Week 11 of 52

This week is chock full of fun things to do across the county – some events worth the mention are: Meet the Cast of Next to Normal premiering at Theaterworks in Hartford on the 24th – April 30th, Cirque Du Soleil at the XL Center, March Madness Fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery, A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House, Celebrate St. Patty’s at Playhouse on Park, City Steam March Madness Brewfest, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and Theresa Caputo LIVE at the Bushnell, Maple Sugaring at Westmoor Park, Children’s Safety Fair at the Children’s Museum, O’Hartford 5K, The Ballet Ball and Pink Party at the Hill-Stead Museum, Wild Kratts Animal Exhibition at CT Science Center, Princess Tea at Bushnell Park Carousel, All Things Green at Barnes Nature Center and Susy’s Birthday Party at the Mark Twain House.

Monday, March 13th

10am – 1:15pm: Homeschool Day Homeschool Days at the Connecticut Historical Society offer programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families. Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element. Each workshop is $5 per student for CHS members and $8 per student for non-members. For the full-day (three workshops), the fee is $12 for CHS members and $20 for non-members. The fee for parents is $4 for the day. Parents must remain in the building at all times. Maximum cost of $75 per family. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Monday, 3.13 – Friday, 3.17:

10am – 1pm: DUPLO Building Inspiration How many ways can you use LEGO DUPLO bricks? Whether you’re planning a birthday party or taking a road trip, drop into the LEGO Store before 1pm for 10 minutes of DUPLO building inspiration. Just for attending, you’ll receive a special DUPLO set and Inspiration Guide! LEGO, West Farms, Farmington


Tuesday, March 14th

Snow Day

Wednesday, 3/14 – Sunday, 3/19:


Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Cloud 9 Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” Runs until Sunday, March 19th. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Special Event: Tuesday: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the Tuesday 7:30pm performance. Saturday: 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

Wednesday, March 15th:

10-11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

11am – 12:30pm: Adult Coffee Club: Brain Fitness Dr. Sarah Raskin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College joins us at the Connecticut Science Center to discuss activities to help maintain cognitive functioning while enjoying coffee, puzzles, and games. From games to music to diet, learn how to maintain mental sharpness. Following the event, enjoy full access to our hands-on exhibits. Presented by AARP. Registration is $15 per person; coffee and tea are included. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Students ages 5 -9. Reoccurs on 3/22 and 3/29. $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury

6:30pm: An Evening with Rabbit Goody, Textile Historian Join us for an evening with Rabbit Goody, an internationally-known textile researcher, lecturer and teacher, who will give a short, informal talk on the 19th-century arts & crafts aesthetic. Wine and light bites will be served before the program. While the 18th-century saltbox cottage has changed significantly over the years of private ownership, photos from the 1890s will be on display to show how it looked in Theodate’s day. This program will be held in Theodate Pope’s former home at 13 High Street, Farmington. To attend, join the DASG today! Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make a Collar Necklace Create an on-trend necklace featuring natural stone beads. The first 15 guests will receive a special gift! Buy the strung beads and the rest of your supplies are free. Michaels

Wednesday, 3.15 – Sunday, 3.19:

Thursday, March 16th

10:30am – 12pm: Thistle Hill Weavers Goes to the Movies featuring Rabbit Goody Textile Historian Join Rabbit Goody, Owner, Designer, and Master Weaver of Thistle Hill Weavers, a custom weaving mill providing historical reproductions to the museum field, the film industry, designers and homeowners, and custom woven textiles to designers. Thistle Hill Weavers’ commissions include film and televisions projects such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cinderella Man, John Adams, Boardwalk Empire, Transformers, No Country for Old Men and Indiana Jones. For Indiana Jones, Rabbit developed 15 identical versions of the doctor’s cape, each distressed to varying degrees to represent the character’s wear and tear over the course of the story! $15 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

5:30 – 6pm: St. Patrick’s Day Kids Cookie Decorating Come and have the kids join us for some simple and delicious cookie decorating for St Patrick’s Day. Kids love cookies and being creative so come join us for a little of both. Cost is only $2.00 per cookie. RSVP. Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield

6 – 8pm: Author Visit: Pachinko Min Jin Lee will appear “in conversation” with WAMC’s Joe Donahue at this event. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. The White Hart, Salisbury

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6:30pm: Film & Speaker: “Moonlight” Join us for the third in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change: Moonlight. The 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood. Rated R. Running Time: 111 minutes. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Vertical Herb Garden Learn to build a vertical herb garden. Join our associate -lead demonstration and watch as we demonstrate how to use carpenter’s tools to measure and cut the wood to create a beautiful and space-saving veritcal herb garden. In addition, the associate will also demonstrate the safe use of common project tools like saws, nail guns and sanders. When we are done, we will help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. Home Depot

6:30 – 8:30pm: Make an Instax Frame Use decorative paper and stickers to personalize a frame for your favorite instant photo. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $19. Michaels

6 – 8:30pm: M&R Ladies Night Craft Beer Event Dave Herlicka from White Birch Brewery coming from New Hampshire to sample us on his assortment of Berliner Weisse. Other breweries in the mix will be Allagash, Ballast Point, Lord Hobo and our special guests, Outer light Brewing out of Groton. Happy to announce that O’live a Little will be pairing a variety of cheeses to pair with your beer, and Heather from the Bee’s Knees of Avon will be providing the food. $10 at the door. M&R Liquors, South Windsor

6:30pm: Not My Mother’s Kitchen Dinner at Metro Bis Metro Bis looks forward to welcoming Rob Chirico author of Not My Mother’s Kitchen: Rediscovering Italian-American Cooking through Stories and Recipes for a five course, wine dinner featuring recipes from his book. Metro Bis Restaurant, Simsbury

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Thursday, 3/16 – Saturday, 3/18:

Pops 'n Jazz 2017

7:30pm: Pops ‘n Jazz The 59th annual production of Pops ‘n Jazz, featuring Hall High School’s acclaimed jazz bands, dancers, and singers, will open on Friday, March 10, with additional performances March 16, 17 and 18.

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7:30pm: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. $19.50-69.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, 3/16 – Sunday, 3/26:

Friday, March 17th

Purchase your Beauty and the Beast Movie Tickets – On Sale Now!

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Reoccurs on Saturday 9-10am and 11am – 12pm. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12 – 1:30pm: Sweet Tweets This little bunny loves his feathered friend. The simple design is easier for young artists to paint, and the background color can be changed to match room decor. $25 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

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5 – 8pm: Kid’s Night Out – Spa Party Kids (boys welcome too of course) will enjoy sipping smoothies while they soak their feet in the tub. They will giggle with delight as we gently scrub their little toes and feet with a homemade, all natural sugar scrub! We’ll let them prepare an oatmeal facial which they will get to remove with hot towels! Kids will also get their fingernails painted if they want (please remove polish before arriving), do a craft, dance, do yoga and more! If that isn’t enough, they will also learn how to make home-made pasta and will all get a chance to roll out the noodles and we’ll cook up some delicious pasta for dinner! Bread and salad will be served as a side dish along with an apple and an ice cream sundae for dessert. Suggested ages 5-10 (drop off). $45 per child ($35 for siblings). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

5:30 – 7:30pm: Party for St. Paddy Celebrate the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day menu filled with good-for-you greens. From basil to spinach, we’ll use great green ingredients that little leprechauns will love. Menu: Pot-of-Gold Pesto Pasta Green Beans with Creamy Chipotle Dip Green Velvet Pancakes. What to expect: Learn how to cook pasta like a pro. Discover the standard breading procedure. What gives red velvet its distinctive flavor? Find out now. ShopRite, Manchester

6pm and 8pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland Sláinte! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will offer its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night. A Taste of Ireland includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8pm. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal including homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets, Irish soda bread, and apple pandowdy for dessert. New this year, the Coogan School of Irish Dance of West Hartford, CT will demonstrate some traditional Irish step dancing for the crowd. After dinner, singer Tom Hooker Hanford will regale the audience with “A Rovin’”eighteenth-century tavern songs and Irish selections. Musician, artist, storyteller, and performer extraordinaire, Hanford not only has a beautiful voice, but also plays violin and guitar. At the end of the evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress, and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster. Tickets are $35 per person. The price includes dinner, one complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

6 – 8pm: Let’s Celebrate Spring Let’s welcome spring time with a menu full of fun, refreshing food! On the menu: springtime veggie pasta primavera, tomato cucumber avocado salad, lemon crumble bars, and homemade watermelon lemonade. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Date Night: Ireland Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day–invite your special someone to a hands-on class where you’ll explore classic and contemporary Irish cuisine. Our instructor will show you techniques for everything from braising cabbage and making fluffy mashed potatoes to enhancing salmon with a Guinness and maple glaze. You’ll enjoy working alongside your date and other couples, honing knife skills as you prepare a traditional Irish soup. When it’s time for dessert, we’ll share secrets for making a decadent chocolate cake spiked with Irish whisky. Menu: Irish Apple and Parsnip Soup – Guinness and Maple Glazed Salmon – Potato Mash with Braised Cabbage (Colcannon) – Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake. $79 per person. Sur La Table, Canton

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7 – 9pm: 4 Lead Clover Dance Come share your lucky clovers, rabbits feet and other lucky charms with all your friends at ECC as we celebrate Irish culture in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Green and gold are the colors for tonight and we’ll have a DJ playing all your favorite tunes. No blarney! Ages 18 and up. $14 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Ada Twist, Scientist Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should. Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford

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7:30pm: Theresa Caputo LIVE! The Experience “The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. $39.75-79.95. The Bushnell, Hartford

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Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

6 – 8pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef sliders as well as bake and decorate festive cupcakes. Ages 6-12.  $25 per child, Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7:30pm: Martha Redbone’s Bone Hill Band Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries. $25 adults, $15 youth. Autorino Center for the Arts, Hoffman Auditorium, West Hartford

Friday, 3/17 – Saturday, 3/18:

8pm: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six spellers enter: one speller leaves victorious! With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Avon

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7pm: Cinderella Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, and “Ten Minutes Age”, as performed by Conard students. Tickets $15-18. Conard High School Auditorium, West Hartford

Saturday, March 18th

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9 – 10am and 11am – 12pm: St. Patty’s Day Celebration (Toddler Class) Let’s celebrate the luck of the Irish! Today we will prepare homemade Irish Shepherd’s Pie and decorate festive cupcakes! Each child will create a Shamrock craft to take home as well. Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

9:15am: 15th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol

9:30 – 10:15am: Family Yoga Come do Yoga at Imagine Studio and bring the whole family! We will practice our breathing, do a basic yoga flow and stretch, play some games and have some fun! No previous yoga experience necessary! $12 for the whole family! Imagine Studio, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions. This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Must be at least 5 to attend; all children must be accompanied by a pre-registered adult. $10 per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Installing Ceiling Fans Get the skills you need to tackle ceiling fan purchase and installation. We will get you up to speed on fan styles and features, including the energy star options currently available. Then you will learn the basics of installing ceiling fans both with and without light kits. Last, you will get valuable safety tips around wiring ceiling fans. Home Depot

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12:30pm: O’ Hartford 5K This 3.1 mile moving party through downtown Hartford starts and ends in Bushnell Park where a craft brew pub featuring four Connecticut breweries welcomes runners and spectators. Get your Irish up with bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers, refreshments and beer! O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile o’fficially caps off St. Patrick’s festivities – costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants.

1pm: Hartford Men’s Lacrosse vs. UMass Minutemen at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium in West Hartford 

1 – 2pm: Artist Talk with Gus Mazzocca The Windsor Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition entitled MULTIPLES: Printmaking featuring Gus Mazzocca with works by Michael Siporin Levine and Matthew Clay-Robison, which will run March 11 through April 22nd. This exhibition includes works from the career of UConn Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca, an internationally-exhibited printmaker-artist, as well as two of his former UConn printmaking students and current working artists, Michael Siporin Levine and York Gallery Director and artist, Matthew Clay-Robison. Windsor Art Center

1 – 2:45pm: CFPA Ramble: Highland Park History Hike Come learn about the history of the Highland Park area and the Case Brothers National Historic District while visiting properties protected by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. We will visit the paper mill and mansion areas. Starting at the trailhead on Spring Street, we will plan to hike 1.5 miles. For participants who want a more strenuous event, we will make the bumpy and steep hike to the summit of Case Mountain; where, on a clear day, Heublein Tower is visible to the west. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. No dogs, please. Free. Case Mountain Trails, Manchester

1 – 3pm: Doll Spa Party Bring your favorite doll to TLGT for a doll spa party! We’ll have doll “baths”, a hair style station for dolls and kids, nail painting, a tea party and cupcake decorating. Come pamper your doll and yourself for an afternoon at TLGT! Suggested ages 4-9 (drop off), $35 per child ($25 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

2pm: Audio Described Performance: Cloud 9 For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage

6pm: The Magic of Trinity Our 3rd Annual Excellence Dinner is a wonderful night filled with great food and entertainment. You can learn about Trinity Academy. Be entertained with a magic show from Four-Handed Illusions, Boston’s #1 rated Theater Group. $150 per person. Bond Ballroom, Hartford

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6pm: You Can’t do That at NBYT! The evening will include performances, games, desserts, a cash mocktail bar, raffles, and lots and lots of fun! One raffle prize will even be for the full cost of participation in NBYT’s summer musical, The Lion King Jr! Admission is free, donations will be accepted. New Britain Youth Theater, Berlin

6 – 8pm: Tale as Old as Time Capture this timeless moment of love. Inspired by the Beauty and the Beast movie, come and paint the beast’s rose with friends at My Own Masterpiece. $35 per canvas. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill

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7 – 11pm: Chaparrals The Chaparrals play a blend of country and country rock music from the 50’s & 60’s that is fun and danceable. Whether you bring a friend or come alone, you will enjoy a nice night out with good music and great people. Are you celebrating a birthday? Anniversary? Retirement? Just want to get together with friends? This is a perfect, affordable event to do just that. Admission is $12 per person. Doors open at 6:15pm. Dance all night long or just sit and toe tap, either way, it is a great evening. Snacks and set-ups are available for sale, BYOB. Reservations are strongly suggested as this is a very popular event. Pre-paid tables of 8 people may be reserved; walk-ins are welcome if there is space. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

7:30pm: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe When four English children step through an old wardrobe, they discover a magical world where it is always winter and never Christmas. There in Narnia, the children meet talking animals and mythical creatures who reveal that it is the White Witch who keeps the country under her icy thumb. With the help of Aslan, the great lion and true king, the Pevensies must fight to end the Witch’s reign and restore summer to Narnia. C.S. Lewis’ classic tale of good versus evil is brought to life in this whimsical and moving stage adaptation. The Master’s School, West Simsbury

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7:30pm: The Music of U2 Singer Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Brent Havens lead the band and the HSO through a classic night of U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before! $25-75. The Bushnell, Hartford

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8pm: Comedy Night Vicky Kuperman is a Moscow-born Boston native, New York City rat-packer and recently named “one of 12 new comedians to watch” on The Huffington Post. In 2014, she published her debut (comedic) novel, “The Russian Drop,” and released her debut comedy album “When I Could Feel,” out on iTunes, streaming on Pandora, Spotify and playing on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog comedy channel. She performed her Off-Broadway one-hour solo stand-up show to packed houses for five nights at the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival, where she won “Best Stand-up of the Fest.” Tommy Gooch was born in Brooklyn, & was raised and still resides in Staten Island, NY. His ranting self-deprecating, family-oriented style of comedy has traveled & succeeded with audiences for years. Tommy’s natural loveable off the cuff comedy always makes him a favorite for a Feature Act & Headliner. Tommy’s specialization in audience interaction, always makes him a crowd favorite. BYOB. $15 for floor and $35 for seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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8pm: Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Theatre in West Hartford

Saturday, 3/18 – Sunday, 3/19:

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11am – 3pm: Wild Kratts Animal Expedition Prepare for a wild adventure! Flex your creature powers with Wild Kratts-themed activities like animal face painting, a meet-and-greet with Jimmy and Aviva, and animal arts and crafts with the Art Truck. Don’t miss a larger-than-life stage show with Wildlife Encounters, where you’ll see animals you’ve never seen before. They’re so wild,you won’t believe they’re real! Animals may vary by show. The Wildlife Encounters show requires a separate ticket. Show times are 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Please note that the Kratt brothers will not appear at this event. $21.95 adults and $14.95 youth (3-18). Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Sunday, March 19th

10 – 11am and 12 – 1pm: Gallery Talks Please join the Museum and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to enjoy an in-depth look into our current featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Pérez-Barreiro holds a Masters of Art in Latin American Studies and Art History and a PhD in Latin American Art History. $20 for non-members, $8 for members. New Britain Museum of American Art

11am – 1pm: Barbie You Can Be a Chef: Sweet Treats Barbie teaches her friends that “You Can Be Anything” and we’ve created a special class to inspire young bakers (ages 7 – 12) to discover their talents. First, our instructor will teach class attendees a few kitchen fundamentals: following recipes, measuring, mixing, and working safely in the kitchen. Then kids will get hands-on in the kitchen, discovering secrets for working with puff pastry, expressing their creativity baking and frosting colorful confetti cupcakes and, finally, making a yummy homemade chocolate sauce; perfect for dipping fresh, seasonal fruit. That’s not all! Each student gets to take home a Barbie goodie bag, including a perfect pink apron and measuring cups for young bakers to create delicious treats and practice their newly learned skills at home. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite Barbie to join in the fun because You Can Be Anything with your friends by your side! Menu: Braided Apple Pastries – Rainbow Confetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting – Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Ages 7-12. $49 per child. Sur La Table, Canton

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12 – 3pm: All Things Green Wear your green today and help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Join us in a scavenger hunt to find the treasure under the rainbow! Fun Irish facts, crafts and yummy desserts are all part of this day! $5 per child. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

1 – 2:30pm: Susy’s Birthday Party! Registered guests will attend a special birthday celebration in the Carriage House Barn and meet costumed characters, including Mark Twain, his wife Livy, and their daughter and birthday girl Susy Clemens. Party activities include Victorian parlor games, crafts, birthday cake, story time, and mini-tours of the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $5 per person. This event is geared to elementary school-aged children, grades 3 to 6, and their caregivers. Reservations are required. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

2pm: Connecticut Youth Symphony Please join us to hear one of New England’s finest youth orchestras perform advanced repertoire under the direction of Daniel D’Addio. This performance is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved. University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater, West Hartford

2 – 3pm: Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

2017 Shad Derby Family Bowling Fundraiser

2 – 4pm: Pink Party Hill-Stead Museum invites everyone ages 4 and up to a Pink Party—inspired by French artist Edgar Degas’ Dancers in Pink. Wear your favorite pink outfit and learn more about Degas’ famous dancers. This family friendly event features a performance by dancers from the acclaimed Albano Ballet and a tour of Hill-Stead Museum, including rarely seen prints by Degas. Light refreshments included with program fee. $15 per person, includes admission to the Museum. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

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4pm: Making the Old New CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where last year a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung by a small choral ensemble beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture. This year’s program offers more Renaissance motets and madrigals paired with newer music inspired by the originals. Motets and madrigals by Renaissance “top forty” composers such as Morley, Vecchi, and Tallis will contrast with and complement choral music by renowned contemporary composers William Hawley, Eric Whitacre, and Martin Sedek. The concert features Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem, perfectly suited to this remarkable space. Trinity Chapel at Trinity College, Hartford

4pm: The Jolly Beggars are back by popular demand for an afternoon of Celtic music, storytelling, reels and jigs. Tickets are $12, or $10 for historical society members. This concert is presented bistro style, so BYO drinks and snacks. Wethersfield Historical Society

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A Victorian Holiday Dinner

Webster Goes A-Wassailing: a Victorian Hearth Dinner

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire, figgy pudding, wassail… We’ve all heard of these iconic holiday foods, but have you ever tasted them? Join us on December 15th from 6-8pm for a Victorian Hearth Dinner to explore history through food, along with a program on traditional Christmas carols by musician, Tom Hooker Hanford.

Taste curious traditional holiday fare and signature festive drinks at this three course feast.


Chutney Cheese

Roasted Chestnuts

Winter Squash Soup

Main Course:

Virginia Ham with Brandied Peaches

Onion Pye

Saffron Rice

Salade d’haricot vert

Pumpkin Bread


Figgy Pudding

Everlasting Syllabub

Candied Fruits & Nut





Cranberry Punch

$45 for members/$50 non-members. Click here or call (860) 521-5362 to make a reservation.

Week 39

Monday, September 26th:

10am – 3pm: Homeschool Day We’ll be open exclusively for homeschoolers and their families with a variety of activities including: Hands-on Build & Fly Challenges Interactive Flight Science Demos Open Cockpit Experiences Flight Simulators Aircraft Quests, and more!

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Tuesday, September 27th:

9am – 5pm: Day Trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery with Curator-led Tour Join members of the CHS Decorative Arts Council on a special bus trip to the Furniture Study of the Yale University Art Gallery. Our visit will begin with a tour of Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830, led by exhibit curator Patricia E. Kane, the Friends of American Arts at Yale Curator of American Decorative Arts. After a break for a delicious lunch, we will enjoy a guided tour of the Furniture Study, which houses more than 1,000 works from the Gallery’s collection of American Decorative Arts. You won’t want to miss this wonderful small group tour experience. Lunch is included with the tour.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: “A” is for Apple! (Toddler Class) Today we will have our very own candy apple bar! We will also make caramel apple oatmeal cookies with drizzled icing and apple pie bites. Ages 2-5.

{Last Call} 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.

4 – 6:30pm: Odyssey Course Days This new element if the first of its kind in Connecticut. Comprised of ten telephone poles at 40 feet high with a series of multiple elements that will challenge and thrill all ages. This element is unique because it is designed to be climbed in a group. This allows for an individual challenge while having the support of a group to help you through each activity. Ages 10 and up. Reoccurs on 10/27.

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?

7:30pm: HONEY LaBREA – The Lonely Thetan Scienomics: Valid religion, self-help technology, or insidious cult? For washed-up Hollywood has-been Honey LaBrea, L.Ron Hubbard’s church promises career rejuvenation in a spa-like atmosphere… or does it? Follow Honey’s adventures as she goes deeper into the church than anyone thought possible and discover how hard it is to go clear when you have a dirty mind.

Tuesday, September 27th – Sunday, October 2nd:

Tuesday – 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. Sunday at 2pm: Audio Described Performances For patrons who are blind or have low vision. Runs until October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 28th:

11am – 2pm: I Am An Artist Day Discover your inner artist through creative and interactive experiences with local arts organizations and artists! Here are just a few examples of the exciting activities of the day: Continue reading

Weekly Happenings: January 20 – January 25

{PTO: Parent Time Out} Reoccurs through Sunday, February 8: Private Lives | Amanda: vivacious, sexy, sophisticated. And Elyot: virile, charming, seductive. The epitome of a 1930′s cosmopolitan couple. Until the divorce. Five years later, they are horrified — yet intrigued — to bump into each other while honeymooning in a French hotel with their new spouses. With its stinging barbs and clever wit, Private Lives is Noel Coward’s finest and funniest comedy. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Hartford, CT.

Monday, January 19 – Sunday, February 1: Taste of Hartford is back! Foodies and discount diners delight: the Greater Hartford Arts Council present Taste of Hartford 2015, the city’s premier restaurant event featuring two weeks of fine discount dining from January 19 thru February 1. Participating restaurants across Hartford will offer special multi-course, price-fixed tasting menus featuring their signature dishes. Hartford, CT.

Monday, January 19 – Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 pm: Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted scientists, technicians, and craftsmen who live there year-round. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Tuesday Night Post Film: Emily Woodward, who you might know as the owner and head baker at Get Baked, spent three winters living at McMurdo Station in Antarctica – and she’s going to stay after the screening and tell you all about her experiences at the base, and with the filmmaker! Hartford, CT.

Wednesday, January 21:

10:00 – 10:45 am: Little Gliders Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis, poles and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Farmington, CT.

10:00 – 11:00 am: Birds and Feeders It’s time for the bird feeder count! Get your feeders filled and your eyes ready to count the birds at your feeder. Learn to be a citizen scientist as you count the different birds at your feeder. We will learn to identify birds by the color, size and their favorite foods. Glastonbury, CT.

12:30 – 1:15: Little Gliders (see above for details)

Thursday, January 22:

9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Winter Wonderland Indulge your senses in the wonders of the winter season!- Create paper snowflakes, touch icy cold snow slime, sniff delicious spices and listen for woodland animal sounds! Participate in our Penguin Parade at 10:00am. Bristol, CT.

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers. Farmington, CT.

5:00 –7:00 pm: Has Racial Inequality Reached The Tipping Point? The fight for racial equality continues. What can we learn from the past and what can we do differently to create lasting change? Join the conversation. Featured guests are Rev. Henry Brown, Founder, and Henrietta Beckman, President, Mothers United Against Violence and Aswad Thomas, gun violence survivor and student organizer, 2014 March in Solidarity: Never Forgetting Ferguson. Hartford, CT. Free.

{MTO: Mommy Time Out} 7 – 9pm: Come join a “Ladies Night Out“at Barre 44! This unique style workshop is a great way to take some time out for yourself to learn, reflect, and grow right along side a group of like-minded women. Life is full and has us in constant motion, “Ladies Night Out” is designed to give women the opportunity to slow it all down, focus on topics that can be a challenge and then determine how they want to bring changes into their lives. Each workshop is facilitated by Certified Personal and Professional Life Coach Kelley Biskupiak.  Some workshops feature guest experts. Workshop Cost $35. Avon, CT.

Friday, January 23:

9:30 – 10:30 am & 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Toddler Class: Book and a Bite – “Little Monsters Went to School.” We will make some fun monster cheese snacks and then finish off with silly monster cupcakes. Ages 2-5. $15 per Child. Newington, CT.  

4:30 – 7:30 pm: Enjoy a night our (or in) since take out is available, Italian Style while supporting the New Britain Youth Museum. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Children (Ages 2-11) $5, Children under 2 are free.  New Britain, CT.

Friday, January 23, 12:00 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday, January 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Connecticut RV Show The show will feature over 140,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, travel trailers, pop-up campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers. Adults $11, Children 14 and under. Click here for a $1 coupon. Hartford, CT.

Friday, January 23 – Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 pm: Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic love story. Two families hate each other so completely and so blindly, that they simply cannot accept that their children have fallen in love. In this modern production, Romeo and Juliet will both be women. $10 Adult; $5 Children. Hartford, CT

Saturday, January 24:

10:00 am: Paddington The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Plainville, CT.

10:00 am: Fun Finger Foods Hey, kids! We can show you how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes,from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way. In this class, it’s A-OK to eat with your fingers—no forks required! We’ll teach you how to make scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner. What could be more fun? Suitable for ages 9–13. Williams Sonoma – Farmington & South Windsor, CT. Free.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: The Trash Museum will be open to the public visitors can explore the many exhibits on waste management. See MIRA’s single-stream recycling plant and attend a presentation on recycling by a MIRA educator. Do scavenger hunts in the Temple of Trash. Discover the energy-recycling connection. Operate a toy conveyor belt and discover new exhibits iin the Discovery Room. See a ten-minute Disney movie, “Recycle Rex” and more. Be inspired to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink ways to care for the earth. Fun for all ages. Groups of 5 or more are requested to pre-register. The cost is $4 per person; children younger than 2 years old and scout leaders are free admission. Harford, CT.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Soup-er Saturday It’s cold outside, so come warm up in our cozy kitchen as we make some comfort food. What’s better than Swedish Meatballs and special gourmet brownies for dessert! Ages 6 and up. $25 per child. Newington, CT.

6:00 pm & 8:00 pm: Tavern Night: A Taste of Culture Try three fresh flavors! A three-course meal will feature cuisines and entertainment from three prominent West Hartford cultures. Enjoy Asian, South American, and Russian foods, music, and dancing. $40 per person, $35 for museum members. Reservations required. West Hartford, CT.

7:00 pm: SquishyTown Asylum, a new improvisational theater troupe debut its first performance. New Britain, CT.

Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a winter beverage (games & beverages provided). Games and toys will be on hand for children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. You can also take a self -guided tour of the 1720 historic house. Farmington, CT. Free.

Sunday, January 25:

8:00 – 10:00 am: Penguin Plunge Are you ready to take the Plunge? Brave souls with warm hearts will run, jump and dive into Dunning Lakes’ chilly waters donning only a swimsuit, and their courage to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Penguins solicit donations from family, friends and local business to “Take the Plunge.” Incentive prizes for different levels of money raised and awards will be given for creativity in a number of categories. Farmington, CT.

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Bread Making Class In this hands-on cooking class, we will discuss the differences between dry and fresh yeast.  You will learn to proof yeast and mix yeast dough.  Using the dough, you will learn how to shape and bake breads and rolls.   You will leave equipped with the knowledge and techniques that you too can be an accomplished bread maker. $40 Non-members. Bristol, CT.

1:30 pm & 2:30 pm: In a Preternatural Way: The Witchcraft Trial of Mary Barnes produced by Stanley-Whitman House. 39 minutes long. Farmington, CT. Free.

Please call ahead if the weather is inclement or temperatures are low, as I may not be notified of the cancellation to pass on to you.

Saturday, January 31 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, February 1 {Super Bowl Sunday Alternative} from 10am – 4pm 11th Annual Big Y Kid’s Fair Fun, entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more are what you’ll get this day at the Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford. Here’s one-stop-shopping for the latest products and services for growing families, including national, state and local companies offering product samples and valuable information. Plus, we’ll present entertainment, celebrity appearances and loads of activities for families with busy babies and toddlers. There will be Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo, magicians, a stage area featuring events like a kids fashion show, a kids play area, amusement rides and much, much more! $10 Adults, $5 Kids (Adults get $2 off with Big Y Express Savings Club or Silver Savings Club Card, limited to one per party).