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HAPPENINGS IN THE FARMINGTON VALLEY


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JULY 2015

1 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center's first "Stowe Salons at Lunch" — this first lunch considers 2015 Stowe Prize Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Confederate Cause in the Words of Its Leaders." 12-1pm in the Stowe Visitor Center, Hartford. Free admission. Bring your lunch or pick it up at the Mark Twain House Nook. Information: 522-9258.

1 BOOK/MARK - The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House with Kate Anderson Brower, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations, 280-3130

3 "Celebrate America," Talcott Mountain Music Festival, Simsbury Meadows, 7:30pm, grass and table seating available, 987-5900

5 First Sunday Gallery Talk, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-1:45pm, museum admission, 677-4787

5 First Sunday Activities for Kids, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-1:45pm, museum admission, 677-4787

6 The 71st Anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire – Discussion with Laura A. Woollett, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, free, reservations required, 280-3130

8 Children's Program: Making Jewelry, 10-12, Stanley-Whitman House, reservations, 677-9222

9 Scene Art Bar's Open House, Unionville, 6-9pm. A wine tasting is available for $5, and face painting for kids will be available for $5. It's carnival week for Tunxis Hose Company #1, so a portion of the proceeds will go to them. For info, call 856-5880.

9 Catch – A Local Seafood Gathering, Max Chef to Farm Dinner, Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 6:30pm, reservations, 651-3926 or www.maxcheftofarm.com.

12 "Moo & Brew," Max Chef to Farm Dinner at Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 4–8pm, 651-3926 or www.maxcheftofarm.com.

12 Historical Trade Demonstration- Carpentry, Stanley-Whitman House Farmington, 12-4pm

12 Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Farmington, featuring former New York State Poet Laureate, Marie Howe. Gates open at 1:30pm, 677-4787

13 Bluesgrass Acoustic Duo Jon Swift & Mark White in Concert at the Avon Public Library, 7pm, outside in the courtyard, 673-9712.

14 BOOK/MARK- The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper with Tony Ortega, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, free, reservations, 280-3130

15 Children's Program: Tinsmithing, 10-12, Stanley-Whitman House, 677-9222

15 Evening Walking Tour Main Street: "The Beautiful Mile," Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 6-7:30pm, $10, 677-9222

16 Millwright's "Farm to Table Dinner Series" with Chef Jamie McDonald of Bars Smokehouse, Simsbury, at the Community Farm of Simsbury, visit www.millwrightsrestaurant.com/shop for details and tickets

17 "Classical Night Fever" – boogie down with the ultimate disco band, Talcott Mountain Music Festival, Simsbury Meadows, 7:30pm, grass & table seating, 987-5900

18 Farmington River Archeology Canoe Trip, Farmington River Watershed, Assoc., space limited, 658-4442

19 Historical Trade Demonstration - Shoemaker, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 12:30-4pm, 677-9222

19 PIERCE, a new Historical Play by our own Jacques Lamarre, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 2pm, $10 ($5 members), 280-3130

22 Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Farmington, gates open at 4:30pm, 677-4787

22 Marriott "Residence Inn Mix" returns again with Frankie's, voted Best Hot Dog in CT by the CT Magazine. Their menu includes hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken wings, fried vegetables and much more. Drop by between 5:30 and 8:00.

23 Max Chef to Farm Dinner, "Corn!" at Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 651-3926 or www.maxcheftofarm.com

23 "Lost in America," a film presented by the Avon Public Library as part of their Celluloid Highway film series, 6:30 intro, 7:00 film, 673-9712

24 The 94th Army Band in Concert, Avon Pubic Library, Avon, 2pm, 673-9712

24 The Music of Queen, Talcott Mountain Music Festival, Simsbury Meadows, grass & table seating, 987-5900

25 Collinsville HOT - an all day celebration of the village and river with entertainment, crafts, food, and much more. Drop by and explore "downtown" Collinsville!

28 Book Launch - The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine - A Tale of two Narratives, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations requested, 280-3130

29 Children's Program: Colonial Games, 10-12, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 10-12, 677-9222

29 Community Read: The Boys in the Boat, Simsbury Public Library, 7-8:30, reservations, 658-7663 x 2200

30 7th Annual FREE Ice Cream Social at the Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5-7pm. Enjoy delicious treats, face painting, entertainment and more, 280-3130

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AUGUST 2015

2 First Sunday Gallery Talk: The Basement Tour, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-1:45pm, museum admission, 677-4787

2 First Sunday Activities for Kids, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1-1:45pm, museum admission, 677-4787

3 "Authors in Tents" at the Avon Public Library's Farmer's Market, 4-7pm Avon, 673-9712

4 BOOK/MARK: Master Thieve, The Story of the Isabella StewartGardner Museum Art Heist in Boston... and its Connecticut Connection, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7:00pm, free, reservations recommended, 280-3130

5 Puppets & Stories (8 yrs and younger) Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 10am to 12pm, $10 per child, 677-9222

6 Max Chef to Farm Dinner, "Summer Harvest," Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 6:30pm, reservations, 651-3926

7 "Art on the Hill," an art event featuring Devin Febbroriello, at the Simsbury 1820 House, Simsbury, 5:30-7:00 pm, free, 658-7658

9 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Li-Young Lee, Award Winning poet & Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, admission. Gates open at 1:30, prelude at 2pm, opening poet at 3pm, music at 3:30, and headlining poet begins at 4:15, 677-4787

9 Historical Trade Demonstration - 18th & 19th century Quilting, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 12:30-4pm, free, 677-9222

10 Jeff Howard & Krizta Moon in Concert at the Avon Public Library, Avon, 7pm, free, 673-9712

12 Herb Sachets (kids of all ages), Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 10am-12pm, $10 per child, 677-9222

12 Evening Walking Tour: Life in a Colonial Village, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 6-7:30pm, $10 per person, 677-9222

12 BOOK/MARK: Diary of a Puerto Rican Demigod with Edwin Sanchez, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7:00pm, free, reservations recommended, 280-3130

13 Max Chef to Farm Dinner, "Tomato To-Mah-To," Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 6:30pm, reservations, 651-3926

13 The Celluloid Highway at the Avon Public Library presents thefilm, "Smoke Signals," 6:30 intro, 7:00 film, then discussion, 673-9712

15 Squire's Tavern's Ice Cream Social with lawn games, Barkhamsted Historical Society, Barkhamsted, 1pm, 728-2456

17 "Authors in Tents," Steve Kemper, Avon Public Library's Farmers Market, Avon, 4-7pm, 673-9712

19 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: CT Young Poets Day, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, admission. Gates open at 4:30, prelude at 5pm, opening poet at 6pm, music at 6:30, and headlining poet begins at 7:15, 677-4787

23 Historical Trade Demonstration: Open Hearth Cooking, Stanley Whitman House, Farmington, $10 per person, 12:30-4pm, 677-9222

24 "Authors in Tents," part of the Avon Public Library's Farmers Market, Avon, 4-7pm, 673-9712

27 Millwright's Restaurant's Chef Farm to Table Dinner in Simsbury, featuring Chef Jeff Lizzotte of ON20, to be held at the Community Farm in Simsbury, visit www.millwrightsrestaurant.com/shop for reservations and information

29 Barkhamsted Historical Society's Tag Sale, Barkhamsted, 9am-2pm; call 738-2456

30 Max Chef to Farm Dinner, "Farm Fest," Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 8pm, reservations, 651-3926

Journey of Yoga's August Schedule
For information call 680-1482 or email terry@journeyofyoga.com
2    10:30-11:45        Prenatal Yoga
      11:00-12:30        Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

4    10:45-11:45        Mommy & Me (pre-crawlers)
      7:30-8:30pm       GirlYoga for Teens & Tweens

6    6:00-7:30pm       Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at the Drake Hill Flower Bridge
      10:30-11:45        Prenatal Yoga

9    10:30-11:45        Prenatal Yoga

11    10:45-11:45        Mommy & Me (pre-crawlers)
        7:30-8:30pm       GirlYoga for Teens & Tweens

16    10:30-11:45        Prenatal Yoga
        11:00-12:30        Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

18    10:45-11:45        Mommy & Me (pre-crawlers)

20    6:00-7:30pm       Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at the Drake Hill Flower Bridge

The Simsbury Public Library has great offerings for August. They're free, but you should reserve a seat by calling 658-7663. Here they are:
3    Learn Still Life Painting with Chris Gann, 6-8:30pm

6    Exploring Dinosaurs and the Roots of Dinosaur Science in CT, 7-8pm

4, 6 & 11    A 3-part course: Buying & Selling on EBay - 6:30-8:30pm

11    Learn the Art of Food Presentation with Millwright's Tyler Anderson, 2-3:30pm

25, 27    A 2-part course: Blogging With WordPress 10am-12pm

26    Leveraging LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics, 10am-12pm

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