There’s a reason the weather is so beautiful. It’s so you will get out whether it be to support a good cause, enjoy a fair or the ballet, dress to the nines for a gala or have a good laugh. And those are your choices for this weekend.
Things get going tonight at the Wadsworth Atheneum where beginning at 5 p.m. it is “First Thursday.” The theme tonight is ‘Mad Men’ so bring your best 60s flair to the evening that includes a tour of Media Rewind 1963, a Costume & Textile Society mini-POSH Tag Sale, and a fashion show by Stackpole Moore Tryon Tuesday’s. There will be ’60s tunes by Side B and Women On Our Own, make your own drink stirrers and charms for themed drinks and martinis at the cash bar, and more! The Museum Cafe will be open for dinner.
Admission is $5 and free for members.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so it’s a given that over at The New Britain Museum of American Art you will find a party that celebrates advocacy and help when it comes to fighting the disease. The Ct Breast Cancer Initiative, which among its other projects sponsors an annual Mother’s Day Weekend 5K Run for breast cancer programs and education, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Besides the celebration, sponsors and researchers will be honored and there will be a trip down memory lane as organizers celebrate the success of the organization.
Also on Thursday, the Advertising Club of Connecticut will celebrate its 100th anniversary at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed in Haddam. The club will announce its first inductees into its Ad Club Hall of Fame.
Get your laughs at the WRCH 16th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter Friday at the Bushnell featuring actor/comic Jason Alexander and his hair!) in a comedy variety show. Proceeds benefit Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. For tickets, call 860-987-5900 or go to bushnell.org.
Love words and spelling? You might want to head over to the Theater of the Performing Arts where Achieve Hartford will hold its annual spelling bee Friday. Singer and Connecticut resident Javier Colon, who won the reality show “The Voice” two years ago, will emcee the event that features adult and student teams. Proceeds benefit Achieve Hartford that works with businesses and civic organizations to help close the achievement gap in Hartford schools. Admission is free and the bee begins at 6:30 p.m. Information: ezevent.com/achievehartfordspellingbee.
On Saturday, the Wadsworth Atheneum will hold its annual ‘Splendor Gala’ at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Close to 500 guests representing the museum’s top supporters and members of the corporate community are expected to attend the ball that features live and silent auctions including artwork from many important artists, cocktails, fine dining and dancing.
Proceeds benefit museum programs including free transportation and admission to the Museum for all Hartford Public School students and free admission during Second Saturdays for Families.
Also on Saturday night, celebrities including tennis great Martina Navratilova, author Dan Savage and Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson will be the panelists at the CT Forum’s season opener, “Being Gay” at The Bushnell. The program on gay rights and equality and the change in public opinion will be emceed by MSNBC contributor and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart. Information: ctforum.org.
Saturday also marks the kick-off of The Connecticut Ballet’s 2013-2014 season at The Bushnell. Producer Brett Raphael will present his production of ‘Cinderella’ Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. tickets range from $46 to $60. Information: 888-824-2874 or bushnell.org
A little shout out to Plainville on Saturday where the Plainville High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 outstanding athletes at a dinner at Nuchie’s in Bristol. On a personal note…many well-deserved congrats to all of this year’s inductees esepcailly that racecar driver Ted Christopher!
And finally, the fairs just keep on coming. The Berlin Fair, a signature event in this area, opens Friday at the Berlin Fairgrounds and the 45th Southington Apple Festival, (apple fritters anyone?) also gets underway in that town. in Southington, the parade will take place Sunday. Information: countryfairgrounds.net.