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

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The weekend is once again flavored with events and performances inspired by Christmas. And, there is something for everyone, from those who favor the more secular celebration of holiday cheer, to those who are looking for sacred works.

You have your dancers, your singers and your performers. You have reinterpretations of the classics. And, you have enough visits by Santa throughout the area to truly believe the man has figured how to bend time to his will.

If you get enough of your errands done early enough, or at least team the work with some play, you should be able to enjoy quite a bounty of diversions and entertainment and still feel a sense of accomplishment.

Let the weekend begin!

Musical treats include performances by singer/songwriter Martin Sexton, the Grateful Dead tribute band the Dark Star Orchestra, Rockapella, the Fairfield County Children’s Choir, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Our Lady of Fatima Festival Choir, Fairfield University Orchestra, New Haven Chorale, the Norwalk High School Chamber Singers, Yale Trombone Quartet, the Sacred Heart Unversity Concert Band, Connecticut Choral Society, Southern Connecticut Camerata, Ten Tenors and Two Divas, the Irish Tenors, and The Westfair Singers, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.

There are a number of holiday open houses, as well, from the many activities planned at Ogden House in Fairfield to the Bush-Holley House in Greenwich. Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum also will be hoping to see a few guests this weekend.

Do you want a full belly laugh like Santa, check out Charlie Murphy at Foxwoods.

The offerings from the stage are equally riotous, from “Rock of Ages,” in New Haven, “Striking 12” in Westport (see the video above), “Miracle on 34th Street” in Bridgeport and “Santa’s Babies,” in Danbury.

As is tradition, plenty of sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, gypsy dolls and others will be retelling “The Nutcracker” tale with ballet performances throughout the region, including renditions in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Danbury, Storrs, Uncasville, Torrington and Purchase, N.Y.

Families may find time amid the many errands to check out “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in Bridgeport, “Hear My Song” in Fairfield, “Willy Wonka Jr.” in New Milford, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in Stamford and train trips with Santa.

As you can see, there should be no doubt there is plenty to do this weekend. So, get everyone together, make a plan and enjoy yourselves.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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