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19 Host for the Holidays A local event planner offers some tips on how to throw a holiday party to remember.

24 Sea to Sky Magical Vancouver welcomes the 2010 Winter Olympics—along with several Connecticut athletes.

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Sheep’s wool has been a dominant cold-weather clothing staple for thousands of years. Its warmth is undeniable—but so is its rough texture and itch factor. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of another fiber from the local farming scene: alpaca fiber is as warm as, stronger, and lighter than sheep’s wool, softer than cashmere, and naturally comes in 22 vibrant shades of black, white, red, brown, and gray. It can be solid, multi-colored, or even-patterned, depending on the alpaca it comes from. It’s also hypoallergenic. “A lot of people that are allergic to sheep wool are not allergic to alpaca,” says Kimberly Brockett of Bishop’s Orchards Farm in Guilford, home to two 11-year-old male alpacas. “Sheep wool has lanolin in it, which is the oil that makes it soft and a little bit greasy, and alpacas don’t have the lanolin.” “It is also one of the finest fibers in the world,” says Melissa Ferrara of New England Alpacas in Killingworth. “It is very comparable to cashmere, but it’s as warm as sheep’s wool, so you have all of the soft, hypoallergenic qualities of this beautiful fiber that you can wear right up against your skin and keep you warm—without being itchy—and a softness that is just amazing.” Ferrara and her family have been raising alpacas since 1996 and now care for 24. She remembers alpaca farms starting to appear in Connecticut in the late 1980s. Today, she estimates, they number in the 30s. Alpacas are native to the Andes of western South America. There are two types: the Huacaya, sporting shorter, fluffy fleece, and the Suri, which has a long coat that looks dreadlocked but is silky and not matted. Locally, alpacas are shorn once a year in the spring. The shearing process takes about 10 minutes and removes around six to eight pounds of wool, says Alisa Mierzejewski of Burgis Brook Alpacas in Canterbury, formerly located in Guilford and currently home to 53 alpacas, 20 of them boarders.

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The shorn wool is sorted by type. The wool from the alpaca’s body is called the prime fiber because it is the softest, Mierzejewski explains. Neck and hip fiber is bagged separately, as is the coarser belly and lower leg fiber, which can be used in rugs. “There’s a usage for every type and every coarseness or fineness,” Mierzejewski says. The wool is sent to a local mill where it is washed, combed, and spun into skeins. “Using alpaca yarn is just like using any other type of yarn,” Ferrara says. “It’s a beautiful fiber to knit with; it’s just like using a commercial yarn that you’d pick up at any other yarn store.” Many farms sell yarn or other products made from their own alpaca wool, such as scarves, hats, dress and sport socks, mittens, and blankets. Some artisans even craft alpaca-wool slippers and handbags. “Last year we had a tremendous amount of sales with folks buying yarn,” Mierzejewski says. “New England is very, very big on fiber arts. There are a lot of crafty folks here. Why go out to

Wal-Mart and buy a scarf when, if you’re a knitter, you can buy yarn and make a scarf for someone?” This year, Burgis Brook engaged in a fiber swap with an angora rabbit breeder in Stafford Springs and created an alpaca-angora material blend. Blending alpaca fiber with other material, such as silk or sheep’s wool, is not uncommon. “Alpaca in general is considered a specialty fiber because there aren’t a lot of animals here in the United States as compared to sheep,” explains Mierzejewski. “Sheep’s wool would be the baseline standard, and any other fiber being produced compared to sheep would end up being a category of specialty because of the numbers and the amounts that are produced.” Simple supply and demand explains alpaca’s slightly higher price tag. Half a million tons of sheep’s wool are produced internationally every year while Peru, the world’s alpaca capitol, produces a mere 4,000 tons of alpaca wool. It’s even rarer in the United States. “If I took every single [alpaca] breeder in the United States and

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Connecticut is estimated to be close to 5,000 acres. “Depending on the year, over 500,000 trees are sold worth between $15 and $20 million,” says Olsen. There is a wide range of prices for the chooseand cut-your-own tree, but “for those growers that are in it intensively, the prices will range from $35 to $60 per tree,” he explains. Blue Spruce, White Spruce, and Frasir Fir, Olsen finds, are the most popular trees in Connecticut. Sales of Connecticut Grown trees have been strong in the last several years “in part due to the ‘local is good’ thrust that continues to gain momentum,” says Olsen. In Killingworth, Winterberry Farm & Nursery’s Shelly Cumpstone agreed that many of the growers reported increased sales. Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Spruce are the most popular selections at Winterberry. All of these, she says, are good for swag-making. “Actually, I think a swag is prettiest if it is made with several different kinds of greens so you get different texture and different color,” Cumpstone adds. “Blue Spruce is nice in there,

too. It’s a little prickly but adds quite a different look to a swag.” There are numerous reasons to visit Connecticut’s farms, according to Cumpstone. “Here, people appreciate the experience of getting out with the family. If there’s snow on the ground they’re having snowball fights… even the funny arguments you have over whose year it is to pick the tree, it’s all part of the family tradition, which is so important.” Another reason: you know you’re getting a fresh-cut tree. Cumpstone says, “You know we’re seeing trees coming in tractor trailers in early November…If a tree is cut in early November, it may not have had that cold snap which helps the needles stay on better.” Perhaps the best reason to visit a Connecticut farm, according to Cumpstone, is “People like to support local farmers—you know where you’re getting it from.” winter 2010 élan magazine 15


Connecticut’s Most Popular

Evergreens

Balsam Fir Pinaceae Abies balsamea (L.) Mill. ¾ inch to 1 ½ inches; short, flat, long-lasting needles are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. This is the traditional Christmas tree most Americans grew up with. This tree has a dark-green appearance and retains its pleasing fragrance throughout the holiday season. Named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark. Balsam is the tree mainly used for swags due to great number grown in Maine and Canada that are cut and sold.

Fraser Fir Pinaceae Abies fraseri (Pursh) Poir. Dark green, flattened needles to 1 inch long; dark green on the top and silvery underneath; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. The Fraser fir branches turn slightly upward. They have good form and needle-retention. They have a pleasant scent and excellent shipping characteristics. Named for a botanist, John Fraser, who explored the southern Appalachians in the late 1700s.

Blue Spruce

White Pine

Pinaceae Picea pungens Engelm. Dark green to powdery blue; very stiff needles, ¾ inch to 1 ½ inches long; good form; will drop needles in a warm room; symmetrical; best among species for needle retention; branches are stiff and will support many heavy decorations. State tree of Utah and Colorado. Can live in nature 600 to 800 years.

Pinaceae Pinus strobus L. Soft, blue-green needles, 2 to 5 inches long in bundles of five; retains needles throughout the holiday season; very full appearance; little or no fragrance; less allergic reactions as compared to more fragrant trees. The largest pine in the U.S., the White Pine has soft, flexible needles. They are the state tree of Michigan and Maine; slender branches will support fewer and smaller decorations as compared to Scotch pine.

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Concolor Fir or White Fir Pinaceae Abies concolor (Gord. & Glend.) Lindl. ex Hildebr. Bluegreen needles are ½ to 1½ inches long; nice shape and good aroma, a citrus scent; good needle retention. They have good foliage color, good needle retention, and a pleasing shape and aroma. In nature can live to 350 years.* Becoming trendy due to its long and soft but firm needles and citrus aroma.

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Often, the best parties are centered on a theme thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special or important to the host, according to Civitello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personal touches could really be pretty much whatever that particular host likes,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say someone really loves gingerbread housesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they could go with that themeâ&#x20AC;ŚOr someone might really like Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshopâ&#x20AC;Ś They could have little benches out, toys around, and could even have their kids act as elves and serve the guests.â&#x20AC;? Of course, the season encompasses religious and cultural celebrations other than Christmas, and the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;holiday partyâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily synonymous with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas gettogether.â&#x20AC;? A good host knows that his or her party-throwing efforts should

always be informed by consideration for their guests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always want to make your guests feel comfortable, so keep every guest in mind,â&#x20AC;? Civitello advises. She suggests that hosts do some research to determine if a partygoer celebrates a particular faith that differs from their own and incorporate a food, decorative item, or other element of that tradition into the event.

Deck the Halls Current trends in entertaining also aid in the effort to throw multi-cultural and multi-faith gatherings. No longer are reds and greens the go-to colors for holiday soirĂŠes. Instead, think of unconventional mixtures like pink and red or create a complementary backdrop to the season with blues and metallics. A simple centerpiece of tree branches, spray-painted white and looped with lights, can also add to the winter setting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing now is to be a little more open and use a lot of different colors and make it more festive,â&#x20AC;? says Civitello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really can use whatever you have in your houseâ&#x20AC;? to add pops of color to the party spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;glass jars, vases, candleholders, candy jars, or ornaments.â&#x20AC;? One unique decorative idea thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate for any holiday event is to ďŹ ll a glass vase or bowl with a variety of candy bars or other sweet treats. Indeed, food can be a great uniďŹ er during the holidays. winter 2010 ĂŠlan magazine 19


â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times when you need some sort of focal point for a party, it tends to be foodâ&#x20AC;ŚYou can incorporate [guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;] different nationalities and traditions by serving different kinds of foodsâ&#x20AC;ŚYou could even have an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;around the globeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; [holiday] partyâ&#x20AC;ŚOn the invitations, you can give somebody a country or a region and ask them to bring a dish from it, or ask someone to bring a traditional dish [representative of] their nationality.â&#x20AC;?

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Holidays with a Twist The holidays are the ideal time to try theseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and otherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;new things. Treat yourself and your guests to experiences they might not otherwise make time for, like a wine tasting, says Civitello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lots of liquor and wine stores and vineyards can suggest someone to come do a wine tasting at your house, or you can do it on your own with different stations set up around your houseâ&#x20AC;ŚItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something fun and entertaining for guests to doâ&#x20AC;Śand it keeps them activeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like an ice-breaker.â&#x20AC;? Above all, Civitello says the key to planning a great holiday party is to keep it commonsense. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go crazy trying to throw a royal-family-sized dinner party or serve a ďŹ ve-course meal; gatherings larger than 12 people should feature cocktails and passed bite-sized hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres that can be enjoyed standing up. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like to mingle,â&#x20AC;? Civitello notes.) And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you need to blow your budget to blow your guests away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes people try to overdo it,â&#x20AC;? says Civitello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simpler is always better and you do not have to spend an absurd amount of money on a holiday party. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be surprised what you can do with what you have around the houseâ&#x20AC;ŚYou just need to have everything theme-relatedâ&#x20AC;Śand everything will really come together.â&#x20AC;?

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Gender-Neutral Gingerpeople Adapted from The Complete Cookie by Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey ½ cup dark molasses Âź cup (one-half stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Âź teaspoon ground nutmeg â&#x2026;&#x203A; teaspoon allspice 1 cup all-purpose ďŹ&#x201A;our Âź teaspoon baking soda Âź teaspoon salt Small silver dragees or cinnamon candles Combine molasses, butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Stir in the spices. Add ďŹ&#x201A;our, baking soda, and salt. Stir until fully incorporated. Line cookie or baking sheet with wax paper. Turn dough out onto the wax paper and cover with a second sheet. Flatten by hand into a 7- by 9-inch rectangle. Freeze for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat cooking sheets with cooking spray. Remove dough from freezer and cut in half crosswise. Return half to the freezer until ready to use, and peel the paper from the remaining half. Cover a work surface with wax paper. Flour lightly. Put dough onto wax paper; sprinkle ďŹ&#x201A;our over the dough and cover with a second sheet of wax paper. Roll it out as thinly as possible, to a thickness of about 1/16 inch. (Rectangle will measure about 8 inches by 12 inches.) Using a gingerperson cutter, cut out cookies and transfer with a spatula to the prepared cooking sheets. Reroll scraps of dough and cut out additional gingerpeople. Repeat process for second piece of dough. Place dragee or cinnamon candies on gingerpeople to decorate. Bake for about nine minutes, until ďŹ rm to the touch. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. winter 2010 ĂŠlan magazine 23


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or more than 30 years, Scofield Historic Lighting has been illuminating homes and hotels, municipal buildings and barns, even village streets with its authentic custom-designed reproductions of 18th and 19th century lighting fixtures. Jon and Doreen Joslow of Chester, the company’s new owners, are continuing the tradition of its founder, Richard Scofield—a master craftsman and historic lighting scholar—while using their business acumen and passion for quality handcrafted products to bring the company into the 21st century. The Joslows have relocated Scofield Historic Lighting from a small, one-person workshop in Chester to a spacious, multicraftsman workshop and showroom in Ivoryton where artisans hand-cut the fixtures out of tin and copper and sand, paint, or stain them based on historical designs, combining classic form with contemporary function. They offer a line of traditional New England reproduction lanterns, chandeliers, and wall-mounted sconces— electrified and candle-lit—as well as custom-designed fixtures to fit their customers’ specific requirements. Styles range from a rustic aged tin wall sconce

to an elegant carved chandelier finished in 22k gold leaf. Owners of an antique colonial home they’ve slowly been restoring over the years, the Joslows understand the difference between the real McCoy and a fine reproduction versus a cheaply made knock-off. “We’ve taken this from an artistic business to a business of the art.” Jon says. “If Yankees were alive today, this is how they’d do it.” Jon insists that it’s simply not true that manufacturing is dead in America and that companies can’t compete without outsourcing and using inexpensive labor and materials. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, lighting. “What we make can’t be replicated in mass quantities by stamping presses and robotic welding,” he says. “Every piece is carefully crafted by hand in the New England tradition, using the same tools and techniques craftsmen employed over two centuries ago—and our business is up 83 percent this year!” As an example of using old-fashioned workmanship and the latest lighting technology without changing the authentic design of the fixtures, Jon points to an electrified tin lantern handcrafted with wavy mouth-blown glass that was

“We’ve taken this from an artistic business to a business of the art.” —Jon Joslow imported from Germany. The wires are completely hidden and it is UL certified to be used safely in both residential and commercial locations. The Joslows point out that people can’t always find antique fixtures to fit their décor and these reproductions meet all of today’s safety codes while being very hard to distinguish from pieces that are hundreds of years old. “Copper has the color of fire in it—there’s something that draws us as people to the light, like fireflies are drawn to a flame,” Doreen says of the lighting designs. “These are beautiful pieces, the proportions are great. They fit into traditional and transitional homes and they can warm up a stark modern environment. They can subtly blend in or be a focal point—[such as] a centerpiece on a table.” Doreen notes that Scofield Historic Lighting pieces are being installed all over the country from downtown

Local Million-Dollar Homes The following transaction details reflect Connecticut shoreline home sales in the million-dollar range in the last quarter. Transactions for which we were able to find the most details are printed here.

July East Lyme Guilford

239 Old Black Point Road sold for $2,350,000. 54 Walden Hill Road sold for $1,243,000 on July 22 676 Nut Plains Road sold for $1,270,000 on July 2 Old Lyme 87 Sill Lane sold for $1,215,000. Old Saybrook 98 Maple Avenue sold for 1,150,000 on July 31 Madison 164 Middle Beach Road sold for $2,000,000 on July 30 40 Wyndy Brook Lane sold for $1,325,000 on July 30 Stonington 10 Willow Street sold for $1,237,500.

August Branford Essex Groton Madison

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Chester’s street and shop lights, to a church-turned-residence in Old Lyme’s historic district and a mansion in Old Greenwich for an unnamed celebrity. Farther afield, Scofield fixtures are found at the Ocean House resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; an estate in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and a renovated old tobacco mill in New York’s Botanical Gardens. This past fall, the company’s fixtures were installed in a home featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Doreen notes, “”People respond to the quality, aesthetic, and capabilities of what we can deliver.” For more information, visit www.ScofieldHistoricLighting. com or call 860-767-7032 to make an appointment to visit the showroom at 90 Pond Meadow Road in Ivoryton.

3 Prospect Hill Road sold for $1,125,000 on Aug. 19 11 Hilltop Avenue sold for $975,000 on Aug. 27 48 Front Street sold for $1,050,000. 133 Summer Hill Road sold for $1,105,000 on Aug. 26

225 Devonshire Lane sold for $5,830,000 on Aug. 18 62 Governors Way sold for $1,610,000 on Aug. 11 Old Saybrook 126 Maple Avenue sold for $1,075,000 on Aug. 31

September Branford

10 Esther Place sold for $1,210,000 on Sept. 21 35 Winterberry Road sold for $1,810,000 on Sept. 4 Guilford 7 White Pine Lane sold for $1,000,000 on Sept. 10 331 Old Sachems Head Road sold for $1,800,000 on Sept. 4 Madison 44 Grove Avenue sold for $1,090,000 on Sept. 1 Old Saybrook 55 N. Cove Road sold for $1,800,000 on Sept. 11 Stonington N. Main Street sold for $1,350,000. Deep River

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hen Los Angeles screenwriter Amy Jones spent a summer by the sea in Mystic, she knew she’d found the quintessential New England fishing town she’d been envisioning for the scenes of her next movie. Toss in a small-town pizza parlor, a classic summer coming-ofage tale, and a then-unknown curly-haired beauty with a mile-wide smile by the name of Julia Roberts, and Jones had her first bona fide hit on her hands: Mystic Pizza. Mystic, Connecticut, was suddenly thrust onto the pop culture map, but as the locals know, it’s always been a treasure. The village may be a small locality, joining Stonington and Groton, but it remains one of New England’s most beloved tourist attractions. “Between the seaport, the aquarium, Olde Mistick Village, and the historic downtown district, there’s always something to do in Mystic,” Mystic Chamber of Commerce President Tricia Cunningham says. “We keep people busy year-round.”

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then Mistick, and then, finally, Mystic, according to the Mystic River Historical Society. In the 19th century, shipyards sprang up as the area, separated by the Mystic River, became a popular pit stop for whalers and merchant ships. The maritime history is memorialized with relics and towering ships ready for tours and visitors at Mystic Seaport, “the Museum of America and the Sea,” while another hotspot in the village looks toward the future of the ocean. Dreams come true at Mystic Aquarium—where else can you pat a beluga whale and go for a waddle with an African penguin? Watch playful sea lions do tricks, witness thousands of fish species glow, hide, and thrive, and head to the bottom of the sea with the XD theater ride “Deep Sea 3D.” Educational experiences abound as part of Mystic Aquarium’s Institute for Exploration, under the watchful eye of one of the world’s foremost aquatic researchers, Dr. Robert Ballard. Ballard is revered for finding the R.M.S. Titanic shipwreck in 1985; he is currently, with the help of staff and three state-of-the-art robots invented by the Institute for Exploration, conducting a study of the ship’s current deterioration. One of the aquarium’s most popular exhibits today, Return to the Titanic, takes visitors through Ballard’s original discovery with

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Harborside Holidays If you haven’t yet ventured to Mystic yet, there’s no better time to visit than the holiday season. The yuletide cheer kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 28 when Santa cruises into town via tugboat. The Sea of Trees—decorated Christmas trees dotting the fish tanks at the aquarium—opens Nov. 27. Watch your family’s faces glow in the lights of the Festival of Lights at Olde Mistick Village on Friday, Dec. 11. More than 5,000 luminaries line the walkway and shops against a backdrop of carolers, jesters, musicians, and refreshments. The charm of yesteryear hits the road with December’s Lantern Light Tours. “Immerse yourself in an all-new tale of the magic, merriment, and mystery of Christmas Eve, 1876,” www.mystic. org claims of the traveling 70-minute show/tour. “Stroll through a festival holiday village, kick up your heels in a tavern dance, and visit with sailors in port for the holiday. You may even spy a jolly old silver-haired fellow… Could that be ol’ St. Nick?” “It always leads into the holiday spirit. It’s such a wonderful event, people make a holiday tradition of it. It’s a great family event, it’s a great date night,” says Cunningham, who had her first date with her now-husband on a Mystic Lantern Light Tour.

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Old Mystic Village. Photograph by Tim Martin

Regardless of the season, there’s one underlying thread entwining the events: community. “There’s a true community spirit in Mystic,” Cunningham says. “Events [like the holiday events] serve as a great, gentle reminder for those that live here. Look at where we live, work, and play…We are so lucky.” To plan your trip to Mystic, visit www.mystic.org.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 Holiday Open House: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Bee & Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Featuring a Gingerbread house presentation, Victorian yuletide carolers, and hot mulled cider and cookies for all. FRIDAY, DEC. 4 Saybrook Stroll: 5 to 9 p.m. Main St., Old Saybrook. Enjoy a variety of seasonal activities along Main Street. ONGOING Holiday Sea of Trees: Dec. 2 to Jan 4. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. More than 20 Christmas trees on display decorated by local organizations. Free with aquarium admission; last admission at 4 p.m. For more information, call 860-572-5955 or visit www.mysticaquarium.org. Lantern Light Tours: 5 p.m.; weekly until Dec. 26. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. Immerse yourself in an all-new tale of the magic, merriment, and mystery of Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours leave every 15 minutes and are an hour long. Donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 12 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 13 The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. Joseph Albano and The Albano Ballet Company will bring back their production of the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $33 and $23, with a $5 discount for children age 12 and younger and senior citizens; available through ticketmaster.com; Ticketmaster’s toll-free charge by phone number 1-800-745-3000; or any Ticketmaster outlet. The Nutcracker: Garde Arts Center, State St., New London. Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents its annual performances of “The Nutcracker” with music by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Performance times are 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Garde Box Office at 860-444-7373 or online at www. gardearts.org. ONGOING Mistletoed: Daily at 4 p.m. until Monday Dec. 14. Cornerstone Playhouse at the Olde Mystic Cinemas, Mystic. “Mistletoed”: it’s bigger than life in a cozy setting featuring a fun-loving and professional cast who will put guests into the spirit of the season. Tickets are $32.95 for adults; $30.95 for seniors; $15 for kids age 16 and younger. For details, call 888838-2906, ext. 1 or visit www.cornerstoneproductions.org.

Exhibitions and Gallery Events ONGOING The Magic of Christmas: Through Jan. 10; call for hours. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. View a display of Fantasy Trees inspired by the exhibition “Call of the Coast”; see new painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Tree; and the main floor of the house evokes the homespun preparations for a festive 1910 Christmas in a boardinghouse for artists. For more information and a list of holiday programming, call 860-434-5542 or visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.

Deck the Walls: Dec. 11 to Jan. 9. Lyme Art Association & Gallery, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. LAA’s annual holiday exhibition and sale, featuring more than 200 works by Lyme Art Association Elected and Associate artists. Ten percent of sales on opening night will benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries. Opening reception is Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 860-434-7802 or visit lymeartassociation.org. Dear Santa: Through Jan. 2. Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street , Old Lyme. An all-new holiday exhibition of art and objects that would be a joy to wrap or receive. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and other fine crafts from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries will be on sale. For more information, call 860-434-8807 or visit www.cooleygallery.com. “Artistry” 2009: Through Jan. 3. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. GAC’s shop of contemporary American crafts will reopen for the holiday season, featuring handmade crafts by artists from across the country. “Artistry” features a range of items, including ceramics, candles, glass, fine art, metal, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, condiments, leather, toys, and more. For details, call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter. org.

Music SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 5 AND 6 Handel’s “Messiah”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday; 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. St. Mark’s Church, 222 McVeagh Rd., Westbrook. Presented by Cappella Cantorum. SUNDAY, DEC. 20 Handel’s “Messiah”: 7 to 9 p.m. First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House Ln., Madison. Featuring the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and special guests, The Cathedral Choir of St. Joseph. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 203-865-0831 or visit www.newhavensymphony.org.

Night Out SATURDAY, NOV. 28 XTreme Tree Gala: Left Bank Gallery, 10 N. Main St., Essex. Local artists are joining forces to support The Paul & Lisa Program by designing a conceptual holiday tree for its first-ever XTreme Trees event. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and music and may bid on the trees during a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in Essex at The Left Bank Gallery, Elite, The Weekend Kitchen, J. Alden Clothiers, and English Accents. SATURDAY, DEC. 12 “A Christmas Carol” (Film): Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Watch Brian Desmond Hurst’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic. For more information, visit 203-432-2800 or visit ycba.yale.edu. For more events, both local and farther afield, visit www.zip06.com.

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