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March 6-8, 2015

Sugar, Sugar

Meet Beauty’s sweetheart amongst the unforgettable characters, lavish sets, costumes, and dazzling production numbers in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” New Haven (Thursday-Sunday).  Chase the cotton candy clouds of winter away at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and street festival in Norwich (Sunday). Share the sweet taste of victory with the winner of the AAC Women’s Basketball Championship in Uncasville; where eleven AAC teams will battle for a bid to the NCAA tournament (Friday-Sunday).

The lights are back on at central Connecticut's premiere ski area. Make new memories on the slopes at Powder Ridge and enjoy the renovated lodge featuring retail shops and a snack bar. Complete your ski vacation with the Powder Ridge Ski Package at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell, where you can rest your weary bones after a long day on the trails. Package includes:  Accommodations in a room with one king or two queen beds; $20 credit to The Bistro at the Courtyard; Choice of two or four full-day adult lift tickets to Powder Ridge in Middlefield. Check Availability and book online at

More delectable activities:

Maple Festival – Plymouth Green, Plymouth 06782
Discover how to identify sugar maples, use an old fashioned drill to tap them, insert the spiles, hang the buckets, and watch the sap drip out. Watch sap as it boils into maple syrup. Sample some sugar on snow and delicious maple sugar candy. For lunch, try some maple baked beans and maple ham. CT-grown products such as maple syrup and maple sugar candy will also be sold. Live acoustic music will be in the Church Fellowship Hall. Participate in the historical scavenger hunt for kids on the Green with a prize of a maple sugar candy and other fun kids’ activities (Saturday).

Maple Sugar Festival Weekend – Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford 06903
Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and see firsthand how sap is turned into sweet maple syrup. Witness how trees are tapped and sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, have your face painted and more (Saturday & Sunday).

Maple Sugaring Festival - The Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington 06793
Enjoy pancakes, local maple syrup, coffee and orange juice (served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and learn how local Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup. There will be a demonstration the technique of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup. Children’s activities will run from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Saturday).

“Rapunzel” – Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport 06604
Experience a new “twist” on the classic tale, by the Brothers Grimm, about the girl with the long golden hair. When young Rapunzel is locked in a tower by an enchantress, it takes a handsome young prince to help her escape, and that’s just the beginning of the story (Saturday-Sunday).

Seal Watches - Departs from UConn's Avery Point, Groton, 06340
Begin the two and half hour program with a 20 minute multi-media presentation about one of America's favorite marine mammals, the seal. After, participants board the heated Enviro-Lab and travel to popular winter seal haunts (Saturday-Sunday).

Creating a National Identity: Songs of the Irish-Americans – Litchfield History Museum, Litchfield 06759
Explore the fascinating history of a variety of songs that evoke strong emotional visions of Ireland, but are of American authorship. Presenting songs of labor, emigration, homesickness and struggle, the Ask Your Father trio recognizes people who have traveled far, achieved much and recorded their journeys in songs with fullness of feeling and tremendous faith (Sunday).

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
 March 6-8, 2015

March 6 - Wynonna and Friends: Story & Song
- The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, 06877. Time: 8 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. And, for Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30 year platinum career. Admission: $90. (203) 438-5795

March 6-8 - "Reverberation"
– Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford 06103. Time: Call for schedule. From the author of The Whipping Man and Somewhere. After a personal tragedy, Jonathan has withdrawn from the world, with little social life beyond the men he meets online. When charming, flighty Claire moves into the apartment upstairs, she tries to coax him out of his shell. They forge a tenuous connection, but the past reverberates into the present, threatening what happiness they’ve found. (Adult themes). Admission: $25-$85. (860) 527-5151

March 6-8 - "Bad Jews" -
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven, 06511. Time: Call for schedule. Bad Jews deals with issues of legacy and tradition with humor and wit. It’s a biting comedy about the, perhaps not always, discernible difference between being devout and devouring.  When Daphna arrived at the funeral of her beloved grandfather, she thought it was obvious that she would get her Poppy's chai, a religious necklace he carried throughout the Holocaust. After all, she's the one on the way to rabbinical school with plans to move to Israel. Her cousin Liam arrived with his girlfriend Melody with a very different plan in mind. Admission: $25-$75. (203) 787-4282

March 6-8 – Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition -
Slater Memorial Museum, 108 Crescent St., Norwich, 06360. Time: Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. This show features the original work of resident artists of Connecticut, including painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture. Admission: Adults $3, seniors and students $2, children (12 and under) free. (860) 425-5563

March 7 - Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series: Pirate School -
Thornton Wilder Hall at Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, 06518. Time: 1 p.m. The region's popular pirate, featured in New York Magazine's "Best of NY: Kids." returns to Hamden in Pirate School. Bumbling pirate Billy Bones, an amiable bumpkin of a buccaneer with a heart of gold, comes with his treasure chest of classic slapstick comedy, magic, bubble-play, music, a rusty bugle and scads of participatory fun. Admission: Adults $3, children $2. (203) 287-2546

March 8 – Art Tour & Talk – The Griswold Inn, 36 Main St., Essex, 06426. Time: 3:30 p.m. The Griswold Inn’s museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera is the subject of a tour and talk. The 90-minuted tour is led by owner Geoffrey Paul, expert on the inn's collection, the 90-minute tour will begin at 3:30 pm. Capacity is limited, reservations required. Admission: Free. (860) 767-1776

March 8 – Sound of Music Sing Along - Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, 06070. Time: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Simsbury Public Library invites the whole family to a Sound of Music movie sing along to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved movie. The audience is encouraged to come in costume. Students from Simsbury High School's Music and Performing Arts Department will act as emcees. If you have ever dreamed of being in a musical, this is your chance. This is an inter-generational event, all ages welcome. There will be a prize for the best costume. Admission: Free. (860) 658-7663

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