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April 17-19, 2015

Let’s Play Dress Up

Dress up for Spring at the Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Textile & Jewelry Sale in Danbury (Saturday-Sunday). Visit the beloved Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show for a memorable evening of cutting edge comedy and music in Waterbury (Saturday). Explore the universal fun of friendship and cultural similarities with Sesame Street Live: “Make a New Friend” in Wallingford (Saturday-Sunday).

Receive a 15 percent discount when you show us your ticket stubs from a Ridgefield Playhouse or a Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra performance at the West Lane Inn, Ridgefield. Valid for one night only on any room except the fireplace rooms. Mention this discount when making the reservation. Rates: $200 - $455.

More suitable activities:

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid – Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford 06105
Come to the Connecticut Historical Society and experience what life was like for kids long ago. We'll be stepping into a different time period each day, with a different set of hands-on activities, crafts, and daily life activities for each time period (Tuesday-Friday).

"One Loop at a Time: June Myles' Hooked Rugs" – Wilton Historical Society, Wilton 06897
Examine the pieces on display, rugs, wall hangings and pillows, are alive with color, texture and movement. These are not your granny's hooked rugs (Friday-Saturday).

Antique, Vintage & Tag Sale – St. Michael’s Church, Litchfield 06759
Peruse through hundreds of items of antique furniture, china, jewelry and more for that perfect something (Friday-Sunday).

Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex 06426
Bring your little engineers and take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and more (Saturday).

Demonstration Day: Contemporary Handwoven Treasures – Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London 06320
Watch demonstrations of a variety of weaving techniques, some complex, and some simple. Sit down at a loom and try weaving yourself. There will be a variety of looms, some quite simple, some more elaborate. Try out the hands-on activities for all age groups (Saturday).

Textile Arts Day – Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury 06033
Watch as artisans spin, weave, and sew by hand in the manner that would have been used by Jerusha Welles when she was lady of the house (Sunday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
 April 17-19, 2015

April 17 – Frog Frenzy - Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, 06355. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Warming temperatures bring out the amphibians. Explore nearby wetlands for salamanders, frogs and egg masses. Wear boots and clothes that can get a little muddy. For ages 4-14. Registration required. Admission: $35. (860) 536-1216

April 18 - Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train LIVE! Buddy's Big Adventure - Belding Theater at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106. Time: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Dinosaur Train LIVE! Buddy's Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Admission: $22.50-$38.50. (860) 987-5900

April 18 – Rhythmic Circus - Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd., Unit 3104, Storrs, 06269. Time: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. There’s tap dancing and then there’s Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting, rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger-snapping tunes. A seven-piece band and vocalists ignite Rhythmic Circus’ appetite for tap dancing, performed on everything from sand to folding chairs. Admission: $32-$47. (860) 486-4226

April 18-19 – "Chicago" - Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston, 06787. Time: Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 1920s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star, Velma serves time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie has been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Admission: $20/$24. (860) 283-6250

April 18-19 Contemporary American Voices Festival – Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, 06511. Time: Sat. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. The festival is part of a continued effort to honor the past and look towards the future during the theater's 50th anniversary season. The lifeblood of the American theater is the creation of new work. New plays hold up the proverbial mirror to our times, offering us the opportunity to experience fresh perspectives and powerful new stories to enlighten and entertain audiences.  In an effort to encourage this process and to excite the audience about the writers that excite us, Long Wharf Theatre will feature some of the most important new voices in the American theater at a reading series in April. Admission: Free, donations accepted. (203) 787-4282

April 17-19 - "Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880" - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, 06850. Time: noon-4 p.m. Accessed directly from the Library, this small yet distinctive glass room has been brought to life with a rich installation of silk plants designed by Danna DiElsi of the Silk Touch, and pots and furnishings of the era. The Conservatory provides a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of, and passion for, the plant world as seen through the vision of the original owners of the Mansion.  Visitors can also take guided tours that showcase the decorative botanical details of architect Detlef Lienau's original mansion design and view displays of selected artifacts throughout the museum from LMMM collections of--dresses, fashion accessories, silver, ceramics, books and more-- with motifs inspired by flora and fauna. Admission: Adults $10, seniors $8, students (8-18) $6, children (under 8) free. (203) 838-9799

April 19 Ivory & Gold Concert - Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., Chester, 06412. Time: 5 p.m. Featuring Jeff and Anne Barnhart (flute, piano, vocals). This is their only appearance in Connecticut in 2015. Admission: Call for ticket information. (860) 526-8920

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