Week 46

Monday, November 14th:

7 – 8:30pm: Historic Tax Credit Information Session The West End Civic Association (WECA), Architectural History & Resources Committee (AH&RC) and The Connecticut Historical Society are pleased to present an information session about the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. In hopes of sparking revitalization and stabilization in Connecticut’s urban neighborhoods and preserving the historic character of communities, the State’s Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers a homeowner rebate/tax credit for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied historic residential buildings containing 1-4 units. What is the Incentive? A rebate of up to 30% of the eligible rehabilitation costs, subject to a maximum of $30,000 per unit of housing on expenditures of $15,000 or greater. This means that a single family homeowner could realize up to $30,000 returned to them and a four-family (owner-occupied) house could qualify for up to $120,000! Who is Eligible? Properties located within a historic district are eligible if they are considered “contributing structures.” This program is free and open to the public. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Monday, November 14th – Saturday, December 24th:

Santa’s Flight Academy Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Tuesday, November 15th:

5:30 – 7pm: Decorative Arts Council Annual Lecture: Artistry and Innovation in American Glass Drawing from the rich collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Alexandra Ruggiero will explore the history of glass in America. As America’s first industry, glassmaking was deeply influenced by immigrants from varying traditions.  The many styles and techniques adapted from other cultures converged, creating a uniquely American approach to glassmaking.  From bottles to lighting, railroad lanterns to tableware, glass was a central part of daily life, praised for its diverse application in both art and industry. Free for Decorative Arts Council Members, $15 CHS members, $20 non-members. Refreshments and wine will be served. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

7pm: August: Osage County Brutal and hilarious, August: Osage County features a vanished father, a pill-popping mother, and three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. With rich insight and brilliant humor, Letts paints a vivid portrait of a Midwestern American family. Cheney Hall, Manchester

Tuesday, November 15th – Wednesday, November 23rd:

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. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, November 15th – Sunday, November 20th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: An American in Paris is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season! The Bushnell, Hartford

Wednesday, November 16th:

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. Sonia Plumb Dance Company, West Hartford

6pm: Methods and Mastery: Mathematics Instruction in the 21st Century Join us for a lively discussion addressing some of the issues and controversy about the new approaches to Math instruction, the application of Math in an age of technology, Common Core, and the future of traditional Math. $10 per person. $5 students. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

6 – 7:30pm: Thanksgiving Wine Glasses! Relax and paint two wine glasses with Peggy! All materials included. BYOB! $25 per person. Scraptivity, Berlin

6:30 – 8:30pm: Clay Ornament Workshop The focus of the night will be clay ornaments – What better way to kick off the holidays than with handmade ornaments? We’ll show you how to create beautiful additions to any tree. Each participant will make an 8″ tile full of ornaments. Cost is $40 plus tax, pre-registration required. Bring your own beverage! The Clay Pen, West Hartford

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7:30pm: Sunday on the Rocks It’s a beautiful mid-autumn Sunday morning and three 30 something housemates, Elly, Jen, and Gayle, decide to break the routine and have scotch for breakfast. Why not? All are single and free. All are working through what to do with their lives and we soon discover that each has her own current dilemma. The living situation is made uneasy by a fourth housemate, Jessica, who is devoutly religious and has little sympathy for wayward behavior. She is expected home at any time. As they drink, joke, and argue it becomes clear how difficult it is to make a moral decision in an increasingly complex world. $20 per tickets with discounts for students. Hartford University, West Hartford

Wednesday, November 16th – Friday, November 18th:

Wednesday at 10am and 12pm, Thursday and Friday at 10am: Warriors Don’t Cry A Bushnell original production, Warriors Don’t Cry is a one-woman play adapted verbatim from the memoir of the same name by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who integrated Central High School in Arkansas in 1957. The inspiring performance chronicles the arduous and violent year in which nine black students risked their lives in pursuit of a good education. In the post-show Q&A, students explore themes of bullying, hate speech, and other issues of contemporary relevance. This show uses strong, historically accurate language, including the “n” word. The Bushnell, Hartford

Wednesday, November 16th – Sunday, November 20th:

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. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, November 17th:

2 – 5pm: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Harvesting Stones, The Jewish Farmers of Eastern Connecticut In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH), CHS presents a screening of Harvesting Stones: The Jewish Farmers of Eastern Connecticut. This groundbreaking documentary presents the fascinating but unknown story of the American Jewish Pioneers who established farms and mini-agricultural resorts in eastern Connecticut. Filmed over a period of 14 years by Jerry Fischer, director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut. A panel discussion, “Jewish Farmers, Past and Present” will follow the film. $7 admission at the door. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4:30pm: Post-Election Lecture by Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne “After 2016: Can a Divided Country Heal Itself?” will discuss the aftermath of the historic election. Dionne will be visiting Trinity College as the seventh recipient of the College’s Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award, in recognition of his career as one of the country’s foremost political journalists. Trinity College, West Hartford

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. Imagine Nation, Bristol

5:30 -7:30pm: Creating Change: Arts & Activism Art and activism have long intersected in forms including music, plays, puppetry, street theater, murals, poetry, photography and memes. How does art help create change? What unique power do artists have in the fight for social justice? Join the conversation with featured guests Julia Rosenblatt, Artistic Director, HartBeat Ensemble and Chris Pressley, Creator, Hartford’s Arts & Activism Fair. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

5 – 8pm: 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. Shop Rite, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Stepping Stones: Making Memories for Your Garden Special trinkets, buttons, and bottle caps along with treasures you have been keeping will make for a unique project to take home and share for years to come. Part of this program may be run outside – dress appropriately. $25 per non-resident, $20 per resident. ~ Manchester

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7:30pm: (VIP: 6pm): Mark My Words: Roy Blount Jr. Blount will read from his latest book, Save Room for Pie, a lively compendium of essays, poems, songs, limericks, and news stories (both fake and real) about food. Blount will speak at the Lincoln Financial Auditorium in The Mark Twain House & Museum at 7:30 pm, preceded by a VIP. Roy Blount Jr. is a highly accomplished writer with a versatile and distinctly humorous style. His subjects have ranged from the Pittsburgh Steelers (About Three Bricks Shy of a Load ) to Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers’ war satire  (Hail, Hail Euphoria!) to two delightful examinations of words, usage, and letters themselves (Alphabet Juice and Alphabetter Juice). Copies of Save Room for Pie will be available for purchase. $30 per person. VIP Reception $75. Mark Twain House, Hartford

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. New Britain Youth Theater, New Britain

6 – 10pm: November Creative Cocktail Hour Open-minded, friendly people make Real Art Ways home for innovative art, independent film, and all sorts of new ideas. At Creative Cocktail Hour we do it all at once, on the third Thursday every month. $10 per person, $5 members. Bring two non-perishable food donations for Hands On Hartford’s MANNA food pantry and we’ll give you one free Cinema ticket. Real Art Ways, Hartford

6:30pm: Annual Harvest Celebration Join us for our annual fundraising celebration, an evening of plentiful farm-to-table food with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and exploration of the theme of resilience. This fun-filled event will explore how cultivating resilience can have a powerful impact on health, happiness and well-being. We will share the ways in which Copper Beech Institute is bringing mindfulness practices to educators, healthcare providers, corporate and nonprofit leaders, incarcerated populations – and our community. Join us as we dedicate ourselves to creating a world of healing, resilience and compassion. Price: $75 per person. Copper Beech institute, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Angelina Diana Psychic Medium Event Join Angelina Diana for a Psychic Mediumship Event that includes Random Readings, Discussion and Q and A. This is one of Angelina’s most popular events! Come and be inspired with like-minded people. Angelina will also give you insight on how to connect like a Psychic Medium Does. $42 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

Thursday, November 17th – Saturday, November 19th:

7:30pm: Doubt: A Parable Queenes Companye presents a production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable in the Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this thought-provoking drama focuses on the Bronx school principal Sister Aloysius. The sister takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The performances are free and open to the public. University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford

Friday, November 18th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Thanksgiving Yummies! (Toddler Class) Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with these delicious recipes! Today, we will make turkey cranberry brie egg rolls, sweet potato casserole, and homemade cranberry sauce! We will wash this down with warm apple cider! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday from 9-10am. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10 – 11am: Meet the Old Cranks Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors (of our clocks, I mean)? Come watch the American Clock & Watch Museum’s official clock winders in action as they travel through the museum winding over 60 of our historic timepieces. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

4:45 – 5:45pm: Thanksgiving Treats! Come make a nice variety of fun treats for Thanksgiving. One example are Pilgrim Hat Treats. $20 per child. Scraptivity, Berlin

5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out We’re going to have a Thanksgiving pajama party! Wear your pj’s while we do a Thanksgiving craft and cook a delicious dinner. Ages 4-9. $45 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 – 7:30pm: Party at Plymouth Little pilgrims, join us for a feast using ingredients inspired by the first Thanksgiving. We’ll put a modern twist on Thanksgiving must-haves like turkey and corn. Menu: Harvest Honey-Glazed Turkey, Corn-ucopia Pudding, Pump Up the Party Cookies. What to Expect: Uncover the health benefits of turkey. Discover how to make a savory pudding. Learn how to swap applesauce for butter. Shop Rite, Manchester

5:30 – 8pm: Parents’ Night Out Drop your kids off for three hours of non-stop fun at My Gym. Activities include games, rides, songs, dance, relays, practice & play, arts & crafts and more! Pizza included! Perfect for children ages 2.5 yrs and up (potty-trained, please). $40 for non-members. Also offered at the Enfield location. My Gym, West Hartford and Enfield

6 – 8pm: Thanksgiving Yummies Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with these delicious recipes! Today, we will make turkey noodle casserole, cranberry brie egg rolls, sweet potato mousse, and homemade cranberry sauce! We will wash this down with warm apple cider! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 10pm: The Show was developed as a collaborative show of creative designers and artists to celebrate the renaissance of art in the area and explore the artistic influences of the fashion world. Most fashion shows are based on attracting large store buyers, this show is more on an exhibition of talent in efforts to merge the creative designers of the Connecticut and New York regions. Designers were chosen to highlight the more artistic, non-mainstream, newer fashion brands in the area. This is an independent show aiming to offer an alternative approach of 100% creative freedom and a collaborative environment for each designer to represent their brand according to their own vision. This show aims to approach fashion as an art. Tickets: $20 in advance (until 11/18) or $20 at the door. Brainard Airport, Hartford

7 – 9:30pm: Public Class: Reclaimed Wood Sign Class Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class, a bit of wine and a bite to eat while you discover your muse and unlock hidden talents. Join us to recreate this adorable scarecrow and snowman Wood Sign or choose from 12 other designs. The scarecrow will be on one side of the sign and come winter, just turn it around to display the snowman. Twelve other designs are also available. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

7 – 9pm: Zoo on the Go We are pleased to invite The Zoo in Forest Park from Springfield, MA to present an educational live animal program about the cool and cold weather animals that live in their zoo. Discover each animal’s special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets, and status in the wild. View each animal up close during the presentation and enjoy touching a few at the end before you leave! This is a free program provided by money donated to the Trails Fund. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7:30pm: The MOuTH – Chew on This: Stories About Things You Put In Your Mouth The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. Submissions are now open. Here’s how it works: email your name, approximate story length of less than 10 minutes and a short description of what your story is about. Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. There will also be a “Wild Card.” Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. $5 per person. Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free. Mark Twain House, Hartford

Friday, November 18th – Saturday, November 21st:

Friday 6 – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm: The 16th Annual Wethersfield Antiques Show This popular juried Antiques Show is back with beautiful antiques at every price point, verbal appraisals, an extensive “Attic Treasures” tag sale and delicious fare from the Sunflower Café by the Cove Deli. Saturday admission is $8 or $7 with show card. Special Preview Cocktail Party with early buying Friday, November 18 from 6:30 to 9 pm, $35. All proceeds benefit Wethersfield Historical Society’s educational and cultural programs for our schools and the community. Pitkin Community Center, Wethersfield.

Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th:

Beauty and The Beast

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 1:30pm: Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the West Hartford Community Theater (WHCT) proudly presents it as their fall musical. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated musical, features a cast and production team from West Hartford and surrounding communities, ages 10 to 65, includes a dynamic mix of amateur and professional actors, singers and dancers. West Hartford Community Theater, West Hartford

Oklahoma

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. Cheney Hall, Manchester

Saturday, November 19th:

9am: First 50 Giveaway Dinosaur State Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill. On one Saturday a month the park will give away 50 free prizes to the first 50 families that pay admission that day. Prizes include books, videos, toys, posters and more. $6 for adults (ages 13 and up), $2 ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. ~ Rocky Hill

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Thanksgiving Yummies! (Toddler Class) Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with these delicious recipes! Today, we will make turkey cranberry brie egg rolls, sweet potato casserole, and homemade cranberry sauce! We will wash this down with warm apple cider! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday from 9-10am. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:30 – 12:30pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Speak Up for Tweens and Teens Speak Up co-founder, Matthew Dicks will be teaching a storytelling workshop for tweens and teens ages 11-17 that will provide a solid foundation in the understanding and effective crafting of stories. Whether participants want to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, hone their job or college interview, or simply learn to tell a better, more interesting story on the page or the stage, this workshop might be for them. Included in this workshop will be: A behind-the-scenes tour of objects from the CHS collection relating to childhood, teenage culture, and growing up moments  for inspiration before participants start working on their stories. Methods for generating ideas for stories from your life experiences (you have more stories than you realize!) In addition to the modeling of stories, direct instruction, and interactive components, participants will be invited to (but not required to) develop a story of their own that will be presented to the class for critique. $45 for CHS members, $50 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

10am: 6th Annual Hartford Harvest Market Fresh veggies, cheeses, jams, bread, homemade gifts and more from local vendors. Arts & Crafts for the kids. Food trucks for lunch. Live music. Knox, Hartford

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 August – November 2016. Can’t make your date? Feel free to come to one you can! Siblings welcome, too. Babies R Us/Toys R Us locations

10am – 4pm: Bizarre Bazaar The magic of the Holiday Season begins at Bizarre Bazaar, a juried show and sale of work by artists and artisans. The Museum will be filled with artists and artisans ready to dazzle visitors with their art, homemade crafts, amazing treats, and holiday gifts. There will be two floors with over 50 exhibitors showcasing their unique gifts among the Museum’s holiday environment. The Museum Arts and Crafts Room will be open for children. Amazing Magical Paul will be back to do balloon animals and other entertainment for children. Vendors may contact the Museum to rent space or go on-line to read about becoming a vendor for this event. Admission is only $1 with free carousel rides for children all day. The Carousel Museum, Bristol

11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Movember Mustache Tour Handle bar. Mutton chops. Chin strap. Fu Manchu. Goatee. Neckbeard. Pencil. Shenandoah. Soul patch. Van Dyke. Walrus. Toothbrush. Men in Connecticut have been manscaping for centuries—come see the evidence of facial hair fashion captured in paint, photography, and even wood in our collections. Learn more about what your beard said about you in days past and how ideas about masculinity were written on men’s faces. 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. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

1 – 2pm: Tom Turkey Hunt Try your luck and skill in this annual Thanksgiving event. You and your entire family will follow clues around our very own trail system in hopes of being the quickest to find our fleeing fowl. We will have two divisions. Session one for those up for a challenging trail run and session two for those looking for a nice walk in the woods. Please choose which division best suits your family as Tom Turkey will be watching! The winning family will leave with a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! Ages 6 and up. $10 per non-member family. Winding Trails, Farmington

1 – 3pm: Watch ID Day Do you own a special watch? Have you inherited a family timepiece? Would you like to learn more about your treasured item? Then come to our Watch Identification event! Do you own a special watch? Have you inherited a family timepiece? Would you like to learn more about your treasured item? Then come to our Watch Identification event! Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

1 – 3pm: Make It Merry Wreath Event Bring your family into stores to create a traditional wreath featuring a cheerful red cardinal or a winter-white wreath with pristine poinsettias. Buy the wreath base and the rest of the supplies are free. Michael’s locations

1 – 3pm: Living off the Land Adventure Series We will be building campfires, cooking outdoors, building shelters, canning, spinning wool, animal tracking and lots more during this new class. Ages 6 and up. $20 per class. New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain

2 – 3pm: Exhibit Tours of Connecticut Innovates! Join us for a guided tour of Connecticut Innovates presented by Connecticut Innovations. Free for members, included with the cost of admission for non-members. Reoccurs until March 25th. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

4 – 5pm: Treasures from the Grand Tour, Arts & Leisure VIP Tour Join Curator Melanie Bourbeau for an hour-long in-depth look at some of the paintings and decorative arts objects that captured the Popes’ fancy during their Grand Tour. This tour will examine Grainstacks, White Frost Effect, by Claude Monet; a French silver tea service; a French marquetry writing-table; and the bronze sculpture Panther with Slain Gazelle, by Antoine-Louis Barye. Hillstead, Farmington

5:30 – 7:30pm: Music of the Grand Tour featuring Mark Stuparevic and Cellist Kayla Herrmann Don’t miss this three-part series with performances in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room by pianist Marko Stuparevic, who will play the historic 1901 Steinway. Hear compositions the Pope family would have enjoyed on their 1888-1889 Grand Tour of Europe. The November 19 concert features Marko Stuparevic on the piano with cellist Kayla Herrmann. Refreshments will precede the concert. Tickets $55 for non-members. Hillstead, Farmington

6pm: Un-Masque the Future This special evening will feature live entertainment, a signature cocktail, an array of hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and so much more. Bristol Hospital, Bristol

6 – 9pm: Festive Pre-Holiday Auction Windsor Historical Society’s auction is the first event of the holiday season with terrific items to bid on, a lovely and delicious sit-down meal with a choice of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, and many opportunities to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

7:30pm: Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event, brought to Real Art Ways by Matthew and Elysha Dicks, celebrates the craft of live storytelling in the Greater Hartford area. All stories are 5-10 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young kids. The stories are unique, compelling, funny and touching, and show change or growth. The theme of the evening is “Ouch. Real Art Ways, Hartford

7:30 – 9pm: Scavenger Dash Teams of two strategize ways to complete a race through the entire JCC building. Teams solve clues, and physical and mental challenges direct them to the finish line. Challenge concludes with an ice cream sundae party in the Chase Family Gallery. Grades 6–12. $25 per team.

8pm: David Feherty Live Off Tour How do you describe the offbeat antics of David Feherty? The New York Times called him “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson.” With a sharp wit and irreverent style, the professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Of Feherty’s live one-man show, Golf Digest said: “Uncensored and unhinged, and worth the price of admission. It really was stupendous.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette raves, “David Feherty was uproariously funny. It was two hours of zaniness and madcap storytelling. People were coming out of their seats with laughter.” VIP ticket includes a 45-minute pre-show reception with Feherty, guaranteed seat within the first 10 rows, a signed copy of David’s newest book, a meet and greet photo with David, one beverage ticket. The Bushnell, Hartford

Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th:

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6pm – 8am: Overnights: Super Powers Unlock your super powers as we explore the science behind super hero gadgets. Also, make your very own bat signal. Exploration of our 10 exhibit galleries with more than 165 hands-on activities. Exciting science challenges and activities on every floor. Time with some of our live animals, including exotic reptiles and insects. A 3D film in our state-of-the-art Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Science Theater. Free General Admission to the Science Center the next day. A late night snack and light breakfast in the morning. A special patch for completing the program. $55 per person. A chaperone/parent-to-child ratio of at least 1:8 is required. Families and groups with children ages 5-12 years old. Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay at the Science Center at night. Explore the exhibits, discover special programs and set up camp in front of your favorite exhibit during this exclusive after-hours experience. Don’t miss this memorable overnight adventure! Can you imagine spending the day at the Connecticut Science Center? Now imagine being here when the lights go out! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th:

Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Windsor Youth Theatre Presents: Lion King Jr! Come see the well-loved show, Lion King Jr! show performed by 51 students ages 5-14. Tickets will be sold at the door as general admission for $12 adults or $10 students and $5 children under 5. Doors open half hour before show time. LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium, Windsor

Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, December 11th:

Sunday, November 20th:

11am – 4pm: Silhouette Portraits Artist Elizabeth O’Brien will bring the rare and centuries-old art of silhouette making to the American Clock & Watch Museum! After a few moments spent studying her subject’s profile—hair, eyelashes, nose, etc.—O’Brien quickly but carefully sketches, and then cuts and pastes the delicate paper profiles using 18th and 19th-century techniques, with the entire process taking about 20-25 minutes. Portrait sittings are $30 per subject (which includes admission to the Museum), and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol

12 – 4pm: Holiday Craft Fair Start your holiday shopping with our nature-related gifts for all ages. Handmade crafts will include candles, pottery, jewelry, soaps, felted ornaments and more. Proceeds from this Friends of Roaring Brook fundraiser benefit the programs and activities at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

12:30 – 3:30pm: All Things Turkey! Come visit with our live turkeys, make a turkey craft, have a turkey cupcake and enjoy learning turkey facts! Non-members $7 per person, Members $5. ELCCT, Bristol

1 – 2:30pm: ‘History Drives Us’ Bus Tour This special bus tour of West Hartford’s “hidden” history will focus on the town history south of Farmington Avenue. The tour will point out sites of significance that have largely been forgotten over the years. The History Drives Us Bus Tour will depart from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06017, at 1:00 p.m. and will return at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 for museum members). Space is limited. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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