December 6-8, 2013
Shopping Ideas for the Unique and Original
Shopping is an enjoyed experience of going to a place to browse and purchase things and unique is something very special, unusual, and original; not the same as anyone else. If this combination appeals to you, then this weekend offers you a wealth of opportunities to find distinctive and creative gifts for you, your friends and family. Explore the nationally recognized Wesleyan Potters Exhibit & Sale of handcrafted pottery, baskets, weaving, jewelry, toys, prints, glass, iron, wood and more (Friday-Sunday). Support local artisans and give something special this season by navigating your way to Mystic’s Holiday Fine Art Show & Artisan Gift Salon for original works for sale by local and regional artists and an unforgettable selection of crafts, jewelry, and accessories (Friday – Sunday). Bring the outside in at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret where there of all kinds of gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind (Friday-Saturday).
Exhausted from a successful day of shopping? Come stay the night at the Howard Johnson Inn – Mystic. They offer the exclusive Dine and Stay Package that includes dinner for two at one of New England's most romantic restaurants as you step back in time at the Daniel Packer Inne. Select accommodations at the Howard Johnson’s from either rooms offering a king bed or two queen sized bed rooms. Hotel has an indoor heated pool and is conveniently located across from the Olde Mistick Village. Package includes room and tax for one night along with two entrees and two cocktails. Rates start at $185 tax inclusive.
More unique shopping venues:
Affordable Art Print Exhibition: "The Big Little Pin-up". The Gallery at Still River Editions, Danbury (203) 791-1474
Peruse this exhibition of unframed prints of photographs or artwork, 8”x10” or smaller, showcasing a broad cross-section of contemporary work in the Greater Danbury art community by professional, amateur and student artists (Friday).
Holiday Event: An Evening of Chocolate & Shopping. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford (860) 236-5621
Join the after-hours, exclusive chocolate and shopping event. Learn about the history of chocolate, sample chocolate treats, shop, and enjoy (Friday).
Winter Whites Collection Trunk Show. Lori Warner Studio/Gallery, Chester (860) 322-4265
Behold the beauty of one-of-a-kind pieces by Mandy Carroll-Leiva. Each piece of her one-of-a-kind jewelry is designed and made by Mandy Carroll-Leiva using the finest quality, rare stones and pearls (Friday-Sunday).
Holiday Gift Shop Sale. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol (860) 583-6070
Come in and browse the collection of beautiful hardbound books, clocks, local history items, jewelry, and children’s toys. Members receive 20 % off, Non-members 10% (Friday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
December 6-8, 2013
December 6-8 - "Oliver!" - Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, 128 Washington St, Middletown 06457. Time: 7:30 p.m. Watch Victorian London come alive in this musical adaptation of the Dickens’ tale of orphaned Oliver. Classic songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer a lively holiday show for families. Admission: Adults $18, seniors and students $10. (860) 347-6143
December 6-8 – Holiday Craft Exhibition & Sale - Brookfield Craft Center, Route 25, Brookfield 06804 Time: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop ‘til you drop with more than 100 artists and craftspeople showcasing an extraordinary array of items, including traditional, handcrafted holiday ornaments. Admission: Free (203) 775-4526
December 6-8 – Holiday Open House – Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford 06105 Time: Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Visit the Governor’s Residence as it is dressed up for the holiday season. Free tours and live entertainment. Admission: Free (860) 524-7355
December 6-8 - Give Art - City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven 06511. Time: noon-4 p.m. Start an art collection or help expand it at this exhibit featuring paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography all priced at $100 each. Admission: Free (203) 782-2489
December 7 - Boston Pops Holiday Concert – Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd., Storrs 06269 Time: 8 p.m.. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with "America's Orchestra." Perfect for music lovers of all ages, this beloved annual holiday concert is packed with favorites from the Pops' Holiday Pops and Sleigh Ride albums. Treat yourself to a festive evening which will conclude with an audience sing-along and a surprise visit by Jolly Old St. Nick. Admission: $36-$66 (860) 486-4226
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