Christmas In Clinton Open Houses planned; fundraiser, holiday concerts, shows scheduled in area .

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Published 2:02 pm, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CLINTON — The fire will be ablaze and hot mulled cider will be waiting on Dec. 3 when the Clinton Historical Society once again participates in the annual Christmas in Clinton Open House. The society will open free to the public its headquarters within the beautiful antique 1750 Captain Elisha White House aka “Old Brick” located at 103 East Main Street, Clinton.

Hear festive period music, take a tour of Old Brick, and have a tasty treat that will warm your heart as well as your stomach. There will be live music this year to help ring in the season, and guests can finish their holiday shopping by browsing through the items in our gift shop. Old Brick will be open from 2-6 p.m. The Clinton Historical Society Museum Room located in Town Hall will be open for visitors from 2-5 p.m.

Additionally the historic 1791 Adam Stanton House and General Store located at 63 East Main Street will be opened by the new Adam Stanton House Board of Directors and will be welcoming visitors between 2-6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public so come down and enjoy the holiday festivities and learn a bit about our wonderful town history.

Maple and Main announces holiday exhibit

CHESTER —The opening reception for the eighth annual Holiday Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery is Saturday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. with wine, appetizers, desserts and music by artist/musician Alan James.

From luminous landscapes to abstract collages to scenes from the creators’ rich imaginations, the show features over 200 paintings and sculptures by 56 established artists from all corners of Connecticut.

There will be dozens of small works and unframed original art on display for affordable gift-giving as well as gift certificates.

In Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery during November is a solo show of marine art by gallery artist Peter Barrett and during December, the annual show of gallery artist Janine Robertson’s paintings. The Holiday Exhibit runs through Jan. 21.

Maple and Main Gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 am. To 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mapleandmaingallery.com; 860-526-6065; visit us on Facebook and Instagram.

CMS to hold holiday concert

CENTERBROOK - ‘Tis the season of celebration and the Community Music School’s Holiday Concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Valley Regional High School’s auditorium. Free and open to the public, this community-wide annual event brings together faculty and students to perform vocal and instrumental holiday favorites.

This family friendly concert will include performances by the Community Music School New Horizons Band, Suzuki Violin Group, Americana String Band, and full String Orchestra, in addition to some beautiful solo piano holiday music performed by CMS’s top students. Music Director Tom Briggs has arranged a special Holiday Jazz Ensemble to play some contemporary holiday favorites including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Christmas Time is Here,” and more. For additional information, visit www.community-music-school.org/holiday or call CMS at 860-767-0026.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 34 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity, and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

New England Alpacas to hold Holiday Open Farm Weekend

KILLINGWORTH— New England Alpacas will open its doors to the public free of charge for the 17th annual holiday open farm weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Vistors are welcome to tour the farm, visit and take photos of the alpacas, watch fiber arts demonstrations, enjoy free hot cocoa, and browse our farm store filled with gifts for everyone on your list! Located at 14 Bethke Rd Killingworth. Signs on Rts 81 and 148 will direct you to the farm and there is ample parking. No public restrooms or food vendors are available.

For more information go to www.nealpacas.com, email at nealpacas@aol.com or call 860-663-3482.

‘Loving Brooklyn’ at Portland Library Nov. 19

PORTLAND — New London native Tashia Levy, artist, author and filmmaker, collaborates with choreographer Christine Poland to premier Loving Brooklyn Sunday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., at Trinity Church Portland, 345 Main Street, Portland.

Levy has created the multimedia show Loving Brooklyn that is dedicated to love. Tashia Levy’s Loving Brooklyn combines layers of text, dance and music to interweave the complexities of finding love and self-acceptance. The show will be followed by an informal “Meet and Greet” with the performers and a reception with light refreshments.

A free will offering will be collected and all proceeds will go directly to Episcopal Relief and Development Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico. Reservations are strongly requested and can be made by emailing productions731@yahoo.com or marjoriebarrett@sbcglobal.net.

Madhatters Theater Company offers holiday show

Madhatters Theatre Company presents “Scrooged..with a twist” at Chester Meeting House 4 Liberty Street Chester.

Performances are DeMadhatters Theatre Company presents 'Scrooged..with a twist' at Chester Meeting House 4 Liberty Street Chester. Performances are Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 adults and $15 children 12 and under. To reserve tickets please email: madhattersctc@aol.com or call (860) 395-1861. This production is a benefit for Old Lyme Animal Control.

To learn more, visit www.ctkidsonstage.com/madhatterstheatrecompany