Week 45

Monday, November 7th:

7pm: Healing the Rift: An Election Eve Vigil for the Well-Being of the Nation The evening will feature brief readings of inspirational text and space for personal reflection. Regardless of what election-year issues that bring you to the event – concern about gun violence, terrorism, gender injustice, racism – “Healing the Rift” will offer a safe, reflective space to consider our connectedness and participate in community. “We want to offer participants an opportunity to reflect both individually and with community on the issues that are troubling our community, our nation and our world,” Cody Daigle-Orians, Charter Oak’s programming coordinator, said. “But we also believe it’s important to offer people ways to act.”

7:30pm: Embrace Join us for a screening of Embrace. Embrace has been described as a “social impact documentary that explores the issues of body image.” Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production, Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing. Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary.

Tuesday, November 8th:

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.

10am – 4pm: Houses & Homes for Fairies & Gnomes What ‘magical’ creatures are living in our woods and gardens? Drop in and tour the custom-built fairy and gnome homes on our trails and then, using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own small dwelling for the ‘wee folk’ right on the forest floor! Costumes encouraged. No need to pre-register.

4:30 – 5pm: Wind Sock! A Thanksgiving Windsock! Come create with Peggy and make this windsock with a variety of fun materials! A great way to greet your guests at the door! Cost $15.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday: Relativity Talkback Tuesday is getting philosophical. Tonight we’re tackling morals, individual responsibility, and prioritizing the greater good.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 13th:

Tuesday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: 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.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 20th:

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 20th.

Wednesday, November 9th:

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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.

5:30 – 7pm: Fall Wreath Social Mix, mingle, and get creative at our first DIY event in The Art Room! Join us to create your own festive fall wreath with our 2016 Featured Artist, Katherine Tolve. Using felt materials, Katherine will guide you through the process of creating colorful fall motifs that will make your wreath pop for Thanksgiving. We’ll provide all the materials, cheese, and cider; just bring yourself and a friend! Please register below; space is limited. $25 per person.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Painting in the Park When you walk through the park, you enjoy so many beautiful and breathtaking views…and here is an opportunity to capture them on canvas! At each session, you will receive instruction from a local artist on how to paint many of the beautiful treasures you walk by. At our first session, we will be capturing the State Capitol, which was completed in 1879 and stands proudly over Bushnell Park. During the painting session, we will have breaks for you to see how your fellow artists are doing while enjoying light refreshments in the cozy environment of the Pump House Gallery. Built in 1945, the building is an actual functioning pump house and is part of the Connecticut River Flood Control Project. It is the only public gallery in a municipal park in Connecticut. Painting in the Park is a new way to enjoy the park, so sign up today! Space is limited. $35 per person.

7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance.

8 – 9:30pm: Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America The Hartt School’s Composers Ensemble and Chorus presents “Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America” a concert of new music featuring premieres of Hartt composers Avery, Cupo, Harrington-Verb, Lundgren, Mykolenko, Osterman, Prevedini, and Smith. Also works by Oliveros and Riley. The Hartt Composers Ensemble and Chorus, now in its 12th year, is dedicated to the performance and study of contemporary music and to providing a place for student composers to workshop compositional ideas in a performance environment. The group plays a wide variety of works from the contemporary repertoire in a diversity of styles. HCE&C presented a festival of John Cage’s music celebrating his centennial in 2012. Recent concerts have included works by Louis Andriessen, the Beatles, Morton Feldman, Witold Lutoslawski, Fredric Rzewski, Erik Satie, Stephen Sondheim, La Monte Young, John Zorn, and numerous brand new scores by Hartt composers.

Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Unnecessary Farce Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

Thursday, November 10th:

9 – 10am: Mommy and Me Apple Pie Baking We’ll have fresh apples to cut with child-safe knives (caregivers will help), add some spices and other ingredients and put them into our pre-rolled pie crust. There is nothing like fresh apple pie on a cool fall day! Ages 2-5 with caregiver (may be appropriate for older or younger children depending on the child). $20 per family.

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5pm: The Trouble Begins: Mark Twain and American Presidents Mark Twain’s frank observations about American culture in the Gilded Age often ring true today. His take on the Presidents of his day are funny, insightful and could still be applied to the modern presidency. Join Mark Twain House employees Mallory Howard and Jason Scappaticci as they explore Twain on the American Presidency, two days after our next election. Jason Scappaticci is from Manchester, CT, where he works as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College. Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and has worked at the museum for over 8 years

5 – 7pm: The Human Body-Bones, Brains, & Boogers Included is an optional educational Lab Series enrichment program for K-3 from 6-6:45 pm. Admission is $10, includes exploration of the Museum Studios. The Lab Series has limited spaces! It’s recommended to call prior and reserve your spot for one class or the entire series before they are filled. Reoccurs 17th.

5:30 – 7pm: Mindful Self Health with Essential Oils Have you ever wanted to know more about meditation, mindfulness practices, and the use of essential oils? Join Linda Pountney, owner of Mindful Self Health, in a discussion and presentation toward physical and mental wellness using certified therapeutic essential oils. Essential oils have been used throughout history in several cultures for their powerful cleansing and holistic natural elements, leaving users feeling stress-free and with peace of mind. Inspired by the themes and inspirations presented in Sanford Biggers’s NEW/NOW installation Mantra, the program will end in the Batchelor Gallery with a guided walking meditation while viewing the work. Complimentary light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6pm, followed by a program from 6-7pm. $15 per person. Discount for members.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the second Thursday of the month, Oct. – Dec, for art exhibitions by local artists! Free with a suggested $5 food and per beverage donation.

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6 – 8pm: Romeo & Juliet Teen Workshops Shakespeare’s tragic love story will be performed outdoors in June 2017 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the play will be set in 1967, the “Summer of Love.” In a three-week workshop, we will explore characters, language, and themes of the teen tragedy. We’ll give special attention to understanding the characters and plot, and discussing the language and poetry of the text. We’ll also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, all in preparation for February auditions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copy of the play, but may also share or borrow a copy at the workshops. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition in February. We also plan to hold audition workshops in January or February, and a stage combat workshop to be announced. $10 for all three weeks. Reoccurs on November 17th.

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6 – 8pm: Family Resource Fair The Resource Fair is a drop-in event for families to connect with local businesses, professionals and organizations that provide services and assistance to children and their families. Vendors Participating: Children First CT, Creative Development, Focus Center for Autism, Futures Planned LLC, Spirit Horse in Canton, We Play Too, Talcott Center for Child Development, Unified Sports, Unified Theater, Educational Advocacy LLC, YMCA’s Adaptive Sports Programs, The Miracle League of CT, The Farmington Valley Transition Academy, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, Kings Speech & Learning Center, April Smolski, LMFT, Speakology, Creative Interventions, LLC, Infinity Music Therapy Services, CzepigaDalyPope, GoBabyGo CT and more…

6 – 8pm: Success Energetics: An Inside-Out Approach to Rapid Results in Business In this fast-paced changing world, many of us are faced with re-inventing ourselves on a daily basis to achieve professional success and advancement. What worked smoothly and consistently yesterday seems daunting and demanding today. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to awaken your natural success zone and go from the challenge to the transformation. Discover three internal drivers that always energize action and results; learn the foundational three elements to apply when you run up against overwhelm; and, tap into your true potential. Take away simple, yet profound, daily practices that will move you forward faster.

6 – 9pm: A Make Ahead Thanksgiving We know that timing your turkey can be a stressful part of your holiday, so stress less and prep these make-ahead friendly dishes. We’ll even show you a make-ahead pie that’s sure to impress. Menu: Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Cream, Multi-Grain Apple Stuffing Squash and Cherry-Stuffed Turkey, No-Bake Creamy Pumpkin Pie. What to Expect: Learn how to make a dairy-free cream from cashews. Need a gluten-free side dish? We have you covered with our apple stuffing. Find out tips for making a no-bake pie crust.

6:30pm: Simply Ancient Grains Dinner Metro Bis will welcome the return of Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains for a five course wine dinner featuring recipes from her latest work. From black rice to red quinoa to golden Kamut berries, ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in home kitchens, many fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria makes cooking with these fascinating and nourishing staples easy and accessible with sumptuous recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Her family-friendly dishes are Mediterranean-inspired and delicious, such as Spicy Honey and Habanero Shrimp with Cherry Couscous; Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts; and Red Rice Shakshuka with Feta Cheese. Maria’s tips and simplified approach take whole grain cooking to the next level by amplifying the flavor and enduring beauty of these nutritious grains.

7pm: The Real Science of Time Travel The theoretical and experimental results range from black holes, wormholes, cosmic strings to elementary particle physics. Prof. Ronald Mallett’s research breakthrough is based on a little-known aspect of Einstein’s general theory of relativity that light as well as matter can warp space and time. By solving Einstein’s gravitational field equations Mallett showed that a circulating beam of laser light can cause a twisting of space and time that leads to the possibility of time travel to the past. Mallett discusses his motivation resulting from a family tragedy that led to his lifelong research into the possibility of traveling through time. He also discusses the paradoxes associated with time travel.

7:30pm: Women of the World: 2nd Annual Chapel Series Women of the World perform original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist, in 29 languages! The four singers are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debora Pierre ( Haiti/United States), Giorgia Renosto (Italy). Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms and musical vocabulary from all over the world. The popular and versatile Women of the World have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony. General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Friday, November 11th:

9am – 12pm: Veteran’s Day Camp: Cooking and Science Camp We have an exciting Science and Cooking Camp planned for Veteran’s Day. Join us to make some yummy pretzels and then use the extra yeast in a fun balloon experiment! The cost for the camp is $45 per child. Kids can bring a nut-free lunch and stay for an extended day for an extra $10.

9:30am – 5pm: Veterans Day Veterans and active duty military personnel gain free admission on Veterans Day. Tours step off on the half hour with the last tour at 4:30pm.

1 – 4pm: Family Day This Veterans Day get warm inside and out with Family Day activities at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Check out our Art Studio for a drop-in weaving activity and add a piece to a collaborative artwork! At 1pm, Roman Baca’s Ballet Theatre Company + Exit 12 Dance Company will weave together a medley of excerpted original pieces that celebrate personal and communal triumphs. November artist-in-residence, Diane Cadrain will lead a pre-registered needle felting workshop on the wet-felting technique. This workshop is suitable for ages 8 and up and space is limited. Roman Baca is the Artistic Director and General Manager of Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford, CT, Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC, and also served in the Marines and is an Iraq War Veteran. He is also the Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC. After a career in dance, Mr. Baca served as an US Marine and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq from ‘05-’06. Mr. Baca has choreographed several major works relating to the military and their families, writes and lectures about his experiences.

6 – 7pm: Kids Poetry Night This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact Lutz if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience.

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Chicken In Space Our monthly literacy program, “Read It and Sleep,” returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! November’s book is Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt (Author) and Shahar Kober (Illustrator). Zoey isn’t like the other chickens. She has dreams. She has plans. And she has a best friend, Sam the pig, who will join her on her wild adventures… if he gets to eat some pie along the way. How will Zoey and Sam get from the barn to the stars? Will Zoey be the first chicken in space? Will Sam get a snack? One thing is certain: Zoey always finds a way. Author Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrator Shahar Kober bring out-of-this-world energy and humor to this bright, funny tale of imagination, friendship, determination… and one truly adventurous chicken.

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8 – 9:30pm: Veterans Day Concert Asylum Hill Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir presents a concert in honor of Veterans Day, featuring heart-stirring music by Dave Metzger, Jeffrey Van, Sarah Kyder, Michael Horvit, and James Mulholland.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, November 12th:

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Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th:

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece Oklahoma! is set in the frontier days of the old West, providing a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. This beautiful and dramatic show features a score filled with landmark songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, “Oklahoma!” $29 for VIP seating and $25 for general admission seating.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Bewitching Brahms The Hartford Symphony Orechestra celebrates one of the most captivating masters of musical form with a full program of Johannes Brahms’ music. His Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor and No. 7 in A Major are lively, evocative and among his most popular works. The Concerto for Violin in D Major is a favorite of virtuoso violinists – the technical demands are formidable, with lyrical melodies and rich orchestration. And Brahms’ final symphony is a monumental, complex and powerful piece with nods to Beethoven. Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, December 24th:

Saturday, November 12th:

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol families are invited to visit and participate in Imagine Nation Loves Bristol. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol will be open with free admission for all Bristol residents.(proof of residency is required).

10 – 11am: Baby’s First Christmas Join Us on the Saturday corresponding to your baby’s birth month so you can meet other local parents with babies the same age. Participate in fun holiday activities including turning a Koala Baby bodysuit into baby’s first “ugly Christmas sweater” and creating Baby’s First Wish List. Plus, find great gift ideas and more! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. For babies born April – July 2016 and on November 19th, for babies born August – November 2016. Can’t make your date? Feel free to come to one you can! Siblings welcome, too.

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 – 4pm: Veterans Day Tribute Visitors will have the opportunity to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. There will also be representatives from local veteran organizations at the event including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Haven Veteran Center offering service and support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. Finally, the New England Air Museum will be collecting personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., to be donated to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission.

10:30am and 1:30pm: New ‘Digging Deeper’ Tour Examines Revolutionary Soldier’s Life 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, upcoming tours for “A Soldier’s Life.” Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

1 – 3pm: Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience Master Class Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher will provide a unique, innovative and interactive falconry experience. Her mission is to reconnect families with nature through a once in a lifetime experience and to further the understanding and appreciation of raptors and ravens/crows and their roles in their ecosystems, through fun and interactive programs.

1 – 5pm: 15th Connecticut Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Official Rules: Must be between 5-15 years old. Sneakers must be worn to the contest. Sneakers must be naturally worn or torn, no sign of cuts by scissors or knives allowed. Sneakers only. Contestants must be wearing their own sneakers. One pair of sneakers per contestant. Winner must be able to attend the National Contest at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in NYC next Spring. The winner of this regional contest will receive lots of fame, Odor-Eaters Products, $200, and the Golden Sneaker Award. The winner will also compete in the National Contest to be held at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York City. Registration will be accepted the day of the event at Imagine Nation prior to the start of the event.

2 – 5pm: The Good Adoptee by Suzanne Bachner Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? That’s the reality for millions of adoptees and the focus of Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning show, The Good Adoptee, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students and military veterans.

2 – 5pm: Videography Class Ted Johnson, a professional photographer and videographer who specializes in documentary media for corporate customers and independent productions, will help you enhance your camera skills. $25.

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.

4pm: Gifts of Gratitude Learn how to make beautiful, all natural gifts for loved ones, or yourself. We will provide all of the supplies needed to make a Lemon Rosemary Essential Oil Sugar Scrub and Apple Pie Scented Room Spray. Come see how simple it is to make your own non-toxic scented bath and home products. $18 per person.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s 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. $30 per child, sibling discounts.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Nights 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. $25 per family.

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6 – 11:30pm: Connecticut Children’s 20th Anniversary Gala This year’s Gala is the centerpiece of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s 20th anniversary celebration and promises to be an exceptional evening for all who attend. In addition to dining, dancing and bidding, guests will enjoy an Emerald Cirque Wizard of Oz theatrical production featuring aerial artistry. All proceeds will help ensure that all children, from infants to adolescents, receive the highly specialized medical and surgical services Connecticut Children’s offers.

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowl! Give a hoot about these magnificent birds with an informative session on the lives of Connecticut’s native owls. This program includes a live owl presentation and an hour-long owl walk with an owl calling session. Recommended for ages 6 and above. Registration required. $5 Windsor residents, $8 non-residents.

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Saturday, November 12th – Sunday, November 13th:

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11am – 5pm: Open Studio Hartford is a free, city-wide event, when art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event.

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Sunday, November 13th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Great Children’s Read Bring your children for this free day of fun for book-loving families. Children’s classics and PJ Library books will be read aloud by local personalities. There will be an interactive art activity, scholastic book fair and more. Great fun you won’t want to miss. PJ Library Book Swap: Donate a new book or books your children have outgrown. Take a book you don’t have at home. Free and open to the community.

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12 – 3pm: Thanksgiving is Here! For the people of colonial New England, the most exciting holiday of the year was Thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated the harvest, their blessings, and renewed family ties and friendships. Just as today, families traveled from afar to join together on this special day and people spent many hours and days in preparation for reunions and feasting. And, just as today, a focal part of the celebration was a great Thanksgiving meal! At a typical Glastonbury home, one would find people eating a small turkey and chicken pie (beef and pork would not be on the table since the weather was still too warm to preserve butchered cows and pigs). Many pies would grace the table: mince, squash, cranberry, and a favorite, Marlborough pudding. There would be vegetables, fruits, cheeses and breads, and the meal would be ended by a variety of sweets. Come join us in the celebration! Tour our beautiful 1755 house, the barns and the property. Our colonial cooks, Lin, Annika, and Rosalie will be preparing several dishes in the fireplace. Sample chicken pie, cranberry pie and the tasty Marlborough pudding – a lemon custard with apples. We look forward to your visit! $5 per person.

1 – 2:30pm: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands Join us for a 90-minute program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmember. For ages 6 years and up. Pre-registration required.

1 – 3:30pm: Harvest Family Day Celebrate the harvest season with fall-inspired refreshments, open-hearth cooking, tours of the historic house “dressed” for autumn, and family-friendly games such as herding “sheep” and sack races. Don a Colonial apron or vest and help our costumed interpreters harvest the last of the garden’s bounty for preserving and for the cooking pot. $3 a person.Registration is not required.

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5 – 7pm: Kristallnacht Commemoration Our yearly commemoration event of Kristallnacht brings the community together with local artists to mark “The Night of Broken Glass.” This multi-faith event is a meditation on the horrors of war and a call for peace. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.

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