June 6 – 12

Welcome to week 23! How will you make it memorable? Below we have listed some of the very best things to do this week across Hartford County! We love promoting our version of the PTO, Parents Night Out – and there are many ways to put your hard-earned money to good use – sure dinner is a great date night – but why do that when you can do this (see a dozen of options listed below)! Let’s face it when it’s for a good cause – it just feels better. It’s CT Open House Weekend which is a great time to check out the many attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Hartford – many for free too! It’s about that time – where outdoor events such as concerts are popping up too. So get outdoors and enjoy some music – it’s a family-friendly gathering, music isn’t just meant for earphones. We are celebrating some birthday’s this week: HYPE turns 10 and it’s Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday! The gardens are coming alive – to get you into the Spring spirit, go and check out some blossoms! It’s time to get some strawberries – if picking isn’t for you – there are still many tasty ways to enjoy the season.

Tuesday, May 7th:

12 – 1pm: Industry, Activism & Community in 19th Century Connecticut Explore the world of industrialist, political activist and community leader Isaac C. Glasko with Dr. Jason Mancini, Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Described as having both Native and African American ancestry, Glasko’s success as a blacksmith highlights both the opportunities for and the limitations of people of color in 19th century Connecticut. Following Dr. Mancini’s talk, he’ll be joined by Kathleen L. Housley, author of The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life, and Bishop John Selders, Co-Founder of Moral Monday CT, for a panel discussion on social activism. Co-sponsored with Connecticut Explored, Connecticut’s History Magazine. This program is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford

4 – 6:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This 2.5-hour program introduces the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8′ x 30′ bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40′ high consisting of 3 sides; a 15′ beginner wall with incline, a 40′ intermediate vertical wall, a 40′ advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300′ long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the Tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session. $30 per person. Ages 4 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington

Tuesday, June 7th – Sunday, June 12th:

Anastasia

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Anastasia From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic and rousing story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Runs until June 19th. Hartford Stage, Hartford

THE CALL

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: The Call Annie and Peter have decided to adopt a baby from Africa. When they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, an unexpected choice puts their marriage to the test as they struggle with their fears and understanding of parenthood. A startling account of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home. Runs until June 19th. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, June 8th:

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch We’re talking about social justice issues making news. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

5pm: Matrix 174 Opening Reception & Performance Celebrate the opening of Vanessa German’s Matrix 174 exhibition, I come to do a violence to the lie. German, a sculptor, actress, playwright, and educator, will perform her unique style of Spoken Word Opera, a vibrant hybrid of spoken word poetry combining the theatrical elements of Hip Hop, African Storytelling, and Opera. Tickets are $15 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5pm: The Trouble Begins K. Patrick Ober, whose book Any Mummery Will Cure on Mark Twain’s lifelong interactions with medicine is a classic, will discuss the medical histories of Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens during their childhood at 351 Farmington Avenue. The Clemens family experience reflected health problems that were common to Americans of the era, when the cause of most disease was unknown and effective therapies were essentially nonexistent. Recurring epidemics of life-threatening illnesses such as diphtheria and scarlet fever were a source of chronic worry for Sam and Livy Clemens, had a major impact on their domestic life, and influenced the literary productivity of Mark Twain. A $5 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

5 – 9pm: HYPE Turns 10 HYPE turns 10 on Wednesday, June 8th! Help us celebrate a decade of HYPE with our good friends on Front Street. We’ll be looking back at HYPE’s esteemed accomplishments over the last 10 years, while highlighting the great establishments Front Street offers. Join us for food, music, amazing prizes, our very own birthday brew, “HYPEy Birthday”, created by Hooker Brewery and a signature drink “The Perfect 10”, created by Bacardi. You can find this one of a kind brew and signature drink, along with delicious treats, at our partnering venues: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, NIXS, Front Street Bistro at Spotlight Theatres, Ted’s Montana Grill, and Qdoba. Continue the celebration up on the Plaza with DJ Miles Elliot, performances by BOO-YAH and Professors of Sweet Sweet Music, a cash bar by Healthy Source Catering, tastings courtesy of Hartford Flavor Company and dessert from NoRA Cupcake! $30 at the door

6 – 9pm: A Surreal Night at Hartford Prints Studio Unleash your imagination at the Hartford Prints! studio with Master Printer, Kaitlin Lennon and the NBMAA Museum Shop! Print your own Dalí-inspired design for a night filled with art, friends, and drinks—just like the surrealists! Participants will leave the workshop with their finished print, hand-printed with HP!’s 4T Vandercook press. Also with the ticket price, participants will receive beer, wine, snacks, and a one-year NBMAA Young Professional Membership—benefits include four Museum After Dark (MAD) passes, general museum admission, discounts on several programs and more. Ages 21 and up. $99 per person. Hartford Prints, Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: Wine Tasting Class Just in time for the summer entertaining season, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer a course in wine tasting. The classes are hosted and sponsored by Steve Leon of Wine Cellars 4. Can you tell the difference between a domestic wine and one from abroad? What’s the difference between a California vintage and one from France or Italy? Participants will taste different types of wines to learn terminology and perfect their palate. Five wines will be tasted each week from California and comparable international brands. The fee is $20 for the class. Registration is required. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Wednesday, June 8th – Saturday, June 11th:

Wednesday – Friday from 6 – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm: 37th Annual St. Mary’s Spring Carnival For more than three-and-half decades, the St. Mary’s Carnival has brought friends and families together for fun, food and entertainment. It is the largest family-focused event in the area and year after year, our event attracts thousands of individuals from the Farmington Valley. Proceeds from the carnival go to a variety of organizations including our school, Youth Ministry programs, Religious Education program, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and Knights of Columbus. St. Mary’s, Simsbury

Thursday, June 9th:

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Austin House, Hartford.

4 – 7pm: Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes A Day of fun and purpose. Come join and support our female veterans who are our heroes. This will include music, face painting and many other fun activities. Admission price covers food, music, rides, face-painting and more. Ticket prices at the door; $16 adults, $8 ages 12-17, under 12 free. The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

5:30 – 7pm: Story City Troupe presents a Turning Point Sue Huggans, inspired by The Moth, channeled her passion for the art of storytelling into founding Hartford-based Story City Troupe. The group presents honest and personal stories: often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic, and based on a single theme per performance. June’s series of stories will revolve around the theme “A Turning Point.” The group is diverse in age and life experience making each story unique, yet relatable to a wide audience! $15 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

5:30 – 8pm: Summer Soirée The Greater Hartford Arts Council invites you to our Summer Soirée at the historic and beautiful residence of Douglas and Tita Hyland, to support Neighborhood Studios, our arts education program for local teens. Mix and mingle as you enjoy sparkling wine, delicious food, and hear from special guest speaker Dr. Jane Best, Director of The Arts Education Partnership. Dr. Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. Mix and mingle as you enjoy sparkling wine, delicious food, and hear from a special guest speaker. Hyland Residence, West Hartford

6 – 7:30pm: Wine Glass Painting Class Exercise your creative muscles after-hours while designing your own wine glass with the help of Art Truck coaches. We provide everything – stencils, paints, pens and more – so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends. Everyone is welcome; membership is not required. Wine and light refreshments will be served. $25 per person. Burlington Commons Shopping Center, Y.E.S. Fitness, Burlington

6:30 – 8pm: Researching Your Civil War Ancestor Enjoy a walking tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery, where genealogy expert Mary Falvey shares resources and tips about researching Civil War veterans while also highlighting some of the illustrious veterans buried at the historic cemetery. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

6 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Celebrations Preview Party Don’t miss the fun as we kick off the two-day garden tour. An auction will be the feature of the evening which will include hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar, carving station, desserts and coffee along with wine and beer. A cash full bar will be available. Some of the auction items will be a wheelbarrow of wine, a fire-pi, container plants created by some of Farmington Garden Club’s most talented members and much more. Tickets for the Preview Party are $74 per person. Farmington Gardens, Farmington

Thursday, June 9th – Sunday, June 12th:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: An American In Paris: World Winds Our season finale is a “world-wind” tour of exotic international sights and sounds featuring our woodwind section! George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem evokes the energy he witnessed in Paris during the 1920s, and remains one of his best-known and most beloved compositions. Osvaldo Golijov’s Rose of the Winds is a “bold yet seamless melding of musical resonances from Christian, Arabic and Jewish traditions, with ear-catching instrumental sounds and colors representing numerous points of the compass,” said the Chicago Tribune. Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninoff’s last completed composition and is a stunning virtuoso showpiece for orchestra, combining energetic rhythmic sections with lush harmonies. For Golijov’s Rose of the Winds, David Krakauer on klezmer clarinet will be joined by a chorus of 10 shofars played by the HSO brass section!  A shofar, made of a ram’s horn, is an ancient instrument that was referred to as the “natural trumpet.”  Today, shofars (or shofarot in Hebrew) are used in worship services during the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day. The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, June 10th:

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained. $25 for one child Discount for siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s 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!! Ages 2.5 and up! $40 1st child Sibling discount. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 11pm: “Imagine… the Sky’s the Limit” Gala Celebrating The Gengras Center school’s 50 years of Leadership and Innovation in Special Education. Followed by Dinner, Dancing, and Exclusive Silent Auction Featuring Music by Shaded Soul Band. Connecticut Convention Center-Ballroom, Hartford

7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required. $6 per adults, $4 for children (ages 3-15). Winding Trails, Farmington.

7:30pm: What a Coinkydink! – Stories of Serendipity The Mark Twain House & Museum continues “The MOuTH,” a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf. The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. Submissions are now open. Click here to learn more about submitting your work. There will also be a “Wild Card”: Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. $5 per person.  Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

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Friday, June 10th – Saturday, June 11th:

9am – 1pm: BHS Annual Tag Sale The Bristol Historical Society will be holding its annual Tag Sale fundraiser. Bristol Historical Society, Bristol

10am – 4pm: Outdoor Celebrations is a self-guided garden tour. Funds raised will go to beautify the historic Village Green overseen by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. On tour will be three homes in Farmington village, two on Old Mountain Road and three in the Devonwood section of Farmington. Highlights will be a Fletcher Steele designed sunken garden with 14 water fountains; an entertainment paradise complete with outdoor kitchen; an ever changing garden with unique specimens including the second largest ‘Dawn Redwood’ in the state;  four separate gardens within the garden- each with their own distinct variety of plants; several woodland gardens each complementing the landscape surrounding the homes. $25 in advance or $30 at any of the gardens on tour days. ~ Farmington

7pm: 5 Arts Connecticut is a celebration of the creative power that enlivens and energizes our state, a joyful intersection of Connecticut artists and artistry in five different forms: theater, film, music, visual art, and poetry. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It’s an outrageous evening of entertainment you’ll never forget. Don’t miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group – enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation. Splash Zone seats are in the first three rows and include a poncho.

Saturday, June 11th:

9am – 4pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Storytelling Workshop Matthew Dicks, Speak Up co-founder will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new. Included in this workshop will be: Methods for generating ideas for stories from your life experiences, you have more stories than you realize! Games designed to generate new story ideas, develop the ability to speak extemporaneously, and apply the skills taught in the class. Registration is $95 per person. Lunch is not included, but there will be a lunch break. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

9am – 5pm: Connecticut Open House Day The Connecticut Historical Society is participating in Connecticut Open House Day 2016! We’re offering free, all day admission to our museum galleries today. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

9:30am – 2pm: CT Open House Day Come meet the artists and participate in a free craft. Scraptivity, Berlin

9am – 4:30pm: Connecticut Open House Day Free admission all day. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

9:30am – 5pm: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday All day enjoy free Stowe Center tours, meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, enjoy plein air painting and craft activities, 19th century lawn games. From 10am – 4pm: Horse-drawn carriage rides. 11am and 3pm: Conversation of a Nation View and discuss historic documents connecting the past to the present. 1:30pm: Birthday Cake. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

10am: CT Open House Hikes, pond study, exhibits. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Bristol

10am: Sidewalk History: West Hartford Architectural Walking Tours with Mary Donohue Discover Park Road – one of West Hartford’s most charming and quirky commercial areas. Park Road includes landmarks like the Art Deco-style A. C. Petersen’s Ice Cream Shop, the vintage Quaker Diner, and the duplex neighborhood of Washington Circle. Take a look at some of West Hartford’s signature triple-deckers and learn the fascinating backstory of the Playhouse on Park building. The tour is $15 per person. The tour will be approximately one hour. Registration is limited to 30 registrants. Registration is available online. Cash tickets may be available each tour day for walk-ins, but are not guaranteed. Park Road, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Sharing Nature with Children Join the Northwest Park staff with your children ages 3-6 to learn the secrets of Sharing Nature with Children. This “hands-on” and “minds-on” program demonstrates how parents and grandparents can use a variety of teaching techniques while exploring nature hand-and-hand. Registration is required. Limited to 25 participants. The cost is $8 for Windsor residents and $10 for non-residents. Northwest Park, Windsor

10am – 2pm: CT Open House Day & Wonders of Light Day We will be celebrating Bristol’s Museum Magic and Connecticut Open House Day beginning at 9:30am.  We will be highlighting the Wonders Of Light with the magic of light, color, and reflection and the GRAND opening at 10am of our Kaleido-Lab funded by the Smith Family Charitable Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation. Free admission for the first 100 guests; generously sponsored by the City of Bristol. Imagine Nation, Bristol

Take Back Day.jpg10am – 2pm: Build a Dinosaur Contest Dinosaurs must be built from the LEGOs provided during that time period. All models will remain at the park for judging in three age categories. Prizes will be awarded for 6 and under, 7-11 and 12 and older. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

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10am – 3pm: Eleanor Buck Wolf Day The Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center will be participating in the twelfth annual Connecticut Open House Day. As a special incentive, the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center are sponsoring Eleanor Buck Wolf Day 2016, a free day of family fun and education honoring the legacy of Eleanor Buck Wolf. Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be the main exhibitor with two live animal shows: Reptiles and Amphibians at 11am and Snakes at 1:30pm. Brian will entertain audiences while educating them about animals that live right here in Connecticut. Other activities include crafts for all ages (build a birdhouse; decorate a miniature birdhouse ornament; and painting and coloring) and a guided bird watching tour in Mill Woods Park from 12-1:30pm. Guests can also tour the EBW Nature Center and view the brand new animal exhibits in the Reptile Room. EBW Nature Center, Wethersfield

10am – 3pm: CT Open House Day The Deming-Young Farmhouse will be open to visitors in conjunction with CT Open House Day. Tours of the house and garden will be available to guests. This event will also feature a silent auction with items donated from local businesses and a display of Revolutionary War artifacts. Attendees can also learn about spies and their methods during the Revolutionary War. A small admission fee will be charged and light refreshments will be served. Deming-Young Farmhouse, Newington

10am – 4pm: Tom Sawyer Day: Wild About Animals Things will really get swinging when our 7th Annual Tom Sawyer Day heads into the wild kingdom! A fun-filled family extravaganza, “Wild About Animals” will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, games and activities, music, food and refreshments, and lots of attractions! You and your kids can learn more about Mark Twain’s own kids in our current exhibit, In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara and Jean Clemens Admission is free! Discounted tours of The Mark Twain House will be available on Tom Sawyer Day. Adults $12, Children ages 7 to 16: $7 and children 6 and under are free. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

10am – 5pm: CT Open House Day Join us for the Magic of Clock-making! In celebration of Bristol’s Museum Magic and Connecticut’s Open House Day. Watch as some talented clock repairers work on different types of clock movements and learn just what it is that makes clocks tick! At 4pm, enjoy an open-air jazz concert! Bring a picnic, visit the museum free of charge, enjoy some activities for all ages, and everyone dresses in white!  American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

10am – 4pm: Plein Air Festival Grab your easel, brushes, paint & hat & join us in the garden for the 2nd annual Plein Air Festival. Celebrate the intricate beauty of our Phelps-Hatheway Garden at this bright & rich time of the year for our lovingly maintained beds.  Experienced & beginner plein air artists will take up residence for the day. During the peak noonday sun, a luncheon will be offered in our summer house steps.  Works completed during the festival may be displayed or offered for sale in our Visitor’s Center. Free admission; reservations required for luncheon, $25 per person. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield.

10am – 6pm: Free Open House We are hosting a free Open House for all new customers! No registration necessary – waivers required. Central Rock Gym, Glastonbury

11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. And at the conclusion of the tour, enjoy refreshments on the terrace, weather permitting. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited. $15 per person. Registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

11am – 3pm:  Join us for this day-long, state-wide celebration of everything that makes Connecticut great, and enjoy 2-for-1 admission! Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

12 – 3pm: Open House and Big Trucks We will enthusiastically embrace both events by offering our visitors free admission and the opportunity to see and climb inside a variety of big trucks. Lutz Museum, Manchester.

12 – 4pm: CT Open House Day Join us for a tour of the 1782 Butler-McCook House, a time-capsule of furniture, books, ledgers and letters that belonged to the family for four generations. As a participating venue in CT Open House Day, the Butler-McCook House & Garden offers free admission to all state residents. Sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism. A great way for residents to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

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1 – 3pm: Reading on the Green Come join us for an afternoon of fun at reading on the green! 1:30pm: Community Concert with Roger Tincknell. Bristol Historical Society, Bristol

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5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, Zany Games, Gymnastics, Pizza and a Movie on our 9-foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome. $40 per child. Sibling discount. Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury

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Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12th:

Saturday from 11am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Connecticut Open House Day Take this opportunity to step into the past at Windsor Historical Society’s unique hands-on Strong-Howard House. Captain Nathaniel Howard and his wife Ann will welcome you into their home and show you around. Browse the goods for sale in their store, help set a table for a family dinner, peek into a high chest, and try out the canopy bed of which they are so proud. Ann’s cousins Anna and Samuel Bartlett are visiting and helping with the baking for an upcoming family gathering. Watch and learn about bake-oven and hearth cooking, sample some of Ann’s famous shortbread cookies, and take home a recipe or two! Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

Saturday from 11am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Free History Live: At Home with the Howards Do you fancy some time travel? Step into the 1810 home of Captain Nathaniel Howard and his wife Ann where yes, you really can touch everything! The Captain and his wife will welcome you and introduce you to their cousins Anna and Samuel Bartlett who are helping them prepare for an upcoming family meal. A cozy fire will be crackling on the hearth as the smells of baked bread and hot mulled cider waft through the house. Since the Howards’ home has been furnished with reproductions of the items they would have used in their home, everything is hands-on. Explore the family’s store where Captain Howard may try to sell you some luxury goods. You will be invited to participate and assist the activities of the household, including helping to prepare for a special dinner as Ann Howard shows off her plates and dinnerware. The Howards’ four-poster canopy bed is a marvel of comfort and warmth, and Ann just might let you take a peek at treasures she has stored in her high chest. Mrs. Bartlett, Ann’s cousin and the acknowledged cook in the extended family, will be delighted to share kitchen tips and recipes with you, while Samuel will have to be restrained from luring you into a game of cards or dice. Enjoy the Strong-Howard House at your own pace, and ask lots of questions. Both days are free. Windsor Historical Society of Windsor, Windsor

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Saturday, June 11th – Sunday, June 19th:

Sunday, June 12th:

12 – 5pm: Farmington River Canoe Trip The Farmington River is consider one of CT’s most scenic waterways. Join the Winding Trails staff on the “flats” of the Farmington. This a trip for all skill levels. If you have never canoed, we will teach the basics. Winding Trails will provide gear and transportation. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session. $35 per adults, $25 per child. Ages 8 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington

2 – 4pm: Riverwood Poetry Series Social Justice Reading Join us as two poets read aloud from their social justice-themed works: Named by the Texas Legislature in 2015 as the State Poet Laureate of Texas, Carmen Tafolla is a popular speaker, performer and educator and is one of the most widely anthologized of Latina writers. Cheryl Savageau’s most recent book of poetry is Mother/Land. Her second book of poetry, Dirt Road Home, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize. She has been awarded Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

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