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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 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,

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

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

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
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



1 Laser Tag Halloween After Party, Valley Sports Center, Canton, 8-10pm for ages 9-13, registration, 693-2378,

1 Mojo Rodeo, The Paul Rishell & Annie Raines Band, a concert at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30om, $22 advanced/$25 door, 693-0263

1 "Meet Mary Smith," Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington 1-3:30pm, museum admission, 677-9222

2 First Sunday Gallery Talk: A Closer Look at Claude Monet, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, 1 pm; museum admission. 677-4787

2 A Book Discussion with Anne Farrow, Author of "The Logbooks: Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory," Stanley- Whitman House, Farmington, 1pm, 677-9222

2 "Women Take Flight," New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, 10am-5pm, museum admission, 623-3305

4 BOOK/MARK: Eugene O'Neill - A Life in 4 Acts with author Robert Dowling, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations recommended, 280-3130

5 An Evening with Superstar Authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm at the Hartford Stage, tickets: $35, call 527-5151

5 Drop-In Genealogy, Avon Public Library, Avon, 1-3pm, 673-9712

5 Nook Farm Book Talk: The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial, a discussion with Author Susan Eaton, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5:00 refreshments, 5:30 talk, registration suggested, 522-9258 x 317

6 CT Liberty Mortgage presents: Reversing The Views on Reverse Mortgages, 6-7:30pm at the Farmington Library, reservations required, 606-0099

6 BOOK/MARK: Leading Twain Scholar R. Kent Rasmussen on new editions for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, reservations recommended, 280-3130

7 The Final Beck & Call - The Servants Tour for fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, Mark Twain House & Museum, 7pm, reservations required 280-3130

8 Autumn Cookbook Sale, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, 12-4pm, 677-9222

8 Happy Traum, "The Dylan Years" through Song, Story & Media with Stan Sullivan, a concert at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30, $18 Advanced/$20 door, 693-0263

8 The Greatest Gala on Earth... An Evening of Sideshows, Spirits, and Sam, Mark Twain House & Museum, 6pm, tickets 280-3112

9 Colonial Family Day: Bringing in the Harvest, Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington. 1-3:30pm, $3 per person, 677-9222

9 "A Tribute to our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen," New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, 10am-5pm, museum admission, 623-3305

11 BOOK Launch: Finding Dad: From "Love Child" to Daughter by Kara Sullivan, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm reservations recommended, 280-3130

13 "Baking Chez Moi," A multi course dinner at Metro Bis, Simsbury; featuring Dorie Greenspan's latest book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home, reservations,651-1908

13 Salons at Stowe: Children Behind Bars: Juvenile Justice? Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, 5-7pm, free, reservations, 522-9258 x 317

13 BOOK/MARK: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 7pm, free, reservations, 280-3130

15 New West Guitar Group, a concert at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30pm, $20 advanced/$22 door, 693-0263

16 Harvest Concert, Stanley-Whitman House at the Barney Library, 677-9222

16 FVVA'S Historic Sites Committee Presents: "Grave Matters: Exploring the Historic Cemeteries of the Farmington Valley" – a Lecture with Lisa Johnson, Executive Director of Stanley-Whitman House, held at Ellsworth Visitors Center, Simsbury Historical Society, 10 Phelps Lane, Simsbury, 2pm, $5 admission, 676-8878

18 Americans who fought World War II: Trench Art Souvenirs as a Window to their Experience, a talk at the Avon Public Library, Avon, 7pm, free, 673-9712

20 Nell Burnstein discusses her indictment of the juvenile justice system- Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, 6:30pm, $20 includes light supper reception from 5:30-6:30, reservations, 280-3130

22 Tragic Tales of the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, stories by John Banks, Community Room at the Avon Public Library, Avon, 1pm, 673-9712

22 Donna Martin & Gail Wade in concert, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, 7:30pm, $15 advanced/$18 door, 693-0263

28 Behind the Scenes a Tour & Santa Visit, New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, museum hours, 623-3305

29 "Simsbury Celebrates," Holiday events in downtown Simsbury including the Simsbury Historical Society's Phelps Tavern, 4:30-7pm, 658-2500

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

  • 2 Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet — 7pm
  • 6 Their restaurant opens – Thurs-Sun 5-9pm
  • 8 Melissa Ferrick
  • 9 Comedy Night: Chris Strait — 7pm
  • 13 Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
  • 14 Comedy Night: DL Benny
  • 15 7 Bridges Road: A Tribute to the Eagles
  • 20 Comedy night: Rick Vos
  • 21 Dave Keller Band & The Mighty Soul Drivers
  • 22 James Cotton Blues Band w/Balkun Brothers
  • 26 Connecticut Transit Authority – The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band
  • 28 The Spampinato Brothers
  • 29 NY Vs Boston Comedy Series




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

Farmington Valley Visitors Association