October 1 – 7

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! Click here for activities that reoccur either weekly or monthly.

Playing until October 11:

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Performances: 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. Tuesday, 10/6 at 7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion – Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the show. Wednesday, 10/4 at 2 and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances for patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Saturday, 10/10 at 2pm: Audio Described Performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Playing until October 18:

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Tuesdays with Morrie The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Playing until November 11:

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Performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. Tuesday, October 6: No Reserved Seating. Wednesday, October 7: Pay What You Can Pay Wednesday.

Thursday, October 1:

5:30-7pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the second Thursday of October, November and December for exhibition openings, garden concerts and entertainment. Free with a suggested $5 food and per beverage donation. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

7-9:30pm: Wine Glass Painting Class and Wine Tasting Come join us for a wine glass painting class and create your very own hand-painted wine glasses. We provide 2 traditional white wine glasses all of the paint and supplies you’ll need for your creation. We will supply instructions on how to cure your glasses so that they are dishwasher safe. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting process and will make sure that you stay on track to complete your creation by the end of class. We will be offering an optional wine tasting as part of this fun evening. The cost of the wine tasting is $10 for a sampling of 5 wines and includes a glass of wine of your choice. Scene Art Bar, Farmington.

Friday, October 2:

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5-8pm: Wild About Africa Gala The Environmental Learning Center of Connecticut  (ELCCT) is pleased to announce an exclusive photography exhibit and sale entitled “Wild About Africa.” The exhibit will feature more than 90 photographs taken by Bristol native Deborah Yarde on her many expeditions to Africa.  Debbie has taken tens of thousands of photographs while visiting more than 125 countries across all seven continents, but her special passion is capturing the animals of Africa in their natural habitat.  Her passion will be evident in the prints that will be on display.  All prints are professionally mounted and will be for sale at prices ranging from $75 to $125, and a few special prints will be offered during a live auction. This is a fund-raising benefit for ELCCT. Tickets are $30 per person, and includes all food, wine and beer. There will be a variety of dishes available at food stations throughout the exhibit (by Emily’s Catering of Bristol). $30 per person – includes food and drink. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Bristol. Thank you to ELCCT for submitting this event on our website.

6-10pm: Kids Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of fun games and crafts, a giant pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parent’s, plan your night out and send the kid’s here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parent’s not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag and blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per child. Ages 6-11. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6-10pm: Oktoberfest Hartford’s hottest night out is going to the beer garden! Join 1000 of your closest friends for games, prizes, dancing, amazing food, liquid delights, and more. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Capacity is limited. This is a 21 and over event.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater For four Friday nights in October, the Garden Center tent is transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie. First come, first serve. Seating opens at 6:30pm. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will also be shown on Friday, October 9; October 16 and October 23. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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8-10pm: Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller, and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening. Tickets are $12 for Connecticut Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7pm.

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3:

6-10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6 – 9pm. Space is limited. Also on 10/9-10, 1-/16-17, 10/23-24, and 10/29-30.

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7:30pm: An Otherworldly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members?  Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the Spirits at Stowe tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. Tour Stowe’s home in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. $18 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4:

Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday from 9am-10pm and Sunday from 9am-7pm: The Berlin Fair From pulls and draws to jumping frogs and racing turtles – not to mention baby contests – it’s here at the Berlin Fair. Relax, sing along, or get up and dance to some of the best musical acts around. Whether you go for thrilling or relaxing, you’ll find rides for all ages and tastes provided by Dreamland Amusements. Adults $14, children 11 and under are free. Wristbands are $30 and are good for Sunday only.

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Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm (fireworks at 9pm), Sunday 12-7pm (parade at 2pm): 47th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Situated around the beautiful Southington Town Green, the Apple Harvest Festival is a family-oriented event which attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. Over the course of two weekends each autumn, the festival offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides and more. Also highlighted each year is our parade, an arts and crafts show and a spectacular evening fireworks display. Shuttle buses run on Saturday from 8:30am-10pm and Sunday from 11:30am-7:30pm to and from Southington High School. Reoccurs 10/9-11.

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Gates open at 5pm: The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster (additional charge) and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Do you have an amazing costume? Do you like photographs of yourself in costume in unique and interesting surroundings? Do you want not one but two chances to win up to $500? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Haunted Graveyard Cosplay or Costume Contests are for you! Tickets Haunted Graveyard only $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 11 and younger), combo with rides $27 per adult, children $25. Parking is $8. Lake Compounce, Bristol. Save time waiting on line by buying your tickets online, limited quantity available. Reoccurs: until 10/31.

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Friday at 7-10pm, Saturday at 6-10pm and Sunday 2-6pm: Hartford Fashion Week Hartford will see its first city wide fashion celebration culminating with a weekend full of runway shows at Union Station. Preview: Thursday: Mini Runway Expo at the Wadsworth for their first Thursdays.

7-10pm: The Witch’s Dungeon Original movie props will be on display from ET, the Exorcist, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Mars Attacks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Planet of the Apes and more… Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Donation: $5 per person. Reoccurs: 10/16-18, 10/23-25 and 10/30-11/1.

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm: The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey “The Odyssey” is a multimedia feast for your senses — with dance, masks and costumes, lighting and scenic effects, video projections of underwater choreography, and even original music. Be sure to arrive one hour before each show for a 30-minute lecture in the second-floor reception room with Dr. James Shivers (Hall High School) to bring audience members up to speed on Homer’s epic poem. Tickets range from $10-$25.

Friday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: God of Carnage begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages. Reoccurs 10/8-10. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: New World Visions The season opener features composers who were inspired by diverse musical traditions and genres to create visionary new works. John Adams’ score for string ensemble was named for both the sound of the strings “shaking” as they oscillate between notes, and the imagery of Shakers dancing to energetic music as they worship. Bruch’s most famous composition remains one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The “New World” – Dvořák’s most popular symphony (and the recording Neil Armstrong took along for the first moon landing) – was influenced by the melodies of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the rhythms of African-American spirituals.

Saturday, October 3:

7:30-9am: Saturday Morning Bird Walk Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children. $5 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9-11:30am and 12-1pm: 19th Semi-Annual Children’s Consignment Sale Sellers will consign gently used kids fall and winter clothing, toys and gear. Wapping Community Church, South Windsor.

9am-12pm: Build a Fire Truck Get hands-on for Fire Safety Month by building a free fire truck and start the conversation with your kids about fire safety. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

10am-4pm: Fall Fest Purchase an all-inclusive wristband for unlimited rides for $5.00. Many free activities including: pumpking painting (while supplies last), create your own scarecrow, arts and crafts, inflataable attraction, climbing wall, airbrush tatoos and more. In case of inclement weather, event will be held on Sunday, October 4th. Town Green, East Hartford.

10am-4pm: 34th Annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair Along with more than one hundred crafters showing a wide range of clothing, jewelry, furniture, seasonal decorations and more, there will be alpacas and face painting for children, offerings from several local non-profits and delicious goodies at the society’s Farmers Market booth under our tent. Rain or shine!  Admission is $7.

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10am-5pm: Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire This family-friendly celebration of invention and creativity is open to people of all ages who are interested in creating, making, building, innovating, tinkering, hacking, engineering, designing or connecting. Maker Faires serve as hands-on events that showcase projects other makers have worked on, while sharing new forms of innovation and experimentation across a range of disciplines. Free to attend. Tunxis Community College, Farmington.

10am-5pm: Martial Arts Day Celebrate the physical skill, discipline and sport of martial arts! Join kids and families from across the state and beyond for martial arts demonstrations and a full day of hands-on fun with the Science Center’s 165 interactive exhibits. You’ll also be among the first to see the new traveling exhibit, Wild Music. Discounted admission is available for martial arts students in uniform and their guests. Pricing is $12 per person for groups of 15 or more who purchase in advance and $14.95 at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. Students must wear their martial arts uniforms to receive discounted admission if purchasing on event day. Please note no weapons or masks are allowed in.

11am-3pm: Chili Challenge! Join in on the tongue-tingling flavors, toe-tappin’ sounds and a great time at the Chili Challenge! Samples of delicious chili will be available for $1 each. Contestants work on their recipes all year and try new flavors and heat levels. There are chilis with beans, no-bean traditional chili, vegetarian chili, and every temperature from mild to way hot. Do you dare try them all? Raindate: 10/4. Windsor Town Green, Winsdor. Thank you to the Windsor Chamber of Commerce for submitting this event on our website!

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5:30-9:30pm: Big Mo’ Fundraising Event Join us to celebrate the Front Street mo’mentum during Riverfront Recapture’s signature fundraising event – these brand new apartments add to the life and vibrancy of Front Street. Network, socialize, groove to the University of Connecticut Jazz students, tour the rooftop terrace and model apartments. Delicious food provided by Front Street block restaurants, beer provided by two local brewers, and a signature Loftini add to your enjoyment of the evening. Front Street North Garage – parking voucher available at registration. $150 per person.

6:30-7:30pm: Family Twilight Hike Join Westmoor Naturalists as we take a hike at sunset. We will be on the lookout for beavers, deer, and other woodland animals. We will also listen for owls and explore the woods as the sun goes down. $6 per non-resident. Register on-line or in person to Westmoor Park. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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8pm: CT Forum: The Next Big Thing A Forum conversation on the cutting edge, with an in-depth look at the exciting new discoveries and innovations in technology, medicine, education, and the workplace that will change our lives.

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8am – 10am: Rock The Run featuring: age group medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-participant medals. Awards from WIP Fitness and Fleet Feet for fastest overall Male and Female of the 5K​. Pre-race warm up with Personal Trainers of Work In Progress Fitness. Water, bagels and post-race munchies. Shred Kids’ Village featuring beautiful designs by Virginia Sloane and other products from kids doing bake sales and fun games benefiting kids cancer research. Live music, raffle prizes and more!

8:30am-5pm: Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta Riverfront Recapture is a private, non-profit organization leading the effort to reconnect metropolitan Hartford with the Connecticut River by providing access to four Riverfront parks in Hartford and East Hartford. Each year, beginning in 1998, we host a head style regatta offering competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. Riverside Park, Hartford.

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10am-3pm: 3rd Annual Wilderness and Wellness Festival Fun outdoor activities for the entire family! Exhibits, walks, demonstrations, and a special photo exhibit: “Wild About Africa”, featuring work of Bristol Native: Deborah Yarde. Proceeds from the Wilderness and Wellness Field Day benefit the Estela Wilderness Education Fund at the Main Street Foundation which supports the programs of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Admission is $5 per person. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Bristol. Thank you to ELCCT for submitting this event on our website.

10:30am: Park Road Parade The parade features bands, clowns, dancers, floats, antique cars, dogs of all shapes and sizes, sports mascots, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town officials.  Anything goes in this parade, from simple banners with marchers sporting the identical T-shirt, to elaborate costumes, dance numbers and floats. The fun continues after the parade: stop by Effie’s Restaurant to meet and get autographs from the Snow Princesses Anna and Elsa of Frozen from 11:50am-12:30pm. Playhouse on Park will be giving away free popcorn on their patio. After the parade, children will have a chance to make a pig nose in celebration of their upcoming musical, The Three Little Pigs.

1-4pm: Hay Day Hitch a ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon through the brilliant autumn colors of the Connecticut countryside, create seasonal crafts, have your face painted, treasure hunt in a haystack, visit the sheep from our friends at Clatter Ridge Farm, tap your toes to traditional tunes, enjoy food and drink from the gourmet food trucks, or just stroll through Hill-Stead’s meadows and trails. Rain or shine. General admission to Hay Day is free; program and material fees for individual activities require nominally-priced tickets which will be sold at the door. Regular admission rates apply to self-guided house tours.

1-4pm: Strong-Howard House Grand Reopening The Windsor Historical Society invites you to the free grand re-opening of the newly restored and refurnished Strong-Howard House. The kitchen is now complete. At 1pm, hear briefly from Curator Christina Vida and contractor John Armstrong about the restoration. Then view the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 1:30pm with Windsor Mayor Don Trinks, and step into the world of the Howards in 1810. The home has been furnished with reproductions of the Howards’ furnishings. See costumed interpreters Becky and Paul Hendricks preparing delicious period foods over the newly re-built hearth. Try hefting some water buckets and discover how cooking tools worked, sink into the Howards’ canopy bed, run your hands over the beautiful carvings on the high chest and pull out its drawers to find items of clothing to try on.  Sit at the dining table set for a fall feast, and converse as guests would have in the Howard’s day. And of course, enjoy sitting in the drawing room chairs, exploring Captain Howard’s mahogany desk, leafing through some period newspapers and account books, and examining bolts of fine fabric and millinery goods in the Howard’s store. In our main building, enjoy punch and a special Strong-Howard House cake while viewing a continuously-running PowerPoint presentation on the restoration and refurnishing. Try some period games such as graces and rolling hoops and take home a keepsake tour booklet with a discount coupon toward a future admission.

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1-4:30pm: Girl’s Leadership Institute A transformational program for girls and their mothers. Girls Leadership Institute is passionate about empowering young women and structure their work around five central values; inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, quality and fun! Grades 3 -8. $36 per one mother and daughter, $12 each additional daughter. The Swim & Tennis Club, Bloomfield.

Monday, October 5:

5pm: Mark Twain in Vienna Mark Twain arrived in Vienna, where his daughter Clara wanted to study music, in September 1897. He had recently completed his world tour, paid off his debts — and suffered the loss of his daughter Susy. As he was by then a world-class celebrity, what he did was often reported in the newspapers and he associated with many famous people in the Austrian capital and in Kaltenleitgeben, a small town just outside Vienna where his wife and daughter Jean took part in cold-water therapy.  He is remembered today with plaques on the hotel where he stayed and a house where he lived. Speaker Dr. Candy Fresacher, an American living in Austria for the past 38 years, has taught at vocational colleges, receiving her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Vienna. She has presented a papers at the 2005 State of Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY, and at the centennial observance hosted by the US Embassy in Vienna in 2010. She also conducts tours of Mark Twain’s Vienna. This is a free event, but reservations are recommended.

6:30 – 8pm: Raising the Next Generation Dr. Steven Highes discusses what children need to become designers of their lives and stewards of the world. The Cobb School, Simsbury.

Tuesday, October 6:

10am-5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our first-ever day-long Sensory Friendly Day! Schools with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities can enjoy special sensory friendly programs, stage shows, and so much more! We’ll also provide fun hands-on activities and a quiet room. Families with special needs can purchase in advance for the discounted rate of $12 per person. Stage shows are $5 per person. Tickets will be available at the door for $14.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free.

Wednesday, October 7:

5-8pm: Pink Party is a party with a purpose in partnership with Komen Connecticut; filling the streets of West Hartford with live music, entertainment and activities for all ages. Local breast cancer survivors will hit the pink runaway in a survivor fashion show outfitted in the latest fashions from nearby retailers, and modeling trendy hair and makeup looks provided by various Connecticut stylists. Sample delicious local flavors, dance to live music, enter to win raffle prizes, and for $20 while supplies last purchase swag bags stuffed with donated items ranging from gift cards, cosmetics, tasty treats and tons of pink goodies!

6-8pm: The Code of Life: Your Gnome, Your Life Join us for an evening reception and talk with Yu-Hui Rogers, M.S., Site Director of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. When the first human genome was decoded in 2001, it was hailed as the “Holy Grail” of biology. See how our approaches to agriculture, bioenergy, environmental science, information technology, and health and wellness have changed in the wake of this remarkable accomplishment. Tickets: $25 for Adults; $18 for Students.

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