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Saturdays (through mid-Dec): 38th Season Woodbury’s Famous Antiques & Flea Market, 787 Main St South (Rte 6, near Rte 64), Woodbury, 7 am-1 pm, 150± vendors each week; 203-263-2841.

Sundays (through Dec 11): Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market, Rte 7, New Milford, 7 am-2:30 pm (early buying 5:45 am, $20), adm $1; 508-896-1975

Art Exhibits, Museums Historic Places__ _____

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St, Ridgefield. Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sat-Sun 1-5 pm, Fri 12-8 pm. Call 203-438-4519.

*(new show) July 10-Oct 9: “Emil Lukas: Connection to the Curious,” sculpture that can be viewed from outside museum or from inside w/ aid of snaking camera, installation incl series of small-scale cast-concrete sculptures placed discretely throughout sculpture garden, elements of sculpture expected to change during course of exhibition, visitors will be invited to make rubbings & castings from artist’s forms; July 10, opening reception, 3-6 pm.

*(new show) July 10-Jan 8: “Black Like Me — Fred Wilson: The 2002 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award Recipient,” major solo exhibition for award-winner will focus on artist’s growing interest in glass incl signature style of using found objects as vehicle for cultural & institutional critique; July 10, opening reception, 3-6 pm.

*(new show) July 10-Jan 8: “Lisa Signal: A House of Many Mansions,” site-specific work by Brooklyn-based artist whose paintings have moved off canvas & onto lg pcs of sheetrock & sometimes directly onto gallery walls, new pcs will wrap around museum’s Leir Atrium; July 10, opening reception, 3-6 pm.

*(new show) July 10-Oct 9: “Sarah Morris: Los Angeles,” continuous screenings of recent film that captures a week in the life of a city known as center for film production on eve of annual Oscar Awards celebration; July 10, opening reception, 3-6 pm.

Through Aug 7: “Contemporary Erotic Drawing,” drawings that follow traditions in Western & Eastern art & sensibilities, ranging from humorous, raunchy & abstract to fetishes, personal & intimate by 34 artists.

Barker Animation Art Gallery (at Barker Animation, Fine Art & Sculpture), 1188 Highland Ave, Cheshire. Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Call 800-995-2357.

*(new show) July 1-Aug 1: “The Art of Dr Seuss: A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition,” special CT premiere of traveling exhibition celebrating artist’s 100th birthday highlights works created between 1920s-1990s that chronicle Seuss’ little-known political cartoons ca WWII, rarely-seen advertising art, also colorful & complex paintings from The Secret Art of Dr Seuss; July 21, gallery talk by Kevin Friest, call for start time of evening program.

Bethel Arts Junction, 5 Depot Place, Bethel. Hours: Wed 7:30 pm (opens for weekly poetry program), Thurs & Sun 1-4 pm, Fri-Sat 1-8 pm. Call 798-2193 or 740-7351.

*(new show) July 9-Aug 21: “The Art of George Corbellini: A One-Man Exhibit,” paintings in oils, pastels or acrylics by Mr Corbellini that are inspired by everyday things the artist sees incl people & nature; July 9, opening reception, 6-9 pm.

Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am-8 pm, Fri 12-5 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 426-4533.

In Olga Knoepke Meeting Room (lower meeting room) — *(new show) July 1-July 28: abstract realist landscape paintings by Sandi Randall.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd (Rte 25), Brookfield. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 775-4526.

Through Aug 7: “Innovative Perspectives in Turning,” contemporary turned artworks by 23 noted American woodturners, w/ pcs ranging from traditional vessel forms to purely sculptural pcs; July 10, artists’ reception (public invited), 1-4 pm – curator’s lecture by Albert LeCoff at 3 pm.

Brookfield Historical Society, Rtes 133 & 25, Brookfield Center. Hours: Sat 12-4 pm, also by appt & by chance (when museum flag is displayed). Call 740-8140.

Through Aug 31: “The Ironworks District,” artifacts, photos, hat-making tools & memorabilia highlighting the historic significance of town’s former industrial production center, which ran along Still River.

Fenn Gallery of Contemporary Art, 345 Main Street/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Thurs-Sun 11 am-5 pm. Call 203-263-2821.

Through July 31: “Around The Corner,” urban landscapes by Constance LaPalombara & raku sculpture by Eva St John.

Gregory James Gallery, Bank Street Plaza, 27 Main St, New Milford. Hours: Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-4 pm. Call 860-354-3436.

Through July 2: “Spring Art Show 2005,” new works by many of the gallery’s celebrated artists incl Rick Daskam, Joseph Grieco, Roger Kastel, Christopher Magadini, Alain Picard, Bill Rice, Anda Styler & Danielle Wexler, also works by new member Scott Zuckerman.

Kent Art Association, 21 South Main St/Rte 7, Kent. Hours: Thurs-Sun 1-5 pm. Call 860-927-3989.

Through July 17: “The KAA Elected Artists Show & Sale,” more than 100 paintings (oils & watercolors), pastels, graphics & sculpture by KAA artists who have achieved Elected Artists status (juried show participation & selection by current elected artists).

Miller Studio & Gallery, 495 Main St/Rte 6, Woodbury. Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Mon-Tues by chance or appt. Call 203-263-3939.

Through July 18: “Dog Day,” annual spring-summer fundraiser exhibition this year offers most recent paintings (landscapes & still lifes) by gallery artists Helene Brier, Joy Bristol, Ella Crampton-Knox, David Dunlop, Sue Falato, Robert Kozora, Katrina Schmidt-Rinke & Mary Whyte, percentage of proceeds from all art sales will be donated to Animals for Life.

Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St, Roxbury. Hours: Sat 10 am-2 pm, Mon & Wed 10 am-7 pm, Thurs-Fri 10 am-5 pm. Call 860-350-2181.

*(new show) July 2-Aug 15: landscape oil paintings focusing on the islands & coastlines of Maine & Long Island by Frank Metz as artist celebrates 80th birthday & 60 yrs of painting; July 2, opening reception, 2-4 pm.

New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St, New Britain. Hours: Tues, Thurs-Fri & Sun 12-5 pm, Wed 12-7 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm. Call 860-229-0257.

*(new show) Through Sept 18: “Innocence,” childhood innocence & its loss as expressed in American painting, sculpture, prints & photos of 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, from babies & children to young teens at work & play, incl pcs by Cassatt, Mann, Sturgess, Homer, Levitt, Hine, et al;

*(new show) Through Sept 25: “For Spacious Skies: Hudson River School Paintings from the Henry & Sharon Martin Collection,” 16 paintings by Hudson River School artists well-known for recording American scenery, shifting seasonal light & changing climatic conditions w/ honesty & vitality; July 21, gallery talk by collector Henry Martin & gallery owner Louis Salerno (Questroyal Fine Arts), refreshments 5:30 pm, lecture at 6, $15.

*(new show) July 10-Sept 4: “New/Now: Gene Wilder,” first museum showing of watercolor portraits by Mr Wilder, who is better known for his work on the big screen; July 10, opening reception, 2-4 pm.

River Glen Fine Arts Gallery, 3 Washington Ave/Rte 34, Sandy Hook. Hours: Tues 12-4 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-4 pm. Call 270-1199.

Paintings by Rainie Crawford, Frank Federico, Leslie Lillien Levy, Dick McEvoy, Alain J. Picard & Peter Seltzer, sculpture by Sterett-Gittings Kelsey.

Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford. Hours: Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat 11 am-4 pm, Thurs 11 am-7 pm, Sun 1-4 pm. Call 860-232-4571.

Through Sept 17: “Rolph Scarlett: Paintings & Works on Paper,” works by Mr Scarlett drawn from sev private collections across CT & incl work never before exhibited in public, tracing artist’s development as non-objective painter working in 1930s & 40s w/ geometric abstractions, then “lyrical” abstractions incorporating organic or biomorphic forms, gestural drip paintings of ca 1950s, & later hard-edged geometric works; July 10, gallery talk, 2 pm, lecture by Ann Sievers will incl conversation w/ one collector of Scarlett work who is major lender to exhibition.

Science Center of Connecticut, 950 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 860-231-2824.

*(new show) July 2-Sept 5: “Hatching The Past: Dinosaur Eggs, Nests & Young,” 250+ eggs, embryos & young incl 100 real dinosaur eggs help unlock the mysteries of dinosaurs from new discoveries, also like-like models, paintings, hands-on exploration stations & animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts.

*(new show) July 2-Sept 5: “Dinomaze,” 1,000-sq ft maze to explore while learning about when dinosaurs lived, how big they were & where scientists find their fossils.

Walsh Art Gallery at Quick Center, Fairfield Univ, North Benson Rd, Fairfield. Hours: Tues-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12-4 pm. Call 203-254-4000 x2969.

Through July 30: “Night and Day,” juried exhibition w/ works by members of The Women’s Caucus for Art & other invited female artists incl paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture & 1 lg installation.

Washington Art Association, Bryant Plaza, Rte 47, Washington Depot. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 860-868-2878.

Through July 24: “July 2005,” paintings by Harold Reddicliffe, abstract paintings by Deborah Muirhead & sculpture by Damian Olsen.

White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Rte 37 East, Sherman. Hours: Fri-Sun 11 am-5 pm & by appt. Call 860-355-0271.

Through July 10: “Four Strangers,” paintings by Donald Bruen, Carol Cario, Deborah Dargaty, Ellen Hoyt & JoAnn Simon.

Yale Center For British Art, 1080 Chapel St (at High St), New Haven. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm. Call 203-432-2800.

Through Aug 15: “Whistler: The Naval View,” proof set of 12 etchings by James McNeill Whistler to record the 1887 occasion of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, also oil paintings by Whistler, all given to YCBA by Robert N. Whittemore (Yale Class of 1943) & 6 Whistler watercolors given to YCBA by Paul Mellon.

Through Aug 15: “Recent Gifts & Acquisitions,” selection of gifts & purchases of last few years incl works on paper by Chrstopher Cook, Claude de Jongh’s 1632 painting on Old London Bridge, paintings, sculpture & more; June 26, exhibitions tour, 2 pm, docent will lead tour of “Recent Gifts” and “Whistler” exhibitions.

Auditions, Juried Events  _____

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr, New Haven. Call 203-787-4284.

July 5-6: Auditions for local Equity actors for 2005-06 season, by appt only, bring current headshot & résumé & prepare 2 monologues – 1 classical & 1 contemporary, not to exceed 3 min combined length, must also bring Equity membership card, visit www.LongWharf.org for addt’l info.

July 7-8: Auditions for local non-Equity actors for 2005-06 season, same details as above.

Nichols Arts and Crafts Festival, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Turnpike/Rte 108, Trumbull. Call 203-378-1781.

Aug 13: Deadline for vendors seeking to participate in this year’s event, 12 x 12 spaces are $40 (50 spaces available), fair will be Sept 10 from 10 am-4 pm (set-up to begin at 8), vendors provide their own tables, call Alice Britton for full details, reservations.

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield. Call 203-431-9850.

July 11-12: Auditions for Michael Cristofer’s The Shadow Box, 7:30-9 pm, director Marc Cameron seeks 5 men (ages 14-50) & 4 women (ages 30-70), readings will be from script, all ethnicities encouraged, rehearsals to begin last week in July, performances will be weekends Sept 9-Oct 8, call theater or visit www.TheaterBarn.org for addit’l info.

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

July 5: Auditions for Fuddy Meers, 7-9 pm, director Mary Poile seeking 4 men & 3 women ages 17-60-plus to fill roles for Sept production, also seeking backstage & tech help, call or visit www.NewtownPlayers.org for details.


Concerts, Musical Events ____

July 2: NUMC Coffee House, 7:45–10:30 pm, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Road, adm $3 for those attending earlier pasta dinner (see separate Misc listing), $4 otherwise, live bluegrass & folk music, refreshments, suitable for all ages; 426-0617.

July 5: Lunch & Knishes: Pianist Leslie Merwin, Walzer Family Jewish Communities of Western CT, 444 Main St North, Southbury, lunch at noon, program at 1 pm, adm $5.50 (RSVP by June 24), fresh-prepared lunch by Chef Nancy Stokes, then award-winning pianist Leslie Merwin will perform Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff & Scriabin; 267-3177 x105.

July 7: Quicker Than The Eye at The Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St, Waterbury, 5:30-8 pm, adm $10, performance by Emmy Award-winning Rex Cadwallader & his ensemble will be July’s First Thursday presentation, adm incl refreshments & entry to museum’s current exhibitions; 203-753-0381 x20.

July 9: 31st Annual Pickin’ N Fiddlin’ Contest, Hurlburt Town Park, Apple Lane (signs posted from Rte 67), Roxbury, music begins 4:30 pm (contestant registration opens at 4; rain date July 10, starting at noon, if needed), adm $10 adults, free ages 12 & under, performances/competitions in old time fiddle, old time banjo, mandolin, trick & fancy fiddle, open guitar (finger & flat picking), bluegrass banjo, band playoff (3 or more musicians), also fiddle jam (not judged), youth & senior awards, also refreshments available, vendors, proceeds benefit Roxbury Volunteer FR Scholarship Fund; 860-354-5921.

July 10: “The Talking Violin: Violinist Julie Lyonn Lieberman,” at WCSU’s Ives Concert Hall (within White Hall), 181 White St, Danbury, 7 pm, tickets $10, performance by renowned violinists, singer, composer, recording artist, producer, author & educator who will be accompanied by guitarist Gene Pinto & bass player Jeff Fuller, program will span journey of violin from arrival in US as Celtic & classical instrument to its place in blues, swing, jazz & other musical styles; 837-8350, 837-8486.

July 13: The Frank Porto Band at Ashlar of Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Rd, Newtown, 7 pm, free concert of music from 1930s & 40s will continue 19th annual Summer Sounds Concert Series, bring chairs or blankets for seating; 426-5847.

July 14: US Air Force Airmen of Note concert, Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Rd/Rte 34, Sandy Hook, 7:30 pm, free concert (ticket requests available from Jason Hsu, limit 4/family) by premier jazz ensemble of US Air Force originally created in 1950 to carry on Glenn Miller’s musical traditions; 792-5920 (daytime).

July 16: Northern Bound at The Pleasance, Sugar St at Main St (Rte 302 at Rte 25), Newtown, free, 7 pm concert sponsored by C.H. Booth Library will continue library’s 2005 summer concert series (at library if rain); 426-4533.

Ashlar of Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Rd, Newtown. Call 426-5847.

19th Annual Summer Sounds Concert Series, 7 pm, free, bring chairs/blankets: July 13, The Frank Porto Band, music from 1930s & 40s.

Gate House Coffee House, Rte 172, Southbury. Call 586-2144 (Southbury Training School).

Summer Concert Series, Tues 6:30 pm (under pavilion if rain), free adm: July 5, Kim & Reggie Harris, eclectic bland of well-crafted originals, spirituals & freedom songs; July 12, Too Blue, original bluegrass & swing acoustic music.

Ives Concert Park, WCSU westside campus, University Blvd, Danbury. Call 837-9226 (or TicketMaster, 744-8100).

Summer Concert Series, shows 7:30 unless noted, all shows rain or shine, children’s lawn tickets $12 (ages 2 & under free/lawn), all tickets $3 higher day of show: July 10, The Chieftains, 7 pm, tickets $20-$55, Mary Beth Sippin & Goldrush opening.

McLaughlin Vineyards, Albert’s Hill Rd, Sandy Hook. Hours: daily 11 am-5 pm. Call 426-1533.

Sunday Music Series, 1-4 pm, $15: July 3, Garden Jazz; July 10, bluegrass music.

Merryall Center for the Arts, Chapel Hill Rd (off Merryall Rd), New Milford. Call 860-354-7264.

Performances 8 pm (unless noted), tickets $15, season tickets available: July 9, Ben Larsen & Bonnie Brodsky.

Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies & Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge Ave, Ridgefield. Call 203-438-5795.

Performances 8 pm unless noted: July 6, The Marshall Tucker Band, tickets $45 & $50, Aztec Two-Step opening.

Sherman Chamber Ensemble. Call 860-355-6155.

Fri performances @St Andrew’s Church, North Main St, Kent; Sat performances @Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Rte 37 at Leach Hollow Rd, Sherman, tickets $20 adults, $15 students & seniors ($10 lawn seats available for Sat performances, free lawn seating for age 12 & under), series tickets $45: July 8-9, forte-pianist Kenneth Cooper, cellist Eliot Bailen, violinist Jill Levy, violist Sarah Adams & flutist Susan Rotholz will perform works of Mozart (Piano Quartet in G minor), Bach (Gamba Sonata in D Major), Haydn (Piano Sonata in D Major) & Crusel (Flute Quartet, Op 8).

Silvermine Guild Arts Center auditorium, 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan. Call 203-966-9700.

46th Silvermine Summer Music Series, call for start times, tickets $25 (subscriptions $85), $10 students/ages 18 & under: July 8, The Daedalus Quartet.

St James Church Wednesday Carillon Concert Series, St James Episcopal Church, 25 West St, Danbury. Call 748-3561.

Concerts by guest performers on church’s Bulkley Carillon, seating on church lawn (bring blankets, low chairs), performances 12:30 pm rain or shine, picnics welcome:


Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel. Call 778-2100.

July 1-8,Saving Face (R),  daily 3:35, 5:30, 7:30, 9:35, Mat Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed 1:30; Watermarks (not rated) daily 3:15, 7:20; Travellers & Magicians (not rated), daily 5:05 & 9:25, mat Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, 1 pm; Apres Vous (R), daily 6:45, mat Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed 1:10 pm; Cinderella Man (PG13), daily 3:25 & 9:05; Mad Hot Ballroom (PG) daily 7 pm, mat Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed 1:40; Crash (R) daily 4:10 & 9:45.

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-2475.

July 1-7, No Shows July 4, Sahara (PG13), Fri-Sun, Tues-Thurs, 7 and 9:15 pm; mat Fri 1 pm, Sat-Sun 1 & 4 pm, Tues/Wed 1:30 pm, Thurs 1 pm.

For Kids & Families _________

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave/Rte 302, Bethel. Call 794-8756.

July 12, Duct Tape Workshop, 2-3:30 pm, students entering grades 6-12 in the fall invited to make a wallet w/ diff colors of duct take, materials provided (registration required).

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

Children’s programs, free unless specified: July 11, Make & Take Workshop: Sun Visor, 4 pm, free (but registration required), children ages 6 & up invited to join Marie Walker to make & decorate their own sun visor; July 12, “We Dig Reading & Science: Having Fun with Fossils & Dinosaurs,” 4 pm, ages 5-10 invited to program by Paulette Morin that will tell story of prehistoric life w/ aid of giant picture book, also display of 100 fossils for hands-on discovery, seating for 75 available first-come, first-serve; July 13, Nutmeg Book Discussion, 4 pm, readers entering grades 4-6 in the fall invited for discussion of Once Upon A Marigold by Jean Ferris; July 13, PJ Story Time, 6:30 pm, ages 3-7 invited to evening program of stories, songs & puppet shows, no registration needed, PJs & blankets encouraged.

Young Adult programs, free unless specified: July 7, Video Special Effects Show, 5:30-7 pm, kick-off to Tweens & Teens Summer Reading will begin w/ pizza dinner at 5:30, then hour-long special effects video presentation, reservations required; July 15, Harry Potter Midnight Madness Party, 9:30 pm-midnight, for ages 10 & up (those entering grades 5-12 in the fall), costumes encouraged for party to celebrate release of Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, games, skits, refreshments & midnight release (for those who pre-order & pay for) copies of newest J.K. Rowling release.

Kettletown State Park, 1400 Georges Hill Rd, Southbury. Call 264-5678.

Free public programs: July 2, Kettletown Kids: A Tree-mendous Event, 10:30 am, learn how plants function & how to ID common plants in the state; July 2, Live Snake Show, 8 pm, learn about & observe live animals w/ guest speaker Lisa Monachelli; July 3, Sunday Morning Hike, 10:30 am, meet at head of Miller Trail for fun 2.3-mile hike to incl info about wildlife & history of the area.

Musicals at Richter Fairy Tale Theatre, at Wooster School, 91 Miry Brook Rd, Danbury. Call 748-6873.

Off-site series by Musicals at Richter’s young actors’ ensemble, grounds open 10:30 (crafts offered), performances 11 am, all tickets $5, BYO blankets/seats: July 9, Snow White.

Quick Center for the Arts/Fairfield Univ, 1073 North Benson Rd, Fairfield. Call 203-254-4010.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Workshop performances (student performers working w/ acclaimed nat’l program), curtain 7:30 unless noted, tickets $10 adults, $8 children (group discounts available): July 8, Rumpelstiltskin.

Miscellaneous ___________

July 1: CT ConTacts Singles Dance at Fireside Inn, 123 Main St South/Rte 25, Newtown, 8 pm-1 am, adm $15 incl dinner & dessert buffets, dancing to DJ selections (Top 40, soft rock, recent oldies & requests), no jeans permitted; 203-468-1144.

July 2: NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook, 5-7:30 pm, adm $8 adults, $7 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); 426-0617.

July 2: Bird Walk at Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, 7 am, free program for new & experienced birders & families will be led by volunteer Jay Connolly, participants will search for summer nesting birds; 734-2513.

July 2: American Sewing Guild/CT chapter Comfy Quilts Sew-In, St James Episcopal Church, 25 West St, Danbury, 10 am-3 pm, sewers of all levels invited to join community service project of making lap quilts for cancer patients in area hospitals, BYO sewing machine or serger, neutral thread, basic sewing supplies (bundles of squares optional), also BYO lunch; 746-5237.

July 3: Baseball Card & Sport Memorabilia Show, 225 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, adm $3 adults, 99 CENTS ages 10  under, special appearance by Boston Red Sox legend Tracy Stallard (12-1 pm only), also dealers from 5 states w/ sport cards, vintage cards, new sets, memorabilia, collectibles, etc, also BB The Bridgeport Bluefish mascot; 364-1209.

July 3: “No Longer Swimming Against The Current: Flowing with Grace in Every Day Life,” at Woodbury Yoga Center, 122 West Side Rd, Woodbury, 6:45 pm, free discussion led by WYC teacher (& Newtown resident) Cyndi Gaffney will concern living a more content life by allowing grace to unfold within daily life, followed by group meditation (free instruction available) & informal tea reception; 203-263-2254.

July 5: Lunch & Knishes: Pianist Leslie Merwin, Walzer Family Jewish Communities of Western CT, 444 Main St North, Southbury, lunch at noon, program at 1 pm, adm $5.50 (RSVP by June 24), fresh-prepared lunch by Chef Nancy Stokes, then award-winning pianist Leslie Merwin will perform Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff & Scriabin; 267-3177 x105.

July 8: House & Garden Tour Champagne Reception, C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, 7:30 pm, tickets $25 (includes July 9 Homes & Gardens Tour, see separate listing below), special presentation of “Newtown’s Painted Ladies: Victorian Architecture in a Small New England Town,” slide program by Town Historian Dan Cruson, sponsored by Newtown Historical Society; 426-5937.

July 8-9: Colossal Tag Sale, St Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, 9:30 am-1 pm each day; 748-2089.

July 9: 11th Annual Historic Homes & Gardens Tour, tickets available at Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, tickets $25 (incl adm to Dan Cruson’s July 8 lecture, see details in separate listing), self-guided tour of ten Newtown properties incl 4 private homes & gardens, 3 private gardens, 1 public garden, 1 antique barn, & special presentation of “Tercentennial Folk Art Flag Show”; 426-5937.

July 10: Odd Fellows & Rebekah’s Lodge Pancake Breakfast, at Odd Fellows Hall, 25 Kent Rd, New Milford, 8-11 am, adm $8 adults, $4 ages 6 & under, fundraiser for Juvenile Arthritis Campership Fund/CAMP CHAT (Children Have Arthritis Too) will incl menu of pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee & tea; 860-354-1062.

July 11: BookTalk at Southbury Public Library, 561 Main St South/Rte 6, Southbury, 2 pm, free discussion of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner will be led by Joyce Ware, newcomers always welcome; 264-1716, 262-6123.

Audubon Center at Bent of the River, 185 East Flat Hill Rd, Southbury. Call 264-5098.

Programs $5 unless noted, reservations requested, call if weather is questionable, leave pets home: July 9, Finding Butterflies & Dragonflies, 9:30 am, local insect aficionado Mark Szantyr will lead participants through center’s meadows to catch & ID butterfly & dragonfly species.

Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington. Call 860-868-0518.

 “Native American Lifeways,” weekends through Labor Day (Sat-Sun 12-4 pm), Native American will be resident in IAIS’s replicated village each weekend, demonstrating Native lifeways & answering questions.

Newtown VNA Thrift Shop, Edmond Town Hall (lower level), 45 Main Street, Newtown. 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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6224.

Non-profit weight loss support group meets every Mon 6-8 pm (weigh-ins 6-6:45, meetings 7-8), meetings $2/week, membership $20/year.

Tarrywile Park, 70 Southern Blvd, Danbury. Call 744-3130.

Guided hikes, free, cancelled if heavy rain, wear rugged, sturdy shoes, bring water & light snack, pre-registration requested: July 9, guided hike, begins 8:15 am.

Treehouse Comedy Productions.

Shows at Marisa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St, Trumbull (call 459-4225), tickets $10 unless noted, shows start 9:45 pm: July 8, Steve Marshall, second headliner TBA.

Shows at The New Sorrento, 32 Newtown Rd, Danbury, 9:30 pm, first act, featured act & headliners as follows, tickets $15 unless noted: July 2, headliner Mike Yard, opening sets by Danny Rebecca & Jon Fisch; July 8, co-headliners Mike Siscoe & Monty Hoffman, opening set by Marc Riccodonna.

Wednesday Night Poetry, Bethel Arts Junction, 5 Depot Place (in former railroad station), Bethel. Call 426-3388 (Faith Vicinanza), 270-6202 (Michael Seri), 748-2828 (BAJ).

Series presented ev Wed 7:30-10 pm (featured poets 8:30 pm, poetry workshop 9:15 pm), adm $1 ($3 if out-of-state or major guest poet), guest/featured poets as follows: July 6, no poetry tonight; July 13, Faith & Peter Vicinanza – back in CT while on their Utter Folly Tour.

Theatre ______________

Musicals At Richter, 100 Aunt Hack Rd, Danbury. Call 748-6873.

Into The Woods, through July 2, curtain Fri-Sat 8:30 pm (grounds open at 7:15 for picnics), tickets $18 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students & children, group rates & adv chair rental available.

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin La, Ridgefield. Call 203-431-9850.

Company, through July 23, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (July 17 only) 2 pm, tickets $22 adults, $18 seniors & students.

Town Players of Newtown, at The Little Theatre, theatre is on Orchard Hill Rd (mailing address is PO Box 211), Newtown. Call 270-9144.

A Perfect Ganesh, July 1-23, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (July 17 only) 2 pm, tickets $15 evenings, $12 matinee; NOTE: mature themes & some adult language, so not recommended for children.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court (off Rte 1), Westport. Call 203-227-4177.

Finian’s Rainbow, through July 2, curtain Fri-Sat 8:30 pm, mat Sat 4 pm, tickets $30-$65, discounts available for students & educators.

Yale Summer Cabaret, 217 Park St, New Haven. Call 203-432-1567.

 Piano Plays and Self-Accusation, through July 9, curtain Tues-Sat 8 pm, tickets $15-$22, group discounts available.



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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