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


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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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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 – 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!


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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.



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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


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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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Connecticut Open House Day

Join us this Saturday, June 10th for a day-long, statewide celebration of everything that makes Connecticut great! Attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Hartford County and our state will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors with discounted or free admission, giveaways, special offers, hands-on activities for the kids and more. It’s a great way to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. Scroll below for events happening in our county!

Bloomfield:

Free tours from 11am until 3pm, visitors can tour the 1796 schoolhouse which was used until 1922. – Old Farm School

Bristol:

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic;” visitors can make clocks and watch crafts with the theme of “The Magic of Clockmaking.” – American Clock & Watch Museum

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” the Center’s “The Magic of Nature,” features nature activities including walks, crafts and live animals. – Barnes Nature Center

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic;” the “Magic of the Past,” where visitors travel through the time period from 1860 to 1960. – Bristol Historical Society

Free admission for the first 100 visitors (provided by the City of Bristol), from 9:30am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” the museum’s “The Magic of Light,” highlighting the magic of light, color and reflection.
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Free admission from 10am until 4pm. Theme for the day, “Museum Magic: Magic of Time Travel;” with free donuts and coffee served from a World War I canteen with accompanying stories of Salvation Army “Donut Girls.” In addition, there will be children’s activities, drawing for prizes, scavenger hunt and more. Memorial Military Museum 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. In collaboration with other Bristol venues, this year “Museum Magic,” museum’s “Let the Magic Touch the Child in You,” with rides on the carousel, tours, crafts, and more. – New England Carousel Museum

Burlington:

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit with costumed interpreters in the Federal style tavern or try your hand at school lessons and games in the one room schoolhouse. – Elton Tavern & Center Schoolhouse

Canton:

From 9am until 1pm visitors receive half off rentals. – Collinsville Canoe & Kayak 

East Hartford:

Free prize drawing every half hour from 9am until 6pm. Prizes valued at $15 to $20 each, include flats of plants and vegetables, potted herbs, hanging baskets, and more. Must be present for drawing and limited one prize per customer. – Futtner’s Family Farm

Open from Noon until 7pm, offering free admission to first 100 visitors. – Glenbrooke Swim & Tennis Club 

Open from 1pm until 4pm, take the opportunity to visit this site which is rarely open to the public and offering a complimentary brochure on historic sites. – Huguenot House Museum 

East Windsor:

From 10am until 4:30pm, purchase one admission and receive the second admission free (higher price prevails). For Connecticut residents only, must show valid proof of residency. – Connecticut Trolley Museum 

Farmington:

Buy one admission ticket and get one free, from 10am until 4pm. – Hill-Stead Museum

Free admission from Noon until 4pm, along with complimentary refreshments. – Stanley-Whitman House 

Hartford:

Free admission from Noon until 4pm. – Butler-McCook House & Garden 

Free admission from 9am until 5pm. Offering “Secrets of the Veeder House Tours” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., tours of the 1928 house not regularly accessible to the public. – Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library 

Free admission from noon until 4pm. – Connecticut’s Old State House 

Open from 10am until 5pm. After an 18 month interior renovation, the National Historic Landmark Stowe House reopens with a new interactive tour. On June 10, receive a discount on tour admission; enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, “meet” Harriet Beecher Stowe; children’s games, arts and crafts, food vendors and a cake in honor of Stowe’s 206th birthday. Tours free for Hartford residents. – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 

Visitors can receive a 25% discount for the 2pm or the 8pm performances of George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.” Use COMMUNITY25 online at www.hartfordstage.org or call the box office at (860) 527-5151. Not valid on previous purchases or SuperSavor seats. – Hartford Stage 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Kensington:

Free admission from 10am until 4:30pm. – New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

Manchester:

Free admission from Noon until 5pm., with “Touch-a-Truck” where visitors can climb inside big trucks and heavy equipment. – Lutz Children’s Museum

New Britain:

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – New Britain Museum of American Art

Newington:

Tour this historic farmhouse from 10am until 3pm with reduced admission. Also, garden tours and a Revolutionary War soldier presentation. – Deming-Young Farm

Plainville:

Open from Noon until 9pm. Offering special $8 per person for two games of bowling, rental shoes, and 18 holes of indoor mini golf. – Lessard Lanes Family Entertainment Center

Rocky Hill:

Free admission from 10am until 4pm. – Academy Hall Museum

Free admission from 9am until 4:30pm. – Dinosaur State Park 

Simsbury:

Home decor boutique located in historic building, offering from 9am until 4pm free tours of servant’s quarters and horse stables of the Darling Mansion. Complimentary refreshments. – In the House & Through the Garden 

Open for tours from noon until 4pm of the historic stable and carriage house now the Red Stone Pub. Get a $1 off coupons for draft beer (coupon available at the Simsbury Visitors Center, 749 Hopmeadow St.). – Red Stone Pub 

Open studio from 10am until 4pm, offering complimentary refreshments. – Selig Studio & Gallery 

Serving complimentary refreshments from 10am until 2pm, along with free genealogy assistance for researching your family tree. Bring in any research you may already have and let the experience genealogist help you. – Simsbury Free Library 

The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Historical Society celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with “Simsbury Joins the Revolution,“ with four events at the two locations. Begins at 10:30am, at the Public Library. “Militiamen, Evangelicals, and other Independent Thinkers: American Revolutions Come to Simsbury, 1740-1789,” learn the cultural, social and intellectural routes traveled by ordinary farmers and tradespeople of what are today’s towns of Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Canton and Bloomfield. 11:45am, lunch on the grounds of the Simsbury Historical Society (rain location TBA). 12:30pm, guided tour of Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves at the Simsbury Cemetery. 1 p.m., be part of a 1775 town meeting at the Simsbury Historical Society. Simsbury Public Library The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Historical Society celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with “Simsbury Joins the Revolution,“ with four events at the two locations. Begins at 10:30am, at the Public Library. “Militiamen, Evangelicals, and other Independent Thinkers: American Revolutions Come to Simsbury, 1740-1789,” learn the cultural, social and intellectural routes traveled by ordinary farmers and tradespeople of what are today’s towns of Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Canton and Bloomfield. 11:45am, lunch on the grounds of the Simsbury Historical Society (rain location TBA). 12:30pm guided tour of Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves at the Simsbury Cemetery. 1pm, be part of a 1775 town meeting at the Simsbury Historical Society. – Simsbury Historical Society 

Serving complimentary lemonade, cookies and coffee from 10am until 4pm. Guests receive three free postcards. – Simsbury Visitors Center 

South Windsor:

Open from 10am until 5pm offering visitors a buy one ticket, get one free. – Nomads Outdoor Adventure 

Open from 10am until 2pm. Celebrate the book launch of “Images of America, South Windsor,” written by the archivist, Claire Lobdell, accompanied by a exhibit that focuses on the history of South Windsor, along with wagon rides, special docent demonstrations and tours, and a scavenger hunt for children; light refreshments. – Wood Memorial Library & Museum 

Suffield:

Open from 10am until Noon. Walk the trails and see the Pollinator Garden and fruit orchard. – Hilltop Farm 

 Free admission from 10am until 4pm. – Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

West Hartford:

Free admission from Noon until 4pm. – Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society 

Free admission from 9am. until 4pm. – Vintage HiFi Museum 

Wethersfield:

Open from 10am until 4pm., with half off regular priced admission. – Buttolph-Williams House 

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit the Cove to learn the significance of the Red Onion trade, shipbuilding, privateers, fisheries and early yachts. – Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum 

Open from 10am until 2pm.; offering 50 free “build-a-bird-house” kits that can be assembled on site, along with live demonstrations, exhibits and crafts. – Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center 

Open from Noon until 4pm. Visit this historic home, rich in early 20th century features including original Rococo Revival wallpapers, painted ceilings and cornices, and furnishings and accessories. – Hurlbut-Dunham House 

Open from 10am until 4pm. The center is home to the Visitor’s Center for the Town of Wethersfield. View the two exhibits: “Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield,” explores the evolution of the Connecticut State Prison system while it was in Wethersfield from 1827 to 1963; “Legendary People, Ordinary Lives” is also on display. – Keeney Memorial Cultural Center 

Free admission to the Webb House from 10am until 4pm – Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 

Windsor:

Free admission from 10am until 4pm “Sundaes on Saturday,” enjoy an ice cream social (fee: $5). – Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum 

Free admission from 10am until 5pm. – Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut 

Free admission from 11am until 4pm. Step into the year of 1810 and be welcomed by Captain Nathaniel Howard, who shows you around the historic house, the Strong Howard House, from 1pm until 4pm. – Windsor Historical Society 

Windsor Locks:

Open from 10am until 5pm, offering 50% off on admission for Connecticut residents and must have valid ID. – New England Air Museum 

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Card for Dad Make a Father’s Day card and learn a fun paper crafting technique in the process. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $8. Michaels

6 – 9:30pm: Auditions for Violet for Opera House Players in Broad Brook (Reoccurs on Monday, June 5th from 7-9:30pm)


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8:30 – 9:30am: Walk to Wellness Meet new friends, hear the latest health news and enjoy a complimentary breakfast – all at Westfarms. Hartford HealthCare presents Walk to Wellness monthly seminars. Doctor will speak followed by Q&A, then a light breakfast at California Pizza Kitchen. Topic: Understanding Kidney Stones presented by Dr. Abram D’Amato, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. Learn more about signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for kidney stones. Registration is required. West Farms Mall, Farmington

9:30 – 10:30am: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 13th)

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



6:30 – 8:30pm: Make A Leather Key Chain Learn how to make a stamped leather key chain and personalize it for Dad. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $23 Michaels

7:30pm: FADE Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests at Theaterworks (Reoccurs June 13, 20 and 27)

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6:30pm: Solstice Sprint 5K in West Hartford

6:30 – 8:pm: The Big Run at Great River Park in East Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: Local/Social Food-Truck Pop-Up Join us for a celebration of local food craft beer! Four food trucks teamed up with a local craft brewery and a farm to create a one-of-a-kind craft beer pairing event. A portion of proceeds to benefit the Noah Webster House & Historical Society. Four locally inspired dishes accompanied by local craft beer pairings. Dessert by Lets Start from Scratch. Tunes by Connie Carmona. $65 per person. 

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10 – 11am: Museum and Me In this program, parents and caregivers learn how to share art with their babies by recognizing and responding to signs of visual stimulation. Led by Museum educators and docents, Museum & Me features guided gallery explorations and a sensory play session. Parents and caregivers will participate at every stage, so come ready to enjoy a special museum visit with your little one. Your Museum admission is good all day, and includes a “coffee break” during our play session. Strollers are welcome, and the spacious Stanley Works Center will be available for the duration of the class for anyone needing a break with their child. Front carriers are suggested for babies. NBMAA

11:30am – 12:30pm: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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5 – 7pm: Open House at YMCA Camp Chase in Burlington

5 – 8pm: June Know Good Market in Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Art Connection Studio’s exhibition “Curious Creatures” is presented in the Butler-McCook House’s Aetna Gallery. Enjoy music by The Ríos-Chávez Duo, wine and light refreshments. Butler-McCook House & Garden and Amos Bull House, Hartford

6 – 7pm: Prospect Cafe Summer Wine Soiree Start your evening off with a welcome cocktail. Followed by some light Hors d’oeuvres and a tasting of Whites & Roses. Vote for your favorite wines to be added to our Summer Menu! Tickets are $30. 

6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 15th)

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

6 – 9pm: Master Makeup Skincare Edition Tainted Inc. is back at Hartford Prints! for a small group workshop with Co-Founder Zachary Kelly! Zachary is an Industry Insider and holds over 10 years’ experience in the skincare industry! Bring with you your current skincare products; product you use on a regular basis or have intent to use, and together we will dive deep and asses and discuss your skincare needs and concerns. Come to us with any questions regarding your skin, sensitivities, allergies or product concerns. We will send you home with a customized list of products and a newfound sense of skincare knowledge! Hartford Prints, Hartford

6:30pm: My French Family Table Dinner Metro Bis is pleased to welcome Béatrice Peltre, author of My French Family Table, for a five course dinner paired with wines. Click here for the menu. $90 per person. 

Friday, June 9th:

6 – 7pm: Grilling Plate Come and see exactly how to make this adorable plate for Father’s Day. We’ll lead you through the process (along with your little ones) step-by-step, but you can always make the design your own! The price of the class is just the price of the piece (the instruction is free!) and that includes all of your glazes, studio time, and firing! All in all, depending on the size of the piece you pick out, plates range from $20+. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

6 – 8pm: Historic Libations of the Roaring Twenties Come to a fascinating “Drinks of the Roaring Twenties” program at Windsor Historical Society. Sample “Corpse Revivers” (gin, lemon, triple sec), “French 75s” (gin, champagne, lemon) Mary Pickfords (rum, grenadine, pineapple juice) and root beer floats for our non-alcoholic offering. Discover more about moonshine, bathtub gin, and the sometimes frustrating world of Windsor Constable Maurice Kennedy from Education and Outreach Coordinator John Mooney, and Librarian/Archivist Michelle Tom. Over 21 only. $15 adults, $14 members, $1 off admission if you arrive in 1920s costume.



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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. Winding Trails, Farmington

7:30pm: The MOuTH: Take My Advice! We could use your advice! And stories about advice – What led up to the helpful hint? What happened after? Was it good advice, or terrible? Hear and tell stories on the theme “Take My Advice.” $12 to get in (speakers and their plus-one get in free!) Mark Twain House, Hartford

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Today is Connecticut Open House Day, click here for a listing of all the events happening in our county. 

7 – 11am: Citizen Science: Summer Bird Count Join birder Andrew Dasinger on his route in the Hartford area, including Riverfront Park, to participate in the annual summer bird count. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


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9 – 10am: Wacky for Watermelon Join us as we prepare yummy recipes featuring watermelon! We will prepare watermelon cupcakes, fresh and healthy watermelon pizza, and watermelon lemonade. Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington


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9am – 5:30pm: Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair at Nevers Park in South Windsor

9:30am: Life Without Limits 5k Run, Walk, & Roll in Manchester (registration at 8am)

9:30 – 10:30am: Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for a morning family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with young children, six years and younger. Each month the walk will take your family to a different location so a new topic can be explored. Be prepared to watch for animals and listen for fun sounds. Wear good walking shoes and dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Session 2: Crayfish. Ages 6 and under. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

10am – 12:30pm: Climbing Tower Days This 2.5-hour program introduces the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8′ x 30′ bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40′ high consisting of 3 sides; a 15′ beginner wall with incline, a 40′ intermediate vertical wall, a 40′ advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300′ long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the Tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Winding Trails, Farmington


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10am – 3pm: Strawberry Festival One of the highlights of the year here at New Horizons Village, the Strawberry Festival is now in its 60th year. The experience and entertainment are always fun, from the Antique Car Show to magicians and musicians, Beatles Forever will be performing in 2017. There are many children’s games and activities, and, of course, wonderful food including our signature Strawberry Shortcake. The Arts and Crafts is central to the Festival, offering many excellent opportunities to buy unique gifts. This is one of the most significant days of our year, as it is not only a great community event but is an important fundraising program. New Horizons Village, Unionville

10am – 4pm: Tom Sawyer Day is our annual family event, featuring free music, games, activities, ice cream and more! We’ll also offer discounted tours of the Mark Twain House. Mark Twain House, Hartford

10am – 4pm: The Magic of Nature In celebration of Museum Magic, the Barnes Nature Center presents the “Magic of Nature”. Stop by for a hike, pond study, ongoing crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol

10am – 5pm: Juneteenth Family Day: Celebrating the Legacy Celebrate freedom, equality, and African-American history. Experience song and dance performances, create art, take a tour, and more! Free admission. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

{Hop, Skip & A Jump} 11am: 13th Annual School Music Festival Elementary, middle and high school bands, choruses and orchestras will perform at the Carousel Theatre at Quassy in Middletown


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12 – 3pm: Community Day For the last 17 years, the Museum has celebrated Juneteenth with a night filled with art, comedy, music, and, of course, Juneteenth Punch. This year we will open the celebration to all ages, with programming for children, families, and adults at a commemorative Community Day, featuring FREE admission all day! The rich history of Juneteenth will be honored with food from Hartford’s Black Eyed Sally’s, performances by Grace Church Choir and Queen Ann Nzinga Center of New Britain, special workshops by Karima Robinson and Renée Soares (preregistration is required, please click link above for more details), and more. NBMAA

12 – 3pm: Touch a Truck at Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester



1-4pm: Ginfest Hartford at the Society Room

1:30 – 3pm: Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy for an afternoon family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with children that enjoy exploring all around the property. Each month the walk to will take you to a different area to explore. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty. A pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 2: Crayfish. $15 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

1:30 – 5:30pm: Open Sketch This popular drawing session is monitored, but no instruction. A model (dressed) holds one pose for 4 hours with breaks. Bring your own supplies, we have easels. RSVP. The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts


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3 – 5pm: Lavender Inspired Catered Luncheon: Celebrate the Lavender Make plans on celebrating all things lavender! Tea tasting, with food, oils, dried lavender, skin care and more. Take home recipes you can add into your daily life. Register in advance. $20. Bridge Healing Arts Center, Farmington

5:30 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Dinner in the Garden Italian Night Drop the kids off at TLGT for a fun Kid’s Night Out! We will be preparing a delicious Italian dinner to enjoy in the garden (weather permitting). Kids will make pasta and garlic bread from scratch, prepare a vegetable side dish and make tiramisu for dessert! $35 per child. pin Show Map The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


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6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walks Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 3: Crayfish, $25 per family. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8:15pm: Riverfront Swing Nights Riverfront Swing Night returns to the Great River Park Amphitheater in East Hartford with Simply Swing’s Salute to the Big Bands. Led by musical director/drummer Joe LaRosa, the popular, 10-piece swing orchestra will perform danceable favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Woody Hermann. In addition, featured vocalist Vivian LaRosa will perform several numbers commemorating the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial. Rain date: June 11.


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7 – 7:45pm: CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House, Hartford 


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Saturday, June 10th – Sunday, June 11th

Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 12 – 6pm: 31st Annual Celebrate West Hartford The two-day community fair presents businesses, civic and service organizations, recreation groups and charitable foundations a way to increase public awareness of their important work. Attracting over 35,000 people each year from the greater Hartford area, Celebrate West Hartford also provides festival attendees with a wide range of family activities – a highly rated juried arts & crafts show, great food, entertainment, games, carnival rides, and a certified 5K road race. There is no admission charge for the event and many of the activities are free.


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Sunday, June 11th


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11am – 4pm: Monarchs & Milweed Each month, we will explore a different theme with educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun take-away projects to encourage learning at home. Many of our days will feature guest educators, scientists, artists and other professionals within their fields.The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

12 – 5pm: Farmington River Canoe Trip The Farmington River is consider one of CT’s most scenic waterways. Join the Winding Trails staff on the “flats” of the Farmington. This a trip for all skill levels. If you have never canoed, we will teach the basics. Winding Trails will provide gear and transportation. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session. Session 1: For all skill levels. $25 per child, $35 per adult. Ages 8 and up. Winding Trails, Farmington

12:30 – 1:30pm: Dad-and-Me Fitness Dads, connect with your children in our new Dad-and-Me Fitness program. Build strength and have fun together! Free and open to the community. Mandel JCC, West Hartford

1 – 3pm: Tea and Textiles at the History Center featuring a textile exhibit, door prizes, silent auction, and guest speaker Carol Cheney, who will talk about Cheney Brothers silk empire, and provide a glimpse into the family that founded America’s largest silk mills. Carol is the great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Cheney Brothers. Enjoy an abundant tea with a large variety of treats, both savory and sweet, along with hot tea in china cups. $30 per person. Register in advance to attend. Manchester Historical Society

1:30 – 3pm: Slavery in Suffield Although we often think of it as a Southern custom, slavery was a part of many households in New England & Suffield. Lead Interpreter Jan Peake will take visitors on a tour of the house & discuss her findings on the topic. She will identify an item from the collection that may have been used during this most challenging period in town’s history. All ages welcome. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield


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2 – 4pm: Wallop School Open House in Enfield



4 – 6:30pm: Dinner Lecture We’ll be at the home of Joe & Jean Greene in the historic Red Hill area. Joe and Jean have been collecting pattern glass goblets for many years and have acquired 3500, one of the most extensive collections in the United States. A large portion of their collection is on display in a room with custom cabinetry, designed to enhance their unique features. The Greene’s lovely home will also be open for your enjoyment. A talk about the history of pattern glass in America will be given Joe Greene. $60 per person. 


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Week 22 of 52

Monday, May 29th

Happy Memorial Day from our family to yours! Pass on this tip to anyone who is serving or who has served including their immediate family members; Blue Star Museums offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  This includes the following Museums in Hartford County: the American Clock & Watch Museum, Imagine Nation and The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, the Hill-Stead Museum and Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, the Butler-McCook House & Garden, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Isham-Terry House, The Connecticut Historical Society, The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, New Britain Youth Museum in Kensington, Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Simsbury Historical Society in Simsbury, Barnes Museum in Southington, Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield and the Vintage Hi Fi Museum in West Hartford.

Tuesday, May 30th



5 – 9pm: Roots Benefit Night at The Flatbread Company in Canton

5:30 – 7pm: New Britain’s Memorial Day Parade

6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 13th)

6 – 8pm: Cooking Class with Chef Prasad at INDIA Restaurant & Bar in West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Season’s Bounty Cooking Class (for adults) at ShopRite in Bristol

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Watermelon Cupcakes at Michaels 

7 – 10pm: Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic at Sea Tea in Hartford



7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion of Heartbreak House at Hartford Stage 

Tuesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 4th

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Bushnell in Hartford

Tuesday, May 30th – Monday, October 9th



Tuesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 11th


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Tuesday, May 30th – Thursday, June 15th



Wednesday, May 31st:

$1.50 Scoops at Baskin-Robbins


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7pm: The Significance of the Wethersfield Raid in the Pequot War in Wethersfield

7pm: Mark My Word: Amy Dickinson and Gina Barreca at The Mark Twain House in Hartford

7 – 9pm: Bowl for the Cure at Crystal Bees in Southington



Thursday, June 1st:

10 – 11am: Rose and History Tour at Elizabeth Park in Hartford




3 – 6pm: Paint Your Own Flower Pot at Wethersfield Farmers’ Market

4 – 5pm: Milk Jug Garden (ages 6-11) at Westmoor Park in West Hartford

5 – 8pm: Art After Dark: Mood Room at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Wine Walk at the Village in Avon

5:30 – 8pm: Imagine Main Street in Manchester


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6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 15th)

6 – 7:30pm: Museum After Hours: Magnificent Carousels of Connecticut at New England Carousel Museum in Bristol

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

6 – 8pm: Hiking Yoga at Case Mountain in Manchester

6 -9 pm: Celebrating Women’s Leadership at Hartford Marriott Downtown

6 – 9pm: Craft For Causes at Hog River Brewing Co. in Hartford

7pm: Disturbing the Peace at Real Art Ways in Hartford

7:30pm: Patient H. M., A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets at Porter Memorial Hall in Farmington

Thursday, June 1st – Sunday, June 4th

Thursday 5 – 10pm, Friday 11am – 11pm, Saturday 11am – Midnight and Sunday from 12-5pm: St. George’s Annual Greek Festival in Hartford

Times Vary Daily: 3rd Annual Celebrate Bloomfield

Thursday, June 1st – Friday, June 30th



Friday, June 2nd:

8:15am – 12pm: When Women Lead at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Hartford

8:30am – 1:30pm: Arts Innovation Day at Manchester Community College

4pm: Breaking Through Power Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in West Hartford

6 – 11pm: Wetherfield Mayor’s Charity Ball at Wethersfield Country Club



7:30pm: Hartford Opera Theater: The Tender Land at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

7:30pm: West Hartford Women’s Chorale Spring Concert at First Baptist Church of West Hartford

Friday, June 2nd – Saturday, June 3rd

Friday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30pm: Evjen Academy of Performing Arts Students Showcase at the Bushnell in Hartford

Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 17th:



Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 18th


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Saturday, June 3rd

7am – 9:30am: Nature Walk at Cedar Mountain in Newington

8am: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Bushnell Park in Hartford


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9 – 10am: FVTC National Trails Day Ride (10 mile, 21 mile and 30 mile rides)

9 – 10am: Infant Massage Workshop in West Hartford

9 – 10am: Community Yoga at Live Right Wellness in Wethersfield

9 – 10am: Nature Walk from LaSalette Park to Hawk Hill Farm in Bloomfield

9 – 10:45am: Nature Walk at Hatchery Brook Conservation Area in Berlin

9 – 11am: Hike at Newgate Wildlife Mgmt Area on the Farmington Valley Greenway in East Granby 

9am – 12pm: Sunset Rock Walk in New Britain

9am – 2pm: Hike at Ragged Mountain in Berlin

9am – 3pm: 1st Annual Car Show in Granby

9:30 – 11:15am: Educational Walk at Power Dams Trail in Farmington

9:30 – 11:30am: Educational Walk at AW Stanley Nature Trail in New Britain

9:30am – 12pm: Hike at Farmington River Park in Bloomfield

9:30am – 12:30pm: Hike at Simsbury Land Trust

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Southington at Imagine Nation in Bristol

9:45am – 1:30pm: Hike at Metacomet Trail in Plainville

10am: American Girl Birthday Party at Williams Sonoma in Canton


Wonder Woman Day


10 – 11am: Bridges and Boats for Kids with Captain Bob in Windsor

10 – 11:15am: Hike at Center Springs Park in Manchester

10 – 11:30am: Shinrin Yoku Forest Meditation at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center in Bristol 

10 – 11:30am: Nature Walk at East Barber St. River Trail in Windsor

10 – 11am: Ready, Set, Registry Event at Babies R Us

10am – 12pm: Educational Walk at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford

10am – 12:30pm: Nature Walk at the Hill-Stead Farm in Farmington

10am – 1pm: Hike from Tunxis Trail to White Rock Overlook in Southington

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Hartford Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo at Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford


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10am – 2pm: Touch A Truck at Gideon Welles School in Glastonbury

10am – 2pm: Nature Walk at Carlson Program Center in Bristol



10am – 3pm: Saturday’s Grand Opening at Killam & Bassette Farmstead in South Glastonbury

10am – 3pm: Rock Climbing at Pinnacle Mountain in Plainville

10am – 4pm: Wethersfield House Tour

10am – 4pm: A Garden Party Celebrating a Palette of Local Treasures in Simsbury

10am – 5pm: Bloom Sale & Celebration in West Hartford

10:30am and 1:30pm: “Textile Treasures II” Digging Deeper Tour at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield

10:30am – 12pm: Educational Walk at the Great Meadows Conservation Trust Wood Parcel in Wethersfield


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11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House at Michaels 

12pm: One World Market Arts Series in Hartford



12:45 – 2pm: Educational Walk at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill

1 – 3:30pm: Hunt for Wild Food with Wildman Steve Brill at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton

1:30 – 2:30pm: Nature Walk at Auerfarm State Park Scenic Reserve in Bloomfield

1:30 – 3pm: Historic Main Street & Old Burying Ground Walking Tour in Suffield


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2pm: Audio Described Performance at Hartford Stage 

2pm: Garden Party Afternoon Tea at the Phelps Tavern in Simsbury

2 – 3:30pm: Educational Walk at Hill-Stead Museum’s Trails in Farmington

3pm: Family Nature Walk at Hungerford Park in Kensington

5pm: Generation Zero at Real Art Ways in Hartford

5 – 9pm: Fireworks at Cove Park (activities before 9pm fireworks) in Wethersfield

6pm: FVSO’s Annual Lawn Concert at First Congregational Church of Christ in Farmington




Saturday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 11th



Sunday, June 4th

9 – 11am: Kayak and Canoe Paddle the Connecticut River in Wethersfield

9am – 12pm: Hike at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington



9am – 12pm: Connecticut Trails Day Hiking and Yoga in Canton

9:30am – 12pm: Fitness Walk on the New England Trail in Suffield

10 – 11am: Hike at Scantic River State Park/Melrose in East Windsor

10 – 11am: Kayak and Canoe Paddle at Wethersfield Cove

10 – 11:30am: Hike the Metacomet Trail in Suffield



10am – 1pm: Hike Simsbury’s Blue and Red West Mountain Trails

10am – 2pm: Nature Walk at Merrie-Wood Program Center in Manchester

10am – 3pm: 30th Anniversary 4C’s Auto Show at New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks

10:15am: Autism Speaks Walk at Rentschler Field in East Hartford

10:15am – 12pm: Hike at Case Mountain in Manchester

11am: 16th Annual 5K Walk/Run at Standish Park in Wethersfield

11am – 12pm: Barre at the Brewery at Hog River Brewing Co. in Hartford

12pm: First Annual Talent Show at Lake Compounce

12 – 2:30pm: Yoga & Hike at Cotton Hollow Preserve in Glastonbury

1 – 2:30pm: Mimosas, Brunch, and DIY at Scene Art  Bar in Unionville

1 – 2pm: Educational Walk at Power Dams Trail in Farmington

1 – 3pm: Nature Walk at Glastonbury Audubon Center/Earle Park in Glastonbury

1 – 3pm: Pinnacle Ridge Hike in Plainville


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1 – 4pm: Militia Day at Welles-Shipman-Ward House in South Glastonbury

1 – 4pm: Explore Rye Street Park and Mountain Bike Trails in South Windsor

1 – 5pm: Simsbury Historic House Tour with Simsbury Historical Society

1:30 – 3pm: Hike at Seabury Wildwoods Trails in Bloomfield

1:30 – 4pm: Educational Walk at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area on Tunxis Trail in Burlington



1:45 – 3:30pm: Hike at Quarry Park in Rocky Hill

2 – 4pm: Lisa Matias Centre of Dance Studio Performance in West Hartford

2 – 3:30pm: Educational Walk in Canton

3pm: Hartford Opera Theater: The Tender Land at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

3pm: Polo Opening Day Match at Farmington Polo Club

4pm: Music at the Red Door Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford

4:30 – 6:30pm: Educational Walk at Bushnell Park/Capitol Walk in Hartford


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6 – 9:30pm: Auditions for Violet for Opera House Players in Broad Brook (Reoccurs on Monday, June 5th from 7-9:30pm)

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Dinner at Butchers & Bakers

Butchers & Bakers, Farmington’s newest restaurant and bar is hosting a Beer Dinner with Sierra Nevada Beer Camp on Wednesday, May 31st from 6-9pm. Tickets are $90 per person including tax and gratuity. Tickets for designated drivers are $45.



Sierra Nevada has partnered with 12 breweries from across the world, six overseas and six stateside–to brew a one-time-only dream beer collection in a 12-pack.

This 12-pack has been incorporated into flights and food pairings for a not-to-miss beer dinner! Click here to purchase your tickets and scroll below to learn more about the beers and courses being featured this evening.

Beer Camp Across the World 2017


Flight #1: Saint Arnold Brewing Berliner-Style Weisse, Duvel Moortgat Hoppy Belgian Style  Golden and Mikkeller Brewery Thai Style Ice Tea

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Course #1: The Crunchy Mister – Kentucky Dried Ham – New England Cave Aged cheddar, honeycomb and sweet potato biscuit


Flight #2: Fuller’s Brewery Atlantic Style Vintage Ale, Avery Brewing Co. Dry Hopped Barleywine Style Ale and Aylnger Brewery Dunkle Weisse

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Course #2: The Butcher & The Baker – house made Grilled Weisswurst + house made pretzel + roasted plum mustard


Flight #3: Tree House Brewing Co. East Meets West IPA, Kluchi Brewery White IPA with Yuzu and Boneyard Beer West Coast Style DIPA

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Course #3: The Young Man Goes West – Chili Rubbed Beef Brisket – Southwestern Three Bean Salad and Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Cake


Flight #4: Surly Brewing Co Ginger Lager, The Bruery Raspberry Sundae and Garage Project Campout Porter

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Course #4: Campfires Smores – house made cayenne graham cracker, chocolate ganache and house made marshmallow


About Butchers & Bakers: We believe your experience should be house made, homegrown, and hand-crafted. That’s why using local sourced ingredients is central to our mission. Our greens come from our farm in New Britain. We make our own ricotta and bake our own bread fresh each day. The meats for our charcuterie boards are cured in-house and our steaks, chops, chicken and fresh seafood are butchered daily. Our full bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, easy-drinking beers and a great wine list. We’re transforming simple, authentic ingredients into unpretentious food with a rustic sensibility. We are located at 270 Farmington Avenue in  Farmington and you can follow us on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter + Website.

Drive responsibly with UBERCT Beer Tours or AmRide.

I will be attending this event to provide both coverage and participation. Come join me!

Week 21 of 52

Mommy Hack of the week from our friends at Babies R Us, with locations in Manchester, Newington and West Hartford



Monday, May 22nd

Happy National Maritime Day – a quick shout out to Plainville Historic Center! The Plainville Historic Center is in the former town hall (1890) focuses on Plainville’s early days, including the era of the Farmington Canal (1827-47).

6:30 – 8pm: Make a Yarn Envelope at Michael’s



6:30pm: Science on Screen (Rated R) at Real Art Ways in Hartford

7pm: Middletown Goes to the Symphony at The Bushnell in Hartford

8pm: A Night with Medium Karen Kilmartin at Crystal Bees in Southington

Monday, May 22nd – Monday, October 9th



Tuesday, May 23rd

Happy National Taffy Day!

10am – 12pm: New Britain Red Loop Walking Tour

12:30 – 9pm: Scoop Night for St. Gabriel School at Dairy Cream in Windsor Locks

5:30pm: Author Talk: A Southern Belle in the Land of Twain at The Mark Twain House in Hartford



6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 13th)

6:30 – 8pm: Make a Summer Floral Arrangement at Michael’s



7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion of Heartbreak House at Hartford Stage (Reoccurs on 5/30)



Tuesday, May 23rd – Sunday, June 11th


Heartbreak House


Tuesday, May 23rd – Thursday, June 15th



Wednesday, May 24th:

Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day!

7 – 8:30am: Warbler Wednesday at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol

10:30am and 12pm: Pete the Cat at Lincoln Theater in West Hartford



2:30pm: AfterWords Discussion of Heartbreak House at Hartford Stage 

2:45-4pm: Snapology Engineers (ages 7-14) at Unitarian Universalist Church in West Hartford



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6pm: Rose from around the World at Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern in Simsbury

6 – 9:30pm: Harmonic ReWalk in Concert at Blue Back Square in West Hartford

7pm: Bird Protection & Outdoor Cats at Trinity College in Hartford

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing (50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.) at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford



Thursday, May 25th

Happy National Wine Day! – Reminds me of the bottle of wine I was given as a gift from the Moms of Moms Time Out for being a guest on their show. Stay tuned for Thursday’s in June when the show will air. 

10am and 12pm: Skippyjon Jones Snow What at Lincoln Theater in West Hartford

1 – 2pm and 4-5pm: Film Screening: The Shakers at the NBMAA



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6 – 6:45pm: Free Fitness Bootcamp at Blue Back Square in West Hartford

6 – 7:30pm: Dragon Boating 101 at Riverside Park in Hartford (runs until June 15th)

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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7pm: Author Talk: At the Broken Places at The Mark Twain House in Hartford


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Friday, May 26th:

National Heat Awareness Day! Make sure you and your little ones are using insulated water bottles to stay fresh. Our trick: packing ice packs in wipes containers for a quick refresh throughout the day. What’s your mommy trick for refuge and relief from the oncoming Summer Heat? Let us know at @MomfordCounty #MomfordCounty or comment below. 

10:30am – 12pm: Mini Pizza Open Play at The Little Green Tambourine in Canton



6pm: Party at the PAC at Simsbury Meadows

6:30 – 8pm: Planning with Michael’s

8 – 11pm: Comedy Night at Parkade Cinemas & Entertainment in Manchester

Friday, May 26th – Sunday, May 27th:



Friday, May 26th – Sunday, June 17th:



Saturday, May 27th

Happy National Grape Popsicle Day!

9am: Memorial Day Parade in Wethersfield

9am – 2pm: Berlin Fire Departments Car Show

10am: Revolutionary War Encampment at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield

10 – 11:30am: Installing Tile Backsplash Workshop at Home Depot 

10am – 1pm: Farmington’s Freedom Trail: The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad with the Historical Society at the First Church of Christ in Farmington


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11am – 2pm: Pop-up Market at the NBMAA

11am – 4pm: 2nd Annual Spring Festival at Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield

{Hop, Skip & a Jump} 11am – 5pm: Water Park opens for the Season at Quassy in Middlebury P.S. Friday’s are 50-cents for hot dogs, Pepsi’s and rides and Saturday nights are $50 Carload Nights (run until 9/3)



1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Explore an Old Railroad at Cheney Railroad Trail in Manchester

1 – 3pm: Make Patriotic Crazy Hair Headbands and Slime at Michael’s



2 – 4pm: Pushing Static Concert at Blue Back Square in West Hartford

3pm: Spectacle at Real Art Ways in Hartford



7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops: Salute America at Great River Park in Hartford 

8pm: The Legends Live On at the The University of Saint Joseph’s Autorino Center for the Arts in West Hartford



Saturday, May 27th – Sunday, May 28th:


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2pm and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances of Heartbreak Hotel at Hartford Stage

Sunday, May 28th

Happy National Hamburger Day! Have you tried GoldBurger’s (Newington, CT) Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger yet? 

9 – 11am: Indoor Rock Climbing for Kids at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury

10am – 12:30pm: Kids Mountain Bike Clinic (ages 8-12) at Winding Trails in Farmington

10:30am: Marlborough Lions Club Round The Lake 5K




1:30 – 3:30pm: Adult & Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic (ages 13 and up) at Winding Trails in Farmington

2 – 9pm: The Inaugural Connecticut House Music Festival at Bushnell Park in Hartford

3pm: Reclaimed Wood Workshop at Scene Art Bar in Unionville

4 – 6pm: Lauren Marina Music at Blue Back Square in West Hartford

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