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Cary on Culture

Robert Cary on his top 5 cultural pursuits in Fairfield County



Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins

If you live in a 1760 Colonial house, that was once a tavern, and you attended Yale and danced with the Joffrey Ballet, and you're now co-writing musicals headed for the bright lights of Broadway, then you have revealed your pedigree for the arts, high and pop. Naturally, we have that person in mind—he's Robert Cary, who appears with his husband Jonathan Tolines, in the Jan/Feb issue of Fairfield Living. So, Robert Cary, what are your top five cultural pursuits in the area?

1. Libraries

“We’re lucky in Fairfield to have three great libraries, the Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Woods, and the Pequot. All are great resources and have interesting events throughout the year, many child-friendly; the Pequot is also an architectural treasure unto itself.” 

2. Theater

The Westport Country Playhouse is a very fine theater we’re lucky to have so close. Eat at the adjacent restaurant, The Dressing Room, to enjoy a lovely night out.” 
 

3. Performance

“Shortly after moving to Fairfield, we wandered into the Fairfield Theater Company’s theater by the train station after dinner one night. A hot band was playing and the staff let us sneak in and listen for a while, to get a feel for the place. FTC hosts an eclectic mix of acts throughout the year, at both its theaters. You can catch wonderful stuff but you have to keep an eye on the calendar because they come and go so fast. We also took our son Henry to his first show recently, a production of The Cat in the Hat. He loved it. (There’s also a gallery around the corner that’s worth checking out.)”

4. Campus

The Quick Center, located on the campus at Fairfield University, is also a great venue that books excellent musical and theatrical events. Chamber groups and singers often perform recitals there before or after performing the same program in New York. The Quick is also the place to see the popular HD transmissions of live performances from the Metropolitan Opera and from the National Theatre in London. Jon recently took in Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art on a rainy afternoon. Again, watch the calendar for events that strike your fancy.”  


5. History

The Fairfield Museum and Historical Society is an accessible and welcoming place to discover the history of the town, and there are numerous events and programs throughout the year (including a great recent exhibit on the history of theater in the county). And our son Henry loves the annual model trains exhibit.”

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