THROUGH March 16. NATIVE AMERICAN CUISINE COOKING CLASSES are held at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum with Chef Sherry Pocknett. Learn what is really indigenous from this area and what perhaps is in your own back yard. These are lessons in Native American cuisine at its finest. March 2, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Whole fish with quahog stuffing and lemon anchovy butter with a wine pairing. Learn how to create your own stuffing whether it is shrimp, scallop, and crab or in our case it will be quahogs (hard shell clams). Learn how to buy, store, cut and cook whole fish. Mar. 16, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Lobster stuffed with lobster mac and cheese with a wine pairing. This remarkable dish has astounding richness, creamy, and silky texture that melts in your mouth, with three cheeses and all the goodness from inside the lobster. You will learn how to cook a lobster, how to shuck all the meat and how to make the ultimate cheese sauce. Cost per class is $65 for museum members; $75 for non-members. Visit http://www.pequotmuseum.org/ and click on events to register and for more information. The museum is located off 1-95, exit 92; 800-411-9671.
Various dates through April 29. COOKING AT COOGAN FARM, Mystic. Classes for adults. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register. March 5: Homemade Maple Candy, 2-3:30 p.m., $15.30/members, $18/nonmembers. Learn to make your own candy at home. March 12: Easy Peas-y with Farmer Craig,11 a.m.-noon., $10.20 member / $12 nonmember. Join Coogan Farm Manager Craig Floyd as he walks you through the planting of this early season crop. Plant peas and learn what else you can do to prep your garden early in the spring for the growing season ahead. March 17: Breakfast for Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, 5-7 p.m. Eggs have been a staple of the Irish diet since prehistoric times. Puffin, auk and plover eggs were collected as an important protein source from the cliffs and beaches of the rugged Irish coast but we’ll stick to more sustainable chicken eggs. Learn to cook three savory egg dishes, perfect for a healthy and inexpensive dinner including, Eggs in an Onion Bed, Wicklow Pancake, and Smoked Salmon and Irish Cheddar Soufflé. Led by Davnet Schaeffer. $21.25/member, $25/nonmember. April 8: The Chemistry of Cheese: Ricotta Cheese, 1-3 p.m., $21.25/member, $25/nonmember. For beginners. April 29: The Chemistry of Cheese: Goat Cheese, 2-4 p.m., $21.25/member, $25/nonmember.
Full Moon Hikes. Free for Denison Pequotsepos members, $10 for non-members. Walden Preserve, March 12, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy the “Full Sugar Moon” as we explore extensive trails through fields, young forest, wetlands and streams. Perhaps we will spot a displaying American woodcock or hear an owl! From Salem 4-Corners, take Route 85 N., 0.5 mi. turn left (west) onto Hagen Rd. Preserve parking lot 200’ on right. Hartman Park, April 11, 7-8 p.m., Enjoy the “Full Sprouting Grass Moon” as we hike past ledges and glacial boulders, under a canopy of red and white oaks, sour gum, and black birch. The 302-acre Hartman Park is located on the east side of Gungy Road in the northeast corner of Lyme. Walks take place even on overcast nights, and are suitable for adults and older, interested children. Steady rain cancels. If you have a question about whether a hike is canceled due to weather, please call 860-536-1216. If after hours, please select a transfer to extension 30 for the latest program message. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
25. LET’S TALK ABOUT LACE, 1 p.m. Textile conservator Susan Jerome presents an illustrated lecture about the history of handmade lace and the development of the machine-made lace industry. Learn how to properly care for and store your heirloom lace, and bring an item from your own collection to learn about its age and origin. Lace items from the museum collection will be on display. $15, reservations required. Avery-Copp Museum, 154 Thames Street, Groton. averycopphouse.org; 860-445-1637.
25-APRIL 30. SEAL WATCH CRUISES. This 2 1/2 hour program begins with a 20 minute multi-media presentation about one of America’s favorite marine mammals, the seal. After the presentation, participants board the Enviro-lab and travel to popular winter seal haunts. The cabin on the boat is heated. Reservations are required. $35. Project Oceanology, University of Connecticut campus at Avery Point, 1084 Schennecossett Road, Groton. oceanology.org; 860-445-9007
3-5. “TARZAN” takes the stage at The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front St. (Route 44), Putnam. thebradleyplayhouse.org; 860-928-7887. The king of the apes and his lady love swing to the stage in this musical adaptation of the Disney film. Tickets $20-$24.
11. STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET take the stage at the Garde Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Experience a breath-taking performance by a cast of stellar dancers from New York City Ballet, including principals Daniel Ulbricht and Sara Mearns. With music by all American composers, the program reflects the brilliance of legendary choreographer George Balanchine, including Stars and Stripes, Tarantella and Who Cares, his exuberant tribute to the music of George Gershwin. Also on the program is New York City Ballet Artistic Director Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto in which “the worlds of ballet and modern dance collide”. Tickets $22-$50. 325 State St., New London. gardearts.org; 860-444-7373.
12. BOY SCOUT DAY at Mystic Aquarium. Bring your badge, clipboard and pencil to complete a scavenger hunt. Scouts receive a special patch for participation. Registration required. $5/members, $21/nonmembers, which includes cost of admission. 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. mysticaquarium.org; 860-572-5955.
12. BOOK SIGNING, celebration of Michael Finkel’s new book, “The Stranger in the Woods”, 2-4 p.m. Christopher Knight, age 20, leaves his home in Massachusetts and disappears into the Maine wilderness. Christopher would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he survived by his wits, developing ingenious ways to store food and water and to avoid freezing to death. However, he wasn’t very far from civilization; he broke into North Pond cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed and terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. In the wake of his arrest, people grapple with how much to blame Chris? How much to admire him? This program will feature a book reading, signing, and optional orienteering hike with a DPNC educator from 2-2:45, where you can learn how to use a compass and gain some tricks for not getting lost in the woods. $10 per person. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
17-19. “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” takes the stage at The Bradley Playhouse, thebradleyplayhouse.org; 860-928-7887. Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking masterpiece featuring sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, lovely ladies, young lovers and an eccentric Major General. Tickets $20-$24.
18. 9th ANNUAL SPRING ICE CREAM SOCIAL. Celebrate Spring with homemade ice cream. This all-you-can-eat event is free. Make your own sundae at the toppings bar! Balloons for the kids, warm stove to ward off any remaining March chill. Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, 227 Ekonk Hill Road, Moosup. ekonkhillturkeyfarm.com; 860-564-0248.
18. AMPHBIAN BRIGADE, 5:30-6:30 p.m., FREE. Become an environmental hero on Earth Day and learn how we can help our amphibian neighbors during their great spring migration! This time of year means warmer rainy nights and the beginnings of amphibian migration. Sadly, crossing roads can be dangerous for our amphibian friends. Learn how to safely transport amphibians on warm rainy nights. Sign up to be notified via email when a large amphibian crossing is expected. Meet at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and walk the roads helping amphibians make it to their nesting grounds safely. Bring a rain jacket, boots, reflective gear, a flashlight and an open plastic container. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
22- April 9. “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” A musical tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, FRANK SINATRA! My Way, Fly Me to the Moon, I’ve Got the World on a String and New York, New York are some of his greatest hits that will have you singing along! Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. ivorytonplayhouse.org; 860-767-7318
23-April 2. “EURYDICE”, is a fresh look at one of the greatest love stories of all time. Playwright Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Eurydice and her musician-lover, Orpheus, are a happy modern couple. On their wedding day, Eurydice is enticed by a letter from her deceased father, only to find herself reunited with him in the underworld. As Orpheus tries to rescue her, Eurydice must re-learn human language in order to remember all she left behind and, ultimately, choose between two worlds in this whimsical and breathtaking story of the power and fragility of love. Tickets $30, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 802 Bolton Road, Storrs; crt.uconn.edu; 860-486-2113.
25. CAMPFIRE COOKING, 2-3:30 p.m. Cooking with a campfire is a life skill that connects you to the natural world. Learn the basics of cooking around, in, and on the campfire at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Stonington. For adults and families with children ages 6+. Pre-registration required. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
25. BIRDS AND BEER, Birds and Beer, 7-8 p.m. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Stonington hosts a meet and greet with its American Kestrel and a resident owl. Enjoy beer provided by CT’s own Revival Brewery and snacks and learn about unique behaviors and history of the birds. Must be 21+. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register. $17/member, $20/nonmember.
3. Become a SMARTPHONE NATURALIST, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how to take pictures, how to use your phone as a magnifier, and what apps will aid you in becoming a better naturalist. Adults and families with children ages 10+. Meet at Coogan Farm in Mystic. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register. $8.50/member, $10/nonmember
9. CELEBRATE EARTH: Signs of Spring family program, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center educator will give a brief presentation on the spring wildflowers and amphibians that are emerging this time of year. Learn how to identify “spring ephemerals,” which include hepatica, trillium and bloodroot, as well as the early bulb bloomers like daffodils and crocus. We will also discuss the natural histories of the earliest emerging amphibians, including spring peepers and spotted salamanders. Includes hike to explore the fields and forest at Coogan Farm in Mystic for a list of natural and hidden items. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register. $5.95 member / $7 non-member.
14. WOODLAND EGG HUNT at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Stonington, Start at: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., $10/members, $13/nonmembers. Stroll the trails in search of wooden eggs and say hello to DPNC’s egg-laying friends as you go. Bring your eggs back to our Creation Stations to paint and decorate in your own unique way. Meet the Wild Easter Bunny and enjoy a few sweet treats. Bring your own basket to collect your eggs. Participants limited to 4 eggs each. Families with children up to 10 years old. Pre-registration required. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
14. DOWNTOWN BIRDING: New London, 8-9:30 a.m. Some of the best winter birding is right in the heart of our communities! Join us as we look for resident birds and spring visitors. Meet at Muddy Waters Coffee Shop, 42 Bank Street, New London, CT. $8.50/member $10/nonmember. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
22, 23, 29, 30, May 6, 7. DAY OUT WITH THOMAS. Departures every 45 minutes from 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Ride is 25 minutes, family activities all day, including unlimited carnival rides, face painting, storytelling, balloon and magic show and play areas. Please note: entertainment areas close at 6 p.m. $24/person, children under 2 admitted free. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex. www.essexsteamtrain.com; 860-767-0103.
23. CONCERT FOR CONSERVATION, 2 p.m., Union Baptist Church, Mystic $25 adults, $5 students. Afternoon of classical music performed by violinist (and Stonington native) Hilary Castle and special guest artists to benefit the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s educational programs. Light refreshments. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
20-30. “SHREK, THE MUSICAL” takes the stage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 802 Bolton Road, Storrs; crt.uconn.edu; 860-486-2113. Tickets $36.
21-May 7. “THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY”, The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front St. (Route 44), Putnam. thebradleyplayhouse.org; 860-928-7887.The story of Rock & Roll great Buddy Holly as told through his music including such hits as “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”. Tickets $21-$24.
21. AMPHIBIAN LOVE SONGS, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5.95 member / $7 non-member. As spring progresses and ponds melt, amphibians begin to appear and sing, but who comes out first and what do they sound like? Learn the phenology of our local amphibian species from “quacking” wood frogs to “trilling” toads. Dress to get muddy. Nets and collection jars for gentle, up-close study provided. For adults and families. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register.
26-May 14. “BILOXI BLUES” by Neil Simon takes the stage at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. ivorytonplayhouse.org; 860-767-7318. It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Friendship and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Winner – 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.
27. HORSESHOE CRABS: Ancient Creatures of the Sea, 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Join Educator Laura Craver-Rogers who leads horseshoe crab surveys for DPNC and Watch Hill Conservancy for a presentation on the Horseshoe Crab. This ancient sea creature has survived in the oceans for millions of years with its primitive design still intact. We will discuss physical adaptations, nesting and breeding habits as well as its ecological significance and importance to humans! Admission is free; the talk is open to the public. Meet at Coogan Farm, Mystic. Adults only. Visit www.dpnc.org/calendar or call 860-536-1216 to register. $8.50 members/ $10 non-members.
30. “THE LITTLE PRINCE” takes the stage at 2 p.m., at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs. Jorgensen.uconn.edu. This iconic masterpiece, written by Antoine de St. Exupery, is a tale for all ages. Inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent set design bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter.