This Weekend

 
Past Weekends

 

January 30-February 1, 2015

 

To Play Outdoors

 

Meet live nocturnal creatures at the Outdoor Adventures: Nocturnal in Nature and then head out on the trails to test your own night vision at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Friday).  Discover the history of the railroad that led to the Cheney silk mills on the CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk, Manchester (Saturday). Where have the groundhogs been all winter? Find out at Groundhog Day, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic (Sunday).

Come stay the night with us and enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at one of New England's most romantic restaurants with the Dine and Stay package at the Howard Johnson Inn - Mystic.   Select from rooms offering a king bed or two queen size beds. Enjoy the hotel’s indoor heated pool and visit the conveniently nearby Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium. Package includes room and tax for one night, two entrees and two cocktails. Rates starting at $185 tax inclusive.

More outdoor activities:

Family Ice Fishing Derby – Patriot’s Park, Coventry 06238
Learn how to ice fish. Instructors have five on-ice lessons on how to drill a hole, set up a tip-up and jigging rod, and begin to enjoy this wonderful winter sport. All children under 16 receive a prize. Dress for the weather (Saturday).

Ghost Tours of New Haven – Downtown/Chapel St., New Haven 06510
Challenge your mental faculties and powers of observation. If you dare, participate in the trek into the unknown, share your ghostly experiences with others, and ask yourself: Do you believe what you see, hear, smell and touch? Do you? (Saturday).

Vineyard Snowshoeing in Sandy Hook – McLaughlin Vineyards, Sandy Hook 06482
Explore the beautiful trails of Paugussett State Forest on the Housatonic River with a visit to charming McLaughlin Vineyards.  Sit in front of the fire and sample some wine tasting.  Visit the Vineyard’s country store. Lunch, hot tea and cocoa are provided.  Learn tips of what to wear, bring and where to rent snowshoes.  You may be able to rent a pair on-site.  Enjoy a day of winter fun (Saturday).

Family Fun Trio: "Chicken Little," "The Ugly Duckling," & "The Three Little Pigs"Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport 06604
Enjoy a show that is chock full of magic, mayhem, and music as the performers bounce from story to story to tell the tales of The Ugly DucklingChicken Little, and The Three Little Pigs, in this fun and completely unique Cabaret original (Saturday-Sunday).

Chocolate Lover’s Expo – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Southbury 06488
Sample a plentiful assortment of scrumptious chocolate, specialty and gourmet foods provided by well-respected local businesses. Vendors will also be offering unique gifts, products, and services (Sunday).

Connecticut Snowshoeing Litchfield – White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield 06759
Discover the beautiful trails of White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield with a visit to Haight-Brown Vineyards for an optional wine tasting. A catered lunch will be provided in the Vineyard and hot tea or cocoa is provided, information on where to rent snowshoes, brief instruction and a day of winter fun. Enjoy the frozen ponds and streams, stone walls, beaver lodges, field and woods of this 4,000 acre nature gem (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
January 30-February 1, 2015

NEW BRITAIN
January 30-February 1 - "Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery" - New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, 06052. Time: Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. The exhibition features 34 works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 229-0257

NEW HAVEN
January 29-February 1 -
"Peter and the Starcatcher" - Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven, 06510. Time: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Watch this prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. Peter and the Starcatcher, the innovative and imaginative musical play, takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew and answers the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Admission: Call for ticket information. (203) 562-5666

SHELTON
January 30-February 1 -
"Man of La Mancha" - Center Stage Theater, 54 Grove St., Shelton, 06484. Time: Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.  Enjoy one of the great classic plays of the American Musical Theater, Man of La Mancha personifies the strength of the human spirit and the power of imagination. Enter the mind and the world of the mad knight Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Against all odds, he is a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Don Quixote's quest? Simply, to make the world a better place. Admission: $10-$25. (203) 225-6079

UNCASVILLE
January 30 –
Linkin Park - Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun. Blvd., Uncasville, 06382. Time: 7 p.m. Be entertained with this Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocals, keyboards, and guitar. Floor is standing general admission. There will be no chairs on the floor. Admission: $79.50-$99.50. (888) 226-7711

WASHINGTON
January 31 -
Footprints in the Snow: Winter Tracking and Survival Walk - The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd., Washington, 06793. Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Discover who left this track, that scat, and this feather? During this walk, decipher clues created by wildlife, telling the story of their habits and lives. Certified wildlife trackers Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier, of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living, lead you through the winter woods to discover how animals live and demonstrate skills ancient peoples employed to survive during the winter months. Call for reservations. Admission: Adults $15, children $6.

HARTFORD
January 31- February 1 -
"Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008" - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, 06106. Time: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland will be the first major exhibition to use visual art as a lens to explore the lure that Coney Island exerted on American culture over a period of 150 years. An extraordinary array of artists viewed Coney Island as a microcosm of the American experience, from its beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, through its transformation into an entertainment Mecca for the masses, to the closing of Astroland Amusement Park following decades of urban decline. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 278-2670

PORTLAND
February 1 – Bridal Show - Saint Clements Castle, 1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd. (Rte. 66), Portland, 06480. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Experience award winning vendors throughout Connecticut and discover the historic grounds from meticulously landscaped gardens to picturesque views of the Connecticut River. Admission: $10. (860) 342-0593

 
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