Spotlight on local area events

drama and artsMember art show

A total of 135 works by 74 artists, photographers, and sculptors are on display at the  Easton Arts Council’s member art show.

The public is invited to the show’s reception, free of charge, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 10 in the community room of the Easton Library, 691 Morehouse Road. The show is ongoing through Feb. 22 .

The works on display come from 20 Connecticut towns and vary from highly representational to abstract. Many of the award-winning artists in the show have exhibited nationally; several have exhibited internationally. Purchases benefit the library and help further the arts in Easton. Details are at  info,  203-374-0705 or 203-261-0175.

Final Solarize event

Easton’s final information session for the Solarize program will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Easton Library community room.  The session will focus on the many financing options available to make solar affordable.

Residents who have already had home evaluations are encouraged to bring their proposals and ask any questions they may have. Sunlight Solar, the official installer for Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull, will host the event, provide refreshments, and answer questions about the program and how solar works.

Drop in anytime.  The Solarize program deadline is Feb. 9. For more information visit or contact Sunlight Solar at 203-878-9123 or [email protected]

Culinary history

Join the Historical Society of Easton as it  celebrates Connecticut’s tradition and contribution to good food and fine wine on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Easton Public Library. Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki, University of Bridgeport professors of English and creative writing, will lead the lecture.

Professors Lehman and Nawrocki, co-authors of A History of Connecticut Food and A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard, will talk about their explorations and stories of Connecticut’s cuisine that culminated in their joint written venture. They will provide insight into the history behind Connecticut’s regional cuisine and explain the recent emergence of wine production in the state.

Come to what promises to be a delicious lecture on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the community room at Easton’s Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, Easton. Books will be available for purchase.

For further information email the Historical Society of Easton at [email protected] or call 203-261-2090. Website: The lecture is free but donations are appreciated.

Easton Arts Council

There will be a meeting of the Easton Arts Council on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Kit Briner. The meeting is open to the public. For information and directions contact Joanne Kant at 203-261-9160.

For men only

Even though most men do not engage in intimate partner violence, there is a role in preventing it from occurring. The Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport will host a training session on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The training will give men the tools to promote discourse and educate others about intimate partner violence and its impact. It will include five things men can do to prevent intimate partner violence.

The event is free of charge. The Center for Women and Families is at 753 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport. For questions, call 860-282-7899.

Film screening

Easton resident will present a documentary screening of “La Selva Tranquila,” on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at The Watermark,   3030 Park Avenue on the Bridgeport-Fairfield town line.

Wine reception

The Barnard College Club of Connecticut will hold a pre-Valentine’s Day wine and cheese reception to support the club’s high school book awards and invites the public to attend.

The reception will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Goldenberry, 149 Cherry Street (corner of Vitti Street) in New Canaan.

A $10 donation at the door covers wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and a free gift from Goldenberry, thanks to Deb Hecht Mitchell, shop-owner and Barnard alumna.

Guests may sample some of the store’s imported goodies, find unique gifts for every budget, every occasion and take a chance on raffle tickets to win several prizes.

Gift baskets and gift certificates are available upon request. Visit the store website,, or call 203-972-5887 for information.

A donation of 10% of all purchases will be given to the Barnard College Club of Connecticut. Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. to [email protected]

New exhibits

Diane Johnson/Photographer and Diane Honer/Jewelry/Fiber Artist will display their work at the Easton Public Library until Feb. 21. An hors d’oeuvres reception will be held on Feb. 1, from noon until 2:30 p.m. Contact the library for hours at 203-261-0134. For additional information regarding the show contact Diane Johnson at 203-449-9691 or e-mail [email protected]

School musical

Students at Helen Keller Middle School are preparing for three winter performances of Where the Harp Lies, an original musical written by Diana Canova and Kathy Weiss. The plot is loosely based on the early 19th century British fairy tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The setting of this story, however, is Cuba, and with that, brings music infused with Latin rhythms and bright and colorful set decorations.

The play will be held in the Samuel Staples Elementary School Cafetorium on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. All tickets are general admission and are expected to cost $15 each. Seating is limited. For tickets, contact Denise Lynch at [email protected] For further questions about the upcoming show, contact the show’s producers, HKMS teachers, Robin Hurta at [email protected] or Eric Dolecki at [email protected]

Young performers

The Easton Arts Council’s 15th Annual Youth Art and Talent Show will take place Sunday, March 16  at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Easton Library, 691 Morehouse Road, Easton. A reception will follow from 3 to 4 p.m.

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