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Monday, June 26th

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

Monday, June 26th – Monday, October 9th

Tuesday, June 27th:

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

7pm: Book Talk: The Martyr and the Traitor by Virginia DeJohn Anderson In September 1776 two men from Connecticut each embarked on a dangerous mission. One of the men, a soldier disguised as a schoolmaster, made his way to British-controlled Manhattan and began furtively making notes and sketches to bring back to the beleaguered Continental Army general, George Washington. The other man traveled to New York to accept a captain’s commission in a loyalist regiment before returning home to recruit others to join British forces. Neither man completed his mission. Both met their deaths at the end of a hangman’s rope, one executed as a spy for the American cause and the other as a traitor to it. Neither Nathan Hale nor Moses Dunbar deliberately set out to be a revolutionary or a loyalist, yet both suffered the same fate. In The Martyr and the Traitor, Virginia DeJohn Anderson offers an intertwined narrative of men from very similar backgrounds and reveals how their relationships within their families and communities became politicized as the imperial crisis with Britain erupted. She explores how these men forged their loyalties in perilous times and believed the causes for which they died to be honorable. Through their experiences, The Martyr and the Traitor illuminates the impact of the Revolution on ordinary lives and how the stories of patriots and loyalists were remembered and forgotten after independence. Mark Twain House, Hartford

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

Tuesday, June 27th – Friday, June 30th

Wednesday, June 28th:

6 – 7pm: Yoga Flow on the River We’ve partnered with Hartford Sweat to bring free yoga to the riverfront! Join us every Wednesday night beginning May 31 for Yoga Flow on the River. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind in this class designed to link movement with breath, allowing you to unwind and connect. This class is accessible to all bodies. Please bring your yoga mat! Runs until August 30th. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford6:30pm: Back East Brewing Beer Dinner in Hartford

Thursday, June 29th:

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

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

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

Friday, June 30th:

Lunchtime Drive Bring your a golf club to to work, or borrow one of ours and hit a fish food golf balls out of the park (and into the river). Cost: 2 balls for $5 or 7 for $15. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford12 and 12:30pm: Lunchtime Launch Get out of your office and onto the Hartford Belle for a free mini-cruise along the Connecticut River. Space is limited, first come, first served. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, HartfordSunset: Free Movies in the Park: Trolls at Riverside Park, Hartford

Saturday, July 1st

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12 – 12:30pm: Art in Focus Spend 20 minutes exploring William Howard’s Fall-Front Desk (c. 1870) in depth with a docent. The Wadsworth, Hartford1 – 6pm: Hanging Hills Turns One There’ll be 9 beers on draft and cask. Food brought to you by Chief Brody’s Banh Mi and The Whey Station food trucks. Music by the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, The Island of Doubt, and No Line North. Tickets are $20 for the first 100 sold and $30 after (not including fees and taxes). Designated Drivers get in for free but must be with group upon arrival. Included with your purchase is an 8 oz commemorative glass and 4 pours of your choice. Additional beer cards are able to be purchased at our registers. Folks pouring at the tents will not take money. Rain or shine. Hanging Hills Brewery, Hartford

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

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

Sunday, July 2nd:Plan Ahead: