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“Michael Dweck: Blunderbust” exhibition opens April 11

Heather Gaudio Fine Art - Greenwich 382 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present Michael Dweck: Blunderbust, his first solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will open April 11th, with a reception for the artist 6-8pm, and will be on view through June 1st, 2024. Dweck is a multi-disciplinary artist primarily known for working in photography, most notably for his series documenting niche socio-cultural identities such as Mermaids, Habana Libre, and The End: Montauk. Over the years his artistic practice expanded to sculpture and filmmaking, and more recently he has delved into painting. The gallery will be presenting Blunderbust, Dweck’s first paintings from the multi-media corpus that also includes photography, sculpture, installations, and a feature documentary. For over 70 years, the Long Island car raceways were a vital part of its small-town, blue-collar culture. Dweck grew up minutes from Freeport Stadium known for a survival-of-the-fittest type of racing rallies, “somewhere between NASCAR and Mad Max, whose wild theater – jostling colors and stench of gas and burnt rubber, the cacophony of screeching tires and crashing metal” made for some of the artist’s early memories. As is the fate of many such enclaves, Freeport was replaced by a strip mall in 1983, and in 2007 Dweck […]

2024 Instructors Salon At Silvermine Galleries April 13th – May 16th

Silvermine Arts Center 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan

Please join us at Silvermine Galleries for the 2024 Instructors Salon on view from April 13th-May 16th. The Silvermine School of Art Instructors are distinguished artist educators offering courses for students of all ages and levels of experience in a wide range of disciplines, while providing an environment and atmosphere in which art and artists can develop and flourish. Our award-winning School of Art is the preeminent learning destination for visual arts in Fairfield County with more than 1,100 courses and workshops and approximately 4,000 enrollments throughout the year — for the beginner as well as the professional. All are welcome to attend the Artists Reception Saturday April 13th, 2-4pm. "Hidden And Reveal (Chart Oak)" Artist - Evelyn Harvey

Moms for Moms Diaper Drive

The Community Center of Northern Westchester 196 Katonah Ave, Katonah

Moms for Moms was conceived by local mothers to help alleviate the financial burden on mothers struggling to provide for their babies. CCNW's 8th annual Moms for Moms Drive will take place May 1st through May 15th. Shockingly, 1 in 3 low-income families can't afford these very necessary items. We hope you will consider supporting this drive! Donate in person or order directly from our amazon wishlist! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/22FUUVCY8XWU1/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

Free

Pleasantville Farmers Market

Pleasantville Farmers Market - Outdoors 10 Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville

Shop a dynamic, year-round, full inspected Farmers Market! 8:30-1:00pm every Saturday. See you at Memorial Plaza!

Norwalk Open Streets – Bike, Walk & Roll Festival

Calf Pasture Beach Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk

Come experience Norwalk's streets in a new way. The Norwalk Open Streets is a fun and free opportunity for recreation and community building by opening Calf Pasture Beach Road to walk, bike and roll. The event is FREE and open to the public. Come and enjoy a bike rodeo, bike tune-ups, kids activities and food trucks.

John Jay Farm Market

John Jay Homestead 400 Jay St, Katonah

The John Jay Homestead Farm Market is a weekly outdoor, certified market which provides the finest New York-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, breads, specialty items and more on a historic farm setting. Every Saturday, customers can expect to find certified organic and biodynamic produce, ethically-raised, organic meat and eggs, as well as a wide variety of artisan food items with dozens of weekly vendors. While at John Jay Homestead, patrons can also enjoy a walk, sight see, and explore flower, herb, and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead. Members Only First Pick Members of Friends of John Jay Homestead provide invaluable support for our education and public programming. As a token of our appreciation, we are offering an exclusive opportunity for Members to shop the Market from 9:00am to 9:30am before the general public. Not a Member? Memberships can be purchased here and are fully tax deductible. If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact Heidi at [email protected]

New Canaan Garden Club Reimagined Event

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Ave, New Canaan

One of a kind flower arrangements, photocards, plants, pot de fleur, heirloom tomato plants, gently used garden accessories, books & more!

Take it or Leave it!

Bedford Hills Train Station

Take it or Leave it - Open again! Every Saturday through October. (Saturdays through October) 10:00am -12:00 pm Train Station Commuter Lot in Bedford Hills Leave a gently used item, find a treasure! You never know what you'll find at the TIOLI.

Downtown Ridgefield Spring Stroll 2024

Ridgefield

Downtown Ridgefield’s Spring Stroll will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 10am-3pm  Bring the entire family to peruse, stroll and celebrate spring in Downtown Ridgefield! This beloved community event will include a stellar lineup of family fun events including live music, stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting, and more! Also happening around Ridgefield: To celebrate Ridgefield’s Annual Spring Stroll, Keeler Tavern Museum will be offering free site admission all day Saturday, May 4th. Register in advance to take a tour of our historic museum and explore our beautiful site Olley Court will be offering 30% off of ANY in store purchase during the Spring Stroll on May 4th The Toy Chest will be hosting a $100 gift card giveaway! Be sure to stop by for a chance to win! Interiors & Designs by Ursula will be hosting special promotions and introducing new product lines. Stop by to find some treasures! J.McLaughlin will be hosting a raffle – be sure to stop by and check it out! Way of the Sword Fencing, Archery and Chess Club will be hosting FREE fencing classes Elizabella’s on Bailey will be offering a Tea Sampling and 50% off select merchandise Ridgefield Supply Company on Prospect […]

With Every Fiber Exhibit Grand Opening

Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan

Where do our building materials come from and are they made with fair labor? Join us for curator talks about our newest exhibit, With Every Fiber. A space for both education and contemplation, With Every Fiber aims to inspire greater understanding for the materials that make up the built environment around us. It features a tapestry of bio-based materials designed by the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, as well as contributions from poets, photographers, theologians, and others. This exhibit invites the public into Design for Freedom movement, a collaborative, global movement to eliminate forced labor in the building materials supply chain. With Every Fiber is curated by Grace Farms Creative Director Chelsea Thatcher and designed by Studio Cooke John Architecture + Design, with graphics by Pentagram.

Grace Farms Tour

Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan

Sip complementary tea in the Pavilion and follow a guided architectural tour exploring the site-specific art installations, sustainable design, and curated interiors in each volume of the double LEED-certified River building, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm, SANAA. With open architecture designed to break down barriers between people and nature, the River building embodies the Foundation’s mission to create more grace and peace in our local and global communities. SANAA and Grace Farms were awarded the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Grace Farms was also honored with the AIA National 2017 Architecture Honor Award and AIA Connecticut 2016 Design Honor Award. Approved for AIA CES 1.5 LU $25 for nonmembers, free for members

Hike & Learn with Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester County Bar Association

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Join us for an exciting day of exploration and education at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation! This in-person event offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature while networking with your fellow community members. Take a break from your routine and learn about the native plants and animals at this 4,300+ acre park. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, we'll be keeping the pace easy and informative, led by the knowledgable Ward Pound Ridge Park Supervisor. Kids are welcome but keep in mind that they should be ready to hike for about an hour! Please bring a filled water bottle and wear sturdy clothes and shoes. Don't miss out on this chance to hike, learn, and make new connections! Meeting point instructions: After being waved through the entrance by the cashier, go straight for 1/3 mile then take a left towards the Meadow Parking Area. Look for a white County of Westchester vehicle. (https://maps.app.goo.gl/CcuofvQCGX97GdaS6)

New Canaan Dog Days Presented by Pet Pantry Warehouse

New Canaan Nature Center 144 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan

The annual New Canaan Dog Days hosted by Pet Pantry Warehouse at the New Canaan Nature Center is back on Saturday, May 4th. This "ultimate furry FUN-draising event" is a good time for the whole family and benefits the New Canaan Nature Center and Adopt-a-Dog. This year's sponsors include (diamond) Raised Right; Earth Animal; First Mate; Open Farm; (silver) Primal; Blue Buffalo; Canidae; Natural Balance; Oma's Pride; Fromm (bronze) Champion; Farmina; Honest Kitchen; Nature's Variety; Nulo; Stella & Chewys; Vital Essentials; Zignature; Weruva/BFF; and Triumph/Evolve. Register here! 

Family Day: Symbols, Stories, and Self 

Katonah Museum of Art 134 Jay Street, Katonah

Construct, create, and reflect alongside artist Damien Davis as we explore ideas of self, community, and art! Davis will collaborate with young visitors on a kinetic sculpture project in the KMA Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden. Other projects throughout the Museum include multimedia sculptures, imagined collages, and gallery activities. Elias Woodfired Pizza and Penny Lick Ice Cream will also be on site. All ages are welcome! Registration recommended. KMA Members: Free. Non-members: Adults $12. Seniors, students, and children (12 and under) $6. https://www.simpletix.com/e/family-day-symbols-stories-and-self-tickets-162309

Kentucky Derby Day at The Benjamin

The Benjamin Restaurant 20 West Lane, Ridgefield

Join us for the 150th Running of the roses!! Come join us for a day filled with excitement and horse racing at The Benjamin! Get ready to sip on mint juleps, win prizes, and watch the thrilling Kentucky Derby race unfold. The event will be held at 20 West Ln @ The Benjamin Restaurant, so make sure to mark your calendars and gather your friends and family for a fun-filled day. Tickets include buffet and open bar. In addition, there will be face painting, balloon animals, games, raffles, photo booth and more! This is a tented event with hopes that the lawn will also be open, weather permitting to soak in the sun! A 25 foot blow up movie screen with a laser projector will stream the race live with sound. ADULTS $100 - KIDS ARE FREE!!

Sleeping with Wolves

Wolf Conservation Center 7 Buck Run, South Salem

Sleeping with Wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center’s (WCC) popular nocturnal adventure experience, gives guests a chance to camp out overnight with the 20+ wolves that call the WCC home! With all the howls, circling vultures, and nature’s nighttime chatter, you’ll feel like you’re camping under the stars with wild wolves. We might not be Yellowstone, but we’re pretty close! Space is limited and dates sell out quickly!  Pre-registration is required. Fees:  $340 per 4 person tent Singles: $150 for one person (must bring own tent) * FOR SINGLES – please call 914-763-2373 to register. Admission Price includes: Cheese Pizza Party with Ambassador wolves Nikai and Silas. Vegan pizza (no animal products or by-products) available with advanced notice. Opportunity to potentially behold endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves Evening entertainment: Movie under the stars at Nikai and Silas’ enclosure Evening fireside snacks and light breakfast Tents for all participants You should bring: Sleeping bag Sleeping mat Pillow Flashlight Camera Toothbrush and toothpaste Washcloth Warm comfortable clothing to sleep in Bug Spray Additional snacks if desired *NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED* Read Before Registering: There are two outhouses (porta potties) available for visitors to use. They are sanitized multiple times a day and between programs. […]

Spectrum – Contemporary Art Show at the Carriage Barn

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Ave, New Canaan

Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists, and invites submissions in all media. All entries must have been created within the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn. The juror Sam Wilson, a founding director of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, reviewed original works in all media that celebrate and explore the connection between Art & Music. For centuries, artists and musicians have inspired each other through their creative expression. Significant artistic movements such as Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism evolved out of the visual interpretation of rhythm and sounds. Both art and music share the power to evoke and inspire emotions, tell stories, and communicate ideas. Works selected for the exhibition will showcase the common elements such as rhythm, harmony, repetition, movement, and expression, and the many ways that musicians or iconic performances influence artists in our contemporary world.

Free

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan 21st GALA

Country Club of New Canaan 95 Country Club Road, New Canaan

Join us for an evening of Magic, Live Auction and performances of songs  from our upcoming Broadway musical MARY POPPINS. See the Running of the Kentucky Derby - From Post to Finish! and come to Honor Our "Off Stage Stars"  Jim & Dede Bartlett!

New Canaan Mounted Troop 2024 Spring Gala

Wee Burn Country Club

Please join us for a night of fine dining, entertainment and the opportunity to support the New Canaan Mounted Troop mission to build leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship; and to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities.

Bedford Playhouse Spring Benefit: An Evening to Help Secure our Future

Bedford Playhouse 633 Old Post Road, Bedford

Join us for an incredible evening as we help secure the future of the Playhouse! We are thrilled to honor Joni Evans and Bob Perkins for their contributions to the Playhouse over the years. The evening will be hosted by 60 Minutes Journalist, Lesley Stahl. Entertainment provided by renowned mentalist Oz Pearlman - you don't want to miss it!

Katonah Classic Stage Presents God of Carnage

Whippoorwill Hall at the North Castle Library Armonk

Dive into a whirlpool of societal clashes, exposing the wild undercurrents lurking beneath the veneer of refined decorum. The 2009 Tony Winner for Best Play, Yasmina Reza’s darkly hilarious satire, GOD OF CARNAGE, unravels the thin veil of civility that masks our primal instincts. “Ms. Reza’s streamlined anatomy of the human animal incite the kind of laughter that comes from the gut, as involuntary as hiccups or belching” – The New York Times  5/2 at 7 p.m. (Preview) 5/3 at 8 p.m (OPENING NIGHT) 5/4 at 7 p.m (Talk Back) 5/5 at 2 p.m. (Talk Back) 5/10 at 7 p.m. (Talk Back) 5/11 at 2 p.m.(Talk Back)  & 7 p.m. 5/12 at 2 p.m.

DARK DESERT EAGLES

The Ridgefield Playhouse 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield

Back by popular demand – the Ultimate Tribute to the Eagles returns!  Led by Extreme’s Pat Badger, Dark Desert Eagles will perform all the classics from the best-selling Greatest Hits album of all time (Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) including “Take It Easy,” “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Take It to the Limit,” “Hotel California” and more! The songs are masterfully re-enacted live on stage in this stunning musical tribute to America’s Greatest Rock Band in the peak of their career!  With their supreme attention to detail, Dark Desert Eagles will take you back to the 70s re-creating the wardrobe, hairstyles, guitars, and everything that makes The Eagles, The Eagles. Each of the musicians in the Dark Desert Eagles has painstakingly reconstructed the amazing soaring harmonies and music of The Eagles!

The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Ave, New Canaan

Version of Lewis Carroll's classic created by The Manhattan Project under the direction of under the direction of André Gregory. Definitely not your mother’s “Alice,” this rarely revived 1970’s Off-Broadway sensation is an exuberant, funny and strikingly relevant fantasy version of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, accompanying Alice down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass where madness awaits at every turn. Director Peter Green offers a fresh new revival of the acclaimed 1970’s Off-Broadway smash hit that invigorated experimental theatre and captivated audiences around the world. Join cast talk-backs after the show on Sunday, 4/28; Friday, 5/3; Sunday, 5/5; Friday, 5/10. Saturday night “Tipsy Tea Parties” offering wine and spiked tea for a donation; special Mother’s Day pre-show Tea Party, reservations required. The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland runs Weekends from April 26 – May 12, Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT.  Not recommended for children under ten. Tickets and information at TPNC.org.