October 22 – 28

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Click on the links below to be directed to the event listing directly.

Thursday, October 22:

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6pm: Fall Forest Join us for a night of artsy fun! Enjoy a 3 course meal catered by Paul Gregory’s Bistro and cash bar with home brewed wine from Cork & Brew. After dinner, you will be guided step-by-step to create your own masterpieces. Dinner and your masterpiece $60 plus tax and gratuity. Cork & Brew, Southington.

Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, October 25:

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Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Haunted Miniature Golf Every year in October things get super-duper spooky for our Annual Haunted Miniature Golf event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association. Admission is $10. Reocurrs 10/29-11/1. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

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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 23:

4:30 – 6pm: Halloween Party! Wear your costumes and enjoy a spook-tacular time at My Gym! Parent participation is required – no drop offs! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must be on the gym floor with them for safety. Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years only. $10 for 1st child, $5 for each sibling. Cash only! My Gym, Glastonbury.

6 – 8:30pm: Night of 1001 Pumpkins Join us and enjoy fall crafts, fun games, a bounce house, music, face painting, a puppet show, and lots of fun for all ages. Wander through our Haunted Gym for frighteningly good fun. There are separate areas of activities for young children so there is plenty to do even if you don’t want to experience the fright fun. We will also have both scarecrow and pumpkin carving contests with prizes for creativity! Complimentary goody bags for children. $3 per person or $8 per family. L.P. Wilson Community Center, Windsor.

6:30 – 9:30pm: Corn Maze After Dark Explore the corn maze after dark! As the sun goes down the corn maze presents a more challenging adventure. The corn maze is family friendly after dark entertainment, no haunting or scaring your friends please. Bring your own flashlight and let the adventure begin! Last ticket sold at 8pm but maze closes at 9:30pm. Reoccurs on 10/30. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater 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! Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7:30pm: Choreographers’ Showcase Five innovative choreographers created a night of original and diverse dance to music ranging from Dustin O’Halloran to Hozier and others. CREC Arts Academy dancers deliver vibrant and original choreography by Jennifer Nugent, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.; Kate St. Amand of New York’s Syren Modern Dance Co.; Lorelei Chang, of dancEnlight; Jen Weber, of decadancetheatre; and Hartford’s Trezon Dancy. Adults $15-20 and students $10-15. Main Stage Theater, Hartford.

7:30 – 9:30pm: “Love, Motherhood, and the Female Gaze,” explores the ways that women composers offer unique perspectives on motherhood, romantic relationships, and the female body. Suggested donation $20, students and educators $5. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

8pm: 18th Annual ‘Nite of Lite Laughter You won’t want to miss this hilarious evening of anecdotes, show biz stories, video clips, music, and that dry sense of humor that has made Bob Newhart one of the most celebrated comedians in entertainment history. Proceeds to benefit the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24:

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6 – 9pm: Fright Farm Come out and experience the spooky side of Auerfarm! Brave souls will be lead through the sugar house, hay barn, and fields to encounter the farm’s resident ghosts and ghouls. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Auerfarm, Bloomfield.

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Friday from 6 – 9pm and Saturday from 3 – 6pm: Haunted House Visitors will come upon a twisted props master and her mysterious assistant; an angry director, a fumbling diva, a scheming understudy, and an overworked techie in rehearsal; and a security guard who thinks he’s warden of a long-gone insane asylum—and a couple of these characters may not survive the tour! Backstage Stories with scary and not-so-scary guided tours every ten minutes featuring members of the NBYT Teen Company and Improv Troupe. $3 Adults, $2 Children. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

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 10/29-30.

7 – 9:30pm: Halloween Hayrides Not recommended for children under 8 years old. The tide is approximately 35 minutes. Raindate 10/25. $25 per person.

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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 10/30.

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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 – Saturday at 8pm & Saturday at Midnight: Rocky Horror Show The Phoenix Theater company will be presenting its annual production of Richard O’Brien’s classic “Rocky Horror Show.” This production is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Come join us for some Halloween fun to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic movie version of this campy, creepy, cult classic! Trinity on Main, New Britain.

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25:

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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.

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 8:45pm & Sunday from 5 – 7:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidentally hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!”Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan,  who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Reocurrs on 10/30 with a raindate of 11/1. North Cemetery, West Hartford.

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 10/30-11/1.

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8pm: The Mousetrap The Suffield 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!

Saturday, October 24:

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8:30am – 5pm: Grit ‘N Wit will be returning to Hartford for the third time! Participants will need to conquer 3 miles of over 20 mental and physical challenges! Join an existing team, create a new team or register as an individual. Ages 10 and over. $40-60 per person.

10am: Farmington’s Freedom Trail: The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language. Adults $5, children $1. Pay at the door. Rain cancels.

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10am – 4pm: STEAMFest The event will feature hands-on activities, presentations and displays focusing on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Build awareness about STEAM for students and their families. Demonstrate how much fun these disciplines can be. Show how these disciplines are inherent in many of the things we do every day. Have students learn about the career and college opportunities available to them in STEAM fields. STEAMFest is a community event that is open to the public and free of charge. Our activities are geared towards all students ages K-12. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

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10:30am – 12:30pm: West Hartford’s Annual Halloween Stroll Costumed children of all ages are invited to West Hartford for a fun morning in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, little ghouls and goblins (and princesses and heroes, too) are welcome to Trick-or-Treat at participating merchants throughout West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. There will be kids-friendly music bands, prize and food give-a-ways, a fire truck to climb aboard, local sports team Mascots, crafts, games and other activities throughout the town. Free parking (first come first served) will be available at the Town Hall Parking Lot. Free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook.

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The Monster Hunt is associated West Hartford’s Annual Halloween Stroll.

11am – 12pm: Animal Masks Kids will have a blast making their favorite animal into a unique mask. $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Hooker Day Parade honors Hartford’s founder, Thomas Hooker. This annual parade is a family-oriented extravaganza with giant puppets, costumes, candy, Mardi-Gras beads, marching bands and brass bands. This boisterous, fun-filled procession celebrates the city and the creativity of its people. The parade steps off at 1 on the dot, and it is a pretty short parade. The parade steps off on Asylum at High Street, moves east on Asylum, south on Ann Uccello, east on Pearl, north on Trumbull, West on Church, South on Ann Uccello and makes a final turn moving west onto Asylum, ending in a dance party in front of Black-eyed Sally’s. Awards will be presented to the Best Group, Best Individual, and a Master or Madame Hooker will be crowned.

1 – 4pm: Connect to Healthier Fall Fest Come celebrate Halloween early by watching some of Hartford HealthCare’s top physicians compete for the best-carved pumpkin in the spirit of Iron Chef America. Enter the drawing to take home a pumpkin carved by one of the pros! Enjoy Fun, Food, Face Painting and Giveaways provided by Hartford HealthCare and Westfarms. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween Costume! West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

2pm: Trick or Treat Miracle League Style More than 50 local businesses, civic groups and families come together to create a safe and accessible neighborhood on the Miracle League Field in West Hartford for children with special needs and their siblings. The event is open to children from all over the area and admission is free. We focus on the fun rather than the spooky. Come in your favorite costumes and collect some treats.

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2pm: 4th Annual Halloween Festival Come for a festival, stay for a movie. Haunted hayride, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, touch-a-truck, museum of oddities, apple cannon launching, knockerball, trunk or treating, wear your costume for prizes. Trunk or Treat is at 5pm and Hocus Pocus starts at 6:10pm followed by The Shining at 8:40pm. Carload $20.

4 – 9pm: The Plainville PumpkinFest is a community-hosted, family-friendly celebration of what is unique about our little town. It’s a celebration of artistry and creativity and a demonstration of our commitment to non-profit efforts to serve those in need. The PumpkinFest will be an outdoor festival featuring live music, a kiddie costume parade, contests, food trucks, and several local vendors. It wouldn’t be a PumpkinFest without pumpkins, either, so everyone is invited to bring their own carved pumpkins. Halloween Party at the Recreation Building from 4-5pm with a magician at 4pm, costume judging for pre-schoolers through grades 5 and ending with a parade led by the marking band of the middle school.

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4 – Close: 3rd Annual Pints for Paws Come support Animal Rescue Foundation  where $20 get you your first pint and you get to keep the glass with $5 refills thereafter. Drink and food specials, raffle and good fun all while raising money for the dogs and cats.

6 – 8pm: Halloween at the Y Join us for a fun free family event! Not-so-spooky free fun for everyone! No reservations needed. YMCA, Granby.

6:30pm: 22nd Annual Collinsville Halloween Parade Beginning at 6:30pm, the main streets in Collinsville will close to traffic and open to all who are brave and daring enough. At 6:30pm, as the dusk takes over the village of Collinsville, all ghosts, ghouls and goblins and anyone else who venture in meet at the foot of the balcony at the Canton Historical Museum. Boosolini greets the crowd, the candy flows and the Halloween magic takes over. At 7pm the parade ritual begins on Main Street. Haunting pipe organ sounds can be heard and all those who are Halloween-donned and those who choose to remain un-donned follow the fog and music down Main Street.  As you walk the parade path, you will find amongst the many horrifying visuals, the “Collinsville Judges” searching for the scariest, most original and funniest costumes of the night. After the parade of fright and fun; ghosts, goblins and goons congregate again at the balcony for the judging of the costumes.

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7 – 11pm: Back to the Eighties Masquerade Dance Party A Time Travel themed event that crashes an 1890’s Masquerade Ball into a 1980’s Dance Party! Featuring live music by local 80’s cover band OPM, dance music by DJ Whitney Bobby, a cash bar and refreshments, a costume contest, a time travelers dance off, and many more surprises! All ‘tasteful’ costumes are welcome and are not limited to only traditional 1890’s, time travel, or 1980’s costumes but we encourage you to have fun mashing them up! $25 per person.

8pm: Ethan Bortnick Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour,” 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over thirty thousand dollars for charities across the globe. Ethan has also been featured on countless national television shows, including multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Oprah. His highly successful nationally televised TV show, The Power of Music, has been one of the most successful concert pledge shows on PBS for 2014, and is still running nationwide continuously, winning multiple awards. Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater, Hartford.

Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, October 25:

10am – 4pm: Up Close and Creepy: Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds and a 19th-Century Wake The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $13 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised. Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs.

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11am – 3pm: Connecticut Science Center’s 5th Annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids’ costumes are encouraged! Eerie entertainment includes: trick or treating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, photo booth, make your own slime, kids scaryoke and hand drumming. Adult masks are not permitted. Kids under 3 are free!

​​Sunday, October 25:

10am – 3pm: Windsor Craft & Vendor Extravaganza This event will be featuring over 50 vendors and crafters selling everything from children’s items, jewelry, food items, artwork and much more! There will also be raffle prizes available to win! Come and do your holiday shopping early and all for a good cause. For a complete list of vendors and crafters, please visit www.windsorjuniors.com. Donation of $2. Proceeds from this event will go towards high school scholarships. Windsor Marriott, Windsor.

11am – 2pm: Spooktacular Kids Event Head to your nearest Target dressed in costume for spooky treats and deals. While supplies last.

1 – 3pm: Harvest Festival Prospective, new and enrolled families are invited to stop by for our Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 25th from 1 pm until 3 pm. Come meet our teachers, participate in fun Fall activities and tour our school! Please call or email to RSVP to the event. The Goddard School, Farmington.

1:30 – 3:15pm: Fall Scavenger Hunt and Nature Walk Children ages 6 to 10 and their caregivers are invited to join us at 1:30pm for a fall scavenger hunt. Registration for the scavenger hunt is required. Everyone is welcome to join us at 2pm for a Fall Foliage Nature Walk. We will walk along East Birge Pond Trail to the Marsh Boardwalk. If trail conditions permit, we will walk around Birge Pond. Registration for the Nature Walk is not required. The trail has a few hills and muddy areas possible. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended. Be sure to bring water. Please leave pets at home and children need to be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. Hoppers Birge Pond Nature Preserve, Bristol.

1:30 – 3pm: Lost in the Woods? Map or compass? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together. For eight years old and up. Preregistration requested. $6 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

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2:30pm: Valley 5K Step Out to Help Out! And there’s a good cause, too! Race participants and their families are encouraged to bring new children’s coats, hats, gloves, mittens or socks to help the kids at Greene-Hills School prepare for the cold weather ahead. The 5K course is USATF-certified and is designed for serious and novice runners. The new course winds through quiet neighborhood roads with gently rolling hills. Medals will be awarded for the top 3 overall male and female finishers, as well as the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each age group. Rain or shine. Greene-Hills School, Bristol.

4 – 6pm: Fall Family Day on the Farm Join the Farmington Land Trust and Sub Edge Farm fora Sunday afternoon of family adventure and fun on alocal, organic Farmington farm.Take a hayride, see the animals, listen to music andhear a story by the bonfire while enjoyingoutdoor activities and crafts.Personal pizza by Confetti – with farm fresh – toppings for sale. Free admission. Sub Edge Farm, Farmington.

7pm: Free Comedy Show Come see our signature monthly comedy show that’s been running for over 5 years straight! Call ahead to reserve seats. All ages are welcome, but due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Sea Tea Improv; City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Monday, October 26:

5 – 7pm: Give-a-Treat, Get-a-Treat Food drive and trick or treating. Calling all kids under 10. Give a non-perishable food item and get a free trick or treat bag. Go trick or treating at the Shoppes! Rain or Shine. The Shops at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Tuesday, October 27:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Halloween Cooking Class Children will decorate Halloween-themed cupcakes, including candy corn, witches, and black cats! We will also decorate a mini pumpkin. Ages 2-5. $15 per child or $25 for two siblings (parent must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Wednesday, October 28:

2 – 3pm: Story and a Craft at the Museum Join us for spooky storytime at the CHS! Children will listen to a reading of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, make a Halloween craft, and have time to explore our hands-on exhibits. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters Children are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s to go trick or treating throughout the store. Each department in the store will have a candy station for kids to stop at. Children must come with their own bags. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children.

4:30 – 6pm: IEA Special Needs Trick-or-Treat Night Special Needs Families and Friends are invited to join us for our Special Needs Trick-or-Treat Event! Children will be able to take part in a variety of activities, as they “trick-or-treat” through the classrooms. Visit with vendors and learn about special needs resources in the community and collect some wonderful goodies! Admission is just $5 for the whole family! Register in advance and receive an IEA trick-or-treat bag. Intensive Education Academy, West Hartford.

7pm: Spooky Cookie Decorating Class Come join us for a spooktacular halloween themed cookie decorating class. We provide the cookies and all the materials needed for your masterpiece. Ashley will instruct you step by step how to create these fun and spooky cookies that you get to eat or take home with you to display! Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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7-11pm: Learn to Dance West Coast Swing Dancing is a great hobby, why not learn something new. Free beginner dance lesson from 7-8pm, intermediate dance lesson from 8-9pm and social dancing from 9-11pm. Make it a date night or a fun girls night out. Casona, Hartford.

7:30pm: Other People’s Stories celebrates the way that our favorite tales evolve with every telling, whether they’re stories our parents told us about their parents, stories our friends told us about themselves, or the far-fetched boasting of the neighborhood raconteur. There are only two rules for Other People’s Stories: (1) No notes! Tell it as you remember it, make up the parts you forget. (2) No first-hand knowledge! Tell something that someone else told you. Who will be telling these stories? A revolving crowd of Hartford area regulars, first timers, and maybe you. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

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