Community Postings: Art/Place Reception ... and more
The public is invited to a reception at Art/Place Gallery on Sunday, June 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. The show is the paintings of two members, Anthony Santomauro and Barbara Bernstein. The artists will talk about their work at 4 p.m. The show runs from May 29 to June 23 and can be viewed every afternoon at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. See www.artplacegallery.org or call 646-258-6912.
Chamber Orchestra Concert
American Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert, Saturday, June 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 2475 Easton Turnpike in Fairfield at 7:30 p.m. Music of Brahms, Borne, Herbert, Bach and Dvorak. Three Concerto Competition winners featured soloists. Music director Christopher Hisey conducting. Visit www.americanchamberorchestra.org for details/tickets or call 203-845-7928. $20 adults/$10 students.
Clam Clinic at Sasco Beach
On Saturday, June 8 from 9 to 11 a.m., the Town of Fairfield’s Shellfish Commission will host its annual Clam Clinic at Sasco Beach, 1401 Sasco Hill Road, Southport, for local residents to learn about Fairfield’s natural shellfish resources. The recreational shellfish bed will be replenished in advance of the event to ensure an abundant stock is available for harvesting. All are encouraged to bring their own towels and footwear for the water. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. This event is free and a shellfishing permit is not required. Permits will be available for sale at the event for future use along with shellfish t-shirts and hats. For more information, including rain date information, please contact the Fairfield Conservation Department at (203) 256-3071.
Jazz, ragtime pianist
Music lovers from Fairfield, Bridgeport, Westport, Southport and the surrounding area are invited to enjoy a special jazz and ragtime piano performance at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave. in Southport on Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. Renowned pianist Tony Caramia will lead the program, called Piano Potpourri, in which he will play works in multiple styles, including Ragtime (early 1900s), Novelty Piano (from the 20s), and contemporary jazz arrangements and improvisations on well-known tunes. His program will include 16 composers (eight men, eight women), including Joplin, Boulanger, Gershwin, and Marian McPartland. Tickets are $15 per senior or student; $20 general admission; and $65 for a family package. Call the Church at (203) 255-0454.
It’s Migration Madness time. The Connecticut Audubon Society’s 2nd annual Birdathon and weekend devoted to the state’s bird populations is May 17-19. This family-oriented weekend is the largest statewide birding event, timed to coincide with the peak of spring migration. There are dozens of related activities around Connecticut, including a friendly Birdathon competition for teams or individuals of all skill and knowledge levels.
Full Moon Walk, Friday, May 17: When the sun goes down, many animals are just starting their day and the night comes alive with activity Become a night watcher on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. and venture with our naturalist into the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary to explore and seek animals who prefer the cover of darkness. Meets at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. For ages 8 and up. CAS Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required at: www.ctaudubon.org/2019/03/migration-madness-full-moon-walk.
Bird Banding Demo, Saturday May 18 & Sunday, May 19: Learn about the fascinating bird banding process at Connecticut Audubon’s Birdcraft on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. A unique, up-close presentation by Master Bird Bander Judy Richardson, demonstrating one of the oldest and most important techniques used for studying and understanding birds. All ages welcome. Birdcraft, located at 314 Unquowa Road in Fairfield, operates a licensed bird banding station where more than 18,000 birds have been documented since the 1970’s. Saturday is free, Sunday is $5 per person. Pre-registration required at www.ctaudubon.org/2019/03/migration-madness-bird-banding-demo.
Nature Photography Fun, Sunday, May 19: Join avid wildlife photographers Brian Bennett, and Rich Stone for a bird walk to learn tips and helpful information about photographing nature. Meets at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, on Sunday May 19 at 2 p.m. Program will cover camera capabilities and limitations, and the basics of f-stop, shutter speed, focus and ISO. Adults only. CAS Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required at: www.ctaudubon.org/2019/03/__trashed-4/.