May 18 – 25

Welcome to the third week in May! Below we have highlighted things to do for the next 7 days in Hartford County! Check back often as we add on as often as we change our wardrobes.

Monday, May 18:

9 – 11am: Homeschool Days: Sculpture Safari It’s a zoo in here! Grab a pair of binoculars and look out for a bucking bronco, beguiling bear, bedazzled buck, and meditative monkey. Learn how artists use different materials to bring the natural world to life in 3D, and then set up camp in the studio, where you’ll design a wild, whiskered, or woolly animal bench inspired by our artist bench collection. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is strongly encouraged. $10 per child, free for children under 5. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Tuesday, May 19:

{Reoccurs} 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Berry-licious Come celebrate National Strawberry Month as we prepare some recipes using the main ingredient of the day: fresh strawberries! Strawberry Salsa with cinnamon pita chips and strawberry cupcakes with berries in both the batter and the frosting! Some more berry surprises are in store. Ages 2 – 5. $15 per child, $10 per sibling. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30am: Small Elephant’s Bathtime Small Elephant likes water, but not when it’s in a bath. But Small Elephant’s daddy has a way to make the bath fun. Join us today in the Children’s Department for this wonderful little story! Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

11am: When a Dragon Moves In Storytime Join us for a special Storytime in the Children’s Department, there will be coloring activities immediately after the story reading. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

12 – 1pm: Hartford Blooms: The Greening of a City Spring finally arrives in Hartford on Tuesday, May 19 as Connecticut’s Old State House cultivates a conversation about how horticulture drives civic engagement. Former Executive Director of the Knox Parks Foundation Jack Hale will discuss the legacy of City Councilwoman Betty Knox, who believed in the connection between the two subjects, and how the Capital City’s greening movement of the 1970s impacted present day Hartford. For a quarter century Hale nurtured community and school gardening projects, including neighborhood tree planting and volunteer landscaping activities, which blossomed into a successful program providing hundreds of jobs to local young people. After his talk Hale will be joined by Ron Pitz, the man presently carrying on the work of Councilwoman Knox, and Mike McGarry, the organizer of Hartford Blooms who took up a mayor’s challenge to beautify the city. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the panel discussion, find out what’s next for the “green movement” and invite attendees to a 9-day garden lover’s event taking place throughout Hartford. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Free. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

{Raindate: 5/20} 4 – 7pm: Tariffville School Carnival Stop by and enjoy the bounce house, food by Little City Pizza, a performance by Villari’s Martial Arts Center, the wildly popular cake walk, face painting, cupcake decorating and a variety of fun games. Tariffville School, Simsbury.

Wednesday, May 20:

10am and 2:30pm: Freckleface Strawberry the Musical Based on the beloved New York Times best selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, comes a brand new family musical.  You and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford. Enter our giveaway to win a family-four pack of tickets to this show this weekend.

10 – 11am: Garden Veggies Do you love veggies? Carrots, lettuce, peas, and tomatoes? Let’s learn how to make a vegetable garden so we can enjoy veggies all summer long. We’ll learn about compost and soil and then plant lettuce to take home! CT Audubon Society; Center at Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

{Parenting Time Out} 7:30pm: Party Like a President To further celebrate with this event, there will be liquor and spirit tastings.  Also there will be a rousing game of Presidential Trivia, and Real or Fake Laws! Plus, a few subject specific episodes of Drunk History will be shown! This is a free event. Reservations are highly recommended. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, May 20 – Sunday, May 24:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights at Scene Art Bar Thursday – Saturday from 7-9:30pm, Sunday 5-7:30pm. Paintings to choose from by night: Thursday: Stolen Kiss, Friday The Crow, Saturday Poppies and Sunday Wine Anyone. $35-40 per person. Book your paint session by May 31st and save 20% on public painting sessions, enter promo code JUNEOFFER20 during online registration – not valid for previous reservations, private parties or fundraisers. Scene Art Bar, Unionville. Stay tuned for our review!

{Reoccurs} Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Kiss Me Kate A renowned director of Shakespeare and musical comedy, Darko Tresnjak brings his two passions together in this new revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Director of our current Broadway smash, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Darko promises a Kiss Me, Kate like none before. Hartford Stage, Hartford. Stay tuned for our review!

{Reoccurs} Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Good People Welcome to Southie, a neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills. Margie Walsh has just lost another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling might be her ticket out. With humor and grace, Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Thursday, May 21:

12 – 1pm: Herstory During the years that the Old State House served as the state capitol, and later when it served as Hartford City Hall, women had few political rights, but that did not stop them from contributing to society both in the home and in the public arena. Join us in this one hour lunch-time tour of the Old State House to hear some of these women’s stories and how they influenced the world around them. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

5 – 7pm: What Makes a Family? Who decides what constitutes a family? How has the definition of family changed over time?Do religion, law, or zoning impact the definition?  How can we work to create equity for all families? Following a brief presentation by Salon guests, the audience is invited to join the discussion. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

6 – 10pm: Creative Cocktail Hour represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music, and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

6:30 – 8pm: Wellness Workshop: Clean Food 101 Do you feel overwhelmed with all the information on everything from arsenic to dyes, to artificial sweeteners, to GMOs? Not sure how to interpret all that information when it comes to feeding your family? Let us synthesize it for you at our wellness workshop. We will cover the nuts and bolts of food additives, and offer realistic strategies on how to feed your family safely. Come join us for an information-filled 90 minutes that will empower you to feed you family safely. Workshops are offered at our office in West Hartford. $30 to attend ($5 discount for following us on 2 of 4: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest; or subscribing to our blog. These workshops are for adults only – to empower you to feed your families better (unfortunately no childcare available).

7pm: The Sound of Music Story On March 2, 1965, “The Sound of Music” was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the movie going public in the way that “The Sound of Music” did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodeling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate “Sound of Music” fan book with all the inside dope from behind the scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the “Cleopatra” bankrupted 20th Century Fox. We all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? Tom Santopietro knows and will tell all while providing a historian’s critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman, a look at the critical controversy which greeted the movie, the film’s relationship to the turbulent 1960s and the super stardom which engulfed Julie Andrews. Tom Santopietro’s “The Story of ‘The Sound of Music'” is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic. This is a free event. Reservations are highly recommended. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 25:

Friday 11am – 12am, Saturday 11am – 1am, and Sunday 12pm – 10pm. Greek Festival Greek food, music, culture and fun! Free admission and parking. Rain or Shine. Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, New Britain.

Friday, May 22:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Berry-licious See details above.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Non-members $40 for one child, half off siblings. My Gym, Enfield.

7pm: Meet an Astronaut Join us in welcoming Talcott Lieutenant Colonel Rich Clifford as he speaks to us about his experience at NASA and the space shuttle. Mountain Science Center, Avon.

7pm: I Like Myself Storytime I like myself inside and out! Why? Just because I’m me! At once silly and serious, this exuberant ode to self-esteem is sassy, soulful and straight from the heart! Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24:

1pm and 4pm: Freckleface Strawberry the Musical Based on the beloved New York Times best selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, comes a brand new family musical.  You and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Saturday, May 23:

9am – 3pm: Open Center Day The Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center will be open with a full day of scheduled, fun activities for all ages. There will be guided walks and hikes in the morning and a special art activity led by local artist Judy Bird in the afternoon, beginning at 1pm. There also will be an archery lesson from 11am. to 1pm. Master Wildlife Conservationists will staff wildlife-related activities, including a track-making craft. Best of all, it is free. Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center, Burlington.

10am: 52 New Foods Presents Ice Cream Shop Scream for ice cream! Discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Use your imagination and come up with your own tasty blends. Suitable for ages 5 –13. Free. Williams Sonona locations.

10am – 12pm: Kid’s Club at Michael’s Red White and Blue Craft Stick Flag Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up $2 per child. Michael’s locations.

10am – 4pm: Revolutionary War Encampment At the WDS Revolutionary War Encampment, visitors can interact closely with the 5th Connecticut Regiment, in full colonial dress, and enjoy entertaining demonstrations of 18th-century medicine, horsemanship, open-fire cookery, marching and musket firing and music. Shortly after the regiment partakes of its midday meal, children are invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden “muskets.” The encampment also includes members of the 54th Regiment of Foot, a dashing band of British redcoats whose safety is uncertain once they commence their attack on the Continental soldiers at 1 pm. At 2 pm, 18th-century horseman David Loda demonstrates his dynamic sword-and-pistol skills on horseback. And he makes a dashing figure in Continental uniform and tri-corn hat, astride his gleaming Morgan horse, Huckleberry, as they lead the charge against the British. Visitors can easily grasp the level of discomfort their forbears may have felt when faced with a charging, sword-wielding horseman, as Loda slices through  a “soldier” portrayed by a melon perched atop a post. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission rates will be charged for optional tours of the museum. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield.

11am: Dragons Love Tacos This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love all kinds of tacos and salsa, but watch out for the spicy salsa. Barnes & Noble of West Hartford, Canton, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester and Farmington.

11am – 2pm: Pop Up Market Pop over to the New Britain Museum of American Art for our Popup bazaar! Enjoy treats and produce from local food trucks and farmers, quality handmade goods made from local artists, and listen to the sounds of summer with local musicians. What better way to beat the summer heat than to spend it with us on our back terrace enjoying the festivities. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

12 – 3pm: Springtime Steampunk Social: An afternoon of Tea, Steam, Songs and Sweets Steampunk will once again invade The Mark Twain House & Museum in the form of an old-fashioned tea party in Hal Holbrook Hall. On Saturday, May 30, from 12pm to 3pm, guests are invited to come in costume, try some tea, and hobnob with delightful members of the Steampunk community. This Steampunk Social, hosted by Grymm Studios, features Nikki Woolfolk, Author & Chocolatier, the musical styling of Venus Lens Cap, plus a showing of the award winning short film 1873: the Insidious Intrigue by Chronophotograph Studios. The event will include a Victorian-style afternoon tea with delectable treats. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, but it is not required. Tours of The Mark Twain House will be available at 11am and at 3pm. Tickets are $15. The tour is an additional $5. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

{Raindate: 5/24} 7pm: Riverfront Summer Pops Celebrate Memorial Day on the Riverfront with the Middletown Symphonic Band, performing an Americana concert. Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States.  Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject. Great River Park, East Hartford.

Sunday, May 24:

10am – 5pm: Heirloom Festival Historic and patriotic music will entertain the masses who come to celebrate America’s agricultural history, enjoy crafts, activities for children, entertainment, lectures and foods by area vendors, and listen to renowned and knowledgeable garden speakers. Rain or shine. Comstock, Ferre and Co., Wethersfield.

{Times vary per location} Memorial Day BBQ: Technique Class Welcome summer by hosting a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day. In this class we’ll cover grilling basics including classic barbecued chicken and show you how to give meat a flavor boost with spicy and beer-based sauces. We’ll also share a few of our favorite side dishes. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

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