Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

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Above: Singer, actress Shirley Jones makes the journey from her Los Angeles home to Bridgeport this weekend to give a talk and answer questions at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University. Contributed photo

With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Shirley Jones has found success on stage, on screen and on television. The actress and singer, though, may be best known to the masses for her role as the matriarch of a very musical family whose adventures were seen weekly in the sit-com “The Partridge Family,” which aired on ABC from 1970 to 74.

Her son, David Cassidy, played her son Keith in the show.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, she will be coming to the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University to talk about her career, and take questions from the audience. Tickets are on sale now.

As always, the upcoming weekend also provides plenty of opportunities to listen to some great music. Rock pioneers the Young Dubliners are coming to Hamden on Friday, Oct. 14, the same day Lorna Luft takes the stage in Ridgefield; The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners the Kingston Trio will be in Bridgeport on Saturday, Oct. 15; and Paul Kantner will be celebrating his 70 years at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Oct. 16.

For those whose taste veer toward the more classical fare and standards, the Stamford Symphony is opening its season Saturday, Oct. 15, with a program with a ragtime theme. In Norwalk, the orchestra season opens with a new conductor at the helm. The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will celebrate the launch of its 40th season with special concerts Sunday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 17. And, pianist Yuja Wang will be performing in Purchase, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 16. And, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony gives tribute to its conductor, Gustav Meier, who is celebrating 40 years with the organization. The Darien Arts Center, meanwhile, will be staging “The Mikado meets the Music Man,” Saturday, Oct. 15. Have you had enough? Don’t forget the day of music planned at WestConn on Sunday. It’s the same day you can catch the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, which is performing as part of the Charles Ives Day celebration.

Do you want to laugh? Then make the trip to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it hosts the Connecticut Comedy Festival, or make a trip to Foxwoods Casino instead where Billy Gardell, start of CBS’ “Mike & Molly” will put on a comedy show.

The celebration of a new season will be evident in a number of activities and events this weekend, from the two-day Harvest Festival that runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16 at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, the running of the Pumpkin Patch train in Danbury, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29 and 30; or the Appalachian Trail Day events taking place throughout the state Saturday, Oct. 15.

If you are interested in finding out how top designers can make a 12,000 square foot home look great, make a plan to visit a designer showcase in Greenwich, Sunday, Oct. 16. If you are inspired to redecorate, you can always hop on over to the Westchester Fine Craft Show this weekend to pick up some new items, too.

For kids, don’t miss the “Masked Marvels and Wondertales,” that will be staged Sunday, Oct. 16, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center.  Other events include the Children’s Harvest Festival in Fairfield, Saturday, Oct. 15; the Harvest Moon Festival in Greenwich, Sunday, Oct. 16; the Housatonic Valley Harvest Expo and Sullivan Farm Fall Festival in New Milford on Saturday and the three-day Fall for Ridgefield event.

Given we are but weeks away from Halloween, the area has provided plenty of thrills and chills, right, to honor the day. Here’s a sampling of just some of the activities planned this month.

The list of things to do in one of the year’s busiest months does not disappoint. So save some time this weekend to enjoy them.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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