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Woodcock Walk for Adults at New Pond Farm on March 9

<p><strong>Woodcock Walk on Saturday, March 9 from 5:45 – 6:45 PM and on Saturday, March 16 from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>“Peent, peent”, the nasally call of the American Woodcock is hard to mistake. Join NPF Board Member Bruce Ward as we look and listen for this sometimes difficult-to-spot little shorebird. With a preference for young forests and shrubby fields, males will be out calling and performing aerial displays to attract a mate for the spring breeding season.</p><p><strong>This program is </strong><em>FRED for members,</em></p><p><em>$10 per non-member</em></p><p>Space is limited, please register at <a href="https://newpondfarm.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://newpondfarm.org/</a></p>

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Ridgefield Running Company acquires Woodbridge Running Company

<p><strong>Brookfield Running Company Opens March 5th</strong></p><p><strong>Owner Megan Searfoss says, "</strong>The last time Leap Year happened was in 2020, and we opened Darien Running Company.&nbsp;This Leap Year, we are opening up&nbsp;<strong><em>BROOKFIELD RUNNING COMPANY!"</em></strong></p><p>When Chris Dickerson, founder of Woodbridge Running Company, approached Megan Searfoss, owner of Ridgefield Running (RRC) and Darien Running, about acquiring his Brookfield location, it was a perfect match. Ridgefield Running Company is ready for growth, and the Brookfield location extends RRC into the north part of Fairfield County. Dickerson will continue to run Woodbridge Running Company in Woodbridge, CT.</p><p>“It’s a synergistic merger,” says Searfoss. “We are fortunate to retain Woodbridge Running Company’s staff and look forward to moving to a new location in the Four Corners area in June. Brookfield Running Company will be delivering the same fit experience as Ridgefield Running and Darien Running.”</p><p>Brookfield Running Company will open next week in Woodbridge Running Company’s location at 632 Federal Rd. in Brookfield.Ridgefield Running Company, LLC owns Ridgefield Running Company, Darien Running Company, and the new Brookfield Running Company. Recognized as Best Running Store in America in 2022, RRC is committed to moving people forward and building community one step at a time. Learn more&nbsp;<a href="https://ridgefieldrunning.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://ridgefieldrunning.com/</a></p>

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ACT of CT extends MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performances through March 23!

<p>ACT of CT "Heard You Knocking" and due to overwhelming response, they are EXTENDING performances of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET through MARCH 23rd!</p><p><strong>Additional Performances Include: </strong></p><p>Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7pm </p><p>Friday, March 22, 2024 at 8pm</p><p>Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 2pm &amp; 8pm</p><p>"These shows will sell out just as swiftly as the first round, so get your tickets before they’re gone! ON SALE NOW at <a href="https://www.actofct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.actofct.org/</a> OR by calling or emailing our box office at 475-215-5497 or <a href="mailto:boxoffice@actoct.org." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">boxoffice@actoct.org</a>," says Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.</p><p>The stellar cast includes Alessandro Viviano embodying the earnest and sultry Elvis Presley, flamboyant pianist Nat Zegree (in his ACT of CT debut) as the unstoppable and unforgettable Jerry Lee Lewis, guitar maven Christopher Wren as Carl Perkins, the soulful Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash (and he KILLS IT singing “Walk the Line”),&nbsp;Bart Shatto as Sam Phillips, and the captivating Megan Reinking as Dyanne, Elvis's girlfriend.</p><p>For the first time in ACT of CT history, there is&nbsp;<em>no orchestra&nbsp;</em>backing up the cast. Each actor is also an&nbsp;<em>insanely talented musician&nbsp;</em>who personifies their character with deft and authenticity! This extraordinary ensemble gets the audience on their feet, singing, dancing, and cheering!So, if you're ready to be transported back in time and experience the magic of rock and roll history, put on your blue suede shoes and head to ACT of CT for a performance that will rock your world. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is a show not to be missed, a true celebration of music and the legends who created it.</p><p>As Sam Phillips once said of rock 'n' roll, “This is where the soul of a man never dies.” Great balls of FIRE! Go see MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Visit<a href="https://www.actofct.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.actofct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.actofct.org/</a></p>

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FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County March 1-3

<p><strong>FC Buzz Weekend March 1 - March 3 2024</strong></p><p>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 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/aldrich-after-hours-4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Aldrich After Hours</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield</strong></p><p>Friday Mar 01, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm</p><p>Kick off the weekend with Aldrich After Hours and enjoy drinks and special programming in the Museum’s galleries. Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart will give a highlights tour on Loie Hollowell’s exhibition, Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years, which has been featured by W Magazine, Artnet, and Interview Magazine, among others. Enjoy a musical performance by Xondra, whose “rich vocals and layered melodies create an immersive experience that resonates with authenticity.” Explore the exhibitions on view including Amanda Martínez, Yvette Mayorga, Chiffon Thomas, and Loie Hollowell.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/mark-fraser-betts-a-table-next-to-the-mountain-art-opening/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Mark Fraser-Betts: A Table Next To The Mountain Art Opening</strong></a></p><p><strong>Art in Common Gallery, Ridgefield</strong></p><p>Friday Mar 01, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm</p><p>Art lovers won’t want to miss the opening reception of Mark Fraser-Betts’ show, A Table Next to the Mountain. Mark paints collages that examine themes of time, distance and meditations of an outsider living in America.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/connecticut-guitar-festival-opening-night-concert/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Connecticut Guitar Festival | Opening Night Concert</strong></a></p><p><strong>MoCA Westport</strong></p><p>Friday Mar 01, 7:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>A feat of styles and artists kick off the 2024 festival with performers: Daniel Lippel, Dani Sehu, Quarantined Quartet, David Steinhardt at MoCA Series, featuring a diverse range of Jazz, Classical, and Pop performances!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/nasa-comes-to-newtown-ct-march-2024-discover-exoplanets-the-search-for-alien-worlds/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds</strong></a></p><p><strong>C.H. Booth Library, Newtown</strong></p><p>Friday From Mar 01 to May 31, 9:30 pm - 8:00 pm</p><p>The C.H. Booth Library, in partnership with the Space Science Institute, is one of only ten libraries in the country selected to receive the NASA 700 sq ft traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds. The pre-exhibit ephemera is already on display. During the exhibit you will see Webb Space Telescope Images, Astrophotography, Cosmological Artwork, over 20 Interactive Hands-on Displays where visitors can build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries with monthly NASA Speakers, and daily space related programs.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/every-picture-tells-a-story-exhibit-and-opening-reception-at-silvermine-galleries/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Every Picture Tells A Story Exhibit</strong></a></p><p><strong>Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan</strong></p><p>Saturday Mar 2, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>This exhibition invites viewers to explore the power of visual storytelling. Each work on display has an accompanying statement from the artist, proviing context and insights into understanding the artist’s intentions and the underlying narratives. The exhibit will be on view from February 28 - April 4, 2024.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/take-flight-with-bessie-coleman-family-fun-performance/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Take Flight With Bessie Coleman</strong></a></p><p><strong>Weston History &amp; Culture Center ( Weston Historical Society)</strong></p><p>Saturday Mar 02, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Take flight with Bessie Coleman, America’s first African-American female aviator during this educational and entertaining performance for the entire family! Celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month with your family! Historian and storyteller Tammy Denease will take audiences on a journey as she portrays Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to ever become an internationally licensed pilot. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Weston Library, LWVofWeston and WHCC.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ridgefield-symphony-orchestra-string-quartet/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>RSO String Quartet</strong></a></p><p><strong>Ridgefield Theater Barn</strong></p><p>Saturday Mar 02, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm</p><p>Chamber music concert featuring the principal string players of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Program includes a mix of traditional and contemporary classical music. The concert will take place in the main theater at the newly renovated Ridgefield Theater Barn. An engaging program on music in a marvelous, intimate venue!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/eccbs-5th-anniversary-season-gala/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>ECCB’s 5th Anniversary Season GALA</strong></a></p><p><strong>MoCA Westport</strong></p><p>Saturday Mar 02, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Come celebrate five years of this innovative company that continues to bring high caliber dance to and revitalize the dance world in Connecticut. This delightful and joyous evening will include hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a signature ECCB performance, auction event and live music.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/gctyo-winter-concerts/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>GCTYO Winter Concerts</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport</strong></p><p>Sunday Mar 03, 12:00 am - 9:00 pm</p><p>Principal Orchestra Concert 3 will feature acclaimed artist Nuné Melik as soloist on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, plus “Fenix,” composed by GCTYO’s own Polina Nazaykinskaya, with multimedia! Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ms. Nazaykinskaya on Concert 2, brings world-renowned pianist Olga Kirpicheva-Villard to the stage to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, accompanied by the orchestra. Hear big band jazz on Concert 2 as well. Concert 1 features GCTYO’s unique advanced Saxophone Orchestra under the baton of Jim Clark, as well as Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by Britney Alcine.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/wisdom-after-hours-subtle-activism/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Wisdom After Hours: Subtle Activism</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Meetinghouse, Ridgebury</strong></p><p>Sunday Mar 03, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm</p><p>We live in a culture of isolation and individualism that can leave us feeling hopeless in the face of the systemic changes needed for the well-being of people and the planet. Systemic change calls for working across three levels of change: Personal Transformation, Alternatives, leading to Changing of Dominant Systems. Subtle activism invites us to work across all three levels through an awakened consciousness to social change, understanding that context informs where we begin.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/opening-reception-for-residency-showcase-exhibition/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Opening Reception for Residency Showcase Exhibition</strong></a></p><p><strong>Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk</strong></p><p>Sunday Mar 03, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>This exhibition represents the forefront of contemporary printmaking from emerging to established artists. This reception is especially exciting because it is also a celebration of our inaugural residency exchange with Dresden, Germany. We are honored to welcome the Chairman of Culture and Tourism from the Elbe/Labe Euroregion at the opening reception!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/camerata-damici-winter-concert/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Camerata d’Amici Winter Concert</strong></a></p><p><strong>St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Ridgefield</strong></p><p>Sunday Mar 03, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm</p><p>Choral group Camerata d’Amici will perform its winter concert “Music in the Air”. Conducted by artistic director Kristin Sponheim, the program will feature compositions that convey the power of music to express our hopes and fears.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/hot-cool-jazz-judy-carmichael-swinging-standards-sultry-vocals-sassy-humor/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Hot &amp; Cool Jazz: Judy Carmichael – Swinging Standards, Sultry Vocals &amp; Sassy Humor</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wilton Library</strong></p><p>Sunday Mar 03, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm</p><p>Get ready for an afternoon of jazz as pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael and guitarist Chris Flory swing through favorites of the American songbook, from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Frank Loesser and Harold Arlen. Nicknamed “Stride” by the great Count Basie, the Grammy-nominated pianist, vocalist, and songwriter enchants audiences with her command of the idiom at the piano, as well as her charming effervescence away from it. Newsday said she's like “Peggy Lee meets Fats Waller meets Paula Poundstone.” Judy Carmichael is a Grammy-nominated pianist/vocalist and songwriter. Her radio show/podcast "Jazz Inspired," is in its 24th year on NPR stations. Advance registration recommended.</p><p>See these and discover hundreds more events on the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">FCBUZZ EVENTS</a>&nbsp;page at&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://culturalalliancefc.org</a>&nbsp;Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/resources/newsletter-sign-up/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cultural Alliance eBuzz</a>&nbsp;to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.</p>

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Redding Country Retreat for Sale: 66 Sanfordtown Road

<p><strong><u>66 Sanfordtown Road, Redding</u></strong></p><p>Sophisticated country retreat in sought-after location including architecturally designed antique reproduction main barn featuring a long covered veranda overlooking the magnificent saltwater pool and spa; attached cabana with TWO spacious changing rooms/outdoor showers; plus just completed 1 bedroom carriage house apartment above the detached 2 car garage. This enchanting compound offers flowering specimen trees/gardens; stone terraces; cedar fencing and pergola; red barn shed; woodlands at the back of the great lawn bordering open space, and expansive sky views. Enjoy bucolic privacy with gracious front stone wall and long Belgian block lined circular drive. Step through the custom barn door into a charming vestibule, then up to the impressive great room with floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace; notable millwork with built-ins, wide board floors, and planked coffered ceiling; plus wall of windows and French doors overlooking the covered porch and pool entertaining area. The inviting kitchen features a center bar/island, Viking double ovens, gas range, and Subzero fridge, adjoining the light filled glass dining room. Enjoy tranquil views and veranda access from living room, dining room, and first floor primary bedroom/den. Total 2,345sf in the main home with 3 bedrooms, 2 full/2 half baths; plus additional 501sf in detached 1 bedroom apartment with full bath, top of line kitchen, spacious living room/dining room, plus laundry and 2 zones heat and A/C. Attention to detail with over $500K of improvements including state of the art new HVAC. Redding - "The VT of CT" yet only 60 miles to Midtown.</p><p>Take a virtual tour of the property =&gt; <a href="https://www.seetheproperty.com/456864" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.seetheproperty.com/456864</a></p><p>To learn more about this property, contact Laura Freed Ancona <a href="https://laura068realestate.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://laura068realestate.com/</a></p>

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Camp Aldrich: art-making workshops and activities, creative learning, and more!

<h2>Camp Aldrich</h2><p>Camp Aldrich is a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and a practicing teaching artist. Campers explore the Museum’s three-acre campus, learn in the galleries, and incorporate the world around them into their art.</p><p>Each week, campers are guided through art-making workshops and activities led by a professional, practicing artist and our dedicated team of camp counselors. Weeks are tailored to specific age groups for the ultimate creative learning environment.</p><p>Each session culminates in a celebration for family and friends on Friday evenings, displaying works of art that the campers developed throughout the week.</p><p><strong>Camp Aldrich 2024 participants will explore the following exhibitions:</strong></p><p><a href="https://thealdrich.org/exhibitions/loie-hollowell-a-survey" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years</a></p><p>January 21 to August 11, 2024</p><p>Loie Hollowell’s exhibition includes new pastel drawings and paintings with three-dimensional reliefs. Main exhibition themes include: symmetry, geometric shapes, abstraction, feminism, and motherhood.</p><p><a href="https://thealdrich.org/exhibitions/layo-bright-dawn-and-dusk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk</a></p><p>April 7 to October 20, 2024</p><p>Layo Bright’s glass and pottery works of art are influenced by her matrilineal heritage, Nigerian Ife bronze heads, and West African textiles. Main exhibition themes include: identity, womanhood, migration, and the African diaspora.</p><p><a href="https://thealdrich.org/exhibitions/elizabeth-englander-eminem-buddhism-volume-3" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Elizabeth Englander: Eminem Buddhism, Volume 3</a></p><p>April 7 to October 20, 2024</p><p>Nutcrackers, toys, outgrown children’s furniture, and other discarded wooden tchotchkes are the material base of Elizabeth Englander’s sculptures of gods, goddesses, and saints, referencing the pantheons of Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Main exhibition themes include: figurative wooden sculpture, meditation and mindfulness, spiritual iconography, and nostalgia.</p><p>Dates and Cost</p><p>Week 1: Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19</p><p>Grades 1 to 3</p><p>Week 2: Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26</p><p>Grades 1 to 3</p><p>Week 3: Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2</p><p>Grades 4 to 6</p><p>Cost:</p><p>Members: $435 per week</p><p>Non-Members: $480 per week</p><p><a href="https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/thealdrich/items/524113/?full-items=yes&amp;flow=no" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">REGISTER HERE</a></p><p><em>Family level Members ($150) and above receive a 10% discount on Camp Aldrich</em></p><p><em>Not a member?&nbsp;</em><a href="https://thealdrich.org/support/membership" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Join today</em></a><em>&nbsp;to receive a discount on Camp Aldrich!</em></p><p>Learn more about Camp Aldrich <a href="https://thealdrich.org/learn/camp-aldrich?mc_cid=17bed36c2a&amp;mc_eid=05ba91ffce" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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People and Pets Invited to Hop to Danbury Fair Mall to Meet The Easter Bunny!

<p><a href="https://email.macerich.com/c/AQjzlA8Q5ow_GKrg_JEBIO_r7BDqWbrGf0xw2AGQIGdXl5cmrarV9aYIGhmgVQMKHqjLVA" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">EGG-CITING NEWS</a>! Hop on over to Danbury Fair because the Easter Bunny is back! Visit the Bunny in H&amp;M Court through Saturday, March 30!</p><p><strong>The Bunny's Schedule:</strong></p><p><strong>March 1 – March 17:</strong></p><p><strong>Monday-Friday:</strong>&nbsp;2PM - 7PM</p><p><strong>Saturday:</strong>&nbsp;11AM - 7PM</p><p><strong>Sunday:</strong>&nbsp;12PM - 6PM</p><p><strong>March 18 - March 30:</strong></p><p><strong>Monday-Saturday:&nbsp;</strong>11AM - 7PM</p><p><strong>Sunday:&nbsp;</strong>12PM - 6PM</p><p><strong>Special Experiences:</strong></p><p>Pet Nights March 11 &amp; 18 from 4pm to 8pm</p><p>Bunny Cares March 17 at 10:30am</p><p><em>Don't miss our Pet Night on Mondays, March 11 and 18 and our sensory-friendly Bunny Cares event on Sunday, March 17. </em></p><p>Pre-book your visit to ensure the most seamless experience by clicking the button below.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://email.macerich.com/c/AQjzlA8Q5ow_GKrg_JEBIO_r7BDqWbrGf0xw2AGQIGdXl5cmrarV9aYIGhmgVQMKHqjLVA" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>PRE-BOOK HERE</strong></a></p><p><br></p>

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