Events Calendar 2017-18

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Connecticut Spring Antiques Show 2018 - Hartford, CT

Mar 24, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 Hartford Armory, 360 Broad Street, Hartford, CT
This show exhibits high-quality Early American furniture and decorative arts. Most dealers have been exhibiting at the show for years and they enjoy sharing their expertise for Americana. There is an on-site tea room and bar and free secure parking.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $15. good for both days; adults age 35 and younger admitted free on Sunday.

Children & Families

Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT

Mar 22, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to be at Mystic Seaport March 22-25, in conjunction with the Mystic Irish Parade. The horses will be housed on the Village Green, and people may visit them during regular Museum hours. The eight-horse team will be hitched to the beer wagon at the Museum on March 23 and March 24, and will walk the Museum grounds for a period of time, including making a delivery at Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern. On March 22-25, children ages 13 and younger will be admitted free to the museum.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $28.95; seniors over age 64, $26.95; March 22-25, children ages 13 and younger will be admitted free

Bunny Breakfast - Essex, CT

Mar 31, 2018 - Mar 31, 2018 Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT
Bring your little ones to the Essex Steam Train's Bunny Breakfast and enjoy a family meal with the Easter Bunny in River Valley Junction filled with gifts, contests and arts and crafts. 
Time: 9 a.m.
Admission: $18
Telephone: 860-767-0103


Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival 2018 - Vernon, CT

Apr 28, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT
This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone: 860-966-9264


Behind the Scenes Historic Preservation at Harriet Beecher Stowe Houwse - Hartford, CT

Mar 24, 2018 - Mar 24, 2018 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT
The Stowe Center recently completed extensive interior renovation in the 1871 Stowe House. Enjoy a tour with Stowe Center Collections Manager Beth Burgess and learn how the museum chose new carpet, wallpapers and paint colors for Stowe’s 1871 home. Plus, curating furnishings, art and decorative arts inside the National Historic Landmark.
Time: Doors open at 1 p.m.; program, 2-3 p.m.
Admission: $18/person


Exhibit: Tails of Twain: How Animals Shaped the Man and His Work - Hartford, CT

Mar 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
Mark Twain’s affection for all creatures, whether they had paws or claws, wings or whiskers, was one that he shared with his readers. The exhibition is rich with items from the museum’s collections, including the Clemens family’s horse-drawn sleigh, a book called "The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten," an extraordinary drawing of a dachshund going around a corner drawn by Twain; a cement lion’s head from Twain’s final home ; and many other rarely displayed treasures. The exhibit is on display through January 21, 2019.
Time: daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $20; over age 64, $18; age 6-16, $12
Telephone: 860-247-0998


Celtica -- Pipes Rock - Norfolk, CT

Mar 23, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018 Infinity Hall Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road W Norfolk, CT
One half Celtic Highlands music, one half hard rock, and you get one awesome showcase of music.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $24-$39

Robin Trower - Ridgefield, CT

Mar 29, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
From his work in Procol Harum to his solo career to his power trio, Robin Trower is a celebrated guitar innovator famous for an explosive guitar style mixed with his trademark “soft psychedelia.” Trower has been dazzling live audiences since the ‘60s.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $70
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Josh Groban and Idina Menzel - Uncasville, CT

Nov 10, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
Singer, songwriter, superstar Josh Groban tours form the first time since his sold-out Stages Tour on 2015/2016. Joining him is recording artist and actress Idina Menzel. Tickets on sale starting March 16 through Ticketmaster and starting March 17 at the Mohegan Sun box Office.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $54-$94


Mystic Irish Parade 2018 - Mystic, CT

Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 Mystic Seaport to Mystic Arts Center Mystic, CT
World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales to return to Mystic Irish Parade, along with floats, marching bands, fifers and drummers, and much more.
Time: 1 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2018 - Milford, CT

Apr 10, 2018 - Apr 10, 2018 Downtown Milford, CT
The St. Patrick's Day Parade marches through Downtown Milford on River and Broad streets.
The Irish Heritage Society of Milford Clubhouse at 131 Bridgeport Avenue opens at noon. Kevin McKernon Acoustic at 2 p.m.; Band O’Brothers at 5 p.m.; Jolly Beggars at 8 p.m. Get Your Irish On Corned Beef truck will be at the Clubhouse. $5 cover fee for non-members.
Time: Parade is at 1 p.m.; Irish Heritage Society of Milford Clubhouse open noon through 10 p.m. with entertainment
Telephone: 203-301-9073

Parties, Dances, Balls

Evening at the Lay House - Beer & Ales - Essex, CT

Apr 27, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018 Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street Essex, CT
Join this evening of music, drinking songs, ballads, tavern games, food, and fun! Olde Burnside Brewing will bring beer and ale; music by Rick Spencer, Dawn Indermuehle and Chris Dobbs, and historic food by Catering By Selene, serving foods based on early American cooking like hearty corn chowder and chess pie. Guests may try historic games like Skittles and Captain’s Mistress. Reservations required, must be 21 or older to attend.
Time: Programs at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $29


Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" - Hartford, CT

Feb 15, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street Hartford, CT
Eight Suspects, One Thrilling Ride. With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot. Adaped from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig and director Emily Mann will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $25-$90; student seats, $18

"The Fantasticks" - Ivoryton, CT

Mar 21, 2018 - Apr 8, 2018 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
"The Fantasticks" is the longest-running musical in the world. This romantic musical tale is the story of a boy, a girl, and parents who try to keep them apart.
Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.

“Love Quest” - Ivoryton, CT

Apr 25, 2018 - May 13, 2018 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
“Love Quest” is the stories of two women navigating the thorny world of online dating. You will cheer for them as they play the games to find love.
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Telephone: 860-767-7318