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HAMDEN, CT - The Hamden Arts Commission will present an all-new cavalcade of talent in its 2017-2018 Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series. The series, which offers an exciting array of programs for adults and children to share, will showcase a variety of homegrown CT and visiting artists from a musical journey through four continents, a cycling acrobat, a springtime romp with magical marionettes to an acrobatic Sir Isaac Newton and Emilie du Chatelet. Admission is $2 for children; $3 for adults; CASH ONLY. All shows begin at 1pm, except for December 2nd, which begins at 2:30pm

The Commission will launch its season on Saturday, October 21st when Middletown’s ARTFARM makes its Hamden debut with “The Little Apple Circus”. ARTFARM circus artists playfully embody Sir Isaac Newton and the 18th century French physicist and feminist Emilie du Chatelet. These two giants of science present a series of circus skills including juggling, plate spinning, partner acrobatics, diabolo, and the balancing of all kinds of objects (including peacock feathers, long poles, chairs, and one another). The real fun begins as members of the audience are brought on stage to help demonstrate the principles of Newtonian Mechanics.

Next up on Saturday, November 18th, join Surcari, to learn interactive games and songs in Spanish, based on the musical styles and traditions of the Andes, Spanish Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain and Mexico. Audiences will delight as Surcari invites members to join them on instruments, dance, create a rainforest soundscape, and play. Their colorful performances engage audiences of all ages as they are introduced to irresistible instrumental and vocal music from different Spanish-speaking cultures.

On December 2nd, join the Hamden community for the Annual Silverbells Celebration and the Hamden premiere of Wayne Martin PuppetsTM, “Martin’s Magical Musical Review” at 2:30pm. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theatre in presenting his various styles of puppetry. Full of comedy and pathos, vignettes of human emotions and fantasy set against a backdrop of dramatic lighting and theatrical effects, this act is designed to have no age or language barrier.

On January 20, 2018, Mikata African Drumming and Dance will ring in the New Year! Mikata means “all of us” in the Ewe language of Ghana! Everyone is invited to participate on a musical journey from West Africa to the Caribbean and Brazil. Mikata will make your pulse quicken as they chant, clap and dance to powerful rhythms from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Brazil. Garbed in colorful traditional cultural clothing, the artists of Mikata perform on an array of authentic drums, bells, rattles, flutes and xylophones. Families will dance, sing and clap to the rhythms of Mikata as they learn about the cultures of the African nations, Caribbean and South American countries

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Arts Commission is proud to present Li Liu and the Traditions of Chinese Acrobats, on Saturday, February 17th. The exciting performance will include hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography and culture while sharing her work and travel experiences with the audience.

The season finale on March 17th will feature Tanglewood Marionettes’ “The Fairy Circus”. Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. This show is perfect for younger children and family audiences.

The Saturday programs will be held in the handicapped accessible Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518. All shows start at 1 pm, except on Dec. 2nd, which starts at 2:30pm. Tickets are $2 for children, $3 for adults, available at the door only and cash only. For details: www.hamdenartscommission.org or call the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546. Or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HamdenArtsCommission 

INFO Varies, Thorton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue

Papw and Camp Rising Sun presents Never Give Up

INFO Doors open at 4 pm, bell time is at 5 pm, Joseph Melillo Middle School

Reformation Commemoration Concert!

The First United Church of Christ, Milford

Music Ministry


Reformation Commemoration Concert!

Featuring The Meetinghouse Chorale and Orchestra


Bach’s B minor Mass and Brahms’ German Requiem

Date:  Saturday, November 18th at 4pm

First United Church of Christ

34 West Main St. Milford, CT


Contact Dan Brownell (musicminister@firstchurchofmilford.org)


or the Church Office (203 877 4277) for more information and for tickets


INFO 4pm, First United Church of Christ 34 West Main St. Milford, CT

St. James School Christmas Fair

The Annual St. James Christmas Fair is a great family event with something for everyone; featuring professional artisans, children's activitles, pictures with Santa, exciting raffles, delicious baked goods and tasty lunch items. Admission is FREE.
Santa arrives via Firetruck at 10:00am, pictures with Santa until noon.

The Jingle Jog, which is a 1-mile family fun run/walk will take place on Academy Hill from 9:00am to 10:00am. All are welcome!

INFO 9 am to 4 pm, St. James School, 50 Harvey Place, Stratford

Hamden Arts Commission Announces 2017- 2018 Sensational Sunday Performance

The Hamden Arts Commission is pleased to announce its 2017 - 2018 season of the "Peter C. Hereld Sensational Sunday Performance Series."

The season launches on October 22nd when the popular, local group Triple Vision takes the stage in Thornton Wilder Hall. Triple Vision delights in performing "The Great American Songbook". This trio brings to life the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, The Gershwin Brothers and other iconic composers of the era. Audiences delight in hearing this wonderful music and revisiting the fond memories associated with it.

On November 19th, local jazz legend, Jeff Fuller, will present Jeff Fuller & Friends play Swing Music of the 30s and 40s. Jeff Fuller & Friends is a swingin' jazz combo made up of some of the most outstanding musicians in Connecticut. Jeff Fuller has built an international reputation as one of the finest bassists anywhere, and he is joined for this show by "Connecticut's premier jazz couple," singer Atla DeChamplain and pianist Matt DeChamplain. Their skill and dedication have quickly launched them into the top rank of CT's jazz scene. In addition to Fuller on bass, they will be joined by Hamden's own Tim Moran on saxophones, and the ubiquitous Ben Bilello on drums.

On January 21st, we’re working on bringing you a special treat that’s still under wraps, so stay tuned for updates!

To warm up even the coldest of mid-winter days, February 18th will feature "Serenata Italiana: From Neapolitan Classics to the Rat Pack" by singer Rich DiPalma. DiPalma’s mastery of beloved Italian songs and magnetic personal charm have made him one of the region’s most popular performers.

The series finale on March 18th will feature Hamden’s very own Brennan-Lucey Dancers & Friends. World Champion Stephen Brennan and National Champion Meghan Lucey, both of Riverdance fame, will be joined by other musical guests to present a rollicking afternoon of Irish dance, music and history. This performance is not to be missed!

All performances begin at 2 pm and are held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Admission is $7 general admission/ $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the door only and are CASH ONLY. The series is presented with generous support from the estate of former Commissioner Emeritus Peter C. Hereld. For details, contact the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546 or www.hamdenartscommission.com

INFO Performances Begin at 2 pm, Thorton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue

Pictures With Santa

$14 for a sheet, $35 for a package. 

INFO Starts at 9 am (Saturday/Sunday) to 5 pm (Sat) and 2 pm Sunday, Seymour Ambulance Association (Training Center), 4 Wakeley Street, Seymour

Holiday Open House and Market

Holiday Open House & Market 2017  Saturdays, December 2nd and 9th,

from 9AM to 2PM, and Sunday December 10 from 11AM to 3PM

An event so good, we had to add a 3rd day. This year, the Market will again be accompanied by the very talented Dudley Farm String Band and Judy Castellano playing seasonal music on dulcimer. Vendors and music in The Munger Barn. Come enjoy cider, cookies and merriment in The Dudley Farm Museum with halls decked to the hilt in holiday regalia. All ages welcome.


The Dudley Farm Museum

2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, Ct 06437

Free Admission and Parking


INFO Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm. Sunday 11 am to 3 pm, The Dudley Farm Museum 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, Ct 06437

Pet Photos with Santa benefiting West Haven Animal Shelter

Fundraiser to raise money for the medical bill fund for the West Haven Animal Shelter, Pet Photos with Santa held at the Pet Supplies Plus in Orange, CT. 12pm-3pm
10$/photo gets people a color printout of their photo and a frame to keep their photo in.
100% of the proceeds go to the shelter.
All manner of pets welcome but must be properly contained (dogs on leash, cats in carriers, pocket pets in cage etc)

INFO 12 pm to 3pm, Pet Supplies Plus, 471 Boston Post Road, Orange

Cancer Sucks Benefit Show

Come out for a great night of live music and raffles to support an even greater cause!
$20 suggested donation ($10 minimum) all proceeds will be going to the McIntyre family!
Live Music from:
Just a Pipe Dream
Sunday Morning
GAHBIJ (Paper Hearts)
Modern Edge
27 Club

INFO 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Space; 295 Treadwell Street