Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big
Where: XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford
When: January 13 to January 16
Cost: Tickets vary by seating, from $20 to $77.00.
Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust., Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales. See Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, Anna and Elsa, Olaf, Jasmine, and all of your Disney favorites as they perform high-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.
John Cleese and the Holy Grail
Where: The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford
When: January 13, 7:30pm
Cost: Prices vary by seating, from $49.50 to $110.00.
Living comedy legend John Cleese is heading in your general direction for a live and unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and ridiculous questions are encouraged. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build at the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.
Fire and Ice Festival in Old Saybrook
Where: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook
When: January 14, noon to 5pm
Cost: Admission is free, but you’ll need to buy tickets for food, etc.
This winter festival is hosted on the waterfront at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. Highlights include the Fire Bar and the Ice Bar, winter-themed festivities, and ice and wood carving demonstrations. Sushi, oysters, chili, chowder, and other delicious foods are available all day. Magic shows, face painting, and carriage rides are available for children, and adults will love the samples of local beer, wines, and champagne.
10,000 Maniacs at Warehouse Theatre
Where: Warehouse Theatre, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield
When: January 14, 8pm
Cost: $65 for reserved seat, $45 for standing room only
With one foot in folk and the other in rock n roll, New York’s own 10,000 Maniacs found themselves at the forefront of the college rock scene beginning in the early 80s. Their jangly, shimmering sound became the defining tone of the era’s rock movement, in turn, giving flight to their career. The show is sure to please fans of country, rock, and everything in between.
Nature Sketchbook Journaling at the Audubon Society at Pomfret
Where: 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center
When: January 14, 1pm to 4pm
Cost: $20 for non-members and $10 for members
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to draw or paint the nature scenes you stumble upon, the Nature Sketchbook Journaling session in Pomfret is for you. In the class, you’ll be outdoors sketching and painting scenes from nature using pencil, pen, and watercolor. The instructor, Roxanne Steed, will show you how to simplify your scenes (cutting out the clutter that doesn’t impact the image itself) and teach you some basic drawing and water color techniques.
The Annual Bridal Event
Where: Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main Street, Torrington
When: January 15, 11am to 3pm
Cost: Admission is free.
With more than 60 vendors and venues to help you solve your wedding needs, The Annual Bridal Event should be on your list as you prepare for wedding season. In addition to vendors and demos, you will have the chance to win big with many raffles and other giveaways.
21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice
Where: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven
When: January 15, noon to 4pm
Cost: Admission is free.
The Yale Peabody Museum opens its doors once again in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. The weekend’s activities include world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. strove to raise awareness about urban environmental issues and public health concerns that disproportionately affect communities of color. While these issues by no means have disappeared in the last three decades, great strides have been made in many communities to bring such inequalities to light and to improve living and working conditions. Dr. King was a pioneer in these efforts.
Casey Carle’s BubbleMania at Stamford Palace Theatre
Where: The Palace Theatre, 1 Atlantic Street, Stamford
When: January 15, 3pm
Cost: Tickets are $12.50.
Come see beauty, wonder and fun as Casey Carle returns in his amazing one-man show combining spontaneous comedy, jazzy music and brilliant bubbling. Among the many featured skills are fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, a cube bubble, funky foam, bubble ping-pong, trapping an audience member (or two?) inside a gigantic soap bubble and thousands of bubbles filling the stage. Amazement and amusement for ages 5 through 95.
Wonders of Whales at the Maritime Aquarium
Where: Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk
When: Through January 16. 10am to 5pm most days.
Cost: Admission is free for children under 3, $15.95 for children ages 3 to 12, $20.95 for children ages 13 to 17, $22.95 for adults 17 and older, and $20.95 for seniors (65+). The Wonders of the Whale exhibit is free with regular admission.
The Maritime Aquarium is a great place for a day trip any time of the year because of its diverse array of beautiful (and sometimes disgusting) sea creatures. But the special events—like the upcoming Celebrate Whales—are where the aquarium truly shines. Educational stations around the Aquarium will teach guests about the great whales in the ocean, stressing the importance of keeping our oceans clean. And let’s not forget the 43-foot inflatable humpback whale that acts as centerpiece to the event, which children can walk through.