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"Little Women" at Shaw Mansion in New London

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 7:00 pm

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Due to popular demand, Flock Theatre once again presents their heartwarming new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved family classic “Little Women” at New London’s historic Shaw Mansion December 7-23 (Fridays through Sundays). Seating in this intimate historic setting is limited to 30 people per performance and tickets sell out quickly; reservations are strongly encouraged. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are January 3 and 4. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for children and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 860-443-3119.

“Little Women,” directed by Flock’s Artistic Director, Derron Wood and co-directed by Anne Flemmang continues the collaboration between Flock Theatre and the Shaw Mansion, home of the New London County Historical Society. They previously partnered on “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2009), “Pride and Prejudice” (2008, 2010), “The Cherry Orchard” (2011) and “Emma” (2012).

This new stage adaptation of “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the Civil War, was written in 2010 by Julie Rattey, a frequent performer with Flock Theatre and resident of Westerly, Rhode Island. Miss Rattey, who most recently performed with Flock as Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice,” will play Jo March in the production. “Having the chance to bring this beloved story to life on stage with such a wonderful cast, and in the intimate setting of the Shaw Mansion, is an incredible opportunity for me both as a writer and a performer,” says Miss Rattey. “I’m so grateful to be a part of it. ‘Little Women’ is a heartwarming story of family, love, and the joys and pains of growing up, and I hope audiences will have as much enjoyment in seeing it as we are having performing it.”

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company based in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1989, it is one the most adventurous classical theatre companies in New England. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Molière, and Sophocles, or with more modern classics by writers such as Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck, and Oscar Wilde, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre. Perhaps best known for their long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church, on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum, and throughout New England. Internationally, Flock Theatre is highly regarded for their puppetry, including their long-standing collaboration with National Puppetry Conference. Through its Actor’s Conservatory, artistic residencies and programs at schools, Save A.R.T., and alliances with local organizations, Flock Theatre presents opportunities for artists of all levels of experience to expand their talents by working with professionals.
The Shaw Mansion was once the home of the wealthy merchant, Captain Nathaniel Shaw, who began building the granite mansion in the 1750s. During the Revolutionary War, the mansion served as Connecticut’s Naval Office. The house and grounds were owned by five generations of the Shaw family before being sold to the Historical Society in 1907. The mansion offers a unique combination of a family collection intimately tied to the region’s history, and an early collection of resources focused on the entire county.

Art Exhibits/Openings

Editor's Pick

Holiday Art Exhibit

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

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.

Editor's Pick

Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am
Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft;

Art Exhibits/Openings

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.

Dinotopia: Art, Science, and Imagination

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

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

Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:00 am
Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters;

Art Exhibits/Openings

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.

Open Studio

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 1:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

TheTreefort Studion and Gallery, 101 Fort Path Road, Madison, CT

Opening Reception for White

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT

The Meadows Brothers

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

The Leif Nilsson Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester, CT

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

Community

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 8:00 am

Community

Jordan Fire House, 89 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT

— 8 a.m.-noon, Jordan Fire Department, 89 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford; Santa will be there for pictures; collecting new unwrapped toys for families in Waterford; $9, $7 seniors, $5 ages 3-12, free ages 3 and under; (860) 625-4380.

Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 16, N.London

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 8:00 am

Community

New London Lodge of Elks, 81 Washington St., New London, CT

8-11 a.m., photos with Santa; $5 adults; $3 children under 10.

Pet Lovers Weekend, Dec. 15-16, E.Lyme

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:00 am

Community

Home Craft Country Store, 179 Boston Post Road, East Lyme, CT

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday; with every donation of cat or dog food (wet and dry), treats, toys, accessories and/or bedding collected, Home Craft Country Store will gift donors a country themed candle holder; all donations help homeless New London and Montville pound animals; (860) 691-1244 or (860) 445-0280.

Accessible Worship Service, Sundays, Norwich

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:30 am

Community

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.

Childrens Christmas Party, Dec. 16, Groton

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 1:00 pm

Community

Fleet Reserve Association, 242 Thames St., Groton, CT

1-3 p.m.

Messiah Sing Along, Dec. 16, O. Saybrook

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Community

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT

4 p.m., sponsored by Cappella Cantorum; conducted by Barry Asch; singers should arrive at 3:30 p.m. for seating in sections with music if you have it, or a score will be provided; $10 tickets available by calling (877) 503-1286.

Al-Anon, Sundays, O.Lyme

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 7:00 pm

Community

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

7 p.m.

Education/Lectures

Education/Lectures

Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, Middletown, CT , 06457

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will meet on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 1:30 pm, at the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, Middletown. The program is free and open to all.

Join West Hartford resident Ivan Backer as he details the four separate escapes of his father, mother, older brother, and himself from Czechoslovakia in 1939. Each story typifies how families survived those turbulent times. Ivan will read his mother’s dramatic description of her own journey that he recorded through an interview. Ivan escaped on a kindertransport, which he will describe.

For additional information, please see www.jgsct-jewish-genealogy.org/programs.html.

Fairs/Festivals

Fairs/Festivals

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.

Kids/Family

19th Annual Holiday Train Show

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am
19th Annual Holiday Train Show;

Kids/Family

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.

CHRISTMAS AT THE DENISON HOMESTEAD

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:00 am

Kids/Family

Denison Homestead Museum, 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT , 06355

The Denison Homestead celebrates the holiday with a retrospect of Christmas trees from the 1840’s – 2012. Tour the 1717 historic manor house with reenactors. Storytelling and ornament making for children along with refreshments!

Pet Photos with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:00 am

Kids/Family

A Hair of the Dog, 51 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT

Benefits the Guilford Animal Shelter and Our Companions.

Meet Mrs. Claus

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:30 am

Kids/Family

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester, CT

For children. Meet Mrs. Claus and listen to Christmas stories.

A Visit From the Grinch (and Max the Dog)

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 12:00 pm
A Visit From the Grinch (and Max the Dog);

Kids/Family

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

Has your heart shrunk two sizes too small? Nobody will try and touch with you a 39 and a half foot pole? Well, don't try to prevent Christmas from coming! Come to R.J. Julia, instead, where you can meet the Grinch and his trusty reindeer dog, Max from The New Haven Animal Shelter! Spread some holiday cheer this season and help donate an extra can of Who-hash (er, pet food) or a toy for an animal in need today.

Because Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

A Reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be at 1pm and 2pm

Misc. Events

Schubert's Mass in G

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am

Misc. Events

First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am

Misc. Events

First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational), 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT

Painting Demonstration

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 11:00 am

Misc. Events

Maple and Main Gallery, 1 Maple Street, Chester, CT

Patricia Corbett shares techniques for creating winter scenes.

It's Dog Days at R.J. Julia

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

Misc. Events

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

Registration required.

Music

Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 2:00 pm

Music

Blackstone Memorial Library , 758 Main Street, Branford, CT

Festival of Carols

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

Music

St. Therese Parish, 105 Leetes Island Road, Branford, CT

Christmas Musical Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

Music

St. John's Episcopal Church, 3 Trumbull Place, North Haven, CT , 06473

St. John’s Episcopal Church presents a Christmas Musical Celebration on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm. This concert will include a diversity of musical styles and artists. Featured will be some of the finest talent in the area: Hamden resident and jazz saxophone player Kris Jensen who tours with Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and the Allman Brothers Band; North Haven resident Anthony DeQuattro, currently Principal Percussionist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, a member of the faculty of Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Bridgeport; and Hamden resident and jazz trumpeter Stefan Fedeyko.

Come enjoy a musical celebration of the joys of Christmas. From choirs to vibes, the program will delight one and all. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 3 Trumbull Place, the top of the green in North Haven, where our doors are open for prayer and peace.

Christmas Concert with the Shoreline Ringers

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

Music

First Congregational Church of Madison, Madison Greet, Madison, CT

Donation: $10 at the door.

Editor's Pick

The Harvard Krokodiloes

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Music

George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St. , Westerly, RI

The Harvard Krokodiloes, one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate a cappella singing groups, headlines The Chorus of Westerly’s annual Collegiate Concert Series performance on Saturday evening, April 6, 2013, at 7 pm. The performance takes place in The George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children for general admission seating. Tickets can be purchased now by calling 401.596.8663, coming to the Chorus Box Office at 119 High Street, or online through chorusofwesterly.org. A special family ticket is available by calling the Box Office. All proceeds from the concert benefit The Chorus of Westerly

The Meadows Brothers Special Concert in the Gallery;

Music

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester, CT , 06412

The Meadows Brothers Special Concert in the Gallery
December 16, 2012 - 4 - 6 pm at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery, 1 Spring Street in center of Chester. The Meadows Brothers will be performing music from their new CD of originals. Rooted in the music of Bill Monroe, Townes Van Zandt, and Woody Guthrie, Ian and Dustin will be pickin’ and strummin’ guitars, banjo, wailin’ on harmonica and harmonizing in classic sibling fashion. BYOB, $10 donation. For more information call 860-526-2077

Christmas Band Concert

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Music

Lymes' Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, , 06371

Old Lyme Town Band; free; 860-434-4127

Jewish Unity Concert

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Music

John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT

Tickets: $15 ($10 for children 12 and under; discounts for advance tickets).

Editor's Pick

The Harvard Krokodiloes

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 4:00 pm

Music

George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St. , Westerly, RI

The Harvard Krokodiloes, one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate a cappella singing groups, headlines The Chorus of Westerly’s annual Collegiate Concert Series performance on Saturday evening, April 6, 2013, at 7 pm. The performance takes place in The George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children for general admission seating. Tickets can be purchased now by calling 401.596.8663, coming to the Chorus Box Office at 119 High Street, or online through chorusofwesterly.org. A special family ticket is available by calling the Box Office. All proceeds from the concert benefit The Chorus of Westerly

Galvanized Jazz Band

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 6:30 pm

Music

Aunt Chilada's, 3931 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT

No cover. Call for reservations.

Festival of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

Music

St. Patrick Cathedral, 213 Broadway, Norwich, , 06360

The 33rd annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.

The traditional festival originated in England at the end of the 19th century and consists of music and readings that trace the mystery of salvation from the creation of the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. The festival first occurred at St. Patrick Cathedral in 1979 and featured the Norwich Diocesan Choir. Over the past thirty years the event has grown to include six choirs, brass and handbells. It has become a popular Christmas holiday event for the Cathedral parish as well as the Norwich community.

The choirs, totaling more than one hundred voices and ringers are all under the direction of Douglas Green, Cathedral Music Director. Accompanying on the Cathedral organ will be Michael McCarthy along with the Sterling Brass.

Religion

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 10:00 am

Religion

First Church of Christ in Saybrook, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, , 06475

Christmas Pageant – Sunday December 16th at 10 am at the First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational) 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Please join us as our children reenact the Sacred Story of our Savior’s Birth. Witness Caesar’s decree for a census, compelling Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Celebrate with the shepherds, angels and wise men as they discover the Messiah child in the manger. Sing along with the children as they pray in melodies, giving praise and glory to the miracle and mystery of Jesus’ birth. All are welcome. Call the church office for more information – 860-388-3008.

Stage/Theater

Eastern CT Ballet's Nutcracker

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 1:30 pm
Eastern CT Ballet's Nutcracker;

Stage/Theater

The Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, , 06320

Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s Nutcracker — 1:30 and 7 p.m., Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; Teresa Reichlen, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer will light up the stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy and will be joined by 110 professionally trained Eastern Connecticut Ballet dancers and the live music of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; also 1:30 p.m. Sun.; (860) 444-7373.

The Rat Pack Is Back Christmas Show

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

Stage/Theater

Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, CT

Tickets: $15 to $75.

Christmas Wizard of Oz

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 5:00 pm

Stage/Theater

Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester, CT

Tickets: $15 ($10 for children 12 and under). Bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. For tickets, contact 860-395-1861 or madhattersctc@aol.com.

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