ComicCONN & Bearsley Zoo AT Trumbull Marriott


Trumbull, CT

Wild Times, Noon - 8:00 pm Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating ComicCONN, a statewide comic convention at the Trumbull Marriott. Participate in talks and activities with Zoo staff, touch an alligator, and visit with animals from your favorite comic. The Zoomobile is FREE. Check with venue for admission fees, if any.

Pondering the Pond Walk at Weir Farm National Historic Site - Wilton/Ridgefield


735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: (203)834-1896.

Are you a frequent hiker to the pond at Weir Farm National Historic Site? Take a closer look.  What may seem like a simple walk to the pond is actually a complex foray into a cultural landscape.  On Sunday, August 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., join Park Ranger David Low for a new look at this popular local trail.  Explore the ways people have shaped their natural environment, and discover sights that often go unexamined--ones which you may have passed several times and never thought to consider.  You will find the Pond Trail has many surprises.  There is no fee to participate, but registration is required.  To register or for more information, please call (203) 834-1896 ext. 28.  This is not a strenuous hike, but the walk will consist of standing with short periods of walking.  Bringing a water bottle and wearing appropriate footwear is recommended.

The Barnum Museum Lunchtime Series - With Never Before Seen - Bridgeport


820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-331-1104.

Tuesday, August 21, door opens at noon, lecture begins at 12:15 p.m. Cost: No charge, however donations are always welcome. The next lunchtime lecture series at The Barnum Museum will be on Tuesday, August 21 at 12:15 p.m. The program is called Never Before Seen and will feature items researched by the museum's Collections Manager, Adrienne Saint-Pierre and the Registrar, Melissa Houston. Never Before Seen will provide the public with the unique opportunity to view up close a few of the very special artifacts that are rarely on display. This 'behind-the-scenes' glimpse of portions of the museum's 25,000 piece collection, will also discuss the fascinating origin, history and significance of each artifact selected. The program will be held in the People's United Bank Gallery, connected at the back of the museum's historic structure. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Visitors are asked to enter through the double glass doors at the back of the historic building where it connects to People's United Bank. The front doors are closed.

Artist Talks – Helen Cantrell, Shiela Hale, Stephanie Joyce, Alex McFarlane and Justin Weist - Silvermine Arts Center - New Canaan


1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9700.

On Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. join exhibiting artists Helen Cantrell, Shiela Hale, Stephanie Joyce, Alex McFarlane and Justin Weist for an informal art discussion about their current works on exhibit in the Guild Group Show: “Collective Vision” at the Silvermine Galleries. Artist talks are opportunities to get guided tours of the exhibitions and meet and interact with the artists..  Don’t miss this informative talk with this group of Guild Artist members. Free and open to the public

A Day in a Farmer’s Life at The Stamford Museum & Nature Center


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

Tuesdays, Through August 28, 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Do you ever wonder what it takes to be a farmer? Come join the SM&NC Farm staff each week as we bring fun to important farm tasks. Find out how they farmed in the past, the importance of grooming, where your every day items come from, and see the artistic side of pigs! Members: Free/Non-Members: Free with gate admission. Weather permitting event. For more information call,  e-mail, or visit website.

Spider Snacks - Stamford Museum & Nature Center


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

Tuesdays, Through August 28, 4 - 4:30 pm. Join us for a sneak peak at the feeding of our tarantulas and maybe even get a chance to see one munch on a crunchy cricket or two! Each week an SM&NC staff member will introduce a few of the tarantula species, talk about their feeding habits and serve up some spider snacks. Bug appétit! Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission. For more information call, e-mail, or visit website.

Tricks and Treats at The Stamford Museum & Nature Center


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

Wednesdays Through August 29, 2:30 pm. What makes SM&NC’s animals so happy? Learning and playing of course! Help us train Moose and Monty, see Henrietta do some tricks, and socialize our new farm babies. Along with training, we will be making summertime enrichment for our animals. Members: Free/Non-Members: Free with gate admission. Weather permitting event. For more information call,  e-mail,  or visit website.

Norwalk Summer Concert Series Features Gunsmoke--Country and Western Music


Calf Pasture Beach Rd., Norwalk, CT 06855. Phone: 203-854-7807.

On August 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. the Norwalk Music Series continues with  Gunsmoke – This award-winning band has been entertaining Country & Western music fans in the Northeast for more than 20 years.  The band now is receiving national attention after its performance on "Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree," America's second longest-running radio show, which is broadcast from Nashville, TN, following "The Grand Ole Opry."  Members of the band are Jeff DeMaio (steel guitar), Nick DeMaio Sr. (acoustic guitar), Nick DeMaio III (bass guitar), Gary Tokarz (drums) and Scott Tyler (electric guitar).

BOOK SIGNING THURSDAY NIGHT - Kaye Williams "Man on the Waterfront" - Captain's Cove - Bridgeport


One Bostwick Ave., Black Rock Harbor,, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-335-1433.

On Thursday, 5 p.m. Come on down, buy a book and meet Kaye Williams!! The story of Kaye Williams and Captain Cove.  The biography includes the development of Captain’s Cove Seaport, along the many projects that gathered international attention. Significant among these was the restoration of the Rose, a replica of an eighteenth century British frigate, along with its subsequent use as a sail training ship. The Rose appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, and was prominent in several OpSailÒ events. Also covered was the role of the Rose in displaying the Magna Carta, and its subsequent use by retired-Chief Justice Warren Burger during the 1991 Bill of Rights Bicentennial tour. The creation of a replica of Gustave Whitehead’s 1901 airplane is detailed, along with historical controversies involving the original aircraft, also captured international attention.  And there is much more. Books are $20 ~ and all proceeds will be going to St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound! The biography is dedicated to Kaye’s late daughter Jan, an official of Captain’s Cove and a promoter of area charities. The Swim Across the Sound, an event that is sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center and its foundation, was one of those causes.

Farmers' Market at the Jones Family Farms


606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT

This Friday from 3:30 to 6:30. Meet your local farmers and enjoy the best CT Grown produce and wine! Enjoy one of the best parts of summer - the fresh fruits and vegetables - at our Farmers' Market! The Jones Family Farms is teaming up with other Connecticut farmers, such as Stone Gardens of Shelton, to offer the best seasonal produce. As part of your Farmers' Market experience, you can also visit the Jones Winery for wine tastings, wine by the glass or for wine purchases. Our Farmers' Markets are special, taking place during the Fridays during July and August, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. (During these market days, the Jones Winery will extend its hours until 6:30.) Each market will offer a wide variety of 100% CT produce from several local farms. Markets will feature a variety of CT grown products, such as honey, cheeses and/or breads.