The Weekend According to Mike November 18 - 20

Christmas Craft Fairs, Holiday Lights, WWE and more!
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Music:

Saturday at 8pm Little Texas plays in the Wolf Den and Mohegan Sun.  This is a Free Show.  www.mohegansun.com

Rising star Samara Joy’s velvety, smooth voice puts her own enchanting interpretation on jazz standards from the Great American Songbook Friday 8pm at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on the UConn campus in Storrs.  Tickets $15 and $35.  www.jorgensen.uconn.edu

Events:

Foxwoods Beerfest returns to the Rainmaker Expo Saturday!  21 and older can enjoy more than 150+ beers from over 70 different breweries, microbrews, brewpubs, ciders, seltzers and specialty cocktails. Enjoy live music, games and food available for purchase. Tickets $30.  www.foxwoods.com

Jingle all the way to Lake Compounce and Connecticut’s Tallest Christmas Tree this holiday season. It’s the 10th Anniversary of Holiday Lights at America’s First Amusement Park, Lake Compounce beginning Saturday at 4:00 p.m. This season, the park has added more activities including Kyle’s Holiday Dance Party, Stuff-A-Bear, make your own ornaments, and of course meet and greets with Santa. Family favorite rides including Kiddie Coaster, the North Pole Express, Boocifer’s Haunted Holiday at Ghost Hunt, Zoomer’s Gas ‘n Go, and more will be open throughout Holiday Lights. In addition to rides and activities, the park will host a variety of special events including a canned food drive November 25-27 and Pawliday Lights December 11.  www.LakeCompounce.com

Friday 7-11pm don’t miss the Singles Dreamers Dance at the Polish American Club, 541 North Main Street, Bristol. Dance the night away with their DJ Cadillac, win door prizes, plus the kitchen will be open 7-9pm to purchase food.  Dress to impress!  Admission $17.  For info, call Gail at 860-463-6906.  Sponsored by Singles Social Connections.

The Terryville Congregational Church) is hosting their annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.  There will be vendors, a bake sale, a cookie walk, a Christmas Past Room (Christmas items tag sale), a tea cup raffle, food, and fun!!!  860-589-0182

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The Yankee Peddler Fair is back Saturday 9am to 2pm at the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. The event features handmade crafts, bake sale, general store, a Christmas shop & refreshments will be available. Entrance donation $1.00 per person. 860-828-6586

Also Saturday 9am to 3pm check out the Armenian Church Holiday Fair .  Armenian foods and delicacies, bake sale, fun and games and prizes. Free admission.  There will also be a Treasure Trove too (like a tag sale).  Church auditorium of the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1910 Stanley St, New Britain.

Holy Disciples Parish will host its Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 9am to 3pm at the St. Mary Magdalen School gymnasium at 140 Buckingham St., Oakville.  The proceeds of this bazaar will benefit the parish, which comprises the St. Mary Magdalen and St. John the Evangelist churches. There will be craft vendors, raffle items, homemade baked goods, themed gift baskets, knitted / crocheted goods and the famed Granny’s Attic tag sale. Entry is at the rear of the gym building which is also handicap accessible. Admission is free.

The UConn Men tip against UNC-Wilmington tonight at 8:30pm at Gampel.  Sunday is a Husky Doubleheader.  The Women face #10 NC State in a Bleed Blue Game (fans are asked to wear blue).  Then at 5pm, the Men battle Delaware State University.  Both Sunday games are at XL Center in Hartford.  www.uconnhuskies.com

Get ready for wrestling as the WWE is coming to XL Center Hartford with Friday Night Smackdown! See all your favorite smackdown superstars live and broadcast to the world including Roman Reigns and Smackdown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey! Fans can also expect appearances from Drew McIntyre and Smackdown Women's Champion Liv Morgan.  www.xlcenter.com

Visitors to Gillette Castle State Park can enjoy a generous touch of festive spirit while the eccentric home has temporarily closed its doors for restoration. Stroll the grounds from 8 a.m. until sunset on black Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays between the two major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. At the Cider Station just off the main path to the Castle, hot cider, cocoa, and snacks will be available for purchase from noon until 4 p.m. on all those days, weather permitting. Visitors also will have a chance to congregate around the warmth of a nearby fire pit. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt and creating colored images of the historic castle. Live performances by several regional musicians have been planned including The Flute Loops on November 27, The Chameleon Trio December 17 and Mystic Winds December 18. All performances start at 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Volunteers will be leading interpretive hikes along William Gillette’s historic narrow-gauge train trails. Special appearances by “William and Helen Gillette” will begin at 2 p.m. each Sunday afternoon inside the Visitor Center. A full schedule of free holiday events is posted on the organization’s website at

https://www.gillettecastlefriends.org

Buddy the Elf is back with ELF The Musical tour at Toyota Oakdale Theatre Friday & Saturday. Tickets and information at www.livenation.com

CLUE: On-Stage! is at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, based on the movie and the famous board game. This hilarious murder mystery tells a shocking tale that will leave attendees guessing: who did it? It runs weekends through November 20th.  Tickets are $30.  Performances at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 84 Main Street in Torrington.  860-489-7180 or www.warnertheatre.org

Don’t miss the world premiere of Christmas in Connecticut at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. A musical comedy based on the classic 1945 Warner Brothers film about a self-proclaimed “Martha Stewart” type that has no idea how to boil an egg! The show is a delightfully cheerful way to celebrate the holiday season. Make sure to grab your tickets!  www.goodspeed.org

Who Doesn't love a great Flea Market?  Mansfield Marketplace Sunday Flea Market runs every Sunday 8am to 2pm through November 20th at the Mansfield Drive-In Theater, 228 Stafford Rd, Mansfield Center.  $2 per shopper and $2 per car for flea market parking.  Rain or shine.  Vendors and buyers alike are welcome to thrift, treasure hunt, and bargain!  There is a large indoor market as well as up to 300+ vendors outside all selling new and used items, including plants, produce, clothing, crafts, jewelry, tools, collectibles, toys and more. If you are a vendor interested in reserving by the month, please call (860) 456-2578. Or, if you want to set up at the flea market for just one day, show up any Sunday as early as 7am.

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