Week 25 of 52

Monday, June 19th

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1:30 – 3pm: Homeschool Days: Presentations! For our final class of the year, Homeschoolers will practice speaking about their artwork in front of peers to learn some basic critique techniques. We will practice this by first critiquing Museum artworks. Then, studio educator and practicing artist Lara will bring in some of her own work to demonstrate the process; anyone who is not quite ready to participate is welcome to watch and learn! Students should bring an artwork they worked on from a previous homeschool class or from a different setting. NBMAA, New Britain

7pm: Auditions for Annie at Opera House Players in Broad Brook

Monday, June 19th – Monday, October 9th

Tuesday, June 20th

7am – 1pm: Farmington Bank Family Day In 2017, the Travelers Championship will again offer a fun-filled day of free golf activities during the Farmington Bank Family Day at the Travelers Championship on Tuesday, June 20. Family Day will feature equipment vendors, along with golf and fun for all ages at the TPC River Highlands Practice Facility. Spectators can gain access to Family Day with the purchase of an Any One Day Practice Round Ticket! Vendors will bring all the newest putters, drivers, and golf equipment available in the market for spectators to try out. Family Day will feature 10 minute free expert instruction to golfers of all ages and skill levels.

6:30 – 8pm: Dinner and a Reading with Billy Collins This rare opportunity to share an intimate dinner with “the most popular poet in America” will occur the evening before his Festival appearance – an incredible way to celebrate the opening of the 25th Anniversary Poetry Season. Ticket-holders are invited to come early for the boundless exhibition opening reception. $150 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

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

Tuesday, June 20th – Sunday, June 25th:

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Tuesday, June 20th – Friday, June 30th

Wednesday, June 21st:

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5 – 8pm: The author of ten collections of poetry, Billy Collins was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-03, and Poet Laureate of New York from 2004 to 2006. The evening will also feature a special reading by Connecticut State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin and music by Plywood Cowboy.

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7 – 8pm: Windsor’s Farmington River Railroad Bridge Celebrates 150 Years! Join us for an in-depth look at Windsor’s iconic railroad bridge over the Farmington River, erected in 1867. Built on the heels of a tragedy, this Roman-arched stone bridge has inspired photographers and artists, and carried trains across the Farmington River for 150 years. In 2005, in response to a community survey, Windsor Historical Society chose the bridge as inspiration for its logo. Bob Bell, former president of the Valley Railroad Company that operates the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, will show viewers how to identify different types of railroad bridges before sharing the history of our Windsor bridge. Bob will also place trains in the context of transportation’s evolution in the 19th century. You’ll absorb some Windsor trolley history as well as a few Windsor bridge stories. This fascinating program follows a short annual meeting. $6 per person, students $5.

7 – 9pm: Music on the Green featuring Jimmy Mazz in Southington (runs until September 6th with new acts each week)

Thursday, June 22nd:

1pm: Jumping Frog Jubilee This fun event for children and families takes its inspiration from Mark Twain’s famous short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Registered guests will see a demonstration of live frogs, courtesy of The Children’s Museum, followed by a Jumping Frog Contest, using rubber frogs and a wooden catapult that’s been custom-built for this event. Prizes for all! Tickets are $5. Reservations are recommended. The Mark Twain House, Hartford

4 – 7pm: Open House at Bridge Healing Arts Center in Farmington

5 – 7pm: The Cool School: Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha The New Britain Museum of American Art is thrilled to present a very special rendition of the ongoing “An Evening With” program series to celebrate the opening of the Museum’s exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, & Ed Ruscha. Two of the artists highlighted in the exhibition, California art legends Billy Al Bengston and Ed Ruscha, will participate in an insightful panel discussion moderated by Peter Plagens, renowned art critic and artist, who has written for Art in America, Artforum, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and more. For an additional cost, a limited number of attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to meet the artists at an intimate, pre-panel reception from 5-6 p.m. Admission for the reception includes admission to the panel discussion with priority seating. $30-75. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30pm: America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age Film Screening and Reception Independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films in Ashford will be at The Mark Twain House & Museum for the Hartford premiere of their new film highlighting art from the era that Mark Twain described as “The Gilded Age.” America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age will screen as a special fundraiser at The Mark Twain House & Museum with a 5:30pm reception with the filmmakers and 6:15 screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. All ticket proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. The filmmakers will be on hand for a DVD signing. $30 per person. Mark Twain House, Hartford

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

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8pm: Movies under Moonlight featuring Gigi at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford

Thursday, June 22nd – Saturday, June 24th:

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Thursday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 25th:

Friday, June 23rd:

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 – 9pm: Party in Plaid featuring heavy appetizers from the Republic, beer/wine, silent and live auctions, hayrides, live music and more. $60 per person. Auerfarm, Bloomfield

6 – 9pm: Cocktails in the Hatheway Garden Savor farm-to-table offerings by The Federal & signature cocktails at CTL’s signature summer event. All proceeds benefit the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden. $75-150. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield

6:30pm – Midnight: Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Dinner & A Movie Under The Stars” at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards in Simsbury

7 – 9pm: Jazz Modern: The Music of Orice Jenkins Join us for a night of jazz standards, featuring modern interpretations of songs made famous by Nat “King” Cole, and additional music featuring Orice Jenkins’ unmistakable sound. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford


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9pm: Hot Chocolate Soul June Archer, Eleven28 Entertainment and A&G Insurance present Hot Chocolate Soul! Hot Chocolate Soul is a delicate balance of Music, Comedy, & Poetry with a live band featuring Karl Browne’s Smooth Improvisation. The ultimate performance showcase!

Friday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 24th

9am – 5pm: Bicentennial Celebration of President James Monroe’s Tour of the Northern States Celebrate the 200th anniversary of President James Monroe’s visit to Hartford! During the summer of 1817, President James Monroe went on a “Tour of Inspection” through the Northern States and stopped to visit Hartford on June 23rd. During his visit he met students at the American School for the Deaf. Monroe’s “old-fashioned” bicorn hat became the inspiration for the American Sign Language sign for “president.” Celebrate this historic visit and drop-in to make your own paper “bicorn hat!” Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

11am – 8pm: Good Grades Days Show us your report card and get discounts on park admission based on your academic performance! We know you’ve worked hard all year long, now play hard all summer long! No grades below a B (80%) (3) get in for free, with the purchase of one regular admission ticket. Offer available in park only with the same day purchase of a full price regular admission ticket. One free entry per one regular admission ticket purchased. Lake Compounce, Bristol

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Saturday, June 24th

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Northwest Catholic High School Annual Scholarship Scamper 5K Road Race

11am – 2pm: Women in Science Saturday: Plant Curiosities Some plant adaptations are downright bizarre! Check out Venus Flytraps and Pitcher Plants and find out what makes the sensitive plant so sensitive. From carnivorous plants to other odd varieties, you won’t find these strange species growing in your backyard! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 2pm: Pop-up Market Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month (May–September) for our pop-up shopping bazaar! Enjoy treats and produce from local food trucks and farmers, quality handmade goods made from local artists, and listen to the sounds of summer with local musicians. Beat the summer heat and spend it with us on our front terrace enjoying the festivities! NBMAA, New Britain

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12 – 4pm: CT Historic Garden Day Visit the Butler-McCook House & Garden & walk through our Historic Jacob Weidenmann Garden that was installed by Eliza Butler McCook & her sister Mary in 1865. Today the garden is lovingly maintained by the West Hartford Garden Club. Butler-McCook House, Hartford

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8pm: Sacred Fire: A Tribute to Santana Sacred Fire is a new up & coming band comprised of seasoned experienced musicians and singers. It is a solid six-piece Latin Rock Santana Tribute band that knows how to bring out the energy in a crowd and pull out all the stops with your favorite songs spanning the career of Carlos Santana. With an exceptional performance and presentation, Sacred Fire brings a bombastic sound full of Guitar, Organ, Percussions and Vocals. The excitement and entertainment level is hot – this band will shine at any event and take it to the next level. $20-25. Cheney Hall, Manchester

Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th

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10am – 5pm: Kick-Off Summer with Curious George Swing into the summer with Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat here at the Connecticut Science Center as we kick-off summer vacation in style! George has brought along all of his favorite activities like the return of the popular Roaming Railroad giving train rides on the plaza, a jungle bounce house, LIVE science, face painting, and more. All activities, with the exception of the Roaming Railroad, are included with your paid General Admission or Science Center Membership. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, June 25th

Glastonbury River Runners Firecracker 5K-2Mile

10am – 2:30pm: Nature Poetry Writing Workshop New England National Scenic Trail Poet-in-Residence, David K. Leff, will offer an invigorating Nature Poetry Writing Workshop at Hill-Stead in conjunction with the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. There will be lively readings, discussion, a walk outdoors with a stress on acute observing, and a writing assignment with feedback. Participants can expect an emphasis on sharpening all senses to better perceive the world around them and more readily translate that experience into words. Come dressed to go outdoors for a period of time regardless of the weather. Bring lunch or a snack to munch on during the session. Beginners and well published authors are equally welcome for a supportive learning experience. $60 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

10am – 3pm: Concorso Ferrari & Friends LaSalle Road, West Hartford Center

10am – 3pm: Soar into Summer Kick-Off Fun Daily activities include: Open Cockpit experiences from 10am-3pm, Build & Fly Challenges from 10:30am-2:30pm, Flight Science Demonstrations at 11:30am & 1:30pm, Soaring Storytime 10:15am and more… Kites in Flight is this week’s theme. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks


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12 – 4pm: Tour a Garden Designed by One of America’s First Female Landscape Architects In celebration of Connecticut Historic Gardens Day, WDS garden guides will give free tours of the garden, show copies of Cogswell’s original garden plans, and discuss her vision for the space. There will be a PowerPoint display, “A Year in the Cogswell Garden,” and refreshments will be served. Optional WDS Museum house tours will be offered at a discount for the day. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

1:30 – 2:30pm: Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated nearly 100 books about wildlife and nature for children. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in science illustration. Join us as he speaks about his nature adventures, shares some of his stories and illustrations and plays songs on his guitar. All ages. Free program. Northwest Park, Windsor

2 – 4pm: Riverwood Poetry Social Justice Reading Born in Cuba and raised in Panama, Bessy Reyna earned her Masters and Law degrees from the University of Connecticut. Reyna is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Connecticut Center for the Book “Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community” Award (2009). In 2001, she was named “Latina Citizen of the Year” by the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. In 2012 she was one of ten women honored by the CT Women’s Hall of Fame. Reyna’s poetry and short stories can be found in numerous anthologies. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

2 – 4pm: Free Animal Show is a Portland, CT based exotic animal rescue. Animals include scaly reptiles, slimy amphibians, creepy arthropods, birds and super furry mammals. The animals travel to schools, libraries, museums and private functions to teach about ecology and pet ownership. Learn about the natural world with a CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist who has over 15 years experience in environmental education. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are here – it’s free too! Old Town Hall Museum, Enfield

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7pm: Simply Swing Music at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury

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