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December 23

A total of 20 events have been found.

7:00 pm

"Little Women" at Shaw Mansion in New London

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Due to popular demand, Flock Theatre once again presents their heartwarming new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved family classic “Little Women” at New London’s historic Shaw Mansion December 7-23 (Fridays through Sundays). Seating in this intimate historic setting is limited to 30 people per performance and tickets sell out quickly; reservations are strongly encouraged. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are January 3 and 4. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for children and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 860-443-3119.

“Little Women,” directed by Flock’s Artistic Director, Derron Wood and co-directed by Anne Flemmang continues the collaboration between Flock Theatre and the Shaw Mansion, home of the New London County Historical Society. They previously partnered on “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2009), “Pride and Prejudice” (2008, 2010), “The Cherry Orchard” (2011) and “Emma” (2012).

This new stage adaptation of “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the Civil War, was written in 2010 by Julie Rattey, a frequent performer with Flock Theatre and resident of Westerly, Rhode Island. Miss Rattey, who most recently performed with Flock as Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice,” will play Jo March in the production. “Having the chance to bring this beloved story to life on stage with such a wonderful cast, and in the intimate setting of the Shaw Mansion, is an incredible opportunity for me both as a writer and a performer,” says Miss Rattey. “I’m so grateful to be a part of it. ‘Little Women’ is a heartwarming story of family, love, and the joys and pains of growing up, and I hope audiences will have as much enjoyment in seeing it as we are having performing it.”

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company based in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1989, it is one the most adventurous classical theatre companies in New England. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Molière, and Sophocles, or with more modern classics by writers such as Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck, and Oscar Wilde, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre. Perhaps best known for their long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church, on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum, and throughout New England. Internationally, Flock Theatre is highly regarded for their puppetry, including their long-standing collaboration with National Puppetry Conference. Through its Actor’s Conservatory, artistic residencies and programs at schools, Save A.R.T., and alliances with local organizations, Flock Theatre presents opportunities for artists of all levels of experience to expand their talents by working with professionals.
The Shaw Mansion was once the home of the wealthy merchant, Captain Nathaniel Shaw, who began building the granite mansion in the 1750s. During the Revolutionary War, the mansion served as Connecticut’s Naval Office. The house and grounds were owned by five generations of the Shaw family before being sold to the Historical Society in 1907. The mansion offers a unique combination of a family collection intimately tied to the region’s history, and an early collection of resources focused on the entire county.

Art Exhibits/Openings

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.

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.

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

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.

1:00 pm

Open Studio

The Treefort Studio and Gallery, 101 Fort Path Road, Madison, CT

Community

8:30 am

Christmas Worship, Dec. 23, Deep River

First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church Street, Deep River, CT

8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., worship services, Rev. Timothy Haut preaching; 10 a.m., special Festival of Christmas Music Service "Comfort and Joy", vocal & handbell choirs; (860) 526-5045.

11:30 am

Community Christmas Dinner

First Church of Christ in Saybrook, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, , 06475

Community Christmas Meal – Sunday, December 23 at 11:30 am. The First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational) is sponsoring a free turkey dinner with all the fixings for members of the community. Enjoy a good meal, Christmas carols and a gift for each child. Due to limited seating, the dinner is available by reservation only – so you must RSVP by December 16th by calling Cori Pasquale 860-388-3008 ext. 111 or emailing cpasquale@firstchurchsaybrook.org. The dinner will be held in Fellowship Hall at the church at 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook.

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.

1:00 pm

Santa Claus Run, Dec. 23, Jewett City

Borough Streets, , Jewett City, CT

1 p.m., through out all Borough Streets, Santa will be riding high above a Jewett City Fire Truck distributing candy to all the good children on his route; (860) 917-4584 or (860) 376-2707.

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

6:00 pm

Community Candlelight Vigil

Owens Field, North Main Street, Stonington , CT , 06378

The Stonington Community Center and Ender's Island invite you to a Community Candlelight Vigil to honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. The evening will include words of encouragement, prayer and song. Candles and glow sticks will be provided for participants. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Stonington Community Center's gymnasium at 28 Cutler Street, Stonington CT.

Community Partners include:
Stonington Public Schools, Stonington Human Services, The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons, Stonington Borough Fire Department, Stonington Police Department and area churches.

7:00 pm

Al-Anon, Sundays, O.Lyme

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

7 p.m.

Fairs/Festivals

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.

Kids/Family

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.

Misc. Events

7:30 pm

Handel’s Messiah

First Congregational Church on the Green, Branford Green, Branford, CT

Music

8:00 pm

Jewmongous

Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven, CT

Stage/Theater

11:15 am

The Christmas Gift Ballet

Fellowship Hall Church of Christ Congregational, 192 Thimble Islands Road, Stony Creek, CT

2:00 pm

Holiday Musical: The Snow Angel

The Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester, CT

Cost: $10 ($8 for seniors and children under 12).

3:00 pm

The Royal Ballet of London presenting The Nutcracker

Peconic Landing, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, , 11944

Peconic Landing is proud to present the Ballet in Cinema series featuring the world’s most famous ballet companies captured live in high-definition digital projection. The Ballet in Cinema series will be held in the Peconic Landing Community Center and includes The Royal Ballet of London presenting the popular seasonal favorite, The Nutcracker, on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. (cost - $25).

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