Monday, July 11th:
10 – 11:30am: Super Hero Camp Just because your little one isn’t ready to be dropped off (or maybe you are not ready to drop them off:), doesn’t mean that can’t enjoy TLGT Summer Camps! Taught by Ms. Emily, this camp is designed for kids and a caregiver and will include ballet, snack time, parachute play, dance, outdoor play, art and more! For caregivers and children ages 2-4. Registration and parent participation required. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton
6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Class – Instax Frame Make a frame for your favorite instax photo with this simple introduction of paper crafting embellishments and decorative paper. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $19.
6:30 – 9pm: Mastering your Time, Goals and Work-Life Balance Tired of feeling overwhelmed? Questioning what is my purpose? Looking for clarity around your goals? As part of this workshop, you will receive tips on time management, designing a goal plan, creating balance. To bring it all together you will create a personal vision board, a vital tool in the first steps of your journey. $50 per person.
7 – 9pm: Performing a Song Broadway actress and Drama Desk award winner Veanne Cox will encourage singers take their musical theatre performance to the next level. Participants will be asked to bring in a brief musical theatre selection. Veanne will guide students to think beyond the music and to tell their story through their use of text, inner-life, diction and physicality. The class will conclude with a question and answer session with Veanne. Teens and adults ages 16 and up. $30 per person. $10 option to observe only.
Tuesday, July 12th:
10 – 11am: Performance by Turtle Dance Music Movement-focused 60-minute performance is designed to engage children in physical activity using awesome music, original stories, incredible visuals, exciting games, and interactive music technology to promote fitness, healthy eating, going to your library and celebrating music! Kids will play instruments, and get to dance along during the show for an interactive experience!
1 – 3pm: The Love Bug: Growing Up at the Movies For the Baby Boomers, the winner was The Love Bug (1968). It is just like you remember it –the “star” is Herbie, a lovable little Volkswagen with a personality all its own. Abused by a bad guy race-car driver (David Tomlinson), Herbie is rescued by a good guy racer (Dean Jones). Out of gratitude, Herbie enables the luckless good guy to win one race after another. The real fun begins when the ruthless hot-rodder connives to get Herbie back through fair means or foul. Watch it again with your kids and grandkids! Rated G. Movies are free with admission. Popcorn provided.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Braided Boho Bracelet Learn how to turn a basic chain into a trendy boho bracelet by using cording and braiding technique. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18.
Tuesday, July 12th – Wednesday, July 13th:
Wednesday, July 13th:
10am – 2pm: Bubble Bash This day is all about bubbles! Indoor and outdoor activities, interactive stations that include bubble art, making your own bubble and the science of bubbles!
12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch This week’s topic is Staying Committed to Positive Change. How do we stay committed to positive change, even in tough times? How do we take care of each other and ourselves? Suggested reading: 5 Self Care Tips for Activists, by Kim Tran, Everyday Feminism. The Optimism of Uncertainty, by Howard Zinn, The Nation. 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 or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.
7:30pm: Uncorked Attend a final dress rehearsal (with a glass of wine) and get an inside look at our creative process as we get ready to “uncork” the show. Food by Black Eyed Sally’s. $20 per person. Theaterworks, Hartford
Wednesday, July 13th – Sunday, July 17th:
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. Parental Discretion advised due to language, recommended for ages 13 and up. Runs until Sunday, July 31st. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford
Thursday, July 14th:
5:30 – 8:30pm: Sunset Sounds Garden Concert Series Bring a picnic dinner & enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook historic garden on the 2nd Thursday of the month from June through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace (made possible by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) at the Amos Bull House. Tours of the first floor of the Butler-McCook House & Garden are available, as well as tours of the Amos Bull House. July brings the Red Hot Horns who use many different musical genres, from soul, pop, R&B, to jazz, Motown and funk. All concerts are free and open to the community.
6:30pm: The Rentschler Airfield 5K Come join us at the Rentschler Airfield 5K, presented by Cabela’s. The race will start and end at Cabela’s, 475 East Hartford Boulevard North, East Hartford, CT. Discover your fastest time on this very flat course that winds through the historic Rentschler Airfield runways. Unique awards will be provided by Fox Meadow Farm of Vermont, in addition, Cabela’s will award gift certificates to the top three overall male and female. After the race enjoy a burger from Cabela’s, Faddy’s Donuts and Ice Cream, and a beer from the Olde Burnside Brewing Company.
7 – 9pm: Barnes Music Series Gracie Day sings with a sultry and passionate voice about heartbreak, independence, trouble, love and ambition. Her music has been best described as Folk. Alt-Country and Blues Rock. While she plays and sings all over Connecticut, recently her stories and sounds have spread to surrounding states as well. With a repertoire that includes original songs as well as songs from the 30’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Everything is “looked at through blue eyes,” a touch of jazz blues and a little bit of soul. Robert Fullerton has shown an ability to cater to the multiple tastes to show up at our place, said one venue manager. With his deep, gravely voice, and amazing blue chops, there rarely is a need for him to stray from what’s familiar. $10 per person. BYOB.
7pm: Shrek the Musical Jr. This summer, everyone’s favorite ogre will be back in the hilarious stage spectacle, Shrek the Musical Jr., based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.
7:30pm: Pay What You Can Pay Night This special performance means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. Reoccurs on July 20th and August 20th. Theaterworks, Hartford
Thursday, July 14th – Sunday, July 17th:
Friday, July 15th:
10:30am – 12pm: Open Play We will have a super fun indoor and outdoor open play today! Kids will get to play with our toys, paint using non-toxic edible paint safe for even the littlest Leonardo, and play outside with bubbles and sensory tables in our beautiful garden! As always, free coffee will be available for the adults! $15 per child, registration is required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton
1:30 – 3pm: Butterfly Tea Party & Story Time Dress in your butterfly attire, make a set of antennae to match. Waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some tea, lemonade and cookies! Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more….
5 – 10pm: Summer Sizzle: The Gay Divorcee Enjoy an outdoor screening of an American classic comedy or drama from the 1930’s in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s outdoor courtyard. Live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café begin at 5 pm, and the movies begin at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. Mimi Glossop wants a divorce so her Aunt Hortense hires a professional to play the correspondent in an “apparent” infidelity. Mistaken identities spoil the ruse. 1934. 107 min. Musical comedy. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Summer Sizzle film tickets are free for Hartford residents! $9 admission, students $8.
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 per child. Sibling discount. My Gym of West Hartford & Enfield
6:30 – 8pm: Cosmic Bounce This is an all ages glow in the dark bounce session. The price is $14.95 per child. Kids under the age of 2 are free, as well as any adults. Socks are required.
7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Star Wars Calling fans of Wookiees, Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights! All ages are welcome for a special offer, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing Game event.
7:30pm: Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland’s seminal piece, Appalachian Spring, is featured in its original chamber ensemble setting in this summertime evening of classical music under the stars. Additional selections include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, featuring the HSO string section, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, G Major, featuring guest pianist Andrew Armstrong. Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan. Raindate: July 16th. Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury
Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th:
Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Tickets are $15 for adults ($17 at the door) and $12 for seniors, students and children ($15 at the door).
9pm: Illuminate the Night Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays July 1st through August 21st Lake Compounce will “illuminate the night” with our laser light show. Produced by Lasertainment in Minnesota, a 50-foot water wall will veil across the lake with simultaneous synchronized music, projections and lasers.
Saturday, July 16th:
9am: Archeology Paddle Paddle along our own ancient Native American canoe trail as we explore the fascinating culture of the people who inhabited the Farmington River Valley thousands of years ago. Learn about the latest archeological discoveries from Ken Feder, Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University, and founder of the Farmington River Archeology Project. Pre-registration is required. Need a boat: $25 per person; have a boat: $20. Meet at 9am at Alsop Meadow for the shuttle to start point.
9 – 10:30am: Windsor Center Sculpture Walking Tour Walk, bike, or drive to Windsor Center and meet Windsor Historical Society director Christine Ermenc for an in-depth look at the sculptures, monuments, and markers decorating Broad Street Green and Windsor Center. Prior to the tour, view Windsor sculptor Lon Pelton so she can share with you the real stories behind his Moly Mosquito and Into the Future sculptures. And did you know that Broad Street Green’s iconic eagle was sculpted by Evelyn Longman Batchelder, the first woman sculptor to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1919? Many Windsor residents have never noticed the New Deal-era tobacco reliefs by Nena Jackson De Brennecke located above the lock boxes in the Windsor Center Post Office. These delights and more historic and modern details will be highlighted on this ¾ mile walk. $6 adults, $5 students. Thunderstorm reschedule date: July 17 at 2pm.
10am: FVTC Northern Exposure Ride Join us for a casually paced ride north as we enjoy the scenic trail from Iron Horse Blvd in Simsbury to the Congamond Lakes in Southwick, MA. You will also have the option to continue on north to the new Westfield section of the trail or ride around the lakes or both. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy lakeside or grab a bite at one of the great little spots along Congamond Road. The ride up, around the lakes and back is roughly 33 miles. Registration opens at 9:30am at Iron Horse Blvd and Jim Gallagher Way. Raindate: Sunday, July 17th.
11am: Are We There Yet? Storytime Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride! After reading this inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again. Join us for this fun-filled Storytime with activities to follow.
2pm: Campout Under the Stars at Northwest Park Spend the night at Northwest Park at 2pm on Saturday through 9am on Sunday at the Northwest Park “Great Meadow.” Join us for canoeing and guided hikes during the day, enjoy picnic style dinner, with traditional roasting of marshmallows and a light breakfast. $15 (Windsor resident), $20 (non-resident), Family $40 (Windsor resident), $45 (non-resident family).
4pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Pokémon Learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon!
6:30pm: Ballroom Dancing by the River is a part of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Mini Series featuring Simply Swing. We totally embrace the idea of performing music that fosters audience participation,” said Joseph LaRosa, of Simply Swing. “We enjoy seeing toes tapping, audience members swaying in their chairs, singing along, and most of all dancing,” he added. “This evening will provide a rare opportunity for ballroom dancers to show off their moves to a live dance band.”
7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Manga Celebrate manga with drawing and coloring activities from renowned manga artist Camilla d’Errico. Enjoy a special offer on manga, activities, cosplay and giveaways.
Saturday, July 16th – Sunday, July 17th:
10am – 4pm: Revolutionary War Encampment The Farmington Historical Society is proud to announce that Sheldon’s Horse, The Second Continental Light Dragoons, will be coming to the Farmington Polo Grounds July 16th and 17th. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about the Revolutionary War and the role Sheldon’s Horse played with their establishment by Congress on December 12, 1776. Mingle with the officer’s of Sheldon’s Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons while dining on fine period food and enjoying delightful live music!
Sunday, July 17th:
12:30 – 3:30pm: Tending the Historic Gardens As you enter the Dooryard Gardens, you’ll find Mary Smith and her family weeding, watering and harvesting. Goodwife Smith lived in the house from 1725-36, but trust us, she doesn’t look a day over 20. Share in some of the harvest, ask questions, enjoy the scene – or help her out as she works. Time-travel to the gardens in 1730. Free admission. Stanley-Whitman Museum, Farmington
1pm: Shrek the Musical Jr. This summer, everyone’s favorite ogre will be back in the hilarious stage spectacle, Shrek the Musical Jr., based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.
3 – 5pm: Afternoon Paint-a-long Enjoy an afternoon painting your own masterpiece led by one of our artists! Pre-registration is required. $30 per person.
3 – 8pm: Sayulita on the Farm Mex-A-Que Join us for quality Mexican quisene down on the farm as Sayulita Restaurant and Killam & Bassette Farmstead partner for a farm fiesta! All products are raised on Killam & Bassette Farmstead & meticulously prepared for you by Chef Van Hurd. Hayrides, wine tasting all evening, live music of Frankie Justin Lamprey and Roughstock, and down home hospitality. $90 per person.
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