KELP ME OUT HERE! – THE HISTORY, USES, FUTURE, AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF KELP AND SEAWEED IN NEW ENGLAND

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

Please join us at the UNITED Table for the next event in our series with Eating With the Ecosystem as they host a panel and tasting event showcasing Kelp – a type of seaweed that has long been integral to New England’s coastal ecosystems and communities. In recent years, kelp farming has emerged as a sustainable practice with profound implications for the region’s economy, environment, and culinary landscape. Following the panel we will move into the gallery events space where attendees will get a free beer or wine along with a tasting of various types and preparations of kelp from the region. For more information

$20

Touch-A-Truck: Hands-On Family Event

Veterans Memorial Park 130 Atlantic Street, Stamford

Stamford Downtown, in conjunction with various City of Stamford departments, will host a free event during the school spring break. Touch A Truck is a family-friendly event designed to allow children to explore, climb and touch vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The Stamford Fire Department, Stamford Police Department, Stamford Emergency Services, City of Stamford Operations Department will bring vehicles featuring emergency and rescue vehicles as well as other city vehicles. This hands-on event is an opportunity for children to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks, heavy duty equipment and large vehicles. For more information

Author Talk: Madeline Miller: ‘Circe’ at Eastern Connecticut State

Eastern State University Student Center Charter Oak Rd., Willimantic

Eastern Connecticut State University will welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller for a virtual presentation on April 17 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. The talk will focus on Miller's award-winning novel "Circe" and is the culminating event of this year's National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored "Big Read" program at Eastern. Miller will present live and virtually with audience members able to ask questions during a Q&A session. Those in attendance will receive a bookplate signed by Miller and have the chance to win copies of Miller's other works. English professor Allison Speicher said of the event, "It promises to be an exciting conversation with a brilliant author whose erudition is matched only by her empathy. Miller has shown us again and again the continuing relevance and resonance of Greek mythology in the modern world, so the event promises to be a night to remember."   For more information

Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Judith Dupré

James Merrill House 107 Water Street, Stonington

Upcoming James Merrill House Fellow: JUDITH DUPRÉ  is a writer, structural historian, and public speaker. She’s the author of several bestselling works of narrative nonfiction on art, design, and architecture, including Skyscrapers and One World Trade Center, which chronicles the fourteen year rebuilding effort in lower Manhattan. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she’s a graduate of Brown, where she earned degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. She also holds a M.Div. from Yale University. For more information 

ART EXHIBIT OPENING: SPRING AWAKENING at Ferguson Library

DiMattia Building 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford

April 17-June 13, 2024 Opening reception for the juried art exhibit, Spring Awakening, featuring works by local and regional artists. Presented in partnership with the Stamford Art Association. For more information

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Rex Brasher: Prolific but Overshadowed and Unknown with Janine Caira, Ph.D.

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Rd, Essex

Artists and naturalists have been painting birds for centuries. We know John James Audubon, Fuertes, Peterson and, of course of our current time, Sibley. But who knows Rex Brasher? Brasher resided in Kent, Connecticut and, unlike Audubon, painted birds from life and was greatly influenced by his friend and mentor, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. His work, created in the period largely between Fuertes and Peterson, was purchased by UCONN decades ago and lacks a proper gallery or access to the collection. Dr. Janine Caira, University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is also Director of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History where she oversees the 800 Rex Brasher paintings. She will relate more about Brasher’s life and work and will share the Museum’s plans for conserving and exhibiting his original paintings, several of which will be displayed at the lecture. Register here for April 18

New Documentary Film Screening: “The Italian Factor” 1890s NYC Sculptors: The Piccirilli Brothers

Fairfield University Art Museum 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield

On Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall, filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley will present his new documentary, The Italian Factor, about the Italian-born Piccirilli brothers, who sculpted many important important monuments in New York including the lions that grace the entrance to New York Public Library. The screening is presented by Fairfield University's Italian Studies Program, and co-sponsored by the Fairfield University Art Museum. Read a New York Times article about the documentary and its subjects here. For more information

Cato Corner Cheese Pairing Night at Worthington

Worthington Vineyards & Winery 359 Mountain Road, Somers

Ticket Includes a guided wine and cheese pairing from the cheese and winemaker. A tasting pour of 4 different Worthington wines along with a variety of cheeses for tastings. In addition to these offerings, crackers, sliced salami, jam and honey will be available for each guest. Additional cheese and wine is available for purchase. For more information

$45

Foundation: Chardonnay: Wine Tasting Class with Spencer and Lynn

Spencer and Lynn 17 West Main Street, Mystic

Over the past four years we have pushed in many different directions, in order to bring an entirely new perspective on wine for our local area. It is easy to forget the building blocks of wine education, and for this spring we are returning to them. Each class will focus on a specific variety, and explore where worldwide it is grown and vinified. We will start with the "International Varieties" so that we can showcase grapes that are almost common all over the world. Variation is what makes wine interesting so we will show you as many different styles of the same grape as we can. We thank all of our new attendees to our classes for reminding us that we need to get back to building a foundation. Foundation: Chardonnay Chardonnay hails from Burgundy but is now one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Jessica & David will explore all of what makes chardonnay delicious and exciting, and spoiler alert there will be a lot of French examples. This class will be held in Groton (1085 Buddington Road) For more information

$25

Live Music: Jeff Caron at Little House Brewing Co.

Little House Brewing Co 16 Main Street, Chester

Introducing live music at Little House! We're excited to be offering space for solo and duo acoustic artists starting this spring. Kicking off our series is Chester's own Jeff Caron. Jeff has been playing acoustic rock music, ranging from the 60's thru the mid-2000's, throughout the state for over 30 years! He started out in the early 90s playing around the Hartford area with several different bands, took a hiatus to raise a family, and is now a music staple in the Valley area! His ever present 12 string guitar, his relaxed, easy going, fun loving (and often times just plain funny!) manner and style is one of his main draws, along with his incredibly diverse range of music types!  For more information

The Lyme Art Association Presents Three Breathtaking Shows

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

April 19 – May 30, 2024 Ship to Shore: A Marine Show Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) Guest Exhibition | About: CLWAC John Caggiano Solo Show LAA members’ show Ship to Shore is a favorite of gallery guests. This marine show, juried by Karen Blackwood, celebrates all aspects of the sea and shore with a wide array of paintings and sculptures. LAA also welcomes back the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) for its associate and members show. Founded in 1896, CLWAC is a national organization that showcases the works of professional women artists. Finally, noted artist John Caggiano presents “Then & Now”, a solo show of his colorful Impressionistic-realism landscape paintings. Opening Reception for both shows: Friday, April 26, 5 – 7 pm For more information

Yale Peabody Museum: Third Floor Opens April 19

Yale Peabody Museum 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven

We are excited to welcome you to the third floor of the Peabody and our gift shop Friday, April 19! The newly restored (and much beloved) dioramas will be back on display, as well as the interactive Living Lab, the successor to the Discovery Room. Our new exhibitions on biodiversity, called “Dynamic Nature,” and mineralogy will give you an up-close glimpse of the wonders of the natural world. For more information