Taprock + Hartford Flavor Co. Dinner

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On Wednesday, March 1st, Taprock will be hosting it’s monthly dinner highlighting a brand that we stand behind, Hartford Flavor Co. Their mission is to provide the liquor market – mixologists, retailers, and consumers, with uniquely flavored natural liqueurs that are on-trend and align to the idea that the creative cocktail is an essential aspect of both the social and dining experiences.

Liqueurs are basically sweetened tinctures. In Medieval and Victorian times, tinctures and herbal medicines were sweetened following their creation to help conceal the bitter taste. ‘A spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down’ is exactly what a liqueur is. Most liqueurs of the past were used for the medicinal properties, to aid in digestion, and to help with ailments. They want to get back to this idea – healthful drinking! 

Courses and paired Cocktails are as follows:

Course 1:

Gravlax
ingredients: dill | pickled mustard seed | rye

Iberian Spritz
ingredients: fino sherry | wild moon cucumber | spanish brandy | sage grapefruit bitters

Course 2:

Grilled Radicchio
ingredients: gorgonzola | blood orange

Cranberry Martinez
ingredients: wild moon cranberry | old tom gin | maraschino qr liqueur | lemon rhubarb bitters

Course 3:

Rabbit Agnolotti
ingredients: duck egg | mascarpone | hazelnut

Colored Glasses Sour
ingredients: wild moon rose | house made fig cordial | litchfield distillery port cask bourbon | egg white | classic bitters

Course 4:

Pork Tenderloin
ingredients: fig | saffron yogurt | beet | sage | cornbread

Forest Floor Old Fashioned
ingredients: eagle rare | wild moon birch | smoked pine | served up

Course 5:

Pots de Crème
ingredients: ginger | carrot

Berkshire Cobbler
ingredients: house barreled wild moon spiced chai | plantation rum | atomized wild moon lavender | fresh lime | muddled blackberries


The cost for the evening is $65 per person, for which you can purchase on Facebook or Eventbrite, or by calling Taprock at  (860) 404-2074

Week 36

Monday, September 5th:

9 – 11am: Big Wheel Derby Help find a “cure for sure” for Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD), a rare Jewish genetic disease. All proceeds benefit Alyssa’s Angel Fund. The morning includes: Ride around the track, martial arts demo, dance-a-thon with DJ Paul and crafts. $18 per family.

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Tuesday, September 6th:

12:45 – 3pm: Adult Coffee Club: The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Join us to learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life through a presentation and a tour of the Science Center’s traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Afterwards, participate in a sketching activity, or feel free to explore the other galleries on your own. Event price includes coffee & tea, presentation, guided tour, sketching and admission to all the Science Center galleries. The Life of Leonardo da Vinci presented by Dorothy Keller, Arts Professor and Historian at the University of Saint Joseph. $15 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27.

1 – 2pm: Art Exploration This is a drop-off class but parents are also welcome to stay. $20 per child. Kids ages 3-5.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Salons by Stowe: Food Justice Join the Stowe Center and the West End Farmer’s Market in a facilitated conversation on food justice on Clemens Green. What is food justice? How can we challenge inequities in our food system? How does food access connect to other social justice issues? What can you do to take action? Food for Thought: Food + Justice= Democracy Ladonna Redmond, Building the case for racial equity in the food system, and Why food belongs in our discussions of race. Raindate: 9/27.

Wednesday, September 7th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Toddler Time This is not a drop-off class. $20 per child (babies welcome to join siblings at no additional cost). Ages 18 months- 2.11 years.

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is designed to supplement your child’s day with some good old fashioned play time in a fun, friendly and super clean environment. Caregivers and children ages 1 to 5 will enjoy exploring art with our sticky paint and “Fundough.” You and your child will also engage in unstructured activities such as dramatic play, puzzles, doll house, cars, train table, tunnels, dress up, bubbles, dancing and more! $15 per child. Reoccurs until October 19th.

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{Last Call} 12 – 1pm: Audio Feed Ten consecutive Wednesdays of free, lunchtime music on Constitution Plaza (by the big fountain). You bring a lunch and we’ll supply the music.

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3 – 5pm: Become a Museum Guide! Do you enjoy art, architecture, history, and sharing stories and information with people? If so, you might have what it takes to become one of our marvelous Museum Guides! Registration is currently being accepted for the Hill-Stead Museum Guide Training Course.  Learn about our Museum Guide program at this Information Session. While training and materials are free, guides are required to become Hill-Stead Museum members. New guide training starts September 12. Required training sessions will be held on Mondays from 9am to 12pm.

5:30 – 8:30pm: HYPE Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at The Polish National Home and bring your business cards for your chance to win a prize! Registration is not required for this free event.

Thursday, September 8th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Messy Cupcakes! Join us with your toddler or preschooler for a morning filled with baking, dancing, art, play and cupcake decorating! Registration is required.

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5:30 – 7pm: An Evening with Maya Jeffereis Listen as artist Maya Jeffereis discusses her current installation, Fallout Shelter, which is based upon a found United States Navy training exercise. This video installation explores moral values through the decision of choosing six of ten people to survive in a post-apocalyptical hypothetical scenario. After some discussion, she will invite the audience to take on the roles of members in this fictional society and participate in the same experiment.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Veranda Views and Cocktails Join us at Hill-Stead to mingle with friends and watch the sun set from the Veranda. Celebrate the last days of summer with savory samplings from Cure Restaurant, signature cocktails from Hartford Flavor Company, plus wine, beer, and other refreshing beverages. Space is limited, so register early. This is a free event for Hill-Stead Museum Members.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Sunset Sounds Garden Concert Series Bring a picnic dinner & enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook historic garden on the 2nd Thursday of the month through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace at the Amos Bull House. Tours of the first floor of the Butler-McCook House & Garden are available, as well as tours of the Amos Bull House. River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs will kick-off the series. The Hartford natives blend R&B with Gulf-Coast blues to bring an authentic Louisiana zydeco sound to the Northeast. July brings the Red Hot Horns who use many different musical genres, from soul, pop, R&B, to jazz, Motown and funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz and influenced by country singers such as Loretta Lynn & blues singers like BB King. Hartford’s very own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music will wrap up the season. All concerts are free and open to the community.

6 – 8pm: Make it Now, Freeze for Later Forget all about weeknight dinner stress, and stock your freezer with our weekend-made meals. We will share our easiest tips for safely storing pre-made dishes. Menu: Homemade Frozen Burritos Make-Ahead Cauliflower Chowder Freezer Spinach–Artichoke Pasta What to Expect: Find out about cooking and handling leftovers safely. Work side-by-side with chefs to create a soup from scratch. Learn important pasta cooking tips.

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6:30pm: Quick-Fix Gluten Free Dinner at Metro Bis Join Metro Bis for a five course, wine dinner featuring Robert M. Landolphi, author of Quick-Fix Gluten Free. Divided into nine sections delving into everything from appetizers and breakfast to hearty, internationally inspired dishes, fan favorite comfort foods and decadent sweets and treats, Quick-Fix Gluten Free offers 100 fast and easily prepared recipes for crave-worthy dishes like Cinnamon Dusted French Toast, Kickin’ Paella, Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese, and Aunt Lil’s Rich and Creamy Cheesecake. With a focus on fast, fresh and flavorful, these contemporary dishes are simple enough for everyday meals and delicious enough to serve to anyone–whether they are on a gluten-free diet or not.

7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing Join us as author Amy Hughes discusses Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in 19th Century America. In the nineteenth century, long before film and television brought us explosions, car chases, and narrow escapes, it was America’s theaters that thrilled audiences, with “sensation scenes” of speeding trains, burning buildings, and endangered bodies, often in melodramas extolling the virtues of temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage. Amy E. Hughes scrutinizes these peculiar intersections of spectacle and reform, revealing the crucial role that spectacle has played in American activism and how it has remained central to the dramaturgy of reform. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Criticism, Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Thursday, September 8th – Sunday, September 11th:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Friday, September 9th:

5pm: Harvest Dinner Under the Stars Proceeds from this celebration of Connecticut-grown foods will help support our mission to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education that focuses on the state’s bird populations and their habitats, by enabling us to continue to offer a dynamic mix of nature programs, classes and events where people of all ages learn about environmental awareness, conservation and respect for our natural world.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Kid’s Night Out Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kid’s Night Out. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained.

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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. Registration is not required.

7pm: Read It and Sleep:”Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun” Read It and Sleep is our monthy children’s book reading event. Snuggle in for the reading of a wonderful children’s book, while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. September’s book is ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” by Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw.

Sunset: Free Movies in Riverside Park: The Bee Movie Join us for free movies in Riverside Park, presented by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ! Movies will begin at sunset, arrive early and order your dinner from Bear Force One, the Bear’s BBQ food truck.

Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11:

Saturday, September 10th:

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9:30am: FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. FVTC Farm to Farm Tour Date: 9/10/2016 Time: 9:30:00 AM Rain date: September 11. Join us for our third annual Farm To Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 30 miles and stop at local farms. You will be given the opportunity to purchase goodies along the way. A sag wagon to carry your purchases back to your vehicles will again be available. This is a casual ride appropriate for all levels of cyclists. A $20 donation is requested. The ride will depart promptly at 9:30 AM from Iron Horse Blvd and Jim Gallagher Way. Registration open at 8:45. Must complete waiver to ride. Raindate: 9/11.

9:30am – 4:30pm: Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Beginning Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks Speak Up co-founder and 23-time Moth StorySLAM and 4-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

10am – 12pm: Mystery Scavenger Hunt It’s time to solve another mystery! Learn about Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct you around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the fun. Once teams have collected all the clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest. Reservations are required. $5 per person.

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10:30am and 1:30pm: Digging Deeper Tour Seconds after the nine-pound musket is raised to Anthony Riccio’s shoulder onlookers are momentarily riveted by a brilliant flash, billowing smoke and a resounding blast. As the scent of gunpowder clears, a connection with the past is made; the sense of living history is complete. Riccio’s 18th-century musket demonstration serves as the finale of the new “Revolutionary Soldier” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum. Offering an in-depth view of the life of a typical Continental soldier. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

11am: Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist, will speak at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. The program “Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Windsor and Glastonbury” includes excavations for the exact location of the palisade built in Windsor in the 1600s and a possible site of the trading post constructed in 1633. Tour the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead after the presentation ($5).

1 – 3pm: Inversion Workshops: Forearm Balance and Tripod Headstand Inverted poses, where your head is below your heart, are considered to be among the most powerful poses for daily practice due to their profound effect on your body’s physical and emotional health.

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3pm: Stowe House Preservation Tour Explore behind the scenes of the $3.3 million preservation project in Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, an 1871 National Historic Landmark where the internationally famous author lived from 1873-1896. Learn about project planning, packing, moving and storing historic collections, and new discoveries about Stowe’s interiors. $12 per person.

3:15 – 4:45pm: Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink Grand Re-Opening Bring your family to check out our newly renovated ice surface, lobby, pro shop, and party rooms. Face painting, giveaways, and balloons for the kids! Skate rental fees apply.

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7 – 9pm: Riverfront Summer Pops The Middletown Symphonic Band is committed to the preservation of live concert band music. The band was established to give both professional and amateur musicians an opportunity to practice and perform together. They perform in Great River Park on 9/10. Rain date: 9/11.

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th:

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Sunday, September 11th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Wild, Edible, Useful and Medicinal Plants The 2-hour walking tour of the grounds is suitable for adults and kids. With cultivated areas, meadows, fields, disturbed habitats, woods, plus a river, all with their own flora, there will be plenty of surprises in store on this tour.

10 – 11:30am: Take a Walk to Discover Moses & Liverworts Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails’ volunteer botanist, to discover more about the mosses and liverworts that inhabit Winding Trails property. Visit areas along the Poplar Swamp Brook to discover luxuriant poodle moss growth on white oaks and many varieties of sphagnum mosses and liverworts in the hemlock grove above Trout Pond. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

10am – 2:30pm: Adult and Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic Take your riding to the next level. Get faster times on your bike course at the Triathlon Series, and transition to your run with more energy. We will focus on the 5-mile course. Experience course recon, technical drills and transition practice. Bring your questions! Mountain Bikes only please (no hybrids). Clipless pedals recommended. Helmet is mandatory. Jimena Florit Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Ages 13 and up. $15 per person.

11am – 12:30pm: HYPE Intro to Yoga Join us for an intro to yoga with HYPE’s very own Personal & Professional Development Committee member Aaron Eicoff! A certified yoga instructor, Aaron will lead attendees in an invigorating vinyasa flow in one of Hartford’s most beautiful public spaces. Prepare to sweat as you integrate movement and breathe with a creative, eclectic blend of many yogic traditions and styles. Modifications of postures are made to accommodate everyone, allowing both beginning and advanced students the opportunity to enjoy a satisfying, accessible, and energetic experience. Perfect for those who want it all! All you’ll need is a mat or towel, and a bottle of water. Space is limited, so please email RSVP to reserve your spot today!

1 – 4pm: Family Day: Grandparents Day Celebration Bring your family to the Museum to celebrate Grandparents Day! Festivities will include drop-in art activities, a live animal show by The Children’s Museum, and music by the Bedlam Brothers String Band. By using a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects The Children’s Museum will educate audiences about warm- and cold-blooded creatures and the interactions between different members of the animal kingdom. Kids can get inspired by the lizard presentation for the following chameleon-inspired camouflage collage! The Children’s Museum will bring their animal show on the road to delight multiple generations of visitors here at the NBMAA. Anytime during the day, join us for a drop-in art activity in the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center to create a ’Camouflage Collage!’ Explore the temperature of color using color-changing reptiles and works from our collection as inspiration. Learn about warm and cool colors, and how to use them to create a wild collage made of various shapes, textures, and hues. With your little ones, color and collage your way to depict a cool-blue chameleon or a red-hot reptile in this multi-media workshop! Stop by the Stanley Works Center to listen to the Bedlam Brothers String Band play an eclectic mix of great old-time American roots music, Celtic music, fiddle tunes, and a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music. The Brothers play a wide mix of instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, hammered, dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, accordion, slide guitar, bones, concertina, and more. The varied mix of instruments will delight audience members of all ages.

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Scene Art Bar

My daughter and I visited Scene Art Bar several times this year including celebrating Sofia’s birthday there! We wanted to share our experience and findings with you. ☆☆☆☆☆

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On our very first visit, also the time we decided this would also be the perfect spot for Sofia’s 6th birthday party – we partook in a family paint session which basically is one canvas and the whole family gets to contribute. Not too shabby, huh?

 

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We came back in May to celebrate Sofia’s birthday with her friends at school. Of course while the paint dried we took advantage of Dr. Seuss’s book, Happy Birthday To You! It doesn’t hurt that one of the owners is also a teacher.

 

The girls did a great job on their artwork and even decorated cupcakes while we waited for our paintings to dry.

After visiting Scene Art Bar I learned:

It’s for kids too:

While they primarily cater to adults; they do host kids parties, classes (usually on school breaks) and private playdates. Their parties are also mobile so they will bring the party to you if you want.

Moms now have a local place for a time out:

1. They often host classes related to paint but alittle unique – fun Pinterest projects – such as wreath making, hostess gifts, cookie decorating.

They love supporting local organizations and businesses:

2. They hold fundraising events – consider this venue for your next PTO or charitable organizations meeting space.

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Disclaimer: A complimentary paint session and paint party was extended in turn for an advertisement on our website but this is an unrelated honest review.

7-Day Happenings: 10/29 – 11/4

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Click on the links below to be directed to the event listing directly.

Thursday, October 29:

9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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10 – 11:30am: Goblin Gathering Costume Party Join us for games, treats, a ghostly project and a story by our resident witch. Register in advance as seating is limited. $7 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Daisy’s Birthday Party Join us for Daisy the Pigs Birthday Party. Daisy the Pot Bellied Pig is famous around the Country for inspiring children to read! Join us for a book reading led by Farmer Minor and enjoy a special Birthday Treat! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

5 – 7:30pm: An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children Wear your Halloween costume and visit the museum – if you dare! Make your way through a spooky labyrinth of icky sights, sounds and experiences to get to a treat on the other end!  Admission is a non-perishable food for “Halloween Against Hunger,” benefitting the Farmington Food Pantry. Drop-in any time between 5 and 7:15 pm. This program is for children 12 years old and younger. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

6 – 9pm: Intro to Letterpress infused with Craft Beer This evening is a look inside the HP! studio. You’ll be guided through the basics of letterpress printing by Kaitlin Lennon while sipping on local craft beer. Each person will carve and print their own postcard design on our 4T Vandercook press, and when finished you’ll have a stack of handmade postcards to bring home and show off to your friends. $55 (includes supplies, pints and 20 postcard prints). Great for designers, beer lovers, letter writers + makers. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30:

7:30pm: Capital Classics presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Play Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of Washington Irving’s classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”! Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes (while making sure your head stays intact!) “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is Irving’s comic masterpiece, a ghostly tale about things that go bump in the night. The specter in question here is the mysterious Headless Horseman, said to be a Hessian trooper who lost his head in a nearby battle. Each night he roams the countryside in search of it. The unlikely hero in this tale is Ichabod Crane, an itinerant schoolmaster, who is attempting to win the heart of the town’s most beautiful woman. Two short films will proceed the production: Ghost Tour (filmed in The Mark Twain House) and an excerpt from Night of The Musical Dead (a “proof of concept film” scene and song. The survivors of a zombie apocalypse trapped in a remote farm house learn their fate via a special report on television.) Friday’s performance of Sleepy Hollow will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $20. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31:

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Sbarro’s Halloween Freebie Anyone wearing Halloween costumes can enjoy a free NY slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza with any five dollar purchase. This offer will be valid at participating eateries. If you are interested to know if your local eatery is participating, please call in advance.

Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1:

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{Last Call} Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Haunted Miniature Golf Every year in October things get super-duper spooky for our Annual Haunted Miniature Golf event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association. Admission is $10. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. $15 on 10/29 only, $25 general admission, $20 students. Carriage Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday, November 4:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. Playing until November 11.

Friday, October 30:

9:30- 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Halloween Cooking Class Children will decorate Halloween-themed cupcakes, including candy corn, witches, and black cats! We will also decorate a mini pumpkin. Ages 2-5. $15 per child or $25 for two siblings (parent must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am and 4pm – 5pm: Halloween Costume Party Enjoy a Halloween story, craft, activities, games, prizes and goodies. A creepy crawly animal will be joining the party too. All participants must be accompanies by a caregiver. Pre-registration recommended. $15 per person. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

11 – 11:45am: Halloween Dance Party Come in costume for a very special Halloween Open Play and Dance Party. Ages 1 & Up, $10 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

2 – 4pm and 6 – 8pm: Rompy’s Halloween Bash! Bring your little pumpkins to Romp n’ Roll for a not-so-scary good time. Join us for a night of Halloween fun including crafts, games, activities and a special gift to take home! We encourage everyone to dress up, but please no glitter or restricting costumes. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $15 per child; $7 for each additional siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

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4 – 6pm: Center-Wide Trick-or-Treat Visit participating stores and restaurants and be sure to stop in the Village Green to receive a special treat for the kids. Come early! Treats available while supplies last. The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, Windsor.

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{Last Call} Gates open at 5pm: The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster (additional charge) and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Do you have an amazing costume? Do you like photographs of yourself in costume in unique and interesting surroundings? Do you want not one but two chances to win up to $500? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Haunted Graveyard Cosplay or Costume Contests are for you! Tickets Haunted Graveyard only $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 11 and younger), combo with rides $27 per adult, children $25. Parking is $8. Lake Compounce, Bristol. Save time waiting on-line by buying your tickets online, limited quantity available.

5 – 8pm: The New Children’s Museum’s Annual Halloween Spectacular Join us for frighteningly fun festivities for the whole family! Trick-or-treat throughout the museum for spooky prizes; make some hauntingly fun take-home crafts; meet some creatures of the night; view a special planetarium show… and much more! Come as you aren’t, costumes encouraged! This event is perfect for the younger children who aren’t quite ready to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood or the older kids who just want another excuse to wear their costume! There’s something for everyone! $10 per person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Halloween Kid’s Night Out Parents can enjoy a night out on the town while the kids enjoy a fun night at the Little Green Tambourine. Ages 3 – 7. $35 per child.

6 – 7:30pm: Halloween Party A ghoulishly good time! Children will decorate Halloween cupcakes and other ghoulish treats. Ages 6 and up (parent does not have to accompany child). $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Halloween Bash Food, frights, fun and it’s free! Charter Oak Cultural Center is throwing a Halloween Bash this year that promises to be a frightfully good time! Our sanctuary will be turned into a spooky playground with treats, music, games, scary stories and other Halloween fun. Come in costume and we’ll have a boo-tiful time!

{Last Call} 6 – 8:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidentally hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!” Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan,  who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Raindate of 11/1. North Cemetery, West Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Need a night out on your own? Canton Parks and Recreation is now offering special Friday evening drop off program on select dates for youth ages 5-13 held at the Canton Community Center. Kids will enjoy movies, board games, crafts and more while parents are off enjoying a night to themselves. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Pre-registration is required.

{Last Call} 6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6-9pm. Space is limited.

{Last Call} 6:30 – 9:30pm: Corn Maze After Dark Explore the corn maze after dark! As the sun goes down the corn maze presents a more challenging adventure. The corn maze is family friendly after dark entertainment, no haunting or scaring your friends please. Bring your own flashlight and let the adventure begin! Last ticket sold at 8pm but maze closes at 9:30pm. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

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{Last Call} 7 – 9:30pm: Rails To The Darkside The line opened in 1906 and every Halloween since, strange happenings have occurred during the cold crisp nights of October along the tracks where the cemetery used to be. Many old timers say that the spirits of the dead won’t let anyone forget that they were moved from their final resting place. Others say it is nothing but people’s “imagination”, that there is nothing to worry about. But most wise people know the truth. The lost souls are unhappy that they were moved against their will and they will get their revenge. And so we provide 9 nights of trolley runs through this area, tempting fate and stirring any lost souls that may be waiting to finalize their transition after these many, many years. Strange sightings have been made and verified by the screaming few as they abruptly leave our Museum. Move quickly lads and lassies – getting trapped in the wrong place may lead to unexpected and unpleasant consequences. Adults $16, children 12 and under $12.

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8pm: Improv at the Playhouse A no holds barred competition where three improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize — and you decide the winner!  Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $10 general admission seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

8 – 11pm: 9th Annual Halloween Bash Put on your spookiest, most creative costume and enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and new exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and be creative in a collaborative art project. Museum After Dark parties at the New Britain Museum of American Art are a great way to network with other young professionals and unwind for the weekend. Our Halloween Bash will include entertainment from DJ Jon Eastman, live music from West End Blend, food available from Cheesy Street Grill, and a tasting from local Black Hog Brewery. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, beer and wine, music and dancing. $25 per non-member. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31:

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{Last Call} 7:30pm: An Otherworldly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members?  Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the Spirits at Stowe tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. Tour Stowe’s home in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. $18 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm & Saturday at Midnight: Rocky Horror Show The Phoenix Theater company will be presenting its annual production of Richard O’Brien’s classic “Rocky Horror Show.” This production is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Come join us for some Halloween fun to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic movie version of this campy, creepy, cult classic! Trinity on Main, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1:

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Mamma Mia! The ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia! 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{Last Call} 7 – 10pm: The Witch’s Dungeon Original movie props will be on display from ET, the Exorcist, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Mars Attacks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Planet of the Apes and more. Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Donation: $5 per person.

Friday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 4:

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Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Rear Window Murder is in the eye of the beholder. A sweltering New York summer. A man confined to his wheelchair spends hour after hour watching his neighbors. Is he imagining things, or has he witnessed a murder? A thrilling adaptation of the classic crime story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. Keith Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb and Rum and Coke. Show runs until Sunday, 11/15. Sold out but standing room only tickets are available online only.

Saturday, October 31:

9am – 11am: Halloween Day Character Breakfast Stew Leonard’s in Newington will host a Halloween breakfast with our most beloved costumed characters including Wow the Cow! The farm-fresh menu will feature bacon, eggs, sausage, bagels, donuts fresh fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. There are two seating times (9am and 10am). Adult tickets cost $12.99 and children age 12 and under are $9.99. Children and parents are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes!

10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm: Hobgoblin Fair What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held this year on Halloween. The Fair features the ‘Track & Treat’ walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3 – 8. Children are encouraged to wear costumes if suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register. Cost: $8.00 children; $4 adults. Fee includes our featured ‘Track & Treat’ walk, all crafts, and face painting. Other activities available for an additional charge. Register in advance as space is limited. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

12pm: Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, interactive Halloween event! People gather in a large parking lot (Simsbury Farms), go all out decorating the trunks of their car, and kids are able to trick or treat by going from trunk to trunk! Like trick or treating in your own neighborhood, but the houses are so much closer! Pre-registration for a parking space is required. Prizes will be awarded to families for the best decorated trunks. We will also have Halloween stories and fun with the Simsbury Library, an inflatable slide donated by Bounce About Inflatables, and so much more! Car entrance, trunk decorating and library fun will begin at 12pm. Trick or treating will begin at 1:30pm.

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12 – 6pm: Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge Bring the kids in costume for trick-or-treating among our vendors. Live entertainment, chili competition and beer, wine and hard cider tasting. $10 per person, children 10 and under are free. Bring two non-perishable food items to save $2 per person. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

1 – 2:15pm: Salter’s Pond Adventure Enjoy a slow to moderately paced hike on the loop trail at Salter’s Pond with some historic commentary at this former millpond. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong Paper Mill, which became Lydall Paper Mill. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Many “North Enders” learned to swim at this pond before the modern pool was built. Come enjoy a walk down memory lane. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy waterproof footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile.

4 – 6pm: Owl-O-Ween Party On Halloween mad science, live owls, snakes and bugs will make this Owl-O-Ween party one to remember. There will be a walk in the woods or graveyard, sticky things to touch, crafts, caramel apples and more – a real old-fashioned Halloween party! Every child will leave with a small goody bag.  Come in costume (optional) and join the fun! Halloween fun for toddlers to age 14. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Nightmare on Broad Street First Town Downtown invites you to enjoy a nightmarish evening on and near the Town Green as you visit area businesses that will hand out some ghoulish treats and some scary surprises. Check out Jack the Court Jester doing magic tricks. Sit on a bale of hay and watch “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” Go on a hayride. Have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul and more!

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Phil Selman (headliner) is the comedian that comedians come to see on their night off! Phil has played the national and international comedy club circuit. He’s been seen in four major motion pictures, including the soon-to-be released horror-comedy film Blood Night and appeared on over twenty television shows, including the Showtime original series Californication. Phil has also made guest appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and been heard on over one-hundred radio shows across the country. Also check out his hilarious Comic Genius blog. Nicky Sunshine (middle act) – a force to be reckoned with in the world of comedy.  She has starred in and produced several comedy shows in major NYC venues like Times Square Arts Center, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand-Up NY and New York Comedy Club. Jess Miller (Emcee) Besides performing at the prestigious Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC, Jess produces her own comedy shows in Massachusetts. This funny lady has also performed in a number of plays and musicals including The Vagina Monologues, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors and more. 90 minutes of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $15 reserved seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Howl-o-ween Join the Wolf Pack for some Howl-O-Ween fun vs the Providence Bruins!

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1:

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1 and 4pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Monday, November 2:

10 – 11:15am: Free Open Play Join us for dancing, bubbles, sensory play, art, gross motor play, dress up, socializing and more! Monday mornings every Monday in November. Perfect for ages 10 months – 5 years. Pre-registration not required.  Each play time is free (in November) with the donation of a canned food item for the West Hartford Food Bank.

Tuesday, November 3:

10am – 4pm: All About Owls Drop in between 10am and 4pm and have a hoot! Watch an owl documentary, get to know our resident owls, make an owl craft, go on an owl scavenger hunt, dissect an owl pellet, and more. Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

7:30pm: An evening with Giada De Laurentiis Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Italy; a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show; editor-in-chief of a weekly digital magazine, Giada and author of seven New York Times bestselling books. Plus Giada recently celebrated the 1-year anniversary of her acclaimed Las Vegas restaurant. Her newest cookbook Happy Cooking, is one of the most highly anticipated cookbooks of the year! Joined by a moderator, Giada will share her inspiration for her Happy Cooking. An audience Q&A will immediately follow each interview. Don’t miss your chance to see Giada live on stage during her upcoming book tour! The Bushnell, Hartford.

Tuesday, November 4 – Wednesday, November 5:

10am – 4pm: Scholastic Book Fair Book Fairs are family events. We know inspiring a love of reading begins at home, so we offer resources to support parents with the reading development of their children. Runs through Saturday, November 7th.  Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Wednesday, November 4:

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10am and 2:30pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

11am: School Day Game Hey teachers, take a break from the classroom and teach your kids in a way they’ll never forget.

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6 – 8pm: Ladies & Landmark An evening of hand crafted wines from acclaimed landmark Vineyards. 10 years of 90+ scores and small production chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Grab you friends for a relaxed evening of wine and perfectly paired small plates. Interested in learning about wines? Renowned Master Sommelier, Joseph Spellman. Rooftop120, Glastonbury.

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7 – 9:30pm: Paint Night Fundraiser A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the Lake Garda PSTA. $40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy.

Have you entered our giveaway to see Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at the Bushnell on Saturday, November 14th? What are you waiting for? We have a family-four pack of tickets to giveaway. Enter now by clicking here.

October 8 – 14

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Hartford County. We promote things for Moms; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family! We not only do all of the work so you can have all of the fun but we list it because its worth the mention, your time and the drive! Click here for activities that reoccur either weekly or monthly.

Playing until October 11:

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Performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Opening in Time A moving play about finding connections in a shifting world. Anne, a retired schoolteacher, moves back to the suburban town in central Connecticut which she left years before. She finds a number of things have changed. Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are everywhere; the local high school is putting on a production of Rent; and a long-lost friendship suddenly reappears in a new guise. Saturday, 10/10 at 2pm: Audio Described Performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Playing until October 18:

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Tuesdays with Morrie The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Playing until November 11:

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Performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most.

Thursday, October 8:

5:30 – 7pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the second Thursday of October, November and December for exhibition openings, garden concerts and entertainment. Free with a suggested $5 food and per beverage donation. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

Thursday, October 8 – Saturday, October 10:

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8pm: The Mousetrap The Players present their take on the longest-running production in theater history. Eight people, each with their own secrets, are trapped in a snow-bound mansion. One of them is a murderer, but which one?  Find out here, if you can stand the suspense! Reoccurs 10/16-18, 23-24.

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10am – 1pm: Fire Safety Event Bring your kids, your grand kids, bring your nieces or nephews! Every year this is information for life. To preserve and protect the home and those you love! We make it a fun day at the museum. The kids get to meet a fireman, they get to touch a real fire truck, and they learn while having a great time! Share, care, and be there! See you Friday! Special admission rates include all the fun! $5 per person.

6pm: Spookley Movie Night: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin Bring a blanket or camping chair. Meet Spookley before the movie. The movie starts at 6:45pm. Free admission with a monetary donation or a non-perishable food donation.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater For four Friday nights in October, the Garden Center tent is transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie. First come, first serve. Seating opens at 6:30pm. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will also be shown on Friday, October 16 and October 23. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7pm: Noche Latina – Viva Latin America! An evening of bilingual storytelling, digital images, folkloric dance, and traditional music from Latin America by Lorena Garay and Surcari. $5 Adults, free for children.

Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 10:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6 – 9pm. Space is limited. Also on 10/16-17, 10/23-24, and 10/29-30.

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7 – 9:30pm: Rails To The Darkside The line opened in 1906 and every Halloween since, strange happenings have occurred during the cold crisp nights of October along the tracks where the cemetery used to be. Many old timers say that the spirits of the dead won’t let anyone forget that they were moved from their final resting place. Others say it is nothing but people’s “imagination”, that there is nothing to worry about. But most wise people know the truth. The lost souls are unhappy that they were moved against their will and they will get their revenge. And so we provide 9 nights of trolley runs through this area, tempting fate and stirring any lost souls that may be waiting to finalize their transition after these many, many years. Strange sightings have been made and verified by the screaming few as they abruptly leave our Museum… Move quickly lads and lassies – getting trapped in the wrong place may lead to unexpected and unpleasant consequences… Adults $16, children 12 and under $12. Reoccurs on 10/16-17, 23-24, and 10/30.

7 – 9:30pm: Haunted Hayride All Tickets are $25 per person. Not recommended for children under 8. Raindate 10/11. Reoccurs on 10/23-24 with a raindate of 10/25.

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7:30pm: An Otherworldly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members?  Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852. During the Spirits at Stowe tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. Tour Stowe’s home in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. $18 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

8pm: God of Carnage begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11:

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Gates open at 5pm: The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster (additional charge) and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Do you have an amazing costume? Do you like photographs of yourself in costume in unique and interesting surroundings? Do you want not one but two chances to win up to $500? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Haunted Graveyard Cosplay or Costume Contests are for you! Tickets Haunted Graveyard only $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 11 and younger), combo with rides $27 per adult, children $25. Parking is $8. Lake Compounce, Bristol. Save time waiting on-line by buying your tickets online, limited quantity available. Reoccurs until 10/31.

7 – 10pm: The Witch’s Dungeon Original movie props will be on display from ET, the Exorcist, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Mars Attacks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Planet of the Apes and more. Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Donation: $5 per person. Reoccurs on 10/16-18, 10/23-25 and 10/30-11/1.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Of Mice & Men Adapted by Steinbeck’s 1937 novel of the same name, Of Mice and Men tells the story two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land.” They have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. The HITW cast includes: Matthew Cote, James DeMarco, Eugene Tellier, Stephanie Layne, Eric Jolicoeur (all from New Britain) & Scott Hoffman (Newington), Brian Bowyer (Bethlehem), Robb Ecker (New London), Nick Demetriades (Cromwell) and Drew Brathwaite (Manchester). Tickets are $20 and $15 for students. Reoccurs 10/16-17.

Saturday, October 10:

8am: Eversource Hartford Marathon Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Kids K and a Team Run.

9am – 3pm: 22nd Annual Lions Club Fall Arts & Crafts Show The Windsor Town Green will be filled with arts and crafts booths of all types.

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10am: Haunted Birdhouse Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted Birdhouse!

1 – 2pm: Be Bear Aware Felicia, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the DEEP will present a lecture on CT bears. Join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures and how to be Bear Aware!

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Gates open at 2pm: Night Fall is a magical free outdoor community performance celebrating seasonal change through art, music, dance and giant puppets. Grounds open at 2pm and show starts at 6pm. Shop with the Market vendors, make Art, enjoy Side Shows, and purchase food from various local Food Trucks. Brink a blanket or chair to sit on for the performance, which starts promptly at 6 pm. Keney Park, Hartford.

5 – 7:30pm: Parents Night Out Come join Courtney from The Clever Crayon for a glowing night of fun! We will paint and decorate pumpkins with glow in the dark paint, enjoy yoga games with glow sticks and black lights, break for pizza and frost our own cupcakes with, you guessed it, glow in the dark frosting! Ages 5-10. $30 per child. $10 sibling discount.

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6 – 9pm: Bark & Brew Fundraiser Join us at the brewery to help our friends at Dog Star Rescue! Enjoy the award-winning Dog Star BBQ, Hooker Beer and some good ol’ puppy kisses! RSVP on Facebook by clicking here. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield.

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6 – 10pm: Oktoberfest for Scholarships Once again, this popular event will be hosted by our friends and Exchange Club supporters at Union Street Tavern. Tickets are $25 each, and include 3 refreshment coupons with purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate, or in advance from members of the Exchange Club.

7pm: Wolf Pack Opening Night The Wolf Pack kick off the 2015-16 season and debut the new alternate jerseys. Giveaway: The first 5000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack Magnetic Schedule, presented by CT-DOT.

Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11:

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Saturday 9am – 9pm (fireworks at 9pm) and Sunday 12 – 5pm: 47th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Situated around the beautiful Southington Town Green, the Apple Harvest Festival is a family oriented event which attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. Over the course of two weekends each autumn, the festival offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides and more. Also highlighted each year is our parade (last weekend), an arts and crafts show and a spectacular evening fireworks display. Shuttle buses run on Saturday from 8:30am-10pm and Sunday from 11:30am-5:30pm to and from Southington High School.

​​Sunday, October 11:

10 – 11am: Sensory Sunday An hour prior to public hours, just for children with special needs and their families.

10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to twelve aircraft. These include the Vietnam era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, the North American F-100A Super Sabre jet fighter, the Sikorsky HH-52A Coast Guard rescue helicopter, the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, and may more. Visitors will have their opportunity to learn all aspects of R/C aviation from remote control airplane enthusiasts. All types of R/C aircraft, parts and accessories will be available for purchase. R/C simulators will be available for visitors to try. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. RSVP on Facebook if you would like.

1 – 2:30pm: The Healing Powers of Nature Join Nyree Hodges for a lecture on how Herbs are good for the body. This event will also include an Herbal tea tasting and a trailside Herb discovery hike. $7 per person.

Monday, October 12:

9:30am – 5pm: Columbus Day Imagine Nation Museum is open while school is not.

10am – 4pm: Leaf Peeper Scavenger Hunt Looking for something to do on a lovely fall day during the height of leaf color? Drop in anytime between 10 am and 4 pm and head out on the trails for a fall scavenger hunt and special crafts. Apple cider and cookies will be provided. Scavenger hunt map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center.

Tuesday, October 13 – Wednesday, October 14:

7:30pm: Disney’s Newsies They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right… and staying true to who you are. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River). Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Production runs through Sunday, October 18.

Wednesday, October 14:

12-1pm: Lunchtime Lecture: Shrek, The Musical Join local writer David Garnes and guest Terri Goldich at the Little Theatre of Manchester, Cheney Hall for a Lunchtime Lecture celebrating Little Theatre’s upcoming production of the Shrek, The Musical (playing November 6-22, 2015). Garnes will facilitate and offer informative remarks, and Goldich, former curator for the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, will focus on the topic “Children’s Lit: It’s Not Just for the Kids.” The program is free. Guests are invited to bring a lunch; beverages will be served.

7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Providence Bruins

June 22 – 28

Welcome to the last full week of June! School is out and camp is in! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County!

Savings Alert:

Now through Labor Day save $10 when you sign up for a family membership. Member benefits include: discounts on classes, birthday parties and certain special events. Discount on tickets for our pumpkin trail walk. Free admission to Hungerford. New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.

The July Calendar has arrived at the new art bar, Scene Art Bar in Unionville! Book your July session by June 30th and save 20% on public painting sessions – enter promo code JULYOFFER20 during online registration (not valid for previous reservations, private parties or fundraisers).

Monday, June 21:

Monday @ 10 – 11:30am: Red White and Blue Cupcake baking and decorating class. $30 per child. Siblings $20. Parent participation required. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Paper Sailboat
Paper Sailboat

{National & Reoccurring} Monday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Paper Sailboat $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. Michael’s locations.

Tuesday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 24:

{National & Reoccurring } Tuesday – Wednesday @ 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring Rio 2 From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28:

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2:30pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm: Good People Welcome to Southie, a neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills. Margie Walsh has just lost another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling might be her ticket out. With humor and grace, Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Talk back Tuesday’s, an insightful post-show conversation with the cast after the show. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm and 8pm and Sunday @ 1pm and 6:30pm: Kinky Boots With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. The Bushnell; William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 23:

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How to Grow a Friend

Tuesday @ 10:30am: How to Grow a Friend Storytime Tend your friendships and watch them grow. Making a friend takes patience, care and space to bloom. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Reoccurring} Tuesday @ 7 – 8:30pm: Simple Swing—Big Band and Swing Rockin’ Out at Rockwell Ampitheatre.

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark

Tuesday @ 11am: Orion and the Dark Storytime Join us for Storytime where we read Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett and There’s Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

{Girls Time Out} Tuesday @ 7pm: Women and Higher Education West Hartford has always prided itself on its excellence in education. Dr. Jennifer Cote will discuss the history of women and higher education in West Hartford. In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut established the Hartford area’s first liberal arts college for women in West Hartford. It wasn’t until 1965 that the Town had its first female principal in a secondary school and 2009 that the Town hired a female Superintendent of Public Schools. Cote will tell the stories of local women and colleges, and the town that shaped them. Each lecture is free, though a $5 donation to the museum is appreciated. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Wednesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28:

Hair

{Reoccurring & Parents Night Out} Wednesday – Thursday @ 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos.  Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Saturday is Open Mic after the show and Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, June 23:

Felt Picnic
Felt Picnic

{National & Reoccurring} Wednesday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Felt Picnic Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

{Reoccurring} Wednesday @ 11am: Outdoor Storytime Join Mrs. Moody at Rotary Park Playground for Storytime! We will enjoy songs, stories, bubbles and parachute fun. Ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Reoccurs through June. Weather permitting. Free. Rotary Park Playground, Simsbury.

Wednesday @ 5:30 – 6:30pm: The Art of Light and Water Following a short annual meeting at Windsor Historical Society, enjoy wine and cheese while viewing photographer Tom Cameron’s photographic images of the Farmington River in a PowerPoint presentation. Cameron wades, kayaks, snowshoes and trudges out with his digital camera in all seasons. He will share thoughts about key elements for interesting pictures, and how development can enhance an image, as well as showing a map of the River and providing an overview of photograph locations. You might discover some new spots to explore this summer! Cost: $6 adults, $5 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

Wednesday @ 7pm: Mark Twain In China Mark Twain has had an intriguing relationship with China that is not as widely known as it should be. Although he never visited the country, he played a significant role in speaking for the Chinese people both at home and abroad. After his death, his Chinese adventures did not come to an end, for his body of works continued to travel through China in translation throughout the twentieth century. Were Twain alive today, he would be elated to know that he is widely studied and admired there, and that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn alone has gone through no less than ninety different Chinese translations, traversing China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Looking at Twain in various Chinese contexts—his response to events involving the American Chinese community and to the Chinese across the Pacific, his posthumous journey through translation, and China’s reception of the author and his work, Mark Twain in China points to the repercussions of Twain in a global theater. It highlights the cultural specificity of concepts such as “race,” “nation,” and “empire,” and helps us rethink their alternative legacies in countries with dramatically different racial and cultural dynamics from the United States. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, June 24 – Friday, June 25:

Thursday – Friday @ 7pm and Sunday @ 2pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. Free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 28:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Saturday @ 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday @ 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: Entwined Tulips, Friday: Tree Love, Saturday:  Scenic Farmington River and Sunday: West Cornwall Bridge. Perfect for a Moms Night Out, a date night or date-less option. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $35 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursday – Friday @ 10am – 3:30pm and Saturday – Sunday @ 12 – 3:30pm: “Fifi,” the last fully operational Boeing B-29 Superfortress, is making its way back to Connecticut and will be here on display. “Fifi” will fly at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on Saturday and Sunday only. Tickets for this event must be purchased at the Air Museum. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and seniors, and $15 for children ages 4-11, children under 3 are free. The charge for Museum members is $7 for the shuttle fee and ramp access. The cost includes admission to the Museum, shuttle bus transportation to the aircraft display and ramp access. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the ramp area without a Museum ticket. The Museum will open at 9:30 am Wednesday to Friday and at 8:30 am on the weekend. The last tickets will be sold each day at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 25:

Thursday @ 11am – 3pm: 2nd Annual Kids Fest The event will feature community providers, face painting, balloon art, a bounce house, a petting zoo, along with many more activities. Free. City Hall, Hartford.

Thursday @ 5:30 – 7:30pm: Book Talk: Charles A. Teale Sr. Join us at the Amos Bull House to hear about Hartford Legend Walter “Doc” Hurley, who helped hundreds of boys reach their college dreams. Biographer Charles Teale, one of the many whose lives were touched by Doc Hurley, will share stories of the coach, mentor & philanthropist. After dropping out of high school, Chief Teale was directed by “Doc” Hurley to get a college education, to accomplish this, he developed a system of learning, understanding & remembering information called “The Tools of Learning” which can be found in his latest book entitled “Chief Teale’s the Tools of Learning”. Reservations recommended. Free event with proceeds from “The Making of a Legend” benefiting the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

Thursday @ 6 – 8pm: Riverfront Scramble #1 The Hartford Marathon Scrambles are the fun way to kick off summer weekends! Costumes encouraged! Awards for best costumes at every Scramble! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt… and then enjoy beer, food and a band at the end! Adults $30, Young Adult (Ages 18-22) $25, Kids (ages 5 -17) $15. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford.

Momogram Sign
Monogram Sign

{National} Thursday @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Make It: Monogram Sign Personalize a pretty door hanger with a daisy initial. $20 per project, supplies included. Michael’s locations.

Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27:

Friday – Sunday @ 9:30am – 5pm: Frozen Science Fever Don’t miss our biggest and best Disney-inspired event yet! Sing along with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff at our spectacular stage show, make your own snow with Olaf, and more. Plus, we’ll be playing the animated sensation Frozen all day long. From 11am – 4pm: Make your own snow with Olaf, meet Conderella and her animals, read stories with Belle, glow in the dark dance with Jake and Captain Hook and see amazing stiltwalkers in the Science Alley. For an additional fee see a stage show with showtimes at at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. $37 Adults, $32 Children. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

Friday – Saturday @ 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear about these investigations — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.Tours are $22 for adults, $17 for members, and $15 for children. The Mark Twain House, Hartford.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28:

Moon Over Buffalo
Moon Over Buffalo

{Reoccurring & Parents Time Out} Friday – Saturday @ 8pm and Sunday @ 2pm: Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig follows in the footsteps of last season’s smash hit Noises Off! It’s a delightful farce, offers a little sexual innuendo and a bit of slapstick. You’ll enjoy the period time-frame, drinking and womanizing male star, justifiably jealous wife, young stage manager desperately trying to keep things together, important person(s) in the audience, at least one character who’s passed out and is believed missing and non-actors forced to become actors. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Friday, June 26:

Fun Fishing Game
Fun Fishing Game

{National & Reoccurring} Friday @ 10am – 12pm: Passport to Imagination: Fun Fishing Game Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Michael’s locations.

Friday @ 5pm: A Special Night with Treat Williams and Rex Reed Kick off the summer film series with a conversation between actor, producer, and director Treat Williams and film critic Rex Reed. A surprise screening of a film starring Williams follows the onstage chat. From 5-6pm: Cash bar reception with Treat Williams and Rex Reed. $25; Members $22. Reception admission includes the conversation and film. From 6-7pm onstage conversation. At 7pm film screening. Conversation and film admission only: $12; Seniors and students $11; Members $10; Insider Access or above $5. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

Friday @ 6 – 7:30pm: Canvas and Cupcake Class To kick off the summer, we will paint a beach scene on an 11×14 canvas and decorate a matching cupcake. Register in advance. $30 per child. Ages 6 -12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{Reoccurring} Friday @ 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Willy Wonka Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

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By Mouse & Frog

Friday @ 7pm: By Mouse and Frog Storytime One morning mouse woke up bright and early to write a brand new story with frog! Join us for this fun-filled story and crafts. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

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Talcott Music Festival

Friday @ 7:30pm: Mambo Kings: From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzolla and the burning Afro Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, the Mambo Kings will take you on a worldwide Latin jazz tour. $20 for lawn seating, $40 for table seating per person. Stop by the family tent for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6pm – 7:15pm). Parking on-site is $10 per vehicle. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury. Comment by clicking here to enter to win a family four pack of tickets to see this.

Saturday, June 27:

{National} Saturday @ 10am: Happy Places Event Get inspired to design your dream nursery. Plus, create your baby registry. Enjoy great prizes and giveaway, meet other parents and share ideas. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Free. Select Babies R Us locations.

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Lowe’s Build & Grow

Saturday @ 10am: Kids Clinic: Captain America Motorcyle The Avengers are back this week with Captain America! Register your child and they can build a motorcycle inspired by “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble!” Watch the Animated Series Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

{National} Saturday @ 10 – 11:30am: Baking with Grace Join Williams-Sonoma and American Girl for a hands-on baking class inspired by Grace—the 2015 Girl of the Year! Each student will learn Grace’s favorite French Madeleine recipe, then finish the pastries with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and a few other toppings. We’ll also make and decorate sugar cookies from scratch. Each child will take home a special American Girl goodie bag! $30 per child. Suitable for ages 8–12. Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game
Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game

{National & Reoccurring} Saturday @ 10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Pie Tick-Tac-Toe Game Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. $2 per child. Michael’s locations.

Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark

Saturday @ 10am – 4pm: Summer Siesta! Ease into summer under the palm trees! Touch the warm sand and seashells, design a fragrant floral lei, challenge yourself under our limbo stick and learn to hula dance. Join in on the Island Drum Workshop for $5 per child from 11-11:45am! Create rhythmic island music on your very own hand-made drum. Free for members. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Saturday @ 11am: Orion and the Dark Storytime Join us for Storytime where we read Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett and There’s Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. Click here to learn more about this book. Free. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton and Glastonbury.

Saturday @ 11am – 5pm: The Sneaker Convention Great Hall at Union Station, Hartford.

The Magical You
The Magical You

Saturday @ 1pm: Local author Heather Goetz will be in the Children’s Department to read her book The Magical World of You. Her book answers the one question that all children are curious about: what happened on the day that I was born? Click here to learn more about this book. Free. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Saturday @ 1- 4pm: Clifford the Dog In the spirit of literacy, join Clifford the Big Red Dog at the museum for an afternoon of fun kid’s activities! At 1, , and 3pm, there will be Clifford the Big Red Dog story time, followed by fun crafts and a snack, plus watch Clifford the Big Red Dog videos on a big movie screen. The first 100 guests receive a free Clifford the Big Red Dog book (first come, first served; one book per family)! Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Saturday @ 6pm: Farm to Street Presented by Hartford Steam Boiler, hosted by Hartford Prints!, ON20, and Hartford Food System is a pop-up community event celebrating our city and our streets. Local fare, culture, and industry will meet on one of Hartford’s most interesting blocks for a farm-to-street outdoor dinner. General Admission tickets are $35 each. VIP tickets are available for $60 each and include a private tour of Hartford Food System’s urban farm. A local, seasonal first course and dessert, catered by ON20, are included in ticket price. Beer brewed by Back East Brewing Co. and wine from T Edward Wines are included as well. All guests are inspired to BYOD – “Bring Your Own Dinner.” All tickets are sold online. No tickets will be sold at the event. Pratt Street, Hartford.

Saturday @ 7pm: Deven Green, the star of Betty Bowers: America’s Best Christian and the Welcome to My Parody videos on YouTube, brings her electric ukulele lounge act to the Webster Bank Museum Center at the Mark Twain House & Museum! Join us for one of the funniest, most subversive comediennes working today. Opening for Deven is the Survivors Swing Band–the oldest member is 94! Plus they’ll be joining Deven for a number or two. $20 per non-member. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday @ 7pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. Free. Barnes Museum, Southington.

Sunday, June 28:

Sunday @ 9am – 3pm: Consorso Ferrari Join us for a premiere car show hosted by the Ferrari Club of America/New England Region. For one day only, West Hartford Center is transformed into an amazing display of exotic Italian automobiles. All to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! West Hartford Center, West Hartford.

Sunday @ 12 – 4pm: A Celebration of Art & Culture In partnership with the West End Farmers Market, the Asylum Hill Outdoor Marketplace features work by local artist on display and available to purchase. This Market, as a part of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Garden Day, will feature interactive performances from HARTT School Graduates, Asylum Quartet. Additional dates at the West End Market feature live entertainment by talented Asylum Hill performers include Hartford City Ballet, MC Self Suffice, and jazz-funk duo Warren Bird & Saskia Laroo. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

{National} Sunday @ 1pm: Fourth of July Cookout A red, white and blue motif pairs perfectly with a menu of all-American foods cooked on the grill and ultra-creative desserts in star-spangled colors. This menu is wonderful for sharing with family and friends—a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Times may vary per location. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Sunday @ 1 – 3pm: Hat Making & Tea Party Visit the Isham-Terry House & enjoy a spot of tea! A proper tea party requires a proper hat. Jackie McKinney will lead you in a hat making project & you will have a hat like they wore at Prince William & Kate’s wedding. Stay for tea & a house tour! Hat Making & Tea: $45 per person. Already have a Hat? $25 per person (tea only). Isham-Terry House, Hartford.

Sunday @ 1 – 4pm: Militia Day All men between the ages of 16 and 60 are summoned to drill in preparation for attack! In addition to tours of the barns, sheds, lovely Connecticut River Valley “mansion”, and a cooking demonstration in the grand fireplace, a train band will drill in the yard. Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia Co. will be in full costume portraying a local militia unit, something in which every able bodied man, ranging from young teen to seniors, was required to serve. The drill will be a 1775 drill, learned from the British army. The “milish” will be clad with muskets, cartridge boxes, hats, and canteens. Enjoy an afternoon of watching a battle unfold before your eyes, musket firing demonstrations an artillery demonstrations. Learn about 18th century surgical techniques, textile production woodworking and pewter casting. Admission is $5 per person and families 5 or more are $20. The Historical Society of Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

Sunday @ 2pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Join fireflies and fairies for an evening under the stars (or afternoon under the skies) for Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, combining upper-class nobles, laborers-turned-actors, love-struck teens, and a world of mischievous fairies who collide in a cluster of magical spells, mistaken identity, wedding preparations, and a hilarious play-within-a-play. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and make your own fairy gear with NBMAA educators prior to each performance. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

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Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE Giveaway

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Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring John Frusciante and based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand to The Bushnell on June 11 – June 13! Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars – Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and played at The Bushnell in May 2014 to capacity crowds. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!

Click here to learn more about the production at this venue. Click here to learn more about the national tour.

John Frusciante is a comedian and writer living in NYC. He is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and has performed for audiences all across the country. John can be seen regularly at the UCB Theatre in New York City and can be heard as a contributor on the hit podcast Citizen Radio. In 2014, John co-headlined the Addicted to Friendship tour with Jamie Kilstein in major cities across the country. He has also made multiple appearances on Conan.

Momford County subscribers can comment below to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this show. Click here for show times, winner chooses day and time. Momford County fans can use code VENUS15 for half priced tickets.