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First Friday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.
$10 for Museum members, $15 Non-members
$3 for beer and wine, soda is free
First Friday features live jazz music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and jazz lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event.

For general inquiries about First Friday please contact the Front Desk at (860) 229-0257.

For sponsorship information please contact the Development Manager at (860) 229-0257, ext. 246.

Oct. 3
Music by Nekita Waller
Connecticut singer Nekita Waller performs Soul, Pop, Motown, R&B, Classic Rock, and original music throughout the state. Nekita has been singing since childhood, winning a state-wide contest in High School that took her to the stage at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. She has worked for many local independent artists, opening for artists Ruben Studdard and B.B. King and most recently won the 2013 Connecticut CanUSing, one of the state’s premier singing contests. She has been featured for her singing this year in the news in both the New Haven Register and Middletown Press. Nekita is currently performing throughout the state, playing various venues including the Rooftop120 in Glastonbury, Sully’s Pub in Hartford, Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, O’Toole’s in New Haven. Nekita performs a variety of musical styles. Her repertoire includes, Motown, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Tower to Power, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, R&B, Pop, Gospel, and originals. Those who support and enjoy her music are as diverse as the music Nekita performs. From young to old, of all backgrounds, Nekita moves, entertains, and connects with all who listen.


Enjoy a taste of East Side Restaurant and Martin Rosol's kielbasa. Local favorite, East Side Restaurant, will be serving traditional German cuisine, including German meatballs, wursts, and sauerkraut. Wash it down with a beer from Old Burnside Brewing Company. If you are craving something sweet, pop outside to find the Hardcore Cupcake truck.

Maker's Market: Pauline Clifford and Diane Kopta
Pauline Clifford is not an artist by vocation or profession. She delved into the world of jewelry making at the prompting of friends. She started with basic bead stringing and wire wrapping but subsequently moved on to bead embroidery that incorporates Soutache braid and Shibori silk. Diane Kopta will also be featured in this month's Maker's Market with her affordable, handcrafted jewelry. Simple, yet colorful and beautiful, her jewelry designs are a great gift for any occasion or could be a perfect splurge for yourself.

Nov. 7
Music by Soul Sound Revue (Mark Varlese)
Soul Sound Revue recreates the dynamic vocal harmonies and musical stylings of classic Motown groups of the sixties, seventies, and eighties: With the popular resurgence of the seventies, eighties, and nineties, Soul Sound Revue currently performs the most popular dance hits spanning four decades. Guaranteed to keep you dancing from the first down beat to the last song of the night.

Cato Corner Farm

Maker's Market
November's Maker's Market will feature Deborah Leng, Annika McKenna, and Linda Davidson. Grounded in fiber and stone, Deborah Leng’s jewelry designs relate to spiritual awarness and personal growth. Annika McKenna bases her jewelry off of the natural world surrounding us and draws on sterling silver metals, cultured pearls, semi-precious stones, local seaglass, Peruvian opals, and Swarovki crystals to create timeless and simple accessories. Linda Davidson joins the ranks of these talented artists with her unique, handcrafted jewelry from her jewelry line, Quilibet. Incorporating semi-precious stones, found objects, pearls, sterling silver, and Swarovski crystals into her pieces, Davidson’s accessories are affordable and terrific for all occasions.

Dec. 5
Music by Seizure Jazz

The Seizure Jazz Experience was formed 10 years ago by a group of UCONN Health Center faculty and administrators. They have played their swinging jazz rhythms throughout Connecticut, entertaining audiences at private functions, clubs, festivals, universities and the NBMAA with a mix of straight ahead instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, and jazzed‐up pop vocals. Their first instrumental album, “Grand Mal”, has been favorably reviewed, and they are currently in the studio recording a second vocal album. The group is currently composed of Les Bernstein (acoustic bass), Mike Lehouillier (drums), Lenny Paplauskas (saxophones), Ken Price (guitars), Bev St. Onge (vocals) and Tony Voytovich (alto saxophone).

Maker's Market Holiday Edition
Special extended time 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Maker’s Market: Holiday Edition is a large-scale shopping extravaganza with snacks and refreshments to keep you going. Featured will be vendors with wares such as jewelry, house goods, men’s and women’s accessories, and gifts for everyone. The Museum Shop will be bringing back some of our most loved vendors from previous First Fridays and introducing new lines and products as well. Partnering with First Friday you can expect food vendors and the usual party-like atmosphere.

Maker’s Market is a Museum initiative to bring shoppers the best from local artisans and designers. The Museum Shop is dedicated to bringing wares of the highest quality and craft and help promote American made goods. Also Available in the Shop are NBMAA Shop Gift cards, an ideal present for our regular visitors! We aim to provide a unique holiday shopping environment, and help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.


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