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War of 1812 and Colin Quinn Fill Easton's Weekend

EASTON, Conn. – The War of 1812, a Hollywood star or stars in the night’s sky are just some of the events happening in or around Easton over the weekend. Here are a few of the highlights:

Friday, Feb. 17

7 p.m.: “ Food Inc.” reveals surprising information about how our food is produced and how methods of production will affect the American diet in the future. The film is the first in a series to be shown monthly at the Weston Public Library through June. Both the Weston Sustainability Committee and Friends of the Weston Library will begin to offer programs that address the many issues of concern related to our food and water. The film is free.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Head to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's Observatory for a real treat exploring the night sky, planets and stars. Start by enjoying a presentation on the Globe at Night and Other Citizen Science Projects, followed by a visit to view the night sky through the Observatory's 22-inch telescope. Members can get in for free while the cost of admission for non-member adults is $3, $2 for children ages 5 to 17. This program is not suitable for children under 5. For more information call 203-322-1646 or e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org .

8 p.m.: Jerry Seinfeld directed Colin Quinn's "Long Story Short," a comedic tour-de-force showcasing Quinn's "articulate brand of comedy" which he performs at Ridgefield Playhouse. During its off-Broadway run, the NY Post called Quinn's show, “Historical and hysterical. Very, very funny” and Variety called it “Genius. Comedy bearing legitimate signs of intelligent life.” Quinn is an author and performer who first hit the airwaves as co-host of MTV's "Remote Control." Later, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" where he performed for five seasons. See this talented entertainer when he takes on everyone from Socrates to Snooki. Tickets are $80. For more information, visit The Playhouse's website .

Saturday, Feb. 18

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Parents can take their kids to meet Billy Steers, author of the popular children’s book series “ Tractor Mac ,” at the Norfield Grange’s Winter Farmer’s Market . A Connecticut native, Steers has written nine books in the series and has sold more than 150,000 copies. The books were inspired by bedtime stories about a toy tractor that Steers created for his sons. Some of the books in the series include “Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm,” “Tractor Mac Learns to Fly,” “Tractor Mac Saves Christmas,” “Tractor Mac Farmer’s Market” and his latest creation, “Tractor Mac Tune Up.”

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Adults can cross country ski at the Trout Brook Valley Preserve this morning, which is located in both Easton and Weston. For more information please contact the Aspetuck Land Trust .

1 p.m.: The United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776, but it took 36 more years — and a second war — to guaran­tee that independence. Now in 2012, its bicenten­nial anniversary, this important but often forgotten war will be discussed by guest lecturer, Betty Oderwald, President of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, will be on hand the Easton Public Library to share her knowledge about the War of 1812. She is expected to highlight the events and discuss its impact in Connecticut. This event is free.

8 p.m.: Check out Abraham Lincoln and his family through the eyes of Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker in an upcoming dramatic production at the Weston Historical Society . “They Called Me Lizzy ... from Slavery to the White House” is a one-hour performance by actress Stephanie Jackson as Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker and confidante to the Lincoln family. The show will take place at 8 p.m. at the Weston Historical Society Archive Building, 104 Weston Road in Weston. Wine and cheese will be served at 7 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow the show. Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door, but reservations are encouraged. Call 203-226-1804 for tickets and more details.

8 p.m.: Foreigner takes the stage at Bridgeport's Klein Auditorium One of the most popular rock bands of the '70s and '80s, Foreigner continues to captivate generation after generation with their infectious mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted songs. This rock juggernaut has sold more than 70 million records. Tickets are $45-$85. For more information, visit www.theklein.org .

Sunday, Feb. 19

9 a.m.: Come and practice yoga in the serene surroundings of the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens . All levels are welcome, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. Classes will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. For more information please call 203-520-1304. The cost is between $15 and $20.

12 to 4 p.m.: Discover Connecticut’s theatrical history, a legacy that dates from the 19th century to the present day, in a special display at Fairfield Museum .  Its exhibit, "Bravo! A Century of Theatre in Fairfield County" tracks the distinguished actors, playwrights, directors, designers and producers who experimented with their craft, honing and revising works away from the critical eyes of New York journalists prior to official Broadway opening nights. On view are costumes, props, photographs and theatrical mementos. The exhibit opens Sept. 25 and runs until mid-March, the cost of admission ranges from $3 to $5.

For a complete list of events throughout Fairfield County, check out our events page here .

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