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This Weekend, Savor Spring on the Farm and Beyond

by Cornelia Fortier


Head out this weekend with family to the farm, the seaside or for a special train ride to make the most of the season's comfortable weather and its invitation to see nature rejuvenate. Here are some places to dig into:

Wear your mud-friendly clothes to get down and dirty for Bartlett Arboretum's Pond Ecology Lesson this Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. You'll spend an hour scooping, sloshing and discovering the Arboretum's pond inhabitants and vegetation with its duckweed, tadpoles and a variety of insects. Admission is $18 and children under 12 are free. For more information,

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Mark Your Calendar

Tap in to This Classic Musical

  • They don't make 'em like this any more! "My One and Only," on stage April 15-June 25 at Goodspeed Opera House, is a lighter than

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  • April 15, 2011 - 8:00pm - June 25, 2011 - 2:00pm
  • Goodspeed Opera House, Haddam

Competition Showcases Winning Art

  • With everything else colorful and uplifting sprouting this spring, the nationally recognized, regional art showcase and competition,

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  • April 17, 2011 - 12:00pm - June 3, 2011 - 5:00pm
  • Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan

"Born to Be Wild" Makes Conservation's Case

  • Orphaned baby animals, the heroes who save them and an IMAX film that captures the drama of the rescues are the winning trifecta

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  • April 20, 2011 - 1:00pm - May 26, 2011 - 3:00pm
  • The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Test Your Building Skills at this Museum

  • This museum is more than glass cases and exhibits-- it's also a workshop and cauldron of creativity and problem solving. At the

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  • April 27, 2011 - 12:00pm - May 27, 2011 - 5:00pm
  • The Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden

Long Wharf Stages Shanley Play

  • John Patrick Shanley's plays resist pigeonholing, since the lighthearted comedy "Moonstruck" as well as the disturbing religious

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  • April 27, 2011 - 2:00pm - May 22, 2011 - 7:00pm
  • Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven

Elle Wins Her Case

  • In the movie, Reese Witherspoon played the demure but iron-willed blonde, Elle Woods, who conquers Harvard Law School. Now see

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  • May 13, 2011 - 8:00pm - May 15, 2011 - 6:00pm
  • Shubert Theater, New Haven

Short People Lace up for Short Hikes

  • Grow your kids' love of nature with a starter kit from Aspetuck Land Trust, "Short Hikes for Short People." The Trust has designed

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  • May 14, 2011 - 10:00am - September 10, 2011 - 11:30am
  • Leonard Schine Preserve Natural Playground, Westport and more

Designer Tackles Garden Challenge

  • Stephen Orr, formerly garden editor of House & Garden and

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  • May 19, 2011 - 10:00am
  • New Canaan Nature Center

Tricks Teach "Phenomenal Physics"

  • Amazing tricks, such as pulling a tablecloth off a table without disturbing the glasses on top of it and sticking a needle through

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  • May 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Ridgefield Playhouse

Library Honors Patti Smith

  • Don't call Patti Smith an artist, musician, composer, writer, or poet because she dismisses labels, having welded many genres to

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  • May 19, 2011 - 7:00pm
  • Westport Library

Artisans Converge for Outdoor Craft Fest

  • For thousands of savvy buyers, the Bruce Museum's Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival is a magnet because of its top-of-the-line exhibitors

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  • May 21, 2011 - 10:00am - May 22, 2011 - 5:00pm
  • The Bruce Museum, Greenwich

Choruses Meld for Dvorak's "Stabat Mater"

  • Antonin Dvorak’s choral masterpiece, "Stabat Mater," fills a performance hall with its large chorus, orchestra and soloists. Luckily,

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  • May 21, 2011 - 8:00pm
  • Stamford's Palace Theatre

Tour Secret Gardens in New Canaan

  • The owners of several magnificent New Canaan "town and country" gardens throw open their gates on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • June 3, 2011 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • New Canaan Nature Center and Other Locations


Music Legends Team Up. Again.

by Cornelia Fortier05/12/11

First a trio, then a quartet, now a duo, singer-songwriters David Crosby and Graham Nash have performed together in many combinations since 1968, with Stephen Stills and later Neil Young in and out of the mix along the way.  Now Crobsy and Nash pair up for their cross country tour which lands at Stamford Center for the Art's Palace Theater on May 22.

Inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, Crosby and Nash's current string of performances also coincide with the launching of their new independent label, Blue Castle Records, which will also showcase their legendary

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New Pond Farm Shows Off on Founder's Day

by Cornelia Fortier05/09/11

New Pond Farm's 102 Redding acres, barn citizens and even its unique collection of buildings, is re-introduced to visitors in a spring coming out party on Founders Day, May 14, with special guests including Wind over Wings founder Hope Douglas and her raptor friends.  The Farm's lushly green, wide open fields and blooming gardens make a picturesque stage for a slew of seasonal agricultural and educational activities. There is Maypole dancing, Morris (country) dancing, sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, and horse-drawn hayrides with stately Percherons at the

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"Legally Blonde" Wins its Case

by Cornelia Fortier05/08/11

In the movie, Reese Witherspoon played the demure but iron-willed blonde, Elle Woods, who conquers Harvard Law School. Now see Elle's take-no-prisoners style in her mind-over-ditz story when "Legally Blonde," the musical comedy takes over Shubert Theater's stage from May 13 through 15.

With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, "Legally Blonde" opened on Broadway in 2007, prompting New York Magazine to call it a "Feel good song and dance juggernaut."

Its story follows Elle, as she determinedly lands admission to Harvard Law School to win back her

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Make This Weekend Marvelous for Mom

by Cornelia Fortier05/06/11

Special meals, flowers and cards are all must-haves on Sunday, for Mother's Day. But even more essential, from mom's point of view that is, is spending time with family. Here are some outings to make a marvelous Mother's Day weekend:

For art loving-architecture buff moms, consider a visit to Kykuit, the restored Rockefeller mansion hovering over the Hudson River in Pocantico Hills, NY. Opening on May 7 for the season, its terraced gardens, classic cars and carriages, sculpture and art galleries are all part of its other-worldly package. For more information, visit its website.


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