Java doesn’t know what to say except grab a nap when you can because the “going out” possibilities are almost too numerous to mention this pre-Halloween weekend. But here we go!
Yep, those Boston Red Sox are in the World Series so how lucky is the Greater Hartford YMCA! Former Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield comes to Hartford town Thursday for the “YMCA Celebrates Champions ” program at the Connecticut Convention Center.
The baseball legend, community leader and philanthropist will be featured at the event that benefits the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Read to Succeed program.
Information: ghymca.org or call 860-522-9622.
The Norma Terris Theatre continues the Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary party with the opening of “Snapshots, A Musical Scrapbook” on Thursday. Curtain up at 8 p.m. Information: goodspeed.org.
On Friday, there are not only a few pre-Halloween parties around town but also a couple of events benefitting really good causes. Open Hearth will hold its annual Open Hearth Round-Up at 7 p.m. at the home of Kelly and Jon Jarvis in Hartford. Proceeds from the western-wear fundraiser benefit the non-profit that provides services and shelter to Greater Hartford’s homeless men.
On Saturday, there’s a party in nearly every part of Hartford.
It all starts at the Connecticut Convention Center where the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective will host its annual “One Big Event,” a black tie affair benefitting the organization’s programs. Music by Shaded Soul band, dancing, silent and live auctions, food, and the who’s who of New England LGBTQ life are highlights of the night.
Cross the boulevard to Hartford’s Front Street complex where the nearly completed Infinity Hall will be the venue Saturday for the annual “Big Mo.” Big Mo’ (the “Mo’” stands for “mo’mentum”) has been Riverfront’s major fundraising event since 2000, celebrating positive changes in Hartford and East Hartford, with a focus on locations close to the River.Information: riverfront.org
Still have some energy? Walk up the block to the Wadsworth and don’t be surprised if you see revelers there ‘dancing in the street.’ That’s because the Amistad Center for Art & Culture will be welcoming girl group icon Martha Reeves of Martha & The Vandellas at its annual Fall Gala, called, of course “Dancing in the Streets.”
Proceeds from the dinner/dance benefit the center which owns a collection of 7000 items including art, artifacts and popular culture objects that document the experience, expressions and history of people of African-American heritage. .
Over at the Bushnell Saturday, the Hartford Symphony will be continuing its 50th anniversary celebration with a performance of Walt Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Information: bushnell.org
We’re not done yet as far as Saturday goes. Get on over to Arbor Street where Real Art Ways is holding its Odd Ball. Usually held in the spring, the costume ball was moved to Halloween weekend because well, what better time of year to dress up in a costume. Plan on tricked out galleries, eerie photo ops and outrageous tunes. Tickets are $65, and include treats by top local chefs, specialty potions, and a costume contest! A cash bar will also be available. If you just want to dress up and dance, there are $25 “Just Dance” tickets available starting at 11 PM. Information:realartways.org
Also, if you are in the mood for some football fix, head over to Hot Tomato’s at Union Station in Hartford on saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. where ESPN guy and former NFL standout Mike Ditka will be signing bottles of his wine!
If you have some free time Satuday, you also might want to head over to the YWCA’s Money Conference for Women featuring broadcast journalist/author Stacey Tisdale. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center. Admission is free.