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Branford - Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical
Posted on: 2021-04-23
What: Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical
Where: The Legacy Theatre, 128 Thimble Island Rd., Branford, CT 06405
When: 5/1/2021 - 5/29/2021, 10:00 a.m.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily's quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. More information 

 
Essex - 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show
Posted on: 2021-04-23
What: 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show
Where: Safe Harbor Essex Island, 11 Ferry St., Essex, CT
When: 4/30/2021 - 5/2/2021, Fri. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A boutique in-water boat show, located on the scenic Connecticut River, features both sail and powerboats. See more than 60 boats of all sizes and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers. $20 donation at the entrance with 50% of proceeds to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization based in Connecticut. More information 

 
Farmington - May Market at Hill-Stead Museum
Posted on: 2021-04-23
What: May Market
Where: Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT
When: 4/30/2021 - 5/2/2021, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum. May Market is Hill-Stead's annual home, garden and gourmet event featuring premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants. More information 

 
Old Saybrook - Ted Vigil
Posted on: 2021-04-23
What: Ted Vigil
Where: The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
When: 5/8/2021 (Saturday), 3 p.m.
If John Denver had a son….You have to admit it. The resemblance to music icon John Denver – who died in 1997 when his experimental aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean - is uncanny. Listen to Ted Vigil and you’ll be Rocky Mountain High all over again. Ted, who has been performing since he was 10, as well as writing, recording and performing his original compositions, won a national Talent Quest title as John Denver in 2006. After winning a celebrity look-alike contest, he began planning his John Denver tribute show. Since then Ted has performed as John Denver nationwide, offering some of Denver’s most familiar tunes, including “Thank God I'm A Country Boy,” “Calypso,” “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” He has wowed crowds from coast to coast and has played twice for John Denver’s own “Windstar Foundation” in Aspen Colorado. More information 

 
Avon - Meet Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, 2019-2022!
Posted on: 2021-03-29
What: Meet Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, 2019-2022!
Where: Online
When: Tuesday, April 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Meet Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, 2019-2022! She will be reading her poetry as well as talking about what it’s like to be a Poet Laureate.
Margaret Gibson is the author of 12 books of poems, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018.) Her new book, The Glass Globe, will be coming out later this year. She has won numerous awards, including the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982) the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future, (1986), and the Connecticut Book Award for One Body (2008.) The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Broken Cup was a Finalist for 2016 Poets’ Prize, and the title poem from the book won a Pushcart Prize for that year. “Passage,” from Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was included in The Best American Poetry, 2017. She has also written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (2008.)
She is the editor of Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis coming out in April. Waking Up to the Earth is an anthology of poems by Connecticut poets who write of their relationships with the earth in a time of global climate crisis. The scope of the poems goes far beyond Connecticut to the whole ecosystem we humans share. With praise and wonder, and sometimes with grief or anger, the poems in this collection pay close attention to our planet and its inhabitants, its forests and oceans, its creatures: turtles and dung beetles, bats and bobcats, oak trees, orchards, and rivers. In a time of climate crisis, the poems in this anthology ask everyone to wake up to the earth, and to cherish it.
Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut. She lives in Preston, CT. You can learn more about her at https://www.margaretgibsonpoetry.com
“Waking Up to the Earth is a timely, powerful, and persuasive wake-up call. Read in it; read through it. It will not leave you unchanged.” -Eamon Grennan. Note: This program will be presented through Zoom and will be closed-captioned. Registration is required. A Zoom link will be mailed to you before the event. Thank you to The Friends of The Avon Free Public Library for sponsoring this event! For more information, please visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call the library at 860.673.9712. 

 
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