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HAPPENINGS IN THE FARMINGTON VALLEY


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SEPTEMBER 2014

5, 6, 7 Septemberfest, Simsbury's Town-Wide Celebration, Simsbury Meadows, Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, 651-4052

7 "Tavern Day," Burlington Historical Society's Elton Tavern, Burlington. For information, call 673-3815 or visit www.burlington-history.org

7 First Sunday Gallery Talk: A Closer Look: In Depth with James McNeill Whistler, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1pm, museum admission, 677-4787

7 First Sunday Estate Walk with Betty Collins, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 2pm, museum admission, 677-4787

9 "BOOK/MARK: The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age," Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, reservations suggested, 280-3130

11 Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice 1880-1940, a book discussion at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations suggested, 522-9258 x 317

13, 14 Arts & Crafts Festival, Simsbury Women's Club, to be held in downtown Simsbury, 10am to 5pm

14 First Annual Latimer Lane PTO "Run Back To School," Latimer Lane 5K and Fun Run. Registration for all age groups, individual and family rates. Early-bird deadline: September 5th. E-mail questions to latimerrace@gmail.com

15 Joseph B. Nilsen Memorial Golf Tournament, Granby Chamber of Commerce, held at Simsbury Farms, Simsbury, 10am-6pm, visit www.granbycoc.org

17 Base Ball in Twain's Time: A Panel Discussion by Five Leading Experts from the Society of American Baseball Research, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

20 CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7-10pm, fees, registration required, 280-3130

20 9th Annual Ski Sundown Brewfest, Supporting the Ct Brewers Guild, Ski Sundown, New Hartford, 4-8pm, $30 advanced /$35 door, 379-SNOW

20 Sam Collins Day, Canton's town-wide celebration, 10am-4pm, Downtown Collinsville and Fire Company Field – shuttles available

20 "WOOFSTOCK: A Day of Peace, Love & Pooches," Miller Foods/Oma’s Pride, Avon, 673-3259 www.omaspride.com

20 MEOW-ZA! Cat Writers Come Clean, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

20, 21 Avon Arts Association's 47th Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Avon Village Marketplace, Avon, www.avonarts.org

22 "Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show," New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, 10am–5pm, admission, 623-3305

22 4th Annual Joseph Family Market's (ShopRite) Partners In Caring Golf Tournament, 11am on, registration and sponsorships, 518-429-4392, Canton Store: 693-3666

27 Avon Day Celebration, Town of Avon, held at the fields between Thompson Brook and Pine Grove Schools, 676-8878

27 Farmington River Watershed's Annual River Clean-up, 10am-2pm, 658-4442, www.frwa.org

27 Amistad Walking Tour, Farmington Historical Society, Farmington, 678-1645

28 The Last Day of the Season to visit the Old Stone Schoolhouse in Farmington, 678-1645

28 Unionville Festival, Unionville Center, 673-2231

28 "Petticoats to Pants: American Women's Fashions, 1865-1940" Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 3pm, $10 non-members, 677-4787

29 "The Great Brochure Swap," Central Regional Tourism District at the Crown Plaza, Wallingford, 9:30-10:30am, 787-9640

 

Bridge Street Live, Collinsville: 693-9763
www.41bridgestreet.com
Entertainment at 8pm unless otherwise noted

  • 5 Joanne Shaw Taylor
  • 6 Comedy Night: The Laff Guru (aka Spanky)
  • 12 The Ryan Martin Foundation Benefit Concert with Memphis Soul Spectacular & Blind Smudge
  • 13 Young Dubliners
  • 14 Arkansas Rockabilly Legend Sleepy La Beef — 7pm
  • 18 Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
  • 19 Comedy Night – PJ Walsh & Mark Riccadonne
  • 26 John Hammond
  • 27 James Montgomery Blues Band

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OCTOBER 2014

The Avon Historical Society's Exhibit, "Back to School: Images of Avon Public Schools from 1900 to 2000" is on display in the area of the Marian Hunter History Room at the Avon Free Public Library. For hours, call 673-9712

1 11th Annual Aquatic Macro invertebrates Sampling Workshop, Farmington River Watershed Association, Simsbury. For more information, call 658-4442

1 Nook Farm Book Talk: Wicked: The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5:00 reception, 5:30 talk, free, reservations recommended, 280-3130

2 Hartford's culinary Benefit to make sure no kid in America goes hungry: Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation," Millwright's Restaurant and 1680 Tavern, Simsbury. For tickets, information, and a list of participating restaurants, visit http://ce.strength.org/hartford or call Millwright's at 651-5500.

2 Fresh From The Farm with author Susie Middleton, 5-course wine dinner, Metro Bis, Simsbury, 6:30 pm, reservations, 651-1908

3 "Octoberfest," Canton Historical Museum, Canton, 6–9:30pm, $15 per mug, must be 21 and older, 693-2793

3, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm & 9 pm tours, $22 adults, $17 members, $15 kids 16 and under, tickets, 280-3130

3, 4 "Celebrate Granby," 5-9pm on the 3rd, 11am-9pm on the 4th, Salmon Brook Park, www.granbycoc.org

5 First Sunday Gallery Talk: A Closer Look at Mary Cassatt. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1 pm, 677-4787.

5 First Sunday Estate Walk with Betty Collins. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 2 pm, 677-4787.

5 Annual Fall Outdoor Tag Sale, the Salmon Brook Shops, Granby, beginning at 8:30 am, refreshments and more, 653-6587

7 Prudence Crandall's Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830's, Dread Scott and Brown v. Board of Education with State Senator Donald Williams, Jr, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 7pm, free, 522-9258 x 317

8 Free Business and Breakfast Series with Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi and CT Innovation's CEO Claire Leonardi, Town of Farmington EDC, held at the Farmington Club, Farmington, 8-9:30am, rsvp 675-2300

8 The Trouble Begins at 5:30, Benjamin Griffin, Editor of Intimate, Never-Before-Published "A Family Sketch," Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5:00 refreshments, 5:30 talk, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

8 BOOK/MARK: Finding Oz with author Evan I. Scott, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations recommended, 280-3130

9 A "Salons at Stowe" Workshop: Understanding Racial Micro-Aggressions with Dr. William Howe, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5-7:30pm, at the Immanuel Congregational Church Hartford, free, reservations required, 522-9258 x 317

9 Séance 101 with author and Medium Elaine Kuzmeskus, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 6:30pm, $15, 280-3130

11 Grimm For Grownups: Adult Fairy Tales performed by Storyteller Tom Lee, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 7-9pm, $20, registration required, 677-9222

12 Open Cockpit Day & Great New England RC Swap Meet, New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, museum admission, 623-3305

12 David Berkley performing at the Simsbury 1820 House, Simsbury, 5:30pm, 658-7658

16 "Women Talking Power Seriously," with Kathleen Townsend, CT Science Center, Hartford, 6-8pm, $25 adults, $18 students, seniors, 724-3623

16-19, 23-26 FVVA's 7th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf at Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington. $10 per person online or 676-8878. Thursdays 4-9pm, Fridays 4-9pm, Saturdays 11am-9pm, Sundays 11am-8pm. 18 ghoulishly fun holes, the donut dangle, facepainting, a door prize and more! 676-8878, info & tickets at www.fvva.com

17 Hops on Hopmeadow: A Beer Tasting Social, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury 5:30-8pm, reservations required, must be 21 or older, 658-2500

17, 18, 24, 25 Flamig Farm's Halloween Haunted Hay Ride, West Simsbury, $25, tickets/reservations www.flamigfarm.com

18 Simsbury Heritage Day and Appraisal Fair, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 11am-3pm, suggested donation $5, 658-2500

18 Simsbury Artisan Guild Workshop: Bird Carving, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 10:30am, suggested donation $5, 658-2500

19 Hay Day, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1–4 pm, Hay Day Picnic for Members & Friends with The Shinolas, 4-6pm, 677-4787

19 Memento Mori Cemetery Tour, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 1-3pm, $10, registration required, 677-9222

21 Mark My Words 2014: A Wicked Cool Evening, sponsored by Mark Twain House & Museum, held at the Bushnell's Mortenson Hall, Hartford, 8pm, 987-5900

21 Women's Work in World War II, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, 7pm, 673-9712

22 "Sip & Shop," A Hartford Courant Launch Party to Benefit Camp Courant, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton, 5:30-8pm, 693-3059

25 Progressive Dinner Fundraiser, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, registration required, 677-9222

30 An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 5-7:30pm, kids 12 and younger, admission: 1 non-perishable food, 677-9222

31 Is Stanley-Whitman House Haunted? Walk by Stanley-Whitman House dusk to midnight and see goblins and ghosts dance about through the windows... if you dare, 677-9222

Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, 693-9762
www.41bridgestreet.com
Entertainment at 8pm unless otherwise noted

  • 3 Comedy: King & Ryan
  • 4 Diva's Four Ways
  • 8 Haas Kowen & Tice
  • 10 Comedy Night: Tom Briscoe, Dave Cooperman & Lou Milano
  • 11 Back to the Garden 1969: The Woodstock Experience
  • 12 Agent Orange w/Pinata Protest — 7:30
  • 15 California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio
  • 16 Janis Jan
  • 17 Comedy Night: Jim David
  • 18 Andy McKee
  • 24 British Rock Legend Ian McLagan
  • 29 Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
  • 30 Maria Muldaur's "To the Oasis and Beyond," Multimedia Retrospective
  • 31 Sputen Duyvil

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