February 16 – 21

Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go across Connecticut this week; except for events in Hartford County – click here for those! Scroll below to find unique things to do this third week in February across the state! Check back often as we update regularly.

Tuesday, February 16:

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10am – 4pm: Dinosaur Days From the 150-million-year-old Brontosaurus skeleton in the Great Hall to the award-winning, life-sized sculpture of Torosaurus outside, dinosaurs and the Yale Peabody Museum go hand in hand. Join us for our annual celebration of paleontology and dinosaurs. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family, including our famous fossil dig and an extensive fossil touch table. And you’ll have the chance to meet paleontology graduate students and professionals and learn about their interesting research. Don’t miss it! Click here for a schedule of events. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven.

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{PTO} 5 – 7pm: FeBREWary with the BREWfish Guests will have the opportunity to check out all the unique brews that Two Roads has to offer. There will also be a special live performance by local musician Bobby Wheeler. The Bluefish will hold a merchandise raffle during this event, including specialty jerseys and signed memorabilia, with proceeds benefitting the Bullard Havens High School (Bridgeport) baseball program. Tickets for this event cost $35, which includes admission to the event, as well as food and two beverage vouchers. In addition, Two Roads brewery tours will also be available. Two Roads, Stratford.

6:30 – 8pm: The Evolution of Beauty Dr. Richard Prum, Director, Franke Program in Science and the Humanities; William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Yale University; and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum of Natural History. An evolutionary ornithologist, Dr. Prum leads a new initiative at Yale that aims to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines. He has studied many facets of avian biology including sexual selection and mate choice, aesthetic evolution, avian color vision, and structural color in feathers and skin. Doors open with light refreshments at 6pm, the lecture begins promptly at 7pm. $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

Tuesday, February 16 – Wednesday, February 17:

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Wednesday, February 17:

 10:30 – 11:45am: Craft in America Screening: Origin The films in this 7-part, Peabody Award-winning series highlight America’s rich cultural history and the ways in which artisans use crafts to grapple with contemporary issues. Each film is 50 minutes long, and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Bruce Museum staff. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required. A new film each week, runs until 3/2. Bruce Museum, Greenwich.

1 – 3pm: Snowshoeing dates back to 6,000 years ago when it was used by Inuit ancestors to migrate from Asia to North America. One of the most ancient forms of transportation, snowshoeing has now developed into a winter sport loved by many.  Join Naturalist Emma Lorusso and see the winter landscape in a new way—above the snow! Both beginners and experienced snowshoers welcome! A limited amount of snowshoes are available to borrow upon request, we have both adult and children’s pairs. To reserve a pair, please contact the Goodwin office. Free. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.

{PTO} 6 – 9pm: The Honey Bee and an Introduction to Beekeeping Are you thinking about keeping bees, and want to understand what it takes and how to get started? Are you not ready to keep your own bees, but you’re curious and want to be part of the solution? Are you afraid of bees? Think you’re allergic? Beekeeper, Tim Cerniglia of Beekind Farms will introduce you to these friendly and productive pollinators. Presentation will cover and discuss: Honey bee biology and sociology Pollination value in food system. Modern day honey bee challenges. What it takes to keep a colony of bees. A season of beekeeping Bee products from the hive. Bee Kind Farms will have demonstration hives, and beekeeping equipment on display for educational discussions and questions. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Adults only. Register online. Non-Members: $65.

{PTO} 7pm: Sensible Decisions Barrelside Chat Tom Price, the new Head of Brewery Operations, will take you through his beer journey and the sensible (and not so sensible) decisions he made along the way. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Tom questions (and hear stories) about his journey (like the time he came up with a Game of Thrones-themed beer, “Winter is Coming”) and will get a first look at what he has planned for the upcoming year. To celebrate this occasion, Tom has brewed two limited release beers, Sensible Decision #1 (a hop-forward India Pale Lager) and Sensible Decision #2 (a 9% Baltic Porter). This Rare Beer Night will be the kick-off of these limited release beers; they will be released to the general public in the weeks that follow, so make sure to join us to try them first!  We will also have two other small batch releases and will be serving meats from Fleishers Craft Butchery and cheeses from Greenwich Cheese Company. Tickets are $40, cover all beer and food during the event, and are limited to the first 40 purchasers. Half Full Brewery, Stamford.

Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19:

9am – 1pm: Winter Break Program Out of school and looking for some wintry fun and adventure in the great outdoors? Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff lead a variety of Winter themed adventures throughout the 40-acre expanse of New Canaan Nature Center (NCNC). Each day campers will discover different wonders of the winter season while they traverse the property and let nature surround them. Daily activities are subject to change based on daily weather forecasts. Program emphasizes hands-on outdoor activities and educational nature games and art experiences that engage the mind and body. As weather permits we will also have sledding adventures and good old fashioned fun in the snowy powder (i.e. snow forts, snowmen building). We will keep a close eye on whatever weather Mother Nature has in store for us and adjust our adventures accordingly. Healthy snack will be provided. Please dress appropriately to be outdoors in the winter weather (snow suits, boots, jackets, hats, mittens, layers, etc). $48 per day. Extend your stay and join us for Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1:00 A.M. for $15 per day (bring your own lunch). New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan.

Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, February 21:

Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm: Having Our Say Centenarian sisters Sadie and Bessie Delany welcome us into their home to share an amazing story. They tell us about their eventful lives, how they fought injustices big and small, overcoming the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. They share a personal family tale of people who yearned to do the right thing, and strove towards it with every ounce of their beings. Come have dinner with the Delanys, and hear the story of our nation. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.

Thursday, February 18:

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5 – 7pm: Evening for Educators Mingle with your peers and Museum educators at a wine reception, then test your twenty-first century skills at a workshop that explores innovative techniques and methods for inspiring collaboration, communication, design, critical thinking, and creative problem solving in the classroom! Work with a partner to investigate, respond to, and solve challenging prompts inspired by Ruth Root’s paintings. Free for K-12 teachers. The Aldrich, Ridgefield.

Thursday, February 18 – Saturday, February 20:

8pm: Barefoot in the Park Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find—too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker. During a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie. As she sees it, he’s too staid and boring. She just wants him to be a little more spontaneous – running “barefoot in the park” would be a start. Curtain Call, Stamford.

Thursday, February 18 – Sunday, February 21:

Thursday – Sunday: Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Company On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people, (his) married friends” – explain the pro’s and con’s of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. Runs until 3/5. Curtain Call, Stamford.

Friday, February 19:

8 – 9am: Downtown Birding Some of the best winter birding is right in the heart of our communities! Join us as we look for resident birds and winter visitors during these morning walks. Walk starts at the Yellow House Coffee & Tea Room in Stonington Borough and walks to the Point and Dodge Paddock. Led by Maggie Jones. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.

10am – 12pm: Ranger Nate at EverWonder Calling all scientists! Ranger Nate will be in the house today. Come visit and explore different animal furs with our favorite animal expert. EverWonder, Newtown.

{TNO} 6 – 8pm: Tween Night Out – Strawberry Cupcake Grab a friend and head down to the Pottery Factory, to enjoy a night of canvas painting! You will be given step-by-step instructions from one of our experienced and enthusiastic Creative Specialists. And you will leave with a beautiful creation that you can truly say you painted yourself! This event is designed for tweens 8 and older. $29 per tween. The Pottery Factory, Brookfield.

7:30pm: The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour, with over 320 games in North America alone.  A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.  The Globetrotters will tip off their historic 90th year of smiles, sportsmanship and service in the fall of 2015. Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.

{PTO} 8pm: Uptown Showdown, straight from NYC, presents a popular comedy-debate that has two teams going head-to-head about topics of great importance to pop culture sensibility! Writers from The Daily Show, The Onion, and The Moth, along with hysterical stand-up comedians who square off in a debate. Previous debaters have included celebrated wits Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter and Jackie Hoffman. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

{PTO} 8pm: Paul Poundstone 32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country – stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  She went on to become one of our country’s foremost humorists. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, a rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.  This year she was part of the talented cast in Pixar’s critically acclaimed movie, Inside Out, and she tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” $29.50 per person. Foxwoods, Mashantucket.

8pm: Black Cultural Fest 2016: Sherry Winston Quartet Grammy Nominee Sherry Winston has performed in many of the major concert halls throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, Lincoln Center and at the Kennedy Center. She is a musician, composer, and businesswoman that handles all of her own bookings, negotiating and management of her band. 

 Tickets: $17 (plus per-ticket fees). The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Friday, February 19 – Saturday, February 20:

7pm: Pilobolus ASAP is proud to present one of the most popular and unusual dance companies in the world. Pilobolus will perform an electrifying mix of humor, intelligence, physical invention, and raw athleticism. The inter-district and Community Dance Project pieces, starring students and members from our community, will be performed as part of the Pilobolus show. $35 General Admission. $25 students. If Friday or Saturday are cancelled: Show is Sunday, February 21 at 2pm. If both Friday and Saturday are cancelled: Friday show is Sunday, February 21 at 2pm Saturday show is Sunday, February 21 at 7pm. Pomperaug High School Auditorium, Southbury.

Friday, February 19 – Sunday, February 21:

{Last Call} Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:15pm and Sunday at 5pm: The Great Gatsby Based on the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby follows a cast of characters living in Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties and one man’s pursuit of the American Dream. Join us on opening night in costume! We invite all audience members to come dressed in your Gatsby-style, jazz-age finest! Opening Night Only: A costume contest for audience members will take place at 7:15pm prior to the start of the show and prizes will be awarded! $23 per ticket, students $18. Downtown Cabaret Theatre Company, Bridgeport.

Saturday, February 20:

10 – 11am: Backyard Birding Learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits, ways to attract them to your feeder and what birdseed to use. Free. CT Audubon, Fairfield.

10 – 11:30am: Saturday Morning Hike Explore the 240-acre former farm, now featuring fields & meadows bordered by forest and wetlands. If it’s snowy, bring snowshoes or skis. A knowledgeable DPNC educator will point out seasonal plants and animals. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and bring a water bottle. Adults and older children. $10 per non-member. Copp Park, Groton.

10am – 12pm: Bluebirds Get an introduction to the beloved bluebirds with Naturalist Emma Lorusso and Master Naturalist graduate Ed Boisits. Bluebird populations were on the decline since the late 1800s, but are making a comeback, partially due to the increased amount of bluebird boxes that have been built and set up by people! Join us to learn about basic bluebird behavior including breeding, competition, diet and migration. Following this talk you will have the chance to build your own bluebird box to take home. Please register with how many boxes you would like to build. Registration limited. $10 per box non-members. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.

10:30am: Rachel Skullcap This show is a new original collection of pirate-themed puppet stories featuring the young and fearless pirate, “Rachel Skullcap.” Ideal for all ages, this performance includes three short plays: “The Pirate and the Parrot,” “The Pig Who Would Be Pirate,” and “The Brave Princess.” Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. (children under 2 are free.) Each show is about an hour long including a ‘meet-and-greet’ with the puppets. After each performance, children and their parents are always invited to play in our gymnasium to burn off some energy before heading home.” Washington Montessori School, New Preston.

11am – 2pm: Meet Our New Animals Come visit all of our resident animals and have a first look at our new additions (including our chinchillas!). You’ll also take home a cool craft. Free. All ages welcome. Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton.

12pm: Penguin Plunge Make a splash for Special Olympics of Connecticut. Participants must raise a minimum of $100 and be at least 8 years old to take the plunge. Registration is at 10am. Register online to receive a free t-shirt. Polish Falcons Club, Middletown.

{National} 12 – 2pm: Quest to Power Up Visit any US Toys “R” Us store for a Lego Nexo Knights building event! Build and take home an exclusive build and join the quest to collect up to 7 Nexo powers in the store!

1pm: Nature/Archaeology Hike from Meigs Point Nature Center led by Gary Nolf and Don Rankin, representing Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and Friends of Hammonasset. Hopefully we can spot some seals sunning themselves off Meigs Point. Archaeology exhibits will be available in the Nature Center from 11am – 3pm; folks can bring their own artifacts for interpretation. The atlatl will be demonstrated. Folks participate at their own risk and should dress for wintry conditions. Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison.

1 – 2:30pm: Tracks and Traces Come be a Wildlife Track Detective and help us find and interpret clues about what wildlife has been active at the Audubon Center and what they do in the wintertime. Bring your thinking cap and sense of curiosity as we keep an eye out for footprints and other telltale signs of wildlife. Let’s discover together which animals call our sanctuary home. CT Audubon, Greenwich.

{GTO} 1 – 3pm: Girls Rock the Park Girls-Only Session for Skiers and Snowboarders! Why should boys have all the fun? Maybe you’ve felt a little shy or are wishing you knew how to approach a park feature?  This is a great way to learn the basics of the park in a fun, supportive, no-pressure environment. Fun swag toss-outs, and drawing for prizes from MorselMunk and more!  Meet on Tom’s Treat. Registration in the lodge from 9:30am – Noon. $5, helmet, lift ticket/pass and signed waiver required for all participants. Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Family Day: Cartoon Art Family Day activities include arts and crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Free and open to the public for 2 sessions, 1-2:30 and 2:30-4. Register in advance online. Museum open to the general public. Fairfield University Museum, Fairfield.

2pm: Illustrate Aesop’s Fables Did the fox get the grapes? Make a big book of Aesop’s Fables, and find out! Children’s book illustrator, ANC Ranger Amie Ziner, will guide you through illustrating a series of 6 stories, using the Nature Center’s real animal specimens. Easy step-by-step instruction will help you create 6 acrylic paintings, featuring animals, nature, and a lesson in each story! Attend all 6 classes to complete the book, or just one class for a single fable. Appropriate for people with some painting experience, ages 10 to adult, who are able to follow the instruction with some supervision. At the end of each 2-hour class you will have a page for your book, including the text of the story. The story for Week 4 is “The Ant and the Dove.” Materials Fee: Individual lessons $20 each. The fee includes: acrylic paint, an acrylic painting board, 2 brushes, a water container, paper towels, and a pencil. The story for Week 4 is “The Ant and the Dove.” Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.

10:30am: John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets will perform “Sir George and the Dragon,” which includes a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 each. (Children under 2 are free.) The Washington Montessori School, New Preston.

3pm: Black Cultural Fest 2016: Dream Alive! A Family Black History Concert The stories of people such as Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have become a familiar part of the study of American History. The works of many other significant African-Americans from every walk of live and field of endeavor are not as well known. Dream Alive! will bring to light the heroes and sheroes: artists, educators, inventors, explorers, scientists, poets and other important contributors to the life and culture of America and the world. Original and familiar songs will encourage audience participation in the joyous style that is a hallmark of Kim and Reggie Harris. Tickets: $10. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

3:30pm and 7:30pm: Disney Fantasia, featuring scenes from two classic Disney animated feature films, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, will be presented live-in-concert by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ted Sperling. Disney shares its crown jewels of feature animation, highlighting a selection of its magnificent repertoire including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, will also be shown in high-definition on the big screen. Foxwoods, Mashantucket.

4 – 6pm: Live Life to the Max The Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation invites you to the 2nd Annual “Live Life to the Max” Youth Baseball Clinic. Instruction by the University of Hartford Baseball Coaching Staff. Guest appearances by current and former MLB players. $40 per player. Registration begins at 3:30pm. Danbury Sports Dome, Danbury.

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7pm: Bird Walk Join our Sanctuary Manager in search of wintering owls.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. In years past saw-whet and long-eared owls have also been observed.  Most calling will be conducted from the road.  Program cancelled due to bad weather (rain, snow, high winds). $10 per non-member. CT Audubon, Pomfret Center.

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{PTO} 7 – 9:30pm: Dirty Date Night This is a two-day course (second class) where you will throw one piece of pottery on the wheel and trim the base during the second visit. No experience necessary. Glazing occurs on your own during Open Studio. Clear instructions aon glazing are included in the course. You will complete two finished pieces. Bring nut-free nibbles and drinks to share. Bring a hand towel, hair pulled back, water-safe shoes and trim fingernails. Village Center for the Arts, New Milford.

7:30 – 10pm: Mini and Jr. Maccabi Dive-In Movie Night Please join us as we kick off the Mini and Junior Maccabi programs with a splash! We’ll swim, watch a movie in the pool, and celebrate the start of Maccabi with an ice cream sundae bar! Open to all Jewish children ages 9-12who have completed a Mini Maccabi or Junior Maccabi Interest Form. It’s not too late to sign up! Stamford JCC, Stamford.

7:30pm: Black Cultural Fest 2016: Step Show The 100 Black Men of Stamford, Inc. and The Palace Theatre present an electric competition featuring current and alumni Step Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Step Teams include: Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Zeta Phi Beta! Tickets: $30. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

8pm: The UConn Winter Puppet Slam will feature short works by professional puppeteers and performers including Papel Machete (Puerto Rico); Great Small Works (Brooklyn); Kim Mikenis (Hamden, CT); and Zach Dorn (Florida), as well as new works for puppet and object theater by students and faculty from UConn’s School of Fine Arts, including object performance by Printmaking Professor John O’Donnell, new video animation by Digital Media and Design students; works-in-progress by Puppet Arts Program students, and a special appearance by UConn’s Rolling Tones a cappella group. The UConn Winter Puppet Slam is supported by the Puppet Slam Network. Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Mansfield.

8pm: Heart Throbing Romance In honor of American Heart Health Month, composer Thomas Duffy appears as guest conductor for his piece Heart Throb, a sonic depiction of a human heartbeat featuring ECSO’s principal percussionist Constance I. Coghlan. Guest artist Alan Ohkubo joins the orchestra to perform Antonin Dvoøák’s Cello Concerto, hailed as one of the greatest ever written for the instrument. Works of Dmitri Shostakovich will close the concert, beginning with his tuneful Romance from The Gadfly. His Symphony No. 9 is light and playful, surprising at times, and ends the concert on a buoyant note. Tickets $12 -62. Please note that a $4 per ticket internet convenience fee applies. The Garde Arts Center, New London.

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21:

{Last Call} 10am – 2pm: Tropical Sunsation We’re turning up the heat and taking a vacation from winter! Float among our tropical exhibits inside and enjoy various activities throughout the week including special animal appearances, music, contests, games and more. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.

10am – 5pm: Long Island Sound Luau Enjoy a taste of the tropics in the dead of winter during this special weekend, with a sunny selection of fun special activities, crafts, tropical drinks and special IMAX movies. Highlights include an inflatable surfing machine and Spam-carving contests! Most activities are included with the cost of admission. The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk.

11am and 2pm: The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of the vintage rail cars. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be on board to share their knowledge of the wildlife that calls the Connecticut River Valley home. The Eagle Flyer is pulled by our vintage diesel engine and departs from Essex Station. The train will make stops at Deep River, Chester, and Haddam Station to pick up passengers. First Class seating offers individual leather back chairs and cash food and beverage service at your seat. Coach seating offers padded back bench seating and the opportunity to walk to the onboard dining car for food and beverage purchases. Click here for arrival and departure times at other stations. First class tickets: $40 and under 2 are free and coach tickets: $25 adults, $15 child and under 2 are free.

Saturday – Sunday at 1pm and Sunday at 11am: Hot Chocolate Festival Warm up with us on Saturday February 21 at our Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. We will be serving 4 types of Hot Chocolate made with Guittard Chocolates – White, Milk, Dark and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Then top your cups off with homemade marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate curls, chocolate powder and chocolate chips. Bring your friends and enjoy a WARM afternoon in our winery.. The price is $20 per person. It includes one glass of wine to sip with or after your hot chocolate(s) and plenty of finger foods. This is an open format event with no official “chocolate guidance.” Advance tickets are required and limited so do not wait to purchase – we expect to sellout quickly. White Silo Farm & Winery, Sherman.

Sunday, February 21:

11am – 4pm: The 2nd Annual KidsPlay Family Fun Fair will be a day of information, exploration and fun. Enjoy exhibits, entertainment and engaging activities for the entire family. Organizations from the public, non-profit and private sectors will be there to connect with families for information sharing and activities. Warner Theater, Torrington.

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2pm: This Naugatuck River Revival Group (NRRG) movie shows our river like never before. You will see it from its beginning in Torrington to its tide waters, where it meets the Housatonic River, and view what it is like in, over and under the river. The Naugatuck River, suitable for both children and adults, is a glimpse into a planned documentary called The Last Refuge and features the wildlife and people who use the river. You will see songbirds bathing and get close to eagles, owls, and salmon. You will meet two ancient creatures: lamprey and elvers (baby eels). Trapped at the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour, these elvers traveled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea to grow to lengths of over 3 feet. If they survive they will stay in the Naugatuck for the next 20-30 years before returning to the Sargasso to breed. Come close to one of the oldest predators on Earth: the peregrine falcon. Watch volunteers struggle to clean the river. See unique views of the new 6.4 million dollar Tingue Dam Bypass. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

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3pm: Black Cultural Fest 2016: Dance Theatre of Harlem Workshop Dance Theatre of Harlem Teaching Artists will use movement to explore with students the concept of Diaspora in America. Discover how the social landscape of a community impacts one’s unique voice. Dance Level: Beginner to Intermediate. This is not a technique based workshop. Attire: Clothing should not be restrictive and allow for full range of motion. Nothing too baggy. No jeans. Dance shoes or workout shoes. Participants may be asked to work in socks. Tickets: $5. The Palace Theatre, Stamford.

3 – 4:30pm: Extreme Maple Syrup Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our Maple Syrup operation and help with some of the daily tasks of turning sap into syrup. Help collect sap and measure how much sugar is in it, learn to use an auger to drill tap holes, and tour the sugar bush. Watch the process of turning sap into syrup with the evaporator and do a taste test of the different grades to see which one you prefer. End the day with a special treat featuring the SM&NC’s very own maple syrup! Non-Members: $8. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.

4pm: Ice Spectacular: Winter Solstice Don’t miss an ice spectacular on stage like you have never seen before! The Playhouse stage will be transformed into an ice skating arena where you will watch specialty acts and professional ice skaters glide across the stage while performing songs and music that will put you in a “winter wonderland” frame of mind. Fans of Frozen will love this show featuring Skating With The Stars European Champion Alexandra Murphy, along with Cirque Du Soliel performer Holland Loshe, as well as a cast of international champion skaters, elaborate costumes, and wonderful special effects! A girl dreams her way through the seasons in pursuit of winter, encountering many different characters along to way represented by ice skaters, glamorous costumes, dancers, singers, and specialty acts. Come meet Frozen’s Queen Elsa  before the show!  She will be in the lobby from 3 – 4pm before she works her magic to transform the Playhouse stage into an ice rink! One lucky audience member will win a copy of the FROZEN DVD!  Tickets: $40. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield.

5pm: Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Albany Devils Webster Bank Arena , Bridgeport.

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Sunday, February 21 – Saturday, February 27:

Ridgefield Restaurant Week Participating Ridgefield Restaurants will feature special lunch and dinner multi course menus.

If you don’t mind the drive, check out our sister sites, Momford County and MomChester where we put the Mom into Hartford County of CT and Westchester County of New York. We are looking for publishers to do what we do in other counties of CT and NY.

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