Week 39

Monday, September 26th:

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’ll be open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families with a variety of activities including: Hands-on Build & Fly Challenges Interactive Flight Science Demos Open Cockpit Experiences Flight Simulators Aircraft Quests, and more!

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Tuesday, September 27th:

9am – 5pm: Day Trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery with Curator-led Tour Join members of the CHS Decorative Arts Council on a special bus trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery. Our visit will begin with a tour of Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830, led by exhibit curator Patricia E. Kane, the Friends of American Arts at Yale Curator of American Decorative Arts. After a break for a delicious lunch, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Furniture Study, which houses more than 1,000 works from the Gallery’s collection of American Decorative Arts. You won’t want to miss this wonderful small group tour experience. Lunch is included with the tour.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: “A” is for Apple! (Toddler Class) Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing and apple pie bites. Ages 2-5.

{Last Call} 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.

4 – 6:30pm: Odyssey Course Days This new element if the first of its kind in Connecticut. Comprised of ten telephone poles at 40 feet high with a series of multiple elements that will challenge and thrill all ages. This element is unique because it is designed to be climbed in a group. This allows for an individual challenge while having the support of a group to help you through each activity. Ages 10 and up. Reoccurs on 10/27.

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?

7:30pm: HONEY LaBREA – The Lonely Thetan Scienomics: Valid religion, self-help technology, or insidious cult? For washed-up Hollywood has-been Honey LaBrea, L.Ron Hubbard’s church promises career rejuvenation in a spa-like atmosphere… or does it? Follow Honey’s adventures as she goes deeper into the church than anyone thought possible and discover how hard it is to go clear when you have a dirty mind.

Tuesday, September 27th – Sunday, October 2nd:

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. Sunday at 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Runs until October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 28th:

11am – 2pm: I Am An Artist Day Discover your inner artist through creative and interactive experiences with local arts organizations and artists! Here are just a few examples of the exciting activities of the day:

6 – 8:30pm: Life Reimagined Checkup – Connecticut This free workshop is designed to help participants understand where they are in life and what their next move could be. Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. But it is never too late to make a change-and we can guide you. At a free Life Reimagined Checkup you can: • Reflect on your goals and aspirations • Harness your underlying personal strengths • Get tools and inspiration to take the next step. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, so take it. Space is limited.

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor- -Winter is dead.”

Wednesday, September 28th – Sunday, October 2nd:

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 29th:


Friday, September 30th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: “A” is for Apple! (Toddler Class) Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing and apple pie bites. Ages 2-5.

5 – 9:30pm: The 9th Annual Tapping into Twain brings the party of the year back to Hartford! Featuring over twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers plus over a dozen local restaurants and music! Prices include all food, beverages and a collectible pint glass! Live music provided by The Rude Mechanicals and Mission Zero!

6 – 10pm: Kids Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of fun games & crafts, a giant pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parent’s, plan your night out and send the kid’s here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parent’s not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. Ages 6-11.

7pm: Bristol’s Cemetery Commission Lantern Tour Join us for the only night that West Cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of West Cemeteries notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight. This tour may not be suitable for children under 13. Raindate Saturday October 1st.

8pm: Comedy Night: Butch Bradley As a Comedy Central favorite and a regular on the “Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson, Butch Bradley doesn’t just warm up an audience, he sets them on fire! Bradley’s likeability leaves every audience member laughing and an instant fan of his comedy. His unique outlook on life and humorous translation of everyday fear and anxiety, caught the attention of Courtney Cox and David Arquette which led to a Pilot deal at Fox! An Atlantic City native, Butch was raised by a single mom who worked as a casino manager and exposed Butch to comedy greats; his style is subsequently influenced by the tone of legends such as Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, and George Carlin.

Friday, September 30th – Saturday, October 1st:

Friday 6 – 8pm and Saturday from 5 – 7pm: “A” is for Apple! Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing, apple pie bites, apple cinnamon muffins, and apple cider floats! Ages 6-12.

Friday – Saturday from 7:30 – 9:30pm: Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the “Spirits at Stowe” tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin. A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead. This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Runs until October 29th.

Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 2nd:

The Berlin Fair returns for its 68th year September 30 to October 2. Operated as always by the Berlin Lions Club, the 2016 edition promises to be more fun and exciting than ever. Best of all, in addition to all you get, you also have an opportunity to give back, as many of Connecticut’s charitable organizations benefit from money raised at the Berlin Fair.




Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 6:30pm: Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical Poisoned apples, glass slippers, who need `em? Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but grimm! Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-forthe-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

Saturday, October 1st:

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.

9 – 10am: “A” is for Apple! (Toddler Class) Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing and apple pie bites. Ages 2-5.

10am  – 12:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This is a 2.5-hour program introducing 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 30′-35′ intermediate vertical wall, a 30′-35′ 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.

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Rockin’ Art Express yourself through music-inspired art! Design and create a CD art piece that’s all about you to personalize your room. Then, search for the radios, albums, and ipods featured in the Growing Up in Connecticut exhibit. This program is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to come and be creative.

Hartford CT Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

10am – 3pm: Hartford Preservation Alliance Kitchen Tour Get a rare viewing of some spectacular Hartford kitchens and help support the Hartford Preservation Alliance. You’ll get to tour 5 select kitchens in Hartford’s West End that reflect HPA’s mission to preserve and protect historic architecture in the Hartford area.

10am – 5pm: Martial Arts Day with Ninja Turtles Celebrate the physical skill, discipline and sport of martial arts at the Connecticut Science Center! Join kids and families from across the state and beyond for martial arts demonstrations and a full day of hands-on fun with the Science Center’s 165 interactive exhibits. Plus, meet and greet your favorite pizza-loving reptiles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael 11AM – 3PM. Discounted admission is available for martial arts students in uniform and their guests. Pricing is $12 per person for groups of 15 or more who purchase in advance and $14.95 at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. Students must wear their martial arts uniforms to receive discounted admission if purchasing on event day. Please note that visitors may not bring weapons or masks into the Science Center.

11am – 2pm: Family Gardening Program Celebrate fall on the Connecticut Science Center’s Rooftop Garden! Help us harvest seeds in Michaela’s Garden, see your favorite plants and enjoy the beautiful views. Seeds will be collected from Michaela’s own Four O’Clock Flowers, the Official State Children’s Flower. The seeds collected are packaged and sold with funds raised used to support the education of young people, especially women in science. Special thanks to the Petit Family Foundation. Find out more about Michaela’s Garden Project. This activity is included free with the purchase of General Admission or a Connecticut Science Center Membership. Kids under 3 are free.

Chili Challenge!

1 – 6pm: Meet and Greet with Lauren McBride and Lynzy Coughlin Meet lifestyle, fashion, and new-mommy bloggers Lauren McBride and Lynzy Coughlin right in SOMA Movement Studio! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, free Barre class and Gyrokinesis demo classes, win door prizes, and visit with vendors for special discounts on some of your favorite women’s activewear, skincare, and cosmetics. More details to be announced! This event is going to be broadcast live over Lauren and Lynzy’s social media.



Saturday, October 1st – Sunday, October 2nd:

11am – 4pm: Nature’s Open House If you have not had the pleasure of seeing this unique event, you won’t want to miss this year. Nature’s Open House is a walking tour of 80+ fairy and gnome dwellings set along a three-quarter-mile route that takes you on a stroll through our wooded trails. Upon returning from your tour, you can listen to Parents’ Choice Award winning author Tracy Kane read from her amazing Fairy House Series. After being inspired by Tracy and the tour, you are ready to build your own fairy house in the permanent Winding Trails Fairy House Village. Using only natural material, you are free to create a place that is interesting, fun, cozy, inviting and uniquely yours.

Sunday, October 2nd:

8:30am – 5pm: Head of the Riverfront Regatta The Head of the Riverfront is a USRowing Registered Regatta. Every USRowing-sanctioned event is led by a jury of USRowing-trained and certified officials, and registration with USRowing designates the regatta as a nationally recognized safe and fair event. Now in its 18th year, the Head of the Riverfront offers head-style competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate and masters rowers.

10am – 3pm: Mustang Muster Car Show All years and models of Ford Mustangs are welcome. Prizes will be given for the best vintage (first generation model years 1964-1973), and best of show. For a nominal charge, you will also have the opportunity to have your Mustang professionally photographed with our newly restored 1948 Thompson Trophy winning P-51D racer. Raindate: 10/16.

1 – 4pm: Hay Day Hay Rides, Sheep & Face Painting! Celebrate the fall season at Hill-Stead Museum’s annual Hay Day. Rain or shine. Decorate a pumpkin (one free pumpkin per child with admission) Have your face painted Search for treasures in a haystack Visit the sheep from our friends at Clatter Ridge Farm Listen to live music by Plywood Cowboy from 1 to 3 pm. Stroll through Hill-Stead’s meadows and trails.

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