This Weekend!

June 9, 2006

So Much To Do In So Little Time

Hold onto your hats this weekend as Connecticut opens its doors for the 2nd annual Connecticut Open House Day. On Saturday, June 10, more than 175 cultural and tourism attractions across Connecticut including museums, historic properties, theaters, farms, vineyards, nature centers, and many other interesting sites will open their doors to state residents for a unique one-day event. Saturday, June 10, is also the start of the 11th Annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The Festival features hundreds of international events including music, dance, theater and a vast array of performances oriented around a New Orleans theme. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy all that New Haven has to offer as the entire city plays host to this three-weekend event. Don’t let your weekend stop there! Head to New London on Sunday afternoon and hear the United States Coast Guard Band perform an array of music including classics for wind band, smaller jazz ensembles and soloists.

Additional Entertaining Activities This Weekend

10th Annual Blast from the Bayou – Cajun/Zydeco Festival, Preston (860) 886-1944, (888) 794-7944
Get a taste of Louisiana right here in Connecticut! From authentic Cajun cuisine and Cajun/Zydeco music to dance instruction and horse-back trail ride outings, the 10th Annual Blast from the Bayou offers amazing activities all weekend long.

26th Annual Farmington Antiques Weekend, Farmington (317) 598 – 0019
Visit the largest antique event in Connecticut. More than 600 of the nation’s finest antique dealers will be on hand offering an array of antiques and vintage collectibles.

27th Annual The Greek Experience, Danbury (203) 748 – 2992
Soak up The Greek Experience this weekend where you can find traditional Greek food and pastries, folk dancing, a live band and an assortment of cultural activities all weekend long.

Summer Sundays: Spinning & Weaving, New London (860) 443 – 7949
Watch as Linda Larson demonstrates 18th century spinning and weaving techniques at the Hempstead Houses. Also take the opportunity to tour the Hempstead Houses and view period textile objects.

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, click on Specials and/or Events.

This Weekend in Connecticut
June 9, 2006

June 6-1 – Chicago
– Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven, CT 06510. Time: Tue.-Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Featuring what may be Kander and Ebb’s finest score, and choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse, Chicago is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. Admission: $42-$72. Phone: (800) 228-6622

June 8-11 – Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Coloring Book
– Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. Time: Call for schedule and tickets. Elmo and friends travel into their drawings, along the way, they learn the importance of sharing, diversity and acceptance of others. Admission: Phone: (203) 345-2400

June 8-11 – 27th Annual Sea Music Festival
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave. (Rte. 27), Mystic, CT 06355. Time: Museum open 9-5, evening concerts 7 p.m (for extra fee). One of the world’s premier maritime music events, featuring workshops, concerts by world-famous musicians. Admission: Adults $17, children (6-17) $12, 5 and under free. Phone: (888) 973-2767

June 11 – Seaside Garden Tour
– Madison, CT 06443. Time: 1-5. Tour 7 to 8 lovely gardens by Long Island Sound, ending at the historic Scranton Seahorse Inn. Admission: $14 in advance, $16 day of tour. Phone: (203) 421-4773

June 10 – Children’s Fair
– Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Time: 10-2. Games, prizes, moon bounce, craft activities, pony rides, puppet show. Admission: Free. Phone: (203) 934-1793