Week 24

Monday, June 13th:

10 – 11:30am: Open House Please come by and see our beautiful space, indoor and outdoor. Stay and play a while, Tiana and I look forward to saying hello! For ages 8 months – 16 years. St. John’s Lutheran Church; Blueberry Sky, New Britain

6:45pm: A Smokin’ Good Wine Dinner! Cure is teaming up with G. Patel, Sommelier for Bottle Stop Wine for our very first wine dinner at Cure! Paired with Chef Greg’s exquisite dishes will be wines from two California wineries representing some of the best examples the West has to offer. Ranging from the Alexander Valley to Napa Valley, this lineup is sure to impress. Seating is limited and tickets are available online through Bottle Stop’s  website. Advanced Tickets only, none available at the door. $95 per person includes tax and gratuity. Click here to buy your tickets. Cure, Farmington.

Monday, June 13th – Sunday, June 19th:

Tuesday, June 14th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Father’s Day Breakfast! Let’s take a moment out to thank Dad for being Dad! Today we will prepare yummy breakfast recipes such as maple bacon pancake bites and even a breakfast pizza! Coffee and juice will be served! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Reoccurs on Friday. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Watch local dancer Brittany Gauthier perform improvisational dances at Phoenix Gateway. Listen to a poetry slam and learn how to create your own poem with the guidance of local poet, Khaiim Kelly at State House Square. Rearrange Velcro pieces of art to create a scene within the environment with local artist Hong Hong at the corner of Asylum and Trumbull Street.

5:30pm: Survivors Swing Band The Survivors Swing Band – a Connecticut-based, 7-piece professional jazz band – is known for their energetic and exciting performances of classic music from eras past. From soothing ballads to the hot tunes of the Swing Era and the two decades following, the band promises to deliver a night of fun and dancing. Free. The University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford

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7pm: Evenings@7 Series resents Colonel Sellers: Reanimator Well over a century before Steampunk and The Walking Dead were in vogue, Mark Twain and his pal William Dean Howells wrote a play that contained elements of both. Sadly, Colonel Sellers as a Scientist proved to be D.O.A. in 1883. The New York Tribune review called it, “a miserable lot of twaddle with neither dramatic construction or reason.” Ouch! In 2015, playwright Jacques Lamarre exhumed and resurrected this wayward footnote in Twain’s career as a Steampunk-Zombie mashup comedy. Colonel Mulberry Sellers has hit upon a surefire way to reverse his family’s fortunes: an invention that reanimates the deceased! What could go wrong?  Bloodshed, the undead, and lobbyists make Washington, D.C., a dangerous place in this hilarious new-old comedy! The event is free, although donations to support this type of work are gladly accepted. Silk Room at Cheney Hall, Manchester

Tuesday, June 14th – Sunday, June 19th:

{Last Call} 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. $75 – $125. Runs until Sunday, June 19th. Hartford Stage, Hartford

{Last 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. $40-65. Runs until Sunday, June 19th. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, June 15th – Sunday, June 19th:

Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 1:30pm and 5pm: Cirque Du Soleil OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye—and the feeling is mutual. OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew. XL Center, Hartford

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: A Chorus Line The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation is one of the longest running Broadway musicals ever. A Chorus Line is a stunning musical-vérité about the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway chorus dancers to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama. Previews on June 15th and 16th; all seats $15. Opening Night: June 17 – wine and cheese reception before the show. Sunday’s matinée followed by a talk back with the cast. $32.50 – $35 per ticket.

Thursday, June 16th:

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Paint a mini canvas with local artist Lindsey Fyfe at State House Square. Enjoy colorful spring paper flowers created by local artist Katherine Tolve on the corner of Church & Main Street. The Fun Machine returns to downtown! This machine vends songs, drawings, and compliments on the corner of Asylum & Trumbull Street.

Greater Hartford Women's Auxiliary Spring Luncheon

5 – 9pm: Hill-Stead Museum’s Annual Meeting and Celebration Please come early to experience Hill-Stead’s new Sculpture Trail featuring the work of seven recent Hartford Art School graduates. Each outdoor sculpture is based on Hill-Stead’s history and surroundings! The meeting will begin at 5pm in the Makeshift Theater. After the meeting, mix and mingle over wine, light refreshments and live jazz in the Sunken Garden. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


6 – 10pm: June Creative Cocktail Hour International tunes by DJ Bongohead; munchies from Billings Forge; liqueurs and tours from Hartford Flavor Company; body designs by Tainted Inc. The Samba’s Cuisine food truck will be on site. Learn about supportive community organizations, including Connecticut Latinas/os Achieving Rights and Opportunities (CLARO) and Latino Community Services (LCS). $10 per person. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Friday, June 17th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Father’s Day Breakfast! Let’s take a moment out to thank Dad for being Dad! Today we will prepare yummy breakfast recipes such as maple bacon pancake bites and even a breakfast pizza! Coffee and juice will be served! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

5:30 – 7:30pm: Walk and Stroll down the Boulevard We invite all our members to join us for this special family program. We will be meeting in front of Imagine Nation and taking a walk & stroll down Memorial Boulevard for a complimentary Subway picnic dinner. Members only. Imagine Nation, Bristol

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! We are having a Luau! 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. $30 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, Enfield

6 – 8pm: Father’s Day Complete Dinner for Two! Tonight we will prepare dinner for Dad in honor of Father’s Day! Kids will learn how to set the dinner table and prepare an entire meal from scratch! The menu will contain: baked BBQ chicken with bacon mac-and-cheese and garlic roasted veggies. For dessert? Warm loaded chocolate chip cookies! Dads are invited to arrive for dinner at 7:30pm. Ages 6-12. $30 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington




8:30pm: Boston Comedy Night For over a decade the Boston Comedy Festival has been the “Comic’s Comedy Festival,” showcasing the most innovative up and coming stand-up comedians in the country. On this special night (617 being Boston’s area code), we celebrate the city that brought you Cheers, Louis C. K., Steven Wright, and Mahky Mahk. We’ve put together a killer line-up of comics that have been featured everywhere from Comedy Central to Conan O’Brien (another one of Boston’s favorite exports). If you love a gut-busting, laugh-out-loud good time, we will see you there! Tickets $25-35. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Hartford

Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th:

Friday – Saturday at 6:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: Sugar Land Skeeters at New Britain Bees Friday: Bee Healthy Night Learn about ways to “bee” healthy everyday! Saturday: The Klingberg Vintage Motor Car show will stop by New Britain Stadium – check out all the vintage cars in the parking lot before the game! Sunday: Fireworks Show Sunday: The third post game Fireworks Show of the season! New Britain Stadium, New Britain

Clybourne Park

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Clybourne Park Race and real estate collide in this outrageously funny and provocative Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning new play. A spinoff of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park explodes in two acts set fifty years apart. The first act is set in a white 1959 Chicago neighborhood where the community splinters over the black family about to move in. Act II fast-forwards to 2009 when the same community, now a mostly black neighborhood, splinters over a white family’s renovation plans for the now historic home. Contains adult themes and strong language. $19 for general admission seating, $25 for front row section seating. Runs until June 26th. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester

Saturday, June 18th:

9 – 10am: Father’s Day Breakfast! Let’s take a moment out to thank Dad for being Dad! Today we will prepare yummy breakfast recipes such as maple bacon pancake bites and even a breakfast pizza! Coffee and juice will be served! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington


All Day: Bronx Zoo Daytrip Reserve your seats for our popular bus trip to the Bronx Zoo, including the Bug Carousel, New 4D Theatre, Jungle World, Wild Asia Monorail and the Zoo Shuttle. Kid-friendly movies and activities will be provided on the bus, but all ages are welcome. $65 per person. Lutz Museum, Manchester

10am: Butterfly Hunt Hunt for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Cedar Hill Cemetery supports a significant butterfly population, with nearly 20 species spotted here, including the elusive Hackberry Emperor. Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended. Free. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

11am – 1pm: Own Naming Party Join us as we reveal a new name for our owl. Free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol


1 – 2:30pm: ‘History Drives Us’ Bus Tour A special bus tour of West Hartford’s “hidden” history will focus on the town history north of Farmington Avenue. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

1 – 4:30pm: The 3rd Annual Outdoor Adult Wiffle Ball Tournament invites teams to get competitive to support the Club! Each team is guaranteed two game in the tournament where official Wiffle Ball rules and regulations will be followed. Teams must have a minimum of-8 6 players. T-shirts, beer, food, music will be provided and the winning team takes home the trophy! Contact Jay Maia to register your team! Registration begins at 12pm, first game starts at 1pm. Mix Street Ball Fields, Bristol

4pm: Hartford City Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty The Hartford City Ballet presents the timeless classic, Sleeping Beauty, along with preview performances and audience participation. Bring the whole family to relive the romantic tale of Princess Aurora and the battle to lift her curse of eternal sleep, as set to music by Tchaikovsky. Hartford’s most talented youth dancers and the Hartford City Ballet’s artistic director will turn the plaza into a Sleeping Beauty dance class, with workshops from 4:30 – 5:30. Then delight in the full, live performance by the School of the Hartford City Ballet, starting at 6pm. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

4pm: The World of Wallace Stevens: Excerpts from the documentary film by Alison Johnson A comprehensive and intriguing documentary that ranges from Stevens’s first fight with Ernest Hemingway, to his devotion to his work as one of America’s top insurance executives, to his love for Sybil Gage, the other woman in his life, who became his secret muse. This is a free event! Register online. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

4 – 8pm: Team Bristol’s 7th Annual Car Show Cars may enter at 2 pm with an entrance fee of $10. Cars are to come in on Valley Street. The entered cars will be ranked, naming the top three cars. There will also be trophies for the top 50 entries. Entrance to the public is free. With free raffle tickets for entrants, dash plaques for the first 200 arrivals, tons of entertainment, DJ’s playing your favorite oldies but goodies, crafts, and more, you won’t want to miss out! Raindate: June 25th. North Main Street, Bristol

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when 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 for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington


7 – 11pm: 16th Annual Juneteenth Celebration 2016 marks the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth and the New Britain Museum of American Art’s 16th annual recognition of this event. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dating from June 19, 1865, when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation (issued January 1, 1863) finally reached Galveston, TX. This year the NBMAA will be honoring an active member of the local community, Ms. Paulette Fox. Fox has served as the Executive Director of Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in New Britain for the past 31 years, has been the chair of the Museum’s African American Advisory Committee (AAAC) for the past 16 years, and is a former NBMAA Trustee. She has made it her mission to help New Britain youth reach their full potential. The Museum will honor Fox with a roast, a stand-up comedic event in which the honoree is subjected to good-natured ribbing by a panel made up of her friends and colleagues. Dress is semi-formal or Afro-centric attire with comfortable dancing shoes. $35 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

Sunday, June 19th:

Happy Father’s Day to Father’s + Single Mothers!

All Day: Father’s Day This Father’s Day, head to the Lake Compounce Watering Hole for a free beer tasting. Pair a pint of your favorite brew with a pretzel or some popcorn. Three local breweries will make up our “beer garden” selling pints of their famous beer. Also on experience a car show throughout the park. Lot of classic cars on display to take selfies with. Don’t forget to check out the craft table, where kids can make Dad a personalized basketball hoop! Lake Compounce, Bristol

All Day: Father’s Day Event Bring dad and visit the live animals at Barnes Nature Center:  Snakes, scales, and wildlife! $5 per person and Dad gets in for free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk: Peak of Flowering Plants Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the flowering plants that inhabit Winding Trails property. The walk will catch the portion of the summer that has the most plants in flower. Visit the Powerline to see what plants bloom in this sunny open space. Continue on to the new field space to see what plants are beginning to populate this new habitat. Finish up by checking the wetlands and Walton Pond shoreline for those plants that like wet spaces. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. $6 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am  4pm: Open Cockpit Your chance to play pilot! Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and all activities are free with Museum admission. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am – 5pm: Father’s Day Dads rule at the Connecticut Science Center! Treat your dad to a day of fun and exploration with free general admission, for him, this Father’s Day. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

10:30am – 2pm: Father’s Day Jazz Brunch Enjoy a delicious Father’s Day brunch set to the music of the June Bisantz Trio, with Norman Johnson on guitar and Don Wallace on bass. Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm. Tickets are available online only; click here to purchase. Please note that tickets do not include gratuity for brunch service. $35 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am – 1pm and 2 -4pm: Cooking with Dad This Father’s Day, forget the boring necktie and tie on an apron instead! Kids will work alongside Dad in this hands-on class creating a menu of mouth-watering favorites that are as fun to prepare as they are to eat. Our instructor will walk everyone through the steps of grilling tasty sliders and creating your own barbeque sauce from scratch. We will make coleslaw and potato salad that will be a perfect pairing. Plus, we’ll finish on a sweet note with banana splits with delicious homemade sauces. Make ad’s day extra special by creating delicious food—and precious memories—together. $49 per person. Sur La Table, Canton

11am – 4:30pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour will give visitors the opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including Connecticut Company #1326 Trolley Car, a 1926 American LaFrance Fire Truck and a 1955 General Motors Transit Bus. During your visit you will also learn more about our sixteen Firetrucks and Fire alarm office with a working 1904 Gamewell panel fire alarm system that is actively used at the Museum. Don’t miss your opportunity to sit in a real fire truck! Dads and Granddads receive free admission when accompanied by a paying child. Additionally, get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected Trolleys from our incredible collection. Tour our Trolley Gallery packed full of historic trolleys. Pack a picnic lunch and come spend some time with the family. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 3-12 and children 2 and under are admitted free of charge. The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

11am – 5pm: Father’s Day Free admission for all Dads on their special day! Imagine Nation, Bristol

12 – 5pm: Free Tours for Dads On Father’s Day, Dads enjoy free admission for a Stowe Center tour. The whole family will be inspired by the life of the woman whose words changed the world. Before or after your tour, enjoy 10% off in our Museum Store with books and gifts for everyone – including last-minute gifts for Dad. An outing the whole family will enjoy! Last tour steps off at 4:30pm. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

1:30 – 2:30pm: Summer Solstice Father’s Day Hike Join us on the first day of summer for a guided walk on the Quarry Trail and learn about the history of the land before it became Werner’s Woods. $6 per person, 1/2 price for children. Dads are admitted free. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton


8pm: Summer Solstice Celebration & Bonfire Join us to celebrate the summer solstice. Welcome in summer’s light and warmth with songs, dance, stories, music and a huge bonfire. Learn about traditions used to celebrate the longest day of the year when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Cancer. Bring a poem, sing a song, or recite a piece about how your culture or family celebrates the solstice. Light refreshments served. $10 adults, $3 children under 10 years of age. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Glastonbury

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