Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's Going On This Thanksgiving Weekend?

Just in case any of you can peel your bodies off the sofa after stuffing yourselves silly...

November 27-January 9 - New Haven
The Eli Whitney Museum's annual hands on exhibition of American Flyer Trains opens Friday November 27th at noon. Classic toy trains produced by New Haven's A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years. Admission: Free Wooden trains to contruct: $9 American Flyer Curator: Walter Zawalich Principal Artist: Hunter Nesbitt Spence Principal Model Maker: Mike Dunn A.C. Gilbert purchased, redesigned and produced American Flyer trains relatively late in his career. It was also relatively late in the history of American railroads. Airports and highways were reshaping American geography. Gilbert’s trains recollected past power and glory of rail. Gilbert's trains recollected the power and glory of his life. Our Holiday Train Exhibit will follow that journey.

November 7-December 24 – New Haven
Celebration of American Crafts Holiday Exhibition. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Holiday exhibition and sale of fine contemporary crafts by more than 300 artists from across the America. Features glass, pottery, jewelry, fibers, wood furnishings and more. Mon.-Sat. 11 AM-6 PM, Thu. 11 AM- 8 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM, Dec. 24 11 AM-2 PM. Free. 203-562-4927

November 19-December 31 – New Haven
Fantasy of Lights, Lighthouse Park, Lighthouse Rd. Drive through an enchanting land of sparkling lights and spectacular holiday light displays. Delights children and adults of all ages. Admission: Vehicles $10; mini-bus $25, bus $50. Sun.-Thu. 5-9 PM., Fri. and Sat. 5-10 PM. 203-777-2000

November 20-February 14 - Essex
Holiday Train Show Exhibit. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Features an operating model railroad that is bigger and better than ever and promises to bring out the child in everyone. Admission: Adults $8, seniors $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free. Tue.-Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. 860-767-8269

November 21-January 10 – Old Lyme
The Magic of Christmas: A Holiday Celebration. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Miss Florence Artist Trees decorated with the work of more than 100 artists from across the country, themed Fantasy Trees, and the historic house decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Admission: Adults $9, seniors $8, students $7, children (12 and under) free. Tue.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM, Sun. 1 PM-5 PM 860- 434-5542

November 26 - Branford
Rotary Y Run & Walk 5K at Walsh Intermediate School, Damascus Road. Flat course with picturesque views of a golf course and town park. Starts at 8:30 AM. 203-481-5933

November 27-December 12 - Middletown
Wesleyan Potters Exhibit & Sale, 350 South Main St. One of the oldest juried craft show in the country, highlighting work by its members plus more than 200 talented American artisans in every craft field. Daily 10 AM-5 PM, Thu. & Fri. 10 AM-8 PM. Free. 860-347-5925

November 27-28 - Mystic
Field Days at Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave. (Rte. 27). Participate in 19th-century games, make crafts in the Children's Museum and explore the autumn sky under the planetarium dome. 10 AM-4 PM. Museum admission. 888-973-2767

November 27-December 31 - Oakdale
The 12 Dinosaurs of Christmas at The Dinosaur Place, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke (Rte. 85). View dinosaurs in ways unlike any other and spend quality time with the family during the holiday season. 11 AM - 4 PM, weekends only Nov. 27-Dec. 20, daily Dec. 26-31. 860-443-4367

November 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 – East Haven
Holiday Lights on the Trolley. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. Enjoy the holiday lights display while riding a cozy, heated trolley. Adults $8, seniors $6, children (2-15) $4. 6 PM-9 PM. 203-467-6927

November 29 - Essex
Trees in the Rigging. Town Hall & Connecticut River Museum, Main St. Event includes traditional lantern-lit stroll down Main Street joined by a parade of antique cards and the Sailing Master of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps. Followed by a lighted boat parade and a visit from Santa. 4:30 PM. Free. 860-767-8269

November 29 – Orange
Wagon Rides with Santa at Maple View Farm, 603 Orange Center Rd. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride with Santa at this historic farm along with hot chocolate and cookies. 10 AM-4 PM. $5. 203-799-6495

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