Stamford Park Party Nov 2021

Free, Family Friendly ‘Park Party’ With Giant Thanksgiving Parade Balloons in Stamford This Sunday

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A free, family-friendly “Parade Spectacular Park Party” with giant parade balloons, entertainment and photos with Santa, will take place throughout Mill River Park in downtown Stamford this coming Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21. The party is a replacement for the city’s traditional giant balloon Thanksgiving parade, which was also cancelled last year. The event, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. (but will “loop, in hour-long segments” according to this report in the Stamford Advocate) is sponsored by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, which has been sponsoring downtown holiday events for decades. No tickets or pre-registration is required.

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Open Call for Artists for Holiday Gift Show at Rowayton Arts Center

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The Rowayton Arts Center is seeking original, handcrafted works for the organization’s annual Holiday Gift Show. The RAC will accept small ornaments and holiday-related items as well as jewelry, pottery and ceramics, candles, wooden toys and items, small furniture, knitted or crocheted items, fiber art, original cards and small prints or paintings. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

Proceeds from the Holiday Gift Show, which runs from Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, are used to support RAC and its educational outreach.

Running at Abilis Walk/Run event

You Can Still Register for Abilis Walk/Run in Greenwich This Sunday, Oct 17

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It’s time for the annual Walk/Run for Abilis event! For the 16th annual year, Walk/run for Abilis will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Greenwich Point Park. — an announcement from Abilis

Participants can walk or run in-person or participant virtually from anywhere in the world. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at

Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival Returns on Saturday, Oct 16

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The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival, a half-century tradition in town, returns  Saturday, Oct. 16 to again turn Tokeneke School into an amusement park. — an announcement from the Tokeneke Parent Teacher Organization

It was with great sadness that we had to take last year off from this beloved community celebration due to the pandemic, and the return of the carnival is a welcome and joyful sign of how far our community has come in the span of a year. 

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date will be on the following day (Sunday, Oct. 17). 

The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival is an established favorite fall activity for Fairfield County families, offering something fun for children of all ages. This year’s Pumpkin Carnival will feature a wide variety of mechanical rides suitable for a wide variety of ages.

Steve Cosentino, "Beach Series" (Green umbrella Threesome), Oil on Board, 5x7", $300

Four Artists On Exhibit at George Billis Gallery in Westport, Reception This Friday

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An exhibition of paintings and scuplture by four artists opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 at The George Billis Gallery in Westport, no reservations required. — an announcement from the George Billis Gallery

The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 7, has paintings by Nancy Bass, Steve Cosentino and Denise Petit and scuplture by Paige Bradley. The gallery is located at 166 Main St., Westport.

Ernest Porcell, Brooklyn, New York, glass screen Bruce Museum Arts Festival 2021

Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival Coming on the Weekend of Oct 9 to 10

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Recognized nationally as one of the top 25 fine arts festivals, the Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival takes place in Greenwich this coming weekend, Oct 9 to 10, with 38 new and returning artists showcasing their work. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

This family-friendly event will also feature art activities, demonstrations and food. “The Arts Festival attracts exhibitors throughout New England and the East Coast,” says Festival Director Sue Brown Gordon. Juried works include paintings on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics (including digital media) sculpture, and photography. This year, the festivals 40th anniversary, visitors can see acrylic paintings by John van Orsouw of Palatine Bridge, New York, ceramic sculptures by Hiroshi Nakayama of Worthington, Massachusetts; photography by David Margolis of Stamford; and oil paintings by Ning Lee of Monroe, New Jersey, among dozens of other artists.

Spadtastics Concert Starts 6 PM, Saturday at Tilley Pond Park

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The Corbin District and The Darien Chamber of Commerce welcome back The Spadtastics to Tilley Pond Park on Saturday, Sept. 18 starting at 6 p.m. for a free community concert. Families are encouraged to come with coolers and lay a blanket or place lawn chairs for a fun-filled evening of live music. Food vendors including Crepes Choupette, Fjord Fish Market, Darien Butcher Shop, Gofer Ice Cream, Sipstirs (in-store only, Sept. 17 to 18) and Parlor Pizza will be on-site donating 15% of profits to Darien Emergency Medical Services-Post 53.

Stephanie Reiter Memorial Day George Billis Gallery

Four-Artist Exhibit Opens Wednesday With Reception at George Billis Gallery

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An exhibition of paintings, many of them on maritime themes, by four artists opens today, Wednesday, Sept. 1 at The George Billis Gallery. On opening day an artists’ reception, open to the public, takes place from 4 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit has work from artists Edward Duff, Margot Nimiroski, Stephanie Reiter and Sarah Williams.

— an announcement from the George Billis Gallery

The gallery is located at 166 Main St., Westport. 203.557.9130. Some samples of the artists’ work (each title links to that artist’s page on the gallery website, where more works can be found):
Sarah Williams

Stephanie Reiter

Margot Nimiroski

Edward Duff

About the George Billis Gallery
The George Billis Gallery is an exhibition space with locations in Westport and Los Angeles.

About Face Exhibit Maritime Garage Gallery

Maritime Garage Gallery Seeks Artists’ Submissions for ‘About Face: Through Artistic Eyes’

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The Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions of art from artists 18 and over for its newest exhibit, the first live show since December 2019. The exhibit, “About Face: Through Artistic Eyes

,” will focus on expression through portraiture. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 2, 2021. “About Face” will run from Nov.

RAC Gallery Autumn Juried Show 2020

Open Call for Artist Submissions to Rowayton Arts Center’s Autumn Juried Show

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Online submissions are now being accepted in an open call to all artists interested in exhibiting their work in the annual, all-media “Autumn Juried Show” at Rowayton Arts Center. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

The deadline is Sept. 10, 2021, and accepted artists will be notified by Sept. 17. The show takes place at the RAC from Oct.