Things To Do in February and March 2022

YES, Spring is on the way! Shrug off your winter doldrums and get out of the house with these events and activities:


Mystic Seaport Museum Celebrates Black History Month with programs celebrating important and often under-recognized figures that have changed the course of history: Charles W. Morgan Talks, African Americans in Astronomy, Virtual Talk: Diving With a Purpose, Duchess Channing and William Ellery Channing: “Benevolence” and “Success” in the Era of Slavery.


White Gate Tuscan Dinner, 2/27: Enjoy an an evening with Tuscan favorites like Fresh Pappardelle with Pork Sugo, Toasted Hazelnuts and Shredded Grana Padano and Bisteca Steak Florentine Salad with Arugula at White Gate.

Lyman Allyn Museum: Norman Ives, Constructions and Reconstructions, thru April 24. An innovative artist and designer, Norman Ives (American, 1923-1978) pioneered the use of type and letterforms as primary subjects for his designs. A student of Josef Albers, Ives taught at the Yale University School of Art from 1952 until his death in 1978, finding success in a multi-faceted career as an artist, designer, publisher, and teacher.


Weekend Kitchen Cooking Class, 3/5: Celebrate the cuisine of Louisiana with Gumbo, Corn Machoux, Collard Greens, and Pecan Slab Pie with Chef Jennifer Magrey.


Souper Bowl in Downton Madison, 3/5, noon to 2:30: This outdoor Winter event features the Shoreline’s most delicious Soups and Chili from local restaurants, businesses, and firehouses, so show up with an appetite!


Our Towns, River Valley Artist’s Art Show at SOMA, Deep River, thru 3/31: Go see a collection of artwork created by The River Valley Artists. Each art pieces depicts the Tri Town community + landscape. These works highlight the beauty found in Essex, Deep River, & Chester.


CT Winter Wine Trail, 1/21 – 4/10: Grab your passport, visit 12 wineries and win fantastic prizes


Shell & Bee Studio, Deep River, Knitting 101, Spring Equinox Wreath Workshop, Beginning Calligraphy, and more or on offer here in March.


Old Saybrook Restaurant Week, 3/7 – 3/13: Sample prix fixe lunch and dinner menus in Old Saybrook’s stellar restaurants.


Niantic Restaurant Week, 3/4 – 3/14: Eat, drink and save at participating restaurants during Niantic Restaurant Week.


The Kate: Acoustic Folk, Alt-Folk and Scottish Folk are featured at the end of February: get tickets for The Longest Johns on 2/26, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on 2/27 and Talisk and 3/1. Rickie Lee Jones returns on 3/9!


CT Craft Beer Fest, March 26th Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford: over 60 Connecticut breweries will be represented.


The Garde Winter Cinema Series, through April 2022: see Oscar-nominated films and more on the Garde’s big screen.


Banff Center Mountain Film Festival at the Shubert, New Haven on 2/25:  Stand on the highest peaks, ski the steepest slopes, and be a part of the gripping adventures waiting for you in this year’s Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour.


Connecticut Flower Show at the Convention Center, 2/24 – 2/27. Enjoy demos and seminars on all things floral.


CT Riverquest Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises, Friday, Saturday & Sunday March 4 – March 20, Set sail from the dock at CT River Museum to experience the beauty and solitude of the lower Connecticut River during this wonderful time of year!


Florence Griswold Museum, Adult Textile Workshop, 3/12: Crafting with Textiles, Mini Petticoats Trimmed With Lace.


Maple Sugaring tours at LaMothe’s Sugar House, weekends from mid-February through the end of March.


Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, 3/18 – 3/20: Don’t miss your chance to see the next big hit!


RJ Julia, Madison: Don’t miss virtual book launch events including Margaret Atwood, Dolly Parton and Amy Bloom.


Essex Winter Series: Fenton Brown Emerging Artists Concert, 3/20, 3PM:  The Resurgam Quartet is dedicated to engaging audiences in exciting saxophone quartet repertoire.


Musical Masterworks, Old Lyme 3/26 & 3/27: Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, Adam Neiman, piano, Edward Arron, cello

present a concert of Haydn, Prokofiev, Zwilich and Weber

Side Door Jazz Club,Old Lyme: Check out the outstanding line-up at the premier Jazz venue in Connecticut.

The Lyme Art Association will present a 5-part virtual art lecture series via Zoom on The Art of America: How Great American Artists Revealed a New Country and Its People. Bob Potter, former Executive Director of the Lyme Art Association, will explore iconic art by leading artists from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century. Lectures will take place every Thursday in March at 7pm via Zoom.

Powder Ridge, 3/12: Big Hair and Big Air Ski and Snowboard Competition: Dust off those skis and ski suits from the 1970s and 1980s and enjoy the crazy day at Powder Ridge.

New Britain Museum, Wednesdays in March: Get creative at a weekly watercolor class with artist Mary Smeallie to demystify the intimidating medium of watercolor. We’ll start from scratch—discussing types of paper, pigments, color mixing, and glazing as well as tricks and techniques.

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 3/27: The Art of Shearing: A Sheep to Shawl Festival, 10am – 4pm. While the sheep are being shorn, Hill-Stead Museum will welcome fiber artists and vendors demonstrating skirting, carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting and more. Plus free hayrides to and from the barns, food vendors, and craft activities.

Mercy By The Sea, Madison, 3/25 – 3/27:  An Introductory Enneagram Workshop in Times of Change, Challenge and Loss with Roberta Whitney. This introductory Enneagram program will provide attendees with knowledge of an ancient system of nine personality types, informed over centuries by philosophy, theology, and psychology. In exploring the Enneagram structure and each of its personality types, we invite outcomes that include increased self-compassion and empathy, spiritual growth, accessing gifts we each uniquely bring to these times; opportunity for increased mindfulness of prevailing needs (for self and others); and honed capacity for responsiveness with centered strength of our whole being to stressful situations.

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