IMAX, Music and Birdhouses

April begins with a bloom of activities and entertainment around town to keep your weekend on track.

Last Weekend for IMAX "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild"

  • Where:The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St.
  • When: "Alaska" daily at 2 p.m. through April 7; "Whales" daily at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. through May 26
  • Why go: The viewing of wild places and wild faces doesn't get any better on film or even in person, necessarily. "Alaska" won an Oscar for Best Short Subject Documentary in 1998. In "Whales" you'll see many of these wondrous marine mammals lifesize!
  • Price: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and $6.50 for children 2-12. Aquarium members receive $2 discounts. To include Aquarium admission with one of the films, tickets are $19.45 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $14.45 for children. Tickets  are available at www.MaritimeAquarium.org. For more information visit the site or call 203-852-0700.

Live Music: Assembly of Dust

  • Where:, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield
  • When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
  • Why go: The band rocks, “in the Allman Brothers sense of the word,” according to the theatre website. For more information on the band and to listen to a sample, click here or visit www.aodust.com
  • Price: $25; members save $5

Volunteer Open House

  • Where: , 15 Lovers Lane, Wilton
  • When: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
  • Why go: This event is billed as “Come for the Drinks, Stay for the Drama!” Take this opportunity to celebrate the local theater and meet those who “make the magic happen,” according to organizers – and find out how. Enjoy food provided by Barcelona Restaurant.
  • Price: Free; RSVP immediately by calling 203-762-7629.

  • Where: , 333 Hurlbutt Avenue, Wilton
  • When: Friday, 7-10 p.m.
  • Why go: Project Return of Westport holds its 16th Annual (“Tweet Sixteen”) Birdhouse Auction at with approximately 150 birdhouse creations designed by artists nationwide. In addition to live and silent auctions, the event includes cocktails, a light dinner, dessert and entertainment. The auction’s proceeds will benefit Project Return programs and services for adolescent girls and young women in crisis. Check out the "Migration Vacation" packages to be offered. For more information visit http://www.projectreturnct.org, call 203 222-8129 or email  laura@projectreturnct.org
  • Price: $125 in advance, $150 at the door.

Beyond Words Library Benefit

  • Where:   137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
  • When: Friday 7-11 p.m.
  • Why go: Your library will be transformed for this festive occasion set to include culinary delights prepared by “four of Wilton’s best restaurants,” according to organizers, as well as an electronic auction and more. Proceeds will support the library’s material budget. For more information visit www.wiltonlibrary.org/giving/beyond-words
  • Price: 4 tiers are $100, $300, $500, $2,000


  • Where: , 224 Danbury Road, Wilton
  • When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Why go: Ever wonder what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War? Here’s your chance to find out, as “Wilton High School senior Mike Kaelin leads a re-enactment demonstrating a Civil War encampment with the 14th CT Regiment taking place on the society’s grounds. A lecture by fellow senior Brian Caswell takes place at 1 p.m. This Living History Day event complements the society’s new exhibit, “America’s Civil War Retrospective” open Tuesdays-Fridays 10-4, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 (closed Easter) through May 13. For more information .
  • Price: Reenactment and exhibit are free for WHS members, $5 for non-member families.

  • Where: Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Hwy N.
  • When: Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; daily Tuesday-Friday through May 31
  • Why go: The Darien Historical Society opened this exhibit in its Scofield Barn last weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Exhibit organizer Ken Reiss “chronicles the men from Darien who fought in the war through personal letters and memorabilia, as well as historic background on regiments and battles.  The second part of the exhibition offers a background on Fitch's Home for Soldiers, the first veterans' home in the country.” For details visit http://historical.darien.org, email info@darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233. 
  • Price: Members free; suggested donation for non-members.

Ridgefield Fights the Civil War

  • Where: 132 Main Street, Ridgefield
  • When: Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
  • Why go: Charlie Pankenier, a student of the Civil War for most of his life, will discuss what the North/South conflict meant for Ridgefield, describing “the dramatic, poignant and largely untold story of how our town fought the war, what it was like to be a Ridgefield foot soldier and the sacrifices of families on the home front,” according to Keeler’s announcement  For more information visit www.keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
  • Price: $15/general admission, $10/members


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