Only a couple of weeks before the “official” holiday season begins. But in the meantime there are a slew of choices to ease you into “busy” mode.
Iconic actress and now director Julie Andrews is in Chester where her play “The Great American Mousical” opens Thursday at the Gooodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre. The musical is based on the best-selling book by Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton . The show has been extended through Dec. 9. Information: www.goodspeed.org
The Chrysalis Center, a Hartford agency that provides social services and develops affordable housing, will hold its “2012 Butterfly Bash” Thursday at the Hartford Marriott beginning at 6 p.m. Go to www.chrysaliscenter.org for ticket information.
On Friday the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters will honor Liberty Bank president and chair Chandler Howard at its “Start Something Big” event at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. The evening includes food, a program and live auction with WFSB personality Scot Haney. Information: www.bbbsnutmeg.org or 1-800-237-5437.
HARC will host its annual gala, “A League of Our Own, Let’s Have A Ball” on Saturday at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott in Windsor beginning at 6:L30p.m. Proceeds benefit the organization that provides services and assistance to the disabled. WTIC personality Ray Dunaway, NBC Connecticut’s Dianna Russini, and auctioneer Paul Stansel will be hosts.
Also on Saturday, Bristol Hospital will hold its annual ball “Baja Breezes” at the Aqua Turf Clubin Plantsville. The evening includes reception, dinner, auction and dancing. WDRC personality Jerry Kristafer is emcee. For information call 860-585-3000.
It will be a “knight” to remember Saturday at the Mark Twain House & Museum where its annual gala. “Joust Do It” gets started at 6 p.m. at The Hartford Club. Guests are invited to get into the them by wearing medieval costumes or cocktail attire. The gala, which benefits the Mark Twain House, includes “a hearty feast for kings and queens, market faire with wondrous wares for auction and the finest mead and ales to add to the merriment.” Information: 860-883-9016 or www.marktwainhouse.org