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Pet and people find homes and healing at Berkshire Humane Society



Photos by Megan Haley

A few hours a week, foster-care teens can spend time with half-grown kittens or a husky mix who wants a walk. When an animal finds a home, the kids know. In this, the Berkshire Humane Society helps animals, and it helps people. 

Women in abusive relationships, families in rough economic times, people who are sick or elderly and need care—all have reached out to the Berkshire Humane Society (BHS), says executive director John Perreault. For a shelter its size, BHS offers an unusual number and range of programs—from education for people and training for dogs to collaborations with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, Berkshire Medical Center, Elder Services, and local colleges.

And the number of programs keeps growing: Humane society instructor Lizzie Brown started the collaboration with teens in local foster care this year, working with the Key Program, an agency in Massachusetts. 

In its 25th year, BHS has become a refuge that never turns an animal away—parrot, ferret, llama, iguana, goat, goose, pony, or pig. It has cared for plenty of rabbits and guinea pigs, too. Almost all animals find homes within six months and often much faster—often within a few days, and sometimes even before they come in. Animals up for adoption can stay as long as they need to. BHS will euthanize an animal, Perreault says, only in the rare case when one is too sick, in too much pain, or too unsafe to adopt out. 

Perrault has led the Berkshire Humane Society through those 25 years. (A birthday bash and benefit will celebrate from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre. More details at berkshirehumane.org.) During that time, animal welfare has changed. And his work has changed and grown. 

In the beginning 
Perreault began as an animal-shelter manager for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) in1987. Then, Berkshire County had many more animals than homes for them. Animal shelters had been around in the U.S. since the late 1800s, Perreault says, as havens for animals who were injured or mistreated. But in the 1960s, as people moved to the suburbs and had more room for cats and dogs, the animal population boomed along with the human one: “No one knew about spaying and neutering then,” he says. 

Most of Perreault’s job dealt with a constant stream of homeless animals. That meant choosing between euthanizing an animal or turning it away, knowing the owner would let it loose. “There was a time when kittens weren’t cute to me,” he says. Times have changed, and the humane society has expanded in ways he could not have imagined. “We got to this point because we have a community that does care.” 

Going local 

The MSPCA was a state agency run out of Boston, and in 1992 the state announced it would cut funding to the Berkshire shelter. The MSPCA gave the community a year to start its own organization. So, with the guidance of local attorney Robert Fuster, Perreault and a local group raised funds and created the structure for a new, local organization. 

“The community rallied around us,” Perreault says. The new humane society began with three employees—Perreault, Lisa Corbett, and Cheryl Truskowski— who are all still at BHS. Truskowski is the shelter manager, and Corbett is lead instructor for the family-dog school. 

BHS runs solely on donations and benefit events. Starting with an annual budget of $140,000, Perreault now manages a $1.3-million shelter that covers public programs, veterinary care, the new building, and a staff of 29 or 30, many of them part-time. They work alongside a corps of volunteers who walk dogs, clean, run educational events and the reception desk, and sometimes foster an animal. 

In 2003, BHS moved to its present building on Barker Road in Pittsfield. The satellite Purradise cat shelter opened in Great Barrington in 2010. BHS is the only open-admission shelter in the region, Perreault says, accepting any animal. Dogs are given a safety test to make sure they will not harm staff or adopting families; more than 90 percent pass. 

Changing times 
BHS has also worked hard to bring down the number of animals coming in. Instead of 3,000 animals a year Perreault saw in the 1980s, he now sees about 1,200. To prevent unexpected puppies and kittens, the shelter offers spaying and neutering programs, and works with a wide network of Berkshire veterinarians. “There’s probably not another model in the U.S. with this kind of relationship with local vets,” Perreault says. 

The family-dog school, which debuted in 1992, trains dogs and teaches people how canines communicate and act, so they understand what their dog is doing and why. The shelter keeps in touch with people who adopt a dog, which helps keep small problems from becoming large ones. 

Finding homes has become much easier, too. Perreault has seen a growing willingness to adopt animals who once would have been passed over. In his early years, people only wanted puppies. If someone brought in a two-year-old neutered male dog, good with kids and well-trained, 

that dog would never find a home. Today, people would be waiting in line. Perreault can even find a home for a 14-year-old dog or a cat with a chronic illness. 

BHS takes in sick animals and cares for them until they are adoptable. The shelter has also taken in animals found in abusive situations. Perreault recalls a dog named Lucas, who was tied in a garage and so matted that the fur on his legs had fused together and he couldn’t move. The family who adopted him sent photos of Lucas on hikes and camping trips. 

In the community 
Dogs are not the only survivors of abuse the humane society has helped. In 2000, the Elizabeth Freeman Center (a non-profit that provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault) approached Perreault: People were staying in abusive relationships because of their pets, he says. Abusers would threaten their partner—If you leave, I’ll run over your cat, put your bird in the microwave, stab your dog. So BHS started a program to board pets safely while their owners found a safe place for themselves. The shelter received more than a dozen requests in the first month. 

Some clients at Berkshire Medical Center and Elder Services had animal-related problems as well—I can’t have surgery because I have no one to look after my cat. So, BHS expanded its safe-pet program again. The shelter also has opened a pet-food bank to help people care for their animals in lean times. 

Beyond obedience school 
In a sunny classroom, BHS instructor Lizzie Brown introduces two inhabitants—cecropia moths named Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, now cocooned for the winter. She runs a summer camp and has also started Humane Heroes, a program for kids, aged eight to 14 who want to work with animals. The humane society can’t allow volunteers that young, but with Brown they can learn how the shelter works from the inside. 

Her class talks about timely and sometimes difficult topics, like animal testing, endangered animals, and puppy mills. She holds ethical debates with students, encouraging them to think through their opinions, to stand up for them, or to change them as they learn more. “They get hot over it,” Brown says. “That fire in their eyes—you’re not going to tell me what to do—just delights me.” 

She also dreams up creative projects, like asking the kids to invent their own constellations and stories, then cut their constellations out of tinfoil plates and sit in a circle in the dark, shining flashlights through the “stars” and talking about their homegrown myths. 

The kids can earn points by getting involved and rewards for levels of points. The highest honor they can reach is staff-for-a-day. The shelter estimates more than 2,100 people of all ages come through its programs each year. And for some the connection can run deep. 

This year, Brown has begun working with teens who live at a local long-term foster-care facility. They can’t have animals where they live, but they can earn the privilege of helping Brown at the shelter and spending time playing and socializing with the dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. 

Brown says this new partnership is deeply rewarding—the kids are excited to be there and are responsive to her: “On every level, they identify with these animals, wanting to be loved, wanting a home.” 

Looking ahead 
While Brown plans new college programs and action groups, the humane society is offering free vaccine clinics in North Adams and seminars on current topics in the animal kingdom, from wild horses to urban chickens. It is also actively addressing some hot topics. 

For example, the Internet gives people many ways to find pets, especially dogs, but Perreault warns that not all of these channels are created equal. People have largely stopped getting dogs from pet stores, so puppy mills now create websites calling themselves rescue groups. Other organizations have begun bringing homeless animals from parts of the country that still have the kind of overpopulation the Berkshires experienced 25 years ago. Some may get puppies cheaply and charge as much as $800 to bring one of them to a place like the Berkshires, where puppies are now in short supply. 

Massachusetts has laws about bringing animals into the state, so the buyer often meets the seller at a McDonald’s in New York or Connecticut to collect the dog—and after that, if the dog has any kind of problem, the seller is not responsible. 

BHS has begun transports of its own to make sure there are safeguards in place for both dog and owner. The shelter can look over the dogs, have them checked by a vet, and evaluate their behavior. 

As the number of homeless and unwanted animals shrinks in the Berkshires, Perreault expects his job to continue to change. He thinks, in time, animal shelters will evolve closer to the kind of haven they were in the 1800s, places for animals who need help and rehabilitation, and for people who need the same.


BONDING Community events raise awareness and support for the Berkshire Humane Society. At Jacob’s Pillow, National Dog Day was celebrated with a dance choreographed for dogs and their caregivers. “Partnering is fundamental to many dance genres, and the partnership between dogs and their companions is unlike any other,” says Pillow director Pamela Tatge. (Pictured to the right and in the photos above.)

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December 2 – January 7, 2018 A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more...

Cost: Members: Free; $5 Adults; $3 Kids; Free 5 & Under.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Works on View include recent pieces by women whose primary media is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and sculptors. The Women provides an opportunity to...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: Ferrin Contemporary
Telephone: 413-346-4004
Contact Name: Leslie Ferrin
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Tuesdays. Ages 13 and up. Multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer Rob Sanzone will teach ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. A limited number of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
15 Crissey Road
Great Barrington , MA  01230
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Sponsor: Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Telephone: 4135282810, ext. 31
Contact Name: Kristen
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Sodexo will host a Hot Chocolate Bar with Toppings at The Daily Grind in the WCSU Campus Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The cost is charged a la carte. For...

Cost: A la carte

Where:
WCSU Westside Campus
43 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT  06811
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California, with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Westchester Community is in need of more than 40 foster homes to provide the county’s most vulnerable children with housing in a safe and stable environment. Come to this orientation to learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Department of Social Services
112 Post Road
White Plains , NY  10601
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Sponsor: United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Telephone: 914-993-3710
Contact Name: Lini Jacob
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Featuring hundreds of pieces of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by local and nationally recognized artists. It is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving...

Cost: Free

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking! Join Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore as they host the Cookbook Club’s Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Be inspired by one of our...

Cost: FREE and open to the public.

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT
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Presented by Fathom Events Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Fathom Events Presents & Movies Series Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Entertainment present, Guess Who’s Coming...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-5795
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Celebrate the holidays by connecting with inspiring and fabulous women over cocktails and light appetizers. Take a rest from all the stress and join us! The cost is just $25 for B.I.G. members and...

Cost: $25 for B.I.G. members and $45 for non-members

Where:
Geronimos Bar and Grill
2070 Post Road
Fairfield, CT  06825
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Sponsor: B.I.G. Fairfield/Westport
Telephone: 203-529-5146
Contact Name: Diana Palmentiero
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Wednesday, Dec.13. This festive holiday concert features the Bedford Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Anthony Newman, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Mr. Newman, a renowned Bach expert...

Cost: $45 per person

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
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Sponsor: Music Committee of St. Matthew's
Telephone: 914-522-5150
Contact Name: Anthony Newman
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2017 Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive...

Cost: Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE.

Where:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester
Telephone: 866-243-0770
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Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203- 831-9063
Contact Name: maritime garage gallery
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Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 & 27; 9:30am. Discover adventures on the tracks with books that spark the imagination. Sponsored by People’s United Bank. For more information and...

Cost: Members; Free: Non-Members; $5 Adults, $3 Children, free for children 5 and unde

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, with Santa on December 9! Decorated for the holidays, the...

Cost: All kids free, non-member adults $10

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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CLAY ART CENTER - Weekly Adult 2nd Session Beginner Classes Fall 2017 Clay is the new yoga and has taken on a new popularity as people, including Brad Pitt, are rediscovering the satisfaction...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Redding artist, Erin Nazzaro. Erin’s show will open on Saturday, November 18 and run through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. An...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
Telephone: (860)868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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December 2 – January 7, 2018 A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more...

Cost: Members: Free; $5 Adults; $3 Kids; Free 5 & Under.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Works on View include recent pieces by women whose primary media is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and sculptors. The Women provides an opportunity to...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: Ferrin Contemporary
Telephone: 413-346-4004
Contact Name: Leslie Ferrin
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Join us for a free tour of our permanent collection which includes European and American paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, as well as a group of African, and Pre-Colombian objects. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bellarmine Hall
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m.  Ages 13 and up. Sing to your heart’s content under the guidance and accompaniment of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. Songs will include pop, folk, jazz...

Cost: FREE! Open to members and guests.

Where:
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
15 Crissey Road
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Weekly fun and friendly open mic with some great local talent.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
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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,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Unplug and spend the afternoon crafting and creating! The Litchfield Historical Society’s Crafternoons will explore a new theme in history with hands-on crafts and games that encourage...

Cost: $7 members; $10 non-members

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06032
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Megan
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California, with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

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Featuring hundreds of pieces of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by local and nationally recognized artists. It is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving...

Cost: Free

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
View map »


Website »

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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2017 Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive...

Cost: Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE.

Where:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester
Telephone: 866-243-0770
Website »

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Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203- 831-9063
Contact Name: maritime garage gallery
Website »

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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, with Santa on December 9! Decorated for the holidays, the...

Cost: All kids free, non-member adults $10

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Website »

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CLAY ART CENTER - Weekly Adult 2nd Session Beginner Classes Fall 2017 Clay is the new yoga and has taken on a new popularity as people, including Brad Pitt, are rediscovering the satisfaction...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
View map »


Website »

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The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Redding artist, Erin Nazzaro. Erin’s show will open on Saturday, November 18 and run through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. An...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
Telephone: (860)868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

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December 2 – January 7, 2018 A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more...

Cost: Members: Free; $5 Adults; $3 Kids; Free 5 & Under.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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Works on View include recent pieces by women whose primary media is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and sculptors. The Women provides an opportunity to...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Sponsor: Ferrin Contemporary
Telephone: 413-346-4004
Contact Name: Leslie Ferrin
Website »

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December 1st - December 30th The show opens with a reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 11AM to 4PM.  The Fine Line Art Gallery’s Holiday Art Show 'Miniature...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
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EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
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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,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Announcing the return of the Great Barrington Arts Market (GBAM) annual Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market, a unique holiday sale featuring the best of the Berkshires handmade gifts and...

Cost: Friday Preview Event $10.00 Saturday & Sunday FREE

Where:
Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Great Barrington Arts Market
Telephone: 413-429-6830
Contact Name: Kris Kanter & Molly de St Andre
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Join us the 3rd Friday of each month for a light lunch, music and dancing. Music this month: “Michael Ciulla Music made possible by the NW CT Community Foundation Litchfield Community...

Cost: $7.00 pp

Where:
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road
Litchfield, CT  06759
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California, with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Website »

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Make this a holiday tradition for your family! Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Southport Village. Sing carols around the bonfire. Enjoy live choral music while decorating cookies and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Featuring hundreds of pieces of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by local and nationally recognized artists. It is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving...

Cost: Free

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Lyrically driven acoustic based music built upon a diverse sonic landscape!

Cost: Free

Where:
Chester Common Table
30 Main St.
Chester, MA  01011
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Telephone: 413-354-1076
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Please join us Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7pm for our annual concert of joyful Christmas music at the Church of the Assumption in Peekskill, NY.  Performers include Internationally Acclaimed...

Cost: $17

Where:
Church of the Assumption
131 Union Avenue
Peekskill, NY  10566
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Sponsor: Church of the Assumption
Telephone: 914-737-2071
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Music on the Hill presents the Festival Chorus and Jubilate Ringers handbell choir in a traditional Christmas concert, with artistic directors Ellen Dickinson and David H. Connell. The concert...

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; students free

Where:
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
36 New Canaan Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Music on the Hill
Telephone: 203-529-3133
Contact Name: Music on the Hill
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The Barn brings their popular night of Stand Up Comedy back this month with headliner Sean Conroy (Conan, Comedy Central) also featuring New York Comedians, Jenny Rubin and Rena Zager with...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

More information

Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2017 Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive...

Cost: Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE.

Where:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY  10710
View map »


Sponsor: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester
Telephone: 866-243-0770
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Want to see the tallest Christmas tree in Connecticut?  Then taking a visit to Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce featuring a 100 foot tall Christmas tree is a must! Join in the fun with a...

Cost: Adult $15.99, Children (4-10) & Seniors $11.99, Children 3 & under – FREE

Where:
Lake Compounce Theme Park
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT
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Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06897
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203- 831-9063
Contact Name: maritime garage gallery
Website »

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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, with Santa on December 9! Decorated for the holidays, the...

Cost: All kids free, non-member adults $10

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »


Website »

More information

CLAY ART CENTER - Weekly Adult 2nd Session Beginner Classes Fall 2017 Clay is the new yoga and has taken on a new popularity as people, including Brad Pitt, are rediscovering the satisfaction...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
View map »


Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Redding artist, Erin Nazzaro. Erin’s show will open on Saturday, November 18 and run through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. An...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
Telephone: (860)868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
Website »

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December 2 – January 7, 2018 A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more...

Cost: Members: Free; $5 Adults; $3 Kids; Free 5 & Under.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Stroller tours at the KMA are a unique opportunity to connect with other new parents and caregivers seeking culturally enriching activities to share with their babies. These once-a-month...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY  10536
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Works on View include recent pieces by women whose primary media is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and sculptors. The Women provides an opportunity to...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Sponsor: Ferrin Contemporary
Telephone: 413-346-4004
Contact Name: Leslie Ferrin
Website »

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December 1st - December 30th The show opens with a reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 11AM to 4PM.  The Fine Line Art Gallery’s Holiday Art Show 'Miniature...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
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Make happy holiday memories without the hassles! Moms and Dads know it's often a scary experience for young children to sit on Santa's lap. Come to a place that is safe,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT  06850
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Fridays, December 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4:30pm – 6pm. Free with admission. Join us on Friday evenings when the Train Show is open late! Make a snowman out of marshmallows, create an array of...

Cost: Members; Free: Non-Members; $5 Adults, $3 Children, free for children 5 and unde

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Clay Art Center One-Time Cladies Night for Adults Interested in Learning to Use the Potter’s Wheel Looking to get your hands dirty and learn how to use the potter’s wheel? Try Clay...

Cost: $50

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Come join The Vagabonds for this completely out of character production as we celebrate our return to Bridgeport's Hidden Gem with the story of George Bailey's glimpse into the "What...

Cost: $20 & Up

Where:
The Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT  06604
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Sponsor: The Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport
Telephone: 203-520-8332
Contact Name: John R Smith Jnr
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Get ready to rock the holidays with the one and only Rob Mathes, now in his third decade of holiday performances at The Performing Arts Center. This annual celebration featuring the multi-talented...

Cost: $45 to $72.50

Where:
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY  10577
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Sponsor: The Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 914-251-6200
Contact Name: Jenifer Howard
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Paul Winter's Winter Solstice celebrates the spirit of the holidays with the extraordinary acoustic of NY's greatest Cathedral, St. John the Divine. This multi media event features...

Cost: $90.00 pp

Where:
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Rd.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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The holiday season often means time with family and friends. In this mixed-media workshop, join artist Adam Handler to create unique, handmade holiday gifts using paint, collage materials, clay,...

Cost: Free!

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
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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,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Announcing the return of the Great Barrington Arts Market (GBAM) annual Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market, a unique holiday sale featuring the best of the Berkshires handmade gifts and...

Cost: Friday Preview Event $10.00 Saturday & Sunday FREE

Where:
Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Great Barrington Arts Market
Telephone: 413-429-6830
Contact Name: Kris Kanter & Molly de St Andre
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Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman....

Cost: $17 / $10 everyone 21 and under (Box Office only)

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 413.528.0100
Contact Name: Box Office
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Deyber Master Artist from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Robert Deyber is an American artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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This December, one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles, TENET, brings light and joy to one of the longest nights of the year in a heartfelt program of intimate carols to celebrate the...

Cost: $20, $35, $50, $65

Where:
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Caramoor
Telephone: 914-232-1252
Contact Name: Caroline Andrews
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WCSU will host a 5 p.m. planetarium show Saturday, Dec. 16, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's...

Cost: Free

Where:
WCSU Westside Campus
43 Lake Ave Extension
Danbury, CT  06811
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In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California, with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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CYNTHIA-REEVES presents Regeneration, on view from December 2nd – January 27th, featuring sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk.  The artist will be at the gallery...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Featuring hundreds of pieces of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by local and nationally recognized artists. It is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving...

Cost: Free

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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As part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, Ives Concert Park will present the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual...

Cost: Advance tickets $25, at the door $30

Where:
Veronica Hagman Concert Hall
WCSU Visual & Performing Arts Center
43 Lake Avenue Ext., Danbury, CT 06811
Danbury, CT  06811
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Telephone: 203-837-8732
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As part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, Ives Concert Park will present the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the...

Cost: $25-30

Where:
WCSU Westside Campus
43 Lake Ave Extension
Danbury, CT  06811
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The choir of St. Stephen's Church, let by Scott Toperzer, will once again put on its fabulous Carols by Candlelight "Repeating the Sounding Joy" in the sanctuary of the Main...

Where:
351 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT
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RAISE THE MIC with the region's most riveting band, The Whiskey Treaty Road Show, at the Berkshire's amazing new music venue:​ Tickets: General Admission: $20 in advance at the link...

Cost: $20/$45

Where:
The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave
Dalton, MA  01226
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Sponsor: Music in Common
Telephone: 413-248-6070
Contact Name: Todd Mack
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RAISE THE MIC with the region's most riveting band, The Whiskey Treaty Road Show, at the Berkshire's amazing new music venue, The Stationery Factory. Tickets: General Admission: $20 in...

Cost: $20/$45

Where:
Raise the MIC at The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave
Dalton, MA
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Sponsor: Music in Common
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Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured​ with the likes of Sara...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
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The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of Jivan Wolf master jeweler from 4-7 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and runs through Jan 31, 2018. Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2017 Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive...

Cost: Starting at $15.95; children under 2 are FREE.

Where:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester
Telephone: 866-243-0770
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Want to see the tallest Christmas tree in Connecticut?  Then taking a visit to Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce featuring a 100 foot tall Christmas tree is a must! Join in the fun with a...

Cost: Adult $15.99, Children (4-10) & Seniors $11.99, Children 3 & under – FREE

Where:
Lake Compounce Theme Park
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT
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Celebrating the Simple Beauty of Rural Litchfield County: Kwiatkowski Photo Exhibit Opens Dec. 16 at Gunn Library Photographer and poet Ray Kwiatkowski first became fascinated by the Litchfield...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
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The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit at the Wilton Historical Society opens the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, with Santa on December 9! Decorated for the holidays, the...

Cost: All kids free, non-member adults $10

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Redding artist, Erin Nazzaro. Erin’s show will open on Saturday, November 18 and run through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. An...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
Telephone: (860)868-9003
Contact Name: Susan Newbury
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December 2 – January 7, 2018 A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition. Model trains wind around an enchanting display full of holiday spirit and elaborate scenery! This year features even more...

Cost: Members: Free; $5 Adults; $3 Kids; Free 5 & Under.

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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December 1st - December 30th The show opens with a reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 11AM to 4PM.  The Fine Line Art Gallery’s Holiday Art Show 'Miniature...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
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Make happy holiday memories without the hassles! Moms and Dads know it's often a scary experience for young children to sit on Santa's lap. Come to a place that is safe,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT  06850
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Clay Art Center’s One-Time Saturday Drop-In Clay Classes for the Whole Family Plan a great afternoon with friends, family or just yourself in this fun and messy introduction to clay for...

Cost: $20 - $30

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Come join The Vagabonds for this completely out of character production as we celebrate our return to Bridgeport's Hidden Gem with the story of George Bailey's glimpse into the "What...

Cost: $20 & Up

Where:
The Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT  06604
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Sponsor: The Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport
Telephone: 203-520-8332
Contact Name: John R Smith Jnr
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Get ready to rock the holidays with the one and only Rob Mathes, now in his third decade of holiday performances at The Performing Arts Center. This annual celebration featuring the multi-talented...

Cost: $45 to $72.50

Where:
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY  10577
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Sponsor: The Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 914-251-6200
Contact Name: Jenifer Howard
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