Week 24 of 52

Monday, June 12th

National Red Rose Day and Elizabeth Garden is celebrating this weekend!

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Hand Drawn Frame Learn the basics techniques of drawing using Tri Tone pencils while making a personalized frame. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $35. Michaels locations

Tuesday, June 13th

National Call Your Doctor Day – reminder to get those physicals scheduled for the upcoming school year!

9 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 1pm: Father’s Day Breakfast Culinary Class for Toddlers Today, we will prepare breakfast for dad, including ham and cheese breakfast casserole, chocolate chip muffins and homemade French toast! At the end of the class, dad’s breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford 

6:30pm: Plainville Summer Concerts at Norton Park (Reoccurs until August 1st)

7 – 8pm: The Trial of Amy Archer-Gilligan One hundred years ago, Windsor nursing home proprietor Amy Archer-Gilligan was on trial for the arsenic poisoning murders of five of her lodgers. All along the eastern seaboard, accounts of the hearings spawned front page headlines. How was it that a petite, church-going widow with a teenage daughter was standing trial for multiple murders? How did the trial itself progress? Was Archer-Gilligan given a fair legal shake? What is the connection between the Amy Archer-Gilligan trial and the Arsenic and Old Lace classic movie and play? Join us to find out. Windsor Historical Society

7:30pm: FADE Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests at Theaterworks (Reoccurs June 20 and 27)

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Tuesday, June 13th – Monday, October 9th

Tuesday, June 13th – Thursday, June 15th

Tuesday, June 13th – Friday, June 30th

Wednesday, June 14th:

Happy National Bourbon Day!

{Fieldtrip} 7:45am – 6pm: The Hudson River Valley: Homes of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church In the early nineteenth century, many in this country were searching for a style of art that they could call their own–something uniquely American. Frederic Church, the famous landscape artist, so loved the Hudson River Valley he bought a 126-acre farm in Hudson, NY. Here he created the magnificent Olana with its Moorish architecture and fantastic views of the river. We will be led on a trip through time, seeing a remarkably preserved home, complete with much of the original furniture. World-class paintings from Church’s personal collection grace the walls of this beautiful mansion. We will learn the story of Church’s life, and how he came to build this wonderful mansion overlooking the Hudson. A visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Cedar Grove provides entry into the world of the man who became the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Tour the 1815 Federal Main House and Gallery Room where exhibitions of art are on display, and see “The Old Studio” where many of Cole’s works were created. Lunch will be served. $117 non-members, $107 members. NBMAA, New Britain

5pm: The Trouble Begins at 5:30: “My Dear Howells:” The Literary Friendship of Samuel Clemens and William Dean Howells The personal and professional relationship of Mark Twain and William Dean Howells was one of the most important in American letters. Howells was a significant literary gatekeeper as editor of the Atlantic Monthly, as well as a major novelist in his own right. Understanding their relationship illuminates the culture, business, and ideas that animated post-Civil War American literature. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

6pm: Art Talk: The Curiosities in the Cabinet Explore the emergence of the modern museum from exploration and the cabinets of curiosities in the 16th and 17th centuries with Paula Findlen, Professor of History at Stanford University. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30pm: Farm Dinner: Clam Bake at Dondero Orchards in Glastonbury

7pm: Simply Swing Concert at Veterans Park in Berlin

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7:30pm: TheaterWorks OUT: FADED Help us make TheaterWorks the newest destination for LGBT friends and family. With specialty cocktails, food to grub on… and maybe a few extra curricular activities? Let loose and see an awesome show. TheaterWorks, Hartford

Thursday, June 15th:

National Lobster Day & Nature Photography Day! – Keep an eye out for upcoming Lobster Fests! And a quick shout out to local momtographers!


5 – 7:30pm: Annual Meeting and Celebration at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

5:30 – 7:30pm: Family Walk & Stroll at Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol

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6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford

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6 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mill Pond Park in Newington (reoccurs until July 27 – with raindates on August 3rd and 10th)

6 – 9:30pm: Max Goes to Camp Chef to Farm Dinner in Farmington

6 – 10pm: June Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways $10 in Hartford

6:30 – 8pm: Concrete Serving Tray Learn to build a concrete serving tray. Join our demonstration workshop and watch as our Associate shows you how to measure and cut wood and mix concrete to create a durable serving tray with attached handles. In addition, our Associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools including a circular saw, drill and sanding block. At the end of the demonstration, Store Associates can help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home.

7 – 9pm: Buttons The Acorn Button Society of Hartford will present a program at the Bristol Historical Society on buttons. Surrounding towns of Bristol were active in their production. Buttons have been used for military uniforms, fashionable clothing, lady’s long gloves, underwear, and plush covered buttons were used for railroad and carriage upholstery. Do you remember Grandma’s Button Jar? Do you have one? In Waterbury history one set of buttons was used by a man on twenty seven different vests! Hear Mom calling, “Cut the buttons off that shirt before you throw it away!” Buttons have been made from things such as: animal horns and hoofs, and whalebone, elephant ivory, pearls, leather, glazed pottery, tin, papier-mache, pewter, glass, and plastic. Collectors seek all kinds. $5 per person. Bristol Historical Society

Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18th

Friday, June 16th:

National Fudge Day & National Flip Flop Day!

9 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 1pm: Father’s Day Breakfast Culinary Class for Toddlers Today, we will prepare breakfast for dad, including ham and cheese breakfast casserole, chocolate chip muffins and homemade French toast! At the end of the class, dad’s breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

Lunchtime Drive Bring your a golf club to to work, or borrow one of ours and hit a fish food golf balls out of the park (and into the river). Cost: 2 balls for $5 or 7 for $15. Reoccurs on Friday, June 23rd. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Sweet Science Add a pinch of curiosity to your cooking! We’ll explore recipes that enhance your understanding of the science of sugar and caramelization. Shop Rite, Manchester

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!! Pizza dinner is always included and siblings are always half off! Ages 2.5 and up!! $40 per child. My Gym, West Hartford

6 – 9pm: Dinner And A Movie: The Jungle Book at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford

6:15 – 8:45pm: Outdoor Movie: Bee Movie Enjoy a movie under the stars. Rated PG. Also – visit our new observation hive (donated by Whole Foods) here at the farm. Learn about pollinators – while having fun! Bring your own picnic, chairs, and blankets for the show. 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, Bloomfield

6:30 – 8pm: Mom’s Night Out – Bottle Opener Craft Come to TLGT and make this great bottle opener project. You can choose the paint color and if you register before June 11 you can even personalize the saying on your board. $35 per person. This event is for adults only. Can’t make it on June 16? Don’t worry! You can buy the kit with everything you need to make the project at home when it’s convenient for you for $30. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

7 – 9pm: Adult Coloring Craze Party You bring your coloring books and supplies to the Bristol Historical Society and we will provide a wine and cheese party. Admission is $5. Pre-registration is required, adults only. Bristol Historical Society

Sunset: Free Movies in the Parks: Trolls at Riverside Park in Hartford

Friday, June 16th – Sunday, June 17th:

5:30 – 8pm: Father’s Day Dinner Culinary Class for Kids Today, we will prepare dinner for dad, including chicken parmesan, fresh Caesar salad, cheesy garlic bread sticks, and a hot fudge sundae bar for dessert! Kids will also learn how to lay a proper table setting. Dads/guardian are able to join for dinner at 7:30 p.m. One dad/guardian per child please. Ages 6-12.

Friday, June 16th – Sunday, June 18th

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Saturday, June 17th

8am – 6pm: Bronx Zoo Trip with Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester

8:30 – 10am: Father’s Day Breakfast Culinary Class for Toddlers Today, we will prepare breakfast for dad, including ham and cheese breakfast casserole, chocolate chip muffins and homemade French toast! At the end of the class, dad’s breakfast will be served on Stew Leonard’s fine china with coffee, tea, or orange juice. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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9 – 11am: Clubs for Kids at Rockledge Golf Club in West Hartford

9am – 3pm: Day-long Writing Workshop: “Using Our Voice for Others” with Susanne Davis at the Mark Twain House & Museum

9am – 4:30pm: First 50 Giveaway Day The first 50 families or individual visitors that pay admission to the Park will receive a unique gift. Different items will be given every month and may include books, posters, toys or videos. Only one prize will be given per family. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

9:30am: Granby Bear 5K Challenge

10am: Butterfly Hunt Hunt for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Cedar Hill Cemetery supports a significant butterfly population, with nearly 20 species spotted here, including the elusive Hackberry Emperor. Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended. Free for all. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Edible & Raised Garden Beds Greet summer with a workshop that takes your garden skills to the next level as you learn to build a raised garden bed. We’ll walk you through the many varieties of edible plants that can thrive in your space and select plants that work for your climate and tastes. Then you’ll be introduced to products and tools that make caring for your garden efficient and will help your garden produce a harvest of fresh veggies and herbs. Free. Home Depot locations

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10am – 4:30pm: Father’s Day Dads and Granddads receive free admission when accompanied by a paying child. Get up close and personal as you climb aboard selected Trolleys from our incredible collection. Tour our Trolley Gallery packed full of historic trolleys. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

11am: Annual Dance Day Local and area dance schools and studios to perform on the Carousel Theatre stage. Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury

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11am – 5pm: 66th Annual Strawberry Festival at Our Church in North Canton


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1 – 3pm: Makebreak Paint Splatter Canvas Make fun splatter art. Buy the canvas, and the rest of your supplies are free. Buy the canvas and the rest of your supplies are free.

2 – 4pm: A Traditional Afternoon Tea Enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches while naturalist Andrew Dasinger presents “Twenty Miles of Meandering River and Verdant Floodplain,” a multimedia presentation about the beautiful Connecticut River. During the event, an assortment of gift baskets will be auctioned. $35 per person. Social Hall of South (Congregational) Church, Glastonbury

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5 – 6:30pm: Father’s Day Play Date! This Father’s Day, bring the whole family in for themed games and activities, crafts, and some tasty treats! $20 per child. My Gym, Glastonbury

6:30pm: International Wine Tasting Taste wines from Italy, Spain, Australia, Argentina, and America accompanied by a selection of savory appetizers & decadent desserts. Music provided by Rob McCrann. Tickets are $35. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

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7pm: Dinner and a Movie: “Clue” at Parkade Cinemas in Manchester

7:30 – 11pm: Al Fenton Summer Solstice Swing, dip, and jive your way into the new season at the Summer Solstice Dance featuring the 21 piece Al Fenton Big Band! This is a BYOB event and snacks and set-ups will be available for purchase. Grab your saddle shoes and best vintage attire and come dance the night away! The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

8 – 10pm:  Outdoor Movie Join us for a movie night under the stars! “Epic” (PG) tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe. She must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours. Movie will be shown at dusk on the green in front of the nature center. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the show! Refreshments will be sold. Free. Northwest Park, Windsor

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Saturday, June 17th – Sunday, June 18th

10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm: Cooking with Dad This Father’s Day, forget the boring necktie and tie on an apron instead! Kids will work alongside Dad in this hands-on class creating a menu of mouthwatering favorites that are as fun to prepare as they are to eat. Our instructor will walk everyone through the steps of grilling tasty sliders and creating your own salsa from scratch. We’ll finish on a sweet note with grilled banana splits with delicious homemade chocolate sauce. Make Dad’s day extra special by creating delicious food—and precious memories—together. This class is for children and their special adult to cook and learn together. The recipes used in this class are geared toward young learners. Menu: Grilled Quesadillas with Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Salsa, Grilled Sliders Stuffed with Cheddar Cheese and Grilled Banana Splits with Homemade Chocolate Sauce. $49 per person. Sur La Table, Canton

Saturday and Sunday at 1pm (also Monday at 7pm): Auditions for Annie at Opera House Players in Broad Brook

Sunday, June 18th

Happy Father’s Day to Fathers + Single Mothers & Happy National Go Fishing Day – get your free single day license to fish today!

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the flowering plants that inhabit Winding Trails property. The walk will catch the portion of the summer that has the most plants in flower. The walk visits a variety of habitats. $6 per person. Winding Trail, Farmington

10am – 2pm: Registry Completion Event Received your Completion Coupon but haven’t redeemed it yet? Now’s the perfect time to use your 10% completion discount! Get all the items still on your registry, plus enjoy super bonus savings and expert product advice. Our Registry Completion Events are held on the third Sunday of every month. Can’t join us at this one? Come to the next one instead! Babies R Us locations

10am – 4pm: Rose Sunday is our annual celebration of America’s oldest public Rose Garden, opened in 1904, and features more than 15,000 roses in bloom, Rose Garden tours, a Medicine Garden tour, a Scavenger Hunt for kids and adults, and the Pond House Food Court. The Connecticut Rose Society will host its free Annual Rose Show at the Pond House, and the Connecticut Iris Society will sell iris rhizomes. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” Time Machine Hobby of Manchester, CT will be here to demonstrate some of their R/C helicopters and drones. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

10am – 5pm: Dad’s Visit Free on Father’s Day Treat your dad to extra special fun on Father’s Day with a trip to the Connecticut Science Center. All dads visit free for the day! He is going to love spending the day having some hands-on fun with his children. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

10:30am – 2:30pm: Father’s Day Jazz Brunch Enjoy a delicious Father’s Day brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of The Blend. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Father's Day Beer & Bourbon BBQ at Infinity Bistro Norfolk

11am – 8pm: Father’s Day Dads, we have you covered. We know all you want to do on your special day is to spend time with your family. Our Father’s Day celebration will take place on Sunday June 18th and feature a classic car show, craft for kids in front of Wildcat, and introducing NEW Lake Compounce Blonde Ale! Blonde Ale will be available for sampling and purchasing in front of Wildcat from 12pm-3pm. Beer for purchase is cash only. Then take the whole family over to Phobia and conquer New England’s first triple steel coaster together! Lake Compounce, Bristol

12- 4pm: Father’s Day Fathers Admitted Free at Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington

12 – 5pm: Free Tours for Dads on Father’s Day On Father’s Day, Dads enjoy free admission for a Stowe Center tour. The whole family will be inspired by the life of the woman whose words changed the world. Before or after your tour, enjoy 10% off in our Museum Store with books and gifts for everyone — including last minute gifts for Dad. Plus, stroll the Stowe Center historic gardens in bloom. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

12:30 – 3pm: Father’s Day, Snakes, Scales and Wildlife It’s Father’s Day! Bring the family and celebrate by visiting with snakes and other creatures up close and personal! Admission: $5 per person and dads get in free. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

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