Lunch and Learn: Southern Holiday Brunch at Jones Family Farm

12/13/2012

606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Our Lunch and Learn Series offer guests a food demonstration of a holiday meal, followed by lunch. A glass of wine and recipes included. Menu: Egg and Sausage Strata, Red & Green Vegetable Buffet, Ambrosia Fruit Salad, Strawberry Trifle. Cost: $65/student

Antiques & Art Avant-Garde Greenwich

12/14/2012 to 12/16/2012

90 Harding Rd., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-637-4583.

Antiques & Art Avant-Garde Greenwich is an exciting, new event that will run from December 14 through 16, 2012, and will showcase over 45 outstanding exhibitors in the fields of decorative arts, antiques, fine jewelry, mid-century, avant-garde design, and more in a dazzling and festive display perfectly positioned for the holidays. Venue: Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.

Silvermine Art Center Performance--Turtle Island Quartet--A Solstice Celebration--New Canaan

12/14/2012

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

On Friday, December 14, 2012  at 7PM a special holiday treat.  From stages across the globe to international airwaves, these two-time Grammy Award winners are the most acclaimed ensemble of its kind.  This holiday concert showcases the music of the Festival of Lights, including songs of Chanukah, music of India's Diwali, old English carols and Scotish reels of the 16th century.  $15 members/$20 non-members.

Ornament Making

12/14/2012 to 12/14/2012

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-6971.

Even if your tree isn’t up at home this is still the perfect time to visit the Silver Educational Center and have fun creating your own ornament for the holiday season. Reservations required, $5 members, $10 for non members. For more information, call 203-322-6971, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or e-mail psaverine@bartlettarboretum.org

** * * Our 91-acre nature preserve is a living museum of majestic trees, rare plant collections, charming gardens, and varied natural habitats and landscapes traversed by hiking and walking trails. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is open to the public every day of the year.

Winter Constellations

12/14/2012 to 12/14/2012

39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.322-1646.

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on winter constellations, followed by a visit to view the night sky through a 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and older. Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5-17) $2. No children under 5 please. For more information call 203.322-1646, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org * * * * 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.

Performance: Turtle Island Quartet “A Solstice Celebration” at Silvermine Arts Center - New Canaan

12/14/2012

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

A glorious fusion of jazz and classical, the Turtle Island Quartet has been the very definition of American chamber music for over 25 years. From stages across the globe to international airwaves, winner of two recent Grammy awards for Best Classical Crossover, this group is the most acclaimed ensemble of its kind. This holiday concert showcases the music of the Festival of Lights, from the songs of Chanukah to the music of India’s Diwali, to the old English carols and Scottish reels of the 16th century. Turtle Island Quartet explores the timeless music that has been an integral part of winter holiday celebrations for centuries. The program also features music from Vince Guaraldi’s beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as revisiting famous classical gems that have become so indelibly tied to the holiday season. Seating is limited, advance reservations are suggested. To purchase advance tickets online visit our website at www.silvermineart.org under Events or call 203-966-9700 ext. 22.

New Canaan Nature Center Offers Winter Wonderland Program

12/15/2012

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9577.

Winter Wonderland--Saturday, December 15 from11:00A.M. - 2:00P.M. Come and be transported into a whole new world as the New Canaan Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with fun and exciting seasonal activities for the entire family. Come down the lane and enjoy the warm festive feel the Nature Center puts on this time of year! We hope to see you there! Admission includes: SNOW FUN, sledding, angel making... We're making snow!  Cookie Decorating at Santa's Bake Shop (sponsored by Whole Foods)  Holiday Express Model Train display depicting the town of New Canaan, Wacky Winter Scavenger Hunt, Holiday Stories, Crafts & Carols  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Additional fun: Photos with SANTA CLAUSE – from 11:30A.M. until 2:00P.M. for families, kids and pets ($10 per photo,  Horse-drawn Wagon Ride "Over the Green and through the Woods" ($5 per person, weather pending)  Red & Green Café with waffles, cocoa, cider & treats! Ages: All Ages. Members: Child $8 / Non-Members: Child $12, Adults: Free.

Stepping Stone Museum for Children Holiday Handbell Performance and Elf Workshop

12/15/2012

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

Saturday, December 15. 2:00 pm.  ALso the Elf Workshop Holiday CraftsSaturday, December 15
11:00 am – noon.

New England Ballet Company's Nutcracker at The Klein Memorial - Bridgeport

12/15/2012

910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-799-7950.

Saturday December 15th at 2pm The Klein Auditorium 910 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport. Featuring guest artists from The American Ballet Theater; Jared Matthews will be performing the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier and Yuriko Kajiya will be performing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are $22-$48 and can be purchased at our box office 203-799-7950 or www.newenglandballet.org

A Christmas House Tour - Monroe Historical Society

12/15/2012

433 Barn Hill Road , Monroe, CT 06468. Phone: 203-261-1383.

The Monroe Historical Society is getting ready for our Christmas House tour of 5 beautifully decorated homes. The date for the event is on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 4pm until 8pm. We have 4 historical homes this year as well as a newer colonial, a victorian, and a late 1940s home. Each homeowner decorates for the Christmas holiday that suites their style. Tickets are $20 from November 30th until December 14th, $25 for tickets if purchased the day of the tour. Tickets for the House tour will be available at the school house during the hours listed below. Tickets may also be purchased at Monroe Town hall located at 7 Fan Hill Road, next to the Edith Wheeler Memorial Libraryas well as Country Hearts located on route 25 in Monnroe. Each ticketholder will recieve a phamplet with a description of the homes as well as a map. The tour is self guided, as you may begin at whichever home you would  like. In addition to touring each home, our "guests" will recieve a handmade ornament which is complimentary to each home. Christmas Fair hours; Friday, November 30     5pm-8:30pm. Saturday, December 1   10am-4pm. Sunday, December 2  12pm-5pm. Friday, December 7   5pm-8:30pm Saturday, December 8  10am-4pm Sunday, December 9  12pm-5pm. Friday, December 14 5pm-8:30pm. Saturday, December 15 10am-9pm. Sunday, December 16  12pm-5pm Self-Guided Tour of Beautiful Monroe Homes & Historic Properties. Keepsake ornaments at each location.  (While supplies last.) Saturday, December 15th, 4-8pm. Tickets: $20 per person in advance,  $25 day of tour. Tickets go on Sale November 30th at: Edith Wheeler Memorial Library,  Monroe Town Hall Clerks Office, Country Hearts (Rt. 25),  Old School House (Wheeler Rd) during Christmas Fair  (Nov. 30th—Dec. 2nd, Dec. 7th&8th, 13th-15th), The Christmas House Tour is a benefit for the Monroe Historical Society.  It is one of the Society’s largest fundraisers of the year so please consider purchasing your tickets early.  All funds that  are raised will benefit the Monroe Historical Society.   The Monroe Historical Society is a private, nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Monroe’s history.  Visit the website.