Rock Solid

Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers students something different from the conventional path.



In the quiet calm of a mostly empty classroom, two young women are chatting about Galileo. They have arrived early to their First-Year Seminar—a wide-ranging humanities survey taken by incoming students at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington—and are puzzling together over the meaning of Galileo’s astronomical treatise, “The Starry Messenger.” Neither student is sure what to make of the work, so Brianna Berman, a lively, dark-haired young woman, asks her classmate to listen to an essay she wrote in response to the night’s assignment. While she is reading, a dozen other teenagers spill into the classroom. Most of them are also talking about the assignment. When the professor, Brendan Mathews, arrives, the discussion becomes more focused but no less animated. 

As an observer in this classroom, two things strike me as unusual: First, the pre-class chatter is all about the reading as opposed to, well, the things you expect college students to talk about when the professor isn’t in the room. Second, the students seem at once unusually engaged and unusually young. Like Berman, most are just 16 or 17 years old. They have skipped the last year or two of high school to start their college studies early—part of a Simon’s Rock tradition that originated here 50 years ago this summer. 

In 1964, a dynamic educator named Elizabeth Blodgett Hall had recently resigned as headmistress of Concord Academy, an independent school outside of Boston. Home in Great Barrington to care for aging parents, she had the idea to begin a new school, one that would address one of her greatest concerns—“the weaknesses that I saw in the transition from the last years of high school to the first years of college,” as she said in a 1994 interview. 

Hall toyed with the idea for a year, and then, on a hot, summer day in 1964, her mother offered Hall a gift of land and money to begin the new institution, which was incorporated later that year as Simon’s Rock, Inc., after a rock on the hillside where Hall and her friends played as children. It opened in 1966, as a women’s school combining the last two years of high school and the first two years of college. The first class graduated with associate’s degrees in 1970. 

As befits a product of the turbulent 1960s, the school’s name, student makeup, and educational offerings would all change dramatically in its first 15 years. By 1970, the school was co-ed. By 1974, it had eliminated the high-school component entirely—students simply skip the last year or two—and begun granting bachelor’s degrees. By 1979, it had become part of Bard College in Annandale, New York. Over the years, Simon’s Rock became Simon’s Rock College, then Simon’s Rock College of Bard, and most recently, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. (The college remains known colloquially as Simon’s Rock or, among alumni, the Rock.) 

Throughout the changes in its nearly 50 years, the college’s founding principle has remained the same: Sometimes students need something different from the conventional path. Simon’s Rock does not fit neatly into any familiar educational category. It is not a boarding school, an alternative high school, or a junior college. It combines a collegiate learning environment—with faculty who are experts in their field, and the expectation of academic independence—with the social supports needed by younger students. 

Today, Simon’s Rock enrolls some 375 students and offers 40 possible majors. Half of arriving freshmen will choose to spend two years here, earn an associate’s degree, and then transfer, usually to a larger institution, at the same time their former high-school classmates begin college. Most others stay four years and earn their bachelor’s degree in a program that culminates with a year-long senior thesis. Several will take part in a five-year engineering program—students spend three years in Great Barrington and two in New York, and earn joint degrees from Simon’s Rock and Columbia University. 

I got to know the college in 2011 when my partner, Peter Laipson, became provost. Before we arrived, I thought the school’s most defining quality would be the students’ young ages, but I soon learned why professors and students see age as less important than attitude. What makes Simon’s Rock students unique, say alumni and professors, isn’t so much their youth as their desire for intellectual and creative engagement and their willingness to step off the beaten path to find it. 

That engagement is a critical part of the college’s identity, says Loren AliKhan, a 2003 graduate who now serves as Deputy Solicitor General for Washington, D.C. “What I liked about Simon’s Rock is that everybody made a deliberate choice to be there,” she says. “That manifested itself in profound ways. Students were engaged in class because they wanted to be there. Socially, it creates a life of the mind.”

For professors, the students’ enthusiasm makes for a rich teaching environment. “They want to be there and they want to do well,” says Eden-Renee Hayes, a professor of psychology. Hayes, who previously taught traditional-age college students, says she had some misgivings about the idea of “early college” before she interviewed, but her concerns soon evaporated. Like AliKhan, she thinks that because Simon’s Rock students make a deliberate choice to leave high school, they bring a determination and engagement that is unusual among today’s college students, whatever their age. “From a professor’s standpoint, it’s definitely a dream to have academically motivated students,” says Hayes, whose research focuses on race, class, and gender. 

Virtually all Simon’s Rock faculty have doctorates or the highest degree in their fields. A film star, Fulbright fellows, publishing authors, visual and performing artists, and National Science Foundation grantees have taught here, bringing expertise to their close work with students and often involving students in their research.

As students tell it, the accomplished faculty and intellectual engagement are part of the draw, but there’s also the chance to be around others driven more by ideas than by prom dresses and SAT scores. Brianna Berman, the student reading aloud about Galileo, says she came to Simon’s Rock partly because she wants to study music and had run out of options in her Red Hook, New York, high school. But the unique social environment was also part of the draw. “Everyone here is passionate. We all have something that inspires us, drives us, or that we obsess over,” says Berman, who plays violin in the college’s chamber ensemble. 

The willingness to step outside pre-established boundaries and norms is apparent throughout the ranks of Simon’s Rock best-known alumni. These include Ethan and Joel Coen, Oscar-winning creators of films such as Raising Arizona, Fargo, and True Grit; Alison Bechdel, author and illustrator of genre-defying graphic memoirs; and Internet entrepreneur Eli Pariser, a founder of the website Upworthy, which New York recently hailed as “one of the fastest-growing media sites in Internet history.” Then there’s Ronan Farrow, who entered Simon’s Rock at age 11 (as a day student) and now, at age 26, with a Rhodes Scholarship and Yale Law degree under his belt, has built a career as an activist, journalist, government advisor, and talk-show host. In the last three years, six Simon’s Rock alumni have been named to Forbes’s annual “30 under 30” list, a remarkable figure. 

 Many alumni keep their talents here in the Berkshires, including the founders of both the Berkshire Fringe theater festival and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Others venture far beyond the region and for some, graduating from college young is as appealing as starting young. Todd Farrell, who graduated in 2004, thinks finishing college at age 20 gave him more time to try different things. “I had a little extra time. I didn’t have to jump into a career,” says Farrell, who came to Simon’s Rock when he ran out of math classes to take in high school. After finishing, he spent some time working in Boston and lived abroad before earning his PhD at MIT. Now in Palo Alto, Farrell works in venture capital, focusing on companies in the field of synthetic biology. 

Providing a college education when students are ready for it, rather than automatically after 12th grade, is both a defining aspect of Simon’s Rock and its greatest challenge. Admissions officers look for students at a time when students are not yet looking for colleges. Most who find their way to the Rock do so by word of mouth—by Google searches on phrases like “what to do if you are bored in high school,” or by the brochure that they happened to notice on a guidance counselor’s wall—not by sitting down and making a careful list of the ten or 20 schools to which they will apply. 

Perhaps because the path here isn’t an obvious one, students and alumni exhibit remarkable devotion, as was evident on a snowy day in February. It was one of the many days last winter when schools closed, businesses shut early, and the winds howled. But Simon’s Rock was conducting a search for a new economics professor and one candidate was already on campus, planning to teach a sample class. Even though the college was technically closed, the class went forward, and ten students, from first-years to seniors, made their way through the thick drifts to attend. 

Shaking the snow off their jackets, these determined students demonstrated precisely the sort of engagement Elizabeth Blodgett Hall worried was missing among the students of her day—and precisely what she set out to nurture when she first dreamed up the oft-re-named place now known as Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

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Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 14th Annual Festive Home...All That Glitters! opens Friday evening, November 16th with a preview party from 6-8pm.  For an entry fee of $20, attendees will...

Cost: $20 Preview Night Party/Free Days

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Mary Pat Devine
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EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Holiday Craft Day on Friday, November 23rd from 2 to 4 PM, followed by a 4:30 PM family movie (Disney’s COCO) for all ages. Local artist Katie Ré Scheidt will lead the Holiday Craft...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
Contact Name: Laura Neminski
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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It's a tradition now, eight years running! Winners of the Independent Music Awards “Best Live Performance” Category, BroJo is on a mission to make the world a more righteous...

Cost: $28 Members Save:$3 /tckt

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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For over a half-decade, Mullett has proven themselves to be the Premier Rockers for Hair Band fanatics and lovers of rock n roll. By delivering the best of the 1980’s in Big...

Cost: $22

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company The Warehouse
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Drop into the Learning Center on school vacation days to enjoy unique artist-led projects. Inspired by the extreme jewelry on view in Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century, each...

Cost: Members: Adults free, children $5 Non-Members: Adults $10, kids $10

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
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Draw inspiration from your favorite emoticons in this workshop inspired by emojis! Design symbols that convey emotion, represent an object or favorite food, or faces that make you giggle! All ages

Cost: Free for members or with Museum admission

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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We will celebrate the Full Moon and use its powerful energy for personal growth and spiritual development, focusing on developing intuition and the “heart’s knowing.”  Music, ritual,...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
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  The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1976 to...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06850
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Sponsor: Wall Street Theater
Telephone: 877-987-8764
Contact Name: Jeanne Moore
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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, with Santa visiting on December 8! Decorated for the...

Cost: Members free, Non-member adults $10/ kids $5.

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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For over a half-decade, Mullett has proven themselves to be the Premier Rockers for Hair Band fanatics and lovers of rock n roll. By delivering the best of the 1980’s in Big Hair and faithful...

Cost: $25/ticket; No Member Discount; tanding Room Only; Limited Seating Available

Where:
The Warehouse at FTC
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Pequot Library’s cozy Book Sale: Come to relax, browse, and buy. Plenty of free parking! Admission is free and all items are priced as marked. All Sale proceeds support Pequot Library’s annual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30. Free, no registration. Open to adults and older teens. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies in, but some basic supplies will be provided by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Join us for the most magical time if the year at Naumkeag! NEW: This holiday season, the gardens at two of our most popular historic homes, Naumkeag in Stockbridge and The Stevens-Coolidge Place...

Cost: Member: $12; Nonmember: $17; Children Under 12: FREE

Where:
Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill RD
4th Floor
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: The Trustees
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Join us for the most magical time if the year at Naumkeag! NEW: This holiday season, the gardens at two of our most popular historic homes, Naumkeag in Stockbridge and The Stevens-Coolidge Place...

Cost: Member: $12; Nonmember: $17; Children Under 12: FREE

Where:
Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill RD
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: The Trustees
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Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 14th Annual Festive Home...All That Glitters! opens Friday evening, November 16th with a preview party from 6-8pm.  For an entry fee of $20, attendees will...

Cost: $20 Preview Night Party/Free Days

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Mary Pat Devine
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Santa Visits Fairfield – a Fairfield Tradition November 24, 2018    LOCATION CHANGE FOR 2018: OLD TOWN HALL GREEN (611 Old Post Road, Fairfield) Santa is arriving and visiting Fairfield on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Old Town Hall Green
611 Old Post Road
Corner of Old Post Rd & Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 203-255-1011
Contact Name: Krista McCormack
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Ridgefield Guild of Artists' 14th Annual Festive Home...All That Glitters! opens Friday evening, November 16th with a preview party from 6-8pm.  For an entry fee of $20, attendees will...

Cost: $20 Preview Night Party/Free Days

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Mary Pat Devine
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Menu:Sausage and Rabe Stuffed Baked Artichoke HeartsSicilian Style Polpettini with Roasted Pepper Tomato SauceSpiced Parmesan FricoEggplant Caponata Stuffed ZucchiniDuette de Crostini: Two toppings...

Cost: 110.00

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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A Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues at FTC! Come and sing-along to the most popular animated film of all time. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins...

Cost: 5

Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as...

Cost: $59

Where:
Stamford Center For The Arts - Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic St.
Stamford, CT  06901
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Telephone: 802-255-1826
Contact Name: Emily Carter
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
Website »

More information

On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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The New York Times bestselling author, Simon Winchester, traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Sandisfield Arts Center
5 Hammertown Rd.
Sandisfield, MA  01255
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Sponsor: Sandsifeld Arts Center
Telephone: 413-281-4100
Contact Name: Marcella Smith

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Join us for the most magical time if the year at Naumkeag! NEW: This holiday season, the gardens at two of our most popular historic homes, Naumkeag in Stockbridge and The Stevens-Coolidge Place...

Cost: Member: $12; Nonmember: $17; Children Under 12: FREE

Where:
Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill RD
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: The Trustees
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The Mahaiwe continues its annual tradition screening The Wizard of Oz over Thanksgiving weekend. Join Dorothy and her eccentric band of friends gathered along the way across Oz, a curious world...

Cost: $5 children / $8 adults

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 413-528-0100
Contact Name: Box Office
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Enjoy an evening of music by singing storyteller David Ray. His songs have been described as "cinematic." Along with Lyle Lovett, Richie Havens, and others, his early Fast Folk recordings are now...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Hunt Hil Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Join us for another incredible evening of music featuring four local singer songwriters performing original music! Doors open at 7pm upstairs in the handicapped accessible Community Room. Snacks...

Cost: Free - donations graciously accepted

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
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Pequot Library’s cozy Book Sale: Come to relax, browse, and buy. Plenty of free parking! Admission is free and all items are priced as marked. All Sale proceeds support Pequot Library’s annual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Shoplifting Saturday's are coming to PET PANTRY in Fairfield, CT!  Your pup is approved to sniff, seek and swipe ONE Earth Animal No-Hide Chew for their chomping pleasure! And they will receive a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Pet Pantry
1876 Black Rock Turnpike
Earth Animal
Fairfield, CT  06825
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Sponsor: Earth Animal
Telephone: 203-557-3322
Contact Name: Brooke Valenti
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Contemporary Art Quilts by Norma Schlager Art quilts designed and sewn by Danbury quilt artist, Norma Schlager will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington from November 24...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery
5 Wykeham Rd.
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, with Santa visiting on December 8! Decorated for the...

Cost: Members free, Non-member adults $10/ kids $5.

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »

More information

Join us for the most magical time if the year at Naumkeag! NEW: This holiday season, the gardens at two of our most popular historic homes, Naumkeag in Stockbridge and The Stevens-Coolidge Place...

Cost: Member: $12; Nonmember: $17; Children Under 12: FREE

Where:
Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill RD
4th Floor
Stockbridge, MA  01262
View map »


Sponsor: The Trustees
Website »

More information

On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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