Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk - Behind-the-Scenes Tour

05/18/2013

10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206..

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Conducted before the Aquarium opens, from 8:15 to 10 a.m., the guided tour offers unique opportunities to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals. The tour includes stops at the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface. Learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish "nursery." Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $25 ($22.50 for Aquarium members). The tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.

Audubon Greenwich ~ Bird Walk and ‘Fast Food’ Feasts for Songbirds

05/18/2013

613 RIversville Road, Greenwich, CT

7:00-8:45 am ~ Bird Walk (Main Sanctuary) Morning bird walks are a spring tradition. Meet in Audubon Greenwich parking area on Riversville Road. No charge or RSVP required. Bring binoculars &/or camera. Loaner binoculars may be available. Questions? Call Ted Gilman at 203-869-5272 x230.

2:00-3:30 pm ~ 'Fast Food' Feasts for Songbirds
As neo-tropical migrants return from their wintering areas, emerging insects and other invertebrates provide them with essential foods. Join us as we search for feeding birds visiting local plant life in search of insects, spiders, and other creatures that make quick treats for spring's hungry avian travelers. All ages. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

Bruce Museum - Outdoor Crafts Festival

05/18/2013 to 05/19/2013

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT

Bring your family and friends to the Outdoor Crafts Festival, which takes place on the grounds of the Museum. The Festival is a juried event featuring more than 70 crafts artists from across the country. Ceramics, jewelry, decorative and wearable fiber, wood accessories and furniture,glass and lots more are all available for purchase directly from the artists. The Festival also includes fun and educational activities for children at no extra charge, delicious food, and live music performances by Ed Wright on acoustic guitar and Annalisa Ewald on classical guitar on both days among others. A recital by Sono Guitar Studio takes place at 11 am on May 19. Festival hours: 10 am – 5 pm Admission: $8 Members and children under 5 are free. Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Museum Drive

Bruce Museum - Outdoor Crafts Festival

05/18/2013 to 05/19/2013

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203.869.0376.

Bring your family and friends to the Outdoor Crafts Festival, which takes place on the grounds of the Museum. The Festival is a juried event featuring more than 70 crafts artists from across the country. Ceramics, jewelry, decorative and wearable fiber, wood accessories and furniture,glass and lots more are all available for purchase directly from the artists. The Festival also includes fun and educational activities for children at no extra charge, delicious food, and live music performances by Ed Wright on acoustic guitar and Annalisa Ewald on classical guitar on both days among others. A recital by Sono Guitar Studio takes place at 11 am on May 19.

The Westport Arts Center's 2013 Gala, the Art Noir Ball

05/18/2013

51 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

WAC Announces 2013 Fundraiser: Art Noir Ball The Westport Arts Center Gala team is excited to bring the community another fantastic party in the name of art. The Westport Arts Center's 2013 Gala, the Art Noir Ball, will be held on Saturday, May 18 at the Steel Shed in Norwalk, CT. 500 guests are expected to come out to support WAC's mission of connecting the community through the arts. This year's gala will honor Bill Felton, a Weston resident and philanthropist who has been an active volunteer Board Member of the Arts Center for more than 10 years. Tickets for the Art Noir Ball will go on sale March 14th. To request an invitation or to find out how you can get involved visit www.westportartscenter.org  or call (203) 222-7070.The Westport Arts Center is a non-profit visual and performing arts organization. The Westport Arts Center gallery is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

Jones Family Winery American Women Who Changed the Way We Cook Heritage Series: Martha Stewart

05/18/2013

606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT Phone: (203) 929-8425.

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm American Women Who Changed the Way We Cook Heritage Series is a series of hands-on cooking classes where we learn to prepare a few of our culinary heroines' hallmark recipes. Registration includes apron, recipes, meal and glass of wine. Limit 12 students. Martha Stewart inspires home cooking and elegant entertaining everday. Menu: Crudités Platter, Sautéed Stonington Scallops, Spring Risotto, Madeleines Cost: $80 per student.

Outdoor Crafts Festival at The Bruce Museum

05/18/2013 to 05/19/2013

1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT 06830. Phone: (203) 869-0376.

The Crafts Festival May 18 and May 19, 2013 from 10Am to 5PM offers handmade, contemporary functional work such as jewelry, furniture, wearables, glassware, ceramics etc.  The Festivals also offer live music and dance performances, as well as a variety of delicious foods. Children are invited to participate in special art and craft activities at no extra charge. Admission: $8
Members and children under 5 are free. Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Museum Drive.

50th Annual Spring on the Farm Sponsored By UBS.

05/18/2013 to 05/19/2013

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

Saturday May 18 & Sunday, May 19, 11 am - 3 pm Meet the latest additions to our Heckscher Farm family at Spring on the Farm. Watch as our flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their wooly coats. See firsthand how to turn wool into felt or yarn, among a variety of other hands-on demonstrations. There will be activities for all ages including storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, and more. We'll have refreshments for sale, hayride tickets for purchase, and our galleries will be open. Join us for this fun family day on the farm! Members: $5 | Non-Members: $10
Family Plus and Director's Circle Members and all children 3 and under: Free. 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.

Fontenay Chamber Players Featuring Allegra Themmen, Soprano

05/19/2013 to 05/19/2013

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

Present a concert to benefit Children with Autism. The Fontenay Chamber Players was formed in 2003 and has garnered critical acclaim and raves from audiences and presenters. The group is the ensemble in Residence at The Bartlett Arboretum. The Fontenay Chamber Players was chosen for the artist roster of the CT Commission on Arts and Tourism. The group is named for a French town with a connection to the composer Ravel. Tickets $25. For more information call 203-322-6971 visit www.bartlettarboretum.org or email info@bartlettarboretum.org

* * * * * Our 91-acre nature preserve is a living museum of majestic trees, rare plant collections, charming gardens, and varied natural habitats and walking trails. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is open to the public every day of the year and features the new Silver Educational Center and children’s outdoor Nature Explore Classroom.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk - Jean-Michael Cousteau Lecture

05/20/2013

10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

8 p.m. Since first being "thrown overboard" by his father at the age of 7 with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been exploring the ocean realm. Cousteau will share his experiences – and his call for action on behalf of the marine world – on Mon., May 20 in a special appearance at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Tickets for the 8 p.m. talk are $35 ($30 for Aquarium members). The event is made possible in part by J.P. Morgan.