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FCBuzz Weekend: Historical Society Sparkle, Declaration of Independence Reading, Patriotic Music, and More!

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 Tuesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Our local historical societies are strutting their stuff this July 4 weekend. While Wilton started early this week on Thursday with an ice cream social and colonial demonstrations, Westport is putting off one of its most popular attractions (because of the weather) to next Friday, July 9 for its walking tour in Green’s Farms Cemetery: “Paths of Patriots" where you will learn about colonists fighting for their freedom as well as about enslaved people fighting for their voices to be heard. Learn more here.

On July 4 itself, in Southport, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club drummer Chris Frantz leads the annual Bike Parade for the 3rd year running - from the Five Corners at 10am to the Pequot Library’s Great Lawn, for games, races and contests. Learn more here.

In Ridgefield, starting at 10am, the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center celebrates with music (The Angry O’Haras playing bluegrass), colonial games and walking tours showing how colonial Keeler Tavern residents lived their lives. Learn more here

There’ll also be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence - as there will in Stamford, on the steps of the Hoyt-Barnum House, the oldest building in Stamford, now at rest at the Stamford History Center, along with readings from other historic documents celebrating freedom and greater equity for all, music and some surprises. Learn more here.

In the galleries right now, we recommend a stunning new show of paper as you’ve never seen it before in Matthew Shlian’s “Light Years” at Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan - color, light, patterns and planar shifts come together in astonishing geometric assemblages. Learn more here.

 And in Bridgeport, if you missed the ARTCADE last Saturday, make sure you catch “Here Comes the Sun,” a group exhibit in the Ursa Gallery in two spaces on the upper level of the Arcade. Drawing parallels between the transition from winter to warmth and the pandemic to a new normal, the show features work by a wide variety of artists including Jae Hi Ahn, Mario Baez, Miggs Burroughs, Chris Coffin, Erich Davis, Paul Eis, Frank Foster Post, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Franchell Mack Brown, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Takeshi Miyakawa, Sophie Sevigny, Marlene Siff, and Arjan Zazueta. Learn more here.

See these and discover hundreds of more events on our FC Buzz-Events page here.

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