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December 2

A total of 59 events have been found.

Art Exhibits/Openings

10:00 am

Dinotopia: Art, Science, and Imagination

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT

the original artwork of James Gurney, the author and illustrator of Dinotopia, an illustrated book series that tells the story of an island where humans and sentient dinosaurs live together in harmony.
On view through February 2, the exhibition brings together paintings from Gurney’s well-loved books A Land Apart From Time, The World Beneath, Journey to Chandara, and First Flight, along with sketches and maquettes from Gurney’s studio. Dinosaur specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, including a Deinonychus skull and a Tyrannosaurus tooth, will complement the paintings and illuminate the science behind Gurney’s art. Related events throughout the months

2:00 pm

Reception: Old Friends

Deep River Public Library, 150 Main Street, Deep River, CT

Photography exhibit by Dorothy Gibb, A.C. Proctor, and Peter Smith.

11:00 am

Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters

Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters; Art Gallery at the Mill House, 5 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Celebrate with us! Our 10th Anniversary Exhibition features the Odyssey Painters. Sharing an interest in painting outdoors, this group of plein air painters gathers throughout the changing seasons. From the rolling Lyme hillsides to the Connecticut shoreline, we have put together a collection of fine art for your viewing pleasure.

4:00 pm

French Trio

Leif Nilsson Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester, CT

Part of the Concerts in the Gallery series. BYOB. Donation: $10

Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft; Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT , 06437

Handmade crafts by more than 300 artists from across the country are featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, toys, specialty foods, and more. More than 80 new artists join the event this year. Proceeds benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Artistry hours are Monday through Sunday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-8pm.

1:00 pm

'Creating Landscapes in Oil'

Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield St, Guilford, CT

Free talk by photo realist painter John Falato. RSVP required.

Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT , 06340

The Ninigret Art Guild is holding a "Holiday Art Exhibit" in the Community Room of the Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT . The exhibit is open daily in December during normal business hours. The exhibit contains paintings in a variety of mediums and subjects. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the Friends of the Groton Library. For more information, call 860-441-6750.

Community

6:00 pm

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire

First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church Street, Deep River, CT

Includes Dessert by Candlelight for $5 on Friday at 7 p.m.; Ye Olde English Christmas Faire on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Festival of Christmas Music on Sunday at 6 p.m. Concert tickets: $10 ($5 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children under 6).

4:00 pm

Westbrook Tree Lighting Ceremony

Captain Stannard House, S. Main Street to Town Green, Westbrook, CT

Parade: 4pm. Free activities and entertainment on the Town Green.

4:00 pm

Pastor's Tea, Dec. 2, Ivoryton

Ivoryton Congregational Church, 57 Main St., Ivoryton, CT

4-6:30 p.m., admission is a donation to the "Mitten Tree" (hats, scarves, mittens, gloves) plus $5 adults; $1 children; without a mitten tree donation, $10 adults; $3 children; Victorian buffet of sandwiches and desserts; Santa, raffles and Christmas music provided by Thomas Smith, virtuoso pianist.

3:00 pm

Holiday Fundraiser

Restaurant L&E, 59 Main Street, Chester, CT

Donation: $40 ($60 per couple), cash or check made out to CT Red Cross. Benefits shoreline victims of Hurricane Sandy.

8:00 am

All You Can Eat Breakfast, first Sunday, Niantic

American Legion Auxiliary, 16 York Ave., Niantic, CT

8-11 a.m., $7 adults; $3 children under 10; held the first Sunday of each month; (860) 739-2107.

11:00 am

Holiday Market

Holiday Market; Chester Center, Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

'Tis the season for local bounty! Fresh on the heels of its successful summer and fall Sunday Market, the village of Chester will host a Holiday Market on Sundays through Dec. 23. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Sunday, stroll through the village while shopping the market of local growers and producers of artisan baked goods, jams and jellies, farmstead cheese, fall vegetables, fresh fish and meats.
To add to the holiday spirit, Chester shops, restaurants and galleries will be dressed up in their holiday finery and offering special events, such as holiday storytelling, food tastings, live music, sales, and much more. Activities for kids and their families will include art activities, dough ornament making, and a weekly treasure hunt. Free parking is available.

7:00 pm

Al-Anon, Sundays, O.Lyme

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT

7 p.m.

11:00 am

Holiday Market

Holiday Market; Chester Center, Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

'Tis the season for local bounty! Fresh on the heels of its successful summer and fall Sunday Market, the village of Chester will host a Holiday Market on Sundays through Dec. 23. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Sunday, stroll through the village while shopping the market of local growers and producers of artisan baked goods, jams and jellies, farmstead cheese, fall vegetables, fresh fish and meats.
To add to the holiday spirit, Chester shops, restaurants and galleries will be dressed up in their holiday finery and offering special events, such as holiday storytelling, food tastings, live music, sales, and much more. Activities for kids and their families will include art activities, dough ornament making, and a weekly treasure hunt. Free parking is available.

7:00 pm

Holiday Open House

Smith Harris House, 33 Society Road, Niantic, CT

— 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Smith-Harris House, 33 Society Road, East Lyme; festively decorated mid-1800’s home along with a sampling of holiday treats from Williamsburg recipes; through Dec. 2; lamplight tours start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at half hour intervals for the performance of “The Christmas Adventures of Mr. C. Dickens”; $5 per person; tickets must be bought in advance noon-4 p.m. weekdays at the Smith-Harris House.

6:00 pm

Festival of Christmas Music, Dec. 2, Deep River

First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St., Deep River, CT

6 p.m., featuring Bil Groth, Pianist; $10 adults; $5 children 6-12; free for children under 6; (860) 526-5045 or email: office.drcc@snet.net.

10:00 am

Mitzvah Mall

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT

Visit non-profits' tables and make donations in the names of friends or relatives.

2:00 pm

Santa Paws Parade

Downtown Madison, , Madison, CT

Includes a visit from Santa from 2:15 to 4 p.m. at Cafe Allegre, the Tree Lighting and Caroling at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Green, free hayrides, and more.

Salem Free Public Library, 264 Hartford Road, Salem, CT

to help stock the food pantry at Care and Share, a non-profit agency in East Lyme, The Salem Free Public Library is offering to forgive fines if patrons bring in unexpired, non-perishable canned goods to the library; call the library for the rules and for a list of immediate needs (860) 859-1130.

11:30 am

Accessible Worship Service, Sundays, Norwich

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 248 Broadway, Norwich, CT

11:30 a.m., for those with disabilities and health conditions who have specific challenges that may not allow families to come together to church; shorter service; (860) 887-6826.

5:00 pm

The Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT

through Dec. 30. Tours start every 15 minutes.Tickets are $30 for adults and $23 for children ages 4 to 17 the day of the tour. Discounts are available for Seaport members and advance purchase, which is highly recommended by visiting mysticseaport.org or calling (860) 572-5302 or (888) 973-2767

8:00 am

All You Can Eat Breakfast, Niantic

American Legion Post 128, 16 York Ave., Niantic, CT

the first Sunday of each month; $7 adults; $3 children under 10; proceeds benefit Veteran, Children and Community Programs; (860) 739-2107.

Education/Lectures

12:30 pm

Adult Bead Class: Pearl Knotting, Dec. 2, Montville

The Shops at Nature's Art, 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT , 06370

Learn the art of knotting pearls! Use this timeless technique to create a beautiful bead or pearl necklace. This is a beginner to intermediate class. Instructor: Donna Lotti. See store for material list.

Fairs/Festivals

10:00 am

9th Annual JCC Arts and Crafts Fair

JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT

Gifts, Accessories, Home Décor, Pottery, Jewelry, and More!
Sunday, December 2
10 am – 4 pm
JCC of Greater New Haven - 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge CT, 06525
Free and open to the community
Presented as part of the New Haven JCC Arts and Culture Festival.
www.jccnh.org

12:00 pm

Holiday Bazaar

Aux 3 Pommes, 35 Boston Street, Guilford, CT

Arts and crafts by local artists.

8:30 am

Alternate Giving Fair

The Griswold Room- Saint Ann's Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT

Donate to non-profits as gifts this holiday season.

9:00 am

St. Lawrence Church Christmas Fair

St. Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Drive, Killingworth, CT

Live greenery wreaths, centerpieces, swags, homemade baked goods, handmade crafts, raffle, food, and silent auction.

Beltane Farm, 59 Taylor Bridge Rd, Lebanon, CT , 06249

Beltane Farm, makers of goat milk cheese in Lebanon, CT will hold cheese tastings and tours at the farm every Sunday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. through December 23.

Sample our seasonal array of cheeses in our tasting house. Warm up by the wood stove, enjoy some cider and meet the goats. www.beltanefarm.com; (860) 887-4709.

5:00 pm

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent

Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly, RI

The Annual Festival of Lesson and Carols for Advent at Christ Church Westerly, will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 5 pm. The Festival has been a tradition at Christ Church for over three decades. The Christ Church Choir, under the direction of George Kent, Choirmaster and Organist, will perform an array of traditional Advent arrangements and the Advent lessons will be read by parish members and lay leaders of Christ Church. All are welcome with the hope that this wonderful service will enhance your experience of the Christmas Season. Following the service will be a festive reception in the parish hall

Kids/Family

8:00 am

BCC Holiday Breakfast and Cookie Sale

St. Mary School, 62 Cedar Street, Branford, CT

Cost: $10 ($5 for children aged 5 to 10; free for children under 5). Bring donations of canned and dry cat food. Benefits the Branford Compassion Club.

2:00 pm

Holiday Events and Tree Lighting

Parks & Rec, North Haven, , North Haven, CT

Followed by hayrides, hot chocolate and tree lighting on the Town Green.

2:00 pm

17th Annual Christmas in Clinton

, Route 1, Clinton, CT

Includes tree lighting and community singing, a gingerbread house contest, ornament making for kids under 8, hay rides, tree and wreath sale, visit from Santa, train display, hot chocolate, living nativity.

3:00 pm

'Dear Santa' Letter-Writing Workshop

RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

No registration required.

6:00 pm

Bring Your Pets to Visit Santa at Crystal Mall

Crystal Mall, 850 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT , 06385

The four-legged members of the family are invited to join the holiday fun at Crystal Mall and have their own turn on Santa’s lap on Sunday, December 2nd. This is the purrr-fect chance to capture a moment of your furry friend celebrating the holidays. This special, pet-friendly opportunity is in addition to Santa’s regular office hours.

***All pets must be leashed or crated***

10:00 am

19th Annual Holiday Train Show

19th Annual Holiday Train Show; Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT , 06426

The family-friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex for its nineteenth year of fun for all ages. Train artist Steve Cryan has worked his magic again with more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Visitors are challenged to find a scavenger list of various objects hidden within the settings while the very young can get hands-on at the expanded American Flyer and Lionel train layout designed for toddler size viewing. The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart. Sponsored by Liberty Bank, The Safety Zone and Valley Courier, the exhibit runs through February 10, 2013.

3:00 pm

"Dear Santa", a letter writing workshop

R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 3-5pm we will be writing our letters to Santa! If you believe, bring your little one to the store for a festive hour between the Madison Town Santa Paws Parade and the Tree lighting ceremony!
Each child will spend a few minutes thinking about what they want to put in their letter to Santa, and share with each other their favorite toy or book. We will work to help them articulate a nice letter, address their envelope and send off to the North Pole! Children will be encouraged to think about saying thank you to Santa, and talk about what it means to give. Each child will take home a thank you card to write to Santa after Christmas!

Misc. Events

12:00 pm

Ravishing Wreath Extravaganza

Natureworks, 518 Forest Road, Northford, CT

11:00 am

Graphic Image Trunk Show

RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

No registration required.

9:00 am

Big Food: Health, Culture, and the Evolution of Eating

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Runs through Dec. 2. Collaboration between the Peabody, the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) at the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

9:00 am

Chester Hose Company Wreath Sale

Fire Headquarters, 6 High Street, Chester, CT

10:00 am

December Holiday Tasting

Organon Market, 56 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, CT

1:00 pm

Branford Historical Society Holiday Open House

Harrison House, 124 Main Street, Branford, CT

1:00 pm

Holiday Showcase

The Griswold Inn Store, 47 Main Street, Essex, CT

Trunk shows from four guests.

3:00 pm

Old Brick Open House

The Old Brick, 103 E. Main Street, Clinton, CT

Holiday refreshments and performances by the Shoreline Actor’s Collective.

Music

3:00 pm

Recital by Charles Neidich and Robert Levin

Collection of Musical Instruments, 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT

Tickets: $20 ($15 for seniors, $10 for students).

7:00 pm

Double Bars: Music of Count Basie

The Graduate & Professional Students Center at Yale, 204 York Street, New Haven, CT

Music of Count Basie, Miles Davis, and more. Free; no tickets required.

3:00 pm

Cappella Cantorum Holiday Concert

St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 222 McVeagh Road, Westbrook, CT

3:00 pm

An Afternoon of Solo Piano with Robin Spielberg

An Afternoon of Solo Piano with Robin Spielberg; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT

“America’s Sweetheart of Solo Piano” Robin Spielberg, will perform at The Kate on Sunday, December 2nd. Spielberg’s concert will feature music from her best-selling holiday and winter-themed CDs and feature select music from her 15th CD, “A New Kind of Love”. Ms. Spielberg will be on-hand after the concerts to sign CDs and songbooks.
Mesmerizing audiences with inspired tales, extraordinary piano technique and heartfelt performances, Robin Spielberg is comfortably perched in the top echelon of the contemporary composer/pianist roster, which includes the Steinway Artist Roster. Perhaps what is most intriguing about Robin, in addition to her musical talent and dynamic performances, is the way she wraps personal stories around her music to give them a particularly memorable flavor. After one

3:00 pm

On a Winter’s Night

Mortensen Hall (Bushnell Ctr for Performing Arts), 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

Tickets: $35 to $75.

2:00 pm

Four Seasons Plus Winter Concert

Emmanuel Church , 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth, CT

Cost: $15 ($10 for seniors and students; free for children).

3:00 pm

Yale Jazz Ensemble: “Double Bars”

Yale Jazz Ensemble: “Double Bars”; GPSCY, 204 York St, New Haven, CT , 06511

The Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will present “Double Bars,” two cabaret-style shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the Graduate and Professional Students Center at Yale (GPSCY), 204 York St, New Haven. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Call (203) 432-4113 for more information.

The program will feature the music of Count Basie, Miles Davis, and more.

2:00 pm

The Four Seasons Plus Winter Concert

The Four Seasons Plus  Winter Concert; Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth, CT , 06419

Killingworth, CT. The Four Seasons Plus Winter Concert.
with Nathan Bayreuther, Organ and Friends, performing
beautiful and uplifting Holiday Music.
Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2012 at 2 pm. Emmanuel Church,
50 Emmanuel Church Rd. Admission $15, Seniors and Students $10, Children free.
Reception following concert. For information and directions call 860 663-1109
or visit www.churchinthewilderness.org

3:00 pm

Double Bars: Music of Count Basie

The Graduate & Professional Students Center at Yale, 204 York Street, New Haven, CT

Music of Count Basie, Miles Davis, and more. Free; no tickets required.

3:00 pm

Cappella Cantorum Performance

St. Mark R.C. Church, 222 McVeagh Road, Westbrook, CT

Tickets are $20 at the door.

Stage/Theater

4:00 pm

Make We Joy

Connecticut College, Harkness Chapel, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT , 06320

A Community Celebration of the Winter Solstice with music, dance and drama, delighting generations from all over New England since 1981; free; donations gratefully accepted; limited seating, arrive early, two performances, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; (860) 439-2450.

2:00 pm

The Magic Toyshop

Nathanael Greene Community Center, 32 Church Street, Guilford, CT

7:30 pm

Goodspeed Dinners - "Something's Afoot"

Goodspeed Dinners - Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam, CT , 06423

A zany murder mystery musical where the guests at an old English mansion disappear one by one – it’s like an Agatha Christie novel.

Goodspeed Dinners: Reserve tickets for a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening performance and enjoy special dinner offers at local restaurants.

5:00 pm

Robin Spielberg

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT

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