Let The Weekend Begin Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]What makes you happiest during the summer?

What about a really, really  good tag sale, an outdoor outing by the water or a picnic and live music in the park, an all-day party capped with a fabulous gala or  two weeks worth of affordable dining.

Hartford has them all beginning this weekend.

It all starts Thursday with the popular  20th Annual Tabor House Giant Tag Sale at the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford.

tabortag6In case you missed it in past years, this is the mother of all tag sales in these parts, featuring a mega-sized yard and huge assembly room full of  everything from toys and jewelry to furniture, holiday items, household items, and honestly, just about anything you can imagine, including the kitchen sink.

tabortag2_optAnd the proceeds all go to a good cause thanks to Loretta Dyson and her son, David Dyson,  who have tirelessly spearheaded the award-winning annual fundraiser benefiting programs, support services and housing for those with HIV/AIDS.

The mega-sale begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with an Opening Night Party. Admission is $10 per person and includes a sneak peek at the loot as well as wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a teacup auction. The tag sale continues on Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1 Friday and free on Saturday.

And one other thing, especially to those trying to get some order around the house, donations are still being accepted. Just use the Prospect Avenue entrance, which leads to this unloading zone to donate your treasures. And last but not least, volunteers are always welcome — same hours, same place.

For more information go here.

It’s also Creative Cocktail Hour time at Real Art Ways Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. This month’s theme is maker-fair fest with guests from Hartford Denim Co., Blaze & Bloom, Hartford Hoops and Sustainable Farm School. For more information go here.

jazzFriday marks opening night of the 23rd Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park.

A host of performers will be featured including Manuel Valera and David Sanborn on Friday, the Jazz All- Stars on Saturday and Javon Jackson on Sunday.

There are food and libation vendors, arts and crafts and those planning to attend can bring blankets, small tables and chairs.

For a complete event schedule go here.

The weather forecast is a good one for Saturday so also head on over to Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza  where the Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan will entertain beginning at 7:30  p.m.

The program is titled “Danza! A Celebration of Latin Choreographers. ”  It will feature piecesballet (2) choreographed by Alberto Alonso from Cuba,  Rodney Rivera from Puerto Rico, Daniel Fetecua-Soto from Colombia and  Marcos Vedoveto from Brazil

Three of the works are world premieres and the Alonso work is a revival of a duet called ‘Carmen Suite’ which he created for the Bolshoi Ballet’s Maya Plisetskaya.

The company dancers are from Japan, Brazil, Cuba, Ukraine, Colombia, (Soviet) Georgia, New York, and Connecticut.

For more infromation go here.

It’s also birthday party time Saturday!samcolt

Legendary businessman, entrepreneur and community leader Sam Colt will be honored all day Saturday as Hartford celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth.

A variety of family activities, historical exhibits and tours  will be featured at Colt Park all day. And at night, there will be the Colt Gala at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 155 Wyllys St., from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

The gala includes dancing, a big band, a silent auction, a cash bar and a buffet-style dinner. Tickets are $100. For more information go here.

And finally, what nicer summer gift to yourself than ditching the kitchen and eating out? Wish granted.

saluteIt’s “Taste of Hartford” summer version beginning July 21 and that means meal deals at more than 30 particiapting restaurants around Hartford. Fixed-price meal deals from $20.14 to $30 will be featured. Taste of Hartford continues through Aug. 3 and is presented by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in partnership with the Hartford Advocate.

And don’t forget the something new this year. There are also $17.64 lunch specials in honor of the Courant’s 250th anniversary celebration.

For more information and a look at the menus go here.



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