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December 9

A total of 44 events have been found.

Art Exhibits/Openings

10:00 am

Dinotopia: Art, Science, and Imagination

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

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.

1:00 pm

'Painting with a Knife'

Greene Art Gallery , 29 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT

Free pallette knife demonstration and talk by Deborah Quinn-Munson. RSVP required.

11:00 am

Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters

Exhibition with the Odyssey Painters; 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.

Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft; 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.

12:00 pm

Holiday Show Reception

The Connecticut River Artisan's Cooperative, 4 Water Street, Chester, CT


11:00 am

The Night Before Christmas

Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT

Special story time program; included with regular museum admission.

1:00 pm

Holiday Party and Wreath Auct

The Hearth at Tuxis Pond, 100 Bradley Road, Madison, CT

All proceeds benefit Operation: Music Aid.

12:00 pm

Cookies and Hope Fundraiser

Co. 3 Firehouse, 1958 Middletown Avenue, Northford, CT

Benefits Colin’s Crew programs for children with cancer.

11:30 am

Accessible Worship Service, Sundays, Norwich

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.

2:00 pm

Madison Academy of Music Community Sing Along

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 232 Durham Road, Madison, CT

Suggested donation: $5 at the door. Bring non-perishable food item or child's toy.

5:00 pm

The Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT

through Dec. 30. Tours start every 15 minutes.Tickets are $30 for adults and $23 for children ages 4 to 17 the day of the tour. Discounts are available for Seaport members and advance purchase, which is highly recommended by visiting mysticseaport.org or calling (860) 572-5302 or (888) 973-2767

4:00 pm

Free Holiday Open House

Free Holiday Open House; Avery-Copp House Museum, 154 Thames Street, Groton, CT , 06340

Enjoy the museum decorated for the holiday season and see how Christmas was celebrated in Groton years ago; Christmas cookies and refreshments served; Food bank donations are accepted; 860-445-1637.

7:00 pm

Al-Anon, Sundays, O.Lyme

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

7 p.m.

2:00 pm

Holiday Harps on the Hill

Second Congregational Church, 45 Broad Street, New London, CT

students from the Mystic studio of Allyn Bryson Donath; free of charge, although a non-perishable donation for the local food bank would be greatly appreciated. Refreshments will follow the performance. For further information call 860-501-5551.

2:00 pm

Christmas Concert,

Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon Street, Westerly, CT

2 p.m., presented by The Westerly Band, directed by Alison Patton; a "March of the Toys" for children, followed by a visit from Santa Claus; light refreshments; $5, benefits the Westerly Armory Restoration.

2:00 pm

Yuletide Ukefest

Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

4:00 pm

Free Christmas Open House

Avery-Copp House Museum, 154 Thames Street, Groton, CT , 06340

Enjoy a Victorian house museum decorated for the Christmas season. See how the holidays were celebrated in Groton years ago. Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served.
Event is free - Food Bank Donations are welcome.
Hours: 4:00 to 6:00


2:00 pm

Healthy Choices for Holiday Eating

Nathaniel Greene Community Center, 32 Church Street, Guilford, CT

Holiday celebration with samples from local chefs and music by Guilford High School groups.


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.


10:00 am

19th Annual Holiday Train Show

19th Annual Holiday Train Show; 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.

10:00 am

Brunch with Santa

Lyman Homestead (Lyman Orchards), 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT

10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Cost: $29.95 ($12.95 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children five and under). Prepaid reservations required.

4:00 pm

Edwardian Christmas Tea

Edwardian Christmas Tea; Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Old Lyme, CT ---Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions will be your hostess for an Edwardian Christmas Tea at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on December 9, 2012 at 4 pm. Enjoy some holiday cheer as Mrs. Gordon, played by Rita Parisi, transports you back to Christmas 1908. She’ll share with you her plans for the holiday season as well as stories of her adventures from a recent shopping trip to Boston.

Please register by calling 860-434-1684 as seating is limited. Please bring your own favorite tea cup to partake in our refreshments of hot tea and desserts.

Snow date December 16.

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street, Old Lyme. Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10am to 7pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

1:00 pm

Brunch with Santa

Lyman Homestead (Lyman Orchards), 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT

Cost: $29.95 ($12.95 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children five and under). Prepaid reservations required.

2:30 pm

Brunch with Santa

Lyman Homestead (Lyman Orchards), 32 Reeds Gap Road , Middlefield, CT

Cost: $29.95 ($12.95 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children five and under). Prepaid reservations required.

11:30 am

Brunch with Santa

Lyman Homestead (Lyman Orchards), 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT

Cost: $29.95 ($12.95 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children five and under). Prepaid reservations required.

Misc. Events

11:00 am

Painting Demonstration

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

Cindy Stevens demonstrates use of a palette knife.

9:00 pm

Stealing America Vote by Vote

Metrocast Public Access TV, 49 Webster Rd, East Lyme, CT , 063331630

STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote is an Independent Documentary Film about Election Integrity which will be shown on Metrocast's Public Access Channel 25 Sunday, December 9th at 9:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12th at 10:00 PM, and Friday, December 14th at 8:00 PM.

Produced and directed by Dorothy Fadiman, STEALING AMERICA unveils problems at every level of the electoral process. Controversial partnerships perpetuate a secretive environment, as relevant facts and figures remain hidden from view. As a result, most Americans have no real sense of the threat to free and fair elections. As seemingly unrelated pieces of the puzzle come together, a chilling picture emerges that distorts election results.

12:00 pm

The Great Greenery Extravaganza

Natureworks, 518 Forest Road, Northford, CT


2:00 pm

Community Music School Holiday Concert

Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT

Bring donations of non-perishable food.

6:30 pm


The Webster, 31 Webster Street, Hartford, CT

Cost: $12 ($10 in advance).

3:00 pm

Christ the con Brio Christmas Concert

Christ the King church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT

2:30 pm

Silk'n Sounds Holiday Performance

Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT

Cost: $12 ($10 for seniors, free for children 12 and under). Call for tickets.

4:00 pm

Service of Lessons and Carols

Service of Lessons and Carols; Saint David's Episcopal Church, 284 Stoddards Wharf Road, Gales Ferry, CT , 06335

Saint David’s Episcopal Church choirs, under the direction of Jane Nolan, will present their annual Lessons and Carols for Advent on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 pm. This traditional service traces its origins to the 19th Century. Since then the service, described as a “magical weaving of scripture and song,” has been duplicated in cathedrals and churches in Europe and throughout America during the Advent season. Nolan, also a well-known piano teacher and handbell director for several community groups, has been bringing together the music for this traditional service in area churches for over 20 years. She indicated that this service will feature beautiful choral and instrumental music performed by the senior and handbell choirs, flute and a guest string trio as well as the opportunity for folks to sing some of their favorite traditional Christmas carols.
Although the selection of carols and other music may change from one year to the next, the order of service, the prayers, and the readings generally remain constant. The church’s Pastor, the Reverend Mary Canavan, indicates that this type of service contains no sermon or collection. It is a gift to the community. “The essence of the service is to provide inspiration through song and the word to prepare for Christmas, to remember the “reason for the season.”
The service is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the church’s Parish Hall. Saint David’s is located at 284 Stoddards Wharf Road, in Gales Ferry. For more information, call 860-464-6516.

2:30 pm

Sharing 'The Gift of Song'

Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, hamden, CT , 06517


Silk'n Sounds presents its seventh annual Holiday Performance. Join us on Dec. 9th
at 2:30PM at the Spring Glen Church located at 1825 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.
This award winning chorus will present songs that the whole family will enjoy.
Delicious refreshments and wonderful raffle baskets will be available. Gen. Adm is $12.00,
Seniors - $10.00, and children 12 and under are Free.
Call Donna at 203-248-7348 to reserve your tickets and support this fund raising event.

5:00 pm

Benefit Messiah Concert

Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven, CT

Performance by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: $30 and $45 ($10 for students; free for Blue Star and Kid Tix). Benefits the Community Soup Kitchen.

7:00 pm

Cometa First Album Release Show

The Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden, CT

8:00 pm

Ra Ra Riot with Mates of State

Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: $16 to $18.

5:00 pm

Advent Lessons & Carols with The Anglican Singers

St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London, CT , 06320

The Anglican Singers will present a service of Lessons and Carols for Advent on Sunday, December 9, at 5 p.m. at St. James Church, New London. The 28-voice group, under the direction of Kevin Jones, with Joseph Ripka, organist, will sing works by Ravenscroft, Warlock, Victoria, Gardner, Bax and Hassler, and will premiere a commission by Peter Niedmann. Following the custom of the Festival Service of Lessons and Carols sung on Christmas Eve in Cambridge, England, for the University and the town, members of the greater New London community have been invited to read lessons, and the congregation will join in several carols. There is no charge for the service. All are welcome to join in this festive seasonal tradition.
For more information, visit www.anglicansingers.org, or call 442-7519.

2:00 pm

Glass Harmonica Concert Featuring Vera Meyer

The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Admission: $20 ($15 for members, free for children 12 and under). Call to register.

2:00 pm

Music by Sylvia Mims

Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT


1:00 pm

The New Haven Ballet's Nutcracker

Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, CT

Tickets: $18 to $53.

12:00 pm

Nutmeg Ballet's 2012 Nutcracker

The Bushnell Theater, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

3:30 pm

Nutmeg Ballet's 2012 Nutcracker

The Bushnell Theater, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

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