September 17 – 23

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; 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! For events outside of Hartford, click here.

Thursday, September 17:

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5:30pm: Lecture: Swimming Against the Tide in Pin Curls and Crinoline Susan Campbell, author of Tempest-Tossed The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, discusses the noted abolitionist, suffragette and spiritualist. Youngest of the well-known Beecher family, which included Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella was one of the most influential players in the movement for women’s suffrage. Campbell, a Hartford Courant columnist, contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage of the shootings at Connecticut Lottery headquarters. Admission $5.

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6pm: NBYT begins the holiday season early with September auditions for a Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. Auditions are for children ages 8 through 16 on Thursday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 22, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsals will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 4th – 6th. Boys and girls between ages 8 and 16 from any town are encouraged to audition. All levels of experience are welcome, as there are challenging roles for older actors and many featured ensemble roles. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will meet in small groups with the director and will be asked to read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary.

6pm: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular Walking Tours are back on the schedule. Meet at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center to learn about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Tours are cancelled if it rains. All tours are free to children under 16; $5 for non-members. Reoccurs on Saturday at 10am.

7 – 8pm: Author Talk: M. William Phelps Although famous for his purported last words—“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”—few people know the real Nathan Hale. In Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy, M. William Phelps brings into focus the life of this famed patriot and first spy of the American Revolution, charting Hale’s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Like many young Americans, he was soon drawn into the colonies’ war for independence and became a captain in Washington’s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, gathering intelligence behind British lines on Long Island, and in the end bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty. Using Hale’s own journals and letters–be sure and see Hale’s diary in the current Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit–as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, readers experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental Army. Free however space is limited and registration is requested. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Opening in Time A moving play about finding connections in a shifting world. Anne, a retired schoolteacher, moves back to the suburban town in central Connecticut which she left years before. She finds a number of things have changed. Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are everywhere; the local high school is putting on a production of Rent; and a long-lost friendship suddenly reappears in a new guise. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Friday, September 18:

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11am – 3pm: PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide celebration happening in cities and communities across the globe where citizens, activists and artists unite to turn metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up parks. Born out of a desire to combat urban sprawl, PARK(ing) Day encourages “stopping to smell the roses” in reclaimed parking spaces throughout the city. Download the PARK(ing) Day Map, and share your photos and videos of the event using #HartfordParkingDay. Bring the PARK(ing) Day Passbook with you — collect stickers at seven locations and return it to the Information Booth at Connecticut’s Old State House to receive a prize.

 7:30pm: The Mark Twain House & Museum continues “The MOuTH,” a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf. Special guest will be John Farrell. He’s the author of Fast Jack: The Last Hustler, and a resident of Manchester, CT. 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. Here’s how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of less than 10 minutes and a short description of what your story is about. Wolf, along with Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. “If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally!” says Wolf. “It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future ‘Mouth’ event.” 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 but Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21:

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See a spectacular array of quilts among the Air Museum’s beautiful collection of aircraft at the 4th Annual Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show! New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Vagina Monologues Little Theatre welcomes back by popular demand Obie Award-Wining The Vagina Monologues. Described by Variety as “both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history,” The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices who take audiences on a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone! Directed by Debi Freund, this “spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving” play will have you talking, dancing, and laughing long after you leave the theatre. $20 per ticket. Reoccurs: Thursday – Sunday, September 24 – 27.

Saturday, September 19:

10am: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular Walking Tours are back on the schedule. Meet at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center to learn about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Tours are cancelled if it rains. All tours are free to children under 16; $5 for non-members.

10am: Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women Women’s historian Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour that highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill’s most notable women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Hartford’s Victorian era serves as a backdrop to demonstrate the enormity of their contributions to Connecticut and worldwide advancement. Admission $5.

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10am – 11am: The Fit Lab Before BodyRoc opens its door in West Hartford its meeting in the park for a workout. Join us for an hour of fitness and entertainment. Register online. $10 per person. Riverside Park, Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Peace, Love & Music Together: An International Day of Peace Celebration Join Music Together and our many local partners for a free family festival to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Enter Hartford’s beautiful Elizabeth Park for a day of family, music, and community.

10am – 1pm: Family Fun Day at The Bushnell! Join us at The Bushnell for free family fun activities and performances! There will also be ticket and goodie giveaways, so make sure to stop on by.

10am – 2pm: Worldwide Day of Play is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Sam Collins Day showcases local businesses, crafters, and community organizations. Walking tour of historic Collinsville at 11am at Canton Historical Museum. The Museum will have children’s street activities, music, mini talks and more. Free Shuttle buses will be available from the main site on Canton Springs Road to Downtown Collinsville. Buses will run from 10am to 3:55pm.

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10am – 4pm: Friends of Northwest Park Country Fair Enjoy food, entertainment, hayrides, pony rides, contests for children and adults, a civil war encampment and artillery display. While there don’t forget to visit the animal barn, and tobacco museum and nature center. Click here to view the Program Book. Raindate: 9/20; 12-4pm. $3 per person or $8 per family. Children under 5 free and parking is free.

10am – 5pm: Grand Reopening & Community Day! Celebrate the completion of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 5-year renovation, and the unveiling of newly renovated European art galleries! Step back in time and explore the museum’s amazing history through immersive theatrical performances, live music, and art-making. We will welcome a variety of talented community partners to help us mark this momentous occasion, including the Imposters Impersonating History, plein air painter Elizabeth Rhoades, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, designer Katrina Orsini, Kinetic Dreams, Trashion Fashion, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and more! Museum admission is free all day. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

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10am – 5pm: The Newington Waterfall Festival is an annual event held during late September at Market Square. It features food vendors, artists and crafters, children’s activities, live entertainment and a Farmers Market. There’s something for everyone at this fun-filled celebration! The day’s highlight features the creation and judging of the “Artist’s Chalk Walk.” Watch as Market Square’s pavement magically transforms into a colorful art gallery by artists young and old. Sample the flavors from the many food vendors on hand, visit the Farmers Market or tag the Thankful Tree with what you’re most thankful for. Dance to live music. Rain date: 9/26.

10am – 6pm: Envisionfest offers free admission to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Old State House and the Wadsworth Atheneum, along with more than 100 events throughout the city, an artisan marketplace in Bushnell Park and food trucks along Gold Street. This day-long festival of art, theater, music, walking, biking, tours and more, brings over 15,000 visitors to downtown Hartford each year. Click here for a schedule of events.

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10am – 6pm: The Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce 31st Annual Cornfest For the youngest people there will be Inflatable Rides, a Pumpkin Patch, and Pony Rides, also returning will be the mechanical bull, a wrecking ball, and an obstacle course. The older children can test their skill at the dunking booth, sponsored by the Grants Way Foundation. Save you fish face pictures for our Photo booth! Enjoy a Martial Arts Demonstration by Villaris Studios, Dancing by the local dance studios, Join in a free Yoga class, hosted by Kerri at Live Right Wellness! Witness Wethersfield’s up-and-coming musical acts and dancers, cheer on the WHS Band, and enjoy a great day of entertainment on our two stages! Free again this year will be the CT Child Identification Program (CHIP) for all kids under age 18.

Showtimes: 10:15am, 12:15pm and 2:30pm: The Connecticut Cycling Festival Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events like the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour,  New York’s Time Square Parade, and the Olympic Games! Each show is followed by an autograph session and giveaway of sponsor and event items. For the first time, the National Criterium Calendar includes a stop in Connecticut. Top teams from throughout the country will battle for over 40 miles to make it to the top step of the podium.  Additional race cost is $25, just enter “MultiRace2015” when prompted for a coupon code and fees will be adjusted at check out.

1 – 4pm: Curiosity Day with Curious George Explore your curiosity with everyone’s favorite little monkey, Curious George! Saturday, September 19 is Curiosity Day 2015, a day in honor of authors Margaret & H.A. Rey’s lovable creation. In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Curious George themed kid’s activities. At 1, 2 and 3pm, there will be a Curious George story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Curious George  videos on a big movie screen! The first 100 guests will receive a free Curious George book (first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of Reach Out and Read Connecticut. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per kid per session. Parents can drop off or stay and learn as well! New, old and current students are welcome.  Advance registration required. Maple View Farm, Granby.

Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20:

9am – 4pm: Planet Palooza Begin with a special planet-related show in the Travelers Science Dome: take a rocket into space, hop onboard a roller-coaster, be transported into the future of space travel or imagine what planets beyond our solar system look like. Complete your space experience with our fun space-related activities in the museum. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

10am – 5pm: 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Over 100 artists and craftsmen will exhibit on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury Center. Demonstrations, food and a bake sale are included. Proceeds enable the Club to grant scholarships and contribute to a number of area non-profit organizations. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine.

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Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: Hartford Comic Con is an event devoted to organizing and providing a quality comic convention that is comic based while providing top comic book creators and premium celebrities experiences in the pop culture arena. Hartford Comic Con is dedicated to producing family fun events as well as spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our fans, creators, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Click here for KidsCon information. Tickets: $27 Saturday, $25 Sunday, Weekend Pass $42. Children under 6 enter for free!

Sunday, September 20:

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8am – 3pm: The 30th anniversary Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show This is the largest of its kind in New England. We feature 750 great airplanes and cars of virtually every type and vintage, plus over 100 activities, exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers to interest the entire family. We are like a very special kind of country fair, with special emphasis on airplanes and cars. Nearby parking is available at $10, with proceeds helping to benefit the Boy Scouts. Rain date 9/27. Simsbury Airport, Simsbury.

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8:30am – 12pm: Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bushnell Park.

11am – 4pm: The Tavern Trot is a 5K run/walk held for the benefit of Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. This is a certified Manchester Road Race Qualifier. Food is free after race for runners as well as a drink. Great family fun day. Sign up now! Union Street Tavern, Windsor.

1 – 3pm: Apple Harvest Afternoon Harvest apples from the museum’s orchard to take home, taste apple butter made from our apples, and learn how to make applesauce the ‘new old-fashioned way’. Take a tour of the historic house to see how important apples were to early settlers. $3 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1 – 5pm: Farm Festival This fun-filled day will include historic trade demonstrations such as rope making, and weaving, games such as “Age of Sail,” an 18th century game where kids learn to sail, and colonial crafts. Also on hand will be various farm animals, including horses, chickens, bunnies, and goats. There will be other games and activities for the kids, such as bobbing for apples, guess the weight of the pumpkin, sack races, checkers, stilts, ring toss, soap carving, and bowling. Tours of historic treasure-filled barns, sheds, and the 1755 Connecticut River Valley mansion, the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, will also be offered. Farm Festival admission and activities are free! General Parking is at St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Rd. There is a path connecting the two properties at the rear of the parking lot. Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury.

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1:30pm: Rising Star Music Festival See tomorrow’s stars today!! We’ve teamed up with the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts to showcase five emerging artists and bands. Join Jake Poulios, Savannah Freitas, Michaela Godding, Alize Barnard and Ryan Glander for an incredible afternoon filled with exciting original music and innovative covers. Performing with a versatile house band made up of their fellow students, these acts will blow you away when they take the stage! Tickets: Standing: $15, Seating: $30. Infinity Hall, Hartford.

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2 – 5pm: Paint Your Pet After you register online, just email to party@sceneartbar.com a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per canvas) and they will use the photo to prepare a 16” x 20” canvas for you to paint, kind of like paint-by-numbers. Scene Art Bar will have artists there to walk you through the steps to create your very own pet portrait. Please submit your high quality digital photo to party@sceneartbar.com no later than September 13th. The best photos show an unobstructed view of either the full pet or the face. Doors open at 1:30pm, instruction begins at 2:00pm. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, along with a selection of Stonewall Kitchen crackers, chips and salsa, along with a variety of cheeses, will be available for purchase. If you prefer to bring your own food selection, you are welcome to do so. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Monday, September 21 – Thursday, September 24:

5:45pm: No Excuse Mom Free Workout Join local Farmington Moms for a free workout while the kids play. Kids can join the workout, bring a stroller for pre-walkers or you’re welcome to wear your baby if you prefer. RSVP; only one mom needs to RSVP for the workout to run. All attendees must complete a waiver prior to the first workout.

Tuesday, September 22:

A Christmas Carol Auditions with NBYT – See Thursday above for details.

Tuesday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 23:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Opening in Time A moving play about finding connections in a shifting world. Anne, a retired schoolteacher, moves back to the suburban town in central Connecticut which she left years before. She finds a number of things have changed. Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are everywhere; the local high school is putting on a production of Rent; and a long-lost friendship suddenly reappears in a new guise. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Tuesday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 23:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: The Illusionists Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. Performed by the acclaimed escapologist Andrew Basso, he will hold his breath for over four minutes whilst attempting to escape from his underwater cell. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Bushnell, Hartford. Reoccurs through 9/27.

Wednesday, September 23:

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2 – 4pm: Moonstruck Our teaching artist will guide the children, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure they stay on track and complete their masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 2pm, instruction begins at 2:30pm. Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. $25 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Sip & Shop Join us for shopping discounts, wine and food tastings and raffles. Suggested donation of $5 or more to Camp Courant.

7pm: Words & Wine The final workshop in this series will feature Maghini and ”Defining Who I Am”. The workshops are $25 each for the general public and $20 for museum members. Registration is required and space is limited. Noah Webster Museum, West Hartford.

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