September 10 – 16

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 not only do all of the work so you can have all of the fun but we list it because its worth the mention, your time and the drive!

Thursday, September 10:

9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Sonia Plumb Dance Company will be performing “Calypso’s Cave,” one of the sections from “The Odyssey.” This event will also include an audience discussion with Bryan C. Daleas (assistant principal from the Classical Magnet High School in Hartford), Choreographer Sonia Plumb and Company members about the role of women in “The Odyssey,” Miss. Porters School, Gaines Dance Barn, Farmington.

7 – 8pm: Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path The years 1635-1636 saw two groups of pioneers set out on a journey west from the Massachusetts Bay through the unsettled wilderness to build new lives in the Connecticut Valley. The Dorchester Company led by Roger Ludlow and John Warham, and the Newtown congregation led by Reverend Thomas Hooker followed Indian trails along what came to be known as the Old Connecticut Path.  Today the Path is hidden in plain sight, ready to be rediscovered for its historic importance and natural beauty. Jason Newton’s fascinating presentation will connect the story of the Path and the people who followed it to Connecticut with our history. Rediscover the Path for yourselves and find the wild places open for hiking and exploration across Massachusetts and Connecticut. Cost: $6 adults, $5 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 13:

Thursday from 6 – 10pm, Friday from 6 – 11pm, Saturday from 10am – 11pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm: The 123rd Wapping Fair brings an exciting combination of fun, unique entertainment and lots of family friendly hands on attractions! Thursday night is free admission. Adults and kids over 57″ are $6, kids under 57″ are free. Unilimited ride bracelets $25 each good. Click here for a $3 off of ride bracelet coupons.

Friday, September 11:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Chicken Pot Pie Kids will be making their own personal chicken pot pie! They will also make a mini-cherry cheesecake for dessert. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

5:30pm: Farms to Fork Dinner A fabulous selection of fresh foods and delectable wines will be available for your enjoyment. Donation $50 per person. $5 discount for teachers. Please buy your tickets in advance to help us as we plan the amount of food and wine. Northwest park, Windsor.

6 – 8pm: Southern Style BBQ Are you ready to bring in the fall season with some southern style comfort food? Kids will bake delicious BBQ baked ribs, sweet potato mousse with a brown sugar topping, cornbread casserole and mini chocolate chip brownie bites for dessert! Ages 5 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7pm: Acoustic Night Supported in part by the United Arts Campaign. Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required. $5 for non-member adults, $3 for non-member childrean ages 3-15. Winding Trails, Farmington.

8pm: Improv Night Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall by checking out Franklin’s Peaches and Friends at Playhouse on Park! We are kicking off their seventh season with a laugh with a night of improv. Franklin’s Peaches, renowned for their confident, high-energy style, will be joined by some of Hartford’s best improv artists for a one night only performance. $10 per person. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13:

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Friday 5 – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm: Septemberfest is a 3 day festival of family fun, food and great entertainment. Don’t miss Friday night Fireworks Display! We have a packed, three-day agenda of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, great food selection, and a Business Expo of retailers, services and organizations from the greater Hartford area.

Saturday, September 12:

9am – 5pm: 15th Annual Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Open House Come celebrate CVSW as we enter our 15th year of great hands-on furniture making, woodturning, cabinetmaking, blacksmithing and more! Get in on the fun.We will be demonstrating furniture making, woodturning, blacksmithing, inlay, sharpening, guitar building and more, all day. The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester.

10am – 12pm: Mountain Bike Family Ride Come and ride the trails with the whole family, learning proper technique at an easy pace. Jimena Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA champion, but don’t let that scare you. This clinic will focus on building your confidence so you can enjoy the woods of Winding Trails or elsewhere. Bring your bike, helmet and positive attitude! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the session. $15 per non-member family. Ages 7 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington.

10am – 12pm: Clay’s Critters Join Clay to see an up close look and learn more about Geckos. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

10am – 12pm: Migration Day Scavenger Hunt Join us in the fields of Werner’s Woods as we watch for migrating hawks and other birds. This is the height of the fall migration and there is no telling what may fly by including birds, butterflies or dragonflies! Stay for a short time or as long as you’d like. Complete the Migration Day Scavenger Hunt for a small prize. (Scavenger hunt map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Celebrating Caribbean Culture Discover the traditions behind West Indian carnival costumes and celebrations! Working with artists from the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, children will decorate their own costume headpiece, learn basic dance steps, and then perform their own parade in our auditorium. Parades will be held at 11:15am and 12:30pm. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

10am – 4pm: Open Farm Day offers a glimpse behind the scenes at about a dozen farms in Granby, Connecticut: See the fields where your food grows and the facilities where milk turns into cheese. Watch a horse-training clinic and a sheep shearing demonstration. Take a wagon ride, taste a new wine or the first apples of the season, try out spinning some wool, or take your photo on a tractor. Catch exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, and tours of areas of the farms not usually open to the public. Special events are scheduled all day; there is truly something for everyone. Click here for a list of participating farms.

12pm: National Federation for the Blind Day The New Children’s Museum of West Hartford in conjunction with the Central Connecticut Chapter of the National Federation for the Blind. will hold a special event on September 12th for families to join in on hands-on demonstrations about accessible technology for the visually impaired. From guide-dog demonstrations to touchable art, all activities are free with general admission to the museum. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

Starts at 12pm: Our Annual Old Barkhamsted Day Join us for a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills our ancestors used in their daily lives. We have a blacksmith with his portable forge showing how a number of iron items were produced that were needed around the farms, as well as craft demonstrations including: weaving, spinning, candle making, basket weaving, rush chair seat weaving, corn husk dolls, miniature hay baler demonstration  and old hand tools and games to try. New this year will be an encampment on the grounds by the Lebanon Towne Militia. We will be able to see how they lived while being ready to defend their town. Be ready for an occasional gun shot to ring out! These activities will take place on the Tavern grounds and the Tavern will be open for touring.

2 – 5pm: HartBeat Ensemble Garden Party Period dress and garden party attire encouraged. Lucheon: Beer, Wine and Bloody Mary. Silent Auction & Lawn Games. Tickets $75 per person. HartBeat, Hartford.

5 – 9pm: 7th Annual Firefighters’ Grill & Beer Tasting West Hartford Firefighters will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and serving beer samples at the 7th Annual Firefighters Grill & Beer Tasting event on Saturday, September 12 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00 PM on the front lawn of Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, and will feature live music by Fat Grip. For $10, attendees will receive 10 two-ounce sample cups of beer from around the world. There will be over 30 beer distributors providing about 100 varieties of beer. (Valid proof of age 21 is required.) In addition, attendees will receive a grilled dinner for a $5 donation that includes a choice of hamburger or hot dog, chips and water.

6 – 8pm: 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Join us as Sonia Plumb Dance Company celebrates 25 years of memories from dancers and collaborating artists, audience members and sponsors, students and teachers. All are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres from Cafe Louise, along with delicious wine and unique tastings of Wild Moon Liqueurs. Produced in Hartford, Wild Moon produces an all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free line of botanical flavored liqueurs. We’ll also have music provided by students from CREC Academy of the Arts. We’ll look back at past photos and costumes, while we look ahead with a sneak preview performance from “The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey,” which will premiere this October. Our gallery will include Company photos by Nicole Battistone, Thomas Giroir, Carrie Ricciardelli and Arthur Simoes. You’re encouraged to dress to impress and bid at our silent auction to support our educational programs, which will be full of prizes from local business supporters. $50 per person. Holy Family Retreat; The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford.

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Ace Aceto (leadliner) With his instantly likable stage presence, and ability to walk the line between innocent boy-next-door and biting edge comic, Ace Aceto takes his audiences on a hysterical ride, performing dead on impressions of Casey Kasem, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Peter and Stewie Griffin. Throughout his shows, you never know what will come out of his mouth next, as he plows through hot topics like religion & dating, saying what most folks think, but are afraid to say. Ace Aceto has worked with such comic luminaries as Jeff Dunham, Jim Breuer, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, Kevin Meany, Jon Stewart, Dom Irerra, and Lewis Black.  Ace has also opened for such acts as Huey Lewis & The News, Luther Vandross, and Herb Reed & The Platters. Ace continues to be an audience favorite, headlining such clubs as The Comedy Connections in Providence, RI and Portland, ME, Catch a Rising Star, The Comedy Factory, Joker’s Wild, and Comix at Foxwoods Casino (just to name a few!) He is a member of Toastmasters and is currently developing several motivational programs. 90 minutes of laughs with 3 comedians. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. $15 reserved seating. Bring your own beverage. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

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8pm: Babes Do Broadway Join us for our 2015-16 Season Fundraiser Gala Party and Performance. At 8, we’ll be serving food and refreshments in the lobby and theater space – then, at 9, Musical Director Michael Gowdy will accompany several of our Hole in the Wall Honeys as they sing some of their favorite Broadway tunes. Hole in the Wall Theatre, New Britain.

8pm: Speak Up! Storytellers Anne Mcgrath, Karen Kasius, Leland Brandt, and Matthew Dicks will be featured at a Speak Up storytelling salon. Speak Up’s salon show is a more intimate and interactive night of storytelling. The four storytellers will tell 8-10 minute stories on theme of High Anxiety. Matthew Dicks, the co-founder and Creative Director of Speak Up said, “It’s a night of storytelling where the audience is given a voice and even some say in what stories are told. This is high stakes storytelling without a net. You never know what will happen!” Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Space is limited. Noah Webester House, West Hartford.

9pm – 2am: Let’s Glow Out! America’s number one international traveling body glow company is invading Hartford. Enjoy, food, beer, wine, four DJ’s, and international light vendors. Tickets are $10 at the door, ages 21 and up. Show spectacles start at midnight. Hartford City Hall, Hartford.

Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13:

10am – 5pm: 13th Annual Connecticut Women’s Expo This event attracts thousands of women that want to shop for the latest products and services in fashion, beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, careers, home, education and much more! This event also features: psychic readings, free samples, unique vendors, prizes and giveaways, fashion shows, live demonstrations, celebrity appearances, beauty makeovers and free health screenings. Come and meet your favorite national celebrities: Carole Radziwill from The Real Housewives of New York City (Saturday from 12 – 3pm) and Michael Stagliano from The Bachelorette (Sunday from 12 – 3pm). Click here for a coupon for free admission, must be printed. Visit us at Booth #549 to say hello. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

11am – 4pm: Nature’s Open House is a walking tour of 80+ fairy and gnome dwellings set along a three-quarter mile stroll over the Walton Pond boardwalks and through our wooded trails. Upon returning from your tour, you can listen to Parents’ Choice Award winning author, Tracy Kane, read from her amazing Fairy House Series. After being inspired by Tracy and the tour, you are ready to build your own fairy house in the permanent Winding Trails Fairy House Village. Using only natural material, you are free to create a place that is interesting, fun, cozy, inviting, and uniquely yours. Please note: Tickets purchased the day off the event will cost $8. Winding Trails, Farmington.

Sunday, September 13:

Starts at 10am: Grandparents Day Grandma and PaPa grab the Grand Kids and head to Brown’s for a day of family fun on the farm!  Enjoy free admission for up to two grandparents with purchase of any full-price general admission ticket.  Mention “Grandparents’ Day” at admissions to redeem this discount. Brown’s Harvest, Windsor.

11am – 2pm: Slither and Swim Pets and Reptiles Kids and families will have an opportunity to learn about various animals. Non-Members: $8 per person or $15 per family. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

1 – 3pm: Hike and Campfire Cooking Demonstration Hike around the lake at Indian Rock Nature Preserve, led by Corey Nagle and then join us for a hands-on demonstration and sample of Campfire Cooking, led by Kevin Estela. Please dress appropriately for weather and nature trail walking. Bring the family for an enjoyable afternoon in the woods! Arrive 15 minutes early. Rain or Shine. RSVP. Limited to 20 participants. Non-members $15 per person or $35 per family. C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

Tuesday, September 15:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Class: Chicken Pot Pie Kids will be making their own personal chicken pot pie! They will also make a mini-cherry cheesecake for dessert. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

4 – 6:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This is a 2.5-hour program introducing the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8′ x 30′ bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40′ high consisting of 3 sides; a 15′ beginner wall with incline, a 30′-35′ intermediate vertical wall, a 30′-35′ advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300′ long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. Ages 4 and up. Non-members $30. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6 – 8pm: Scoop Night Love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Capital Classics Theatre Company and Sonia Plumb Dance Company? Volunteers from both local non-profits will be serving delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Tips and a portion of sales will be generously donated and split equally between both organizations to help fund upcoming projects. So, please bring your friends, family and co-workers — and your appetites to enjoy some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and support Capital Classics and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Ben & Jerry’s, West Hartford.

Wednesday, September 16:

5 – 8pm: Voices of Wisdom: Traditional Narratives from Connecticut Communities The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society will host a gathering of tradition bearers from different cultures living in Connecticut, to share their traditional oral narratives in their languages, with translation. The event will bring together some amazing cultural resource people who are keepers of important narrative wisdom and knowledge. Audiences will be able to meet the speakers and learn more about the richness of traditions that are in different languages. We will begin with a reception and give people a chance to meet and to view the Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit. We will then have a sharing circle with one story or narrative from each artist with translation and background. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly. The event is free. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

7pm: Adult Doodling This fall, get comfortable at the Noah Webster House with a glass of wine and let your creative juices flow. The museum’s new series, Word Art & Wine, offers an opportunity to create your own piece of word-based art. Do you catch yourself doodling on the margins of your notebook when you’re having a conversation or in a meeting? Barbara Laurain will lead a workshop on focused doodling, which is both relaxing and creative. Learn how your doodles can be transformed into individualized art. “This is yoga for your mind and your imagination. Everyone can do it,” Laurain says. Each participant will create doodle art that can be used for notecards, gift tags, and other imaginative things. Registration is required and space is limited. The workshops are $25 each for the general public. This event is BYOB. The museum will have a wine opener, glasses and snacks available. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

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