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

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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.

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{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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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Week 33

Monday, August 15th:

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10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Zucchini Muffins Kids and caregivers will bake delicious zucchini muffins and decorate a box to bring their goodies home in.  Our recipe is one of the best, and even kids who refuse to touch vegetables have gobbled these right up! $35 per child. Reoccurs with Muffins on Friday.

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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 8/22 and 8/29.

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Tuesday, August 16th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18.

7 – 8pm: Why did Eleanor Roosevelt visit Beatrice Fox Auerbach at Auerfarm: A Presentation by Historian Tracey Wilson This presentation by West Hartford Historian Dr. Tracey Wilson explores the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and G. Fox C.E.O Beatrice Fox Auerbach and is co-sponsored by the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. “Both women were strong, independent humanitarians who shared many of the same beliefs,” said Wilson. “Over the years they stayed in touch through visits and by exchanging 187 letters.” Their correspondence reveals both the mundane—scheduling visits, thank you’s for farm fresh eggs from Auerfarm—and the more profound connection between two women who were leaders and public figures and understood the difficulties of being pioneers. From 1946 to 1962, the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the First Lady of Hartford, Beatrice Fox Auerbach, developed a friendship that resonated with visits, letters, and advice. Find out more about the women on whose shoulders we stand today as Dr. Wilson chronicles how these two female leaders interacted in the 1950s and 1960s. The Patricelli painting of Eleanor Roosevelt will be brought out of private collection and displayed the night of the lecture. Patricelli’s self-portrait, in the collection of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, and a copy of the portrait of Beatrice Fox Auerbach will also be on display. The artist’s daughter, Susan Regan, will be in attendance to recall her memory of her mother’s portrait painting sessions at Auerfarm.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast of MIDSUMMER (a play with songs).

Tuesday, August 16th – Sunday, August 21st:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Midsummer (a play with songs) Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of abandon when Bob, a small-time crook and Helena, a high-powered divorce lawyer meet in a basement wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love. Runs until August 21st.

Wednesday, August 17th:

10am: Kids’ Tie Dye Bandanas Learn to tie dye fabric using different techniques. Intended for children 8 years & older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

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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.

1pm: Kids’ Dyed Paper Mobile Learn to spray dye paper using fabric paint, then assemble a mobile. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

1pm: Kids Knitting 201: Knit A Bow Learn to knit, cast on & bind off. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

1 – 2pm: Easy Made Jewelry for Kids In this class you will learn how to make a bracelet using memory wire and variety of beads from plastic to glass. Chloe will guide you through making a simple, fun and easy bracelet.

Poetry2016_logo{Last Call} 5 – 8:30pm: Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.

6- 8pm: Achievement Day The students in our Early Learning School celebrate the culmination a year of inquisitive and imaginative learning.

{Free} 7pm: Learning the Benefits of Infant Massage One on one quality time, relief of gas/colic and constipation, relaxation improves sleep and more. Informational only, all visuals will be conducted on demo dolls.
{Free} 7pm: Nursery 101- Sleepy Time Let us help you create the dream nursery. From Cribs to Combo to Mattresses, let our experts help guide you in the decision process.

{Free} 7 – 8:30pm: Terrapin is Connecticut’s #1 Grateful Dead experience playing an authentic mix of Grateful Dead and more in theaters, nightclubs, and corporate & private events. Drawing upon a broad and varied experience, together the players in the group enlighten and entertain both the true “Dead-Head” and the newly acquainted listener. Each show presents an original interpretation of songs that many have loved and listened to for decades

Wednesday, August 17th – Sunday, August 21st:

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.

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{Hop, Skip & a Jump} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm: Cirque Eloize’s Saloon at Foxwoods A gathering and meeting place: it quickly becomes the theatre of all stories. In Cirque Eloize’s Saloon, the infectious energy of folk music sets the tone to an acrobatic comedy that sweeps the spectators away in a mad rush. Enigmatic and colorful characters come together and reveal themselves. The result is a series of unexpected situations, unfolding to the rhythm of acrobatic prowess and original choreographies. Never before has a piano tuner kicked up so much dust. Under the spell of the Saloon’s beautiful Belle, he sets off a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns. The lovebirds on the run wreak havoc everywhere on their path; from the deserted plains to the depth of the mines until the ultimate acrobatic duel. Walking through the Saloon doors means entering a mythical atmosphere created by live music and the exhilarated pace of spectacular performances.

Thursday, August 18th:

1 – 2pm: Sculpture Garden Tour Join Melanie Carr, Director of Visitor Experience, for a guided tour of the Museum’s grounds to explore and examine the outdoor sculptures in relationship to the site. The NBMAA sits on three acres of land adjacent to the 100-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Walnut Hill Park, making the outdoor sculpture garden a must-see. Enjoy walking the grounds as we discover the Museum’s outdoor treasures—including the landscape! Tour occurs every third Thursday May to October. Hats are strongly encouraged; there will be some walking. In the event of rain, the tour will be cancelled.

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5:30 – 7pm: 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.

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. Reoccurs until 8/25.

5:30 – 8pm: 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 from June through September on the Richard P. Garmany Fund Music & Education Terrace (made possible by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) 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 & funk. Taking over in August, Amy Gallatin & the Stillwaters play rocking bluegrass blended with jazz & 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. Note: Re-scheduled from last Thursday due to rain.

6 – 7:30pm: Outdoor Concert Series: Hartford Steel Symphony The CHS Third Thursday concert series celebrates the 25th anniversary of Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP), a statewide initiative that documents diverse cultural traditions and shares the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living throughout Connecticut. The August 18 (rain date August 19) concert features Hartford Steel Symphony, the area’s premier Caribbean steel band who play widely across Connecticut and are headliners at the annual Taste of the Caribbean and West Indian Independence Day Parade and Festival. The band performs under the musical direction of Kelvin Griffith who also makes many of their steel pans. Group members number from 6-12 all playing steel pan plus one drum. All concerts are free. Grounds open at 5pm and concerts will play from 6 – 7:30pm. Please bring your own camp chairs and picnics.

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{Free} 6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown invite you to the summer concert series Thursday evenings. Reoccurs until 8/18.

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{+21} 6:30 – 9:30pm: Hadley + Occum presents a Farm Dinner featuring A’Vert Chef Jared Posocco will be our featured chef for this second installment of our DORO Restaurant Group Farm Dinner Series. The cost is $99 (including tax and gratuity) per ticket! Dietary restrictions can be accommodated when you email the chef. Hadley and Occum is the type of rich, mineral soil which creates such amazing produce in Connecticut. Sub Edge Farm has some of the finest around, and we are honored that they are hosting our dinner. We are also partnering with YardBird & Co. $99

8pm: Outdoor Movie Night At Sunset -My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from snobbish, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady in high society. Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plains? Professor Higgins, “There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven’t used it for years.”

Friday, August 19th:

9 – 11am: Back to School Scavenger Hunt Don’t miss this back to school special! Enjoy 1 and a half hours of bouncing, followed by 15 minutes in a party room while we hide fun back to school themed items in the bounce rooms. Kids get 15 minutes to hunt and collect all items on their list! Reservations are required for this special event.

10am – 5pm: National Aviation Day Celebration Celebrate National Aviation Day at the New England Air Museum! This year’s celebration marks the 145th anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. National Aviation Day became a federally recognized holiday in 1939, and our celebration includes a variety of activities and programs for aviators of all ages.

1pm: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

5:30 – 7pm: 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.

{+21} 6-8pm: Historic Libations How did Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain boys fortify themselves before their famous assault on Fort Ticonderoga? Rumor has it that liberal quantities of a hard cider and rum-based stone fence were imbibed. How did Connecticut’s gin-crazed city dwellers cool off on a hot summer night? A delicious gin, lemon, and soda-based gin-sling might do the trick. Come sample these concoctions as well as a wine-and-brandy-based alderman and a non-alcoholic, extremely refreshing fruit-based shrub. Recipes provided! Society archivist Michelle Tom and educator John Mooney will briefly regale you with the origins of these concoctions and some of the colorful laws governing the operations of Connecticut inns and taverns in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

{Free} 8:30pm: Free Movie in the Park – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie is East side of Bushnell Park by the Pump House. Raindate: Sunday, August 21st.

Friday, August 19th – Saturday, August 20th:

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 19th – Sunday, August 21st:

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: Boeing Boeing It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.

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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 (Illyria—the ancient name for the coast of the Adriatic Sea), 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 20th:

{+21} 8am and 11am: Beer Fit Hartford 8am: We’ve built our brand around our version of the beer mile but also offer a more endurance-focused running challenge: The Power Hour Run. 11am: The Brew Mile: 4 Beers. 1 Mile. 2 beers on us at the after-party. BeerFit is a national running series focused on delivering unique fitness events that blend our passions for beer and running. We find happiness in combining a workout with an ice cold beer or three among friends. Think you have what it takes? Here we ask the question – how many miles can you run in an hour?

{Free} 8 – 10am: Completion Event The big day is almost here! Have you gotten everything you need and want? We want to give you the opportunity to come in and make those final purchases at our exclusive event at the West Hartford Babies “R” Us, we are inviting in our registrants that have due dates in early August or September 2016! Bring in your 10% completion coupon to make your purchase with our assistance. We will open the doors exclusively for you and to add to the excitement we will throw in some great raffles and swag bags filled with free giveaways! If you have already used your completion coupon but have received this invitation you are still invited to join us! If you have not received your completion coupon yet but want to attend we will have one waiting for you at the store!

{Free} 8am – 4pm: The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival celebrates its 16th year with a free family friendly event offering a unique celebration of Asian culture highlighted by the exciting sport of dragon boat racing. Festival highlights included authentic Asian music and dance performances, food and merchandise vendors, an Asian beer garden, martial arts expo, arts and crafts for the kids and more. In 2000, Riverfront Recapture held its first Dragon Boat Festival and recruited 30 local teams to compete in a 1-day, community-based race. Since then the Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival has come a long way, and we are proud to be considered one of the Top 10 Dragon Boat Festivals in the United States. In addition to dragon boat racing, our festival offers a variety of live Asian entertainment, abundant ethnic food, martial arts demonstrations, and authentic cultural programming.

9am: 2nd Annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout The FVTC Board of Directors invites you to join us for our second annual Membership Appreciation Ride and Cookout to be held at Tunxis Mead in Farmington. Last year’s event was a great success as we watched our members have an opportunity to get to know each other better after their rides. Whether you chose the 10 or 30 mile option or just take to the trail to do your own thing, when you get back you will find the members of the board there to greet you with smiles, food, drink and conversation. Check in begins at 8:15am. Rides leave at 9am and 9:30am.

10am: Farmington’s Freedom Trail: The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language.

{Free} 10am: Bottles, Bottles, and more Bottles Where to begin? Let us help you in the process of understanding all the different options. Picking a bottle type, choosing a bottle shape, selecting a nipple size and flow.

{Free} 11am: Mira Forecasts the Future and The Bot That Scott Built Storytime Join us for a fun-filled Storytime with a little science sprinkled in featuring Mira Forecasts the Future and The Bot That Scott Built. Coloring and activities to follow.

{Free} 11am: Sibling Registry Event Becoming a sibling for the first time is a very special event Include the big brother, sister when starting the Registry process and make them just as excited for your new family edition! Arts and crafts for the kids while Mom is learning about the Registry Process and completing paper work. Out and about scanning for that special blanket, toy or stuffed animal for the new baby. Once completed scanning for day, each child (3-8 years old) leaves with a craft for themselves and a little gift for their new sibling from them! Pre-registration required. Also in Manchester.

1 – 4pm: Dance Off & Masterclass Inspired by the “B-Boy Battles” from the 70s and 80s, the Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s two “Dance Offs” offer dancers of all ages and styles a chance to compete in a series of friendly “battles.” Events also include professional dance master classes with Artistic Director and Company members before each “Dance Off.” Here’s how the “Dance Offs work: Participants will not know what music they will dance to, as they compete head to head with just 30 seconds per battle to “show their stuff.” All dance styles are welcome: Modern, hip-hop, ballet, breakdancing, jazz, etc. During each battle, judges will decide winners based on creativity, musicality and artistic presence. In play-off style elimination, judges determine winners of each round, until the final head-to-head battle. In the end, the first place winner will take home 25% of the proceeds and receive two free tickets to the Company’s production of “Fire or Ice” at The Bushnell this October. The second place winner receives two tickets and a Company T-shirt. The remaining proceeds will benefit the Company’s new “Dance Apprenticeship Career Training Program.”

{Free} 2 – 3:30pm: Summer Courtyard Concerts: Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble Summer Courtyard Concerts will be featuring a multicultural slate of music styles and showcasing a diverse lineup of local musicians. These afternoon concerts run approximately 90 minutes each and are free to the public. Food will be served a half hour before showtime. This week we will feature Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble. About Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble: The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble is one of the best Flamenco fusion groups in the United States. The ensemble also performs with guest Flamenco dancers and other musicians from Spain and the United States.

{Free} 4pm: LEGO Build Event Kids ages 6 and up are invited to join us for our latest LEGO Build Event. Participants will get to explore their creativity on this entertaining, team-building occasion.

Farm to Table Fundraiser

{+21} 5:30 – 9pm Dish Restaurant Family Style Farm Dinner Join Dish Restaurant and Killam & Bassette Farmstead as they prepare a fresh from the farm family style evening for you. Chef William Carbone will send your taste buds soaring with his culinary talents. Hayrides, live music of South Glastonbury’s own Jeff Weiselberg and Tim Reed, wine tasting all evening and much more! RSVP on Facebook. Buy tickets online today! $85

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{+21} 8pm: Comedy Night Headliner: Peaches Rodriguez A nationally touring comic and regular in Las Vegas; Peaches has appeared on CBS’s Paula Abdul show, has been invited to perform at the world famous Apollo Theater and was asked to speak in February 2016 at Yale University’s “Women in Comedy” panel, quite an honor! She is a firecracker guaranteed to make the crowd explode with laughter! Host: Darren Sechrist’s bizarre and hilarious take on fatherhood, family, and the absurdities of life make him a hit with audiences of all types. He’s appeared at the Comic Strip Live, Comix at Mohegan Sun, the Comedy Connection, and other top clubs across New England and New York. Featured Comedian: Besides being the owner of Frank’s Comedy Safari , Frank Foley is also part of the morning show on WXLO in Worcester, MA. Frank has had them laughing at his own club as well as appearing at Comedyfest, Mt Wachusett and Country Club of Waterbury to name a few. Frank’s point of view on life and his personal experiences will have you roaring in your seats.

Saturday, August 20th – Sunday, August 21st:

10am – 3pm: Dinosaur Park Day Celebration Mark your calendar for the special 50th anniversary celebration of the discovery of tracks. Visitors will be treated to music, games, crafts, and live animal presentations. All outdoor activities will be free during the event which is made possible by funding from the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum and donations from our vendors and area businesses.

Sunday, August 21st:

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8am: Discover Glastonbury Bicycle Tour Riders can choose from 10, 25 and 50 miles routes with ride starts at 8:00 am, 9:00 am and 10:00 am respectively. Rest stops will include an opportunity to visit the Historical Society of Glastonbury museum on Hubbard Green as well as the South Glastonbury ferry slip. Bicycle routes are tailored for the novice or recreational rider as well as the avid cyclist. New bike rodeo event for youths 5 to 12 years old. This is a free, fun and educational event to learn about bike safety and an opportunity to practice their cycling skills; a program modeled from the League of American Bicyclists. Event will run from 12-3pm and include: bike safety tips, stations to test your bike skills and more. Registration for the Rodeo is required (the event is free, but we would love a headcount) and participants must furnish their own bikes and helmets.

8:30am: The 25th Annual Lobster Loop 5K road race and non-competitive health walk will be held on the Canton Town Green, at the corner of Route 44 and Dowd Avenue on Sunday, August 21, 2016. This event is hosted by the Canton Middle School PTO and all fund raising proceeds will benefit the educational, social and emotional growth of our children. Especially now, as states are cutting budgets, the Canton Middle School PTO fills in gaps for students that aren’t available through any other source. Registration will open at 7:30am; the race will start at 8:30am sharp.

{Free} 8:30am: Registry Completion Event The big day is almost here! Have you gotten everything you need and want? We want to give you the opportunity to come in and make those final purchases at our exclusive event. Bring in your 10% completion coupon to make your purchase with our assistance. We will open the doors exclusively for you and to add to the excitement and each guest will receive a swag bags filled with free giveaways! If you have not received your completion coupon yet but want to attend we will have one waiting for you at the store! You are able to bring friends and family with you as well. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

{Free} 8:30 – 11:30am: Outdoor Group Fitness Insanity from 8:30 – 9:20am, Zumba from 9:30 – 10:30am, Cardio Splash from 10:15 – 11am and Yoga from 10:30 – 11:30am.

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10:30am: Learn to Crochet for Kids Crochet passion begins here with these personalized monogrammed tags. Intended for children 8 years and older. Supplies are required for this class, click on the link above to download the supply list.

{Last Call} 12:30 – 3:30pm: Chores in the Dooryard The Dooryard was an outdoor work room where many household chores were undertaken. Today we will be preserving various foods harvested from the gardens with a variety of Colonial techniques, such as pickling. Stop by to help, learn and watch! Admission to the program is free. Drop in any time during the duration of the program.

1 – 3pm: Family Hike Day Each hike on the nature center trails will touch on different topics or activities.

4 – 6pm: Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies Performs Dizzy Wiz An adapted version of the Wizard of Oz with a West Indian flavor. The story was written for the 2016 summer program curriculum and lesson plans were developed to inspire youth to read, write and enhance critical thinking abilities.  The story also was used to engage youth in understanding other cultures and develop speaking and dance skills to perform in a theater production at the end of the summer program.

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