Sunday, April 21 2013

Format: 2015/02/28

Sunday, April 21 2013

The Gruffalo

Apr 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Whether their favorite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in the deep, dark wood. This magical, musical adaptation of the multi award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is chock full of songs, laughs and scary fun. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey in this big scary monster of a show, and let your imagination run wild!


Art of the Northeast

Art of the Northeast, in its 63rd year, is one of the most anticipated regional juried shows of the year at the Silvermine Arts Center, drawing artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  This year’s juror is David A. Ross, Chair of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Program, New York.  Throughout its history Art of the Northeast (AoNE), originally called Art of New England,  has been a showcase for many emerging artists who have gone on to receive national acclaim.  Jurors have included curators and directors of major galleries and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and the Whitney Museum.

April 13 through May 24, 2013

Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm. – 5 pm; Sunday: 1pm – 5pm.



Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Stellar Scholars Star Search: Connecticut’s Best Young Sci-Fi Writers

High school and college students are challenged to write a 500-word short story about the painting of the iconic Avanti sports car "THE WHISPER AND THE ROAR" by Don Wieland. Champion wins $500 and has the story posted on Stellar Scholars e-magazine Cum Laude, The Scholarly Evening Post.



Parker Quartet - Collomore Concert

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as “something extraordinary,” will perform in the historic Chester Meeting House in the 39th season of the Collomore Music Series. The Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet members of the quartet.


A Night at the Opera

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the 2012-2013 season is Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 8 PM, at the Garde Arts Center in New London

Music Director, Toshiyuki Shimada, conducts a “Night at the Opera” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony 80 voice chorus.  The  program includes Wagner’s Prelude and Liebstod from Tristan and Isolde; Strauss’ Four last Songs, some of the most familiar and lyrical operatic choruses such as Prelude Act III and Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin by Wagner, Sailors Chorus from The Flying Dutchman and the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser.  Giuseppe Verdi is well represented with Intermezzo Act III from La Traviata, Gerusalem! from I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Va, pensiero from Nabucco and Gloria all’egitto from Aida.  The performance features guest soprano soloist, Jurate Svedaite.  Mark Singleton, Choral Director, will lead a pre-concert conversation at 7 pm.   The concert sponsor is Olde Mistick Village and the soloist sponsor is CCR Wealth Management. 

For tickets, call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on line at:  


The Robyn Helzner Trio ~ Cantor's Concert

 A special concert of authentic Jewish music -- Robyn Helzner performs with warmth, humor and great energy.  She will be joined by Cantor Arthur Giglio and the Mishkan Israel Chorale and Junior Choir.

The afternoon event includes appetizers, a silent auction, and desserts.  All proceeds will benefit Congregation Mishkan Israel which sponsors many vital community projects.

Event time:  3 to 6 p.m.


Reptile Week!


Get your hands on the chilling side of nature with some creatures that are cold-blooded and seriously cool. Mystic Aquarium's new reptile encounter program, Scales & Tails, opens in April. Feel the spiny scales of a bearded dragon or the smooth shell of a yellow-footed tortoise. Get face-to-face with a ball python or touch the slick skin of an American alligator. Learn more about Scales & Tails and Reptile Week, April 13 - 21, at

Governor and Mrs. Malloy Honor Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Governor and Mrs. Dannel P. Malloy will host a celebration of Hill-Stead’s renowned festival at their home in support of the museum’s poetry programs, which serve students and adults throughout the state.  Former Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson and international best-selling author Frank Delaney will celebrate 20 years of Festival readings by major American poets by sharing selections from Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011.  A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Marilyn Nelson is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Award-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist, Frank Delaney also created and hosted the highly popular BBC radio show “Poetry Please.”

All proceeds will support Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry programs, including the Fresh Voices Competition for Connecticut high school students, Hill-Stead/Hartford Poetry Outreach workshops for underserved Hartford public school students, and the new Connecticut Young Poets Day, which presents winners of eight Connecticut poetry programs on opening night of the Festival.

The event takes place at 990 Prospect Avenue, Hartford. Tickets are $75/person; RSVPs by April 17 to [email protected]. Parking on Prospect and Belknap. Handicapped parking available on premises.  For tickets and more information, email [email protected] or call 860.677.4787 ext 134.

THE 2013 SEASON at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington features President Obama’s inaugural poet Richard Blanco, Pulitzer Prize winners Tracy K. Smith and Philip Schultz, human rights advocate Carolyn Forche, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.  For details on the festival, visit or Hill-Stead’s main website at 


Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.