Monday, October 17th:
10am – 1:15pm: Homeschool Day at the Connecticut Historical Society offer programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families. Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element. Throughout the day, our auditorium space will be available with drop-in, self-led toys, crafts, and coloring sheets for siblings ages 4 and under. Each workshop is $5 per student for CHS members and $8 per student for non-members. For the full day (three workshops), the fee is $12 for CHS members and $20 for non-members. The fee for parents is $4 for the day. Parents must remain in the building at all times. Maximum cost of $75 per family. Workshops offered for three age ranges: ages 5-7, 8-12 and 13 and up.
1 – 3pm: Super Hero Training Your little one is going to go through super hero training camp. They will learn how to dress, act and play the part of their favorite super hero. $30 per child. Ages 3-5 (drop off).
7:30pm: An Evening with Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson Award winning-astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX’s Cosmos, is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000. Join Dr. Tyson for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it. Pit seats include a post-show meet and greet with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. VIP ticket buyers should proceed to Customer Relations after the show where they will be checked in and escorted backstage.
Tuesday, October 18th:
9:30 – 10:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.
9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread. For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).
6pm: Friends’ Fall Membership Meeting Please Join us for the Friends of the Mark Twain House Fall Membership Meeting at the Mark Twain Museum Center, Hal Holbrook Hall & Lincoln Financial Auditorium. Sara Bronin will be our guest speaker. Sara Bronin is a Professor of Law at UCONN Law School. She is the faculty director for the UCONN Center for Energy and Environmental Law and has authored and co-authored over a dozen articles and several books, including two books on historic preservation law and a zoning law treatise. Among other public service positions, Sara chairs Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission, serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and also serves as a committee chair of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Sara will talk about historic preservation in Hartford, which will include her home.
7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast and creative team of Relativity as we discuss what went into transferring this play from the page to the stage.
Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, November 13th:
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Runs until November 13th.
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: The Piano Lesson In August Wilson’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind. A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family’s struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future. The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005. Ticket prices: $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Runs until November 19th.
Wednesday, October 19th:
9:30 – 10:15am: Halloween Mini Music Come join us with your little one for some music, dancing and bubbles. We’re going to sing our favorite Halloween songs! Ages 0-5 with caregiver. $10 per child.
1:30 – 2:45pm: Preschool Pumpkin Painting We provide everything your little one will need to decorate a pumpkin. They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. Ages 3-6 (drop off class). $15 per child.
4:45 – 6:30pm: Dance Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum Students learn the basic elements of dance technique including alignment, musicality and rhythm, discovering their relationships to space and time, while growing emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Class is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Runs until November 23rd.
7:30pm: Relativity: Pay What you Can Pay Night This special performance means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. About the Play: In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth.
Thursday, October 20th:
9 – 10:15am: Mommy and Me Pumpkin Painting We provide everything you need to decorate pumpkins with your little one. They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. $20 per person. Stay for the open play after which runs until 12pm for an additional $15.
9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. $18 per person for series. Reoccurs on Thursday, October 27.
9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread. For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).
5:30pm: Film: Chi-Raq is a 2015 American satirical musical drama directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film focuses on gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. Pronounced “shy-rack,” the title is a blend of “Chicago” and “Iraq”, as well as a term commonly used by some Chicago residents to liken the area to a war zone due to its extremely high crime rates. The story: after the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. The film is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Join us for a the film and talk with guest speakers to be announced. 127 min. Rated R. Starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack. Directed by Spike Lee. Tickets available at the door. Admission: $10; $8 for Wadsworth or Stowe members.
6 – 10pm: October Creative Cocktail Hour Celebrate Autumn at RAW’s Creative Cocktail Hour with swinging jazz, special effects makeup demonstrations and brew-tastings from Hog River Brewing Co. We’ll also have an opening reception for a new sculptural exhibit, Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void. $10 per person, discount for members.
Thursday, October 20th – Sunday, October 30th:
Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Our 9th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association features: 19 holes of Halloween fun! Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole.
Friday, October 21st:
4 – 7:50pm: Halloween Party Join us for our Epic Halloween Bash. This year we have decided to go all out and throw the Halloween party of the century. Complete with trick or treat stations, hay rides, spooky zip line rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks, your favorite My Gym teachers in costume. We will have 4 different party spots to choose from. Members are free. Non-members pay $5 per child.
6pm: Skygazing: Halloween Edition Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an exciting and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an evening of fun and learning atop Talcott Mountain. Celebrate the season with hands-on activities for all ages! Begin the night with glow-in-the-dark activities; get a close look at skeletons; touch bones from different animals; and watch the sunset over the Farmington Valley. Afterwards, we’ll explore the night sky in our planetarium, culminating with celestial observation from our breathtaking location atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be viewing Mars, Saturn, Venus and other celestial gems. Rain/cloud date is Friday, October 21.
6 – 8pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes, including a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread and cheesy butternut squash pasta! For dessert, we will whip up some warm toasted marshmallow S’mores bars! Ages 6-12. $25 per child.
6 – 8:30pm: Night of 1001 Pumpkins Join us for fall crafts, fun games, a bounce house, music, face painting, a puppet show, and lots of fun for all ages. Wander through our Haunted Gym for frighteningly good fun. There are separate areas of activities for young children so there is plenty to do even if you don’t want to experience the fright fun. We will also have both a scarecrow and a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for creativity! Food items are available for sale in our “festival café” and there are complimentary goody bags for children. $3 per person or $8 per family.
6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out is a 3-hour drop off program designed to keep your kids active and entertained while you have a night out to yourself! Pizza dinner for the kids is included! $35 for the 1st child, siblings are $15 each. Discounts for members.
7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater Stew’s Garden Shoppe will be transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie! For movie titles and additional information, please see in-store. The movies begin at 7pm, with seating opening at 6:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will be also be shown on Friday, October 28th.
7 – 9pm: Goblin’s Grove This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Wear your best costume to celebrate Halloween at Elmwood Community Center. There will be lots of treats including fantastic DJ Marc spinning all of your favorite tunes. $14 per person.
Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 22nd:
5 – 9pm: Haunted Corn Maze Our two-acre Corn Maze will be transformed for Halloween to include a ghoulish theme and frightful props with costumed creepies ready to greet you with a good scare. Don’t miss this perfect Halloween combination of trick and treat. A mini-scare for the younger ghosts and goblins takes place 5-6pm. The full scare takes place from 6:30-9pm.
6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Reoccurs October 27-29.
6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. Reoccurs on the weekend of October 28-29.
6:30 – 9:30pm Trail Side Tales Take a guided lantern walk through our nature trail to hear stories of Connecticut legends! Not a scary hike. Great for kids of all ages!
7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. Reoccurs on 10/28-29.
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.
8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Reoccurs October 28-29.
9:30pm: Rails to the Darkside The museum is founded on the roadbed of the Old Hartford and Springfield Street Railway branch line that ran from Warehouse Point to Rockville. When the line was constructed in 1905, a small cemetery was moved to make way for the Trolley Line. This cemetery was located in the present location of the museum’s Newberry siding. The decision was made and the cemetery was purportedly moved to a location not far from the trolley line on a dry piece of land close to the dirt road that would eventually become Route 140. The cemetery after the move was always a bone chilling place and the locals soon abandoned the upkeep of the cemetery and nature reclaimed her own. When the museum was established in 1940, the land was available and purchased at a low price. Only recently during the construction of the visitor center was the old cemetery discovered hidden in the woods. The gravestones were found, but it was discovered that there were no coffins or bodies under the gravestones. The gravestones were moved, but the coffins and bodies never were. Now during the dark nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard in the woods of East Windsor along the tracks of the museum. Come and experience Rails to the Darkside, beware. Not recommended for children. Reoccurs until 10/29.
Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd:
Friday 10am – 3:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday 11am – 4:30pm: Pumpkin Patch Enjoy a ride through the beautiful Connecticut countryside in the crisp fall air aboard one of our antique trolley cars. Then, hop out at the Pumpkin Patch and search for a pumpkin that’s just right for you. Every child admission includes a free pumpkin! Keeping your pumpkin safe on your lap, you ride back to the Visitor Center where you can participate in pumpkin decorating activities, contests, games, and other activities. Reoccurs Friday – Sunday until October 30th.
Friday – Saturday from 6-8:45pm and Sunday from 6-7:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will once more take guests on a tour to meet those souls who met some of West Hartford’s strangest ends. The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Saturday, October 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29 (rain dates October 23 & 30). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm (Sunday 5-7:45pm). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.
8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Occurs again on October 28-29.
Saturday, October 22nd:
8am – 1pm: Latimer Lane All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Our annual Fall consignment sale features clean, gently used children’s items from 100 consignors including children’s fall and winter clothing, outerwear, and shoes and a huge selection of toys, books, games, outdoor play equipment, sports equipment, baby items (strollers, carriers, nursery décor) and more. Our sale benefits Latimer Lane Elementary School and Cradles to Crayons. Free admission.
9 – 10am: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread. For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).
9:30 – 11am: Adult and Child Explorations This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and appropriate for the weather, rain or shine. $10 per family.
10 – 11:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.
10am: NEDA Walk The National Eating Disorders Association is delighted that you have decided to support the mission of NEDA to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment by participating in a NEDA Walk.
11am: Halloween Storytime Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime!
11am – 2pm: Saturday Science: Super Science Girls This impressive group of aspiring young female scientists who participated in the 2016 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair will demonstrate their winning projects and share their enthusiasm for science.
12 – 6pm: Acoustic Festival Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This festival will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area, as well as songwriting (1-2:30pm) and vocal workshops (3-4:30pm) and a fiddle contest (12-2pm). Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Central Connecticut Acoustic Music Society founder John Root will be at the Garmany Hall hosting an open mic. Bring your instrument for an open jam. Sign up will be taken on the day of the event. Gates open at 11am. Tickets in advance $10 per adult, $5 per child. Discount for members. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. An additional $10 per workshop.
12 – 6pm: Firefly Hollow 3rd Anniversary Party Come celebrate with us! We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary and want you to join us! We can’t think of a better way to spend this day than with all of you. Enjoy live music throughout the day and your favorite Firefly Hollow brews. Your ticket gets you: free Parking and free Shuttle provided by CT Beer Tours to the brewery (parking in our driveway and parking lot will not be allowed). Guests are asked to park in the North Main Street Lot across from City Hall and will be shuttled to and from the event beginning at 11am. Three beer tickets, including our four limited release barrel aged beers. Live bands performing throughout the day: Dizzyfish and The Johnny I Band with special guest drummer Jaimoe founding member of the Allman Brothers! One food ticket, food will be provided by The Whey Station Food Truck! Our limited release 3rd anniversary glass to bring home, be the envy of your friends, this is a sweet glass! Additional beer and food will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event so please leave the kids and pets home.
12:30 – 1:30pm: Halloween No Bake Treats! Spooky witches hats and Oreo Spider cookies are on the menu today! Wear your play clothes! Even with smocks this could get messy! $20 per child.
1 – 2pm: Pie Eating Contest Kids and adults are invited to belly on up to the picnic table on October 22 at Stew Leonard’s in Newington to participate in a classic family event: a pie eating contest! All registered contestants will have 2 minutes to eat as many freshly baked Stew Leonard’s pumpkin or blueberry pies as they can. There are two categories in the pie eating contest and two separate prizes. Kids ages 6-11 will complete for a Jumbo Fall Gift Basket, which includes a Toys R Us gift card, Beanie Babies, Halloween treats, and more. Contestants age 12 to adult will compete for a $100 gift card to Stew Leonard’s.Contestants must register in advance at Stew Leonard’s Customer Service Desk in Newington. It is free to register and there is a limit of 25 participants per division. Customers are also invited to cheer on the participants and enjoy the bite-by-bite color commentary as provided to the crowd by a Stew Leonard’s Team Member. For every pie eaten during the contest, Stew Leonard’s will donate one pie during Thanksgiving week to the Department of Human Services in Newington to be distributed to families in need.
1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. $10 for CHS members, $15 for non-members.
2 – 3:30pm: Saturday Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall season. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the course of the walk. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. $15 per family.
2 – 3:30pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Faces of the Revolution Discover the stories of real men and women who experienced the tumultuous American Revolution. Take on the character of a Connecticut figure, such as a Patriot soldier, a Loyalist supporter, a young woman on the home front, or a runaway slave who joined the British army. We’ll uncover the story of each person as we investigate the letters and artifacts they left behind, and trace their steps through the colonies’ war for independence. This program is designed for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for CHS members and $10 per student for non-members (parents or guardians are free).
2 – 4pm: Pumpkin Painting! Bring your pumpkin and come paint with Samantha Jenkins! You will have 3 designs to choose from. You will have time to do one design. $25 per person.
2 – 5pm: Hartford on Tap This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors. Purchase the VIP experience which starts at 1pm so you will get an extra hour of fun. VIP $55, General Admission $45.
5:30 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Parents, this is your chance to have an evening to yourselves while we entertain your kids. They will have a blast doing…Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older. $40 per child, sibling discount. Discounts for members.
6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. $15 per members family, $25 per non-member family.
7pm: Music in the Meetinghouse Rising classical guitarist Jaclyn Jones will be playing a selection of works by Bach, Torroba, Pujol Mertz and others. Admission is free with donations suggested.
7pm: Fisk Jubilee Singers The Mark Twain House & Museum has presented the Fisk Jubliee Singers several times over the years, most notably as the inaugural performance in its Museum Center over a decade ago. This year, the Museum is thrilled to partner with the Farmington Historical Society for a memorable collaborative celebration. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN, who sing and travel worldwide. Join us as we pay tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Amistad Captives coming to Farmington, Connecticut. A limited number of tickets are available for a post concert dessert reception at Porter Memorial Hall at 8:30pm. Tickets: $20 students, $35 adults or $75 for the VIP Reception following the concert. Note: Venue is the First Church of Christ Congregational in Farmington.
7 – 8:30pm: Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Local Ghost Stories for Adults Why let the kids have all the Halloween fun? Join us for an evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness…if you dare! Registration required.
7:30pm: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and its importance in the filmmaking process. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the three decades-long partnership of two of Hollywood’s top creators. This live concert features Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Featuring music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and more – plus, the superb CONCORA choir! Come in costume and be entered to win HSO tickets! Tickets: $32.50-$86.
Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 23rd:
10am – 4pm: Witches and Tombstones Tour The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased below. Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs. $15 per person.
10am – 5pm: Spooktacular Science Weekend The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family, including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween arts and crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always free! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and subject to change.
Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm: Fire or Ice Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s “Fire or Ice” is an original production that blends modern dance with ballet, breakdancing and salsa; Eastern European melodies and Latin rhythms; and much more. This spectacular new performance will showcase 14 dancers and 12 musicians, all live on one stage, including Hartford’s classical Spanish guitarist Daniel Salazar, Jr., Hartford Symphony Orchestra cellist Eric Dahlin and award-winning composer and pianist Cory Gabel. “Fire or Ice” will meld the earthiness of salsa, the energy of hip hop, the freedom of modern, and the classical moves of ballet. And, musical performances will also cross borders with pieces by J.S. Bach, Arvo Part, and Isaac Albéniz, as well as original works by Daniel Salazar, Jr. and Cory Gabel. Along the way, dancers and musicians will break down walls between styles and cultures. Be sure to stay after each performance for a special discussion about related themes, such as conversations with our musicians or with local social and political leaders. Full-length dance performance with one intermission. $10 off for students (18 years or younger and college students with valid ID cards) at the box office only. Tickets $33-43.
Sunday, October 23rd:
1pm: Jewish Book Festival New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner, debuts her much-anticipated memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing. In her first work of nonfiction, no subject is off-limits as Jen tells the stories of her life. Tickets $40 (includes book and meet the author reception).
1:30 – 3pm: Lost in the Woods? Map, compass, or GPS? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together and how to use GPS coordinates. For eight years old and up. Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.
2pm: Imagination Movers Flying toilet paper! Smoking trash cans! Catchy pop-rock music! It can only mean one thing: the coolest kid’s rock band in the world is coming to Infinity Hall Hartford! The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers will embark on their first U.S. concert tour in two years to support their new CD/DVD release “Licensed to Move.” The New Orleans-based Movers (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) are known around the world for their hit preschool TV series seen on the Disney Junior cable channel and they are currently developing a new animated TV series called “Super Movers” in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment. The Movers deliver a highly exhilarating and exciting rock concert experience where Kids and parents will sing along with the Movers’ hooky choruses, learn ridiculous dances and have a blast doing it! Tickets: $25. Also, attend a special meet-and-greet party before the show where you can chat with the Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty, take pics and get autographs! Remember to bring your camera or smart phone. $30 per person. Meet and Greet is an additional ticket and does not include the show. A meet and greet ticket is required for everyone age 1 and up.
2pm: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Enjoy a lecture from Director Jade King Carroll immediately following the matinée.
2pm: “Connecticut Valley Tobacco” Book Signing & Talk Author and Director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Brianna Dunlap, will give a book signing and talk about her new book on the long and vivid history of tobacco-growing in the Connecticut Valley. Books will be available for purchase.
2 – 4pm: Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Kids Menu: One-Eyed Monster Cookies – Chocolate Spider Web Cookies – Witches Fingers. In this special hands-on class, kids will enjoy working alongside classmates learning to create a variety of yummy Halloween sweets. Our instructor will walk your child through the steps of making cookie dough, rolling it out, cutting spooky shapes and decorating with delicious icing. This Halloween, treat your young chef to a fun and unforgettable cooking experience. Ages 8 – 14. $49 per child.
5 – 6:30pm: Squishy Town Asylum See Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s only house team comprised only of teen geniuses, Squishy Town Asylum! They’re squishy, they’re funny, they’re trained by New Britain Repertory theater! We’ll cap off this awesome night with a cool, family-friendly set by Sea Tea Improv!
5pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. the St. John’s IceCaps Pack fans are encouraged to grab their skates and come down to the XL Center for a Sunday afternoon open skate before this game. A game ticket plus a pass to the pregame open skate on the XL Center Ice is only $25, and Pack Members can purchase the skate pass for only $10. The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.
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