This Weekend

 
Past Weekends

February 27 – March 1, 2015

Luxuriate

Feeling snowbound? Find your cure at the Cabin Fever Festival and chowder cook-off in Mystic (Saturday).  Savor some fine wine and enjoy music at the Wine Down Happy Hour at Stonington Vineyards (Friday). And, fire up your taste buds at the Chili-Fest, featuring 30 chefs in Old Saybrook (Saturday).

Enjoy a romantic New England getaway and experience all that the Mystic area has to offer with the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa’s Fall in Love Again package. Enjoy fresh local cider from the only steam powered cider mill in the United States, and take a drive to see the beautiful snow covered fields that surrounds us. Then come back and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa followed by dinner at Octagon Steakhouse. Package includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations; Welcome amenity, Apple Cider by Clyde's Cider Mill delivered to your room upon arrival; $100. USD dinner credit to Octagon; $100. USD credit to Red Door Spa; VIP Room Refresh and turn down service. Rates: $379.00-$699.00.

More weekend activities:

Liquid Lounge – Connecticut Science Center, Hartford 06103
Dance your cares away at an evening featuring three floors of awesome hands-on exhibits, liquid delights, live music, DJs, and more. This event is for ages 21+. IDs will be required; no exceptions (Friday).

"Ceilidh" - An Irish Music Festival - Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain 06050
Delight in a rollicking festival of Irish music both classic and contemporary.  Save the date, choose a whiskey and come sing songs and celebrate with the leprechauns.  Featuring The Rude Mechanicals, the talented band from the Hole in the Wall membership (Saturday).

The History & Mystery of Tea - Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic 06355
Learn about the geography and history of the tea plant, in addition to chemistry and taste at the afternoon tea tasting. Prepare and sample an assortment of notable black, green and white teas. Cost includes teas and accompaniments. Registration required (Saturday).

Paula Poundstone – The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield 06877
Relish the humor of Paula Poundstone, who has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. Poundstone is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. In 2010, Poundstone was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. As a member of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, she is now heard in 5 million homes across the country as she matches wits with some of the country’s leading pundits (Saturday).

Botanical Art Exhibit – The Norfolk Library, Norfolk 06058
View a bounty of exquisite botanicals which grace the walls of the library. Three Connecticut artists, Leslie Watkins, Gail Easton, and Molly Lally will exhibit botanical watercolor paintings. Opening reception on March 1, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday).

Family Festivities Series: "Dog Loves Books" - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport 06880
Revel in a production about an  irresistible Dog who loves everything about books and decides to oen his own bookstore. But no customers come. Dog begins to read the books in his store and discovers that when customers finally come in to his store, he knows exactly which books to recommend. Recommended for ages 5-8 (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
February 27 – March 1, 2015

LAKEVILLE
February 27-28 – Winter Autocross Days - Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville, 06039. Time: Noon. Thanks to a state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment, you can now drive Lime Rock's packed-and-groomed 1,200-foot Autocross Course as fast and as "slideways" as you want, under the watchful eyes of the professional winter driving instructors. No experience necessary, just buy a ticket, bring your car (AWD, FWD or EWD) and have a blast. A luxury chalet is available for breaks, snacks, coffee, hot chocolate and other beverages; and a bonfire. Admission: $300. (860) 435-5000

STORRS
February 27 – March 1 – “Sweet Sensations” - William Benton Museum of Art at University of Connecticut, 245 Glenbrook Rd., Storrs, 06269. Time: Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The American diet and the food industry as a whole have been greatly impacted by this bestselling book that focuses on, among other things, the prevalence of corn syrup in our food. Featured artists include Peter Anton, Gina Beavers, Desire Obtain Cherish, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Margaret Morrison, and Joe Nanashe. Admission: Free.  (860) 486-4520

MIDDLETOWN
February 28 – March 1 – “Ear Candy” - Wesleyan Potters, 350 South Main St., Middletown, 06457. Time: Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Sun. noon-4 p.m. Ear Candy - An Earring Show features work by 26 jewelers who have created a innovative assortment of earrings. This show showcases one-of-a-kind pairs of “ear candy.”  Admission: Free. (860) 344-0039

MILFORD
February 28 - March 1 – “Xanadu Jr.” - Milford Center for the Arts,40 Railroad Ave., Milford, 06460. Time: Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. The second annual Teen Theatre production of Xanadu Jr., based on the Universal film, is an incredibly inventive and sparkling mash up of mythology and disco. When a magical muse descends from the heavens to help a struggling artist open a roller disco, the outcome is pure camp fun. Featuring mirror balls, leg warmers, chart-topping tunes and a sassy sense of humor Admission: $10. (203) 937-6206

BRISTOL
February 28 – Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast - Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd. (Rte. 69), Bristol, 06010. Time: 8 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a freshly made pancake breakfast with assorted toppings and pure maple syrup. Have fun on a hay ride, visit the farm animals, and see how maple syrup is created, from taps to vats. Sample local maple syrup, also available for purchase. Admission: Adults $10, children (2-10) $5, under 2 free.  (860) 583-1234

HARTFORD
February  28 - POPS Series: "The Music of Michael Jackson" - The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106. Time: 7:30 p.m. Join guest artist James Delisco, conductor Brent Havens and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career. Get ready to sing and moonwalk along to the hits, from the Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond. Admission: $22.50-$77. (860) 244-2999

NEW HAVEN
March 1 - 2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert - Levinson Auditorium at Yale Law School, 127 Wall St., New Haven, 06511. Time: 2 p.m. Yale Law School and Yale University Bands will present the 2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert featuring the Yale Jazz Ensemble, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director, and the Reunion Jazz Ensemble. The YJE portion of the program will feature Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suiteand Buddy Rich’s arrangement of Bernstein’s West Side Story. Admission: Free. (203) 432-4111

 
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