September 24 – 30

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!

Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 30:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – 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. Note: runs through October 11th. Tuesday: AfterWords Discussion – Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30pm performances on Tuesday or Wednesday matinees. Thursday: Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. Sunday: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Topic: Transgender Youth.

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Thursday at 7:30pm, 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.

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: 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.

Friday, September 25:

5:30 – 9:30pm: Tapping into Twain Oktoberfest! The party of the year featuring over twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers plus over a dozen local restaurants and music. A sample of the brewers committed to date include: Hartford Better Beer Co., Hooker Brewery, Bru Room, Top Shelf Brewing, Stony Creek Brewery, Boston Beer Co., Witch Doctor Brewing, and Shebeen Brewing Co. Plus, scrumptious food from local restaurants — including pizza, pasta, jambalaya, sliders and pulled pork — to keep everyone full and happy. Guests will enjoy all of this to the live sounds of The Rude Mechanicals and The Alternates Duo, with sets by DJ Whitney Bobby. This is the event the Hartford Advocate has called “absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatever, one of the best charitable events Hartford has beheld in quite some time.” It routinely draws more than 350 guests. Prices include all food, beverage and a collectible pint glass! Advance Price (prior to 12:30pm on Friday): $45, Door Price: $50, Designated Driver: $20.

6 – 9pm: Feast on the Farm is a four-course benefit dinner featuring locally-grown produce and products that highlight the talent of Chef Dorjan Puka.

Saturday, September 26:

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8am: West Hartford Relay Kids’ 5-Mile Relay: this event will run around Blue Back Square, with teammates passing the baton in the parking lot behind Town Hall. Teams will complete eight laps of the course for a total of 5 miles. This race is for kids ages 2 through 5th grade. 20K Relay: this event is comprised of one 5K course that begins and ends at Town Hall. Teams will complete four laps of the course until a 20K has been run. This race is for kids in grades 6-12 as well as adults of all ages.

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9am: Space Race The 1950’s officially started the space race, but its 2015 and a new race for space readies for lift off. Beginning in Hartford, CT then adventuring to Queen Anne’s, MD, Williamsburg, VA, Topsail Island, NC, Florence, SC, Liberty County, GA and finishing eight days later to a massive city-wide parade finish in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This season features four Astronauts from four nations versus the forty multinational driving teams.  Welcome to the event that’s been called the automotive counterpart to Armageddon. It’s like Amazing Race… only real, more amazing and with actual racing.

Museum Day Live In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket for free. The Museum Day Live ticket provides free admission for two people. Click here to view the list of 2015 participating museums.

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10am: Sensory Friendly Film: Hotel Transylvania 2 AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

10am: Fire Truck with Safety Cards Fire Safety Month is coming up in October. Bring your kids into Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build this awesome Fire Truck!

10am – 4pm: Hunting and Fishing Day Fun activities for all ages are planned, along with educational programs, a live raptor program by Talons, workshops about hunting and fishing, and live music. Best of all, the event is free to attend!

10am – 6pm: The 54th Annual Mum Festival is a free event open to the public featuring live music, craft vendors, great local food, and exciting kids entertainment.

11am – 6pm: Avon Day Fun on stage and on the grounds. hot air balloon rides, bounce inflatables, vintage hay bailer, boy scout bridge, roaming railroad, face painting, fire trucks, clowns, touch a Truck, exotic petting zoo and so much more!

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11am – 10:30pm: The 14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival transports you to another world. Most children’s activities will be found on the “Upper Plaza,” while the remaining activities, including all food and vendors, will be located to the Lower Plaza and Riverwalk area. The Traditional Highland Games are back!  Spectators will enjoy a full field of games drawing top athletes from Masters, Amateurs and Women’s classes competing in the Braemar Stone, Open stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Caber throw, Weight over Bar and Sheaf over Bar. Kids and parents alike will once again enjoy actually participating as “actors” in Middle-earth’s charming and creative story-telling experience and puppet theatre.

1 – 4pm: Craft Pumpkin Workshop Join us as we make this stunning harvest-themed floral pumpkin project. Buy the craft pumpkin and the rest of the supplies are free. All Michaels location.

3:30pm: Backstage Stories with Ben Vereen The Arts Center at the University of Saint Joseph will host “Backstage Stories with Ben Vereen” Interviewed by Colin McEnroe. The show, which includes a 90 minute conversation, a Q&A with the audience, and a post-show meet and greet, will take place in the Hoffman Auditorium on the University’s main campus. Click here to learn more about Ben. $25 per person. Free for University of Saint Joseph students.

4 – 6pm: Nursery Style Event Join us for the ultimate event for new and expecting parents! Enjoy 10% off of your purchase, complimentary nursery design advice and samples from our partners at Noodle & Boo and Boppy. Plus enter for a chance to win a stroller or a $500 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids! Call your local store to RSVP. All Pottery Barn Kids location.

Sunday, September 27:

10am – 12pm: Stream Bugs and Pond Critters Discover the fascinating underwater life of the watershed with the Farmington River Watershed Association as we explore the Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring. We will provide nets, buckets and expertise. We meet at Nature’s Porch and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the session.

3pm: Sukkot Inspired Building Workshop 101 Join us in the sukkah for holiday fun! In this, you will learn how to build your very own birdhouse using wood, hammers and nails. PJ Library selections will be read, and of course, a snack will be served. $5 per child. Pre-registration is a must.

Monday, September 28 – Wednesday, September 30:

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Hartford Fashion Week Hartford will see its first city wide fashion celebration culminating with a weekend full of runway shows at Union Station. The upcoming weekend of fashion kicks off with pre-fashion show fun! Monday: Launch Party at Majorca Restaurant. Tuesday: Panel Discussion Fashion and Culture in a Small City. Wednesday: Movie Screening of Homme Less. Thursday: Mini Runway Expo. Hartford Fashion Week Runway runs Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4.

Tuesday, September 29:

9:30am: Free Music Together Trial Class Join us at our newest class location in Unionville! Sample our beloved, research-based mixed-age class for children (birth to Kindergarten) and the grown-ups who love them. Siblings welcome! Each family in attendance will receive a free Music Together multi-media demo CD and anyone who registers for one of our Fall classes in Unionville will receive $25 off their tuition plus a musical gift for your child.

Wednesday, September 30:

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Open House Join us for a tour of our newly remodeled Firehouse Administrative Offices. Get a glimpse of the progress on the new first floor Adult Lounge program space, exclusive Martial Arts Studio, Kids Korner and expanded cafe. Morning tours: 9:30 – 11am, evening tours: 5:30 – 7pm.

4:30 – 5:30pm: Sukkah Decorating Party We open our annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture with a Sukkah Decorating Party, celebrating the Jewish fall harvest of Sukkot. Join us for music, food and games as we rejoice in the abundance of the beautiful organic garden here at Charter Oak.

6:30 – 8pm: Youth Arts Institute Faculty Concert Join us for an evening of music by Charter Oak Cultural Center faculty and staff! This event is free and fun for all ages!

7pm: Author Talk Colin Channer’s debut poetry collection achieves an intimate and lyric meditation on family, policing, loss, and violence, but the work is enlivened by humor, tenderness, and the rich possibilities that come from honest reflection. Combined with a capacity to offer physical landscapes with painterly sensitivity and care, a graceful mining of the nuances of Jamaican patwa and American English, and a judicious use of metaphor and similie, Providential is a work of “heartical” insight and vulnerability.

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7pm: Build a Bag You’ll be guided through the process of making your own small leather bag (perfect size to use as a make-up bag, evening clutch, special tools bag, etc…)  This breezy 2 hour class will be a blast! Bring a friend, sip on some wine or beer, create a cool and useful leather bag that you get to take home and use forever! Leather and hardware included in the price of the class!

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