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. Check back often as we update regularly.
Thursday, October 15:
1 – 2pm: Arts and Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun-filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Registration is required by 3 days to the start of the session. $25 per child. Winding Trails, Farmington.
6 – 10pm: Uncorked Be the first to explore the Museum’s completed Art & Education building as you enjoy a vast selection of wines with fabulous bites composed by the area’s top chefs. Walk through 300 years of American Art while raising a glass to departing director Douglas Hyland’s 16 years of service. Funds raised by the event support educational programs for children and families. Regular Ticket: $175.
Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18:
Connecticut Restaurant Week participating restaurants from across Connecticut will offer up special deals for restaurant week, examples may include a $20.15 or $30.15 multi-course prix-fixe menu, two-for-one specials, a percentage off of your check, a specially-priced bottle of wine or a special on locally brewed craft beer.
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.
Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: 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.
Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: 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. Playing until November 11.
Friday, October 16:
5:30-8:30pm: Parents Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!! $40 per child, 1/2 off for siblings. Ages 2.5 and up, potty trained. My Gym of Enfield and West Hartford.
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 23. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.
7pm: “Living Proof – Onyx Moonshine’s Journey to Revive the American Spirit” Living Proof tells the story of how, in just a few short years, Connecticut natives Adam and Pete took Onyx Spirits Company from a start-up concept born in a restored Civil War-era factory to a multimillion-dollar, award-winning spirit distillery by breaking rules, learning from failures, and challenging the status quo. Business lessons distilled from the mind of a moonshiner include: finding one’s purpose in business (and life); setting goals, reaching goals–then setting more goals; founding a small business and growing it into a big company; building a highly unique brand; and making money out of thin air (almost). Adam’s ancestors were arrested in 1864 for tax evasion on a shipment of moonshine bound for Canada, resulting in the collapse of Chafee & Co. Distilling. Undaunted by their demise, the family opened the grand Chafee’s Hotel in Middletown, Connecticut, at the dawn of the Roaring twenties, hosting an opulent and infamous speakeasy. The family legacy continues today with Onyx Moonshine. This program will be ASL interpreted. This is a free event and will be followed by an Onyx Moonshine Tasting. Reservations are highly recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.
7pm: Daddy Daughter Dance Costume Party Join us for a fun-filled night of music, costume contests, games and prizes! DJ Steve will be playing favorite hits along with some oldies but goodies alongside dance contests and a free photo booth. Concession stands will be open selling pizza and snacks! All girls in grades k-12 may attend with their Dad, parent or guardian. $10 per father daughter pair. $5 each additional guest. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.
Friday, October 16 – Saturday, October 17:
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 10/23-24, and 10/29-30.
6:30 – 9pm: Lantern Light Tours The tour will start and end at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street). Tours will be led by a lantern through the Main Street neighborhood stopping to “encounter” spirits from the past in their homes, houses of worship and grave sites. Each tour lasts approximately an hour. The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street with refreshments. Rain date is Sunday, October 18th. Tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door. Due to the limits on group size it is highly recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time. Tickets will be sold at the door – first come, first serve, 6:15 to 8:00pm. Tours are offered every 15 minutes. Rain Date is Sunday, October 18, 2015. Appropriate for ages 13 and up, tickets are $15 per person.
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 10/23-24, and 10/30.
7 – 9:30pm: Haunted Hayride All Tickets are $25 per person. Not recommended for children under 8. Raindate 10/18. Reoccurs on 10/23-24 with a raindate of 10/25.
Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday from 10am – 2pm: 5×5 Dance Festival One of the state’s most important dance events, the 5×5 Dance Festival features interaction, performances, and master classes between professional and collegiate dancers. Friday – Saturday night will feature performances and Saturday from 10am-2pm will feature classes. Showcase Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students. Master Class Tickets: $20 single class and $45 for 3 classes.
Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm: Musical Theater Revue Stage and Musical direction by Gerald MoshellExcerpts from Broadway shows written by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori, William Finn, Charles Strouse, Barbara Schottenfeld, Elizabeth Swados, David Evans, and Tom Greenwald. All have been Trinity’s eminent musical theater guests of the last 25 years. Free admission; tickets required. Trinity College; Austin Arts Center at Garmany Hall, Hartford.
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: 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. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students.
Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18:
Friday 6 – 10pm, Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm: Apple Harvest Festival Silent movies after dark, fireworks Saturday night, Kids Fun Run, 1K and 5K, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, petting zoo and pony rides. Free parking and shuttle bus service from Glastonbury High School. Friday $3 per person, Saturday – Sunday $5 per person. Kids under three feet tall are free.
Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Menopause the Musical The show that’s brought joy to millions worldwide is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical is partnering with Susan G. Komen to offer inspiration, sisterhood, and hope. Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Menopause The Musical: The Survivor Tour Benefiting Susan G. Komen is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The Bushnell, Hartford.
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 10/23-25 and 10/30-11/1.
Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: 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 10/23-24.
Saturday, October 17:
8am – 1pm: Latimer Lane All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Our annual Fall consignment sale features clean, gently used children’s items from 100 consignors including children’s fall and winter clothing, outerwear, and shoes and a huge selection of toys, books, games, outdoor play equipment, sports equipment, baby items (strollers, carriers, nursery decor), and more. Our sale benefits Latimer Lane Elementary School and Cradles to Crayons. Free admission.
8:45am: Granby Artists Open Studio Bike Tour Please join the Farmington Valley Trails Council for our first venture into the hills of gorgeous Granby to experience the 14th Annual Granby Artists Open Studio Tour. We will be taking in the beautiful fall foliage and meandering through the hills and valleys of the town as we stop by eight different artist’s studios to admire (and perhaps purchase) their wares. The ride begins at Kelly Lane School on Kelly Lane in Granby at 9:30 AM. It is roughly 22 miles in length and will take approximately 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours to complete with stops. Registration is scheduled to begin at 8:45 AM at the Kelly Lane School parking lot. A donation of $20.00 per attendee is suggested. Raindate: 10/18.
9:30 – 11am: Adult and Child Explorations This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and appropriate for the weather, rain or shine. Children ages 4-8 with a parents. $10 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.
10am: 5th Annual TriMathalon Open to kids in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5, Mathnasium’s TriMathlon is an annual math event held over the course of one weekend at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the United States and Canada. This free, fun-filled event allows elementary school kids to demonstrate their mathematical skills in a festive atmosphere and earn money for local schools! All participants receive a fun goody bag and the winners receive additional prizes. Mathnasium, West Hartford.
10am: NEDA Walk The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is delighted that you have decided to support the mission of NEDA to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment by participating in a NEDA Walk. University of Connecticut, West Hartford.
10am – 4pm: Connecticut Archaeology Fair Celebrate Archaeology Month and learn about many of the archaeological investigations going on around the state. Local archaeological societies, historical societies, and universities will have displays highlighting past and current excavations and research with opportunities to see and touch real artifacts! Have questions about archaeology? There will be archaeologists on hand to provide answers. Whether you have a passing interest in archaeology or you want to find out how to become more involved, there will be something for everyone. Stop by and visit the Museum and Archaeology Center’s booth! Parking is available in the lot next to Burritt Library or in the adjacent parking garage. Free with a suggested $5 donation for 18 and over. Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.
10am – 4pm: People of Simsbury – Past, Present and Future Guided tours of Simsbury Center Cemetery with stops to visit with past residents of town. Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and a special performance in the Meeting House at 7pm. The walking tours should take about 90 minutes. The Meeting house performance will be about one hour. Reservations required. Please call the Museum to reserve a tour. Non-members $10. Phelps Homestead, Simsbury.
11am – 4pm: Fall Festival Join us for Auerfarm’s biggest event of the year! There is so much to do! You can meet the animals, tour the gardens, go on a hayride, visit 4-H and Scout displays, listen to live music and check out local businesses and community organizations.
1pm: 39th Annual Walking Tour Popular history walk starting at Fuss & O’Neill, 146 Hartford Road (plenty of parking in their lot west of the building). Find out about those huge brick buildings that remain from the days of the world-famous silk mills. Who worked there? Who owned the mills? Where did workers and owners live? This event is co-sponsored by Manchester Community College and the Manchester Historical Society. We’ll see Cheney Hall, the former silk mills, the location of the defunct South Manchester Railroad, the Loom exhibit at the former Cheney machine shop, neighborhoods of worker housing and the Old Manchester Museum. The walk takes about two hours with a distance of a mile or so. No rain date, so bring umbrellas if weather is iffy. Extreme weather cancels. The walk is free, but donations to the Manchester Historical Society are welcome.
1 – 4pm: Spellbinding Duck Tape Tshirts Get in the Halloween spirit with with t-shirt projects featuring Duck Tape! Choose a ghoulish skull or a charming cat design. $7 per project, supplies included. Michael’s locations.
2 – 3:30pm: Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall to winter seasons. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the course of the walk. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.
4 – 9pm: Trail Side Tales Mystical fairies will greet you before heading into the dark woods for a hike on the red trail. Stop at five different stations to hear a 5-7 minute tale about CT legends: Leather Man, Green Lady Cemetery, Black Dog of Meriden, Candice Roberts, and a Native American legend of the “Swamp Monster”. $7 per child, $10 per adult. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.
6 – 8pm: Masquerade Fundraising Event Join us for an evening of light fare and merriment complete with silent auction and other surprises combined with special recognition for honorary board member Lon Pelton. Anyone who loves art or knows Lon is invited and encouraged to attend! The event will consist of buffet dinner catered by local restaurants, silent art auction, live music and desserts. 18 and up. $30 per person. Windsor Art Center, Windsor.
6 – 9pm: Pumpkin Palooza Walk along our trails and gaze at the carved creations then enjoy a complimentary cider and a treat. The fun continues with Halloween themed crafts and face painting inside the museum. Adults $10, children $5. Raindate is 10/18. The New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Berlin.
6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. Each month bring a fresh and different venue to explore. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington.
6 – 10pm: The Farmington Table The museum’s annual fundraiser features multiple venues for guests to enjoy hor d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, in an elegant evening of fine food, wine and entertainment. Seating is limited, so register early! $150 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.
6 – 10pm: Fairy Tale Costume Ball Dress as your favorite character or semiformal attire. Prizes will be given for best costumes. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Little Theatre of Manchester’s mission to foster interest in and appreciation of the performing arts! $75 per person. Cheney Hall, Manchester.
6 – 10pm: Real Ale Harvest Festival Hops. One of the crops Founding Father and lexicographer Noah Webster tended on his family’s 200-acre farm in rural West Hartford. When Webster’s childhood home, now a National Historic Landmark, was restored and opened as a museum in 1965, the historic garden was also recreated, hop plants and all. These hops, as well as other plants from Webster’s garden, are on the ingredient list for the approximately 15 breweries from around New England and New York that will be participating in the inaugural Noah Webster Real Ale Harvest Festival, slated for Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6-10 p.m. at the Noah Webster House. Using a traditional brewing technique, each brewery will create a cask of “real ale” for attendees to sample. The only stipulation? The brewers must use at least one ingredient from Noah Webster’s garden. In addition to unique real ale, there will be food by Mercado and The Cheese Truck, music, prizes, and a pumpkin beer battle royale hosted by Harvest. All proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s educational mission. Tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and a detailed guide printed especially for the event. $35 advance purchase, $30 for members of the Noah Webster House, and $40 at the door.
6:30 – 9pm: Creatures of the Night Take a guided tour on an adventure to find the creatures that are active in the night. While walking along the illuminated trails, you will meet up with woodland creatures that speak on this special night. It won’t be spooky or scary, so bring the family for a night of nature and fun! Treats and other activities provided. Registration is required. The cost is $3 for Windsor residents and $5 for non-resident. Children two and under are free. Northwest Park, Windsor.
7 – 11pm: Mom Prom Come and enjoy a glamorous night of dancing and shopping with your friends! There will be a DJ, photo booth, raffle prizes, and shopping with a variety of vendors. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bringing your own alcoholic beverages is permitted, but please do not bring glass containers. Each prom attendee will receive one raffle ticket at the door. Extra raffle tickets may be purchased at the event. $30 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.
Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18:
10am – 5pm: Health & Wellness Festival The NBC Connecticut Health & Wellness Festival is a free to the public event that will offer over 50 different free health screenings and tests and will be fun for the entire family! Enjoy tickets to Hartford Wolfpack games, participate in the 1st Annual NBC Connecticut Health & Wellness Festival 5K, enjoy celebrity meet and greets and more! XL Center, Hartford.
10am – 5pm: 27th Annual Tower Toot & Fall Festival Hike up the Talcott Mountain State Park Trail to enjoy the spectacular autumn foliage in the Farmington River Valley and Connecticut River Valley from the Observation Level (former Heublein Ball Room). Live music, meet Smokey Bear, tour the tour and face painting. Food, snacks and beverages for sale. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Heublein Tower, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and preserving Heublein Tower.
10am – 5pm: Team Uniform Weekend Team sports are a great way to stay active and healthy. Celebrate your favorite sport with an exciting trip to the Connecticut Science Center! Wear your team uniform from a school or town team to show your team pride and to receive discounted General Admission. Test your strength and pitching speed in our Sports Lab, participate in a sports-themed scavenger hunt, see sports-themed Live Gallery Science demonstrations, and more. Discounted General Admission is available for kids in team uniform and their families, guests, and coaches. Pricing is $12 per person at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. To receive this discount, children must be a team sports participant through a town or school team and must wear their own team uniform on the day of the event. Professional sports team gear does not apply for this discount. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.
8pm: “6 Boobs and a Pianist” is a new and original musical cabaret conceived and performed by The Rack Pack: Cindy Lesser, Kelly Boucher, Rosanne Gowdy, and Music Director, Mike Gowdy. The cabaret features hilarious music and laugh out loud sketches while celebrating and honoring cancer survivors, their families and loved ones. “6 Boobs and a Pianist” is co-sponsored by The Julie Merle Epstein Cancer Fund and The Letts O’Brien Fund for Breast Cancer Research, both at UConn Health. A percentage of the profits will be donated to both funds. RSVP on Facebook. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.
Sunday, October 18:
8 – 10am: Family Fit Nosh and Walk Hike up Talcott Mountain, take in the beautiful fall scenery, and enjoy a little nosh at the top of bagels and juice. Meet between 8 and 8:30am at the MDC Reservoir No. 6 parking entrance, heading west, on left after Renbrook School.
11am: 5th Annual TriMathalon Open to kids in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5, Mathnasium’s TriMathlon is an annual math event held over the course of one weekend at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the United States and Canada. This free, fun-filled event allows elementary school kids to demonstrate their mathematical skills in a festive atmosphere and earn money for local schools! All participants receive a fun goody bag and the winners receive additional prizes. Mathnasium, Avon.
11am – 4pm: Dinner in Jerusha’s Kitchen Ever wonder what was like to live back in the late 1700’s and what it might have been like to cook your daily dinner meal? You’ll be guided through preparing an 18th century meal that Jerusha Welles might have made for her family. Your entree will be Roast Beef seasoned with Kitchen Pepper, from The American Frugal Housewife Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy by Lydia Maria Childs, printed in 1832, cooked on the spit of our Tin Kitchen and served with Horseradish Cream Sauce. You’ll also prepare Potatoes Roasted Under Meat, seasonal vegetables and greens, onion soup, artisanal bread, carrot pie, and apple pie from heirloom apples grown on the property, all of which will bake in one of the beehive ovens located in the grand fireplace. As the fire begins to warm the kitchen and the fragrance of your dinner cooking on the hearth fills your nose, you’ll set the table and enjoy Pounded Cheese and crackers with Glastenbury cyder. In the 18th century, people ate very well. The “receipts” (18th century word for recipes) used for this meal date to around 1800. Only 10 guests may participate in this dinner so everyone gets to participate completely. If you enjoy cooking or eating a good meal, if you “want to see how they did it back then”, or just want a unique, pleasant way to pass an autumn afternoon. Reservations required. First come, first served. $55 per person. All proceeds benefit Historical Society of Glastonbury Education and Preservation Projects.
1 – 3pm: Family Day at the Art Gallery An afternoon of games and activities based on the cultures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. For families with children from pre-school through grade 5. Free and open to the public. University of Saint Joseph Art Gallery, West Hartford.
Monday, October 19:
10 – 11:30am: Mommy & Me Pumpkin Painting Join us for some Fall themed fun with Mom or your favorite grown-up! We will enjoy some sensory play before painting and decorating some pumpkins! While our pumpkins dry we will break for a nutritious, pumpkin flavored snack provided by Imagine Studio and finish up with some free play in the dance room. All ages welcome! $20 per child, $15 for siblings. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.
1 – 2pm: Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on selected Mondays each month. Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The courtesy of pre-registration is requested. Fee will cover the cost of crafts and will help support the programs at the Nature Center. There is a charge of $3 per child; maximum $6 per family. Roaring Brook Nature Center, West Hartford.
7pm: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood Delve into the home of the world’s most beloved bear! Few people know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. Readers can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. Readers will discover how Milne’s childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether one is visiting in person or from the comfort of their favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, readers will rediscover their favorite characters and the magical place they called home. This program will be ASL interpreted. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.
Tuesday, October 20:
10am – 1pm: Memory Book Workshop Second of three photo-organizing and book-creation workshops. Caren Osborne, a Certified Personal Photo Organizer and owner of Memory Lane Photo Solutions, will present the workshops. In this session, “Build a Memory Book Part 1,” participants can bring up to 250 photos, choose a theme, and learn to lay out the pages of their memory book. Album covers, pages, paper, and photo-safe tape, will be available to purchase. The final session will be held Tuesday, November 3. Instructor Caren Osborne has 14 years of experience helping individuals organize and preserve their photo legacies and stories. RSVP. Cost per workshop is $20 for non-members. Manchester History Center, Manchester.
Wednesday, October 21:
10 – 11:30am: Someone and Me Pumpkin Painting Party All ages. Adult participation required. $30 per pair. Food will be served. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.
1:30 – 3pm: Pumpkin Painting Party Ages 3 – 6. Drop off only. Food will be served. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.
5 – 9pm: Fun Girl’s Night Out Your ticket includes: a signature pink bag (while supplies last), food and drink samples, complimentary services provided by vendors, dancing, entertainment, photo booth, pink carpet photos and parking. $25 per ticket. Marquee Events, Hartford.