10 Reasons to Love Farmington

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Number One: Farmington is home to our publisher, Angelina Capalbo – without her, no Momford County! Just joking, I am definitely not as cool as the WestFarms Mall, which despite claims it’s in West Hartford, I have verified with Farmington Town Hall that 3/4 of the Mall sits in Farmington. Macy’s (located in the Westfarms Mall) the fifth largest employer in Farmington – along with UConn Health Center, ConnectiCare, TRUMPF and United Technologies. Technically, Macy’s is located in West Hartford but that is how WestFarms got their name – West Hartford + Farmington = WestFarms. Speaking of shopping, we also have some retail gems here: the Design Forum, Green Trails Market – an all organic market for dog food, Vivid Hue, Happiest and several others. But back to the beginning, if you live in Farmington (or Unionville) and want to show some support for our publisher and resident, sign up to receive our emails.

Number Two: Farmington has amazing trails. It has a National Scenic Trail, two trails on the Farmington Valley Greenway, eight historic trails connecting to at least five eras, several handicapped trails to fishing piers, and a number of short hikes through Farmington’s forests and of course, the Freedom Trail – where 10 properties are also listed as historical landmarks and lastly, six historic walks through Unionville and Farmington – Shade Swamp Sanctuary (I hear) is also a site not to miss.

Number Three: No reason to go to West Hartford with restaurants like CURETap RockButcher and BakersApricot’s and George’s – all with outdoor seating, Olive Bar, 4 Eat and Drink, Wooden Tap, and we also have a nightclub and a gorgeous banquet facility, the Farmington Gardens and Farmington Polo Club which is also home to the Farmington Polo Grounds – which hosts the annual Dream Ride event. They say Polo is making a comeback along with disc sports. And for the kids, several awesome pizza joints in town, NaplesArtistica, Joey Garlic’s and George’s. For tea drinkers, we have Culteavo – they also have a seasonal location at the Hill-Stead!

Number Four: State of the art sports facility training center, Farmington Sports Arena and Tunxis Meade Park.

Number Five: Farmington has a community garden plot and several farms; including Hein Farm and Sub Edge Farm, as well as Jillybeans Farmstand and Krell Farms.

Number Six: Two miniature golf courses; one in Farmington and one in Unionville – the later one also offers free bike rentals, golf courses (Westwoods, Farmington Woods and Tunxis), an art bar (check out our experience) an Escape Room and a year-round nature center and lake, Winding Trails.

Number Seven: Lots of gyms and fitness centers including a 24/7 gym, Malibu Fitness, LA Fitness, Amped, Valley Fitness, kickboxing and Crossfit as well as a personal trainer and an athletic club. Pilates: The Posture Bar, SOMA Movement Studio. Yoga: Bikram Yoga, SOMA Movement Studio and ZEN Yoga Barre.

Number Eight: Education – Home to the Village Nursery School, a Montessori School (1 – 6 years of age), Miss. Porter’s (high school), Connecticut School of Broadcasting and Tunxis Community College (a two-year college) as well as UConn’s School of Medicine and Dentistry – and UConn Health Center and in general easy access to a multitude of medical care providers across the spectrum.

Number Nine: Clubs and Organizations – Farmington Field Club – we are members – click here to learn more according to us, Farmington Country Club – which has a reciprocal membership partnership with Farmington Field Club (FFC), the Farmington ClubFarmington Farms, the Exchange Club of Farmington, the Rotary Club of Farmington and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.

Number Ten: Libraries, a historical society and museums (Hill-SteadStanley-WhitmanUnionville).

Taprock + Hartford Flavor Co. Dinner

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On Wednesday, March 1st, Taprock will be hosting it’s monthly dinner highlighting a brand that we stand behind, Hartford Flavor Co. Their mission is to provide the liquor market – mixologists, retailers, and consumers, with uniquely flavored natural liqueurs that are on-trend and align to the idea that the creative cocktail is an essential aspect of both the social and dining experiences.

Liqueurs are basically sweetened tinctures. In Medieval and Victorian times, tinctures and herbal medicines were sweetened following their creation to help conceal the bitter taste. ‘A spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down’ is exactly what a liqueur is. Most liqueurs of the past were used for the medicinal properties, to aid in digestion, and to help with ailments. They want to get back to this idea – healthful drinking! 

Courses and paired Cocktails are as follows:

Course 1:

Gravlax
ingredients: dill | pickled mustard seed | rye

Iberian Spritz
ingredients: fino sherry | wild moon cucumber | spanish brandy | sage grapefruit bitters

Course 2:

Grilled Radicchio
ingredients: gorgonzola | blood orange

Cranberry Martinez
ingredients: wild moon cranberry | old tom gin | maraschino qr liqueur | lemon rhubarb bitters

Course 3:

Rabbit Agnolotti
ingredients: duck egg | mascarpone | hazelnut

Colored Glasses Sour
ingredients: wild moon rose | house made fig cordial | litchfield distillery port cask bourbon | egg white | classic bitters

Course 4:

Pork Tenderloin
ingredients: fig | saffron yogurt | beet | sage | cornbread

Forest Floor Old Fashioned
ingredients: eagle rare | wild moon birch | smoked pine | served up

Course 5:

Pots de Crème
ingredients: ginger | carrot

Berkshire Cobbler
ingredients: house barreled wild moon spiced chai | plantation rum | atomized wild moon lavender | fresh lime | muddled blackberries


The cost for the evening is $65 per person, for which you can purchase on Facebook or Eventbrite, or by calling Taprock at  (860) 404-2074

I Spy my Little Eye on Farmington

Location in Hartford County, Connecticut

Farmington, Connecticut – also this publisher’s current hometown.

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The Town of Farmington was incorporated in 1645, known as the “Mother Town”, Farmington was partitioned into the towns of Avon, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Berlin, Southington, and Burlington. This history is reflected in the Town Seal today. Farmington comprises 28.7 square miles along the Farmington River. Farmington is a residential suburb in the Hartford metropolitan area that has retained its distinctive character through maintenance of its historic districts and careful land-use planning for the future. Farmington has a Council-Manager form of government with a Council Chairperson as the chief elected official (Nancy Nickerson) and a Town Manager (Kathleen A. Eagenas the Chief Executive Officer. 

Farmington has a Chamber of Commerce which is currently led by President, Brendan Moran and Executive Director, Cindy Scoville.

Community and Recreational Services

Farmington has a Recreation Department which is managed by Director, Nancy E. Parent and Supervisor, Geoffrey Porter.

Farmington has a community garden plot called Kolp and two farms; Hein Farm and Sub Edge Farm.

Farmington offers a wide variety of trails to connect everyone to the great outdoors.  It has a National Scenic Trail, two trails on the Farmington Valley Greenway, eight historic trails connecting to at least five eras, several handicapped trails to fishing piers, and a number of short hikes through Farmington’s forests. If the trails appear too wet, try one of six historic walks through Unionville and Farmington. – Trail System

Farmington has three libraries if you include the Lewis Walpole Library.

Farmington has three museums; Hill-stead, Stanley Whitman and the Unionville Museum.

Farmington is home to FSA – Farmington Sports Arena and Winding Trails. We also have our own art bar (check out our experience).

Farmington boasts three upscale and trendy restaurants; CURE, Tap Rock and 4 Eat and Drink. And for the kids, two awesome pizza joints in town, Naples and Artistica.

Also home to Miss Porter’s School, Tunxis Community College and UConn Health.

Click here to learn why our publisher loves Farmington, broken down into 10 reasons. 

We have emailed all mentioned in this article to see what they think about Momford County. If they invite us in to meet with them, and/or to experience their establishment, we will be sure to add our experience with you. 

April 11 – 17

We put the ♥ into where you live! Scroll below to find what to do and where to go this week in Hartford County! We are looking for one undercover mother in each city and town of Hartford County to help spread the word about our wonderful community resource and to help us find more fun things to do where you live. Inquire today!

Monday, April 11th:

10am – 2pm: Aeromodeling Workshop Fun Build and fly an AMA Delta Dart model airplane with help from our expert aeromodelers. Requires the purchase of a $5 Delta Dart kit. Modelers must be age 10 or older. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 3:30pm: Cupcake and Canvas! Join us for a painting session! Today we will be painting a froggy themed canvas and then hop over to decorate frog themed cupcake! Ages 6-12. $20 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 12th:

1 – 1:30pm, 2 – 2:30pm and 3 – 3:30pm: Captain and Mrs. Howard are at Home and Request the Honor of Your Presence History truly comes alive as you visit Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House museum and meet Captain and Mrs. Howard in their 1810 home.   Costumed actors portraying this historic couple will welcome you into their newly renovated historic house, where yes, you CAN touch everything!   Performances vary depending on audience interests and interactions.  Pre-registrations necessary since space is limited inside the house. Contact the Society at 860-688-3813 to make your reservation now!  Walk-ins will be accommodated only as space allows. Cost: $10. ~ Winds♥r

Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th:

9am – 12pm: Wildlife Wakes Up! How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond. Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. $40 non-members. Pre-registration with payment is required. ~Cant♥n

10am – 5pm: The Connecticut Science Center will be open daily for April School Vacation (April 9–24) from 10AM to 5PM. Enjoy 165+ hands-on exhibits including the newest blockbuster traveling exhibit in our Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. Be sure to check out our 3D movies and Vacation Exploration Camps, too! Plus, the first 25 kids who visit each day between April 11 and 15 will receive a complimentary premium item from Disney’s The Jungle Book, in theaters everywhere April 15. Please note: no purchase necessary, one item per child while supplies last. Click here for more info. ♥ford

1 – 4pm: Name that Nest! Many animals are busy preparing nests for the season ahead.  Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center. Join us for a guided spring hike through Werner’s Wood each afternoon at 2 pm. Guided hike free with admission to the Nature Center. ~ Cant♥n

Tuesday, April 12th:

9:30am: Music Together Demo Class This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience. ~ Uni♥nville

10am – 3pm: Paper Boomerangs Discover the science behind how boomerangs fly and build your own boomerang to take home. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Native American Kids discover what growing up was like in early Native American Connecticut. Help out with a corn-grinding chore, try to “paddle” in a dugout canoe, and play a traditional Native American game. This drop-in program is free with general admission. ♥ford

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5:30 – 10:30pm: Benefit Night at Flatbread Restaurant Bring family and friends for dinner at Flatbread Restaurant in Canton and a portion of your bill will be donated to the museum. There will also be a “teacup auction” to tempt you. All proceeds will go to the museum’s programs for children and youth. ~ Cant♥n

6 – 8pm: Silly for Soft Pretzels! Today we will focus on creating some scrumptious homemade soft pretzels! We will create mini-pizza pretzel bites, dessert pretzels, traditional salted pretzels, and a cheesy sauce for dipping!  In addition, we will whip up some homemade lemonade to wash everything down! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

7:30pm: Evenings@7: The Boys in The Band offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. ~ Manchester

Tuesday, April 12th – Thursday, April 14th:

10:30am – 12:30pm: The Crazy Creatures of Salvador Dalí: Puppetry Workshop with Joan Shackford Looking for something to do this April Vacation Week? Immerse yourself in the wild and wonderful world of Salvador Dalí with puppeteer and teaching artist Joan Shackford! In this three-day session, you’ll create a surrealist puppet inspired by this famous artist’s fantastical creatures, and then bring it to life in a performance for family and friends in our new ArtLab Theater. ~ New Britain

Tuesday, April 12th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). $40-65 per tickets.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th:

10am – 3pm: Pinwheel Helicopters How do pinwheels spin? How do helicopters fly? Learn how by building your own pinwheel helicopter. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am- 2pm: Work Together Wednesday We will begin working together to create a collaborative recycled sculpture using a variety of materials. We are looking for a donation of plastic, wood, and metal. Bring your imagination and help us build our sculpture that will culminate at our Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23. ~ Brist♥l

12 – 1pm: Stowe Salons at Lunch meet monthly at Noon. We’re talking about social justice issues making news.Check back later for the topic to be discussed. Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation. A great opportunity to network with other change makers. Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.  ♥ford

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Patriot Kid Join the Patriot cause and see what growing up was like during the Revolutionary War. Help the Continental Army win the War of Independence by decoding a Patriot spy’s letter and making provisions for soldiers. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

3 – 4:30pm: Kids Favorite Breakfast Cereal Recipes! Who doesn’t love breakfast cereal! Today we will be making Lucky Charms crispy treats, Fruity Pebbles cookies and Cocoa Krispies peanut butter bars! Parents note: peanut butter will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

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6 – 8pm: STEAM: A Catalyst for Entrepreneurial Innovation A panel dialogue about fostering creativity in our everyday lives through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) moderated by Steven Dahlberg. Leonardo da Vinci epitomizes interdisciplinary, creative thinking and doing. He was able to imagine and visualize what is “not yet” and bring those ideas to life. He married art and science, as well as the natural world, with technology. Discover the accomplishments of individuals who work at the crossroads of creativity, community, science, and innovation and explore how to bring da Vinci’s creative genius into our everyday lives. Panelists include Kate Emery, CEO of reSET Social Enterprise Trust, and Founder & CEO of the Walker Group; Rich Hollant, Founder & CEO of CO:LAB; and Manon Cox, President & CEO of Protein Sciences. Tickets are $15 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, or $25 for non-members; ticket includes admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and panel discussion.  ♥ford

7:30pm: An Encore with The Reformed Whores Music & Comedy Duo After taking Hartford by storm with their sold-out engagement last year, Country-Western comedy duo The Reformed Whores return to the scene of the crime at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.  Hot on the heels of their debut album Ladies Don’t Spit, these two low-brow sweeties have unleashed their new album, Don’t Beat Around the Bush.  Obviously, this show is for (im)mature older audiences! To learn more and hear samples of their music, visit their website. Tickets are $20.  ♥ford

Wednesday, April 13th – Sunday, April 24th:

{Reoccurs} Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm: Having Our Say 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Running time: 2 hours, including 2 intermissions. Runs until Sunday, 4/24.  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th:

9:30am – 5pm: Artsy Thursday Our Art Studio will be stocked with lots of creative collage materials and famous artist inspirations.  Try your hand at painting on real canvas, and sign out a digital camera at our front desk to document your visit through photography.  ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: Constellation Viewers Discover the secrets of the night sky, learn the history of constellations, and build your own paper portal to the stars. ~ Winds♥r L♥cks

11am: Volunteer Recruitment Open House Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various capacities within the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you. We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills: graphic design, videography and editing, record-keeping/filing, customer service and organizational skills.  ♥ford

12 – 1:30pm: Basket Challenge! Join us on your day off as we challenge our young chefs to a basket challenge!  Kids will have the opportunity to create recipes out of our selected items that will be revealed at the beginning of the class! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Factory Kid Explore the life of a kid growing up during the Industrial Revolution. See what immigrating children might have brought with them when they moved to Connecticut, try out a 19th-century factory job, and play with old-fashioned toys. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

7pm: Skygazing Celebrates ‘Reach as High as You Can’ Day Begin the evening with a variety of hands-on activity stations suitable for all ages that will have you exploring different ways to reach new heights–mentally and physically! Watch the sunset from the ridge atop Talcott Mountain and experience an enlightening tour of the night sky in the Captain Alan M. Bean Hypospherium (planetarium). Cap the evening off by skygazing atop Talcott Mountain and enjoy the best evening appearance of Mercury this year! With a wide array of telescopes at our disposal, we’ll also look for stars and other celestial gems. Tickets are $8. RSVP. ~ Av♥n

7 – 9pm: Music Series The HBH Band kicks off the first of the Barnes Nature Center Music Series and features our Director Scott Heth on the keyboard, Drummer Jay Bradley and Vocalist Wanda Houston. Their music covers a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Blues and old-style R&B. Join us for an intimate evening of soulful ballads, up temp swing, and sizzling blues. BYOB. Admission $10 per person. ~ Brist♥l

Thursday, April 14th – Saturday, April 16th:

Thursday – Saturday at 8am: First Robotics New England District Championship Culminating an intense season of qualifying events in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, 64 high school teams prepare to face off in the 2016 FIRST Robotics District Championship taking place on April 15-16. The event is free and open to the public. Teams participating in the NE FIRST New England District Championship Event have been working intensely since January 9 to design, build and program robots they then competed with in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. The New England District Championship will determine the NE FIRST champions and the 34 teams that will represent New England at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. ♥ford

Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: Realish Housewives of West Hartford Call your best frenemies now and get tickets for this performance brimming with brawls, booze, and Botox. The Realish Housewives are fully loaded and ready to take on West Hartford…washed down with a big gulp of prosecco. Get ready for loony ladies Rovanka, Claudia Louise, Gwen, Desiree, Brooke and your host Randy to take on the current events and people making headlines in your hometown. The audience even gets in on the act! This is one reality trainwreck that’ll leave you laughing ’til you cry your false eyelashes off!  ♥ford

Thursday, April 14th – Sunday, April 16th:

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Friday, April 15th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30 – 12:30pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes.  We will decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies and tiger tails! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 2-5. $15 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

9:30 – 11:30am: Family Friday We are celebrating families who are at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.  Bring in some family photos and create your very own family tree that you can take home. Everyone receives 1/2 price admission form 9:30am-11:30am.  Join us for a special family lunch from 11am-1pm for $3 per person. ~ Brist♥l

10am – 3pm: LEGO Flying Machine Contest Back by popular demand! Create a fantastic fantasy flying machine and enter to win a prize from our Wings ‘N Things Gift Shop. Contestants need not be present to win. ~Winds♥r L♥cks

2 – 4pm: Spring Break Vacation Program: A Day in the Life of a Groovy 70s Kid Learn what it was like to grow up in the groovy 70s! Try out different toys and games, help out with chores in a 1970s kitchen, and make your own hippie-inspired craft to take home. This drop-in program is free with general admission.  ♥ford

5 – 6pm: “The Jungle Book” Release Party! “The Jungle Book” is being released today in theaters! In celebration, we will create some jungle themed recipes. We will bake and decorate monkey and giraffe cupcakes along with paw print cookies, tiger tails and frozen banana treats! Pizza will be served for dinner! Parents note: nuts will be used in today’s class. Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Newingt♥n

6 – 8pm: Everyday Genius: How Leonardo da Vinci Can Spark Our Creativity Join us on Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday and celebrate National Creativity Week with us! Work with Steven Dahlberg to take on da Vinci’s worldview, asking “what if?” Redefine your problems and brainstorm creative solutions. Apply creative thinking to bring your projects and dreams from ideation to invention. Bring imagination, a desire to learn, and openness to new ways of thinking. You’ll leave with new creative thinking skills, tools, and resources to apply to your life and work. Steven Dahlberg is director of the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, a firm dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. Dahlberg has more than 20 years of experience promoting and teaching creative thinking and problem solving in the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia. Tickets are $25 for Connecticut Science Center members, students, and seniors, and $35 for non-members. Ticket includes workshop and materials, admission to reception with light refreshments, one drink ticket, and entry to the traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. ♥ford

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7:30 – 9pm: Owl Prowls Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. This hike is not geared for very young children. $7 non-members. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. ~ Cant♥n

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th:

{Reoccurs} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Company Hilarious, resonating and thoroughly enjoyable, the Tony-winning musical comedy Company, book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, debuted in 1970. Featuring some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, the original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six! It is his 35th birthday, and Bobby is still single, unable to commit to a serious relationship though he is clearly desirous of one. Enter five couples—all at different stages of marriage—who are his best friends, and three girlfriends. In the hilarious array of interactions, Bobby has to consider one of life’s greatest questions: “What’s it really all about?” Company, one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships, is stylized as a concept musical, composed of short vignettes following no specific chronological order but all linked back to Bobby’s 35th birthday party. With a quirky, funny storyline, a refreshingly different approach, and some of Sondheim’s best work in musical comedy, Company is sure to light a spark in your lives this April. Runs until April 24th. ~ Manchester

Saturday, April 16th:

9am: Reid’s Run is a 5-kilometer run and walk through the pristine woods of Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to run in the trail race or take in the scenery on the non-competitive walk. Please be prepared for weather and ground conditions that are common to trail runs, as this event takes place rain or shine. Registration opens at 8:00am with music and refreshments. The run and walk start at 9:00am, and are followed by an awards ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater featuring age category awards and prizes. Reid’s Run is a wonderful, rewarding celebration that you will enjoy whether you are a serious athlete or simply enjoy the outdoors, supporting a wonderful cause. ~ Farmingt♥n

10am – 12pm: Felted Labyrinth Create a felted finger labyrinth, an effective meditation tool – both in creation and use, through instruction on the technique of needle felting with wool roving. Workshop fee: $30; materials fee: $10. RSVP. ~ Winds♥r

11am: Don’t Touch This Book Storytime Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure! I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But… Don’t Touch This Book (Don’t even try it.) Join us for Storytime featuring Don’t Touch This Book! Coloring and activities to follow. ~ Barnes and N♥ble St♥res

11am – 3pm: Creative Classes Open House Learn about upcoming classes and events, meet our talented instructors, take advantage of a special deal, and register early for Camp Creativity. ~ Michaels St♥res

1 – 2:30pm: All About Amphibians! Join us and discover the exciting world of frogs and salamanders. Weather permitting we will go out with nets in hand and visit our pond. Non-members $8. ~ Cant♥n

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6pm: Mark My Words: An Evening with Larry Kramer Larry Kramer is an American playwright, screenwriter, public health advocate, and gay rights activist whose confrontational style of advocacy, while divisive, was credited by many with catalyzing the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. He’ll be in conversation about his life, his work, and his latest book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel a book he has been working on since 1981, and which was finally published as a novel in 2015. In the book, Kramer asserts that many iconic American historical figures, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain, were gay. To learn more about Larry’s background click here. This event will be followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets are $25. ♥ford

6pm – 8am: Overnight Excursions at the Connecticut Science Center: Inventing Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the Connecticut Science Center at night? Find out at our next Overnight Excursion! Explore our 10 exhibit galleries and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. You’ll experience exciting science challenges and activities, meet some of our favorite LIVE animals, see a 3D movie, and more. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5–12. Click here to learn more about overnights. ♥ford

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7:30pm: Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England! “Uke” can’t miss this chance to catch Jake live, backed by the big-band rhythms of the HSO conducted by Carolyn Kuan! ♥ford

Sunday, April 17th:

10am – 2pm: FVTC Annual Trail Cleanup Day Volunteers will cover a specific 1-mile stretch of the trail starting from one of five staging areas: Brickyard Road in Farmington; Iron Horse Blvd. in Simsbury; the River Trail Pavilion at Route 4 in Unionville; Copper Hill Road in Granby; and Sperry Park in Avon. We are requesting that volunteers bring gloves, brooms, rakes and clippers. All volunteers are invited to a free barbeque after the clean-up at Flamig Farm in Simsbury from 12 – 3pm. The rain date is Sunday, April 24th. ~ Farmingt♥n, Uni♥nville, Granby and Av♥n

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1 – 2pm: Tea Tours Take a tour of the ca.1720 historic house with a knowledgeable guide, then enjoy traditional tea and sweets in the Colonial-era Whitman Tavern. ~ Farmingt♥n

3:30pm: Chocolate Seder Enjoy the highlights of a traditional seder with a chocolatey twist. This program promises delicious fun for the entire family. $18 per family. No walk-ins. RSVP. ~ West ♥ford

Scene Art Bar

My daughter and I visited Scene Art Bar several times this year including celebrating Sofia’s birthday there! We wanted to share our experience and findings with you. ☆☆☆☆☆

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On our very first visit, also the time we decided this would also be the perfect spot for Sofia’s 6th birthday party – we partook in a family paint session which basically is one canvas and the whole family gets to contribute. Not too shabby, huh?

 

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We came back in May to celebrate Sofia’s birthday with her friends at school. Of course while the paint dried we took advantage of Dr. Seuss’s book, Happy Birthday To You! It doesn’t hurt that one of the owners is also a teacher.

 

The girls did a great job on their artwork and even decorated cupcakes while we waited for our paintings to dry.

After visiting Scene Art Bar I learned:

It’s for kids too:

While they primarily cater to adults; they do host kids parties, classes (usually on school breaks) and private playdates. Their parties are also mobile so they will bring the party to you if you want.

Moms now have a local place for a time out:

1. They often host classes related to paint but alittle unique – fun Pinterest projects – such as wreath making, hostess gifts, cookie decorating.

They love supporting local organizations and businesses:

2. They hold fundraising events – consider this venue for your next PTO or charitable organizations meeting space.

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Disclaimer: A complimentary paint session and paint party was extended in turn for an advertisement on our website but this is an unrelated honest review.

Lovable Puppy Kids Paint Session Giveaway

Scene Art Bar, the new Art Bar in town has something for every member of the family; whether its a Parents or Girls Night Out, one for singles, the whole family and now for kids too!

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8/5; 2:30 – 4:30pm

Come join us and bring the kids for a step-by-step painting class. We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece.

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 2:00pm, 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. Please note that promotional codes are not valid for this event. A minimum of 12 registrations are required to hold the event.

Subscribers can comment below and two kids (one per household) will be entered into the drawing to win a free spot in this class.

June 29 – July 5

June is ending and July is beginning all is the same week! This week we are celebrating Independence Day! Thank you to all of the women and men who serve and have served our country and to their families who standby while they are serving. Below we have highlighted what to do over the next week in Hartford County! Check back often as we update daily.

Monday, June 29:

Monday at 12:30 – 2:30pm: Magic Show First build a fairy house out of natural materials in our back yard enclosure. Plus learn how to make your own little fairy to take home. Then watch an exciting performance by Mr. Magic the Magician. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. $3 per person. New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain.

Monday at 6 – 8pm: Bristol Blues Baseball Meet the Blues players and mascot. Bring an item to autograph or purchase merchandise here. $8 per child, adults are free. Call to RSVP. Jump-n-Jammin, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30:

Tuesday at 10:30am: You Nest Here With Me Storytime Like a baby bird, your nest can be anywhere there’s you and me. Come join Ms. Sue and friends for Storytime. Click here to learn more about this book. Enfield Commons; Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 – 3pm: Join us this summer at the Noah Webster House for a “Bookworm Adventure” workshop where children explore language and literacy through storytelling, the use of a felt board to illustrate what they have learned, and activities that will make the story come to life. This is a teacher-led program using Noah Webster’s House, the Museum, and our hands-on discovery space to inspire children to love to read at this critical stage of learning! Children must be toilet trained. Ages 3 – 6. Noah Webster House, West Hartford.

Tuesdays at 6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series: The Great Leone and Motion Man Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Free. Community Pavillion (pine Grove), Plantsville.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom. Free. Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield.

Tuesdays at 7 – 8:30pm: Rockin Out: 50’s and 60’s: Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week ranging from country, high energy rock & pop, classic mowtown and so much more! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Free. Rockwell Park Amphitheatre, Bristol.

Tuesday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 1:

{National} Tuesdays – Wednesdays at 10am: Free Summer Movies featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2 From June 23rd to August 19th Bowtie Cinemas offers free movies for kids. Seating limited to theatre capacity, tickets issued on a first come, first serve basis. Free for kids. Bowtie Cinemas, Hartford.

{Parents Time Out} Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Good People Welcome to Southie, a neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills. Margie Walsh has just lost another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, she thinks an old fling might be her ticket out. With humor and grace, Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Talk back Tuesday’s, an insightful post-show conversation with the cast after the show. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Tuesday, June 30 – Sunday, July 5:

{Reoccurring & Parents Night Out} Tuesday at 2pm, Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to strong language, nudity and drug use. Tickets start at $15. Tuesday is a special matinee. Saturday is Open Mic after the show and Sunday is Talk Back with the Cast after the show. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Wednesday, July 1:

Wednesday at 12pm: Conversation with Glennon Join us for a discussion and Q&A session with Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir, Carry On, Warrior and founder of the on-line community at Momastery. Admission for the event is $40 and includes a paperback copy of Carry On, Warrior. Doors open at 10:30am and the event will begins noon, followed by a reception with Glennon at 1pm. Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford.

Wednesday at 7pm: “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” with author Kate Andersen Brower A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. Followed by a book sale and signing. This is a free event but reservations are recommended. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5:

{Parenting Time Out} Paint Nights Thursday – Friday at 7 – 9:30pm and Sunday at 5 – 7:30pm. Thursday: American Flag (family-friendly), Friday: Beach Chairs and Sunday: Golf Anyone. Perfect for a Moms Night Out, a date night or date-less option. If you have a few friends, include a note when you register to reserve a table or seating together. $25 – $40 per painter. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Thursday, July 2 – Monday, July 6:

Thursday at 9am: Bookfair Please join us for 2Moms on a Mission bookfair. Event will be held every day from Thursday July 2 to Monday July 6. Come support our local non-profit group achieve their goals. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

Thursday, July 2:

Thursday at 10am: Get Pop-Cutltured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley; Barnes & Noble, Canton.

Thursday at 11am: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Storytime Bring the little ones and join for a nostalgic Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome, Storytime will feature picture books published in the 1950s with a craft activity to follow. Barnes & Noble of Farmington and Glastonbury.

Thursday at 3pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s Join us for a nostalgic journey and relive iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the decade and participate in a fun-filled Hula Hoop contest. Somserset Square; Barnes & Noble, Glastonbury.

Thursday at 5:30pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Hip Hop/Sock Hop Demonstration by Amore Dance Studio Join us for a back to the 50’s sock hop dance performance by Amore Dance Studio of Enfield. Enfield Commons, Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

{Parents Time Out} Thursday at 5:45 – 8pm: Open Mic Night The first Thursday of every month, Open Mic Night invites poets, musicians, comedians, and performers to make our galleries your stage as you share your work in this mutually supportive community. Open Mic Night is free with general admission, and will be hosted by local artist the Poet Amin. Sign-ups will begin at 5:45pm and performances will start at 6pm and continue until 8pm. Each open mic slot is 20 minutes. Participants are required to bring any necessary equipment. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Thursday at 6pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday Join us for a nostalgic journey as we relive the most iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s. We will be featuring a hooping demonstration and hosting a Hula Hoop contest for all ages. Barnes & Noble of Enfield and Farmington.

Friday, July 3:

Friday at 4 – 10pm: The 32nd James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration The Mohegan Sun All-Stars will highlight the festivities that include children’s games, music, food and fireworks. Tickets for the annual Chicken BBQ ($10) are now on sale at the Town Hall Customer Service and Information Center. Price includes 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, roll, baked potato, watermelon and beverage. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, July 5 (call 860-647-3162 for rain delay update). Manchester Community College, Manchester.

Friday at 5:30 – 8pm: First Friday features live music performed by local and nationally known musicians. Attendees have the opportunity to view the Museum’s premier permanent collection, which includes 300 years of American art. Experience art activities and have intriguing gallery talks while you mix and mingle with other art and musical performance lovers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soda will also be served during the event. $15 non-Members, $3 for beer and wine, $5 specialty drinks, soda is free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Fridays at 6:30 – 9:30pm: Outdoor Movie: Sandlot Rated PG. Free. Goodwin Park, Hartford.

Friday at 7:05pm: New Britain Rock Cats vs. Reading Fightin Phils Come to the game in your red, white, and blue and celebrate the Fourth of July with the Rock Cats!

Friday at 7:30pm: Celebrate America: Led by guest conductor and Simsbury High grad Eric Dudley and featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will feature such patriotic favorites as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Plus, music of the Americas including spirituals, South American folk music, Dixieland, and more. Stay for fireworks following the concert! $20 for lawn seating, $40 for table seating per person. Stop by the family tent for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6pm – 7:15pm). Parking on-site is $10 per vehicle. Raindate: 7/4. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

Saturday, July 4:

Saturday at 9am – 12pm: Kids Workshop Learn to Build a Minions Scooter Come learn how to build a Minions Scooter. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Home Depot locations.

Saturday at 10am: Get Pop-Cultured: Magic Tree House-Dinosaurs Before Dark Welcome, young dinosaur hunters! At this dig site, fun will never go extinct, with activities, giveaways and a special offer. Barnes & Noble of Enfield, Glastonbury, Farmington and Canton.

{National} Saturdays at 10am: Jr. Chef Class: Berry Pies and Crisps Join us to make a lattice-crusted blueberry pie and a berry fruit crisp! Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create delicious filling for their favorite desserts. Suitable for ages 5-13. Williams-Sonoma locations.

Saturday at Sundown: Independence Day Fireworks Watch our legendary fireworks display over the lake, free with park admission! Lake Compounce, Bristol.

Sunday, July 5:

Sunday at 1pm: First Sunday Many, many years ago when you traveled someplace, you added a new sticker from your destination to your suitcase—an eventually it would be covered. Join us when we revive this old tradition and make travel stickers for today’s destinations. Prior to the activity gather in the museum to look at old luggage from the collection and see the world-wide travel stickers on Theodate’s husband’s suitcase and steamer trunk. Free with museum membership or admission. Hill-Stead Musuem, Farmington.

{National} Sundays at 1pm: Free Technique Class: The Perfect Roast Chicken Using a vertical chicken roaster creates juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time. We’ll show you two easy recipes for cooking your chicken, as well as an easy side dish of roasted potatoes and veggies to serve with it. Times can vary by location. Williams Sonoma locations.

Sunday at 2pm: Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Fans of Outlander are invited to be transported to the intriguing world of bestselling author Diana Gabaldon with trivia, giveaways and more. Barnes & Noble of Farmington, Glastonbury, Enfield and Canton.

Sunday from 2 – 4pm: Happy Birthday USA Patriotic sing-along honoring our veterans and celebrating the USA. Cake and refreshments served. Farmington Community Center, Unionville.

If you don’t mind getting outside of Hartford County, click here to be directed to our state-wide site, Momecticut – where we list it because it’s worth the drive.

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Savings Alert:

Now through Labor Day save $10 when you sign up for a family membership. Member benefits include: discounts on classes, birthday parties and certain special events. Discount on tickets for our pumpkin trail walk. Free admission to Hungerford. New Britain Youth Museum; Hungerford Park, Kensington.