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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Hygienic Artisans Market @ Sailfest;

Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

For the past twelve years Hygienic Art has collaborated with New London SailFest to incorporate an additional artistic element into the city's largest weekend festival. Hygienic Artisans will occupy Bank Street between Golden and Pearl to create an atmosphere of art and culture by recruiting artists, DIY crafters, makers, and unconventional vendors.

In true Hygienic spirit, the Hygienic Artisan Market (formerly Bizarre Bazaar) is a festive, outdoor market space where people can expect the unexpected, and unearth signature crafts from artisans who create the unusual as well as beautiful. Similar to the mission behind Hygienic Art’s first show 35 years ago, “to bring art to the common man,” Hygienic’s participation in SailFest continues to spotlight and share creative ideas and art with the community.

This year prizes will be awarded to best in show for each artistic category -- voted on by the people and the sponsor committee! There will be a breakfast Sunday morning of the festival in the Hygienic Art Park to announce the winners.

Early bird special, before May 1st: $100**
May 1st - June 1st: $125
After June 1st: $150
Electricity hook-up fee (optional): $80 per booth

Arts Organization/Group rate: 3 spaces for $250
Live demonstration participants: 10% discount

FINAL registration deadline: June 30th

Art Exhibits/Openings

Connecticut's Founding Fish

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Connecticut's Founding Fish;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex, CT , 06426

The Museum’s latest exhibit Connecticut’s Founding Fish will open to the public March 10th. Bony but delicious, American Shad have traditionally been the focus of one of the largest fisheries on the Connecticut River, with a history extending back to the Native Americans. Fishing gear, fine art, an Earl Brockway skiff and other items related to Shad will be on display for all interested in learning about this important fish that helped shape our region. Join us in celebrating this important species! Through July 31st.

Quilters by the Sea RI Quilt Show

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Quilters by the Sea RI Quilt Show;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Portsmouth Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane, Portsmouth, , 02871

The Quilters by the Sea Quilt Guild announces its Bi-Annual Quilt Show with over 100 quilts and display of the the Guild's recent contributions to the Advocacy Project. Select quilts for sale and silent auction of small quilts.
Show hours are 10 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 at the Portsmouth Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane, Portsmouth RI 02871. Tickets are $8.00 per person. Children under the age of 12 are free. The building is accessible, parking is free and morning snacks and lunch are available for purchase, courtesy of the Portsmouth High School Music Boosters. See our website for more details "".


Keep Calm and Write Poetry, Apr. 1-30, N.London

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 12:00 am


Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London, CT

stop by and add a poem to our Poe-Tree through April 30; (860) 447-1411.


Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, 20 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, , 06413

Gourmet food trucks are returning to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. Among the returning trucks, Sugar Bakery and Munchies have been named as Best Food Trucks in Connecticut Magazine.
Sugar Bakery Cupcake Truck
Food Extrovert
Taco Pacifico
Greekin Out
Teriyaki Express

Walk MS, Apr. 23, Waterford

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:00 am


Camp Harkness, 301 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT

9 a.m., check-in; 10 a.m., start;; (855) 372-1331 or email:

Books & Bagels Program, Apr. 23, Chester

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:30 am


Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT

9:30 a.m., Suzanne Levine reads from her new poetry collection; free; (860) 526-8920 or visit

Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5 Plans Open House

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5 Plans Open House;


Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5, 53 Dayton Road, Waterford, CT , 06385

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, 60 volunteer fire departments throughout the state will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) by holding open houses. Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5 will be participating in this special event by opening the doors to its fire house located at 54 Dayton Road in Waterford from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Visitors to the fire house will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application. Find the fire company on Facebook at Cohanzie Volunteer Fire Company #5.

More than 80 percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.

Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for fire departments throughout Connecticut. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

10th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, Apr. 23, N.London;


Parking Lot on Eugene O'Neill Drive, Eugene O'Neill Drive, New London, CT , 06320

noon-3 p.m., Southeastern Connecticut’s 10th Annual Walk to End Homelessness starts from the municipal parking lot on Eugene O’Neill Drive in New London. Registration begins at noon and the walk kicks off at 1 p.m.

Ben and Nancy Parent of the Rivergods will perform before the walk begins.

The 1.6-mile route follows easy terrain in downtown New London and the nearby Hempstead Street neighborhood. It passes several of the city’s community, cultural and historic landmarks, including the Little Pink House and Manwaring Hill, where patriots tried unsuccessfully to defend New London from Benedict Arnold’s troops in 1781.

Walkers will hear the stories of people who have been homeless, stop by HHC’s Vet House, and meet interpreters at the Hempsted Houses who will be portraying activists from the city’s earlier days.

Performances include the Raging Grannies (at the Hempsted Houses); Connecticut College’s Vox Cameli a cappella group at the entrance to the All Souls parking lot on Jay Street, and spoken word poets Viri Villalva-Salas, Juan Garcia and Verdi Degbey of Connecticut College at the junction of Blinman and Bank streets.

Walkers will finish at the Parade Plaza with a drumming circle organized by Doc Frazier, free ice cream and the opportunity to express their thoughts about what they’ve seen and heard during the day. Profiles of HHC’s shelter guests, created by Connecticut College student Mei Reffsin, will also be displayed there.

HHC, founded in 2006, provides hospitality and a bridge to permanent housing for adults experiencing homelessness in New London County. It will serve about 600 individuals from across the region this year.

The walk is organized by HHC and Connecticut College; the lead sponsors are the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation and Yale New Haven Heath/Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. All proceeds benefit HHC.

More information, including registration, is at Walkers who raise the most support will win prizes from local businesses.

Brides on the Beach, Apr. 23, Westerly

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Brides on the Beach, Apr. 23, Westerly;


The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, RI , 02891

noon, 4 p.m., meet with a variety of wedding professionals who can help you plan the perfect wedding; (401) 767-7674.

Book Sale, Apr. 21-23, Norwich

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 12:00 pm


Otis Library, 261 Main St., Norwich, CT

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 21;
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 22;
noon-3 p.m., Sunday, April 23;
free admission; accepting donations of gently used books, DVD's, CD's.

Early Bird Preview: Friday, April 21, 9-10 a.m. with a $10 admission fee.

** NO cassette tapes, VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines; (860) 889-2365.

Easter Dinner, Apr. 23, Norwich

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 1:00 pm


Divine Providence Church, 40 Golden St., Norwich, CT

1 p.m., $12 adults; $3 children; (860) 887-2812.


St. Sebastian Parish Hall, 155 Washington St., Middletown, CT

1-4 p.m., a "divine" afternoon of comedy, wine tasting, light fare and silent auction; $35 advance; $40 at the door; call for tickets (860) 889-8346 or email:; tickets can also be purchased at any of the Catholic Charities offices: 331 Main St., Norwich; 28 Huntington St., New London; 151 Broad St., Middletown; 88 Jackson St., Willimantic; proceeds "Provide Help and Create Hope" for those in need throughout Eastern Connecticut; email: or

Tea Party, Apr. 23, Norwich

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 3:00 pm


Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington St., Norwich, CT

3 p.m., with purse etc., raffle; $10 adults & seniors; $5 children under age 12; photos available for $5; proceeds go to food pantry; (860) 887-4249.

Overeaters Anonymous, Sundays, WESTERLY

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 6:00 pm


Grace United Methodist Church, 10 Park Avenue, Westerly, RI , 02890

6-7 p.m., meeting;


Helping at the Moment of Death Workshop

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Helping at the Moment of Death Workshop;


Liphe Balance Center, 36 Michael’s Way, Weston, CT , 06883

This two day workshop on end of life care presented by the renowned Patricia Shelton will take place on April 22nd and 23rd at the Liphe Balance Center in Weston, Connecticut from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If someone you loved were dying at this moment, would you know what to do to help? What is help at this moment? Perhaps we feel, as one woman said, “Although billions of people have lived and died before us, why do we feel so alone, so unprepared and untutored in a situation that unfailingly comes to every family, every person? Why are there no wisdom treasures handed down from generation to generation to help us? Perhaps we consult books on death and dying, only to find that books really don’t help much in the actual experience of being in the same room with the dying loved one during the final hours.

The Moment of Death training weekend will introduce you to the Clear Light practice for the dying. You will learn how to cut through the confusions of mind heightened by illness and medications. You will learn how to meld the consciousness of yourself, that of the dying person, and other family members into a powerful clear unity flowing inexorably toward the moment which may be considered to be life’s greatest spiritual opportunity- the moment of the great light of death.

This practice, which brings Peaceful Heart and Clear Mind to all involved, is non-sectarian and of universal applicability. Although suitable for the religious and non-religious alike, it accommodates to and blends easily and beautifully with meaningful segments of the family’s religious tradition-making it the family’s own practice.

To learn more and to register, visit our web site.

Textile Preservation Workshop, Apr. 23, N.London

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
Textile Preservation Workshop, Apr. 23, N.London;


New London County Historical Society, Shaw Mansion, 11 Blinman St, New London, , 06320

2 p.m., join the New London County Historical Society and museum and collections professionals from across the region for a new series on caring for your family treasures! On Sunday, April 23, Susan J. Jerome will present a lively session on the care and management of heirloom textiles like quilts, bedding, and clothing, and will offer hands-on, practical advice for the proper storage, handling, and cleaning of these treasures. Participants are encouraged to bring along a sample textile for discussion and questions.

Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager for the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island, where she facilitates the preservation, research, and exhibition of a collection of approximately 30,000 items pertaining to textile manufacture and history. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Costume Society of America, and is a member of the Textile Society of America and the American Institute for Conservation. Jerome frequently presents on topics in textile care for historical societies and libraries in Connecticut and Rhode Island; $5; (860) 443-1209.


Day Out With Thomas; The Friendship Tour!

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Day Out With Thomas; The Friendship Tour!;


Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT , 06426

Thomas & Friends will be joining us on April 22-23, 29-30, & May 6-7, with departure times every 45 minutes from 9 to 5:15 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy the festivities all day long!  Passengers select a departure time for the Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour! when purchasing a ticket (ride is approx. 25 minutes), but we urge you to stick around Essex Station for all of our family friendly activities.
After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Little Green Engine! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited riding on 5 carnival rides, a petting zoo, face painting featuring Day Out with Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor Storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine & Megablok play areas! PLUS, we’ll be hosting Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters while Sunny Train performs her beloved music show!
This event occurs rain or shine, and tickets are $24 per person. Children under 2 are free! Visit for tickets today!

Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017;


Essex Steam Train & Riverboat , One Railroad Avenue, Essex , CT , 06426

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pull into Essex Station.

Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy, and participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. The tour, now in its 22nd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017. For three back-to-back weekends, children and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun.

Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion;


Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT , 06457

The Wadsworth Mansion will host their annual spring event: Daffodil Day-on Sunday, April 23rd, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown. This family event will be held rain or shine and there is no charge for admission, although donations are welcome and appreciated.
A plethora of indoor and outdoor activities include:
• 1:00-3:30 Docent Tours
• 1:15 Variety Comedy show with Mr. Bungles
• 1:30 - 3:30 Vernal Pool Exploration with Lucy Meigs of Everyone Outside
• 2:00 “Daffodil Dash” a Field Day for the whole family
• 2:30 Live music performance with Cash Lane Slim in West Ballroom
• 3:00 Letterboxing lesson
• 3:00 “Who The Wadsworths Were” historical chronicle in East Ballroom
Join in the fun of our Annual “Daffodil Dash,” a mini-Olympiad of classic Wadsworth Era games! Competitors of all ages should be prepared to hop, leap, toss, and race their way across the vista beginning at 2:00. For those satisfied with their blue ribbon collections, this will be a spectator sport. Start putting together your teams (families, friends, neighbors) to compete and become the Daffodil Dash Champions! If you want to participate, you may pre-register your team at or register on the day from 1:30-2:00, until contest is full. You do NOT need to pre-register to participate.
Chet’s Italian Ice, NoRA Cupcakes, Mercado Food Truck, Frank’s Woodfired Pizza Truck, and Not Just BBQ Truck will tantalize visitors with delicious fare sold from their food trucks. Bring your appetite and grab a bite!
At 1:15pm in the East Ballroom, Mr. Bungles will entertain children with a fun variety show including comedy routines, magic, juggling, music, games, and balloons. Goody bags will be available for children who attend. Afterwards a bubble station on the terrace will include a machine that shoots out hundreds of bubbles a minute, wands of all sizes, and super-strong, proprietary bubble fluid that can make bubbles up to 10 feet long!
Lucy Meigs of Everyone Outside ( will be at the Vernal Pool on the east side of the mansion to show the amazing creatures found in vernal pools at this time of year including frogs, salamander eggs, tadpoles, salamanders, insect larvae, and more! Viewing scopes will be available. Come visit the vernal pool any time between 1:30 and 3:30 PM. At 3:00 there will be a lesson in Letterboxing.
Enjoy live music in the West Ballroom at 2:30 by Cash Lane Slim, an acoustic hybrid guitarist and vocalist; a songwriter in the American experience. His musical styling will take you on a trip through the heart of Americana with a blend of folk, rock, blues, and more.
Ongoing throughout the afternoon, docents from the Friends of Long Hill Estate will lead guided tours of the Mansion providing a narrative that details the history of the estate. Furniture donated by the Wadsworth Family will be on display in the History Room. Additionally at 3:00, a special history lesson on “Who The Wadsworths Were” will be given in the East Ballroom.
Guests are encouraged bring a kite to fly on the vista, enjoy independently the 103 acres of parklands and view the daffodils that will bloom sometime in April assuring us all that spring has finally arrived.
Information will be available at the Wadsworth Mansion by calling (860) 347-1064 or visiting www.

Misc. Events

Silly Sunday

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 8:00 pm
Silly Sunday;

Misc. Events

Comix Comedy, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, , 06382

Silly Sunday is always the best way to end your weekend! Every Sunday night, COMIX brings in top-quality comedians to perform, and this weekend COMIX is proud to present another very funny comic with his friends!


Buddhist Practice and Talk Meeting

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 9:00 am
Buddhist Practice and Talk Meeting;


Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT , 06457

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, the Buddhist Faith Fellowship offers two unique opportunities to explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism as a philosophy of life. Our Practice & Talks are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

Buddhism 1.0 Course

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 10:30 am
Buddhism 1.0 Course;


Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT , 06457

This introductory or refresher Buddhism 1.0 Course: Basics Practices & Teachings will meet 3 times over a 3 month period. It will offer a comprehensive guide for living the Buddhist teachings that allows practitioners to flourish with clarity, happiness, and well-being. Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course. Limited Enrollment.

Students will learn how to practice mindfulness (sati) whether they are working, eating, parenting, driving, walking, or simply sitting and breathing, with the aim to fully enjoy life's gifts and to better cope with life's challenges wherever they are. Furthermore, students will explore in a clear and concrete way the fundamentals of the Buddha's core teachings, the Four Noble Truths, and its methods to live a happier life through reflection and meditation.

Meeting times: Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. The April 23th and June 25th are 1.5 hours in duration while the May 28th class will be 1 hour in duration.

Location: Buddhist Faith Fellowship, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Registration is open until April 3.

To learn more about and register for this course, visit


Noni Cimino's Kitchen. A Musical!

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
Noni Cimino's Kitchen. A Musical!;


Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Aveue, Milford, CT , 06460

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents a new musical about a lovable, sharp-witted Italian grandmother. She’ll make you laugh. She’ll make you cry. She’ll make you lasagna. Meet her and the entire Italian-American family in this hilarious, big-hearted new musical about friends, family and food! For this production, all performances will be 'cafe style' with seating at tables and chairs! Bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the show.

Cimientos 2017 : IATI's Play Development Program, presented in New York;


IATI Theater, 64 E. 4th Street, New York, NY , 10003

IATI's Play Development Program: A series of 10 new worldwide plays presented in New York City.

Now in its 17th year, IATI Theater's play development program continues the tradition of expanding the possibilities of playwriting. Cimientos 2017 is composed of a lineup of playwrights that carry on the sacred task of pushing the envelope and exploring the boundless potential of contemporary dramaturgy. From historical fantasy to arcane magical realism, this year's play readings will showcase how the world can be transformed and enhanced through what today's drama can achieve.




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