This Weekend: Antiques & Treasures; Shakespeare
The Keeler Tavern Museum Antiques & Treasures Sale will take place from 9 to 5 on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, and from noon to 5 on Sunday, Aug. 21. Admission is free to the sale, which takes place in the Garden House, as well in the walled garden, on the tented terrace and in the historic carriage barn at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield.
There’s an opportunity for early buying on Friday, Aug. 19, from 8 to 9 a.m., for $10 per person. There will be furniture and accessories in room vignettes in the Garden House, as well as estate jewelry, vintage dolls, collectible books, antique clocks, etc. Outdoor furniture will be in the garden and contemporary furniture will be on the terrace. In the barn, there will be hundreds of small donated treasures and other furniture.
Parking will be available on site and across the street at the First Congregational Church. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
Taming of the Shrew
Connecticut Free Shakespeare and Festival! Stratford are presenting Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in an outdoor production this week on the grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford. The play, appropriate for all ages, is performed by actors courtesy of Actors’ Equity, and performances begin at 8.
Guests are invited to bring picnics, along with chairs and blankets, and to come early for music by Jazz for the Spirit from 6 to 8 p.m. The setting is along the banks of the Housatonic River, with a full moon rising on Thursday, Aug. 18. Artistic director Ellen Lieberman has drawn on commedia delle arte in her adaption, with broad comedy and physical humor.
For more information, visit ctfreeshakespeare.org and festivalstratford.org.
The Elm Shakespeare Company, in residence at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, will give free performances of Shakepeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Aug. 18-Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. at Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street, New Haven. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating; the park opens for “picnicking & merriment” at 6:30 p.m.
The suggested donation for adults is $20; for students, $10; for children, $5.
For more information, visit elmshakespeare.org or call 203-392-8882.
The Bridgewater Country Fair, organized by the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department, will kick off on Friday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 11 p.m., with Saturday hours 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The traditional opening night fair parade on Main Street will follow opening ceremonies at 6:30; the fairgrounds are at 100 Main Street South (Route 133).
The fair includes competitions in livestock, produce and arts and crafts, as well as musical entertainment, shows and rides, and a variety of food booths.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children. For more information, call 860-354-4730 or email email@example.com.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists will open a strolling gallery of artwork on Friday, Aug. 19, with 77 artists participating in 60 locations around Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace, off Danbury Road (Route 35). There will be receptions at the various businesses from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday participating artists will be offering demonstrations and greeting visitors from noon to 4. The guild will have an information table at the Town Hall, 400 Main Street, Friday evening and Saturday.
A companion exhibit, Walk on Down, will open Saturday, with each Art Walk artist showing a work in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane; there will be a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public; for more information, visit rgoa.org or call203-438-8863.
Milford Oyster Fest
Blue Oyster Cult and The Marshall Tucker Band are the two headline bands for the 2016 Milford Oyster Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As its name promises, there will be plenty of oysters: 35,000 in 19 varieties from eight states on the East Coast. The new Craft Beer Garden at Lisman Landing will offer nine varieties of beer.
The classic car show will be on River Street in front of Milford Photo. In addition, the festival includes a children’s stage at Fowler Field, Armory Square Big Toys, 200 arts and crafts vendors on the green, amusement rides, schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races and more. Admission is free.
Oyster Eve, the kick-off, will take place Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lisman Landing, with music by Eaglemania. There’s a $5 cover charge; those under 14 are admitted free and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, visit milfordoysterfestival.com.
Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi, research affiliate for the Peabody Museum of New Haven and an advisory board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association will lead a walk on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats, show his collection and lead a tour through the meadows he has cultivated with native plants that butterflies need to survive.
Participants are asked to make reservations with DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and meet at the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7 in Redding. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 21. He recommends wearing long pants, sturdy shoes and tick repellent.
Easton Farm Tour
The 8th annual Easton Farm Tour, presented by Citizens For Easton, will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 to 3, starting from the Easton Firehouse Green, 1 Center Road (pick up maps and a pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at different locations throughout the day). The self-guided tour concludes with food and entertainment on the green, including Skinny Pines, the Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza, and the Henry Jones Live band. The Easton Community Center will offer old-time fun and games and there will be a Master Gardener booth.
For more information, visit citizensforeaston.org or email email@example.com.
David Park, author of the guidebook Kayaking In and Around the Norwalk Islands, will lead a kayak tour for the Westport Historical Society on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The paddle to Cockenoe Island and back requires intermediate-level ability; there is a rain date of Aug. 21.
Cost is a $20 donation per boat, for the tour only; kayak rentals are available for a separate fee from Longshore Sailing School, Longshore Park, Westport, where the group will assemble. To arrange a rental, call 203-226-4646 or visit longshoresailingschool.com. To register for the tour, call the Westport Historical Society at 203-222-1424.
Keep on truckin’
The Forever Grateful — Grateful Dead Music Fest will take place at Ives Concert Park in Danbury on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 10 p.m., with live music all day by more than 10 bands celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Bob Marley and more. Steal Your Face will be on the main stage. Food and beverages will be available on site; none may be brought in.
The concert park is on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension. Tickets are $45 for VIP, $25 general admission (bring a chair or blanket) and free for those under 12. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.
A multi-ethnic, multi-gendered and multi-generational production of the classic musical Oliver! has been assembled by the New Paradigm Theatre, led by Broadway and film musical producer Paul Bogaev with Emmy-nominated director Scott Bryce and artistic director Kristin Huffman. They have brought in Bridgeport youth served by Project Youth and Turn Around Arts Schools, as well as young people from throughout Fairfield County plus Broadway professionals and local actors. Ajibola Hakeem Tajudeen has the title role; Bogaev will play Fagin.
The production will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, at 3 at the Warehouse, Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street. Doors will open an hour early for a Prologue Bazaar that features local artists, singers, and street performers who will have “tip jars” to raise money for the Bridgeport Council and its work.
For tickets, visit nptheatre.org.
Classic Car Show
The Classic Car Show to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will take place Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 3 at the St. Joseph’s Center, 6448 Main Street, in Trumbull. Proceeds to to the Alzheimer’s Association; a $10 donation is requested per car. Vendors/crafters who’d like to participate are also asked to donate $10. For information, call 203-220-2784.
The 7th Annual Sunset Run for The Warriors, which benefits Hope For The Warriors, will take place Sunday, Aug. 21, with opening ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. at Huntington Green in Shelton. Races begin at 5 and there are 10K, 5K and 1-mile run/walk options, with a kids race. To register, visit hopeforthewarriors.org/sunset
And coming up…
It’s a busy week at the Ridgefield Playhouse: Kevin Costner and Modern West will play on Monday, Aug. 22, at 8 (tickets, $125); the band Toto will take the stage on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8 ($125); Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be there on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 ($67.50). The Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.