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The Boys Can’t Help It

Give them a year and these remodelistas are on it



When they first saw the house, it was a wreck. “Sixty-five years in one family, things can get weird. Like the front door flanked by the washer and dryer,” says Bobby Houston, left, with his partner Eric Shamie and their two dogs, Bille, left, and Bode.

Photos by John Gruen

My partner, Eric, is handsome, smart, and kind, but he does have this one annoying habit of always demanding the truth. “Give it to me straight,” he’ll say, looking me hard in the eye: “How many people are we feeding tonight, really?” And then I’ll grin and have to admit that a neighborly little supper for four is more likely going to be a neighborly little supper for nine or possibly 12, depending. And he’s cool with that; he just needs to know. It’s all because I like to talk to people and Eric likes to feed them, and Eric’s cooking is great. So, people say yes when I invite them to eat his food. Which is about five nights a week.

After ten years of this, we figured out a simple solution: Just make the kitchen bigger. And bigger. And bigger. We’ve fixed up a series of houses over the years until finally our dream kitchen has become a third of the house, with two dining tables, three sofas, a big fireplace and three ceiling fans in a soaring timber-frame barn. The idea of a great room focused on a TV is just so wrong—everybody knows you should focus on the stove. And believe you me, we do. 

Eric cooks and bakes and I grow the vegetables and make the salad and forget to have starters. Happily, we have never once forgotten wine.

Most of our friends are “remodelistas,” just like us, so there’s never a lull in the conversation. And the funny thing is, while we all love to buy and fix houses, it’s very hard, emotionally, to sell them. It’s the opposite of “flipping.” It’s really hoarding.

Here’s what happens. In your travels, you happen to notice a particular old house. And being an early house, it’s probably on the best hillside or the best hayfield in the area. Or it has an incredible stone silo, or a whitewater view of the Konkapot River. And you find excuses to drive by again and again, to look it over and peek in the windows because, let’s be honest, you’re already hopelessly in love. 

Hopefully, it’s in terrible condition, so you can afford it. Hopefully, there is stuff so bad, so wrong, so hideous that nobody else in their right mind would buy it. Our third house had no heat whatsoever, except for a coal stove. Luckily, it came with coal.

Then you begin. And because we can’t help ourselves, we always gut right down to the studs. (Our first house was nothing but studs and floor joists. No siding, no roof. You could see right through the frame in every direction: up, down, and sideways.) Then you work with your beloved carpenters and plumbers and electricians, in all shapes and sizes, guys you select as much for their taste in music as anything. (Their music tells you a lot about their work. Bluegrass is best.) And you show up first thing in the morning every day for a year and put that house back together until it’s fit for a magazine, like this one.

The “White Haus” is a perfect example of our process. The earliest part of the Great Barrington farmhouse is late 1700s, and the property had been in the Clark family since 1950 (when they paid $18,000—and put in a bomb shelter.) The ’50s must have been fun because they had several wet bars and lots of pink wallpaper. In fact, the neighbors made a point of telling us that Mrs. Clark was famous for her pink ’56 T-bird. But the ’50s were also tacky. The “new” front door was flanked by the washer and drier. Weird. The “painting studio” was held up by paint, with a toilet sitting quite openly in the corner. The master bed faced a wall.

We pulled out a few miles of old wiring and cast-iron piping, filled 15 dumpsters with plaster and mesh, and repurposed the entire floorplan. A breezeway to the studio became a glassy, south-facing entry. Naturally, that meant we had to reroute the driveway. A cramped, low kitchen became a vaulted master bathroom. A series of old panel doors were stripped and became the entry to the master bedroom. A scary top-floor dormitory became a big guest apartment with windows all around. And the Silence of the Lambs sheds out back were demolished completely. We didn’t find any bones, and thank God for that. 

At one point, our neighbor took to calling the house “Lonely Chimneys,” and here’s why: The house has five old fireplaces and during the demo, two of the chimneys were left standing stark naked in the breeze—the rooms were temporarily gone. Which brings us to the fireplace in the master bathroom (which used to be the kitchen. Don’t worry if you’re confused). It seemed like a good idea—toweling off in front of the fire, then plunking into the easy chair or sofa—in the bathroom.

Halfway through and way past the point of no return, you always run out of money. You just don’t tell the workmen, and you hustle to cover their checks. And then after a year (and for some reason it’s always a year), there comes a day when you tell the painters: “Just get out!” You can’t wait another day to clean the windows, take the shower caps off the smoke detectors, and throw some sheets on the bed. 

And you’ll encounter a thousand warning stickers to peel off. Stickers that read: “Warning: This is a window” and so forth. God Bless, America.

Then you move in and start inviting people for supper, while furnishing and fine-tuning the place. Shaker pegs in all the bedrooms. Lightbulbs in every lamp.

Over the years, we have become more and more fixated on the color white (even though we have painted five houses in the area black. On the outside.) In the current house, our love of white has gotten stronger—the countertops are white Carrara marble; the custom cabinets are white ash with a white wash; the kitchen walls are white pine, pickled and polished. Even the radiant-slab floor got a wash of white and a shine. Let’s face it, we’re living in dark times, and brightness and light are the best revenge. Especially with all the dimness in the other White House.

Even at the holiday season, when the guest list doubles, we try to stick to Scandinavian style—white and silver (not that there’s anything wrong with red and green, except that it’s ugly). But white and silver look great in firelight. And nobody looks good in a red snowflake sweater. Not even our friend’s pug, Libby.

So that’s the recipe. Find an old house in the best spot, fall in love, strip it, and put it all back as you empty your checkbook and obsess over every detail. Make a big bathroom and a big kitchen. Then wash the windows, furnish with a clean and light palette and fill it up with friends and neighbors, basically all the time. If you’re lucky, get Eric to bake Ruth Reichl’s “Big-Ass Chocolate Cake."

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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Play with printmaking and discover how different textures and materials make marks. Using craft foam, toys, rollers, and paint, two to five year olds, and their families, will create one-of-a-kind...

Cost: $15; $12 member

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Lisa Larkin, certified Health and Wellness Coach of Woodbury, presents “Healthy Habits for the New Year.”  A new year is upon us and many make healthy resolutions yet cave in to...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Academy Award-winning drama stars screen-legend Humphrey Bogart (“Casablanca,” “The African Queen”), Walter Huston (“Yankee Doodle Dandy”), and Tim Holt...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Road
Ridgefield , CT  06877
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Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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Tuesdays. Ages 13 and up. Multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer Rob Sanzone will teach ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. A limited number of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
15 Crissey Road
Great Barrington , MA  01230
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Sponsor: Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Telephone: 4135282810, ext. 31
Contact Name: Kristen
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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Join dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, Gina Olson, to learn how to effectively use essential oils in your everyday life to aid in a wide range of emotional and physical ailments including... •...

Cost: $35

Where:
Red Bee Apiary
Weston, CT  06883


Contact Name: Emily Sabo, Events Manager
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A New Documentary that Charts a Momentous Period of Change for The Met and New York City in the 50’s and 60’s from Director, Susan Froemke. As the Metropolitan Opera launches its...

Cost: $15

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: (203) 438-5795
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Chef Deborah Miller Ages 21 and Older Hands-On Participation Class Description:  Feeding the family is so much easier when you’ve mastered a few great soup and stew...

Cost: $75

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: Deborah Miller
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A New Documentary that Charts a Momentous Period of Change for The Met and New York City in the 50’s and 60’s from Director, Susan Froemke. As the Metropolitan Opera launches its...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: (203) 438-5795
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Wednesday, Jan. 17 Author Talk: Sujata Massey – The Widows of Malabar Hill: A Mystery of 1920s Bombay, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Wilton, CT  06897
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Telephone: 203-762-3950
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Join Bob and Deb Rice, Essential Oil Educators, at Children's Therapy and Learning Center in Fairfield, as they provide information on replacing toxins in your home with healthy...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Children's Therapy and Learning Center
2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 201
Fairfield, CT  06825
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Sponsor: Children'sTherapy and Learning Center
Telephone: 203-908-4433
Contact Name: Maybette
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The band behind the hits 'The Freshmen', 'Photograph', and 'Colorful' are still making music after twenty-four years. From hitting the charts in 1997 with Best Alternative...

Cost: Price:$32 Members Save:$3 /tckt

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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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
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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

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Life can be hard. How we treat ourselves either leads us to be resilient, happy and have healthy relationships or leads us to be filled with worry, ‘should haves’ and a ‘what...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Library
1080 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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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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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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The Good Purpose Gallery is pleased to present Memories of Exploration, bringing together photographs by Charles Edson and Ruslan Sprague and paintings by Kiki Dufault. The opening reception will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Good Purpose Gallery
40 Main Street
Suite 3
Lee, MA  01238
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

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Dewey Hall & Co. are happy to present Jaerv: folk, jazz, and pop band touring the US from Sweden. The award-winning Swedish quintet  present an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk...

Cost: $20

Where:
Dewey Hall
91 Main Street
Sheffield, MA  01257
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Sponsor: Dewey Hall & Co.
Telephone: 413 429 1176
Contact Name: Beth Carlson
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FEATURING: Jim Weider (The Band), G.E. Smith (SNL Musical Director / Bob Dylan / Hall & Oates), Snowy White (Pink Floyd / Thin Lizzy) With three of the most prolific rock...

Cost: Price:$48 Members Save:$5 /tckt

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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The highly anticipated release from the Bermuda native showcases his vocal range and signature melodies over a wide array of island rhythms, serving as the follow-up to his 2007 critically...

Cost: Price:$25 / $30 Day Of - Limited Seating First Come First Serve No Member Disco

Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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Stroller tours at the KMA are a unique opportunity to connect with other new parents and caregivers seeking culturally enriching activities to share with their babies. These once-a-month...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY  10536
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In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers,...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Visit us on the third Saturday of every month for free! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in a family art-making workshop in The Studio. Bucket of Junk: Family Workshop with...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
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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:
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
336 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY  10530
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Sponsor: United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Telephone: (914) 997-6700
Contact Name: Toyae Liverpool
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Saturday, Jan. 20 Mini Golf in the Stacks at Wilton Library, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wilton Library will hold its first mini golf fundraising event, presented by Bankwell. There will be 18 hole of...

Cost: $5 per player

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Bankwell
Telephone: 203-762-3950
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Enjoy live music, make your own art, watch a pop-up performance, and hop on a gallery tour. A full schedule of activities (free for everyone who walks through the doors!) will be available here.

Cost: Free

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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The Opera House, a new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great...

Cost: $17 / $10 everyone 21 and under (Box Office only)

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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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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The opening reception is on January 20 from 4-6pm at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. This is a juried exhibition of student, amateur and professional photographers. The exhibition will be on view...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave.
Waveny Park
New Canaan , CT  06840
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Part of our “Native American Story Telling Series” featuring Master Story Teller, Jonathan Kruk ‘STORY OF THE THREE SISTERS – BEANS, SQUASH, AND CORN’. ...

Cost: $10

Where:
Westmoreland Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Mount Kisco, NY  10549
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Telephone: 914-6668448
Contact Name: Westmoreland Sanctuary
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Class Description:  If you love the big, bold flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon wine by itself, then learn how to enhance your dishes with that flavor you love.  The dishes on this menu are...

Cost: $100

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: Deborah Miller
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We kick off the new FTC Comedy Presents series with the energetic, loud, never understated and always funny, Nathan Macintosh. The Canadian has performed at major comedy festivals, been on late...

Cost: Price:$29 No Member Discount

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Live Jazz Night with local Musician Michael-Louis Smith at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door Visit the link below or call 203 594 3638 for tickets...

Cost: Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door

Where:
Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave.
Waveny Park
New Canaan , CT  06840
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Take a trip to outer space with Quindar — Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and his art and music collaborator James Merle Thomas. The multimedia duo synch electronic...

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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The Westport Arts Center continues its tradition of bringing the best of international talent to Fairfield County with a special concert by the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday,...

Cost: Advance: $40 Members/$50 Non-Members; $60 At Door

Where:
Westport Arts Center
51 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT  06880
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Sponsor: Joyce Pauker
Telephone: 203-222-7070
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Opening Act: Gabrielle Cacciola Pepsi Rock Series Powered by xfinity The Lords of 52nd Street are Liberty Devitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors, who along with the late Doug Stegmeyer...

Cost: $38

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: (203) 438-5795
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut December 2, 2017 – March 4, 2018 The early 1960s marked a significant turning point in American printmaking: the rise of communal studios provided...

Cost: $10 adult, $8 senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
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