Week 31

Monday, August 1st:

10am – 3:30pm: Make & Take Children make their own motorman hat from paper, crayons and glue. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with museum admission.

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is indoors and outdoors! As always our toys will be available to the kids and free coffee will be available for the adults. In addition, our lovely garden will have water tables for kids to play with, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet- a bathing suit is a great idea for kids who love playing with water! Please apply sunscreen to your child, and possibly a hat for extra sun protection! Reoccurs on Monday, August 8th.

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Tuesday, August 2nd:

9am – 4pm: Family Day The Travelers Championship will again offer a fun-filled day of free golf activities during the Farmington Bank Family Day at the Travelers Championship on Tuesday, August 2. Family Day will feature equipment vendors, along with golf and fun for all ages at the TPC River Highlands Practice Facility. Spectators can gain access to Family Day with the purchase of an Any One Day Practice Round Ticket! Vendors will bring all the newest putters, drivers, and golf equipment available in the market for spectators to try out. Also, with the support of the Connecticut Section PGA Members, Family Day will feature 10 minute free expert instruction to golfers of all ages and skill levels. Instruction lessons will be available 9am – 3:30pm by PGA Professionals from throughout the Connecticut Section.

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.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class Create bright cheery treats. Supplies not included.

{Free} 7pm: Write to the Point Theme: Relationships The sixteen apprentices in this prestigious summer program are back with their Creative Nonfiction! Come listen to them read their work aloud. These talented young writers have spent 6 weeks writing about their personal experiences, social justice, community issues and so much more. This is your chance to see the world from the point of view of the youth in Greater Hartford.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast.

Tuesday, August 2nd – Thursday, August 4th:

10:30am – 12pm: Clay Bonanza with Rashmi Talpade Using Model Magic clay, students will create animals, birds, portraits, masks, and strange critters. White clay may be painted and colored clays can be mixed to make a myriad of colors, creating wonderful finished projects of various subjects and sizes. Wood pieces, buttons, yarn, and found objects may also be incorporated to add interesting extra textures and different visual effects. By using a number of 3D paintings on canvas boards from the Museum’s permanent collection as inspiration, Adventurers will tap into their own clay creativity! Ages 6+ recommended.

Tuesday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 7th:

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.

Wednesday, August 3rd:

10am: Kids’ Crochet 101: Kids Can Crochet Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class.

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12 – 1pm: Audio Feed Ten consecutive Wednesdays of free, lunchtime music on Constitution Plaza (by the big fountain). You bring a lunch and we’ll supply the music. Reoccurs until 9/13.

1pm: Kids’ Perler Beads Funny Faces Learn to create a design with Perler Beads. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class.

2pm: Kids’ Crochet 201 Crochet Jewelry Learn to make a slip knot, chain & add beads. Supplies are required for this class.

6:30pm: Youth Jazz Orchestra Theme: The Lyon’s King Join us for the Neighborhood Studios showcases to see the incredible works created by apprentices during their six-week artistic training! This showcase features a live performance by the apprentices of Artists Collective who will perform The Lyon’s King.

6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series: Beatles Forever All concerts are free to the public.

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.


Wednesday, August 3rd – Saturday, August 6th:

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Wednesday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 7th:

Wednesday – Friday from 10am – 3:30pm, Saturday from 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday from 11am – 4:30pm: Make & Take Children make their own motorman hat from paper, crayons and glue. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with museum admission.

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)” simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led. Please note: If/Then contains strong language and mature themes.

Thursday, August 4th:

2 – 2:45pm: Turtles Big & Small Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Join us as we visit with these ancient animals. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

3 – 5pm: Ed Pop Magic Show You won’t want to miss this magic show filled with lots of audience participation. You are the stars of the show and you make the magic happen!

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{Free} 5:30pm: Eye on Video Theme: Moment of Insight Join us for the Neighborhood Studios showcases to see the incredible works created by apprentices during their six-week artistic training! This showcase features screenings by the apprentices at Real Art Ways.

6pm: Beauty Class – False Lashes Master the art of applying false lashes. Learn all the eye-opening steps from prepping the eyes to camouflaging the lash band with liner and mascara. 45-60 minutes. False lashes not included.

{Free} 6 – 8pm: Tap Into Your Potential An informational session sharing the workplace trends that support professional engagement through all life phases of a woman’s career. Are you on a career break, yet want to engage your professional expertise in a flexible way? Struggling to achieve work/life balance with a full-time work role? Ready to return and worry your gap years are a handicap? This event is for you! Invited Speakers: Susan Rietano-Davey, of Flexible Resources, a 20 year industry expert on flexible work. Kelley Biskupiak, Personal and Professional Life & Women’s Leadership Coach. Moderated by: Candace Freedenberg, Founder of Untapped Potential. Join other high-caliber individuals contemplating their return-to-work strategy.  Re-engage professionally with peers and industry mentors. Learn more about our mission, changes in today’s work force and hear from other professional women who have successfully navigated their way back to their caliber. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Registration required. Tell a friend and RSVP today! Don’t miss the conversation!

{Free} 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.


{Free} 7pm: Making a Scene Apprentice presentation is free.

Friday, August 5th:

9 – 11am and 1 – 3pm: My Truck is Struck Painting Workshop for 5-6 year olds. AM session also has a 11-14 year old separate class.

10 – 11:30am: Move and Groove 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.

11am – 2:30pm: Nature Bound Take hikes, find tracks, look in the pond, and you are Nature Bound! Barnes Friday Fun Day activities for children ages 4-10.

12 – 1pm: 7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR Kiehl’s President Chris Salgado, along with a crew of celebrity riders, will arrive in West Hartford for a special event at Kiehl’s. The LifeRide for amfAR is an 11-day, multi-stop, charitable motorcycle ride from New York City to Philadelphia, to raise funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Rallying at 10 store stops along the route, the company will donate a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride. The public will be invited to meet the riders, including Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) and Gilles Marini (Teen Wolf), learn more about amfAR, as well as enjoy refreshments prepared by Head Chef and Owner of Peppercorns Grill, Dino Cialfi. Attendees will also be treated to product demonstrations and hand massages. As part of the event, Kiehl’s will be presenting a $5,000 donation to AIDS Connecticut. This year’s celebrity riders include: Gilles Marini, Actor Teddy Sears, Actor Scott Patterson, Actor Theo Rossi, Actor Grant Reynolds, Actor Ben Cohen, Rugby Champion Milissa Sears, Actor JR Bourne, Actor Ian Bohen, Actor Josh Mario John, model In celebration of Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, every customer who visits the store on the event day will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% to amfAR, up to $125,000.

{Free} 3 – 6pm: Snap Photography Theme: Migration: Movement in Flux

6-8pm: Blueberry Madness! It’s the season for blueberry picking in Connecticut! Today we will use our farm fresh local berries to make lemon blueberry whoopee pies with cream cheese frosting and homemade blueberry cobbler with blueberry sauce. Children will also make their very own mini blueberry pie to take home! $25 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Ages 6-12.

G-Eazy & Logic: The Endless Summer Tour

7 – 9:30pm: Olympics Opening Ceremony Watch Party Can’t make it to Rio to watch the 2016 Olympics? We have an alternative! Join us for a celebration and screening of the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony. In partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in Hartford, the watch party will feature Brazilian food and drink specials. Wear your favorite team gear and celebrate with us!

Friday, August 5th – Saturday, August 6th:

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm: Footloose: The Musical When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town in Texas, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the local laws – including a ban on dancing – which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town’s teens. When the Reverend’s beautiful, rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid.  This musical adaptation of the hit film bursts explosively onstage with an Oscar-nominated score, which includes such hit songs as Footloose, Holding Out for a Hero, and Let’s Hear It For the Boy. Presented by the 15-19 year old students of Summer Studio Teen Musical.

{Last Call} 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!

Saturday, August 6th:

9 – 10am: Blueberry Madness! (Toddler Class) It’s the season for blueberry picking in Connecticut! Today we will use our farm fresh local berries to make lemon blueberry whoopee pies with cream cheese frosting and our very own mini blueberry pie to take home! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Ages 2-5.

{Free} 9 – 11am: Learn-and-Play First Saturday Have you wanted to visit but can’t wait until we open at 11am because it’s the kids’ lunch time and then after that it’s nap time? Bring the whole crew on the morning of the first Saturday of the month, and from 9-11M, enjoy our Windsor history galleries, Hands-on-History Learning Center (now with train table), and the completely hands-on Strong-Howard House. Scavenger hunts are available, and you can explore at your own pace. Perfect for even the youngest learners (crawling is encouraged), we’ll have guides nearby to answer questions you might have as you play.

9 – 11:30am: Canoe Adventure Visit Northwest Park for a canoe adventure with nature. Learn about our local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary. There will not be a staff member in your canoe, however, the staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist you with your paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Ages 6 and above. The cost is $8 per person (Windsor residents) $16 (non-residents).


9:30am – 4:30pm: Speak Up at CHS: Advanced Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder and 23-time Moth StorySLAM and 3-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop for those ready to move beyond the beginning workshop and tell their own stories. Unlike our beginner’s class, which allows participants to be passive learners if they so choose, the advanced version of the workshop is a more interactive, performance-based model. Participants will be encouraged to tell a story of their own in a low stakes, highly supportive environment – though they need not come to the workshop with a story prepared. Much of the instruction is driven through the stories told by participants, so there is ample opportunity for actual storytelling. There is also a focus on performance techniques, microphone work, improvisational games, and the explicit modeling of the crafting of a new story.

10am – 12pm: Kids Club – Sprout Medal They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.


{Free} 11am: Dinosaurs Love Underpants and Aliens Love Dinopants Storytime Join us for a wacky celebration of underpants from a bestselling author/illustrator team featuring Dinosaurs Love Underpants and Aliens Love Dinopants. Coloring and activities to follow.

{Free} 11am – 1pm: Art for Good Theme: Hartford’s Curiosity Cabinet Join us for the Neighborhood Studios showcases to see the incredible works created by apprentices during their six-week artistic training! This showcase features a presentation by the apprentices at Knox.

1pm: Kids’ Sewing 101: Sewing Basics Kids are so proud to make it themselves! Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class.

{Free} 1 – 11pm: The Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival brings authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy a full day of music, children’s activities and huge selection of food vendors including Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery, Ponce Pina Colada and Southern Bell Food Truck.

{Free} 7pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Marvel Come and explore the Marvel Universe with a special offer and exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. Also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay and more.

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Sunday, August 7th:

10:30am – 12pm: Sunday Funday This Sunday we’re celebrating the last month of summer with a Sunday Funday bash! Join us for a morning of art, music, dancing and play! All ages, caregiver participation, $20 per child.

11am – 3pm: 16th Annual Cruisin’ on Main Street This one-day show, one of the largest cruise shows of its kind in the Northeast, will display antique and classic cars, trucks, sport cars and street rods 25 years old and more for all to see. Since 2001, Cruisin’ has showcased more than 14,000 vintage vehicles to the delight of over 400,000 spectators. There will be food and music galore. Miss Connecticut, Alyssa Taglia, will make an appearance. Spectator admission and parking is free. Handicapped parking will be available one block east of Main Street between Birch and Oak Streets. Raindate: August 14th and 21st.

{Free} 12:30 – 3:30pm: A Harvest of Field and Stream Learn from Costumed Historical Interpreter Dennis Picard what it took for our 18th-century ancestors to catch a brown trout or rid their fields of varmints for crop protection – and for the kitchen pot. European settlers followed in the footsteps of the Indigenous people by altering their landscape through agricultural practices. Hear about these changes and how they affected flora and fauna in the Farmington Valley. To demonstrate tools and techniques, Mr. Picard will have a fowling piece with all its accoutrements, hand-forged animal traps, hide boards, and handmade fishing gear with linen line.

1 – 3pm: Family Hike Day Each hike on the nature center trails will touch on different topics or activities.

{Free} 2 – 4pm: Animal Show on the Go is a Portland based exotic animal rescue. Animals include scaly reptiles, slimy amphibians, creepy arthropods, birds and super furry mammals. The animals travel to schools, libraries, museums and private functions to teach about ecology and pet ownership. Learn about the natural world with a CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist who has over 15 years experience in environmental education. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are here – it’s free too!


3:30 – 5pm: Storytelling with Michael Takiff Michael Takiff will lead a lively discussion about his non-fictional novel, which features a compelling story of human connections that weave together themes of combat, service, country, and family. Brave Men, Gentle Heroes presents side-by-side accounts by two generations of warriors which vividly depict not only the familiar differences in their experiences, but also the profound commonalities. After the lecture, join Associate Curator of Education Heather Whitehouse, who will continue to explore these these with tour of Eric Aho’s Continental Series (War Paintings) and selected works from our current exhibition Masterpieces of The Sanford B.D Low Illustration Collection. Following the gallery tours, Michael Takiff will sign copies of his novel Brave Men, Gentle Heroes, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

6 – 9pm: Made In The Shade: Reflections of the Tobacco Valley Industry Join us for a viewing of the classic film Parrish, a 1961 American drama film made by Warner Bros., and filmed in CT. An old fashioned movie night with Popcorn and Pizza!

8:30pm: Blacklight Run is a unique night 5K fun run focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; every participant will get Glowed™ and has the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Blacklight Run course will have you glowing and waiting for the next one!

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