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The sights and sounds of Christmas are in the air all around Norwalk

Norwalk Symphony: Messiah Sing-Along & Holiday Extravaganza will be performed at  Norwalk Concert Hall Nov. 7.

NORWALK, Conn. – The turkey leftovers are nearly gone, the chill winds are blowing, and Christmas is in the air.

Holiday activities are being to dot the calendar, and, while it isn’t exactly NancyOnNorwalk’s usual fare, we thought we’d share a few things that have come across our desk as we get set to wind down our Thanksgiving “break.”

Pop City SoNo

Pop City SoNo will be hosting a series of local artists and makers who are selling art, clothing and gear. The former vacant storefront once featured a nightclub hot spot, and in that theme, the pop up has a lounge vibe and ushers in artists with an edge.

“We’ve tweaked the format for this POP Up,” said Maribeth Becker, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0, in a press release. “We wanted to select local artists and makers who have a range of products and artworks that are fun and affordable.”

“This is a great time to come to SoNo, have a glass of wine at Strada 18 or hot chocolate at Chocopologie and support the local economy by supporting our SONO entrepreneurs,” said Jackie Lightfield, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0.

Today, Nov. 30: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Kultjah Pop Up Shop, POP CITY, 14 South Main St.

Sunday, Dec. 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Kultjah Pop Up Shop, POP CITY, 14 South Main St.

Wednesday Dec. 4: 5:30 p.m., HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Friday Dec. 6: 5:30 p.m. HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini. 1 to 5 p.m. gallery open. The 11th Hour Show/Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle. “Wrap it Up” sale of 20 percent off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free.

Saturday Dec. 7: 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery open. The 11th Hour Show/Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle. “Wrap it Up” sale of 20 percent off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free.

Sunday, Dec. 8: 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery open The 11th Hour Show/Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle. “Wrap it Up” sale of 20 percent off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free

Wednesday, Dec. 11: 5:30 p.m., HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Friday, Dec. 13: 5:30 p.m., HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Saturday, Dec. 14: 11 a.m. to 5p.m., Peace by Piece Quilt Pop Up with Lizzy Rockwell; Social Fiber with Margaret Bodell

Wednesday, Dec. 18: 5:30 p.m., HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Saturday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., State of Makers info session and yarn event; The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

Sunday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

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Christmas Fair and Tree and Menorah Lightings

Sunday, Dec. 1: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the American Legion, 60 County St., will hold a Christmas Fair and Tree Lighting. There will be 30 vendors on hand offering Christmas gifts for sale.

Sunday, Dec. 1: 4:30 p.m., 6th Taxing District Tree Lighting, Pinkney Park, Rowayton.

Sunday, Dec. 1:  5 p.m., Stew Leoanrd’s, Westport Avenue, menorah lighting.

Tuesday, Dec. 3: 5:30 p.m., Stew Leoanrd’s, Westport Avenue, Christmas tee lighting.

Friday, Dec. 6: 5:45 p.m.: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, 295 West Ave., City of Norwalk Christmas tree lighting.

Friday, Dec. 6: 7 p.m., The Norwalk Green, Eat Avenue, 1st Taxing District Christmas tree lighting.

Sunday, Dec. 8: 6 p.m., Rogers Square, East Norwalk, 3rd Taxing District Christmas tree lighting.

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Norwalk Symphony and friends

Saturday, Dec. 7: 5 p.m., Norwalk Symphony: Messiah Sing-Along & Holiday Extravaganza, Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave. The program will launch with a Sing-Along of one of the great classics of the holiday season, the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra and soloists will be on the stage, led by Music Director Jonathan Yates, but the audience will be the chorus. Four soloists with prestigious international careers -Amelia Watkins, Leanne Gonzalez-Singer, Thomas Young, and Michael Rice – will sing the famous recitatives and arias.

Described by Opera News as having “a rich, glowing lyric sound destined for the heights”, the Norwalk Symphony’s soprano soloist Amelia Watkins has recently appeared with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Lincoln Centre, and Tanglewood Music Festival. Alto Leanne Gonzalez-Singer has appeared on the operatic stage with Opera Omaha, Caramoor Festival, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Center for Contemporary Opera and the Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, among others. Grammy and Cleo-award winning lyric tenor Thomas Young has appeared as a principal soloist in the major concert halls and opera houses of some 30 countries, and under the baton of, among others, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Young’s national tours include “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the role of Judas and “The Wiz” as The Wiz. Bass-Baritone Michael Rice has performed with a variety of companies including Castleton Festival under Lorin Maazel, New York City Opera, Opera de Nice, Utah Symphony and Opera, The Ravinia Festival, Central City, Glimmerglass, Sarasota, and Opera.

Tickets for the Holiday Extravaganza concert can be purchased online or by calling 203-956-6771.

 

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3 responses to “The sights and sounds of Christmas are in the air all around Norwalk”

  1. LWitherspoon

    Thank you Mark.

  2. EastNorwalkChick

    Thank you Mark, the Pop City So No looks interesting, every year I look for one special gift for my husband, this might be the venue that I find it this year!
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    Today is Small Business Saturday, shop local everyone if you can!

  3. Tobias

    Don’t forget the Setti’s lights are on every night until New Years Day off of Eastwood Rd here in Norwalk. They have been doing it for so long that I think when they finally move, it will be added to the deed of the house that the next buyers will have to keep up Santas Village. It’s well worth going if you have little ones and Christmas Eve me and mrs Claus show up for last minute requests!

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