Raise the shades, open the windows, the long-awaited weekend -- and very long-awaited peeks of sunshine -- break through. Sun salutations are in order and, while you're at it, soak up the ideas below on where to go for a weekend that's light and satisfying.

Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21, While your garden dries out, visit The Stamford Garden Club's Timescapes, two days of flower arranging displays, horticulture, photography, botanical jewelry, conservation and children's gardening at Stamford Museum. Garden Club members have created inspiring garden scenes using The Museum's Bendel Mansion and some of its most famous artworks as their background.  Hands-on kids' workshops and information on conservation and the environment are also part of the plan. For more information, visit the Museum's website.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20, 21 & 22, Satisfy your spring wanderlust with a trip to Olympiad 2011 Greek Festival & Fair at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport. To the accompaniment of live music, visit the fair's extended Greek acora (marketplace,) sample delicious dishes and pastries, watch traditional dancers perform, shop for unique gifts and crafts and explore cultural exhibits to learn about Greece. Games, rides. artifacts and a $5,000 raffle prize will jumpstart the kids. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and directions, visit the fair's web page.

Saturday, May 21 Celebrate nature's canopies at The Norwalk-Wilton Tree Festival in Cranbury Park (which borders both communities.) For the fifth year, kids can experience the popular rope tree-climb  (harnessed and hard hatted, of course,) tents housing 30 diverse environmentally-minded exhibitors and demonstrations by experts in tree care, for the homeowner with trees on their property.  All activities and demonstrations are dedicated to promoting the urban forest, and are free.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn and soda are gratis. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit The Norwalk Tree Alliance's website or call .

Saturday, May 21, Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Macrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking, aka "Pippi Longstocking" brings her loveable independent thinking self to Ridgefield Playhouse's stage for two performances of American Family Theatre's musical version of Astrid Lindgren's classic children's book. The NY Times called their production "engaging" and "[bursting] with energy, song and special effects" and audience members will fall under Pippi's spell when she and her band of offbeat cohorts engage in some hilarious (well meaning, of course) hijinks. Performances take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Playhouse's website.

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22, The Bruce Museum's Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival resembles an outdoor mall with its 80 top-of-the-line exhibitors to browse. Crafts not your kids' cup of tea? The live music, international food, dance performances and activities, including craft projects they can dig into in the Museum's education center, will keep boredom at bay. Festival admission is $8 and free for children under five. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information, visit the Museum's website.

Sunday, May 22, Head to Guilford Community Center for an unusual show, "Circus for a Fragile Planet Submerged" performed by ArtFarm, a non-profit theater company. Blending circus and science, actors juggle bottled water, polar bears dance on melting ice floes, the props and sets are recycled, and the clown cadre is known as The Fossil Fools. With juggling, dance, balance, stilting, clowning, physical comedy, acrobatics, unicycling and other circus arts, this troupe with a mission gets their save our planet message across. Admission is $7 and $12. Reservations are required. For information, visit the Community Center's web page.


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