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Dec
14
Thu
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children’s Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Dec 14 2017 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children's Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers, especially children. Highlighted items showcase classic materials from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Explore books and imagery covering a variety of religious and secular subjects, from Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and “Primrose Day,” including the antics of Eloise and Babar the Elephant. Exhibition runs December 14, 2017 – February 4, 2018 during regular Library hours.
Opening Reception December 14, 2017 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., join children’s book author and Fulbright scholar Christine Pakkala for a gallery tour and discussion of the history of children’s holiday literature.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Dec
17
Sun
Holiday Handbells at Westport Barnes & Noble @ Westport Barnes & Noble Booksellers Tickets
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holiday Handbells at Westport Barnes & Noble @ Westport Barnes & Noble Booksellers |  |  |

Ring in the season with Music on the Hill at the Westport Barnes & Noble store! Handbell ringers will provide festive bell music for holiday shoppers starting at 1 p.m. Kids can join in with sleigh bells. Visit with Music on the Hill greeters to learn about joining a choral or handbell ensembles in 2018.

Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood at Byrd’s Books @ Byrd's Books Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood at Byrd's Books @ Byrd's Books |  |  |

Join us Sunday afternoon December 17th at 3:00p.m. for a very special author talk with Ann Hood, author of Morningstar: Growing Up With Books. (rescheduled from October 29th)
This event will fill up quickly, and we reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. To register, click the link or call: 203-730-2973
About the book:
In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels.
Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In Morningstar, Hood recollects how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambitions to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform–even save–our own lives.
About the author:
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, The Obituary Writer, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Review Quotes:
Morningstar is a love letter to the very act of reading and the power of books to light the way. I can think of no better guide than Ann Hood, whose generosity of spirit, courage, humor, gumption, and grace are a powerful reminder that language and story have the capacity to heal, to instruct, and to change our lives. What a mighty little book, so full of heart. –Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Slow Motion
From Alice: I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right makes for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then.

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

The Sanctuary Series presents Holiday Fantasy with Anthony Newman and the Westfair Singers @ South Salem Presbyterian Church Tickets
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
The Sanctuary Series presents Holiday Fantasy with Anthony Newman and the Westfair Singers @ South Salem Presbyterian Church |  |  |

Called the “High Priest of Bach,” by Wynton Marsalis, composer and keyboardist Anthony Newman teams with the acclaimed Westfair Singers conducted by Mary Jane Newman to present a varied holiday program, including works for organ and piano by Bach, Handel, Rachmaninov and d’Aquin and featuring Mr. Newman’s own “Christmas Canons”, settings of traditional seasonal melodies in canonical form.

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

Rockapella Holiday @ The Ridgefield Playhouse Tickets
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
Rockapella Holiday @ The Ridgefield Playhouse |  |  |

One of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups. With only five guys and microphones, a single concert can open the windows to the whole history of vocal music from vintage Mills Brothers through jazz and rock to current Hip Hop.

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm
"#MeToo" is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport |  |  |

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport.
The reality is that most all women have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and denigration. Rev. John Morehouse’s sermon will address the issue of sexual harassment from a faithful perspective.

Why is that women have so long been abused and ignored in our society? What role does religion play in this system of oppression? And how can we as women and men find a way for women to be heard safely and healing to begin? Our service, organized by women members of the congregation, will include the prophetic voices of women past and present as well as a healing ritual for all women so hurt.

Dec
19
Tue
Fireside Tales at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Dec 19 @ 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Fireside Tales at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

Fireside storytime for fathers and their children, ages 3+. Wear pajamas (dads too), make popcorn in the fireplace, and hear some classic stories in conjunction with the exhibition, “Holiday Magic: Selections from the Children’s Historical Collection.” Free and open to the public. No registration required. Winter Session dates include: December 19; January 9 and 16.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Dec
20
Wed
Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens @ Untermyer Gardens Tickets
Dec 20 2017 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 7 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens @ Untermyer Gardens |  |  |

Come to the third annual Grand Holiday Illumination in the Walled Garden, with thousands of lights, multicultural holiday music and hot cocoa. Everything is free. The opening ceremony on Dec 20 starts at 5 pm; all other days the garden wil be illuminated from 4:30 pm to 8 pm daily.