Week 25

Monday, June 20th:

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Under The Sea Set sail with us! This week, we’re making craft stick mermaids, paper jellyfish and more marine fun. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Reoccurs on Wednesday and Friday. Michael’s Locations

{Members Only} 5:30 – 7pm: Opening Reception for Girl Scouts of Connecticut The CHS is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut to create an exhibit about the history of the organization as they celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Gold Award. For more than 100 years, the Girl Scouts have helped girls develop courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts of Connecticut is one of the earliest official Scout groups in the United States. They have a rich collection of objects and ephemera related to their history. Artifacts such as merit badges, uniforms, and photographs will be displayed to illustrate the Girl Scouts tradition of developing and rewarding leadership traits. Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Yarn Class – Stitched Letter Canvas Use easy embroidery techniques to create a personalized canvas. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $31 Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 21st:

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5:30 – 7pm: Dragon Boating 101 Dragon Boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world, fun for adults of all ages and fitness levels. This class is beneficial for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. The 8 sessions will include history, communication, safety, and paddling skills of Dragon Boating. Our coaches refine participant’s technique through a variety of on water paddling exercises and work to create a team atmosphere in the boat. Additional dates are June 23rd, 28th, 30th, July 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th. $150. Riverside Park, Hartford

6pm: Beth Vrabel Book Signing Meet local author Beth Vrabel, of the popular books Pack of Dorks, A Blind Guide to Stinkville and her newest creation Camp Dork. Barnes & Noble, Canton

6 – 8pm: Write Your Own Story In Your Own Voice with Susanne Davis Do you have a story that wants to be told? Your own or one shared that you can’t get out of your head? Or perhaps one imagined with a character whispering, Please tell my story. A writer’s voice is indelible on the page. Whether you are a new or practicing writer of fiction or creative nonfiction, this workshop will help you identify and develop your voice with elements of craft. Participants will practice the techniques of creating character, dialogue, setting, point of view, and plot in dramatic scenes that amplify the unique voice of each writer. Spend six weeks and let your voice be heard! Six-week workshop; Tuesdays: June 21st and 28th; July 12th, 19th and 26th, August 2nd. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class – Bouquet in a Box Arrange florals in a small box, perfect for small tables and desks. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $38, Michael’s Locations

Wednesday, June 22nd:

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Under The Sea Set sail with us! This week, we’re making craft stick mermaids, paper jellyfish and more marine fun. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Reoccurs on Wednesday and Friday. Michael’s Locations


6 – 8pm: Summer Session with Hank Herman Didn’t quite wrap up your current writing project during the “school year”? Have a project you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer!  Even Mark Twain himself  said he did his best writing during the summer. Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor  or anything else,  “Summer Session” is the perfect workshop for you. Six-week workshop – Wednesdays: June 22nd and 29th; July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Wednesday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 26th:

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. Sunday’s matinée followed by a talk back with the cast. Parental discretion advised due to language, recommended for ages 13 and up. $32.50 – $35 per ticket. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, June 23rd:

{Field Trip} 8am – 6:30pm: Whitney Museum of American Art, High Line Walking Tour & Chelsea Market Whitney Museum of American Art: Located in New York City’s Meatpacking District, The Whitney is an institution dedicated to celebrating the art of the United States. With arguably the finest collection of 20th-century American art in the world, enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum’s modern and contemporary art collections, which are now displayed in their breathtaking new building. High Line Walking Tour: Experience the city from a unique perspective during a guided walking tour of the High Line; a linear park in Manhattan located 35 feet above street level. The once unused and despaired railroad track is now one of New York City’s most popular cultural attractions, filled with naturalistic plantings, trails, and rolling lounges to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Explore Chelsea Market, one of the world’s greatest indoor food halls. With more than 35 vendors offering everything from coffee to sushi to donuts, you are sure not to grow bored, or leave hungry. There is a considerable amount of walking on this trip. $99 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

12 – 1pm: Table Talk with Mark Zinni Join us as we welcome Emmy and Associated Press award-winning journalist Mark Zinni of Channel 3 (WFSB) for the next installment of our new Table Talk series. Come meet and chat with Mark as he shares his favorite work stories and discusses his community volunteerism and the state of media in today’s world. Free to attend, but space is limited. Register your spot in advance. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford

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.

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6 – 9pm: Serata Di Cibo Join us for an outdoor evening of fine food, drink and music hosted by Carbone’s Kitchen. Enjoy samplings from local restaurants, craft breweries and fine distilleries. $75 per person. Event proceeds will benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Carbone’s Kitchen, Bloomfield

6 – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Join Fellow Writer and Storyteller Matt Dicks! Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer – to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted! $50. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Alcohol Inks on Glass Plate Art Party While sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on goodies, you will create a stunningly colorful glass plate using a rainbow palette of vibrant alcohol based inks. Because inks are applied to the back of the plate and are then sealed, the plate is food safe and washable as well as beautiful. $35 includes 1 plate, all inks, glass of wine and appetizers, additional plates $5 each. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon

7:30pm: Skygazing: The Great Outdoors Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an exciting and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. What do rocks, trees, the weather, birds and the sky all have in common? They’re all part of the great outdoors! Join us to learn about these things and more with fun, hands-on activities for all ages! Afterwards, we’ll move into our planetarium to learn more about the stars, planets and other objects that fascinate us in the night sky. Then, when the skies have darkened, we’ll head to our final skygazing destination atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be looking for stars, planets (including Saturn, Jupiter and Mars) and other celestial gems. $8 per person. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, June 24. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

Friday, June 24th:

9am – 12pm: Kick off to Summer Beach Camp Taught by Ms. Emily! Kids will enjoy parachute play, dancing, music, yoga, outdoor play, bubbles, singing and more! Children must be comfortable with being dropped off and be potty trained. Registration is required. Ages 3 – 7. $40 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

{Bristol Residents Only} 9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol Day Imagine Nation will be open its doors to Bristol Residents for free. Proof of residency is required. Imagine Nation, Bristol

10am – 12pm: Camp Creativity – Under The Sea Set sail with us! This week, we’re making craft stick mermaids, paper jellyfish and more marine fun. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Reoccurs on Wednesday and Friday. Michael’s Locations

5:30 – 7:30pm: Globetrotters Kids Take a cooking adventure with our chefs and dietitians. We’ll celebrate international dishes with everything from Italian pesto pasta to Japanese vegetable hand rolls. Menu: Chicken Pesto Spaghetti {Italy}, Tropical Fruit Salad Cups {Caribbean} and Vegetable Hand Rolls {Japan}. What to Expect: Discover fundamental cooking skills to gain confidence in the kitchen. Work side-by-side with chefs and dietitians to prepare an entire menu. Learn how to read a recipe, and take home a packet with all of the recipes form the class. Shop Rite, Bristol

5:45pm: Twilight Paddle Paddle the River in the cool of evening in the company of great blue herons, muskrats, beavers, and other crepuscular wildlife. Enjoy a little night music orchestrated by native songbirds and singing insects. Jay Kaplan, Naturalist and Director of Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton will share his vast knowledge of local flora and fauna visible and/or audible along the River at sunset. Trip may land after nightfall. Need a boat: $25 per person; Have a boat: $20.  Curtiss Park, Simsbury


{Special Needs} 6 – 8pm: Outdoor Picnic with Yard Games This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older.  Weather permitting, we’ll set up outside to enjoy boxed lunches from Elmwood Kitchen and enjoy streaming music from Dani’s famous Ipod. Enjoy the warm summer evening as we play lawn games including bean bag toss, ladder ball and croquet. $20 per person. Pre-registration is required. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford

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Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer 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. The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call to make your reservations! The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended for ages 10 and up). The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Friday, June 24th – Sunday, June 26th:

Friday – Saturday at 7pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids! The Newington Children’s Theatre Company is proud to present the first show of their Summer Theatre Arts Program, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids. Pet owners Roger and Anita live happily in London with their Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Join over twenty area kids as they bring this classic to life. All tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). Runtime: 35-40 minutes. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, Newington.

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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. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Our Town Set in the fictional American town of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town is Thornton Wilder’s Pulitizer Prize-winning drama about the timeless lessons of life, love, and realizing “every, every minute.” $15 per adult, $13 per child. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Saturday, June 25th:

10am: Connecticut Wildlife Get up close and personal with native animals while learning about the human activities that affect them. The New Children’s Museum of West Hartford will bring animals such as a turtle, chinchilla, lizard or ferret to Cedar Hill for this educational program. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford

10am and 1pm: Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve Imagine parents honestly being able to enjoy the music that their children enjoy. Imagine soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and learning how to be polite. Imagine a diverse, and incredibly hip duo, teaching children through music on an animated train. And Choo-Choo Soul is born! Choo Choo Soul is a children’s entertainment act composed of singer Genevieve Goings as a hip-hop train conductor and her partner, Constantine “DC” Abramson, a dancer and beatboxer dressed as a railroad engineer. Come join Genevieve and DC for some musical fun and the chance to meet them after the show! The 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance. Please use the code SENSE16 when purchasing online or at the box office to access tickets for the sensory friendly performance. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. The Bushnell, Hartford

11am: Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery Storytime Just because you’re extremely cute, doesn’t mean you can’t operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a funny, whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss! Join us for a fun-filled Storytime! Click here to learn more about this picture book. Barnes & Noble locations

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12 – 9pm: The Hartford Latino Fest celebrates Latino culture and community through live entertainment, authentic Latino cuisine, children’s games and activities, exhibitors and more. Last summer’s Latino Festival schedule included a kids’ music show with costumes, Rey Kelly, Merengue and Bachata with Alisa House Dancers, Los Calentes Salsa Band, Miguel Gonzalez, El Palomo & Band Mexicano Folklore Music, Orquesta Espada, English & Spanish Salsa, and more. Free admission. Raindate: June 26th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

1 – 3pm: Planning With Michaels Calling all planning beginners and long-time planner-lovers! Use our classroom to meet, mingle and make with other planners. Michael’s Locations

1 – 5pm: Cruisn’ East Hartford  Classic Car Show Presented by the town of East Hartford and the Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Connecticut Street Legends. Show car entry fee will be $10. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 show cars. There is no cutoff year! Classics (domestic and foreign), street rods, customs, antiques and vintage and new muscle are welcome. Trophies will be awarded and there will be food available and oldies music. Raindate: June 26th. Sunset Ridge School, East Hartford.


7pm: Carrie Firestone Meet local author Carrie Firestone for a festive book signing of her debut novel, The Loose Ends List. Barnes & Noble, Canton

8 – 10pm: Speak Up CHS is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors for another performance. The theme of the evening is “Growing Up” to accompany our exhibit Growing Up in Connecticut which will be open until October 15. Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers, Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Tickets are $12 for CHS members and $15 for non-members. Doors open at 7pm with free access to the Galleries and the performance begins at 8pm. Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford

Sunday, June 26th:

10am – 3pm: Concorso Ferrari & Friends Join us with Special Guest Indy Car Driver Lyn St. James for an incredible collection of autos and support Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! LaSalle Road, West Hartford

11am – 8pm:Autism Awareness Day In conjunction with the Hartford branch of Autism Speaks, the 9th annual Autism Awareness day at Lake Compounce will be held on June 26th. Join us for a day of bringing families of Autism together as well as raising awareness of Autism to our park goers. Lake Compounce, Bristol

2 – 3:30pm: Coloring Time For Adults Try your hand at this relaxing trend in arts and crafts. We’ll provide the supplies; all you have to do is show up and color! Michael’s Locations

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