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In Willington, some change in plans now that the power is back on

Willington children can enjoy their pre-empted Halloween Trick or Treat at the local fire departments on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Trick or Treat, pre-empted by Storm Alfred, is back on for this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, both Fire Departments will be open to serve trick or treaters.  While you’re there with your children showing off their costumes, please thank firefighters and emergency workers for all of their help during the recent outages and devastation wreaked by a freak October snowstorm.

Also, Willington Boy Scouts, Troop 82, and Cub Scouts Pack 82, are participating once again in the annual BSA Scouting for Food.

Bags will be picked up by local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on Saturday, Nov. 19.  Please place non-perishable food items in the bags and place in a highly visible area for pick up. (Please contact your local scout leader if you didn’t receive bags on Nov. 12)

Willington Boy Scouts, Troop 82, is sending a crew of 5 scouts and 1 adult leader to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in July of 2012.

This is two-week high adventure trip for older scouts that teaches independence and self reliance, as well as teamwork and the importance of service projects.

Our Scoutmaster, Chris Deskus, has generously donated the proceeds of the sale of his Christmas trees to the scouts that are attending this trip to assist with the expense.

The Philmont crew will hold a tree tagging day on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Mr. Deskus’ field next to the Town Offices on Old Farms Road.

Come enjoy hot cocoa and baked goods while searching for the perfect tree for this upcoming holiday season.

Questions can be directed to Mary Kozicki at 860-429-5340 or Haydee Wojtyna  at 860-429-0782.

And the collection for Alyssa’s Coat Closet has been postponed until Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19

Donations will still be accepted until that date at: Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road; Willington Town Offices (during office hours only, please), 40 Old Farms Road; E.O. Smith High School, 1235 Storrs Road/Route 195, Storrs-Mansfield, CT (during school hours or make other arrangements).

Keep your neighbors warm by donating your new or slightly used clean coats to Alyssa’s Coat Closet. The coats will be showcased in the Old Town Hall (on the green), Rt 74 in Willington for a FREE shopping event. Everybody is invited to “shop” for winter coats.

This event is co-sponsored by Alyssa Bailey and WYFSS. Please call (860) 684-6761 with any questions.

Posted Nov. 10, 2011

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This weekend – breakfasts, dinners, sales, more

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5


CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE — STORRS
E.O. Smith High School, 1235 Storrs Road, Storrs, will host its Safe Grad Can and Bottle Drive from 9 a.m. to noon.

TAG AND COOKIE SALE — COVENTRY
Coventry High School, 78 Ripley Hill Road, Coventry, will host a tag and cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benefit FCCLA Community Service Projects. Info: (860) 742-7346, ext. 136.

HOLIDAY FAIR — COVENTRY
St. Mary Church, Route 31, Coventry, will host a holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 742-0681.

VENDOR/CRAFTER SHOWCASE — WHS
WHS Project Graduation is sponsoring a vendor/crafter showcase in the Windham High School cafeteria, 355 High St., Willimantic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $1 donation to WHS Project Graduation.

HOLIDAY FAIR AND CRAFT SHOW
Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Route 87, Columbia, will host a holiday fair and craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (860) 228-9306 or ccchurch@snet.net.

UCONN BEEF SALE
The University of Connecticut will host a beef sale from 10 a.m. to noon, Livestock Unit, Horsebarn Hill Road, UConn, Storrs Campus. Info: Mary.Cole@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2035. The beef calf election presentation and the judging contest will be postponed until next year.

LETTERBOXING WORKSHOP — LEBANON
The Lebanon Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull Highway, will host a letterboxing workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to adults and supervised children. $1 suggested donation to cover cost of materi­als. Info: (860) 642-6579.

FLEA MARKET — WILLIMANTIC
The Hub of Salvation Flea Market, 120 Union St., Willimantic, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. A 10-foot by 10-foot space is available for a $25 donation. Info: Melanie Rivera and Angel Jusino at (860) 617-6706.

HAM AND BEAN DINNER — LEBANON
Lebanon Fire Safety Complex, Goshen Hill Road, Lebanon, will host a ham and bean dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 adults, $5, 10 and under. Proceeds to benefit Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Lebanon’s food cupboard.

LASAGNA DINNER — HAMPTON
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 40 Cedar Swamp Road, Hampton, will host a fundraiser lasagna dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. $8 adults, $6 children 4-10 years old, $25 family of four or more. .

UCONN VOICES OF FREEDOM
The University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs, will host the Voices of Freedom at 6 p.m. General admis­sion $7, Students with ID and children are free. Gospel choir will per­form with the Rev. Lisa Clayton its director. Contact: (860) 486.2969 or sfa.uconn.edu.

WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER — COVENTRY
Opportunity Works Connecticut Inc., of Willington is having a wine tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cassidy Hill Vineyard, Coventry. Cost is $25 advanced/$30 at the door for tasting and logo glass and $40 advanced/$45 at the door for tasting, glass and bottle of wine. All pro­ceeds will benefit organization programs. Info: www.owct.org or call (860) 477-0900.

WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER — WILLIMANTIC
A wine tasting fundraiser is slated at the Willimantic Elks Lodge upstairs hall, Pleasant Street, Willimantic, from 7 to 10 p.m. Benefits St. Mary-St Joseph School athletic program. Cost is $20 at door or school office. Not handicap accessible. Info: (860) 423-8479.

QUIET CORNER CONTRA DANCE
The next Quiet Corner Contra Dance will be held at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs. Free lessons at 7:30 p.m., with dance beginning at 8 p.m. (all dances are taught). Bring soft-soled shoes and water to drink.

LITTLE RIVER MUSIC SERIES, HAMPTON
The Gnomes, will be performing at the Hampton Community Center, Main Street, Hampton, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10. Info: (860) 455-2056.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6


PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Willimantic Lions Club is hosting its fall breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, Pleasant Street, Willimantic. Adults $6, seniors $5, kids under 12, $4. There will be vision screenings available. Patrons are reminded to bring used eyeglasses for worldwide re-use.

VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST – WILLIMANTIC
VFW Post 1724, Main Street, Willimantic, will hold its Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit homeless veterans.

VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST – CANTERBURY
The Canterbury VFW, Route 169 ( North Canterbury Road), Canterbury, is hosting its Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11 a. m.

HIBERNATION FESTIVAL — OAK GROVE
Oak Grove Montessori School will host its annual Hibernation Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 132 Pleasant Valley Road, Mansfield Center. Info: (860) 456-1031.

EASTERN’S CLASSIC BRASS
Eastern Connecticut State University’s Performing Arts Department will present a Classic Brass concert with Oystein Baadsvik, internation­al tuba virtuoso, at 2 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium, located on the corner of Windham and Valley streets. The public is invited. Free admission. Info. Lana Raymond (860) 465-5325 or raymondla@easternct.edu.

APOLLO’S FIRE JAROUSSKY TO LIGHT UP JORGENSEN
Apollo’s Fire and Jaroussky will light up Jorgensen’s stage with Handel and Vivaldi Fireworks, a program of arias and concertos, at 2 p.m. Eric Rice, a specialist in music composed before 1750 and associ­ate professor of music history at the University of Connecticut, will give the Concert Talk at 1:15 p.m. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. $40, $37 and $33, with some discounts. Tickets/info. (860) 486-4226, or order online at: jorgensen.uconn.edu.

UCONN CHORAL CONCERT
University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs, will host a choral concert at 3 p.m. General admission $7, stu­dents with ID and children are free. Featuring concert choir and the newly formed Chamber Singers, a select, mixed choral chamber ensem­ble. Choirs will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Herzogenberg and Lauridsen Michele Holt, director. Contact: (860) 486-2969 or sfa.uconn.edu.

CHILDREN OF THE CIVIL WAR
The Windham Textile and History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, will host a program by local historian Meg Gallente-DeAngelis entitled, “Children of the Civil War” at 4 p.m. Cost is $10/ person. Info: (860) 456-2178 or www.millmuseum.org.

OPEN AUDITIONS — ‘THE BOYS NEXT DOOR’

Windham Theatre Guild will host open auditions for ‘The Boys Next Door’ at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 7:30 p.m. Needed are six to seven men, age 20s to 50s; two women age 30s to 40s. Info: Barry at Barry.schreier@uconn.edu.

UCONN SAXOPHONE QUARTET
University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs, will host a saxophone quartet at 7:30 p.m. Free event. Greg Case, director. Contact: Call (860) 486-2969 or sfa.uconn.edu.

VENDORS WANTED — CHURCH FAIR
The First Congregational Church of Coventry, 1171 Main St., Coventry, is looking for crafters for their church fair, which will be held Nov. 18-19. Info: (860) 742-5689 or First.congregatnl@snet.net.

 

Posted 11-5-2011

 

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Look right here

Saturday, Oct. 22

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers Market, located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

LARGE FAMILY TAG SALE
A benefit family tag sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Columba Church, Route 66 and Route 87, Columbia. All proceeds to benefit the Columbia Cooperative Nursery School. Rain or shine.

CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE — LEBANON
Goshen Congregational Church, 157 Church Road, Lebanon, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table space is available and vendors are welcome. Indoors: $20, outdoors: $10. For details call (860) 642-4336.

ZUMBA FITNESS — WINDHAM CENTER
Zumba Fitness will be held at the Windham Center Firehouse, Route 203, Windham Center, from 9 to 10 a.m. Participants asked to wear sneakers, brings lots of water, a towel and a mat for stretching. Info: Patty at (860) 617-8897.

GREAT PUMPKIN SALE — WILLIMANTIC
The Covenant Soup Kitchen will have its Great Pumpkin Sale in front of The Willimantic Co-op, Valley Street, Willimantic, through Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen. The hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

OUTDOOR WILDLIFE PROGRAM
Children have an opportunity to learn how wildlife cope with colder weather. “How Animals Survive the Winter” is part of the Children’s Discovery Series sponsored by the James Goodwin State Forest Conservation and Education Center. The program will be held outdoors from 10 a.m. to noon at the forest entrance located at 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Info./register a child for the program, call (860) 455-9534.

QUIET CORNER CAMERA CLUB
Quiet Corner Camera Club will host a reception at ArtSpace, 480 Main St., Willimantic, from 1 to 6 p.m. Info: (860) 456-4906.

HISTORIC SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN HOUSE — MANSFIELD
There will be an open house at the historic Eagleville Schoolhouse from 1 to 3 p.m. Schoolhouse is located at the intersection of South Eagleville Road and Route 32 in Mansfield. Light refreshments. Info: www.joshuaslandtrust.org.

LORI FISHER WELLNESS FAIR & FALL FESTIVAL
The Lori Fisher Wellness Fair & Fall Festival will be held at Scotland School, 68 Brook Road, Scotland, from 1 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Bring a decorated pumpkin to enter in contest. Entries must be in by 2 p.m. Info: Scotlandschool.org, click on “Dates to Remember.”

TEA & SCONES — TEXTILE MUSEUM
Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, will hold a Tea & Scones fundraiser from 3 to 5 p.m., at the museum. There will be a presentation on “The Art of Making Scones.” Admission $15 or $10 for museum members. Reservations are required. For reser­vations, call (860) 456-2178 and leave a message.

PASTA SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION
The Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, will host a pasta supper and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner freewill donations and silent auction proceeds support church programs in the local community. For to-go orders, contact the church office at (860) 429-9382.

FALL CHICKEN BARBECUE — FRANKLIN
The Franklin Congregational Church, 31 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Franklin, will host a fall chicken barbecue with sittings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door. Adults $10, seniors $9, children 12 and under $5 and preschool free.

HARVEST SUPPER — HAMPTON
The Hampton Congregational Church, 263 Main St., Hampton, will host a harvest supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $9 adults, $5 children and those under 5 free. Info: (860) 455-9677 for tickets or at the door.

YOUTH EXPLOSION/GLOBETROTTER — WILLIMANTIC
The Council for Christian Arts annual Youth Explosion is will be held at the Christian Life Assembly Church, 143 Windham Road, Willimantic, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Featuring former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco. Free admission. Info: www.ccawindhamcounty.org.

COVENTRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HALLOWEEN EVENT
Join the Coventry Historical Society for “A Hauntingly Enchanted Evening” lantern tour and haunted woods visit at the historic Strong-Porter House Museum, 2382 South St., Coventry. Tours can be sched­uled from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on all nights by reservation only. Admission: $20. Reservations and detailed, updated information is available by calling (860) 742-5234 or visiting www.darkwalk.net.

‘MOONLIGHT MADNESS, A HALLOWEEN HAPPENING’
The American Legion, 339 Bricktop Road, Windham, will host “Moonlight Madness, A Halloween Happening” from 6 p.m. to midnight. $10. Costume contest with the theme of the Wizard of Oz. Benefits the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Info: (860) 423-1643.

WILD BILL FURY PROJECT PERFORMS
Wild Bill Fury Project will be performing at 6 p.m. at Fred’s Brick House Café, 1681 W. Main St., Willimantic. Info: (860) 423-2615 or www.fredsbrickhouse.com.

THIRD ANNUAL HARVEST MOON DINNER/DANCE
The third annual Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance will be sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Ladies Guild and held at the Lebanon Fire Safety Complex, Goshen Hill Road, from 6 to 11 p.m. $20 donation per person. Tickets are available by calling (860) 642-7049 or (860) 423-8040.

WINE TASTING TO BENEFIT HAITIAN CHILDREN
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 46 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, will host a wine tasting to benefit Haitian children from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25/person. Must be over 21.

ENVIRONMENTAL RECEPTION — WILLIMANTIC
“Children and Animals: A Collective Display of Exhibitionism” will take place at 745 Main St., Willimantic. Event to feature outside and fine art works, music, performance art and happenings. Free. Info: www.boudoumboudoumenvironment.weebly.com.

STEAK DINNER — EASTFORD
The Eastford Independent Fire Co. will host a steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the firehouse, 6 Westford Road, Eastford. Cost is $15/person. Tickets available by calling (860) 974-0256 or (860) 974-1678.

 

Sunday, Oct. 23

 

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

MESSAGES FROM MEDIUMS
First Spiritualist Church of Willimantic, 268 High St., will host a fundraising event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Readings provided by certified spiritualist mediums. Cost is $25 per 20-minute reading. Info: (860) 423-5774.

TURKEY DINNER WITH ALL THE FIXINGS
Moriah Lodge # 15, 220 Providence Road, Brooklyn, will host an early turkey dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Dine in or take out. Cost is $10/person. Proceeds ben­efit local charitable efforts.

QUIET CORNER CAMERA CLUB
Quiet Corner Camera Club will host a reception at ArtSpace, 480 Main St., Willimantic, from 1 to 6 p.m. Info: (860) 456-4906.

COUNTRY LINE DANCING
Lebanon Senior Center, 37R Town St., Lebanon, will host country line dancing with Jack McLaughlin and Camille Lord from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6/person. All levels welcome. Info: (860) 822-8147.

UCONN SONGFEST
The University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, 875 Coventry Road, Storrs will host UConn Songfest at 3 p.m. No charge for this event. Event to be a celebra­tion of Spanish song. Contact: (860) 486-2969 or sfa.uconn.edu.

12TH ANNUAL TRACKER CONCERT
Michael Hey, a rising star in the pipe organ performance world, will play at the 12th Annual Tracker Concert at the Hampton Congregational Church at 4 p.m. The church is located at 263 Main St. (Route 97), Hampton. A free­will offering will be taken.

BLUES GRASS PERFORMS
Blues Grass will perform at 6 p.m. at Fred’s Brick House Café, 1681 W. Main St., Willimantic. Info: (860) 423-2615 or www.fredsbrick­house.com.

 

 

Posted 10-21-2011

 

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Dedication ceremony at Royal Knowlton Preserve, Renaissance Faire continues, CROP walk and more this weekend

Saturday,  Oct. 15

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers Market, located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

BOOK SALE — SCOTLAND
The Scotland Public Library, 21 Brook Road, Scotland, will host a book sale from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. All items reasonably priced and proceeds benefit the Scotland Public Library. Info: (860) 423-1492.

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR — COVENTRY
The Coventry Republican Town Committee will be sponsoring a Senior Health Fair, with the support of Coventry Walgreens and Pro-Eye. The fair will be held at Patriots Park Community Center, 120 Lake St., Coventry, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fair is free and open to all. Flu shots will be available. Bring health insurance card. For questions, con­tact Jeff Shorts at (860) 465- 7770.

LEBANON FARMERS MARKET
The Lebanon Farmers Market on the town green, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, is held every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

ZUMBA FITNESS
Zumba Fitness will be held at the Windham Center Firehouse, Route 203, Windham Center, from 9 to 10 a.m. Wear sneakers, brings lots of water, a towel and a mat for stretching. Info: Patty at (860) 617- 8897.

ANNUAL HARVEST FEST — PARISH HILL
Sponsored by the Associated Student Government, the festival will be held at Parish Hill High School, Parish Hill Road, Chaplin, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Decorate pumpkins, face painting, scavenger hunt, fortunes told. The event is open to all residents of Parish Hill’s sending towns: Chaplin, Hampton and Scotland.

FREE ITEMS FOR THE COMMUNITY — COLUMBIA
Baptist Fellowship Church, 195 Route 6, Columbia, will be offering free clothes, books, toys and kitchen items to any and all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 228-0102.

13TH ANNUAL CT RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admission $16, $10 for youth (5-12) and under 5 are free. Parking $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com  or call (860) 478-5954.

DEDICATION CEREMONY
The Willington Conservation Commission will host a dedication ceremony and hike on the Royal Knowlton Preserve at 11 a.m. Rain date Oct. 16. The ceremony and hike will start on Mason Road in Willington at the trailhead with the Blue-Blazed Nipmuck Trail, which crosses Mason Road about 0.8 miles north of its intersection with Route 44. Info: Kathy at (860) 429-8384.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
The last open house of the year will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The museum is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. For off-season tours, call (860) 423-1547.

SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut will hold its Saturday bereavement group at 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group is appropriate for those grieving a year or more. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

CEMETERY WALKING TOUR
The Nathan Hale Cemetery walking tour will take participants on an easy walk through the Nathan Hale Cemetery from its oldest grave (1716) to its most famous, the Nathan Hale Monument. Partakers will meet at the Nathan Hale Cemetery on Lake Street in Coventry at 1 p.m. Info: contact the Nathan Hale Homestead at (860) 742-6917.

HISTORIC SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN HOUSE
There will be an open house at the historic Eagleville Schoolhouse in Mansfield from 1 to 3 p.m. It is located at the intersection of South Eagleville Road and Route 32. Info: www.joshuaslandtrust.org.

ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW — WILLIMANTIC
Quiet Corner Camera Club will host its seventh annual photo show. The gallery is open from 1 to 6 p.m. at ArtSpace, 480 Main St., Willimantic. Free of charge.

ROAST BEEF DINNER — LEBANON
Lebanon Goshen Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 157 Church Road, Lebanon, will host a roast beef dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $9, children 5-12 $5. Info: (860) 886-1717.

Sunday, October 16

SUNDAY BUFFET BREAKFAST
The 5th District American Legion and Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a Buffet Breakfast at the Lebanon American Legion Post 180, 567 Exeter Rd. (Rt. 207), Lebanon from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $7 adults; $6 seniors; $3 children 6 -12; under 5 free. Proceeds to benefit ongoing Veteran projects.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

13TH ANNUAL CT RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admis­sion $16, $10 for youth (5-12) and under 5 are free. Parking $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com or call (860) 478-5954.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY
Blue Slope Farm, 138 Blue Hill Rd., Franklin will host their Open Farm Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wagon rides (weather permitting), Blue Slop Country Museum and Museum Store.

ANDOVER SHOWCASE
The Andover Economic Development Commission (EDC) is having a Showcase from Noon to 3p.m. at the Community Room in the Town Hall. We will be show­casing town committees and orga­nizations, as well as any local busi­nesses wishing to participate. There will be local entertainment in the Gazebo. Any committees, organi­zations or businesses that wish to have a table at the showcase, please contact John Golemba at (860) 305-2630 or send a message to ando­veredc@yahoo.com by Oct. 10th. Any local musicians wishing to per­form, please call Patrick Dougherty at (860) 877-0122.

5K CROP HUNGER WALK
CROP WALK (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) will be held at the Coventry Fire Dept. Sub-station, South St. & Judd Rd., Coventry. Registration, 12:30, walk begins at 1 p.m. Info. (860) 742-6618

BUTTERWORTH MARIONETTES TO PERFORM IN WILLIMANTIC
Renowned puppeteer Dan Butterworth and his Marionettes will be at EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic at 2 p.m. To learn more, visit www.butterworthproductions.com. The Friday marionette performance at the Capitol Theater is intended for grown- ups and families. The Sunday performance is geared specifically toward families with younger children. $10/person. No other discounts apply. All proceeds will benefit the ACT senior class. Info./ tickets Capitol Theater Box Office (860) 465-5636.

BOOK SIGNING – COLUMBIA
2 p.m., in Yeomans Hall, Rte. 87, Columbia, “Restoration of a New England Farm” a digital slide show and book signing by Tom and Susan Crossen will be held. Featured will be an illustrated discussion of the restoration of the impressive Booth-Dimmock Homestead in Coventry. The program is a virtual “how to” guide for house and barn restora­tion. The program is free and all are welcome.
Posted 10-14-2011

 

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Columbus Day Weekend events- A little known witch-hunt, fancy Colt revolvers, art exhibits and much more

Saturday, Oct. 8

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET

The Willimantic Farmers Market, located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

LEBANON FARMERS’ MARKET

The Lebanon Farmers Market is held on the town green at 579 Exeter Road in Lebanon from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 15.

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET

The Hebron Farmers Market will be open for the last time this season on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the grounds of Church of Hope and the Red Barn at the intersection of Routes 66 and 85 in Hebron,

YOM KIPPUR – WILLIMANTIC

Temple B’nai Israel, 345 Jackson St., Willimantic will hold Yom Kippur services: a morning service beginning at 9:30 a.m.; Torah Service at 10:45 a.m., Services of Memory, at 11: 45 a.m.; Avodah and Musaf, 12:30 p.m., Services conclude at 1 p.m. The library and sanctuary will remain open for the afternoon. Rav Jeremy will conduct a study session for those who wish to participate. Jonah, Minchah 5:15 p.m., Ne’ilah, 6:15 p.m., Final Shofar and Havdalah, 7:05 p.m. Break-the-Fast for the Entire Community will be at 7:15 p.m. Info: (860) 423-3743.

13TH ANNUAL CT RENAISSANCE FAIRE

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, Route 85/347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admission is $16, or $10 for youth (5-12) and children under age 5 are admitted free. Parking fee is $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com or call (860) 478-5954.

JURIED FINE ART GALLERY

The Juried Fine Arts Gallery will be open at the Nassiff ‘s Building, 745 Main St., Willimantic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info. www.WilliARTSFiesta.com

PUMPKIN FEST – COVENTRY

The annual Coventry Pumpkin Festival will be held at Patriots Park, Coventry, from noon to 3 p.m. Event features Halloween-theme activities and a play day. New this year will be vendors and demonstrations encouraging active living. Scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving and more. Cost is $10 ages 2-14. Wear a costume!

MEMORABILIA EXHIBIT – WilliARTSFiesta

The Memorabilia Exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bellingham Auditorium in Windham Town Hall, 979 Main St, Willimantic. Info. www.WilliARTSFiesta.com

ANNUAL CAR SHOW – WINDHAM TECH

Windham Technical High School, Birch Street, Willimantic, will hold its 4th annual Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Dream Machines Car Club. Free. Food, music, raffles and trophies will be available. Event to benefit Windham Tech PTO. Rain date is Oct. 9.

CHILI FEST – COVENTRY GOP

The Coventry Republican Town Committee is hosting the Coventry Chili Fest at the Lodge at Patriots Park, 172 Lake St., Coventry, from noon to 4 p.m. If you are a fan of chili, come on down and taste the different varieties that will be offered. This event is for anyone who would like to attend. Coventry Republican candidates also will be in attendance to answer questions.

SECOND PATTERN GLASS ID DAY

A second early American pattern glass (1840-1915) identification day will be held at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House in Lebanon from noon to 4 p.m. Antiques dealer Deb Jani, whose collection is currently on display, has studied the thousands of patterns used in the production of this historic glass and will help identify the patterns. Admission is free but there is a charge of $1 per evaluated item; the fees will be donating to the museum. The museum, owned by the town of Lebanon, is located at 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87). Info: Alicia Wayland, (860) 642-7987.

LETTERBOXING AT THE HOMESTEAD

Connecticut Landmarks Hale Homestead in Coventry staff will present “Letterboxing at the Nathan Hale Homestead,” 2299 South St., Coventry at 1 p.m. Participants can follow the clues and wander through the farm and forest in search of hidden letterboxes. Bring your own letterboxing gear, a limited number of kits will be available for purchase for beginners. Info: (860) 742-6917

HISTORIC SCHOOLHOUSE – STORRS/MANSFIELD

An open house will take place at the historic Eagleville Schoolhouse from 1 to 3 p.m. The schoolhouse is located at the intersection of South Eagleville Road (Route 275) and Route 32 in Mansfield. Light refreshments. Info: www.joshuaslandtrust.org or stop by the Joshua’s Trust office. Office is open on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays in October from 1 to 3 p.m.

DOUBLE TIME: VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION 2011

The Double Time: Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2011 will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Shafer Hall, 83 Windham St., Willimantic. Info: www.easternct.edu/akusgallery

ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SHOW

The Quiet Corner Camera Club invites the public to attend its seventh annual photographic show at ArtSpace, 480 Main St., Willimantic from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available and there is no charge to attend. Following the reception, the show will run on weekends in October from1 to 6 p.m.

SCOOBIE AND THE POUND HOUNDS

Scoobie and the Pound Hounds perform at 6 p.m. at Fred’s Brick House Café, 1681 W. Main St., Willimantic. Info: (860) 423-2615 or www.fredsbrickhouse.com

MUSIC BY THE EDNA PROJECT AND CATHY KREGER

The Bread Box, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, inside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will present the music of The Edna Project and Cathy Kreger at 7: 30 p.m. Admission $10. All proceeds benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Willimantic. Tickets are available on Main St., Willimantic, or by calling (860) 429-4220.

‘BROADWAY: A MUSICAL JOURNEY’

“Broadway: A Musical Journey,” a benefit recital featuring Annette and Dan Pavone, will be held at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 8 p. m. The program will include solos, duets and quartets from musicals such as Guys & Dolls, The Secret Garden, Camelot, Wicked, The Fantasticks, Beauty and the Beast, Candide, and many more. Info: (860) 423-2245 and windhamtheatreguild.org.

Sunday, Oct. 9

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET

The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

FINE ART AND CRAFT EXHIBIT/SALE, CANTERBURY

The Finish American Heritage Society Hall, 76 North Canterbury Road (Route 169), Canterbury, will host its fine art and craft exhibit and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored in conjunction with The Last Green Valley’s Walktober. Info: (860) 974-2760 or (860) 774-4337.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET

The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com

DIANA’S POOL WALK

The Friends of Goodwin are co- sponsoring a walk along the Natchaug River at “Diana’s Pool” at 11 a.m. Steve Broderick and former Chaplin First Selectman Rusty Lanzit (a Friend of Goodwin member) will lead this 45-minute walk along the river. Diana’s Pool is on the east side of Route 198 in Chaplin just north of the Route 6 and 198 intersection.

DOWNTOWN COUNTRY FAIR

The Downtown Country Fair, sponsored by The Willimantic Food Coop, will be held in the parking lot at 91 Valley St., Willimantic, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Farmer’s market, crafts, music, great food, games for all ages. Free admission. Info: (860) 456-3611.

MEMORABILIA EXHIBIT – WilliARTSFiesta

The Memorabilia Exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bellingham Auditorium in Windham Town Hall, 979 Main St., Willimantic. Info: www.WilliARTSFiesta.com

ILLUSTRATED TALK BY VICKI SEAR

The Prudence Crandall Museum, 1 South Canterbury Road (Routes 14 and 169) in Canterbury, will host an illustrated talk from 2 to 4 p.m. on the research done this past summer by Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Regional Scholar Summer Funding Recipient, Vicki Sear. Program will also include a tour of the Westminster Congregational Church and cemetery ( 395 Westminster Road, Canterbury) with the Rev. David Gladden, church Pastor. The program, which begins at the museum, is included in regular museum admission and is part of the Last Green Valley’s Walktober events. Info: (860) 546-7800, www.thelastgreenvalley.org or www.CTvisit.com

DOUBLE TIME: VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBIT

The Double Time: Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2011 will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Shafer Hall, 83 Windham St., Willimantic. Info: www.easternct.edu/akusgallery

COLT REVOLVERS SHOW AND TELL

Colt collector Frank Wemple will give a “show and tell” presentation about cased Colt revolvers at the Mansfield Historical Society Museum, 954 Storrs Road (Route 195), Storrs-Mansfield, across from the Altnaveigh Inn at 2 p.m. During the era of the percussion revolver in the mid- 1800s, many Colt handguns ended up in fancy partitioned cases with several accessories. Several cased Colt revolvers will be on display and Wemple will discuss some of the common questions surrounding such sets.

NEW ENGLAND’S OTHER WITCH HUNT

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History presents “New England’s Other Witch Hunt: The Hartford Crisis of the 1660s,” a lecture by Dr. Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian and associate history professor at the University of Connecticut. The lecture will be held in the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the UConn Storrs Campus, Hillside Drive, at 3 p.m. Program is open to adults and children ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Advance registration is not required. To contact the museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call (860) 486-4460.

DEEP ELLUM PERFORMS

Deep Ellum will perform at 6 p.m. at Fred’s Brick House Café, 1681 W. Main St., Willimantic. Info: (860) 423-2615 or www.fredsbrickhouse.com

Coming up

VENDORS WANTED – Ashford Fall Fair & Bake Sale

Vendors are needed for a Nov. 5 event that will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ashford Senior Center, Route 44/25 Tremko Lane in Ashford. Spaces are $15 per table. Lunch will be available. Contact Connie (860) 974- 1425 or the Ashford Senior Center (860) 487-5122 for more information.

Posted Oct. 7, 2011

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Annual Dog Days, Festivals, fundraiser breakfasts and more this weekend

Saturday October 1

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers Market, located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

ANNUAL DOG DAYS
Windham 4 Paws Shelter animal fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jillson Square, Main Street, Willimantic. Fun event for the whole family. Dog show registration at 9 a.m. Tag sale, vendor space available, and vaccination clinic held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rabies shots, $5. Info: (860) 423-3327.

PRAYER BREAKFAST AND ANNUAL MEETING
The Greater Willimantic Unit of Church Women United will hold their annual Prayer Breakfast and Annual Meeting starting at 9 a.m., fol­lowed by the program and annual meeting. The event will take place at Friends Meeting House on North Eagleville Road in Storrs. Info. Karen Burnham, (860) 455-0647.

ZUMBA FITNESS
Zumba fitness will be held at the Windham Center Firehouse, Route 203, Windham Center from 9 to 10 a.m. Wear sneakers, brings lots of water, a towel and a mat for stretching. Info: Patty (860) 617-8897.

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers Market, located on the grounds of Church of Hope streets and the Red Barn at the intersection of Routes 66 and 85 in Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FALL FESTIVAL
Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road., Franklin, will be holding a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $6, children 4-10, $4. Lots of activities for the family. No pets or alcoholic beverages. Info: (860) 642-6413 or www.blueslope.com.

NINTH ANNUAL WILLINGTON CAR SHOW
Sponsored by the Town of Willington and Connecticut Street Legends and held on the town green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date Sunday.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
Andover Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the firehouse on School Road. Many events scheduled with hands on activities.

FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 40 Cedar Swamp Road, Hampton, will host a family fun festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Children’s events, bingo and much more. Tickets required for games (20 tickets-$10). Info: (860) 455-0294.

CUBAN-STYLE PIG ROAST
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 40 Cedar Swamp Road, Hampton, will host a Cuban-style pig roast from 4 to 6 p.m. Adult $15, children 10 and under $5, family $40. Tickets (860) 455-0294

HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead presents the annual haunted corn maze from 7 to 9 p.m., and will feature four nights complete with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. $8/person, or $25 for families. The maze is not recommended for very young children. Treats will be available for sale. The Nathan Hale Homestead is located at 2299 South Street in Coventry.

 

Sunday Oct. 2

VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
VFW Post 1724, Main Street, Willimantic, is hosting a Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Senior discount available.

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will host a Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. $5.50 with 5 years and under free.

FALL FESTIVAL
Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road, Franklin, will hold a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $6, children 4-10, $4. Lots of activities for the family. No pets or alcoholic beverages. Info: (860) 642-6413 or www.blueslope.com.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

FARM DAY
Foster Hill Farm, 21 Stafford St., Stafford Springs, will host a farm day from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Free event featuring farms, businesses and vendors that are agriculturally based in the area. There will be interac­tive live animal displays and crafts for children. Raffle to benefit the Stafford Animal Control. Info: Kim Milikowski (860) 729-6310 or e­mail kim@fosterhillfarmdonkeys.com.

13TH ANNUAL RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admission $16, $10 for youth (5-12) and under 5 are free. Parking $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com or call (860) 478-5954.

 

Posted 9-30-2011

 

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Lots of things to do on this first weekend of Fall

Saturday, Sept. 24

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers Market, located at the corner of Jackson and Main Streets, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

USED BOOK SALE – LEBANON
The Jonathan Trumbull Library, Routes 87 and 207, Lebanon, will host a used book sale from 9 to 3 p.m. Sale will also be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. No admission. Info: (860) 642-7763.

ANNUAL ANTIQUES SHOW – LEBANON
Enjoy the great outdoors at the 45th annual antiques show on the his­toric Lebanon green from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5/adults and parking is free. Event sponsored by the Lebanon Historical Society. Info: (860) 642-6579 or e-mail museum@HistoryofLebanon.org. Rain or shine.

VFW BOOK SALE – CANTERBURY
The Canterbury VFW, 21 N. Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NETWORK HUMAN SERVICES FALL FESTIVAL
Network, Inc., 23 Route 6, Andover, a nonprofit serving people with special needs, is holding its first annual Network Human Services Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. Info: Kathleen McLean at kmclean@network-programs.com or (860) 753-2923 or see www.network-programs.com.

THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church on 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Donations of new or gently used clean adult (men’s and women’s) and children’s clothing and other children’s items gratefully accepted. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – SOUTH WINDHAM
The Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham, will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 423-5159 or www.guilfordsmith.org.

ANNUAL TORI/OPEN AIR MARKET
The Finnish American Heritage Society, Route 169, Canterbury, will hold its annual Tori/Open Air Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 564-7432.

ANNUAL TAG SALE FREEDOM GREEN – MANSFIELD
The Villages at Freedom Green, off Mansfield City Road, Mansfield, will be holding its annual tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain or shine.

COMMUNITY TAG SALE
Kingdom Life Christian Outreach Church, 120 Union St., Willimantic, will be hosting a community tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefits the Community Youth Center. Info: (860) 634-8320.

HARVEST FAIR – LEBANON
First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 694 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, will host its annual Harvest Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pies and other baked goods, tag sale, lunch, hand-crafted items and more expected.

SEVENTH ANNUAL COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET
The Columbia Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Town Green with parking at Horace W. Porter School. Rain or shine.

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers Market, located on the grounds of Church of Hope streets and the Red Barn at the intersection of routes 66 and 85 in Hebron, is held Saturdays through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

COLUMBIA – USED BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Saxton B. Little Free Library will hold a used book sale during the seventh annual Columbia Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale will be held at the Chapel on the Green, Route 87, Columbia (right next to the library). Admission is free. Info: (860) 228-0350.

LEBANON FARMERS’ MARKET
The Lebanon Farmers Market located on the town green, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, is held every Saturday through Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers an all-day “marathon” childbirth education class from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the hospital’s education center. Cost of class is $65 for families delivering their babies at WCMH and $75 for families delivering elsewhere. Info: (860) 456-6894.

13TH ANNUAL CT RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admission $16, $10 for youth (5-12) and under 5 are free. Parking $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com or call (860) 478-5954.

PATTERN GLASS IDENTIFICATION DAY – LEBANON
Residents can bring their mystery pieces of early American pattern glass (1840-1915) to the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House from noon to 4 p. m. for identification by an expert. Antiques dealer Deb Jani, whose collection is currently on display, has studied the thousands of patterns used in the pro­duction of this historic glass and will help identify the patterns. Admission is free, but there is a charge of $1 per item, which Jani is donating to the museum. The museum, owned by the Town of Lebanon, is located at 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87). Info: Alicia Wayland at (860) 642- 7987.

ART GALLERY OPEN HOURS – WILLIMANTIC
ArtSpace Gallery Windham, 480 Main St., Willimantic, will hold open hours from 1 to 4 p.m.

ANNUAL STEAK DINNER – ANDOVER
The Andover Volunteer Fire Department, School Road, Andover, will host its annual steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $15 adults, $10 seniors and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets at (860) 706-3074. All proceeds from the dinner will be used for the Andover Fire Department’s 75th anni­versary parade and celebration in 2013.

HAUNTED CORN MAZE – COVENTRY
Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead presents the annual haunted corn maze from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature four nights complete with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Cost is $8/person or $25 for families. The maze is not recommended for very young children. Treats will be avail­able for sale. The Nathan Hale Homestead is located at 2299 South St. in Coventry.

SPECIAL EVENING AT THE BREAD BOX
The Bread Box, located in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, is hosting a special evening with Kal David, former lead singer and lead guitarist for the Fabulous Rhinestones. David will perform a rare and intimate acoustic show for the first time on the East Coast, with sto­ries and blues songs. All money raised goes directly to the Covenant Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Fred’s Brickhouse Cafe, 1681 W. Main St., Willimantic, or by calling (860) 429-4220.

WINDHAM THEATRE GUILD: ‘DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER’
The Windham Theatre Guild kicks off its fall season with a famous farce that cooks up a menu full of belly laughs. It’s “Don’t Dress For Dinner” by Marc Camoletti, opening at the Burton Leavitt Theater, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for students/seniors and $9 for children under 12. All University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and Quinebaug Valley Community College students pay the discounted price of $10. Group discounts are also avail­able. For reservations/information, call the Windham Theatre Guild (860) 423- 2245 or buy your tickets online at www.windhamtheatreguild.org.

Sunday, Sept. 25

BELLINGHAM AUDITORIUM DEDICATION
The Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association will dedicate the auditorium at Windham Town Hall on Sunday. The room is being dedicated to the late Bruce A. Bellingham, a town restoration and pres­ervation advocate. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. with music from the Willimantic Amphibian Jazz Ensemble and refreshments. Those plan­ning to attend Sunday’s event should call (860) 428-7573.

BUFFET BREAKFAST
Knights of Columbus Council 14, 41 Club Road, Windham will host a buffet breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a. m. Adults ( over 12) are $ 6.50, seniors $ 6, children 6-12, $5.50, 5 and under free. Take-outs available.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

13TH ANNUAL CT RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. The faire runs weekends through Oct. 16. General admission $16, $10 for youth (5-12) and under 5 are free. Parking $3. Info: visit www.ctfaire.com or call (860) 478-5954.

KIDSVILLE KUCKOO REVUE
Bruce John and the Kidsville Kuckoo Revue will perform at the Storrs Downtown Festival from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at E.O. Smith High School, Route 195, Storrs.

ANNUAL UCANRAA AUCTION AND PRE-SALE
UCANRAA will hold its 15th annual auction with a pre-sale begin­ning at 11 a.m. and the live auction starts at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the UCANRAA Endowed Scholarship Fund and support the students, faculty and alumni of The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For infor­mation, log on to http://www.cornucopia.uconn.edu/auction.html. Event held at the University of Connecticut, Route 195 and North Eagleville Road, in Storrs. Info: e-mail Pam Chudzik at Pamela.chudzik@uconn.edu.

FREE FAMILY CONCERT – CHAPLIN
The Chaplin Senior Center, Chaplin Street, Chaplin will sponsor a free family concert featuring the “The Electric Trains” at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be sold, with proceeds to benefit the programs of the senior center. Info: (860) 455-1327.

POTATO PANCAKE FESTIVAL
Moriah Lodge No. 15, 220 Providence Road, Brooklyn, will hold a Potato Pancake Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Dine-in or take-out. Cost is $ 10/person. Tours of the lodge building will be available.

HOMESTEADING SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES
Connecticut Landmarks and the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market present the 2011 Homesteading Skills Workshop Series as part of Farmers’ Market Sundays at the Nathan Hale Homestead from 2 to 4 p.m. $25/per­son. Registration required. Info./register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1048326273?s=3763197, which can also be accessed from the event calendar at www.ctlandmarks.org. Day of registration is available at the Coventry Farmers’ Market Master’s table if spots remain available.

8TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN
The 8th annual Festival on the Green in Mansfield will take place from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lots of E.O. Smith High School. For more information, visit www.mansfieldct.org/mdp.

USED BOOK SALE – LEBANON
Jonathan Trumbull Library, routes 87 and 207, Lebanon will, host a used book sale from 12:30 to 3 p.m. No admission. Info: (860) 642-7763.

WINDHAM THEATRE GUILD: ‘DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER’
The Windham Theatre Guild kicks off its fall season with a famous farce that cooks up a menu full of belly laughs. It’s “Don’t Dress For Dinner” by Marc Camoletti, opening at the Burton Leavitt Theater, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for students/ seniors and $9 for children under 12. All University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and Quinebaug Valley Community College students pay the discounted price of $10. Group discounts are also avail­able. For reservations/information, call the Windham Theatre Guild (860) 423- 2245 or buy your tickets online at www.windhamtheatreguild.org.

 

Posted 9-23-2011

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Brochure is available for Walktober

courtesy lastgreenvalley.org

Fall is the perfect season to cel­ebrate the great outdoors in The Last Green Valley.

The air is crisp and the leaves transform into brilliant autumnal colors.

What better way to embrace the season than by getting out of the house and exploring the natu­ral wonders where northeastern Connecticut residents live?

The Last Green Valley organiza­tion has a brochure available that highlights all that is Walktober, the group’s annual month-long fall celebration of the region.

The brochures will help people enjoy at least one of the more than 100 free guided hikes, walks, and paddles during the month of October.

In addition, it highlights Walk­tober and more than 35 special events throughout the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor in northeast­ern Connecticut and south central Massachusetts.

The variety of Walktober in­cludes “Much More Than Moos” in Franklin, where people can visit cows and the calving pen then hike through fields and forest to see more baby calves.

A 3.5-mile paddle on the “Won­derful Waters of Wangumbaug in Coventry,” traverses through the scenic countryside, along one of the most bucolic sections of the river.

There is a walk especially for the little ones, “Trails, Tracking & Tales” in Brimfield, Mass., where kids will hike along the inner trails of the Woods at Long Pond to explore wetlands, rock forma­tions and track the local wildlife.

There is also a unique walk entitled “The Old Connecticut Path,” led by Connecticut State Archaeologist, Nicholas Bellan­toni, which will lead participants along a section of the colonial road from Boston to Hartford that many of the English traveled to settle the Connecticut River Valley in the 1600s.

Space on this particular walk is by advanced registration only and is limited to the first 30 people by calling (860) 486-4460.

History buffs will not want to miss Historic Heins Farm in Sturbridge, Mass., located high above Old Sturbridge Village, where they will enjoy 84 acres of spectacular views while taking a look back in time viewing the remains of the Old Worcester-Stafford Turnpike.

The multitude of special ev­ents featured during Walktober includes downtown Putnam’s First Friday Event, the third annual Brimfield Antique Auto Show in Brimfield, Mass., the Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock and two corn maze adventures in Thompson and Sterling.

An Owl Prowl in Ashford at Horizon Wings will feature native owls. This event has been resched­uled to Oct. 22 7 p.m.

Call The Last Green Valley toll­ free at (866) 363-7226 for a bro­chure or visit www.thelastgreenvalley.org.

 

Posted 9-22-2011

 

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