Calendar: Book talks, art lectures and more in Fairfield County

Check out local talks and lectures in the area.

Check out local talks and lectures in the area.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic please contact the venue to ensure the event hasn’t been cancelled.

Art & Architecture

Landscape Architect Keith Simpson presents “BluHome,” Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Info:;

Historic Tours: Coley Homestead, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m., 104 Weston Rd., Weston. Suggested donation: $5. Registration/Info:;

Virtual Lecture: How to Look at an Abstract Painting, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. Free. Info/Registration:, or

Icons - In These Troubled Times, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. via Zoom. The Rev. Gary Gelfenbien, PhD, will discuss the use of iconography in general, including icons of Our Lady, Mother of Ferguson, and other Black Madonnas. Registration/Info:

Virtual Lecture: The Psychology of Art, Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Free. Info/Registration:, or

Architect Mark Markiewicz lectures on Eero Saarinen, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Info:;

Conversation: The Body Paramount: Gender, Tradition, and Design in the Work of Ruby Sky Stiler, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. Info:

Icons - In These Troubled Times, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. via Zoom. The Museum of Russian Icons to lead a private discussion of the iconography of icons in their collection of John the Baptist. Registration/Info:


RAC Art Class: Creative Explorations, Wednesdays, through Nov. 18, 4:30-5:45 p.m., The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC), 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk. Cost: $225. Info:,

Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy, Oct. 14, 3:30-5 p.m. For adults and teens, ages 13 and up. Registration required. Info:; 203-762-3950.

Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom, Oct. 19, 1-2 p.m. Registration required. Info:

DAC Intro to Blackletter Calligraphy, Adults, Mondays, Oct. 19-Nov. 23, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $315. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.

More Zooming Child-Adult Zentangle Fun, Oct. 22, 3:30-5 p.m. For children entering grades 3-6 with a participating adult. Registration required. Info:

Zoom Paint and Sip with Gouache, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m. Painting in the style of Stanley Beilen using Gouache as the medium. Cost: $30. Registration/Info:, 203-866-2744, ext. 2.

DAC Glass Coaster Making Workshop, Adults, Oct. 23, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $90. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.

DAC Wreathmaking Workshop, Adults, Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $70. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.

DAC Wreathmaking Workshop, Adults, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $70. Registration/Info:, 203-655-8683.


The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap, Oct. 27, 5-6 p.m. Attendees test out new recipes or dig up old favorites, then create something to virtually “show and tell” with the group. This session is all about soup. Registration required. Info:


Online Medicare Bootcamp, Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about Medicare enrollment. Free. Registration required. Info:; 203-762-3950.

History & Antiques

Virtual Lecture: Whaleboat Wars on Long Island Sound during the American Revolution, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. Led by historian Ed Hynes. Free; registration required. Suggested donation of $5 to help Weston Historical Society. Info:

“Caring for the Vote: Mothers and Suffragists in Wilton,” a talk by Dr. Julie Hughes on Zoom, Oct. 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Registration/Info:,


Wilton Library Readers — Beloved, Oct. 14, noon-1:30 p.m. Susan Boyar discusses Beloved by Toni Morrison. Registration required. Info:

Nonfiction Chat at Norwalk Public Library Live on Zoom, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature by Viv Groskop (available on Hoopla), and Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner (available in print), will be featured. Registration:

Virtual Lecture: James Baldwin: Bearing Witness, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. via Zoom. JP Howard, New York poet, educator, and Baldwin scholar, will give an overview of Baldwin as a multi-genre writer, activist, and essayist. Info/Registration: or call 203-438-2282.

Poetry with Judson Scruton: The Bridge - Hart Crane’s Journey Through and Over The Roaring 20s, Oct. 15, & 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Judson Scruton presents a four-week online literature seminar using Hart Crane’s, The Bridge, as a vehicle for examining the interrelationships between Crane’s poetry and the arts and culture of the 1920s. Free. Info/Registration:; 203-762-3950.

Virtual Author Talk: Architect Donald M. Rattner talks about his book “My Creative Space,” Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Info:

Wilton Reads Book Discussion — Tales of the Jazz Age, Oct. 28, noon-1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Wilton Library’s Wilton Reads 2020 selection, Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Registration required. Info:

Not Your Usual Book Club: City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/info:

Wilton Reads — F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Jazz Age with Mark Schenker, Oct. 31, 3-4 p.m. Registration required. Info:; 203-762-3950.

Virtual Lecture: James Baldwin: Bearing Witness, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Discussion of Baldwin’s, The Fire Next Time. Book copies available at the Ridgefield Library or at Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.

Baldwin and Beyond: Black Poets in Their Own Voices, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Presented by Ridgefield poet laureate Barb Jennes. Discussion on James Baldwin.Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.

Virtual Lecture: James Baldwin’s Fire, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. via Zoom. Ridgefield Library’s Adult Services Librarian, Barrett Jones will lead a discussion of a PBS podcast called James Baldwin’s Fire. Listen to the podcast before the program and sign in at 7 p.m. for the discussion only or join at 6 p.m. to listen to the podcast together prior to the discussion. Info/Registration:, 203-438-2282.


College Q&A with Matthew Greene, Oct. 19, 7-7:45 p.m. Educational consultant, Matthew Greene hosts a live Q&A session about testing, deferring admission and the latest updates on the college scene. Recommended for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Registration required. Info:

Social Security Strategies To Maximize Benefits & Your Retirement, Oct. 21, noon-1 p.m. or 5- 6 p.m. Registration required. Info:; 203-762-3950.

Philosemitism and its Impact on Jewish-Christian Relations, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Discussion on Zoom hosted by Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, PhD. Free. Registration/Info: or;


Sing and Write Like a Pro Zoom Workshop, Wednesdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 7 p.m., via Zoom.

Led by celebrity voice coach Samantha Cole and Emmy Award-winning musician/producer A.J. Gundell. Cost: $300-$95. Info:

Musical Afternoons with Jim Clark: What Is Jazz?, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Musical Afternoons with Jim Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea: A Musical Journey Across America with Jim Clark, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Musical Afternoons with Jim Clark: The Songs of Christmas: Songs and Film Clips from Classic Christmas Movies, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Registration/Info:

Nature & Science

Stocking Browns, Rainbows, Brooks and Tigers, a virtual talk, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. Meet fisheries biologist and CARE coordinator Justin Wiggins to explore fish diversity and health of water ecosystems through fish stocking. Registration required. Info:;, 203-734-2513.

Nature-Friendly Webinar: Invasion of the Invasive Species: Recognizing, Eradicating and Replacing Them with Native Plants, presented by Jackie Algon, Oct. 22, noon, on Zoom. Registration required. Info/Registration:

Feeder Chat Series, every second and fourth Saturday, 9 a.m., Nov. 14-Feb. 27. Enhance bird observations by participating in programs on species information, research topics and birdwatching skills for novice and expert levels. Registration/Info:;, 203-734-2513.

Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium at Western CT State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; or 203-837-8672.

Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280.

New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924 or; buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays); Programs for Kids & Families: First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., different animal each week.

Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich; 203-869-5272: program fees: $3/adults, $1.50/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset, occasionally unavailable till 9 a.m.; 203-869-5272 or email

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel and Peacock Cafe, winter hours: Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565,

Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem, N.Y.; 914-763-2373, Live webcam at the website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.


Jeffrey Tambor Teaches the Art of the Monologue, Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 8, 7 p.m., via Zoom. Cost: $300-$495. Info:

Gosh, I Hope I Get It! Musical Theatre Audition Workshop, Thursdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 7:45-8:45 p.m., DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Rd., Darien. For grades 9-12. Cost: $200. Info:, 203-655-8683.


CT Poetry Society Workshop — Online Zoom Meeting, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Share poetry you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Email poems to Ray Rauth at Free; registration required. Info:

Focus on Fiction: Adult Writing Program via Zoom!, led by Kim Kovach, Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Registration required: