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Every Fri-Sun (year-round): Redwood Country Flea Market, 170 South Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, 6 am-2:30 pm, free adm & parking, 50-80 dealers; 203-269-3500.

Sundays (through Dec): Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market, Rte 7, New Milford, 7 am-2:30 pm (early buying 5:45 am, $20), adm $2, free ages 12 & under, leave pets home, vendors offer antiques, collectibles & misc, refreshments available; 508-896-1975.

Art Exhibits ______________________

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St, Ridgefield; 203-438-4519.

Through May 24: “Frank Poor: Enon Cemetery Main Street Sculpture Project,” outdoor installation taking form of 19th Century cemetery from artist’s hometown in Woodstock, Ga.

Through May 24: “Kwang Young-Chun: The Soul – Journey to America,” largest freestanding paper sculpture to date (14+ ft & approx 650 lbs) by Korean artist who uses recycled pages of Korean books & medicine wrappers on mulberry paper.

Through May 31: “Dave Cole: Flags of the World,” American flag cut & resewn from official UN “Flags of the World” set.

Through May 31: “David Taylor: Frontier/Frontera,” photos & video works offering a real-time glimpse into the dynamics of the US-Mexico border.

Barn Hill Studio, Rte 110 at Barn Hill Rd, Monroe. Hours: Sat-Sun 1-4 pm. Call 268-4225.

Through May 3: “Apple Blossom Festival Spring Art Show,” gifts, soaps, jewelry & ceramics by local artists; May 3, Maypole dancing, 12:30 pm, white attire requested.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St South/Rte 61, Bethlehem. Call 266-7596.

*(new show) May 1-31: botanical & nature themed pencil drawings & watercolor paintings by Betsy Rogers-Knox & her students of all ages; May 2, opening reception, 2-4 pm.

Blue Z Coffee House, 127 Main St South/Rte 25, Newtown.

Call 364-0631.

Through May 2: “Source: Surrender,” recent works & interactive installation by Newtown artist Joanne Keane.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd (Rte 25), Brookfield; 775-4526.

Through May 3: “Out of the Loop: Innovations in Hooking,” celebration of resurgence in American art form of rug hooking, guest curated by Sandy Hook fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay.

Featured Artist of the Month, special presentations in BCC Gift Shop:

Kent Art Association, 21 South Main St/Rte 7, Kent; 860-927-3989.

Through May 25: “Annual KAA Spring Juried Show,” 100+ works in oil, watercolor, pastels, graphics & sculpture by prize-winning local & regional artists.

Yale Center For British Art, 1080 Chapel St (at High St), New Haven; 203-432-2800.

Through May 3: “‘Endless Forms’: Charles Darwin, Natural Sciences and the Visual Arts,” highlight of global celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary will explore impact of Darwin’s most important theories on visual artists of the late 19th & early 20th Centuries.


Auditions, Juried Events  __________

Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Assn Ladies Auxiliary Flea Market, at Center Firehouse, 461 Main St/Rte 6, Southbury. Call 262-1059.

May 16: Vendor spaces available for flea market-tag sale, running 7 am-2 pm, 10x8 ft indoor space or 25x30 ft outdoor spaces available $30 (indoor spaces must be prepaid), BYO table, proceeds to benefit fire dept & ladies auxiliary community projects, contact Brenda Weir at above phone # for details.

Town Players of Newtown, The Little Theatre, Orchard Hill Rd, Newtown. Call 270-9144.

May 4-5: Auditions for Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7-9:30 pm, director Ruth Anne Baumgartner has speaking roles for 11+ males, 4+ females, plus extras, for July 10-26 production (Fri-Sat eves, 2 Sun mats), readings from script, prepare Shakespearean monologue if this is first time working for director, children & young adults will be needed for non-speaking roles but do not audition at this time (parents should contact Ms Baumgartner if interested); backstage help also needed, contact director for info.

Concerts, Musical Events ________

May 2: NUMC Coffee House, 7:45-10:30 pm, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Road, adm $4 for those attending earlier pasta dinner (see separate Misc listing), $5 otherwise, live bluegrass & folk music, refreshments, suitable for all ages; 426-9998.

May 3: Amore Trio at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd/Rte 7, Wilton, 4 pm, free performance (reservations encouraged) will continue library’s Connecticut’s Own music series; 203-792-3950.

May 3: “A Musical Celebration of Spring,” South Britain Congregational Church, 693 South Britain Rd/Rte 172, South Britain, 4 pm, $25, performance by soprano Christina Holms, tenor Tadeusz Szlenkier, baritone David Pershall & mezzo soprano Emily Righter, program to incl operatic arias & Broadway selections w/ accompanist Douglas Dickson; 888-665-0533.

May 3: “A Nod to Hollywood,” Danbury Community Concert at Ives Concert Hall, Western CT State Univ, 181 White St/Rte 6, Danbury, 7 pm, free one-hour performance by 75-pc orchestra of auditioned teens & adults from greater Danbury will incl music from soundtracks of Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Lone Ranger, Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Rings, suitable for all ages; 748-1716.

May 9: “Toward the Unknown Region” by Danbury Concert Chorus & Danbury Symphony Orchestra, St James Episcopal Church, 25 West Street, Danbury, 8 pm, free performance of 3 seldom performed masterworks for chorus & orchestra incl works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (title work), William Grant Still (Wailing Woman, w/ guest soloist Cheryl Hill) & Sergei Teneyev (John of Damascus); 748-1716.

May 16: CT Master Chorale 10th Anniversary Concert, St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, 8 pm, $20 adv, $25 at door, performance of 55-voice vocal group to celebrate first decade of performances with program of classi-cal, ethnic, samba & more, w/ accompanist Joseph Jacovino Jr & CT Master Chorale Orchestra; 743-0473.

Western CT State University Midtown Coffeehouse, Alumni Hall, James Roach Ave (off Osborne St, behind Roberts Ave Elementary School). Call 837-9700.

Coffeehouse each Thurs, open mic 8 pm, featured performance 9 pm (schedule follows), free, refreshments available for purchase: May 7, Brianne Chasanoff, pop; May 14, Mike Falzone, indie-rock (final event of semester).

For Kids & Families ____­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________

May 2: Norwalk Symphony Orchestra: (Not) Just for Kids – Brass, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd/Rte 7, Wilton, 2 pm, children ages 3-10 & families invited to experience hands-on participation w/ brass instruments; 203-762-3950.

May 9: Dolly & Me Tea, South Britain Congregational Church, Rte 172 at East Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, 11 am-2 pm, girls, their dolls, mothers, grandmothers & anyone young at heart invited for tea sandwiches, sweets, tea & punch, also shopping area filled w/ homemade doll clothes for many styles; 267-5312.

May 9: Children’s Printmaking Workshop, Mattatuck Museum Art & History Center, 144 West Main St, Waterbury, 2-4 pm, $7 ($4 members), ages 7-12 invited to create art using printmaking techniques incl monoprinting, relief prints, Styrofoam engraving prints, stenciling & stamping & rolling prints, led by artist & certified teacher June Kozloski, registration requested; 203-753-0381 x10.

C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-4533 (children’s dept 426-3851).

Children’s programs, free unless specified: May 6, Mother Goose on the Loose, 10 am, free 20-min award-winning early literacy program for ages 2 & under & parents, walk-ins welcome, weekly to May 13.

Family programs: May 10, Plays For Our Mothers, 3 pm, presentation by The Mask & Wig Players will incl creative fun, old-time radio melodrama & special gift for moms.

Miscellaneous _____________________

May 2: NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook, 5-7:30 pm, adm $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children, full spaghetti dinner incl salad, desserts, and soft drinks/coffee raises funds each month for church, all welcome, coffee house/musical event follows (see separate Concerts listing); 426-9998.

May 2: Cinco de Mayo Comedy Celebration, Edmond Town Hall theater, 45 Main St/Rte 45, Newtown, 8:30 pm, $17.50-$30, comedy performances by Andres Fernandez, Rich Ramirez & Mark DeMayo, sponsored by Treehouse Comedy; 268-5857.

May 2: Cars & Tours at Kellogg Environmental Center & Osborne Homestead Museum, 500 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, 10 am-2 pm, donations welcome, classic & contemporary cars (from Model Ts to solar cars), model solar car demos, “The History of Canals & The Development of Roads from Native American Pathways” program (10:30 am), demos & displays, also tours of property (until 4); 734-2513.

May 2: “Dare to dream, prepare the dream and share the dream,” Palace Theater, 165 Main St, Danbury, 2-4 pm, free workshop w/ photographer Laurie Klein will discuss the importance of mentoring & being mentored for aspiring photographers; 300-2607.

May 2: Author Book Signing-Wine & Cheese Reception, Pomperaug Woods Garden Room, 80 heritage Rd, Southbury, 2 pm, Charles Monagan (author of Connecticut Icons: 50 Symbols of the Nutmeg State & editor Connecticut magazine), light refreshments; 262-6555.

May 3: CT Choral Society Annual Auction, Woodbury Senior-Community Center, 265 Main St South/Rte 6, Woodbury, 2:30-5:30 pm, $15, silent & live auctions, live entertainment, wine tastings, food & beverages; 206-7186.

May 4: “Civil War Lecture Series: The Richmond & Petersburg Campaign,” Brookfield Museum & Historical Society, Rte 25 at 133, Brookfield Center, 7:30 pm, free lecture by Town Historian peter Thompson, reception follows; 740-8140.

May 6: “Printmakers: Their Craft and Inspiration,” Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 West Main St, Waterbury, 5:30 pm, $5 (museum members free), gallery talk by printmaker & collector Marc Chabot through “Traveler’s Tales” exhibition; 203-753-0381 x10.

May 7: “Erica Tells All,” My Place Restaurant, 8 Queen St, Newtown, 7 pm, $25 (incl program, dinner, dessert & coffee), join Erica DeSimone for the inside scoop of what it was like to be on The Bachelor, Relay For Life fundraiser; 270-6569.

May 8-9: SVFA Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale, Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Assn main station, 461 Main St/Rte 6, Southbury, Fri 12-7 pm, Sat 9 am-mid afternoon, hanging baskets, flats of annuals & perennials, individual plants & more, proceeds to benefit SVFA Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

May 9: Town & Country Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, The Inn at Newtown, 19 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, 9 am-2 pm, member grown & other flowering perennials, bushes, lilacs, deer resistant varieties & more.

May 9: Old Fashioned Auction & Flea Market, Shepardson Community Center, Rte 188, Middlebury, flea market 8 am-2 pm, preview party & silent auction 5:30, live auction 7 pm (adm $10), sponsored by Middlebury Congregational Church & proceeds to benefit MCC missions; 203-758-2671.

May 9: Fairfield County Pomona Grange Tag & Bake Sale, Grange Hall, Rte 110 at 111, Monroe, 9 am-2 pm, vendors, crafters, baked goods & refreshments; 371-1909.

Danbury Library, 170 Main St, Danbury. Call 797-4505.

Free programs unless noted, no registration needed (unless noted): May 7, Altered Books workshop, 6-7:30 pm, join artist Katie Stevenson to learn how to transform old/used books into works of art (altered book or artist book).

Reel Justice: Great Courtroom Dramas, free screenings

2 pm, free, lecture notes, discussion & refreshments follow: May 3, A Cry in the Dark (1988).

Independent Film Series, free screenings, refreshments & discussion follow: May 10, Mother of Mine (Finland/Sweden, 2005).

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call


(FILM) May 1-6: Yes Man (PG-13), Fri 7 & 9 pm, Sun-Wed 7 pm, mat Fri 4:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1 & 4 pm, Tues 1 pm.

Flanders Nature Center/Van Vleck Farmhouse, Flanders & Church Hill Rd, Woodbury. Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm. Call 203-263-3711.

Sundays, May 3-31, Spring Bird Walks, 7 am, free early morning hikes through natural habitats, binoculars encouraged, gentle terrain, suitable for all ages.

Sundays, May 3-31, Botany Trail Walks, 2 pm, guided strolls along award-winning trail to be led by experienced naturalist watching for native perennials, trees, shrubs & ferns, gentle terrain, suitable for all ages.

Newtown Hikers. Call 788-1398 (Ester Nichols), 270-4340 (Newtown Parks & Rec).

Hikes leave from lower lot @Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 9 am (spring & fall start), free, all welcome (children must be accompanied), bring bag lunch/beverage, wear sturdy shoes, destinations & leaders (in parentheses) as follows: May 2, Pratt Center, New Milford (Pat Callan,

264-2153); May 9, Webb Mountain, Monroe, easy to medium hike (Sally Cox, 426-9903); May 16, Putnam Park, Bethel, easy to medium hike, short (Ray Falk, 520-3793).

Newtown VNA Thrift Shop, Edmond Town Hall (lower level), 45 Main Street, New-town. Call 270-4377.

Shop is open every Wed 12-3 pm & Sat 9 am-noon, access is from town hall’s back parking lot, shop carries discounted items from local businesses & private donors incl clothing, sm home accessories & more.

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call

426-6654 or 798-0560.

Through May 3, 39th Annual Spring Juried Art Show, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St. Newtown, Sat 9:30 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm, Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-8 pm, Fri 11 am-5 pm, opening reception & awards ceremony April 26 (2-4 pm), works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media, prints & sculpture by SCAN members.

Programs 2nd Wed/month, 7:30 pm, public welcome, artist demonstrations, refreshments: May 13, pastel painting demo by Tom Brenner, program to incl history of pastels, materials, important considerations on setting up still life & demo using still life setup.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6224 (ask for Betty) or 264-3728 (ask for Krista).

Non-profit weight loss support group meets every Mon

6:30-7:30 pm (weigh-ins 5:45-6:15, meetings 6:30-7:30),

meetings $2/week, membership $24/year.

Theatre   ___________________________

May 1: Normal Theater at The Palace Theater, 165 Main St, Danbury, doors 7 pm, performance at 8, $10, ensemble piece by local theater group, part of Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance’s Spring Arts Celebration & Fundrasier; 300-2607.

May 3: Arnold at Brookfield Historical Society Museum, Rte 25 at 133, Brookfield Cetner, 2 pm, free performance by Arnold Daley as infamous CT born American Revolutionary War general turned traitor Benedict Arnold, reception to follow;


May 3: The Funny Stages at Playhouse on the Green, 177 State St, Bridgeport, 7 pm, $10 (cash only, pay at door), improv comedy by members of New Haven Theater Company;


Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Brookfield Playhouse, 182 Whisconier Rd (Rte 25, behind library), Brookfield Center.

Call 775-0023.

Harvey, May 1-16, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (May 10 only) 2 pm, tickets $20.

Town Players of Newtown, at The Little Theatre, Orchard Hill Rd, Newtown. Call 270-9144.

Caught in the Net, May 1-17, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (May 10 & 17) 1 pm, tickets $18 eves, $15 mats; May 1, benefit performance, call for ticket details & reservations; May 8, benefit performance for Newtown Congregational Church, tickets $20, wine & cheese at 7:30, silent auction during intermission.


Events that appear by date have Newtown items listed first, with additional events listed by their start time. At the time of printing, the information here is accurate as presented; a call ahead is always a good idea to be safe.


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