Smiler in Stamford . . .

Sculpture Exhibit
Art in Public Places
A Sculpture Exhibit in Stamford Downtown
Stamford, Connecticut

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract local and regional audiences. This year 40 oversized, originally designed and painted fiberglass cats and dogs will be on display on the streets and parks of Stamford Downtown from June through August. All pets will be up for adoption at auction. A portion of proceeds will benefit Friends of Felines, OPIN and Stamford Dog Park.

For more information contact:
Stamford Downtown Special Services District
Five Landmark Square, Suite 110
Stamford, CT 06901
Telephone: (203) 348-5285

Mark your calendars . . .

Filmmakers Visit Audubon
To Highlight CO2 Effects
On Ocean Food Web

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Screening of: A Sea Change
3PM - 5PM

Imagine a world without fish. It's a frightening premise, and it's happening right now. Global warming of the atmosphere is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

To increase awareness about this very real phenomenon called 'ocean acidification', Audubon Greenwich will host the Director, Barbara Ettinger, and Co-producer, Sven Huseby, on June 27th at 3PM when they screen their highly-acclaimed film, A Sea Change. Chock full of scientific information, this is the first documentary about ocean acidification. This feature-length film is also a beautiful paen to the ocean world and an intimate story of a Norwegian-American family whose heritage is bound up with the sea and a touching portrait of Sven's relationship with his grandchild Elias. As Sven keeps a correspondence with the little boy, he mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations.

A disturbing and essential companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth, this scientifically-based film brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric or wishful thinking. The filmmakers hope its message about ocean acidification will reach millions of people and leading policy-makers across the globe ahead and influence future UN Climate Change conferences designed to stop the massive amounts of carbon being released by coal, oil and natural gas fuels.

A Sea Change has played to sell-out crowds at major film festivals in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Seattle in 2009 and its many awards include: Best World Documentary, Sedona International Film Festival; Best Green Film, Kosovo International Documentary Film Festival; Grand Prize, Feature Documentary, FICA International Environmental Film Festival; Dumosa Award for Best Coastal Film, Cottonwood Environmental Film Festival; Best Nordic Country Film, Polar Film Festival; Aloha Accolade Award, Honolulu International Film Festival.

A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening at:
Audubon Greenwich
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831

Space is very limited and RSVPs are required.
$5 donation per person will be collected at the door
To RSVP, contact Jeff Cordulack at (203) 869-5272 ext. 239

For more information contact:
Jeff Cordulack
Events and Communications Manager
Audubon Connecticut/Audubon Greenwich
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
(203) 869-5272 ext. 239
(203) 613-8813 (cell)

Happy Father's Day . . .

Smiler from Lakeside Pottery . . .

A "Smiler" from Lakeside Pottery: FREE Pottery Tips

Lakeside Pottery is planning to offer sculpting classes/workshops and has begun it's affiliation with Juan Andreu, a unique talent and an art professor at Quinnipiac University. For more details visit:

One Day Potter's Wheel Workshop
June 20th, 2010
11AM - 1:30PM

Lakeside Pottery, Ceramic School and Studio in Stamford, Connecticut is now offering a one-time 2 1/2 hour lesson on the potter’s wheel. This workshop will introduce the basic skills of working with clay on the potter's wheel and will provide you with the taste and understanding of what it takes to use the potter's wheel.

No previous experience required.

Workshop will include a demonstration and hands-on clay experience. Tools will be provided.
Who: 15 year and older.
Limit: 10 students per session.
Cost: $65 including material and firing fees for one pot.
Each additional pot kept and fired will have a $10 fee.

For More Information:

Lakeside Pottery Ceramic School and Studio
543 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Telephone: (203) 323-2222

Smiler from Quassy . . .

A sampling of the many great things to do close to home in Connecticut will be right at your doorstep on Sunday, June 13th, at the “One Tank Travel Expo” at Quassy Amusement Park. The 11AM to 4PM travel show will take place along the walkways at the lakeside park with no general admission charged. Parking is $5 at Quassy with fees for the rides, beach, waterpark, food, attractions and games. The dozens of booths will feature everything from museums, boat and train excursions, parks, campgrounds, hotels and resorts and other attractions. A number of vendors will have drawings for prizes as well as other giveaways.

Sponsors of the “One Tank Travel Expo” – “one tank” meaning family getaways close enough to home to use no more than a tank of gasoline – are: AAA Allied Group, Inc., radio station WATR of Waterbury, WTNH News Channel 8 of New Haven and Quassy. Guests can also enjoy free magic shows at the Lakeside Theatre during the afternoon. The concept of hosting a free regional travel expo was initiated by Quassy’s marketing staff several years ago and came to fruition last year.

The free expo runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is $5.

For additional information contact:
Quassy Amusement Park
Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road)
Middlebury, CT 06762
P.O. Box 887
Telephone: 1-800-FOR-PARK or 203-758-2913

Smiler for Connecticut . . .

Connecticut Open House Day
June 12, 2010

6th Annual Connecticut Open House Day , Statewide

Connecticut residents are invited to join the state’s 375th anniversary celebration and enjoy an exciting in-state getaway on Saturday, June 12th. Over 200 Connecticut attractions, tourism destinations, arts and cultural organizations, will roll out the welcome mat to visitors with a variety of special incentives such as discounted/free admission, free gifts and/or special exhibits and activities. Participants include museums, galleries, historic properties, theaters, farms, vineyards, amusement parks, nature centers, shops and lodging accommodations to name a few.

The annual event is sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in support of the state’s 375th anniversary and coordinated by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

Connecticut Open House Day specials and hours of operation vary by property. For more information, hours and contacts, visit: Connecticut Open House - Participating locations are listed in alphabetical order by town, then by the name of the property.

Smiler in Danbury . . .

Eighth Annual Southern Connecticut
Renaissance Festival

Ives Concert Park
10AM to 6PM

Saturday and Sunday
May 29th – 30th
June 5th – 6th and June 12th – 13th

For three consecutive weekends this spring on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Ives Concert Park will be transformed into an authentic 1585 village where jousters, jesters, minstrels and storytellers will excite and entertain attendees of all ages.

Tickets are available for one day (adults $15, children and seniors $8), for the weekend (adults $28, children and seniors $14), or for the entire season (adults $84, children and seniors $42). Family four-packs (two adults and two children) also are available at $42 for one day. Children under 4 will be admitted free. Tickets will be for sale at the venue.

Six stages will feature entertainment ranging from magicians to storytellers to knights in battle. Highlights will include a full-armored joust staged by Noble Cause Productions, an internationally recognized joust reenactment troupe. There will be music, comedy, jugglers and much more. Also featured will be a variety of merchants offering Renaissance-related items such as clothing, art, jewelry, florals, figurines and more.

The Renaissance village will offer a variety of international cuisine for purchase, including bread bowls with soup, stew and chili; turkey legs; Thai food; Italian cuisine; new world favorites and more. Mead, ale and other beverages also will be available.

For more information, visit or call (203) 888-6204.