Week 32

Monday, August 8th:

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!

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Tuesday, August 9th:

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast of MIDSUMMER (a play with songs).

Tuesday, August 9th- Thursday, August 11th:

Tuesday – Thursday from 10:30am – 12pm: Channeling Chihuly with Deb Lasher Using artist Dale Chihuly’s fanciful glass sculptures as inspiration, Adventurers will create their own 3D masterpieces. During this session, students will explore various methods of sculpture that evoke the whimsical colors and lines of Chihuly’s signature works. Kids will initially study iridescent color with mosaic tiles, and then use flexible, translucent acrylic paint and malleable aluminum wire to create ‘glass-like’ sculptures. With the guidance of teaching artist Deb Lasher, this 3D object multi-project session will have students tapping into their creative side! Ages 6+ recommended.

Tuesday, August 9th – Sunday, August 14th:

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. Tuesday, August 9th: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast.

Wednesday, August 10th:

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{Free} 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.

Thursday, August 11th:

11am – 8pm: Hero Appreciation Day Come show your support for our local heroes! Lake Compounce is honored to have some of our local emergency responders at the park for the day. Photo ops with the vehicles are highly encouraged. Come prepared with a camera and questions. Emergency personnel get in for free when a family member or loved one buys a regular admission day ticket. Valid ID required. BOGO tickets must be purchased in park only. One free entry per one regular admission ticket purchased.

12 – 2pm: Circle of Fun Join us for our very own Olympics! Go for the gold in a variety of physical events and have a blast with our exciting circle activities.

1pm: Kids’ Wilton Tie Dye Cupcakes Combine bold and bright icing colors, fun designs, kids and cupcakes and you get an amazing tie-dye cupcake class! Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above for the supply list.

2 – 4pm: Art and Illusion: How to Depict Three-Dimensional Realism on a Flat Surface with Heather Whitehouse While traditional and academic styles of art may appear to be lifelike, they are an illusion meant to fool the viewer’s eye. Using works by ’trompe l’oeil’ (French for ’deceive the eye’) master Otis Kaye as inspiration, students will learn techniques in which artist’s employ to depict these types of drawings. Through the use of proportion, perspective, and contrast, kids will render a 3D object using pencil on paper–students are encouraged to bring in an object of their own for subject matter.

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5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar During the months of July and August, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Enjoy refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails—inspired by works in our collection—amidst the warm summer weather on our café terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, the night also includes various lawn/board games, so come ready to drink and play! Drinks are $5, cash bar only.

5:30 – 8pm: 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. River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs will kick-off the series. The Hartford natives blend R & B with Gulf-Coast blues to bring an authentic Louisiana zydeco sound to the Northeast. July brings the Red Hot Horns who use many different musical genres, from soul, pop, R&B, to jazz, Motown & funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz & influenced by country singers such as Loretta Lynn & blues singers like BB King. Hartford’s very own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music will wrap up the season.

{Free} 6pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concerts The Sounds of Summer concert series brings four free, family-friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! August 11: Soul Sound Revue.

{Free} 6 – 7pm: Curious Creatures, established 30 years ago, is joining us again this summer. Their mission is to teach tolerance and respect for all animals that walk, crawl, or slither on the Earth and their habitats in an entertaining, yet educational and interactive way. Touching is encouraged whenever possible. Another goal is to inform those that attend about the need for researching exotic animals in order to make good decisions on the selection of family pets. The animals, which are primarily adopted, abandoned, or rescued exotic pets, are all captive bred, non-aggressive species that are used during the interaction at the show making for a unique, safe, and fun experience for all children, even the adult kind. The mixture of different reptiles, mammals, and insects provides something of interest for all.

6 – 10pm: Garden Party Immerse yourself in the local food scene. Enjoy a night under KNOX’s signature tent. Sip wine and relax with live music. Local celebrity chefs showcase their Hartford flare. Tasting-size dishes served from the griddle to your plate. Ingredients sourced from Connecticut (and KNOX) farms. A silent and live auction highlights Hartford’s culinary, environmental, and entrepreneurial scene. Take a tour of our Watkinson Community Garden and meet some of KNOX’s community gardeners. This garden is twice the size of a football field, and rarely toured by the public.


{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.

7pm: Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones Join us for an extra special Book/Mark event featuring Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War. This important historic work was recently adapted as a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey. Dr. Bynum also appeared in the film, which opened on June 24th. Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, and aided by women, slaves, and children who spied on the Confederacy and provided food and shelter, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River. There, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones. The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight’s interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. Newt and Rachel’s relationship resulted in the growth of a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. The ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi, as vividly evidenced by the 1948 miscegenation trial of great-grandson Davis Knight.

Thursday, August 11th – Saturday, August 13th:

Breakdancing Shakespeare

Thursday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Breakdancing Shakespeare is part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s award-winning Neighborhood Studios program, a nationally recognized summer arts apprenticeship program for area teenagers between 14-18. Participants are paid a $100 weekly stipend, teaching them the important responsibility of a paying job. Throughout the program, apprentices participate in all-day workshops with master teaching artists, including a career-building curriculum that teaches resume writing, financial literacy, interviewing and networking skills – as well as vocational skills necessary to succeed in today’s workforce: creative problem-solving, multimedia communication, teamwork and civic responsibility. Apprentices are selected from across the Arts Council’s 34-town service area, providing an opportunity for teenagers to learn from others with different cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds. Breakdancing Shakespeare apprentices also learn breakdancing techniques, physical and vocal characterization, movement, and interpretation of classical text and use these skills to put a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play. What culminates is an exciting, high-energy public performance that makes Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages.

8pm: Chicago Set in the legendary city during the roaring 20s, “Chicago” is a tale of seeking fame, fortune and ultimately love, even if it means murder. We follow the story of two rival murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma, is serving time for killing her husband and sister – after finding the two in bed together. Driven, wanna-be star, Roxie, is in for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and lawyer Billy Flynn, who hatches a razzle-dazzle defense for both women that rocks the legal system to its core and turns Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy; thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback.

Friday, August 12th:

10am: Kids’ Dyed Paper Mobile Learn to spray dye paper using fabric paint, then assemble a mobile. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above for the supply list.

10 – 11:30am: Ballet and Play Taught by Ms. Emily! Kids will enjoy Ballet, 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.

1pm: Kids’ Pony Beads Cuff Learn to create jewelry with Pony Beads. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, visit the link above for the supply list.

2pm: Kids’ Tic Tac Toe On-The-Go Learn to hand sew with felt. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above for the supply list.

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. Also offered at the West Hartford My Gym.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained.

6 – 7pm: Food Pairing: Gourmet Cheese and PuErh Tea Food pairing isn’t just for wine lovers; especially Pu-Erh tea truly highlights intense flavors found in cheese and other gourmet delights. Pu-erh’s dark and earthy tones are a unique match to aged gourmet cheese, guaranteed to make for an epicurean experience. Mark your calendars and join Tea Sommelier Viviana Pinhasi this Friday night! Reserve in advance, seating is limited!

6 – 7:30pm: Opening Night Celebration Celebrate opening night and enjoy  a deliciously catered meal from Brown Sugar Catering and musings about the show from David Garnes. Dinner is $15, with a discount for subscribers. Reservations required.

6 – 8pm: Dinner and a Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Our summer literacy event will feature a free meal, a viewing of the film and a free book for the first 25 families. This month’s movie is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park 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.

8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark Explore art’s edge and meet other ’art-ful’ young professionals at Museum After Dark: Cyber-Noir Beach Party with the Desultory Theatre Club. Dress up and compete in the Robot Dance-Off and experience this year’s M(art)ket, a silent auction featuring original local art, wine tastings at area vineyards, Central Rock Gym climbing passes, and the latest NBMAA merchandise and membership options. Decide to attend as a human, robo-detective, cyborg beach bunny, or 8-bit sea creature made from recycled materials. Show up and short out the competition’s circuit boards with your smooth moves. Prizes will be given for Best Overall Robot, Hottest Motherboard, and Robot with the Best Dance Moves. Dance to surf rock by The Clams, get down to DJ zErp, or take a step back and enjoy music from Brooklyn-based band People’s Champs. Food will be available for purchase from NoRA Cupcake and if robot costumes aren’t enough of an icebreaker, take part in a collaborative art activity. Tickets purchased online are redeemed onsite at the prepaid check-in table. Online ticket sales end one week prior to the event. Costumes cannot extend more than 12 inches in any direction off a person; those that do are subject to adjustment or removal.

Friday, August 12th – Sunday, August 14th:


Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. Reoccurs on 8/19-8/21.

12th Night

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country (Illyria—the ancient name for the coast of the Adriatic Sea), Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino. Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke! Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities! Runs until August 28th. Opening Celebration: Friday August 12th from 6-7:30pm. Picnic on the patio before every performance.

Saturday, August 13th:

The Great Inflatable Race

10:30am – 12pm: Linda Ruggiero, Ruthie and Ruthie Growing Pains Bring the whole family to meet & hear Tolland, CT author Linda Ruggerio! Author Linda Ruggiero drew on her Lithuanian family history to craft these stories about eight-year-old tomboy Ruthie, who is both a hard worker and schemer. She helps out on the family farm with her brothers, loses a dear friend to illness, and concocts a scheme to get to the World’s Fair that even Tom Sawyer would have shied away from. Ruthie talks like a young hipster (slang and pop culture figures from the 1930s are explained in a detailed glossary), and she got the scars of the title jumping a fence to swipe some Shirley Temple paper dolls from the trash yard. The family elders speak in a thick dialect that’s nicely captured here and highlights the way the children of immigrants assimilate through language.

10:30am and 1:30pm: “Textile Treasures” Digging Deeper Tour When textile and costume expert Lynne Bassett was invited to consult on a new textile tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum, she was genuinely surprised at the quality of the collection. There, among the brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1690s to mid-1800s, lay several Sarah Noyes Chester crewelwork pieces. To put that into perspective, Chester’s crewelwork bed cover, part of the same set, is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first time, the public can get a behind-the-scenes view of this historic and remarkably well-preserved collection during the WDS “Textile Treasures.” Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

11am: Milk Goes to School Storytime The first days of school are tough and making new friends is even tougher. Join Milk on her journey at Storytime featuring the back-to-school, must-have picture book of the year Milk Goes to School. Activities to follow.

11am – 12pm: Secrets of the Veeder House Tour When Asylum Avenue still passed through cow pastures, Curtis Veeder built a grand home with an elevator, central vacuum, and even an indoor car wash. This special tour highlights features of the 1928 house that is now the Connecticut Historical Society that are not regularly accessible to the public. Come unlock the secrets of the Veeder House and learn more about the historic house and the history of its West End neighborhood. And at the conclusion of the tour, enjoy refreshments on the terrace, weather permitting. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited.

12 – 9pm: Blue Lobster Festival The Masons of Washington Lodge #70 with the assistance of the Windsor Woman’s Club and a troupe of community volunteers are proud to present the 3rd annual Blue Lobster Festival. The big fundraising event takes place rain or shine on the Windsor Town Green (275 Broad Street, Windsor, CT). Musical artists include: Excitement Gang (Ska-Rock), Neybas (Good Time Party Music), Mark Mercier & Mark Paradis (Jam Band Experiment), Bonfire Acoustic (Acoustic Rock Covers), Zydeco Hogs (Rip Snortin’ Zydeco), Carl Stidsen (Sea Shanties). Tickets for the Blue Lobster Festival dinner are $25 and must be purchased in advance (tickets are not required to enjoy the entertainment). Each meal comes with a succulent Lobster, Potato, Coleslaw, Corn on the Cob, and Soda or Water. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bluelobsterfest.com or at the following locations: Windsor Federal Savings Bank, Geissler’s Supermarket, Windsor Chamber of Commerce or Ashley’s Jewelry. This is a first come first serve event that will sell out, so get your tickets early.

1 – 3pm: Ice Cream Social Join us for our annual ice cream social! We’ll have free ice cream and our barber shop quartet to serenade us while we eat! All of the society’s buildings will be open which include the Scantic Academy, the barber shop, the probate court, the barns, and the Osborn house which is almost fully renovated! Admission is free!

2pm: It’s in the Bag Discover a mystery story, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations and more.  Starting with “Un” Brella, NTD improvises with umbrellas to show signs to learn and enjoy. Have fun with the National Theatre of the Deaf as they combine visually exciting American Sign Language with the Spoken Word to create a performance that will be seen, heard, and long-remembered. Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component. Activity: Families will learn some signs and help determine what the actors will perform next!

4pm: Vinyl Day Join us as we celebrate vinyl records and music at Barnes & Noble! As a premier destination for all things vinyl – records, turntables, storage, magazines and more – customers will be able to shop our expanded selection, exclusives, special offers, early releases and enjoy music-themed activities.

Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14th:


9:30am – 5pm: Pixelmania We dig Minecraft at the Connecticut Science Center! Join us for Pixelmania on Saturday, August 13 or Sunday, August 14. Try-your-luck at our “Creeper Carnival” games on the plaza, get hands-on with Minecraft on our game floor, mine for elements in our scavenger hunt and so much more! You can also meet up with characters Spongebob Squarepants and Pikachu. Kids, ages 7 to 15, can also register to compete in our Minecraft Tournament.

Sunday, August 14th:

12:30 – 3:30pm: Chores in the Dooryard The Dooryard was an outdoor work room where many household chores were undertaken. Today we will be preserving various foods harvested from the gardens with a variety of Colonial techniques, such as pickling. Stop by to help, learn and watch! Admission to the program is free. Drop in any time during the duration of the program.

2 – 3pm: CT Harp Ensemble Performs The Beatles Join us for a performance by the Connecticut Harp Ensemble, a group of eight harpists, directed by Haley Hewitt, who play around the New England and New York tri-state area. The group, currently in its third season, will play a program consisting entirely of music by The Beatles, including such hits as “Here Comes the Sun,” “Yesterday,” and “Blackbird”.

2- 4pm: Unionville’s Civil War Exhibit The exhibit will feature letters, photos, artifacts and memorabilia about Unionville residents who served during the Civil War. This exhibit is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War Memorial Statue, which is located on the grounds of the 1st Congregational Church in Unionville Center. The statue was erected in 1916 as a memorial to those who served and several who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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