Connecticut Guitar Festival at MoCA Westport

MoCA Westport 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport

Suzuki Music School sponsored concert, classes, competition and fundraiser dinner: March 1 Global Kick-off Concert with Daniel Lippel, Djani Sehu, David Steinhardt & The Quarantined Quartet March 2 Education Day with David Steinhardt, Joao Luiz, Dan Lippel & Djani Sehu March 2 The Connecticut Guitar Festival Competition Finals March 2 The Speakeasy Jazz Club – an exceptional night of Jazz, Gambling food and drink Sponsored by Tuck Gin March 3 The Children’s Pillow Concert Series featuring Daniel Corr with host David Steinhardt – reserve your free ticket!   For more information

$35 – $50

Chef Renee’s Birthday Bash Drag Show at The Oyster Club

Port of Call 15 Water Strett, Mystic

Chef Renee’s birthday is coming up and we’re going ALL OUT. A Sea Queens bash like you’ve never seen…with multiple performances by some of the most talented Queens in the scene! $25 from each ticket will benefit the Human Rights Campaign to protect LGBTQ+ rights. Human Rights Campaign Mission: By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, the Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people plus community members who use different language to describe identity are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. For more information

$65

Cocktail Dinner With Bully Boy Boston Distillery at The Shipwright’s Daughter

Shipwright's Daughter 20 East Main Street, Mystic, CT

Bully Boy Distillery has patiently been waiting for over 5 years to release their flagship Wheated Bourbon, and we could not be more excited to partner with them for our first ever cocktail dinner. We will be preparing a 3- course cocktail dinner made by James Beard Best Chef North East Nominee, David Standridge paired with cocktail demos, ready to drink cocktails to go, and complementary distillery tours and tastings at the Bully Boy Distillery in Boston. We’ll see you for our slightly different take on St. Patrick’s Day this year. For more information

$100

American Rum: Preserving The Bounty Spring Cocktail Series at Yellow Farmhouse

Yellow Farmhouse 389 N. Main Street, Stonington

American Rum: a Taste of History Embark on an immersive journey through history with Anthony Caporale, exploring the rich tapestry of American spirits, their connection to American agricultural history, and early efforts to preserve food.  Each program features a masterful tasting experience with selections curated in partnership with Spencer and Lynn Wine & Spirits. Anthony is an internationally-renowned spirits author and educator, who serves as the Director of Spirits Education at New York's prestigious Institute of Culinary Education. He is also the author of the acclaimed The Imbible series which presents the captivating history of cocktails and spirits through hit musicals. This series will take place in the historic Manor House at Stone Acres Farm on April 4 and 11 from 5:30-7PM - $60 per session, per person, 21+. For more information

New Haven Symphony Orchestra “Renaissance Rhythms: From Harlem to New Haven,” The Montey Café Experience: Discussion & Social

The Bricks 12 Victor Street, New Haven

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will present “Renaissance Rhythms: From Harlem to New Haven,” a week of programs spanning the week of April 6- 14, which explore the artistic outpouring of music, theatre, and writing that flourished in both the Harlem Renaissance and New Haven’s Renaissance during the same era. Take a step back in time to the splendor of the Harlem Renaissance through The Montey Café Experience. Named after Dixwell’s Monterery Cafe, where legendary jazz performers including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charles Parker and John Coltrane graced the stage alongside local giants, this first installment of the Renaissance Rhythms series brings together live music, discussion, and refined revelry to honor the captivating history of the Harlem Renaissance and the thriving jazz scene of New Haven. The evening features performances by Cliff & Friends Trio, and members of The Monk Family. Before we break in our dancing shoes, one of the highlights of the night is a lively panel discussion about the past, present and future of jazz. Come dressed in the style and glamour of the Harlem Renaissance, and enjoy complimentary food and drinks alongside community and live music!   Registration is strongly recommended

American Whiskey: Preserving The Bounty Spring Cocktail Series at Yellow Farmhouse

Yellow Farmhouse 389 N. Main Street, Stonington

American Whiskey, the Famer's Friend Embark on an immersive journey through history with Anthony Caporale, exploring the rich tapestry of American spirits, their connection to American agricultural history, and early efforts to preserve food.  Each program features a masterful tasting experience with selections curated in partnership with Spencer and Lynn Wine & Spirits. Anthony is an internationally-renowned spirits author and educator, who serves as the Director of Spirits Education at New York's prestigious Institute of Culinary Education. He is also the author of the acclaimed The Imbible series which presents the captivating history of cocktails and spirits through hit musicals. This series will take place in the historic Manor House at Stone Acres Farm on April 4 and 11 from 5:30-7PM - $60 per session, per person, 21+. For more information

2024 GALA Honoring Eric Diefenbach and Loie Hollowell at The Aldrich Museum

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

This year, we are thrilled to be honoring two extraordinary individuals - Trustee and Chair Emeritus Eric Diefenbach and artist Loie Hollowell. Their outstanding achievements and profound impact perfectly encapsulate the spirit of excellence that has defined The Aldrich for sixty remarkable years. Join us in honoring Eric and Loie at The Aldrich's 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 20 in Ridgefield. Together, we'll celebrate six decades of artistic innovation and impact. For more information Cocktails | 6 pm  The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 Dinner, Auction & Performance | 8 pm Yanity Gymnasium 60 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 Transportation between venues will be provided.    

$600

CLASS: AT-HOME MIXOLOGY TECHNIQUES WITH D.C.’S GROUND-BREAKING SILVER LYAN COCKTAIL BAR at JBF

JBF Platform 25 11th Ave, NYC

Learn to Make Cocktails from the Head Bartender of Silver Lyan, Winner of the Tales of the Cocktail Award for Best U.S. Hotel Bar Known for unusual ingredients and ground-breaking techniques, the award-winning Silver Lyan cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. is renowned for its narrative-driven approach to mixology. Cocktails such as the Air Bee n Bee, made with hay-smoked bee larvae, are inspired by the story of their ingredients. While these drinks may seem intimidating to most home bartenders, Vlad Novikov, head of bars and general manager of Silver Lyan, is now sharing his secrets and demystifying some of the bar’s most elusive techniques. For more information   Located in the brand-new Market 57 food hall, Platform by the James Beard Foundation, a state-of-the-art show kitchen and educational space for outstanding culinary arts programming and Good To Go by JBF, a fast-casual concept that brings the Foundation’s Good Food for Good®  mission to life through chef-crafted food and beverage offerings.

$75

The Lyme Art Association: Sea & Sky Soiree

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

On Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, the Lyme Art Association is welcoming Spring with a fun-filled cocktail party to celebrate the beauty of Old Lyme’s “American Giverny”, beloved of artists and our entire community! This very special evening will feature: Hors d’oeuvres by Flanders Fish Market “Dueling Painters” featuring Howard Park & Lisa Miceli – bid on their artwork as they paint! Live Jazz by the JHunter Group Viewing of Ship to Shore: A Marine Show Special silent auction of beautiful artwork and unique items and experiences For more information

The Lyme Art Association 7th Annual Swing for Art!

Old Lyme Country Club 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme

Save the date for the 7th annual SWING FOR ART, at the Old Lyme Country Club, to benefit the Lyme Art Association! Best Ball format! Shotgun Start at 3pm! Challenging 9-hole course! All experience levels of Gentlemen and Ladies welcome! Raffles for golf and art enthusiasts! Special contests! and lots of FUN! Awards and cocktail party immediately following. For more information

$75 – $175