Bartlett Arboretum American Orchid Society Northeast Judging Center Orchid Auction


151 BROOKDALE ROAD, Stamford, CT Phone: (203) 322-6971.

9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Hundreds of orchids from American Orchid Society Judges private collections will be auctioned to benefit the American Orchid Society (non-profit). Learn all about these beguiling plants and how to grow them right here in the northeast. More than 100+ orchids featured. Many rare and hard to find orchids available. Plant preview begins at 9:30 am and bidding starts at 10:30 am. Everone is welcome to browse or bid! Please join us at the Silver Educational Center for this wonderful event.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony HOLIDAY INTERLUDE


910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 576-0263.

At the Klein. GBS takes a break from revolutions with festive selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, along with his Symphony No. 5 and great holiday favorites. Get in the mood with our interlude!

Norwalk Symphony Joys of the Season


125 East Ave, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-956-6771.

5:00 pm. With local choirs, dancers, visual art and musical groups.

Greenwich-Stamford Christmas Bird Count


613 Riversville Rd, Greenwich, CT

12 noon. Join one of the largest "Citizen Science" programs in the world. Count at home or with a field team within our 15 mile count area. Compilation meeting 5:00 p.m. at Audubon Greenwich, where all field teams report their bird observations for the count. Pre-dawn to Dusk Field teams age 8 and up All ages can participate FREE

Wilton Historical Society Colonial Kitchen Demonstrations

12/17/2017 to 01/14/2018

224 Danbury Road, New Canaan, CT

History is here! Adding another layer of experience to a visit to the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society, Sunday afternoon visitors can immerse themselves in a typical Colonial task in the 1740 Betts Kitchen. Sisters Kate Gluckin and Sarah McCullough, both experts in Colonial domestic arts, will be demonstrating cutting, peeling and drying apples for a Marlborough Pie; grinding spices; sewing and embroidery; butter churning and dough kneading; wool carding and spinning and more from 1:00 – 3:00 on Sundays, December  17 and January 7 and 14. Kids can try their hand at these tasks, too! Please check website for details. No charge. All ages

Greenwich Historical Society Bush-Holley House by Candlelight


39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT

A free, festive holiday event featuring tours of Bush-Holley House, entertainment, and a visit from Santa! Join us for a festive holiday evening when—only once a year—costumed interpreters lead "candlelight" tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich's only Registered National Historic Landmark. In addition to your family-friendly walk through Bush-Holley House, there will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal treats from Sweet Lisa's, winter-themed crafts for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus from 5:30–6:30 pm. Tours are about 45 minutes long and focus on Christmas traditions as celebrated by the Bush family in the early nation period and later by the Holley family, who were residents in the early 1900s during the Cos Cob art colony era.
Sunday, December 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take place every 15 minutes.
Admission is free to all. No reservations required.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children Festival of Light: Winter Solstice


303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-0606.

12:30pm – 1pm. Join us each Sunday in December as we celebrate winter holidays from around the world that focus on the importance of light. Visitors can immerse themselves in each holiday through music, toys, books, and activities –unique holiday traditions celebrated around the world and in our own communities.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children ATW: Show Me a Tale


303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-899-0606.

2pm – 3pm. Show Me a Tale: The Pesky Goat – An old woman's prized flower garden is overrun by a very hungry goat. Who will help save her precious flowers? Children will create caretas (masks) of a goat.
For children ages 5 and over. Limited space – get tickets at the Welcome Desk.

Scout Invention Convention Day

12/17/2017 to 12/17/2017

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 2039776521.

Join us to get an up-close look at the amazing artistic gadgetry of Steve Gerberich, whose fabulous creations grace the Stamford Museum galleries this holiday season in our Gerberich's Gadgets: Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys exhibition. We'll have some free build time with our favorite building blocks, create our own inventions out of recycled materials, complete a scavenger hunt through the exhibit, and more. Scout groups will rotate through activities. Limited to 60 girl and boy scouts. Scouts may register with their parents or with their troops/dens. To register, please e-mail Lisa Monachelli at Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Avon Theatre French Cinematheque: DJANGO


272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

Pre-film wine and cheese reception at 7:00pm

Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Joe Meyers, Entertainment Editor at the CT Post

Opening Film of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, DJANGO is a powerful biopic which will immerse viewers in a tumultuous chapter in the life of one of the 20th century's greatest musical geniuses: Django Reinhardt, the legendary Romani jazz guitarist. Reinhardt, elegantly interpreted by Reda Kateb (A PROPHET, ZERO DARK THIRTY), is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of "hot jazz" and charming his admirers including his muse played by Cécile de France. But even as the rise of Nazism forces Reinhardt — whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich — to make a daring escape from Paris, he refuses to be silenced as his music becomes a form of protest. Reda Kateb's performance is simply impressive in this spirited biopic that will keep audiences tapping their toes.