Monday, March 23, 2015



Whether you raised a pint of green beer in tribute or donned a green shirt or tie, everyone is Irish on ST. Paddy's Day and Elim Park in Cheshire planted shamrocks and four leaf clovers in honor of the holiday.  With the rousing music and foot stomping tunes of The Kerry Boys, the rafters of Nelson Hall were raised a significant foot or two on Friday, March 13 when these balladeers and troubadours got the crowd singing and clapping about ramblers and gamblers, whiskey and rye, celebrating wakes and gals like sweet Molly Malone.  A wee bit of Scotland crept in with sentimental songs like Danny Boy while tunes like Wild Rover practically had the audience levitating with joy.

If you missed this rousing tribute to St. Patrick, never fear, there's lots more entertainment coming down the road, the high road and the low road, and coming to Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire for your listening pleasure.  Baby Boomers, it's your time for a musical salute when Squire and Louise come to call.  On Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m., the joint will be jumping with all the music, comedy and inspiration of the Boomer generation. Relive those grand old days with two folks who know all the buttons to push and tunes to sing and jokes to tell to make these years come alive once more.

Get your entertainment calendar ready to mark the dates for Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. when the Grand Ole Opry comes a knocking.  The Truck Stop Troubadours will open the country western song book and let out all the timeless hits of that unique part of the globe.  A live band will jiggle and jive so fast that you'll literally jump out of your seat as the rhythm gets your blood pumping and your hands clapping and your feet kicking.

A change of pace will welcome Will and Anthony Nunziata, known affectionately as the singing brothers of Broadway, as they carry the audience From Broadway to Italy with a medley of hits that will stimulate your memories and have you crooning along with these two talented guys. They combine comedy and conversation with tunes like "O Sole Mio" and "Somewhere," bridging the musical gap from Broadway to the land of their ancestors.  On Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., you'll find yourself sailing across the pond in a bevy of brilliant musical magic and mirth that will transport you to heaven and back.

Ready to dance on your toes?  Let the Connecticut Ballet sweep you away on a glorious journey with Will Shakespeare as the famed dance troupe presents A Midsummer Night's Dream in all its color and splendor on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Bard's classic comedy of lovers sprinkled with fairy dust by a mischievous Puck and all the misadventures that ensue is sure to delight audience members of all ages. This is the ninth full length ballet produced by the company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brett Raphael. An added bonus, you can meet the dancers in the lobby after the show.

Hold on to your felt hats because there's more as the essence of Ol' Blue Eyes comes to town with Bryan Anthony's smooth and elegant tribute to the man himself in Celebrating Sinatra: His Life in Music. On Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m., you will be entertained by this super performer who will delight you, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra accompanying him. He will croon the tunes of Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin and Sammy Cahn, to name drop a few.  The Great American Songbook will be ablaze with memorable hits from "I've Got You Under My Skin" to "Night and Day" to "All the Way."

For tickets, call Nelson Hall at Elim Park at 203-699-5495 for prices and more information.

Enjoy the variety of choices for a gala spring as Nelson Hall at Elim Park fills your dance and entertainment card.

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