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APRIL 2014

The Farmington Valley Stage Company announces their April Production: "Jar The Floor." A quartet of black women spanning four generations makes up this heartwarming dramatic comedy, The four, plus the white woman friend of the youngest, come together to celebrate the matriarch's ninetieth birthday. It's a wild party. The dates are: April 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19. Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8pm, and Sunday matinees begin at 2pm. For tickets and information, visit

2 Stormwater Management Seminar, Farmington River Watershed Association, to be held at the Simsbury Library, 1-4:30pm, 658-4442 x 0

2 Nook Farm Book Talk: Land of Steady Habits, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5pm reception, 5:30 talk, registration, 522-9258 x317

3 Annual Tag Sale, Canton Historical Museum, Collinsville, 10-3pm, 693-2793

4 Opening Day for Golf at Simsbury Farms, 658-6246.

4 Beck & Call - The Servants Tour for fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, reservations, 280-3130. These tours will continue the first Friday of each month through September.

6 Farmington Valley Trails Council's Annual Trail Clean-Up, 10-3pm. Volunteers welcome:

6 First Sunday Gallery Talk: Needleworks at Hill-Stead, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington 1pm, 677-4787 x 111

9 The Trouble Begins at 5:30: "Mark Twain the Standup Comedian," Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Reception 5 pm, discussion 5:30, 247-0998

9 "The Sugar Season Dinner," Metro Bis at the Simsbury 1820 House, Simsbury, 6:30pm. A 5-course dinner paired with wine, with Douglas Whynott, author of The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup – and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest, reservations, 651-1980

9 The Learning Hour, CT Liberty Mortgage, Farmington, 7-8pm, 606-0099

10 The Town of Farmington Economic Development presents Travelers Championship Golf Tournament Director Nathan Gruge at its free Business Breakfast, 8am at Farmington Gardens Gardens, reservation deadline is April 3rd, 675-2395

11 "On Trend for Spring," hosted by Jolie Boutique Consignment, My New Wardrobe, and Cuts for Peanuts, located in Avon Village Marketplace at A Cool Chick Place, 4–8pm, 678-7087

11 Fashion, Home Life, and Etiquette of Men & Women during the Civil War Period, a talk/discussion by Kandie Carle, dressed in actual vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing, and accessories, Barkhamsted Historical Society, held at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 7pm, 738-2456

12 Remount your Diamond: Spring into Something New - Bill Selig Jewelers, 9:30 to 4pm at their Windsor Location, 688-3111

13 Open House, Power 10 – Indoor Rowing Center, Avon, 1–4pm, 844-769-4636

14 Bruce Springsteen in focus: 1980-2012, the story behind the book, Avon Public Library, Avon, 7pm, 673-9712

CT Science Center April Vacation Offerings: Hartford, 724-3623, / Grades 1-6

  • 14 Blast Off
  • 15 Superhero Science
  • 16 Excavation Science
  • 17 Super-cold Science
  • 18 Checking Science

19 Motorcycle Show, New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, 3 classes of motorcycles, you can register your own cycle, trophies presented for each class, $12 ages 12 and above, $11 senior, $6.50 ages 4-11, 623-3305

19 Jon England, "The Velvet Piano Player," performs at the Avon Public Library, Avon, 3pm, 673-9712

19 Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington, 677-0118 or for ages/times & details

24 One Room Schoolhouse Lecture, FVVA's Historic Sites Group, to be held at the Ellsworth Center at the Simsbury Historical Society, $5 for those not taking the Bus Tour (see below), 7pm, 676-8878

26 FVVA's Historic Sites One Room Schoolhouse Bus Tour, 9:30am to 5pm. 5 historic schoolhouses with talks, lunch, $40 per person, reservations, 676-8878 or visit for tickets and information

26 Geoff Muldaur in concert at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30pm, $22 adv / $25 door, 693-0263

27 Colonial Jewelry Making, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 1:30-3:30. Registration by April 23rd, $25 per person, 677-9222

29 Opening Reception: Selfies, Transformations and Symbols: Photography "Old School," an exhibit for Avon Old Farms School Students, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, 6-8pm, 678-1867

Valley Sports Center's Sport Summer Camps, Canton, 693-2378, Multi-sport Camps – ages 4–10, full and half-day options

  • Harlem Wizards Basketball — ages 7-13
  • Seth Greenberg Basketball — grades 5-11
  • Canton Varsity Coach lead Basketball — grades 5-8
  • Volleyball beginner to advanced — grades 7-12
  • U-CONN Baseball 1/2 day camp

Bridge Street Live, Collinsville: 693-9763
Entertainment at 8 pm unless otherwise noted

  • 4 The Last Waltz – Live
  • 5 The Fleshtones
  • 6 Leo Moran & Anthony Thistlewaite of the Saw Doctors — 7:30 pm
  • 11 Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers)
  • 12 Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • 17 Comedy Night: Rich Vos
  • 18 Guy Davis
  • 19 New York vs Boston Comedy Series
  • 20 Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys
  • 24 Mike Doughty's World-Renowned, Award-Winning Question Jar Show
  • 25 Debbie Davies Band
  • 27 Comedy Night: Paul Mecurio


MAY 2014

1 Lecture on Dr. Samuel Johnson - creator of the British Dictionary, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

2 The Taste, Memory Dinner, featuring David Buchanan, author of Taste, Memory, Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors and Why the Matter, a five-course dinner paired with Frey organic and biodynamic wines, Metro Bis, Simsbury, 6:30pm, reservations required, 651-1908

3 Annual Tag Sale, Canton Historical Museum, Collinsville, 10-3pm, 693-2793

3 Harvey Reid & Joyce Anderson in Concert, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30 pm, $20 advance, $22 door, 693-0263

4 First Sunday Gallery Talk: Indo-Persian/Mughal Paintings, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1pm, museum admission, 677-4787

4 Estate Tours with Betty Collins, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington 2pm, museum admission, 677-4787

4 The Devil's Golden Hairs - a tale from the Brothers Grimm; a Sunday afternoon storytelling session for families, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 2pm, $10 adults, $5 children 16

4 Special Photographer's Reception for Avon Old Farms Students, Farmington Valley Arts Center Fisher Gallery, Avon, 1-3pm, 678-1867

5 Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life with author Marta McDowell, Mark Twain House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, at the Mark Twain Museum Center, Hartford, 5:30pm, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

8 Book/Mark: Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shorwell and a Mozart Recital, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

8 "Children & Teens & The New Social Media," Avon Library, Avon, 6:30pm, 673-9712

9 "Earth Day" Celebration at People's Forest by the Barkhamsted Historical Society 1-4pm, 738-2456

9 Alisa Phillips-Griggs program on how the water quality of the Farmington River is monitored by examining insect populations, Barkhamsted Historical Society, held at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 7pm, free 738-2456

9, 10 "May Market," Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 10 am–4 pm, 677-4787

10 The Alturas Duo in Concert, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 7pm at the Meeting House, free, donations suggested, 658-2500

10, 11 "Spring Fling with Curious George," CT Science Center, Hartford, 520-2160 for details

12 How Mark Twain Became Mark Twain: A New Theory, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5:00, refreshments, 5:30 talk, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

14 The Trouble Begins at 5:30: "Mark Twain and Isabella Beecher Hooker," Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 5:00, refreshments, 5:30 talk, free, reservations suggested, 280-3130

17 Barkhamstead Historical Society's Annual Tag Sale, held at The Barkhamsted highway Garage, Rte. 44, 9am to 2pm, 738-2456

17 Salmon Brook Historical Society's Annual Flea Market, 653-9713

17 "The Fabric of Time," celebrating the historical significance of fiber arts in America, Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury, 10am-4pm, free, 658-2500

17 "Get a CLUE Tours!" Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford. Tours step off every 15 minutes beginning at 7pm, reservations required, 280-3130

18 Radio Host and Humorist Garrison Keillor discussing The Keillor Reader, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, tickets, 280-3130 or

18 "Try Simsbury: Run, Bike, Paddle" Triathlon, Simsbury Performing Arts Center. Registration begins at 8:30,

22 Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teens Through the Dangers of Driving, Avon Public Library, 6:30pm, 673-9712

22 22nd Annual Benefit Dinner Auction: Hidden Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 6-10:30, reservations, tickets, 677-4787 x 131

30, 31 Farmington Valley Stage Production: Becky's New Car, Canton Town Hall, Collinsville, 8pm,

31 FVVA'S Roaring 20th Anniversary Gala: "A Night at the Belle," Belle Terrace in Avon, 7pm until midnight, 676-8878

31 For Better or Worse Comedy Wedding, Aspen Dreams Productions, Lady Katherine Cruise, 6:30pm, 866-867-4837. The Mob's most anticipated wedding of Danny & Donna takes off — you can walk the steps of the mob's most notorious gangsters and become part of the wildest wedding aboard the historic luxury yacht, the Mystique in Haddam. Boarding begins at 6:30pm.

Bridge Street Live, Collinsville: 693-9762
Entertainment at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

  • 4 Comedy Night: Mike McDonald
  • 9 Colin Blunstone of The Zombies w/Edward Rogers
  • 11 Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band
  • 15 Steve Forbert
  • 16 A Soul Spectacular feat. Cracked Ice & The Mighty Soul Drivers
  • 22 Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
  • 23 Loudin Wainwright III
  • 24 John Hammond
  • 30 Charles Neville & Jeff Pitchell w/ Texas Flood
  • 31 Ronnie Spector's 'Beyond the Beehive'




Connecticut's Farmington Valley
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