Patch – East Haven – Ride a vintage trolley to the patch where each child can select a little pumpkin to decorate. See train layouts and more. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$8. 203-467-6927. Also on Oct. 17, 23 and 24.
Haunted Hayrides – Shelton – Tour a haunted farm on hay wagons for a creepy 1-1/2 mile ride through spookified trails. No reservations necessary. Fairview Tree Farm, 486 Walnut Tree Hill. Continuous rides from 7-10 p.m. $11. 203-944-9090. Also on October 22, 23, 29 and 30.
Yale Football – West Haven – Watch the Yale Bulldogs take on Fordham. Yale Bowl, Derby Avenue. Noon. Free-$8. 203-432-1400.
Family Drop in Weekend – Ridgefield – Enjoy self-guided, hands-on projects for all ages levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St. Noon-5 p.m. Free with admission. 203-438-4519, ext. 40. Also on October 17.
Greater Bridgeport Symphony – Bridgeport – Anita Chen, violin and piano 2007 Carlson-Horn Competition winner, joins the symphony performing works by Rossini, Mozart and Liszt. Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue. 8 p.m. $24-$58. 203-576-0263.
Happy, Healthy Hip Family Fair – Greenwich – Enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors and a car seat check. Presented by Fairfield County Attachment Parenting Group. Old Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 631-848-8545.
Welcome To Our House Tour – Hartford – Take a living history tour of Stowe’s home given by an interpreter portraying Stowe’s daughter, a hostess with many family stories to tell. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St. 11 a.m. $8-$11. 860-522-9258, ext. 317.
VOCE – Hartford – Enjoy the melodic sounds of VOCE, a singing group that combines excellence in music with service to the community. The concert features a Mark Twain theme. Immanuel Congregational Church, 360 Farmington Avenue. 860-247-0998.
Harvest Fair – West Hartford – Pick out the perfect pumpkin, enjoy fun events for children of all ages, shop for antiques, white elephant booth, holiday shopping and more. United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Avenue. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 860-521-7766.
Stamford Symphony Orchestra – Stamford – The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony Number 5,” along with works by Brahms and Prokofiev. Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street. 8 p.m. $29-$79. 203-325-4466. Also on October 17 at 3 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Norwalk – See how the animal husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of the resident animals. Ages 10 and up. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. 8:15-10 a.m. $20-$30. RSVP. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.
Wolf Day – Westport – Learn about wolves, listen to stories and make a craft. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free with admission. 203-227-7253.
Charlotte’s Web – Fairfield – Theatreworks/USA presents this beloved story about the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road. 1 and 3 p.m. $12-$15. 203-254-4010.
A Walk on the Wild Side – Farmington – See lesser utilized parts of the trail system. Venture onto the Metacomet Trail. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd. 2 p.m. Free-$3. 860-677-4787.
Harvest Festival – Stamford – Enjoy hayrides, apple cidering demos and fun activities for the whole family. Wear a costume and have some Halloween treats. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$10. 203-977-6521.
Combustion Sunday – West Hartford – Meet firefighters, see a fire engine, watch demonstrations on the chemistry of cumbustion, and learn about fire safety. The Children’s Museum, 950 Trout Brook Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission. 860-231-2824.
The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family – Ridgefield – Author Oscar Andy Hammerstein talks about his new book, reads passages and signs copies. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St. 3-5 p.m. Museum admission. 203-438-4519., ext. 26.
Eric Johnson, Andy McKee and Peppino D’Agostino – Ridgefield – Three innovators in the world of guitar come together to create an evening of unforgettable music. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 8 p.m. $45. 203-438-5795.
Chamber Players – Greenwich – The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony perform works by Debussy, Shostakovich, Reinecke, Villa Lobos and Barber. Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road. 4 p.m. $5-$25. 203-869-2664.
Walk in the Park for Abilis – Old Greenwich – Fifth annual fundraiser to support Abilis and people of all ages with autism. Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point). Register and activities at 10:30 a.m.; Walk at noon. Donations. 203-531-1880, ext. 110.
Chamber Players – Greenwich – The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony performs works by Debussy, Shostakovich, Reinecke, Villa Lobos and Barber. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive. 8 p.m. $5-$25. 203-869-2664.
Shadow Ball in Jasper’s Town – Fairfield – Beautiful paintings of baseball’s Negro League players will be on display. A great opportunity for kids to learn about sports history. Lukacs Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road. 1-8 p.m. Free. Through October 25; days and times vary.
Little Movies, Big Heart – Newington – Watch The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, a story about a woman who helped support her family in the ’50s by winning jingle contests. Rated PG-13. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 860-665-8700.
Green Earth Series Lecture – Westport – Mitchell Lester, M.D. will discuss “The Effect of the Climate and the Environment on Health.” Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. 7:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-227-7253.
Pre-K Storytime – Fairfield – Grandparents can bring their grandchildren for a stoytime focusing on baseball, sports, heroes and teamwork. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. 10 a.m. Museum admission. 203-259-1598.
Preschool Art & Nature Adventures – Farmington – Children ages 4-7 will explore a piece of the museum’s art collection through stories, hikes and other activities. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd. 10-11 a.m. $8-$12. Pre-register. 860-677-4787, ext. 142.
Haunted Baseball & Field of Screams – Fairfield – Listen to ghostly stories when Dan Gordon explores the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd. 7 p.m. $5-$8. RSVP. 203-259-1598.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra – New Haven – Experience the Italian flair of guest conductor Aldo Sisillo through works by Martucci, Schumann and Brahms. Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street. 7:30 p.m. $10-$65. 203-865-0831, ext. 10.
Full Moon Campfire and Night Hike – New Haven – Experience the sights and sounds of the nocturnal forest under a glorious autumn moon. Ages 6 and up. Bring flashlight. Common Ground, 358 Springside Ave. 6-8 p.m. Free. 203-389-4333, ext. 1213.
Zing Zang Zoom – Bridgeport – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily present a soaring extravaganza with a magical twist! Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St. 7:30 p.m. $15.25-$95.25. 800-745-3000. Through Oct. 24; times vary.
Children’s Book Sale – Norwalk – Be the first to find books at this children’s books sale. Sunday is 50 % off day; Monday is $3/bag day; and Tuesday is free day. Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-899-2780, ext. 131. Through Oct. 26; times vary.
American Girl Fashion Show – Darien – Celebrate being a girl with a presentation on historical and contemporary fashions. Ages 4 and up. Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Ave. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $45. 203-554-6907. Also on Oct. 24.
Yale Football – West Haven – Watch the Yale Bulldogs take on Penn. Yale Bowl, Derby Avenue. Noon. Free-$8. 203-432-1400.
Greenwich Cardinals’ Home Coming-Greenwich-11 a.m. Homecoming parade down Greenwich Avenue 2 p.m. Cardinals’ Homecoming football game vs. Bridgeport Central, featuring cheerleaders, marching band and dance team.
Fall Foliage Family Frolic – Stamford – This 2-3 mile hike is geared for families with small children. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy at a special spot. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. 11 a.m. Museum admission. 203-322-1646.
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