Week 8 of 52

Welcome to the last full week of February! Once again we have scoured the internet for all of the fun things happening this week across Hartford County! Check back as we update often! This week is extra special because most of us have a three or four day weekend and some of us have no school all week! If you are off and are looking for things to do, look no further. If you are working, one up those week-nights with an event or two listed below!

Monday, February 20th:

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9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking A child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial period recipes such as chowder and apple charlotte and cook over an open-hearth the old-fashioned way! $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

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10am – 12pm: Homemade Macarons Join us as we as we make homemade vanilla bean macarons from scratch! Kids will learn the different techniques used to create this delicate and popular French dessert. Nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 8-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 2pm: Delta Dart Model Workshop Build a balsa Delta Dart airplane model with help from our team of experts! Ages 8 and older, all children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5 cost per model kit. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am – 4pm: Presidents’ Day Candle Dipping Dip your own candle, use engineering skills to build toothpick-and-marshmallow structures, and enjoy the Hands-On-History Learning Center and totally-touchable Strong-Howard House. Adults $6, children $4 or $12 per family. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

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12 – 3pm: Family Day: History of the Americas! Inspired by our permanent collection of American art and our special exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, the New Britain Museum of American Art will host a day filled with learning, fun, and, of course art on Presidents’ Day. Participate in a presidential scavenger hunt, learn about Latin America during a guided tour, and create crafts inspired by the histories of North, Central, and South America! Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, children 12 and under are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 4pm: Say Cheese! Kids won’t believe how easy it is to make their own cheese! We’ll make a lemon-herb cheese spread served with homemade crackers, and mozzarella that can be rolled into balls! $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

1:30 – 3pm: Homeschool Days Looking at works from our special exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, we will discuss the priorities of traveler artists and how to capture the essence of a location through artwork and botanical studies. In the studio, we will then create ideas and drawings of our own flora and fauna! $10 per child. One adult included with each paid child. $15 for additional adults. Children under 5 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

6pm: Auditions for Romeo & Juliet Flower power, doves and hawks, draft card burning, miniskirts, high society and counter-culture, and the Summer of Love will be the background for an upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by the Teen Company of New Britain Youth Theater. Rehearsal days are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and some Thursday evenings. Children ages 12-19. Shakespeare’s teen tragedy about two feuding families will be performed on the grounds of the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday and June 22-23 and June 25. An additional performance will be held on June 24th at Berlin Congregational Church. The production will be set in 1967 for the fiftieth anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” and will be inspired by the popular culture, counter-culture, and political and social turmoil of that time. Reoccurs on Wednesday. New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center, Berlin

6:30 – 8:30pm: Yarn Class You will be surprised how easy it is t crochet a cozy scarf with just your fingers. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels locations

7pm: My Vhite House Christmas Spashial Velcome! Ees me, Melania Trump. I host very first My White House Christmas Spashial Vith Melania. Ees good time to learn holiday vith Prasident Hasbund, his family, and new friend Steve Bannon and Mike Pence. I also talk about journey from vorld famous Slovenia supermodel from Slovenia to First Lady of Great-Again America. Join me and my maid Ludmilla for exclusive look into glamour and Christmas. All proceeds benefit HartBeat Ensemble. Carriage House Theater, Hartford

Monday, 2.20 – Tuesday 2.21:

9am – 12pm: It’s Snow Wonder! Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. $40 per child. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Monday, 2.20 – Sunday, 3.5:

Hartford Restaurant Week Participating restaurants throughout Hartford will offer special multi-course, price-fixed menus.

Tuesday, February 21st:

9am – 12pm: Paper Making One of the things we use most often in school is….paper! You will save trees by making your own recycled paper and a copy book out of the recycled paper. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

10am – 2pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Children ages 3-12 will construct a futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am- 4pm: National Engineers Day From concocting amazing “Oobleck” to challenging the effects of gravity, Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol and GE engineers will help students explore the world of science and engineering during a special museum event that celebrates National Engineers Day! The event is part of GE’s celebration of “National Engineers Week,” a time dedicated to promoting careers in engineering and science education nationwide. Participating children will team up with two dozen GE volunteers to tackle challenges like the “egg-citing” egg drop, experiment with electronics and snap circuits, testing balance and strength with our Imagination playground blocks, and creating pancakes on a Pancake Bot™ food printer. For the tinkerers, the event will feature a “Take Apart” station for dismantling simple machines and electronic devices to learn how they are powered, test material strength and more! The special event is included with regular museum admission of $10 per person. Children under one year are free. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol

1 – 2pm: Walk-in Tours Art has the capacity to call attention to social issues, but these messages aren’t always conveyed obviously. During this guided tour, participants will explore these messages represented in the art of our permanent collection, consider the relationship between artists and activism, and how art is used as a catalyst for controversial dialogue. Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, children 12 and under are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

1 – 4pm: Pizza Making in a Hearth Oven Back by popular demand! Kids love pizza! They love making pizza! They love eating pizza! Make and bake pizza the traditional way in our historic bee hive oven, colonial style. $25 per child. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

7:30pm: Free Discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer Artist Nick Vaughan Join Hartford Stage at Real Art Ways for an interactive presentation and discussion with Cloud 9 Set Designer, Artist Nick Vaughan. This free program will feature a series of seven extended toasts and a moderated discussion with Fiona Kyle, Hartford Stage Dramaturg for Cloud 9. Vaughan will talk about the ongoing art installations, 50 States, created with his husband, Jake Margolin, in response to pre-stonewall LGBTQ histories from each state. Real Art Ways, Hartford

Wednesday, February 22nd:

10 – 11:30am: Professional Moms: Join UP’s Talent Pool! A free informational Session Wondering how to engage your professional skills and YOUR untapped potential? Then, join us for this informational session. Learn workplace trends that support professional engagement through all life phases of a woman’s career. Are you on a career break, yet want to engage your professional expertise in a flexible way? Struggling to achieve work/life balance with a full-time work role? Ready to return and worry your gap years are a holding you back? Then event is for you! Join other high-caliber individuals contemplating their return-to-work strategy. Re-engage professionally with peers and industry mentors. Learn more about our mission, changes in today’s work force and hear from other professional women who have successfully navigated their way back to their caliber. Childcare will be provided by experienced adults in the creative play area. Farmington Library, Farmington

10am – 2pm: Airplane Nose Art Learn the fascinating history of airplane nose art and create your own nose art design to take home. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

{Last Call} 6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30pm: Shaping Social Change: The Birth of a Nation Patricia Thomas Camp began her career as a public school teacher, and has continued to teach throughout her life. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston and a Master’s in Education from the University of Houston. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, she served as executive director of the Cook County Bar Association’s pro bono legal aid program, providing free legal representation to residents of 135 municipalities including Chicago. Ms. Thomas Camp practiced law for 19 years, including criminal, family and corporate law, and also served as a juvenile court magistrate. Her work in Connecticut has focused on the homeless, legal services, and the concerns of Hartford’s North End. She was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles as a part-time member in October 2014 and as a full-time member in 2016. Presented in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising. 120 min. Rated R. $9 admission, $7 students. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

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Wednesday, 2.22 – Sunday, 3.5:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: A Moon for the Misbegotten Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Phil Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. This Tony Award winning play by America’s greatest playwrights is considered one of the best plays of all time. Runs until March 5th. Sunday maintee followed by a talkback with the cast. Tickets: $25-40. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, February 23rd:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Storybook Cooking Enjoy story time and cooking with your little one. We will be baking some delicious cookies and while they are in the oven we will read the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Suggested ages 2-6 with caregiver. $30 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

10am – 2pm: The Great Paper Airplane Challenge Use your imagination to construct a far flying paper plane from a variety of materials. Will your creation go the distance? Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am and 1pm: Living History Tours with George Griffin George Griffin, Mark Twain’s butler, is our “most requested” Living History character, and it’s easy to see why. Samuel Clemens said of George, “He was well-built, shrewd, wise, polite, always good-natured, honest, religious, a cautious truth-speaker, devoted friend to the family, champion of its interests, a sort of idol to the children … He had the respect, and I may say, the warm friendly regard of every visiting intimate of our house. There was nothing commonplace about George.” George served the Clemens family for seventeen years. Take a tour with George, and be prepared to be entertained! Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 16. Mark Twain House, Hartford

1 – 2:35pm and 4 – 5:25pm: Film Screening of Conjure Women “This film is a performance-based documentary exploring the artistry and philosophy of four African-American female artists Anita Gonzalez, Robbie McCauley, Carrie Mae Weems, and Cassandra Wilson. Celebrated choreographer and dancer Gonzalez was a founding member of and performer with Urban Bush Women and is now Artistic Director of Bandana Women. McCauley is a critically-acclaimed performance artist and theater director whose personal vision has consistently explored the history of Black women. The stunning photography of Weems captures a variety of images of African Americans. Vocalist and composer Wilson (Grammy award winner for Best Jazz Vocalist) has released nine recordings of her work and was acclaimed in the New York Times as the most important singer to come along in jazz in the last ten years.” These four artists use their disciplines to reclaim their heritage, an intuitive experience of what their predecessors had to deny if they were to survive. Conjure Women is a moving and entertaining survey of the work of these remarkable women. Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, children 12 and under are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

6:30pm: Art Talk: With Hammer and Tongs: The Hammerslough Collection The Philip Hammerslough Collection of American silver has been a treasure of the Atheneum since its arrival. Guest curator Jeannine Falino will introduce the collection and some exciting recent discoveries, as well as the plans for the collection’s dazzling installation. Jeannine Falino is an independent curator and museum consultant. Falino is co-curator of the current Museum of the City of New York exhibition Gilded New York: Design, Fashion & Society, and her new exhibition L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters recently opened at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Decorative Arts Council. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5:30pm and 7pm: Habitat Earth A fulldome exploration of what it means to live in today’s connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans. Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. The show details the ways humans fit into this ever-evolving story of connection. And along the way, audiences will learn more about what we can do to ensure that our cohabitation with the natural world leaves a healthy, sustainable planet for generations to come. $5 per person plus online ticket fee of $1.25. Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

Thursday, 2.23 – Sunday, 2.26:

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Thursday, 2.23 – Sunday, 3.19:


Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Cloud 9 Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” Runs until Sunday, March 19th. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Ticket Prices: $20-90. Hartford Stage

Friday, February 24th:

10am – 2pm: Straw Rocket Launch Are you a rocket scientist? Find out by building and launching a straw rocket using our specialized NEAM rocket launchers. Adults $12.50, children (ages 4-11) $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

6 – 8:30pm: “13th” Film & Discussion Join us for an encore screening of 13th, director Ava Duvernay’s in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Discuss the film with Stowe Center staff and visitors. Leading the discussion is Troy Brown, Manager of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division (CSSD) Training Academy and the CSSD Multicultural Affairs Unit. Born and raised in Hartford, to Jamaican parents, Troy’s bi-cultural skills set the stage for his passion and work in diversity and cultural responsiveness. Free event. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6:30- 8:30pm: Planning with Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner to personalize – and learn how to make felt decorated paper clips. Michaels locations

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8pm: CT Cage Match The Teams are Romantic Baby, SHED and Robot Love! Romantic Baby is a subsection of Sea Tea Improv, Hartford’s premiere improvisational comedy company. The team formed on a road trip to The Cradle of Liberty, Boston, MA, after a discussion about the genderization of infants. ROMANTIC BABY is all women and all business. When the team is fully met, Casey Grambo, Laura Manasewich, Stephanie “Sproffee” Rice, and Julia Ludovici Pistell are all in the room. SHED are members of Sea Tea Improv but they’ve kept us locked up and hidden out back for years. We’ve finally escaped and named ourselves after the only home we’ve ever known. Robot Love is a group of scientists trying to explain modern culture to a computer. Join them as they fail to break down humanism into smaller pieces that still make sense. $10 per ticket. Carriage House Theater, Hartford

Friday, 2.25 – Saturday, 2.26:

Friday from 9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm and Saturday from 9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: Mardi Gras Party! Let’s celebrate Fat Tuesday with some flavorful recipes originating in the heart of Louisiana! On the menu: kid- friendly bourbon chicken and rice, homemade cornbread and mini-king cakes for dessert! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Tuesday 2/28 from 9:30-10:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8pm: Mardi Gras Party! Let’s celebrate Fat Tuesday with some flavorful recipes originating in the heart of Louisiana! On the menu: kid-friendly bourbon chicken and rice, homemade cornbread, mini-king cakes, and festive cookies for dessert! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7:30pm: American Roots Festival Guggenheim Fellow and USA artist, Raphael Xavier, ventures further into a mature space for hip hop dance in Point of Interest. The piece follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form. Xavier’s goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form. $25 per person, students $15. University of Saint Joseph, Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford

8pm: The Vagina Monologues A staged reading of The Vagina Monologues Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes, is a fully staged and costumed solo-show based on the life and work of Oscar Wilde. Johnson Flucker plays the poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and truth-teller who–penniless and near friendless–sits in a Parisian café contemplating his past, present, and prospects for a not-too-promising future. $10-15 per person. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain

Saturday, February 25th:

8am – 12pm: Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Join us for the first of several events commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Learn how to make maple syrup, get a first look at upcoming programs including summer camp, view exhibits, see our farm animals, meet our volunteers and of course, feast on the best pancake breakfast around featuring pancakes, bacon, sausage and all the fixings! $10 per adult, $5 children 10 and under, under 2 are free. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol


10 – 11am: All Aboard: Trains for Kids Enjoy Thomas videos and train tables, learn secret train whistle codes and take a whistle home, and make an engineer’s hat. Adults $6, children $4. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

10:30am – 11:30am: Hillstown Grange Chili Cook-Off Entries must be received between 10:30am and 11:30am, with an accompanying $5 entry fee to be eligible for the cash prize for first place in three categories: Judge’s Choice, Hottest, and Tasters’ Favorite. Taste tickets: 3 for $5 or $10 for all you can eat. Hillstown Grange Hall, East Hartford

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11am – 2pm: Women Engineers Wrap up Engineer’s Week by visiting the Connecticut Science Center to meet ROCKSTAR women engineers…in real life! These enthusiastic young women are conducting innovative work in health, transportation, and even robotics! Swing by the 4th floor to meet them, learn about their jobs, check out the tools they use to solve challenging problems and even get some advice about college and career paths. While you’re there, take a #STEMselfie to mark the occasion! Adults $23.95, youth (ages 3-17) $16.95. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

12 – 2:15pm: Colorful Dandelions Family Day: Bring the family, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per canvas. Muse, West Hartford

Open House

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2 – 4pm: Gallery Talk & Demonstration: Printmaking in the Age of Utamaro Keiji Shinohara, Artist in Residence at Wesleyan University, demonstrates printmaking techniques used by artists in Edo-era Japan. After the demonstration, join Professor Shinohara in the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan to examine techniques on display. Adults $15, students $5, children under 18 are free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

4:30 – 7pm: Windsor Police Cadets Annual Spaghetti Supper Tired of cooking? Come join the Windsor Police Cadets for their Annual Spaghetti Supper. The cost of tickets is $10 for adults and $5 for children.Trinity United Methodist Church,, Windsor

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6pm and 8pm: Tales from the Table Join us on February 25 for a singular dinner theater event as your favorite characters from West Hartford Hauntings return with more tragedy, more comedy, and more history brought straight to your table. Nineteenth-century Spiritualist Madame Elaine hosts this dinner party where Revolutionary War surgeon Dr. Hosmer, reckless Pearl Ogden, and grave digger Henry Kalber will all make an appearance to share their personal stories. A three course dinner will be catered by Cafe Louise and includes salad, bread and homemade butter, Chicken Piccata, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetable and dessert. $40 per person. Tickets include the show and dinner. There will be a cash bar. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Banff Mountain Film Festival

7pm: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. The 2016/2017 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival. Join Denali when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Hartford! Join us before the show from 5-7pm for a free event with ticket purchase to Banff Mountain Film Festival. Enjoy specialty tequila drinks and sampling, Max’s gourmet tacos for purchase, and Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. The Bushnell, Hartford

7:30 – 9pm: Renaissance to Rock Cosmic Concert From Greensleeves to Lennon and Copernicus to Neil Armstrong, travel through time on a musical and visual tour of the historical development of music, science and engineering. Local musician and recording artist Jamie Sherwood performs an impressive live soundtrack of musical pieces from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century complimented by storytelling and visuals all under the 40 foot diameter planetarium dome. This is a unique and one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed. Ages 12 and up. Doors open at 7pm. $5 per person plus online ticket fee of $1.25. Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium, Glastonbury

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8 – 10pm: Speak Up at CHS: Competition CHS is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors for another performance. The theme of the evening is “Competition” to accompany our exhibit Connecticut Innovates! –presented by Connecticut Innovations which will be open until March 25. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening. Tickets are $15. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7pm with free access to the Galleries and the performance begins at 8pm. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Sunday, February 26th:

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Explore an Old Railroad Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park to the new footbridge overlooking Broad Street, which will take about one-and-three-quarter hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk. Free. Cheney Railroad Trail, Manchester

2pm: Sunday Serenades: Snow, Moon, and Flowers Schubert, Takemitsu, and Debussy provide musical reflections of Kitagawa Utamaro’s Snow, Moon, and Flowers series, the centerpiece of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. $30 per person. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

2 – 3pm: And the Award Goes to… Which animals deserve the award for Best Actor, Best Costume, Best Special Effects, Best Sound Effects? Attend our ‘red carpet’ animal demonstration and vote for your favorite to win the 2017 Animal Awards. Dress to impress. No need to pre-register. Adults $6, children $4. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton 

3 – 4pm: Abracadabra – It’s a Magical Day Come listen to the book, The Mitzvah Magician, decorate a magical crown and be mesmerized by the magic of “Amazing Andy.” A mitzvah is a good deed. Please be a part of our mitzvah project to supply Jewish Family Services with toiletries. All donations will be greatly appreciated. $5 per child in advance, $8 per child day of. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

3 – 4pm: Sunday Music Series We are pleased to welcome Hartt School of Music alumni Paul Bisaccia for a piano recital titled Moonlight Sonata—The Romantic Piano. Bisaccia’s performance will begin with a passionate presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s classic Moonlight Sonata, following with works by additional renowned composers, including Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, George Gershwin, and Manuel de Falla. The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut is a classical music appreciation group that sponsors several classical music concerts throughout the year, showcasing the works of Fryderyk Chopin and other renowned composers. Founded by Polish pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski and supported by the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut, the Chopin Society has been presenting piano recitals by internationally acclaimed pianists from around the globe and promoting young artists since 1998. Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, children 12 and under are free. New Britain Museum of American Art

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