Soldiers & Salvation, Lecture on the Art of the Civil War at Greenwich Historical Society


39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-6899.

7:00 pm at the Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center. Through paintings, photographs and sculpture, lecturer Heather Cotter will look at rhetoric versus reality as she explores the glorification of emancipation and images of battlefield horror and heraldry that informed and sustained both sides throughout the Civil War era. Ms. Cotter's lecture is being held in conjunction with the current exhibition, Voices from the Civil War, which will run at the Historical Society's Storehouse Gallery through July 31.Members $10; nonmembers $15.

Stamford Center for the Arts-Palace Theater Presents Choir of the Pope's Diocese Rome


61 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 203-358-2305.

On Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 8PM the Stamford Center for the Arts at the Palace Theater will present the Choir of the Pope's Diocese Rome.  The Choir of the Pope's Diocese has musically complemented annual rites with the Holy Father at Mass on Palm Sunday, the Presbyterial Ordinations, the feast of Corpus Christi and solemn celebrations at the Vatican. It has also performed at the Beatification Ceremony of St. Theresa of Calcutta, the liturgies of the Great Jubilee of 2000, the opening and the closing of the Holy Door in the Lateran Basilica, the 17th International Eucharistic Congress, the 15th World Youth Day, the Jubilee of Families in 2000; the World Meeting of the Holy Father with Catholic Families, and at the solemn funerals of Pope John Paul II. The choir has appeared throughout Italy as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, and Israel. After graduating from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," Msgr . Marco Frisina obtained a degree in Composition from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in 1979. Ordained  to  the  priesthood  in 1982,  he  received  the  License  in  Sacred Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Currently he is Rector of the Basilica of Saint Cecilia in Trastevere, Director (since 1991) of the Liturgical Office of the Rome Vicariate, and Master Director of the Musical Lateran Chapel. Msgr . Frisina has composed movie soundtracks  for  religious  and  historical films, as well as more than 150 liturgical hymns  published  in  25  collections.  His recordings include collaborations with Italian and international artists. Msgr . Frisina  is also known for the first musical rendition of Dante's "The Divine Comedy," acclaimed by  the public and  critics as a breathtaking show.  Check the website for further information.

Astronomy Nights: Our Nearest Star - The Sun

06/10/2011 to 06/10/2011

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322.1646.

Come join us for a new exciting series of astronomy programs! Head to the Observatory on selected Friday nights for a real treat as we explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on distances in space and how to measure them, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5-17) $2. No children under 5 please. For more information call 203.322.1646, e-mail, or visit

A Taste of History: Civil War Food Challenge---Norwalk


2 East Wall St., Norwalk, CT 06851. Phone: 203-846-0525.

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11AM to 4PM at Mill Hill Historic Park A Taste of History: Civil War Food Challenge will take place.  Diverse dishes from the Civil War era will be interpreted by 12 local eateries vying to be judged the best in different food categories.  Winners wil be chosen by attendees during the event.  Attendees will purchase ballots $20 adults/teens; $15-12 or younger and sample dishes prepared by the participants then vote for their favorites.  During the event attendees can visit a Civil War encampment to see demonstrations and talk with re-enactors from Company A of the 11th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.  Displays will focus on Civil War cooking, weapons and the life of soldiers.  Also on display will be an exhibition of quilts from before the Civil War orgainzed by the Historical Society as part of the six-month Norwalk Quilt Trail.  Call for further information.

Monroe Historical Society's Garden Tour


733 Wheeler Road, Monroe, CT 06468. Phone: (203) 261-1383.

The Monroe Historical Society is planning a tour of five beautiful gardens on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  (raindate June 12th). Each garden is unique and will provide visitors with great ideas to personalize their own gardens.  We have two artists who create garden sculptures participating: Joe DeMarco of Shelton and Philip Levine of Stratford. Their creations add an additional dimension to two of these hidden gardens in Monroe. Light refreshments will be at each venue.  Tickets are available at the Monroe Library, Monroe Town Clerk's office, Country Hearts on Route 25 and Sunshine Nursery on Monroe Turnpike.  Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at the Beardsley Homestead, 31 Great Ring Road, Monroe.

Tails and Trails: A Canine Extravaganza! At New Canaan Nature Center


144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT Phone: 203-966-9577.

The New Canaan Nature Center is hosting the first annual. Tails & Trails event for dogs and the people who love them! The goal is to celebrate all canines, encourage outdoor recreation and promote healthy pet-ownership. Consultat with animal healthcare experts and trainers and take part in fun recreational activities! There will be a doggie scavenger hunt and talent showcase for kids and their dogs. Special guests include Officer McFadden and Zira from New Canaan's K-9 unit. Representatives from event sponsor Canine Fence and Canine Manners will be on hand to share information and demonstrate their in home obedience training program and Invisible Fence Brand pet containment system. Cornell University Veterinary Specialists is a sponsor of the event and their specialists will be hosting an Emergency Care Station for participating canines. Plus, some adorable adoptable dogs from Pups Without Partners will also make an appearance. This event is free and open to the public. New Canaan Nature Center members, and those who join at the event, will receive a free doggie bag filled with treats!

Critters and Crafts at EarthPlace


10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT Phone: 203-227-7253.

Enjoy a family program with a live animal, story and craft.  There is a different theme each time.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 3 and above. 2:30 - 3:15 PM

Dine with Design at the Glass House


199 Elm Street , New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 866-811-4111.

12- 3 pm. The Glass House, in association with Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, a critically-acclaimed cookbook by Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer, published by the Taunton Press, is pleased to invite you to a one-of-a-kind culinary event to benefit the Philip Johnson Glass House. Dine with Design celebrates the connection between land and plate; chef, farmer and artisan. This event engages the inspirational and cultivated landscape and gardens of the Glass House with the creativity and talent of contemporary chefs and artisans, continuing the multi-disciplinary, collaborative history of the site. Guests are invited to explore the buildings, grounds and art collections of the Glass House site while enjoying dishes inspired by the property, created by the following celebrated chefs and artisans: Internationally renowned Chef Michel Richard, Chef Brian Lewis, Chef Lee Chizmar, Chef Bill Taibe, Chef Derek Wagner, Baker Mark Furstenberg, Jasper Hill Farm, Freddy Guys Hazelnuts, Theo Chocolate, Tuthilltown Spirits, Rappahannock River Oysters, Peets Coffee & Tea.

Amphibian Amble II Stamford Museum & Nature Center


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-977-6538.

4:30 – 6 pm –Come out and enjoy a trip to one of the Museum's most unique habitats, the vernal pool. Join naturalist Chris Evers of Animal Embassy as we go see how the frogs and salamanders have progressed in their metamorphosis. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Please call 203.977.6521 to register. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and over and will be held rain or shine. Members: $5 per person/Non-Members: $8 per person.

Garden Markeplace on Veterans Green - Westport


110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-222-1424.

On Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover a trove of garden and home treasurers at our beautiful marketplace. For more information call or visit the website.