Week 26 of 52

Monday, June 26th



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Magic Mondays Blaise Serra is an actor and magician with an original perspective on magic. Every show he performs is a never before seen experience that heavily involves his audience members, which makes his illusions even more unbelievable. His magic takes place in the most impossible location, within your hands! Even those spectators that are not brought up to the stage as volunteers are an important part of, and directly impact, the show due to Blaise’s unprecedented combination of magic and mind-reading. Blaise has performed for numerous film, television, and Broadway celebrities and has made a name for himself in the magic community due to his unique and difficult style of sleight of hand which allows him to perform feats never attempted by other illusionists. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford



Monday, June 26th – Monday, October 9th



Tuesday, June 27th



6 – 7pm: WIP Into Shape Looking for a different way to work out? We’re bringing WIP Fitness to the plaza for free, weekly workouts. Their motivating instructors will show you how to build muscle in this anything but traditional boot camp style class using bands, body weight, and the plaza itself. This class is accessible to all levels. Free, Reoccurs Tuesdays through August. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series featuring a night of Magic at the Southington Drive-In in Plantsville



6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Flower Cupcakes Learn how to use buttercream icing and a petal tip set to create beautiful flower cupcakes. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $30. Michaels




7:30pm: FADE Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests at Theaterworks

Tuesday, June 27th – Wednesday, June 28th:


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Tuesday, June 27th – Friday, June 30th



Wednesday, June 28th:


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2 – 4pm and 5:30 – 7:30pm: Gourmet Chocolates Culinary Class for Kids Today is National Chocolate Day! Let’s get in the spirit by creating our very own homemade chocolate. We will learn how to make peppermint patties, peanut butter cups, homemade Snickers, and cookies and cream cups. Ages 6-12.

6pm: June’s Wine and Paint Class! Join us for a wine and painting class at The Catering Pavilions! Art supplies are on us, wine and food can be purchased at The Catering Pavilions. Cash Only. Lake Compounce, Bristol

6 – 7pm: Yoga Flow on the River We’ve partnered with Hartford Sweat to bring free yoga to the riverfront! Join us every Wednesday night beginning May 31 for Yoga Flow on the River. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind in this class designed to link movement with breath, allowing you to unwind and connect. This class is accessible to all bodies. Please bring your yoga mat! Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6:30pm: Back East Brewing Beer Dinner in Hartford

6:30pm: Fried Chicken Farm Dinner at Dondero Orchards in South Glastonbury

6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series (runs until August 16th with raindates on Thursdays) at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Garland Come create a lighted summer garland for your patio, porch or pool area! We’ll take a regular strand of lights and lots of our fun scrap fabric and transform all this into a colorful summery garland! BYOB, $40.00, bring your friends! Blaze & Bloom, West Hartford

7 – 8pm: Shakespeare in Blue Back Square Have some fun with cast members on the courtyard in Blue Back Square on Wednesday, June 28 from 7-8 pm. Win free tickets to “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at our “Name that Monologue” game. You’ll also get a sneak preview of dance and stage combat scenes from our upcoming production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” This event is free to the general public.

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

Wednesday, June 28th – Sunday, July 30th



Thursday, June 29th:



12 – 1pm: Healing Patriotism, Healing Wounds: The Art of John Trumbull Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward leads a discussion of the pivotal roles that local politicians and artists like John Trumbull played in shaping the history of the American Revolution. The Wadsworth, Hartford

1 – 1:30pm and 4 – 4:30pm: A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse and the Gallery of the Louvre In 2010, the Terra Foundation for American Art’s monumental painting by Samuel F.B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, underwent an extensive conservation treatment in the Connecticut studio of Lance Mayer and Gay Myers. Specialists in 19th-century American painting, their conservation of the painting is documented throughout the film, weaved between interviews with conservators, curators, and other specialists who discuss Morse’s career, the painting’s creation, and the Old Master works that were its sources. NBMAA, New Britain


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5 – 8pm: Pop-Up Food Truck Night Iron & Grain Co. and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society are hosting a pop-up food truck night at the museum. Guests will enjoy tasty cuisine and beverages from Iron & Grain’s ’59 Chevy food truck and delicious desserts from Lets Start From Scratch. Additional food truck nights will be held on Thursdays July 20, August 24, September 14, and October 12. There is a $10 per person cover charge for admission, which includes a $5 voucher toward a food truck purchase. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Alcohol is available to those 21 years or older. A valid ID will be required. Children under 10 admitted at no charge. “Noah’s Hands-on Discovery Center,” located inside the museum, will be open for family use.



5:30 – 8pm: “Bridging Generations” Workshop A free workshop for youth/teens and an elder in their lives to share in a meaningful conversation that will be recorded and preserved at the Library of Congress for future generations. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

6 – 7pm: Talons! Birds of Prey experience will be returning this summer. This wonderful show will introduce you to falconry which is the oldest of all hunting sports. Lorrie and Talon Skye Schumacher present hawks, falcons, and owls in an exciting flying show! Their mission is to stress the importance of the role of raptors in the global environment and man’s responsibility to the balance of the planet. This is a free program provided by money donated to the Trails Fund.

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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6:30pm: Riverfront Scramble Series Get ready to Scramble this summer! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt, followed by beer, food and live music. Run in costume and you could win the coveted best costume prize. Red, White, & Brew! With the Fourth of July right around the corner wear your most patriotic ensemble. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


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7pm: Outdoor Concert Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra. Simply Swing specializes in the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie; vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall; and high-energy swing dance favorites. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity  for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together in their own communities. The concert series is free and open to the public. Blue Back Square in West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Music on the Green in Southington (Runs until September 6th with a raindate on Thursday)



Friday, June 30th:


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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. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

12 and 12:30pm: Lunchtime Launch Get out of your office and onto the Hartford Belle for a free mini-cruise along the Connecticut River. Space is limited, first come, first served. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Summer Glam Night at Kidz Kutz in Simsbury

6:30 – 8:30pm: California Wine Tasting Please join us for an exclusive wine tasting at Fleming’s West Hartford. We will be featuring an outstanding selection of wine, complemented with a selection of hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Partner Headley Wilson. Space is limited, so please make your reservation today. $45 per person. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, West Hartford

7pm: Friday Night Music at Barnes Nature Center in Bristol


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

8 – 11pm: Museum After Dark Inspired by our featured exhibition California Dreaming, Museum After Dark: The Summer of Cool will bring a little bit of West Coast flair to you! Grab a drink with friends and enjoy live music by local six-piece funk and R&B band Mango and tracks spun by DJ Michael Simonetta, whose 23 years of music experience will have you dancing the night away! Hang out with friends, explore our galleries and exhibitions, enjoy delicious food provided by local vendors, and unwind in a cool, creative atmosphere at M.A.D.! Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibitions, beer and wine, and activities. $30 per person. NBMAA, New Britain

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd:




Saturday, July 1st


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9:30am – 5pm: Patriotic Day & Lo’s Sweet Treat Day Join us at Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT for a special event in the spirit of “Bristol Shows Its Colors”! Our Art Studio will be featuring a variety of art provocations and American Flag weaving honoring Betsy Ross. Join us in our Old Fashion Soda Fountain between 12-3pm as we kick off National Ice Cream Month with single scoops for $1! Our unique Museum Studios and events are best for youth ages 2-8. This event is included in the $10/person admission fee. Imagine Nation, Bristol

10am: July Cookbook Club for Kids featuring The Junior Baker Cookbook On the Menu: Eggs in a Hole Sandwiches with Maple-Glazed Bacon and Mini S’Mores Tarts. $30 per child includes a copy of The Junior Baker Cookbook Suitable for ages 8-13. Williams Sonoma


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12 – 12:30pm: Art in Focus Spend 20 minutes exploring William Howard’s Fall-Front Desk (c. 1870) in depth with a docent. The Wadsworth, Hartford

1 – 3pm: Make Apparel Paint Splatter Make wearable art on a T-shirt, tote bag or shoes. Buy any apparel item, and the rest of your supplies are free. Michaels

1 – 6pm: Hanging Hills Turns One There’ll be 9 beers on draft and cask. Food brought to you by Chief Brody’s Banh Mi and The Whey Station food trucks. Music by the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, The Island of Doubt, and No Line North. Tickets are $20 for the first 100 sold and $30 after (not including fees and taxes). Designated Drivers get in for free but must be with group upon arrival. Included with your purchase is an 8 oz commemorative glass and 4 pours of your choice. Additional beer cards are able to be purchased at our registers. Folks pouring at the tents will not take money. Rain or shine. Hanging Hills Brewery, Hartford

2 – 3pm: Gallery Talk: The Austin House Explore Renaissance and modern architectural design conventions at the eclectic Hartford residence of Chick Austin, former director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, with Adult and Academic Programs Manager Janna Israel. Tickets are a $25 museum donation, which includes same-day museum admission. Austin House, Hartford


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5pm: Manchester Fireworks The 34th anniversary of the James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, July 2. Festivities include children’s games, music, food and fireworks. North Cove Rogues is the opening music act and Mass Confusion is the lead act.

6:30 – 8:15pm: Riverfront Swing Nights Simply Swing, led by musical director/drummer Joe LaRosa, will perform danceable favorites from the WWII era including American Patrol, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bugle Call Rag, St. Louis Blues and I’ll Be Seeing You. The popular 10-piece swing orchestra’s performance will also honor veterans with the Armed Forces Medley and conclude with God Bless America. Rain date: July 2. Reoccurs on July 8th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford



Sundown: Fireworks over the Lake! Celebrate the Compounce way with an unforgettable spectacular firework display over the Lake! Rain date July 7th. Lake Compounce, Bristol

Sunday, July 2nd:


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