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Exhibits Highlight Weekend in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Wondering what to do this weekend? Here’s a look at some of the many events happening in Westport over the next two days:

Saturday, Jan. 28

? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Check out “Toy Stories,” the newest exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. The exhibit, which explores how we relate to toys and the memories and connections we have to them, features 30 artists who work with toys in a range of media. The exhibit runs through March 18.

? 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate winter at Earthplace, Westport’s nature discovery center, with specially designed winter activities. Make Inuit snow goggles, crystal snowflakes, snowflake catchers and even ice sculptures. Or enjoy a hike with Earthplace naturalist Miss Becky at noon, a bonfire with hot chocolate and s’mores at 1 p.m. and a drum dance circle at 2:30 p.m. The activities will take place snow or no snow and cost $20 per family. For more information, visit the Earthplace website . This event was postponed from last week.

? 4 to 6 p.m.: Don't miss the Westport Cinema Initiative screening of "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane. Puppeteer Pam Arciero, who has been a Muppet performer since 1982, will make a special appearance. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at westportcinema.org .

? 6:30 p.m.: Play With Your Food, the Westport lunchtime theatre series, is hosting a gala in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and wine beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance. Professional stage actors will perform scenes from "My Fair Lady," "Mack & Mabel," "Signs of Life" and "Pillow.” Tickets are $100 and can be ordered online at jibproductions.org .

Sunday, Jan. 29

? 1 p.m.:  The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.” The program is produced by the Griffin Theatre Company and based on Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's book. Kids will recognize familiar fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and Goldilocks in the playlets. Recommended for ages 4 to 10. Tickets are $18 and available through the Playhouse website.

? 3 p.m.: Don’t miss the opening of two new exhibits at the Westport Historical Society. The first exhibit, “Next Stop: Westport, The Inspiration for 1950's TV & Film Writers,” explores the many films, books and TV programs that feature Westport.  The second exhibit, “The Cold War in our Backyard, An Archival Film Compilation by Lisa Seidenberg,” will take viewers back to the 1950s, offering historical background of the time. Both exhibits run through April 30.

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