It's a 'tween holiday weekend in Fairfield: A bit of a cooling-off period as festivities wind down from Christmas and gear up for New Year's Eve. That doesn't mean, however, that there's still not stuff to do and see in town before 2014 begins. Here's a short list:
Choo-choo choose the Holiday Express Train Show at the Fairfield Museum and History Center before it chugs out of town Jan. 5. Hours on Friday are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is at 370 Beach Road. More details here, http://bit.ly/IHvh5Y, or call 203-259-1598.
The holiday season is also the blockbuster movie season. Catch a selection of the latest silver-screen releases -- several of them likely contenders for '14 Oscars -- at the Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square, 41 Black Rock Turnpike. Among the current offerings: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Saving Mr. Banks," Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," "American Hustle," "Frozen" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." For the complete schedule of films, go here: http://bit.ly/1btnAHO
Commune with nature reflecting on 2013 and what lies ahead in the new year by taking a hike. One of the best places in Fairfield to do that is Connecticut Audubon's Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. Located next to the Audubon Center at 2325 Burr St., the sanctuary encompasses 155 acres of "rolling woodlands, meadows, streams, marshes and ponds with raised boardwalks and bridges that allow access to the varied land, forest and fresh water wetland ecosystems," as described the Audubon's website. It's open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 203-259-6305 or check http://bit.ly/1cEtX19
If your year-end tastes run to more active pursuits, two high school basketball tournaments in Fairfield this weekend may be just the ticket.
The Todd Burger Holiday Girls' Basketball Tournament -- a memorial tribute to a longtime Fairfield Citizen sports editor -- tips off Friday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road. Fairfield Warde faces Brien McMahon at 4 p.m. and the host Falcons face Brookfield at 6 p.m.
On the boys' side of the basketball court, the Fairfield Prep Christmas Tournament -- featuring all four Fairfield high schools -- concludes Saturday at Fairfield University's Alumni Hall, with the consolation game at 6 p.m. and the title game at 8 p.m. The tourney's first round Thursday pitted Notre Dame against Fairfield Ludlowe and Prep against Fairfield Warde.