Week 38

Tuesday, September 20th:

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

Tuesday, September 20th – Wednesday, September 21st:

3 – 6pm: Auditions for A Christmas Carol Hartford Stage will hold auditions for children of all ethnic backgrounds, ages five to 13, for the Tony Award-winning theatre’s 19th annual production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. A Christmas Carol is Connecticut’s premier holiday entertainment. Originally adapted and directed in 1998 by former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson, the show is enjoyed by tens of thousands of adults and children annually. This year’s production will be directed by Rachel Alderman, the Artistic Associate for Hartford Stage. Auditions will be on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks for some roles will be on Thursday, September 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children must be between the ages of 5 to 13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after December 31, 2016. Auditions are by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments available. Children must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under 1 minute long and will be expected to sing several bars of a song, preferably a Christmas carol, a cappella (without piano accompaniment). Children are asked to wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes to the audition.

Tuesday, September 20th – Sunday, September 25th:

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. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 21st:

Wednesday, September 21st – Sunday, September 25th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Little Shop of Horrors From the creators of hit Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, comes Little Shop of Horrors, a mad cap, delightfully scary and quirky joy of a musical, that’s a treat for the whole family. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical. Runs until October 16th.

Thursday, September 22nd:

4:30 – 6pm: Make It & Take It Container gardens aren’t just for summer. Add some autumnal spice and glorious color to your fall landscape with a container (or basket) filled with cold-loving annuals, perennials, veggies, and/or grasses. Bring your own container or buy one from us. The cost of the workshop is based on the plants and materials you choose. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education? Though it has been more than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision ordered schools to desegregate, our educational institutions are still separate and unequal. How do we ensure everyone has the resources to succeed? Join the conversation with featured guests Jose Colon, Hartford Public High School; Robert Cotto, Trinity College and Hartford Board of Education, and Kate Busch Gervais, Executive Director, The Discovery Center.

6  – 9pm: Writing in Mark Twain’s Library Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain’s own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer (Susan Campbell in September!), to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you’re working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain’s spirit. Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity –and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

Thursday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 25th:


Friday, September 23rd:


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7:30 – 8:45pm: Fall Equinox Family Night Hike This guided evening walk provides a relaxing opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler fall evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Pre-registration not required.

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th:

5th Annual Writers Weekend This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home. The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 pm with the first of two keynote speakers, Lesley M.M. Blume. An accomplished journalist and writer, Blume’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong. Born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Vuong will read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his most recent book Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Click here for a detailed schedule.

Saturday, September 24th:

7:30 – 9am: Saturday Morning Bird Walks Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children. Pre-registration not required. Reoccurs on October 1.

9am – 12pm: My Gym Open House My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! My Gym West Hartford invites you to explore our immaculate, state-of-the-art facility. We’ll have games, music, puppet shows, prizes, raffles, and more! Plus, take advantage of exclusive Open House discounts! Free popsicles will be provided by Whole Foods.

9am – 5pm: Third Annual Wellness Day Fundraiser A day filled with interactive workshops and sessions dedicated to all aspects of wellness! $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event-link below to buy tickets! Light lunch included! Kids 10 and under free! Click here for more info on workshops that will be offered throughout the day.

10am – 4pm: Pay As You Wish Community Day The Connecticut Science Center is celebrating Community Day with free General Admission today.

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10am – 4pm: Make A Scarecrow Families are invited to build their own scarecrow to take home using frames, straw and clothing provided by the Historical Society. First Scarecrow costs $15.00. Additional scarecrows $10.00 each. Raindate: Sunday, September 25th.

11am – 2pm: Pop-up Market Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month (May–September) for our Pop-up shopping bazaar! Enjoy treats and produce from local food trucks and farmers, quality handmade goods made from local artists, and listen to the sounds of summer with local musicians. Beat the summer heat and spend it with us on our front terrace enjoying the festivities!

1:30am and 1pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshops: Supply Surprise Each engineer will have a limited amount of materials to solve a secret design challenge. Be resourceful, creative, and work together to achieve your goal and invent something new! Youth registration includes general admission for the day. Drop-off is 15 minutes before the workshop start; pick-up is immediately following the 90 minute session.

11am – 10pm: Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival Experience the spirit of the Highlands, along with Celtic traditional and rock bands, Highland athletic games, step dancing, bag pipers, birds of prey, Highland cows, kids’ activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food, and plenty of Ten Penny Ale at the 15th Annual Pipes in the Valley.  Pipes in the Valley is produced by The Olde Burnside Brewing in partnership with Riverfront Recapture.

Congratulations to Olde Burnside Brewery and Pipes in the Valley for making the BBC’s 10 British Things About Hartford, CT list.


8 – 10pm: Coming Home CHS is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors for another performance. The theme of the evening is “Coming Home” to accompany our exhibit Growing Up in Connecticut which will be open from May 23 until October 15. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller, and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening.

Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th:

{Hop, Skip & A Jump} 11am – 5pm: 25th Annual Octoberfest Great German food, live music, dancing and more. Music starts at 12:30pm.

Sunday, September 25th:

7am – 3pm: Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour Join Bike Walk CT and Bike New Britain for the Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour. Riders may select from 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. A post-ride brunch follows at the New Britain Museum of American Art! Tour rides rain or shine!

10am and 2pm: The Magic of Bill Blagg comes to The Bushnell for two shows! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic & illusion performed by the country’s most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg! The 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance. Please use the code SENSE17 when purchasing online or via The Bushnell Box Office to access tickets for the Sensory Friendly Performance of The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

10am – 12pm: Stream Bugs & Pond Critters Discover the fascinating underwater life of the watershed with the Farmington River Watershed Association as we explore the Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring. We will provide nets, buckets and expertise. We meet at Nature’s Porch and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

12 – 5pm: Unionville Festival Bring the family down to join fellow residents, business owners, and community groups rain or shine for an afternoon of fun activities, entertainment, food and more! DJ, live music, entertainment and demonstrations from local groups and artists. Food, beverages, popcorn, ice cream and more from local vendors and restaurants. Info booths, farm stand, displays from businesses, non-profits, and clubs. Free train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo for kids by Union School. Clowns, games, cookie decorating sponsored by Services for the Elderly. Pumpkin Decorating sponsored by Memorial United Methodist Church.

1pm: Community Garden Bus & Bike Tour Take an insider tour of KNOX’s community gardens. 20 different gardens grow throughout Hartford, along with thousands of trees and amazing landscapes handcrafted by KNOX’s crews. We’ll go to as many gardens as possible and still have you home in time for supper. For the extra adventurous, show up with your bike and take the bike tour! All others will have a cozy seat on the bus. Meet at 75 Laurel St in Hartford for refreshments before the tour. We will return back at roughly 4pm.

1pm: 5K Farmington Rotary Road Race The race course will follow the trail toward Collinsville before turning south to follow the route along the river back to Unionville. This beautiful course will challenge runners and walkers alike. A $100 prize for both the first man and the first woman to break the course record! The Lee Chisholm Award for the first Farmington finishers, male and female. Merchandise awards from local merchants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in all seven age groups.

1 – 3pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north side (right) of Farr’s Sporting Good store. From there, we will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, which will take about 2 hours round trip. Come discover the history of the railroad, including a chance to see maps and historic pictures. A railroad favor will be given to children participating in the walk.


4 – 7pm: Winemaker’s Tour Sample more than a dozen Spanish and South American wines from the acclaimed T Edwards Imports portfolio, and taste with special guest winemakers Matias Mayol (Bodegas Mayol – Mendoza, Argentina) and Duncan Killiner (Jelu Estates – Argentina). This will be a casual, walk around tasting with passed tapas prepared by Executive Chef James Burge and our famous paella grande.

5:30 – 7pm: Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights Join us for a cross-generational conversation about growing up during the Civil Rights era and today. Panelists who grew up during the 1960s and in the early twenty-first century will share their memories of challenges, their experiences of activism, and their vision of what the future holds for the next generation.

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Week 36

Monday, September 5th:

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


Tuesday, September 6th:

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 7th:

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 8th:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Friday, September 9th:

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

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

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7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.

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

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

Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11:

Saturday, September 10th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Sunday, September 11th:

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

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

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

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

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

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Week 34

Monday, August 22nd:

11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs on 8/29.

4 – 6pm: The Pooch Plunge! Everyone’s favorite dog swim returns, the day after the Town pools close for the season. Dogs must be currently licensed with tags. $5 entrance fee per dog, per session. Dogs must be accompanied and controlled by their owners.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: No-Sew Tasseled Tote Pillow Turn a plain tote into a pillow with just a needle, yarn and some fabric paint. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $21.

Tuesday, August 23rd:

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6 – 9pm: Farm, Field, Faith & Food; A Farm Field Trip and Cooking Class Bloom is teaming up with Chef Cathy for a fun and educational night out at the Farm. Our evening will begin with a field trip to L.E.A.F (Leaf Educational Agricultural Farm) in Southington. We will meet farmer Mark, take a mini tour of the farm, do a little “pick your own,” and create a bountiful basket full of fresh and unique farm foods just for you! We will then head over to Bloom where we will prep, cook, and package our farm fresh goodies. The evening will be full of cooking tips and tricks, tastings, recipes, and much more. You’ll discover new and refreshing methods for preparing your old favorites. Plus, you’ll learn to expand your palette as Chef Cathy introduces you to some of the more unfamiliar and obscure veggies – including how to purchase, prep, and cook these uncommon, yet wonderful foods. We will conclude our evening with a “Thank You Mother Earth” Meditation. Come experience and savor the earth’s bounty as together we practice love of the Earth, love of Self, and love of each other with some of nature’s most beautiful gifts.web_openhouse


6:30 – 8:30pm: Fall Floral Dried Arrangement Learn floral-arranging basics and make a gorgeous fall centerpiece with dried florals. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $47.

Tuesday, August 23rd – Wednesday, August 24th:

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Wednesday, August 24th:

10am – 12pm: Open Play Back to School Bash Can you believe how fast this Summer went by? It’s just about time for some serious back to school shopping, and to enjoy the last days of summer as much as we can- We’d like to help! Miss Emily will host a special drop off open play so that kids can enjoy full access to all the toys at TLGT, music, dancing, a light show a bubble machine, and outside time in our beautiful garden while caregivers can shop for school supplies! This event is open to all children who are potty trained and comfortable with being dropped off! $25 per child.

10am – 2pm: Dog Days of Summer Beat the heat and come indoors to meet a variety of tail wagging friends and learn about the loveable canine.

{Free} 10:30am: Pollinators Take a look into the world of pollinators! Learn about important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting flowers here! Laura.rogers-castro@ct.gov Details: Children and their caregivers are welcome to join Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro for a look into the world of pollination! Participants will learn about the important bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and beetles visiting the flowers at Sessions Woods. This program is most appropriate for children over 10 years old and will include a 1-mile walk. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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{Free} 12 – 1pm: Audio Feed Ten consecutive Wednesdays of free, lunchtime music on Constitution Plaza (by the big fountain). You bring a lunch and we’ll supply the music. Reoccurs until 9/13.


{Free} 5 – 7pm: Carnival Traditions Dr. Milla Riggio, James J. Goodwin Professor of English, Trinity College, will present an illustrated lecture and lead a discussion of Carnival traditions examining the roots, significance, and activities of Carnival in the Caribbean and its expressions in Hartford over the 53 years of community celebrations here. Registration is required for this free program.

5 – 8pm: End of Summer Adventure Pre-register online and enter into raffle! Win Back to School Treasure Chest filled with school supplies!

Wednesday, August 24th – Sunday, August 28th:

11am – 3:30pm: Make a Paper Trolley Model Make a Paper Model of our People Movers. This is a make and take craft activity and is included with the cost of museum admission. Reoccurs from 8/24-28 and 8/31.

Thursday, August 25th:

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{Last Call} 5:30 – 8pm: Pop-up Bar During the months of July and August, join the NBMAA on Thursdays for a Pop-up Bar on the Park! Enjoy refreshingly cold beer, wine, and craft cocktails—inspired by works in our collection—amidst the warm summer weather on our café terrace. Overlooking Walnut Hill Park, the night also includes various lawn/board games, so come ready to drink and play! Drinks are $5, cash bar only.




6:30 – 8:30pm: Fire & Hops The evening will feature four courses of food, each paired with a beer specifically picked to enhance the culinary experience. The evening begins with a welcome beer cocktail and then moves through four courses. Local craft beer from Black Hog Brewing Co. of Oxford will be featured. Iron & Grain Co. founder, Tate Norden, selected Black Hog for many of the pairings because they are “talented and innovative brewers” with an eye toward pairing beer with food. Iron & Grain Co. is one of West Hartford’s newest mobile food establishments. The food truck is housed in a refurbished 1959 Chevy Viking and comes complete with a wood fired oven to cook fresh and locally sourced foods over an open flame. Chef Adam Belward is a veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. Tickets are $60, and the price includes all food and drink during the evening. Seating is limited for this one-night-only event. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the event and valid ID will be required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. RSVP on Facebook. Buy tickets online today! $60

6:30 – 8:30pm: Inspired Bowls The latest trend in food isn’t even an ingredient—we’re talking about bowl food. Together we’ll whip up soba noodle bowls, and even make dessert in bowls. Menu: Chicken Power Bowls with Tahini Dressing, Vanilla Bean–Quinoa Pudding, Steak and Soba Noodle Bowls. What to Expect: Learn all about soba noodles and the health benefits of buckwheat. Discover how to use a vanilla bean. Find out how to make pudding from scratch (with a secret ingredient).

7 – 8pm: Windsor Woman’s Club Membership Open House The Windsor Woman’s Club of Connecticut and GFWC is looking for new members who are interested in being involved in serving our community, making new friends, reacquainting with old, and enjoying a variety of social activities. We welcome members from as far away as 15 miles from Windsor who are not a member of another GFWC woman’s club.


7:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Holiday In this romantic comedy, a young man (Grant) falls in love with a girl (Doris Nolan) from a wealthy family. His unusual plan to go on an extended holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Hepburn) and long-suffering brother (Lew Ayres). Well-received by critics, Holiday is the third of four films featuring Hepburn and Grant. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the show. Raindate: Friday, August 26th.

8pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter with Lucy Wainwright-Roche Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Infinity Hall’s Hartford stage for a one night only performance with her band. For over thirty years Mary Chapin Carpenter has been a beloved staple of the popular music scene with 14 albums, several that have gone gold and multi-platinum, and her two dozen hits including “Shut Up And Kiss Me,” ”Passionate Kisses,” “I Feel Lucky” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” She has numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. She is the only artist to win four Grammys in a row for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Carpenter’s new album ‘The Things That We Are Made Of’ is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Friday, August 26th:

12 – 2pm: Mud Pie Bakery Experience mud-pie making fun and create a variety of pies in all shapes and sizes in our outdoor bakery!

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5 – 8pm: Kids Night Out Kids ages 3-10 will make their own pizza from scratch and have it for dinner! While our creations are in the oven, we’ll do fun art activities, dance to music and a light show, play with bubbles, and more!

5:30 – 7:30pm: Olympic Appetites Calling all little athletes. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are here! Bring the fun home with this collection of fun- and flavor-packed Olympic-inspired recipes, including dessert. Menu: Olympic Bagel Rings, Stars and Stripes Salad, Pineapple Gold Medal Rings. What to Expect: Uncover what it means to eat the rainbow. Discover “what is an emulsion?” Learn how to temper chocolate.

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


Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear 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. $22 with discounts available for members and children.

8pm: Improvaganza Two nights jam-packed with improv! Come see your favorite groups and new performers take the stage at Playhouse on Park. Featuring improv groups from around Connecticut and beyond, it is sure to be a riotous romp of comedy.

8pm: The Fantasticks There’s always time to remember this funny and romantic tale about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. At the heart of this breathtaking show lies poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication with purity and simplicity. The Fantasticks is a timeless tale — full of magic and moonlight — of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love, but soon grow restless and disillusioned. Matt, played by Jordan Duvall, and Luisa, played by Jillian Caillouette, are in love and find their relationship challenged by their intruding fathers, played by Russell Fish and George Lombardo, and a bandit narrator known as El Gallo played by Jon Escobar. Two corky theatrical actors Henry and Mortimer, played by Dave Wall and James J Moran, and a Mute, Sue Emond, complete the cast of characters. This tender coming-of-age story with beautiful music and a dose of nostalgia is a guaranteed treat for parents and children alike. Runs until September 24th.

Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th:

Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon Festival

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country, Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino. Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke! Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities! Runs until August 28th. Picnic on the patio before every performance.

Saturday, August 27th:

10am: Mushroom Walk Join Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society in search of mushrooms at Cedar Hill. During this educational hunt, Joe will discuss the basic types of fungi, where to find them and proper methods of collecting. After the walk, he will review identification resources while identifying any fungi collected.

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10am – 1pm: Mindfulness Painting Class Join artist Noel G. Coonce for this mindfulness-themed painting workshop. Discover how painting can be used for mindfulness practice. The focus of this three hour class will be painting in acrylic. The materials are included in the course cost. This is a one-time workshop class. Registration is greatly encouraged so that we can make sure there are enough materials available. Class cost is $50.00, includes all materials.

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1 – 3pm: Planning With Michaels We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity and your planner to personalize – and learn how to make a pom pom paper clip.

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6 – 8pm: 67th Annual Peach Festival The proceeds for this event are used to support the mission of the Utilities Fire Department. The event would not be possible without the community involvement in the annual tradition of the peach peeling, which marks the beginning of this event. Your $5 Peach Festival ticket provides you with a delicious bowl of mouth-watering peach shortcake, admission to the event, and the opportunity to win one of several door prizes.

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

7:30pm: Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event, brought to Real Art Ways by Matthew and Elysha Dicks, celebrates the craft of live storytelling in the Greater Hartford area. All stories are 5-10 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young kids. The theme of the evening is “Power.”

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

Sunday, August 28th:

8:30am: The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K are USAT&F certified courses that run along the historic streets of Old Wethersfield. The 10K is a double-loop course and the 5K is one-loop. Both finish along the scenic Wethersfield Cove.

9am – 12pm: Cycle and Stroll Residents of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center. The town’s first-ever “Center Streets” event will close traffic on four roads that form a rectangular loop around the central business district: Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, Memorial Road Extension, and LaSalle Road. Ride your bicycle or scooter, or take a stroll down the street, without automobiles. Families with young children are especially welcome. Participating stores will be open, there will be food for sale, and live music will be performed all morning.

5pm: Jinta La Mvta East meets West with Jinta La Mvta, Tokyo’s Premiere Klezmer Band. Considered the “epicenter of the Tokyo underground scene,” Jinta La Mvta combines Japanese street music chindon and jinta as its backbone.

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February 16 – 21

Welcome to the third full of February! Once again we have scoured our rolodex and the internet for all of the fun things happenings this week across Hartford County! With many schools closed on Monday and Tuesday or some the whole week through – we have many options for those parents who work and may need a camp day or those just looking for something to do – we’ve got you covered! Check the links provided for weather delays and cancellations before heading out.

Tuesday, February 16:

8am – 4pm: Contraption Factory Go, go, gadget! Simple machines have been around for thousands of years, and were used to help construct the pyramids and Stonehenge. Explore the uses of levers, pulleys, and inclined planes. Build these machines to help solve a series of challenges that await you! Ages 6 – 12. $68 per child. $3 discount for Hartford employees. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

8am – 5pm: Preschool Camp: A Winter Wonderland Enjoy the beauty of winter without the cold. Create snowy landscapes that sparkle, learn about critters that love the cold and, if the weather permits, paint some snow. Campers will also enjoy a popular winter-themed Planetarium show. $85 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

8:45 – 4pm: Vacation Science Camp: Afloat and Aloft Many inventions help us stay afloat and fly when traveling on solid ground isn’t possible. Campers will create contraptions that travel in water and air including rockets and sailboats. Children in grades 1-5. $70 per child. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Nature Carnival Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and; depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Grades K-5. $40 per child. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9am – 12pm: Hearth Cooking, a child’s favorite. Young cooks will use colonial period recipes and cook over an open hearth the old-fashioned way! The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop, and $20 for museum members. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

9am – 12pm: Winter Break Cooking Camp Join us for a day of dancing, baking, art and yoga activities! $40 per child. Ages 3-6. Extended day from 12-1pm for an additional $10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

10am – 4pm: National Engineers Day & GE Makers Lab Opening Join GE and Imagine Nation as they unveil the GE Makers Lab – a makerspace dedicated to nurturing young children’s interest in invention, innovation and manufacturing. The GE Makers Lab will be unveiled at 10am as part of Imagine Nation’s annual-Engineer’s Day celebration. More than 20 local GE engineers will lead hands-on activities that introduce kids to the fun and challenge of engineering, such as making batteries out of lemons, constructing parachutes and testing them in a wind tunnel and designing egg drop structures. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 5pm: The Great Paper Airplane Contest Put your paper airplane folding skills to the test! Using only a single sheet of paper, contestants will construct and fly a paper airplane for distance. Prizes for the greatest distance in three age categories will be awarded, and contestants need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

10:30 – 11:15am: February Family Playtime! Looking for a fun indoor activity to do with your1-5 year old on these cold winter days? Then why don’t you join us for our Family Playtime. This is an open gym forum where children accompanied by a caretaker can explore the many obstacle courses on the floor, the balance beam, the vault, the bars and the pit. Family Playtime is for children ages 1-5 years of age with caretaker participation. Non-members are welcome. Reoccurs on 2/23. $10 per child and $5 for siblings. A general release form is required for non-members. The Gymnastics Training Center, Simsbury.

12 – 3pm: Visiting Artist at The New Children’s Museum Explore color themes and the science behind chromatography with Connecticut art educator, Adrienne Brown! Learn about how water can mix and bleed colors together through interesting patterns and effects while creating your own silly, kooky, or scary monster mask. Adrienne Brown is a local art educator with a passion for working with children. She is a former Education Coordinator and ParkArt Instructor for Real Art Ways, and has taught art programs for ConnectiKids, Community Access to the Arts, and several local schools. Adrienne recently completed her M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus on working with visually impaired students. Included with the cost of admission. For kids of all Ages. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Sampler of Colonial Life Kids experience first-hand the many sides of colonial life! They will dress in colonial costume, tour the historic house, attend a one-room schoolhouse, play colonial games, learn a colonial dance and do colonial chores such as carding wool and processing flax.  The program fee is $25 per child, per workshop, and $20 for museum members. Bring a bagged lunch when registering kids for both sessions! We are a peanut free facility. Please pack your child a snack. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

3:30 – 5pm: Sing A Long With Snow White Join Snow White for an afternoon of singing, games, photo opportunities and more! Apples and chocolate dipped apples will be served for snack. Whimsical Wishes will be providing the entertainment! Get your singing voices ready. $30 per child. Register online. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Wednesday, February 17:

10am – 5pm: Nose Art Design Workshop Learn about the unique history of airplane nose art and create a custom nose art design for one of NEAM’s historic aircraft. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

7pm: Shock Treatment No other artist captures the drama and fragility of the AIDS era as Karen Finley does in her 1990 classic book Shock Treatment. “The Black Sheep,” “We Keep Our Victims Ready,” “I Was Never Expected to Be Talented,”- these are some of the seminal works which excoriated homophobia and misogyny at a time when artists and writers were under attack for challenging the status quo. This twenty-fifth anniversary expanded edition features a new introduction in which Finley reflects on publishing her first book as she became internationally known for being denied an NEA grant because of perceived obscenity in her work. She traces her journey from art school to burlesque gigs to the San Francisco North Beach literary scene. A new poem reminds us of Finley’s disarming ability to respond to the era’s most challenging issues with grace and humor. Book sale and signing to follow talk. Free. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, February 21:

1:30pm: The Family Tour A hands-on experiencefor kids 5-12 with an adult. Learn how Stowe’s words changed the world and how you can too! $10 per person, discount for groups of 5 or more. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

Thursday, February 18:

10am – 5pm: Kites in Flight Workshop Discover the science of how kites fly, construct a kite using an array of materials, and test your creation at our indoor flight station. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

5:30 – 7:15pm: Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut Join the conversation with featured guests: Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. And Iran Nazario, Compass Youth Collaborative. Free. Stowe Visitor Center, Hartford.

8pm: Hot 93.7 presents Love & Laughter – the Ultimate Lover’s Night Out. The event brings together the best of Music and Comedy for a date night you won’t want to miss. As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 13 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. Gary Owen has been entertaining America for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America’s most loved comedians.Gary is one of the stars of the Screen Gems comedy “Think Like A Man Too” and co-starred in the original film “Think Like A Man,” both opening at #1 at the box office. He was last seen co-starring in the Universal comedy “Ride Along” with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. On the small screen, Gary starred last season in TruTV’s funny video/sketch show “Upload” which he co-hosted with Shaquille O’Neal. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Thursday, February 18 – Sunday, February 21:

Thursday from 10am – 7pm, Friday from 10am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: 35th Annual Flower & Garden Show The Convention Center will be transformed into a breathtaking event for floral and garden enthusiast. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet Director Darko Tresnjak follows up his spectacular production of Hamlet with Shakespeare’s most popular play. The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end. Runs until March 20. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Friday, February 19:

10am – 5pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Create your own imaginative LEGO flying machine and enter to win prizes from our Wings ‘N Things Gift Shop. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories and builders need not be present to win. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

5:30 – 8pm: Kids Night Out – Pasta Making Kids will make home made pasta dough and roll it out for a delicious dinner.  We’ll also make a fresh salad with homemade, sweet salad dressing and cheesy garlic bread. Ages 6 – 12. $40 per child. Register online. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6 – 8:30pm: 3rd Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip the finest local craft beers throughout the Museum’s galleries! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to wow your taste buds. In addition to the beer, food, and music, there will be a do-it-yourself studio component in which guests can get creative in making their own coasters. Not feeling crafty? You can also enjoy playing video games on our large projector! New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

7 – 8:30pm: Full Moon Hike Dress warmly as we’ll head to the open field for some moon gazing, astronomy and listening for great horned owls, to be followed by hot cider and cookies in the Nature Center auditorium. This program is not geared for young children. Participants should dress for cold evening temperatures! Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9pm: Hot Chocolate Soul is a delicate balance of music, comedy and poetry with a live band featuring Karl Browne’s Smooth Improvisation. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Friday, February 19 – Sunday, February 21:


Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing Bernard, living in Paris, is engaged to Gabriella…and to Gloria…and to Gretchen. With his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller, he successfully juggles three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées. But when a new double-speed Super Boeing arrives and changes flight schedules, we quickly learn that one woman is all Bernard can handle! Fasten your seatbelts for the Tony Award-winning comedy! Runs until 2/21. $19 for General Seating. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Saturday, February 20:

10 – 11am: All Aboard: Trains for Kids Windsor Historical Society’s meeting room will be transformed with model railroads and train-oriented play tables.  Bob Bell in costume as the Railroad Baron leads the fun. Play with Lionel and G-scale sized trains, learn some secret train whistle codes and get your own whistle to take home, make a paper engineer’s hat and play a piston game showing how a steam locomotive works. Learn how railroads got started and how locomotives and train cars changed over the years. Appropriate for families with pre-K through grade 3 children. Limited enrollment. Adults $6, children $4. Snowdate: 2/21 from 2-3pm. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

{National} 12 – 2pm: Quest to Power Up Visit any US Toys “R” Us store for a Lego Nexo Knights building event! Build and take home an exclusive build and join the quest to collect up to 7 Nexo powers in the store!

1 – 2pm: Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! This presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday as we go from floor to floor and recall departments ranging from accessories on the “street” floor, to designer dresses on 6, and ending at Toyland on 11. You’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service. We promise to stir pleasant memories of date nut bread in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping, and the wonderful Christmas season at G. Fox & Co.! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. $8 per person. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

2pm: All About Whales and Dolphins Come meet Don Sineti, singer-songwriter and award-winning marine mammal illustrator, at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. He will be presenting an interactive program on whales and dolphins, including songs, stories, artifacts, whale art and a hands-on experience with how whales stay warm. Proceeds will benefit the educational programs at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center. Admission will be $14 for non-members, with children 1/2 price. Family maximum will be $40 for non-members. CT Audubon, Glastonbury.

Saturday at 2pm and 7pm: The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour, with over 320 games in North America alone.  A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.  The Globetrotters will tip off their historic 90th year of smiles, sportsmanship and service in the fall of 2015. XL Center, Hartford.

2 – 4pm: Hands-On History Workshop: Fashion From Silk Gloves to Skinny Jeans Discover the history of fashion with an interactive workshop designed just for kids! Take a trip through time as we explore the historic fashion in our museum exhibits and go behind-the-scenes to our costume storage to examine the changing styles in clothes (and underclothes!). Students will try out the science behind the preservation of historic clothing and make their own fashion flipbook designs to take home. This program is appropriate for students ages 10-14. The cost is $8 per student for members and $10 per student for non-members (no cost for parents or guardians). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

7pm: Clue Tours of the Mark Twain House will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house – and some of the author’s favorite literary characters – as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters and suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7pm: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Good things come to those who wait. This year’s World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments.The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe. The Bushnell, Hartford.

7:30pm: Hartford Indepedent Chamber Orchestra forges an innovative musical path, championing non-standard repertoire for chamber orchestra in performances throughout Greater Hartford. $20 per person. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

7:30pm: Speak Up Salon show is an intimate and interactive night of storytelling. The four storytellers will tell 8-10 minute stories with the theme of Unexpected. The first half of the show features two of the storytellers, followed by a question-and-answer session, during which the audience and the host can ask questions about the stories. The evening is hosted by Speak Up co-founder and Executive Director Elysha Dicks. Following a 10-minute intermission, the second half of the show will feature an interactive storytelling game. It requires the storyteller to generate a brand new, true story on the spot based upon prompts provided by the audience. Following this interactive game, the final two storytellers tell their stories, and the evening ends with a final question-and-answer session. Matthew Dicks, the co-founder and Creative Director of Speak Up said, “It’s a night of storytelling where the audience is given a voice and even some say in what stories are told.  This is high stakes storytelling without a net. You never know what will happen!” Doors open at 7pm. $15 per person. Space is limited. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

7:30 – 10pm: Celebrate the Best of Broadway Come on along and listen to the lullabies of Broadway! Connecticut’s own Goodspeed Musicals is known the world over as the home of the American musical. Join the HSO, Goodspeed Resident Music Director and Conductor Michael O’Flaherty, and special guests as they celebrate 70 years of Tony® Award-winning music. This one-night-only, blockbuster performance will spotlight the best of Broadway through the years. Tickets: $19-66. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21:

10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Reoccurs Saturday – Sunday until 3/26. Northwest Park, Windsor.

Saturday from 11am – 6pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm: 31st Annual Bristol Home & Business Expo Some of the highlights of the 2016 Home & Business Expo are: over a hundred vendors, a special kid’s alley activity section, food and snacks, free appraisals and a silent auction from Tim’s Auctions, plus a huge craft fair! Admission $6, Children 12 and under are free. Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol.

Sunday, February 21:

9am – 1pm: Sketch Comedy Lab Created by Jeff Giliberto and Will Niedmann, Sketch Comedy Lab is designed to teach your son or daughter all the basics they need to create a funny and smart comedy sketch. The class starts with a quick introduction to the basics of sketch comedy. Once the students have learned the basics, they break up into groups and start writing their very own comedy sketches, with the help from our experts. After, the students will perform and record their sketches. All of this in one day! From there the Sketch Comedy Lab staff will edit the videos and post them on the Imagine Studio YouTube page. $40 per child. Ages 9 -14. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

10:30 – 11:30am: You, Your Baby, and the Senses Join Sarah Laub, Certified Aroma Touch Technique Therapist and Wellness Consultant, to learn how to use many senses to soothe your baby, relieve stress for parent and baby, and bond together using a variety of calming oils and techniques. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

10:30am – 12pm: Sunday Funday Join us for a special Sunday Open Play complete with bubbles, painting, dancing and snack!  Complimentary coffee will be served for the adults! $20 per child. Parent participation required. All Ages. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

12 – 1:30pm: Newbie Yoga Yoga is a practice that addresses the mind, body and soul.  However, attending a yoga class without any prior knowledge or experience can be intimidating. This workshop is intended for those wishing to explore this ancient practice. Learn basic poses in sitting, standing and lying positions. Experience a “mini” practice of breathing, simple sequences of poses, balance and restorative poses and meditation. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

12 – 4pm: “The Art of the Wedding” Bridal Show will feature local wedding vendors and a fashion show by Kathy Faber Designs at 3pm. There will also be fabulous vintage wedding dresses on display. This free event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to meet some of the best wedding vendors in the area. Brides are encouraged to bring their fiancés, bridesmaids, family and friends to this fun and advantageous afternoon. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

1 – 3pm: Baking the Best Cheesecake Mary Hyde has been baking her famous Almond Brittle cheesecake for years.  To be a recipient of one of these delectable treats or a plain cheesecake of your own, join us for a hands-on baking class. Bring a mixing bowl and utensils. Spring pan and ingredients included BYOB. RSVP by 2/17. Snowdate 2/28. $25 per person. Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol.

3pm: Sonar Saves Pet Adoption Day Come to the game to take a look at some of Sonar’s lovable little friends that are in need of a good home with a caring family. XL Center, Hartford.

Monday, February 22:

6 – 8:30pm: Boards and Commissions on Tap This panel discussion will offer information on how to get involved in shaping your community by joining a local town Board or Commission, as well as the roles and responsibilities of these entities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town representatives from various Boards and Commissions in the Metro Hartford region. Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown and Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford will both speak briefly on the need for increased participation of young professionals in public service, as well as the positive impacts this participation can have on policy. Registration is encouraged for this free event. City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too! Check back often as we update on the regular.

If you don’t mind the drive, check out our parent site, Momecticut – puts the Mom into Connecticut! We list events that are worth the drive, and are looking for publishers to do what we do in Hartford County, in other counties of CT.

October 1 – 7

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

Playing until October 11:


Performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Opening in Time A moving play about finding connections in a shifting world. Anne, a retired schoolteacher, moves back to the suburban town in central Connecticut which she left years before. She finds a number of things have changed. Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are everywhere; the local high school is putting on a production of Rent; and a long-lost friendship suddenly reappears in a new guise. Tuesday, 10/6 at 7:30pm: AfterWords Discussion – Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following the show. Wednesday, 10/4 at 2 and 7:30pm: Open Captioned Performances for patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. Saturday, 10/10 at 2pm: Audio Described Performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Playing until October 18:


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

Playing until November 11:


Performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. Tuesday, October 6: No Reserved Seating. Wednesday, October 7: Pay What You Can Pay Wednesday.

Thursday, October 1:

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

7-9:30pm: Wine Glass Painting Class and Wine Tasting Come join us for a wine glass painting class and create your very own hand-painted wine glasses. We provide 2 traditional white wine glasses all of the paint and supplies you’ll need for your creation. We will supply instructions on how to cure your glasses so that they are dishwasher safe. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting process and will make sure that you stay on track to complete your creation by the end of class. We will be offering an optional wine tasting as part of this fun evening. The cost of the wine tasting is $10 for a sampling of 5 wines and includes a glass of wine of your choice. Scene Art Bar, Farmington.

Friday, October 2:


5-8pm: Wild About Africa Gala The Environmental Learning Center of Connecticut  (ELCCT) is pleased to announce an exclusive photography exhibit and sale entitled “Wild About Africa.” The exhibit will feature more than 90 photographs taken by Bristol native Deborah Yarde on her many expeditions to Africa.  Debbie has taken tens of thousands of photographs while visiting more than 125 countries across all seven continents, but her special passion is capturing the animals of Africa in their natural habitat.  Her passion will be evident in the prints that will be on display.  All prints are professionally mounted and will be for sale at prices ranging from $75 to $125, and a few special prints will be offered during a live auction. This is a fund-raising benefit for ELCCT. Tickets are $30 per person, and includes all food, wine and beer. There will be a variety of dishes available at food stations throughout the exhibit (by Emily’s Catering of Bristol). $30 per person – includes food and drink. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Bristol. Thank you to ELCCT for submitting this event on our website.

6-10pm: Kids Night Out This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of fun games and crafts, a giant pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid’s event and space fills up quickly. So parent’s, plan your night out and send the kid’s here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parent’s not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag and blanket and pillow for the movie. $25 per child. Ages 6-11. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6-10pm: Oktoberfest Hartford’s hottest night out is going to the beer garden! Join 1000 of your closest friends for games, prizes, dancing, amazing food, liquid delights, and more. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Capacity is limited. This is a 21 and over event.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater For four Friday nights in October, the Garden Center tent is transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie. First come, first serve. Seating opens at 6:30pm. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will also be shown on Friday, October 9; October 16 and October 23. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.


8-10pm: Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels. Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller, and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening. Tickets are $12 for Connecticut Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7pm.

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3:

6-10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6 – 9pm. Space is limited. Also on 10/9-10, 1-/16-17, 10/23-24, and 10/29-30.


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

Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4:

Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday from 9am-10pm and Sunday from 9am-7pm: The Berlin Fair From pulls and draws to jumping frogs and racing turtles – not to mention baby contests – it’s here at the Berlin Fair. Relax, sing along, or get up and dance to some of the best musical acts around. Whether you go for thrilling or relaxing, you’ll find rides for all ages and tastes provided by Dreamland Amusements. Adults $14, children 11 and under are free. Wristbands are $30 and are good for Sunday only.


Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm (fireworks at 9pm), Sunday 12-7pm (parade at 2pm): 47th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Situated around the beautiful Southington Town Green, the Apple Harvest Festival is a family-oriented event which attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually. Over the course of two weekends each autumn, the festival offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides and more. Also highlighted each year is our parade, an arts and crafts show and a spectacular evening fireworks display. Shuttle buses run on Saturday from 8:30am-10pm and Sunday from 11:30am-7:30pm to and from Southington High School. Reoccurs 10/9-11.


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


Friday at 7-10pm, Saturday at 6-10pm and Sunday 2-6pm: Hartford Fashion Week Hartford will see its first city wide fashion celebration culminating with a weekend full of runway shows at Union Station. Preview: Thursday: Mini Runway Expo at the Wadsworth for their first Thursdays.

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

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm: The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey “The Odyssey” is a multimedia feast for your senses — with dance, masks and costumes, lighting and scenic effects, video projections of underwater choreography, and even original music. Be sure to arrive one hour before each show for a 30-minute lecture in the second-floor reception room with Dr. James Shivers (Hall High School) to bring audience members up to speed on Homer’s epic poem. Tickets range from $10-$25.

Friday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: God of Carnage begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages. Reoccurs 10/8-10. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: New World Visions The season opener features composers who were inspired by diverse musical traditions and genres to create visionary new works. John Adams’ score for string ensemble was named for both the sound of the strings “shaking” as they oscillate between notes, and the imagery of Shakers dancing to energetic music as they worship. Bruch’s most famous composition remains one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The “New World” – Dvořák’s most popular symphony (and the recording Neil Armstrong took along for the first moon landing) – was influenced by the melodies of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the rhythms of African-American spirituals.

Saturday, October 3:

7:30-9am: Saturday Morning Bird Walk Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children. $5 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

9-11:30am and 12-1pm: 19th Semi-Annual Children’s Consignment Sale Sellers will consign gently used kids fall and winter clothing, toys and gear. Wapping Community Church, South Windsor.

9am-12pm: Build a Fire Truck Get hands-on for Fire Safety Month by building a free fire truck and start the conversation with your kids about fire safety. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

10am-4pm: Fall Fest Purchase an all-inclusive wristband for unlimited rides for $5.00. Many free activities including: pumpking painting (while supplies last), create your own scarecrow, arts and crafts, inflataable attraction, climbing wall, airbrush tatoos and more. In case of inclement weather, event will be held on Sunday, October 4th. Town Green, East Hartford.

10am-4pm: 34th Annual Old Wethersfield Craft Fair Along with more than one hundred crafters showing a wide range of clothing, jewelry, furniture, seasonal decorations and more, there will be alpacas and face painting for children, offerings from several local non-profits and delicious goodies at the society’s Farmers Market booth under our tent. Rain or shine!  Admission is $7.


10am-5pm: Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire This family-friendly celebration of invention and creativity is open to people of all ages who are interested in creating, making, building, innovating, tinkering, hacking, engineering, designing or connecting. Maker Faires serve as hands-on events that showcase projects other makers have worked on, while sharing new forms of innovation and experimentation across a range of disciplines. Free to attend. Tunxis Community College, Farmington.

10am-5pm: Martial Arts Day Celebrate the physical skill, discipline and sport of martial arts! Join kids and families from across the state and beyond for martial arts demonstrations and a full day of hands-on fun with the Science Center’s 165 interactive exhibits. You’ll also be among the first to see the new traveling exhibit, Wild Music. Discounted admission is available for martial arts students in uniform and their guests. Pricing is $12 per person for groups of 15 or more who purchase in advance and $14.95 at the ticketing counter on the day of the event. Students must wear their martial arts uniforms to receive discounted admission if purchasing on event day. Please note no weapons or masks are allowed in.

11am-3pm: Chili Challenge! Join in on the tongue-tingling flavors, toe-tappin’ sounds and a great time at the Chili Challenge! Samples of delicious chili will be available for $1 each. Contestants work on their recipes all year and try new flavors and heat levels. There are chilis with beans, no-bean traditional chili, vegetarian chili, and every temperature from mild to way hot. Do you dare try them all? Raindate: 10/4. Windsor Town Green, Winsdor. Thank you to the Windsor Chamber of Commerce for submitting this event on our website!


5:30-9:30pm: Big Mo’ Fundraising Event Join us to celebrate the Front Street mo’mentum during Riverfront Recapture’s signature fundraising event – these brand new apartments add to the life and vibrancy of Front Street. Network, socialize, groove to the University of Connecticut Jazz students, tour the rooftop terrace and model apartments. Delicious food provided by Front Street block restaurants, beer provided by two local brewers, and a signature Loftini add to your enjoyment of the evening. Front Street North Garage – parking voucher available at registration. $150 per person.

6:30-7:30pm: Family Twilight Hike Join Westmoor Naturalists as we take a hike at sunset. We will be on the lookout for beavers, deer, and other woodland animals. We will also listen for owls and explore the woods as the sun goes down. $6 per non-resident. Register on-line or in person to Westmoor Park. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


8pm: CT Forum: The Next Big Thing A Forum conversation on the cutting edge, with an in-depth look at the exciting new discoveries and innovations in technology, medicine, education, and the workplace that will change our lives.

​​Sunday, October 4:


8am – 10am: Rock The Run featuring: age group medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-participant medals. Awards from WIP Fitness and Fleet Feet for fastest overall Male and Female of the 5K​. Pre-race warm up with Personal Trainers of Work In Progress Fitness. Water, bagels and post-race munchies. Shred Kids’ Village featuring beautiful designs by Virginia Sloane and other products from kids doing bake sales and fun games benefiting kids cancer research. Live music, raffle prizes and more!

8:30am-5pm: Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta Riverfront Recapture is a private, non-profit organization leading the effort to reconnect metropolitan Hartford with the Connecticut River by providing access to four Riverfront parks in Hartford and East Hartford. Each year, beginning in 1998, we host a head style regatta offering competition on the Connecticut River for high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. Riverside Park, Hartford.


10am-3pm: 3rd Annual Wilderness and Wellness Festival Fun outdoor activities for the entire family! Exhibits, walks, demonstrations, and a special photo exhibit: “Wild About Africa”, featuring work of Bristol Native: Deborah Yarde. Proceeds from the Wilderness and Wellness Field Day benefit the Estela Wilderness Education Fund at the Main Street Foundation which supports the programs of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Admission is $5 per person. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Bristol. Thank you to ELCCT for submitting this event on our website.

10:30am: Park Road Parade The parade features bands, clowns, dancers, floats, antique cars, dogs of all shapes and sizes, sports mascots, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town officials.  Anything goes in this parade, from simple banners with marchers sporting the identical T-shirt, to elaborate costumes, dance numbers and floats. The fun continues after the parade: stop by Effie’s Restaurant to meet and get autographs from the Snow Princesses Anna and Elsa of Frozen from 11:50am-12:30pm. Playhouse on Park will be giving away free popcorn on their patio. After the parade, children will have a chance to make a pig nose in celebration of their upcoming musical, The Three Little Pigs.

1-4pm: Hay Day Hitch a ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon through the brilliant autumn colors of the Connecticut countryside, create seasonal crafts, have your face painted, treasure hunt in a haystack, visit the sheep from our friends at Clatter Ridge Farm, tap your toes to traditional tunes, enjoy food and drink from the gourmet food trucks, or just stroll through Hill-Stead’s meadows and trails. Rain or shine. General admission to Hay Day is free; program and material fees for individual activities require nominally-priced tickets which will be sold at the door. Regular admission rates apply to self-guided house tours.

1-4pm: Strong-Howard House Grand Reopening The Windsor Historical Society invites you to the free grand re-opening of the newly restored and refurnished Strong-Howard House. The kitchen is now complete. At 1pm, hear briefly from Curator Christina Vida and contractor John Armstrong about the restoration. Then view the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 1:30pm with Windsor Mayor Don Trinks, and step into the world of the Howards in 1810. The home has been furnished with reproductions of the Howards’ furnishings. See costumed interpreters Becky and Paul Hendricks preparing delicious period foods over the newly re-built hearth. Try hefting some water buckets and discover how cooking tools worked, sink into the Howards’ canopy bed, run your hands over the beautiful carvings on the high chest and pull out its drawers to find items of clothing to try on.  Sit at the dining table set for a fall feast, and converse as guests would have in the Howard’s day. And of course, enjoy sitting in the drawing room chairs, exploring Captain Howard’s mahogany desk, leafing through some period newspapers and account books, and examining bolts of fine fabric and millinery goods in the Howard’s store. In our main building, enjoy punch and a special Strong-Howard House cake while viewing a continuously-running PowerPoint presentation on the restoration and refurnishing. Try some period games such as graces and rolling hoops and take home a keepsake tour booklet with a discount coupon toward a future admission.


1-4:30pm: Girl’s Leadership Institute A transformational program for girls and their mothers. Girls Leadership Institute is passionate about empowering young women and structure their work around five central values; inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, quality and fun! Grades 3 -8. $36 per one mother and daughter, $12 each additional daughter. The Swim & Tennis Club, Bloomfield.

Monday, October 5:

5pm: Mark Twain in Vienna Mark Twain arrived in Vienna, where his daughter Clara wanted to study music, in September 1897. He had recently completed his world tour, paid off his debts — and suffered the loss of his daughter Susy. As he was by then a world-class celebrity, what he did was often reported in the newspapers and he associated with many famous people in the Austrian capital and in Kaltenleitgeben, a small town just outside Vienna where his wife and daughter Jean took part in cold-water therapy.  He is remembered today with plaques on the hotel where he stayed and a house where he lived. Speaker Dr. Candy Fresacher, an American living in Austria for the past 38 years, has taught at vocational colleges, receiving her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Vienna. She has presented a papers at the 2005 State of Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, NY, and at the centennial observance hosted by the US Embassy in Vienna in 2010. She also conducts tours of Mark Twain’s Vienna. This is a free event, but reservations are recommended.

6:30 – 8pm: Raising the Next Generation Dr. Steven Highes discusses what children need to become designers of their lives and stewards of the world. The Cobb School, Simsbury.

Tuesday, October 6:

10am-5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our first-ever day-long Sensory Friendly Day! Schools with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities can enjoy special sensory friendly programs, stage shows, and so much more! We’ll also provide fun hands-on activities and a quiet room. Families with special needs can purchase in advance for the discounted rate of $12 per person. Stage shows are $5 per person. Tickets will be available at the door for $14.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free.

Wednesday, October 7:

5-8pm: Pink Party is a party with a purpose in partnership with Komen Connecticut; filling the streets of West Hartford with live music, entertainment and activities for all ages. Local breast cancer survivors will hit the pink runaway in a survivor fashion show outfitted in the latest fashions from nearby retailers, and modeling trendy hair and makeup looks provided by various Connecticut stylists. Sample delicious local flavors, dance to live music, enter to win raffle prizes, and for $20 while supplies last purchase swag bags stuffed with donated items ranging from gift cards, cosmetics, tasty treats and tons of pink goodies!

6-8pm: The Code of Life: Your Gnome, Your Life Join us for an evening reception and talk with Yu-Hui Rogers, M.S., Site Director of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. When the first human genome was decoded in 2001, it was hailed as the “Holy Grail” of biology. See how our approaches to agriculture, bioenergy, environmental science, information technology, and health and wellness have changed in the wake of this remarkable accomplishment. Tickets: $25 for Adults; $18 for Students.