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Art Exhibits/Openings

Native New England Now

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 9:00 am
Native New England Now;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT , 06338

Native New England Now: Celebrating Six Years of NEFA’s Native Arts Program
The Pequot Museum and the New England Foundation for the Arts present Native New England Now, an exhibit highlighting the work of regional Native artists with additional pieces from the Museum’s collection. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum Presents Kitty Wales: Lionfish;

Art Exhibits/Openings

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT , 06320

Fascinated by the anatomy and movement of living creatures, Kitty Wales creates sculpture and installation art based on her direct observations of animals. She has traveled to the Scottish Hebrides to study wild goats, the Spanish Pyrenees to observe bearded vultures, and the Caribbean to document reef sharks in their underwater habitat. As part of a collaboration between the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the Mystic Aquarium, Wales visited the Aquarium to observe their collection of marine life, taking photographs and preparing sketches that would later fuel her creations in the studio. Inspired by the textural, feathery forms of the lionfish, Wales then set to work envisioning a site-specific installation intended for the Lyman Allyn. Three larger-than-life lionfish sculptures constructed of welded steel, heavy paper, and recycled pencils will transform the gallery into a “deep-sea” environment for visitors of all ages.

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of Charles W. Morgan;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, , 06320

Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan through June 5, 2014. The exhibit looks at how whaling, —its myths and reality, risk and reward, —left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

The Unicorn Stampede

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am
The Unicorn Stampede;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, , 06320

A stampede of glitter unicorns will run wild at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum this holiday season. Frolic in a fantasy world of magic brought to life by Manhattan artist Camomile Hixon. This young, international artist will install 24 "life-size" unicorns, enhanced with 750 pounds of glitter. The glittered room of Unicorns will lend an unforgettable air of celebratory magic to this holiday season. Open Daily through January 5th, except Mondays.

Lori Warner Gallery Trunk Show featuring Leiva’s Black & White Jewelry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery, 21 Main Street , Chester, CT , 06412

Black and White never goes out of style! Join us at the Lori Warner Gallery for Mandy Carroll-Leiva’s highly anticipated new jewelry collection, unveiled just in time for holiday giving – Friday, December 6, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Leiva's new Black and White Collection features never before seen designs in her limited edition collection of black diamonds, moonstones, pearls and herkamer diamonds.

Super Saturday at Studio 33

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am
Super Saturday at Studio 33;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art and Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 has invited artists to bring a larger collection of their work on select Saturdays through the months of November and December. All of the artists will be here from 11-3 on their Saturday. November 16th meet Steve Downs, local woodcarver, furniture builder, and keepsake box maker. November 30th and December 21st Marguerite and Don Langlais, jewelry designers will be at Studio 33 with their collections of leather bracelets, decoupage earrings, and distinctive jewelry sets. December 7th, Lori McClain will be at Studio 33 with a collection of her nautical paintings, pewter sea creature jewelry, and hand-wrapped seaglass jewelry. December 14th, Nancy Harwood, fair-trade Kazuri bead, hand blown glass, and Murano glass artist will be in with her jewelry.

Art=Gift

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am
Art=Gift;

Art Exhibits/Openings

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

Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season. There's something for everyone including paintings, photos, jewelry, crafts, wood turnings and much much more!

Gallery Hours are as follows:

Tuesday - Thursday 11a - 3p
Friday & Saturday 11a - 6p
Sunday 12p - 3p
Monday closed

Mystic Arts Center Holiday Fine Art Show

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street , Mystic , , 06355

view original works for sale by local and regional artists. Tread off the beaten path for your holiday gift needs during our Artisan Gift Salon, with galleries featuring an inspiring and unforgettable selection of fine art, crafts, jewelry, accessories and more! Support local artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday. Running through Decemeber 28th, Monday – Sunday 11-5.860-536-7601 ext 205

Holiday Group Exhibition

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am
Holiday Group Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Art Gallery at the Mill House, 5 West Main St., Chester, CT , 06412

Holiday Group Exhibition
Nov 1 - Dec 22, 2013
Art Gallery at the Mill House, Chester, CT
Featuring works of art by eleven local artists
Up to $250

Reception and Holiday Night in Chester
Fri, Dec 6, 2013
5 - 8 pm
Meet and greet the artists and tour the town to enjoy the holiday decorations, shop and gallery receptions, town Christmas tree lighting, and caroling.

Artists
Jay Babina, Pam Carlson, Margaret B. Dean, Drew Lantrip, Christina Grace Mastrangelo, Nicholas McNally, Eleanor Pringle, Beverly Schirmeier, David Stumpo, Ann Vaillencourt, Jane M. White

Gallery Hours
Wed - Sun, 11 am - 5 pm

Holiday Fine Arts Show & Artisan Gift Salon

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT , 06355

. Info is as follows:

Visit Mystic Arts Center during our Holiday Fine Art Show and view original works for sale by local and regional artists. Tread off the beaten path for your holiday gift needs during our Artisan Gift Salon, with galleries featuring an inspiring and unforgettable selection of fine art, crafts, jewelry, accessories and more! Support local artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday. Running through Decemeber 28th, Monday – Sunday 11-5.

Late Autumn Exhibition

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
Late Autumn Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art, Uconn, AVery Point, 1084 Shennecossett Rd./Branford House, Groton, CT , 06340

opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 1; through Sunday, December 15th.

The November 1st Reception is open to the public and will feature live music with the Bill Morrison & Kent Hewett Jazz Duo

The AvS Gallery is proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of
4 outstanding Artists:
Copie of New Jersey, born in 1962 of Dominican parents in Washington Heights, New York City is a realistic mixed media painter who describes his work this way. "The source for the majority of my concepts, originate by simply walking around in the streets, riding public transportation and observing. I use photography and sketching for reference, then document it on canvas/wood panel, with my own perspective".

Lisa Lim of New York City, a talented young illustrator as well as a writer and cartoonist, grew up listening to magical storytellers like her Chinese grandmother and her Puerto Rican stepmother. She was immersed in many cultures and has tried to capture this unique experience through odd and funny pictures and words. Her fiction and art have appeared in several publications and just finished illustrating a children’s book called “Soma So Strange” written by Carrie Rosten.

Irene Miller of Woodbridge, CT is a mixed media artist. She describes her visually beautiful work as “influenced by Post Minimalism and Neo-Geo and focuses on the geometry of circles, rectangles, squares and stripes as conceptual structure to a series of individual ideas. Layering forms relationships, and mark-making can detail patterns that are experiential in life.”

Brad Guarino, of New London, CT is Painter whose figurative work focuses in on male images and cultural stereotypes of what that means. Through a collage/painting process he “references how boys form their concept of male roles—by piecing together the perceived characteristics of cultural icons and stereotypes with those of influential men in their lives.

Gallery Hours are Wed. – Sun., noon to 4PM

Opening Reception for Art Expression

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mary C. Daly, RSM Art Gallery, Mercy Center at Madison, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, CT

Opening Reception for Give Art

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

City Gallery, 994 State St, New Haven, CT

The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, 1 Spring St, Chester, CT

Author Events

Guest author Allegra di Bonaventura

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Author Events

Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT , 06385

on her new book For Adams Sake. The author is the assistant dean at the graduate school of Arts & Sciences at Yale University. Set in colonial New London, the non-fiction book is the family saga of a slave, Adam Jackson, and his owner, Joshua Hempstead. These families were intertwined over multiple generations. Jackson was illiterate while Hempstead wrote a detailed diary about life in NL. Originally Adam and his parents were owned by the James Rogers family, landowners of the southern half of Quaker Hill and much of Great Neck. They established the Rogerenes, a religious sect. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the Monte Cristo Bookstore.

Children's Author Jane Yolen

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Author Events

Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme, CT

RSVP by Dec. 4.

Author Events

Essex Books at Gather, 104 Main St, Essex, CT

Benefits Region 4 Music Boosters.

Community

Zumba

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 am

Community

Calvary Chapel, 236 Montauk Ave., New London, CT

free; (860) 961-8714.

Editor's Pick

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 am

Community

Oakdale Firehouse, 444 Chapel Hill Road, Oakdale, CT , 06370

$9, $7 seniors, $5 ages 4-12, free under age 3; $1 off each admission price with a canned good; (860) 889-0502.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:30 am

Community

Eli’s on the Hill, 624 W. Main St., Branford, CT

Holiday Open House

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am

Community

Cynthia’s Flower Shop and the Martha Link Walsh Gallery,, 188 N. Main St, Branford, CT

Children's Christmas Jamboree and Open House

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:30 am

Community

St. John School, 42 Maynard Rd, Old Saybrook, CT

Christmas in the Colonies

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
Christmas in the Colonies;

Community

Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St, Norwich, CT , 06360

the history of Colonial celebrations is presented through reenactment with tastes of the appropriate holiday fares in each room; seasonal gifts are available for purchase; $5 per person admission fee; (860) 889-9440.

Cookies and Hope Bake Sale

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 12:00 pm

Community

North Branford Co. 3 Firehouse, 1958 Middletown Avenue, Northford, CT

Editor's Pick

Yuletide Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Community

1793 Nathan Lester House , Long Cove and Vinegar Hill Roads , Gales Ferry, CT

refreshments, carolers, historic charm; free; www.ledyardhistory.org.

Christmas "Inn" Madison - B&B Open House Tour

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm
Christmas

Community

Tidewater Inn, Scranton Seahorse Inn, and Cristy's Madison Inne, 949 Boston Post Rd, 818 Boston Post Rd, & 73 West Wharf Rd, Madison CT, CT , 06443

The Tidewater Inn, Scranton Seahorse Inn and Cristy's Madison Inne invite you to an open house tour of their beautifully decorated inns and to enjoy a ride on a horse drawn carriage between the Rte 1 inns. A donation for the Madison Food Pantry is being collected at the inns. You may join the horse and carriage ride at either the Tidewater Inn or the Scranton Seahorse Inn. Parking for Cristy's is across the street on West Wharf road.

Advent Activity, Nov.&Dec., Franklin

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Community

Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc., 138 Blue Hill Road, Franklin, CT

enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods of Blue Slope Farm; punch and cocoa, Christmas carols, ornaments and more; $9 ages 3 and up;
Rides begin at: 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m.; call for reservations (860) 642-6413.

Christmas Concert, Dec. 8, Westerly

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

Westerly Armory, Railroad and Dixon Street, Westerly, CT

2 p.m., light refreshments served; $5 to benefit the Westerly Armory Restoration.

Avery Farm Walking Tour, Sundays

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

Avery Farm House Gateway, 245 Lambtown Road Extension, ,

2 p.m., meet at the southern gate of Lambtown Road Extension, near the Groton-Ledyard border a few minutes before 2 p.m. and park on the left; free and open to the public; sponsored by Groton Open Space Association; free; (860) 574-5111.

visit: http://gosaonline.org/2014/02/avery-farm-tour-sign-up/

Holiday Fundraiser

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

The Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty St, Chester, CT

Birds of Prey Program: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Free; donations appreciated. Benefits A Place Called Hope.

'Soup's On' Best Soup in Clinton Contest

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

Malone's Coffee House, 10 W. Main St, Clinton, CT

Benefits Families Helping Families.

Holiday Party and Wreath Auction

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

The Hearth at Tuxis Pond, 100 Bradley Rd, Madison, CT

Benefits Columbus House.

North Haven Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Community

North Haven Town Green and Mildred Wakeley Recreation Center, 4 Linsley St, North Haven, CT

Editor's Pick

.Children’s Christmas Party

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 3:00 pm

Community

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 128, 16 York Ave., Niantic, CT

parents bring a wrapped gift ($10 maximum) labeled with your child’s name for Santa to distribute; all children welcome, do not have to be member of American Legion; free; (860) 739-7941.

Make We Joy - A Community Celebration of the Winter Solstice;

Community

Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, , 06320

This celebration with music, dance and drama, has delighted generations from all over New England since 1981. Community talents from many backgrounds and cultures fuse to create an entertaining and unique seasonal event enjoyed by all ages. The performances are free, though donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Throughout the world, people have gathered to celebrate the presence of light and hope, and this spiritual recognition of the returning light persists in the traditions of all the world´s cultures. Two performances; 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Community

Ivoryton Congregational Church, 57 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT

4-7 p.m., $10 adults; $3 children aged 3 to 12; $5 adults; $1 for children with a donation of hats, scarves, mittens, or gloves; (860) 767-8167.

Advent Celebration Concert and Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

Community

North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Rd, North Guilford, CT

Dinner: $10 ($5 for ages 6 to 17, free for children 5 and under); dinner reservations required.

Advent Concert and Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

Community

North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Rd, North Guiford, CT

Dinner: 5 p.m.; Concert and Tree Lighting: 6 p.m.
Dinner: $10 ($5 for children aged 6 to 17, free for children under 5). Dinner RSVP requested.

Christmas Concert, Dec. 8, Deep River

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:00 pm

Community

Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Deep River, CT

6 p.m., featuring Pianist Bil Groth; followed by reception by Adult Fellowship; $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; free for children 5 and under; (860) 526-5045.

Our Fitness Food Drive and FREE Offer!

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:00 pm
Our Fitness Food Drive and FREE Offer!;

Community

Fitness Food Drive, 903 Pequot Trail , Stonington, CT , 06378

Help Fill Someone Else's Belly... And We'll Help Tone Yours!

Our Fitness Food Drive!

This year, clients at Fitnostics lost 592
pounds of fat! It's our goal to raise at least that many pounds of food
to donate to help our community during the holiday season. We need your
help! All donations raised will be delivered to the Jonnycake Center.

Simply bring non-perishable food items to the Fitnostics studio at 903 Pequot Trail, Stonington, CT or to one of our alternate drop off locations:

MYSTIC-
Advanced Home Improvements (61 West Main St)

PAWCATUCK-
Chelsea Groton Bank (116 West Broad St)

Earn a FREE session with our
Certified Personal Trainers for each generous donation you make as our
way of saying thank you for helping us make a difference!

Event Link:
https://lp112.i

Al-Anon, Sundays, O.Lyme

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

Community

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT

7 p.m.

Karaoke at The Moose

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
Karaoke at The Moose;

Community

New London Moose Lodge Social Quarters, 72 Central Ave ,, new london, , 06320

come on out for dancing and singing every Sunday @ the New London Moose Club...

Education/Lectures

Education/Lectures

Lebanon Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull Hwy, Lebanon, CT , 06249

2-3 p.m., Mystic Seaport on the road; From the letters & diaries of sea captain’s families; refreshments served; free for members; $2 non-member adults; free for children under 10; followed by Old Fashioned Carol Sing from 3-4 p.m.; 860-642-6579; museum@historyoflebanon.org;
www.historyoflebanon.org.

Lyme Academy College Premiers ArtfulArt Films on Dec. 8 and Dec. 13;

Education/Lectures

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Experience the visual art of film at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts at the premier showing of ArtfulArtFilms, a selection of short films from the highly-regarded Checkerboard Film Foundation. The films, works of art themselves, will be shown in pairs. The first two will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5, featuring Sol LeWitt in Wall Drawings, and Reflections, spotlighting Roy Lichtenstein, at 6 p.m. The second pair will be shown on Friday, Dec. 13. Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism will be presented at 5 p.m. and Fragments, a documentary focusing on Ellsworth Kelly, will be shown at 6 p.m. The series for all four films cost $15 or $5 for each individual screening. Call 860-434-3571 ext. 117 for reservations. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Fairs/Festivals

St. George Church Christmas Fair

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 am

Fairs/Festivals

Church Hall of St. George Church, 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT

Wadsworth Mansion Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am
Wadsworth Mansion Holiday Bazaar;

Fairs/Festivals

The Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, , 06457

Twenty eight vendors who sell at the August Open Air Market will be selling their handmade products. Hometown Bakery, a perennial favorite, will be selling their cardamom and cinnamon breads. Kimberly Conner will be selling their one-of-a-kind hats. Silks by Lucia will be offering their hand painted marbleized silk scarves, shawls, and ties. Cold Goats Farm will be selling their angora yarns as well as handmade mittens and hats. Several jewelers will be tempting shoppers with silver, gold, crystals, and gemstones. The Middletown Garden Club will be selling wreaths and holiday arrangements. Additional offerings include wood furniture, pottery, and clothing. If you are just looking for a lovely respite David Alan Catering will be serving lunch in the lounge.

Wadsworth Mansion Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am

Fairs/Festivals

Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT

Suggested donation: $2 (free for children). Benefits conservation projects at the mansion.

Holiday Faire Extraordinaire

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 12:00 pm

Fairs/Festivals

Deacon John Grave House, 581 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT

Benefits the restoration of the Deacon John Grave House. A venue for unusual gifts, crafts, and artworks. Proceeds fund the ongoing operations of the house.

St. Lawrence Church Christmas Fair

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:30 pm

Fairs/Festivals

St. Lawrence Church Hall, 7 Hemlock Drive, Killingworth, CT , 06419

St. Lawrence Christmas Fair
7 Hemlock Drive
Killingworth, CT 06419

Celebrate the Holidays at the Annual Christmas Fair

Attractions include live greenery wreaths, centerpieces, swags, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts. Our kitchen will offer homemade soups, hot dogs, pizza, meatball grinders, and delicious homemade pies. A beautiful Amish quilt and gorgeous gift baskets will be raffled off at noon on Sunday.

The fair includes a Silent Auction featuring items from well-known local artisans and items and gift certificates from local and statewide businesses. The silent auction begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. and closes Sunday promptly 11:45 a.m.

Friday December 6th 5:30 pm -8:30 pm
Saturday December 7th 9:00 am -2:00 pm
Sunday December 8th 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Kids/Family

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 am
Breakfast with Santa;

Kids/Family

Robert O Fletcher American Legion CT Post 4, 456 Laurel Hill Ave. (Rt 12), Norwich, CT , 06360

The American Legion 5th District of the Department of CT presents Breakfast with Santa.
Don’t wait in line at the mall.
Bring your wish list, camera and have breakfast with Santa.
Serving: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Pancakes, Hash browns, Juice, Coffee & Tea

Editor's Pick

Caring Santa

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 9:00 am

Kids/Family

Crystal Mall, 850 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, MA , 06385

Crystal Mall is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience.

Holiday Open House

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am

Kids/Family

Natureworks, 518 Forest Rd, Northford, CT

Frosty Mornings Storytime ages 3-5

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am

Kids/Family

Otis Library, 261 Main St, Norwich, CT , 06360

Songs, rhymes, crafts, and - as always - the very best in children's picture books! Adults are asked to wait in the Children's Department while their children participate in the storytime. Space is limited;register now. For ages 3-5. This program is made possible by a grant from People’s United Bank.

Christmas Bazaar

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:30 am

Kids/Family

Calvary Nursery School, 27 Church Street, Stonington, CT , 06378

Basket raffle, silent auction, baked goodies sale, used book sale, craft activities for the kids and handmade gifts. A great way to kick off the holiday season!

Meet and Greet with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Kids/Family

Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Rd, Madison, CT

Westbrook Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Kids/Family

Captain Stannard House, S. Main St, Westbrook, CT

Open houses from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on S. Main St.; bike decorating contest at 3:30 p.m. at Firehouse.

Kids/Family

First Congregational Church, Madison Green, 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison, CT , 06443

The Madison A Better Chance (ABC) Program will be presenting its Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Madison. This highly anticipated annual event features many local performers including the Shoreline Youth Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Hand High School’s ENCORE, The Guilford Voices and special guest performance by Yale’s oldest coeducational a cappella group Redhot & Blue. There will be pre-concert caroling by The Shoreline Chorale. There is no admission fee for this concert, but there will be a free will donation. All proceeds go to the Madison ABC Program, which recruits talented inner city youth and offers them a four-year opportunity to attend Daniel Hand in preparation for a successful college experience. Join us!

Town of North Haven Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

Kids/Family

North Haven Town Green, , North Haven, CT

Activities from 2 to 5 p.m. at Town Green and Recreation Center, Linsley St.

Misc. Events

Holiday Pottery Sale and Open House

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am

Misc. Events

, 2114 Durham Rd, Madison, CT

Chester Holiday Market

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 10:00 am
Chester Holiday Market;

Misc. Events

Chester Center, Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Fresh on the heels of its successful summer and fall Sunday Market, the village of Chester will host a Holiday Market on Sundays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday, stroll through the village while shopping the market of local growers and producers of artisan baked goods, jams and jellies, farmstead cheese, fall vegetables, fresh fish and meats.
To add to the holiday spirit, Chester shops, restaurants and galleries will be dressed up in their holiday finery and offering special events, such as holiday storytelling, tastings, music, activities for kids and families and more. Free parking is available in parking lots near the center of town.

Wally Lamb, We Are Water, Dec. 8, Chester

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Misc. Events

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. Kings Hwy, Chester, CT

11 a.m., free and open to the public; (860) 526-8920.

Open House and Reception for Holiday Show

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Misc. Events

Connecticut River Artisans, 4 Water St, Chester, CT

Toddler Holiday Party

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Misc. Events

Branford Recreation Department, 46 Church St, Branford, CT

registration required

Coastal Camera Club Exhibit

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Misc. Events

Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT

Christmas in Clinton

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Misc. Events

Christmas in Clinton, Route 1, Clinton, CT

Yoga Nidra

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
Yoga Nidra;

Misc. Events

Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT , 06437

Enjoy this gentle, non physical, meditative and relaxing class with Betty Hamilton of Hypnosis for Health, LLC. Call 203-804-8897 to reserve your spot, or just drop in!! $10.00

Chester Land Trust Annual Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

Misc. Events

Chester Town Hall, 203 Middlesex Ave, Chester, CT

Music

Tapestry of Light

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:00 am

Music

Second Congregational Church, 70 Cross Rd., Waterford, CT , 06385

Tapestry of Light, a Christmas Cantata by Joseph Martin, will be presented at 70 Cross. Rd. Waterford by the joint choirs and friends of Second Congregational Church and Cross Rd Presbyterian Church. The prelude and postludes on these dates will be performed on harp and organ. . An added selection, "Noel" by local composer John Metz will also be sung.Please contact Allyn Donath, 860-501-5551.Refreshments will follow.

Community Music School Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Music

Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Rd, Deep River, CT

Bring donations of non-perishable food.

Waterford Community Band Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Music

Waterford Community Center, 24 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT , 06385

The Waterford Community Band under the direction of Mr. Jay Wilson will perform its annual Holiday Concert on December 8, 2013 at 2 PM in the Waterford Community Center. The concert is free and is open to the public.

CMS Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
CMS Holiday Concert;

Music

Valley Regional High School , 256 Kelsey Hill Road , Deep River , CT , 06417

Free and open to the public, this community-wide annual event brings together Community Music School faculty and students to perform vocal and instrumental, holiday favorites. Highlights include performances by the Community Music School Suzuki violin, clarinet, jazz and string ensembles and will be capped off by a grand finale medley with 60+ musicians on stage and an audience participation sing-along. In lieu of an admission fee, concert goers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or pet supply for donation to Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Holiday Performance by Silk’n Sounds

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Music

Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT

Cost: $12 ($10 for seniors, free for children 12 and under).

Friends Holiday Concert: The Music Makers

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

Music

Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford, CT

Musical Masterworks Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 3:00 pm

Music

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd, Old Lyme, CT

Tickets: $35 ($5 for students).

Editor's Pick

Cappella Cantorum Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
Cappella Cantorum Concert;

Music

John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Rd., Deep River, CT , 06417

Cappella Cantorum will present “Great Opera Choruses” featuring Sarah Callinan and Brian Chene. at John Winthrop Middle School, Route 80 (Exit 5 off Route 9,) Deep River; Tickets, $25, (860) 767-8452. Tickets are available on the website for $25, no service charge. www.cappellacantorum.org
Chorus Selections include: “Chorus of Hebrew Slaves,” “Anvil Chorus,” “Easter hymn,” and “Brindisi,” Solos: Soprano: O mio babbino caro, Quando men vo. Tenor: Vesti la giubba, Una furtive lagrima. A reception follows the concert.

Editor's Pick

Christmas with the Celticity Trio

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
Christmas with the Celticity Trio;

Music

Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington Street, Norwich, CT , 06360

This exciting trio combines cutting edge artistry, passion, and a contemporary touch to traditional Celtic music. With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating arrangements, Celticity puts forth an immensely exciting performance.
Celticity is Sylvie Harris on Guitars and Banjo; Megan Sweeney on flute, fife, and pennywhistle; and Phred Mileski: voice, psaltery, accordion, and the Bodhran Drum! Free and open to the public! Donations Accepted to support the Chamber Series. Go to: ccsarts.org, ccsartsmail@yahoo.com, or 860-425-0663 for more information.

Madison Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Music

Stop and Shop, Samson Rock Dr., Madison, CT

along Post Road to Town Green. Visits with Santa from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Cafe Allegre, 725 Boston Post Rd. Tree lighting follows the parade on the Town Green.

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Music

St. Lukes, , Gales Ferry, CT , 06335

concert handbell choir and senior choir.

Madison A Better Chance Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Music

First Congregational Church on the Green, , Madison, CT

Freewill donation. Benefits the Madison ABC Program.

Stony Creek Church Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Music

Church of Christ Congregational, 192 Thimble Islands Rd, Stony Creek, CT

Followed by Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on the Green.

Cantabile Vocal Quartet Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Music

Saint Michael Church, 29 Wooster Pl, New Haven, CT

Donation: $10 (free for children under 12). Kicks off festivities for the church's 125th anniversary.

Music

St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London, CT , 06320

The Anglican Singers will present a service of Lessons and Carols for Advent on Sunday, December 8, at 5 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London. The group, under the direction of Simon Jacobs, with Paul Thomas organist, will sing works by Distler, Gardner, Handel, Joubert, Stanford, Walton and Warlock. Following the custom of the Festival Service of Lessons and Carols sung on Christmas Eve in Cambridge, England, for the University and the town, members of the greater New London community have been invited to read lessons, and the congregation will join in several carols. All are welcome to join in this festive seasonal tradition.

For more information, visit www.anglicansingers.org or call 860.442.7519.

Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

Music

Branford Evangelical Free Church, 231 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT

Opera, Traditional Song, and Beloved Carols

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:00 pm

Music

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 232 Durham Rd, Madison, CT

Cost: $20 ($10 for children aged 12 and under).

Music

Christ Church, 84 Broadway , New Haven, CT

Tickets start at $30 (discounts for students, children, and seniors).

Christmas Concert with Pianist Bil Groth

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:00 pm

Music

Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St, Deep River, CT

Cost: $10 ($5 for children aged 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under). Reservations required.

Old Lyme Town Band

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:00 pm

Music

Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 E. Main Street, Clinton, CT

PB and J

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

Music

Steak Loft, Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT

Handel’s “Messiah”

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
Handel’s “Messiah”;

Music

Cathedral of St. Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich, CT , 06360

— 7:30 P.M., St. Patrick Cathedral, 213 Broadway, Norwich; under the direction of Douglas Green, Cathedral Music Director, the Norwich Diocesan Choir and orchestra will perform the Christmas section (part one) of the oratorio.

Music / Karaoke

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

Music

The Burger Beast Tavern, 350 east Main St, Clinton, CT , 06413

Singing and Dancing at the Burger Beast every Wed, Fri. Sat. And Sunday
Great time great food and drinks

Nature/Outdoors

Las Posadas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 3:00 pm

Nature/Outdoors

Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St, Deep River, CT

Religion

Baha'i Community Hosts Monthly Devotional

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

Religion

Post Residence, 86 Sandy Point Road, Old Saybrook, , 06475

The Bahá’í Community of Old Saybrook hosts a devotional program the second Sunday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 86 Sandy Point Road. Individuals are invited to share prayers, poems, or readings of a spiritual nature. For more information, call Judy Post at 860-391-1244 or Valerie Smith at 860-388-5948.

Sports

CT Fusion 14u Seeking Pitcher

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013,

Sports

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CT Fusion 14u is looking for a pitcher for spring/summer travel ball. Team is going to Nationals in Pennsylvania in July. If interested, call Joel (860) 235-0623 or Gary at (401) 741-4806.

Stage/Theater

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

Stage/Theater

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT

Cost: $16 ($10 for children).

Mystic Ballet's Nutcracker Spectacular

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
Mystic Ballet's Nutcracker Spectacular;

Stage/Theater

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Fox Theater , 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT , 06339

Mystic Ballet’s annual holiday production is staged at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino starting Saturday. “Nutcracker Spectacular” follows the enchanting adventures of Clara, through two acts, with a time travel twist. Special effects and an interactive set add to the exciting dance and leaps of the show.
Nutcracker Spectacular’s scenography was created by Artistic Director Goran Subotic. The production showcases the artistry of Mystic Ballet’s 16 international artists, who are joined by Mystic Ballet’s Jr. Company, pre-professional students of The School of Mystic Ballet, along with students from the school and community cast members in acting, singing, and children’s roles.
Additional performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 14, and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec 8, 15, and 22. Tickets range from $28 to $55 and are available at Foxwood’s Box Office (800) 200-2882 or online at www.foxwoods.com.

Make We Joy

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:00 pm

Stage/Theater

Connecticut College, Harkness Chapel, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT , 06320

A community celebration of the winter solstice with music, dance and drama, delighting generations from all over New England since 1981. Performances at 4 and 7 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Laurie McGrath at lamcg@conncoll.edu.

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