Week 45

Monday, November 7th:

7pm: Healing the Rift: An Election Eve Vigil for the Well-Being of the Nation The evening will feature brief readings of inspirational text and space for personal reflection. Regardless of what election-year issues that bring you to the event – concern about gun violence, terrorism, gender injustice, racism – “Healing the Rift” will offer a safe, reflective space to consider our connectedness and participate in community. “We want to offer participants an opportunity to reflect both individually and with community on the issues that are troubling our community, our nation and our world,” Cody Daigle-Orians, Charter Oak’s programming coordinator, said. “But we also believe it’s important to offer people ways to act.”

7:30pm: Embrace Join us for a screening of Embrace. Embrace has been described as a “social impact documentary that explores the issues of body image.” Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production, Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing. Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary.

Tuesday, November 8th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am – 4pm: Houses & Homes for Fairies & Gnomes What ‘magical’ creatures are living in our woods and gardens? Drop in and tour the custom-built fairy and gnome homes on our trails and then, using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own small dwelling for the ‘wee folk’ right on the forest floor! Costumes encouraged. No need to pre-register.

4:30 – 5pm: Wind Sock! A Thanksgiving Windsock! Come create with Peggy and make this windsock with a variety of fun materials! A great way to greet your guests at the door! Cost $15.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday: Relativity Talkback Tuesday is getting philosophical. Tonight we’re tackling morals, individual responsibility, and prioritizing the greater good.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 13th:

Tuesday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: The Piano Lesson In August Wilson’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family’s struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future. The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005. Ticket prices: $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Tuesday, November 8th – Sunday, November 20th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Runs until November 20th.

Wednesday, November 9th:

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4:45 – 6:30pm: Dance Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum Students learn the basic elements of dance technique including alignment, musicality and rhythm, discovering their relationships to space and time, while growing emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Class is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Runs until November 23rd.

5:30 – 7pm: Fall Wreath Social Mix, mingle, and get creative at our first DIY event in The Art Room! Join us to create your own festive fall wreath with our 2016 Featured Artist, Katherine Tolve. Using felt materials, Katherine will guide you through the process of creating colorful fall motifs that will make your wreath pop for Thanksgiving. We’ll provide all the materials, cheese, and cider; just bring yourself and a friend! Please register below; space is limited. $25 per person.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Painting in the Park When you walk through the park, you enjoy so many beautiful and breathtaking views…and here is an opportunity to capture them on canvas! At each session, you will receive instruction from a local artist on how to paint many of the beautiful treasures you walk by. At our first session, we will be capturing the State Capitol, which was completed in 1879 and stands proudly over Bushnell Park. During the painting session, we will have breaks for you to see how your fellow artists are doing while enjoying light refreshments in the cozy environment of the Pump House Gallery. Built in 1945, the building is an actual functioning pump house and is part of the Connecticut River Flood Control Project. It is the only public gallery in a municipal park in Connecticut. Painting in the Park is a new way to enjoy the park, so sign up today! Space is limited. $35 per person.

7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the performance.

8 – 9:30pm: Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America The Hartt School’s Composers Ensemble and Chorus presents “Respite: Sounds for Post-Election America” a concert of new music featuring premieres of Hartt composers Avery, Cupo, Harrington-Verb, Lundgren, Mykolenko, Osterman, Prevedini, and Smith. Also works by Oliveros and Riley. The Hartt Composers Ensemble and Chorus, now in its 12th year, is dedicated to the performance and study of contemporary music and to providing a place for student composers to workshop compositional ideas in a performance environment. The group plays a wide variety of works from the contemporary repertoire in a diversity of styles. HCE&C presented a festival of John Cage’s music celebrating his centennial in 2012. Recent concerts have included works by Louis Andriessen, the Beatles, Morton Feldman, Witold Lutoslawski, Fredric Rzewski, Erik Satie, Stephen Sondheim, La Monte Young, John Zorn, and numerous brand new scores by Hartt composers.

Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Unnecessary Farce Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

Thursday, November 10th:

9 – 10am: Mommy and Me Apple Pie Baking We’ll have fresh apples to cut with child-safe knives (caregivers will help), add some spices and other ingredients and put them into our pre-rolled pie crust. There is nothing like fresh apple pie on a cool fall day! Ages 2-5 with caregiver (may be appropriate for older or younger children depending on the child). $20 per family.

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5pm: The Trouble Begins: Mark Twain and American Presidents Mark Twain’s frank observations about American culture in the Gilded Age often ring true today. His take on the Presidents of his day are funny, insightful and could still be applied to the modern presidency. Join Mark Twain House employees Mallory Howard and Jason Scappaticci as they explore Twain on the American Presidency, two days after our next election. Jason Scappaticci is from Manchester, CT, where he works as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College. Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and has worked at the museum for over 8 years

5 – 7pm: The Human Body-Bones, Brains, & Boogers Included is an optional educational Lab Series enrichment program for K-3 from 6-6:45 pm. Admission is $10, includes exploration of the Museum Studios. The Lab Series has limited spaces! It’s recommended to call prior and reserve your spot for one class or the entire series before they are filled. Reoccurs 17th.

5:30 – 7pm: Mindful Self Health with Essential Oils Have you ever wanted to know more about meditation, mindfulness practices, and the use of essential oils? Join Linda Pountney, owner of Mindful Self Health, in a discussion and presentation toward physical and mental wellness using certified therapeutic essential oils. Essential oils have been used throughout history in several cultures for their powerful cleansing and holistic natural elements, leaving users feeling stress-free and with peace of mind. Inspired by the themes and inspirations presented in Sanford Biggers’s NEW/NOW installation Mantra, the program will end in the Batchelor Gallery with a guided walking meditation while viewing the work. Complimentary light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6pm, followed by a program from 6-7pm. $15 per person. Discount for members.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the second Thursday of the month, Oct. – Dec, for art exhibitions by local artists! Free with a suggested $5 food and per beverage donation.

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6 – 8pm: Romeo & Juliet Teen Workshops Shakespeare’s tragic love story will be performed outdoors in June 2017 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the play will be set in 1967, the “Summer of Love.” In a three-week workshop, we will explore characters, language, and themes of the teen tragedy. We’ll give special attention to understanding the characters and plot, and discussing the language and poetry of the text. We’ll also read and have the opportunity to perform scenes from the play, all in preparation for February auditions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copy of the play, but may also share or borrow a copy at the workshops. Participation is encouraged, but not required, for anyone planning to audition in February. We also plan to hold audition workshops in January or February, and a stage combat workshop to be announced. $10 for all three weeks. Reoccurs on November 17th.

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6 – 8pm: Family Resource Fair The Resource Fair is a drop-in event for families to connect with local businesses, professionals and organizations that provide services and assistance to children and their families. Vendors Participating: Children First CT, Creative Development, Focus Center for Autism, Futures Planned LLC, Spirit Horse in Canton, We Play Too, Talcott Center for Child Development, Unified Sports, Unified Theater, Educational Advocacy LLC, YMCA’s Adaptive Sports Programs, The Miracle League of CT, The Farmington Valley Transition Academy, Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, Kings Speech & Learning Center, April Smolski, LMFT, Speakology, Creative Interventions, LLC, Infinity Music Therapy Services, CzepigaDalyPope, GoBabyGo CT and more…

6 – 8pm: Success Energetics: An Inside-Out Approach to Rapid Results in Business In this fast-paced changing world, many of us are faced with re-inventing ourselves on a daily basis to achieve professional success and advancement. What worked smoothly and consistently yesterday seems daunting and demanding today. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to awaken your natural success zone and go from the challenge to the transformation. Discover three internal drivers that always energize action and results; learn the foundational three elements to apply when you run up against overwhelm; and, tap into your true potential. Take away simple, yet profound, daily practices that will move you forward faster.

6 – 9pm: A Make Ahead Thanksgiving We know that timing your turkey can be a stressful part of your holiday, so stress less and prep these make-ahead friendly dishes. We’ll even show you a make-ahead pie that’s sure to impress. Menu: Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Cream, Multi-Grain Apple Stuffing Squash and Cherry-Stuffed Turkey, No-Bake Creamy Pumpkin Pie. What to Expect: Learn how to make a dairy-free cream from cashews. Need a gluten-free side dish? We have you covered with our apple stuffing. Find out tips for making a no-bake pie crust.

6:30pm: Simply Ancient Grains Dinner Metro Bis will welcome the return of Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains for a five course wine dinner featuring recipes from her latest work. From black rice to red quinoa to golden Kamut berries, ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in home kitchens, many fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria makes cooking with these fascinating and nourishing staples easy and accessible with sumptuous recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Her family-friendly dishes are Mediterranean-inspired and delicious, such as Spicy Honey and Habanero Shrimp with Cherry Couscous; Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts; and Red Rice Shakshuka with Feta Cheese. Maria’s tips and simplified approach take whole grain cooking to the next level by amplifying the flavor and enduring beauty of these nutritious grains.

7pm: The Real Science of Time Travel The theoretical and experimental results range from black holes, wormholes, cosmic strings to elementary particle physics. Prof. Ronald Mallett’s research breakthrough is based on a little-known aspect of Einstein’s general theory of relativity that light as well as matter can warp space and time. By solving Einstein’s gravitational field equations Mallett showed that a circulating beam of laser light can cause a twisting of space and time that leads to the possibility of time travel to the past. Mallett discusses his motivation resulting from a family tragedy that led to his lifelong research into the possibility of traveling through time. He also discusses the paradoxes associated with time travel.

7:30pm: Women of the World: 2nd Annual Chapel Series Women of the World perform original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist, in 29 languages! The four singers are Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Annette Philip (India), Debora Pierre ( Haiti/United States), Giorgia Renosto (Italy). Despite differences in their upbringing, language, religion, ethnicity, food and music, they are bound by one unique desire: to explore sounds, rhythms and musical vocabulary from all over the world. The popular and versatile Women of the World have dedicated their careers to performing the music of diverse cultures, integrating their own unique heritages and musical styles in beautiful harmony. General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Friday, November 11th:

9am – 12pm: Veteran’s Day Camp: Cooking and Science Camp We have an exciting Science and Cooking Camp planned for Veteran’s Day. Join us to make some yummy pretzels and then use the extra yeast in a fun balloon experiment! The cost for the camp is $45 per child. Kids can bring a nut-free lunch and stay for an extended day for an extra $10.

9:30am – 5pm: Veterans Day Veterans and active duty military personnel gain free admission on Veterans Day. Tours step off on the half hour with the last tour at 4:30pm.

1 – 4pm: Family Day This Veterans Day get warm inside and out with Family Day activities at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Check out our Art Studio for a drop-in weaving activity and add a piece to a collaborative artwork! At 1pm, Roman Baca’s Ballet Theatre Company + Exit 12 Dance Company will weave together a medley of excerpted original pieces that celebrate personal and communal triumphs. November artist-in-residence, Diane Cadrain will lead a pre-registered needle felting workshop on the wet-felting technique. This workshop is suitable for ages 8 and up and space is limited. Roman Baca is the Artistic Director and General Manager of Ballet Theatre Company, West Hartford, CT, Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC, and also served in the Marines and is an Iraq War Veteran. He is also the Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC. After a career in dance, Mr. Baca served as an US Marine and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq from ‘05-’06. Mr. Baca has choreographed several major works relating to the military and their families, writes and lectures about his experiences.

6 – 7pm: Kids Poetry Night This event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. Contact Lutz if your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience.

7 – 9pm: Read It and Sleep: Chicken In Space Our monthly literacy program, “Read It and Sleep,” returns for the fall! Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, and listen as a children’s book is read by a guest reader. The first 25 kids receive a free copy of the book! Enjoy art activities and games, as well! November’s book is Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt (Author) and Shahar Kober (Illustrator). Zoey isn’t like the other chickens. She has dreams. She has plans. And she has a best friend, Sam the pig, who will join her on her wild adventures… if he gets to eat some pie along the way. How will Zoey and Sam get from the barn to the stars? Will Zoey be the first chicken in space? Will Sam get a snack? One thing is certain: Zoey always finds a way. Author Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrator Shahar Kober bring out-of-this-world energy and humor to this bright, funny tale of imagination, friendship, determination… and one truly adventurous chicken.

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8 – 9:30pm: Veterans Day Concert Asylum Hill Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir presents a concert in honor of Veterans Day, featuring heart-stirring music by Dave Metzger, Jeffrey Van, Sarah Kyder, Michael Horvit, and James Mulholland.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, November 12th:

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Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th:

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece Oklahoma! is set in the frontier days of the old West, providing a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. This beautiful and dramatic show features a score filled with landmark songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and of course, “Oklahoma!” $29 for VIP seating and $25 for general admission seating.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Bewitching Brahms The Hartford Symphony Orechestra celebrates one of the most captivating masters of musical form with a full program of Johannes Brahms’ music. His Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor and No. 7 in A Major are lively, evocative and among his most popular works. The Concerto for Violin in D Major is a favorite of virtuoso violinists – the technical demands are formidable, with lyrical melodies and rich orchestration. And Brahms’ final symphony is a monumental, complex and powerful piece with nods to Beethoven. Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.

Friday, November 11th – Saturday, December 24th:

Saturday, November 12th:

9:30am – 5pm: Imagine Nation Loves Bristol All Bristol families are invited to visit and participate in Imagine Nation Loves Bristol. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol will be open with free admission for all Bristol residents.(proof of residency is required).

10 – 11am: Baby’s First Christmas Join Us on the Saturday corresponding to your baby’s birth month so you can meet other local parents with babies the same age. Participate in fun holiday activities including turning a Koala Baby bodysuit into baby’s first “ugly Christmas sweater” and creating Baby’s First Wish List. Plus, find great gift ideas and more! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. For babies born April – July 2016 and on November 19th, for babies born August – November 2016. Can’t make your date? Feel free to come to one you can! Siblings welcome, too.

10 – 11:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am – 4pm: Veterans Day Tribute Visitors will have the opportunity to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. There will also be representatives from local veteran organizations at the event including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Haven Veteran Center offering service and support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. Finally, the New England Air Museum will be collecting personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., to be donated to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission.

10:30am and 1:30pm: New ‘Digging Deeper’ Tour Examines Revolutionary Soldier’s Life 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, upcoming tours for “A Soldier’s Life.” Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended.

1 – 3pm: Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience Master Class Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher will provide a unique, innovative and interactive falconry experience. Her mission is to reconnect families with nature through a once in a lifetime experience and to further the understanding and appreciation of raptors and ravens/crows and their roles in their ecosystems, through fun and interactive programs.

1 – 5pm: 15th Connecticut Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Official Rules: Must be between 5-15 years old. Sneakers must be worn to the contest. Sneakers must be naturally worn or torn, no sign of cuts by scissors or knives allowed. Sneakers only. Contestants must be wearing their own sneakers. One pair of sneakers per contestant. Winner must be able to attend the National Contest at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in NYC next Spring. The winner of this regional contest will receive lots of fame, Odor-Eaters Products, $200, and the Golden Sneaker Award. The winner will also compete in the National Contest to be held at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York City. Registration will be accepted the day of the event at Imagine Nation prior to the start of the event.

2 – 5pm: The Good Adoptee by Suzanne Bachner Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? That’s the reality for millions of adoptees and the focus of Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning show, The Good Adoptee, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students and military veterans.

2 – 5pm: Videography Class Ted Johnson, a professional photographer and videographer who specializes in documentary media for corporate customers and independent productions, will help you enhance your camera skills. $25.

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.

4pm: Gifts of Gratitude Learn how to make beautiful, all natural gifts for loved ones, or yourself. We will provide all of the supplies needed to make a Lemon Rosemary Essential Oil Sugar Scrub and Apple Pie Scented Room Spray. Come see how simple it is to make your own non-toxic scented bath and home products. $18 per person.

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Parents, this is your chance to have an evening to yourselves while we entertain your kids. They will have a blast doing… Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For Children 4 years and older. $30 per child, sibling discounts.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Nights Walk Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. $25 per family.

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6 – 11:30pm: Connecticut Children’s 20th Anniversary Gala This year’s Gala is the centerpiece of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s 20th anniversary celebration and promises to be an exceptional evening for all who attend. In addition to dining, dancing and bidding, guests will enjoy an Emerald Cirque Wizard of Oz theatrical production featuring aerial artistry. All proceeds will help ensure that all children, from infants to adolescents, receive the highly specialized medical and surgical services Connecticut Children’s offers.

7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowl! Give a hoot about these magnificent birds with an informative session on the lives of Connecticut’s native owls. This program includes a live owl presentation and an hour-long owl walk with an owl calling session. Recommended for ages 6 and above. Registration required. $5 Windsor residents, $8 non-residents.

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Saturday, November 12th – Sunday, November 13th:

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11am – 5pm: Open Studio Hartford is a free, city-wide event, when art studios, galleries, educational institutions, art-related businesses and other creative group locations open to the public. It is a collaboration designed to promote the local arts community, the artists themselves and their work and to bring people into the neighborhoods of our capital city for an enjoyable, educational and inspiring event.

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Sunday, November 13th:

9:30 – 11:30am: Great Children’s Read Bring your children for this free day of fun for book-loving families. Children’s classics and PJ Library books will be read aloud by local personalities. There will be an interactive art activity, scholastic book fair and more. Great fun you won’t want to miss. PJ Library Book Swap: Donate a new book or books your children have outgrown. Take a book you don’t have at home. Free and open to the community.

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12 – 3pm: Thanksgiving is Here! For the people of colonial New England, the most exciting holiday of the year was Thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated the harvest, their blessings, and renewed family ties and friendships. Just as today, families traveled from afar to join together on this special day and people spent many hours and days in preparation for reunions and feasting. And, just as today, a focal part of the celebration was a great Thanksgiving meal! At a typical Glastonbury home, one would find people eating a small turkey and chicken pie (beef and pork would not be on the table since the weather was still too warm to preserve butchered cows and pigs). Many pies would grace the table: mince, squash, cranberry, and a favorite, Marlborough pudding. There would be vegetables, fruits, cheeses and breads, and the meal would be ended by a variety of sweets. Come join us in the celebration! Tour our beautiful 1755 house, the barns and the property. Our colonial cooks, Lin, Annika, and Rosalie will be preparing several dishes in the fireplace. Sample chicken pie, cranberry pie and the tasty Marlborough pudding – a lemon custard with apples. We look forward to your visit! $5 per person.

1 – 2:30pm: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands Join us for a 90-minute program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game. Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmember. For ages 6 years and up. Pre-registration required.

1 – 3:30pm: Harvest Family Day Celebrate the harvest season with fall-inspired refreshments, open-hearth cooking, tours of the historic house “dressed” for autumn, and family-friendly games such as herding “sheep” and sack races. Don a Colonial apron or vest and help our costumed interpreters harvest the last of the garden’s bounty for preserving and for the cooking pot. $3 a person.Registration is not required.

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5 – 7pm: Kristallnacht Commemoration Our yearly commemoration event of Kristallnacht brings the community together with local artists to mark “The Night of Broken Glass.” This multi-faith event is a meditation on the horrors of war and a call for peace. This event is part of the 12th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, our yearly exploration of the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish identity in art.

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Monday, October 17th:

10am – 1:15pm: Homeschool Day 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. Throughout the day, our auditorium space will be available with drop-in, self-led toys, crafts, and coloring sheets for siblings ages 4 and under. 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. Workshops offered for three age ranges: ages 5-7, 8-12 and 13 and up.

1 – 3pm: Super Hero Training Your little one is going to go through super hero training camp. They will learn how to dress, act and play the part of their favorite super hero. $30 per child. Ages 3-5 (drop off).

7:30pm: An Evening with Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson Award winning-astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX’s Cosmos, is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000. Join Dr. Tyson for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it. Pit seats include a post-show meet and greet with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. VIP ticket buyers should proceed to Customer Relations after the show where they will be checked in and escorted backstage.

Tuesday, October 18th:

9:30 – 10:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

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6pm: Friends’ Fall Membership Meeting Please Join us for the Friends of the Mark Twain House Fall Membership Meeting at the Mark Twain Museum Center, Hal Holbrook Hall & Lincoln Financial Auditorium. Sara Bronin will be our guest speaker. Sara Bronin is a Professor of Law at UCONN Law School.  She is the faculty director for the UCONN Center for Energy and Environmental Law and has authored and co-authored over a dozen articles and several books, including two books on historic preservation law and a zoning law treatise. Among other public service positions, Sara chairs Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission, serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and also serves as a committee chair of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Sara will talk about historic preservation in Hartford, which will include her home.

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7:30pm: Talkback Tuesday Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast and creative team of Relativity as we discuss what went into transferring this play from the page to the stage.

Tuesday, October 18th – Sunday, November 13th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Relativity In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Runtime: 90 minutes (no intermission). Seats: $60-75, student rush $15. Runs until November 13th.

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: The Piano Lesson In August Wilson’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family’s struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future. The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005. Ticket prices: $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Runs until November 19th.

Wednesday, October 19th:

9:30 – 10:15am: Halloween Mini Music Come join us with your little one for some music, dancing and bubbles. We’re going to sing our favorite Halloween songs! Ages 0-5 with caregiver. $10 per child.

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1:30 – 2:45pm: Preschool Pumpkin Painting We provide everything your little one will need to decorate a pumpkin.  They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. Ages 3-6 (drop off class). $15 per child.

4:45 – 6:30pm: Dance Classes for Children on the Autism Spectrum Students learn the basic elements of dance technique including alignment, musicality and rhythm, discovering their relationships to space and time, while growing emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Class is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. Runs until November 23rd.

7:30pm: Relativity: Pay What you Can Pay Night This special performance means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. About the Play: In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904, she was never seen or spoken of again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man? From the playwright that brought you Freud’s Last Session, Dance Lesson and Becoming Dr. Ruth.

Thursday, October 20th:

9 – 10:15am: Mommy and Me Pumpkin Painting We provide everything you need to decorate pumpkins with your little one.  They can go into our garden to pick the pumpkin they want and then come inside to it paint with our homemade, nontoxic paint. $20 per person. Stay for the open play after which runs until 12pm for an additional $15.

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. $18 per person for series. Reoccurs on Thursday, October 27.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

5:30pm: Film: Chi-Raq is a 2015 American satirical musical drama directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film focuses on gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. Pronounced “shy-rack,” the title is a blend of “Chicago” and “Iraq”, as well as a term commonly used by some Chicago residents to liken the area to a war zone due to its extremely high crime rates. The story: after the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. The film is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Join us for a the film and talk with guest speakers to be announced. 127 min. Rated R. Starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack. Directed by Spike Lee.  Tickets available at the door. Admission: $10; $8 for Wadsworth or Stowe members.

6 – 10pm: October Creative Cocktail Hour Celebrate Autumn at RAW’s Creative Cocktail Hour with swinging jazz, special effects makeup demonstrations and brew-tastings from Hog River Brewing Co. We’ll also have an opening reception for a new sculptural exhibit, Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void. $10 per person, discount for members.

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

Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Our 9th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association features: 19 holes of Halloween fun! Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole.

Friday, October 21st:

4 – 7:50pm: Halloween Party Join us for our Epic Halloween Bash. This year we have decided to go all out and throw the Halloween party of the century. Complete with trick or treat stations, hay rides, spooky zip line rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks, your favorite My Gym teachers in costume. We will have 4 different party spots to choose from. Members are free. Non-members pay $5 per child.

6pm: Skygazing: Halloween Edition Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center 
for an exciting and enlightening evening observing the night sky from the top of Talcott Mountain. Join us at the Talcott Mountain Science Center for an evening of fun and learning atop Talcott Mountain. Celebrate the season with hands-on activities for all ages! Begin the night with glow-in-the-dark activities; get a close look at skeletons; touch bones from different animals; and watch the sunset over the Farmington Valley. Afterwards, we’ll explore the night sky in our planetarium, culminating with celestial observation from our breathtaking location atop Talcott Mountain. With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll be viewing Mars, Saturn, Venus and other celestial gems. Rain/cloud date is Friday, October 21.

6 – 8pm: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes, including a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread and cheesy butternut squash pasta! For dessert, we will whip up some warm toasted marshmallow S’mores bars! Ages 6-12. $25 per child.

6 – 8:30pm: Night of 1001 Pumpkins Join us for fall crafts, fun games, a bounce house, music, face painting, a puppet show, and lots of fun for all ages. Wander through our Haunted Gym for frighteningly good fun. There are separate areas of activities for young children so there is plenty to do even if you don’t want to experience the fright fun. We will also have both a scarecrow and a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for creativity! Food items are available for sale in our “festival café” and there are complimentary goody bags for children. $3 per person or $8 per family.

6 – 9pm: Parents’ Night Out is a 3-hour drop off program designed to keep your kids active and entertained while you have a night out to yourself! Pizza dinner for the kids is included! $35 for the 1st child, siblings are $15 each. Discounts for members.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater Stew’s Garden Shoppe will be transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie! For movie titles and additional information, please see in-store. The movies begin at 7pm, with seating opening at 6:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will be also be shown on Friday, October 28th.

7 – 9pm: Goblin’s Grove This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Wear your best costume to celebrate Halloween at Elmwood Community Center. There will be lots of treats including fantastic DJ Marc spinning all of your favorite tunes. $14 per person.

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Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 22nd:

5 – 9pm: Haunted Corn Maze Our two-acre Corn Maze will be transformed for Halloween to include a ghoulish theme and frightful props with costumed creepies ready to greet you with a good scare. Don’t miss this perfect Halloween combination of trick and treat. A mini-scare for the younger ghosts and goblins takes place 5-6pm. The full scare takes place from 6:30-9pm.

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month 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. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Reoccurs October 27-29.

6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. Reoccurs on the weekend of October 28-29.

6:30 – 9:30pm Trail Side Tales Take a guided lantern walk through our nature trail to hear stories of Connecticut legends! Not a scary hike. Great for kids of all ages!

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. Reoccurs on 10/28-29.

7:30 – 9:30pm: Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly 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. 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 in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin. A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead. This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Runs until October 29th.

8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Reoccurs October 28-29.

9:30pm: Rails to the Darkside The museum is founded on the roadbed of the Old Hartford and Springfield Street Railway branch line that ran from Warehouse Point to Rockville. When the line was constructed in 1905, a small cemetery was moved to make way for the Trolley Line. This cemetery was located in the present location of the museum’s Newberry siding. The decision was made and the cemetery was purportedly moved to a location not far from the trolley line on a dry piece of land close to the dirt road that would eventually become Route 140. The cemetery after the move was always a bone chilling place and the locals soon abandoned the upkeep of the cemetery and nature reclaimed her own. When the museum was established in 1940, the land was available and purchased at a low price. Only recently during the construction of the visitor center was the old cemetery discovered hidden in the woods. The gravestones were found, but it was discovered that there were no coffins or bodies under the gravestones. The gravestones were moved, but the coffins and bodies never were. Now during the dark nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard in the woods of East Windsor along the tracks of the museum. Come and experience Rails to the Darkside, beware. Not recommended for children. Reoccurs until 10/29.

Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd:

Friday 10am – 3:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday 11am – 4:30pm: Pumpkin Patch Enjoy a ride through the beautiful Connecticut countryside in the crisp fall air aboard one of our antique trolley cars. Then, hop out at the Pumpkin Patch and search for a pumpkin that’s just right for you. Every child admission includes a free pumpkin! Keeping your pumpkin safe on your lap, you ride back to the Visitor Center where you can participate in pumpkin decorating activities, contests, games, and other activities. Reoccurs Friday – Sunday until October 30th.

Friday – Saturday from 6-8:45pm and Sunday from 6-7:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will once more take guests on a tour to meet those souls who met some of West Hartford’s strangest ends. The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Saturday, October 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29 (rain dates October 23 & 30). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm (Sunday 5-7:45pm). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.

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8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! Occurs again on October 28-29.

Saturday, October 22nd:

8am – 1pm: Latimer Lane All-4-Kids Consignment Sale Our annual Fall consignment sale features clean, gently used children’s items from 100 consignors including children’s fall and winter clothing, outerwear, and shoes and a huge selection of toys, books, games, outdoor play equipment, sports equipment, baby items (strollers, carriers, nursery décor) and more. Our sale benefits Latimer Lane Elementary School and Cradles to Crayons. Free admission.

9 – 10am: Warm Autumn Recipes Today, we will warm up and prepare some cozy autumn recipes. We will create a delicious homemade butternut squash soup. In addition, each child will create a gooey grilled cheese with their favorite fix-ins on brioche bread.  For dessert, we will enjoy freshly baked cinnamon twists! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child).

9:30 – 11am: Adult and Child Explorations This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and appropriate for the weather, rain or shine. $10 per family.

10 – 11:30am: Winding Trails Little Brooke Trail Runners Club Whether you are a novice or a comfortable trail runner this club if for you. Even if you can only run-walk, you will be taught how to build up your stamina and eventually run longer. Running trails is easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginners, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. Run with trail runner expert, Andrea Buono, each week to help you sharpen your skills. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships and learning the joy of trail running. Each week Andrea will teach you a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities are welcome. No special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. $25 for the series. Discount for members. Reoccurs until November 15.

10am: NEDA Walk The National Eating Disorders Association is delighted that you have decided to support the mission of NEDA to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment by participating in a NEDA Walk.

11am: Halloween Storytime Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime!

11am – 2pm: Saturday Science: Super Science Girls This impressive group of aspiring young female scientists who participated in the 2016 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair will demonstrate their winning projects and share their enthusiasm for science.

12 – 6pm: Acoustic Festival Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This festival will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area, as well as songwriting (1-2:30pm) and vocal workshops (3-4:30pm) and a fiddle contest (12-2pm). Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Central Connecticut Acoustic Music Society founder John Root will be at the Garmany Hall hosting an open mic. Bring your instrument for an open jam. Sign up will be taken on the day of the event. Gates open at 11am. Tickets in advance $10 per adult, $5 per child. Discount for members. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. An additional $10 per workshop.

12 – 6pm: Firefly Hollow 3rd Anniversary Party Come celebrate with us!  We are celebrating our 3rd anniversary and want you to join us!  We can’t think of a better way to spend this day than with all of you. Enjoy live music throughout the day and your favorite Firefly Hollow brews. Your ticket gets you: free Parking and free Shuttle provided by CT Beer Tours to the brewery (parking in our driveway and parking lot will not be allowed). Guests are asked to park in the North Main Street Lot across from City Hall and will be shuttled to and from the event beginning at 11am. Three beer tickets, including our four limited release barrel aged beers. Live bands performing throughout the day: Dizzyfish and The Johnny I Band with special guest drummer Jaimoe founding member of the Allman Brothers! One food ticket, food will be provided by The Whey Station Food Truck! Our limited release 3rd anniversary glass to bring home, be the envy of your friends, this is a sweet glass! Additional beer and food will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event so please leave the kids and pets home.

12:30 – 1:30pm: Halloween No Bake Treats! Spooky witches hats and Oreo Spider cookies are on the menu today! Wear your play clothes! Even with smocks this could get messy! $20 per child.

1 – 2pm: Pie Eating Contest Kids and adults are invited to belly on up to the picnic table on October 22 at Stew Leonard’s in Newington to participate in a classic family event: a pie eating contest! All registered contestants will have 2 minutes to eat as many freshly baked Stew Leonard’s pumpkin or blueberry pies as they can. There are two categories in the pie eating contest and two separate prizes. Kids ages 6-11 will complete for a Jumbo Fall Gift Basket, which includes a Toys R Us gift card, Beanie Babies, Halloween treats, and more. Contestants age 12 to adult will compete for a $100 gift card to Stew Leonard’s.Contestants must register in advance at Stew Leonard’s Customer Service Desk in Newington. It is free to register and there is a limit of 25 participants per division. Customers are also invited to cheer on the participants and enjoy the bite-by-bite color commentary as provided to the crowd by a Stew Leonard’s Team Member. For every pie eaten during the contest, Stew Leonard’s will donate one pie during Thanksgiving week to the Department of Human Services in Newington to be distributed to families in need.

1 – 2pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut. Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. $10 for CHS members, $15 for non-members.

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2 – 3:30pm: Saturday Family Nature Walks Join Miss Judy, the Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall season. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the course of the walk. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. $15 per family.

2 – 3:30pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Faces of the Revolution Discover the stories of real men and women who experienced the tumultuous American Revolution. Take on the character of a Connecticut figure, such as a Patriot soldier, a Loyalist supporter, a young woman on the home front, or a runaway slave who joined the British army. We’ll uncover the story of each person as we investigate the letters and artifacts they left behind, and trace their steps through the colonies’ war for independence. This program is designed for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for CHS members and $10 per student for non-members (parents or guardians are free).

2 – 4pm: Pumpkin Painting! Bring your pumpkin and come paint with Samantha Jenkins! You will have 3 designs to choose from. You will have time to do one design. $25 per person.

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2 – 5pm: Hartford on Tap This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase and great vendors. Purchase the VIP experience which starts at 1pm so you  will get an extra hour of fun. VIP $55, General Admission $45.

5:30 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Parents, this is your chance to have an evening to yourselves while we entertain your kids. They will have a blast doing…Open gym, games, pizza, and a big screen movie! Don’t forget to bring a pillow and a blanket to cuddle up with during the movie. For children 4 years and older.  $40 per child, sibling discount. Discounts for members.

6 – 9pm: Explore the Night Walk Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails’ naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation about the night findings. Once it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. $15 per members family, $25 per non-member family.

7pm: Music in the Meetinghouse Rising classical guitarist Jaclyn Jones will be playing a selection of works by Bach, Torroba, Pujol Mertz and others. Admission is free with donations suggested.

7pm: Fisk Jubilee Singers The Mark Twain House & Museum has presented the Fisk Jubliee Singers several times over the years, most notably as the inaugural performance in its Museum Center over a decade ago. This year, the Museum is thrilled to partner with the Farmington Historical Society for a memorable collaborative celebration. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN, who sing and travel worldwide. Join us as we pay tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Amistad Captives coming to Farmington, Connecticut. A limited number of tickets are available for a post concert dessert reception at Porter Memorial Hall at 8:30pm. Tickets: $20 students, $35 adults or $75 for the VIP Reception following the concert. Note: Venue is the First Church of Christ Congregational in Farmington.

7 – 8:30pm: Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Local Ghost Stories for Adults Why let the kids have all the Halloween fun? Join us for an evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness…if you dare! Registration required.

7:30pm: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and its importance in the filmmaking process. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the three decades-long partnership of two of Hollywood’s top creators. This live concert features Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Featuring music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and more – plus, the superb CONCORA choir! Come in costume and be entered to win HSO tickets! Tickets: $32.50-$86.

Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 23rd:

10am – 4pm: Witches and Tombstones Tour The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance tickets may be purchased below. Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs. $15 per person.

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10am – 5pm: Spooktacular Science Weekend The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family, including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween arts and crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always free! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and subject to change.

Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm: Fire or Ice Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s “Fire or Ice” is an original production that blends modern dance with ballet, breakdancing and salsa; Eastern European melodies and Latin rhythms; and much more. This spectacular new performance will showcase 14 dancers and 12 musicians, all live on one stage, including Hartford’s classical Spanish guitarist Daniel Salazar, Jr., Hartford Symphony Orchestra cellist Eric Dahlin and award-winning composer and pianist Cory Gabel. “Fire or Ice” will meld the earthiness of salsa, the energy of hip hop, the freedom of modern, and the classical moves of ballet. And, musical performances will also cross borders with pieces by J.S. Bach, Arvo Part, and Isaac Albéniz, as well as original works by Daniel Salazar, Jr. and Cory Gabel. Along the way, dancers and musicians will break down walls between styles and cultures. Be sure to stay after each performance for a special discussion about related themes, such as conversations with our musicians or with local social and political leaders. Full-length dance performance with one intermission. $10 off for students (18 years or younger and college students with valid ID cards) at the box office only. Tickets $33-43.

Sunday, October 23rd:

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1pm: Jewish Book Festival New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner, debuts her much-anticipated memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing. In her first work of nonfiction, no subject is off-limits as Jen tells the stories of her life. Tickets $40 (includes book and meet the author reception).

1:30 – 3pm: Lost in the Woods? Map, compass, or GPS? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together and how to use GPS coordinates. For eight years old and up. Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Imagination Movers

2pm: Imagination Movers Flying toilet paper! Smoking trash cans! Catchy pop-rock music! It can only mean one thing: the coolest kid’s rock band in the world is coming to Infinity Hall Hartford! The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers will embark on their first U.S. concert tour in two years to support their new CD/DVD release “Licensed to Move.” The New Orleans-based Movers (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) are known around the world for their hit preschool TV series seen on the Disney Junior cable channel and they are currently developing a new animated TV series called “Super Movers” in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment. The Movers deliver a highly exhilarating and exciting rock concert experience where Kids and parents will sing along with the Movers’ hooky choruses, learn ridiculous dances and have a blast doing it! Tickets: $25. Also, attend a special meet-and-greet party before the show where you can chat with the Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty, take pics and get autographs! Remember to bring your camera or smart phone. $30 per person. Meet and Greet is an additional ticket and does not include the show. A meet and greet ticket is required for everyone age 1 and up.

2pm: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Enjoy a lecture from Director Jade King Carroll immediately following the matinée.

2pm: “Connecticut Valley Tobacco” Book Signing & Talk Author and Director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, Brianna Dunlap, will give a book signing and talk about her new book on the long and vivid history of tobacco-growing in the Connecticut Valley. Books will be available for purchase.

2 – 4pm: Spooktacular Halloween Treats for Kids Menu: One-Eyed Monster Cookies – Chocolate Spider Web Cookies – Witches Fingers. In this special hands-on class, kids will enjoy working alongside classmates learning to create a variety of yummy Halloween sweets. Our instructor will walk your child through the steps of making cookie dough, rolling it out, cutting spooky shapes and decorating with delicious icing. This Halloween, treat your young chef to a fun and unforgettable cooking experience. Ages 8 – 14. $49 per child.

5 – 6:30pm: Squishy Town Asylum See Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s only house team comprised only of teen geniuses, Squishy Town Asylum! They’re squishy, they’re funny, they’re trained by New Britain Repertory theater! We’ll cap off this awesome night with a cool, family-friendly set by Sea Tea Improv!

5pm: Hartford Wolf Pack vs. the St. John’s IceCaps Pack fans are encouraged to grab their skates and come down to the XL Center for a Sunday afternoon open skate before this game.  A game ticket plus a pass to the pregame open skate on the XL Center Ice is only $25, and Pack Members can purchase the skate pass for only $10. The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

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