February 23 – March 1

Monday, February 23:

{Reoccurs} 9:30 – 11a: Open Play Gross motor play, arts and crafts, dress up, sensory bins and more! All ages. $5 per child. West Hartford, CT.

Tuesday, February 24 – Sunday, March 1:

{Reoccurs} Reverberation After a personal tragedy, Jonathan has withdrawn from the world, with little social life beyond the men he meets online. When charming, flighty Claire moves into the apartment upstairs, she tries to coax him out of his shell. They forge a tenuous connection, but the past reverberates into the present, threatening what happiness they’ve found. Hartford, CT.

{Reoccurs} Dancing Lessons A new and quirky romantic comedy Starring Andrew Benator and host of TV’s Trading Spaces, Paige Davis. A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming. A touching story about finding love in unexpected places from the author who brought us Becoming Dr. Ruth and Freud’s Last Session. Hartford, CT. Note: Talk Back Tuesday’s. Stay tuned for our review and upcoming article on Subscriptions Pay Off and When!

Tuesday, February 24:

10:30a: Stormy Night When Bear can’t sleep on a stormy night; he finds comfort in a familiar song, a kiss and a tickle. Free. Enfield, CT.

11a: First Snow Storytime Free. Canton, CT.

11:15a – 12:30p: Open Play Gross motor play, arts and crafts, dress up, sensory bins and more! All ages. $5 per child. West Hartford, CT.

7p: Free CrossFit Class Join husband and wife team, Dan and Christina Gasparino for a free CrossFit class at Metacomet CrossFit. This strength and conditioning program is for absolutely all fitness levels. Free. Windsor, CT.

7:30p: Dancing Lessons – See details above. {We saw this!}

7:30p: Reverberation – See details above.

Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1:

{PTO: Parenting Time Out} The Dining Room The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes-some funny, some touching, some rueful-which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity. West Hartford, CT.

Wednesday, February 25:

10 – 11a: Evergreens The plants that stay green all year long. There is a Native American story about why the evergreens stay green all winter. They are a haven of protection for many animals. We’ll take a walk to the pond to visit the white pines and see how they help the local wildlife. Glastonbury, CT.

11a: Let’s Be Silly Storytime Join us for a silly Storytime event! We will be reading some of our favorite stories that make us laugh and giggle with excitement. Stay for the fun-filled craft to follow! Free. Manchester, CT.

7p: Houses of Civil War America Join us as author Hugh Howard takes us on a revealing historical and photographic tour of the homes of influential Civil War figures, including Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and others. This large-format hardcover shows readers the homes of Civil War era leaders, generals, activists, and caregivers. In photographs and well-researched text, Howard’s book takes us to a different era and into the lives of individuals and families who the war transformed. Free. Hartford, CT.

7 – 8p: African American Connecticut Explored at Windsor Historical Society. Contributing essayist Dr. Stacey Close, Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Elizabeth Normen, publisher of  Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history, and editor of African-American Connecticut Explored will speak about the long arc of the African-American experience in Connecticut with compelling stories drawn from the book’s 54 essays covering the colonial period to mid-20th century. Purchase a book and get it signed by the authors, and pick up a current issue of Connecticut Explored Magazine. Cost: $6 adults, $5 students, $4 members. Snow date: Thursday, February 26. Windsor, CT.

Wednesday, February 25 – Thursday, February 26:

7:30pm: The Dining Room – See details above.

7:30p: Dancing Lessons – See details above. {We saw this!}

7:30p: Reverberation – See details above.

Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28:

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding séances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goose bump-inducing. They sell out fast so be sure to make your reservations! Hartford, CT.

Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1:

As Connecticut’s largest and longest running Home and Remodeling Show, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut offers residents of Connecticut and western Massachusetts a one-stop shopping experience in home products and services. You will be able to find a wide variety of home improvement, building, and remodeling exhibits from featuring local and national vendors featuring thousands of ideas for your home and yard. General Admission: $12, Children 16 and Under: Free. Hartford, CT

Friday, February 27:

11:30a – 12:30p: Toddler Class – Pajama Party Breakfast We will make homemade cinnamon French toast sticks and berry syrup for dunking! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Newington, CT.

3 – 8p: Home and Remodeling Show – See details above.

6 – 8p: Paint Night at Little Ms. Bella Let’s get creative for this event. Paint your own canvas. Treats and drinks included. $40 per child. Farmington, CT.

6 – 9p: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours – See details above.

7p: Telephone It’s time to fly home for dinner but will Peter make it before his supper gets cold? Free. Enfield, CT.

7p: Uconn vs Massachusetts Home Game Hartford, CT.

7:30p: All The World’s A Stage: Stories From Life In Front Of An Audience Got a story to tell about life upon the stage or being in front of an audience? It could be a story about stage fright, the things you did to land a part, or what happened when you ended up being on a huge stage, or the smallest possible platform. Come hear and tell stories on the theme All The World’s A Stage: Stories From Life In Front Of An Audience at The Mark Twain House & Museum’s wildly popular storytelling series, The MOuTH, with WNPR radio personality Chion Wolf! The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. Submissions are now open. There will also be a “Wild Card”: Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded. $5 per person. Hartford, CT.

8p: Dancing Lessons – See details above. {We saw this!}

8p: The Dining Room – See details above.

8p: Reverberation – See details above.

Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1:

43rd Annual Winterfest It’s a Frozen WinterFest! Cure your cabin fever! Enjoy an awesome weekend of indoor and outdoor family-oriented activities at our 43rd Annual WinterFest, the Sweet Spot of Winter Fun! Middlefield, CT.

Saturday, February 28:

8a: 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Demo Join us at the Indian Rock Preserve for a freshly made pancake breakfast with assorted toppings and pure maple syrup. Enjoy a hay ride, visit the farm animals, and see how maple syrup is created – from taps to vats. Sample local maple syrup, also available for purchase. Adults –  $10, Children under 10 – $5, Children under 2 – free. Bristol, CT.

8a – 5p: 43rd Annual Winterfest – See details above.

9a: Brisk Winter Walk The Great Meadows Conservation Trust has scheduled a series of free winter walks for 2015, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Wethersfield, CT.

10a – 8p: Home and Remodeling Show – See details above.

11a: I am Jackie Robinson and I am Rosa Parks Storytime Come out of the cold and join us for this wonderful Storytime with friends. Free. Farmington, Enfield, Canton, CT.

11a – 12p: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures; Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. $4-8 for non-members. Hartford, CT.

1 – 3p: Family Winter Carnival The Burlington Parks & Recreation Department and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce present a Family Winter Carnival. Activities may include: Sleigh or hay rides, Crafts, DJ, Ice Skating (weather permitting – bring your skates), Sledding (weather permitting – please bring your own sled). Fee: $3 per person. $11 family maximum. Burlington, CT.

12 – 2p: Fast Forward to Spring Join us from 12-2p for free sampling as we try to ‘Fast Forward to Spring!’ Make sure to Enter to Win a ‘Spring Clean Basket’ and pick up various free spring cleaning samples (while supplies last). Free. West Hartford, CT.

2p: Ceilidh Our 8th annual Irish music festival featuring The Rude Mechanicals. Tickets are $10 for the matinee and $15 for the evening performance. Want to see both shows? Buy a combo ticket and save $5! Children under 6 are admitted for free, but please make sure to “purchase” a child ticket online to reserve their seat! As always, the Ceilidh is BYOB! New Britain, CT.

2 – 3p: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour – See details above.

2:30p: Dancing Lessons – See details above. Note: Students are free during Matinee. {We saw this!}

6 – 9p: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours – See details above.

7p: Ceilidh – See details above.

7p: Hartford Wolfpack Game Promotions: USA Heroes Night: The Wolf Pack will be saluting the 1980 USA Hockey Team as well as the heroes that help keep us safe every day. We’ll be wearing 1980 USA themed jerseys that will be auctioned off at intermission. Flag Giveaway: The first 2000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack Flag. Game Post-Game Skate: Stick around after the game and skate with all your favorite Wolf Pack players. Hartford, CT.

7 – 10p: Hollywood in Hartford Incredible Illusions, Outrageous Comedy with Live Performances Starring Joe Posa and Scott Townsend! $50 per person. West Hartford, CT. {We will be here!}

7:30p: The Music of Michael Jackson Join guest artist James Delisco, conductor Brent Havens and the HSO for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson’s influential and celebrated career.  Get ready to sing and moonwalk along to the hits, from the Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond, including ABC, I’ll Be There, Beat It, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, and more. Hartford, CT.

8p: Dancing Lessons – See details above. {We saw this!}

8p: The Dining Room – See details above.

8p: Reverberation – See details above.

Sunday, March 1:

8a – 5p: 43rd Annual Winterfest – See details above.

10a – 6p: Bounce Town Grand Opening Open Play for all Ages. $10 per child. Children must wear socks. {Mommy Tip No 257. I usually leave a pair in the glove compartment (great for parties and last minute excursions.} Canton, CT.

11a: Spring Baking: Bundt and Layer Cakes Welcome the new season with some impressive desserts that are really quite simple to prepare. A Bundt cake makes a statement with very little effort, while a layer cake is a work of art that you can accomplish by mastering a few easy techniques. Join us and learn how. Free. Select Williams Sonoma Stores.

10a – 5p: Home and Remodeling Show – See details above.

12:30 – 3:30p: Family Purim Festival In honor of our Centennial year. we bring you the return of a Mandell JCC fan favorite – he beloved Family Purim Festival! Come in costume and try your hand at numerous festival game booths  and win prizes. Dance to the beat of your own drum at the costume parade. Free admission. Various pricing for games and activities. West Hartford, CT.

1p: Alfred Pope’s Career: A Midwestern Iron Industrialist and the Connecticut Connection Alfred Pope was able to acquire the fabulous paintings on view at Hill-Stead because of the income derived from his work. He was a self-made businessman who, at a relatively young age 37, became President of a Midwestern conglomerate of malleable iron factories. While Pope’s career is often touched upon in only the briefest way on regular tours, this talk will delve into the history of the Cleveland Malleable Iron Company; its growth and prosperity; the Naugatuck, CT counterpart and Pope’s connection; and the present-day companies that evolved from these historic “Works.” Farmington, CT.

1 – 2p: Read Across America It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Join us as we celebrate Read Across America Day! Encourage a child in your life to gain a passion for reading. Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, create silly rhymes and listen to story time. Bristol. CT.

2p: UConn Huskies Game versus Michigan State University Come out and support the Huskies. $39 per ticket. Hartford, CT.

2p: The Dining Room – See details above.

2p: Reverberation – See details above.

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