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Things To Do In Fairfield County, Connecticut – May 2015 – Warm weather is finally here and it’s the perfect time to explore all that Fairfield has to offer. Whether you’re interested in art, outer space, or community service, there’s something for everyone, so be sure to check out these 5 great things to do in Fairfield County this Spring.

 

IN OUR OWN BACKYARD – AUGUSTUS SMITH AND RICHARD DAGGY

Dates: Through May 2, 2015
Times: 10:00 AM until 04:00 PM
Location: New Canaan Historical Society 13 Oenoke Ridge New Canaan, CT
Cost: $5.00 Admission

A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and Richard Daggy (1892-1973) were father and son.  The exhibit consists oil and watercolor landscape paintings done in and around the area known as Silvermine, CT encompassing Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton with additional scenes along the Norwalk River and Westport shoreline.  Many of the paintings in the exhibit are for sale with a percentage going to benefit the New Canaan Historical Society. The exhibit compares and contrasts the work of father and son. The energetic post-impressionistic  works by A.S. Daggy and the expressionistic paintings and prints of his son, Richard, share an affection for the energetic use of color and line. Though never members of The Silvermine Group of Artists (An art colony extant from 1908-1922.), A.S. Daggy joined with them as a founding member of the Silvermine Guild in 1922. Richard became a member in 1924 and taught there for many years.

 

STEPPING STONES BRINGS THE SUN, MOON AND STARS TO NORWALK!

Dates: Through May 25, 2015
Times: 10:00 AM until 05:00 PM; Open Daily, except Mondays when museum is CLOSED.
Location: Stepping Stones Museum for Children 303 West Avenue Mathews Park Norwalk, CT
New Exhibit! All Exhibits free with Admission!

Opening January 31, get ready for the incredible exhibit My Sky funded by NASA and created through a partnership between Boston Children’s Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

My Sky is an exhibit about the universe. But it is also about each of us, and how the sky above impacts our lives here on Earth. The sky is, after all, universal. It is something we all share. My Sky invites children and adults to explore the Sun, the Moon and the stars together in an immersive, inviting environment.

Families are encouraged to “look up” not only when they visit the exhibit, but also in their everyday lives. And My Sky gives families the chance to practice science skills like observing, communicating, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining and more — science skills that are fundamental to astronomy, and skills that scientists and engineers use every day.

 

KIDOLOGIE DIVES INTO SUMMER

Date: May 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM until 05:00 PM
Location: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk 10 North Water Street Norwalk, CT
Cost: Adults $19.95 Free child admission with each adult admission; Child (3-12) $12

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Kidologie at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk! FREE admission for a child with each paying adult!!  The 1st Annual ʺKidologieʺ Dives Into a Summer of Fun & Learning Children’s Fair will be integrated with the Aquarium’s exhibits for families to enjoy both Kidologie and all the attractions at the Aquarium, including the IMAX® Theatre. The event will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

Kidologie will bring together under one roof kid-friendly businesses offering information on social, recreational, cultural, and educational activities and programs to assist families plan how they will spend the warm summer months.

This unique event offers FREE admission for a child with each paying adult, strolling entertainers, hands-on activities for children, signature goody bags for families, giveaways of products, discounts and other gifts, and a grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch Resort.  During the event will be unique and fun learning opportunities throughout the Aquarium, including special classroom programs, outdoor entertainment and discount coupons to the Aquarium gift shop. For a really special and fun-filled experience, come “Jiggle a Jelly” and spend the day with the Aquarium’s resident seals and Kidologie!To connect with us on social media, find kidologie or kidologieCT in facebook, Twitter ( #kidologie ), instagram ( #kidologie ), Youtube, Pinterest, Google Plus. For more information contact info@connectologie.com or call (203) 794-6612.

 

CASTLES IN THE SAND

Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM until 04:00 PM
Location: Compo Beach 60 Compo Beach Road Westport, CT
Cost: 10 x 10 Sand Lot ($100.00) 20 x 20 Sand Lot ($300.00)

Homes with Hope and Builders Beyond Borders (B3) present the 14th Annual Castles in the Sand on Saturday, May 9th, 2015,12:00 Noon – 4:00pm, Compo Beach, Westport. Help support the missions of Homes with Hope and B3 as they make a difference in the lives of individuals and families both locally and globally. Participants are encouraged to sign up now at hwhct.org.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Organize a team with family, friends, co-workers, teammates or club members for a fun and friendly build-a-thon competition at the beach!  Sand castle creations are limited only to the participants’ imaginations. Prizes will be awarded to top sculptures by event judges.  Free Beach Parking For All Participants.
Homes with Hope is a grassroots response to the problems of homelessness.  The organization’s mission is to support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the communities we serve by providing food, safe emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing and the supportive services needed to achieve a more independent and self-sufficient life. To learn more, visit the Homes with Hope website www.hwhct.org.
Builders Beyond Borders (B3) works within communities both here and abroad to promote youth leadership and volunteerism. Whether it is the revitalization of a local park, helping the homeless, construction of a classroom, aqueduct or a series of latrines, B3’s student and adult volunteers work to address a community’s most pressing needs. The B3 mission is to build character, responsibility and leadership by engaging high school students in local and global community service. To learn more, visit the B3 website www.buildersbeyondborders.org.

 

TOAST TO SUCCESS WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT DRESS FOR SUCCESS MID-FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 05:30 PM until 07:30 PM
Location:  Westport Arts Center 51 Riverside Avenue Westport, CT
Cost: $40

 

Support Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County at the Toast to Success Benefit on Tuesday, May 19th.  Ticket sales will support Dress for Success outreach programs including Simply Suited and the Professional Women’s Group.

In hopes of ensuring its success with continued support from the community, Dress for Success invites all to a fun filled spring evening at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport. Guests will be treated to an evening filled with music. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served to complement the selection of wine and silent auction and raffle items.

All proceeds will support Dress for Success, a WorkPlace Opportunity. Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

About Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County
Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County is a WorkPlace Opportunity.  Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, visit midfairfieldcounty.dressforsuccess.org

About The WorkPlace
The WorkPlace conducts comprehensive planning, and coordinates regional workforce development policy and programs to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.  As national leader in the field, The WorkPlace regularly shares ideas and best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country.  For more information, visit www.workplace.org

 

To learn more about these events and to find out about other events going on this Spring in Fairfield County, Connecticut, check this out.