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Commencement speakers inspire college graduates to seek change



Over the next month or so, thousands of visitors will descend upon the Berkshires—not to see a high-profile musician or actor onstage. Instead, they will congregate on the campuses of our higher institutions of learning to send off more than 1,300 graduates into what some see as a seismically shifting socio-political landscape. Confronting the most urgent questions of the day, our liberal-arts schools are also becoming progressive platforms. “We are clearly embedded in the culture of the country,” says MCLA President Jamie Birge. “Today more than ever, it’s becoming quite visible that what’s happening in the broad community is also what’s happening here on campus.”

As graduates step fully into their emerging adult life, there’s a sense of both hopefulness and anxiety—for good reason. Foreign students face uncertainty about their legal status and visa policies. Proposed deep cuts in funding of the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Department of Education will greatly affect colleges as well as job prospects for graduates. “I’m hyper-aware of the government freeze, and it’s changing my job outlook,” says Meagan Bacher, 21, of Belchertown, a physics student at MCLA. 

“I’m feeling absolute anxiety of what will happen to the Department of Education, of what ways higher education, specifically in liberal arts and humanities, will be valued. We just don’t know,” says Bard College at Simon’s Rock provost Ian Bickford. “Students are unsettled by the political landscape and want to be involved and are looking for ways to make change.”

And the commencement speakers are there to guide and inspire them. They include Teen Vogue contributing editor Lauren Duca at Simon’s Rock, U.S. Representative John Lewis at MCLA, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Williams College, and Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago at Berkshire Community College.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Simon’s Rock, considered the lead into commencement season, will be delivered this year by NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks on April 26. Then on May 20, Duca (pictured left) will give the class of 2017 commencement address, a new platform for someone whose main discourse is through social media and stories. Her focus once was on cultural journalism and writing about “funky items and characters” for Teen Vogue. After the 2016 presidential election, the political situation demanded her focus change. “There’s no other option,” she says.

Her piece “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America” in Teen Vogue went viral, and her writing has ignited conversation about political dishonesty, and about the engagement of publications for younger audiences. The reorientation of Teen Vogue has drawn much attention, partly because of Duca and her premise that young people—young women—are listening, have powerful ideas, and want to make change. 

The conversation can begin via social media, but it needs to move beyond, as was the case in the North Dakota Pipeline protests and the Women’s March, says Duca. “This is about activating their college education.” 

“We don’t assume anything about our individual students’ political perspectives, and their perspectives are relatively diverse,” says Bickford. “The way to encourage open discourse and respect for diversity of ideas is a thought­ful country. The model in our classrooms is forms of communicating and ways of listening to allow for the ability to learn from each other.” 

Simon’s Rock is an early college where students enter in tenth or 11th grade. And Bard Academy, which is attached to the college, is the nation’s first two-year boarding and day program designed to prepare ninth and tenth graders to start college early. This reflects a growing awareness that high school and college need to be in closer communication with each other. The schools strive to enable even those at a younger age to be fully engaged and responsible. 

People in the Berkshires have always been active in the public realm, coming together when problems arise, says Birge, who grew up in Lee. As an institution, MCLA must look within to examine who it is, “particularly when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” 

The timing of Lewis (picured right) addressing MCLA graduates couldn’t be better. (He is also delivering the commencement keynote at Bard College in the Hudson Valley on May 27.) Lewis, senior chief deputy whip for House Democrats, has served as a U.S. Representative of Georgia for 30 years, and graduates are eager to hear what he has to say. “He actually created change in his lifetime,” says Jackie Kelly, 22, a senior English/public-relations major at MCLA from Tewksbury. “A lot of people want to create change, and he can provide insight into how to do that.”

At 77, Lewis is a piece of living history, having played several key roles in the civil-rights movement. He is the only surviving speaker of the March from Selma to Montgomery, or "Bloody Sunday," in 1965, where he was beaten so badly that his skull was fractured. When he was 17, he met Rosa Parks, and the following year he met Martin Luther King.

“If someone had told me when I was growing up that I would be able to play a role in having to change things, I would’ve said you must be crazy, out of your mind. But I’ve seen it, and I tell young people if you believe things can change, come and walk in my shoes and I can show you change.” Individuals need to be active locally, Lewis adds. “So many people start at the grassroots level, and they start fires of hope and change burning from one neighborhood to another, and one community to another community. What gives me hope is the belief in the possibility of change and possibility of people of conscience coming together for a common good.”

Campuses are making strong statements of inclusion in their schools, says Bickford. “Immigration, gender, gender binary, nonconformity, race, class, religion. We are concerned about students and people broadly in our community—their identity and the way they are represented.”

Apprehension about the new administration is greatly affecting students, especially immigrants and the poorest and most vulnerable. They are concerned about deportation and anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-gender sentiments, says Williams College President Adam Falk. “Our campuses aren’t an island. Many of our students have families who are eligible for deportation. We are offering counseling, advice, support. If they’re not American citizens, we are in regular contact with legal experts and legal organizations to navigate the system.”

Fittingly, Williams College’s June 4 commencement speaker is Adichie, novelist and short-story writer who is attracting a new generation of readers to African literature, speaking to a broad set of ex­periences of immigration, race, and feminism. She is also Williams’s first African-born commencement speaker. 

“It’s important for younger people today to be able to see the world from the perspectives of others who have really different experiences,” says Falk. “All of us in our country seem to be increasingly driven into silos of our own experiences. There are reasons for that. We follow our own media. We live in a society more segregated than it has been in a long time.” 

Many students enter school without an experience of diversity that media should bring, and encounter students that are totally different. Campuses bring students together who may be in conflict and engage them with productive discourse to create positive results. These students now understand the importance of the electoral college on presidential elections, says Falk.

“They didn’t realize that this election was something that they needed to be invested in, and that the way the country goes really depends on who is elected.” Instead, they have seen national politics as dysfunctional, a president and Congress who were deeply at odds, and an environment that has been about political points and not policy. They now see the importance of elections and engaging in real politics, letting Congress know what they think.

“We’re in one of those moments of refocusing ourselves on what it is we do and what it is that’s valuable about us,” says Falk. “It’s a strong case to make, and we, as educators, are happy to make it. Young people are the entire hope of the future. We need to invest in them and help navigate that future. That’s why people in higher education are in this.”


Commencement dates:

John Lewis speaks to 380 grads at MCLA on May 13;
Lauren Duca talks to 150 grads May 20 at Simon’s Rock;
Carlos Santiago (pictured right) to 300 grads at BCC June 2;
and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses 525 Williams College graduates June 4.
Most will stream live; details on each college’s website.

 

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Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Telephone: 203-762-8958, ext. 316.
Contact Name: Laurie Petrasanta
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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
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Website »

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Landmark Community Theatre will be extending it’s Youth Theatre Education program this July with a summer camp intensive focusing on Acting, Dance, and Voice. The camp...

Cost: $175

Where:
Landmark Community Theatre Production Center
9 Center St.
Thomaston, CT  06787
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Sponsor: Landmark Community Theatre
Telephone: 860-283-8558
Contact Name: Andrea Bingham
Website »

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This summer children ages 6-12 can explore the wonderful world of Oz at Pequot Library. This week-long, half-day program follows the adventures of Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey...

Cost: Pricing: Members* $150; Non-Members $175

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext 116
Contact Name: Jane Manners
Website »

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5 - 10 years old Drawing is fun and a great way to be creative and use your imagination. This workshop is designed to encourage kids to explore their ideas through drawing. Expressing your ideas...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Think about songs that you love to listen to, songs you comb through your CDs or playlists for because you just have to hear them. Don’t take these songs you love for granted....

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

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A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Red Bee Apiary's Talk, Tour & Honey Tastings are an opportunity to visit a working apiary and experience honey at its source. Take a tour of Red Bee's apiary and gardens, once...

Cost: $35

Where:
Red Bee Honey
Weston, CT  06883


Sponsor: Red Bee Honey
Contact Name: Emily Sabo, Events Manager
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8-13 years old Painting can be a lifelong activity, whether as a professional or as a hobbyist. Learning about color and the wonderful affect it has on people can help guide your painting...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

More information

Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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Actor Kevin Bacon and brother Michael have been writing, recording and performing together for more than two decades. The duo has released seven albums and earned praise for their gritty, eclectic...

Cost: $67

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06879
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Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
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Enjoy a beautiful evening of dance performances under the stars! The State's professional ballet company will delight audiences with its classical and contemporary repertoire danced by a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levitt Pavilion
40 Jesup Road
Westport, CT  06880
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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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As a singer, she's firmly grounded in tradition, a big, powerful belter in the vein of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. There is a familiarity with Ward’s voice in...

Cost: Price:$29 / $32 Day Of / $65 Early Entry VIP Package / $99 Meet & Greet Package

Where:
The Warehouse at FTC
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of...

Cost: $50-$360

Where:
Waveny Park
70 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Website »

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An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Christine's Garden
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Starting at The Mount’s Historic Stable, venture through Edith Wharton’s original estate guided by one of Mass Audubon’s naturalists. Exploring woods, wetlands and meadows...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

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: Nadia Martinez
Website »

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Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

The Bruce Museum spotlights the creative energy and vitality of fine art created by regional high school students in the 8th annual iCreate exhibition. Opening on June 9 and continuing...

Cost: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $8; Members and Children Under 5 Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203.413.6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

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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Love a good mystery? Working on a special project? Join other crime and craft enthusiasts and listen to Crime Classics, the classic radio show from the 1950s. Each week enjoy one or two episodes of...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music. Three decades ago,...

Cost: $5 to $36

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

More information

Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Landmark Community Theatre will be extending it’s Youth Theatre Education program this July with a summer camp intensive focusing on Acting, Dance, and Voice. The camp...

Cost: $175

Where:
Landmark Community Theatre Production Center
9 Center St.
Thomaston, CT  06787
View map »


Sponsor: Landmark Community Theatre
Telephone: 860-283-8558
Contact Name: Andrea Bingham
Website »

More information

This summer children ages 6-12 can explore the wonderful world of Oz at Pequot Library. This week-long, half-day program follows the adventures of Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey...

Cost: Pricing: Members* $150; Non-Members $175

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext 116
Contact Name: Jane Manners
Website »

More information

5 - 10 years old Drawing is fun and a great way to be creative and use your imagination. This workshop is designed to encourage kids to explore their ideas through drawing. Expressing your ideas...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Think about songs that you love to listen to, songs you comb through your CDs or playlists for because you just have to hear them. Don’t take these songs you love for granted....

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

8-13 years old Painting can be a lifelong activity, whether as a professional or as a hobbyist. Learning about color and the wonderful affect it has on people can help guide your painting...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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Westchester Community is in need of more than 40 foster homes to provide the county’s most vulnerable children with housing in a safe and stable environment. For more information and to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Department of Social Services
112 E Post Road
White Plains, NY  10601
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Sponsor: United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Telephone: 914-997-6700
Contact Name: Toyae Liverpool
Website »

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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

In celebration of her 30-year recording career, Mary Chapin Carpenter will release Sometimes Just The Sky on March 30 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. The...

Cost: $77.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06879
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Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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


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

More information

The Hunts are an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. With a harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal, these seven brothers and...

Cost: TICKETS: $17; No Member Discount

Where:
StageOne at FTC
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1036
Contact Name: FTC Box Office
Website »

More information

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of...

Cost: $50-$360

Where:
Waveny Park
70 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Christine's Garden
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
Website »

More information

Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

The Bruce Museum spotlights the creative energy and vitality of fine art created by regional high school students in the 8th annual iCreate exhibition. Opening on June 9 and continuing...

Cost: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $8; Members and Children Under 5 Free

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


Telephone: 203.413.6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

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

Back by popular demand! Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar will discuss 6 short stories published in The New Yorker magazine over 6 consecutive weeks. Each Wednesday's...

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Website »

More information

Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music. Three decades ago,...

Cost: $5 to $36

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy summer afternoons on the Terrace listening to professional actors read short stories written by Wharton and her contemporaries including Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, and Charlotte Perkins...

Cost: $10 General, Free for Members

Where:
The Terrace at The Mount
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-551-5100
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Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy...

Cost: $24 adult; $20 youth (12-18)

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-511-5100
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Weekly fun and friendly open mic with some great local talent.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
Website »

More information

Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Landmark Community Theatre will be extending it’s Youth Theatre Education program this July with a summer camp intensive focusing on Acting, Dance, and Voice. The camp...

Cost: $175

Where:
Landmark Community Theatre Production Center
9 Center St.
Thomaston, CT  06787
View map »


Sponsor: Landmark Community Theatre
Telephone: 860-283-8558
Contact Name: Andrea Bingham
Website »

More information

This summer children ages 6-12 can explore the wonderful world of Oz at Pequot Library. This week-long, half-day program follows the adventures of Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey...

Cost: Pricing: Members* $150; Non-Members $175

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext 116
Contact Name: Jane Manners
Website »

More information

5 - 10 years old Drawing is fun and a great way to be creative and use your imagination. This workshop is designed to encourage kids to explore their ideas through drawing. Expressing your ideas...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Think about songs that you love to listen to, songs you comb through your CDs or playlists for because you just have to hear them. Don’t take these songs you love for granted....

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

8-13 years old Painting can be a lifelong activity, whether as a professional or as a hobbyist. Learning about color and the wonderful affect it has on people can help guide your painting...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

More information

Throw paint balloons (washable, of course) at a canvas to create an awesome piece of abstract art, and more importantly have a bunch of fun doing it! Thursday, July 26th at 4:00 PM Grades 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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Join us for an artist talk and book signing with hyperrealist sculptor, Carole A. Feuerman. We are excited to have her at The Artist Book Foundation, found on the MASS MoCA campus....

Cost: Free

Where:
The Artist Book Foundation
1327 Mass MoCA Way
Building 13 2nd Floor
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: The Artist Book Foundation
Telephone: 413-398-5600
Contact Name: Annelies van Breen
Website »

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All ages are welcome to our 18 th year of the Summer Music & More concert series. As always, the concerts and refreshments are free thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Village Market and...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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North Adams signature gallery-walk-meets-street-festival is back for our next monthly DSA Thursday event. This month many of our galleries and projects feature the figurative form. In...

Cost: 0

Where:
Gallery 51
51 Main Street
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: MCLA
Telephone: 413-662-5253
Contact Name: Kim Murphy
Website »

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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

On Thursday, July 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich will host “The Language of Flavor in Honey: A Guided Sensory Honey Tasting Event.” Italian-trained honey expert...

Cost: $50 for Bruce Museum members, $65 non-members

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Cynthia Ehlinger
Website »

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Two-time Grammy Award nominee, and multiple Billboard World Music Award winner, Femi Kuti is back!  The Nigerian musician, and the oldest son of...

Cost: $39.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06879
View map »


Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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


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

More information

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of...

Cost: $50-$360

Where:
Waveny Park
70 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


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An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Christine's Garden
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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“Parlez-vous français?” Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the Terrace Thursday mornings (July 5- August 30) at 9am in honor of Edith...

Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

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: Nadia Martinez
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Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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The Bruce Museum spotlights the creative energy and vitality of fine art created by regional high school students in the 8th annual iCreate exhibition. Opening on June 9 and continuing...

Cost: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $8; Members and Children Under 5 Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203.413.6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

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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Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music. Three decades ago,...

Cost: $5 to $36

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Our summer fun spot promises frothy beverages, riverside regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, Oh, Canada artist Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: The Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music
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All ages are welcome to our 18th year of the Summer Music & More concert series. As always, the concerts and refreshments are free thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Village Market and...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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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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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
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SUMMER SELF CARE WEEKEND Friday through Sunday, July 27, 28 & 29 The heat of the SUMMER! Now is your chance to slow down and spend a little time focusing on your personal care,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
, CT


Sponsor: Wisdom of Within
Telephone: 203-247-4303
Contact Name: Pamela Miles
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Landmark Community Theatre will be extending it’s Youth Theatre Education program this July with a summer camp intensive focusing on Acting, Dance, and Voice. The camp...

Cost: $175

Where:
Landmark Community Theatre Production Center
9 Center St.
Thomaston, CT  06787
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Sponsor: Landmark Community Theatre
Telephone: 860-283-8558
Contact Name: Andrea Bingham
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This summer children ages 6-12 can explore the wonderful world of Oz at Pequot Library. This week-long, half-day program follows the adventures of Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey...

Cost: Pricing: Members* $150; Non-Members $175

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext 116
Contact Name: Jane Manners
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5 - 10 years old Drawing is fun and a great way to be creative and use your imagination. This workshop is designed to encourage kids to explore their ideas through drawing. Expressing your ideas...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Think about songs that you love to listen to, songs you comb through your CDs or playlists for because you just have to hear them. Don’t take these songs you love for granted....

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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One of the Largest Book Sales in New England, runs Friday, July 27 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 9am - 6pm daily (until 2pm on Tues.) OVER 100,000 BOOKS, CDs, DVDs, and RECORDS, plus unique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
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A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Join us for an intimate conversation between cultural critic Kate Bolick and Pamela Paul author and editor of The New York Times Book Review. 

Cost: $10 general; free for Mount members

Where:
The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-551-5100
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8-13 years old Painting can be a lifelong activity, whether as a professional or as a hobbyist. Learning about color and the wonderful affect it has on people can help guide your painting...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler 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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See and Touch exotic animals up close. Plus, learn about endangered species and conservation hands-on! The Nature of Things is an environmental outreach program that presents quality live animal...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler 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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In the inaugural exhibition of Art Tripping, twelve artists from the Litchfield Hills come together to showcase a melangé of mediums. From sculptures to watercolors, oil paintings to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Milton Hall
530 Milton Rd
Litchfield, CT  06759-2113
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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
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For the last thirty two years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their...

Cost: $20-$50

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 141-352-80100
Contact Name: Box Office
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Friday, July 27 •  8:00PM •  Music Shed Debussy once said, “I have a horror of sentimentality and cannot forget that its name is Saint-Saëns.”...

Cost: Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids under 18 Free!

Where:
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, 20 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, CT  06058
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Telephone: 860-542-3000
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Terrapin is the ultimate Grateful Dead experience. They have performed over 160 concerts, offering an authentic mix of Dead tunes which will appeal to the most ardent Deadhead as well as the newly...

Cost: 5/15 to 7/27-$25 Day of Show $30

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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Montgomery Gentry will release their final album “Here’s To You” in February, just months after the famed country duo last recorded together.  Montgomery Gentry...

Cost: $77.50 Gold Circle | $67.50 Orchestra | $57.50 Mezzanine & Balcony

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06879
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Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
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Returning after his Caramoor debut at the 2015 Jazz Festival, Joey Alexander brings an original swing and improvisational style that is unmatched at his age, along with an artistic maturity well...

Cost: $40-$75

Where:
Caramoor
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY  10536
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Telephone: 914.232.1252
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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Having reached #10 on the iTunes Rock Chart before going on hiatus in 2012, roots-rock band Barefoot Truth returns to the stage this summer. Barefoot Truth is a symbol of genuine independent...

Cost: $28/ticket; Members Save: $3/ticket

Where:
StageOne at FTC
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of...

Cost: $50-$360

Where:
Waveny Park
70 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT  06840
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An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Christine's Garden
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

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Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

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: Nadia Martinez
Website »

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Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Are you just dying to get some dirt under your fingernails this season? Come to Back 40 Farm for Friday Field Days and help us out with weeding, transplanting, hoeing, harvesting, and more! Who:...

Where:
Back 40 Farm
Washington Depot, CT


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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
Website »

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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

The Bruce Museum spotlights the creative energy and vitality of fine art created by regional high school students in the 8th annual iCreate exhibition. Opening on June 9 and continuing...

Cost: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $8; Members and Children Under 5 Free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203.413.6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

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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Pilobolus, the international dance and bespoke entertainment company headquartered in Washington Depot, CT, is proud to announce its first Five Senses Festival: a three-week multi-arts festival...

Cost: Various

Where:
Five Senses Festival
292 Bee Brook Road
Suite 308
Washington, CT  06777
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Sponsor: Pilobolus
Telephone: 646-795-4930
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Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music. Three decades ago,...

Cost: $5 to $36

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-511-5100
Website »

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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

For the last thirty two years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their...

Cost: $20-$50

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
View map »


Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 141-352-80100
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

SUMMER SELF CARE WEEKEND Friday through Sunday, July 27, 28 & 29 The heat of the SUMMER! Now is your chance to slow down and spend a little time focusing on your personal care,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
, CT


Sponsor: Wisdom of Within
Telephone: 203-247-4303
Contact Name: Pamela Miles
Website »

More information

One of the Largest Book Sales in New England, runs Friday, July 27 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 9am - 6pm daily (until 2pm on Tues.) OVER 100,000 BOOKS, CDs, DVDs, and RECORDS, plus unique...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Website »

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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
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Website »

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A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Nine potters, at eight locations, in the beautiful Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, will open their studios to the public. There will be guest artists, demonstrations and local foods at each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hilltown 6
108 Mount Road
Cummington, MA  01026
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Sponsor: Hilltown 6
Telephone: 413-695-1638
Contact Name: Sara Wein
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The Golf Performance Center is hosting an Open House to showcase the facility and its programs. Try out our technology, talk with our golf experts, sample refreshments from our Energy Zone, and...

Where:
The Golf Performance Center
824 Ethan Allen Hwy
, CT
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All ages. In a partnership between Lewisboro Library and the Westchester Land Trust, we’ll be hiking the Pine Croft Meadow Preserve, while discovering a great book whose pages are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lewisboro Library
15 Main Street
PO Box 477
South Salem, NY  10590
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Telephone: 914.875.9004
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Come prepared to get up and moving! Join in the fun with interactive performances by local dance studios, fitness demonstrations, family-friendly activities & much more!  Free Prize...

Cost: Please bring a healthy food donation item to benefit a local food pantry.

Where:
Paradise Green
Main St. & Huntington Rd
Stratford, CT  06614
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Wigs & Wishes® Powered by Friends Are By Your Side® Every day, thousands of women and children are diagnosed with cancer. Wigs & Wishes® Powered by Friends Are By Your Side®...

Cost: $10 entrance and $40 for participation

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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Join us Saturday, July 28, 2018 for the 7th Annual Westside Reggae Festival presented by Heart and Soul Entertainment. Featured artists include Culture "with the lead vocals of Kenyatta...

Cost: Advanced: $15- $35; At the gate: $25-$45

Where:
Ives Concert Park
43 Lake Ave Ext
Danbury, CT  06811
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Sponsor: Heart and Soul Entertainment
Telephone: 203-470-1141
Contact Name: Terrance Jack
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Join Black Rock Art Guild in the Reading Garden for an afternoon of readings featuring BRAG poets and performing artists. This event takes place at the Bridgeport Library on July 28, from 2:30- 5...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Bridgeport Library- Black Rock Branch
2705 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT  06605
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Sponsor: Bridgeport Library
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A unique blend of eclectic Rock, Honky-Tonk & Roots music.   The line-up is over 12 acts: Hard rock girl band Bat Fangs, New Orleans Jump Blues, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Western Swing of...

Cost: $23 in advance, $30 at the door

Where:
RoeliffRoeliff Janssen (Roe Jan) Park
9140 Route 22
HIllsdale, NY , NY  12529
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Sponsor: Oldtone Productions
Telephone: 914 466 8947
Contact Name: Trevor Roush
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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Blackmore’s Night seamlessly weaves together elements of modern folk, renaissance and progressive rock music in a style that can only be defined as their own, performing sold-out shows all...

Cost: $52.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06879
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Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
Website »

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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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Saturday, July 28 •  8:00PM •  Music Shed The festival is delighted to have the Shanghai Quartet back at Norfolk for their first appearances since the 1980s when they...

Cost: Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids under 18 Free!

Where:
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, 20 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, CT  06058
View map »


Telephone: 860-542-3000
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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


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

More information

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of...

Cost: $50-$360

Where:
Waveny Park
70 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Christine's Garden
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

A curated outdoor market featuring local and regional handmade gifts and products. Every Saturday, Memorial Day - Columbus Day, from 9 -1, GBAM offers visitors the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Great Barrington
18 Church Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Great Barrington Arts Market
Telephone: 413 429 6830
Contact Name: Molly de St. Andre & Kris Kanter
Website »

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Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
Website »

More information

Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Hiking and practicing yoga outside in the fresh air leaves you feeling uplifted, centered, and peaceful! In warm weather months, we meet regularly in various parks and trails. Each event starts...

Cost: Three and Five Class Packages (3 times for $33, 5 times for $42)

Where:
Vary with each class
, CT


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The Farm-Fresh Market was created in 2007 with 15 local vendors, and has grown over the years to become a staple of the Litchfield Hills community throughout all seasons. We were so proud to be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center School Parking Lot
Woodruff Lane
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Telephone: 860-567-3871
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

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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Pilobolus, the international dance and bespoke entertainment company headquartered in Washington Depot, CT, is proud to announce its first Five Senses Festival: a three-week multi-arts festival...

Cost: Various

Where:
Five Senses Festival
292 Bee Brook Road
Suite 308
Washington, CT  06777
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Sponsor: Pilobolus
Telephone: 646-795-4930
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Brilliant musicians and composers inhabit the MASS MoCA campus from July 12 – July 28 for three rollicking weeks of innovative, unexpected, and ear-expanding music. Three decades ago,...

Cost: $5 to $36

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-511-5100
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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
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