Hartford Summer, Half Gone Or Half to Be Had?

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Depends on how you look at it I guess, but for our purposes, push aside those thoughts of school beginning this month, Labor Day looming, and the fall grind starting all over again.

Seize the moment and celebrate what promises to be yet another wonderful summer weekend.

And when it comes to “what to do?” the choices abound.

cavIf you are a fan of historically good food, alfresco dining and  a summer experience that will get your through those can-t go out days of January, head over to Rose’s Berry Farm, 295 Matson Hill Road,  in South Glastonbury  on Friday, Aug. 8, where, for the first time, the very well-known French and Italian Cavey’s Restaurant will be serving a Farm to Chef dinner there beginning at 6 p.m. The evening includes a patio reception, love music and dinner featuring  local produce, meats, fish and dairy. Cost is $95, plus tax and gratuity. Information is here.

But hey, the weekend starts long  before Saturday in these parts.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, it’s “First Thursday” party time at the Wadsworth Atheneum . This month’scarib theme is “Caribbean Festival” and with that comes live reggae and steel drum music, a carnival mask art-making activity, a costume parade and more. Party goes from 5 to 8 p.m. with a screening of “Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom” at 8 p.m. For more information go here.

It’s a blast to the past when it comes to folk music and its heroes as Theaterworks opens “Woody Sez” the story of Woody Guthrie’s incredible musical and social journey. The show goes through Sept. 14 and features four actors/musicians to tell and sing the tale. For information go here.

jazz4Speaking of music, if you are a jazz fanatic this is your weekend. The 19th annual Litchfield Jazz Music Festival kicks off on Friday Aug. 8 with a gala from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., followed by the first night  of a weekend of great music at the Goshen Fairgrounds. For more information go here.

And what is better than good food and good music on a summer weekend. You can have both if you head to Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass where the annual “Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic”  takes place from Thursday Aug. 7 to Sunday Aug. 10.

The weekend includes food and wine events, tastings, a dine-around, grand cru, entertainment, food and wine demonstrations and tastings and more. For information go here.

And finally, it’s parade time in Hartford again, this time the 52nd annual West  Indian Independenceparade (3) Parade Saturday at 11 a.m. beginning Main and Battles Streets. The parade, which includes floats, drill teams and dance troupes,  stops at Bushnell Park for a day of music through 8 p.m. For more information on the free event go here.


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