September 3 – 9

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Hartford County. We promote things for Moms to do; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family! We do all of the work so you can have all of the fun! We list it because its worth the mention, your time and the drive!

Thursday, September 3:

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2 – 4pm: Fashion and Flowers Six rarely seen dresses from the museum’s collection from the 1840s to the 1920s will be on display. Each will inspire a floral arrangement that complements the elegant table settings. Refreshments will include savory and sweet morsels and tea both hot and cold. After tea, Tracy Weed will give a brief presentation on Fashion from Victorians to Flappers. $20 per person. Purchase tickets online. Hosted with the West Hartford Garden Club, all funds raised will help support a new outdoor patio space at the museum. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

4 – 5:30pm: Kaleidoscopic Art Peer into the mystical world of current new and now artist Katja Loher, whose video ”sculptures” mesmerize viewers with their choreographed cast of tiny human dancers. You’ll combine art and science to create similarly enchanting works out of color and movement—kaleidoscopes! You will also explore color mixing, pattern building, and the properties of light and shadow using a variety of art media. Ages 8-11. $22 per month for non-members. NMBAA, New Britain.

4:30 – 7pm: West Hartford Hauntings Auditions Call to schedule your audition for our theatrical cemetery tour. Ages 12 and up. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

5:45 – 8pm: Open Mic Night The first Thursday of every month, Open Mic Night invites poets, musicians, comedians, and performers to make our galleries your stage as you share your work in this mutually supportive community. Open Mic Night is included with the cost of general admission, and will be hosted by local artist the Poet Amin. Sign-ups will begin at 5:45 p.m. and performances will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Each open mic slot is 20 minutes. Participants are required to bring any necessary equipment. NBMAA, New Britain.

Thursday, September 3 – Friday, September 4:

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Thursday from 7:30 – 10pm and Friday from 7 – 9:30pm: Paint Nights Thursday: Lotus, Friday: Cocktails on the Beach. Perfect for when your flying solo, a girls night or couples night out. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35 – 40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Friday, September 4:

12:01am: Star Wars celebrate Force Friday at our midnight opening. Be among the first in the galaxy to access all-new Star Wars toys, plus get an exclusive free poster and lego commemorative brick while supplies last! Toys”R”Us stores.

5:30 – 8pm: First Friday World-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and international pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd together create a smorgasbord of music for a wide palette of occasions from the grand gala-fest to the intimate hang. Whether performing dance classics, the American songbook, hot afro-Latin grooves, or their own catchy, poignant originals this unique two can manifest as a soothing background pad, a party-rousing tandem, or a grand showpiece. Laroo and Byrd can unleash their potent charm anywhere anytime. At an opportune request, Saskia and Warren can transmute from state of the art duo into full band. Tastings from Savor Cookies, Roger’s Orchards, and Shebeen Brewing. Maker’s Market by Stock The Bar Candles by Amy Yungk. NBMAA, New Britain. $15 non-members. $3 for beer and wine, soda is free.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Out in 860 The drinking, the chatting, the networking — but in a museum, it’s sophisticated! On the first Friday of every month, join us for an evening filled with intriguing people, cocktails and culture. Light refreshments are provided. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Saturday, September 5:

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Saturday at 9am – 12pm: Kids Workshop Come learn how to make a football toss game. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Home Depot locations.

9am – 5pm: Free First Saturday Free admission to the museum galleries all day. From 10am – 1pm: I Spy at the Museum. Calling all detectives! Decorate your own magnifying glass, then work with your family to figure out clues and search through the galleries to see how many objects and pictures you can find. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center. Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford.

10am: Junior Chef Class It’s fun and easy to prepare yummy snacks in an air fryer, which cooks crispy fried foods using little or no oil. How cool is that? In this class we’ll make everything from chicken wings to French fries. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Registration is required. Williams-Sonoma; West Farms Mall, Farmington and Promenade at Evergreen Walk, South Windsor.

10am – 12pm: Kids Club They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

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1pm: Annual Cigar BBQ Food, drinks, fun, live music, a tour of a tobacco farm, and CIGARS all included in the ticket price. Bus for the Tobacco Farm Tour Leaving prompty at 1:30pm $45 per person. $5 off for Veterans, Firefighters, Officers and EMT’s. Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Windsor.

1:30 – 3:30pm: 1st Saturday Attic Tours Join us once again this year for our ever-popular attic tours with Jack Cown. On the first Saturday of each month, Jack will lead guests on a rare, behind-the-scenes look of the Phelps’ servant & attic spaces.  View objects & collections from the 18th-early 20th century. Note: October 3rd is the next and lesson tour this season. Regular admission applies. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

2 – 7pm: Chili Cookoff Free admission, hayrides, activities, music and games. Professional and amateur chili makers will be competing. There is a $10 fee for chili tasting and judging from your favorite from more than 10 contestants. 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, Bloomfield.

Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6:

11am – 7pm: Pirate Festival The Enfield Town Green has been taken over by pirates helping to raise money for Kids First of Enfield! Join us for a swashbuckling day of family fun with live pirate entertainment on multiple stages, living history & cannon demonstrations, crafter marketplace, water wars, pirate costume contest, mermaid dunk tank, games of skill, parrots, and more pirates than you’d ever care to stand on the plank with.  Once all the seafaring has got your appetite worked up, grab your map and navigate to the Food Trucks where you can purchase gourmet meals from a variety of seaworthy trucks. And for those who love a good brew you’ll have a chance to wash it all down with a velvety smooth craft beer made by our friends at Thimble Island Brewery. $5 general admission (ages 13+), youth admission (ages 0-12) are free. Enfield Green, Enfield.

6 – 10pm: Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships Riverfront Recapture has partnered with Hartford’s new celebrity restaurant owner, Jamie “The Bear” McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse, to bring you the Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships. This 2-day event will showcase the talent of up to 18 cooking teams who will compete for $20,000 in prize money at our Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned State Championships. Event proceeds to benefit Riverfront Recapture’s continuing effort to provide beautiful public parks with free recreational activity, events, and youth programs. Competition is on Sunday. As proclaimed by Governor Malloy from the great State of Connecticut, the Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships is a Connecticut State Championship event.  This is a traditional KCBS sanctioned contest requiring teams to cook 4 meats (chicken, pork ribs, pork butt, & brisket). The cooking source shall be of wood, wood pellets or charcoal. $60 – 95 per person with discounts for designated drivers. Riverside Park, Hartford.

Sunday, September 6:

9 – 11am: 7th Annual Big Wheel Derby Help to find a cure for sure by supporting Alyssa’s Angelo Fund. Fundraiser for Glycogen Storage Disease – a rare Jewish genetic disease. $18 per family for a morning of fun. Bring your own big wheel, scooter, trike, bike or ride on. Crafts, demonstrations, temp tattoos, stories, hair braiding and more. Bring Argo Cornstarch for donation, find out why when you come. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

1pm: Technique Class Air fry your way to some of the tastiest foods imaginable – using little or no oil! We’ll use the Philips air fryer to cook sweet and spicy chicken wings, kale chips and more. Utilizing heat circulation technology, this innovative machine fries foods to crispy, golden brown perfection, and is also excellent for baking, roasting and grilling. Free. Registration is required. Class time can vary by store. Williams-Sonoma; West Farms Mall, Farmington and Promenade at Evergreen Walk, South Windsor.

1 – 4pm: First Sunday Open House Tour the collection at your own pace—linger in front of your favorite painting, examine the stairway prints in detail, or take in the many decorative arts objects that are not focused on during our regular guided tours. Museum Guides are always stationed throughout the period rooms to answer your questions and engage you in stimulating conversation. Gallery talks at 1:00 offer an additional experience to learn more. Free activities for kids: Eugene Carriere’s favorite thing to paint was portraits, especially of his very own family.  Learn how to draw a face and practice a simple drawing, then try making your own portrait. RSVP required, as supplies are limited. Meet in the Carriage Porch at 1 pm. Estate Walk at 2pm. Hill-stead Museum, Farmington.

Monday, September 7:

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10am – 3pm: 12th Annual Farm Fest Children’s barnyard, kids games, pony rides, crafts, tractor parade at 12pm and more. Free admission. Hilltop Farm, Suffield.

Wednesday, September 9:

Word Art and Wine The museum will offer word-related art workshops with artists Katherine Maghini and Barbara Laurain. On September 9, Maghini will lead “Home-word Bound”, a collage making workshop that features the words that describe “home”. Each participant will create a word-based piece of art to take with them. he workshops are $25 each for the general public and $20 for museum members. For all three workshops, the cost is $65 for the general public and $50 for museum members. Registration is required and space is limited. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

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