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Dec
2
Sat
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery Tickets
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery |  |  |

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “On Light and Florals,” featuring the still-life florals of New York painter, Murray Smith. His exhibit runs December 1 – 23. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Dec
8
Fri
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children Tickets
Dec 8 – Dec 24 all-day
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children |  |  |

Meet Santa & his friends Frosty the Snowman, Penguin and Reindeer in a place just for kids of all abilities that is fun, safe and accessible. Children can play, make festive crafts, and engage in special activities to make it an enjoyable time for the entire family.Bring your camera to take FREE treasured photos of your smiling child with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through Dec. 17, and then each day from Tues. Dec. 19 to Sun. Dec. 24 from 11:15am – 12:15pm . Regular museum admission applies and can be put toward the purchase of a membership – a perfect gift for the holidays!

Dec
9
Sat
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center Tickets
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center |  |  |

The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s (darienarts.org) dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are December 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.

Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Saturday, December 9th performances of the Nutcracker may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.Register for the workshop at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

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.

Santa Visits the Weston Historical Society’s Coley House for a Victorian Farmhouse Christmas @ Weston Historical Society Tickets
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa Visits the Weston Historical Society’s Coley House for a Victorian Farmhouse Christmas @ Weston Historical Society |  |  |

Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Farmhouse Christmas when Santa Claus visits the Coley House at the Weston Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 17th.

Santa and his helper will be at the Historical Society’s 1841 farmhouse from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. located at 104 Weston Road. The Coley House has been specially decorated by the Weston Garden Club to reflect Christmas’s of the past. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of children with Santa and his helper. Cookies and cocoa will be served. Photos with Santa are free. Donations to the Society are always welcomed.

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., and KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker.

For further information, or to arrange a special family or guided group tour of Coley House, please call 203-226-1804 and/or visit our website at www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

Mary Ann Hall Music for Children, Free Family Concert at the Seabury Center @ Seabury Center Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mary Ann Hall Music for Children, Free Family Concert at the Seabury Center @ Seabury Center |  |  |

On Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 4 pm, Westport Historical Society is pleased to present its traditional one-hour Holiday Concert, presented by Mary Ann Hall’s MUSIC FOR CHILDREN & Beyond™ program at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport. This concert will feature songs of Christmas and Hanukkah performed and accompanied by faculty from MUSIC FOR CHILDREN on guitar, harp, keyboard and flute. Holiday refreshments will be served after the concert.

Now in its 12th year, the holiday concert is hosted by Westport Historical Society. “We are thrilled to offer this concert, free of charge, this year, to Westport families to enjoy. The concert will celebrate the themes of “peace, gratitude and kindness,” according to the Society’s Executive Director, Susan Gold. Mary Ann Hall, who holds a master’s degree from the U of Michigan, founded MUSIC FOR CHILDREN 43 years ago on the principle that “the child is the instrument.” Their mission, she said, is to develop musicianship and a lifelong enjoyment of music by “connecting the ART of the music with the HEART of the CHILD.”

The concert is free but reservations are strongly encouraged. Kindly call Westport Historical Society at 203-222-1424 to make your reservations.

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 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.

“#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.