This Weekend: Many outdoor events

Swim benefit

The 10th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim in Long Island Sound will take place Saturday, June 25, starting at 6:30 a.m. from the border of Greenwich and Stamford at 96 Cummings Point Road.

Swimmers as well as boaters, kayakers and paddleboarders and land volunteers are encouraged to sign up. There are 3-mile, 1.5-mile and .5-mile swims; a pool swim is also available. Proceeds go to the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy; for information and registration, visit swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich.

Fireworks at the RVFD Carnival are Friday night, June 24. Rain date June 25.

Fireworks at the RVFD Carnival are Friday night, June 24. Rain date June 25.

Carnival, fireworks

The Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival is now open at East Ridge Middle School, corner of Branchville Road (Route 102), and continues through Saturday, June 25, with fireworks on Friday night just after 9 p.m. (rain date for the fireworks is Saturday). The carnival takes place on the school’s main parking lot and is open 6 to 10 p.m. nightly; the 15-minute fireworks display will take place from the athletic field just to the north of the carnival.

Ride-all-night wristbands will be available for $25.

Alex Beyer series

International pianist Alex Beyer, who lives in Fairfield, will perform a series of three concerts this summer at the Pequot Library, starting this evening Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. His series will benefit music programs for all ages at the library. The first concert will include cellist John Lee in a program of works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

Tickets are $25 in advance online at pequotlibrary.org or $30 at the door. Other concerts will take place July 6 and Aug. 25. The Pequot Library is at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport.

Il Trovatore

New Rochelle Opera will present its first-ever staged production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore from June 23 to 26 at the Frank J. Auriana Theatre at the Ursuline School, 1345 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. Artist director Camille Coppola will direct and Gregory Ortega will conduct the orchestra and chorus.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3, with tickets $38 general admission and $35 for seniors and students. For more information, call 914-576-1617.

Gallery at Onatru

The Gallery at Onatru, the annual summer art exhibition at the Town of Lewisboro, N.Y., property will open Friday evening June 24, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s show, Natural Attraction, is curated by Mitche Kunzman of South Salem, N.Y., and will feature the work of artists Vince Baldassano, David Dunlop, Michele Gage, Kiyoshi Otsuka and Dyan Rosenberg.

The show is presented by artsONATRU, an informal group of artists that began at Onatru Farm in 1998 under the auspices of the Parks and Recreation Department.  The gallery is on the first floor of Onatru Farm’s main house at 99 Elmwood Road in Lewisboro and the show will continue before the town fireworks celebration on Saturday, June 25, from 4 to dark and then weekdays from 10 to 5 and weekends by appointment through July 15.

For information on the fireworks, call 914-232-6162 or on the art show, 914-220-2387, or email [email protected]

SOLOS 2016

Eight member artists will show their work at the Westport Arts Center in a show juried by Douglas Hyland, former director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, featuring Nina Bentley, mixed media artist; Cynthia Cooper, painter; Allan Gorman, painter; David Kalman, photographer; Daniel Lanzilotta, sculptor; Barbara Ringer, photographer; and David Sheskin, printmaker.

SOLOS 2016 runs through Aug. 20. For more information, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.

Two-act show

The Ridgefield Playhouse will present a special two-act show featuring Delta Rae, a North Carolina folk rock band, and Gabe Dixon, a singer-songwriter who has credits in TV and film, on Friday, June 24, at 8. Tickets are $37.50; an additional $20 VIP ticket is available for an after-show meet-and-greet party, with all proceeds going directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research.

For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Hooks for Heroes

The fifth annual Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament will take place in Stamford on Saturday morning, starting with breakfast at 5:15 a.m. at the Halloween Yacht Club, 10 Seaview Avenue. A post-tournament lunch and awards, for largest bluefish and largest bass, will take place at 1:30. More than 150 fishermen, disabled military veterans and their families will participate. For information, call Tucker Costanzo at 203-223-2314 or Pat Buzzeo at 203-559-5205.

Dahl musical

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan season opens this weekend with the family musical, James and the Giant Peach, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Performances continue on weekend mornings June 25 through July 31. The main summer production will be West Side Story, in evening performances, opening July 6, and another family show, Cinderella, A Fairy’s Tale, will run weekends July 16-31.

For tickets and more information, visit stonc.org.

History plays

Stratford Library will host a series of three fully staged and costumed performances by Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey this summer, opening Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. with the drama Richard II.

Now in its 25th season of traveling Shakespeare, Hudson Shakespeare Company will perform Edward III on July 30 and complete the history cycle with Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, on Aug. 27.

The performances are free and will take place outside in the library’s amhitheatre; in case of rain or extreme heat, the play will move indoors to the air-conditioned Lovell Room.

The Stratford Library is at 2203 Main Street; for more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4162.

Aldrich Social

The Aldrich Museum’s Sculpture Garden Social will feature the music of The Jazzholes on Saturday, June 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. New Haven’s Frybourg food truck will be on site serving hand-cut french fries and gourmet grilled sandwiches. Ridgefield’s own The Natural Scoop will serve its all-natural ice cream and Connecticut’s Black Hog Brewery will have tastings.

A members-only pre-party from 6 to 7 p.m. will feature a spread by No. 109 Cheese & Wine and Black Hog Brewery.

Tickets are $25 for non-members and includes admission to the museum and proceeds support the museum’s exhibition and education programming. The Aldrich Museum is at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield; for tickets or to become a member, visit aldrichart.org.

Darien talent

The finalists and contenders at Darien’s Got Talent on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. include musicians and dancers of all ages competing for three top prizes. The fundraiser for the Darien Arts Center will take place at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane. There’s also an online People’s Choice Award where the public may vote as many times as they wish for favorite contestants at darienarts.org.

Tickets for Darien’s Got Talent are $35 for adults and $20 for students; VIP tickets are $125 and family sponsorships are $500 and include five VIP tickets and the post-show party. For more information, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

Pink Floyd tribute

The Machine will perform its Pink Floyd Show on Saturday, June 25, at 8 at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield. Doors open at 7 and tickets are $38.

For nearly 30 years, The Machine has been extending the legacy of Pink Floyd. For more information, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

Homes and Gardens

The 2016 Newtown Historical House and Garden Tour will feature five sites in Newtown and Sandy Hook, including one of the oldest homes in Newtown and its original herb garden, as well as a 1790 center-chimney farmhouse, another colonial farmhouse, a 1767 country home, and a 1930s Cape Cod house decorated with antiques and vintage goods, set on three acres of extensive gardens.

Advance tickets ($25; children $10)) are available at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, the UPS Store and The Toy Tree in Newtown and at newtownhistory.org; day-of-tour tickets ($30, $15) will only be available from 10 to 2 in front of the Matthew Curtiss House at 44 Main Street. For information, call 203-426-5937.

Historic Gardens

Sunday, June 26, is Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day: Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton and The Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby are among of 15 historic house museums whose different garden styles are honored on this day. Events run from noon to 4 at Weir Farm, 735 Nod Hill Road (nps.gov/wefa/ or 203-834-1896 x) and at the Osborne Homestead, 500 Hawthorne Avenue (203-734-2513).

Other gardens and information about them may be found at cthistoricgardens.org.

Walking tour

The Westport Historical Society will host a walking tour of Old Mill at Compo Cove, led by artist Judith Orseck Katz and Robin Tauck of Tauck Tours, on Sunday, June 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants are to meet at the guard booth in the Old Mill Beach parking lot and reservations are required; a $10 donation is requested. To reserve, call 203-222-1424. Other tours will be offered July 10, July 31 and Aug. 21.

Beethoven Sonatas

Pianist Dalia Lazar will perform a free concert of Beethoven sonatas on the Pequot Library’s 120-year-old Steinway grand piano on Sunday, June 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. The program includes The Tempest, Appassionata and Late Sonatas.

Registration is encouraged online at pequotlibrary.org. The library is at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport. For information, call 203-259-0346 x15.

And coming up…

 

Former Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves will be featured at the Bridgeport Community Historical Society meeting on Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Captain’s Cove, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport. All are welcome; paid members receive a $3 voucher for food purchase. For information, call Audrey at 203-371-6397.

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William Berloni, a Tony Award winner for training animals for stage appearances, will talk about the ethics of animal training for entertainment on Monday, June 27, at 6:30 at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. He’ll be accompanied by the latest Broadway sensation, Luchta, who appears in The Crucible. Luchta’s an 18-month-old Tamaskan, a relatively new and rare dog breed that can pass for a wolf although there is no wolf content in the breed. After the talk, guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr; wine and cheese will be served. Pre-registration, $20 per person, is required; for information, visit nywolf.org.

 

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