Cancer Fundraiser, Dirty Art, Stage Black Magic And More This Weekend

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Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park, Manchester Community College’s  famous “Evening of Fine Wines,” a food and wine event  benefiting CT Children’s Medical Center, Down and Dirty Art  event at University of Hartford and Hartford Stage’s annual Paint Shop Gala are some of the events around the Hartford area this weekend.   

Celebrity chefs Tyler Anderson, Ryan Jones, Billy Grant, James Wayman, Sean Farrell, Jesse Powers and Noel Jones will be teaming up today at On20 in Hartford for the “Counsel Conquering Cancer” food and wine event.  The fundraiser is organized by a group of lawyers to raise money to combat children’s cancer and benefit the hematology/oncology department at CT Children’s Medical Center.

On Friday, the Hartford Art School at University of Hartford  will hold its “Down and Dirty” event, a party that includes dinner, wine and hands-on art activities with students  and faculty.

Also on Friday, Manchester Community College and its culinary school will pull out all the corks for its 19th annual “An Evening of Fine Wines.”   

Students in the college culinary program along with faculty and staff present a top shelf reception featuring fine food and wine, along with an auction to benefit the school’s scholarship fund.  Go to for information.

Also Friday, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be at the Bushnell. Valastro, who stars in the reality show and the spin-off “Next Great Baker,” will also be judging a local decorating contest as part of the evening.

On Saturday, Hartford Stage will hold its annual “Party In The Paint Shop” gala. This year’s theme is “Black Magic:” based on the current production, “Bell, Book & Candle.” The gala is held at the Stage’s paint shop on Murphy Road in Hartford. Honorary chair is Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.  Go to for information.

And with perfect spring weather forecast for the weekend, head over to Hubbard Park in Meriden for the 34th annual Daffodil Festival. Besides banks of daffodils (actually there are 600,001) , the festival includes food, fireworks, crafts, amusements, music, a parade  and more.


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