Rail service is suspended on Metro-North’s New Haven Line between New Haven and South Norwalk indefinitely, leading many weekend tourists and regular commuters alike to seek alternate transportation.
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We just received this press release:
MILFORD — For over 300 years, people of all ages have searched for Captain Kidd’s treasure. Join Captain Kidd and his crew as they sail into Milford Harbor, kidnap Mayor Blake and “take over” downtown Milford on Sunday, June 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Come dressed as a pirate and be a part of Connecticut’s best and largest scavenger hunt.
Participants will pick a downtown treasure map and a booty bag; follow the clues listed on the map and fill up your booty bags with treasures galore. Here’s a clue … Only the places displaying Pirate Flags will have the booty you seek! While you are collecting your booty, look out for the Pirate Steam Train as she makes her way through downtown. The Pirates of Las Tortuga will pillage and plunder and cause mayhem. There is even heard tell of a duel between the Las Tortuga Pirates and the Black Flag Crue.
Be sure to stop by the Gazebo on the Green to listen to live, local bands, and take a gander for more crew members. Put on your best pirate garb and join Captain Kidd and his motley crew for fabulous pirate parade. The parade will start at the gazebo and Captain Kidd will be judging for the best in show pirate.
Here’s the event schedule:
Map Distribution Lisman Landing
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Chris Barber (Classic/Modern Rock) Lisman Landing
Cap’n Kidd arrives Harbor/Lisman Landing
Kidnapping of Mayor Harbor/Lisman Landing
Pirate Steam Train crew kidnaps Mayor and Cap’n Kidd Harbor/Lisman Landing
Map Distribution by Cap’n Hook and crue By the Gazebo on the Green
Pirate Rock Painting with Rock On Pirate Girls By the Gazebo on the Green
Milford Volunteers Ancient Fife and Drum Corps Park by Café Atlantique
Jeremiah Long (Acoustic/Rock) Stonebridge Deck
The Navels (Rock and Roll) Gazebo on the Green
Pirate Parade around the Green. Everyone invited to participate in the parade. Cap’n Kidd will judge for best in parade. By the Gazebo on the Green
Pirate Duel By the Gazebo on the Green
The Elwoods (Classic Rock/Blues) Gazebo on the Green
Drop off completed maps By the Gazebo on the Green
By Phyllis A.S. Boros
Rabbits aren’t the only thing hoppin’ at this time of year.
For arts lovers, spring means the beginning of a new gallery/museum season throughout the region.
And in the next few days, three major shows will be opening in the region. So it’s time to get out the calendar and join the social whirl — and see some great art in the process.
City Lights Gallery
From Thursday, April 11, to Thursday, May 23, Bridgeport’s nonprofit City Light’s Gallery will present “Sketch.”
“The first manifestation of a good idea is usually a quick sketch,” explains curator/gallery director Suzanne Kachmar.
“The synthesis of thought or observation transposed to paper through immediate marks — made with simple tools — is a sublime marvel.
“This exhibit will consider the creative thinking process through sketches, drawings, renderings and plans of artists and designers,” she added.
Artists featured from throughout the region include Tom Brenner, Janice Bielawa, Robert Gregson, Carol Heft, Charlie Walsh, Rebecca Schwartz, Joel Spector, Greg Van Antwerp, Mary Witkowski and students from Housatonic Community College.
Also on view will be a working cartoon (a preliminary sketch) for one of the many murals and large-scale paintings created by the late Bernard Riley in preparation for his now-famous mural on the second floor of the Burroughs-Saden Library in downtown Bridgeport.
For hours and other events, visit www.citylightsgallery.org; 203-334-7748.
The streets of New York are fodder for “Excavation: Recent Photographs by Stanley Greenberg” at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art Friday, April 12, through Friday, June 14.
According to the museum, “ ‘Excavation’ is the artistic culmination of critically acclaimed architectural photographer Stanley Greenberg’s quest to walk every street in New York City, documenting the typologies (such as little streets, rocks, buttresses and empty spaces) he encounters while traversing the island in search of remnants of a forgotten urban past.”
The show will feature nine large format black-and-white images and about 50 smaller color photographs.
The artist, born in 1956, explores “that which is hidden in plain sight,” the museum notes.
Among exhibition sponsors are the Whole Foods Market, Moffly Media, Fidelity Investments, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Greenberg has authored four photography books: “Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); “Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York’s Hidden Water System” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003); “Architecture Under Construction” (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and “Time Machines” (Hirmer Verlag, 2011).
Upcoming: Saturday, April 13, is Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m., with activities planned for children age 4 and older. The museum also will be open April 13 to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
For additional information and events: visit www.fairfield.edu/museum; 203-254-4046.
Crash in Southport
“Hide ‘N’ Seek,” an exhibition of new paintings by urban street artist John “Crash” Matos, is at Southport Galleries in Fairfield.
Matos, 51, considered among the pioneers of the graffiti art movement of the 1970s, will be on hand to meet with guests.
For directions: 203-292-6124; www.southportgalleries.com.
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We just received this press release:
Andrew King, Executive Director of Connecticut Air & Space Center will conduct a panel discussion on Gustav Whitehead and Chance Vought that will focus on the accomplishments of both aviation pioneers with emphasis on the recent recognition of Gustav Whitehead being the first to fly a controlled, powered aircraft.
Chance M. Vought was the founder of the company that designed and produced the Corsair fighter-bomber, one of the most successful war planes of World War II.
Also planned are discussions on the many aircraft that were developed and built in the Stratford and Bridgeport are, the current restoration of a Corsair fighter and the possible restoration of a Sikorsky flying boat by CASC.
The panel will include CASC board members Andrew King, Andrew Kosch, noted Whitehead expert; Chris Soltis, museum curator; and Ed McGuinness, the Corsair restoration project manager.
The panel discussion will be held Sunday, May 5th, at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcomed to attend.
We received this announcement today from Milford City Hall:
MILFORD — Mayor Benjamin G. Blake invites all Milford and Connecticut residents to a free concert presented by the world-renowned LWC Singers of Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, Ky. The concert will take place on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 71 River St., Milford.
“We are honored and excited to host Columbia, Kentucky’s LWC Choral Ensemble in Milford,” said Blake.
The cities of Milford and Columbia, Ky., share a special connection. Following the devastation and destruction of Super-storm Sandy, Columbia Mayor Mark Harris and the good citizens of Columbia, Kentucky organized relief efforts and trucked emergency supplies to Milford to help with the recovery efforts. Since then, a cross-country friendship was formed between the two cities.
“Please come to Milford’s St. Peter’s Church to welcome these ambassadors of goodwill and enjoy an evening of inspirational music performed by the LWC Singers,” the mayor said.
We received this press release from Milford City Hall recently:
MILFORD — Mayor Ben Blake and the Milford Conservation Commission are challenging the citizens of Milford to pick up 50,000 pieces of litter by May 11 when the city will celebrate Earth Day.
Called the “50K by Earth Day Litter Challenge,” this campaign offers all individuals, households, school groups, scouts and civic organizations the opportunity to work together in cleaning up the city’s streets, open spaces and beaches in an all-out spring cleaning.
If each citizen picks up one piece of litter, Milford will reach its 50K goal. Mayor Blake will help kick off the campaign on Monday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m., at the Fowler Pavilion with students and other participants cleaning up the field and adjacent Wilcox Park.
Litter should be bagged and left for regular curbside pickup or recycling according to the normal rules. The approximate number of items (doesn’t need to be exact) can be reported online at this website or by filling out and dropping a form in a box at the Milford Public Library or at the Milford Earth Day registration booth.
The public is urged to be safe – use caution when cleaning up near high traffic areas, wear gloves, and be careful when handling sharp objects. Large objects or hazardous materials not suited to curbside pickup, or evidence of dumping, should be left in place and reported through the Milford Conservation Commission Facebook page, or reported to Milford Public Works (203-783-3265).
REDDING — Jim Sterba, author of Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds, will discuss his book on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at Highstead as part of its Woodland Conversations Series.
The talk is free and open to the public. Afterward there will be a book signing by the author, and light refreshments will be served. For reservations, contact Jody Cologgi, 203-938-8809 or email@example.com.
The book, published by Crown, is a finalist for a 2012 L.A. Times Book Prize in the category of current interest. Sterba says that Americans have become so estranged from nature that they don’t know how to cope with the wild bounty in their midst.
“It is very likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals and birds in the eastern United States today than anywhere on the planet at any time in history,” he said.
He explains that throughout the 20th century, conservationists outlawed commercial hunting, created wildlife sanctuaries, transplanted isolated species to restored habitats, and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers.
Over decades, these efforts slowly nursed many wild populations back to health, and coincided with the migration of city dwellers into areas once occupied by family farms. By 2000, a majority of Americans lived in suburbia, where wild creatures have found an abundance of food, water and places to hide from hunters.
“The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal lover’s dream, but often turns into a sprawl dweller’s nightmare,” he said. “Our well-meaning efforts to protect animals have allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that have polarized communities and pitted neighbor against neighbor.”
Sterba cited in the book’s epilogue the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative as an example of helping Americans understand and accept the need for managing their natural habitats and reconnecting to the outdoors.
“It means getting up in the morning darkness now and then,” Sterba writes, “walking into a forest, sitting under a tree, listening to the sounds, and watching nature’s day begin.”
Highstead, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving natural landscapes, is partnering with the Harvard Forest to execute the Wildlands and Woodlands vision, which aims to preserve 70 percent of New England’s forests over the next 50 years.
Sterba is a longtime foreign and national affairs correspondent for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City with his wife, the author Frances FitzGerald.
We just received this note from Housatonic Community College:
BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College will conduct a criminal justice and public safety career fair Wednesday, March 27.
The event is designed to expose students to various career options and highlight the importance of higher education for future criminal justice practitioners. Representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and four-year colleges will be on hand to provide recruitment information.
A panel discussion on first responder and disaster response teams will be held at 10 a.m. The panel will include representatives of the FBI and the Connecticut State Police. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall.