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Fairfield Morning Briefing: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 [Weekend Planner]

Local events, announcements, and reminders to start your weekend.

Today is Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. On this day in 1954, the first modern incident of a person being struck by a meteorite is reported in Alabama.

Famous birthdays include Mark Twain – 1835; Winston Churchill ­– 1874; Dick Clark – 1929; Ben Stiller – 1965.  

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EVENTS & REMINDERS

Friday

  • 2012 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., The Burr Homestead, $10 adults/$5 children and seniors. "The 31st annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is a fun-filled weekend featuring holiday shopping and festive events. Come take a photo with Santa; buy a custom-created live wreath; tour the designer-decorated rooms; or shop for exquisite trees and wreaths throughout the mansion or at the gift boutique. Tickets also available for special events such as a formal gala, a nighttime children's event, a wine tasting and a traditional Christmas tea. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.  Please visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org for more information."
  • Three Kings Bazaar: 5 p.m., First Church Congregational, free. "Come sing - stay for hot chocolate or other light refreshments. All proceeds will support the ongoing ministry of First Church."
  • Christmas Tree Cafe: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, $1. "In conjuction with the Town of Fairfield’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting we will offer a Christmas Tree Café, a concession spot to grab a bite while you are waiting for the tree to light! From 5pm-8pm, Fairfield’s ChiliBomb Restaurant will serve chili dogs, burb bakes will offer tasty Portuguese biscotti, and we will sell hot cider and coffee to keep revelers warm."
  • Holiday Express Train Show Opening: 7 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, $3. "Warm up at the Fairfield Museum after the town’s tree lighting ceremony and be the first to see the new displays at the Holiday Express Train Show! Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of the model trains winding around a winter wonderland of spectacular trees and beautiful holiday scenery."
  • Rock Out Hunger Concert: 8 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, $75.  "The gala event, with music by The Subscribers, will benefit Bridgeport’s Thomas Merton Center, home of the largest soup kitchen and one of the busiest food pantries in the state, located at Madison and Washington avenues in what was once St. Joseph’s church."
  • : 8 p.m., Fairfield Ludlowe High School, $8. "The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club is proud to present J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, LIVE ON STAGE for 3 performances on Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, in the FLHS Auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT.  This enchanting adaptation, written by Patricia Gray, was approved by Professor Tolkien himself. ALL Tickets only $8.00."

Saturday

  • Breakfast with Santa: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, free. "Santa will miraculously appear amidst generous portions of pancakes, eggs and sausages on Saturday, December 1st between 8am and 11am at Fairfield Grace UMC.  Join friends and family for the best fun and fellowship in Fairfield!!  Activities for kids will be provided. Please bring an unwrapped present for a needy child to leave under our Christmas tree."
  • 2012 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Burr Homestead, $10 adults/$5 children and seniors. "The 31st annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is a fun-filled weekend featuring holiday shopping and festive events. Come take a photo with Santa; buy a custom-created live wreath; tour the designer-decorated rooms; or shop for exquisite trees and wreaths throughout the mansion or at the gift boutique. Tickets also available for special events such as a formal gala, a nighttime children's event, a wine tasting and a traditional Christmas tea. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.  Please visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org for more information."
  • Three Kings Bazaar: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Church Congregational, free. "Come sing - stay for hot chocolate or other light refreshments. All proceeds will support the ongoing ministry of First Church."
  • : 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fairfield Ludlowe High School, $8. "The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club is proud to present J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, LIVE ON STAGE for 3 performances on Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, in the FLHS Auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT.  This enchanting adaptation, written by Patricia Gray, was approved by Professor Tolkien himself. ALL Tickets only $8.00."

Sunday

  • 2012 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Burr Homestead, $10 adults/$5 children and seniors. "The 31st annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is a fun-filled weekend featuring holiday shopping and festive events. Come take a photo with Santa; buy a custom-created live wreath; tour the designer-decorated rooms; or shop for exquisite trees and wreaths throughout the mansion or at the gift boutique. Tickets also available for special events such as a formal gala, a nighttime children's event, a wine tasting and a traditional Christmas tea. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.  Please visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org for more information."
  • Holiday Book Preview: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore. "The Fairfield Public Librarians have put together an array of suggested book titles that will be available for purchase at the Bookstore. They include a variety of genres, including kids, tweens, teens, big gift books, cookbooks, non-fiction, mysteries, biography/memoirs, sports, science fiction/fantasy, popular fiction, and literary fiction."
  • The Fairfield County Children's Choir presents Angels Sing: 3 p.m., The Klein Memorial Auditorium, $15. "Three hundred angelic voices will take the stage for our winter concert, “Angels Sing,” featuring a variety of holiday classics, both sacred and secular. The program will include Angels’ Carol, Angels We Have Heard on High, Gesu Bambino, and ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime."
  • Good Wishes from Robert Frost: 4 p.m., Pequot Library, free. "For twenty-five years, poet Robert Frost collaborated with the Spiral Press and several artists/illustrators to create unique Christmas cards to be sent by the Frost family and by Frost's publishers. The artists involved include Thomas W. Nason, J.J. Lankes, Fritz Eichenberg, Philip Grushkin, Howard Norton Cook, Leo Manso, Linn Lloyd Benton, Stefan Martin, Antonio Frasconi and Joseph Low. The Spiral Press was founded by Joseph Blumenthal in 1926. He and Frost became friends during their collaboration on the cards."

 

FAIRFIELD CINEMAS AT BULLARD SQUARE SHOWTIMES

 

FORECAST as of 3 p.m. on Thursday:

  • Friday: "Increasing clouds, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning."
  • Friday night: "A slight chance of rain or drizzle. Cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent."
  • Saturday: "A chance of rain or drizzle, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent."
  • Saturday night: "A slight chance of rain or drizzle before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent."
  • Sunday: "Partly sunny, with a high near 54."
  • Sunday night: "A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent."

 

INTERSTATE TRAFFIC CAMS

See also Fairfield Patch’s "Commute” page.

 

TIDES & TIMES

Friday

  • Low tide: 5:50 a.m.
  • Sunrise: 6:58 a.m.
  • High tide: 11:58 a.m.
  • Sunset: 4:25 p.m.
  • Low tide: 6:23 p.m.

Saturday

  • High tide: 12:31 a.m.
  • Low tide: 6:30 a.m.
  • Sunrise: 6:59 a.m.
  • High tide: 12:36 p.m.
  • Sunset: 4:25 p.m.
  • Low tide: 7:02 p.m.

Sunday

  • High tide: 1:11 a.m.
  • Sunrise: 7 a.m.
  • Low tide: 7:10 a.m.
  • High tide: 1:16 p.m.
  • Sunset: 4:24 p.m.
  • Low tide: 7:42 p.m.

 

Forecast obtained from the National Weather Service; tide information obtained from saltwatertides.com (calibrated to the closest selection to Fairfield, Bridgeport Harbor).

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