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HAPPENINGS IN THE FARMINGTON VALLEY


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SEPTEMBER 2016

2 Spaceballs, a movie presentation at the Avon Public Library, Avon, 1:30pm, 673-9712

4 First Sunday for Families, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington 1-4pm: Children's art projects from 1-2pm, Estate Walk at 2pm, 677-4787, www.hillstead.org

5 Sketch A Still-Life, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 11am-2pm, registration, 677-4787, www.hillstead.org

6 Salons at Stowe: Food Justice, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5:30-6:30pm, reservations, 522-9258 x 317

8 Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in 19th Century America, author talk & book signing, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 7pm, free, 522-9258 x 317

9, 11, 16, 17 Farmington Valley Stage Company production of "The Guys," which pays tribute to the first responders of 9/11. Performance times are: 9,16,17 at 8pm and 11 at 2pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.fvstage.org for details

9, 10, 11 Septemberfest at the Simsbury Performing Arts Center

10 Access Fore Art, A Golf Tournament to benefit the Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, 12-sunset, 678-1867 or visit www.artsfvac.org

10, 11 New England Outdoor Classic Archery Tournament, Folly Farm, Simsbury

11 "Would you wash your face with a soapstone?" Visit the Salmon Brook Historical Society in Granby to find out, 2-4pm, 653-9713

14 The Town of Farmington's EDC Free Business Breakfast at the Farmington Club, Farmington, 7:45am. This breakfast features a representative of the Open House Committee of the Mormon Temple. For information, e-mailponte@farmington-ct.org

16-18 The Granby Chamber of Commerce's Celebrate Granby at Salmon Brook Park

17 Farmington's Freedom Trail: The Amistad Story and the Underground Railroad; Lecture and waking tour begin at 10am at The First Church of Christ Congregational Farmington, $5 adults, $1 children, 678-1645

17 Simsbury Grange's Agricultural Fair, Simsbury Grange Hall, West Simsbury, 10am-3pm, free, www.simsburygrange.org

17 Wings & Things - Migration Day, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 10am-2pm, 693-0263

17, 18 47th Annual Arts & Festival sponsored by the Simsbury Woman's Club to be held on Iron Horse Boulevard, 10am-5pm rain or shine

17, 24 Saturday Morning Bird Walk, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30-9am, $3 members, $5 non-members, 693-0263

18 "Where did Granby Post Information Before Facebook?" Visit the Salmon Brook Historical Society in Granby to find out, 2-4pm, 653-9713

18 Simsbury Fly-in

21 "Sip & Shop," The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton, 6-9pm, wine & food tasting, special discounts, tea cup raffle & more, all to benefit Camp Courant, 693-3059

22 Salons at Stowe: Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5:30-7:30pm, free, 522-9258 x 317

23 Fall Equinox Family Night Hike, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7;30-8:45pm, $3 members,$6 non-members, 693-0263

24 Annual River Clean-Up, Farmington River Watershed Association, 10am-2pm, volunteers needed. Call 658-4442 or e-mailapetras@frwa.org

24 L'Affaire Musicale - Music of the Grand Tour, Hill-stead Museum, Farmington, Soprano Lydia McLain with Marko Stuparevic on piano, $45 members, $55 no-members, register at www.hillstead.org

24 Make a Scarecrow Day, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 10am-4pm, $15 for first scarecrow; $10 for each additional scarecrow, 658-2500

24 Avon Day Celebration, fields at Thompson Brook School, 11-5:30pm, 676-8878

24 A Watch Party: Grand Opening, Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 10am, 522-9258 317

24, 25 Avon Arts Association's Arts & Crafts Fair, Avon Village Marketplace, Avon, 10-5pm

25 Stream Bugs & Pond Critters, Farmington River Watershed Association at Winding Trails, Farmington, 10am-noon, free, pre-register at www.windingtrails.org

25 9th Annual Farmington & Rotary 5K Road Race at the Unionville Festival in Downtown Unionville, 675-2300

25 "Why are We Called the Salmon Brook Historical Society?" Tour the Salmon Brook Historical Society to find out, 2-4pm, 653-9713

28 Story Time Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 9-10am, $8 per child, ages 2-6 but siblings are welcome, 677-4787

30 9th Annual Tapping into Twain, brewery festivities at Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5:30-9:30pm. $45 adv; $50 door, $20 designated driver, $40 members, http://bit.ly/2aSLvwk

Farmington Valley Arts Center Fall Class Schedule, 678-1867
www.artsfvac.org
Check the catalogue or website for class dates and times

  • Mondays: Exploring abstract painting, acrylic/oil Painting, Screen-printing
  • Tuesdays: Water media painting basics, interior design, blockprinting, monotypes, all medium painting, impressionist painting, youth drawing
  • Wednesdays: Water media painting basics, CT sketchers, figure drawing, art of aromatherapy
  • Thursdays: Classic drawing skills, open easel studio, painting with pictures, fine art gourds
  • Fridays: Dynamic portrait in pastel, reviving drawing, art discussions
  • Saturdays: Floor cloth painting, youth fashion illustration, painting basics, felted merino-silk cowl
  • Sundays Foxy Felting

Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville: 693-9762
www.41bridgestreet.com
All offerings at 8pm unless otherwise noted

  • 9 Jeff Przech & The Outfit w/Belle of the Ball; $10, $15
  • 16 Comedy Night: Mike Jacobs & Milk Albanese; $15, $25
  • 17 John Gorka w/Cliff Eberhardt; $20, $28
  • 23 Caravan of Thieves; $25, $35
  • 24 Jay Stillman Band w/Matt Schofield; $15, $25
  • 25 All Sounds Fair Benefit Concert
  • 30 Comedy Night: Butch Bradley; $15, $25

Talcott Mountain Science Center: Spectacular Saturdays
Registration & Info: 677-8571www.tmsc.org

  • Three-week programs for Grades K-3 / 10am-4pm
    Robotics: Sept. 26, Oct. 3 & 10
  • Six-week programs for Grades 4-8 / 10am-4pm
    "The Sky's the Limit" including First Lego League Robotics Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Simsbury Public Library
Information & Registration: 658-7663 x 2200 / Business & Technology Programs

  • 26 Defining Your Niche Market, 9:30am
  • 28 Financial Planning, 1:00pm
  • 28 The "Gig" Economy and Its Impact on Finding a Job, 6:30pm

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OCTOBER 2016

1 Mushrooms with Mushroom Marlene, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 9:30-11am, $4 members, $6 non-members, pre-registration requested, 693-0263

1 Annual Small Engine Show, Salmon Book Historical Society, Granby, 9am to 3pm, 549-6687

1, 2 Fairy Houses Everywhere! Meet & Greet with Award Winning Fairy House Series Author Tracy Kane, Winding Trails, Farmington, 11am to 4pm, $5 adv / $8 day of, 677-8458

1, 2 Before the "After," Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, to draw, paint, and photograph the place before changes come. For info and RSVP: sprentice@comcast.net

2 First Sunday for Families, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-4pm, Kids art projects 1-2pm, Estate walk 2pm, admission, 677-4787, www.hillstead.org

2 Mustang Muster, New England Museum, Windsor Locks, museum admission, 623-3305

2 "Hay Day," Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-4pm, museum admission,677-4787, www.hillstead.org

3 Sketch A Still-Life, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 11am-1pm, registration, 677-4787, www.hillstead.org

6 Caseus Dinner, with Jason Sobocinski, author of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro Cookbook: Every Cheese Has a Story, Metro Bis, Simsbury, 6:30pm. A 5-course, Vina Robles wine dinner, reservations, 651-1908

8 Open Cockpit Sunday, New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks,10am-4pm, museum admission, 623-3305

9 Max presents its 3rd Annual Hoptoberfest 2016 at Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 2-6pm, 566-8360

10 Awesome Autumn Family Fun, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 10am-4pm, scavenger hunt & more, 693-0263

13 Patti Smith in Conversation: A Mark My Words Event, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm at the Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, $25 for general public, 280-3112

14, 15, 16 2016 Used Book Sale, Friends of the Avon Library, Avon, 10/14: 4-8pm; 10/15: 9am-4pm; 10/16: 12-3pm, 672-9712

15 Last Amistad: Farmington's Freedom Trail walking tour, Farmington. Lecture begins at 10am at The First Church of Christ, $5 adults $1 kids, pay at the door, 678-1645

15 Fall Flea Market, Salmon Brook Historical Society, Granby, 9am-4pm, 653-9713

15 The Farmington Table: A Moveable Feast (elegant progressive dinner) benefitting the Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, registration required, 677-9222 x 302 or www.stanleywhitman.org

16 SUPERMOON Family Night Hike, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30-8:45pm, $5 members,$7 non-members, 693-0263

20 Harry Potter Trivia - Round 1, Avon Public Library, Avon, for grades 7-12, 7pm, registration, 673-9712 x 239

20-23, 27-30 FVVA's 9th ANNUAL HAUNTED MINIATURE GOLF at Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington. Visit www.fvva.com for times and info, or call 676-8878

21, 22, 28 Farmington Valley Stage Company presents: Tales from the Fault Line - A Halloween Nightmare, www.fvstage.com for details

22 Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival, Winding Trails, Farmington,12-6pm, www.windingtrails.org

22 Saville Damn & Old Barkhamsted Hollow Bus Tour & Short Hike, Farmington River Watershed Association, Simsbury, beginning at 10am, registration: e-mail: river@frwa.org or call 658-4442

22 The Fisk Jubilee Singers, sponsored by the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Farmington Historical Society, held at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, 7pm, reservations; 247-0098 www.marktwainhouse.org or www.farmingtonhistoricalsociety.org

22 Music at the Meetinghouse, Simsbury Historical Society Simsbury, 7pm, 658-2500

23 Lost in the Woods? Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 1:30-3pm, pre-registration, 693-0263

23 "Connecticut Valley Tobacco," book signing & talk, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 2pm, 658-2500

24 Give-a-Treat, Get-a-Treat benefitting Gifts of Love, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton, 6-9pm, 693-3059

26 Story Time @ Theo's, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, for children 2-4, 9-10am, $8 per child - caregivers free, registration www.hillstead.org

27 Foreign Film Series: Bride & Prejudice, Avon Public Library, Avon, 6:30pm,free, 673-9712

29 Simsbury Chamber of Commerce's Spooktacular Chili Challenge, Simsbury Meadows, 12-5pm, www.simsburychili.com or 651-7307

29 Hobgoblin Fair, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 10am-12pm or 1-3pm, rain or shine, 693-0263

Talcott Mountain Science Center: Spectacular Saturdays – Prime Time
Registration & Info: 677-8571 | www.tmsc.org

  • Hands-on, Discovery-Based Science for Grades K-3; 3 week programs
    Sports Science: Oct. 17, 24 & 31
  • Six week programs for Grades 4-8
    Robotics, Green Energy, 3-D Printing, Weather and more: Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

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

  • 1 Bridge Street's 7th Anniversary Rock & Roll Party - $50, $75
  • 7 Comedy Night: Chris Roach - $15, $25
  • 8 Hey Nineteen: Tribute to Steely Dan - $27, $37
  • 14 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - $25, $35
  • 20 The California Guitar Trio - $20, $30
  • 21 Canton Chamber Awards Ceremony - $50
  • 22 Lipbone Redding w/Lara Herscovitch - $17, $27
  • 30 Comedy Night: Brad Trackman - $15, $25

Maple Tree Concerts (781 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury) 651-1297, www.mapletreecafe.com:

  • 1 Gregg Picolo and Heavey Juice
  • 2 Steelhead
  • 8 The Carrie Johnson Band
  • 9 Jeff Pevar Guitar Summit w/guests
  • 15 Village Maid Band
  • 16 Poor Gordon
  • 22 Tirebiter
  • 23 The Colby's
  • 29 Steppin Out
  • 30 Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood

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Connecticut's Farmington Valley
Farmington Valley Visitors Association
P.O. Box 1491 | 33 East Main St. Avon, CT 06001
Tel: (860)676-8878 Toll-free: 1-800-4-WELCOME
E-Mail: nancy@fvva.com

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