Time for carols and Santa
You’re A Good Man
The Greenwich High School Theater Arts will present You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, through Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4:30 and 7:30 in the Greenwich High School Black Box Theater. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 203-863-8808.
The high school is at 10 Hillside Road, just off Route 1/East Putnam Avenue.
Great American Landscape
The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, will present a new exhibit, The Great American Landscape, Dec. 17-Jan. 27. Regional panoramas are celebrated in oil, watercolor, collage, pastel and photography by Craig Mooney, Mariella Bisson, John Griebsch, Travis Walker, Susan Lynn, Nate Burbeck, Dr. Jay Friedenberg, and Michael Thornton-Smith.
The opening reception will be on Thursday evening, Dec. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library. For more information, visit flinngallery.com or call 203-622-7947.
Print show & sale
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking at Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, will have a Holiday Cash and Carry Exhibition in the center gallery from Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, offering an opportunity to buy original prints by member artists. Hours are 9 to 5 Tuesday through Sunday; for more information, visit contemprints.org.
Santa at Stepping Stones
The North Pole will come to Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk beginning Friday, Dec. 18, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 24. Santa will be on hand to meet children, pose for pictures and introduce some of his friends from 11 to noon and 3 to 4 p.m. (11 to noon only on Dec. 24).
Museum admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors (children under one, admitted free). Stepping Stones is at 303 West Avenue in Mathews Park; for more information, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.
Bagels and Birds of Prey
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will offer a break from holiday activities and stress with Bagels and Birds of Prey on Saturday morning, Dec. 19, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The morning event is a chance to spend be up close to some of the center’s resident birds of prey and learn about their adaptations and behaviors and their daily menu.
If shopping is still on the menu, the Audubon Center’s Nature Store has bird- and nature-themed holiday ornaments and cars, as well as bird feeders, books and decorative items.
For more information and to register, visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305 x109.
Orchid Auction & Party
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens at 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford will host the American Orchid Society North East Judging Center Orchid Auction & Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the arboretum’s Silver Educational Center. The preview begins at 9:30; the auction will include many rare and choice orchids. There will also be a raffle of a premier orchid plant and a complimentary buffet lunch. For more information, visit bartlettarboretum.org or call 203-322-6971.
Fairfield food memories
Patty Woods has written a new book, Lost Restaurants of Fairfield, published by History Press, which details bygone and beloved eateries and watering holes, from the Sun Tavern where George Washington dined to Devore’s Doughnuts on the Post Road. Ms. Woods will be signing and talking about the book at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, on Saturday, Dec. 19, noon to 3 For more information, visit fairfieldbookstore.com or call 203-255-7756.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Musicals at Richter, which produces the Danbury’s summer outdoor theater, will present a special holiday show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, at the Palace Danbury, 165 White Street. The music is based on the classic TV special and there will be shows at 1 and 4 both days.
Tickets are $10, $15 and $20; for more information, visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.
Connecticut Ballet’s annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker, with this year’s guest stars from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet Stella Abrera, Veronika Part, Ask la Cour and Amar Ramasar, will take place Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 1 and 5 p.m.
More than 100 local children from a dozen local dance schools are involved in the production, with Hannah Scherer of Stamford dancing the coveted role of Clara. The guest artists will be available for pictures and autographs in the lobby following each performance.
Tickets are $75 to $40, available online at palacestamford.org or by calling 203-325-4466.
The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., which offers programming to introduce guests to the lives of wolves and the efforts to maintain their place in the environment, will have a series of Holiday Howls starting Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Staff will discuss the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and how this season of the year is so special for North American wolf packs. Guests will assemble “wolfy” gifts for Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and then watch the wolves tear them open. Participants can also visit the center’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.
There will be other Holiday Howls on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. Cost is $13 for adults or $11 for children under 12. Pre-registration is required; visit nywolf.org.
The Ashforth Children’s Concert Series and Curiosity Concerts will present Adventures in Opera featuring local soprano Caroline Worra and pianist Brian Garman on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich. These family concerts are free, but reservations are necessary. Visit curiosityconcerts.org.
Carols by Candlelight
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 351 Main Street in Ridgefield will present Carols by Candlelight on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 in the church sanctuary. Scott Toperzer, minister of music, will lead the St. Stephen’s Festival Choir, St. Stephen’s Choristers, soloists and the Connecticut Chamber Players, a 28-piece professional orchestra.
The concert will interweave readings, carols, hymns, choruses, solos and orchestral pieces. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 203-438-3789.
Music for a Queen
The Southern Connecticut Camerata will perform a Christmas concert, Music for a Heavenly Queen, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Parish on the Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk. The program explores seven centuries of musical devotion to the Virgin Mary.
General admission is $20 and a reception will follow the concert. For reservations, visit sccamerata.org.
Santa in Weston
The Weston Historical Society will host a visit with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4, in association with the new Weston Woods Studio exhibit. The afternoon will include screenings of a special selection of children’s videos from the Weston Woods Literacy Caravan, including The Night Before Christmas, In the Month of Kielev and Seven Candles for Kwanza. There will also be storytelling, cookies with Santa and his elf and holiday crafts for children.
Cost is $5 per person, $10 for families. For more information, visit westonhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-226-1804.
The Westchester Philharmonic, led by Ted Sperling and joined by singer Ashley Brown, will perform its annual Winter Pops! concert on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 3 at the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. Tickets are $30 to $97; an After-Party ticket is $25; for reservations, visit westchesterphil.org or call 914-682-3707 x10.