Although some of our favorite social activities have been substantially restricted in these difficult times, our state has pulled strong and there are incredible individuals in every corner making sure that the show still goes on. Each week, we share some of our favorite events both in-person and online across Connecticut! Enjoy and stay well!
Friday, September 11th – 2pm
Let Freedom Ring – Remembering the Victims of 9/11 – White Memorial Conservation Center Museum, Litchfield, CT
This very special tribute features the music of popular singer/songwriter Ian Campbell and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer, Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill. Social distancing guidelines must be strictly observed. Free admission. You must pre-register for this event. For more information call (860) 567-0857 or click here.
Saturday, September 12th – All Day
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Season’s Harvest Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Explore artwork from the exhibition Savor and travel back to the 1700s to learn how food inventions from the past have changed the ways we eat today. Watch food historian Ivan Day make ice cream using 300-year-old recipes and techniques. Then create an artwork that looks good enough to eat. Digital activity packs include art-making demonstrations, visual scavenger hunts, close looking prompts, and story time in English and Spanish. Available on the second Saturday of the month and afterwards. For access link, visit here.
Saturday, September 12th
Corn Maze: Deep Sea Adventure @ The Farm, Woodbury, CT
“Dive” into the next family-fun experience hosted at our farm, an underwater-themed corn maze stretching across four acres. This year, get ready to embark on an ocean-themed adventure, with various aquatic animals shaping the design of the corn maze complete with an Octopus at the center. “Get lost” from this year’s turbulent times in a fact-finding treasure hunt for both fun and education all about underwater exploration and creatures. Get your crayon ready to collect all nine fish on your maze worksheet. As a team, you’ll discover picture rubbings, word clues, and secret coded maps that will help guide you through the marvelous marine creatures that inhabit our maze. Be sure to watch our corn maze instructional video supplied on your ticket confirmation email before coming for your maze adventure.. Open Fri. – Sun. 10am to dusk. Admission: $14.95. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. For information please call (203) 263-4550 or visit here.
Sunday, September 13th
PRIDE New Haven 2020 – Downtown New Haven, CT
It’s that time of year again – join us for PRIDE New Haven 2020! This year we are doing PRIDE New Haven a little differently. We are excited to announce that this year PRIDE New Haven is going to be a two-part experience! We kick-off PRIDE New Haven with a week long virtual celebration next week, September 13 – 19th. Then in October we will come together for PRIDE New Haven In Person on Saturday, October 10th. Not ready for an in-person event? Don’t worry you’ll be able to experience PRIDE New Haven In Person virtually as well!
Sunday, September 13th – 2pm
UN-Hung Heroes of the Met Museum – A Virtual Tour
Learn about the fascinating history of the male…ahem…in art on this fun and interesting 75 minute Zoom tour with Professor Andrew Lear! Cost:$10. Please note that this fee helps keep our small business going during the crisis so we can get up and running right away when it is safe to bring people together again in person. Tickets: here.
Sunday, September 13th – 2pm
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, The Met Encore in HD @ Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Director David McVicar’s new production brings opera’s favorite double bill to new life, setting the two operas in the same Sicilian setting, separated by two generations. Marcelo Álvarez takes on the rare feat of singing both leading tenor roles. In Cavalleria, he is Turiddu, the young man who abandons Santuzza (Eva-Maria Westbroek) in his pursuit of the married Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson)—and ends up being killed in a duel with her husband, Alfio (George Gagnidze). In Pagliacci, Álvarezis Canio, the leader of a traveling vaudeville troupe. Patricia Racette sings Nedda, his unfaithful young wife, whose plans to run away with her lover are foiled by her spurned admirer Tonio (George Gagnidze)—with equally tragic consequences. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Run time 2 hours, 53 minutes. Click here for tickets.
Sunday, September 13th – 7pm
At Home with Nhojj – An Intimate Evening of Story and Song – Easton Mountain Retreat Center, Greenwich, NY (Virtual Event)
The Easton Mountain extended community is full of a diverse range of musical artists and performers, and we want you to meet them! This is an opportunity for you to hear their songs and the stories behind them in an intimate setting from your own home!
We are starting with Nhojj. He has played at the Out in the Woods music festival here at Easton Mountain and been a part of some of our virtual events as well. His music stirs the soul, blending many genres and speaking lyrically about many issues important in the world today. He brings love and intention to everything he does and creates a musical conversation with his audience. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to spend some time with such a truly original and inspirational artist. Sign up to spend some time at home, with Nhojj! See below for his bio, web links and more! There is no charge for this event, but there is a suggested donation of $20. To register, visit here.
Monday, September 14th – 7:15pm
Virtual Speed Dating in NYC ( Age 55+ )
NYC’s leader in Gay Speed Dating comes to you via our new virtual singles event! Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, go on one-on-one dates then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for men age 55+ (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes, click here) Cost: $20. For tickets, visit here.
Tuesday, September 15th – 5:30pm
Virtual Event: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote – Danbury Library
This is a live virtual program via Zoom. Participants will receive a link to the program via email when they register. Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. the day of the program.
Protests! Civil Unrest! Calls for Equality! Sounds familiar, right? 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment and the women’s constitutional right to vote. Jordyn May, Teaching Fellow at Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, will present her research on the visual culture of the suffrage movement. Join us to learn how the Suffragettes of the past, many of whom were considered rebels of their time, shaped America’s future. Contact: (203) 797-4505 . Admission is free. Registration required.
Wednesday, September 16th – 7pm
The Color Purple Diversity Film Series – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Our streamed bonus content, sponsored by People’s United Bank, will be available on our YouTube channel for anyone not attending the screening and watching from home. The bonus content for The Color Purple will consist of an interview with actress LaChanze led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington and can be seen following the screening in the theater or online after the screening date. LaChanze is best known for her roles on Broadway as Celie in The Color Purple (2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Ti Moune in Once on This Island.
Tickets are FREE, but due to Covid, tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 203.438.5795. For more info, click here.
Wednesday, September 16th – 7pm
Virtual Event – Gay Dog-Dad PAWTY
Hurry! Limited space! Grab your dog, favorite beverage & snacks and join us for a fun-filled Gay Dog Dad Zoom Pawty! Fun, games and competition. Free! Reservations are a must. Tickets here.
Thursday, September 17th – 11am
Virtual Event – Suffragettes in Corselettes: The Evolution of Underwear and the 19th Amendment – Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
For centuries, women have squeezed, twisted, and squished themselves to conform to desired shapes set by social standards. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society, how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.
Herstory Unsensitized presentations explore the engrossing “taboo” subjects omitted from history. When a zany teacher and grounded green witch join forces, they create Grounded Goodwife. Velya Jancz-Urban’s gregarious personality and Ehris Urban’s serene energy enable this mother/daughter duo to connect with audiences. Their delivery is funny and frank. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers’ journeys.
The Museum will stream this program live via Zoom for participants. Supported in part by CT Humanities.Tickets: $10 For more information and tickets, visit here.
Thursday, September 17th – 8pm
Elicit Comedy Night – Elicit Brewing Co., Manchester, CT
Phase out of quarantine and enjoy a safe, socially distant, comedy show at Elicit Brewing. The show will take place indoors. Capacity is limited and tables will be socially distant. All public areas will be cleaned, wiped, and sanitized regularly as per state mandate. Come early to get your seats and enjoy some beer and food before the show. First beer is on the house. For more information on safety regulations visit here.
Join us for an unforgettable evening of laughing and drinking, featuring some of the funniest and most talented comics from all over the northeast.
The Comedy Craft Beer Tour brings the best of Northeast comedy to local breweries, wineries, and any other venue that serves alcohol throughout New England and beyond for an evening that keeps the drinks flowing, and the laughs coming. The comics have done comedy all over the globe and now bring their experiences to some of the best local venues around for an intimate evening of laughs, drinks, food, and fun. We provide the absolute funniest comedy around, featuring comics w/ television and movie credits, who perform at the major clubs and festivals throughout the country, and are some of the brightest stars of today and tomorrow.
Tonight’s show features Ryan Brauth, Gordon Baker-Bone, and Katie Arroyo. For more information call (954)-729-6282 or get tickets, here.
Friday, September 18th – 9pm
Birthday B#tch – Chez Est, Hartford, CT
One time for the birthday b*tch! Two times for the birthday b*tch!!!
Y’all it’s is Robin Fierce’s daughter’s BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!! Natalia Fierce just gets more sickening with every passing year. Show times: 11:30 & 12:30. This is going to be an amazing show! Bring a friend, grab a drink, come early and eat, and have the best time! For more information, visit here.
Saturday, September 19th – 8:30am – 1pm
Volunteers Day – I-Park, East Haddam, CT
I-Park is seeking community-spirited outdoor enthusiasts to help enhance trail safety and aesthetics. I-Park suffered a multi-year assault by gypsy moths that left behind hundreds of dead trees and thousands of fallen limbs. The gardens are also in need of TLC. This family-friendly event is recommended for anyone age 14 or older and will be held rain or shine. Reservations in advance are required.
Volunteers will hone their “happy stick” and debris-pile-maintenance skills while enjoying some quiet/zen time within I-Park’s beautiful natural setting. No technical expertise or feats of strength are required, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and spend a few hours working alongside like-spirited art and nature lovers. I-Park will provide the tools and safety gear. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hiking boots or other sturdy closed-toe shoes, and a hat, and gardeners, please bring your own gloves. In addition, participants should bring water, sunscreen, and light snacks. A complimentary luncheon will be served following the work period. Please note that no pets are allowed. For more information, call (860) 873-2468 or click here. Please register ahead, here.
Saturday, September 19th – Weather Permitting
Pumpkintown U.S.A. – “The Ride Must Go On!” – Easthampton, CT
This year, enjoy a journey through the Pumpkintown Forest in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. On this scenic 1-mile drive through picturesque autumnal landscapes, view more than 30 Pumpkinhead people and their annual companions at home in their woodland dwellings. Must make reservations online. Through Oct. 31st. For information: (860)-267-0143. Click here for reservations.
Sunday, September 20th – 1-5pm
The New Normal Art Exhibit – Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
The Gallery on the Green is pleased to continue our season with a members’ themed exhibit entitled,The New Normal, plus a solo show by Nancy Greco. Visit an historic gallery and view newly created fine art from the artist guilds’ 100+ members. The shows provide an array of stunning work from paintings, drawings, graphic arts and sculpture to ceramics, fiber/beadwork and photography.
Nancy Greco’s solo show Reflections explores what it is that makes one object or thought more memorable or important than another and what makes something seem lasting rather than fleeting. The dream and symbolic imagery in her drawings is an attempt to open a dialogue with viewers, to encourage them to reflect upon their own memories and connections regarding the changeable way we evaluate what we look at or experience both present and past. Admission is free. For more information call (860) 693-4102 or visit here.
Sunday, September 20th – 2pm
King Lear Encore HD Presentation – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT
Captured live from London’s West End in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Running Time: 3hrs, 30 mins Tickets: $15-25 For information and tickets, visit here. The Ridgefield Playhouse is following Connecticut Safety Guidelines in order to continually serve and protect our patrons and community.
We hope you’re able to enjoy some of these wonderful events both online or in-person! To submit info about upcoming events of your own, please feel free to reach out to email@example.com. #LiveOutLoud #OurVoice #ConnecticutVoice