The Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford will kick off its 2014 season, featuring entertainment performances and other special events, May 10.

Programs will be held at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Offerings will include a program with Larry Hunt, actor, director, mask-maker and educator, May 10; music by the East Shore Steel band May 31; "Around the World in 60 Minutes," a musical performance by Samantha Lane Talmadge, June 14; music by Brianne Chasanoff, who will perform selections from her albums, and guest performers June 21; music by pianist Margarita Nuller, July 12; music by the Jolly Beggars, July 19; music by the Ali Ryerson Trio, who will perform Brazilian favorites, Sept. 6; "Brazili and Beyond," a program of music by Judy Handler and Mark Levesque, Sept. 13; and music by the Asylum Quartet, Oct. 11.

In addition, the Bearcats will perform as part of the center's annual jazz barbecue Aug. 24 at 3 p.m.

Tanglewood on the West Aspetuck, where patrons are invited to bring a picnic for dining on the center's deck along the river, will be offered before evening performances.

Special events will include an "Antiques Road Show"-style event, and "A Rising Stars" show featuring young performers.

Individual performances are $25, except for the July 12 show, which is free. A subscription for $100 entitles a patron to attend five events. A Merryall membership entitles a patron to all entertainment performances and lectures.

For more information and tickets, visit the center's website at, or call the Chapel Hill Road center at 860-354-7264.