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:
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. Saturday, 10/10 at 2pm: Audio Described Performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage, Hartford.
Playing until October 18:
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:
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.
Thursday, October 8:
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.
Thursday, October 8 – Saturday, October 10:
8pm: The Mousetrap The Players present their take on the longest-running production in theater history. Eight people, each with their own secrets, are trapped in a snow-bound mansion. One of them is a murderer, but which one? Find out here, if you can stand the suspense! Reoccurs 10/16-18, 23-24.
Friday, October 9:
10am – 1pm: Fire Safety Event Bring your kids, your grand kids, bring your nieces or nephews! Every year this is information for life. To preserve and protect the home and those you love! We make it a fun day at the museum. The kids get to meet a fireman, they get to touch a real fire truck, and they learn while having a great time! Share, care, and be there! See you Friday! Special admission rates include all the fun! $5 per person.
6pm: Spookley Movie Night: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin Bring a blanket or camping chair. Meet Spookley before the movie. The movie starts at 6:45pm. Free admission with a monetary donation or a non-perishable food donation.
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 16 and October 23. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.
7pm: Noche Latina – Viva Latin America! An evening of bilingual storytelling, digital images, folkloric dance, and traditional music from Latin America by Lorena Garay and Surcari. $5 Adults, free for children.
Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 10:
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 10/16-17, 10/23-24, and 10/29-30.
7 – 9:30pm: Rails To The Darkside The line opened in 1906 and every Halloween since, strange happenings have occurred during the cold crisp nights of October along the tracks where the cemetery used to be. Many old timers say that the spirits of the dead won’t let anyone forget that they were moved from their final resting place. Others say it is nothing but people’s “imagination”, that there is nothing to worry about. But most wise people know the truth. The lost souls are unhappy that they were moved against their will and they will get their revenge. And so we provide 9 nights of trolley runs through this area, tempting fate and stirring any lost souls that may be waiting to finalize their transition after these many, many years. Strange sightings have been made and verified by the screaming few as they abruptly leave our Museum… Move quickly lads and lassies – getting trapped in the wrong place may lead to unexpected and unpleasant consequences… Adults $16, children 12 and under $12. Reoccurs on 10/16-17, 23-24, and 10/30.
7 – 9:30pm: Haunted Hayride All Tickets are $25 per person. Not recommended for children under 8. Raindate 10/11. Reoccurs on 10/23-24 with a raindate of 10/25.
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.
8pm: 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. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.
Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11:
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.
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 on 10/16-18, 10/23-25 and 10/30-11/1.
Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Of Mice & Men Adapted by Steinbeck’s 1937 novel of the same name, Of Mice and Men tells the story two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land.” They have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. The HITW cast includes: Matthew Cote, James DeMarco, Eugene Tellier, Stephanie Layne, Eric Jolicoeur (all from New Britain) & Scott Hoffman (Newington), Brian Bowyer (Bethlehem), Robb Ecker (New London), Nick Demetriades (Cromwell) and Drew Brathwaite (Manchester). Tickets are $20 and $15 for students. Reoccurs 10/16-17.
Saturday, October 10:
8am: Eversource Hartford Marathon Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Kids K and a Team Run.
9am – 3pm: 22nd Annual Lions Club Fall Arts & Crafts Show The Windsor Town Green will be filled with arts and crafts booths of all types.
10am: Haunted Birdhouse Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted Birdhouse!
1 – 2pm: Be Bear Aware Felicia, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the DEEP will present a lecture on CT bears. Join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures and how to be Bear Aware!
Gates open at 2pm: Night Fall is a magical free outdoor community performance celebrating seasonal change through art, music, dance and giant puppets. Grounds open at 2pm and show starts at 6pm. Shop with the Market vendors, make Art, enjoy Side Shows, and purchase food from various local Food Trucks. Brink a blanket or chair to sit on for the performance, which starts promptly at 6 pm. Keney Park, Hartford.
5 – 7:30pm: Parents Night Out Come join Courtney from The Clever Crayon for a glowing night of fun! We will paint and decorate pumpkins with glow in the dark paint, enjoy yoga games with glow sticks and black lights, break for pizza and frost our own cupcakes with, you guessed it, glow in the dark frosting! Ages 5-10. $30 per child. $10 sibling discount.
6 – 9pm: Bark & Brew Fundraiser Join us at the brewery to help our friends at Dog Star Rescue! Enjoy the award-winning Dog Star BBQ, Hooker Beer and some good ol’ puppy kisses! RSVP on Facebook by clicking here. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield.
6 – 10pm: Oktoberfest for Scholarships Once again, this popular event will be hosted by our friends and Exchange Club supporters at Union Street Tavern. Tickets are $25 each, and include 3 refreshment coupons with purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate, or in advance from members of the Exchange Club.
7pm: Wolf Pack Opening Night The Wolf Pack kick off the 2015-16 season and debut the new alternate jerseys. Giveaway: The first 5000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack Magnetic Schedule, presented by CT-DOT.
Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11:
Saturday 9am – 9pm (fireworks at 9pm) and Sunday 12 – 5pm: 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 (last weekend), 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-5:30pm to and from Southington High School.
Sunday, October 11:
10 – 11am: Sensory Sunday An hour prior to public hours, just for children with special needs and their families.
10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to twelve aircraft. These include the Vietnam era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, the North American F-100A Super Sabre jet fighter, the Sikorsky HH-52A Coast Guard rescue helicopter, the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and may more. Visitors will have their opportunity to learn all aspects of R/C aviation from remote control airplane enthusiasts. All types of R/C aircraft, parts and accessories will be available for purchase. R/C simulators will be available for visitors to try. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. RSVP on Facebook if you would like.
1 – 2:30pm: The Healing Powers of Nature Join Nyree Hodges for a lecture on how Herbs are good for the body. This event will also include an Herbal tea tasting and a trailside Herb discovery hike. $7 per person.
Monday, October 12:
9:30am – 5pm: Columbus Day Imagine Nation Museum is open while school is not.
10am – 4pm: Leaf Peeper Scavenger Hunt Looking for something to do on a lovely fall day during the height of leaf color? Drop in anytime between 10 am and 4 pm and head out on the trails for a fall scavenger hunt and special crafts. Apple cider and cookies will be provided. Scavenger hunt map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center.
Tuesday, October 13 – Wednesday, October 14:
7:30pm: Disney’s Newsies They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right… and staying true to who you are. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River). Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Production runs through Sunday, October 18.
Wednesday, October 14:
12-1pm: Lunchtime Lecture: Shrek, The Musical Join local writer David Garnes and guest Terri Goldich at the Little Theatre of Manchester, Cheney Hall for a Lunchtime Lecture celebrating Little Theatre’s upcoming production of the Shrek, The Musical (playing November 6-22, 2015). Garnes will facilitate and offer informative remarks, and Goldich, former curator for the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, will focus on the topic “Children’s Lit: It’s Not Just for the Kids.” The program is free. Guests are invited to bring a lunch; beverages will be served.