This Weekend

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November 21-23, 2014

A Mid Autumn Day’s Dream

Start off your weekend watching workers get giant helium balloons ready at the Giant Balloon Inflation Party in Stamford (Saturday).  See the fruit of their labors at the Stamford’s UBS Parade Spectacular, one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country (Sunday). Find your own rabbit hole by following the yellow signs to 40 participating artists during the Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studio Weekend (Saturday-Sunday).

Experience the perfect autumn get away for a family of four – the Splash & Play package at the CoCo Key Water Resort-Hotel & Convention Center in Waterbury.  The package includes standard overnight accommodations and up to four admission passes to the indoor Water Resort. Rates from $199-$299.

More funtastical activities:

Musical Feast: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Thanksgiving – Garde Arts Center, New London 06320
Revel in the opening night spectacular with Toshiyoki Shimada, Conductor and Bela Hristova, violin. Program includes Dvorak: Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op (Saturday).

"Sleigh Bells Ring" Christmas Fair - St. Maurice Church, Bolton 06043
Enjoy handmade treasures including dolls, stuffed animals, greens and custom ornaments. Hot food menu features homemade chowder and baked goods. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Saturday).

Festival of Trees & Craft Fair – Wesley Village, Shelton 06484
Sample delightful refreshments, raffles, craft vendors, homemade bake goods and photos with Santa.  And, a chance to win a beautiful decorated Christmas tree (Saturday-Sunday).

Holiday Craft Fair – Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
Start your holiday shopping with nature-related gifts for all ages. Handmade crafts include candles, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans (Sunday).

Holiday Prelude Concert – First Congregational Church, Danbury 06810
Kick off the holiday season with an eclectic array of festive music, featuring “A Carol Fantasy” by John Alexander; works by John Rutter, Brad Ellingboe, and Amy Grant; a special segment "Christmas in New Orleans: a tribute to Louis Armstrong" -- songs that were recorded and made popular by the "King of Jazz;" island music with steel drums, a Hanukkah number, a rousing gospel finale, plus other festive selections. Accompanied by Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph Jacovino on keyboards (Sunday).

Holidays Around the World Tea and “Just Desserts” – Windham Textile & History Museum, Willimantic 06226
Savor the desserts from many countries that will be served at beautifully decorated tables representing holidays in other countries. The event honors the ethnic diversity of the 26 nationalities that worked in the mills of eastern Connecticut (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
November 21-23, 2014

November 21 – Schramsberg Wine Dinner - Winvian, 155 Alain White Rd., Morris, 06763. Time: 7 p.m. Guests are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and canapes in the Solarium. The four course sit down dinner is paired with an elegant selection of wines. Be sure to leave room for dessert. Admission: $195. (203) 567-9600

November 21-22 – “War” - Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven, 06511. Time: Call.  War is a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-too-human portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other, and themselves, in the present. Admission: Call for ticket info. (203) 432-1234

November 22 – Stars in the Making - Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon, 06001. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A fun event for all ages with artist Deborah Valesquez. You will learn how to make a 3D snowflake to take home. Admission: Call. (860) 678-1867

November 22 – Kids’ Carnival - New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Meriden, 06010. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy activities, carousel rides, magic shows, carnival rides, prizes, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art, food, vendors, music and more. Admission: Adults $6, children free. (860) 585-5411

November 22 – YES2 Holiday Craft Fair - Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, 06850. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Tis the season. Join the Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones (YES2) volunteers for their annual craft fair. Admission: Free with museum admission. (203) 899-0606

November 23 - John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad - Belding Theater at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106. Time: 8 p.m. Author and comedian John Hodgman, best known as the “Resident Expert” on The Daily Show,  presents new observations on subjects including how to dress like a young and relevant person, fax machines and other obsolete technology. Admission: $30-$40. (860) 987-5900

November 23 - "Jacob and Esau: The Birthright. The Blessing. The Confrontation" - Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., West Hartford, 06119. Time: 7 p.m. The play dramatizes the 3,500-year-old biblical tale of sibling rivalry and parental favoritism, and ponders the characters' thoughts, feelings and emotions. Admission: $18/$36. (860) 236-1275

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