July 17 – 23

Monday, July 17th

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{Reoccurs} 6pm – 9pm: Monday Night Jazz at Bushnell Park in Hartford (runs until 8/14)

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Painted Wooden Sign Decorate a wooden sign with craft paint, shells and a beach-themed message. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $33. Michaels locations

Monday, July 17th – July 21st:

9am – 4pm: Archaeology Dig The public is invited to the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead the week of July 17 – 21 to view the archaeological investigation under the direction of Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist. Dr. Jones will use ground penetrating radar to search for additional buildings that may have existed on the Ellsworth property. Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor

Monday, July 17th – Sunday, July 30th:

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Monday, July 17th – Monday, October 9th:

Tuesday, July 18th:


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5:30 – 6:30pm: Yoga in the Garden Relax after work with free yoga at KNOX’s Earle Street Community Garden. Entrance to the garden is on the corner of Barbour Street and Naugatuck Street. Street parking available. RSVP in advance to reserve your spot. KNOX, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 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, Tuesdays through August. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Casual Croquet – A Swinging Good Time Challenge your friends to a modern take on an old-fashioned game of croquet on the West Lawn – fabulous sunset views included (weather permitting). BYO and come ready for sharable moments! $10 per person. The Hillstead Museum, Farmington

6:30pm: Simply Swing, a 10-piece orchestra, 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. Visit Simply Swing music for more information including rain dates. Norton Park, Plainville

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Marbled Art Learn how to create a marbled look on any surface using craft paint and a marbling medium. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $31. Michaels locations

Tuesday, July 18th – Wednesday, August 16th:

Summer Kids Series 2017

Tuesday, July 18th – Sunday, July 30th:

Wednesday, July 19th:

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10am: Discover Cedar Hill Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. $5.

10 – 11am: Good Things Happen Rockin’ Show Join us at Imagine Nation, in Bristol, CT for an upbeat fun and rockin’ show with musical performer and story teller, Les Julian. Hear the ‘Good Things Happen’ Rockin Story about the unlikely heroes who showed up and worked hard for their success. Les Julian has entertained thousands of children and adults through his programs in schools across the country! 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

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{Reoccurs} 11am – 12pm: Camp Spirit Days We have spirit, yes we do. We have spirit, how ‘bout you? Get ready for a spirited good time as Camp Spirit Days comes back to the Connecticut Science Center this summer! Explore over 165 interactive exhibits, make some fun camp crafts, and then head outside to rally with other camps from around the state at our camp jamboree on the plaza with an interactive DJ, games, and prizes! Join in the fun and feel the camp spirit every Wednesday in July. Weather permitting. Reoccurs July 19 and 26. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

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{Reoccuring} 11:30am – 12pm: Gallery Story Hour Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to join NBMAA Education staff for story time in the galleries! Each week, the Museum will feature a different story book and gallery to introduce children and families to the power of fusing literature with art. Appropriate for ages 7 and younger; drop-in participation is welcome. Runs until 8/16. NBMAA, New Britain

12pm: Asylum Hill Walking Tour Bushnell Park Corning Fountain, Bushnell Park

12 – 12:30pm: Art in Focus Spend 20 minutes exploring The Rescue (1963) by Rosalyn Drexler in depth with a docent. Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

12 – 3pm: Crafts for Kids Have fun with several craft projects that produce items to take home! Every days’ crafts will be different – it could be a fan, flower pot, toy or any number of wonderful things! No registration or fee is required. A donation of your choice is appreciated. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1pm: Midday Meditation Take a few moments for yourself with some midday meditation on the Riverwalk. Learn the practice of mindfulness from instructor Liz Bacon. To get to this location, proceed from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza down the terrace stairs, turn left and follow the walkway under the Founders Bridge. Class will be held on the grass near the Howard Fromson sculpture, Amie. Free. Riverwalk North, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 12:30 – 1:30pm: Potter on the Plaza Join us on the plaza for a magical summer read-aloud of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Muggles welcome. Runs through August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

1 – 3pm: Poetry Writing Workshop What does the poem want? This is a question that I’ll ask and explore with you—through exercises, examples and informed talk we’ll sort those drafts out. I read a lot—some of the manuscripts I’ve read for contests have turned into Nat’l Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. I’ll bring that level of attention to your voice. Not to win prizes, but to help you along as you try to figure out how to sing better on the page. College Students: $40, Adults $60. The Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington


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4pm: Hike with Mike Get to know our President & CEO and our parks a bit better. Meet Meet Mike at the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse at 4 pm for a 45-minute walk along the trails. Riverside Park, Hartford

5 – 8pm: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature. $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. The Hillstead Museum, Farmington

{Reoccurs} 5:30 – 6:30pm: Free Yoga in the Parks Join WHY every Wednesday evening throughout the summer for an all levels, fun yoga class. Bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Runs until August 23rd. Eisenhower Park, West Hartford

{Reoccurs} 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 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 – 7:30pm: Summer Wine Night Join us in our loft with Jason Sobocinski of Caseus & Mystic Cheese Company! We will be serving up five summer wines with tapas style dishes, featuring Cheese from Mystic Cheese Co. And as always, join us in our dining room or tavern for dinner afterwards and receive 10% off your total bill! $56.16. Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern, Simsbury

{Reoccurs} 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series at the Southington Drive-In in Plantsville (runs until 8/22)

6:30pm: Angels Among Us Get to know the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill Cemetery. From the angel Gabriel to representations of Faith, Hope and Memory, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will acquaint you with the figural monuments in the historic cemetery. $5. 

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

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

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7:30pm: “The Mostly Baroque Players” will present a concert featuring 18th Century Masterworks for chamber orchestra and solo voice. Instrumental works to be performed include the Concerto in C, subtitled Alla Rustica, by Antonio Vivaldi and the wonderful but rarely performed Don Quichotte (Don Quixotte) Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann. An additional instrumental masterwork by JS Bach will also be performed but will remain un-named prior to the performance (you’ll just have to come to the concert to find out what it is!) The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, July 20th:


11am – 12pm: Celebrate Summer Create a crab or design a beach towel. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

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12pm: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Nook Farm Beth Burgess, the Collections Manager at the Stowe Center, will take you on a walk through Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Nook Farm. Stowe Visitor Center, Hartford

2pm: Caring for Wildlife These special 45-minute programs feature live and mounted animals and a brief power point presentation. Each program will focus on a different theme, providing an opportunity to learn about the habits and habitats of various animal groups. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

{Reoccurs} 4 – 8pm: Thursday Nights on the Plaza Turn rush hour into happy hour — join us at Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for gorgeous views, cold beer, music and good company, every Thursday night this summer. Runs until August 4th. 

5 – 6pm: Gallery Talks Get a behind-the-scenes look into the featured exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha during an in-depth tour, led by a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff. Learn about the artists’ influences, intentions, and processes of their work with the opportunity for a Q&A at the end. Following the discussion, participants are encouraged to enjoy a drink at our weekly summer program, Pop-up Bar on the Park! Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

5:30 – 8pm: Pop-Up Bar This summer, cool off at our Pop-up Bar on the Park! Patrons ages 21+ can sip on refreshingly cold beer, wine, and cocktails. Each night will feature a different activity; from live music and performances, to art activities and film. To participate in the activity on Tie Dye Night, please bring your own dyeable items and $10/person (fee also includes one drink ticket). Entry to the Pop-up Bar is free. Museum admission not included. Cash bar. NBMAA, New Britain

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{Reoccurs} 6pm: Sounds of Summer Concerts The Sounds of Summer concert series brings six free, family-friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! Runs through August 10th. Great River Park, East Hartford

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

6 – 8:30pm: Taste of Summer Join us for our first ever “Taste of Summer”! Much like our March event, there will be a variety of dishes cooked up by local Windsor restaurants! While you taste, enjoy music from ‘Jus US’ Motown Music & More! as they perform for the Summer Concert Series on The Green. This is a night you will not want to miss! Admission for Taste of Summer is $25, $20 for Seniors/Educators. Raindate: 7/25. Town Green, Windsor

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6 – 10pm: July Creative Cocktail Hour Dog owners are invited to bring their well-behaved pets to our outdoor area – water will be provided. Representatives from The Connecticut Humane Society will be on site with information about pet adoption, care and safety. Live music from Innov Gnawa, Moroccan music with a raw, hypnotic, pulsing groove. DJ Afropanther (#notjustadj) Afropanther DJ’ed our May and June Creative Cocktail Hours and kept people dancing all evening. So we’re bring Afropanther back for July and August.” Samba food truck will be here with their delicious Brazilian and Spanish fare. Molly Baker from Let’s Start From Scratch is bringing a selection of gourmet popsicles for people, and “pupsicles” for dogs. We’ll also have a selection of free pizza while it lasts. Real Art Ways, Hartford

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{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8pm: Summer Concert Series at Mills Pond Park in Canton (reoccurs until 8/17)

6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Crate End Table Join our demonstration workshop and watch as our Associate shows you how to use wood crates and PVC pipe on the way to creating a functional and fashionable table. In addition, our Associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools including a drill and PVC cutter. At the end of the demonstration, Store Associates can help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. Home Depot locations

{Reoccurs} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts at Windsor Town Green (reoccurs until August 17 – with raindates: the following Tuesday)

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

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, August 27th

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Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 30th:

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Friday, July 21st:

10 – 11am: Exhibit Tour Join a CHS staff member and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a guided tour of the exhibition Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. Please note that this program/lecture will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

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12 – 1pm: Gallery Talk: Pop Art and Power Dynamics Tackle tough questions about appropriation, ownership, and power with Lauren Cross, Youth and Community Programs Manager. Featuring works from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s contemporary art collection and the special exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now.Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

{Reoccurs} 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. (Runs until July 28). Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

5pm: Summer Sizzle Under the Stars This summer’s outdoor film series celebrates the exhibition Hand-Painted Pop! Art and Appropriation, 1961 to Now. Enjoy live music and à la carte dinner service prepared by the Museum Café beginning at 5 pm, with films beginning at sundown (approximately 8:15 pm). Please note that portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The program will move indoors during inclement weather. Forsaking All Others In this 1930’s comedy, Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her. 1934. USA. 83 min. Not Rated. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Starring Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and Robert Montgomery. Pre-film music by Novolette. $9 per person.

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Easy Cheesy (Beginner’s Cheese Making) Become a beginner cheese maker! In this protein-packed class, we’ll whip up a batch of fresh, creamy homemade ricotta. Shop Rite, Manchester & Bristol

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Sunset: Free Movies in the Parks: Princess Bride Enjoy a free screening of the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

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Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23rd


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Friday, July 21st – Saturday, August 5th:

Saturday, July 22nd:

7:30am: Farmington Valley Butterfly County The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. To take part in the Butterfly Count meet in the Nature Center parking lot at 7:30 am. Participants in the Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition. Not geared for young children. There is no charge to attend the Count. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7:30am: Bird Walk Walk along the trails and receive insight on easy ways to identify birds as the group visits many habitat types. Please bring binoculars and meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old, no pets allowed. Free. Session Woods WMA, Burlington

8 – 9:15am: Yoga on LaSalle West Hartford Yoga is bringing yoga to the street! Join Barbara Ruzansky, owner and director of WHY, as she leads a 75-minute yoga class for all-levels on LaSalle Road in West Hartford center. Last year over 2000 people turned out for this joyous community event–come be a part of the fun this year! Join us at 8am on LaSalle Road on July 22rd and celebrate yoga in the community! No registration required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your space! Live music by Cosmic Hue. Raindate: August 12th.

9am: Valley of Hartford 5K Road Race in Newington

9:30 – 11:30am: Intro to Veterans Rowing Are you a veteran or military service member interested in rowing or kayaking? Try either for free, thanks to a new initiative facilitated by the Connecticut Adaptive Rowing Program (CARP) and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. Classes are free of charge, but registration is required.

10am: The Colts at Cedar Hill Elizabeth Colt erected the first major monument at Cedar Hill, one of her many efforts to commemorate her husband Samuel’s legacy in Connecticut’s capital city. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will introduce you to Colt family members now residing at Cedar Hill as well as friends and associates of this influential couple. The tour will begin at the Colt Monument on Section 2 – follow the signs once you enter the cemetery. $5. 


11am – 2pm: Women in Science Super Cool Scientists is a story and coloring book celebrating women in science and technology careers. Fields include everything from computer animation to paleontology to marine biology. Come learn about the super cool women in STEM featured in the book during your visit to the CT Science Center. Author, Sara MacSorley, will be there to tell you all about it and will have scientist illustrations available to color. Share your final coloring pages with the online #supercoolscientists community when you’re done! Books will be available for sale too if you want to take even more coloring home. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 4pm: Magical Encounter with Malik the Magic Guy Wildlife Encounters are taking a much deserved day off and we’ve got a magical replacement. Special guest, Malik the Magic Guy joins us for the day. Be witness to a series of mystifying illusions that’ll keep you at the edge of your seat. Join Malik as he takes you and your family on an amazing, amusing, and sometimes comedic magical journey.

1pm: Church of Good Shepherd Tour Senior warden Jack Hale will discuss Elizabeth Colt’s elaborate tributes to Sam, their children, numerous family members and civic leaders on this tour of the Church of the Good Shepherd & Caldwell Hart Colt Memorial Parish House. The church campus is located at 155 Wyllys Street. Free parking on site. $5. 

1 – 2pm: Walk-in Tours Led by a Museum docent, participants will get an in-depth look into the themes and ideas behind the works presented in our current exhibition California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha. The tour will focus on West Coast modernism’s relationship to East Coast abstract expressionism—two artistic styles that rejected the nation’s ideals of art-making. Included with the cost of admission. NBMAA, New Britain

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Saturday, July 22nd – Monday, July 24th

10am – 5pm: Summer Scout Appreciation Days Individual scout families who do not have a group of 10 or more can visit this summer during our new Scout Appreciation Days! All scouts and their guests will pay discounted admission and receive a fun scavenger hunt and patch. $15 per person per day for scouts and their guests. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, July 23rd:

1 – 3pm: Planning With Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner — and learn how to make a dashboard page for back to school. Michaels locations

2:30 – 3:30pm: Tour: Simply Splendid & the American Art Collections Join a docent for a tour of the special exhibition Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design and highlights from the American Art collection. Included with the cost of admission. The Wadsworth, Hartford

4:30 – 5pm: Tour: 3-in-30 Highlights Join a docent for a 3-in-30 Highlights Tour—that’s three works of art to explore in 30 minutes! Free. Museum admission is free after 4pm. The Wadsworth, Hartford

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