Week 38

Tuesday, September 20th:

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 9/27.

Tuesday, September 20th – Wednesday, September 21st:

3 – 6pm: Auditions for A Christmas Carol Hartford Stage will hold auditions for children of all ethnic backgrounds, ages five to 13, for the Tony Award-winning theatre’s 19th annual production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. A Christmas Carol is Connecticut’s premier holiday entertainment. Originally adapted and directed in 1998 by former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson, the show is enjoyed by tens of thousands of adults and children annually. This year’s production will be directed by Rachel Alderman, the Artistic Associate for Hartford Stage. Auditions will be on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks for some roles will be on Thursday, September 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children must be between the ages of 5 to 13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after December 31, 2016. Auditions are by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments available. Children must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under 1 minute long and will be expected to sing several bars of a song, preferably a Christmas carol, a cappella (without piano accompaniment). Children are asked to wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes to the audition.

Tuesday, September 20th – Sunday, September 25th:

Tuesday – 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.

Wednesday, September 21st:

Wednesday, September 21st – Sunday, September 25th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Little Shop of Horrors From the creators of hit Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, comes Little Shop of Horrors, a mad cap, delightfully scary and quirky joy of a musical, that’s a treat for the whole family. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical. Runs until October 16th.

Thursday, September 22nd:

4:30 – 6pm: Make It & Take It Container gardens aren’t just for summer. Add some autumnal spice and glorious color to your fall landscape with a container (or basket) filled with cold-loving annuals, perennials, veggies, and/or grasses. Bring your own container or buy one from us. The cost of the workshop is based on the plants and materials you choose. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education? Though it has been more than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision ordered schools to desegregate, our educational institutions are still separate and unequal. How do we ensure everyone has the resources to succeed? Join the conversation with featured guests Jose Colon, Hartford Public High School; Robert Cotto, Trinity College and Hartford Board of Education, and Kate Busch Gervais, Executive Director, The Discovery Center.

6  – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer (Susan Campbell in September!), to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

Thursday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 25th:

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Friday, September 23rd:

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7:30 – 8:45pm: Fall Equinox Family Night Hike This guided evening walk provides a relaxing opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler fall evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Pre-registration not required.

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th:

5th Annual Writers Weekend This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home. The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 pm with the first of two keynote speakers, Lesley M.M. Blume. An accomplished journalist and writer, Blume’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong. Born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Vuong will read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his most recent book Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Click here for a detailed schedule.

Saturday, September 24th:

7:30 – 9am: Saturday Morning Bird Walks Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children. Pre-registration not required. Reoccurs on October 1.

9am – 12pm: My Gym Open House My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! Plus, take advantage of exclusive Open House discounts! Free popsicles will be provided by Whole Foods.

9am – 5pm: Third Annual Wellness Day Fundraiser A day filled with interactive workshops and sessions dedicated to all aspects of wellness! $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event-link below to buy tickets! Light lunch included! Kids 10 and under free! Click here for more info on workshops that will be offered throughout the day.

10am – 4pm: Pay As You Wish Community Day The Connecticut Science Center is celebrating Community Day with free General Admission today.

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10am – 4pm: Make A Scarecrow Families are invited to build their own scarecrow to take home using frames, straw and clothing provided by the Historical Society. First Scarecrow costs $15.00. Additional scarecrows $10.00 each. Raindate: Sunday, September 25th.

11am – 2pm: Pop-up Market Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month (May–September) for our Pop-up shopping bazaar! Enjoy treats and produce from local food trucks and farmers, quality handmade goods made from local artists, and listen to the sounds of summer with local musicians. Beat the summer heat and spend it with us on our front terrace enjoying the festivities!

1:30am and 1pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshops: Supply Surprise Each engineer will have a limited amount of materials to solve a secret design challenge. Be resourceful, creative, and work together to achieve your goal and invent something new! Youth registration includes general admission for the day. Drop-off is 15 minutes before the workshop start; pick-up is immediately following the 90 minute session.

11am – 10pm: Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival Experience the spirit of the Highlands, along with Celtic traditional and rock bands, Highland athletic games, step dancing, bag pipers, birds of prey, Highland cows, kids’ activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food, and plenty of Ten Penny Ale at the 15th Annual Pipes in the Valley.  Pipes in the Valley is produced by The Olde Burnside Brewing in partnership with Riverfront Recapture.

Congratulations to Olde Burnside Brewery and Pipes in the Valley for making the BBC’s 10 British Things About Hartford, CT list.

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8 – 10pm: Coming Home CHS is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors for another performance. The theme of the evening is “Coming Home” to accompany our exhibit Growing Up in Connecticut which will be open from May 23 until October 15. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller, and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening.

Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th:

{Hop, Skip & A Jump} 11am – 5pm: 25th Annual Octoberfest Great German food, live music, dancing and more. Music starts at 12:30pm.

Sunday, September 25th:

7am – 3pm: Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour Join Bike Walk CT and Bike New Britain for the Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour. Riders may select from 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. A post-ride brunch follows at the New Britain Museum of American Art! Tour rides rain or shine!

10am and 2pm: The Magic of Bill Blagg comes to The Bushnell for two shows! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic & illusion performed by the country’s most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg! The 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance. Please use the code SENSE17 when purchasing online or via The Bushnell Box Office to access tickets for the Sensory Friendly Performance of The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

10am – 12pm: Stream Bugs & Pond Critters Discover the fascinating underwater life of the watershed with the Farmington River Watershed Association as we explore the Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring. We will provide nets, buckets and expertise. We meet at Nature’s Porch and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

12 – 5pm: Unionville Festival Bring the family down to join fellow residents, business owners, and community groups rain or shine for an afternoon of fun activities, entertainment, food and more! DJ, live music, entertainment and demonstrations from local groups and artists. Food, beverages, popcorn, ice cream and more from local vendors and restaurants. Info booths, farm stand, displays from businesses, non-profits, and clubs. Free train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo for kids by Union School. Clowns, games, cookie decorating sponsored by Services for the Elderly. Pumpkin Decorating sponsored by Memorial United Methodist Church.

1pm: Community Garden Bus & Bike Tour Take an insider tour of KNOX’s community gardens. 20 different gardens grow throughout Hartford, along with thousands of trees and amazing landscapes handcrafted by KNOX’s crews. We’ll go to as many gardens as possible and still have you home in time for supper. For the extra adventurous, show up with your bike and take the bike tour! All others will have a cozy seat on the bus. Meet at 75 Laurel St in Hartford for refreshments before the tour. We will return back at roughly 4pm.

1pm: 5K Farmington Rotary Road Race The race course will follow the trail toward Collinsville before turning south to follow the route along the river back to Unionville. This beautiful course will challenge runners and walkers alike. A $100 prize for both the first man and the first woman to break the course record! The Lee Chisholm Award for the first Farmington finishers, male and female. Merchandise awards from local merchants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in all seven age groups.

1 – 3pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, which will take about 2 hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk.

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4 – 7pm: Winemaker’s Tour Sample more than a dozen Spanish and South American wines from the acclaimed T Edwards Imports portfolio, and taste with special guest winemakers Matias Mayol (Bodegas Mayol – Mendoza, Argentina) and Duncan Killiner (Jelu Estates – Argentina). This will be a casual, walk around tasting with passed tapas prepared by Executive Chef James Burge and our famous paella grande.

5:30 – 7pm: Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights Join us for a cross-generational conversation about growing up during the Civil Rights era and today. Panelists who grew up during the 1960s and in the early twenty-first century will share their memories of challenges, their experiences of activism, and their vision of what the future holds for the next generation.

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