Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.
Nov 17 - 18
Local Author to Speak on the Battle of Gettysburg
Where: Trumbull Historical Society
When: Nov. 18, 2 p.m.
Description: Author and Trumbull resident Kevin Drake has spent time gathering stories and research which focus on the personal experiences of the soldiers who fought during the 3 day Battle, as well as those living in Gettysburg at the time. When I first met Drake, he told me he always likes to ask his audience, “What if it had been the Battle of Trumbull?” Drake will help us understand the experiences of the soldier and civilians of Gettysburg through a series of human interest stories at the Trumbull Historical Society.
Santa Comes to Westfield Trumbull
Where: Westfield Trumbull Mall, Trumbull, 5065 Main St.
When: Nov. 17, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Description: SANTA ARRIVAL Featuring the MAGIC TREE HOUSE LIVE STAGE ADVENTURE!
Mary Pope Osborne’s internationally beloved and bestselling Magic Tree House series comes to life in this long awaited live character event, “READ, READ, READ." Brother-Sister duo Jack and Annie bring their time traveling adventures to life, then welcome Santa to Westfield Trumbull! Two event times: Santa arrival show at 11am, followed by an additional performance of Read, Read, Read at 2pm.
Trumbull Author Presents Art Show
Where: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St.
When: Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description: Frances Gilbert Books will be holding an Art and Book Show on November 17th at the Trumbull Library Community Room from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm in aid of the Trumbull Food Pantry's Thanksgiving drive.
Rotary Club / Interact Club Pancake Breakfast
Where: 1014 Masuk High School, Monroe Turnpike, Monroe
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $8 (Kids 12 and under and Seniors $5)
Description: The Rotary Club of Monroe and Masuk High School's Interact Club are teaming up to present the 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Project Warmth. Pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee and fun are on the menu. Interacts members will offer Thanksgiving-themed arts and crafts for the kids.
Come out, fuel up and great ready for Thanksgiving while helping keep everyone in Monroe warm this winter.
Free seminar: Put a Farmer's Market on Your Porch
Where: Foodworks, 477 Main St., Monroe.
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Description: Join us for a free seminar on growing fresh produce at home with Tower Garden. No green thumb needed! Register at the store or call 203-452-9500 to reserve your spot.
Fairfield: Robert Randolph at the Fairfield Theatre Company
Where: Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Description: "Having taken the long route from little-known gospel artist to the Jimi Hendrix of sacred steel, Robert Randolph is the rare musician who has managed to carve out a unique place in the American music continuum with little more than hard work and musicianship."
The Stamford Balloon Parade Spectacular
Where: Summer Street to Broad Street to Atlantic Street
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 12 p.m. noon
Description: Colossal balloons, bands, and performers make their way through Stamford's very own pre-Thanksgiving parade.
Where: Southbury Historical Society, 624 S Britain Rd, Southbury, CT
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.
Description: The Southbury Historical Society will open its museum this weekend to coincide with a community commemoration of the town's rub with a pro-Nazi group 75 years ago. The Historical Society will display memorabilia from 1937, when Southbury prevented the German American Bund from building a training camp in Southbury.
Brookfield: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Annual Craft Fair
Where: 138 Candlewood Lake Rd, Brookfield, CT
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: Vendors, baked goods, hot dogs and refreshments.
Founders Hall Wreath Festival and Holiday Boutique
Where: 193 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Description: Wreath Festival and Holiday Boutique: Display and sales of wreaths decorated by designers, Artists, businesses and individuals; entertainment by local performers; art exhibit; door prizes; and holiday boutique selling gifts, home decor items, jewelry, accessories and more. Free admission.
Where: Silvermine Arts Center
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 (ongoing dates)
Description: A new series of work exploring the inner landscape of the artists’ dreams, blending the commercial with the spiritual. Delighting in the pop culture of Mickey Mouse, the material expression of joy and all things possible, the artist melds Mickey and Buddha into one sacred Mandela, exploring the boundaries between reality and perception.
Newtown: Newtown and Beyond Photo Exhibit Reception
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
Where: Newtown Municipal Center
Description: Flagpole Photographers Camera Club presents the third annual photography exhibit "Newtown and Beyond.." with an opening reception at the Municipal Center. View over 200 photos taken by local residents; most are available for sale. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend and meet the photographers. The exhibit will be on display until December 14th during regular business hours.
Newtown: Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s Holiday Market
Where: 1 Jacklin Rd, Newtown, CT
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: Adults will enjoy shopping for unique gift items including handmade children's toys, beautiful knitwear, original stationery, pottery, hand-painted silks, jewelry, natural soaps and body lotions, home and garden goods, gourmet food and more! Children will be delighted as they watch a holiday puppet show, make their own jump rope, create nature-inspired crafts, and visit the children’s only shopping room.
Norwalk: Project V.O.I.C.E. Poetry Slam!
Where: Saraswati's Yoga Joint
When: Noon Saturday, Nov. 17
Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is an organization based on three founding principles: Entertainment, Education, and Inspiration
Acclaimed poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye draw from traditions of theater, storytelling, slam poetry, stand-up comedy and song to create a show that welcomes while it wows.
Norwalk: Open Chantey Sing
Where: Rowayton Arts Center
When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
Description: Everyone is welcome to sing along or enjoy listening when the Rowayton Arts Center hosts its monthly Open Chantey Sing in the main floor gallery, where a new exhibition of varied artwork is on view each month. The $5 donation includes refreshments.
This musical celebration of nautical and maritime history is led by Deirdre Murtha of The Johnson Girls, her husband Sean and special guests from New York and throughout Connecticut. Murtha and her three partners in The Johnson Girls have been performing chanteys (sailors' work songs) and traditional and contemporary maritime songs from many cultures for 14 years in both the United States and Europe.
Festival of Trees and Craft Fair
Where: Wesley Heights, 580 Long Hill Ave, Shelton
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:00 a.m.
Description: Get into the holiday spirit this weekend by attending the two day Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair. Custom decorated trees, wreaths, and gift baskets are in a raffle for your donation ticket purchase. You can also shop for very unique items from area crafters. Home baked goodies await, along with a photo opp with Santa from 11-2 daily. Parking at Long Hill Elementary School-free shuttle service provided.
Pet Protectors Holiday Photos Fundraiser
Where: 675 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Description: Pet Photos with Santa! Bring your leashed dogs and cats in carriers and children also… With Professional Photographer: CARROLL HUDDERS. One 5x7 Size = $15.00; Other Options Available. There will be dog / cat items, holiday baskets and more available.
Easton: Growing Up in a Warzone Lecture
Where: Easton Library
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: A former Easton resident for 44 years, now of Stratford, just published a book chapter in a new collection of first-hand stories about being a child in a warzone, and will read from her work at the Easton Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. As a Dutch child during World War II, Breslav lived through the Nazi occupation of Holland and survived the "Hunger Winter," the extension of the occupation to 1945 in parts of Holland that grew from the November 1944 Allied defeat profiled in the epic A Bridge Too Far.
Weston: Pimpinella On Again at Cobb's Mill Inn
Where: La Roue Elayne at Cobb's Mill Inn
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: Pimpinella, topping Fairfield County's list of favorite bands, brings their funk-tastic sound back to Weston's new hotspot for live music. Open for fine dining, drinks at two beautiful, antique-pewter bars and dancing by moonlit waterfall, come to Cobb's Mill and hear Pimpinella rock this historic landmark as it has never been rocked before.
Wilton: Sandy Relief Effort at Bruce Bennett Nissan
Where: Bruce Bennett Nissan
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: The Wilton Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Bruce Bennett Nissan to collect donations to aid storm victims in Staten Island thrugh the Staten Island Recovers Organization and victims on the Connecticut Shoreline through the Salvation Army. Click on the above headline to see what items are needed.
Wilton: Music on Sunday for Thanksgiving
Where: Wilton Congregational Church
When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
Description: An Early American Thanksgiving celebration. Music heard by the early settlers, including the first chamber music composed by an American, Trio in E flat for two violins and cello by John Antes (1740-1811), will be presented.
Woodbury: Thanksgiving Bake Sale to Support Team Beta
Where: LaBonne's Market
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Cost: Various costs for baked goods
Description: Team Beta's fourth annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Labonne's Market. Homemade pies, cakes and cookies are for sale, to complement a Thanksgiving feast. Purchases help Nonnewaug High School’s Team Beta promote science and technology to the community.
Woodbury: Hooked on Llamas
Where: Woodbury Public Library
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Description: Country Quilt Llama Farm of West Cornwall, CT will present an entertaining and educational program about llamas. Children of all ages will listen to stories, learn llama facts, and pet a llama! Please call to register your child.
Middlebury: Gerald Raimo Community Service Award and Scholarship Fundraiser
Where: Middlebury Public Library
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18