Monday, July 18th:
9am – 2pm: Around the World: Asia (Culinary Camp) Today we will prepare a variety of food inspired by Asian cuisine! We will roll homemade sushi, vegetable egg rolls, make wonton soup, and orange chicken over jasmine rice. For dessert? Chinese donuts and bubble tea!
6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $28.
Monday, July 18th – Sunday, July 31st:
Tuesday, July 19th:
9am – 2pm: Crazy for Cupcakes (Culinary Camp) Let’s get our baking shoes on! Today we will make four homemade cupcakes from scratch! On the menu: vanilla cupcakes with butter cream frosting ,double chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and pink lemonade cupcakes with a light lemon whipped frosting.
1 – 3pm: Goonies: Growing Up at the Movies For Generation X, the winner was The Goonies (1985). It is just like you remember it –the Goonies are a group of seven young friends from a small Northwest town who find themselves on a thrilling underground adventure filled with humor and heart-pounding peril as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate, One-Eyed Willie. Watch it again with your kids! Rated PG.
6 – 7:30pm: Sprouting Workshop Join TFC’s Traditional Nutrition instructors Lauren Jadovich and Hunter Bahre. Soaking and sprouting grains, legumes, beans, vegetables and nuts decreases the anti-nutrients while increasing digestibility. Learn how and why to sprout your food and discover these ancient methods. Sample sprouted foods and become skilled at making your diets ever more nutritionally dense. Fee: $10. Includes ingredients and samples. RSVP.
6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series featuring Bryson Lang and George Saterial. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Reoccurs until 8/16.
6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts: The Argiro Quintet Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Reoccurs until 7/26.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18.
7 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Concerts: Swing Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Reoccurs until 8/16.
Tuesday, July 19th – Saturday, July 23rd:
9:30am – 5pm: Tuesday – Saturday Members Bring a Friend Week Members, bring your friends to Imagine Nation for free! If your guest purchases a membership they will receive $10 off!
Tuesday, July 19th – Sunday, July 24th:
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday -Sunday at 2:30pm: Midsummer (a play with songs) Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of abandon when Bob, a small-time crook and Helena, a high-powered divorce lawyer meet in a basement wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love. Runs until August 21st. Theaterworks, Hartford
Wednesday, July 20th:
9am – 2pm: Edible Science Activities Let’s put on our mad scientist caps and step into our culinary lab! We will perform an array of science experiments using the ingredients found in our kitchen, including egg air pressure experiments, homemade slime, magic milk, homemade butter, homemade sidewalk paint and homemade volcanoes. Each child will make and take home a homemade lava lamp!
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 August 20th. Theaterworks, Hartford
7:30 – 8:30pm: Wednesday Evening Walks What will we find this summer?! In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent recommended. Adults $6. Children $3.
Wednesday, July 20th – Sunday, July 24th:
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 21st:
9am – 2pm: Day at the Beach (Culinary Camp) Grab your flip flops and head on over to our beach themed kitchen! Today, we will focus on food you will find at the beach! We will create our very own edible sand castle! We will also make homemade ice cream, corn dogs from scratch, homemade peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches, and sand dollar cookies! Nuts will be used in today’s class.
10am – 2pm: Wonder of Wheels Our summer “Celebration of Circles” will continue with two weeks focusing on wheels and gears. During Wonder of Wheels children will earn about energy, force and motion! Our parking lot will be filled with all different kinds of wheels to explore and touch including trucks, bicycles, tires, construction vehicles and much more.
12 – 1pm: Gallery Talk: Women Behind the Lens Marsted Fellow in Contemporary Art Eileen Doyle examines the work of four female photographers who use the medium to explore issues of identity, cultural norms, and desire.
2 – 2:45pm: Snakes Alive – Animal Demonstration Join Nature Center staff to learn about these fascinating creatures. Program will include live animal demonstration. $6 per person. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult
6 – 7:30pm: Outdoor Concert Series The CHS Third Thursday concert series celebrates the 25th anniversary of Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP), a statewide initiative that documents diverse cultural traditions and shares the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living throughout Connecticut. Alfred Rivera and Amor y Cultura will perform Puerto Rican musica tipica, traditional jibaro music of the countryside and mountains, featuring bongos, guitar, guiro (gourd scraper), vocals, and the signature instrument of this style – the cuatro. Members of the group grew up in Puerto Rican family and community musical traditions, which include improvised sung poetry accompanied by instruments playing special folk music forms such as the décima. All concerts are free. Grounds open at 5pm and concerts will play from 6 – 7:30pm. Raindate July 22.
6 – 10pm: July Creative Cocktail Hour We’ll continue our summer tradition of outdoor Creative Cocktail Hours! Music by West End Blend; munchies from Billings Forge; liqueurs and tours from Hartford Flavor Company; samples of future brews from Labyrinth Brewing Company; and Mercado food truck will be on site.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown invite you to the summer concert series Thursday evenings. Reoccurs until 8/18.
Friday, July 22nd:
7:30 – 8:30am: Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walk All experience levels welcome! Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair. Please call to let us know you are coming; walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled.
9am – 2pm: Rainbow Tie Dye Recipes and Activities Somewhere over the rainbow, in Stew Leonard’s executive kitchen, lies a fun-filled day with a variety of colorful recipes and activities waiting to be made! Today we will be creating different rainbow recipes and activities! We will make rainbow waffles and cupcakes. Along with this, we will tie dye t-shirts to take home, create crayon art canvases, rainbow dream catchers, assemble jelly bean bracelets, and plant a colorful flower in a tie dye planter!
10 – 11:30am: Open Play 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 snack time, parachute play, dance, outdoor play, art and more! For caregivers and children ages 2-4 (younger children may attend if you think they would be interested in this camp. Registration is required. $20 per child.
10am – 12pm: The Wild Things Discover and learn about fur, feathers, and scales, along with outside games and exploration. Bring a lunch and pre-registration is required. $10 per child, $5 for siblings.
5 – 10pm: Summer Sizzle: My Man Godfrey 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. A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler, but there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Free for Hartford residents. $9 per person.
6 – 8pm: Music Among the Memorials Join us at Cedar Hill Cemetery for an evening of music. The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music bring energy and fun to Cedar Hill with covers of music they love from The Grateful Dead and Johnny Cash to reggae and rock-influenced original music featuring the ukulele and guitar. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for an evening to remember. Raindate: July 23.
7 – 8:30pm: A History of The Connecticut River Come out to Northwest Park to enjoy a night of History of the Connecticut River with the author, Wick Griswold. Wick is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hartford. His signature course is the Sociology of the Connecticut River Watershed. He also authored “A History of the Connecticut River” He works with regional and national organizations on environmental educational issues. Light refreshments provided. $10 per person. Northwest Park, Windsor
7:30pm: Talcott Mountain Music Festival A Tribute to Ray Charles, Motown, and Beyond is a soulful celebration of the R&B roots and deep passion for the heart and soul of music that featured artist Ellis Hall and Ray Charles shared. Hits include “Georgia on My Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “Ain’t No Mountain,” “America the Beautiful,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Let the Good Times Roll,” plus some incredible Ellis Hall originals! Conducted by Richard Carsey. Raindate: Saturday, July 23.
8:30pm: Paula Poundstone Infinity Hall is proud to present comedian Paula Poundstone. It’s impossible to attend a Paula Poundstone performance without marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter.
8:30 – 9:30pm: Westmoor Park Family Firefly Hike Join Westmoor Park Naturalists as we take a hike at sunset. We will be on the lookout for summer fireflies. We will also listen for owls, search for night shift mammals, and explore the woods after the sun goes down. Dress to be outdoors! All participants must be registered. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Sundown: Free Movies in Riverside Park: The Martian Join us for free movies in Riverside Park, presented by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ! Movies will begin at sunset, arrive early and order your dinner from Bear Force One, the Bear’s BBQ food truck.
Friday, July 22nd – Saturday, July 23rd:
8pm: The Foreigner Arriving in a foreign country where you cannot speak the language can be an unsettling experience. Pretending to be a foreigner in your own country, well, that can be hilarious. And pretending not to speak English at a remote fishing lodge, well, that can lead to problems with some unwanted guests. Shy Charlie Baker finds himself in a rural Georgia fishing lodge where everyone comes to believe he doesn’t speak English and we are off on one wild sudden adventure! Runs until August 6th.
Friday, July 22nd – Sunday, July 24th:
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 23rd:
7:30am: Annual Butterfly Count The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. To take part in the Butterfly Count, meet at Nature Center at 7:30am in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants in Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition. Following the Count there will be a Butterfly Program/Walk from 1:30-3 pm at the Nature Center. This program is open to the public. $6 per person.
8 – 9:30am: Yoga to the Street Join Barbara Ruzansky, owner and director of West Hartford Yoga, as she leads a 75-minute yoga class for all-levels on LaSalle Road in West Hartford center. Last year nearly 1,700 yogis turned out for this joyous community event—come be a part of the fun this year! Join us at 8:00am on LaSalle Road to celebrate yoga in the community! Rain date July 30th. No registration required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your space!
8am – 1pm: Bubble Run If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the Bubble Run is the running equivalent to the whimsical bubble room in Willy Wonkas factory. Kids 4 and under race for free with fully paid adult registration.
10am: Barnstormers & Aviators Learn about the lives and accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill’s noteworthy artists. Debbie Alter leads this tour focusing on the cemetery’s creative residents including William Glackens, Albert Entress and Katharine Seymour Day. $5 per person.
11:30am – 2:30pm: Barbeque Fundraiser by Whole Foods Whole Foods chefs will grill you a lunch for a $5 donation. So bring a crowd and arrive hungry! All proceeds will benefit The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. Whole Foods, Glastonbury
6:30pm: Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan Fabulous solos, duets and trios! World premieres and classics! Raindate: July 24th.
7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops The Middletown Symphonic Band is committed to the preservation of live concert band music. The band was established to give both professional and amateur musicians an opportunity to practice and perform together. Raindate: 7/24.
Sunday, July 24th:
1 – 2:30pm: Blues in the Garden Sparkie Allison performs acoustic blue with an eclectic blend of country and world rhythms guaranteed to lift your spirits. Sip a glass of complimentary lemonade while you enjoy the music. The concert will be held in the Dooryard Garden, weather and temperature permitting. The concert will move inside to the Spear Gallery if it is too hot or if there is rain. Admission is $10 per person. Registration is required as seating is limited.
1 – 3pm: Family Hike Day Each hike on the nature center trails will touch on different topics or activities. $15 per family member.
2 – 3:30pm: Planning With Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner to personalize – and learn how to make a fun bookmark clip.
6 – 8pm: Pickin’ Party We’re teaming up with Real Art Ways to bring you a fun, music-filled Pickin’ Party this Sunday from 6-8pm! Join our open, acoustic jam in the Loading Dock Lounge at Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street in Hartford). Anyone can join in on the fun – either by playing, singing their heart out, or clapping along with the beat. Walk ups are encouraged. This informal music circle is lead by RAW’s Lindsey Fyfe, with special guests Rebecca Hart and M. Scott McLean – stars of MIDSUMMER (a play with songs). Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Musical skill is not required.
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