Week 7 of 52


Welcome to the second full week of February! Once again we have scoured our rolodex, inbox and the world wide web for all of the fun things happening this week across Hartford County! This week is extra special because it is Valentine’s Day, so get out and celebrate – with the kids or without the kids; either way just make it memorable and a lovely one!


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Monday, February 13th:


10 -11:30am: Valentine’s Open Play Come and join us for an extra lovely Valentines themed open play! We will have Valentine’s Day themed crafts and activities in addition to the regular open play fun! $8 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford


4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Valentine’s Day Workshop: Chocolate Covered Strawberries In today’s workshop, each child will hand-dip and decorate a half-dozen chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered pretzels to take home! Ages 2-12. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



5:30 – 8pm: Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Get in the Way is the first biographical film about Lewis, a respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film is a riveting portrayal of John Lewis’ personal journey of courage, searing disappointments and hard-won triumphs, as over the decades he inspires others to stand up and Get in the Way. Free. UConn School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room, West Hartford RSVP on Facebook


5:45 – 7:15pm: Sweetheart Dance Bring your family to TLGT for an evening of dinner and dancing. We will prepare dinner while you and your kids dance and do a Valentine’s craft. After dinner, each family will prepare chocolate fondue for dessert. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels


Monday, 2/13 – Monday, 2/20:


The Great Trade-In gear & furniture event


Tuesday, February 14th:


9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Valentine’s Day Treats (Toddler Class) Let’s get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and fall in love with today’s recipes! We will make cherry pie pops, red velvet cake balls, and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! Each child will also create a love bug craft stick. Ages 2-5 $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonards, Newington



1 – 2:30pm: Kitty Love Need a sweet gift for Valentine’s Day? This little kitty might be the best Valentine you receive. It’s easy for younger painters to create and give to a special friend or family member or to decorate their own walls. Canvas Size: 12″ x 12″ Price: $25. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


1:30 – 3pm: Mommy and Me Candy Making Come to TLGT and make some delicious Valentine’s chocolates with Ms. Suzanne. While the chocolates are cooling, we will make a fun heart craft. After the chocolates have cooled, we will put them in beautiful heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day. $25 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


3 – 5pm: Couples Glass Painting Bring your honey to paint your own glasses. Paint “his & her” glasses in any design. BYOB to this paint class and enjoy the fun! Price: Glasses Start at $16. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


4 – 6pm: Valentines Day Toast – An Evening Experience Looking for a unique and romantic pre-dinner date on Valentine’s Day? Share a meaningful experience at Hill-Stead Museum with your special someone! Begin with a toast of sparkling wine in the Carriage Porch before strolling through the historic house to view its Impressionist Masterpieces. You and your date will learn about Hill-Stead love stories from the past and view “objects of affection” on display just for Valentine’s Day. $15 per person. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington RSVP on Facebook


5 – 8:30pm: Kids Night at the Museum For parents looking to have a romantic night out for Valentine’s Day, Northwest Park presents: Kids Night at the Museum! Whether your plans for the night include a candle lit dinner at your favorite restaurant or a nice, quiet evening at home, we’ll be having a wild time at the nature center! This special event will include arts and crafts, games, a delicious dinner of make your own pizza and, of course, some of our renowned live animal programming. For children ages 5 and up. $10 per child. Registration is needed and space is limited so reserve your spot today! Northwest Park, Windsor



5:30pm and 7pm: Sky Show: Romancing the Stars Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning some of the many love stories told in the tapestry of the stars of the night sky. Hear the heroic story of Perseus and Andromeda, the Japanese story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, and the classic Native American tale of Algon and the Pleiades. Feel the romance between Orion and Artemis and the jealous love of Zeus and Callisto. Join us under the stars for romance, storytelling and myth. Ages 8 and up. Glastonbury Planetarium, Glastonbury


6:30 – 9:30pm: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Drop the kids off for a fun filled night of bouncing on our awesome inflatables, activities, games and dinner! You want a night out, they just want to have fun! It’s more fun and probably less expensive than hiring a sitter! Dinner will be served at 7pm. All children will receive 2 slices of pizza and unlimited juice boxes and water! Snacks will also be available throughout the night. Pre-registration and payment are required for this special event. $25 per child. Bounce U, Rocky Hill


7 – 9pm: Love Trees, Champagne & Chocolate Grab your paint date and spend a night sipping, painting and celebrating! This painting can be done on a double canvas with your paint date or a single canvas if you prefer – the choice is yours. A complimentary glass of champagne and chocolates will be provided. $40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville


7:30pm: Sunset Baby Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford


Tuesday, 2/14 – Sunday, 2/19:


SUNSET BABY


{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Runs until February 19th. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Special Event: Tuesday at 7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays An intimate, post show chat with the cast and special guests. Theaterworks, Hartford



Wednesday, February 15th:


10 – 11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition. Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter. Additional program dates are March 1, 15, 29. $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury 


1 – 3pm: Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb Join the Museum for a lively discussion about Heather Webb’s 2015 non-fiction novel Rodin’s Lover. The story brings to life the stormy love affair between French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) his apprentice Camille Claudel, whose passions inspired groundbreaking works together. However, Claudel became obsessively jealous of Rodin’s success, ultimately crossing the line to madness. Copies of Rodin’s Lover are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Included with the cost of admission. Adults $15, youth (ages 13-17) $10, students $10, children under 12 are free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain 


3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. This program reoccurs on March 1st, 15th & 29th. Students ages 5-9. Admission is $15/child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until February 22nd. Winding Trails, Farmington


7 – 8:30pm: Author Talk & Book Signing: Mixed Feelings: An Illustrated Guide for Biracial & Multiracial Kids And Their Families Teja Arboleda, M.Ed. is a living example of diversity: Multiracial, multicultural and multiethnic, with a mixed family, having grown up in three countries, and having traveled around the globe. His personal and professional mission is to harness the power of diversity to create educational media and live events for a multicultural planet. He firmly believes that we don’t have to think outside of the box… because there is no box! Arboleda is a nationally acclaimed speaker on diversity, inclusion and cultural conflict resolution through entertainment and multimedia platforms. He will share stories of America’s struggle to tackle complex issues of race in the shadow of 911, Black Lives Matter, the Whitest Oscars in history, the N-word, freedom of speech and immigration. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford


Wednesday, 2/15 – Sunday, 3/5:



Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: A Moon for the Misbegotten Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Phil Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. This Tony Award winning play by America’s greatest playwrights is considered one of the best plays of all time. Runs until March 5th. Special Events: Previews on February 15 & 16; all seats $17.50. Sunday maintee followed by a talkback with the cast. Tickets: $25-40. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


Thursday, February 16th:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Tea Party Come to TLGT for a tea party! Children and their caregivers will make tea sandwiches to enjoy with a cup of tea (or milk). We will also have a fun tea party craft, music and playtime. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


11am and 1pm: Living History Tours with George Griffin George Griffin, Mark Twain’s butler, is our “most requested” Living History character, and it’s easy to see why. Samuel Clemens said of George, “He was well-built, shrewd, wise, polite, always good-natured, honest, religious, a cautious truth-speaker, devoted friend to the family, champion of its interests, a sort of idol to the children … He had the respect, and I may say, the warm friendly regard of every visiting intimate of our house. There was nothing commonplace about George.” George served the Clemens family for seventeen years. Take a tour with George, and be prepared to be entertained! Reoccurs on 2/23 and 2/26. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children ages 6 to 16. Mark Twain House, Hartford


5:30 – 7:30pm: Salons at Stowe #OscarsSoWhite? Representation in Hollywood Why does media representation matter? What is its impact? In 2016 the Academy Awards drew criticism when no actors of color were nominated for major awards. In advance of the 2017 Oscars, join the conversation on race and gender representation in film and popular culture with featured guest: Pedro Bermudez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema, University of Hartford and independent filmmaker. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford


6 – 10pm: February Cultural Cocktail Hour Open-minded, friendly people make Real Art Ways home for innovative art, independent film, and all sorts of new ideas. At Creative Cocktail Hour we do it all at once, on the third Thursday every month. Music: Sorg & Napoleon Maddox – Electronic Hip Hop duo from France, Munchies: Camilla’s Latin Restaurant, Brew Samples: Hanging Hills Brewing Company. $10 per person. Real Art Way, Hartford RSVP on Facebook


6:30 – 8pm: Learn to Build a Cupcake Stand Learn to build a cupcake stand. Join our associate-lead demonstration and watch as we demonstrate how to use carpenter’s tools and pre-cut wood corbels to fashion a beautiful cupcake stand. When we’re done, we’ll help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. Free. Home Depot


7pm: Mark My Words An Evening with Gina Barreca Dr. Gina Barreca has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, It’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Of the other six books she’s written or co-written, several have been translated into to other languages–including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and German. Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Gina’s weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. She’s Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Gina has delivered, often as a repeat guest, keynotes at events organized by The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, the National Writers Workshop, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and the National Association of Independent Schools, The Chicago Humanities Festival, Women In Federal Law Enforcement, Chautauqua and The Smithsonian–to name a few. The first 50 registrants will receive a free copy of Barreca’s most recent book, “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times! Barreca will sign books after her talk. $25 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford


7 – 8pm: Museums and the Journey of Racial Understanding A generation ago, people of African descent were almost invisible in the day-to-day experience of American history museums, including southern plantations where enslaved people did most of the work and were the majority of the population, and historic house museums in northern states. A lot has changed. This program will show the role of museums in preserving and presenting African-American stories by taking you on a journey of discovery — from the Amistad collections at the Wadsworth Atheneum to inspirational Civil Rights museums of astonishing reach and ambition in Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Detroit. $6 Adults, $5 students. Snowdate: 2/17. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor



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Friday, February 17th:


9:30 – 10:15am: Mommy and Me Workout Come move, dance and sweat with your little one! Ms. Suzanne is a ball of energy as you all know! She’ll sing with her guitar while you dance, move, do yoga and have a blast! We will be moving the whole class! Of course we will enjoy instruments, bubbles and disco dancing as part of the class! We will end class with one last yoga dance and cool down song and a delicious strawberry/banana or plain vanilla smoothie. $10 per child. All ages. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


12 – 1pm: Gallery Talk: SHE Take a closer look at SHE Images of Female Power from the Permanent Collection with Georgette Auerbach Koopman Director of Education Anne Butler Rice, and consider the questions these works raise about the portrayal of female strength across cultures and time. Adults $15, students $5, Youth (under 18) free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


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6 – 8:30pm: 4th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain Beat the winter blues and join us for the tasting event of the season! Sample and sip craft beers and enjoy the Museum’s galleries at our 4th Annual Craft Sippin’ in New Britain! The Museum gives thanks to Hartford Distributors for lining up this year’s list of distinguished breweries that will be sure to please every type of beer fan. Each guest will receive a souvenir NBMAA Craft Sippin’ tasting glass upon entry for unlimited 2 oz. tastings of beer. 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. $35 per person. $20 for designated drivers. $5 cash bar. Click here for an article we wrote about this event. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain RSVP on Facebook



7 – 9:30pm: Reclaimed Wood Sign Class Relax and enjoy an instructor-led class to create a custom, reclaimed wood sign. Recreate one of many designs,including 2 all-new Valentine’s designs and the double-sided leprechaun and bunny! $60 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville


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Friday, 2/17 – Saturday, 2/18:



{Last Call} 8pm: Travesties What do you get when you combine Oscar Wilde, Monty Python, and the political and emotional turmoils of a century ago? If you’re the beloved playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, you get Travesties, a jubilant, poetically beautiful comedy celebrating how important the creative arts are to humankind. Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to invite you to this carnival of farcical hi-jinks, impassioned debates, vaudeville acts, and other theatrical surprises. Runs until February 18th. $20 adults, $15 students. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain RSVP on Facebook


Friday, 2/17 – Sunday, 2/19:


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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Calendar Girls This revealing comedy, inspired by the Hollywood hit movie, opens LTM’s 2017 Season. When your husband dies, Annie and her Yorkshire Women’s Institute members come together to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room by posing for a calendar…completely in the nude. Positioned behind flowers, cakes, and knitting projects, the women discover what it means to be confident in their own skin and the shining beauty within themselves and each other. Based on a true story, this hilarious play will leave you feeling better about life than when you entered the theater. Both the VIP and General seating sections are first-come, first-served. VIP seats are in the first six rows of the house. Single tickets for comedies and dramas are $25 VIP or $19 for general section seating. Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester


Saturday, February 18th:


9am – 5pm: Winter Carnival & Cardboard Box Race A great day of fun activities is planned for the entire family including a special visit from a balloon animal artist and face painter! You won’t want to miss our famous Cardboard Box Race – make a sled or be a spectator – either way you’re sure to have a blast! Line up at 3pm to have your decorated box judged by the experts at Alpine Haus in Wethersfield. The race begins at 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Construction, Fastest Time, and Overall Presentation (costumes are encouraged). The Grand Prize Winner will take home $100 in Cash and a Trophy. Prizes and giveaways provided to all participants. Rules for all Cardboard Box Racers: All participants must have a valid lift ticket or season pass and a helmet. You may participate individually or in teams, but the total weight carried in the box cannot exceed 400 lbs or 4 competitors. Each box is allowed up to 3 race starting assistants. Due to the popularity of this event and time constraints, we need to limit the number of boxes registered to 40. Race Waivers may be filled out the day of the race but early registration is recommended to ensure your place in the event. Every participant is required to sign a Race Release Waiver. Those under 18 years of age must have a Parent/Guardian signature on the Waiver. Final signed registrations must be received by 11am the day of the event. Helmets are required. The size of each vehicle is limited too; 7ft long, 5ft wide, & 7ft tall. All vehicles must be built solely of cardboard, tape, glue, paint, and paper. No industrial pressed cardboard, plastic, wood, staples, rope, twine, or wire will be permitted. Cardboard vehicles must have a front, rear, and at least 2 sides. No waxing the bottom of your cardboard box, however tape is acceptable. To qualify for prizes at least one box rider must complete the race course. Each team is responsible to clearing and removing their vehicle from Mount Southington Ski Area.


10am: Free Admission: Japanese Films Part of The Lure of Japan film series, presenting Japanese cinema in celebration of the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan. Enjoy free admission to all of the following films: Japanese Shorts 10–11:30am Drop in for a few or several Japanese short films, suitable for all ages. Miss Hokusai at 1pm This animated film portrays the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen through the eyes of his daughter. Pom Poko at 2:45pm A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggles to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development, in this comical animated drama. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford RSVP on Facebook


10am – 11:30am: Paint Trends and Tips Join this class to learn how to approach selecting a paint color, including how to navigate our color solution center and our paint color app. Finally, get an overview of the hottest color trends for 2017. Free. Home Depot


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10am – 4pm: Open Cockpit Day Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, Sikorsky CH-54B “Skycrane,” as well as, supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre,” and Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” In addition, re-enactors will depict a WWII Army Air Corps group placed around the Douglas A-26C Invader and the P-47D Thunderbolt. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. All activities are included with the cost of admission. Adults $12.50, children ages 4-11 $7, children under 3 are free. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks RSVP on Facebook


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12 – 2pm: Rest Relax and Restore Join Nicole as she guides you through a Restorative Yoga class filled with gentle, supported postures designed to rejuvenate your nervous system and release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. In traditional Restorative Yoga practice, we use supportive props (blankets, bolsters, straps & blocks) to gently stretch and strengthen the body. This workshop will use these tools along with pure medicinal plant and tree essential oil essences to carry us into deeper relaxation and to re-balance our bodies; bringing blissfully deep rest and relaxation to all. David Ascenza from Gaian Rhythms will weave the restorative vibrations of singing bowls, bells and chimes into a blanket of relaxing energy. Through harmonious sound therapy, we experience a deep calming and relaxation that enables us to journey within and center ourselves during this beautiful, grounding winter workshop series. $40 per person. Hartford Sweat, Hartford RSVP on Facebook



12 – 2:15pm: Larks in Love Family Day: Bring the fam, your kid, or just yourself! Muse Family Days can be enjoyed by all. $29 per canvas. Muse, Glastonbury


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2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per kid per session. Parents can drop off their 5-12 year old or stay and learn as well (younger kids are welcome but Parents need to stay with anyone under 5). Advance registration required. Maple View Farm, Granby


3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.


5 – 7pm: Hold Your Hand Time seems to speed up when you are a parent. All too soon, the pitter-patter of little feet disappears out the front door to go to college. Capture that magical moment, when his little hand still fits easily into yours, with this design. BYOB to this paint class and enjoy the fun! Canvas siz2: 16″ x 20” Price: $35. My Own Masterpiece, Rocky Hill


7:30 – 10pm: Winter Village Mason Jar Paint a unique mason jar and use it as a decorative candle holder or vase! One mason jar per painter. $39 per person. Muse, Glastonbury


Saturday, 2/18 – Sunday, 2/19


Saturday 11am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm: 32nd Annual Bristol Home & Business Expo Some of the highlights of the 2017 Home & Business Expo are: Psychic Medium experience with Karen Kilmartin, over a hundred vendors, special kid’s alley activity section, touch a truck on Saturday with Bristol Hospital Ambulance, food and snacks, free door prize drawings for all attendees, plus a huge craft fair! $6 per person, children ages 12 and under are free. Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol RSVP on Facebook


Sunday, February 19th:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Atla & Matt DeChamplain Trio Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Atla & Matt DeChamplain Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets will be available online soon, and include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. $35 per person plus gratuity. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


11am – 4pm: Jungle Jim’s Mousetrap Science Balloon Show Join Jungle Jim of Boston for Mousetrap Science – an engaging show that uses balloon artistry to teach children how simple machines work. This one of a kind show combines math, science, and art. Mousetrap Science teaches kids the science of simple machines at work. It also shows them that by using their imagination, they can build their own amazing inventions! This show will be presented four times daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20. Included with the cost of admission. Reoccurs on Monday, Feburary 20th. Adults $23.95, youth (ages 3-17) $16.95, children under 2 are free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


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11am – 4pm: The 16th Annual Hartford Bridal Showcase Expo Jenks Productions will transform the Hartford XL Center into a Bridal Wonderland with over 100 breathtaking displays to help you plan your wedding. DJs, food samplings from bakeries and caterers, vacation packages, photographers and videographers, day spas and beauticians, wedding consultants, jewelers, florists, stationers, banquet facilities and hotels, gowns and formal wear are just a few of the many companies with whom you can plan your dream wedding in just one visit to the Hartford Bridal Show Expo. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a lavish, extravagant event, you’ll find everything you need to make it special at the Hartford Bridal Expo! $8 per person. XL Center, Hartford


1pm and 3pm: Gallery Dance Performance DancEnlight performs a dance, inspired by Utamaro and the Lure of Japan and choreographed by Lorelei Chang and Mai Nakanishi, in the museum galleries. Performances are at 1pm and 3pm. Included with the cost of museum admission. Adults $15, students $5, Youth (under 18) free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford


1 – 2pm: The River that Connects Us All David Sinich will speak about the Farmington River, focusing on the geography of the 14-mile “Wild & Scenic” section, and the ongoing efforts to preserve the river’s beauty and health. A fisherman and canoeist, David is active in the Farmington River Watershed Association and the Farmington River Coordinating Committee. Admission is free and no registration is necessary. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington


3 – 4:30pm: Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Spa Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the TLGT spa! We will make a relaxing oatmeal face mask, a beautiful smelling bottle of perfume, paint each others’ nails and enjoy some relaxing yoga. $25 per child. Suggested ages 4-10. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton



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6pm: Family Movie Day: Mary Poppins Relive your favorite movie as a child, and be there as your child experiences it for the first time! Our Family Movie Day is back on February 19th, showing “Mary Poppins”. Tickets are only $6, and include a small popcorn with your purchase! Tickets can be bought online now at our website. Parkade Cinemas & Entertainment, Manchester


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The Shoppes at Farmington Valley: Blogger Event 7.29

I was invited to a blogger event last night at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. I personally love this outdoor shopping center and we are there at least 4-5 times a month. The event last night focused on 6 different businesses in the shopping center. We started the night out with drinks and sushi at Feng Asian Bistro. As you can see from the images below, the drinks (Summer Sangria and Asian Pear Martini) and the sushi (the wonton was my favorite – right and center below) were amazingly delicious and scrumptious. We took over their patio and really had a blast – with great service and ambiance!

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The Shoppes at Farmington Valley’s management team met up with us for dinner and not only picked up the bill but also surprised us with swag bags which included a $25 gift card, which I partially spent on this awesome shirt (see below) from JCrew. The team at JCrew and at the LOFT had sparking water and snacks out for us – which was so sweet, especially on another warm night. By the way, I just found out that this tee also comes in kids’ sizes.

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Our swag bags included a cell phone on-the-go charger from Simply Mac, a must have for every mom! Do you have one? I can say I now do, thanks again to the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and Simply Mac..

Our night would not have been complete if we hadn’t visited the wonderful staff at O’Live A Little – who even surprised us with a gift bag of these goodies on the way out. We were greeting by a friendly staff who toured us around their store and gave us real cheesecake – featuring a dessert cheese drizzled with balsamic vinegar, shown in the bottom right pic.

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A big shout out to The Shoppes at Farmington Valley and A Little Bird Told Me for the invitation last night! Thanks again to Feng Asian Bistro for fantastic foods and drinks. Thanks to the Shoppes at Farmington Valley for the $25 gift card and to the O’Live A Little for their gracious gift bag, filled with store goodies.

Our swag bags also included a free haircut for my daughter at Snip-its, a free class card to Barre3 (who has free daycare for patrons) and a free aromatherapy, deep muscle therapy or foot scrub therapy at Massage Envy.

We have been told that we will be invited back and be able to visit 4-5 other stores and another restaurant again soon. I can’t wait!

Disclaimer: As part of the Blogger event at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley, I received complimentary food and drinks as well as a swag bag filled with goods and services and another goody bag from a partner store – however opinions expressed our solely my own.

7-Day Happenings: 12/10 – 12/16

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! We have combined some of our Holiday fun into one area of our site for you – click here to check it out – many events have already started!

Thursday, December 10:

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{Last Call} 11am – 3pm: Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair Attention holiday shoppers: back by popular demand, the Connecticut’s Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair will be taking place for three straight days. This fair invites some of the best Connecticut-based vendors who sell handcrafted and CT-made products, providing visitors a great opportunity to purchase quality jewelry, crafts, holiday decorations, knitted apparel, photography, artwork, soaps, candles, notecards and all you need for your hand-made holiday. Admission to the fair is free.

4:30 – 6pm: 8th Annual Kids-Only Holiday Gift Shop A holiday shop for kids only! Volunteers will be on hand to help children select and wrap a perfect gift for mom, dad, siblings, friends and family! Parents can relax and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while their children shop. No registration required. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

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

6 – 8pm: Gingerbread Fun Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, we will be baking and decorating gingerbread cookies and creating our own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! $25 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7 – 9pm: Sing For the Holidays! Join us for an evening of holiday stories and songs, trivia, games and some holiday surprises! We’ll supply the song sheets. You supply the holiday cheer! Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

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7:30pm: Fiddler on the Roof Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. With the professional direction of Carolyn Mostel Weiser along with live musical accompaniment, actors will present several performances of “Fiddler.”

Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, December 13:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Sunday matinée features a talkback with the cast after the show. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, December 11:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Gingerbread Fun Toddler Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, each child will create their own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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5:30 – 9:30pm: Holiday Kids’ Night Looking for something t do with the kids while you get ready for the holidays? Drop them off at Hungerford Park for an evening of fun, crafts, games, movies and science activities. Pizza will be served at 6pm. Reoccurs on Saturday, 12/19. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

6 – 8:45pm: Winter Wonderland The event will feature a night of family-focused creative activities. Parents and children can work together to make a snowflake garland, build an edible snowman, and paint a winter wonderland! These activities will be followed by a free movie, “Frozen”, which is sponsored by LifeSong Church and will run from 6:45-8:45 pm. Nathan Hale Building, Manchester.

6 – 9pm: Shop & Sip Join Us for an evening of music and shopping with local artisans! Purse swap – bring your designer bag to swap or sell! Free admission. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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6 – 9pm: Christmas in Collinsville Champagne Walk from 6-9pm $20 for engraved Champagne glass, $15 for “Champagne Glass Ring” if you bring your own glass. Available at: Blumen Laden & Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, 41 Bridge Street, Antiques on the Farmington, 10 Depot Street and Collinsville Savings Society, 36 Main Street. Must be over 21! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 6 – 8pm. Note: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides ends at 8pm. At the Canton Historical Museum, David Leff will point out places of historical interest. Tree Lighting and Santa Claus at 7pm. Canton Historical Museum, sponsored by Canton Parks and Rec Department, Live Music at Downright Music & Art located at 100A Main Street. Roasted Chestnuts served at Wilson’s Pub, River Street. Caroler by Collinsville Congregational. Collinsville Fire Engine will be decorated with Holiday Lights on Main Street.

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7 – 8pm: Read It & Sleep A free monthly event for local children and their families to enjoy snacks, hear a bedtime story and the first 25 families get to take home a free copy of the book! Each month, we’ll feature a different reader from the community. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

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8pm: Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! is a raucous and intoxicating blend of Ronettes hits, cult classics, holiday favorites, a splash of doo-wop, and plenty of Ronnie’s inimitable off–the–cuff commentary on anything and everything. As front woman of The quintessential ‘Girl Group’ The Ronettes, Ronnie recorded a string of genre defining hit singles including, “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You,” and the Grammy Award winning “Walking In The Rain,”. “Be My Baby” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and also added to the prestigious National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. In 2007, Ronnie along with her group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ronnie’s style and sound have influenced everyone from Brian Wilson to Joey Ramone to Bruce Springsteen to Amy Winehouse. Ronnie’s classic Christmas recordings are in ASCAP’s Top 20 Most Played Holiday Radio Hits of the past decade, including “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” As the New York Daily News said: “Go and experience the ultimate Sonic stocking Stuffer.” Limited $25 tickets for under 21 at the Box Office only, $50 General Admission, $75 VIP Includes CD. Bridge Street Live, Collinsville.

Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12:

Friday at 6pm and 8 pm and Saturday at 10am, 1pm and 3pm: Gingerbread Weekend is an annual event which allows kids and adults alike to construct a homemade creation from homemade gingerbread, fresh icing, and delicious candies. The event is a sight to behold! Each cookie is handmade at the Noah Webster House and fun candy mixes offer a variety of artistic options. On Friday, December 11 at 6 pm, teens can build an artistic house with tiny candies and colored icing. Snacks will be available at this session which is a drop-off event for kids ages 12 and over. On Friday at 8 pm, adults age 21 and over can join us for a BYOB gingerbread house event! Bring your favorite beer or wine (we’ll provide the glasses), grab a seat, and build away. The evening will feature light hors d’oeuvres, tiny decorative candies, and colored icing. On Saturday, spend a family-friendly day at the Noah Webster House! At three different sessions, kids and adults alike can build a delightful house from holiday themed candies, white icing, and homemade cookies. A photographer will be on site to take holiday photos! Make your reservation when you register. Kids can also enjoy a wintery storytime and play in Noah’s Discovery Learning Space while their house dries. Each house kit is $16 for non-members. BYOB night kits are $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. A maximum of two people may work on each house kit. When you register, please do so for the number of kits you would like to purchase.

8pm: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy CONNetic Dance puts a contemporary twist on this holiday classic, featuring a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, and a sense of humor! This event is presented by CONNetic Dance. The Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

8pm: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) What do you get when you take Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, mix in “The Gift of the Magic,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “It’s A Wonderful Life,” then add a touch of “A Christmas Carol, “The Nutcracker” and a few other Beloved Holiday Classics? A Holiday recipe for a fast, fond, and furious look at the yuletide traditions we all remember, some we never knew, and a few we’d like to forget. Chock full of outrageous folly holiday hilarity, nothing is spared in this rollicking tour de farce. It’s a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite holiday memories, as three actors cram an entire season’s worth of stories, carols and television specials into non-stop laughs. Ticket price $30. The theatre’s motto is “bring your own”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin. Reoccurs until December 19.

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8pm: Christmas Live Old Time Radio The smash hit, Christmas Live Old Time Radio, is back at Hole in the Wall for one weekend only! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join us for an evening of hilarious radio shows of the 1940s brought to life, with you as our studio audience. You’ll hear from Jack Benny, Orson Wells, Burns and Allen, Ed Wynn, Marlene Dietrich, The Bickersons, Baby Snooks, Our Miss Brooks and many more! Featuring the talents of Abby Auden, Heather Auden, Denise Clapsaddle, Anne Collin, James DeMarco, JoAnn DeWind, Barbara Gallow, Joshua Ives, Eric Jolicoeur, David Macharelli, Kelley Mountzoures, Miriam Neiman, Tony Palmieri, Johnny Peifer, David Sousa, Deborah Thaler, and Dianne Zabor. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students.

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{Last Call} 8pm: A Tale of Two Clones: Episodes 2-6 For four nights only, a galaxy far, far away comes to Hartford. From the team that brought you the sold-out Disney Reality Show comes a new live action comedy of fan fiction. A Tale of 2 Clones: Episodes 2-6 is the untold story of two clones and their effects on the Star Wars universe. Join Jack and Gus as they embark on serendipitous journeys searching for family, freedom and the force in this epic comedic saga. There’s action! There’s romance! There’s a whole lot of robots and alien stuff. Perfect show for the Star Wars fans and those that never even saw the movies but love comedy. Don’t miss this amazing show. Get your tickets before it’s too late! And…may the force be with you. May not be suitable for children under 8. $10 per ticket. The Carriage House, Hartford.

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13:

Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: White Christmas the Musical Based on the beloved classic film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen wonderful Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Reoccurs 12/18-20. The Repertory Theatre, Berlin.

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Christmas Schooner Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. A bi-annual tradition at Connecticut Theatre Company, we are proud to present the show for a third time. This beautiful critically acclaimed musical fills the heart with holiday spirit and delights both young and old. Reoccurs 12/16-19. The Repertory Theatre, New Britain.

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Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Nutcracker The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents its annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Opening December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Millard Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus, this year’s production promises magical storytelling and vivid dancing with a newly choreographed second act. It has become a beloved holiday tradition in the Greater Hartford community, and features an ever-growing cast of HCD’s most talented preprofessional ballet dancers. Set to Peter IIyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, The Nutcracker is an exquisitely stunning production that makes for a family-friendly holiday experience. This year, the first act continues to encompass the charm of former Artistic Director Samantha Dunster’s vision. The second act showcases brand new choreography set by current Artistic Director Susannah Marchese. This season, HCD’s production will feature a tree that grows to tremendous heights, falling snow, the ultimate battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his nemesis the Rat King, and the return of beloved characters like Mother Ginger. “The Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition in every young dancer’s life” Marchese says about the ballet. “This year, I am taking the second act back to the Land Of The Sweets. Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Marzipan, Candy Canes, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy will all be there to welcome Clara to the Land Of The Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s world renowned score, all new second act choreography, radiant costumes, stunning sets and lighting, paired with our immensely talented dancers makes for a magical experience for young and old alike.” $30 per adult, $20 for students, $15 for children 12 and under.

Friday, December 11 – Monday, December 14:

Friday at 7pm, Saturday – Sunday at 10am, 1 pm and 4pm and Monday at 10am: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to The Bushnell stage by popular demand this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. The Sunday, December 13 at 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance.

Saturday, December 12:

Book Fair to Raise Money for Playhouse on Park Barnes & Noble will donate 10% – 20% of your purchase to Playhouse On Park. Three locations are participating: Barnes and Noble in Manchester from 9am – 10pm, Barnes and Noble in West Hartford from 10am – 10pm and Barnes and Noble in Canton from 5pm – 10pm. You must present the voucher id number in order for the Playhouse to receive credit. Provide the cashier with voucher # 11673621 or download and print the following voucher to bring with you here! Don’t forget the wrapping! Volunteers from the Playhouse will be available to wrap your gift purchases. Tips and donations will be most welcome. Or shop online between December 12th and December 17th, insert the code (# 11673621) and Barnes & Noble will donate 10% – 20% of your purchase to The Playhouse.

9:30 – 10:30am: Gingerbread Fun Toddler Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, each child will create their own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

9am and 10:30am: Breakfast with Santa Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa and his friends Wow the Cow, Daphne Duck and Cynthia Chick! A buffet style breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, bacon, sausage, mini muffins, assorted bagels, and fruit salad will be served. Sign up and prepay at Customer Service. Age 12 and over (including accompanying parents): $9.95. Children age 11 and under: $7.95 each. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

9:30 – 11am: Annual Breakfast with Santa We invite families to bring out their children to meet Santa Claus and enjoy a tasty breakfast. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee, tea, cocoa, milk and juice. There will be arts and crafts, festive music, and special entertainment. $15 for adults and $12 per child. Register online. Canton Community Center, Canton.

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10am – 3pm: Christmas in Collinsville Breakfast with Santa from 9:30am – 11:30am at the Canton Community Center Lower Level. Spaces are limited. Register online. Cost is $15 for each adult and $12 for each child. Charity Craft Fair at Canton Town Hall Auditorium from10am – 4pm featuring local artisans. Bring a donation for the Canton Food Bank and receive a Craft Fair raffle ticket. 10% of the proceeds go to the Interval House. Craft Show and Bake Sale at Collinsville Congregational Church from 10am – 3pm at 7 South Street benefits Joseph House of Torrington. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from Noon – 3pm starting at Canton Historical Museum. Mrs. Santa Claus from 11:30am – Noon for a Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Canton Historical Museum. Mrs. Santa Claus from Noon – 1:30pm for a  Meet & Greet Mrs. Claus at America the Beautiful store (under LaSalle Market).  Also featuring Book Signings from 1 – 3pm with Local authors. Valley Center, 128 Main Street serving Hot Chocolate and treats. Santa Claus Photos at Collinsville Savings Society located at  136 Main Street from 12:30 – 3pm. Photos by Christine Petit of LePetit Studio. Puppet Show Times: 1pm; 2pm; 3pm. Free! Town Hall Auditorium. Hot Chocolate: Provided by the Canton Lions Club in front of the Museum. Children’s’ Craft Fun from 1 – 3pm by D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin. Holiday Sing Along from 3:15 – 4pm at Collinsville Congregational Church Worship Band and Reading.

11am – 2pm: Holiday Crafts for Kids Bring the elves down to the Hartford Prints! store on Saturday, December 12th for a morning of ornament crafting! Kids will create one-of-a-kind holiday decorations that will add a special sparkle to your winter festivities. This is also a great time for mom and dad to check a few things off their holiday lists while the kids are busy! All supplies included; $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: Robotics Day Calling all robot enthusiasts, students, scouts, families, coders, and amateur robotics engineers! Enjoy hands-on robotics demonstrations, code a robot, and meet some amazing robots in real life at our first-ever Robotics Day. Activities are included with the purchase of general admission or with a Connecticut Science Center Membership! Meet HyperShock, a battle-tested star of ABC’s BattleBots. Do hands-on robotics activities with Science Center staff and participants in our Teen Innovation programs. Board the Vortex, the all-new mobile lab from STEM Scouts, to conduct wacky experiments with out-of-this-world lab equipment. Participate in exciting live demos with award-winning FIRST Robotics teams from Connecticut and beyond. Meet Ruff Ruffman of PBS Kids’ Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

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11am – 7pm: Stock the Cruiser Support the Canton Police Department’s Food & Toy Drive. Donations benefit area families in need. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

12 – 1:30pm: Ice Carving Demonstration with Ice Matters. Join us in Jim Brook Courtyard located near Dish ‘n Dat and Ben & Jerry’s!The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

1 – 2pm: Tree Tours Join us for a festive tour of the mini trees on display and the holiday décor with a member of the Museum staff. After your tour take in the Victorian splendor of the Moser Library while enjoying holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Tours will meet in the lobby. Guided by the Holiday Decorators. Note: Tours subject to volunteer docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Reoccurs on 12/19 and 12/26. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

1:30pm: Wildlife in Winter Walk Enjoy some time outdoors during the busy holiday season and take a walk to explore the foods and habitat features in the winter landscape. Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington.

4pm: CitySingers of Hartford Concert These concerts often combine traditional and classical music for choral ensemble with other performing arts idioms. From the festive sounds of the holiday season to hauntingly beautiful Celtic melodies that touch the soul, to a celebration of the arts as a vehicle for world peace, this season’s programs will present a rare and varied musical experience. Tickets $10, children under 12 are free. South Congregational Church, East Hartford.

4 – 5:30pm: Partner Yoga With the assistance of our partners, we’ll playfully take turns within yoga postures to help deepen our experience. We’ll also learn postures to be in together using our bodies and sense of balance to support one another with ease. Bring a loved one, friend or family member! Partner yoga is a wonderful, easy way to deepen your own sensitivity to one another. $22 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

5:30 – 8pm: Kids 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. Rino n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

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6 – 8pm: Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade The fun starts with a traditional carol sing on the Windsor town green at 6pm led by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers. Sing along with provided songbooks. After the singing comes the parade! At about 6:30pm the Torchlight parade will step off from Remington Road and progress through the town center in all its lights and fanciful decorations! Grab a spot near the street to watch the brightly decorated fire trucks parade by in their holiday glory. After the parade, enjoy refreshments donated by Geisslers and Dunkin Donuts and be awed by the controlled bonfire adding light to the night!

8pm: 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 “Nightlife”. Tickets are $15. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13:

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11am – 3pm: Santa’s Farm Enjoy photos with Santa, hay ragon ride, crafts, cookie decorating, mail a letter to Santa and more. $7 per person. Babies under 12 months are free. Indian Rock Preserve, Bristol.

12 – 4pm: Victorian Carolers Enjoy the Sounds of the Season! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Saturday at 7pm: The Nutcracker Ballet As interpreted and performed by Connecticut Concert Ballet. Adults $25, children $15. Reoccurs 12/9-20. Manchester High School, Manchester.

Sunday, December 13:

10 and 10:45am: Paint with Santa Join us for a magical morning with Santa! Your child will share special time with Santa while our staff captures his handprint and your child’s together on a decorative 12″ plate. Finished plate comes with writing and decoration. Also included is one flat ornament, painted by your child. We will provide cookies and juice and coloring time for the little ones. Cost is $40 and includes ornament and plate with one child’s print. Additional prints $5 each. 10% discount on additional plates. Additional ornaments $5 each. $40 deposit required, pricing does not include tax. Pieces will be ready for pickup on December 22. Spaces are limited, two time slots available. All ages welcomed, children must be accompanied by an adult. The Claypen, West Hartford.

11am – 5pm: Holiday Party with The Nutcracker Ballet Enjoy lively excerpts from The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Theatre Company, at 1 & 3 pm in the Stanley Works Center. Company members will provide a talk-back at 2 pm, when visitors can hear behind-the-scenes stories of staging this timeless production, and have an opportunity to ask their own questions of the cast and crew. Between performances, delve into your inner Degas and sketch live ballerinas as they pose in the galleries. Sketching materials will be provided, and Museum educators will be present to offer guidance. Finish your sketch with watercolor paints in the Art Studio, and go home with a handmade holiday card. Don’t miss the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration, featuring a feast for the eyes and the soul generously provided by the Every Women’s Club with help from the African-American Advisory Committee. Learn about the seven principals of the holiday while tasting traditional Kwanzaa treats and dishes. Take a moment to enjoy Loretta Eason’s homemade ornaments dressed in traditional colorful fabrics that decorate the Kwanzaa tree. Free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

1 – 3pm: Newington High Carolers Bring the whole family to listen to holiday carols right in the store, courtesy of the Newington High School Carolers. All ages. Free. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

2pm: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Inspired by the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim. All tickets are only $10 for this show. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

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3 – 5pm: Centennial Celebration Finale The final blowout of our incredible Centennial year! Enjoy fun for the whole family, get festive for Chanukah, and join the dance party with family and friends. The afternoon includes: Parade of Champions. Come in your program gear and show your pride for your favorite JCC activity. Year-end Recap on the Big Screen.  Reminisce and look back on the events of the past year. Boppers Dance Party. Feel festive with confetti, lights and a major birthday dance party for all ages. Light the Chanukah menorah. Special Guest Emcee: NBC CT’s Brad Drazen. Free and open to the community.

4pm: CitySingers of Hartford Concert These concerts often combine traditional and classical music for choral ensemble with other performing arts idioms. From the festive sounds of the holiday season to hauntingly beautiful Celtic melodies that touch the soul, to a celebration of the arts as a vehicle for world peace, this season’s programs will present a rare and varied musical experience. First Church of Christ, West Hartford.

Monday, December 14:

10 – 11:15am: Open Play Join us for free open play with the donation of a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Gingerbread Houses Mom and child decorate a gingerbread house together. Caregiver participation required. $35 per adult/child pair. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

1:30 – 3pm: Afternoon Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 3 – 6.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

4:30 – 6pm: Late Afternoon Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 5 – 12.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Tuesday, December 15:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Stew’s Famous Holiday Cookie Toddler Workshop It’s that time of year again! Each child will get to bake and decorate three kids of cookie dough to take home. From spiral sugar cookies to traditional snickerdoodles, this popular class is one you don’t want to miss! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Friday, 12/18 and Saturday 12/19 (first session only). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11:30am: Morning Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 3 – 6.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6:15 – 7:45pm: Family Gingerbread Houses Families can all decorate a gingerbread house. $35 per family. $15 per additional gingerbread hour. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

7pm: A Conversation with Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields related to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement (a sociocultural movement formed of persons who hold a naturalistic view of the world.) Dennett is referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism”, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. Co-presented with the Yale Humanist Community. WNPR’s Colin McEnroe is the moderator. Tickets are $25 / $20 for Mark Twain House members.

Wednesday, December 16:

Wednesday at 7:30pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

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

7-Day Happenings: 12/3 – 12/9

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! We have combined most of our Holiday fun into one area of our site for you – click here to check it out – many events have already started!

This week is yet another event-filled one in the greater Hartford area. The stress of the Holidays wearing you down? Treat yourself to a Parents Night Out – our version of the PTO. No sitter, no problem, My Gym in West Hartford is hosting several this month. We also have many fun events listed below intended for a perfect Girls Night Out too. Want something to do with the whole family – we’ve got ideas for that too! Scroll below by day and time and be sure to not miss the events that run the weekend through and see special notation for events that reoccur in the event you cannot make it this weekend.

Thursday, December 3:

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5 – 7pm: Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift Give a new unwrapped toy and get a $25 gift card, while supplies last, one per household. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

5 – 9pm: The 6th Annual Holidays on Main Details of the event include Opening Remarks and Carol Sing-along beginning at pm by the Tree at Main and Marsh Street, near Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill, with a Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival. Santa will make his way over to the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire House for free visits! Strolling entertainment at various locations along Main Street including fire juggling, live ice carving, horse and wagon rides and more. The Winter Farmer’s Market will be open near the Webb Barn, with many of your favorite vendors. The Wethersfield Police Department will be kicking off their annual holiday Toy Drive at the Holidays on Main Event. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation! The Silent Auction will be set up and ready at 5pm, along with live tree raffle. The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum is graciously providing the historic Webb Barn for the Silent Auction portion of the evening. The barn comes to life under the skillful direction of Diane McAdams, with sparkling decorated trees of all sizes, wreaths, wall art, and gift baskets.  A special “Beer Tree” and “Wine Tree” will be available for bidding. Also in the Webb Barn, as a special treat there is a free Wine and a Beer Tasting!

5:30pm: Holiday Stroll Please join us for family oriented activities including live holiday music and performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, festive food and goodies, Santa & Mrs. Claus, a tree lighting, photo booth and more! Visit Blue Back Square stores and restaurants for extra goodies, treats and savings that evening too! Lite 100.5 FM’s Joan Dylan and also 96.5 TIC FM will be on-site with fun and giveaways for all. PowerStation Events will be providing the fantastic sound, audio and lights. Every child gets a free gift. This event is sponsored locally by Hartford Stage Company.

6 – 8pm: Ugly Sweater Glass Painting Party Celebrate the season by painting a glass inspired by your favorite ugly sweater. Don’t have one? Not to worry. We’ll provide sweater samples and special holiday stencils to inspire you. Best part? We’ll donate $5 of each participant’s fee to the Glastonbury Food Bank along with a giant card listing all participants’ names. And you’ll leave with your favorite new glass to help you toast the holidays. $15 per person. Glastonbury Party Studio & Lounge, Glastonbury.

6 – 9pm: Intro to Letterpress infused with Craft Beer Printmaker Kait Lennon will guide guests in the art of linoleum block carving. With carving tools in one hand and a pint in the other, you’ll be able to carve + print a beautiful art piece that will then be bound into hand-stitched journals. This is perfect festive night out which includes unique handmade holiday gifts! Price: $55 (includes supplies, pints and 6 letterpress + hand-stitched journals). Great for designers, beer lovers, letter writers + makers. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

7 – 8:30pm: Wine & Chocolate Tasting Want a piece of chocolate with that wine? Of course you do! Come and enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Steve Leon of Wine Cellars 4 (68 Farmington Avenue, Farmington) and Mary Anne Charron of Cocoa Chi will give a lesson on pairing the perfect bottle with the perfect box of chocolates. Guests will try six varieties of each over the course of the evening. These will include dark and milk chocolate tastings featuring chocolate with pralines, dark chocolate truffles, and white chocolate with raspberry ganache. Wine pairings will include Shiraz, Zinfandel, Port, and Muscat among others. $25 per person. Ages 21 and over are invited and valid identification is required.

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7:30pm: Fiddler on the Roof Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. With the professional direction of Carolyn Mostel Weiser along with live musical accompaniment, actors will present several performances of “Fiddler.” Reoccurs on 12/8 at 7pm, 12/10 and 12/12 at 7:30 and 12/15 at 7pm.

8pm: Racism Isn’t it time we had an honest conversation about racism? Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Baltimore protests. Police. White privilege. Institutional racism. Racial profiling. “Post-racial.” Black Lives Matter. Let’s talk about it. Be part of a candid conversation about power, privilege, and prejudice in the context of history, current events, and personal experience. Moderated by NPR’s Michele Norris. Be sure to arrive early at 6:30pm for the Youth Education & Diversity Expo in The Bushnell lobbies! CT Forum at The Bushnell, Hartford.

Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6:

10am – 6pm: 5th Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Raffle Visit Hartford’s Habitat for Humanity pop-up shop here at Blue Back Square in the former Umi Sushi space located across from The Cheesecake Factory. Create and showcase your gingerbread house entry. Vote in the “Fan Favorite” competition. Fun kids activities and gingerbread house decorating or see a demonstration.

Thursday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 9:

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Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Previews on December 2nd and 3rd; all seats $15. Opening Night: December 4 – wine and cheese reception before the show. Sunday matinée features a talkback with the cast after the show. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, December 4:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: Frosty the Snowman Toddler Class Children will celebrate this snowy season by creating their own Frosty the Snowman cupcake and ornament! Each child will be able to take home a snowman jar filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows too! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult).

10 – 11am: Meet the Old Cranks Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors (on our clocks, I mean)? Come watch the American Clock & Watch Museum’s official clock winders in action as they travel through the museum winding over 70 of our historic artifacts for public enjoyment throughout the week. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol.

4 – 7pm: Shop Locally at the 11th Annual Holiday Market! $10 admission benefitting the Corner Food Pantry. The White Hart Inn, Salisbury.

4:30 – 5:45pm: T(w)een Yoga & Art Yoga and Art for even the people who need it most! Teens and tweens! Join us for an afternoon of relaxation and healthy practices. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

5:30 – 7 pm: Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England Join us at Windsor Historical Society to discover and sample Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England. Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, and spirits. Everyone from teenage farm workers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Ring in the holidays with an exploration of the origins and tastes of some of the favorite beverages of early Americans. Ever heard of flip? Syllabub? Rattleskull? Switchel? Learn more from Corin Hirsch, award-winning author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England. Then visit four stations including the new kitchen of the Society’s Strong-Howard house to see the drinks made and for samples of these forgotten but surprisingly delicious beverages. Recipes provided. Cost for this program is $10 adults. This is an adults-only program.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up. Non-Members pay $40, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 7:30pm: Snowy Night Cupcake and Canvas Come in from the cold and join us for a snowy night cupcake and canvas class! Kids will show off their creativity by painting a beautiful snowflake canvas, instructed by our hosts. Kids will also decorate a cupcake to go along with the theme, and will go home with a snowman jar filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 9pm: Cocktails at Hatheway Enjoy an opening night preview party in the festively decorated Phelps-Hatheway House. Featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction. All proceeds benefit the Phelps-Hatheway House. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Connecticut Concert Ballet’s Nutcracker Sweet Dreams Party Come in your pajamas and join Clara and her enchanting friends from The Nutcracker Ballet for a magical evening! Listen to the story of The Nutcracker as you watch it come to life right before your eyes in a special up-close performance. Then join Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and all of the Nutcracker dancers for milk and cookies, autographs and photos, hands-on activities and more. Visions of Sugar Plums will dance in your head all night! $12 per person. Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury.

7pm: The Polar Express Storytime All aboard! In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the beloved classic The Polar Express, join us  for a pajama Storytime. There will be crafts and tons of fun! Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5:

Attention Battle of Yavin heroes, it’s time to take your certificate to any Toys”R”Us to get your exclusive free medal. Available only while supplies last. Quantities limited. No rain checks. Open to all ages. Parental supervision required at all times. Those who complete the activity are eligible to collect one medal per person, per battle in store during the specified time frame. Haven’t played yet? There’s still time to earn your Yavin medal! Play now.

Friday from 5 – 8pm and Saturday from 10am – 1pm: Grinch Festival Embark on a magical holiday journey as the Imagine Nation Museum, is transformed into Dr Seuss’ Whoville!  A wacky and wonderful festival complete with crafts, sing-a-longs and special visitors including the Grinch, his dog Max, Cindy-Lou Who and the Mayor of Whoville!

Friday 4 – 7pm and Saturday from 1 – 5pm: Downtown Hospitality Night Friday evening will feature the Southington Chamber Singers and their melodious renditions of holiday classics. Both open houses will include hot apple cider for visitors provided by Southington ShopRite. This year the Museum’s holiday decorations will include a collection of greeting cards received by Bradley and Leila Barnes in 1925 and antique holiday postcards dating back to 1906. The porch will have an exhibit of antique toys and games in their original boxes. The trees, staircases and mantels will be decorated with foliage from the Museum gardens. The dining room will have a special exhibit on display for the first time. The Barnes Museum, Southington.

7pm: White Christmas the Musical Based on the beloved classic film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen wonderful Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Reoccurs 12/11-13 and 12/18-20. The Repertory Theatre, Berlin.

8pm: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) What do you get when you take Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, mix in “The Gift of the Magic,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “It’s A Wonderful Life,” then add a touch of “A Christmas Carol, “The Nutcracker” and a few other Beloved Holiday Classics? A Holiday recipe for a fast, fond, and furious look at the yuletide traditions we all remember, some we never knew, and a few we’d like to forget. Chock full of outrageous folly holiday hilarity, nothing is spared in this rollicking tour de farce. It’s a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite holiday memories, as three actors cram an entire season’s worth of stories, carols and television specials into non-stop laughs. Ticket price $30. The theatre’s motto is “bring your own”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin. Reoccurs until December 19.

Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6:

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Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: A Christmas Carol One of the best-loved holiday stories of all time comes to life with Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, Jacob Marley, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and a large cast creating Dickens’ nineteenth century London! Based on the novel by Charles Dickens and adapted by Rae Johnson. $13 per adults, $11 per child. New Britain Youth Theater at Holmes Elementary School, New Britain.

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8pm: A Tale of Two Clones: Episodes 2-6 For four nights only, a galaxy far, far away comes to Hartford. From the team that brought you the sold-out Disney Reality Show comes a new live action comedy of fan fiction. A Tale of 2 Clones: Episodes 2-6 is the untold story of two clones and their effects on the Star Wars universe. Join Jack and Gus as they embark on serendipitous journeys searching for family, freedom and the force in this epic comedic saga. There’s action! There’s romance! There’s a whole lot of robots and alien stuff. Perfect show for the Star Wars fans and those that never even saw the movies but love comedy. Don’t miss this amazing show. Get your tickets before it’s too late! And…may the force be with you. May not be suitable for children under 8. $10 per ticket. The Carriage House, Hartford. Reoccurs 12/11-12.

Saturday, December 5:

8am and 10am: Breakfast with Santa Gather your family and friends for a memorable morning at The Bushnell. Take a photo with Santa and visit with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy breakfast, carolers, crafts and more. Christmas lists accepted! Adult $25 and Child $23. The Bushnell, Hartford.

9am and 10:30am: Breakfast with Santa Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa and his friends Wow the Cow, Daphne Duck and Cynthia Chick! A buffet style breakfast of scrambled eggs, French toast sticks, bacon, sausage, mini muffins, assorted bagels, and fruit salad will be served. Children age 11 and under: $7.95/each. Age 12 and over (including accompanying parents): $9.95. Sign up and prepay at Customer Service.

9am – 12pm: Holiday Stacking Blocks Join our hands-on workshop and build fun holiday stacking blocks. Then, decorate your project with fun stickers and different paint colors. Home Depot locations.

9:30 – 10:30am: Frosty the Snowman Toddler Class Children will celebrate this snowy season by creating their own Frosty the Snowman cupcake and ornament! Each child will be able to take home a snowman jar filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows too! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11:30am: Natural Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Please join us a hands-on Natural Wreath Making Workshop. Those age 12 and above will make a natural wreath from provided materials during this hands-on workshop. Participants have the choice of several different wreath styles to be used as gifts, decorations, or to feed winter birds. The cost is $15 for Windsor residents, $20 for non-residents. Registration is required. Northwest Park, Windsor.

10am – 1pm: Family Program: Holiday Poppers Celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! First invented by a London pastry chef in the 1840s, poppers (or “crackers”) have become timeless favorites. Poppers make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers. Traditional fillers, like candy, paper hats, and fortunes will be provided, or you may bring your own. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

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10am – 5pm: Community Day: Newington, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury This month, residents of Newington, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury enjoy an admission free day of gallery viewing and art activities. Visitors can now explore more artwork throughout our recently completed expansion and view works that have been hidden in our collection. You can also bring the family and create your own work of art by joining one of the hands-on art activities taking place in our new studio classrooms. Open Studio: 11am to 2pm. Let our volunteer educators tap into your creative side and create self-portraits with your children inspired by a variety of artists. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

11am: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime Join us for coloring and activities as we celebrate all things Grinch with a special event featuring How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Canton, Glastonbury, Manchester and Enfield.

11am: Ugly Sweater Run Rummage up the Ugliest Sweater you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in the Merriest 5K of the year. Join thousands of runners, walkers and prancers from around the nation as The Ugly Sweater Run tours North America. If you’ve never participated in a 5K, this is a perfect way to burn some calories, have some fun and immediately replace those calories with a warm hot chocolate and a Samuel Adams beverage. All you have to do is register! The run is approximately 3.1 miles, through city streets and scenic parks. The start line includes massive inflatables, photo stations, games and the most cheerful holiday music. Once on course, you’ll find holiday themed stations at every mile. Ditch the traditional water or Gatorade as good old-fashioned hot chocolate will be stationed on course as refreshment. Once you’ve completed the merriest run of your life, join us for some post-event festivities. We have everything your five-year old self could want with a few perks of adulthood. Take a much-deserved break from the shopping frenzy, and celebrate your sweater filled day with a Samuel Adams beverage and other holiday goodies. Awards for Best Ugly Sweater, Best Kids Sweater, Best Pet Attire and Best Real/Fake Mustache/Beard will be handed out. Register now and join us for a truly unforgettable tradition! Bushnell Park, Hartford.

11am – 12pm: Holiday Ready with Götz Dolls Get ready for the holidays! Bring your favorite doll into the store for a special updo and check out our new holiday styles. Plus, enjoy refreshments and enter for a chance to win a Doll Hair Accessory Kit. Pottery Barn Kids locations.

11am – 1pm: Children’s Holiday Tours, Art Activities, and a visit from Santa Visit Hill-Stead and see the house decorated for the holidays! On Saturday, December 5, your children are invited for a special Children’s Tour. Caregivers are welcome to join the tour or finish up their holiday shopping in the Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique. Following the tour, kids can get creative with art activities, including holiday ornament making, in our Education Station. 30-minute tours will begin at 11am and 11:30am. Check-in at the Museum Shop. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

1 – 2pm: Tree Tours Join us for a festive tour of the mini trees on display and the holiday décor with a member of the Museum staff. After your tour take in the Victorian splendor of the Moser Library while enjoying holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Tours will meet in the lobby. Guided by the Holiday Decorators. Note: Tours subject to volunteer docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Reoccurs on 12/12, 12/19 and 12/26.

1 – 4pm: Building Gingerbread Houses Kids and kids at heart will love assembling a gingerbread house with us! Buy the kit and the supplies are included. Michaels locations.

1 – 4pm: Nature Store Grand Opening The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury’s Holiday Nature Store will hold its Grand Opening. This family fun day will feature guest artisans and will showcase a wide range of holiday gifts. The Holiday Store will then be open from Tuesday, December 8 through Saturday, December 12, from 1-4 pm. It will offer nature gifts for everyone, including bird houses and feeders, books, holiday decorations and jewelry. All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center’s educational programs. The Center is located at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT.

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2pm: Join us for this Glitzy Glamour Holiday Party – homemade wine and great prizes! Cork & Brew, Southington.

2pm: Wine + Weaving Join renowned textile artist Ruben Marroquin for an evening of wine and introductory weaving at Hartford Prints! Through his studies at FIT in New York and ENSCI in Paris, Ruben developed a passion for weaving and fiber arts. An instructor of beginning weaving for over seven years, Ruben will guide your first foray into loom weaving, using bamboo and Alpaca yarn, to help create a beautiful scarf or table runner just in time for the holidays! Price: $100 (includes wine + yarn). Hartford Prints, Hartford.

2pm and 5pm: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year! Come relive the story of a man who gets to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. (And there’s even a Twain connection–when Clarence is pulled out of the water, he dries off his copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!) When the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” was released in 1946, it was not an immediate popular or financial success. However, its reputation grew over the years, and a clerical error resulting in the loss of its copyright protection resulted in it being shown widely during the Christmas season every year. It has become a phenomenon, and many don’t feel that their holiday season is complete without watching it. Now, there’s a very unique opportunity to revisit this wonderful story–in a fun, live radio-show performance, complete with a foley (sound effects) artist! The play is written by Joe Landry and is directed by Virginia Wolf. The performance is 90 minutes, and there is no intermission. $10 tickets. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

2 – 6pm: Holiday Magic Connecticut Landmarks’ Phelps-Hatheway House is a featured stop on the Suffield Garden Club’s Holiday Magic tour. The bus tour includes 7 private homes on historic South Main Street decorated by the Suffield Garden Club, as well as entry to the Phelps-Hatheway House & the King House Museum. Tickets for Holiday Magic are $20 in advance; $25 day of. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield.

4 – 6pm: 5th Annual Jungle Bell Jubilee holiday celebration and carol sing will be held in downtown Unionville. Co-sponsored by the Unionville Village Improvement Association and Unionville Museum, this event kicks off the season by bringing together Unionville’s holiday traditions in one festive event for all to enjoy. The event begins with family activities from 4-5:30pm. Stop by the Unionville Youth Center for cookie decorating and take a photo in front of the holiday backdrop. Kid’s games will be offered next door at the Youth Center Annex and Union School PTO will also be sponsoring holiday ornament making at the First Congregational Church. After 5 pm, the event centers around Unionville’s Gazebo in Clover Pinney Park, which is transformed into Jingle Bell Square. Enjoy a bonfire and DJ, free refreshments and hot cocoa and a carol sing at 5:30pm. The fun concludes with a visit from Santa around 5:45pm. In conjunction with the activities, the Unionville Museum will hold its annual free Yuletide Open House from 3 – 5pm featuring a holiday trees designed by local businesses. There will also be hand painted ornaments for auction painted by local artists and refreshments.

4 – 6pm: Decorate Your Own Tree, Star or Snowflake! Join us before the Glastonbury Town Center Tree Lighting to decorate your own tree, star or snowflake! Free.

4:30 – 6pm: Holiday Time at the Clock Museum Join us for a special children’s holiday program at the American Clock & Watch Museum! Children will make a  snowman-clock or snowflake-ornament craft. Then, they will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while watching the 1974 animated short film “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In this picture, clockmaker Joshua Trundle and Father Mouse build a singing clock tower that plays a special song in the hopes of convincing Santa not to bypass their town on Christmas Eve. $5 per person.

5 – 9pm: Candlelight Tours: Christmas in Connecticut This once-a-year event features a warming supper of hearty soup, bread and cookies in the Whitman Tavern, followed by a tour with costumed actors portraying the lives and holiday traditions of people who lived from 1720 to 1899. A rich and surprising history of Christmas in Early America will unfold before your eyes…and will touch your hearts. Guests register for a specific time slot. First tour at 5 pm, last tour at 8 pm. $14 per person. Registration required. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

7 – 9:30pm: Glass Wine Bottle Painting Class Come join us for a wine bottle painting class and create your very own hand-painted wine bottle that can be used as a decoration or oil or vinegar bottles.  Great personalized gift idea to someone else or to yourself!  We provide clear wine bottle,  pour spout , and all of the paint and supplies you’ll need for your creation. Doors open at 6:30pm, instruction begins at 7pm. $40 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

8pm: Latanya Farrell is a contemporary solo artist, and former Star Search champion from Connecticut, whose vocal stylings have been described as “incredible”, “amazing”, and “mesmerizing” by critics and audience members alike. Featuring an ensemble of highly talented musicians, her shows encompass a mix of high energy and elegance, and include selections that showcase her unique talents, and capture her wonderful spirit and love for life. With a busy schedule of performances throughout the northeast, Latanya crafts her sets with a skillful selection of soul, blues, jazz, and dance classics along with some of the best known original music from her debut album, “Feelin? Alright”! $25 per person. The Artists Collective, Hartford.

Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6:

10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique Find unique holiday gifts while supporting local artists and artisans. More than 25 selected vendors present fine art, hand-made clothing, jewelry, home goods, gourmet food, pet items, and more. Get into the holiday spirit with delicious spiced wine, cider and gourmet food truck fare. Admission is free. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

10am – 5pm: Shop Locally at the 11th Annual Holiday Market! The White Hart Inn, Salisbury.

Saturday 1 – 6pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm: Home for the Holidays Tours Experience the season’s splendor at the Phelps-Hatheway House with tours of the nature inspired décor by Suffield’s own landscape designer Julie Simmons Harrison. Music students from Suffield High School will serenade you with carols & music of the season. Children’s activities throughout the weekend. Light refreshments served. Participate in our Gingerbread House Competition in three age categories: youth (12 and under), teen (13-18), and adult (19 and up). Entries need not be a house but preferably a Suffield structure. Children are encouraged to make their dream house! Bring your entry on Saturday, Dec. 5th, at 11am for an 11:30am judging and awards. Weekend Tour Tickets: $10; children 6-18: $5 (under 6 free). Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield.

Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm: Albano’s Nutcracker Start you holidays with Clara and her Christmas journey through the land of the sweets. Welte Theater; Central Connecticut State University, New Britain.

Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Fiddler on the Roof Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. With the professional direction of Carolyn Mostel Weiser along with live musical accompaniment, actors will present several performances of “Fiddler.” Reoccurs on 12/8 at 7pm, 12/10 and 12/12 at 7:30 and 12/15 at 7pm.

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Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm: American School for the Deaf Presents: The Cridders in The Spirit of Christmas Click here for the flyer. $15 per ticket, $20 at the door. Kingswood Oxford’s Roberts Theatre, West Hartford.

Sunday, December 6:

8:30am: Blue Back Mitten Run Bring mittens, gloves and hats to help support The Town That Cares Fund. 8:30am: Registration in West Hartford Town Hall Parking Lot 10am: Kids Race 1/2 Mile and 1 Mile and 10:30am: 5K Race.

10am – 5pm: 1st Annual Connecticut Christmas Gift Show Come shop almost 150 vendors of every category imaginable. There will be something special for everyone on your list: Crafts, food and beverage, jewelry, stocking stuffers, electronics, games, apparel, collectibles and more! We have some fun free crafts and activities for the kids, and face painting will be available for a small charge along with free goodie bags! Admission is just $3 for Adults, kids 12 and under are free! Aqua Turf Club, Southington.

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11am – 4pm: 35th Annual Holiday House Tour This is the famed-in-Connecticut weekend holiday tradition when people flock to the Mark Twain House, and to distinctive area homes, for The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour. The tour will feature Mark Twain’s 19-room home and several historic homes will be opened for viewing for the 35th year of this event. Each will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Twain mansion will be decorated for a 19th-century Christmas with the Samuel Clemens family. The tour takes about three hours and requires some driving, but all the houses are not far from one another. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

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11am – 6pm: The Chocolate Expo Celebrate your passion… and celebrate life! Chocolate is truly one of life’s simple pleasures.  Almost everyone loves chocolate! The Chocolate Expo, now one of the very largest chocolate events in the U.S., offers tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines and more from 35-100 local, regional and even some international vendors, depending on location and the size of the facility. Each Chocolate Expo event combines chocolate and food with a dash of fun such as unique exhibits, performances, demonstrations and celebrity appearances. Whether its touring a world-class air & space museum on Long Island, touching live sharks in Connecticut, a magical Beatles tribute concert in NYC or an appearance by “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro in New Jersey, The Chocolate Expo is unlike any other chocolate event.

1 – 4pm: Meet the Family (and Mary Cassatt!): A 1908 Christmas While a visit to Hill-Stead during the holiday season always gives a peek at the past, Meet the Family on the first Sunday in December, invites visitors to call on the Popes and celebrate the holiday in their home. This year, the Popes welcome a very special guest—artist Mary Cassatt. Museum interpreters dress in vintage costumes to portray members of the Pope family, their guests, and the household staff, as they act out vignettes based on the real accounts of life at Hill-Stead. “One of the highlights of this event,” commented Curator Melanie Bourbeau, “is that guests hear true stories, straight from the mouths of famous and not-so-famous characters.”

1:30 – 3pm: Family Paint for a Cause Join us for a step-by-step painting class along with music and lots of fun to support Christmas Wish CT. $10 of each ticket sale will be donated to Christmas Wish CT. $25 per person. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

3pm: Farmington Valley Chorale presents Magnificat! – four settings of the Canticle of Mary by Vivaldi, Mozart, Rutter and Stanford – and traditional songs of the season. The 100 member chorale under the direction of Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, will be joined by soloists Louise Fauteux – soprano, Dana Kephart – mezzo soprano, Marc Winer – tenor, and Anthony Leathem – bass. Frank Zilinyi will accompany on organ. Donation is $15, full-time students are free. First Church of Christ, Simsbury.

3 – 4:30pm: A Chanukah Fair Eight days of fun rolled into one! Get ready for Chanukah: taste delicious latkes made by our celebrity chefs at our annual Latke Throwdown, create your own wooden menorah, decorate a Chanukah cookie, listen to PJ Library stories, make holiday cards, and have fun with Legos. The Claypen will be here to help you can paint Chanukah pottery (for a small fee). Join us for candle lighting at sunset. $10 materials fee for the Claypen art. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

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4pm: Fire on Ice Join the biggest community wide Chanukah celebration in town. Watch an eight foot menorah being carved out of ice. Kids and parents, use your creativity to engineer a giant light up reindeer. Arts and crafts, heated tent, live music, fire show, children’s performance, a menorah lighting ceremony and much more. West Hartford Center, West Hartford.

untitledfth.png8pm: 3rd Annual Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza Jen Lowe brings her annual event to Charter Oak Cultural Center for one night only on December 6. The night will feature some of the best local musicians in town (in no particular order of sensitivity); Auburn Mode, Michael Cleary, Lee Sylvestre, Chip Fenney, Paul Lombardo, Billy Megofna, Dennis Fancher, John Corvo, Ed Corvo, Alan Friedman, Jay Wiggin and Scott Wattel. The evening will also include an appearance by Belle of the Fall. Jen Lowe brings her poetic verses to life with unyielding melodies and a sense of humor. She is a true natural performer, whether she’s pounding ferociously on a djembe or gently finger-picking her old guitar. For the Dude-A-Palooza Jen’s love of spontaneity and good music come together in the perfect pre-holiday cocktail of songs and stories with some of Hartford’s top vocalists, musicians and songwriters. $15 per person.

Monday, December 7:

10 – 11:15am: Open Play Join us for free open play with the donation of a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Gingerbread Houses Come get in the holiday spirit and join Ms. Courtney for a delicious afternoon of gingerbread house construction! $20 per child, $15 per sibling. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

Tuesday, December 8:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Gingerbread Fun Toddler Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, each child will create their own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington. Reoccurs on 12/11 and 12/12 (first session only).

12 – 2pm: Holiday Adult Luncheon with Live Music Back by popular demand is the musical group Dave & Friends. They are back to play your favorite holiday season favorites and you can sing along! Come out with your friends and enjoy the music. Lunch, dessert and beverages will be served. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of the program. $10 per person. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7pm: Sensory Friendly Performance of A Christmas Carol Hartford Stage will host a sensory-friendly performance of its annual holiday classic, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming to all families of children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

7pm: Fiddler on the Roof Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. With the professional direction of Carolyn Mostel Weiser along with live musical accompaniment, actors will present several performances of “Fiddler.” Reoccurs on 12/8 at 7pm, 12/10 and 12/12 at 7:30pm and 12/15 at 7pm.

7 – 8:30pm: That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish This group is for converts to Judaism to have a safe, shared space, regardless of their affiliation or “by whom” they were converted; a place where everyone will be respectful, kind, and supportive of each other; a place to rejoice, complain, share observations, information and advice, comfort, humor, and news. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, West Hartford.

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7pm: Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation From the notoriously contrarian author of Against Love, a witty and probing examination of why badly behaved men have been her lifelong fascination, on and off the page. It’s no secret that men often behave in intemperate ways, but in recent years we’ve witnessed so many spectacular public displays of male excess–disgraced politicians, erotically desperate professors, fallen sports icons–that we’re left to wonder whether something has come unwired in the collective male psyche. In the essays collected here, Laura Kipnis revisits the archetypes of wayward masculinity that have captured her imagination over the years, scrutinizing men who have figured in her own life alongside more controversial public examples. Slicing through the usual clichés about the differences between the sexes, Kipnis mixes intellectual rigor and wit to give us compelling survey of the affinities, jealousies, longings, and erotics that structure the male-female bond. This is a free event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are highly recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Tuesday, December 8 – Thursday, December 10:

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11am – 3pm: Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair Attention holiday shoppers: back by popular demand, the Connecticut’s Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair will be taking place for three straight days. This fair invites some of the best Connecticut-based vendors who sell handcrafted and CT-made products, providing visitors a great opportunity to purchase quality jewelry, crafts, holiday decorations, knitted apparel, photography, artwork, soaps, candles, notecards and all you need for your hand-made holiday. Admission to the fair is free.

Wednesday, December 9:

2 – 3pm: Story and Craft at the Museum Join us for a holiday storytime at CHS! Children will listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and make a holiday craft to take home. After the program, explore the hands-on activities in our exhibits. This program is great for children ages 5 and under. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Nutcracker Story Ballet Join Miss Karla as we read and dance through the pages of the Nutcracker Story. Ages 3-7. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

4pm: Intergenerational Chanukah Fun Join us at Hoffman Summerwood for Chanukah songs, PJ Library stories and a Chanukah craft.  See what our senior neighbors have in store for us. Free and open to the community. Hoffman Summerwood Community, West Hartford.

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6 – 8pm: Delecato Christmas Four Courses, Four Flight” with Delecato. Reservations Required. Rooftop120, Glastonbury.

7:30pm: Other People’s Stories celebrates the way that our favorite tales evolve with every telling, whether they’re stories our parents told us about their parents, stories our friends told us about themselves, or the far-fetched boasting of the neighborhood raconteur. There are only two rules for Other People’s Stories: (1) No notes! Tell it as you remember it, make up the parts you forget. (2) No first-hand knowledge! Tell something that someone else told you. Who will be telling these stories? A revolving crowd of Hartford area regulars, first timers, and maybe you. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

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

7-Day Happenings: 11/5-11

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Scroll all the way down as we added a Plan Ahead section too!

See a show; with the kids such as the Three Little Pigs at Playhouse on Park or without the kids like Rear Window at Hartford Stage or Third at TheaterWorks. Get started on Holiday shopping by checking out the Scholastic Book Fair happening at Imagine Nation Museum. Get out for some Parental Time Out – our version of the PTO! Enjoy a night out at the museum, especially when it’s designated for adults only. Museums not your thing? (said no one ever); we list many guiltless options below.

Thursday, November 5:

2pm: 5th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Come and join us for our annual Halloween Candy Buy Back to support Operation Gratitude. Mitchell S. Katz DDS and Associates, Avon.

5 – 8pm: First Thursday – Studio 54 Dress up in your best 70’s garb and get down to the sounds of Dyn-O-Myte Disco Review. Need a little help getting your feet moving? Join a disco dance lesson at 6 or 7 pm. Or, take a 3 in 30 tour of Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls at 6 pm, take part in an art activity, and stick around to see if you’ve won a “best dressed” prize! Tickets available at the door: $5 but free for Hartford residents. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

5:30 – 9pm: BBQ n’ Beer Fireworks Fundraiser We are excited to host the first annual BarBeQue and Beer fundraiser to benefit the Wethersfield Fireworks 2016. This is a country themed event. BBQ provided by Black Eyed Sallys, Wings from Buffalo Wild Wings of Wethersfield, Mac and Cheese from Max Bibos. Ten Penny Ale will be there, along with seasonal favorites from Sammys Buy Rite Liquors! RSVP on Facebook. $30 per person, limited number of tickets are available. The Webb Barn, Wethersfield.

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5:30 – 7:30pm: Grand Opening In celebration of our recent grand opening, we will be celebrating with food, beverages, entertainment and awesome raffle prizes! KISS 95.7 will be in the building giving away a pair of concert tickets that you would not want to miss! Please RSVP in advance. BodyRoc, West Hartford.

Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7:

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

Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8:

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. $25 general admission, $20 students. Runs through Sunday, 11/22. On Sunday, 11/8 only: Join the artists of Jimmy & Lorraine for a special talkback after the show. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, great food and conversation about the world of Jimmy & Lorraine. $50 for the Sunday, 11/8 2pm show and dinner at Black Eyed Sally’s. Details here. Carriage Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, November 5 – Sunday, November 8:

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{Last Call} 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. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Friday, November 6:

5:30 – 8pm: First Friday Held monthly, each First Friday offers a dose of something fresh and exciting for your Friday night out. With the galleries as your backdrop, First Friday gives partygoers the opportunity to dance to local musicians, taste food and drink from some of the area’s best vendors, participate in engaging activities, and shop handmade goods from an array of Makers Market vendors. Chat with friends while listening to a variety of music in club-style seating near the dance area. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for $5 at two cash bars located throughout the galleries. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibitions, complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, soda and water. Tickets are available online and at the door. NBMAA, New Britain.

6pm: Peanuts Movie Premiere Come see the premiere on the New Peanuts Movie and help support Newington Parks and Recreation! At the premiere you will get to meet Newington Native and the co-author/producer of the Peanuts Movie, Cornelius Uliano! Plus there will be contests giveaway and prizes! Tickets are just $10 and are available from the Newington Parks and Recreation Department. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Goods & Services Auction Please join us for an enjoyable evening with friends, music, great food and drinks. Find thoughtful gifts to give or keep for yourself (we won’t tell). Refreshments and silent auction begin at 6:00 PM. The live auction, hosted by Scot Haney from WFSB-3, begins at 8:00. Get your tickets early and invite a dozen of your closest friends to join you! Proceeds help to support educational programs at the museum. Advance Tickets $25, at the door $35. The Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

6:30pm and 9:30pm: Chasing Shadows The 66th annual winter sports film from Warren Miller Entertainment, is a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and this year, we’re chasing storms, snow, lines that live on the world’s highest peaks, and the freedom that these things grant us. Follow the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey as they push toward the edge, where the mountain’s shadow cast below is all that leads the way. Watch JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston and more as they pursue turns on the mountains of their dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the Himalaya. Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that motivate us to keep searching for more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more. The Bushnell, Hartford.

7pm: Mark My Words Explore a galaxy far, far away with five of the world’s top Star Wars writers: Timothy Zahn, Ryder Windham, John Ostrander, and Michael A. Stackpole, and moderator Jason Fry. Together, they’ll discuss the experience of writing for one of pop-culture’s most cherished phenomena. $45 per person. $85 includes after party at Mark Twain House & Museum. Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford.

Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7:

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8pm: Campfire Come sit around an improvised campfire and see a group of campers spin spooky true stores into horrifically funny campfire tales. Watch as your real-life scary stories are played out before your eyes with hilarious twists and surprises! One weekend only so be sure not to miss it. BYOB. $10 general admission seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8:

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Shrek the Musical Based on the Oscar-winning film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning adventure featuring all the characters you love from the film. In this not-so-traditional fairy tale, Shrek discovers the value of friendship and realizes that true love is more than skin deep. Irreverently fun, this show has something for kids and adults to enjoy! $24 for general seating. Reoccurs 11/13-15, 11/20-22. Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, Manchester.

Friday, November 6 – Wednesday, November 11:

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Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Westfarms to Celebrate the Holidays with Beloved ‘Peanuts Gang’ To celebrate the launch of The Peanuts Movie, in theaters everywhere on Friday, November 6, a special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Westfarms from November 6 through December 24. Developed in partnership with 20th Century Fox, the iconic Peanuts characters will take center stage within its unique, interactive Ice Palace. The indoor holiday display will feature a 30-foot dome complete with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. In addition, kids can watch special scenes from the new movie, create and compare their icy handprint alongside Snoopy and Woodstock, have their photo taken with a life-size graphic of Snoopy and his dog house and much more. Westfarms will also offer the opportunity for families to visit with Santa Claus as part of the Ice Palace experience. Those who visit Santa will receive a complimentary gift. Westfarms Center Court, West Hartford.

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

Saturday, November 7:

9:30am: Freedom Run 5K The measured 5K course will run on well maintained park trails, starting and finishing in beautiful Riverside Park. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country. All active duty military personnel and veterans participating in the race will receive this hat in addition to race shirt as a show of appreciation for your service to our country. Bring your nonperishable food donation and drop it in the HMF Can trailer. Riverside Park, Hartford.

10 – 11am: Join us for our 14th Annual Wild About Animals Festival to celebrate a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures, and learn about their habitats! There will be live animal demonstrations, cool animal crafts, and face painting! The festival is included in normal admission. ACM and Library Passes are not valid for this event. Children under 1 are free! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10 – 10:45am: Free Tumbling Trial Class This class will allow your little gymnast to learn the proper and safe way to do forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, walkovers, aerials, etc. Open to students under 18. All age groups will be divided into smaller groups. Spotlight Dance Studio, Unionville.

11am – 12pm: Tellabration An International Celebration of Story Join us for Tellabration, a world-wide celebration of storytelling from the Connecticut Storytelling Center that happens each November at sites around the state. Come listen to stories told by Connie Rockman, a children’s literature consultant and a storyteller. With 30 years of experience as a children’s librarian in Pittsburgh, Stamford, and Stratford, she has a rich background in library story times and interactive programs with children of all ages. Connie enjoys telling folktales and myths from around the world and close to home. CT Historical Society, Hartford.

11:45am – 12:30pm: Dance with Your Doll Your doll will be part of the class and participate like everyone else! Four student minimim participation to run this class so please register in advance. $10 per class. Spotlight Dance Studio, Unionville.

1 – 3pm: Front Street Walking Tour Come explore the history of Hartford’s Front Street district! Join us, and special guest Don Poland, to discuss how Front Street’s and the surrounding district’s past of continual redevelopment (dating back to the early 19th century) will lead to the  future of the neighborhood and the city. Don Poland, AICP, PhD Candidate, specializes in Urban Geography and currently lectures at Central Connecticut State University. This not-your-average walking tour will end with light refreshments at CT Landmarks’ new home adjacent to the Front Street District- the Amos Bull House. $15 Reservations required. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

1 – 3pm: “21 Days to Write a Novel” Writing Workshop with Mike Stackpole This course is a collection of exercises which will set any writer up to successfully start and complete that novel they’ve been dreaming about. The exercises hit hard on the critical areas of book design: characterization, world building, plotting, description, dialogue and more. $25. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

1 – 4pm: Writing Workshop Although there are many components to songwriting, the focus of this class will be on lyric writing. We will cover meter and form, rhyme schemes, strong starts and development techniques. Skills of clarity, the use of imagery and metaphor will also be included. It will be helpful if students come prepared with several ideas about what they’d like to write about. There will be time to create a lyric and then share it in a caring workshop setting to explore how the work can be further developed. Students will need to bring their own writing materials. What a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift idea! $40 per person. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Raise a Glass Admission includes beer tasting, brewery tour, 3 raffle tickets and light refreshments. This is a fundraiser for Connecticut Hands & Voices. Connecticut Hands & Voices, Inc. is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on empowering children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to reach their highest potential. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield.

6pm – 8am: Overnight Excursion Don’t miss this robo-tastic overnight experience! Take part in special robot building and programming sessions that are only available during this Overnight. Plus, you’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night in your favorite exhibit! More information about our Overnights, including our Overnight Survival Guide, can be found here. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

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6:30pm: Wine and Laughter Join us for wine tastings and live comedy show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and live music. Tickets are $50. West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford.

7pm: ConnectiKids Annual Ball Please join us for a fun night of friends, music and great food at the Baltic Restaurant. Find thoughtful gifts to give or keep for yourself from our silent auction. Proceeds help to support educational programs at ConnectiKids, Inc. $40 per person, $70 per couple.

7:30pm: Tellabration is the world-wide celebration of storytelling and its happening in Connecticut. Every November, thousands of tellers and listeners gather on every continent except Antarctica to celebrate the joys of storytelling and it all started right here in Connecticut. Adults only. $15 per person. Cast Theater, Manchester.

Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, November 8:

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

Sunday, November 8:

7:30am: Jamie’s Run The mission of Jamie’s Run is to honor the memory of baby Jamie Knotts by supporting the search for a cure to pediatric cancers while lessening the financial and emotional burdens of kids and families fighting these diseases. Registartion opens at 7:30am, 5K and Walk begin at 9am and the Kids K Fun Run starts at 10am with awards to follow. Standfish Park, Wethersfield.

10am – 5pm: Veteran’s Day Event Visitors to the Air Museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They can tour the Museum’s three hangars with its extensive collection of vintage including many military aircraft. Additionally, there will be on hand representatives of numerous organizations including Department of Veterans Affairs, New Haven Veteran Center and many more that offer service & support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. They will provide detailed information about their programs. They will also have the chance to sit in the cockpits of a number of combat aircraft including the North American F-100A Super Sabre, the WWII Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, the Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter, Kaman SH-2 Seasprite, Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard, Republic RC-3 Seabee and more. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors. For an additional fee, visitors can also fly the museum’s state-of-the-art Flight Sim Spot virtual flight simulators. Veterans and active service personnel will be admitted free of charge all weekend and on Veterans Day. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

12 – 2pm: Thankful & Thoughtful Family Sundays are designed to give children and families a chance to flash their creativity in a fun and educational setting. In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we will be taking time to focus on what we are thankful for. Visitors will be able to create their own thankful turkeys to take home, using colorful papers and various textures. They will also enjoy a ride on the Museum’s working carousel and a trip through the Museum’s exhibits, including a collection of over 100 antique carousel pieces and the Museum of Fire History. Adults $6, children $5. All admissions include access to all Museum exhibits and a free ride on the Museum’s working carousel. The New England Carousel Museum, Bristol.

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12 – 4pm: Join us for the First Annual Collinsville Chili Fest sponsored by Lisa’s Crown & Hammer. Sample chili entries from local restaurants and businesses. 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to the Canton Food Bank! $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door.

12:30pm: Veteran’s Day Parade The parade steps off at 12:30pm at the intersection of Buckingham and Washington Streets, near the State Capitol, Travel north on Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, onto Ford Street, turn right on Pearl Street, right onto Main Street where it passes a reviewing stand across from the Wadsworth Atheneum, and right onto Capitol Avenue, where it ends. Total distance: 1.3 miles.

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

1 – 3pm: Colonial Family Day – Bringing in the Harvest Want a preview of Thanksgiving to get in the spirit? Join us for an afternoon of family fun! Take a harvest tour of the historic house and gardens to see what Colonial fold did with apples, pumpkins and corn; get a snapshot of yourself in Colonial garb in our “Historical Photo Booth” to take home; watch open-hearth cooking and sample food cooked on the open hearth; and, play in the mini-kitchen and wigwam. Free children’s activities and harvest refreshments. $3 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

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1 – 3pm: Our Open House events showcase how Renbrook brings Learning to Life. Parents and students are invited to join tours of the school tailored to specific grade levels, meet current parents and students,  and hear from our Head of School and educational leaders.  Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial aid. Please complete the short form here to let us know you are attending. Renbrook School, West Hartford.

1:30 – 3:30pm: A Ride to Remember A Bus Tour of Hayden Station, Rainbow and Poquonock with historian Beverly Garvan and Windsor icon Sterling Viets, and Windsor Historical Society Director Christine Ermenc. Where did these villages of Windsor get their names? Who were the people who lived in these areas and what were the significant landmarks and businesses? Hop on a school bus and find out.  Each participant will receive a packet of historic maps, photographs and images from Windsor Historical Society collections to compare with the features they see as the tour progresses. Evocative stories about the area from the Windsor Storytellers books will be shared. Spaces are limited; our bus tours sell out fast. School bus will meet participants at the Society. $10 adults, $9 students. Windsor Historical Society, Windsor.

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2pm: Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing The history of the frothy beverage in Connecticut dates back to early colonists, who used it to quench their thirst in the absence of clean drinking water. Author Will Siss will present some of the research from his book on the history of breweries in Connecticut including the recent trend toward small craft breweries. Beer Samples will be available from Old Burneside Brewery and Simsbury’s own Hopmeadow Brewery. Free. Ages 21+. Space is limited so reservations are required. RSVP to (860) 658-7663.  Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury.

3:30pm: Jeepers Creepers Brian Kleinman, from Riverside Reptile, will bring some creepy-looking creatures. During this “mixed bag” program, you will encounter and touch a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more!  Don’t worry, we won’t bite! $20 per family in advance, $25 per family at the door. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

Monday, November 9:

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

Monday, November 9 – Sunday, November 15:

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Grand Opening Celebrate barre3’s grand opening on Monday, November 9 with giveaways, raffle prizes, refreshments & more! Free classes will also be offered all week long (some with complementary childcare) until November 15.

Wednesday, November 11:

11am – 3pm: Tell Me A Story Narrate your November with a very special Veterans’ Day Family Day. At 11am, master storyteller Tom Lee brings the CT Storytelling Center’s Tellabration to the Museum, bringing artworks to life with captivating tales. The Art Studios open at noon where you can stop by to make a story stone with Museum educators. At 1pm, New York’s Exit 12 Dance Company and West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company will perform an original ballet that tells of the trauma of war, and the healing that can be found in the arts, through the eyes of a military veteran. Poetry, music, and dance will illuminate this touching story in a performance suitable for all ages.

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

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

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Friday, 11/13 from 6 – 9pm: Third Annual Beer Garden at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

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Saturday, 11/14 at 10am and 12:30pm: Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at The Bushnell in Hartford.

Friday, 11/20 at 4pm and 7pm: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at the XL Center in Hartford.

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Friday, 11/20 – Saturday 11/21 at 7pm and Sunday, 11/22 at 2pm: Winnie the Pooh at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA in New Britain.

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Friday, 11/20 – Saturday, 11/21 at 7:30pm, Saturday 11/21 – Sunday, 11/22 at 1:30pm: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at Hall High School Theater in West Hartford.

Check back often as we update on the regular!

October 22 – 28

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

Thursday, October 22:

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6pm: Fall Forest Join us for a night of artsy fun! Enjoy a 3 course meal catered by Paul Gregory’s Bistro and cash bar with home brewed wine from Cork & Brew. After dinner, you will be guided step-by-step to create your own masterpieces. Dinner and your masterpiece $60 plus tax and gratuity. Cork & Brew, Southington.

Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, October 25:

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Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Haunted Miniature Golf Every year in October things get super-duper spooky for our Annual Haunted Miniature Golf event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association. Admission is $10. Reocurrs 10/29-11/1. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

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

Friday, October 23:

4:30 – 6pm: Halloween Party! Wear your costumes and enjoy a spook-tacular time at My Gym! Parent participation is required – no drop offs! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must be on the gym floor with them for safety. Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years only. $10 for 1st child, $5 for each sibling. Cash only! My Gym, Glastonbury.

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

6:30 – 9:30pm: Corn Maze After Dark Explore the corn maze after dark! As the sun goes down the corn maze presents a more challenging adventure. The corn maze is family friendly after dark entertainment, no haunting or scaring your friends please. Bring your own flashlight and let the adventure begin! Last ticket sold at 8pm but maze closes at 9:30pm. Reoccurs on 10/30. Browns Harvest, Windsor.

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater 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! Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7:30pm: Choreographers’ Showcase Five innovative choreographers created a night of original and diverse dance to music ranging from Dustin O’Halloran to Hozier and others. CREC Arts Academy dancers deliver vibrant and original choreography by Jennifer Nugent, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.; Kate St. Amand of New York’s Syren Modern Dance Co.; Lorelei Chang, of dancEnlight; Jen Weber, of decadancetheatre; and Hartford’s Trezon Dancy. Adults $15-20 and students $10-15. Main Stage Theater, Hartford.

7:30 – 9:30pm: “Love, Motherhood, and the Female Gaze,” explores the ways that women composers offer unique perspectives on motherhood, romantic relationships, and the female body. Suggested donation $20, students and educators $5. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

8pm: 18th Annual ‘Nite of Lite Laughter You won’t want to miss this hilarious evening of anecdotes, show biz stories, video clips, music, and that dry sense of humor that has made Bob Newhart one of the most celebrated comedians in entertainment history. Proceeds to benefit the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. William H. Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24:

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6 – 9pm: Fright Farm Come out and experience the spooky side of Auerfarm! Brave souls will be lead through the sugar house, hay barn, and fields to encounter the farm’s resident ghosts and ghouls. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Auerfarm, Bloomfield.

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Friday from 6 – 9pm and Saturday from 3 – 6pm: Haunted House Visitors will come upon a twisted props master and her mysterious assistant; an angry director, a fumbling diva, a scheming understudy, and an overworked techie in rehearsal; and a security guard who thinks he’s warden of a long-gone insane asylum—and a couple of these characters may not survive the tour! Backstage Stories with scary and not-so-scary guided tours every ten minutes featuring members of the NBYT Teen Company and Improv Troupe. $3 Adults, $2 Children. New Britain-Berlin YMCA, New Britain.

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 10/29-30.

7 – 9:30pm: Halloween Hayrides Not recommended for children under 8 years old. The tide is approximately 35 minutes. Raindate 10/25. $25 per person.

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

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

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

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25:

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

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 8:45pm & Sunday from 5 – 7:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidentally hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!”Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan,  who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Reocurrs on 10/30 with a raindate of 11/1. North Cemetery, West Hartford.

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 10/30-11/1.

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

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8:30am – 5pm: Grit ‘N Wit will be returning to Hartford for the third time! Participants will need to conquer 3 miles of over 20 mental and physical challenges! Join an existing team, create a new team or register as an individual. Ages 10 and over. $40-60 per person.

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. Adults $5, children $1. Pay at the door. Rain cancels.

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10am – 4pm: STEAMFest The event will feature hands-on activities, presentations and displays focusing on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Build awareness about STEAM for students and their families. Demonstrate how much fun these disciplines can be. Show how these disciplines are inherent in many of the things we do every day. Have students learn about the career and college opportunities available to them in STEAM fields. STEAMFest is a community event that is open to the public and free of charge. Our activities are geared towards all students ages K-12. Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, Bristol.

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10:30am – 12:30pm: West Hartford’s Annual Halloween Stroll Costumed children of all ages are invited to West Hartford for a fun morning in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, little ghouls and goblins (and princesses and heroes, too) are welcome to Trick-or-Treat at participating merchants throughout West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. There will be kids-friendly music bands, prize and food give-a-ways, a fire truck to climb aboard, local sports team Mascots, crafts, games and other activities throughout the town. Free parking (first come first served) will be available at the Town Hall Parking Lot. Free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook.

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11am – 12pm: Animal Masks Kids will have a blast making their favorite animal into a unique mask. $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

1 – 3pm: Hooker Day Parade honors Hartford’s founder, Thomas Hooker. This annual parade is a family-oriented extravaganza with giant puppets, costumes, candy, Mardi-Gras beads, marching bands and brass bands. This boisterous, fun-filled procession celebrates the city and the creativity of its people. The parade steps off at 1 on the dot, and it is a pretty short parade. The parade steps off on Asylum at High Street, moves east on Asylum, south on Ann Uccello, east on Pearl, north on Trumbull, West on Church, South on Ann Uccello and makes a final turn moving west onto Asylum, ending in a dance party in front of Black-eyed Sally’s. Awards will be presented to the Best Group, Best Individual, and a Master or Madame Hooker will be crowned.

1 – 4pm: Connect to Healthier Fall Fest Come celebrate Halloween early by watching some of Hartford HealthCare’s top physicians compete for the best-carved pumpkin in the spirit of Iron Chef America. Enter the drawing to take home a pumpkin carved by one of the pros! Enjoy Fun, Food, Face Painting and Giveaways provided by Hartford HealthCare and Westfarms. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween Costume! West Farms Mall, West Hartford.

2pm: Trick or Treat Miracle League Style More than 50 local businesses, civic groups and families come together to create a safe and accessible neighborhood on the Miracle League Field in West Hartford for children with special needs and their siblings. The event is open to children from all over the area and admission is free. We focus on the fun rather than the spooky. Come in your favorite costumes and collect some treats.

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2pm: 4th Annual Halloween Festival Come for a festival, stay for a movie. Haunted hayride, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, touch-a-truck, museum of oddities, apple cannon launching, knockerball, trunk or treating, wear your costume for prizes. Trunk or Treat is at 5pm and Hocus Pocus starts at 6:10pm followed by The Shining at 8:40pm. Carload $20.

4 – 9pm: The Plainville PumpkinFest is a community-hosted, family-friendly celebration of what is unique about our little town. It’s a celebration of artistry and creativity and a demonstration of our commitment to non-profit efforts to serve those in need. The PumpkinFest will be an outdoor festival featuring live music, a kiddie costume parade, contests, food trucks, and several local vendors. It wouldn’t be a PumpkinFest without pumpkins, either, so everyone is invited to bring their own carved pumpkins. Halloween Party at the Recreation Building from 4-5pm with a magician at 4pm, costume judging for pre-schoolers through grades 5 and ending with a parade led by the marking band of the middle school.

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4 – Close: 3rd Annual Pints for Paws Come support Animal Rescue Foundation  where $20 get you your first pint and you get to keep the glass with $5 refills thereafter. Drink and food specials, raffle and good fun all while raising money for the dogs and cats.

6 – 8pm: Halloween at the Y Join us for a fun free family event! Not-so-spooky free fun for everyone! No reservations needed. YMCA, Granby.

6:30pm: 22nd Annual Collinsville Halloween Parade Beginning at 6:30pm, the main streets in Collinsville will close to traffic and open to all who are brave and daring enough. At 6:30pm, as the dusk takes over the village of Collinsville, all ghosts, ghouls and goblins and anyone else who venture in meet at the foot of the balcony at the Canton Historical Museum. Boosolini greets the crowd, the candy flows and the Halloween magic takes over. At 7pm the parade ritual begins on Main Street. Haunting pipe organ sounds can be heard and all those who are Halloween-donned and those who choose to remain un-donned follow the fog and music down Main Street.  As you walk the parade path, you will find amongst the many horrifying visuals, the “Collinsville Judges” searching for the scariest, most original and funniest costumes of the night. After the parade of fright and fun; ghosts, goblins and goons congregate again at the balcony for the judging of the costumes.

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7 – 11pm: Back to the Eighties Masquerade Dance Party A Time Travel themed event that crashes an 1890’s Masquerade Ball into a 1980’s Dance Party! Featuring live music by local 80’s cover band OPM, dance music by DJ Whitney Bobby, a cash bar and refreshments, a costume contest, a time travelers dance off, and many more surprises! All ‘tasteful’ costumes are welcome and are not limited to only traditional 1890’s, time travel, or 1980’s costumes but we encourage you to have fun mashing them up! $25 per person.

8pm: Ethan Bortnick Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour,” 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over thirty thousand dollars for charities across the globe. Ethan has also been featured on countless national television shows, including multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Oprah. His highly successful nationally televised TV show, The Power of Music, has been one of the most successful concert pledge shows on PBS for 2014, and is still running nationwide continuously, winning multiple awards. Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater, Hartford.

Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, October 25:

10am – 4pm: Up Close and Creepy: Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds and a 19th-Century Wake The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will offer an up-close and creepy examination of all things macabre during their annual Witches and Tombstones Tours. Admission for the 90-minute tour is $13 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised. Witches and Tombstones Tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs.

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11am – 3pm: Connecticut Science Center’s 5th Annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids’ costumes are encouraged! Eerie entertainment includes: trick or treating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, photo booth, make your own slime, kids scaryoke and hand drumming. Adult masks are not permitted. Kids under 3 are free!

​​Sunday, October 25:

10am – 3pm: Windsor Craft & Vendor Extravaganza This event will be featuring over 50 vendors and crafters selling everything from children’s items, jewelry, food items, artwork and much more! There will also be raffle prizes available to win! Come and do your holiday shopping early and all for a good cause. For a complete list of vendors and crafters, please visit www.windsorjuniors.com. Donation of $2. Proceeds from this event will go towards high school scholarships. Windsor Marriott, Windsor.

11am – 2pm: Spooktacular Kids Event Head to your nearest Target dressed in costume for spooky treats and deals. While supplies last.

1 – 3pm: Harvest Festival Prospective, new and enrolled families are invited to stop by for our Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 25th from 1 pm until 3 pm. Come meet our teachers, participate in fun Fall activities and tour our school! Please call or email to RSVP to the event. The Goddard School, Farmington.

1:30 – 3:15pm: Fall Scavenger Hunt and Nature Walk Children ages 6 to 10 and their caregivers are invited to join us at 1:30pm for a fall scavenger hunt. Registration for the scavenger hunt is required. Everyone is welcome to join us at 2pm for a Fall Foliage Nature Walk. We will walk along East Birge Pond Trail to the Marsh Boardwalk. If trail conditions permit, we will walk around Birge Pond. Registration for the Nature Walk is not required. The trail has a few hills and muddy areas possible. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended. Be sure to bring water. Please leave pets at home and children need to be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. Hoppers Birge Pond Nature Preserve, Bristol.

1:30 – 3pm: Lost in the Woods? Map or compass? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together. For eight years old and up. Preregistration requested. $6 per non-member. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

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2:30pm: Valley 5K Step Out to Help Out! And there’s a good cause, too! Race participants and their families are encouraged to bring new children’s coats, hats, gloves, mittens or socks to help the kids at Greene-Hills School prepare for the cold weather ahead. The 5K course is USATF-certified and is designed for serious and novice runners. The new course winds through quiet neighborhood roads with gently rolling hills. Medals will be awarded for the top 3 overall male and female finishers, as well as the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each age group. Rain or shine. Greene-Hills School, Bristol.

4 – 6pm: Fall Family Day on the Farm Join the Farmington Land Trust and Sub Edge Farm fora Sunday afternoon of family adventure and fun on alocal, organic Farmington farm.Take a hayride, see the animals, listen to music andhear a story by the bonfire while enjoyingoutdoor activities and crafts.Personal pizza by Confetti – with farm fresh – toppings for sale. Free admission. Sub Edge Farm, Farmington.

7pm: Free Comedy Show Come see our signature monthly comedy show that’s been running for over 5 years straight! Call ahead to reserve seats. All ages are welcome, but due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Sea Tea Improv; City Steam Brewery, Hartford.

Monday, October 26:

5 – 7pm: Give-a-Treat, Get-a-Treat Food drive and trick or treating. Calling all kids under 10. Give a non-perishable food item and get a free trick or treat bag. Go trick or treating at the Shoppes! Rain or Shine. The Shops at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Tuesday, October 27:

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

Wednesday, October 28:

2 – 3pm: Story and a Craft at the Museum Join us for spooky storytime at the CHS! Children will listen to a reading of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, make a Halloween craft, and have time to explore our hands-on exhibits. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters Children are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s to go trick or treating throughout the store. Each department in the store will have a candy station for kids to stop at. Children must come with their own bags. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children.

4:30 – 6pm: IEA Special Needs Trick-or-Treat Night Special Needs Families and Friends are invited to join us for our Special Needs Trick-or-Treat Event! Children will be able to take part in a variety of activities, as they “trick-or-treat” through the classrooms. Visit with vendors and learn about special needs resources in the community and collect some wonderful goodies! Admission is just $5 for the whole family! Register in advance and receive an IEA trick-or-treat bag. Intensive Education Academy, West Hartford.

7pm: Spooky Cookie Decorating Class Come join us for a spooktacular halloween themed cookie decorating class. We provide the cookies and all the materials needed for your masterpiece. Ashley will instruct you step by step how to create these fun and spooky cookies that you get to eat or take home with you to display! Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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7-11pm: Learn to Dance West Coast Swing Dancing is a great hobby, why not learn something new. Free beginner dance lesson from 7-8pm, intermediate dance lesson from 8-9pm and social dancing from 9-11pm. Make it a date night or a fun girls night out. Casona, Hartford.

7:30pm: Other People’s Stories celebrates the way that our favorite tales evolve with every telling, whether they’re stories our parents told us about their parents, stories our friends told us about themselves, or the far-fetched boasting of the neighborhood raconteur. There are only two rules for Other People’s Stories: (1) No notes! Tell it as you remember it, make up the parts you forget. (2) No first-hand knowledge! Tell something that someone else told you. Who will be telling these stories? A revolving crowd of Hartford area regulars, first timers, and maybe you. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

September 17 – 23

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! For events outside of Hartford, click here.

Thursday, September 17:

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5:30pm: Lecture: Swimming Against the Tide in Pin Curls and Crinoline Susan Campbell, author of Tempest-Tossed The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, discusses the noted abolitionist, suffragette and spiritualist. Youngest of the well-known Beecher family, which included Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella was one of the most influential players in the movement for women’s suffrage. Campbell, a Hartford Courant columnist, contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage of the shootings at Connecticut Lottery headquarters. Admission $5.

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6pm: NBYT begins the holiday season early with September auditions for a Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. Auditions are for children ages 8 through 16 on Thursday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 22, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Audition times both days begin at 6pm. Rehearsals will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 4th – 6th. Boys and girls between ages 8 and 16 from any town are encouraged to audition. All levels of experience are welcome, as there are challenging roles for older actors and many featured ensemble roles. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will meet in small groups with the director and will be asked to read from the play. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email auditions@nbyt.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $75. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary.

6pm: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular Walking Tours are back on the schedule. Meet at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center to learn about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Tours are cancelled if it rains. All tours are free to children under 16; $5 for non-members. Reoccurs on Saturday at 10am.

7 – 8pm: Author Talk: M. William Phelps Although famous for his purported last words—“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”—few people know the real Nathan Hale. In Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy, M. William Phelps brings into focus the life of this famed patriot and first spy of the American Revolution, charting Hale’s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Like many young Americans, he was soon drawn into the colonies’ war for independence and became a captain in Washington’s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, gathering intelligence behind British lines on Long Island, and in the end bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty. Using Hale’s own journals and letters–be sure and see Hale’s diary in the current Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit–as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, readers experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental Army. Free however space is limited and registration is requested. Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Hartford.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Friday, September 18:

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11am – 3pm: PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide celebration happening in cities and communities across the globe where citizens, activists and artists unite to turn metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up parks. Born out of a desire to combat urban sprawl, PARK(ing) Day encourages “stopping to smell the roses” in reclaimed parking spaces throughout the city. Download the PARK(ing) Day Map, and share your photos and videos of the event using #HartfordParkingDay. Bring the PARK(ing) Day Passbook with you — collect stickers at seven locations and return it to the Information Booth at Connecticut’s Old State House to receive a prize.

 7:30pm: The Mark Twain House & Museum continues “The MOuTH,” a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf. Special guest will be John Farrell. He’s the author of Fast Jack: The Last Hustler, and a resident of Manchester, CT. The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country’s best storytellers. Submissions are now open. Here’s how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of less than 10 minutes and a short description of what your story is about. Wolf, along with Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. “If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally!” says Wolf. “It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future ‘Mouth’ event.” There will also be a “Wild Card”: Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded. $5 but Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21:

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See a spectacular array of quilts among the Air Museum’s beautiful collection of aircraft at the 4th Annual Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show! New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Vagina Monologues Little Theatre welcomes back by popular demand Obie Award-Wining The Vagina Monologues. Described by Variety as “both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history,” The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices who take audiences on a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone! Directed by Debi Freund, this “spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving” play will have you talking, dancing, and laughing long after you leave the theatre. $20 per ticket. Reoccurs: Thursday – Sunday, September 24 – 27.

Saturday, September 19:

10am: Walk Around Old Wethersfield Our popular Walking Tours are back on the schedule. Meet at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center to learn about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Tours are cancelled if it rains. All tours are free to children under 16; $5 for non-members.

10am: Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women Women’s historian Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour that highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill’s most notable women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Hartford’s Victorian era serves as a backdrop to demonstrate the enormity of their contributions to Connecticut and worldwide advancement. Admission $5.

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10am – 11am: The Fit Lab Before BodyRoc opens its door in West Hartford its meeting in the park for a workout. Join us for an hour of fitness and entertainment. Register online. $10 per person. Riverside Park, Hartford.

10am – 1pm: Peace, Love & Music Together: An International Day of Peace Celebration Join Music Together and our many local partners for a free family festival to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Enter Hartford’s beautiful Elizabeth Park for a day of family, music, and community.

10am – 1pm: Family Fun Day at The Bushnell! Join us at The Bushnell for free family fun activities and performances! There will also be ticket and goodie giveaways, so make sure to stop on by.

10am – 2pm: Worldwide Day of Play is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

10am – 4pm: Sam Collins Day showcases local businesses, crafters, and community organizations. Walking tour of historic Collinsville at 11am at Canton Historical Museum. The Museum will have children’s street activities, music, mini talks and more. Free Shuttle buses will be available from the main site on Canton Springs Road to Downtown Collinsville. Buses will run from 10am to 3:55pm.

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10am – 4pm: Friends of Northwest Park Country Fair Enjoy food, entertainment, hayrides, pony rides, contests for children and adults, a civil war encampment and artillery display. While there don’t forget to visit the animal barn, and tobacco museum and nature center. Click here to view the Program Book. Raindate: 9/20; 12-4pm. $3 per person or $8 per family. Children under 5 free and parking is free.

10am – 5pm: Grand Reopening & Community Day! Celebrate the completion of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 5-year renovation, and the unveiling of newly renovated European art galleries! Step back in time and explore the museum’s amazing history through immersive theatrical performances, live music, and art-making. We will welcome a variety of talented community partners to help us mark this momentous occasion, including the Imposters Impersonating History, plein air painter Elizabeth Rhoades, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, designer Katrina Orsini, Kinetic Dreams, Trashion Fashion, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and more! Museum admission is free all day. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.

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10am – 5pm: The Newington Waterfall Festival is an annual event held during late September at Market Square. It features food vendors, artists and crafters, children’s activities, live entertainment and a Farmers Market. There’s something for everyone at this fun-filled celebration! The day’s highlight features the creation and judging of the “Artist’s Chalk Walk.” Watch as Market Square’s pavement magically transforms into a colorful art gallery by artists young and old. Sample the flavors from the many food vendors on hand, visit the Farmers Market or tag the Thankful Tree with what you’re most thankful for. Dance to live music. Rain date: 9/26.

10am – 6pm: Envisionfest offers free admission to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Old State House and the Wadsworth Atheneum, along with more than 100 events throughout the city, an artisan marketplace in Bushnell Park and food trucks along Gold Street. This day-long festival of art, theater, music, walking, biking, tours and more, brings over 15,000 visitors to downtown Hartford each year. Click here for a schedule of events.

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10am – 6pm: The Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce 31st Annual Cornfest For the youngest people there will be Inflatable Rides, a Pumpkin Patch, and Pony Rides, also returning will be the mechanical bull, a wrecking ball, and an obstacle course. The older children can test their skill at the dunking booth, sponsored by the Grants Way Foundation. Save you fish face pictures for our Photo booth! Enjoy a Martial Arts Demonstration by Villaris Studios, Dancing by the local dance studios, Join in a free Yoga class, hosted by Kerri at Live Right Wellness! Witness Wethersfield’s up-and-coming musical acts and dancers, cheer on the WHS Band, and enjoy a great day of entertainment on our two stages! Free again this year will be the CT Child Identification Program (CHIP) for all kids under age 18.

Showtimes: 10:15am, 12:15pm and 2:30pm: The Connecticut Cycling Festival Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events like the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour,  New York’s Time Square Parade, and the Olympic Games! Each show is followed by an autograph session and giveaway of sponsor and event items. For the first time, the National Criterium Calendar includes a stop in Connecticut. Top teams from throughout the country will battle for over 40 miles to make it to the top step of the podium.  Additional race cost is $25, just enter “MultiRace2015” when prompted for a coupon code and fees will be adjusted at check out.

1 – 4pm: Curiosity Day with Curious George Explore your curiosity with everyone’s favorite little monkey, Curious George! Saturday, September 19 is Curiosity Day 2015, a day in honor of authors Margaret & H.A. Rey’s lovable creation. In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Curious George themed kid’s activities. At 1, 2 and 3pm, there will be a Curious George story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Curious George  videos on a big movie screen! The first 100 guests will receive a free Curious George book (first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of Reach Out and Read Connecticut. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

2 – 4pm: Barn Fun Get your horse and farm fix with our monthly Barn Fun sessions. Each two-hour session will include activities such as: grooming time with the horses, stall cleaning, feeding all the animals, and learning about seasonal activities on the farm. $15 per kid per session. Parents can drop off or stay and learn as well! New, old and current students are welcome.  Advance registration required. Maple View Farm, Granby.

Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20:

9am – 4pm: Planet Palooza Begin with a special planet-related show in the Travelers Science Dome: take a rocket into space, hop onboard a roller-coaster, be transported into the future of space travel or imagine what planets beyond our solar system look like. Complete your space experience with our fun space-related activities in the museum. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

10am – 5pm: 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Over 100 artists and craftsmen will exhibit on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury Center. Demonstrations, food and a bake sale are included. Proceeds enable the Club to grant scholarships and contribute to a number of area non-profit organizations. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine.

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Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: Hartford Comic Con is an event devoted to organizing and providing a quality comic convention that is comic based while providing top comic book creators and premium celebrities experiences in the pop culture arena. Hartford Comic Con is dedicated to producing family fun events as well as spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our fans, creators, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Click here for KidsCon information. Tickets: $27 Saturday, $25 Sunday, Weekend Pass $42. Children under 6 enter for free!

Sunday, September 20:

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8am – 3pm: The 30th anniversary Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show This is the largest of its kind in New England. We feature 750 great airplanes and cars of virtually every type and vintage, plus over 100 activities, exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers to interest the entire family. We are like a very special kind of country fair, with special emphasis on airplanes and cars. Nearby parking is available at $10, with proceeds helping to benefit the Boy Scouts. Rain date 9/27. Simsbury Airport, Simsbury.

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8:30am – 12pm: Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bushnell Park.

11am – 4pm: The Tavern Trot is a 5K run/walk held for the benefit of Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. This is a certified Manchester Road Race Qualifier. Food is free after race for runners as well as a drink. Great family fun day. Sign up now! Union Street Tavern, Windsor.

1 – 3pm: Apple Harvest Afternoon Harvest apples from the museum’s orchard to take home, taste apple butter made from our apples, and learn how to make applesauce the ‘new old-fashioned way’. Take a tour of the historic house to see how important apples were to early settlers. $3 per person. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1 – 5pm: Farm Festival This fun-filled day will include historic trade demonstrations such as rope making, and weaving, games such as “Age of Sail,” an 18th century game where kids learn to sail, and colonial crafts. Also on hand will be various farm animals, including horses, chickens, bunnies, and goats. There will be other games and activities for the kids, such as bobbing for apples, guess the weight of the pumpkin, sack races, checkers, stilts, ring toss, soap carving, and bowling. Tours of historic treasure-filled barns, sheds, and the 1755 Connecticut River Valley mansion, the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, will also be offered. Farm Festival admission and activities are free! General Parking is at St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Rd. There is a path connecting the two properties at the rear of the parking lot. Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury.

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1:30pm: Rising Star Music Festival See tomorrow’s stars today!! We’ve teamed up with the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts to showcase five emerging artists and bands. Join Jake Poulios, Savannah Freitas, Michaela Godding, Alize Barnard and Ryan Glander for an incredible afternoon filled with exciting original music and innovative covers. Performing with a versatile house band made up of their fellow students, these acts will blow you away when they take the stage! Tickets: Standing: $15, Seating: $30. Infinity Hall, Hartford.

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2 – 5pm: Paint Your Pet After you register online, just email to party@sceneartbar.com a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per canvas) and they will use the photo to prepare a 16” x 20” canvas for you to paint, kind of like paint-by-numbers. Scene Art Bar will have artists there to walk you through the steps to create your very own pet portrait. Please submit your high quality digital photo to party@sceneartbar.com no later than September 13th. The best photos show an unobstructed view of either the full pet or the face. Doors open at 1:30pm, instruction begins at 2:00pm. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, along with a selection of Stonewall Kitchen crackers, chips and salsa, along with a variety of cheeses, will be available for purchase. If you prefer to bring your own food selection, you are welcome to do so. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Monday, September 21 – Thursday, September 24:

5:45pm: No Excuse Mom Free Workout Join local Farmington Moms for a free workout while the kids play. Kids can join the workout, bring a stroller for pre-walkers or you’re welcome to wear your baby if you prefer. RSVP; only one mom needs to RSVP for the workout to run. All attendees must complete a waiver prior to the first workout.

Tuesday, September 22:

A Christmas Carol Auditions with NBYT – See Thursday above for details.

Tuesday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 23:

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, 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. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Tuesday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 23:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: The Illusionists Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. Performed by the acclaimed escapologist Andrew Basso, he will hold his breath for over four minutes whilst attempting to escape from his underwater cell. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Bushnell, Hartford. Reoccurs through 9/27.

Wednesday, September 23:

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2 – 4pm: Moonstruck Our teaching artist will guide the children, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure they stay on track and complete their masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 2pm, instruction begins at 2:30pm. Price is per canvas. For little ones under the age of 6 you may want to have them help an adult painter and make a masterpiece together! Parents are required to be in attendance at the event. $25 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Sip & Shop Join us for shopping discounts, wine and food tastings and raffles. Suggested donation of $5 or more to Camp Courant.

7pm: Words & Wine The final workshop in this series will feature Maghini and ”Defining Who I Am”. The workshops are $25 each for the general public and $20 for museum members. Registration is required and space is limited. Noah Webster Museum, West Hartford.