FC Buzz Weekend October 14-16
HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.
Can you feel it? The spooky spirit is already drifting through this weekend’s arts and culture scene - from a brand new Halloween musical to a pumpkin festival to an artsy haunted house. Of course, there are plenty of other magical events in the air like art exhibit openings, shows, and musical performances for all to enjoy.
“Bits and Pieces” Quilt Exhibit Opening Reception at The Museum of Darien
Friday, October 14 at 7pm
Enjoy a wine and cheese reception for this exhibit of 18th, 19th and 20th century quilts from the museum’s collection which features the Rail Fence Quilt, the Trowbridge Crazy Quilt and, the oldest quilt in the show, a Wholecloth Quilt, sewn in 1790. On view through November 23rd, Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11am to 4pm. Tickets at museumofdarien.org.
Pantochino Productions: “School Spirits!” A New Musical at The MAC, Milford
Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Oct 15 at 2 & 5:30pm and Sunday, Oct 16 at 2pm
Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents a brand new, family-friendly Halloween musical by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg. Set at the decaying Mockingbird High, a group of students work to save their beloved school, and three teen-aged ghosts who live within its walls, from the wrecking ball. Filled with music, laughs and eye-popping visuals, the production features both members of Pantochino’s acting ensemble as well as young cast members from Pantochino’s acclaimed Teen Theatre company. Through Oct 30th.
Golden Hill Paugussett Talk with Shoran Piper at Pequot Library, Southport
Saturday, October 15 at 1pm
Meet Shoran Piper, Clan Mother of the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe for an afternoon program that explores the roots of agriculture in modern-day Fairfield. Shoran will discuss Native American agricultural practices, including the use of herbs and other plants, for medicines, teas, and oils. She will also share details about what makes these crops so important, as well as recipes and cultivation practices. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition “The Lure of the Garden.”
The 2nd Annual Great Wilton Pumpkin Fest at Wilton Historical Society
Saturday, October 15 at 2-4pm
If pumpkin and gourd decorating, lawn games, cider and donuts are your thing, then grab your family and friends and head to this fun-filled event. Observe costumed colonial docents as they cook over an open hearth, weave and spin flax, or hammer away in the blacksmith’s forge.
Saturday, October 15 at 12 - 3:30pm and 7-11pm
Starting this weekend and running through October 30th, celebrate the spooky season at the SoNo Collection in Norwalk. The Not So Scary Scavenger Hunt is an immersive indoor Halloween experience designed for kids 10 and under. Into the Depp is a haunted house guaranteed to make you scream! With dozens of live actors, a Pirates bar, and enough thrills for a lifetime. The proceeds for these events go to The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts towards a student scholarship fund to attend college and study the arts.
“From The Pen To The Knife” Opening Exhibit Reception at MoCA Westport
Saturday, October 15 at 5-7pm
Watercolors galore! at the opening reception for this exhibition by the ground-breaking artist Marian Christy, featuring close to 300 watercolor paintings by the pioneer of the Knifed Watercolors® style - a process that shatters the traditional method of creating watercolors by using only palette knives and puddles of paint. On view through November 27.
Casino Night Fundraiser at Wilton Library
Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 - 10:30 pm
It will be a Saturday night to remember as the library transforms its space with lights, sounds, and professional gaming tables where you can experience the thrills of Vegas – all for a great cause. Guests will be treated to exciting games, an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, “fun money” for gaming, and prizes for top winners.
Jay and the Americans at The Ridgefield Playhouse
Saturday, October 15 at 8pm
One of the lasting success stories in rock history with a dozen top ten records in their catalog, expect a night of hits from this high-energy band. You’ll hear “This Magic Moment,” “Cara Mia,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Come A Little Bit Closer,” and more. Featuring three original band members: founding member Sandy Yaguda (aka Deanne); original member Howie Kirschenbaum (aka Kane); and original member Marty Kupersmith (aka Sanders), plus the addition of Jay Reincke.
Stand Up for Homes with Hope at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield
Saturday, October 15 at 8:30pm
Laughs for a cause? This long-standing fundraiser returns with featured comedian Pat McGann. Rising as one of the sharpest stand-ups in the comedy world, McGann’s appeal stems from his quick wit and relatable take on family life and marriage. Homes with Hope is a Westport-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Fairfield County. Some tickets include cocktails, light supper, and live music under the tent at 6:30 pm prior to the show.
”ECCENTRIC WOMEN OF RIDGEFIELD” at Ridgefield Theater Barn
Saturday, October 15 at 8pm and Sunday, October 16 at 2pm
In partnership with Ridgefield Historical Society, RTB presents a performance based on the writings & performances of Dr. Darla Shaw, and featuring Sheri Rak, Benna Strober, Charlotte Hampden, & Emily Volpintesta, with special guest Barb Fulton Jennes, the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield.
Jacqueline Schwab Intimate Piano Performance at the WSHU Broadcast Center, Fairfield
Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 - 5:30pm
This pianist and composer spins musical stories, building bridges that connect listeners to different cultures and times. Known for her evocative playing and personal interpretation of vintage American music, Jacqueline has also composed and recorded the soundtracks of many of Ken Burns' documentaries, including Civil War and Baseball. Q & A included after the performance.
BackCountry Jazz Fall Benefit Concert at Round Hill Community House, Greenwich
Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 - 8:00pm
Experience an evening of world class performances, warm ambiance, fine wine, drinks, local beers, and classic New Haven wood-fired thin crust pizza. An all-star ensemble with some of the finest performers in jazz today. Don’t miss the band that The Chicago Jazz Festival, JazzTimes hails as "a great band with beauty, humor, unstoppable grooves and swing.” With Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Simon Moullier, vibraphone; Bruce Barth, piano; Peter Washington, bass; and Herlin Riley, drums