Week 36

Monday, September 5th:

9 – 11am: Big Wheel Derby Help find a “cure for sure” for Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD), a rare Jewish genetic disease. All proceeds benefit Alyssa’s Angel Fund. The morning includes: Ride around the track, martial arts demo, dance-a-thon with DJ Paul and crafts. $18 per family.


Tuesday, September 6th:

12:45 – 3pm: Adult Coffee Club: The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Join us to learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life through a presentation and a tour of the Science Center’s traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Afterwards, participate in a sketching activity, or feel free to explore the other galleries on your own. Event price includes coffee & tea, presentation, guided tour, sketching and admission to all the Science Center galleries. The Life of Leonardo da Vinci presented by Dorothy Keller, Arts Professor and Historian at the University of Saint Joseph. $15 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27.

1 – 2pm: Art Exploration This is a drop-off class but parents are also welcome to stay. $20 per child. Kids ages 3-5.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Salons by Stowe: Food Justice Join the Stowe Center and the West End Farmer’s Market in a facilitated conversation on food justice on Clemens Green. What is food justice? How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? What can you do to take action? Food for Thought: Food + Justice= Democracy Ladonna Redmond, Building the case for racial equity in the food system, and Why food belongs in our discussions of race. Raindate: 9/27.

Wednesday, September 7th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Time This is not a drop-off class. $20 per child (babies welcome to join siblings at no additional cost). Ages 18 months- 2.11 years.

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is designed to supplement your child’s day with some good old fashioned play time in a fun, friendly and super clean environment. Caregivers and children ages 1 to 5 will enjoy exploring art with our sticky paint and “Fundough.” You and your child will also engage in unstructured activities such as dramatic play, puzzles, doll house, cars, train table, tunnels, dress up, bubbles, dancing and more! $15 per child. Reoccurs until October 19th.

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{Last Call} 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.

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3 – 5pm: Become a Museum Guide! Do you enjoy art, architecture, history, and sharing stories and information with people? If so, you might have what it takes to become one of our marvelous Museum Guides! Registration is currently being accepted for the Hill-Stead Museum Guide Training Course.  Learn about our Museum Guide program at this Information Session. While training and materials are free, guides are required to become Hill-Stead Museum members. New guide training starts September 12. Required training sessions will be held on Mondays from 9am to 12pm.

5:30 – 8:30pm: HYPE Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at The Polish National Home and bring your business cards for your chance to win a prize! Registration is not required for this free event.

Thursday, September 8th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Messy Cupcakes! Join us with your toddler or preschooler for a morning filled with baking, dancing, art, play and cupcake decorating! Registration is required.

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5:30 – 7pm: An Evening with Maya Jeffereis Listen as artist Maya Jeffereis discusses her current installation, Fallout Shelter, which is based upon a found United States Navy training exercise. This video installation explores moral values through the decision of choosing six of ten people to survive in a post-apocalyptical hypothetical scenario. After some discussion, she will invite the audience to take on the roles of members in this fictional society and participate in the same experiment.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Veranda Views and Cocktails Join us at Hill-Stead to mingle with friends and watch the sun set from the Veranda. Celebrate the last days of summer with savory samplings from Cure Restaurant, signature cocktails from Hartford Flavor Company, plus wine, beer, and other refreshing beverages. Space is limited, so register early. This is a free event for Hill-Stead Museum Members.

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 through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace 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 and funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz and 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. All concerts are free and open to the community.

6 – 8pm: Make it Now, Freeze for Later Forget all about weeknight dinner stress, and stock your freezer with our weekend-made meals. We will share our easiest tips for safely storing pre-made dishes. Menu: Homemade Frozen Burritos Make-Ahead Cauliflower Chowder Freezer Spinach–Artichoke Pasta What to Expect: Find out about cooking and handling leftovers safely. Work side-by-side with chefs to create a soup from scratch. Learn important pasta cooking tips.


6:30pm: Quick-Fix Gluten Free Dinner at Metro Bis Join Metro Bis for a five course, wine dinner featuring Robert M. Landolphi, author of Quick-Fix Gluten Free. Divided into nine sections delving into everything from appetizers and breakfast to hearty, internationally inspired dishes, fan favorite comfort foods and decadent sweets and treats, Quick-Fix Gluten Free offers 100 fast and easily prepared recipes for crave-worthy dishes like Cinnamon Dusted French Toast, Kickin’ Paella, Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese, and Aunt Lil’s Rich and Creamy Cheesecake. With a focus on fast, fresh and flavorful, these contemporary dishes are simple enough for everyday meals and delicious enough to serve to anyone–whether they are on a gluten-free diet or not.

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing Join us as author Amy Hughes discusses Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in 19th Century America. In the nineteenth century, long before film and television brought us explosions, car chases, and narrow escapes, it was America’s theaters that thrilled audiences, with “sensation scenes” of speeding trains, burning buildings, and endangered bodies, often in melodramas extolling the virtues of temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage. Amy E. Hughes scrutinizes these peculiar intersections of spectacle and reform, revealing the crucial role that spectacle has played in American activism and how it has remained central to the dramaturgy of reform. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Criticism, Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Friday, September 9th:

5pm: Harvest Dinner Under the Stars Proceeds from this celebration of Connecticut-grown foods will help support our mission to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education that focuses on the state’s bird populations and their habitats, by enabling us to continue to offer a dynamic mix of nature programs, classes and events where people of all ages learn about environmental awareness, conservation and respect for our natural world.

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.

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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.

7pm: Read It and Sleep:”Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun” Read It and Sleep is our monthy children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. September’s book is ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” by Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: The Bee Movie 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, September 9 – Sunday, September 11:

Saturday, September 10th:

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9:30am: FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Date: 9/10/2016 Time: 9:30:00 AM Rain date: September 11. Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. This is a casual ride appropriate for all levels of cyclists. A $20 donation is requested. The ride will depart promptly at 9:30 AM from Iron Horse Blvd and Jim Gallagher Way. Registration open at 8:45. Must complete waiver to ride. Raindate: 9/11.

9:30am – 4:30pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Beginning Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder and 23-time Moth StorySLAM and 4-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

10am – 12pm: Mystery Scavenger Hunt It’s time to solve another mystery! Learn about Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct you around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the fun. Once teams have collected all the clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest. Reservations are required. $5 per person.

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10:30am and 1:30pm: Digging Deeper Tour Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

11am: Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist, will speak at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. The program “Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Windsor and Glastonbury” includes excavations for the exact location of the palisade built in Windsor in the 1600s and a possible site of the trading post constructed in 1633. Tour the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead after the presentation ($5).

1 – 3pm: Inversion Workshops: Forearm Balance and Tripod Headstand Inverted poses, where your head is below your heart, are considered to be among the most powerful poses for daily practice due to their profound effect on your body’s physical and emotional health.

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3pm: Stowe House Preservation Tour Explore behind the scenes of the $3.3 million preservation project in Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, an 1871 National Historic Landmark where the internationally famous author lived from 1873-1896. Learn about project planning, packing, moving and storing historic collections, and new discoveries about Stowe’s interiors. $12 per person.

3:15 – 4:45pm: Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink Grand Re-Opening Bring your family to check out our newly renovated ice surface, lobby, pro shop, and party rooms. Face painting, giveaways, and balloons for the kids! Skate rental fees apply.


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. They perform in Great River Park on 9/10. Rain date: 9/11.

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th:

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Sunday, September 11th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Wild, Edible, Useful and Medicinal Plants The 2-hour walking tour of the grounds is suitable for adults and kids. With cultivated areas, meadows, fields, disturbed habitats, woods, plus a river, all with their own flora, there will be plenty of surprises in store on this tour.

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk to Discover Moses & Liverworts Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the mosses and liverworts that inhabit Winding Trails property. Visit areas along the Poplar Swamp Brook to discover luxuriant poodle moss growth on white oaks and many varieties of sphagnum mosses and liverworts in the hemlock grove above Trout Pond. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

10am – 2:30pm: Adult and Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Take your riding to the next level. Get faster times on your bike course at the Triathlon Series, and transition to your run with more energy. We will focus on the 5-mile course. Experience course recon, technical drills and transition practice. Bring your questions! Mountain Bikes only please (no hybrids). Clipless pedals recommended. Helmet is mandatory. Jimena Florit Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person.

11am – 12:30pm: HYPE Intro to Yoga Join us for an intro to yoga with HYPE’s very own Personal & Professional Development Committee member Aaron Eicoff! A certified yoga instructor, Aaron will lead attendees in an invigorating vinyasa flow in one of Hartford’s most beautiful public spaces. Prepare to sweat as you integrate movement and breathe with a creative, eclectic blend of many yogic traditions and styles. Modifications of postures are made to accommodate everyone, allowing both beginning and advanced students the opportunity to enjoy a satisfying, accessible, and energetic experience. Perfect for those who want it all! All you’ll need is a mat or towel, and a bottle of water. Space is limited, so please email RSVP to reserve your spot today!

1 – 4pm: Family Day: Grandparents Day Celebration Bring your family to the Museum to celebrate Grandparents Day! Festivities will include drop-in art activities, a live animal show by The Children’s Museum, and music by the Bedlam Brothers String Band. By using a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects The Children’s Museum will educate audiences about warm- and cold-blooded creatures and the interactions between different members of the animal kingdom. Kids can get inspired by the lizard presentation for the following chameleon-inspired camouflage collage! The Children’s Museum will bring their animal show on the road to delight multiple generations of visitors here at the NBMAA. Anytime during the day, join us for a drop-in art activity in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center to create a ’Camouflage Collage!’ Explore the temperature of color using color-changing reptiles and works from our collection as inspiration. Learn about warm and cool colors, and how to use them to create a wild collage made of various shapes, textures, and hues. With your little ones, color and collage your way to depict a cool-blue chameleon or a red-hot reptile in this multi-media workshop! Stop by the Stanley Works Center to listen to the Bedlam Brothers String Band play an eclectic mix of great old-time American roots music, Celtic music, fiddle tunes, and a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music. The Brothers play a wide mix of instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, hammered, dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, accordion, slide guitar, bones, concertina, and more. The varied mix of instruments will delight audience members of all ages.

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